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Neurosurgical Focus: Video, 2(5), p. V7, 2021

DOI: 10.3171/2021.7.focvid21128



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Retrosigmoid approach for giant cystic vestibular schwannoma: subperineural dissection technique for facial nerve preservation

Journal article published in 2021 by Ali Tayebi Meybodi, Robert W. Jyung, James K. Liu
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In this illustrative video, the authors demonstrate retrosigmoid resection of a giant cystic vestibular schwannoma using the subperineural dissection technique to preserve facial nerve function. This thin layer of perineurium arising from the vestibular nerves is used as a protective buffer to shield the facial and cochlear nerves from direct microdissection trauma. A near-total resection was achieved, and the patient had an immediate postoperative House-Brackmann grade I facial nerve function. The operative nuances and pearls of technique for safe cranial nerve and brainstem dissection, as well as the intraoperative decision and technique to leave the least amount of residual adherent tumor, are demonstrated. The video can be found here: