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Kenny Yat Hong Kwan, Tai Chung Lam, Horace Cheuk Wai Choi, Hui Yu Koh, Kenneth Man Chee Cheung
BACKGROUND: Existing scoring systems have suboptimal accuracy in prognosticating patients with spinal metastases. Currently, there is no superior method in predicting survival. This study aims to compare the accuracy of survival prediction by expert oncologists versus the revised Tokuhashi scores with actual survivals in a cohort of symptomatic spinal metastases patients. METHODS: All patients who underwent surgical treatment for metastatic spinal tumours in a tertiary hospital between January 2011 to December 2015 were reviewed...
March 2018: Surgical Oncology
Guolei Zhang, Junpu Zha, Junchuan Liu, Jun Di
One of the crucial mechanisms following spinal cord injury is mitochondria associated cell death. Minocycline, an anti-inflammatory drug is well known to impede the mitochondrial cell death. However, there has been no study on the effect of minocycline linking FAS-mediated cell death and hypoxia inducible factor (HIF-1α), the targets involved in mitochondrial cell death. Male Sprague Drawley rats (N = 18, divided into three groups) were subjected to traumatic spinal cord injury and were injected with minocycline (n = 6) (90 mg/kg, and later 45 mg/kg dose two times a day (every 12 h)...
March 9, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
T Gramann, C Schwab, V Zumstein, P Betschart, M Meier, H-P Schmid, D S Engeler
PURPOSE: To establish whether bipolar transurethral resection of tumours (bTURB) on the lateral bladder wall is superior to monopolar transurethral resection (mTURB) of such tumours. To our knowledge, this is the first prospective randomised study, which defines complete resection depending on obturator jerk as primary endpoint. METHODS: In a prospective, randomised, single centre study, 52 patients with newly diagnosed or recurrent bladder tumour on the lateral bladder wall were enrolled and randomised to undergo mTURB or bTURB; 44 patients were eligible for analysis, of whom 21 underwent mTURB and 23 bTURB...
March 1, 2018: World Journal of Urology
Sílvia Castany, Georgia Gris, José Miguel Vela, Enrique Verdú, Pere Boadas-Vaello
Sigma-1 receptor (σ1 R) knockout (KO) CD1 mice, generated by homologous recombination, and separate pharmacological studies in wild type (WT) mice were done to investigate the role of this receptor in the development of pain-related behaviours (thermal hyperalgesia and mechanical allodynia) in mice after spinal cord contusion injury (SCI) - a model of central neuropathic pain. The modulatory effect of σ1 R KO on extracellular mediators and signalling pathways in the spinal cord was also investigated. In particular, changes in the expression of inflammatory cytokines (tumour necrosis factor TNF-α, interleukin IL-1β) and both the expression and activation (phosphorylation) of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor subunit 2B (NR2B-NMDA) and extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK1/2) were analysed...
March 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
Uwe Wollina, André Koch, Dana Langner, Gesina Hansel, Birgit Heinig, Torello Lotti, Georgi Tchernev
Acrocyanosis is an uncommon complaint belonging to the acro-syndromes. It typically presents with coolness and bluish discolourations of hands, feet, ears, nose, lips and nipple. The most frequently affected parts of the body are the hands. This review discusses physical factors, vascular disorders, infectious diseases, haematological disorders, solid tumours genetic disorders, drugs, eating disorders, and spinal disease presenting as or leading to acrocyanosis.
January 25, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
M Lacour, V Gilard, F Marguet, S Curey, A Perez, S Derrey
BACKGROUND: Spinal angiolipomas are rare epidural tumours that are usually revealed by chronic symptoms of medullar irritation. We report a case of acute paraplegia caused by spontaneous bleeding revealing a thoracic angiolipoma. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 17-year-old male patient with no previous medical history was admitted for acute onset of paraplegia with bladder retention and loss of sensation in the lower limbs, preceded by dorsal pain during the three previous days...
February 19, 2018: Neuro-Chirurgie
Wen Xue, Xiao-Li Guan, Zeng-Ping Wang, Zhong-Yu Hao, Lin Liu, Yao-Wen Qian
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clincial effects and feasibility of anterior thoracoscopically assisted surgery (TAS) with posterior one-stage total en block spondylectomy(TES) for thoracic spinal tumour. METHODS: From October 2014 to January 2016, 4 patients with thoracic spinal tumour were treated by anterior thoracoscopically assisted surgery with posterior one-stage total en block spondylectomy. There were 2 males and 2 females, aged 16, 35, 46, 60 years. Courses of disease were 1, 4, 6, 9 months...
September 25, 2017: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Suyash Singh, Kuntal Kanti Das, Sushila Jaiswal, Raj Kumar
BACKGROUND: Exophytic growth (EG), where in the tumor mass grows beyond the neuraxial boundary formed by pia mater, remains a rare pattern of glioma growth. It has been described in gliomas at several locations like the brainstem, cerebellum, suprasellar area, spinal cord and the insula. However, EG in hemispheric grade 2 astrocytomas, particularly affecting the convexity subarachnoid space, as against the more spacious basal subarachnoid space, is exceedingly rare. To the best of our knowledge, there is only one such case reported in the English literature...
February 15, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Georgios K Prezerakos, Parag Sayal, Antonios Kourliouros, Periclis Pericleous, George Ladas, Adrian Casey
PURPOSE: Cervicothoracic paravertebral neoplasms extending into the mediastinum pose a surgical challenge due the complex regional anatomy, their biological nature, rarity and surgeon's unfamiliarity with the region. We aim to define a surgical access framework addressing the aforementioned complexities whilst achieving oncological clearance. METHODS: We carried out a retrospective review of 28 consecutive patients operated in two tertiary referral centres between 1998 and 2015...
February 14, 2018: European Spine Journal
Vedran Deletis, Kathleen Seidel, Francesco Sala, Andreas Raabe, Darko Chudy, Juergen Beck, Karl F Kothbauer
OBJECTIVES: Anatomical identification of the corticospinal tract (CT) and the dorsal column (DC) of the exposed spinal cord is difficult when anatomical landmarks are distorted by tumour growth. Neurophysiological identification is complicated by the fact that direct stimulation of the DC may result in muscle motor responses due to the centrally activated H-reflex. This study aims to provide a technique for intraoperative neurophysiological differentiation between CT and DC in the exposed spinal cord...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
Amit Amit, Atul Vats, Alireza Shoakazemi, Brian Herron, Anthony McCarthy, Robert Scott McConnell
Spinal Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumour (AT/RT) is a highly malignant tumour, and its prognosis is dismal especially for very young patients. In this article, we present the case of a teenage boy with AT/RT in the cervical spine and its multimodality management. A review of the literature on ATRT of the spine is also presented.
February 12, 2018: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Noopur Raje, Evangelos Terpos, Wolfgang Willenbacher, Kazuyuki Shimizu, Ramón García-Sanz, Brian Durie, Wojciech Legieć, Marta Krejčí, Kamel Laribi, Li Zhu, Paul Cheng, Douglas Warner, G David Roodman
BACKGROUND: Multiple myeloma is characterised by monoclonal paraprotein production and osteolytic lesions, commonly leading to skeletal-related events (spinal cord compression, pathological fracture, or surgery or radiotherapy to affected bone). Denosumab, a monoclonal antibody targeting RANKL, reduces skeletal-related events associated with bone lesions or metastases in patients with advanced solid tumours. This study aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of denosumab compared with zoledronic acid for the prevention of skeletal-related events in patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma...
February 8, 2018: Lancet Oncology
L C Henker, R M Bianchi, T P Vargas, E C de Oliveira, D Driemeier, S P Pavarini
A 1-year-old male American pit bull terrier was presented with a history of proprioceptive deficits and mild lameness of the right hindlimb, which progressed after 5 months to paraparesis, culminating in tetraparesis after 2 weeks. Necropsy findings were limited to the spinal cord and consisted of multiple, intradural, extramedullary, slightly red masses which produced segmental areas of medullary swelling located in the cervical intumescence, thoracolumbar column, sacral segment and cauda equina. Histological evaluation revealed a tumour, composed of epithelial, stromal and blastemal cells, with structures resembling tubules, acini and embryonic glomeruli...
January 2018: Journal of Comparative Pathology
Jianru Xiao, Shaohui He, Jian Jiao, Wei Wan, Wei Xu, Dan Zhang, Weibo Liu, Nanzhe Zhong, Tielong Liu, Haifeng Wei, Xinghai Yang
PURPOSE: Multi-level reconstruction incorporating the chest wall and ribs is technically demanding after multi-segmental total en bloc spondylectomy (TES) of thoracic spinal tumours. Few surgical techniques are reported for effective reconstruction. A novel and straightforward technical reconstruction through posterior-lateral approach was presented to solve the extensive chest wall defect and prevent occurrences of severe respiratory dysfunctions after performing TES. The preliminary outcomes of surgery were reviewed...
February 5, 2018: International Orthopaedics
Sasha Rogers, David T W Jones, Amanda Ireland, Nick G Gottardo, Raelene Endersby
Ependymomas are the commonest type of spinal glioma which represent a group of relatively benign tumours. Myxopapillary ependymoma (MPE) is a common variant found within the distal spinal cord around the conus. These two entities are clearly differentiated on the basis of their characteristic histological and molecular features. Rare variants of MPE's are described in the literature to have the propensity to metastasise and grow in extraspinal locations despite appearing histologically identical to their more benign relatives...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Anbarasu Lourdusamy, Li Z Luo, Lisa Cd Storer, Kenneth J Cohen, Linda Resar, Richard G Grundy
Pediatric spinal ependymomas (SEPN) are important albeit uncommon malignant central nervous system tumors with limited treatment options. Our current knowledge about the underlying biology of these tumors is limited due to their rarity. To begin to elucidate molecular mechanisms that give rise to pediatric SEPN, we compared the transcriptomic landscape of SEPNs to that of intracranial ependymomas using genome-wide mRNA and microRNA (miRNA) expression profiling in primary tumour samples. We found that pediatric SEPNs are characterized by increased expression of genes involved in developmental processes, oxidative phosphorylation, cellular respiration, electron transport chain, and cofactor metabolic process...
December 29, 2017: Oncotarget
Tian-Jian Liu, Fang Shen, Chao Zhang, Pin-Tong Huang, Yong-Jian Zhu
BACKGROUND: Standard fluoroscopic guidance (C-arm fluoroscopy) has been routinely used for intraoperative localization of spinal level for surgical removal of intraspinal tumour, while it is not suitable for selected patients, e.g. pregnant women, who need to avoid radiation exposure. Fusion imaging of real-time ultrasound (US) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a radiation-free technique which has been reported to have good localization accuracy in managing several conditions. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: A 37-year-old pregnant patient, presented with a progressively aggravating lower back pain for 20 days and was incapable of lying supine with lower extremities swelling for 1 week, was referred to our hospital in her 18th week of gestation...
January 30, 2018: European Spine Journal
José L Gálvez, Carlos L Errando, Silvia Serrano, Marga Martín-Ayuso, José M Valverde-Mantecón
Type I neurofibromatosis is characterised by altered skin pigmentation and the growth of benign tumours, particularly along the peripheral nerves and central nervous system. We report a 36-year-old primigravida woman in labour who was admitted to the obstetric suite of the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Barcelona, Spain, in 2007 with hypothyroidism, type I neurofibromatosis and a factor V Leiden mutation. Due to a lack of cranial and spinal imaging data, an epidural was not indicated; instead, continuous intravenous remifentanil analgaesia was administered...
November 2017: Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal
K Lacassagne, K Hearon, J Berg, B Séguin, L Hoyt, B Byer, L E Selmic
The purpose of this retrospective, multicentre case series was to describe the outcome following surgery and/or radiation of spinal meningiomas and nerve sheath tumours (NSTs) based upon treatment modality, with a specific aim to evaluate the survival times and time to recurrence following treatment for each histopathological diagnosis. Our hypothesis was that the addition of radiation therapy modalities to treatment will yield longer time to recurrence of clinical signs and survival time. Thirty-four dogs met the inclusion criteria of histopathologically diagnosed extramedullary spinal meningioma or NST...
January 23, 2018: Veterinary and Comparative Oncology
Jeremy J Reynolds, Dominique A Rothenfluh, Nick Athanasou, Shaun Wilson, David C Kieser
PURPOSE: To present a case of aggressive sacral osteoblastoma (OB) treated with neoadjuvant denosumab therapy and en bloc resection. METHODS: Case report of a 14-year-old male with an aggressive OB affecting the superior articular process of the left first sacral segment. The lesion was lytic and metabolically active and involved the left-sided posterior elements of S1-S3 with extension into the spinal canal, affecting the left S1, S2, S3, S4 and S5 nerve roots...
January 22, 2018: European Spine Journal
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