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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922881/intraoperative-flow-800-analysis-for-intramedullary-cystic-lesion-a-technical-case-report
#1
Masahiro Sawada, Toshihiro Munemitsu, Masato Hojo
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE: During intramedullary lesion surgery, the lesion site and the posterior median sulcus (PMS) should be accurately identified prior to myelotomy to avoid severe injury of the posterior funiculus. However, intramedullary lesions are fundamentally invisible until the myelotomy is performed. Furthermore, the PMS location is frequently unclear due to lesion-induced swelling or distortion of the spinal cord. Intraoperative indocyanine green videoangiography (ICG-VA) followed by FLOW 800 analysis, which shows vascularization of the spinal parenchyma, may provide a solution for these problems in specific cases...
October 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922849/medullary-serotonin-neuron-abnormalities-in-an-australian-cohort-of-sudden-infant-death-syndrome
#2
Fiona M Bright, Roger W Byard, Robert Vink, David S Paterson
Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine [5-HT]) neurons in the medulla oblongata project extensively to key autonomic and respiratory nuclei in the brainstem and spinal cord regulating critical homeostatic functions. Multiple abnormalities in markers of 5-HT function in the medulla in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) have been reported, informing the hypothesis that at least a subset of SIDS cases is caused by deficits in 5-HT function resulting in impaired homeostatic responses to potentially life-threatening events during sleep...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922517/effective-relief-of-pain-and-associated-symptoms-with-closed-loop-spinal-cord-stimulation-system-preliminary-results-of-the-avalon-study
#3
Marc Russo, Michael J Cousins, Charles Brooker, Nathan Taylor, Tillman Boesel, Richard Sullivan, Lawrence Poree, Nastaran Hesam Shariati, Erin Hanson, John Parker
OBJECTIVES: Conventional spinal cord stimulation (SCS) delivers a fixed-input of energy into the dorsal column. Physiologic effects such as heartbeat, respiration, spinal cord movement, and history of stimulation can cause both the perceived intensity and recruitment of stimulation to increase or decrease, with clinical consequences. A new SCS system controls stimulation dose by measuring the recruitment of fibers in the dorsal column and by using the amplitude of the evoked compound action potentials (ECAPs) to maintain stimulation within an individualized therapeutic range...
September 18, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922314/temporal-indices-of-ankle-clonus-and-relationship-to-electrophysiologic-and-clinical-measures-in-persons-with-spinal-cord-injury
#4
Kathleen J Manella, Kathryn E Roach, Edelle C Field-Fote
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Clonus arising from plantar flexor hyperreflexia is a phenomenon that is commonly observed in persons with spastic hypertonia. We assessed the temporal components of a biomechanical measure to quantify ankle clonus, and validated these in persons with spasticity due to spinal cord injury. METHODS: In 40 individuals with chronic (>1 year) spinal cord injury, we elicited ankle clonus using a standardized mechanical perturbation (drop test)...
October 2017: Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy: JNPT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922190/spinal-metastasis-characterized-on-fdg-pet-ct-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#5
Shahroz Khan, Hannah Son
Spinal metastases are rare in head and neck cancer. We present a rare case of vocal cord squamous cell cancer that metastasized to the spinal cord and cauda equina. A 63-year-old man presented with acute back pain and bilateral leg weakness 5 months after having a surgical treatment for moderately differentiated vocal cord squamous cell cancer (T2 N0 M0). Restaging F-FDG PET examination demonstrated a soft tissue mass with intense hypermetabolism in the distal spinal cord and a hypermetabolic leptomeningeal metastatic deposit at the L3 level...
September 15, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921843/potential-proton-and-photon-dose-degradation-in-advanced-head-and-neck-cancer-patients-by-intratherapy-changes
#6
Kristin Stützer, Annika Jakobi, Anna Bandurska-Luque, Steffen Barczyk, Carolin Arnsmeyer, Steffen Löck, Christian Richter
PURPOSE: Evaluation of dose degradation by anatomic changes for head-and-neck cancer (HNC) intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT) relative to intensity-modulated photon therapy (IMRT) and identification of potential indicators for IMPT treatment plan adaptation. METHODS: For 31 advanced HNC datasets, IMPT and IMRT plans were recalculated on a computed tomography scan (CT) taken after about 4 weeks of therapy. Dose parameter changes were determined for the organs at risk (OARs) spinal cord, brain stem, parotid glands, brachial plexus, and mandible, for the clinical target volume (CTV) and the healthy tissue outside planning target volume (PTV)...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921700/low-dose-fractionated-irradiation-promotes-axonal-regeneration-beyond-reactive-gliosis-and-facilitates-locomotor-function-recovery-after-spinal-cord-injury-in-beagle-dogs
#7
Qiang Zhang, Ying Xiong, Bo Zhu, Bifeng Zhu, Daishi Tian, Wei Wang
Injury to the adult central nervous system (CNS) results in the formation of glial scar tissues. Glial scar-induced failure of regenerative axon pathfinding may limit axon regrowth beyond the lesion site and cause incorrect reinnervation and dystrophic appearance of stalled growth after CNS trauma. Glial scars also upregulate chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs) and expression of proinflammatory factor(s) that form a barrier to axonal regeneration. Therefore, interventions for glial scarring are an attractive strategy for augmenting axonal sprouting and regeneration and overcoming the physical and molecular barriers impeding functional repair...
September 18, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921694/protease-activated-receptor-2-controls-myelin-development-resiliency-and-repair
#8
Hyesook Yoon, Maja Radulovic, Grant Walters, Alex R Paulsen, Kristen Drucker, Phillip Starski, Jianmin Wu, David P Fairlie, Isobel A Scarisbrick
Oligodendrocytes are essential regulators of axonal energy homeostasis and electrical conduction and emerging target cells for restoration of neurological function. Here we investigate the role of protease activated receptor 2 (PAR2), a unique protease activated G protein-coupled receptor, in myelin development and repair using the spinal cord as a model. Results demonstrate that genetic deletion of PAR2 accelerates myelin production, including higher proteolipid protein (PLP) levels in the spinal cord at birth and higher levels of myelin basic protein and thickened myelin sheaths in adulthood...
September 18, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921614/an-optimized-framework-for-quantitative-magnetization-transfer-imaging-of-the-cervical-spinal-cord-in-vivo
#9
Marco Battiston, Francesco Grussu, Andrada Ianus, Torben Schneider, Ferran Prados, James Fairney, Sebastien Ourselin, Daniel C Alexander, Mara Cercignani, Claudia A M Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott, Rebecca S Samson
PURPOSE: To develop a framework to fully characterize quantitative magnetization transfer indices in the human cervical cord in vivo within a clinically feasible time. METHODS: A dedicated spinal cord imaging protocol for quantitative magnetization transfer was developed using a reduced field-of-view approach with echo planar imaging (EPI) readout. Sequence parameters were optimized based in the Cramer-Rao-lower bound. Quantitative model parameters (i.e., bound pool fraction, free and bound pool transverse relaxation times [ T2F, T2B], and forward exchange rate [kFB ]) were estimated implementing a numerical model capable of dealing with the novelties of the sequence adopted...
September 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921476/expression-of-concern-to-role-of-physiotherapy-in-the-mobilization-of-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury-undergoing-human-embryonic-stem-cells-transplantation
#10
Geeta Shroff, Dipin Thakur, Varun Dhingra, Deepak Singh Baroli, Deepanshu Khatri, Rahul Dev Gautam
The Editors-in-Chief of Clinical and Translational Medicine are issuing an editorial expression of concern to alert readers that concerns have been raised regarding the ethics of this study [1]. Appropriate editorial action will be taken once this has been fully investigated. Geeta Shroff disagrees with this notice. Dipin Thakur, Varun Dhingra, Deepak Singh Baroli, Deepanshu Khatri and Rahul Dev Gautam have not responded to our correspondence about this article.
September 18, 2017: Clinical and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921474/origins-of-phantom-limb-pain
#11
Damien P Kuffler
Phantom limb pain (PLP) is a chronic neuropathic pain occurring in 45-85% of patients who undergo major amputations of the upper and lower extremities. Chronic pain is physically and mentally debilitating, affecting an individual's potential for self-care and the performance of daily living activities essential for personal and economic independence. In addition, chronic pain may lead to depression and feelings of hopelessness. A National Center for Biotechnology Information study found that in the USA alone, the annual cost of dealing with neuropathic pain is more than $600 billion, with an estimated 20 million people in the USA suffering this condition...
September 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921418/coping-with-phantom-limb-pain
#12
Damien P Kuffler
Phantom limb pain is a chronic neuropathic pain that develops in 45-85% of patients who undergo major amputations of the upper and lower extremities and appears predominantly during two time frames following an amputation: the first month and later about 1 year. Although in most patients the frequency and intensity of pain diminish over time, severe pain persists in about 5-10%. It has been proposed that factors in both the peripheral and central nervous systems play major roles in triggering the development and maintenance of pain associated with extremity amputations...
September 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921013/spinal-cord-injury-as-a-complication-of-thoracic-endovascular-aneurysm-repair
#13
REVIEW
Taijiro Sueda, Shinya Takahashi
OBJECTIVE: Spinal cord ischemia (SCI) is a devastating complication of thoracic aortic aneurysm repair in the era of thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR). This review aims to clarify the causes of SCI during TEVAR and to propose ways that it may be prevented. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed an extensive literature search of SCI during TEVAR. Based on the existing literature, we examined the anatomy of the anterior spinal cord artery, which supplies blood to the anterior aspect of the spinal cord, and discuss reported effective ways to prevent SCI during TEVAR, including augmentation of arterial blood pressure and drainage of cerebrospinal fluid...
September 18, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920935/spinal-cord-injury-induced-immunodeficiency-is-mediated-by-a-sympathetic-neuroendocrine-adrenal-reflex
#14
Harald Prüss, Andrea Tedeschi, Aude Thiriot, Lydia Lynch, Scott M Loughhead, Susanne Stutte, Irina B Mazo, Marcel A Kopp, Benedikt Brommer, Christian Blex, Laura-Christin Geurtz, Thomas Liebscher, Andreas Niedeggen, Ulrich Dirnagl, Frank Bradke, Magdalena S Volz, Michael J DeVivo, Yuying Chen, Ulrich H von Andrian, Jan M Schwab
Acute spinal cord injury (SCI) causes systemic immunosuppression and life-threatening infections, thought to result from noradrenergic overactivation and excess glucocorticoid release via hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis stimulation. Instead of consecutive hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis activation, we report that acute SCI in mice induced suppression of serum norepinephrine and concomitant increase in cortisol, despite suppressed adrenocorticotropic hormone, indicating primary (adrenal) hypercortisolism...
September 18, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920932/a-pathway-from-midcingulate-cortex-to-posterior-insula-gates-nociceptive-hypersensitivity
#15
Linette Liqi Tan, Patric Pelzer, Céline Heinl, Wannan Tang, Vijayan Gangadharan, Herta Flor, Rolf Sprengel, Thomas Kuner, Rohini Kuner
The identity of cortical circuits mediating nociception and pain is largely unclear. The cingulate cortex is consistently activated during pain, but the functional specificity of cingulate divisions, the roles at distinct temporal phases of central plasticity and the underlying circuitry are unknown. Here we show in mice that the midcingulate division of the cingulate cortex (MCC) does not mediate acute pain sensation and pain affect, but gates sensory hypersensitivity by acting in a wide cortical and subcortical network...
September 18, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920904/modeling-the-nonlinear-cortical-response-in-eeg-evoked-by-wrist-joint-manipulation
#16
Martijn P Vlaar, Georgios Birpoutsoukis, John Lataire, Maarten Schoukens, Alfred C Schouten, Johan Schoukens, Frans C T van der Helm
Joint manipulation elicits a response from the sensors in the periphery which, via the spinal cord, arrives in the cortex. The average evoked cortical response recorded using electroencephalography was shown to be highly nonlinear; a linear model can only explain 10% of the variance of the evoked response, and over 80% of the response is generated by nonlinear behavior. The goal of this study is to obtain a nonparametric nonlinear dynamic model, which can consistently explain the recorded cortical response requiring little a priori assumptions about model structure...
September 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920082/is-a-persistent-central-canal-a-risk-factor-for-neurological-injury-in-patients-undergoing-surgical-correction-of-scoliosis
#17
Steven Kyriacou, Yuen Man, Karen Plumb, Matthew Shaw, Kia Rezajooi
BACKGROUND: Scoliosis patients with associated syringomyelia are at an increased risk of neurological injury during surgical deformity correction. The syrinx is therefore often addressed surgically prior to scoliosis correction to minimize this risk. It remains unclear if the presence of a persistent central canal (PCC) within the spinal cord also poses a similar risk. The aim of this study is to determine whether there is any evidence to suggest that patients with a PCC are also at a higher risk of neurological injury during surgical scoliosis correction...
2017: Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919982/effective-management-of-spasticity-and-impacts-on-weight-change-and-resting-energy-expenditure-in-a-female-with-spinal-cord-injury-a-case-report
#18
Amy N Nevin, Khanh Nguyen, Sridhar Atresh, Angela Vivanti, Ingrid J Hickman
INTRODUCTION: The impact of muscle spasticity on weight change and energy expenditure after spinal cord injury (SCI) is not well understood. CASE PRESENTATION: This case study reports changes to body weight and resting energy expenditure (REE) in a 36-year-old female (T3 AIS A SCI; 80 kg; body mass index=28 kg m(-)(2) at injury) requiring escalating therapies to manage severe spasticity. Body weight, spasticity medications and fasted REE (measured using indirect calorimetry, canopy hood) were recorded at 4, 16, 17, 20 and 44 months post injury...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919816/cxcr4-antagonist-amd3100-elicits-analgesic-effect-and-restores-the-glyr%C3%AE-3-expression-against-neuropathic-pain
#19
Xiaoming Liu, Hongjun Liu, Lihua Dai, Bingjie Ma, Ke Ma
OBJECTIVE: Chemokine CXCL12 and its receptor CXCR4 have been reported to play a critical role in neurogenesis and neuronal differentiation. Recently, some reports have implicated this chemokine signaling in the pathogenesis of many kinds of pain. However, its role in neuropathic pain (NP) is still largely unclear. This study explored the distribution and function of CXCR4 in spinal cord (SC) dorsal horn (DH) in a rat L5 spinal nerve ligation (SNL) model. METHODS: Rats received repeated intrathecal injection of CXCR4 antagonist AMD3100...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919363/thoracic-spinal-cord-and-cervical-vagosympathetic-neuromodulation-obtund-nodose-sensory-transduction-of-myocardial-ischemia
#20
Siamak Salavatian, Eric Beaumont, David Gibbons, Matthew Hammer, Donald B Hoover, J Andrew Armour, Jeffrey L Ardell
BACKGROUND: Autonomic regulation therapy involving either vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) or spinal cord stimulation (SCS) represents emerging bioelectronic therapies for heart disease. The objective of this study was to determine if VNS and/or SCS modulate primary cardiac afferent sensory transduction of the ischemic myocardium. METHODS: Using extracellular recordings in 19 anesthetized canines, of 88 neurons evaluated, 36 ventricular-related nodose ganglia sensory neurons were identified by their functional activity responses to epicardial touch, chemical activation of their sensory neurites (epicardial veratridine) and great vessel (descending aorta or inferior vena cava) occlusion...
August 18, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
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