Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Guidelines

Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Guidelines

An update of the Parkinson’s Disease treatment Guidelines was commissioned by the European Academy of Neurology and the European section of the Movement Disorder Society. Although these treatments are initiated usually in specialized centers, the general neurologist should know the therapies and their place in the treatment pathway.

Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADEmethodology was used to assess the spectrum of approved interventions including deep brain stimulation (DBS) or brain lesioning with different techniques (radiofrequency thermocoagulationradiosurgery, magnetic resonance imaging-guided focused ultrasound surgery [MRgFUS] of the following targets: subthalamic nucleus [STN], ventrolateral thalamus, and pallidum internum [GPi]). Continuous delivery of medication subcutaneously (apomorphine pump) or through percutaneous ileostomy (Intrajejunal levodopa-carbidopa therapy) [LCIG]) was also included. Changes in motor features, health-related quality of life (QoL), adverse effects, and further outcome parameters were evaluated. Recommendations were based on high-class evidence and graded in three gradations. If only lower class evidence was available but the topic was felt to be of high importance, a clinical consensus of the guideline task force was gathered.

Two research questions have been answered with eight recommendations and five clinical consensus statements. Invasive therapies are reserved for specific patient groups and clinical situations mostly in the advanced stage of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Interventions may be considered only for special patient profiles, which are mentioned in the text. Therapy effects are reported as a change compared with current medical treatment. Subthalamic deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease is the best-studied intervention for advanced disease with fluctuations not satisfactorily controlled with oral medications; it improves motor symptoms and QoL, and treatment should be offered to eligible patients. GPi-DBS can also be offered. For early PD with early fluctuations, STN-DBS is likely to improve motor symptoms, and QoL and can be offered. DBS should not be offered to people with early PD without fluctuations. LCIG and an apomorphine pump can be considered for advanced PD with fluctuations not sufficiently managed with oral treatments. Unilateral MRgFUS of the STN can be considered for distinctly unilateral PD within registries. The clinical consensus was reached on the following statements: Radiosurgery with gamma radiation cannot be recommended, unilateral radiofrequency thermocoagulation of the pallidum for advanced PD with treatment-resistant fluctuations, and unilateral radiofrequency thermocoagulation of the thalamus for resistant tremor can be recommended if other options are not available, unilateral MRgFUS of the thalamus for medication-resistant tremor of PD can be considered only within registries, and unilateral MRgFUS of the pallidum is not recommended.

Evidence for invasive therapies in PD is heterogeneous. Only some of these therapies have a strong scientific basis 1) 2).


European Academy of Neurology/Movement Disorder Society-European Section Guidelines on Pallidotomy for Parkinson’s Disease 3).



1)

Deuschl G, Antonini A, Costa J, Śmiłowska K, Berg D, Corvol JC, Fabbrini G, Ferreira J, Foltynie T, Mir P, Schrag A, Seppi K, Taba P, Ruzicka E, Selikhova M, Henschke N, Villanueva G, Moro E. European Academy of Neurology/Movement Disorder Society-European Section Guideline on the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease: I. Invasive Therapies. Mov Disord. 2022 Jul;37(7):1360-1374. doi: 10.1002/mds.29066. Epub 2022 Jul 6. PMID: 35791767.
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Deuschl G, Antonini A, Costa J, Śmiłowska K, Berg D, Corvol JC, Fabbrini G, Ferreira J, Foltynie T, Mir P, Schrag A, Seppi K, Taba P, Ruzicka E, Selikhova M, Henschke N, Villanueva G, Moro E. European Academy of Neurology/Movement Disorder Society – European Section guideline on the treatment of Parkinson’s disease: I. Invasive therapies. Eur J Neurol. 2022 Sep;29(9):2580-2595. doi: 10.1111/ene.15386. Epub 2022 Jul 6. PMID: 35791766.
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Hariz M, Bronstein JM, Cosgrove GR, de Bie RMA, DeLong MR, Gross RE, Krack P, Krauss JK, Lang AE, Lees AJ, Lozano AM, Obeso JA, Schuurman PR, Vitek JL. European Academy of Neurology/Movement Disorder Society-European Section Guidelines on Pallidotomy for Parkinson’s Disease: Let’s Be Accurate. Mov Disord. 2022 Sep 1. doi: 10.1002/mds.29210. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36047463.

Vancomycin

Vancomycin

Vancomycin is a glycopeptide antibiotic medication.

Blood levels may be measured to determine the correct dose.

When taken by mouth it is poorly absorbed.

A study described the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) exposure of vancomycin in 8 children prescribed intravenous vancomycin therapy for cerebral ventricular shunt infection. Vancomycin CSF concentrations ranged from 0.06 to 9.13 mg/L and the CSF: plasma ratio ranged from 0 to 0.66. Two of 3 children with a staphylococcal CSF infection had CSF concentrations greater than the minimal inhibitory concentration at the end of the dosing interval 1).


Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) penetration and the pharmacokinetics of vancomycin were studied after continuous infusion (50 to 60 mg/kg of body weight/day after a loading dose of 15 mg/kg) in 13 mechanically ventilated patients hospitalized in an intensive care unit. Seven patients were treated for sensitive bacterial meningitis and the other six patients, who had a severe concomitant neurologic disease with intracranial hypertension, were treated for various infections. Vancomycin CSF penetration was significantly higher (P < 0.05) in the meningitis group (serum/CSF ratio, 48%) than in the other group (serum/CSF ratio, 18%). Vancomycin pharmacokinetic parameters did not differ from those obtained with conventional dosing. No adverse effect was observed, in particular with regard to renal function 2).


Ichinose et al. evaluated the concentration of Vancomycin in the plasma and CSF of postoperative neurosurgical patients with bacterial meningitis and evaluated the factors that affect the transferability of VCM to CSF. The concentrations of VCM in plasma (trough) and CSF were determined in eight patients (four males and four females) with bacterial meningitis who were treated with VCM using High-performance liquid chromatography. The ratio of the VCM concentrations in CSF/plasma was also calculated by estimating the blood VCM concentration at the same time as the VCM concentration in CSF was measured. The results showed that the VCM concentration in CSF was 0.9-12.7 µg/mL and the CSF/plasma VCM concentration ratio was 0.02-0.62. They examined the effect of drainage on the transferability of VCM to CSF, which showed that the VCM concentration in CSF and the CSF/plasma VCM concentration ratio were significantly higher in patients not undergoing drainage than in patients who were undergoing drainage. The CSF protein and glucose concentrations, which are diagnostic indicators of meningitis, were positively correlated with the VCM concentration in CSF and the CSF/plasma VCM concentration ratio. Thus, VCM transferability to CSF may be affected by changes in the status of the blood-brain barrier and blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier due to drainage or meningitis 3).

Vancomycin Indications.

see Vancomycin powder.

Intraventricular Vancomycin


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Autmizguine J, Moran C, Gonzalez D, Capparelli EV, Smith PB, Grant GA, Benjamin DK Jr, Cohen-Wolkowiez M, Watt KM. Vancomycin cerebrospinal fluid pharmacokinetics in children with cerebral ventricular shunt infections. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2014 Oct;33(10):e270-2. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000000385. PMID: 24776517; PMCID: PMC4209191.
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Albanèse J, Léone M, Bruguerolle B, Ayem ML, Lacarelle B, Martin C. Cerebrospinal fluid penetration and pharmacokinetics of vancomycin administered by continuous infusion to mechanically ventilated patients in an intensive care unit. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2000 May;44(5):1356-8. doi: 10.1128/AAC.44.5.1356-1358.2000. PMID: 10770777; PMCID: PMC89870.
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Ichinose N, Shinoda K, Yoshikawa G, Fukao E, Enoki Y, Taguchi K, Oda T, Tsutsumi K, Matsumoto K. Exploring the Factors Affecting the Transferability of Vancomycin to Cerebrospinal Fluid in Postoperative Neurosurgical Patients with Bacterial Meningitis. Biol Pharm Bull. 2022;45(9):1398-1402. doi: 10.1248/bpb.b22-00361. PMID: 36047211.

Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage complications

Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage complications

Vasospasm is an important cause for mortality following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage aSAH affecting as many as 70% of patients. It usually occurs between 4th and 21st days of aSAH and is responsible for delayed ischemic neurological deficit (DIND) and cerebral infarction

It is one of the factors that can most significantly worsen the prognosis despite different treatments.

Transcranial doppler (TCD) evidence of vasospasm is predictive of delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) with high accuracy. Although high sensitivity and negative predictive value make TCD an ideal monitoring device, it is not a mandated standard of care in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) due to the paucity of evidence on clinically relevant outcomes, despite recommendation by national guidelines. High-quality randomized trials evaluating the impact of TCD monitoring on patient-centered and physician-relevant outcomes are needed 1).


A greater proportion of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage patients, are surviving their initial hemorrhagic event but remain at increased risk of a number of complications, including delayed cerebral ischemia, epilepsy, nosocomial infections, cognitive impairment, shunt dependent hydrocephalus, and shunt related complications 2).

Intracranial complications including delayed cerebral ischemia (vasospasm), aneurysm rebleeding, and hydrocephalus form the targets for initial management. However, the extracranial consequences including hypertensionhyponatremia, and cardiopulmonary abnormalities can frequently arise during the management phase and have shown to directly affect clinical outcome.

Although the intracranial complications of SAH can take priority in the initial management, the extracranial complications should be monitored for and recognized as early as possible because these complications can develop at varying times throughout the course of the condition. Therefore, a variety of investigations, as described by this article, should be undertaken on admission to maximize early recognition of any of the extracranial consequences. Furthermore, because the extracranial complications have a direct effect on clinical outcome and can lead to and exacerbate the intracranial complications, monitoring, recognizing, and managing these complications in parallel with the intracranial complications is important and would allow optimization of the patient’s management and thus help improve their overall outcome 3).

Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage is complicated by intracerebral hemorrhage in 20—40 %, by intraventricular hemorrhage in 13-28%, and by subdural blood in 2-5% (usually due to posterior communicating aneurysm when over convexity, or distal anterior intracerebral artery (DACA) aneurysm with interhemispheric subdural).

The intracranial effects of aSAH causing death and disability are from vasospasm, direct effects of the initial bleed, increased intracranial pressure (ICP) and rebleeding 4).

Early brain injury and hydrocephalus (HCP) are important mediators of poor outcome in subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) patients. Injection of SAH patients’ CSF into the rat ventricle leads to HCP as well as subependymal injury compared with injection of control CSF 5).

Fever is a common occurrence (70%) especially in poor grades, contributes to adverse outcome and may not always respond to conventional treatment.

Persistent hyperglycemia (>200 mg/dl for >2 consecutive days) increases the likelihood of poor outcome after aSAH.

Management of patients following aSAH includes four major considerations:

(1) prediction of patients at highest risk for development of DCI,

(2) prophylactic measures to reduce its occurrence,

(3) monitoring to detect early signs of cerebral ischemia,

(4) treatments to correct vasospasm and cerebral ischemia once it occurs 6).

see Vasospasm after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Brain edema after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage

see Delayed cerebral ischemia after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage

see Aneurysm rebleeding

Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is often accompanied by pulmonary complications, which may lead to poor outcomes and death.

Sympathetic activation of the cardiovascular system in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage not only triggers the release of atrial and brain natriuretic peptides it can also lead to increased pulmonary venous pressures and permeability causing hydrostatic pulmonary edema 7).

see Neurogenic pulmonary edema.

Cardiac manifestations of intracranial subarachnoid hemorrhage patients include mild electrocardiogram variability, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, non-ST elevation myocardial infarction, ST-elevation myocardial infarction and cardiac arrest, but their clinical relevance is unclear.

Among patients suffering from cardiac events at the time of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, those with myocardial infarction and in particular those with a troponin level greater than 1.0 mcg/L had a 10 times increased risk of death 8).

Acute kidney injury

see Hyponatremia after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage

Hypokalemia is a common electrolyte disorder in the intensive care unit. Its cause often is complex, involving both potassium losses from the body and shifts of potassium into cells.

We present a case of severe hypokalemia of sudden onset in a patient being treated for subarachnoid hemorrhage in the surgical intensive care unit in order to illustrate the diagnosis and management of severe hypokalemia of unclear cause. The patient received agents that promote renal potassium losses and treatments associated with a shift of potassium into cells. Ibanez et al. outline the steps in diagnosis and management, focusing on the factors regulating the transcellular distribution of potassium in the body 9).

see Hydrocephalus after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage.

The clinical outcome after aneurysm rupture is at least in part determined by the severity of IVH. Knowledge of the effect of IVH may help guide physicians in the care of patients with aneurysmal bleeding 10).

see Cognitive disorder after subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage neuropsychiatric disturbance.

Overall rates of VTE (Deep-Vein Thrombosis Deep-vein thrombosis or PE), Deep-vein thrombosis, and PE were 4.4%, 3.5%, and 1.2%, respectively. On multivariate analysis, the following factors were associated with increased VTE risk: increasing age, black race, male sex, teaching hospital, congestive heart failure, coagulopathy, neurologic disorders, paralysis, fluid and electrolyte disorders, obesity, and weight loss. Patients that underwent clipping versus coiling had similar VTE rates. VTE was associated with pulmonary/cardiac complication (odds ratio [OR] 2.8), infectious complication (OR 2.8), ventriculostomy (OR 1.8), and vasospasm (OR 1.3). Patients with VTE experienced increased non-routine discharge (OR 3.3), and had nearly double the mean length of stay (p<0.001) and total inflation-adjusted hospital charges (p<0.001). To our knowledge, this is the largest study evaluating the incidence and risk factors associated with the development of VTE after aSAH. The presence of one or more of these factors may necessitate more aggressive VTE prophylaxis 11).

Short course (<48h) administration of EACA in patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage is associated with an 8.5 times greater risk of Deep-Vein Thrombosis (Deep-vein thrombosis) formation 12).

Routine compressive venous Doppler ultrasonography is an efficient, noninvasive means of identifying Deep-Vein Thrombosis (Deep-vein thrombosis) as a screening modality in both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients following aneurysmal SAH. The ability to confirm or deny the presence of Deep-vein thrombosis allows one to better identify the indications for chemoprophylaxis. Prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism in neurosurgical patients is common. Emerging literature and anecdotal experience have exposed risks of complications with prophylactic anticoagulation protocols. The identification of patients at high risk-for example, those with asymptomatic Deep-vein thrombosis-will allow physicians to better assess the role of prophylactic anticoagulation 13).

Deep-Vein Thrombosis (Deep-vein thrombosis) formation most commonly occurs in the first 2 weeks following aSAH, with detection in a cohort peaking between Days 5 and 9. Chemoprophylaxis is associated with a significantly lower incidence of Deep-vein thrombosis 14).

Patient should be ideally monitored in the NICU for at least 1st 24 h after surgery. Anticonvulsants, osmotherapy and nimodipine must be continued. Hydrocephalus, vasospasm, seizures, and electrolyte disturbances can occur necessitating close observation and prompt management. One of the major challenges in the management of aSAH is identifying potential or ongoing perfusion deficits. Ischemic insults can occur following ictus, or due to raised ICP, hypotension and vasospasm. Early identification and appropriate treatment of postictal intracranial (ICP, TCD flow velocities) and cardiovascular (cardiac output, ECG, BP, CVP) changes is possible in dedicated NICU and is crucial for improving outcomes. Heuer et al. observed that raised ICP (>20 mmHg) occurred in >50% of patients after aSAH and was associated with poor outcomes. Factors associated with raised ICP included poor clinical and radiological grades of aSAH, intraoperative brain swelling, parenchymal and intraventricular bleed and rebleeding.

see Seizure after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Cytotoxic Lesions of the Corpus Callosum.

Koizumi et al. evaluated the incidence of NOMI in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) due to ruptured aneurysms, and they present the clinical characteristics and describe the outcomes to emphasize the importance of recognizing NOMI.

Observations: Overall, 7 of 276 consecutive patients with SAH developed NOMI. Their average age was 71 years, and 5 patients were men. Hunt and Kosnik grades were as follows: grade II, 2 patients; grade III, 3 patients; grade IV, 1 patient; and grade V, 1 patient. Fisher grades were as follows: grade 1, 1 patient; grade 2, 1 patient; and grade 3, 5 patients. Three patients were treated with endovascular coiling, 3 with microsurgical clipping, and 1 with conservative management. Five patients had abdominal symptoms prior to the confirmed diagnosis of NOMI. Four patients fell into shock. Two patients required emergent laparotomy followed by second-look surgery. Four patients could be managed conservatively. The overall mortality of patients with NOMI complication was 29% (2 of 7 cases).

NOMI had a high mortality rate. Neurosurgeons should recognize that NOMI can occur as a fatal complication after SAH 15).


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Kumar G, Shahripour RB, Harrigan MR. Vasospasm on transcranial Doppler is predictive of delayed cerebral ischemia in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Neurosurg. 2015 Oct 23:1-8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26495942.
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Connolly ES Jr, Rabinstein AA, Carhuapoma JR, Derdeyn CP, Dion J, Higashida RT, et al: Guidelines for the manage- ment of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage: a guideline for healthcare professionals from the American Heart Asso- ciation/American Stroke Association. Stroke 43:1711–1737, 2012
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Hall A, O’Kane R. The Extracranial Consequences of Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. World Neurosurg. 2018 Jan;109:381-392. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2017.10.016. Epub 2017 Oct 16. Review. PubMed PMID: 29051110.
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Kassell MJ. Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage: An update on the medical complications and treatments strategies seen in these patients. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2011;24:500–7.
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Li P, Chaudhary N, Gemmete JJ, Thompson BG, Hua Y, Xi G, Pandey AS. Intraventricular Injection of Noncellular Cerebrospinal Fluid from Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Patient into Rat Ventricles Leads to Ventricular Enlargement and Periventricular Injury. Acta Neurochir Suppl. 2016;121:331-4. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-18497-5_57. PubMed PMID: 26463970.
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Dusick JR, Gonzalez NR. Management of arterial vasospasm following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Semin Neurol. 2013 Nov;33(5):488-97. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1364216. Epub 2014 Feb 6. PubMed PMID: 24504612.
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Lo BW, Fukuda H, Nishimura Y, Macdonald RL, Farrokhyar F, Thabane L, Levine MA. Pathophysiologic mechanisms of brain-body associations in ruptured brain aneurysms: A systematic review. Surg Neurol Int. 2015 Aug 11;6:136. doi: 10.4103/2152-7806.162677. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 26322246.
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Ahmadian A, Mizzi A, Banasiak M, Downes K, Camporesi EM, Thompson Sullebarger J, Vasan R, Mangar D, van Loveren HR, Agazzi S. Cardiac manifestations of subarachnoid hemorrhage. Heart Lung Vessel. 2013;5(3):168-78. PubMed PMID: 24364008; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3848675.
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Ybanez N, Agrawal V, Tranmer BI, Gennari FJ. Severe hypokalemia in a patient with subarachnoid hemorrhage. Am J Kidney Dis. 2014 Mar;63(3):530-5. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2013.07.005. Epub 2013 Aug 20. PubMed PMID: 23972266.
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Mayfrank L, Hütter BO, Kohorst Y, Kreitschmann-Andermahr I, Rohde V, Thron A, Gilsbach JM. Influence of intraventricular hemorrhage on outcome after rupture of intracranial aneurysm. Neurosurg Rev. 2001 Dec;24(4):185-91. PubMed PMID: 11778824.
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Kshettry VR, Rosenbaum BP, Seicean A, Kelly ML, Schiltz NK, Weil RJ. Incidence and risk factors associated with in-hospital venous thromboembolism after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. J Clin Neurosci. 2014 Feb;21(2):282-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2013.07.003. Epub 2013 Oct 13. PubMed PMID: 24128773.
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Foreman PM, Chua M, Harrigan MR, Fisher WS 3rd, Tubbs RS, Shoja MM, Griessenauer CJ. Antifibrinolytic therapy in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage increases the risk for deep venous thrombosis: A case-control study. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2015 Sep 10;139:66-69. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.09.005. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26378393.
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Ray WZ, Strom RG, Blackburn SL, Ashley WW, Sicard GA, Rich KM. Incidence of deep venous thrombosis after subarachnoid hemorrhage. J Neurosurg. 2009 May;110(5):1010-4. doi: 10.3171/2008.9.JNS08107. PubMed PMID: 19133755.
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Liang CW, Su K, Liu JJ, Dogan A, Hinson HE. Timing of Deep-Vein Thrombosis formation after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. J Neurosurg. 2015 Oct;123(4):891-6. doi: 10.3171/2014.12.JNS141288. Epub 2015 Jul 10. PubMed PMID: 26162047; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4591180.
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Koizumi H, Yamamoto D, Maruhashi T, Kataoka Y, Inukai M, Asari Y, Kumabe T. Relationship between subarachnoid hemorrhage and nonocclusive mesenteric ischemia as a fatal complication: patient series. J Neurosurg Case Lessons. 2022 Jul 18;4(3):CASE22199. doi: 10.3171/CASE22199. PMID: 36046708; PMCID: PMC9301345.
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