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British Journal of Neurosurgery

Miki Katzir, Svetlana Tov, Ayelet Eran, Gill E Sviri
Intracranial hypotension can be a complication of epidural anaesthesia. Pure clinical spinal hypotension manifesting as acute transient quadriplegia following epidural anaesthesia is a severe, life-threatening complication that have not been described before. This complication can be solved with an epidural blood patch; thus, it should be familiar to doctors across all specialities.
October 21, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Andrei Tudose, Florence R A Hogg, Jeremy D P Bland, Daniel C Walsh
The anatomical surface markings for the superficial peroneal nerve have been described and it may be preferred for biopsy in cases of suspected vasculitis as biopsy of the peroneus brevis muscle increases diagnostic yield. The procedure is however unfamiliar to many surgeons and the anatomical variability of the subcutaneous part underestimated. Where the nerve has some preserved sensory nerve action potential it may be mapped pre-operatively, greatly facilitating minimally traumatic biopsy with potential logistical and wound healing advantages...
October 20, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Jeroen G V Habets, Albert F G Leentjens, Olaf E M G Schijns
Levetiracetam may induce serious behavioral disturbances, especially after surgical resection of frontal lobe low-grade glioma. Two patients, treated with levetiracetam, developed serious psychiatric complications postoperatively which completely resolved after switching to valproate. We aim to create awareness for this serious but reversible adverse effect of levetiracetam in this specific patient category.
October 20, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Harshal Ingale, Samiul Muquit, Othman Al-Helli, Barrie White, Surajit Basu
BACKGROUND: Consultant Outcomes Publication (COP) is an NHS England initiative for promoting improvements in quality of care. However, at present outcomes are commonly expressed as mortality rates which do not necessarily reflect the performance of surgeons. We developed the Nottingham Expectation and Complication score following Surgery (NECS) to determine the success of surgical treatment from both the clinical perspective and the practical expectations agreed between surgeons and patients during the consent process...
October 20, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
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October 20, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Xin Wang, Jing Wang, Haikang Zhao, Nan Li, Shunnan Ge, Lei Chen, Jiaming Li, Jiangpeng Jing, Mingming Su, Zhaohui Zheng, Jinan Zhang, Guodong Gao, Xuelian Wang
BACKGROUND: Symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) may lead to permanent neurological disability of patients and has impeded the extensive clinical application of deep brain stimulation (DBS). The present study was conducted to discuss the incidence, prevention, and treatment of symptomatic ICH after DBS surgery. METHODS: From January 2009 to December 2014, 396 patients underwent DBS with a total of 691 implanted leads. In all, 10 patients had symptomatic ICH...
October 20, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Isabel Tulloch, Marios C Papadopoulos
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October 19, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Nicola Benedetto, Carlo Gambacciani, Nicola Montemurro, Riccardo Morganti, Paolo Perrini
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical outcome of patients over 70 years old who have received surgical treatment for traumatic acute subdural haematoma (aSDH) in our Neurosurgical Department. We also disclose related surgical and medical costs. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed by analyzing the medical records of patients older than 70 who had undergone surgery for evacuation of traumatic aSDH between June 2011 and December 2014. Through univariate and multivariate analyses, we correlated clinical and radiological pre-operatory features with outcome at one and six months after surgery...
October 19, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Rajiv Singh, Saurabh Sinha, Alan Bill, Lynne Turner-Stokes
OBJECTIVE: To identify the needs for specialised rehabilitation provision in a cohort of neurosurgical patients; to determine if these were met, and to estimate the potential cost implications and cost-benefits of meeting any unmet rehabilitation needs. METHODS: A prospective study of in-patient admissions to a regional neurosurgical ward. Assessment of needs for specialised rehabilitation (Category A or B needs) was made with the Patient Categorisation Tool. The number of patients who were referred and admitted for specialised rehabilitation was calculated...
October 19, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
N V Todd
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October 14, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Hao Wang, Yuanli Zhao, Jun Yang
Tumoral calcinosis is a rare disorder characterized by tumor-like calcified masses commonly occurring in the periarticular regions of the extremities. Conversely, intradural tumoral calcinosis of the spine is extremely rare, with only two previously reported cases. To our knowledge, this is the first intradural case located in the foramen magnum region.
October 11, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Kunio Yokoyama, Masahiro Kawanishi, Makoto Yamada, Hidekazu Tanaka, Yutaka Ito, Toshihiko Kuroiwa
As a treatment for painful vertebral compression fractures (VCFs), vertebral perforation does not require bone cement infusion. Here, we retrospectively assessed the long-term therapeutic effects of vertebroplasty in a comparison with those of vertebral perforation. The subjects were 64 patients who underwent percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP group) and 67 patients who underwent vertebral perforation (Perforation group) between 2006 and 2011 at Takeda general hospital. We compared the analgesic effects of the treatments and the incidences of new VCFs between the groups at 15 months postsurgery...
October 4, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Naveen Kumar, Wisam Al-Faiadh, Jignesh Tailor, Conor Mallucci, Chris Chandler, Sanj Bassi, Benedetta Pettorini, Bassel Zebian
OBJECTIVES: The management of neonatal post-haemorrhagic hydrocephalus (nPHH) varies considerably between centres and even between neurosurgeons in the same centre. We performed a nationwide survey to evaluate current practice in the UK and reviewed the evidence for each intervention. METHODS: An online semi-structured questionnaire was emailed to all units registered on the British Paediatric Neurosurgery Group Mailing List. The survey consisted of 18 questions designed to establish the status quo in the management of nPHH, including preferred temporising procedure, factors guiding the timing of intervention and willingness to participate in a prospective study...
September 30, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
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September 29, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Romuald Seizeur, Francis Abed-Rabbo, Sami Obaid, Philippe Saliou, Alexandre Simon, Phong Dam Hieu, Elsa Magro
OBJECTIVE: Chronic subdural haematomas (CSDH) is a common pathology that usually affects the elderly population. The incidence of CSDH has recently been increasing with the expansion of the aging population. The objective of our study was to evaluate the outcome following surgical drainage of CSDH in elderly patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of 455 consecutive patients with CSDHs over a 5-year period. Among them, all 121 patients older than 80-year old were included in the study...
September 29, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Jitender Chaturvedi
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September 27, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
See Yung Phang, Kathrin Whitehouse, Lucy Lee, Hisham Khalil, Paul McArdle, Peter C Whitfield
AIMS: CSF leaks are not uncommon after a base of skull fracture. Currently there is no standardised algorithm for the investigation and management of post-traumatic CSF leaks. In this paper we aim to provide an evidence-based framework for managing post-traumatic CSF leaks. METHODS: We searched the English literature over the past 45 years using CINAHL, EMBASE and MEDLINE for the terms (1) post-traumatic CSF leaks or fistulas, and (2) basilar or base of skull fractures, but excluded papers on post-operative and non-traumatic CSF leaks, and papers on paediatric post- traumatic CSF leaks...
September 26, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Sean C Martin, Bassam O Dabbous, Elliott E Ridgeon, Shailendra A Magdum, Thomas A D Cadoux-Hudson, Erlick A C Pereira
OBJECTIVES: Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a common operative treatment of compressive pathology of the cervical spinal cord, when caused by one or more degenerated intervertebral discs or related osteophytes. In addition to intra-operative radiographs to confirm spinal level before discectomy and implant position after insertion, traditional practice is to obtain post-operative antero-posterior and lateral plain radiographs (XR) before hospital discharge, despite a paucity of evidence supporting their benefit to patient care...
September 22, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Yongxu Wei, Weiguo Zhao, Chunhua Pu, Ning Li, Yu Cai, Hanbing Shang, Wenlei Yang
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to compare clinical features, long-term surgical outcomes between patients with idiopathic and tumor-related trigeminal neuralgia (TN), and to identify factors associated with the maintenance of permanent pain-free state. METHODS: Between January 2003 and December 2013, 360 patients with idiopathic TN and 39 patients with tumor-related TN who had undergone microsurgery were retrospectively studied. Kaplan-Meier survival curves were generated and compared by Log-rank test, and the possible prognostic factors were analyzed by the Cox proportional-hazards regression...
September 20, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Fahed Zairi, Andre Nzokou, Tarek Sunna, Sami Obaid, Alexander G Weil, Michel Bojanowski, Daniel Shedid
BACKGROUND: Due to their important size and complex localization, the management of thoracic dumbbell tumors is challenging, frequently requiring the need for an anterior approach. Our study aims to first report the feasibility and safety of a single-stage posterior minimally invasive procedure in achieving complete resection of voluminous thoracic dumbbell tumors. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of five consecutive patients, who underwent the minimally invasive resection of a type III thoracic dumbbell tumor in our institution between March 2007 and March 2012...
September 20, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
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