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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.

 

 
 
 
 

05.  08-DECEMBER-2007  ISSA AL-HAJ HASAN 56 YEARS  VERY AGGRESSIVE GLIOBLASTOMA MULTIFORME RIGHT CEREBRAL HEMISPHERE.

 

 
 

Anamnesis

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The patient as previously mentioned, was in ventilator waiting for the Gliadel wafer, which we received at the morning today directly from USA.

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The patient was taken to the operating room and tracheostomy was performed.

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The flail bone flap was reflected to the ear. It was noticeable, that the tumor growth was rapid and a lot of necrotic material was filling all the cavities. All the necrotic material was removed and further removal of the tumorous temporal lobe and the frontal lobe was performed and decompression was achieved maximally 10 mm anterior to the optic nerves.

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After achieving good decompression and hemostasis, Gliadel Wafer (polifeprosan 20 with carmustine implant, Guilford Pharmaceuticals, Baltimore, MD 21224 NDC 61379-0100-1)  16 pieces were implanted in the two cavities.

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Water-tight closure of the dura using lyodura. The previous implanted lyodura was stuck to the bone flap and it was used to further cover the area.

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The bone flap was rigidly fixed to the bone defect and the wound closed.

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The patient was weaned immediately after surgery and his clinical status is still the same: deep paresis of the left side and obeying verbal command with difficulty and moving the right side of the body.

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The patient asked for small incision. It means, that during flavotomy it is necessary to use the loupes with magnification to see exactly what is going on and to perform the usual tasks.

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The neurosurgeon must be a good MRI reader so as not to miss the separated piece. Foraminotomy was extended more than usual so as not to escape such far migrating piece.

Follow Up:

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The patient in next postoperative day 09-December-2007 doing well and control CT-scan done showing the resection limits and the Gliadel wafers in the cavities.

 

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The vital signs are stable and the patient using the T-piece with Venturi 50 and SO2 99% with pH 7.41 and pCO2 31 and pO2 97 mm Hg and he is convulsion free.

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The patient showed steady improvement and the tracheostomy was removed 15-December-2007 and started normal feeding and MRI performed 23-December-2007 showed halt of the aggressive growth of the tumor.

 

MRI TW1 demonstrating  the regression of the tumor and the Gliadel still seen.
Sagittal MRI TW1 confirming the regression of the tumor.
MRI TW2 Frontal view, showing the ambient spaces.

 

 

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The last picture showing the right MCA eaten by the tumor, despite anatomical preservation during surgery.

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The patient is ready for discharge tomorrow 26-December-2007 and planned to send for radiotherapy.

Comments:

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The family of the patient is insisting to provide to the patient the at most care and chances.  Gliadel is an expensive drug and the 16 pieces cost is around 40.000 USD and needs urgent production and delivery in -250 C. Thanks for the cooperation H.E. Minister of Health in Jordan and Dr. Janet Merza Deputy Minster of Health, and Simona Ulisse, who made this feasible.

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Gliadel was the only choice in this case to suggest, because the very aggressive behaviour of the tumor could not provide a room for manipulating with the patient treatment and we were stuck with the ventilator.

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As mentioned the Gliadel has less systemic toxic effects and such patient in the ICU with these parameters cannot tolerate BCNU I/V infusion.

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We hope that could yield some benefit to the patient.

 



 
     
 

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