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Viktor’s Notessm is a free online source of educational materials created primarily for neurosurgery residents by Viktoras Palys, MD. The website includes different topics: neurosurgery, neurology, ophthalmology, otology and basic sciences. Every topic is organised in different sections (anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment) and there are hyperlinks to examine a subject. It is possible to download a PDF document for each topic, too. One of the most important features is the permanent update of references which makes this website a powerful way to stay updated.

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The complex anatomy of the brainstem, and the presence of important structures in close proximity to one another, mean that operating on lesions in this location provides a particular challenge to neurosurgeons. The anterior mesencephalic (or perioculomotor) entry zone has previously been described in surgery for lesions of the midbrain. The perioculomotor entry zone lies between the PCA and SCA, and in the medial fifth of the cerebral peduncle lateral to the oculomotor nerve. The authors of this article describe an approach through the interpeduncular fossa for tackling more medial lesions in this area.

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 17:27

Online survey on neurosurgical education

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Dr. Angelos Kolias and Dr. Amro Al-Habib will hold the first online survey to explore the current education status and needs for young neurosurgeons around the world.

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A series of web courses focused on Vascular Emergencies in countries with limited facilities. Dr. Hosam Al-Jehani and Dr. Ihsan Dogan will hold these events to focus on Global Neurosurgery issues.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 16:23

Webinar: On line education - 12 May 2018

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There is a growing interest on digital support to surgical education. Dr. Angelos Kolias, Cambridge University, will give an overview of online education sources available for neurosurgical trainees worldwide. 

Follow the webinar: 12 May 2018, h 18 (London time)

Dates: June 11 – 16, 2018

Location: Montegrotto Terme, Italy

The ESPN Annual Postgraduate Course in Pediatric Neurosurgery is the main vehicle of the Society to address and educate the next generation of professionals in this subspecialty. The ESPN training courses are internationally acclaimed for the high scientific level, an informal atmosphere that facilitates and enhances the interaction between faculty members and trainees, and represent a unique opportunity to meet peers in the field of Pediatric Neurosurgery. This year’s topics will include hydrocephalus, intracranial cysts, posterior fossa tumors and head and spine trauma. In keeping with the ESPN legacy, a distinguished panel of faculty members from all over the world will share their expertise throughout formal lectures, hands-on workshops, “solve a case” and video sessions.

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Monday, 26 March 2018 18:47

Pediatric Hydrocephalus

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G. Cinalli, W.J. Maixner, C. Sainte-Rose


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Pediatric hydrocephalus, the most common pathology which pediatric neurosurgeons face, has undergone an important evolution in recent years. This is especially true from the point of view of the diagnostic and therapeutic approach, and for improvements in imaging and endoscopy.
This book offers a detailed view of all progress made recently in this field, from advances in understanding the pathophysiological basis, to the management of paediatric hydrocephalus.
This book is definitely a recommended reading not only for neurosurgeons, but for all specialists who are confronted daily with this pathology in all its aspects, as endocrinologists, geneticists, pediatricians, radiologists or pathologists.

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According to the authors of this study, approximately one third of patients with tumours residing in the posterior fossa will develop hydrocephalus. In spite of this significant clinical problem, little research has previously been done to elucidate the optimal treatment modality to address the hydrocephalus in these patients. The authors of the current study aimed to compare durability of CSF diversion in patients managed with endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) compared to ventriculoperitoneal shunting (VPS). A systematic review was performed including 12 studies - a cumulative sample of 408 patients. In conclusion, the authors found that ETV failed sooner than VPS; however, ETV may impart a greater treatment durability in the longer term. There were fewer complications in the ETV group. More prospective data is required to establish which of these two methods is superior in patients with hydrocephalus due to a posterior fossa mass, and what predictive factors may exist to identify patients that would benefit from a particular intervention more than another.

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 14:14

Endovascular Neurosurgery Through Clinical Cases

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Mitsos A. P.


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Neuroendovascular surgery became established in the 2000s, first accompanying, and then overtaking, several traditional open neurosurgical techniques. In this book, through the description of clinical cases, the various principles of neuroendovascular surgery are presented. From the pathophysiology of vascular lesions in the brain and spine, to their management, methods and outcomes.

The main pathologies treated are ruptured and unruptured cerebral aneurysms, side-wall and bifurcation aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, dural arteriovenous fistulae and arterial stenosis. Two introductory chapters relating to the central nervous system vascular embryology and anatomy are also included. Endovascular Neurosurgery Through Clinical Cases is a fundamental reading for neurosurgeons, interventional neuroradiologists, and all professionals involved in the management of the neuroendovascular pathologies

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Dates: March 22 – 24, 2018
Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
This year EANS Young Neurosurgeons’ Meeting will take place in cooperation with the WFNS Young Neurosurgeons Forum and will focus on neuro-oncology. The EANS Research Committee have also organized the EANS Research Course which will immediately precede the meeting. This meeting is aimed at those between the latter years of their neurosurgical training and the early years of consultancy. It is an educational meeting with a strong faculty-to- participant ratio, and provides unique networking opportunities. The EANS believes that creating a community of young neurosurgeons for young neurosurgeons is of crucial importance – not just for the wider neurosurgical community, but also for the future leadership of the EANS itself. YN Meetings provide a unique chance to interact with the faculty as equals, to ask probing questions, and to participate in lively debate about neurosurgical controversies. They are also the ideal place to bring your own cases for second opinions, reviews, help, and honest discussion.

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