Dr Panchal co-publishes an article on Adult thoracic intradural exophytic mature teratoma

Abstract: Mature thoracic intraspinal teratomas are rare tumors in adults. In this case study, we present a case of intradural, extramedullary teratoma, which was surgically resected. A 50 year old man presented with progressive bilateral leg pain, severe myelopathy and weakness. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) revealed a cystic mass lesion in the T11-12 region region. Microsurgical resection of the tumor using CO 2 laser with neuromonitoring was performed. Postoperatively, the patient had a remarkable clinical improvement. Mature spinal teratomas are rare, slow growing spinal tumors. Surgical resection provides excellent recovery, and recurrence rates are low.

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Dr Panchal co-publishes an article on Anterior and Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion With Supplemental Interspinous Process Fixation: Outcomes from a Multicenter, Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Study

Abstract: Background Rigid interspinous process fixation (ISPF) has received consideration as an efficient, minimally disruptive technique in supporting lumbar interbody fusion. However, despite advantageous intraoperative utility, limited evidence exists characterizing midterm to long-term clinical outcomes with ISPF. The objective of this multicenter study was to prospectively assess patients receiving single-level anterior (ALIF) or lateral (LLIF) lumbar interbody fusion with adjunctive ISPF. Methods This was a prospective, randomized, multicenter (11 investigators), noninferiority trial.

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Dr Panchal co-publishes an article on unique complications of percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy

Abstract: Percutaneous endoscopic discectomy (PED) includes 2 main procedures: percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD) and percutaneous endoscopic interlaminar discectomy (PEID), both of which are minimally invasive surgical procedures that effectively deal with lumbar degenerative disorders. Because of the challenging learning curve for the surgeon and the individual characteristics of each patient, preventing and avoiding complications is difficult.

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Dr Panchal co-publishes an article on The Management of Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak After Anterior Cervical Decompression Surgery

Abstract: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak is a rare but potentially troublesome and occasionally catastrophic complication after anterior cervical decompression surgery. There is limited literature describing this complication, and the management of CSF leak varies. The aim of this study was to retrospectively review the treatment of cases with CSF leak and develop a management algorithm. A series of 14 patients with CSF leak from January 2011 to May 2016 were included in this study. Their characteristics, management of CSF leak, and outcomes were documented

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Dr Panchal co-publishes an article on cervical spine fractures in osteopetrosis.

Abstract: While management of appendicular fractures has been well described in the setting of osteopetrosis, there is limited information on managing fractures of the axial spine. Here we present an osteopetrotic patient with multiple traumatic multiple, comminuted, unstable cervical spinal fractures managed with non-operative stabilization, and provide a review of the pathophysiology, genetic characteristics, and special considerations that must be explored when determining operative versus non-operative management of spinal injury in osteopetrosis.

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09/08/2017 Program Co-Chair, 52nd Annual Scoliosis Research Society meeting, Lunchtime symposium: Adult Spinal Deformity for the Early Career Deformity Surgeons
06/19/2017 China MIDLF & OLIF Course, Memphis, TN  –  Taught surgeons from China, Japan and Taiwan

Ripul Panchal from UC Davis Health System: Finding New Approaches for Spinal Surgery, MD Magazine Video Interview. Video Interview.  Sacramento, California.

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06/30/2015 Cervical Spine Degenerative Disorders and Management, Webinar, Course Chair, Dr. Panchal develops a webinar for North American Spine Society that provides a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to the degenerative cervical spine, including a review of the anatomy and biomechanics of the cervical spine, clinical examination, common cervical degenerative pathologies and their managements (operative and non-operative). In addition, the session will address post-operative care.