Background: Thermal coagulation is a central principle in surgery, particularly regarding hemostasis, as well as being an integral part of intracranial tumor removal. Traditionally, surgical hemostasis is achieved through application of unipolar or bipolar electrocautery. This method has been contemporized and specialized to treat intracranial tumors through a technique called stereotactic laser ablation (SLA), also known as laser interstitial thermal therapy. Case Description: In this article, we present this technique as an additional option in the treatment of difficult intracranial tumors. Specifically, we report here a highly vascular and hemorrhagic pineocytoma found in a fragile, elderly patient who underwent a novel combination of procedures: SLA mediated devascularization followed by resection via an endoscopic approach. Conclusions: SLA-mediated thermal-coagulation is a potential strategy for minimizing hemorrhagic risks in brain tumor resection and may be used in conjunction with other approaches tailored to the patient and their disease.
- Laser interstitial thermal therapy
- Minimally invasive
- Stereotactic laser ablation
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- Case Reports