Microsurgical management of large intra-and extracranial calvarial meningiomas

Oertel, Markus Florian; Andres, Robert; Hans, Franz-Josef; Beck, Jürgen; Raabe, Andreas; Korinth, Marcus C (2012). Microsurgical management of large intra-and extracranial calvarial meningiomas. In: 63rd Annual Meeting of the German Society of Neurosurgery (DGNC). Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House 10.3205/12dgnc130

Objective: Based on the largest series reported of giant intra- and extracranial calvarial meningiomas (GIECM) the purpose of the present study was to characterize the treatment and outcome data associated with patients operated on GIECM and to describe our experience in the management of this rare and therapeutically demanding tumour entity.

Methods: The data of 12 patients (7/12 males, 5/12 females) with surgically treated GIECM at the University Hospitals Aachen and Bern between 1994 and 2011 were retrospectively analyzed. The mean patient age was 58 years (range, 22 to 78 years). Symptom distribution included extracranial swelling (12/12), seizures (5/12), headache (4/12), gait disturbance (3/12), dizziness (2/12), and impaired vision (1/12). GIECM were located frontal (6/12), temporal (3/12), parietal, fronto-parietal, and parieto-occipital (1/12 each). Microsurgical resection with acrylic-augmented cranioplasty was performed in all patients and 11/12 patients received dural repair with synthetic (7/11) or autologous (4/11) patch grafts. Surgical excision in two stages with primary removal of the extracranial meningioma component was undertaken in 2/12 patients, whereas preoperative embolization and postoperative radiotherapy were applied in 1/12 patient each.

Results: In contrast to intradural meningiomas GIECM mainly affect male patients at a comparatively younger age. GIECM could be completely (9/12) or subtotally (3/12) resected. Surgical-associated complications included minor CSF leak (6/12), wound healing disturbance (3/12), venous engorgement, and haemorrhage (2/12 each), requiring reoperation in 3/12 cases. Histopathological examination revealed meningothelial (6/12), atypical (4/12), and transitional (1/12) GIECM. 10/12 patients exhibited excellent postoperative clinical outcome, 1/12 patient each deteriorated or died of pulmonary embolism.

Conclusions: The operative management of GIECM is challenging, carries a substantial risk, and demands special strategies because of the large tumour size, anatomical involvement of scalp, calvaria, meninges, brain or vascular structures, and more frequent atypical histology. Although microsurgical resection with cranioplasty and mostly dural grafting usually results in a good clinical outcome, the potential complication rate is markedly higher when compared to smaller meningiomas without extracranial component. Preoperative embolization and staging of surgical resection are possible additional therapeutic options.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Abstract)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurosurgery

UniBE Contributor:

Oertel, Markus Florian; Andres, Robert; Beck, Jürgen and Raabe, Andreas


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health


German Medical Science GMS Publishing House




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04 Oct 2013 14:37

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18 Mar 2014 14:07

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/14849 (FactScience: 221984)

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