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BACKGROUND Hemangioma is one of the most common benign tumors of the spine, and it remains silent in the vast majority of subjects afflicted. Pregnancy is a known risk factor for symptomatic conversion of the previously silent vertebral hemangiomas. However, the occurrence is rare with only 26 cases reported in the English medical literature. CASE(More)
Postoperative mutism is rare. We present a 65-year-old man who had transient mutism after resection of anterior falx meningioma. Mild left hemiparesis and palmomental reflex on the right were the only abnormal signs on neurological examination. CT scan and MRI demonstrated a mass at the anterior one-third portion of the falx just superior to the corpus(More)
Granulocytic sarcoma is a solid mass composed of premature precursors of granulocytic series cells in an extramedullary region. Intraparenchymal central nervous system localization without skull or meningeal invasion is extremely rare. Although different theories have been proposed to explain the mechanism of this unusual disorder, its exact mechanism is(More)
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS), also known as dorsal column stimulation, is a novel technique used widely in pain surgery. However, its effect on other pathologies such as epileptic disorders is unknown. The aim of this study is to evaluate the influence of electrical epidural stimulation of the upper cervical region on epileptic cortical discharges. The(More)
BACKGROUND Solitary brain stem abscess is a rare condition with high mortality and morbidity. These lesions were considered to be invariably fatal before 1974 when advanced diagnostic tools were not available. Recently, the diagnosis and prognosis of brain stem abscesses have been modified by the introduction of modern radiological tools, and several(More)
Oligodendrogliomas are relatively rare tumors that arise from the oligodendrocyte or its precursors. The role of postoperative radiotherapy (RT) in these tumors still remains unclear. Data concerning a study on 77 histologically verified cases of oligodendrogliomas of the brain among a total number of 1884 cases of an intracranial glioma treated at the(More)
OBJECTIVE AND IMPORTANCE Intradural or intraradicular herniation of a lumbar disc is a rare complication of disc disease. The mechanism of the tearing of the dura mater by a herniated disc is not known with certainty. Only six cases of intraradicular disc herniation have been reported. By reporting the seventh case of this rare neurosurgical entity, we(More)
We report the case of a twelve-year-old boy who presented with visual impairment and headache and was found to harbour a purely intrasellar cystic pilocytic astrocytoma originating from proximal left optic nerve. The mass was explored transcranially and decompression of the optic apparatus and subtotal resection of the cyst wall was accomplished. The(More)
Nine cases of congenital lumbosacral lipoma have been diagnosed and treated surgically at the Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery during the last 16 years. Five patients were male and four female with ages ranging from 18 months to 30 years. The most frequent complaints were mass in the back (in five cases), motor weakness in(More)