CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · J Neurol Surg B 2018; 79(S 02): S219-S220
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1618599
Skull Base: Operative Videos
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Tuberculum Meningioma: Orbitopterional Approach

Alexander Yang
1  Department of Neurosurgery, University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado, United States
,
Mohammed Aref
1  Department of Neurosurgery, University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado, United States
,
A. Samy Youssef
1  Department of Neurosurgery, University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado, United States
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Publication History

20 October 2017

29 November 2017

Publication Date:
16 January 2018 (eFirst)

  

Abstract

This is a case of an extensive tuberculum sella meningioma involving the circle of Willis down to the basilar artery that presented with bilateral visual loss worse on the right than left side. A one-piece right orbitopterional approach along the worse eye was used to gain access to the three cranial fossae. The orbitotomy facilitates access to the midline structures and contralateral base of the tumor with minimal brain retraction. Tumor resection is initiated by first identifying the tumor capsule, followed by piecemeal debulking via ultrasonic aspiration. Early decompression of the ipsilateral optic nerve was performed. Gross total resection of the tumor was achieved through multiple windows as follows: prechiasmatic, opticocarotid, and carotid oculomotor. Sharp dissection is performed around critical neurovascular structures to reduce strain and vascular injury. The circle of Willis including the small perforators was completely preserved. Postoperative examination at follow-up demonstrated improvement in vision less on the right side and resolution of postoperative partial third nerve palsy.

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