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
Madison, Wisconsin
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Robert Starke, MD MSc
Miami, Florida 
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Long-term outcomes of patients requiring cerebrospinal fluid shunts

February 5, 2016
Pediatrics
By: 
Mark Kramer, BS
Bermans J Iskandar, MD
Source: 
Journal of Neurosurgery

Modern hydrocephalus treatment nears its sixth decade after Frank Nulsen, Eugene Spitz, John Holter and others pioneered the first successful cerebrospinal fluid shunts. Yet, since the development of these life-saving devices, the long-term impact of mechanical CSF diversion has not...

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Tumor-Treating fields for Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma

February 5, 2016
Tumor
By: 
John S. Kuo, MD PhD
Kyle I Swanson, MD
Source: 
JAMA

Tumor-treating fields (TTFields) are transcutaneously delivered alternating electric fields previously approved for treating recurrent glioblastoma. TTFields are hypothesized to have an anti-mitotic activity that impedes cellular proliferation. Stupp et al.1 recently reported an interim analysis of a Phase III multicenter...

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Early physical therapy provides a statistical but not a clinical improvement for acute axial back pain

November 2, 2015
Pain, Spine
By: 
Nathaniel P. Brooks, MD
Source: 
JAMA

Is physical therapy more beneficial than usual care in improving acute axial back pain?  Although this is not a common problem seen in neurosurgery or spine surgery clinics it is definitely a commonly asked question by our primary care colleagues....

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Induced Hypertension does not significantly increase cerebral perfusion after aneurysmal subarachnoid hermorrhage

November 2, 2015
Cerebrovascular
By: 
Robert M. Starke, MD MSC
Source: 
The Lancet

Induced hypertension is a common treatment modality in patients with delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH).  The efficacy of this therapeutic modality is based on limited case series.  Gathier et al. randomized aneurysmal SAH to induced (N=12)...

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Occipital Nerve Stimulation for Medically Refractory Occipital Neuralgia: Systemic Review and Guideline

October 5, 2015
Pain, Stereotactic & Functional
By: 
Shivanand P. Lad, MD, PhD
Ausaf A. Bari, MD PhD
Source: 
Neurosurgery

Occipital neuralgia (ON) is characterized by attacks of lancinating, shock-like, paroxysmal pain radiating from the occiput to the posterior scalp in the greater and lesser occipital nerve distributions. Occipital nerve stimulation (ONS) is...

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