The combined interhemispheric subcommissural translaminaterminalis approach for large craniopharyngiomas

Pietro Mortini, Filippo Gagliardi, Nicola Boari, Fabio Roberti, Anthony J. Caputy

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Objective: We describe a variant of the interhemispheric translaminaterminalis approach for the resection of large suprasellar craniopharyngiomas. The approach is a translaminaterminalis route performed below and above the anterior communicating artery (ACoA). A cadaveric microanatomic study was conducted to describe the surgical technique. Methods: Four cadaveric specimens fixed with gluteraldehyde and injected with latex were dissected to illustrate the approach. Results: The surgical steps of the approach are reported. The ACoA anatomy was studied. In particular, the surgical route in-between and lateral to the first and second segments of the anterior cerebral artery and the ACoA complex were examined. The approach was adopted in a clinical setting; two illustrative cases regarding the removal of large craniopharyngiomas with suprasellar extension through this route are described. Conclusions: The approach with preservation of the ACoA may represent a possible route to manage large suprasellar lesions. Combination of the unilateral interhemispheric corridor with the subfrontal and the trans-sylvian routes allows for a safe and radical resection of large suprasellar craniopharyngiomas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-166
Number of pages7
JournalWorld Neurosurgery
Volume80
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013

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Craniopharyngioma
Arteries
Anterior Cerebral Artery
Latex
Anatomy

Keywords

  • Anterior communicating artery
  • Craniopharyngiomas
  • Interhemispheric approach
  • Translaminaterminalis

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  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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The combined interhemispheric subcommissural translaminaterminalis approach for large craniopharyngiomas. / Mortini, Pietro; Gagliardi, Filippo; Boari, Nicola; Roberti, Fabio; Caputy, Anthony J.

In: World Neurosurgery, Vol. 80, No. 1-2, 07.2013, p. 160-166.

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Mortini, Pietro ; Gagliardi, Filippo ; Boari, Nicola ; Roberti, Fabio ; Caputy, Anthony J. / The combined interhemispheric subcommissural translaminaterminalis approach for large craniopharyngiomas. In: World Neurosurgery. 2013 ; Vol. 80, No. 1-2. pp. 160-166.
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