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Ditte Beck Jepsen, Jesper Ryg, Niklas Rye Jørgensen, Stinus Hansen, Tahir Masud
BACKGROUND: PaVOS is a randomized controlled trial (RCT) which aims to address the use of whole-body vibration exercise (WBV) in combination with parathyroid hormone 1-34 fragment teriparatide (PTH 1-34) treatment in patients with osteoporosis. PTH 1-34 is an effective but expensive anabolic treatment for osteoporosis. WBV has been found to stimulate muscle and bone growth. Animal studies have shown a beneficial effect on bone when combining PTH 1-34 with mechanical loading. A combined treatment with PTH 1-34 and WBV may potentially have beneficial effects on bone and muscles, and reduce fracture risk...
March 16, 2018: Trials
Byron J Schneider, Zachary McCormick, David O'Brien, Michael Bunch, Clark C Smith
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March 14, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Jaymin Patel, Fred DeFrancesch, Clark Smith
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March 14, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Yet Yen Yan, Jenn Nee Khoo, Tien Jin Tan, Joe Francis, Le Roy Chong, Elizabeth Hui-Ying Chan
PURPOSE: To review the errors made by radiology trainees in the reporting of cervical spine CTs (CCT) and to compare the discrepancy rates between the stages of training. METHODS: All CCTs reported by trainees after office hours between January 2015 and December 2015 were retrospectively reviewed by a team of five musculoskeletal consultants with experience ranging between 7 and 15 years. Discrepancies between the provisional report by the trainee and the findings by the musculoskeletal consultants were graded according to the RADPEER scoring system...
March 14, 2018: Emergency Radiology
Nitin Agarwal, Georgios A Zenonos, Prateek Agarwal, Frank J Walch, Eileen Roach, Sandra J Stokes, Robert M Friedlander, Peter C Gerszten
BACKGROUND: Pharmacological prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism (VTE) in the neurosurgical population is still a matter of debate, as the risk-to-benefit ratio is not well defined. OBJECTIVE: To further evaluate the risk-to-benefit ratio of VTE prophylaxis (VTEP) for all neurosurgical procedures. METHODS: A prospective evaluation was performed after the initiation of a VTEP protocol for 11 436 patients undergoing neurosurgical procedures over 24 mo...
March 9, 2018: Neurosurgery
Vanessa Bueno-Lopez, Carmen Fuentelsaz-Gallego, Manel Casellas-Caro, Ana Maria Falgueras-Serrano, Silvia Crespo-Berros, Ana Maria Silvano-Cocinero, Carolina Alcaine-Guisado, Manuela Zamoro Fuentes, Elena Carreras, Carmen Terré-Rull
BACKGROUND: Fetal occiput posterior position in labor is associated with more painful and prolonged labor, and an increase in both maternal and fetal morbidity. The aim of this study is to assess whether the modified Sims position on the side of the fetal spine increases the rotation to occiput anterior position in women with epidural analgesia and a fetus in persistent occiput posterior (POP) position. METHODS: This is an open, randomized controlled, clinical trial...
March 14, 2018: Birth
Youn Jung, Yeonhee Ko, Ha Young Kim, Yong Chan Ha, Young-Kyun Lee, Tae-Young Kim, Dong-Soo Choo, Sunmee Jang
This study examined differences between men and women in factors affecting anti-osteoporosis drug treatment after osteoporotic fracture. Using a national claims database, we analyzed patients aged 50 years and older who experienced their first osteoporotic fracture between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2012. We examined whether patients were prescribed anti-osteoporosis drugs within 6 months post-fracture. Factors associated with treatment status were identified using multivariate logistic regression...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism
M Campos-Friz, U Hubbe
BACKGROUND: Complex spinal surgery in elderly patients mostly treats degenerative spine alterations. The use of multimodal intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) has proven to be a useful tool to recognize neural deterioration during such operations. Elderly patients often have preexisting neural impairment, which leads to difficulties in deriving some potentials or can even lead to not obtaining any potentials at all. PRACTICE AND PROSPECTS: For reliable benefits from IONM a combined use of monitoring and mapping methods as well as the right choice of methods according to the spine level to be treated and a definition of the neural structures in danger is needed...
March 13, 2018: Der Orthopäde
Mathilde Quidet, Fahed Zairi, Eileen Boyle, Thierry Facon, Marie-Hélène Vieillard, François Machuron, Jean-Paul Lejeune, Richard Assaker
INTRODUCTION: Multiple myeloma spinal involvement can lead to bone-fractures and neurological impairment that can severely alter quality of life. The role of surgery is controversial, given its high morbidity, and the lack of evidence. We hereby aim to evaluate efficacy and safety of surgery in the management of symptomatic spinal lesions in patients with multiple myeloma. METHODS: We included all patients operated on for a myeloma-related spinal lesion, in our institution between 2007 and 2015...
March 9, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Elliott J Kim, Joseph B Wick, David P Stonko, Silky Chotai, Thomas H Freeman, Diana G Douleh, Akshitkumar M Mistry, Scott L Parker, Clinton J Devin
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of early decompression and stabilization in unstable spine injuries with incomplete neurological deficits. However, a clear consensus on timing to operative intervention still does not exist in those with a normal neurological exam and unstable spine. OBJECTIVE: To determine the optimal timing of operative intervention in traumatic spine injuries without neurological deficit. METHODS: Retrospective chart review at a single institution was performed including patients with traumatic spine injuries without neurological deficit admitted from December 2001 to August 2012...
February 24, 2018: Neurosurgery
Patrick Martineau, William D Leslie
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Trabecular bone score (TBS) is a texture index derived from the lumbar spine dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry which can assess skeletal quality and provide information about fracture risk independent of bone mineral density (BMD). TBS is useful in assessing osteoporotic fracture risk, with lower TBS values associated with increased fracture risk. In this article, we review the current state of TBS, including its utility and limitations in the assessment and management of osteoporosis, with particular emphasis on the recent literature...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Nancy E Epstein
Background: Spinal meningiomas are found in patients typically between the ages of 75 and 84: some report the average age to be 50. They occur with an incidence of approximately 1000 patients per year in the US, are mostly single (90%) rather than multiple (10%), and arise from the spinal meninges (arachnoid/dura). Tumors are typically posterior/posterolateral (70%) in location, leaving the remaining 30% in the anterior/anterolateral spinal canal. They produce symptoms and signs of radiculopathy (nerve root) and/or myelopathy (cord compression) depending on their site of origin...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Soliman Oushy, Lucas P Carlstrom, William E Krauss
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE: Transverse ligament cysts (TLC) are rare, surgically complex lesions arising posterior to the odontoid process of C2. Direct compression of the cervicomedullary junction is a devastating consequence of untreated lesions. We report the first case of spontaneous TLC regression without surgical intervention. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: A 75-yr-old woman presented to an outside hospital with acute episodes of left face and upper extremity numbness...
March 5, 2018: Neurosurgery
Masayoshi Kurachi, Tsutomu Takahashi, Tomiki Sumiyoshi, Takashi Uehara, Michio Suzuki
Background: A recent review reported that the median proportion of patients recovering from schizophrenia was 13.5% and that this did not change over time. Various factors including the duration of untreated psychosis, cognitive impairment, negative symptoms, and morphological changes in the brain influence the functional outcome of schizophrenia. The authors herein reviewed morphological changes in the brain of schizophrenia patients, effects of early intervention, and a direction of developing novel therapeutics to achieve significant improvement of the functional outcome...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Jawad Chishtie, Farrukh Chishtie, Karen Yoshida, Robert Balogh
BACKGROUND: The 2005 South Asian earthquake led to large-scale injuries and disabilities in northern Pakistan, which were dealt with using various approaches. In this regard, a community-based rehabilitation approach was initiated in the Muzaffarabad district of Pakistan in early 2006, focused on preventing complications among persons with Spinal Cord Injury. This case study briefly describes its development, aims and service provision components, in addition to the distribution of injuries from the disaster...
March 7, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Figen Govsa, Mehmet Asim Ozer, Huseyin Biceroglu, Asli Beril Karakas, Sedat Cagli, Cenk Eraslan, Ahmet Kemal Alagoz
BACKGROUND: Transarticular screw fixation has fatal complications such as vertebral artery (VA), carotid artery and spinal cord injuries. The landmarks for deciding the entry point for C1 lateral mass screws were clarified by using life-size three dimensional (3D) patient specific spine models. METHODS: This study included a total of 10 patients with C1 fractures. Dual CT scan data from C1 pre and post screwing of them were modified into 3D patient specific life-size cervical spine models...
March 3, 2018: World Neurosurgery
M Dosani, S Lucas, J Wong, L Weir, S Lomas, C Cumayas, C Fisher, S Tyldesley
Background: The Spinal Instability Neoplastic Score (sins) was developed to identify patients with spinal metastases who may benefit from surgical consultation. We aimed to assess the distribution of sins in a population-based cohort of patients undergoing palliative spine radiotherapy (rt) and referral rates to spinal surgery pre-rt. Secondary outcomes included referral to a spine surgeon post-rt, overall survival, maintenance of ambulation, need for re-intervention, and presence of spinal adverse events...
February 2018: Current Oncology
Yoshihiro Katsuura, Brandon Cincere, Garrick Cason, James Osborn
Here, we present a rare case of metastatic methicillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) infection arising from an unknown focus and spreading throughout the lumbar spine with associated pyomyositis of the paraspinal musculature, and septic arthritis of the knee, ankle and sternoclavicular joint. This case highlights the potential for missed aspects and delay in diagnosis in the care of metastatic S. aureus and the need for multispecialty intervention. Treatment of S. aureus infections requires a high index of suspicion and careful examination of multiple organ systems to identify the full extent of the disease...
March 5, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Mohammad Naeem Ur Razaq, Bahadar Ali, Muhammad Zahid Khan, Muhammad Waqar, Abdul Satar, Muhammad Arif Khan
BACKGROUND: Spinal injuries are the most devastating injuries and affect every aspect of patients' lives. This may cause lifelong disability due to spinal cord injury. Recovery of neurological functions is highly desirable. Early or late surgical intervention is still debatable, but majority recommend early intervention. The result of late surgical intervention in term of neurological recovery is not clear. This study focuses on neurological recovery after late surgical intervention. The objective of this study was to assess neurological recovery in term of ASIA grading in patients with traumatic spinal cord injury...
January 2018: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
Ahmed Aoude, Saber Ghadakzadeh, Hamzah Alhamzah, Maryse Fortin, Peter Jarzem, Jean A Ouellet, Michael H Weber
Study Design: This study was designed as a survey amongst Canadian spine surgeon to determine a scoring system to standardize pedicle screw placement assessment. Purpose: This study aimed to obtain and analyze the opinions of spine surgeons regarding the assessment of pedicle screw accuracy, with the goal of establishing clinical guidelines for interventions for malpositioned pedicle screws. Overview of Literature: Accurate placement of pedicle screws is challenging, and misalignment can lead to various complications...
February 2018: Asian Spine Journal
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