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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775766/miyazaki-syndrome-due-to-ventriculoperitoneal-shunt-treatment-a-case-report
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Anita Kovács, Tamás Németh, Angéla Csomor, Tímea Novák, Ferenc Kövér, Erika Vörös
The signs and pathomechanism of Miyazaki syndrome is presented through the case of a young female patient. The patient underwent placement of a ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt with a pressure-adjustable valve for communicating hydrocephalus years before presenting to our department with the complaints of constant headache and unsteady gait. On the basis of the clinical picture and her history, plain and contrast-enhanced cranial and whole spine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) examinations were performed, with the scans revealing signs indicative of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) hypotension typical of Miyazaki syndrome...
May 15, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770333/diagnosis-and-incidence-of-spondylosis-and-cervical-disc-disorders-in-the-university-clinical-hospital-in-olsztyn-in-years-2011-2015
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Małgorzata Kolenkiewicz, Andrzej Włodarczyk, Joanna Wojtkiewicz
Background: Disorders connected with the musculoskeletal and central nervous system dysfunction are the most significant clinical problem worldwide. Our earlier research has shown that back and spinal disorders and lumbar disc disorders were most frequently diagnosed using MRI scanner at the University Clinical Hospital (UCH) in Olsztyn in years 2011-2015. We have also observed that another two diseases of spinal column, spondylosis and cervical disc disorders, were also very prevalent...
2018: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762284/hss-dysphagia-and-dysphonia-inventory-hss-ddi-following-anterior-cervical-fusion-patient-derived-validated-condition-specific-patient-reported-outcome-measure-outperforms-existing-indices
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Alexander P Hughes, Stephan N Salzmann, Okezie K Aguwa, Courtney Ortiz Miller, Roland Duculan, Jennifer Shue, Frank P Cammisa, Andrew A Sama, Federico P Girardi, Ashutosh Kacker, Carol A Mancuso
BACKGROUND: Dysphagia and dysphonia are common complications after anterior cervical spine surgery; however, reported prevalences vary greatly due to a lack of reliable clinical standards for measuring postoperative swallowing and speech dysfunction. The Hospital for Special Surgery Dysphagia and Dysphonia Inventory (HSS-DDI) was developed as a patient-derived, patient-reported instrument to measure dysphagia and dysphonia more accurately after anterior cervical spine surgery than existing indices...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29738991/digital-tracking-algorithm-reveals-the-influence-of-structural-irregularities-on-joint-movements-in-the-human-cervical-spine
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Christian Balkovec, Jim Veldhuis, John W Baird, G Wayne Brodland, Stuart M McGill
BACKGROUND: Disc height loss and osteophytes change the local mechanical environment in the spine; while previous research has examined kinematic dysfunction under degenerative change, none has looked at the influence of disc height loss and osteophytes throughout movement. METHODS: Twenty patients with pain related to the head, neck or shoulders were imaged via videofluoroscopy as they underwent sagittal-plane flexion and extension. A clinician graded disc height loss and osteophytes as "severe/moderate", "mild", or "none"...
April 26, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29706691/the-effect-of-short-term-upper-thoracic-self-mobilization-using-a-kaltenborn-wedge-on-pain-and-cervical-dysfunction-in-patients-with-neck-pain
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Hyung-Taek Oh, Gak Hwangbo
[Purpose] The aim of this study was to determine the effect of short-term self-joint mobilization of the upper spine using a Kaltenborn wedge on the pain and cervical dysfunction of patients with neck pain. [Subjects and Methods] Twenty-seven patients with neck pain were divided into two groups; the self-mobilization group (SMG, n=13) and the self-stretching group (SSG, n=14). The SMG performed upper thoracic self-mobilization and the SSG performed self-stretching exercises as a short-term intervention for a week...
April 2018: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29705168/stenosis-and-neurological-level-discrepancies-in-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy
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Young-Ah Choi, Keewon Kim
BACKGROUND: Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) is the most common cause of cord dysfunction in older individuals. CSM involves either the upper motor neuron or lower motor neuron (LMN) in the cervical spine. The neurological level of the LMN lesion does not usually correspond with the structural level detected via magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between the structural level of stenosis and the neurological level of LMN involvement in patients with CSM DESIGN: Retrospective descriptive study SETTING: Tertiary hospital PATIENTS: Patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy, aged 41 to 79 years METHODS: We reviewed electromyography (EMG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings from 17 patients with CSM to objectively show the relationship between the structural level of stenosis and the neurological level with lower motor neuron involvement...
April 26, 2018: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29649642/is-cervical-anterior-spinal-artery-compromised-in-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-patients-dual-energy-computed-tomography-analysis-of-cervical-anterior-spinal-artery
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Wu Shiyang, Chandoo Suraj, Zhu Minyu, Huang Kelun, Wang Yu, Wang Zhenzhang, Teng Honglin
OBJECTIVE: Cervical myelopathy is a common acquired cause of spinal cord dysfunction in elderly. It is postulated that hypoxic/ischemic environment secondary to chronic spinal cord compression plays an important role in the pathogenesis of myelopathy. This study aims to assess the altered blood flow to spinal cord in Cervical spondylotic myelopthy patients using Dual-Energy Computed Tomography. To our knowledge, this is the first study to utilize DECT in identifying comprised Anterior Spinal Artery blood flow in CSM patients...
April 9, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29616886/effect-of-unifocal-versus-multifocal-lenses-on-cervical-spine-posture-in-patients-with-presbyopia
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Rami L Abbas, Mohamad T Houri, Mohammad M Rayyan, Hamada Ahmad Hamada, Ibtissam M Saab
SIGNIFICANCE: There are many environmental considerations which may or may not lead to the development of faulty cervical mechanics. The design of near vision lenses could contribute to the development of such cervical dysfunction and consequently neck pain. Decision making regarding proper type of lens prescription seems important for presbyopic individuals. PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of unifocal and multifocal lenses on cervical posture. METHODS: Thirty subjects (18 females and 12 males) participated in the study with an age range from 40 to 64 years...
April 4, 2018: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics: JOSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29613900/myelopathies-due-to-structural-cervical-and-thoracic-disease
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Amro Maher Stino, Samantha J LoRusso
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The article discusses the current diagnostic and therapeutic approach to myelopathies occurring as a consequence of structural cervical and thoracic spine disease. RECENT FINDINGS: The exact pathophysiologic basis of cervical spondylotic myelopathy remains somewhat elusive. Diffusion-tensor imaging has emerged as a useful imaging modality that correlates more closely with clinical severity than standard MRI. Baseline disease severity, symptom duration, age, presence of impaired gait, and smoking status are significant factors related to surgical outcomes...
April 2018: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29577244/treatment-of-scalp-dysesthesia-utilising-simple-exercises-and-stretches-a-pilot-study
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Nicholas K Laidler, Jonathan Chan
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Scalp dysesthesia is characterised by abnormal cutaneous sensations such as burning, stinging or itching of the scalp in the absence of objective dermatological findings. We hypothesised that the unpleasant sensations are the result of a sensory neuropathy secondary to cervical spine dysfunction and chronic tension of the pericranial muscles. The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the use of an exercise protocol consisting of cervical spine range of movement exercises, gentle mobilisation and muscle stretches over 4 weeks...
March 25, 2018: Australasian Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29574593/longitudinal-brain-activation-changes-related-to-electrophysiological-findings-in-patients-with-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-before-and-after-spinal-cord-decompression-an-fmri-study
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Lumír Hrabálek, Pavel Hok, Petr Hluštík, Eva Čecháková, Tomáš Wanek, Pavel Otruba, Miroslav Vaverka, Petr Kaňovský
BACKGROUND: Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) is the most common cause of spinal cord dysfunction, potentially leading to severe disability. Abnormal cervical spine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and motor evoked potentials (MEPs) are independent predictors of disease progression. Abnormal MRI is accompanied by various activation changes in functional brain MRI (fMRI), whereas preoperative and postoperative fMRI adaptations associated with abnormal preoperative MEP remain unknown...
March 25, 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29570722/thoracic-dysfunction-in-whiplash-associated-disorders-a-systematic-review
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Nicola R Heneghan, Richard Smith, Isaak Tyros, Deborah Falla, Alison Rushton
BACKGROUND: Research investigating Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD) has largely focused on the cervical spine yet symptoms can be widespread. Thoracic spine pain prevalence is reported ~66%; perhaps unsurprising given the forceful stretch/eccentric loading of posterior structures of the spine, and the thoracic spine's contribution to neck mobility/function. Approximately 50% WAD patients develop chronic pain and disability resulting in high levels of societal and healthcare costs. It is time to look beyond the cervical spine to fully understand anatomical dysfunction in WAD and provide new directions for clinical practice and research...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29468274/-selected-otorhinolaryngological-symptoms-in-functional-disorders-of-the-upper-cervical-spine-and-temporomandibular-joints
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M Hölzl, R Behrmann, E Biesinger, W von Heymann, R Hülse, C Arens
This paper discusses otorhinolaryngological symptoms associated with functional disorders of the upper cervical spine. Hints aimed to avoid misdiagnoses of cross-organ otorhinolaryngological symptoms as phobic or psychogenic disorders are presented. Clinically relevant neuroanatomical convergence of the upper cervical spine (occiput to C3) is fundamental for the interpretation of functional otorhinolaryngological symptoms. Based thereon, evidence for the most common cervical differential diagnoses of dizziness, tinnitus, dysphagia, and craniomandibular dysfunction is presented separately...
March 2018: HNO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29391028/improvement-of-severe-myalgic-encephalomyelitis-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-symptoms-following-surgical-treatment-of-cervical-spinal-stenosis
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Peter C Rowe, Colleen L Marden, Scott Heinlein, Charles C Edwards
BACKGROUND: Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a potentially disabling disorder. Little is known about the contributors to severe forms of the illness. We describe three consecutive patients with severe ME/CFS whose symptoms improved after recognition and surgical management of their cervical spinal stenosis. METHODS: All patients satisfied clinical criteria for ME/CFS and orthostatic intolerance, and were later found to have cervical spinal stenosis...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325524/posterior-decompression-and-occipitocervical-fixation-followed-by-intraoperative-vertebroplasty-for-metastatic-involvement-of-the-axis
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Xinjie Wu, Mingsheng Tan, Yingna Qi, Ping Yi, Feng Yang, Xiangsheng Tang, Qingying Hao
BACKGROUND: Metastases to the upper cervical spine were rarely reported in the literature. However, metastases to this area may cause spinal instability and cord compression, which in turn can result in respiratory failure and neurological dysfunction. The present study investigated the efficacy and safety of posterior decompression and occipitocervical fixation followed by intraoperative vertebroplasty for this disease. METHODS: This was a retrospective study that included 10 patients with metastatic involvement of the axis from March 2002 to May 2014...
January 11, 2018: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29308957/validity-of-eyeball-estimation-for-range-of-motion-during-the-cervical-flexion-rotation-test-compared-to-an-ultrasound-based-movement-analysis-system
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Axel Schäfer, Kerstin Lüdtke, Franziska Breuel, Nikolas Gerloff, Maren Knust, Christian Kollitsch, Alex Laukart, Laura Matej, Antje Müller, Thomas Schöttker-Königer, Toby Hall
Headache is a common and costly health problem. Although pathogenesis of headache is heterogeneous, one reported contributing factor is dysfunction of the upper cervical spine. The flexion rotation test (FRT) is a commonly used diagnostic test to detect upper cervical movement impairment. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate concurrent validity of detecting high cervical ROM impairment during the FRT by comparing measurements established by an ultrasound-based system (gold standard) with eyeball estimation...
January 8, 2018: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283093/anterior-cervical-disc-fusion-does-not-affect-the-presence-of-cervical-vestibular-evoked-myogenic-potential
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Ioannis Kastanioudakis, Panagiotis Saravakos, Andreas Zigouris, Vasileios Ragos, Oliver Reichel, Nafsika Ziavra
OBJECTIVE: Cervical spondylosis and cervical disk herniation are the most frequent forms of degenerative disease in the cervical spine. Surgical treatment mainly includes anterior cervical disk fusion. However, information concerning vestibular-evoked myogenic potential (VEMP) recording in patients undergoing cervical spine surgery is limited. The present prospective study aimed to investigate the effect of anterior disk fusion surgery on cervical VEMP (cVEMP) parameters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-five patients were enrolled in this study, and 20 patients (10 men and 10 women) completed cVEMP testing...
December 2017: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197811/physical-examination-of-dizziness-in-athletes-after-a-concussion-a-descriptive-study
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Jennifer C Reneker, Vinay K Cheruvu, Jingzhen Yang, Mark A James, Chad E Cook
BACKGROUND: Dizziness is commonly reported after concussion. With the forces experienced at the time of the injury, several anatomical locations may have been altered, causing dizziness. OBJECTIVE: Describe an objective examination and the types of impairment/dysfunction implicated by the results of clinical examination tests in subjects with dizziness after a concussion. DESIGN: Cross-Sectional. METHODS: Athletes between ages 10-23 were enrolled with a diagnosis of concussion...
April 2018: Musculoskeletal Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29184713/posterior-atlantoaxial-fusion-using-a-c2-transverse-foramen-penetrating-screw-a-technical-note
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Yasuhiro Takeshima, Hideki Shigematsu, Kengo Konishi, Ichiro Nakagawa, Yasushi Motoyama, Hiroyuki Nakase
Background: Although recent development of screw instrumentation techniques for rigid fixation of the atlantoaxial joint has increased surgical options, patients in whom screws of any type cannot be safely placed are sometimes encountered. We present a unique surgical technique for C1-2 transarticular screw placement utilizing a novel trajectory. Methods: A 35-year-old male with a history of Down's syndrome and cognitive dysfunction with hyperkinesis spontaneously developed rapid onset of tetraparesis and gait disturbance...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167728/predicting-the-risk-of-hearing-impairment-following-the-cervical-spine-diseases-by-measuring-the-cervical-range-of-movements-a-pilot-study
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Behnoosh Vasaghi-Gharamaleki, Zahra Naser
Introduction: Cervical spine abnormalities can affect the ear vessels and or nerves with different mechanisms. Ear dysfunctions following cervical spine injuries can be manifested as hearing loss, vertigo, or tinnitus. Usually, cervical spine injuries can cause pain and Range of Motion (ROM) limitation. The major objective of this study was to determine which cervical ROM limitation was accompanied with higher level of hearing loss. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 42 volunteers (20 women and 22 men) with cervical spine injury and pain participated after giving their informed consent...
September 2017: Basic and Clinical Neuroscience
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