Angelo Pompucci

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OBJECTIVE To assess the role of surgery on survival of patients with grade II gliomas of the cerebral hemispheres. METHODS One hundred and thirty one low grade hemispheric gliomas surgically treated (biopsied patients excluded) between 1978 and 1989 were retrospectively reviewed. Thalamic, basal ganglia, callosal, or ventricular location were not(More)
The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the usefulness of 2D multiplanar reformatting images (MPR) obtained from rotational acquisitions with cone-beam computed tomography technology during percutaneous extra-vascular spinal procedures performed in the angiography suite. We used a 3D rotational angiographic unit with a flat panel detector. MPR images were(More)
The overall degree by which different patients may benefit from decompressive craniectomy (DC) remains controversial. In particular, the prognostic value of age has been investigated by very few studies. Many authors state there is no significant benefit in performing a DC in severe head injury after a certain age limit, with most placing the limit at 30-50(More)
Subdural empyema represents a loculated suppuration between the dura and the arachnoid. It has been described either intracranially or in the spinal canal, the latter localization being quite rare. It is a rare but serious illness with a declining mortality rate but rather frequent neurological sequelae. Morbidity and mortality in intracranial and spinal(More)
OBJECT A modified technique of open-door laminoplasty for cervical stenotic myelopathy (CSM) is described, and the role of evoked potential monitoring in selecting patients for surgery and evaluating results is discussed. METHODS Between October 1992 and October 1996, 33 patients with CSM underwent open-door laminoplasty. After surgery, in 27 patients(More)
Chronic subdural hematomas (SDHs) generally occur in elderly patients. Its pathogenesis is usually related to head trauma with tearing and rupture of the bridging veins, although in some cases a history of trauma is not recognizable. There are many reports regarding the association between spontaneous chronic SDHs and an alteration in coagulative(More)
A 32-year-old woman presented with a 2-month history of episodic headache, cervical pain and neck rigidity. Neurological examination showed a moderate dysmetria. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a mass occupying the fourth ventricle. The patient underwent median sub-occipital craniotomy with total excision of the lesion well demarcated except for a(More)
OBJECT It is generally believed that the outcome of traumatic brain injury is not improved by decompressive craniectomy in patients older than 30-50 years. A literature search was performed to assess the level of evidence with respect to the effect of age on outcome in these cases. METHODS References were identified by PubMed searches of journal articles(More)
Background Lymphomatoid granulomatosis (LYG) is an angiocentric and angiodestructive lymphoreticular proliferation, which usually involves the lungs, but may also involve the central nervous system (CNS). Unique involvement of the CNS has been reported rarely. We report our experience with LYG confined to the brain and review the pertinent literature.(More)
Nodules of arachnoid cells absorb cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and drain it into the venous system [1], are microscopically observable and referred to as arachnoid villi. Those macroscopically visible are called pacchionian granulations (PGs) [2]. These usually protrude into venous sinuses, as demonstrated by autopsy studies [3]. The outermost layer is(More)