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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334320/interbody-spacer-material-properties-and-design-conformity-for-reducing-subsidence-during-lumbar-interbody-fusion
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Lillian S Chatham, Vikas V Patel, Christopher M Yakacki, R Dana Carpenter
One major complication with lumbar spinal fusion surgery is subsidence, in which the interbody spacer penetrates the vertebral endplates. Towards reducing the risk of subsidence, the objective of this study was to investigate the effects of interbody spacer material and design on the stress in the lumbar spine after interbody fusion. A finite element model of the L4-L5 motion segment was developed from computed tomography images of a cadaveric lumbar spine. A spacer, pedicle screws, and posterior rods were incorporated into the model, and the system was loaded under axial compression...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330796/chronic-low-back-pain-after-lumbosacral-fracture-due-to-sagittal-and-frontal-vertebral-imbalance
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L Boyoud-Garnier, M Boudissa, S Ruatti, G Kerschbaumer, P Grobost, J Tonetti
PROBLEM AND HYPOTHESIS: Over time, some patients with unilateral or bilateral lumbosacral injuries experience chronic low back pain. We studied the sagittal and frontal balance in a population with these injuries to determine whether mismatch in the pelvic and lumbar angles are associated with chronic low back pain. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with posterior pelvic ring fractures (Tile C1, C2, C3 and A3.3) that had healed were included. Foreign patients and those with an associated spinal or acetabular fracture or nonunion were excluded...
March 19, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328842/three-dimensional-printing-and-computer-navigation-assisted-hemipelvectomy-for-en-bloc-resection-of-osteochondroma-a-case-report
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Yaqing Zhang, Lianjiang Wen, Jun Zhang, Guoliang Yan, Yue Zhou, Bo Huang
RATIONALE: Three-dimensional (3D) printed templates can be designed to match an individual's anatomy, allowing surgeons to refine preoperative planning. In addition, the use of computer navigation (NAV) is gaining popularity to improve surgical accuracy in the resection of pelvic tumors. However, its use in combination with 3D printing to assist complex pelvic tumor resection has not been reported. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 36-year-old man presented with left-sided pelvic pain and a fast-growing mass...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328589/cervical-retrograde-spinal-cord-stimulation-lead-placement-to-treat-failed-back-surgery-syndrome-a-case-report
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Noud van Helmond, Caroline N Kardaszewski, Kenneth B Chapman
Spinal cord stimulation is an effective treatment modality for refractory neuropathic pain conditions, but the placement of leads can be challenging due to unforeseen anatomical variations. We used a retrograde C7-T1 approach to place a lead at the bottom of T8 in a patient suffering from failed back surgery syndrome. We were able to achieve adequate stimulation in her lower back and legs, which resulted in significant reduction in pain intensity during the spinal cord stimulation trial. Cervical retrograde placement of leads may represent an alternative method for successful placement of percutaneous leads in patients with abnormal anatomy due to thoracic postsurgical changes...
March 15, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324328/interspinous-implants-to-treat-spinal-stenosis
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REVIEW
Raj J Gala, Glenn S Russo, Peter G Whang
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Lumbar spinal stenosis has historically been treated with open decompressive surgery which is associated with significant morbidity and may give rise to various complications. Interspinous spacers (ISS) have been developed as a less invasive strategy which may serve to avoid many of these risks. The two current spacers that are FDA approved and commercially available are the Coflex and Superion devices. The goal is to review these two implants, their indications, and patient selection...
March 21, 2017: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321940/anatomy-of-psoas-muscle-innervation-cadaveric-study
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Mark A Mahan, Luke E Sanders, Jian Guan, Andrew T Dailey, William Taylor, David A Morton
INTRODUCTION: Hip flexion weakness is relatively common after lateral transpsoas surgery. Persistent weakness may result from injury to the innervation of the psoas major muscles (PMMs); however, anatomical texts have conflicting descriptions of this innervation, and the branching pattern of the nerves within the psoas major, particularly relative to vertebral anatomy, has not been described. The authors dissected human cadavers to describe the branching pattern of nerves supplying the PMMs...
March 21, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317555/the-cervical-spine-of-australopithecus-sediba
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Marc R Meyer, Scott A Williams, Peter Schmid, Steven E Churchill, Lee R Berger
Cervical vertebrae are rare in the early hominin fossil record, presenting a challenge for understanding the evolution of the neck and head carriage in hominin evolution. Here, we examine the cervical vertebrae of Australopithecus sediba, which unlike other South African taxa is known from associated cervical vertebrae. The A. sediba cervical vertebrae exhibit human-like values for wedging, pedicle cross-sectional areas, and articular facet heights, indicating reduced ventral loading relative to African apes...
March 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296953/a-numerical-investigation-of-intrathecal-isobaric-drug-dispersion-within-the-cervical-subarachnoid-space
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Per Thomas Haga, Giulia Pizzichelli, Mikael Mortensen, Miroslav Kuchta, Soroush Heidari Pahlavian, Edoardo Sinibaldi, Bryn A Martin, Kent-Andre Mardal
Intrathecal drug and gene vector delivery is a procedure to release a solute within the cerebrospinal fluid. This procedure is currently used in clinical practice and shows promise for treatment of several central nervous system pathologies. However, intrathecal delivery protocols and systems are not yet optimized. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of injection parameters on solute distribution within the cervical subarachnoid space using a numerical platform. We developed a numerical model based on a patient-specific three dimensional geometry of the cervical subarachnoid space with idealized dorsal and ventral nerve roots and denticulate ligament anatomy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295313/peripheral-and-central-anatomical-organization-of-cutaneous-afferent-subtypes-in-a-rat-nociceptive-intersegmental-spinal-reflex
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Hyun Joon Lee, Jason M White, Jumi Chung, Keith E Tansey
Stimulation of rat segmental dorsal cutaneous nerves (DCNs) evokes the nociceptive intersegmental cutaneus trunci muscle (CTM) reflex. The reflex consists of early and late responses, mediated by Aδ and C fibers respectively based on required stimulation strengths, and shows segmental differences in terms of amplitude and duration. We have now investigated whether the peripheral or central anatomy of nociceptive afferent subtypes in different DCNs also vary in a segmental manner. The numbers of different axon subtypes, determined by axon diameter, were analyzed across peripheral DCNs from T6 to L1...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291404/outcomes-and-effectiveness-of-posterior-occipitocervical-fusion-for-suboccipital-spinal-metastases
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Panya Luksanapruksa, Jacob M Buchowski, Neill M Wright, Frank H Valone, Colleen Peters, David B Bumpass
OBJECTIVE The incidence of suboccipital spinal metastases is rare but has increased given cancer patients' longer life expectancies. Operative treatment in this region is often challenging because of limited fixation points due to tumor lysis, as well as adjacent neural and vascular anatomy. Few studies have reported on this population of cancer patients. The purpose of this study was to evaluate clinical outcomes and complications of patients with suboccipital spinal metastases who had undergone posterior occipitocervical fixation...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283776/leonardo-da-vinci-1452-1519-and-his-depictions-of-the-human-spine
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EDITORIAL
Garvin Bowen, Jocelyn Gonzales, Joe Iwanaga, Christian Fisahn, Marios Loukas, Rod J Oskouian, R Shane Tubbs
INTRODUCTION: Few individuals in history have exerted so great an influence and made such extensive contributions to so many disciplines as Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci's inquisitive, experimental mentality led him to many discoveries, such as spinal cord function and the proper anatomy of several organ systems. Respected not only as an artist but also as an anatomist, he made many significant contributions to the field. CONCLUSIONS: This article explores da Vinci's drawings, in relation to the anatomy of the human spine...
March 10, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276661/anterior-lumbar-interbody-fusion-in-left-sided-inferior-vena-cava-and-right-sided-aortic-arch
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Kevin Phan, Bernard A M Fang, Monish M Maharaj, Andrew F Lennox, Ralph J Mobbs
Spinal fusion via anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) can offer symptomatic relief to patients that suffer severe low back pain, radiculopathy, and claudication. However, a detailed working knowledge of the thoracic, abdominal, and lumbar anatomy, particularly of the vasculature, is vital. We report the case of a 68-year-old man who presented with radiculopathy and progressively worsening low back pain despite 9 months of unsuccessful conservative therapy and pain management. Preoperative computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed a rare anatomical variation, with an anomalous left-sided inferior vena cava and anomalous aorta...
March 9, 2017: Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269795/smn-blood-levels-in-a-porcine-model-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Xueqian Wang, Samantha R Renusch, Sandra I Duque, Allison M Wehr, Xiaokui-Molly Mo, Vicki L McGovern, W David Arnold, Arthur H M Burghes, Stephen J Kolb
BACKGROUND: Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is an autosomal recessive motor neuron disease that results in loss of spinal motor neurons, muscular weakness and, in severe cases, respiratory failure and death. SMA is caused by a deletion or mutation of the SMN1 gene and retention of the SMN2 gene that leads to low SMN expression levels.The measurement of SMN mRNA levels in peripheral blood samples has been used in SMA clinical studies as a pharmacodynamic biomarker for response to therapies designed to increase SMN levels...
2017: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269725/computational-models-of-non-invasive-brain-and-spinal-cord-stimulation
#14
Pedro C Miranda, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Sofia R Fernandes
Non-invasive brain and spinal cord stimulation techniques are increasingly used for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Knowledge of the spatial distribution of the induced electric field is necessary to interpret experimental results and to optimize field delivery. Since the induced electric field cannot be measured in vivo in humans, computational models play a fundamental role in determining the characteristics of the electric field. We produced computational models of the head and trunk to calculate the electric field induced in the brain and spinal cord by transcranial magnetic stimulation, transcranial direct current stimulation and transcutaneous spinal cord direct current stimulation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262607/biomechanics-of-the-human-intervertebral-disc-a-review-of-testing-techniques-and-results
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REVIEW
N Newell, J P Little, A Christou, M A Adams, C J Adam, S D Masouros
Many experimental testing techniques have been adopted in order to provide an understanding of the biomechanics of the human intervertebral disc (IVD). The aim of this review article is to amalgamate results from these studies to provide readers with an overview of the studies conducted and their contribution to our current understanding of the biomechanics and function of the IVD. The overview is presented in a way that should prove useful to experimentalists and computational modellers. Mechanical properties of whole IVDs can be assessed conveniently by testing 'motion segments' comprising two vertebrae and the intervening IVD and ligaments...
January 31, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261847/improved-field-mapping-and-artifact-correction-in-multispectral-imaging
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Brady Quist, Xinwei Shi, Hans Weber, Brian A Hargreaves
PURPOSE: To develop a method for improved B0 field-map estimation, deblurring, and image combination for multispectral imaging near metal. METHODS: A goodness-of-fit field-map estimation technique is proposed that uses only the multispectral imaging (MSI) data to estimate the field map. Using the improved field map, a novel deblurring technique is proposed that also employs a new image combination scheme to reduce the effects of noise and other residual MSI artifacts...
March 5, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256151/the-emerging-potential-of-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-personalizing-radiotherapy-for-head-and-neck-cancer-an-oncologist-s-perspective
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Kee H Wong, Rafal Panek, Shreerang A Bhide, Christopher M Nutting, Kevin J Harrington, Katie L Newbold
Head and neck cancer (HNC) is a challenging tumour site for radiotherapy delivery owing to its complex anatomy and proximity to organs at risk (OARs) such as the spinal cord and optic apparatus. Despite significant advances in radiotherapy planning techniques, radiation-induced morbidities remain substantial. Further improvement would require high-quality imaging and tailored radiotherapy based on intratreatment response. For these reasons, the use of MRI in radiotherapy planning for HNC is rapidly gaining popularity...
March 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250637/analysis-of-the-spinal-nerve-roots-in-relation-to-the-adjacent-vertebral-bodies-with-respect-to-a-posterolateral-vertebral-body-replacement-procedure
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Waleed Awwad, Jonathan Bourget-Murray, Nadil Zeiadin, Juan P Mejia, Thomas Steffen, Abdulrahman D Algarni, Khalid Alsaleh, Jean Ouellet, Michael Weber, Peter F Jarzem
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to improve the understanding of the anatomic variations along the thoracic and lumbar spine encountered during an all-posterior vertebrectomy, and reconstruction procedure. This information will help improve our understanding of human spine anatomy and will allow better planning for a vertebral body replacement (VBR) through either a transpedicular or costotransversectomy approach. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The major challenge to a total posterior approach vertebrectomy and VBR in the thoracolumbar spine lies in the preservation of important neural structures...
January 2017: Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247077/s2-alar-iliac-screw-placement-under-robotic-guidance-for-adult-spinal-deformity-patients-technical-note
#19
Seung-Jae Hyun, Ki-Jeong Kim, Tae-Ahn Jahng
PURPOSE: S2 alar-iliac (S2AI) screws are generally placed using an open approach, but have recently been shown to be implantable using a minimally invasive approach. Nevertheless, optimal screw positioning, even when supported by fluoroscopic guidance, is challenging in the complex anatomy of the sacral-pelvic area. This work presents our novel technique of S2AI sacropelvic fixation procedures performed with robotic guidance. METHODS: This was a single-center, retrospective, mini case-series of adult spinal deformity patients in need of sacropelvic fixation as part of a longer thoraco-lumbar fusion...
February 28, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244444/nondestructive-imaging-of-the-internal-microstructure-of-vessels-and-nerve-fibers-in-rat-spinal-cord-using-phase-contrast-synchrotron-radiation-microtomography
#20
Jianzhong Hu, Ping Li, Xianzhen Yin, Tianding Wu, Yong Cao, Zhiming Yang, Liyuan Jiang, Shiping Hu, Hongbin Lu
The spinal cord is the primary neurological link between the brain and other parts of the body, but unlike those of the brain, advances in spinal cord imaging have been challenged by the more complicated and inhomogeneous anatomy of the spine. Fortunately with the advancement of high technology, phase-contrast synchrotron radiation microtomography has become widespread in scientific research because of its ability to generate high-quality and high-resolution images. In this study, this method has been employed for nondestructive imaging of the internal microstructure of rat spinal cord...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Synchrotron Radiation
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