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Mohammad-Ali Abtahi, Alireza Zandi, Hassan Razmjoo, Sara Ghaffari, Seyed-Mojtaba Abtahi, Hamidreza Jahanbani-Ardakani, Zahra Kasaei, Samira Kasaei-Koupaei, Sepideh Sajjadi, Seyed-Ali Sonbolestan, Seyed-Hossein Abtahi
Purpose: Ameloblastoma is a non-encapsulated and slow-growing tumor with high recurrence rate. Orbital involvement by this neoplasm is an extremely rare entity. In this study, we present a systematic review on this situation along with clinical and paraclinical features of a case. Methods: An electronic search was conducted on major medical sources. Data of the cases in the literature in addition to our own case were extracted, summarized, and statistically analyzed...
March 2018: Journal of Current Ophthalmology
Zhi Gang Lan, Seidu A Richard, Jin Li, Chaohua Yang
Introduction: Nonprojectile penetrating skull base injuries as a result of falls have rarely been confronted in normal neurosurgery although a few nonmissile injuries have been reported. These kinds of injuries represent a life-threatening emergency. Case presentation: We present an unusual case of a 25-year-old male construction worker who suffered an accidental penetrating skull base injury when he fell on a metal rod while he was walking on a 2-meter-high platform...
2018: International Medical Case Reports Journal
E V Beliaeva, L V Lapshina, E V Shaposhnikova, A A Molgachev
Dandy-Walker malformation is a rare disease of the central nervous system pathology (congenital malformations of the fossa cranii posterior). The key features of this syndrome are an enlargement of the fourth ventricle; complete absence of the cerebellar vermis, the posterior midline area of cerebellar cortex responsible for coordination of the axial musculature; and cyst formation near the internal base of the skull. Pregnant patients with Dandy-Walker malformation are at high risk and are managed by multidisciplinary teams including neurologists and obstetricians...
2018: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
Georgios Klironomos, Amir R Dehdashti
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 20, 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
Yu Zhou, Zhenyu Zhou, Lifeng Liu, Xuecheng Cao
BACKGROUND: Skeletal and soft tissue damage are often associated with unilateral facet dislocations, which undoubtedly lead to instability of the spine and further increase difficulties in cervical reduction. This type of irreducible facet dislocation is usually accompanied with potential catastrophic consequences including neurological deficit and severe disability. Therefore, a consistent and evidence-based treatment plan is imperative. CASE PRESENTATION: The literature regarding the management of traumatic unilateral locked cervical facet dislocations was reviewed...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Elisa Vaiani, Cintia Morales, Florencia Soto, Yeny Blanco, Carlos Rugilo, Marta Ciaccio, Alicia Belgorosky
Giant prolactinomas are rare pituitary adenomas characterized by their great local invasion. In this paper, we report a 15-year-old male with left retro-ocular pain and ipsilateral exophthalmos of 4 months of evolution, secondary to a tumour in the base of the skull that invaded the orbit. Hormonal studies revealed serum prolactin of 6913,7 ng/ml (normal value < 20), confirming the diagnosis of giant prolactinoma. The patient started treatment with the dopaminergic agonist cabergoline in increasing doses...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Yoshitaka Inui, Takashi Ichihara, Masaki Uno, Masanobu Ishiguro, Kengo Ito, Katsuhiko Kato, Hajime Sakuma, Hidehiko Okazawa, Hiroshi Toyama
OBJECTIVE: Statistical image analysis of brain SPECT images has improved diagnostic accuracy for brain disorders. However, the results of statistical analysis vary depending on the institution even when they use a common normal database (NDB), due to different intrinsic spatial resolutions or correction methods. The present study aimed to evaluate the correction of spatial resolution differences between equipment and examine the differences in skull bone attenuation to construct a common NDB for use in multicenter settings...
March 19, 2018: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
Gesa Cohrs, Monika Huhndorf, Nils Niemczyk, Lukas J Volz, Alexander Bernsmeier, Ash Singhal, Naomi Larsen, Michael Synowitz, Friederike Knerlich-Lukoschus
PURPOSE: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a sensitive imaging tool which lacks the burden of ionizing radiation. It is not established as primary diagnostic tool in traumatic brain injury (TBI). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of MRI as initial imaging modality in the emergency management of mild pediatric TBI. METHODS: Children (0-18 years, sub-divided in four age-groups) with mild TBI who received MRI in the emergency department were identified...
March 19, 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Mathew Geltzeiler, Ana Carolina Igami Nakassa, Meghan Turner, Pradeep Setty, George Zenonos, Andrea Hebert, Eric Wang, Juan Fernandez-Miranda, Carl Snyderman, Paul Gardner
BACKGROUND: Vascularized intranasal flaps are the primary reconstructive option for endoscopic skull base defects. Flap vascularity may be compromised by injury to the pedicle or prior endonasal surgery. There is currently no validated technique for intraoperative evaluation of intranasal flap viability. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of indocyanine green (ICG) near-infrared angiography in predicting the viability of pedicled intranasal flaps during endoscopic skull base surgery through a pilot study...
March 14, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Abhilasha Siyag, Tej P Soni, Anil K Gupta, Lalit M Sharma, Naresh Jakhotia, Shantanu Sharma
Plasmacytoma of the skull-base is a rare entity. Differential diagnosis includes chordoma, osteosarcoma, carcinoma nasopharynx, meningioma, metastatic carcinoma, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. Accurate and precise diagnosis is extremely important for plasmacytoma of the skull-base as its treatment and prognosis is different from other skull-base lesions. A 41-year-old man presented with concerns of headache, diplopia, and left eye strabismus. A magnetic resonance image (MRI) of his brain showed a large expansile mass measuring 51 mm involving the clivus and central skull-base...
January 15, 2018: Curēus
Riccardo Draghi, Giovanna Mantovani, Letterio Runza, Giorgio Carrabba, Nicola Fusco, Paolo Rampini, Antonella Costa, Marco Locatelli
The authors present an unusual case of a patient suffering from visual deficit due to pituitary granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) associated with Rathke's cleft cyst (RCC). The patient was referred to our Neurosurgery Department presenting right eye amaurosis, third cranial nerve palsy, and left temporal hemianopsia. Magnetic resonance imaging documented a sellar or suprasellar lesion with solid and cystic components. The dura mater of the skull base was also strongly enhanced. The patient underwent surgery...
February 2018: Radiology Case Reports
Joseph Y Shen, Neal D Futran, Maya G Sardesai
Craniofacial Actinomyces osteomyelitis progression is rare, as patients are soon treated. A 56-year-old male smoker presented with sinusitis and was managed medically. This patient failed to follow up and presented 1 year later with erosive bony disease. He was managed medically and surgically; however, his disease evolved to include his midface, skull base, and cranium. He underwent staged debridement and free tissue reconstruction. His disease is controlled but not cured. The literature includes case reports and small series describing limited disease treated successfully with surgical and medical management...
February 2018: Radiology Case Reports
Ciro A Vasquez, John Thompson, A Samy Youssef
BACKGROUND: Skull base surgeons have adopted splitting the tentorium in order to expand the exposure, minimize brain retraction and combine the supra and infratentorial compartments for resection of large skull base lesions. OBJECTIVE: To describe stepwise techniques for splitting the tentorium to access deeply located skull base lesions and morphometrically assess the gained exposure. METHODS: Surgical exposure was performed through a transylvian, subtemporal, posterior transpetrosal and combined posterior supra/infratentorial - trans-sinus approach...
March 15, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Hideaki Kato, Sanae Kanno, Jun Ohtaki, Yoshimi Nakamura, Tetsuya Horita, Mamiko Fukuta, Kazuhito Eguchi, Mohamed Hassan Gaballa, Yasuhiro Aoki
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 12, 2018: Legal Medicine
Amine Harichane, Dorian Chauvet, Stéphane Hans
This study was made to assess the possibilities and limits of minimally invasive transoral approach to the nasopharynx using the Da Vinci surgical robot. It was conducted on eleven corpses, without need for palatine split; using surgical robots Da Vinci models S HD and Si HD. We have defined "anatomical key landmarks" on all sides of the nasopharynx, to confirm our hypothesis. All of the nasopharynx could be visualized and transorally reached by the robot with a validation of all the key landmarks...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Robotic Surgery
Xiaotian Lian, Jun Guo, Wei Zeng, Hai Qing, Rui Ju, Wei Tang
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore new landmark-independent methods suitable for determining the midsagittal plane (MSP) in patients with craniomaxillofacial trauma and its clinical application. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Preoperative computed tomography data of 25 patients with craniomaxillofacial trauma were imported into Mimics software (Materialise, Leuven, Belgium) to reconstruct 3-dimensional skull models. In the experimental group, the MSP was determined by different landmarks that were clear, were scattered, and did not have displacement according to the types of fractures...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Harsha T Garimella, Reuben H Kraft, Andrzej J Przekwas
Subject-specific computer models (male and female) of the human head were used to investigate the possible axonal deformation resulting from the primary phase blast-induced skull flexures. The corresponding axonal tractography was explicitly incorporated into these finite element models using a recently developed technique based on the embedded finite element method. These models were subjected to extensive verification against experimental studies which examined their pressure and displacement response under a wide range of loading conditions...
2018: PloS One
Douglas A Hardesty, Daniel M Prevedello
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 15, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
Olabisi R Sanusi, Omar Arnaout, Rudy J Rahme, Craig Horbinski, James P Chandler
OBJECTIVE: Chordomas are rare tumors of notochordal origin that are known to be locally aggressive and are often treated with surgical resection followed by adjuvant radiotherapy. The accepted standard of treatment for chordomas of the mobile spine which includes en-bloc resection with wide margins cannot be easily applied to the chordomas of the skull base given their proximity to critical neurovascular structures. We describe our experience with the role of surgery and adjuvant radiation in the treatment of chordomas over 16 years...
March 12, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Sharad Rajpal, Colson Tomberlin, Andrew Bauer, Robert C Forsythe, Sigita Burneikiene
BACKGROUND: The variety of diagnostic characteristics associated with neurocysticercosis have been well studied, however, its potential to be implicated in other differential diagnosis has not been well demonstrated. CASE DESCRIPTION: We report the case of a 55-year-old Hispanic man who underwent a Chiari decompression surgery, which was complicated with hydrocephalus. Despite a ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt placement, he continued to have headaches and was soon found to have several skull base subarachnoid lesions, which were later diagnosed as the sequelae of an active neurocysticercosis infection...
March 12, 2018: World Neurosurgery
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