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Epidural stimulation

Daniela G L Terson de Paleville, Susan J Harkema, Claudia A Angeli
CONTEXT: Four individuals with motor complete SCI with an implanted epidural stimulator who were enrolled in another study were assessed for cardiovascular fitness, metabolic function and body composition at four time points before, during, and after task specific training. Following 80 locomotor training sessions, a 16-electrode array was surgically placed on the dura (L1-S1 cord segments) to allow for electrical stimulation. After implantation individuals received 160 sessions of task specific training with epidural stimulation (stand and step)...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Huiyi H Chang, Jih-Chao Yeh, Ronaldo M Ichiyama, Larissa V Rodriguez, Leif A Havton
Spinal cord epidural stimulation (SCS) represents a form of neuromodulation for the management of spasticity and pain. This technology has recently emerged as a new approach for potentially augmenting locomotion and voiding function in humans and rodents after spinal cord injury. However, the effect of SCS on micturition has not been studied extensively. Here, SCS was first applied as a direct stimulus onto individual segmental levels of the lumbar spinal cord in rats to map evoked external urethral sphincter (EUS) electromyography activity and SCS-induced voiding contractions...
March 9, 2018: Experimental Neurology
Brian Wetherington, Talal W Khan
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) can be beneficial for low back and radicular pain. A short trial of SCS evaluates the potential effectiveness of this therapy for a specific patient, while also decreasing the likelihood of a failed permanent implant. While rare, an epidural abscess is difficult to diagnose based on its nonspecific and unreliable clinical presentation. CASE: We present a case of an acute onset methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus epidural abscess 72-96 hours into a trial of a percutaneous spinal cord stimulator...
March 8, 2018: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
Silvia Duong, Daniela Bravo, Keith J Todd, Roderick J Finlayson, De Q Tran
PURPOSE: Although multiple treatments have been advocated for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), the levels of supportive evidence are variable and sometimes limited. The purpose of this updated review is to provide a critical analysis of the evidence pertaining to the treatment of CRPS derived from recent randomized-controlled trials (RCTs). SOURCE: The MEDLINE, EMBASE, Psychinfo, and CINAHL databases were searched to identify relevant RCTs conducted on human subjects and published in English between 1 May 2009 and 24 August 2017...
February 28, 2018: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
Akito Kosugi, Mitsuaki Takemi, Banty Tia, Elisa Castagnola, Alberto Ansaldo, Kenta Sato, Friedemann Awiszus, Kazuhiko Seki, Davide Ricci, Luciano Fadiga, Atsushi Iriki, Junichi Ushiba
Motor map has been widely used as an indicator of motor skills and learning, cortical injury, plasticity, and functional recovery. Cortical stimulation mapping using epidural electrodes is recently adopted for animal studies. However, several technical limitations still remain. Test-retest reliability of epidural cortical stimulation (ECS) mapping has not been examined in detail. Many previous studies defined evoked movements and motor thresholds by visual inspection, and thus, lacked quantitative measurements...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
Christopher R West, Aaron A Phillips, Jordan W Squair, Alexandra M Williams, Matthias Walter, Tania Lam, Andrei V Krassioukov
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February 19, 2018: JAMA Neurology
Julie Bonapace, Guy-Paul Gagné, Nils Chaillet, Raymonde Gagnon, Emmanuelle Hébert, Sarah Buckley
OBJECTIVE: To review the evidence relating to nonpharmacological approaches in the management of pain during labour and delivery. To formulate recommendations for the usage of nonpharmacological approaches to pain management. OPTIONS: Nonpharmacological methods available for pain management during labour and delivery exist. These should be included in the counselling and care of women. EVIDENCE: PubMed and Medline were searched for articles in French and English on subjects related to "breastfeeding," "pain," "epidural," "anaesthesia," "analgesia," "labour," "labor," and combined with "gate control theory," "alternative therapies," "massage," "position," "mobility," "TENS," "bathing," "DNIC," "acupuncture," "acupressure," "sterile water injection," "higher center," "control mind," "cognitive structuring," "holistic health," "complementary therapy(ies)," "breathing," "relaxation," "mental imagery," "visualization," "mind focusing," "hypnosis," "auto-hypnosis," "sophrology," "mind and body interventions," "music," "odors," "biofeedback," "Lamaze," "Bonapace," "prenatal training," "gymnastic," "chanting," "haptonomy," "environment," "transcutaneous electrical stimulus-stimulation," "antenatal education," "support," "continuous support," "psychosocial support," "psychosomatic medicine," "supportive care," "companion," "intrapartum care," "nurse," "midwife(ves)," "father," "doula," "caregiver," " hormones," "oxytocin," "endorphin," "prolactin," "catecholamine," "adrenaline," and "noradrenaline" from 1990 to December 2015...
February 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
Seyhmus Guler, Moritz Dannhauer, Biel Roig-Solvas, Alexis Gkogkidis, Rob Macleod, Tonio Ball, Jeffrey G Ojemann, Dana H Brooks
Direct stimulation of the cortical surface is used clinically for cortical mapping and modulation of local activity. Future applications of cortical modulation and brain-computer interfaces may also use cortical stimulation methods. One common method to deliver current is through electrocorticography (ECoG) stimulation in which a dense array of electrodes are placed subdurally or epidurally to stimulate the cortex. However, proximity to cortical tissue limits the amount of current that can be delivered safely...
February 7, 2018: NeuroImage
Dominik Kaczmarek, Elzbieta Jankowska
Direct current (DC) evokes long-lasting changes in neuronal networks both presynaptically and postsynaptically and different mechanisms were proposed to be involved in them. Different mechanisms were also suggested to account for the different dynamics of presynaptic DC actions on myelinated nerve fibres stimulated before they entered the spinal grey matter and on their terminal branches. The aim of the present study was to examine whether these different dynamics might be related to differences in the involvement of K+ channels...
February 5, 2018: Neuroscience
Paraskevi Matsota, Georgia Kostopanagiotou, Konstantinos Kalimeris, Ageliki Pandazi, Antigone Kotsaki, Styliani Kontogiannopoulou, Evangelos J Giamarellos-Bourboulis
The effects of anesthetics on immune cell apoptosis and cytokine stimulation were studied in a prospective study. American Society of Anesthesiologists I/II patients underwent elective inguinal hernia repair or varicose veins stripping surgery and were randomized to either epidural anesthesia (n = 14) or general anesthesia with sevoflurane (n = 19) or propofol (n = 15). Blood was sampled before anesthesia induction (T0), at the end of surgery (T1), and 6 h later (T2). Apoptosis was determined by ANNEXIN-V staining of white blood cells; monocytes were isolated and stimulated for cytokine production...
February 7, 2018: Immunological Investigations
Ursula S Hofstoetter, Brigitta Freundl, Heinrich Binder, Karen Minassian
Epidural electrical stimulation of the lumbar spinal cord is currently regaining momentum as a neuromodulation intervention in spinal cord injury (SCI) to modify dysregulated sensorimotor functions and augment residual motor capacity. There is ample evidence that it engages spinal circuits through the electrical stimulation of large-to-medium diameter afferent fibers within lumbar and upper sacral posterior roots. Recent pilot studies suggested that the surface electrode-based method of transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation (SCS) may produce similar neuromodulatory effects as caused by epidural SCS...
2018: PloS One
Michelle Granville, Aldo F Berti, Robert E Jacobson
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is an effective treatment for chronic back and limb pain. The criteria for use of SCS for specific problems such as failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), peripheral neuropathic pain and residual pain after joint replacement is well established. With an aging population, there are more patients presenting with a combination of various multi-factorial chronic pain problems rather than from a single clear cause. It is not uncommon to see patients with chronic back pain years after spine surgery with new additional pain in the area of joint replacement or due to peripheral neuropathy...
November 17, 2017: Curēus
Dong Gyu Lee, Min Cheol Chang
BACKGROUND: Many patients with chronic idiopathic axonal polyneuropathy (CIAP) suffer from neuropathic pain, which is managed using several oral medications and modalities. However, despite these treatments, pain persists in some patients. OBJECTIVE: In the clinical field, clinicians frequently meet patients with neuropathic pain caused by CIAP. The authors investigated the effect of caudal epidural pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) for the management of CIAP-induced refractory neuropathic pain...
January 2018: Pain Physician
Kenul Abbasova, Hana Kubová, Pavel Mareš
BACKGROUND: Ifenprodil as a specific antagonist of NMDA receptors containing a dominant NR2B subunit exhibits age-dependent anticonvulsant action. Possible changes of this action due to status epilepticus (SE) elicited at early stage of development were studied using cortical epileptic afterdischarges (ADs) as a model. METHODS: Lithium-pilocarpine SE was induced at postnatal day 12 and effects of ifenprodil were studied 3, 6, 9, and 13 days after SE in rat pups with implanted epidural electrodes...
August 26, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
S J Tuijp, J Van Zundert, P De Vooght, M Puylaert, R Mestrum, R Heylen, P Vanelderen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Persistent low back pain after initially successful surgery that is not attributed to structural deficits, is called failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). When conservative and minimal invasive therapy fail, the recommended treatment is spinal cord stimulation (SCS). Because epidural fibrosis can be a contributing factor in the majority of FBSS patients, lumbosacral epiduroscopic lysis of adhesions may be considered as a less invasive alternative treatment option. We hypothesized that the use of epiduroscopic lysis of adhesions could reduce the need for SCS...
January 18, 2018: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
Huixian Li, Xiuhua Dong, Mu Jin, Weiping Cheng
BACKGROUND: Delayed paraplegia due to spinal cord ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI) remains one of the most severe complications of thoracoabdominal aneurysm surgery, for which effective prevention and treatment is still lacking. OBJECTIVES: The current study investigates whether spinal cord stimulation (SCS) postconditioning has neuroprotective effects against spinal cord IRI. METHOD: Ninety-six New Zealand white male rabbits were randomly divided into four groups as follows: a sham group and three experimental groups (C group, 2 Hz group, and 50 Hz group) n = 24/group...
January 18, 2018: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
Marco Capogrosso, Jérôme Gandar, Nathan Greiner, Eduardo Martin Moraud, Nikolaus Wenger, Polina Shkorbatova, Pavel E Мusienko, Ivan Minev, Stephanie P Lacour, Gregoire Courtine
We recently developed soft neural interfaces enabling the delivery of electrical and chemical stimulation to the spinal cord. These stimulations restored locomotion in animal models of paralysis. Soft interfaces can be placed either below or above the dura mater. Theoretically, the subdural location combines many advantages, including increased selectivity of electrical stimulation, lower stimulation thresholds, and targeted chemical stimulation through local drug delivery. However, these advantages have not been documented, nor have their functional impact been studied in-silico or in a relevant animal model of neurological disorders using a multimodal neural interface...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
Michelle Granville, Patrick T Brennan, Robert E Jacobson
Coccygeal pain is a difficult chronic pain problem with mixed response to various treatments. This is a report of a case of coccygeal pain that after failing various conservative and interventional procedures over five years was evaluated with a temporary peripheral sacral fascial lead followed by implantation of bilateral sacral paramedian leads for peripheral nerve field stimulation (PNFS). This resulted in marked pain control and resumption of full activity. The visual analog scale (VAS) pain score improved from eight pre-implant to one after implant and has remained at that level in follow-up...
November 9, 2017: Curēus
K Kalopita, L Michala, C Theofanakis, D Valsamidis
Turner's syndrome, one of the most common sex chromosome abnormalities in females, is caused by loss of part or all of an X chromosome. We report a case of mosaic Turner's syndrome, posted for elective cesarean delivery under low-dose sequential combined spinal epidural anesthesia. The unique features of this case were the combination of an anticipated difficult airway and both short stature and scoliosis in the lumbar region. A titrated combined spinal-epidural technique was performed in order to avoid hemodynamic instability, which could have been exacerbated in the presence of cardiovascular deformities that accompany this syndrome in many cases...
November 26, 2017: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
Linli Li, Xujun Chen, Yiqun He, Youhai Dong
Reconstruction of vertebral laminae without epidural scar formation has been challenging. The success of bone formation depends on the biological and mechanical conditions of the surrounding tissues. In this study, we aimed to investigate the roles of biological and mechanical factors in the osteogenesis of artificial laminae. Mesenchymal stem cells derived from rabbit umbilical cord Wharton's Jelly were induced for osteogenic differentiation for 3 weeks before seeding on the hydroxyapatite-collagen I scaffolds to construct the tissue-engineered laminae (TEL)...
December 27, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
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