Translabyrinthine removal of large acoustic neuromas.
RJ Briggs, WM Luxford, JS Atkins, WE Hitselberger
Neurosurgery | Published : 1994
Several surgical approaches to the cerebellopontine angle and internal auditory canal have been developed for the removal of acoustic neuromas. The choice of an approach may be influenced by hearing levels and tumor size. We reviewed the records of the primary translabyrinthine removal of 167 large (> or = 4 cm) acoustic neuromas performed between 1982 and 1990. Patients ranged in age from 15 to 83 years, with a mean of 43 years (male, 49%; female, 51%). Total removal was achieved in 95%. The facial nerve was preserved anatomically intact in 91%. At follow-up (mean, 2.1 yr), facial nerve function was acceptable (Grades I-IV) in 75% and good (Grades I-II) in 42%. Vascular complications occurr..View full abstract