Roberto Colasanti

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BACKGROUND Recent reports have validated the use of retrosigmoid approach extensions to deal with petroclival lesions. OBJECTIVE To describe the topographic retrosigmoid anatomy of the intrapetrous internal carotid artery (IICA), providing guidelines for maximizing the petroclival region exposure via this route. METHODS The IICA was exposed bilaterally(More)
BACKGROUND Atlantoaxial cysts are rare, and only 46 histologically confirmed cases have been reported. CASE DESCRIPTION A 75-year-old male presented 2 years ago with headache, neck pain, loss of balance, and episodic dysphagia, for which he had undergone posterior cervical drainage of a left-sided atlantoaxial cyst. Although his original symptoms(More)
OBJECTIVE Complex skull base approaches are often used to treat lesions within the middle incisural space; yet the well-known retrosigmoid route may provide an effective avenue to this difficult-to-reach region. The purpose of this study was to quantify the exposure advantages on the middle incisural space provided by cutting of the tentorium cerebelli via(More)
BACKGROUND Different and often complex routes are available to deal with jugular foramen tumors with extracranial extension. OBJECTIVE To describe a novel extension of the retrosigmoid approach useful to expose the extracranial area abutting the posterior fossa skull base. METHODS A navigation-guided, endoscope-assisted retrosigmoid inframeatal approach(More)
OBJECTIVE Recent reports have validated the use of retrosigmoid approach extensions to deal with posterior fossa lesions extending laterally extracranially or superiorly into the petroclival areas. The purpose of our research is to describe the topographic retrosigmoid anatomy of the petrous pyramid and provide guidelines for neurovascular sparing drilling(More)
Co-occurrence of different brain tumors is rarely observed, being more frequent in patients affected by genetic syndromes like phacomatoses. Different histological types of intracranial lesions may present at different times in the clinical history of the patient or, more rarely, they may occurr at the same moment. In these last cases, particularly for(More)
The most important target of minimally invasive surgery is to obtain the best therapeutic effect with the least iatrogenic injury. In this background, a pivotal role in contemporary neurosurgery is played by the supraorbital key-hole approach proposed by Perneczky for anterior cranial base surgery. In this article, it is presented as a possible valid(More)
Although various prognostic indices exist for patients with malignant brain tumors, the prognostic significance of the subependymal spread of intracranial tumors is still a matter of debate. In this paper, we report the cases of two intraventricular lesions, a recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and a brain metastasis, each successfully treated with a(More)
Meningiomas of the spine are the most common benign intradural extramedullary lesions and account for 25%-46% of all spinal cord tumors in adults. The goal of treatment is complete surgical resection while preserving spinal stability. Usually, these lesions occur in the thoracic region and in middle-aged women. Clinical presentation is usually nonspecific(More)
OBJECTIVE AND BACKGROUND The objective of this study is to evaluate how the neurological outcome in patients operated for cervical spinal cord injury (SCI) is influenced by surgical timing, admission American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) grading system, and age. MATERIALS AND METHODS From January 2004 to December 2011, we operated 110 patients with(More)