The Application of Sigmoid Sinus Tunnel-packing or Push-packing of the Inferior Petrous Sinus in the Microsurgical Management of Jugular Paragangliomas
To analyze the outcomes of microsurgically treated jugular paragangliomas with control of bleeding from the inferior petrous sinus.Study Design:
Retrospective patient review.Setting:
A single university hospital.Patients:
Forty-three patients with jugular paragangliomas were diagnosed in the past 7 years in our clinic.Main Outcome Measures:
Surgical tumor control, intraoperative blood loss, intraoperative management of the facial nerve, and the preoperative and postoperative function of the lower central nerves.Results:
Twenty-six patients underwent microsurgical treatment. Eighteen tumors were class C2 (69.2%), six were class C3 (23.1%), and two were class CDe1 (7.7%). Gross total tumor resection was achieved in 92.3% of the patients. The mean blood loss during surgery was 438.5 ml. The recurrence rate was 3.8% over a mean follow-up of 29.2 months. New facial palsy and lower cranial nerve deficit occurred in 42.3 and 11.5% of the patients, respectively.Conclusion:
The infratemporal fossa approach type A with sigmoid sinus tunnel-packing or push-packing technique facilitated the control of bleeding from the inferior petrous sinus and improved the outcomes of microsurgical treatment for jugular paragangliomas.