The endoscope-assisted ventral approach compared with open microscope-assisted surgery for clival chordomas.

@article{Komotar2011TheEV,
  title={The endoscope-assisted ventral approach compared with open microscope-assisted surgery for clival chordomas.},
  author={Ricardo J. Komotar and Robert M Starke and Daniel M S Raper and Vijay Kumar Anand and Theodore H. Schwartz},
  journal={World neurosurgery},
  year={2011},
  volume={76 3-4},
  pages={
          318-27; discussion 259-62
        }
}
BACKGROUND The current management paradigm for clival chordomas includes cytoreductive surgery with adjuvant radiotherapy. Surgical approaches have traditionally utilized the microscope to remove these lesions through approaches that require extensive bone drilling, brain retraction, and mobilization of normal anatomy to create a suitably large corridor. The endoscopic ventral approaches provide a direct route to the tumor using natural orifices. Little data exist comparing these 2 surgical… CONTINUE READING

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