Daniele Rigamonti

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OBJECTIVE The presentation, screening, management, and clinical outcomes of patients who presented to our institution from 1973 to 1999 with central nervous system (CNS) hemangioblastomas in von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) syndrome and sporadic disease were analyzed. METHODS The surgical pathology database of our institution was searched to identify all patients(More)
Cavernous malformations are congenital abnormalities of the cerebral vessels that affect 0.5% to 0.7% of the population. They occur in two forms: a sporadic form characterized by isolated lesions, and a familial form characterized by multiple lesions with an autosomal dominant mode of inheritance. The management of patients with cavernous malformations,(More)
Cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM) is a common autosomal dominant disorder characterized by venous sinusoids that predispose to intracranial hemorrhage. CCM is genetically heterogeneous, with loci at 7q, 7p and 3q. Mutations in KRIT1 account for all cases linked to 7q (CCM1), but the pathogenesis of CCM is not understood. Krev Interaction Trapped 1(More)
Despite modern medical advances, the morbidity and mortality rates associated with spinal epidural abscess remain significant, and the diagnosis often is elusive. A retrospective study was undertaken to define better the incidence and clinical features of this infection, and to establish current diagnostic and therapeutic guidelines. Forty cases of spinal(More)
BACKGROUND Despite advances in neuroimaging and neurosurgical treatment, spinal epidural abscess remains a challenging problem; early diagnosis is often difficult and treatment is delayed. Optimal management is unclear, and morbidity and mortality are significant. To define contemporary trends in etiology and management, and establish diagnostic and(More)
Cavernous malformations (CMs) consist of dilated vascular channels that have a characteristic appearance on MRI. CMs are usually found intracranially, although such lesions can also affect the spinal cord. Individuals with CMs can present with epilepsy and focal neurological deficits or acute intracranial hemorrhage. In many cases, however, patients with(More)
OBJECTIVES Cerebral cavernous malformations are linked to mutations of the KRIT1 gene at the CCM1 locus and to mutations at two other loci, CCM2 and CCM3, for which genes are not yet identified. There is little information regarding the function of KRIT1. Histological and immunocytochemical analysis of cavernous malformations have not shed much light on(More)
We studied 24 patients with histologically verified cerebral cavernous malformations, reviewing the familial occurrence and presenting signs, symptoms, and radiographic features of the disorder. Eleven patients had no evidence of a heritable trait and had negative family histories. Thirteen patients were members of six unrelated Mexican-American families.(More)
OBJECT Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunts effectively reverse symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri postoperatively, but long-term outcome has not been investigated. Lumboperitoneal (LP) shunts are the mainstay of CSF shunts for pseudotumor cerebri; however, image-guided stereotaxy and neuroendoscopy now allow effective placement of a ventricular catheter without(More)
The aim of the present study was to report on the utility of continuous Pcsf monitoring in establishing the diagnosis of idiopathic intracranial hypertension without papilledema (IIHWOP) in chronic daily headache (CDH) patients. We report a series of patients (n = 10) with refractory headaches and suspected IIHWOP referred to us for continuous Pcsf(More)