Quintino Giorgio D'Alessandris, Corrado Lucantoni, Francesco Signorelli and Liverana Lauretti
Godard C. W. de Ruiter, Peer van der Zwaal and Sven A. Meylaerts
Nicola Montano, Quintino Giorgio D'Alessandris, Federico Bianchi, Liverana Lauretti, Francesco Doglietto, Eduardo Fernandez, Giulio Maira and Roberto Pallini
Communicating hydrocephalus is an uncommon complication in patients treated for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Its pathogenesis remains unclear. The authors evaluated the clinical and radiological factors associated with the onset of communicating hydrocephalus and the impact of ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt surgery on the outcome of these patients.
One hundred twenty-four patients harboring GBM, who had undergone craniotomy for tumor resection and adjuvant radiochemotherapy, were retrospectively assessed. Seven of them developed communicating hydrocephalus and were treated with VP shunt surgery. Clinical and radiological estimates included Karnofsky Performance Scale (KPS) score, previous surgery, overall survival (OS), CSF pressure and components, tumor location, and leptomeningeal dissemination.
All 7 patients who developed communicating hydrocephalus had undergone at least 2 craniotomies for tumor resection before the onset of hydrocephalus (p = 0.0006; Fisher exact test). Six cases showed high levels of CSF proteins. There was a highly significant relationship between ventricular opening at surgery for tumor recurrence and onset of hydrocephalus (p = 0.0002; Fisher exact test). In these patients, VP shunt surgery was followed by a significant improvement of KPS score (p = 0.0180; Wilcoxon signed-rank test). The median OS after VP shunt insertion was 5 ± 2.9 months.
Ventricular opening after radiochemotherapy and high CSF protein levels are significant predictors of communicating hydrocephalus in patients with GBM. The VP shunt surgery improves quality of life in these patients.
Nicola Montano, Mariangela Novello, Quintino Giorgio D'Alessandris, Nicola Magarelli, Roberto Pallini, Libero Lauriola and Eduardo Fernandez
Benign neurogenic tumors at the sciatic notch that are purely intrapelvic have rarely been reported. Because of this tumor's particular position, a transabdominal or combined transabdominal-gluteal approach is usually used to achieve total resection. However, the transabdominal approach carries a remarkable surgical risk because of the manipulation of intraperitoneal organs. Here, the authors describe a 59-year-old woman harboring a purely intrapelvic sciatic notch schwannoma extrinsic to the sciatic nerve, which was totally removed via the infragluteal approach preserving sciatic function. The postoperative course was uneventful. The infragluteal approach can be safely used for the effective resection of intrapelvic benign neurogenic tumors at the sciatic notch that are extrinsic to the sciatic nerve, avoiding the more invasive and risky transabdominal approach.
Nicola Montano, Quintino Giorgio D'Alessandris, Manuela D'Ercole, Liverana Lauretti, Roberto Pallini, Rina Di Bonaventura, Giuseppe La Rocca, Federico Bianchi and Eduardo Fernandez
Only a few published studies of the surgical treatment of benign peripheral nerve sheath tumors (BPNSTs), malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs), and peripheral non–neural sheath tumors (PNNSTs) have analyzed the results and possible prognostic factors using multivariate analysis. The authors report on their surgical series of cases of BPNSTs, MPNSTs, and PNNSTs with long-term follow-up and analyze the role of selected factors with respect to the prognosis and risk of recurrence of these tumors using multivariate analysis. They also review the pertinent literature and discuss their results in its context.
The authors retrospectively reviewed data from cases involving patients who underwent resection of a peripheral nerve tumor between January 1983 and December 2013 at their institution. Of a total of 200 patients, 150 patients (with 173 surgically treated tumors) had adequate follow-up data available for analysis. Pain was assessed using a visual analog scale (VAS), and motor and sensory function were assessed by means of the Louisiana State University grading system. They also analyzed the relationship between tumor recurrence and patient sex, patient age, diagnosis of neurofibromatosis (NF), tumor histopathology, tumor size, tumor location, and extent of resection (subtotal vs gross-total resection), using univariate and multivariate analyses.
There was a statistically significant improvement in the mean VAS pain score (preoperative 3.96 ± 2.41 vs postoperative 0.95 ± 1.6, p = 0.0001). Motor strength and sensory function were significantly improved after resection of tumors involving the brachial plexus (p = 0.0457 and p = 0.0043, respectively), tumors involving the upper limb (p = 0.0016 and p = 0.0016, respectively), BPNSTs (p = 0.0011 and p < 0.0001, respectively), and tumors with dimensions less than 5 cm (motor strength: p = 0.0187 and p = 0.0021 for ≤ 3 cm and 3–5 cm tumors, respectively; sensory function: p = 0.0003 and p = 0.0001 for ≤ 3 cm and 3–5 cm tumors, respectively). Sensory function showed a statistically significant improvement also in patients who had undergone resection of tumors involving the lower limb (p = 0.0118). Total resection was associated with statistically significant improvement of motor strength (p = 0.0251) and sensory function (p < 0.0001). In univariate analysis, a history of NF (p = 0.0034), a diagnosis of MPNST or PNNST (p < 0.0001), and subtotal resection (p = 0.0042) were associated with higher risk of tumor recurrence. In multivariate analysis (logistic regression analysis), a history of NF (OR 9.28%, 95% CI 1.62–52.94, p = 0.0121) and a diagnosis of MPNST (OR 0.03%, 95% CI 0.002–0.429, p = 0.0098) or PNNST (OR 0.081%, 95% CI 0.013–0.509, p = 0.0077) emerged as independent prognostic factors for tumor recurrence.
A total resection should be attempted in all cases of peripheral nervous system tumors (irrespective of the supposed diagnosis and tumor dimensions) because it is associated with better prognosis in term of functional outcome and overall survival. Moreover, a total resection predicts a lower risk of tumor recurrence. Patients with a history of NF and tumors with malignant histology remain a challenge both for neurosurgeons and oncologists due to higher recurrence rates and the lack of standardized adjuvant therapies.
Liverana Lauretti, Quintino Giorgio D'Alessandris, Massimo Fantoni, Tiziana D'Inzeo, Eduardo Fernandez, Roberto Pallini and Giancarlo Scoppettuolo
The authors report on the first case of the intraventricular administration of tigecycline described in the Western literature. A 22-year-old man developed cerebrospinal fluid infection from an extremely drug-resistant strain of Acinetobacter baumannii as a complication of endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery for the removal of a giant pituitary adenoma. The patient was safely and successfully treated with the prolonged intraventricular administration of tigecycline. Here, the authors provide the schedule details that can be invaluable in treating meningitis from extremely drug-resistant bacterial strains. Intraventricular tigecycline can be a valuable tool against multidrug-resistant central nervous system infections.