Transfacial Exposures of the Anterior Skull Base and Cervical Spine: Straightforward "Line-of-Sight" Algorithm for Selection of Approach.
Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
ABSTRACT: Surgical treatment for tumors of the skull base remains gross total resection with microscopic negative margins. Sufficient surgical access is paramount to adequate treatment but must be balanced with patient morbidity and protection of vital neurovascular structures. While endoscopic surgery has made transfacial access less common, there are still indications for open transfacial exposure including tumors that involve facial soft tissues, the palate, anterolateral frontal sinus, dural involvement lateral to the mid-pupillary line, tumor recurrence/repeat resection, and/or lack of access to endoscopic equipment or expertise. The authors present a "line-of-sight" algorithm for selection of approach, discuss pre-operative planning, review selected clinical experiences, and discuss the role of microsurgery and prevention of complications.
Powers JM, Sachanandani N, Chaiyasate K. Transfacial Exposures of the Anterior Skull Base and Cervical Spine: Straightforward "Line-of-Sight" Algorithm for Selection of Approach. J Craniofac Surg. 2021 May 1;32(Suppl 3):1269-1274. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000007332. PMID: 33710058.