Türk Nöroşirürji Dergisi 2008 , Vol 18 , Num 2
Microsurgical Anatomy of the Supra and Infratentorial Area and the Skull Base Part I. Cerebellum and Brain Stem – Surgical Anatomy and Approaches
Necmettin TANRIÖVER1, Mustafa Onur ULU2, Fatma ÖZLEN3, İlhan YILMAZ4, Mustafa UZAN5, Ziya AKAR6, Emin ÖZYURT7
1,2,3,5,6,7 İstanbul Ünversitesi, Cerrahpaşa Tıp Fakültesi, Nöroşirürji Anabilim Dalı, İstanbul, Türkiye
4 Bakırköy Ruh ve Sinir Hastalıkları Hastanesi, III. Nöroşirürji Kliniği, İstanbul, Türkiye
AIM: Detailed knowledge of the supra- and infratentorial surgical neuroanatomy will provide the three dimensional anatomy of the brain and the skullbase to the neurosurgeon like a roadmap during surgery, regardless of the choice of approach to the pathological lesion.

MATERIAL and METHODS: Thus, the studies issuing microsurgical anatomy in neurosurgery residency may far be more important than in any other surgical branches. There is no other practical research method that affects directly the surgical outcome in the neurosurgery practise than microneurosurgery.

RESULTS: The main aim of this article series which is made up of three sections is to summarize the relatively wide area of supra and infratentorial and skull base neuroanatomy with respect to surgical approaches in neurosurgical perspective.

CONCLUSION: In this first part of the series, the authors discuss the microsurgical anatomy of the cerebellum, the brainstem and the fourth ventricle and the commonly applied surgical approaches. Anahtar Kelimeler : Brain stem, Surgical approaches, Microsurgical anatomy, Neurosurgery, Cerebellum, Fourth ventricle