Brain Damage Saved His Music http://nautil.us/issue/20/creativity/brain-damage-saved-his-music After a chunk of his brain was removed, guitarist Pat Martino got his groove back. By Brian Gallagher Illustration by Agata Endo Nowicka January 8, 2015 Five years ago, when neurosurgeon Marcelo Galarza saw images from jazz guitarist Pat Martino’s cerebral MRI, he was astonished. “I couldn’t believe how much of his left temporal lobe had been removed,” he said. Martino had brain surgery in 1980 to remove a tangle of malformed veins and arteries. At the time he was one of the most celebrated guitarists in jazz. Yet few people knew that Martino suffered epileptic seizures, crushing headaches, and depression. Locked in…Detalles
Microdiscectomy with and without insertion of interspinous device for herniated disc at the L5-S1 level.
J Clin Neurosci. 2014 Oct 3. [Epub ahead of print] Galarza M, Gazzeri R, De la Rosa P, Martínez-Lage JF. The role of interspinous devices (ISD) after lumbar herniated disc surgery for the prevention of postoperative back pain is controversial. The aim of this comparative prospective study was to determine outcomes in a selective cohort with L5-S1 disc herniation and degenerative disc changes after microdiscectomy with or without insertion of an ISD. One hundred and two consecutive patients underwent an L5-S1 microdiscectomy with or without implantation of an ISD. Group 1 consisted of 47 patients, with mild (n=22), moderate (n=14) or severe (n=11) degenerative disc changes who had microdiscectomy alone.…Detalles
Childs Nerv Syst. 2014 Aug 6. [Epub ahead of print] Galarza Marcelo 1, Giménez Ángel 2, Pellicer Olga3, Valero José 2, Amigó José M.2 1- Regional Department of Neurosurgery, “Virgen de la Arrixaca” University Hospital, Murcia, Spain; 2- Operations Research Center, University Miguel Hernández, Elche, Spain 3- Department of Health Psychology, University Miguel Hernández, Elche, Spain INTRODUCTION: Based on a landmark study by Lin et al. of the two-dimensional flow in ventricular catheters (VCs) via computational fluid dynamics (CFD), we studied in a previous paper the three-dimensional flow patterns of five commercially available VC. We found that the drainage of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) mostly occurs through…Detalles
World Neurosurg. 2014 Mar-Apr;81(3-4):651.e1-7. Marcelo Galarza, M.D., M.Sc. 1, Claire Isaac, M.D. 2, Olga Pellicer Porcar, Ph.D. 3, Andrew Mayes, M.D. 2, Paul Broks, M.D. 2, Daniela Montaldi, M.D. 2, Christine Denby, M.D. 2, and Frederick Simeone, M.D. 4 1- Regional Department of Neurosurgery, “Virgen de la Arrixaca” University Hospital, Murcia, Spain; 2- Department of Psychology and Radiology, University of Sheffield, UK; 3- Department of Health Psychology, University Miguel Hernández, Elche, Spain;4- Department of Neurosurgery Jefferson Faculty Foundation, Philadelphia, USA. OBJECTIVE: We present the case of a professional jazz guitarist with temporal lobe epilepsy secondary to an arteriovenous cerebral malformation. CASE DESCRIPTION: The patient underwent a left temporal lobectomy in…Detalles