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Early and long-term results of the treatment of jugular paragangliomas using different ranges of surgical approach

Piotr Ładziński, Henryk Majchrzak, Wojciech Kaspera, Mariusz Maliszewski, Krzysztof Majchrzak, Michał Tymowski, Piotr Adamczyk
DOI: 10.1016/S0028-3843(14)60074-8
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Neurol Neurochir Pol 2011;45(3):213-225.

open access

Vol 45, No 3 (2011)
ARTYKUŁ ORYGINALNY
Submitted: 2010-12-01

Abstract

Background and purpose

The applied approach to the jugular foramen is a combination of the juxtacondylar approach with the subtemporal fossa approach type A. The purpose of this study is to present our results of treatment of jugular paragangliomas using the aforementioned approach.

Material and methods

Twenty-one patients (15 women, 6 men) with jugular paragangliomas were included in the study. The neurological status of the patients was assessed before and after surgery as well as at the conclusion of treatment. The approximate volume of the tumour, its relation to large blood vessels, cranial nerves and brainstem, as well as consistency and vascularity were also assessed.

Results

The duration of symptoms ranged from 3 to 74 months. In 86% of patients hearing loss was the predominant symptom. The less frequent symptoms included pulsatile tinnitus in the head, dysphagia and dizziness. Approximate volume of the tumours ranged from 2 to 109 cm3. A gross total resection was achieved in 71.5% of patients. The postoperative performance status improved in 38% of patients, did not change in 38% and deteriorated in 24% of patients.

Conclusions

A proper selection of the range of the approach to jugular foramen paragangliomas based on their topography and volume reduces perioperative injury without negative consequences for the radicality of the resection.

Abstract

Background and purpose

The applied approach to the jugular foramen is a combination of the juxtacondylar approach with the subtemporal fossa approach type A. The purpose of this study is to present our results of treatment of jugular paragangliomas using the aforementioned approach.

Material and methods

Twenty-one patients (15 women, 6 men) with jugular paragangliomas were included in the study. The neurological status of the patients was assessed before and after surgery as well as at the conclusion of treatment. The approximate volume of the tumour, its relation to large blood vessels, cranial nerves and brainstem, as well as consistency and vascularity were also assessed.

Results

The duration of symptoms ranged from 3 to 74 months. In 86% of patients hearing loss was the predominant symptom. The less frequent symptoms included pulsatile tinnitus in the head, dysphagia and dizziness. Approximate volume of the tumours ranged from 2 to 109 cm3. A gross total resection was achieved in 71.5% of patients. The postoperative performance status improved in 38% of patients, did not change in 38% and deteriorated in 24% of patients.

Conclusions

A proper selection of the range of the approach to jugular foramen paragangliomas based on their topography and volume reduces perioperative injury without negative consequences for the radicality of the resection.

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Keywords

jugular foramen, paraganglioma, microsurgery, skull base surgery

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Title

Early and long-term results of the treatment of jugular paragangliomas using different ranges of surgical approach

Journal

Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska

Issue

Vol 45, No 3 (2011)

Pages

213-225

DOI

10.1016/S0028-3843(14)60074-8

Bibliographic record

Neurol Neurochir Pol 2011;45(3):213-225.

Keywords

jugular foramen
paraganglioma
microsurgery
skull base surgery

Authors

Piotr Ładziński
Henryk Majchrzak
Wojciech Kaspera
Mariusz Maliszewski
Krzysztof Majchrzak
Michał Tymowski
Piotr Adamczyk

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