color atlas of brainstem surgery robert f. spetzler (editor), m. yashar s. kalani (editor), peter nakaji (editor), kaan yagmurlu (editor)


the highly complex specialty of brainstem surgery requires many years of study, a focus on precision, and a passionate dedication to excellence to prepare the neurosurgeon for navigating significant anatomic challenges. although the brainstem is technically surgically accessible, its highly eloquent structure demands rigorous surgical decision-making. an in-depth understanding of brainstem and thalamic anatomy and the safe entry zones used to access critical areas of the brainstem is essential to traversing the brainstem safely and successfully.

this remarkable, one-of-a-kind atlas draws on the senior author’s decades of experience performing more than 1,000 surgeries on the brainstem, thalamus, basal ganglia, and surrounding areas. its content is organized by anatomic region, enabling readers to study separate subdivisions of the brainstem, each of which has its own unique anatomic and surgical considerations. from cover to cover, the atlas provides readers with technical guidance on approach selection, the timing of surgery, and optimization of outcomes-elucidated by more than 1700 remarkable color illustrations, dissections, clinical images, and line drawings.

key highlights

  • beautifully detailed, highly sophisticated brain slices and dissections by kaan yagmurlu, who trained under the internationally renowned neuroanatomist and neurosurgeon albert rhoton jr.
  • color illustrations clearly labeled with callouts and other indicators of foci of interest delineate multiple safe entry zones to the brainstem
  • more than 50 detailed patient cases highlight each patient’s history of previous neurological disorders, presenting symptoms, preoperative imaging, diagnosis, the planned surgical approach, patient positioning, intraoperative and postoperative imaging, and outcome
  • seven animations and more than 50 surgical videos elucidate approach selection, anatomy, and surgical outcomes of thalamic region and brainstem lesions

this illuminating atlas provides insights into the complexities of the hallowed halls of the brainstem. neurosurgeons and neurosurgical residents alike who glean knowledge from the clinical pearls throughout each section will no doubt become more adept surgeons, to the ultimate benefit of their patients.

trends in reconstructive neurosurgery 2017 neurorehabilitation restoration and reconstruction

massimiliano visocchi


these proceeding cover new trends presented at the iv congress of the international society of reconstructive neurosurgery (isrn), 2015. isrn is an "open" multidisciplinary society that deals with advances in spine and peripheral-nerve reconstructive surgery, central nervous system revascularization (surgical, radio interventional), neuromodulation, bioengineering and transplantation, which are the latest tools used to promote reconstruction, restoration and more

brain and spine surgery in the elderly 2017

moncef berhouma


this unique and richly illustrated volume presents the state of the art in the comprehensive management of major neurosurgical diseases in the elderly (aged 65 and over). it explores all of the common neurosurgical pathologies affecting elderly patients, and emphasizes the paramount importance of tailored management strategies for quality of life. it highlights updated techniques for anaesthesia and critical care, as well as minimally invasive neurosurgical methods intended for this specific group of patients. radiosurgery treatment is also discussed, in particular for brain tumours. in western societies, the proportion of elderly citizens has nearly reached 20%, and shows no signs of slowing down. the management of neurosurgical conditions in this particular population requires specific multidisciplinary strategies. to address this situation, a team of internationally respected contributors accurately describe degenerative and traumatic spinal diseases, which account for the majority of admissions among the elderly, as well as brain tumours and intracranial haemorrhages, aspects that are raising new ethical issues.
the book mainly addresses the needs of neurosurgeons and geriatric neurologists, but also neuro-oncologists and neuro-anaesthesists working with elderly patients, as well as students in these more

adult lumbar scoliosis 2017 a clinical guide to diagnosis and management

eric o klineberg


providing a sound definition and review of the pertinent treatment goals for the management of adult lumbar scoliosis, this practical and comprehensive guide covers everything from pre-operative evaluation and radiography to post-operative management and complications. both non-operative and operative strategies are presented, including minimally invasive techniques, decompression, anterior release, spinal osteotomy, and proximal and distal fixation, with an emphasis on clinical guidelines and management outcomes. the impact and prevention of complications following treatment are also discussed, including the prevention of proximal junctional kyphosis. concluding with an examination of future directions for research and clinical treatment strategies, the comprehensive approach of this book provides the orthopedic surgeon, neurosurgeon and spinal practitioner with the most current evidence and expert thought about the evaluation and management of adult lumbar more

landmark papers in neurosurgery 2

reuben david johnson


evidence-based medicine is a concept that has come to the fore in the past few years. clinicians are increasingly encouraged to practise patient management based on available evidence in the scientific literature. for example, new pharmacological therapies are only used when large randomized trials have 'proven' that a particular drug is better than existing ones. this is also the case in surgical specialties, although surgery has traditionally seen a lack of use of this information, with individual surgeon's preferences being most influential in treatment choices. however, more recently, there has been a large expansion of trials and studies aimed at providing surgeons with information to guide their choices using firm evidence. this new edition has been revised and expanded to include new data where relevant, and also features a new chapter on pituitary surgery. landmark papers in neurosurgery, second edition, remains a key collection of the most important trials and studies in neurosurgery, allowing the reader to rapidly extract key results, and making it essential reading for all neurosurgeons and trainees in the more

chordomas technologies techniques and treatment strategies

9781626231597edited by m. necmettin pamir , edited by ossama al-mefty , edited by luis borba


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.

key highlights

  • 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.

goodmans neurosurgery oral board review

dr. allan d. levi


this book will educate and prepare neurosurgery candidates who are preparing for the neurosurgery oral board exam, the final step prior to board certification. it will also serve as a primer for the goodman oral board course, a bi-annual course sponsored by the aans. the book begins by initially describing the format of the oral board exam in the us. it then examines some of the concepts and techniques in the question-answer process that forms the major premise of the oral board exam. each chapter contains 4-5 case presentations, which are organized similarly to how oral board questions are presented, with a brief history / physical and relevant imaging studies. the authors provide detailed analysis of these cases, as well as key references for each case with the salient conclusions from each referenced paper. while there are a few books that cover the board exams, none of them are specifically designed as case-based resources for oral board exam preparation. goodman's neurosurgery oral board review focuses specifically on the oral board exam.
its primary intended audience is us, canadian and british neurosurgeons who are preparing for the oral board, but it will also be a very appropriate resource for those who are trying to maintain competence in neurosurgery. dr. levi's edited text is authored by a group of long-standing, dedicated members to the course who have taught it for the last 15 years. with their extensive experience in teaching for the board exams, the skillset they bring to this book is more

cell therapy against cerebral stroke 2017 comprehensive reviews for translational researches and clinical trials

kiyohiro houkin


this book presents comprehensive reviews for both translational research and clinical trials on cell therapy for stroke. cerebral stroke is still a leading cause of death and disability. however, despite intensive research, few treatment options are available. the therapeutic potential of cell transplantation has been studied for various pathological conditions of the central nervous system (cns) including traumatic brain injury, traumatic spinal cord injury, degenerative disease, demyelinating disease and ischemic stroke, as the injured neural tissue in the cns has only a limited regenerative capacity. recently, a growing body of evidence in this field suggests that cell transplantation holds great potential as a form of stroke therapy. the authors, who are experts in the field of neurosurgery, review and discuss optimal cell sources and various issues involved in translational research; further, they outline ongoing clinical trials in more

the duke glioma handbook pathology diagnosis and management

john h. sampson


the management of patients with a glioma is challenging and best achieved by a team approach encompassing a combination of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy, and surgical excision in a specialist cancer center – the balance of treatment depending on the site and grade of tumor. survival rates are improving and care of patients with or recovering from gliomas is increasingly handled in the community under the care of local physicians. this book provides an authoritative, multi-disciplinary summary of glioma biology, genetics, management and social issues, based on the world-leading program at the duke university preston robert tisch brain tumor center, one of the world's largest and most successful centers to offer brain cancer treatment and translational research. the text is written by specialists from this center, giving it a consistent approach and style. this is an important educational resource for neurologists, neurosurgeons, oncologists, psychiatrists, neurohospitalists and ancillary members of neuro-oncology more

degenerative diseases of the cervical spine therapeutic management in the subaxial section

alexander k nig


the authors present anatomical, biomechanical, and clinical basic knowledge relevant to degenerative diseases of the surgical spine and describe how to choose the approach, implant, and surgical technique in detail. numerous figures illustrate the decision-making process and surgical techniques step-by-step. the book also contains key points about implant safety and possible complications as well as an outlook to the future of cervical spine surgery. degenerative diseases of the cervical spine is aimed at spinal surgeons (neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons), physical therapists, general practitioners, and rehabilitation physicians, more

malignant brain tumors state of the art treatment

joseph m. piepmeier


this text addresses all aspects of patient evaluation and care. this includes new findings in imaging that provide a better understanding of the extent of the lesion as well as its relationship with critical neuroanatomic function. the evolution of intraoperative imaging, functional brain mapping,and technology to identify tumor from brain is covered. this has significantly improved the ability of surgeons to more safely and aggressively remove tumors.more importantly, a better understanding of tumor biology and genomics has created an opportunity to significantly revise tumor classification and better select optimal therapy for individual patients. the text covers novel and innovative treatment options including immunotherapy, tumor vaccines, antiangiogenic agents,and personalized cancer treatment. in addition, novel agent delivery techniques are covered to offer the potential for increasing the effectiveness of treatment by delivering active agents directly where they are needed most.
malignant brain tumors: state-of-the-art treatment provides a comprehensive overview of treatment for malignant gliomas, and will prove useful by updating physicians on new therapeutic paradigms and what is on the horizon for the near future. this text will be informative for surgeons, oncologists, neurologists, residents and students who treat these patients,as well as those who are training for a career in managing patients with these challenging more


steven brem


clinically focused and designed to provide a to-the-point overview, glioblastoma , by drs. steven brem and kalil g. abdullah, brings you up to date with increased understanding, new treatment protocols, and recent advances in the field. written by contributing specialists who are global experts in their respective areas, this one-stop reference provides neurosurgeons, medical-and-radiation oncologists, neuro-oncologists, neuropathologists, internal medicine physicians, and researchers with a dependable source of information on current treatment options, tumor recurrence, and patient more

neurosurgical operative atlas spine and peripheral nerves

9781604068986by christopher wolfla and daniel k. resnick


written by a who’s who of renowned spine surgeons, the third edition of neurosurgical atlas: spine and peripheral nerves provides a detailed tutorial on the latest surgical procedures. the three comprehensive spine sections cover decompression modalities followed by fusion/instrumentation and fixation. rounding out these sections are special topics such as vascular malformations in the spinal cord, stereotactic radiosurgery in the thoracic spine, and lumboperitoneal shunting. the peripheral nerves section includes treatment of conditions including carpal tunnel, brachial plexus, meralgia paresthetica, and cervical nerve root avulsion.

throughout the book, the authors provide minimally invasive options and clinical pearls on patient selection, preoperative preparation, anesthesia, operative positioning, surgical methodologies, patient monitoring, and common complications.

key features

  • anterior, posterior, transoral, and lateral approaches to the craniocervical junction, subaxial cervical spine; and operations specific to the cervicothoracic junction
  • thoracic spine techniques for burst fractures, vertebral body metastasis, penetrating spine wounds, tumors, etc.
  • lumbosacral spine approaches for herniation, degenerative disease with multiplanar deformity, spondylolisthesis, and more
  • close to 700 illustrations and color photographs elucidate key concepts
  • superb videos demonstrate hands-on techniques

this book is a must-have reference for neurosurgery residents seeking in-depth knowledge of spine and peripheral nerve procedures prior to scheduled cases. it will also benefit veteran neurosurgeons looking for clinical insights on infrequently performed surgeries.

youmans and winn neurological surgery

h. richard winn


dramatically updated to reflect recent advances in the basic and clinical neurosciences, youmans and winn neurological surgery, 7th edition remains your reference of choice for authoritative guidance on surgery of the nervous system. four comprehensive volumes thoroughly cover all you need to know about functional and restorative neurosurgery, (frn)/deep brain stimulation (dbs), stem cell biology, radiological and nuclear imaging, and neuro-oncology, as well as minimally-invasive surgeries in spine and peripheral nerve surgery, endoscopic and other approaches for cranial procedures and cerebrovascular diseases. seventy new chapters, an expanded video library, and revised content throughout help you master new procedures, new technologies, and essential anatomic knowledge. this unparalleled multimedia resource covers the entire specialty with the unquestioned guidance you’ve come to expect from the “bible of neurological surgery.”show more

lateral access minimally invasive spine surgery 2017

michael y. wang


this well-illustrated textbook is the first comprehensive and authoritative source of information on minimally invasive lateral access spine surgery. it covers all aspects of the subject, including patient selection, approach and monitoring techniques, soft tissue management, application in a variety of pathologies, technical nuances, and the prevention and management of complications. in addition, current controversies in the field are discussed and the biomechanics of lateral spinal reconstruction, the physiologic benefits, and cost implications are explained. as use of the lateral approach in spinal surgery has become more popular, so its diversity and complexity have increased. nevertheless, publications devoted entirely to the technique are lacking, and lateral access minimally invasive spine surgery is designed to fill this vacuum. written by the world's experts on the topic, it will be an excellent resource for both beginning and experienced more

video atlas of neurosurgery contemporary tumor and skull base surgery

alfredo quinones-hinojosa


"one can only imagine the prodigious amount of work involved in producing this educational treasure chest. credit is due to the authors and to the publishers for creating this appealing and useful atlas." reviewed by: edward r. laws, professor of neurosurgery, harvard medical school, oct 2015 "useful, complete and visual are the words which best summarize the aim of this masterpiece. really great job! congratulations for this excellent video-book!!" reviewed by: dr. j. gonzalez, director of the residency program hospital clinic barcelona, oct 2015show more

getting ready for brain tumor surgery

51a7irnxnnlby michael sabel (author)

in training to become a neurosurgeon, many of the crucial manual skills that must be acquired can only be mastered through growing experience during the rigorous and lengthy training process. yet, many – often essential – practical skills can quickly be learned, practiced, and even mastered, away from the or.

the author’s motivation for writing this guide arose during his own training and his need for just such a practical aid. getting ready for brain surgery provides the readers with a basic set of exercises that will allow him to develop and improve their motor skills, handling of various tissues, and general technical competence. detailed instructions are given in the illustrated text and in accompanying videos.

topics include:

  • planning: visualization of the procedure
  • the craniotomy – using a coconut
  • working with the microscope
  • removing a gyrus: subapial resection
  • removing a brain tumor using an artificial model
  • microsurgical training: the chicken wing model

junior neurosurgical residents and interns will benefit greatly from this handy guide.


tumors of the jugular foramen

ricardo ramina


this book covers all aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of tumors of the jugular foramen – cranial base lesions that present particular diagnostic and management difficulties and remain challenging to remove despite advances in surgery and interventional neuroradiology. the authors have developed novel concepts and surgical techniques relating to management of the facial nerve, reconstruction of the cranial base, and resection of large tumors with intra- and extracranial extension. these techniques, as well as anatomic studies in cadavers, are presented by means of surgical photographs, illustrations, and videos. tumors of the jugular foramen will be of interest to all specialists involved in the management of these challenging tumors, including neurosurgeons, ent surgeons, neuroradiologists, neurologists, neurointensivists, radiotherapists, oncologists, and more

trends in cerebrovascular surgery 2016

tetsuya tsukahara


this volume provides an overview of new concepts in neurovascular interventions based on clinical and scientific knowledge of cerebrovascular disorders. it especially focuses on subarachnoid hemorrhage and cerebrovascular malformations, e.g. aneurysms, arterio-venous malformations, and cavernomas. a separate part addresses cerebral revascularization for both complex aneurysms and ischemia. all contributions were written by recognized experts and cover original papers presented at the 7th european japanese stroke surgery conference, held in verona, italy in june 2014. the authors present new trends and strategies for managing emerging problems, as well as in-depth discussions on controversial issues in the more

surgery of the spine and spinal cord 2016 a neurosurgical approach

erik van de kelft


this book offers essential guidance on selecting the most appropriate surgical management option for a variety of spinal conditions, including idiopathic problems, and degenerative disease. while the first part of the book discusses the neuroanatomy and biomechanics of the spine, pain mechanisms, and imaging techniques, the second guides the reader through the diagnostic process and treatment selection for disorders of the different regions of the spine, based on the principles of evidence-based medicine. i.e., it clearly explains why a particular technique should be selected for a specific patient on the basis of the available evidence, which is carefully reviewed. the book identifies potential complications and highlights technical pearls, describing newer surgical techniques and illustrating them with the help of images and accompanying videos. though primarily intended for neurosurgeons, the book will also be of interest to orthopaedic surgeons, specialists in physical medicine, and pain more

nerve cases 2017 high yield scenarios for oral and written testing

amgad s. hanna


this book addresses the severe knowledge deficit in peripheral nerve amongst neurosurgeons, however this topic represents an integral part of the oral board examination. the book employs a case based approach with the highest-yield scenarios for oral boards, primarily focusing on nerve entrapments, trauma and tumors. thanks to its question and answer format, the reader is encouraged to think about the cases and questions as if taking the real exam before they check the answers. the work also includes common pitfalls, a section on nerve examinations including video recordings, and a section on important clinical findings that should be diagnosed from the picture. the book not only serves neurosurgeons, but also plastic surgeons, orthopedists, and more

lumbar disc herniation

franco postacchini


this most complete monograph so far published on the subject analyses all aspects related to the etiopathogenesis, pathomorphology, diagnosis and treatment of lumbar disc herniation. five chapters are dedicated to biological and pathomorphologic aspects, while five deal with the clinical presentation and diagnostic tests in both extreme depth and breadth. much space is devoted to conservative, percutaneous and surgical treatments, as well as the causes and management of failed back more

diagnosis and management of craniopharyngiomas 2016 key current topics

andrea lania


this book provides up-to-date coverage of the most relevant topics in the diagnosis and management of craniopharyngiomas. after introductory discussion of natural history and clinical presentation, individual chapters are devoted to pathological and molecular aspects, use of diagnostic imaging techniques, the surgical approach to craniopharyngiomas, radiotherapy and radiosurgery, and associated endocrine disturbances. a particular feature of the book is the detailed attention devoted to the metabolic consequences of the disease and related treatments, including obesity and electrolyte disturbances, and to cognitive alterations. this book will be of value to oncologists, neurosurgeons, and endocrinologists by assisting in diagnostic workup, delivery of appropriate treatment, and management of the serious metabolic and endocrine more

cranial osteomyelitis 2016 diagnosis and treatment

ali akhaddar


this book is the first reference book covering exclusively all aspects of this challenging disease. it is designed to serve as a succinct appropriate resource for neurosurgeons, otorhinolaryngologists, neuroradiologists, researchers and infectious disease specialists with an interest in cranial infection. cranial osteomyelitis provides an in-depth review of knowledge of the management of skull osteomyelitis, with an emphasis on risk factors, causative pathogens, pathophysiology of dissemination, clinical presentations, neuroradiological findings and treatment modalities, medical and surgical. sections on the prognosis and prevention of this illness are also included. the book will help the reader in choosing the most appropriate way to manage this challenging bone infection. in addition, it supplies clinicians and investigators with both basic and more sophisticated information and procedures relating to the complications associated with skull osteomyelitis. it also considers future areas of investigation and innovative therapeutic philosophies.
the book is richly illustrated to provide readers with unparalleled access to a comprehensive collection of cranial osteomyelitis images (biological, clinical, neuroradiological, and surgical) taken directly from the author's collection and experience in the more

anticoagulation and hemostasis in neurosurgery 2016

christopher m. loftus


this book is an up-to-date reference on all aspects of anticoagulation and hemostasis in neurosurgery. after an opening section on basic principles and drug classes in current use, detailed consideration is given to coagulation issues relevant to all patients, not just neurosurgical ones. the coverage includes, for example, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and disseminated intravascular coagulation. a variety of important issues specific to neurosurgical practice are then addressed, and a summary of current guidelines and best practices is provided. by bringing together the latest knowledge from across the discipline, this book will serve as a sound basis for informed decision making in surgical practice. it will be of daily value for neurosurgeons and trainees worldwide and will also be of interest to emergency room physicians, surgeons in general, critical care physicians, neurologists, and hospital medicine more

the greenberg rapid review a companion to the 8th edition

9781626232068leonard kranzler jonathan hobbs


written by an esteemed educator and founder of the renowned chicago review course in neurological surgery , this updated review reflects substantive content additions to the 8th edition. the two prior editions of the rapid review were must-have companions that fully leveraged the vast knowledge contained within greenberg’s legendary tome.

through repetition and spot-on questions, this book brings clarity to a specialty whose sheer depth and breadth presents comprehension and retention challenges. this book helps readers determine if they are retaining key data and information, thereby providing a robust self-assessment study tool for abns certification.

the 7th companion generated glowing reviews, such as: “a wonderful example of how to turn the classic greenberg text into a study guide rather than an encyclopedic reference to a young neurosurgeon” -aans young neurosurgeons news

key highlights

  • question formats include fill in the blank, open-ended questions, true/false, matching, and identification of various elements in diagrams/figures
  • mnemonic devices, helpful hints, clinical pearls, and study charts aid in comprehension and long-term retention
  • greenberg chapter headings are used (e.g. 4.2.3), thereby providing clear-cut handbook references

this book is designed to help neurosurgical residents prepare for the abns primary examination and/or rounds. it will enable practicing neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuroradiologists, and neuropathologists to develop a storehouse of knowledge required to efficaciously examine, analyze, diagnose, and treat neurosurgical patients.

physical examination of the spine 2nd edition

examination-spineby todd j. albert (author), alexander r. vaccaro (author)


from the authors of the bestselling spine surgery: tricks of the trade, here is the concise “how-to” guide on conducting diagnostic spine exams. the text begins with a thorough review of the fundamentals, including basic anatomy and neurology, and goes on to systematically outline tests for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. it is an ideal resource for both beginners and practicing physicians.

key features include:

  • nearly 200 line drawings that illustrate motor, sensory, reflex, and range-of-motion exams
  • includes special tests for scoliosis and other spine disorders to expand your scope of diagnostic procedures
  • succinct and easy-to-understand descriptions for easy mastery of concepts
  • well-organized by cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral sections to streamline localization of specific exams

this straightforward pictorial aid is the perfect companion for spine surgeons, orthopedists, chiropractors, and neurosurgeons, as well as an ideal orientation for residents. from critical anatomy to step-by-step instructional guidelines, it will enhance your examination skills and refresh your understanding of the frequently performed spinal test.

100 case reviews in neurosurgery

rahul jandial


jandial's 100 case reviews in neurosurgery is the only reference offering a comprehensive approach to effective preparation for oral examinations, moc, or grand rounds. ideal for residents and graduates alike, it covers 100 of the most commonly encountered neurosurgical cases and presents them in a layout mirroring that of the oral exams. this singular resource eliminates the need to consult several texts, providing readers with all of the complete, concise knowledge needed to go in with more

neurosurgery self assessment questions and answers

rahul s. shah
ideal for both neurosurgical residents and recertifying neurosurgeons, neurosurgery self-assessment: questions and answers offers the most comprehensive, up to date coverage available. over 1,000 clinically relevant multiple-choice questions across 46 topic areas test the candidate’s knowledge of basic neuroscience and neurosurgical subspecialties to an unparalleled degree and provide detailed answer explanations to facilitate learning and assessment.

aospine masters series volume 8 back pain

aospine8by jeffrey wang (editor), claudio lamartina (editor), luiz roberto gomes vialle (series editor)

current statistics indicate that 75-80% of people worldwide will experience some form of back pain during their lifetime. lumbar pain is a leading cause of disability – a global public health burden with serious economic implications. written by internationally renowned spine experts, the 8th volume in the aospine masters series is a concise, state-of-the-art overview on fundamental management strategies and current issues and challenges. the text covers the full age spectrum – from childhood to older adulthood – and contributing factors such as the sacroiliac joints, genetics, and spine infections.

clinical evaluation, treatment options, recent research advances, and future perspectives are systematically examined and presented in a clear format. with commentary from leading authorities, this compendium presents candid discussion of significant challenges faced by clinicians who treat back pain. among the issues addressed are managing patients who have undergone multiple operations, chronic back pain, failed spine surgery, and what to do when all nonsurgical and surgical options have been exhausted.

key highlights

  • economic considerations, risk factors, and legal aspects
  • neurological causes, including myopathies, neuromuscular disease, parkinson disease,and dystonia
  • conservative treatment options such as drugs, physiotherapy, and complementary medicine
  • the role of minimally invasive surgery in treating degenerative lumbar spine disease
  • must-read bibliographic references in every chapter
  • bullet lists of pearls and pitfalls summarize critical points and key concepts

the aospine masters series, a copublication of thieme and the aospine foundation, addresses current clinical issues featuring international masters sharing their expertise in the core areas in the field. the goal of the series is to contribute to an evolving, dynamic model of evidence-based approach to spine care.