Darweesh Al-Khawaja

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Spinal epidural lipomatosis (SEL) is a rare disorder characterized by overgrowth of fat in the extradural space, causing compression of the neural elements. It is frequently associated with the administration of exogenous steroids or elevation of endogenous steroids. We present two patients, both with epidural lipamotosis of idiopathic origin. One was(More)
Subdural hematoma (SDH) is a common neurosurgical pathology, characteristically recognised on plain CT and can be treated with simple and effective surgical intervention. In contrast, dural metastatic adenocarcinoma of the prostate with SDH and malignant extension into the subdural membranes is extremely rare. We describe the case of a 62-year old Caucasian(More)
Primary intraosseous meningioma of the skull is uncommon. We report upon a 50-year-old male patient who presented with a history of an expanding scalp mass over a few months, associated with headache. The mass was initially misdiagnosed as congenital encephalocele. It was observed for 2 months, but the headache increased in severity, and the mass increased(More)
Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) after thrombolytic treatment for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is a serious complication causing significant morbidity and mortality. Drainage of the haematoma by craniotomy is associated with poor outcome. We present a patient who received tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) for acute myocardial infarction; he(More)
BACKGROUND Rosai-Dorfman disease, or sinus histiocytosis with massive lymphadenopathy, is a rare, benign, lymphoproliferative disorder that commonly manifests as a massive painless cervical lymphadenopathy with associated fever and weight loss. Central nervous system involvement is extremely rare, and cervical spinal cord manifestation has not been(More)
We describe a patient with persisting fevers, a progressive pulmonary infiltrate, and high levels of serum lactate dehydrogenase. No underlying cause for these changes was found prior to her death despite extensive investigations. Postmortem tissue revealed invasive pulmonary aspergillosis and subsequent brain examination revealed vascular changes in(More)
Malignant mesothelioma is an uncommon, highly invasive tumor derived from the mesothelial cells of pleura or peritoneum characterized by poor outcome. Mesothelioma was thought to metastasize locally only via direct invasion and not have distant spread. Distant metastases were discovered mostly on post-mortem examination. The authors present a case of(More)
Introduction: Total en bloc spondylectomy (TES) is gaining increasing favour as a treatment of choice for cancers of the spine that are resistant to radiological and chemotherapeautic intervention such as renal cell carci-noma (RCC). Until recently, RCC of the lumbar spine has presented a surgical challenge due to anatomical and vascular constraints. The(More)
We report a 41-year old male who presented to the Emergency Department after falling while water-skiing. He had a previous medical history included chronic headaches, which had persisted for the last 2-3 months prior to presentation. Computed tomography of the head showed a small hypersensitivity with a small extra axial collection with a maximum thickness(More)
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