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Surgical Neurology International

Koji Omoto, Ryosuke Matsuda, Ichiro Nakagawa, Yasushi Motoyama, Hiroyuki Nakase
Background: 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA)-guided surgery is one of the gold standard perioperative modalities for maximum resection of malignant gliomas. However, it should be noted that 5-ALA fluorescence does not definitively indicate the presence of malignant tumor cells. Case Description: We report a rare case of false-positive lesion mimicking glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) under 5-ALA-guided surgery. A 44-year-old woman presented with persistent headache and flickering in her eyes...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Nancy E Epstein
Background: The risk of spinal cord injury (SCI) due to decreased cord perfusion following thoracic/thoracoabdominal aneurysm surgery (T/TL-AAA) and thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR) ranges up to 20%. For decades, therefore, many vascular surgeons have utilized cerebrospinal fluid drainage (CSFD) to decrease intraspinal pressure and increase blood flow to the spinal cord, thus reducing the risk of SCI/ischemia. Methods: Multiple studies previously recommend utilizing CSFD following T/TL-AAA/TEVAR surgery to treat SCI by increasing spinal cord blood flow...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Sho Tamai, Yasuhiko Hayashi, Yasuo Sasagawa, Masahiro Oishi, Mitsutoshi Nakada
Background: Although it is well known that most choroid plexus cysts (CPCs) are asymptomatic, previous studies have reported that they can infrequently cause progressive hydrocephalus along with their increasing sizes. Among those cases, some patients needed cyst fenestration or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) diversion to recover neurological deterioration. Meanwhile, some CPCs revealed spontaneous resolution, and in rare cases, they developed re-accumulation. Some reports have described series of radiological findings about their changes in location...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Vasilije Stambolija, Martina Miklić Bublić, Marin Lozić, Jakob Nemir, Miroslav Ščap
Background: Low brain tissue oxygen tension (PbtO2 ), or brain hypoxia, is an independent predictor of poor outcome. Increasing inspirational fraction of oxygen could have a significant influence on treating lower PbtO2 . Combined PbtO2 therapy, compared to the approach that focus only on regulation of cerebral perfusion pressure and intracranial pressure, shows better patient outcomes. Monitoring of PbtO2 could be helpful in individualizing treatment, preventing or limiting secondary brain injury, and maintaining better patient outcome...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Istvan Bodi, Anastasios Giamouriadis, Naomi Sibtain, Ross Laxton, Andrew King, Francesco Vergani
Background: Primary CNS malignant rhabdoid tumors are very rare in adults and much less is known about their biological behavior than in children. Recently, two adult cases of SMARCB1 (also known as INI1)-deficient tumor with rhabdoid cells have been described, suggesting an emerging group of primary meningeal SMARCB1-deficient tumors. We have recently encountered a case of INI1-deficient tumor with similar histology and immunophenotype to the above cases, but with a superficial cerebral, yet apparent intra-axial origin...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Mardjono Tjahjadi, Joseph Serrone, Juha Hernesniemi
Background: Basilar apex aneurysms constitute 5-8% of all intracranial aneurysms, and their treatment remains challenging for both microsurgical and endovascular approaches. The perceived drawback of the microsurgical approach is its invasiveness leading to increased surgical morbidity. However, many high-volume centers have shown excellent clinical results with better occlusion rates compared to endovascular treatment. With endovascular therapy taking a larger role in the management of cerebral aneurysms, the future role of microsurgery for basilar apex aneurysm treatment is unclear...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Samuel Hall, Eleanor Walshe, Claudia Ajayi, Kevin Boyle, Colin Griffith
Background: Herbal supplements are commonly used, however, their side-effect profiles are poorly understood and not subject to the same scrutiny as prescribed medications. Some herbal supplements such as St Johns' Wort are accepted to interfere with clotting pathways, however others, including Red Clover have theoretical bleeding risks based on coumarin content with very little underlying evidence. Case Description: This case reports a 65-year-old woman who suffered a spontaneous acute-on-chronic subdural hemorrhage with a significant postoperative re-hemorrhage...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Hussam Abou-Al-Shaar, Mark A Mahan
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2018: Surgical Neurology International
Nancy E Epstein
Background: Spinal meningiomas are found in patients typically between the ages of 75 and 84: some report the average age to be 50. They occur with an incidence of approximately 1000 patients per year in the US, are mostly single (90%) rather than multiple (10%), and arise from the spinal meninges (arachnoid/dura). Tumors are typically posterior/posterolateral (70%) in location, leaving the remaining 30% in the anterior/anterolateral spinal canal. They produce symptoms and signs of radiculopathy (nerve root) and/or myelopathy (cord compression) depending on their site of origin...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Dali Yin, Gerald Oh, Sergey Neckrysh
Background: For C2 pedicle screw placement/instrumentation, it is critical to adequately measure the axial and oblique C2 pedicle diameters utilizing the intraoperative O-arm. Methods: Thirty-three patients who underwent C2 pedicle screw placement (2013-2016) utilizing the O-arm with tri-planar reconstruction. As O-arm software does not allow calibrated measurements with the application's measurement tool, we directly measured axial and oblique widths of the C2 pedicles on the screen with a regular ruler (e...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Harsh Deora, Manish Beniwal, Shilpa Rao, K V L N Rao, V Vikas, Sampath Somanna
Background: Actinomycosis israeli is a gram-positive non-acid-fast bacterium and is the most common causative agent of actinomycosis. It usually presents as a brain abscess via a secondary spread from the cervicofacial region or lungs. However, presentation as an en-plaque lesion with bone involvement out of proportion to brain parenchyma is rare and needs to be acknowledged. Case Description: We report a case of intracranial en-plaque lesion in a 47-year-old female with restriction of mouth opening and right third nerve palsy for 1 year...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
A Guiroy, A Sícoli, N Gonzalez Masanés, A Morales Ciancio, M Gagliardi, A Falavigna
Background: The paraspinal, posterolateral, or Wiltse approach is an old technique that observes the principles of an MIS procedure. The aim of this study was to provide a step-by-step description from the literature of the Wiltse paraspinal approach and analyze its main advantages and limitations. Methods: Here, we provide a step-by-step description of the Wiltse approach. Utilizing PubMed and Lilacs and the Mesh terms "Wiltse approach," "paraspinal approach," "muscle sparing approach," and "lumbar spine," we identified 10 papers...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Domenico Murrone, Bruno Romanelli, Nicola Montemurro, Domenico Chirchiglia, Aldo Ierardi
Background: Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease is an autosomal dominant condition characterized by formation of multiple benign and malignant tumors. In this disease supratentorial lesions are rare and no falcine meningioma has been previously reported. Differential diagnosis is very difficult and the histopathological examination is the definitive method for diagnosis. Case Description: A patient with VHL underwent a suboccipital craniotomy for removal of cerebellar hemangioblastoma and after 2 years magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed an iperintense solid mass located at posterior part of the falx...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Ishwar Singh, Seema Rohilla, Prashant Kumar, Gopal Krishana
Background: Intracranial epidermoid tumors are challenging lesions because they grow along the subarachnoid spaces around delicate neurovascular structures and often extend from one compartment to another. The purpose of this study was to determine the usefulness of endoscopic assistance in the microsurgical resection of these lesions, in which total resection is therapy of choice. Methods: A total of 48 cases of intracranial epidermoids were treated by combined microscopic and endoscopic techniques...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Jared D Ament, Tejas Karnati, Edwin Kulubya, Kee D Kim, J Patrick Johnson
Background: The surgical treatment of cervical radiculopathy has centered around anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). Alternatively, the posterior cervical laminoforaminotomy/microdiscectomy (PCF/PCM), which results in comparable outcomes and is more cost-effective, has been underutilized. Methods: Here, we compared the direct/indirect costs, reoperation rates, and outcome for ACDF and PCF vs. PCM using PubMed, Medline, and Embase databases. Results: There were no significant differences between the re-operative rates of PCF/PCM (2% to 9...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Felipe de Oliveira, José Alberto Landeiro, Igor de Castro
Background: Medulloblastoma is an embryonal neoplasm and accounts for 1% of all adult intracranial tumors. It is associated with many familiar cancer syndromes, but there is no known cause for medulloblastoma. Many studies have documented differences between childhood and adult medulloblastomas in terms of location, proliferation, and apoptotic indices. There are four histological groups - classic and the variant forms (desmoplastic/nodular, anaplasic, and large cell). There are four major subgroups according to molecular configuration: wingless (WNT), sonic hedgehog (SHH), group 3, and group 4 with differences between them according to prognostic outcomes...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
D Diaz-Aguilar, T Niu, S Terterov, R Scharnweber, A Tucker, J Woodard, H Brara, C Merna, H Shah, S Wang, S Rahman
Background: Neurenteric cysts (NECs) are rare developmental malformations of the central nervous system (CNS) which originate as benign congenital lesions. They originate from developmental foregut precursors, and are presumed to be the result of abnormal partitioning of the embryonic notochord plate. Such NECs predominantly arise in the cervical region in patients around 6 years of age or in their twenties or thirties. Notably, NECs of the conus medullaris are exceedingly rare, especially in patients of advanced age...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
James Barger, Matthew Siow, Michael Kader, Katherine Phillips, Girish Fatterpekar, David Kleinberg, David Zagzag, Chandranath Sen, John G Golfinos, Richard Lebowitz, Dimitris G Placantonakis
Background: While effective for the repair of large skull base defects, the Hadad-Bassagasteguy nasoseptal flap increases operative time and can result in a several-week period of postoperative crusting during re-mucosalization of the denuded nasal septum. Endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery for pituitary adenoma resection is generally not associated with large dural defects and high-flow cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks requiring extensive reconstruction. Here, we present the posterior nasoseptal flap as a novel technique for closure of skull defects following endoscopic resection of pituitary adenomas...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Sofiene Bouali, Nidhal Maatar, Alia Zehani, Maha Mahmoud, Jalel Kallel, Hafedh Jemel
Background: Anaplastic posterior fossa ganglioglioma in adults is exceedingly rare. To date, only one case of adult anaplastic posterior fossa ganglioglioma has been reported in the English literature and none has been described at the cerebellum. To our knowledge, this report is the third case of malignant posterior fossa ganglioglioma in adults and the first at the cerebellum. In general, this entity can be misdiagnosed preoperatively as a primary posterior fossa neoplasm, and by reporting our clinical and radiographic observations we want to add to the existing literature on this rare entity...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Tigran Khachatryan, Marina Khachatryan, Ruben Fanarjyan, Mikayel Grigoryan, Arthur Grigorian
Background: Currently, transsphenoidal surgery (TSS) is the preferred method for surgical treatment of intrasellar pituitary adenomas. However, it carries some risk of intraoperative arterial injuries, which is mainly attributed to direct iatrogenic rupture of the internal carotid artery (ICA). There is anecdotal evidence suggesting that intracranial aneurysms are coincidentally found significantly more frequently in the setting of pituitary adenomas than when the incidence is compared to other intracranial neoplasms...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
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