Omar N Pathmanaban

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Importance Meningiomas and schwannomas are usually sporadic, isolated tumors occurring in adults older than 60 years and are rare in children and young adults. Multiple schwannomas and/or meningiomas are more frequently associated with a tumor suppressor syndrome and, accordingly, trigger genetic testing, whereas solitary tumors do not. Nevertheless,(More)
BACKGROUND A man developed a rare and unexpected contralateral intraoperative complication during a translabyrinthine resection of a large cystic vestibular schwannoma. CASE DESCRIPTION A 29-year-old man presented with progressive, low-level right-sided tinnitus and hearing loss. Magnetic resonance imaging displayed a large multicystic lesion suggestive(More)
BACKGROUND Historically neurosurgeons have accepted head injured patients only in the presence of a mass lesion requiring surgical decompression. Underpinning this is an assumption that these patients have a better outcome than patients without a surgical lesion. This has meant that many patients without a surgical lesion have been managed locally in the(More)
Catatonia is a motor syndrome associated with disorders in behavior. Malignant catatonia (MC) is the form of acute catatonia dominated by fever and autonomic instability that may be fatal if inadequately treated. We present a case of MC complicated by respiratory failure in a patient with previously undiagnosed Klinefelter syndrome. Patients with(More)
BACKGROUND The published literature suggests that malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNST) occur at increased frequency in neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2). A recent review based on incidence data in North America showed that 1 per 1000 cerebellopontine angle nerve sheath tumors were malignant. OBJECTIVE To determine whether MPNST occurred(More)
The management of spinal cord ependymomas in Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2) has traditionally been conservative, in contrast to the management of sporadic cases; the assumption being that, in the context of NF2, they did not cause morbidity. With modern management and improved outcome of other NF2 tumours, this assumption, and therefore the lack of role for(More)
BACKGROUND The Manchester criteria for neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) include a range of tumors, and gliomas were incorporated in the original description. The gliomas are now widely accepted to be predominantly spinal cord ependymomas. OBJECTIVE To determine whether these gliomas include any cases of malignant glioma (WHO grade III and IV) through a(More)
Intracranial pressure (ICP) measurement is an important diagnostic tool in Neurosurgery. Until relatively recently, conventional monitoring has required that subjects be admitted to a hospital bed and the device is only able to be left in-situ for limited periods of time. We have evaluated a Telemetric ICP monitoring system that has been proven, by several(More)
BACKGROUND Positional plagiocephaly is the most common cause of cranial asymmetry. The underlying cause of Chiari-1 malformation has many possible theories, and anecdotally some pediatric neurosurgeons have had experience of severe cases of positional brachycephaly with Chiari-1. However, to date, there have been no published cases linking nonsynostotic(More)