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Fully endoscopic posterior fossa decompression for Chiari malformation type I: illustrative case

Daniel Staribacher, Guenther C Feigl, Gavin Britz, and Dzmitry Kuzmin

BACKGROUND

Surgery for symptomatic Arnold-Chiari malformation type I involves posterior fossa decompression. There are various approaches, including endoscope-assisted ones. New possibilities and fields of application of fully endoscopic techniques are currently being developed since new and advanced endoscopic equipment and instrumentation are available.

OBSERVATIONS

The authors describe the case of a fully endoscopic microsurgical procedure in a 30-year-old female patient with progressive vertigo who was diagnosed with Chiari malformation type I. Neuronavigation and neuromonitoring were used during the surgery.

LESSONS

Fully endoscopic surgery can be successfully performed in patients with Chiari malformation I. Intraoperative neuromonitoring and neuronavigation increase safety during this procedure.

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Management of failed Chiari decompression and intrasyringeal hemorrhage in Noonan syndrome: illustrative cases

Cody J. Falls, Paul S. Page, Garret P. Greeneway, Daniel K. Resnick, and James A. Stadler III

BACKGROUND

Noonan syndrome (NS) is a rare genetic RASopathy with multisystem implications. The disorder is typically characterized by short stature, distinctive facial features, intellectual disability, developmental delay, chest deformity, and congenital heart disease. NS may be inherited or arise secondary to spontaneous mutations of genes in the Ras/mitogen activated protein kinase signaling pathways.

OBSERVATIONS

Numerous case reports exist detailing the association between NS and Chiari I malformation (CM-I), although this relationship has not been fully established. Patients with NS who present with CM-I requiring operation have shown high rates reoperation for failed decompression. The authors reported two patients with NS, CM-I, and syringomyelia who had prior posterior fossa decompressions without syrinx improvement. Both patients received reoperation with successful outcomes.

LESSONS

The authors highlighted the association between NS and CM-I and raised awareness that patients with these disorders may be at higher risk for failed posterior fossa decompression, necessitating reoperation.