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Controversies in Pediatric Neurosurgery


Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781604060744
Publication Date: July 2010

World-renowned experts debate key topics in pediatric neurosurgery

In Controversies in Pediatric Neurosurgery, leading clinicians from around the globe present concrete advice and frank commentary on alternative options for the treatment and management of specific cranial and spinal disorders. Each succinct, easily accessible chapter addresses a different condition in a point/counterpoint format that discusses the pros and cons of the various treatment options, including surgical approaches and techniques. This highly practical, balanced coverage equips readers to make well-informed choices when selecting the most appropriate treatment modality for a particular diagnosis.


  • Lessons Learned at the end of each chapter, in which the authors summarize the debate with multiple viewpoints and carefully considered recommendations based on published evidence and their own clinical experience
  • Incisive dialogue on twenty hot topics in the field, including how to manage arachnoid cysts, craniosynostosis, tethered cord, hydrocephalus, chiari malformations, epilepsy, aneurysms, and more
  • Clinical and personal insights from international contributors on the variability of surgical training, experience, and available resources in different parts of the world
  • Guidance on how to discuss treatment options and strategies to patients and their families This book is essential reading for every clinician, resident, or fellow who needs a firm understanding of the most controversial issues in pediatric neurosurgery to be able to make the best decision for the appropriate treatment option for patients in their care.

1. Sylvian Fissure Arachnoid Cyst
2. Suprasellar Arachnoid Cyst
3. Communicating Hydrocephalus
4. Noncommunicating Hydrocephalus
5. Multicompartment Hydrocephalus
6. Trapped 4th Ventricle
7. Slit Ventricle Syndrome
8. Calvarial Dermoid
9. Craniopharyngioma

10. Hypothalamic Astrocytoma
11. Ependymoma
12. Germinoma
13. Colloid Cyst
14. Sagittal Synostosis
15. Metopic Synostosis
16. Deformational Plagiocephaly
17. Vein of Galen
18. Epidural Empyema
19. Chiari Malformations
20. Epilepsy (Vagal Nerve Stimulators vs Callosotomy)
21. MoyaMoya Disease
22. Myelomeningocele
23. Tethered Spinal Cord
24. Lipomyelomeningocele
25. Herniated Disc
26. Intramedullary Spinal Cord Tumors
27. Spasticity
28. Syringomyelia

"Useful as a measure of alternatives are currently available...excellent ilustrations."--Doody's Review

"I would certainly recommend this book as a good addition to a general neurosurgeon’s library or to the department library in most neurosurgical departments." Journal of Neurosurgery

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