CLINICS

Clinics (Sao Paulo). 2017 September; 72(9): 554-561.
doi:10.6061/clinics/2017(09)06

Copyright © 2017 CLINICS

Endoscopic endonasal approach for mass resection of the pterygopalatine fossa

Jan Plzák I * , Vít Kratochvil I , Adam Kešner I , Pavol Šurda II , Aleš Vlasák III , Eduard Zvěřina I

Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, 1st Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, University Hospital Motol, V Úvalu 84, 150 06, Prague 5, Czech Republic

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, Great Maze Pond, SE1 9RT London, UK

Department of Neurosurgery, 2nd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, University Hospital Motol, V Úvalu 84, 150 06, Prague 5, Czech Republic

*Corresponding author. E-mail: jan.plzak@lf1.cuni.cz

received April 18, 2017; revised May 29, 2017; accepted July 7, 2017.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Access to the pterygopalatine fossa is very difficult due to its complex anatomy. Therefore, an open approach is traditionally used, but morbidity is unavoidable. To overcome this problem, an endoscopic endonasal approach was developed as a minimally invasive procedure. The surgical aim of the present study was to evaluate the utility of the endoscopic endonasal approach for the management of both benign and malignant tumors of the pterygopalatine fossa.

METHOD:

We report our experience with the endoscopic endonasal approach for the management of both benign and malignant tumors and summarize recent recommendations. A total of 13 patients underwent surgery via the endoscopic endonasal approach for pterygopalatine fossa masses from 2014 to 2016. This case group consisted of 12 benign tumors (10 juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibromas and two schwannomas) and one malignant tumor.

RESULTS:

No recurrent tumor developed during the follow-up period. One residual tumor (juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma) that remained in the cavernous sinus was stable. There were no significant complications. Typical sequelae included hypesthesia of the maxillary nerve, trismus, and dry eye syndrome.

CONCLUSION:

The low frequency of complications together with the high efficacy of resection support the use of the endoscopic endonasal approach as a feasible, safe, and beneficial technique for the management of masses in the pterygopalatine fossa.

Keywords: Endoscopic Endonasal Approach, Pterygopalatine Fossa, Skull Base, Tumor


Articles from Clinics are provided here courtesy of
Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo

2nd © Copyright 2007 - Revista Clinics - All rights reserved