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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323759/hypercapnia-caused-by-a-therapeutic-dosage-of-pregabalin-in-a-tetraplegic-patient-with-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
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Kyung Hee Do, Eun Jung Choi, Min Cheol Chang, Hea-Eun Yang
Pregabalin is often used for the treatment of neuropathic pain in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). We reported a patient with C5 [S(C5/C6)] ASIA Impairment Scale C SCI due to cervical myelopathy who presented CO2 retention when taking a therapeutic dosage of pregabalin. An 88-year-old patient with cervical SCI was transferred to the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation. When he had transferred, his neuropathic pain had been treated with 150-mg pregabalin per day (75 mg twice a day); however, he still exhibited severe neuropathic pain with a Numeric Pain Rating Scale score of 7 to 8...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322903/urological-management-and-complications-in-spinal-cord-injury-patients-a-40-to-50-year-follow-up-study
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Yunliang Gao, Teresa Danforth, David Ginsberg
OBJECTIVES: To assess the management and types of urological complications in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients and to explore the risk factors for these complications. METHODS: 43 SCI patients with a median follow-up of 45 (range 40 to 50) years were included in this retrospective study. All medical charts were reviewed for demographics, urological complications and bladder management. RESULTS: Recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) was noted in all patients, with an average incidence of 6...
March 16, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306628/pediatric-spinal-cord-injury-without-radiographic-abnormality-in-the-era-of-advanced-imaging
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Caitlin A Farrell, Megan Hannon, Lois K Lee
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review describes the current evidence on pediatric spinal cord injury without radiographic abnormality (SCIWORA) with attention to the definition, epidemiology, and clinical presentation of the condition, as well as common MRI findings, management strategies, and outcomes. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent literature demonstrates that with more widespread MRI use, our understanding of SCIWORA has improved. The new literature, although still limited, provides a more granular conceptualization of patterns of injury as well as potential prognostic stratification of patients based on MRI findings...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304238/remote-motor-system-metabolic-profile-and-surgery-outcome-in-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy
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Sorin C Craciunas, Mircea R Gorgan, Bogdan Ianosi, Phil Lee, Joseph Burris, Carmen M Cirstea
OBJECTIVE In patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM), the motor system may undergo progressive functional/structural changes rostral to the lesion, and these changes may be associated with clinical disability. The extent to which these changes have a prognostic value in the clinical recovery after surgical treatment is not yet known. In this study, magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) was used to test 2 primary hypotheses. 1) Based on evidence of corticospinal and spinocerebellar, rubro-, or reticulospinal tract degeneration/dysfunction during chronic spinal cord compression, the authors hypothesized that the metabolic profile of the primary motor cortices (M1s) and cerebellum, respectively, would be altered in patients with CSM, and these alterations would be associated with the extent of the neurological disabilities...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290466/incidence-of-acute-spinal-cord-injury-in-the-czech-republic-a-prospective-epidemiological-study-2006-2015
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J Kriz, M Kulakovska, H Davidova, M Silova, A Kobesova
STUDY DESIGN: A prospective study. OBJECTIVES: Analysis of epidemiological data about acute spinal cord injury (SCI) in the Czech Republic over a period of 10 years (2006-2015). METHODS: A data collection system was implemented in the rehabilitation centres which provides care to patients with acute SCI in the Czech Republic. The recorded variables are as follows: age at time of SCI; gender; cause of injury; neurological level of injury (NLI); and its severity (ASIA Impairment Scale (AIS))...
March 14, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289632/hemodynamic-adaptations-to-regular-exercise-in-people-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Young Hee Lee, Jin Hyeong Lee, Sung Hoon Kim, Dongsoo Yi, Kyung Joon Oh, Ji Hyun Kim, Tae Jun Park, Hanul Kim, Jae Seung Chang, In Deok Kong
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the real-time cardiovascular response to the progressive overload exercise in different levels of spinal cord injury (SCI), and to find out whether regular exercise has effect on these cardiovascular responses. METHODS: The study enrolled 8 able-bodied individuals in the control group plus 15 SCI subjects who were divided into two groups by their neurological level of injury: high-level SCI group (T6 or above) and low-level SCI group (T7 or below)...
February 2017: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281001/acute-complete-paraplegia-of-8-year-old-girl-caused-by-spinal-cord-infarction-following-minor-trauma-complicated-with-longitudinal-signal-change-of-spinal-cord
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Kosei Nagata, Yuji Tanaka, Hiroyuki Kanai, Yasushi Oshima
INTRODUCTION: Spinal cord infarction followed by minor trauma in pediatric patients is rare and causes serious paralysis. Fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE) is a possible diagnosis and there have been no consecutive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) reports. Here, we report a case of an acute complete paraplegia with spinal cord infarction and longitudinal spinal cord signal change following minor trauma in an 8-year-old girl. CASE DESCRIPTION: An 8-year-old girl presented to our hospital emergency services with total paraplegia 2 h after she hit her back and neck after doing a handstand and falling down...
March 9, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272090/subtentorial-meningioma-misdiagnosed-as-cerebral-hemorrhage-in-postmortem-computed-tomography-imaging-a-case-report
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Hui Qian, Yu Shao, Zhengdong Li, Donghua Zou, Jianhua Zhang, Maowen Wang, Lei Wan, Yijiu Chen
This report presents a case of a 52-year-old man who had a traffic accident and died later. External examination could not determine the cause of death. Approximately 3 weeks later, an autopsy was performed. Postmortem computed tomography was performed before the autopsy. Postmortem imaging was interpreted to show hemorrhage beneath the tentorium, and the C5 to C6 (the fifth and sixth cervical vertebra) disc space was widened. During the autopsy, a cervical spinal cord injury was confirmed. However, a meningioma was found under the tentorium instead of a hemorrhage...
March 8, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270863/respiratory-problems-and-management-in-people-with-spinal-cord-injury
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David J Berlowitz, Brooke Wadsworth, Jack Ross
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is characterised by profound respiratory compromise secondary to the level of loss of motor, sensory and autonomic control associated with the injury. This review aims to detail these anatomical and physiological changes after SCI, and outline their impact on respiratory function. Injury-related impairments in strength substantially alter pulmonary mechanics, which in turn affect respiratory management and care. Options for treatments must therefore be considered in light of these limitations...
December 2016: Breathe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269106/using-surface-electromyography-to-detect-changes-in-innervation-zones-pattern-after-human-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
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Babak Afsharipour, Milap S Sandhu, Ghulam Rasool, Nina L Suresh, William Z Rymer
Human spinal cord injuries (SCI) disrupt the pathways between brain and spinal cord, resulting in substantial impairment and loss of function. Currently, we do not have the ability to precisely quantify the "functional" level of motor injury. The aim of this study is to determine if high-density surface electromyography imaging (SEI) can be used to characterize the location and extent of the spinal lesion. SEI is a safe and non-invasive technique, which uses several electrodes to provide a map of muscle activity...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268895/prediction-of-forelimb-muscle-emgs-from-the-corticospinal-signals-in-rats
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Sinan Gok, Mesut Sahin
To generate voluntary forearm movements, the information that is encoded in the activity of the cortical neurons has to travel through the spinal cord and activate the skeletal muscles. The axons carrying these signals are tightly bundled together in the descending tracts that control the spinal circuitry innervating the forearm muscles. In this paper, we show that corticospinal tract (CST) signals can be used to predict forearm electromyographic (EMG) activities that are recorded during an isometric-pull task...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268623/closed-loop-afferent-electrical-stimulation-for-recovery-of-hand-function-in-individuals-with-motor-incomplete-spinal-injury-early-clinical-results
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Christopher J Schildt, Sarah H Thomas, Elizabeth S Powell, Lumy Sawaki, Sridhar Sunderam
Afferent electrical stimulation is known to augment the effect of rehabilitative therapy through use-dependent cortical plasticity. Experiments pairing transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) with peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) have shown a timing-dependent effect on motor evoked potential (MEP) amplitude suggesting that PNS applied in closed-loop (CL) mode could augment this effect through positive reinforcement. We present early results from a clinical trial in which an EEG brain-machine interface (BMI) was used to apply PNS to two subjects in response to motor intent detected from sensorimotor cortex in a cue-driven hand grip task...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266004/the-cervical-arteries-an-anatomical-study-with-application-to-avoid-the-nerve-root-and-spinal-cord-blood-supply
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Mehmet Arslan, Halil İbrahim Açar, Ayhan Cömert, R Shane Tubbs
AIM: Injury to the vascular supply to the cervical spinal cord can lead to anterior spinal artery syndrome, which is often associated with transforaminal corticosteroid injections to the cervical foramina. The purpose of this cadaveric study was to examine the morphology of the cervical arteries and to emphasize their clinical importance. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Five formalin-fixed human cadavers were used to determine the morphology of the radicular arteries from the vertebral, ascending and deep cervical arteries in the cervical foraminal region...
February 7, 2017: Turkish Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265259/remodeling-brain-activity-by-repetitive-cervicothoracic-transspinal-stimulation-after-human-spinal-cord-injury
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Lynda M Murray, Maria Knikou
Interventions that can produce targeted brain plasticity after human spinal cord injury (SCI) are needed for restoration of impaired movement in these patients. In this study, we tested the effects of repetitive cervicothoracic transspinal stimulation in one person with cervical motor incomplete SCI on cortical and corticospinal excitability, which were assessed via transcranial magnetic stimulation with paired and single pulses, respectively. We found that repetitive cervicothoracic transspinal stimulation potentiated intracortical facilitation in flexor and extensor wrist muscles, recovered intracortical inhibition in the more impaired wrist flexor muscle, increased corticospinal excitability bilaterally, and improved voluntary muscle strength...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264437/transplantation-of-embryonic-spinal-cord-derived-cells-helps-to-prevent-muscle-atrophy-after-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Carolin Ruven, Wen Li, Heng Li, Wai-Man Wong, Wutian Wu
Injuries to peripheral nerves are frequent in serious traumas and spinal cord injuries. In addition to surgical approaches, other interventions, such as cell transplantation, should be considered to keep the muscles in good condition until the axons regenerate. In this study, E14.5 rat embryonic spinal cord fetal cells and cultured neural progenitor cells from different spinal cord segments were injected into transected musculocutaneous nerve of 200-300 g female Sprague Dawley (SD) rats, and atrophy in biceps brachii was assessed...
February 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254420/comparison-of-the-technique-of-anterior-cervical-distraction-and-screw-elevating-pulling-reduction-and-conventional-anterior-cervical-reduction-technique-for-traumatic-cervical-spine-fractures-and-dislocations
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Haoxi Li, Yufeng Huang, Changzhi Cheng, Zhoudan Lin, Desheng Wu
INTRODUCTION: To analyze and confirm the advantages of anterior cervical distraction and screw elevating-pulling reduction which are absent in conventional anterior cervical reduction for traumatic cervical spine fractures and dislocations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted on 86 patients with traumatic cervical spine fractures and dislocations who received one-stage anterior approach treatment for a distraction-flexion injury with bilateral locked facet joints between January 2010 and June 2015...
February 22, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250641/traumatic-high-grade-spondylolisthesis-at-c7-t1-with-no-neurological-deficits-case-series-literature-review-and-biomechanical-implications
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Ha Son Nguyen, Hesham Soliman, Shekar Kurpad
Traumatic high-grade spondylolisthesis in subaxial cervical spine is frequently associated with acute spinal cord injury and quadriparesis. There have been rare cases where such pathology demonstrates minimal to no neurological deficits. Assessment of the underlying biomechanics may provide insight into the mechanism of injury and associated neurological preservation. Patient 1 is a 63-year-old female presenting after a motor vehicle collision with significant right arm pain without neurological deficits. Imaging demonstrated C7/T1 spondyloptosis, associated with a locked facet on the left at C6/7 and a locked facet on the right at C7/T1, with a fracture of the left C7 pedicle and right C7 lamina...
January 2017: Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247075/cervical-facet-dislocations-in-the-adolescent-population-a-report-of-21-cases-at-a-level-1-trauma-center-from-2004-to-2014
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Alireza K Anissipour, Julie Agel, Carlo Bellabarba, Richard J Bransford
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to present a series of adolescent patients with cervical facet dislocations to identify the mechanism of injury, severity of neurological injury and rate of neurological recovery. METHODS: Between 2004 and 2014, a retrospective review at a level I trauma center identified patients with unilateral or bilateral dislocated facet(s). Demographic data, initial neurological exams, surgical data, radiographic findings, and follow-up records were reviewed...
February 28, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242068/diffusion-tensor-mr-imaging-in-spinal-cord-injury
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Maria M D'souza, Ajay Choudhary, Mahesh Poonia, Pawan Kumar, Subash Khushu
BACKGROUND: The ability of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to complement conventional MR imaging by diagnosing subtle injuries to the spinal cord is a subject of intense research. We attempted to study change in the DTI indices, namely fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusivity (MD) after traumatic cervical spinal cord injury and compared these with corresponding data from a control group of individuals with no injury. The correlation of these quantitative indices to the neurological profile of the patients was assessed...
February 21, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229936/neurons-of-the-rat-cervical-spinal-cord-express-vimentin-and-neurofilament-after-intraparenchymal-injection-of-kainic-acid
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Fabián Nishida, María S Sisti, Carolina N Zanuzzi, Claudio G Barbeito, Enrique L Portiansky
Intermediate filaments (IF) can be altered under disorders such as neurodegenerative diseases. Kainic acid (KA) induce behavioral changes and histopathological alterations of the spinal cord of injected rats. Our goal was to evaluate the IF expression in neurons during this injury model. Animals were injected with KA at the C5 segment of the cervical spinal cord and euthanized at 1, 3 and 7 post injection (pi) days. Neuronal cell counting showed a significant loss of neurons at the injection site when compared with those of sham and non-operated animals...
March 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
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