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Cavernous sinus (CS) tumors often are considered inoperable. We present our experience with endoscopic endonasal surgery (EES) and compare the outcomes for different tumor.EES (medial or lateral approach) was used in 234 patients with CS tumors. The cohort included 175 (75%) pituitary adenomas and 59 (25%) nonadenomatous lesions.Presenting symptoms were significantly different between the 2 groups, with cranial neuropathies occurring mainly in nonadenomas (P < 0.0001). The overall gross total tumor resection rate from the CS was 37.3% (37.1% in adenomas, 38.1% in non-adenomas). In total, preexisting cranial nerve (CN) dysfunction improved in 56.4% of the patients. After treatment completion (including radiation of residual tumor), 83.3% of acromegalic patients, 50% of prolactinomas and 33.3% of Cushing's disease, were in remission. Visual loss improved in 86.8% of adenomas and in 70.8% of nonadenomas. Intracavernous CN palsies improved in 77.3% of adenomas and 42.4% of nonadenomas. New permanent CN palsies occurred in 7 nonadenomas, which is significantly greater than in adenomas (P = 0.007). The leak rate of cerebrospinal fluid was 6.3% for adenomas and 11.9% for nonadenomas. Four patients suffered an internal carotid artery injury with no neurologic sequelae in 3 cases and 1 death (0.4%).EES provides an easily accessible midline corridor to the CS with equivalent or superior results to transcranial approaches in the management of select tumors. Symptomatology due to CS invasion is more likely to improve in pituitary adenomas and the rate of surgical complications is greater in nonadenomas. Using a team approach, the overall mortality due to vascular injury is low.
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