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Giorgio Saraceno, MS

Giorgio Saraceno, MS

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) remains a major cause of death and disability in those <40 years old worldwide. There is evidence from large cohort studies that intracranial hypertension is associated with higher mortality. Decompressive craniectomy (DC) leads to a reduction of the ICP, increasing the volume which the intracranial contents can occupy. However, uncertainties still remain regarding the optimal timing, long- and short-term clinical effects of DC and indications of the procedure. Current evidence (thanks to different trials) suggests that for patients with diffuse TBI, early bifrontal DC is not superior to medical therapy. Primary DC for patients with ASDH is evaluated in the RESCUE-ASDH trial, and secondary DC (applied to refractory ICP) is the subject of the RESCUEicp study. The evidence base suggest that, considering also the potential complications with DC, patients with TBI must be carefully selected to undergo DC to optimise outcomes.

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Trauma is the leading cause of death and disability in those <45 years old. In more recent years, advances in different subspecialities led to the provision of better care and improved outcomes. Different techniques are described in this article: monitoring of intracranial pressure (ICP), evacuation of intracranial haematomas and external ventricular drainage to name a few. Finallly, trauma neurosurgery is emerging as a distinct subspecialty due to all the recent research advances explained in the article and an interdisciplinary working group between trauma neurosurgeons and clinicians from other disciplines is crucial to ensure high-quality care.

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Sunday, 29 April 2018 20:44

The purpose of is to provide an educational resource for vascular anatomy and pathology of the brain, spine and head & neck. The content is accessible to users at various levels of training, from junior registrars to consultants. Different sections are presented: anatomy, therapies, lectures and cases. The author, Maksim Shapiro, is a neurointerventional radiologist at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City.

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Sunday, 08 April 2018 12:11

Cochrane Neurological Sciences

The Cochrane Neurological Sciences Field is part of Cochrane Review Groups. Its role is to help neurological Cochrane Review Groups (CRGs) in carrying out reviews in all areas of neurology and neurosurgery. Systematic reviews have the goal of providing the best estimate in terms of all relevant trials. The purpose is to give the best summary of evidence-based medicine in order to make the most appropriate individual treatment decisions.

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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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Monday, 04 December 2017 15:43

Chordoma Foundation

The Chordoma Foundation is a nonprofit organization that aim to improve the lives of chordoma patients through the cooperation of researchers and clinicians. The website presents three different sections: one for patients and the other two for researchers and healthcare professionals. The aim of these latter sections is to help clinicians most effectively treat chordoma and contribute to advance chordoma research. In fact, there are multiple sections about, for example, responses to systemic treatments, clinical trials and the chordoma genome project.

A monthly newsletter with the latest news about treatments and clinical trials is available.


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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 11:04

Skull Base Congress Website

Skull Base Congress is a global community of skull base surgeons with a principal objective to facilitate the exchange of educational resources about skull base surgery. After the website registration (basic profile available for free or premium) the user can interact with all the members and have access to different types of materials related to a single clinical case: anatomy spotlight, surgical theatre, quiz and journal club. The aim of Skull Base Congress is to make the learning process fun and effective.


Thursday, 19 October 2017 09:00

Neurovascular Exchange WebSite

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.



Thursday, 21 September 2017 12:08

AOSpine: a community of spine surgeons

AOSpine is a community of spine surgeons from all over the world with the aim to generating, distrib­uting, and exchanging knowledge in the field of spinal pathologies.

AOSpine activities are focused on three major key points: education, research and community development. On the first point, AOSpine set up courses, symposia and academic congresses addressed to different types of surgeons. AOSpine Research is focused on generation of evidenced-based recommendations and clinical studies through the AOSpine Research Network and the AOSpine Knowledge Forums. AOSpine Membership make it possible both to facilitate knowledge access and promote knowledge exchange thanks to a global community of surgeons  passionate about scientific advance.





Monday, 28 August 2017 13:32

Real Brain Book

Brainbook is a group of healthcare professional (neurosurgeons, trainees and nurses) working at The Royal London Hospital. An important feature distinguishing Brainbook from other similar groups is the aim to ease tension in patient’s families explaining what happens in a neurosurgical theatre. Furthermore, Brainbook hopes to make neurosurgical education accessible to all: contents are indeed totally free and concerning different topics. In this regard it is directed at medical students, residents, nurses and other healthcare professionals, as well has patients and their families.


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