COVID Sidelining Shunts

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunts are a challenging aspect of neurosurgery. Shunts are placed for numerous indications, however the most common cause is hydrocephalus. CSF is a shock absorber for the neural structures, transmits nutrients, and helps regulate pressure. It is produced in the brain’s ventricles by the choroid plexus, and circulates through and out the…

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Shake It Off

Taylor Swift’s first verse lyrics in “Shake It Off” read: “Got nothing in my brain… That’s what people say, mm, mm…”  The chorus soon chimes: “I shake it off, I shake it off (Whoo-hoo-hoo) I’ll be the first to say that I’m not a Taylor Swift fan and I don’t expect her to reappear in…

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Understanding Your Cervical MRI

We’ve previously published a blog on the lumbar spine years ago. “Understanding your MRI of the Lumbar Spine”. The cervical sequel is late but at least it showed up to the party. Cervical spine arthritic degeneration results from increased mechanical stressors passing through the cervical spinal column, resulting in bone spur formation (uncovertebral spurring) and…

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