Neurosurgery Watch

Stay up to date with the latest clinical findings in Neurosurgery Watch. Each month, our panel identifies and summarizes key points of selected significant papers from over 50 journals. We emphasize the most significant findings that potentially change clinical management or treatment of neurological diseases.

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John S. Kuo, MD PhD FACS
Austin, Texas
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Miami, Florida 
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Current concepts in sports concussions

November 24, 2014
By: 
Roland A. Torres, MD
Source: 
Neurosurgery

Concussion accounts for ~90% of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and ~1.68 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur annually in the US. Recently, a comprehensive Current Concepts in Sports Concussion supplement was published in Neurosurgery, highlighting mechanistic insights and...

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4-year results of contiguous cervical arthroplasty versus anterior discectomy and fusion

November 24, 2014
Spine
By: 
H. Francis Farhadi, MD PhD
Source: 
Pub Med

Further follow-up was recently reported from a prospective multicenter randomized controlled, non-inferiority IDE trial comparing 2-level cervical total disc replacement (TDR) using the Mobi-C artificial disc versus fusion for...

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Efficacy of combined direct and indirect revascularization for Moya Moya disease

November 4, 2014
Cerebrovascular
By: 
Robert M. Starke, MD MSC
Source: 
Pub Med

Reports of long-term outcomes following combined direct and indirect bypass for moyamoya disease are sparse.  Cho and colleagues report on 77 treated hemispheres in 60 patients with a mean follow up of approximately 6 years.  Karnofsky Performance and modified Rankin...

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Predictors of progression and role of adjuvant radiation for atypical meningiomas

November 4, 2014
Tumor
By: 
Gavin P. Dunn, MD PhD
Gabriel Zada, MD
Source: 
Pub Med

The role of radiation therapy following subtotal resection (STR) of atypical meningiomas remains unclear.  Sun and colleagues therefore retrospectively evaluated predictors of radiographic progression in 59 patients with STR of atypical meningiomas treated with varied postoperative strategies. Patients treated with...

Evidence-Based Guidelines for Deep Brain Stimulation for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

November 4, 2014
Source: 
Pub Med

Hamani and colleagues provide a systematic review of the literature and evidence based guidelines for deep brain stimulation (DBS) for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Seven studies were identified for review that targeted various subcortical regions, including nucleus accumbens, ventral capsule/ventral striatum...

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