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Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2010 Oct;21(4):621-35, vi. doi: 10.1016/j.nec.2010.07.003. Epub 2010 Aug 25.

Expanded endonasal approaches to middle cranial fossa and posterior fossa tumors.

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  • 1Department of Neurological Surgery, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210-1240, USA. dprevedello@gmail.com


Skull base lesions that involve the middle and posterior cerebral fossae have been historically managed through extensive transcranial approaches. The development of endoscopic endonasal techniques during the past decade has made possible a vast array of alternative routes to the ventral skull base, providing the ability to expose lesions in difficult-to-access regions of the cranial base in a less invasive manner. In this review, the authors detail the endoscopic surgical anatomy and the operative nuances of the expanded endoscopic endonasal approaches to tumors of the middle and posterior cranial fossae. These techniques offer excellent exposure of the targeted regions yielding optimal resections, while avoiding the morbidity associated with transcranial surgical approaches.

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