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The patient came to the hospital with history of longstanding ataxia, headache  with decreased hearing left ear and left ophthalmalgia and blurring vision left eye. Neurologically the patient was intact. except for nystagmus and decreased hearing left ear and mild facial paresis left side.

The patient performed MRI, which showed massive left posterior fossa mass, resembling meningioma. Considering its giant dimensions with extension down to the caudal group of nerves left side, it was difficult to establish the histologic diagnosis. But the patient claim, that she has remnant hearing with this giant mass and the absence of intracanalicular growth of the mass, made the diagnosis more favourable to meningioma.

In the setting position with head tilted to look to the left with moderated extension, a wide osteoplastic craniotomy was performed over the left cerebellar hemisphere, exposing during that the left transverse sinus and the sigmoid sinus. The tumor was attacked subtentorially. The matrix of the meningioma could be seen starting from the level of the left petrosal vein.

Intracapsular resection started and piecemeal resection followed with coagulation of the matrix of the tumor which was reaching the tentorial edge. After debulking of the tumor without applying any traction, with preservation of the Dendy vein to control the level traction of the left cerebellum by gravity. The tumor was stuck to the vestibular nerve, but by sharp dissection it was anatomically preserved to the end of the operation. The major portion of the tumor attached to left SCA was removed, except a tiny remnant engulfing it at the level of the tentorial edge , which was left intentionally to avoid catastrophic sequelae. The trochlear nerve was dissected and preserved.

The caudal part of the mass was dissected off the vertebral artery and one of branches of the accessory nerve. No attempt was made to violate the facial nerve, so as not to expose it to surgical trauma. It was hidden under the petrosal and the preserved vestibular nerve.

The matrix of the tumor was stony hard and it was decided to remove it. When this action was started, it became clear, that the bone is under the tentorium and it was removed by Smith-Kerrison rongeur. That part of the bone parallel to the superior petrosal sinus was left in place to avoid possible fracture of the bone with possible bleeding from the superior petrosal sinus, which could be uncontrollable to stop due bony involvement.

All the neural and vascular structures were preserved and routine closure of the wound. The bone reflected back to place and the patient was extubated immediately after the operation, which took 14 hours. The nystagmus increased after surgery and there was noticeable left facial paresis.

The next day 16-January-2006, the patient is fully conscious, ambulating with mild paresis of the left facial nerve with with preserved hearing and subsiding nystagmus. The left side of the face is numb with hypalgesia.

CT-scan done showing complete resection of the tumor with part of the hyperostosis left in place at the anterior third of the left pyramid.


Preoperative CT-scan showing the mass with hyperostosis of the left petrous anterior third and calcified tentorium

Preoperative MRI  T1 W with contrast showing the tentorial edge meningioma

Immediate postoperative CT-scan demonstrating practical radical resection of the tumor



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