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J Clin Neurosci. 2011 Jun;18(6):755-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2010.09.023. Epub 2011 Apr 19.

Clinical and surgical considerations for cerebellopontine angle meningiomas.

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  • 1Department of Neurological Surgery, Brain Tumor Research Center, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA.


We retrospectively reviewed 24 patients with cerebellopontine angle (CPA) meningioma from our institution to describe the clinical and surgical significance of extensions into the internal auditory canal (IAC). Of these patients, 62% had invasion of the IAC, which was associated with high rates of unilateral hearing loss at presentation (67% versus [vs.] 22%, p<0.05). A retrosigmoid approach was used in 22/24 patients, of whom 13 had an IAC extension. In five patients, IAC drilling was needed to achieve a more complete resection and 20 patients of the 22 (91%) had improved or stable hearing postoperatively, and one patient had permanent facial paralysis. Cranial nerve IX and X were the most common complications (17% and 33% respectively), and were almost exclusively associated with resection of tumor extensions into the jugular foramen (p<0.01). We conclude that CPA meningiomas can be removed with excellent rates of hearing and facial nerve preservation. Caution must be used when attempting to resect tumor extensions into the jugular foramen given the high rates of lower CN complications.

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