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Harold Marcus’ Patient Story

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  • AANS Neurosurgical Members
Last updated: July 3, 2024
Neurosurgeon: Roger Hartl, MD, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College Patient: Harold F. Marcus, age 62, Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Like an estimated 400,000 other Americans, most over the age of 60, Harold Marcus was suffering for several years from the symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis. This condition is a narrowing of the spinal canal which compresses […]
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Epilepsy Surgery: Vagus Nerve Stimulation

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Last updated: June 26, 2024
The vagus nerve is one of the cranial nerves that originates in the brain and is part of the autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary body functions. The nerve begins at the brainstem and passes through the neck, traveling to the chest and abdomen. It is responsible for regulating the functions of internal organs. Specifically, it is involved in motor functions in […]
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Low Back Pain

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  • Omar Zalatimo, MD, MPH, MHA, FAANSDirector, Functional Neurosurgery LifeBridge Health Baltimore
Last updated: July 9, 2024
Low back pain is not unique. An estimated 75-85% of Americans experience some form of back pain during their life.
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Sports-related Neck Injury

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  • Nitin Agarwal MD
  • Rut Thakkar
  • Khoi Than, MD
Last updated: March 28, 2024
Playing sports can contribute to neck injuries of varying degrees of severity ranging from relatively minor injuries such as muscle strains to severe life-threatening conditions such as neck fractures and cervical spinal cord injuries. A fractured (broken) neck is a very serious matter, but in many cases, the patient can make a full recovery and regain all neurological functions. A neck fracture can sometimes lead to a complete spinal cord injury, which will result in some degree of paralysis or even death.