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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Miami, Florida 
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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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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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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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