Retrograde dissection of the temporalis muscle preventing muscle atrophy for pterional craniotomy

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  • 1 Department of Neurosurgery, Shinshu University School of Medicine, Matsumoto, Japan; and Department of Neurosurgery, Showa-Inan General Hospital, Komagane, Japan
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✓ A procedure for preventing muscle atrophy in pterional craniotomy by temporalis muscle dissection is described, along with anatomical considerations. The inferior to superior dissection of the temporalis muscle is a very simple technique and is less invasive than other approaches.

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Current address for Dr. Oikawa:, University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas.Address reprint requests to: Susumu Oikawa, M.D., Department of Neurosurgery, Shinshu University School of Medicine, Asahi 3–1–1, Matsumoto 390, Japan.
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