Resection of cervical ependymoma

Giuseppe Lanzino, Saul F. Morales-Valero, William E. Krauss, Mario Campero, W. Richard Marsh

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Intramedullary ependymomas are surgically curable tumors. However, their surgical resection poses several challenges. In this intraoperative video we illustrate the main steps for the surgical resection of a cervical intramedullary ependymoma. These critical steps include: adequate exposure of the entire length of the tumor; use of the intraoperative ultrasound; identification of the posterior median sulcus and separation of the posterior columns; Identification of the plane between the spinal cord and the tumor; mobilization and debulking of the tumor and disconnection of the vascular supply (usually from small anterior spinal artery branches). Following these basic steps a complete resection can be safely achieved in many cases. The video can be found here:

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)Video 14
JournalNeurosurgical focus
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014


  • ependymoma
  • intraoperative video
  • spinal cord neoplasms
  • surgical procedure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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