Surgical Excision Of A Craniopharynginoma

By Transcallosal Septum  Pellucidum

Interforniceal Approach

Kong J1, Kahamba JF 2


1-Department of Neurosurgery, Qingdao Municipal Hospital, Shandong Province, China,

2-Department of Neurosurgery, Muhimbili Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Institute, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Correspondence to: Dr. Kong Jun: P.O. Box 65474, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Email:,


Craniopharynginoma is a congenital benign tumor resulting from vestigial epithelial cell in the craniopharyngium during embryological development. It is one of the most common childhood tumors consisting about 16% of all intracranial neoplasms. We have surgically treated four children with craniopharyngioma which encroached the third ventricle by transcallosal septum pellucidum interforniceal approach from August, 2006 to December, 2009. The objective was to study this approach of removal of craniopharyngioma. Control CT or MRI scans of the brain were used to assess the postoperative degree of excision of the tumor. We believe that the surgical excision of craniopharyngiomas by the tanscallosal septum pellucidum interforniceal approach is a very important method. All the patients had good results. Key words craniopharyngioma; transcallosal ap-proach, septum pellucidum,interforniceal


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