Aykut Karasu

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This retrospective study summarizes our experience based on treating 62 patients with trigeminal neuralgia treated with microvascular decompression. All patients had typical trigeminal neuralgia symptoms, with 24 of them (38%) having failed to benefit from other previous treatment paradigms. We excluded subjects with atypical and/or secondary forms of(More)
A retrospective study was conducted to assess the surgical outcomes of degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis. Thirty-four patients treated with decompressive surgery in Departments of III. Neurosurgery, Bakirkoy Hospital for Psychiatric and Neurological Diseases between 2000-2004 were reviewed. There were 13 males and 21 females. The average age was 57.5(More)
OBJECTIVE Intrathecal gadolinium (Gd)-enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) cisternography is a newly introduced imaging method. Two main objectives of this study were to investigate the sensitivity of Gd-enhanced MR cisternography for presurgical localization of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks in patients with CSF rhinorrhea and to study the potential long-term(More)
A case of anaplastic pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma (PXA) in a 9-year-old girl is reported. Histological features of PXAs are cellular pleomorphism of GFAP-positive cells, with intracytoplasmic lipidic vacuoles and a reticulin network, bizarre giant cells, low mitotic activity, and lack of necrosis and of endothelial vascular proliferations. These tumors are(More)
Simple ictal or interictal automatisms are commonly seen in epilepsy, whereas complex automatisms are rare. Simple ictal vocalizations or appendicular automatisms have been reported to be due to mesial temporal lobe epilepsy. However, seizure-associated singing and dancing is very rare. We report a seventeen-year-old patient with ictal singing and rhythmic(More)
BACKGROUND Symptomatic lumbar spinal stenosis produces gradually progressive back and leg pain with standing and walking, relieved by sitting or lying. One of the uncommon symptoms is involuntary intermittent penile erection due to spinal canal stenosis. This symptom is very rare and often forgotten when history is taken. METHODS In this case report, a(More)
Metastatic spread of malignant astrocytomas is rare and documented in very few patients with this tumor. Both pathologists and clinicians may confront more of these cases as the patients live longer. We present a 40-year-old-man with glioblastoma multiforme metastasizing to the supraclavicular lymph node after surgery. The tumor was located at the parietal(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the microsurgical anatomy of Meckel's cave, a detailed knowledge of which is a prerequisite to devising an appropriate surgical strategy and performing successful surgery. METHODS The microsurgical anatomy of Meckel's cave was studied under an operating microscope in 15 human cadaver heads (30 sides). To understand the meningeal(More)
Serefeddin Sabuncuoglu was an early 15th century surgeon in Anatolia. His masterpiece entitled Cerrahiyetül Haniye (Imperial Surgery) is the first illustrated surgical textbook in the Turkish Islamic literature of the Ottoman era Anatolia. It is the first written medical-surgical work in Anatolian history and it covers the treatment of more than 40(More)
BACKGROUND Risks related to rebleeding of a ruptured intracranial aneurysm have decreased. However, ischemic neurologic deficits related to vasospasm are still the leading causes of mortality and morbidity. It is well known that vasospasm is a dynamic process affected by various factors. The severity of vasospasm in animal models and clinical observations(More)