Clinical Neuroscience

[Hemispherical tuberculoma]

SZABÓ Gyula1

MARCH 11, 1954

Clinical Neuroscience - 1954;7(01)

[Its frequency is shown differently by statistics of different authors. Their ratio to total tumors of the brain, according to Anglo-Saxon authors (1), is 1.5% -3.6%. In data from Soviet neurosurgical institutes (2), 2.1–3.4% of all brain tumors were tuberculoma. The reason for the differences in the statistics is that tuberculoma often does not undergo neurosurgery but is detected only by autopsy.]


  1. Budapesti Orvostudományi Egyetem Ideg-elmeklinikája Idegsebészeti Intézet



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[1. Data from the literature differ on the association between brain tumor and pregnancy. Some say in animal experiments that pregnancy delays or has no effect on tumor growth, others say it specifically accelerates it. Few cases have been reported in humans in which pregnancy did not adversely affect brain tumor symptoms. In 80% of adverse events, childbirth exacerbated brain tumor symptoms. 2. In 14 years among 221 women with brain cancer , 17 pregnant, resp. we observed patients who already had a brain tumor during the last pregnancy. 3. In six cases, pregnancy and childbirth had no detectable effect on the tumor. With the onset of cancerous symptoms, resp. pregnancy can be directly related to pregnancy in 6 cases and childbirth in 2 cases (47%). In three cases, the co-occurrence of pregnancy and cancer symptoms is apparently an accidental encounter. 4. Based on our own cases, the essence of the issue of the relationship between pregnancy and brain tumor is not the growth retardation or in the problem of acceleratio, but the cases are approx. half of it is seen in the upset of intracranial hydrodynamic balance due to gestational disorders. 5. Things to do change from time to time. Radical neurosurgery or, if this is not possible, subtemporal or posterior scala decompression. In the latter case, cesarean delivery may be recommended. In previously operated cases, if the surgery was not radical or the tumor is prone to recurrence, an abortion is warranted if the patient's condition has not deteriorated. If you have already had threatening tumor symptoms, reoperation is the right solution. In the case of pituitary adenoma, artificial abortion must be performed when the tumor symptoms worsen.]

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[Experimental data on the mechanism of the tetanus inhibitory reflex]


[1. Our various tetanus interventions: During max. flexion, extension, trunk flexion, and slight compression of the chest, one or more muscle groups are always stretched. Prolongation of muscle or tendon is an adequate stimulus of proprioceptive receptors. Proprioceptive stimuli trigger the tetanus reflex. 2. Tetanus inhibition lasts only as long as the muscle is kept stretched. 3. During inhibition, the animal is capable of appropriate reflex movement. 4. The anti-tetanus reflex, when properly affected, also develops in the spinal cord of an incised animal during transection. 5. Clonus spasms caused by Cardiazol cannot be reduced by effects based on muscle or muscle elongation. 6. If the spinal cord is cut at the height of one of the dorsal segments and then the animal is poisoned with strychnine, the known effect on the pharmacy develops weaker and later during the incision.]

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