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G C Feigl, C Mattersberger, W Rosmarin, R Likar, C Avila González
BACKGROUND: The success of radiofrequency ablation (RF) of the medial branch of the dorsal ramus in patients with facet joint pain depends on the effective coagulation distance. To date, computed tomography(CT)-guided techniques do not reach the nerve in parallel but rather than punctually. We report a new CT-guided technique to enhance parallelism and proximity of the RF needle to the nerve. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two examiners with different experience with CT-guided procedures in corpses performed all punctures at the lumbar spine on 10 corpses...
March 21, 2018: Der Schmerz
Stefane A Aguiar, Stuart N Baker
Non-invasive assessment of spinal circuitry in humans is limited, especially for Ib pathways in the upper limb. We developed a protocol in which we evoke the H-reflex in flexor carpi radialis (FCR) by median nerve stimulation and condition it with electrical stimulation above motor threshold over the extensor carpi radialis (ECR) muscle belly. Eighteen healthy adults (eight male, ten female) took part in the study. There was a clear reflex facilitation at 30 ms inter-stimulus interval (ISI), and suppression at 70 ms ISI, which was highly consistent across subjects...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Marie-France Hurteau, Yann Thibaudier, Charline Dambreville, Simon M Danner, Ilya Rybak, Alain Frigon
When the foot contacts an obstacle during locomotion, cutaneous inputs activate spinal circuits to ensure dynamic balance and forward progression. In quadrupeds, this requires coordinated reflex responses between the four limbs. Here, we investigated the patterns and phasic modulation of cutaneous reflexes in fore- and hindlimb muscles evoked by inputs from all four limbs. Five female cats were implanted to record muscle activity and to stimulate the superficial peroneal and superficial radial nerves during locomotion...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Alba Finocchiaro, Sara Marinelli, Federica De Angelis, Valentina Vacca, Siro Luvisetto, Flaminia Pavone
Clinical use of neurotoxins from Clostridium botulinum is well established and is continuously expanding, including in treatment of pain conditions. Background : The serotype A (BoNT/A) has been widely investigated, and current data demonstrate that it induces analgesia and modulates nociceptive processing initiated by inflammation or nerve injury. Given that data concerning the serotype B (BoNT/B) are limited, the aim of the present study was to verify if also BoNT/B is able not only to counteract neuropathic pain, but also to interfere with inflammatory and regenerative processes associated with the nerve injury...
March 18, 2018: Toxins
J Meléndez-Gallardo, A Eblen-Zajjur
Despite the frequent clinical hyper- or hypothermia cases, thermal-dependence of the endogenous pain modulation system at the spinal cord is not well understood. We evaluate spinal dorsal horn neuronal network responses during mechanical heterotopic noxious stimuli (HNS) at three different body temperatures (34; 37 or 40°C) by measuring lumbar cord dorsum potentials activated by electrical stimulation of the ipsilateral sural nerve in adult thiopental anesthetized rats. A noxious clamp was applied randomly to the tail, right hindpaw, right forepaw, muzzle and left forepaw...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience
Tae June Park, Ho Jun Lee, Jae Seong Kim, Kiyeun Nam
BACKGROUND: Posterior epidural lumbar disc fragment is infrequent because of anatomical barriers, and it is difficult to diagnose posterior epidural lumbar disc fragment because of its rare incidence and the ambiguity of radiologic evaluations. And it is difficult to differentiate it from other diseases such as spinal tumors. OBJECTIVE: Differential diagnosis of posterior epidural lumbar disc fragment is clinically important because its diagnosis can affect treatment and prognosis...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Z B Pi, J K Zhang, Y Peng, Y Jin, H Lin
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of ultrasound-guided spinal nerve posterior ramus pulsed radiofrequency treatment of lower back post-herpetic neuralgia. Methods: One hundred and twenty-eight cases of lower back or anterior abdominal wall acute post-herpetic neuralgia patients were enrolled. They were randomly divided into two groups. Group A: oral treatment only with gabapentin+ celecoxib+ amitriptyline. Group B: while taking these drugs, patients were treated with radiofrequency pulses using a portable ultrasound device and the paravertebral puncture technique...
March 13, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
X L Wang, J Wang, D L Mu, D X Wang
Objective: To investigate the effect of dexmedetomidine adding to ropivacaine for continuous femoral nerve block on the improvement of postoperative sleep quality in elderly patients after total knee arthroplasty. Methods: One hundred and sixty patients aged 60 years or older in Jishuitan Hospital scheduled for single total knee arthroplasty between Nov. 2016 and Jun. 2017 were recruited. All patients received spinal anesthesia and were randomized to receive either combined ropivacaine and dexmedetomidine (0...
March 13, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Yun Wang, Qing-Jiang Pang, Jiang-Tao Liu, Hai-Hao Wu, Dong-Ying Tao
MicroRNAs play a crucial role in the progression of spinal cord ischemia/reperfusion injury (SCII). The role of miR-448 and SIRT1 in SCII was investigated in this study, to provide further insights into prevention and improvement of this disorder. In this study, expressions of miR-448 and SIRT1 protein were determined by qRT-PCR and western blot, respectively. Flow cytometry was used to analyze cell apoptosis. The endogenous expression of genes was modulated by recombinant plasmids and cell transfection. Dual-luciferase reporter assay was performed to determine the interaction between miR-448 and SIRT1...
March 15, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
Andres Canales, Seongjun Park, Antje Kilias, Polina Anikeeva
Multifunctional devices for modulation and probing of neuronal activity during free behavior facilitate studies of functions and pathologies of the nervous system. Probes composed of stiff materials, such as metals and semiconductors, exhibit elastic and chemical mismatch with the neural tissue, which is hypothesized to contribute to sustained tissue damage and gliosis. Dense glial scars have been found to encapsulate implanted devices, corrode their surfaces, and often yield poor recording quality in long-term experiments...
March 21, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
Amanda T Whitaker, James Kasser, Young-Jo Kim
RATIONALE: The sciatic nerve runs a predictable course combining L4-S3 nerve roots through the true pelvis and under the greater sciatic notch. There are reports of bony protuberances from the sacrum and ilium in cases of spinal dysraphism; however advanced imaging, treatment, or outcomes are not described. There are no cases with associated fibular hemimelia in the current literature. PATIENT CONCERNS: This is a 4-year-old girl with tethered cord, acetabular dysplasia with hip subluxation, congenital short femur, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) deficiency, and fibular hemimelia with her sciatic nerve coursing through the ilium...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
S A Zhivolupov, L S Onischenko, N A Rashidov, I N Samartsev, E V Jakovlev
AIM: To analyze the spinal mechanisms of neuroplastic changes induced by neuromidin (ipidacrine) in a model of traumatic axonotomy of the sciatic nerve in rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The histological study of the material from the anterior horn (lumbar portion of spinal cord) was performed in 6 rats using electron microscopy. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: The comparative analysis of neuromorphological changes in rats of control and main groups revealed the neuroprotective and modifying effects of neuromidin on the spinal neuroplasticity...
2018: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
Chun-Kuei Su, Yi-Yin Chen, Chiu-Ming Ho
Nitric oxide (NO) is a diffusible gas and has multifarious effects on both pre- and postsynaptic events. As a consequence of complex excitatory and inhibitory integrations, NO effects on neuronal activities are heterogeneous. Using in vitro preparations of neonatal rats that retain the splanchnic sympathetic nerves and the thoracic spinal cord as an experimental model, we report here that either enhancement or attenuation of NO production in the neonatal rat spinal cords could increase, decrease, or not change the spontaneous firing behaviors recorded from splanchnic sympathetic single fibers...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Ruslan Masgutov, Galina Masgutova, Liliya Mukhametova, Ekaterina Garanina, Svetlana S Arkhipova, Elena Zakirova, Yana O Mukhamedshina, Zhuravleva Margarita, Zarema Gilazieva, Valeriia Syromiatnikova, Adelya Mullakhmetova, Gulnaz Kadyrova, Mariya Nigmetzyanova, Sergeev Mikhail, Pankov Igor, Ramil Yagudin, Albert Rizvanov
We examined the effect of transplantation of allogenic adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) with properties of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) on posttraumatic sciatic nerve regeneration in rats. We suggested an approach to rat sciatic nerve reconstruction using the nerve from the other leg as a graft. The comparison was that of a critical 10 mm nerve defect repaired by means of autologous nerve grafting versus an identical lesion on the contralateral side. In this experimental model, the same animal acts simultaneously as a test model, and control...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Dongdong Guo, Xinyi Hu, Haojie Zhang, Chenghua Lu, Guangwei Cui, Xingjing Luo
Neuropathic pain affects patients worldwide. The therapeutic effects of current methods are still poor. This study was performed to investigate the neuro-protective effect of orientin in rats with spinal nerve ligation (SNL). In this study, the paw mechanical withdrawal threshold (PWT) and the paw thermal withdrawal latency (PWL) behavioral assays indicated that orientin alleviated the warm and mechanical allodynia in rats with SNL. The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) showed that orientin suppressed the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin-6 (IL-6), interleukin-1β (IL-1β), and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and increased the levels of anti-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-10 (IL-10)...
March 17, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Michael James Eastwood, And Ajith Paulose George
Intraoperative identification of the spinal accessory nerve (SAN) is key in reducing nerve injury. This study aims to explore the surgical anatomy of the SAN and 2 landmarks for its identification-the sternocleidomastoid branch of the occipital artery (SBOA) and superior sternocleidomastoid tendon (SST)-to propose a novel method of identifying the SAN during surgical neck dissections. Twelve cadavers underwent bilateral level II-V neck dissection identifying the SAN, SBOA, and SST. Variation was documented and distance between landmarks and the SAN measured...
March 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Min Cheol Joo, Chul Hwan Jang, Jong Tae Park, Seung Won Choi, Seungil Ro, Min Seob Kim, Moon Young Lee
Although electrical stimulation is therapeutically applied for neural regeneration in patients, it remains unclear how electrical stimulation exerts its effects at the molecular level on spinal cord injury (SCI). To identify the signaling pathway involved in electrical stimulation improving the function of injured spinal cord, 21 female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to three groups: control (no surgical intervention, n = 6), SCI (SCI only, n = 5), and electrical simulation (ES; SCI induction followed by ES treatment, n = 10)...
February 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
De-An Qin, Jie-Fu Song, Li-Ping Song, Gui-Sheng Feng
Background Pain management for multiple bone metastases is complex and often requires multidisciplinary treatment. We herein describe patient-centered multidisciplinary pain management for metastatic cancer. CASE PRESENTATION: A 61-year-old woman with multiple bone metastases of uterine cervical cancer developed intractable low back pain. After external beam radiotherapy failed, we performed lumbar spinal intralesional curettage, pedicle screw fixation, and nerve decompression. However, the neuralgia persisted...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
Jean-Michel Vandeweerd, Fanny Hontoir, Alexis De Knoop, Kathleen De Swert, Charles Nicaise
Phrenic motor neurons are cervical motor neurons originating from C3 to C6 levels in most mammalian species. Axonal projections converge into phrenic nerves innervating the respiratory diaphragm. In spinal cord slices, phrenic motor neurons cannot be identified from other motor neurons on morphological or biochemical criteria. We provide the description of procedures for visualizing phrenic motor neuron cell bodies in mice, following intrapleural injections of cholera toxin subunit beta (CTB) conjugated to a fluorophore...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Qi Wang, Zhuang-Li Guo, Ge-Le Aori, Da-Wei Kong, Wen-Qiang Yang, Li Zhang, Yan-Bing Yu
Danhong injection (DHI) has been widely used in China for cardiocerebrovascular diseases treatments. And in this study, we demonstrated the therapeutic effect of DHI on experimental diabetic neuropathy for the first time. Methods . Streptozotocin- (STZ-) induced SD rats were used. In experiment 1, 4-week treatment with DHI or saline started 4 weeks after STZ injection; mechanical allodynia was measured before and every 2 weeks after STZ injection. In experiment 2, chronic intrathecal infusion of U0126 was conducted during the 8th week of diabetes...
2018: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
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