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Pediatric Neurosurgery

Teishiki Shibata, Motoki Tanikawa, Tomohiro Sakata, Mitsuhito Mase
Craniopharyngiomas are benign tumors and account for approximately 5.6-13% of all intracranial tumors in children. Diagnosis of pediatric craniopharyngioma is often delayed until the tumor becomes relatively large and manifests severe visual and/or endocrine disturbance. Endoscopic endonasal approaches have recently been introduced to surgery for craniopharyngioma. These techniques, however, have rarely been utilized in patients affected with craniopharyngioma as young as 1 year old. This report documents a 12-month-old male infant with sellar craniopharyngioma who presented with acute total vision loss...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Xiangsheng Tang, Liang Dong, Mingsheng Tan, Ping Yi, Feng Yang, Qingying Hao
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to evaluate the impact of C1-C2 pedicle screw fixation on the occipitoatlantal angle and subaxial cervical spine for a pediatric population, and the clinical efficacy and adjacent-segment degeneration after C1-C2 pedicle screw fixation with a minimum of 2 years of follow-up. METHODS: Twenty-two pediatric patients with atlantoaxial dislocation who were enrolled in this study underwent atlantoaxial pedicle screw fixation. The correlation between C0-C1, C2-C7, and C1-C2 pre- and postoperative sagittal angles was assessed using plain radiographs, and adjacent-segment degeneration (ASD) and JOA scores (Japanese Orthopaedic Association scores) were evaluated after atlantoaxial pedicle screw fixation...
March 8, 2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Mino Zucchelli, Ercole Galassi
The efficacy of endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) in childhood strongly correlates with age. Reasons for the higher failure rate in infants are under debate but the "distensible" head with its immature skull (which would prevent an adequate flow through the ETV and/or a sufficient pressure gradient between the cortical subarachnoid spaces and the venous sinuses) has been suggested as a possible cause. Our evidence of spontaneous conversion of a failed, but always patent, third ventriculostomy into an effective one occurring in a child after maturation of the skull supports this hypothesis...
February 22, 2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Tarek Elbanoby
BACKGROUND: The objective of this work is to present a review of all reports involving the management of unicoronal synostosis with distraction osteogenesis (DO). Also, we have innovated a new method in the treatment of cases of anterior plagiocephaly at a young age using DO. METHODS: We present a case in which anterior plagiocephaly was treated by DO of both metopic and hemicoronal sutures in a 4-month-old female patient. A comprehensive systematic literature review was completed using the search terms "distraction osteogenesis," "unicoronal synostosis," "anterior plagiocephaly," and "craniosynostosis...
February 7, 2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Sophie Peeters, Jesse Skoch, Hiromi Holt, Lynn Mubita, Eileen A Choudhary, Kavan P Vadivelu, Donald L Gilbert, Steve W Wu, Alaine C Keebaugh, Ellen Air, Sudhakar Vadivelu
BACKGROUND: Secondary self-injurious behavior (SSIB) is underreported and predominantly not associated with suicide. In both adults and children, SSIB can cause intractable self-harm and is associated with a variety of clinical disorders, particularly those involving dysfunctional motor control. METHODS: We performed a literature review evaluating the clinical efficacy of deep-brain stimulation (DBS) as modulating SSIB observations and review current progress in preclinical SSIB animal studies...
February 3, 2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Nishant Goyal, Debarati Chattopadhyay, Prashant Durgapal, Rajesh Pasricha, Yamini Kansal, Ashok Kumar Mahapatra
Squamous cell carcinoma is known to occur as a serious complication of chronic burns, scars, and ulcers, but very rarely has it been reported to occur in a long-neglected meningocele. The authors wish to present the case of a 21-year-old man who presented to us when a previously asymptomatic meningocele developed a squamous cell carcinoma on the meningocele sac. The squamous cell carcinoma was excised in toto, followed by excision of the redundant meningocele sac. The neural placode was closed and dural closure done with an artificial dural patch...
February 2, 2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Alexandre R Pingarilho, Paulo M Porto de Melo, Samer K Elbabaa
The scientific literature does not have a consensus about the role and method of postoperative immobilization after occipitocervical fusion in the pediatric population. The primary goal of this study is to review the medical literature and evaluate different immobilization methods and their impact on fusion, following the surgical management of craniocervical instability in children. It started with an extensive research of randomized controlled trials, series of cases and case reports, describing occipitocervical junction pathologies, clinical, epidemiological characteristics, and treatment...
January 20, 2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Margaret J Trost, Nathan Robison, Dean Coffey, Mary Rose Mamey, R Aaron Robison
BACKGROUND: Children with ventriculoperitoneal shunts (VPS) undergoing brain computed tomography (CT) for shunt malfunction evaluation are at risk for later malignancy due to radiation exposure. We aimed to determine if and how hospitals have adopted radiation-avoiding magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques. METHODS: We performed a secondary analysis of the Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS) database. Children with VPS presenting to acute wards at 31 PHIS hospitals between January 1, 2007 and January 2, 2015 and receiving noncontrast neuroimaging on day of service 0/1 were included...
January 19, 2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
In-Kyung Song, Soolyoen Choi, Seohee Lee, Eun-Hee Kim, Ji-Hyun Lee, Hee-Soo Kim, Jin-Tae Kim
BACKGROUND: Hypocapnia has been associated with an increased risk and adverse outcomes in the injured brain. This study aimed to identify risk factors of intraoperative hypocapnia in pediatric neurosurgical patients when tidal volumes and respiratory rates were determined based on their weight and age, respectively. METHODS: Electronic medical records of pediatric patients (≤18 years) who underwent neurosurgery from December 2014 to January 2016 were retrospectively reviewed...
January 18, 2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Saumya Gupta, Kirti Gupta, Apinderpreet Singh
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January 11, 2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Mustafa Kemal Demir, Ozlem Yapıcıer, Ozden Caglar Ozturk, Melisa Aslan
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January 10, 2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Michael M McDowell, Philip S Lee, Kimberly A Foster, Stephanie Greene
INTRODUCTION: Myelomeningocele (MMC) is an open neural tube defect routinely surgically closed within 48 h of birth to prevent secondary infection. Up to 18% of patients experience wound complications, and 85% require shunting for hydrocephalus. We hypothesized that wound complications could be reduced by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) diversion at the time of closure. METHODS: Institutional review board approval was obtained to review records of the 88 patients who underwent MMC closure between January 2005 and June 2016 at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh...
January 10, 2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Antonio Guillén Quesada, Patricia Puerta Roldán, Andrés Morales la Madrid, Mariona Suñol, Cristina Jou, Jordi Muchart Lopez, Enrique Ferrer Rodriguez
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January 5, 2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Silky Chotai, Jade Basem, Stephen Gannon, Michael Dewan, Chevis N Shannon, John C Wellons, Christopher M Bonfield
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Scoliosis is common in patients with Chiari malformation-I (CM-I). This study examined the change in scoliosis severity after posterior fossa decompression (PFD) for CM-I. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review at a single tertiary center for children undergoing PFD with untreated scoliosis, and identified 17 patients with complete follow-up data and imaging. RESULTS: Overall, scoliosis improved in 7 (41.2%) patients, worsened in 9 (52...
January 4, 2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
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2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Andrea R Gilbert, Wafik Zaky, Murat Gokden, Christine E Fuller, Eylem Ocal, Norman E Leeds, Gregory N Fuller
Diffuse midline glioma, H3-K27M mutant (DMG-K27M) is a newly described, molecularly distinct infiltrative glioma that almost exclusively arises in midline CNS structures, including the brain stem, especially the pons, as well as the thalamus and spinal cord with rare examples seen in the cerebellum, third ventricle, and hypothalamus. To our knowledge, only 1 case of a molecularly confirmed DMG-K27M arising in the pineal region has been previously reported. We present the second occurrence of a tissue-confirmed DMG-K27M of the pineal region, which, to our knowledge, is the first case reported in a child and the first case with documented preoperative MRI...
2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Andrew T Hale, Gregory P Fricker, Travis W Crook
We report the case of a 4-year-old female with a primary extradural intramedullary atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT) leading to a middle cerebral artery (MCA) infarct and Froin's syndrome. She presented with a 6-pound weight loss over the previous week, as well as a decreased urinary output and an altered mental status. She underwent a brain MRI that revealed a left MCA infarct, mild ventriculomegaly, and bilateral internal carotid artery, M1, and A1 stenosis. An external ventricular drain (EVD) was placed due to increased intracranial pressure...
2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Nicholas J Goel, Kalil G Abdullah, Shih-Shan Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Pediatric oligodendroglioma (pODG) is a rare primary brain tumor that remains poorly understood. Demographics, outcomes, and prognostic factors were analyzed in 346 pODG cases from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database. METHODS: Gender, race, age, tumor location, tumor size, tumor grade, extent of resection, and use of radiotherapy were evaluated with respect to overall survival (OS) by univariate and multivariate analysis. These factors were assessed in the pediatric cohort and 5,753 adult oligodendroglioma cases for comparison...
2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Lance S Governale, Farah W Brink, Charles P Pluto, Victoria A Schunemann, Rachel Weber, Jerome Rusin, Beth A Fischer, Megan M Letson
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Increasing attention has been given to the possible association of cervical spine (c-spine) injuries with abusive head trauma (AHT). The aims of this study were to describe c-spine MRI findings in hospitalized AHT patients. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of children under the age of 5 years with AHT admitted to hospital in 2004-2013. Those with c-spine MRI were identified, and the images were reviewed. RESULTS: 250 AHT cases were identified, with 34 (14%) undergoing c-spine MRI...
2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Biji Bahuleyan, Vineetkumar Thakorbhai Patel, Prashanth Usurumarthi, Girish Kuranjiyoor Madhavan, Santhosh George Thomas
We present a case of post-traumatic hematoma developing between the 2 layers of the cranial dura in a 2-year-old child following head injury. This child presented with history of fall from a height in altered sensorium with paucity of movements on the left side. Computerized tomography scan of the brain showed a right parietal linear fracture with an underlying hyperdense biconvex hematoma. Emergency evacuation of the hematoma was done. On elevation of the scalp flap, a fibrous membrane was seen protruding between the fracture lines...
2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
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