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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088217/surgical-treatment-of-upper-cervical-spine-metastases-a-retrospective-study-of-39-cases
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Jian Yang, Qi Jia, Dongyu Peng, Wei Wan, Nanzhe Zhong, Yan Lou, Xiaopan Cai, Zhipeng Wu, Chenglong Zhao, Xinghai Yang, Jianru Xiao
BACKGROUND: The surgical treatment of upper cervical spine metastases are controversial up to now. By summarizing and analyzing the clinical data of the upper cervical spine involved metastases treated surgically in our center, we mainly aimed to investigate the surgical decisions and outcomes so as to provide more references for the clinical treatment of this special and complex spine metastasis. METHODS: We evaluated the patients' pre- and post-operative neck pain and neurologic function with paired t test, followed by the statistics of the selection of surgical approaches, ways of reconstruction, and related complications...
January 14, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087438/dopa-responsive-dystonia-in-chinese-patients-including-a-novel-heterozygous-mutation-in-the-gch1-gene-with-an-intermediate-phenotype-and-one-case-of-prenatal-diagnosis
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Wen Zhang, Zhizi Zhou, Xiuzhen Li, Yonglan Huang, Taolin Li, Yunting Lin, Yongxian Shao, Hao Hu, Hongsheng Liu, Li Liu
Dopa-responsive dystonia (DRD) is a rare inherited disorder characterized by childhood-onset dystonia with diurnal fluctuation and dramatic response to levodopa. DRD is caused by the mutations in the genes encoding the enzymes involved in the dopamine and tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) biosynthesis, including the GTP cyclohydrolase 1 (GCH1) gene and the tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) gene. In order to improve the diagnosis and expand the knowledge of the disease, we collected and analyzed relevant data of clinical diagnosis and molecular mutational analysis in five Chinese patients with DRD...
January 10, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076736/australian-institute-of-sport-and-australian-medical-association-position-statement-on-concussion-in-sport
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Lisa J Elkington, David C Hughes
Sport-related concussion is a growing health concern in Australia. Public concern is focused on the incidence and potential long term consequences of concussion. Children may be more prone to concussion and take longer to recover. The Australian Institute of Sport and the Australian Medical Association have collaborated to present the most contemporary evidence-based information in a format appropriate for all stakeholders. This position statement aims to ensure that participant safety and welfare is paramount when dealing with concussion in sport...
January 16, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064175/neuroimaging-of-inflammation-in-memory-and-related-other-disorders-nimrod-study-protocol-a-deep-phenotyping-cohort-study-of-the-role-of-brain-inflammation-in-dementia-depression-and-other-neurological-illnesses
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W Richard Bevan-Jones, Ajenthan Surendranathan, Luca Passamonti, Patricia Vázquez Rodríguez, Robert Arnold, Elijah Mak, Li Su, Jonathan P Coles, Tim D Fryer, Young T Hong, Guy Williams, Franklin Aigbirhio, James B Rowe, John T O'Brien
INTRODUCTION: Inflammation of the central nervous system is increasingly regarded as having a role in cognitive disorders such as dementia and depression, but it is not clear how such inflammation relates to other aspects of neuropathology, structural and functional changes in the brain and symptoms (as assessed via clinical and neuropsychological assessment and MRI). This study will explore these pathophysiological mechanisms using positron emission tomography (PET) which allows in vivo imaging of inflammation, amyloid and τ deposition, together with neuropsychological profiling, MRI and peripheral biomarker analysis...
January 7, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060689/-schwannoma-of-the-upper-extremity-retrospective-analysis-of-17-cases
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Ângelo Sá, Leandro Nobre Azevedo, Luísa Cunha
INTRODUCTION: Schwannoma or neurilemmoma is a benign peripheric nerve tumor that usually presents as a slow growing single lesion; it has origin in Schwann cells proliferation. Although it represents a small percentage of the benign tumors of the upper arm, it is the most frequent of neural origin. We present a retrospective study of upper limb schwannomas; our aim is establish the appropriate preoperative approach, to recognise the efficiency of the treatment and the pos-operative follow-up...
September 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052777/from-neurological-soft-signs-to-functional-outcome-in-young-individuals-in-treatment-with-secondary-services-for-non-psychotic-disorders-a-path-analysis
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A Minichino, M Francesconi, R E Carrión, R Delle Chiaie, A Bevilacqua, M Parisi, S Rullo, F S Bersani, M Biondi, K Cadenhead
BACKGROUND: Functional decline among patients with mental illness is not unique to individuals with psychotic disorders. Despite this, research on early predictors of functional outcome mainly focused on individuals thought to have an 'at risk mental state' (ARMS) for psychosis. There is evidence suggesting that certain early vulnerability markers, such as neurological soft signs (NSS), may explain variability in functional outcomes independent of the level of psychosis risk and the traditional diagnostic classification...
January 5, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045705/nonsurgical-treatment-choices-by-individuals-with-lumbar-intervertebral-disc-herniation-in-the-united-states-associations-with-long-term-outcomes
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Anne Thackeray, Julie M Fritz, Jon D Lurie, Wenyan Zhao, James N Weinstein
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to (1) evaluate differences between patients with lumbar intervertebral disc herniation who received physical therapy (PT) and those who did not; (2) identify factors associated with receiving PT; and (3) examine the influence of PT on clinical outcomes over the course of 1 yr. DESIGN: An observational cohort study using data from the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial was conducted. This study included 363 patients with intervertebral disc herniation who received nonsurgical management within 6 wks of enrollment...
December 31, 2016: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043848/surgical-treatment-of-degenerative-spondylolisthesis
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P Guigui, E Ferrero
Degenerative spondylolisthesis is a common pathology, often causing lumbar canal stenosis. There is, however, no strong consensus regarding the various medical and surgical treatments available. Surgery is indicated mainly for perceived functional impairment; when the indication is accepted, several questions determine the choice of surgical strategy. Improvement in neurological symptoms is one of the main treatment objectives. For this, it is useful to perform radicular decompression. Some authors recommend indirect decompression by interbody fusion (ALIF, TLIF, XLIF), others by means of an interspinous spacer but the most frequent technique is direct posterior decompression...
December 30, 2016: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033291/adductor-canal-block-versus-femoral-nerve-block-combined-with-sciatic-nerve-block-as-an-anesthetic-technique-for-hindfoot-and-ankle-surgery-a-prospective-randomized-noninferiority-trial
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Han Bum Joe, Ho Sik Choo, Ji Sang Yoon, Sang Eon Oh, Jae Ho Cho, Young Uk Park
BACKGROUND: A femoral nerve block (FNB) in combination with a sciatic nerve block (SNB) is commonly used for anesthesia and analgesia in patients undergoing hindfoot and ankle surgery. The effects of FNB on motor function, related fall risk, and rehabilitation are controversial. An adductor canal block (ACB) potentially spares motor fibers in the femoral nerve, but the comparative effect on hindfoot and ankle surgeries between the 2 approaches is not yet well defined. We hypothesized that compared to FNB, ACB would cause less weakness in the quadriceps and produce similar pain scores during and after the operation...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031458/normalization-of-hepatic-homeostasis-in-the-npc1nmf164-mouse-model-of-niemann-pick-type-c-disease-treated-with-the-histone-deacetylase-inhibitor-vorinostat
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Andrew B Munkacsi, Natalie Hammond, Remy T Schneider, Dinindu S Senanayake, Katsumi Higaki, Kirill Lagutin, Stephen J Bloor, Daniel S Ory, Robert A Maue, Fannie W Chen, Antonio Hernandez-Ono, Nicole Dahlson, Joyce J Repa, Henry N Ginsberg, Yiannis A Ioannou, Stephen L Sturley
Niemann-Pick type C (NP-C) disease is a fatal genetic lipidosis for which there is no FDA-approved therapy. Vorinostat, an FDA-approved inhibitor of histone deacetylases, ameliorates lysosomal lipid accumulation in cultured NP-C patient fibroblasts. To assess the therapeutic potential of histone deacetylase inhibition, we pursued these in vitro observations in two murine models of NP-C disease. Npc1nmf164 mice, which express a missense mutation in the NPC1 gene, were treated intraperitoneally, from weaning, with the maximum tolerated dose of Vorinostat (150 mg/kg, 5 days per week)...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025023/correlation-between-preoperative-physical-signs-and-functional-outcomes-after-laminoplasty-for-ossification-of-the-posterior-longitudinal-ligament
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Takashi Tsuji, Nobuyuki Fujita, Kota Watanabe, Masaya Nakamura, Morio Matsumoto, Ken Ishii
BACKGROUND: Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) can cause myelopathy that is often managed surgically. Knowledge of predictors of surgical outcomes can provide decision support to surgeons. The aims of this study were to investigate the relationships between preoperative physical signs and postoperative functional outcomes in patients with OPLL and to clarify whether physical signs could predict functional outcomes. METHODS: Fifty-five patients with OPLL who had undergone cervical laminoplasty were included in this study...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017237/serum-antibodies-targeting-neurons-of-the-monoaminergic-systems-in-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome
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Claudia Rink, Angelika Görtzen, Rüdiger W Veh, Harald Prüss
Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is an autoimmune disease with progressive flaccid paralysis of the extremities. Several auto-antibodies have been identified, binding to myelin, gangliosides, astrocytes or proteins at the nodes of Ranvier. Some epitopes are not confined to the peripheral nerve, suggesting that auto-antibodies may also contribute to symptoms of the central nervous system, which are common in GBS and include anxiety, depression, hallucinations, oneiroid psychosis or fatigue. This notion is supported by treating patients with plasma exchange, resulting in improvement of both central and peripheral symptoms...
January 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017229/vestibular-evoked-myogenic-potentials-and-mri-in-early-multiple-sclerosis-validation-of-the-vemp-score
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Luka Crnošija, Magdalena Krbot Skorić, Tereza Gabelić, Ivan Adamec, Mario Habek
BACKGROUND: To validate the VEMP score as a measure of brainstem dysfunction in patients with the first symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS) (clinically isolated syndrome (CIS)) and to investigate the correlation between VEMP and brainstem MRI results. METHODS: 121 consecutive CIS patients were enrolled and brainstem functional system score (BSFS) was determined. Ocular VEMP (oVEMP) and cervical VEMP (cVEMP) were analyzed for latencies, conduction block and amplitude asymmetry ratio and the VEMP score was calculated...
January 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017216/olfactory-ability-in-normal-pressure-hydrocephalus-as-compared-to-alzheimer-s-disease-and-healthy-controls
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Jesse S Passler, Richard L Doty, Michelle C Dolske, Phillip G St Louis, Cherlynn Basignani, Julie W Pepe, Sergey Bushnev
OBJECTIVES: Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) is a treatable neurological disorder that appears in older adults, lacks specific diagnostic criteria, and resembles symptoms seen in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Presently, differentiating NPH from AD in the early stages of symptom presentation remains difficult. This study established whether olfactory testing may be useful in this regard. In addition, we determined whether olfactory function of NPH patients differed before and after extended lumbar drainage (ELD), as well as six months after surgical implantation of a ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt...
January 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009062/cytokine-therapy-mediated-neuroprotection-in-a-friedreich-s-ataxia-mouse-model
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Kevin C Kemp, Nadia Cerminara, Kelly Hares, Juliana Redondo, Amelia J Cook, Harry R Haynes, Bronwen R Burton, Mark Pook, Richard Apps, Neil J Scolding, Alastair Wilkins
OBJECTIVES: Friedreich's ataxia is a devastating neurological disease currently lacking any proven treatment. We studied the neuro-protective effects of the cytokines granulocyte-colony stimulating factor and stem cell factor in a humanised murine model of Friedreich's ataxia. METHODS: Mice received monthly subcutaneous infusions of cytokines while also being assessed at monthly time points using an extensive range of behavioural motor performance tests. After 6 months of treatment, neurophysiological evaluation of both sensory and motor nerve conduction was performed...
December 23, 2016: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006970/phase-ii-clinical-trial-of-atorvastatin-in-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
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Claudia S Robertson, James J McCarthy, Emmy R Miller, Harvey Levin, Stephen R McCauley, Paul R Swank
Statins constitute a class of medications commonly used in the treatment of elevated cholesterol. However, in experimental studies statins also have other non-cholesterol mediated mechanisms of action, which may have neuroprotective effects. The purpose of this study was to determine if administration of atorvastatin for 7 days after injury would improve neurological recovery in patients with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The hypothesis was that atorvastatin administration would reduce post-concussion symptoms and also that atorvastatin administration for one week post-injury would be safe...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005617/lateral-extracavitary-approach-versus-posterior-extensive-circumferential-decompression-in-the-treatment-of-complicated-thoracic-and-lumbar-tuberculous-spondylitis
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Khaled Omran, Ahmed S Abdel-Fattah, Ahmed M A Othman, Ahmed O Youssef, Amr Solimen, Mohamed A ElRefai, Ahmed N Saleh, Mohammed Ali
OBJECTIVES AND STUDY DESIGN: The aim of this study was to retrospectively evaluate 45 patients operated upon either by posterior extensive circumferential decompression (PECD) or by the lateral extracavitary (LEC) technique and compare the clinical, radiologic, laboratory, and functional outcomes. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND: The debate continues on the best decompression-fusion technique for treating complicated spinal tuberculosis. In recent times, the advantages of combined surgery have been successfully achieved using the 1-stage salvage technique, with enough accessibility to all 3 spinal columns...
December 21, 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004533/new-olfactometric-findings-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Giulio Cesare Passali, Francesco Bove, Lucrezia Vargiu, Anna Rita Bentivoglio, Roberta Anzivino, Eugenio De Corso, Jacopo Galli, Mario Rigante, Manlio Pandolfini, Bruno Sergi, Monica Giuliani, Francesca Cianfrone, Gaetano Paludetti, Alfonso Fasano
OBJECTIVES: to investigate in Parkinson's Disease affected patients a correlation between hyposmia and gastrointestinal dysfunction and their possible identical etiopathogenesis. DESIGN: retrospective cohort study. SETTING: ENT and Neurology departments (Gemelli Hospital, Rome, Italy). PARTICIPANTS: 78 patients with diagnosis of PD according to the UK Brain Bank criteria. INCLUSION CRITERIA: informed consent; olfactory testing executed; exclusion criteria: signs of dementia according to the DSM-IV criteria; Mini Mental State Examination score ≤ 26; head trauma; central neurological disorders, nasal or systemic diseases potentially affecting olfactory function...
December 22, 2016: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003962/cortical-arousal-in-children-and-adolescents-with-functional-neurological-symptoms-during-the-auditory-oddball-task
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Kasia Kozlowska, Dmitriy Melkonian, Chris J Spooner, Stephen Scher, Russell Meares
OBJECTIVE: Stress, pain, injury, and psychological trauma all induce arousal-mediated changes in brain network organization. The associated, high level of arousal may disrupt motor-sensory processing and result in aberrant patterns of motor function, including functional neurological symptoms. We used the auditory oddball paradigm to assess cortical arousal in children and adolescents with functional neurological symptom disorder. METHOD: Electroencephalogram (EEG) data was collected in fifty-seven children and adolescents (41 girls; 16 boys, aged 8...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001265/management-of-degenerative-cervical-myelopathy-an-update
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Andrei F Joaquim, Enrico Ghizoni, Helder Tedeschi, Wellington K Hsu, Alpesh A Patel
Introduction: Degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) is the most common cause of spinal cord dysfunction in adult patients. Patients generally present with a slow, progressive neurological decline or a stepwise deterioration pattern. In this paper, we discuss the most important factors involved in the management of DCM, including a discussion about the surgical approaches. Method: The authors performed an extensive review of the peer-reviewed literature addressing the aforementioned objectives...
December 2016: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
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