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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100407/pressure-ulcer-reconstruction-in-patients-with-heterotopic-ossification-after-spinal-cord-injury-a-case-series-and-review-of-literature
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Kai Yang, Alexander Graf, James Sanger
Heterotopic ossification (HO) is widely recognized as a common occurrence among patients suffering from traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCI). The exact etiology of HO formation remains unknown. Published medical and surgical management strategies are often plagued with questionable effectiveness and frequent complications. There are minimal publications regarding the management strategies of HO in SCI patients as it pertains to plastic surgery. We present a case series of patients treated at our institution who underwent treatment for pressure ulcers with underlying HO to highlight the vast spectrum of clinical phenotypes present in this population...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099929/modeling-the-phenotype-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy-by-the-direct-conversion-of-human-fibroblasts-to-motor-neurons
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Qi-Jie Zhang, Jin-Jing Li, Xiang Lin, Ying-Qian Lu, Xin-Xin Guo, En-Lin Dong, Miao Zhao, Jin He, Ning Wang, Wan-Jin Chen
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a lethal autosomal recessive neurological disease characterized by selective degeneration of motor neurons in the spinal cord. In recent years, the development of cellular reprogramming technology has provided an alternative and effective method for obtaining patient-specific neurons in vitro. In the present study, we applied this technology to the field of SMA to acquire patient-specific induced motor neurons that were directly converted from fibroblasts via the forced expression of 8 defined transcription factors...
January 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099613/disseminated-cryptococcosis-with-cutaneous-involvement-in-an-immunocompetent-patient
#3
Gabriely Lessa Sacht, Alexandre Moretti de Lima, Yuri Chiarelli Perdomo, Rafaela Suguimoto Boigues, Luiz Carlos Takita, Günter Hans
Cryptococcosis is a fungal infection of opportunistic behavior that is unusual in immunocompetent patients. We report a rare case of disseminated cryptococcosis with cutaneous involvement in an immunocompetent individual. During hospitalization, Cryptococcus gattii was isolated from skin lesions, lung and spinal fluid. The diagnosis of disseminated cryptococcosis was confirmed and treatment was established. The patient showed improvement. Due to the probable clinical severity of the disease and the possibility that skin lesions may be the first manifestation of this illness, prompt diagnosis must be established and treatment provided...
November 2016: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097252/enterococcus-faecalis-causing-delayed-spondylodiscitis-in-a-case-with-retained-intraspinal-bullet
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Siddharth N Aiyer, Ajoy Prasad Shetty, Rishi Kanna, Srikanth Reddy, Shanmuganathan Rajasekaran
Delayed presentations have been reported following gunshot wounds (GSW) with retained intraspinal bullets due to migration of projectile or lead intoxication. We report on the rare occurrence of delayed pyogenic spondylodiscitis and neurological dysfunction following injury from low velocity GSW to the spine with a retained projectile. A 55-year-old male presented 4 months following GSW to the abdomen which resulted in colonic injury and L5 fracture. The patient was treated initially with ileo-transverse anastomosis, antibiotics, without retrieval of the bullet...
December 2016: Journal of Spine Surgery (Hong Kong)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086758/toxoplasmosis-associated-iris-involving-the-cns-a-case-report-with-longitudinal-analysis-of-t-cell-subsets
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Rita Rb-Silva, Claudia Nobrega, Eugénia Reiriz, Soraia Almeida, Rui Sarmento-Castro, Margarida Correia-Neves, Ana Horta
BACKGROUND: HIV-infected patients may present an unforeseen clinical worsening after initiating antiretroviral therapy known as immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS). This syndrome is characterized by a heightened inflammatory response toward infectious or non-infectious triggers, and it may affect different organs. Diagnosis of IRIS involving the central nervous system (CNS-IRIS) is challenging due to heterogeneous manifestations, absence of biomarkers to identify this condition, risk of long-term sequelae and high mortality...
January 13, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077392/bidirectional-crosstalk-between-the-sensory-and-sympathetic-motor-systems-innervating-brown-and-white-adipose-tissue-in-male-siberian-hamsters
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Vitaly Ryu, Alan G Watts, Bingzhong Xue, Timothy J Bartness
The brain networks connected to the sympathetic motor and sensory innervations of brown (BAT) and white (WAT) adipose tissues were originally described using two transneuronally transported viruses: the retrogradely transported pseudorabies virus (PRV), and the anterogradely transported H129 strain of herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1 H129). Further complexity was added to this network organization when combined injections of PRV and HSV-1 H129 into either BAT or WAT of the same animal generated sets of co-infected neurons in the brain, spinal cord, sympathetic and dorsal root ganglia...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076019/viral-and-prion-infections-of-the-central-nervous-system-radiologic-pathologic-correlation-from-the-radiologic-pathology-archives
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Kelly K Koeller, Robert Y Shih
Viral infections of the central nervous system (CNS) range in clinical severity, with the most severe proving fatal within a matter of days. Some of the more than 100 different viruses known to affect the brain and spinal cord are neurotropic with a predilection for producing CNS infection. The host response to viral infection of the CNS is responsible for the pathophysiology and imaging findings seen in affected patients. Viral CNS infections can take the form of meningitis, encephalitis, encephalomyelitis, or, when involving the spinal cord and nerve roots, encephalomyeloradiculitis...
January 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073734/acute-parasitic-and-other-infectious-myelopathies-in-the-tropics-26-cases-at-the-university-hospital-in-conakry
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F A Cisse, W A E Ekué, L Barry, S D Barry, M L Touré, A Cissé
In tropical countries, laboratory-confirmed diagnostic certainty of parasitic and other infectious causes of acute myelopathy is difficult because of a shortage of medical professionals and consulting delays. We performed a retrospective study of 168 patients hospitalized for spinal disorders between 2007 and 2013 and identified 26 diagnosed with acute non-compressive myelopathy of presumed sudden onset. An parasitic or other infectious cause was established for all. A preliminary clinical infection preceding the development of neurologic signs was reported for 22 patients (84...
November 1, 2016: Médecine et Santé Tropicales
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070007/first-evidence-of-angiostrongyliasis-caused-by-angiostrongylus-cantonensis-in-guadeloupe-lesser-antilles
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Céline Dard, Jean-Eudes Piloquet, Yvonne Qvarnstrom, LeAnne M Fox, Helmi M'kada, Jean-Christophe Hebert, Didier Mattera, Dorothée Harrois
Infection by the rat lungworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis represents the most common cause of infectious eosinophilic meningitis in humans, causing central nervous system (CNS) angiostrongyliasis. Most of CNS angiostrongyliasis cases were described in Asia, Pacific Basin, Australia, and some limited parts of Africa and America. CNS angiostrongyliasis has been reported in the Caribbean but never in the Lesser Antilles. The primary objectives of this study were to depict the first case of CNS angiostrongyliasis in the Lesser Antilles and investigate the environmental presence of A...
January 9, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068970/quadriplegia-caused-by-an-epidural-abscess-occurring-at-the-same-level-of-cervical-destructive-spondyloarthropathy-a-case-report
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Jun-Seok Lee, Ji-Hyun Ryu, Jong-Tae Park, Ki-Won Kim
BACKGROUND: Destructive spondyloarthropathy (DSA) is one of the major complications in patients undergoing long-term hemodialysis. To the best of our knowledge, an epidural abscess occurring at the level of preexisting cervical DSA has not been well described in the literature. We report a unique case of quadriplegia caused by an epidural abscess occurring at the same level of preexisting cervical DSA. CASE PRESENTATION: A 49-year-old woman was transferred to our emergency department with 5 days of sepsis, drowsy mental status, and quadriplegia below the C5 level...
January 10, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065719/the-currarino-triad-what-pediatric-surgeons-need-to-know
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Amr Abdelhamid AbouZeid, Shaimaa Abdelsattar Mohammad, Mohammad Abolfotoh, Ahmed Bassiouny Radwan, Mohamed Mohamed ElSayed Ismail, Tarek Ahmed Hassan
PURPOSE: We report our experience in managing a group of patients with Currarino syndrome, highlighting diagnostic challenges, surgical techniques, in addition to a review of current neurosurgical options. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study included patients with Currarino syndrome who presented to our pediatric surgery department during the period 2010 through 2016. The 'sacral scimitar' in plain X-ray provided the clue for the diagnosis; while MRI examination was essential to define the nature of the presacral mass and associated spinal anomalies...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065420/effectiveness-of-dietary-supplements-in-spinal-cord-injury-subjects
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REVIEW
Angela Navarrete-Opazo, Pilar Cuitiño, Inés Salas
BACKGROUND: Individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) consume more dietary supplements than the general population. However, there is limited information regarding the clinical effectiveness of dietary supplements in SCI population. OBJECTIVE: To systematically review the effectiveness of dietary supplements for the prevention or treatment of health-related conditions associated with SCI. METHODS: Randomized or non-randomized controlled clinical trials were selected, comparing the effect of any dose and form of a dietary supplement (defined by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act), with either no treatment, placebo, or other medication...
December 19, 2016: Disability and Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065327/eight-years-of-decreased-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-health-care-associated-infections-associated-with-a-veterans-affairs-prevention-initiative
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Martin E Evans, Stephen M Kralovic, Loretta A Simbartl, Rajiv Jain, Gary A Roselle
BACKGROUND: Declines in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) health care associated infections (HAIs) were previously reported in Veterans Affairs acute care (2012), spinal cord injury (SCIU) (2011), and long-term-care facilities (LTCFs) (2012). Here we report continuing declines in infection rates in these settings through September 2015. METHODS: Monthly data entered into a national database from 127 acute care facilities, 22 SCIUs, and 133 LTCFs were evaluated for trends using negative binomial regression...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063678/debridement-interbody-graft-using-titanium-mesh-cages-posterior-instrumentation-and-fusion-in-the-surgical-treatment-of-multilevel-noncontiguous-spinal-tuberculosis-in-elderly-patients-via-a-posterior-only
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Yu-Xiang Wang, Hong-Qi Zhang, Min Li, Ming-Xing Tang, Chao-Feng Guo, Ang Deng, Qile Gao, Jian-Huang Wu, Jin-Yang Liu
PURPOSE: To analyse the efficacy and feasibility of surgical management for elderly patients with multilevel non-contiguous spinal tuberculosis(MNSTB)by using one-stage posterior focus debridement, interbody graft using titanium mesh cages, posterior instrumentation and fusion. METHODS: From September 2009 to October 2013, 15 elderly patients with MNSTB were treated with one-stage posterior focus debridement, interbody graft using titanium mesh cages, posterior instrumentation and fusion...
December 28, 2016: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061487/thermal-induced-osteonecrosis-of-adjacent-vertebra-after-intradiscal-electrothermal-therapy
#15
Soonjoon Kim, Sun-Ho Lee, Eun-Sang Kim, Whan Eoh
A 42-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with complaints of low back pain and intermittent right thigh pain. Twelve weeks before admission, the patient received intradiscal electrothermal therapy (IDET) at a local hospital. The patient still reported low back pain after the procedure that was managed with narcotic analgesics. Follow-up magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed, and his referring physician thought the likely diagnosis was spondylodiscitis at the L4-5 spinal segment with a small epidural abscess...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059442/hydroxyapatite-cement-cranioplasty-following-translabyrinthine-approach-long-term-study-of-369-cases
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Peter G Volsky, Todd A Hillman, Kellen J Stromberg, Farrel J Buchinsky, Douglas A Chen, Neal M Jackson, Moisés A Arriaga
OBJECTIVE: To report the authors' experience with hydroxyapatite cement (HAC) cranioplasty and analyze the material's long-term safety and efficacy in repairing translabyrinthine skull-base defects by examining adverse events, specifically cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks and surgical site infections. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case-control study (primary study arm); prospective cross-sectional study of patients not examined within the last 5 years (secondary arm)...
January 6, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057928/predictive-screening-of-m1-and-m2-macrophages-reveals-the-immunomodulatory-effectiveness-of-post-spinal-cord-injury-azithromycin-treatment
#17
John C Gensel, Timothy J Kopper, Bei Zhang, Michael B Orr, William M Bailey
Spinal cord injury (SCI) triggers a heterogeneous macrophage response that when experimentally polarized toward alternative forms of activation (M2 macrophages) promotes tissue and functional recovery. There are limited pharmacological therapies that can drive this reparative inflammatory state. In the current study, we used in vitro systems to comprehensively defined markers of macrophages with known pathological (M1) and reparative (M2) properties in SCI. We then used these markers to objectively define the macrophage activation states after SCI in response to delayed azithromycin treatment...
January 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057061/congenital-infection-with-atypical-porcine-pestivirus-appv-is-associated-with-disease-and-viral-persistence
#18
Lukas Schwarz, Christiane Riedel, Sandra Högler, Leonie J Sinn, Thomas Voglmayr, Bettina Wöchtl, Nora Dinhopl, Barbara Rebel-Bauder, Herbert Weissenböck, Andrea Ladinig, Till Rümenapf, Benjamin Lamp
In 2013, several Austrian piglet-producing farms recorded outbreaks of action-related repetitive myoclonia in newborn piglets ("shaking piglets"). Malnutrition was seen in numerous piglets as a complication of this tremor syndrome. Overall piglet mortality was increased and the number of weaned piglets per sow decreased by more than 10% due to this outbreak. Histological examination of the CNS of affected piglets revealed moderate hypomyelination of the white substance in cerebellum and spinal cord. We detected a recently discovered pestivirus, termed atypical porcine pestivirus (APPV) in all these cases by RT-PCR...
January 6, 2017: Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056436/one-stage-posterior-surgical-management-of-lumbosacral-spinal-tuberculosis-with-nonstructural-autograft
#19
Jia-Ming Liu, Yang Zhou, Ai-Fen Peng, Xuan-Yin Chen, Wen-Zhao Chen, Xin-Hua Long, Shan-Hu Huang, Zhi-Li Liu
OBJECTIVE: Lumbosacral spinal tuberculosis is rare in current population. Previous studies have reported effective outcomes about anterior, antero-posterior and posterior surgery for treating tuberculosis of lumbosacral region. However, the bone grafts used in these studies are mainly structural bone and mesh cage. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of nonstructural autograft in the surgical treatment of lumbosacral tuberculosis by one-stage posterior procedure...
December 28, 2016: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053996/zika-virus-causing-encephalomyelitis-associated-with-immunoactivation
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Rafael Mello Galliez, Mariana Spitz, Patricia Piazza Rafful, Marcelo Cagy, Claudia Escosteguy, Caroline Spósito Brito Germano, Elisa Sasse, Alessandro Luis Gonçalves, Paola Paz Silveira, Paula Pezzuto, Alice Maria de Magalhães Ornelas, Amilcar Tanuri, Renato Santana Aguiar, Fernanda Tovar Moll
Brazil has experienced a Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak with increased incidence of congenital malformations and neurological manifestations. We describe a case of a 26-year-old Brazilian Caucasian man infected with ZIKV and diagnosed with encephalomyelitis. Brain and spinal cord images showed hyperintense lesions on T2 and fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR), and levels of proinflammatory cytokines in the cerebrospinal fluid showed a remarkable increase of interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-8. The observed pattern suggests immune activation during the acute phase, along with the neurological impairment, with normalization in the recovery phase...
October 2016: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
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