Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 158, Issue 4, pp 785–789 | Cite as

Selective amygdalohippocampectomy via trans-superior temporal gyrus keyhole approach

  • Bertrand MathonEmail author
  • Stéphane Clemenceau
How I Do it - Neurosurgical Techniques



Hippocampal sclerosis is the most common cause of drug-resistant epilepsy amenable for surgical treatment and seizure control. The rationale of the selective amygdalohippocampectomy is to spare cerebral tissue not included in the seizure generator.


Describe the selective amygdalohippocampectomy through the trans-superior temporal gyrus keyhole approach.


Selective amygdalohippocampectomy for temporal lobe epilepsy is performed when the data (semiology, neuroimaging, electroencephalography) point to the mesial temporal structures. The trans-superior temporal gyrus keyhole approach is a minimally invasive and safe technique that allows disconnection of the temporal stem and resection of temporomesial structures.


Epilepsy surgery Hippocampal sclerosis Selective amygdalohippocampectomy Transcortical approach Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy 



The authors thank Dr. Dominique Hasboun and Dr. Anne Bertrand (Department of Neuroradiology, La Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris, France) for anatomical views and imaging.

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Supplementary material


The video shows the major steps of a left selective amygdalohippocampectomy via trans-superior temporal gyrus keyhole approach. In our institution, the actual length of the whole procedure is 75 min on average (MP4 50.7 mb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryGroupe Hospitalier Universitaire de La Pitié-SalpêtrièreParisFrance
  2. 2.Sorbonne University, UPMCParisFrance

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