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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222382/corporeal-illusions-in-chronic-spinal-cord-injuries
#1
Michele Scandola, Salvatore Maria Aglioti, Renato Avesani, Gianettore Bertagnoni, Anna Marangoni, Valentina Moro
While several studies have investigated corporeal illusions in patients who have suffered from a stroke or undergone an amputation, only anecdotal or single case reports have explored this phenomenon after spinal cord injury. Here we examine various different types of bodily misperceptions in a comparatively large group of 49 people with spinal cord injury in the post-acute and chronic phases after the traumatic lesion onset. An extensive battery of questionnaires concerning a variety of body related feelings was administered and the results were correlated to the main clinical variables...
February 17, 2017: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220820/testicular-responses-to-hcg-stimulation-at-varying-doses-in-men-with-spinal-cord-injury
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W A Bauman, M F La Fountaine, C M Cirnigliaro, S C Kirshblum, A M Spungen
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective. OBJECTIVES: To test whether provocative stimulation of the testes identifies men with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI), a population in which serum testosterone concentrations are often depressed, possibly due to gonadal dysfunction. To accomplish this objective, conventional and lower than the conventional doses of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) were administered. METHODS: Thirty men with chronic SCI (duration of injury >1 year; 18 and 65 years old; 16 eugonadal (>12...
February 21, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218643/diffusion-assessment-of-cortical-changes-induced-by-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury
#3
Peng Sun, Rory K J Murphy, Paul Gamble, Ajit George, Sheng-Kwei Song, Wilson Z Ray
Promising treatments are being developed to promote functional recovery after spinal cord injury (SCI). Magnetic resonance imaging, specifically Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) has been shown to non-invasively measure both axonal and myelin integrity following traumatic brain and SCI. A novel data-driven model-selection algorithm known as Diffusion Basis Spectrum Imaging (DBSI) has been proposed to more accurately delineate white matter injury. The objective of this study was to investigate whether DTI/DBSI changes that extend to level of the cerebral peduncle and internal capsule following a SCI could be correlated with clinical function...
February 17, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217104/priming-neural-circuits-to-modulate-spinal-reflex-excitability
#4
Stephen P Estes, Jennifer A Iddings, Edelle C Field-Fote
While priming is most often thought of as a strategy for modulating neural excitability to facilitate voluntary motor control, priming stimulation can also be utilized to target spinal reflex excitability. In this application, priming can be used to modulate the involuntary motor output that often follows central nervous system injury. Individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) often experience spasticity, for which antispasmodic medications are the most common treatment. Physical therapeutic/electroceutic interventions offer an alternative treatment for spasticity, without the deleterious side effects that can accompany pharmacological interventions...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216353/left-subclavian-artery-revascularization-in-zone-2-thoracic-endovascular-aortic-repair-is-associated-with-lower-stroke-risk-across-all-aortic-diseases
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Rhiannon J Bradshaw, S Sadie Ahanchi, Obie Powell, Sebastian Larion, Colin Brandt, Michael C Soult, Jean M Panneton
BACKGROUND: The best management strategy for the left subclavian artery (LSA) in pathologic processes of the aorta requiring zone 2 thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) remains controversial. We compared LSA coverage with or without revascularization as well as the different means of LSA revascularization. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was conducted of patients with any aortic diseases who underwent zone 2 TEVAR deployment from 2007 to 2014. Primary end points included 30-day stroke and 30-day spinal cord injury (SCI)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215570/the-cardiac-electrophysiology-of-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury
#6
Michael Manogue, David S Hirsh, Michael Lloyd
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a clinical syndrome encountered frequently in trauma centers and is accompanied by both acute and chronic heart rhythm abnormalities. The injury is characterized by sympathetic nervous system (SNS) impairment with preservation of parasympathetic output via the vagus nerve. Severe bradycardia in the form of life-threatening sinus arrest or complete heart block may be observed in the acute recovery phase. Therapy for arrhythmias in the acute phase includes atropine, intravenous chronotropes, methylxanthines for prevention of episodic bradycardia, and pacemaker implantation in severe cases...
February 12, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215303/neurotrophic-factors-used-to-treat-spinal-cord-injury
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S I Hodgetts, A R Harvey
The application of neurotrophic factors as a therapy to improve morphological and behavioral outcomes after experimental spinal cord injury (SCI) has been the focus of many studies. These studies vary markedly in the type of neurotrophic factor that is delivered, the mode of administration, and the location, timing, and duration of the treatment. Generally, the majority of studies have had significant success if neurotrophic factors are applied in or close to the lesion site during the acute or the subacute phase after SCI...
2017: Vitamins and Hormones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201982/transcriptome-profile-of-rat-genes-in-injured-spinal-cord-at-different-stages-by-rna-sequencing
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Ling-Ling Shi, Nan Zhang, Xiu-Mei Xie, Yue-Juan Chen, Rui Wang, Lin Shen, Jian-Sheng Zhou, Jian-Guo Hu, He-Zuo Lü
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord injury (SCI) results in fatal damage and currently has no effective treatment. The pathological mechanisms of SCI remain unclear. In this study, genome-wide transcriptional profiling of spinal cord samples from injured rats at different time points after SCI was performed by RNA-Sequencing (RNA-Seq). The transcriptomes were systematically characterized to identify the critical genes and pathways that are involved in SCI pathology. RESULTS: RNA-Seq results were obtained from total RNA harvested from the spinal cords of sham control rats and rats in the acute, subacute, and chronic phases of SCI (1 day, 6 days and 28 days after injury, respectively; n = 3 in every group)...
February 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199003/applications-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-technologies-in-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Narihito Nagoshi, Hideyuki Okano
Numerous basic research studies have suggested the potential efficacy of neural precursor cell (NPC) transplantation in spinal cord injury (SCI). However, in most such studies the origin of the cells used was mainly fetal tissue or embryonic stem cells, both of which carry potential ethical concerns with respect to clinical use. The development of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) opened a new path toward regenerative medicine for SCI. iPSCs can be generated from somatic cells by induction of transcription factors, and induced to differentiate into NPCs with characteristics of cells of the central nervous system...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198660/prediction-of-functional-recovery-six-months-following-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-during-acute-care-hospitalization
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Andréane Richard-Denis, Debbie Feldman, Cynthia Thompson, Jean-Marc Mac-Thiong
OBJECTIVES: To determine factors associated with functional status six months following a traumatic cervical and thoracic spinal cord injury (SCI), with a particular interest in factors related to the acute care hospitalization stay. DESIGN: This is a prospective cohort study. Sixteen potential predictive variables were studied. Univariate regression analyses were first performed to determine the strength of association of each variable independently with the total Spinal Cord Independence Measure (SCIM) score...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193782/mitochondrial-mass-and-activity-as-a-function-of-body-composition-in-individuals-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Laura C O'Brien, Rodney C Wade, Liron Segal, Qun Chen, Jeannie Savas, Edward J Lesnefsky, Ashraf S Gorgey
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is accompanied by deterioration in body composition and severe muscle atrophy. These changes put individuals at risk for insulin resistance, type II diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. To determine the relationships between skeletal muscle mitochondrial mass, activity, and body composition, 22 men with motor complete SCI were studied. Body composition assessment was performed using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and magnetic resonance imaging. Skeletal muscle biopsies were obtained from the vastus lateralis muscle to measure citrate synthase (CS) and complex III (CIII) activity...
February 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191872/spatiotemporal-correlation-of-spinal-network-dynamics-underlying-spasms-in-chronic-spinalized-mice
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Carmelo Bellardita, Vittorio Caggiano, Roberto Leiras, Vanessa Caldeira, Andrea Fuchs, Julien Bouvier, Peter Löw, Ole Kiehn
Spasms after spinal cord injury (SCI) are debilitating involuntary muscle contractions that have been associated with increased motor neuron excitability and decreased inhibition. However, whether spasms involve activation of premotor spinal excitatory neuronal circuits is unknown. Here we use mouse genetics, electrophysiology, imaging and optogenetics to directly target major classes of spinal interneurons as well as motor neurons during spasms in a mouse model of chronic SCI. We find that assemblies of excitatory spinal interneurons are recruited by sensory input into functional circuits to generate persistent neural activity, which interacts with both the graded expression of plateau potentials in motor neurons to generate spasms, and inhibitory interneurons to curtail them...
February 13, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190392/pi3k-akt-pathway-a-potential-therapeutic-target-for-chronic-pain
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Shu-Ping Chen, Ya-Qun Zhou, Dai-Qiang Liu, Wen Zhang, Anne Manyande, Xue-Hai Guan, Yu-Ke Tian, Da-Wei Ye, Deeq Mohamed Omar
Chronic pain is among the most disabling and costly disorders, with prevalence ranging from 10% to 55%. However, current therapeutic strategies for chronic pain are unsatisfactory due to our poor understanding of its mechanisms. Thus, novel therapeutic targets need to be found in order to improve these patients' quality of life. PI3K and its downstream Akt are widely expressed in the spinal cord, particularly in the laminae I-IV of the dorsal horn, where nociceptive C and Aδ fibers of primary afferents principally terminate...
February 10, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188542/systemic-complications-of-spinal-cord-injury
#14
REVIEW
Rochelle Sweis, José Biller
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review the acute and chronic systemic complications of spinal cord injury and discuss treatment recommendations. RECENT FINDINGS: The psychological, social, economic, and permanent neurologic effects associated with spinal cord injury (SCI) have universally persisted over time. Treating acute complications and preventing secondary injury can influence outcome, highlighting the importance of proper management of this patient population. Spinal cord injury (SCI) is due to traumatic or non-traumatic causes...
February 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185615/clinical-study-of-neuroregen-scaffold-combined-with-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-the-repair-of-chronic-complete-spinal-cord-injury
#15
Yannan Zhao, Fengwu Tang, Guang Han, Nuo Wang, Na Yin, Bing Chen, Xianfeng Jiang, Chen Yun, Wanjun Han, Changyu Zhao, Shixiang Cheng, Zhifeng Xiao, Sai Zhang, Jianwu Dai
Regeneration of damaged neurons and recovery of sensation and motor function after complete spinal cord injury (SCI) are challenging. We previously developed a collagen scaffold, NeuroRegen scaffold, to promote axonal growth along collagen fibers and inhibit glial scar formation after SCI. When functionalized with multiple biomolecules, this scaffold promoted neurological regeneration and functional recovery in animals with SCI. In this study, eight patients with chronic complete SCI were enrolled to examine the safety and efficacy of implanting NeuroRegen scaffold with human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs)...
February 9, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182729/rikkunshito-prevents-paclitaxel-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-through-the-suppression-of-the-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-phosphorylation-in-spinal-cord-of-mice
#16
Junzo Kamei, Shunsuke Hayashi, Akane Sakai, Yuki Nakanishi, Misa Kai, Megumi Ikegami, Hiroko Ikeda
Peripheral neuropathy is the major side effect caused by paclitaxel, a microtubule-binding antineoplastic drug. Paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy causes a long-term negative impact on the patient's quality of life. However, the mechanism underlying paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy is still unknown, and there is no established treatment. Ghrelin is known to attenuate thermal hyperalgesia and mechanical allodynia in chronic constriction injury of the sciatic nerve, and inhibit the activation of nuclear factor kappa B (NFκB) in the spinal dorsal horn...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182676/the-swimming-test-is-effective-for-evaluating-spasticity-after-contusive-spinal-cord-injury
#17
Youngjae Ryu, Toru Ogata, Motoshi Nagao, Taku Kitamura, Kazuhito Morioka, Yoshinori Ichihara, Toru Doi, Yasuhiro Sawada, Masami Akai, Ryohei Nishimura, Naoki Fujita
Spasticity is a frequent chronic complication in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). However, the severity of spasticity varies in patients with SCI. Therefore, an evaluation method is needed to determine the severity of spasticity. We used a contusive SCI model that is suitable for clinical translation. In this study, we examined the feasibility of the swimming test and an EMG for evaluating spasticity in a contusive SCI rat model. Sprague-Dawley rats received an injury at the 8th thoracic vertebra...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180096/the-frozen-elephant-trunk-technique-european-association-for-cardio-thoracic-surgery-position-and-bologna-experience
#18
REVIEW
Luca Di Marco, Antonio Pantaleo, Alessandro Leone, Giacomo Murana, Roberto Di Bartolomeo, Davide Pacini
Complex lesions of the thoracic aorta are traditionally treated in 2 surgical steps with the elephant trunk technique. A relatively new approach is the frozen elephant trunk (FET) technique, which potentially allows combined lesions of the thoracic aorta to be treated in a 1-stage procedure combining endovascular treatment with conventional surgery using a hybrid prosthesis. These are very complex and time-consuming operations, and good results can be obtained only if appropriate strategies for myocardial, cerebral, and visceral protection are adopted...
February 2017: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28175441/172%C3%A2-a-phase-i-open-label-single-site-safety-study-of-human-spinal-cord-derived-neural-stem-cell-transplantation-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-spinal-cord-injury
#19
Erik Curtis, Brandon C Gabel, Martin Marsala, Joseph D Ciacci
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 1, 2016: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173745/characterization-of-chronic-axonal-degeneration-using-diffusion-tensor-imaging-in-canine-spinal-cord-injury-a-quantitative-analysis-of-dti-parameters-according-to-histopathological-differences
#20
Hakyoung Yoon, Jaehwan Kim, Won-Jin Moon, Sang-Soep Nahm, Jun Zhao, Hyoung-Moon Kim, Kidong Eom
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is more sensitive than conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the identification of axonal degeneration. However, no study to date has used DTI to evaluate the severity of axonal degeneration in canine spinal cord injury. Therefore, the aim of this study was to characterize multi-grade axonal degeneration (mild, moderate, and severe) in a canine model of spinal cord compression injury using DTI. MRI data were obtained from six normal dogs and five dogs with lumbar spinal cord injury 78 days after spinal cord injury (L1-L3) using a 3T MRI scanner...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
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