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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428749/deep-brain-stimulation-improves-the-symptoms-and-sensory-signs-of-persistent-central-neuropathic-pain-from-spinal-cord-injury-a-case-report
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Walter J Jermakowicz, Ian D Hentall, Jonathan R Jagid, Corneliu C Luca, James Adcock, Alberto Martinez-Arizala, Eva Widerström-Noga
Central neuropathic pain (CNP) is a significant problem after spinal cord injury (SCI). Pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches may reduce the severity, but relief is rarely substantial. While deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been used to treat various chronic pain types, the technique has rarely been used to attenuate CNP after SCI. Here we present the case of a 54-year-old female with incomplete paraplegia who had severe CNP in the lower limbs and buttock areas since her injury 30 years prior. She was treated with bilateral DBS of the midbrain periaqueductal gray (PAG)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428016/the-role-of-low-level-laser-therapy-on-neuropathic-pain-relief-and-interleukin-6-expression-following-spinal-cord-injury-an-experimental-study
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Negin Mojarad, Atousa Janzadeh, Mahmoud Yousefifard, Farinaz Nasirinezhad
INTRODUCTION: The effect of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) as a non-invasive treatment of spinal cord injury (SCI) is still under investigation. Therefore, the present study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of LLLT on neuropathic pain and interleukin-6 (IL-6) expression following SCI in male rats. METHODS: 46 adult male rats were divided into 5 groups of control, SCI, treatment with methylprednisolone sodium succinate (MPSS), 1-week LLLT and 2-week LLLT. Animals underwent behavioral evaluations for motor behavior, level of allodynia and hyperalgesia every week...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421147/electrophysiological-morphological-and-ultrastructural-features-of-the-injured-spinal-cord-tissue-after-transplantation-of-human-umbilical-cord-blood-mononuclear-cells-genetically-modified-with-the-vegf-and-gdnf-genes
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Y O Mukhamedshina, Z E Gilazieva, S S Arkhipova, L R Galieva, E E Garanina, A A Shulman, G G Yafarova, Y A Chelyshev, N V Shamsutdinova, A A Rizvanov
In this study, we examined the efficacy of human umbilical cord blood mononuclear cells (hUCB-MCs), genetically modified with the VEGF and GDNF genes using adenoviral vectors, on posttraumatic regeneration after transplantation into the site of spinal cord injury (SCI) in rats. Thirty days after SCI, followed by transplantation of nontransduced hUCB-MCs, we observed an improvement in H (latency period, LP) and M(Amax) waves, compared to the group without therapy after SCI. For genetically modified hUCB-MCs, there was improvement in Amax of M wave and LP of both the M and H waves...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394110/the-influence-of-corticosteroids-on-heart-rate-variablity-in-acute-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
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Antonija Krstačić, Goran Krstačić, Dragan Gamberger
Heart rate variability (HRV) gives information on the sympathetic-parasympathetic autonomic balance. The aim of the study was to analyze sympathovagal balance after acute spinal cord injury (SCI), demonstrated by linear measures in time and frequency domain of HRV and to analyze the effect of corticosteroids on HRV parameters in SCI. The study included 40 tetraplegic patients with acute SCI and 40 healthy subjects as control group. In the SCI group, 29 patients received and 11 patients did not receive corticosteroid therapy...
June 2016: Acta Clinica Croatica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393429/lack-of-analgesic-synergy-of-the-cholecystokinin-receptor-antagonist-proglumide-and-spinal-cord-stimulation-for-the-treatment-of-neuropathic-pain-in-rats
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Shinsuke Inoue, Lisa M Johanek, Kathleen A Sluka
OBJECTIVE: Neuropathic pain is difficult to manage and treat. Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has become an established procedure for treating chronic neuropathic pain that is refractory to pharmacological therapy. In order to achieve better analgesia, a number of studies have evaluated the effectiveness of combining drug therapy with SCS. Cholecystokinin antagonists, such as proglumide, enhance the analgesic efficacy of endogenous opioids in animal models of pain. We previously reported that both systemic and spinal administration of proglumide enhances analgesia produced by both low- and high-frequency transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)...
April 10, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389721/chemokines-in-neuron-glial-cell-interaction-and-pathogenesis-of-neuropathic-pain
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REVIEW
Zhi-Jun Zhang, Bao-Chun Jiang, Yong-Jing Gao
Neuropathic pain resulting from damage or dysfunction of the nervous system is a highly debilitating chronic pain state and is often resistant to currently available treatments. It has become clear that neuroinflammation, mainly mediated by proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines, plays an important role in the establishment and maintenance of neuropathic pain. Chemokines were originally identified as regulators of peripheral immune cell trafficking and were also expressed in neurons and glial cells in the central nervous system...
April 7, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389264/the-bulbospinal-network-controlling-the-phrenic-motor-system-laterality-and-course-of-descending-projections
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REVIEW
Michael George Zaki Ghali
The respiratory rhythm is generated by the parafacial respiratory group, Bötzinger complex, and pre-Bötzinger complex and relayed to pre-motor neurons, which in turn project to and control respiratory motor outputs in the brainstem and spinal cord. The phrenic nucleus is one such target, containing phrenic motoneurons (PhMNs), which supply the diaphragm, the primary inspiratory muscle in mammals. While some investigators have demonstrated both ipsi- and contralateral bulbophrenic projections, there exists controversy regarding the relative physiological contribution of each to phasic and tonic drive to PhMNs and at which levels decussations occur...
April 4, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384247/bimanual-reach-to-grasp-movements-after-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
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Laura Britten, Rachel Coats, Ronaldo Ichiyama, Wajid Raza, Firas Jamil, Sarah Astill
Injury to the cervical spinal cord results in bilateral deficits in arm/hand function reducing functional independence and quality of life. To date little research has been undertaken to investigate control strategies of arm/hand movements following cervical spinal cord injury (cSCI). This study aimed to investigate unimanual and bimanual coordination in patients with acute cSCI using 3D kinematic analysis as they performed naturalistic reach to grasp actions with one hand, or with both hands together (symmetrical task), and compare this to the movement patterns of uninjured younger and older adults...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382214/spontaneous-spinal-epidural-hematoma-management-a-case-series-and-literature-review
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Kyle Raasck, Ahmed A Habis, Ahmed Aoude, Leonardo Simões, Fernando Barros, Rudy Reindl, Peter Jarzem
OBJECTIVE: Spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma (SSEH) manifests from blood accumulating in the epidural space, compressing the spinal cord and leading to acute neurological deficits. Standard therapy is decompressive laminectomy, although spontaneous recoveries have been reported. Sub-optimal therapeutic principles contribute to SSEH's 5.7% mortality-which patient will benefit from surgery remains unclear. This study aims to investigate parameters that affect SSEH's progression, outlining a best-practice therapeutic approach...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381129/compression-decreases-anatomical-and-functional-recovery-and-alters-inflammation-after-contusive-spinal-cord-injury
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Michael B Orr, Jennifer Simkin, William M Bailey, Neha H Kadambi, Anna Leigh McVicar, Amy K Veldhorst, John Gensel
Experimental models of spinal cord injury (SCI) typically utilize contusion or compression injuries. Clinically, however, SCI is heterogeneous and the primary injury mode may affect secondary injury progression and neuroprotective therapeutic efficacy. Specifically, immunomodulatory agents are of therapeutic interest because the activation state of SCI macrophages may facilitate pathology but also improve repair. It is currently unknown how the primary injury biomechanics affect macrophage activation. Therefore, to determine the effects of compression subsequent to spinal contusion, we examined recovery, secondary injury, and macrophage activation in C57/BL6 mice after SCI with or without a 20s compression at two contusion impact forces (50 and 75 kdyn)...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379060/activity-specific-aquatic-therapy-targeting-gait-for-a-patient-with-incomplete-spinal-cord-injury
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Tracy Wall, Lisa Falvo, Adam Kesten
INTRODUCTION: Aquatic therapy can lead to improved mobility and health in individuals with various conditions. This case report looks at an activity-specific aquatic therapy targeting gait for a patient with incomplete spinal cord injury (iSCI). CASE REPORT: The patient participated in an individualized aquatic therapy program two times a week for 6 weeks. Assessment occurred prior to the intervention. There were two follow-up assessments after the intervention...
April 5, 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377600/low-level-laser-facilitates-alternatively-activated-macrophage-microglia-polarization-and-promotes-functional-recovery-after-crush-spinal-cord-injury-in-rats
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Ji Wei Song, Kun Li, Zhuo Wen Liang, Chen Dai, Xue Feng Shen, Yu Ze Gong, Shuang Wang, Xue Yu Hu, Zhe Wang
Macrophages and resident microglia play an import role in the secondary neuroinflammation response following spinal cord injury. Reprogramming of macrophage/microglia polarization is an import strategy for spinal cord injury restoration. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a noninvasive treatment that has been widely used in neurotrauma and neurodegenerative diseases. However, the influence of low-level laser on polarization of macrophage/microglia following spinal cord injury remains unknown. The present study applied low-level laser therapy on a crush spinal cord injury rat model...
April 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377392/effects-of-testosterone-and-evoked-resistance-exercise-after-spinal-cord-injury-terex-sci-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Ashraf S Gorgey, Refka E Khalil, Ranjodh Gill, Laura C O'Brien, Timothy Lavis, Teodoro Castillo, David X Cifu, Jeannie Savas, Rehan Khan, Christopher Cardozo, Edward J Lesnefsky, David R Gater, Robert A Adler
INTRODUCTION: Individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) are at a lifelong risk of obesity and chronic metabolic disorders including insulin resistance and dyslipidemia. Within a few weeks of injury, there is a significant decline in whole body fat-free mass, particularly lower extremity skeletal muscle mass, and subsequent increase in fat mass (FM). This is accompanied by a decrease in anabolic hormones including testosterone. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has been shown to increase skeletal muscle mass and improve metabolic profile...
April 4, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370802/spinal-cord-stimulation-for-spasticity-historical-approaches-current-status-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Sean J Nagel, Saul Wilson, Michael D Johnson, Andre Machado, Leonardo Frizon, Matthieu K Chardon, Chandan G Reddy, George T Gillies, Matthew A Howard
INTRODUCTION: Millions of people worldwide suffer with spasticity related to irreversible damage to the brain or spinal cord. Typical antecedent events include stroke, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury, although insidious onset is also common. Regardless of the cause, the resulting spasticity leads to years of disability and reduced quality of life. Many treatments are available to manage spasticity; yet each is fraught with drawbacks including incomplete response, high cost, limited duration, dose-limiting side effects, and periodic maintenance...
April 2, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368292/long-coding-rna-xist-contributes-to-neuronal-apoptosis-through-the-downregulation-of-akt-phosphorylation-and-is-negatively-regulated-by-mir-494-in-rat-spinal-cord-injury
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Shixin Gu, Rong Xie, Xiaodong Liu, Jiajun Shou, Wentao Gu, Xiaoming Che
Recent evidence has suggested that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) may play a significant role in the pathogenesis of several neurological diseases, including spinal cord injury (SCI). However, little is known about the role of lncRNAs in SCI. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the potential functions of lncRNAs in SCI and to identify the underlying mechanisms of action. We firstly analyzed Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) datasets to investigate aberrantly-expressed lncRNAs which might be involved in the pathogenesis of SCI...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356635/effects-of-a-standard-transfer-exercise-program-on-transfer-quality-and-activities-of-daily-living-for-transfer-dependent-spinal-cord-injury-patients
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Ji-Sung You, You Lim Kim, Suk Min Lee
[Purpose] The objective of this study was to analyze the effect of a standard transfer exercise program on the transfer quality and activities of daily living (ADL) in wheelchair-dependent spinal cord injury patients. [Subjects and Methods] We randomly divided 22 patients into 2 groups. During the intervention period, one group received treatment with both conventional physical therapy and a standard sitting pivot transfer exercise program (experimental group, n=12) and the other group was managed solely with conventional physical therapy (control group, n=10)...
March 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356028/the-application-of-nanomaterials-in-stem-cell-therapy-for-some-neurological-diseases
#17
Guilong Zhang, Ahsan Ali Khan, Hao Wu, Lukui Chen, Yuchun Gu, Ning Gu
Stem cell therapy provides great promising therapeutic benefits for various neurological disorders. Cell transplantation has emerged as cell replacement application for nerve damage. Recently, nanomaterials obtain wide development in various industrial and medical fields, and nanoparticles have been applied to neuro-medical field for tracking and treating nervous system diseases. Combining stem cell with nanotechnology has raised more and more attentions; and it has demonstrated that it has huge effects on clinical diagnosis and therapeutics in multiple central nervous system diseases, meanwhile, improving prognosis...
March 28, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350947/traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-repair-and-regeneration
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Christopher S Ahuja, Satoshi Nori, Lindsay Tetreault, Jefferson Wilson, Brian Kwon, James Harrop, David Choi, Michael G Fehlings
BACKGROUND: Traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCI) have devastating consequences for the physical, financial, and psychosocial well-being of patients and their caregivers. Expediently delivering interventions during the early postinjury period can have a tremendous impact on long-term functional recovery. PATHOPHYSIOLOGY: This is largely due to the unique pathophysiology of SCI where the initial traumatic insult (primary injury) is followed by a progressive secondary injury cascade characterized by ischemia, proapoptotic signaling, and peripheral inflammatory cell infiltration...
March 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343075/an-update-on-application-of-nanotechnology-and-stem-cells-in-spinal-cord-injury-regeneration
#19
REVIEW
Kazem Nejati-Koshki, Yousef Mortazavi, Younes Pilehvar-Soltanahmadi, Sumit Sheoran, Nosratollah Zarghami
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to the spinal cord that leads to sudden loss of motor and autonomic function and sensory under the level of the injury. The pathophysiological advancement of SCI is divided into two categories: primary injury and secondary injury. Due to the loss of motor, sensory, or cognitive function, a patient's quality of life is likely reduced and places a great burden on society in order to supply health care costs. Therefore, it is important to develop suitable therapeutic strategies for SCI therapy...
March 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341580/efficacy-and-safety-of-sildenafil-in-men-with-sexual-dysfunction-and-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Dana A Ohl, Martin Carlsson, Vera J Stecher, Gregory A Rippon
INTRODUCTION: Spinal cord injury (SCI) is estimated to affect approximately 276,000 individuals in the United States. Since 2010, the mean age of individuals at the time of the SCI has been 42 years, with nearly 80% of cases involving men. This means that individuals with SCI generally are young men who typically place a great deal of importance on normal sexual and reproductive function. AIM: To assess the effect of sildenafil treatment on erectile function and the frequency of ejaculation in men with SCI...
March 21, 2017: Sexual Medicine Reviews
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