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There is a growing interest in the implantation of pedicle screws into the middle and upper thoracic spine. However, usage of the technique is still under debate for these levels because the pedicles in these regions are small and exhibit a high degree of inter- and intraspecimen variability. Twenty-four consecutive patients treated for upper and middle(More)
OBJECT Surgical treatment of thoracic and lumbar tuberculous spondylitis is controversial. An anterior approach is usually recommended. The aim of the present study was to assess the efficacy of posterior debridement and the placement of posterior instrumentation for the treatment of patients with thoracic and lumbar tuberculous spondylitis. METHODS(More)
This 50-year-old woman presented with a paravertebral lumbar fibromatosis (desmoid tumor) after undergoing the placement of instrumentation for lumbar spondylolisthesis. The tumor developed just cranial to the previous skin incision. Fibromatoses, or desmoid tumors, are uncommon infiltrative lesions that affect musculoaponeurotic structures, most often of(More)
Infection is the major and important complication of spinal instrumentation generally requiring removal of the implant. Although findings of infection usually appear within a few months after operation, they may appear even after few years in some cases. A case with delayed postoperative infection 6 years after surgery is reported. A 27-year-old female with(More)
Objective: To define risk factors affecting the outcome in traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage. Material and Methods: Forty-four patients with traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage were evaluated retrospectively. They were divided into three groups according to their age: elderly (≥65 years), adult (1664 years), and children (<16 years). The clinical picture on(More)
Juvenile hyaline fibromatosis (JHF) is a rare systemic disease characterized by papulonodular skin lesions, gingival hyperplasia, joint contractures, and osteolytic lesions on long bones and the skull. It has recently been reported that the disease is caused by mutations in the gene encoding capillary morphogenesis protein-2 (CMG-2). To date, fewer than 60(More)
BACKGROUND CONTEXT Cervical involvement due to spinal brucellosis is quite rare. Although surgery usually is not necessary in spinal brucellosis, most of the patients with cervical involvement require surgical treatment because of the high rate of neurological involvement and spinal cord compression. PURPOSE To present a unique case with cervical spinal(More)
Paradoxical enlargement of intracranial tuberculomas or development of new ones during adequate antituberculous chemotherapy is an uncommon event. Treatment of such cases is controversial. Steroid therapy is usually advocated without change in the antituberculous drug program. However, in some patients whose lesions fail medical treatment, or who have(More)
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