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Decision Making in Lateral Skull Base Surgery

Suresh Sankhla, KP Morwani, Rahul Agrawal, Narayan Jayashankar

Keywords : Vestibular schwannoma,Glomus tumors,Petroclival,Facial nerve

Citation Information : Sankhla S, Morwani K, Agrawal R, Jayashankar N. Decision Making in Lateral Skull Base Surgery. Int J Otorhinolaryngol Clin 2011; 3 (1):1-6.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10003-1048

Published Online: 01-08-2011

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2011; The Author(s).


Lateral skull base surgery encompasses a number of lesions and also a variety of approaches to deal with them. Correct understanding of the nature of the lesion as also various patient factors are used to decide on surgical option wherever indicated. The extent of the lesion and also the involvement of structures adjacent to the lesion is discussed with the neuroradiology team, and is very important in deciding the most favorable surgical approach. The subject is explained preoperatively about staging of the procedure, if needed. The principle is to gain maximal exposure of the lesion with good control of the neurovascular structures along the surgical route, so as to minimize morbidity. Correct decision making and good skill help in achieving the best possible results.

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