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Akikazu Nakamura, Akitsugu Kawashima, Hugo Andrade-Barazarte, Takayuki Funatsu, Juha Hernesniemi, and Takakazu Kawamata

OBJECTIVE

Patients with pediatric moyamoya disease (PMMD) showing recurrent symptoms or decreased cerebral blood flow after initial revascularization therapy may require additional revascularization to improve their clinical condition. The authors evaluated the clinical and hemodynamic benefits of an occipital artery (OA)–middle cerebral artery (MCA) bypass for patients with PMMD who have undergone an initial revascularization procedure.

METHODS

The authors retrospectively identified 9 patients with PMMD who had undergone OA-MCA bypass between March 2013 and December 2017, and who had received a previous superficial temporal artery–MCA bypass. The following clinical data were collected: initial revascularization procedure, symptoms (presence or recurrence), pre- and postoperative cerebral blood flow and cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) changes, posterior cerebral artery (PCA) stenosis, PCA-related and nonrelated symptoms, and latest follow-up.

RESULTS

Preoperatively, all patients (n = 9) suffered non–PCA-related recurrent symptoms, and 4 had PCA-related symptoms. At 1-year follow-up, all patients with PCA-related symptoms showed complete recovery. Additionally, 8 (89%) patients with non-PCA symptoms experienced improvement. Only 1 (11%) patient showed no improvement after the surgical procedure. The mean pre- and postoperative CVR values of the MCA territory were 14.8% and 31.3%, respectively, whereas the respective mean CVR values of the PCA territory were 22.8% and 40.0%.

CONCLUSIONS

The OA-MCA bypass is an effective rescue therapy to improve the clinical condition and hemodynamic changes caused by PMMD in patients who experience recurrent symptoms after initial revascularization.

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Hugo Andrade-Barazarte, Krunal Patel, Mazda K. Turel, Francesco Doglietto, Anne Agur, Fred Gentili, Rachel Tymianski, Vitor Mendes Pereira, Michael Tymianski, and Ivan Radovanovic

OBJECTIVE

The evolution of microsurgical and endoscopic techniques has allowed the development of less invasive transcranial approaches. The authors describe a purely endoscopic transpterional port craniotomy to access lesions involving the cavernous sinus and the anterolateral skull base.

METHODS

Through single- or dual-port incisions and with direct endoscopic visualization, the authors performed an endoscopic transpterional port approach (ETPA) using a 4-mm straight endoscope in 8 sides of 4 formalin-fixed cadaveric heads injected with colored latex. A main working port incision is made just below the superior temporal line and behind the hairline. An optional 0.5- to 1-cm second skin port incision is made on the lateral supraorbital region, allowing multiangle endoscopic visualization and maneuverability. A 1.5- to 2-cm craniotomy centered over the pterion is done through the main port, which allows an extradural exposure of the cavernous sinus region and extra/intradural exposure of the frontal and temporal cranial fossae. The authors present a pilot surgical series of 17 ETPA procedures and analyze the surgical indications and clinical outcomes retrospectively.

RESULTS

The initial stage of this work on cadavers provided familiarity with the technique, standardized its steps, and showed its anatomical limits. The clinical ETPA was applied to gain access into the cavernous sinus, as well as for aneurysm clipping and meningioma resection. Overall, perioperative complications occurred in 1 patient (6%), there was no mortality, and at last follow-up all patients had a modified Rankin Scale score of 0 or 1.

CONCLUSIONS

The ETPA provides a less invasive, focused, and direct route to the cavernous sinus, and to the frontal and temporal cranial fossae, and it is feasible in clinical practice for selected indications with good results.