Giorgio Iaconetta

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OBJECTIVE The concept of neurovascular decompression for the treatment of hemifacial spasm is now widely accepted. In this study, we report our long-term results for 145 cases treated with this procedure. METHODS The results of 145 microvascular decompressions to treat hemifacial spasm (performed between 1980 and 1998) among 143 patients (62.2% female(More)
The authors have examined the relationship between magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and histopathological features in 35 surgically verified intracranial meningiomas. Tumor signals on T1-weighted images were rather similar regardless of the histologic subtype of the tumors. On T2-weighted images, hypointense meningiomas were mainly fibroblastic and(More)
STUDY DESIGN This study reviews 65 patients with spondylodiscitis, both spontaneous and postoperative and of different etiology, studied by magnetic resonance imaging. OBJECTIVES To define the magnetic resonance imaging characteristics of infections of the spine in acute and chronic stages and to evaluate the role of magnetic resonance imaging in defining(More)
INTRODUCTION Interest in using the extended endonasal transsphenoidal approach for management of suprasellar lesions, with either a microscopic or endoscopic technique, has increased in recent years. The most relevant benefit is that this median approach permits the exposure and removal of suprasellar lesions without the need for brain retraction. (More)
A rare case of hydatid cyst of the lumbosacral spine, causing extensive destruction of the sacrum and a large pelvis mass, is reported; a cutaneous fistula from the pelvic cavity to the posterior lumbar region was also present. The patient was studied by computerized tomography and operated on by combined anterior and posterior approach. The sacral(More)
OBJECT The sphenopetroclival area is the border zone between the middle and posterior cranial fossa. Several authors have studied the microsurgical anatomy of this region and have furnished sometimes contradictory descriptions of this area, which still represents a great challenge for the neurosurgeon. On the basis of previous anatomical data reported in(More)
A case of meningeal melanocytoma of the left sphenoid wing is reported and the other nine cases in the literature are reviewed. Meningeal melanocytoma is a benign melanotic tumor that derives from the melanocytes of the leptomeninges and may occur anywhere in the cranial and spinal meninges. Electron microscopy well demonstrates melanin and melanosomes(More)
OBJECTIVE AND IMPORTANCE Indications for surgery and the surgical technique of foramen magnum decompression for patients with Chiari I malformation and syringomyelia are controversial issues. This case report supports the view that observation may be adequate for patients without progressive symptoms or with mild clinical symptoms. CLINICAL PRESENTATION A(More)
OBJECT The anatomy of the abducent nerve is well known; its duplication (ranging from 5 to 28.6%), however, has rarely been reported in the literature. The authors performed a microanatomical study in 100 cadaveric specimens (50 heads) to evaluate the prevalence of this phenomenon and to provide a clear anatomical description of the course and relationships(More)