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NEWS

January/06/2007

Surgical treatment in paraplegia survey:

Cross-anastamosis in paraplegia below D9 started to give results. The last documented case operated 1 year ago in a patient from Israel came to the clinic 3 weeks ago. ECS and EMG performed showed that there is starting innervation of Th 11 and 12. The patient's lower limbs muscles became bulky and he could contract the lower abdominal muscles and some movements in the pelvic girdle. Crude sensation descended down to the inguinal level both sides. If you are more interested in this topic, click here! 

March/08/2007

Tuberculosis of the spine

In the last 2 years the incidence of tuberculosis of the spinal column is becoming more frequent and having different clinico-morphologic picture. This phenomenon is alarming sign as the residual of the use of dirty bombs and several radioactive materials in the surrounding dirty wars in the region. For demonstration click here! and here!

20-AUGUST-2007

SIEMENS Digital C-arm is implemented and functioning in the Shmaisani hospital.

30-AUGUST-2007

The Inomed ISIS Highline neurophysiologic navigation system start to work at the operating room.

28-November-2013

Magnetom Skyra 3 tesla with all clinical applications start to run.

 

 
 
 
 

01.  04-AUGUST-2007  SALAMAH FARAJ BAHADY  50 YEARS  INTRADURAL EXTRAMEDULLARY MENINGIOMA D2-3 WITH MATRIX IN THE RIGHT DENTATE LIGAMENT REGION.

 

 
 

Anamnesis

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The patient came to the clinic 30-July-2007 complaining of inability to walk for 7 months with rapid deterioration, starting from the right  the the left lower limb within one month. She is in wheelchair for 7 months.

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MRI performed 11-March-2007 showed a huge meningioma at D2-3 level.

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On examination: the patient had complete spastic paraplegia with severe rigidity and scissoring of the lower limbs with exaggerated deep reflexes and bilateral Babinski and massive clonus and spastic rigidity, making the limbs unable to put them apart.

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The patient claim that she can feel the lower limbs, but position sense is impaired and she could not know, which toe of which foot the examiner is pinching. Defecation and micturition was normal, as she claimed, but she was in wet diaper and she was from Yemen and it was hard to tell the actual condition.

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The patient was sent for another MRI, which confirmed the presence of large meningioma at the mentioned levels.

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Laminectomy of D2-3 and flavotomy of D1-2 and D3-4 was performed. The dura was opened from the right side. The tumor was rubbery dense and the running roots of D2 and D3 were dissected of the tumor. Piecemeal resection of the tumor was started and preservation of the rootlets and roots was achieved.

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The matrix of the tumor was originating from the right dentate ligament, which was coagulated and bisected. Total resection of the tumor was achieved and dural defect and the most involved part was stitched to prevent possible CSF leak.

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Water-tight closure of the dura with routine closure of the wound.

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Smooth postoperative recovery. The neurologic deficit still the same.

Comments:

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The patient is complete paraplegia for more than 7 months with scissoring and spastic rigidity of the lower limbs. These data suggest poor postoperative recovery. The patient is young and she is not systematically impaired with diseases such as diabetes mellitus, which could raised the hope for certain recovery. Time will tell the result.

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The patient could be sent for urodynamic studies for bladder function evaluation, but the bladder during examination was full, denoting overflow incontinence, but for ethical and time factors and the idea that it will not change the strategy of the operation, this part was ignored.

 
     
 

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