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Narayan R Kissoon, Bryan C Hoelzer, David P Martin, Tim J Lamer
BACKGROUND: New advances in spinal cord stimulation have led to improved treatment of patients suffering from chronic pain. While the overall safety of newer stimulation devices has been established, no published reports exist regarding safety considerations when these devices are implanted in patients with a preexisting cardiac device. CASE REPORT: An 83-year-old man with a history of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest secondary to an episode of ventricular fibrillation underwent automated implantable cardiac defibrillator placement...
October 22, 2016: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
Faisal R Jahangiri, Sami Al Eissa, Samir Sayegh, Fahad Al Helal, Shomoukh A Al-Sharif, Monerah M Annaim, Sheryar Muhammad, Tanweer Aziz
A 16-year-old male patient with Ehler-Danlos syndrome (EDS) and a back deformity since birth presented with severe kyphoscoliosis. The patient was neurologically intact but had respiratory and cardiac insufficiencies. A two-stage vertebral column resection (VCR) at T9-T10 with multiple level fusion with multimodality intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) was planned.  During the first stage, pedicle screws were placed at multiple spinal levels above and below the VCR level. Upper and lower somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEP), transcranial electrical motor evoked potentials (TCeMEP), and electromyography were monitored continuously and showed no significant changes...
August 31, 2016: Curēus
Sara Barbiero, Alexandra Rink, Fabrizio Matteucci, David Fedele, Fabiola Paiar, Francesco Pasqualetti, Michele Avanzo
PURPOSE: To report on single-fraction stereotactic body radiotherapy (RT) (SBRT) with flattening filter (FF)-free (FFF) volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) for lung cancer and to compare dosimetric results with VMAT with FF. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Overall, 25 patients were treated with 6-MV FFF VMAT (Varian TrueBeam STx LINAC) to a prescribed dose of 24Gy in a single fraction. Treatment plans were recreated using FF VMAT. Dose-volume indices, monitor units (MU), and treatment times were compared between FFF and FF VMAT techniques...
October 14, 2016: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
Barrett Cromeens, Jennifer L McKinney, Jeffrey Leonard, Lance Governale, Judy Brown, Christina Henry, Marc Levitt, Richard Wood, Gail Besner, Monica P Islam
Conjoined twins occur in up to 1 in 50,000 live births with approximately 18% joined in a pygopagus configuration at the buttocks. Twins with this configuration display symptoms and carry surgical risks during separation related to the extent of their connection which can include anorectal, genitourinary, vertebral, and neural structures. Neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring (NIOM) for these cases has been discussed in the literature with variable utility. We present a case of pygopagus twins with fused spinal cords and imperforate anus where the use of NIOM significantly impacted surgical decision making in division of these critical structures...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
Francyne Kubaski, Harumi Osago, Robert W Mason, Seiji Yamaguchi, Hironori Kobayashi, Mikako Tsuchiya, Tadao Orii, Shunji Tomatsu
Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are long blocks of negatively charged polysaccharides. They are one of the major components of the extracellular matrix and play multiple roles in different tissues and organs. The accumulation of undegraded GAGs causes mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS). GAGs are associated with other pathological conditions such as osteoarthritis, inflammation, diabetes mellitus, spinal cord injury, and cancer. The need for further understanding of GAG functions and mechanisms of action boosted the development of qualitative and quantitative (alcian blue, toluidine blue, paper and thin layer chromatography, gas chromatography, high pressure liquid chromatography, capillary electrophoresis, 1,9-dimethylmethylene blue, enzyme linked-immunosorbent assay, mass spectrometry) techniques...
September 28, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
David M Schultz, Aaron K Calodney, Alon Y Mogilner, Todd W Weaver, Michelle D Wells, E Katherine Stromberg, Mollie P Roediger, Peter E Konrad, John T Sasaki
OBJECTIVES: The Implantable Systems Performance Registry (ISPR) was created to monitor the product performance of Medtronic Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) and implanted intrathecal drug infusion systems available in the United States. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data were collected on 2605 patients from 44 centers from various geographic regions across the United States implanting and following patients with SCS systems between June 25, 2004 and January 31, 2014. Actuarial life table methods are used to estimate device performance over time...
October 12, 2016: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
Peter E Konrad, John M Huffman, Lisa M Stearns, Robert J Plunkett, Eric J Grigsby, E K Stromberg, Mollie P Roediger, Michelle D Wells, Todd W Weaver
OBJECTIVES: The ISPR was initially created to monitor the product performance of Medtronic implanted intrathecal drug infusion and spinal cord systems available in the United States. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data were collected from 50 representative sites implanting and following patients with intrathecal drug delivery systems across the United States between August 7, 2003 and January 31, 2014. Device performance over time was estimated using life table survival methods...
October 12, 2016: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
Samira Saadoun, Marios C Papadopoulos
This paper challenges the current management of acute traumatic spinal cord injury based on our experience with monitoring from the injury site in the neurointensive care unit. We argue that the concept of bony decompression is inadequate. The concept of optimum spinal cord perfusion pressure, which differs between patients, is introduced. Such variability suggests individualized patient treatment. Failing to optimize spinal cord perfusion limits the entry of systemically administered drugs into the injured cord...
October 5, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Ivan Alić, Nina Kosi, Katarina Kapuralin, Dunja Gorup, Srećko Gajović, Roland Pochet, Dinko Mitrečić
To analyse events following transplantation of stem cells in the brain robust tools for tracing stem cells are required. Here we took advantage of the mouse strain B6.Cg-Tg(Thy1-YFP)16Jrs/J (Thy1 YFP-16), where yellow fluorescent protein (YFP) is under control of the promoter of Thy1 gene. This allows visualising whole neurons, i.e. their cell body, axons and dendrites. In this work fluorescent cells were followed during embryonic development, in vitro differentiation, and after transplantation in the healthy and stroke-affected mouse brain...
October 3, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Yong-Hyun Hwang, Hee-Chun Lee, Jae-Hoon Lee
OBJECTIVE: To examine the technical feasibility of percutaneous endoscopic pediculectomy using a lateral approach and to evaluate its use for decompression and examination of the thoracic and lumbar spinal canals in small dogs. STUDY DESIGN: Experimental study. ANIMALS: Clinically normal adult dogs (n=10). METHODS: After optimizing the technique in cadavers, percutaneous endoscopic pediculectomy was performed using a lateral approach to the thoracic (T12) or lumbar (L2) vertebrae in 5 dogs each...
October 6, 2016: Veterinary Surgery: VS
Jeffrey E Keenan, Ehsan Benrashid, Emily Kale, Alina Nicoara, Aatif M Husain, G Chad Hughes
Circulatory management during replacement of the aortic arch is complex and involves a period of circulatory arrest to provide a bloodless field during arch vessel anastomosis. To guard against ischemic brain injury, tissue metabolic demand is reduced by systemically cooling the patient prior to circulatory arrest. Neurophysiological intraoperative monitoring (NIOM) is often used during the course of these procedures to provide contemporaneous assessment of brain status to help direct circulatory management decisions and detect brain ischemia...
October 4, 2016: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Feng Wang, Erik Bélanger, Marie-Eve Paquet, Daniel Côté, Yves De Koninck
We have witnessed an accelerated growth of photonics technologies in recent years to enable not only monitoring the activity of specific neurons, while animals are performing certain types of behavior, but also testing whether specific cells, circuits, and regions are sufficient or necessary for initiating, maintaining, or altering this or that behavior. Compared to other sensory systems, however, such as the visual or olfactory system, photonics applications in pain research are only beginning to emerge. One reason pain studies have lagged behind is that many of the techniques originally developed cannot be directly implemented to study key relay sites within pain pathways, such as the skin, dorsal root ganglia, spinal cord, and brainstem...
October 1, 2016: Neuroscience
Daniel Ontaneda, Robert J Fox
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is sensitive to lesion formation both in the brain and spinal cord. Imaging plays a prominent role in the diagnosis and monitoring of MS. Over a dozen anti-inflammatory therapies are approved for MS and the development of many of these medications was made possible through the use of contrast-enhancing lesions on MRI as a phase II outcome. A similar phase II outcome method for the neurodegeneration that underlies progressive courses of the disease is still unavailable...
October 3, 2016: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
Marina Dias-Neto, Pedro Videira Reis, Dalila Rolim, José Fernando Ramos, José Fernando Teixeira, Sérgio Sampaio
Spinal cord ischemia remains the Achilles' heel of thoracic and thoracoabdominal diseases management. Great improvements in morbidity and mortality have been obtained with the endovascular approach TEVAR (Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair) but this devastating complication continues to severely affect the quality of life, even if the primary success of the procedure - dissection/aneurysm exclusion - has been achieved.Several strategies to deal with this complication have been published in the literature over the time...
September 30, 2016: Vascular
Laura M Muncie, Nathaniel R Ellens, Emeline Tolod-Kemp, Claudio A Feler, John S Winestone
OBJECTIVE This study is a retrospective case series involving C1-2 spinal cord stimulation in patients with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) under general endotracheal anesthesia. Currently, C1-2 paddle lead placement is an accepted practice, which provides effective cervical stimulation to ameliorate upper-extremity and sometimes lower-extremity symptoms experienced by patients with CRPS. However, this technique must be performed under general endotracheal anesthesia rather than in an awake or semiconscious state due to intraoperative safety concerns and patient comfort...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
Kazuyoshi Kobayashi, Shiro Imagama, Zenya Ito, Kei Ando, Tetsuro Hida, Kenyu Ito, Mikito Tsushima, Yoshimoto Ishikawa, Akiyuki Matsumoto, Yoshihiro Nishida, Naoki Ishiguro
OBJECTIVE Corrective surgery for spinal deformities can lead to neurological complications. Several reports have described spinal cord monitoring in surgery for spinal deformity, but only a few have included patients younger than 20 years with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). The goal of this study was to evaluate the characteristics of cases with intraoperative transcranial motor evoked potential (Tc-MEP) waveform deterioration during posterior corrective fusion for AIS. METHODS A prospective database was reviewed, comprising 68 patients with AIS who were treated with posterior corrective fusion in a prospective database...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Zahra Hajimashhadi, Nahid Aboutaleb, Farinaz Nasirinezhad
Apelin is an endogenous ligand for apelin receptor (APJ) with analgesic effect on visceral, analgesic and proanalgesic influences on acute pains in animal models. The purpose of this study was to determine the possible analgesic effects of [Pyr(1)] apelin-13 on chronic pain after spinal cord injury (SCI) in rats. Animals were randomly divided into three major groups as intact, sham and SCI. The SCI group randomly allocated to four subgroups as no treatment, vehicle-treatment (normal saline: 10μl, intrathecally) and two subgroups with intrathecal injection (i...
September 2, 2016: Neuropeptides
Iwona Sudoł-Szopińska, Elżbieta Grochowska, Piotr Gietka, Mateusz Płaza, Grzegorz Pracoń, Fadhil Saied, Marta Walentowska-Janowicz
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is the most common autoimmune systemic disease of the connective tissue affecting individuals in the developmental age. Radiography, which was described in the first part of this publication, is the standard modality in the assessment of this condition. Ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging enable early detection of the disease which affects soft tissues, as well as bones. Ultrasound assessment involves: joint cavities, tendon sheaths and bursae for the presence of synovitis, intraand extraarticular fat tissue to visualize signs of inflammation, hyaline cartilage, cartilaginous epiphysis and subchondral bone to detect cysts and erosions, and ligaments, tendons and their entheses for signs of enthesopathies and tendinopathies...
September 2016: Journal of Ultrasonography
Herman Azanmasso, Samira Lahrabli, Etienne Alagnidé, Yvette Moigny, Fatima Lmidmani, Toussaint G Kpadonou, Abdellatif El Fatimi, Béatrice Carra, Jocelyne Boivin
OBJECTIVE: The life expectancy for SCI has become comparable to that of the general population. This improvement is the result of a follow-codified neuro-urology. The latest recommendations of GENULF constitute the largest part of this monitoring. OBJECTIVE: Make an inventory on the application of these recommendations and analyze failures in the application and the factors associated with these facts. MATERIALS/PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective descriptive study on patients followed north hospital site Carbet Caribbean and seen from 1 January 2014 to 1 January 2016 as part of a re-hospitalization for functional assessment and neuro-urological annual control as recommended by the GENULF...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
R Barigye, S Davis, R Hunt, N Hunt, S Walsh, N Elliott, C Burnup, S Aumann, C Day, K Dyrting, R Weir, L F Melville
OBJECTIVE: This study assessed the neurotropism of bovine ephemeral fever (BEF) virus (BEFV) and described histomorphological abnormalities of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves that may causally contribute to paresis or paralysis in BEF. METHODS: Four paralysed and six asymptomatic but virus-infected cattle were monitored, and blood and serum samples screened by qRT-PCR, virus isolation and neutralisation tests. Fresh brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve and other tissues were qRT-PCR-tested for viral RNA, while formalin-fixed specimens were processed routinely and immunohistochemically evaluated for histomorphological abnormalities and viral antigen distribution, respectively...
October 2016: Australian Veterinary Journal
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