Advances in Neurosciences Featured in Ochsner Journal Spring Issue

The spring issue of the Ochsner Journal features Ochsner’s Neurosciences Center of Excellence with a collection of articles that includes original research reports, literature reviews, case series, and case reports.

Original research articles examine the comorbidities related to clinical outcomes in patients with acute ischemic stroke undergoing mechanical thrombectomy and at how transforming growth factor beta 1 regulates fibroblast growth factor 7 expression in Schwann cells.

The three literature reviews examine the biomarkers of pineal region tumors, gadolinium deposition, and the sphenopalatine ganglion block and radiofrequency ablation.

Three important case series and one case report address deficits in the literature. We have two cases in which a novel technique of coregistered imaging navigation was used in the resection of spinal cord tumors. A three-case series and a detailed surgical technique illustrate how to use laminoplasty to implant cervical spinal cord stimulators in patients with cervical spondylosis and fusion. In the third case series, 3-dimensional printed models were used in preoperative planning for three complex pediatric spinal deformity surgeries. An important addition to the literature describes a novel variation to an established approach for resection of an arteriovenous malformation in the atrium that may decrease the risk of neurologic deficits.

This issue also includes letters to the editor and a thought-provoking editorial. In addition, we are extremely pleased to once again publish online the abstracts of the Ochsner and Louisiana State University Annual Evidence-Based Practice/Research Conference. The theme of the 2018 nursing conference was “Evidence for Practice: Origins and New Directions.”

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