Purpose: Chordomas are rare slow growing, locally destructive tumours originating from remnants of the primitive notocord and are found most commonly in the clivus and saccrococcygeal region. These tumours usually present in early adult life but on occasion can present in childhood. The combination of the skull base location and paediatric patient size makes access to these tumours particularly challenging. Methods and results: We report a multidisciplinary technique used in two cases in children where a modified extended palatal split was undertaken to allow greater access for tumour excision. Conclusion: This approach allows for good access to the skull base region to allow for maximal tumour resection. This technique also appears to have minimal impact on palatal function and no adverse effects on the upper airway management.
- Palatal split
- Skull base