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Maiko K Okajima, Saranyoo Sornkamnerd, Tatsuo Kaneko
Cyanobacteria are regarded as very eco-friendly microreactors for the production of various biomolecules such as polysaccharides by fixing not only carbon but also nitrogen in water. Cyanobacterial polysaccharides having various functional groups such as hydroxyls, carboxyls, sulfates, etc. have the ability to interact with metals or inorganics, to create bionanocomposites. Sacran, a supergiant cyanobacterial anionic polysaccharide extracted from the extracellular matrix of Aphanothece sacrum which is mass-cultivated in freshwater, is mainly used to create functional bionanocomposites...
March 15, 2018: Chemical Record: An Official Publication of the Chemical Society of Japan ... [et Al.]
Valerio Nardone, Paolo Tini, Stefania Croci, Salvatore Francesco Carbone, Lucio Sebaste, Tommaso Carfagno, Giuseppe Battaglia, Pierpaolo Pastina, Giovanni Rubino, Maria Antonietta Mazzei, Luigi Pirtoli
Background: The aim of our work is to assess the potential role of texture analysis (TA), applied to computed tomography (CT) simulation scans, in relation to the development of insufficiency fractures (IFs) in patients undergoing radiation therapy (RT) for pelvic malignancies. Methods: We analyzed patients undergoing pelvic RT from Jan-2010 to Dec-2016, 31 of whom had developed IFs of the pelvis. We analyzed CT simulation scans using LifeX Software© , and in particular we selected three regions of interest (ROI): L5 body, the sacrum and both the femoral heads...
February 2018: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
Brian C Goh, Amit Jain, Paul D Sponseller
CASE: A 12-year-old girl with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) underwent posterior spinal arthrodesis (from T2 to the sacrum) for double major-curve scoliosis. She developed complete paralysis of all of the extremities 24 hours after surgery, without evidence of ischemia or infarction. The rods were removed, and the neurologic status improved; there was full restoration of strength within 1 week. She then underwent in situ fixation. At the 2-year follow-up, there had been no lapse in neurologic function...
March 14, 2018: JBJS Case Connector
Y C Yin, R P Zhang, S L Li, Z Y Hou, W Chen, Y Z Zhang
Objective: To evaluate the possibility of transverse sacroiliac screw placement in different segments of the sacrum. Methods: Data of 80 pelvic CT scans (slice thickness ≤1.0 mm) archived in CT department of the Third Hospital of Hebei Medical University from September 2016 to October 2017 were retrospectively collected. Mimics software was used to rebuild the pelvis three-dimensional model. According to whether the sacral 1(S(1)) segment could place the transverse sacroiliac screws or not, all the sacrums were divided into normal group ( n =55) and dysmorphic group ( n =25)...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
Stephan Bosch, Filipe Serra Bragança, Mihai Marin-Perianu, Raluca Marin-Perianu, Berend Jan van der Zwaag, John Voskamp, Willem Back, René van Weeren, Paul Havinga
In this paper, we describe and validate the EquiMoves system, which aims to support equine veterinarians in assessing lameness and gait performance in horses. The system works by capturing horse motion from up to eight synchronized wireless inertial measurement units. It can be used in various equine gait modes, and analyzes both upper-body and limb movements. The validation against an optical motion capture system is based on a Bland-Altman analysis that illustrates the agreement between the two systems. The sagittal kinematic results (protraction, retraction, and sagittal range of motion) show limits of agreement of ± 2...
March 13, 2018: Sensors
Olivier van Wulfften Palthe, Kyung-Wook Jee, Jos A M Bramer, Francis J Hornicek, Yen-Lin E Chen, Joseph H Schwab
BACKGROUND: Effects of high-dose radiation using protons and photons on bone are relatively unexplored, but high rates of insufficiency fractures are reported, and the causes of this are incompletely understood. Imaging studies with pre- and postradiation scans can help one understand the effect of radiation on bone. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of high-dose radiation on the trabecular density of bone in the sacrum using CT-derived Hounsfield units (HU)...
March 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
John A Abraham, Barry Kenneally, Kamil Amer, David S Geller
BACKGROUND: Navigation-assisted resection has been proposed as a useful adjunct to resection of malignant tumors in difficult anatomic sites such as the pelvis and sacrum where it is difficult to achieve tumor-free margins. Most of these studies are case reports or small case series, but these reports have been extremely promising. Very few reports, however, have documented benefits of navigation-assisted resection in series of pelvic and sacral primary tumors. Because this technology may add time and expense to the surgical procedure, it is important to determine whether navigation provides any such benefits or simply adds cost and time to an already complex procedure...
March 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Gesa Bakker, Joerg Hattingen, Hartmut Stuetzer, Joerg Isenberg
OBJECTIVE: The diagnosis of insufficiency fractures of the sacrum in an elder population increases annually. Fractures show very different morphology. We aimed to classify sacral insufficiency fractures according to the position of cortical break and possible need for intervention. METHODS: Between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2014, all patients with a proven fracture of the sacrum following a low-energy or an even unnoticed trauma were prospectively registered : 117 females and 13 males...
March 2018: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
Karen J Riemenschneider
Prevention of hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs) remains a crucial clinical challenge especially for those patients undergoing surgery. The purpose of this project was to examine whether a 5-layer silicone foam dressing applied to the sacrum of patients undergoing vascular surgery decreased the occurrence of sacral pressure injuries and to explore participant characteristics associated with the development of operating room (OR)-related pressure injuries. A pre-/postintervention design, quality improvement project in a convenience sample of 81 patients undergoing vascular surgery, in a 700-bed level I trauma acute care setting, in the Northeastern United States...
March 2018: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
Modesta Makungu, Wencke M du Plessis, Michelle Barrows, Hermanus B Groenewald, Katja N Koeppel
The red panda ( Ailurus fulgens) is classified as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. The aim of this study was to describe the normal radiographic abdominal anatomy in red pandas to provide guidance for clinical use. Radiography of the abdomen was performed in nine captive red pandas during their annual health examinations. Seven of nine animals had six lumbar vertebrae. The sacrum consisted mainly (8/9) of three fused segments. Hypaxial muscles were easily seen in animals weighing 5 kg and above...
March 2018: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Jong Wook Kim, Hyun Ju Kim, Young Joo Park, Sung G Kang, Jae Y Park, Jae Hyun Bae, Seok Ho Kang, Hong Seok Park, Du Geon Moon, Jun Cheon, Jeong Gu Lee, Je Jong Kim, Mi Mi Oh
AIMS: Although generally well tolerated, a urodynamic study is an unpleasant and stressful procedure for some patients. This study evaluated the effects of a heating pad on anxiety, pain, and distress during urodynamic studies in female patients with stress urinary incontinence. METHODS: A total of 74 female patients with stress urinary incontinence who underwent a urodynamic study between May 2015 and October 2015 were randomized to either the experimental group using a heating pad (n = 37) or control group (n = 37)...
March 8, 2018: Neurourology and Urodynamics
Amin Joukar, Anoli Shah, Ali Kiapour, Ardalan Seyed Vosoughi, Bradley Duhon, Anand K Agarwal, Hossein Elgafy, Nabil Ebraheim, Vijay K Goel
STUDY DESIGN: The comparison of sacroiliac joint (SIJ) angular motions, pelvis ligaments strain, load sharing, and stress distribution across the joint for male and female spine-pelvis-femur models using finite element analysis. OBJECTIVE: To quantify biomechanical parameters at SIJ for all motions for both male and female models. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: SIJ has been recognized as a main source of pain in 13% to 30% of patients with low back pain...
March 5, 2018: Spine
Shanmuganathan Rajasekaran, Gurudip Das, Siddharth Narasimhan Aiyer, Rishi Mugesh Kanna, Ajoy Prasad Shetty
Study Design: Retrospective case series. Purpose: To correlate functional outcomes with spinopelvic parameters in patients with high-grade spondylolisthesis (HGS) treated with instrumented in-situ surgery or reduction and fusion. Overview of Literature: Satisfactory functional outcomes are reported with reduction and in-situ fusion strategies in HGS. However, reasons for this are unclear. We hypothesize that following lumbosacral fusion, the L5 becomes part of the sacrum, which improves spinopelvic parameters, resulting in equivalent functional outcomes in both surgical methods...
February 2018: Asian Spine Journal
Thamrong Lertudomphonwanit, Michael P Kelly, Keith H Bridwell, Lawrence G Lenke, Steven J McAnany, Prachya Punyarat, Timothy P Bryan, Jacob M Buchowski, Lukas P Zebala, Brenda A Sides, Karen Steger-May, Munish C Gupta
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Risk factors associated with rod fracture (RF) following adult spinal deformity (ASD) surgery fused to the sacrum remain debatable and the impact of RF on patient-reported outcomes (PROs) after ASD surgery has not been investigated. PURPOSE: To evaluate the prevalence of and risk factors for RF and determine PROs change associated with RF after ASD surgery fused to the sacrum. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: Retrospective single-center cohort...
February 28, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Alex Sabo, Jesse Hatgis, Michelle Granville, Robert E Jacobson
Osteoporotic patients can present with either single or multiple fractures secondary to repeated falls and progressive osteoporosis. Multiple fractures often lead to additional spinal deformity and are a sign of more severe osteoporosis. In the thoracic spine, multiple fractures are associated with the development of gradual thoracic kyphosis but neurologic deficits are uncommon. In the lumbar spine, patients with multiple lumbar fractures have more constant lumbar pain, may have symptoms related to concurrent lumbar stenosis or degenerative scoliosis, and may present with radiculopathy, especially with fractures at L4 and L5...
December 19, 2017: Curēus
Seddighi Afsoun, Seddighi Amir Saied, Nikouei Amir, Javadian Hamed
Giant cell tumors (GCTs) are rare, benign, and locally aggressive primary bone neoplasms. Spine is seldom affected, especially above the level of sacrum. In this report, we describe a case with GCT of the cervical vertebrae which causes collapse of the corpus. A 32-year-old female presented with gradual neck pain and abrupt paresthesia of the left hand. Computed tomography scan showed C6 vertebral collapse and magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated vertebral plana of C6 by a low signal intensity lesion on T1- and T2-weighted images...
January 2018: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
Scott L Zuckerman, Mark H Bilsky, Ilya Laufer
BACKGROUND: Chordomas are rare, primary bone tumors that arise from the axial skeleton. Our objective was to analyze trends in radiation and surgery over time and determine location-based survival predictors for chordomas of the skull base, mobile spine, and sacrum. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database from 1973-2013 was conducted. All patients had histologically confirmed chordomas. The principal outcome measure was overall survival (OS)...
February 24, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Angela R Shih, Gregory M Cote, Ivan Chebib, Edwin Choy, Thomas DeLaney, Vikram Deshpande, Francis J Hornicek, Ruoyu Miao, Joseph H Schwab, G Petur Nielsen, Yen-Lin Chen
Chordoma is a rare malignant tumor of bone with high morbidity and mortality. Recently, aggressive pediatric poorly differentiated chordoma with SMARCB1 loss has been described. This study summarizes the clinicopathologic features of poorly differentiated chordoma with SMARCB1 loss in the largest series to date. A search of records between 1990-2017 at MGH identified 19 patients with poorly differentiated chordoma. Immunohistochemical stains were evaluated. Kaplan-Meier survival statistics and log-rank (Mantel Cox) tests compared survival with other subtypes...
February 26, 2018: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Hong-Lin Chen, Bin Zhu, Rong Wei, Zhen-Yu Zhou
Patients with a hip fracture are at high risk for pressure injury. A retrospective review of the electronic medical records of consecutive patients with a hip fracture treated in 2016 in a single tertiary hospital in east China were examined to investigate whether time of year affected the incidence of hospital-acquired pressure injury. Data collected included demographic characteristics (patient name, hospital number, age, gender, and body mass index); possible risk factors for pressure injury, such as presence of diabetes mellitus, admission hemoglobin, admission albumin, length of surgery, and the lowest and/or last Braden Scale score before pressure injury developed; and pressure injury information, which included time of occurrence (days after surgery), location (sacrum and coccyx, ischial tuberosity, or heel), stage, and treatment outcome...
February 2018: Ostomy/wound Management
Adrian J Meixel, Henrik Hauswald, Stefan Delorme, Björn Jobke
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the incidence rate, time-to-onset and recovery, MRI morphology and occurrence of insufficiency fractures in radiation-induced changes in the sacrum following pelvic radiotherapy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 410 patients with pelvic malignancies treated with radiotherapy were reviewed. Follow-up was 1-124 months (mean 22 months). Serial MRI (average four studies/patient) were analysed using a new semi-quantitative score (Radiation-Induced Sacral Changes=RISC)...
February 23, 2018: European Radiology
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