Advanced Pediatric Craniocervical Surgery

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This text presents state-of-the-art techniques for surgery of the craniovertebral junction and cervical spine. It provides concise explanations of the underlying principles of each technique and insights into the unique issues in pediatric surgery. With this complete resource, you will gain the solid foundation in surgical concepts necessary to make critical clinical decisions as well as the technical knowledge and confidence to carry them out.

Highlights include:

  • Detailed explanations illuminating the links between embryology and normal and abnormal development of the craniovertebral junction and cervical spine
  • In-depth discussion of the issues and techniques involved in both atlantoaxial and occipitocervical surgery in children
  • An entire chapter devoted to managing craniocervical conditions of patients with Down Syndrome
  • An examination of traumatic injuries of the craniocervical junction in children
  • More than 100 step-by-step illustrations demonstrating key surgical techniques

This readily accessible text will be a valuable asset in the library of physicians managing and treating craniocervical conditions, from the most experienced pediatric neurosurgeon to residents in the early stages of their careers.

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Copiously illustrated...Most are excellent examples of the problems under discussion...a nicely done book...Authors are credible authorities in this field and have assembled a nice collection of text and illustrations.—Doody's Book Reviews
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Reviewer: Robert M Arensman, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a thin, short book on a highly specialized subarea of neurosurgery. The entire book deals exclusively with congenital or acquired problems within the cervical spine, and for the most part, with the problems that particularly involve the two or three upper vertebrae.
Purpose: The principal author, Douglas Brockmeyer, says that this area of subspecialization lies in "no man's land, an orphan subspecialty tucked between the arena of adult spine surgery and the shunt-dominated world of pediatric neurosurgery." His intention is to address this area with a credible text "where the principles and techniques for managing pediatric craniocervical problems are covered in a single source." To that end, this book is a nice contribution to the neurosurgical literature.
Audience: The book is highly technical in both the written portions and in the graphic presentations. It is unlikely that anyone unfamiliar with this material would quickly comprehend or benefit from these chapters. Consequently, the audience is highly restricted and would primarily consist of other pediatric neurosurgeons or adult neurosurgeons interested primarily in skull base and cervical problems.
Features: The seven chapters are divided into three distinct parts. The first two chapters review anatomy, embryological development of the skull base and cervical vertebrae, and malformations, then proceed to a thorough discussion of the biomechanical problems associated with the craniocervical junction and the subaxial spine. Chapters 3 and 4 are devoted to a discussion of common pathological conditions or traumatic injuries. The final three chapters are devoted to advanced problems in each of three defined zones: atlantoaxial, occipitocervical or subaxial cervical spine. All chapters are copiously illustrated with CT scans, MRI photographs, drawings, and radiographs to demonstrate the lesions under discussion and to document the surgical correction or stabilization. Most are excellent examples of the problems under discussion, but many are difficult to interpret unless one has some familiarity with this area of medicine.
Assessment: Overall, this is a nicely done book on a very narrow and highly technical area of neurosurgical care. Authors are credible authorities in this field and have assembled a nice collection of text and illustrations to demonstrate how to care for problems in the cervical vertebrae of children.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588903969
  • Publisher: Thieme
  • Publication date: 10/17/2005
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Department of Neurosurgery, University of Utah, Primary Childrens Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Table of Contents

1 Anatomy, embryology, and normal and abnormal development of the craniovertebral junction and cervical spine 1
2 Clinical biomechanics of the pediatric craniocervical junction and subaxial spine 27
3 Common pathological conditions of the pediatric cranioverterbral junction and cervical spine 43
4 Traumatic injuries of the pediatric craniocervical junction 55
5 Advanced atlantoaxial surgery in children 75
6 Advanced occipitocervical surgery in children 93
7 Advanced surgery for the subaxial cervical spine in children 109
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