Minimally invasive approach to resection of paraspinal schwannoma

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In this video, the authors demonstrate a minimally invasive approach and resection of a paraspinal schwannoma. Using an expandable retractor, the authors were able to identify important adjacent bony landmarks and hence visualize and remove this peripheral nerve sheath tumor. While a tubular retractor is commonly used for interbody fusion procedures, the location of the tumor allowed this minimally invasive approach resulting in excellent access, minimal soft-tissue injury, and a short hospital stay. The authors present this approach as a less invasive and yet effective technique for resection of otherwise difficult-to-access nerve lesions.

The video can be found here: https://youtu.be/89OY5wdMB_k.

In this video, the authors demonstrate a minimally invasive approach and resection of a paraspinal schwannoma. Using an expandable retractor, the authors were able to identify important adjacent bony landmarks and hence visualize and remove this peripheral nerve sheath tumor. While a tubular retractor is commonly used for interbody fusion procedures, the location of the tumor allowed this minimally invasive approach resulting in excellent access, minimal soft-tissue injury, and a short hospital stay. The authors present this approach as a less invasive and yet effective technique for resection of otherwise difficult-to-access nerve lesions.

The video can be found here: https://youtu.be/89OY5wdMB_k.

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CORRESPONDENCE Noojan Kazemi: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR. njkazemi@uams.edu.INCLUDE WHEN CITING Published online January 1, 2018; DOI: http://thejns.org/doi/abs/10.3171/2018.1.FocusVid.17572.
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