Elisa J Kucia

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BACKGROUND Intramedullary spinal ependymomas are rare tumors. OBJECTIVE To provide a large retrospective review in the modern neuroimaging era from a tertiary center where aggressive surgical resection is favored. METHODS Charts of intramedullary spinal ependymomas treated between 1983 and 2006 were reviewed. RESULTS Sixty-seven cases were reviewed.(More)
OBJECTIVE Tanzania suffers from a severe lack of health practitioners trained in neurosurgical procedures. To address this problem, we have implemented an initiative, modeled after the experience of other pioneers in international neurosurgery, to establish cost-effective and sustainable neurosurgical care by teaching fundamental neurosurgical skills to(More)
BACKGROUND Myxopapillary ependymomas usually occur in the filum terminale of the spinal cord. OBJECTIVE This report summarizes our experience treating myxopapillary ependymomas. METHODS The records of 34 patients (14 men, 20 women; mean age 45.5 years; age range, 14-88 years) who underwent resection of a myxopapillary ependymoma between 1983 and 2006(More)
OBJECTIVE Spontaneous hemorrhage of a spinal hemangioblastoma is a rare event. With limited reports in the literature, the risk of acute hemorrhage associated with these lesions is poorly understood. METHODS A 39-year-old man presented with paraplegia and bilateral upper-extremity weakness related to an acute intramedullary hemorrhage from a thoracic(More)
The critical shortage of surgical services in many areas of the world has profound effects on local communities. Approximately 11% of global disease burden can be attributed to causes that are surgically treatable. Efforts have been made to recruit professionals from developed nations to compensate for the lack of such expertise. However, this practice has(More)
BACKGROUND Spinal neurenteric cysts are rare in the literature, described by sporadic case reports and small case series. In the vast majority of cases, these lesions are intradural extramedullary. We report the novel case of a cervical neurenteric cyst that was simultaneously intramedullary and extramedullary. CASE DESCRIPTION A 47-year-old man underwent(More)
OBJECTIVE To elucidate the progress of neurosurgical practices in Tanzania, taking into account humanitarian, socioeconomic, and geographic influences. METHOD Articles, records, and historical texts were consulted to establish a timeline and history of neurosurgery in Tanzania. RESULTS Reulen, a German neurosurgeon, was integral to the development of(More)
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