Microsurgical Resection of a Pontine Cavernoma Using an Expanded Retrosigmoid Corridor: 2-Dimensional Operative Video

Nickalus R. Khan, Michael A. Silva, Turki Elarjani, Jacques J. Morcos

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Abstract

Cavernous malformations that have not previously bled have been reported to have an annual bleeding rate of 0.6% per year.1 Those with prior hemorrhage have been reported to have rebleeding rates of up to 4.5%.1 Additionally, infratentorial location, young age, and female gender have been associated with increased risk.1 We present the case of a 26-yr-old female who initially presented to an outside institution with left-sided weakness. She improved following her initial bleeding event and presented to us for further management. A large, cavernous malformation in the right pons was identified on imaging. The patient underwent a right expanded retrosigmoid craniotomy with splitting of the horizontal cerebellar fissure to completely remove the lesion. The expanded retrosigmoid craniotomy allows for an enhanced view of the medial pontine region and can be utilized for appropriately selected brainstem cavernous malformations. The case presentation, surgical anatomy, operative nuances, and postoperative course and outcome are reviewed. The patient gave verbal consent for participating in the procedure and surgical video. The patient also consented to the publication of her image.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E43
JournalOperative neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 15 2021

Keywords

  • Brainstem
  • Cavernous malformation
  • Cerebellum
  • Expanded
  • Pons
  • Retrosigmoid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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