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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Austin, Texas
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Miami, Florida 
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Effect of White-Matter Lesions on Peri-Procedural Stroke Risk After Carotid Artery Stenting Versus Endarterectomy

October 1, 2013
By: 
Alexander A. Khalessi, MD
Source: 
The Lancet

Pre-procedural white matter changes as a predictive factor for stroke within 30 days of carotid artery stenting (CAS) versus carotid endarterectomy (CEA) was tested in analyzing the International Carotid Stenting Study (ICSS), a multicenter, double-blinded randomized clinical trial treating symptomatic...

Time Course and Factors Affecting Long-Term Recovery After Poor-Grade SAH

October 1, 2013
By: 
Yin C. Hu, MD
Source: 
Journal of Neurosurgery

The incidence and factors predicting long term neurological improvement and recovery of patients with poor-grade aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) are reported by Wilson et al in a cohort study of 88 poor-grade SAH patients from the Barrow Ruptured Aneurysm Trial...

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rhBMP-2 Increases Fusion Rates and Immediate Postoperative Pain after Spinal Fusion: A Meta-Analysis

September 2, 2013
Spine
By: 
John H. Shin, MD
Source: 
Annals of Internal Medicine

The Annals of Internal Medicine recently published a meta-analysis of the safety and effectiveness of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 for spinal fusion, regardless of spinal level or surgical approach. Given the rise in spinal fusions and the increased use...

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Effectiveness and Harms of Recombinant Human Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 in Spine Fusion

September 2, 2013
Spine
By: 
John H. Shin, MD
Source: 
Annals of Internal Medicine

A systematic review and meta-analysis of complications associated with rhBMP-2 was recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Given the historical under-reporting of complications associated with the use of rhBMP-2, neurosurgeons are encouraged to examine the data presented in...

Prevalence of Unruptured Aneurysms in Healthy Asymptomatic Patients

September 2, 2013
By: 
Justin F. Fraser, MD
Source: 
Springer

Previous studies examining the prevalence of unruptured intracranial aneurysms (UIAs) report a range of 0.8-8.4%. Given this high variance, Harada et al. (Acta Neurochir, August 2013[online]) conducted a review of healthy asymptomatic adult patients who underwent MRA over 2 years...

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