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The authors prospectively used a new hand-held point-and-shoot pupillometer to assess pupillary function quantitatively. Repetitive measurements were initially made in more than 300 healthy volunteers ranging in age from 1 to 87 years, providing a total of 2,432 paired (alternative right eye, left eye) measurements under varying light conditions. The(More)
STEM CELL THERAPY has emerged as a promising novel therapeutic endeavor for traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, and epilepsy in experimental studies. A few preliminary clinical trials have further supported its safety and early efficacy after transplantation into humans. Although not yet clinically available for central nervous system(More)
Lessions from epidemiological studies. The Clinical Trial Group for Neurosurgery of the University of California San Diego (UCSD) is involved in epidemiological studies and trials of new pharmacological agents in traumatic brain injury. A great number (> 10,000) of patients has been prospectively analyzed forming an integrated database for further purposes.(More)
OBJECT The goal of this study was to study the influence of sex and age on factors affecting patient outcome in severe head injury. METHODS Data from the prospectively conducted international trial of tirilazad mesylate in patients with head injury were analyzed retrospectively. Included were 957 patients, 23% of whom were female and all of whom were(More)
BEFORE THE 1960s, adult mammalian neurogenesis was conceptually unimaginable. Despite 45 years of observations supporting this revolutionary phenomenon, many scientists rejected this notion until irrefutable evidence provided at the end of the 20th century established that lifelong neuronal generation occurs in the adult mammalian brain. Today, in place of(More)
BACKGROUND It is extremely rare for cancer to present first as an intramedullary spinal cord metastasis. Furthermore, because it is unlikely for spinal cord neoplasm to present acutely, an acute presentation may signify metastatic disease and should be considered in the initial differential diagnosis. METHODS The authors present a case of a 59-year-old(More)
Since their discovery, stem cells have fascinated scientists with their ultimate potential: the ability to cure disease, repair altered physiology, and reverse neurological deficit. Stem cell science unquestionably promises to eliminate many of the tragic limitations contemporary medicine must acknowledge, and cloning may provide young cells for an aging(More)
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE We present a patient with a cervical spine dural arteriovenous fistula associated with a radiculopial artery aneurysm at the same vertebral level presenting with subarachnoid hemorrhage. CLINICAL PRESENTATION A 45-year-old Native American man presented with sudden-onset severe headache, lethargy, and right hemiparesis. Computed(More)
OBJECT Primary spine tumors frequently involve the C-2 vertebra. Complete resection of the lesion may require total removal of the C-2 vertebral body, pedicles, and dens process. Authors of this biomechanical study are the first to evaluate a comprehensive set of reconstruction methods after C-2 resection to determine the optimal configuration depending on(More)
OBJECTIVE Intractable singultus is a rare but significantly disruptive clinical phenomenon that often accompanies other diseases but can present in isolation due entirely to intracranial pathology. We report a case of intractable singultus that improved after microvascular decompression and present a comprehensive review of singultus by discussing its(More)