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Javier Quillo-Olvera, Javier Quillo-Reséndiz, Carlos-Francisco Gutiérrez-Partida, Manuel Rodríguez-García
BACKGROUND: Arachnoid cysts of spine are a very rare occurrence. The aetiology still remains unclear, but the most accepted explanation is the existence of areas of weakness in the spinal dura. Symptoms depend on the location in the spine. Magnetic resonance imaging is used for its diagnosis. Management depends of clinical presentation, and the surgery is reserved for patients with neurological impairment. CLINICAL CASE: A case is described of 67 year-old male with myelopathy and radiculopathy symptoms, both diagnosed simultaneously...
October 14, 2016: Cirugia y Cirujanos
George Joseph, Mithun J Varghese, Oommen K George
Balloon mitral valvotomy (BMV) performed by the conventional transfemoral approach can be difficult or even impossible in the presence of structural impediments such as severe kyphoscoliosis, gross cardiac anatomic distortion and inferior vena caval anomalies. A 25-year-old woman with severe thoracolumbar kyphoscoliosis due to poliomyelitis presented with symptomatic rheumatic mitral valve stenosis. After the failure of transfemoral BMV, the procedure was attempted from the right jugular access, using a modified septal puncture technique...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Andreas Kiilerich Andresen, Carsten Ernst, Mikkel Ø Andersen
Lumbar spinal stenosis is the most common reason for spinal surgery in Denmark. Lumbar spinal stenosis is a clinical syndrome of pain in the buttocks or lower extremities, with or without back pain. It is associated with reduced space available for the neural and vascular elements of the lumbar spine. The condition is often exacerbated by standing, walking or lumbar extension and relieved by forward flexion. The options for non-surgical management include drugs and physiotherapy. Treatment outcomes seem to be better for surgical neural decompression than for non-operative treatment...
October 10, 2016: Ugeskrift for Laeger
Ikemefuna Onyekwelu, Steven D Glassman, Anthony L Asher, Christopher I Shaffrey, Praveen V Mummaneni, Leah Y Carreon
OBJECTIVE Prior studies have shown obesity to be associated with higher complication rates but equivalent clinical outcomes following lumbar spine surgery. These findings have been reproducible across lumbar spine surgery in general and for lumbar fusion specifically. Nevertheless, surgeons seem inclined to limit the extent of surgery, perhaps opting for decompression alone rather than decompression plus fusion, in obese patients. The purpose of this study was to ascertain any difference in clinical improvement or complication rates between obese and nonobese patients following decompression alone compared with decompression plus fusion for lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS)...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
Agnete Gulati, Tore Solberg, Charalampis Giannadakis, Mari Hoff, Glenn Haugeberg, Oystein Nygaard, Sasha Gulati
OBJECTIVE: To compare clinical outcomes following microdecompression surgery or laminectomy for central lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) between patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and patients without rheumatic disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data were collected from the Norwegian Registry for Spine Surgery. The primary outcome was change in the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) score at 1 year. The secondary endpoints were health-related quality of life that was measured using the Euro-Qol-5D (EQ-5D), back pain numerical rating scale (NRS), leg pain NRS, and complications...
June 2016: Eur J Rheumatol
Ralph J Mobbs, Kevin Phan, Greg Malham, Kevin Seex, Prashanth J Rao
Degenerative disc and facet joint disease of the lumbar spine is common in the ageing population, and is one of the most frequent causes of disability. Lumbar spondylosis may result in mechanical back pain, radicular and claudicant symptoms, reduced mobility and poor quality of life. Surgical interbody fusion of degenerative levels is an effective treatment option to stabilize the painful motion segment, and may provide indirect decompression of the neural elements, restore lordosis and correct deformity. The surgical options for interbody fusion of the lumbar spine include: posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF), minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MI-TLIF), oblique lumbar interbody fusion/anterior to psoas (OLIF/ATP), lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) and anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)...
December 2015: J Spine Surg
Iwona Sudoł-Szopińska, Elżbieta Grochowska, Piotr Gietka, Mateusz Płaza, Grzegorz Pracoń, Fadhil Saied, Marta Walentowska-Janowicz
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is the most common autoimmune systemic disease of the connective tissue affecting individuals in the developmental age. Radiography, which was described in the first part of this publication, is the standard modality in the assessment of this condition. Ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging enable early detection of the disease which affects soft tissues, as well as bones. Ultrasound assessment involves: joint cavities, tendon sheaths and bursae for the presence of synovitis, intraand extraarticular fat tissue to visualize signs of inflammation, hyaline cartilage, cartilaginous epiphysis and subchondral bone to detect cysts and erosions, and ligaments, tendons and their entheses for signs of enthesopathies and tendinopathies...
September 2016: Journal of Ultrasonography
Cheng Hui Yang, Tung-Hsin Wu, Chung-Jung Lin, Yi-You Chiou, Ying-Chou Chen, Ming-Huei Sheu, Wan-Yuo Guo, Chen Fen Chiu
PURPOSE: To evaluate the image quality and diagnostic confidence of reduced-dose computed tomography (CT) of the lumbar spine (L-spine) reconstructed with knowledge-based iterative model reconstruction (IMR). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Prospectively, group A consisted of 55 patients imaged with standard acquisition reconstructed with filtered back-projection. Group B consisted of 58 patients imaged with half tube current, reconstructed with hybrid iterative reconstruction (iDose(4)) in Group B1 and knowledge-based IMR in Group B2...
October 2016: European Journal of Radiology
Se-Woong Chun, Hack-Jin Lee, Koong-Ho Nam, Chul-Ho Sohn, Kwang Dong Kim, Eun-Jin Jeong, Sun-Gun Chung, Keewon Kim, Dong-Joo Kim
Spinal stenosis is a common degenerative condition. However, how neurogenic claudication develops has not been clearly elucidated. Moreover, cerebrospinal fluid physiology at the lumbosacral level has not received adequate attention. This study was conducted to compare cerebrospinal fluid hydrodynamics at the lumbosacral spinal level between patients with spinal stenosis and healthy controls. Twelve subjects (4 patients and 8 healthy controls; 25-77 years old; 7 males) underwent phase-contrast magnetic resonance imaging to quantify cerebrospinal fluid dynamics...
September 24, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Sangbong Ko, Seungbum Chae
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. OBJECTIVE: To determine the correlation between SF-36 (a measure for overall health status in patients) and Oswestry-Disability Index (ODI) or Rolland-Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ) confined to spine according to the type of pain from the spine. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Data showed moderate correlation between ODI and SF-36 Physical Component Score (PCS), Physical Functioning (PF) (r=-0.46), Physical Role Functioning (RP) (r=-0...
September 21, 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Christopher S Graffeo, Avital Perry, Eelco F M Wijdicks
BACKGROUND: Intracranial subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and spinal subdural hematoma (SDH) are rare complications of spine surgery, thought to be precipitated by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) hypotension in the setting of an intraoperative durotomy or postoperative CSF leak. Considerable clinical variability has been reported, requiring a high level of clinical suspicion in patients with a new, unexplained neurologic deficit after spine surgery. METHODS: Case report...
September 22, 2016: Neurocritical Care
Chan Hong Park, Sang Ho Lee
BACKGROUND : Spinal stenosis is characterized by narrowing of the spinal canal, with mechanical compression of spinal nerve roots. The latter may cause low back pain and/or leg pain, as well as neurogenic claudication. Epidural steroid injection is commonly used to treat patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), but percutaneous epidural adhesiolysis has been utilized when symptoms prove refractory. Our goal was to assess the relationship between improvement shown on epidurogram and subjective patient response to adhesiolysis...
September 20, 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Yasuaki Imajo, Toshihiko Taguchi, Masashi Neo, Koji Otani, Tadanori Ogata, Hiroshi Ozawa, Naohisa Miyakoshi, Hideki Murakami, Tetsuhiro Iguchi
BACKGROUND: The Japanese Society for Spine Surgery and Related Research (JSSR) performed a third study on complications in spinal surgery in 2011. The purpose was to present information about surgery and complications in a large amount of elderly patients aged 65 years with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) without coexisting spondylolisthesis, spondylolysis, or scoliosis, and to compare patients aged ≥80 years to those aged 65-79 years. METHODS: A recordable optical disc for data storage was sent by JSSR in January 2012 to 1105 surgeons certified by the JSSR in order to collect surgical data...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
Md Abu Bakar Siddiq, Md Shawkat Hossain, Mohammad Moin Uddin, Israt Jahan, Moshiur Rahman Khasru, Neaz Mahmud Haider, Johannes J Rasker
AIMS: To describe a series of piriformis syndrome patient among Bangladesh people with literature review. METHODS: Consecutive 31 piriformis syndrome patients were enrolled. Besides history and clinical examination, piriformis muscle thickness was also measured with diagnostic ultrasound (3.5 MHZ). MRI of lumbar spine, X-rays of lumbo-sacral spine, and pelvis were performed in all patients. Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), Windows 8.0, was used for statistical calculation, and univariate analysis of primary data was done...
September 19, 2016: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
Ramez R Hanna, Nicholas Kolanko, Carlos Torres
History A 70-year-old woman presented to a peripheral hospital with signs and symptoms of acute chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbation. The patient also reported acute on chronic onset of thoracolumbar back pain over a period of 24 hours. She denied any history of recent trauma or intravenous drug use. She did not have any long-term indwelling catheters. The patient's medical history was also complicated by stage 4 renal failure from long-standing type II diabetes, hypertension, iron deficiency anemia, aortic stenosis, and prior bariatric surgery...
October 2016: Radiology
Yuanyuan Chen, Yang Liu, Huajiang Chen, Peng Cao, Wen Yuan
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study. OBJECTIVE: To compare clinical and radiologic outcomes of 3-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion between a zero-profile (Zero-P) spacer and a traditional plate in cases of symptomatic cervical spine spondylosis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Anterior cervical decompression and fusion is indicated for patients with anterior compression or stenosis of the spinal cord. The Zero-P spacers have been used for anterior cervical interbody fusion of 1 or 2 segments...
September 16, 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Liang Xiao, Hong-Guang Xu, Hong Wang, Ping Liu, Chen Liu, Xiang Shen, Tao Zhang, Yong-Ming Xu
OBJECTIVE: To establish a rabbit model for investigating the effects of intermittent cyclic mechanical tension (ICMT) on promoting degeneration of endplate cartilage. METHODS: Forty New Zealand white rabbits were subjected to surgery and randomly divided into three equal groups as follows: control group (no treatment, n = 10), sham group (animals underwent a sham operation but were not subjected to mechanical tensile strain, n = 15) and loaded group (discs were subjected to 1...
August 2016: Orthopaedic Surgery
Nan Su, Qi Fei, Bingqiang Wang, Dong Li, Jinjun Li, Hai Meng, Yong Yang, Ai Guo
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the present study was to explore and analyze the long-term outcomes and factors that affect the prognosis of expansive open-door laminoplasty with lateral mass screw fusion in treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 49 patients with multilevel CSM who had undergone expansive open-door laminoplasty with lateral mass screws fixation and fusion in our hospital between February 2008 and February 2012...
2016: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Roberta Reichert, Lillian Gonçalves Campos, Filippo Vairo, Carolina Fischinger Moura de Souza, Juliano Adams Pérez, Juliana Ávila Duarte, Fernando Araujo Leiria, Maurício Anés, Leonardo Modesti Vedolin
Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) is an inherited metabolic disease and a member of the group of lysosomal storage disorders. Its hallmark is a deficiency of lysosomal enzymes involved in the degradation of mucopolysaccharides, also known as glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). The products of GAG degradation accumulate within lysosomes and in the extracellular space, thereby interfering with the degradation of other macromolecules. This process leads to chronic degeneration of cells, which in turn affects multiple organs and systems...
September 2016: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Charalampis Giannadakis, Ole Solheim, Asgeir S Jakola, Trond Nordseth, Agnete M Gulati, Ulf S Nerland, Øystein P Nygaard, Tore K Solberg, Sasha Gulati
OBJECTIVES: To compare clinical outcomes after decompressive surgery for central lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) in individuals aged 80 and older with those of individuals aged 18-79. DESIGN: Prospective data from the Norwegian Registry for Spine Surgery. SETTING: Multicenter observational study. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals with central LSS undergoing surgery at 36 orthopedic or neurosurgical departments (N = 1,503; 1,325 aged <80 (median 66, range 21-79); 178 aged ≥80 (median 82, range 80-95))...
September 9, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
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