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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

Written by

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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Internal carotid artery bifurcation aneurysms (ICAbifAs) make up approximately 5% of all intracranial aneurysms, tending to present in younger patients. They often reside in close proximity to the anteromedial and anterolateral perforators, inhibiting simple dissection, and may become intimately associated with the parenchyma of the frontal lobe. The authors present a review of 51 patients with ICAbifAs, 40 of whom underwent surgical clipping. They propose a simple classification system for these aneurysms based on the direction in which they deviate.

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Dates: September 26 – 29, 2018
Location: The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland

The 2018 congress will be the first ESSFN meeting jointly organised by neurosurgeons and psychiatrists. Hence, one of the main meeting topics will be neurosurgical approaches for psychiatric disorders. Leading neuroscientists, psychiatrists and neurosurgeons will be invited to discuss and debate the place of surgery in the treatment of depression, OCD, Tourette’s syndrome and other mental disorders.
Pain, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders will also be major topics with discussion of the latest advances in the field.
The year 2018 marks the 110th anniversary of Victor Horsley´s and Robert Henry Clarke’s publication on the stereotaxic method, and the 25th anniversary of STN DBS. It also marks the 50th anniversary of the famous Parkinson's Disease Symposium at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, organised by John Gillingham, one of the pioneers of British Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, and co-founder of the ESSFN in 1970.


Wednesday, 14 February 2018 12:40

Functional Neurosurgery

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Publication date:
November 2008

This book offers step-by-step guidance on the latest techniques for the management of movement disorders, epilepsy and pain. The underlying physiological and pathological principles are explained, as are current surgical procedures and the management of postoperative complications. This book also includes discussions of contemporary topics such as radiosurgery for movement disorders, cortex stimulation for neuropathic pain and novel technical approaches for the insertion of deep brain stimulator electrodes.


The technique of transcranial focused ultrasound has emerged as a potentially revolutionary tool in functional neurosurgery. This platform provides a method of ablating specific voxels of brain tissue without surgery. Ablative techniques suffer the disadvantage when compared to neuromodulatory interventions of being largely irreversible. However, as both our understanding of neurology and the technology we have access to improves, minimally invasive techniques such as focused ultrasound will undoubtedly become safer and evolve to play a significant role in the future of functional neurosurgery. In this review, the authors summarise the application of the technique to various common movement disorders.


Monday, 04 December 2017 15:43

Chordoma Foundation

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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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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.