Sukru Caglar

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BACKGROUND Detailed anatomical knowledge of the dorsal cervical rootlets and dorsal root entry zones (DREZ) is important for the diagnosis and treatment of cervical myeloradiculopathy and surgical management of pain. There are far fewer micro-anatomical studies of this area than gross anatomical studies. This study presents several anatomical points(More)
Intradural schwannoma of the conus medullaris is a rare form of spinal neoplasm, which commonly occurs in the lumbar region. Conus medullaris level is unusual for schwannomas. A 49-year-old woman presented with chronic sciatica, mild bladder dysfunction, and paresthesia in the buttocks. Magnetic resonance imaging of the spine showed a mass lesion in the(More)
STUDY DESIGN A retrospective study. PURPOSE The aim of this study is to compare the efficacy and outcome of vertebroplasty compared with unipedicular and bipedicular kyphoplasty for the treatment of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures in terms of pain, functional capacity and height restoration rates. OVERVIEW OF LITERATURE The vertebroplasty(More)
AIM The purpose of the present study is to analyze the expression of matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) grading and histopathological alterations of the intervertebral disc (IVD) for correlations with each other and with the age, gender and low back pain duration of the patients who had undergone operations for lumbar disc(More)
OBJECTIVE We present the extremely rare case of sacral osteomyelitis due to an anterior sacral meningocele (ASM) with fistula to the skin. We also discuss the case's clinical significance and the importance of imaging in diagnosis. METHODS A 28-year-old female patient was referred to our clinic due to back and hip pain, erythema, and purulent discharge(More)
H ydatid cyst disease is rare in developed countries, but remains a considerable health problem in endemic areas such as Turkey. Involvement of bones is also rare, occurring in only 0.5 to 2% of cases. Spinal hydatidosis exclusively affects the thoracic spinal column. To our knowledge, there have been only three cases reported in the literature involving(More)
The objective of this study was to conduct a morphometric analysis of the lumbar nerve roots and surrounding structures. In this investigation, the lumbar roots were studied in 14 cadavers (70 lumbar vertebrae). Lumbar pedicle heights and widths were measured at every level of the lumbar vertebrae. The largest mean root diameter was 5.6 mm (L5 root) and the(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether iloprost, a stable analog of prostacyclin, is useful for the preservation of neural grafts in transplantation surgery. METHODS This study was conducted at the Microsurgery Laboratory of the Department of Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey in 2003. The animals (rabbits) were divided into 3(More)
Two patients presented with congenital basilar invagination manifesting as progressive myelopathy. Both patients underwent surgery using a neuronavigation-assisted transoral-transpharyngeal approach. The Brain-LAB Vector Vision navigation system was used for image guidance. The registration accuracies were 0.9 and 1.3 mm. After decompression, posterior(More)