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Nancy Wang, Matthias Osswald
The majority of meningiomas, the most common primary brain tumor, are considered to be benign, and characteristic magnetic resonance imaging features allow a preliminary diagnosis. Meningiomas can be classified in the World Health Organization system as grade I, II, or III, depending on various histological features. In many cases, observation is the preferred management option, although this means the absence of a histological diagnosis. If necessary, standard therapy consists of surgery with or without adjuvant radiation, depending on the tumor grade and the degree of resection...
February 2018: Seminars in Neurology
Brent D Weinberg, Lauren Boreta, Steve Braunstein, Soonmee Cha
Glioblastomas are aggressive brain tumors that frequently recur in the subventricular zone (SVZ) despite maximal treatment. The purpose of this study was to evaluate imaging patterns of subventricular progression and impact of recurrent subventricular tumor involvement and radiation dose to patient outcome. Retrospective review of 50 patients diagnosed with glioblastoma and treated with surgery, radiation, and concurrent temozolomide from January 2012 to June 2013 was performed. Tumors were classified based on location, size, and cortical and subventricular zone involvement...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Hassan Al Moussawi, Michael Krzyzak, Zainab Awada, Jean M Chalhoub
A brain abscess is defined as a focal intracerebral infection consisting of an encapsulated collection of pus, which can be a life-threatening complication of infections, trauma, or surgery. While immunocompromised patients can have a wide array of causative organisms, bacterial species represent the most common etiology in immunocompetent individuals. The incidence of brain abscesses ranges from 0.4 to 0.9 per 100,000, with a high predisposition among immunocompromised patients and in those with disruption of the blood-brain barrier...
January 13, 2018: Curēus
Marinho A Lopes, Mark P Richardson, Eugenio Abela, Christian Rummel, Kaspar Schindler, Marc Goodfellow, John R Terry
Recent studies have shown that mathematical models can be used to analyze brain networks by quantifying how likely they are to generate seizures. In particular, we have introduced the quantity termed brain network ictogenicity (BNI), which was demonstrated to have the capability of differentiating between functional connectivity (FC) of healthy individuals and those with epilepsy. Furthermore, BNI has also been used to quantify and predict the outcome of epilepsy surgery based on FC extracted from pre-operative ictal intracranial electroencephalography (iEEG)...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Min-Qing Wang, Xu Zhao, Xiao-Fei Wang, Chao Han, De-Guang Xing, Cheng-Wei Wang
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to assess the outcomes in aggressively treated patients with aneurysmal intracerebral hematoma (ICH) and signs of brain herniation, and to investigate possible predictive factors. METHODS: This retrospective study included 43 patients with aneurysmal ICH who presented with brain herniation at emergency department (ED) admission and received aggressive surgical treatment between 2008 and 2016. Emergency surgical clipping, removal of hematoma, and external decompression were combined as an aggressive surgical treatment...
March 12, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Yu V Pilipenko, An N Konovalov, Sh Sh Eliava, O B Belousova, D N Okishev, I A Sazonov, T F Tabasaranskiy
In recent years, the so-called primary or preventive decompressive craniectomy (DC) has been increasingly used in patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). The main goal of the technique is prevention of refractory intracranial hypertension (ICH) and its consequences. PURPOSE: The study purpose was to define the CT criteria for reasonability and efficacy of DC as well as clarification of the indications for preventive DC in patients with SAH after microsurgical aneurysm exclusion...
2018: Zhurnal Voprosy Neĭrokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko
Mohammad Vafaee Shahi, Samileh Noorbakhsh, Vida Zarrabi, Banafsheh Nourozi, Leila Tahernia
Background: Any mismatch between the production and absorption of CSF results in hydrocephalus. In most cases, the selected choice of treatment is the ventriculoperitoneal shunt insertion. Although, the surgery could have complications such as infection, shunt malfunction, subdural hematoma, seizure and Shunt immigration; so, the early and proper detection of these complications could result in better prognosis. The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the efficacy of CT scan, CSF analysis and X-ray radiography in detection of shunt complications and problems in shunt placement and further follow-up in hospitalized children...
2018: Open Neuroimaging Journal
Altaf Ali Laghari, Syed Ijlal Ahmed, Adnan Jabbar, Muhammad Shahzad Shamim
Primary CNS lymphoma (PCNSL) is a rare and aggressive brain tumour that is uniformly fatal. The rarity of the disease and the poor response to treatment makes it difficult to reach a consensus with regards to treatment options. In this review, the authors have discussed different treatment modalities used in the management of PCNSL including chemotherapy, surgery and radiation, as well as the results of recent clinical trials on treatment options for PCNSL.
March 2018: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Didem Onk, Fatih Özçelik, Oruç Alper Onk, Murat Günay, Tülin Akarsu Ayazoğlu, Ethem Ünver
BACKGROUND The present study sought to assess the renal and liver protective effect of N-acetylcysteine through NH3 and urea metabolism in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who were scheduled for coronary artery bypass grafting surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who were scheduled for coronary artery bypass grafting were divided into 2 groups so as to receive (Group 1, n=35) or not receive (Group 2, n=35) 900 mg/day of n-acetylcysteine for 7 days before the operation starting from their admission to the service by a pulmonologist with the purpose of treating COPD until the day of surgery...
March 15, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Michael Kerin Morgan, Mathew Guilfoyle, Ramez Kirollos, Gillian Z Heller
BACKGROUND: Avoiding the risk of postoperative hemorrhage after brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM) resection involves aggressive blood pressure control. Remodeling of the feeding arterial system is critical in reducing this risk. OBJECTIVE: To investigate factors predicting time to return to normal on digital subtraction angiography (DSA) after AVM resection. METHODS: For AVM in which the largest feeding artery (FA) on DSA was in the anterior circulation, the preoperative and postoperative diameter of the FA were compared with the diameter of the internal carotid artery (IC) immediately proximal to the posterior communicating artery...
March 12, 2018: Neurosurgery
Wataro Tsuruta, Tetsuya Yamamoto, Go Ikeda, Masayuki Sato, Yoshiro Ito, Tomoji Takigawa, Aiki Marushima, Yasunobu Nakai, Yuji Matsumaru, Akira Matsumura
BACKGROUND: Endovascular surgery for vertebral artery dissections (VADs) carries the risk of spinal cord infarction (SCI). Although SCI in the region of the anterior spinal artery (ASA) has been reported, SCI in the region of the posterior spinal artery (PSA) is rare. OBJECTIVE: To investigate PSA infarction after endovascular surgery for VAD. METHODS: Infarction in the region of the PSA after endovascular surgery for VADs carried out in consecutive 21 cases was investigated...
March 9, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Anand Rughani, Jason M Schwalb, Christos Sidiropoulos, Julie Pilitsis, Adolfo Ramirez-Zamora, Jennifer A Sweet, Sandeep Mittal, Alberto J Espay, Jorge Gonzalez Martinez, Aviva Abosch, Emad Eskandar, Robert Gross, Ron Alterman, Clement Hamani
QUESTION 1: Is bilateral subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN DBS) more, less, or as effective as bilateral globus pallidus internus deep brain stimulation (GPi DBS) in treating motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease, as measured by improvements in Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale, part III (UPDRS-III) scores? RECOMMENDATION: Given that bilateral STN DBS is at least as effective as bilateral GPi DBS in treating motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease (as measured by improvements in UPDRS-III scores), consideration can be given to the selection of either target in patients undergoing surgery to treat motor symptoms...
March 12, 2018: Neurosurgery
Hsiu-An Lee, Chun-Yu Lin, Yung-Chang Chen, Shao-Wei Chen, Yu-Yun Nan, Kuo-Sheng Liu, Meng-Yu Wu, Yu-Sheng Chang, Jaw-Ji Chu, Pyng-Jing Lin, Feng-Chun Tsai
The feasibility and durability of mitral valve (MV) repair in active infective endocarditis (IE) has been reported, but proper management of perioperative neurological complications and surgical timing remains uncertain and may crucially affect the outcome.In this single-center retrospective observational study, patients who underwent isolated MV surgery for active native IE in our institution between August 2005 and August 2015 were reviewed and analyzed. Patients who were operated on for healed IE or who required combined procedures were excluded from this study...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Kenneth A Schwartz, Mary Noel, Michele Nikolai, Howard T Chang
Survival of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) with the current recommended treatment is poor. Reported median survivals are approximately 8-15 months. Based on recent publications from animal models, combining cancer drugs, radiation, and diet-metabolic treatments may be a new route to better survivals. To investigate this possibility, we have begun a clinical trial that has enrolled 15 subjects using a ketogenic diet (KD) as an addition to current standard treatments that include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy...
2018: Frontiers in Nutrition
Guna Proboka, Andra Tilgase, Sergejs Isajevs, Agnija Rasa, Pēteris Alberts
Melanoma is considered an aggressive malignancy with a tendency of forming metastasis in the brain. Less than 10% of all melanoma cases present with unknown primary tumor location. This diagnose is yet to be fully understood, because there are only theoretical assumptions about the nature of the disease. Melanoma brain metastases have many severe side effects and, unfortunately, any disease related to the brain has limited therapeutic options due to the blood-brain barrier. The course of the disease after a treatment course is complicated to predict, and it is difficult to obtain long-lasting remission...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
Xuefei Shao, Di Qiang, Yinhua Liu, Quan Yuan, Jin Tao, Bihua Ji
Cerebral syphilitic gumma is very rare and is often pathologically confirmed following surgery. This study reports three patients with cerebral syphilitic gumma. The first case was a 62-year-old man who was admitted to our hospital due to speech arrest for 10 hours. Head MRI showed a nodular signal shadow with a significant enhancement and a significant centerline shift. He subsequently received surgery, and cerebral syphilitic gumma was confirmed by postoperative pathology. The second patient was a 66-year-old man who was admitted to our hospital due to complaints of gradually decreasing right eye vision and headache for nearly 50 days...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Sahaja Acharya, Clifford G Robinson, Jeff M Michalski, Dan Mullen, Todd A DeWees, Jian L Campian, Anupama Chundury, Beth Bottani, Dennis E Hallahan, Jeffrey D Bradley, Jiayi Huang
PURPOSE: To analyze the incidence of and risk factors for clinically significant radiation necrosis (cRN) in adult cranial oligodendrogliomas and astrocytomas treated with proton or photon therapy. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Between 2007 and 2015, 160 patients with grade 2 or 3 oligodendrogliomas (with 1p/19q codeletion, n = 53) or astrocytomas (without 1p/19q codeletion, n = 107) were treated with proton (n = 37) or photon (n = 123) therapy. Clinically significant radiation necrosis (RN) was defined as symptomatic RN or asymptomatic RN that resulted in surgery or bevacizumab administration...
February 9, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
J S Zhang, L Qu, Q Wang, Q P Gui, Y Z Hou, G C Sun, F Y Li, Z Z Zhang, X L Chen, J Zhang, Z H Sun, X G Yu, B N Xu
Objective: To investigate the clinical value of multimodal navigation-based virtual reality (MNVR) in the needle biopsy of intracranial eloquent lesions. Methods: From January 2016 to January 2017, 20 patients with intracranial deep-seated lesions involving eloquent brain areas underwent MNVR-aided needle biopsy at Department of Neurosurgery, People's Liberation Army General Hospital. Preoperatively, MNVR was used to propose and revise the biopsy planning. Intraoperatively, navigation helped trajectory avoid the eloquent structures...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
M H Zou, L Ma, Y S Xia, S C Yang, W D Chen, F Cao, X X Chen
Objective: To review the early and mid-term results of end-to-side anastomosis technique for interrupted aortic arch in neonates and infants. Methods: Clinic data of 46 patients were diagnosed as interrupted aortic arch in Department of Cardiac Surgery, Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center between January 2010 and December 2016 were analyzed retrospectively. Twenty-six cases were neonates. The median age underwent surgery was 23 days (range: 2 days to 8 years). Anatomical subtypes included 36 cases of type A and 10 cases of type B...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
Wouter I Schievink, M Marcel Maya, Zachary R Barnard, Franklin G Moser, Stacey Jean-Pierre, Alan D Waxman, Miriam Nuño
BACKGROUND: Behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) is a devastating early onset dementia. Symptoms of bvFTD may be caused by spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH), a treatable disorder, but no comprehensive study of such patients has been reported. OBJECTIVE: To describe detailed characteristics of a large cohort of patients with SIH and symptoms of bvFTD. METHODS: We identified patients with SIH who met clinical criteria for bvFTD...
March 8, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
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