Pasquale Donnarumma

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BACKGROUND The objective of this study is to evaluate the factors influencing the outcome of back pain and disability in patients operated for lumbar stenosis without instability and deformity using two classical surgical techniques: decompression alone and decompression plus fusion. METHODS This is a retrospective cohort study of patients who underwent(More)
BACKGROUND CONTEXT The cervicothoracic junction (CTJ) is always a difficult area for anterior approaches. Among them, low anterior cervical approach alone or combined with manubriotomy is the most frequently used. PURPOSE To study the need of manubriotomy. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING Comparison of last guidelines proposed in literature. PATIENT SAMPLE Seven(More)
BACKGROUND Intradural extramedullary tumors (IDEMTs) are uncommon lesions that cause pain and neurological deficits. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effects of surgery for IDEMTs. METHODS This cohort study recruited all patients operated on for IDEMTs at the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry of Sapienza University of Rome from January 2003 to January(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the best treatment of Pott's disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS 7 cases of Pott's disease were treated in the department of Neurosurgery of Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) between 2004 to 2011. RESULTS All patients underwent surgical drainage of abscess and vertebral stabilization. In all cases culture exam showed positivity after(More)
Dynamic X-rays (DXR) are widely recognized as an effective method to detect lumbar instability (LI). They are usually performed with the patient in standing position (SDXR). In our opinion, standing position inhibits micromovements of the lumbar segment interested by the listhesis, thanks to paravertebral muscles antalgic contraction and augmented tone. We(More)
After single or multilevel cervical corpectomy for the treatment of different diseases, many surgical options have been proposed over the years. As a single device, a winged expandable titanium cage (WETC) has been developed. We report the use of this device and our clinical results at 24 months of follow-up in a prospective series of 34 patients who(More)
Hemangiomas are benign dysplasias or vascular tumors consisting of vascular spaces lined with endothelium. Nowadays, radiotherapy for vertebral hemangiomas (VHs) is widely accepted as primary treatment for painful lesions. Nevertheless, the role of surgery is still unclear. The purpose of this study is to propose a novel algorithm of treatment about VHs.(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the results of surgery for vertebral involvement in MM following the introduction of the new chemotherapy in 2006. METHODS Retrospective cohort study evaluating the patients with MM vertebral lesions from January 2006 to January 2014. Outcomes were based upon participation in ODI and EQ-5D. Statistical interpretation of the data was(More)
Study Design Prospective cohort study. Objectives To analyze the effectiveness and practicality of using cancellous bone substitute with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in posterolateral arthrodesis. Methods Twenty consecutive patients underwent posterolateral arthrodesis with implantation of cancellous bone substitute soaked with PRP obtained directly in the(More)
Atlanto Axial Rotatory Dislocations (AARDs) are a heterogeneous group of post-traumatic pathologies typical of the pediatric age, and rare in adults. We describe the case of a 34-year-old woman, developing Atlanto Axial Rotatory Fixation (AARF) after a generalized tonic-clonic epileptic seizure, an extremely rare traumatic cause never described in(More)