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Supratentorial meningiomas of the skull base
Author(s): G. Maira; P. R. Amante; C. Anile; S. Carletti
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Paper Abstract

Different lasers are today used in many neurosurgical centers, in clinical practice or in basic and clinical research. Even if the laser effects have been studied in other pathological conditions, the laser technology has been mostly applied to the treatment of intracranial tumors. This paper will be mainly concerned with the aspects of surgical technique regarding the supratentorial meningiomas of the skull base, derived from our experience with a series of skull base meningiomas operated on between January 1981 and July 1996. The subject of our analysis are 110 patients who underwent a total of 121 operations. In addition to simple bipolar coagulation and removal of the mass in small coagulated fragments, we have utilized various lasers with different sources of emission, namely CO2, Argon and Nd:YAG. The CO2 laser was utilized in 10 cases, the Argon laser in 2 cases and the Nd:YAG laser in 27 cases in both the contact and remote modalities. Among these last 27 patients a total removal was achieved in 96 percent, against 86 percent obtained in the remaining 83 meningiomas. Six patients were reoperated on for recurrences; none of them had been operated on using the Nd:YAG laser.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 December 1996
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2922, Laser Applications in Medicine and Dentistry, (3 December 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.260704
Show Author Affiliations
G. Maira, Istituto di Neurochirurgia (Italy)
P. R. Amante, Istituto di Neurochirurgia (Italy)
C. Anile, Istituto di Neurochirurgia (Italy)
S. Carletti, Istituto di Neurochirurgia (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2922:
Laser Applications in Medicine and Dentistry
Gregory B. Altshuler; Fausto Chiesa; Herbert J. Geschwind; Raimund Hibst; Neville Krasner; Frederic Laffitte; Giulio Maira; Reinhard Neumann; Roberto Pini; Hans-Dieter Reidenbach; Andre Roggan; Montserrat Serra I Mila, Editor(s)

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