Pure endoscopic expanded endonasal approach for olfactory groove and tuberculum sellae meningiomas

Osaama H. Khan*, Boris Krischek, Damian Holliman, George Klironomos, Walter Kucharczyk, Allan Vescan, Fred Gentili, Gelareh Zadeh

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Abstract

The expanded endoscopic endonasal (EEE) approach for the removal of olfactory groove (OGM) and tuberculum sellae (TSM) meningiomas is currently becoming an acceptable surgical approach in neurosurgical practice, although it is still controversial with respect to its outcomes, indications and limitations. Here we provide a review of the available literature reporting results with use of the EEE approach for these lesions together with our experience with the use of the endoscope as the sole means of visualization in a series of patients with no prior surgical biopsy or resection. Surgical cases between May 2006 and January 2013 were retrospectively reviewed. Twenty-three patients (OGM n = 6; TSM n = 17) were identified. In our series gross total resection (GTR) was achieved in 4/6 OGM (66.7%) and 11/17 (64.7%) TSM patients. Vision improved in the OGM group (2/2) and 8/11 improved in the TSM group with no change in visual status in the remaining three patients. Post-operative cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak occurred in 2/6 (33%) OGM and 2/17 (11.8%) TSM patients. The literature review revealed a total of 19 OGM and 174 TSM cases which were reviewed. GTR rate was 73% for OGM and 56.3% for TSM. Post-operative CSF leak was 30% for OGM and 14% for TSM. With careful patient selection and a clear understanding of its limitations, the EEE technique is both feasible and safe. However, longer follow-ups are necessary to better define the appropriate indications and ideal patient population that will benefit from the use of these newer techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)927-933
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Volume21
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2014

Keywords

  • Anterior skull base
  • CSF leak
  • Minimally invasive
  • Naso-septal flap
  • Transcribiform
  • Transplanum
  • Transsphenoidal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)

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