✓ Metrizamide computerized tomographic cisternography (MCTC) has proved 100% successful in documenting the precise anatomic location of the dural osseous defect in three patients with sphenoethmoidal rhinorrhea. In each patient, direct surgical approach to the site indicated by MCTC terminated the leakage in a single procedure. Clinical evaluation has disclosed no renewed leakage during a follow-up period from 6 to 18 months.
Thomas P. Naidich and Christopher J. Moran
Bruce A. Kaufman, Christopher J. Moran, and James Schlesinger
Martin M. Henegar, Christopher J. Moran, and Daniel L. Silbergeld
✓ Postcraniotomy residual tumor is often determined by magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Magnetic resonance changes that occur in the postoperative setting must be defined to ensure both the optimum timing of postoperative image acquisition and the accurate assessment of images for residual tumor. Postoperative changes in nontumor parenchyma have previously been described for computerized tomography but not for MR imaging. In the present study, 11 patients without intracranial neoplastic disease (six females and five males with a median age of 36 years) submitted to MR imaging 17 to 28 hours after undergoing temporal lobectomies for epilepsy. Four of the operations were performed with the patients under general anesthesia and seven under local anesthesia. Postoperative MR images (T1-weighted, T1-weighted gadolinium enhanced, and T2-weighted) were reviewed. Extraaxial fluid, air, or blood was present in all cases. Enhancement of the resection bed parenchyma occurred in seven (64%) of 11 patients. In three of the remaining four patients, assessment of parenchymal enhancement was obscured by extraaxial fluid collections. Dural enhancement occurred adjacent to the resection site in all of the cases and remotely in 73%. Eight (73%) of 11 patients displayed enhancement of the pia-arachnoid of the ipsilateral cerebral convexity, two (18%) of the contralateral convexity, and four (36%) of the pia-arachnoid overlying the cerebellum. Contrary to previous reports, contrast enhancement of nonneoplastic human brain parenchyma can occur postoperatively within 17 hours. Benign parenchymal contrast enhancement is usually linear in appearance; non-neoplastic dural and leptomeningeal enhancement can occur both adjacent to and distant from the surgical site. Extraaxial fluid collections can hinder MR evaluation of the resection bed.
Report of two cases
Jeffrey G. Ojemann, Christopher J. Moran, Murat Gokden, and Ralph G. Dacey Jr.
✓ Lesions involving the sagittal sinus typically present as masses compressing the sinus externally. The authors describe two cases of lesions entirely within the lumen of the sagittal sinus. In one of the cases, syncope was the presenting symptom and surgical resection of the cyst was performed. An entirely intraluminal cyst, consistent with a dural cyst, was resected, followed by reconstruction of the sinus and resolution of symptoms. Entirely intraluminal lesions of the sagittal sinus have rarely been reported as incidental findings. This represents the first report of symptomatic occlusion of a venous sinus by an intraluminal cyst.
Yasha Kadkhodayan, Colin P. Derdeyn, Dewitte T. Cross III, and Christopher J. Moran
The goal in this retrospective study was to examine the procedural complication rate for carotid angioplasty and stent placement performed without cerebral protection devices.
Between March 1996 and December 2003, 167 carotid angioplasty and/or stent placement procedures were performed without cerebral protection devices in 152 patients (57 women and 95 men whose mean age was 64 years, range 19–92 years). Seven of these patients underwent angioplasty alone. Eighty-nine patients presented with focal neurological symptoms. Indications for surgery included atherosclerosis, radiation-associated stenosis, dissection, pseudoaneurysm, and stretched endovascular coils from aneurysm treatment. In this study, the patients' medical records were reviewed for clinical characteristics, techniques used, and resulting intraprocedural and 30-day complication rates.
The intraprocedural stroke rate was four (2.4%) of 167; this included three hemispheric strokes and one retinal embolus. All events occurred in patients who had symptomatic stenosis. The procedural transient ischemic complication rate was six (3.6%) of 167, as was the procedural nonneurological complication rate. During the 30 days post-procedure, one patient had died and three had suffered permanent ischemic events (two cerebral and one ocular). The composite 30-day postprocedural stroke and death rate was eight (5%) of 160. The rate of asymptomatic angiographically confirmed abnormalities was 0.6% (one treated vessel that was occluded but asymptomatic). The 30-day rate of nonneurological complications was 2.5%. A strong association between intraprocedural thromboembolic events (eight cases) and prior ischemic symptoms was found (p = 0.01).
Carotid angioplasty and stent placement without cerebral protection devices is safe, particularly in patients without symptomatic stenosis.
J. Alexander Marchosky, Christopher J. Moran, Neal E. Fearnot, and Charles F. Babbs
✓ For the treatment of malignant gliomas, a technique for implanting hyperthermia catheters was developed that utilized a stereotactic template and head-stabilization frame mounted on a computerized tomography (CT) scanner. Computerized tomography scans were used to measure tumor dimensions and to determine the number, implantation depths, and active heating lengths of the catheters, which were implanted through twist-drill holes while the patient was in the CT room. Heat was subsequently delivered via implanted catheters using a computer-controlled hyperthermia system, which partially compensates for heterogeneous and time-varying tumor blood flow.
Avi Mazumdar, Dennis J. Rivet, Colin P. Derdeyn, DeWitte T. Cross III, and Christopher J. Moran
This study was conducted to determine whether there is a change in intracranial arterial diameters after verapamil infusion for vasospasm and, if it is present, to determine whether the change occurs in proximal, intermediate, or distal vessels.
The authors measured arterial diameters in all patients treated with intraarterial verapamil at their institutions between August 2003 and September 2004. In all, 18 treatments were examined in 15 patients. Measurements were made before and after verapamil infusion in a blinded fashion with the aid of a magnification loupe at nine predetermined arterial sites on each angiogram. Baseline arterial measurements were made on each patient's initial angiogram and on the angiogram demonstrating spasm prior to endovascular therapy as well in 14 of the patients. Charts were retrospectively reviewed to determine whether the patients benefited from intraarterial vera-pamil.
From the time of the initial angiogram to the time of vasospasm, there was a 21.6% decrease (p = 0.092) in proximal artery diameter, a 47.1% decrease (p < 0.05) in intermediate artery diameter, and a 12.4% decrease (p < 0.05) in distal artery diameter. There were no significant changes in the diameters of proximal, intermediate, or distal vessels after verapamil infusion (mean dose 7.4 mg, range 2.5–10 mg). After infusion of intraarterial verapamil, the proximal vessels showed a 1.1% decrease in diameter, the intermediate vessels showed a 9.4% increase, and the distal vessels showed a 3.3% decrease.
Administration of intraarterial verapamil does not cause a significant increase in the diameter of vasospastic vessels at the administered doses.
DeWitte T. Cross III, David L. Tirschwell, Mary Ann Clark, Dan Tuden, Colin P. Derdeyn, Christopher J. Moran, and Ralph G. Dacey Jr.
Object. The goal of this study was to determine whether a hospital's volume of subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) cases affects mortality rates in patients with SAH. For certain serious illnesses and surgical procedures, outcome has been associated with hospital case volume. Subarachnoid hemorrhage, usually resulting from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm, yields a high mortality rate. There has been no multistate study of a diverse set of hospitals to determine whether in-hospital mortality rates are influenced by hospital volume of SAH cases.
Methods. The authors conducted an analysis of a retrospective, administrative database of 16,399 hospitalizations for SAH (9290 admitted through emergency departments). These hospitalizations were from acute-care hospitals in 18 states representing 58% of the US population. Both univariate and multivariate analyses were used to assess the case volume—mortality rate relationship. The authors used patient age, sex, Medicaid status, hospital region, data source year, hospital case volume quartile, and a comorbidity index in multivariate generalized estimating equations to model the relationship between hospital volume and mortality rates after SAH.
Patients with SAH who were treated in hospitals in which low volumes of patients with SAH are admitted through the emergency department had 1.4 times the odds of dying in the hospital (95% confidence interval 1.2–1.6) as patients admitted to high-volume hospitals after controlling for patient age, sex, Medicaid status, hospital region, database year, and comorbid conditions.
Conclusions. Patients with a diagnosis of SAH on their discharge records who initially presented through the emergency department of a hospital with a high volume of SAH cases had significantly lower mortality rates. Concentrating care for this disease in high-volume SAH treatment centers may improve overall survival.