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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724187/nasogastric-tube-as-abdominal-pressure-sensor-in-urodynamics-proof-of-concept-of-a-novel-approach
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Sundaramoorthy VijayGanapathy, Vilvapathy Senguttuvan Karthikeyan, Ashwin Mallya, Ali Poonawala, Ramaiah Keshavamurthy
AIMS: The standard sensor for abdominal pressure (Pabd) measurement in urodynamics (UD) is a rectal sensor. In patients where the rectum is not available due to prior surgery or when external anal sphincter (EAS) tone is poor, rectal sensor may slip, making Pabd recording unreliable. Vaginal Pabd measurement and wireless vaginal sensors have been tried. We present our preliminary series of a novel nasogastric tube (NG) sensor for Pabd measurement. METHODS: We identified patients undergoing UD with a NG Pabd sensor from a prospectively maintained UD database of a tertiary care urological center between July 2013 and December 2016...
July 19, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721000/roentgenographic-and-computerized-tomography-based-morphometric-analysis-of-cervical-spinal-canal-diameters-to-establish-normative-measurements-in-an-indian-population
#2
Kapil A Pawar, Arya S Mishra, Gokul Bandagi, Sudhir K Srivastava
Compressive cervical myelopathy secondary to degenerative changes in the cervical spine is a common cause of neurologic morbidity in the elderly. Identification of canal stenosis and addressing it surgically in addition to the obvious compressive lesions is essential to obtain satisfactory results. We attempt to define the saggital and transverse diameters in a normal adult population presenting at our centre with head injuries. We found that the values were lower than those reported in comparable studies for a western population, and also that the dimensions in women are significantly lower than in men...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716281/-black-butterfly-sign-on-t2-weighted-and-susceptibility-weighted-imaging-a-novel-finding-of-chronic-venous-congestion-of-the-brain-stem-and-spinal-cord-associated-with-dural-arteriovenous-fistulas
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Mikako Enokizono, Noriko Sato, Minoru Morikawa, Yukio Kimura, Atsuhiko Sugiyama, Tomoko Maekawa, Daichi Sone, Daiki Takewaki, Tomoko Okamoto, Yuji Takahashi, Nobutaka Horie, Takayuki Matsuo
A dural arteriovenous fistula (DAVF) with spinal perimedullary venous drainage can cause progressive myelopathy, and it is sometimes incorrectly diagnosed as another spinal cord disease. Here we report the cases of three individuals with a DAVF (one craniocervical junction DAVF and two tentorial DAVFs) with progressive myelopathy showing unique magnetic resonance (MR) imaging findings. MR T2*WI or susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) demonstrated symmetrical dark signal intensity lesions predominantly in the dorsal aspect of medulla and the central gray matter of cervical spinal cord that showed the "black butterfly" silhouette...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714054/the-functional-relevance-of-diffusion-tensor-imaging-in-comparison-to-conventional-mri-in-patients-with-cervical-compressive-myelopathy
#4
Young-Mi Yang, Woo-Kyoung Yoo, Je Hyun Yoo, Yoon Hae Kwak, Jae-Keun Oh, Ji-Sun Song, Seok Woo Kim
OBJECTIVE: To determine the functional relevance of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) metrics and conventional MRI (signal intensity change in T2, compression ratio) by measuring the correlation of these parameters with clinical outcome measured by the modified Japanese Orthopedic Association (mJOA) score. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 20 cervical myelopathy (CM) patients participated in this prospective cohort study. The severities of CM were assessed using the mJOA score...
July 17, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712736/multivariable-analysis-of-factors-affecting-length-of-stay-and-hospital-charges-after-single-level-corpectomy
#5
Jian Guan, Michael Karsy, Meic H Schmidt, Andrew T Dailey, Erica F Bisson
Anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion (ACCF) is commonly employed for treating myelopathy, deformity, and a variety of other cervical pathologies. Limited data are available on factors associated with longer hospitalization and higher hospital charges following ACCF. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the pre-, intra-, and postoperative variables that are associated with length of hospital stay and hospital charges for patients undergoing single-level anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion in a retrospective case series...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711563/application-of-neurite-orientation-dispersion-and-density-imaging-or-diffusion-tensor-imaging-to-quantify-the-severity-of-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-and-assess-postoperative-neurological-recovery
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Genki Okita, Tetsuro Ohba, Tomohiro Takamura, Shigeto Ebata, Ryo Ueda, Hiroshi Onishi, Hirotaka Haro, Masaaki Hori
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Surgical outcome and the severity of cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) are unpredictable and cannot be estimated by conventional anatomical MRI. The utility of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to quantify the severity of CSM and assess postoperative neurological recovery has been investigated. However, whether conventional DTI should be applied in a clinical setting remains controversial. Neurite orientation dispersion and density imaging (NODDI) is a recently introduced model-based diffusion-weighted MRI technique that quantifies specific microstructural features related directly to neuronal morphology...
July 12, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711534/primary-intradural-extramedullary-cervical-spinal-cysticercosis
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Vetrivel Muralidharan, Bijesh Ravindran Nair, Bimal Patel, Vedantam Rajshekhar
BACKGROUND: Spinal cysticercosis has been reported only in 0.7 to 3.0% of patients with neurocysticercosis. Most of the patients with spinal cysticercosis have a coexisting intracranial disease. Most often these present as intradural extramedullary lesions, involving thoracic and lumbar regions or intramedullary lesions. Intradural extramedullary primary spinal cysticercosis presenting as cervical myelopathy is extremely rare and not reported till date. CASE DESCRIPTION: The authors describe a 56 year old man from the northeastern part of India with progressive spastic quadriparesis...
July 12, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708041/microendoscopic-laminotomy-versus-conventional-laminoplasty-for-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-5-year-follow-up-study
#8
Akihito Minamide, Munehito Yoshida, Andrew K Simpson, Hiroshi Yamada, Hiroshi Hashizume, Yukihiro Nakagawa, Hiroshi Iwasaki, Shunji Tsutsui, Motohiro Okada, Masanari Takami, Shin-Ichi Nakao
OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to characterize the long-term clinical and radiological results of articular segmental decompression surgery using endoscopy (cervical microendoscopic laminotomy [CMEL]) for cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) and to compare outcomes to conventional expansive laminoplasty (ELAP). METHODS Consecutive patients with CSM who required surgical treatment were enrolled. All enrolled patients (n = 78) underwent CMEL or ELAP. All patients were followed postoperatively for more than 5 years...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704622/assessment-of-psychometric-properties-of-various-balance-assessment-tools-in-persons-with-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy
#9
Alice Y Y Chiu, Marco Y C Pang
Study Design Clinical measurement; cross-sectional, repeated measures. Background Persons with cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) are known to have balance impairments. The psychometric properties of various balance assessment tools have not been evaluated in this population. Objective To examine the floor and ceiling effects, item difficulty and item discrimination index, internal consistency, reliability, and validity of the Balance Evaluation Systems Test (BESTest), Mini-BESTest, Brief-BESTest and Berg balance scale (BBS) in persons with CSM...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704332/the-image-diagnostic-classification-of-mr-t2-increased-signal-intensity-in-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-clinical-evaluation-using-quantitative-and-objective-assessment
#10
Masaaki Machino, Shiro Imagama, Kei Ando, Kazuyoshi Kobayashi, Kenyu Ito, Mikito Tsushima, Akiyuki Matsumoto, Masayoshi Morozumi, Satoshi Tanaka, Keigo Ito, Fumihiko Kato, Yoshihiro Nishida, Naoki Ishiguro
STUDY DESIGN: A prospective imaging study OBJECTIVE.: The study investigated whether the classification of increased signal intensity (ISI) using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) reflects the severity of symptoms in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Although the ISI on MRI in patients with CSM is observed, the degree of ISI has not been examined. The association between ISI and the surgical outcomes in cervical myelopathy remains controversial...
July 12, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703331/high-resolution-diffusion-tensor-imaging-in-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-a-preliminary-follow-up-study
#11
Li Guan, Xiaolong Chen, Yong Hai, Xiaodong Ma, Le He, Guangzhi Wang, Chun Yuan, Hua Guo
Diffusion imaging is a promising technique as it can provide microstructural tissue information and thus potentially show viable changes in spinal cord. However, the traditional single-shot imaging method is limited as a result of various image artifacts. In order to improve measurement accuracy, we used a newly developed, multi-shot, high-resolution, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) method to investigate diffusion metric changes and compare them with T2 -weighted (T2W) images before and after decompressive surgery for cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM)...
July 13, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701500/assessing-structure-and-function-of-myelin-in-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-evidence-of-demyelination
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Hanwen Liu, Erin L MacMillian, Catherine R Jutzeler, Emil Ljungberg, Alex L MacKay, Shannon H Kolind, Burkhard Mädler, David K B Li, Marcel F Dvorak, Armin Curt, Cornelia Laule, John L K Kramer
PURPOSE: To assess the extent of demyelination in cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) using myelin water imaging (MWI) and electrophysiologic techniques. METHODS: Somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEPs) and MWI were acquired in 14 patients with CSM and 18 age-matched healthy controls. MWI was performed on a 3.0T whole body magnetic resonance scanner. Myelin water fraction (MWF) was extracted for the dorsal columns and whole cord. SSEPs and MWF were also compared with conventional MRI outcomes, including T2 signal intensity, compression ratio, maximum spinal cord compression (MSCC), and maximum canal compromise (MCC)...
July 12, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692908/surgical-outcomes-of-laminoplasty-for-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-in-very-elderly-patients-older-than-80-years-time-from-symptom-onset-to-surgery-and-changes-in-spinal-cord-signal-intensity-on-mri
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Naoki Notani, Masashi Miyazaki, Shozo Kanezaki, Toshinobu Ishihara, Hiroshi Tsumura
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to assess the surgical outcomes of laminoplasty for cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) in very elderly patients (older than 80 years), focusing specifically on the time from symptom onset to surgery and on the loss in spinal cord signal intensity on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 100 consecutive patients (61 males and 39 females) with CSM who underwent laminoplasty between 2006 and 2014...
July 1, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690960/complete-atlantooccipital-assimilation-with-basilar-invagination-and-atlantoaxial-subluxation-treated-non-surgically-a-case-report
#14
Ali J Electricwala, Amita Harsule, Vishwajeet Chavan, Jaffer T Electricwala
Atlantooccipital assimilation is a partial or complete congenital fusion between the atlas and the base of the occiput. Most patients with atlas assimilation are asymptomatic, but some may present with neurological problems such as myelopathy. We present the case of a 37-year-old woman who presented with neck and occipital pain, episodic neck stiffness, and dizziness. Medical imaging revealed complete atlantooccipital assimilation associated with basilar invagination, atlantoaxial subluxation, and predisposing anterior spinal cord compression...
June 9, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690870/spinal-dural-arteriovenous-fistula-a-case-series-and-review-of-imaging-findings
#15
Shandy Fox, Luke Hnenny, Uzair Ahmed, Kotoo Meguro, Michael E Kelly
INTRODUCTION: Spinal dural arteriovenous fistulae (sdAVF) are rare lesions. Patients typically present with slowly progressive myelopathy that is often mistaken for degenerative cervical or lumbar stenosis. On spinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), multisegmental T2 hyperintensities along with associated flow voids are pathognomonic of sdAVF. However, diagnosis can be difficult. Definitive diagnosis and localization is achieved with complete spinal angiography. Treatment options include open surgical ligation, endovascular embolization or multimodality treatment...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690192/suppression-of-osteogenic-differentiation-in-mesenchymal-stem-cells-from-patients-with-ossification-of-the-posterior-longitudinal-ligament-by-a-histamine-2-receptor-antagonist
#16
Xizhe Liu, Gentaro Kumagai, Kanichiro Wada, Toshihiro Tanaka, Taku Fujita, Ayako Sasaki, Ken-Ichi Furukawa, Yasuyuki Ishibashi
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) patients have a high propensity toward osteogenesis. Histamine receptor H2 (H2R) antagonists (H2 blockers) like famotidine decrease ossification in patients, by an unclear mechanism. To confirm that MSCs express H2R and to clarify how H2 blockers suppress osteogenic differentiation, we used spinal-ligament MSCs from patients with OPLL or with cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) (control). The MSCs were treated with 10, 30, or 100nM famotidine for 7 or 21 days...
July 8, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687344/anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-versus-posterior-laminoplasty-for-multilevel-cervical-myelopathy-a-meta-analysis
#17
REVIEW
Liping Xu, Hong Sun, Zhenhuan Li, Xiaodong Liu, Guanghui Xu
OBJECT: Anterior cervical discectomy with fusion (ACDF) and laminoplasty (LAMP) are used for the treatment of multilevel cervical myelopathy. Despite their widespread applications certain differences are noted between the ACDF and LAMP procedures. A meta-analysis was conducted in order to compare the clinical outcomes, complications, and surgical trauma between ACDF and LAMP for the treatment of multilevel cervical myelopathy. METHODS: Medline, EMBASE, Google Scholar, and Cochrane databases were used for the search of relevant studies until September 2016...
July 4, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680730/spinal-cord-edema-with-contrast-enhancement-mimicking-intramedullary-tumor-in-patient-with-cervical-myelopathy-a-case-report-and-a-brief-literature-review
#18
Grigorios Gkasdaris, Danai Chourmouzi, Apostolos Karagiannidis, Stylianos Kapetanakis
BACKGROUND: Cervical myelopathy (CM) is a clinical diagnosis that may be associated with hyperintense areas on T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. The use of contrast enhancement in such areas to differentiate between neoplastic and degenerative disease has rarely been described. CASE DESCRIPTION: We present a 41-year-old female with a 5-month course of progressive CM. The cervical MRI revealed spinal cord swelling, stenosis, and a hyperintense signal at the C5-C6 and C5-C7 levels...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678119/risk-factors-for-and-clinical-outcomes-of-dysphagia-after-anterior-cervical-surgery-for-degenerative-cervical-myelopathy-results-from-the-aospine-international-and-north-america-studies
#19
Narihito Nagoshi, Lindsay Tetreault, Hiroaki Nakashima, Paul M Arnold, Giuseppe Barbagallo, Branko Kopjar, Michael G Fehlings
BACKGROUND: Although dysphagia is a common complication after anterior cervical decompression and fusion, important risk factors have not been rigorously evaluated. Furthermore, the impact of dysphagia on neurological and quality-of-life outcomes is not fully understood. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of and risk factors for dysphagia, and the impact of this complication on short and long-term clinical outcomes, in patients treated with anterior cervical decompression and fusion...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676461/cervical-burst-fracture-in-a-patient-with-contiguous-two-level-cervical-stand-alone-cages-a-case-report
#20
Rui Feng, Joshua Loewenstern, John Caridi
BACKGROUND: Cervical stand-alone interbody cages have seen increasingly wider use over the plate-and-screw construct in single-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) in the treatment of cervical disc herniation and degenerative spondylotic conditions. Despite positive clinical outcomes, the efficacy and safety of using these devices in contiguous multi-level ACDF, however, has remained controversial. CASE DESCRIPTION: This report discusses a burst fracture seen as a complication in multi-level cervical stand-alone cage use...
July 1, 2017: World Neurosurgery
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