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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350593/the-natural-history-of-complete-spinal-cord-injury-a-pooled-analysis-of-1162-patients-and-a-meta-analysis-of-modern-data
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Najib E El Tecle, Nader S Dahdaleh, Mohamad Bydon, Wilson Z Ray, James C Torner, Patrick W Hitchon
OBJECTIVE The natural history of complete spinal cord injury (SCI) is poorly studied. The classically quoted rate of improvement or conversion for patients with American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) grade A (ASIA A) injuries is 15%-20%; however, data supporting this rate are very limited. In this paper, the authors conducted a meta-analysis of modern data reporting on ASIA A patients and evaluated factors affecting the natural history of the disease. METHODS The authors conducted a systematic literature review of all randomized clinical trials (RCTs) and observational studies of patients with traumatic SCI...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346233/video-recordings-to-analyze-preventable-management-errors-in-pediatric-resuscitation-bay
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Julia Borns, Jörg Ersch, Milana Dobrovoljac, Georg Staubli, Barbara Brotschi
OBJECTIVE: In treating patients of different ages and diseases in the pediatric resuscitation bay, management errors are common. This study aimed to analyze the adherence to advanced trauma life support and pediatric advanced life support guidelines and identify management errors in the pediatric resuscitation bay by using video recordings. METHODS: Video recording of all patients admitted to the pediatric resuscitation bay at University Children's Hospital Zurich during a 13-month period was performed...
January 16, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338912/-surgical-outcomes-of-traumatic-cervical-fractures-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis
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Alberto Isla Guerrero, Beatriz Mansilla Fernández, Borja Hernández Garcia, Álvaro Gómez de la Riva, María Luisa Gandía González, Elena Isla Paredes
OBJECTIVE: Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory rheumatic disease mainly affecting the axial skeleton. The rigid spine may secondarily develop osteoporosis, further increasing the risk of spinal fracture. In this study, we reviewed fractures in patients with ankylosing spondylitis that had been clinically diagnosed to better define the mechanism of injury, associated neurological deficit, predisposing factors, and management strategies. METHODS: Between January 2004 and December 2014, 6 patients with ankylosing spondylitis and neurological complications after injuries were treated...
January 12, 2018: Neurocirugía
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334996/italian-guidelines-on-the-assessment-and-management-of-pediatric-head-injury-in-the-emergency-department
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Liviana Da Dalt, Niccolo' Parri, Angela Amigoni, Agostino Nocerino, Francesca Selmin, Renzo Manara, Paola Perretta, Maria Paola Vardeu, Silvia Bressan
OBJECTIVE: We aim to formulate evidence-based recommendations to assist physicians decision-making in the assessment and management of children younger than 16 years presenting to the emergency department (ED) following a blunt head trauma with no suspicion of non-accidental injury. METHODS: These guidelines were commissioned by the Italian Society of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and include a systematic review and analysis of the literature published since 2005...
January 15, 2018: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333900/stability-of-two-anterior-fixations-for-three-column-injury-in-the-lower-cervical-spine-biomechanical-evaluation-of-anterior-pedicle-screw-plate-fixation
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Hai-Hao Wu, Tao Tang, Xiao Yu, Qing-Jiang Pang
Objectives This study aimed to evaluate the stability of anterior pedicle screw-plate (APSP) fixation and anterior vertebral body screw-plate (AVBSP) fixation for three-column injury in the lower cervical spine. Methods Six fresh-frozen human cadaveric specimens of the lower cervical spine were prepared. After measurement of the range of motion (ROM) in the intact state, the specimens were prepared as three-column injury models. The models were stabilized by AVBSP or APSP fixation. The ROM of the models in the two states was measured...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330341/biomechanics-of-coupled-motion-in-the-cervical-spine-during-simulated-whiplash-in-patients-with-pre-existing-cervical-or-lumbar-spinal-fusion-a-finite-element-study
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H Huang, R W Nightingale, A B C Dang
OBJECTIVES: Loss of motion following spine segment fusion results in increased strain in the adjacent motion segments. However, to date, studies on the biomechanics of the cervical spine have not assessed the role of coupled motions in the lumbar spine. Accordingly, we investigated the biomechanics of the cervical spine following cervical fusion and lumbar fusion during simulated whiplash using a whole-human finite element (FE) model to simulate coupled motions of the spine. METHODS: A previously validated FE model of the human body in the driver-occupant position was used to investigate cervical hyperextension injury...
January 2018: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325346/-evidence-based-guideline-for-the-management-of-acute-subaxial-cervical-spine-injury
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In order to provide the clinical guidelines of acute subaxial cervical spine injury for the Chinese orthopedic surgeons, the Spine Trauma Group of Chinese Association of Orthopedic Surgeons compiled this guidelines.The guidelines apply to adult patients with acute (less than 3 weeks) subaxial cervical spine and/(or) spinal cord or nerve root injuries. The Study Group wrote the guidelines by setting up questions, determining search words, screening literatures according to inclusion and exclusion criteria, analyzing the included literatures, confirming evidence levels and then providing recommendations...
January 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323806/spine-and-spinal-cord-injuries-after-falls-from-tree-stands-during-the-wisconsin-deer-hunting-season
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Kimberly Hamilton, Brandon Rocque, Nathaniel Brooks
BACKGROUND: Deer hunting is popular in much of the United States. In Wisconsin, use of tree stands for hunting is common. Spine surgeons at a Level 1 Trauma Center observed a high incidence of spine and spinal cord injury due to falls from tree stands while hunting. This study's purpose is to systematically characterize and classify those injuries. METHODS: We reviewed the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics' trauma database for tree stand-related injuries from 1999 to 2013...
November 2017: WMJ: Official Publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319649/decreasing-radiation-exposure-in-pediatric-trauma-related-to-cervical-spine-clearance-a-quality-improvement-project
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Valerie Ann Waddell, Susan Connelly
STUDY DESIGN: Quality improvement project. OBJECTIVES: Reduce the amount of radiation exposure in the pediatric trauma population 5 years of age and older in relation to cervical spine clearance. BACKGROUND: The evaluation of pediatric cervical spine injuries must be accurate and timely to avoid missed injuries. The difficult clinical examination in pediatric trauma patients necessitates the use of radiologic examinations to avoid missing catastrophic injuries...
January 2018: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310380/traumatic-c1-2-posterolateral-dislocation-with-dens-fracture-injury-of-the-transverse-atlantal-ligament-and-unilateral-facet-fracture-with-subluxation-of-c6-7-a-case-report
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Jong-Beom Park, Sung Shik Kang, Jin S Yeom
RATIONALE: Traumatic C1-2 dislocation associated with contiguous or noncontiguous cervical spine injury is rare. Moreover, there have been no reports describing traumatic C1-2 dislocation associated with multiple contiguous and noncontiguous cervical injuries. PATIENT CONCERNS: The authors present a case of a 20-year-old male with painful limitation of motion of the neck. This complex cervical injury occurred due to hyperextension of the head in a rotated position...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29309356/external-validation-of-university-of-wisconsin-s-clinical-criteria-for-obtaining-maxillofacial-computed-tomography-in-trauma
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Amanda W Harrington, Kevin Y Pei, Roland Assi, Kimberly A Davis
OBJECTIVES: Patients sustaining multisystem trauma are at risk for oral and maxillofacial fractures. Although the University of Wisconsin established criteria to help guide the clinician in obtaining additional cross-sectional imaging to evaluate possible facial fractures, it has not been externally validated. Our aim was to evaluate whether the University of Wisconsin's Criteria is generalizable to external institutions through validation and to report modern practice patterns at a level 1 trauma center...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303132/surgical-decompression-for-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-in-a-tertiary-center
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O A Ojo, E O Poluyi, B S Owolabi, O O Kanu, M O Popoola
BACKGROUND: There are controversies regarding the importance and timing of spinal cord decompression following trauma. Documented evidence shows that early decompression in the setting of acute spinal cord injury (SCI) improves neurologic outcomes. Our objective was to evaluate the outcome of posttraumatic spinal cord decompression with or without spinal stabilization in our region. METHODOLOGY: We performed a cross-sectional study on adult patients who presented with acute spinal cord compression of traumatic etiology within a 2-year period...
November 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288228/intramural-oesophageal-haematoma-following-traumatic-neck-injury
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Emma Roemmele, Victoria Meighan, Brendan Morrissey
This case describes a previously well 90-year-old woman who presented with neck pain, swelling, dysphagia and hoarseness following a motor vehicle collision. Oesophageal oedema was visualised on CT of cervical spine and subsequent CT angiography highlighted an actively bleeding intramural oesophageal haematoma (IOH) extending from the cervical oesophagus to the carina. This rare phenomenon (IOH) has been described as a possible consequence of blunt trauma to the neck; however, we found no cases resulting from acceleration/deceleration injury...
December 28, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284446/management-of-whiplash-associated-disorders-in-australian-general-practice
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Jane Nikles, Michael Yelland, Clare Bayram, Graeme Miller, Michele Sterling
BACKGROUND: Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) are common and costly, and are usually managed initially by general practitioners (GPs). How GPs manage WAD is largely unstudied, though there are clinical guidelines. Our aim was to ascertain the rate of management (percentage of encounters) of WAD among patients attending Australian general practice, and to review management of these problems, including imaging, medications and other treatments. METHODS: We analysed data from 2013 to 2016 collected by different random samples of approximately 1000 general practitioners (GPs) per year...
December 29, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283957/early-tracheostomy-in-patients-with-traumatic-cervical-spinal-cord-injury-appears-safe-and-may-improve-outcomes
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Christopher Flanagan, Benjamin R Childs, Timothy A Moore, Heather A Vallier
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series OBJECTIVE.: To characterize outcomes associated with tracheostomy timing following traumatic cervical spinal cord injury (CSCI). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The morbidity associated with cervical spine trauma is substantially increased in the setting of concomitant CSCI. Despite recent evidence, it remains uncertain if early tracheostomy following traumatic CSCI can improve outcomes. METHODS: From January 1, 2007, to December 31, 2015, retrospective chart review identified seventy (70) patients who presented to a single Level 1 trauma center with traumatic CSCI and received tracheostomy for management of respiratory compromise...
December 27, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282463/prevalence-of-work-related-musculoskeletal-disorders-among-surgeons-and-interventionalists-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Sherise Epstein, Emily H Sparer, Bao N Tran, Qing Z Ruan, Jack T Dennerlein, Dhruv Singhal, Bernard T Lee
Importance: Physicians in procedural specialties are at high risk for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). This has been called "an impending epidemic" in the context of the looming workforce shortage; however, prevalence estimates vary by study. Objectives: To estimate the prevalence of work-related MSDs among at-risk physicians and to evaluate the scope of preventive efforts. Data Sources and Study Selection: Systematic search in MEDLINE (Ovid), Embase (Elsevier), Web of Science, PubMed (National Center for Biotechnology Information), and 2 clinical trial registries, without language restriction, for studies reporting on the prevalence and prevention of work-related MSDs among at-risk physicians published until December 2016...
December 27, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29279998/modified-anterior-only-reduction-and-fixation-for-traumatic-cervical-facet-dislocation-ao-type-c-injuries
#17
Rishi M Kanna, Ajoy P Shetty, S Rajasekaran
PURPOSE: Surgical reduction of uni and bi-facetal dislocations of the cervical spine (AO type C injuries) can be performed by posterior, anterior or combined approaches. Ease of access, low infection rates and less risks of neurological worsening has popularized anterior approach. However, the reduction of locked cervical facets can be intricate through anterior approach. We analyzed the safety, efficacy and outcomes at a minimum 1 year, of a novel anterior reduction technique for consecutively treated cervical facet dislocations...
December 26, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29279749/a-safe-surgical-procedure-for-old-distractive-flexion-injuries-of-the-subaxial-cervical-spine
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Osamu Kawano, Takeshi Maeda, Eiji Mori, Itaru Yugue, Takayoshi Ueta, Keiichiro Shiba
Study Design: Retrospective review. Purpose: To describe a safe and effective surgical procedure for old distractive flexion (DF) injuries of the subaxial cervical spine. Overview of Literature: Surgical treatment is required in old cases when a progression of the kyphotic deformity and/or persistent neck pain and/or the appearance of new neurological symptoms are observed. Since surgical treatment is more complicated and dangerous in old cases than in acute distractive-flexion cases, the indications for surgery and the selection of the surgical procedure must be carefully conducted...
December 2017: Asian Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277840/investigating-comparability-of-quantitative-computed-tomography-with-dual-energy-x-ray-absorptiometry-in-assessing-bone-mineral-density-of-patients-with-chronic-spinal-cord-injury
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Hamid Reza Haghighat Khah, Nahid Moradi, Taher Taheri, Morteza Sanei Taheri, Seyed Mansoor Rayegani
STUDY DESIGN: Psychometric study using retrospectively collected data. OBJECTIVES: We investigated the comparability of quantitative computed tomography (qCT) in assessing bone mineral density (BMD) with dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). We evaluated how well previously suggested normal values for spinal Hounsfield units (HU) correlated with routine DXA results in patients with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI). Furthermore, we investigated inter/intra-observer reliability of measuring HU in the spine...
December 26, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29260112/persistent-pseudomyopia-following-a-whiplash-injury-in-a-previously-emmetropic-woman
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Fintan E Hughes, Maxwell P Treacy, Emma S Duignan, Paul B Mullaney
Purpose: Accommodative spasm, which manifests as ciliary muscle spasm, convergent strabismus or miosis, is a recognised consequence of head trauma. In whiplash cases, cervical spine hyperextension poses a risk of contra-coup injury and brainstem trauma, and is known to affect the visual system. However, to date, no cases of accommodative spasm due to whiplash injury have been reported. Observations: We present the case of a 34-year-old female who developed sudden onset blurred distance vision after a rear impact car crash, having previously been emmetropic...
December 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
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