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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050711/prevalence-of-vitamin-d-deficiency-in-pediatric-patients-with-scoliosis-preparing-for-spinal-surgery
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Theresa Mayes, Jennifer M Anadio, Peter F Sturm
BACKGROUND: Establishing prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in elective scoliosis surgery may impact clinical outcomes. The objectives of this study were to document vitamin D status of patients with scoliosis preparing for surgical intervention in order to establish frequency of deficiency and determine characteristics influencing levels. METHODS: Records were queried for patients with scoliosis diagnosis who underwent posterior spinal fusion or initial growing rod placement and had serum vitamin 25 hydroxyvitamin D (D25) recorded in the preoperative period...
November 2017: Spine Deformity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026635/lytic-lesions-looking-lethal-but-leaving-room-for-a-simple-cure-a-case-of-veillonella-spinal-osteomyelitis
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Sarah Baker, Rebecca Allyn
Introduction. Diagnosing clinically significant infection caused by Veillonella species can be a challenge. Veillonella species are usually found in polymicrobial processes and are often regarded as a contaminant. Additionally, they are slow to grow in culture and this can lead to a delay in diagnosis or a missed diagnosis. Veillonella species rarely cause serious infections, but have been found to cause bacteraemia and osteomyelitis. Case presentation. A 67-year-old man with a history of treated prostate cancer presented with 2 weeks of progressive lower back pain and weakness...
August 2017: JMM Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021682/spontaneous-regression-of-retro-odontoid-post-traumatic-cicatrix-following-occipitocervical-fixation
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Priyank Sinha, Ming-Te Lee, Sasan Panbehchi, Ankur Saxena, Debasish Pal
This case report describes a patient who presented with myelopathy secondary to a large retro-odontoid post traumatic cicatrix. The objective of this study was to discuss the clinical presentation, pathogenesis, imaging, and surgical management of pseudoarthrosis tissue mass associated with odontoid nonunion. Atlantoaxial subluxation (AAS) has been widely reported in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. AAS leads to repeated cycles of partial tear and repair of ligaments around the altantoaxial complex, resulting in the formation of periodontoid mass (pseudotumor)...
July 2017: Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016427/comparison-of-intended-lengthening-of-magnetically-controlled-growing-rods-ultrasound-versus-x-ray
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Mutlu Cobanoglu, Suken A Shah, Peter Gabos, Kenneth Rogers, Petya Yorgova, Geraldine Neiss, Leslie Grissom, William G Mackenzie
BACKGROUND: In the treatment of early onset scoliosis (EOS), there has been a trend to use magnetically controlled growing rods (MCGR) in order to reduce the number of surgeries. To confirm the amount of lengthening, spine radiographs were required. Recently, ultrasound (US) has been added to monitor lengthening of MCGR to avoid radiation exposure. Our aim was to determine whether US is as accurate as plain radiography (x-ray) in determining the amount of length achieved at individual MCGR lengthening episodes...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988401/the-trabecular-bone-score-tbs-complements-dxa-and-the-frax-as-a-fracture-risk-assessment-tool-in-routine-clinical-practice
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Didier Hans, Emőke Šteňová, Olivier Lamy
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: There is an increasing body of evidence that the trabecular bone score (TBS), a surrogate of bone microarchitecture extracted from spine DXA, could play an important role in the management of patients with osteoporosis or at risk of fracture. The current paper reviews this published body of scientific literature on TBS and answers the most relevant clinical questions. RECENT FINDINGS: TBS has repeatedly been proven to be predictive of fragility fractures, current and future, and this is largely independent of BMD, CRF, and the FRAX, and when used in conjunction with any one of these measures, it consistently enhances their accuracy...
October 7, 2017: Current Osteoporosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984540/evolution-of-the-postoperative-sagittal-spinal-profile-in-early-onset-scoliosis-is-there-a-difference-between-rib-based-and-spine-based-growth-friendly-instrumentation
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Zhonghui Chen, Song Li, Yong Qiu, Zezhang Zhu, Xi Chen, Liang Xu, Xu Sun
OBJECTIVE Although the vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib (VEPTR) and growing rod instrumentation (GRI) encourage spinal growth via regular lengthening, they can create different results because of their different fixation patterns and mechanisms in correcting scoliosis. Previous studies have focused comparisons on coronal plane deformity with minimal attention to the sagittal profile. In this retrospective study, the authors aimed to compare the evolution of the sagittal spinal profile in early-onset scoliosis (EOS) treated with VEPTR versus GRI...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980497/the-clinical-effects-of-the-venomous-lessepsian-migrant-fish-plotosus-lineatus-thunberg-1787-in-the-southeastern-mediterranean-sea
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Yedidia Bentur, Sergey Altunin, Iris Levdov, Daniel Golani, Ehud Spanier, Dor Edelist, Yael Lurie
CONTEXT: Plotosus lineatus is a venomous fish that has migrated from the Indo-Pacific region to the Mediterranean Sea (Lessepsian migrant). Its presence in the Mediterranean Sea was first recorded in 2002 and was observed in growing schools. Its spines contain toxins with lytic, hemolytic and edematous activities. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the injuries caused by Plotosus lineatus in the Southeastern Mediterranean Sea. METHODS: A prospective observational case series of consultations provided by a national Poison Center pertaining to Plotosus lineatus from 2007 to 2016...
October 5, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965447/evaluation-and-management-of-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-a-review
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Ajit Jada, Charles E Mackel, Steven W Hwang, Amer F Samdani, James H Stephen, James T Bennett, Ali A Baaj
Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a 3D spinal deformity affecting children between the ages of 11 and 18, without an identifiable etiology. The authors here reviewed the available literature to provide spine surgeons with a summary and update on current management options. Smaller thoracic and thoracolumbar curves can be managed conservatively with observation or bracing, but corrective surgery may be indicated for rapidly growing or larger curves. The authors summarize the atypical features to look for in patients who may warrant further investigation with MRI during diagnosis and review the fundamental principles of the surgical management of AIS...
October 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965446/insertion-of-magnetically-controlled-growing-rods-in-a-patient-with-a-diaphragmatic-pacemaker-case-report
#9
Andrew C Vivas, Steven W Hwang, Joshua M Pahys
Phrenic stimulators offer an alternative to standard mechanical ventilation as well as the potential for ventilator independence in select patients with chronic respiratory failure. Young patients (< 10 years old) with high cervical spinal cord injuries often develop paralytic scoliosis due to loss of muscle tone caudal to their spinal cord lesion. Growing rod systems allow for stabilization of spinal deformity while permitting continued growth of the spine and thoracic cavity. Magnetically controlled growing rods (MCGRs) offer the advantage of noninvasive expansion, as opposed to the operative expansion required in traditional growing rod systems...
October 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965445/temporary-occipital-fixation-in-young-children-with-severe-cervical-thoracic-spinal-deformity
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Brian J Kelley, Anas A Minkara, Peter D Angevine, Michael G Vitale, Lawrence G Lenke, Richard C E Anderson
OBJECTIVE The long-term effects of instrumentation and fusion of the occipital-cervical-thoracic spine on spinal growth in young children are poorly understood. To mitigate the effects of this surgery on the growing pediatric spine, the authors report a novel technique used in 4 children with severe cervical-thoracic instability. These patients underwent instrumentation from the occiput to the upper thoracic region for stabilization, but without bone graft at the craniovertebral junction (CVJ). Subsequent surgery was then performed to remove the occipital instrumentation, thereby allowing further growth and increased motion across the CVJ...
October 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28958177/use-of-minimally-invasive-spine-surgical-instruments-for-the-treatment-of-bone-tumors
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Russell A Reeves, Matthew C DeWolf, Peter J Shaughnessy, James B Ames, Eric R Henderson
Orthopedic oncologists often encounter patients with minor bony lesions that are difficult to access surgically and therefore require large exposures out of proportion to the severity of disease that confer significant patient morbidity. Minimally invasive surgical techniques offer the advantage of smaller incisions, shorter operative times, decreased tissue damage, and decreased costs. A variety of surgical procedures have emerged using minimally invasive technologies, particularly in the field of spine surgery...
October 4, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954008/community-care-administration-of-spinal-deformities-in-the-brazilian-public-health-system
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Mario Bressan-Neto, Carlos Fernando Pereira da Silva Herrero, Lilian Maria Pacola, Altacílio Aparecido Nunes, Helton Luiz Aparecido Defino
OBJECTIVE: Underfunding of the surgical treatment of complex spinal deformities has been an important reason for the steadily growing waiting lists in publicly funded healthcare systems. The aim of this study is to characterize the management of the treatment of spinal deformities in the public healthcare system. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 60 patients with complex pediatric spinal deformities waiting for treatment in December 2013 was performed. The evaluated parameters were place of origin, waiting time until first assessment at a specialized spine care center, waiting time for the surgical treatment, and need for implants not reimbursed by the healthcare system...
August 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936612/endotracheal-intubation-ultrasound-guided-versus-fiberscope-in-patients-with-cervical-spine-immobilization
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Moustafa Abdelaziz Moustafa, Emad A Arida, Ola M Zanaty, Sameh Fathy El-Tamboly
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound has growing applications in airway management during anesthesia. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the feasibility of real-time ultrasound-guided tracheal intubation in patients with cervical spine immobilization relative to fiberscope-guided tracheal intubation. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This randomized controlled study was carried out on 266 adult patients who have a rigid neck collar in place for cervical spine immobilization and were randomly allocated into two equal groups...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926385/graduation-protocol-after-growing-rod-treatment-removal-of-implants-without-new-instrumentation-is-not-a-realistic-approach
#14
Ismail Aykut Kocyigit, Z Deniz Olgun, H Gokhan Demirkiran, Mehmet Ayvaz, Muharrem Yazici
BACKGROUND: The growing rod remains an effective option in the treatment of early-onset scoliosis, and has previously been likened to an internal brace. While details of growing-rod treatment have been largely agreed on, the appropriate end point remains a matter of controversy. A decision was made in 2004, at the beginning of growing-rod treatment at our institution, to remove longitudinal instrumentation when the period of lengthening concluded and, similar to discontinuing a brace, leave the spine free...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924675/malignant-triton-tumor-grand-round-presentation-of-a-rare-aggressive-case-thoracolumbar-spine-tumor
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Soufiane Ghailane, Sandra Fauquier, Sébastien Lepreux, Jean-Charles Le Huec
INTRODUCTION: We report a rare and aggressive case of malignant triton tumor (MTT) at the thoracolumbar junction with foraminal extension mistreated as schwannoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 70-year-old man with a 2-year history of lower back pain and left L4 radiculopathy with no history of neurofibromatosis. RESULTS: Pre-operative MRI suggested a typical schwannoma. Upon complete marginal resection, histological findings revealed a MTT. The patient presented with a local and regional recurrence and died 10 months after surgery...
September 18, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917253/re-irradiation-with-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-sbrt
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Morten Høyer
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is a potential treatment option for patients who develop a relapse within or marginal to a previously irradiated volume, but it seems underused because of sparse knowledge on the efficacy and morbidity related to the treatment. Normal tissues often recover some of the damage caused by the primary radiotherapy with time, but the kinetics of recovery is not clearly described in the literature. There is a growing number of publications on SBRT reirradiation, but the literature consists mainly of retrospective cohort studies...
September 2017: Chinese Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887681/pediatric-spine-imaging-post-scoliosis-surgery
#17
Alaa N Alsharief, Ron El-Hawary, Pierre Schmit
Many orthopedic articles describe advances in surgical techniques and implants used in pediatric scoliosis surgery. However, even though postoperative spine imaging constitutes a large portion of outpatient musculoskeletal pediatric radiology, few, if any, radiology articles discuss this topic. There has been interval advancement over the last decades of the orthopedic procedures used in the treatment of spinal scoliosis in adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis. The goal of treatment in these patients is to stop the progression of the curve by blocking the spinal growth and correcting the deformity as much as possible...
September 8, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882351/psychological-profile-of-children-who-require-repetitive-surgical-procedures-for-early-onset-scoliosis-is-a-poorer-quality-of-life-the-cost-of-a-straighter-spine
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Cihan Aslan, Z Deniz Olgun, Erkan Sabri Ertas, Seniz Ozusta, Gokhan Demirkiran, Fatih Unal, Muharrem Yazici
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. OBJECTIVE: Assess the psychosocial status of children with early-onset scoliosis (EOS) undergoing multiple procedures and evaluate associations with other variables. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: EOS may require repetitive surgical procedures to control deformity and preserve growth. These procedures impact patients' psychosocial status because of the repetitive surgeries. METHODS: EOS patients 6-18 years, undergoing traditional growing rod treatment with more than 5 surgical procedures, and neurologically/mentally intact were included...
September 2017: Spine Deformity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865017/localization-of-drebrin-light-microscopy-study
#19
Tomoaki Shirao, Noriko Koganezawa, Hiroyuki Yamazaki, Kenji Hanamura, Kazuyuki Imamura
Developmental changes in the expression and localization of drebrin has been mainly analyzed in chick embryo and young rat by various anti-drebrin polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies. Immunoblot analysis demonstrated that the adult drebrin isoform (drebrin A) is restricted to neural tissues, while the embryonic drebrin isoforms (drebrin E1 and E2 in chicken and drebrin E in mammals) are found in a wide variety of tissues. In the developing brain, drebrin E (including chicken drebrin E2) is expressed in newly generated neurons...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863284/establishing-objective-volume-outcome-measures-for-anterior-and-posterior-cervical-spine-fusion
#20
Micah B Blais, Sean Michael Rider, Daniel J Sturgeon, Justin Blucher, Jay M Zampini, James D Kang, Andrew J Schoenfeld
OBJECTIVES: There is a growing literature on the relationship between provider volume and patient outcomes, specifically within joint arthroplasty and lumbar spine surgery. Such benchmarks have yet to be established for many other spinal procedures, including cervical fusion. We sought to determine whether outcomes-based volume measures for both surgeons and hospitals can be established for cervical spine fusion procedures. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective review of patient data in the Florida Statewide Inpatient Dataset (SID; 2011-14)...
October 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
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