Vascular lesions of the skull base

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Cerebrovascular diseases of the skull base represent a separate entity. Especially aneurysms located close to the skull base as well as dural arteriovenous fistulas require highly specialized neuroradiological diagnostics and an individualized treatment strategy being exactly tailored to the lesion. For different reasons there has been a shift to endovascular treatment of these vascular lesions of the skull base over the years. Modern supraselective microcatheters and further development and improvement of the different embolization materials nowadays allow a very selective occlusion of arteriovenous malformations. Furthermore, the ongoing development of endovascular coil technology and especially the modern methods of vessel wall reconstruction by stents have pushed back the complex surgical procedures for the microsurgical clipping of skull base aneurysms. But nevertheless, endovascular procedures will not completely replace microsurgical therapy in the foreseeable future. A problem for the younger generation and especially for the practical training of young skull base surgeons is the decreasing number of neurovascular cases due to the increasing number of endovascular cases. Furthermore, often very complex cases that are very difficult to operate on remain for microsurgical therapy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fukushima, T; Inoue, G; Zomorodi, A; König, A; Biegler, M; Spetzger, U; Hopf, NJ; Reisch, R; Kurucz, P

Published Date

  • January 1, 2017

Book Title

  • Surgery of the Skull Base: Practical Diagnosis and Therapy

Start / End Page

  • 243 - 300

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9783319640174

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-3-319-64018-1_6

Citation Source

  • Scopus