We present an effective and easily applied technique for cisterna magna reconstruction with arachnoid suturing in brainstem surgery. Suturing with 10-0 monofilament was done in a patient with a medulla oblongata hemangioblastoma (diagnosed von Hippel-Lindau disease). Seven years later, follow-up imaging revealed a new lesion close to the previous one and the patient underwent reoperation. The craniotomy and dural incision were repeated, and the intact arachnoid was visualized with no meningocerebral adhesions. This technique preserves normal anatomic landmarks and facilitates and shortens dissection in reoperations, almost like a virgin case. We propose this technique for every lower brainstem and fourth ventricle procedure.
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