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Arachnoid cysts are typically asymptomatic incidental findings, with an estimated prevalence of 2.3%. They are thought to arise from a congenital splitting of the arachnoid mater with CSF subsequently filling this space. Arachnoid cysts are most frequently found in the middle fossa, and may be stratified according to the Galassi classification. In this article, the authors present two cases of women presenting with dysphagia, dysarthria, and tongue weakness and atrophy. MRI confirmed the diagnosis of arachnoid cyst of the hypoglossal canal, and both patients underwent surgical resection. The lesion was approached via the ipsilateral occipital condyle - this is the first report of such an approach being used to access arachnoid cysts of the occipital condyle.

 

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Monday, 23 October 2017 10:01

Neurovascular surgery (2nd Ed.)

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Author:

Robert F. Spetzler, M. Yashar S. Kalani, Peter Nakaji

 

Editor:

Thieme

 

Publication date:

June 2015

 

Description:

This book covers all the aspects related to neurovascular pathologies and their neurosurgical and endovascular treatment. The spectrum of neurovascular pathologies treated includes: ischaemic stroke and vascular insufficiency, cerebral and spinal arteriovenous fistulae and malformations, aneurysms, vascular tumors and more. For each pathology underlying science and clinical applications are described. “Neurovascular Surgery” is a fundamental reading for all general, vascular and endovascular neurosurgeons.

 

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Nov 27 – Dec 02, 2017

Krakow, Poland

 

CCN is designed to review neurosurgery in the most dynamic and interactive manner, based on case management led by world experts. The course will offer up to date review of both clinical and basic science in a non didactic style. Started in 2013, this is the fifth CCN Review course with a huge success in the past four years.
This course is mainly designed for established neurosurgeons and senior trainees. Seasoned neurosurgeons and junior trainees will find this course as an excellent refresher and a practical review of neurosurgery.
The course aims to help participants focus on examination-relevant topics, while deepening their understanding of materials through lectures, discussions and critique. It will provide an excellent preparation for challenging oral board exams such as the Royal College (British,Canadian), EANS and the American board exams or oral boards in your respective countries.

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Monday, 23 October 2017 09:47

Spinal dural arteriovenous fistulas: a review

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Spinal dural AV fistulae are a complicated pathology to diagnose and treat. Less invasive imaging modalities are providing improved resolution for the detection of these lesions, however clinical presentations remain diverse.

 

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 09:00

Neurovascular Exchange WebSite

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Neurovascular Exchange is a robust online platform including news, presentations and videos concerning neurointervention. This resource is aimed at health care providers at various levels of training. Everyone can submit procedural videos or presentations for publication and this is a unique feature of this website. The education section provides access to several courses about neurovascular procedures.

 

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 08:13

Making Sense of AVM Surgery

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Dealing with arteriovenous malformation (AVMs), although these are vascular lesions like aneurysms, is way different and far more difficult than clipping an aneurysm. Having the right strategy is crucial for the successful end. Dr. Michael Lawton reveals tenets and techniques gained during his long experience in vascular neurosurgery. Understanding the organization of each AVM depending on its location in brain is of utmost importance. That is why Dr. Lawton categorized AVMs to seven types and explain approaches to each one of them.

Due to the tortuous path described by the vessel, PICA aneurysms present a particular challenge. In this article the authors describe the clinical features and surgical techniques used in the management of 7 complex PICA aneurysms.

 

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AUTHOR:

P Reilly, R Bullock

EDITOR:

CRC Press, 2005

 

This book offers a systematic evaluation of traumatic brain injury, trying to tackle the most difficult and challenging management problems facing clinicians in the management of traumatic brain injury. Inside there are several sections devoted to various aspects of traumatic brain injury, as classification of mechanisms of injury, classification of traumatic brain injury, physiological mechanisms involved in neuronal damage, measuring and monitoring the injury, pediatric head injury, missile wounds, outcome prediction, brain death, treatment. Detailed guidelines-based management algorithms are provided in the appendices.

 

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 11:45

4th AIIMS Annual Neurotrauma Conference

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Location: New Dehli, India

Neurotrauma (head and spinal injuries) remains a forefront contributor to high mortality and morbidity globally. Department of Neurosurgery at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi has taken the initiative to hold an update conference on recent advances in neurotrauma care annually for the last five years.

Groups of experts from all over the world will come together to share their experience in managing neurotrauma cases, discuss research and recent updates. The theme of this year is “Bridging Gap between Basic and Advanced Neurotrauma Care”.

This year, the event is more unique as it will be preceded by First AONeuro Seminar-Neurotrauma symposium (26th-27th October 2017) at AIIMS, New Delhi. This symposium will discuss at length updates on TBI in extremes of age. Faculty for this event range from WFNS president, TRACK TBI leaders and neurotrauma experts from the top centres of USA, Australia, Korea, Italy and many other countries. This course covers the current best strategies and considerations for managing neurotrauma patients. It features an international faculty of experts and is based on the competencies defined in AONeuro’s new neurotrauma curriculum. The course content is delivered using multiple educational methods. Comprehensive lectures concentrate on the understanding of core material. Interactive case presentations will further deepen this knowledge and facilitate the discussion in trauma management. Newly developed practical exercises enable participants to apply AO principles in the management of common injuries. Case-based discussions link the lecture material and practical skills with the clinical problems commonly encountered in everyday practice.

http://www.aiimsneurotrauma.com/

As is the case with many other tumours, the extent of resection of chordoma has been seen to correlate directly with prognosis. Surgical approach to these lesions is complicated due to their proximity to numerous critical neurovascular structures, however endonasal approaches are becoming more popular. Existing classification systems are based primarily on considering the requirements of open microsurgery. The authors of this article retrospectively reviewed 161 patients that underwent endonasal resection of chordomas at their unit, in order to develop a more endonasal-specific system of classification.

They describe a system of classifying endonasally approached chordomas based on their location. This system has the benefit of being more applicable to endonasal surgeries. Although the total and subtotal resection rates between tumours of the different classifications are described as ‘significant’, it is unclear whether this refers to statistical significance. The method will require further validation in larger studies before it can be fully adopted.

 

  

 

 

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(DOI: 10.1007/s10143-015-0696-1)