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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343045/cervical-disc-arthroplasty-do-conflicts-of-interest-influence-the-outcome-of-clinical-studies
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REVIEW
Ankur S Narain, Fady Y Hijji, Kelly H Yom, Krishna T Kudaravalli, Kern Singh
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Cervical disc arthroplasty (CDA) is an emerging technique for the treatment of cervical degenerative disease. Multiple studies have investigated the outcomes of CDA, particularly in comparison to cervical arthrodesis techniques such as anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). As many entities have financial interests in CDA implants, it is imperative to consider the influence of conflicts of interest on the results of studies investigating the efficacy of CDA...
March 22, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339441/the-role-of-the-ligamentum-flavum-area-as-a-morphological-parameter-of-lumbar-central-spinal-stenosis
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Young Uk Kim, Jun Young Park, Doo Hwan Kim, Myung-Hwan Karm, Jae-Young Lee, Jee In Yoo, Sung Won Chon, Jeong Hun Suh
BACKGROUND: Hypertrophy of the ligamentum flavum (LF) has been considered as a major cause of lumbar central spinal stenosis (LCSS). Previous studies have found that ligamentum flavum thickness (LFT) is correlated with aging, disc degeneration, and lumbar spinal stenosis. However, hypertrophy is different from thickness. Thus, to evaluate hypertrophy of the whole LF, we devised a new morphological parameter, called the ligamentum flavum area (LFA). OBJECTIVES: We hypothesized that the LFA is a key morphologic parameter in the diagnosis of LCSS...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337729/adjacent-level-disease-background-and-update-based-on-disc-replacement-data
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I David Kaye, Alan S Hilibrand
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The precise etiology of adjacent segment disease following cervical spine surgery is controversial. Theories for development include inevitable changes secondary to the natural progression of the degenerative cascade and changes secondary to altered biomechanics of the fused cervical spine. Motion preserving techniques, such as cervical disc arthroplasties (CDA), have been introduced with the hopes of reducing the rates of adjacent segment pathology. Recently, 7-year data from the investigational device exemption (IDE) studies have been published...
March 23, 2017: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327190/primary-pain-generator-identification-by-ct-spect-in-a-patient-with-low-back-pain-a-case-report
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Gabriel Tender, Adriana Constantinescu, Andrew Conger, Anthony DiGiorgio
BACKGROUND: Chronic low back pain is one of the most common conditions encountered in the middle-age population. Identifying the primary pain generator is notoriously difficult. The computed tomography-single-photon emission computed tomography (CT-SPECT) is emerging as a new diagnostic modality for this purpose. CASE PRESENTATION: This 68-year-old Caucasian male presented with intractable low back pain refractory to maximal conservative treatment, including medication and extensive physical therapy...
March 21, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324327/lumbar-disc-replacement-surgery-successes-and-obstacles-to-widespread-adoption
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REVIEW
Stephan N Salzmann, Nicolas Plais, Jennifer Shue, Federico P Girardi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Lumbar disc replacement has been a surgical alternative to fusion surgery for the treatment of lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD) for many years. Despite enthusiasm after the approval of the first devices, implantation rates have remained low, especially in the USA. The goal of this review is to provide a general overview of lumbar disc replacement in order to comprehend the successes and obstacles to widespread adoption. RECENT FINDINGS: Although a large amount of evidence-based data including satisfactory long-term results is available, implantation rates in the USA have not increased in the last decade...
March 21, 2017: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321567/adjacent-segment-pathology-natural-history-or-effect-of-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-a-10-year-follow-up-radiological-multicenter-study-using-an-evaluation-scale-of-the-ageing-spine
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Alessandro Pesce, Venceslao Wierzbicki, Emanuele Piccione, Alessandro Frati, Antonino Raco, Riccardo Caruso
PURPOSE: Aim of this study is to compare late degenerative MRI changes in a subset of patients operated on with ACDF to a second subset of patients presenting indication to ACDF but never operated on. METHODS: Patients from both subgroups received surgical indication according to the same criteria. Both subgroups underwent a cervical spine MRI in 2004-2005 and 10 years later in 2015. These MRI scans were retrospectively evaluated with a cervical spine ageing scale...
March 20, 2017: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321409/could-the-topping-off-technique-be-the-preventive-strategy-against-adjacent-segment-disease-after-pedicle-screw-based-fusion-in-lumbar-degenerative-diseases-a-systematic-review
#7
REVIEW
Po-Hsin Chou, Hsi-Hsien Lin, Howard S An, Kang-Ying Liu, Wei-Ren Su, Cheng-Li Lin
The "topping-off" technique is a new concept applying dynamic or less rigid fixation such as hybrid stabilization device (HSD) or interspinous process device (IPD) for the purpose of avoiding adjacent segment disease (ASD) proximal to the fusion construct. A systematic review of the literature was performed on the effect of topping-off techniques to prevent or decrease the occurrence of ASD after lumbar fusion surgery. We searched through major online databases, PubMed and MEDLINE, using key words related to "topping-off" technique...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321270/autophagy-is-a-protective-response-to-the-oxidative-damage-to-endplate-chondrocytes-in-intervertebral-disc-implications-for-the-treatment-of-degenerative-lumbar-disc
#8
Ke Chen, Xiaohua Lv, Wei Li, Fei Yu, Jianjing Lin, Junxuan Ma, Deming Xiao
Low back pain (LBP) is the leading cause of disability in the elderly. Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) was considered as the main cause for LBP. Degeneration of cartilaginous endplate was a crucial harmful factor during the initiation and development of IDD. Oxidative stress was implicated in IDD. However, the underlying molecular mechanism for the degeneration of cartilaginous endplate remains elusive. Herein, we found that oxidative stress could induce apoptosis and autophagy in endplate chondrocytes evidenced by western blot analysis, flow cytometry, immunofluorescence staining, GFP-LC3B transfection, and MDC staining...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319468/the-impact-of-cage-dimensions-positioning-and-side-of-approach-in-extreme-lateral-interbody-fusion
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Marjan Alimi, Gernot Lang, Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, Moritz Perrech, Connor Berlin, Christoph P Hofstetter, Yu Moriguchi, Eric Elowitz, Roger Härtl
STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective single-center study. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of cage characteristics and position toward clinical and radiographic outcome measures in patients undergoing extreme lateral interbody fusion (ELIF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: ELIF is utilized for indirect decompression and minimally invasive surgical treatment for various degenerative spinal disorders. However, evidence regarding the influence of cage characteristics in patient outcome is minimal...
March 17, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304237/cervical-disc-arthroplasty-with-the-prestige-lp-disc-versus-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-at-2-levels-results-of-a-prospective-multicenter-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial-at-24-months
#10
Matthew F Gornet, Todd H Lanman, J Kenneth Burkus, Scott D Hodges, Jeffrey R McConnell, Randall F Dryer, Anne G Copay, Hui Nian, Frank E Harrell
OBJECTIVE The authors compared the efficacy and safety of arthroplasty using the Prestige LP cervical disc with those of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) for the treatment of degenerative disc disease (DDD) at 2 adjacent levels. METHODS Patients from 30 investigational sites were randomized to 1 of 2 groups: investigational patients (209) underwent arthroplasty using a Prestige LP artificial disc, and control patients (188) underwent ACDF with a cortical ring allograft and anterior cervical plate...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296365/-clinical-and-radiological-results-of-non-fusion-by-static-interspinous-spacer
#11
Juan Enrique Guzmán-Carranza, Amado González-Moga, Leonardo Álvarez-Vázquez, Gabriel Huerta-Hernández, Abraham Isáis-Gómez, Víctor Galicia-Luna, Víctor Hugo Anaya-Contreras
BACKGROUND: The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the clinical and radiological results of non-fusion in patients with degenerative disc disease and lumbar by placing static interspinous spacer. METHODS: A retrospective study was made in the period between January 2010 and January 2013, 130 patients were treated by placing static interspinous spacer. Patients were divided into: Group 1 (treated for diagnosis of degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis), and group 2 (those diagnosed with lumbar disc herniation)...
March 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291414/is-cervical-disc-arthroplasty-good-for-congenital-cervical-stenosis
#12
Peng-Yuan Chang, Hsuan-Kan Chang, Jau-Ching Wu, Wen-Cheng Huang, Li-Yu Fay, Tsung-Hsi Tu, Ching-Lan Wu, Henrich Cheng
OBJECTIVE Cervical disc arthroplasty (CDA) has been demonstrated to be as safe and effective as anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) in the management of 1- and 2-level degenerative disc disease (DDD). However, there has been a lack of data to address the fundamental discrepancy between the two surgeries (CDA vs ACDF), and preservation versus elimination of motion, in the management of cervical myelopathy associated with congenital cervical stenosis (CCS). Although younger patients tend to benefit more from motion preservation, it is uncertain if CCS caused by multilevel DDD can be treated safely with CDA...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291406/validation-of-the-baseline-severity-stratification-of-objective-functional-impairment-in-lumbar-degenerative-disc-disease
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Martin N Stienen, Nicolas R Smoll, Holger Joswig, Marco V Corniola, Karl Schaller, Gerhard Hildebrandt, Oliver P Gautschi
OBJECTIVE The Timed Up and Go (TUG) test is a simple, objective, and standardized method to measure objective functional impairment (OFI) in patients with lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD). The objective of the current work was to validate the OFI baseline severity stratification (BSS; with levels of "none," "mild," "moderate," and "severe"). METHODS Data were collected in a prospective IRB-approved 2-center study. Patients were assessed with a comprehensive panel of scales for measuring pain (visual analog scale [VAS] for back and leg pain), functional impairment (Roland-Morris Disability Index [RMDI] and Oswestry Disability Index [ODI]), and health-related quality of life (HRQOL; EQ-5D and SF-12)...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288923/effects-of-alendronate-on-lumbar-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-with-bone-loss-in-ovariectomized-rats
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Huiping Song, Yang Luo, Wenya Wang, Shuyang Li, Kai Yang, Muwei Dai, Yong Shen, Yingze Zhang, Liu Zhang
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Osteoporosis adversely affects disc degeneration cascades, and prophylactic alendronate (ALN) helps delay intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) in ovariectomized (OVX) rats. However, there remains no information regarding whether ALN affects IDD with bone loss. PURPOSE: This study aimed to observe the effects of ALN on degenerative discs with bone loss induced by OVX in rats. STUDY DESIGN: This study used controlled in vivo experiments in rodents...
March 10, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279769/lumbar-facet-tropism-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
Fernando Alonso, Christina M Kirkpatrick, William Jeong, Christian Fisahn, Sameera Usman, Tarush Rustagi, Marios Loukas, Jens R Chapman, Rod J Oskouian, R Shane Tubbs
Scattered reports exist in the medical literature regarding facet tropism. However, this finding has had mixed conclusions regarding its origin and impact on the normal spine. Herein, we review the anatomy, embryology, biomechanics, and pathology related to lumbar facet tropism. Facet tropism is most commonly found at L4-L5 vertebral segments and there is some evidence that this condition may lead to facet degenerative spondylolisthesis, intervertebral disc disease, and other degenerative conditions.
March 6, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279053/-intra-articular-injections-of-hyaluronic-acid-for-anterior-disc-displacement-of-temporomandibular-joint
#16
X Long
Anterior disc displacement (ADD) of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is regarded as one of the major findings in temporomandibular disorders (TMD). It is related to joint noise, pain, mandibular dysfunction, degenerative change and osteoarthritis. In the mean time, the pathological changes were found in synovial membrane and synovial fluid. Hyaluronic acid is a principal component of the synovial fluid which plays an important role in nutrition, lubrication, anti-inflammation and cartilage repair. The synthesis, molecule weight, and concentration of hyaluronic acid are decreased during TMD and cause TMJ degenerative changes...
March 9, 2017: Zhonghua Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278042/a-cell-attracting-composite-of-lumbar-fusion-cage
#17
Busra Gunay, Nesrin Hasirci, Vasif Hasirci
Lumbar fusion cages are devices used in spinal fusion procedures for disorders such as spondylosis and degenerative disc diseases that may occur due to age, trauma or genetic reasons. These devices are most frequently made of metals and polymers. The mechanical properties of such devices should be comparable to the bone to avoid stress shielding. Besides, cages should interact with the cells to prevent extrusion and achieve satisfactory fusion. In this study, poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) and hydroxyapatite (HAp) were compounded to create products with HAp contents up to 40% (w/w), processed by hot melt extrusion and injection molded to produce composites with maximum polymer-mineral interaction...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272256/a-morphometric-study-of-the-middle-and-lower-cervical-vertebral-endplates-and-their-components
#18
Hang Feng, Xiang-Yi Fang, Da-Geng Huang, Cheng-Cheng Yu, Hou-Kun Li, Song-Chuan Zhao, Chao-Yuan Ge, Ru-Hai Bai, Ding-Jun Hao
Cervical disc arthroplasty is a common method of treating cervical degenerative disease. However, the footprints of most prosthesis dimensions are obtained from data of Caucasian individuals. Besides, there is a large discrepancy between footprints of currently available cervical disc prostheses and anatomic dimensions of cervical endplates. We aimed to detail the three-dimensional (3D) anatomic morphology of the subaxial cervical vertebral endplate, utilizing high-precision, high-resolution scanning equipment, and provide a theoretical basis for designing appropriate disc prostheses for Chinese patients...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270293/bone-marrow-imaging-by-third-generation-dual-source-dual-energy-ct-using-virtual-noncalcium-technique-for-assessment-of-diffuse-infiltrative-lesions-of-multiple-myeloma
#19
Qin Wang, Zhaoyong Sun, Shuo Li, Haibo Zhang, Jian Li, L U Zhang, Huadan Xue, Zhengyu Jin
Objective To evaluate the value of bone marrow imaging by third-generation dual-source dual-energy CT(DSDECT) using virtual noncalcium(VNCa) technique for the assessment of diffuse infiltrative lesions of multiple myeloma(MM). Methods From December 2015 to June 2016,31 patients with plasma disorders at our center were prospectively recruited and received whole-body imaging with third-generation DSDECT and MRI. CT numbers of vertebrae were measured on VNCa images as well as regular CT images. Correlation between VNCa CT numbers and MRI signal intensities of the vertebrae was evaluated...
February 20, 2017: Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao. Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266008/phantom-radicular-pain-treated-with-lumbar-microdiscectomy-a-case-report
#20
Orkun Koban, Ahmet Öğrenci, Onur Yaman, Sedat Dalbayrak
Phantom limb pain in amputee patients is not well defined in the literature. Also there is still no clear information on the definition and treatment of phantom radicular pain, in which amputee patients also have radicular pain. This phenomenon, called phantom radiculitis or phantom radiculopathy, has been described in a limited number of cases. If a pathological condition to cause radicular pain is present in patients with amputee, the phantom pain\'s degree is increasing. Degenerative disc diseases are the most common cause of phantom radicular pain...
February 15, 2017: Turkish Neurosurgery
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