C Heilman

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Two patients with distal basilar aneurysms were treated with intra-aneurysmal balloon occlusion. After apparently successful therapy, follow-up angiograms demonstrated aneurysm enlargement with balloon migration distally in the sac. Geometric mismatch between the base of the balloons and the aneurysm neck together with transmitted pulsation through the(More)
Cirsoid aneurysms of the scalp are notoriously difficult lesions to manage. The authors report a patient in whom a large traumatic cirsoid aneurysm of the scalp was eliminated using a combined neurosurgical and interventional neuroradiological approach. Transarterial embolization was utilized to reduce arterial blood supply to the fistula. Thrombogenic(More)
OBJECTIVE Benign tumors involving cavernous sinus, trigeminal nerve, and middle cranial fossa occasionally extend to the infratemporal fossa (ITF). In this study, we describe the microsurgical anatomy and dissection of the ITF, as viewed laterally and superiorly. We also describe a new bypass graft to the supraclinoid internal carotid artery using the(More)
PURPOSE We developed an elastic, transparent, life-size model of the cranial vessels that allowed us to visualize carotid artery flows directly, and wish to report our observations and recorded data. MATERIALS AND METHODS The brachiocephalic arteries of 12 adult cadavers were cannulated and infused with acrylic. The heads were dissolved in alkali and,(More)
OBJECTIVE Advances in optics, miniaturization, and endoscopic instrumentation have revolutionized surgery in the past decade. We report our experience with the endoscope in nine patients with sellar lesions who underwent an endoscopic sphenoidotomy approach to the sella. METHODS An endoscopic transnasal cavity sphenoidotomy approach without a septal(More)
BACKGROUND Pneumocephalus is commonly encountered after neurosurgical procedures but can also be caused by craniofacial trauma and tumors of the skull base and rarely, can occur spontaneously. Contributing factors for the development of pneumocephalus include head position, duration of surgery, nitrous oxide (N(2)O) anesthesia, hydrocephalus, intraoperative(More)
BACKGROUND In July 2009, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) incorporated postgraduate year 1 (PGY1 intern) level training into all U.S. neurosurgery residency programs. OBJECTIVE To provide a fundamentals curriculum for all incoming neurosurgery PGY1 residents in ACGME-accredited programs, including skills, knowledge, and(More)
PURPOSE To assess the value of endovascular packing of intracranial bifurcation aneurysms with commercially available coils. METHODS Carotid bifurcation aneurysms were surgically created in 12 New Zealand rabbits with subsequent assessment of the extent of aneurysm ablation following endovascular packing with polyester fiber-coated platinum coils. (More)
Neuroendoscopic treatment of colloid cysts is limited by the reach and flexibility of the instruments that can be passed through the working channels of the rigid neuroendoscope. The authors describe a case of a third ventricular colloid cyst where a large solid colloid fragment was recovered using a nitinol stone retrieval basket as a flexible wall-guided(More)
Endovascular balloon occlusion is an alternative treatment for surgically unclippable cerebral aneurysms. The results of aneurysm occlusion with either a silicone or a latex balloon in a common carotid artery bifurcation aneurysm model are compared to determine which type of balloon was least likely to result in aneurysm recurrence. Five rabbits each(More)