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Transpedicular screw fixation has been accepted worldwide since Harrington et al. first placed pedicle screws through the isthmus. In vivo and in vitro studies indicated that pedicle screw insertion accuracy could be significantly improved with image-assisted systems compared with conventional approaches. The O-arm is a new generation intraoperative imaging(More)
INTRODUCTION Although pedicle screw fixation is a well-established technique for the lumbar spine, screw placement in the thoracic spine is more challenging because of the smaller pedicle size and more complex 3D anatomy. The intraoperative use of image guidance devices may allow surgeons a safer, more accurate method for placing thoracic pedicle screws(More)
C1 inhibitor plays an important role in the regulation of vascular permeability through its ability to inactivate enzymes which release polypeptide kinins. Dysfunctional C1 inhibitor molecules are present in the plasma of affected members of the Da and Ri hereditary angioneurotic edema kindreds. We constructed genomic libraries from Da and Ri patient DNAs(More)
PURPOSE To demonstrate the new possibilities and advantages of neuronavigation in the surgery of intracranial and spinal tumors, based on patient populations treated in our hospital. MATERIALS AND METHODS An infrared navigation system with integrated microscope guidance was used for frameless intracranial neuronavigation. The biopsies of intracranial(More)
BACKGROUND Spinal subdural hematoma (SSDH) is an exceedingly uncommon and potentially neurologically devastating condition. Recognition of blood products in magnetic resonance imaging is a very important clue for the diagnosis of SSDH. It is generally agreed that prompt surgical evacuation should be performed before irreversible damage to the spinal cord(More)
AIM The Discover (DePuy Spine, Raynham, MA, USA) is a newly developed device for cervical disc replacement that is available since 2007 in the EU. To date there are no clinical studies on the Discover. Preliminary clinical and intraoperative results from a pilot study should be compared with data for other commonly used prostheses. METHOD In a prospective(More)
Spondylodiscitis is considered to be the main cause of epidural abscess. In this report, the authors present their concept for the management of the extended epidural abscess that occurs in combination with spondylodiscitis. It consists of debridement and fusion for spondylodiscitis together with epidural abscess drainage using a microscopically assisted(More)
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