Rod J. Oskouian

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The culture expansion of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) may alter their characteristics and is a costly and time-consuming stage. This study demonstrates for the first time that immunoisolated noncultured CD105-positive (CD105(+)) hMSCs are multipotent in vitro and exhibit the capacity to form bone in vivo. hMSCs are recognized as promising tools for(More)
OBJECT This study evaluated the efficacy of postoperative Gamma Knife surgery (GKS) to the tumor cavity following gross-total resection of a brain metastasis. METHODS A retrospective review was conducted of 700 patients who were treated for brain metastases using GKS. Forty-seven patients with pathologically confirmed metastatic disease underwent GKS to(More)
OBJECT Intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) is the most significant complication associated with the placement of stereotactic intracerebral electrodes. Previous reports have suggested that hypertension and the use of microelectrode recording (MER) are risk factors for cerebral hemorrhage. The authors evaluated the incidence of symptomatic ICH in a large cohort of(More)
OBJECTIVE Repair of a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak created at the time of transsphenoidal surgery typically involves placement of a fat, fascial, or muscle graft and sellar floor reconstruction. In this report, a simplified repair for small, "weeping" CSF leaks using collagen sponge is described. METHODS All patients underwent an endonasal(More)
Objective: Pituitary adenomas are very common neoplasms and represent between 10 and 20% of all primary brain tumors. Historically, the treatment armamentarium for pituitary adenomas included medical management, microsurgery, and fractionated radiotherapy. More recently, radiosurgery has emerged as a viable treatment option. The goal of this research is to(More)
OBJECT Due to the usefulness of mouse genetics, there is a need to improve procedures for producing and assessing spinal cord injury (SCI) in mice. The authors describe an improved locomotor scoring system for evaluating SCI. The modified Basso-Beattie-Bresnahan (mBBB) scoring system for mice is compared with existing procedures as well as histological SCI(More)
The odontoid process is a critical component of the cranio-cervical junction. Therefore, clinicians who diagnose, treat, or operate this region need a strong background in regard to the embryology, anatomy, and anatomical variations that may be seen for the odontoid process. A literature review was performed, using standard search engines, to explore the(More)
OBJECT The purpose of this clinical study was to evaluate prospectively surgical and neurological outcomes after endoscopic thoracic disc surgery. METHODS The authors assessed the following quantifiable outcome data in 46 patients: operative time, blood loss, duration of chest tube insertion, narcotic use, hospital length of stay (LOS), and long-term(More)
OBJECTIVE Restoration of lumbar lordosis is a critical factor in long-term success after lumbar fusions. Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) is a popular surgical technique in the lumbar spine, but few data exist on change in spinal alignment after the procedure. METHODS Eighty patients who underwent TLIF surgery were retrospectively reviewed(More)
OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to quantify the effects of endovascular therapy on vasospastic cerebral vessels. METHODS We reviewed the medical records for 387 patients with ruptured intracranial aneurysms who were treated at a single institution (University of California, Los Angeles) between May 1, 1993, and March 31, 2001. Patients who developed(More)