Retrosigmoid Approach for Sporadic Vestibular Schwannoma: Patient Selection, Technical Pearls, and Hearing Results.
Otolaryngologic clinics of North America
The retrosigmoid corridor provides the most broadly applied approach for resection of sporadic vestibular schwannoma. It may be utilized for any size tumor and for patients with intact hearing with the intention of hearing preservation. For larger tumors, the skull base surgeon must weigh the benefits the retrosigmoid approach against those of the translabyrinthine route. For smaller tumors where hearing preservation is a goal, the retrosigmoid approach is contrasted to the middle fossa route. Hearing preservation is most likely for patients with small and medially located intracanalicular tumors with minimal extension into the cerebellopontine angle, and excellent preoperative hearing.
Lucas JC, Fan CJ, Jacob JT, Babu SC. Retrosigmoid approach for sporadic vestibular schwannoma: patient selection, technical pearls, and hearing results. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2023 Jun;56(3):509-520. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2023.02.010. PMID: 37045731.