Allan C. Thomas

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SUMMARY The purpose of this study was to evaluate and report our anatomic results and complications associated with stent-assisted coil embolization of intracranial aneurysms using the Neuroform stent. From September 2003 to August 2007, 127 consecutive patients (ruptured 50, 39.4%; unruptured 77, 60.6%) underwent 129 stent-assisted coil embolization(More)
An apparent increase in young people dying suddenly from acute asthma has been noted in the past 2 years in Auckland. 22 fatal cases were reviewed. Prescribing habits for asthma therapy have been changing in New Zealand, with a considerable increase in the use of oral theophylline drugs, particularly sustained-release preparations, which in many patients(More)
OBJECT The goal of this study was to compare the freehand technique of catheter placement using external landmarks with the technique of using the Ghajar Guide for this procedure. The placement of a ventricular catheter can be a lifesaving procedure, and it is commonly performed by all neurosurgeons. Various methods have been described to cannulate the(More)
A case of atlanto-occipital dislocation with incomplete pondomedullary brainstem tear is reported; it resulted from a high-speed motorboat accident. The 43 year old man exhibited a locked-in syndrome; the diagnosis was made with MRI and verified by autopsy. With modern methods of life support, prolonged survival after such injuries is unfortunately(More)
A 69-year-old hypertensive woman with a hyperdynamic, left brachio-basilic dialysis fistula presented with a long history of throbbing in her head, swelling of the left side of the face and two months of right visual loss with gross swelling of the right optic disc. Tight stenosis of left brachiocephalic vein was found to be causing retrograde flow into the(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The introduction of liquid embolic agents has revolutionized endovascular approach to cranial vascular malformations. The aim of the study was to retrospectively assess the efficacy and safety of Precipitating Hydrophobic Injectable Liquid (PHIL), a new nonadhesive liquid embolic agent, in the treatment of patients with cranial dural(More)
OBJECTIVE The Woven Endobridge (WEB) device has been in clinical use for the treatment of brain aneurysms for the past 4 years. Observational studies to assess clinical outcome and related complications have been published. Clear evidence is required to better understand the safety profile of the WEB device. The authors here present a multicenter series(More)
We report the case of a 58-year old man who presented with a 4 cm right acoustic neuroma. He underwent a translabyrinthine resection. Two years later he presented with multiple strokes and progressive generalised deterioration. A cerebral angiogram demonstrated an extensive right side cerebellar dural arteriovenous fistula with retrograde flow causing(More)
We report a case of dangerous combustion of Tantalum/Onyx embolic agent when exposed to mono-polar diathermy during subsequent surgical resection of a partially embolised arteriovenous malformation. Surgeons should be aware that previous embolisation of a vascular malformation may make use of diathermy problematic if subsequent surgical management is(More)