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Interhemispheric approach



Because the interhemispheric approach provides equal access to both lateral ventricles, the side of the craniotomy is primarily dependent on the presence of midline draining cortical veins.

Dural opening

The dura is opened in a U-shaped fashion and flapped toward the sagittal sinus. This allows for careful inspection for arachnoid granulations and cortical veins draining into the sinus as midline is approached. At this stage the venous anatomy along the midline can be carefully assessed. Arachnoid bands tethering these veins are sharply dissected. There are usually multiple corridors between for interhemispheric dissection. If at all possible, no draining veins are sacrificed. A self retaining retractor is placed along the medial edge of the exposed hemisphere. The cortex is buffered by a Telfa patty prior to retractor placement. A retractor along the falx to widen the operative field is not indicated to avoid cerebral venous sinus thrombosis.

Diffuse intravenous thrombosis induced by cortical vein injury and prolonged brain retraction may be important causes of unexpected delayed postoperative intracerebral hematoma in surgery using the interhemispheric or subtemporal approach 1).

Interhemispheric dissection

The next step in the approach is the interhemispheric dissection. Identification of the paired pericallosal arteries and the glistening white surface of the corpus callosum complete the initial interhemispheric approach.

Next, an incision is made through the corpus callosum to access the lateral ventricle.

The classic incision is 2 cm long, 2.5 cm behind the genu of the corpus callosum, reliably placing the foramen of Monro in the operative field. The incision is made between the pericallosal arteries


Interhemispheric transcallosal approach.

Anterior communicating artery aneurysm

The interhemispheric approach has been selected for clipping of the anterior communicating artery aneurysm located high above the sphenoidal plate, and in a posterior direction. However, this approach is sometimes complicated with postoperative hemorrhagic infarction due to excess brain retraction combined with damages of the cortical bridging veins.

Sakaki T, Matsuyama T, Nagata K, Nakase H, Hirabayashi H, Morimoto T. Delayed intracerebral haemorrhage after intracranial surgery. J Clin Neurosci. 1999 Jan;6(1):54-7. PubMed PMID: 18639126.
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