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Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320030/changes-in-regulatory-t-cell-levels-in-acute-cerebral-ischemia
#1
Xuerui Pang, Weidong Qian
Background Acute stroke causes intense and significant changes in the immune system as well as in the number and the ratio of various immune cells. Material and Methods Several large-scale studies have shown that ischemic stroke leaves the human body in a state of immunodepression. The regulatory T (Treg) cells may be strongly associated with a change of immune status. In this trial, we collected venous blood from a cohort of patients who were diagnosed with acute ischemic stroke within the last 24 hours (n = 139)...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320029/morphometric-changes-of-the-lumbar-intervertebral-foramen-after-percutaneous-endoscopic-foraminoplasty-under-local-anesthesia
#2
Tatsuhiko Henmi, Tomoya Terai, Akihiro Nagamachi, Koichi Sairyo
Background Percutaneous endoscopic diskectomy (PED) for the lumbar spine is a relatively new technique that is becoming more common due to its relatively less invasive nature. However, one possible serious complication is an exiting nerve injury when the cannula of the endoscope is inserted into the neural canal through the intervertebral foramen. A technique to enlarge the intervertebral foramen, called foraminoplasty, was recently established to insert the cannula safely into an appropriate position in the neural canal...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320028/extent-of-decompression-of-lumbar-spinal-canal-after-endoscopic-surgery
#3
Naresh Kumar Dewanngan, Yad Ram Yadav, Vijay Singh Parihar, Shailendra Ratre, Yatin Kher, Pushpraj Bhatele
Introduction Endoscopic techniques are being used in lumbar disk disease and lumbar canal stenosis to decompress the spinal canal. The present study analyzed pre- and postoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measurements of the lumbar canal. Material and Methods This was a prospective study of 30 lumbar levels. Patients < 18 years of age with unilateral compression, previous surgery at the same level, and spinal instability were excluded. Endoscopic posterior decompression was used. Pre- and postoperative MRIs of all the patients were performed...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320027/distance-between-active-electrode-contacts-and-dentatorubrothalamic-tract-in-patients-with-habituation-of-stimulation-effect-of-deep-brain-stimulation-in-essential-tremor
#4
Judith Maria Anthofer, Kathrin Steib, Max Lange, Eva Rothenfusser, Claudia Fellner, Alexander Brawanski, Juergen Schlaier
Background Some patients under thalamic deep brain stimulation (DBS) for essential tremor (ET) experience habituation of tremor reduction. The nucleus ventralis intermedius (Vim) is the current main target side for ET in DBS. However, the dentatorubrothalamic tract (DRTT) is considered the relevant structure to stimulate. We investigated the distance between the active contact of the DBS electrode and the DRTT and compared this distance in patients with habituation of tremor reduction and good responders...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303561/extraforaminal-lumbar-interbody-fusion-at-the-l5-s1-level-technical-considerations-and-feasibility
#5
Arthur Robert Kurzbuch, Denis Kaech, Pawel Baranowski, Alicja Baranowska, Didier Recoules-Arche
Background Extraforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (ELIF) surgery is a muscle-sparing approach that allows the treatment of various degenerative spinal diseases. It is technical challenging to perform the ELIF approach at the L5-S1 level because the sacral ala obstructs the view of the intervertebral disk space. Methods We reported earlier on the ELIF technique in which the intervertebral disk is targeted at an angle of 45 degrees relative to the midline. In this article we describe the technical process we developed to overcome the anatomic relation between the sacral ala and the intervertebral disk space L5-S1 that hinders the ELIF approach at this level...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255973/chondromyxoid-fibroma-of-the-skull-base-our-experience-with-an-elusive-disease
#6
Giancarlo D'Andrea, Alessandro Pesce, Guido Trasimeni, Venceslao Wierzbicki, Veronica Picotti, Alessandra Serraino, Riccardo Caruso
Chondromyxoid fibroma (CMF) is an extremely rare lesion of the skull base. This histologic type typically predilects metaphysis of the long bones. It is locally invasive/infiltrative, and this tendency is more concerning in the skull base, where a radical resection is often technically impossible because of the presence of vital neurovascular structures. We present a case of a 19-year-old woman who presented with a sudden onset of right facial weakness, progressively worsening to a severe disfiguring motor weakness...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249308/smartphone-as-a-remote-touchpad-to-facilitate-visualization-of-3d-cerebral-angiograms-during-aneurysm-surgery
#7
Behzad Eftekhar
Background During aneurysm surgery, neurosurgeons may need to look at the cerebral angiograms again to better orient themselves to the aneurysm and also the surrounding vascular anatomy. Simplification of the intraoperative imaging review and reduction of the time interval between the view under the microscope and the angiogram review can theoretically improve orientation. Objective To describe the use of a smartphone as a remote touchpad to simplify intraoperative visualization of three-dimensional (3D) cerebral angiograms and reduce the time interval between the view under the microscope and the angiogram review...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249307/long-term-outcome-of-microendoscopic-diskectomy-for-lumbar-disk-herniation-a-clinical-study-of-consecutive-112-cases-with-more-than-5-year-follow-up
#8
Mitsunori Yoshimoto, Noriyuki Iesato, Yoshinori Terashima, Katsumasa Tanimoto, Tsuneo Takebayashi, Toshihiko Yamashita
Background Clinical results and recurrence rate after microendoscopic diskectomy (MED) with long-term follow-up is still unclear, in spite of its relatively long history. Materials and Methods A total of 112 who underwent MED participated in this study. Operative time, blood loss, serum C-reactive protein (CRP), creatine kinase (CK), and visual analog scale (VAS) were evaluated as indexes of surgical invasiveness. The 36-Item Short Form Survey Instrument (SF-36), Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) score, patient satisfaction, and recurrence were also evaluated with a follow-up of at least 5 years...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249306/mini-craniotomy-under-local-anesthesia-to-treat-acute-subdural-hematoma-in-deteriorating-elderly-patients
#9
Alessandro Di Rienzo, Maurizio Iacoangeli, Lorenzo Alvaro, Roberto Colasanti, Lucia Giovanna Maria Di Somma, Niccolo Nocchi, Maurizio Gladi, Massimo Scerrati
Background and Study Aims Surgical treatment for acute subdural hematomas (ASDHs) in elderly patients is still considered unsatisfactory. Series focusing on the use of conventional craniotomy or decompressive craniectomy in such patients report discouraging results. Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score at admission seems to be crucial in the decision-making process. Deteriorating patients with a GCS score between 9 and 11 are those who would benefit most from the surgical treatment. Unfortunately, elderly patients often present other comorbidities that greatly increase the risk of severe complications after major neurosurgical procedures under general anesthesia...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249305/impact-of-early-decompressive-craniectomy-following-blunt-traumatic-brain-injury-on-mortality-propensity-matched-analysis
#10
Nasim Ahmed
Background The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of the early craniectomy on mortality. Hypothesis Early craniectomy within 4 hours of hospital arrival will reduce in-hospital mortality. Methods Data were retrieved from the National Trauma Data Bank data set (RDS_2007-RDS_2010). All craniectomies performed on patients with a blunt mechanism of head injury within 24 hours of admission were included in the study. In-hospital mortality was the main outcome of interest. Results A total of 942 patients qualified for the study...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219086/first-report-of-awake-craniotomy-of-a-famous-musician-suprasellar-tumor-surgery-of-pianist-clara-haskil-in-1942
#11
Elena Romana Gasenzer, Ayhan Kanat, Edmund A M Neugebauer
Clara Haskil (January 7, 1895-December 7, 1960) was one of the most famous female pianists of the 20th century. In her life and work she set new standards in piano playing. However, her career was beset by poor health and the adversities of two world wars. In her lifetime Haskil had three major disorders: juvenile scoliosis requiring treatment in her adolescence, a tumor of the sellar region requiring surgery at age 47 years, and a traumatic brain injury causing her death at the age of 65. Her medical history illustrates the development of surgical methods and rehabilitation in medicine before and after World War II...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212594/percutaneous-full-endoscopic-treatment-of-bertolotti-syndrome-a-report-of-three-cases-with-technical-note
#12
Byapak Paudel, Hyeun-Sung Kim, Jee Soo Jang, Jeong Hoon Choi, Sung Kyun Chung, Jung Sup Lee, Jeong Hoon Kim, Seong Hoon Oh, Il Tae Jang
Background Bertolotti syndrome is characterized by an abnormal enlargement of the transverse process of the most caudal lumbar vertebra. Most of the time it is asymptomatic, but when it is symptomatic it is associated with low back pain, radiating leg pain, or both. There is no consensus regarding management of this pathology. Open to minimal invasive tubular resection techniques are described in the literature, but a full endoscopic resection technique has not yet been described. Endoscopic technique is a less invasive target-oriented iliolumbar ligament preserving technique...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192850/intramuscular-migration-of-venous-catheter-as-a-rare-complication-of-ventriculoatrial-shunt-case-report-and-literature-review
#13
Cheng-Che Hung, Hao-Yu Chuang, Hung-Lin Lin, Yen-Tse Chu, Cheng Hsin Cheng
The most common procedure to manage hydrocephalus is a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. Other alternatives include a ventriculoatrial (VA) shunt, ventriculopleural shunt, lumboperitoneal shunt, or ventriculocisternal shunt. The VA shunt is a relatively rare procedure for hydrocephalus. As reported, several complications of VA shunt include obstructions, malposition, shunt infections, endocarditis, heart failure, tricuspid regurgitation, intra-atrial thrombus, and pulmonary hypertension. In this case report and literature review, we discuss a rare case of intramuscular migration of a venous tube 1 year after VA shunt implantation...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183145/minimally-invasive-microscopic-posterior-cervical-decompression-simple-safe-and-effective
#14
Pierluigi Vergara
Background and Study Aims Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) is the most common cause of spinal cord dysfunction in the elderly population. Surgery is usually successful in preventing any deterioration, as well as improving functional status and quality of life. This study assesses the safety and efficacy of minimally invasive microscopic posterior cervical decompression for the treatment of CSM. Materials and Methods A retrospective review of patients with myelopathy from cervical stenosis treated with minimally invasive posterior cervical decompression was performed...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183144/rapid-deterioration-of-latent-hbv-hepatitis-during-cushing-disease-and-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-after-earthquake
#15
Ryosuke Tashiro, Yoshikazu Ogawa, Teiji Tominaga
Reactivation of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a risk in the 350 million HBV carriers worldwide. HBV reactivation may cause hepatocellular carcinoma, cirrhosis, and fulminant hepatitis, and HBV reactivation accompanied with malignant tumor and/or chemotherapy is a critical problem for patients with chronic HBV infection. Multiple risk factors causing an immunosuppressive state can also induce HBV reactivation.We present a case of HBV reactivation during an immunosuppressive state caused by Cushing disease and physical and psychological stress after a disaster...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183143/rapid-documented-growth-of-aneurysm-bleb-led-to-rupture-of-an-incidental-intracranial-anterior-communicating-artery-aneurysm
#16
Jan-Karl Burkhardt, Jorn Fierstra, Giuseppe Esposito, Gerasimos Baltsavias, Oliver Bozinov, Luca Regli
Background A major challenge in the management of patients with unruptured intracranial aneurysms (UIAs) is to identify criteria indicating a higher risk of future UIA rupture. We report a rare patient with documented short-term bleb growth of an UIA followed by a fatal aneurysm rupture supporting the high risk of rupture of short-term shape changes in UIAs. Case Description A 72-year-old man with an incidental unruptured anterior communicating artery aneurysm of 9 mm showed a bleb growth on the aneurysm sac at 6-week follow-up computed tomography angiography (CTA)...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147383/incidence-of-secondary-hydrocephalus-after-excision-of-huge-encephaloceles-in-neonates-case-study
#17
Ehab Ahmed El Refaee, Mohamed Ibrahim Refaat, Mohamed Reda
Background Encephaloceles presents as a protrusion of the cranial contents through a defect in the cranium. The most common sites of occurrence are the occipital and frontonasal regions. The surgical outcome is reported to be satisfactory; however, the incidence of hydrocephalus in patients with encephaloceles is variable in the literature. This study investigated the relationship between the size of the encephaloceles and the occurrence of hydrocephalus. Patient and Methods Data of all neonates with encephaloceles who presented to our institution from September 2012 to September 2014 were collected...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068754/intraventricular-cavernous-malformation-review-of-the-literature-and-report-of-three-cases-with-neuroendoscopic-resection
#18
Masoud Shirvani, Alireza Hajimirzabeigi
Intraventricular cavernomas (IVCs) are extremely infrequent and only occur in 2.8 to 10% of patients with cerebral cavernomas. We describe three IVC cases and briefly review previously documented IVC cases in PubMed. Among 136 IVC cases, the mean age of the patients was 36.5 years; the male-to-female ratio was 0.8. The most frequent location was the lateral ventricle (52.6%), and most of the clinical symptoms (74%) were related to mass effects on adjacent brain tissues. Intraventricular hemorrhage occurred in 22...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068753/retrospective-matched-pair-cohort-study-on-effect-of-bisegmental-fenestration-versus-hemilaminectomy-for-bisegmental-spinal-canal-stenosis-at-l3-l4-and-l4-l5
#19
Julia Schüppel, Friedrich Weber
Background The main symptoms of degenerative lumbar spinal canal stenosis are progressive back pain, spinal claudication, and, occasionally, sensory and motor deficits. Impairments particularly occur during walking, standing, and sitting. Thus social and vocational activities are increasingly restricted, causing considerable suffering for patients. Surgical therapies are superior to conservative ones. This article studies the outcome of 2-level fenestration versus hemilaminectomy for bisegmental spinal stenosis decompression...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068752/emergency-lumbar-disk-operation-how-safe-is-it
#20
Shadi Al-Afif, Kerstin Schwabe, Mohamed Jabarin, Zafer Cinibulak, Joachim K Krauss
Background and Study Aims It was suggested that emergency operations could represent a risk factor for complications. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether complication rates are higher in emergency lumbar disk operations compared with elective lumbar disk surgery. Materials and Methods Patient data sets from 575 microscopic lumbar disk surgeries performed within a 5-year period were evaluated in a retrospective study design. There were 498 patients after excluding those who had surgery for recurrent disk herniation...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
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