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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Does Prior Microsurgery Improve or Worsen Stereotactic Radiosurgery Outcome for Cavernous Sinus Meningiomas?

October 1, 2013
Tumor
By: 
Jonathan Sherman, MD
J. Bradley Elder, MD
Source: 
Neurosurgery

Cavernous sinus meningiomas are increasingly treated with stereotactic radiosurgery alone or combined with surgical resection of tumor external to the cavernous sinus. From the University of Pittsburgh, Kano et al reported one of the largest series of cavernous sinus meningiomas...

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Radiosurgical Management of Non-Functional Pituitary Adenomas

October 1, 2013
Stereotactic & Functional, Tumor
By: 
Gavin P. Dunn, MD PhD
Gabriel Zada, MD
Source: 
Journal of Neurosurgery

The North American Gamma Knife Consortium reported outcomes following gamma knife radiosurgery (GKRS) for nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas in 512 patients (93.6% with prior surgical resection) with median 36 months followup (range 1-223 months) and median tumor margin dose of 16...

Pilot Study of Focused Ultrasound Thalamotomy for Essential Tremor

October 1, 2013
By: 
Andrew H. Marky, MD
Shivanand P. Lad, MD, PhD
Source: 
The New England Journal of Medicine

An open-label, uncontrolled pilot study using transcranial MRI-guided focused ultrasound thalamotomy for essential tremor was recently published by Elias et al in the New England Journal of Medicine. The unilateral ventral intermediate (VIM) nucleus of the thalamus was targeted, with...

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Cancer Risk After Use of Recombinant Bone Morphogenic Protein-2 for Spinal Arthrodesis

October 1, 2013
Spine
By: 
Farbod Asgarzadie, MD
Source: 
The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery

Carragee and colleagues recently published an analysis of publicly available raw data from the Medtronic sponsored AMPLIFY study (a randomized controlled trial of patients with degenerative lumbar disease who underwent a single-level instrumented posterolateral arthrodesis with either high-dose BMP or...

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Comparison of Coflex Interlaminar Stabilization With Open Instrumented Fusion After Decompression for Spinal Stenosis and Low-Grade Degenerative Spondylolisthesis

October 1, 2013
Spine
By: 
Yi Lu, MD PhD
Source: 
http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=2013&issue=08...

Davis et al. reported results of a prospective randomized multicenter trial (322 patients were enrolled from 21 sites) comparing decompression and Coflex interlaminar stabilization (Coflex) vs. traditional open decompression and instrumented posterior spinal fusion (PSF) for spinal stenosis and grade...

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