Dorsolateral Approach to the Craniocervical Junction

  • Helmut Bertalanffy
  • Oliver Bozinov
  • Oguzkan Sürücü
  • Ulrich Sure
  • Ludwig Benes
  • Christoph Kappus
  • Niklaus Krayenbühl


The region of the craniocervical junction is the site of various pathological lesions. Due to the complex topographical anatomy, performing surgery within this area requires great experience and knowledge in both spinal and skull-base anatomy. The most frequent tumors located within the craniocervical junction area are meningiomas. These lesions may occur in a great variety of appearances in terms of histological type, size, extension, insertion, vascularity, invasiveness, involvement of the vertebral artery, and growth pattern. Accordingly, the surgical removal of such tumors must be adequately adapted to all these variations. Apart from meningiomas, we have also treated a number of other lesions within this area such as neurinomas, ependymomas, hemangioblastomas, etc.


Vertebral Artery Jugular Bulb Occipital Condyle Jugular Foramen Craniocervical Junction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helmut Bertalanffy
    • 1
  • Oliver Bozinov
    • 1
  • Oguzkan Sürücü
    • 1
  • Ulrich Sure
    • 2
  • Ludwig Benes
    • 3
  • Christoph Kappus
    • 3
  • Niklaus Krayenbühl
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept of NeurosurgeryUniversity Hospital of ZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Klinik für NeurochirurgieUniversitätsklinikum EssenGermany
  3. 3.Klinik für NeurochirurgieMarburgGermany

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