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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922581/pseudomeningocele-aspiration-and-blood-patch-effectively-treats-positional-headache-associated-with-post-operative-lumbosacral-pseudomeningocele
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Stephen Sandwell, Kevin Walter, Per-Lennart Westesson
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective chart review with limited prospective follow-up survey. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of blood patch injection for the treatment of positional headaches caused by postoperative lumbosacral pseudomeningoceles. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Pseudomeningocele is one of the most common complications after posterior lumbosacral spinal surgery. Common treatments include bedrest, abdominal binder use, subarachnoid lumbar drainage, and surgical re-exploration for durotomy closure...
December 2, 2016: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922580/comparative-analysis-of-peri-operative-outcomes-using-nationally-derived-hospital-discharge-data-relative-to-a-prospective-multi-center-surgical-database-of-adult-spinal-deformity-surgery
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Gregory W Poorman, Peter G Passias, Aaron J Buckland, Cyrus M Jalai, Michael Kelly, Daniel M Sciubba, Brian J Neuman, D Kojo Hamilton, Amit Jain, Bassel Diebo, Virginie Lafage, Shay Bess, Eric O Klineberg
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of three prospectively collected databases. OBJECTIVE: compare peri-operative outcomes in Adult Spinal Deformity (ASD) surgeries in a surgeon-run (SR-ASD) and two national databases: the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: has been learned on the treatment of ASD in the last decade with prospective multicenter collaborative research focusing on this specific condition...
December 2, 2016: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922573/vertebroplasty-and-return-to-work-for-thoracolumbar-fractures-within-the-workers-compensation-population
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Jay M Levin, Joshua T Anderson, Arnold R Haas, Rick Percy, Stephen T Woods, Uri M Ahn, Nicholas U Ahn
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study OBJECTIVE.: Analyze efficacy of vertebroplasty and its affect on return to work (RTW) in a workers' compensation (WC) population SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA.: Vertebroplasty remains a controversial treatment modality for vertebral compression fractures (VCFs). No studies have analyzed use of vertebroplasty in the clinically distinct WC population. METHODS: A total of 371 Ohio WC subjects were identified who sustained VCFs and were treated with either vertebroplasty or conservative medical therapy between 1993 and 2013 using Current Procedural Terminology procedural and International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision diagnosis codes...
December 2, 2016: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919862/spinal-cord-injury-assessing-tolerability-and-use-of-combined-rehabilitation-and-neuroaid-saturn-study-protocol-of-an-exploratory-study-in-assessing-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-neuroaid-amongst-people-who-sustain-severe-spinal-cord-injury
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Ramesh Kumar, Ohnmar Htwe, Azmi Baharudin, Mohammad Hisam Ariffin, Shaharuddin Abdul Rhani, Kamalnizat Ibrahim, Aishah Rustam, Robert Gan
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating condition with limited therapeutic options despite decades of research. Current treatment options include use of steroids, surgery, and rehabilitation. Nevertheless, many patients with SCI remain disabled. MLC601 (NeuroAiD), a combination of natural products, has been shown to be safe and to aid neurological recovery after brain injuries and may have a potential role in improving recovery after SCI. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of NeuroAiD amongst people who sustain SCI in the study setting...
December 5, 2016: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918332/isoflurane-impairs-motor-function-recovery-by-increasing-neuroapoptosis-and-degeneration-during-spinal-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rats
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Shih-Yuan Fang, Jung-Shun Lee, Jun-Neng Roan, Yu-Chuan Tsai, Chen-Fuh Lam
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord ischemia (SCI) leads to variable degrees of neurologic deficit in patients undergoing major cardiovascular surgery. The effect of intraoperative neuroprotection against SCI and the subsequent ischemia-reperfusion injury is still limited. Because isoflurane is a commonly used anesthetic agent during major operation, and its neuroprotective and neurotoxicity effects have both been discussed, this study aimed to investigate the effect of isoflurane on the spinal cord's functional recovery in a rat model of cord ischemia...
December 1, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917806/comparison-of-intrathecal-plain-articaine-and-levobupivacaine-with-fentanyl-for-caesarean-section
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Rüveyda I Demircioglua, Muhammet Gozdemira, Burhanettin Ustaa, Hüseyin Serta, Safinaz Karabayirlia, Bünyamin Muslua, Esra A Keskinb
PURPOSE: Articaine is used as a local anesthetic for outpatient surgery because it offers rapid onset of anesthesia and short duration motor block. Levobupivacaine is often preferred for Caesarean section. We evaluated the anesthetic characteristics of fentanyl-supplemented plain articaine and levobupivacaine for Caesarean section under combine spinal epidural anesthesia. METHODS: Patients undergoing Caesarean section received in random order plain articaine 40 mg (Group A, n=50) or plain levobupivacaine 10 mg (Group L, n=50) mixed with fentanyl 20 µg intrathecally...
December 1, 2016: Clinical and Investigative Medicine. Médecine Clinique et Experimentale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917700/posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-following-elevated-mean-arterial-pressures-for-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
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Jeffrey H Zimering, Addisu Mesfin
BACKGROUND: Increasing the mean arterial pressure (MAP) is an accepted treatment modality to minimize the risk for irreversible neurologic damage secondary to spinal cord ischemia. Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a rare complication occurring after transplantation surgery, in persons having an autoimmune disorder or after abrupt increases in blood pressure of various etiologies. STUDY DESIGN: Case report. METHODS: Retrospective evaluation of medical records...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917595/societal-preferences-in-the-treatment-of-pediatric-medulloblastoma-balancing-risk-of-death-and-quality-of-life
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Amir Khakban, Tima Mohammadi, Larry D Lynd, Don Mabbott, Eric Bouffet, Louise Gastonguay, Zafar Zafari, David Malkin, Michael Taylor, Carlo A Marra
PURPOSE: Medulloblastoma is the most prevalent childhood brain cancer. Children with medulloblastoma typically receive a combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. The survival rate is high but survivors often have sequelae from radiotherapy of the entire developing brain and spinal cord. Ongoing genetic studies have suggested that decreasing the dose of radiation might be possible among children with favorable molecular variants; however, this may result in an increased disease recurrence...
December 4, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916869/error-analysis-and-experimental-study-of-a-bi-planar-parallel-mechanism-in-a-pedicle-screw-robot-system
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Qingjuan Duan, Zhijiang Du, Hongjian Yu, Yongfeng Wang, Wei Dong
Due to the urgent need for high precision surgical equipment for minimally invasive spinal surgery, a novel robot-assistant system was developed for the accurate placement of pedicle screws in lumbar spinal surgeries. The structure of the robot was based on a macro-micro mechanism, which includes a serial mechanism (macro part) and a bi-planar 5R parallel mechanism (micro part). The macro part was used to achieve a large workspace, while the micro part was used to obtain high stiffness and accuracy. Based on the transfer function of dimension errors, the factors affecting the accuracy of the end effectors were analyzed...
November 30, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915066/the-impact-of-hospital-teaching-status-on-timing-of-intervention-inpatient-morbidity-and-mortality-after-surgery-for-vertebral-column-fractures-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Rafael De la Garza Ramos, Jonathan Nakhla, Rani Nasser, Ajit Jada, Daniel M Sciubba, Merritt D Kinon, Reza Yassari
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact of hospital teaching status on the timing of intervention and inpatient morbidity and mortality after surgery for acute spinal cord injury (SCI). METHODS: Data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (2002 - 2011) were reviewed. Patients were included if they had a diagnosis of closed vertebral column fracture with SCI, underwent spine surgery, and were admitted urgently or emergently. Early intervention (the day of or the day after admission), inpatient morbidity and mortality rates were compared between patients admitted to teaching versus nonteaching hospitals...
November 30, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915062/rosette-forming-glioneuronal-tumor-originating-from-the-spinal-cord-report-of-two-cases-and-literature-review
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Lian Duan, Yunkun Zhang, Weilun Fu, Sumin Geng
Rosette-forming glioneuronal tumor (RGNT) is a recently recognized and rarely encountered tumor occurring in the fourth ventricle. Histologically, it is composed by two distinct features: a glial component, resembling pilocytic astrocytoma, and a neurocytic component forming neurocytic rosettes and/or perivascular rosettes. The authors describe two extremely rare cases of RGNT arising from the spinal cord, which were misdiagnosed as ependymoma and astrocytoma preoperatively. Symptoms included dissociated sensory disturbance, episodic pain and fatigue, as well as motor disturbance, had been presented for two years and two months, respectively...
November 30, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913262/neurosurgeons-in-japan-are-exclusively-brain-surgeons
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REVIEW
Shunji Asamoto
In Japan, neurosurgeons have mainly treated brain diseases, with most cases involving the spine and spinal diseases historically being treated by orthopedists. Nowadays, spinal surgery is just one of the many subspecialties in the neurosurgical field in Japan. Most patients with neurological deficits or suspected neurological diseases are taken to board-certified neurosurgeons or go to them directly in Japan, not through referrals from family doctors or specialists in other fields. Problems originating in the spine and spinal cord have been overlooked or misdiagnosed in these situations...
November 29, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912032/pain-input-impairs-recovery-after-spinal-cord-injury-treatment-with-lidocaine
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Joel D Turtle, Misty M Strain, Miriam Aceves, Yung-Jen Huang, Joshua A Reynolds, Michelle A Hook, James W Grau
More than 90% of spinal cord injuries are caused by traumatic accidents and are often associated with other tissue damage (polytrauma) that can provide a source of continued pain input during recovery. In a clinically relevant spinal cord contusion injury model, prior work has shown that noxious stimulation at an intensity that engages pain (C) fibers soon after injury augments secondary injury and impairs functional recovery. Noxious input increases the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines (interleukin 1β and 18), cellular signals associated with cell death (caspase 3 and 8), and physiological signs of hemorrhage...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911227/radiofrequency-ablation-of-spinal-osteoid-osteoma-a-prospective-study
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Joe Faddoul, Yara Faddoul, Sandra Kobaiter-Maarrawi, Ronald Moussa, Tony Rizk, Georges Nohra, Nabil Okais, Elie Samaha, Joseph Maarrawi
OBJECTIVE Surgery has been considered the standard treatment for spinal osteoid osteomas that are refractory to analgesic agents. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a less invasive technique with established efficiency for the treatment of peripheral osteoid osteomas. The main objectives of this study are to evaluate the safety of RFA based on the results of a previous experimental study in rats conducted in the authors' laboratory and to identify its short- and long-term efficiency in the treatment of spinal osteoid osteomas...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911226/letter-to-the-editor-adult-spinal-deformity-surgery-is-it-always-worthwhile
#15
Enrico Tessitore, Oliver P Gautschi
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December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911225/successful-treatment-of-mixed-yolk-sac-tumor-and-mature-teratoma-in-the-spinal-cord-case-report
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Akitake Mukasa, Shunsuke Yanagisawa, Kuniaki Saito, Shota Tanaka, Keisuke Takai, Junji Shibahara, Masachika Ikegami, Yusuke Nakao, Katsushi Takeshita, Masao Matsutani, Nobuhito Saito
Primary spinal germ cell tumors are rare, and spinal nongerminomatous germ cell tumors represent an even rarer subset for which no standard therapy has been established. The authors report the case of a 24-year-old woman with multifocal primary spinal germ cell tumors scattered from T-12 to L-5 that consisted of yolk sac tumor and mature teratoma. After diagnostic partial resection, the patient was treated with 30 Gy of craniospinal irradiation and 30 Gy of local spinal irradiation, followed by 8 courses of chemotherapy based on ifosfamide, cisplatin, and etoposide (ICE)...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910870/antinociceptive-profile-of-levo-tetrahydropalmatine-in-acute-and-chronic-pain-mice-models-role-of-spinal-sigma-1-receptor
#17
Dong-Wook Kang, Ji-Young Moon, Jae-Gyun Choi, Suk-Yun Kang, Yeonhee Ryu, Jin Bong Park, Jang-Hern Lee, Hyun-Woo Kim
We have recently reported that repeated systemic treatments of extract from Corydalis yanhusuo alleviate neuropathic pain and levo-tetrahydropalmatine (l-THP) is one of active components from Corydalis. We designed this study to investigate antinociceptive effect of l-THP in acute and chronic pain models and related mechanism within the spinal cord. We found that intraperitoneal pretreatment with l-THP significantly inhibited the second phase of formalin-induced pain behavior. In addition, intrathecal as well as intraperitoneal pretreatment with l-THP reduced the mechanical allodynia (MA) induced by direct activation of sigma-1 receptor (Sig-1)...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909916/effects-of-different-fluences-of-low-level-laser-therapy-in-an-experimental-model-of-spinal-cord-injury-in-rats
#18
Suellen Veronez, Lívia Assis, Paula Del Campo, Flávia de Oliveira, Gláucia de Castro, Ana Claudia Muniz Renno, Carla Christina Medalha
The aim of this study was to evaluate the in vivo response of different fluences of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) on the area of the injury, inflammatory markers, and functional recovery using an experimental model of traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). Thirty two rats were randomly divided into four experimental groups: control group (CG), laser-treated group 500 J/cm(2) (L-500), laser-treated group 750 J/cm(2) (L-750), and laser-treated group 1000 J/cm(2) (L-1000). SCI was performed by an impactor equipment (between the ninth and tenth thoracic vertebrae), with a pressure of 150 kdyn...
December 1, 2016: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909654/bone-substitutes-and-expanders-in-spine-surgery-a-review-of-their-fusion-efficacies
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Abhijeet Kadam, Paul W Millhouse, Christopher K Kepler, Kris E Radcliff, Michael G Fehlings, Michael E Janssen, Rick C Sasso, James J Benedict, Alexander R Vaccaro
STUDY DESIGN: A narrative review of literature. OBJECTIVE: This manuscript intends to provide a review of clinically relevant bone substitutes and bone expanders for spinal surgery in terms of efficacy and associated clinical outcomes, as reported in contemporary spine literature. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Ever since the introduction of allograft as a substitute for autologous bone in spinal surgery, a sea of literature has surfaced, evaluating both established and newly emerging fusion alternatives...
2016: International Journal of Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909651/hybrid-decompression-and-fixation-technique-for-the-treatment-of-multisegmental-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy
#20
Barón Zárate-Kalfopulos, Walter Araos-Silva, Alejandro Reyes-Sánchez, Luis Miguel Rosales-Olivarez, Armando Alpizar-Aguirre, Francisco Lopez Melendez
BACKGROUND: Cervical spondilotic myelopathy (CSM) is defined as the compromise of the spinal cord due to degenerative changes of the cervical spine. It is the most common cause of spinal cord dysfunction in patients over 55 years. An early surgical management it is paramount to achieve better neurological outcome. There is still controversy regarding the appropriate surgical treatment for multisegmental CSM involving three or more levels. The hybrid decompression and fixation technique combines one or two level corpectomy and a single level discectomy in order to obtain optimum decompression and fixation in patients with multilevel cervical myelopathy...
2016: International Journal of Spine Surgery
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