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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 17:53

Treatment of Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)

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Neil Martin, MD, is famous for his contribution to the development of the arteriovenous malformation (AVM) grading system (Spetzler-Martin classification). He spent several decades as chair of the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery and co-director of the UCLA Stroke Center. Since 2016 he has been nominated responsible of the Geisinger Neuroscience Institute.
This lecture addresses the management of AVM, a cluster of abnormal blood vessels within the brain which is congenital but not necessary hereditary.
Dr. Martin exposes the clinical manifestations, the diagnostic processes and the grading systems of the AVM. In particular he focuses on the treatment choices which are represented by: microsurgical technique, embolization and radiotherapy.


Dr. Ulrich Thomale from Charitè describes the role of navigated neuroendoscopy in pediatric hydrocephalus, especially for cases where the patient has presented with multiloculated hydrocephalus or trapped ventricles. Endoscopy has a particular value in this condition and in many cases could be used in shunting, decreasing the number of shunts or even replacing the shunt as a treatment option. In his lecture he presents many complex cases where advances in augmented reality has a tremendous impact also. The approach to children with hydrocephalus is beautifully outlined in his presentation. Neuroendoscopy is doubtless a highly valuable component of the neurosurgical arsenal in treating hydrocephalus.


Monday, 02 April 2018 07:02

Skull Base Techniques for Senior Residents

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To provide an enduring educational resource for neurosurgical residents and fellows, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) present a series of online courses: the AANS/NREF Resident Education Series. Recorded in March 2014, the Skull Base Course for Senior Residents is led by Course Director Jon H. Robertson, MD, FAANS, and presented by an expert faculty. This compilation of videos gives residents an insight into approaches to anterior, middle and posterior cranial fossae. Experts in the field present many surgical cases from their practice and give advice to future surgical generations.

Monday, 04 December 2017 15:41

Choosing the Target for Parkinson's Disease

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Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure used to treat several disabling neurological symptoms - most commonly the debilitating motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (e.g. tremor, rigidity, stiffness, slowed movement, and walking problems). The procedure is also used to treat essential tremor and dystonia among other pathologies.

Choosing the best anatomical target for the electrodes is of as much importance as selecting the right patients for the procedure. Dr. Peter Nora shares his experience in the field, and gives advice for successful results. 


Wednesday, 08 November 2017 11:06

Skull base surgery of the Orbit and Cavernous Sinus

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A key consideration to successful complex skull base surgery is the anatomy. Tailoring the approach towards every single lesion defines the flow of the surgery. The ability to operate successfully within cavernous sinus and around the orbit largely depends on an improved understanding of the anatomy and pathology in the parasellar region. Dr. Johnny Delashaw explains in detail every single structure on the way to the lesion and how to deal with it without harming nearby vessels and nerves.


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.

Monday, 28 August 2017 13:14

Spinal Cord Tumors

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Spinal cord tumors present a significant treatment dilemma. This video summarizes clinical and surgical approaches to patients with intra- and extramedullary lesions.

Prof. Sciubba’s main area of interest is complex spine surgery, especially tumors and deformities. In his presentation he briefly explains the classification, differential diagnosis, management algorithm for intradural spinal cord tumors, as well as surgical outcomes, risks of postsurgical spinal deformities and need of instrumentation.

Monday, 07 August 2017 09:28

Neurotrauma Essentials

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Neurotrauma is a critical public health problem that should be managed in an appropriate manner and time. These conditions result in a large number of deaths and impairments leading to permanent disabilities. That is why it is important not only for neurosurgeons, but also for every physician to know the symptoms and initial management of brain and spinal cord injuries. This video presents basic knowledge and techniques on how to cope with them. Dr. Patel explains how to diagnose and treat the most commonly seen neurological injuries.


Tuesday, 25 July 2017 12:17

Parasagittal and Parafalcine Meningiomas

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There is today nothing in the whole realm of surgery more gratifying than the successful removal of a meningioma with subsequent perfect functional recovery

                                                                                              Harvey Cushing


This is a video from The Neurosurgical Atlas of Aaron Cohen-Gadol, M.D. It presents key steps in the management of meningiomas, which are frequently seen in neurosurgical centres all over the world. The discussion is held by Dr. Gadol and Dr. McDermott, who has a specialist interest in the resection of complex brain tumours.



Tumours of the brain are the second most common cancer in the paediatric population (the first being leukaemia), and comprise approximately 40-50% of all childhood solid tumours. This video presents an overview of most common brain tumors in children.