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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Endarterectomy associated with less peri-procedural strokes than stenting for symptomatic carotid stenosis

September 4, 2014
Cerebrovascular
By: 
Robert M. Starke, MD MSC
Source: 
PubMed

Long-term follow-up results of the randomized controlled trial “Endarterectomy Versus Angioplasty in Patients With Symptomatic Severe Carotid Stenosis” (EVA-3S) of 527 patients randomized to carotid stenting or endarterectomy at 30 French centers reported primary endpoints of ipsilateral stroke or procedural...

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Posterior fossa decompression with or without duraplasty in children with Type I Chiari malformation

September 4, 2014
Pediatrics
By: 
Brandon G. Rocque, MD, MS
Source: 
Child's Nervous System

Debate continues over whether adding duraplasty to bony decompression for Chiari I malformation patients increases symptomatic relief and improves syringomyelia resolution.  Lee et al. recently reported 24 months followup data on a retrospective cohort study with historical control of 65...

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Occipital nerve stimulation reduces intensity and frequency of migraine headaches

September 4, 2014
Pain
By: 
Nader Pouratian, MD PhD
Source: 
Cephalalgia

Occipital nerve stimulation for managing chronic migraines remains incompletely understood. A previously reported multicenter, randomized, double-blind trial of bilateral occipital nerve stimulation for chronic migraine in 157 patients revealed significant and clinically meaningful reductions in the active stimulation group for...

Concussion Guidelines Step 1: Systematic Review of Prevalent Indicators

September 4, 2014
By: 
Roland A. Torres, MD
Source: 
Neurosurgery

Two million head injuries occur each year (175 to 200 per 100,000 population) in the US, with the annual $80 billion dollar cost. Dr. Carney, Dr. Ghajar, and colleagues sought to identify and describe the most prevalent signs, symptoms, and...

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Reducing complications for in utero fetal myelomeningocele closure

July 31, 2014
Pediatrics
By: 
Brandon G. Rocque, MD, MS
Source: 
Journal of Neurosurgery Pediatrics

Management of Myelomeningocele Study (MOMS) reports that in utero myelomeningocele closure is associated with lower ventricular shunting rates and higher ambulation rate, but with a higher rate of chorioamnion separation, premature rupture of membranes, and preterm delivery compared to conventional...

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