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Seong-eun Park, Ju-seong Kim, Eun Kyung Park, Kyu-Won Shim, and Dong-Seok Kim

OBJECTIVE

For patients with moyamoya disease (MMD), surgical intervention is usually required because of progressive occlusion of the internal carotid artery. The indirect bypass method has been widely accepted as the treatment of choice in pediatric patients. However, in adult patients with MMD, the most effective treatment method remains a matter of debate. Here, the authors compared the clinical outcomes from MMD patients treated with either extracranial-intracranial arterial bypass (EIAB; 43 hemispheres) or modified encephaloduroarteriosynangiosis (mEDAS; 75 hemispheres) to investigate whether mEDAS is an effective surgical method for treating adults with symptomatic MMD.

METHODS

A comparative analysis was performed in patients treated using either mEDAS or EIAB. Collateral grading, collateral vein counting, and symptom analysis were used to assess the outcome of surgery.

RESULTS

Seventy-seven percent (58/75) of mEDAS cases and 83.7% (36/43) of EIAB cases in the analysis experienced improvement in their symptoms after surgery. Furthermore, patients in 98.7% (74/75) of mEDAS cases and those in 95.3% (41/43) of EIAB cases exhibited improved collateral grades. Increases in regions of perfusion were seen after both procedures.

CONCLUSIONS

Modified EDAS and EIAB both result in positive outcomes for symptomatic adults with MMD. However, when considering the benefit of both surgeries, the authors propose mEDAS, a simpler and less strenuous surgery with a lower risk of complications, as a sufficient and safe treatment option for symptomatic adults with MMD.

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Eui Hyun Kim, Jihwan Yoo, In-Ho Jung, Ji Woong Oh, Ju-Seong Kim, Jin Sook Yoon, Ju Hyung Moon, Seok-Gu Kang, Jong Hee Chang, and Tae Hoon Roh

OBJECTIVE

The insula is a complex anatomical structure. Accessing tumors in the insula remains a challenge due to its anatomical complexity and the high chance of morbidity. The goal of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of an endoscopic transorbital approach (ETOA) to the insular region based on a cadaveric study.

METHODS

One cadaveric head was used to study the anatomy of the insula and surrounding vessels. Then, anatomical dissection was performed in 4 human cadaveric heads using a dedicated endoscopic system with the aid of neuronavigation guidance. To assess the extent of resection, CT scanning was performed before and after dissection. The insular region was directly exposed by a classic transcranial approach to check the extent of resection from the side with a classic transcranial approach.

RESULTS

The entire procedure consisted of two phases: an extradural orbital phase and an intradural sylvian phase. After eyelid incision, the sphenoid bone and orbital roof were extensively drilled out with exposure of the frontal and temporal dural layers. After making a dural window, the anterior ramus of the sylvian fissure was opened and dissected. The M2 segment of the middle cerebral artery (MCA) was identified and traced posterolaterally. A small corticectomy was performed on the posterior orbital gyrus. Through the window between the lateral lenticulostriate arteries and M2, the cortex and medulla of the insula were resected in an anteroposterior direction without violation of the M2 segment of the MCA or its major branches. When confirmed by pterional craniotomy, the sylvian fissure and the MCA were found to be anatomically preserved. After validation of the feasibility and safety based on a cadaveric study, the ETOA was successfully performed in a patient with a high-grade glioma (WHO grade III) in the right insula.

CONCLUSIONS

The transorbital route can be considered a potential option to access tumors located in the insula. Using an ETOA, the MCA and its major branches were identified and preserved while removal was performed along the long axis of the insula. In particular, lesions in the anterior part of the insula are most benefited by this approach. Because this approach was implemented in only one patient, additional discussion and further verification is required.