The management of cavernous malformations of the brain is markedly influenced by the location of the lesions themselves. In the last decade, resection of cavernomas arising in the dominant insular lobe has been deemed safe only with the guidance of neuronavigation. Most navigation equipment, however, shares some minor drawbacks, including costs, longer operating time, and a variable loss of accuracy due to intraoperative brain shift. In this paper the authors present the case of a left dominant insular cavernoma that was successfully removed using a novel form of navigation that they call magnetic resonance imaging-based corticotopography. This technique, which is unaffected by the brain shift phenomenon, provided a simple and inexpensive alternative to standard neuronavigation. Selected cases of subcortical brain lesions could be conveniently approached using the same technique.
|Publication status||Published - 2006|