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From January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2003, in the Neurosurgery Department of Rome University o "Sapienza," 167 patients underwent anterior surgery for cervical spondylodiscoarthrosis. The levels treated by the anterior stand-alone technique were: C3-C4 (11%), C4-C5 (19%), C5-C6 (40%), and C6-C7 (30%). All patients underwent left anterior(More)
PURPOSE The stage of unstable dysfunction, also defined as "active discopathy" by Nguyen in 2015 and configuring the first phase of the degenerative cascade described by Kirkaldy-Willis, has specific pathoanatomical and clinical characteristics (low back pain) in the interested vertebral segment, without the presence of spondylolisthesis in(More)
STUDY DESIGN The lesion of the lower four cranial nerves, commonly called Collet-Sicard syndrome, can be caused by a blunt head and neck trauma. It may be associated to an isolated fracture of the occipital condyle or of the atlas. OBJECTIVE The aim of this report is to assess the modality of the trauma, the type of fracture, the anatomic characteristics,(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)
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)
Schwannomatosis is defined as an extremely rare tumors syndrome characterized by the presence of multiple schwannomas in the absence of typical signs of NF1 and NF2 syndromes. The genetic and molecular analysis performed on these tumors makes it possible to name schwannomatosis as distinct clinical and genetic syndrome. The treatment in the case of(More)
UNLABELLED Gliomatosis cerebri (GC) is a rare disease, defined as a diffuse neoplastic glial cell infiltration of the brain. Diagnosis and management of GC are difficult. METHOD The authors report a literature review and their experience based on three patients, two male, and one female, all younger than 10 years, who were treated for GC. RESULTS Our(More)
PURPOSE The aim of the study is to use an algorithm previously published to decide whether to perform open surgery or percutaneous surgery with short fixation in patients with thoraco-lumbar junction and lumbar spine fractures, and to compare retrospectively surgical and conservative options of treatment. METHODS Between 2005 and 2009, two groups of 25(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)
We describe the case of a 67-year-old woman with L5-S1 ontogenetic spondylolisthesis treated with pedicle fixation associated with interbody arthrodesis performed with S1-L5 trans-sacral screwing according to the technique of Bartolozzi. The procedure was followed by a wide decompressive laminectomy. The patient had a progressive improvement of the symptoms(More)