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Yet Yen Yan, Jenn Nee Khoo, Tien Jin Tan, Joe Francis, Le Roy Chong, Elizabeth Hui-Ying Chan
PURPOSE: To review the errors made by radiology trainees in the reporting of cervical spine CTs (CCT) and to compare the discrepancy rates between the stages of training. METHODS: All CCTs reported by trainees after office hours between January 2015 and December 2015 were retrospectively reviewed by a team of five musculoskeletal consultants with experience ranging between 7 and 15 years. Discrepancies between the provisional report by the trainee and the findings by the musculoskeletal consultants were graded according to the RADPEER scoring system...
March 14, 2018: Emergency Radiology
Bharat R Dave, Devanand Degulmadi, Shreekant Dahibhate, Ajay Krishnan, Denish Patel
PURPOSE: Anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion (ACCF) is a technically challenging surgery. Use of conventional instruments like high-speed burr and kerrison rongeurs is associated with high complication rates such as increased blood loss and incidental durotomy. Use of ultrasonic bone scalpel (UBS) in cervical corpectomy helps to minimize such adverse events. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study based on the data of 101 consecutive patients who underwent cervical corpectomies with UBS for different cervical spine pathologies from December 2014 to December 2016...
March 14, 2018: European Spine Journal
Xiao Wu, Ajay Malhotra, Bertie Geng, Vivek B Kalra, Khalid Abbed, Howard P Forman, Pina Sanelli
Importance: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) continues to be performed for cervical clearance of obtunded blunt trauma, despite poor evidence regarding its utility after a normal computed tomographic (CT) finding. Objective: To evaluate the utility and cost-effectiveness of MRI vs no follow-up after a normal cervical CT finding in patients with obtunded blunt trauma. Design, Setting and Participants: This cost-effectiveness analysis evaluated an average patient aged 40 years with blunt trauma from an institutional practice...
March 14, 2018: JAMA Surgery
Ahilan Sivaganesan, Brandon Hirsch, Frank M Phillips, Matthew J McGirt
Here, we systematically review clinical studies that report morbidity and outcomes data for cervical and lumbar surgeries performed in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). We focus on anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), posterior cervical foraminotomy, cervical arthroplasty, lumbar microdiscectomy, lumbar laminectomy, and minimally invasive transforaminal interbody fusion (TLIF) and lateral lumbar interbody fusion, as these are prevalent and surgical spine procedures that are becoming more commonly performed in ASC settings...
March 12, 2018: Neurosurgery
Ibrahim Hussain, Theodore H Schwartz, Jeffrey P Greenfield
Basilar invagination is defined as abnormal upward and/or posterior displacement of the odontoid leading to ventral compression of the cervicomedullary junction. This condition leads to lower cranial neuropathies, sensorimotor deficits, and myelopathy. These symptoms can persist even after posterior decompression, which is an indication for ventral decompression. Transoral approaches to the upper cervical spine carry significant morbidity, limiting their utility. The endonasal approach to the upper cervical spine presents an alternative for patients with amenable anatomy...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Spine Surgery
Xinwei Shao, Jican Zeng, Yuchun Chen, Lixian Wu, Xinjia Wang
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the mechanism of the halo vest-assisted Z-shape elevating-pulling reduction technique for cervical unilateral locked facets, and confirm the safety of the spinal cord under the epidural pressure that occurs during the reduction process. METHODS: Eleven osteoligamentous whole coronal and cervical spine specimens were established as skull-neck-thorax models of cervical unilateral locked facets at the C5/6 level. The halo vest-assisted Z-shape elevating-pulling reduction technique was then applied to reduce the locked facets...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
Kivanc Atesok, Nobuhiro Tanaka, Andrew O'Brien, Yohan Robinson, Dachling Pang, Donald Deinlein, Sakthivel Rajaram Manoharan, Jason Pittman, Steven Theiss
"Spinal Cord Injury without Radiographic Abnormality" (SCIWORA) is a term that denotes objective clinical signs of posttraumatic spinal cord injury without evidence of fracture or malalignment on plain radiographs and computed tomography (CT) of the spine. SCIWORA is most commonly seen in children with a predilection for the cervical spinal cord due to the increased mobility of the cervical spine, the inherent ligamentous laxity, and the large head-to-body ratio during childhood. However, SCIWORA can also be seen in adults and, in rare cases, the thoracolumbar spinal cord can be affected too...
2018: Advances in Orthopedics
Catherine M Kuza, Monica S Vavilala, Rebecca M Speck, Richard P Dutton, Maureen McCunn
BACKGROUND: Few trauma guidelines evaluate and recommend anesthesiology practices and there are no trauma anesthesia-specific guidelines. There is no information on how anesthesiologists perceive clinical practice patterns. Our objective was to understand the perceptions of anesthesiologists regarding trauma anesthesia practices. METHODS: A survey assessing anesthesia management of trauma patients was distributed to 21,491 anesthesiologists. A subset of 10 of these questions was subsequently reviewed by a trauma anesthesiology focus group through a 3-round web-based Delphi process...
March 12, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Ji-Hui Zhang, Liu-Jun Zhao
Instability of the cervical spine disease requires surgery to restore stability. In the past, surgical methods were divided into two kinds of anterior and posterior. But each has its own disadvantages:anterior vertebral screw has a higher failure rate, sometimes need a second operation; and posterior pedicle screw, lateral mass screw and facet joint screw may make greater trauma, lead to longer hospitalization. For general instable cervical spine disease, according to the location of the disease, only with the anterior or posterior approach can achieve a stable effect...
January 25, 2018: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Hai-Hao Wu, Tao Tang, Qing-Jiang Pang, Xin-Hua Yuan, Chun-Guang Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To compare the stability of subaxial cervical anterior transpedicular screw(ATPS) fixation and three traditional fixations for three-column injury. METHODS: Six specimens of cervical spine were prepared. After measurememt of the range of motion(ROM) in intact state, the specimens were made into three-column injury models. The models were reconstructed with an anterior cervical cage, and stabilized by ATPS, anterior plate(AP), anterior plate + lateral mass screw(AP+LMS) and posterior transpedicular screw(PTPS)...
January 25, 2018: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Zhi-Jing Zhang, Yi-Sheng Lu, Hong Chen
OBJECTIVE: To compare radiographic results and clinical effects of titanium mesh cage with two endcaps(on-endcaps titanium mesh cage) and without endcaps(non-endcaps titanium mesh cage) in anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion(ACCF) for elderly cervical spondylotic myelopathy. METHODS: The clinical data of 60 patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy underwent ACCF from January 2011 to January 2016 were retrospectively analyzed. There were 26 males and 34 females, aged from 68 to 79 years old with a mean 75...
January 25, 2018: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Satomi Shiraishi, Michael P Grams, Luis E Fong de Los Santos
PURPOSE: To demonstrate an objective quality control framework for the image review process. METHODS AND MATERIALS: 927 cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) registrations were retrospectively analyzed for 33 bilateral head and neck cancer patients who received definitive radiotherapy. Two registration tracking volumes (RTVs) - cervical spine (C-spine) and mandible - were defined, within which a similarity metric was calculated and used as a registration quality tracking metric over the course of treatment...
March 12, 2018: Medical Physics
Hongli Wang, Chi Sun, Shuo Yang, Jianyuan Jiang, Feizhou Lu, Xiaosheng Ma, Xinlei Xia
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the cervical spine alignment and range of motion (ROM) of neck flexion in patients with Hirayama disease (HD). METHODS: A total of 50 male patients were included, with dynamic radiographs and MRI analyzed retrospectively. The Cobb angles for the entire cervical spine (C2-7) and each level (C2/3-C6/7) were measured, and the neck flexion ROM was defined as the neutral Cobb angle minus the flexion Cobb angle. Paired t-tests and Wilcoxon's sign rank tests were used to compare the Cobb angles and ROM between radiographs and MRI...
March 9, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Linda I Suleiman, Kenneth A Weber, Brett D Rosenthal, Surabhi A Bhatt, Jason W Savage, Wellington K Hsu, Alpesh A Patel, Todd B Parrish
Magnetization transfer (MT) contrast has been established as a marker of myelin integrity, and cervical spondylotic myelopathy is known to cause demyelination. Ten patients with clinical and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) manifestations of cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) were compared to the MRIs of seven historic healthy controls, using the magnetization transfer ratio (MTR) and Nurick scores as the primary metrics. Transverse slices through the intervertebral discs of the cervical spine were acquired using a gradient echo sequence (MEDIC) with and without an MT saturation pulse on a 3 Tesla Siemens Prisma scanner (TR = 300 ms, TEeff  = 17 ms, flip angle = 30°, in-plane resolution = 0...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Daniel Novick, Raina Wallace, Jody C DiGiacomo, Anand Kumar, Steven Lev, L D George Angus
BACKGROUND: The newest CT scanners provide resolution comparable to MRIs leading many to question when and whether cervical spine MRIs are warranted. METHODS: An 8 year retrospective review identified 241 patients who underwent CT scan and MRI of the cervical spine. The initial clinical examination, cervical spine CT scan, and cervical spine MRI were compared to identify cervical spine injuries that would have been missed had the MRI not been performed. RESULTS: The CT scans were normal in 153 patients, and abnormal in 88...
March 6, 2018: American Journal of Surgery
Anke Langenfeld, Carolien Bastiaenen, Judith Sieben, B Kim Humphreys, Jaap Swanenburg
STUDY DESIGN: Mixed-method. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association between objective and subjective cervical range of motion (ROM) among patients with neck pain, and to assess the awareness of impairments. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Cervical ROM is frequently used to evaluate neck pain, but it is also important to know what a patient expects from treatment, because this can profoundly affect treatment outcomes and patient satisfaction. METHODS: We used a cervical ROM instrument, the Neck Disability Index (NDI), and a self-administered ROM questionnaire for the neck (S-ROM-Neck)...
March 9, 2018: Spine
Michael J Moses, Jared C Tishelman, Saqib Hasan, Peter L Zhou, Ioanna Zevgaras, Justin S Smith, Aaron J Buckland, Yong Kim, Afshin Razi, Themistocles S Protopsaltis
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-Sectional Study. OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study is to investigate how surgeons differ in collar and narcotic use, as well as return to driving recommendations following cervical spine surgeries and the associated medico-legal ramifications of these conditions. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Restoration of quality of life is one of the main goals of cervical spine surgery. Patients frequently inquire when they may safely resume driving after cervical spine surgery...
March 9, 2018: Spine
Nancy E Epstein
Background: Spinal meningiomas are found in patients typically between the ages of 75 and 84: some report the average age to be 50. They occur with an incidence of approximately 1000 patients per year in the US, are mostly single (90%) rather than multiple (10%), and arise from the spinal meninges (arachnoid/dura). Tumors are typically posterior/posterolateral (70%) in location, leaving the remaining 30% in the anterior/anterolateral spinal canal. They produce symptoms and signs of radiculopathy (nerve root) and/or myelopathy (cord compression) depending on their site of origin...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
D Diaz-Aguilar, T Niu, S Terterov, R Scharnweber, A Tucker, J Woodard, H Brara, C Merna, H Shah, S Wang, S Rahman
Background: Neurenteric cysts (NECs) are rare developmental malformations of the central nervous system (CNS) which originate as benign congenital lesions. They originate from developmental foregut precursors, and are presumed to be the result of abnormal partitioning of the embryonic notochord plate. Such NECs predominantly arise in the cervical region in patients around 6 years of age or in their twenties or thirties. Notably, NECs of the conus medullaris are exceedingly rare, especially in patients of advanced age...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Casper G Thorpe Lowis, Zhaoyang Xu, Ming Zhang
Objectives: The size and shape of a joint cavity are the key determinates for the mobility of the joint. The anatomy and configuration of the facet joint (FJ) recesses at different levels of the spine remain unclear and controversial. The aim of this study was to identify the configuration of the FJ recesses in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine using a combination of micro-CT and sheet plastination techniques. Methods: Of 19 cadavers (9 males, 10 females, age range of 54-89 years), the FJ cavities of 3 spines were injected with contrast filling and scanned with micro-CT, and 16 plastinated spines were prepared as the series of sagittal (9 sets), transverse (5 sets) or coronal (2 sets) sections with a thickness of 2...
2018: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
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