Turkish Neurosurgery
Ultrasound-Guided Microsurgical Excision for Brachial Plexus Schwannomas: Short-term Clinical Study
Ismail Yuce1, Okan Kahyaoglu2, Pelin Mertan3, Halit Cavusoglu2, Yunus Aydin2
1Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University, Vocational School of Health Services, İstanbul,
2Acibadem Healthcare Group, Fulya Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, İstanbul,
3Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg, Medical Faculty, Heidelberg,
DOI: 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.25575-18.3

Background: Schwannomas are the most common benign tumors of peripheral nerves. The aim of our study is to describe the ultrasound-guided microsurgical excision technique and evaluate the surgical outcome of brachial plexus schwannomas. Methods: Eleven patients who underwent ultrasound-guided microsurgery for small (<3 cm) brachial plexus schwannoma for the first time between 2013 and 2017 were included in our study. Results: The mean age of the patients was 45 years (range: 30–68 years), with six tumors localized on the right and five on the left side. There were no perioperative or postoperative complications, and no postoperative deficits were observed in the patients. Conclusions: Surgeons can safely and completely excise most of the benign (<3 cm and non-palpable) brachial plexus tumors by the ultrasound-guided microsurgical excision technique.

Corresponding author : Ismail Yuce