volume 29, issue 3, P347-352 2015
DOI: 10.3109/02688697.2014.1003033
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Abstract: Stretching of the VIIIth nerve should be avoided to prevent postoperative hearing impairment. Adequate exposure of the lower cranial nerve roots and lateral medulla oblongata from the caudal side without using the brain retractor gives enough space for decompression with minimum stretching of the VIIIth nerve. Maximum preservation of the arachnoid membrane along the VIIIth nerve and shortening of the duration of microscopic manipulation may help in avoiding postoperative hearing impairment.