Michele Acqui

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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)
A series of 7 cases of PCA aneurysm treated between 1978 and 1992 were analytically reviewed together with 79 cases culled from the literature. In comparison to those localized elsewhere, PCA aneurysms are more frequently large, more frequently present with tumour-like symptoms and appear at an earlier age. Surgical outcome was evaluated in relation to(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.
Five intramedullary cavernous angiomas were surgically removed after being localized by intraoperative ultrasound imaging. Two patients were men, and three were women; in three patients, the symptoms had an acute onset, whereas in the other two, it was gradual. The vascular malformation was localized in the dorsal tract in three patients and in the cervical(More)
The purpose of this paper is to report a case of medullary ischemia diagnosed by MRI and to determine any MRI characteristics that may be useful for the diagnosis in the light of the published data. The patient was a 60 year-old male with hypertension and diabetes, referred to us for flaccid paraparesis and sphincter disorders of acute onset. Physical(More)
The authors describe the case of a 58-year-old man with a 6-month history of severe myelopathy. CT scan and MRI of the spine revealed a cystic formation, measuring about 1 cm in diameter, at C7-T1 at a right posterolateral site at the level of the articular facet. At operation the mass appeared to originate from the ligamentum flavum at the level of the(More)
Cerebral cavernous angioma is a rare vascular malformation at any age and is very rare in childhood. In the literature available to us, we have been able to trace only 50 cases, to which we have added the 6 cases from our own series. The incidence in pediatric group is higher at 0–2 years (26.8%) and at 13–16 years (35.7%). The clinical onset shows epilepsy(More)
The ventriculus terminalis is a cavity situated at the level of the conus medullaris, enclosed by ependymal tissue and normally present as a virtual cavity or as a mere ependymal residue. In rare cases, and almost exclusively in pediatric age, the ventriculus terminalis may be visualized by radiological investigations, either by sonography or MRI, and(More)