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Jiao Li, Yi Lu, Huiting Liang, Chunyan Tang, Lei Zhu, Jie Zhang, Renshi Xu
In order to searching the possible pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), we examined the expression and distribution of FUS/TLS protein in the different anatomic regions, segments and neural cells of adult spinal cord at the different stages of the SOD1 wild-type and G93A transgenic mice using the fluorescent immunohistochemistry. Result revealed that, in the SOD1 wild-type mice, the FUS/TLS expression almost wasn't detected. However, in the SOD1 G93A mice, the FUS/TLS expression in the white matter was significantly more than that in the gray matter...
2016: International Journal of Biological Sciences
Andrew J Teichtahl, Donna M Urquhart, Yuanyuan Wang, Anita E Wluka, Richard O'Sullivan, Graeme Jones, Flavia M Cicuttini
BACKGROUND: Degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine is common, with severe disease increasing the risk for chronic low back pain. This cross-sectional study examined whether disc degeneration is representative of a 'whole-organ' pathology, by examining its association with bone (vertebral endplate) and soft tissue (paraspinal muscle fat) abnormalities. METHODS: Seventy-two community-based individuals unselected for low back pain, had Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)...
October 21, 2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Shiro Imagama, Noriaki Kawakami, Yuji Matsubara, Taichi Tsuji, Tetsuya Ohara, Yoshito Katayama, Naoki Ishiguro, Tokumi Kanemura
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective clinical study. OBJECTIVE: To investigate adjacent segment degeneration (ASD) at 5 years after L4/5 posterior lumbar interbody fusion with pedicle screw instrumentation and L4/5 decompression surgery using plain radiographs, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), with the evaluation of annual changes on MRI. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Methods of evaluation have been inconsistent among studies of ASD...
November 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Chang-Qing Zhao, Wei Ding, Kai Zhang, Jie Zhao
BACKGROUND: Large lumbar or lumbosacral (LS) disc herniations usually expand from the paramedian space to the neuroforamen and compress both the transversing (lower) and the exiting (upper) nerve roots, thus leading to bi-radicular symptoms. Bi-radicular involvement is a statistically significant risk factor for poor outcome in patients presenting with far lateral or foraminal disc herniation after facet preserving microdecompression. There is evidence showing that patients suffering from large lumbar disc herniations treated with interbody fusion have significant superior results in comparison with those who received a simple discectomy...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
A Spallone, M Çelniku
A 49 years-old man came to our attention with severe flaccid paraparesis occurring 10 days before, almost immediately after he had immerged his legs in boiling water for treating his severe left lombo-crural pain. This was known to be due to a right L3-L4 herniated disk diagnosed by MRI. At the examination he showed severe motor paresis and absent reflexes of his lower limbs, whilst crural pain was very mild and sensation and urinary function were unaffected. The results of his neurological examination led us to suspect an acute motor axon degeneration related to the heating shock...
October 11, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Kae Sian Tay, Anupreet Bassi, William Yeo, Wai Mun Yue
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: There is no current literature comparing outcomes of patients with and without lumbar scoliosis having neurological symptoms undergoing Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (MIS TLIF) technique. PURPOSE: To determine whether associated lumbar scoliosis will result in different clinical, radiological and operative outcomes in patients undergoing focal MISTLIF for neurogenic symptoms, without specific correction of the scoliosis...
October 7, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Rebecca Wilson, Richard Kendall
Low back pain and obesity are both rising epidemics. This article will examine global trends in obesity, contributory lifestyle and societal factors, and morbidity and mortality associated with cardiovascular disease. With this background information, this article will explore the complex physiological process of atherosclerosis and the association between impaired lumbar perfusion and low back pain. It also will provide specific guidance on exercise and nutrition to help treat these potential underlying and contributory mechanisms of spine pathology...
October 6, 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Alfred C Gellhorn, Pradeep Suri, Sean Rundell, Nathan Olafsen, M Jake Carlson, Steve Johnson, Adrielle Fry, Thiru Anaswammy, Christopher Gilligan, Bryan Comstock, Patrick Heagerty, Janna Friedly, Jeffrey G Jarvik
BACKGROUND: Minimal longitudinal data exist regarding the role of lumbar musculature in predicting back pain and function. In cross sectional study designs, there is often atrophy of the segmental multifidus muscle in subjects with low back pain compared with matched controls. However, the cross sectional design of these studies prevents drawing conclusions regarding whether lumbar muscle characteristics predict or modify future back pain or function. OBJECTIVE: The primary objective is to determine if the cross sectional area (CSA) of lumbar muscles predicts functional status or back pain at 6- or 12-month follow-up in older adults with spinal degeneration...
October 6, 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Nadja A Farshad-Amacker, Alexander Hughes, Richard J Herzog, Burkhardt Seifert, Mazda Farshad
OBJECTIVES: The association of disc degeneration (DD) and vertebral endplate degeneration (EPD) is still not well understood. This study aimed to find segmental predictive risk factors for DD and EPD and to illuminate associations of the disc, endplate and bone marrow changes in the process of degeneration. METHODS: After institutional review board approval, 450 lumbar levels, followed up with MRI for at least 4 years, were retrospectively graded for DD according to Pfirrmann (PFG), for EPD according to the endplate score (EPS) and according to the presence, extension and type of Modic changes (MC)...
October 5, 2016: European Radiology
Erlick A C Pereira, Mohammad Farwana, Khai S Lam
Spinal stenosis and low-grade spondylolisthesis produce symptoms of neural compression that can be treated with extreme lateral lumbar interbody fusion (XLIF) via indirect decompression. This study aimed to investigate whether the restoration of disc dimensions would relieve symptoms of radiculopathy, claudication and back pain. In this retrospective study, patients undergoing XLIF surgery for relief of radicular symptoms or degenerative disc disease were included. Radiologically proven changes were used to assess the modes of degeneration...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
B Eser, O Eser, Y Yuksel, H Aksit, E Karavelioglu, M Tosun, Z Sekerci
The aim of this study was to identify the possible correlation between polymorphisms in matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1 and MMP-3 and their corresponding protein levels in disc tissues obtained from patients with lumbar disc herniation (LDH) using biochemical and immunohistochemical analyses. Blood and disc samples were obtained from 100 patients with LDH who underwent a lumbar microdiscectomy. Based on the radiological degeneration, the patients were diagnosed with grade 2, 3, or 4 LDH. MMP-1 -1607 1G/2G and MMP-3 -1171 5A/6A were analyzed by real-time polymerase chain reaction...
September 9, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Bohdan W Chopko
BACKGROUND: Spondylytic degeneration of the axial lumbar spine is a major cause of pain and disability. Recent advances in spinal surgical instrumentation, including percutaneous access and fusion techniques, have made possible the performance of instrumented fusion through small incisions. By blending strategies of interventional pain management, neuroradiology, and conventional spine surgery, it is now feasible to treat spinal axial pain using permanent fixation techniques and local anesthesia in the setting of a fluoroscopy suite using mild sedation and local anesthesia...
June 2016: J Spine Surg
Marco Lechmann, Andrea Rosskopf, Christine Ehrmann, Reto Sutter, Christian W A Pfirrmann, Cynthia K Peterson
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether specific MRI findings are related to outcomes after lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injections (TFESI) and to assess the inter-rater reliability of imaging diagnosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective outcomes study on 156 consecutive patients with 1-month follow-up outcomes data and MRI within 3 months of TFESI was conducted. Pain levels (numerical rating scale) (NRS) were recorded prior to injection. Overall 'improvement' was determined using the Patients Global Impression of Change (PGIC) scale and NRS data were collected at three time points post injection...
September 28, 2016: Skeletal Radiology
Dorien Goubert, Jessica Van Oosterwijck, Mira Meeus, Lieven Danneels
BACKGROUND: Lumbar muscle dysfunction due to pain might be related to altered lumbar muscle structure. Macroscopically, muscle degeneration in low back pain (LBP) is characterized by a decrease in cross-sectional area and an increase in fat infiltration in the lumbar paraspinal muscles. In addition microscopic changes, such as changes in fiber distribution, might occur. Inconsistencies in results from different studies make it difficult to draw firm conclusions on which structural changes are present in the different types of non-specific LBP...
September 2016: Pain Physician
R Barigye, S Davis, R Hunt, N Hunt, S Walsh, N Elliott, C Burnup, S Aumann, C Day, K Dyrting, R Weir, L F Melville
OBJECTIVE: This study assessed the neurotropism of bovine ephemeral fever (BEF) virus (BEFV) and described histomorphological abnormalities of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves that may causally contribute to paresis or paralysis in BEF. METHODS: Four paralysed and six asymptomatic but virus-infected cattle were monitored, and blood and serum samples screened by qRT-PCR, virus isolation and neutralisation tests. Fresh brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve and other tissues were qRT-PCR-tested for viral RNA, while formalin-fixed specimens were processed routinely and immunohistochemically evaluated for histomorphological abnormalities and viral antigen distribution, respectively...
October 2016: Australian Veterinary Journal
Michael F Coscia, Gerald A Denys, Matthew F Wack
STUDY DESIGN: Patients scheduled for spinal surgery were screened prospectively for a microbial presence associated with intervertebral disc specimens. Inclusion was limited to patients requiring surgery for any of 5 conditions: study patients with cervical spine intervertebral herniation (IVH), lumbar spine IVH, lumbar spine discogenic pain, and control patients with idiopathic scoliosis/Scheurermann's kyphosis or trauma/neuromuscular deformity. Exclusion criteria included ongoing systemic infection, abnormal pre-operative white cell counts, documented or suspected spinal infection, or previous surgery to the involved disc...
September 23, 2016: Spine
M M van Rijsbergen, V M P Barthelemy, A C T Vrancken, S P M Crijns, H-J Wilke, W Wilson, B van Rietbergen, K Ito
The two main load bearing tissues of the intervertebral disc are the nucleus pulposus and the annulus fibrosus. Both tissues are composed of the same basic components, but differ in their organization and relative amounts. With degeneration, the clear distinction between the two tissues disappears. The changes in biochemical content lead to changes in mechanical behaviour of the intervertebral disc. The aim of the current study was to investigate if well-documented moderate degeneration at the biochemical and fibre structure level leads to instability of the lumbar spine...
September 23, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
H Bea Kuiperij, Alexandra A M Versleijen, Marijke Beenes, Nicolaas A Verwey, Luisa Benussi, Anna Paterlini, Giuliano Binetti, Charlotte E Teunissen, Joost Raaphorst, Helenius J Schelhaas, Benno Küsters, Yolande A L Pijnenburg, Roberta Ghidoni, Marcel M Verbeek
BACKGROUND: Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a heterogeneous disease both at the clinical, genetic, and pathobiological level. The underlying pathological spectrum (termed FTLD, frontotemporal lobar degeneration) is in most cases defined by accumulation of either tau (FTLD-tau) or TDP-43 proteins (FTLD-TDP). Biomarkers to differentiate these subtypes are not yet available, whereas these are essential requirements to study the natural course of disease and for homogeneous inclusion of patients in clinical studies...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
David C Noriega, Francisco Ardura, Ruben Hernández-Ramajo, Miguel Angel Martín-Ferrero, Israel Sánchez-Lite, Borja Toribio, Mercedes Alberca, Veronica García, José Maria Moraleda, Ana Sánchez, Javier García-Sancho
BACKGROUND: Degenerative disc disease often causes severe low-back pain, a public health problem with huge economic and life quality impact. Chronic cases often require surgery, which may lead to biomechanical problems and accelerated degeneration of the adjacent segments. Autologous mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) treatments have shown feasibility, safety and strong indications of clinical efficacy. We present here a randomized, controlled trial using allogeneic MSC, which are logistically more convenient than autologous cells...
September 21, 2016: Transplantation
Jen-Chung Liao, Ping-Yeh Chiu, Wen-Jer Chen, Lih-Hui Chen, Chi-Chien Niu
BACKGROUND: In Taiwan, the life expectancy of an 80-year-old man is 88.4 years and the life expectancy of an 80-year-old woman is 89.8 years. Some of these people will develop symptomatic degenerative lumbar diseases that interfere with an active lifestyle. These older surgical candidates usually ask the surgeon whether it would be safe to undergo surgery. However, there is no literature assessing the outcomes of laminectomy, fusion and posterior fixation for degenerative lumbar diseases in patients older than 80 years...
2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
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