Todd Wilson Trask

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The establishment of the cardiovascular system represents an early, critical event essential for normal embryonic development. An important component of vascular ontogeny is the differentiation and development of the endothelial and endocardial cell populations. This involves, at least in part, the expression and function of specific cell surface receptors(More)
PURPOSE A pilot study was designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a novel regimen of hypofractionated intensity-modulated radiotherapy (RT) in the adjuvant treatment of primary glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The rationale of the study was to combine the potential radiobiologic advantage of hypofractionation to GBM with a highly conformal(More)
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of disability and death in most Western nations and consumes an estimated $100 billion annually in the United States alone. In the last 2 decades, the management of TBI has evolved dramatically, as a result of a more thorough understanding of the physiologic events leading to secondary neuronal injury as well as(More)
Between December 1996 and September 1998, 13 patients with advanced recurrent malignant brain tumors (9 with glioblastoma multiforme, 1 with gliosarcoma, and 3 with anaplastic astrocytoma) were treated with a single intratumoral injection of 2 x 10(9), 2 x 10(10), 2 x 10(11), or 2 x 10(12) vector particles (VP) of a replication-defective adenoviral vector(More)
PURPOSE To assess the safety and efficacy of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) in the treatment of intracranial meningioma. METHODS AND MATERIALS Forty patients with intracranial meningioma (excluding optic nerve sheath meningiomas) were treated using IMRT with the NOMOS Peacock system between 1994 and 1999. Twenty-five patients received IMRT(More)
OBJECT Spinal extradural (epidural) arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) are uncommon vascular lesions of the spine with arteriovenous shunting located primarily in the epidural venous plexus. Understanding the complex anatomical variations of these uncommon lesions is important for management. The authors describe the different types of spinal extradural AVFs and(More)
The efficacy of adenovirus (ADV)-mediated gene therapy to treat brain tumors was tested in a syngeneic glioma model. Tumor cells were transduced in situ with a replication-defective ADV carrying the herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase (HSV-tk) gene controlled by the Rous sarcoma virus promoter. Expression of the HSV-tk gene enables the transduced cell to(More)
Xanthogranulomas of the choroid plexus are found relatively frequently at autopsy; however only 8 cases of symptomatic choroid plexus xanthogranuloma of the lateral ventricle have been reported. We describe an additional case in a 63-year-old man who presented with headache. A well circumscribed mass located in the trigone of the right lateral ventricle and(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate potential effect of sacrifice of the superior petrosal vein (SPV) on postoperative complications after microvascular decompression (MVD). METHODS Retrospective review of 98 consecutive patients undergoing MVD of cranial nerve V was performed. Frequency of division of the SPV during surgery was recorded, and postoperative(More)
BACKGROUND The safe working zone for lateral access to the L4/5 disc space has been said to lie in the anteroposterior (AP) midpoint of the disc space due to the location of the femoral nerve at that level. However, the AP location of the psoas muscle (and thus the lumbosacral plexus within) at L4/5 is variable. A psoas muscle lying excessively anteriorly(More)