Orbitopterional Approach with Extradural Clinoidectomy for the Resection of a Tuberculum Sellae Meningioma

Adapting the Strategy to the Microsurgical and Pathological Anatomy

Jaafar Basma, Vincent Nguyen, Jeffrey Sorenson, Lattimore Michael

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Objectives To describe the orbitopterional approach with extradural clinoidectomy for the resection of a tuberculum sellae meningioma, with an emphasis on the microsurgical and pathological anatomy of such lesions. Design After completing the orbitopterional craniotomy in one piece, the optic nerve is identified extradurally, unroofed, and the clinoid process resected. The falciform ligament is divided and the optic nerve is decompressed extradurally. Opening the frontotemporal dura exposes the tumor in the subfrontal region. The tumor is followed along the ipsilateral and contralateral optic nerves, and its dural tail is cut and coagulated at the level of the tuberculum. Care is taken to preserve the optic nerve perforators during the dissection. Photographs of the region are borrowed from Dr Rhoton's laboratory to illustrate the microsurgical anatomy. Participants The surgery was performed by the senior author assisted by Dr. Jaafar Basma, neurosurgery fourth-year resident. The video was edited by Dr. Vincent Nguyen, neurosurgery third-year resident. Outcome Measures Outcome was assessed with the extent of resection and visual symptoms. Results A near-total resection of the tumor was achieved. A small part of tumor significantly adherent to the optic nerve was intentionally left behind. The patient had a stable vision examination postoperatively. Conclusions Understanding the microsurgical anatomy of the suprasellar region and the pathological anatomy of the tuberculum sellae meningioma is necessary to achieve a good resection of these tumors while preserving functionality of the optic apparatus. The orbitopterional approach with anterior clinoidectomy provides the appropriate access for such endeavor. The link to the video can be found at: https://youtu.be/WtAP8uqSW0M.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S261-S262
JournalJournal of Neurological Surgery, Part B: Skull Base
Volume79
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

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Meningioma
Optic Nerve
Anatomy
Neurosurgery
Neoplasms
Craniotomy
Ligaments
Dissection
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)

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  • Clinical Neurology

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