ObjectivesCerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage is an undesirable complication of transsphenoidal skull base surgery. The issue of the most appropriate sellar dura repair remains unresolved, although a multilayer technique using autologous fascia lata is widely used. We describe the novel application of a homologous banked fascia lata graft as an alternative to an autologous one in the reconstruction of sellar dura defects in endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery.DesignThe clinical records of patients who underwent endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery at our department from June 2012, when we started using homologous fascia lata, up to July 2014 were reviewed retrospectively. The data concerning diagnosis, reconstruction technique, and surgical outcome were analyzed.ResultsWe treated 16 patients successfully with banked fascia lata. Twelve patients presented intraoperative CSF leakage, and four patients were treated for postoperative rhinoliquorrhea. Banked fascia lata was used in a single-to-multilayer technique, depending on the anatomical features of the defect and of the sellar floor. No complications or failures in sella reconstruction occurred.ConclusionA banked fascia lata graft proved reliable and safe in providing an effective sellar dura reconstruction. Used in a multilayer strategy, it should be considered a viable alternative to an autologous fascia lata graft.

Banked Fascia Lata in Sellar Dura Reconstruction after Endoscopic Transsphenoidal Skull Base Surgery

Boaro, Alessandro;
2015-01-01

Abstract

ObjectivesCerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage is an undesirable complication of transsphenoidal skull base surgery. The issue of the most appropriate sellar dura repair remains unresolved, although a multilayer technique using autologous fascia lata is widely used. We describe the novel application of a homologous banked fascia lata graft as an alternative to an autologous one in the reconstruction of sellar dura defects in endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery.DesignThe clinical records of patients who underwent endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery at our department from June 2012, when we started using homologous fascia lata, up to July 2014 were reviewed retrospectively. The data concerning diagnosis, reconstruction technique, and surgical outcome were analyzed.ResultsWe treated 16 patients successfully with banked fascia lata. Twelve patients presented intraoperative CSF leakage, and four patients were treated for postoperative rhinoliquorrhea. Banked fascia lata was used in a single-to-multilayer technique, depending on the anatomical features of the defect and of the sellar floor. No complications or failures in sella reconstruction occurred.ConclusionA banked fascia lata graft proved reliable and safe in providing an effective sellar dura reconstruction. Used in a multilayer strategy, it should be considered a viable alternative to an autologous fascia lata graft.
2015
cerebrospinal fluid leak
endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery
fascia lata
sellar dura reconstruction
tissue bank
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