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#1
Tamsin Newton-Snow
Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) is a rare genetic disorder that occurs in an estimated one in 35,000 people. The condition is often life-limiting and involves tumours growing on the nervous system, typically on the hearing nerves, brain and spine. While the tumours are mainly benign, they can lead to hearing loss, deafness and problems with balance and mobility. Most patients will need surgery or other treatments for NF2-related brain or spinal cord tumours at some point in their lives.
January 18, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089418/distant-spread-of-a-supratentorial-glioblastoma-to-the-spinal-cord
#2
Krishnan Ravindran, Frank Gaillard, Arian Lasocki
Extracranial spread from a glioblastoma is rare. We present a case of a 48year-old man with a previously radiologically-stable left temporal lobe glioblastoma presenting with symptoms referrable to the spinal cord. MRI revealed a spinal cord lesion, with the differential including transverse myelitis and tumour. Open surgical biopsy revealed high-grade astrocytoma. Genetic analysis of both the supratentorial and spinal tumours revealed R132H IDH1 mutations, providing evidence that the spinal cord lesion had spread from the supratentorial tumour...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087968/thymic-carcinoma-presenting-with-an-unusual-and-delayed-metastasis-to-the-neural-foramen-mimicking-thoracic-spinal-radiculopathy
#3
H M Low, C F Wong, M W H'ng
We report a case of metastatic thymic carcinoma which presented as an enhancing mass located in the neural foramen of the thoracic spine. More common tumours which arise in the neural foramen would include a neurogenic tumour or developmental anomalies such as a foregut duplication cyst. This case is singular firstly because the lesion present as radiculopathy which mimics a neurogenic tumour. Secondly, the presentation was unusually delayed as the patient presented to our centre more than a decade after the resection of the primary tumour in another institution...
December 2016: Medical Journal of Malaysia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087505/2016-update-of-the-asas-eular-management-recommendations-for-axial-spondyloarthritis
#4
Désirée van der Heijde, Sofia Ramiro, Robert Landewé, Xenofon Baraliakos, Filip Van den Bosch, Alexandre Sepriano, Andrea Regel, Adrian Ciurea, Hanne Dagfinrud, Maxime Dougados, Floris van Gaalen, Pál Géher, Irene van der Horst-Bruinsma, Robert D Inman, Merryn Jongkees, Uta Kiltz, Tore K Kvien, Pedro M Machado, Helena Marzo-Ortega, Anna Molto, Victoria Navarro-Compàn, Salih Ozgocmen, Fernando M Pimentel-Santos, John Reveille, Martin Rudwaleit, Jochen Sieper, Percival Sampaio-Barros, Dieter Wiek, Jürgen Braun
To update and integrate the recommendations for ankylosing spondylitis and the recommendations for the use of tumour necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi) in axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) into one set applicable to the full spectrum of patients with axSpA. Following the latest version of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Standardised Operating Procedures, two systematic literature reviews first collected the evidence regarding all treatment options (pharmacological and non-pharmacological) that were published since 2009...
January 13, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077367/electroacupuncture-alleviates-the-inflammatory-response-via-effects-on-m1-and-m2-macrophages-after-spinal-cord-injury
#5
Jiagui Zhao, Rongyi Zhang, Likui Wang, Yuanhai Li
BACKGROUND: Macrophages/microglia are important effector cells at the site of spinal cord injury (SCI). M1-type macrophages facilitate innate immunity to remove foreign microbes and wound debris from the injury site. M2-type macrophages exhibit tissue repair properties and attenuate production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Regulation of the polarisation of M1/M2 macrophages may affect the inflammatory response in SCI and may be related to neurotrophin-3 (NT-3). Electroacupuncture (EA) at GV acupuncture points can be used as an adjuvant therapy for SCI...
January 11, 2017: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028410/the-association-between-urinary-incontinence-and-low-back-pain-and-radiculopathy-in-women
#6
Hulagu Kaptan, Haluk Kulaksızoğlu, Ömür Kasımcan, Bedreddin Seçkin
AIM: Urinary incontinence (UI) is a common dysfunction, affecting especially women of all ages. The terminology of low back pain (LBP) and radiculopathy (RP) may be misused interchangeably with each other. There are many reports of the association with LBP and incontinence but those involving compression of nerve root(as RP), has not been distinguished from isolated low back pain. This study was structured to analyse the association of UI, LBP and RP. METHODS: One hundred twenty patients were included in the study...
December 15, 2016: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027789/management-and-cost-of-surgical-site-infection-in-patients-undergoing-surgery-for-spinal-metastasis
#7
R A Atkinson, A Jones, K Ousey, J Stephenson
BACKGROUND: Surgical site infection (SSI) is a serious potential complication of spinal surgery. SSI may impact significantly on inpatient hospitalization and the costs associated with extra care. AIM: To investigate the management of patients experiencing SSI following surgery for spinal metastatic tumours, and to estimate the costs associated with SSI in this context. METHODS: Patients experiencing SSI following spinal tumour surgery at a large spinal surgery centre between January 2009 and December 2012 were identified...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28019107/gross-total-resection-rates-of-grade-ii-iii-intramedullary-ependymomas-using-the-surgical-strategy-of-en-bloc-resection-without-intra-operative-neurophysiological-monitoring
#8
Kieron J Sweeney, Matt Reynolds, Michael Farrell, Ciaran Bolger
INTRODUCTION: Grade II and III intramedullary ependymomas [IME] are circumscribed with a plane of cleavage that should facilitate high gross total resection rates (GTR). Gross total resection of grade II/III IME is superior to subtotal resection (STR) and radiotherapy (RTx) for progression-free and overall survival. We sought to compare our GTR with other series that have utilised standard intraoperative monitoring techniques and we explored factors that may influence rates of resection...
December 25, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008381/pathologic-fracture-and-healthcare-resource-utilisation-a-retrospective-study-in-eight-european-countries
#9
Jean-Jacques Body, Yves Pascal Acklin, Oliver Gunther, Guy Hechmati, João Pereira, Nikos Maniadakis, Evangelos Terpos, Jindrich Finek, Roger von Moos, Susan Talbot, Harm Sleeboom
BACKGROUND: Skeletal-related events (SREs; pathologic fracture [PF], spinal cord compression and radiation or surgery to bone) are common complications of bone metastases or bone lesions and can impose a considerable burden on patients and healthcare systems. In this study, the healthcare resource utilisation (HRU) associated with PFs in patients with bone metastases or lesions secondary to solid tumours or multiple myeloma was estimated in eight European countries. METHODS: Eligible patients were identified in Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland...
November 2016: Journal of Bone Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27958595/childhood-neurofibromatosis-type-2-nf2-and-related-disorders-from-bench-to-bedside-and-biologically-targeted-therapies
#10
M Ruggieri, A D Praticò, A Serra, L Maiolino, S Cocuzza, P Di Mauro, L Licciardello, P Milone, G Privitera, G Belfiore, M Di Pietro, F Di Raimondo, A Romano, A Chiarenza, M Muglia, A Polizzi, D G Evans
Neurofibromatosis type 2 [NF2; MIM # 101000] is an autosomal dominant disorder characterised by the occurrence of vestibular schwannomas (VSs), schwannomas of other cranial, spinal and cutaneous nerves, cranial and spinal meningiomas and/or other central nervous system (CNS) tumours (e.g., ependymomas, astrocytomas). Additional features include early onset cataracts, optic nerve sheath meningiomas, retinal hamartomas, dermal schwannomas (i.e., NF2-plaques), and (few) café-au-lait spots. Clinically, NF2 children fall into two main groups: (1) congenital NF2 - with bilateral VSs detected as early as the first days to months of life, which can be stable/asymptomatic for one-two decades and suddenly progress; and (2) severe pre-pubertal (Wishart type) NF2- with multiple (and rapidly progressive) CNS tumours other-than-VS, which usually present first, years before VSs [vs...
October 2016: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913382/an-extensive-spinal-cord-lesion-tumour-or-inflammation
#11
Rohini R Rattihalli, Andrew A Mallick
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897060/potential-for-adaptive-dose-escalation-in-radiotherapy-for-patients-with-locally-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-in-a-low-mid-income-setting
#12
Sushma Agrawal, Sunil Kumar, Anil K Maurya
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of tumour volume regression on adaptive treatment planning, reduction in doses to organs at risk (OARs) and dose escalation. METHODS: 20 patients undergoing radical chemoradiotherapy were imaged in the fifth week of radiotherapy (CT_45) to evaluate differences in tumour volume regression between concurrent and sequential chemoradiotherapy. Replanning was carried out in the CT_45 in those with >20% regression (n = 10) and evaluated for change in target coverage indices (the coverage index and external volume index) and doses to the OAR [mean lung dose, V20 and V5 of whole and ipsilateral lung (MLDWL, V20WL, V5WL, MLDIL, V20IL, V5IL); mean oesophagus dose, V50oesophagus; and maximum spinal cord doses]...
January 3, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896639/seom-clinical-guideline-for-bone-metastases-from-solid-tumours-2016
#13
C Grávalos, C Rodríguez, A Sabino, M Á Seguí, J A Virizuela, A Carmona, J Cassinello, D Isla, C Jara, M Martín
Bone metastases are common in many advanced solid tumours, being breast, prostate, thyroid, lung, and renal cancer the most prevalent. Bone metastases can produce skeletal-related events (SREs), defined as pathological fracture, spinal cord compression, need of bone irradiation or need of bone surgery, and hypercalcaemia. Patients with bone metastases experience pain, functional impairment and have a negative impact on their quality of life. Several imaging techniques are available for diagnosis of this disease...
December 2016: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895949/primary-ewing-s-sarcoma-of-the-spine-in-a-two-year-old-boy
#14
Ali J Electricwala, Jaffer T Electricwala
Ewing's Sarcoma (ES) is a highly malignant bone tumour. It may involve any part of the skeleton but the most frequent parts are the ilium and diaphysis of femur and tibia (Alfeeli et al., 2005; Zhu et al., 2012). Primary ES of the spine is extremely rare (Yan et al., 2011). It accounts for only 3.5 to 14.9 percent of all primary bone sarcomas. The age of presentation ranges from 12 to 24 years (median 21 years) (Ferguson, 1999; Sharafuddin et al., 1992; Klimo Jr. et al., 2009). We report an unusual case of primary ES of the spine in a two-year-old boy, who presented to us with paraparesis and features of cauda equina syndrome...
2016: Case Reports in Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891692/smarce1-mutation-screening-in-classification-of-clear-cell-meningiomas
#15
Miriam J Smith, Soomin Ahn, Jung-Il Lee, Michael Bulman, Daniel du Plessis, Yeon-Lim Suh
AIMS: Clear cell meningioma is a rare subtype of meningioma and shows not only unusual histology, but also unique clinical features. Recently, SMARCE1 mutations have been shown to cause spinal and cranial clear cell meningiomas. We present 12 cases which were diagnosed with a clear cell meningioma in a single institution between 1997 and 2014, and investigate their SMARCE1 mutation status. METHODS AND RESULTS: To investigate the SMARCE1 mutation status of these tumours, we used a combination of Sanger sequencing and multiplex ligation dependent probe amplification analysis and also performed SMARCE1 immunohistochemical staining...
November 28, 2016: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887637/clinical-improvement-and-reduction-in-serum-calprotectin-levels-after-an-intensive-exercise-programme-for-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-and-non-radiographic-axial-spondyloarthritis
#16
Andrea Levitova, Hana Hulejova, Maja Spiritovic, Karel Pavelka, Ladislav Senolt, Marketa Husakova
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of exercise therapy for ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is well-documented, but dearth of information is for non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA). Biomarkers like serum calprotectin, interleukins IL-6, IL-17 and tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α may reflect the disease activity of axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA). In this study, we investigated clinical and laboratory parameters of both axSpA subgroups in response to intensive physical exercise. METHODS: Altogether, 46 patients with axSpA, characterised according to the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis International Society criteria as having nr-axSpA or AS underwent 6-month exercise programme...
November 25, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884463/gated-carbon-ion-scanning-treatment-for-pancreatic-tumour-with-field-specific-target-volume-and-organs-at-risk
#17
Kentaro Miki, Shinichiro Mori, Miho Shiomi, Shigeru Yamada
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of treatment planning for pancreatic tumours subject to respiratory motion using field-specific target volumes (FTV) and field-specific organs at risk (FOAR) using four-dimensional computed tomography (4DCT). METHODS: Fourteen pancreatic cancer patients underwent 4DCT. Radiation oncologists contoured the gross tumour volume (GTV), clinical target volume (CTV), spinal cord, duodenum, kidneys, and stomach. The gating duty cycle was set to 30 % around exhalation...
December 2016: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879059/squash-cytology-of-tanycytic-ependymoma-a-report-of-two-cases
#18
Priyanka Maity Chaudhuri, Shubhamitra Chaudhuri, Debashis Chakrabarty, Sandip Chatterjee, Chhanda Datta, Manoj Kumar Chaudhuri, Uttara Chatterjee
Tanycytic ependymoma is a rare variant of ependymoma which has a predilection for the spinal cord. It is a WHO grade II tumour with favourable outcome. Although squash cytology of ependymoma is well described, there is sparse literature available on squash cytomorphology of tanycytic variant. Here we present two cases of squash cytology of tanycytic ependymoma. In the first case the diagnosis of tanycytic ependymoma was considered. However, in the second case a diagnosis of usual ependymoma was offered. Subsequently histopathology confirmed tanycytic nature in both the cases...
November 23, 2016: Diagnostic Cytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866097/current-therapy-and-the-evolving-molecular-landscape-of-paediatric-ependymoma
#19
REVIEW
Soumen Khatua, Vijay Ramaswamy, Eric Bouffet
Ependymomas are the third commonest paediatric central nervous system (CNS) tumour, accounting for 6-12% of brain tumours in children. The management of these tumours has seen considerable changes over the last two decades, leading to a significant improvement in outcomes. However, despite advances in neurosurgical, neuroimaging and postoperative adjuvant therapy, management of these tumours remain challenging, and recurrence occurs in over 50% of cases, particularly when complete resection is not achieved prior to conformal radiotherapy...
January 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865537/metastases-in-the-cervical-spine-from-primary-head-and-neck-cancers-current-concepts-of-diagnosis-and-management
#20
S D Colbert, S Ramakrishna, J R Harvey, P A Brennan
Vertebral metastases from primary head and neck cancers are uncommon, and so there are no clear guidelines about management. The spinal cord can be compressed by a vertebral fracture or invasion of a tumour, and may present as an oncological and spinal emergency. The goals of treatment are to relieve pain and maintain neurological function. However, surgical treatments in this group of patients have not been defined, and primary operative treatment of spinal metastases remains controversial. Here we discuss their contemporary management...
November 16, 2016: British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
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