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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913804/restoration-of-shoulder-abduction-in-brachial-plexus-avulsion-injuries-with-double-neurotization-from-the-spinal-accessory-nerve-a-report-of-13-cases
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K W S J Huan, J S W Tan, S H Tan, L C Teoh, F C Yong
: In upper (C5-C7) and total (C5-T1) root avulsion brachial plexus injury, a method of double neurotization from a single donor spinal accessory nerve to two target nerves (suprascapular nerve and axillary nerve) may be done, leaving donor nerves available for reconstruction procedures to restore other aspects of upper limb function. A mean range of shoulder abduction of 91° (SD 25°) was achieved through this procedure in our study of 13 cases, of which seven cases were C5-C7 root avulsion and six cases were C5-T1 root avulsion brachial plexus injuries...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Hand Surgery, European Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911674/cross-sectional-imaging-anatomy-and-pathologic-conditions-affecting-thoracic-nerves
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Kristopher W Cummings, Sreevathsan Sridhar, Matthew S Parsons, Cylen Javidan-Nejad, Sanjeev Bhalla
While in many cases they are not directly visualized, awareness of the thoracic nerves and their courses at cross-sectional imaging is important for radiologists. An understanding of the normal function of each nerve is important, as many patients present with neurologic signs and symptoms that can be used to reinforce search patterns for disease and detection of supportive radiologic abnormalities. In the case of primary neoplasms, understanding the expected presence of a nerve in the location of a mass can enhance and improve the accuracy of differential diagnoses...
December 2, 2016: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908742/arthroscopic-arthrodesis-of-the-shoulder-in-brachial-plexus-palsy
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Hubert Lenoir, Thomas Williams, Aude Griffart, Cyril Lazerges, Michel Chammas, Bertrand Coulet, Dominique Le Nen
BACKGROUND: Shoulder arthroscopic arthrodesis is an uncommon and non-standardized procedure. Results are poorly evaluated. We describe the findings in 8 patients who underwent shoulder arthroscopic arthrodesis for brachial plexus injury. METHODS: The humeral head and glenoid were excised through standard arthroscopic portals. A Hoffmann external fixator and cannulated screws were used to stabilize the shoulder. Standard clinical assessment and radiographic evaluation were performed each month until bony fusion occurred...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904475/transforming-growth-factor-beta-1-a-cytokine-with-regenerative-functions
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REVIEW
Wale Sulaiman, Doan H Nguyen
We review the biology and role of transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1) in peripheral nerve injury and regeneration, as it relates to injuries to large nerve trunks (i.e., sciatic nerve, brachial plexus), which often leads to suboptimal functional recovery. Experimental studies have suggested that the reason for the lack of functional recovery resides in the lack of sufficient mature axons reaching their targets, which is a result of the loss of the growth-supportive environment provided by the Schwann cells in the distal stump of injured nerves...
October 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901254/high-prevalence-of-neuropathic-pain-in-the-hand-of-patients-with-traumatic-brachial-plexus-injury-a-cross-sectional-study
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Marcus V B Santana, Mauro T Bina, Matheus G Paz, Scheila N Santos, Manoel J Teixeira, Irina Raicher, José V Martins, Daniel C Araujo Andrade, Abrahão F Baptista
Objective: To describe the pain profile of patients with traumatic brachial plexus injury. Methods: We enrolled 65 patients with traumatic brachial plexus injury. The Douleur Neuropathique 4 questionnaire was used to classify pain and the SF-36 was used to evaluate quality of life. Results: The patients with traumatic brachial plexus injury were predominantly young male victims of motorcycle accidents. Pain was present in 75.4% of the individuals and 79% presented with neuropathic pain, mostly located in the hands (30...
November 2016: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893490/total-wrist-arthrodesis-indications-and-clinical-outcomes
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David H Wei, Paul Feldon
Total wrist arthrodesis remains an important technique in the surgical armamentarium of upper extremity surgeons. The procedure has evolved over time but continues to provide reliable pain relief at the expense of wrist motion. It is indicated for management of a wide variety of upper extremity conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, posttraumatic osteoarthritis, cerebral palsy, and brachial plexus injuries, and as a salvage technique after failed implant arthroplasty. Recent studies demonstrate high levels of patient satisfaction and good functional outcomes after bilateral wrist fusion...
November 22, 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891243/a-comprehensive-musculoskeletal-and-peripheral-nervous-system-assessment-of-war-related-bilateral-upper-extremity-amputees
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Mostafa Allami, Batool Mousavi, Mehdi Masoumi, Ehsan Modirian, Hadi Shojaei, Fatemeh Mirsalimi, Maryam Hosseini, Pirouz Pirouzi
BACKGROUND: Upper limb amputations are one of the unpleasant war injuries that armed forces are exposed to frequently. The present study aimed to assess the musculoskeletal and peripheral nervous systems in Iraq-Iran war veterans with bilateral upper extremity amputation. METHODS: The study consisted of taking a history and clinical examinations including demographic data, presence and location of pain, level of amputation, passive and active ranges of movement of the joints across the upper and lower extremities and spine, manual palpation, neurological examination, blood circulation pulses and issues related to a prosthetic limb...
2016: Military Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884744/technical-description-of-oblique-lateral-interbody-fusion-at-l1-l5-olif25-and-at-l5-s1-olif51-and-evaluation-of-complication-and-fusion-rates
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Kamal R M Woods, James B Billys, Richard A Hynes
BACKGROUND: The OLIF procedure is aimed at mitigating some of the challenges seen with traditional ALIF and transpsoas LLIF and allows for interbody fusion at L1-S1. PURPOSE: To describe the OLIF technique and assess the complication and fusion rates. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study. PATIENT SAMPLE: 137 patients who underwent the oblique lateral interbody fusion (OLIF) procedure. OUTCOME MEASURES: Adverse events within 6 months of surgery: Infection, symptomatic pseudarthrosis, hardware failure, vascular injury, perioperative blood transfusion, ureteral injury, bowel injury, renal injury, prolonged postoperative ileus (greater than 3 days), incisional hernia, pseudohernia, reoperation, neurological deficits (weakness, numbness, paresthesia), hip flexion pain, retrograde ejaculation, sympathectomy affecting lower extremities, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, myocardial infarction, pneumonia, and cerebrovascular accident...
November 21, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877233/the-impact-of-clinical-stage-on-radiation-doses-to-organs-at-risk-following-intensity-modulated-radiotherapy-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-a-prospective-analysis
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Lin Xu, Ji-Jin Yao, Guan-Qun Zhou, Wang-Jian Zhang, Guo-Long Liu, Li-Zhi Liu, Jun Ma, Ying Sun
Background: The development of intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) has revolutionized the management of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of clinical stage on radiation doses to organs at risk (OARs) in NPC. Material and Methods: One hundred and forty-eight patients with newly diagnosed and untreated NPC were prospectively enrolled. Based on the anatomic definition and pathogenesis of radiation induced injury, a total of 28 OARs surrounding the nasopharynx were contoured on axial computed tomography (CT) planning images in each patient...
2016: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875415/a-posterior-oblique-approach-to-the-lumbar-disk-spaces-vertebral-bodies-and-lumbar-plexus-a-cadaveric-feasibility-study
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Alexander Spiessberger, Fabian Baumann, Martin Häusler, Frank Rühli, Javier Fandino, Carl Muroi
STUDY DESIGN: A laboratory cadaveric study. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to demonstrate the feasibility of a posterior oblique approach, sharing the same advantages as the transpsoas technique while minimizing the risk of lumbar plexus or psoas muscle injuries. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The transpsoas approach for interbody fusion and corpectomy offers advantages over posterior and anterior approaches. However, possible risks include traumatization of the psoas muscle or lumbar plexus...
November 21, 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866248/microanatomy-of-the-brachial-plexus-roots-and-its-clinical-significance
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Li-Yuan Zhong, Ai-Ping Wang, Li Hong, Sheng-Hua Chen, Xian-Qin Wang, Yun-Cheng Lv, Tian-Hong Peng
PURPOSE: To provide the anatomical basis of brachial plexus roots for the diagnosis and treatment of brachial plexus root avulsion injury. METHODS: The morphological features of brachial plexus roots were observed and measured on 15 cervicothoracic spine of adult cadavers. The relationship of brachial plexus nerve roots and the surrounding tissues also were observed, as well as the blood supply of anterior and posterior roots of the brachial plexus. RESULTS: Origination of the nerve roots in the dorsal-ventral direction from the midline was fine-tuned at each level along the spinal cord...
November 19, 2016: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864367/phaseic-acid-an-endogenous-and-reversible-inhibitor-of-glutamate-receptors-in-mouse-brain
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Sheng T Hou, Susan X Jiang, L Irina Zaharia, Xiumei Han, Chantel L Benson, Jacqueline Slinn, Suzanne R Abrams
Phaseic acid (PA) is a phytohormone regulating important physiological functions in higher plants. Here, we show the presence of naturally occurring (-)-PA in mouse and rat brains. (-)-PA is exclusively present in the choroid plexus and the cerebral vascular endothelial cells. Purified (-)-PA has no toxicity and protects cultured cortical neurons against glutamate toxicity through reversible inhibition of glutamate receptors. Focal occlusion of the middle cerebral artery (MCAO) elicited a significant induction in (-)-PA expression in the CSF, but not in the peripheral blood...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863697/a-new-model-for-the-study-of-neuropathic-pain-after-brachial-plexus-injury
#13
Yuzhou Liu, Le Wang, Chong Meng, Yingjie Zhou, Jie Lao, Xin Zhao
The study was to introduce a new and reliable behavioral model of upper trunk of brachial plexus avulsion for the study of persistent neuropathic pain. 60 rats were divided into three groups randomly: upper trunk of brachial plexus avulsion (UTBPA) group (20), global brachial plexus avulsion (GBPA) group (20), and sham- operated group (20). The animals were tested for behavioral responsiveness before surgeries and 3, 7, 14, 21, 28, 56, 84days after surgeries. The injured level of spinal cord was resected and the sections were processed for GFAP (astrocyte) and Iba1 (microglia) immunohistochemistry 3 weeks after surgeries...
November 9, 2016: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858573/multiple-nerve-and-tendon-transfers-a-new-strategy-for-restoring-hand-function-in-a-patient-with-c7-t1-brachial-plexus-avulsions
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Bin Xu, Zhen Dong, Cheng-Gang Zhang, Yu-Dong Gu
C7-T1 brachial plexus palsies result in a loss of finger motion and hand function. The authors have observed that finger flexion motion can be recovered after a brachialis motor branch transfer. However, finger flexion strength after this procedure merely corresponds to Medical Research Council Grades M2-M3, lowering the grip strength and practical value of the reconstructed hand. Therefore, they used 2 donor nerves and accomplished double nerve transfers for stronger finger flexion. In a patient with a C7-T1 brachial plexus injury, they transferred the pronator teres branch to the anterior interosseous nerve and the brachialis motor branch to the flexor digitorum superficialis branch for reinnervation of full finger flexors...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857922/the-impact-of-engorged-vein-within-traumatic-posterior-neck-muscle-identified-in-preoperative-computed-tomography-angiography-to-estimated-blood-loss-during-posterior-upper-cervical-spine-surgery
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Mahn Jeong Ha, Byung Chul Kim, Chae Wook Huh, Jae Il Lee, Won Ho Cho, Hyuk Jin Choi
OBJECTIVE: Injuries of upper cervical spine are potentially fatal. Thus, appropriate diagnosis and treatment is essential. In our institute, preoperative computed tomography angiography (CTA) has been performed for evaluation of injuries of bony and vascular structure. The authors confirmed the engorged venous plexus within injured posterior neck muscle. We have this research to clarify the relationship between the engorged venous plexus and engorged vein. METHODS: A retrospective review identified 23 adult patients who underwent 23 posterior cervical spine surgeries for treatment of upper cervical injury between 2013 and 2015...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857787/a-study-of-neurosonogram-abnormalities-clinical-correlation-with-neurosonogram-findings-and-immediate-outcome-of-high-risk-neonates-in-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
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Niranjan Nagaraj, Pramod Kumar Berwal, Anusha Srinivas, Ramnarayan Sehra, Sarika Swami, Prathyusha Jeevaji, Gotam Swami, Lokesh Choudary, Ayush Berwal
BACKGROUND: Neonatal sonography of the brain is now an essential part of newborn care, particularly in high risk and unstable premature infants. Cranial ultrasound is the most available and easily repeatable imaging technique for the neonatal brain showing brain development and the most frequently occurring forms of cerebral injury in the preterm and terms. This study aims to assess the importance of cranial ultrasound as an investigatory modality for high-risk neonates and to find out the morphology of various cerebral lesions and correlate clinically...
July 2016: Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857727/cell-transplantation-for-the-treatment-of-spinal-cord-injury-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-and-choroid-plexus-epithelial-cells
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REVIEW
Chizuka Ide, Norihiko Nakano, Kenji Kanekiyo
Transplantation of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) enhanced the outgrowth of regenerating axons and promoted locomotor improvements of rats with spinal cord injury (SCI). BMSCs did not survive long-term, disappearing from the spinal cord within 2-3 weeks after transplantation. Astrocyte-devoid areas, in which no astrocytes or oligodendrocytes were found, formed at the epicenter of the lesion. It was remarkable that numerous regenerating axons extended through such astrocyte-devoid areas. Regenerating axons were associated with Schwann cells embedded in extracellular matrices...
September 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847133/c1-lateral-mass-screw-insertion-caudally-from-c2-nerve-root-an-alternate-method-for-insertion-of-c1-screws-a-technical-note-and-preliminary-clinical-results
#18
Keiji Wada, Ryo Tamaki, Mitsuru Yui, Daisuke Numaguchi, Yasuaki Murata
BACKGROUND: C1 lateral mass screw was widely used for fixation of the upper cervical spine. However, massive bleeding from the C1-2 venous plexus is sometimes encountered. In this study, we proposed an alternate method for C1 lateral mass screw insertion, which involves insertion of the screws caudally from the C2 nerve root to reduce bleeding from C1-2 venous plexus. METHODS: Seven patients with atlantoaxial lesions were included in this study. The mean age at surgery was 65...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843688/extreme-lateral-lumbar-interbody-fusion-do-the-cons-outweigh-the-pros
#19
Nancy E Epstein
BACKGROUND: Major factors prompted the development of minimally invasive (MIS) extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF; NuVasive Inc., San Diego, CA, USE) for the thoracic/lumbar spine. These include providing interbody stabilization and indirect neural decompression while avoiding major visceral/vessel injury as seen with anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF), and to avert trauma to paraspinal muscles/facet joints found with transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF), posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), and posterior-lateral fusion techniques (PLF)...
2016: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843679/high-neurological-complication-rates-for-extreme-lateral-lumbar-interbody-fusion-and-related-techniques-a-review-of-safety-concerns
#20
Nancy E Epstein
BACKGROUND: There are frequent reports of lumbosacral plexus and other neurological injuries occurring with extreme lateral interbody fusions (XLIF) and other related lateral lumbar techniques. METHODS: This review focuses on the new neurological deficits (e.g. lumbosacral plexus, root injuries) that occur following minimally invasive surgery (MIS) XLIF and other related lateral lumbar techniques. RESULTS: A review of multiple articles revealed the following ranges of new postoperative neurological complications for XLIF procedures: plexus injuries 13...
2016: Surgical Neurology International
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