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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905158/metastatic-spinal-cord-compression-from-basal-cell-carcinoma-of-the-skin-treated-with-surgical-decompression-and-vismodegib-case-report-and-review-of-hedgehog-signalling-pathway-inhibition-in-advanced-basal-cell-carcinoma
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J McGrane, S Carswell, T Talbot
We report a case of a 66-year-old man with locally advanced and metastatic basal cell carcinoma (BCC) causing spinal cord compression, which was treated with spinal surgery and subsequent vismodegib. The patient presented with a large fungating chest wall lesion and a metastasis in T8 that was causing cord compression. He had neurosurgical decompression of the T8 lesion and fixation of the spine. Punch biopsy from the fungating chest wall lesion showed a BCC with some malignant squamous differentiation (basosquamous)...
November 30, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886885/classification-and-management-of-pediatric-subaxial-cervical-spine-injuries
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REVIEW
Casey J Madura, James M Johnston
Appropriate management of subaxial spine injury in children requires an appreciation for the differences in anatomy, biomechanics, injury patterns, and treatment options compared with adult patients. Increased flexibility, weak neck muscles, and cranial disproportion predispose younger children to upper cervical injuries and spinal cord injury without radiographic abnormality. A majority of subaxial cervical spine injuries can be treated nonoperatively. Surgical instrumentation options for children have significantly increased in recent years...
January 2017: Neurosurgery Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886876/complications-in-the-management-of-patients-with-spine-trauma
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REVIEW
Geoffrey Stricsek, George Ghobrial, Jefferson Wilson, Thana Theofanis, James S Harrop
More than 50% of patients diagnosed with acute, traumatic spinal cord injury will experience at least 1 complication during their hospitalization. Age, severity of neurological injury, concurrent traumatic brain injury, comorbid illness, and mechanism of injury are all associated with increasing risk of complication. More than 75% of complications will occur within 2 weeks of injury. The complications associated with SCI carry a significant risk of morbidity and mortality; their early identification and management is critical in the care of the SCI patient...
January 2017: Neurosurgery Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886875/the-role-of-a-miniopen-thoracoscopic-assisted-approach-in-the-management-of-burst-fractures-involving-the-thoracolumbar-junction
#4
REVIEW
Ricky Raj S Kalra, Meic H Schmidt
Thoracoscopic spinal surgery is a minimally invasive open endoscopic approach to the anterior thoracolumbar spine for decompression and stabilization. It offers an alternative to open thoracotomy for thoracolumbar burst fractures, anterior spinal cord decompression, and spinal reconstruction with interbody and anterolateral plate instrumentation for restoration of biomechanical stability and alignment. Posterior instrumentation may not sufficiently stabilize a significantly disrupted anterior load-bearing spinal column, and the high access morbidity of open procedures is of significant concern...
January 2017: Neurosurgery Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886871/update-on-new-imaging-techniques-for-trauma
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REVIEW
Lubdha M Shah, Adam E Flanders
Computed tomography (CT) and MRI are complementary imaging modalities for the evaluation of the traumatic spine. Osseous delineation is best assessed with CT, whereas MRI gives superb soft tissue description. Awareness of the strengths and pitfalls of each modality is critical in the accurate interpretation of images. Advances in MR imaging of the spine, particularly of the spinal cord, provide glimpses into to the pathobiological mechanism of spinal cord injury. Innovative techniques relay microstructural information about the integrity of the axons and myelin sheaths...
January 2017: Neurosurgery Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884333/c-spine-injury-and-mandibular-fractures-lifesaver-broken-in-two-spots
#6
Michael W Chu, Tahereh Soleimani, Tyler A Evans, Sarah I Fernandez, Leigh Spera, Carrie Klene, Ben L Zarzaur, Sunil S Tholpady
BACKGROUND: Trauma is a leading cause of injury and mortality and may involve mandibular fractures and cervical spine injuries. Manipulation of the spine during trauma protocols and operative treatment has the potential to cause serious spinal cord injuries. The purpose of this study was to identify risk factors associated with cervical spine injury (CSI) in patients with mandibular fractures. METHODS: The National Trauma Databank (2007-2010) was used to identify patients with mandibular fractures...
December 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879568/effect-of-immunotherapy-status-on-outcomes-in-patients-with-metastatic-melanoma-to-the-spine
#7
Ganesh M Shankar, Bryan D Choi, Benjamin L Grannan, Kevin Oh, John H Shin
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study OBJECTIVE.: We performed a retrospective study of patients treated at our institution over the last 3 years to assess predictive value of immunotherapy exposure on overall survival of patients with metastatic melanoma to the spine in an effort to better inform surgical decision making. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Modern management of metastatic melanoma includes adjuvant targeted therapies and immunomodulators that have shown to significantly improve overall survival...
November 22, 2016: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870788/prenatal-ultrasound-evaluation-of-the-position-of-conus-medullaris-for-the-diagnosis-of-tethered-cord-syndrome
#8
Shao-Zheng He, Guo-Rong Lv, Shun-Lan Liu, Jun-Xian Ruan
To determine the conus distance between the end of the conus medullaris and the distal end of the last vertebral body in healthy fetuses with various gestational ages using ultrasonography for its diagnostic value in tethered cord syndrome (TCS). This retrospective study included 540 healthy and 8 autopsy-confirmed TCS fetuses. Ultrasonographic measurement of the conus distance was performed when the fetus was in a prone position within the spine in the near field at 14 to 41 weeks of gestational age. Linear correlation analysis was performed to analyze the relationship between the conus distance and the gestational age, biparietal diameter, femur length, head circumference, and abdominal circumference...
December 2016: Ultrasound Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870071/eosinophilic-meningomyelitis-associated-with-t-cell-lymphoma-in-a-cat
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Kathryn Y Bray, Karen R Muñana, Kristina Meichner, Laura A White, Gabriela Seiler
A 12-year-old cat was presented for evaluation of progressive tetraparesis. Magnetic resonance imaging of the cervical spine demonstrated T2-hyperintensity, and contrast enhancement within the C4-C7 spinal cord, with marked meningeal contrast enhancement and segmental nerve root thickening. Lumbar cerebrospinal fluid contained 407 total nucleated cells/μL, with 99% eosinophils. The cat transiently improved with prednisolone, clindamycin, and ivermectin therapy, but subsequently worsened and was euthanized...
November 21, 2016: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869449/-diffuse-tenosynovial-giant-cell-tumor-of-the-cervical-spine-destroying-vertebra-c6-a%C3%A2-case-report
#10
Zdeněk Kinkor, Tomáš Svoboda, Petr Grossman, David Bludovský, Filip Heidenreich, Andrej Švec, Iveta Mečiarová
Presented is a case of 59-year-old woman with longstanding neck pain who has been promptly operated for spinal cord compression. Imaging studies disclosed ill-defined cervical paravertebral soft tissue mass at the level of vertebra C5/6 abutting left-sided intervertebral joint and destroying neighboring both vertebral arch and processus spinosus. Submitted specimen was interpreted as a possible metastatic skeletal process by clinicians and referring pathologist favored diagnosis of giant cell tumor/osteoclastoma of the bone...
2016: Ceskoslovenská Patologie
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/27865537/metastases-in-the-cervical-spine-from-primary-head-and-neck-cancers-current-concepts-of-diagnosis-and-management
#12
S D Colbert, S Ramakrishna, J R Harvey, P A Brennan
Vertebral metastases from primary head and neck cancers are uncommon, and so there are no clear guidelines about management. The spinal cord can be compressed by a vertebral fracture or invasion of a tumour, and may present as an oncological and spinal emergency. The goals of treatment are to relieve pain and maintain neurological function. However, surgical treatments in this group of patients have not been defined, and primary operative treatment of spinal metastases remains controversial. Here we discuss their contemporary management...
November 16, 2016: British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864669/subaxial-cervical-spine-trauma
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REVIEW
Eric Feuchtbaum, Jacob Buchowski, Lukas Zebala
Subaxial cervical spine trauma is common and an often missed diagnosis. Accurate and efficient diagnosis and management is necessary to avoid devastating complications such as spinal cord injury. Several classification schemes have been devised to help categorize fractures of the subaxial spine and define treatment algorithms. The Subaxial Cervical Spine Injury Classification System (SLIC) is widely used and evaluates not only fracture morphology but also considers ligamentous injury and neurological status in surgical decision making...
December 2016: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858679/entire-syringomyelia-associated-with-chiari-ii-malformation-and-severe-scoliosis-and-hydrocephalus
#14
Jie Liang, Weifei Wu, Neng Ru, Jianfeng Chen
BACKGROUND: The syrinx can occur in any region of the spinal cord and is common in cervical and/or thoracic region, and distributing along spinal cord is unusual, especially association with Chiari II malformation and scoliosis. OBJECTIVE: To report a first case of entire syringomyelia associated with Chiari II malformation and severe scoliosis and hydrocephalus. CASE PRESENTATION: The patient began to experience symptoms of bilateral hand weakness in adulthood...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857789/epidemiology-of-the-neural-tube-defects-in-kashmir-valley
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Masood Ahmed Laharwal, Arif Hussain Sarmast, Altaf Umer Ramzan, Abrar Ahad Wani, Nayil Khursheed Malik, Sajad Hussain Arif, Masooma Rizvi
INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND: Neural tube defects (NTD) are the most common congenital malformations affecting the brain and spinal cord and have a multifactorial etiology. Genetic and environmental factors have been found to cause these defects, both individually and in combination. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine the incidence, types, demographics, risk factors, and other associated anomalies relevant to NTDs in Kashmir Valley. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 2-year hospital-based prospective study was carried out from November 2013 to October 2015...
July 2016: Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857459/primary-diffuse-leptomeningeal-oligodendrogliomatosis-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#16
Amarnath Chellathurai, Jay S Vaidya, Gopinathan Kathirvelu, Periakaruppan Alagappan
Primary leptomeningeal oligodendrogliomatosis (PLO) is a rare low-grade intracranial and spinal canal subarachnoid neoplasm without an obvious primary neoplasm in the brain or spinal cord parenchyma. We present here the serial progression of radiological findings of this rare disease in a 2-year-old male child whose clinical status deteriorated over a period of 4 months with the main complaint of partial seizures. During this period, the MR findings progressed from mild hydrocephalus with minimal leptomeningeal enhancement to leptomeningeal multiple cystic lesions in the entire neuraxis including the spine...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Radiology & Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853664/return-to-play-after-cervical-spine-injuries-a-consensus-of-opinion
#17
John C France, Michael Karsy, James S Harrop, Andrew T Dailey
Study Design Survey. Objective Sports-related spinal cord injury (SCI) represents a growing proportion of total SCIs but lacks evidence or guidelines to guide clinical decision-making on return to play (RTP). Our objective is to offer the treating physician a consensus analysis of expert opinion regarding RTP that can be incorporated with the unique factors of a case for clinical decision-making. Methods Ten common clinical scenarios involving neurapraxia and stenosis, atlantoaxial injury, subaxial injury, and general cervical spine injury were presented to 25 spine surgeons from level 1 trauma centers for whom spine trauma is a significant component of their practice...
December 2016: Global Spine Journal
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/27847080/dumbbell-mimicked-mediastinal-angiomatosis
#19
En-Kuei Tang, Ping-Teng Chu, Yih-Gang Goan, Pin-Pen Hsieh, Jung-Chia Lin
Angiomatosis is a nonneoplastic proliferative vascular lesion, which occurs mostly in diverse soft tissues. We observed a rare case of mediastinal angiomatosis with intraspinal invasion that mimicked a dumbbell tumor in a 63-year-old man with a history of prostate adenocarcinoma. A roentgenogram of the chest showed that the patient had left pleural effusion and a left paraspinal mass, computed tomography disclosed a low-density fusiform lesion over the left paraspinal region, and magnetic resonance imaging confirmed a large posterior mediastinal tumor with T4 intraspinal invasion...
December 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845355/prevalence-and-associated-factors-of-pain-in-the-swiss-spinal-cord-injury-population
#20
R Müller, M W G Brinkhof, U Arnet, T Hinrichs, G Landmann, X Jordan, M Béchir
STUDY DESIGN: Population-based, cross-sectional. OBJECTIVES: To determine pain prevalence and identify factors associated with chronic pain in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) living in Switzerland. SETTING: Swiss SCI Cohort Study (SwiSCI). METHODS: Pain characteristics were assessed using an adapted version of the International SCI Pain Basic Data Set, adding one item of the SCI Secondary Conditions Scale to address chronic pain...
November 15, 2016: Spinal Cord
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