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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932751/-a-case-of-subacute-combined-degeneration-caused-by-vitamin-b-sub-12-sub-deficiency-in-a-cervical-spondylosis-surgery-referral
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Kunio Yokoyama, Masahiro Kawanishi, Akira Sugie, Makoto Yamada, Hidekazu Tanaka, Yutaka Ito, Toshihiko Kuroiwa
A 62-year-old man with a 1-year history of numbness of the extremities, clumsiness, and gait disorder was diagnosed with cervical spondylotic myelopathy at a neighboring clinic and referred to our institution for surgery. The patient had undergone a total gastrectomy 6 years previously. Flattening of the cervical cord, associated with diffuse cervical spondylosis and intramedullary intensity change, was observed on magnetic resonance imaging of the cervical spine. Neurological examination revealed decreased vibratory and position sense in all limbs, with posterior funiculus-based neurological symptoms...
December 2016: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932746/-distribution-of-pain-and-numbness-in-patients-with-cervical-spine-disorders
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Keita Kuraishi, Masaki Mizuno, Yasuyuki Umeda, Tomoki Ishigaki, Ryuta Yasuda, Takanori Sano, Masato Shiba, Fumihiro Kawakita, Yoshinari Nakatsuka, Kazuhiro Furukawa, Satoru Tanioka, Masanori Tsuji, Masayuki Kitagami, Seiji Hatazaki, Hidenori Suzuki
PURPOSE: To elucidate the distribution of improved pain and numbness after cervical decompression surgery in patients with cervical spine disorders. METHODS: This study included 4 men and 5 women aged 45 to 71 years(mean 58 years)presenting with radiculopathy and 50 men and 17 women aged 35 to 88 years(mean 66 years)presenting with myelopathy. RESULTS: All 9 patients with radiculopathy presented with neck pain, and 3 presented with cervical angina...
December 2016: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932281/nutcracker-syndrome-a-rare-cause-of-left-flank-pain-that-can-also-manifest-as-unexplained-pelvic-pain
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Jean-Marie Berthelot, Frédéric Douane, Yves Maugars, Eric Frampas
Nutcracker syndrome (NCS) is symptomatic unilateral renal venous hypertension due to compression of the left renal vein between the superior mesenteric artery and aorta (anterior NCS) or between the aorta and spine (posterior NCS). The left ovarian or spermatic vein empties into the left renal vein and is an additional site of venostasis in about half the cases of NCS. The presenting symptom of NCS in about half the cases is atypical left flank pain suggesting a disorder of the lower ribs or thoracolumbar spinal junction, particularly as the pain worsens with standing and increased lumbar lordosis...
December 5, 2016: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931995/descriptive-epidemiology-of-deployment-related-medical-conditions-and-shipboard-training-related-injuries-in-a-chinese-navy-population
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R-R Qi, J-Q Wang, L-L Pan, W Zhou, J-L Liu, J-T Ju, Y-L Cai
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the deployment-related medical conditions and shipboard tactical training-related injuries in a Chinese Navy population. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study with the Chinese Navy was conducted. METHODS: The medical records of 1543 Navy crewmembers from 2011 to 2015 were collected. The distribution and incidence rate (IR) of different types of medical conditions were provided and compared between the Aden Gulf deployment and nondeployment periods...
December 2016: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927737/the-rock-inhibitor-fasudil-prevents-chronic-restraint-stress-induced-depressive-like-behaviors-and-dendritic-spine-loss-in-rat-hippocampus
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Gonzalo García-Rojo, Cristóbal Fresno, Natalia Vilches, Gabriela Díaz-Véliz, Sergio Mora, Felipe Aguayo, Aníbal Pacheco, Nicolás Parra-Fiedler, Claudio S Parra, Paulina S Rojas, Macarena Tejos, Esteban Aliaga, Jenny L Fiedler
BACKGROUND: Dendritic arbor simplification and dendritic spine loss in the hippocampus -a limbic structure implicated in mood disorders- are assumed to contribute to symptoms of depression. These morphological changes imply changes in dendritic cytoskeleton. Rho GTPases are regulators of actin dynamics through their effector Rho kinase (ROCK). We have reported that chronic stress promotes depressive-like behaviors in rats, along with dendritic spine loss in apical dendrites of hippocampal pyramidal neurons; changes associated with ROCK activation...
December 7, 2016: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924381/dual-energy-x-ray-absorptiometry-and-fracture-prediction-in-patients-with-spinal-cord-injuries-and-disorders
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L Abderhalden, F M Weaver, M Bethel, H Demirtas, S Burns, J Svircev, H Hoenig, K Lyles, S Miskevics, L D Carbone
: Low T-scores at the hip predict incident fractures in persons with a SCI. INTRODUCTION: Persons with a spinal cord injury (SCI) have substantial morbidity and mortality following osteoporotic fractures. The objective of this study was to determine whether dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) measurements predict osteoporotic fractures in this population. METHODS: A retrospective historical analysis that includes patients (n = 552) with a SCI of at least 2 years duration who had a DXA performed and were in the VA Spinal Cord Disorders Registry from fiscal year (FY) 2002-2012 was performed...
December 6, 2016: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923756/chronic-spinal-subdural-hematoma-associated-with-antiplatelet-therapy-a-case-report
#7
Yukinori Akiyama, Izumi Koyanagi, Nobuhiro Mikuni
BACKGROUND: Spinal subdural hematoma is a rare clinical entity marked by the onset of pain and paralysis, which is usually associated with hemorrhagic disorders, trauma, and iatrogenic causes such as lumbar puncture or epidural anesthesia. CASE PRESENTATION: A 71-year-old male was admitted to our hospital with 2 weeks' history of bilateral lower leg pain, dysesthesia, paraparesis, and urinary disturbance. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed characteristic findings at the thoracolumbar spine, and surgical evacuation successfully treated this condition...
December 3, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922607/endocytosis-following-dopamine-d2-receptor-activation-is-critical-for-neuronal-activity-and-dendritic-spine-formation-via-rabex-5-pdgfr%C3%AE-signaling-in-striatopallidal-medium-spiny-neurons
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N Shioda, Y Yabuki, Y Wang, M Uchigashima, T Hikida, T Sasaoka, H Mori, M Watanabe, M Sasahara, K Fukunaga
Aberrant dopamine D2 receptor (D2R) activity is associated with neuropsychiatric disorders, making those receptors targets for antipsychotic drugs. Here, we report that novel signaling through the intracellularly localized D2R long isoform (D2LR) elicits extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) activation and dendritic spine formation through Rabex-5/platelet-derived growth factor receptor-β (PDGFRβ)-mediated endocytosis in mouse striatum. We found that D2LR directly binds to and activates Rabex-5, promoting early-endosome formation...
December 6, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922130/the-nmda-receptor-glun2c-subunit-controls-cortical-excitatory-inhibitory-balance-neuronal-oscillations-and-cognitive-function
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Subhash C Gupta, Aparna Ravikrishnan, Jinxu Liu, Zhihao Mao, Ratnamala Pavuluri, Brandon G Hillman, Pauravi J Gandhi, Dustin J Stairs, Ming Li, Rajesh R Ugale, Daniel T Monaghan, Shashank M Dravid
Despite strong evidence for NMDA receptor (NMDAR) hypofunction as an underlying factor for cognitive disorders, the precise roles of various NMDAR subtypes remains unknown. The GluN2C-containing NMDARs exhibit unique biophysical properties and expression pattern, and lower expression of GluN2C subunit has been reported in postmortem brains from schizophrenia patients. We found that loss of GluN2C subunit leads to a shift in cortical excitatory-inhibitory balance towards greater inhibition. Specifically, pyramidal neurons in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) of GluN2C knockout mice have reduced mEPSC frequency and dendritic spine density and a contrasting higher frequency of mIPSCs...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920614/spine-care-as-a-framework-for-the-chiropractic-identity
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REVIEW
Michael Schneider, Donald Murphy, Jan Hartvigsen
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this commentary is to provide an argument for the role and identity of chiropractors as spine care providers within the context of the greater health care system. DISCUSSION: Surveys of the general public and chiropractors indicate that the majority of patients seek chiropractic services for back and neck pain. Insurance company utilization data confirm these findings. Regulatory and legal language found in chiropractic practice acts reveals that most jurisdictions define the chiropractic scope of practice as based on a foundation of spine care...
December 2016: Journal of Chiropractic Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919200/bony-ankylosis-of-the-facet-joint-of-the-cervical-spine-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-its-characteristics-and-relationship-to-the-clinical-findings
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Haku Iizuka, Yoichi Iizuka, Koichi Okamura, Yukio Yonemoto, Tokue Mieda, Kenji Takagishi
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to clarify the characteristics of bony ankylosis of the facet joint of the cervical spine in RA patients who required cervical spine surgery, and its relationship to the clinical findings. METHODS: Eighty consecutive RA patients with cervical spine disorder who received initial surgery were reviewed. The occurrence of bony ankylosis of the facet joint of the cervical spine was investigated using computed tomography (CT) before surgery...
December 6, 2016: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917700/posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-following-elevated-mean-arterial-pressures-for-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
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Jeffrey H Zimering, Addisu Mesfin
BACKGROUND: Increasing the mean arterial pressure (MAP) is an accepted treatment modality to minimize the risk for irreversible neurologic damage secondary to spinal cord ischemia. Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a rare complication occurring after transplantation surgery, in persons having an autoimmune disorder or after abrupt increases in blood pressure of various etiologies. STUDY DESIGN: Case report. METHODS: Retrospective evaluation of medical records...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917370/multiple-myeloma-like-spinal-mri-findings-in-skeletal-fluorosis-an-unusual-presentation-of-fluoride-toxicity-in-human
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Javed Ahsan Quadri, Mohd Meraj Alam, Saba Sarwar, Ashraf Ghanai, A Shariff, Taposh K Das
Endemic fluorosis is a worldwide environmental problem due to excessive fluoride, commonly due to increased drinking water fluoride levels but sometimes due to other sources such as food with high fluoride content. In India, 21 of the 35 states are known to have health problems associated with fluoride toxicity. The present report is a case of a 50-year-old female who was seen with progressive spinal complications and a MRI of the spine suggestive of multiple myeloma. The MRI of the lumbosacral spine showed a diffuse and heterogeneous marrow signal of the lower dorsal and lumbosacral vertebrae...
2016: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916859/postnatal-gene-therapy-improves-spatial-learning-despite-the-presence-of-neuronal-ectopia-in-a-model-of-neuronal-migration-disorder
#14
Huaiyu Hu, Yu Liu, Kevin Bampoe, Yonglin He, Miao Yu
Patients with type II lissencephaly, a neuronal migration disorder with ectopic neurons, suffer from severe mental retardation, including learning deficits. There is no effective therapy to prevent or correct the formation of neuronal ectopia, which is presumed to cause cognitive deficits. We hypothesized that learning deficits were not solely caused by neuronal ectopia and that postnatal gene therapy could improve learning without correcting the neuronal ectopia formed during fetal development. To test this hypothesis, we evaluated spatial learning of cerebral cortex-specific protein O-mannosyltransferase 2 (POMT2, an enzyme required for O-mannosyl glycosylation) knockout mice and compared to the knockout mice that were injected with an adeno-associated viral vector (AAV) encoding POMT2 into the postnatal brains with Barnes maze...
November 29, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911743/synaptic-actin-dysregulation-a-convergent-mechanism-of-mental-disorders
#15
Zhen Yan, Eunjoon Kim, Dibyadeep Datta, David A Lewis, Scott H Soderling
Actin polymerization governs activity-dependent modulation of excitatory synapses, including their morphology and functionality. It is clear from human genetics that neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disturbances are multigenetic in nature, highlighting the need to better understand the critical neural pathways associated with these disorders and how they are altered by genetic risk alleles. One such signaling pathway that is heavily implicated by candidate genes for psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders are regulators of signaling to the actin cytoskeleton, suggesting that its disruption and the ensuring abnormalities of spine structures and postsynaptic complexes is a commonly affected pathway in brain disorders...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911244/neurosurgical-management-in-lateral-meningocele-syndrome-case-report
#16
Erik C Brown, Kunal Gupta, Christina Sayama
Lateral meningocele syndrome (LMS) is a rare genetic connective tissue disorder. It is associated with morphological changes similar to those of other connective tissue disorders, with the unique distinction of multiple, often bilateral and large, lateral meningoceles herniating through the spinal foramina. In some cases, these lateral meningoceles can cause pain and discomfort due to their presence within retroperitoneal tissues or cause direct compression of the spinal nerve root exiting the foramen; in some cases compression may also involve motor weakness...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911133/changes-in-cervical-movement-impairment-and-pain-following-orofacial-treatment-in-patients-with-chronic-arthralgic-temporomandibular-disorder-with-pain-a-prospective-case-series
#17
Francis Grondin, Toby Hall
The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of isolated temporomandibular joint (TMJ) manual therapy on pain and range of motion (ROM) of the TMJ and cervical spine including flexion-rotation test (FRT) in people suffering chronic pain arising from chronic arthralgic temporomandibular disorder (TMD). An experienced clinician managed a case series of 12 patients with TMD (mean duration 28.6 months +/- 26.9). The intervention comprised four-weekly sessions of transverse medial accessory TMJ mobilization and advice...
December 2, 2016: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909399/a-subset-of-autism-associated-genes-regulate-the-structural-stability-of-neurons
#18
REVIEW
Yu-Chih Lin, Jeannine A Frei, Michaela B C Kilander, Wenjuan Shen, Gene J Blatt
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) comprises a range of neurological conditions that affect individuals' ability to communicate and interact with others. People with ASD often exhibit marked qualitative difficulties in social interaction, communication, and behavior. Alterations in neurite arborization and dendritic spine morphology, including size, shape, and number, are hallmarks of almost all neurological conditions, including ASD. As experimental evidence emerges in recent years, it becomes clear that although there is broad heterogeneity of identified autism risk genes, many of them converge into similar cellular pathways, including those regulating neurite outgrowth, synapse formation and spine stability, and synaptic plasticity...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908218/risk-factors-for-dural-tears-a-study-of-elective-spine-surgery
#19
Meghan E Murphy, Panagiotis Kerezoudis, Mohammed Ali Alvi, Brandon A McCutcheon, Patrick R Maloney, Lorenzo Rinaldo, Daniel Shepherd, Daniel S Ubl, William E Krauss, Elizabeth B Habermann, Mohamad Bydon
OBJECTIVE: This study moves beyond previous cohort studies and benchmark data by studying a population of elective spine surgery from a multicenter registry in an effort to validate, disprove, and/or identify novel risk factors for dural tears. METHODS: A retrospective cohort analysis queried a multicenter registry for patients with degenerative spinal diagnoses undergoing elective spinal surgery from 2010-2014. Multivariable logistic regression analysis interrogated for independent risk factors of dural tears...
December 2, 2016: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898076/growth-hormone-biases-amygdala-network-activation-after-fear-learning
#20
B Gisabella, S Farah, X Peng, A Burgos-Robles, S H Lim, K A Goosens
Prolonged stress exposure is a risk factor for developing posttraumatic stress disorder, a disorder characterized by the 'over-encoding' of a traumatic experience. A potential mechanism by which this occurs is through upregulation of growth hormone (GH) in the amygdala. Here we test the hypotheses that GH promotes the over-encoding of fearful memories by increasing the number of neurons activated during memory encoding and biasing the allocation of neuronal activation, one aspect of the process by which neurons compete to encode memories, to favor neurons that have stronger inputs...
November 29, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
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