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Thoracic nerves

Nancy E Epstein
Background: The risk of spinal cord injury (SCI) due to decreased cord perfusion following thoracic/thoracoabdominal aneurysm surgery (T/TL-AAA) and thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR) ranges up to 20%. For decades, therefore, many vascular surgeons have utilized cerebrospinal fluid drainage (CSFD) to decrease intraspinal pressure and increase blood flow to the spinal cord, thus reducing the risk of SCI/ischemia. Methods: Multiple studies previously recommend utilizing CSFD following T/TL-AAA/TEVAR surgery to treat SCI by increasing spinal cord blood flow...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
H-Y Deng, W-X Huang, G Li, S-X Li, J Luo, G Alai, Y Wang, L-X Liu, Y-D Lin
Whether the robot-assisted minimally invasive esophagectomy (RAMIE) has any advantages over the video-assisted minimally invasive esophagectomy (VAMIE) remains controversial. In this study, we tried to compare the short-term outcomes of RAMIE with that of VAMIE in treating middle thoracic esophageal cancer from a single medical center. Consecutive patients undergoing RAMIE or VAMIE for middle thoracic esophageal cancer from April 2016 to April 2017 were prospectively included for analysis. Baseline data and pathological findings as well as short-term outcomes of these two group (RAMIE group and VAMIE group) patients were collected and compared...
March 9, 2018: Diseases of the Esophagus: Official Journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus
Karine C Flor, Elaine F Silva, Miguel F Menezes, Gustavo R Pedrino, Eduardo Colombari, Daniel B Zoccal
Exposure to chronic sustained hypoxia (SH), as experienced in high altitudes, elicits an increase in ventilation, named ventilatory acclimatization to hypoxia (VAH). We previously showed that rats exposed to short-term (24 h) SH exhibit enhanced abdominal expiratory motor activity at rest, accompanied by augmented baseline sympathetic vasoconstrictor activity. In the present study, we investigated whether the respiratory and sympathetic changes elicited by short-term SH are accompanied by carotid body chemoreceptor sensitization...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Liu-Lin Xiong, Yu Zou, Yu Shi, Piao Zhang, Rong-Ping Zhang, Xie-Jie Dai, Bin Liu, Ting-Hua Wang
The aim of the present study was to determine the effect of implanted neural stem cells (NSCs) on the functional recovery of tree shrews (TSs) subjected to hemi‑sectioned spinal cord injury (hSCI), and to investigate the possible mechanism involved. NSCs (passage 2), derived from the hippocampus of TSs (embryonic day 20), were labeled with Hoechst 33342 and transplanted intraspinally into the hSC of TSs at thoracic level 10 in the acute (immediately after injury) and chronic (day 9 post‑injury) stages...
March 9, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Naoko Yamaguchi, Kentaro Yamakawa, Pradeep S Rajendran, Tatsuo Takamiya, Marmar Vaseghi
BACKGROUND: Neuraxial modulation with cardiac sympathetic denervation (CSD) can potentially reduce burden of ventricular tachy-arryhthmias (VT). Despite catheter ablation and CSD, however, VT can recur in patients with cardiomyopathy and the role of vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) in this setting is unclear. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate electrophysiological effects of VNS after CSD in normal and infarcted hearts. METHODS: In 10 normal and 6 infarcted pigs, electrophysiological and hemodynamic parameters were evaluated before and during intermittent VNS pre-CSD (bilateral stellectomy and T2-T4 thoracic ganglia removal) as well as post-CSD...
March 9, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Nancy E Epstein
Background: Spinal meningiomas are found in patients typically between the ages of 75 and 84: some report the average age to be 50. They occur with an incidence of approximately 1000 patients per year in the US, are mostly single (90%) rather than multiple (10%), and arise from the spinal meninges (arachnoid/dura). Tumors are typically posterior/posterolateral (70%) in location, leaving the remaining 30% in the anterior/anterolateral spinal canal. They produce symptoms and signs of radiculopathy (nerve root) and/or myelopathy (cord compression) depending on their site of origin...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Seong Yong Park, Jee Won Suh, Dae Joon Kim, Jun Chul Park, Eun Hye Kim, Chang Young Lee, Jin Gu Lee, Hyo Chae Paik, Kyoung Young Chung
BACKGROUND: It is still unclear that dissection of recurrent laryngeal nerve nodes is mandatory in patients with cT1 middle or lower thoracic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma when the nodes are negative in preoperative staging work-up. We aimed to evaluate the feasibility of near-infrared image-guided lymphatic mapping of bilateral recurrent laryngeal nerve nodes. METHODS: The day before surgery, we injected indocyanine green (ICG) into submucosal layer by endoscopy...
March 5, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Christopher Hollen, Omer Suhaib, Aaron Farrow, Evgeny Sidorov
We present a case of an 82-year-old man with new-onset neuromyelitis optica (NMO) spectrum disorder, the treatment of which was complicated by a severe pre-existing prednisone allergy. His age caused much initial doubt about his diagnosis, and his corticosteroid allergy altered our management as we attempted to minimize risk to the patient. Our patient was a healthy 82-year-old, right-handed man who presented with sensory loss of the bilateral lower extremities and progressive, painless vision loss. MRI showed bilateral pre-chiasmatic optic nerve and optic chiasm enhancement, along with enhancement within the thoracic spinal cord from T3 to T7...
January 2018: Case Reports in Neurology
Morten Rune Blichfeldt-Eckhardt
The thesis comprises an overview and four papers, all published or submitted for publication in international peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Chronic pain after surgery is a common and debilitating complication after many types of surgery. The cause and pathology behind is still mainly uncovered, though several risk factors have been proposed. One of the strongest risk factors for persistent postsurgical pain is the intensity of the acute pain response though the mechanisms involved remain unsettled...
March 2018: Danish Medical Journal
Emma van der Weijde, Nabil Saouti, Jan Albert Vos, Selma C Tromp, Robin H Heijmen
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the indications, perioperative strategy and postoperative outcome of surgical left subclavian artery (LSA) revascularization combined with thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) covering the LSA. METHODS: Between 2000 and 2017, a total of 101 consecutive patients underwent surgical revascularization of the LSA prior to, concomitant or following TEVAR. Revascularization was performed through a small supraclavicular incision and consisted of a transposition or bypass graft, using intraoperative transcranial Doppler monitoring...
February 28, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Yan-Qin Wang, Han Chen, Wu-Ping Zhuang, Hong-Lei Li
BACKGROUND: Combined central and peripheral demyelination (CCPD) is rare and has never been reported as a spectrum disease in Han Chinese population. OBJECTIVES: To study the clinical features of CCPD in Han Chinese patients. METHODS: Twenty-two CCPD patients were selected from 788 demyelination cases. We reviewed and compared the clinical manifestation, laboratory data, electrophysiological examination, MRI and the prognosis. RESULTS: CCPD patients presented with sensory disturbance (86...
April 15, 2018: Journal of Neuroimmunology
Masami Yuda, Katsunori Nishikawa, Keita Takahashi, Takanori Kurogochi, Yujiro Tanaka, Akira Matsumoto, Yuichiro Tanishima, Norio Mitsumori, Katsuhiko Yanaga
BACKGROUND: There have been only sporadic reports on intraoperative nerve monitoring (IONM) during esophageal cancer surgery. We aimed to establish a strategy for the use of IONM during esophagectomy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Forty-one cases enrolled in this study. The IONM was performed before and after lymph node dissection in the thoracic cavity and cervical area. Occurrence of recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) palsy was assessed on the seventh postoperative day. RESULTS: The identification of nerves using IONM was possible in all cases...
March 2018: Anticancer Research
Antonio Cusano, Nicholas Pagani, Xinning Li
Medial scapular winging is often due to dysfunction of the serratus anterior muscle as a result of injury to the long thoracic nerve. Impairment of the serratus anterior muscle may cause uncoordinated scapulohumeral rhythm during shoulder elevation and subsequent subscapular or shoulder pain, subacromial impingement, and glenohumeral joint instability. Although long thoracic nerve injury typically resolves in 12 to 18 months after a physical therapy regimen, surgical intervention is indicated in patients who fail conservative management...
August 2017: Arthroscopy Techniques
Christina Mousele, Miltiadis Georgiopoulos, Constantine Constantoyannis
CONTEXT: Syringobulbia is a very rare progressive disorder of central nervous system, with several possible underlying conditions. Rarely, it is also encountered as a late complication of syringomyelia. FINDINGS: In the present manuscript, a case of a paraplegic patient, due to traumatic spinal cord injury (thoracolumbar fracture), presenting after years progressively developing symptoms of the lower cranial nerves and upper extremities, owed to syringomyelia and syringobulbia, the surgical treatment applied and its outcomes are described...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Baihua Zhang, Junliang Ma, Xinjian Yan, Xu Li, Qin Xiao, Wenxiang Wang, Yong Zhou
RATIONALE: Minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) have been increasingly used and are regarded as suitable alternatives to open esophagectomy. However, few previous reports described minimally invasive esophagectomy using a left-sided approach. PATIENT CONCERNS AND DIAGNOSES: A 71-year-old man was admitted to our hospital because of progressive dysphagia. Synchronous double primary thoracic esophageal and left lung cancers were considered before the operation. INTERVENTIONS AND OUTCOMES: A lobectomy and MIE, via a left video-assisted thoracoscopic approach, was performed...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Meena M Archie, Johnathon C Rollo, Hugh A Gelabert
INTRODUCTION: Surgical management of spontaneous subclavian thrombosis due to venous thoracic outlet syndrome (vTOS) results in durable relief of symptoms. The need to re-operate is rare. We report our experience with re-operation for vTOS. METHODS: Patients evaluated for vTOS between 1996 and 2016 were identified in a prospective database. Data recorded included demographics, initial presentation, initial surgery, recurrent presentation, re-operation, and final outcomes...
February 22, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Ashley Ballester, François Gould, Laura Bond, Bethany Stricklen, Jocelyn Ohlemacher, Andrew Gross, Katherine DeLozier, Randall Buddington, Karyl Buddington, Nicole Danos, Rebecca German
The timing of the occurrence of a swallow in a respiratory cycle is critical for safe swallowing, and changes with infant development. Infants with damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerve, which receives sensory information from the larynx and supplies the intrinsic muscles of the larynx, experience a significant incidence of dysphagia. Using our validated infant pig model, we determined the interaction between this nerve damage and the coordination between respiration and swallowing during postnatal development...
February 24, 2018: Dysphagia
Silviu Sabou, Hossein Mehdian, Dritan Pasku, Luca Boriani, Nasir A Quraishi
PURPOSE: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) can result in severe cervico-thoracic kyphotic deformity (CTKD). Few studies have addressed the relationship between cervico-thoracic osteotomies in AS and health-related quality of life scores. The aim of this study is to evaluate the impact of cervico-thoracic osteotomy (CTO) on improving quality of life for patients with fixed CTKD. METHODS: A database of all patients who underwent a CTO for CTKD in patients with AS was created...
February 22, 2018: European Spine Journal
Stanley Sau Ching Wong, Qiu Qiu, Chi Wai Cheung
OBJECTIVE: Lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injection is commonly used for treating lumbar radicular pain. We report a case of segmental spinal myoclonus that developed during lumbar transforaminal epidural injection with local anesthetic and steroid. CASE REPORT: A 58-year-old woman with failed back surgery syndrome presented with low back and right L3 and L4 radicular pain. As she had responded well previously to diagnostic selective nerve root injection with local anesthetic at the right L3 and L4 levels, lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injection at the same levels was scheduled...
February 16, 2018: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Ping Tian, Kai Jiang, Zhi-Qiang Cai, Yong-Tao Wang, Sheng-de Deng
OBJECTIVE: To investigate CT and MRI characteristics of primary spinal large B cell lymphoma. METHODS: CT and MRI data of 23 patients with primary spinal large B cell lymphoma confirmed by histopathology were retrospectively analyzed from March 2011 to August 2015. Among them, including 14 males and 9 females aged from 28 to 70 years old with an average of 53.4 years old. The clinical manifestation mainly focus on pain around spinal and minority peripheral nerve symptom...
December 25, 2017: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
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