A modified lateral decubitus position for surgical approaches to midline posterior fossa lesions: Technical note

Mark Dias, Keith E. Aronyk

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Although a number of operative positions have been described for approaching midline posterior fossa tumors, all have potential disadvantages and complications. We describe a modified lateral decubitus position for the removal of posterior fossa tumors. The position allows blood and cerebrospinal fluid to drain from the operative wound and provides a straight-on view of the posterior fossa contents. It also allows the surgeon to sit comfortably during tumor removal, thereby reducing operator fatigue. We have found this to be a reliable and valuable approach for posterior fossa pathology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-213
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Neurosurgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1996


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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