BackgroundBasilar tip aneurysms are one of the most complex vascular lesions to treat surgically because of their location, depth of the approach, and close proximity of vital neurovascular structures such as the mesencephalon, cranial nerves, perforating arteries to the thalamus. There are different surgical approaches utilized to reach basilar tip aneurysms, namely, pterional, pretemporal, orbitozygomatic, subtemporal, and anterior petrosectomy. Each of them has its advantages and limitations.
MethodsIn this paper, we present our personal experience with the use of subtemporal approach. The technique is described in detail including its nuances and potential pitfalls.
ResultsThe subtemporal approach is indicated for basilar tip aneurysms located at the level of the floor of the sella turcica to 1 cm above the dorsum sellae.
ConclusionSubtemporal approach offers good surgical corridor for the management of these complex vascular lesions.
SUBMITTER: Nakov VS