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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340936/application-of-color-transformation-techniques-in-pediatric-spinal-cord-mr-images-typically-developing-and-spinal-cord-injury-population
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Mahdi Alizadeh, Pallav Shah, Chris J Conklin, Devon M Middleton, Sona Saksena, Adam E Flanders, Laura Krisa, M J Mulcahey, Scott H Faro, Feroze B Mohamed
The purpose of this study was to evaluate an improved and reliable visualization method for pediatric spinal cord MR images in healthy subjects and patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). A total of 15 pediatric volunteers (10 healthy subjects and 5 subjects with cervical SCI) with a mean age of 11.41 years (range 8-16 years) were recruited and scanned using a 3.0T Siemens Verio MR scanner. T2-weighted axial images were acquired covering entire cervical spinal cord level C1 to C7. These gray-scale images were then converted to color images by using five different techniques including hue-saturation-value (HSV), rainbow, red-green-blue (RGB), and two enhanced RGB techniques using automated contrast stretching and intensity inhomogeneity correction...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329586/il-33-st2-signaling-contributes-to-radicular-pain-by-modulating-mapk-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-and-inflammatory-mediator-expression-in-the-spinal-cord-in-rat-models-of-noncompressive-lumber-disk-herniation
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Si-Jian Huang, Jian-Qin Yan, Hui Luo, Lu-Yao Zhou, Jian-Gang Luo
BACKGROUND: Immune and inflammatory responses occurring in the spinal cord play a pivotal role in the progression of radicular pain caused by intervertebral disk herniation. Interleukin-33 (IL-33) orchestrates inflammatory responses in a wide range of inflammatory and autoimmune disorders of the nervous system. Thus, the purpose of this study is to investigate the expression of IL-33 and its receptor ST2 in the dorsal spinal cord and to elucidate whether the inhibition of spinal IL-33 expression significantly attenuates pain-related behaviors in rat models of noncompressive lumbar disc herniation...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315121/cervical-total-disk-arthroplasty
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Timothy T Roberts, Ryan J Filler, Jason W Savage, Edward C Benzel
In the United States, cervical total disk arthroplasty (TDA) is US Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved for use in both 1 and 2-level constructions for cervical disk disease resulting in myelopathy and/or radiculopathy. TDA designs vary in form, function, material composition, and even performance in vivo. However, the therapeutic goals are the same: to remove the painful degenerative/damaged elements of the intervertebral discoligamenous joint complex, to preserve or restore the natural range of spinal motion, and to mitigate stresses on adjacent spinal segments, thereby theoretically limiting adjacent segment disease (ASDis)...
January 8, 2018: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284234/chemometric-evaluation-of-concentrations-of-trace-elements-in-intervertebral-disc-tissue-in-patient-with-degenerative-disc-disease
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Łukasz Kubaszewski, Anetta Zioła-Frankowska, Zuzanna Gasik, Marcin Frankowski, Mikołaj Dąbrowski, Bartłomiej Molisak, Jacek Kaczmarczyk, Robert Gasik
BACKGROUND: The work is designed to uncover the pattern of mutual relation among trace elements and epidemiological data in the degenerated intervertebral disk tissue in humans. Hitherto the reason of the degenerative process is not fully understood. Trace elements are the basic components of the biological compound related both its metabolism as well as environmental exposure. The relation pattern among elements occurs gives new perspective in solving the cause of the disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We have analysed trace elements content in the 30 intervertebral disc from 22 patients with degenerative disc disease...
December 23, 2017: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250676/rare-variant-of-celiac-trunk-branching-pattern-associated-with-modifications-of-hepatic-arterial-vascularization
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Ecaterina Dăescu, Dorina Sztika, Alin Adrian Lăpădatu, Delia Elena Zăhoi
The routine dissection of a male body revealed multiple anatomical variations of the celiac trunk and hepatic artery vascularization. The origin of the celiac trunk was on the left side of the abdominal aorta, next to the T12-L1 intervertebral disk. The celiac trunk gave off five branches: the left inferior phrenic artery, the left gastric artery, the accessory right hepatic artery, the common hepatic artery and the splenic artery (the last two arteries had a common origin in a hepatosplenic trunk). A right branch detached off the left gastric artery and anastomosed with the hepatic artery proper...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227558/rna-sequencing-identifies-gene-regulatory-networks-controlling-extracellular-matrix-synthesis-in-intervertebral-disk-tissues
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Scott M Riester, Yang Lin, Wei Wang, Lin Cong, Abdel-Moneim Mohamed Ali, Sun H Peck, Lachlan J Smith, Bradford L Currier, Michelle Clark, Paul Huddleston, William Krauss, Michael J Yaszemski, Mark E Morrey, Matthew P Abdel, Mohamad Bydon, Wenchun Qu, A Noelle Larson, Andre J van Wijnen, Ahmad Nassr
Degenerative disk disease of the spine is a major cause of back pain and disability. Optimization of regenerative medical therapies for degenerative disk disease requires a deep mechanistic understanding of the factors controlling the structural integrity of spinal tissues. In this investigation, we sought to identify candidate regulatory genes controlling extracellular matrix synthesis in spinal tissues. To achieve this goal we performed high throughput next generation RNA sequencing on 39 annulus fibrosus and 21 nucleus pulposus human tissue samples...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204309/laser-application-in-neurosurgery
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REVIEW
Evgenii Belykh, Kaan Yagmurlu, Nikolay L Martirosyan, Ting Lei, Mohammadhassan Izadyyazdanabadi, Kashif M Malik, Vadim A Byvaltsev, Peter Nakaji, Mark C Preul
Background: Technological innovations based on light amplification created by stimulated emission of radiation (LASER) have been used extensively in the field of neurosurgery. Methods: We reviewed the medical literature to identify current laser-based technological applications for surgical, diagnostic, and therapeutic uses in neurosurgery. Results: Surgical applications of laser technology reported in the literature include percutaneous laser ablation of brain tissue, the use of surgical lasers in open and endoscopic cranial surgeries, laser-assisted microanastomosis, and photodynamic therapy for brain tumors...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194770/differences-in-epidural-pathology-between-cervical-and-thoracolumbar-intervertebral-disk-extrusions-in-dogs
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L Züger, A Fadda, A Oevermann, F Forterre, M Vandevelde, D Henke
BACKGROUND: Although the basic pathophysiology is the same in both cervical and thoracolumbar intervertebral disk (IVD) extrusions, there are considerable clinical differences that have only been partially explained. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: The epidural inflammatory response differs between cervical and thoracolumbar IVD extrusions. ANIMALS: Fifty-five dogs with cervical and 80 dogs with thoracolumbar IVD extrusions. METHODS: Clinical data and histopathologic variables were investigated...
November 30, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187309/a-finite-element-analysis-of-stress-distribution-and-disk-displacement-in-response-to-lumbar-rotation-manipulation-in-the-sitting-and-side-lying-positions
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Li Li, Tong Shen, Yi-Kai Li
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate stress distribution and disk displacement in healthy and degenerated intervertebral disks during simulated lumbar rotation manipulation (LRM) in the sitting and side-lying positions. METHODS: Three-dimensional (3D) finite element models of healthy, mildly degenerated and moderately degenerated L4/5 spinal units were reconstructed. Lumbar rotation manipulation in the sitting and side-lying positions were simulated, and alterations in stress distribution and disk displacement in the lumbar disks were observed...
October 2017: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177905/complex-analysis-of-diffusion-transport-and-microstructure-of-an-intervertebral-disk
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V A Byvaltsev, S I Kolesnikov, E G Belykh, I A Stepanov, A A Kalinin, L A Bardonova, N P Sudakov, I V Klimenkov, S B Nikiforov, A V Semenov, D V Perfil'ev, I V Bespyatykh, S L Antipina, M Giers, M Prul
We studied the relationship between diffusion transport and morphological and microstructural organization of extracellular matrix of human intervertebral disk. Specimens of the lumbar intervertebral disks without abnormalities were studied ex vivo by diffusion-weighed magnetic resonance imaging, histological and immunohistochemical methods, and electron microscopy. Distribution of the diffusion coefficient in various compartments of the intervertebral disk was studied. Significant correlations between diffusion coefficient and cell density in the nucleus pulposus, posterior aspects of annulus fibrosus, and endplate at the level of the posterior annulus fibrosus were detected for each disk...
December 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106681/common-missense-variant-of-scn9a-gene-is-associated-with-pain-intensity-in-patients-with-chronic-pain-from-disc-herniation
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Mateusz Kurzawski, Marcin Rut, Violetta Dziedziejko, Krzysztof Safranow, Anna Machoy-Mokrzynska, Marek Drozdzik, Monika Bialecka
Objective: Lumbar intervertebral disk herniation (LDH) is considered one of the major risk factors for lower back pain, mainly caused by irritation of a spinal nerve or its root. One of the genes related to pain perception is SCN9A, which encodes the voltage gated sodium channel NaV1.7, a key molecule involved in peripheral pain processing. It had been presented before that a common polymorphism within SCN9A (rs6746030: G > A, R1150W) might influence nociception in the general population...
November 2, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099681/beyond-the-laboratory-into-the-clinic-what-dogs-with-disk-disease-have-taught-us-about-photobiomodulation-for-spinal-cord-injury
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Narda G Robinson
BACKGROUND: For spinal-cord-injured (SCI) patients, integrative medicine approaches such as photomedicine and acupuncture can renew hope and offer previously unrecognized ways to help regain function and improve quality of life. OBJECTIVE: By understanding the mechanisms of action that these two modalities share, practitioners can better target specific attributes of spinal cord pathophysiology that are limiting recovery. Naturally occurring intervertebral disk disease (IVDD) in dogs affords unparalleled translational opportunities to develop treatment strategies involving photobiomodulation and acupuncture...
November 2017: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098359/a-murine-model-for-human-eco-syndrome-reveals-a-critical-role-of-intestinal-cell-kinase-in-skeletal-development
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Mengmeng Ding, Li Jin, Lin Xie, So Hyun Park, Yixin Tong, Di Wu, A Bobby Chhabra, Zheng Fu, Xudong Li
An autosomal-recessive inactivating mutation R272Q in the human intestinal cell kinase (ICK) gene caused profound multiplex developmental defects in human endocrine-cerebro-osteodysplasia (ECO) syndrome. ECO patients exhibited a wide variety of skeletal abnormalities, yet the underlying mechanisms by which ICK regulates skeletal development remained largely unknown. The goal of this study was to understand the structural and mechanistic basis underlying skeletal anomalies caused by ICK dysfunction. Ick R272Q knock-in transgenic mouse model not only recapitulated major ECO skeletal defects such as short limbs and polydactyly but also revealed a deformed spine with defective intervertebral disk...
November 2, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080003/percutaneous-posterolateral-approach-for-the-simulation-of-a-far-lateral-disc-herniation-in-an-ovine-model
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Stefan Schwan, Christopher Ludtka, Ingo Wiesner, Andre Baerthel, Andrea Friedmann, Felix Göhre
PURPOSE: This work describes a minimally invasive damage model for ovine lumbar discs via partial nucleotomy using a posterolateral approach. METHODS: Two cadavers were dissected to analyze the percutaneous corridor. Subsequently, 28 ovine had their annulus fibrosus punctured via awl penetration under fluoroscopic control and nucleus pulposus tissue removed via rongeur. Efficacy was assessed by animal morbidity, ease of access to T12-S1 disc spaces, and production of a mechanical injury as verified by discography, radiography, and histology...
October 27, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074336/the-role-of-fenestration-in-management-of-type-i-thoracolumbar-disk-degeneration
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REVIEW
Nick D Jeffery, Paul M Freeman
Fenestration offers the advantages of prophylaxis without the need for specialized instrumentation and imaging. Currently there is a lack of equipoise regarding the efficacy of fenestration relative to decompression for treatment of acute canine intervertebral disk herniation; most veterinary spinal surgeons do not consider the 2 procedures equivalently efficacious. Therapeutic fenestration should perhaps be given greater consideration, especially if advanced imaging shows only mild to moderate spinal cord compression or there are restrictions on the duration of surgery, when it might be better to spend the time on fenestration rather than decompression...
January 2018: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074335/choices-and-decisions-in-decompressive-surgery-for-thoracolumbar-intervertebral-disk-herniation
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REVIEW
Nick D Jeffery, Tom R Harcourt-Brown, Andrew K Barker, Jonathan M Levine
Once decompressive surgery has been elected, the approach that maximizes the likelihood of gaining access to the herniated material for complete removal should be chosen. In most cases, a procedure that optimizes access to the ventrolateral aspect of the spinal cord will be advantageous but it is important to tailor the details of the surgical procedure to suit individual patients. Decompressive surgery for chronic (type II) herniations will frequently demand a ventral approach with partial corpectomy.
October 23, 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29072013/-effects-of-chiropractics-on-intervertebral-disk-extracell-matrix-and-metabolic-enzymes-in-rats-with-cervical-spondylosis
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Li-Shan Huang, Ping-Ping Huang, Xiu-Bing Tong, Zhong-Li Li, Yan-Ping Fang, Jun Liao
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of chiropractics on intervertebral disk extracell matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1, MMP-3, MMP-13, cellular collagen type Ⅱ (COL-Ⅱ), tissue inhibitor 1 of metalloproteinase (TIMP-1) and extracellular matrix (ECM) in the rats with cervical spondylosis, so as to explore its mechanism underlying improvement of cervical spondylosis. METHODS: A total of 40 SD rats were randomized into a sham group, a model group, a chiropractics group and a mobic group, 8 rats in each one...
August 25, 2017: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29065658/atlas-free-cervical-spinal-cord-segmentation-on-midsagittal-t2-weighted-magnetic-resonance-images
#18
Chun-Chih Liao, Hsien-Wei Ting, Furen Xiao
An automatic atlas-free method for segmenting the cervical spinal cord on midsagittal T2-weighted magnetic resonance images (MRI) is presented. Pertinent anatomical knowledge is transformed into constraints employed at different stages of the algorithm. After picking up the midsagittal image, the spinal cord is detected using expectation maximization and dynamic programming (DP). Using DP, the anterior and posterior edges of the spinal canal and the vertebral column are detected. The vertebral bodies and the intervertebral disks are then segmented using region growing...
2017: Journal of Healthcare Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057987/magnetic-resonance-imaging-features-of-dogs-with-incomplete-recovery-after-acute-severe-spinal-cord-injury
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Melissa J Lewis, Eli B Cohen, Natasha J Olby
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series. OBJECTIVES: Describe the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features of dogs chronically impaired after severe spinal cord injury (SCI) and investigate associations between imaging variables and residual motor function. SETTING: United States of America. METHODS: Thoracolumbar MRI from dogs with incomplete recovery months to years after clinically complete (paralysis with loss of pain perception) thoracolumbar SCI were reviewed...
October 23, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037432/acupuncture-for-small-animal-neurologic-disorders
#20
REVIEW
Patrick Roynard, Lauren Frank, Huisheng Xie, Margaret Fowler
Modern research on traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM), including herbal medicine and acupuncture, has made evident the role of the nervous system as a cornerstone in many of the mechanisms of action of TCVM. Laboratory models and clinical research available are supportive for the use of TCVM in the management of neurologic conditions in small animals, specifically in cases of intervertebral disk disease, other myelopathies, and painful conditions. This article is meant to help guide the use of TCVM for neurologic disorders in small animals, based on available information and recommendations from experienced TCVM practitioners...
January 2018: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
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