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Corpectomy is widely used to treat cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). However, when this technique alone is performed at 1 or 2 levels for a multisegmental involvement (3 or more vertebrae), the incidence of post-operative complications is high. The optimal treatment for multisegmental CSM is still debatable. The aim of this study was to assess clinical(More)
In routine surgical practice, anterior approaches are not often used to treat upper cervical pathologies. Such lesions can be difficult to access surgically. This article describes 2 cases in which the transmandibular approach was used to address anterior upper cervical pathology. One case was a chordoma invading the C2-C3 vertebrae and the other case was(More)
Obstructive hydrocephalus remains a problem, and improvements in fiberoptic technology have promoted interest in neuroendoscopic ventriculostomy (NTV) as an alternative to standard cerebrospinal fluid shunts. The present study assessed 210 pediatric NTVs performed between 1994 and 2004 in patients aged 2 months to 10 years. Five children needed same-session(More)
Isolated foot drop due to a brain lesion is rare. A 48-year-old man complained of inability to dorsiflex the right foot. Right dorsiflexion had 0/5 muscle strength and there were no upper neuron findings on his neurological examination. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain revealed a left parasagittal brain mass. The lesion was removed and muscle(More)
Cerebellar medulloblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor of childhood. This neoplasm is highly vascular and has a high growth rate. We aimed to determine whether high microvessel density (MVD) and expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in medulloblastoma tissue is correlated with survival time in children with this tumor. Tissue(More)
Lumbar spinal tumoral calcinosis and spinal epidural lipomatosis are rare conditions. We present a 70-year-old female patient with serology negative spondyloarthropathy who developed paresis due to tumoral calcinosis in the left facet joint between L5 and S1 levels and spinal epidural lipomatosis at L5 and S1 levels. Surgery was performed to excise the(More)
4 Benign intracranial hypertension may occasionally be associated with cranial nerve palsies. Abducens nerve palsies occur in 10 % to 20 % patients with benign intracranial hypertension, other cranial nerve palsies occur much less frequently. We reported a 25-year-old woman benign intrac-ranial hypertension with bilateral seventh nerve palsy. Complete(More)
In children with spasticity, deep tendon reflexes are hyperactive and even stimulation of normal dorsal rootlets can produce exaggerated full-strength, single-twitch responses in the muscles they innervate. This phenomenon is called the brisk hyperactive response (BHR). The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of 2 volatile anesthetics, isoflurane(More)
Congenital dermal sinuses are epithelium-lined tracts that extend from an opening in the skin through deeper tissues. Most dorsal congenital dermal sinuses are located in the lumbosacral area; a cervical location is unusual. This report describes a 24-year-old woman who presented with neck pain of 6 months' duration. A dimple in the skin over her cervical(More)