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For many years, the experience of neurosurgeons from the German Armed Forces was limited to the peacetime care of patients in Germany. In 1995, German military neurosurgeons were deployed abroad for the first time. Since the beginning of the International Security Assistance Force mission, there has been a rapidly increasing number of opportunities for(More)
Since July 2007, neurosurgical services have been continuously available in a multinational Role 3 field hospital in Mazar-e-Sharif (MeS), Afghanistan. In this paper, we analyse a 3-year neurosurgical caseload experience. We retrospectively analysed the neurosurgical caseload at a Role 3 medical treatment facility in northern Afghanistan between October(More)
BACKGROUND Most primary intracranial tumors occur as solitary lesions; multiple locations of one tumor, the occurrence of two different tumors or even collision tumors have been described only in a few patients. From a statistical point of view, in less than 100 glioblastoma cases will a meningioma be simultaneously present in the brain. We report three(More)
OBJECT The causal treatment of Chiari malformation Type I (CM-I) consists of removing the obstruction of CSF flow at the level of the foramen magnum. Cerebrospinal fluid flow can be visualized using dynamic phase-contrast MR imaging. Because there is only a paucity of studies evaluating CSF dynamics in the region of the spinal canal on the basis of(More)
Introduction. As minimally invasive surgery becomes the standard of care in neurosurgery, it is imperative that surgeons become skilled in the use of image-guided techniques. The development of image-guided neurosurgery represents a substantial improvement in the microsurgical treatment of tumors, vascular malformations, and other intracranial lesions.(More)
OBJECT The standard surgical treatment for meningiomas is total resection, but the complete removal of skull base meningiomas can be difficult for several reasons. Thus, the management of certain meningiomas of the skull base--for example, those involving basal vessels and cranial nerves--remains a challenge. In recent reports it has been suggested that(More)
BACKGROUND The primary treatment of penetrating missile injuries of the brain includes debridement of the scalp, fractured skull, and necrotic brain parenchyma. It is acceptable to remove all bony and metallic fragments that are accessible without additional trauma to nondamaged brain regions. Therefore, bone chips and bullets are often initially retained(More)
For cranio-laterally extruded disc fragments, a far enlargement of the standard interlaminar fenestration is necessary. This strategy harbours a potential risk for relevant destruction of the facet joints and postsurgical instability could be the consequence. For preserving the facet joint, a limited approach through the hemilamina is possible. After the(More)
Primary melanocytic lesions of the central nervous system are rare. The spread of melanoma cells primarily into the meningeal layers is referred to as meningeal melanomatosis. A few case reports about either intracranial or intraspinal primary meningeal melanoma were published in the past. The amelanotic variation of primary melanoma in the central nervous(More)
Background. To compare the early postoperative results of three surgical approaches to lumbar disc herniations that migrated cranially. Minimally invasive techniques such as the translaminar and endoscopic transforaminal approaches are utilized in patients with lumbar disc herniations to gain access to cranially located disc material and to avoid the(More)