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Mri of the spine

D K Boruah, A Prakash, B B Gogoi, R R Yadav, D D Dhingani, B Sarma
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Hirayama disease is a benign focal amyotrophy of the distal upper limbs involving C7, C8, and T1 segmental myotomes with sparing of the brachioradialis and proximal muscles of the upper limb innervated by C5-6 myotomes. The objective of the present study was to study the utility of MR imaging in young patients presenting with weakness and wasting of the distal upper extremity and to evaluate the importance of the laminodural space during flexion cervical MR imaging...
March 15, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Xiao Wu, Ajay Malhotra, Bertie Geng, Vivek B Kalra, Khalid Abbed, Howard P Forman, Pina Sanelli
Importance: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) continues to be performed for cervical clearance of obtunded blunt trauma, despite poor evidence regarding its utility after a normal computed tomographic (CT) finding. Objective: To evaluate the utility and cost-effectiveness of MRI vs no follow-up after a normal cervical CT finding in patients with obtunded blunt trauma. Design, Setting and Participants: This cost-effectiveness analysis evaluated an average patient aged 40 years with blunt trauma from an institutional practice...
March 14, 2018: JAMA Surgery
Galateia J Kazakia, Julio Carballido-Gamio, Andrew Lai, Lorenzo Nardo, Luca Facchetti, Courtney Pasco, Chiyuan A Zhang, Misung Han, Amanda Hutton Parrott, Phyllis Tien, Roland Krug
Background: There is evidence that human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and antiretroviral therapy (ART) are independent risk factors for osteoporosis and fracture which is not solely explained by changes in bone mineral density. Thus, we hypothesized that the assessment of trabecular microstructure might play an important role for bone quality in this population and might explain the increased fracture risk. In this study, we have assessed bone microstructure in the proximal femur using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as well as in the extremities using high resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT) in HIV-infected men and healthy controls and compared these findings to those based on areal bone mineral density (aBMD) derived from dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) which is the standard clinical parameter for the diagnosis of osteoporosis...
February 2018: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
Yasutaka Tajima, Hiroaki Yaguchi, Yasunori Mito
To date, the only instance of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) in Japan was reported from the southern part of Hokkaido Island in 1993; no other cases have been reported since then. We herein report the first case of TBE reported in the central part of Hokkaido Island, and describe the fatal clinical course of a patient who presented with meningoencephalomyelitis, which partly involved the nerve root. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the patient's cranium and spine revealed characteristic central nervous system involvement...
2018: Internal Medicine
Maria Oliveira, James Fraser McConnell, Thomas W Maddox, Daniel Sanchez-Masian, Rita Gonçalves
The constructive interference in steady state (CISS) sequence has been widely used in human neuroimaging. It has been shown to be advantageous in the evaluation of intra-axial and extra-axial cystic abnormalities, arteriovenous and dysraphic malformations and disturbances of cerebrospinal fluid circulation. To assess the utility of this technique in small animals, interpretations based on this sequence were compared with those based on T2-weighted (T2W) sequences in 145 dogs that underwent MRI of the spine for suspected spinal cord disease...
March 14, 2018: Veterinary Record
Xiaoming Liu, Fumin Pan, Zhaoyu Ba, Shanjin Wang, Desheng Wu
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus (DM) and low back pain which is mainly caused by degeneration of the intervertebral discs (IVDs) both are major public health problem worldwide. The present study was designed to investigate the association between type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D) and severity of lumbar disc degeneration (LDD). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed patients with low back pain visiting our spine clinic in 2014. Low back pain patients all have the lumbar MRI imaging and no previous treatment...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Kivanc Atesok, Nobuhiro Tanaka, Andrew O'Brien, Yohan Robinson, Dachling Pang, Donald Deinlein, Sakthivel Rajaram Manoharan, Jason Pittman, Steven Theiss
"Spinal Cord Injury without Radiographic Abnormality" (SCIWORA) is a term that denotes objective clinical signs of posttraumatic spinal cord injury without evidence of fracture or malalignment on plain radiographs and computed tomography (CT) of the spine. SCIWORA is most commonly seen in children with a predilection for the cervical spinal cord due to the increased mobility of the cervical spine, the inherent ligamentous laxity, and the large head-to-body ratio during childhood. However, SCIWORA can also be seen in adults and, in rare cases, the thoracolumbar spinal cord can be affected too...
2018: Advances in Orthopedics
Costansia Bureta, Hiroyuki Tominaga, Takuya Yamamoto, Takao Setoguchi, Hideki Kawamura, Satoshi Nagano, Ichiro Kawamura, Masahiko Abematsu, Hironori Kakoi, Yasuhiro Ishidou, Setsuro Komiya
BACKGROUND: Here we report a rare case of lumbar spine epidural abscess and facet joint septic arthritis caused by Streptococcus agalactiae, which had spread to the iliopsoas muscles, leading to urine retention. CASE PRESENTATION: A 68-year-old woman with low back pain experienced a sudden onset of bilateral lower limb weakness, it was followed 14 days later by urine retention. At consultation, magnetic resonance imaging and identification of serum β-hemolytic streptococci provided a diagnosis of Streptococcus agalactiae infection...
March 13, 2018: BMC Surgery
Mark P Sykes, Louise Hamilton, Colin Jones, Karl Gaffney
Objective: Acute anterior uveitis (AAU) is the most common extra-articular manifestation of axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA). In this study, patients presenting with AAU were evaluated clinically and with MRI in order to estimate the prevalence of axSpA. Methods: Consecutive patients presenting to a university teaching hospital between February 2014 and March 2015 with AAU were invited to participate. Those with a history of chronic back pain (CBP) beginning <45 years were evaluated clinically and with MRI of thoracolumbar spine and sacroiliac joints...
2018: RMD Open
Hongli Wang, Chi Sun, Shuo Yang, Jianyuan Jiang, Feizhou Lu, Xiaosheng Ma, Xinlei Xia
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the cervical spine alignment and range of motion (ROM) of neck flexion in patients with Hirayama disease (HD). METHODS: A total of 50 male patients were included, with dynamic radiographs and MRI analyzed retrospectively. The Cobb angles for the entire cervical spine (C2-7) and each level (C2/3-C6/7) were measured, and the neck flexion ROM was defined as the neutral Cobb angle minus the flexion Cobb angle. Paired t-tests and Wilcoxon's sign rank tests were used to compare the Cobb angles and ROM between radiographs and MRI...
March 9, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Linda I Suleiman, Kenneth A Weber, Brett D Rosenthal, Surabhi A Bhatt, Jason W Savage, Wellington K Hsu, Alpesh A Patel, Todd B Parrish
Magnetization transfer (MT) contrast has been established as a marker of myelin integrity, and cervical spondylotic myelopathy is known to cause demyelination. Ten patients with clinical and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) manifestations of cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) were compared to the MRIs of seven historic healthy controls, using the magnetization transfer ratio (MTR) and Nurick scores as the primary metrics. Transverse slices through the intervertebral discs of the cervical spine were acquired using a gradient echo sequence (MEDIC) with and without an MT saturation pulse on a 3 Tesla Siemens Prisma scanner (TR = 300 ms, TEeff  = 17 ms, flip angle = 30°, in-plane resolution = 0...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Daniel Novick, Raina Wallace, Jody C DiGiacomo, Anand Kumar, Steven Lev, L D George Angus
BACKGROUND: The newest CT scanners provide resolution comparable to MRIs leading many to question when and whether cervical spine MRIs are warranted. METHODS: An 8 year retrospective review identified 241 patients who underwent CT scan and MRI of the cervical spine. The initial clinical examination, cervical spine CT scan, and cervical spine MRI were compared to identify cervical spine injuries that would have been missed had the MRI not been performed. RESULTS: The CT scans were normal in 153 patients, and abnormal in 88...
March 6, 2018: American Journal of Surgery
Anna Fabis-Strobin, Miroslaw Topol, Jaroslaw Fabis, Kryspin Niedzielski, Michal Podgorski, Lukasz Strobin, Michal Polguj
INTRODUCTION: Although the pathomechanism of isolated infraspinatus atrophy (ISA) in throwing sports is known to be traction, it is unclear why only some players are affected. One likely explanation is that the infraspinatus pulling force exerted by its contracture generate the compressive resultant component force (Fn) compressing the lateral trunk of the suprascapular nerve (LTSN) against the edge of scapular spine. This paper makes two key assumptions (1) the course of LTSN in relation to the scapular spine, defined as the suprascapular-scapular spine angle (SSSA) is the key individual anatomical feature influencing the Fn magnitude, and thus potentially ISA development (2) SSSA is correlated with scapular notch type...
March 9, 2018: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
Hao Yin, Guang Han, Qiang Li, Xuejun He, Congyang Wang
OBJECTIVE: This research aimed to gain a better understanding of the relationship between cervical posterior open-door laminoplasty on axial symptoms, the net cross-sectional area of paraspinal muscles, and the degree of pimelosis. METHOD: A retrospective study was conducted on a consecutive series of 37 patients who had underwent cervical posterior open-door laminoplasty + lateral mass fixation and bone graft fusion between January 2015 and July 2015. All patients received postoperative examinations at 6 months and 18 months after the operation...
March 9, 2018: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
Soliman Oushy, Lucas P Carlstrom, William E Krauss
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE: Transverse ligament cysts (TLC) are rare, surgically complex lesions arising posterior to the odontoid process of C2. Direct compression of the cervicomedullary junction is a devastating consequence of untreated lesions. We report the first case of spontaneous TLC regression without surgical intervention. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: A 75-yr-old woman presented to an outside hospital with acute episodes of left face and upper extremity numbness...
March 5, 2018: Neurosurgery
Natalie E Parks, Gaurav Goyal, Ronald S Go, Jay Mandrekar, W Oliver Tobin
Background: We describe the neuroradiologic features of a cohort of patients with Erdheim-Chester disease. Methods: We assessed patients at Mayo Clinic Rochester between January 1, 1990, and July 31, 2016, with pathologically confirmed Erdheim-Chester disease (n = 53). Results: Neuroimaging, including head CT (n = 17), brain MRI (n = 39), orbital MRI (n = 15), and spine MRI (n = 16), was available for 42 participants. Median age at diagnosis was 55 years (interquartile range 46-66) with higher male prevalence (33:20)...
February 2018: Neurology. Clinical Practice
Junji Kamogawa, Osamu Kato, Tatsunori Morizane
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to introduce a new method of producing three-dimensional (3D) images of vertebral venous plexuses (VVPs) by 3D-MRI with and without contrast media, to identify pathoanatomical features that might accelerate or modify spinal canal stenosis. METHODS: We used a 1.5-T MRI unit with two different 3D sequences with and without contrast media. Multi planar reconstruction (MPR) images of VVPs could be obtained by volume image subtraction methods with a workstation for dural sac from whole 3D volume MPR without contrast media, using images before and after gadoteridol injection...
March 7, 2018: Japanese Journal of Radiology
Grzegorz Guzik
BACKGROUND: Thoracic spine cancer metastases is frequently the cause of neurological deficits. Despite the availability of diagnostics, delays in treatment are still quite common. The aim of this work is to analyze the reasons for delayed diagnostics and treatment, in patients with neurological deficits in the course of metastatic spine disease. METHODS: In our study patients medical data was analyzed from 2013 to 2015. The analysis covered the following aspects: symptoms of metastases, time of neurological deficits occurrence, where and when initial diagnostics were performed, time from diagnosis to proper surgical treatment in an oncological centre...
March 7, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
F Gilbert, T M Heintel, M G Jakubietz, H Köstler, C Sebald, R H Meffert, A M Weng
BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive pedicle screw fixation has less approach-related morbidity than open screw placement and is allegedly less traumatizing on paravertebral muscles, as there is no requirement to mobilize and retract the adjacent muscle portion. The approach-related long-term effects to the morphology of the paravertebral muscles are unknown. The purpose of this study was to compare the long-term amount of fatty degeneration of the multifidus muscle in patients treated with a classical open or a minimally invasive approach...
March 7, 2018: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Georg Hille, Sylvia Saalfeld, Steffen Serowy, Klaus Tönnies
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: In this work we propose a 3D vertebral body segmentation approach for clinical magnetic resonance (MR) spine imaging. So far, vertebrae segmentation approaches in MR spine imaging are either limited to particular MR imaging sequences or require minutes to compute, which can be hindering in clinical routine. The major contribution of our work is a reasonably precise segmentation result, within seconds and with minimal user interaction, for spine MR imaging commonly used in clinical routine...
March 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
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