Cristina Mancarella

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Ischemia of the basal ganglia as an immediate consequence of minor head injury in children is rare (< 2% of all ischemic stroke in childhood) and is due to vasospasm of the lenticulostriate arteries. The clinical history of these lesions is particularly favourable because they are usually small, and also because the facial-brachial-crural hemiparesis(More)
Study Design Prospective cohort study. Objectives To analyze the effectiveness and practicality of using cancellous bone substitute with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in posterolateral arthrodesis. Methods Twenty consecutive patients underwent posterolateral arthrodesis with implantation of cancellous bone substitute soaked with PRP obtained directly in the(More)
Background: The gold standard to ensure correct patient positioning is represented by the maximum surgical exposure and the minimal risk of damage. The aim of this study was to analyze the complications related to patient prone positioning in spinal neurosurgical care from a nursing point of view, highlighting the measures that have to be used to prevent(More)
BACKGROUND Convexity meningiomas are benign brain tumors that are amenable to complete surgical resection and are associated with a low complication rate. The aim of this study was to identify factors that result in acute postoperative neurological worsening after the removal of convexity meningiomas. METHODS Clinical evaluation and neuroradiological(More)
Only 25% of patients with Low Back Pain (LBP) have a clear clinical and radiological evidence of a lumbar spine disease and about 30% of patients surgically treated for LBP develop a Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS). So in the light of this is necessary to ask some questions: is the origins of the LBP always located in the lumbar spine or are there any(More)
A review of early 20th century literature regarding fractures of the atlas led the authors to discover a paper written in Italian by Professor Vincenzo Quercioli in 1908, at that time an assistant surgeon at the University of Siena. The work was published in the journal Il Policlinico, which at that time was directed by Professor Francesco Durante. The(More)
INTRODUCTION Cervical kyphosis is a progressive cervical sagittal plane deformity that may cause a reduction in the ability to look horizontally, breathing and swallowing difficulties, sense of thoracic oppression and social isolation. Moreover, cervical kyphosis can cause myelopathy due to a direct compression by osteo-articular structures on the spinal(More)
There are only three cases of arachnoid cysts inducing twelfth nerve paresis described in English medical literature. We herein report one more instance. Six weeks after surgery, the patient has almost fully recovered. This case underlines the importance of considering the arachnoid cyst as a possible cause of twelfth nerve paresis.
BACKGROUND Intramedullary neuroepithelial cysts are extremely rare and only 15 cases have been reported in the literature. Clinico-radiological features are not indicative of a specific diagnosis; for this reason, diagnosis is based mainly on the histological features. In the literature, total surgical removal is considered the treatment of choice. The risk(More)