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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240677/an-unusual-cause-of-myelopathy-ochronotic-spondyloarthropathy-with-positive-hla-b27
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Sinem Bozkurt, Lale Aktekin, Fatma Gülçin Uğurlu, Serdar Balci, Nebahat Sezer, Selami Akkus
Ochronosis is a late developing complication of alkaptonuria, a black brownish pigment in the fibrous and cartilaginous tissues. Although most previous studies reported alkaptonuria and back pain due to ochronosis, thoracic myelopathy is an extremely rare complication. In this report, a paraparetic patient who has ochronotic spondiloarthropathy with the presence of HLA B27 antigen is described. He had low back and leg pain and morning stiffness for 5 yrs. Last year, these were followed by tingling, numbness, and weakness the in lower extremities and he was operated on with preliminary diagnosis of prolapsed disc herniation and cord compression...
February 24, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237798/p53-mediated-oligodendrocyte-apoptosis-initiates-demyelination-after-compressed-spinal-cord-injury-by-enhancing-er-mitochondria-interaction-and-e2f1-expression
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Lan Ma, Hai-Jun Yu, Sheng-Wei Gan, Rui Gong, Ke-Jie Mou, Jun Xue, Shan-Quan Sun
Oligodendrocyte apoptosis mediated demyelination is a pathological change characteristic of compressed spinal cord injury (CSCI). However, the mechanism of demyelination due to oligodendrocyte apoptosis is not known. In this study, after successfully establishing a rat CSCI model using a custom-made compressor, we investigated the pathological changes, MBP expression, as well as apoptosis-related protein (p53, active caspase-3) expression to determine whether or not apoptosis and demyelination occurred after injury...
February 22, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237218/stereotactic-ablative-body-radiotherapy-for-the-treatment-of-spinal-oligometastases
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J H Chang, S Gandhidasan, R Finnigan, D Whalley, R Nair, A Herschtal, T Eade, A Kneebone, J Ruben, M Foote, S Siva
AIMS: To report multicentre outcomes of patients with spinal oligometastases treated with stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR). The primary objective was to estimate the widespread failure-free survival (WFFS) at 2 years - defined as freedom from metastases not amenable to local salvage therapy and death. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with one to three metastases treated with spinal SABR between January 2010 and July 2014 at four academic institutions were included in this retrospective review...
February 22, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230791/the-temporal-pattern-flux-and-function-of-autophagy-in-spinal-cord-injury
#4
REVIEW
Kailiang Zhou, Charles A Sansur, Huazi Xu, Xiaofeng Jia
Previous studies have indicated that autophagy plays a critical role in spinal cord injury (SCI), including traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) and ischemia-reperfusion spinal cord injury (IRSCI). However, while the understanding of mechanisms underlying autophagy in SCI has progressed, there remain several controversial points: (1) temporal pattern results of autophagic activation after SCI are not consistent across studies; (2) effect of accumulation of autophagosomes due to the blockade or enhancement of autophagic flux is uncertain; (3) overall effect of enhanced autophagy remains undefined, with both beneficial and detrimental outcomes reported in SCI literature...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229071/bilateral-vertebral-venous-sinus-thrombosis-causing-cervical-spinal-cord-compression-in-a-dog
#5
Kathryn E Rhue, Amanda R Taylor, Robert C Cole, Randolph L Winter
A 10-year-old male neutered mixed breed dog was evaluated for cervical hyperesthesia and tetraparesis. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain and cervical spinal cord identified an extradural compressive lesion over the body of C2 caused by marked dilation of the vertebral venous sinuses. Following intravenous contrast administration both vertebral sinuses had heterogeneous contrast enhancement consistent with incomplete thrombi formation. An abdominal ultrasound also showed a distal aortic thrombus. A definitive cause for the thrombi formation was not identified, but the patient had several predisposing factors which may have contributed...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228872/ortner-syndrome-secondary-to-aortic-aneurysm
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Alexandre Semionov, John Kosiuk
Ortner syndrome refers to vocal cord paralysis resulting from compression of the left recurrent laryngeal nerve by abnormal mediastinal vascular structures. We report a case of Ortner syndrome in a 75-year-old male secondary to aortic arch aneurysm.
March 2017: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228700/osteochondroma-and-spinal-cord-compression-in-a-patient-with-hereditary-multiple-exostoses-a-case-report
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Robert J Zoboski
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this report was to describe the presentation of a patient with hereditary multiple exostoses and thoracic spinal cord compression from an osteochondroma. CLINICAL FEATURES: A 31-year-old female presented to a chiropractic clinic with a history of hereditary multiple exostoses and back pain that had existed since the age of 16 years. She had a past medical history that was remarkable for 3 prior surgeries for mass removal. Examination revealed a left upper midscapular mass with decreased sensation...
March 2017: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226000/efficacy-and-safety-of-a-single-radiofrequency-ablation-of-solid-benign-non-functioning-thyroid-nodules
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Roberto Cesareo, Andrea Palermo, Valerio Pasqualini, Carla Simeoni, Alessandro Casini, Giuseppe Pelle, Silvia Manfrini, Giuseppe Campagna, Roberto Cianni
Objective: The objective of our study is to evaluate the clinical outcomes and safety of radiofrequency thermal ablation (RFA) for benign thyroid nodules (BTNs) over a 1-year follow-up. Subjects and methods: This is a monocentric retrospective study. Forty-eight patients with solid, non-functioning BTNs were treated by RFA using a 17G internally cooled electrode. We categorized thyroid nodules as small (≤ 12 mL), medium (12 to 30 mL), or large (over 30 mL). BTNs volume reduction, thyroid function, cosmetic and compressive score changes and side effect evaluation at 6 and 12 months were evaluated...
February 13, 2017: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225879/high-cervical-spine-spondylodiscitis-management-and-literature-review
#9
André Luis Sebben, Xavier Soler Graells, Marcel Luiz Benato, Pedro Grein Del Santoro, Álynson Larocca Kulcheski
Spondylodiscitis affecting the cervical spine is the most unusual type. Disease progression can be dramatic, even causing quadriplegia and death. We present an unusual case that progressed with osteolytic lesions between C2 and C3, causing cord compression and epidural abscess. The patient was treated surgically by a double approach and improved without neurological deficits and with better inflammatory markers. We reviewed the current literature on the subject.
January 1, 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225364/preoperative-risk-factors-of-c5-nerve-root-palsy-after-laminectomy-and-fusion-in-patients-with-cervical-myelopathy-analysis-of-70-consecutive-patients
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Kyung-Soo Suk, Kyung-Chung Kang, Hak-Sun Kim, Seong-Hwan Moon, Hwan-Mo Lee, Jung-Ho Seo, Sung-Min Kim, Sung-Yub Jin, Pierre Mella
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study. OBJECTIVE: To identify preoperative risk factors causing cervical fifth nerve root palsy (C5 palsy) after laminectomy and fusion (LF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: It is well known that postoperative C5 palsy is not rare after cervical surgery. Although there remains controversy, C5 palsy is considered to be more common in patients who had LF than in those who had laminoplasty. However, the reason for the higher incidence of C5 palsy in patients with LF has been poorly understood...
February 20, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220804/impact-of-symptomatic-skeletal-events-on-health-care-resource-utilization-and-quality-of-life-among-patients-with-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-and-bone-metastases
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R McKay, B Haider, M S Duh, A Valderrama, M Nakabayashi, M Fiorillo, L Ristovska, L Wen, P Kantoff
BACKGROUND: Data regarding the impact of symptomatic skeletal events (SSEs) on health economics and patient-reported outcomes in men with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) and bone metastases from a clinical setting are lacking. Hence, this study aimed to quantify the effects of SSEs on health-care resource utilization (HRU), health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and pain in men with CRPC metastasized to bone. METHODS: This cohort study included men with CRPC and bone metastasis treated at a tertiary center during December 1996-July 2015...
February 21, 2017: Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214793/evaluation-of-timing-and-route-of-epinephrine-in-a-neonatal-model-of-asphyxial-arrest
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Payam Vali, Praveen Chandrasekharan, Munmun Rawat, Sylvia Gugino, Carmon Koenigsknecht, Justin Helman, William J Jusko, Bobby Mathew, Sara Berkelhamer, Jayasree Nair, Myra H Wyckoff, Satyan Lakshminrusimha
BACKGROUND: Epinephrine administered by low umbilical venous catheter (UVC) or endotracheal tube (ETT) is indicated in neonates who fail to respond to positive pressure ventilation and chest compressions at birth. Pharmacokinetics of ETT epinephrine via fluid-filled lungs or UVC epinephrine in the presence of fetal shunts is unknown. We hypothesized that epinephrine administered by ETT or low UVC results in plasma epinephrine concentrations and rates of return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) similar to right atrial (RA) epinephrine...
February 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207658/association-between-paraspinal-muscle-morphology-clinical-symptoms-and-functional-status-in-patients-with-degenerative-cervical-myelopathy
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Maryse Fortin, Octavian Dobrescu, Matthew Courtemanche, Carolyn J Sparrey, Carlo Santaguida, Michael G Fehlings, Michael H Weber
STUDY DESIGN: A cross-sectional study. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess fatty infiltration and asymmetry of the multifidus (MF), semispinalis cervicis (SCer), semispinalis capitis (SCap), and splenius capitis (SPL) muscles in patients with degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM), and evaluate their correlations with clinical symptoms and functional scores. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Cervical muscle alterations have been reported in patients with chronic neck pain, but the assessment of cervical muscle morphology has been overlooked in patients with DCM...
February 15, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193282/preoperative-embolization-in-patients-with-metastatic-spinal-cord-compression-mandatory-or-optional
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Chul Gie Hong, Jae Hwan Cho, Dae Chul Suh, Chang Ju Hwang, Dong-Ho Lee, Choon Sung Lee
BACKGROUND: The contribution of preoperative embolization in reducing intraoperative blood loss and its clinical importance are unclear. So, we aimed to compare the perioperative clinical outcomes based on whether preoperative embolization was performed and assess the role and safety of preoperative embolization in metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) patients. METHODS: We enrolled 52 patients (men, 37; women, 15) who underwent palliative decompression for MSCC...
February 14, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190444/management-of-neuro-oncologic-emergencies
#15
J T Jo, D Schiff
Patients with brain tumors and systemic malignancies are subject to diverse neurologic complications that require urgent evaluation and treatment. These neurologic conditions are commonly due to the tumor's direct effects on the nervous system, such as cerebral edema, increased intracranial pressure, seizures, spinal cord compression, and leptomeningeal metastases. In addition, neurologic complications can develop as a result of thrombocytopenia, coagulopathy, hyperviscosity syndromes, infection, immune-related disorders, and adverse effects of treatment...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187806/diagnosis-and-management-of-spinal-cord-emergencies
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E P Flanagan, S J Pittock
Most spinal cord injury is seen with trauma. Nontraumatic spinal cord emergencies are discussed in this chapter. These myelopathies are rare but potentially devastating neurologic disorders. In some situations prior comorbidity (e.g., advanced cancer) provides a clue, but in others (e.g., autoimmune myelopathies) it may come with little warning. Neurologic examination helps distinguish spinal cord emergencies from peripheral nervous system emergencies (e.g., Guillain-Barré), although some features overlap...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186470/image-guidance-based-on-mri-for-spinal-interstitial-laser-thermotherapy-technical-aspects-and-accuracy
#17
Claudio E Tatsui, Clarissa N G Nascimento, Dima Suki, Behrang Amini, Jing Li, Amol J Ghia, Jonathan G Thomas, R Jason Stafford, Laurence D Rhines, Juan P Cata, Ashok J Kumar, Ganesh Rao
OBJECTIVE Image guidance for spinal procedures is based on 3D-fluoroscopy or CT, which provide poor visualization of soft tissues, including the spinal cord. To overcome this limitation, the authors developed a method to register intraoperative MRI (iMRI) of the spine into a neuronavigation system, allowing excellent visualization of the spinal cord. This novel technique improved the accuracy in the deployment of laser interstitial thermal therapy probes for the treatment of metastatic spinal cord compression...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185847/an-unusual-case-of-rapidly-progressed-cervical-compression-myelopathy-caused-by-overnight-inappropriate-usage-of-smartphone-device
#18
Chen-Ya Yang, Jia-Chi Wang
A 38-year-old man was healthy before presenting to our clinic with pain and marked weakness in the right upper extremity. He stated that the symptoms developed the day after he accidentally fell asleep while playing with his Smartphone half-lying on his back with two thick pillows supporting his upper back. Physical examination revealed significant increase in deep tendon reflexes in the lower extremities and clonus. Hoffman's sign was positive in the left upper extremity. Magnetic resonance image showed high signal change on T2-weighted images of the left spinal cord at the C4-5 level, which was indicative of compression myelopathy...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181815/onsite-versus-offsite-radiation-treatment-of-malignant-spinal-cord-compression-lessons-from-a-safety-net-health-system
#19
Albert C Chen, Mark D Bonnen, Henry Mok
OBJECTIVE: Metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) is an oncologic emergency that often warrants emergent treatment, but it is unclear if radiation treatment can be optimally managed from an offsite radiotherapy facility. METHODS: Patient charts from consecutive MSCC patients that were treated with radiotherapy alone either at an onsite hospital radiation department (from 2008 to 2012) or an offsite radiotherapy center (2012-2015) were reviewed. Patients' clinical parameters were compared across groups with either the Chi-squared test or Fisher's exact test, while survival curves were compared with the log-rank test...
February 9, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180052/primary-spinal-epidural-lymphoma-as-a-cause-of-spontaneous-spinal-anterior-syndrome-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#20
M E Córdoba-Mosqueda, J R Guerra-Mora, M C Sánchez-Silva, R M Vicuña-González, A Ibarra-de la Torre
Background Primary spinal epidural lymphoma (PSEL) is one of the rarest categories of tumors. Spinal cord compression is an uncommon primary manifestation and requires to be treated with surgery for the purpose of diagnosis and decompression. Case Presentation A 45-year-old man presented with a new onset thoracic pain and progress to an anterior spinal syndrome with hypoesthesia and loss of thermalgesia. Magnetic resonance image showed a paravertebral mass that produces medullary compression at T3. The patient was taken up to surgery, where the pathology examination showed a diffuse large B-cell lymphoma...
January 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery Reports
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