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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742428/neck-and-upper-limb-dysfunction-in-patients-following-neck-dissection-looking-beyond-the-shoulder
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Elise M Gane, Shaun P O'Leary, Anna L Hatton, Benedict J Panizza, Steven M McPhail
Objective To measure patient-perceived upper limb and neck function following neck dissection and to investigate potential associations between clinical factors, symptoms, and function. Study Design Cross-sectional. Setting Two tertiary hospitals in Brisbane, Australia. Subjects and Methods Inclusion criteria: patients treated with neck dissection (2009-2014). EXCLUSION CRITERIA: aged <18 years, accessory nerve or sternocleidomastoid sacrifice, previous neck dissection, preexisting shoulder/neck injury, and inability to provide informed consent (cognition, insufficient English)...
July 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739682/lower-body-lymphedema-in-patients-with-gynecologic-cancer
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REVIEW
Nicoletta Biglia, Valentina Zanfagnin, Alberto Daniele, Elisabetta Robba, Valentina E Bounous
Lower body lymphedema is a chronic condition and a significant cause of morbidity following treatment of gynecologic cancer that strongly impacts patients' quality of life (QoL). Most studies on secondary lymphedema have been performed on the upper limb after breast cancer treatment and much less is known about lower body lymphedema after gynecologic malignancies. This review focuses on secondary lymphedema due to gynecologic cancer treatment, analyzing its incidence in the different types of gynecologic cancer, diagnosis, risk factors, impact on QoL and treatment...
August 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739475/posterior-osteosynthesis-with-monoaxial-lateral-mass-screw-rod-system-for-unstable-c1-burst-fractures
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Yin-Shun Zhang, Jian-Xiang Zhang, Qing-Guo Yang, Wei Li, Hui Tao, Cai-Liang Shen
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Surgical treatment for unstable atlas fractures has evolved in recent decades from C1-C2 or C0-C2 fusion to motion-preservation techniques of open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). However, regardless of transoral or posterior approach, the reduction is still not satisfactory. PURPOSE: The article describes and evaluates a new technique for treating the unstable atlas fractures by using a monoaxial screw-rod system. STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective study PATIENT SAMPLE: The sample includes adult patients with unstable C1 fractures treated with a posterior monoaxial screw-rod system...
July 21, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738759/views-of-individuals-with-spinal-cord-injury-on-the-use-of-wearable-cameras-to-monitor-upper-limb-function-in-the-home-and-community
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Jirapat Likitlersuang, Elizabeth R Sumitro, Pirashanth Theventhiran, Sukhvinder Kalsi-Ryan, José Zariffa
OBJECTIVE: Hand function impairment after cervical spinal cord injury (SCI) can significantly reduce independence. Unlike current hand function assessments, wearable camera systems could potentially measure functional hand usage at home, and thus benefit the development of neurorehabilitation strategies. The objective of this study was to understand the views of individuals with SCI on the use of wearable cameras to track neurorehabilitation progress and outcomes in the community. DESIGN: Questionnaires...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735950/associations-between-clinical-diagnostic-criteria-and-pretreatment-patient-reported-outcomes-measures-in-a-prospective-observational-cohort-of-patients-with-neurogenic-thoracic-outlet-syndrome
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Joshua Balderman, Katherine Holzem, Beverly J Field, Michael M Bottros, Ahmmad A Abuirqeba, Chandu Vemuri, Robert W Thompson
OBJECTIVE: Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (NTOS) is caused by dynamic compression of the brachial plexus at the level of the supraclavicular scalene triangle or the subcoracoid (pectoralis minor) space, or both. The purpose of this study was to characterize relationships between 14 clinical diagnostic criteria (CDC) and seven pretreatment patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs) in a prospective cohort of patients with NTOS. METHODS: There were 183 new patient referrals between July 1 and December 31, 2015, with 150 (82%) meeting an established set of predefined CDC for NTOS...
August 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734105/effects-of-median-nerve-neural-mobilization-in-treating-cervicobrachial-pain-a-randomized-waiting-list-controlled-clinical-trial
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David Rodríguez-Sanz, Daniel López-López, Francisco Unda-Solano, Carlos Romero-Morales, Irene Sanz-Corbalán, Hector Beltrán-Alacreu, César Calvo-Lobo
BACKGROUND: There is a current lack of sufficiently high-quality randomized controlled clinical trials that measure the effectiveness of neural tissue mobilization techniques such as median nerve neural mobilization (MNNM) and their specific effects on cervicobrachial pain (CP). This study aim was to compare the effectiveness of MNNM in subjects with CP versus a waiting list control group (WLCG). METHODS: A single-blinded, parallel, randomized controlled clinical trial was performed (NCT02596815)...
July 22, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718697/pain-drawings-predict-outcome-of-surgical-treatment-for-degenerative-disc-disease-in-the-cervical-spine
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Anna MacDowall, Yohan Robinson, Martin Skeppholm, Claes Olerud
INTRODUCTION: Pain drawings have been frequently used in the preoperative evaluation of spine patients. For lumbar conditions comprehensive research has established both the reliability and predictive value, but for the cervical spine most of this knowledge is lacking. The aims of this study were to validate pain drawings for the cervical spine, and to investigate the predictive value for treatment outcome of four different evaluation methods. METHODS: We carried out a post hoc analysis of a randomized controlled trial, comparing cervical disc replacement to fusion for radiculopathy related to degenerative disc disease...
July 18, 2017: Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715712/propriospinal-cutaneous-induced-emg-suppression-is-unaltered-by-anodal-tdcs-of-healthy-motor-cortex
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Alana B McCambridge, James W Stinear, Sarah Peek, Winston D Byblow
OBJECTIVE: Cervical propriospinal premotoneurons (PN) relay descending motor commands and integrate peripheral afferent feedback. Effects of anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (a-tDCS) on propriospinal excitability in the upper limbs are unknown. METHODS: Healthy right-handed adults received a-tDCS or sham tDCS over primary motor cortex (M1) at 1mA (Experiment 1, n=18) or 2mA current intensity (Experiment 2, n=15). Propriospinal excitability was assessed by suppression of background electromyography (EMG) in extensor carpi radialis (ECR) from electrical stimulation of the superficial radial nerve during bilateral (Experiment 1 and 2) or unilateral (Experiment 2 only) activation of the left and/or right ECR...
June 28, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
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/28710663/a-multi-train-electrical-stimulation-protocol-facilitates-transcranial-electrical-motor-evoked-potentials-and-increases-induction-rate-and-reproducibility-even-in-patients-with-preoperative-neurological-deficits
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Shuta Ushio, Shigenori Kawabata, Satoshi Sumiya, Tsuyoshi Kato, Toshitaka Yoshii, Tsuyoshi Yamada, Mitsuhiro Enomoto, Atsushi Okawa
This study sought to evaluate the facilitation effect of repetitive multi-train transcranial electrical stimulation (mt-TES) at 2 repetition rates on transcranial electrical motor evoked potential (Tc-MEP) monitoring during spinal surgery, and to assess the induction rate in patients with impaired motor function from a compromised spinal cord or spinal nerve. We studied 32 consecutive patients with impaired motor function undergoing cervical or thoracic spinal surgery (470 muscles). A series of 10 TESs with 5 pulse trains were preoperatively delivered at 2 repetition rates (1 and 5 Hz)...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710046/image-guidance-to-aid-pedicle-screw-fixation-of-a-lumbar-fracture-dislocation-injury-in-a-toddler
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John K Houten, Jonathan Nahkla, Shashank Ghandi
BACKGROUND: Pedicle screw fixation of the lumbar spine in children less than two years of age is particularly challenging, as successful cannulation of the small pedicle dimensions require a high level of precision and there are no implants specifically designed for the infantile spine. Image-guided navigation is commonly used in adult spinal surgery and may be particularly helpful for placement of spinal screws where the bony anatomy is small and/or anatomically complex as in the upper cervical area...
July 11, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709833/anterior-reduction-and-fusion-for-treatment-of-massive-tear-drop-fracture-of-axis-combining-with-inferior-endplate-serious-traversed-lesion-a-retrospective-study
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Tao Jiang, Hong Yin, Xian-Jun Ren, Tong-Wei Chu, Wei-Dong Wang, Chang-Qing Li
BACKGROUND: Tear drop fracture of axis represents a very small percentage of injuries of the cervical spine, but there is controversy about the treatment method for tear drop fracture of axis, especially when a large avulsed fragment is significant displacement, which combined with the inferior endplate serious traversed lesion of axis. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical outcome of anterior reduction, graft fusion of C2-3 and plate fixation in the management of massive tear drop fracture of axis combining with inferior endplate serious traversed lesion of axis...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700633/effects-of-the-lateral-amplitude-and-regularity-of-upper-body-fluctuation-on-step-time-variability-evaluated-using-return-map-analysis
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Kazuhiro Chidori, Yuji Yamamoto
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of the lateral amplitude and regularity of upper body fluctuation on step time variability. Return map analysis was used to clarify the relationship between step time variability and a history of falling. Eleven healthy, community-dwelling older adults and twelve younger adults participated in the study. All of the subjects walked 25 m at a comfortable speed. Trunk acceleration was measured using triaxial accelerometers attached to the third lumbar vertebrae (L3) and the seventh cervical vertebrae (C7)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693816/anterior-pedicle-spreader-reduction-for-unilateral-cervical-facet-dislocation
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Zhengfeng Zhang
OBJECTIVE: The anterior only surgical procedure including discectomy, open reduction and fusion is used as a recommended approach in the treatment of unilateral cervical facet dislocations, but is difficult to achieve satisfactory anterior open reduction by vertebra distractor to spread the facet joints, especially for delayed management of unilateral cervical facet dislocation (7-21days). The goal of this study was to report an anterior pedicle spreader technique to distract directly the facet joint for anterior reduction and the results of 4 patients with successful application and describe safety...
July 6, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693584/-long-term-stability-of-stimulating-spiral-nerve-cuff-electrodes-on-human-peripheral-nerves
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Breanne P Christie, Max Freeberg, William D Memberg, Gilles J C Pinault, Harry A Hoyen, Dustin J Tyler, Ronald J Triolo
BACKGROUND: Electrical stimulation of the peripheral nerves has been shown to be effective in restoring sensory and motor functions in the lower and upper extremities. This neural stimulation can be applied via non-penetrating spiral nerve cuff electrodes, though minimal information has been published regarding their long-term performance for multiple years after implantation. METHODS: Since 2005, 14 human volunteers with cervical or thoracic spinal cord injuries, or upper limb amputation, were chronically implanted with a total of 50 spiral nerve cuff electrodes on 10 different nerves (mean time post-implant 6...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692508/effect-of-cervical-siphon-of-external-and-internal-carotid-arteries
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Rajani Singh, Richard Shane Tubbs
Variant courses, configuration, and branching pattern of the external and internal carotid arteries, especially when curved in S-shape, are important for hemodynamic changes and clinical implications. Therefore, the aim of the study is to report abnormal cervical siphons observed in external and internal carotid arteries to explore clinical significance by review of literature and hemodynamic changes theoretically.The right common carotid artery bifurcated into external and internal carotid arteries at the level of the upper border of thyroid cartilage in a 70-year-old female cadaver...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691569/anatomical-features-of-the-cervical-spinal-canal-in-chiari-i-deformity-with-presyrinx-a-case-control-study
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Judith A Gadde, Vinil Shah, Greta B Liebo, Geir A Ringstad, I Jonathan Pomeraniec, Soren J Bakke, Radek Fric, Alexander Ksendzovsky, John A Jane, Erin S Schwartz, Victor Haughton
Purpose The relationship between syringomyelia and presyrinx, characterized by edema in the spinal cord, has not been firmly established. Patients with syringomyelia have abnormal spinal canal tapering that alters cerebrospinal fluid flow dynamics, but taper ratios in presyrinx have never been reported. We tested the hypothesis that presyrinx patients have abnormal spinal canal tapering. Materials and methods At six medical institutions, investigators searched the PACS system for patients with Chiari I and spinal cord edema unassociated with tumor, trauma, or other evident cause...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691425/tolerance-of-combined-radiochemotherapy-in-cervical-cancer-patients
#18
Barbara Izmajłowicz, Małgorzata Rusiecka, Aleksandra Sztuder, Marcin Stępień, Agnieszka Ignatowicz- Pacyna, Beata Słocka- Romaniuk, Zbigniew Mazur, Jan Kornafel
BACKGROUND: Radiochemotherapy in cervical cancer was implemented to clinical practice based on five randomized clinical trials, published at the end of 20th century, which showed improvement in total and symptomless survivals by about 10 to 18 %. The increase of therapeutic index of such treatment can take place only at the advantage of the efficiency over the increase of its toxicity. Thus, it is necessary to monitor treatment reaction during radiochemotherapy. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to assess the acute post-radiation reaction during radiochemotherapy for cervical cancer and the analysis of the reasons of the unplanned course of combined treatment...
June 27, 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691320/use-of-ultrasound-shear-wave-elastography-to-evaluate-change-in-cervical-stiffness-during-pregnancy
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Tetsuo Ono, Daisuke Katsura, Kazutaka Yamada, Kaori Hayashi, Akiko Ishiko, Shunichiro Tsuji, Fuminori Kimura, Kentaro Takahashi, Takashi Murakami
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of shear-wave elastography (SWE) for measuring change in cervical stiffness during pregnancy, with regions of interest (ROI) designed for easy identification. METHODS: A total of 280 women were enrolled in this study. SWE was performed at a routine prenatal visit. A measurement area was chosen at the anterior part of the cervix, and a circular ROI 5 mm in diameter was set at two points, 5-10 mm (lower point) and 15-20 mm (upper point) from the external cervical os...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684744/learning-new-movements-after-paralysis-results-from-a-home-based-study
#20
Camilla Pierella, Farnaz Abdollahi, Elias Thorp, Ali Farshchiansadegh, Jessica Pedersen, Ismael Seáñez-González, Ferdinando A Mussa-Ivaldi, Maura Casadio
Body-machine interfaces (BMIs) decode upper-body motion for operating devices, such as computers and wheelchairs. We developed a low-cost portable BMI for survivors of cervical spinal cord injury and investigated it as a means to support personalized assistance and therapy within the home environment. Depending on the specific impairment of each participant, we modified the interface gains to restore a higher level of upper body mobility. The use of the BMI over one month led to increased range of motion and force at the shoulders in chronic survivors...
July 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
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