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Computational AND Spinal Cord

Katelyn N Benthall, Ryan A Hough, Andrew D McClellan
Following spinal cord injury (SCI) in the lamprey, there is virtually complete recovery of locomotion within a few weeks, but interestingly, axonal regeneration of reticulospinal (RS) neurons is mostly limited to short distances caudal to the injury site. To explain this situation, we hypothesize that descending propriospinal (PS) neurons relay descending drive from RS neurons to indirectly activate spinal central pattern generators (CPGs). In the present study, the contributions of PS neurons to locomotor recovery were tested in the lamprey following SCI...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
M Ohlmeier, P Karras, E M Suero, D Grasmücke, M Aach, R Meindl, T A Schildhauer, M Citak
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective chart review. OBJECTIVES: The present study was performed to analyze the impact of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in developing heterotopic ossification (HO) in patients following spinal cord injury. SETTING: Department of Spinal Cord Injury and Department of General and Trauma Surgery, BG-University Hospital Bergmannsheil Bochum, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between January 2003 and December 2015, 67 patients with AS and SCI were included in the study...
October 18, 2016: Spinal Cord
Sebastian Halder, Kouji Takano, Hiroki Ora, Akinari Onishi, Kota Utsumi, Kenji Kansaku
Gaze-independent brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are a possible communication channel for persons with paralysis. We investigated if it is possible to use auditory stimuli to create a BCI for the Japanese Hiragana syllabary, which has 46 Hiragana characters. Additionally, we investigated if training has an effect on accuracy despite the high amount of different stimuli involved. Able-bodied participants (N = 6) were asked to select 25 syllables (out of fifty possible choices) using a two step procedure: First the consonant (ten choices) and then the vowel (five choices)...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Jin-Gyu Choi, Sang-Woo Ha, Byung-Chul Son
OBJECTIVES: The authors investigated the difference in clinical outcome and the position of paddle lead spinal cord stimulation (SCS) between three-column and five-column paddle lead SCS in patients with FBSS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In 21 patients who underwent paddle lead SCS at T9 (three-column, n = 9; five-column, n =12) for FBSS, a 12-month follow-up numerical rating scale, percent pain relief, and CT assessment of contact angle and percent reduction of T9 canal area were investigated...
October 12, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Bethel C A Osuagwu, Leslie Wallace, Mathew Fraser, Aleksandra Vuckovic
OBJECTIVE: To compare neurological and functional outcomes between two groups of hospitalised patients with subacute tetraplegia. APPROACH: Seven patients received 20 sessions of brain computer interface (BCI) controlled functional electrical stimulation (FES) while five patients received the same number of sessions of passive FES for both hands. The neurological assessment measures were event related desynchronization (ERD) during movement attempt, Somatosensory evoked potential (SSEP) of the ulnar and median nerve; assessment of hand function involved the range of motion (ROM) of wrist and manual muscle test...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Neural Engineering
Koichi Morisaki, Takuya Matsumoto, Yutaka Matsubara, Kentaro Inoue, Yukihiko Aoyagi, Daisuke Matsuda, Shinichi Tanaka, Jun Okadome, Yoshihiko Maehara
We herein report a case of a rare complication of spinal cord ischemia (SCI) following endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). Computed tomography showed stenosis and calcification of bilateral iliac arteries and a saccular aneurysm of the terminal aorta. Paraplegia occurred soon after balloon angioplasty of iliac arteries and EVAR. Cerebrospinal fluid drainage was not performed because the patient was on dual antiplatelet drugs. The patient was treated with intravenous methylpredonisolone and naloxone; however, this did not improve his paraplegia...
2016: Annals of Vascular Diseases
A Ireland, R F Capozza, G R Cointry, L Nocciolino, J L Ferretti, J Rittweger
: Fibula response to disuse is unknown; we assessed fibula bone in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients and able-bodied counterparts. Group differences were smaller than in the neighbouring tibia which could not be explained by bone geometry. Differential adaptation of the shank bones may indicate previously unknown mechanoadaptive behaviours of bone. INTRODUCTION: The fibula supports only a small and highly variable proportion of shank compressive load (-8 to +19 %), and little is known about other kinds of stresses...
October 12, 2016: Osteoporosis International
Marcus Ohlsson, Jaime H Nieto, Kari L Christe, J Pablo Villablanca, Leif A Havton
The anatomy of the vertebral column in mammals may differ between species and between subjects of the same species, especially with regards to the composition of the thoracolumbar spine. We investigated, using several non-invasive imaging techniques, the thoracolumbar spine of a total of 44 adult rhesus macaques of both genders. Radiographic examination of the vertebral column showed a predominant spine phenotype with 12 rib-bearing thoracic vertebrae and 7 lumbar vertebrae without ribs in 82% of subjects, whereas a subset of subjects demonstrated 13 rib-bearing thoracic vertebrae and 6 lumbar vertebrae without ribs...
October 12, 2016: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
Atsushi Mizuma, Chikage Kijima, Eiichiro Nagata, Shunya Takizawa
Metastasis of breast cancer is often detected through a long-term course and difficult to diagnose. We report a case of brachial plexopathy suspected to be the initial lesion of breast cancer metastasis, which was only detected by magnetic resonance (MR) neurography. A 61-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital within 2 years after operation for breast cancer because of progressive dysesthesia and motor weakness initially in the upper limb on the affected side and subsequently on the contralateral side...
May 2016: Case Reports in Oncology
Elizabeth C Clarke, David F Fletcher, Lynne E Bilston
Syringomyelia (a spinal cord cyst) usually develops as a result of conditions that cause cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) obstruction. The mechanism of syrinx formation and enlargement remains unclear, though previous studies suggest that the fluid enters via the perivascular spaces (PVS) of the penetrating arteries of the spinal cord, and that alterations in the CSF pulse timing and pressure could contribute to enhanced PVS inflow. This study uses an idealised computational model of the PVS to investigate the factors that influence peri-arterial fluid flow...
October 7, 2016: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
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
Tess Torregrosa, Ryan A Koppes
Recovery of motor control is paramount for patients living with paralysis following spinal cord injury (SCI). While a cure or regenerative intervention remains on the horizon for the treatment of SCI, a number of neuroprosthetic devices have been employed to treat and mitigate the symptoms of paralysis associated with injuries to the spinal column and associated comorbidities. The recent success of epidural stimulation to restore voluntary motor function in the lower limbs of a small cohort of patients has breathed new life into the promise of electric-based medicine...
2016: Cells, Tissues, Organs
Tomohiro Hikata, Nobuyuki Fujita, Akio Iwanami, Kota Watanabe, Masaya Nakamura, Morio Matsumoto, Ken Ishii
STUDY DESIGN: Case report and systematic review of the literature. OBJECTIVE: To describe a rare case of remodeling of the cervical facet joint after the microendoscopic resection of an osteoid osteoma. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Osteoid osteoma, the third most common benign bone tumor, is often treated by image-guided percutaneous removal of the nidus. However, percutaneous resection poses technical difficulties when the tumor is located near the spinal cord or nerve roots...
October 1, 2016: Spine
Maria Teresa Mandara, Luca Motta, Pietro Calò
In cats, lymphoma (lymphosarcoma) is the most common neoplasm affecting the spinal cord and the second most common intracranial tumour. Although lymphoma commonly develops in the spinal cord as a part of a multicentric process, a primary form may occur. Lymphoma can exhibit a wide range of morphological patterns, including intraparenchymal brain mass, lymphomatosis cerebri, intravascular lymphoma, lymphomatous choroiditis and meningitis, extradural, intradural-extramedullary or intramedullary lymphoma in the spinal cord, or neurolymphomatosis in the peripheral nerves...
October 2016: Veterinary Journal
David B Salisbury, Thomas D Parsons, Kimberley R Monden, Zina Trost, Simon J Driver
Purpose/Objective: To investigate the feasibility of brain-computer interface (BCI) with patients on an inpatient spinal cord injury (SCI) unit. Research Method/Design: This study included 25 participants aged 18-64 who sustained traumatic or nontraumatic SCI and did not have severe cognitive or psychiatric impairment. Participants completed a variety of screening measures related to cognition, psychological disposition, pain, and technology experience/interest. The Emotiv electroencephalography system was used in conjunction with a cube rotation and manipulation game presented on a laptop computer...
September 29, 2016: Rehabilitation Psychology
Masanari Takami, Motohiro Okada, Yoshio Enyo, Hiroshi Iwasaki, Hiroshi Yamada, Munehito Yoshida
PURPOSE: Noncontiguous double-level unstable spinal injuries (NDUSI) are uncommon and have not been well described. In this study, we aimed to better understand the patterns of NDUSI, in order to recommend proper diagnostic and treatment methods, as well as to raise awareness among traumatologists about the possibility of these uncommon injuries. METHODS: A total of 710 consecutive patients with spine fractures were treated for >9 years since 2007 at a single regional trauma center...
September 28, 2016: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
Tatsuya Inoue, Joachim Widder, Lisanne V van Dijk, Hideki Takegawa, Masahiko Koizumi, Masaaki Takashina, Keisuke Usui, Chie Kurokawa, Satoru Sugimoto, Anneyuko I Saito, Keisuke Sasai, Aart A Van't Veld, Johannes A Langendijk, Erik W Korevaar
PURPOSE: To investigate the impact of setup and range uncertainties, breathing motion, and interplay effects using scanning pencil beams in robustly optimized intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT) for stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS AND MATERIALS: Three-field IMPT plans were created using a minimax robust optimization technique for 10 NSCLC patients. The plans accounted for 5- or 7-mm setup errors with ±3% range uncertainties. The robustness of the IMPT nominal plans was evaluated considering (1) isotropic 5-mm setup errors with ±3% range uncertainties; (2) breathing motion; (3) interplay effects; and (4) a combination of items 1 and 2...
November 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Scott R Silva, Murat Surucu, Jennifer Steber, Matthew M Harkenrider, Mehee Choi
OBJECTIVE: Radiation treatment planning for locally advanced lung cancer can be technically challenging, as delivery of ≥60 Gy to large volumes with concurrent chemotherapy is often associated with significant risk of normal tissue toxicity. We clinically implemented a novel hybrid RapidArc technique in patients with lung cancer and compared these plans with 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy and RapidArc-only plans. MATERIALS/METHODS: Hybrid RapidArc was used to treat 11 patients with locally advanced lung cancer having bulky mediastinal adenopathy...
September 28, 2016: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
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
T Duval, S Lévy, N Stikov, J Campbell, A Mezer, T Witzel, B Keil, V Smith, L L Wald, E Klawiter, J Cohen-Adad
The myelin g-ratio is defined as the ratio of the inner to the outer diameter of the myelin sheath. This ratio provides a measure of the myelin thickness that complements axon morphology (diameter and density) with high specificity for assessment of demyelination in diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Previous work has shown that an aggregate g-ratio map can be computed using a formula that combines axon and myelin density measured with quantitative MRI. In this work, we computed g-ratio weighted maps in the cervical spinal cord of nine healthy subjects...
September 21, 2016: NeuroImage
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