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Åsa Svedmark, Martin Björklund, Charlotte K Häger, Johan Nilsson Sommar, Jens Wahlström
Introduction: The aim was to evaluate if pain, disability, and work productivity are influenced by physical and psychosocial work exposures as well as by stress, up to 1 year after a randomized controlled trial treatment intervention, and to determine whether any such association differed between treatment and control groups. Methods: Ninety-seven working women suffering non-specific neck pain (n = 67 treatment group, n = 30 control group) were followed from end of treatment intervention and at 9- and 15-month follow-ups, respectively...
March 17, 2018: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
Tsunehiko Konomi, Kota Suda, Satoko Matsumoto, Miki Komatsu, Masahiko Takahata, Norimasa Iwasaki, Akio Minami
Introduction: We present an unusual case of traumatic occult lateral mass fracture of the cervical spine with unilateral occlusion of the vertebral artery (VA), that was missed by plain X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), but identified by computed tomography (CT) after suspecting high-energy trauma as the underlying cause. Case presentation: A 67-year-old male was injured in a car accident and came to our institute on foot 4 days after injury with complaints of neck pain and numbness in the right hand...
2018: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
Andrew W Artenstein, Jennifer Friderici, Paul Visintainer
Introduction: Spinal epidural abscess (SEA), a highly morbid and potentially lethal deep tissue infection of the central nervous system has more than tripled in incidence over the past decade. Early recognition at the point of initial clinical presentation may prevent irreversible neurologic injury or other serious, adverse outcomes. To facilitate early recognition of SEA, we developed a predictive scoring model. Methods: Using data from a 10-year, retrospective, case-control study of adults presenting for care at a tertiary-care, regional, academic medical center, we used the Integrated Discrimination Improvement Index (IDI) to identify candidate discriminators and created a multivariable logistic regression model, refined based on p-value significance...
March 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
EnHao Wu, Lei Huang, Ya Zhou, Xun Zhu
Introduction: Foreign body stuck in the throat is a common emergency case, which can be removed by the endoscopic treatment. Fish bones are one of the common observed foreign bodies in the pharynx or cervical esophagus. Fish bones have a risk of damaging the mucosa when lodged in the upper digestive tract. Foreign bodies of fish bones located outside the laryngopharyngeal tissue are relatively unusual, and it is even more rare that they remain in the thyroid. It may cause local infection, abscess formation, large blood vessels rupture, and other serious life-threatening complications when the position of the fish bone migrates to the neck...
2018: Case Reports in Medicine
Blake S Raggio, Samuel C Ficenec, Jason Pou, Brian Moore
Background: Acute calcific tendonitis of the longus colli (ACTLC) is an aseptic inflammatory response to deposition of calcium in the longus colli muscle tendons. Although reports in the literature are scarce, ACTLC likely represents an underreported disease process that routinely goes misdiagnosed. We report a case of ACTLC and provide a brief review of the literature. Case Report: A 45-year-old otherwise healthy female presented with a 3-day history of progressive neck pain, decreased neck mobility, and odynophagia...
2018: Ochsner Journal
Konstantin Beinert, Volker Englert, Wolfgang Taube
PURPOSE: Neck muscle vibration immediately improves cervical joint position sense and dynamic postural control but increases pressure pain thresholds in neck pain patients. The aim of this study was to explore longer lasting effects of neck muscle vibration on sensorimotor control and pressure pain threshold. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Five series of neck muscle vibration were delivered to 15 neck pain patients and 11 healthy controls in this case control study. Outcomes were cervical joint position sense, arm-matching acuity, and pressure pain threshold at the zygapophyseal joint of C2/C3, the angulus superior, and the tibialis anterior muscle...
March 21, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Sebastian Povlsen, Bo Povlsen
The diagnosis of thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) has long been a controversial and challenging one. Despite common presentations with pain in the neck and upper extremity, there are a host of presenting patterns that can vary within and between the subdivisions of neurogenic, venous, and arterial TOS. Furthermore, there is a plethora of differential diagnoses, from peripheral compressive neuropathies, to intrinsic shoulder pathologies, to pathologies at the cervical spine. Depending on the subdivision of TOS suspected, diagnostic investigations are currently of varying importance, necessitating high dependence on good history taking and clinical examination...
March 20, 2018: Diagnostics
Sylvia L Crowder, Katherine G Douglas, M Yanina Pepino, Kalika P Sarma, Anna E Arthur
PURPOSE: It is estimated that more than 90% of head and neck cancer (HNC) survivors who underwent chemoradiotherapy experience one or more nutrition impact symptoms (NIS) in the months or years thereafter. Despite the high prevalence, there is limited research addressing long-term impact of NIS on outcomes such as nutrition and quality of life in HNC survivors treated with chemoradiotherapy. IMPLICATIONS FOR CANCER SURVIVORS: The prevalence and consequences of nutrition impact symptoms are substantial among head and neck cancer survivors beyond the acute phase of cancer treatment...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Kerstin Luedtke, Jan Mehnert, Arne May
BACKGROUND: Migraineurs have a high prevalence of neck pain prior to or during headache attacks. Whether neck pain is a symptom of migraine or an indicator for a constant neck muscle dysfunction potentially triggering migraine attacks is a topic of scientific debate. The presence of myofascial trigger points in neck muscles including the trapezius muscle, points towards muscle alterations associated with migraine. We measured electromyography (EMG) of the neck muscles in a large cohort to identify whether neck pain and neckmuscle tension reported by migraine patients can be attributed to increased neck muscle activation during rest, mental stress or physical activity...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Headache and Pain
Omar Viswanath, Roxanna Rasekhi, Rekhaben Suthar, Mark R Jones, Jacquelin Peck, Alan D Kaye
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Headaches encompass a broad-based category of a symptom of pain in the region of the head or neck. For those patients who unfortunately do not obtain relief from conservative treatment, interventional techniques have been developed and are continuing to be refined in an attempt to treat this subset of patients with the goal of return of daily activities. This investigation reviews various categories of headaches, their pathophysiology, and types of interventional treatments currently available...
March 19, 2018: Current Pain and Headache Reports
Stanislav Lazarev, Vishal Gupta, Zahra Ghiassi-Nejad, Brett Miles, Bethann Scarborough, Krzysztof J Misiukiewicz, Batya Reckson, Ren-Dih Sheu, Richard L Bakst
Purpose: Factors related to premature discontinuation of curative radiation therapy (PDCRT) are understudied. This study aimed to examine causes and clinical outcomes of PDCRT at our institution by investigating the most common anatomical site associated with PDCRT. Methods and materials: Among the 161 patients with PDCRT of various anatomic sites at our institution between 2010 and 2017, 36% received radiation to the head and neck region. Pertinent demographic, clinical, and treatment-related data on these 58 patients were collected...
January 2018: Advances in Radiation Oncology
Erin D'Agostino, Vyacheslav Makler, David F Bauer
BACKGROUND: Vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) is a safe and well-tolerated treatment for drug resistant epilepsy. Complications and failure of the device can result from lead fracture, device malfunction, disconnection, or battery displacement and can result in a variety of symptoms. We present an interesting case of stimulator malfunction with increased impedance change seen only with a change in head position. CASE DESCRIPTION: Patient is a 25-year-old male with a vagal nerve stimulator (VNs) placed for medically refractory epilepsy who presented with neck pain and an electrical pulling sensation in his neck whenever he turned his head to the right...
March 16, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Zülküf Burak Erdur, Emine Deniz Gözen, Hakki Caner Inan, Haydar Murat Yener, Nil Çomunoğlu, Cansu Yol, Çiğdem Papila, Harun Cansiz
Osteosarcoma (OS) is a malignant bone tumor and it is very rare in head and neck region. If it arises in this area, most common localizations of this tumor are mandible and maxilla and ethmoid sinus is very rare site for this malignancy. A 43-year-old female admitted to our clinic with the complaint of pain in the right half of the face and headache persisting for 2 months. According to the clinical symptoms and imaging studies, sinonasal ossifying fibroma was suspected. For this reason, patient was operated endoscopically and histopathological examination revealed that osteoid matrix producing atypical osteoblastic cells so these findings identified osteoblastic variant OS...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Charlotte Post Sennehed, Sara Holmberg, Iben Axén, Kjerstin Stigmar, Malin Forsbrand, Ingemar F Petersson, Birgitta Grahn
Workplace involvement in rehabilitation for patients with musculoskeletal pain may improve work ability. Convergence Dialogue Meeting (CDM) is a model aimed at helping the patient, the care giver and the employer to support work ability and return to work. Our aim was to study the effect on work ability when adding a workplace dialogue according to CDM in physiotherapy practice for pain patients in ordinary primary care. We conducted a prospective pair wise cluster randomised controlled trial (ClinicalTrials...
March 15, 2018: Pain
Israel Ugalde, Ibrar Anjum, Saberio Lo Presti, Alfonso Tolentino
Acute coronary syndrome usually presents with retrosternal chest pain, nausea, vomiting, sweating, and jaw and arm pain. Some patients only present with neck, epigastric, or ear discomfort. A 47-year-old male with a history of hypertension and coronary artery disease presented to the emergency department complaining of bilateral otalgia. He never felt chest pain, jaw pain, nausea, diaphoresis, or shortness of breath. He had a history of 2 acute coronary events and had a stress test 2 months prior to admission, which was unremarkable...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Matthew Laffer, Lindsay Ackerman
A 23-year-old man presented with new-onset pruritic and painful urticarial lesions and targetoid erythematous plaques on both palms, the trunk, and the upper and lower extremities (Figure 1). Additionally, small pustules were discovered on the neck (Figure 2), and there with edematous erythematous vermillion lips with splaying onto the cutaneous lips without ulceration. The patient stated he had had a fever before the eruption, fatigue, chills, myalgias, and sore throat. A chest x-ray was obtained and showed bilateral infiltrates...
2018: Skinmed
Simone Aparecida Penimpedo Calamita, Daniela Aparecida Biasotto-Gonzalez, Nívea Cristina De Melo, Marco Antônio Fumagalli, César Ferreira Amorim, Cid André Fidelis de Paula Gomes, Fabiano Politti
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess changes in upper trapezius myoelectric activity and pain in patients with nonspecific neck pain after a single session of acupuncture (ACP). METHODS: A blinded randomized clinical trial was conducted. Fifteen patients with nonspecific neck pain and 15 healthy participants were enrolled in a randomized, single-blinded, crossover study. Each participant was subjected to a single session of ACP and sham acupuncture (SACP)...
March 2018: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Peng Wang, Jishu Wei, Junli Wu, Wenbin Xu, Qiuyang Chen, Wentao Gao, Kuirong Jiang, Yi Miao
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the diagnoses and surgical management of solid pseudopapillary tumors of the pancreas (SPTP) in a single center setting. METHODS: Demographic details, clinical presentations, imaging features, surgical strategies, and pathological findings of 97 consecutive patients who underwent surgery for pathologically confirmed SPTP between 2008 and 2016 were analyzed retrospectively. RESULTS: A total of 97 patients with SPTP accounted for 2...
December 24, 2017: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
Davis C Woodworth, Langston T Holly, Emeran A Mayer, Noriko Salamon, Benjamin M Ellingson
BACKGROUND: Advanced cervical spondylosis (CS) can cause structural damage to the spinal cord resulting in long-term neurological impairment including neck pain and motor weakness. We hypothesized long-term structural reorganization within the brain in patients with CS. OBJECTIVE: To explore the associations between cortical thickness, subcortical volumes, neurological symptoms, and pain severity in CS patients with or without myelopathy and healthy controls (HCs)...
March 14, 2018: Neurosurgery
Alexander D Jobrack, Suman Goel, Alvin M Cotlar
Introduction: Granular cell tumors (GCTs) are of neuroectodermal origin and account for 0.5% of soft tissue tumors. They are most prevalent in African-Americans in the fourth to sixth decades, with a predilection for the head and neck regions. GCTs usually resemble more common lesions and hence are difficult to diagnose preoperatively. The tumor is readily identified on needle biopsy. Although usually benign with a malignancy rate of only 2-3%, the malignant form has a reported 3-yr mortality of 60%...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
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