Melissa Laus

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Osteoid osteoma (OO) of the cervical spine is frequently located close to the vertebral artery, spinal cord, or nerve roots and complete surgical excision is sometimes difficult by a limited approach and more extended surgery can require spinal fusion. Percutaneous radiofrequency coagulation (PRC) has demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of OO of the(More)
OBJECTIVE This study evaluates the effects of long-term carbamazepine (CBZ) and valproate acid (VPA) therapy on thyroid function in epileptic children. DESIGN A prospective study performed in 32 newly diagnosed pediatric patients, subdivided into two groups: 18 patients treated with CBZ and 14 patients treated with VPA. Thirty-two sex- and age- matched(More)
INTRODUCTION Foreign bodies inside the orbital cavity are rare. They can cause more or less serious complications, depending on their nature and size. CASE PRESENTATION We report a case of a work-related accident involving a peri-orbital foreign body. The patient was a 50-year-old Caucasian man whose face was injured on the right side while he was working(More)
The term catamenial epilepsy is used to describe the cyclical occurrence of seizure exacerbations during particular phases of menstrual cycle in women with preexisting epilepsy. Recent investigations have demonstrated the existence of at least three patterns of catamenial seizure exacerbation: perimenstrual and periovulatory in ovulatory cycle and entire(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Recent guidelines recommend early surgical treatment of hip fractures in the elderly. The aim of the present study is to analyse the factors delaying surgical treatment of hip fractures in elderly patients by more than 2 days and to investigate whether these factors are consistent between a teaching and a community hospital. (More)
OBJECTIVE To review the relationship between epilepsy, antiepileptic drugs and reproductive function. METHODS Pertinent articles were identified through a computer PubMed search. References of selected articles were hand searched for additional citations. CONCLUSIONS Disturbances of reproductive endocrine hormones occur more frequently in men with(More)
Le traitement chirurgical des lésions traumatiques instables du rachis cervical peut être réalisé par un abord postérieur ou antérieur, avec des avantages et des inconvénients différents. Vingt patients ont été traités par décompression antérieure et arthrodèse intersomatique associant une greffe autogène d'os iliaque et une ostéosynthèse par plaque(More)
This 57-year-old woman presented to our hospital with a painless mass in the right popliteal fossa. She had discovered this mass accidentally. Physical examination revealed a 24x 18 cm mass without neurovascular impairment. Plain radiographs demonstrated a large radiodense lesion with discrete lucent areas. No attachment to the posterior cortex of the(More)
Sarcomas are a rare group of tumors. They do not commonly manifest as malignancies in the head and neck region. The rare nature of these tumors has resulted in a limited number of publications. This is a descriptive study. We included patients with primary sarcomas of the head and neck, observed between 1991 and 2011 in the department of Otorhinolaryngology(More)
Larynx and trachea invasion by thyroid cancer is an uncommon but difficult problem. There is no consensus on indication for the extent of surgery, particularly when there is a requirement for airway reconstruction. In general, the surgeon must decide between a complete ablation of the tumor at the cost of large-mutilation and a less radical dissection that(More)