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Zhen Zeng, Tijiang Zhang, Yihua Zhou, Xiaoxi Chen
Meningiomas are the most common primary nonneuroglial extra-axial neoplasms, which commonly present as spherical or oval masses with a dural attachment. Meningiomas without dural attachment are rare and, according to their locations, are classified into 5 varieties, including intraventricular, deep Sylvain fissure, pineal region, intraparenchymal, or subcortical meningiomas. To the best of our knowledge, intraparenchymal meningioma with cerebriform pattern has never been reported. In this paper, we report a 34-year-old Chinese male patient who presented with paroxysmal headaches and progressive loss of vision for 10 months and blindness for 2 weeks...
2016: Case Reports in Radiology
Yujia Zhou, Gesheng Wang, Jialin Liu, Yong Du, Lei Wang, Xiaoyong Wang
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the application of medical adhesive glue for tension-reduced duraplasty in decompressive craniotomy. MATERIAL AND METHODS A total of 56 cases were enrolled for this study from Jan 2013 to May 2015. All patients underwent decompressive craniotomy and the dura was repaired in all of them with tension-reduced duraplasty using the COMPONT medical adhesive to glue artificial dura together. The postoperative complications and the healing of dura mater were observed and recorded...
October 14, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Katsuhiro Mizutani, Takenori Akiyama, Masahiro Toda, Tokunori Kanazawa, Dai Kamamoto, Kazunari Yoshida
BACKGROUND: The endoscopic transclival approach is a method for reaching the anterior side of the brainstem. In making this approach, bleeding from the basilar plexus is often observed when cutting the dura overlying the clivus; controlling such bleeding is essential. CASE DESCRIPTION: We performed a transvenous embolization of the basilar plexus before making the transclival approach. After embolization, bleeding from the basilar plexus during the operation decreased considerably...
October 14, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Javier Quillo-Olvera, Javier Quillo-Reséndiz, Carlos-Francisco Gutiérrez-Partida, Manuel Rodríguez-García
BACKGROUND: Arachnoid cysts of spine are a very rare occurrence. The aetiology still remains unclear, but the most accepted explanation is the existence of areas of weakness in the spinal dura. Symptoms depend on the location in the spine. Magnetic resonance imaging is used for its diagnosis. Management depends of clinical presentation, and the surgery is reserved for patients with neurological impairment. CLINICAL CASE: A case is described of 67 year-old male with myelopathy and radiculopathy symptoms, both diagnosed simultaneously...
October 14, 2016: Cirugia y Cirujanos
Yang Hu, Weihua Dan, Shanbai Xiong, Yang Kang, Arvind Dhinakar, Jun Wu, Zhipeng Gu
: To improve the mechanical properties and biocompatibility of collagen I matrix, a novel and facile strategy was developed to modify porcine acellular dermal matrix (PADM) via dopamine self-polymerization followed by collagen immobilization to enhance the biological, mechanical and physicochemical properties of PADM. Mechanism study indicated that the polymerization of dopamine onto PADM surface could be regulated by controlling the amount of hydrogen bonds forming between phynol hydroxyl (C-OH) and nitrogen atom (N-C=O) within collagen fibers of PADM...
October 12, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
John Y-K Lee, Jayesh P Thawani, John Pierce, Ryan Zeh, Maria Martinez-Lage, Michelle Chanin, Ollin Venegas, Sarah Nims, Kim Learned, Jane Keating, Sunil Singhal
BACKGROUND: Although real-time localization of gliomas has improved with intraoperative image guidance systems, these tools are limited by brain shift, surgical cavity deformation, and expense. OBJECTIVE: To propose a novel method to perform near-infrared (NIR) imaging during glioma resections based on preclinical and clinical investigations, in order to localize tumors and to potentially identify residual disease. METHODS: Fifteen patients were identified and administered a Food and Drug Administration-approved, NIR contrast agent (Second Window indocyanine green [ICG], 5 mg/kg) before surgical resection...
October 11, 2016: Neurosurgery
Yusuke Hori, Masahiko Seki, Tadao Tsujio, Masatoshi Hoshino, Koji Mandai, Hiroaki Nakamura
Chondromas are benign tumors that are rarely located in the spine. The authors present a rare occurrence of a spinal chondroma that developed as an intradural but extramedullary tumor in a 60-year-old woman. The location of the tumor at C4-5 was confirmed by MRI, with hyperintensity on T2-weighted images and isointensity on T1-weighted images. The tumor was completely contained intradurally, with no continuity to any vertebrae. It adhered to the anterior dura, indicative of its likely origin from the dura mater...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
Jonathan M Weimer, Martin Marinov, Rafi Avitsian
A 58-year old male with grade II L4-L5 spondylolisthesis and degenerative changes presented for single level transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. During decompression of the L4 foramina, distraction of the disc space, and placement of the interbody cage and pedicle screws, episodes of extreme bradycardia with up to 5 seconds of asystole were detected on both EKG and invasive hemodynamic monitoring. The events correlated with and could possibly be a result of traction on the dura. Lumbar spinal surgery may be associated with electrophysiological and hemodynamic abnormalities, and anesthesia providers should be aware of such possibilities and the need to respond appropriately with sympathomimetic or vagolytic interventions...
October 7, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Chang-Hyun Lee, In Seok Han, Ji Yeoun Lee, Ji Hoon Phi, Seung-Ki Kim, Young-Eun Kim, Kyu-Chang Wang
OBJECTIVE: Although arachnoid cysts (ACs) are observed in various locations, only sylvian ACs are mainly regarded to be associated with bleeding. The reason for this selective association of sylvian ACs with bleeding is not understood well. This study is to investigate the effect of the location and shape of ACs on the risk of bleeding. METHODS: A developed finite element model of the head/brain was modified for models of sylvian, suprasellar, and posterior fossa ACs...
October 7, 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Gustaw Wojcik
Arachnoid cysts are intracranial pathologies in the space between the pia mater and the dura mater of the brain and cerebellum. Arachnoid cysts are derived from the arachnoidea mater, which while yielding to germination or splitting creates a space filled with liquid with a composition similar to cerebrospinal fluid. The aim of the study is to present possible clinical symptoms and radiological presentation of intracranial arachnoid cysts. The symptoms of intracranial arachnoid cysts are dependent on its size and location...
2016: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Sayed Ali Ahmadi, Mostafa Jafari, Mohammad Reza Darabi, Ali Chehrei, Masoud Rezaei, Marjan Mirsalehi
BACKGROUND: Incomplete repair of the dura mater may result in numerous complications such as cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage and meningitis. For this reason, accurate repair of the dura mater is essential. In this study, the effect of systemic and local supplementation of L- arginine on dural healing was evaluated. METHOD: 30 male Wistar rats were utilized and divided into control, local and systemic L-arginine groups with ten rats in each. In each group, a 5 mm experimental incision was performed at the lumbar segment of the dura mater and CSF leakage was induced...
October 4, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Mathieu Veyrat, Benjamin Verillaud, Philippe Herman, Damien Bresson
BACKGROUND: Endoscopic endonasal approaches (EEA) are an alternative for removing challenging nasopharyngeal or skull base lesions. In some cases, a nasoseptal flap (NSF) is not always available and such complex procedures may lead to carotid arteries exposition and/or dura mater (DM) wide opening. Meticulous carotid coverage and DM reconstruction are crucial for preventing early and delayed complications. METHOD: We propose a step-by-step description of the pedicled temporoparietal fascia flap (TPFF) technique, with a focus on its pitfalls, advantages and limits...
October 7, 2016: Acta Neurochirurgica
Jason R Audlin, Gaurav Khullar, Eric M Deshaies, Swamy Kurra, William F Lavelle
BACKGROUND: Carcinoid tumors are rare neoplasms that often arise from the gastrointestinal or respiratory tracts. They often metastasize to bone tissue, as well as pancreatic and hepatic sites. The central nervous system and most specifically the spinal cord are rarely involved. Primary Carcinoid tumors of the CNS are even rarer. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 58 year-old man presented with progressive bilateral lower extremity weakness and a negative history of cancer. Imaging revealed an intradural mass at the L1 and L2 spinal levels...
October 3, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Céline Melin, Florian Jacquot, Nicolas Vitello, Radhouane Dallel, Alain Artola
INTRODUCTION: Within superficial trigeminal nucleus caudalis (Sp5C) (laminae I/II), meningeal primary afferents project exclusively to lamina I, whereas nociceptive cutaneous ones distribute in both lamina I and outer lamina II. Whether such a relative absence of meningeal inputs to lamina II represents a fundamental difference from cutaneous pathways in the central processing of sensory information is still unknown. METHODS: We recorded extracellular field potentials in the superficial Sp5C of anesthetised rats evoked by electrically stimulating the dura mater, to selectively assess the synaptic transmission between meningeal primary afferents and second-order Sp5C neurons, the first synapse in trigeminovascular pathways...
October 5, 2016: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
Fumin Pan, Bin Shen, Surendra K Chy, Zhiyao Yong, Xiaoming Liu, Zhaoyu Ba, Zhonghan Liu, Jianguang Zhu, Desheng Wu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical outcomes of transforaminal endoscopic system(TESSYS) for discogenic low back pain(DLBP). METHODS: 62 consecutive patients with one-level DLBP applying to the including criteria underwent TESSYS from January 2010 to December 2013. These patients included 38 males and 24 females with a mean age of 42.7 ± 5.4 years (range, 18-73 yr) and a mean follow-up of 26.8 ± 4.2 months (range, 12-48 months). The visual analog scale (VAS) were used for back pain, the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) for lumbar function, and the modified MacNab criteria for clinical global outcomes...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Surgery
Eleftherios Archavlis, Lucas Serrano, Eike Schwandt, Amr Nimer, Moisés Felipe Molina-Fuentes, Tamim Rahim, Maximilian Ackermann, Angelika Gutenberg, Sven Rainer Kantelhardt, Alf Giese
OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to demonstrate the clinical and technical nuances of a minimally invasive, dorsolateral, tubular approach for partial odontoidectomy, autologous bone augmentation, and temporary C1-2 fixation to treat dens pseudarthrosis. METHODS A cadaveric feasibility study, a 3D virtual reality reconstruction study, and the subsequent application of this approach in 2 clinical cases are reported. Eight procedures were completed in 4 human cadavers. A minimally invasive, dorsolateral, tubular approach for odontoidectomy was performed with the aid of a tubular retraction system, using a posterolateral incision and an oblique approach angle...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
Teodoro Durá-Travé, Isabel San Martin-García, Fidel Gallinas-Victoriano, Ibone Vaquero Iñigo, Aida González-Benavides
OBJECTIVE: To analyse the prevalence of malnutrition among paediatric patients at the time of hospital admission throughout a calendar year in a tertiary-level hospital and to identify those patients and/or groups of pathologies with a higher risk of malnutrition. DESIGN: Observational (retrospective evaluation of nutrition status). SETTING: Navarra Hospital Complex, Pamplona, Spain. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 852 patients hospitalised in 2013 in a Spanish tertiary-level paediatric hospital (462 males and 390 females)...
September 2016: JRSM Open
I Paterniti, M Campolo, M Cordaro, D Impellizzeri, R Siracusa, R Crupi, E Esposito, S Cuzzocrea
Melatonin is the principal secretory product of the pineal gland, and its role as an immunomodulator is well established. Recent evidence shows that melatonin is a scavenger of oxyradicals and peroxynitrite and reduces the development of inflammation and tissue injury events associated with spinal cord trauma. Previous results suggest that peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α (PPAR-α), a nuclear receptor protein that functions as a transcription factor activated by fatty acids, plays a role in control of secondary inflammatory process associated with spinal cord injury (SCI)...
September 29, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Ryan B Kochanski, Mena G Kerolus, Gian Pal, Leo Verhagen Metman, Sepehr Sani
OBJECTIVES: Intraoperative computed tomography (iCT) is currently used to confirm the target location of the microelectrode (ME) during microelectrode recording (MER) and ultimate location of deep brain stimulation (DBS) leads at our institution. We evaluated whether iCT can be used to predict the trajectory and accuracy of the ME track. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Intraoperative imaging profiles of ten consecutive patients who had undergone DBS surgery were retrospectively reviewed...
November 2016: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Fei Han, Ding-Rong Zhong, Hong-Lin Hao, Wei-Ze Kong, Yi-Cheng Zhu, Hong-Zhi Guan, Li-Ying Cui
BACKGROUND: Hypertrophic pachymeningitis (HP) is a chronic disease characterized by inflammatory hypertrophy and fibrosis of dura mater. It can be divided into cranial and spinal forms depending on the location of the lesion. HP involving 2 separate sites simultaneously is quite uncommon. CASE SUMMARY: This study presents a case of a 49-year-old woman with pathologically confirmed cranial and lumbosacral hypertrophic pachymeningitis associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), which is a rare etiology of HP...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
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