Purely endoscopic removal of a parasagittal/falx meningioma

Sergey Spektor*, Emil Margolin, Ron Eliashar, Samuel Moscovici

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Background: Endoscopic techniques are an integral part of the neurosurgical armamentarium with a growing list of indications. We describe the purely endoscopic removal of an atypical parasagittal meningioma in a patient who could not undergo standard craniotomy due to severe scalp atrophy following childhood irradiation for tinea capitis. Methods: A 68-year-old man in good general health presented with a parasagittal meningioma that recurred following subtotal removal and adjuvant fractionated stereotactic radiosurgery (FSR). The scalp above the tumor location was very diseased and precluded a regular craniotomy for tumor removal. A 4-cm craniotomy was made in the midline forehead, where the skin was normal. A rigid endoscope was advanced under neuronavigation through the interhemispheric fissure, which provided good access with limited retraction, until the tumor was encountered at a depth of 7–8 cm. Two surgeons performed the surgery using a “four-hands technique”. The tumor was removed and the insertion area was resected and coagulated. Results: The surgery was uneventful, with no coagulation or transection of major veins. A subtotal resection was achieved, and the patient recovered with no neurological deficit. Conclusions: Safe resection of parasagittal meningiomas with a purely endoscopic technique is feasible.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)451-456
Number of pages6
JournalActa Neurochirurgica
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • Atypical meningioma
  • Endoscopic neurosurgery
  • Irradiation in childhood
  • Parasagittal/falx meningioma
  • Radiation-induced meningioma
  • Tinea capitis


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