Maria-Pia Gandolfini

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Superficial siderosis of the central nervous system is a rare condition characterized by deposition of haemosiderin in the leptomeninges and in the subpial layers of the brain and spinal cord. With the widespread use of magnetic resonance imaging, an increasing number of cases of superficial siderosis are being discovered, secondary forms being more(More)
A series of 57 patients with root syndromes or compressive myelopathy were operated upon by a modified Cloward technique. No bone grafts were used. The patients were observed for 6 months to 5 years after surgery. Of the 47 patients with radiculopathy, 44 were cured and three complained of minor pains in their arms. Of the 10 patients with myelopathy, three(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity induces cardiovascular alterations, including cardiac hypertrophy, impaired relaxation, and heart rate variability (HRV), which are associated with increased mortality. Gastric bypass surgery (GBP) reduces cardiovascular mortality, but the mechanisms involved are not clearly established. To date, the implication of postsurgical hormonal(More)
The authors report their personal experience with the administration of microdoses of morphine hydrochloride by the intraventricular route through a subcutaneous reservoir for the treatment of paraneoplastic painful syndrome of the cervicofacial region in 38 patients. The results obtained are very encouraging.
The case of a woman with absence of neurological deficits, suffering from visual and auditory hallucinosis caused by a meningioma of the lesser sphenoidal wing, is described. The authors discuss the etiology of the hallucinosis that in the reported case is caused by an impairment of the deep temporal structures.
We report the case of a true aneurysm of the middle meningeal artery (MMA) associated with no other pathological findings. After a review of the literature, we emphasize that this case is not associated either with skull traumas, with vascular hypertension or with Paget's disease of the skull. Histological examination and neuroradiological findings confirm(More)
After a short review of the literature regarding aspergillosis, the authors report a case of a 7-year-old child suffering from cerebral aspergillosis with disseminated lesions. The authors emphasize the use of amphotericin B both intraventricularly and intravenously to obtain a longer survival when surgery is impossible because of the presence of multiple(More)
We report the case of a 41-year-old man with an epidermoid carcinoma that had developed on a meningocele with a fistulous tract that chronically drained cerebrospinal fluid. After a review of the literature, we discuss the cause of this rare occurrence. We think that the recurrent discharge of spinal fluid (never complicated by meningitis) may have caused a(More)
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