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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080915/dorsal-laminectomy-to-relieve-spinal-cord-compression-in-a-captive-syrian-bear-ursus-arctos-syriacus
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Ariela Rosenzweig Büeler, Yael Merbl, Yishai Kushnir, Orit Chai, Itzhak Aizenberg, Igal Horowitz, Einat Matalon, Doron Tam, Merav H Shamir
A 19-yr-old captive male Syrian bear ( Ursus arctos syriacus) presented with a right hind limb lameness that progressed to nonambulatory paraparesis over the course of 2 wk. When night enclosure confinement and a short course of glucocorticoids and antibiotics did not lead to improvement, radiographs were performed, followed by cerebrospinal fluid analysis and myelography, revealing a dynamic spinal cord compression at the level of T2-T3. Dorsal laminectomy of both T2 and T3 was performed to allow decompression...
December 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077661/characterizing-differential-post-stroke-corticomotor-drive-to-the-dorsi-and-plantarflexor-muscles-during-resting-and-volitional-muscle-activation
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Jacqueline Ann Palmer, Ryan Zarzycki, Susanne M Morton, Trisha M Kesar, Stuart A Binder-Macleod
Imbalance of corticomotor excitability between the paretic and nonparetic limbs has been associated with the extent of upper extremity motor recovery post-stroke, is greatly influenced by specific testing conditions such as the presence or absence of volitional muscle activation, and may vary across muscle groups. However, despite its clinical importance, post-stroke corticomotor drive to lower extremity muscles has not been thoroughly investigated. Additionally, while conventional gait rehabilitation strategies for stroke survivors focus on paretic limb foot drop and dorsiflexion impairments, most contemporary literature has indicated that paretic limb propulsion and plantarflexion impairments are the most significant limiters to post-stroke walking function...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074998/-prognostic-factors-of-functional-recovery-from-a-stroke-at-one-year
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J A Moreno-Palacios, I Moreno-Martinez, A Bartolome-Nogues, E Lopez-Blanco, R Juarez-Fernandez, I Garcia-Delgado
INTRODUCTION: Recovery of the ability to walk and independence is fundamental for any patient who suffers a stroke, and it can be influenced by a number of factors. AIM: To determine what variables are more important to achieve a good functional recovery at one year after the stroke. PATIENTS AND METHODS: An observational, longitudinal prospective study was conducted with 231 patients diagnosed with a stroke in the year 2013. An analysis was performed of the clinical characteristics, socio-demographic data, neurological situation at the time of hospitalisation -National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS)-, functional situation (Rankin Scale and Barthel Index) and ability to walk, both on hospitalisation and on discharge from rehabilitation and at one year...
January 16, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074392/effect-of-cerebrolysin-on-gross-motor-function-of-children-with-cerebral-palsy-a-clinical-trial
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Jafar Nasiri, Faezeh Safavifar
Gross motor dysfunction is considered as the most challenging problem in cerebral palsy (CP). It is proven that improvement of gross motor function could reduce CP-related disabilities and provide better quality of life in this group of patients. Therefore, the aim of this trial is to evaluate the effectiveness of cerebrolysin (CBL) on gross motor function of children with CP who are undergoing treatment. In this clinical trial study, paediatric patients aged 18-75 months with spastic diplegic or quadriplegic cerebral palsy, who were under rehabilitation therapy, were selected and randomly allocated in control and CBL groups...
January 10, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043958/fluctuating-drowsiness-following-cardiac-catheterisation-artery-of-percheron-ischaemic-stroke-causing-bilateral-thalamic-infarcts
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Daniel Hammersley, Ankur Arora, Madhava Dissanayake, Nabarun Sengupta
An 81-year-old man underwent cardiac catheterisation to investigate breathlessness and left ventricular impairment of unknown cause. He had unobstructed coronary arteries. Immediately following the procedure, he became suddenly unresponsive with vertical gaze palsy, anisocoria and bilateral upgoing plantar responses. He made a rapid recovery to his premorbid state 25 min later with no residual focal neurological signs. He then had multiple unresponsive episodes, interspaced with complete resolution of symptoms and neurological signs...
January 2, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042926/the-potential-impact-of-gut-microbiota-on-your-health-current-status-and-future-challenges
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Stitaya Sirisinha
Our health and probably also our behaviors and mood depend not only on what we eat or what we do (lifestyle behaviors), but also on what we host. It is well established for decades that all vertebrates including humans are colonized by a wide array of bacteria, fungi, eukaryotic parasites and viruses, and that, at steady state (homeostasis), this community of microbes establishes a friendly mutual relationship with the host. The term microbiota was originally meant to represent an ecological community of commensals and potentially pathogenic microbes that live within our bodies, but it is now used interchangeably with the term microbiome which was initially meant to represent a collective genome of the microbiota...
December 2016: Asian Pacific Journal of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035841/rehabilitation-robotics-for-the-upper-extremity-review-with-new-directions-for-orthopaedic-disorders
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Renée M Hakim, Brandon G Tunis, Michael D Ross
The focus of research using technological innovations such as robotic devices has been on interventions to improve upper extremity function in neurologic populations, particularly patients with stroke. There is a growing body of evidence describing rehabilitation programs using various types of supportive/assistive and/or resistive robotic and virtual reality-enhanced devices to improve outcomes for patients with neurologic disorders. The most promising approaches are task-oriented, based on current concepts of motor control/learning and practice-induced neuroplasticity...
December 30, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
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/28025624/impact-of-a-revised-curriculum-focusing-on-clinical-neurology-and-musculoskeletal-care-on-a-required-fourth-year-medical-student-physical-medicine-and-rehabilitation-clerkship
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John W Norbury, Clinton E Faulk, Kelly M Harrell, Luan E Lawson, Daniel P Moore
Background. A Required Fourth-Year Medical Student Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Clerkship was found to increase students' knowledge of PM&R; however the students' overall rotation evaluations were consistently lower than the other 8 required clerkships at the medical school. Objective. To describe the impact of a revised curriculum based upon Entrustable Professional Activities and focusing on basic pain management, musculoskeletal care, and neurology. Setting. Academic Medical Center. Participants...
2016: Rehabilitation Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018685/coexistence-of-factor-vii-deficiency-and-hereditary-spastic-paraplegia-in-two-siblings
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Hortensia De la Corte-Rodriguez, E Carlos Rodriguez-Merchan, M Teresa Alvarez-Roman, Ana L Hernandez-Moreno
We present the case of two patients aged 12 years and 7 years who were referred to our hospital for factor VII deficiency inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern, who had suffered from previous multiple joint haemarthroses. They presented with fine motor symptoms and difficulty in walking. During physical examination we observed neurological symptoms (general hypotonia, muscular hypotrophy, exaggerated tendon reflexes, pes cavus, and spastic gait). Given that the symptoms were not justified by the deficiency of coagulation factor VII and on suspicion of hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), tests were carried out...
2016: Case Reports in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018439/phelan-mcdermid-syndrome-presenting-with-developmental-delays-and-facial-dysmorphisms
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Yoon-Myung Kim, In-Hee Choi, Jun Suk Kim, Ja Hye Kim, Ja Hyang Cho, Beom Hee Lee, Gu-Hwan Kim, Jin-Ho Choi, Eul-Ju Seo, Han-Wook Yoo
Phelan-McDermid syndrome is a rare genetic disorder caused by the terminal or interstitial deletion of the chromosome 22q13.3. Patients with this syndrome usually have global developmental delay, hypotonia, and speech delays. Several putative genes such as the SHANK3, RAB, RABL2B, and IB2 are responsible for the neurological features. This study describes the clinical features and outcomes of Korean patients with Phelan-McDermid syndrome. Two patients showing global developmental delay, hypotonia, and speech delay were diagnosed with Phelan-McDermid syndrome via chromosome analysis, fluorescent in situ hybridization, and multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification analysis...
November 2016: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007647/rewiring-the-spinal-cord-direct-and-indirect-strategies
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Maria Teresa Dell'Anno, Stephen M Strittmatter
Spinal cord injury is currently incurable. Treatment is limited to minimizing secondary complications and maximizing residual function by rehabilitation. Neurologic recovery is prevented by the poor intrinsic regenerative capacity of neurons in the adult central nervous system and by the presence of growth inhibitors in the adult brain and spinal cord. Here we identify three approaches to rewire the spinal cord after injury: axonal regeneration (direct endogenous reconnection), axonal sprouting (indirect endogenous reconnection) and neural stem cell transplantation (indirect exogenous reconnection)...
December 19, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004949/effects-of-endothelin-induced-prefrontal-cortical-lesions-on-delay-discounting-in-the-rat
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Robert A Déziel, R Andrew Tasker
Stroke is one of the most prominent causes of neurological disability, and the number of stroke cases worldwide is expected to grow due to increases in both average life span and population. As such, new methods for both acute treatment and poststroke rehabilitation will be increasingly necessary. Although a number of approaches to restoring motor function poststroke are in development, there are few methods to alleviate the cognitive deficits caused by this disease. As well, there are very few preclinical models of stroke with a specific focus on higher-order cognitive functions...
December 22, 2016: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997256/ultrasound-functional-evaluation-of-fetuses-with-myelomeningocele-study-of-the-interpretation-of-results
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A Maroto, T Illescas, M Meléndez, S Arévalo, C Rodó, J L Peiró, M Belfort, A Cuxart, E Carreras
OBJECTIVE: To assess the reliability of the interpretation of a new technique for the ultrasound evaluation of the level of neurological lesion in fetuses with myelomeningocele. METHODS: Observational study including myelomeningocele fetuses, referred to our center for the sonographic assessment of the fetal lower-limb movements, made and recorded by an expert in Maternal-fetal medicine and a specialist in Rehabilitation. Two observers, with different levels of expertise and blinded to each other's results, interpreted each recorded scan two different times...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995945/the-developing-landscape-of-diagnostic-and-prognostic-biomarkers-for-spinal-cord-injury-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-and-blood
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REVIEW
C H Hulme, S J Brown, H R Fuller, J Riddell, A Osman, J Chowdhury, N Kumar, W E Johnson, K T Wright
STUDY DESIGN: Review study. OBJECTIVES: The identification of prognostic biomarkers of spinal cord injury (SCI) will help to assign SCI patients to the correct treatment and rehabilitation regimes. Further, the detection of biomarkers that predict permanent neurological outcome would aid in appropriate recruitment of patients into clinical trials. The objective of this review is to evaluate the current state-of-play in this developing field. SETTING: Studies from multiple countries were included...
December 20, 2016: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993587/percutaneous-needle-tenotomy-for-the-treatment-of-muscle-and-tendon-contractures-in-adults-with-brain-damage-results-and-complications
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Flavia Coroian, Claire Jourdan, Jérome Froger, Claire Anquetil, Olivier Choquet, Bertand Coulet, Isabelle Laffont
OBJECTIVE: To study the results and complications of percutaneous needle tenotomy (PNT) of superficial retracted tendons in brain damaged patients. Muscle and tendon contractures are common in this population and can lead to severe functional impairment. Care management is commonly based on open surgical tenotomy. PNT is a mini-invasive surgical procedure suspected to be safer among frail patients. DESIGN: Prospective observational study SETTING: University Hospital Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Orthopedic Surgery Departments...
December 16, 2016: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993586/imposed-faster-and-slower-walking-speeds-influence-gait-stability-differently-in-parkinson-fallers
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Michael H Cole, Matthew Sweeney, Zachary J Conway, Tim Blackmore, Peter A Silburn
OBJECTIVE: This cross-sectional study sought to evaluate the effect of imposed faster and slower walking speeds on postural stability in people with Parkinson's disease (PD). DESIGN: Cross-sectional cohort study; SETTING: General community PARTICIPANTS: 84 PD patients (51 with a falls history; 33 without) and 82 age-matched controls were invited to participate via neurology clinics and pre-existing databases. Of those contacted, 99 did not respond (PD=36; controls=63) and 27 were not interested (PD=18; controls=9)...
December 16, 2016: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981907/the-utility-of-interappendicular-connections-in-bipedal-locomotion
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David McMillan, Ray de Leon, Pierre A Guertin, Christine Dy
Homo sapiens constitute the only currently obligate bipedal mammals and, as it stands, upright bipedal locomotion is a defining characteristic of humans. Indeed, while the evolution to bipedalism has allowed for the upper limbs to be liberated from ground contact during ambulation, their role in locomotion is far from obsolete. Rather, there is reason to believe that arm swing offers important mechanical and neurological advantages to bipedal locomotion. In this short review, we present some compelling findings on the neural connections between the arms and legs during human locomotion...
16, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978832/critical-illness-polyneuropathy-cip-in-neurological-early-rehabilitation-clinical-and-neurophysiological-features
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Simone B Schmidt, Jens D Rollnik
BACKGROUND: Critical illness polyneuropathy (CIP) is a complex disease affecting 30-70% of critically ill patients. METHODS: Clinical (Barthel index, length of stay (LOS), morbidity, duration of mechanical ventilation, routine lab results) and neurophysiological (neurography) data of 191 patients admitted to neurological early rehabilitation and diagnosed with CIP have been analyzed retrospectively. RESULTS: CIP diagnosis was correct in 159 cases (83%)...
December 15, 2016: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976930/predicting-length-of-stay-in-specialist-neurological-rehabilitation
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Whitney Taiwo, Alexandra Wressle, Lloyd Bradley
AIMS: A retrospective case series was performed to determine which measures of complexity, dependency and function most accurately predict inpatient neurorehabilitation length of stay for individuals with post-acute neurological disorders. METHODS: Sociodemographic, medical and functional variables were extracted from data submitted to the UK Rehabilitation Outcomes Collaborative. Length of stay was calculated as the total number of inpatient days, functional status was measured using Barthel Index, rehabilitation complexity was measured using Extended Rehabilitation Complexity Scale, and nursing dependency was measured using the Northwick Park Dependency Scale...
December 15, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
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