Analysis of single-staged resection of a fourth ventricular tumor via a combined infratentorial-supracerebellar and telovelar approach: Case report and review of the literature

Christoph J. Griessenauer, R. Shane Tubbs, Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION The authors explore a combined infratentorial-supracerebellar and telovelar approach in an adult, while avoiding vermian-splitting methods for a large, midline, fourth-ventricular tumor, unapproachable though a single traditional route. Experience with a combined surgical approach for pediatric patients has been published, but the authors believe that describing this combined method in an adult will provide a preliminary experience for further exploration of this approach in other adult patients. PRESENTATION OF CASE The authors present a review of the literature along with the case of a 60-year-old man with slight ataxia who presented with a 1-month history of gait difficulty and memory lapse. His MRI of the brain showed mild hydrocephalus and a large tumor of the fourth ventricle. Surgical removal through a suboccipital craniotomy was attempted, and part of the tumor overlying the tectum and the superior cerebellar velum was removed without difficulty. However, despite inferior retraction of the vermis, which allowed further resection of the tumor from the fourth ventricle, residual tumor in the caudal surgical resection cavity was present. Partial transection of the vermis was considered, but avoided because of potential neurological deficits. Instead, the authors redirected their approach and exposed the residual tumor by transecting the inferior medullary velum and removed additional tumor while avoiding the floor of the fourth ventricle. The infratentorial-supracerebellar and telovelar approach resulted in total gross resection of the tumor. DISCUSSION For patients with large midline tumors that arise from the superior vermis or the quadrigeminal plate and fill the upper third of the fourth ventricular space, this combined approach may offer a unique possibility of safe tumor removal. CONCLUSION This case demonstrates the benefit of a combined approach for a select group of patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)842-845
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Volume4
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 28 2013

Keywords

  • Brain neoplasm
  • Cranial fossa
  • Fourth ventricle
  • Neurosurgical procedures
  • Posterior
  • Supracerebellar-infratentorial approach
  • Telovelar approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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