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Thoracic spinal cord injury

Mathias S Æsøy, Stein-Erik H Solvang, Marit Grønning, Tiina Rekand
OBJECTIVES: Iatrogenic spinal cord injuries (SCIs) caused by invasive procedures or surgical interventions have previously been reported as case studies. The primary objective of this study was to investigate and analyze the incidence, etiology, and prognosis of iatrogenic SCI in Western Norway. METHODS: Medical records of all 183 patients admitted to the SCU between 01.01.2004 and 31.12.2013 were reviewed. Gender, age, diagnosis, iatrogenic medical procedure, symptoms and findings before and after injury, mechanism of injury, level of injury, and ASIA Impairment Scale (AIS) score prior iatrogenic SCI, at admittance and discharge were recorded, as were the length of the period prior to admittance and the length of stay...
October 2016: Brain and Behavior
Carola Vogel, Roman Rukwied, Lenka Stockinger, Marcus Schley, Martin Schmelz, Wolfgang Schleinzer, Christoph Konrad
: At-level and above-level hypersensitivity was assessed in patients with chronic complete thoracic spinal cord injury (SCI). Patients were classified by somatosensory mapping (brush, cold, pinprick) and assigned into two groups, i.e. patients i) with at-level hypersensitivity (SCIHs, n=8) and ii) without at-level hypersensitivity (SCINHs, n=7). Gender and age-matched healthy subjects served as controls. Quantitative sensory testing (QST), electrically- and histamine-induced pain and itch, laser Doppler imaging and laser-evoked potentials (LEP) were recorded at-level and above-level in SCI-patients...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
S Fukui, H Tanaka, K Kobayashi, T Kajiyama, M Mitsuno, M Yamamura, M Ryomoto, Y Miyamoto
OBJECTIVES: In thoracic and thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, spinal cord injury (SCI) is devastating. Detection of the Adamkiewicz artery might be important for preventing SCI. Although thoracic endovascular stent grafts often occlude the segmental artery, the incidence of SCI in thoracic endovascular aortic repair is thought to be low compared with open repair. This study aimed to evaluate how the Adamkiewicz artery is supplied after segmental arteries are occluded by stent grafts...
October 21, 2016: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Antigona Ulndreaj, Apostolia Tzekou, Andrea J Mothe, Ahad Siddiqui, Rachel Dragas, Charles Tator, Emina Torlakovic, Michael Fehlings
The immune system plays a critical and complex role in the pathobiology of spinal cord injury (SCI), exerting both beneficial and detrimental effects. Increasing evidence suggests that there are injury level-dependent differences in the immune response to SCI. Patients with traumatic SCI have elevated levels of circulating autoantibodies against components of the central nervous system (CNS), but the role of these antibodies in SCI outcomes remains unknown. In rodent models of mid-thoracic SCI, antibody-mediated autoimmunity appears to be detrimental to recovery...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
Özlem Kirazlı, Bilgehan Solmaz, Safiye Çavdar
The dorsal column tracts (fasciculus gracilis and fasciculus cuneatus) are concerned with discriminative qualities of sensation. There are controversial descriptions related to the relations of dorsal column tracts with the dorsal horn laminae in text-books. The present study aims to define the laminae of the dorsal horn of the spinal cord that contribute fibers to the dorsal column tracts in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal level. Series paraffin spinal cords sections of six formalin-embalmed adult human cadavers were evaluated...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience
Xiangbing Wu, Chandler L Walker, Qingbo Lu, Wei Wu, Daniel B Eddelman, Jonathan M Parish, Xiao-Ming Xu
Activation of RhoA/Rho kinase leads to growth cone collapse and neurite retraction. Although RhoA/Rho kinase inhibition has been shown to improve axon regeneration, remyelination and functional recovery, its role in neuronal cell death remains unclear. To determine whether RhoA/Rho kinase played a role in neuronal death after injury, we investigated the relationship between RhoA/Rho kinase and cytosolic phospholipase A2 (cPLA2), a lipase that mediates inflammation and cell death, using an in vitro neuronal death model and an in vivo contusive spinal cord injury model performed at the 10th thoracic (T10) vertebral level...
October 22, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Christopher Eric McCoy, Angelica Loza-Gomez, James Lee Puckett, Samantha Costantini, Patrick Penalosa, Craig Anderson, Carl Schultz
BACKGROUND: The association between ambulation at the scene of a motor vehicle collision (MVC) and spinal injury has never been quantified. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association between ambulation and spinal injury in patients involved in a MVC. METHODS: Prospective analytical-observational cohort study. Inclusion: patients sustaining traumatic injury in a MVC. Exclusion: < 18 years old, pregnancy. PRIMARY OUTCOME: spinal injury defined as injury to the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spinal cord, bones, or ligaments...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Özlem Taşoğlu, Engin Koyuncu, Rabia Daylak, Derya Yumuşak Karacif, Zerrin I Nce, Didem Yenigün, Neşe Özgirgin
OBJECTIVE: To define the demographic and clinical characteristics of persons with spinal cord injury, rehabilitated in a primary referral rehabilitation center in Turkey. DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: Ankara Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey Methods: Medical records of all patients with spinal cord injury (acute-subacute-chronic) at a single academic referral center over the course of one year were reviewed...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Ang Deng, Hong-Qi Zhang, Ming-Xing Tang, Shao-Hua Liu, Yu-Xiang Wang, Qi-Le Gao
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to evaluate the clinical efficacy of posterior-only surgical correction of dystrophic scoliosis in patients with neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) using a multiple anchor point method (MAPM). METHODS From 2005 to 2014, 31 patients (mean age 13.5 years old, range 10-22 years old) suffering from dystrophic scoliosis associated with NF1 underwent posterior-only surgical correction using a MAPM. The apex of the deformity was thoracic (n = 25), thoracolumbar (n = 4), and lumbar (n = 2)...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Kestutis Skucas, Vaida Pokvytyte
BACKGROUND: Of the research was to examine the effects of twelve weeks of combined dry land strength and resistance swimming training for increasing upper body strength, swimming performance and stroking parameters in swimmers with paraplegia and to determine correlation between these parameters. METHODS: The preliminary, the second (after 4 weeks), the third (after 8 weeks) and the last (after 12 weeks) testing were performed. The measurements consisted of the following assessments: the assessment of isometric strength in dry land (tension force), the assessment of swimming performance and stroke parameters during 50m backstroke, the assessment of strength during tethered swimming (tension force)...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Yan Zhao, Yuan Zuo, Jianming Jiang, Huibo Yan, Xiliang Wang, Hunjun Huo, Yulong Xiao
Spinal cord injury (SCI) comprises nerve and motor function disorders that may be caused by a variety of damaging factors and is challenging to treat. The aim of the present study was to investigate the regenerative effects of neural stem cell (NSC) transplantation combined with intraperitoneal injection of erythropoietin (EPO) on cross-sectional SCI in rats. A model of SCI was induced in 40 adult Wistar rats via the complete transection of the 10th thoracic vertebra (T10). The rats were allocated at random into 4 groups: Control, NSC, EPO and NSC + EPO groups (n=10 per group)...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Md Shah Alam, Kevin Phan, Rezaul Karim, Sharif Ahmed Jonayed, Hasan Khalid Md Munir, Shubhendu Chakraborty, Tashfique Alam
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) of the spine is a common site of osseous TB, accounting for 50%-60% of cases. Spinal TB still occurs in both developed and developing countries. The diagnosis of spinal TB is difficult and it commonly presents at an advanced stage. Delays in establishing diagnosis and management result in complications such as spinal cord compression and spinal deformity. METHODS: A total of 582 patients with TB of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine with moderate to severe cord compression were studied...
December 2015: J Spine Surg
Charlotte Pineau, Brice Lavrard, François Boyer, Laëtitia Percebois-Macadré
OBJECTIVE: MRI has highly changed the assessment of post-traumatic syringomyelia (PTS), roughly estimated at 30% nowadays. Times to onset (TTO) symptoms are random. This case report describes how hyperhidrosis appeared and revealed PTS diagnosis. OBSERVATIONS: Mr M., 43-year-old, is rehabilitation inpatient after T10 AIS A spinal cord injury (SCI). Three months after this event, Mr M complains of acute hyperhidrosis crisis always located below the injury, which can occur at any time of the day, particularly when he moves...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Jacqui Agostinello, Camila R Battistuzzo, Peta Skeers, Stephen Bernard, Peter E Batchelor
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to (1) determine the timing of surgery for traumatic TLSCI between 2010 and 2014 and (2) identify major delays in the process of care from accident scene to surgery. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Early spinal surgery may promote neurological recovery and reduce acute complications after thoracolumbar spinal cord injury (TLSCI), however it is difficult to achieve due to logistical issues and the frequent presence of other non-life threatening injuries...
September 23, 2016: Spine
Julio J Jauregui, Dean C Perfetti, Frank S Cautela, David B Frumberg, Qais Naziri, Carl B Paulino
BACKGROUND: Although rare, spinal injuries associated with abuse can have potentially devastating implications in the pediatric population. We analyzed the association of pediatric spine injury in abused children and determined the anatomic level of the spine affected, while also focusing on patient demographics, length of stay, and total hospital charges compared with spine patients without a diagnosis of abuse. METHODS: A retrospective review of the Kids' Inpatient Database was conducted from 2000 to 2012 to identify pediatric patients (below 18 y) who sustained vertebral column fractures or spinal cord injuries...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Hadis Sabour, Abbas Norouzi-Javidan, Zahra Soltani, Seyede Azemat Mousavifar, Sahar Latifi, Seyed Hassan Emami-Razavi, Seyed Mohammad Ghodsi
BACKGROUND: Studies have demonstrated the effect of different dietary fats on blood pressure (BP) in general population. However, these associations have not yet been described in people with spinal cord injury (SCI). METHODS: Referred patients to Brain and SCI Research Center between 2011 and 2014 have been invited to participate. Only paraplegic individuals were recruited and patients with injury at cervical or higher thoracic sections were excluded to omit the bias effect of autonomic dysreflexia...
July 6, 2016: Iranian Journal of Neurology
Satoshi Uchida, Kentaro Hayakawa, Toru Ogata, Sakae Tanaka, Kazunori Kataoka, Keiji Itaka
Curing spinal cord injury (SCI) is challenging because of the onset of multiple and irreversible pathological responses to such injury. To suppress the responses, we employed an advanced cell transplantation technology integrating three-dimensional spheroid cell transplantation with non-viral gene transfection using biodegradable polycations. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)-transfected mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) spheroids were transplanted at thoraces level (Th9) to SCI region in mice. BDNF-transfected MSC spheroid transplantation led to a significantly enhanced recovery of hindlimb motor function in acute phase of SCI with myelinated axons preserved at the SCI region, while use of either technology in isolation, BDNF transfection or spheroid culture, exerted only a limited therapeutic effect, demonstrating the importance of integrated approaches...
December 2016: Biomaterials
Devesh Jalan, Neginder Saini, Mohammad Zaidi, Alexandra Pallottie, Stella Elkabes, Robert F Heary
OBJECTIVE In acute traumatic brain injury, decompressive craniectomy is a common treatment that involves the removal of bone from the cranium to relieve intracranial pressure. The present study investigated whether neurological function following a severe spinal cord injury improves after utilizing either a durotomy to decompress the intradural space and/or a duraplasty to maintain proper flow of cerebrospinal fluid. METHODS Sixty-four adult female rats (n = 64) were randomly assigned to receive either a 3- or 5-level decompressive laminectomy (Groups A and B), laminectomy + durotomy (Groups C and D), or laminectomy + duraplasty with graft (Group E and F) at 24 hours following a severe thoracic contusion injury (200 kilodynes)...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
Michael Brogioli, Sophie Schneider, Werner L Popp, Urs Albisser, Anne K Brust, Inge-Marie Velstra, Roger Gassert, Armin Curt, Michelle L Starkey
BACKGROUND: Preclinical investigations in animal models demonstrate that enhanced upper limb (UL) activity during rehabilitation promotes motor recovery following spinal cord injury (SCI). Despite this, following SCI in humans, no commonly applied training protocols exist, and therefore, activity-based rehabilitative therapies (ABRT) vary in frequency, duration, and intensity. Quantification of UL recovery is limited to subjective questionnaires or scattered measures of muscle function and movement tasks...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
Bahram Biglari, Christopher Child, Timur Mert Yildirim, Tyler Swing, Tim Reitzel, Arash Moghaddam
BACKGROUND: The proper timing for surgery in patients with acute spinal cord injury is controversial. This study was conducted to detect if there is an advantage in early (within the first 4 hours after trauma) compared to late (between 4 and 24 hours after trauma) surgery on neurological outcome. METHODS: In this single institution prospective cohort study, data were analyzed from 51 spinal cord injured patients with an average age of 43.4 (±19.2) years. The influence of early (29 patients within the first 4 hours) as opposed to late (22 patients between 4 and 24 hours) decompression was evaluated by comparing data for neurological outcome...
2016: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
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