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Anand Veeravagu, Amy Li, Lawrence M Shuer, Atman M Desai
BACKGROUND: Osteochondromas are the most frequent benign bone tumors, but only rarely occur along the spinal column and even more rarely induce symptoms from spinal cord compression. CASE DESCRIPTIONS: We report two adult patients, both with a history of hereditary multiple exostoses, who presented with cervical myelopathy secondary to osteochondromas. The first patient is a 22-year-old male with numbness and weakness of his right upper limb and neck pain. Radiological images revealed a bony tumor arising from the C3 lamina with evidence of severe spinal cord compression...
October 21, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Shantanu Dixit, Chaithra Kalkur, Atul P Sattur, Michael M Bornstein, Fred Melton
BACKGROUND: Scleroderma is a chronic connective tissue disorder with unknown etiology. It is characterized by excessive deposition of extracellular matrix in the connective tissues causing vascular disturbances which can result in tissue hypoxia. These changes are manifested as atrophy of the skin and/or mucosa, subcutaneous tissue, muscles, and internal organs. Such changes can be classified into two types, namely, morphea (localized) and diffuse (systemic). Morphea can manifest itself as hemifacial atrophy (Parry-Romberg syndrome) although this remains debatable...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Je Hoon Jeong, Hee Kyung Kim, Soo Bin Im
BACKGROUND: Atlantoaxial spondyloarthropathy is most often resulted from rheumatoid arthritis, cancer metastasis and basilar invagination. Dialysis-related spondyloarthropathy is a rare cause of spinal deformity and cervical myelopathy at the atlantoaxial joint. We report two long-term hemodialysis patients who presented with atlantoaxial spondyloarthropathy. CASE DESCRIPTION: Two patients with end-stage renal failure (ESRD) presented with history of progressively worsening neck pain and motion limitation, and gait disturbance...
October 19, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Tiziana Cavalli, Francesco Giudici, Gabriella Nesi, Andrea Amorosi, Raffaella Santi, Maria Luisa Brandi, Francesco Tonelli
Approximately 300 cases of sporadic parathyroid cyst (PCs) have been reported to date. Only two cases have been described in MEN1 so far. Detection by imaging could be challenging, especially in multiglandular primary hyperparathyroidism (HPT) and clinical outcome could be different. During the period 1990-2014, 71 MEN1 patients were operated for primary hyperparathyroidism in our centre. We report three cases of PCs in MEN1 patients affected by HPT, who underwent a total or subtotal parathyroidectomy with transcervical thymectomy...
October 20, 2016: Familial Cancer
Renu Saigal, Alok Chaudhary, Prashant Pathak, Amandeep Singh, Deepak Gupta, M L Tank, Saahil Nohria, Diwanshu Khatana
We describe a case of Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia Congenita (SEDc) who presented to our rheumatology clinic with complaints of painful swelling of bilateral elbow, knee, distal and proximal interphalangeal joints (DIP and PIP) of hands and small joints of foot. Patient also complained of restriction during extension of bilateral wrist joint and lateral rotation of neck on both sides. He was also unable to walk without support.
July 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Verena Merki, Juliane Pichler, Roland Giger, Georgios Mantokoudis
BACKGROUND: Chylothorax is a very rare but major complication in thyroid surgery and should be apparent to clinicians in this field. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case with chylothrax after thyroid surgery in our department that drew our attention. METHODS: Systematic review of the literature to evaluate the incidence and the contributing factors of chylothorax after thyroid surgery. Database (PubMed) and hand searches to identify patients with thyroid surgery and postoperative chylothorax...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Nnamdi Norbert Jibiri, Tawakalitu Oluwatoyin Akintunde, Musa Yusuf Dambele, Christopher Jimoh Olowookere
OBJECTIVE: The practice of regular dose measurement helps to ascertain the level of occupational dose delivered to the staff involved in diagnostic procedures. This study was carried out to evaluate the dose exposed to the hands of radiologists and a radiologic technologist carrying out HSG and radionuclide bone scan examinations in several hospitals in Nigeria. METHODS: Radiation doses exposed to the hands of radiologists and a technician carrying out hysterosalpingography (HSG) and bone scan procedures were measured using calibrated thermo-luminescent dosimeters...
October 5, 2016: Molecular Imaging and Radionuclide Therapy
Eija Haukka, Anneli Ojajärvi, Leena Kaila-Kangas, Päivi Leino-Arjas
We identified factors protective of all-cause sickness absence (SA) among subjects with multisite musculoskeletal pain (MSP). The nationally representative source sample comprised 3420 actively working Finns aged 30-55 in year 2000 and alive at follow-up. Pain in 18 body locations was combined into four sites (neck, low back, upper limbs, lower limbs). The baseline prevalence of MSP (pain in ≥ 2 sites) was 32 %. Baseline data on sociodemographic factors, work ability, work, health, and lifestyle were gathered by questionnaire, interview and clinical examination and linked with national registers on all-cause SA (periods lasting ≥10 workdays) for 2002-2008...
October 3, 2016: Pain
Gülsenay Citirak, Sanja Cejvanovic, Henning Andersen, John Vissing
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this observational, cross-sectional study was to quantify the potential presence of muscle weakness among patients with generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG). The influence of gender, treatment intensity and disease duration on muscle strength and disease progression was also assessed. METHODS: Muscle strength was tested in 8 muscle groups by manual muscle testing and by hand-held dynamometry in 107 patients with gMG and 89 healthy age- and gender-matched controls...
2016: PloS One
Lorenz Kadletz, Elisabeth Enzenhofer, Ulana Kotowski, Gabriela Altorjai, Gregor Heiduschka
CONCLUSION: On the one hand, AZD5582, an inhibitor of inhibitor of apoptosis family proteins (IAP), leads to cellular growth arrest and induction of apoptosis in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) cell lines. On the other hand, it is a viable candidate for combination therapy with irradiation. OBJECTIVES: The aim and purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of AZD5582 on HNSCC cell lines. METHODS: HNSCC cell lines SCC25, Cal27, and FaDu were used for all cell culture experiments...
October 14, 2016: Acta Oto-laryngologica
Joseph C Dort, D Gregory Farwell, Merran Findlay, Gerhard F Huber, Paul Kerr, Melissa A Shea-Budgell, Christian Simon, Jeffrey Uppington, David Zygun, Olle Ljungqvist, Jeffrey Harris
Importance: Head and neck cancers often require complex, labor-intensive surgeries, especially when free flap reconstruction is required. Enhanced recovery is important in this patient population but evidence-based protocols on perioperative care for this population are lacking. Objective: To provide a consensus-based protocol for optimal perioperative care of patients undergoing head and neck cancer surgery with free flap reconstruction. Evidence Review: Following endorsement by the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Society to develop this protocol, a systematic review was conducted for each topic...
October 13, 2016: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Iman Dianat
OBJECTIVES: This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms and associated risk factors among Iranian handicraft workers engaged in different hand sewing tasks. METHODS: Data were collected using questionnaires (including the Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire) as well as direct observations of posture (using the Rapid Upper Limb Assessment [RULA] method) from 632 workers including carpet handicraft workers (n=222), textiles handicraft workers (n=209), and leather handicraft workers (n=201) in Tabriz, Iran...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Occupational Health
Koyyalamudi Prudhvi, K Raja V Murthy
BACKGROUND: Of the occupational hazards experienced by dental professional worldwide, work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) are quite common. Research in the past has recognized that musculoskeletal disorders in dentistry contribute considerably to sick leave, reduced productivity, and dentist attrition. Considering the magnitude of these disorders, an attempt has been made to determine the prevalence and associated factors of various WRMSD. AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of self-reported, work-related musculoskeletal problems regarding the perception of pain, over the preceding 12 months and also to identify associated factors which might influence pain among dentists...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Dental Research: Official Publication of Indian Society for Dental Research
Matteo Bologna, Giulia Paparella, Andrea Fabbrini, Giorgio Leodori, Lorenzo Rocchi, Mark Hallett, Alfredo Berardelli
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the cerebellar inhibitory influence on the primary motor cortex in patients with focal dystonia using a cerebellar continuous theta-burst stimulation protocol (cTBS) and to evaluate any relationship with movement abnormalities. METHODS: Thirteen patients with focal hand dystonia, 13 patients with cervical dystonia and 13 healthy subjects underwent two sessions: (i) cTBS over the cerebellar hemisphere (real cTBS) and (ii) cTBS over the neck muscles (sham cTBS)...
September 15, 2016: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
Valerio Vitale, Ferdinando Caranci, Chiara Pisciotta, Fiore Manganelli, Francesco Briganti, Lucio Santoro, Arturo Brunetti
BACKGROUND: Hirayama's disease (HD), is a benign, self-limited, motor neuron disease, characterized by asymmetric weakness and atrophy of one or both distal upper extremities. In the present study we report the clinical, electrophysiological and MRI features of a group of Italian patients, with review of the literature. Moreover we propose an optimized MRI protocol for patients with suspected or diagnosed HD in order to make an early diagnosis and a standardized follow up. METHODS: Eight patients with clinical suspicion of Hirayama disease underwent evaluation between January 2007 and November 2013...
August 2016: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
Stephen K Aoki, James T Beckmann, James D Wylie
Arthroscopic osteochondroplasty has become the most common treatment for cam-type femoroacetabular impingement. However, gauging the appropriate depth and location of the femoral osteochondroplasty remains challenging, given the parallax observed from using a 70° arthroscope across multiple viewing perspectives. Consequently, reliable techniques must use a combination of arthroscopic and fluoroscopic checks and balances to assess the femoral head-neck junction to help guide bony resection. We have developed a technique for osteochondroplasty that has made the process more efficient and reliable in our hands...
August 2016: Arthroscopy Techniques
Lisa K Schroder, Erich M Gauger, Jeffrey A Gilbertson, Peter A Cole
BACKGROUND: This study's purpose was to assess patient-based functional outcomes following open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of displaced scapular body and glenoid neck fractures. This series represents a 9-year experience at a level-I trauma center and referral destination for this injury. METHODS: A database was established to record surgical and functional outcomes of scapular fractures treated with ORIF. For this report, the cases of all patients who had a glenoid neck or scapular body fracture (AO/OTA 14-A3 or 14-C1) without intra-articular involvement were reviewed...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
Yoshitaka Saito, Masaki Kobayashi, Takehiro Yamada, Kumiko Kasashi, Rio Honma, Satoshi Takeuchi, Yasushi Shimizu, Ichiro Kinoshita, Hirotoshi Dosaka-Akita, Ken Iseki
PURPOSE: Magnesium supplementation is an effective protective method against cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity (CIN); however, there are few reports regarding the mechanism of its nephroprotective effect. The aim of this study was to determine whether premedication with intravenous magnesium prevents CIN and to determine the relationship between its nephroprotective effect and serum magnesium level. METHODS: Fifty-eight patients with head and neck cancer who received cisplatin, docetaxel, and 5-fluorouracil (DCF) were retrospectively investigated...
October 3, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Qingmin Feng, Shenglin Liu, Lei Yang, Mingxing Xie, Qiang Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Studies from industrialized countries show that musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) occur commonly in sonographers. However, little is known about sonographers in China, where the awareness of ergonomics and MSD, workload, and available equipment/facilities may differ. We aimed to investigate the prevalence of MSD and associated risk factors in sonographers in central China. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted with 381 sonographers from 14 randomly selected tertiary hospitals in Hubei province, central China...
2016: PloS One
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
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