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Lumbar plexus

Gabrielle G Tardieu, Christian Fisahn, Marios Loukas, Marc Moisi, Jens Chapman, Rod J Oskouian, R Shane Tubbs
The epidural space contains the internal vertebral venous plexus, adipose, and other connective tissues. In the anatomical literature, there are nonspecific descriptions of varying fibrous connective tissue bands in the epidural space, mainly mentioned in the lumbar region, that tether the dural sac to the posterior longitudinal ligament, the vertebral canal, and the ligamentum flavum. These ligaments have been termed as Hofmann's ligaments. This review expands on the anatomy and function of Hofmann's ligaments, increasing the awareness of their presence and serves as an impetus for further study of their histology, innervation, and function...
September 13, 2016: Curēus
Luiz Eduardo Imbelloni, Geraldo Borges de Morais Filho
BACKGROUND: The fast-track concept refers to all phases of perioperative care: Preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative strategies. Although most research has focused on adherence to medication, adherence also encompasses numerous health-related behaviors. The aim of this prospective study was to determine the attitudes and awareness among health professionals involved in the treatment of elderly patients with fractures of the femur and the results of 400 patients. METHODS: The postoperative protocol acceleration was presented to various hospital departments through four seminars...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
S D Adhikary, K El-Boghdadly, Z Nasralah, N Sarwani, A M Nixon, K J Chin
We performed bilateral transmuscular quadratus lumborum blocks in six cadavers using iodinated contrast and methylene blue. Computed tomography imaging was performed in four cadavers and anatomical dissection was completed in five. This demonstrated spread to the lumbar paravertebral space in 63% of specimens, laterally to the transversus abdominis muscle in 50% and caudally to the anterior superior iliac spine in 63% of specimens. There was no radiographic evidence of spread to the thoracic paravertebral space...
October 12, 2016: Anaesthesia
Atsushi Mizuma, Chikage Kijima, Eiichiro Nagata, Shunya Takizawa
Metastasis of breast cancer is often detected through a long-term course and difficult to diagnose. We report a case of brachial plexopathy suspected to be the initial lesion of breast cancer metastasis, which was only detected by magnetic resonance (MR) neurography. A 61-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital within 2 years after operation for breast cancer because of progressive dysesthesia and motor weakness initially in the upper limb on the affected side and subsequently on the contralateral side...
May 2016: Case Reports in Oncology
Erlick A C Pereira, Mohammad Farwana, Khai S Lam
Spinal stenosis and low-grade spondylolisthesis produce symptoms of neural compression that can be treated with extreme lateral lumbar interbody fusion (XLIF) via indirect decompression. This study aimed to investigate whether the restoration of disc dimensions would relieve symptoms of radiculopathy, claudication and back pain. In this retrospective study, patients undergoing XLIF surgery for relief of radicular symptoms or degenerative disc disease were included. Radiologically proven changes were used to assess the modes of degeneration...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Yad R Yadav, Vijay S Parihar, Mina Todorov, Yatin Kher, Ishwar D Chaurasia, Sonjjay Pande, Hemant Namdev
Hydrocephalus is one of the commonest complications of tuberculous meningitis (TBM). It can be purely obstructive, purely communicating, or due to combinations of obstruction in addition to defective absorption of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) as an alternative to shunt procedures is an established treatment for obstructive hydrocephalus in TBM. ETV in TBM hydrocephalus can be technically very difficult, especially in acute stage of disease due to inflamed, thick, and opaque third ventricle floor...
October 2016: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
Ralph J Mobbs, Kevin Phan, Greg Malham, Kevin Seex, Prashanth J Rao
Degenerative disc and facet joint disease of the lumbar spine is common in the ageing population, and is one of the most frequent causes of disability. Lumbar spondylosis may result in mechanical back pain, radicular and claudicant symptoms, reduced mobility and poor quality of life. Surgical interbody fusion of degenerative levels is an effective treatment option to stabilize the painful motion segment, and may provide indirect decompression of the neural elements, restore lordosis and correct deformity. The surgical options for interbody fusion of the lumbar spine include: posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF), minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MI-TLIF), oblique lumbar interbody fusion/anterior to psoas (OLIF/ATP), lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) and anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)...
December 2015: J Spine Surg
Rainer Kimmig, Peter Rusch, Paul Buderath, Bahriye Aktas
Superior hypogastric plexus (SHG) contains mainly sympathetic and most probably also postganglionic parasympathetic fibers. Thus, surgical damage of SHG may cause autonomic pelvic organ dysfunction (Kraima et al., 2015). As already shown for rectal cancer, preservation of the autonomic nerves is facilitated by robotic surgery and may avoid sexual dysfunctions and voiding disorders (Kim et al., 2015). In this educational video, we demonstrate left lower paraaortic lymph node dissection preserving the SHG using ICG fluorescence to label the lymphatic compartment...
November 2016: Gynecologic Oncology Reports
R Barigye, S Davis, R Hunt, N Hunt, S Walsh, N Elliott, C Burnup, S Aumann, C Day, K Dyrting, R Weir, L F Melville
OBJECTIVE: This study assessed the neurotropism of bovine ephemeral fever (BEF) virus (BEFV) and described histomorphological abnormalities of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves that may causally contribute to paresis or paralysis in BEF. METHODS: Four paralysed and six asymptomatic but virus-infected cattle were monitored, and blood and serum samples screened by qRT-PCR, virus isolation and neutralisation tests. Fresh brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve and other tissues were qRT-PCR-tested for viral RNA, while formalin-fixed specimens were processed routinely and immunohistochemically evaluated for histomorphological abnormalities and viral antigen distribution, respectively...
October 2016: Australian Veterinary Journal
Xiaoling Zhang, Meizhi Li, Jian Guan, Huanjun Wang, Shurong Li, Yan Guo, Mingjuan Liu
PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility of three-dimensional MR neurography (3D MRN) for the sacral plexus using sampling perfection with application-optimized contrasts using different flip angle evolution (SPACE) sequences, and to demonstrate structural abnormalities in the pelvic nerve of women with pelvic endometriosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty patients with pelvic endometriosis and 20 healthy controls were examined by contrast-enhanced 3D short time inversion recovery T2-weighted imaging (CE 3D STIR T2WI) SPACE sequences on 3 Tesla MRI...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Karan Malhotra, Joseph S Butler, Adam Benton, Sean Molloy
Foot drop is a debilitating condition, which may take many months to recover. The most common cause of foot drop is a neuropathy of the common peroneal nerve (CPN). However, similar symptoms can be caused by proximal lesions of the sciatic nerve, lumbar plexus or L5 nerve root. We present a rare and unusual case of a patient undergoing spinal surgery at the level of L5/S1 and presenting 4 weeks postoperatively with progressive foot drop. Although the initial concern was a postoperative lesion at L5, the cause for this delayed presentation was extrinsic compression of the CPN at the level of the fibular head by a tight-fitting below-knee thromboembolic deterrent stocking...
September 2016: Oxford Medical Case Reports
Kenjiro Matsumoto, Kanako Takagi, Atsumi Kato, Takuya Ishibashi, Yasuo Mori, Kimihito Tashima, Atsushi Mitsumoto, Shinichi Kato, Syunji Horie
Transient receptor potential melastatin 2 (TRPM2) is a thermosensitive, Ca(2+)-permeable cation channel. TRPM2 contributes to the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease, and inflammatory and neuropathic pain. We hypothesized that TRPM2 is important for visceral nociception and the development of visceral hypersensitivity. Therefore, we investigated the expression of TRPM2 channels and their involvement in visceral nociception in normal physiology and under pathological conditions that cause visceral hypersensitivity in rats...
November 2016: Experimental Neurology
Sylvia H Wilson, Bethany J Wolf, Abdalrahman A Algendy, Clark Sealy, Harry A Demos, Julie R McSwain
BACKGROUND: Total hip arthroplasty (THA) is associated with significant postoperative pain. Both lumbar epidurals and lumbar plexus nerve blocks have been described for postoperative pain control, but it is unclear if one technique is more beneficial. METHODS: Using electronic medical records, a randomly selected, cohort of 58 patients with lumbar epidurals were compared with 58 patients with lumbar plexus nerve blocks following primary THA. The primary end point was 48-hour postoperative opiate consumption...
August 10, 2016: Journal of Arthroplasty
Rajesh Kumar Singh, J P Chaturvedi, H S Agrawal, Nitesh Agrawal
BACKGROUND: Aging causes progressive deterioration of all the organ systems. Physiological changes of aging and co-morbidities make regional anesthesia a preferred technique for this age group. Regional anesthesia with risk of hypotension and its consequences is fraught with dangers. Peripheral nerve blocks (PNBs) are much safer and give much superior post-op analgesia. The present study was undertaken to perform major lower limb orthopedic surgeries PNBs in geriatric settings. METHODS: A feasibility study was undertaken in patients above age of 60 years admitted for lower limb surgeries to undertake these surgeries under para-vertebral blocks for a period of one year from Mar 2011 to Feb 2012...
July 2016: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
Hai Chuan Yu, Mohammed Al-Shehri, Kelly D Johnston, Ryan Endersby, Leyla Baghirzada
PURPOSE: Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure indicated for the treatment of specific hip disorders. In this narrative review, we aim to examine the key components in providing anesthesia for this procedure. SOURCE: MEDLINE(®), PubMed, and EMBASE™ databases were searched for peer-reviewed articles discussing the anesthetic management of patients undergoing hip arthroscopy. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The primary anesthetic regimen used for hip arthroscopy should balance patient factors, preferences of the surgeon, and the demands of the procedure itself...
November 2016: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
Tomomasa Ishikawa, Kunihiko Asakura, Yasuaki Mizutani, Akihiro Ueda, Ken-Ichiro Murate, Chika Hikichi, Sayuri Shima, Madoka Kizawa, Masako Komori, Kazuhiro Murayama, Hiroshi Toyama, Shinji Ito, Tatsuro Mutoh
INTRODUCTION: To visualize peripheral nerves in patients with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), we used magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. We also quantified the volumes of the brachial and lumbar plexus and their nerve roots. METHODS: Thirteen patients with CIDP and 12 healthy volunteers were enrolled. Whole-body MR neurography based on diffusion-weighted whole-body imaging with background body signal suppression (DWIBS) was performed. Peripheral nerve volumes were calculated from serial axial MR images...
August 8, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
Hidetoshi Nojiri, Kei Miyagawa, Sammy Banno, Ikko Sakamoto, Masato Koike, Mamiko Sawa, Yoshiyuki Iwase, Hiroyuki Kudo, Tatsuo Sakai, Kazuo Kaneko
PURPOSE: Bleeding from the lumbar artery is a potential complication during the transpsoas approach to the lower lumbar intervertebral discs. In this anatomic study, the morphological relationships between the branches of the lumbar artery and the lower intervertebral disc were investigated to assess the risk of injury to the branches of the lumbar segmental arteries. METHODS: We studied 88 sites (86 lumbar arteries) at the third and fourth lumbar vertebrae bilaterally in 22 formalin-fixed cadavers...
August 6, 2016: European Spine Journal
K H Thybo, O Mathiesen, J B Dahl, H Schmidt, D Hägi-Pedersen
BACKGROUND: Peripheral regional nerve blocks are commonly used for pain management after lower extremity surgery, but motor blockade can be a significant concern. The lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (LFCN) is a purely sensory nerve from the lumbar plexus. We hypothesised that an LFCN block would reduce movement-related pain after total hip arthroplasty (THA) in patients with moderate-to-severe pain. METHODS: Sixty patients with visual analogue scale (VAS) score > 40 mm during 30-degree active flexion of the hip on either the first or second postoperative day after THA were included in this prospective, randomised, blinded, placebo-controlled trial...
October 2016: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
Tyler S Beveridge, Brian L Allman, Marjorie Johnson, Adam Power, Joel Sheinfeld, Nicholas E Power
PURPOSE: Metastatic testis cancer in the retroperitoneum presents a technical challenge to urologists in the primary and post-chemotherapy settings. Where possible, bilateral nerve sparing retroperitoneal lymph node dissection should be performed in an effort to preserve ejaculatory function. However, this is often difficult to achieve, given the complex neurovascular anatomy. To address this we performed what is to our knowledge the first comprehensive examination of the anatomical relationships between the sympathetic nerves of the aortic plexus and the lumbar vessels to facilitate navigation and nerve sparing during bilateral retroperitoneal lymph node dissection...
July 5, 2016: Journal of Urology
Enrique A Goytizolo, Ottokar Stundner, Sandra Hurtado Rúa, Dorothy Marcello, Valeria Buschiazzo, Ansara M Vaz, Stavros G Memtsoudis
BACKGROUND: While it is assumed that neuraxial analgesia and pain management may beneficially influence perioperative hemodynamics, few studies provided data quantifying such effects and none have assessed the potential contribution of the addition of a nerve block. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: This clinical trial compared the visual analog scale (VAS) scores and measurement of arterial tone using augmentation index of patients who received combined spinal-epidural (CSE) only to patients who received both CSE and lumbar plexus block...
July 2016: HSS Journal: the Musculoskeletal Journal of Hospital for Special Surgery
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