Turkish Neurosurgery 2016 , Vol 26 , Num 4
Skull Anatomic Landmarks for Retrosigmoid Craniotomy in a Chinese Cohort: A 3D-Computed Tomography Study in Vivo
Bing FANG, Gao CHEN, Lin WANG, Xiangdong ZHU, Qiang HU, Jianmin ZHANG
The Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University, School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, Hangzhou, China DOI : 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.9187-13.0 AIM: This study was designed to determine the anatomic position of the asterion and the relationship between the asterion and the transverse sigmoid sinus junction (TSSJ) in a Chinese cohort.

MATERIAL and METHODS: Venous computed tomography (CT) angiography was performed in 32 patients to simultaneously obtain 3D-CT volume rendering images of the cranial bone and the dural sinus. The relationship between the TSSJ and the asterion was analyzed.

RESULTS: The distance from the asterion to root of zygoma (ROZ) was 54.6 ± 5.50 mm on the right side and 54.1 ± 5.42 mm on the left side. The asterion was 49.10 ± 3.56 mm above the tip of mastoid process (TOP) on the right side and 48.70 ± 2.23 mm on the left side. The asterion’s position was at the junction of the transverse-sigmoid sinus complex in 44 cases, below it in 19 cases, and above it in one case.

CONCLUSION: 3D-CT volume rendering imaging is capable of accurately and simultaneously visualizing the bony landmark and the dural sinus structure outline in vivo, thus offering a new option for anatomic research and morphometric investigation. The accurate location of asterion can be found using the root of the zygoma and the tip of the mastoid process. Keywords : Transverse-sigmoid sinus, Retrosigmoid craniotomy, Asterion, Three-dimensional computed tomography

Corresponding author : Gao Chen, d.chengao@163.com