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Hector Soriano-Baron, Anna G U S Newcomb, Devika Malhotra, Atilio E Palma, Eduardo Martinez-Del-Campo, Neil R Crawford, Nicholas Theodore, Brian P Kelly, Taro Kaibara
OBJECTIVE: Recently developed expandable interbody spacers are widely accepted in spinal surgery; however, the resulting biomechanical effects of their use have not yet been fully studied. We analyzed the biomechanical effects of an expandable polyetheretherketone interbody spacer inserted through a bilateral posterior approach with and without different modalities of posterior augmentation. METHODS: Biomechanical nondestructive flexibility testing was performed in 7 human cadaveric lumbar (L2-L5) specimens followed by axial compressive loading...
March 13, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Christian B Theodotou, George M Ghobrial, Andrew L Middleton, Michael Y Wang, Allan D Levi
BACKGROUND: Cervical facet dislocations are among the most common traumatic spinal injuries. Posterior, anterior, and combined surgical approaches have been described and are widely debated. OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate efficacy in anterior-only surgical management for subaxial cervical facet dislocations. METHODS: A consistent surgical algorithm for cervical facet dislocation was applied over a 19-yr period and analyzed retrospectively in adults with acute unilateral or bilateral facet dislocation of the subaxial cervical spine...
March 14, 2018: Neurosurgery
Yad Ram Yadav, Shailendra Ratre, Vijay Parihar, Amitesh Dubey, Mashoo N Dubey
Symptomatic ventral cervical cord compressions have been treated by anterior discectomy with fusion, anterior corpectomy and fusion, discectomy with an artificial disc, and minimally invasive techniques. There are complications associated with the fusion procedure, especially when a long segment fusion is undertaken. Partial removal of the vertebral body without fusion could help in avoiding fusion and its associated complications. We are describing the detailed surgical technique, indications, limitations, and early results of endoscopic partially corpectomy...
March 2018: Neurology India
Ian Kaye, Peter Passias
Minimally invasive surgical (MIS) techniques offer promising improvements in the management of thoracolumbar trauma. Recent advances in MIS techniques and instrumentation for degenerative conditions have heralded a growing interest in employing these techniques for thoracolumbar trauma. Specifically, surgeons have applied these techniques to help manage flexion- and extension-distraction injuries, neurologically intact burst fractures, and cases of damage control. Minimally invasive surgical techniques offer a means to decrease blood loss, shorten operative time, reduce infection risk, and shorten hospital stays...
March 2018: Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases
Guolei Zhang, Junpu Zha, Junchuan Liu, Jun Di
One of the crucial mechanisms following spinal cord injury is mitochondria associated cell death. Minocycline, an anti-inflammatory drug is well known to impede the mitochondrial cell death. However, there has been no study on the effect of minocycline linking FAS-mediated cell death and hypoxia inducible factor (HIF-1α), the targets involved in mitochondrial cell death. Male Sprague Drawley rats (N = 18, divided into three groups) were subjected to traumatic spinal cord injury and were injected with minocycline (n = 6) (90 mg/kg, and later 45 mg/kg dose two times a day (every 12 h)...
March 9, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
Mathilde Quidet, Fahed Zairi, Eileen Boyle, Thierry Facon, Marie-Hélène Vieillard, François Machuron, Jean-Paul Lejeune, Richard Assaker
INTRODUCTION: Multiple myeloma spinal involvement can lead to bone-fractures and neurological impairment that can severely alter quality of life. The role of surgery is controversial, given its high morbidity, and the lack of evidence. We hereby aim to evaluate efficacy and safety of surgery in the management of symptomatic spinal lesions in patients with multiple myeloma. METHODS: We included all patients operated on for a myeloma-related spinal lesion, in our institution between 2007 and 2015...
March 9, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Kiley L Armstrong, Lisa M Lombardo, Kevin M Foglyano, Musa L Audu, Ronald J Triolo
BACKGROUND: The leading cause of injury for manual wheelchair users are tips and falls caused by unexpected destabilizing events encountered during everyday activities. The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of automatically restoring seated stability to manual wheelchair users with spinal cord injury (SCI) via a threshold-based system to activate the hip and trunk muscles with electrical stimulation during potentially destabilizing events. METHODS: We detected and classified potentially destabilizing sudden stops and turns with a wheelchair-mounted wireless inertial measurement unit (IMU), and then applied neural stimulation to activate the appropriate muscles to resist trunk movement and restore seated stability...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
Lilian A Martinez Carrera, Elke Gabriel, Colin Donohoe, Irmgard Hölker, Aruljothi Mariappan, Markus Storbeck, Mirka Uhlirova, Jay Gopalakrishnan, Brunhilde Wirth
BICD2 encodes a highly conserved motor adaptor protein that regulates the dynein-dynactin complex in different cellular processes. Heterozygous mutations in BICD2 cause autosomal dominant lower extremity-predominant spinal muscular atrophy-2 (SMALED2). Although, various BICD2 mutations have been shown to alter interactions with different binding partners or the integrity of the Golgi apparatus, the specific pathological effects of BICD2 mutations underlying SMALED2 remain elusive. Here, we show that the fibroblasts derived from individuals with SMALED2 exhibit stable microtubules...
March 8, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Wen Yin, Xing Li, Yannan Zhao, Jun Tan, Shuyu Wu, Yudong Cao, Juan Li, Hecheng Zhu, Weidong Liu, Guihua Tang, Li Meng, Lei Wang, Bin Zhu, Gousiyi Wang, Meizuo Zhong, Xingdong Liu, Dan Xie, Bing Chen, Caiping Ren, Zhifeng Xiao, Xingjun Jiang, Jianwu Dai
Treatment of spinal cord injury (SCI) remains a clinical challenge worldwide because of the complicated inhibitory microenvironment formed post-injury, reduced axonal regenerative ability of spinal cord neurons, and scarcity of endogenous neurogenesis within the lesion center. Taxol, in addition to stabilizing microtubules, has shown potential for decreasing axonal degeneration and reducing scar formation after SCI in rodents. In this study, we further verified the therapeutic effects and clinical potential of Taxol on restriction of scar formation and promotion of neuronal regeneration and functional recovery after severe spinal cord transection in a large animal (canine) model...
March 12, 2018: Biomaterials Science
Vinayak Narayan, Nasser Mohammed, Amey R Savardekar, Devi Prasad Patra, Anil Nanda
INTRODUCTION: Spinal tuberculosis [TB] is a common infectious disease prevalent in developing countries and a rising disaster in developed countries. The association of tuberculosis with spondylolisthesis is rarely reported in literature. The aim of our review is to analyse the clinical features and radiologic characteristics of TB spondylolisthesis along with providing a concise update on its surgical management, based on current literature. METHODS: A systematic review is performed after conducting a thorough search in the PubMed database...
March 8, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Ron N Alkalay, Robert Adamson, Michael W Groff
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: In the lumbar spine, end plate preparation for the interbody fusion cages may critically affect the cage's long term performance. This study investigated the effect of the interbody cage design on the compliance and cage subsidence of instrumented spines under cyclic compression. PURPOSE: To quantify the role of cage geometry and bone density on the stability of the spinal construct in response to cyclic compressive loads. STUDY DESIGN: Changes in the cage-bone interface and the effect of bone density on these changes were evaluated in a human cadaveric model for three intervertebral cage designs...
March 8, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Gesa Bakker, Joerg Hattingen, Hartmut Stuetzer, Joerg Isenberg
OBJECTIVE: The diagnosis of insufficiency fractures of the sacrum in an elder population increases annually. Fractures show very different morphology. We aimed to classify sacral insufficiency fractures according to the position of cortical break and possible need for intervention. METHODS: Between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2014, all patients with a proven fracture of the sacrum following a low-energy or an even unnoticed trauma were prospectively registered : 117 females and 13 males...
March 2018: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
Anouar Bourghli, Safwat Abouhashem, Rami Abo Wali, Ibrahim Obeid, Louis Boissiere, Jean-Marc Vital, Mohammed Al Sarawan
PURPOSE: Gunshot injury to the spine can be devastating, and it has increased in the civilian population during the last decade. METHODS: We present the case of a 30-year-old male, who received a bullet in his back after exchange of fire with the police. Initial assessment revealed paraparesis with cerebrospinal fluid leak (CSF) from the bullet entry hole, CT scan showed metal debris with two bullet fragments in the L5/S1 right foramen and lateral recess, and another fragment in the central canal posteriorly, and also it revealed two fracture lines creating a right L5 "floating pedicle"...
March 10, 2018: European Spine Journal
Laura H C Peeters, Imelda J M de Groot, Alexander C H Geurts
BACKGROUND: Trunk control is essential during seated activities. The trunk interacts with the upper extremities (UE) and head by being part of a kinematic chain and by providing a stable basis. When trunk control becomes impaired, it may have consequences for the execution of UE tasks. AIM: To review trunk involvement in body movement and stability when performing seated activities and its relation with UE and head movements in neurological patients with a flaccid trunk, with a focus on childhood and development with age...
March 6, 2018: Gait & Posture
Naohiro Uezono, Yicheng Zhu, Yusuke Fujimoto, Tetsuro Yasui, Taito Matsuda, Masahide Nakajo, Masahiko Abematsu, Takao Setoguchi, Shuji Mori, Hideo K Takahashi, Setsuro Komiya, Masahiro Nishibori, Kinichi Nakashima
Together with residual host neurons, transplanted neural stem cell (NSC)-derived neurons play a critical role in reconstructing disrupted neural circuits after spinal cord injury (SCI). Since a large number of tracts are disrupted and the majority of host neurons die around the lesion site as the damage spreads, minimizing this spreading and preserving the lesion site are important for attaining further improvements in reconstruction. High mobility group box-1 (HMGB1) is a damage-associated molecular pattern protein that triggers sterile inflammation after tissue injury...
March 8, 2018: Stem Cells
Jae-Kwang Kim, Bong Ju Moon, Sang-Deok Kim, Jung-Kil Lee
RATIONALE: In the treatment of noncontiguous lumbar burst fractures, there still remains controversy over proper surgical procedures. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 19-year-old female patient visited our hospital after fall down from 3 m high. DIAGNOSES: Initial neurologic examination revealed an incomplete spinal cord injury characterized by hypoesthesia and motor grade of 2 below the L2 segment. Lumbar computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated L2 and L5 burst fractures severely obliterating the spinal canal...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Dariusz Czaprowski, Łukasz Stoliński, Marcin Tyrakowski, Mateusz Kozinoga, Tomasz Kotwicki
Background: The physiological sagittal spinal curvature represents a typical feature of good body posture in the sagittal plane. The cervical and the lumbar spine are curved anteriorly (lordosis), while the thoracic segment is curved posteriorly (kyphosis). The pelvis is inclined anteriorly, and the lower limbs' joints remain in a neutral position. However, there are many deviations from the optimal body alignment.The aim of this paper is to present the most common types of non-structural misalignments of the body posture in the sagittal plane...
2018: Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders
Gabriel Ziegler, Patrick Grabher, Alan Thompson, Daniel Altmann, Markus Hupp, John Ashburner, Karl Friston, Nikolaus Weiskopf, Armin Curt, Patrick Freund
OBJECTIVE: To quantify atrophy, demyelination, and iron accumulation over 2 years following acute spinal cord injury and to identify MRI predictors of clinical outcomes and determine their suitability as surrogate markers of therapeutic intervention. METHODS: We assessed 156 quantitative MRI datasets from 15 patients with spinal cord injury and 18 controls at baseline and 2, 6, 12, and 24 months after injury. Clinical recovery (including neuropathic pain) was assessed at each time point...
March 7, 2018: Neurology
Amanda Phuong Tran, Philippa Mary Warren, Jerry Silver
Since no approved therapies to restore mobility and sensation following spinal cord injury (SCI) currently exist, a better understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms following SCI that compromise regeneration or neuroplasticity is needed to develop new strategies to promote axonal regrowth and restore function. Physical trauma to the spinal cord results in vascular disruption that, in turn, causes blood-spinal cord barrier rupture leading to hemorrhage and ischemia, followed by rampant local cell death...
April 1, 2018: Physiological Reviews
Jiawei Li, Qingqing Wang, Hanxiao Cai, Zili He, Haoli Wang, Jian Chen, Zengming Zheng, Jiayu Yin, Zhiyong Liao, Huazi Xu, Jian Xiao, Fanghua Gong
Fibroblast growth factor 1 (FGF1) is thought to exert protective and regenerative effects on neurons following spinal cord injury (SCI), although the mechanism of these effects is not well understood. The use of FGF1 as a therapeutic agent is limited by its lack of physicochemical stability and its limited capacity to cross the blood-spinal cord barrier. Here, we demonstrated that overexpression of FGF1 in spinal cord following SCI significantly reduced tissue loss, protected neurons in the ventricornu, ameliorated pathological morphology of the lesion, dramatically improved tissue recovery via neuroprotection, and promoted axonal regeneration and remyelination both in vivo and in vivo...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
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