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Spinal cord tumor

S M Lee, J-E Cheon, Y H Choi, I-O Kim, W S Kim, H-H Cho, J Y Lee, K-C Wang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: While limited dorsal myeloschisis is a distinctive form of spinal dysraphism, it may be confused with congenital dermal sinus. The aim of this study was to describe clinical and MR imaging findings of limited dorsal myeloschisis that can distinguish it from congenital dermal sinus. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the clinical and MR imaging findings of 12 patients with limited dorsal myeloschisis and 10 patients with congenital dermal sinus...
October 20, 2016: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Gang Bao, Chuankun Li, Lei Qi, Ning Wang, Baixiang He
Tetrandrine (TET) is a bis-benzylisoquinoline alkaloid, which is isolated from a Chinese medicinal herb with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. In this study, we investigated the effects of TET on oxygen-glucose-serum deprivation/reoxygenation (OGSD/R)-induced injury in rat spinal cord astrocytes, which mimics hypoxic/ischemic conditions in vivo. MTT and LDH assays indicated that cell viability was distinctly reduced and LDH leakage was elevated after OGSD/R exposure, which were dose-dependently reversed by pretreatment with TET (0...
October 17, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Constantin Dreher, Christian Scholz, Mira Pommer, Stephan Brons, Hannah Prokesch, Swantje Ecker, Jürgen Debus, Oliver Jäkel, Stephanie E Combs, Daniel Habermehl
BACKGROUND: The aim of the thesis is to improve treatment plans of carbon ion irradiation by integrating the tissues' specific [Formula: see text]-values for patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer (LAPC). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Five patients with LAPC were included in this study. By the use of the treatment planning system Syngo RT Planning (Siemens, Erlangen, Germany) treatment plans with carbon ion beams have been created. Dose calculation was based on [Formula: see text]-values for both organs at risk (OAR) and the tumor...
2016: PloS One
Dan Wang, Jianbo Yu
In this study, C3H/HeNCrlVr mice are implanted with sarcoma NCTC 2472 cells into the intramedullary space of the femur to induce ongoing bone cancer-related pain behaviors. During the progress of the bone cancer pain, the down-regulation in spinal REST (Neuron-restrictive silencer factor, NRSF/REST) with concomitant up-regulation in spinal NR2B (2B subunit of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor, NR2B) protein expression are observed at days 5, 7, 10 and 14 post-inoculation. Immunofluorescence assay shows that almost all of REST and NR2B-positive signals encompass NeuN (neuron-specific nuclear protein, a neuronal marker)-positive signals in spinal cord of sham and tumor-bearing mice...
July 30, 2016: Oncotarget
Julian Steitz, Patrick Naumann, Silke Ulrich, Matthias F Haefner, Florian Sterzing, Uwe Oelfke, Mark Bangert
INTRODUCTION: The efficacy of radiation therapy treatments for pancreatic cancer is compromised by abdominal motion which limits the spatial accuracy for dose delivery - especially for particles. In this work we investigate the potential of worst case optimization for interfractional offline motion mitigation in carbon ion treatments of pancreatic cancer. METHODS: We implement a worst case optimization algorithm that explicitly models the relative biological effectiveness of carbon ions during inverse planning...
October 7, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Maria Domenica Sanna, Laura Lucarini, Mariaconcetta Durante, Carla Ghelardini, Emanuela Masini, Nicoletta Galeotti
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Neuropathic pain is undertreated, with a large detrimental effect on quality of life, partly because of low treatment efficacy, but also because pathophysiological mechanisms are not fully elucidated. To better clarify the pathobiology of neuropathic pain, the presence of neuroinflammation and oxidative stress was investigated in a model of peripheral neuropathy. In search of an innovative treatment for neuropathic pain, our research investigated the effects of histamine H4 receptor (H4 R) modulation...
October 7, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
Malte Mohme, Klaus Christian Mende, Theresa Krätzig, Rosemarie Plaetke, Kerim Beseoglu, Julian Hagedorn, Hans-Jakob Steiger, Frank W Floeth, Sven O Eicker
Spinal cord or cauda equina compression (SCC) is an increasing challenge in clinical oncology due to a higher prevalence of long-term cancer survivors. Our aim was to determine the clinical relevance of SCC regarding patient outcome depending on different tumor entities and their anatomical localization (extradural/intradural/intramedullary). We retrospectively analyzed 230 patients surgically treated for SCC. Preoperative status for pain and neurological impairment were correlated to the degree of compression, tumor location, and early as well as short-term follow-up outcome parameters...
October 7, 2016: Neurosurgical Review
Marcel Ivanov, Alexandru Budu, Hugh Sims-Williams, Ion Poeata
BACKGROUND: Our aim was to evaluate the utility of modern intraoperative ultrasound in the resection of a wide variety of spinal intradural pathological entities. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The authors evaluated patients with spinal cord pathology treated between January 2006 and September 2015. Intraoperative standard B-mode images were acquired using a 3.5-12 MHz US probes (linear and curvilinear) on various ultrasound machines. The benefits and disadvantages of intraoperative ultrasound (iUS) were assessed for each case...
October 3, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Jason R Audlin, Gaurav Khullar, Eric M Deshaies, Swamy Kurra, William F Lavelle
BACKGROUND: Carcinoid tumors are rare neoplasms that often arise from the gastrointestinal or respiratory tracts. They often metastasize to bone tissue, as well as pancreatic and hepatic sites. The central nervous system and most specifically the spinal cord are rarely involved. Primary Carcinoid tumors of the CNS are even rarer. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 58 year-old man presented with progressive bilateral lower extremity weakness and a negative history of cancer. Imaging revealed an intradural mass at the L1 and L2 spinal levels...
October 3, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Hongbin Jia, Shuangshuang Xu, Qingzhen Liu, Jian Liu, Jianguo Xu, Weiyan Li, Yi Jin, Qing Ji
The molecular mechanisms underlying neuropathic pain have yet to be elucidated. The present study aimed to examine the modulation of neuroimmune activation in the spinal cord by the synthetic peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR-γ) agonist, pioglitazone (Pio), in a rat model of neuropathic pain induced by chronic constriction injury (CCI). Rats were randomly assigned into four groups: Sham surgery with vehicle, chronic constriction injury with vehicle or Pio (10 mg/kg), and chronic constriction injury with Pio and a PPAR-γ antagonist GW9662 (2 mg/kg)...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Homare Eda, Loredana Santo, G David Roodman, Noopur Raje
Bone involvement represented by osteolytic bone disease (OBD) or osteopenia is one of the pathognomonic and defining characteristics of multiple myeloma (MM). Nearly 90 % of patients with MM develop osteolytic bone lesions, frequently complicated by skeletal-related events (SRE) such as severe bone pain, pathological fractures, vertebral collapse, hypercalcemia, and spinal cord compression. All of these not only result in a negative impact on quality of life but also adversely impact overall survival. OBD is a consequence of increased osteoclast (OC) activation along with osteoblast (OB) inhibition, resulting in altered bone remodeling...
2016: Cancer Treatment and Research
Satya B Senapati, Sudhansu S Mishra, Manmath K Dhir, Ashis Patnaik, Souvagya Panigrahi
Spinal schwannomas account for about 25% of primary intradural spinal cord tumors in adult. The prognosis for spinal schwannomas is excellent in most cases. Complete resection is curative. However following subtotal removal, recurrence develops after several years. We describe a case of recurrent spinal schwannoma who had been operated twice before for same disease. The possible cause of recurrence and difficulties in reoperation are discussed.
October 2016: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
Sofiene Bouali, Nidhal Maatar, Asma Bouhoula, Khansa Abderrahmen, Imed Ben Said, Adnen Boubaker, Jalel Kallel, Hafedh Jemel
PURPOSE: The spinal epidural angiolipomas are rare expansive processes made of mature lipomatous and angiomatous elements. They often have a benign character. Their etiology, pathogenesis remains uncertain, and it is a cause of spinal cord compression. The magnetic resonance imaging is the most important neuroradiological examination. Histological examination is the only examination to confirm the diagnosis. Surgery is the treatment of choice. METHODS: A retrospective study of all patients operated on for a spinal epidural angiolipoma at the Department of Neurosurgery at the National Institute of Neurology of Tunis between January 2000 and December 2014 (15 years) was performed...
October 2016: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
Ramesh Babu Telugu, Amit Kumar Chowhan, Nandyala Rukmangadha, Rashmi Patnayak, Bobbidi Venkata Phaneendra, Bodapati Chandra Mowliswara Prasad, Mandyam Kumaraswamy Reddy
BACKGROUND: Meningiomas are common slow-growing primary central nervous system tumors that arise from the meningothelial cells of the arachnoid and spinal cord. Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) or HER2/neu (also known as c-erbB2) is a 185-kD transmembrane glycoprotein with tyrosine kinase activity expressed in meningiomas and various other tumors. It can be used in targeted therapy for HER2/neu positive meningiomas. AIM: To correlate the expression of HER2/neu protein in meningiomas with gender, location, histological subtypes, and grade...
October 2016: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
Heng-Jun Zhou, Li-Qing Wang, Qing-Sheng Xu, Zuo-Xu Fan, Yu Zhu, Hao Jiang, Xiu-Jue Zheng, Yue-Hui Ma, Ren-Ya Zhan
Inflammatory response played an important role in the progression of spinal cord injury (SCI). Several miRNAs were associated with the pathology of SCI. However, the molecular mechanism of miRNA involving in inflammatory response in acute SCI (ASCI) was poorly understood. Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were divided into 2 groups: control group (n=6) and acute SCI (ASCI) group (n=6). The expression of miR-199b and IκB kinase β-nuclear factor-kappa B (IKKβ-NF-κB) signaling pathway were evaluated by quantitative reverse transcription-PCR (qRT-PCR) in rats with ASCI and in primary microglia activated by lipopolysaccharide (LPS)...
September 29, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
Claudio E Tatsui, Telmo A B Belsuzarri, Marilou Oro, Laurence D Rhines, Jing Li, Amol J Ghia, Behrang Amini, Heron Espinoza, Paul D Brown, Ganesh Rao
OBJECTIVE An emerging paradigm for treating patients with epidural spinal cord compression (ESCC) caused by metastatic tumors is surgical decompression and stabilization, followed by stereotactic radiosurgery. In the setting of rapid progressive disease, interruption or delay in return to systemic treatment can lead to a negative impact in overall survival. To overcome this limitation, the authors introduce the use of spinal laser interstitial thermotherapy (sLITT) in association with percutaneous spinal stabilization to facilitate a rapid return to oncological treatment...
October 2016: Neurosurgical Focus
Tomohiro Hikata, Nobuyuki Fujita, Akio Iwanami, Kota Watanabe, Masaya Nakamura, Morio Matsumoto, Ken Ishii
STUDY DESIGN: Case report and systematic review of the literature. OBJECTIVE: To describe a rare case of remodeling of the cervical facet joint after the microendoscopic resection of an osteoid osteoma. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Osteoid osteoma, the third most common benign bone tumor, is often treated by image-guided percutaneous removal of the nidus. However, percutaneous resection poses technical difficulties when the tumor is located near the spinal cord or nerve roots...
October 1, 2016: Spine
Lu Gao, Bing Sun, Fang Han, Yingying Jin, Jiawen Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To identify the magnetic resonance imaging features of intramedullary spinal schwannomas. METHODS: Clinical and magnetic resonance imaging findings of 8 patients with pathologically confirmed intramedullary schwannomas were reviewed. RESULTS: There were 6 male and 2 female patients (mean age, 49 years). Tumors were located in the cervical cord (2), the thoracic cord (5), and the cervicothoracic cord (1). Most were in the dorsolateral spinal cord and limited to one side...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Scott R Silva, Murat Surucu, Jennifer Steber, Matthew M Harkenrider, Mehee Choi
OBJECTIVE: Radiation treatment planning for locally advanced lung cancer can be technically challenging, as delivery of ≥60 Gy to large volumes with concurrent chemotherapy is often associated with significant risk of normal tissue toxicity. We clinically implemented a novel hybrid RapidArc technique in patients with lung cancer and compared these plans with 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy and RapidArc-only plans. MATERIALS/METHODS: Hybrid RapidArc was used to treat 11 patients with locally advanced lung cancer having bulky mediastinal adenopathy...
September 28, 2016: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
Dirk Rades, Antonio J Conde-Moreno, Jon Cacicedo, Barbara Segedin, Volker Rudat, Steven E Schild
BACKGROUND: Uncertainty exists whether patients with spinal cord compression (SCC) from a highly radiosensitive tumor require decompressive spinal surgery in addition to radiotherapy (RT). This study addressed the question by evaluating patients receiving RT alone for SCC from myeloma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data of 238 patients were retrospectively analyzed for response to RT and local control of SCC. In addition, the effect of RT on motor function (improvement, no further progression, deterioration) was evaluated...
September 1, 2016: Radiology and Oncology
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