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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 64  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 200

Atlas of neurotology and lateral skull base surgery

Department of Neurosurgery, K.E.M. Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical College, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication11-Jan-2016

Correspondence Address:
Atul Goel
Department of Neurosurgery, K.E.M. Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical College, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.173637

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Goel A. Atlas of neurotology and lateral skull base surgery. Neurol India 2016;64:200

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Goel A. Atlas of neurotology and lateral skull base surgery. Neurol India [serial online] 2016 [cited 2021 Oct 24];64:200. Available from:

Author : Morwani KP, Jayashankar N, Sankhla S, Mehta M, Behari S, Narayan P

Edited by : Morwani KP, Jayashankar N

Edition : First

Publisher : Thieme Publications, Noida 2016

Pages : 1-246

Lateral skull base is one of the most complex surgical terrains. The authors are dedicated skull base surgeons with a focused interest in the region. The  Atlas More Details is an outcome of their extensive anatomical and surgical work over a long period. The result is a visually-pleasing and scientifically-exhaustive review on the subject. The region of the temporomandibular joint, extracranial facial nerve, styloid process, jugular bulb, infratemporal fossa, and pterygoid plates is at the border of skull base where both otolaryngologists and neurosurgeons are usually scared to tread. The authors have ventured to present an elaborate but simplified view of the region. The information presented can be a useful guide during surgery.

The initial chapters discuss the technical subtleties of mastoidectomy and translabyrinthine approaches. The chapters then develop, expand their scope and discuss the surgical issues of variety of benign and malignant lesions that involve the temporal bone, jugular bulb, as well as the cerebellopontine and petrous apex region. A number of cadaveric dissection photographs and surgical images present a clear and simplified view to the area. The discussion on facial nerve anatomy, facial nerve mobilization, and the related surgical issues, including reanimation of the face, is particularly educative.

The surgical steps, as demonstrated in the chapter on glomus tumor, are the highlights of the book. The stepwise demonstration of the technique is as per the current state-of-the-art descriptions in the field. The chapters dedicated to this issue are “must-read” before conducting surgery in this region and can influence the conduct of surgery.

All in all, I compliment the authors for making this complex jungle-like area look like a beautiful garden. The product reconfirms their lead status in the field. The readers will have to dedicate a lot of their time in learning on cadavers and, later on, human patients to achieve this level of expertise. The atlas will certainly provide guidance both during learning and performing. Books discussing the anatomical and surgical issues of the lateral skull base are very few. This book will be a useful addition to the library and to the personal collection of surgeons dealing with this area.


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