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Ahead of Print: Outcome of Partial Contralateral C7 Nerve Transfer-Results of 46 Patients

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BACKGROUND: Partial contralateral C7 transfer has been widely used, but outcomes are significantly different. Therefore, the effects of this procedure need to be evaluated.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the outcome of patients treated with partial contralateral C7 transfer and to determine the factors affecting the outcome of this procedure.

METHODS: A retrospective review of 46 patients with global root avulsion brachial plexus injuries who underwent contralateral C7 transfer was conducted. All surgeries were performed by two stages and median nerve was the recipient nerve. The contralateral C7 nerve was used in three different ways. The whole C7 root was used in 8 patients; the posterior division together with the lateral part of the anterior division was used in 14 patients; and the anterior or the posterior division alone was used in 24 patients. The mean follow-up period was 6.4 years.

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August 18, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Ahead of Print: Long Term Tumour Control of Benign Intracranial Meningiomas After Radiosurgery in A Series of 4565 Patients

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BACKGROUND: Radiosurgery is the main alternative to microsurgical resection for benign meningiomas.

OBJECTIVE: To assess the long-term efficacy and safety of radiosurgery for meningiomas with respect to tumour growth and prevention of associated neurological deterioration. Medium to long-term outcomes have been widely reported, but no large multicentre series with long-term follow-up have been published.

METHODS: From 15 participating centers we performed a retrospective observational analysis of 4565 consecutive patients harbouring 5300 benign meningiomas. All were treated with Gamma-Knife radiosurgery at least five years prior to assessment for this study. Clinical and imaging data were retrieved from each center and uniformly entered into a database by one author (AS).

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Written by NEUROSURGERY® Editorial Office

August 1, 2011 at 9:00 AM


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