Nicola Benedetto

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BACKGROUND The osteo-dural decompression of the cerebellar tonsils at the cranio-cervical junction is generally considered the most effective treatment for syringomyelia-Chiari I complex. However much controversy concerning a great number of surgical adjuvants to the standard bony decompression is still present. In this work an extra-arachnoidal(More)
OBJECTIVE Syringomyelia should be treated by reconstruction of the subarachnoid space and restoration of cerebrospinal fluid homeostasis. Direct intervention on the syrinx is a difficult choice and should be considered a rescue procedure. Data in the literature examining the various options are scanty, with generally unsatisfying results. We report our(More)
We report on an extremely rare case of a paravertebral thoracic mesothelial cyst in a young woman who presented with dorsal radiculopathy affecting the T5 dermatome. The patient underwent a standard transthoracic intercostal approach with removal of the cyst. During the operation, the T5 intercostal neurovascular bundle was found firmly attached to the(More)
Glioblastomas are largely unresponsive to all available treatments and there is therefore an urgent need for novel therapeutics. Here we have probed the antineoplastic effects of a bacterial protein toxin, the cytotoxic necrotizing factor 1 (CNF1), in the syngenic GL261 glioma cell model. CNF1 produces a long-lasting activation of Rho GTPases, with(More)
We propose an easy-to-construct digital video editing system ideal to produce video documentation and still images. A digital video editing system applicable to many video sources in the operating room is described in detail. The proposed system has proved easy to use and permits one to obtain videography quickly and easily. Mixing different streams of(More)
Tumour-to-tumour metastasis is a rare pathological entity. Meningioma is the most common intracranial tumour to host metastases, the majority of which arise from breast and lung cancers. We present the first report of a colonic cancer metastasis within an intracranial meningioma.A 76-year-old woman presented with a one month history of partial seizures. Her(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the clinical outcome of patients over 70 years old who have received surgical treatment for traumatic acute subdural haematoma (aSDH) in our Neurosurgical Department. We also disclose related surgical and medical costs. METHODS A retrospective analysis was performed by analyzing the medical records of patients older than 70 who had(More)
The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) has been assumed to be involved in the genesis of several types of facial pain, including Sluder's neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, persistent idiopathic facial pain, cluster headache, and atypical facial pain. The gold standard treatments for SPG-related pain are percutaneous procedures performed with the aid of(More)
The authors report the case of a 31-year-old man who developed neck pain and headache 2 months after the uncomplicated resection of a cervical schwannoma. MR imaging revealed infratentorial subdural fluid collections and obstructive hydrocephalus associated with cervical pseudomeningocele. The clinical symptoms, subdural fluid collections, and ventricular(More)