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OBJECTIVES To confirm the benefit of using an interposition sural nerve graft at the time of radical retropubic prostatectomy in an extended series of men with at least 1 year of follow-up. We previously reported the return of erectile function after resection of both cavernous nerves. METHODS Twenty-eight potent men with clinically localized prostate(More)
The authors present a case of thoracic spinal cord compression secondary to epidural lipomatosis in an obese patient. This patient represents the 10th case of epidural lipomatosis secondary to simple obesity reported in the literature. The diagnosis is based on three criteria: 1) medical history and physical examination consistent with segmental spinal cord(More)
OBJECTIVE During the past 15 years, we prospectively followed 68 patients with chronic pain syndromes who underwent deep brain stimulation (DBS). The objective of our study was to analyze the long-term outcomes to clarify patient selection criteria for DBS. METHODS Patients were referred from a multidisciplinary pain clinic after conservative treatment(More)
The medial rotation contracture caused by weak external rotation secondary to obstetric brachial plexus injury leads to deformation of the bones of the shoulder. Scapular hypoplasia, elevation and rotation deformity are accompanied by progressive dislocation of the humeral head. Between February and August 2005, 44 children underwent a new surgical(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine rates of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections, abnormal cervical smears, and squamous intraepithelial lesions (SIL) among women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS We investigated 30 women with SLE, 67 with abnormal smears from colposcopy clinics, and 15 community subjects with normal smears. Polymerase chain reaction(More)
Restoration of extremity function following nerve injury is often unpredictable. Nerve transfers in the upper extremity are important techniques in the management of many types of peripheral nerve injury. The physiologic principles of nerve transfer lead to the indications for use. The elements of planning and execution of common nerve transfers are(More)
BACKGROUND We have used epidural spinal cord stimulation (SCS) for pain control for the past 15 years. An analysis of our series of 235 patients has clarified the value of specific prognostic parameters in the prediction of successful SCS. METHODS Patients were followed up for periods ranging from 6 months to 15 years with a mean follow-up of 66 months.(More)
Epineurial scarring in peripheral nerve after injury inhibits normal axonal regeneration primarily due to fibroblast deposition of type I collagen. The transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) family is an important class of signaling molecules that has been shown to stimulate fibroblasts to produce collagen. The aim of this study was to design a(More)
BACKGROUND Long thoracic nerve injury leading to scapular winging is common, often caused by closed trauma through compression, stretching, traction, direct extrinsic force, penetrating injury, or neuritides such as Parsonage-Turner syndrome. We undertook the largest series of long thoracic nerve decompression and neurolysis yet reported to demonstrate the(More)
PURPOSE The permanent loss of erectile function when both neurovascular bundles are widely resected at radical prostatectomy as well as the successful use of autologous nerve grafts in reconstructive surgery led us to perform bilateral nerve grafts in an effort to restore erectile function in potent patients treated for prostate cancer who underwent radical(More)