Use of Tubular Retractor for Resection of Deep-Seated Cerebral Tumors and Colloid Cysts: Single Surgeon Experience and Review of the Literature

Daniel G. Eichberg, Simon Buttrick, G. Damian Brusko, Michael Ivan, Robert M. Starke, Ricardo J Komotar

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Introduction: Brain retraction is often required to develop a surgical corridor during the resection of deep-seated intracranial lesions. Traditional blade retractors distribute pressure asymmetrically and may case local tissue damage. Tubular retractors minimize this pitfall by distributing pressure evenly, which has been shown to translate to significant safety and efficacy data. Further qualified reports regarding the use of tubular retractors are of interest. Methods: We performed a retrospective analysis of 1 surgeon's experience with 20 cases of minimally invasive resection with the ViewSite Brain Access System (n = 7) and BrainPath (n = 13) systems. In addition, a comprehensive review of all published cases of tubular retractor systems used for resection of subcortical neoplastic, cystic, infectious, vascular, and hemorrhagic lesions was conducted. Results: Of the 20 cases analyzed, gross total resection was achieved in 18, with an associated 10% immediate postoperative complication rate and 5% long-term complication rate. A comprehensive review of the literature showed 30 articles describing 536 cases of resection of deep neoplastic or colloid cysts with an overall complication rate of 9.1%. Conclusions: Tubular retractor systems have a favorable safety profile and are an important tool in the armamentarium of a neurosurgeon for the resection of deep intracranial lesions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e50-e60
JournalWorld Neurosurgery
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018



  • Brain tumor
  • BrainPath
  • Colloid cyst
  • Endoscope
  • Endoscopic surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Tubular retractor
  • VBAS
  • Vycor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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