Paola Peretta

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OBJECTIVE The aim of this study is to retrospectively evaluate a series of consecutive patients affected by post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus in prematurity, treated with an implant of an Ommaya reservoir followed by ventriculo-peritoneal (VP) shunt and/or endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) to evaluate the safety and efficacy of these treatment options in(More)
OBJECT Neuroendoscopic surgery is being used as an alternative to traditional shunt surgery and craniotomy in the management of hydrocephalus and intracranial fluid-filled cavities. In this study, the authors evaluated the incidence and type of complications occurring after neuroendoscopic procedures that were performed in a consecutive series of pediatric(More)
BACKGROUND One of the treatment option to reduce spasticity in cerebral palsy children is selective dorsal rhizotomy. Several studies have demonstrated short and long term improvements in gait and other activities after rhizotomy but this surgery still remains a controversial procedure and patient outcome indicators measures are not uniform. AIMS To(More)
OBJECT Interhemispheric arachnoid cysts are very rare, and they are often associated with complex brain malformations such as corpus callosum agenesis and hydrocephalus. Debate remains concerning the proper management of these lesions. Placement of shunts and microsurgical marsupialization of the cyst are the traditional options. Using endoscopic methods to(More)
BACKGROUND This prospective study stratified patients by surgical resection (complete = NED vs incomplete = ED) and centrally reviewed histology (World Health Organization [WHO] grade II vs III). METHODS WHO grade II/NED patients received focal radiotherapy (RT) up to 59.4 Gy with 1.8 Gy/day. Grade III/NED received 4 courses of VEC (vincristine,(More)
PURPOSE The combined recordings of epidural-(D wave) and muscle motor evoked potentials (m-MEPs) have been proposed in many studies in intramedullary spinal cord tumour (IMSCT) surgery, although not all agree. Furthermore, the usefulness of the intraoperative monitoring of motor systems using these methods in other types of spine surgery has not yet been(More)
BACKGROUND This prospective surveillance study was designed to estimate the incidence of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and to analyze the risk factors for their development in a pediatric neurosurgical unit. METHODS The study was performed in an Italian teaching hospital from October 2008 through March 2010. All children (0-18 years) undergoing(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate retrospectively the operative findings and long-term results of a repeat endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) in pediatric hydrocephalic patients readmitted after the first procedure with symptoms and/or signs of intracranial hypertension and/or radiological evidence of increased ventricular dilation and/or occluded stoma on(More)
The authors describe the clinical and radiological findings in a case of brainstem arteriovenous malformation (AVM) associated with a hepatic patent ductus venosus (PDV) in a 12-year-old child. The AVM was discovered on magnetic resonance (MR) imaging performed because of slight mental retardation and headache. The malformation was otherwise asymptomatic(More)
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