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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092651/long-lasting-antinociceptive-effects-of-green-light-in-acute-and-chronic-pain-in-rats
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Mohab M Ibrahim, Amol Patwardhan, Kerry B Gilbraith, Aubin Moutal, Xiaofang Yang, Lindsey A Chew, Tally Largent-Milnes, T Philip Malan, Todd W Vanderah, Frank Porreca, Rajesh Khanna
Treatments for chronic pain are inadequate, and new options are needed. Nonpharmaceutical approaches are especially attractive with many potential advantages including safety. Light therapy has been suggested to be beneficial in certain medical conditions such as depression, but this approach remains to be explored for modulation of pain. We investigated the effects of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), in the visible spectrum, on acute sensory thresholds in naive rats as well as in experimental neuropathic pain...
February 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089666/mini-open-oblique-lumbar-interbody-fusion-olif-approach-for-multi-level-discectomy-and-fusion-involving-l5-s1-preliminary-experience
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Fahed Zairi, Tarek P Sunna, Harrison J Westwick, Alexander G Weil, Zhi Wang, Ghassan Boubez, Daniel Shedid
STUDY DESIGN: Technical description and single institution retrospective case series OBJECTIVE: Evaluate technical feasibility and evaluate complications of mini open retroperitoneal oblique lumbar interbody fusion (OLIF) at the L5-S1 level. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND: The mini open retroperitoneal oblique lumbar interbody fusion (OLIF) approach was first described in 2012 as a surgical approach to achieve spinal fusion while limiting invasiveness of the exposure to the anterior lumbar spine...
January 12, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089323/neurophysiological-monitoring-of-lumbar-spinal-nerve-roots-a-case-report-of-postoperative-deficit-and-literature-review
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Yuguang Chen, Baoqing P Wang, Junlin Yang, Yaolong Deng
INTRODUCTION: Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) has proven to help reduce the probability of postoperative neurological deficit for spinal deformity correctional surgeries. However, in rare cases new deficits may still happen. We report a surgical case in which the patient had postoperative paralysis. We would like to call for more case reports with postoperative neurological deficits as they present difficult clinical cases. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 61-year-old male patient with severe thoracolumbar kyphoscoliosis underwent posterior spinal correction and fusion with segmental T10-L5 pedicle screws and rods instrumentation with IONM...
November 19, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079781/transcutaneous-nerve-stimulation-for-pain-relief-during-office-hysteroscopy-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Juan F Lisón, Juan J Amer-Cuenca, Silvia Piquer-Martí, Vicente Benavent-Caballer, Gemma Biviá-Roig, Alejandro Marín-Buck
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the pain-relieving effect of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) during office-based hysteroscopy without sedation. METHODS: We conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Participants were randomly assigned to the active TENS, placebo TENS, or control group. The active TENS intervention consisted of a varying high-frequency (80-100 Hz), 400-microseconds, individually adjusted, high-intensity TENS application with two self-adhesive electrodes placed parallel to the spinal cord at the T10-L1 and S2-S4 levels...
January 9, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079752/changes-in-dorsal-root-ganglion-gene-expression-in-response-to-spinal-cord-stimulation
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Dana M Tilley, David L Cedeño, Courtney A Kelley, Margaret DeMaegd, Ramsin Benyamin, Ricardo Vallejo
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has been shown to influence pain-related genes in the spinal cord directly under the stimulating electrodes. There is limited information regarding changes occurring at the dorsal root ganglion (DRG). This study evaluates gene expression in the DRG in response to SCS therapy. METHODS: Rats were randomized into experimental or control groups (n = 6 per group). Experimental animals underwent spared-nerve injury, implantation of lead, and continuous SCS (72 hours)...
January 11, 2017: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079571/spontaneous-intracranial-hypotension-with-site-of-leak-detected-only-after-111in-dtpa-cisternogram
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Sana Parsian, Manuela C Matesan, Sachin Shivaji Kumbhar, David H Lewis
A 54-year-old man with a 3-week history of orthostatic headache and acute on chronic subdural hematoma presented with imaging findings suggestive of spontaneous intracranial hypotension. Three myelograms were negative for leak, and nontargeted epidural blood patches did not result in symptom relief. A cerebrospinal fluid leak study using In-DTPA with SPECT/CT demonstrated a focal area of asymmetric activity at the left C2 nerve root. A left C2 root tie-off, targeted epidural blood patch, and Dura seal glue resulted in resolution of patient symptomatology highlighting the importance of fused SPECT/CT images in detection of an occult cerebral spinal fluid leak...
January 10, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076019/viral-and-prion-infections-of-the-central-nervous-system-radiologic-pathologic-correlation-from-the-radiologic-pathology-archives
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Kelly K Koeller, Robert Y Shih
Viral infections of the central nervous system (CNS) range in clinical severity, with the most severe proving fatal within a matter of days. Some of the more than 100 different viruses known to affect the brain and spinal cord are neurotropic with a predilection for producing CNS infection. The host response to viral infection of the CNS is responsible for the pathophysiology and imaging findings seen in affected patients. Viral CNS infections can take the form of meningitis, encephalitis, encephalomyelitis, or, when involving the spinal cord and nerve roots, encephalomyeloradiculitis...
January 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073317/activation-of-kcnq-channels-suppresses-spontaneous-activity-in-drg-neurons-and-reduces-chronic-pain-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Zizhen Wu, Lin Li, Fuhua Xie, Junhui Du, Yan Zuo, Jeffrey A Frost, Susan M Carlton, Edgar T Walters, Qing Yang
A majority of people who have sustained spinal cord injury (SCI) experience chronic pain after injury, and this pain is highly resistant to available treatments. Contusive SCI in rats at T10 results in hyperexcitability of primary sensory neurons, which contributes to chronic pain. KCNQ channels are widely expressed in nociceptive dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons, are important for controlling their excitability, and their activation has proven effective in reducing pain in peripheral nerve injury and inflammation models...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069928/functional-organization-of-cutaneous-and-muscle-afferent-synapses-onto-immature-spinal-lamina-i-projection-neurons
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Jie Li, Mark L Baccei
: It is well-established that sensory afferents innervating muscle are more effective at inducing hyperexcitability within spinal cord circuits compared to skin afferents, which likely contributes to the higher prevalence of chronic musculoskeletal pain compared to pain of cutaneous origin. However, the mechanisms underlying these differences in central nociceptive signaling remain incompletely understood, as nothing is known about how superficial dorsal horn (SDH) neurons process sensory input from muscle vs...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069497/a-modified-collagen-scaffold-facilitates-endogenous-neurogenesis-for-acute-spinal-cord-injury-repair
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Caixia Fan, Xing Li, Zhifeng Xiao, Yannan Zhao, Hui Liang, Bin Wang, Sufang Han, Xiaoran Li, Bai Xu, Nuo Wang, Sumei Liu, Weiwei Xue, Jianwu Dai
Due to irreversible neuronal loss and glial scar deposition, spinal cord injury (SCI) ultimately results in permanent neurological dysfunction. Neuronal regeneration of neural stem cells (NSCs) residing in the spinal cord could be an ideal strategy for replenishing the lost neurons and restore function. However, many myelin-associated inhibitors in the SCI microenvironment limit the ability of spinal cord NSCs to regenerate into neurons. Here, a linearly ordered collagen scaffold was used to prevent scar deposition, guide nerve regeneration and carry drugs to neutralize the inhibitory molecules...
January 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067245/effect-of-hierarchically-aligned-fibrin-hydrogel-in-regeneration-of-spinal-cord-injury-demonstrated-by-tractography-a-pilot-study
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Zhenxia Zhang, Shenglian Yao, Sheng Xie, Xiumei Wang, Feiyan Chang, Jie Luo, Jingming Wang, Jun Fu
Some studies have reported that scaffold or cell-based transplantation may improve functional recovery following SCI, but no imaging information regarding regeneration has been provided to date. This study used tractography to show the regenerating process induced by a new biomaterial-aligned fibrin hydrogel (AFG). A total of eight canines subjected to SCI procedures were assigned to the control or the AFG group. AFG was implanted into the SCI lesion immediately after injury in 5 canines. A follow-up was performed at 12 weeks to evaluate the therapeutic effect including the hindlimb functional recovery, anisotropy and continuity of fibers on tractography...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065869/predictors-of-radial-nerve-palsy-recovery-in-humeral-shaft-fractures-a-retrospective-review-of-17-patients
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Nadine Nachef, VarenkaBariatinsky, Steeve Sulimovic, Christian Fontaine, Christophe Chantelot
BACKGROUND: Radial nerve injury is common in humeral shaft fractures and fails to recover spontaneously in 30% of cases. Few studies have evaluated predictors of recovery.The objectives of this study were to identify predictors of radial nerve palsy recovery and to assess the usefulness of surgical radial nerve exploration in patients with pre-operative radial nerve palsy. HYPOTHESIS: Factors predicting the outcome of radial nerve palsy can be identified. METHODS: Of 373 patients with humeral shaft fractures between 2005 and 2012, 43 had radial nerve palsy, including 23 who were lost to follow-up and 17 who were evaluated retrospectively at a mean of 26 months (range, 12-84 months) after internal fixation...
January 5, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063167/conditional-knockout-of-tog-results-in-cns-hypomyelination
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Michael J Maggipinto, Joshay Ford, Kristine H Le, Jessica W Tutolo, Miki Furusho, John W Wizeman, Rashmi Bansal, Elisa Barbarese
The tumor overexpressed gene (TOG) protein is present in RNA granules that transport myelin basic protein (MBP) mRNA in oligodendrocyte processes to the myelin compartment. Its role was investigated by conditionally knocking it out (KO) in myelinating glia in vivo. TOG KO mice have severe motor deficits that are already apparent at the time of weaning. This phenotype correlates with a paucity of myelin in several CNS regions, the most severe being in the spinal cord. In the TOG KO optic nerve <30% of axons are myelinated...
January 7, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062917/the-enteric-nervous-system-and-the-musculature-of-the-colon-are-altered-in-patients-with-spina-bifida-and-spinal-cord-injury
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Marjanne den Braber-Ymker, Martin Lammens, Michel J A M van Putten, Iris D Nagtegaal
Neurogenic bowel dysfunction occurs in a large percentage of adult patients with spina bifida (SB) and spinal cord injury (SCI), significantly affecting their quality of life. Although bowel motility is autonomously regulated by the enteric nervous system (ENS), disruption of the modulation of the ENS by extrinsic innervation as present in many patients with SB and SCI might lead to motility disorders. In order to gain insight in the pathophysiology, we studied histological changes of the neuromuscular structures in the colon of SB and SCI patients...
January 6, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060988/-neuromyelitis-optica-presenting-concomitantly-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-report-of-one-case
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Felipe Suárez H, Daniela Urrutia E, Felipe Canales P, Camila Gutiérrez O
Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is a severe demyelinating disease of the central nervous system, which preferentially attacks the optic nerve and spinal cord. It is associated with antibodies against aquaporin 4. Morbidity and mortality are higher than in multiple sclerosis and its treatment focuses on immunosuppressive drugs. Immunomodulators are contraindicated. We report a previously healthy 35-year-old man, presenting with NMO concomitantly with systemic lupus erythematosus. His evolution was torpid with three outbreaks in the 10 months after the diagnosis, requiring a first-line therapy with methylprednisolone and cyclophosphamide and then a second-line therapy with rituximab...
September 2016: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060908/experimental-mouse-model-of-lumbar-ligamentum-flavum-hypertrophy
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Takeyuki Saito, Kazuya Yokota, Kazu Kobayakawa, Masamitsu Hara, Kensuke Kubota, Katsumi Harimaya, Kenichi Kawaguchi, Mitsumasa Hayashida, Yoshihiro Matsumoto, Toshio Doi, Keiichiro Shiba, Yasuharu Nakashima, Seiji Okada
Lumbar spinal canal stenosis (LSCS) is one of the most common spinal disorders in elderly people, with the number of LSCS patients increasing due to the aging of the population. The ligamentum flavum (LF) is a spinal ligament located in the interior of the vertebral canal, and hypertrophy of the LF, which causes the direct compression of the nerve roots and/or cauda equine, is a major cause of LSCS. Although there have been previous studies on LF hypertrophy, its pathomechanism remains unclear. The purpose of this study is to establish a relevant mouse model of LF hypertrophy and to examine disease-related factors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060839/sensory-feedback-in-interlimb-coordination-contralateral-afferent-contribution-to-the-short-latency-crossed-response-during-human-walking
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Sabata Gervasio, Michael Voigt, Uwe G Kersting, Dario Farina, Thomas Sinkjær, Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting
A constant coordination between the left and right leg is required to maintain stability during human locomotion, especially in a variable environment. The neural mechanisms underlying this interlimb coordination are not yet known. In animals, interneurons located within the spinal cord allow direct communication between the two sides without the need for the involvement of higher centers. These may also exist in humans since sensory feedback elicited by tibial nerve stimulation on one side (ipsilateral) can affect the muscles activation in the opposite side (contralateral), provoking short-latency crossed responses (SLCRs)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059947/sensitivity-of-computed-tomography-compared-with-that-of-magnetic-resonance-myelography-in-the-presurgical-diagnosis-of-foraminal-or-extraforaminal-entrapment-at-the-lumbosacral-junction
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Sung Ho Lee, Sang-Ho Lee, Soo-Beom Kim, Eun Soo Park, Soo-Nyung Kim, Ki-Hyoung Moon
STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective analysis. OBJECTIVE: To investigate and compare the sensitivities of computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance myelography (MRM) in the presurgical diagnosis of foraminal or extraforaminal entrapment of the L5 nerve. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: CT is more clinically available than MRM. Foraminal or extraforaminal entrapment at the lumbosacral junction may cause L5 radiculopathy but is difficult to diagnose...
January 4, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059708/impact-of-mr-neurography-in-patients-with-chronic-cauda-equina-syndrome-presenting-as-chronic-pelvic-pain-and-dysfunction
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J R Petrasic, A Chhabra, K M Scott
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Chronic cauda equina syndrome, defined as persistent damage of the cauda equina nerve roots within the spinal canal can be a challenging diagnosis with varied presentations. MR neurography imaging is more commonly being used to evaluate the lumbosacral spine of patients suspected of having subacute or chronic cauda equina syndrome. Our aim was to evaluate the impact of lumbosacral plexus MR neurography in the diagnostic thinking and therapeutic management of patients presenting with chronic pelvic pain and dysfunction and suspected chronic cauda equina syndrome...
November 10, 2016: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059686/the-role-of-spinal-thrombin-through-protease-activated-receptor-1-in-hyperalgesia-after-neural-injury
#20
Jenell R Smith, Beth A Winkelstein
OBJECTIVE Painful neuropathic injuries induce blood-spinal cord barrier (BSCB) breakdown, allowing pro-inflammatory serum molecules to cross the BSCB, which contributes to nociception. The goal of these studies was to determine whether the blood-borne serine protease thrombin also crosses a permeable BSCB, contributing to nociception through its activation of protease-activated receptor-1 (PAR1). METHODS A 15-minute C-7 nerve root compression, which induces BSCB breakdown and painful behaviors by Day 1, was administered in the rat (n = 10); sham operation (n = 11) and a 3-minute compression (n = 10) that does not induce sensitivity were administered as controls...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
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