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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225249/acute-tetraparesis-with-respiratory-failure-after-steroid-administration-in-a-patient-with-a-dural-arteriovenous-fistula-at-the-craniocervical-junction-a-case-report
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Hisashi Takahashi, Taiki Ueshima, Daiki Goto, Tadashi Kimura, Natsuko Yuki, Yasuo Inoue, Akira Yoshioka
A 63-year-old man developed vomiting, paraparesis, dysuria, bulbar palsy, and orthostatic hypotension over a period of 5 months. Neuroradiological examinations showed a swollen lower brainstem with a dural arteriovenous fistula at the craniocervical junction (DAVF-CCJ). A steroid was administered intravenously in the hospital to relieve brainstem edema. A few hours later, however, the patient developed acute tetraparesis with respiratory failure. Recently, there have been several reports describing the acute worsening of paraparesis in patients with a spinal dural arteriovenous fistula after steroid treatment...
December 8, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216730/the-influence-of-cranio-cervical-rehabilitation-in-patients-with-myofascial-temporomandibular-pain-disorders
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K Halmova, D Holly, P Stanko
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to prove the causality between the craniocervical dysfunction and myofascial pain in the head and neck and to demonstrate the clinical value and usefulness of physiotherapy as one of the therapeutic options for myofascial pain. METHODS: The group of patients diagnosed with myofascial dysfunctional pain syndrome contained 98 patients out of which 79 patients (81 %) were females and 19 patients (19 %) were males. The majority of the patients were aged between 26 and 35 years; the total age range was 14-77 years with the average of 38 years...
2017: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189644/identifying-factors-predictive-of-atlantoaxial-fusion-failure-in-pediatric-patients-lessons-learned-from-a-retrospective-pediatric-craniocervical-society-study
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Douglas L Brockmeyer, Walavan Sivakumar, Marcus D Mazur, Christina M Sayama, Hannah E Goldstein, Sean M Lew, Todd C Hankinson, Richard C E Anderson, Andrew Jea, Philipp R Aldana, Mark Proctor, Daniel Hedequist, Jay K Riva-Cambrin
STUDY DESIGN: Multicenter retrospective cohort study with multivariate analysis. OBJECTIVE: To determine factors predictive of posterior atlantoaxial fusion failure in pediatric patients. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Fusion rates for pediatric posterior atlantoaxial arthrodesis have been reported to be high in single-center studies; however, factors predictive of surgical non-union have not been identified by a multicenter study. METHODS: Clinical and surgical details for all patients who underwent posterior atlantoaxial fusion at seven pediatric spine centers from 1995 to 2014 were retrospectively recorded...
November 20, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187946/the-endoscopic-endonasal-approach-to-cranio-cervical-junction-the-complete-panel
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Nouman Aldahak, Bertram Richter, Joseph Synèse Bemora, Jeffery Thomas Keller, Sebastien Froelich, Khaled Mohamed Abdel Aziz
We aim to establish a complete summary on the Endoscopic Endonasal Approach (EEA) to Cranio Cervical Junction (CCJ): evolution since first description, criteria to predict the feasibility and limitations, anatomical landmarks, indications and biomechanical evaluation after performing the approach. A comprehensive literature search to identify all available literature published between March 2002 and June 2015, the articles were divided into four categories according to their main purpose: 1- surgical technique, 2- anatomical landmarks and limitations, 3- literature reviews to identify main indications, 4- biomechanical studies...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29185281/ankylosing-spondylitis-and-neck-pain-mri-evidence-for-joint-and-entheses-inflammation-at-the-craniocervial-junction
#5
Cheri Korb, Abid Awisat, Doron Rimar, Itzhak Rosner, Arsen Schpigelman, Daniela Militianu, Gleb Slobodin
BACKGROUND: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which has recently become the leading imaging modality in the study of ankylosing spondylitis (AS), has not been evaluated in the assessment of disease-specific changes at the craniocervical junction (CCJ) in patients with AS. OBJECTIVES: To describe the spectrum of active inflammatory lesions at the CCJ using MRI in a cohort of patients with AS and neck pain. METHODS: The study included 18 patients with AS presenting with neck pain and a control group of 9 fibromyalgia patients matched for age and levels of neck pain...
November 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145188/brueghel-syndrome-or-meige-syndrome-two-sides-of-a-same-disease
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M Béreau, L Tatu
Different eponyms such as "Wood syndrome," Meige syndrome, "Brueghel syndrome," "Blepharospasm plus syndrome" have been used to describe segmental craniocervical dystonias. These facial and/or oromandibular movement disorders are characterized by muscle contractions and spasms involving eyes, facial region, and sometimes pharynx, jaw, floor of the mouth, and tongue. The pathophysiology of craniocervical dystonia is poorly understood, but abnormal plasticity and impaired inhibition are suspected. Injection of botulinum toxin appears to be the best therapeutic option for treating segmental craniocervical dystonia...
2018: Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142493/cervical-arterial-fibromuscular-dysplasia-in-a-biethnic-population-a-retrospective-study-in-the-u-s-mexican-border
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Ihtesham A Qureshi, Gustavo J Rodriguez, Tatiana Chacon-Quesada, Gavito-Higuera Jose, Salvador Cruz-Flores, Alberto Maud
Background  There have been studies trying to characterize Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD); however, most of them are based in mainly non-Hispanic sample. The objective of this study is to better understand the epidemiology and clinical characteristics of craniocervical FMD in the Hispanic population. Methods  We retrospectively reviewed the cerebral angiograms performed in our center in a period of 3.5 years under any indication looking for angiographic patterns of FMD. Exclusion criteria consisted of cases in which the first angiogram was done when the patients were younger than 18 years...
December 2017: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137919/neurenteric-cyst-at-the-dorsal-craniocervical-junction-in-a-child-case-report
#8
Pui Man Rosalind Lai, Mohamed A Zaazoue, Roosevelt Francois, Daniel G Dupervil, Aaron L Berkowitz, Sanda Alexandrescu, Mark R Proctor
Neurenteric cysts, also known as enterogenous cysts, are uncommon, benign, congenital lesions that usually occur in the posterior mediastinum but can be seen at any level of the neuraxis. Here, we report a pediatric patient with a neurenteric cyst in the dorsal craniocervical junction as the only third reported pediatric case in the literature in this rare location, and describe the clinical course and pathologic findings with a review of the literature on this rare entity.
November 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137056/optic-nerve-injury-associated-blunt-cerebrovascular-injury-three-case-reports
#9
Dan-Dong Li, Liu-Xun Hu, Linyuan Sima, Shang-Yu Xu, Jian Lin, Nu Zhang, Bo Yin
RATIONALE: Blunt cerebrovascular injury (BCVI) is a rare complication that may occur after craniocervical trauma. The current literature is limited to extracranial carotid artery injuries; however, no reports have been published on blunt intracranial carotid injury (BICI), especially those associated with optic nerve injury. PATIENT CONCERNS: Here we report on 3 BICI cases that demonstrated optic nerve injuries after craniofacial injuries. All 3 patients showed post-trauma vision loss on the injured side...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135458/immediate-effects-of-osteopathic-treatment-versus-therapeutic-exercise-on-patients-with-chronic-cervical-pain
#10
Xabier Galindez-Ibarbengoetxea, Igor Setuain, Robinson Ramírez-Velez, Lars L Andersen, Miriam González-Izal, Andoni Jauregi, Mikel Izquierdo
Context • Alternatives to medication for immediate pain relief are needed because long-term use of pain medication has been associated with adverse effects. High-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) manipulation techniques (MTs) and craniocervical flexion (CCF) exercises have been frequently used in the management of chronic cervical pain. Objective • The study intended to compare the immediate effects on pain of a treatment using HVLA manipulation versus one using a CCF exercise protocol. Design • The research team designed a single-blinded, randomized clinical trial...
November 14, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133003/atlantooccipital-rotatory-dislocation-a-case-report-and-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Luis A Robles, Greg M Mundis, Abel Cuevas-Solórzano
BACKGROUND: Atlanto-occipital rotatory dislocation (AORD) has been rarely reported in the literature; for this reason, the clinical-radiological characteristics of this injury are not well described. METHODS: The authors describe the case of a 67 years old male who sustained a cervical spine trauma. He only referred neck pain and was neurologically intact. The CT scan showed a rotatory displacement of the atlanto-occipital joints (AOJs) associated with a widened condylar-C1 interval; in addition, the MRI revealed injuries to the stabilizing ligaments of this area...
November 10, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115190/cervical-injury-related-to-mandibular-fractures-a-retrospective-study-of-315-cases
#12
Tommaso Cutilli, Secondo Scarsella, Desiderio Di Fabio, Antonio Oliva, Maria Adelaide Continenza, Giacomo Sollecchia, Stefano Necozione, Sara Bernardi
Objective To define the association between mandibular fractures and alterations of the cranio-atlo-axial joint (CAAJ). Methods 315 cases of displaced mandibular fractures were retrospectively evaluated by CT scan and cervical X-ray for associated alterations of the CAAJ. Statistical analysis employed the chi-square and Cohen's kappa coefficient. Results Single fractures amounted to 69.84% and multiple fractures to 30.16% of total fractures. CT scans showed a rotation of the atlas on the same side of single fractures and subluxation of the CAAJ...
November 8, 2017: Cranio: the Journal of Craniomandibular Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114239/botulinumtoxin-improves-both-generic-and-disease-specific-quality-of-life-in-cervical-dystonia
#13
Daniel Weiss, Leonhard Hieber, Justine Sturm, Axel Börtlein, Ingo Mayr, Matthias Appy, Benedicta Kühnler, Joachim Buchthal, Christian Dippon, Guy Arnold, Tobias Wächter
Botulinumtoxin injection (BoNT) into affected muscles is effective to improve motor symptoms of cervical dystonia (CD) by reducing muscle contraction and involuntary dystonic movement and posturing. However, the understanding of the effect on health-related quality of life (HR-QoL) and patient referral under HR-QoL aspects is incomplete. In this open-label clinical prospective observational study, we characterized the outcomes in CD (n = 159) from botulinumtoxin on both generic HR-QoL (EuroQol; EQ-5D-5L) and disease-specific HR-QoL [craniocervical dystonia questionnaire (CDQ-24)]...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105875/questionnaire-based-analysis-of-owner-reported-scratching-and%C3%A2-pain-signs-in-cavalier-king-charles-spaniels-screened-for-chiari-like-malformation-and-syringomyelia
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C R Sparks, S Cerda-Gonzalez, E H Griffith, B D X Lascelles, N J Olby
BACKGROUND: Chiari-like malformation (CM) and syringomyelia (SM) cause a pain syndrome in Cavalier King Charles spaniels (CKCS). Clinical signs are not consistently apparent on neurologic examination, and owner reporting of signs provides vital clinical history. However, owner questionnaires for this disease are not well developed. OBJECTIVES: To develop a tool to capture owner-reported clinical signs for use in clinical trials and to compare owner-reported signs with the presence of pain on neurologic examination and SM on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
November 4, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100675/skull-base-plasmacytoma-a-unique-case-of-poems-syndrome-with-a-plasmacytoma-causing-craniocervical-instability
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Hannah Gilder, Meghan E Murphy, Mohammed Ali Alvi, Panagiotis Kerezoudis, Daniel Shepherd, Patrick R Maloney, Michael J Yaszemski, Jonathan M Morris, Angela Dispenzieri, Jane M Matsumoto, Mohamad Bydon
INTRODUCTION: Plasmacytomas, considered to be the solitary counterparts of multiple myeloma, are neoplastic monoclonal plasma cell proliferations within soft tissue or bone. Plasmacytomas often present as a collection of findings known as POEMS-syndrome (Polyneuropathy, Organomegaly, Endocrinopathy, M-Protein spike, and Skin changes). CASE DESCRIPTION: We present a report of a 47 yo male diagnosed with POEMS-syndrome secondary to a skull base plasmacytoma. The mass resulted in marked instability of the cranio-cervical junction due to bony erosion...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081395/intradural-extramedullary-bronchogenic-cyst-clinical-and-radiological-characteristics-surgical-outcomes-and-literature-review
#16
Jian-Cong Weng, Jun-Peng Ma, Shu-Yu Hao, Liang Wang, Zhen Wu, Li-Wei Zhang, Da Li, Jun-Ting Zhang
OBJECTIVE: An intradural extramedullary bronchogenic cyst (IEBC) is a congenital malformation and an extremely rare type of endodermal cyst. This study aims to report the clinical and radiological characteristics and surgical outcomes of IEBCs and to review the available literature. METHODS: The medical records of 6 patients (3 females) with pathologically confirmed bronchogenic cysts involving the spinal cord between 2009 and 2016 were retrospectively reviewed, and follow-up evaluations were performed...
October 25, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066028/feasibility-study-of-iterative-model-reconstruction-combined-with-low-tube-voltage-low-iodine-load-and-low-iodine-delivery-rate-in-craniocervical-ct-angiography
#17
W Cai, C Hu, S Hu, X Wang, J Gong, W Zhang, D Shi, B Cheng
AIM: To investigate the feasibility of iterative model reconstruction (IMR) combined with low tube voltage, low iodine load, and low iodine deliver rate in craniocervical computed tomography angiography (CTA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty patients were randomly divided into two groups (n=30 for each): group A: 120 kVp, 50 ml of iopromide at a flow rate of 5 ml/s; filtered back projection (FBP) reconstruction; group B: 80 kVp, 30 ml of iohexol at 4.5 ml/s; hybrid iterative reconstruction (HIR) for group B1 and IMR for group B2...
October 21, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049799/neurological-outcome-and-efficacy-of-intensive-craniocervical-screening-for-elective-cardiac-surgery
#18
Ken-Ichi Imasaka, Eiki Tayama, Shigeki Morita, Yukihiro Tomita
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy of intensive craniocervical screening before elective cardiovascular surgery. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 1134 consecutive patients who underwent routine screening before cardiovascular surgery between November 2004 and December 2014 was conducted. The study was divided into 2 distinct cohorts of patients undergoing surgery: before (n = 500) and after (n = 634) the introduction of intensive screening in January 2009...
September 26, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046467/-clinical-characteristics-of-craniocervical-junction-arteriovenous-fistulas
#19
Michio Nakamura, Tadashi Miyazaki, Natsuki Shinozaki, Masaki Izumi, Takashi Itabashi
OBJECTIVE: Craniocervical junction arteriovenous fistulas(CCJ-AVFs)are extremely rare lesions that may result in both subarachnoid hemorrhage(SAH)and myelopathy. Diagnosis of CCJ-AVF is difficult and may be delayed due to variable clinical features and a spectrum of neuroradiological findings. To elucidate the clinical characteristics of CCJ-AVF, we analyzed the clinical symptoms, neuroimaging findings, and the results of surgical treatment in five patients. RESULTS: Among the five patients, four were diagnosed with dural AVFs, and the remaining patient was diagnosed with radicular AVF...
October 2017: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023291/craniocervical-pseudomeningocele-following-cerebellar-meningioma-resection-demonstration-of-neck-of-pseudomeningocele-with-three-dimensional-isotropic-t2-weighted-space-sequence-at-3-tesla-3t-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#20
Veysel Ayyildiz, Hayri Ogul
Postoperative pseudomeningocele is an uncommon complication of craniospinal surgery. Diagnosis is reached on a postoperative computed tomography and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Demonstration of the location and dimension of the dural defect before surgical therapy is a very important. T1- and T2-weighted MR images revealed a significant pseudomeningocele extending from left cervicooccipital region. Magnitude and phase-contrast-MR images showed a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow into pseudomeningocele, but they no revealed dural defect...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
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