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Pediatric neurosurgery

Volkan Etus, Gokmen Kahilogullari, Hakan Karabagli, Agahan Unlu
AIM: Neonatal intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) usually results in posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus (PHH). This multicenter study describes the approach of early neuroendoscopic ventricular irrigation for the treatment of IVH/PHH and compares the results with the cases that have been initially treated only with conventional temporary CSF diversion techniques. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The data of total 74 neonatal PHH cases that have been treated at three pediatric neurosurgery centers were retrospectively analyzed...
August 30, 2016: Turkish Neurosurgery
Felipe P Andrade, Roberto Montoro, Renan Oliveira, Gabriela Loures, Luana Flessak, Roberta Gross, Camille Donnabella, Andrea Puchnick, Lisa Suzuki, Rodrigo Regacini
OBJECTIVES: 1) To verify clinical signs correlated with appropriate cranial computed tomography scan indications and changes in the therapeutic approach in pediatric minor head trauma scenarios. 2) To estimate the radiation exposure of computed tomography scans with low dose protocols in the context of trauma and the additional associated risk. METHODS: Investigators reviewed the medical records of all children with minor head trauma, which was defined as a Glasgow coma scale ≥13 at the time of admission to the emergency room, who underwent computed tomography scans during the years of 2013 and 2014...
October 1, 2016: Clinics
Nicola Acciarri, Giorgio Palandri, Andrea Cuoci, Adelaide Valluzzi, Giuseppe Lanzino
BACKGROUND: Cranioplasty is a surgical procedure that has still a high rate of complications, although it is commonly considered an easy and routine operation. In the literature, cranioplasty complications may rise up to 41% of cases, and the most frequently reported are infections, autologous bone flap resorption, and hematomas. Although possible, poor cosmetic results are rarely mentioned. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the cases of 313 patients who underwent 377 surgical procedures for cranioplasty and reoperations for complications between 2008 and 2014...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
Laurence Ducharme-Crevier, Michele G Mills, Priya M Mehta, Craig M Smith, Mark S Wainwright
BACKGROUND: The primary objective of this study was to characterize changes in cerebral blood flow measured using transcranial Doppler in children with central nervous system infections. We hypothesized that children with central nervous system infections have abnormal cerebral blood flow, associated with a greater frequency of complications and poor neurological outcome. METHODS: We conducted a single-center, retrospective study of children admitted to the neonatal or pediatric intensive care unit with central nervous system infection and undergoing transcranial Doppler as part of routine care between March 2011 and July 2015...
September 4, 2016: Pediatric Neurology
Jane Halliday, Ian Kamaly
BACKGROUND: Neuronavigation, the ability to perform real-time intra-operative guidance during cranial and/or spinal surgery, has increased both accuracy and safety in neurosurgery [2]. Cranial navigation of existing surgical instruments using Brainlab requires the use of an instrument adapter and clamp, which in our experience renders an endoscope 'top-heavy', difficult to manipulate, and the process of registration of the adapter quite time-consuming. METHODS: A Brainlab Disposable Stylet was used to navigate fenestration of an entrapped temporal horn in a pediatric case...
October 14, 2016: Acta Neurochirurgica
Ashley Blanchard, Keven I Cabrera, Nathan Kuppermann, Peter S Dayan
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to determine the prevalence of and adverse outcomes caused by pneumocephali in children with minor blunt head trauma who had no other intracranial injuries (ie, isolated pneumocephali). METHODS: We conducted a secondary analysis of a public use dataset from a multicenter prospective study of pediatric minor head trauma. We included children younger than 18 years with Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) scores of 14 or 15 and non-trivial mechanisms of injury who had cranial computed tomographies obtained...
October 6, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
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October 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Zulma Tovar-Spinoza, Hoon Choi
BACKGROUND: Pediatric low-grade gliomas (LGGs) account for approximately half of all pediatric central nervous system tumors. The low-grade gliomas' first line of treatment is gross total resection. However, when gross total resection is not possible, options for adjuvant therapy are limited. MRI-guided laser ablation (magnetic resonance-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy (MRgLITT)) offers a new option for treatment in selected cases. We present a description of the current MRgLITT technology and an exemplary case-series review of our experience in its use in LGGs...
October 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
D Chieffo, Gianpiero Tamburrini, P Frassanito, V Arcangeli, M Caldarelli, C Di Rocco
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study was to retrospectively evaluate the relationship between tumor grading and a selective evaluation of neurocognitive and behavioral functions in children with supratentorial hemispheric brain tumors. METHODS: Children admitted with a diagnosis of supratentorial hemispheric tumors involving the cerebral hemispheres or the thalamus at the Pediatric Neurosurgery Unit of the Catholic University of Rome between January 2008 and January 2014 were considered for the present study...
October 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Tai-Tong Wong, Hsin-Hung Chen, Muh-Lii Liang, Kevin Li-Chun Hsieh, Yi-Shan Yang, Donald Ming-Tak Ho, Kai-Ping Chang, Yi-Yen Lee, Shih-Chieh Lin, Ting-Rong Hsu, Yi-Wei Chen, Sang-Hue Yen, Feng-Chi Chang, Wan-You Guo, Kuo-Wei Chen, Wei-Kang Kwang, Wu-Yu Hou, Chung-Yih Wang
BACKGROUND: Tumors with epicenter in the thalamus occur in about 4 % of pediatric brain tumors. The histological diagnosis is mainly gliomas. Among them, low-grade glioma (LGG) constituted of a significant entity of the tumors (Cuccia et al., Childs Nerv Syst 13:514-521, 1997; Puget et al., J Neurosurg 106:354-362, 2007; Bernstein et al., J Neurosurg 61:649-656, 1984; Bilginer et al., Childs Nerv Syst 30:1493-1498, 2014). Since Kelly's report in 1989, >90 % resection of thalamic tumors were achieved in reported series (Ozek and Ture, Childs Nerv Syst 18:450-6, 2002; Villarejo et al...
October 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Babatunde J Olasode, Chiazor U Onyia
The present state of pediatric neuropathology practice is in rudimentary developmental stages in most parts of sub-Saharan Africa. We sought to determine the pattern of neurosurgical lesions in children diagnosed in southwestern Nigeria and briefly address issues surrounding the practice of this aspect of pathology in Africa. We performed a retrospective review of histopathologic results of biopsies obtained from pediatric patients with neurosurgical lesions at the Department of Pathology, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, between January 2001 and December 2011...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Gokmen Kahilogullari, Volkan Etus, Guler Tugba Morali, Karabagli Hakan, Unlu Agahan
AIM: To evaluate the effect of shunt selection on the rate of shunt revision due to early shunt com-plications in neonatal myelomeningocele-associated hydrocephalus. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The data of a total of 157 neonatal myelomeningocele cases in three pediatric neurosurgery centers (Ankara University, Kocaeli University, Selcuk University) who underwent shunt surgery at the time of myelomeningocele repair between 2000 and 2014 were retrospectively analyzed. Clinical features of the patients shunt types used, and early shunt complications within the first three months were recorded...
July 28, 2016: Turkish Neurosurgery
Ahmet Küçük, Abdulfettah Tümtürk
AIM: Television tip overs and head traumas in children showed an increase in the recent years in Turkey and throughout the World. In this study, the injury types, the surgical interventions and the children exposed to head trauma due to an accident caused by a falling television were investigated retrospectively. Some cautions were suggested in order to prevent these injuries. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In the study, the gender, age, Pediatric Glasgow Coma Scale, radiologic findings, the need for intensive care unit, the period spent in the hospital, the applied surgical treatments, the accompanied treatment and pathology of 36 children's case treated in the neurosurgery department of the Erciyes University School of Medicine were evaluated...
April 26, 2016: Turkish Neurosurgery
Nur Altinörs, Serhat Cömert, Erkin Sönmez, Faruk Altinel
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the contribution of Turkish scientists to four journals published by Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group and to Acta Neurochirurgica(AN) and to its Supplement (ANS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We reviewed every issue of those journals to December 2015 for the total number of articles , articles produced from studies done entirely in Turkey and for publications overseas coauthored by the Turkish scientists using the websites of these journals...
April 20, 2016: Turkish Neurosurgery
Hector E James
OBJECTIVE The author describes the creation, structuring, and development of a pediatric neurosurgery telemedicine clinic (TMC) to provide telehealth across geographical, time, social, and cultural barriers. METHODS In July 2009 the University of Florida (UF) Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery received a request from the Southeast Georgia Health District (Area 9-2) to provide a TMC to meet regional needs. The Children's Medical Services (CMS) of the State of Georgia installed telemedicine equipment and site-to-site connectivity...
September 2, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Sandra Pérez da Rosa, Didier Scavarda, Maurice Choux
We conducted a retrospective study of children with lumbosacral lipomas treated in the Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery hospital Timone Enfants in the last 20 years. We selected patients with lipomas of the conus medullaris who underwent preventive surgery. 86 ,4 % of the patients remained asymptomatic during the follow-up. Worse results were observed in children older than one year old at surgery with transitional lipoma, with the conus medullaris was below L5 and when the resection had been partial...
August 15, 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Anthony T Fuller, Michael M Haglund, Stephanie Lim, John Mukasa, Michael Muhumuza, Joel Kiryabwire, Hussein Ssenyonjo, Emily R Smith
OBJECTIVE: Pediatric neurosurgical cases have been identified as an important target for impacting health disparities in Uganda with over 50% of the population less than 15 years of age. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effects of the Duke-Mulago collaboration on pediatric neurosurgical outcomes in Mulago Hospital. METHODS: We performed retrospective analysis of all pediatric neurosurgical cases who presented at Mulago hospital in Kampala, Uganda to examine overall, pre-program (2005-2007) and post-program (2008-2013) outcomes...
August 3, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Jennifer C Fuller, Sumi Sinha, Paul A Caruso, Cheryl J Hersh, William E Butler, Kalpathy S Krishnamoorthy, Christopher J Hartnick
Chronic aspiration poses a major health risk to the pediatric population. We describe four cases in which work up for chronic aspiration with a brain MRI revealed a Chiari I malformation, a poorly described etiology of pediatric aspiration. All patients had at least one non-specific neurologic symptom but had swallow studies more characteristic of an anatomic than a neurologic etiology. Patients were referred to neurosurgery and underwent posterior fossa decompression with symptom improvement. A high index of suspicion for Chiari malformation should be maintained when the standard work up for aspiration is non-diagnostic, particularly when non-specific neurologic symptoms are present...
September 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Kimon Bekelis, Ian D Connolly, Huy M Do, Omar Choudhri
OBJECTIVE The impact of procedural volume on the outcomes of cerebrovascular surgery in children has not been determined. In this study, the authors investigated the association of operative volume on the outcomes of cerebrovascular neurosurgery in pediatric patients. METHODS The authors performed a cohort study of all pediatric patients who underwent a cerebrovascular procedure between 2003 and 2012 and were registered in the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID). To control for confounding, the authors used multivariable regression models, propensity-score conditioning, and mixed-effects analysis to account for clustering at the hospital level...
August 5, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Tufan Hiçdönmez
AIM: The premature closure of the metopic suture results in metopic synostosis, also known as trigonocephaly. However, there is a group of children have only a frontal metopic ridge, obvious with inspection and fingertip palpation, without the clinical features of trigonocephaly. This study aims to report a group of children with metopic ridge with a special emphasis on the definition and the diagnostic features. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirty-eight children with a diagnosis of metopic ridge were followed up with clinical examinations and photographs in the pediatric neurosurgery outpatient clinic between January 2010 and November 2015...
March 4, 2016: Turkish Neurosurgery
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