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Spontaneous leaking craniopharyngioma causing preoperative chemical meningitis

Ashis Patnaik, Ashok Kumar Mahapatra, Saurav Sarkar, Dillip Kumar Samal

Date of publication: 14-Apr-2016

The role of surgery for treatment of low back pain: insights from the randomized controlled Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trials

Peter Abraham, Robert C. Rennert, Joel R. Martin, Joseph Ciacci, William Taylor, Daniel Resnick, Ekkehard Kasper, Clark C. Chen

Date of publication: 13-Apr-2016


Low back pain (LBP) is a common medical problem with high morbidity and healthcare costs. The optimal management strategy, including the role of surgical intervention, remains controversial. The Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trials were randomized controlled studies conducted to assess the effectiveness of surgery for three of the most common conditions implicated in LBP: Intervertebral disc herniation, degenerative spondylolisthesis, and spinal stenosis. Despite challenges in data interpretation related to patient cross over, these studies support the efficacy of surgery as treatment for these three common conditions.

Bilateral internal auditory canal gangliogliomas mimicking neurofibromatosis Type II

Kristopher G. Hooten, Seth F. Oliveria, Saeed S. Sadrameli, Shashank Gandhi, Anthony T. Yachnis, Stephen B. Lewis

Date of publication: 13-Apr-2016

Background:Gangliogliomas are rare low grade, typically well-differentiated, tumors that are composed of mature ganglion cells and neoplastic glial cells. These tumors can appear at virtually any location along the neuroaxis but classically occur in the temporal lobe of young patients. In a small number of cases, gangliogliomas have presented as masses in the brainstem or involving cranial nerves. With the exception of vestibular schwannomas, bilateral tumors in the region of the internal auditory canal (IAC) or cerebellopontine angle (CPA) are exceedingly rare.

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