Extensive clival tumors that involve both the midline and lateral skull base compartments, or those that extend inferiorly to the anterior cervical spine, are difficult to expose in a wide fashion using any of the transmaxillary, transoral, or transcervical routes. In the transmandibular, circumglossal, retropharyngeal (TCR) approach wide access of this region can be obtained, thus allowing for a more complete resection of tumor and infiltrated bone. It also provides for an improved ability to perform dural reconstruction, should it be necessary. Over the past 4 years four patients with extensive clival chordomas underwent resection via the TCR approach. Gross-total resection was achieved in two patients, a greater than 98% resection in one patient, and a greater than 95% resection in the fourth patient. The surgical technique, all approach-related complications and morbidity, and patient outcome are discussed. If an expanded exposure of the clivus is necessary, the TCR approach is a good choice as well as a useful surgical technique to have available.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|