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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219354/relationship-between-facet-tropism-and-facet-joint-degeneration-in-the-sub-axial-cervical-spine
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Xin Rong, Ziyang Liu, Beiyu Wang, Xuelin Pan, Hao Liu
BACKGROUND: Facet tropism is the angular asymmetry between the left and right facet joint orientation. Although debatable, facet tropism was suggested to be associated with disc degeneration, facet degeneration and degenerative spondylolisthesis in the lumbar spine. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between facet tropism and facet degeneration in the sub-axial cervical spine. METHODS: A total of 200 patients with cervical spondylosis were retrospectively analyzed...
February 20, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207654/long-term-clinical-outcomes-of-cervical-disc-arthroplasty-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-trial
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Willa R Sasso, Joseph D Smucker, Maria P Sasso, Rick C Sasso
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, single-center, clinical trial. OBJECTIVE: To prospectively examine the 7- and 10-year outcomes of cervical arthroplasty to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Degeneration of the cervical discs causing radiculopathy is a frequent source of surgical intervention, commonly treated with ACDF. Positive clinical outcomes are associated with arthrodesis techniques, yet there remains a long-term concern for adjacent segment change...
February 15, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198781/biomechanical-analysis-of-two-level-cervical-disc-replacement-with-a-stand-alone-u-shaped-disc-implant
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Yang Li, Guy R Fogel, Zhenhua Liao, Rajnesh Tyagi, Gaolong Zhang, Weiqiang Liu
STUDY DESIGN: Biomechanical study using a three-dimensional nonlinear finite element (FE) model. OBJECTIVE: To analyze biomechanical changes with three prostheses based on two-level arthroplasty and to verify the biomechanical efficiency of dynamic cervical implants (DCIs) with a stand-alone U-shaped structure. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Few studies have compared biomechanical behavior of various prostheses as they relate to clinical results after two-level total disc replacement (TDR)...
February 14, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158155/comparison-of-cervical-sagittal-alignment-and-kinematics-after-posterior-full-endoscopic-cervical-foraminotomy-and-discectomy-according-to-preoperative-cervical-alignment
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Samuel Won, Chi Heon Kim, Chun Kee Chung, Yunhee Choi, Sung Bae Park, Jung Hyeon Moon, Won Heo, Sung-Mi Kim
BACKGROUND: The progression of cervical kyphosis due to injury to the facet joints and musculature is a major concern for posterior foraminotomy especially for patients with cervical lordosis of less than 10°. However, cervical hypo-lordosis (cervical lordosis < 10°) may be improved with the alleviation of pain and muscle spasms, which corresponds with the disappearance of a positive Spurling's test. When surgery is necessary, the spontaneous recovery of cervical curvature may be minimally offset using minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as posterior percutaneous endoscopic cervical foraminotomy (P-PECF)...
February 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151550/canine-acute-cervical-myelopathy-hydrated-nucleus-pulposus-extrusion-or-intraspinal-discal-cysts
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Cristian Falzone
OBJECTIVE: To differentiate between hydrated nucleus pulposus extrusion and ventral intraspinal discal cysts in dogs. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective case series. ANIMALS: Twenty dogs with acute onset of cervical myelopathy due to hydrated nucleus pulposus extrusion or ventral intraspinal discal cysts. METHODS: Clinical and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging findings, outcome after surgical treatment, cytologic and histologic findings of compressive material were taken into account...
February 2, 2017: Veterinary Surgery: VS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150051/atypical-presentation-of-a-cervical-synovial-cyst
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Daniela Linhares, João Lobo, Rui Pinto, Nuno Neves
INTRODUCTION: Synovial cysts of the cervical spine are rare. These lesions have been associated with other spinal conditions as osteoarthritis, spondylolisthesis, and disc degeneration, with authors postulating a possible link with segmental spinal instability. This study aims to describe an atypically presenting case of a cervical synovial cyst. CASE REPORT: A 65-year-old man presented with complaints of cervical radicular pain (VAS of 7) that evolved with development of paresthesia and muscular weakness, compatible with C8 right compression...
February 1, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143419/t2-relaxation-time-for-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-in-patients-with-upper-back-pain-initial-results-on-the-clinical-use-of-3-0-tesla-mri
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Raoying Xie, Linhui Ruan, Lei Chen, Kai Zhou, Jiandong Yuan, Wei Ji, Guangjian Jing, Xiaojing Huang, Qinglei Shi, Chun Chen
BACKGROUND: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a useful non-invasive tool for evaluating abnormalities of intervertebral discs. However, there are few studies which applied functional MRI techniques to investigate degenerative changes in cervical and cervicothoracic junction (CTJ) spine among adults. The aim of this study was to compare T2 relaxation time measurement evaluation with morphological grading for assessing cervical and CTJ intervertebral discs (IVD) in the patients suffering neck, shoulder, and upper back pain...
January 31, 2017: BMC Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142281/adjacent-level-arthroplasty-following-cervical-fusion
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Deshpande V Rajakumar, Akshay Hari, Murali Krishna, Subhas Konar, Ankit Sharma
OBJECTIVE Adjacent-level disc degeneration following cervical fusion has been well reported. This condition poses a major treatment dilemma when it becomes symptomatic. The potential application of cervical arthroplasty to preserve motion in the affected segment is not well documented, with few studies in the literature. The authors present their initial experience of analyzing clinical and radiological results in such patients who were treated with arthroplasty for new or persistent arm and/or neck symptoms related to neural compression due to adjacent-segment disease after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF)...
February 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142256/multilevel-cervical-arthroplasty-current-evidence-a-systematic-review
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Andrei F Joaquim, K Daniel Riew
OBJECTIVE Cervical disc arthroplasty (CDA) has been demonstrated to be an effective treatment modality for single-level cervical radiculopathy or myelopathy. Its advantages over an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) include motion preservation and decreased reoperations at the index and adjacent segments up to 7 years postoperatively. Considering the fact that many patients have multilevel cervical disc degeneration (CDD), the authors performed a systematic review of the clinical studies evaluating patients who underwent multilevel CDA (2 or more levels)...
February 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130167/congenital-cervical-fusion-as-a-risk-factor-for-development-of-degenerative-cervical-myelopathy
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Aria Nouri, Allan R Martin, Stefan F Lange, Mark Kotter, David J Mikulis, Michael G Fehlings
BACKGROUND: Congenital fusion of cervical vertebrae, including Klippel-Feil Syndrome (KFS), is a suspected risk factor for development of degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM). We aimed to establish prevalence and degenerative patterns of congenital cervical fusion (CCF) among a global cohort of patients with DCM. METHODS: Data from three prospective DCM studies were merged, including clinical data for 813 patients and imaging for 592 patients. CCF was diagnosed by presence of fused cervical vertebrae without signs of degenerative fusion...
January 24, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128704/cervical-lordotic-alignment-following-posterior-spinal-fusion-for-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-reciprocal-changes-and-risk-factors-for-malalignment
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Kazunori Hayashi, Hiromitsu Toyoda, Hidetomi Terai, Akinobu Suzuki, Masatoshi Hoshino, Koji Tamai, Shoichiro Ohyama, Hiroaki Nakamura
OBJECTIVE Numerous reports have been published on the effectiveness and safety of correction of the coronal Cobb angle and thoracolumbar sagittal alignment in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Suboptimal sagittal alignment, such as decreased thoracic kyphosis (TK), after corrective surgery, is a possible cause of lumbar or cervical spinal degeneration and junctional malalignment; however, few reports are available on reciprocal changes outside of the fused segments, such as the cervical lordotic angle (CLA)...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125929/trans-synaptic-degeneration-of-motoneurons-distal-to-chronic-cervical-spinal-cord-compression-in-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy
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Chaojun Zheng, Yu Zhu, Feizhou Lu, Xiaosheng Ma, Dong Tian, Jianyuan Jiang
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of chronic cervical spinal cord compression upon remote motor unit function in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). METHODS: Fifty-three CSM patients and 47 healthy subjects were included. Bilateral motor unit number estimations (MUNEs) were recorded from both abductor digiti minimi and abductor pollicis brevis, and bilateral flexor carpi radialis (FCR) H-reflexes were examined in all subjects along with the nine-hole peg test (NHPT)...
January 26, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124188/clinical-outcome-and-safety-study-of-a-newly-developed-instrumented-french-door-cervical-laminoplasty-technique
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Luigi Aurelio Nasto, Samiul Muquit, Ana Belen Perez-Romera, Hossein Mehdian
BACKGROUND: Standard laminectomy for treatment of cervical myelopathy is associated with secondary instability and kyphosis, while laminectomy combined with fusion puts adjacent segments at risk of degeneration. Single- and double-door laminoplasty techniques have been developed to overcome these limitations. More recently, complications related to bone graft dislodgment have fostered development of hardware-augmented laminoplasty techniques. The aim of this study is to review the clinical safety and effectiveness of a newly developed technique of instrumented French-door laminoplasty for treatment of cervical myelopathy...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology: Official Journal of the Italian Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121962/a-ct-based-simulation-study-to-compare-the-risk-of-facet-joint-violation-by-the-cervical-pedicle-screw-between-degenerative-and-nondegenerative-cervical-spines
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Dong-Ho Lee, Hyounmin Noh, Chang Ju Hwang, Choon Sung Lee, Kuniyoshi Abumi, Jae Hwan Cho
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective case-control study. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed (A) to compare entry points and trajectories of the cervical pedicle screw (CPS) between degenerative and nondegenerative spines, and (B) to evaluate the risk of facet joint violation by the CPS according to the degree of facet degeneration. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Entry point, trajectories, and risk of misplacement of the CPS have been widely researched; however, its application to degenerative cervical spine has to be elucidated...
February 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107242/an-in-vitro-biomechanical-study-evaluating-cervical-extension-plates-for-stabilizing-degenerated-adjacent-levels
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Kamran Majid, Mark Moldavsky, Saif Khalil, Manasa Gudipally
STUDY DESIGN: To evaluate the biomechanical stability of 2 extender plates in a human cervical cadaveric model. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate 2 extender plates, placed adjacent to initially implanted plates and to compare their biomechanical stability with traditional techniques. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Traditionally, adjacent level degeneration is surgically treated by removing the previously implanted plate and extending the instrumentation to the new degenerated level...
February 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104459/validation-of-the-intervertebral-disc-histological-degeneration-score-in-cervical-intervertebral-discs-and-their-end-plates
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Krzysztof A Tomaszewski, Brandon Michael Henry, Tomasz Gładysz, Roman Głowacki, Jerzy A Walocha, Romana Tomaszewska
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Vertebral joints consist of intervertebral discs (IVDs) and cartilaginous end plates (EP) that lie superiorly and inferiorly to the IVDs and separate them from the adjacent vertebral bodies. With aging, both IVDs and EPs undergo degeneration. The Histologic Degeneration Score (HDS) is a grading system that microscopically evaluates the degree of degeneration in lumbar discs and predicts it with high accuracy basing on several histological markers of IVD and EP. There is currently a lack of validated histologic grading schemes for cervical spine degeneration...
January 16, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059798/sporadic-cases-with-novel-mutations-and-pedigree-in-hereditary-leukoencephalopathy-with-axonal-spheroids
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Liyong Wu, Jia Liu, Longze Sha, Xianling Wang, Jieying Li, Jing Dong, Jianping Jia
Hereditary diffuse leukoencephalopathy with spheroids (HDLS) is an autosomal dominant hereditary disease, featured by cerebral white matter degeneration with demyelination and axonal spheroids. We collected three gene-confirmed HDLS cases in our neurodegenerative clinic. Two HDLS cases were sporadic with novel mutations, while another case had a family history with previously described mutations. All three cases suffered memory problems with white matter lesions and pyramid signs. No obvious clinical differences were observed between sporadic and familial HDLS cases...
December 3, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057043/rapid-healing-of-a-patient-with-dramatic-subacute-combined-degeneration-of-spinal-cord-a-case-report
#18
Florian C Roessler, Stephanie Wolff
BACKGROUND: Prevalence of cobalamin deficiency is high especially in older patients and an immediate therapy start is necessary to prevent irreversible neurological damages. Unfortunately, the diagnosis of cobalamin deficiency is difficult and at present, there is no consensus for diagnosis of this deficiency. Therefore, we aim to elucidate a meaningful diagnostic pathway by a case report with an initially misleading medical history. CASE PRESENTATION: A 57 year-old Caucasian man suffering from dramatic myelosis of the cervical posterior columns...
January 3, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056123/the-interface-of-mechanics-and-nociception-in-joint-pathophysiology-insights-from-the-facet-and-temporomandibular-joints
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Megan M Sperry, Meagan E Ita, Sonia Kartha, Sijia Zhang, Ya-Hsin Yu, Beth Winkelstein
Chronic joint pain is a widespread problem that frequently occurs with aging and trauma. Pain occurs most often in synovial joints, the body's load bearing joints. The mechanical and molecular mechanisms contributing to synovial joint pain are reviewed using two examples, the cervical spinal facet joints and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Although much work has focused on the macroscale mechanics of joints in health and disease, the combined influence of tissue mechanics, molecular processes, and nociception in joint pain has only recently become a focus...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042726/hybrid-cervical-disc-arthroplasty
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Tsung-Hsi Tu, Jau-Ching Wu, Henrich Cheng, Praveen V Mummaneni
For patients with multilevel cervical stenosis at nonadjacent segments, one of the traditional approaches has included a multilevel fusion of the abnormal segments as well as the intervening normal segment. In this video we demonstrate an alternative treatment plan with tailored use of a combination of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) and cervical disc arthroplasty (CDA) with an intervening skipped level. The authors present the case of a 72-year-old woman with myeloradiculopathy and a large disc herniation with facet joint degeneration at C3-4 and bulging disc at C5-6...
January 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
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