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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327190/primary-pain-generator-identification-by-ct-spect-in-a-patient-with-low-back-pain-a-case-report
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Gabriel Tender, Adriana Constantinescu, Andrew Conger, Anthony DiGiorgio
BACKGROUND: Chronic low back pain is one of the most common conditions encountered in the middle-age population. Identifying the primary pain generator is notoriously difficult. The computed tomography-single-photon emission computed tomography (CT-SPECT) is emerging as a new diagnostic modality for this purpose. CASE PRESENTATION: This 68-year-old Caucasian male presented with intractable low back pain refractory to maximal conservative treatment, including medication and extensive physical therapy...
March 21, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324327/lumbar-disc-replacement-surgery-successes-and-obstacles-to-widespread-adoption
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REVIEW
Stephan N Salzmann, Nicolas Plais, Jennifer Shue, Federico P Girardi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Lumbar disc replacement has been a surgical alternative to fusion surgery for the treatment of lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD) for many years. Despite enthusiasm after the approval of the first devices, implantation rates have remained low, especially in the USA. The goal of this review is to provide a general overview of lumbar disc replacement in order to comprehend the successes and obstacles to widespread adoption. RECENT FINDINGS: Although a large amount of evidence-based data including satisfactory long-term results is available, implantation rates in the USA have not increased in the last decade...
March 21, 2017: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323693/assessment-of-vertebral-curves-using-the-manual-post-it-technique
#3
Brian P Gladnick, Joseph J Schreiber, Chad R Ishmael, Benjamin T Bjerke-Kroll, Matthew E Cunningham
STUDY DESIGN: A prospective study of a new technique. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to report a manual technique for measuring vertebral curves on digital spine radiographs, and to assess the agreement of this technique with that of digital software for measuring vertebral curves. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Modern picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) typically include software for evaluating radiographic measurements...
April 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321409/could-the-topping-off-technique-be-the-preventive-strategy-against-adjacent-segment-disease-after-pedicle-screw-based-fusion-in-lumbar-degenerative-diseases-a-systematic-review
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Po-Hsin Chou, Hsi-Hsien Lin, Howard S An, Kang-Ying Liu, Wei-Ren Su, Cheng-Li Lin
The "topping-off" technique is a new concept applying dynamic or less rigid fixation such as hybrid stabilization device (HSD) or interspinous process device (IPD) for the purpose of avoiding adjacent segment disease (ASD) proximal to the fusion construct. A systematic review of the literature was performed on the effect of topping-off techniques to prevent or decrease the occurrence of ASD after lumbar fusion surgery. We searched through major online databases, PubMed and MEDLINE, using key words related to "topping-off" technique...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321270/autophagy-is-a-protective-response-to-the-oxidative-damage-to-endplate-chondrocytes-in-intervertebral-disc-implications-for-the-treatment-of-degenerative-lumbar-disc
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Ke Chen, Xiaohua Lv, Wei Li, Fei Yu, Jianjing Lin, Junxuan Ma, Deming Xiao
Low back pain (LBP) is the leading cause of disability in the elderly. Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) was considered as the main cause for LBP. Degeneration of cartilaginous endplate was a crucial harmful factor during the initiation and development of IDD. Oxidative stress was implicated in IDD. However, the underlying molecular mechanism for the degeneration of cartilaginous endplate remains elusive. Herein, we found that oxidative stress could induce apoptosis and autophagy in endplate chondrocytes evidenced by western blot analysis, flow cytometry, immunofluorescence staining, GFP-LC3B transfection, and MDC staining...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320996/feasibility-of-extracorporeal-shock-wave-myocardial-revascularization-therapy-for-post-acute-myocardial-infarction-patients-and-refractory-angina-pectoris-patients
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Masahiro Myojo, Jiro Ando, Masae Uehara, Masao Daimon, Masafumi Watanabe, Issei Komuro
Extracorporeal shockwave myocardial revascularization (ESMR) is one of the new treatment options for refractory angina pectoris (RAP), and some studies have indicated its effectiveness. A single-arm prospective trial to assess the feasibility of ESMR using Cardiospec for patients with post-acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and RAP was designed and performed. The patients were treated with 9 sessions of ESMR to the ischemic areas for 9 weeks. The feasibility measures included echocardiography; cardiac magnetic resonance imaging; troponin T, creatine kinase-MB (CK-MB), and brain natriuretic peptide testing; and a Seattle Angina Questionnaire (SAQ) survey...
March 21, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319468/the-impact-of-cage-dimensions-positioning-and-side-of-approach-in-extreme-lateral-interbody-fusion
#7
Marjan Alimi, Gernot Lang, Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, Moritz Perrech, Connor Berlin, Christoph P Hofstetter, Yu Moriguchi, Eric Elowitz, Roger Härtl
STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective single-center study. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of cage characteristics and position toward clinical and radiographic outcome measures in patients undergoing extreme lateral interbody fusion (ELIF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: ELIF is utilized for indirect decompression and minimally invasive surgical treatment for various degenerative spinal disorders. However, evidence regarding the influence of cage characteristics in patient outcome is minimal...
March 17, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298159/biological-behavior-of-human-nucleus-pulposus-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-response-to-changes-in-the-acidic-environment-during-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
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Jianjun Liu, Hui Tao, Cailiang Shen, Xiaoying Liu, Hanbang Wang, Fulong Dong, Renjie Zhang, Jie Li, Peng Ge, Peiwen Song, Huaqing Zhang, Peng Xu
An acidic environment is vital for the maintenance of cellular activities but can be affected tremendously during intervertebral disc degeneration. The effect of changes in the acidity of the environment on human nucleus pulposus mesenchymal stem cells (NP-MSCs) is unknown, however. Thus, this study aimed to observe the biological effects of acidic conditions mimicking a degenerated intervertebral disc on NP-MSCs in vitro. NP-MSCs were isolated from patients with lumbar disc herniation and were further identified by their immunophenotypes and multilineage differentiation...
March 16, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296365/-clinical-and-radiological-results-of-non-fusion-by-static-interspinous-spacer
#9
Juan Enrique Guzmán-Carranza, Amado González-Moga, Leonardo Álvarez-Vázquez, Gabriel Huerta-Hernández, Abraham Isáis-Gómez, Víctor Galicia-Luna, Víctor Hugo Anaya-Contreras
BACKGROUND: The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the clinical and radiological results of non-fusion in patients with degenerative disc disease and lumbar by placing static interspinous spacer. METHODS: A retrospective study was made in the period between January 2010 and January 2013, 130 patients were treated by placing static interspinous spacer. Patients were divided into: Group 1 (treated for diagnosis of degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis), and group 2 (those diagnosed with lumbar disc herniation)...
March 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294192/microstructural-changes-are-coincident-with-the-improvement-of-clinical-symptoms-in-surgically-treated-compressed-nerve-roots
#10
Weifei Wu, Jie Liang, Ying Chen, Aihua Chen, Yongde Wu, Zong Yang
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) has been widely used to visualize peripheral nerves, but the microstructure of compressed nerve roots can be assessed using DTI. However, there are no data regarding the association among microstructural changes evaluated using DTI, the symptoms assessed using the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) and the duration of symptoms after surgery in patients with lumbar disc herniation (LDH). Thirty patients with unilateral radiculopathy were investigated using DTI. The changes in the mean fractional anisotropy (FA) and the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values as well as the correlation between these changes and the severity and duration of the clinical symptoms were investigated before and at least one month after surgery...
March 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291406/validation-of-the-baseline-severity-stratification-of-objective-functional-impairment-in-lumbar-degenerative-disc-disease
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Martin N Stienen, Nicolas R Smoll, Holger Joswig, Marco V Corniola, Karl Schaller, Gerhard Hildebrandt, Oliver P Gautschi
OBJECTIVE The Timed Up and Go (TUG) test is a simple, objective, and standardized method to measure objective functional impairment (OFI) in patients with lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD). The objective of the current work was to validate the OFI baseline severity stratification (BSS; with levels of "none," "mild," "moderate," and "severe"). METHODS Data were collected in a prospective IRB-approved 2-center study. Patients were assessed with a comprehensive panel of scales for measuring pain (visual analog scale [VAS] for back and leg pain), functional impairment (Roland-Morris Disability Index [RMDI] and Oswestry Disability Index [ODI]), and health-related quality of life (HRQOL; EQ-5D and SF-12)...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289800/tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-overexpression-induces-mainly-osteoclastogenesis-at-the-vertebral-site
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Guillaume Courbon, Sacha Flammier, Norbert Laroche, Laurence Vico, Hubert Marotte, Fabienne Coury
Syndesmophyte occurrence and axial bone loss were investigated in the heterozygous Tg187 tumor necrosis factor (TNF) transgenic mouse model (Tg-huTNF) of arthritis. Female and male Tg-huTNF mice were compared to wild-type mice (WT) at 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 weeks. Syndesmophytes, intervertebral disc space, osteoclasts, osteoid surface, and vertebra microarchitecture were assessed by histomorphometry and microcomputed tomography. No spontaneous syndesmophyte formation was detected in Tg-huTNF compared to WT mice...
March 13, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288923/effects-of-alendronateon-lumbar-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-with-bone-loss-in-ovariectomized-rats
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Huiping Song, Yang Luo, Wenya Wang, Shuyang Li, Kai Yang, Muwei Dai, Yong Shen, Yingze Zhang, Liu Zhang
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Osteoporosis adversely affects disc degeneration cascades, and prophylactic alendronate (ALN) helps delay intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) in ovariectomized (OVX) rats. However, there remains no information regarding whether ALN affects IDD with bone loss. PURPOSE: This study aimed to observe the effects of ALN on degenerative discs with bone loss induced by OVX in rats. STUDY DESIGN: Controlled in vivo experiments in rodents...
March 10, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288396/adjacent-segment-disease-after-instrumented-fusion-for-adult-lumbar-spondylolisthesis-incidence-and-risk-factors
#14
Zhao-Ming Zhong, Vedat Deviren, Bobby Tay, Shane Burch, Sigurd H Berven
OBJECTIVE: A potential long-term complication of lumbar fusion is the development of adjacent segment disease (ASD), which may necessitate second surgery and adversely affect outcomes. The objective of this is to determine the incidence of ASD following instrumented fusion in adult patients with lumbar spondylolisthesis and to identify the risk factors for this complication. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively assessed adult patients who had undergone decompression and instrumented fusion for lumbar spondylolisthesis between January 2006 and December 2012...
February 27, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283839/selective-phosphodiesterase-2a-inhibitor-alleviates-radicular-inflammation-and-mechanical-allodynia-in-non-compressive-lumbar-disc-herniation-rats
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Jun-Nan Wang, Xue-Jun Zhao, Zhi-Hua Liu, Xu-Li Zhao, Tao Sun, Zhi-Jian Fu
PURPOSE: Phosphodiesterase inhibitors possess anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, some studies report that phosphodiesterase 2A (PDE2A) are highly expressed in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord. The present study aimed to investigate whether intrathecal administration of Bay 60-7550, a specific PDE2A inhibitor, could alleviate mechanical allodynia in non-compressive lumbar disc herniation (NCLDH) rats. METHODS: Rat NCLDH models by autologous nucleus pulposus implantation to dorsal root ganglion were established...
March 10, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279769/lumbar-facet-tropism-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
Fernando Alonso, Christina M Kirkpatrick, William Jeong, Christian Fisahn, Sameera Usman, Tarush Rustagi, Marios Loukas, Jens R Chapman, Rod J Oskouian, R Shane Tubbs
Scattered reports exist in the medical literature regarding facet tropism. However, this finding has had mixed conclusions regarding its origin and impact on the normal spine. Herein, we review the anatomy, embryology, biomechanics, and pathology related to lumbar facet tropism. Facet tropism is most commonly found at L4-L5 vertebral segments and there is some evidence that this condition may lead to facet degenerative spondylolisthesis, intervertebral disc disease, and other degenerative conditions.
March 6, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278042/a-cell-attracting-composite-of-lumbar-fusion-cage
#17
Busra Gunay, Nesrin Hasirci, Vasif Hasirci
Lumbar fusion cages are devices used in spinal fusion procedures for disorders such as spondylosis and degenerative disc diseases that may occur due to age, trauma or genetic reasons. These devices are most frequently made of metals and polymers. The mechanical properties of such devices should be comparable to the bone to avoid stress shielding. Besides, cages should interact with the cells to prevent extrusion and achieve satisfactory fusion. In this study, poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) and hydroxyapatite (HAp) were compounded to create products with HAp contents up to 40% (w/w), processed by hot melt extrusion and injection molded to produce composites with maximum polymer-mineral interaction...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277385/transforaminal-lumbar-interbody-fusion-versus-mini-open-anterior-lumbar-interbody-fusion-with-oblique-self-anchored-stand-alone-cages-for-the-treatment-of-lumbar-disc-herniation-a-retrospective-study-with-2-year-follow-up
#18
Guohua Lü, Lei Kuang, Bing Wang
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study OBJECTIVE.: To evaluate the clinical and radiological outcomes of mini-open ALIF (MO-ALIF) with self-anchored stand alone cages for the treatment of lumbar disc herniation in comparison with transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Currently, whether ALIF is superior to TLIF for the treatment of lumbar disc herniation remains controversial. METHODS: This study retrospectively reviewed 82 patients who underwent MO-ALIF with self-anchored standalone cages (n = 42) or TLIF (n = 40) for the treatment of lumbar disc herniation between April 2013 and October 2014...
March 8, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269294/linear-discriminant-analysis-for-symmetric-lifting-recognition-of-skilled-logistic-experts-by-center-of-pressure-trajectory
#19
Hieyong Jeong, Michiko Kido, Yuko Ohno
GOAL: The main purpose of the present study was to propose a recognizing method to analyze characteristics of symmetric lifting of skilled logistic experts by center of pressure (CoP) trajectories. Although it has been known that good posture helps reduce the intradiscal loads on lumbar discs, the most significant problem was that most of logistic workers did not know whether the current posture was proper or not. METHODS: The experiment of lifting was performed three times under 18 kg loads with closed eyes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267905/-results-of-percutaneous-discectomy-in-the-management-of-lumbar-disc-herniation
#20
P G Lima-Ramírez, A J Montiel-Jarquín, R G Barragán-Hervella, M A Sánchez-Durán, A Ochoa-Neri, J Loria-Castellanos, C Vázquez-Rodríguez, A Villatoro-Martínez, J J Castillo-Pérez
INTRODUCTION: Percutaneous discectomy is a disc decompression technique approved by the FDA that is useful to improve pain caused by a herniated disc. However, its practice is under discussion because the benefits of the technique are controversial. OBJECTIVES: To describe the clinical course of patients with low lumbar disc herniation (L4-L5, L5-S1) treated by percutaneous surgery within one year of surgery and prove that it is a useful surgical option for the relief of symptoms caused by this pathological entity...
July 2016: Acta Ortopédica Mexicana
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