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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434958/microsurgical-resection-following-failed-gamma-knife-radiosurgery-of-papillary-tumor-of-the-pineal-gland
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Anil Nanda, Piyush Kalakoti, Devi Prasad Patra, Tanmoy Maiti, Hai Sun
Primary papillary tumors of the pineal region (PTPR) are rare entities with distinct histopathological characteristics. Most common surgical approaches include the supra-cerebellar infratentorial corridor or the occipital interhemispheric approach. Gamma knife radiosurgery (GKRS) is an acceptable treatment modality for parenchymal tumors of the pineal gland, and often used as a primary treatment modality for asymptomatic and indolent lesions, and as an adjunct to surgical resection. In this presentation, we describe the surgical nuances of posterior interhemispheric approach in an elderly male with a previously failed empirical GKRS...
April 18, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431024/radiosurgery-for-unruptured-brain-arteriovenous-malformations-an-international-multicenter-retrospective-cohort-study
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Dale Ding, Robert M Starke, Hideyuki Kano, John Y K Lee, David Mathieu, John Pierce, Paul Huang, Symeon Missios, Caleb Feliciano, Rafael Rodriguez-Mercado, Luis Almodovar, Inga S Grills, Danilo Silva, Mahmoud Abbassy, Douglas Kondziolka, Gene H Barnett, L Dade Lunsford, Jason P Sheehan
BACKGROUND: The role of intervention in the management of unruptured brain arteriovenous malformations (AVM) is controversial. OBJECTIVE: To analyze in a multicenter, retrospective cohort study, the outcomes following radiosurgery for unruptured AVMs and determine predictive factors. METHODS: We evaluated and pooled AVM radiosurgery data from 8 institutions participating in the International Gamma Knife Research Foundation. Patients with unruptured AVMs and ≥12 mo of follow-up were included in the study cohort...
April 20, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425047/can-anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-antibody-reverse-radiation-necrosis-a-preclinical-investigation
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Chong Duan, Carlos J Perez-Torres, Liya Yuan, John A Engelbach, Scott C Beeman, Christina I Tsien, Keith M Rich, Robert E Schmidt, Joseph J H Ackerman, Joel R Garbow
Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) antibodies are a promising new treatment for late time-to-onset radiation-induced necrosis (RN). We sought to evaluate and validate the response to anti-VEGF antibody in a mouse model of RN. Mice were irradiated with the Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion™ and then treated with anti-VEGF antibody, beginning at post-irradiation (PIR) week 8. RN progression was monitored via anatomic and diffusion MRI from weeks 4-12 PIR. Standard histology, using haematoxylin and eosin (H&E), and immunohistochemistry staining were used to validate the response to treatment...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419781/evaluation-of-stability-of-stereotactic-space-defined-by-cone-beam-ct-for-the-leksell-gamma-knife-icon
#4
Ismail AlDahlawi, Dheerendra Prasad, Matthew B Podgorsak
The Gamma Knife Icon comes with an integrated cone-beam CT (CBCT) for image-guided stereotactic treatment deliveries. The CBCT can be used for defining the Leksell stereotactic space using imaging without the need for the traditional invasive frame system, and this allows also for frameless thermoplastic mask stereotactic treatments (single or fractionated) with the Gamma Knife unit. In this study, we used an in-house built marker tool to evaluate the stability of the CBCT-based stereotactic space and its agreement with the standard frame-based stereotactic space...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414573/phosphatidylserine-translocation-after-radiosurgery-in-an-animal-model-of-arteriovenous-malformation
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Newsha Raoufi Rad, Lucinda S McRobb, Zhenjun Zhao, Vivienne S Lee, Nirav J Patel, Anas Sarwar Qureshi, Michael Grace, Joshua J McHattan, Jude V Amal Raj, Hong Duong, Saleh R Kashba, Marcus A Stoodley
Phosphatidylserine (PS) is asymmetrically distributed across the plasma membrane, located predominantly on the inner leaflet in healthy cells. Translocation of PS to the outer leaflet makes it available as a target for biological therapies. We examined PS translocation after radiosurgery in an animal model of brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM). An arteriovenous fistula was created by end-to-side anastomosis of the left external jugular vein to the common carotid artery in 6-week-old, male Sprague Dawley rats...
April 17, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411414/laser-interstitial-thermotherapy-litt-in-epilepsy-surgery
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Christian Hoppe, Juri-Alexander Witt, Christoph Helmstaedter, Thomas Gasser, Hartmut Vatter, Christian E Elger
Besides other innovative stereotactic procedures (radiofrequency thermocoagulation, focused ultrasound, gamma knife) laser interstitial thermotherapy (LiTT) provides minimally invasive destruction of pathological soft tissues which could be especially relevant for epilepsy surgeries involving adult and pediatric patients. Unlike standard resections, no craniotomy is required; just a tiny borehole trepanation is sufficient. Damage to cortical areas when accessing deep lesions can be minimized or completely avoided, and treating epileptogenic foci near eloquent or even vital brain areas becomes possible...
April 6, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409725/genetic-landscape-of-sporadic-vestibular-schwannoma
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Aril Løge Håvik, Ove Bruland, Erling Myrseth, Hrvoje Miletic, Mads Aarhus, Per-Morten Knappskog, Morten Lund-Johansen
OBJECTIVE Vestibular schwannoma (VS) is a benign tumor with associated morbidities and reduced quality of life. Except for mutations in NF2, the genetic landscape of VS remains to be elucidated. Little is known about the effect of Gamma Knife radiosurgery (GKRS) on the VS genome. The aim of this study was to characterize mutations occurring in this tumor to identify new genes and signaling pathways important for the development of VS. In addition, the authors sought to evaluate whether GKRS resulted in an increase in the number of mutations...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408629/pretreatment-adc-values-predict-response-to-radiosurgery-in-vestibular-schwannomas
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A Camargo, T Schneider, L Liu, J Pakpoor, L Kleinberg, D M Yousem
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The response rate of vestibular schwannomas to radiation therapy is variable, and there are surgical options available in the event of treatment failure. The aim of this study was to determine whether pre- and posttreatment ADC values can predict the tumor response to radiation therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From a data base of 162 patients with vestibular schwannomas who underwent radiation therapy with gamma knife, CyberKnife, or fractionated stereotactic radiation therapy as the first-line therapy between January 2003 and December 2013, we found 20 patients who had pretreatment ADC values...
April 13, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401318/stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-intracranial-dural-arteriovenous-fistulas-its-clinical-and-angiographic-perspectives
#9
Seong-Hyun Park, Ki-Su Park, Dong-Hun Kang, Jeong-Hyun Hwang, Sung-Kyoo Hwang
BACKGROUND: To assess the efficacy of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for intracranial dural arteriovenous fistulas (DAVFs), the authors retrospectively reviewed our 7-year experience. We evaluated the obliteration rate, improvement in clinical symptoms, and complications. METHODS: Thirty patients with DAVF underwent SRS using a Gamma Knife between 2009 and 2015. Twenty-three patients were treated with SRS alone, and seven patients underwent SRS for residual or recurrent DAVFs after embolization or surgery...
April 11, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394552/multiple-intracranial-schwannomas-case-report
#10
Mario Mihalj, Krešimir Dolić, Pavao Jurinović, Nikolina Ivica Miše, Marina Titlić, Irena Pintarić
Schwannomas are benign encapsulated tumors arising from the sheaths of peripheral nerves. They present as slowly enlarging solitary lumps, which may cause neurological defects. Multiple schwannomas in non-neurofi bromatosis type 2 patients are extremely rare. We report a case of a 60-year-old female patient, without any family history of neurofibromatosis or schwannomatosis, presented with trigeminal neuralgia and progressive facial nerve palsy. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed the presence of acoustic schwannoma involving facial nerve and trigeminal schwannoma of the cisternal part of the nerve involving gasserian ganglion (Meckel’s cave)...
June 2016: Acta Clinica Croatica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387629/is-staged-bilateral-thalamic-radiosurgery-an-option-for-otherwise-surgically-ineligible-patients-with-medically-refractory-bilateral-tremor
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Ajay Niranjan, Sudesh S Raju, Edward A Monaco, John C Flickinger, L Dade Lunsford
OBJECTIVE Unilateral Gamma Knife thalamotomy (GKT) is a well-established treatment for patients with medically refractory tremor who are not eligible for invasive procedures due to increased risk of compications. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether staged bilateral GKT provides benefit with acceptable risk to patients suffering from disabling medically refractory bilateral tremor. METHODS Eleven patients underwent staged bilateral GKT during a 17-year period (1999-2016). Eight patients had essential tremor (ET), 2 had Parkinson's disease (PD)-related tremor, and 1 had multiple-sclerosis (MS)-related tremor...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376826/the-risk-of-cataractogenesis-after-gamma-knife-radiosurgery-a-nationwide-population-based-case-control-study
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Cheng-Loong Liang, Po-Chou Liliang, Tai-Been Chen, Huan-Chen Hsu, Fu-Cheng Chuang, Kuo-Wei Wang, Hao-Kuang Wang, San-Nan Yang, Han-Jung Chen
BACKGROUND: Medical radiation is considered a factor responsible for cataractogenesis. However, the incidence of this ophthalmologic complication resulting from gamma knife radiosurgery (GKRS) has not yet been reported. The present study aimed to determine the risk of cataractogenesis associated with radiation exposure from GKRS. METHODS: This study used information from a random sample of one million persons enrolled in the nationally representative Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database...
April 4, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375911/trigeminal-neuralgia
#13
Giorgio Cruccu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Although trigeminal neuralgia is well known to neurologists, recent developments in classification and clinical diagnosis, new MRI methods, and a debate about surgical options necessitate an update on the topic. RECENT FINDINGS: Currently, a worldwide controversy exists regarding the classification, diagnostic process, and surgical treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. This controversy has been caused on one side by the recognition that some 50% of patients with trigeminal neuralgia, apart from characteristic paroxysmal attacks, also have continuous pain in the same territory, which results in greater diagnostic difficulties and is associated with a lower response to medical and surgical treatments...
April 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368501/cystic-vestibular-schwannomas-respond-best-to-radiosurgery
#14
Greg Bowden, Jonathon Cavaleri, Edward Monaco Iii, Ajay Niranjan, John Flickinger, L Dade Lunsford
BACKGROUND: Vestibular schwannomas (VS) have a well-documented response to Gamma Knife® (Elekta AB, Stockholm, Sweden) Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). However, there are limited data available regarding the volumetric response of cystic tumors. OBJECTIVE: This report correlates the radiographic appearance of VS before radiosurgery with the delayed volumetric response. METHODS: This study reviewed our SRS experience with 219 VS patients between 2003 and 2013...
March 28, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338441/radiosurgery-in-the-management-of-brain-metastasis-a-retrospective-single-center-study-comparing-gamma-knife-and-linac-treatment
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Constantin Tuleasca, Laura Negretti, Mohamed Faouzi, Vera Magaddino, Thierry Gevaert, Erik von Elm, Marc Levivier
OBJECTIVE The authors present a retrospective analysis of a single-center experience with treatment of brain metastases using Gamma Knife (GK) and linear accelerator (LINAC)-based radiosurgery and compare the results. METHODS From July 2010 to July 2012, 63 patients with brain metastases were treated with radiosurgery. Among them, 28 (with 83 lesions) were treated with a GK unit and 35 (with 47 lesions) with a LINAC. The primary outcome was local progression-free survival (LPFS), evaluated on a per-lesion basis...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319282/stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-essential-tremor-retrospective-analysis-of-a-19-year-experience
#16
Ajay Niranjan, Sudesh S Raju, Ali Kooshkabadi, Edward Monaco, John C Flickinger, L Dade Lunsford
BACKGROUND: Essential Tremor (ET) is a common movement disorder that can be disabling. Initial treatment is in the form of medical therapies. Patients with medically refractory ET seek surgical intervention which include radiofrequency thalamotomy, deep brain stimulation, and radiosurgical thalamotomy. Radiosurgical thalamotomy is a minimally invasive surgical option which is especially valuable for elderly and high surgical risk patients. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to retrospectively analyze the outcomes of stereotactic radiosurgery for patients suffering from medically refractory essential tremor...
March 20, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298033/diffusion-tractography-imaging-guided-frameless-linear-accelerator-stereotactic-radiosurgical-thalamotomy-for-tremor-case-report
#17
Won Kim, Justin Sharim, Stephen Tenn, Tania Kaprealian, Yvette Bordelon, Nzhde Agazaryan, Nader Pouratian
Essential tremor and Parkinson's disease-associated tremor are extremely prevalent within the field of movement disorders. The ventral intermediate (VIM) nucleus of the thalamus has been commonly used as both a neuromodulatory and neuroablative target for the treatment of these forms of tremor. With both deep brain stimulation and Gamma Knife radiosurgery, there is an abundance of literature regarding the surgical planning, targeting, and outcomes of these methodologies. To date, there have been no reports of frameless, linear accelerator (LINAC)-based thalomotomies for tremor...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298028/intracranial-intraaxial-cerebral-tufted-angioma-case-report
#18
Randy S D'Amico, George Zanazzi, Gunnar Hargus, Timothy Dyster, Shirley Chan, Angela Lignelli-Dipple, Tony J C Wang, Phyllis L Faust, Guy M McKhann
Tufted angioma (TA) is a rare, slow-growing, vascular lesion that commonly presents as a solitary macule, papule, or nodule arising in the soft tissues of the torso, extremities, and head and neck in children and young adults. Adult-onset cases have been infrequently reported. While typically benign, TAs may be locally aggressive. Complete physical examination and hematological workup are recommended in patients with TA to exclude the presence of Kasabach-Merritt phenomenon (KMP). The authors describe the case of a 69-year-old man with a contrast-enhancing frontal lobe lesion, with surrounding vasogenic edema, which was treated by gross-total resection...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297343/evaluation-of-the-stability-of-the-stereotactic-leksell-frame-g-in-gamma-knife-radiosurgery
#19
Alvaro Rojas-Villabona, Katherine Miszkiel, Neil Kitchen, Rolf Jäger, Ian Paddick
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the stability of the Leksell Frame G in Gamma Knife radiosurgery (GKR). Forty patients undergoing GKR underwent pretreatment stereotactic MRI for GKR planning and stereotactic CT immediately after GKR. The stereotactic coordinates of four anatomical landmarks (cochlear apertures and the summits of the anterior post of the superior semicircular canals, bilaterally) were measured by two evaluators on two separate occasions in the pretreatment MRI and post-treatment CT scans and the absolute distance between the observations is reported...
May 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297297/investigation-of-dosimetric-differences-between-the-tmr-10-and-convolution-algorithm-for-gamma-knife-stereotactic-radiosurgery
#20
Alvaro Rojas-Villabona, Neil Kitchen, Ian Paddick
Since its inception, doses applied using Gamma Knife Radiosurgery (GKR) have been calculated using a simple TMR algorithm, which assumes the patient's head is of even density, the same as water. This results in a significant approximation of the dose delivered by the Gamma Knife. We investigated how GKR dose calculations varied when using a new convolution algorithm clinically available for GKR planning that takes into account density variations in the head compared with the established calculation algorithm...
November 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
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