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Skull base surgery. 2000; 10(2): 59–63.
PMCID: PMC1656767

Enlarged Entry Space for the Transpetrosal Approach


This report describes the removal of the roof of the external auditory meatus in approaching the tentorial edge, the cerebropontine angle, hippocampal brainstem lesions, and upper clival lesions. This procedure not only provides more space in approaching the tentorial edge or upper brainstem, it also provides a wider entry space for approaching posterior fossa lesions. This approach is also for lesions located lower than the tentorium or in the upper clivus. There is still some confusion about the method for removing the roof of the external auditory canal. We describe the clinical experience and comprehensive surgical procedures used on cadavers. Our extended temporal craniotomy technique using the removal of the roof of the external auditory meatus is a simple, safe, and useful method for obtaining a wider entry space to approach deep perimesencephalic lesions and the posterior fossa.

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