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Intervertebral disk

Chenglin Sang, Xuecheng Cao, Fangjing Chen, Xuekang Yang, Yongxian Zhang
Objective. Nucleus pulposus (NP) and annulus fibrosus (AF) are two main components of intervertebral disc (IVD). We aimed to figure out whether NP and AF also contain stem cells and whether these stem cells share common properties with chondrocytes and/or fibroblasts in their phenotypes or whether they are completely different types of cells with different characteristics. Design. The disk cells were isolated from AF and NP tissues of the same lumbar spine of the rabbits. The properties of these disk cells were characterized by their morphology, population doubling time (PDT), stem cell marker expression, and multidifferentiation potential using tissue culture techniques, immunocytochemistry, and RT-PCR...
2016: Stem Cells International
Tao Li, Tao Liu, Zhensong Jiang, Xingang Cui, Jianmin Sun
The present study examined the histopathological and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features of pyogenic, brucella and tuberculous spondylitis (PS, BS and TS, respectively). A total of 22 PS, 20 BS and 20 TS patients were included in the study. Histopathological examination was used to assess the lesion structure and composition, and the MRI observation identified the lesion location and signal features. The following histopathological and MRI features were identified significantly more in patients with PS than in patients with BS and TS: Predominant neutrophil infiltration, abnormal intervertebral disk signal, lesions on the ventral and lateral sides of the vertebral bodies, and thick and irregular abscess walls...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Serbülent Gökhan Beyaz
STUDY DESIGN: A cross-sectional study. OBJECTIVE: we compared the 12 month outcomes of fluoroscopically guided transforaminal epidural steroid injections with interlaminar epidural steroid injections for the treatment of chronic lumbar spinal pain. Chronic lower back pain is a multifactorial disorder with many possible etiologies. The lifetime prevalence of spinal pain is reportedly 65-80% in the neck and lower back. Epidural injection of corticosteroids is a commonly used intervention for managing chronic spinal pain...
September 30, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
David C Noriega, Francisco Ardura, Ruben Hernández-Ramajo, Miguel Angel Martín-Ferrero, Israel Sánchez-Lite, Borja Toribio, Mercedes Alberca, Veronica García, José Maria Moraleda, Ana Sánchez, Javier García-Sancho
BACKGROUND: Degenerative disc disease often causes severe low-back pain, a public health problem with huge economic and life quality impact. Chronic cases often require surgery, which may lead to biomechanical problems and accelerated degeneration of the adjacent segments. Autologous mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) treatments have shown feasibility, safety and strong indications of clinical efficacy. We present here a randomized, controlled trial using allogeneic MSC, which are logistically more convenient than autologous cells...
September 21, 2016: Transplantation
Sergey N Larionov, V A Sorokovikov, K C Erdyneyev, S A Lepekhova, O A Goldberg
BACKGROUND: Postoperative epidural fibrosis (EF) after lumbar discectomy is the most common and at the same time controversial issue. PURPOSE: The etiology and pathogenesis creates a lot of discussion and selection of methods of treatment and prevention continues. METHODS: LIV laminectomy with dura mater (DM) exposition was done in 24 rats, and then, 0.3 ml of elements of suspension of autologous intervertebral disk was implicated on DM. As autologous intervertebral disk, we used the intervertebral disk from amputated tail...
July 2016: Annals of Neurosciences
Reid Hoshide, Erica Feldman, Anisha Narayan, William Taylor
BACKGROUND: The natural, inflammatory repair processes of an injured intervertebral degenerative disc can propagate further injury and destruction. While there are many different treatment modalities of the pain related to degenerative disc disease, none are actually reparative in nature. Treatment strategies to repair a degenerative disc without inducing a destructive inflammatory milieu have been elusive.  PURPOSE: The purpose of this experiment is to discover the feasibility of reconstructing an injured intervertebral disc using an injected, inert polymer as the foundation for endogenous collagen growth...
2016: Curēus
Maria N Gamaletsou, Blandine Rammaert, Marimelle A Bueno, Nikolaos V Sipsas, Brad Moriyama, Dimitrios P Kontoyiannis, Emmanuel Roilides, Valerie Zeller, Saad J Taj-Aldeen, Michael Henry, Vidmantas Petraitis, David W Denning, Olivier Lortholary, Thomas J Walsh
Aspergillus arthritis is a debilitating form of invasive aspergillosis. Little is known about its epidemiology, clinical manifestations, laboratory features, treatment, and prognosis. Cases of Aspergillus arthritis were reviewed in the English literature from 1967 through 2015 for variables of arthritis with Aspergillus spp. recovered from joint and/or adjacent bone, underlying conditions, symptoms, signs, inflammatory biomarkers, diagnostic imaging, management, and outcome. Among 31 evaluable cases, 87% were males and 13% pediatric...
September 8, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
Jürgen Beck, Christian T Ulrich, Christian Fung, Jens Fichtner, Kathleen Seidel, Michael Fiechter, Kety Hsieh, Michael Murek, David Bervini, Niklaus Meier, Marie-Luise Mono, Pasquale Mordasini, Ekkehard Hewer, Werner J Z'Graggen, Jan Gralla, Andreas Raabe
OBJECTIVE: To visualize and treat spinal dural CSF leaks in all patients with intractable spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH) who underwent spinal microsurgical exploration. METHODS: Patients presenting between February 2013 and July 2015 were included in this consecutive case series. The workup included spinal MRI without and with intrathecal contrast, dynamic myelography, postmyelography CT, and microsurgical exploration. RESULTS: Of 69 consecutive patients, 15 had intractable symptoms...
September 20, 2016: Neurology
Robert M Kirberger
OBJECTIVE To describe early diagnostic imaging findings in juvenile dogs with diskospondylitis. DESIGN Retrospective case series. ANIMALS 10 client-owned dogs < 6 months of age. PROCEDURES Medical records were searched to identify juvenile dogs with a presumptive diagnosis of diskospondylitis. Signalment, history, examination findings, diagnostic test results, and imaging procedures were reviewed. Archived diagnostic images were retrieved and retrospectively evaluated. Data analysis was descriptive. RESULTS All dogs were evaluated for signs of vertebral pain ≤ 3 weeks after treatment for blunt trauma, bite wounds, or systemic illness...
September 1, 2016: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Ning-ning Shi, Guo-quan Shen, Shui-yong He, Ru-bao Guo
OBJECTIVE: To study the biomechanical relationship between iliac rotation displacement and L(4,5) disc degeneration, and to provide clinical evidences for the prevention and treatment of L(4,5) disc degeneration and herniation. METHODS: From March 2012 to February 2014,68 patients with lumbar disc herniation combined with sacroiliac joint disorders were selected. Among them, 42 patients with L(4,5) disc herniation combined with sacroiliac joint disorders included 22 males and 20 females, ranging in age from 19 to 63 years old, with an average of (51...
May 2016: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Anja Müller-Lutz, Tom Cronenberg, Christoph Schleich, Frithjof Wickrath, Moritz Zaiss, Johannes Boos, Hans-Jörg Wittsack
PURPOSE: To investigate, if a train of spin-lock pulses (chemical exchange saturation transfer with spin-lock pulses = CESL) improves biochemical glycosaminoglycan imaging compared with conventional chemical exchange saturation transfer with Gaussian-shaped pulses (CEST) in lumbar intervertebral discs. METHODS: T2 , CEST, and CESL imaging was performed in lumbar intervertebral discs of 15 healthy volunteers at 3 Tesla. Mean and standard deviation of the asymmetric magnetization transfer ratio (MTRasym ), the asymmetric spin-lock ratio (SLRasym ) and T2 values were calculated for nucleus pulposus (NP) and annulus fibrosus (AF)...
August 3, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Gongming Gao, Jin He, Luming Nong, Hua Xie, Yongjing Huang, Nanwei Xu, Dong Zhou
Intervertebral disk degeneration (IDD) is a major cause of low back pain and an important socioeconomic burden. Degradation of the extracellular matrix (ECM) of nucleus pulposus (NP) cells in the interverterbal disk is important for IDD. Stress of a suitable frequency and amplitude promotes the synthesis of the ECM of NP cells, however, the associated mechanisms remain to be fully elucidated The present study aimed to investigate the effect of integrin α1 on the migration and ECM synthesis of NP cells under soft periodic mechanical stress...
September 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Xinghuo Wu, Wei Liu, Zhenfeng Duan, Yong Gao, Shuai Li, Kun Wang, Yu Song, Zengwu Shao, Shuhua Yang, Cao Yang
Protease nexin-1 (PN-1) is a serine protease inhibitor belonging to the serpin superfamily. This study was undertaken to investigate the regulatory role of PN-1 in the pathogenesis of intervertebral disk (IVD) degeneration. Expression of PN-1 was detected in human IVD tissue of varying grades. Expression of both PN-1 mRNA and protein was significantly decreased in degenerated IVD, and the expression levels of PN-1 were correlated with the grade of disc degeneration. Moreover, a decrease in PN-1 expression in primary NP cells was confirmed...
2016: Scientific Reports
Roman Dittmar, Marc M van Rijsbergen, Keita Ito
STUDY DESIGN: Collagen fiber orientation analysis in moderately degenerated human cadaveric annulus fibrosus (AF) tissue samples. OBJECTIVE: Little is known about the changes in tissue architecture during early degeneration of intervertebral disks (IVDs). As collagen organization strongly affects the disk function, the objective of this study was to quantify the AF collagen orientation and its spatial distribution in moderately degenerated IVDs (Pfirrmann grade III)...
August 2016: Global Spine Journal
Elena Prodi, Roberto Grassi, Francesca Iacobellis, Alessandro Cianfoni
Infections of the spine may involve different anatomic compartments, including intervertebral disks, vertebral bone, paraspinal soft tissues, epidural space, meninges, and spinal cord. This article focuses on the role of imaging in diagnosis and follow-up of infections of the intervertebral disk and vertebral bone, named respectively diskitis and spondylitis or vertebral osteomyelitis. Often, at the time of diagnosis, the infection already involves both structures; therefore the process is referred as spondylodiskitis...
August 2016: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America
Arthur Robert Kurzbuch, Didier Recoules-Arche
Background Postoperative epidural fibrosis (PEF) localized around the exposed dura and nerve roots is a known radiologic entity seen after lumbar surgery. Although excessive PEF is associated with residual and new lumbar pain and radiculopathy, its role as the generator of the pain is still discussed. Various materials acting as an adhesion barrier have been tested. There is no undebated class I evidence that any one of them is suitable to reduce or avoid PEF and provide a better clinical outcome. In revision surgery, the dissection of epidural scar tissue is time consuming and related to an elevated risk of dural tear and nerve damage...
July 14, 2016: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
Steven De Decker, Sergio A Gomes, Rowena Ma Packer, Patrick J Kenny, Elsa Beltran, Birgit Parzefall, Joe Fenn, Devi Nair, George Nye, Holger A Volk
Four MRI variables have recently been suggested to be independently associated with a diagnosis of thoracolumbar intervertebral disk extrusion or protrusion. Midline intervertebral disk herniation, and partial intervertebral disk degeneration were associated with intervertebral disk protrusion, while presence of a single intervertebral disk herniation and disk material dispersed beyond the boundaries of the intervertebral disk space were associated with intervertebral disk extrusion. The aim of this retrospective, cross-sectional study was to determine whether using these MRI variables improves differentiation between thoracolumbar intervertebral disk extrusions and protrusions...
September 2016: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
D Mayer, A Oevermann, T Seuberlich, M Vandevelde, A Casanova-Nakayama, S Selimovic-Hamza, F Forterre, D Henke
BACKGROUND: The pathophysiology of ascending/descending myelomalacia (ADMM) after canine intervertebral disk (IVD) extrusion remains poorly understood. Vasoactive molecules might contribute. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: To investigate the immunoreactivity of endothelin-1 (ET-1) in the uninjured and injured spinal cord of dogs and its potential association with intramedullary hemorrhage and extension of myelomalacia. ANIMALS: Eleven normal control and 34 dogs with thoracolumbar IVD extrusion...
July 2016: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Agnieszka Saracen, Zbigniew Kotwica
Percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP) is a minimally invasive procedure widely used for the treatment of pain due to vertebral fractures of different origins-osteoporotic, traumatic, or neoplastic. PVP is minimally invasive, but the complications are not rare; however, they are in most cases not significant clinically. The most frequent is cement leakage, which can occur onto veins, paravertebral soft tissue, into the intervertebral disk, or to the spinal canal, affecting foraminal area or epidural space. We analyzed results of treatment and complications of vertebroplasty performed with the use of polimethylomethylacrylate cement (PMMA) on 1100 vertebrae, with a special regard to the severity of complication and eventual clinical manifestation...
June 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Kris Siemionow, Piotr Janusz, Frank M Phillips, Jim A Youssef, Robert Isaacs, Marcin Tyrakowski, Bruce McCormack
Background Indirect posterior cervical nerve root decompression and fusion performed by placing bilateral posterior cervical cages in the facet joints from a posterior approach has been proposed as an option to treat select patients with cervical radiculopathy. The purpose of this study was to report 2-year clinical and radiologic results of this treatment method. Methods Patients who failed nonsurgical management for single-level cervical radiculopathy were recruited. Surgical treatment involved a posterior approach with decortication of the lateral mass and facet joint at the treated level followed by placement of the DTRAX Expandable Cage (Providence Medical Technology, Lafayette, California, United States) into both facet joints...
June 8, 2016: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
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