Objective: To assess our clinical experience in treating midline intracranial pathology using minimally invasive surgical techniques. Design: Retrospective chart review of patients undergoing endoscopic endonasal resection of clival chordomas. Setting: Two tertiary referral centers in Australia and New Zealand. Main Outcome: Measures Patients were assessed by intraoperative findings (macroscopic resection rate, tumor size, and operative complications) and clinical outcomes (residual disease, postoperative complications, recurrence rate, and mortality). Results: Fourteen patients underwent endoscopic resection of clival chordomas (seven primary, seven revision) with a mean follow-up of 41.45 months (3 to 104 months). Macroscopic resection rates were 71% and 29%, respectively. Mean operative time was 386 minutes. Overall cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak rate was 3/14 (21%) and, using the nasoseptal flap, it was 0/5 (0%). Two patients developed late recurrence; one died of disease and one was treated with intensity modulated radiation therapy. Overall mortality was 2/14 (14%). Conclusion: Endoscopic resection of clival chordomas is a safe and viable alternative to the traditional open approach. The nasoseptal flap is an excellentmethod of obtaining a watertight skull base closure. Furthermore, this series highlighted the fact that the primary attempt at surgery offers the best chance to achieve a total resection.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Neurological Surgery Part B: Skull Base|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|