Luciano Mastronardi

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AIMS To investigate the relation between proliferative activity of anterior pituitary adenomas, quantified by the Ki-67 labelling index, and their invasive behaviour. METHODS Expression of Ki-67 was evaluated in 103 anterior pituitary adenomas consecutively operated on in a 36 month period and correlated with surgical evidence of invasiveness. RESULTS(More)
Of the 62 patients with intramedullary spinal cord ependymoma treated surgically at our Neurosurgery Division between January 1951 and December 1990 45 had a follow-up of at least 3 years and the longest 30 years. The 28 conus-cauda equina-filum ependymomas operated during the same period are not considered in this study. An analysis of our cases and of the(More)
Twenty-two cases of unusual intracranial meningioma associated with a cyst are reported and 144 published cases reviewed. The complex mechanisms leading to the formation of the cyst within the meningioma are analyzed on the basis of the surgical and histopathological evidence. The neuroradiological features (Computed Tomography and Angiography) which supply(More)
BACKGROUND Antibiotic prophylaxis in spine surgery is still a debated question, involving medical, ethical, economic, and legal issues. The aim of our retrospective study was to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of an intraoperative protocol of antibiotic prophylaxis. METHODS During a 3-year period, 973 patients were consecutively operated on for(More)
Twenty patients with fourth ventricle ependymoma were treated surgically at our Neurosurgery Division between January 1976 and December 1990. Ependymoblastomas and mixed gliomas operated on in the same period have not been considered. A statistical analysis of our cases and a review of the largest published series show that favourable prognostic factors(More)
OBJECT Areas of intramedullary signal intensity changes (hypointensity on T1-weighted magnetic resonance [MR] images and hyperintensity on T2-weighted MR images) in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) have been described by several investigators. The role of postoperative evolution of these alterations is still not well known. METHODS A(More)
Study design. Retrospective analysis of 36 cases of degenerative disc disease treated by interbody fusion with polyetheretherketone (PEEK) cages. Objective. To determine the safety and efficiency of PEEK cages for anterior cervical fusion (ACF). Summary of background data. ACF with autologous bone has been reported since over 50 years ago. The recent(More)
A rare case of trochlear nerve neurinoma is described. Including this case, the number of reported intracranial tumors arising from the sheaths of the third, fourth, and sixth cranial nerves is 38. By site and relationship to the nerve segment, they fall into three groups: cisternal, cisternocavernous, and cavernous. In cisternal tumors of the third and(More)
A “dural tail” on Gd-DTPA-enhanced MRI has been often observed adjacent to meningiomas and considered to be useful in distinguishing meningioma of the cerebellopontine angle from acoustic neuroma. However, demonstration of a dural tail adjacent to an acoustic neuroma indicates that this sign is not specific.
The general availability of cerebral computed tomographic and magnetic resonance imaging scans makes the observation of symptomatic intracranial meningiomas in very elderly patients (aged 80 yr or more) relatively frequent. A few authors have reported on patients who have undergone surgery for intracranial meningiomas in their 9th decade of life, without(More)