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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350593/the-natural-history-of-complete-spinal-cord-injury-a-pooled-analysis-of-1162-patients-and-a-meta-analysis-of-modern-data
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Najib E El Tecle, Nader S Dahdaleh, Mohamad Bydon, Wilson Z Ray, James C Torner, Patrick W Hitchon
OBJECTIVE The natural history of complete spinal cord injury (SCI) is poorly studied. The classically quoted rate of improvement or conversion for patients with American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) grade A (ASIA A) injuries is 15%-20%; however, data supporting this rate are very limited. In this paper, the authors conducted a meta-analysis of modern data reporting on ASIA A patients and evaluated factors affecting the natural history of the disease. METHODS The authors conducted a systematic literature review of all randomized clinical trials (RCTs) and observational studies of patients with traumatic SCI...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340936/application-of-color-transformation-techniques-in-pediatric-spinal-cord-mr-images-typically-developing-and-spinal-cord-injury-population
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Mahdi Alizadeh, Pallav Shah, Chris J Conklin, Devon M Middleton, Sona Saksena, Adam E Flanders, Laura Krisa, M J Mulcahey, Scott H Faro, Feroze B Mohamed
The purpose of this study was to evaluate an improved and reliable visualization method for pediatric spinal cord MR images in healthy subjects and patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). A total of 15 pediatric volunteers (10 healthy subjects and 5 subjects with cervical SCI) with a mean age of 11.41 years (range 8-16 years) were recruited and scanned using a 3.0T Siemens Verio MR scanner. T2-weighted axial images were acquired covering entire cervical spinal cord level C1 to C7. These gray-scale images were then converted to color images by using five different techniques including hue-saturation-value (HSV), rainbow, red-green-blue (RGB), and two enhanced RGB techniques using automated contrast stretching and intensity inhomogeneity correction...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338912/-surgical-outcomes-of-traumatic-cervical-fractures-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis
#3
Alberto Isla Guerrero, Beatriz Mansilla Fernández, Borja Hernández Garcia, Álvaro Gómez de la Riva, María Luisa Gandía González, Elena Isla Paredes
OBJECTIVE: Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory rheumatic disease mainly affecting the axial skeleton. The rigid spine may secondarily develop osteoporosis, further increasing the risk of spinal fracture. In this study, we reviewed fractures in patients with ankylosing spondylitis that had been clinically diagnosed to better define the mechanism of injury, associated neurological deficit, predisposing factors, and management strategies. METHODS: Between January 2004 and December 2014, 6 patients with ankylosing spondylitis and neurological complications after injuries were treated...
January 12, 2018: Neurocirugía
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335475/discontinuous-ventilator-weaning-of-patients-with-acute-sci
#4
Wout Füssenich, Sven Hirschfeld Araujo, Birgitt Kowald, Allard Hosman, Marc Auerswald, Roland Thietje
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective, single centre cohort study. OBJECTIVES: To determine factors associated with ventilator weaning success and failure in patients with acute spinal cord injury (SCI); determine length of time and attempts required to wean from the ventilator successfully and determine the incidence of pneumonia. SETTING: BG Klinikum Hamburg, Level 1 trauma centre, SCI Department, Germany. METHODS: From 2010 until 2017, 165 consecutive patients with cervical SCI, initially dependent on a ventilator, were included and weaned discontinuously via tracheal cannula...
January 16, 2018: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334467/robot-assisted-upper-extremity-rehabilitation-for-cervical-spinal-cord-injuries-a-systematic-scoping-review
#5
Hardeep Singh, Janelle Unger, José Zariffa, Maureen Pakosh, Susan Jaglal, B Catharine Craven, Kristin E Musselman
Abstact Purpose: To provide an overview of the feasibility and outcomes of robotic-assisted upper extremity training for individuals with cervical spinal cord injury (SCI), and to identify gaps in current research and articulate future research directions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic search was conducted using Medline, Embase, PsycINFO, CCTR, CDSR, CINAHL and PubMed on June 7, 2017. Search terms included 3 themes: (1) robotics; (2) SCI; (3) upper extremity. Studies using robots for upper extremity rehabilitation among individuals with cervical SCI were included...
January 15, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330514/a-comparison-of-static-and-dynamic-cerebral-autoregulation-during-mild-whole-body-cold-stress-in-individuals-with-and-without-cervical-spinal-cord-injury-a-pilot-study
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Jan W van der Scheer, Yoshi-Ichiro Kamijo, Christof A Leicht, Philip J Millar, Manabu Shibasaki, Victoria L Goosey-Tolfrey, Fumihiro Tajima
STUDY DESIGN: Experimental study. OBJECTIVES: To characterize static and dynamic cerebral autoregulation (CA) of individuals with cervical spinal cord injury (SCI) compared to able-bodied controls in response to moderate increases in mean arterial pressure (MAP) caused by mild whole-body cold stress. SETTING: Japan METHODS: Five men with complete autonomic cervical SCI (sustained > 5 y) and six age-matched able-bodied men participated in hemodynamic, temperature, catecholamine and respiratory measurements for 60 min during three consecutive stages: baseline (10 min; 33 °C water through a thin-tubed whole-body suit), mild cold stress (20 min; 25 °C water), and post-cold recovery (30 min; 33 °C water)...
January 12, 2018: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325346/-evidence-based-guideline-for-the-management-of-acute-subaxial-cervical-spine-injury
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In order to provide the clinical guidelines of acute subaxial cervical spine injury for the Chinese orthopedic surgeons, the Spine Trauma Group of Chinese Association of Orthopedic Surgeons compiled this guidelines.The guidelines apply to adult patients with acute (less than 3 weeks) subaxial cervical spine and/(or) spinal cord or nerve root injuries. The Study Group wrote the guidelines by setting up questions, determining search words, screening literatures according to inclusion and exclusion criteria, analyzing the included literatures, confirming evidence levels and then providing recommendations...
January 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323806/spine-and-spinal-cord-injuries-after-falls-from-tree-stands-during-the-wisconsin-deer-hunting-season
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Kimberly Hamilton, Brandon Rocque, Nathaniel Brooks
BACKGROUND: Deer hunting is popular in much of the United States. In Wisconsin, use of tree stands for hunting is common. Spine surgeons at a Level 1 Trauma Center observed a high incidence of spine and spinal cord injury due to falls from tree stands while hunting. This study's purpose is to systematically characterize and classify those injuries. METHODS: We reviewed the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics' trauma database for tree stand-related injuries from 1999 to 2013...
November 2017: WMJ: Official Publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323634/epidemiology-of-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-in-tianjin-china-an-18-year-retrospective-study-of-735-cases
#9
Hai-Liang Li, Hong Xu, Yu-Lin Li, Shi-Wei Sun, Wen-Ye Song, Qiang Wu, Jie Ai, Jing-Cheng Sun, Guang-Zhi Ning, Shi-Qing Feng
STUDY DESIGN: Hospital-based retrospective study Objectives: To evaluate the pathogenetic features of traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) during 1999-2016 according to changed injury etiology with time, explore different characteristics of patients suffered a TSCI during 1999-2007 and 2008-2016 in Tianjin, China. SETTING: Tianjin Medical University General Hospital Methods: In this study, the medical records of TSCI patients were obtained from Tianjin Medical University General Hospital (TMUGH) from 1st January 1999 to 31th December 2016...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323623/bladder-management-practices-in-spinal-cord-injury-patients-a-single-center-experience-from-a-developing-country
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Sahibzada Nasir Mansoor, Farooq Azam Rathore
CONTEXT/OBJECTIVE: Inadequate bladder management in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients results in significant morbidity and even mortality. Clean intermittent catheterization (CIC) is the recommended option for SCI patients. The objective of the study was to document the bladder management practices of SCI patients in a developing country. DESIGN: Questionnaire based cross sectional survey Setting: Armed Forces Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, Rawalpindi, Pakistan Participants: All patients with SCI (irrespective of duration, level and etiology) Interventions: Data documentation included demographics, level, severity and time since injury, bladder management techniques used, details of CIC, results of Urodynamic studies (if available), complications resulting from bladder management technique and patient awareness of the yearly follow up...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319015/a-practical-technique-in-laparoscopic-diaphragm-pacing-surgery-retrospective-analyse-of-43-patients
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Volkan Karacam, Aydin Sanli, Kemal Can Tertemiz, Ilknur Ulugun
INTRODUCTION: Diaphragm pacing stimulation (DPS) is a treatment method used in respiratory failure occurs in diseases such as high-level cervical spinal cord injury, central hypoventilation syndrome and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 43 patients, who had undergone DPS implantation surgery were evaluated retrospectively. The patients were divided into two groups according to the surgical technique (Group 1: classical surgical technic and Group 2: modified surgical technic) applied...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Minimal Access Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316845/rho-inhibitor-vx-210-in-acute-traumatic-subaxial-cervical-spinal-cord-injury-design-of-the-spinal-cord-injury-rho-inhibition-investigation-spring-clinical-trial
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Michael G Fehlings, Kee D Kim, Bizhan Aarabi, Marco Rizzo, Lisa M Bond, Lisa McKerracher, Alexander Vaccaro, David O Okonkwo
Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is associated with a lifetime of disability stemming from loss of motor, sensory, and autonomic functions; these losses, along with increased comorbid sequelae, negatively impact health outcomes and quality of life. Early decompression surgery after SCI can enhance patient outcomes but does not directly facilitate neural repair and regeneration. Currently, there are no FDA-approved pharmacologic therapies to augment motor function and functional recovery in individuals with traumatic SCI...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315368/treatment-with-the-neutralizing-antibody-against-repulsive-guidance-molecule-a-promotes-recovery-from-impaired-manual-dexterity-in-a-primate-model-of-spinal-cord-injury
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Hiroshi Nakagawa, Taihei Ninomiya, Toshihide Yamashita, Masahiko Takada
Axons in the mature mammalian central nervous system have only a limited capacity to grow/regenerate after injury, and spontaneous recovery of motor functions is therefore not greatly expected in spinal cord injury (SCI). To promote functional recovery after SCI, it is critical that corticospinal tract (CST) fibers reconnect properly with target spinal neurons through enhanced axonal growth/regeneration. Here, we applied antibody treatment against repulsive guidance molecule-a (RGMa) to a monkey model of SCI...
January 5, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303132/surgical-decompression-for-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-in-a-tertiary-center
#14
O A Ojo, E O Poluyi, B S Owolabi, O O Kanu, M O Popoola
BACKGROUND: There are controversies regarding the importance and timing of spinal cord decompression following trauma. Documented evidence shows that early decompression in the setting of acute spinal cord injury (SCI) improves neurologic outcomes. Our objective was to evaluate the outcome of posttraumatic spinal cord decompression with or without spinal stabilization in our region. METHODOLOGY: We performed a cross-sectional study on adult patients who presented with acute spinal cord compression of traumatic etiology within a 2-year period...
November 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295654/integration-of-transplanted-neural-precursors-with-the-injured-spinal-cord
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Victoria Marie Spruance, Lyandysha Viktorovna Zholudeva, Kristiina M Hormigo, Margo L Randelman, Tatiana Bezdudnaya, Vitaliy Marchenko, Michael A Lane
Cervical spinal cord injuries (SCI) result in devastating functional consequences, including respiratory dysfunction. This is largely due to the disruption of phrenic pathways, which control the diaphragm. Recent work has identified spinal interneurons as possible contributors to respiratory neuroplasticity. The present work investigated whether transplantation of developing spinal cord tissue, inherently rich in interneuronal progenitors, could provide a population of new neurons and growth permissive substrate to facilitate plasticity and formation of novel relay circuits to restore input to the partially denervated phrenic motor circuit...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290748/therapeutic-drug-monitoring-of-prolonged-infusion-aztreonam-for-multi-drug-resistant-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-a-case-report
#16
Jeffrey J Cies, Richard J LaCoursiere, Wayne S Moore, Arun Chopra
Aztreonam, a broad-spectrum monobactam, is typically reserved for multidrug resistant (MDR) infections. Pharmacokinetic (PK) data to guide dosing in children, however, are limited to healthy volunteers or nonintensive care unit (ICU) patients. Impaired antibiotic delivery into tissue remains a major concern and may explain the high morbidity and mortality associated with MDR infections. Therefore, evaluating the PK changes in pediatric ICU patients is necessary to elucidate the most appropriate antimicrobial regimen...
November 2017: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284797/bedside-quantification-of-fat-free-mass-in-acute-spinal-cord-injury-using-bioelectrical-impedance-analysis-a-psychometric-study
#17
Maya G Panisset, Kate Desneves, Leigh C Ward, Jillian Rafferty, Helena Rodi, Geoff Roff, Doa El-Ansary, Mary P Galea
STUDY DESIGN: Psychometric. OBJECTIVES: Assess the validity of bioimpedance-based measures of fat-free mass (FFM) in acute SCI and of current definitions of obesity based on body mass index (BMI). SETTING: Australia. METHODS: All admissions within eight weeks of a new traumatic SCI were screened. 29% were eligible. 71% of those consented. Twenty participants (18 male) completed deuterium dilution (DD) and bioimpedance-based measurements of FFM...
December 28, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284794/prevalence-and-factors-associated-with-a-higher-risk-of-neck-and-back-pain-among-permanent-wheelchair-users-a-cross-sectional-study
#18
Francisco M Kovacs, Jesús Seco, Ana Royuela, Andrés Barriga, Javier Zamora
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence of, and factors associated with, spinal pain among wheelchair users. SETTING: Four Spanish hospitals specialized in providing care for wheelchair users. METHODS: Persons who had used a wheelchair for a median (IRQ) of 10 (5;19) years, 27% of them due to reasons other than spinal cord injury, were recruited consecutively (n = 750). Data on 43 demographic, psychosocial, ergonomic, and clinical variables were collected, and analyzed...
December 28, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284793/sensitivity-and-specificity-of-the-knee-up-test-for-estimation-of-the-american-spinal-injury-association-impairment-scale-in-patients-with-acute-motor-incomplete-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
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Itaru Yugué, Seiji Okada, Takeshi Maeda, Takayoshi Ueta, Keiichiro Shiba
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study. OBJECTIVE: Precise classification of the neurological state of patients with acute cervical spinal cord injury (CSCI) can be challenging. This study proposed a useful and simple clinical method to help classify patients with incomplete CSCI. SETTING: Spinal Injuries Centre, Japan. METHODS: The sensitivity and specificity of the 'knee-up test' were evaluated in patients with acute CSCI classified as American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale (AIS) C or D...
December 28, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283957/early-tracheostomy-in-patients-with-traumatic-cervical-spinal-cord-injury-appears-safe-and-may-improve-outcomes
#20
Christopher Flanagan, Benjamin R Childs, Timothy A Moore, Heather A Vallier
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series OBJECTIVE.: To characterize outcomes associated with tracheostomy timing following traumatic cervical spinal cord injury (CSCI). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The morbidity associated with cervical spine trauma is substantially increased in the setting of concomitant CSCI. Despite recent evidence, it remains uncertain if early tracheostomy following traumatic CSCI can improve outcomes. METHODS: From January 1, 2007, to December 31, 2015, retrospective chart review identified seventy (70) patients who presented to a single Level 1 trauma center with traumatic CSCI and received tracheostomy for management of respiratory compromise...
December 27, 2017: Spine
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