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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917164/uplc-ms-ms-assay-of-riluzole-in-human-plasma-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-csf-application-in-samples-from-spinal-cord-injured-patients
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Mahua Sarkar, Robert G Grossman, Elizabeth G Toups, Diana S-L Chow
In the present study, a sensitive and robust LC-MS/MS method has been developed and validated for the quantification of riluzole in human plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in clinical samples from patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). Riluzole and its labeled internal standard (IS) were isolated from plasma and CSF by liquid-liquid extraction using ethyl acetate. Riluzole (m/z 235→166) and IS (m/z 238→169) were detected by electrospray ionization (ESI) using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) in a positive mode...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916535/spinal-cord-perfusion-pressure-predicts-neurologic-recovery-in-acute-spinal-cord-injury
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Jordan W Squair, Lise M Bélanger, Angela Tsang, Leanna Ritchie, Jean-Marc Mac-Thiong, Stefan Parent, Sean Christie, Christopher Bailey, Sanjay Dhall, John Street, Tamir Ailon, Scott Paquette, Nicolas Dea, Charles G Fisher, Marcel F Dvorak, Christopher R West, Brian K Kwon
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether spinal cord perfusion pressure (SCPP) as measured with a lumbar intrathecal catheter is a more predictive measure of neurologic outcome than the conventionally measured mean arterial pressure (MAP). METHODS: A total of 92 individuals with acute spinal cord injury were enrolled in this multicenter prospective observational clinical trial. MAP and CSF pressure (CSFP) were monitored during the first week postinjury. Neurologic impairment was assessed at baseline and at 6 months postinjury...
September 15, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900844/a-pilot-study-on-the-use-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-cell-free-dna-in-intramedullary-spinal-ependymoma
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Ian David Connolly, Yingmei Li, Wenying Pan, Eli Johnson, Linya You, Hannes Vogel, John Ratliff, Melanie Hayden Gephart
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) represents a promising source of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) for tumors of the central nervous system. A CSF-based liquid biopsy may obviate the need for riskier tissue biopsies and serve as a means for monitoring tumor recurrence or response to therapy. Spinal ependymomas most commonly occur in adults, and aggressive resection must be delicately balanced with the risk of injury to adjacent normal tissue. In patients with subtotal resection, recurrence commonly occurs. A CSF-based liquid biopsy matched to the patient's spinal ependymoma mutation profile has potential to be more sensitive then surveillance MRI, but the utility has not been well characterized for tumors of the spinal cord...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899825/long-term-performance-and-user-satisfaction-with-implanted-neuroprostheses-for-upright-mobility-after-paraplegia-two-to-14-year-follow-up
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Ronald J Triolo, Stephanie Nogan Bailey, Kevin M Foglyano, Rudi Kobetic, Lisa M Lombardo, Michael E Miller, Gilles Pinault
OBJECTIVE: To quantify the long-term (LT) (>2 years) effects of lower extremity (LE) neuroprostheses (NPs) for standing, transfers, stepping and seated stability after spinal cord injury. DESIGN: Single-subject design case series with participants acting as their own concurrent controls, including retrospective data review. SETTING: Hospital-based clinical biomechanics laboratory with experienced (>20 years in the field) research biomedical engineers, physical therapist and medical monitoring review...
September 9, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899730/a-green-tea-polyphenol-epigallocatechin-3-gallate-enhances-neuroregeneration-after-spinal-cord-injury-by-altering-levels-of-inflammatory-cytokines
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Lucia Machova Urdzikova, Jiri Ruzicka, Kristyna Karova, Anna Kloudova, Barbora Svobodova, Anubhav Amin, Jana Dubisova, Meic Schmidt, Sarka Kubinova, Meena Jhanwar-Uniyal, Pavla Jendelova
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a debilitating condition which is characterized by an extended secondary injury due to the presence of inflammatory local milieu. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) appears to possess strong neuroprotective properties. Here, we evaluated the beneficial effect of EGCG on recovery from SCI. Male Wistar rats were given either EGCG or saline directly to the injured spinal cord and thereafter a daily IP injection. Behavior recovery was monitored by BBB, plantar, rotarod and flat-beam tests...
September 9, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882353/neurophysiological-monitoring-in-radiofrequency-ablation-of-spinal-osteoid-osteoma-with-a-progressive-time-and-temperature-protocol-in-children
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Mariano A Nöel, Martin J Segura, Sergio Sierre, Ida A Francheri Wilson, Carlos A Tello, Eduardo Galaretto, Rodrigo G Remondino, María E Talarico, Ernesto S Bersusky, Lucas Piantoni
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective. Level IV Evidence. OBJECTIVE: To assess the utility of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) to detect and eventually prevent impending neurovascular damage during computed tomography (CT)-guided radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of spinal osteoid osteoma (OO) in children. SUMMARY AND BACKGROUND DATA: To our knowledge, this is the first case series of spinal OO in pediatric patients treated at a single center employing IONM during RFA...
September 2017: Spine Deformity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872930/inconsistence-between-number-and-function-of-autoreactive-t-cells-in-the-course-of-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
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Xin Wan, Weiya Pei, Yiming Zhang, Lei Zhang, Khawar Ali Shahzad, Tao Xu, Chuanlai Shen
BACKGROUND: Mouse experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is widely used model of multiple sclerosis (MS). The role of autoreactive CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells in the development of mouse EAE has been demonstrated. However, little information is available about the relation between the frequency and reactivity of myelin antigen-reactive CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells in secondary lymphoid organs and their relevance with the inflammation and pathological lesion of CNS during the course of EAE mouse model...
September 5, 2017: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871981/inversed-planned-respiratory-phase-gating-in%C3%A2-lung-conformal-radiation-therapy
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Arezoo Modiri, Pouya Sabouri, Xuejun Gu, Robert Timmerman, Amit Sawant
PURPOSE: To assess whether the optimal gating window for each beam during lung radiation therapy with respiratory gating will be dependent on a variety of patient-specific factors, such as tumor size and location and the extent of relative tumor and organ motion. METHODS AND MATERIALS: To create optimal gating treatment plans, we started from an optimized clinical plan, created a plan per respiratory phase using the same beam arrangements, and used an inverse planning optimization approach to determine the optimal gating window for each beam and optimal beam weights (ie, monitor units)...
October 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870837/post-tetanic-transcranial-motor-evoked-potentials-augments-the-amplitude-of-compound-muscle-action-potentials-recorded-from-innervated-and-non-innervated-muscles
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Hideki Shigematsu, Masahiko Kawaguchi, Hironobu Hayashi, Tsunenori Takatani, Eiichiro Iwata, Masato Tanaka, Akinori Okuda, Yasuhiko Morimoto, Keisuke Masuda, Yuusuke Yamamoto, Yasuhito Tanaka
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Transcranial electrical stimulation used to produce motor evoked potentials (TES-MEP) and subsequent compound muscle action potential (CMAP) recording is widely used to monitor motor function during surgery when there is risk of damaging the spinal cord. Nonetheless, some muscles do not produce CMAP amplitudes sufficient for intraoperative monitoring. PURPOSE: To investigate the utility of tetanic stimulation at single and multiple peripheral nerve sites for augmenting CMAP amplitudes recorded from innervated and non-innervated muscles...
September 1, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870058/technologically-advanced-assessment-of-upper-limb-spasticity-a-pilot-study
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Federico Posteraro, Simona Crea, Stefano Mazzoleni, Mihai Berteanu, Ileana Ciobanu, Nicola Vitiello, Marco Cempini, Sabata Gervasio, Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting
BACKGROUND: Spasticity is a muscle disorder associated with upper motor neuron syndrome occurring in neurological disorders, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and others. It influences the patient's rehabilitation, interfering with function, limiting independence, causing pain and producing secondary impairments, such as contractures or other complications. Due to the heterogeneity of clinical signs of spasticity, there is no agreement on the most appropriate assessment and measurement modality for the evaluation of treatment outcomes...
September 4, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868156/post-traumatic-syringomyelia-with-holocord-involvement-a-case-report
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Idris Amin, Gavriil Ilizarov, Nayeema Chowdhury, Shailaja Kalva
INTRODUCTION: Syringomyelia is a disorder in which a cyst, or syrinx, develops within the spinal cord. Historically, syringomyelia in post-traumatic spinal cord injury has been uncommon; however, its diagnosis has been increasing due to the advances in medical technology. Syringomyelia that involves the entire spinal cord, or holocord, is rare after traumatic spinal cord injury, with only a few cases reported in the literature. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a case of a 57-year-old male who had a motorcycle accident 30 years ago resulting in a spinal cord injury, who presented a rapid decline in the function of his left upper extremity...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856576/changes-in-transcranial-motor-evoked-potentials-during-hemorrhage-are-associated-with-increased-serum-propofol-concentrations
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Jeremy A Lieberman, John Feiner, Mark Rollins, Russ Lyon
Transcranial motor evoked potentials (TcMEPs) monitor the integrity of the spinal cord during spine surgery. Propofol-based anesthesia is favored in order to enhance TcMEP quality. During intraoperative hemorrhage, TcMEP amplitudes may be reduced. The serum concentration of propofol may increase during hemorrhage. No study has determined whether changes in TcMEPs due to hemorrhage are related to changes in propofol blood levels. We monitored TcMEPs, mean arterial pressure (MAP), and cardiac output (CO) and hemoglobin in pigs (n = 6) undergoing controlled progressive hemorrhage during a standardized anesthetic with infusions of propofol, ketamine, and fentanyl...
August 30, 2017: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844566/role-of-trka-signalling-and-mast-cells-in-the-initiation-of-osteoarthritis-pain-in-the-monoiodoacetate-model
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J Sousa-Valente, L Calvo, V Vacca, R Simeoli, J C Arévalo, M Malcangio
OBJECTIVE: Aiming to delineate novel neuro-immune mechanisms for NGF/TrkA signalling in osteoarthritis (OA) pain, we evaluated inflammatory changes in the knee joints following injection of monoiodoacetate (MIA) in mice carrying a TrkA receptor mutation (P782S; TrkA KI mice). METHOD: In behavioural studies we monitored mechanical hypersensitivity following intra-articular MIA and oral prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) synthase inhibitor treatments. In immunohistochemical studies we quantified joint mast cell numbers, calcitonin gene-related peptide expression in synovia and dorsal root ganglia, spinal cord neuron activation and microgliosis...
August 24, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28834891/interdisciplinary-rehabilitation-for-a-patient-with-incomplete-cervical-spinal-cord-injury-and-multimorbidity-a-case-report
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Robert D Vining, Donna M Gosselin, Jeb Thurmond, Kimberlee Case, Frederick R Bruch
RATIONALE: This report describes interdisciplinary rehabilitation for a 51-year-old male recovering from incomplete cervical spinal cord injury (SCI) and multiple comorbidities following an automobile accident. PATIENT CONCERNS: The patient was admitted to a rehabilitation specialty hospital approximately 2 months post SCI and 2 separate surgical fusion procedures (C3-C6). DIAGNOSES: Clinical presentation at the rehabilitation hospital included moderate to severe motor strength loss in both upper and lower extremities, a percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy tube (PEG), dysphagia, bowel/bladder incontinence, dependence on a mechanical lift and tilting wheelchair due to severe orthostatic hypotension, and pre-existing shoulder pain from bilateral joint degeneration...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820864/diffusion-kurtosis-imaging-and-pathology-in-spinal-cord-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rabbits-a-case-control-study
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Daowei Li, Xiaoming Wang
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the application of diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) in spinal cord ischemia/reperfusion (SCI/R) injury and to explore its association with pathology. MATERIAL AND METHODS Japanese male long-eared rabbits were chosen and divided into 7 groups (8 rabbits in each group): control group (C group), sham-operation control group (S group), and 5 experimental groups (E-2 h group, E-24 h group, E-48 h group, E-7 d group, and E-14 d group). Tarlov scoring and immunohistochemical staining were used to assess hindlimb motor function and observe the expression of glial fiber acidic protein (GFAP), respectively...
August 18, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816870/spinal-cord-injury-what-are-the-controversies
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Christopher S Ahuja, Gregory D Schroeder, Alexander R Vaccaro, Michael G Fehlings
Traumatic spinal cord injuries have a tremendous impact on individuals, families, and society as a whole. Substantial heterogeneity in the patient population, their presentation and underlying pathophysiology has sparked debates along the care spectrum from initial assessment to definitive treatment. This article reviews spinal cord injury (SCI) management followed by a discussion of the salient controversies in the field. Current care practices modeled on the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons joint section guidelines are highlighted including key recommendations regarding immobilization, avoidance of hypotension, early International Standards for Neurological Classification of SCI examination and intensive care unit treatment...
September 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814252/bone-imaging-in-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-where-do-we-stand
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Petros Sountoulides, Linda Metaxa
We are witnessing an era of increased clinical interest in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, both in terms of treatment and also in terms of imaging options. This surge in interest is attributed to the recent developments in treatments for metastatic prostate cancer that are able to confer a significant survival advantage. We are therefore anticipating an increase in the number of patients that we will need to treat at this disease stage. Imaging is undoubtedly crucial in monitoring disease response to treatment and progression...
August 16, 2017: Current Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814057/a-study-on-the-cough-augmentation-using-a-belt-driven-assistive
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Sang-Yoep Lee, Kyu-Jin Cho
Coughing is one of the most important mechanisms performed in human body in that it removes mucus. The absence of enough ability to remove mucus leads to accumulation of the mucus on the airway, followed by possible complications such as pneumonia and atelectasis. Patients with diseases or disorders such as spinal cord injury have weakened ability in coughing. So far, there have been various treatments such as intubation surgery, mechanical insufflation-exsufflation or manual assistance provided by paramedic...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776544/quantitative-evaluation-of-pain-with-pain-index-extracted-from-electroencephalogram
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Jian-Xiong An, Yong Wang, Doris K Cope, John P Williams
BACKGROUND: The current pain assessment methods are strongly subjective and easily affected by outside influences, and there is an urgent need to develop a reliable objective and quantitative pain-monitoring indicator. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of using Pain index (Pi) to assess pain symptoms in pain patients. METHODS: Subjects were enrolled from patients seeking treatment at Pain Medicine Center of China Medical University Aviation General Hospital from October 2015 to December 2016, such as postherpetic neuralgia, spinal cord injury, femoral head necrosis, lumbar disc herniation, trigeminal neuralgia, complex regional pain syndrome, perineal pain, phantom limb pain, etc...
August 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770439/crocetin-potentiates-neurite-growth-in-hippocampal-neurons-and-facilitates-functional-recovery-in-rats-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Xiqian Wang, Xiejia Jiao, Zhonghao Liu, Yixin Li
Crocetin is an ingredient of traditional Chinese medicine and has therapeutic potential in various diseases due to its pharmacological properties, such as neuroprotection, anti-oxidative stress, and anti-inflammation. These properties might benefit the treatment of spinal cord injury. In the present study, we tested the effect of crocetin on neurite growth and sensorimotor dysfunction in a rat model of spinal cord injury. We evaluated the viability of cultured hippocampal neurons with tetrazolium dye and lactate dehydrogenase assays, visualized neurites and axons with antibody staining, and monitored motor and sensorimotor functions in rats with spinal cord injury using the Basso, Beattie, and Bresnahan assay and the contact plantar placement test, respectively, and measured cytokine expression using enzyme-linked immuno-absorbent assays...
August 2, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
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