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Mayo Clinic Neurosciences Physician Update e-Edition
March 2015
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Patient Care

Laser surgery spares patients with brain lesions from craniotomy
At Mayo Clinic, minimally invasive laser surgery is available to treat certain brain lesions. MRI-guided laser ablation has been used to treat metastatic brain tumors and radiation necrosis for only about nine months, but preliminary results are promising.

Spinal vascular malformation may go undiagnosed
If untreated, spinal vascular malformation can result in severe disability. Early signs and symptoms often are similar to those in more common conditions. Prompt diagnosis is key to patient improvement.

Responsive neurostimulation reduces seizures in patients with focal epilepsy
A clinical trial of the treatment shows a median 53 percent reduction in seizure occurrence in patients with medically intractable focal epilepsy two years after implantation of the device.


Consider an autoimmune basis for acquired idiopathic GI motility disorders
Autoimmune GI dysmotility is a newly described clinical entity that is a limited manifestation of autoimmune dysautonomia, and can occur as an idiopathic phenomenon. Researchers report the first objective evidence that immunotherapy may reverse autoimmune GI dysmotility.

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Neuro and Intensive Critical Care: Review and Hands-on Workshops 2015

May 14-16, 2015, in Orlando, Fla.
Review guidelines for central line placement, critical care ultrasound including Focus exam, focused cardiac and lung for ultrasound, transcranial Doppler ultrasound, intracranial bolt placement, hypothermia and targeted temperature management, and multimodal monitoring.

Clinical Autonomic Quantitation Workshop 2015 Overview

May 15-17, 2015, in Rochester, Minn.
Programming focuses on the three autonomic function tests with current procedural terminology codes through lectures on underlying physiology, patient preparation, indications for autonomic testing and factors that affect the results of the autonomic tests. Health Care Financing Administration requirements also are discussed.

Mayo Clinic Headache Symposium 2015

Aug. 7-9, 2015, in San Francisco
This course provides an update in the diagnosis and management of both primary and secondary headache and facial pain disorders. The format includes lectures, expert panel discussions, interactive question-and-answer sessions, hands-on injection training sessions, and small-group discussions.

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