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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ananya Chakravorty, Ellen Frydenberg, Tint Tint Shein, John Ly, Peter Earls, Timothy Steel
Ependymomas are neuroectodermal tumours arising from the ependymal lining of the ventricles and central canal of the spinal cord. Intradural extramedullary (IDEM) ependymomas which are multifocal, and/or anaplastic (WHO grade III) at presentation are exceedingly rare. We present the second case of multifocal anaplastic IDEM ependymoma in the literature. A 47-year old female presented with left gluteal and thigh pain radiating to the groin associated with paraesthesiae. She had a normal neurological examination...
December 2017: Journal of Spine Surgery (Hong Kong)
Xinjie Wu, Mingsheng Tan, Yingna Qi, Ping Yi, Feng Yang, Xiangsheng Tang, Qingying Hao
BACKGROUND: Metastases to the upper cervical spine were rarely reported in the literature. However, metastases to this area may cause spinal instability and cord compression, which in turn can result in respiratory failure and neurological dysfunction. The present study investigated the efficacy and safety of posterior decompression and occipitocervical fixation followed by intraoperative vertebroplasty for this disease. METHODS: This was a retrospective study that included 10 patients with metastatic involvement of the axis from March 2002 to May 2014...
January 11, 2018: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Thorsten D Poeppel, Daria Handkiewicz-Junak, Michael Andreeff, Alexander Becherer, Andreas Bockisch, Eva Fricke, Lilli Geworski, Alexander Heinzel, Bernd J Krause, Thomas Krause, Markus Mitterhauser, Wilfried Sonnenschein, Lisa Bodei, Roberto C Delgado-Bolton, Michael Gabriel
Radium Ra-223 dichloride (radium-223, Xofigo®) is a targeted alpha therapy approved for the treatment of castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) with symptomatic bone metastases and no known visceral metastatic disease. Radium-223 is the first targeted alpha therapy in this indication providing a new treatment option, with evidence of a significant survival benefit, both in overall survival and in the time to the first symptomatic skeletal-related event. The skeleton is the most common metastatic site in patients with advanced prostate cancer...
December 12, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Christoforos Posporis, Llorenç Grau-Roma, Olga Travetti, Maria Oliveira, Laura Polledo, Annette Wessmann
Case summary: A 12-year-old domestic shorthair cat was presented with acute non-painful hindlimb proprioceptive ataxia localising to T3-L3 spinal cord segments. MRI revealed paravertebral muscular hyperintensity on T2-weighted images at the level of T7-T8 vertebrae. The cat improved on conservative management but deteriorated 3 months later. Repeated MRI showed meningeal enhancement at the same level and hyperintensity of the paravertebral musculature extending to the right thoracic wall and pleural space on short tau inversion recovery images...
July 2017: JFMS Open Reports
M Kalamarides, W Essayed, J P Lejeune, R Aboukais, O Sterkers, D Bernardeschi, M Peyre, S K Lloyd, S Freeman, C Hammerbeck-Ward, M Kellett, S A Rutherford, D G Evans, O Pathmanaban, A T King
The management of spinal cord ependymomas in Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2) has traditionally been conservative, in contrast to the management of sporadic cases; the assumption being that, in the context of NF2, they did not cause morbidity. With modern management and improved outcome of other NF2 tumours, this assumption, and therefore the lack of role for surgery, has been questioned. To compare the outcome of conservative treatment of spinal ependymomas in NF2 with surgical intervention in selected patients...
February 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
K E Swift, S M LaRue
Primary and metastatic vertebral osteosarcoma (OSA) in the dog carries an overall guarded prognosis. Previously reported definitive treatments in dogs with vertebral OSA have included surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy or a combination of those therapies. This retrospective study was completed to determine patterns of failure, duration of local control and survival time in dogs with vertebral OSA treated with stereotactic radiation therapy (SRT). Nine dogs were treated with SRT for vertebral OSA. Protocols ranged from 1 to 5 fractions with total prescription ranging from 13...
March 2018: Veterinary and Comparative Oncology
A N E Civello, B Dunkel, B A Summers, H M Martineau
A neurofibroma of granular cell subtype is described in a 7-year-old horse. The horse had a 3-month history of ataxia affecting the forelimbs and hindlimbs, suggesting a C1-C6 neuroanatomical localization. Post-mortem examination revealed an intradural mass arising from the right sixth cervical spinal nerve and compressing the spinal cord. Histologically, the mass was composed largely of wavy spindle cells (a mixture of Schwann cells, perineurial cells and fibroblasts) intimately associated with ropy collagen fibres...
November 2017: Journal of Comparative Pathology
Nicholas J Hadden, Jerome R D McIntosh, Samuel Jay, Paula J Whittaker
Melanoma is one of the most common primary tumours associated with metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC). The aim of this review is to identify prognostic factors specifically for MSCC secondary to melanoma. A systematic search of literature was performed in MEDLINE, Embase and the Cochrane Library to identify studies reporting prognostic factors for patients with MSCC secondary to melanoma. Two studies, involving a total of 39 patients, fulfilled the inclusion criteria. The variables associated with increased survival were receiving postoperative radiotherapy, receiving chemotherapy, perioperative lactate dehydrogenase level less than or equal to 8...
November 14, 2017: Melanoma Research
Diana Lüftner, Daniela Niepel, Guenther G Steger
Improvements in the survival of patients with breast cancer, together with a better understanding of the pathology of the disease, have led to the emergence of bone health as a key aspect of patient management. Patients with breast cancer are typically at risk of skeletal complications throughout their disease course. The receptor activator of nuclear factor κ B ligand (RANKL) inhibitor denosumab and bisphosphonates (e.g. zoledronic acid) are approved in Europe for the prevention of skeletal-related events (pathologic fracture, radiation or surgery to bone, and spinal cord compression) in adults with bone metastases secondary to solid tumours...
February 2018: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
Sujeet Kumar Meher, Laxmi Narayan Tripathy, Harsh Jain, Sunandan Basu
Spinal cord lipomas are usually associated with spinal dysraphism and is most common in lumbosacral region. Spinal intradural lipoma is a rare condition accounting for less than 1% of spinal cord tumours and is most prevalent in cervicodorsal region. Intramedullary spinal cord lipoma of cervical spine not associated with spinal dysraphism is one of the rarest lesions. They usually present insidiously with slowly progressive myelopathic deficits. We present a case of nondysraphic intramedullary spinal cord lipoma with exophytic component and intracranial extension...
July 2017: Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine
Laura Bree, Chiara Bergamino, Ronan Mullins, Pamela Kelly, Robert Shiel
CASE SUMMARY: A 14-year-old neutered male Siamese cat was presented with a 3 month history of lethargy, inappetence, dehydration, hindlimb ataxia and intermittent proprioceptive deficits in the hindlimbs. Physical examination revealed low body condition score (1.75/5), pallor and bilateral basilar grade II/VI systolic heart murmur. Neurological examination revealed hindlimb ataxia, severe atrophy of the hindlimb musculature, intermittent hindlimb proprioceptive deficits and normoreflexia...
July 2017: JFMS Open Reports
Raquel Baptista Dias, Duarte Rosa, Miguel Rito, Alexandra Borges
We describe the case of a 71-year-old man with a ganglioneuroma of the retropharyngeal space. The patient presented with a submucosal bulge of the left oropharyngeal wall during follow-up examination of a treated vocal cord carcinoma. CT and MRI revealed a non-specific, well-defined retropharyngeal soft tissue lesion. Positron emission tomography-CT did not show relevant metabolic activity, excluding the hypothesis of metastatic nodal disease. Surgical biopsy of the lesion was compatible with ganglioneuroma...
September 7, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
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