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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446938/minimally-invasive-surgery-for-resection-of-ossification-of-the-ligamentum-flavum-in-the-thoracic-spine
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Wei Zhao, Chaoxiong Shen, Ranze Cai, Jianfeng Wu, Yuandong Zhuang, Zhaowen Cai, Rui Wang, Chunmei Chen
INTRODUCTION: Thoracic ossification of the ligamentum flavum (TOLF) is a common cause of progressive thoracic myelopathy. Surgical decompression is commonly used to treat TOLF. AIM: To evaluate the clinical outcomes of microsurgical decompression of TOLF via a paraspinal approach, using a percutaneous tubular retractor system. MATERIAL AND METHODS: First, three-dimensional (3D) image reconstruction and printed models were made from thin computed tomography scans for each patient...
2017: Wideochirurgia i Inne Techniki Mało Inwazyjne, Videosurgery and Other Miniinvasive Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439446/thoracic-unilateral-spinal-cord-injury-after-spinal-anaesthesia-for-total-hip-replacement-fate-or-mistake
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Costa Fabio, Del Buono Romualdo, Agrò Felice Eugenio, Tambone Vittoradolfo, Vitali Andrea Massimiliano, Ricci Giovanna
Spinal anaesthesia is the most preffered anesthesia technique for total hip replacement, and its complications range from low entity (insignificant) to life threatening. The incidence of neurologic complications after neuraxial anaesthesia is not perfectly clear, although there are several described cases of spinal cord ischaemia. We present a case of unilateral T8-T11 spinal cord ischaemia following L2-L3 spinal anaesthesia for total hip replacement. Magnetic resonance imaging showed a hyperintense T8-T11 signal alteration on the leftside of paramedian spinal cord...
April 2017: Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434767/extrarenal-rhabdoid-tumor-presented-with-an-immobile-arm-in-a-one-year-old-boy
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Chi-Ting Chung, Yen-Lin Liu, Chien-Jui Cheng, Kevin Li-Chun Hsieh, Min-Lan Tsai, Tai-Tong Wong
Infants with an immobile arm may be easily overlooked in primary care settings. Differential diagnoses include injuries, infections, neuropathies, ischemia and rarely, neoplasms. We report the case of a one-year-old boy with weakness in his left arm after minor trauma with a diagnosis of brachial plexus palsy initially. After rehabilitation for 2months, his weakness progressed to unsteady gait and quadriparesis. MRI revealed a huge solid tumor in the left supraclavicular fossa, which also involved the left brachial plexus, upper thoracic cavity, and left paravertebral space with invasion into the spinal canal...
April 20, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418395/an-analysis-of-ideal-and-actual-time-to-surgery-after-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-in-canada
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R A Glennie, C S Bailey, E C Tsai, V K Noonan, C S Rivers, D R Fourney, H Ahn, B K Kwon, J Paquet, B Drew, M G Fehlings, N Attabib, S D Christie, J Finkelstein, R J Hurlbert, S Parent, M F Dvorak
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of a prospective registry and surgeon survey. OBJECTIVES: To identify surgeon opinion on ideal practice regarding the timing of decompression/stabilization for spinal cord injury and actual practice. Discrepancies in surgical timing and barriers to ideal timing of surgery were explored. SETTING: Canada. METHODS: Patients from the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Registry (RHSCIR, 2004-2014) were reviewed to determine actual timing of surgical management...
April 18, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416148/alterations-in-autonomic-cerebrovascular-control-after-spinal-cord-injury
#5
Dong-Il Kim, Can Ozan Tan
Among chronic cardiovascular and metabolic sequelae of spinal cord injury (SCI) is an up-to four-fold increase in the risk of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, suggesting that individuals with SCI cannot maintain stable cerebral perfusion. In able-bodied individuals, the cerebral vasculature is able to regulate cerebral perfusion in response to swings in arterial pressure (cerebral autoregulation), blood gases (cerebral vasoreactivity), and neural metabolic demand (neurovascular coupling). This ability depends, at least partly, on intact autonomic function, but high thoracic and cervical spinal cord injuries result in disruption of sympathetic and parasympathetic cerebrovascular control...
April 4, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400726/review-of-epidural-spinal-cord-stimulation-for-augmenting-cough-after-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Jan T Hachmann, Jonathan S Calvert, Peter J Grahn, Dina I Drubach, Kendall H Lee, Igor A Lavrov
Spinal cord injury (SCI) remains a debilitating condition for which there is no cure. In addition to loss of somatic sensorimotor functions, SCI is also commonly associated with impairment of autonomic function. Importantly, cough dysfunction due to paralysis of expiratory muscles in combination with respiratory insufficiency can render affected individuals vulnerable to respiratory morbidity. Failure to clear sputum can aggravate both risk for and severity of respiratory infections, accounting for frequent hospitalizations and even mortality...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399877/overground-vs-treadmill-based-robotic-gait-training-to-improve-seated-balance-in-people-with-motor-complete-spinal-cord-injury-a-case-report
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Amanda E Chisholm, Raed A Alamro, Alison M M Williams, Tania Lam
BACKGROUND: Robotic overground gait training devices, such as the Ekso, require users to actively participate in triggering steps through weight-shifting movements. It remains unknown how much the trunk muscles are activated during these movements, and if it is possible to transfer training effects to seated balance control. This study was conducted to compare the activity of postural control muscles of the trunk during overground (Ekso) vs. treadmill-based (Lokomat) robotic gait training, and evaluate changes in seated balance control in people with high-thoracic motor-complete spinal cord injury (SCI)...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392569/multichannel-polymer-scaffold-seeded-with-activated-schwann-cells-and-bone-mesenchymal-stem-cells-improves-axonal-regeneration-and-functional-recovery-after-rat-spinal-cord-injury
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Er-Zhu Yang, Guo-Wang Zhang, Jian-Guang Xu, Shuai Chen, Hua Wang, Liang-Liang Cao, Bo Liang, Xiao-Feng Lian
The adult mammalian CNS has a limited capacity to regenerate after traumatic injury. In this study, a combinatorial strategy to promote axonal regeneration and functional recovery after spinal cord injury (SCI) was evaluated in adult rats. The rats were subjected to a complete transection in the thoracic spinal cord, and multichannel scaffolds seeded with activated Schwann cells (ASCs) and/or rat bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) were acutely grafted into the 3-mm-wide transection gap. At 4 weeks post-transplantation and thereafter, the rats receiving scaffolds seeded with ASCs and MSCs exhibited significant recovery of nerve function as shown by the Basso, Beattie and Bresnahan (BBB) score and electrophysiological test results...
April 10, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382212/altered-spinal-cord-activity-during-sexual-stimulation-in-women-with-sci-a-pilot-fmri-study
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Marcalee Alexander, Natalie Kozyrev, Chase R Figley, J Scott Richards
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this study was to assess the feasibility of the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to evaluate the spinal activation during sexual response of the thoracic, lumbar and sacral spinal cord. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a laboratory-based pilot study in human females at a University-based medical center in the United States. In three healthy spinal cord injury (SCI) females, spinal cord activations during sexual audiovisual stimulation (alone), genital self-stimulation (alone) and simultaneous audiovisual and genital self-stimulation (combined) were assessed and then compared with each subjects' remaining sensory and motor function...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382211/paraplegia-and-transtibial-amputation-successful-ambulation-after-dual-disability-a-retrospective-case-report
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Thangavelu Senthilvelkumar, Bobeena R Chandy
INTRODUCTION: This is a single-subject case report. The objective is to describe the unique rehabilitation outcome of an individual with motor complete T12 paraplegia and a right transtibial amputation. This study was conducted at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Christian Medical College in India. CASE PRESENTATION: A 42-year-old policeman presented to our rehabilitation centre with motor complete T12 paraplegia and right transtibial amputation, 3 months following a road traffic accident...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378287/pediatric-thoracic-sciwora-after-back-bend-during-dance-practice-a-retrospective-case-series-and-analysis-of-trauma-mechanisms
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Jian Ren, Gao Zeng, Yong-Jie Ma, Nan Chen, Zan Chen, Feng Ling, Hong-Qi Zhang
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to describe a unique type of low-energy traumatic pediatric thoracic spinal cord injury without radiographic abnormality (SCIWORA) after a back bend during dance practice and analyze the trauma mechanisms and treatment protocols. METHODS: This was a retrospective case series from September 2007 to August 2016. The study was conducted at a tertiary medical center in Beijing, China (Xuanwu Hospital, China International Neuroscience Institute [China-INI], Capital Medical University)...
April 4, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377250/acute-spinal-epidural-hematoma-after-acupuncture-personal-case-and-literature-review
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Maurizio Domenicucci, Daniele Marruzzo, Alessandro Pesce, Antonino Raco, Paolo Missori
BACKGROUND: Spinal acupuncture is a relatively safe and common analgesic treatment, but it may be complicated by serious adverse effects such as direct spinal cord and nerve root injury, subdural empyema and epidural abscesses. In this report we are comparing our case of an extremely uncommon spinal epidural hematoma which appeared following treatment by acupuncture with other similar documented cases. CASE DESCRIPTION: This is the case of a 64-year-old man who presented a left hemiparesis associated with paraesthesias...
April 1, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374810/risk-factors-in-iatrogenic-spinal-cord-injury
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A Montalva-Iborra, M Alcanyis-Alberola, C Grao-Castellote, F Torralba-Collados, M Giner-Pascual
STUDY DESIGN: In the last years, there has been a change in the aetiology of spinal cord injury. There has been an increase in the number of elderly patients with spinal cord injuries caused by diseases or medical procedures. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to investigate the frequency of the occurrence of iatrogenic spinal cord injury in our unit. The secondary aim is to study what variables can be associated with a higher risk of iatrogenesis. METHODS: A retrospective, descriptive, observational study of patients with acute spinal cord injury admitted from June 2009 to May 2014 was conducted...
April 4, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374331/predictive-factors-for-neurological-deterioration-after-surgical-decompression-for-thoracic-ossified-yellow-ligament
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Chris Yuk Kwan Tang, Jason Pui Yin Cheung, Dino Samartzis, Ka Hei Leung, Yat Wa Wong, Keith Dip Kei Luk, Kenneth Man Chee Cheung
PURPOSE: To investigate the rate and predictive factors of post-operative neurological deterioration in ossified yellow ligament (OYL) surgery. METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted for all patients with thoracic OYL causing myelopathy requiring surgical decompression from January 1998 to December 2012. Clinical parameters under study included clinical presentation, distribution of OYL, pre-operative walking score, pre- and post-operative neurological status, status of intra-operative neurophysiological monitoring, and modified Japanese Orthopaedic Association (mJOA) score...
April 3, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346471/effect-of-functional-sympathetic-nervous-system-impairment-of-the-liver-and-abdominal-visceral-adipose-tissue-on-circulating-triglyceride-rich-lipoproteins
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Michael F La Fountaine, Christopher M Cirnigliaro, Steven C Kirshblum, Cristin McKenna, William A Bauman
BACKGROUND: Interruption of sympathetic innervation to the liver and visceral adipose tissue (VAT) in animal models has been reported to reduce VAT lipolysis and hepatic secretion of very low density lipoprotein (VLDL) and concentrations of triglyceride-rich lipoprotein particles. Whether functional impairment of sympathetic nervous system (SNS) innervation to tissues of the abdominal cavity reduce circulating concentrations of triglyceride (TG) and VLDL particles (VLDL-P) was tested in men with spinal cord injury (SCI)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341461/sequential-therapy-of-anti-nogo-a-antibody-treatment-and-treadmill-training-leads-to-cumulative-improvements-after-spinal-cord-injury-in-rats
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Kinon Chen, Barnaby C Marsh, Matthew Cowan, Yazi D Al'Joboori, Sylvain Gigout, Calvin C Smith, Neil Messenger, Nikita Gamper, Martin E Schwab, Ronaldo M Ichiyama
Intense training is the most clinically successful treatment modality following incomplete spinal cord injuries (SCIs). With the advent of plasticity enhancing treatments, understanding how treatments might interact when delivered in combination becomes critical. Here, we investigated a rational approach to sequentially combine treadmill locomotor training with antibody mediated suppression of the fiber growth inhibitory protein Nogo-A. Following a large but incomplete thoracic lesion, rats were immediately treated with either anti-Nogo-A or control antibody (2weeks) and then either left untrained or step-trained starting 3weeks after injury for 8weeks...
March 21, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336819/fundamental-hemodynamic-mechanisms-mediating-the-response-to-myocardial-ischemia-in-conscious-paraplegic-mice-cardiac-output-versus-peripheral-resistance
#17
Heidi L Lujan, Stephen E DiCarlo
Autonomic dysfunction, a relative sedentary lifestyle, a reduced muscle mass and increased adiposity leads to metabolic abnormalities that accelerate the development of coronary artery disease (CAD) in individuals living with spinal cord injury (SCI). An untoward cardiac incident is related to the degree of CAD, suggesting that the occurrence of a significant cardiac event is significantly higher for individuals with SCI Thus, understanding the fundamental hemodynamic mechanisms mediating the response to myocardial ischemia has the potential to positively impact individuals and families living with SCI Accordingly, we systematically investigated if thoracic level 5 spinal cord transection (T5X; paraplegia) alters the arterial blood pressure response to coronary artery occlusion and if the different arterial blood pressure responses to coronary artery occlusion between intact and paraplegic mice are mediated by changes in cardiac output and or systemic peripheral resistance and whether differences in cardiac output are caused by changes in heart rate and or stroke volume...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320049/d-%C3%AE-hydroxybutyrate-promotes-functional-recovery-and-relieves-pain-hypersensitivity-in-mice-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Jiao Qian, Wenjun Zhu, Ming Lu, Bin Ni, Jun Yang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Spinal cord injury (SCI) leads to severe motor and sensory dysfunction and significantly reduces the quality of life. The aim of the present work was to investigate the effect of administration of exogenous D-β-hydroxybutyrate (DBHB) on functional recovery and neuropathic pain in spinal cord-injured mice. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Mice were given a moderate-severe thoracic spinal contusion injury at the T9-10 level and treated with exogenous DBHB...
March 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290135/spinal-cord-injury-impairs-neurogenesis-and-induces-glial-reactivity-in-the-hippocampus
#19
Ignacio Jure, Luciana Pietranera, Alejandro F De Nicola, Florencia Labombarda
The incorporation of newborn neurons with increased synaptic remodeling and activity-dependent plasticity in the dentate gyrus enhances hippocampal-dependent learning performances. Astrocytes and microglial cells are components of the neurogenic niche and regulate neurogenesis under normal and neurophatological conditions leading to functional consequences for learning and memory. Although cognitive impairments were reported in patients after spinal cord injury (SCI), only few studies have considered remote changes in brain structures which are not related with sensory and motor cortex...
March 13, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289632/hemodynamic-adaptations-to-regular-exercise-in-people-with-spinal-cord-injury
#20
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
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