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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917256/postoperative-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy-for-spinal-metastases
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Majed Alghamdi, Chia-Lin Tseng, Sten Myrehaug, Pejman Maralani, Chris Heyn, Hany Soliman, Young Lee, Mark Ruschin, Leodante Da Costa, Victor Yang, Mikki Campbell, Arjun Sahgal
Spine is a common site of metastases in cancer patients. Spine surgery is indicated for select patients, typically those with mechanical instability and/or malignant epidural spinal cord (or cauda equina) compression. Although post-operative conventional palliative external beam radiation therapy has been the standard of care, technical improvements in radiation planning and image-guided radiotherapy have allowed for the application of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) to the spine. Spine SBRT is intended to ablate residual tumor and optimize local control by delivering several fold greater biologically effective doses...
September 2017: Chinese Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914871/-intramedullary-spinal-cord-tumors-and-hydrocephalus-an-analysis-of-the-results-of-surgical-treatment-in-541-patients
#2
Yu V Kushel', Yu D Belova, A R Tekoev
The article addresses the problem of intramedullary tumors (IMTs) combined with hydrocephalus (HC). PURPOSE: The study purpose was to explore, based on large clinical material, the occurrence of hydrocephalus combined with intramedullary tumors, possible pathogenetic mechanisms of its development, effect of tumor resection on the course of hydrocephalus, and need and timing of shunting surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We present and analyze the data of the largest individual series of patients of all age groups operated on for IMTs of the spinal cord: 541 patients; 586 operations; age from 2 months to 72 years...
2017: Zhurnal Voprosy Neĭrokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900844/a-pilot-study-on-the-use-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-cell-free-dna-in-intramedullary-spinal-ependymoma
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Ian David Connolly, Yingmei Li, Wenying Pan, Eli Johnson, Linya You, Hannes Vogel, John Ratliff, Melanie Hayden Gephart
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) represents a promising source of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) for tumors of the central nervous system. A CSF-based liquid biopsy may obviate the need for riskier tissue biopsies and serve as a means for monitoring tumor recurrence or response to therapy. Spinal ependymomas most commonly occur in adults, and aggressive resection must be delicately balanced with the risk of injury to adjacent normal tissue. In patients with subtotal resection, recurrence commonly occurs. A CSF-based liquid biopsy matched to the patient's spinal ependymoma mutation profile has potential to be more sensitive then surveillance MRI, but the utility has not been well characterized for tumors of the spinal cord...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899788/the-translocator-protein-ligand-xbd173-improves-clinical-symptoms-and-neuropathological-markers-in-the-sjl-j-mouse-model-of-multiple-sclerosis
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Géraldine Leva, Christian Klein, Jérémie Benyounes, François Hallé, Frédéric Bihel, Nicolas Collongues, Jérôme De Seze, Ayikoe-Guy Mensah-Nyagan, Christine Patte-Mensah
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a severe autoimmune disease characterized by inflammatory, demyelinating and neurodegenerative components causing motor, sensory, visual and/or cognitive symptoms. The relapsing-remitting MS affecting 85% of patients is reliably mimicked by the proteolipid-protein (PLP)-induced experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) SJL/J-mouse model. Significant progress was made for MS treatment but the development of effective therapies devoid of severe side-effects remains a great challenge...
September 9, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892058/glia-specific-enhancers-and-chromatin-structure-regulate-nfia-expression-and-glioma-tumorigenesis
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Stacey M Glasgow, Jeffrey C Carlson, Wenyi Zhu, Lesley S Chaboub, Peng Kang, Hyun Kyoung Lee, Yoanne M Clovis, Brittney E Lozzi, Robert J McEvilly, Michael G Rosenfeld, Chad J Creighton, Soo-Kyung Lee, Carrie A Mohila, Benjamin Deneen
Long-range enhancer interactions critically regulate gene expression, yet little is known about how their coordinated activities contribute to CNS development or how this may, in turn, relate to disease states. By examining the regulation of the transcription factor NFIA in the developing spinal cord, we identified long-range enhancers that recapitulate NFIA expression across glial and neuronal lineages in vivo. Complementary genetic studies found that Sox9-Brn2 and Isl1-Lhx3 regulate enhancer activity and NFIA expression in glial and neuronal populations...
September 11, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890805/outcome-after-post-acute-spinal-cord-specific-rehabilitation-a-german-single-center-study
#6
Matthias Ponfick
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to analyze single center outcome measures of spinal cord injury (SCI)-specific rehabilitation (SCISR) in Germany. SETTING: The study was conducted at an SCI specialized rehabilitation center. METHODS: Nonparametric tests for outcome description such as SCIM and length of stay. Logistic regression for outcome prediction was used. RESULTS: One hundred and sixty patients (113 men, 47 women) with a mean age of 64...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887080/a-rare-case-of-metastatic-extramammary-paget-disease-of-the-spine-and-review-of-the-literature
#7
A Karim Ahmed, C Rory Goodwin, Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, Doreen Nguyen, Daniel M Sciubba
Extramammary Paget disease is an intraepithelial neoplasm affecting cells rich in apocrine glands-often located in the vulvar, scrotal, or perianal region. It typically affects older patients, between the ages of 50 and 80years old, and is most often limited to the epidermis. A 47-year-old Asian male first presented with enlargement of the right inguinal lymph node. A subsequent biopsy revealed extrammamary Paget disease of the scrotum. The patient eventually developed significant worsening back pain with bilateral lower extremity numbness and weakness three months later...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886268/implanted-hair-follicle-associated-pluripotent-hap-stem-cells-encapsulated-in-polyvinylidene-fluoride-membrane-cylinders-promote-effective-recovery-of-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Aiko Yamazaki, Kohya Obara, Natsuko Tohgi, Kyoumi Shirai, Sumiyuki Mii, Yuko Hamada, Nobuko Arakawa, Ryoichi Aki, Robert M Hoffman, Yasuyuki Amoh
Hair follicle-associated-pluripotent (HAP) stem cells are located in the bulge area of the hair follicle, express the stem-cell marker, nestin, and have been shown to differentiate to nerve cells, glial cells, keratinocytes, smooth muscle cells, cardiac muscle cells, and melanocytes. Transplanted HAP stem cells promote the recovery of peripheral nerve and spinal cord injuries and have the potential for heart regeneration as well. In the present study, we implanted mouse HAP stem-cell spheres encapsulated in polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)-membrane cylinders into the severed sciatic nerve of immunocompetent and immunocompromised (nude) mice...
September 8, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885125/risk-factor-analysis-of-kyphotic-malalignment-after-cervical-intramedullary-tumor-resection-in-adults
#9
Satoshi Nori, Akio Iwanami, Akimasa Yasuda, Narihito Nagoshi, Nobuyuki Fujita, Tomohiro Hikata, Mitsuru Yagi, Takashi Tsuji, Kota Watanabe, Suketaka Momoshima, Morio Matsumoto, Masaya Nakamura, Ken Ishii
OBJECTIVE A number of studies have reported that surgery for cervical intramedullary tumors via the posterior approach can result in postoperative sagittal malalignment of the cervical spine; however, the risk factors remain unclear. The purpose of this study was to investigate the changes in cervical spinal alignment after surgery for cervical intramedullary tumors in adults and to elucidate the risk factors for cervical spinal sagittal misalignment. METHODS Data for the period from April 2001 to December 2011 for all adults who had undergone surgery for cervical intramedullary spinal cord tumors at a single institution were retrospectively analyzed to determine the postoperative changes in cervical spine alignment...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884561/tanycytic-ependymoma-of-the-brain-stem-presentations-of-rare-cystic-disease-variants-and-review-of-literature
#10
Ekkehard M Kasper, Franziska M Ippen, Georgios A Maragkos, Matthew P Anderson, Rafael Rojas, Anand Mahadevan
BACKGROUND: Tanycytic ependymoma is a rare variant of ependymoma and management guidelines for patients with this disease are not established. METHODS: We performed a systematic search on Pubmed complimented by hand- searching citation lists to identify patients with pathologically confirmed tanycytic ependymoma. Signs and symptoms, radiological and specific pathological findings as well as reported treatment modalities and outcomes were recorded and analyzed. RESULTS: 51 studies involving a total of 77 patients were identified and included in this review...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883754/the-activation-of-%C3%AE-2-adrenergic-receptor-in-the-spinal-cord-lowers-sepsis-induced-mortality
#11
Sung-Su Kim, Soo-Hyun Park, Jae-Ryung Lee, Jun-Sub Jung, Hong-Won Suh
The effect of clonidine administered intrathecally (i.t.) on the mortality and the blood glucose level induced by sepsis was examined in mice. To produce sepsis, the mixture of D-galactosamine (GaLN; 0.6 g/10 ml)/lipopolysaccharide (LPS; 27 µg/27 µl) was treated intraperitoneally (i.p.). The i.t. pretreatment with clonidine (5 µg/5 µl) increased the blood glucose level and attenuated mortality induced by sepsis in a dose-dependent manner. The i.t. post-treatment with clonidine up to 3 h caused an elevation of the blood glucose level and protected sepsis-induced mortality, whereas clonidine post-treated at 6, 9, or 12 h did not affect...
September 2017: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882604/-contribution-of-temozolomide-chemotherapy-for-intramedullary-grade-ii-spinal-cord-astrocytomas-in-adults-our-experience
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E Chaskis, V Minichini, S Luce, D Devriendt, S Goldman, O De Witte, N Sadeghi, F Lefranc
INTRODUCTION: Grade II intramedullary astrocytomas are rare tumors. Despite a well-defined role of adjuvant temozolomide chemotherapy for brain gliomas, the contribution of this therapy for intramedullary gliomas is not yet clearly defined. METHOD: We retrospectively analyzed the data of 5 adult patients treated with temozolomide between 2008 and 2015 for a grade II intramedullary astrocytoma with progression after surgery. RESULTS: Five patients from 19 to 70 years of age (median, 37years) underwent a second surgery for the progression of a grade II intramedullary astrocytoma (median progression-free survival 26months [8-90])...
September 4, 2017: Neuro-Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881715/activation-of-the-nrf2-are-signaling-pathway-by-probucol-contributes-to-inhibiting-inflammation-and-neuronal-apoptosis-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Zipeng Zhou, Chang Liu, Shurui Chen, Haosen Zhao, Kang Zhou, Wei Wang, Yajiang Yuan, Zhuo Li, Yue Guo, Zhaoliang Shen, Xifan Mei
The nuclear erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2)/antioxidant response element (ARE) signaling pathway plays an essential role in the cellular antioxidant and anti-inflammatory responses. Spinal cord injury (SCI) results in a massive release of inflammatory factors and free radicals, which seriously compromise nerve recovery and axon regeneration. In this study, we examined the efficacy of probucol on anti-inflammatory responses and functional recovery after SCI by activating the Nrf2/ARE signaling pathway. We also investigated the mechanism by which inflammation is inhibited in this process...
August 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880421/diffuse-midline-gliomas-with-histone-h3-k27m-mutation-a-rare-case-with-pnet-like-appearance-and-neuropil-like-islands
#14
Yue Gao, Yang-Yang Feng, Juan-Han Yu, Qing-Chang Li, Xue-Shan Qiu, En-Hua Wang
Diffuse midline glioma with histone H3-K27M mutation is a new tumor entity defined by the 2016 WHO Classification of Tumors of the Central Nervous System. A 51-year-old Chinese woman presented with neck pain for a month. Subsequent MRI revealed an intramedullary neoplasm extending from C5 to C7. Histologically, the cellular area of the tumor was composed of primitive, poorly differentiated, small cells with scant cytoplasm, nuclear molding, and brisk mitotic activity, exhibiting PNET-like appearance, while in the hypocellular area, oligodendroglioma-like cells were observed...
September 6, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879883/the-role-of-diffusion-tensor-imaging-in-spinal-pathology-a-review
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REVIEW
Dan C Li, James G Malcolm, Rima S Rindler, Griffin R Baum, Avinash Rao, Shekar N Khurpad, Faiz U Ahmad
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) allows for noninvasive, in vivo visualization of white matter fiber tracts in the central nervous system by measuring the diffusion of water molecules. It provides both quantitative and qualitative (i.e., tractography) means to describe a region-of-interest. While protocols for the use of DTI are better established in the brain, the efficacy and potential applications of DTI in spinal cord pathology are less understood. In this review, we examine the current literature regarding the use of DTI in the spinal cord pathology, and in particular its diagnostic and prognostic value in traumatic injury, spinal tumors, cervical myelopathies, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and multiple sclerosis...
September 2017: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875969/-gastroenterological-manifestations-of-von-hippel-lindau-disease
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EDITORIAL
Joanna Koniusz, Krzysztof Dąbkowski, Katarzyna Buczek, Aleksandra Gomółka, Teresa Starzyńska
Von Hippel-Lindau disease is rare autosomal dominant disorder that results from mutation of VHL gene. Typical manifestations of this syndrome include haemangioblastomas of retina, cerebellum and spinal cord, endolymphatic sac tumors, clear cell cancer and kidney cysts, pheochromocytoma, pancreatic cysts and neuroendocrine tumors. The differential diagnosis of pancreatic lesions in patients with von Hippel Lindau syndrome plays an important role. The pancreas in VHL disease is not only site of benign lesions (cysts, serous systic adenomas) but also of potentially malignant (neuroendocrine) and malignant tumors(metastases)...
August 21, 2017: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872530/modified-en-bloc-spondylectomy-for-tumors-of-the-thoracic-and-lumbar-spine-surgical-technique-and-outcomes
#17
Akash A Shah, Nuno R Paulino Pereira, Frank X Pedlow, John C Wain, Sam S Yoon, Francis J Hornicek, Joseph H Schwab
BACKGROUND: Total en bloc spondylectomy (TES) for the treatment of spinal tumors decreases local recurrence and improves survival compared with intralesional resection. TES approaches vary in both the number of stages to complete the procedure and instruments with which osteotomies are performed. METHODS: We describe a 2-stage technique that employs the use of threadwire saws. We performed a retrospective review of cases of primary tumors and solitary metastases involving the thoracic or lumbar spine treated with use of our modified technique at our institution between 2010 and 2016, identifying eligible patients by searching for specific phrases in operative reports found in our oncologic database...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871981/inversed-planned-respiratory-phase-gating-in%C3%A2-lung-conformal-radiation-therapy
#18
Arezoo Modiri, Pouya Sabouri, Xuejun Gu, Robert Timmerman, Amit Sawant
PURPOSE: To assess whether the optimal gating window for each beam during lung radiation therapy with respiratory gating will be dependent on a variety of patient-specific factors, such as tumor size and location and the extent of relative tumor and organ motion. METHODS AND MATERIALS: To create optimal gating treatment plans, we started from an optimized clinical plan, created a plan per respiratory phase using the same beam arrangements, and used an inverse planning optimization approach to determine the optimal gating window for each beam and optimal beam weights (ie, monitor units)...
October 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870453/spinal-cord-tumors-in-children-a-review-of-21-cases-treated-at-the-same-institution
#19
I Merlot, J Francois, J-C Marchal, A Joud, R Guerbouz, P Chastagner, O Klein
INTRODUCTION: Spinal cord tumors in children (SCTC) are rare with a frequent diagnostic delay. Its management is multidisciplinary and challenging due to functional implications. The position of surgery is now better established but the role and timing of chemotherapy (CT) and radiotherapy (RT) still remains under debate. Adverse effects of treatments are important to be taken into account, in the follow-up of these children. The aim of this paper was to present a series of 21 cases of SCTC treated at the same institution, to briefly present clinical features, treatments and outcome, with a special focus on spinal deformities in children with this condition...
September 1, 2017: Neuro-Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868202/a-thoracic-vertebral-localization-of-a-metastasized-cutaneous-merkel-cell-carcinoma-case-report-and-review-of-literature
#20
Rosario Maugeri, Antonella Giugno, Roberto G Giammalva, Carlo Gulì, Luigi Basile, Francesca Graziano, Domenico G Iacopino
BACKGROUND: Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare neuroendocrine skin tumor, which may be related to sun exposure. It can metastasize to lungs, liver and bone, leading to severe morbidity and mortality. Vertebral metastases from MCC are rare. The authors report the tenth case in the literature, a 59-year-old patient with MCC, which was primarily localized in the scalp, and later provoked distant metastasis to the thoracic spinal column. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 59-year-old woman was admitted at our Unit of Neurosurgery with a 4-month history of progressive and severe dorsal back pain, without neurological signs...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
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