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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532916/spinal-intramedullary-tuberculosis-with-concurrent-supra-and-infratentorial-intracranial-disease-in-a-9-month-old-boy-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Michael George Zaki Ghali, Visish M Srinivasan, C J Kim, Archana Malik
Tuberculous involvement of the spinal cord parenchyma is an exceedingly rare clinical entity; even more so is concurrent intracranial tuberculosis (TB). Spinal intramedullary TB presents with a characteristic subacute myelopathy, with slowly progressive paraplegia, sensory deficits, and/or bowel and bladder dysfunction. Diagnosis is strongly suspected with a clinical history of known TB in conjunction with characteristic findings on magnetic resonance imaging. Management involves multi-agent antitubercular chemotherapy without or with operative intervention...
May 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526323/-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-helps-in-unmasking-the-great-mimicker-a-case-of-neurosarcoidosis-with-isolated-involvement-of-the-spinal-cord
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A Gholamrezanezhad, L Mehta
A 36 year-old male with no significant past medical history presented with lower extremity numbness, gait instability, and urinary and bowel retention of 4 weeks onset. Spine MRI revealed diffuse oedema of cervicothoracic spinal cord with several solid enhancing intramedullary lesions, suggestive of metastases. The (18)F-FDG PET/CT performed to identify the primary malignancy demonstrated mild hypermetabolic foci within the cervicothoracic cord, as well as a mildly hypermetabolic bilateral hilar lymphadenopathy and a mildly hypermetabolic pulmonary nodule, suggestive of sarcoidosis versus metastasis...
May 16, 2017: Revista Española de Medicina Nuclear e Imagen Molecular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524751/pseudogout-of-the-cervical-and-thoracic-spine-mimicking-infection-after-lumbar-fusion-case-report
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Kelly J Bridges, Carli L Bullis, Ajay Wanchu, Khoi D Than
Pseudogout is a form of acute calcium pyrophosphate deposition (CPPD) disease that typically afflicts the elderly. CPPD commonly involves larger joints, such as the knees, wrists, shoulders, and hips, and has been known to involve the spine. The authors report the case of a 66-year-old woman with a recent history of lumbar laminectomy and fusion who presented 5 weeks postprocedure with a clinical and radiographic picture consistent with multilevel skip lesions involving the cervical and thoracic spine, thoracic discitis, and epidural abscess...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511287/generation-and-characterization-of-highly-purified-canine-schwann-cells-from-spinal-nerve-dorsal-roots-as-potential-new-candidates-for-transplantation-strategies
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Nicole Steffensen, Annika Lehmbecker, Ingo Gerhauser, Yimin Wang, Regina Carlson, Andrea Tipold, Wolfgang Baumgärtner, Veronika M Stein
Schwann cells (SCs) are promising candidates for transplantation-strategies in the central nervous system by promoting axonal regeneration. The dog represents a translational model for human spinal cord injury (SCI) for studies with new repair strategies after intervertebral disk herniation (IVDH). To overcome the necessity for an additional surgical procedure, for the first time a protocol for isolation, and purification of canine SCs from spinal-nerve-biopsies during standard hemilaminectomy in IVDH affected paraplegic dogs for potential transplantation was developed...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507974/a-rare-presentation-of-cervical-spine-osteochondroma
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Vijay Shankar, Kumar Amerendra Singh, Simanchal P Mohanty
INTRODUCTION: Cervical spine osteochondromas are rare tumors that usually involve the posterior spinal elements. Osteochondromas of the cervical spine presenting anteriorly as a mass over the supraclavicular region has not been reported in the literature. CASE REPORT: A 12-year-old boy presented with right sided supraclavicular swelling. Plain radiographs revealed a bony mass. Computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging scans of the cervical region showed a bony mass arising from pedicle and encroaching onto lamina of C6 vertebra...
November 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490167/endoscopic-treatment-of-an-adult-with-tegmental-astrocytoma-accompanied-by-cerebrospinal-fluid-dissemination
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Runchun Lu, Chuzhong Li, Xinsheng Wang, Yazhuo Zhang
Midbrain gliomas are relatively rare neoplasms with a generally benign prognosis, with dissemination or metastasis not previously reported. We describe here a woman, in whom magnetic resonance imaging scans showed hydrocephalus and a tegmental lesion in the upper aqueduct. Endoscopic third ventriculostomy and biopsy were performed; during surgery, a second small lesion was observed in the infundibular recess. Histologically, the two lesions had the characteristics of low grade astrocytoma, suggesting that the midbrain astrocytoma may have been disseminated via the cerebral spinal fluid to the infundibular recess...
May 2017: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488683/progressive-hereditary-spastic-paraplegia-caused-by-a-homozygous-ky-mutation
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Yuval Yogev, Yonatan Perez, Iris Noyman, Anwar Abu Madegem, Hagit Flusser, Zamir Shorer, Eugene Cohen, Leonid Kachko, Analia Michaelovsky, Ruth Birk, Arie Koifman, Max Drabkin, Ohad Wormser, Daniel Halperin, Rotem Kadir, Ohad S Birk
Twelve individuals of consanguineous Bedouin kindred presented with autosomal recessive progressive spastic paraplegia evident as of age 0-24 months, with spasticity of lower limbs, hyperreflexia, toe walking and equinus deformity. Kyphoscolisois was evident in older patients. Most had atrophy of the lateral aspects of the tongue and few had intellectual disability. Nerve conduction velocity, electromyography and head and spinal cord magnetic resonance imaging were normal in tested subjects. Muscle biopsy showed occasional central nuclei and fiber size variability with small angular fibers...
May 10, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477060/-diagnostics-and-treatment-of-benign-spinal-tumors
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B Lehner, C Rehnitz, A Geisbüsch, M Akbar, G W Omlor
Benign tumors of the spine are rare and may lead to unspecific back pain. The classification of the lesion is typically achieved with a combination of imaging techniques (MRI and CT scans) and, in some cases, a histological sampling to allow differentiation from malignant processes. Both open and interventional (CT guided) biopsies are possible, depending on the localization of the tumor. Treatment strategies are diverse, require an interdisciplinary approach, and include operative and interventional procedures...
May 5, 2017: Der Orthopäde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473950/unusual-metastasis-of-papillary-thyroid-cancer-to-the-thoracic-spine-a-case-report-new-surgical-management-proposal-and-review-of-the-literature
#9
Ariel Takayanagi, Omid Hariri, Hammad Ghanchi, Dan E Miulli, Javed Siddiqi, Frank Vrionis, Farbod Asgarzadie
Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is significantly more common than follicular thyroid carcinoma (FTC), yet FTC has a much higher tendency to metastasize to the spinal column. We present a rare case of a metastatic thoracic spinal column lesion originating from the PTC. Thyroid carcinoma is known to be highly vascular with a significant tendency to hemorrhage during surgical resection. This increased tendency to hemorrhage leads to unanticipated intraoperative risks when the type of cancer is not diagnosed before surgical resection...
April 3, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473226/kennedy-disease-x-linked-recessive-bulbospinal-neuronopathy-a-comprehensive-review-from-pathophysiology-to-therapy
#10
REVIEW
G Querin, G Sorarù, P-F Pradat
Kennedy's disease, also known as spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA), is a rare, adult-onset, X-linked recessive neuromuscular disease caused by expansion of a CAG repeat sequence in exon 1 of the androgen receptor gene (AR) encoding a polyglutamine (polyQ) tract. The polyQ-expanded AR accumulates in nuclei, and initiates degeneration and loss of motor neurons and dorsal root ganglia. While the disease has long been considered a pure lower motor neuron disease, recently, the presence of major hyper-creatine-kinase (CK)-emia and myopathic alterations on muscle biopsy has suggested the presence of a primary myopathy underlying a wide range of clinical manifestations...
May 1, 2017: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469500/lung-adenocarcinoma-presenting-as-worsening-of-chronic-neck-pain-a-cautionary-tale
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Neeka N Akhavan, Tony S Brar, Edlira Maska
INTRODUCTION: Neck pain is a common musculoskeletal problem that up to 70% of the world population will experience at some point in their lives. Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis is an exceedingly rare complication of malignancy that affects less than 1% of all patients with cancer. CASE REPORT: We report a case of a 61-year-old man who presented to primary care clinic with 1-month history of worsening neck pain with associated neurologic deficits. Despite initial conservative management, the patient continued to have progressive worsening of sensory and motor deficits...
2017: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465080/long-spinal-cord-lesions-in-a-patient-with-pathologically-proven-multiple-sclerosis
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Junji Komatsu, Kenji Sakai, Mitsutoshi Nakada, Kazuo Iwasa, Masahito Yamada
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. We report the case of a 50-year-old man who presented with progressive gait ataxia. Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on fluid-attenuated inversion recovery revealed a hyperintense lesion in the right temporal white matter. The spinal cord showed a long hyperintense lesion between the vertebral levels C6 and L1 on T2-weighted MRI. Biopsied tissues from the brain lesion demonstrated features of inflammatory demyelination with preservation of astrocytes, consistent with typical MS...
April 29, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433727/superficial-swab-versus-deep-tissue-biopsy-for-the-microbiological-diagnosis-of-local-infection-in-advanced-stage-pressure-ulcers-of-spinal-cord-injured-patients-a-prospective-study
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Sara Tedeschi, Luca Negosanti, Rossella Sgarzani, Filippo Trapani, Salvatore Pignanelli, Micaela Battilana, Rita Capirossi, Donatella Brillanti Ventura, Maddalena Giannella, Michele Bartoletti, Fabio Tumietto, Francesco Cristini, Pierluigi Viale
OBJECTIVE: To assess the predictive value of superficial ulcer swab culture to make a microbiological diagnosis of deep wound infections in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients with advanced-stage pressure ulcers (PU). METHODS: From July 2011 to February 2014, we performed a prospective, single-centre study on adult SCI patients undergoing scheduled surgical debridement and reconstruction for advanced-stage PU, at Montecatone Rehabilitation Institute, a 150-bed hospital dedicated to SCI care...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427701/multiple-sclerosis-showing-elevation-of-adenosine-deaminase-levels-in-the-cerebrospinal-fluid
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Miharu Samuraki, Kenji Sakai, Yasuko Odake, Mitsuhiro Yoshita, Kouichi Misaki, Mitsutoshi Nakada, Masahito Yamada
An 80-year-old man developed dysarthria, quadriplegia, sensory disturbance and ataxia in all limbs. Brain and spinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed multiple enhanced lesions. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) levels of adenosine deaminase (ADA) remarkably elevated. Tuberculosis DNA was not detected, and tuberculosis was not cultured either in the CSF. Brain biopsy revealed the inflammatory demyelinating lesions. With the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, corticosteroid therapy resulted in rapid improvement of his symptoms and MRI abnormalities...
April 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403681/atrophy-ultra-structural-disorders-severe-atrophy-and-degeneration-of-denervated-human-muscle-in-sci-and-aging-implications-for-their-recovery-by-functional-electrical-stimulation-updated-2017
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Helmut Kern, Cristian Hofer, Stefan Loefler, Sandra Zampieri, Paolo Gargiulo, Alfonc Baba, Andrea Marcante, Francesco Piccione, Amber Pond, Ugo Carraro
OBJECTIVES: Long-term lower motor neuron denervation of skeletal muscle is known to result in degeneration of muscle with replacement by adipose and fibrotic tissues. However, long-term survival of a subset of skeletal myofibers also occurs. METHODS: We performed transverse and longitudinal studies of patients with spinal cord injury (SCI), patients specifically complete Conus and Cauda Equina Syndrome and also of active and sedentary seniors which included analyses of muscle biopsies from the quadriceps m...
April 13, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391383/percutaneous-radiofrequency-ablation-for-spinal-osteoid-osteoma-and-osteoblastoma
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Ben Wang, Song Bo Han, Liang Jiang, Hui Shu Yuan, Chen Liu, Bin Zhu, Zhong Jun Liu, Xiao Guang Liu
PURPOSES: We sought to verify the efficacy and safety of RFA in spinal OO and osteoblastomas (OB) (Enneking Stage 2, S2). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed patients treated in our hospital. Surgical resection was indicated for Enneking Stage 3 OB. RFA indications for spinal OO and OB (S2) were no neurological deficits, complete bone cortex around the lesion on computed tomography (CT), and cerebrospinal fluid between a lesion and the spinal cord/nerve root on magnetic resonance imaging...
April 8, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384950/familial-schwannomatosis-a-diagnostic-challenge
#17
Sameer Ajit Mansukhani, Rajendra Prasad R Butala, Sunil H Shetty, Ravindra G Khedekar
Schwannomatosis is a disease characterized by the development of multiple benign tumours originating from Schwann cells. Schwannomatosis is a member of the family of diseases known as Neurofibromatosis (NF). Patients with Schwannomatosis develop multiple Schwannomas on cranial, spinal and peripheral nerves. We report a rare case of a 60-year-old female who presented with a painful swelling on the ulnar aspect of her distal forearm. She underwent an excisional biopsy for it; which was suggestive of a Schwannoma...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378140/management-of-non-hodgkin-lymphoma-icmr-consensus-document
#18
Nirav Thacker, Sameer Bakhshi, Girish Chinnaswamy, Tushar Vora, Maya Prasad, Deepak Bansal, Sandeep Agarwala, Gauri Kapoor, Venkatraman Radhakrishnan, Siddharth Laskar, Tanvir Kaur, G K Rath, Rupinder Singh Dhaliwal, Brijesh Arora
Hitherto poor outcomes, paucity of data and heterogeneity in International approach to Pediatric NHL (Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma) prompted the need for guidelines for Indian population with vast variability in access, affordability and infrastructure across the country. These guidelines are based on consensus among the experts and best available evidence applicable to Indian setting. Evaluation of NHL should consist of easily doable and rapid tissue diagnosis (biopsy or flow cytometry of peripheral blood/malignant effusions), St Jude/IPNHLSS (International Pediatric Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Staging System) and risk grouping with CSF (Cerebro-spinal fluid), bone marrow, whole body imaging [CECT (Contrast enhanced computerized tomography) ± MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging)] and blood investigations for LDH (Lactate dehydrogenase), TLS (Tumor lysis syndrome) and organ functions...
April 5, 2017: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377242/primary-spinal-cord-glioblastoma-multiforme-a-retrospective-study-of-patients-at-a-single-institution
#19
Xing Cheng, Silong Lou, Siqing Huang, M D Haifeng Chen, Jiagang Liu
[Background and objective] Primary spinal cord (PSC) glioblastoma multiforme GBM is extremely rare, which accounts for only 1.5% of all SC tumors. Therefore, its treatment is still ill defined. To elucidate prognostic factors, we performed a single-institutional retrospective review on the largest series to date of the patients with PSCGBM who underwent surgical resection in West China Hospital during the period between 2008 and 2014. A total of 14 PSCGBM patients were collected. [Method] Demographic, operative, and post-operative factors were recorded...
April 1, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367856/successful-management-of-gorham-stout-disease-in-the-cervical-spine-by-combined-conservative-and-surgical-treatments-a-case-report
#20
Satoshi Tateda, Toshimi Aizawa, Ko Hashimoto, Haruo Kanno, Susumu Ohtsu, Eiji Itoi, Hiroshi Ozawa
Gorham-Stout disease (GSD) is a rare condition characterized by intraosseous proliferation of endothelial-lined vessels and progressive osteolysis. The precise etiology and pathophysiology of the disease remain poorly understood. Current therapeutic options for GSD include chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgical resection, but the surgical treatment of GSD is difficult, especially in the spinal lesion. The indication of wide-margined resection was limited because of anatomical features. Herein, we report a case of GSD of the cervical spine in which the lesions were successfully stabilized with combined conservative and surgical treatments...
April 2017: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
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