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BACKGROUND: Surgical access to the temporal lobe is complex with many eloquent white fiber tracts, requiring careful preoperative surgical planning. Many microsurgical approaches to the temporal lobes are described, each with their own disadvantages. The adoption of the endoscope in neurosurgery has increased the options available when treating these difficult access tumors. We present our experience of a novel, minimally invasive, endoscopic approach to resect temporal lobe tumors. METHODS: All patients undergoing endoscopic temporal lobe tumor resection between December 1, 2011 and December 1, 2017, with a single surgeon, were included. Tumors were resected through a minicraniotomy using a high-definition rigid endoscope with a 0- and 30-degree viewing angle. Bimanual resection was performed using standard microsurgical technique. RESULTS: There were 45 patients (22 men and 23 women) with a mean age of 53 years. There were 23 (51%) glioblastoma multiforme, 11 (24%) metastases, 7 (16%) astrocytoma, 3 (7%) anaplastic astrocytoma, and 1 (2%) World Health Organization grade I glioneuronal tumor. In 82.2% of cases (37/45), >95% resection was achieved and 42.2% (19/45) of patients achieving gross total resection. CONCLUSIONS: The endoscope has a role in temporal lobe intraparenchymal tumor surgery, especially in 3 illustrative scenarios: 1) medial temporal, parahippocampal-gyrus low-grade nonenhancing gliomas, 2) subcortical high-grade glioma and metastases medial to the sagittal stratum, and 3) recurrent gliomas with cystic resection cavity. The endoscope offers a safe and useful adjunct to the surgeons' armamentarium in brain tumor surgery. A minimally invasive approach also reduces surgical morbidity and length of stay.

Original publication




Journal article


World Neurosurg

Publication Date





e238 - e251


Brain tumor, Endoscope, Endoscopy, Glioblastoma, Glioma, Metastasis, Minimally invasive surgery, Temporal lobe tumors, Adult, Aged, Astrocytoma, Brain Neoplasms, Craniotomy, Female, Glioblastoma, Glioma, Humans, Male, Microsurgery, Middle Aged, Neuroendoscopy, Temporal Lobe, Treatment Outcome