MUSC's Medical Magazine | Spring 2018

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MUSC Health neurointerventional radiologist Aquilla S. Turk, D.O., discusses preliminary findings from the COMPASS trial, a head-to-head comparison of the direct-aspiration, first-pass technique, pioneered at MUSC Health, and stent retrievers for thrombectomy.

What’s New in the 2018 AHA/ASA Guidelines for Acute Ischemic Stroke?
Edward C. Jauch, M.D., interim chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and one of the authors of the recent guidelines, discusses updates in recommendations for stroke care.

New Techniques for Treating Secondary Effects of Intracerebral Hemorrhage
MUSC Health neurosurgeon Alejandro M. Spiotta, M.D., discusses minimally invasive surgical techniques for evacuation of hematoma in patients with intracerebral hemorrhage.

Deep Brain Stimulation
MUSC Health neurosurgeon Istvan Takacs, M.D., discusses how deep brain stimulation controls symptoms and improves quality of life in patients with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia.

Laser Ablation for the Treatment of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
MUSC Health neurosurgeon William A. Vandergrift, M.D., discusses an alternative to traditional surgery for patients with medication-refractory temporal lobe epilepsy.

Pineal Gland Surgery
Sunil J. Patel, M.D., chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, explains that some pineal cysts are in fact pineocytomas and that their removal provides relief from a novel constellation of symptoms.

Progressnotes CME Articles

Progressnotes is pleased to offer continuing education opportunities in an effort to meet the educational needs of our audience of health care professionals and to address the health care challenges of South Carolina, particularly its high burden of chronic illness. Each issue of Progressnotes, with the exception of the Year in Review, will offer one CME-eligible article. Read additional CME-eligible articles from past issues here.

This Issue's CME Article: Deep Brain Stimulation for the Treatment of Movement Disorders


Eugene S. Hong, M.D., New Chief Physician Executive

New Chief Physician Executive

MUSC Health Welcomes Dr. Eugene Hong as New Chief Physician Executive

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New Physicians

New physicians from the Spring 2018 version of Progressnotes.