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Veronica Cuevas' Story

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 |  Tuesday Aug 1, 2017 | Share This Item

Veronica Cuevas was at a trampoline park with her friends when she did a back flip and landed on her feet. Immediately, she knew something was wrong.

“I had a sharp pain on the base of my head. I couldn't hear. I couldn't walk to get water or anything. It was the worst pain I felt in my life.”

When the pain persisted, Veronica decided to go to an ER in Corpus Christi. A CT scan revealed that there was blood in her brain. Her doctors determined that she had an aneurysm. Because they were unable to treat her, Veronica was airlifted to UHS. Once she arrived, Lee A. Birnbaum, MD, treated her aneurysm using endovascular coiling. She was then placed under the care of Shaheryar Hafeez, MD, Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, and the neurocritical care team.

“I’m very grateful to them,” Veronica told us. “They are taking good care of me."

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Cadaver Lab

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Tuesday Aug 8, 2017 | Share This Item

Derrick Sun, MD, recently presented a lecture to our residents in which he discussed clinical cases illustrating different types of upper cervical spine trauma as well as anatomy and radiology relevant to the upper cervical spine.

After Dr. Sun’s lecture, the residents went to the cadaver lab to practice the placement of C2 pedicle screws, C1 lateral mass screws, C1-2 transarticular screws, and occipital plates using anatomical landmarks and fluoroscopic guidance. These procedures are used to stabilize someone with upper cervical trauma or atlanto-occipital dissociation (a condition where severe trauma causes the base of skull to be separated from the top of the cervical spine).

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