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J Neurol Surg B Skull Base. 2012 Feb;73(1):11-20. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1304834.

Side-cutting aspiration device for endoscopic and microscopic tumor removal.

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Neuroscience Institute and Brain Tumor Center, John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John's Health Center, Santa Monica, California.


The authors present a unique side-cutting instrument (NICO Myriad, Indianapolis, IN) with variable aspiration designed specifically for tumor resection. The study included retrospective review of data collected from 10/2009 to 01/2011. We detail the use of the Myriad in 31 patients with the following pathologies: meningioma (n=16), chordoma (n = 3), schwannoma (n = 3), pituitary adenoma (n = 2), metastasis (n = 3), hemangioblastoma (n = 1), craniopharyngioma (n = 1), and nasopharyngeal tumors (n = 2). Surgical approaches included expanded endonasal approach (n = 19), endoscopic brain port (n = 3), supraorbital "eyebrow" craniotomy (n = 3), retrosigmoid suboccipital craniotomy (n = 3), pterional craniotomy (n = 1), extreme far lateral (n = 1), and laminectomy (n = 1). Successful tumor resection was achieved in 30 cases. Instrument failure was noted in only one extremely fibrous meningioma. The design of this instrument facilitated maneuvering through narrow corridors while providing direct visualization of the suction aperture during tumor resection. These features allowed for tumor removal without injury to adjacent neurovascular structures. The side-cutting aspiration device allows safe and effective tumor removal. Its low profile, variable aspiration, and lack of thermal heat energy are particularly useful in tumor resection through narrow corridors, such as endonasal, port, and keyhole approaches. The multifunctional nature of the instrument (suction, scissors, and dissectors) minimizes multiple exchanges, facilitating tumor resection through these minimal access corridors.


brain tumor; endoscopy; instrumentation; microsurgery; skull base

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