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Waseem Mehmood Nizamani
Ligamentum flavum cyst is considered as a category of juxtafacet cyst and is recognized to be rare cause of cord compression and radiculopathy. The pathogenesis of these cysts is not yet fully understood, but it has been proposed that continuous stress to this ligament due to minor repetitive trauma, such as in spondylolisthesis and degenerative disc disease, may lead to the development of cyst. Intraspinal cyst can encroach and displace neural structures that can lead to neurologic symptoms. Although a rare entity, intraspinal cyst should be included in the causative factors of neurogenic claudication or lumbar radiculopathy based on typical magnetic resonance imaging appearance...
February 2018: Radiology Case Reports
Che-Wei Hung, Ming-Fang Wu, Gwo-Fane Yu, Chin-Chu Ko, Cheng-Hsing Kao
PURPOSE: To analyze sagittal balance of the cervical spine after three operative methods for three consecutive levels. METHODS: A retrospective case selection and observational study was performed from December 2012 to December 2015: 20 patients underwent anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, 22 patients underwent hybrid surgery (HS), and 20 patients underwent total disc replacement (TDR). Perioperative parameters, clinical outcomes, and preoperative and postoperative sagittal parameters were recorded...
March 9, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Yang Xiong, Lin Xu, Xing Yu, Yongdong Yang, Dingyan Zhao, Zhengguo Hu, Chuanhong Li, He Zhao, Lijun Duan, Bingbing Zhang, Sixue Chen, Tao Liu
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study. OBJECTIVE: To compare the mid-term outcomes of hybrid surgery and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion for the treatment of contiguous 2-segment cervical degenerative disc diseases. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Hybrid surgery has become one of the most controversial subjects in spine communities, and the comparative studies of hybrid surgery and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in the mid- and long-term follow-up are rarely reported...
March 15, 2018: Spine
Jack Zigler, Nicole Ferko, Chris Cameron, Leena Patel
AIM: To compare the efficacy and safety of total disc replacement, lumbar fusion, and conservative care in the treatment of single-level lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD). MATERIALS & METHODS: A network meta-analysis was conducted to determine the relative impact of lumbar DDD therapies on Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) success, back pain score, patient satisfaction, employment status, and reoperation. Odds ratios or mean differences and 95% credible intervals were reported...
March 2018: Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
Andrew T Koogler, Michael Kushelev
A 76-year-old male presented for reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA) in the beach chair position. A preoperative interscalene nerve catheter was placed under direct ultrasound-guidance utilizing a posterior in-plane approach. On POD 2, the catheter was removed. Three weeks postoperatively, the patient reported worsening dyspnea with a subsequent chest X-ray demonstrating an elevated right hemidiaphragm. Pulmonary function testing revealed worsening deficit from presurgical values consistent with phrenic nerve palsy...
2018: Case Reports in Anesthesiology
Zhi Ruan, Hui Ma, Jing Li, Huiyong Liu, Haoruo Jia, Feng Li
Intervertebral disc degeneration is a complex disease involving genetic and environmental factors and multiple cellular processes. The role and expression of the lncRNA NEAT1 were assessed in intervertebral disc degeneration. NEAT1 expression was assessed in degenerative and control nucleus pulposus using RT-PCR. Western blotting and RT-PCR were also used to investigate p53 and p21 levels in nucleus pulposus tissues. NEAT1 function in degenerative nucleus pulposus cells was assessed with gain- and loss-of-function experiments...
January 1, 2018: Experimental Biology and Medicine
John P Kleimeyer, Ivan Cheng, Todd F Alamin, Serena S Hu, Thomas Cha, Vijay Yanamadala, Kirkham B Wood
STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the long-term outcomes of selective one- to two-level anterior lumbar interbody fusions (ALIFs) in the lower lumbar spine versus continued nonsurgical management. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Low back pain associated with lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration is common with substantial economic impact, yet treatment remains controversial. Surgical fusion has previously provided mixed results with limited durable improvement of pain and function...
March 9, 2018: Spine
Nahla Reda Sarhan, Nesreen Moustafa Omar
Tadalafil (Cialis) is one of the most commonly used phosphodiesterase type5 (PDE5) inhibitors. This work aimed to analyze the histological and ultrastructural changes provoked by chronic tadalafil administration in the rat retina, correlate between such changes and PDE5 immunoexpression and to evaluate the possible reversibility of these changes. Thirty Sprague Dawley male rats were randomly distributed into 3 groups. Control group; given 1 ml distilled water daily for 6 weeks. Tadalafil group; given tadalafil in a daily dose of 2...
March 8, 2018: Acta Histochemica
Guang-Zhi Ning, Shun-Li Kan, Ru-Sen Zhu, Shi-Qing Feng
OBJECTIVE: Mobi-C cervical disc arthroplasty (MCDA) has been regarded as an alternative to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). In this study, the effectiveness and safety between MCDA and ACDF for symptomatic cervical degenerative disc disease was evaluated. METHODS: PubMed, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library were systematically searched for randomized controlled trials. Studies were included based on the eligibility criteria. Risk of bias assessment and quality of evidence assessment were performed...
March 7, 2018: World Neurosurgery
S Löw, C K Spies, F Unglaub, J Oppermann, M Langer, H Erne
BACKGROUND: The triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) widens the radiocarpal joint and takes part in load transmission from the carpus to the forearm. It is thereby prone to degenerative changes. The painful situation that can accompany degeneration is called ulnar impaction. DIAGNOSIS: Clinical examination helps differentiate between various causes of ulnar-sided wrist pain. Standard X‑rays are needed to determine ulnar variance and stress radiographs can depict narrowing of the ulnocarpal joint space under load...
March 9, 2018: Der Orthopäde
Xiaobin Wang, Mingxiang Zou, Jing Li, Bing Wang, Qianshi Zhang, Fubin Liu, Guohua Lü
Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration (IDD) is a major contributor to low back pain. During IDD progression, ROS can be produced in the form of H2 O2 in nucleus pulposus cells (NPCs) in response to elevated cytokines, leading to subsequent alternations of cell fate and metabolic processes. Genetic factors are considered as main contributors to IDD pathopoiesis. Herein, we investigated the detailed function and mechanism of H19, one of the most up-regulated lncRNAs in IDD specimens, in H2 O2 -induced cell senescence model in NPCs...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Gilles Norotte, Carlos Barrios
OBJECTIVE: Recent improvements in cage designs with integral fixation and screw attachments have made stand-alone ALIF a viable option with several possible advantages. The aim of this study was to confirm the efficacy and safety of a PEEK cage filled with hydroxyapatite nanoparticles without adding a bone graft for stand-alone ALIF in the treatment of L5-S1 isolated degenerative disc discopathy (DDD). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Sixty-five patients who required surgery for DDD were evaluated...
January 31, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Dong-Yeong Lee, Young-Jin Park, Sang-Youn Song, Soon-Taek Jeong, Dong-Hee Kim
Study Design: A retrospective clinical case series. Purpose: To determine the strength of association between cage retropulsion and its related factors. Overview of Literature: Lumbar interbody fusion with cage can obtain a firm union and can restore the disc height with normal sagittal and coronal alignment. Although lumbar interbody fusion procedures have satisfactory clinical outcomes, peri- and postoperative complications regarding the cage remain challenging...
February 2018: Asian Spine Journal
Aaron J Buckland, Bryan M Beaubrun, Evan Isaacs, John Moon, Peter Zhou, Sam Horn, Gregory Poorman, Jared C Tishelman, Louis M Day, Thomas J Errico, Peter G Passias, Themistocles Protopsaltis
Study Design: Retrospective radiological review. Purpose: To quantify the effect of sitting vs supine lumbar spine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and change in anterior displacement of the psoas muscle from L1-L2 to L4-L5 discs. Overview of Literature: Controversy exists in determining patient suitability for lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) based on psoas morphology. The effect of posture on psoas morphology has not previously been studied; however, lumbar MRI may be performed in sitting or supine positions...
February 2018: Asian Spine Journal
Min Ho Hwang, Hyeong Guk Son, Jae Won Lee, Chang Min Yoo, Jae Hee Shin, Hyo Geun Nam, Hyun Jung Lim, Seung Min Baek, Jeong Hun Park, Joo Han Kim, Hyuk Choi
The etiology of intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration accompanied by low back pain (LBP) is largely unknown, and there are no curative therapies. Painful IVD degeneration is associated with infiltrated macrophage-mediated inflammatory response of human nucleus pulposus (NP) cells. The present study aimed to address the hypothesis that pro-inflammatory cytokines derived from macrophages lead to the altered molecular phenotype of human NP cells and to investigate the effects of phototherapy (630, 525, 465 nm with 16, 32, 64 J/cm2 ) on pain-related cytokine interleukin (IL)-6 and chemokine IL-8 under inflammatory conditions in human NP cells...
March 3, 2018: Lasers in Medical Science
Elizabeth S Silagi, Irving M Shapiro, Makarand V Risbud
Few human tissues have functions as closely linked to the composition of their extracellular matrices as the intervertebral disc. In fact, the hallmark of intervertebral disc degeneration, commonly accompanying low back and neck pain, is the progressive loss of extracellular matrix molecules - specifically the GAG-substituted proteoglycans. While this loss is often associated with increased extracellular catabolism via metalloproteinases and pro-inflammatory cytokines, there is strong evidence that disc degeneration is related to dysregulation of the enzymes involved in GAG biosynthesis...
March 1, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Kamal Woods, Ahtziri Fonseca, Larry E Miller
Introduction Oblique lumbar interbody fusion (OLIF) is a newer procedure that avoids the psoas and lumbosacral plexus due to its oblique trajectory into the retroperitoneal space. While early experience with OLIF is reassuring, the longer-term clinical efficacy has not been well established. The purpose of this study was to describe two-year clinical outcomes with OLIF performed by a single surgeon during the learning curve without the aid of the neuromonitoring. Materials and methods Chart review was performed for the consecutive patients who underwent OLIF by a single surgeon...
December 22, 2017: Curēus
Mick Perez-Cruet, Naimisha Beeravolu, Christina McKee, Jared Brougham, Irfan Khan, Shreeya Bakshi, G Rasul Chaudhry
BACKGROUND: Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a common spinal disorder that manifests with neck and lower back pain caused by the degeneration of intervertebral discs (IVDs). Currently, there is no treatment to cure this debilitating ailment. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the potential of nucleus pulposus (NP)-like cells (NPCs) derived from human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to restore degenerated IVDs using a rabbit DDD model. METHODS: NPCs differentiated from MSCs were characterized using quantitative real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and immunocytochemical analysis...
February 26, 2018: Neurosurgery
Jadwiga Kuciel-Lewandowska, Jan Gnus, Lilla Pawlik-Sobecka, Sylwia Płaczkowska, Izabela Kokot, Michał Kasperczak, Małgorzata Paprocka-Borowicz
Introduction: The sources of Reactive Oxidative Species (ROS) in the organism are the respiratory processes occurring in cells catalyzed by different enzymes. Operation of ROS is balanced by antioxidants, the compounds; although present in low concentrations, they significantly inhibit the degree of oxidation of particular molecules. The Aim of the Study: The aim of this study was to assess the changes in the integrated antioxidant system under the influence of radon therapy in osteoarthritis patients...
2018: BioMed Research International
Numan Karaarslan, Ibrahim Yilmaz, Hanefi Ozbek, Duygu Sirin Yasar, Necati Kaplan, Yener Akyuva, Aylin Gonultas, Ozkan Ates
AIM: In this scientific research project, the researchers aimed to determine the gene expression patterns of nucleus pulposus (NP) in cell cultures obtained from degenerated or intact tissues. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Whereas 12 of the cases were diagnosed with lumbar disc hernia and had undergone lumbar microdiscectomy, 12 cases had undergone traumatic intervertebral discectomy and corpectomy, along with discectomy after spinal trauma. NP-specific markers and gene expressions of the reagents of the extracellular matrix in the experimental setup were tested at the 0th, 24th, and 48th hours by quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR)...
January 22, 2018: Turkish Neurosurgery
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