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Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am. 2004 Nov;16(4):595-605.

Cranial base surgery.

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  • 1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, 622 West 168(th) Street, New York, NY 10032, USA.


Surgery of the cranial base presents significant challenges for the surgeon and patient alike. The goal of ablative surgery-to obtain disease-free margins-contrasts with the patient's functional and esthetic needs. This comes into sharp juxtaposition in cranial base surgery. The technical and technologic advances of the last two decades have made surgical treatment of cranial base lesions possible. This article reviews the pathology, anatomy, and lateral and midline approaches to the cranial base.

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