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Endoscopic assistance in retrosigmoid transmeatal approach to intracanalicular vestibular schwannomas – An alternative for middle fossa approach. Technical note

Grzegorz Turek1, Carlos Cotúa1, Rocio Evangelista Zamora1, Marcos Tatagiba1
DOI: 10.1016/j.pjnns.2016.12.005
Neurol Neurochir Pol 2017;51(2):111-115.



Complete surgical removal of intracanalicular vestibular schwannomas with nerve VII and VIII sparing and without worsening patient's status is challenging. Also the choice of an optimal surgical technique, which is usually limited to selection between retrosigmoid transmeatal (RT) and middle fossa (MF) approach, can be a challenge. Although many previous studies documented superiority of RT to MF approach and vice versa, still no consensus has been reached regarding an optimal approach to intracanalicular vestibular schwannomas. In this technical note, we present RT approach with an endoscopic assistance and highlight its advantages over MF approach in surgical management of pure intracanalicular vestibular schwannomas.


RT approach with an endoscopic assistance is presented as an optimal surgical treatment for intracanalicular vestibular schwannomas, and its advantages are compared to those offered by MF approach.


Under an endoscopic guidance, we found a residual tumor in the fundus of the inner acoustic canal and performed its gross total resection.


RT approach is an excellent technique suitable for safe radical surgical treatment of T1 vestibular schwannomas; this technique is associated with lower morbidity risk than MF approach.

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