Spinal Cervical Meningiomas: The Challenge Posed by Ventral Location

Nicolas Lonjon, Vittorio Russo, Manlio Barbarisi, David Choi, James Allibone, Adrian Casey
World Neurosurgery 2016, 89: 464-73

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the incidence, clinical presentation, operative techniques, and long-term outcome of spinal cervical meningiomas after surgery.

METHODS: Twenty-two patients harboring spinal meningiomas on cervical region were treated between 2004 and 2014 in our department. Diagnosis was made via magnetic resonance imaging and confirmed histologically. Microsurgical resection was performed through different surgical approaches according to location of the tumor. To remove the tumor, the posterior, far-lateral, and combined approaches were used, respectively, in 13 patients (56%), 8 patients (35%), and 2 patients (9%).

RESULTS: The mean follow-up was 40 ± 26.5 months. The most common site of dural attachment of meningioma was ventral or ventrolateral to the spinal cord. Macroscopic resection was considered complete in 55% of cases. Neurologic improvement was observed in 60% of cases. The rate of operative mortality and morbidity was high (26.5%). Five patients underwent postoperative radiotherapy according to the actual recommendation, and the overall recurrence rate was 9%.

CONCLUSIONS: Spinal meningiomas are benign tumors for which advances in imaging tools and microsurgical techniques have yielded better results. The goal of surgery should be the total resection, which significantly decreases the risk of recurrence with an acceptable morbidity. Cervical locations represent a challenge particularly for ventro and ventrolaterally located tumors. Despite the difficulty of performing a complete resection, the results obtained in this work advocate for the use of the far-lateral approach to manage meningiomas locate anterior to the neural axis.

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