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Radiofrequency cervical

Roderick J Finlayson, Atikun Thonnagith, Maria Francisca Elgueta, Jordi Perez, John-Paul B Etheridge, De Q H Tran
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Novel multitined cannulae constitute an attractive option for ultrasound-guided radiofrequency neurotomy of cervical medial branches. The deployment tines increase the cannula's active area, thus altering its lesion size. Despite their theoretical benefits, multitined cannulae have not been assessed. In this bench study, we sought to investigate the lesions produced by a standard 18-gauge and 2 commercially available multitined deployment cannulae. We created ex vivo models to evaluate lesion morphology at a periosteal interface using approach angles likely to be encountered during an ultrasound-guided technique...
October 21, 2016: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Fei Wang, Qian Zhou, Lizu Xiao, Juan Yang, Donglin Xong, Disen Li, LiPing Liu, Sigdha Ancha, Jianguo Cheng
BACKGROUND: We demonstrated a combination of pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) and cervical nerve root block (CNRB) via a posterior approach was superior to a transforaminal epidural steroid injection through the anterolateral approach for cervical radicular pain in a previous study. This randomized trial was conducted to determine the comparative efficacy between CNRB, PRF, and CNRB + PRF for cervical radicular pain. METHODS: A prospective and randomized design was used in this study...
October 14, 2016: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
Maarten van Eerd, Arno Lataster, Micha Sommer, Jacob Patijn, Maarten van Kleef
The cervical facet joints, also called the zygapophyseal joints, are a potential source of neck pain (cervical facet joint pain). The cervical facet joints are innervated by the cervical medial branches (CMBs) of the cervical segmental nerves. Cervical facet joint pain has been shown to respond to multisegmental radiofrequency denervation of the cervical medial branches. This procedure is performed under fluoroscopic guidance. Currently, three approaches are described and used. Those three techniques of radiofrequency treatment of the CMBs, classified on the base of the needle trajectory toward the anatomical planes, are as follows: the posterolateral technique, the posterior technique, and the lateral technique...
October 13, 2016: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
Ilknur Albayrak, Seza Apiliogullari, Ozkan Onal, Cengizhan Gungor, Ali Saltali, Funda Levendoglu
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Complex regional pain syndrome is a painful and disabling syndrome where the patient presents with neuropathic pain, edema, or vasomotor or pseudomotor abnormalities that are often refractory to treatment. Complex regional pain syndrome type 1 may occurs in stroke patients. Radiofrequency is a therapeutic modality that has been used for years for diseases associated with neuropathic pain. DESIGN: Case series report. SETTING: Selcuk University Hospital...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Dong Gyu Lee, Sang-Ho Ahn, Jungwon Lee
Transforaminal Epidural steroid injections (TFESI) have been widely adopted to alleviate and control radicular pain in accord with current guidelines. However, sometimes repeated steroid injections have adverse effects, and thus, this prospective randomized trial was undertaken to compare the effectivenesses of pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) administered to a targeted dorsal root ganglion (DRG) and TFESI for the treatment of radicular pain due to disc herniation. Subjects were recruited when first proved unsuccessful (defined as a score of > 4 on a visual analogue scale (VAS; 0-10 mm) and of > 30% according to the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) or the Neck Disability Index (NDI))...
August 2016: Journal of Korean Medical Science
Bing Liu, Liangjun Cheng, Hao Ming, Chang Zhong
OBJECTIVE: Radiofrequency (RF) coblation operates at low temperatures (40-70°C) and allows for ablation, hemostasis, and aspiration, in addition to the lesion excision; thermal damage to the surrounding tissues is thus minimized. Herein, we evaluated the benefit of low-temperature RF coblation treatment of the early-stage glottic cancer. The main aim of the study was to evaluate the feasibility, complications, and efficacy of low-temperature RF coblation as a treatment modality for the early-stage glottic cancer...
April 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
Jason Mark Dunn, Guiping Sui, Angela Anggiansah, Terrence Wong
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The cervical inlet patch (CIP) is an area of heterotopic gastric mucosa at the proximal esophagus, which can secrete both acid and mucus. Attributable symptoms include chronic globus sensation and sore throat. Previous studies have demonstrated improvement in symptoms following ablation with argon plasma coagulation. Our aim was to assess a through-the-scope radiofrequency ablation (RFA) catheter, for ablation of symptomatic CIP. METHODS: Ten patients with endoscopically and histologically proven CIP, and symptoms of globus or sore throat, were included in the study...
June 30, 2016: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Zhi-Jian Wang, Meng-Ye Zhu, Xiao-Jian Liu, Xue-Xue Zhang, Da-Ying Zhang, Jian-Mei Wei
This study aimed to determine the therapeutic effect of radiofrequency combined with low-dose collagenase injected into the disc interior via an anterior cervical approach for cervical intervertebral disc herniation.Forty-three patients (26-62-year old; male/female ratio: 31/12) with cervical intervertebral disc herniation received radiofrequency combined with 60 to 100 U of collagenase, injected via an anterior cervical approach. The degree of nerve function was assessed using the current Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) scoring system at 3 and 12 months postoperation...
June 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Alexander Bautista, Alisher Dadabayev, Ellen Rosenquist, Jianguo Cheng
We report 2 cases of successful treatment of neck and back pain with bipolar radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the cervical and lumbar facet joints in patients with an automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD).Two patients with complex cardiac histories and AICD devices were treated with bipolar RFA of the facet joints. One presented with axial neck pain and the other with axial back pain. The histories and physical examinations were consistent with facetogenic pain. Diagnostic medial branch block resulted in more than 70% pain relief lasting for several days, allowing patients to perform routine daily activities without significant pain...
March 2016: Pain Physician
Abdallah Al-Salameh, Camille Baudry, Jean François Gautier, Marie-Elisabeth Toubert, Hélène Bihan, Régis Cohen
A 28-year-old female consulted in 1994 for a left thyroid nodule known for two years with documented progression. Left lobe resection was performed initially followed by total thyroidectomy without lymph node dissection in September 1994. Pathological examination concluded on unilateral 10 × 40 mm medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC). RET mutation was negative. Basal and pentagastrin-stimulated CT levels had been normal from 1994 to 2008 when her CT level was found to be elevated at 33 ng/L and increased subsequently to 111 ng/L in 2010...
2016: Endokrynologia Polska
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Joshua A Hirsch, Alan D Kaye, Mark V Boswell
Diagnostic facet joint nerve blocks have been utilized in the diagnosis of cervical facet joint pain in patients without disk herniation or radicular pain due to a lack of reliable noninvasive diagnostic measures. Therapeutic interventions include intra-articular injections, facet joint nerve blocks and radiofrequency neurotomy. The diagnostic accuracy and effectiveness of facet joint interventions have been assessed in multiple diagnostic accuracy studies, randomized controlled trials (RCTs), and systematic reviews in managing chronic neck pain...
January 2016: Postgraduate Medicine
Adam N Wallace, Anderanik Tomasian, Randy O Chang, Jack W Jennings
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous CT-guided radiofrequency ablation is a safe and effective minimally invasive treatment for osteoid osteomas. This technical case series describes the use of a recently introduced ablation system with a probe that can be curved in multiple directions, embedded thermocouples for real-time monitoring of the ablation volume, and a bipolar design that obviates the need for a grounding pad. METHODS: Medical records of all patients who underwent radiofrequency ablation of an osteoid osteoma with the STAR Tumor Ablation System (DFINE; San Jose, CA) were reviewed...
May 2016: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Frans Van de Perck, Filiep Soetens, Christophe Lebrun, Arno Lataster, Amaury Verhamme, Jan Van Zundert
Radiofrequency denervation of the cervical medial branches is a possible treatment for chronic cervical facet pain syndrome when conservative management has failed. According to the literature, complications after radiofrequency denervation of the cervical medial branches are rare. We report a case of possible phrenic nerve injury after ipsilateral radiofrequency denervation of the cervical medial branches following a posterolateral approach.
February 2016: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
Shiv Pratap Singh Rana, Mary Abraham, Varun Gupta, Shubhashish Biswas, Manish Marda
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) following injury or nerve damage, as its name signifies, is a challenging entity, and its successful management requires a multidisciplinary approach. It not only manifests as severe pain, but also gives rise to functional disability, lack of sleep, lack of enjoyment of life and poor quality of life. Various pain interventional techniques have been described in the literature for the management of CRPS ranging from sympathetic blocks to spinal cord stimulator. A 34-year-old liver transplant donor, who developed position-induced right upper limb neuropathic pain suggestive of CRPS type II was managed initially with medications and later with stellate ganglion block under fluoroscopic guidance at cervical C7 position...
October 2015: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
Priya B Chittawar, Mohan S Kamath
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The main purpose of this review is to collect the most recent evidence with regards to safety and effectiveness of the nonsurgical and minimally invasive treatment options for uterine fibroids. RECENT FINDINGS: Among the nonsurgical options, uterine artery embolization (UAE), and in eligible patients, magnetic resonance-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) are emerging as effective alternatives to surgical options for treatment of symptomatic fibroids...
December 2015: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Patricia Duff, Basabjit Das, Connail McCrory
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous radiofrequency (RF) rhizotomy of the medial branches of the dorsal rami from the spinal nerves is the standard treatment for cervical zygapophyseal joint mediated pain. There is a paucity of data regarding the longevity of analgesia following this procedure. OBJECTIVE: To determine the duration of complete pain relief, analgesic consumption and any adverse events following percutaneous cervical RF rhizotomy. METHODS: Retrospective chart review of patients who had undergone percutaneous cervical RF rhizotomy for zygapophyseal joint mediated neck pain...
2016: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Andrew Engel, George Rappard, Wade King, David J Kennedy
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effectiveness and risks of fluoroscopically-guided cervical medial branch thermal radiofrequency neurotomy (CMBTRFN) for treating chronic neck pain of zygapophysial joint origin. DESIGN: Systematic review of the literature with comprehensive analysis of the published data. INTERVENTIONS: Four reviewers formally trained in evidence-based medicine searched the literature on CMBTRFN. Each assessed the methodologies of studies found and appraised the quality of evidence presented...
April 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
J Artner, S Klessinger
Fluoroscopy-guided interventions on facet joints have been used for decades for the symptomatic management of pain in spinal disorders. A large number of imaging techniques are used to achieve a precise and safe needle placement in interventional procedures. Pulsed fluoroscopy is one of the most widely used and well-accepted tools for these procedures. This article presents a technical overview of commonly used fluoroscopy-guided interventions on the facet joints of the cervical and lumbar spine, such as facet joint injection, blockade of the medial nerve branches and radiofrequency ablation...
October 2015: Der Radiologe
Henk M Koning, Brigitte A Dyrbye, Frits J van Hemert
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy of radiofrequency lesioning of the superior cervical sympathetic ganglion for patients with tinnitus. STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective long-term clinical review of patients with tinnitus treated with a blockade of the superior cervical sympathetic ganglion. SETTING: The human subjects were 366 consecutive patients who came to the DC Klinieken in Almere and Amsterdam from January 2010 to January 2014 for consultations on their tinnitus that persisted for 1 month or longer...
August 27, 2015: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
Sun Yeul Lee, Dae Il Jang, Chan Noh, Young Kwon Ko
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease involving multiple joints. The cervical spine is often affected, and cases involving atlantoaxial joint can lead to instability. Anterior atlantoaxial subluxation in RA patients can lead to posterior neck pain or occipital headache because of compression of the C2 ganglion or nerve. Here, we report the successful treatment of a RA patient with occipital radiating headache using pulsed radiofrequency therapy at the C2 dorsal root ganglion.
July 2015: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
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