Cristina Mancarella

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Atlantoaxial rotatory fixation and atlantoaxial rotatory subluxation are the most frequent manifestations of atlantoaxial rotatory dislocation (AARD) in pediatric population and are often treated conservatively. The objective of this study is to correlate the changes highlighted on MRI T2-weighted and STIR sequences with the duration of conservative(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)
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 flexion–extension(More)
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. The aim of this report is to assess the modality of the trauma, the type of fracture, the anatomic characteristics, the treatment and(More)
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)
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)
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. Between 2005 and 2009, two groups of 25 patients were(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)
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. 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. Our series of three patients were(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)