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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917333/extensive-calcification-of-the-ligamentum-flavum-causing-cervical-myelopathy-in-a-caucasian-woman
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Milaine Roet, Jochem K H Spoor, M de Waal, Max J Kros, Sanjay B Harhangi, Ruben Dammers
Calcification of the ligamentum flavum (CLF) can cause myelopathy due to spinal cord compression. Only several cases in Caucasian patients have been described. Neurological deterioration can only be stopped by surgical decompression. We report a 63-year-old Caucasian woman presenting with progressive pins-and-needles sensations in both hands, worsened by painful paresthesia in both lower extremities. MRI showed a dorsal compressive mass extending from C2 to Th3 vertebrae with myelopathy at the level of C6. A laminectomy was performed, which improved clinical symptoms...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916035/-microsurgical-management-and-outcomes-of-intramedullary-spinal-arteriovenous-malformations-a-report-of-14-cases
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L Zhang, W Q Jia, J Yang
Objective: To investigate the clinical features, microsurgical management and outcomes of intramedullary spinal arteriovenous malformations (AVM). Methods: A series of 14 patients (10 male, 4 female; mean age (39.1±17.2) years ranged from 16 to 72 years) with intramedullary spinal AVM who underwent microsurgical treatment from November 2008 to April 2015 in Department of Neurosurgery at Beijing Tiantan Hospital were retrospectively reviewed. The location of the AVM included cervical (n=6), thoracic (n=3), cervicothoracic (n=2), and conus medullaris (n=3)...
December 1, 2016: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907952/neurology-of-critical-care
#3
Eelco F M Wijdicks
It is a truism that care of the patient with an acutely severe neurologic illness starts with a full neurologic examination. Neurologic examination is followed by tests (neuroimaging and laboratory) resulting in a diagnosis (presumptive or definitive) and treatment (definitive or preemptive) and followed by admission for supportive care and more treatment. The sequence of decisions depends on the diagnosis, but treatment may be needed to diagnose a neurologic disorder. To find out what underlies the acute presentation of certain neurologic conditions requires (1) interpretation of neurologic findings, (2) interpretation of neuroimaging, (3) linking laboratory abnormalities to certain clinical neurologic findings, and (4) evaluation of improvement or refractoriness after treatment...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907012/the-signature-of-microrna-dysregulation-in-muscle-paralyzed-by-spinal-cord-injury-includes-downregulation-of-micrornas-that-target-myostatin-signaling
#4
Rita De Gasperi, Zachary A Graham, Lauren M Harlow, William A Bauman, Weiping Qin, Christopher P Cardozo
Spinal cord injury (SCI) results in muscle atrophy, reduced force generation and an oxidative-to-glycolytic fiber type shift. The mechanisms responsible for these alterations remain incompletely understood. To gain new insights regarding mechanisms involved in deterioration of muscle after SCI, global expression profiles of miRs in paralyzed gastrocnemius muscle were compared between sham-operated (Sham) and spinal cord-transected (SCI) rats. Ingenuity Pathways Analysis of the altered miRs identified signaling via insulin, IGF-1, integrins and TGF-β as being significantly enriched for target genes...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906739/posterior-vertebral-column-resection-with-intraoperative-manual-retraction-for-the-treatment-of-posttubercular-kyphosis-in-upper-thoracic-spine-or-cervicothoracic-junction
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Yuqiao Chen, Guohua Lü, Bing Wang, Lei Li, Lei Kuang
STUDY DESIGN: This is a case-series. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical and radiologic outcomes of posterior vertebral column resection (PVCR) for treatment of posttubercular kyphosis in upper thoracic spine and cervicothoracic junction (CTJ). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Surgical management of severe posttubercular kyphosis in upper thoracic spine or CTJ is challenging. A new technique that combines PVCR and intraoperative manual traction in a single procedure, was developed to maximize the correction rate and minimize the risk of dural buckling and spinal cord injury...
November 30, 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902671/prehospital-transport-for-pediatric-trauma-a-comparison-of-private-transport-and-emergency-medical-services
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Yea-Chyi Lin, York Tien Lee, Jasmine Xun Yi Feng, Li Wei Chiang, Shireen Anne Nah
OBJECTIVES: We describe the demographics of pediatric patients with trauma transferred using private transport (PT) versus emergency medical services (EMS) and evaluate the potential impact on their treatment and outcome. METHODS: We accessed data from our national trauma registry, a prospectively collected database. Data were extracted on all patients with trauma admitted to our institution between January 2011 and June 2013, with injury severity score (ISS) higher than 8...
November 29, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888187/what-does-the-alsfrs-r-really-measure-a-longitudinal-and-survival-analysis-of-functional-dimension-subscores-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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James Rooney, Tom Burke, Alice Vajda, Mark Heverin, Orla Hardiman
INTRODUCTION: ALS functional rating scale (revised) (ALSFRS-R) is the most widely used functional rating system in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). However, heterogeneity in ALSFRS-R progression renders analysis challenging. We have explored the characteristics of total ALSFRS-R, and ALSFRS-R subscores in longitudinal and survival models, to determine whether subscore analysis enhances the precision of the instrument. METHODS: All cases with ALSFRS-R scores on the Irish ALS register were included...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883017/differential-neural-encoding-of-sensorimotor-and-visual-body-representations
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David Perruchoud, Lars Michels, Marco Piccirelli, Roger Gassert, Silvio Ionta
Sensorimotor processing specifically impacts mental body representations. In particular, deteriorated somatosensory input (as after complete spinal cord injury) increases the relative weight of visual aspects of body parts' representations, leading to aberrancies in how images of body parts are mentally manipulated (e.g. mental rotation). This suggests that a sensorimotor or visual reference frame, respectively, can be relatively dominant in local (hands) versus global (full-body) bodily representations. On this basis, we hypothesized that the recruitment of a specific reference frame could be reflected in the activation of sensorimotor versus visual brain networks...
November 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871602/hepatotoxicity-due-to-red-bush-tea-consumption-a-case-report
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Shamantha Reddy, Pragnyadipta Mishra, Sana Qureshi, Singh Nair, Tracey Straker
Many conventional drugs used today, including isoniazid, dapsone, and acetaminophen, are well recognized culprits of hepatotoxicity. With increasing use of complementary and alternative medical therapies, several herbal medicines, such as Ma-Huang, kava, and chaparral leaf, have been implicated as hepatotoxins. Hepatotoxicity may be the most frequent adverse reaction to these herbal remedies when taken in excessive quantities. A myriad of liver dysfunctions may occur including transient liver enzyme abnormalities due to acute and chronic hepatitis...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861396/surgical-treatments-on-adult-tethered-cord-syndrome-a-retrospective-study
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Jun Gao, Xiangyi Kong, Zhimin Li, Tianyu Wang, Yongning Li
To investigate effects of surgical treatment on adult tethered cord syndrome (TCS).A retrospective analysis of 82 adult patients (17 male cases, 82% and 24 female cases, 59%) with TCS treated by surgery was conducted between March, 2005 and December, 2015, with an average age of 31.6 years and average disease course of 6.7 years. All the 82 cases of patients received nerve electrophysiology monitoring assisted microsurgery. After surgery, all patients were followed up for an average of 2.5 years. Surgical effects were evaluated according to Hoffman grading system...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861331/intraparenchymal-endodermal-cyst-with-spontaneous-intracystic-hemorrhage-in-the-temporal-lobe-of-an-adult
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Xin-Jie Bao, Xue-Yuan Li, Qi-Pu Wang, Xin-Yu Ren, Zhi-Yong Liang, Wen-Bin Ma, Ren-Zhi Wang, Jun-Ji Wei
BACKGROUND: Endodermal cysts (EC) are rare but well-known congenial lesions of the central nervous system mainly located in the spinal subdural space. Intracranial ECs are rare and commonly encountered in the posterior cranial fossa as extra-axial lesions; an intraparenchymal location is exceedingly rare. A complete removal is the best surgical strategy and any residue can cause recurrence. It is necessary to exclude EC in patients with intracranial cystic lesions. We present a case of intraparenchymal EC with spontaneous intracystic hemorrhage in the temporal lobe of an adult...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857459/primary-diffuse-leptomeningeal-oligodendrogliomatosis-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Amarnath Chellathurai, Jay S Vaidya, Gopinathan Kathirvelu, Periakaruppan Alagappan
Primary leptomeningeal oligodendrogliomatosis (PLO) is a rare low-grade intracranial and spinal canal subarachnoid neoplasm without an obvious primary neoplasm in the brain or spinal cord parenchyma. We present here the serial progression of radiological findings of this rare disease in a 2-year-old male child whose clinical status deteriorated over a period of 4 months with the main complaint of partial seizures. During this period, the MR findings progressed from mild hydrocephalus with minimal leptomeningeal enhancement to leptomeningeal multiple cystic lesions in the entire neuraxis including the spine...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Radiology & Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846400/spinal-cordectomy-a-new-hope-for-morbid-spinal-conditions
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Subhas K Konar, Tanmoy K Maiti, Shyamal C Bir, Anil Nanda
A spinal cordectomy is a treatment option for several disorders of the spinal cord like post-traumatic syringomyelia, spinal cord tumor and myelomeningocele. We have done a systematic analysis of all reported cases of spinal cordectomy to investigate the possible outcomes and complications. A PubMed search was performed for literature published from 1949 to 2015 with search words "spinal cordectomy", "spinal cord transection" and "cordectomy for malignant spinal cord tumors" to select articles containing information about the indication, outcome and complication of spinal cordectomy performed for diverse etiologies...
November 10, 2016: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842476/recurrent-neurologic-deterioration-after-conservative-treatment-for-acute-traumatic-central-cord-syndrome-without-bony-injury-17-operative-cases-report%C3%AF
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Wenjie Jin, Xin Sun, Jia Wang, Xingzhen Liu, Xiushuai Shang, Hairong Tao, Tong Zhu, Kangping Shen
The mechanisms of late recurrent neurologic deterioration after conservative treatment for acute traumatic central cord syndrome (ATCCS) remained unclear. 17 operative cases sustaining late recurrent neurologic deterioration after conservative treatment for ATCCS were reviewed to investigate the mechanisms. The assessment of neurological status was based on International Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury (ISNCSCI). Gender, age, cause of injury, results of image, conservative treatment and operative data, neurological status on different time points were recorded...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836771/differential-activation-of-the-dorsal-neck-muscles-during-a-light-arm-elevation-task-in-patients-with-chronic-nonspecific-neck-pain-and-asymptomatic-controls-an-ultrasonographic-study
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Raziyeh Baghi, Leila Rahnama, Noureddin Karimi, Fereshte Goodarzi, Asghar Rezasoltani, Shapour Jaberzadeh
BACKGROUND: Disturbance in neck muscle function is a well-known complication of chronic nonspecific neck pain (CNNP). It is, however, unclear which muscles are more susceptible to functional impairment in patients with CNNP during upper limb tasks. OBJECTIVES: To compare ultrasonographic changes in dorsal neck muscles thickness in patients with CNNP and asymptomatic controls while they performed a light load upper-limb movement. DESIGN: Case control...
November 9, 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833524/idiopathic-spinal-cord-herniation-a-case-report
#16
Abdullah Alkhamees, Francois Proust
Idiopathic spinal cord herniation (ISCH) is a rare cause of progressive spinal myelopathy, which frequently presents as Brown-Sequard syndrome. A 50 year old woman consulted for difficulty in walking. On examination, the patient reported sensory deficit of temperature on the left side, associated with diminished anal sensitivity. Nine months before consultation, a walking disorder began disturbing the activities of everyday life. A single case report with surgical treatment outcome. Idiopathic spinal cord herniation is a potentially treatable condition, which should be diagnosed early and treated...
October 2016: International Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27831987/development-of-validated-computer-based-preoperative-predictive-model-for-proximal-junction-failure-pjf-or-clinically-significant-pjk-with-86-accuracy-based-on-510-asd-patients-with-2-year-follow-up
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Justin K Scheer, Joseph A Osorio, Justin S Smith, Frank Schwab, Virginie Lafage, Robert A Hart, Shay Bess, Breton Line, Bassel G Diebo, Themistocles S Protopsaltis, Amit Jain, Tamir Ailon, Douglas C Burton, Christopher I Shaffrey, Eric Klineberg, Christopher P Ames
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective review of large, multicenter adult spinal deformity (ASD) database. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to build a model based on baseline demographic, radiographic, and surgical factors that can predict clinically significant proximal junctional kyphosis (PJK) and proximal junctional failure (PJF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: PJF and PJK are significant complications and it remains unclear what are the specific drivers behind the development of either...
November 15, 2016: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813449/spinal-cord-herniation-repair-with-microstaples-case-report
#18
Pedro David Delgado-López, Cecilia Gil-Polo, Vicente Martín-Velasco, Javier Martín-Alonso, Ana María Galacho-Harriero, Elena Araus-Galdós
Idiopathic spinal cord herniation (ISCH) is a relatively rare and frequently misdiagnosed condition. It preferentially affects women and causes progressive thoracic myelopathy that presents as a Brown-Séquard syndrome or as spastic paraparesis. Although its etiology and pathogenesis are controversial, ISCH is characterized by the presence of an anterior dural defect that allows the incarceration of a segment of the cord. Typically, a C-shaped ventral displacement and kinking of the cord are visible on sagittal MRI...
November 4, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813141/renal-deterioration-after-spinal-cord-injury-is-associated-with-length-of-detrusor-contractions-during-cystometry-a-study-with-a-median-of-41-years-follow-up
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Marlene Elmelund, Niels Klarskov, Per Bagi, Peter S Oturai, Fin Biering-Sørensen
AIMS: To investigate which urodynamic parameters are associated with renal deterioration over a median of 41 years follow-up after traumatic spinal cord injury. METHODS: Medical records of patients with a traumatic spinal cord injury sustained 1944-1975 were reviewed from time of injury until 2012. Patients who attended regular renography and/or renal clearance examinations and had minimum one cystometry and pressure-flow study were included. Renal deterioration was diagnosed as split renal function ≤30% in one kidney or relative glomerular filtration rate ≤51% of expected according to age and gender...
November 4, 2016: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807843/postoperative-symptomatic-haematoma-and-pneumorrhachis-in-a-dog-with-a-thoracolumbar-intervertebral-disc-extrusion
#20
I Cornelis, P Monticelli, S De Decker
CASE REPORT: A 6-year-old male neutered crossbreed dog presented with acute onset paraparesis and was diagnosed with an L1-L2 intervertebral disc extrusion. A right-sided T13-L2 hemilaminectomy was performed. However, the dog deteriorated and became paraplegic with marked thoracolumbar hyperaesthesia 48 h after surgery. A computed tomography scan of the thoracolumbar vertebral column revealed the presence of pneumorrhachis (PR) at the level of T13, possibly embedded in a haematoma, and causing marked spinal cord compression...
November 3, 2016: Australian Veterinary Journal
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