Skull-base reconstruction

Mark Wax, Philomena Mufalli Behar

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Abstract

A combined craniofacial approach to lesions of the skull base has allowed for treatment of what was previously unresectable disease. In the past, patients were often treated palliatively. Currently, combinations of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are securing high rates of local control. The cornerstone of treatment of many skull-base lesions has become a combined neurosurgical/head and neck approach. Advancements in preoperative radiographic imaging along with improved surgical techniques have allowed larger composite resections. The aim of reconstruction is to obtain adequate functional and cosmetic results while minimizing postoperative complications. Meticulous reconstruction of the skull base is required to avoid the potentially lethal complications of cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea, meningitis, and brain herniation. As the surgical defects have become larger and more complex, so has the need to obliterate these defects in order to improve quality of life. Depending on the size of the cavity to be reconstructed, techniques and options vary from split-thickness skin grafts and pericranial flaps to free rectus abdominus flaps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-262
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

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Skull Base
Cerebrospinal Fluid Rhinorrhea
Rectus Abdominis
Free Tissue Flaps
Meningitis
Cosmetics
Neck
Head
Quality of Life
Radiation
Transplants
Drug Therapy
Skin
Brain
Therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery

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Skull-base reconstruction. / Wax, Mark; Behar, Philomena Mufalli.

In: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Vol. 5, No. 4, 1997, p. 259-262.

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Wax, Mark ; Behar, Philomena Mufalli. / Skull-base reconstruction. In: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. 1997 ; Vol. 5, No. 4. pp. 259-262.
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