Pasquale Ciappetta

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Acute subdural spinal hematoma occurs rarely; however, when it does occur, it may have disastrous consequences. The authors assessed the outcome of surgery for this lesion in relation to causative factors and diagnostic imaging (computerized tomography [CT], CT myelography), as well as eventual preservation of the subarachnoid space. The authors reviewed(More)
Intramedullary glioblastomas are uncommon tumors. They occur chiefly in the cervicothoracic segments, have a slight tendency to occur in the early decades of life, and have a short clinical history before diagnosis. We report seven cases and discuss the salient features of these tumors, particularly the pathological features and treatment, in light of the(More)
Subependymoma is an uncommon, benign and, as a rule, asymptomatic lesion of the central nervous system, only rarely recorded at spinal level. The case reported here brings the total number of spinal subependymomas so far described to 16. The relevant literature is reviewed and the salient features of these tumors are discussed.
The authors report their experience and long-term results in the surgical treatment of 61 tentorial meningiomas. These cases were operated on between 1951 and 1985 and represented 4.8% of all intracranial meningiomas operated on in that period. The mean duration of clinical history was 29 months, except for cases of meningioma of the posteromedial border,(More)
BACKGROUND Osteosarcomas are typically long bone tumors and rarely affect the skull, with most articles reporting single cases. As elsewhere in the body, these lesions may be classified as primary or secondary, chiefly post-Paget and post-radiation therapy. METHODS The authors reviewed the osteosarcomas of the skull diagnosed at the Division of(More)
BACKGROUND The spinal epidural space is an uncommon presenting site in primary non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The occurrence of spinal epidural disease ranges from 0.1%-6.5% among patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. METHODS We report a retrospective study regarding 19 patients with primary epidural non-Hodgkin's lymphomas analyzing the factors influencing(More)
Osteosarcoma of the skull as a second neoplasm after radiation therapy is unusual. This neoplasm generally occurs after doses of over 10 Gy. CT, MRI and biopsy are the main diagnostic procedures for this lesion. We report two other cases of osteosarcomas of the skull and review the pertinent literature.
The 22 cases of spinal meningioma with severe motor deficit operated on during a 34-year span are reviewed. The motor deficit is graded according to a modified version of the scale proposed by Levy et al. in 1982, their grade IV being split into grade IV (toe movements and muscular concentrations) and grade V (paraplegia). All 10 grade IV patients were able(More)
A series of 44 benign tumors and tumorlike conditions of the spine treated surgically between 1952 and 1982 is reported. We have focused on their radiodiagnosis, treatment, and long-term results. The radiologic features considered pathognomonic of skeletal tumors, and frequently found in tumors outside the spine, are less common in the spinal variety. In(More)