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Skull base surgery. 1996 October; 6(4): 249–251.
PMCID: PMC1656628

CT-Guided Percutaneous Lateral Suprazygomatic Approach for Posterior Orbital Wall Biopsy


We describe a computed tomography-(CT) guided percutaneous technique for obtaining a core tissue sample from the bony margin of the orbital apex via a lateral suprazygomatic approach. We found this route to be safe and effective while obviating the need for an open biopsy in a patient presenting with a mass encroaching on the left orbital apex.

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