Authors:Yagiz Ugur Yolcu, Waseem Wahood, Abdullah T. Eissa, Mohammed Ali Alvi, Brett A. Freedman, Benjamin D. Elder and Mohamad Bydon
The authors investigated the role of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in augmentation of bony union following spinal fusion surgery. In their systematic review, the authors found that patient-reported outcomes were similar between patients undergoing fusion with PRP and bone graft and those undergoing fusion alone. Moreover, they found that those undergoing fusion alone had a more successful fusion. It is important to evaluate potential supportive interventions that will minimize failure.
Authors:Zachary A. Abecassis, Amit B. Ayer, Jessica W. Templer, Ketan Yerneni, Nikhil K. Murthy and Matthew C. Tate
This study assessed the clinical risk of intraoperative seizures and afterdischarges in the setting of awake mapping. This work is important as it provides clinical insight to a known complication within awake mapping.
Authors:Akshitkumar M. Mistry, Nishit Mummareddy, Travis S. CreveCoeur, Jock C. Lillard, Brandy N. Vaughn, Jean-Nicolas Gallant, Andrew T. Hale, Natalie Griffin, John C. Wellons III, David D. Limbrick Jr., Paul Klimo Jr. and Robert P. Naftel
The authors investigated the effects of high-grade glioma (HGG) contact with the subventricular zone (SVZ) on survival in a pediatric population. It is known that this association leads to worse outcomes in adults, and the authors found that HGG contact with the SVZ is associated with decreased survival in pediatric patients. Thus, tumor contact with the SVZ appears to be a negative prognosticator in HGG.
Authors:Christopher J. Stapleton, Ahmed E. Hussein, Mandana Behbahani, Ali Alaraj, Sepideh Amin-Hanjani and Fady T. Charbel
In this study, the authors compared long-term patency rates between autologous and cadaveric saphenous vein grafts (SVGs) in cerebral revascularization surgery. In the largest series to date, they demonstrated that patency rates of cadaveric SVGs are similar to those with autologous grafts and that cadaveric SVGs are a reasonable graft option for cerebral bypass procedures.
Authors:Ranbir Ahluwalia, Jarrett Foster, Earllondra Brooks, Jaims Lim, Shilin Zhao, Stephen R. Gannon, Bradley Guidry, John Wellons III and Chevis N. Shannon
The objective of this study was to determine whether the Chiari Severity Index (CSI) can be used to predict surgical outcomes for patients with Chiari type I malformation (CM-I) using the modified Chicago Chiari Outcome Scale (mCCOS). The CSI was not shown to be a reliable marker of postsurgical outcomes using the mCCOS. As such, no tool exists to help predict which patients with CM-I will benefit from surgery.
A lecture about the structures of the neck and extra-cranial skull base that are relevant to neurosurgical approaches. The lecture is narrated by Dr. Maria Peris-Celda, who performed the featured dissections in Dr. Rhoton's laboratory.