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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720407/mechanical-properties-of-the-human-spinal-cord-under-the-compressive-loading
#1
Alireza Karimi, Ahmad Shojaei, Pedram Tehrani
The spinal cord as the most complex and critical part of the human body is responsible for the transmission of both motor and sensory impulses between the body and the brain. Due to its pivotal role any types of physical injury in that disrupts its function following by shortfalls, including the minor motor and sensory malfunctions as well as complicate quadriplegia and lifelong ventilator dependency. In order to shed light on the injuries to the spinal cord, the application of the computational models to simulate the trauma impact loading to that are deemed required...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715318/researching-fiber-networks-computational-modeling-of-complex-fibrous-tissue-geometries
#2
Sergey Makarov, Alvero Pascual Leone, Aapo Nummenmaa
Many types of human tissue-such as the brain and spinal cord of the central nervous system, the peripheral nervous system, and muscles, including the heart muscle-are fibrous in nature. Isotropic human models that assume homogeneous volumes for every individual tissue do not properly take this into account.
July 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709751/does-muscle-atrophy-and-fatty-infiltration-plateau-or-persist-in-chronic-spinal-cord-injury
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Cameron D Moore, B Catharine Craven, Lehana Thabane, Alexandra Papaioannou, Jonathan D Adachi, Lora M Giangregorio
Atrophy and fatty infiltration of lower extremity muscle after spinal cord injury (SCI) predisposes individuals to metabolic syndrome and related diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The objective of this study was to prospectively measure changes in muscle atrophy and fat content of distal lower extremity muscles and explore related factors in a cohort of adults with chronic SCI and diverse impairments. Muscle cross-sectional area and density were calculated from peripheral quantitative computed tomography scans of the 66% site of the calf from 70 participants with chronic SCI (50 male, mean age 49 years, C2-T12, American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale A-D) at study enrollment and annually for 2 years...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Densitometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708647/pneumocephalus-induced-oculomotor-nerve-palsy-after-atlanto-occipital-decompression-with-dural-plasty
#4
Yunfeng Han, Jianjun Sun, Zhenyu Wang
BACKGROUND: Pneumocephalus after posterior fossa craniotomy is very common. However, cranial nerve dysfunction secondary to pneumocephalus is a very rare phenomenon. PATIENT PRESENTATION: This case reports a patient who suffers from Chiari I malformation with syringomyelia in cervical spinal cord and develops unilateral oculomotor nerve palsy after atlanto-occipital decompression with dural plasty. CONCLUSIONS: Cranial nerve dysfunction caused by pneumocephalus after craniotomy is rare and easily misdiagnosed...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694601/spastic-quadriparesis-due-to-pathological-fracture-of-odontoid-secondary-to-carcinoma-prostate-a-rare-presentation
#5
Maneet Gill, M N Swamy, Vikas Maheshwari, T S Lingaraju, Aishik Mukherjee
Prostate carcinoma presenting as symptomatic metastases to atlantoaxial spine is extremely rare. Spastic quadriparesis due to pathological fracture of odontoid as the only initial manifestation without symptoms of primary malignancy is rarer still. We report a 64-year-old male who presented with progressive spastic quadriparesis along with urinary retention of 3 weeks duration. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging cervical spine and craniovertebral junction showed type III pathological fracture of odontoid with anterior translation of C1 with spinal cord compression...
April 2017: Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690497/high-amplitude-eeg-motor-potential-during-repetitive-foot-movement-possible-use-and-challenges-for-futuristic-bcis-that-restore-mobility-after-spinal-cord-injury
#6
Aljoscha Thomschewski, Yvonne Höller, Peter Höller, Stefan Leis, Eugen Trinka
Recent advances in neuroprostheses provide us with promising ideas of how to improve the quality of life in people suffering from impaired motor functioning of upper and lower limbs. Especially for patients after spinal cord injury (SCI), futuristic devices that are controlled by thought via brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) might be of tremendous help in managing daily tasks and restoring at least some mobility. However, there are certain problems arising when trying to implement BCI technology especially in such a heterogenous patient group...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684744/learning-new-movements-after-paralysis-results-from-a-home-based-study
#7
Camilla Pierella, Farnaz Abdollahi, Elias Thorp, Ali Farshchiansadegh, Jessica Pedersen, Ismael Seáñez-González, Ferdinando A Mussa-Ivaldi, Maura Casadio
Body-machine interfaces (BMIs) decode upper-body motion for operating devices, such as computers and wheelchairs. We developed a low-cost portable BMI for survivors of cervical spinal cord injury and investigated it as a means to support personalized assistance and therapy within the home environment. Depending on the specific impairment of each participant, we modified the interface gains to restore a higher level of upper body mobility. The use of the BMI over one month led to increased range of motion and force at the shoulders in chronic survivors...
July 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677944/heart-rate-response-and-recovery-in-wheelchair-tetraplegic-rugby-athletes-a-pilot-study
#8
Michelle C Coutinho, Patrícia S Vigário, Agnaldo J Lopes, Fernando S Guimarães
BACKGROUND: Subjects with spinal cord injuries (SCI) have impaired autonomic cardiac regulation and increased risk of cardiovascular disease. In face of the insufficient research data on the autonomic control of physically active subjects with SCI, this study aimed at describing the chronotropic response, as well as the heart rate recovery behaviour of a cohort of elite wheelchair rugby athletes. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study including a convenience sample of 17 elite wheelchair rugby athletes with tetraplegia...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676461/cervical-burst-fracture-in-a-patient-with-contiguous-two-level-cervical-stand-alone-cages-a-case-report
#9
Rui Feng, Joshua Loewenstern, John Caridi
BACKGROUND: Cervical stand-alone interbody cages have seen increasingly wider use over the plate-and-screw construct in single-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) in the treatment of cervical disc herniation and degenerative spondylotic conditions. Despite positive clinical outcomes, the efficacy and safety of using these devices in contiguous multi-level ACDF, however, has remained controversial. CASE DESCRIPTION: This report discusses a burst fracture seen as a complication in multi-level cervical stand-alone cage use...
July 1, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675378/application-of-dual-energy-ct-to-suppression-of-metal-artefact-caused-by-pedicle-screw-fixation-in-radiotherapy-a-feasibility-study-using-original-phantom
#10
Tianyuan Wang, Takeaki Ishihara, Atsushi Kono, Naoki Yoshida, Hiroaki Akasaka, Naritoshi Mukumoto, Ryuichi Yada, Yasuo Ejima, Kenji Yoshida, Daisuke Miyawaki, Kenichiro Kakutani, Kotaro Nishida, Noriyuki Negi, Toshiaki Minami, Yuuichi Aoyama, Satoru Takahashi, Ryohei Sasaki
The objective of the present study was the determination of the potential dosimetric benefits of using metal-artefact-suppressed dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) images for cases involving pedicle screw implants in spinal sites. A heterogeneous spinal phantom was designed for the investigation of the dosimetric effect of the pedicle-screw-related artefacts. The dosimetric comparisons were first performed using a conventional two-directional opposed (AP-PA) plan, and then a volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) plan, which are both used for the treatment of spinal metastases in our institution...
July 4, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673511/reirradiation-of-the-spine-with-stereotactic-radiosurgery-efficacy-and-toxicity
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David Boyce-Fappiano, Erinma Elibe, Bo Zhao, M Salim Siddiqui, Ian Lee, Jack Rock, Samuel Ryu, Farzan Siddiqui
PURPOSE: To determine the potential benefits and adverse effects associated with reirradiating the spinal cord when at least 1 course of radiation therapy (RT) is stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). METHODS AND MATERIALS: This institutional review board-approved retrospective review included 162 patients (237 reirradiated spine lesions). All patients received SRS at our institution between 2001 and 2013. Electronic medical records were reviewed for clinical exams and radiologic tests (computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging)...
May 25, 2017: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671024/prospective-pilot-study-comparing-the-need-for-adaptive-radiotherapy-in-unresected-bulky-disease-and-in-postoperative-patients-with-head-and-neck-cancer
#12
Omar Mahmoud, Isildinha M Reis, Michael M Samuels, Nagy Elsayyad, Elizabeth Bossart, Joseph Both, Ehsan ELGhoneimy, Magda Moustafa, Mohamed AbdAllah, Cristiane Takita
BACKGROUND: Adaptive radiotherapy is being used in few institutions in patients with head and neck cancer having bulky disease using periodic computed tomography imaging accounting for volumetric changes in tumor volume and/or weight loss. Limited data are available on ART in the postoperative setting. We aim to identify parameters that would predict the need for ART in patients with head and neck cancer and whether ART should be applied in postoperative setting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty patients with stage III-IV head and neck cancer were prospectively accrued...
January 1, 2017: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670413/circumferential-fusion-through-all-posterior-approach-in-andersson-lesion
#13
Sreekanth Reddy Rajoli, Rishi Mugesh Kanna, Siddharth N Aiyer, Ajoy Prasad Shetty, Shanmuganathan Rajasekaran
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series. PURPOSE: To assess safety and efficacy of single stage, posterior stabilisation and anterior cage reconstruction through the transforaminal or lateral extra-cavitary route for Andersson lesions. OVERVIEW OF LITERATURE: Pseudoarthrosis in ankylosing spondylitis (Andersson lesion, AL) can cause progressive kyphosis and neurological deficit. Management involves early recognition and surgical stabilisation in patients with instability...
June 2017: Asian Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665491/feasibility-of-dynamic-adaptive-passive-scattering-proton-therapy-with-computed-tomography-image-guidance-in-the-lung
#14
Shunsuke Moriya, Hidenobu Tachibana, Kenji Hotta, Naoki Nakamura, Sakae Takeji, Tetsuo Akimoto
PURPOSE: Hypo-fractionated proton beam therapy (PBT) is an approach that has been increasingly explored over the past decade. It requires high geometric accuracy for targeting of the PBT beams. However, image-guided PBT is currently commonly performed with kV X-ray images of bony anatomy. A dynamic adaptive passive scattering PBT system using computed tomography-based three-dimensional image guidance was developed, and its effectiveness was then evaluated retrospectively in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)...
June 30, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660796/increased-stress-and-strain-on-the-spinal-cord-due-to-ossification-of-the-posterior-longitudinal-ligament-in-the-cervical-spine-under-flexion-after-laminectomy
#15
Batbayar Khuyagbaatar, Kyungsoo Kim, Won Man Park, SuKyoung Lee, Yoon Hyuk Kim
Myelopathy in the cervical spine due to cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament could be induced by static compression and/or dynamic factors. It has been suggested that dynamic factors need to be considered when planning and performing the decompression surgery on patients with the ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament. A finite element model of the C2-C7 cervical spine in the neutral position was developed and used to generate flexion and extension of the cervical spine...
June 1, 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656384/x-ray-vs-ct-in-identifying-significant-c-spine-injuries-in-the-pediatric-population
#16
Andrew T Hale, Abraham Alvarado, Amita K Bey, Sumit Pruthi, Gregory A Mencio, Christopher M Bonfield, Jeffrey E Martus, Robert P Naftel
PURPOSE: Evaluation of cervical spine injury (CSI) in children requires rapid, yet accurate assessment of damage. Given concerns of radiation exposure, expert consensus advises that computed tomography (CT) should be used sparingly. However, CT can provide superior image resolution and detection of pathology. Herein, we evaluate if X-ray offers equal diagnostic accuracy compared to CT imaging in identifying CSI in children. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study between October 2000 and March 2012 of pediatric patients evaluated for cervical spine injury at a level 1 trauma center...
June 27, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645572/longitudinal-associations-between-mental-health-conditions-and-overactive-bladder-in-women-veterans
#17
Catherine S Bradley, Ingrid E Nygaard, Stephen L Hillis, James C Torner, Anne G Sadler
BACKGROUND: One in 5 recently deployed US women veterans report overactive bladder symptoms. Mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety commonly co-occur in women with overactive bladder, but temporal relationships between these outcomes have not been well studied, and the mechanism behind this association is unknown. The Women Veterans Urinary Health Study, a nationwide longitudinal study in recently deployed women veterans, was designed to better understand relationships between overactive bladder and mental health conditions...
June 20, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632021/neuromyelitis-optica-application-of-computer-diagnostics-to-historical-case-reports
#18
Pablo Garcia Reitboeck, Peter Garrard, Timothy Peters
The retrospective diagnosis of illnesses by medical historians can often be difficult and prone to bias, although knowledge of the medical disorders of historical figures is key to the understanding of their behavior and reactions. The recent application of computer diagnostics to historical figures allows an objective differential diagnosis to be accomplished. Taking an example from clinical neurology, we analyzed the earliest reported cases of Devic's disease (neuromyelitis optica) that commonly affects the optic nerve and spinal cord and was previously often confused with multiple sclerosis...
February 10, 2017: Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616040/stem-cell-transplantation-for-spinal-cord-injury-a-meta-analysis-of-treatment-effectiveness-and-safety
#19
Xiao Fan, Jin-Zhao Wang, Xiao-Min Lin, Li Zhang
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of stem cell transplantation for spinal cord injury (SCI). DATA SOURCES: PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, China Science and Technology Journal, Wanfang, and SinoMed databases were systematically searched by computer to select clinical randomized controlled trials using stem cell transplantation to treat SCI, published between each database initiation and July 2016...
May 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608179/anterior-submandibular-retropharyngeal-odontoid-osteotomy-and-posterior-atlantoaxial-fusion-for-irreducible-atlantoaxial-dislocation-associated-with-odontoid-fracture-malunion
#20
Cheng Li, Jingzhu Duan, Lei Li
PURPOSE: To report a case of complex odontoid fracture malunion accompanied by atlantoaxial dislocation which was treated with a new surgical approach. METHODS: A 53-year-old female was admitted due to progressive symptoms with a stiff limp and unsteady gait. Preoperative examination, diagnostic radiography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging were performed following admission. The examinations showed odontoid fracture malunion, an old right axial zygapophyseal fracture, atlantoaxial dislocation, and spinal cord injury...
June 12, 2017: European Spine Journal
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