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BACKGROUND Although the use of intervertebral fusion after anterior microdiscectomy in cervical disc disease remains controversial, a new surgical device is proposed for use in intervertebral fusion instead of bone graft. METHODS This retrospective study at the Department of Neurosurgery, Cardarelli Hospital, Naples, from January 1993 to December 1998,(More)
CO2 cerebrovascular reactivity has been recorded in 12 healthy volunteers and 10 patients with unilateral > 70% extracranial internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis, using non invasive techniques. The relative changes of middle cerebral artery blood flow velocity (VMCA) and velocity waveform pulsatility (PIMCA) after that hypocapnia was induced by(More)
METHODS Twenty-four cases of unstable thoraco-lumbar fractures with significant canalar stenosis were operated in the Emergency Neurosurgical Unit of the Cardarelli Hospital from November 1989 to October 1991. The surgical technique was the combined transpedicular (TPA) and transarticular (TAA) postero-lateral approach, posterior osteosynthesis and(More)
Between 1990 and 1992 six cases of subdural empyema were surgically treated at the Neurosurgical Division of Emergency Department of Cardarelli Hospital in Naples. Three cases were associated with paranasal sinusitis and three cases with otitis media. Headache and fever were the presenting symptoms in all cases; in only two cases they were associated with(More)
An innovative instrumentation and stabilization system was used for the treatment of unstable thoracolumbar fractures. The new osteosynthesis apparatus employs pedicle screw fixation, plate application, and a mechanical device for dynamic reduction in stable posterior fixation. Sixteen patients were treated with this operative technique that included a(More)
BACKGROUND Twenty-six patients underwent application of a new posterior plating system (CIDEF SYSTEM) for the alignment and the stabilization of C3-C7 cervical unstable fractures from January 1992 to December 1993. METHODS The osteosynthesis apparatus employs posterior articular screw fixation and plate application. Indications for surgery were the(More)
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