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Jörg Franke, Thomas Hesse, Clement Tournier, Walter Schuberth, Christian Mawrin, Jean Carles LeHuec and Henning Grasshoff

Object

Lumbar disc herniations are associated with segmental muscle alterations of the ipsilateral segmental multifidus muscle. The aim of the present study was a histopathological analysis of the myopathological changes of the multifidus muscle and correlation with the duration of radicular symptoms.

Methods

Multifidus muscle biopsies were performed in 20 patients during discectomy. Specimens were obtained from the area of the multifidus muscle innervated by the nerve from the level of the affected disc. Histopathological findings were classified according as neurogenic tissue syndrome and nonspecific myopathological syndrome, and these results were correlated with the duration of radicular symptoms.

Results

Results of multifidus muscle biopsies were classified as neurogenic tissue syndrome in 12 patients and as nonspecific myopathological syndrome in 8. The mean (± SD) duration of radicular symptoms was 10.75 ± 7.9 months in patients with neurogenic tissue syndrome and 4.37 ± 3.9 months in patients with a nonspecific myopathological syndrome. There was a positive correlation between group assignment and symptom duration (correlation coefficient 0.457, p = 0.043).

Conclusions

A long duration of radicular symptoms is associated with a neurogenic tissue syndrome, whereas a nonspecific myopathological tissue syndrome is seen in patients with shorter duration of symptoms. This suggests that patients with long duration of radicular symptoms originating from a lumbar disc herniation have an increased risk for neurogenic muscular changes, and that consideration should be given to an earlier surgical intervention.

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Katharina Hess, Dorothee Cäcilia Spille, Alborz Adeli, Peter B. Sporns, Caroline Brokinkel, Oliver Grauer, Christian Mawrin, Walter Stummer, Werner Paulus and Benjamin Brokinkel

OBJECTIVE

Identification of risk factors for perioperative epilepsy remains crucial in the care of patients with meningioma. Moreover, associations of brain invasion with clinical and radiological variables have been largely unexplored. The authors hypothesized that invasion of the cortex and subsequent increased edema facilitate seizures, and they compared radiological data and perioperative seizures in patients with brain-invasive or noninvasive meningioma.

METHODS

Correlations of brain invasion with tumor and edema volumes and preoperative and postoperative seizures were analyzed in univariate and multivariate analyses.

RESULTS

Totals of 108 (61%) females and 68 (39%) males with a median age of 60 years and harboring totals of 92 (52%) grade I, 79 (45%) grade II, and 5 (3%) grade III tumors were included. Brain invasion was found in 38 (22%) patients and was absent in 138 (78%) patients. The tumors were located at the convexity in 72 (41%) patients, at the falx cerebri in 26 (15%), at the skull base in 69 (39%), in the posterior fossa in 7 (4%), and in the ventricle in 2 (1%); the median tumor and edema volumes were 13.73 cm3 (range 0.81–162.22 cm3) and 1.38 cm3 (range 0.00–355.80 cm3), respectively. As expected, edema volume increased with rising tumor volume (p < 0.001). Brain invasion was independent of tumor volume (p = 0.176) but strongly correlated with edema volume (p < 0.001). The mean edema volume in noninvasive tumors was 33.0 cm3, but in invasive tumors, it was 130.7 cm3 (p = 0.008). The frequency of preoperative seizures was independent of the patients’ age, sex, and tumor location; however, the frequency was 32% (n = 12) in patients with invasive meningioma and 15% (n = 21) in those with noninvasive meningioma (p = 0.033). In contrast, the probability of detecting brain invasion microscopically was increased more than 2-fold in patients with a history of preoperative seizures (OR 2.57, 95% CI 1.13–5.88; p = 0.025). In univariate analyses, the rate of preoperative seizures correlated slightly with tumor volume (p = 0.049) but strongly with edema volume (p = 0.014), whereas seizure semiology was found to be independent of brain invasion (p = 0.211). In multivariate analyses adjusted for age, sex, tumor location, tumor and edema volumes, and WHO grade, rising tumor volume (OR 1.02, 95% CI 1.00–1.03; p = 0.042) and especially brain invasion (OR 5.26, 95% CI 1.52–18.15; p = 0.009) were identified as independent predictors of preoperative seizures. Nine (5%) patients developed new seizures within a median follow-up time of 15 months after surgery. Development of postoperative epilepsy was independent of all clinical variables, including Simpson grade (p = 0.133), tumor location (p = 0.936), brain invasion (p = 0.408), and preoperative edema volume (p = 0.081), but was correlated with increasing preoperative tumor volume (p = 0.004). Postoperative seizure-free rates were similar among patients with invasive and those with noninvasive meningioma (p = 0.372).

CONCLUSIONS

Brain invasion was identified as a new and strong predictor for preoperative, but not postoperative, seizures. Although also associated with increased peritumoral edema, seizures in patients with invasive meningioma might be facilitated substantially by cortical invasion itself. Consideration of seizures in consultations between the neurosurgeon and neuropathologist can improve the microscopic detection of brain invasion.