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Although excellent results currently are being achieved with transsphenoidal surgery, life-threatening complications may occasionally result from this approach. We present a patient with carotid injury sustained during transsphenoidal surgery, who presented 6 weeks postoperatively with a large false aneurysm in the cavernous part of the right internal(More)
Slit ventricle syndrome is a poorly understood entity characterized by features of raised intracranial pressure and small ventricles in shunt-dependent hydrocephalics. Five patients with this syndrome were treated with antisiphon devices, high pressure shunts, or subtemporal decompression, but continued to be symptomatic. Third ventriculostomy, performed as(More)
Stab wounds to the spinal cord are relatively uncommon in North America, but even rarer is the presentation of such an injury in a delayed fashion. We report a case of a 31-year-old male who presented with neurologic deficit 4 weeks after a stab wound injury to the spine. Because of worsening neurologic deficit, the retained knife fragment was operatively(More)
OBJECTIVE Cauda equina syndrome (CES) is a feared complication of lumbar disc herniation. It is generally accepted that CES requires decompression within 6 hours of symptom onset, but this time goal is rarely met, and the relative benefit of delayed decompression on functional status and quality of life (QOL) remains unknown. The study objective was to(More)
Return to previous level of employment after surgery is important to patients. Predictors of return to work have been well described in lumbar disc surgery. However, this information cannot be generalized to the population undergoing cervical discectomy. The authors retrospectively reviewed 67 consecutive patients who underwent anterior cervical discectomy.(More)
A postmortem report of a patient with traumatic internal carotid artery dissection, along with evidence strongly suggestive of a car seatbelt as a causative factor, is presented. In this 5-foot subject, the shoulder harness could have been high, over the anterior cervical area. The authors feel this mechanism deserves consideration as one of the important(More)
Stenosis of the lumbar spinal canal is a major cause of disability and lost productivity. Computed tomography (CT) is used commonly to assess the presence and severity of spinal stensosis, because it is relatively inexpensive, readily available, and has few adverse effects. The ability of four surgeons to agree about the presence and severity of lumbar(More)
Although carotid endarterectomy is a common surgical procedure in North America, controversies exist regarding the type of anesthesia, the use of indwelling shunts and the need for intraoperative cerebral monitoring. We present a prospective study of 100 carotid endarterectomies performed over a three year period by a single surgeon without the use of(More)
The presence of multiple intracerebral arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) in a single patient has only been very rarely reported. We present a patient with three separate angiographically demonstrable intracerebral AVMs, all of which were radiologically demonstrated and surgically removed without residual neurological deficit. A literature survey was(More)
Glossopharyngeal neuralgia is an uncommon craniofacial pain syndrome. An association with syncope is even less common. We report a case illustrating that the glossopharyngeal neuralgia-syncope syndrome can occur without pain in the sensory distribution of the glossopharyngeal nerve and that it can have similar consequences. We suggest that permanent cardiac(More)