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Laryngoscope. 2000 Apr;110(4):635-40.

The minimally invasive approach to olfactory neuroblastoma: combined endoscopic and stereotactic treatment.

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Department of ENT, University of Graz, Austria. christian.walch@kfunigraz.ac.at

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To describe a new treatment modality of olfactory neuroblastoma consisting of endoscopic nasal and paranasal sinus surgery and stereotactic radiosurgery.

STUDY DESIGN:

Retrospective review of three patients suffering from olfactory neuroblastoma.

METHODS:

Review of the charts, the computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging scans, the operation reports, radiosurgical data, and follow-up.

RESULTS:

All three patients remained free of disease with excellent quality of life in respective follow-up periods of 71, 50, and 39 months.

CONCLUSION:

The combination of two minimally invasive therapies, endoscopic sinus surgery and stereotactic radiosurgery, provide a reliable new approach to the treatment of a series of olfactory neuroblastomas that offers excellent quality of life, less injury to the patient, fewer side-effects, and fewer long-term effects than other treatment strategies.

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