During the last two decades evolution of the endoscopic endonasal approaches (EEA) has offered the option of minimally invasive techniques in the management of esthesioneuroblastomas (ENB), either as endoscope assisted cranial resection or as pure endoscopic procedures. This study presents the use of pure EEA in the management of ENB in our center, along with a literature review. We retrospectively reviewed the clinical, radiology and pathology records of patients with ENB treated during the period July 2006 to January 2016. During the above period, ten patients with ENB were treated using pure EEA. The mean age was 47.5 years. The gender distribution was: eight males, two females. The most common presenting symptoms were nasal obstruction and discharge or epistaxis (8/10). The mean duration of symptoms was 1.5 years. All patients had preoperative confirmation of ENB by biopsy. Five patients received neoadjuvant radiation and four underwent postoperative radiation. One patient did not receive any radiotherapy and no patient received chemotherapy. Gross total resection was achieved in all patients and intraoperative microscopically negative surgical margins achieved in 9/10 (90%). No major intraoperative complications occurred. The most common postoperative complication was nasal infection. Cerebrospinal fluid leak was noted in one patient. During the follow-up period of 6–120 months (mean 74.8) two cases of neck lymph node recurrence were observed. No deaths due to the disease occurred during the follow-up period. Pure EEA offer excellent results in the management of ENB. Neoadjuvant radiation treatment is promising although more studies need to establish its role.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Neurology
- Physiology (medical)