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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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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Stent Retriever for Acute Stroke: Post-market validation of revascularization and outcomes

November 4, 2014
Cerebrovascular
By: 
Michelle J. Smith, MD
Source: 
Pubmed

The North American Solitaire Stent Retriever Acute Stroke (NASA) registry is the largest post-marketing study to date assessing radiographic and clinical outcomes of a stent retriever device, including 354 patients treated for acute ischemic stroke secondary to large vessel occlusion...

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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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Urokinase reduces clot volume without increasing edema in patients with spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage

September 30, 2014
Cerebrovascular
By: 
Justin F. Fraser, MD
Source: 
Pub Med

New data increasingly support the potential role for minimally invasive surgery (MIS) methods for evacuation of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH).  The authors retrospectively studied patients with ICH, evaluating nonsurgical patients (N=30), patients undergoing MIS evacuation alone(N=20), and those undergoing MIS with...

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ADAPT FAST is a fast, effective, versatile mechanical embolectomy technique for acute stroke

September 4, 2014
Cerebrovascular
By: 
Michelle J. Smith, MD
Source: 
Journal of NeuroIntervent Surgery

The multi-institutional prospective data on ADAPT (a direct aspiration first pass technique)-treated stroke patients was reported. ADAPT advances a large guide catheter into ICA for clot aspiration with a large caliber catheter. Other mechanical embolectomy devices are used if first...

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