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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705754/progression-of-lyme-disease-to-bell-s-palsy-despite-treatment-with-doxycycline
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Luis A Marcos, Zengmin Yan
A 54 year-old healthy woman presented to the emergency department with a right sided facial paralysis. About 3 weeks ago, she woke up and noticed an attached engorged tick in her right lower extremity. A week later, she noticed a mild to moderate right jaw pain which progressed to a severe right facial pain so she visited her doctor. On physical, II to XII cranial nerve examination was unremarkable. Doppler ultrasound did not show any vascular abnormalities in temporal artery. Her inflammatory markers were within normal limits (C-reactive protein:0...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699350/analgesic-properties-of-opioid-nk1-multitarget-ligands-with-distinct-in-vitro-profiles-in-naive-and-chronic-constriction-injury-cci-mice
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Joanna Starnowska, Roberto Costante, Karel Guillemyn, Katarzyna Popiolek-Barczyk, Nga N Chung, Carole Lemieux, Attila Keresztes, Joost Van Duppen, Adriano Mollica, John M Streicher, Jozef Vanden Broeck, Peter W Schiller, Dirk Tourwé, Joanna Mika, Steven Ballet, Barbara Przewlocka
The lower efficacy of opioids in neuropathic pain may be due to the increased activity of pronociceptive systems such as substance P. We present evidence to support this hypothesis in this work from the spinal cord in a neuropathic pain model in mice. Biochemical analysis confirmed the elevated mRNA and protein level of pronociceptive substance P, the major endogenous ligand of the neurokinin-1 (NK1) receptor, in the lumbar spinal cord of chronic constriction injury (CCI)-mice. To improve opioid efficacy in neuropathic pain, novel compounds containing opioid agonist and neurokinin 1 (NK1) receptor antagonist pharmacophores were designed...
July 12, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688061/new-method-for-correction-of-lumbo-sacral-kyphosis-deformity-in-patient-with-high-pelvic-incidence
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Marcin Czyz, Stephen Forster, James Holton, Babak Shariati, David J Clarkson, Bronek M Boszczyk
STUDY DESIGN: Technical note. OBJECTIVE: We describe a novel technique of bilateral longitudinal sacral osteotomy allowing direct reduction of high pelvic incidence (PI) and correction of sagittal imbalance. METHODS: A 25-year-old female patient presented with a disabling lumbo-sacral kyphosis fused in situ through previous operations with residual low-grade wound infection and grade IV L5/S1 spondylolisthesis with severity index (SI) of 65%...
July 7, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684771/the-src-family-kinase-inhibitor-dasatinib-delays-pain-related-behaviour-and-conserves-bone-in-a-rat-model-of-cancer-induced-bone-pain
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Camilla Kristine Appel, Simone Gallego-Pedersen, Line Andersen, Sophie Blancheflor Kristensen, Ming Ding, Sarah Falk, Manasi Sayilekshmy, Charlotte Gabel-Jensen, Anne-Marie Heegaard
Pain is a severe and debilitating complication of metastatic bone cancer. Current analgesics do not provide sufficient pain relief for all patients, creating a great need for new treatment options. The Src kinase, a non-receptor protein tyrosine kinase, is implicated in processes involved in cancer-induced bone pain, including cancer growth, osteoclastic bone degradation and nociceptive signalling. Here we investigate the role of dasatinib, an oral Src kinase family and Bcr-Abl tyrosine kinase inhibitor, in an animal model of cancer-induced bone pain...
July 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656505/videoexoscopic-real-time-intraoperative-navigation-for-spinal-neurosurgery-a-novel-co-adaptation-of-two-existing-technology-platforms-technical-note
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Meng Huang, Sean Michael Barber, William James Steele, Zain Boghani, Viren Rajendrakumar Desai, Gavin Wayne Britz, George Alexander West, Todd Wilson Trask, Paul Joseph Holman
Image-guided approaches to spinal instrumentation and interbody fusion have been widely popularized in the last decade [1-5]. Navigated pedicle screws are significantly less likely to breach [2, 3, 5, 6]. Navigation otherwise remains a point reference tool because the projection is off-axis to the surgeon's inline loupe or microscope view. The Synaptive robotic brightmatter drive videoexoscope monitor system represents a new paradigm for off-axis high-definition (HD) surgical visualization. It has many advantages over the traditional microscope and loupes, which have already been demonstrated in a cadaveric study [7]...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Robotic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647803/chronic-joint-pain-and-handgrip-strength-correlates-with-osteoporosis-in-mid-life-women-a-singaporean-cohort
#6
S Logan, W P P Thu, W K Lay, L Y Wang, J A Cauley, E L Yong
This study aimed to identify novel correlates which may relate to low bone mass at lumbar spine in mid-life Asian women. The possibility of developing a prediction model for osteoporosis (OP) was explored which resulted in a risk assessment tool that performed better than currently available tools. INTRODUCTION: In order to identify novel correlates associated with low spinal bone mineral density (BMD) in mid-life women, we examined a large number of lifestyle and medical and performance measurements and developed a prediction model for triage to BMD scanning...
June 24, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645673/supra-acetabular-line-is-better-than-supra-iliac-line-for-coronal-balance-referencing-a-study-of-perioperative-whole-spine-x-rays-in-degenerative-lumbar-scoliosis-and-ankylosing-spondylitis-patients
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Hwee Weng Dennis Hey, Cheung-Kue Kim, Won-Gyu Lee, Hyung-Suk Juh, Ki-Tack Kim
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: The aim of spinal deformity correction is to restore the spine's functional alignment by balancing it in both the sagittal and coronal planes. Regardless of posture, the ideal coronal profile is straight, and therefore readily assessable. PURPOSE: This study compares two radiological methods to determine which better predicts postoperative standing coronal balance. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: We conducted a single-centre, radiographic comparative study between 2011 and 2015...
June 20, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644430/the-clinical-landscape-for-sma-in-a-new-therapeutic-era
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K Talbot, E F Tizzano
Despite significant advances in basic research, the treatment of degenerative diseases of the nervous system remains one of the greatest challenges for translational medicine. The childhood onset motor neuron disorder spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) has been viewed as one of the more tractable targets for molecular therapy, due to a detailed understanding of the molecular genetic basis of the disease. In SMA, inactivating mutations in the SMN1 gene can be partially compensated for by limited expression of SMN protein from a variable number of copies of the SMN2 gene, which provides both a molecular explanation for phenotypic severity and a target for therapy...
June 23, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644175/guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-after-elective-spinal-surgery
#9
Eric Yensen Chen, Corinne Stratton, Brian Mercer, Anna Hohler, Tony Y Tannoury, Chadi Tannoury
Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare autoimmune condition characterized by ascending motor weakness of the extremities that can ascend to the diaphragm, causing substantial morbidity and mortality. This case report describes a 57-year-old man who exhibited characteristics of Guillain-Barré syndrome 9 days after undergoing lumbar fusion at L3-S1. The diagnosis was based on the patient's ascending motor weakness and areflexia and was confirmed with electromyography. The patient progressed to respiratory failure, requiring mechanical ventilation...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633066/an-emg-assisted-modeling-approach-to-assess-passive-lumbar-tissue-loading-in-vivo-during-trunk-bending
#10
Xiaopeng Ning
Lower back pain (LBP) is a condition with high prevalence and high cost both in the United States and around the world. The magnitude of mechanical loading on spine is strongly associated with the occurrence of LBP. Previously, to assess spinal loading, biologically assisted biomechanical models were developed to estimate trunk muscle contraction forces. Loadings on lumbar passive tissues are estimated using anatomical models. However, despite the substantial individual variability in lumbar ligament geometry and viscoelastic properties, the existing anatomical models do not account for these differences...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631619/modeling-trans-spinal-direct-current-stimulation-for-the-modulation-of-the-lumbar-spinal-motor-pathways
#11
Alexander Kuck, Dick Stegeman, Edwin van Asseldonk
OBJECTIVE: Trans-spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS) is a potential new technique for the treatment of spinal cord injury (SCI). TsDCS aims to facilitate plastic changes in the neural pathways of the spinal cord with a positive effect on SCI recovery. To establish tsDCS as a possible treatment option for SCI, it is essential to gain a better understanding of its cause and effects. We seek to understand the acute effect of tsDCS, including the generated electric field (EF) and its polarization effect on the spinal circuits, to determine a cellular target...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612190/correction-of-hypokyphosis-in-thoracic-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-using-sublaminar-bands-a-3d-multicenter-study
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Brice Ilharreborde, Sébastien Pesenti, Emmanuelle Ferrero, Franck Accadbled, Jean-Luc Jouve, Jérôme Sales De Gauzy, Keyvan Mazda
INTRODUCTION: The comparison of implants and correction methods remain controversial in AIS. Excellent frontal and axial correction rates have been reported with all-screw constructs, but at the expense of sagittal alignment, which has a tendency to flatten postoperatively. Posteromedial translation using hybrid constructs seems to preserve and improve thoracic kyphosis (TK), but no series exist to date with a significant number of hypokyphotic patients. In addition, the measures of TK in 2D are often wrong in severe AIS due to axial rotation...
June 13, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607524/development-of-a-modified-model-of-spinal-cord-ischemia-injury-by-selective-ligation-of-lumbar-arteries-in-rabbits
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W Xiao, J Wen, Y-C Huang, B-S Yu
STUDY DESIGN: Experimental study. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to develop a modified model of spinal cord ischemia in rabbits. SETTINGS: Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Spine Surgery, Shenzhen, China. METHODS: In total, 20 New Zealand rabbits were divided into the following four groups according to the level of ligation of bilateral lumbar arteries: (1) group A, sham group, no ligation, n=5; (2) group B, ligation of bilateral lumbar arteries at three levels (L2-L4, n=5); (3) group C, ligation of bilateral lumbar arteries at four levels (L2-L5, n=5); and (4) group D, ligation of bilateral lumbar arteries at five levels (L1-L5, n=5)...
June 13, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598292/effects-of-primary-and-recurrent-sacral-chordoma-on-the-motor-and-nociceptive-function-of-hindlimbs-in-rats-an-orthotopic-spine-model
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Rachel Sarabia-Estrada, Alejandro Ruiz-Valls, Sagar R Shah, A Karim Ahmed, Alvaro A Ordonez, Fausto J Rodriguez, Hugo Guerrero-Cazares, Ismael Jimenez-Estrada, Esteban Velarde, Betty Tyler, Yuxin Li, Neil A Phillips, C Rory Goodwin, Rory J Petteys, Sanjay K Jain, Gary L Gallia, Ziya L Gokaslan, Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, Daniel M Sciubba
OBJECTIVE Chordoma is a slow-growing, locally aggressive cancer that is minimally responsive to conventional chemotherapy and radiotherapy and has high local recurrence rates after resection. Currently, there are no rodent models of spinal chordoma. In the present study, the authors sought to develop and characterize an orthotopic model of human chordoma in an immunocompromised rat. METHODS Thirty-four immunocompromised rats were randomly allocated to 4 study groups; 22 of the 34 rats were engrafted in the lumbar spine with human chordoma...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598099/-emulsified-sevoflurane-selectively-blocking-spinal-cord-and-brain-in-rabbit-model
#15
Peng Zhang, Ping-Liang Yang, Xin-Xin Sun, Tao Zhu, Ling Ye
OBJECTIVES: To establish the rabbits model of selectively anesthetized brain and spinal cord and to explore the skeletal muscle relaxation sites of sevoflurane. METHODS: Sixteen adult male New Zealand white rabbits were randomly assigned to the experiment. The upper torso systemic circulation and the lower torso bypass circulation were independently established by the ligation of thoracic aorta at T12-L1 level. Sevoflurane was administered to the upper or lower torso through lungs or oxygenator to selectively anesthetized brain or spinal cord (mainly lumbar and sacro-coccygeal region)...
September 2016: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580526/deformable-appearance-pyramids-for-anatomy-representation-landmark-detection-and-pathology-classification
#16
Qiang Zhang, Abhir Bhalerao, Charles Hutchinson
PURPOSE: Representation of anatomy appearance is one of the key problems in medical image analysis. An appearance model represents the anatomies with parametric forms, which are then vectorised for prior learning, segmentation and classification tasks. METHODS: We propose a part-based parametric appearance model we refer to as a deformable appearance pyramid (DAP). The parts are delineated by multi-scale local feature pyramids extracted from an image pyramid. Each anatomy is represented by an appearance pyramid, with the variability within a population approximated by local translations of the multi-scale parts and linear appearance variations in the assembly of the parts...
June 3, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559068/vitom-%C3%A2-3d-for-exoscopic-neurosurgery-initial-experience-in-cranial-and-spinal-procedures
#17
Joachim M Oertel, Benedikt W Burkhardt
BACKGROUND: In this manuscript the authors describe the application of a new exoscope which offers three-dimensional (3D) visualization in cranial and spinal neurosurgery in detail. METHODS: Five cranial and eleven spinal procedures were performed using a 3D-exoscope. Instrument handling, repositioning of the exoscope, handling of the image control unit, the adjustment of magnification and focal length, the depth perception, the image quality, the illumination, and the comfort level of the posture during the procedure were assessed via a questionnaire...
May 27, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543519/a-new-treatment-of-sepsis-caused-by-veillonella-parvula-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#18
J Li, P Chen, J Li, X Gao, X Chen, J Chen
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVES: Veillonella parvula is usually regarded as a contaminant bacteria associated with polymicrobial infection. Here we report a rare case of sepsis caused by V. parvula, which was successfully treated by chloramphenicol. In addition, the therapeutic strategy for V. parvula infection was reviewed. CASE SUMMARY: A 55-year-old woman underwent surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis and developed high fever (39.5°C) after surgery, accompanied by chills and fatigue...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538370/radiographic-anatomical-relationship-between-spinous-process-and-pedicle-in-thoracolumbar-and-lumbar-spine
#19
Xingang Cui, Guodong Wang
Pedicle screws are widely used in spinal surgeries, but it remains technically demanding to place. There are numerous studies on the anatomy of pedicle; however, there is very little insight on the relationship between the pedicle and the spinous process, which is an important part of the spinal posterior column.The aim of the study was to investigate the radiographic anatomical relationship between spinous processes and pedicles in the thoracolumbar and lumbar spine, in order to reveal a novel entrance point for pedicle screw insertion...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535561/effectiveness-of-lateral-decubitus-position-for-preventing-post-dural-puncture-headache-a-meta-analysis
#20
Andres Zorrilla-Vaca, Jeetinder Kaur Makkar
BACKGROUND: Post-dural puncture headache (PDPH) is a relatively common complication of lumbar punctures for spinal anesthesia or neurologic diagnosis. For many years, a high number of drugs has been evaluated to treat PDPH, yet there is a minority to prevent this complication. The lateral decubitus position instead of sitting position during lumbar puncture has become an interesting approach because of its feasibility and patient satisfaction. OBJECTIVES: In this meta-analysis we hypothesized that lateral decubitus position is an effective manner to prophylactically reduce the incidence of PDPH...
May 2017: Pain Physician
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