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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533868/-rare-medico-surgical-emergency-spinal-epidural-abscess-about-3-cases
#1
Abderrazzak El Saqui, Mohamed Aggouri, Mohamed Benzagmout, Khalid Chakour, Mohamed El Faiz Chaoui
The awareness about infections in the epidural space is increasing thanks to the development of neurosurgery, including MRI. Spinal epidural abscess is a rare pathology but extremely serious from a functional point of view and potentially life threatening. We report three cases of male patients (the first one aged 52 years, the second 57 years and the third 63 years) with diagnosed spinal epidural abscess. Two patients were admitted to the Neurosurgical Emergencies with slow progressive spinal cord compression evolving in the context of infection...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491486/crest-calcinosis-affecting-the-lumbar-and-cervical-spine-and-the-use-of-minimally-invasive-surgery
#2
Kassem Faraj, Kristin Perez-Cruet, Mick Perez-Cruet
Calcinosis in CREST (calcinosis, Raynaud's phenomenon, esophageal dysmotility, sclerodactyly, and telangiectasia) syndrome can affect the spinal and paraspinal areas. We present the first case to our knowledge where a CREST syndrome patient required surgery for spinal calcinosis in both the cervical and lumbar areas. A 66-year-old female with a history of CREST syndrome presented with right-sided lower extremity radicular pain. A computed tomography (CT) scan showed bilateral lumbar masses (5.8 cm on the right, 3...
April 8, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486232/osthole-a-coumadin-analog-from-cnidium-monnieri-l-cusson-ameliorates-nucleus-pulposus-induced-radicular-inflammatory-pain-by-inhibiting-the-activation-of-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinase-in-rats
#3
Hai-Xuan Wu, Yi-Min Wang, Hui Xu, Ming Wei, Qiu-Lan He, Mei-Na Li, Lai-Bao Sun, Ming-Hui Cao
AIM: This study was aimed at assessing the role of extracellular signal regulated kinase (ERK) in mechanical allodynia resulting from lumbar disc herniation (LDH) and exploring the osthole's anti-nociceptive effect on ERK activation. METHODS: Radicular pain was generated by applying nucleus pulposus (NP) to the L5 dorsal root ganglion (DRG). Allodynia was measured using Von Frey filaments to calculate the mechanical pain threshold. Phosphorylated ERK and total ERK protein in the lumbar spinal dorsal horn was detected by using the Western blot technique...
May 10, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483706/clinical-classification-criteria-for-radicular-pain-caused-by-lumbar-disc-herniation-the-rapidh-criteria-radicular-pain-caused-by-disc-herniation
#4
Stéphane Genevay, Delphine S Courvoisier, Kika Konstantinou, Francisco M Kovacs, Marc Marty, James Rainville, Michael Norberg, Jean-François Kaux, Thomas D Cha, Jeffrey N Katz, Steven J Atlas
CONTEXT: Classification criteria are recommended for diseases that lack specific biomarkers in order to improve homogeneity in clinical research studies. Since imaging evidence of lumbar disc herniations (LDH) may not be associated with symptoms, clinical classification criteria based upon patient symptoms and physical examination findings are required. PURPOSE: This study aimed to produce clinical classification criteria to identify patients with radicular pain caused by LDH...
May 5, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473069/acr-appropriateness-criteria-%C3%A2-back-pain-child
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Timothy N Booth, Ramesh S Iyer, Richard A Falcone, Laura L Hayes, Jeremy Y Jones, Nadja Kadom, Abhaya V Kulkarni, John S Myseros, Sonia Partap, Charles Reitman, Richard L Robertson, Maura E Ryan, Gaurav Saigal, Bruno P Soares, Aylin Tekes-Brady, Andrew T Trout, Nicholas A Zumberge, Brian D Coley, Susan Palasis
It is now generally accepted that nontraumatic back pain in the pediatric population is common. The presence of isolated back pain in a child has previously been an indication for imaging; however, recently a more conservative approach has been suggested using clinical criteria. The presence of constant pain, night pain, and radicular pain, alone or in combination, lasting for 4 weeks or more, constitute clinical red flags that should prompt further imaging. Without these clinical red flags, imaging is likely not indicated...
May 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471875/genetic-predictors-of-recovery-in-low-back-and-lumbar-radicular-pain
#6
Siri Bjorland, Cecilie Røe, Aurora Moen, Elina Schistad, Aqsa Mahmood, Johannes Gjerstad
Previous data suggest that persistent back pain may be associated with genetic variability. In this study, we assessed the correlation between 8 genetic polymorphisms (VDR, COL11, MMP1, MMP9, IL-1á, IL-1RN, OPRM1, COMT) and pain recovery in patients with low back pain (LBP) and lumbar radicular pain (LRP). In total, 296 patients with LBP or LRP were followed for 5 years. The patients underwent standardized clinical examination and completed pain and function questionnaires. Univariate linear regression associations with p-values <0...
April 27, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466022/ultrasonography-guided-lumbar-periradicular-injections-for-unilateral-radicular-pain
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Qing Wan, Shaoling Wu, Xiao Li, Caina Lin, Songjian Ke, Cuicui Liu, Wenjun Xin, Chao Ma
Objective. The aim of this study was to compare the accuracy and efficacy of sonographically guided lumbar periradicular injections through in-plane or out-of-plane approach techniques for patients with unilateral lower lumbar radicular pain. The feasibility and accuracy of these techniques were studied by means of computed tomography (CT). Methods. A total of 46 patients with chronic unilateral lumbar radicular pain were recruited and randomly assigned to either the in-plane or out-of-plane injection group...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460630/microrna-223-demonstrated-experimentally-in-exosome-like-vesicles-is-associated-with-decreased-risk-of-persistent-pain-after-lumbar-disc-herniation
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Aurora Moen, Daniel Jacobsen, Santosh Phuyal, Anna Legfeldt, Fred Haugen, Cecilie Røe, Johannes Gjerstad
BACKGROUND: Previous findings have demonstrated that lumbar radicular pain after disc herniation may be associated with up-regulation of inflammatory mediators. In the present study we examined the possible role of extracellular microRNAs (miRs) in this process. METHODS: Single unit recordings, isolation of exosome-like vesicles, electron microscopy, nanoparticle tracking analysis, western blot analysis and qPCR were used in rats to demonstrate the effect of nucleus pulposus (NP) applied onto the dorsal nerve roots...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460342/anterior-lumbar-interbody-fusion-with-percutaneous-pedicle-screw-fixation-for-multiple-level-isthmic-spondylolisthesis
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Chang-Sheng Hsieh, Hyung Chang Lee, Hyeong-Seok Oh, Sang-Joon Park, Byeong-Wook Hwang, Sang-Ho Lee
OBJECTIVE: Multiple-level lumbar isthmic spondylolisthesis is rarely reported. Here, we report 23 consecutive patients who underwent anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) with percutaneous pedicle screw fixation (PPF) for multiple-level isthmic spondylolisthesis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From June 2008 through December 2014, multiple-level lumbar isthmic spondylolisthesis was diagnosed in 23 patients (6 men, 17 women) at Wooridul Spine Hospital (Busan, South Korea)...
April 13, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456675/stability-preserving-decompression-in-degenerative-versus-congenital-spinal-stenosis-demographic-patterns-and-patient-outcomes
#10
Philip K Louie, Justin C Paul, Jonathan Markowitz, Joshua A Bell, Bryce A Basques, Alem Yacob, Howard S An
BACKGROUND: Context: Although lumbar spinal stenosis often presents as a degenerative condition, some patients present with symptoms from lifelong narrowing of the spinal canal. These patients have congenital stenosis (CS) and present with symptoms of stenosis at a younger age. CS patients often have a distinct pathophysiology with fewer degenerative changes but present with multi-level involvement. In the setting of neurological symptoms, decompression-alone while preserving stability, has been proposed for both patient populations...
April 26, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454187/combination-of-transforaminal-and-interlaminar-percutaneous-endoscopic-lumbar-diskectomy-for-extensive-down-migrated-disk-herniation
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Kyung-Chul Choi, Jung Hyun Lee, Jin-Sung Kim, Dong Chan Lee, Choon Keun Park
Background and Study Aims The technique and instrumentation of percutaneous endoscopic lumbar diskectomy (PELD) have significantly improved. Thus its indications have been gradually expanding. Down-migrated disk, in particular, is regarded inaccessible by rigid instrumentation due to poor visualization and limited accessibility. We introduce a combination of transforaminal and interlaminar PELD for extensive down-migrated disk herniation at the L4-L5 level. Patients and Methods In the first case, a 48-year-old man had left L5 radicular pain...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438284/intradiscal-o2o3-rationale-injection-technique-short-and-long-term-outcomes-for-the-treatment-of-low-back-pain-due-to-disc-herniation
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REVIEW
Francesco Giurazza, Gianluigi Guarnieri, Kieran J Murphy, Mario Muto
The management of low back pain should always start with a conservative approach; however, when it fails, intervention is required and at that moment the most appropriate choice remains unclear. Before invasive surgery, minimally invasive techniques can be adopted. In European trials and in a trans-Canadian clinical trial 03 ozone has been used successfully. In total over 50,000 patients have been treated safely. Ozone is a gas normally present in the atmosphere with potent oxidizing power; it has been used for percutaneous intradiscal injection combined with oxygen (O2O3) at very low concentrations for 15 years in Europe...
May 2017: Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal, Journal L'Association Canadienne des Radiologistes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436275/total-lumbar-facetectomy-without-fusion-short-and-long-term-follow-up-in-a-single-surgeon-series
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Mark A Pichelmann, John L D Atkinson, Nicolee C Fode-Thomas, Michael J Yaszemski
BACKGROUND: Total lumbar facetectomy may be advantageous for exposure or to completely free a constricted nerve root. OBJECTIVE: We retrospectively reviewed a single surgeon series without fusion for short and long term outcomes regarding radicular pain relief, subsequent relevant surgeries, and any identifiable instability. METHODS: All operations in which a single, total lumbar facetectomy was performed were reviewed. A total of 222 patients were identified with a minimal follow-up of 3 months; 187 (84...
April 24, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435923/bone-bridge-formation-across-the-neuroforamen-14-years-after-instrumented-fusion-for-isthmic-spondylolisthesis-a-case-report
#14
Joel Louis Lim, Kimberly-Anne Tan, Hwee Weng Dennis Hey
This case report describes the first case of a bone bridge formation across the left L5/S1 neuroforamen after instrumented posterolateral fusion for L5/S1 isthmic spondylolisthesis. Our patient was a 70-year-old lady who had grade 2, L5/S1 isthmic spondylolisthesis and bilateral S1 nerve root compression. She suffered from mechanical low back pain and neurogenic claudication, with radicular pain over both S1 dermatomes. She underwent in-situ, instrumented, posterolateral fusion and was asymptomatic for more than 13 years before developing progressive onset of left radicular pain over the L5 dermatome...
March 2017: Journal of Spine Surgery (Hong Kong)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430671/elevated-production-of-nociceptive-cc-chemokines-and-se-selectin-in-patients-with-low-back-pain-and-the-effects-of-spinal-manipulation-a-non-randomized-clinical-trial
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Julita A Teodorczyk-Injeyan, Marion McGregor, John J Triano, H Stephen Injeyan
BACKGROUND: The involvement of inflammatory components in the pathophysiology of low back pain is poorly understood. It has been suggested that spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) may exert anti-inflammatory effects. PURPOSE: To determine the involvement of inflammation-associated chemokines (CC series) in the pathogenesis of non-specific low back pain and to evaluate the effect of SMT on that process. METHODS: Patients presenting with non-radicular, non-specific low back pain (minimum pain score 3 on 10 point visual analogue scale, VAS) were recruited according to stringent inclusion criteria...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429143/how-to-treat-lumbar-disc-herniation-in-pregnancy-a-systematic-review-on-current-standards
#16
REVIEW
Alberto Di Martino, Fabrizio Russo, Luca Denaro, Vincenzo Denaro
PURPOSE: In this systematic review, we aim to illustrate the current and safe concepts in the assessment, diagnosis and management of herniated lumbar disc (HLD) during pregnancy. METHODS: A systematic review and reporting on the diagnosis, treatment and clinical results of HLD during pregnancy is performed. RESULTS: The MRI represents the first level and safest diagnostic tool for pregnant women affected by spinal problems allowing for a noninvasive and detailed radiological examination of the spine...
April 20, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420247/clinical-and-radiological-outcomes-after-decompression-and-posterior-fusion-in-patients-with-degenerative-scoliosis
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Majid Reza Farrokhi, Mohammad Jamali, Mehrnaz Gholami, Farnaz Farrokhi, Khadijeh Hosseini
OBJECTIVE: The prevalence of degenerative scoliosis (DS) increases with age and an overall increase is seen due to the aging population. This study aims to evaluate the clinical and radiological outcomes after decompression and posterior fusion in patients with DS. METHODS: In this is prospective study, 43 patients with DS, aged 37 to 70 years, were eligible to undergo decompression and posterior fusion. Primary outcomes were low back pain (LBP) with or without radicular pain, which was evaluated preoperatively and at 12 and 24 months after surgery with the use of a visual analog scale (VAS), and the quality of life (QOL), which was assessed at the same time periods by the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) questionnaire...
April 19, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413533/persistent-l5-lumbosacral-radiculopathy-caused-by-lumbosacral-trunk-schwannoma
#18
Guive Sharifi, Amin Jahanbakhshi
Schwannomais, usually, benign tumor of nerve sheath that occurs evenly along the spinal cord. Intra-pelvic schwannoma is very rare entity that may arise from lumbosacral nerve roots or from sciatic nerve. Radicular pain of the lower limb as a presenting symptom of pelvic schwannoma is extremely rare. In the current report, the patient is presented with a right sided L5 radicular pain typical of lumbar discopathy. Interestingly, a herniated lumbar disc was noted on lumbosacral magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
January 2017: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403104/effect-of-bipolar-pulsed-radiofrequency-on-refractory-chronic-cervical-radicular-pain-a-report-of-two-cases
#19
Min Cheol Chang
RATIONALE: Despite undergoing transforaminal epidural steroid injection (TFESI), many patients complain of persisting cervical radicular pain. For the management of chronic cervical radicular pain, clinicians are widely applying pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) stimulation to dorsal root ganglions (DRGs). To enhance the effect of PRF stimulation, we conducted bipolar PRF stimulation in 2 patients with chronic cervical radicular pain that was refractory to monopolar PRF and repeated TFESIs...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400658/complication-rate-during-multilevel-lumbar-fusion-in-patients-above-60-years
#20
Bijjawara Mahesh, Bidre Upendra, S Vijay, Gc Arun Kumar, Srinivas Reddy
BACKGROUND: Spine surgery in elderly with comorbidities is reported to have higher complication rates and increased cost. However, the surgical outcome is good irrespective of the complications. Hence, it is essential to identify the factors affecting the complication rates in such patients and the measures to reduce them. This retrospective observational study determines the perioperative complications, their incidence and the measures to reduce complications in the elderly with comorbidities, operated by instrumented multilevel lumbar fusion...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
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