A Dual Approach for the Management of Complex Craniovertebral Junction Abnormalities: Endoscopic Endonasal Odontoidectomy and Posterior Decompression with Fusion

Andrew F. Alalade, Elizabeth Ogando-Rivas, Jonathan Forbes, Malte Ottenhausen, Rafael Uribe-Cardenas, Ibrahim Hussain, Prakash Nair, Kurt Lehner, Harminder Singh, Ashutosh Kacker, Vijay K. Anand, Roger Hartl, Ali Baaj, Theodore H. Schwartz, Jeffrey P. Greenfield

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Abstract

Background: Ventral brainstem compression secondary to complex craniovertebral junction abnormality is an infrequent cause of neurologic deterioration in pediatric patients. However, in cases of symptomatic, irreducible ventral compression, 360° decompression of the brainstem supported by posterior stabilization may provide the best opportunity for improvement in symptoms. More recently, the endoscopic endonasal corridor has been proposed as an alternative method of odontoidectomy associated with less morbidity. We report the largest single case series of pediatric patients using this dual-intervention surgical technique. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the surgical outcomes of pediatric patients who underwent posterior occipitocervical decompression and instrumentation followed by endoscopic endonasal odontoidectomy performed to relieve neurologic impingement involving the ventral brainstem and craniocervical junction. Methods: Between January 2011 and February 2017, 7 patients underwent posterior instrumented fusion followed by endonasal endoscopic odontoidectomy at our unit. Standardized clinical and radiological parameters were assessed before and after surgery. A univariate analysis was performed to assess clinical and radiologic improvement after surgery. Results: A total of 14 operations were performed on 7 pediatric patients. One patient had Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, 1 patient had a Chiari 1 malformation, and the remaining 5 patients had Chiari 1.5 malformations. Average extubation day was postoperative day 0.9. Average day of initiation of postoperative feeds was postoperative day 1.0. Conclusions: The combined endoscopic endonasal odontoidectomy and posterior decompression and fusion for complex craniovertebral compression is a safe and effective procedure that appears to be well tolerated in the pediatric population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100010
JournalWorld Neurosurgery: X
Volume2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2019

Keywords

  • Axis
  • Basilar invagination
  • Chiari
  • Endonasal
  • Endoscopic
  • Odontoidectomy
  • Pediatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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    Alalade, A. F., Ogando-Rivas, E., Forbes, J., Ottenhausen, M., Uribe-Cardenas, R., Hussain, I., Nair, P., Lehner, K., Singh, H., Kacker, A., Anand, V. K., Hartl, R., Baaj, A., Schwartz, T. H., & Greenfield, J. P. (2019). A Dual Approach for the Management of Complex Craniovertebral Junction Abnormalities: Endoscopic Endonasal Odontoidectomy and Posterior Decompression with Fusion. World Neurosurgery: X, 2, [100010]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wnsx.2019.100010