Authors:Krista Greenan, Sandra L. Taylor, Daniel Fulkerson, Kiarash Shahlaie, Clayton Gerndt, Evan M. Krueger and Marike Zwienenberg
The authors used database research to evaluate admission clinical and CT scan characteristics for use as a decision tool to help clinicians caring for children with very severe traumatic brain injury. It may help clinicians identify children who can benefit the most from aggressive medical and surgical intervention.
Authors:Kiril Mladenov, Lena Braunschweig, Jennifer Behrend, Heiko M. Lorenz, Urs von Deimling and Anna K. Hell
The authors transculturally adapted the original English version of the EOSQ-24 into the German language and evaluated its reliability. This German version of the EOSQ-24 should be useful for German-speaking clinicians in assessing the quality of life of patients with early-onset scoliosis as well as the effects of the condition and treatment on their family members or other caregivers.
Authors:Suresh N. Magge, Arthur R. Bartolozzi IV, Neil D. Almeida, Deki Tsering, John S. Myseros, Chima O. Oluigbo, Gary F. Rogers and Robert F. Keating
Results of two surgical procedures (pi craniectomy and endoscopic strip craniectomy with helmet therapy) for sagittal craniosynostosis were compared. The study was important because no other studies directly compare these two procedures.
Authors:Caitlin Hoffman, Melissa Yuan, Andre E. Boyke, Ashley O’Connor, Therese Haussner, Imali Perera and Mark Souweidane
A clinic staffed by a nurse practitioner and physician assistant was established for patients with plagiocephaly (positional head deformity). This clinic increased parents’ knowledge, decreased their concern, and did not miss any diagnoses. In addition, this clinic decreased the number of nonsurgical appointments for neurosurgery physicians. This is important because it shows the feasibility and success of a clinic directed by nonphysicians.
Authors:Arvind C. Mohan, Howard L. Weiner, Carrie A. Mohila, Adekunle Adesina, Murali Chintagumpala, Daniel Curry, Andrew Jea, Jonathan J. Lee, Sandi K. Lam, William E. Whitehead, Robert Dauser, Daniel Yoshor and Guillermo Aldave
This study is one of the largest series published regarding the epilepsy and tumor outcomes after resection of low-grade tumors in children. It recognizes that surgery and the extent of resection is the main prognostic factor to predict seizure-free outcome. The article also points out the factors whose role remains uncertain but will need to be addressed with further studies (e.g., the use of electrocorticography, time to surgery, or factors related to tumor progression).
Authors:Aymeric Amelot, Kevin Beccaria, Thomas Blauwblomme, Marie Bourgeois, Giovanna Paternoster, Marie-Laure Cuny, Michel Zerah, Christian Sainte-Rose and Stephanie Puget
The authors conducted a study to assess the most effective surgical treatment for temporal arachnoid cysts (ACs) among microsurgery, endoscopic cyst fenestration, cystoperitoneal shunting, or subdural shunting. After reviewing 240 temporal intracranial ACs managed over a 25-year period in their pediatric neurosurgical unit, they determined that microsurgery appears to be the most effective treatment.
Authors:You Gyoung Yi, Keewon Kim, Hyung-Ik Shin, Moon Suk Bang, Hee-Soo Kim, Jinwoo Choi, Kyu-Chang Wang, Seung-Ki Kim, Ji Yeoun Lee, Ji Hoon Phi and Han Gil Seo
The authors report on the feasibility of intraoperative monitoring of motor evoked potentials (MEPs) in infants between 1 and 3 months of age. New motor deficits did not occur in any of the infants who had no deterioration or only temporary deterioration of the MEP signal during surgery, that is, there were no false-negative cases. This technique could increase the safety of neurosurgical procedures in very young patients.