✓ Neurosurgeons in the last half-century have had considerable influence on modern-day athletics. In this article, the authors address the contributions made by neurosurgeons as clinician–scientists, particularly as these relate to the understanding and reduction of the incidence and severity of injury to the nervous system during athletic competition. American football has been a proving ground for the ability of the craniospinal axis to withstand and, in unfortunate cases, succumb to tremendous impact forces; in this way, it has served as a model for translational research and was the arena in which Dr. Richard Schneider made his greatest contributions to sports neurosurgery. Therefore, in his memory and in the spirit of the Schneider lectureship, the authors outline the notable contribution to modern-day athletics made by neurosurgeons as it applies to American football. Neurosurgeons have had considerable influence on reducing injury severity, and this cause has been championed by a few notable individuals whose efforts are discussed herein.
Ian F. Dunn, Gavin Dunn and Arthur L. Day
Ian F. Dunn, Mark R. Proctor and Arthur L. Day
✓Lumbar spine injuries in athletes are not uncommon and usually take the form of a mild muscle strain or sprain. More severe injuries sustained by athletes include disc herniations, spondylolistheses, and various types of fracture. The recognition and management of these injuries in athletes involve the additional consideration that to return to play, the lumbar spine must be able to withstand forces similar to those that were injurious. The authors consider common lumbar spine injuries in athletes and discuss management principles for neurosurgeons that are relevant to this population.
Ian F. Dunn, Graeme F. Woodworth, Adnan H. Siddiqui, Edward R. Smith, G. Edward Vates, Arthur L. Day and Liliana C. Goumnerova
✓ Traumatic intracranial aneurysms are rare in adults but account for up to 33% of all aneurysms encountered in a pediatric population. The most common location of such lesions in children is the pericallosal or adjacent branch of the anterior cerebral artery, where a head impact exerts sudden decelerating shearing forces on the arteries tethered on the brain surface against an immobile falx cerebri, weakening the arterial wall. This action can lead to dissection of the damaged vascular layers, with resultant expansion of the affected site into a fusiform aneurysm. Pericallosal aneurysms following a penetrating intracranial injury have also been described, and the resultant lesion in some cases can be a pseudoaneurysm. The incidence of iatrogenic pericallosal artery aneurysms, however, is extremely rare.
The authors describe the first reported case of a traumatic pericallosal artery aneurysm following transcallosal surgery. This 6-year-old boy underwent resection of a hypothalamic pilocytic astrocytoma, which was approached via the transcallosal corridor. A follow-up magnetic resonance image obtained within 1 year of surgery disclosed a small flow void off the right pericallosal artery, which was initially interpreted as residual tumor. Serial investigations showed the lesion enlarging over time, and subsequent angiography revealed a round 7-mm pericallosal artery aneurysm with an irregularly shaped 2- to 3-mm lumen. The aneurysm was difficult to treat with clip reconstruction or suturing of the affected segment, and an excellent outcome was ultimately achieved with resection of the lesion and autogenous arterial graft interposition. The authors also discuss the likely pathophysiology of the aneurysm and the surgical procedures undertaken to treat it.