Facial nerve sparing surgery for large vestibular schwannomas

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Background: Nowadays, there is a general trend in vestibular schwannoma (VS) surgery favoring near-total or subtotal tumor resection (NTR/STR) with facial nerve (FN) function preservation rather than gross total resection (GTR) with high risk of FN damage. Methods: The surgical technique of FN sparing in large VS includes patient-tailored image-guided craniotomy, continuous intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (INM), intracapsular wide tumor debulking, and only final extracapsular dissection with FN course identification and brainstem decompression. A small amount of residual tumor along the FN is accepted in order to not damage the nerve. Postoperative radiosurgery workup is then recommended. Conclusions: NTR/STR resection with FN function sparing is a valid option for large VS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1213-1218
Number of pages6
JournalActa Neurochirurgica
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2017


  • Cerebellopontine angle
  • Facial nerve
  • Intraoperative monitoring
  • Posterior fossa
  • Retrosigmoid approach
  • Vestibular schwannoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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