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Neurosurgical Approach

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
Anand Kaul, Sunil Manjila, Jonathan P Miller
: Isadore Max Tarlov (1905-1977) is primarily remembered for his 1938 description of the eponymous perineural "Tarlov cyst." However, during his long career as a neurosurgeon and researcher, he was responsible for many other observations and inventions that influenced the development of neurosurgery in the 20th century. While studying at Johns Hopkins Medical School he was acquainted with Walter Dandy, and he became the first resident to study under Wilder Penfield at the newly formed Montreal Neurological Institute...
November 2016: Neurosurgery
David Graham, Kristian Aquilina, Stephanie Cawker, Simon Paget, Neil Wimalasundera
The management of cerebral palsy (CP) is complex and requires a multidisciplinary approach. Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) is a neurosurgical technique that aims to reduce spasticity in the lower limbs. A minimally invasive approach to SDR involves a single level laminectomy at the conus and utilises intraoperative electromyography (EMG). When combined with physiotherapy, SDR is effective in selected children and has minimal complications. This review discusses the epidemiology of CP and the management using SDR within an integrated multidisciplinary centre...
September 2016: J Spine Surg
Dafna Willner, Valeria Spennati, Shelly Stohl, Giulia Tosti, Simone Aloisio, Federico Bilotta
Spine surgery has been growing rapidly as a neurosurgical operation, with an increase of 220% over a 15-year period. Intraoperative blood transfusion is a major outcome determinant of spine procedures. Various approaches, including pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapies, have been tested to decrease both intraoperative and postoperative blood loss. The aim of this systematic review is to report clinical evidence on the relationship between intraoperative blood loss (primary outcome) and on transfusion requirements and postoperative complications (secondary outcomes) in patients undergoing spine surgery...
October 3, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Edith V Sullivan, Barton Lane, Dongjin Kwon, M J Meloy, Susan F Tapert, Sandra A Brown, Ian M Colrain, Fiona C Baker, Michael D De Bellis, Duncan B Clark, Bonnie J Nagel, Kilian M Pohl, Adolf Pfefferbaum
Structural MRI of volunteers deemed "normal" following clinical interview provides a window into normal brain developmental morphology but also reveals unexpected dysmorphology, commonly known as "incidental findings." Although unanticipated, these anatomical findings raise questions regarding possible treatment that could even ultimately require neurosurgical intervention, which itself carries significant risk but may not be indicated if the anomaly is nonprogressive or of no functional consequence. Neuroradiological readings of 833 structural MRI from the National Consortium on Alcohol and NeuroDevelopment in Adolescence (NCANDA) cohort found an 11...
October 8, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Sindhura Pisipati, Kyle A Smith, Kushal Shah, Koji Ebersole, Roukoz B Chamoun, Paul J Camarata
OBJECTIVE Laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) is used in numerous neurosurgical applications including lesions that are difficult to resect. Its rising popularity can be attributed to its minimally invasive approach, improved accuracy with real-time MRI guidance and thermography, and enhanced control of the laser. One of its drawbacks is the possible development of significant edema, which contributes to extended hospital stays and often necessitates hyperosmolar or steroid therapy. Here, the authors discuss the use of minimally invasive craniotomy to resect tissue ablated with LITT in attempt to minimize cerebral edema...
October 2016: Neurosurgical Focus
Lukas Andereggen, Janine Frey, Robert H Andres, Marwan El-Koussy, Jürgen Beck, Rolf W Seiler, Emanuel Christ
While dopamine-agonists are the first-line approach in treating prolactinomas, surgery can be considered in selected cases besides non-responders or patients with dopamine-agonist intolerance. The aim of the present study was to compare the long-term outcome in women with prolactinomas treated primarily either surgically or medically who had not had prior dopamine-agonist treatment. Retrospective case-note study of all consecutive women with prolactinomas primarily managed with medical therapy or surgery in a tertiary referral centre...
September 29, 2016: Endocrine
Pietro Mortini, Filippo Gagliardi, Michele Bailo, Nicola Boari, Antonella Castellano, Andrea Falini, Marco Losa
Resection of large lesions growing into the third ventricle is considered nowadays still a demanding surgery, due to the high risk of severe endocrine and neurological complications. Some neurosurgical approaches were considered in the past the procedures of choice to access the third ventricle, however they were burden by endocrine and neurological consequences, like memory loss and epilepsy. We report here the endocrine and functional results in a series of patients operated with a recently developed approach specifically tailored for the resection of large lesions growing into the third ventricle...
September 29, 2016: Endocrine
Darweesh O Al-Khawaja, Tamadur Mahasneh, Jonathan C Li
Lumbar discectomy is one of the most commonly performed neurosurgical procedure. Far lateral disc herniations (FLDH) make up a minor portion of the total discectomy workload for spine surgeons. Due to their lower incidence, as well as their different anatomical positioning compared to the more common para-median disc herniation, the surgical procedures involved in releasing the neural compression caused by FLDHs are often challenging and at times frustrating to most spine surgeons, resulting in suboptimal outcomes for the patient related to the higher risk of spinal instability from facet joint disruption and may even be associated with nerve root injury...
March 2016: J Spine Surg
Bradley A Gross, Karam Moon, Andrew F Ducruet, Felipe C Albuquerque
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: The rarity of petrous internal carotid artery (ICA) aneurysms has largely precluded analyses of their presentation and management in case series format. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of our endovascular database of patients treated from January 2001 to May 2016 to identify patients with petrous ICA aneurysms. We evaluated the treatment approach and results for patients managed in the era of dedicated intracranial stents and flow diverters, noting clinical and angiographic results...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
Xingang Li, Yuanxing Wu, Shusen Sun, Zhigang Zhao, Qiang Wang
Our previous study indicates that cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) albumin level is a determinant of CSF vancomycin concentration for postoperative neurosurgical patients. We aimed to develop an improved vancomycin population pharmacokinetic model with incorporation of more covariates, and to provide dosing guidance for clinicians. Vancomycin was administered intravenously to 20 patients with external ventricular drains after neurosurgical operation. Blood and CSF were collected and vancomycin concentrations were measured by HPLC...
November 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Matthew T Brown, Frederick A Boop
INTRODUCTION: Pediatric low-grade tumors are found in roughly 1-3 % of patients with childhood epilepsy; seizures associated with these tumors are often medically refractory and often present a significant morbidity, greater than the presence of the tumor itself. DISCUSSION: The unique morbidity of the seizures often requires an epilepsy surgical approach over a standard oncologic resection to achieve a reduction in morbidity for the child. Multiple quality-of-life studies have shown that unless a patient is seizure-free, they remain disabled throughout their life; the best way to achieve this in our patient population is with a multidisciplinary team approach with treatment goals focusing primarily on the epilepsy...
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
Airton Leonardo de Oliveira Manoel, Ann Mansur, Gisele Sampaio Silva, Menno R Germans, Blessing N R Jaja, Ekaterina Kouzmina, Thomas R Marotta, Simon Abrahamson, Tom A Schweizer, Julian Spears, R Loch Macdonald
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Poor-grade subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) (World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies grade 4 and 5) is associated with high mortality rates and unfavorable functional outcomes. We report a single-center cohort of poor-grade SAH patients, combined with a systematic review of studies reporting functional outcome in the poor-grade SAH population. METHODS: Data on a cohort of poor-grade SAH patients treated between 2009 and 2013 were retrospectively collected and combined with a systematic review (from inception to November 2015; PubMed, Embase)...
September 20, 2016: Neurocritical Care
Martin M Mortazavi, Marcus A Cox, Erfanul Saker, Sanjay Krishnamurthy, Ketan Verma, Christoph J Griessenauer, Marios Loukas, Rod J Oskouian, R Shane Tubbs
The superior petrosal sinus is located between the middle and posterior cranial fossae and is important during many neurosurgical approaches to the skull base. Using standard search engines, the anatomical and clinical importance of the superior petrosal sinus was investigated. The superior petrosal sinus is important in many neurosurgical approaches and pathological entities. Therefore, it is important for those who operate at the skull base or interpret imaging here to have a good working knowledge of its anatomy, development, and pathological involvement...
September 19, 2016: Neurosurgical Review
L Vaivre-Douret, A Boschi, M L Cuny, C Clouard, A Mosser, B Golse, A Philippe, M Bourgeois, N Boddaert, S Puget
: Left temporal arachnoid cyst and specific learning disorders associated with pervasive developmental disorders - not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS): contributions of an integrative neuro-psychomotor, neuropsychological, psychopathological and neurosurgical approach about a case report in a child (François). With DSM-IV and DSM-IV-TR, the terminology of pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) covers two main categories of infantile disorders: disorders of "strictly" autistic nature and pervasive developmental disorders - not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS)...
September 16, 2016: L'Encéphale
Hadie Adams, Angelos G Kolias, Peter J Hutchinson
The general consensus to optimize the care for severe TBI patients is management at specialized neurotrauma centers with neurosurgical and neurocritical care support and the use of guidelines-based standardized protocols. Over the last decade, significant efforts have been made to define neurotrauma treatment guidelines. However, it is important to recognize the heterogeneity of TBI and that the "one-size-fits-all approach" may not always be appropriate for these patients. Knowledge synthesis activities in neurotrauma are important to define future research agendas...
October 2016: Neurosurgery Clinics of North America
Guo-Chen Sun, Xiao-Lei Chen, Yuan-Zheng Hou, Xin-Guang Yu, Xiao-Dong Ma, Gang Liu, Lei Liu, Jia-Shu Zhang, Hao Tang, Ru-Yuan Zhu, Ding-Biao Zhou, Bai-Nan Xu
OBJECTIVE Endoscopic removal of intracerebral hematomas is becoming increasingly common, but there is no standard technique. The authors explored the use of a simple image-guided endoscopic method for removal of spontaneous supratentorial hematomas. METHODS Virtual reality technology based on a hospital picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) was used in 3D hematoma visualization and surgical planning. Augmented reality based on an Android smartphone app, Sina neurosurgical assist, allowed a projection of the hematoma to be seen on the patient's scalp to facilitate selection of the best trajectory to the center of the hematoma...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
Kevin E Liang, Ilia Bernstein, Yoko Kato, Takeshi Kawase, Mojgan Hodaie
Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) face a critical shortage of basic surgical services. Adequate neurosurgical services can have a far-reaching positive impact on society's health care and, consequently, the economic development in LMICs. Yet surgery, and specifically neurosurgery has been a long neglected sector of global health. This article reviews the current efforts to enhance neurosurgery education in LMICs and outlines ongoing approaches for improvement. In addition, we introduce the concept of a sustainable and cost-effective model to enhance neurosurgical resources in LMICs and describe the process and methods of online curriculum development...
September 8, 2016: Neurologia Medico-chirurgica
Giuseppe M Barbaglio, Giuseppe Raudino, Massimiliano Visocchi, Massimiliano Maione, Francesco Certo
BACKGROUND: Colloid cysts are rare benign intracranial lesions classically described as "third ventricle colloid cysts" because of their location within the third ventricle. These lesions' clinical and diagnostic features are mainly related to intermittent or persistent obstruction of foramina of Monro causing cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) circulation impairment and symptoms of raised intracranial pressure. Few reports on colloid cysts located outside the third ventricle have been published over the years...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
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