Percutaneous transfacial needle biopsy of a middle cranial fossa mass: case report and technical note

Neurosurgery. 1989 Dec;25(6):996-9. doi: 10.1097/00006123-198912000-00027.


A case of a patient with a middle fossa mass that was considered to be either a metastatic lesion or a benign intracranial neoplasm is presented. The definitive management of the patient depended on a tissue diagnosis. A biopsy was obtained using a transfacial needle aspiration technique through the foramen ovale. The details of this procedure are described.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Biopsy, Needle*
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Carcinoma / pathology*
  • Carcinoma / secondary
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Skull Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Skull Neoplasms / secondary