Endonasal transmaxillary transpterygoid approach to the foramen ovale – a radioanatomical study of surgical feasibility

Kantola, V., McGarry, G. and Rea, P. (2013) Endonasal transmaxillary transpterygoid approach to the foramen ovale – a radioanatomical study of surgical feasibility. Journal of Laryngology and Otology, 127(11), pp. 1093-1102. (doi:10.1017/S0022215113002338)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022215113002338

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to examine the feasibility of an endonasal, transmaxillary, transpterygoid approach to the foramen ovale by examining key anatomical, radiological and surgical landmarks.

METHOD: Measurements were taken from 183 patients' computed tomography scans using BrainLAB iPlan 1.1 Cranial software. Endoscopic dissection was then carried out on a cadaver to assess surgical viability.

RESULTS: We found that the distances from the posterior maxillary wall to the foramen ovale and from the anterior nasal spine to the foramen ovale were statistically significantly larger in men than women. The distance from the base of the lateral pterygoid plate to the foramen ovale, and the angle between the foramen ovale, the anterior nasal spine and the sphenoid rostrum, were constant between the sexes. The importance of the lateral pterygoid plate in locating the foramen ovale was demonstrated.

CONCLUSION: With the increasing popularity of image guidance and assisted navigation in endoscopic surgery, these findings increase anatomico-radiological understanding of the surgical approach investigated.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McGarry, Mr Gerry and Rea, Dr Paul
Authors: Kantola, V., McGarry, G., and Rea, P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of Laryngology and Otology
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0022-2151
ISSN (Online):1748-5460

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