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01.06.2014 | Rhinology | Ausgabe 6/2014

European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology 6/2014

Initial experiences with endoscopic rhino-neurosurgery in Amsterdam

European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology > Ausgabe 6/2014
Rick de Bruin, Wouter R. van Furth, Dagmar Verbaan, Christos Georgalas, W. F. Fokkens, S. M. Reinartz


Endoscopic surgery of the skull base has been on the rise for several years. Endoscopic access for surgery can be achieved from the frontal sinus anteriorly along the skull base to the odontoid process posterior inferiorly. An endoscope is inserted through one nasal corridor and allows visualization of the working field and up to three surgical instruments can be used to address the lesion. This is called the “two nostrils–four hands technique”. This is a retrospective study of 67 cases. Setting of the study is an Amsterdam University hospital. Cases were identified in the department of otorhinolaryngology and department of neurosurgery database. All patients operated between 1 January, 2008 and 1 February, 2012 with pituitary tumours that extend beyond the sella, sinonasal tumours and all non-pituitary skull-base tumours were included. Mean tumour diameter was 3.8 cm. We performed a near-to-gross total resection in 92 % of cases where we intended to perform a total resection. The most frequent complication was CSF leakage. This study demonstrates that this technique is safe and reliable. What is needed is a dedicated team, which includes a dedicated anesthesiologist, endocrinologist, ophthalmologist, and radiation oncologist.

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