Tobias A. Mattei

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Cervical spondylotic myelopathy is a degenerative spinal disease which may lead to significant clinical morbidity. The onset of symptoms is usually insidious, with long periods of fixed disability and episodic worsening events. Regarding the pathophysiology of CSM, the repeated injuries to the spinal cord are caused by both static and dynamic mechanical(More)
Schmorl's nodes were first described by the pathologist Christian Schmorl in 1927 as a herniation of the nucleus pulposus through the cartilaginous and bony endplate into the vertebral body. Although such lesions present most commonly as incidental findings in asymptomatic patients (or in patients with back or radicular pain due to other etiology), there(More)
Bleeding from brainstem cavernomas may cause severe deficits due to the absence of non-eloquent nervous tissue and the presence of several ascending and descending white matter tracts and nerve nuclei. Surgical removal of these lesions presents a challenge to the most surgeons. The authors present their experience with the surgical treatment of 43 patients(More)
Fibrous dysplasia (FD) is a rare tumour, representing 2.5% of all bone tumours and 7% of benign tumours. Aneurysmal bone cyst (ABC) is also an uncommon pathology, usually associated with a secondary vascular lesion consisting of an arteriovenous malformation. In this article, we relate a case report of a young female with a rare combination of FD with(More)
We read with great interest the article by Berjano et al. published in the European Spine Journal entitled ‘‘Far lateral approaches (XLIF) in adult scoliosis’’, with special attention to the new classification of adult degenerative scoliosis proposed to guide the surgical strategy involving lateral access fusion approaches [1]. Although the authors rigidly(More)
Dear Editor: We read with great interest the article by Tubbs et al. entitled “The human calvaria: a review of embryology, anatomy, pathology, and molecular development,” published in Child’s Nervous System (2012;28(1):23–31). In their paper, the authors provide an extensive review about the development, pathology, and molecular formation of the human(More)
Treatment of large petroclival meningiomas causing brain stem compression is surgical removal followed by radiotherapy or radiosurgery if the lesion was partially resected. The management of small petroclival meningiomas is, however, controversial. Clinical observation, radiosurgery and surgical removal are the options of treatment. The natural history of(More)