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Interlayer Dural Split Technique for Chiari I Malformation Treatment in Adult -- Technical Note
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  • Ioan Alexandru Florian,
  • Mihaela Maria Pop,
  • Teodora Larisa Timis,
  • Ioan Stefan Florian
Ioan Alexandru Florian
Iuliu Hagieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy Faculty of Medicine

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Mihaela Maria Pop
Spitalul Clinic Judetean de Urgenta Cluj-Napoca
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Teodora Larisa Timis
Iuliu Hagieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy Faculty of Medicine
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Ioan Stefan Florian
Iuliu Hagieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy Faculty of Medicine
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Objective: To present an alternative surgical technique in treating cases of Chiari I Malformation with mild-to-moderate syringomyelia after decompressive suboccipital craniectomy: incising only the outer layer of the dura mater, then dissecting it from the inner layer without opening the latter. Methods and Results: We utilized this technique in a short series of three cases who were admitted in our department for mild symptoms such as intermittent headache and dissociated sensory loss in the upper limbs, caused by a Chiari Malformation Type I. The patients were placed in the sitting position. We performed a reduced median suboccipital craniectomy and resection of the posterior arch of C1 adapted to the level of tonsil descent, from a limited superior half to a complete resection. Afterwards, we incised the outer dural layer, while sparing the inner one. Using a fine dissector, we then split apart the outer and inner layers to the margin of the craniectomy. Through the transparency of the inner layer and the arachnoid, the cerebellum and the medulla were visible and pulsating. An autologous fascia duraplasty was then performed. The postoperative course was favorable in all cases, patients being discharged without any deficits and with complete symptom resolution. Conclusions: Interlayer dural split technique can be used effectively in treating symptomatic cases of type I Chiari malformation in adults, with mild-to-moderate syringomyelia. It is less invasive than opening the dura and possibly more effective than decompressive craniectomy and C1 laminectomy alone. This technique must be validated in a larger case-control series.
16 Jan 2021Submitted to International Journal of Clinical Practice
18 Jan 2021Submission Checks Completed
18 Jan 2021Assigned to Editor
22 Jan 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
26 Jan 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
21 Feb 20211st Revision Received
24 Feb 2021Submission Checks Completed
24 Feb 2021Assigned to Editor
24 Feb 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
05 Mar 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
07 Mar 2021Editorial Decision: Accept