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Spinal cord implants

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
Saul Wilson, Kingsley O Abode-Iyamah, John W Miller, Chandan G Reddy, Sina Safayi, Douglas C Fredericks, Nicholas D Jeffery, Nicole A DeVries-Watson, Sara K Shivapour, Stephanus Viljoen, Brian D Dalm, Katherine N Gibson-Corley, Michael D Johnson, George T Gillies, Matthew A Howard
OBJECTIVE: To develop a large animal model of spinal cord injury (SCI), for use in translational studies of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) in the treatment of spasticity. We seek to establish thresholds for the SCS parameters associated with reduction of post-SCI spasticity in the pelvic limbs, with implications for patients. STUDY DESIGN: The weight-drop method was used to create a moderate SCI in adult sheep, leading to mild spasticity in the pelvic limbs. Electrodes for electromyography (EMG) and an epidural spinal cord stimulator were then implanted...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Dan Wang, Jianbo Yu
In this study, C3H/HeNCrlVr mice are implanted with sarcoma NCTC 2472 cells into the intramedullary space of the femur to induce ongoing bone cancer-related pain behaviors. During the progress of the bone cancer pain, the down-regulation in spinal REST (Neuron-restrictive silencer factor, NRSF/REST) with concomitant up-regulation in spinal NR2B (2B subunit of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor, NR2B) protein expression are observed at days 5, 7, 10 and 14 post-inoculation. Immunofluorescence assay shows that almost all of REST and NR2B-positive signals encompass NeuN (neuron-specific nuclear protein, a neuronal marker)-positive signals in spinal cord of sham and tumor-bearing mice...
July 30, 2016: Oncotarget
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
Marc Possover
We report on unexpected findings in 18 spinal cord injured peoples who underwent a laparoscopic bilateral implantation of neuroprosthesis (LION procedure) to the sciatic/femoral nerves pelvic somatic nerves for functional electrical stimulation (FES)-assisted locomotor training and continuous low-frequency electrical stimulation. Fifteen patients were paraplegics, three low tetraplegics, all of them fully dependent on a wheelchair. After a training period of at least one year, all patients not only started with electrical-assisted standing/stepping using a walker or crutches, but also developed some progressive caudalward recovery of lumbosacral sensoric functions and of supraspinal control of voluntary movements below the lesions...
October 6, 2016: Surgical Technology International
Marin Stančić, Ivana Stančić, Petra Barl, Ivan Pašalić
OBJECTIVE: Scarcity of implants during the economic crisis has partially replaced cervical spondylotic myelopathy decompression and instrumented fusion with implant-less expansile cervical laminopalsty. The aim of the study was comparison of the results obtained with instrumented anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion (ACCF) with implant-less expansile cervical laminoplasty (ECL). METHODS: Patients suffering from cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) Nurick 3-5, with preoperative tethering and postoperative untethering were included...
October 7, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Kelly Ryan Murphy, Jing L Han, Syed Mohammed Qasim Hussaini, Siyun Yang, Beth Parente, Jichun Xie, Shivanand P Lad
OBJECTIVES: Conversion rates from trial leads to permanent spinal cord stimulation (SCS) systems have important implications for healthcare resource utilization (HCRU) and pain management. We hypothesized that there is a volume-outcome effect, with chronic pain patients who visit high volume SCS implanters will have higher trial-to-permanent conversion rates. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We designed a large, retrospective analysis using the Truven MarketScan database analyzing adult SCS patients with provider information available, with or without IPG implantation from the years 2007 to 2012 was designed...
October 3, 2016: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
Md Shah Alam, Kevin Phan, Rezaul Karim, Sharif Ahmed Jonayed, Hasan Khalid Md Munir, Shubhendu Chakraborty, Tashfique Alam
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) of the spine is a common site of osseous TB, accounting for 50%-60% of cases. Spinal TB still occurs in both developed and developing countries. The diagnosis of spinal TB is difficult and it commonly presents at an advanced stage. Delays in establishing diagnosis and management result in complications such as spinal cord compression and spinal deformity. METHODS: A total of 582 patients with TB of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine with moderate to severe cord compression were studied...
December 2015: J Spine Surg
Changsheng Dong, RuiXin Wu, Jing Wu, Jing Guo, Fangyuan Wang, Yanli Fu, Qing Wang, Ling Xu, Juyong Wang
BACKGROUND: Cancer pain is a complex medical syndrome. Understanding its underlying mechanisms relies on the use of animal models which can mimic the human condition. A crucial component of this model is the quantity of tumor cells; however, the exact relationship between the doses of tumor cells on bone cancer pain is yet unknown. OBJECTIVE: We explored the relationship of different doses of Walker 256 carcinoma cells using a bone cancer pain model in rats, and evaluated its success and stability...
September 2016: Pain Physician
Yi-Kai Lo, Chih-Wei Chang, Yen-Cheng Kuan, Stanislav Culaclii, Brian Kim, Kuanfu Chen, Parag Gad, V Reggie Edgerton, Wentai Liu
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February 2016: Digest of Technical Papers
Adrian B Levine, Andrew G Parrent, Keith W MacDougall
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a well-established treatment for chronic neuropathic pain in the lower limbs. Upper limb pain comprises a significant proportion of neuropathic pain patients, but is often difficult to target specifically and consistently with paresthesias. We hypothesized that the use of dorsal nerve root stimulation (DNRS), as an option along with SCS, would help us better relieve pain in these patients. METHODS: All 35 patients trialed with spinal stimulation for upper limb pain between July 1, 2011, and October 31, 2013, were included...
September 23, 2016: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
Sean C Martin, Bassam O Dabbous, Elliott E Ridgeon, Shailendra A Magdum, Thomas A D Cadoux-Hudson, Erlick A C Pereira
OBJECTIVES: Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a common operative treatment of compressive pathology of the cervical spinal cord, when caused by one or more degenerated intervertebral discs or related osteophytes. In addition to intra-operative radiographs to confirm spinal level before discectomy and implant position after insertion, traditional practice is to obtain post-operative antero-posterior and lateral plain radiographs (XR) before hospital discharge, despite a paucity of evidence supporting their benefit to patient care...
September 22, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
David Pang
INTRODUCTION: Chronic pain in children has been an under-recognized problem compared to adult pain. The aim of management is to help children and their families cope with the symptoms rather than a cure. Current medical treatments to reduce pain intensity are often short lived, poorly tolerated or ineffective. RESULTS: The use of electrical stimulation to treat pain is the current basis of modern Neuromodulation at the spinal cord and has been well established as spinal cord stimulation in adult practice...
August 9, 2016: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
Yuanyuan Chen, Yang Liu, Huajiang Chen, Peng Cao, Wen Yuan
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study. OBJECTIVE: To compare clinical and radiologic outcomes of 3-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion between a zero-profile (Zero-P) spacer and a traditional plate in cases of symptomatic cervical spine spondylosis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Anterior cervical decompression and fusion is indicated for patients with anterior compression or stenosis of the spinal cord. The Zero-P spacers have been used for anterior cervical interbody fusion of 1 or 2 segments...
September 16, 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Sebastian Rubino, Adedamola Adepoju, Vignessh Kumar, Julia Prusik, Nathaniel Murphy, Stephane Owusu-Sarpong, Julie G Pilitsis
BACKGROUND: Because of the commonality of diagnostic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), MRI conditional technology has increased throughout the device industry. It is often difficult to be aware of MRI specifications for each device. OBJECTIVES: We provide a review of the clinical experience with MRI and spinal cord stimulation (SCS) devices and develop a general reference of current device/MRI specifications. METHODS: We reviewed the available literature on the clinical experience with SCS devices and examined its specifications...
September 16, 2016: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Ali H Palejwala, Jared S Fridley, Javier A Mata, Errol L G Samuel, Thomas G Luerssen, Laszlo Perlaky, Thomas A Kent, James M Tour, Andrew Jea
BACKGROUND: Graphene has unique electrical, physical, and chemical properties that may have great potential as a bioscaffold for neuronal regeneration after spinal cord injury. These nanoscaffolds have previously been shown to be biocompatible in vitro; in the present study, we wished to evaluate its biocompatibility in an in vivo spinal cord injury model. METHODS: Graphene nanoscaffolds were prepared by the mild chemical reduction of graphene oxide. Twenty Wistar rats (19 male and 1 female) underwent hemispinal cord transection at approximately the T2 level...
2016: Surgical Neurology International
Wen-Chen Ji, Xiao-Wei Zhang, Yu-Sheng Qiu
Spinal cord injury usually leads to permanent disability, which could cause a huge financial problem to the patient. Up to now there is no effective method to treat this disease. The key of the treatment is to enable the damage zone axonal regeneration and luckily it could go through the damage zone; last a connection can be established with the target neurons. This study attempts to combine stem cell, material science and genetic modification technology together, by preparing two genes modified adipose-derived stem cells and inducing them into neuron direction; then by compositing them on the silk fibroin/chitosan scaffold and implanting them into the spinal cord injury model, seed cells can have features of neuron cells...
August 20, 2016: World Journal of Experimental Medicine
B J Holinski, K A Mazurek, D G Everaert, A Toossi, A M Lucas-Osma, P Troyk, R Etienne-Cummings, R B Stein, V K Mushahwar
OBJECTIVE: Spinal cord injury causes a drastic loss of motor, sensory and autonomic function. The goal of this project was to investigate the use of intraspinal microstimulation (ISMS) for producing long distances of walking over ground. ISMS is an electrical stimulation method developed for restoring motor function by activating spinal networks below the level of an injury. It produces movements of the legs by stimulating the ventral horn of the lumbar enlargement using fine penetrating electrodes (≤50 μm diameter)...
October 2016: Journal of Neural Engineering
Jie Luo, Xiaoxia Huang, Yali Li, Yang Li, Xueqin Xu, Yan Gao, Ruoshi Shi, Wanjun Yao, Juying Liu, Changbin Ke
Cancer induced bone pain is a very complicated clinical pain states that has proven difficult to be treated effectively due to poorly understand of underlying mechanism, but bone cancer pain (BCP) seems to be enhanced by a state of spinal sensitization. In the present study, we showed that carcinoma tibia implantation induced notable pain sensitization and up-regulation of G-protein-coupled estrogen receptor (GPR30) in the spinal cord of rats which was reversed by GPR30 knockdown. Further studies indicated that upregulation of GPR30 induced by cancer implantation resulted in a select loss of γ-aminobutyric acid-ergic (GABAergic) neurons and functionally diminished the inhibitory transmission due to reduce expression of the vesicular GABA transporter (VGAT)...
September 6, 2016: Oncotarget
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