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Lumbar epidural

Thiru M Annaswamy, Jared Worchel
We report a patient with a previously undiagnosed spinal dural arteriovenous fistula (SDAVF) who became acutely paraplegic following a lumbar epidural steroid injection for lumbar spinal stenosis. Magnetic resonance imaging showed multiple flow voids and serpentine vessels on the cord surface with cord edema extending from T3 through the conus. Spinal angiography confirmed an SDAVF fed by the left lateral sacral artery, which was subsequently endovascularly embolized, and the patient had a partial return of function...
October 22, 2016: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Elliott J Kim, Silky Chotai, David P Stonko, Joseph B Wick, Byron J Schneider, Matthew J McGirt, Clint J Devin
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Non-operative modalities such as lumbar epidural steroid injections (LESI) are often used in the setting of lumbar spine disorders where other conservative measures have failed. Concomitant depression can lead to worse outcomes in lumbar spine pathology. A number of studies have demonstrated an association between preoperative depression and poor outcomes following surgery but the effect of depression on outcomes following non-operative modalities is poorly understood...
October 21, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
David Altschul, Andrew Kobets, Jonathan Nakhla, Ajit Jada, Rani Nasser, Merritt D Kinon, Reza Yassari, John Houten
OBJECTIVE Postoperative urinary retention (POUR) is a common problem leading to morbidity and an increased hospital stay. There are limited data regarding its baseline incidence in patients undergoing spinal surgery and the risk factors with which it may be associated. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the incidence of POUR in elective spine surgery patients and determine the factors associated with its occurrence. METHODS The authors retrospectively reviewed the records of patients who had undergone elective spine surgery and had been prospectively monitored for POUR during an 18-month period...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
Joseph S Hudson, Kingsley Abode-Iyamah, Yasunori Nagahama, Chandan G Reddy
BACKGROUND: Ionic contrast, if accidentally injected into the intrathecal space during routine imaging studies or interventional procedures, may significantly interfere with neuronal activity, potentially causing ascending tonic-clonic seizure syndrome and even death. As a result, ionic contrast is strictly contraindicated for intrathecal use. Rapid recognition of the condition followed by prompt management, typically involving aggressive cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) drainage, is critical to improving patient outcome...
October 17, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Gregory G Billy, Ji Lin, Mengzhao Gao, Mosuk X Chow
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective clinical outcome analysis. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate and determine whether demographic, comorbid factors, or physical examination findings may predict the outcome of caudal epidural steroid injections in managing patients with chronic low back pain and radiculopathy SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA:: The caudal epidural approach is commonly utilized with patients who are on anticoagulation or who have had prior lumbar surgery to treat L5 or S1 radiculopathies...
October 19, 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Marie-Pascale Côté, Marion Murray, Michel A Lemay
Body-weight supported locomotor training (BWST) promotes recovery of load-bearing stepping in lower mammals, but its efficacy in individuals with a spinal cord injury (SCI) is limited and highly dependent on injury severity. While animal models with complete spinal transections recover stepping with step-training, motor complete SCI individuals do not, despite similarly intensive training. In this review, we examine the significant differences between humans and animal models that may explain this discrepancy in the results obtained with BWST...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
Anand Kaul, Sunil Manjila, Jonathan P Miller
: Isadore Max Tarlov (1905-1977) is primarily remembered for his 1938 description of the eponymous perineural "Tarlov cyst." However, during his long career as a neurosurgeon and researcher, he was responsible for many other observations and inventions that influenced the development of neurosurgery in the 20th century. While studying at Johns Hopkins Medical School he was acquainted with Walter Dandy, and he became the first resident to study under Wilder Penfield at the newly formed Montreal Neurological Institute...
November 2016: Neurosurgery
Kris Radcliff, William B Morrison, Christopher Kepler, Jeffrey Moore, Gursukhman S Sidhu, David Gendelberg, Luciano Miller, Marcos A Sonagli, Alexander R Vaccaro
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series. OBJECTIVE: To identify specific magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) characteristics of epidural fluid collections associated with infection, hematoma, or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Interpretation of postoperative MRI can be challenging after lumbar fusion. The purpose of this study was to identify specific MRI characteristics of epidural fluid collections associated with infection, hematoma, or CSF...
November 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Gabrielle G Tardieu, Christian Fisahn, Marios Loukas, Marc Moisi, Jens Chapman, Rod J Oskouian, R Shane Tubbs
The epidural space contains the internal vertebral venous plexus, adipose, and other connective tissues. In the anatomical literature, there are nonspecific descriptions of varying fibrous connective tissue bands in the epidural space, mainly mentioned in the lumbar region, that tether the dural sac to the posterior longitudinal ligament, the vertebral canal, and the ligamentum flavum. These ligaments have been termed as Hofmann's ligaments. This review expands on the anatomy and function of Hofmann's ligaments, increasing the awareness of their presence and serves as an impetus for further study of their histology, innervation, and function...
September 13, 2016: Curēus
Saru Singh, Kulvinder Singh, Ruchi Gupta, Nayyamat Kaur, Pranav Bansal, Sanjeet Singh
CONTEXT AND AIM: The assessment of severity of low back pain includes subjective questionnaires to quantify the impact on routine life. The objective of current study was to correlate various quality of life (QOL) scores to the clinical outcome measured as improvement in Visual Analog Score (VAS) after interventional treatment. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Fifty-one consecutive chronic low backache patients were assessed for pain intensity using VAS, revised Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), Quebec's, Roland-Morris disability questionnaire (RMDQ), and depression score at presentation...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Alfred C Gellhorn, Pradeep Suri, Sean Rundell, Nathan Olafsen, M Jake Carlson, Steve Johnson, Adrielle Fry, Thiru Anaswammy, Christopher Gilligan, Bryan Comstock, Patrick Heagerty, Janna Friedly, Jeffrey G Jarvik
BACKGROUND: Minimal longitudinal data exist regarding the role of lumbar musculature in predicting back pain and function. In cross sectional study designs, there is often atrophy of the segmental multifidus muscle in subjects with low back pain compared with matched controls. However, the cross sectional design of these studies prevents drawing conclusions regarding whether lumbar muscle characteristics predict or modify future back pain or function. OBJECTIVE: The primary objective is to determine if the cross sectional area (CSA) of lumbar muscles predicts functional status or back pain at 6- or 12-month follow-up in older adults with spinal degeneration...
October 6, 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Parmida Beigi, Paul Malenfant, Abtin Rasoulian, Robert Rohling, Alison Dube, Vit Gunka
Current 2-D ultrasound technology is unable to perform a midline neuraxial needle insertion under real-time ultrasound guidance using a standard needle and without an assistant. The aim of the work described here was to determine the feasibility of a new technology providing such capability, starting with a study evaluating the selected puncture site. A novel 3-D ultrasound imaging technique was designed using thick-slice rendering in conjunction with a custom needle guide (3DUS + Epiguide). A clinical feasibility study evaluated the ability of 3DUS + Epiguide to identify the epidural needle puncture site for a midline insertion in the lumbar spine...
October 6, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Tae Hyun Kim, Jun Jae Shin, Woo Yong Lee
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous epidural neuroplasty with a Racz catheter is widely used to treat radicular pain caused by spinal stenosis or a herniated intervertebral disc. The breakage or shearing of an epidural catheter, particularly a percutaneous epidural neuroplasty catheter, is reported as a rare complication. There has been a controversy over whether surgical removal of a shorn epidural catheter is needed. Until now, only three cases related to sheared Racz neuroplasty catheters have been reported...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Jihang Dai, Xiaolei Li, Lianqi Yan, Hui Chen, Jun He, Shuguang Wang, Jingcheng Wang, Yu Sun
BACKGROUND: Epidural fibrosis often causes serious complications in patients after lumbar laminectomy and discectomy and is associated with the proliferation of fibroblasts. Suramin is known to have an obvious inhibitory effect on the coactions of many growth factors and their receptors, but little was previously known about the effect of suramin on fibroblast proliferation and the progress of epidural fibrosis. METHODS: We illustrated the effect of suramin on cultured fibroblasts of rats with different concentrations (0, 200, 400, 600 mg/l)...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Sol Bee Han, Young Cheol Yoon, Jong Won Kwon
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Slice-Encoding Metal Artifact Correction (SEMAC) sequence is one of the metal artifact reduction techniques of anatomical structure, but there has been no report about evaluation of post-operative complications. The purpose of this article is to compare the anatomical visibility between fast spin echo (FSE) and FSE-SEMAC and to evaluate the additional value of FSE-SEMAC in diagnostic confidence of the complications. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study with 54 patients who received lumbar spinal surgery and MR images including FSE-SEMAC...
2016: PloS One
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
Duygu Tecer, Emre Adiguzel, Arif Kenan Tan, Mehmet Ali Taskaynatan
OBJECTIVE:  To explore the outcome differences of lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injection (TFESI) according to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in patients with lumbar radicular pain. DESIGN:  Retrospective study. SETTING:  Single university-based interventional pain management unit. PATIENTS:  Fifty-nine patients who had lumbar radicular pain with a recent lumbar MRI and three-month follow-up were included...
October 2, 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Leigh A Rettenmaier, Brian J Park, Marshall T Holland, Youssef J Hamade, Shuchita Garg, Rahul Rastogi, Chandan G Reddy
Spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH) is a more common than previously noted condition (1-2.5 per 50,000) typically caused by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage. Initial treatment involves conservative therapies, but the mainstay of treatment for patients who fail conservative management is the epidural blood patch (EBP). Subdural hematoma (SDH) is a common complication occurring with SIH, but its management remains controversial. In this report, we discuss a 62-year-old female who presented with a 5-week history of orthostatic headaches associated with nausea, emesis, and neck pain...
September 27, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Stefan Hartveldt, Stein J Janssen, Kirkham B Wood, Thomas D Cha, Joseph H Schwab, Christopher M Bono, Louis G Jenis
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study. OBJECTIVE: To assess the relation between exposure to epidural steroid injection (ESI) before surgery and occurrence of surgical site infection (SSI) for degenerative lumbar spine conditions. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The effect of local ESI on the occurrence of SSI is controversial. METHODS: Patients who underwent surgery for degenerative lumbar spine conditions at two centers between 2005 and 2015 were identified...
October 1, 2016: Spine
Yoon-Jung Shon, Jin Huh, Sung-Sik Kang, Seung-Kil Bae, Ryeong-Ah Kang, Duk-Kyung Kim
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of saddle, lumbar epidural and caudal blocks on anal sphincter tone using anorectal manometry. METHODS: Patients undergoing elective anorectal surgery with regional anaesthesia were divided randomly into three groups and received a saddle (SD), lumbar epidural (LE), or caudal (CD) block. Anorectal manometry was performed before and 30 min after each regional block. The degree of motor blockade of the anal sphincter was compared using the maximal resting pressure (MRP) and the maximal squeezing pressure (MSP)...
September 29, 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
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