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A rare form of cancer, chordomas are among the most difficult tumors to treat, requiring highly specialized training and surgical expertise. Although generally slow-growing, chordomas present resection challenges due to their proximity to critical structures including the spinal cord, brainstem, nerves, and arteries. Written by an impressive cadre of internationally-renowned experts, this textbook is the most current, concise, and definitive resource on diagnosis and management of this complex pathology.
Acclaimed surgeons from Brazil, Canada, Japan, Turkey, the USA, and the UK are contributors. The book starts with a historical overview, epidemiology, molecular pathogenesis, cytogenetics, local invasion and metastasis, and pathology. A thorough discussion covers diagnostic radiological and radionuclide imaging such as MRI, PET; SPECT, PET-CT, and PET-MRI, and clinical traits of skull base and spinal chordomas as defined by imaging modalities. Subsequent chapters explore decision making including selecting the most optimal techniques, surgical procedures, specialized topics, and new horizons in chordoma treatment.
Anterior and anterolateral approaches to the clivus
The use of endoscopy and intraoperative assistive technologies
Midline subfrontal, middle fossa, extended petrosal, and transcondylar approaches
Craniospinal fusion techniques following resection
Surgery for spinal chordomas from the cervical to the sacral region
Special topics such as radiation, proton beam therapy, Gamma-Knife radiosurgery, and pediatric chordomas and chondrosarcomas
This is an essential text for neurosurgeons, orthopedic spine surgeons, otolaryngologists, and radiation oncologists. Read and learn from innovators who have mastered the latest state-of-the-art treatment methodologies for chordomas.
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Controversies in Neurosurgery II reflects real-world situations where multiple treatment options are often considered for difficult neurosurgical cases. Each chapter begins with an opening case in which experts describe the pros and cons of different treatment methodologies and operative techniques, helping neurosurgeons select the best treatment plan for individual patients in their practice. It is informed with the expertise of more than 100 of the worlds preeminent neurosurgeons.
Experts from all over the world offer their opinions on more than 20 controversial hot topics in neurosurgery, including a discussion about whether transcranial or endoscopic approaches are the better option for resecting colloid cysts and a lively debate about the optimal treatment of giant ophthalmic artery aneurysms
All treatment options are presented concisely in one volume, so that neurosurgeons dont have to spend time consulting other sources
The moderators conclusion at the end of each chapter explains the scientific evidence about the case and synthesizes the views presented
Controversies in Neurosurgery II will be treasured by neurosurgeons and neurosurgery residents as well as by neurologists and neuroradiologists and will be a key volume in their medical libraries for years to come.
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Al-Mefty's Meningiomas, Second Edition is the definitive guide to meningioma diagnosis, treatment, and surgery, and reflects over a decade of major advances in the diagnosis and management of both intracranial and spinal meningiomas since the first edition was published.
New to this edition: information on molecular biology, natural history and growth rates, the rise of radiosurgery as a viable treatment option, and much more
Over 500 high-quality radiographic images and full-color illustrations demonstrate anatomy and surgery
In-depth coverage of intraoperative MRI and endoscopic resection
Key topics often missing from other meningiomas texts including caseload management, and postoperative quality of life issues