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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542100/global-spinal-alignment-in-patients-with-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy
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Go Yoshida, Abdulmajeed Alzakri, Vincent Pointillart, Louis Boissiere, Ibrahim Obeid, Yukihiro Matsuyama, Jean Marc Vital, Olivier Gille
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective radiographic analysis of cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) OBJECTIVE.: To clarify the pathophysiology of CSM, and use the characteristic of global spinal alignment for determining the surgical strategy. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Radiographic evaluation of CSM, in general, comprises cervical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and regional cervical radiography, which cannot distinguish between cervical hyperlodorsis with spinopelvic compensation and cervical lordorsis with normal global alignment...
May 24, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540127/learning-curves-for-minimally-invasive-spine-surgeries-are-they-worth-it
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EDITORIAL
Nancy E Epstein
BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) spine procedures were developed to limit operative time, the extent of dissection, and reduce perioperative morbidity. Here, we asked what are the "learning curves" for these MIS spine procedures? METHODS: We reviewed studies in the literature that discussed the "learning curves" attributed to performing different MIS spine surgical procedures. Of interest, the majority were single-surgeon series. RESULTS: Very few articles assessed the learning curves for different MIS spine procedures...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538444/changes-in-cervical-alignment-after-multilevel-schwab-grade-ii-thoracolumbar-osteotomies-for-adult-spinal-deformity
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George M Ghobrial, Nathan H Lebwohl, Barth A Green, Joseph P Gjolaj
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective Cohort OBJECTIVE.: To describe changes in cervical alignment(CA) and deformity (CD) after multilevel Schwab Grade II Osteotomies for adult spinal deformity (ASD). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Reciprocal cervical and global changes after ASD surgery have not been previous described in the setting of multilevel osteotomy. METHODS: Patients with long-segment (> 5 levels) fusion and osteotomy for ASD were radiographically evaluated...
May 19, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538252/concurrent-paraspinous-myopathy-and-myasthenia-gravis
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Alissa E Romano, Zaid Al-Qudah, Henry J Kaminski, Bashar Katirji, Karim Salame
Paraspinous myopathy is a rare neuromuscular disorder characterized by selective involvement of the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar muscles. Leading clinical features include a bent spine or dropped head (antecollis). In myasthenia gravis (MG), patients may have camptocormia secondary to neuromuscular junction dysfunction of the paraspinal muscles, and this condition usually responds to acetylcholinesterase inhibitors or immunosuppressive treatments. However, concomitant MG and paraspinous myopathy with histologic and electrophysiologic evidence of myopathic changes of the paraspinal muscles has only been reported twice in the literature...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535435/multi-segmental-thoracic-spine-kinematics-measured-dynamically-in-the-young-and-elderly-during-flexion
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Dominika Ignasiak, Andrea Rüeger, Stephen J Ferguson
In contrast to the cervical and lumbar region, the normal kinematics of the thoracic spine have not been thoroughly investigated. The aim of this study was to characterize normal multi-segmental continuous motion of the whole thoracolumbar spine, during a flexion maneuver, in young and elderly subjects. Forty-two healthy volunteers were analyzed: 21 young (age=27.00±3.96) and 21 elderly (age=70.1±3.85). Spinal motion was recorded with a motion-capture system and analyzed using a 3rd order polynomial function to approximate spinal curvature throughout the motion sequence...
May 20, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533391/thoracic-vertebral-count-and-thoracolumbar-transition-in-australopithecus-afarensis
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Carol V Ward, Thierra K Nalley, Fred Spoor, Paul Tafforeau, Zeresenay Alemseged
The evolution of the human pattern of axial segmentation has been the focus of considerable discussion in paleoanthropology. Although several complete lumbar vertebral columns are known for early hominins, to date, no complete cervical or thoracic series has been recovered. Several partial skeletons have revealed that the thoracolumbar transition in early hominins differed from that of most extant apes and humans. Australopithecus africanus, Australopithecus sediba, and Homo erectus all had zygapophyseal facets that shift from thoracic-like to lumbar-like at the penultimate rib-bearing level, rather than the ultimate rib-bearing level, as in most humans and extant African apes...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525553/evaluation-of-conventional-and-frozen-elephant-trunk-techniques-on-spinal-cord-blood-flow-in-an-animal-model%C3%A2
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Sergey Leontyev, Maja-Theresa Dieterlen, Michelle Halling, Franziska Schlegel, Alexandro Hoyer, Susann Ossmann, Kerstin Klaeske, Christian D Etz, Friedrich W Mohr
OBJECTIVES: The treatment of patients with extensive thoracic aortic disease involving the arch and descending aorta is often performed using the frozen elephant trunk technique (FET). Spinal cord blood flow (SCBF) in cervical, thoracic and lumbar sections prior, during and after aortic arch surgery were compared in conventional elephant trunk (cET) and FET technique in a pig model. METHODS: German Landrace pigs (75-85 kg) underwent aortic arch surgery using the FET ( n  = 8) or cET ( n  = 8) techniques...
May 18, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525474/anatomy-of-lamina-in-the-subaxial-cervical-spine-with-the-special-reference-to-translaminar-screws-ct-and-cadaveric-analysis-with-screw-trajectory-simulation
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Woojin Cho, Jason T Le, Adam L Shimer, Brian C Werner, John A Glaser, Francis H Shen
STUDY DESIGN: A cadaveric study. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Translaminar screws were initially developed for C2 fixation. Since then, their usage has expanded to include the subaxial cervical spine, and thoracic and lumbar spine. To the best of our knowledge, special anatomy for inserting translaminar screws in the subaxial cervical spine has not been studied. OBJECTIVE: To report the special anatomy for inserting translaminar screws in the subaxial cervical spine...
June 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524751/pseudogout-of-the-cervical-and-thoracic-spine-mimicking-infection-after-lumbar-fusion-case-report
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Kelly J Bridges, Carli L Bullis, Ajay Wanchu, Khoi D Than
Pseudogout is a form of acute calcium pyrophosphate deposition (CPPD) disease that typically afflicts the elderly. CPPD commonly involves larger joints, such as the knees, wrists, shoulders, and hips, and has been known to involve the spine. The authors report the case of a 66-year-old woman with a recent history of lumbar laminectomy and fusion who presented 5 weeks postprocedure with a clinical and radiographic picture consistent with multilevel skip lesions involving the cervical and thoracic spine, thoracic discitis, and epidural abscess...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490166/giant-ganglioneuroma-of-thoracic-spine-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Yong Huang, Lidi Liu, Qiao Li, Shaokun Zhang
Ganglioneuroma (GN) is a rare benign tumor of neural crest origin usually found in the abdomen, but may occasionally present at uncommon sites including the cervical, lumbar, or sacral spine. However, GNs of thoracic spine are extremely rare. In this report, we describe a 12-year-old girl with giant GN in the thoracic spine, who underwent successful resection (T1-4 level) of the tumor. Histopathological examination confirmed the diagnosis. GN should be considered in the differential diagnosis of any paraspinal mass...
May 2017: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484678/reduced-surgical-site-infection-rates-following-spine-surgery-using-an-enhanced-prophylaxis-protocol
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Alexa M Dessy, Frank J Yuk, Akbar Y Maniya, James G Connolly, John T Nathanson, Jonathan J Rasouli, Tanvir F Choudhri
BACKGROUND: Postoperative surgical site infection (SSI) is a common complication after spine surgery. Reduction of SSI has many benefits including, but not limited to, the reduced length of stay, readmission rates, and morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether an enhanced antibiotic prophylaxis reduced the rate of surgical site infections in spine surgery. METHODS: This is a retrospective observation study which analyzed the incidence of postoperative SSI following a consecutive series of 1,486 cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine operations performed at a single institution by the senior author between the dates of October 2001 to March 2014...
April 6, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483707/higher-success-rate-with-transcranial-electrical-stimulation-of-motor-evoked-potentials-using-constant-voltage-stimulation-compared-with-constant-current-stimulation-in-patients-undergoing-spinal-surgery
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Hideki Shigematsu, Masahiko Kawaguchi, Hironobu Hayashi, Tsunenori Takatani, Eiichiro Iwata, Masato Tanaka, Akinori Okuda, Yasuhiko Morimoto, Keisuke Masuda, Yuu Tanaka, Yasuhito Tanaka
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: During spine surgery, the spinal cord is electrophysiologically monitored via transcranial electrical stimulation motor evoked potentials (TES-MEP) to prevent injury. TES-MEP involves the use of either constant-current or constant-voltage stimulation; however, there are few comparative data available regarding their ability to adequately elicit compound motor action potentials (CMAPs). We hypothesized that the success rates of TES-MEP recordings would be similar between constant-current and constant-voltage stimulation in patients undergoing spine surgery...
May 5, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465030/twente-spine-model-a-complete-and-coherent-dataset-for-musculo-skeletal-modeling-of-the-thoracic-and-cervical-regions-of-the-human-spine
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Riza Bayoglu, Leo Geeraedts, Karlijn H J Groenen, Nico Verdonschot, Bart Koopman, Jasper Homminga
Musculo-skeletal modeling could play a key role in advancing our understanding of the healthy and pathological spine, but the credibility of such models are strictly dependent on the accuracy of the anatomical data incorporated. In this study, we present a complete and coherent musculo-skeletal dataset for the thoracic and cervical regions of the human spine, obtained through detailed dissection of an embalmed male cadaver. We divided the muscles into a number of muscle-tendon elements, digitized their attachments at the bones, and measured morphological muscle parameters...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461025/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-or-not-keys-for-the-diagnosis
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REVIEW
T Lenglet, J-P Camdessanché
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a degenerative motor neuron disease (MND) which prognosis is poor. Early diagnosis permit to set up immediately adapted treatment and cares. Available diagnostic criteria are based on the detection of both central and peripheral motor neuron injury in bulbar, cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions. Electrodiagnostic (EDX) tests are the key tools to identify peripheral motor neuron involvement. Needle examination records abnormal activities at rest, and looks for neurogenic pattern during muscle contraction...
April 28, 2017: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451859/effect-of-correction-surgery-for-cervical-kyphosis-on-compensatory-mechanisms-in-overall-spinopelvic-sagittal-alignment
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Hiroshi Miyamoto, Kazuki Hashimoto, Terumasa Ikeda, Masao Akagi
PURPOSE: Progression of kyphotic deformity at the middle/lower cervical spine can cause difficulty with horizontal gaze, so compensation at other spinopelvic parts may occur. However, the precise mechanism remains unclear. The present study investigated the effect of correction surgery for cervical kyphosis on the compensatory mechanisms in overall spinopelvic sagittal alignment. METHODS: Forty-one patients, comprising 23 males and 18 females (mean age 67 years), underwent correction surgery for cervical kyphosis using the posterior screw-rod system...
April 27, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436378/outcomes-of-corpectomy-in-patients-with-metastatic-cancer
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Grzegorz Guzik
BACKGROUND: The objective of surgical management of spinal metastases is to reduce pain and improve the patient's quality of life. The operation should restore spinal stability and decompress neural structures. One surgical technique is corpectomy followed by vertebral body reconstruction and stabilisation of the spine. The procedure may be performed in patients in overall good health and a good survival prognosis. The aim of this paper is to present the outcomes of surgical management of spinal metastases in patients who underwent corpectomy followed by vertebral body reconstruction and stabilisation of the spine...
January 26, 2017: Ortopedia, Traumatologia, Rehabilitacja
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432584/clinical-features-and-long-term-outcomes-of-pediatric-spinal-meningiomas
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Liang Wu, Chenlong Yang, Tie Liu, Jingyi Fang, Jun Yang, Yulun Xu
Pediatric spinal meningiomas are very rare. Most studies on pediatric spinal meningiomas are case reports with literature reviews. This study presented a surgical series of 14 pediatric patients with histologically proven sporadic spinal meningiomas, including 5 WHO grade II tumors. In this series, there were 9 male and 5 female patients with a mean age of 11.1 years. Seven tumors were located in the cervical spine, 5 in the thoracic spine, and 2 in the lumbar spine. Gross total resection (GTR) of the tumor with a well-demarcated dissection plane was achieved in 11 cases, subtotal resection was achieved in 2 cases, and partial resection was performed in 1 case...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431428/computational-and-in-vitro-experimental-investigation-of-intrathecal-drug-distribution-parametric-study-of-the-effect-of-injection-volume-cerebrospinal-fluid-pulsatility-and-drug-uptake
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Kevin M Tangen, Roxanne Leval, Ankit I Mehta, Andreas A Linninger
BACKGROUND: Intrathecal drug delivery is an attractive option to circumvent the blood-brain barrier for pain management through its increased efficacy of pain relief, reduction in adverse side effects, and cost-effectiveness. Unfortunately, there are limited guidelines for physicians to choose infusion or drug pump settings to administer therapeutic doses to specific regions of the spine or the brain. Although empiric trialing of intrathecal drugs is critical to determine the sustained side effects, currently there is no inexpensive in vitro method to guide the selection of spinal drug delivery parameters...
May 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425068/analysis-of-cervical-sagittal-alignment-change-following-correction-of-thoracic-and-thoracolumbar-scheuermann-s-kyphosis
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Luigi Aurelio Nasto, Saggah Tarek Shalabi, Ana Belen Perez-Romera, Samiul Muquit, Amir Reza Ghasemi, Hossein Mehdian
PURPOSE: To analyse pre-operative and post-operative changes of cervical sagittal alignment (CSA) in Scheuermann's kyphosis (SK) patients. METHODS: 64 SK and 33 control patients were retrospectively reviewed. Whole spine X-rays obtained at pre-op, 3 months post-op and at latest follow-up were reviewed and ten separate CSA radiological parameters were measured. Patients were divided in three groups: thoracic SK (TK group, apex T6-T9, n = 40), thoracolumbar SK (TLK group, apex T10-T12, n = 24), and controls...
April 19, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417614/spinal-epidural-abscess-caused-by-brucella-species-a-review-of-17-cases
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Qin Zhang, Xiaohui Yang, Honglin Yu, Benrang Jia, Bin Meng
BACKGROUND: Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a rarely encountered clinical entity during the course of Brucella infection. METHODS: We reported 17 patients diagnosed with Brucellar SEA for a mean follow-up of 15 months. Spinal epidural abscess was detected by magnetic resonance imaging in all cases. Brucella diagnosis was established by serological tests. Patients were administered antibiotics for duration of 6 to 16 weeks. RESULTS: SEA was localized in lumbar region in 9 patients, thoracic in 4 patients, cervical in 3 patients, both thoracic and lumbar in 1 patient...
June 2017: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
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