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Meningiomas of the anterior portion of the craniovertebral junction: immediate and late outcome following surgical removal using a partial transcondylar approach

Piotr Ładziński1, Henryk Majchrzak1, Wojciech Kaspera1, Mariusz Maliszewski1, Krzysztof Majchrzak1, Michał Tymowski1, Piotr Adamczyk1
DOI: 10.5114/ninp.2012.29128
Neurol Neurochir Pol 2012;46(3):205-215.


Background and purpose

The partial transcondylar approach (PTA) is an alternative to the suboccipital approach in the surgical treatment of meningiomas of the anterior portion of the craniovertebral junction (APCVJ). The purpose of this study is to present our results of treatment of these meningiomas using PTA.

Material and methods

Fourteen patients (11 women, 3 men) with meningioma of the APCVJ were included in the study. Neurological status of the patients was assessed before and after surgery as well as at the conclusion of the treatment. The approximate volume of the operated tumour, its relation to large blood vessels, cranial nerves and brainstem, along with its consistency and vascularisation were assessed.


The symptom duration ranged from 1 to 36 months (median: 11 months). In 79% of patients, motor deficits of the extremities were predominant symptoms. Less frequent symptoms included headache, cervical pain and sensory deficits of cervical nerves C2 to C5. Approximate volume of the tumours ranged from 2.5 mL to 22.1 mL (mean: 11.7 mL). Gross total or subtotal resection was achieved in 86% of patients. The postoperative performance status improved in 57%, did not change in 36% and deteriorated in 7% of the patients.


The PTA is a useful technique for removal of meningiomas expanding intradurally of the APCVJ without significant compression of the medulla. The results of treatment were good in most patients.

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