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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426843/understanding-the-risks-and-harms-of-management-of-incidental-thyroid-nodules-a-review
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Jenny K Hoang, Xuan V Nguyen
Importance: Incidental thyroid nodules are defined as nodules originally detected in a patient with no thyroid-related clinical symptoms, examination findings, or suspected thyroid disease. Medical imaging for diseases in the neck, chest, and spine is a common source of incidental thyroid nodules. They are easily detected but poorly characterized. The next step is to decide whether the incidental thyroid nodule should be further evaluated with ultrasonography. Observations: Indiscriminate workup of incidental thyroid nodules with ultrasonography is not cost-effective and is potentially harmful...
April 20, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425771/review-of-stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-intradural-spine-tumors
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Taylor E Purvis, C Rory Goodwin, Daniel Lubelski, Ilya Laufer, Daniel M Sciubba
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) has become an increasingly popular treatment modality for spinal tumors due to its noninvasive and targeted approach. Whether SRS has the promise of relieving pretreatment symptoms and providing local tumor control for patients with intradural spine tumors is still debated. This review explores the current literature on SRS treatment for both metastatic and benign intradural tumors, with a focus on differential use for intramedullary and intradural extramedullary neoplasms. Although mortality rates from underlying malignant disease remain high, SRS may benefit patients with spinal metastatic lesions...
April 2017: CNS Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425756/cns-hemangioblastomatosis-in-a-patient-without-von-hippel-lindau-disease
#3
Arie Franco, Peter Pytel, Rimas V Lukas, Rupa Chennamaneni, John M Collins
We report on a case of disseminated CNS hemangioblastoma, also referred to as hemangioblastomatosis, involving the supratentorial compartment and the entire spine. The patient presented with new onset headache, gait difficulties and memory deficits many years following resection of a hemangioblastoma from the cerebellum. The patient's family history was negative for von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease, and his personal history was negative for any additional VHL-defining lesions. Imaging revealed extensive dural caking and nodularity both supratentorially and in the spine, along with scattered parenchymal tumors showing a more typical appearance for hemangioblastoma...
April 2017: CNS Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421461/the-role-of-tumor-board-conferences-in-neuro-oncology-a-nationwide-provider-survey
#4
REVIEW
James Snyder, Lonni Schultz, Tobias Walbert
The tumor board or multidisciplinary cancer meeting (MCM) is the foundation of high value multidisciplinary oncology care, coordinating teams of specialists. Little is known on how these meetings are implemented in Neuro-oncology. Benefits of MCMs include coordination, direction for complicated cases, education, and a forum for communication, emerging technology, and clinical trials. This study identifies participation and utilization of neuro-oncology MCMs. A cross-sectional descriptive survey was dispersed through an internet questionnaire...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413794/comparative-evaluation-of-iodine-131-metaiodobenzylguanidine-and-18-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-in-assessing-neural-crest-tumors-will-they-play-a-complementary-role
#5
Soumyakanti Kundu, Purushottam Kand, Sandip Basu
BACKGROUND: 18-Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) has established a role in the evaluation of several malignancies. However, its precise clinical role in the neural crest cell tumors continues to evolve. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare iodine-131 metaiodobenzylguanidine ((131)I-MIBG) and FDG-PET of head to head in patients with neural crest tumors both qualitatively and semiquantitatively and to determine their clinical utility in disease status evaluation and further management...
January 2017: South Asian Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413557/c2-primary-leiomyoma-in-an-immunocompetent-woman-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
#6
Mohana Rao Patibandla, Madhukar T Nayak, A K Purohit, Megha Uppin, Sundaram Challa, Gokul Chowdary Addagada, Manisha Nukavarapu
Clinical case report and review of the literature. This is the first case of primary leiomyoma in an immunocompetent woman without previous history of uterine leiomyoma being reported in the literature to the best of our knowledge. Leiomyoma, a type of smooth muscle cell tumor, involving the vertebra is extremely rare. There were very few primary leiomyoma in patients with AIDS or in the immune-suppressed patients. This 48-year-old female came with H/o neck pain, weakness and bladder retention. On examination, tone increased in all four limbs, power on the right side of the limbs 4/5, power on the left upper limb 0/5, lower limb 3/5, left plantar was up going, decreased sensation over the left second cervical vertebra (C2) dermatome and all modalities decreased below C2...
January 2017: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412561/metastatic-human-breast-cancer-to-the-spine-produces-mechanical-hyperalgesia-and-gait-deficits-in-rodents
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Rachel Sarabia-Estrada, Alejandro Ruiz-Valls, Hugo Guerrero-Cazares, Ana M Ampuero, Ismael Jimenez-Estrada, Samantha De Silva, Lydia J Bernhardt, C Rory Goodwin, A Karim Ahmed, Yuxin Li, Neil A Phillips, Ziya L Gokaslan, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Daniel M Sciubba
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Metastases to the spine are a common source of severe pain in cancer patients. The secondary effects of spinal metastases include pain, bone fractures, hypercalcemia, and neurological deficits. As the disease progresses, pain severity can increase until it becomes refractory to medical treatments and leads to a decreased quality of life for patients. A key obstacle in the study of pain-induced spinal cancer is the lack of reliable and reproducible spine cancer animal models...
April 13, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409420/single-fraction-spine-stereotactic-ablative-body-radiotherapy-with-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy
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Matthew M Gestaut, Nitika Thawani, Sangroh Kim, Veera R Gutti, Sameer Jhavar, Niloyjyoti Deb, Andrew Morrow, Russell A Ward, Jason H Huang, Mehul Patel
This study investigated a single institution's experience with volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) directed stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) for vertebral metastases. From 2010 to 2014, 95 lesions of spinal metastases in 73 patients were treated with SABR using VMAT. Clinical local control, pain level, and use of steroid medication were employed to evaluate treatment responses. The majority (79%) of patients were treated with a radiation dose of 20 Gy in a single fraction. However, when normal tissue constraints could not be achieved, the dose was reduced to 18 Gy (11%) or 16 Gy (8%) in 1 fraction...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408261/use-of-intraoperative-navigation-for-reconstruction-of-the-c1-lateral-mass-after-resection-of-aneurysmal-bone-cyst
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Jennifer Neva, Brandon W Smith, Jacob R Joseph, Paul Park
BACKGROUND: Aneurysmal bone cysts (ABC) are rare blood-filled cystic lesions that are found in the long bones and spine. Here, we present a case of an ABC found in the lateral mass and lamina of C1. Lesions in this area provide a surgical challenge due to its difficulty in access as well as its need for reconstruction. We describe a novel use of intraoperative navigation (ION) to assist in the placement of a C1 lateral mass titanium cage. CASE DESCRIPTION: An 18-year-old female presented with headaches and progressive neck pain...
April 10, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407736/large-enchondroma-of-the-thoracic-spine-a-rare-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#10
Jing Guo, Ju-Zhou Gao, Lian-Jin Guo, Zhi-Xun Yin, Er-Xing He
BACKGROUND: Enchondroma, a subtype of chondroma, originates from the medullary cavity of the bone and produces an expansile growth pattern. Enchondroma located in the spine is rare and a few cases of large thoracic enchondroma have been reported. The authors document a rare case of large enchondroma in the thoracic spine of a 49-year-old woman, and discuss its clinical, radiological and histopathological characteristics. CASE PRESENTATION: The patient presented with rapidly progressive and severe pain on her upper back...
April 13, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405532/spinal-schwannoma-with-intradural-intramedullary-hemorrhage
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Muhammad Nadeem, Salman Mansoor, Salman Assad, Fariha Ilyas, Ahmed H Qavi, Shoab Saadat
Patients with spinal abnormalities infrequently present with intradural intramedullary bleeding. The more common causes include spinal trauma, arteriovenous malformations and saccular aneurysms of spinal arteries. On occasion, spinal cord tumors either primary or metastatic may cause intramedullary bleed with ependymoma of the conus medullaris. Spinal nerve sheath tumors such as schwannomas only rarely cause intradural intramedullary bleed, especially in the absence of spinal cord or nerve root symptoms. We report a case of spinal intradural schwannoma presenting with acute onset of quadriparesis...
March 6, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396950/giant-cell-tumor-of-the-thoracic-spine-completely-removed-by-total-spondylectomy-after-neoadjuvant-denosumab-therapy
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Noritaka Yonezawa, Hideki Murakami, Satoshi Kato, Akihiko Takeuchi, Hiroyuki Tsuchiya
PURPOSE: Denosumab, a novel monoclonal antibody that targets the receptor activator of nuclear factor-κB (RANK) ligand (RANKL), has recently been used to treat patients with giant cell tumor of bone (GCTB). However, few reports have described the clinical results of denosumab therapy for spinal GCTB and evaluated treatment efficacy with respect to the entirety of the resected vertebra after denosumab therapy. METHODS: We present the case of a 51-year-old man with T12 GCTB that was completely removed by a total spondylectomy following 10 courses of neoadjuvant denosumab therapy...
April 10, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385727/multicenter-clinical-and-imaging-evaluation-of-targeted-radiofrequency-ablation-t-rfa-and-cement-augmentation-of-neoplastic-vertebral-lesions
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Melinda Reyes, Mark Georgy, Lorenzo Brook, Orlando Ortiz, Allan Brook, Vikas Agarwal, Mario Muto, Luigi Manfre, Stefano Marcia, Bassem A Georgy
BACKGROUND: Treatment of spinal metastatic lesions by radiofrequency ablation (RFA) before cementation can potentially help in local tumor control and pain relief. This is often limited by access and tumor location. This study reports multicenter clinical and imaging outcomes following targeted RFA (t-RFA) and cement augmentation in neoplastic lesions of the spine. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective multicenter study of 49 patients with 72 painful vertebral lesions, evaluated for clinical and imaging outcomes following RFA and cement augmentation of spinal metastatic lesions, was undertaken...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383090/lumbosacral-epidural-primitive-neuroectodermal-tumor-pnet-case-report-and-literature-review
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Keyvan Eghbal, Amir Reza Dehghanian, Fariborz Ghaffarpasand
BACKGROUND: The primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNET) of the spine are rare and usually are intramedullary and being reported in children. We herein report an epidural PNET of lumbosacral area presenting with cauda equine syndrome in an adult. CASE REPORT: A 38-year-old woman presented to our emergency room with acute onset lower extremity weakness and urinary incontinency. Emergency MRI revealed an isoitense on T1-weighted and heterogeneously hyperintense in T2-weighted images in epidural lumbosacral area...
March 9, 2017: Turkish Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377828/paravertebral-well-differentiated-liposarcoma-with-low-grade-osteosarcomatous-component-case-report-with-11-year-follow-up-radiological-pathological-and-genetic-data-and-literature-review
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Nicolas Macagno, Stéphane Fuentes, Gonzague de Pinieux, André Maues de Paula, Sébastien Salas, Jean-Camille Mattéi, Charlotte Dupuis, Romain Appay, Alain Aurias, Henry Dufour, Dominique Figarella-Branger, Corinne Bouvier
Despite being one of the most frequent soft-tissue sarcomas, well-differentiated liposarcoma has never been reported near the spine. The authors present the case of a 67-year-old man with progressive history of back pain. Physical examination revealed a mass located within the right paravertebral muscles. MR and CT imaging showed a heavily ossified central mass surrounded by a peripheral fatty component. No connection with the underlying bone was detected on imagery and during surgery. After surgical resection, histopathological examination revealed a tumor harboring combined features of well-differentiated liposarcoma and low-grade osteosarcoma...
2017: Case Reports in Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377643/langerhans-cell-histiocytosis-of-the-cervical-spine-in-an-adult-patient-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#16
Ines Vielgut, Bernadette Liegl-Atzwanger, Gerhard Bratschitsch, Andreas Leithner, Roman Radl
Langerhans-cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a rare, benign bone tumor, usually occurring in children and younger adults under 20 years old. Only a few cases of solitary bone lesions of the adult spine are reported in literature, therapeutic guidelines or treatment regimens for lesions of the adult spine are not established yet to our knowledge.
June 2017: Journal of Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377245/postoperative-non-pathological-fever-after-spinal-surgery-incidence-and-risk-factor-analysis
#17
Junghan Seo, Jin Hoon Park, Eun Hee Song, Young-Seok Lee, Sang Ku Jung, Sang Ryong Jeon, Seung Chul Rhim, Sung Woo Roh
BACKGROUND: Although there are many postoperative febrile causes, surgical site infection has always been considered as one of the major causes, but it should be excluded; we encountered many patients who showed delayed postoperative fever that was not related to wound infection after spinal surgery. We aimed to determine the incidence of delayed postoperative fever and its characteristics after spinal surgery, and to analyze the causal factors. METHODS: A total of 250 patients who underwent any type of spinal surgery were analyzed...
April 1, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376922/epidemiological-characteristics-of-primary-spinal-osseous-tumors-in-eastern-china
#18
Zhenhua Zhou, Xudong Wang, Zhipeng Wu, Wending Huang, Jianru Xiao
BACKGROUND: Primary spinal osseous tumors are rare, yet they represent a difficult treatment paradigm because of the complexities of tumor resection and significant resistance to chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The geographic distribution of primary spinal osseous tumors throughout the world appears to be quite variable, with a very low incidence reported in Asian countries. METHODS: Data on 1209 cases of primary spinal osseous malignant and benign tumor cases diagnosed during the 20-year period of 1995 through 2015 in eastern China were analyzed...
April 4, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374127/surgical-management-of-solitary-nerve-sheath-tumors-originating-around-the-epiconus-or-conus-medullaris-a-retrospective-case-analysis-based-on-neurological-function
#19
Kentaro Naito, Toru Yamagata, Atsufumi Nagahama, Shinichi Kawahara, Kenji Ohata, Toshihiro Takami
The objective of this retrospective case analysis was to evaluate the surgical impact on neurological functional recovery in cases of solitary spinal nerve sheath tumors (NSTs) originating around the epiconus, conus medullaris, or cauda equina and not associated with neurofibromatosis. This 10-year surgical study included 30 cases of spinal NSTs originating around the spine level of T12-L1 (epiconus-to-conus medullaris: Epi-CM group), and 15 cases of spinal NSTs originating below the spine level of L2 (cauda equina: CE group)...
April 3, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371249/osteoid-osteoma-benign-osteoblastic-tumor-of-the-lumbar-l4-transverse-process-associated-with-radicular-pain-a-case-report
#20
Carlos L Nebreda, Ricardo Vallejo, Victor Mayoral-Rojals, Antonio Ojeda
Osteoid osteomas of the spine are benign bone tumors typically presenting with progressive pain without neurological deficit. This report presents a case of an osteoid osteoma in the lumbar spine associated with radicular pain. The patient, a young male athlete, presented with severe chronic nightly left low back pain radiated to the ipsilateral lower extremity who failed to respond to physical therapy and analgesic medications. Initial radiologic examination was reported as normal, but closer inspection of the T1- and T2-weighted magnetic resonance image as well as technetium-99m total body bone scan and a computed tomography scan revealed a bony lesion in the left transverse process of the L4 vertebra consistent with the diagnosis of osteoid osteoma...
March 30, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
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