Turkish Neurosurgery 2017 , Vol 27 , Num 5
Fleece-Bound Tissue Sealing in Microvascular Decompression
1Hannover Nordstadt Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Hannover, Germany
2University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Department of Neurosurgery, Erlangen, Germany
3Military Hospital Ulm, Department of Neurosurgery, Ulm, Germany
DOI : 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.17462-16.2 AIM: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage is a feared complication after microvascular decompression (MVD). In this study, we present our experience of fleece-bound tissue sealing in MVD with an aim to minimize the rate of postoperative CSF leakage.

MATERIAL and METHODS: We treated 50 patients (female/male: 26/24) with neurovascular compression (NVC) syndromes (trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm and glossopharyngeal neuralgia) by MVD from 2003 to 2006. All patients underwent retromastoid craniectomy and duraplasty by fleece-bound tissue sealing using the so-called "sandwich technique" by a three-layer reconstruction and cranioplasty.

RESULTS: In 49 (98%) of 50 patients, we did not observe postoperative CSF leakage. One patient (2%) suffered postoperative CSF leakage and required surgical revision.

CONCLUSION: Fleece-bound tissue sealing by a three-layer reconstruction is effective and safe in the prevention of cerebrospinal fluid leakage in microvascular decompression. Keywords : Fleece-bound tissue sealing, Sandwich technique, Retromastoid craniectomy, Microvascular decompression

Corresponding author : Levent TANRIKULU, ltanrikulu@aol.de