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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432520/unexpected-death-after-occipital-condylar-fracture
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Vincent J Bulthuis, E M J Cornips, J Dings, H van Santbrink, A A Postma
We present a rare fatal complication of an occipital condylar fracture. The patient was initially neurologically intact, but showed secondary clinical deterioration. Imaging revealed extensive extra-axial hemorrhage at the craniocervical junction and an acute obstructive hydrocephalus. MR imaging demonstrated a T2 hyperintens signal in both the lower brainstem and upper cervical spinal cord, likely caused by the extra-axial hemorrhage. As prognosis was estimated infaust, supportive treatment was discontinued and the patient died soon thereafter...
April 21, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423433/-myositis-ossificans-traumatica-in-the-craniocervical-junction-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Andreas Reinke, Michael Kraus, Alexander Wild
Background Myosits ossificans (MO) is a rare but important differential diagnosis for a heterotrophic bony tumor in the muscles. It is often misdiagnosed as a malignant tumor. With a previous trauma the diagnosis is myositis ossificans traumatic (MOT). In most cases, it is benign and predominantly seen in the big muscles. But there can be malignant etiologies too. Case Description We report a rare case of MO in the muscle of the craniocervical junction. This 37-year-old woman had a riding accident years ago...
April 19, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411747/the-impact-of-carotid-or-intracranial-atherosclerosis-on-perioperative-stroke-in-patients-undergoing-open-aortic-arch-surgery
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Ken-Ichi Imasaka, Eiki Tayama, Yukihiro Tomita
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to clarify the impact of carotid or intracranial atherosclerosis on perioperative stroke in patients undergoing open aortic arch surgery. METHODS: Between 2008 and 2015, 200 consecutive patients underwent elective aortic arch surgery with selective antegrade cerebral perfusion and moderate hypothermic circulatory arrest. Nonselective screening for carotid or intracranial atherosclerosis was performed using carotid ultrasonography or magnetic resonance angiography...
May 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409726/the-suboccipital-ligament
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Kelsey Alabaster, M Fred Bugg, Bruno Splavski, Frederick A Boop, Kenan I Arnautovic
OBJECTIVE A fibrous structure located dorsal to the dura at the posterior craniocervical junction stretches horizontally between the bilateral occipital condyles and the upper borders of the C-1 laminae. Partially covered by the occipital bone, this structure is always encountered when the bone is removed from the foramen magnum rim during approaches to the posterior cranial fossa. Although known to surgeons, this structure has not been defined, studied, or named. The most appropriate name for this structure is "the suboccipital ligament," and a detailed rationale for this name is provided...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374147/transoral-vertebroplasty-of-the-lateral-mass-of-c1-using-image-guidance
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Pujan Kavakebi, P P Girod, S Hartmann, A Tschugg, C Thomé
BACKGROUND: Osteolytic lesions of the anterior aspects of C1 (lateral mass) are difficult to address in a minimally invasive fashion and are often treated by craniocervical instrumentation. METHODS: We report the feasibility and technical method of transoral vertebroplasty of the lateral mass of the atlas using image guidance and describe the workflow of the procedure. To our knowledge, there has not yet been a technical description of a transoral vertebroplasty using image guidance...
April 3, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347422/cord-cystic-cavities-syringomyelia-and-prominent-central-canal
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Blaise V Jones
Syringomyelia is the term given to cystic cavities in the spinal cord, most of which are associated with congenital malformations of the craniocervical junction and represent dilation of the central canal of the cord. As such, syrinxes can be considered analogous to hydrocephalus. The exact etiology of syrinx formation remains a subject of debate, but there is ample evidence that they are the result of obstruction of the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid between the intracranial and spinal compartments. The chances that a syrinx will progress over time are much greater when they are associated with a causative lesion (Chiari malformation, tumor, infection, and trauma), but asymptomatic central canal dilation may be a stable incidental finding...
April 2017: Seminars in Ultrasound, CT, and MR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324135/-episodic-central-hypopnea-and-hypotension-caused-by-bleeding-into-a%C3%A2-craniocervical-ependymoma
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F S Ismail, U Schlegel, A Kowoll, S Skodda
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 21, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321414/medical-and-interventional-therapy-for-spontaneous-vertebral-artery-dissection-in-the-craniocervical-segment
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Guiyun Zhang, Zuoquan Chen
Background and Purpose. Spontaneous vertebral artery dissection (SVAD) is an important reason for posterior-circulation-ischemic stroke in the young and middle-aged population. Although some previous reports reveal a favorable outcome with conservative therapy, it is still controversial in the treatment of SVAD in some specific patients. Herein, we present our 10 years of clinical experience for SVAD at this location. Material and Methods. 20 patients with 20 SVADs in V2 and V3 segments were retrospectively studied...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281033/a-treatable-cause-of-myelopathy-and-vision-loss-mimicking-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder-late-onset-biotinidase-deficiency
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Sanem Yilmaz, Mine Serin, Ebru Canda, Cenk Eraslan, Hande Tekin, Sema Kalkan Ucar, Sarenur Gokben, Hasan Tekgul, Gul Serdaroglu
Biotinidase deficiency is characterized by severe neurological manifestations as hypotonia, lethargy, ataxia, hearing loss, seizures and developmental retardation in its classical form. Late-onset biotinidase deficiency presents distinctly from the classical form such as limb weakness and vision problems. A 14-year-old boy presented with progressive vision loss and upper limb weakness. The patient was initiated steroid therapy with a preliminary diagnosis of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder due to the craniospinal imaging findings demonstrating optic nerve, brainstem and longitudinally extensive spinal cord involvement...
March 9, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274183/cervical-posture-analysis-in-dental-students-and-its-correlation-with-temporomandibular-disorder
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Mariana Barbosa Câmara-Souza, Olívia Maria Costa Figueredo, Paulo Raphael Leite Maia, Isabelle de Sousa Dantas, Gustavo Augusto Seabra Barbosa
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the relationship between temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and craniocervical posture in the sagittal plane measured from lateral radiographs of the head. METHODS: The sample was comprised of 80 randomly selected students of dentistry at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. Research Diagnostic Criteria for TMD (RDC/TMD) was used to evaluate the signs and symptoms of TMD. Lateral radiographs of each individual were used to measure the position of the hyoid bone, the craniocervical angle, and the occiput-atlas distance...
March 8, 2017: Cranio: the Journal of Craniomandibular Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271297/dural-arteriovenous-fistula-manifesting-as-pontine-hemorrhage-at-the-craniocervical-junction
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Xuan Liu, Atsushi Ogata, Jun Masuoka, Kohei Inoue, Yukiko Nakahara, Shoko Shimokawa, Yukinori Takase, Yusuke Yakushiji, Hideo Hara, Tatsuya Abe
Craniocervical junction (CCJ) dural arteriovenous fistula (DAVF) manifesting as intracerebral hemorrhage is extremely rare. We report the first case of CCJ-DAVF manifesting as pontine hemorrhage. A 69-year-old male presented with a pontine hemorrhage manifesting as a sudden onset of right hemiparesis and dysarthria. Digital subtraction angiography revealed a CCJ-DAVF fed by the meningeal branches of the right vertebral artery. The patient underwent surgical ligation of the cerebral draining veins to prevent re-bleeding...
May 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265158/effects-of-manipulation-of-the-thorax-and-intensity-of-the-pressure-biofeedback-unit-on-the-superficial-cervical-flexors-muscle-during-craniocervical-flexion-exercise
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Jin Mo Yang, Hyun-Gyu Cha, Myoung-Kwon Kim
[Purpose] This study examined the effects of manipulation of the thorax and the intensity of the pressure biofeedback unit on the superficial cervical flexors muscle during craniocervical flexion exercise. [Subjects and Methods] Thirty three subjects participated in the experiment. Thirty three healthy people without any orthopedic history were also selected. The subjects could monitor the pressure applied to cervical vertebra 3 of the craniocervical junction by markings on the pressure biofeedback unit. Craniocervical flexion exercise was performed for 20 seconds per pressure, and two minutes of rest was allowed after exercise to reduce muscle fatigue...
February 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258417/utility-of-the-clivo-axial-angle-in-assessing-brainstem-deformity-pilot-study-and-literature-review
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Fraser C Henderson, Fraser C Henderson, William A Wilson, Alexander S Mark, Myles Koby
There is growing recognition of the kyphotic clivo-axial angle (CXA) as an index of risk of brainstem deformity and craniocervical instability. This review of literature and prospective pilot study is the first to address the potential correlation between correction of the pathological CXA and postoperative clinical outcome. The CXA is a useful sentinel to alert the radiologist and surgeon to the possibility of brainstem deformity or instability. Ten adult subjects with ventral brainstem compression, radiographically manifest as a kyphotic CXA, underwent correction of deformity (normalization of the CXA) prior to fusion and occipito-cervical stabilization...
March 3, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256278/changes-in-natural-head-position-in-response-to-mandibular-advancement
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Xiaozhen Lin, Sean P Edwards
We investigated the change in the natural head position and its relation to the change in the mandibular position in patients with mandibular hypoplasia. Forty-one patients treated by orthognathic surgery were divided into three groups: bilateral sagittal split osteotomy (BSSO) advancement (n=8); BSSO advancement with genioplasty (n=12), and Le Fort I osteotomy with BSSO advancement (n=21). Cone-beam computed tomographic (CT) datasets were collected preoperatively and six weeks postoperatively. The natural head position was measured using the craniocervical angle and the distance from the second vertebra to the frontal plane, and the mandibular position was measured using the craniomandibular angle and the distance from the mandible to the frontal plane...
February 27, 2017: British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243811/transjugular-tubercle-preaccessory-approach-for-ventrocaudally-located-pica-aneurysm
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Tetsuyoshi Horiuchi, Alhusain Nagm, Takatoshi Hasegawa, Kazuhiro Hongo
BACKGROUND: Posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA) aneurysms are often located in the ventral craniocervical junction. Such deep-seated aneurysms are usually treated with coil embolization. However, recurred and/or very small PICA aneurysms are hardly treated with an endovascular approach. METHOD: We present a modification of the transcondylar fossa approach with intradural and extradural removal of the jugular tubercle. An adequate preaccessory surgical corridor was created with this novel technique...
February 27, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243764/the-spectrum-of-traumatic-injuries-at-the-craniocervical-junction-a-review-of-imaging-findings-and-management
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Juveria Siddiqui, Patrick J Grover, Hegoda Levansri Makalanda, Thomas Campion, Jonathan Bull, Ashok Adams
The craniocervical junction is an area with unique biomechanical properties and injuries conferred often represent high-impact trauma. The vital structures traversing this region are susceptible to injury with frequent, only subtle findings identified on unenhanced CT, with MRI and CT angiography often revealing the full extent of injuries. This article reviews the osseous and ligamentous anatomy of the region and common injury patterns. Endovascular and neurosurgical management will also be discussed.
February 27, 2017: Emergency Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225440/the-effect-of-different-exercise-programs-on-size-and-function-of-deep-cervical-flexor-muscles-in-patients-with-chronic-nonspecific-neck-pain-a-systematic-review-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Somayeh Amiri Arimi, Mohammad Ali Mohseni Bandpei, Khodabakhsh Javanshir, Asghar Rezasoltani, Akbar Biglarian
BACKGROUND: Neck pain is one of the major public health problems, which has a great impact on people's lives. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to systematically review published studies conducted on the effect of different exercise programs on activity, size, endurance, and strength of deep cervical flexor (DCF) muscles in patients with chronic neck pain. METHODS: The PubMed, Science Direct, OVID, Google scholar, Cochrane Library, and Physiotherapy Evidence Databases were searched to determine relevant articles published from 1990 to March 2016...
February 21, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220607/neurological-and-spinal-manifestations-of-the-ehlers-danlos-syndromes
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Fraser C Henderson, Claudiu Austin, Edward Benzel, Paolo Bolognese, Richard Ellenbogen, Clair A Francomano, Candace Ireton, Petra Klinge, Myles Koby, Donlin Long, Sunil Patel, Eric L Singman, Nicol C Voermans
The Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) are a heterogeneous group of heritable connective tissue disorders characterized by joint hypermobility, skin extensibility, and tissue fragility. This communication briefly reports upon the neurological manifestations that arise including the weakness of the ligaments of the craniocervical junction and spine, early disc degeneration, and the weakness of the epineurium and perineurium surrounding peripheral nerves. Entrapment, deformation, and biophysical deformative stresses exerted upon the nervous system may alter gene expression, neuronal function and phenotypic expression...
February 21, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part C, Seminars in Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195897/base-of-skull-blocks-for-open-reduction-and-internal-fixation-of-faciomaxillary-fractures
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Sandeep Mehrotra, Sunil Anand
INTRODUCTION: Faciomaxillary fractures (FMF) occur in a significant proportion of trauma patients. Nearly all polytrauma patients and even those with isolated FMF are managed under general anesthesia for definitive management. We propose the use of regional nerve blocks as a safe and effective means for open reduction and fixation of isolated FMF. AIM AND OBJECTIVES: The aim is to evaluate the feasibility, effectiveness and safety of base of skull maxillomandibular and distal trigeminal nerve blocks in the management of FMF...
February 14, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192857/translation-of-hecker-s-1922-the-occipital-atlanto-axial-ligament-system-a-study-in-comparative-anatomy
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Peter C Oakes, Juan Pablo Sardi, Joe Iwanaga, Nitsa Topale, Rod J Oskouian, R Shane Tubbs
In 1922, Paul Hecker, a French physician and Head of Anatomy at the Medical College of Strasbourg, published a sentinel thesis on the ligaments of the craniocervical junction based on a study of comparative anatomy. Unfortunately, this dissertation has been lost to history and until now, was unavailable in the English language. Herein, we present a translation of Hecker's work with an update in its nomenclature, which with modern imaging capabilities of the craniocervical junction is germane and timely. Clin...
April 2017: Clinical Anatomy
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