As a discipline, skull-base surgery via the transtemporal route has matured since 1975. Previously considered unresectable, skull-base tumors with intracranial extension can now be successfully removed by means of modification of contemporary exposures with neurosurgical collaboration. Between September 1970 and February 1986, 126 skull-base tumors have been operated on by The Otology Group, P.C. Of these, 49 had intracranial extension. In this article, techniques for tumor removal and dural defect reconstruction are outlined. A single-staged procedure is advised. The advantages of and exceptions to this format are described. Techniques that will prevent postoperative cerebrospinal fluid leakage are highlighted. Results and complications of this surgical series are discussed, and team aspects of this surgery are emphasized.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery|
|State||Published - 1987|