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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329748/extensive-multilevel-split-laminotomy-for-debulking-a-cervicothoracolumbar-nondysraphic-intramedullary-spinal-cord-lipoma-in-a-2-month-old-infant
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Ha Son Nguyen, Sean Lew
INTRODUCTION: Laminectomy is the traditional approach for posterior exposure of the spinal canal for tumor resection. Another technique is split laminotomy, which entails the division and retraction of the spinous processes and laminae to access the thecal sac. This technique has been employed for small-segment exposures, but not extensively explored for long-segment exposures. CASE: A 2-month-old male presented with progressive right-leg plegia. MRI of the spine revealed a large, intramedullary spinal-cord lipoma extending from C6 to L5...
March 23, 2017: Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329641/differences-in-incidence-and-persistence-of-atopic-dermatitis-by-race-ethnicity
#2
M Blomberg, S L Rifas-Shiman, Ca Jr Camargo, D R Gold, J P Thyssen, A A Litonjua, M W Gillman, M M Asgari, E Oken
BackgroundMost studies on racial disparities in childhood atopic dermatitis (AD) did not consider persistent AD or account for differences in vitamin D status.MethodsAmong 1418 children recruited from a Massachusetts HMO into the pre-birth Project Viva cohort, we examined associations of child's race/ethnicity with maternal report of child's AD diagnosis by annual questionnaires. We used multivariable logistic regression adjusted for socio- demographics (maternal education, household income, smoking exposure, parental atopy, breastfeeding duration, child sex) and cord blood 25-hydroxyvitamin D, to estimate odds ratios (OR) of incident AD by early childhood (median age 3...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329371/rare-spinal-cord-infarction-in-a-patient-with-acute-type-b-aortic-dissection
#3
Yuji Sekine, Takeshi Nishina, Yuichi Ueda
A 69-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with acute epigastric discomfort and subsequent paraplegia. Computed tomography revealed acute type B aortic dissection with a thrombosed false lumen. Magnetic resonance imaging did not reveal spinal cord infarction. Paraplegia resolved completely within 1 h. However, on the following day, the patient developed motor impairment in the left leg, sensory disorder of the bilateral legs and urinary retention. The symptoms gradually improved with conservative medical therapy...
February 20, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329160/maternal-microchimerism-predicts-increased-infection-but-decreased-disease-due-to-p-falciparum-during-early-childhood
#4
Whitney E Harrington, Sami B Kanaan, Atis Muehlenbachs, Robert Morrison, Philip Stevenson, Michal Fried, Patrick E Duffy, J Lee Nelson
BACKGROUND: A mother's infection with placental malaria (PM) can affect her child's susceptibility to malaria, although the mechanism remains unclear. The fetus acquires a small amount of maternal cells and DNA known as maternal microchimerism (MMc), and we hypothesized that PM increases MMc and that MMc alters risk of P. falciparum malaria during infancy. METHODS: In a nested cohort from Muheza, Tanzania, we evaluated the presence and level of cord blood MMc in offspring of women with and without PM...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329046/spinal-cord-protection-during-thoracoabdominal-aortic-replacement-spinal-cord-perfusion-maintenance
#5
Gaku Uchino, Keiji Yunoki, Naoya Sakoda, Shigeru Hattori, Takuya Kawabata, Munehiro Saiki, Yasufumi Fujita, Kunikazu Hisamochi, Hideo Yoshida
OBJECTIVES: Spinal cord protection during thoracoabdominal aortic surgery is challenging for surgeons. We performed thoracoabdominal replacement using a strategy for maintaining spinal cord perfusion pressure. Here, we report our experience with this procedure and the surgical outcomes. METHODS: Between January 2000 and December 2014, 130 patients [male: 91 (74.6%), female: 39 (25.4%); mean age: 66.6 ± 12.8 years] underwent thoracoabdominal replacement using cardiopulmonary bypass at Hiroshima Shimin Hospital, Japan...
February 6, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328849/protrusion-of-a-rod-into-the-spinal-canal-10-years-after-segmental-lumbar-spine-surgery
#6
Siyi Cai, Xiangyi Kong, Chengrui Yan, Yipeng Wang, Xueshuai Wan, Jialu Zhang, Guixing Qiu, Keyi Yu
The objective of this article is to report an unusual case of a spinal rod that protruded into the spinal canal after lumbar spine surgery.Only 4 cases of spinal rod migration with protrusion into the spinal canal have been reported. This is the first report of a case involving the use of posterior low lumbar segmental instrumentation with a screw-rod system. The left side of the rod gradually migrated and finally protruded into the canal and compressed the cord.A 60-year-old woman presented with pain and numbness of the posterior aspect of the left leg after a long-distance walk...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328810/prediction-of-the-mid-tracheal-level-using-surface-anatomical-landmarks-in-adults-clinical-implication-of-endotracheal-tube-insertion-depth
#7
Young-Eun Jang, Eun-Hee Kim, In-Kyung Song, Ji-Hyun Lee, Ho-Geoul Ryu, Hee-Soo Kim, Jin-Tae Kim
Endotracheal tube (ETT) should be placed at the optimal level to avoid single lung ventilation or accidental extubation. This study was performed to estimate the mid-tracheal level by using surface anatomical landmarks in adult patients.Neck computed tomography images of 329 adult patients between the ages of 16 and 79 years were reviewed. In the midline sagittal plane, the levels corresponding to the vocal cords, cricoid cartilage, suprasternal notch, manubriosternal junction, and carina were identified. The surface distances from the cricoid cartilage to the suprasternal notch (extCC-SSN) and that from the suprasternal notch to the manubriosternal junction (extSSN-MSJ) were measured...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328589/cervical-retrograde-spinal-cord-stimulation-lead-placement-to-treat-failed-back-surgery-syndrome-a-case-report
#8
Noud van Helmond, Caroline N Kardaszewski, Kenneth B Chapman
Spinal cord stimulation is an effective treatment modality for refractory neuropathic pain conditions, but the placement of leads can be challenging due to unforeseen anatomical variations. We used a retrograde C7-T1 approach to place a lead at the bottom of T8 in a patient suffering from failed back surgery syndrome. We were able to achieve adequate stimulation in her lower back and legs, which resulted in significant reduction in pain intensity during the spinal cord stimulation trial. Cervical retrograde placement of leads may represent an alternative method for successful placement of percutaneous leads in patients with abnormal anatomy due to thoracic postsurgical changes...
March 15, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328160/co-morbidities-in-severe-asthma-clinical-impact-and-management
#9
REVIEW
Celeste Porsbjerg, Andrew Menzies-Gow
Patients with severe asthma represent a minority of the total asthma population, but carry a majority of the morbidity and healthcare costs. Achieving better asthma control in this group of patients is therefore of key importance. Systematic assessment of patients with possible severe asthma to identify treatment barriers and triggers of asthma symptoms, including co-morbidities, improves asthma control and reduces healthcare costs and is recommended by international guidelines on management of severe asthma...
March 22, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327951/hpv16-dna-and-integration-in-normal-and-malignant-epithelium-implications-for-the-etiology-of-laryngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#10
X Chen, L Gao, E M Sturgis, Z Liang, Y Zhu, X Xia, X Zhu, X Chen, G Li, Z Gao
Background: Molecular evidence suggests that human papillomavirus (HPV) has a role in the etiology of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. However, the role of HPV in laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma (LSCC) is unclear. Patients and Methods: We conducted a case-control study using tumor tissue specimens from 300 LSCC patients and vocal cord polyp specimens from 300 cancer-free controls. HPV genotype, HPV16 viral load and viral integration status, and p16 expression were determined...
January 23, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327940/the-nationwide-burden-of-neurological-conditions-requiring-emergency-neurosurgery
#11
Rafael De la Garza Ramos, C Rory Goodwin, Jonathan Nakhla, Rani Nasser, Reza Yassari, Eugene S Flamm, Ali Bydon, Geoffrey Colby, Daniel M Sciubba
BACKGROUND: Neurosurgical emergencies are an important cause of disability and mortality. OBJECTIVE: To examine the nationwide burden of neurological conditions requiring emergency neurosurgery. METHODS: The Nationwide Inpatient Sample database (2002-2011) was queried to identify adult patients with a primary discharge diagnosis of a neurosurgical condition who were admitted urgently/emergently or through a trauma center and underwent surgical intervention within 2 days of admission...
March 10, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327939/a-new-classification-for-pathologies-of-spinal-meninges-part-1-dural-cysts-dissections-and-ectasias
#12
Jörg Klekamp
BACKGROUND: The clinical significance of pathologies of the spinal dura is often unclear and their management controversial. OBJECTIVE: To classify spinal dural pathologies analogous to vascular aneurysms, present their symptoms and surgical results. METHODS: Among 1519 patients with spinal space-occupying lesions, 66 patients demonstrated dural pathologies. Neuroradiological and surgical features were reviewed and clinical data analyzed. RESULTS: Saccular dural diverticula (type I, n = 28) caused by defects of both dural layers, dissections between dural layers (type II, n = 29) due to defects of the inner layer, and dural ectasias (type III, n = 9) related to structural changes of the dura were distinguished...
March 17, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327838/-evaluation-of-minimum-thresholds-of-cellularity-in-units-of-umbilical-cord-blood-at-instituto-nacional-materno-perinatal-in-peru
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Diana Torres, Willy Cerón, Belinda Córdova, Ricardo Rodríguez, Efraín Cabrera, Raúl Alegría, José M Cóndor
A cross-sectional study that included 100 units of umbilical cord blood (UCB) was conducted to evaluate the minimum criteria of cellularity in UCB units, according to NetCord standards at Instituto Nacional Materno Perinatal in Lima, Peru. The volume, total count of nucleated cells by hematological tests and total number of CD34+ as well as cell viability by flow cytometry were determined. The study revealed that 56% of UCB units do not fulfill the minimum criteria of cellularity to be cryopreserved in an umbilical cord blood bank...
October 2016: Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327544/fmnl-formins-boost-lamellipodial-force-generation
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Frieda Kage, Moritz Winterhoff, Vanessa Dimchev, Jan Mueller, Tobias Thalheim, Anika Freise, Stefan Brühmann, Jana Kollasser, Jennifer Block, Georgi Dimchev, Matthias Geyer, Hans-Joachim Schnittler, Cord Brakebusch, Theresia E B Stradal, Marie-France Carlier, Michael Sixt, Josef Käs, Jan Faix, Klemens Rottner
Migration frequently involves Rac-mediated protrusion of lamellipodia, formed by Arp2/3 complex-dependent branching thought to be crucial for force generation and stability of these networks. The formins FMNL2 and FMNL3 are Cdc42 effectors targeting to the lamellipodium tip and shown here to nucleate and elongate actin filaments with complementary activities in vitro. In migrating B16-F1 melanoma cells, both formins contribute to the velocity of lamellipodium protrusion. Loss of FMNL2/3 function in melanoma cells and fibroblasts reduces lamellipodial width, actin filament density and -bundling, without changing patterns of Arp2/3 complex incorporation...
March 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327433/sonographic-prediction-of-outcome-of-vacuum-deliveries-a-multicenter-prospective-cohort-study
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Birgitte H Kahrs, Sana Usman, Tullio Ghi, Aly Youssef, Erik A Torkildsen, Elsa Lindtjørn, Tilde B Østborg, Sigurlaug Benediktsdottir, Lis Brooks, Lotte Harmsen, Pål R Romundstad, Kjell Å Salvesen, Christoph C Lees, Torbjørn M Eggebø
BACKGROUND: Safe management of the second stage of labor is of great importance. Unnecessary interventions should be avoided and correct timing of interventions focused. Ultrasound assessment of fetal position and station has a potential to improve the precision in diagnosing and managing prolonged or arrested labors. The decision to perform vacuum delivery is traditionally based on subjective assessment by digital vaginal examination and clinical expertise and there is currently no method of objectively quantifying the likelihood of successful delivery...
March 18, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327297/first-proof-of-bismuth-oxide-nanoparticles-as-efficient-radiosensitisers-on-highly-radioresistant-cancer-cells
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Callum Stewart, Konstantin Konstantinov, Sally McKinnon, Susanna Guatelli, Michael Lerch, Anatoly Rosenfeld, Moeava Tehei, Stéphanie Corde
This study provides the first proof of the novel application of bismuth oxide as a radiosensitiser. It was shown that on the highly radioresistant 9L gliosarcoma cell line, bismuth oxide nanoparticles sensitise to both kilovoltage (kVp) or megavoltage (MV) X-rays radiation. 9L cells were exposed to a concentration of 50μg.mL(-1) of nanoparticle before irradiation at 125kVp and 10MV. Sensitisation enhancement ratios of 1.48 and 1.25 for 125kVp and 10MV were obtained in vitro, respectively. The radiation enhancement of the nanoparticles is postulated to be a combination of the high Z nature of the bismuth (Z=83), and the surface chemistry...
November 2016: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327161/rehabilitation-of-hand-function-after-spinal-cord-injury-using-a-novel-handgrip-device-a-pilot-study
#17
Haydn Hoffman, Tiffany Sierro, Tianyi Niu, Melanie E Sarino, Majid Sarrafzadeh, David McArthur, V Reggie Edgerton, Daniel C Lu
BACKGROUND: Activity-based therapy (ABT) for patients with spinal cord injury (SCI), which consists of repetitive use of muscles above and below the spinal lesion, improves locomotion and arm strength. Less data has been published regarding its effects on hand function. We sought to evaluate the effects of a weekly hand-focused therapy program using a novel handgrip device on grip strength and hand function in a SCI cohort. METHODS: Patients with SCI were enrolled in a weekly program that involved activities with the MediSens (Los Angeles, CA) handgrip...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327094/finger-tapping-impairments-are-highly-sensitive-for-evaluating-upper-motor-neuron-lesions
#18
Afsaneh Shirani, Braeden D Newton, Darin T Okuda
BACKGROUND: Identifying highly sensitive and reliable neurological exam components are crucial in recognizing clinical deficiencies. This study aimed to investigate finger tapping performance differences between patients with CNS demyelinating lesions and healthy control subjects. METHODS: Twenty-three patients with multiple sclerosis or clinically isolated syndrome with infratentorial and/or cervical cord lesions on MRI, and 12 healthy controls were videotaped while tapping the tip of the index finger against the tip and distal crease of the thumb using both the dominant and non-dominant hand...
March 21, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326962/intrauterine-fetal-death-with-vanishing-gastroschisis-and-post-mortem-examination-findings
#19
Alexandra Frances Jolley, Elizabeth Jane Beare, Jeremy Granger, Catherine Lucy Cord-Udy, Peter Muller, Lynette Moore
We present a severe case of vanishing gastroschisis resulting in intrauterine death with post mortem examination findings. Gastroschisis is defined as a full thickness paraumbilical abdominal wall defect associated with evisceration of fetal intestine. It is almost always right-sided. Vanishing gastroschisis is an extremely rare form of gastroschisis that results in short bowel syndrome due to exteriorized bowel disconnected from the lumen of the rest of the bowel proximally as well as distally in association with partial or complete closure of the abdominal wall...
March 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326946/polyamidoamine-dendrimer-conjugated-triamcinolone-acetonide-attenuates-nerve-injury-induced-spinal-cord-microglia-activation-and-mechanical-allodynia
#20
Hwisung Kim, Boomin Choi, Hyoungsub Lim, Hyunjung Min, Jae Hoon Oh, Sunghyun Choi, Joung Goo Cho, Jong-Sang Park, Sung Joong Lee
Background Accumulating evidence on the causal role of spinal cord microglia activation in the development of neuropathic pain after peripheral nerve injury suggests that microglial activation inhibitors might be useful analgesics for neuropathic pain. Studies also have shown that polyamidoamine dendrimer may function as a drug delivery vehicle to microglia in the central nervous system. In this regard, we developed polyamidoamine dendrimer-conjugated triamcinolone acetonide, a previously identified microglial activation inhibitor, and tested its analgesic efficacy in a mouse peripheral nerve injury model...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
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