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Masafumi Fukuda, Makoto Oishi, Tetsuya Hiraishi, Akihiko Saito and Yukihiko Fujii

Object

The purpose of this study was to determine whether monitoring of pharyngeal motor evoked potentials (PhMEPs) elicited by transcranial electrical stimulation during skull base tumor surgery might be useful for predicting postoperative swallowing deterioration.

Methods

The authors analyzed PhMEPs in 21 patients during 22 surgical procedures for the treatment of skull base tumors. Corkscrew electrodes positioned at C3 or C4 and Cz were used to deliver supramaximal stimuli (220–550 V). Pharyngeal MEPs were recorded from the posterior wall of the pharynx through a modified endotracheal tube. The correlation between the final/baseline PhMEP ratio and postoperative swallowing function was examined.

Results

Postoperative swallowing function was significantly (p < 0.05), although not strongly (r = −0.47), correlated with the final/baseline PhMEP ratio. A PhMEP ratio < 50% was recorded during 4 of 22 procedures; in all 4 of these cases, the patients experienced postoperative deterioration of swallowing function. After 18 procedures, the PhMEP ratios remained > 50%; nevertheless, after 4 (22.2%) of these 18 procedures, patients showed deterioration of swallowing function.

Conclusions

Intraoperative PhMEP monitoring can be useful for predicting swallowing deterioration following skull base surgery, especially in patients with swallowing disturbances that are mainly due to reduction in the motor functions of the pharyngeal muscles.

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Shinya Jinguji, Kouichirou Okamoto, Junichi Yoshimura, Yuichiro Yoneoka, Ryousuke Ogura, Akihiko Saito and Yukihiko Fujii

The authors report a rare case involving the occurrence of metachronous pure germinomas long after treatment of a mixed germ cell tumor (GCT) categorized as having a poor prognosis. A neurohypophysial germinoma occurred 4 years and 6 months after the initial treatment of a mixed pineal GCT containing a yolk sac tumor and a germinoma. Furthermore, intramedullary germinomas occurred 21 years after the initial treatment of the mixed GCT and 15 years after the second treatment of the neurohypophysial germinoma. The neurohypophysial germinoma was not confirmed histopathologically, but the intramedullary germinoma was histopathologically diagnosed as a pure germinoma. Serum α-fetoprotein levels at the second neurohypophysial and third intramedullary occurrences of the germinomas were less than 10 ng/ml. Therefore, no yolk sac components seemed to be contained in the tumors. The second neurohypophysial and third intramedullary germinomas might be recurrences of the germinoma component of the pineal mixed GCT, which consisted of a yolk sac tumor and a germinoma. However, it seems very unlikely that only the germinoma, categorized in the good prognosis group, would be the only one to recur. Hence, it seems plausible that both the second and the third occurrences of pure germinoma were de novo metachronous GCTs arising after the pineal mixed GCT was cured. The authors' case indicates the possibility of multicentric GCTs in the CNS.

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Makoto Oishi, Masafumi Fukuda, Naoki Yajima, Kenzo Yoshida, Machiko Takahashi, Tetsuya Hiraishi, Tetsuro Takao, Akihiko Saito and Yukihiko Fujii

Object

In this paper, the authors' goal was to report their novel presurgical simulation method applying interactive virtual simulation (IVS) using 3D computer graphics (CG) data and microscopic observation of color-printed plaster models based on these CG data in surgery for skull base and deep tumors.

Methods

For 25 operations in 23 patients with skull base or deep intracranial tumors (meningiomas, schwannomas, epidermoid tumors, chordomas, and others), the authors carried out presurgical simulation based on 3D CG data created by image analysis for radiological data. Interactive virtual simulation was performed by modifying the 3D CG data to imitate various surgical procedures, such as bone drilling, brain retraction, and tumor removal, with manipulation of a haptic device. The authors also produced color-printed plaster models of modified 3D CG data by a selective laser sintering method and observed them under the operative microscope.

Results

In all patients, IVS provided detailed and realistic surgical perspectives of sufficient quality, thereby allowing surgeons to determine an appropriate and feasible surgical approach. Surgeons agreed that in 44% of the 25 operations IVS showed high utility (as indicated by a rating of “prominent”) in comprehending 3D microsurgical anatomies for which reconstruction using only 2D images was complicated. Microscopic observation of color-printed plaster models in 12 patients provided further utility in confirming realistic surgical anatomies.

Conclusions

The authors' presurgical simulation method applying advanced 3D imaging and modeling techniques provided a realistic environment for practicing microsurgical procedures virtually and enabled the authors to ascertain complex microsurgical anatomy, to determine the optimal surgical strategies, and also to efficiently educate neurosurgical trainees, especially during surgery for skull base and deep tumors.

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Junichi Yoshimura, Yoshihiro Tsukamoto, Masakazu Sano, Hitoshi Hasegawa, Kazuhiko Nishino, Akihiko Saito, Masafumi Fukuda, Kouichirou Okamoto and Yukihiko Fujii

The authors report a rare case of a huge hypervascular tentorial cavernous angioma treated with preoperative endovascular embolization, followed by successful gross-total removal. A 15-year-old girl presented with scintillation, diplopia, and papilledema. Computed tomography and MRI studies revealed a huge irregularly shaped tumor located in the right occipital and suboccipital regions. The tumor, which had both intra- and extradural components, showed marked enhancement and invasion of the overlying occipital bone. Angiography revealed marked tumor stain, with blood supply mainly from a large branch of the left posterior meningeal artery. Therefore, this lesion was diagnosed as a tentorium-based extraaxial tumor. For differential diagnosis, meningioma, hemangiopericytoma, and malignant skull tumor were considered. Tumor feeders were endovascularly embolized with particles of polyvinyl alcohol. On the following day, the tumor was safely gross totally removed with minimum blood loss. Histopathological examination confirmed the diagnosis of cavernous angioma. To date, there have been no reports of tentorium-based cavernous angiomas endovascularly embolized preoperatively. A tentorial cavernous angioma is most likely to show massive intraoperative bleeding. Therefore, preoperative embolization appears to be quite useful for safe maximum resection. Hence, the authors assert that the differential diagnosis of tentorium-based tumors should include tentorial cavernous angioma, for which preoperative endovascular embolization should be considered.