Proposed classification for the transbasal approach and its modifications

Iman Feiz-Erfan, Robert F. Spetzler, Eric M. Horn, Randall W. Porter, Stephen P. Beals, Salvatore C. Lettieri, Edward F. Joganic, Franco DeMonte

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The transbasal approach offers extradural exposure of the anterior midline skull base transcranially. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including trauma, craniofacial deformity, and tumors. This approach has been modified to enhance basal access. This article reviews the principle differences among modifications to the transbasal approach and introduces a new classification scheme. The rationale is to offer a uniform nomenclature to facilitate discussion of these approaches, their indications, and related issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-47
Number of pages19
JournalSkull Base
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008


  • Frontal fossa
  • Skull base
  • Subcranial
  • Subfrontal
  • Transbasal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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    Feiz-Erfan, I., Spetzler, R. F., Horn, E. M., Porter, R. W., Beals, S. P., Lettieri, S. C., Joganic, E. F., & DeMonte, F. (2008). Proposed classification for the transbasal approach and its modifications. Skull Base, 18(1), 29-47.