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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343240/childhood-angular-kyphosis-a-plea-for-involvement-of-the-pediatric-neurosurgeon
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E Cornips, S Koudijs, J Vles, L van Rhijn
INTRODUCTION: Childhood angular kyphosis is rare, as most children are affected by a mixed kyphotic and scoliotic deformity. Published series involving a mix of kyphosis and kyphoscoliosis, pediatric and adult, congenital and acquired cases are almost exclusively authored by orthopedic surgeons, suggesting that (pediatric) neurosurgeons are not involved. CASE SERIES: We present five cases that illustrate the spectrum of angular kyphosis, and these were treated by a multidisciplinary team including child neurologist, orthopedic surgeon, and pediatric neurosurgeon as complementary partners...
March 25, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343155/more-than-just-muscle-spasms-a-rare-presentation-of-aortic-dissection
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Ebisa Bekele, Deepthi Chaitanya Kagolanu, Martin Kim, Kent Stephenson
Acute aortic dissection is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, often from complications including aortic regurgitation, cardiac tamponade and myocardial infarction. Typical clinical presentation includes a sudden onset of severe chest pain, although this is not always consistent. Clinical signs and symptoms are diverse with an estimated 38% of cases being missed on initial evaluation. Primary neurological symptoms at presentation are rare but have been reported often to coexist with chest pain...
March 24, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342820/injury-of-the-obturator-nerve-in-the-modified-stoppa-approach-for-acetabular-fractures
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Ji Wan Kim, Hyun Chul Shon, Jai Hyung Park
INTRODUCTION: The modified Stoppa approach for acetabular fractures has become popular. However, the possibility of injury to the obturator nerve with this approach has not been sufficiently considered. We have experienced a case of nerve entrapment in severely displaced fractures. Therefore we performed a retrospective study to: 1) evaluate the incidence of obturator nerve injury in the modified Stoppa approach for acetabular fractures, 2) analyze the relationship between the extent of displacement of the quadrilateral plate and injury to the obturator nerve HYPOTHESIS: We hypothesized that obturator nerve injury would be related to a marked medial displacement of the quadrilateral plate PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of 22 patients with acetabular fractures that were surgically treated with the modified Stoppa approach...
March 22, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342655/tacrolimus-induced-reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome-with-delayed-multi-segmental-vasoconstriction
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Satoshi Kodama, Tatsuo Mano, Akihiro Masuzawa, Yasutaka Hirata, Yuki Nagasako, Kagari Koshi Mano, Masashi Hamada, Yasuo Terao, Toshihiro Hayashi, Minoru Ono, Shoji Tsuji
Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) is a cerebrovascular syndrome characterized by multi-segmental constrictions of the cerebral arteries that resolves spontaneously within 3 months. Although RCVS is considered to be due to transient dysregulation of vascular tone, the exact pathomechanism remains unclear. We describe the case of a 15-year-old girl with RCVS induced by tacrolimus, who developed generalized seizure during the postoperative course of orthotropic heart transplantation. Magnetic resonance imaging at symptom onset showed a few vasoconstrictions accompanying brain edema and convexity subarachnoid hemorrhage...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342638/-rationale-and-complications-of-the-anterior-lateral-extrapleural-retroperitoneal-approach-for-unstable-thoracolumbar-fractures-experience-in-86-consecutive-patients
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Pedro David Delgado-López, Antonio Rodríguez-Salazar, Vicente Martín-Velasco, Javier Martín-Alonso, José Manuel Castilla-Díez, Ana Galacho-Harriero, Elena Araús-Galdós
OBJECTIVES: To describe the rationale, pros and cons, and complications of the anterior-lateral extrapleural retroperitoneal approach for unstable (TLICS>4) thoracolumbar fractures. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Clinical and radiological data and outcomes from a cohort treated surgically via said approach were retrospectively reviewed. All patients were operated on exclusively by 5 neurosurgeons trained in spine surgery. RESULTS: Between June 1999 and December 2015, 86 patients underwent surgery (median age 42years, most common level: L1)...
March 22, 2017: Neurocirugía
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342581/neurodevelopmental-outcomes-in-infants-undergoing-general-anesthesia
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Kelsey A Nestor, Michelle Zeidan, Erin Boncore, Aaron Richardson, Gijo Alex, Michael Weiss, Saleem Islam
PURPOSE: Preclinical data strongly suggest that all agents used for general anesthesia (GA) have detrimental effects on the developing brain. However, clinical data are unclear. The purpose of this study was to use a cohort of infants who underwent GA and understand their neurodevelopmental outcomes. METHODS: A cohort of infants who underwent GA was selected between 2010 and 2011, and a control group was created. Data regarding GA, procedures, and outcomes were collected in 2015...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340494/postoperative-care-of-patients-with-high-grade-glioma-is-there-a-real-need-for-the-neurocritical-icu-and-early-ct-scan
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Roberto Altieri, Fabio Cofano, Alessandro Agnoletti, Riccardo Fornaro, Marco Ajello, Francesco Zenga, Alessandro Ducati, Diego Garbossa
Background Pressure on economic resources now requires a careful rationalization of services. For adult patients with supratentorial gliomas, there is no consensus on the real need for care in a postoperative neurocritical intensive care unit (NICU) and on the timing of a postsurgical computed tomography (CT) scan. In this retrospective nonrandomized study, we assessed if and when there is a real need for NICU and if an early CT scan could be justified in the absence of neurologic worsening. Methods Of 264 patients, 21 were admitted to the NICU after the procedure as planned before the surgery for their clinical features (Karnofsky performance status < 70, American Society of Anesthesiologists score > 2, or Charlson Comorbidity Index > 5)...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340308/a-preliminary-investigation-on-the-effect-of-extracorporeal-shock-wave-therapy-as-a-treatment-for-neurogenic-heterotopic-ossification-following-traumatic-brain-injury-part-i-effects-on-pain
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J E Reznik, E Biros, A C Lamont, Y Sacher, O Kibrik, S Milanese, S Gordon, M P Galea
INTRODUCTION: Neurogenic heterotopic ossification (NHO) is a complication of a neurological injury following traumatic brain injury (TBI) and may be present around major synovial joints. It is often accompanied by severe pain, which may lead to limitation in activities of daily living. Currently, a common intervention for NHO is surgery, which has been reported to carry many additional risks. This study was designed to assess the effect of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) on pain in patients with TBI with chronic NHO...
March 24, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340041/bleeding-complications-in-patients-undergoing-intrathecal-drug-delivery-system-implantation
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Nafisseh S Warner, Markus A Bendel, Matthew A Warner, Jacob J Strand, Halena M Gazelka, Bryan C Hoelzer, William D Mauck, Tim J Lamer, Daryl J Kor, Susan M Moeschler
Introduction.:  Intrathecal drug delivery systems (IDDSs) have dramatically improved analgesia and the functional status of cancer patients and those with chronic pain states. However, given the close proximity to the neuraxis and frequent concomitant use of antiplatelet or anticoagulant medications, this intervention is not without risk. The goal of this investigation was to determine the incidence of bleeding complications following IDDS placement. Methods.:  This is a retrospective review from 2005 through 2014 of adult patients undergoing IDDS implantation or revision at a tertiary care center...
March 3, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339334/a-movement-system-impairment-approach-to-evaluation-and-treatment-of-a-person-with-lumbar-radiculopathy-a-case-report
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Eileen Miller, Shirley A Sahrmann, Dale Avers
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: There are several systems of classification and treatment of patients with low back pain (LBP) based on assessment of the effect of lumbar postures and movements on symptoms. The efficacy of one of these systems, The Movement System Impairment (MSI) method, has not yet been demonstrated in the literature. The purpose of this case report is to describe the approach of the MSI method for an individual with lumbar radiculopathy. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 79-year-old woman with a history of chronic LBP was referred to PT with a physician's diagnosis of sciatica...
March 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338570/a-case-of-all-developing-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-secondary-to-hyponatremia
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Nilgun Eroglu, Aysenur Bahadir, Erol Erduran
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES), may be due to different causes. It may develop secondary to hypertension, renal decompensation, electrolyte imbalance, and chemotherapeutic drugs. We describe a case of acute lymphoblastic leukemia in which PRES developed secondary to hyponatremia despite being normotensive during receipt of chemotherapy. Magnetic resonance imaging findings were suggestive of PRES. Partial diffusion restriction was observed in lesions in the bilateral occipitoparietal regions and the cerebellum...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338532/is-severe-hypercalcemia-immediately-life-threatening
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Camille Guimard, Eric Batard, Frédéric Lavainne, David Trewick
OBJECTIVE: Severe hypercalcemia is often considered an emergency because of a potential risk of cardiac arrest or coma. However, there is little evidence to support this. The aim of our study was to assess whether severe hypercalcemia (Ca>4 mmol/l or 16 mg/dl) was associated with immediately life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias or neurological complications in patients admitted to the Emergency Department (ED). METHODS: A retrospective observational study was carried out over a 5-year period (2008-2012)...
March 23, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338452/differentiation-of-idiopathic-spinal-cord-herniation-from-dorsal-arachnoid-webs-on-mri-and-ct-myelography
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Randall Schultz, Andrew Steven, Aaron Wessell, Nancy Fischbein, Charles A Sansur, Dheeraj Gandhi, David Ibrahimi, Prashant Raghavan
OBJECTIVE Dorsal arachnoid webs (DAWs) and spinal cord herniation (SCH) are uncommon abnormalities affecting the thoracic spinal cord that can result in syringomyelia and significant neurological morbidity if left untreated. Differentiating these 2 entities on the basis of clinical presentation and radiological findings remains challenging but is of vital importance in planning a surgical approach. The authors examined the differences between DAWs and idiopathic SCH on MRI and CT myelography to improve diagnostic confidence prior to surgery...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338450/postoperative-quality-of-life-assessment-in-patients-with-spine-metastases-treated-with-long-segment-pedicle-screw-fixation
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Florian Bernard, Jean-Michel Lemée, Olivier Lucas, Philippe Menei
OBJECTIVE In recent decades, progress in the medical management of cancer has been significant, resulting in considerable extension of survival for patients with metastatic disease. This has, in turn, led to increased attention to the optimal surgical management of bone lesions, including metastases to the spine. In addition, there has been a shift in focus toward improving quality of life and reducing hospital stay for these patients, and many minimally invasive techniques have been introduced with the aim of reducing the morbidity associated with more traditional open approaches...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337892/idiopathic-intracranial-hypertension-in-a-paediatric-population-a-retrospective-observational-study-on-epidemiology-symptoms-and-treatment
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M Barbagallo, G Vitaliti, F Greco, P Pavone, N Matin, G Panta, R Lubrano, R Falsaperla
Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is a disorder of unknown origin, which is characterized by elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) without underlying etiological evidence of neurological disease. The purpose of the current study was to evaluate epidemiological features, clinical presentation, diagnostic findings and treatment of sixteen children (7 males and 9 females) with IIH. Medical records of the patients were obtained from the University Paediatric Hospital of Catania, Italy. Clinical features, investigations and treatment approaches were retrieved...
January 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337644/cns-demyelination-with-tnf-%C3%AE-blockers
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REVIEW
Elissavet Kemanetzoglou, Elisabeth Andreadou
Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) blockers are a popular therapeutic choice in a number of inflammatory diseases. Thus far, five TNF- α blockers have been approved for clinical use (etanercept, infliximab, adalimumab, golimumab. and certolizumab). Despite being considered relatively safe, serious side effects associated with immune suppression have been reported, including central and peripheral nervous system (CNS) demyelinating disorders. It is still elusive whether these events are mere coincidence or a side effect of anti-TNF-α use...
April 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337550/common-genetic-etiology-between-multiple-sclerosis-like-single-gene-disorders-and-familial-multiple-sclerosis
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Anthony L Traboulsee, A Dessa Sadovnick, Mary Encarnacion, Cecily Q Bernales, Irene M Yee, Maria G Criscuoli, Carles Vilariño-Güell
Several single-gene disorders with clinical and radiological characteristics similar to those observed in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients have been described. To evaluate whether this phenotypic overlap can be ascribed to a common genetic etiology, 28 genes known to present pathogenic mutations for 24 of these disorders were sequenced in 270 MS patients. All identified variants were genotyped in 2131 MS cases and 830 healthy controls, and those exclusively observed in patients were assessed for segregation within families...
March 23, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337530/chronic-sialadenitis-due-to-the-stone-inside-the-accessory-duct-of-submandibular-gland
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Murat Binar, Mert Cemal Gokgoz, Umit Aydin, Ibrahim Yavan, Serdar Karahatay
PURPOSE: Sialolithiasis is the most common cause of chronic sialadenitis. In this case report, intraoperative finding of an accessory submandibular duct, obstructed with stone, originating from the same gland nearby the main Warthon's duct, is presented. CASE REPORT: A 22-year-old male patient, suffering from eating-related pain and swelling in his left submandibular region, was diagnosed with left sublandibular gland sialadenitis with radiologically manifested sialolithiasis, and gland excision was advised...
March 23, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337505/osteochondroma-causing-cervical-spinal-cord-compression
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Ryunosuke Fukushi, Makoto Emori, Noriyuki Iesato, Masanobu Kano, Toshihiko Yamashita
Osteochondromas are the most common benign tumors of the bone. They occur in young adolescent patients and are frequently located in the metaphyses of the long bones; they do not grow after skeletal maturity. The incidence of osteochondroma in the spine is reported to be rare. Moreover, patients with spinal osteochondroma who develop symptoms of myelopathy are extremely rare. We report the case of an 8-year-old girl who experienced myelopathy due to spinal compression of the cervical osteochondroma. This case suggests that if a cartilage cap is observed on the spinal canal with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the tumor may extend to the spinal canal, resulting in neurologic dysfunction...
March 23, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335428/an-updated-review-of-ciguatera-fish-poisoning-clinical-epidemiological-environmental-and-public-health-management
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REVIEW
Melissa A Friedman, Mercedes Fernandez, Lorraine C Backer, Robert W Dickey, Jeffrey Bernstein, Kathleen Schrank, Steven Kibler, Wendy Stephan, Matthew O Gribble, Paul Bienfang, Robert E Bowen, Stacey Degrasse, Harold A Flores Quintana, Christopher R Loeffler, Richard Weisman, Donna Blythe, Elisa Berdalet, Ram Ayyar, Danielle Clarkson-Townsend, Karen Swajian, Ronald Benner, Tom Brewer, Lora E Fleming
Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (CFP) is the most frequently reported seafood-toxin illness in the world. It causes substantial human health, social, and economic impacts. The illness produces a complex array of gastrointestinal, neurological and neuropsychological, and cardiovascular symptoms, which may last days, weeks, or months. This paper is a general review of CFP including the human health effects of exposure to ciguatoxins (CTXs), diagnosis, human pathophysiology of CFP, treatment, detection of CTXs in fish, epidemiology of the illness, global dimensions, prevention, future directions, and recommendations for clinicians and patients...
March 14, 2017: Marine Drugs
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