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OBJECT Craniopharyngioma accounts for 2%-5% of all primary intracranial neoplasms. The optimal management of craniopharyngioma remains controversial. The authors evaluated the early results of surgery and the longterm risk of tumor recurrence in a large series of patients undergoing resection of craniopharyngiomas. METHODS Between 1990 and 2008, 112(More)
We describe how a neuropsychological evaluation in patients with brain tumors should be performed, specifically in the case of low-grade gliomas. Neuropsychological examination is crucial before starting any treatment as well as during the follow-up, since it can improve neurosurgery techniques and reveal potential cognitive effects of chemotherapy and(More)
The aims of the study were to analyze the clinical and epidemiological characteristics and treatments for patients who developed zygomycosis enrolled in Italy during the European Confederation of Medical Mycology of medical mycology survey. This prospective multicenter study was performed between 2004 and 2007 at 49 italian Departments. 60 cases of(More)
Decisions in daily life are often quite complex, especially when one has to decide about his/her own health, as it is the case for patients with brain tumours. The integrity of the prefrontal cortex (and of the orbito-frontal in particular) is crucial in humans for practical decision-making. We investigated decision-making in 22 right-handed patients with a(More)
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) tractography enables the in vivo visualization of the course of white matter tracts inside or around a tumor, and it provides the surgeon with important information in resection planning. This study is aimed at assessing the ability of preoperative DTI tractography in predicting the extent of the resection achievable in(More)
A previous study reporting on 44 patients who underwent awake surgery for a left frontal or temporal glioma resection demonstrated the removal of the uncinate fasciculus to have consequences on language 3 months post-surgery. At this time-point, patients with a temporal glioma who had undergone uncinate removal showed the worst overall performance with a(More)
We evaluated the relationship between 11C-methionine PET (11C-METH PET) findings and molecular biomarkers in patients with supratentorial glioma who underwent surgery. A consecutive series of 109 patients with pathologically proven glioma (64 men, 45 women; median age 43 years) referred to our Institution from March 2012 to January 2015 for tumour resection(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the role of the superior longitudinal fascicle, the inferior fronto-occipital fascicle, and the posterior parietal lobe in visuospatial attention in humans during awake brain surgery. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Seven patients with hemispheric gliomas (six in the right hemisphere) entered the study. During surgery in asleep/awake anesthesia,(More)
Brain metastases (BrM) are tumours that originate in tissues outside the central nervous system and spread secondarily to involve mainly the brain. The management of patients with cerebral metastases is complex, costly, and in some instances controversial. Furthermore, even in patients with widespread systemic cancer, the symptoms of the disease are often(More)
The cortical and subcortical neural correlates underlying item and order information in verbal short-term memory (STM) were investigated by means of digit span in 29 patients with direct electrical stimulation during awake surgery for removal of a neoplastic lesion. Stimulation of left Broca's area interfered with span, producing significantly more item(More)