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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816870/spinal-cord-injury-what-are-the-controversies
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Christopher S Ahuja, Gregory D Schroeder, Alexander R Vaccaro, Michael G Fehlings
Traumatic spinal cord injuries have a tremendous impact on individuals, families, and society as a whole. Substantial heterogeneity in the patient population, their presentation and underlying pathophysiology has sparked debates along the care spectrum from initial assessment to definitive treatment. This article reviews spinal cord injury (SCI) management followed by a discussion of the salient controversies in the field. Current care practices modeled on the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons joint section guidelines are highlighted including key recommendations regarding immobilization, avoidance of hypotension, early International Standards for Neurological Classification of SCI examination and intensive care unit treatment...
September 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816824/analysis-of-the-relationship-between-the-epidural-spinal-cord-compression-escc-scale-and-paralysis-caused-by-metastatic-spine-tumors
#2
Hiroshi Uei, Yasuaki Tokuhashi, Masafumi Maseda
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective, single-institute, and radiographic study. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the relationship between the epidural spinal cord compression (ESCC) scale and the severity of metastatic spine tumor-induced paralysis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The ESCC scale is used to evaluate the grade of spinal cord compression on T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However, few studies have investigated the relationship between such MRI findings and paralysis...
August 14, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814252/bone-imaging-in-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-where-do-we-stand
#3
Petros Sountoulides, Linda Metaxa
We are witnessing an era of increased clinical interest in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, both in terms of treatment and also in terms of imaging options. This surge in interest is attributed to the recent developments in treatments for metastatic prostate cancer that are able to confer a significant survival advantage. We are therefore anticipating an increase in the number of patients that we will need to treat at this disease stage. Imaging is undoubtedly crucial in monitoring disease response to treatment and progression...
August 16, 2017: Current Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813843/addition-of-forelimb-training-reduces-gains-from-robotic-gait-training-in-a-rat-model-of-spinal-cord-injury
#4
Nathan D Neckel, Haining Dai, Olga C Rodriguez
To restore locomotor function following spinal cord injury the disrupted descending supraspinal drive needs to be re-connected to regions caudal to the injury. Robotic gait training aims to facilitate recovery by stimulating the proprioceptive networks of the legs in a coordinated walking pattern while the descending supraspinal connections are re-established. In incomplete injuries, it is believed that the interneuronal networks near the injury site form relay circuits to reroute the supraspinal signals through the spared tissue...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811104/a-double-determination-of-central-motor-conduction-time-in-the-assessment-of-hirayama-disease
#5
Chaojun Zheng, Dongqing Zhu, Feizhou Lu, Yu Zhu, Xiaosheng Ma, Xinlei Xia, Jianyuan Jiang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate central motor conduction time (CMCT) in patients with Hirayama disease (HD) and to analyse the role of motor nerve root lesions in the pathogenesis of HD. METHODS: CMCT measured by F-wave (CMCT-F) and by paravertebral magnetic stimulation (CMCT-M) was performed on both abductor pollicis brevis (APB) and abductor digiti minimi (ADM) in 41 HD patients and 22 controls. All patients underwent neck-flexion magnetic resonance imaging evaluation...
July 31, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807778/cervical-cord-canal-mismatch-a-new-method-for-identifying-predisposition-to-spinal-cord-injury
#6
REVIEW
Aria Nouri, Julio Montejo, Xin Sun, Justin Virojanapa, Luis E Kolb, Khalid M Abbed, Joseph Cheng
The risk for spinal cord injuries (SCIs) ranging from devastating traumatic injuries, compression due to degenerative pathology, and neurapraxia is increased in patients with congenital spinal stenosis. Classical diagnostic criteria include an absolute anteroposterior diameter of <12-13mm or a Torg-Pavlov Ratio of <0.80-0.82; however, these factors do not take into account the size of the spinal cord, which varies across patients independent of canal size. Recent large MRI studies of population cohorts have allowed newer methods to emerge that account for both cord and canal size by measuring a spinal cord occupation ratio (SCOR)...
August 11, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804760/autopsy-case-of-the-c12orf65-mutation-in-a-patient-with-signs-of-mitochondrial-dysfunction
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Hideaki Nishihara, Masatoshi Omoto, Masaki Takao, Yujiro Higuchi, Michiaki Koga, Motoharu Kawai, Hiroo Kawano, Eiji Ikeda, Hiroshi Takashima, Takashi Kanda
OBJECTIVE: To describe the autopsy case of a patient with a homozygous 2-base deletion, c171_172delGA (p.N58fs), in the C12orf65 gene. METHODS: We described the clinical history, neuroimaging data, neuropathology, and genetic analysis of the patients with C12orf65 mutations. RESULTS: The patient was a Japanese woman with a history of delayed psychomotor development, primary amenorrhea, and gait disturbance in her 20s. She was hospitalized because of respiratory failure at the age of 60...
August 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798719/fulminant-acute-ascending-hemorrhagic-myelitis-treated-with-eculizumab
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Nang Boe Ohnmar Hsam, Klemens Angstwurm, Sebastian Peters, Kornelius Fuchs, Gerhard Schuierer, Ulrich Bogdahn, Robert Weissert
We describe an 18-year-old patient who developed back pain, rapidly ascending sensomotory deficits, bladder dysfunction, Lhermitte's sign, absent abdominal reflexes of all three levels, brisk tendon reflexes, and positive Babinski's sign. Magnetic resonance imaging of the spinal cord showed a long segment of cervical and thoracic intramedullary signal hyperintensity suggesting a longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis possibly within the course of a fast progressing ascending immune-mediated hemorrhagic myelopathy...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797605/space-available-for-cord-motion-and-disc-degeneration-at-the-adjacent-segments-level-of-degenerative-cervical-spondylolisthesis-using-kinematic-mri
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Permsak Paholpak, Alexander Nazareth, Kaku Barkoh, Larry V Lee, Joshua Lucas, Zorica Buser, Jeffrey C Wang
The objective was to evaluate motion, disc degeneration and Space Available for Cord (SAC) at the adjacent segments of degenerative cervical spondylolisthesis (DCS) using kinematic Magnetic Resonance Imaging (kMRI). The cervical spine kMRI of sixty-one DCS spinal levels (38 anterolisthesis and 23 retrolisthesis) were analyzed at the listhesis level and its adjacent segments in three position using kMRI. MRAnalyzer3 was used to analyze translation, angular motion and SAC. The caudad level had significantly less translation motion than the listhesis level in overall DCS or grade 2 anterolisthesis group (P<0...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795286/diagnostic-and-therapeutic-strategies-for-patients-with-malignant-epidural-spinal-cord-compression
#10
REVIEW
Dilan A Patel, Jian L Campian
Malignant epidural spinal cord compression (MESCC) is an oncologic emergency with the potential for devastating consequences for patients if not promptly diagnosed and treated. MESCC is diagnosed by imaging. MRI is by far the most sensitive test, preferably with gadolinium. Once the diagnosis of MESCC is suspected, patients with neurologic deficits should receive prompt administration of dexamethasone with a 10-mg IV loading dose followed by 4 mg every 6 h. Quick taper is recommended once the definitive treatment is established...
August 10, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793038/transplantation-of-human-immature-dental-pulp-stem-cell-in-dogs-with-chronic-spinal-cord-injury
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Matheus Levi Tajra Feitosa, Carlos Alberto Palmeira Sarmento, Renato Zonzini Bocabello, Patrícia Cristina Baleeiro Beltrão-Braga, Graciela Conceição Pignatari, Robson Fortes Giglio, Maria Angelica Miglino, Jéssica Rodrigues Orlandin, Carlos Eduardo Ambrósio
Purpose: To investigate the therapeutic potential of human immature dental pulp stem cells in the treatment of chronic spinal cord injury in dogs. Methods: Three dogs of different breeds with chronic SCI were presented as animal clinical cases. Human immature dental pulp stem cells were injected at three points into the spinal cord, and the animals were evaluated by limb function and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) pre and post-operative. Results: There was significant improvement from the limb function evaluated by Olby Scale, though it was not supported by the imaging data provided by MRI and clinical sign and evaluation...
July 2017: Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792797/magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-clinical-findings-associated-with-choroid-plexus-spinal-cord-drop-metastases
#12
Carmen L Yeamans, Rodrigo Gutierrez-Quintana, Allison Haley, Catherine G Lamm
A 5 yr old castrated male whippet presented with a unique presentation of ambulatory paraparesis and subsequent diagnosis of primary intracranial choroid plexus carcinoma, with metastases to the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral spinal cord segments. Magnetic resonance imaging was performed initially of the thoracolumbar vertebral column and was followed by MRI sequences of the brain for confirmation of the presence of a primary intracranial tumor. The dog was euthanized immediately following diagnostic imaging due to the severity of clinical signs and poor prognosis...
August 9, 2017: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792087/evaluation-and-management-of-tethered-cord-syndrome-in-occult-spinal-dysraphism-recommendations-from-the-international-children-s-continence-society
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REVIEW
Gerald F Tuite, Dominic N P Thompson, Paul F Austin, Stuart B Bauer
AIMS: As awareness and frequency of tethered spinal cord (TSC) related to occult spinal dysraphism (OSD) has increased with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), variability exists in its evaluation and management. Due to no published level I data, we summarize the current International Children's Continence Society (ICCS) recommendations for diagnosis and treatment of OSD. METHODS: Guidelines were formulated based on analysis of pertinent literature and consensus among authors...
August 9, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791193/spinal-thoracic-extradural-angiolipoma-manifesting-as-acute-onset-of-paraparesis-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Franz Jooji Onishi, Flavio Augusto Sekeff Salem, Diogo Luis de Melo Lins, Rafi Felicio Bauab Dauar, João Norberto Stavale
BACKGROUND: Angiolipomas are benign tumors most commonly found in the thoracic spine. They are composed of mature adipocytes and abnormal vascular elements that usually present with a slowly progressive course of neurological deterioration. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 35-year-old female, with a prior history of back pain, acutely developed paraparesis. When the thoracic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a dorsal epidural mass at the T3-T5 level, she underwent a laminectomy for gross total excision of the lesion that proved to be an angiolipoma...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782691/first-case-of-autonomic-dysrefleixa-following-elective-lower-thoracic-spinal-cord-transection-in-a-spina-bifida-adult
#15
Juanita Garces, Mansour Mathkour, Tyler Scullen, Lora Kahn, Erin Biro, Olawale A R Sulaiman, Roger Smith, Cuong J Bui
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord transection is a radical but effective treatment for highly selective cases of symptomatic spinal re-tethering in paraplegic spina bifida patients. Autonomic dysreflexia (AD) is a potentially life-threatening syndrome involving a dysregulated sympathetic discharge reflex commonly seen following cervical and high thoracic spinal cord injury leading to a disconnect between autonomic pathways above and below the lesion that can lead to severe complications including uncontrolled hypertension, bradycardia, stroke, and potentially death...
August 3, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781306/cervical-flexion-myelopathy-eleven-years-after-a-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
#16
Hiroto Nakano, Kenji Sakai, Kazuo Iwasa, Masahito Yamada
We herein describe a 37-year-old man who developed cervical flexion myelopathy 11 years after suffering a cervical spinal cord injury. Cervical magnetic resonance imaging 11 years after the accident demonstrated atrophy and hyperintense lesions at the C6 and C7 levels in the cervical cord with an abnormal alignment of the vertebrae. In the neck flexion position, an anterior shift of the cervical cord was evident. Our patient's condition suggests that an abnormal alignment of the cervical spine and spinal cord injury due to a traumatic accident could be risk factors in the subsequent development of cervical flexion myelopathy...
August 1, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776131/pure-distraction-injury-of-t1-2-with-quad-fever
#17
Jun-Yeong Seo, Chae-Moon Lim, Young-Hoon Kim, Kee-Yong Ha
INTRODUCTION: We report a pure distraction injury of the upper thoracic spine and uncontrolled hyperthermia without an infectious cause. Quad fever appears in the first several weeks to months after a cervical or upper thoracic SCI and is characterized by an extreme elevation in body core temperature beyond 40 °C without an infectious cause. Discriminating between infectious and noninfectious causes is important, and a thorough clinical assessment is required. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 52-year-old male visited the emergency room complaining of back pain with complete paralysis [American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) A] of both lower extremities after a pedestrian-motor vehicle accident...
August 3, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775247/spinal-abscess-caused-by-salmonella-bacteremia-in-a-patient-with-primary-myelofibrosis
#18
Shehab Fareed, Abdulqadir J Nashwan, Sulieman Abu Jarir, Ahmed Husain, Dina Sameh Suliman, Friyal Ibrahim, Abbas Moustafa, Muhammad S Akhter, Mohamed A Yassin
BACKGROUND In Primary Myelofibrosis (PMF; a clonal disorder arising from the neoplastic transformation of early hematopoietic stem cells) patients, spinal cord compression (SCC) is a common complication or even a presentation symptom due to extramedullary hematopoiesis (EMH). However, a case of SCC caused by a spinal abscess is unusual. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report of this rare condition. CASE REPORT We are reporting the case of a 50-year-old male with primary myelofibrosis and long-standing splenomegaly with back pain as a presenting symptom who was found to have spinal cord compression...
August 4, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770481/the-role-of-advanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-techniques-in-multiple-sclerosis-clinical-trials
#19
REVIEW
Kedar R Mahajan, Daniel Ontaneda
Magnetic resonance imaging has been crucial in the development of anti-inflammatory disease-modifying treatments. The current landscape of multiple sclerosis clinical trials is currently expanding to include testing not only of anti-inflammatory agents, but also neuroprotective, remyelinating, neuromodulating, and restorative therapies. This is especially true of therapies targeting progressive forms of the disease where neurodegeneration is a prominent feature. Imaging techniques of the brain and spinal cord have rapidly evolved in the last decade to permit in vivo characterization of tissue microstructural changes, connectivity, metabolic changes, neuronal loss, glial activity, and demyelination...
August 2, 2017: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769787/a-combination-of-ex-vivo-diffusion-mri-and-multiphoton-to-study-microglia-monocytes-alterations-after-spinal-cord-injury
#20
Harun N Noristani, Hassan Boukhaddaoui, Guillaume Saint-Martin, Pauline Auzer, Rahima Sidiboulenouar, Nicolas Lonjon, Eric Alibert, Nicolas Tricaud, Christophe Goze-Bac, Christophe Coillot, Florence E Perrin
Central nervous system (CNS) injury has been observed to lead to microglia activation and monocytes infiltration at the lesion site. Ex vivo diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (diffusion MRI or DWI) allows detailed examination of CNS tissues, and recent advances in clearing procedures allow detailed imaging of fluorescent-labeled cells at high resolution. No study has yet combined ex vivo diffusion MRI and clearing procedures to establish a possible link between microglia/monocytes response and diffusion coefficient in the context of spinal cord injury (SCI)...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
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