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AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 28, Number 2, 2019

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50 Years Later: Current Management of Tarlov Cyst

50 Years Later: Current Management of Tarlov Cyst

Fadi Sweiss, MD; Michael Rosner, MD, FAANS

Isadore Max Tarlov, MD, first described sacral cysts within the perineurial space occurring on the posterior roots or ganglia more than 80 years ago (1938).1 Although the clinical significance of these cysts was yet to …

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Traversing the Paradox of Residency Training

Traversing the Paradox of Residency Training

Matthew A. Hunt, MD, FAANS

Paradox: one (such as a person, situation or action) having seemingly contradictory qualities or phases. Residency training programs are filled with paradoxes that often drive concerns and conflict between trainees and faculty or obscure the …

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Psychosurgery: History’s Trash Heap or Tomorrow’s Promise

Psychosurgery: History’s Trash Heap or Tomorrow’s Promise

Randy D'Amico, MD; Christopher J. Winfree, MD, FAANS

The quest to alter the mind through manipulation of brain anatomy has historically occurred at the intersection of neurosurgery, psychiatry and neuroscience. As a result, the pursuit of a surgical treatment for psychiatric illness has …

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Neuronavigation – An Evolution in Fits and Starts

Neuronavigation – An Evolution in Fits and Starts

Daniel Orringer, MD, FAANS

In every profession, there is one skill that is essential for success. For the cranial surgeon, it is a command of cranial localization and understanding craniometric relationships to internal neuroanatomical structures. Albert Rhoton, MD, FAANS(L), …

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To Err Is Humane

To Err Is Humane

Christopher S. Graffeo, MD; Avital Perry, MD

The core goals of neurosurgery residency have remained essentially unchanged for generations — the endowment of trainees with technical expertise, clinical experience, advanced knowledge and academic wherewithal. Yet, the means to achieving those ends have …

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Hit the Reset Button: Deep Brain Stimulation for Chronic Pain

Hit the Reset Button: Deep Brain Stimulation for Chronic Pain

Michael D. Staudt, MD; Jennifer A. Sweet, MD, FAANS

The efficacy of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in the treatment of movement disorders is well established, with emerging indications for a variety of novel pathologies, such as epilepsy, dementia and neuropsychiatric disorders. However, the earliest …

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Abandoned Practices in the Medical Management of TBI

Abandoned Practices in the Medical Management of TBI

Tyler Ball, MD; Meena Thatikunta, MD; Nicolas Khattar, MD; Emily Payne Sieg, MD

Traumatic brain injury remains the leading cause of death and disability in people under the age of 35, while neuroprotection remains, to this day, the holy grail for neuroscientists. Researchers look for any promise in …

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