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AbstractINTRODUCTION:Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) results in variable clinical outcomes, which may be influenced by genetic variation. A single-nucleotide polymorphism in catechol-o-methyltransferase (COMT), an enzyme that degrades catecholamine neurotransmitters, may influence cognitive...
AbstractINTRODUCTION:Smoking has been associated with worse self-reported outcomes in patients undergoing degenerative lumbar spine surgery. Current focus is on decreasing cost and complications while improving outcomes. This potentially can be accomplished by acting on modifiable preoperative...
AbstractINTRODUCTION:High-dose or prolonged narcotic use is associated with altered pain perception and response to pain management strategies in patients with chronic pain syndromes. We set out to determine whether the amount of preoperative narcotic use for spine-related pain predicted...
AbstractINTRODUCTION:Treatment in trigeminal neuralgia (TN) must be adapted in each patient. Surgeons must be conscious of medical, surgical, and radiation treatment modalities to suggest ideal management. Gamma knife radiosurgery (GKRS) could be used multiple times compared with percutaneous...
AbstractINTRODUCTION:The spine surgeon often encounters patients with a foot drop. It is the task of spine physicians to be able to determine the etiology and responsible pathological process based upon history, physical examination, electrophysiological testing, and radiographic studies. A...
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