Combined Bachelor's + Master's degree in Medicine and Surgery

Intraoperative neurophysiology: a functional approach to modern neurosurgery  (Corso Elettivo)

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Name of lecturer
Francesco Sala
Francesco Sala
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2° semestre 1°- 5° anno dal Feb 17, 2020 al May 29, 2020.

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Learning outcomes

Goal of this Course is to introduce the students to the field of Intraoperative Neurophysiology, as an essential contribution to modern Neurosurgery. The Course will review the role of neurophysiological monitoring and mapping techniques in complex neurosurgical procedures such as those for brain tumors in eloquent areas, brainstem tumors, spinal cord tumors, acoustic neuromas, tethered cords, and others. In doing so, the functional anatomy of the central nervous system will be reviewed from a neurosurgical perspective. Finally, the students will be given the opportunity to assist one of these procedures in the operating theater.


Introduction to Intraoperative Neurophysiology
Intraoperative Neurophysiology in brain glioma surgery
Intraoperative Neurophysiology in brainstem and posterior fossa surgery
Intraoperative Neurophysiology in intramedullary spinal cord tumor surgery
Intraoperative Neurophysiology in tethered cord surgery
Live observership of an intraoperative neurophysiology procedure in the operating room

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Lumenta, Di Rocco, Haase, Mooij Neurosurgery (Edizione 1) Springer Verlag; 1 edizione (30 aprile 2009) 2009 ISBN 978-3-540-79565-0

Assessment methods and criteria

Eligibility based on attendance of the course
Date and time: Thursday March 5th 2020, 18.00-20.00
Location: Segreteria di Neurochirurgia - 1° piano - lato azzurro - POLO CHIRURGICO CONFORTINI - OCM BORGO TRENTO

The Course is recommended for the years: 5°,6°

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