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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229085/folate-receptor-alpha-is-more-than-just-a-folate-transporter
#1
Vineet Mohanty, M Rizwan Siddiqui, Tadanori Tomita, Chandra Shekhar Mayanil
Until recently folate receptor alpha (FRα) has only been considered as a folate transporter. However, a novel role of FRα as a transcription factor was reported by our lab. More recently our lab showed a novel pleiotropic role of FRα: (a) direct transcriptional activation of Oct4, Sox2, and Klf4 genes; and (b) repression of biogenesis of miRNAs that target these genes or their effector molecules. These observations beg a question: "Can a simple molecule such as folate be used to manipulate the production and/or differentiation of endogenous neural stem cells (NSCs), which may hold promise for future therapies?" Conditions such as spinal cord injury, motor neuron diseases, Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis may benefit from increasing stem cell pool and promoting specific pathways of differentiation...
2017: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228700/osteochondroma-and-spinal-cord-compression-in-a-patient-with-hereditary-multiple-exostoses-a-case-report
#2
Robert J Zoboski
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this report was to describe the presentation of a patient with hereditary multiple exostoses and thoracic spinal cord compression from an osteochondroma. CLINICAL FEATURES: A 31-year-old female presented to a chiropractic clinic with a history of hereditary multiple exostoses and back pain that had existed since the age of 16 years. She had a past medical history that was remarkable for 3 prior surgeries for mass removal. Examination revealed a left upper midscapular mass with decreased sensation...
March 2017: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222441/unusual-occurrence-of-multifocal-desmoplastic-infantile-astrocytoma-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Vinayak Narayan, Amey R Savardekar, Anita Mahadevan, Arimappamagan Arivazhagan, Lingegowda Appaji
Desmoplastic infantile gliomas are rare, benign tumors of the early infancy period. Two histological subtypes - desmoplastic infantile astrocytoma (DIA) and desmoplastic infantile ganglioglioma - have been described. The characteristic features of DIAs are lobar location, glial histology, and excellent prognosis after complete surgical excision. DIAs usually present as solitary, cortical-surfacing, solid-cystic neoplasms; however, atypical, aggressive, and multifocal variants of DIA have been reported in the literature...
February 22, 2017: Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219304/solitary-thoracic-intramedullary-spinal-neurofibroma-microsurgically-extirpated-via-recapping-t-saw-laminoplasty
#4
Mamer Soriano Rosario, Hideki Murakami, Satoshi Kato, Moriyuki Fujii, Noritaka Yonezawa, Hiroyuki Tsuchiya
We report the case of a 40-year-old female presenting with back pain that was complicated by a solitary intramedullary spinal cord mass at the T10-11 levels, confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography myelography. Microsurgical en bloc extirpation of the tumor approached through a recapping T-saw laminoplasty of T10 was done, and histopathology findings revealed a diagnosis of neurofibroma. Solitary spinal neurofibroma is one of the rarest tumors involving the spinal cord and is very adherent for the lack of a well-defined capsule, requiring careful dissection under microscope magnification for successful en bloc resection...
January 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217156/extra-axial-giant-falcine-ependymoma-with-ultra-rapid-growth-in-child-uncommon-entity-with-literature-review
#5
Guru Dutta Satyarthee, Luis Rafael Moscote-Salazar
Ependymoma tends to occur commonly along either on ventricular surfaces of the brain or central canal of the spinal cord. Rarely, ependymoma can develop in the cerebral cortex without attachment to the ventricular structures. However, such occurrence in the purely extra-axial compartment in the falcine region mimicking falcine meningioma is exceedingly rare. The detailed search of primary falcine ependymoma (PEFE) in Medline and PubMed yielded only five isolated case reports. All cases occurred in patient older than 17 years of age; however, our case was a 9-year-old girl...
October 2016: Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217154/paediatric-calcified-intramedullary-schwannoma-at-conus-a-common-tumor-in-a-vicarious-location
#6
Aniruddha Tekkatte Jagannatha, Krishna Chaitanya Joshi, Shilpa Rao, Umesh Srikantha, Ravi Gopal Varma, Anita Mahadevan
Spinal schwannomas are commonly intradural extramedullary in location. As Schwann cells are not common in the central nervous system, intramedullary schwannomas are a rare entity. In adults, an estimated sixty cases have been reported in English literature. They are rarer in children (less than ten cases), and preoperative diagnosis becomes a prerogative in achieving total excision. Cervical cord is a common location and less commonly they occur in the conus. We report a rare case of calcified conus intramedullary schwannoma in a child without neurofibromatosis, who presented with conus-cauda syndrome of 1-year duration...
October 2016: Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216208/a-rare-case-of-pediatric-lumbar-spinal-ependymoma-mimicking-meningitis
#7
Ezeali Mike Ekuma, Kiyoshi Ito, Akihiro Chiba, Yosuke Hara, Kohei Kanaya, Tetsuyoshi Horiuchi, Samuel Ohaegbulam, Kazuhiro Hongo
Spontaneous acute subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) from lumbar ependymoma in children is rare. We report a case of a14-year-old boy who developed sudden radicular low back pain while playing baseball. He was initially managed conservatively in a local hospital for suspected lumbar disc herniation, but later developed meningeal symptoms and fever before being referred to our hospital. There he underwent a diagnostic lumbar puncture in the emergency room; his cerebrospinal fluid suggested an SAH. Physical examination showed meningeal signs and cauda equina features...
February 12, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210022/csf-related-complications-after-intradural-spinal-tumor-surgery-utility-of-an-autologous-fat-graft
#8
Kenan I Arnautovic, Marko Kovacevic
OBJECT: The incidence of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)-related complications after intradural spinal tumor (IST) surgery is high and reported in up to 18% of patients. However, no efficient way to prevent those complications has been reported so far. Treating these complications may require prolonged bed rest, re-exploration, external lumbar drain, use of antibiotics, and possible precipitation of other complications. To alleviate the risk of CSF-related complications, we prospectively adopted the intraoperative use of autologous fat grafting after IST surgery...
December 2016: Medical Archives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205381/the-clinical-significance-of-equivocal-findings-on-spinal-mri-in-children-with-medulloblastoma
#9
Julie Bennett, Ramy Ashmawy, Vijay Ramaswamy, Derek Stephens, Eric Bouffet, Normand Laperriere, Michael Taylor, Manohar Shroff, Ute Bartels
BACKGROUND: Medulloblastoma (MB) is the most common malignant brain tumor of childhood, with cerebrospinal fluid spread the most common site of metastasis. Currently, children diagnosed with MB and evidence of spinal metastasis are treated with an increased dose of craniospinal radiation (CSI). This report reviewed equivocal abnormalities including nerve root clumping, linear vascular enhancement, nerve root enhancement and/or other vague findings on spinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to elucidate their prognostic significance and aid in risk stratification...
February 16, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203179/malignant-phyllodes-tumor-presenting-in-bone-brain-lungs-and-lymph-nodes
#10
Eric D Johnson, Evin Gulbahce, Joseph McNally, Saundra S Buys
INTRODUCTION: Phyllodes tumors (PTs) are rare fibroepithelial tumors of the breast which are classified as benign, borderline, or malignant. Malignant PTs account for <1% of malignant breast tumors, and borderline tumors have potential to progress to malignant tumors. Metastatic recurrences are most commonly documented in bone and lungs. We report an extremely rare presentation of recurrent malignant PTs involving the brain, lung, lymph nodes, and bone. CASE: A 66-year-old female presented with a large breast mass...
September 2016: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197201/-three-methods-and-three-points-regulates-p38-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-in-the-dorsal-horn-of-the-spinal-cord-in-a-rat-model-of-sciatic-nerve-injury
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Xin Guo, Tian-Yuan Yu, Wong Steven, Wen-Duan Jia, Chi Ma, Yan-Hong Tao, Chao Yang, Tao-Tao Lv, Shuai Wu, Meng-Qian Lu, Jia-Li Liu
Tuina is a traditional Chinese treatment for sensory disturbances caused by peripheral nerve injury and related diseases. Our previous studies showed that tuina regulates relevant regions and indices of the spinal dorsal horn using the Dian, Bo, and Rou method in Yinmen (BL37), Yanglingquan (GB34), and Weizhong (BL40). Treatment prevents muscle atrophy, protects spinal cord neurons, and promotes sciatic nerve repair. The mechanisms of action of tuina for treating peripheral nerve injury remain poorly understood...
December 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196505/clinicopathologic-characteristics-and-prognostic-factors-for-primary-spinal-epidural-lymphoma-report-on-36-chinese-patients-and-review-of-the-literature
#12
Le Xiong, Ling-Min Liao, Jian-Wu Ding, Zhi-Lin Zhang, An-Wen Liu, Long Huang
BACKGROUND: Due to the uncommon nature of primary spinal epidural lymphomas (PSELs), there has been little research looking at prognostic indicators for the tumor. To our knowledge, this is the largest study to evaluate possible clinical and pathologic prognostic factors in PSEL patients. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 130 cases of PSEL, including 36 Chinese patients and 94 published case reports from 1985 to 2015. Patient treatment regimens included surgery (S; n = 119), surgery followed by chemotherapy (S + CT; n = 25), surgery followed by radiotherapy (S + RT; n = 26), and surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy (S + CT + RT; n = 50)...
February 14, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195909/capillary-hemangioma-of-thoracic-spinal-cord-pet-ct-and-mr-findings
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Guohua Shen, Minggang Su, Junyi Zhao, Bin Liu, Anren Kuang
Capillary hemangiomas are frequently encountered superficially in the cutaneous, subcutaneous, or mucosal tissues during the childhood and early adulthood, but the occurrence of spinal intradural capillary hemangioma is relatively rare. Herein, we report a case with capillary hemangioma of the thoracic spine. MR and PET/CT features of this lesion are presented, and awareness of this entity may help differentiate it from other spinal intradural tumors.
February 13, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193282/preoperative-embolization-in-patients-with-metastatic-spinal-cord-compression-mandatory-or-optional
#14
Chul Gie Hong, Jae Hwan Cho, Dae Chul Suh, Chang Ju Hwang, Dong-Ho Lee, Choon Sung Lee
BACKGROUND: The contribution of preoperative embolization in reducing intraoperative blood loss and its clinical importance are unclear. So, we aimed to compare the perioperative clinical outcomes based on whether preoperative embolization was performed and assess the role and safety of preoperative embolization in metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) patients. METHODS: We enrolled 52 patients (men, 37; women, 15) who underwent palliative decompression for MSCC...
February 14, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192611/deficiency-of-trek-1-potassium-channel-exacerbates-secondary-injury-following-spinal-cord-injury-in-mice
#15
Yongkang Fang, Xiaojiang Huang, Yue Wan, Hao Tian, Yeye Tian, Wei Wang, Suiqiang Zhu, Minjie Xie
Spinal cord injury (SCI) involves complex pathological process which can be complicated by secondary injury. TREK-1 is a member of the two-pore domain potassium (K2P) channel family, which can be modulated by a number of physiological and pathological stimuli. Recent studies suggest that TREK-1 plays an active role in depression, pain and neuroprotection. However, its role in the pathological process after SCI remains unclear. In this study, we tested the expression and function of TREK-1 in spinal cord of mice after traumatic SCI...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190444/management-of-neuro-oncologic-emergencies
#16
J T Jo, D Schiff
Patients with brain tumors and systemic malignancies are subject to diverse neurologic complications that require urgent evaluation and treatment. These neurologic conditions are commonly due to the tumor's direct effects on the nervous system, such as cerebral edema, increased intracranial pressure, seizures, spinal cord compression, and leptomeningeal metastases. In addition, neurologic complications can develop as a result of thrombocytopenia, coagulopathy, hyperviscosity syndromes, infection, immune-related disorders, and adverse effects of treatment...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188848/electroacupuncture-preconditioning-and-postconditioning-inhibit-apoptosis-and-neuroinflammation-induced-by-spinal-cord-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-through-enhancing-autophagy-in-rats
#17
Bo Fang, Meiman Qin, Yun Li, Xiaoqian Li, Wenfei Tan, Ying Zhang, Hong Ma
Electroacupuncture (EA) has beneficial effects on spinal cord ischemia reperfusion (I/R) injury, but the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. This study aimed to investigate the role of autophagy in the protection of EA preconditioning and postconditioning against spinal cord I/R injury. For this, spinal cord I/R injury was induced by 14min occlusion of the aortic arch, and rats were treated with EA for 20min before or after the surgery. The expression of autophagy components, light chain 3 and Beclin 1, was assessed by Western blot...
March 6, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186471/tumoral-calcinosis-of-the-craniovertebral-junction-as-a-cause-of-dysphagia-with-treatment-by-transoral-decompression-case-report
#18
Michael A Mooney, Mark E Oppenlander, U Kumar Kakarla, Nicholas Theodore
Tumoral calcinosis is characterized by tumor-like deposition of calcium in periarticular soft tissue. Spinal involvement is rare, and perioperative diagnosis of tumoral calcinosis can be difficult because lesions may be confused with bony neoplasms. Symptoms of tumoral calcinosis result from bony involvement and/or direct compression of surrounding anatomical structures, for which treatment with surgical decompression can be highly successful. The craniovertebral junction is rarely affected by tumoral calcinosis, and patients with this condition may present with distinct symptoms...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186109/astragali-radix-could-it-be-an-adjuvant-for-oxaliplatin-induced-neuropathy
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Lorenzo Di Cesare Mannelli, Alessandra Pacini, Laura Micheli, Angelo Pietro Femia, Mario Maresca, Matteo Zanardelli, Alfredo Vannacci, Eugenia Gallo, Anna Rita Bilia, Giovanna Caderni, Fabio Firenzuoli, Alessandro Mugelli, Carla Ghelardini
Neurotoxicity is a major side effect of platinum derivatives both during and after treatment. In the absence of effective pharmacological compounds, the opportunity to identify safe adjuvant treatments among medicinal plants seems appropriate. Astragali radix is an adaptogenic herbal product recently analyzed in platinum-treated cancer patients. With the aim of evaluating the anti-neuropathic profile of Astragali radix, a previously characterized aqueous (Aqu) and two hydroalcoholic (20%HA and 50%HA) extracts were tested in a rat model of oxaliplatin-induced neuropathy...
February 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184002/renal-cell-carcinoma-metastasis-involving-vertebral-hemangioma-dual-percutaneous-treatment-by-navigational-bipolar-radiofrequency-ablation-and-high-viscosity-cement-vertebroplasty
#20
Jean-Baptiste Zerlauth, Reto Meuli, Vincent Dunet
The case of a 70-year-old woman with progressive renal cell carcinoma (RCC) metastatic invasion of a L3 vertebral hemangioma treated by dual percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and vertebroplasty is reported. The patient was surgically treated for RCC in 2001. Chemotherapy and immunotherapy were introduced in 2013 for ovarian, bladder and cerebral metastatic disease. An asymptomatic L3 benign hemangioma was noticed at this time. One-year CT and MRI follow-up studies demonstrated a nodular isolated soft tissue lesion involving the anterior edge of the hemangioma...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
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