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Cervical spine dysfunction

Jennifer C Reneker, Vinay Cheruvu, Jingzhen Yang, Chad E Cook, Mark A James, M Clay Moughiman, Joseph A Congeni
BACKGROUND: Dizziness is often reported after a sports-related concussion. Forces experienced at the time of the concussion can cause an injury to multiple anatomical areas, including the central nervous system, the vestibular system, and the cervical spine, each of which is sufficient to cause dizziness. Medical professionals routinely use the subjective history to develop hypotheses about what may be causing a patient's dizziness. No previous studies have attempted to differentiate the source of the dizziness through precise patient descriptors or the triggers of dizziness...
December 2015: Injury Epidemiology
Harry von Piekartz, Ani Pudelko, Mira Danzeisen, Toby Hall, Nikolaus Ballenberger
BACKGROUND: There is preliminary evidence of cervical musculoskeletal impairment in some temporomandibular disorder (TMD) pain states. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether people with TMD, classified as either mild or moderate/severe TMD, have more cervical signs of dysfunction than healthy subjects. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. METHOD: Based on the Conti Amnestic Questionnaire and examination of the temporomandibular joint (Axis I classification of the Research Diagnostic Criteria for TMD), of 144 people examined 59 were classified to a mild TMD group, 40 to a moderate/severe TMD group and 45 to an asymptomatic control group without TMD...
September 23, 2016: Manual Therapy
Joohyun Kim, Jang-Bo Lee, Tai-Hyoung Cho, Junseok W Hur
PURPOSE: Onyx embolization is one of the standard treatments for brain arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) and is a promising method for spinal AVMs as well. Its advantages have been emphasized, and few complications have been reported with Onyx embolization in spinal AVMs. Here, we report an incidental anterior spinal artery (ASA) occlusion due to Onyx reflux during embolization of a spinal type II AVM. METHODS: A 15-year-old boy presented with weakness in both upper and lower extremities...
September 26, 2016: European Spine Journal
Mathew B Vansant, Melda Kunduk, Andrew J McWhorter
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article reviews current literature regarding postsurgical dysphagia in nonmalignant disease examining the current recommendations, risk factors, and potential implications. RECENT FINDINGS: Surgical interventions including anterior cervical spine surgery, thyroidectomy, laryngeal and pulmonary, cardiac, esophageal and fundoplication, gastric and bariatric, and posterior fossa surgeries are known to result in swallowing dysfunction. Postsurgical dysphagia may increase the length of hospitalization, overall cost, risk of pneumonia, and time to oral intake...
September 15, 2016: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
Lauren E Wessel, Duretti T Fufa, R Bruce Canham, Adam La Bore, Martin I Boyer, Ryan P Calfee
BACKGROUND: Double crush syndrome, the association between proximal and distal nerve lesions, has been established. This investigation compares the outcomes of nerve surgery in patients with isolated peripheral compression versus those with double crush syndrome treated with peripheral nerve and cervical spine surgeries. METHODS: This case controlled study enrolled 80 patients; 40 underwent carpal or cubital tunnel surgery and cervical spine surgery (double crush group) and 40 controls, matched by age and sex, underwent only peripheral nerve decompression (peripheral nerve group)...
September 10, 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
L Tatu, W H Jost
At first glance, cervical dystonia might be an illustration of the well-known proposition "function follows form". Nevertheless, cervical dystonia is a highly non-physiological condition, which cannot be reproduced by healthy subjects and does not respond to the usual physiological rules. "Dysfunction follows form" might be the most accurate aphorism to define cervical dystonia. Taking into account this situation and recent insights, the anatomic approach needs to be adapted to allow a better understanding of semiology and to improve botulinum toxin therapy...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Neural Transmission
Masayuki Nakahara, Kenki Nishida, Shinji Kumamoto, Yasukazu Hijikata, Kei Harada
PURPOSE: To describe the surgical experience of spondylectomy and spinal reconstruction for aggressive vertebral hemangioma (VH) induced at the C4 vertebra. No reports have described surgical strategy in cases covering an entire cervical vertebra presenting with progressive myelopathy. METHODS: A 28-year-old man presented with rapidly progressing skilled motor dysfunction and gait disorder. The Japanese Orthopedic Association (JOA) score was 6. Radiography showed a honeycomb appearance for the entire circumference of the C4 vertebra...
September 9, 2016: European Spine Journal
Ibrahim M Moustafa, Aliaa A Diab, Deed E Harrison
BACKGROUND: Cervicogenic dizziness is a disabling condition commonly associated with cervical dysfunction. Although the growing interest with the importance of normal sagittal configuration of cervical spine, the missing component in the management of cervicogenic dizziness might be altered structural alignment of the cervical spinal region itself. AIM: To investigate the immediate and long-term effects of a 1-year multimodal program, with the addition of cervical lordosis restoration and anterior head translation (AHT) correction, on the severity of dizziness, disability, cervicocephalic kinesthetic sensibility, and cervical pain in patients with cervicogenic dizziness...
August 30, 2016: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Sun Qizhi, Li Peijia, Sun Lei, Chen Junsheng, Li Jianmin
BACKGROUND: Noncontiguous cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) is a special degenerative disease because of the intermediate normal level or levels between supra and infraabnormal levels. Some controversy exists over the optimal procedure for two noncontiguous levels of CSM. The study was to evaluate the outcomes of the anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) with zero-profile devices for two noncontiguous levels of CSM. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 17 consecutive patients with two noncontiguous levels of CSM operated between December 2009 and August 2012 were included in the study...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
Subhadip Mandal, U Banerjee, A S Mukherjee, Subhajyoti Mandal, Srikanta Kundu
BACKGROUND: Chronic compression of the cervical spinal cord leads to a clinical syndrome of cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). Clinical symptoms of cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) or cervical myeloradiculopathies result in spinal cord and root dysfunction. The primary aims of surgical intervention for multilevel myelopathy are to decompress the spinal cord and maintain stability of the cervical spine. Secondary aims are to minimize complications which include long-term pain and motion loss...
2016: International Journal of Spine Surgery
Mayur M Kamani, Arjun Ballal, Vikram Shetty, H Ravindranath Rai, Deepak Hegde
INTRODUCTION: Cervical spondylotic myelo-radiculopathy is a form of spinal cord dysfunction syndrome and usually accompanies age related degeneration of the spine. AIM: To determine the functional outcome of anterior cervical discectomy with fusion and plating in single level degenerative cervical disc prolapse. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 20 patients diagnosed with degenerative single level cervical disc prolapse who presented to the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Justice KS Hegde Charitable Hospital, Mangalore from the period of November 2012 to May 2014 were enrolled in the study...
May 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Seiji Okada, Charles Chang, Geraldine Chang, James J Yue
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Venous hypertensive myelopathy (VHM) results from spinal vascular malformations of arteriovenous shunting that increases spinal venous pressure, leading to congestive edema and neurologic dysfunction. There has been no report of VHM associated with cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to report an extremely rare case of VHM likely due to CSM. STUDY DESIGN: This study is a case report and review of the literature...
June 9, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Indira Devi Bhagavatula, Dhananjaya I Bhat, Gopalakrishnan M Sasidharan, Rakesh Kumar Mishra, Praful Suresh Maste, George C Vilanilam, Talakkad N Sathyaprabha
OBJECTIVE Respiratory abnormalities are well documented in acute spinal cord injury; however, the literature available for respiratory dysfunction in chronic compressive myelopathy (CCM) is limited. Respiratory dysfunction in CCM is often subtle and subclinical. The authors studied the pattern of respiratory dysfunction in patients with chronic cord compression by using spirometry, and the clinical and surgical implications of this dysfunction. In this study they also attempted to address the postoperative respiratory function in these patients...
June 2016: Neurosurgical Focus
Hironobu Sakaura, Toshitada Miwa, Yusuke Kuroda, Tetsuo Ohwada
OBJECTIVE The authors recently reported that the presence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and/or extended abdominal aortic calcification was associated with significantly worse clinical outcomes after posterior lumbar interbody fusion. CKD is one of the highest risk factors for systemic atherosclerosis. Therefore, impaired blood flow due to atherosclerosis could exacerbate degeneration of the cervical spine and neural tissue. However, there has been no report of a study evaluating the deleterious effects of CKD and atherosclerosis on the outcomes after decompression surgery for cervical compression myelopathy...
May 27, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
Sebastian Hartmann, Anja Tschugg, Pujan Kavakebi, Claudius Thomé
BACKGROUND: Intradural synovial cysts of the cervical spine represent a rare disease entity, causing stenosis of the spinal canal and thereby leading to progressive myelopathy. In particular, at the cranio-cervical junction early intervention is necessary to prevent permanent neurological dysfunction. We present the case of a 74-year-old man who presented with moderate cervicogenic headache, gait disturbance and progressive left-sided weakness. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the cervical spine confirmed a left-sided cystic mass located anteriorly at the craniovertebral junction compressing the surrounding structures...
August 2016: Acta Neurochirurgica
Przemysław Lisiński, Juliusz Huber
STUDY DESIGN: Comparative clinical and neurophysiological studies in three groups of patients with general diagnosis of neck pain. OBJECTIVE: To determine symptoms of muscles dysfunction in patients with myofascial pain syndrome, disc-root conflict and degenerative changes at cervical spine. SUMMARY AND BACKGROUND DATA: The explanation for cervical pain origin should be based on results from chosen clinical and neurophysiological studies in correlation with neuroimaging findings...
May 18, 2016: Spine
K Luedtke, W Boissonnault, N Caspersen, R Castien, A Chaibi, D Falla, C Fernández-de-Las-Peñas, T Hall, J R Hirsvang, T Horre, D Hurley, G Jull, L S Krøll, B K Madsen, J Mallwitz, C Miller, B Schäfer, T Schöttker-Königer, W Starke, H von Piekartz, D Watson, P Westerhuis, A May
BACKGROUND: A wide range of physical tests have been published for use in the assessment of musculoskeletal dysfunction in patients with headache. Which tests are used depends on a physiotherapist's clinical and scientific background as there is little guidance on the most clinically useful tests. OBJECTIVES: To identify which physical examination tests international experts in physiotherapy consider the most clinically useful for the assessment of patients with headache...
June 2016: Manual Therapy
Daniele Liuzzi, Angelo Fabio Gigante, Antonio Leo, Giovanni Defazio
Upper limb dystonia is a focal dystonia that may affect muscles in the arm, forearm and hand. The neuroanatomical substrates involved in upper limb dystonia are not fully understood. Traditionally, dysfunction of the basal ganglia is presumed to be the main cause of dystonia but a growing body of evidence suggests that a network of additional cortical and subcortical structures may be involved. To identify the brain regions that are affected in secondary upper limb dystonia may help to better understand the neuroanatomical basis of the condition...
September 2016: Neurological Sciences
Steven L Bokshan, J Mason DePasse, Adam E M Eltorai, E Scott Paxton, Andrew Green, Alan H Daniels
Differentiating the cause of pain and dysfunction due to cervical spine and shoulder pathology presents a difficult clinical challenge in many patients. Furthermore, the anatomic region reported to be painful may mislead the practitioner. Successfully treating these patients requires a careful and complete history and physical examination with appropriate provocative maneuvers. An evidence-based selection of clinical testing also is essential and should be tailored to the most likely underlying cause. When advanced imaging does not reveal a conclusive source of pathology, electromyography and selective injections have been shown to be useful adjuncts, although the sensitivity, specificity, and risk-reward ratio of each test must be considered...
September 2016: American Journal of Medicine
Yong Tang, Zhi-wei Jia, Jian-hong Wu, De-li Wang, Di-ke Ruan
Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) is a common cause of spinal cord dysfunction clinical disease. Surgery is the main therapeutic tool for CSM. However, there are obvious differences in clinical functional recovery after operation. For the past few years, the influence factors of prognosis in cervical spondylosis myelopathic has been widely concerned. Age, nerve function, course of desease, imaging findings,surgical method and related factors became the investigative point for prognosis of cervical spondylotic myelopathy...
March 2016: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
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