Ralf M Weigel

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the results of surgical treatment options for chronic subdural haematoma in contemporary neurosurgery according to evidence based criteria. METHODS A review based on a Medline search from 1981 to October 2001 using the phrases "subdural haematoma" and "subdural haematoma AND chronic". Articles selected for evaluation had at least 10(More)
The center median-parafascicular (CM-Pf) complex, which constitutes the major portion of the intralaminar thalamus in man, has long been known to be involved in the processing of pain under normal and pathological conditions. Yet, these 'forgotten' nuclei with their rich connectivity to other thalamic nuclei, the basal ganglia and cortical areas have(More)
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) has proved to be effective for tremor in Parkinson’s disease (PD). Most of the recent studies used only clinical data to analyse tremor reduction. The objective of our study was to quantify tremor reduction by STN DBS and antiparkinsonian medication in elderly PD patients using an objective(More)
Reversible osmotic blood-brain barrier (BBB) modification was used in 38 patients with glioblastoma to enhance the delivery of chemotherapeutic agents. The patients ranged in age from 14 to 70 years (mean, 43), and all had prior surgery and radiation; 5 had also received systemic chemotherapy. Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS) scores ranged from 60 to 100%(More)
The aim of the study was to determine the source of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in hematoma fluid of patients suffering from chronic subdural hematoma (CSH) and to identify the level of gene expression of the pro-angiogenic factors angiopoietin 1 (ANG-1) and ANG-2 in hematoma membranes. Samples of venous blood, hematoma fluid, and outer(More)
We performed a genome wide screening for genomic alterations on a series of 19 sporadic primary central nervous system lymphomas (PCNSL) of the diffuse large B-cell type by comparative genomic hybridization (CGH). The tumors were additionally analyzed for amplification and rearrangement of the BCL2 gene at 18q21 as well as for mutation of the recently(More)
OBJECT The authors studied the long-term efficacy of deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the posteroventral lateral globus pallidus internus up to 2 years postoperatively in patients with primary non-DYT1 generalized dystonia or choreoathetosis. The results are briefly compared with those reported for DBS in DYT1 dystonia (Oppenheim dystonia), which is caused(More)
BACKGROUND Orthostatic tremor with its sense of unsteadiness when standing may have a devastating effect on affected persons. Currently, there are no other treatment options in those who do not respond or who do not tolerate medical treatment. OBJECTIVES To report on a pilot study on spinal cord stimulation in medically intractable orthostatic tremor. (More)
The centre median-parafascicular (CM-Pf) complex of the thalamus is considered to be a possible target for deep brain stimulation (DBS) in patients with movement disorders. In a prospective study on the effect of CM-Pf DBS versus somatosensory thalamic DBS on chronic neuropathic pain, three of 12 patients had additional movement disorders. Bifocal(More)
The pattern of reoccurrence of symptoms after discontinuation of deep brain stimulation (DBS) has not been systematically studied in dystonia. Eight patients (mean age (SD) 53.8 (14.4) years) with segmental dystonia at a mean follow-up of 11.3 (4.2) months were studied after implantation of bilateral DBS electrodes in the internal globus pallidus using a(More)