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Photodynamic therapy is based on the capacity of certain substances to preferentially stain neoplastic tissues in respect to healthy tissues, and on the property of such substances to produce cytotoxic agents when excited by light of an appropriate wavelength. The authors demonstrate the first attempts to photoradiant therapy in the treatment of human… (More)
Out of a consecutive series of 1082 operations performed on head-injured patients over a 9-year period, 28 cases of acute subdural haematomas (SDHs) or epidural haematomas (EDHs) occurring in patients aged between 80 and 100 years were selected. Mortality rates in these patients (100% in 2 EDHs, 88% in 26 SDHs) were significantly higher (p less than 0.01)… (More)
The Authors present 70 cases of traumatic subdural hygromas, classified into acute, subacute and chronic, according to the interval between injury and the appearance of symptoms. The acute cases were 22.9% of our series. Criteria for surgical treatment were established by means of CT scan serial investigations. Pathogenesis, clinical aspects and results are… (More)
SUMMARY A case of cauda equina metastasis from ovarian serous papillary adenocarcinoma in a 51-year-old patient is reported. The clinical significance and different hypotheses on the metastatic route to the spine are discussed.
Fourteen cases of subdural empyema are presented. Their clinical aspects are reported, and the factors that influenced mortality are discussed.
The case of a 35 years old woman affected by endometriosis located inside the spinal canal in the extradural space at the level of the third left lumbar root, and developing through the corresponding foramen into the paraspinal muscles, is presented. The clinical aspect, radiological picture and surgical treatment are described. Pathogenesis is discussed on… (More)
Eleven consecutive cases of acute traumatic vertex epidural haematomas (VEDHs) among 416 epidural haematomas (EDHs) operated on during the same period in the Neurosurgical Clinic of the University of Genoa, are reported. Clinical features, neuroradiological aspects (X-ray, angiography and CT scan) and results are discussed, in order to point out the… (More)
Typical Interhemispheric Subdural Haematomas (ISDHs) are located along the whole interhemispheric fissure. In the four cases of our series, three of which surgically treated, and in the 29 cases reported in literature ISDH has been usually encountered in elderly age (mean age 56) in most of cases following head injury. Anticoagulant therapy was a favouring… (More)