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Madjid Samii, Maysam Alimohamadi and Venelin Gerganov


Removal of jugular foramen (JF) tumors usually requires extensive skull base approaches and is frequently associated with postoperative morbidities such as lower cranial nerve injury. The endoscope-assisted retrosigmoid infralabyrinthine approach is a relatively new approach to tumors extending into the bony canal of the JF. The authors present their experience with this approach.


The endoscope-assisted retrosigmoid infralabyrinthine approach was used in 7 patients, including 5 with schwannomas and 2 with paragangliomas. The access to the tumor, extent of its removal, postoperative neurological outcome, and approach-related morbidities were evaluated.


Two patients had a history of previous partial tumor removal, and 1 was treated by embolization followed by two courses of Gamma Knife radiosurgery. In this latter patient near-total resection was achieved. Gross-total resection was possible in the remaining 6 patients. Five patients benefited from endoscopic assistance: in 2 patients it showed a tumor remnant after microscopic tumor removal, while in 3 patients it allowed safe removal of the intraforaminal tumor by visualizing the surrounding structures. No permanent neurological deficit was observed after the operation. Two patients presenting with swallowing disturbance had temporary postoperative worsening that improved later. One patient developed CSF leakage that was managed with a lumbar drain.


This study shows that the judicious application of the endoscope-assisted retrosigmoid infralabyrinthine approach is safe and effective for removal of the schwannomas extending into the JF and selected paragangliomas without significant luminal invasion of the sigmoid-jugular system.

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Maysam Alimohamadi, Christian Hartmann, Vincenzo Paterno and Madjid Samii

Erdheim-Chester disease (ECD) is non-Langerhans histiocytosis that can affect multiple organ systems. It usually affects middle-aged patients, and only a few reports of ECD in children appear in the literature. Central nervous system involvement is a common feature that usually occurs as infiltration of the hypothalamus-pituitary axis, cerebellum, and/or brainstem. Meningeal involvement occurs less commonly. In this article, the authors discuss a rare pediatric case of ECD presenting as an infiltrative mass of the trigeminal nerve and resembling the clinical and imaging features of a trigeminal schwannoma.

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Maysam Alimohamadi and Madjid Samii