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Modelling pathology from autolog fresh cadaver organs as a novel concept in neurosurgical training

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Abstract

Background

The aim of neurosurgical cadaver training for residents and fellows is not only to obtain a high level of skills, but also to keep the number of complications during the learning curve as low as possible. To move this process forward, we have worked out a novel method in further training.

Methods

Tumours can be modelled from the autolog organs. We can then implant the modelled tumour from the opposite direction and a colleague can remove the pathology from the correct approach.

Results

We have experienced improving skills in difficult microsurgical operations.

Conclusion

We have performed more than 800 fresh cadaver operations over the last 6 years. The last 70 cases have been performed with modelling pathology. In our department, we introduce a regular weekly program in our cadaver operating theatre. The consideration could be useful not only for the young neurosurgeons but also for experienced colleagues.

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Correspondence to András Csókay.

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Part 1: III. Ventricle tumour model. Translamina terminalis approach.

Part 2: Intrasellar tumour model. Transylvian approach.

Part 3: C0-C2 intradural-extramedular tumour model. Transmassa lateralis CI approach.

Part 4: Right ventricle tumour model. Transcallosal removal.

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Part 1: III. Ventricle tumour model. Translamina terminalis approach.

Part 2: Intrasellar tumour model. Transylvian approach.

Part 3: C0-C2 intradural-extramedular tumour model. Transmassa lateralis CI approach.

Part 4: Right ventricle tumour model. Transcallosal removal.

(WMV 25385 kb)

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Csókay, A., Papp, A., Imreh, D. et al. Modelling pathology from autolog fresh cadaver organs as a novel concept in neurosurgical training. Acta Neurochir 155, 1993–1995 (2013) doi:10.1007/s00701-013-1727-8

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Keywords

  • Cadaver dissection
  • Neurosurgical training
  • Modelled pathology