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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428520/-prevention-of-spinal-cord-ischemia-during-thoracic-endovascular-aortic-repair
#1
Shinya Takahashi, Taijiro Sueda
Spinal cord ischemia(SCI) has been devastating complication of endovascular thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic repair. Spinal cord blood supply arises from not only segmental artery, subclavian artery, hypogastric artery and these branches, but also perivertebral vasculature and paravertebral muscle and small arterial network, and risk factors of SCI were multifactorial. There are several adjuncts/strategies which are utilized to minimize the incidence of SCI: cerebrospinal fluid drainage, perioperative management of high mean arterial pressure, intraoperative evoked potential monitoring, and staged thoracoabdominal aortic repair...
April 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428213/clinically-feasible-microstructural-mri-to-quantify-cervical-spinal-cord-tissue-injury-using-dti-mt-and-t2-weighted-imaging-assessment-of-normative-data-and-reliability
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A R Martin, B De Leener, J Cohen-Adad, D W Cadotte, S Kalsi-Ryan, S F Lange, L Tetreault, A Nouri, A Crawley, D J Mikulis, H Ginsberg, M G Fehlings
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: DTI, magnetization transfer, T2*-weighted imaging, and cross-sectional area can quantify aspects of spinal cord microstructure. However, clinical adoption remains elusive due to complex acquisitions, cumbersome analysis, limited reliability, and wide ranges of normal values. We propose a simple multiparametric protocol with automated analysis and report normative data, analysis of confounding variables, and reliability. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty healthy subjects underwent T2WI, DTI, magnetization transfer, and T2*WI at 3T in <35 minutes using standard hardware and pulse sequences...
April 20, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428212/a-novel-mri-biomarker-of-spinal-cord-white-matter-injury-t2-weighted-white-matter-to-gray-matter-signal-intensity-ratio
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A R Martin, B De Leener, J Cohen-Adad, D W Cadotte, S Kalsi-Ryan, S F Lange, L Tetreault, A Nouri, A Crawley, D J Mikulis, H Ginsberg, M G Fehlings
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: T2*-weighted imaging provides sharp contrast between spinal cord GM and WM, allowing their segmentation and cross-sectional area measurement. Injured WM demonstrates T2*WI hyperintensity but requires normalization for quantitative use. We introduce T2*WI WM/GM signal-intensity ratio and compare it against cross-sectional area, the DTI metric fractional anisotropy, and magnetization transfer ratio in degenerative cervical myelopathy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-eight patients with degenerative cervical myelopathy and 40 healthy subjects underwent 3T MR imaging, covering C1-C7...
April 20, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421397/comparison-between-the-four-field-box-and-field-in-field-techniques-for-conformal-radiotherapy-of-the-esophagus-using-dose-volume-histograms-and-normal-tissue-complication-probabilities
#4
Farzaneh Allaveisi, Amir Nami Moghadam
PURPOSE: We evaluated and compared the performance of the field-in-field (FIF) to that of the four-field box (4FB) technique regarding dosimetric and radiobiological parameters for radiotherapy of esophageal carcinoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty patients with esophageal cancer were selected. For each patient, two treatment plans were created: 4FB and FIF. The parameters compared included the conformity index (CI), homogeneity index (HI), D mean, D max, tumor control probability (TCP), V 20Gy and V 30Gy of the heart and lungs, normal tissue complication probability (NTCP), and monitor units per fraction (MU/fr)...
April 18, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416596/microrna-profiling-reveals-marker-of-motor-neuron-disease-in-als-models
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Mariah L Hoye, Erica D Koval, Amy J Wegener, Theodore S Hyman, Chengran Yang, David R O'Brien, Rebecca L Miller, Tracy Cole, Kathleen M Schoch, Tao Shen, Tomonori Kunikata, Jean-Philippe Richard, David H Gutmann, Nicholas J Maragakis, Holly B Kordasiewicz, Joseph D Dougherty, Timothy M Miller
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder marked by the loss of motor neurons (MNs) in the brain and spinal cord, leading to fatally debilitating weakness. Because this disease predominantly affects MNs, we aimed to characterize the distinct expression profile of that cell type in order to elucidate underlying disease mechanisms and identify novel targets that inform on MN health during ALS disease timecourse. microRNAs (miRNAs) are short, non-coding RNAs that can shape the expression profile of a cell and, consequently, often exhibit cell type enriched expression...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395504/influence-of-jaw-tracking-in-intensity-modulated-and-volumetric-modulated-arc-radiotherapy-for-head-and-neck-cancers-a-dosimetric-study
#6
Karthick Raj Mani, Sagar Upadhayay, K J Maria Das
PURPOSE: To Study the dosimetric advantage of the Jaw tracking technique in intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) for Head and Neck Cancers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively selected 10 previously treated head and neck cancer patients stage (T1/T2, N1, M0) in this study. All the patients were planned for IMRT and VMAT with simultaneous integrated boost technique. IMRT and VMAT plans were performed with jaw tracking (JT) and with static jaw (SJ) technique by keeping the same constraints and priorities for a particular patient...
March 2017: Radiation Oncology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394110/the-influence-of-corticosteroids-on-heart-rate-variablity-in-acute-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
#7
Antonija Krstačić, Goran Krstačić, Dragan Gamberger
Heart rate variability (HRV) gives information on the sympathetic-parasympathetic autonomic balance. The aim of the study was to analyze sympathovagal balance after acute spinal cord injury (SCI), demonstrated by linear measures in time and frequency domain of HRV and to analyze the effect of corticosteroids on HRV parameters in SCI. The study included 40 tetraplegic patients with acute SCI and 40 healthy subjects as control group. In the SCI group, 29 patients received and 11 patients did not receive corticosteroid therapy...
June 2016: Acta Clinica Croatica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391782/brain-and-spinal-cord-mr-imaging-features-in-multiple-sclerosis-and-variants
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REVIEW
Iris Dekker, Mike P Wattjes
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disabling disease, with the first symptoms mostly appearing early in life. In addition to the clinical and laboratory findings, imaging has become increasingly important for diagnosis, prognosis, and monitoring. Because of its importance for these purposes, a high level of knowledge of imaging MS pathology and a standardization of the imaging acquisition, interpretation, and reporting is necessary. Here we will describe the MR imaging characteristics of MS pathology, the current imaging protocols, diagnostic criteria, and the differential diagnosis of MS...
May 2017: Neuroimaging Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382216/lower-extremity-muscle-structure-in-incomplete-spinal-cord-injury-a-comparison-between-ultrasonography-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#9
Andrew C Smith, Kristen Jakubowski, Marie Wasielewski, Sabrina Sm Lee, James M Elliott
INTRODUCTION: Ultrasound (US) measures of muscle thickness are used in the management and monitoring of muscle changes during rehabilitation, but it is unknown how this measure compares to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measures of muscle cross-sectional area (CSA) in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). CASE PRESENTATION: Six participants with incomplete SCI underwent US imaging and MRI of their gastrocnemius and tibialis anterior (TA) muscles. DISCUSSION: Significant correlations were found between US muscle thickness and MRI CSA in the gastrocnemius (R=0...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379922/sensor-fusion-to-infer-locations-of-standing-and-reaching-within-the-home-in-incomplete-spinal-cord-injury
#10
Luca Lonini, Timothy Reissman, Jose M Ochoa, Chaithanya K Mummidisetty, Konrad Kording, Arun Jayaraman
OBJECTIVE: The objective of rehabilitation after spinal cord injury is to enable successful function in everyday life and independence at home. Clinical tests can assess whether patients are able to execute functional movements but are limited in assessing such information at home. A prototype system is developed that detects stand-to-reach activities, a movement with important functional implications, at multiple locations within a mock kitchen. DESIGN: Ten individuals with incomplete spinal cord injuries performed a sequence of standing and reaching tasks...
April 5, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379572/risk-factors-for-ineffectiveness-of-posterior-decompression-and-dekyphotic-corrective-fusion-with-instrumentation-for-beak-type-thoracic-ossification-of-the-posterior-longitudinal-ligament-a-single-institute-study
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Shiro Imagama, Kei Ando, Zenya Ito, Kazuyoshi Kobayashi, Tetsuro Hida, Kenyu Ito, Mikito Tsushima, Yoshimoto Ishikawa, Akiyuki Matsumoto, Masayoshi Morozumi, Satoshi Tanaka, Masaaki Machino, Kyotaro Ota, Hiroaki Nakashima, Norimitsu Wakao, Yoshihiro Nishida, Yukihiro Matsuyama, Naoki Ishiguro
BACKGROUND: Thoracic ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (T-OPLL) is treated surgically with instrumented posterior decompression and fusion. However, the factors determining the outcome of this approach and the efficacy of additional resection of T-OPLL are unknown. OBJECTIVE: To identify these factors in a prospective study at a single institution. METHODS: The subjects were 70 consecutive patients with beak-type T-OPLL who underwent posterior decompression and dekyphotic fusion and had an average of 4...
March 30, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378605/the-development-of-an-outcome-measures-toolkit-for-spinal-cord-injury-rehabilitation
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Christie W L Chan, William C Miller, Matthew Querée, Vanessa K Noonan, Dalton L Wolfe
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a complex medical condition that can be difficult to monitor. PURPOSE: This study aimed to establish a common set of validated outcome measures specifically for SCI clinical practice. METHOD: In a three-round online Delphi process, experts in SCI care across Canada suggested and ranked outcome measures for clinical practice. The facilitators provided feedback between rounds and determined if consensus (at least 75% agreement) was reached on a single outcome measure per clinical area...
January 1, 2017: Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. Revue Canadienne D'ergothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374331/predictive-factors-for-neurological-deterioration-after-surgical-decompression-for-thoracic-ossified-yellow-ligament
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Chris Yuk Kwan Tang, Jason Pui Yin Cheung, Dino Samartzis, Ka Hei Leung, Yat Wa Wong, Keith Dip Kei Luk, Kenneth Man Chee Cheung
PURPOSE: To investigate the rate and predictive factors of post-operative neurological deterioration in ossified yellow ligament (OYL) surgery. METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted for all patients with thoracic OYL causing myelopathy requiring surgical decompression from January 1998 to December 2012. Clinical parameters under study included clinical presentation, distribution of OYL, pre-operative walking score, pre- and post-operative neurological status, status of intra-operative neurophysiological monitoring, and modified Japanese Orthopaedic Association (mJOA) score...
April 3, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364333/the-effect-from-different-numbers-of-segmental-arteries-ligation-to-the-spinal-cord-in-the-clinical-practice-of-posterior-vertebral-column-resection-correction
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Zhi Zhao, Jingming Xie, Yingsong Wang, Ni Bi, Tao Li, Ying Zhang, Zhiyue Shi
PURPOSE: In using posterior vertebral column resection (PVCR) to treat severe kyphoscoliosis, it is unavoidable to ligate and cut off several segmental arteries (SAs) of the spinal cord for exposure and hemostasis, but which would raise the neurological risks. The aim of this study is to explore the changes of intraoperative spinal cord monitoring (IOM) following ligating different numbers of SAs in PVCR. METHODS: Twenty-one consecutive patients with severe kyphoscoliosis were included and treated by PVCR correction...
March 31, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355958/the-patient-health-questionnaire-depression-screener-in-spinal-cord-injury
#15
Julia M P Poritz, Joseph Mignogna, Aimee J Christie, Sally A Holmes, Herb Ames
CONTEXT: Although depression is not inevitable following spinal cord injury/dysfunction (SCI/D), it can have a negative impact on rehabilitation. Evidence-based assessment of depression utilizing self-report instruments, such as the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9), is considered good clinical practice. Although the PHQ-9 has been studied in individuals with SCI/D, little is known about the clinical utility of the Patient Health Questionnaire-2 (PHQ-2). Traditional cutoff scores for the PHQ-2 were examined to explore their operating characteristics as related to PHQ-9 results...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351230/continuous-monitoring-and-visualization-of-optimum-spinal-cord-perfusion-pressure-in-patients-with-acute-cord-injury
#16
Suliang Chen, Peter Smieleweski, Marek Czosnyka, Marios C Papadopoulos, Samira Saadoun
The optimum spinal cord perfusion pressure (SCPP) after traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) is unknown. Here, we describe techniques to compute and display the optimum SCPP in real-time. We recruited adults within 72 hours of severe TSCI (ASIA grades A-C). A pressure probe and a microdialysis catheter were placed on the injured cord. SCPP was computed as mean arterial pressure (MAP) minus intraspinal pressure (ISP), spinal pressure reactivity index (sPRx) as the running ISP/MAP correlation coefficient and continuous optimum SCPP (cSCPPopt) as the SCPP that minimizes sPRx in a moving four-hour window...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338530/pharmacologic-characterizations-of-a-p2x7-receptor-specific-radioligand-11c-gsk1482160-for-neuroinflammatory-response
#17
Junbin Han, Hui Liu, Chunling Liu, Hongjun Jin, Joel S Perlmutter, Terrance M Egan, Zhude Tu
OBJECTIVE: The P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) is a key regulatory element in the neuroinflammatory cascade that provides a promising target for imaging neuroinflammation. GSK1482160, a P2X7R modulator with nanomolar binding affinity and high selectivity, has been successfully radiolabeled and utilized for imaging P2X7 levels in a mouse model of lipopolysaccharide-induced systemic inflammation. In the current study, we further characterized its binding profile and determined whether [C]GSK1482160 can detect changes in P2X7R expression in a rodent model of multiple sclerosis...
May 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334553/a-multi-matrix-hilic-ms-ms-method-for-the-quantitation-of-endogenous-small-molecule-neurological-biomarker-n-acetyl-aspartic-acid-naa
#18
Dewakar Sangaraju, Sheerin K Shahidi-Latham, Braydon L Burgess, Brian Dean, Xiao Ding
A multi-matrix hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometric method (HILIC-MS/MS) was developed for the quantitation of N-Acetyl Aspartic acid (NAA) using stable isotope labeled internal standard, D3-NAA in various biological matrices such as human plasma, human CSF, mouse plasma, brain and spinal cord. A high throughput 96-well plate format supported liquid extraction (SLE) procedure was developed and used for sample preparation. Mass spectrometric analysis of NAA was performed using selected reaction monitoring transitions in positive electrospray ionization mode...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330804/cardiac-arrest-attributable-to-dysfunction-of-the-autonomic-nervous-system-after-traumatic-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
#19
Sei Won Kim, Chan Joo Park, Kyungil Kim, Yoon-Chung Kim
Bradycardia is the most common form of dysrhythmia developing after disruption of the sympathetic pathway by a spinal cord injury (SCI), and it can have fatal consequences, including cardiac arrest. Here, we report a case of cardiac arrest developing after cervical SCI attributable to sympathetic hypoactivity. A 26-year-old male pedestrian was admitted after a traffic accident. Radiologically, fractures were apparent at the C6-7 bilateral articular facets, and cord contusion with hemorrhage was evident at C4-7...
April 2017: Chinese Journal of Traumatology, Zhonghua Chuang Shang za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325112/potential-of-personal-health-record-portals-in-the-care-of-individuals-with-spinal-cord-injuries-and-disorders-provider-perspectives
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Jennifer N Hill, Bridget M Smith, Frances M Weaver, Kim M Nazi, Florian P Thomas, Barry Goldstein, Timothy P Hogan
CONTEXT/OBJECTIVE: Although personal health record (PHR) portals are designed for patients, healthcare providers are a key influence in how patients use their features and realize benefits from them. A few studies have examined provider attitudes toward PHR portals, but none have focused on those who care for individuals with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D). We characterize SCI/D provider perspectives of PHR portals, including perceived advantages and disadvantages of PHR portal use in SCI/D care...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
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