Update on anterior skull base reconstruction

Liliana Ein, Zoukaa Sargi, Elizabeth A. Nicolli

Abstract

Purpose of reviewAnterior skull base reconstruction has rapidly evolved over the past few years as endoscopic approaches to resect tumors in this region have become more established. The present review evaluates the robust amount of new literature on this topic over the past year with particular attention to minimally invasive methods for reconstruction.Recent findingsAlthough vascularized local flaps remain the mainstay reconstructive choice when available for the anterior skull base, innovative techniques for all types of reconstruction, ranging from free grafts to free flaps continue to emerge.SummaryBecause of the unique challenges and wide variety of options available to repair the anterior skull base with the goal to prevent or treat cerebrospinal fluid leaks, surgical expertise and experience in this field is of utmost importance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)426-430
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • anterior skull base
  • cerebrospinal fluid leaks
  • nasoseptal flap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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