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Neurosurgery Case Review: Questions and Answers


Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781626231986
Publication Date: January 2020

Neurosurgical vignettes in question and answer format provide robust prep for the ABNS oral exam!

Neurosurgery Case Review: Questions and Answers, 2nd Edition by Remi Nader, Abdulrahman Sabbagh, Samer Elbabaa, Hosam Al-Jehani, Jaime Gasco, and Cristian Gragnaniello provides a robust study guide for the American Board Neurological Surgery and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada oral board examinations. The second edition expands on the highly successful first edition, presenting 148 cases commonly encountered by neurosurgeons in clinical practice.

The cases are broadly divided into seven sections—tumor, vascular intracranial pathology, trauma, pediatric, functional, spine, and peripheral nerves. The chapters are arranged in a manner that mirrors the oral board exam. Each case includes a brief clinical scenario followed by questions on presentation, diagnosis, imaging, management, surgical detail, complications, and outcome. The presented information is backed by the latest available evidence-based references and data.

Key Features:

  • Contributions from internationally renowned neurosurgical educators
  • Detailed answers enhance readers' knowledge and provide guidance on how to respond to questions asked in the oral board exams
  • More than 750 high-quality images, many in full color, ensure visual understanding of key concepts
  • Suggested readings at the end of cases offer additional study resources

This is an indispensable, one-stop resource for neurosurgical residents and fellows prepping for the ABNS and Royal College oral board examinations. Neurosurgeons studying for recertification will also find this book an invaluable reference for rapid review.

This book includes complimentary access to a digital copy on

Section I Intracranial Pathology: Tumors
Case 1 Vestibular Schwannoma in Neurofibromatosis Type 2
Case 2 Subependymal Giant Cell Astrocytomas
Case 3 Sturge–Weber Syndrome
Case 4 Von Hippel–Lindau Disease—Hemangioblastoma
Case 5 Parasagittal Meningioma
Case 6 Tuberculum Sellae Meningioma
Case 7 Olfactory Groove Meningioma
Case 8 Sphenoid Wing Meningioma
Case 9 Hemangiopericytoma
Case 10 Anterior Clinoidal Meningioma
Case 11 Velum Interpositum Meningioma
Case 12 Pituitary Apoplexy
Case 13 Secreting Pituitary Lesion
Case 14 Nonfunctioning Pituitary Adenoma
Case 15 Craniopharyngioma: Endoscopic Approach
Case 16 Glioma—Surgical Treatment
Case 17 Glioma—Epigenetics
Case 18 Eloquent Cortex Low-Grade Glioma
Case 19 Brain Metastasis
Case 20 Meningeal Carcinomatosis
Case 21 Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
Case 22 Fibrous Dysplasia of the Skull
Case 23 Orbital Tumor
Case 24 Multiple Ring-Enhancing Cerebral Lesions
Case 25 Paraganglioma
Case 26 Colloid Cyst of the Third Ventricle
Case 27 Central Neurocytoma
Case 28 Clival Chordoma
Case 29 Petrous Apex Tumor
Case 30 Intracranial Chondrosarcoma
Section II Intracranial Pathology: Vascular Neurosurgery
Case 31 Dural Arteriovenous Fistula
Case 32 Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformation
Case 33 Supratentorial Cavernous Angioma
Case 34 Brainstem Vascular Lesions
Case 35 Carotid Cavernous Sinus Fistulas
Case 36 Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Vasospasm
Case 37 Posterior Communicating Artery Aneurysm
Case 38 Middle Cerebral Artery Aneurysm with Intracerebral Hemorrhage
Case 39 Distal Anterior Cerebral Artery Aneurysm
Case 40 Blister Carotid Aneurysm
Case 41 Basilar Tip Aneurysms
Case 42 Vertebrobasilar Junction Aneurysms
Case 43 Concomitant Arteriovenous Malformation and Aneurysm
Case 44 Stent- and Balloon-Assisted Coiling
Case 45 Balloon Test Occlusion and Giant Aneurysm
Case 46 Ischemic Stroke Initial Management
Case 47 Decompressive Craniectomy for Ischemic Stroke
Case 48 Adult Moyamoya
Case 49 Hypertensive Putaminal Hematoma
Case 50 Cerebellar Hemorrhage
Case 51 Amaurosis Fugax with Carotid Occlusion
Case 52 Tandem Extracranial and Intracranial Carotid Stenosis
Case 53 Vertebral Artery Stenosis with Ischemia
Case 54 High-Grade Carotid Stenosis and Intracranial Aneurysm
Section III Intracranial Pathology: Cranial Trauma
Case 55 Chronic Subdural Hematoma
Case 56 Epidural Hematoma
Case 57 Traumatic Acute Subdural Hematoma
Case 58 New Trends in Neurotrauma Monitoring
Case 59 Intracranial Pressure Management
Case 60 Gunshot Wound Injury to the Head
Case 61 Other Penetrating Intracranial Trauma
Section IV Intracranial Pathology: Pediatric Disorders
Case 62 Aqueductal Stenosis
Case 63 Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunt Infections
Case 64 Slit Ventricle Syndrome
Case 65 Mega-hydrocephalus
Case 66 Cerebellar Medulloblastoma
Case 67 Brainstem Glioma 1—Pons
Case 68 Pineal Region Tumors
Case 69 Posterior Fossa Ependymoma
Case 70 Neurofibromatosis Type 1
Case 71 Hypothalamic Hamartoma
Case 72 Posterior Fossa Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma
Case 73 Vein of Galen Malformation
Case 74 Pediatric Head Trauma
Case 75 Pediatric Intracranial Epidural Abscess
Case 76 Spontaneous Cerebrospinal Fistula
Case 77 Cerebral Palsy and Selective Dorsal Rhizotomies
Case 78 Neural Tube Defect
Case 79 Idiopathic Syringomyelia in Children and Adolescents
Case 80 Tethered Cord Syndrome
Case 81 Positional Plagiocephaly
Case 82 Scaphocephaly—Open Repair
Case 83 Scaphocephaly—Endoscopic Repair
Section V Intracranial Pathology: Functional Neurosurgery
Case 84 Tic Douloureux
Case 85 Hemifacial Spasm
Case 86 Postherpetic Neuralgia
Case 87 Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in Children
Case 88 Spasticity after Cord Injury
Case 89 Neuronavigation and Intraoperative Imaging
Case 90 Deep Brain Stimulation: Parkinson's Disease
Case 91 Deep Brain Stimulation: Essential Tremor
Case 92 Deep Brain Stimulation: Dystonia
Case 93 Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
Case 94 Hemispherectomy
Case 95 Corpus Callosotomy for Drop Attacks
Case 96 Vagal Nerve Stimulator
Case 97 Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
Case 98 Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
Section VI Spine
Case 99 Occipital Condyle Fractures
Case 100 Jefferson Fractures
Case 101 Hangman's Fracture
Case 102 Atlantoaxial Instability
Case 103 Type 2 Odontoid Fracture
Case 104 Basilar Invagination
Case 105 Central Cord Syndrome/Cord Contusion
Case 106 Lower Cervical Fracture Dislocation
Case 107 Thoracic Compression Fracture with Neurological Deficit
Case 108 Thoracolumbar Fracture—Dislocation With Complete Spinal Cord Injury
Case 109 Disc Disruption and Ligamentous Injury
Case 110 Lumbar Burst Fracture
Case 111 Lumbar Chance Fracture
Case 112 Gunshot Injuries to the Spine
Case 113 Spinal Cord Injury without Radiologic Abnormality (SCIWORA)
Case 114 Acute Cervical Disc Herniation
Case 115 Anterior versus Posterior Approaches to the Cervical Spine
Case 116 Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament
Case 117 Thoracic Disc Herniation
Case 118 Thoracolumbar Scoliosis
Case 119 Lower Back Pain—Conservative Management
Case 120 Lumbar Disc Herniation
Case 121 Black Disc with Advanced Modic Changes
Case 122 Neurogenic versus Vascular Claudications
Case 123 Cauda Equina Syndrome
Case 124 Lumbar Spondylosis with Facet Hypertrophy
Case 125 Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
Case 126 Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction SIJ Fusion
Case 127 Intradural Spinal Tumor
Case 128 Intramedullary Spinal Tumor
Case 129 Spinal Metastases
Case 130 Lumbar Vertebral Mass
Case 131 Cervical Spine Mass
Case 132 Spinal Arteriovenous Malformation
Case 133 Spinal Arteriovenous Fistula
Case 134 Spinal Epidural Abscess
Case 135 Vertebral Osteomyelitis and Discitis
Case 136 Spinal Cord Inflammatory Disorder
Case 137 Chiari I Malformation
Section VII Peripheral Nerve Pathology
Case 138 Median Nerve Entrapment at the Wrist
Case 139 Ulnar Nerve Compression at the Elbow
Case 140 Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Case 141 Brachial Plexus Injury and Horner's Syndrome
Case 142 Median Nerve Laceration at the Wrist (Spaghetti Wrist)
Case 143 Radial Nerve Injury
Case 144 Axillary Mass
Case 145 Medial Arm Mass
Case 146 Lower Extremity Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor
Case 147 Foot Drop and Peroneal Nerve Injury
Case 148 Gunshot Injury to the Sciatic Nerve

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