Right, Left, Ambidextrous… Who Cares?

Each time I meet a new patient, I inquire whether they are right-handed, left-handed, or ambidextrous. Most patient’s answer without hesitation, however some patients are inquisitive why this would matter to me. Whether dealing with a brain or spine problem, handedness is crucial in evaluation, and then in determining a treatment plan. If the patient…

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Game of Thrones… And Ruptured Aneurysms

The New Yorker recently published a segment by Emilia Clarke, better known as Daenerys Targaryen from The Game of Thrones. She detailed her experience with two aneurysms and two separate subarachnoid hemorrhages. It is well worth reading. Read below for Dr. Adam. P. Smith’s  perspective on cerebral aneurysms. Dr. Smith is a board certified neurosurgeon…

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The Liquid Biopsy

Brain biopsies are performed in one of the following cases: when a tumor is deep in the brain or when an MRI does not confirm if the abnormality is a tumor. A stereotactic brain biopsy involves making a small incision and inserting a needle through a small hole in the skull. A syringe is used…

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New Cancer Treatment Strategies- MATCH Trial

Historically, chemotherapy treatment has been driven by the type of tumor that it is directed towards. For example, small cell lung cancer would be treated with a specific chemotherapy regimen that would vary from that used to treat breast cancer. Similarly, the treatment for glioblastoma multiforme or aggressive brain cancer, would have a very different…

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Tiger Woods in a Helmet???

The American golfer Tiger Woods has been a popular topic in neurosurgery over the last few years due to his back issues and multiple surgeries. In May 2010, he needed to withdraw in the final round of the Players Championship due to neck pain. In March 2014, he withdrew from another tournament for back pain.…

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