A superciliary approach for anterior cranial fossa lesions in children: Technical note

George I. Jallo, Ian Suk, László Bognár

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Many subfrontal and orbitofrontal craniotomy techniques have been proposed and developed for anterior cranial fossa lesions. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the surgical experience with the frontolateral keyhole craniotomy through a superciliary skin incision in children. The keyhole craniotomy is a modification of the traditional pterional approach. This modified approach, a craniotomy with a 2.5 3 3-cm bone opening just above the eyebrow through a superciliary incision, has been previously described in adults for many lesions situated in the anterior cranial fossa, including tumors and aneurysms. The authors review their experience in using this approach in 27 children for a variety of intracranial lesions. This approach was used for 28 procedures in children ranging in age from 1 to 16 years (mean age 10 years). The lesions included arachnoid cysts, cerebrospinal fluid fistulas, and tumors; no vascular lesions were treated. The authors have found this craniotomy to be a safe and simple approach for treating anterior cranial fossa and suprasellar lesions in children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-93
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005


  • Keyhole craniotomy
  • Minimally invasive
  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Superciliary approach
  • Tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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