The modified retrosigmoid approach

Acta Neurochirurgica (2019) 161:417–423

The traditional retrosigmoid (RS) approach provides limited exposure of the inferior compartment of the CPA, while radical skull base approaches are demanding and associated with significant morbidity.

Methods This study outlines the relevant surgical anatomy and the different surgical steps of a modified retrosigmoid (MRS) approach. Results The MRS provides enhanced exposure of the CPA and deep vascular structures resulting from a modified RS craniotomy and limited exposure of the sigmoid sinus.

Conclusion In selected posterior fossa lesions, this cisternal approach is a straightforward corridor that can be routinely performed as a safe alternative to radical cranial base approaches.