Luca Papavero

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BACKGROUND The widespread use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), now the first line investigation for back and leg pain, reveals cystic sacral lesions more often than myelography did in the past. There is agreement that symptomatic perineurial sacral cysts should be treated surgically. However, it is still debated whether the preference should be given to(More)
OBJECTIVE We describe a prospective cohort study that investigated the effectiveness of microsurgical bilateral decompression using unilateral laminotomy for lumbar spinal stenosis and assessed the factors influencing the outcome. METHODS A total of 165 consecutive patients underwent decompression for lumbar spinal stenosis. They were divided into 3 age(More)
STUDY DESIGN Prospective study of 92 patients who underwent anterior cervical surgery. Intraoperative esophagus retraction and postoperative dysphagia were recorded and evaluated. OBJECTIVE Early dysphagia after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is an underestimated side effect. The aim of this study was to investigate whether postoperative(More)
Thirty patients with malignant gliomas were treated by operation, radiotherapy and additional intracarotid infusions of ACNU and BCNU. Positive results were obtained in the treatement of oligodendrogliomas and astrocytomas grade III and IV. On the contrary, the results in cases of glioblastoma multiforme were disappointing: neither survival time nor quality(More)
OBJECTIVE We undertook a prospective, non-randomized study on the translaminar approach for the treatment of cephalad extruded disc fragments impinging the exiting root. METHODS Between May 2000 and July 2004, 104 patients (59 men)-presenting with upper lumbar root compression in 74% of the cases -underwent a translaminar approach. The mean age was 57(More)
UNLABELLED The aim of this study was to investigate modern and classical electroencephalographic (EEG) variables in response to remifentanil and propofol infusions. We hypothesized that modern EEG variables may indicate the effects of propofol but not of remifentanil. Twenty-five patients were included in the study after the end of elective spine surgery(More)
This review is based on literature data and own experiences in 79 patients with malignant brain tumours using intraarterial delivery of cytostatic agents as adjuvant therapy. A survey is given of the pharmacological rationale of this therapeutic approach, of the drugs which have been used and of the related experimental and clinical experiences. Advantages(More)
Conventional lumbar microdiscectomy requires subperiosteal dissection of the muscular and tendineous insertions from the midline structures. This prospective, randomized, single center trial aimed to compare a blunt splitting transmuscular approach to the interlaminar window with the subperiosteal microsurgical technique. Two experienced surgeons performed(More)
STUDY DESIGN An ongoing prospective nonrandomized trial was conducted with 146 patients who underwent anterior cervical fusion with a bone graft substitute. The results for 78 patients followed up a minimum of 2 years are reported by an independent observer. OBJECTIVE To investigate the clinical efficacy and osseointegration of the implant. SUMMARY OF(More)
Occlusion of the middle cerebral artery severely affects the uptake of labelled leucine into various subcellular fractions from rabbit brain. Previous transposition of pedicled omentum to the cerebral surface maintains to a large extent the protein synthetic activity of the brain following arterial occlusion. The role of the transposed omentum in providing(More)