82 e-Letters

  • Drive on
    David A. Rubin

    I am glad to see that my letter has piqued the interest of interventional neuroradiologists like Dr. Jagadeesan. I agree with him that no one should be running a fellowship that does not have the volume to expose trainees to enough cases so that they may obtain the necessary experience to practice safely. However, I think he has misunderstood my point. As I stated about the original piece, "I have no objection to the lo...

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  • CT Perfusion or Time Criteria for Endovascular Stroke Management?
    Pascal Jabbour

    Nohra Chalouhi M.D., Stavropoula Tjoumakaris M.D.,and Pascal Jabbour M.D.

    We read with great interest the article by Turk et al[1] assessing the safety and efficacy of endovascular stroke intervention based on CT perfusion (CTP) criteria. The authors are to be congratulated for this excellent report and for achieving remarkably high rates of favorable outcomes (42%) in stroke patients with poor neurological sta...

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  • Are there too many fellowships, or not enough training?
    Dr. Buddy Connors

    As a participant in the creation of the original ACGME ESNR fellowship training standards, I read the article concerning fellowship suspension with great interest (1). The paper is timely and thorough. It is unfortunate that the Neurointerventional world is dealing with so many unknowns. We do not seem to know how many we are, where we work, what we do, or where we were trained. The problem is very well summarized at...

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  • MOC-and the Certification Industrial Complex: Taking money and providing no value
    Paul Kempen

    Hirsh and Meyers espouse that same party line of the many private non -governmental agencies (and academics who will personally benefit from this program) who wish to impose private interest group-unproven corporate interests upon practicing physicians. They continue to state MOC is "voluntary" and then describe the many ways these "non-profit" corporations (who earn handsomely and have over $400 million in assets and as g...

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  • Abolishing Neurointerventional Fellowship Training: A Reality Check
    David A. Rubin

    Dear Sir:

    I am not a neurosurgeon, neuroradiologist, nor interventionalist. In fact, I am not a regular reader of your journal. However, the article entitled "Should Neurointerventional Fellowship Training Be Suspended Indefinitely?" by David Fiorella, et al., was brought to my attention, unsolicited, by several different medical web sites. I have no objection to the logic and opinions expressed, and actually h...

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  • Re:Caution during use of DDAVP in IPSS
    Rahmi Oklu

    Dear Sir,

    We thank the authors for their letter entitled, "Caution during use of DDAVP in IPSS," by Drs. Pecori Giraldi, Federici, and Cavagnini. The authors suggest that because of the hypercoagulable state that characterizes Cushing disease, DDAVP may not be safe since it has been shown to increase the level of von Willebrand factor (vWF) and could therefore lead to platelet adhesion and cause thromboembolism...

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  • Caution during use of DDAVP in IPSS
    Francesca Pecori Giraldi

    Dear Sir, we have read with great interest the paper by Deipolyi and co-workers on the use of desmopressin during inferior petrosal sinus sampling (IPSS) in alternative to corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) for the diagnostic work-up of Cushing's disease (1). As the Authors report, evidence collected in small series suggests that desmopressin achieves an equivalent diagnostic accuracy to CRH, thus appears a tempting...

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  • Revisionist History
    Colin P. Derdeyn

    The reply from Perez et al to my letter of March 2012 is misleading and wrong in two important regards.1 First, they state that their report of the use of the solitaire stent for thrombectomy was just a case report, "nothing else". 2 This is not true. In fact, they explicitly use this report, both in the abstract and conclusion to lay claim for developing the stentreiever concept for thrombectomy: "This was the first...

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  • Yes, Neurointerventional Fellowship Training Should Absolutely be Suspended!
    Kennith F. Layton

    We would like to add our strong support to the recent editorial by Fiorella, et al. Dr. Fiorella and his colleagues should be congratulated for pointing out the giant elephant in the room. The government, insurers and patients are increasingly demanding more quality, safety and value from the healthcare dollar and, like it or not, we can no longer ignore their pleas. Dr. Fiorella has eloquently shown us with widely ava...

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  • Efficacy of Endovascular Stroke Management in Elderly Patients
    Stavropoula I. Tjoumakaris

    We would like to thank Dr Hirsch and colleagues from Massachusetts General Hospital for their insightful comment on our paper.1 The authors advocate a more cautious conclusion regarding the efficacy of endovascular stroke intervention in the elderly since a control group of younger patients is lacking in our study. Although comparison to a younger group of patients is interesting, such data can hardly be used for drawing...

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