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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789706/short-segment-transverse-myelitis-lesions-in-a-cohort-of-latin-american-patients-with-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorders
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Edgar Carnero Contentti, Vanessa Daccach Marques, Ibis Soto de Castillo, Verónica Tkachuk, Amilton Antunes Barreira, Elizabeth Armas, Edson Chiganer, Camila de Aquino Cruz, José Luis Di Pace, Javier Pablo Hryb, Carolina Lavigne Moreira, Carmen Lessa, Omaira Molina, Mónica Perassolo, Arnoldo Soto, Alejandro Caride
STUDY DESIGN: Multicenter retrospective study. OBJECTIVES: The aim was to determine the frequency and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features of short-segment transverse myelitis (STM) in patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD) during a myelitis attack. SETTING: Latin American diagnostic centres (Neuroimmunology Unit). A multicenter study from Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela was performed. METHODS: Seventy-six patients with NMOSD were included...
May 22, 2018: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789200/determination-of-spatial-dose-distribution-in-ucc-treatments-with-ldr-brachytherapy-using-monte-carlo-methods
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REVIEW
Jorge Luis Benites-Rengifo, Hector Rene Vega-Carrillo
Using Monte Carlos methods, with the MCNP5 code, a gynecological phantom and a vaginal cylinder were modeled. The spatial distribution of absorbed dose rates in Uterine Cervical Cancer treatment through low dose rate brachytherapy was determined. A liquid water gynecology computational phantom, including a vaginal cylinder applicator made of Lucite, was designed. The applicator has a linear array of four radioactive sources of Cesium 137. Around the vaginal cylinder, 13 water spherical cells of 0.5 cm-diameter were modeled to calculate absorbed dose emulating the procedure made by the treatment planning system...
May 19, 2018: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781383/preferential-spinal-cord-volume-loss-in-primary-progressive-multiple-sclerosis
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Charidimos Tsagkas, Stefano Magon, Laura Gaetano, Simon Pezold, Yvonne Naegelin, Michael Amann, Christoph Stippich, Philippe Cattin, Jens Wuerfel, Oliver Bieri, Till Sprenger, Ludwig Kappos, Katrin Parmar
BACKGROUND: Little is known on longer term changes of spinal cord volume (SCV) in primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS). OBJECTIVE: Longitudinal evaluation of SCV loss in PPMS and its correlation to clinical outcomes, compared to relapse-onset multiple sclerosis (MS) subtypes. METHODS: A total of 60 MS age-, sex- and disease duration-matched patients (12 PPMS, each 24 relapsing-remitting (RRMS) and secondary progressive MS (SPMS)) were analysed annually over 6 years of follow-up...
May 1, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777885/posttraumatic-cerebrospinal-fluid-leak-associated-with-an-upper-cervical-meningeal-diverticulum
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Noriya Enomoto, Hideo Mure, Toshiyuki Okazaki, Mai Azumi, Shinya Okita, Shinji Nagahiro, Yasushi Takagi
Spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH) has been increasingly recognized as a phenomenon caused by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks; however, its pathogenesis is still unclear. Here, we report two cases of SIH as a result of CSF leak from a meningeal diverticulum at the C2 nerve root sleeve. The first case is that of a 46-year-old man who had suffered from orthostatic headache after a bicycle accident at age 45. Computed tomography (CT) myelography revealed CSF leaks at the C1/2 level. He underwent epidural blood patch (EBP) therapy, but it was unsuccessful...
May 16, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775002/-clinical-significance-of-four-quadrant-localization-in-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-metastatic-carcinoma-of-the-neck-with-unknown-primary
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Y Y Gao, X H Chen
Objective: The aim of this study is to investigate the clinical significance of four quadrant localization in the diagnosis and treatment of unknown primary cervical metastases. Method: The clinical data with unknown primary cervical metastases, were analyzed retrospectively. All the patients have not been found the original site in the initial treatment. There are four quadrants in the neck, the neck line as the longitudinal axis, and edge of cricoid cartilage as the horizontal axis. When cervical metastasis occurred in the left and right upper quadrant, the primary tumor site and radiotherapy from the skull base to the root of the neck; when appear in left and right lower quadrant, the primary investigation site and radiotherapy from neck to thoracic mediastinum, left lower abdomen also includes following primary search...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology, Head, and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774117/investigation-of-tumor-tumor-interactions-in-a-double-human-cervical-carcinoma-xenograft-model-in-nude-mice
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Barbara Mertens, Tatiane Cristina de Araujo Nogueira, Dimitrios Topalis, Ruzena Stranska, Robert Snoeck, Graciela Andrei
Tumor-tumor distant interactions within one organism are of major clinical relevance determining clinical outcome. To investigate this poorly understood phenomenon, a double human cervical xenograft model in nude mice was developed. A first tumor was induced subcutaneously by injection of human papillomavirus positive cervical carcinoma cells into the mouse lower right flank and 3 weeks later, animals were challenged with the same tumor cell line injected subcutaneously into the upper left flank. These tumors had no direct physical contact and we found no systemic changes induced by the primary tumor affecting the growth of a secondary tumor...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774116/human-papilloma-virus-global-research-architecture-assessed-by-density-equalizing-mapping
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Dörthe Brüggmann, Luise Kayser, Jenny Jaque, Matthias Bundschuh, Doris Klingelhöfer, David A Groneberg
Human papilloma virus (HPV) infection is linked to cervical cancer, which represents the world's fourth most common cancer in women. So far, no detailed map of the worldwide HPV research architecture has been constructed. Hence, this study focuses on the chronological development and geographical distribution of the global HPV-specific publications and evaluates citation-based parameters as well as socioeconomic features of the publishing countries. In total, 29,330 HPV-related publications were identified...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769040/novel-aggrecan-variant-p-gln2364pro-causes-severe-familial-nonsyndromic-adult-short-stature-and-poor-growth-hormone-response-in-chinese-children
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Dandan Xu, Chengjun Sun, Zeyi Zhou, Bingbing Wu, Lin Yang, Zhuo Chang, Miaoying Zhang, Li Xi, Ruoqian Cheng, Jinwen Ni, Feihong Luo
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the aggrecan (ACAN) gene can cause short stature (with heterogeneous clinical phenotypes), impaired bone maturation, and large variations in response to growth hormone (GH) treatment. For such cases, long-term longitudinal therapy data from China are still scarce. We report that a previously unknown ACAN gene variant reduces adult height and we analyze the GH response in children from an affected large Chinese family. METHODS: Two children initially diagnosed with idiopathic short stature (ISS) and a third mildly short child from a large Chinese family presented with poor GH response...
May 16, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768371/complex-regional-pain-syndrome-type-ii-after-cervical-transforaminal-epidural-injection-a-case-report
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Gi-Young Park, Dong Rak Kwon, Dae Gil Kwon
RATIONALE: We report a case of a 61-year-old patient who developed complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) type II after a cervical transforaminal epidural steroid injection (CTESI). PATIENT CONCERNS: The patient developed sudden-onset severe pain and swelling of his upper right limb after a cervical transforaminal epidural injection. DIAGNOSES: On physical examination, the patient's symptoms and signs corresponded to the Budapest criteria for CRPS...
May 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762925/association-between-myxomatous-mitral-valve-disease-and-skeletal-back-abnormalities
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Alireza Movahed, David Majdalany, Marc Gillinov, William Schiavone
BACKGROUND: Myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) is one of the most prevalent valvular heart diseases, while back pain, neck pain and upper-extremity numbness are some of the most common complaints in outpatient settings. Decreased thoracic kyphosis (straight back) is a known cause of hastening back or neck problems, radiculopathy, or even myelopathy. The study aim was to examine the relationship between MMVD, straight back, and the need for cervical fusion. METHODS: In this single-center retrospective study, patients who underwent mitral valve repair or replacement due to MMVD (cases) based on age, gender and body mass index (BMI), were matched with patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery and had no history of mitral valve disease (controls)...
September 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762279/a-20-year-prospective-longitudinal-study-of-degeneration-of-the-cervical-spine-in-a-volunteer-cohort-assessed-using-mri-follow-up-of-a-cross-sectional-study
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Kenshi Daimon, Hirokazu Fujiwara, Yuji Nishiwaki, Eijiro Okada, Kenya Nojiri, Masahiko Watanabe, Hiroyuki Katoh, Kentaro Shimizu, Hiroko Ishihama, Nobuyuki Fujita, Takashi Tsuji, Masaya Nakamura, Morio Matsumoto, Kota Watanabe
BACKGROUND: Few studies have addressed in detail long-term degenerative changes in the cervical spine. In this study, we evaluated the progression of degenerative changes of the cervical spine that occurred over a 20-year period in an originally healthy cohort. We also sought to clarify the relationship between the progression of cervical degenerative changes and the development of clinical symptoms. METHODS: For this prospective follow-up investigation, we recruited 193 subjects from an original cohort of 497 participants who had undergone magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the cervical spine between 1993 and 1996...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755238/cervical-sagittal-balance-parameters-after-single-level-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-correlations-with-clinical-and-functional-outcomes
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Ioannis Siasios, Evan Winograd, Asham Khan, Kunal Vakharia, Vassilios G Dimopoulos, John Pollina
Background: Normal sagittal cervical alignment has been associated with improved outcome after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). Objective: The aim of this study is to identify alterations of cervical sagittal balance parameters after single-level ACDF and assess correlations with postoperative functionality. Methods: A retrospective chart review was performed between January 2010 and January 2014 to identify adult patients with no previous cervical spine surgery who underwent ACDF at any one level between C2 and C7 for the single-level degenerative disease...
January 2018: Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753503/novel-esophageal-reconstruction-technique-via-transmediastinal-route-from-posterior-to-anterior-mediastinum-after-esophagectomy
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Takushi Yasuda, Osamu Shiraishi, Mitsuru Iwama, Tomoki Makino, Hiroaki Kato, Yutaka Kimura
BACKGROUND: The incidence of metachronous esophageal squamous cell cancer (ESCC) after head and neck cancer (HNC) and in elderly patients has increased. Both elderly ESCC patients and ESCC patients after HNC surgery are at potential risk for dysphagia, and for the latter, surgery in the neck is difficult. An intrathoracic anastomosis that bypasses the cervical procedure is preferable to preserve swallowing function and reduce surgical risk. In gastrectomized patients, because the stomach cannot be used as a substitute, securing graft blood supply is critical, but microvascular anastomosis cannot be easily added in procedures for intrathoracic posterior mediastinal reconstruction...
April 13, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29750629/relief-of-upper-airway-obstruction-using-a-cervical-splint-for-young-patients-with-cerebral-palsy
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Hyoju Son, Soohyeon Kim, Jaeho Lee, Chungmin Kang, Seunghye Kim
13-year old boy with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy visited dental clinic with chief complaints of mouth breathing and malocclusion. His mouth was constantly open at the resting position, with his mandible and tongue displaced downward. He breathed through his mouth, making a constant gurgling sound, a sign of upper airway obstruction. To enhance his mandible position, vertical chin cap was first considered, but it was not sufficient to reduce the gurgling sound or ease breathing. Then, cervical splint was considered, which effectively decreased the gurgling sound by repositioning his mandible to the anterior-superior position...
May 11, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748202/mri-based-methods-for-spinal-cord-atrophy-evaluation-a-comparison-of-cervical-cord-cross-sectional-area-cervical-cord-volume-and-full-spinal-cord-volume-in-patients-with-aquaporin-4-antibody-seropositive-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorders
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C Chien, A U Brandt, F Schmidt, J Bellmann-Strobl, K Ruprecht, F Paul, M Scheel
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Measures for spinal cord atrophy have become increasingly important as imaging biomarkers in the assessment of neuroinflammatory diseases, especially in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders. The most commonly used method, mean upper cervical cord area, is relatively easy to measure and can be performed on brain MRIs that capture cervical myelon. Measures of spinal cord volume (eg, cervical cord volume or total cord volume) require longer scanning and more complex analysis but are potentially better suited as spinal cord atrophy measures...
May 10, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746963/patient-phenotypes-associated-with-outcome-following-surgery-for-mild-degenerative-cervical-myelopathy-a-principal-component-regression-analysis
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Jetan H Badhiwala, Christopher Witiw, Farshad Nassiri, Blessing Jaja, Muhammad A Akbar, Alireza Mansouri, Zamir Merali, George M Ibrahim, Jefferson R Wilson, Michael G Fehlings
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Predictors of outcome after surgery for degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) have been determined previously through hypothesis-driven multivariate statistical models that rely on a priori knowledge of potential confounders, exclude potentially important variables due to restrictions in model building, cannot include highly collinear variables in the same model, and ignore intrinsic correlations among variables. PURPOSE: To apply a data-driven approach to identify patient phenotypes that may predict outcomes after surgery for mild DCM...
May 7, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29745256/salvage-of-cervical-motor-radiculopathy-using-peripheral-nerve-transfer-reconstruction
#17
Fardad T Afshari, Taushaba Hossain, Caroline Miller, Dominic M Power
PURPOSE: Motor nerve transfer surgery involves re-innervation of important distal muscles using either an expendable motor branch or a fascicle from an adjacent functioning nerve. This technique is established as part of the reconstructive algorithm for traumatic brachial plexus injuries. The reproducible outcomes of motor nerve transfer surgery have resulted in exploration of the application of this technique to other paralysing conditions. The objective of this study is to report feasibility and increase awareness about nerve transfer as a method of improving upper limb function in patients with cervical motor radiculopathy of different aetiology...
May 10, 2018: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740589/cervical-hyperostosis-leading-to-dyspnea-aspiration-and-dysphagia-strategies-to-improve-patient-management
#18
Georgios Psychogios, Monika Jering, Johannes Zenk
Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) is a rare but well known cause of dysphagia. In very few cases aspiration and dyspnea are described as a clinical manifestation. An 82-year-old man presented himself in our clinic with severe dyspnea, aspiration, and pneumonia. After performing a microlaryngoscopy an emergency tracheotomy became necessary. In laryngoscopy a severe bulging of the posterior oropharyngeal and hypopharyngeal wall was detected. The glottis area was not observable and immobilisation of the right vocal cord could be detected...
2018: Frontiers in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29738929/musicians-injuries-upper-quarter-motor-control-deficits-in-musicians-with-prolonged-symptoms-a-case-control-study
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Flavio M Silva, Jean-Michel Brismée, Phillip S Sizer, Troy L Hooper, Gary E Robinson, Alex B Diamond
STUDY DESIGN: Case-control study. BACKGROUND: A large number of student and professional musicians are affected by long term playing related musculoskeletal disorders (PRMSDs) during their career, with prevalence rates above 80%. OBJECTIVE: To investigate if there were differences between musicians with and without prolonged symptoms of upper quarter PRMSDs in the presence of: (1) scapular dyskinesis; (2) cervical motor control and endurance deficits...
April 27, 2018: Musculoskeletal Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29730805/association-of-electromyographic-activation-patterns-with-pain-and-functional-disability-in-people-with-chronic-neck-pain
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Sharon M H Tsang, Grace P Y Szeto, Y F Xie, Raymond Y W Lee
PURPOSE: This study examined the activation patterns of the cervical and thoracic muscles in people with and without chronic neck pain during functional activities and their associations with pain intensity and functional disability. METHODS: Thirty-four adults with chronic neck pain and 34 asymptomatic adults were recruited. They were requested to perform active cervical movements and an upper limb lifting task. Electromyographic activation patterns (EMG) of bilateral upper trapezius, cervical erector spinae, sternocleidomastoid, and thoracic erector spinae were recorded during these tasks...
May 5, 2018: European Journal of Applied Physiology
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