Turkish Neurosurgery 2008 , Vol 18 , Num 3
Surgical Treatment of Lesions Involving the Supplementary Motor Area: Clinical Results of 12 Patients
Mustafa Onur ULU1, Necmettin TANRIÖVER2, Fatma ÖZLEN3, Galip Zihni SANUS4, Taner TANRIVERDİ5, Çiğdem ÖZKARA6, Mustafa UZAN7
1,2,3,5,7 Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Department of Neurosurgery, Istanbul, Turkey
6 Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Department of Neurology, istanbul, Turkey
AIM: Surgical resection of lesions involving the dominant supplementary motor area (SMA) may result in immediate postoperative motor and speech deficits which in most cases are reversible.We report 12 patients with frontal lesions involving the SMA and aim to analyse the clinical data and the correlation of neurological deficit with the extent of SMA resection.

MATERIAL and METHODS: 12 patients (5M/7F, mean age 30.5) harbouring lesions involving the SMA who underwent surgery between 2002-2007 were evaluated retrospectively. Eloquent cortical areas were determined by functional MRI studies and/or invasive monitoring with subdural grids and depth electrodes and/or awake craniotomy with continuous intraoperative monitoring.

RESULTS: The evaluation of postoperative MRI's revealed total and subtotal resection of the lesion in 9(75%) and 3(25%) patients respectively. The extent of SMA resection was complete in 5 patients (41,6%) and incomplete in 7 patients (58,3%). Immediately postoperatively, all patients where the resection of SMA was complete displayed the typical characteristics of SMA syndrome. The degree of deficits was consistent with the extent of the SMA resection in all patients.

CONCLUSION: Proper diagnostic methods aiming to localise the sensorimotor area can minimize the risk of deficit in the surgical treatment of SMA lesions. The results suggest a relationship between the incidence of SMA syndrome and the extent of SMA resection. Keywords : Supplementary motor area, Surgery, Functional MRI, Invasive monitoring, Aphasia, Hemiparesia

Corresponding author : Mustafa Uzan, uzan@istanbul.edu.tr