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Intervertebral disk

Tsunehiko Konomi, Kota Suda, Satoko Matsumoto, Miki Komatsu, Masahiko Takahata, Norimasa Iwasaki, Akio Minami
Introduction: There are considerable risks for vertebral artery (VA) injury in case of corrective surgery for a severe and rigid cervical kyphotic deformity. This case report describes a rare case of surgical management for pre-existing traumatic rigid cervical kyphosis associated with unilateral VA occlusion. Case presentation: A 73-year-old male fell down and injured his neck. He was referred to our hospital 10 months after injury because his degree of head drop progressed gradually to a chin-on-chest position such that he could not look straight forward...
2018: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
Peter Trampus, Christine Goepfert, Monika Welle, Diana Henke, Franck Forterre, Daniela Schweizer-Gorgas
Muscle signal alteration detected on MRI is seen in diverse pathologic conditions. We observed signal alterations within the paraspinal muscles in dogs with acute thoracolumbar intervertebral disk extrusion. The aim of this retrospective study was to describe MRI features of paraspinal muscle signal alteration in dogs with acute thoracolumbar intervertebral disk extrusion and to investigate an association of the signal alterations with neurological grade, type and location of intervertebral disk extrusion, degree of spinal cord compression, and presence of epidural hemorrhage...
2018: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
Wei Guo, Bin Zhang, Kun Mu, Shi-Qing Feng, Zhan-Yin Dong, Guang-Zhi Ning, Hao-Ran Li, Shen Liu, Ling Zhao, Yan Li, Bing-Bing Yu, Hui-Quan Duan, Chao Sun, Yong-Jin Li
Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is an important factor leading to low back pain, but the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. Compared with normal nucleus pulposus (NP) tissues, the expression of circ-GRB10 was downregulated in IDD. Furthermore, overexpression of circ-GRB10 inhibited NP cell apoptosis. circ-GRB10 could sequester miR-328-5p, which could potentially lead to the upregulation of target genes related to cell proliferation via the ErbB pathway. In conclusion, the present study revealed that circ-GRB10/miR-328-5p/ERBB2 signaling pathway is involved in IDD development, suggesting that circ-GRB10 might be a novel therapeutic target for IDD...
February 23, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Yan-Sheng Huang, Hai-Ping Zhang, Xing-Bang Niu, Shao-Yan Shi, Ding-Jun Hao
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the causes and explore the measures of prevention and treatment of the cerebrospinal leak after lumbar revision surgery. METHODS: The clinical data of 24 patients(17.78%) with cerebrospinal leak among 135 cases after lumbar revision surgery from January 2011 to January 2016 was retrospectively studied. Of them, 12 cases due to severe adhesion caused by scar formation; 4 cases due to yellow ligament hyperplasia adhesion with dura mater occurred dural tears when separating adhesion; 2 cases with severe hyperplasia and ossification of lumbar posterior longitudinal ligament occurred dural tears when revealing intervertebral disk; 2 cases due to improper nailing happened dural tears during operation...
September 25, 2017: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Corinne J Thomas, Timothy P Cleland, Grazyna E Sroga, Deepak Vashishth
Advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) are a category of post translational modification associated with the degradation of the structural properties of multiple different types of tissues. Typically, AGEs are the result of a series of post-translational modification reactions between sugars and proteins through a process known as non-enzymatic glycation (NEG). Increases in the rate of NEG of bone tissue are associated with type 2 diabetes and skeletal fragility. Current methods of assessing NEG and its impact on bone fracture risk involve measurement of pentosidine or total fluorescent AGEs (fAGEs)...
February 1, 2018: Bone
Benjamin N Nevitt, Michael J Adkesson, Gwen Jankowski, Paula West, Jennifer N Langan
CASE DESCRIPTION A 17-year-old sexually intact male aardvark (Orycteropus afer) was evaluated because of hind limb proprioception deficits and ataxia. CLINICAL FINDINGS Results of examination and CT suggested a diagnosis of intervertebral disk disease and diskospondylitis at the L2-3 intervertebral space. Magnetic resonance imaging of the vertebral column also indicated intervertebral disk rupture with spinal cord compression and inflammation of the adjacent epaxial musculature TREATMENT AND OUTCOME Hemilaminectomy was performed according to the technique described for dogs...
February 15, 2018: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
A E Gorelikov, E A Melnikova, A N Razumov, M A Rassulova, I M Rud
This article presents an analytical review of the literature concerning the problem of rehabilitation of the patients following the surgical treatment of hernias of intervertebral disks. The relevance of this problem and the importance of the related research activities in the context of neurorehabilitation are beyond any doubt. Despite the obvious progress in the modernization of the methods and technologies for medical rehabilitation, the number of re-operations in connection with the recurrences of herniated discs remains too high and the overall success thus far achieved in this field falls short of expectations...
December 5, 2017: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
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January 2018: Orthopaedic Nursing
Patrick Graham
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January 2018: Orthopaedic Nursing
Ridha Dharmajaya, Dina Keumala Sari, Ratna Akbari Ganie
BACKGROUND: Herniated Nucleus Pulposus (HNP) is the prolapse of the intervertebral disk through a tear in the annulus fibrosus. This causes nerve root compression with clinical pain manifestation and affects the quality of sleep. AIM: The aim of this study was find out the comparison in the quality of sleep between before (pre) and after (post) surgery cervical HNP patients. METHODS: This study was a retrospective cohort study. Ninety patients were asked to complete the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) questionnaire...
December 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Daniel Dante Yeh, Luis Alfonso Ortiz-Reyes, Sadeq A Quraishi, Nalin Chokengarmwong, Laura Avery, Haytham M A Kaafarani, Jarone Lee, Peter Fagenholz, Yuchiao Chang, Marc DeMoya, George Velmahos
PURPOSE: To explore whether psoas cross sectional area (CSA) and density (Hounsfield Units, HU) are associated with nutritional adequacy and clinical outcomes in surgical intensive care unit patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Subjects with at least one CT scan within 72h of ICU admission were included. Demographic, nutritional, radiographic, and outcomes data were collected. Psoas muscle CSA and HU were assessed at the L4-L5 intervertebral disk level. Change (Δ) in CSA and HU overall and per day were calculated...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Critical Care
R O Schueler, G White, R L Schueler, J M Steiner, A Wassef
OBJECTIVE: To determine the differences in serum canine pancreatic lipase immunoreactivity between dogs with intervertebral disc herniation and healthy control dogs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty-four client-owned dogs with intervertebral disc herniation, diagnosed by neurologic examination and imaging, and 18 healthy control dogs. Samples of whole blood were collected within 90 minutes of admission. Serum canine pancreatic lipase immunoreactivity concentrations were measured by a commercial immunoassay and evaluated for association with intervertebral disc herniation, signalment, neurolocalisation and the preadmission administration of glucocorticosteriods or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs...
January 22, 2018: Journal of Small Animal Practice
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
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
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
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
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
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, Annalise N 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
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
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...
January 2018: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
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