Surgical approaches to central skull base and postsurgical imaging

Mohamad R. Chaaban, Bradford A. Woodworth, Surjith Vattoth, R. Shane Tubbs, Kristen Owen Riley

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The close proximity to or intricate involvement of critical neurovascular structures in the central skull base region or both present unique surgical challenges. Varied surgical approaches may be used to remove tumors in this region, including open craniotomies and minimally invasive transnasal or transfacial endoscopic approaches. The ideal surgical technique is chosen based on multiple factors including the aggressiveness, histopathology, and location of the tumor with respect to regional neurovascular elements. Postsurgical image analysis of the central skull base requires an intimate understanding of preoperative and expected postoperative appearance in relation to the nature of the excision and surgical materials used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)476-489
Number of pages14
JournalSeminars in Ultrasound, CT and MRI
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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