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ISRN Endoscopy
Volume 2013, Article ID 149841, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2013/149841
Review Article

Expanded Endoscopic Endonasal Approach to Anterior and Ventral Skull Base: An Evolving Paradigm

Faculty of Medicine, UKM Medical Center, Jalan Yaacob Latif, Bandar Tun Razak, 56000 Kulala Lumpur, Malaysia

Received 11 December 2012; Accepted 27 January 2013

Academic Editors: A. Maleddu and D. Stoyanov

Copyright © 2013 Balwant Singh Gendeh. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The transition from external approaches to an endonasal corridor has seen a significant decline in patient morbidity and inpatient care. Our Rhinology and Cranial Base Surgery Group has been able to focus on the management of certain pathologies, endoscopic access to various areas in the skull base, reconstruction of the defect, ensuring that clear anatomical landmarks can be identified during the surgery, and improving the quality of life/function after treatment. The focus on surgical treatment is always to control disease and cure patients by not only reducing recovery time and perioperative morbidity, but also decreasing the long-term impact of having a tumour removed. With a dedicated combined operating theater setting with updated instrumentation, the Neuro-ENT team is able to continue to expand and develop endoscopic care for a greater number of patients and wider range of pathologies. The collaborative Neuro-ENT to work closely via the nose using the two-hole and four-hand technique when performing the operation simultaneously is of added advantage in the diverse and expanding field of cranial base surgery. Our skull base team is joined by expert radiation and medical oncologists who provide essential adjunctive care in the multidisciplinary management of these patients.