CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · J Neurol Surg B 2019; 80(S 03): S314-S315
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1673704
Skull Base: Operative Videos
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Temporal Bone and Cerebellopontine Angle Epidermoid Resulting in Facial Nerve Paralysis: Resection and Facial Nerve Coaptation

Alexander G. Bien
1  Albany Ear, Nose, and Throat Services, Albany, New York, United States
2  Division of Otolaryngology, Albany Medical Center, Albany, New York, United States
Christine S. Kim
2  Division of Otolaryngology, Albany Medical Center, Albany, New York, United States
Tyler J. Kenning
3  Department of Neurosurgery, Albany Medical Center, Albany, New York, United States
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Publication History

30 May 2018

19 August 2018

Publication Date:
31 October 2018 (online)



Objectives Demonstrate the utilization of a transcochlear approach for resection of an epidermoid involving the temporal bone and cerebellopontine angle (CPA) with end-to-end facial nerve coaptation.

Designs Single case-based operative video.

Setting Tertiary center with dedicated skull base team.

Participants The patient is a 50-year-old left handed male with a history of a remote left Bell's palsy, left sudden sensorineural hearing loss, and a rapidly progressive facial nerve paralysis. His balance was impaired, and his videonystagmography showed a significant left sided peripheral vestibular weakness. Computed tomography (CT) scan showed an erosive lesion of his left temporal bone involving the cochlea and semicircular canals, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed a T2 hyperintense lesion with restricted diffusion and no enhancement on postcontrast T1 sequences.

Main Outcome Measures Gross total resection of the epidermoid, recovery of facial nerve function, balance improvement.

Results The patient underwent resection via a transcochlear approach. The tumor involved the epitympanum and eroded the semicircular canals, vestibule, and basal turn of the cochlea. Gross total tumor resection was attained. The facial nerve was isolated in the mastoid and tympanic segments, traced proximally to the geniculate ganglion, and then into the internal auditory canal (IAC). The nerve was discontinuous in the distal IAC and a reactive neuroma was resected. The facial nerve was mobilized and an end-to-end coaptation was performed in the CPA using a collagen tubule. The 3-month postoperative MRI showed no residual or recurrent disease. His postoperative balance was improved. Partial facial nerve recovery is not expected prior to 9 to 12 months.

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