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Conus medullaris

Marcus Ohlsson, Jaime H Nieto, Kari L Christe, J Pablo Villablanca, Leif A Havton
The anatomy of the vertebral column in mammals may differ between species and between subjects of the same species, especially with regards to the composition of the thoracolumbar spine. We investigated, using several non-invasive imaging techniques, the thoracolumbar spine of a total of 44 adult rhesus macaques of both genders. Radiographic examination of the vertebral column showed a predominant spine phenotype with 12 rib-bearing thoracic vertebrae and 7 lumbar vertebrae without ribs in 82% of subjects, whereas a subset of subjects demonstrated 13 rib-bearing thoracic vertebrae and 6 lumbar vertebrae without ribs...
October 12, 2016: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
Seung Soo Kim, Yong Seung Hwang, Young Chang Kim
Painful legs and moving toes (PLMT) syndrome is characterized by spontaneous movements of the digits and pain in one or both lower extremities. Of the reported cases, a majority of the patients was female, and the mean age of onset was 58 years. Only one pediatric case has been reported so far. Herein, we report the first adolescent case of PLMT in Korea. A 16-year-old girl complained of tingling pain in the left leg and involuntary movement of the ipsilateral great toe one month after a second untethering surgery...
September 2016: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
Ilangovan Vijay Sundar, Manish Jaiswal, Devendra Purohit, R S Mittal
Ganglioglioma of the conus region is quite rare with only 12 reported cases. Ganglioglioma shares biologic features with neurofibromatosis leading to suggestions that the co-existence of the two diseases may be more than coincidental. We report a case of ganglioglioma of the conus medullaris in a patient of neurofibromatosis and explore the possible association of the two diseases.
October 2016: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
Masahiro Kawanishi, Hidekazu Tanaka, Kunio Yokoyama, Makoto Yamada
The ventriculus terminalis (VT) is a virtual cavity of the conus medullaris that appears during embryonic life. We presented a case with the cystic dilation of the ventriculus terminalis (CDVT) in a symptomatic patient. A 66-year-old female suffered from disturbance while walking evolving for the past 2 years. An MR image revealed a cystic dilatation of ventriculus terminalis. The patient experienced marked improvement of lower extremity strength by a fenestration of cyst and cyst-subarachnoid shunt. Treatment for asymptomatic patients seems to be the best conducted conservatively, whereas patients with focal neurological deficits seem to be best handled surgically...
October 2016: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
Joshua L Wang, Christopher S Hong, Jose Otero, Vinay K Puduvalli, J Bradley Elder
BACKGROUND: Gangliogliomas are rare, low-grade intra-axial tumors that exhibit both neuronal and glial components. Although the vast majority present as an intracranial lesion, a rare subset exist as isolated lesions of the spinal cord. Gangliogliomas have also been shown to harbor mutations in the p53 tumor suppressor gene and BRAF oncogene. Previous studies in ganglioglioma have correlated p53 mutations with histological transformation and BRAF mutations with worse prognosis. CASE DESCRIPTION: In this report, we describe a 35 year-old female who presented with multifocal ganglioglioma, involving both the conus medullaris and filum terminale...
September 23, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Awder A Khazendar, Hemin M Hama Ameen, Nzar I Jabbar, Seerwan O Hasan, Talar S Ahmed, Alaa A Ali
BACKGROUND: Intradural extramedullary spinal teratoma (IEST) is a rare condition in adult patients with male predominance. It is commonly associated with spinal dysraphism, lumbar puncture and prior spinal surgeries. The study presents a 37-year-old male diagnosed with upper lumbar intradural extramedullary mature cystic teratoma without dysraphism or prior surgical interventions. CASE DESCRIPTION: Patient's symptoms included a lumbar backache which progressed to the toes, as well as the anterior region of both the thighs...
September 15, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Bianca Karber, Lenore Omesi, Sunny Chang, Andrew Handel, Monica Hegedus, Echezona Maduekwe
Congenital ascites is rare, but when it occurs, urinary ascites secondary to posterior urethral valve obstruction is the most common, and tumors are the least. Among the tumors in the pediatric population, the central nervous system tumors are common, but spinal cord tumors are rare. We describe a very rare case of congenital malignant spinal cord glioma presenting as isolated congenital ascites secondary to neurogenic bladder. A female infant was diagnosed sonographically with isolated congenital ascites at 40 weeks' gestational age, with uneventful development prior to 40 weeks' gestational age...
2016: Case Reports in Pediatrics
Ji-Yun Jung, Eun-Hee Kim, In-Kyung Song, Ji-Hyun Lee, Hee-Soo Kim, Jin-Tae Kim
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to analyze the distances between the conus medullaris and the Tuffier's line, and between the dural sac and the sacrococcygeal membrane (SCM) in the same pediatric population. METHODS: Spinal magnetic resonance images and simple X-ray images of 350 patients aged from 1 month to 20 years were reviewed. Positions of the conus medullaris, Tuffier's line, the dural sac, and the SCM were identified. Each position was recorded in relation to the corresponding vertebral body segments...
August 26, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Sandra Pérez da Rosa, Didier Scavarda, Maurice Choux
We conducted a retrospective study of children with lumbosacral lipomas treated in the Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery hospital Timone Enfants in the last 20 years. We selected patients with lipomas of the conus medullaris who underwent preventive surgery. 86 ,4 % of the patients remained asymptomatic during the follow-up. Worse results were observed in children older than one year old at surgery with transitional lipoma, with the conus medullaris was below L5 and when the resection had been partial...
August 15, 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Marinko Rade, Michael Shacklock, Mervi Könönen, Jarkko Marttila, Ritva Vanninen, Markku Kankaanpää, Olavi Airaksinen
The purpose of this investigation was to provide a full set of normal data describing neural biomechanics within the vertebral canal in all three planes with unilateral and bilateral SLR tests to allow for clinical comparison with clinical cases. This is done following the notion that, due to neural continuum, tensile forces are transmitted through the lumbosacral nerve roots and dura to the conus medullaris (linear dependency principle). In this controlled radiologic study 10 asymptomatic volunteers were scanned with 1...
August 9, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
C Corbett Wilkinson, Arianne J Boylan
INTRODUCTION: The most commonly used classification system for caudal appendages (aka human tails) dates from the 1980s and classifies appendages (tails) as either true tails or pseudotails. Advances in neuroimaging since the 1980s, however, as well as an ever-increasing number of reported cases, have made this system outdated. Sacrococcygeal eversion is a condition in which the distal sacral and coccygeal vertebrae are curved in a retroverted rather than anteverted direction. It can give rise to one type of caudal appendage...
August 6, 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Humain Baharvahdat, Babak Ganjeifar, Aslan Baradaran
Spinal arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are rare vascular lesions that usually present with progressive myelopathy or less frequently, with acute neurological deficit due to hematomyelia or spinal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). There are few reports of concomitant cerebral SAH and intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) following rupture of a spinal AVM. Herein, we present a rare case of conus medullaris arteriovenous malformation, out-breaking with loss of consciousness due to SAH and IVH.
July 28, 2016: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
Kristiina Kyrklund, Mikko P Pakarinen, Seppo Taskinen, Reetta Kivisaari, Risto J Rintala
OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to determine the significance of spinal cord anomalies (SCAs) in patients with anorectal malformations (ARMs) by comparing the outcomes for bowel function, lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), and lower-limb neurological abnormalities to these outcomes in patients with similar ARMs and a normal spinal cord. METHODS The spinal cord MRI records of female patients treated for vestibular and perineal fistula (VF/PF) and male patients with rectourethral fistula (RUF) at a single center between 1983 and 2006 were reviewed...
July 22, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
Jing-Jie Liu, Zheng Guan, Zhen Gao, Li Xiang, Feng Zhao, Sheng-Li Huang
Since little has been reported about complications of spinal anesthesia in adult tethered cord syndrome (TCS), we sought to delineate the characteristics of the condition.A total of 4 cases of adult TCS after spinal anesthesia were reviewed. The medical charts of the patients were obtained. Anesthesia, which was combined spinal and epidural anesthesia or spinal anesthesia was performed, and follow-up were carried out in all patients.The most common neurological symptom of adult TCS before surgery was occasional severe pain in back, perineal region, or legs...
July 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Mohammed H Alanazy
Absent F wave in the stage of spinal shock has been described in cases of traumatic spinal cord injury. The role of F wave in predicting prognosis after conus medullaris infarct has not been described. We describe herein a middle aged-man with a conus medullaris infarct. Both tibial and peroneal F waves were absent on day 4. The left tibial F wave reappeared in the following study on day 18. All F waves reappeared on day 56 at which time the patient was still wheelchair bound. He regained walking on day 105...
July 2016: Neurosciences: the Official Journal of the Pan Arab Union of Neurological Sciences
A S Konstantinov, K V Shelekhova
Ectopic adrenal cortical neoplasms are extremely rare. The authors describe their own case of intradural, extramedullary conus medullaris adenoma that occurred in a 55-year-old woman, which was clinically accompanied by lumbar pains, left leg numbness, and left foot weakness during 10 years. The mass was histologically composed of rounded and polygonal cell fields with rounded, regular nuclei and abundant eosinophilic and clear cytoplasm. There were no necroses or mitoses. The cells were immunohistochemically positive for cytokeratin AE1/3, vimentin, inhibin-α, melan-A, and synaptophysin...
May 2016: Arkhiv Patologii
Satoko Kojima, Junichi Yoshimura, Tetsuro Takao, Tetsuro Tamura, Kenichi Nishiyama, Shigeru Maruyama, Masashi Suda, Yukihiko Fujii
The authors report the case of a mobile spinal enterogenous cyst in a 2-year-old boy, who was admitted to the hospital several times for intermittent paraplegia. Magnetic resonance imaging and CT revealed an isolated cyst in the lumbar spinal canal. The symptoms were caused by transient myelopathy of the conus medullaris and radiculopathy of the cauda equina due to the changing size and location of the cyst. The cyst was surgically extirpated, after which the symptoms resolved. The histopathological diagnosis was enterogenous cyst...
June 3, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
M Rade, M Könönen, J Marttila, M Shacklock, R Vanninen, M Kankaanpää, O Airaksinen
BACKGROUND: Normal displacement of the conus medullaris with unilateral and bilateral SLR has been quantified and the "principle of linear dependence" has been described. PURPOSE: Explore whether previously recorded movements of conus medullaris with SLRs are i) primarily due to transmission of tensile forces transmitted through the neural tissues during SLR or ii) the result of reciprocal movements between vertebrae and nerves. STUDY DESIGN: Controlled radiologic study...
2016: PloS One
Huiyi H Chang, Leif A Havton
Detrusor underactivity (DU) is defined as a contraction of reduced strength and/or duration during bladder emptying and results in incomplete and prolonged bladder emptying. The clinical diagnosis of DU is challenging when present alone or in association with other bladder conditions such as detrusor overactivity, urinary retention, detrusor hyperactivity with impaired contractility, aging, and neurological injuries. Several etiologies may be responsible for DU or the development of an underactive bladder (UAB), but the pathobiology of DU or UAB is not well understood...
May 21, 2016: Experimental Neurology
Gaurav M Kasundra, Isha Sood, Bharat Bhushan, Amita Narendra Bhargava, Khichar Shubhkaran
Tuberculous myelitis usually involves thoracic and only rarely, distal cord. Longitudinal lesions more than three spinal segments long in tuberculosis (TB) are usually due to intramedullary tuberculomas and not infectious myelitis. We report a 17-year-old male with acute myelitis from D7 to conus medullaris, diffuse spinal meningitis, subdural and epidural abscesses, normal vertebrae, intervertebral discs, and brain imaging. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) showed raised proteins, lymphocytosis, hypoglycorrhagia, and positive TB-polymerase chain reaction...
January 2016: Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences
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