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Spinal cord compression

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
M Ohashi, T Hirano, K Watanabe, K Katsumi, H Shoji, A Sano, H Tashi, I Takahashi, M Wakasugi, Y Shibuya, N Endo
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective multicenter study. OBJECTIVES: To analyze the predictive factors for postoperative ambulatory recovery in paretic non-ambulatory patients with metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC). SETTING: Japan. METHODS: Eighty-two consecutive patients (74.4% men; mean age, 66.2 years) who could not walk before surgery due to cervical or thoracic MSCC and underwent posterior decompressive surgery between 2003 and 2014 were included...
October 18, 2016: Spinal Cord
V A Byval'tsev, A E Budaev, V A Sorokovikov, E G Belykh, A A Kalinin, G S Zhdanovich, A O Asantsev, V V Shepelev
Hemorrhages into the structures of the central nervous system are the most life threatening among warfarin-associated complications. There are extremely few reports about spontaneous spinal epidural hematomas (SEH) associated with warfarin, methods of their timely diagnosis, treatment approaches. The authors present the first in the domestic literature case-report of warfarin-associated spontaneous SEH and the literature review.
2016: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
A Ireland, R F Capozza, G R Cointry, L Nocciolino, J L Ferretti, J Rittweger
: Fibula response to disuse is unknown; we assessed fibula bone in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients and able-bodied counterparts. Group differences were smaller than in the neighbouring tibia which could not be explained by bone geometry. Differential adaptation of the shank bones may indicate previously unknown mechanoadaptive behaviours of bone. INTRODUCTION: The fibula supports only a small and highly variable proportion of shank compressive load (-8 to +19 %), and little is known about other kinds of stresses...
October 12, 2016: Osteoporosis International
Arif Hussain, Abdalla Aly, C Daniel Mullins, Yi Qian, Jorge Arellano, Eberechukwu Onukwugha
The purpose of this study was to estimate the risk of developing skeletal-related events (SREs) based on site of metastasis at diagnosis and identify other predictors of developing SREs among metastatic prostate cancer patients. We conducted a retrospective cohort study using linked SEER (Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results) and Medicare data and identified men over the age of 65 with incident metastatic prostate cancer diagnosed during 2005-2009. SREs included radiation (RAD), pathological fractures (PF), bone surgery (BS), and spinal cord compression (SCC)...
October 11, 2016: Cancer Medicine
Marc Dreimann, Michael Hoffmann, Lennart Viezens, Lukas Weiser, Patrick Czorlich, Sven Oliver Eicker
PURPOSE: Metastatic epidural spinal cord compression (MESCC) often requires anterior-posterior decompression and stabilization. To reduce approach-related complications, single-stage posterolateral vertebrectomy and 360° fusion is often performed. However, a sufficient reduction of kyphotic deformity through this approach has not been reported. The purpose of this study is to investigate the efficacy of kyphotic deformity reduction by this approach in MESCC. METHODS: A retrospective analysis and chart review was performed for 14 consecutive patients who underwent a vertebrectomy and decompression from a posterolateral approach...
October 11, 2016: European Spine Journal
Malte Mohme, Klaus Christian Mende, Theresa Krätzig, Rosemarie Plaetke, Kerim Beseoglu, Julian Hagedorn, Hans-Jakob Steiger, Frank W Floeth, Sven O Eicker
Spinal cord or cauda equina compression (SCC) is an increasing challenge in clinical oncology due to a higher prevalence of long-term cancer survivors. Our aim was to determine the clinical relevance of SCC regarding patient outcome depending on different tumor entities and their anatomical localization (extradural/intradural/intramedullary). We retrospectively analyzed 230 patients surgically treated for SCC. Preoperative status for pain and neurological impairment were correlated to the degree of compression, tumor location, and early as well as short-term follow-up outcome parameters...
October 7, 2016: Neurosurgical Review
Jason R Audlin, Gaurav Khullar, Eric M Deshaies, Swamy Kurra, William F Lavelle
BACKGROUND: Carcinoid tumors are rare neoplasms that often arise from the gastrointestinal or respiratory tracts. They often metastasize to bone tissue, as well as pancreatic and hepatic sites. The central nervous system and most specifically the spinal cord are rarely involved. Primary Carcinoid tumors of the CNS are even rarer. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 58 year-old man presented with progressive bilateral lower extremity weakness and a negative history of cancer. Imaging revealed an intradural mass at the L1 and L2 spinal levels...
October 3, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Yuta Miyazaki, Takeshi Aikawa, Masaaki Nishimura, Munetaka Iwata, Yumiko Kagawa
A 12-year-old Chihuahua dog was presented for cervical pain and progressive tetraparesis. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed spinal cord compression due to a mass in the dorsal atlantoaxial region. Surgical treatment was performed. The mass was histopathologically diagnosed as a squamous cell carcinoma. The dog recovered to normal neurologic status after surgery.
October 2016: Canadian Veterinary Journal. la Revue Vétérinaire Canadienne
Nagina Subrati, Melissa C Werndle, Christos M Tolias
Gout rarely compresses the thoracic spinal cord. A 43-year-old man presented with lower limb paraparesis. MRI showed a soft tissue swelling at the level of T10/T11. He was managed with a laminectomy and evacuation of a presumed abscess and started on intravenous antibiotics. However, histology confirmed tophaceous gout.
October 4, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
Carsten Nieder, Ellinor Haukland, Bård Mannsåker, Jan Norum
More effective drugs may reduce the requirement for palliative external beam radiotherapy for bony target volumes; however, living with metastases for prolonged periods of time may result in more frequent episodes of bone pain or serious skeletal-related events. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate how recent advances in systemic therapy impact radiotherapy utilization. A retrospective analysis of a comprehensive regional database was performed. All oncology care in this region was provided by only one center, assuring complete data...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Homare Eda, Loredana Santo, G David Roodman, Noopur Raje
Bone involvement represented by osteolytic bone disease (OBD) or osteopenia is one of the pathognomonic and defining characteristics of multiple myeloma (MM). Nearly 90 % of patients with MM develop osteolytic bone lesions, frequently complicated by skeletal-related events (SRE) such as severe bone pain, pathological fractures, vertebral collapse, hypercalcemia, and spinal cord compression. All of these not only result in a negative impact on quality of life but also adversely impact overall survival. OBD is a consequence of increased osteoclast (OC) activation along with osteoblast (OB) inhibition, resulting in altered bone remodeling...
2016: Cancer Treatment and Research
Sofiene Bouali, Nidhal Maatar, Asma Bouhoula, Khansa Abderrahmen, Imed Ben Said, Adnen Boubaker, Jalel Kallel, Hafedh Jemel
PURPOSE: The spinal epidural angiolipomas are rare expansive processes made of mature lipomatous and angiomatous elements. They often have a benign character. Their etiology, pathogenesis remains uncertain, and it is a cause of spinal cord compression. The magnetic resonance imaging is the most important neuroradiological examination. Histological examination is the only examination to confirm the diagnosis. Surgery is the treatment of choice. METHODS: A retrospective study of all patients operated on for a spinal epidural angiolipoma at the Department of Neurosurgery at the National Institute of Neurology of Tunis between January 2000 and December 2014 (15 years) was performed...
October 2016: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
Claudio E Tatsui, Telmo A B Belsuzarri, Marilou Oro, Laurence D Rhines, Jing Li, Amol J Ghia, Behrang Amini, Heron Espinoza, Paul D Brown, Ganesh Rao
OBJECTIVE An emerging paradigm for treating patients with epidural spinal cord compression (ESCC) caused by metastatic tumors is surgical decompression and stabilization, followed by stereotactic radiosurgery. In the setting of rapid progressive disease, interruption or delay in return to systemic treatment can lead to a negative impact in overall survival. To overcome this limitation, the authors introduce the use of spinal laser interstitial thermotherapy (sLITT) in association with percutaneous spinal stabilization to facilitate a rapid return to oncological treatment...
October 2016: Neurosurgical Focus
Kazuyoshi Kobayashi, Shiro Imagama, Zenya Ito, Kei Ando, Tetsuro Hida, Kenyu Ito, Mikito Tsushima, Yoshimoto Ishikawa, Akiyuki Matsumoto, Yoshihiro Nishida, Naoki Ishiguro
OBJECTIVE Corrective surgery for spinal deformities can lead to neurological complications. Several reports have described spinal cord monitoring in surgery for spinal deformity, but only a few have included patients younger than 20 years with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). The goal of this study was to evaluate the characteristics of cases with intraoperative transcranial motor evoked potential (Tc-MEP) waveform deterioration during posterior corrective fusion for AIS. METHODS A prospective database was reviewed, comprising 68 patients with AIS who were treated with posterior corrective fusion in a prospective database...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Zahra Hajimashhadi, Nahid Aboutaleb, Farinaz Nasirinezhad
Apelin is an endogenous ligand for apelin receptor (APJ) with analgesic effect on visceral, analgesic and proanalgesic influences on acute pains in animal models. The purpose of this study was to determine the possible analgesic effects of [Pyr(1)] apelin-13 on chronic pain after spinal cord injury (SCI) in rats. Animals were randomly divided into three major groups as intact, sham and SCI. The SCI group randomly allocated to four subgroups as no treatment, vehicle-treatment (normal saline: 10μl, intrathecally) and two subgroups with intrathecal injection (i...
September 2, 2016: Neuropeptides
Tae Hyun Kim, Yoon Ha, Jun Jae Shin, Yong Eun Cho, Ji Hae Lee, Woo Ho Cho
Patients with intramedullary signal intensity (SI) changes have a poor prognosis after surgical decompression in cervical compressive myelopathy (CCM); however, some patients show no clear relationship between the SI and postsurgical prognosis. This discrepancy may be because no comprehensive and proper quantitative evaluation exists to assess SI on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The purpose of this study was prospectively to evaluate the correlation between the clinical features, neurological outcome of patients with CCM, and the quantitative assessment of SI changes preoperatively and postoperatively, and the correlation with SI severity...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Güliz Acker, Ulf C Schneider, Zarko Grozdanovic, Peter Vajkoczy, Johannes Woitzik
BACKGROUND: Disc herniations are only reported in few case reports as a rare cause of acute spinal ischemia. A surgical treatment has not been described so far in these reports with analysis of diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI/MRI) before and after surgery. The aim of our study is to report a case of cervical spinal cord ischemia caused by cervical disc herniation and discuss the literature concerning diagnostic and treatment options. METHODS: A 72-year-old female patient developed an acute progressive tetraparesis with emphasis on the upper extremities...
June 2016: J Spine Surg
Md Shah Alam, Kevin Phan, Rezaul Karim, Sharif Ahmed Jonayed, Hasan Khalid Md Munir, Shubhendu Chakraborty, Tashfique Alam
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) of the spine is a common site of osseous TB, accounting for 50%-60% of cases. Spinal TB still occurs in both developed and developing countries. The diagnosis of spinal TB is difficult and it commonly presents at an advanced stage. Delays in establishing diagnosis and management result in complications such as spinal cord compression and spinal deformity. METHODS: A total of 582 patients with TB of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine with moderate to severe cord compression were studied...
December 2015: J Spine Surg
Dirk Rades, Antonio J Conde-Moreno, Jon Cacicedo, Barbara Segedin, Volker Rudat, Steven E Schild
BACKGROUND: Uncertainty exists whether patients with spinal cord compression (SCC) from a highly radiosensitive tumor require decompressive spinal surgery in addition to radiotherapy (RT). This study addressed the question by evaluating patients receiving RT alone for SCC from myeloma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data of 238 patients were retrospectively analyzed for response to RT and local control of SCC. In addition, the effect of RT on motor function (improvement, no further progression, deterioration) was evaluated...
September 1, 2016: Radiology and Oncology
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