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Muhamad Alif Che Nordin, Sin-Yeang Teow
The discovery of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in 1996 has significantly reduced the global mortality and morbidity caused by the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). However, the therapeutic strategy of HAART that targets multiple viral proteins may render off-target toxicity and more importantly results in drug-resistant escape mutants. These have been the main challenges for HAART and refinement of this therapeutic strategy is urgently needed. Antibody-mediated treatments are emerging therapeutic modalities for various diseases...
February 6, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Kevin Phan, Alan Lackey, Nicholas Chang, Yam-Ting Ho, David Abi-Hanna, Jack Kerferd, Monish M Maharaj, Rhiannon M Parker, Gregory M Malham, Ralph J Mobbs
Background: Recurrent intervertebral disc herniation is a relatively common occurrence after primary discectomy for lumbar intervertebral disc herniation. For recurrent herniations after repeat discectomies, a growing body of evidence suggests that fusion is effective in appropriately selected cases. Theoretically, anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) allows for comprehensive discectomy, less trauma to spinal nerves and paraspinal muscles and avoidance of the disadvantages of repeat posterior approaches...
December 2017: Journal of Spine Surgery (Hong Kong)
David S Xu, Konrad Bach, Juan S Uribe
OBJECTIVE Minimally invasive anterior and lateral approaches to the lumbar spine are increasingly used to treat and reduce grade I spondylolisthesis, but concerns still exist for their usage in the management of higher-grade lesions. The authors report their experience with this strategy for grade II spondylolisthesis in a single-surgeon case series and provide early clinical and radiographic outcomes. METHODS A retrospective review of a single surgeon's cases between 2012 and 2016 identified all patients with a Meyerding grade II lumbar spondylolisthesis who underwent minimally invasive lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) or anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) targeting the slipped level...
January 2018: Neurosurgical Focus
Pooria Hosseini, Gregory M Mundis, Robert K Eastlack, Ramin Bagheri, Enrique Vargas, Stacie Tran, Behrooz A Akbarnia
OBJECTIVE Sagittal malalignment decreases patients' quality of life and may require surgical correction to achieve realignment goals. High-risk posterior-based osteotomy techniques are the current standard treatment for addressing sagittal malalignment. More recently, anterior lumbar interbody fusion, anterior column realignment (ALIF ACR) has been introduced as an alternative for correction of sagittal deformity. The objective of this paper was to report clinical and radiographic results for patients treated using the ALIF-ACR technique...
December 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
Peter B Derman, Todd J Albert
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The various lumbar interbody fusion (IBF) techniques and the evidence for their use in the treatment of degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis (DLS) are described in this review. RECENT FINDINGS: The existing evidence is mixed regarding the indications for and utility of IBF in DLS, but its use in the setting of pre-operative instability is most strongly supported. Anterior (ALIF), lateral (LLIF), posterior (PLIF), transforaminal (TLIF), and axial (AxiaLIF) lumbar IBF approaches have been described...
December 2017: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
Rodrigo Amaral, Ronaldo Ferreira, Luis Marchi, Rubens Jensen, Joes Nogueira-Neto, Luiz Pimenta
OBJECTIVES: Historically, anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) was related to high rates of intraoperative complications and adverse events related to interbody devices. In recent decades, there have been technical adjustments, and cages that are more suitable have emerged. The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and complication rate of the use of stand-alone mini-ALIF using a self-locking cage. METHODS: Retrospective single center study. Inclusion criteria: retroperitoneal mini-ALIF for single-level fusion (L5S1); self-locking cage; DDD/stenosis and grade I spondylolisthesis...
September 2017: Revista Brasileira de Ortopedia
Sebastien Le Pape, Remi Gauthe, Laure Du Pouget, Olivier Gille, Jean-Marc Vital, Mourad Ould-Slimane
BACKGROUND: The anterior approach to lumbar spine surgery has grown in popularity in the past few years; spinal fusion of the last 2 lumbar levels is often required. Although alternatives to bone grafting are available, including recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein 2 or bone substitutes, only cancellous autologous bone has all the required factors for bone growth. To avoid the use of bone substitutes, remote iliac crest bone harvesting remains the gold standard. However, this technique may lead to some unfavorable outcomes...
October 2017: World Neurosurgery
Ian Teng, Julian Han, Kevin Phan, Ralph Mobbs
INTRODUCTION: Lumbar interbody fusions have been widely used to treat degenerative lumbar disease that fails to respond to conservative treatment. This procedure is divided according to its approach: anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF), posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) and lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF). Each approach has its own theoretical advantages and disadvantages; however, there have been no studies that compared these...
October 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Nam-Su Chung, Chang-Hoon Jeon, Han-Dong Lee, Heon-Ju Kweon
PURPOSE: Oblique lateral interbody fusion (OLIF) L5-S1 is essentially to perform an anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) in the lateral position. Because the surgical procedures are performed "obliquely" over the left common iliac vein (LCIV), ensuring that the vein is protected which is particularly important. We aimed to evaluate the configuration of LCIV and its risk of mobilization during anterior approach at L5-S1 segment. METHODS: This study involved 65 consecutive patients who underwent anterior lumbar fusion (ALIF, n = 39; OLIF, n = 26) at the L5-S1 segment...
November 2017: European Spine Journal
Chul-Woo Lee, Kang-Jun Yoon, Sang-Soo Ha
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to compare radiologic and clinical outcomes in patients with L4-5 lumbar spondylolisthesis who have undergone either instrumented anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF), lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF), or posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), especially with regard to the development of adjacent segment disease (ASD). METHODS: Eighty-two patients with preoperative L4-5 spondylolisthesis and minimal ASD who underwent instrumented L4-5 fusion were divided into 3 groups according to the surgical approach used for treatment (ALIF: 27 patients, LLIF: 24 patients, PLIF: 31 patients)...
September 2017: World Neurosurgery
Matthew Scott-Young, Laurence McEntee, Ben Schram, Evelyne Rathbone, Wayne Hing, David Nielsen
STUDY DESIGN: A prospective study. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper is to evaluate clinical and patient outcomes post combined Total Disc Arthroplasty (TDA) and Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF), known as hybrid surgery for the treatment of multi-level symptomatic degenerative disc disease (DDD). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Class I studies comparing the treatment of one level lumbar DDD with TDA and ALIF have confirmed the effectiveness of those treatments through clinical and patient outcomes...
June 8, 2017: Spine
Raj J Gala, Patawut Bovonratwet, Matthew L Webb, Arya G Varthi, Michael D Daubs, Jonathan N Grauer
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study OBJECTIVE.: The aim of this study was to compare perioperative adverse events for patients with lumbar spondylolysis treated with transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF), posterior spinal fusion (PSF), combined anterior and posterior fusion (AP fusion), or anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Previous cohort studies have shown similar long-term outcomes for different surgical approaches for this indication, but potential differences in 30-day perioperative adverse events have not been well characterized...
January 15, 2018: Spine
Rabia Qureshi, Varun Puvanesarajah, Amit Jain, Adam L Shimer, Francis H Shen, Hamid Hassanzadeh
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective database review. OBJECTIVE: To understand medical complication rates, readmission rates, costs, and discharge dispositions in anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIFs) versus transforaminal lumbar interbody fusions (TLIFs)/posterior lumbar interbody fusions (PLIFs) for lumbar degenerative disease. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Indications for ALIFs versus PLIFs can vary, though benefits of anterior approach surgery include full access to the anterior column and ability to place fusion devices...
December 15, 2017: Spine
Gloria Giang, Ralph Mobbs, Steven Phan, Tommy Manh Tran, Kevin Phan
BACKGROUND: Stand-alone anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) is an effective surgical approach for selected spinal pathologies. It avoids the morbidity and complications associated with instrumented ALIF, such as plate fixation and the traditionally used posterior approach. Despite improved disc space visualization and clearance, the associated posterior instability and increased risk of nonfusion present major challenges to this approach. The integral cage design aims to address these challenges by providing the necessary stabilization through intracorporeal screws...
August 2017: World Neurosurgery
Joseph A Sclafani, Sophea R Bergen, Miranda Staples, Kevin Liang, Ramin Raiszadeh
BACKGROUND: Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) is utilized in symptomatic spinal disc destabilization due to degenerative lumbar disc disease, isthmic and degenerative spondylolisthesis, internal disc disruption, or pseudarthrosis after non-operative treatments fail. The addition of a plasma-sprayed titanium coating (PTC) to polyether ether ketone spacers (PEEK) may reduce the rate of implant subsidence or non-union secondary to poor osseous-integration of non-coated PEEK or metal interbody systems...
2017: International Journal of Spine Surgery
Alessandro Ramieri, Massimo Miscusi, Maurizio Domenicucci, Antonino Raco, Giuseppe Costanzo
PURPOSE: Sagittal imbalance of severe adult degenerative deformities requires surgical correction to improve pain, mobility and quality of life. Our aim was a harmonic and balanced spine, treating a series of adult degenerative thoracolumbar and lumbar kyphoscoliosis by a non posterior subtraction osteotomy technique. METHODS: We operated 22 painful thoracolumbar and lumbar compensated degenerative deformities by anterior (ALIF), extreme lateral (XLIF) and transforaminal (TLIF) interbody fusion and grade 2 osteotomy (SPO) to restore lumbar lordosis and mobilize the coronal curve...
October 2017: European Spine Journal
Masato Saito, Alif Meem Nurani, Yuki Kondo, Hiroo Fukuda
Culture systems combined with molecular biological approaches have identified various key factors regulating vascular differentiation, which makes a great contribution to development of vascular biology. Recently, we established a novel culture system for xylem cell differentiation in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis), in which ectopic xylem cells can be induced throughout leaf disks within 3-4 days. Here we describe detailed procedures of the culture system from sample preparation to vascular cell induction culture...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Kamal R M Woods, James B Billys, Richard A Hynes
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: The oblique lateral interbody fusion (OLIF) procedure is aimed at mitigating some of the challenges seen with traditional anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) and transpsoas lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF), and allows for interbody fusion at L1-S1. PURPOSE: The study aimed to describe the OLIF technique and assess the complication and fusion rates. STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective cohort study. PATIENT SAMPLE: The sample is composed of 137 patients who underwent OLIF procedure...
April 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
R Kirk Owens, Mladen Djurasovic, Charles H Crawford, Steven D Glassman, John R Dimar, Leah Y Carreon
Study Design Retrospective comparative cohort. Objective Pseudarthrosis following fusion for degenerative lumbar spine pathologies remains a substantial problem. Current data shows that patients who develop a pseudarthrosis have suboptimal outcomes. This study evaluates if treatment of pseudarthrosis can be affected by surgical approach. Methods Medical records of 63 female and 65 male patients (mean age 50.37) who were treated for nonunion following lumbar fusion were reviewed. Sixty patients underwent posterolateral fusion (PSF), 18 underwent PSF with transforaminal interbody fusion (TLIF), 32 underwent anterior and posterior spinal fusion (AP), and 24 underwent anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)...
December 2016: Global Spine Journal
Praveena Deekonda, Oliver M Stokes, Daniel Chan
BACKGROUND: Novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are being increasingly used in the secondary prevention of thromboembolic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. Patients taking NOACs are difficult to manage perioperatively, and several unexpected complications have been reported in these patients. CASE REPORT: We report a case of a rivaroxaban-induced retroperitoneal haematoma in a 72-year-old man who underwent an L5/S1 anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) for grade 1 spondylolytic spondylolisthesis...
November 2, 2016: European Spine Journal
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