A transpedicular approach to complex ventrally situated thoracic intradural extramedullary tumors: technique, indications, and multi-institutional case series

Zachary R. Visco BSE, David D. Liu BS, Owen P. Leary BS, Adetokunbo A. Oyelese MD, PhD, Ziya L. Gokaslan MD, Joaquin Q. Camara-Quintana MD, and Michael A. Galgano MD

A video abstract was featured on the Journal of Neurosurgery featuring our own Dr.’s  Adetokunbo Oyelese, Ziya Gokaslan, Joaquin Camara-Quintana and previous spine fellow Dr. Michael Galgano, as well as Department of Neurosurgery research coordinator Owen P. Leary.

Ventrally situated thoracic intradural extramedullary tumors are surgically challenging and difficult to access, and they may be complicated by extensive adhesions and calcifications. Selecting an approach for adequate ventral access is key to complete resection and optimization of outcomes. The authors present a case series of patients who underwent resection of ventral thoracic intradural extramedullary tumors and discuss indications and considerations for this technique. Additionally, they describe the use of a posterolateral transpedicular approach for resection of ventral thoracic intradural extramedullary tumors compared with other techniques, and they summarize the literature supporting its application…”

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Ziya L. Gokaslan, MD

Julius Stoll, MD Professor and Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital
Clinical Director, Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute
President, Neurosurgery Foundation

Joaquin Q. Camara, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Adetokunbo A. Oyelese, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurosurgery
Vice-Chair, Strategy and Business Development
Director, Norman Prince Spine Institute
Director, Spinal Surgery Division

Owen P. Leary, ScB

Research Program Administrator – Clinical Trials & Laboratories