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Endoscopic Endonasal Approach in Clival Chordoma Surgery: Case Series

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Chordomas are rare and slow-growing locally destructive bone tumors that can develop in the craniospinal axis. It is commonly found in the sacrococcygeal region whereas only 25–35% are found in the clival region. Headache with neurological deficits are the most common clinical presentations. Complete surgical resection either via open or endoscopic endonasal approaches are the main mode of treatment. Here, we report a series of 5 cases of clival chordomas which was managed via endoscopic endonasal approaches in our center. A retrospective analysis of patients who had undergone endoscopic endonasal resection of clival chordoma in Sarawak General Hospital from 2014 to 2018. A total of 5 cases were operated on endoscopically via a combine effort of both the otorhinolaryngology team and the neurosurgical team during the study period from year 2013 to 2018. From our patient, 2 were female and 3 were male patients. The main clinical presentation was headache, squinting of eye and nasopharyngeal fullness. All our patient had endoscopic endonasal debulking of clival tumor done, with average of hospital stay from 9 – 23 days. Pos-operatively, patients were discharged back well. Endoscopic endonasal resection of clival chordomas gives good surgical resection results with low morbidity rates and therefore can be considered as a surgical option in centers where the surgical specialties are available.

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DR. CHIEN YING VINCENT NGU main author (data collection, writing this paper) DR. ING PING TANG co-author (neurosurgeon, designed of surgery, Writing manuscript). DR. BOON HAN KEVIN NG co-author (data review, writing this paper). DR. ALBERT SII HIENG WONG co-author (neurosurgeon, designed of surgery). DR. DONALD NGIAN SAN LIEW co-author (neurosurgeon, designed of surgery.

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Ngu, C.Y.V., Tang, I.P., Ng, B.H.K. et al. Endoscopic Endonasal Approach in Clival Chordoma Surgery: Case Series. Indian J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 73, 226–232 (2021).

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