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Neurosurgical Approach

David Pitskhelauri, Elina Kudieva, Dmitrii Moshchev, Evgeny Ananev, Michail Shifrin, Gleb Danilov, Tatiana Melnikova-Pitskhelauri, Igor Kachkov, Andrey Bykanov, Alexander Sanikidze
OBJECTIVE: A pseudomeningocele and an incisional cerebrospinal fluid leak are considered frequent complications following neurosurgical operations. The rate of these complications especially increases following neurosurgical procedures on the posterior cranial fossae. According to some publications, the rate of pseudomeningoceles has been reported as high as 40%, whereas that of incisional cerebrospinal fluid leaks is up to 17%. For the purposes of reducing the risk of these complications after a midline suboccipital craniotomy, we propose suturing the arachnoid membrane of the cisterna magna...
March 20, 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
Mohamad Abbass, Michael K Tso, Ezekiel Weis, Alim P Mitha
BACKGROUND: Orbital lymphaticovenous malformations (LVM) are congenital vascular lesions that are typically infiltrative in nature. There have been reports of orbital LVMs extending intracranially through orbital fissures, but there have been no reports of intradural extension. CASE DESCRIPTION: We report the first case of orbital LVM extending intradurally through a bony defect in the medial orbital roof. A modified orbitozygomatic approach was used to successfully obliterate this lesion...
March 16, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Jonathan T Ting, Brian R Lee, Peter Chong, Gilberto Soler-Llavina, Charles Cobbs, Christof Koch, Hongkui Zeng, Ed Lein
This protocol is a practical guide to the N-methyl-D-glucamine (NMDG) protective recovery method of brain slice preparation. Numerous recent studies have validated the utility of this method for enhancing neuronal preservation and overall brain slice viability. The implementation of this technique by early adopters has facilitated detailed investigations into brain function using diverse experimental applications and spanning a wide range of animal ages, brain regions, and cell types. Steps are outlined for carrying out the protective recovery brain slice technique using an optimized NMDG artificial cerebrospinal fluid (aCSF) media formulation and enhanced procedure to reliably obtain healthy brain slices for patch clamp electrophysiology...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Anna S Berghoff, Priscilla K Brastianos
Brain metastases (BMs) reflect an area of high clinical need, as up to 40% of patients with metastatic cancer will develop this morbid and highly fatal complication. Historically, treatment strategies have relied on local approaches including radiosurgery, whole-brain radiotherapy, and neurosurgical resection. Recently, targeted and immune-modulating therapies have shown promising responses and have been introduced in the clinical management of patients with BMs. Recent improvements in genomic technologies have enriched our understanding of BMs and have demonstrated that BMs present with significant genetic divergence from the originating primary tumor, such that potentially targetable genetic alterations are detected only in the BMs...
February 2018: Seminars in Neurology
Da Li, Yu-Ming Jiao, Liang Wang, Fu-Xin Lin, Jun Wu, Xian-Zeng Tong, Shuo Wang, Yong Cao
OBJECTIVE Surgical management of brainstem lesions is challenging due to the highly compact, eloquent anatomy of the brainstem. This study aimed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of preoperative diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and diffusion tensor tractography (DTT) in brainstem cavernous malformations (CMs). METHODS A prospective randomized controlled clinical trial was performed by using stratified blocked randomization. The primary eligibility criterion of the study was being a surgical candidate for brainstem CMs (with informed consent)...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Kyriakos Paraskeva, Dimitrios Giakoumettis, Ioannis Nikas, George Georgoulis, George Sfakianos, Marios S Themistocleous
INTRODUCTION: Neck pain and torticollis are common symptoms in the pediatric population that rarely requires further investigation. However, in case symptoms persist, then a more meticulously approach should be considered. Underlying conditions such as infections, neck injury, autoimmune disorders or even cervical spine cancer should be excluded from diagnosis. Cervical spine cancer is a rare neurosurgical entity in the pediatric population and even rarer is atlantoaxial Ewing's sarcoma...
March 3, 2018: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
Sh U Kadyrov, A N Konovalov, I N Pronin
We describe two cases of surgical treatment of well-circumscribed basal ganglia tumors. The choice of a neurosurgical approach to a deep tumor was based on the MR tractography data and depended on the course and dislocation extent of the corticospinal tract. MR tractography provides information on the course and dislocation or destruction extent of the corticospinal tract running in the internal capsule and brainstem and clarifies the exact location of a tumor within the basal ganglia. This information promotes the choice of an optimal approach for radical resection of well-circumscribed tumor, leading to improvement in neurological symptoms and patient's quality of life...
2018: Zhurnal Voprosy Neĭrokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko
Antonio A F De Salles, Daniel A N Barbosa, Fernando Fernandes, Julio Abucham, Debora M Nazato, Juliana D Oliveira, Abrão Cury, Alexandre Biasi, Ronaldo Rossi, Camila Lasagno, Priscila T Bueno, Renato H N Santos, Lucas P Damiani, Alessandra A Gorgulho
BACKGROUND: Human morbid obesity is increasing worldwide in an alarming way. The hypothalamus is known to mediate its mechanisms. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the ventromedial hypothalamus (VMH) may be an alternative to treat patients refractory to standard medical and surgical therapies. OBJECTIVE: To assess the safety, identify possible side effects, and to optimize stimulation parameters of continuous VMH-DBS. Additionally, this study aims to determine if continuous VMH-DBS will lead to weight loss by causing changes in body composition, basal metabolism, or food intake control...
March 12, 2018: Neurosurgery
Felix Ehret, Alexander Muacevic
Vestibular schwannomas are mostly sporadic, neuroectodermal, benign tumors of the myelin-forming cells of the vestibulocochlear nerve. Typical initial symptoms of vestibular schwannomas often include unilateral hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo, and headaches. As schwannomas characteristically show a slow growth rate and various symptoms, different therapeutic approaches are possible, ranging from a watchful waiting strategy to radiation therapy and neurosurgical tumor removal. In addition, these treatment options should be evaluated carefully and assigned individually to the patients' needs and symptoms while respecting the feasibility and possible outcome of the chosen treatment...
January 5, 2018: Curēus
Anmol Pandey, Bhaskar Thakur, Florence Hogg, Christian Brogna, Jamie Logan, Roopen Arya, Richard Gullan, Ranjeev Bhangoo, Keyoumars Ashkan
OBJECTIVE Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a major cause of morbidity in patients undergoing neurosurgical intervention. The authors postulate that the introduction of a routine preoperative deep vein thrombosis (DVT) screening protocol for patients undergoing neurosurgical intervention for brain tumors would result in a more effective diagnosis of DVT in this high-risk subgroup, and subsequent appropriate management of the condition would reduce pulmonary embolism (PE) rates and improve patient outcomes. METHODS The authors conducted a prospective study of 115 adult patients who were undergoing surgical intervention for a brain tumor...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Reid Hoshide, Harrison Faulkner, Mario Teo, Charles Teo
OBJECTIVE There are numerous treatment strategies in the management for large vestibular schwannomas, including resection only, staged resections, resections followed by radiosurgery, and radiosurgery only. Recent evidence has pointed toward maximal resection as being the optimum strategy to prevent tumor recurrence; however, durable tumor control through aggressive resection has been shown to occur at the expense of facial nerve function and to risk other approach-related complications. Through a retrospective analysis of their single-institution series of keyhole neurosurgical approaches for large vestibular schwannomas, the authors aim to report and justify key techniques to maximize tumor resection and reduce surgical morbidity...
March 2018: Neurosurgical Focus
Vikas Vazhayil, Nishanth Sadashiva, Nithish Nayak, A R Prabhuraj, Dhaval Shukla, Sampath Somanna
INTRODUCTION: Colloid cysts are uncommon lesions in the pediatric age group, which most commonly occur in the fourth through fifth decades. The authors hereby report a series of 36 patients with colloid cysts in the pediatric age group. MATERIAL AND METHOD: A retrospective chart review was conducted on all patients with colloid cyst who underwent surgery in our institute between November 2003 and December 2016 (13 years). Patients above the age of 18 were excluded from the study...
February 27, 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Sandip S Panesar, Joao Tiago A Belo, Rhett N D'Souza
OBJECTIVES: Integration of 3D printing and stereolithography into clinical practice is in its primacy and concepts may be esoteric to the practicing neurosurgeon. Currently, creation of 3D printed implants involves recruitment of offsite 3rd parties. We explored a range of 3D scanning and stereolithographic techniques to create patient-specific synthetic implants using an onsite, clinician-facilitated approach. METHODS: We simulated bilateral craniectomies in a single cadaveric specimen...
February 24, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Marcel Lenz, Robin Krug, Christopher Dillmann, Ralf Stroop, Nils C Gerhardt, Hubert Welp, Kirsten Schmieder, Martin R Hofmann
Brain tissue analysis is highly desired in neurosurgery, such as tumor resection. To guarantee best life quality afterward, exact navigation within the brain during the surgery is essential. So far, no method has been established that perfectly fulfills this need. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a promising three-dimensional imaging tool to support neurosurgical resections. We perform a preliminary study toward in vivo brain tumor removal assistance by investigating meningioma, healthy white, and healthy gray matter...
February 2018: Journal of Biomedical Optics
Assaf Berger, Rotem Tellem, Michal Arad, Uri Hochberg, Tal Gonen, Ido Strauss
Pain is one of the most common symptoms among cancer patients, and particularly in those who suffer from metastatic or terminal disease. There is great importance in delivering good pain management to these patients in order to alleviate their suffering, improve their functional status and their overall quality of life. In most cases, pain management is based on pharmacotherapy with opioids and other medications. However, there are selected patients for whom pharmacotherapy does not achieve acceptable pain relief or is associated with marked side effects...
February 2018: Harefuah
David N Holmes, Lara Armstrong, James Bennett, H Neil Simms
Nocardia farcinica and Enterococcus faecium are both rare causes of cerebral abscess. The former is associated with high morbidity and mortality. We describe a neurosurgical approach to the management of multiple intracranial abscesses of dual microbial pathology in an immunocompetent patient to achieve a good outcome.
February 2018: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
Krzysztof Łukawski, Marta Andres-Mach, Mirosław Czuczwar, Jarogniew J Łuszczki, Krzysztof Kruszyński, Stanisław J Czuczwar
The prevalence of epilepsy is estimated 5-10 per 1000 population and around 70% of patients with epilepsy can be sufficiently controlled by antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Epileptogenesis is the process responsible for converting normal into an epileptic brain and mechanisms responsible include among others: inflammation, neurodegeneration, neurogenesis, neural reorganization and plasticity. Some AEDs may be antiepileptiogenic (diazepam, eslicarbazepine) but the correlation between neuroprotection and inhibition of epileptogenesis is not evident...
July 16, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
Michael Faloon, Nikhil Sahai, Todd P Pierce, Conor J Dunn, Kumar Sinha, Ki Soo Hwang, Arash Emami
BACKGROUND: Several studies have sought to address the role of routine preoperative MRI in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) undergoing deformity correction. Despite similar results regarding the prevalence of neuraxial anomalies detected on MRI, published conclusions conflict and give opposing recommendations. Lack of consensus has led to important variations in use of MRI before spinal surgery for patients with AIS. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: This systematic review and meta-analysis of studies about patients with AIS evaluated (1) the overall proportion of neuraxial abnormalities; (2) the patient factors and curve characteristics that may be associated with abnormalities; and (3) the proportion of patients who underwent neurosurgical intervention before scoliosis surgery and the kinds of neuraxial lesions that were identified...
February 21, 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Julien Delaunois, Géraldo Vaz, Christian Raftopoulos
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE: Cavernous malformations (CMs) are vascular abnormalities with a hemorrhage risk of 0.2% to 5% per year, according to their location. Brainstem CMs seem to have a greater hemorrhagic risk and represent a neurosurgical challenge. We report here the first transsylvian transuncal (TS-TU) approach for an anteromedial mesencephalic CM resection. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: A 29-yr-old female suddenly presented a left hemiparesis and central facial paresis with a diplopia in the upward gaze...
March 1, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Hirad Hedayat, Daniel R Felbaum, John E Reynolds, Rashid M Janjua
Neurosurgical pathologies presenting during pregnancy are uncommon. If present, the situation creates a unique diagnostic, observational, and therapeutic challenge as both lives are placed at potential risk. Surgical procedures during pregnancy are approached carefully as physiological stressors associated with surgery and anesthesia may cause fetal or maternal compromise. We present the only known case of a pseudoaneurysm treated with an awake craniotomy, allowing us to abate the risks associated with general anesthesia in pregnancy...
December 7, 2017: Curēus
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