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Spinal mobility

Geeta Shroff, Dipin Thakur, Varun Dhingra, Deepak Singh Baroli, Deepanshu Khatri, Rahul Dev Gautam
BACKGROUND: The major complication faced by patients with chronic static spinal cord injury (SCI) is the loss of mobilization. With the aim to rehabilitate SCI patients, physiotherapy is performed worldwide. However, it only helps the patients to live with their disabilities. An interdisciplinary management involving human embryonic stem cell (hESC) therapy along with physiotherapy as a supportive therapy offers regenerative treatment of the patients with SCI. MAIN BODY: The present study focuses on the role of physiotherapy in the mobilization of patients with SCI (paraplegic 136; tetraplegics 90) undergoing hESC therapy...
December 2016: Clinical and Translational Medicine
Nasir A Quraishi, Stefano Boriani, Silviu Sabou, Peter P Varga, Alessandro Luzzati, Ziya L Gokaslan, Michael G Fehlings, Charles G Fisher, Mark B Dekutoski, Laurence D Rhines, Jeremy J Reynolds, Niccole M Germscheid, Chetan Bettegowda, Richard P Williams
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Spinal osteoid osteomas are benign primary tumours arising predominantly from the posterior column of the spine. These 'osteoblastic' lesions have traditionally been treated with intralesional excision. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to review the treatment and local recurrence rates for symptomatic spinal osteoid osteomas. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: Multicentre ambispective cross-sectional observational cohort study...
October 17, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Shearwood McClelland, Joseph F Baker, Justin S Smith, Breton G Line, Thomas J Errico, Christopher P Ames, R Shay Bess
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder manifesting over time to result in reduced mobility. The impact of PD on spinal fusion has yet to be addressed on a nationwide level. The Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) from 2001 to 2012 was used for analysis. Admissions with spinal fusion of two or more vertebrae (ICD-9 codes=81.62, 81.63 and 81.64) were included and then stratified based on the presence or absence of PD (ICD-9 code=332.0); patients with cancer (ICD-9 codes=140-239) or trauma (ICD-9 codes=805...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Anand Pandey, Vipin Gupta, Shailendra P Singh, Vijendra Kumar, Rajesh Verma
A trophic ulcer is a pressure ulcer caused by external trauma to a part of the body that is compromised due to disease, vascular insufficiency, or loss of afferent nerve fibers. Spinal dysraphism (ie, neural tube defects [NTD]) such as meningomyelocele is a risk factor for developing these ulcers in adults and pediatric patients. Information regarding the occurrence of trophic ulcers in pediatric patients with NTD is lacking. A review of the English-language literature on skin/neuropathic ulcers in patients with NTDs, irrespective of study design, published between 1975 and 2014, was undertaken using the PubMed database...
December 2015: Ostomy/wound Management
Claudia Kathe, Thomas Haynes Hutson, Stephen Brendan McMahon, Lawrence David Falcon Moon
Brain and spinal injury reduce mobility and often impair sensorimotor processing in the spinal cord leading to spasticity. Here, we establish that complete transection of corticospinal pathways in the pyramids impairs locomotion and leads to increased spasms and excessive mono- and polysynaptic low threshold spinal reflexes in rats. Treatment of affected forelimb muscles with an adeno-associated viral vector (AAV) encoding human Neurotrophin-3 at a clinically-feasible time-point after injury reduced spasticity...
October 19, 2016: ELife
Larry E Miller, William G Herbert
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a traumatic, life-disrupting event with an annual incidence of 17,000 cases in the US. SCI is characterized by progressive physical deconditioning due to limited mobility and lack of modalities to allow safe physical activity that may partially offset these deleterious physical changes. Approximately, 50% of patients with SCI report no leisure-time physical activity and 15% report leisure-time physical activity below the threshold where meaningful health benefits could be realized...
2016: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
Yu Ding, Di-Ke Ruan, Qing He, Li Sheng Hou, Jian Ning Lin, Hong Peng Cui
STUDY DESIGN: The clinical and radiologic data of total disk allografting (TDA) cases were collected and analyzed to explore the correlation between neurological function improvements and imaging changes. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the medium-term and long-term outcome and radiographic character after TDA, and, furthermore, to explore the significance of the changes of imaging signs after the transplantation. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Spinal fusion may result in the adjacent segment degeneration...
November 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Nicolas Dea, Raphaële Charest-Morin, Daniel M Sciubba, Justin E Bird, Alexander C Disch, Addisu Mesfin, Áron Lazáry, Charles G Fisher, Christopher Ames
STUDY DESIGN: Systematic literature review. OBJECTIVE: To investigate if evidence-based principles of oncologic resection for primary spinal tumors are correlated with an acceptable morbidity and mortality profile and satisfactory health-related quality of life (HRQOL) measures. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Respecting oncologic principles for primary spinal tumor surgery is correlated with lower recurrence rates. These interventions are, however, often highly morbid...
October 15, 2016: Spine
Tamir Ailon, Radmehr Torabi, Charles G Fisher, Laurence D Rhines, Michelle J Clarke, Chetan Bettegowda, Stefano Boriani, Yoshiya J Yamada, Norio Kawahara, Peter P Varga, John H Shin, Arjun Saghal, Ziya L Gokaslan
STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review. OBJECTIVE: To determine evidence-based guidelines for the management of locally recurrent spinal chordoma. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Chordoma of the spine is a low-grade malignant tumor with a strong propensity for local recurrence. Salvage therapy is challenging due to its relentless nature and refractoriness to adjuvant therapies. There are currently no guidelines regarding the best management of recurrent chordoma...
October 15, 2016: Spine
Asuka Desroches, Yuichiro Morishita, Itaru Yugue, Takeshi Maeda, Charles-Henri Flouzat-Lachaniette, Philippe Hernigou, Keiichiro Shiba
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective evaluation of sagittal angular motion from cervical spinal flexion to extension. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the kinematic effects of cervical laminoplasty for cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) on the occipitoatlantoaxial junction. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The kinematic effects of cervical laminoplasty for CSM on the occipitoatlantoaxial junction remain controversial. METHODS: A total of 65 CSM patients who were treated with cervical laminoplasty ranging from the C3 to C7 vertebrae were included in the study...
October 6, 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Suzanne Arends, Elisabeth Brouwer, Monique Efde, Eveline van der Veer, Hendrika Bootsma, Freke Wink, Anneke Spoorenberg
OBJECTIVES: Randomised controlled trials and open-label extension studies have demonstrated the clinical efficacy and safety of tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) blocking therapy in pre-selected study patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Our aim was to investigate the 7-year drug survival and clinical effectiveness of etanercept treatment in AS patients in daily clinical practice. METHODS: Consecutive AS patients from the prospective observational GLAS cohort who started etanercept because of active disease were included and evaluated over 7 years according to a fixed protocol...
October 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Raza Naseem Malik, Rachel Cote, Tania Lam
BACKGROUND: Skilled walking, such as obstacle crossing, is an essential component of functional mobility. Sensorimotor integration of visual and proprioceptive inputs is important for successful obstacle crossing. The objective of this study was to understand how proprioceptive deficits affect obstacle-crossing strategies when controlling for variations in motor deficits in ambulatory individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). METHODS: 15 ambulatory individuals with SCI and 15 able-bodied controls were asked to step over an obstacle scaled to their motor abilities under full and obstructed vision conditions...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
Keith Willett, David J Keene, Dipesh Mistry, Julian Nam, Elizabeth Tutton, Robert Handley, Lesley Morgan, Emma Roberts, Andrew Briggs, Ranjit Lall, Timothy J S Chesser, Ian Pallister, Sarah E Lamb
Importance: Ankle fractures cause substantial morbidity in older persons. Surgical fixation is the contemporary intervention but is associated with infection and other healing complications. Objective: To determine whether initial fracture treatment with close contact casting, a molded below-knee cast with minimal padding, offers outcome equivalent to that with immediate surgery, with fewer complications and less health resource use. Design, Setting, and Participants: This was a pragmatic, equivalence, randomized clinical trial with blinded outcome assessors...
October 11, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Jie Xu, Wu Zhang, Xiao-Jing Yan, Xue-Qiu Lin, Wei Li, Jian-Qing Mi, Jun-Min Li, Jiang Zhu, Zhu Chen, Sai-Juan Chen
BACKGROUND: DNMT3A mutations are frequently discovered in acute myeloid leukemia (AML), associated with poor outcome. Recently, a relapse case report of AML extramedullary disease has showed that AML cells harboring DNMT3A variation were detected in the cerebral spinal fluid. However, whether a causal relationship exists between DNMT3A mutation (D3Amut) and extramedullary infiltration (EMI) is unclear. METHODS: We took advantage of DNMT3A (R882C) mutation-carrying AML cell strain, that is, OCI-AML3, assessing its migration ability in vitro and in vivo...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
D A Schmerler, A J Espay
Although currently lacking a sensitive and specific electrophysiologic battery test, functional (psychogenic) dystonia can sometimes be diagnosed with clinically definite certainty using available criteria. Certain regional phenotypes have been recognized as distinctive, such as unilateral lip and jaw deviation, laterocollis with ipsilateral shoulder elevation and contralateral shoulder depression, fixed wrist and finger flexion with relative sparing of the thumb and index fingers, and fixed foot plantar flexion and inversion...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Frederico Ribeiro Neto, Patrícia Guanais, Guilherme H Lopes, Elisa Dornelas, Daniela de Campos Barbetta, Alessandra C B Coutinho, Carlos Wellington Gonçalves, Rodrigo Rodrigues Gomes Costa
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to investigate the influence of strength values and fat mass on functional independence of men with different spinal cord injury levels (SCI). DESIGN: Cross-sectional study; Setting: SARAH Rehabilitation Hospital Network - Brasilia, Brazil. PARTICIPANTS: Forty-five men with SCI were enrolled in the study. INTERVENTIONS: Subjects were assessed in functional independence scales, one maximum repetition test (1RM) and body composition to detect absolute and relative strength: 1RM divided by body mass (BM) and lean body mass (LBM)...
October 4, 2016: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Manish K Kasliwal, Christopher D Witiw, Vincent C Traynelis
OBJECTIVES: A common question posed by patients undergoing cervical fusion pertains to the likelihood of perceiving a postoperative limitation in neck mobility. The aim of this study was to assess the change in neck mobility after subaxial cervical fusion using an objective range of motion (ROM) measure and patient reported assessment. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients older than 18 years of age, undergoing first-time anterior or posterior subaxial cervical arthrodesis for a symptomatic spondylotic process (radiculopathy, cervical spondylotic myelopathy or primary neck pain) at a single center were eligible...
October 1, 2016: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
F C Heider, H M Mayer
OBJECTIVE: Herniated disc tissue removal to decompress the spinal nerve/cauda equina. Minimization of iatrogenic trauma and associated injuries. INDICATIONS: Conservative treatment did not sufficiently improve clinical symptoms. This is true for progressive or persisting neurological deficits, as well as for persisting pain which alters the quality of the patient`s life. Results of surgery are strongly dependent on the preoperative duration of symptoms. Paramount is the "timing" of surgery: poorer surgical results associated with increasing preoperative duration of symptoms...
September 29, 2016: Operative Orthopädie und Traumatologie
Arulalan Mathialagan, Roshan K Verma, Naresh K Panda
INTRODUCTION: Harmonic scalpel is being increasingly used in neck dissection as alternative to conventional electro-cautery for achieving haemostasis. Use of harmonic scalpel has been shown to significantly reduce intra operative blood loss and intra operative time in neck dissection. But how safe is it with regards to nerve injury (spinal accessory nerve and other nerves) during neck dissection. We intended to study the spinal accessory nerve injury during neck dissection by both harmonic scalpel and electro cautery technique and compared postoperative recovery of shoulder function after neck dissection...
October 2016: Oral Oncology
Sheikh Asad, Idrees Sher, Jens Peters-Willke, Peter Jessup
Neurotropic melanoma (NM) is a rare variant of cutaneous melanomas. Compared with conventional melanoma, NM is more locally aggressive with an increased tendency for local recurrence but less likely for nodal or distant metastases. The often amelanotic, benign appearance may lead to treatment issues such as late presentation, diagnostic delay, misdiagnosis, insufficient surgical margins, and recurrence with resulting poor outcome. To our knowledge, this is the first case report of NM with contiguous spread to the spinal cord...
March 2016: J Spine Surg
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