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Skull Base. 2001 November; 11(4): 257–264.
PMCID: PMC1656883

Zygomatic Anterior Subtemporal Approach for Lesions in the Interpeduncular Cistern


The interpeduncular cistern is a difficult region to approach through conventional methods due to its deep location and important adjacent neurovascular structures. Therefore, it is usually difficult to expose the region sufficiently. Technical problems associated with various surgical approaches have led to emergence of combined approaches and their modifications (i.e., the removal of the zygomatic arch). In addition, a frontotemporal craniotomy is reported to provide a wide exposure of the anterior temporal base, thus allowing oblique access to the interpeduncular cistern with minimal brain retraction. This study describes clinicians' experience and the surgical results of 24 patients who underwent a zygomatic anterior subtemporal approach.

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