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Kivanc Atesok, Nobuhiro Tanaka, Andrew O'Brien, Yohan Robinson, Dachling Pang, Donald Deinlein, Sakthivel Rajaram Manoharan, Jason Pittman, Steven Theiss
"Spinal Cord Injury without Radiographic Abnormality" (SCIWORA) is a term that denotes objective clinical signs of posttraumatic spinal cord injury without evidence of fracture or malalignment on plain radiographs and computed tomography (CT) of the spine. SCIWORA is most commonly seen in children with a predilection for the cervical spinal cord due to the increased mobility of the cervical spine, the inherent ligamentous laxity, and the large head-to-body ratio during childhood. However, SCIWORA can also be seen in adults and, in rare cases, the thoracolumbar spinal cord can be affected too...
2018: Advances in Orthopedics
Vinayak Narayan, Nasser Mohammed, Amey R Savardekar, Devi Prasad Patra, Anil Nanda
INTRODUCTION: Spinal tuberculosis [TB] is a common infectious disease prevalent in developing countries and a rising disaster in developed countries. The association of tuberculosis with spondylolisthesis is rarely reported in literature. The aim of our review is to analyse the clinical features and radiologic characteristics of TB spondylolisthesis along with providing a concise update on its surgical management, based on current literature. METHODS: A systematic review is performed after conducting a thorough search in the PubMed database...
March 8, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Gesa Bakker, Joerg Hattingen, Hartmut Stuetzer, Joerg Isenberg
OBJECTIVE: The diagnosis of insufficiency fractures of the sacrum in an elder population increases annually. Fractures show very different morphology. We aimed to classify sacral insufficiency fractures according to the position of cortical break and possible need for intervention. METHODS: Between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2014, all patients with a proven fracture of the sacrum following a low-energy or an even unnoticed trauma were prospectively registered : 117 females and 13 males...
March 2018: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
Xinxin Miao, Dingwen He, Tianlong Wu, Xigao Cheng
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous endoscopic technique via interlaminar approach is one of the prevalent minimal invasive procedures in the treatment of lumbar disc herniation even lumbar spinal stenosis. The aim of this report is to perform complete decompressions for the cases with thoracic ossification of the ligamentum flavum using percutaneous endoscopic technique. CASE DESCRIPTION: We experienced surgical decompressions of two patients with thoracic myelopathy caused by OLF using percutaneous endoscopic surgery via interlaminar approach...
March 7, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Danika Paulo, Alexa Semonche, Rachana Tyagi
BACKGROUND: Giant invasive spinal schwannomas (GISS) comprise a rare, specific subtype of schwannomas that extend over two spinal levels, erode vertebral bodies and invade extraspinal tissues. Optimal surgical management of resulting spinal instability has yet to be determined, and overall there is limited published literature on GISS. We report an innovative method used to treat a rare case of lumbosacral GISS using a triangular frame reconstruction to reconnect the spinal column to the pelvis after tumor debulking...
March 3, 2018: World Neurosurgery
M Dosani, S Lucas, J Wong, L Weir, S Lomas, C Cumayas, C Fisher, S Tyldesley
Background: The Spinal Instability Neoplastic Score (sins) was developed to identify patients with spinal metastases who may benefit from surgical consultation. We aimed to assess the distribution of sins in a population-based cohort of patients undergoing palliative spine radiotherapy (rt) and referral rates to spinal surgery pre-rt. Secondary outcomes included referral to a spine surgeon post-rt, overall survival, maintenance of ambulation, need for re-intervention, and presence of spinal adverse events...
February 2018: Current Oncology
Yong-Peng Lin, Yong-Jin Li, Bo-Lai Chen, Yu-Hai Guo
RATIONALE: Adult spinal epidermoid cyst (SEC) is a rare tumor. Lumbar laminectomy and tumor removal was a routine surgical procedure for adult spinal epidermoid cyst according to the literature, but postoperative lumbar instability and intractable low back pain may occur. In this study, we presented a brief report of an adult lumbar epidermoid cyst and introduced another surgical approach. PATIENT CONCERNS: This 28-year-old woman has been complaining of the severe right buttock pain and right thigh radiating pain for half a year...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Ali A Esmailiejah, Mohammadreza Abbasian, Ramin Bidar, Nina Esmailiejah, Farshad Safdari, Abbas Amirjamshidi
Background: Although various clinical tests are utilized to assess lumbar spine instability (LSI), few have documented diagnostic efficacy. We assessed the diagnostic efficacy of four clinical and one radiographic test for LSI in patients with degenerative lumbar disease. Methods: A cohort of 52 patients with pain attributed to lumbar spine stenosis and degenerative spondylolisthesis were prospectively evaluated utilizing dynamic X-rays, the passive lumbar extension (PLE) test, instability catch sign, painful catch sign, and the apprehension sign...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Xiao Zhu, Kelly N Evans, Areeg El-Gharbawy, Jonathan Y Lee, Jack E Brooker, Noel Jabbour, Elizabeth C Tyler-Kabara, Suneeta Madan-Khertarpal, Joseph E Losee, Jesse A Goldstein
Pierre Robin Sequence (PRS) can be associated with skeletal dysplasias, presenting with craniocervical instability and devastating spinal injury if unrecognized. The authors present the case of an infant with PRS and a type II collagenopathy who underwent multiple airway-securing procedures requiring spinal manipulation before craniocervical instability was identified. This resulted in severe cervical cord compression due to odontoid fracture and occipitoatlantoaxial instability. This case highlights the importance of early cervical spine imaging and cautious manipulation in infants with PRS and suspected skeletal dysplasia...
January 1, 2018: Cleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
Mizuno Tetsutaro, Sakakibara Toshihiko, Yoshikawa Takamasa, Inaba Tadashi, Kato Takaya, Kasai Yuichi
AIM: Many studies have reported the results of spinal instrumentation using pedicle screw (PS) systems. However, few biomechanical reports have compared the intact spine with instrumented spine. The purpose of this study was to investigate the biomechanical problems related to PS systems. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Functional spinal units (L3-4) of deer were evaluated using a 6-axis material testing machine. For the specimen models, we prepared an intact model, a damaged model, a PS model, and a crosslink model...
January 22, 2018: Turkish Neurosurgery
Malcolm E Dombrowski, Bryan Rynearson, Clarissa LeVasseur, Zach Adgate, William F Donaldson, Joon Y Lee, Ameet Aiyangar, William J Anderst
PURPOSE: Degenerative spondylolisthesis (DS) in the setting of symptomatic lumbar spinal stenosis is commonly treated with spinal fusion in addition to decompression with laminectomy. However, recent studies have shown similar clinical outcomes after decompression alone, suggesting that a subset of DS patients may not require spinal fusion. Identification of dynamic instability could prove useful for predicting which patients are at higher risk of post-laminectomy destabilization necessitating fusion...
February 22, 2018: European Spine Journal
Anja Tschugg, Pujan Kavakebi, Sebastian Hartmann, Sara Lener, Christoph Wipplinger, Wolfgang N Löscher, Sabrina Neururer, Matthias Wildauer, Claudius Thomé
BACKGROUND: Spinal fusion with pedicle screw fixation represents the gold standard for lumbar degenerative disc disease with instability. Although it is an established technique, it is nevertheless an invasive intervention with high complication rates. Therefore, minimally invasive approaches have been developed, the medialized bilateral screw pedicel fixation (mPACT) being one of them. The study objective is to evaluate prospectively the efficacy and safety of the mPACT technique compared with the traditional trajectory for degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis...
February 20, 2018: Trials
Alexander B Dru, Paul S Kubilis, Gregory A Murad, Tyler Carney, Daniel J Hoh
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous thoracic ankylosis is a progressive degenerative process that predisposes patients to potentially highly unstable traumatic injuries. Acute hyperextension fractures result in dynamic instability putting the spinal cord at risk. OBJECTIVE: To describe preoperative radiographic characteristics of fractures of the ankylotic thoracic spine and relate findings to early postoperative radiographic and clinical outcomes. METHODS: A single center, retrospective review was performed of 28 surgically treated patients with fractures of the ankylotic thoracic spine...
March 1, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Momoka Tonan, Moritoki Egi, Nana Furushima, Satoshi Mizobuchi
Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is one of the rare diseases. PSP is characterized by oculomotor dysfunction, postural instability, akinesia, dysarthria, and dysphagia. The major cause of death in patients with PSP is aspiration pneumonia. Considering these complications, spinal anesthesia is useful in patients with PSP. However, the potential harmful effects of spinal anesthesia including neurotoxicity of local anesthetics and neurologic complications for patients with PSP are unclear, because there has been no report...
2018: JA Clin Rep
Seba Ramhmdani, Yuanxuan Xia, Risheng Xu, Thomas Kosztowski, Daniel Sciubba, Timothy Witham, Ali Bydon
OBJECTIVE: The diagnosis and surgical management of post-laminectomy spondylolisthesis in patients without pre-operative instability is presented with a review of relevant literature. METHODS: We reviewed the medical records and radiographic studies of 105 patients who underwent first-time bilateral 1-4 level open laminectomies for degenerative lumbar disease at a single academic institution. Patients who initially presented with listhesis and had additional discectomy or fusion procedures were excluded...
February 14, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Hengyan Zhang, Qiyi Li
RATIONALE: Surgical site infection (SSI) following spine surgeries involving internal fixation often require removing the instrument; however, this can cause spinal instability. Previous reports have demonstrated the usefulness of vacuum sealing drainage (VSD) therapy, but the cases require wound opening, aseptic condition to replace the VSD device, and a secondary operation to close the wound. Thus, to improve the VSD treatment and develop a maneuverable procedure, make sense in spine surgery...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Atul Goel, Sonal Jain, Abhidha Shah
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the musculoskeletal and soft tissue neural alterations in cases with group A basilar invagination. METHODS: Between January 2007 and August 2016, 510 patients with group A basilar invagination were surgically treated. The radiologic images of these patients were reviewed retrospectively. The patients were divided into 4 groups: group A1, comprising 60 patients with syringomyelia; group A2, comprising 354 patients with "external syrinx," marked by excessive cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the extramedullary space; group A3, comprising 51 patients with both syringomyelia and external syrinx; and group A4, comprising 45 patients with no abnormality of CSF cavitation in the spinal canal...
February 2018: World Neurosurgery
Nicola Disma, Natasha Clunies-Ross, George A Chalkiadis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Concerns regarding the potential neurotoxic effects of general anaesthesia have seen resurgence in awake spinal anaesthesia in neonates and infants. This review includes recently published data from a large prospective randomized controlled trial with view to determining if spinal anaesthesia is safer and better than general anaesthesia in this population. RECENT FINDINGS: Compared with general anaesthesia, spinal anaesthesia results in less haemodynamic instability and fewer early (<30 min) apnoeic episodes in neonates and infants undergoing inguinal herniorraphy; the overall incidence of apnoeas in the first 12 h postoperatively was similar...
February 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Roberto Herrera, Héctor Rojas, Ariel Estramian, Julieta Gómez, José Luis Ledesma, José Pablo, Julián Pastore
Background: Craniocervical junction pathology is infrequent in daily neurosurgical practice. In general, most of these lesions are of traumatic or rheumatic origin. Atlantoaxial instability of inflammatory origin (Grisel syndrome) is a rare entity of which only 16 adult cases have been reported in the literature. This pathology is characterized by the development of an osteolytic lesion at the level of the atlantoaxial joint after an infectious event, usually of the upper airways. Case Description: We present the case of a 76-year-old patient who attended our office for clinical symptoms of spinal instability secondary to an osteolytic lesion, with involvement of C1 and C2...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
B Lin, Z D Chen, T Y Cai, S S Wu, Z M Guo
Objective: To investigate the clinical curative effect of C(1)-C(2) pedicle screw fixation for pediatric atlantoaxial dislocation after a long-term follow-up. Methods: From March 2005 to April 2011, a total of 12 male and 9 female patients were included, with age from 3 to 9 years old (mean, 6.1 years old). Among them, 14 cases (67%) had typeⅠinstability atlantoaxial dislocation, 7 cases (33%) had type Ⅱ reducible atlantoaxial dislocation. All 21 pediatric patients with atlantoaxial dislocation underwent posterior pedicle screw fixations...
February 6, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
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