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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424012/internal-carotid-artery-agenesis-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Shuo Li, Kusum Hooda, Nishant Gupta, Yogesh Kumar
Congenital agenesis of the internal carotid artery is a very rare anomaly. Intracranial circulation in the involved internal carotid artery territory is maintained by collateral circulation from the contralateral internal carotid artery through the anterior communicating artery and from the vertebrobasilar system through the posterior communicating artery. Usually, patients with internal carotid artery agenesis are asymptomatic due to collateral circulation, but they may present with headache, seizures, or transient ischemic attack...
April 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422806/improvement-of-image-quality-in-unenhanced-dual-layer-ct-of-the-head-using-virtual-monoenergetic-images-compared-with-polyenergetic-single-energy-ct
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Victor Neuhaus, Nuran Abdullayev, Nils Große Hokamp, Gregor Pahn, Christoph Kabbasch, Anastasios Mpotsaris, David Maintz, Jan Borggrefe
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to compare virtual monoenergetic images and polyenergetic images reconstructed from unenhanced dual-layer detector computed tomography (DLCT) of the head and to determine kiloelectron volt levels that optimize image quality, particularly the gray-white matter contrast, and reduce beam hardening artifacts caused by the skull. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Institutional review board approval was obtained. Forty patients that received DLCT were included in this retrospective study; of these patients, 22 were women and 18 were men...
April 19, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413719/intra-specific-variation-and-allometry-of-the-skull-of-late-cretaceous-side-necked-turtle-bauruemys-elegans-pleurodira-podocnemididae-and-how-to-deal-with-morphometric-data-in-fossil-vertebrates
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Thiago F Mariani, Pedro S R Romano
BACKGROUND: Previous quantitative studies on Bauruemys elegans (Suárez, 1969) shell variation, as well as the taphonomic interpretation of its type locality, have suggested that all specimens collected in this locality may have belonged to the same population. We rely on this hypothesis in a morphometric study of the skull. Also, we tentatively assessed the eating preference habits differentiation that might be explained as due to ontogenetic changes. METHODS: We carried out an ANOVA testing 29 linear measurements from 21 skulls of B...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383737/increases-in-cranial-volume-with-posterior-cranial-vault-distraction-in-31-consecutive-cases
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Niina Salokorpi, Ville Vuollo, Juha-Jaakko Sinikumpu, Leonid Satanin, Heleia Nestal Zibo, Leena P Ylikontiola, Pertti Pirttiniemi, George K Sándor, Willy Serlo
BACKGROUND: Posterior cranial vault distraction (PCVD) is a technique widely used in surgical treatment of craniosynostosis when cranial expansion is required. It has proven to be safe and to allow a significant increase of intracranial volume. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate increases in intracranial volume as a result of PCVD performed in Oulu Craniofacial center using 2 different methods based on 3-dimensional (3-D) photogrammetric imaging or plain skull radiographs. METHODS: All children less than 16 yr of age who were treated by PCVD (n = 31) from 2009 to 2015 at the Oulu Craniofacial Center were included...
April 5, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377283/the-combined-transpetrosal-approach-anatomic-study-and-literature-review
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M Burhan Janjua, James P Caruso, Jeffrey P Greenfield, Mark M Souweidane, Theodore H Schwartz
The combined petrosal approach is an essential technique for the skull base neurosurgeon. In this manuscript, the authors provide a brief history of the development of this approach, technical instruction with consideration of important landmarks, and a literature review of the broad range of clinical applications for this approach. The combined petrosal approach was performed bilaterally in 6 cadaveric injected specimens. The relationship of middle and posterior fossa dura, venous sinuses, cranial nerves (CNs), and the vascular anatomy were studied...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328602/intracranial-anatomic-landmarks-for-endoscopic-endonasal-transcribriform-approach-to-anterior-skull-base
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Pinghua Wu, Huikun Zeng, Ying Guan, Ligen Mo, Danke Su
OBJECTIVES: To help surgeons locating anatomic landmarks when performing endoscopic endonasal transcribriform approach to anterior skull base. METHODS: High-resolution axial computed tomography (CT) images at thickness of 0.6 mm, and reconstructed 0.41-mm thick gapless sagittal and coronal CT images were taken from 123 subjects. Using mimics software, first located elementary points and line: nasal spine, midpoint of posterior hard palate and the line between them; then located measured points right/left posterior and anterior points; measured distances between measured points and from measured points to nasal spine and angles between lines connecting measured points to nasal spine and the basic line...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321387/free-mucosal-graft-reconstruction-of-the-septum-after-nasoseptal-flap-harvest-a-novel-technique-using-a-posterior-septal-free-mucosal-graft
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Frederick Yoo, Edward C Kuan, Marvin Bergsneider, Marilene B Wang
Objectives The nasoseptal flap (NSF) has become the workhorse for reconstruction in endoscopic endonasal skull-base surgery. The NSF, though useful in reconstruction, may lead to significant donor site morbidity. Published techniques to reduce the donor site morbidity, free mucosal grafts, and septal rotational flaps have shown to reduce crusting and remucosalization times. We present a novel technique utilizing posterior septal mucosa as a free mucosal graft for reconstruction of the anterior septal donor site...
April 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part B, Skull Base
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318880/highly-conformal-craniospinal-radiotherapy-techniques-can-underdose-the-cranial-clinical-target-volume-if-leptomeningeal-extension-through-skull-base-exit-foramina-is-not-contoured
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D J Noble, T Ajithkumar, J Lambert, I Gleeson, M V Williams, S J Jefferies
AIMS: Craniospinal irradiation (CSI) remains a crucial treatment for patients with medulloblastoma. There is uncertainty about how to manage meningeal surfaces and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that follows cranial nerves exiting skull base foramina. The purpose of this study was to assess plan quality and dose coverage of posterior cranial fossa foramina with both photon and proton therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analysed the radiotherapy plans of seven patients treated with CSI for medulloblastoma and primitive neuro-ectodermal tumours and three with ependymoma (total n = 10)...
March 15, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299444/the-ethmoidal-arteries-a-cadaveric-study-based-on-cone-beam-computed-tomography-and-endoscopic-dissection
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Marco Ferrari, Luca Pianta, Andrea Borghesi, Alberto Schreiber, Marco Ravanelli, Davide Mattavelli, Vittorio Rampinelli, Francesco Belotti, Luigi Fabrizio Rodella, Roberto Maroldi, Piero Nicolai
PURPOSE: To describe the anatomical variability of the ethmoidal arteries (EAs). To evaluate the reliability of cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) in preoperative assessment of EAs. METHODS: Fourteen cadaver heads underwent CBCT and endoscopic dissection. The following anatomical features were evaluated for anterior (AEA), middle (MEA), and posterior (PEA) EAs: presence, cranio-caudal position, antero-posterior position, and dehiscence of the bony canal. Accuracy of radiological assessment was calculated...
March 15, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283722/fanconi-anemia-correlating-central-nervous-system-malformations-and-genetic-complementation-groups
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Benjamin A Johnson-Tesch, Rakhee S Gawande, Lei Zhang, Margaret L MacMillan, David R Nascene
BACKGROUND: Congenital central nervous system abnormalities in children with Fanconi anemia are poorly characterized, especially with regard to specific genetic complementation groups. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the impact of genetic complementation groups on central nervous system anatomy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Through chart review we identified 36 patients with Fanconi anemia with available brain MRIs at the University of Minnesota (average age, 11...
March 10, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261802/ancestral-variation-in-orbital-rim-shape-a-three-dimensional-pilot-study
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Katie M Rubin, Valerie B DeLeon
Traditional nonmetric methods of ancestry assessment posit orbital rim shape varies among ancestral groups. This pilot study uses morphometric analysis of 3D orbital variation to test discrimination among individuals of primarily European, African, and Asian ancestry. Although the size and nature of the sample analyzed limit inferences for other samples, principal components analysis suggests ancestry has a significant effect on rim shape (p = 2.93e-04). European orbits display more marked folding of the orbit in the sagittal plane than either African or Asian orbits, while the lateral margin of African orbits lies further posterior relative to the medial margin when compared to Asian orbits...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258077/stereographic-measurement-of-orbital-volume-a-digital-reproducible-evaluation-method
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Matthias Mottini, Christian A Wolf, S Morteza Seyed Jafari, Konstantinos Katsoulis, Benoît Schaller
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Up to date, no standardised reproducible orbital volume measurement method is available. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the accuracy of a new measurement method, which delineates the boundaries of orbital cavity three-dimensionally (3D). METHODS: In order to calculate the orbital volume from axial CT slice images of the patients, using our first described measurement method, the segmentation of the orbital cavity and the bony skull was performed using Amira 3D Analysis Software...
March 3, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243364/biomechanical-assessment-of-stabilization-of-simulated-type-ii-odontoid-fracture-with-case-study
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Roy T Daniel, Mir M Hussain, Noelle Klocke, Soumya S Yandamuri, Lukas Bobinski, John M Duff, Brandon S Bucklen
STUDY DESIGN: Researchers created a proper type II dens fracture (DF) and quantified a novel current posterior fixation technique with spacers at C1-C2. A clinical case study supplements this biomechanical analysis. PURPOSE: Researchers explored their hypothesis that spacers combined with posterior instrumentation (PI) reduce range of motion significantly, possibly leading to better fusion outcomes. OVERVIEW OF LITERATURE: Literature shows that the atlantoaxial joint is unique in allowing segmental rotary motion, enabling head turning...
February 2017: Asian Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242156/-relevance-of-simpson-s-grading-system-for-resections-in-who-grade-i-meningiomas
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Alvaro Otero, María Dolores Tabernero, María Cristina Muñoz, Pablo Sousa, David Miranda, Daniel Pascual, Jesús María Gonçalves, Laura Ruiz
OBJECT: The aim of this study is to assess if the recurrence rates and recurrence/progression-free survivals (RFS) are different after Simpson's grades I, II, III and IV resections in World Health Organization (WHO) grade I meningiomas. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted on the data of patients who underwent surgical treatment of WHO grade I meningiomas located in convexity, falx/parasagittal, and skull base (anterior/media/posterior) between June 1991 and December 2011...
February 24, 2017: Neurocirugía
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236049/analysis-of-the-venous-channel-within-the-clivus-using-multidetector-computed-tomography-digital-subtraction-venography
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Katsuhiro Mizutani, Masahiro Toda, Jun Kurasawa, Takenori Akiyama, Hirokazu Fujiwara, Masahiro Jinzaki, Kazunari Yoshida
PURPOSE: Although neuroradiologists and skull base neurosurgeons are aware of the existence of veins within the clivus, such vessels have seldom been described in the literature. The aim of the present study is to elucidate the detailed venous structure of the clivus. METHODS: Computed tomography digital subtraction venography (CT-DSV) images of 50 unruptured aneurysm cases were examined retrospectively. RESULTS: Eighteen emissary veins were identified in 14 (28...
February 24, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230588/how-to-expose-the-entire-sella-floor-with-minimal-manipulation-during-an-endoscopic-endonasal-transsphenoidal-approach
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Do Hyun Kim, Yong-Kil Hong, Sin-Soo Jeun, Yong Jin Park, Soo Whan Kim, Jin Hee Cho, Boo-Young Kim, Sung Won Kim
OBJECTIVE: A method of opening the posterior ethmoid air cells with minimal manipulation is important for adequate exposure of the sella floor and minimal nasal morbidity. METHODS: Between February 2009 and August 2016, 373 patients with skull-base tumors underwent surgery via endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal approach with the 2-nostrils/4-hands technique using this technique. RESULTS: A linear incision was made laterally toward one-third of the superior turbinate along the superior border of the sphenoid sinus ostium...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215852/lingual-nerve-measurements-in-cadaveric-dissections-clinical-applications
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Somsak Sittitavornwong, Michael Babston, Douglas Denson, Steven Zehren, Jonathan Friend
PURPOSE: Lingual nerve (LN) injury is quite prevalent despite its long-known anatomic course. The purpose of this study was to accurately predict the LN pathway by identifying and measuring close anatomic landmarks; these measurements should help lessen the incidence of LN injury. MATERIALS AND METHODS: LN dissection was carried out on 15 halved cadaver skulls (total, 28 specimens). RESULTS: On average, the LN position was approximately 7 mm below the alveolar crest at the distal end of the mandibular second molar, 5...
January 26, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207197/changing-the-surgical-dogma-in-frontal-sinus-trauma-transnasal-endoscopic-repair
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Jessica W Grayson, Hari Jeyarajan, Elisa A Illing, Do-Yeon Cho, Kristen O Riley, Bradford A Woodworth
BACKGROUND: Management of frontal sinus trauma includes coronal or direct open approaches through skin incisions to either ablate or obliterate the frontal sinus for posterior table fractures and openly reduce/internally fixate fractured anterior tables. The objective of this prospective case-series study was to evaluate outcomes of frontal sinus anterior and posterior table trauma using endoscopic techniques. METHODS: Prospective evaluation of patients undergoing surgery for frontal sinus fractures was performed...
February 16, 2017: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185320/orientation-of-the-lateral-semicircular-canal-in-xenarthra-and-its-links-with-head-posture-and-phylogeny
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Florence Coutier, Lionel Hautier, Raphaël Cornette, Eli Amson, Guillaume Billet
The orientation of the semicircular canals of the inner ear in the skull of vertebrates is one of the determinants of the capacity of this system to detect a given rotational movement of the head. Past functional studies on the spatial orientation of the semicircular canals essentially focused on the lateral semicircular canal (LSC), which is supposedly held close to horizontal during rest and/or alert behaviors. However, they generally investigated this feature in only a few and distantly related taxa. Based on 3D-models reconstructed from µCT-scans of skulls, we examined the diversity of orientations of the LSC within one of the four major clades of placental mammals, that is, the superorder Xenarthra, with a data set that includes almost all extant genera and two extinct taxa...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180051/region-specific-objective-signatures-of-endoscopic-surgical-instrument-motion-a-cadaveric-exploratory-analysis
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R Alex Harbison, Angelique M Berens, Yangming Li, Randall A Bly, Blake Hannaford, Kris S Moe
Objectives The objective of this study was to evaluate region-specific surgical instrument kinematics among novice and experienced surgeons performing endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery. Design Cadaveric experimental study. Setting Tertiary academic center. Participants Two novice and two experienced surgeons performed eight endoscopic total ethmoidectomies and sphenoidotomies using an optically tracked microdebrider. Main Outcome Measures Time-stamped Euclidian coordinates were recorded. Cumulative instrument travel, mean linear velocity and acceleration, and mean angular velocities were calculated in the anterior ethmoid, posterior ethmoid, and sphenoid sinus regions...
February 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part B, Skull Base
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