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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910210/microbiological-evaluation-of-the-extension-wire-and-percutaneous-epidural-lead-anchor-site-following-a-2-stage-cut-down-spinal-cord-stimulator-procedure
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Abdul Ghaaliq Lalkhen, Mahindra Chincholkar, Jiten Patel
OBJECTIVES: There are concerns regarding bacterial colonization of the temporary extension leads and subsequent infection risk using the 2-stage cut-down approach in spinal cord stimulation (SCS). We sought to quantify the extent of bacterial colonization of the temporary extension wire and percutaneous epidural lead anchor site. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional observational study recruiting a pragmatic sample of 25 consecutive patients listed for a cut-down trial of SCS...
December 2, 2016: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906080/tonic-and-burst-spinal-cord-stimulation-waveforms-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-intractable-pain-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Konstantin V Slavin, Richard B North, Timothy R Deer, Peter Staats, Kristina Davis, Roni Diaz
BACKGROUND: Burst stimulation is a novel form of neurostimulation for the treatment of chronic pain which has demonstrated promise in small uncontrolled studies, but has not yet gained approval for use in the U.S. We report the study methods for an ongoing multicenter, randomized, controlled, cross-over study designed to gain United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for burst stimulation. METHODS: Participants who are candidates for a currently approved neurostimulation device were enrolled and screened...
December 1, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904501/human-amniotic-epithelial-cells-combined-with-silk-fibroin-scaffold-in-the-repair-of-spinal-cord-injury
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Ting-Gang Wang, Jie Xu, Ai-Hua Zhu, Hua Lu, Zong-Ning Miao, Peng Zhao, Guo-Zhen Hui, Wei-Jiang Wu
Treatment and functional reconstruction after central nervous system injury is a major medical and social challenge. An increasing number of researchers are attempting to use neural stem cells combined with artificial scaffold materials, such as fibroin, for nerve repair. However, such approaches are challenged by ethical and practical issues. Amniotic tissue, a clinical waste product, is abundant, and amniotic epithelial cells are pluripotent, have low immunogenicity, and are not the subject of ethical debate...
October 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891705/spinal-cord-stimulation-in-experimental-chronic-painful-diabetic-polyneuropathy-delayed-effect-of-high-frequency-stimulation
#4
M van Beek, M van Kleef, B Linderoth, S M J van Kuijk, W M Honig, E A Joosten
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has been shown to provide pain relief in painful diabetic polyneuropathy (PDPN). As the vasculature system plays a great role in the pathophysiology of PDPN, a potential beneficial side-effect of SCS is peripheral vasodilation, with high frequency (HF) SCS in particular. We hypothesize that HF-SCS (500 Hz), compared with conventional (CON) or low frequency (LF)-SCS will result in increased alleviation of mechanical hypersensitivity in chronic experimental PDPN...
November 28, 2016: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881723/intraspinal-microstimulation-and-diaphragm-activation-following-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
#5
Lynne M Mercier, Elisa J Gonzalez-Rothi, Kristi A Streeter, Savannah S Posgai, Alexander S Poirier, David D Fuller, Paul J Reier, David M Baekey
Intraspinal microstimulation (ISMS), using implanted electrodes, can evoke locomotor movements after spinal cord injury (SCI), but has not been explored in the context of respiratory motor output. An advantage over epidural and direct muscle stimulation is the potential of ISMS to selectively stimulate components of the spinal respiratory network. The present study tested the hypothesis that medullary respiratory activity could be used to trigger mid-cervical ISMS and diaphragm motor unit activation in rats with cervical SCI...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871577/lack-of-electrical-interference-between-spinal-cord-stimulators-and-other-implanted-electrical-pulse-devices
#6
Alaa Abd-Elsayed, Ravi Grandhi, Harsh Sachdeva
Spinal cord stimulators (SCSs) have been used for decades to treat chronic pain. SCSs are often used to treat patients with chronic back pain caused by failed back surgery syndrome, patients with complex regional pain syndrome, or individuals who are not candidates for surgery. SCSs are a relative contraindication in patients with another electrical pulse device. We present 3 patients who received SCS despite having another implant in place. There was no interaction between devices. The first case was a patient with failed back surgery syndrome who had an implantable cardiac defibrillator and an SCS implant...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863083/promotion-of-neurological-recovery-in-rat-spinal-cord-injury-by-mesenchymal-stem-cells-loaded-on-nerve-guided-collagen-scaffold-through-increasing-alternatively-activated-macrophage-polarization
#7
Zhan Peng, Wei Gao, Bing Yue, Jie Jiang, Yong Gu, Jianwu Dai, Liang Chen, Qin Shi
Mesenchymal stem cells(MSCs)characterized by multi-differentiation potent and immunoregulatory have been used in the treatment of spinal cord injury (SCI), but the direct transplantation may limit its effectiveness due to quick diffusion. In addition, the role of macrophages in healing is being increasingly recognized because of the ability to polarize into pro- and anti-inflammatory phenotypes. In the present study, we developed the nerve-guide collagen scaffold (CS) and rat MSCs. After CS was confirmed to minimize MSCs distribution in vivo by the positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, the repair capacity of combined implantation of CS and MSCs and the effect on classically activated macrophage (M1)/alternatively activated macrophage (M2) polarization was assessed in a hemisected SCI rat model...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843683/spinal-neuromodulation-as-a-novel-surgical-option-for-failed-back-surgery-syndrome-following-rhbmp-exuberant-bony-growth-in-instrumented-lumbar-fusion-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Ramsis F Ghaly, Alexei Lissounov, Tatiana Tverdohleb, David Kohanchi, Kenneth D Candido, Nebojsa Nick Knezevic
BACKGROUND: Bone morphogenic protein (BMP) for instrumented lumbar fusion was approved in 2002, and since then has led to an increasing incidence of BMP-related neuropathic pain. These patients are usually resistant to conventional medical therapy and frequently undergo multiple surgical revisions without any pain relief. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 58-year-old male was referred to the author's outpatient clinic after four lumbar surgeries did not provide satisfactory pain relief...
2016: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836302/efficacy-of-spinal-cord-stimulation-as-an-adjunct-therapy-for-chronic-refractory-angina-pectoris
#9
Tasnim F Imran, Raymond Malapero, Ahmed H Qavi, Zachariah Hasan, Bryan de la Torre, Yash R Patel, R Jason Yong, Luc Djousse, J Michael Gaziano, Marie-Denise Gerhard-Herman
INTRODUCTION: Patients with chronic refractory angina whose symptoms are not controlled with conventional therapies have a poor quality of life. Adjunctive therapies, such as spinal cord stimulation (SCS) may be considered in these cases. We sought to examine whether SCS is associated with changes in exercise capacity and angina severity in these patients. METHODS: We searched Pubmed, Medline and other databases until December 2015. Two reviewers independently extracted data and assessed risk of bias...
November 2, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832605/bdnf-effects-on-functional-recovery-across-motor-behaviors-after-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
#10
Vivian Hernandez-Torres, Heather M Gransee, Carlos B Mantilla, Yao Wang, Wen-Zhi Zhan, Gary C Sieck
Unilateral C2 cervical spinal cord hemisection (SH) disrupts descending excitatory drive to phrenic motor neurons, thereby paralyzing the ipsilateral diaphragm muscle (DIAm) during ventilatory behaviors. Recovery of rhythmic DIAm activity ipsilateral to injury occurs over time, consistent with neuroplasticity and strengthening of spared synaptic inputs to phrenic motor neurons. Localized intrathecal delivery of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) to phrenic motor neurons after SH enhances recovery of eupneic DIAm activity...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830790/a-brain-spine-interface-alleviating-gait-deficits-after-spinal-cord-injury-in-primates
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Marco Capogrosso, Tomislav Milekovic, David Borton, Fabien Wagner, Eduardo Martin Moraud, Jean-Baptiste Mignardot, Nicolas Buse, Jerome Gandar, Quentin Barraud, David Xing, Elodie Rey, Simone Duis, Yang Jianzhong, Wai Kin D Ko, Qin Li, Peter Detemple, Tim Denison, Silvestro Micera, Erwan Bezard, Jocelyne Bloch, Grégoire Courtine
Spinal cord injury disrupts the communication between the brain and the spinal circuits that orchestrate movement. To bypass the lesion, brain-computer interfaces have directly linked cortical activity to electrical stimulation of muscles, and have thus restored grasping abilities after hand paralysis. Theoretically, this strategy could also restore control over leg muscle activity for walking. However, replicating the complex sequence of individual muscle activation patterns underlying natural and adaptive locomotor movements poses formidable conceptual and technological challenges...
November 9, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27828784/peripheral-neuromodulation-for-the-treatment-of-postamputation-neuroma-pain
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Kaare Meier, Thomas F Bendtsen, Jens Christian Sørensen, Lone Nikolajsen
Neuroma pain can be severe, persistent, and treatment resistant. We present a case of a 37-year-old female amputee who suffered from severe neuroma pain, which had proved resistant to pharmacologic treatment, glycerol injections, spinal cord stimulation, radiofrequency thermocoagulation, and repeated surgical removals. After treatment with peripheral nerve stimulation, using a St. Jude Medical Octrode lead implanted percutaneously under ultrasound guidance close to her painful neuroma, her ongoing pain dramatically decreased from 8 to 3 on a numeric rating scale (0-10)...
November 8, 2016: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806306/in%C3%A2-vivo-interrogation-of-spinal-mechanosensory-circuits
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Amelia J Christensen, Shrivats M Iyer, Amaury François, Saurabh Vyas, Charu Ramakrishnan, Sam Vesuna, Karl Deisseroth, Grégory Scherrer, Scott L Delp
Spinal dorsal horn circuits receive, process, and transmit somatosensory information. To understand how specific components of these circuits contribute to behavior, it is critical to be able to directly modulate their activity in unanesthetized in vivo conditions. Here, we develop experimental tools that enable optogenetic control of spinal circuitry in freely moving mice using commonly available materials. We use these tools to examine mechanosensory processing in the spinal cord and observe that optogenetic activation of somatostatin-positive interneurons facilitates both mechanosensory and itch-related behavior, while reversible chemogenetic inhibition of these neurons suppresses mechanosensation...
November 1, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799818/d2-like-receptors-in-the-descending-dopaminergic-pathway-are-not-involved-in-the-decreased-postoperative-nociceptive-threshold-induced-by-plantar-incision-in-adult-rats
#14
Norimasa Ohtani, Eiji Masaki
BACKGROUND: Approximately half of all patients who undergo surgery develop postoperative pain, the mechanisms of which are not well understood by anesthesiologists. D2-like receptors in the descending dopaminergic pathway play an important role in regulation of pain transmission in the spinal cord. Impairment of inhibitory neurons in the spinal cord is suggested as part of the mechanism for neuropathic pain, which is one component of postoperative pain. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether impairment of D2-like receptors in the descending dopaminergic pathway in the spinal cord is involved in the decreased postoperative nociceptive threshold in rats...
2016: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27786243/new-strategies-for-the-treatment-and-prevention-of-primary-headache-disorders
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REVIEW
Nathaniel M Schuster, Alan M Rapoport
The primary headache disorders, which include migraine, cluster headache and tension-type headache, are among the most common diseases and leading causes of disability worldwide. The available treatment options for primary headache disorders have unsatisfactory rates of efficacy, tolerability and patient adherence. In this Review, we discuss promising new approaches for the prevention of primary headache disorders, such as monoclonal antibodies targeting calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) or its receptor, and small-molecule CGRP receptor antagonists...
October 27, 2016: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27778413/altering-conventional-to-high-density-spinal-cord-stimulation-an-energy-dose-response-relationship-in-neuropathic-pain-therapy
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Frank Wille, Jennifer S Breel, Eric W P Bakker, Markus W Hollmann
OBJECTIVES: To examine whether converting from conventional Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) to High Density (HD) SCS reduces neuropathic pain over a period of 12 months in patients with failed SCS therapy. METHODS: Retrospective, open label, single center, consecutive case series of 30 neuropathic pain patients (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome [FBSS], Complex Regional Pain Syndrome [CRPS], and polyneuropathy [NP]). Patients with an initial adequate response to conventional SCS, but in whom pain increased over time, were included (Numeric Rating Scales [NRS] >6)...
October 24, 2016: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27778371/long-term-course-of-sacral-anterior-root-stimulation-in-spinal-cord-injured-individuals-the-fate-of-the-detrusor
#17
Jörg Krebs, Jens Wöllner, Dennis Grasmücke, Jürgen Pannek
AIMS: To investigate the long-term course of the detrusor pressure during sacral anterior root stimulation in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients. METHODS: Retrospective evaluation of 111 patients who had undergone sacral deafferentation and implantation of an anterior root stimulator at a single SCI rehabilitation center with a minimum follow-up time of 5 years. RESULTS: The median follow-up time was 11.7 years (range 5.0-24.9 years). The maximum detrusor pressure (Pdet_max) during stimulation was higher in men compared to women (P = 0...
October 24, 2016: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776893/is-spinal-cord-stimulation-safe-a-review-of-13-years-of-implantations-and-complications
#18
J-C Kleiber, B Marlier, M Bannwarth, E Theret, P Peruzzi, F Litre
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review was to evaluate the complications of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) for chronic pain. METHODS: This was a retrospective case series of 212 patients treated with SCS for chronic lower-limb neuropathic pain between March 2002 and February 2015 in a Reims academic hospital. All patients received a surgically implanted paddle-type electrode. Complications with this technique are here described and analyzed, and other treatment and preventative methods proposed...
November 2016: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775024/neurobiochemical-changes-in-the-vicinity-of-a-nanostructured-neural-implant
#19
Zsófia Bérces, Kinga Tóth, Gergely Márton, Ildikó Pál, Bálint Kováts-Megyesi, Zoltán Fekete, István Ulbert, Anita Pongrácz
Neural interface technologies including recording and stimulation electrodes are currently in the early phase of clinical trials aiming to help patients with spinal cord injuries, degenerative disorders, strokes interrupting descending motor pathways, or limb amputations. Their lifetime is of key importance; however, it is limited by the foreign body response of the tissue causing the loss of neurons and a reactive astrogliosis around the implant surface. Improving the biocompatibility of implant surfaces, especially promoting neuronal attachment and regeneration is therefore essential...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770599/high-frequency-spinal-cord-stimulation-in-a-patient-with-an-implanted-cardiac-device
#20
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
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