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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618974/cystic-dilation-of-a-ventriculus-terminalis-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Masoud Zeinali, Hosein Safari, Saleh Rasras, Reza Bahrami, Mahdi Arjipour, Nima Ostadrahimi
The ventriculus terminalis (VT) is a small ependyma-lined cavity within the conus medullaris that is in direct continuity with the central canal of the spinal cord. Cystic dilatation of the ventriculus terminalis on its own is an extremely rare pathological event in adults whose pathogenesis is uncertain. VT has been described in children as a normal developmental phenomenon. These lesions are often diagnosed incidentally during imaging and are in most cases asymptomatic, especially in children. Symptomatic dilatation of VT in adults is a rare condition with 61cases being reported to date...
June 15, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552139/endovascular-treatment-of-spinal-arteriovenous-malformations
#2
Waleed Brinjikji, Giuseppe Lanzino
Spinal arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are a rare but treatable cause of myelopathy and spinal cord hemorrhage. The clinical presentation and ideal treatment of these lesions vary widely, primarily due to differences in anatomic and angioarchitectural features. Six well-defined types of fistula have been defined: (1) intradural dorsal AVM; (2) intramedullary AVM; (3) extradural-intradural AVM; (4) intradural ventral AVF; (5) extradural/epidural AVF; and (6) conus medullaris AVM. Each of these lesions have unique clinical presentations and variable natural histories and endovascular treatment options...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552136/epidemiology-clinical-presentation-diagnostic-evaluation-and-prognosis-of-spinal-arteriovenous-malformations
#3
Alp Ozpinar, Gregory M Weiner, Andrew F Ducruet
Spinal arteriovenous malformations (sAVM) are rare vascular pathologies whose natural history remains incompletely understood. Advances in diagnostic imaging, coupled with the evolution of endovascular and microsurgical techniques have led to the description of a number of classification schemes for these lesions. An updated method has changed AVM classification from five categories of lesion based on source and location of feeder vessels to three categories based on pathophysiology. These categories include extradural arteriovenous fistulae (AVFs), intradural AVFs, extradural-intradural AVFs, intramedullary AVMs, and conus medullaris AVM each with individual subclassifications...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546867/tethered-cord-syndrome-with-spina-bifida-aperta-in-cats-two-case-reports-of-different-types
#4
Masahiro Tamura, Takashi Oji, Satoshi Une, Makiko Mukaino, Tatsuro Bekki, Masaki Tado, Hiromi Koyama, Yumiko Kagawa, Mutsumi Kawata
CASE SUMMARY: Two castrated male cats, aged 8 months old (case 1) and 10 months old (case 2), showed a history of progressive paraparesis, an over-reaching pelvic limb gait, urinary incontinence and a palpable dermoid fistula. In case 1, the fistula was connected to the dural sac on the conus medullaris, and the tethered spinal cord was retracted caudally. In case 2, the tubular structure was connected to the dural sac on the thoracic spinal cord, and the tethered spinal cord was retracted dorsally...
January 2017: JFMS open reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542104/reduced-spinal-cord-movement-with-the-straight-leg-raise-test-in-patients-with-lumbar-intervertebral-disc-herniation
#5
Marinko Rade, Janne Pesonen, Mervi Könönen, Jarkko Marttila, Michael Shacklock, Ritva Vanninen, Markku Kankaanpää, Olavi Airaksinen
STUDY DESIGN: Controlled radiological study. OBJECTIVE: To explore whether impairment of neural excursion during the straight leg raise test occurs in patients with sciatic symptoms secondary to lumbar intervertebral disc herniation (LIDH). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Earlier studies have shown that during the SLR test in asymptomatic volunteers tensile forces are consistently transmitted throughout the neural system and the thoracolumbar spinal cord slides distally...
May 25, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534496/definitions-of-traumatic-conus-medullaris-and-cauda-equina-syndrome-a-systematic-literature-review
#6
E Brouwers, H van de Meent, A Curt, B Starremans, A Hosman, R Bartels
STUDY DESIGN: A systematic review. OBJECTIVES: Conus medullaris syndrome (CMS) and cauda equina syndrome (CES) are well-known neurological entities. It is assumed that these syndromes are different regarding neurological and functional prognosis. However, literature concerning spinal trauma is ambiguous about the exact definition of the syndromes. METHODS: A MEDLINE, EMBASE and Cochrane literature search was performed. We included original articles in which clinical descriptions of CMS and/or CES were mentioned in patients following trauma to the thoracolumbar spine...
May 23, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512052/cystic-dilation-of-the-ventriculus-terminalis-cdvt-report-of-six-surgical-cases-treated-with-cyst-subarachnoid-shunting-using-t-catheter
#7
Liang Zhang, Zhifeng Zhang, Wuyang Yang, Wenqing Jia, Yulun Xu, Jun Yang
OBJECT: Cystic dilation of the ventriculus terminalis (CDVT) is a rare anatomical variation and may become symptomatic. Existing literature regarding CDVT is limited, and as a result, the clinical characteristics and management strategy of CDVT is unclear. We report in this study six cases of CDVT in our institution, and provide a review of current literature. METHODS: We included six patients with CDVT in Beijing Tiantan Hospital between September 2010 and June 2015...
May 13, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425761/adult-pilocytic-astrocytoma-of-conus-medullaris-clinical-considerations-and-review-of-the-literature
#8
José Pedro Lavrador, Edson Oliveira, José Pimentel, Sérgio Livraghi
Astrocytomas are responsible for 30% of all primitive intramedullary tumors with cervicothoracic predominance. However, only about one hundred cases of intramedullary pilocytic astrocytomas were described. The authors described the case of a 69 year-old patient presenting with a broad-base gait, bilateral pain and dysesthesia of inferior limbs with a diagnosis of an intra-axial cystic lesion centered to the conus medullaris, diagnosed as pilocytic astrocytoma of conus medullaris (PACM) after surgery. To the best of our knowledge, only two previous reports concerning PACM were made...
April 2017: CNS Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420330/anti-mog-antibody-positive-adem-following-infectious-mononucleosis-due-to-a-primary-ebv-infection-a-case-report
#9
Yoshitsugu Nakamura, Hideto Nakajima, Hiroki Tani, Takafumi Hosokawa, Shimon Ishida, Fumiharu Kimura, Kimihiko Kaneko, Toshiyuki Takahashi, Ichiro Nakashima
BACKGROUND: Anti-Myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) antibodies are detected in various demyelinating diseases, such as pediatric acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), recurrent optic neuritis, and aquaporin-4 antibody-seronegative neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder. We present a patient who developed anti-MOG antibody-positive ADEM following infectious mononucleosis (IM) due to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection. CASE PRESENTATION: A 36-year-old healthy man developed paresthesia of bilateral lower extremities and urinary retention 8 days after the onset of IM due to primary EBV infection...
April 19, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405532/spinal-schwannoma-with-intradural-intramedullary-hemorrhage
#10
Muhammad Nadeem, Salman Mansoor, Salman Assad, Fariha Ilyas, Ahmed H Qavi, Shoab Saadat
Patients with spinal abnormalities infrequently present with intradural intramedullary bleeding. The more common causes include spinal trauma, arteriovenous malformations and saccular aneurysms of spinal arteries. On occasion, spinal cord tumors either primary or metastatic may cause intramedullary bleed with ependymoma of the conus medullaris. Spinal nerve sheath tumors such as schwannomas only rarely cause intradural intramedullary bleed, especially in the absence of spinal cord or nerve root symptoms. We report a case of spinal intradural schwannoma presenting with acute onset of quadriparesis...
March 6, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374127/surgical-management-of-solitary-nerve-sheath-tumors-originating-around-the-epiconus-or-conus-medullaris-a-retrospective-case-analysis-based-on-neurological-function
#11
Kentaro Naito, Toru Yamagata, Atsufumi Nagahama, Shinichi Kawahara, Kenji Ohata, Toshihiro Takami
The objective of this retrospective case analysis was to evaluate the surgical impact on neurological functional recovery in cases of solitary spinal nerve sheath tumors (NSTs) originating around the epiconus, conus medullaris, or cauda equina and not associated with neurofibromatosis. This 10-year surgical study included 30 cases of spinal NSTs originating around the spine level of T12-L1 (epiconus-to-conus medullaris: Epi-CM group), and 15 cases of spinal NSTs originating below the spine level of L2 (cauda equina: CE group)...
April 3, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364011/spectrum-of-spinal-cord-spinal-root-and-brain-mri-abnormalities-in-congenital-zika-syndrome-with-and-without-arthrogryposis
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M F V V Aragao, A M Brainer-Lima, A C Holanda, V van der Linden, L Vasco Aragão, M L M Silva, C Sarteschi, N C L Petribu, M M Valença
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Arthrogryposis is among the malformations of congenital Zika syndrome. Similar to the brain, there might exist a spectrum of spinal cord abnormalities. The purpose of this study was to explore and describe in detail the MR imaging features found in the spinal cords, nerve roots, and brains of children with congenital Zika syndrome with and without arthrogryposis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twelve infants with congenital Zika syndrome (4 with arthrogryposis and 8 without) who had undergone brain and spinal cord MR imaging were retrospectively selected...
March 31, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353599/glioblastoma-multiforme-in-conus-medullaris-with-intracranial-metastasis-after-postoperative-adjuvant-therapy
#13
Chengrui Yan, Xiangyi Kong, Hua Yin, Yu Wang, Huayu He, Hui Zhang, Jun Gao, Yongning Li, Wenbin Ma
Spinal glioblastoma multiforme is not common among spinal cord tumors. According to our literature review, only 27 cases originating from the conus medullaris were reported. We herein reported a case of a 10-year-old child diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme. The patient received adjuvant radiotherapy and standard temozolomide chemotherapy after total excision. Intracranial lesions were found 1 month after postoperative adjuvant therapy. We described the clinical characteristics and postoperative therapy of the patient, and reviewed all of the published cases of conus medullaris glioblastoma...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329371/rare-spinal-cord-infarction-in-a-patient-with-acute-type-b-aortic-dissection
#14
Yuji Sekine, Takeshi Nishina, Yuichi Ueda
A 69-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with acute epigastric discomfort and subsequent paraplegia. Computed tomography revealed acute type B aortic dissection with a thrombosed false lumen. Magnetic resonance imaging did not reveal spinal cord infarction. Paraplegia resolved completely within 1 h. However, on the following day, the patient developed motor impairment in the left leg, sensory disorder of the bilateral legs and urinary retention. The symptoms gradually improved with conservative medical therapy...
June 1, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251329/spinal-cord-arteriovenous-shunts-of-the-ventral-anterior-sulcus-anatomical-clinical-and-therapeutic-considerations
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Luca Roccatagliata, Shushi Kominami, Antonin Krajina, Robin Sellar, Michael Soderman, René Van den Berg, Hubert Desal, Stephanie Condette-Auliac, Georges Rodesch
INTRODUCTION: Ventral sulcus spinal cord arteriovenous shunts (SCAVS) are rare vascular lesions that are located outside the spinal cord, are exclusively vascularized by the anterior spinal axis, and drain exclusively through the anterior spinal vein. We report the anatomical, clinical, and neuro-radiological features of SCAVS managed by our team. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of patients with SCAVSs evaluated by the senior author of this report (GR) between 1981 and 2014...
March 1, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247109/junctional-neural-tube-defect-in-a-newborn-report-of-a-fourth-case
#16
Cameron Schmidt, Vlad Voin, Joe Iwanaga, Fernando Alonso, Rod J Oskouian, Nitsa Topale, R Shane Tubbs, W Jerry Oakes
INTRODUCTION: A discontinuous, functionally disconnected spinal cord is an extremely rare finding, with only three known reports in the literature. Titled junctional neural tube defect (JNTD), this newly reported dysraphism is believed to arise from a developmental error occurring during junctional neurulation, a transitory stage of development marked by the end of primary neurulation and the beginning of secondary neurulation. Herein, we report a newborn case of JNTD. CASE REPORT: We report a newborn boy born with anorectal atresia...
February 28, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224306/localization-of-the-fetal-conus-medullaris-by-oblique-view-extended-imaging
#17
Shui-Hua Yang, Zuo-Jian Yang, Yuan-Yuan Li, Huan Huang, Xiao-Xian Tian
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the accuracy of oblique view extended imaging (OVEI) in locating the position of the fetal conus medullaris. METHODS: One hundred and twenty-two normal fetuses and five counterparts with spinal bifida received prenatal ultrasound examination. The vertebral body at the terminal of the conus medullaris and the coronal section of over five vertebral bodies were reconstructed using OVEI. Development of the nervous system of normal fetuses was assessed at postnatal day 28...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217167/russell-silver-syndrome-associated-with-low-conus-medullaris
#18
Larisa Gabor, Huseyin Canaz, Gokhan Canaz, Nursu Kara, Ibrahim Alatas, Hakan Bozkus
Russell-Silver syndrome is a rare heterogeneous disorder mainly characterized by intrauterine and postnatal growth retardation, craniofacial disproportion, clinodactyly, variation in urogenital development, and skeletal asymmetry. It is rare to come across tethered cord-associated Russell-Silver syndrome. We report a rare case of Russell-Silver syndrome associated with low conus medullaris in a 2-year-old patient with demonstrative phenotype. Magnetic resonance imaging indicated a low conus medullaris at the inferior border of the L3 vertebral body...
October 2016: Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195228/ejaculation-and-sperm-characteristics-in-men-with-cauda-equina-and-conus-medullaris-syndromes
#19
N Hadiji, R Mieusset, J G Previnaire, E Castel-Lacanal, J M Soler
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study was to describe the type of ejaculation in patients with cauda equina (CE) and conus medullaris (CM) lesions, and to analyse sperm quality. SETTING: France. METHODS: One hundred sixty-six patients with CE and CM lesions were included. Diagnosis was based on clinical (no motor responses, sensation or sacral reflexes) and urodynamic assessments (no detrusor activity)...
June 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178137/does-the-position-of-conus-medullaris-change-with-increased-thoracolumbar-kyphosis-in-ankylosing-spondylitis-patients
#20
Zhe Qu, Bang-Ping Qian, Yong Qiu, Yun-Peng Zhang, Jun Hu, Ze-Zhang Zhu
To date, only a few reports described the potential factors influencing the position of conus medullaris. One previous study revealed no significant change of conus locations in patients with idiopathic scoliosis; however, the effect of ankylosing spondylitis (AS)-related thoracolumbar kyphosis on conus position remains unexplored. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the variation of conus medullaris terminations in patients with thoracolumbar kyphosis secondary to AS when compared with normal subjects, and evaluated the relationship between conus positions and the magnitude of kyphosis...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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