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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 Ładziński, Henryk Majchrzak, Wojciech Kaspera, Mariusz Maliszewski, Krzysztof Majchrzak, Michał Tymowski, Piotr Adamczyk
DOI: 10.5114/ninp.2012.29128
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Neurol Neurochir Pol 2012;46(3):205-215.

open access

Vol 46, No 3 (2012)
ARTYKUŁ ORYGINALNY
Submitted: 2011-04-13

Abstract

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.

Results

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.

Conclusions

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.

Abstract

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.

Results

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.

Conclusions

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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Keywords

foramen magnum, vertebral artery, meningioma, microsurgery, skull base surgery

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Title

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

Journal

Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska

Issue

Vol 46, No 3 (2012)

Pages

205-215

DOI

10.5114/ninp.2012.29128

Bibliographic record

Neurol Neurochir Pol 2012;46(3):205-215.

Keywords

foramen magnum
vertebral artery
meningioma
microsurgery
skull base surgery

Authors

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

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