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Arachnoid Remodeling by Clipping Technique Facilitates Surgical Maneuverability during Transsphenoidal Surgery for Pituitary Macroadenoma

Authors
 Eui Hyun Kim  ;  Soo Jeong Park  ;  Minkyun Na  ;  Ju Hyung Moon  ;  Sun Ho Kim 
Citation
 JOURNAL OF KOREAN NEUROSURGICAL SOCIETY, Vol.65(4) : 591-597, 2022-07 
Journal Title
JOURNAL OF KOREAN NEUROSURGICAL SOCIETY
ISSN
 2005-3711 
Issue Date
2022-07
Keywords
Arachnoid ; Pituitary neoplasms ; Surgical instruments
Abstract
Objective: Pituitary adenomas frequently extend into the suprasellar space. After a suprasellar tumor is removed, the superiorly extended arachnoid becomes redundant and sinks down into the intrasellar space which often hiders visualization and accessibility to the hidden space behind the evaginated arachnoid. We introduced arachnoid remodeling by clipping technique, and evaluated its usefulness and safety during TSS.

Methods: Total 223 patients who underwent arachnoid remodeling with our new clipping technique were included. Redundant arachnoid was clipped along the dural edge with multiple 2.6-mm titanium clips until the redundant arachnoid membrane no longer blocked the surgical route. To check for possible deterioration of hormonal function by this technique, we assessed anterior pituitary function of 166 patients who underwent arachnoid remodeling by clipping and compared this with those of other 429 control patients.

Results: Our technique greatly enhanced the accessibility and visualization of intrasellar and parasellar spaces, both of which are generally hindered by redundant arachnoid during transsphenoidal surgery (TSS). We found no difference in anterior pituitary function between a clip-assisted arachnoid remodeling group and the control group, implying that this technique does not result in hypopituitarism.

Conclusion: During TSS for pituitary adenomas with suprasellar extension, arachnoid remodeling by clipping technique is very useful and convenient for the management of the redundant arachnoid membrane to enhance visualization and surgical accessibility.
DOI
10.3340/jkns.2021.0164
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Neurosurgery (신경외과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Sun Ho(김선호) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0970-3848
Kim, Eui Hyun(김의현) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2523-7122
Moon, Ju Hyung(문주형)
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/194353
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