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Hannah M Carl, A Karim Ahmed, Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, Rafael De la Garza Ramos, Eric W Sankey, Zachary Pennington, Ali Bydon, Timothy F Witham, Jean-Paul Wolinsky, Ziya L Gokaslan, Justin M Sacks, C Rory Goodwin, Daniel M Sciubba
OBJECTIVE Resection of metastatic spine tumors can improve patients' quality of life by addressing pain or neurological compromise. However, resections are often complicated by wound dehiscence, infection, instrumentation failures, and the need for reoperation. Moreover, when reoperations are needed, the most common indication is surgical site infection and wound breakdown. In turn, wound reoperations increase morbidity as well as the length and cost of hospitalization. The aim of this study was to examine perioperative risk factors associated with increased rate of wound reoperations after metastatic spine tumor resection...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
Chenhui Mao, Jing Gao, Liri Jin, Bin Peng, Yupu Guo
Neurosyphilis occurs in the late stage of systemic syphilis infection; early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to the prognosis. We review 3 autopsy cases with different subtypes of neurosyphilis, that is cases with meningovascular, general paresis, and a combination of the 2, respectively. We investigated the gross morphology and leptomeninges, vessels, cerebral cortex, white matter, brainstem, cerebellum, olfactory bulb and spinal cord microscopically. We found that meningovascular inflammation exists in both early and late phases of neurosyphilis, not only in the meningovascular subtype...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Dexin Zou, Junlin Zhou, Xiaobing Jiang
Tuberculosis combined with brucellosis is a very rare condition. Overlapping clinical presentation and laboratory parameters of tuberculosis and brucellosis may lead to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of the condition. The current study presents the case of a 45-year-old male with symptoms of lower back pain, non-tender swelling in the right flank, intermittent hyperpyrexia, sweating, body aches and numbness and weakness of right lower limb. A lumbar computed tomograph (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging indicated vertebral destruction and the formation of sequestra and thecal sac compression...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Duncan R Morhardt, Miriam Hadj-Moussa, He Chang, J Stuart Wolf, William W Roberts, John T Stoffel, Gary J Faerber, Anne P Cameron
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of clinical factors on outcomes in SCI patients undergoing ureteroscopy. Immobility, recurrent urinary tract infection, and lower urinary tract dysfunction contribute to renal stone formation in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients. Ureteroscopy is a commonly utilized treatment modality, however, surgical complication rates and outcomes have been poorly defined. Evidence guiding safe and effective treatment of stones in this cohort remains scarce. METHODS: Records were retrospectively reviewed for SCI patients who underwent ureteroscopy for kidney stones from 1996-2014 at a single institution...
March 12, 2018: Urology
Nancy E Epstein
Background: The risk of spinal cord injury (SCI) due to decreased cord perfusion following thoracic/thoracoabdominal aneurysm surgery (T/TL-AAA) and thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR) ranges up to 20%. For decades, therefore, many vascular surgeons have utilized cerebrospinal fluid drainage (CSFD) to decrease intraspinal pressure and increase blood flow to the spinal cord, thus reducing the risk of SCI/ischemia. Methods: Multiple studies previously recommend utilizing CSFD following T/TL-AAA/TEVAR surgery to treat SCI by increasing spinal cord blood flow...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Ian Kaye, Peter Passias
Minimally invasive surgical (MIS) techniques offer promising improvements in the management of thoracolumbar trauma. Recent advances in MIS techniques and instrumentation for degenerative conditions have heralded a growing interest in employing these techniques for thoracolumbar trauma. Specifically, surgeons have applied these techniques to help manage flexion- and extension-distraction injuries, neurologically intact burst fractures, and cases of damage control. Minimally invasive surgical techniques offer a means to decrease blood loss, shorten operative time, reduce infection risk, and shorten hospital stays...
March 2018: Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases
Conghui Zhang, Yang Liu
BACKGROUND: Thoracolumbar fractures is a frequent injury occurring in spinal trauma. Outcomes and complications between combined pedicle screw fixation at the fracture vertebrae (AFV) and conventional method cross the fracture vertebrae (CFV) are still controversial. Thus, this study aimed to evaluate differences in outcome variables between these two operative methods. MATERIALS AND METHODS: PubMed, Web of Science, Cochrane Library, EMBASE and CNKI were searched with the terms "thoracolumbar fractures", "posterior", "pedicle screw fixation", and "clinical trial" from Jan 1980 to July 2017...
March 10, 2018: International Journal of Surgery
Feng Yang, Ming-Sheng Tan, Ping Yi, Xiang-Sheng Tang, Qing-Ying Hao, Ying-Na Qi
OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinical effect between spinal card decompression combined with traditional Chinese medicine and simple spinal card decompression for cervical spondylotic myelopathy. METHODS: From June 2012 to June 2015, 73 patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy were treated, including 42 males and 31 females, aged from 29 to 73 years old with a mean of 50.9 years old. The patients were divided into the simple operation group (34 cases) and the operation combined with traditional Chinese medicine group(39 cases) according to the idea of themselves...
January 25, 2018: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Faris Shweikeh, Stephanie Zyck, Fadi Sweiss, Ajleeta Sangtani, Mohammed Shweikeh, Husam Issa, Michael P Steinmetz, Georges Z Markarian
Study design: In this review, we present a case of Aspergillus spinal epidural abscess (ASEA) and review the literature. Objectives: To provide further insight on a rare condition. Setting: A description of a patient with ASEA in a 58-year-old woman that was successfully treated with conservative management is presented. Methods: Following case presentation, a literature search (MedLine and PubMed) and assessment of epidemiology, presentation, diagnosis, treatments, and outcomes is performed...
2018: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
A Guiroy, A Sícoli, N Gonzalez Masanés, A Morales Ciancio, M Gagliardi, A Falavigna
Background: The paraspinal, posterolateral, or Wiltse approach is an old technique that observes the principles of an MIS procedure. The aim of this study was to provide a step-by-step description from the literature of the Wiltse paraspinal approach and analyze its main advantages and limitations. Methods: Here, we provide a step-by-step description of the Wiltse approach. Utilizing PubMed and Lilacs and the Mesh terms "Wiltse approach," "paraspinal approach," "muscle sparing approach," and "lumbar spine," we identified 10 papers...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Ryohei Ono, Koji Uehara, Izumi Kitagawa
Emphysematous osteomyelitis is a rare but potentially fatal infection. It is caused by gas-forming organismsand is characterized by the presence of intraosseous gas. A 75-year-old woman with untreated diabetes mellitus presented with difficulty in moving and anorexia. Laboratory studies revealed inflammation, a urinary infection, and diabetic ketoacidosis. Klebsiella pneumoniae was detected in both urine and blood cultures. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed emphysematous lesions in the paravertebral soft tissue, spinal canal, and iliopsoas muscle, with intraosseous gas at L1 and L2...
March 9, 2018: Internal Medicine
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
Nichole MacPhee, Anne Savage, Nikolas Noton, Eilidh Beattie, Louise Milne, Joanna Fraser
Bows and arrows are used more for recreation, sport and hunting in the Western world and tend not to be as popular a weapon as firearms or knives. Yet there are still injuries and fatalities caused by these low-velocity weapons due to their availability to the public and that a licence is not required to own them. This study aimed to highlight the penetration capabilities of aluminium arrows into soft tissue and bones in the presence of clothing. Further from that, how the type and fit of clothing as well as arrowhead type contribute to penetration capacity...
March 2018: Science & Justice: Journal of the Forensic Science Society
Nikita Zaborovskii, Dmitrii Ptashnikov, Dmitrii Mikaylov, Sergei Masevnin, Oleg Smekalenkov
BACKGROUND: Intraoperative hemorrhage can sometimes be massive in patients with spinal metastasis of renal cell carcinoma (MRCC). Preoperative embolization and local hemostatic agents are routinely use in spinal tumor surgery, but there have been no comparisons between these methods. This report compares the efficiency of various methods of bleeding control and their influence on outcome and survival after decompression procedures for MRCC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective case-control study of 54 patients with hypervascular extraosseous MRCC...
March 10, 2018: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
P Ninvilai, N Nonthabenjawan, B Limcharoen, W Tunterak, K Oraveerakul, W Banlunara, A Amonsin, A Thontiravong
Duck Tembusu virus (DTMUV), a newly emerging virus in ducks, was first reported in China in 2010. However, an unknown severe contagious disease associated with severe neurological signs and egg production losses in ducks, resembling to DTMUV infection, was observed in Thailand since 2007. To determine the presence of DTMUV in 2007, the clinical samples from affected ducks collected in 2007 were tested for DTMUV using pathological and virological analyses. Gross and histopathological lesions of affected ducks were mostly restricted to the ovary, brain and spinal cord, and correlated with the presence of flavivirus antigen in the brain and spinal cord samples...
March 8, 2018: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
Cyrille Guillot-Tantay, Emmanuel Chartier-Kastler, Marie-Aimée Perrouin-Verbe, Pierre Denys, Priscilla Léon, Véronique Phé
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. OBJECTIVES: To report the long-term complications of non-continent cutaneous urinary diversion (NCCUD) in adult patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). SETTING: Hospital in Paris, France. METHODS: A retrospective single center study included all adult patients with SCI who underwent an ileal conduit between 1997 and 2014. Early complications were reported according to Clavien-Dindo classification...
March 7, 2018: Spinal Cord
Jeison Monroy-Gómez, Gerardo Santamaría, Orlando Torres-Fernández
Rabies is a viral infection that targets the nervous system, specifically neurons. The clinical manifestations of the disease are dramatic and their outcome fatal; paradoxically, conventional histopathological descriptions reveal only subtle changes in the affected nervous tissue. Some researchers have considered that the pathophysiology of rabies is based more on biochemical changes than on structural alterations, as is the case with some psychiatric diseases. However, we believe that it has been necessary to resort to other methods that allow us to analyze the effect of the infection on neurons...
March 6, 2018: Viruses
Ajay Premkumar, William Godfrey, Michael B Gottschalk, Scott D Boden
BACKGROUND: Low back pain has a high prevalence and morbidity, and is a source of substantial health-care spending. Numerous published guidelines support the use of so-called red flag questions to screen for serious pathology in patients with low back pain. This paper examines the effectiveness of red flag questions as a screening tool for patients presenting with low back pain to a multidisciplinary academic spine center. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of the cases of 9,940 patients with a chief complaint of low back pain...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
Selçuk Özdoğan, Cumhur Kaan Yaltırık, Ali Haluk Düzkalır, Nail Demirel, Mustafa Kaya, Başar Atalay
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to draw attention to rare spinal infections in recurrent failed spinal surgeries. CASE REPORT A 59-year-old female was admitted to the hospital for back pain, which was assessed as a 9 on the visual analogue scale (VAS); the patient reported tiredness and night sweats. She had an operation for L3-4 far lateral disc herniation four years ago. Then another operation for L4-5 disc herniation six months ago and immediately three months later she has an operation with L3-4-5 fixation again...
March 6, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Hirokazu Shoji, Toru Hirano, Kei Watanabe, Masayuki Ohashi, Tatsuki Mizouchi, Naoto Endo
BACKGROUND: In spinal instrumentation surgeries, surgical site infection (SSI) is one of the complications to be avoided. However, spinal instrumentation surgeries have a higher rate of SSI than other clean orthopedic surgeries. The purpose of this study was to investigate the risk factors for SSI following spinal instrumentation surgeries and contribute to the prevention of SSIs by identifying high-risk patients. METHODS: Records of 431 patients who underwent spinal instrumentation surgeries from 2011 to 2014 with a minimum follow-up period of 90 days were retrospectively reviewed...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
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