We reviewed the cases of 75 patients who underwent an extended subcranial approach to the anterior skull base for treatment of various tumors (35 patients), repair of craniofacial trauma injury (33 patients), or cerebrospinal fluid leakage (10 patients). Preoperative evaluation and surgical procedures were reassessed. Significant complications in the oncology group consisted of one hematoma requiring aspiration, 2 cases of transient pneumocephalus, 2 osteocutaneous fistulae and 2 epiphoras. In the trauma group, one patient died from intracerebral damage, 2 presented with transient pneumocephalus, 5 with telecanthus and 5 with enophthalmy. The most frequent late complication in all three groups was anosmia. Based on this review, we feel that this technique is a safe and effective procedure for the surgical treatment of various pathological conditions involving the anterior skull base.
|Translated title of the contribution||The subcranial approach to the anterior skull base. Retrospective study of 75 cases|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Annales Francaises d'Oto-Rhino-Laryngologie et de Pathologie Cervico-Faciale|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2000|
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