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)
This paper describes the surgical management of a post-traumatic calcified thoracic disc herniation treated using ultrasonic bone curette SONO-PET®. The case described concerns a young man with a symptomatic calcified thoracic disc herniation, who underwent posterolateral approach and transversoarthropediculectomy. Patient underwent posterolateral approach(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 Ideal tumor resection requires brain/ spinal cord tumor interface separation in perfect and precise surgical plane within few micrometers for radical tumor resection and maximum normal tissue preservation. Despite the availability of several dissection techniques, search for additional alternatives and an ideal technique continues. We evaluated(More)
BACKGROUND Treatment for spinal trauma is affected by both nonmodifiable and modifiable variables. The aim of this study was to compare early surgery with intermediate and late surgery to determine the benefits of spinal reconstruction in neurological recovery and functional restoration in patients with thoracolumbar fractures. METHODS In order to(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)
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.