HomePhilippine Journal of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeryvol. 25 no. 1 (2010)

The Lower Cheek Flap Combined with Neurosurgical Approach for Infratemporal Fossa Tumour

Aneeza Khairiyah W. Hamizan | Mazita Ami | Azizi Abu Bakar | Mohd Razif Mohamad Yunus



Objective: To describe our experience in performing the lower cheek flap for access to the infratemporal fossa combined with the neurosurgical approach.
Design: Case Report
Setting: Tertiary Referral Center
Patients: Two
Result: Two unusual tumours involving the infratemporal and middle cranial fossa were excised using this combined approach. The infratemporal fossa tumour was accessed via the lower cheek flap while the intracranial portion was resected from above via craniotomy.

Conclusion: The lower cheek flap in combination with the neurosurgical approach allows optimal exposure to tumours involving the infratemporal and middle cranial fossae. It has less complications and better aesthetic outcome compared to other approaches.