Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 161, Issue 3, pp 545–552 | Cite as

Stereotactic brain biopsy: evaluation of robot-assisted procedure in 60 patients

  • Laura TerrierEmail author
  • Vianney Gilard
  • Florent Marguet
  • Maxime Fontanilles
  • Stéphane Derrey
Original Article - Brain Tumors
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Brain tumors



Frameless stereotactic biopsies, particularly robot-assisted procedures are increasing in neurosurgery centers. Results of these procedures should be at least equal to or greater than frame-based reference procedure. Evaluate robot-assisted technology is necessary in particular, when a team has chosen to switch from one to another method.


The objective of our prospective work was (i) to evaluate the success rate of contributive robotic-assisted biopsy in 60 patients, to report the morbidity and mortality associated with the procedure and (ii) to compare it with literature data.


We performed a prospective and descriptive study including 60 consecutive patients having had robotic-assisted stereotactic biopsy at the Rouen University Hospital, France. All patients had presurgical imaging before the procedure included Magnetic Resonance Imaging merged with Computed Tomography scan acquisition. Registration was mostly performed with a touch-free laser (57/60). A control Computed Tomography scan was always realized at day 0 or day 1 after surgery. Data collected were success rate, bleeding, clinical worsening, infection, and mortality.


All the biopsies were considered as contributive and lead to the final diagnosis. In 41/60 patients (68%), the lesion was glial. Six in 60 patients (10%) had visible bleeding without clinical worsening related, 5/60 patients (8.5%) showed clinical impairment following surgery, which was permanent in 2 patients, and 1/60 patient presented generalized seizures. We did not report any infection and mortality.


Robot-assisted frameless surgery is efficient and provides a reasonable alternative to frame-based procedure. The operating time can be reduced, without increasing morbidity and mortality rates.


Robot assisted  Stereotactic  Biopsy  Oncology  Brain 



The authors are grateful to Nikki Sabourin-Gibbs, Rouen University Hospital, for her help in editing the manuscript.

Author contributions

LT wrote the manuscript. VG was a major contributor in writing the manuscript. SD performed the surgeries and described and revised the manuscript. FM and MF supervised and revised the manuscript. All authors have read and approved the submitted manuscript.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

Authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Statement of informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryRouen University HospitalRouenFrance
  2. 2.Department of PathologyRouen University HospitalRouenFrance
  3. 3.Department of OncologyRouen University HospitalRouenFrance
  4. 4.Department of Neurosurgery, Rouen University Hospital, Normandie UniversityUNIROUEN, INSERM UMR, 1073RouenFrance

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