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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549528/the-penalty-points-system-in-ireland-does-it-remain-effective-14-years-on
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C Downey, M Donnelly
INTRODUCTION: Road traffic accidents (RTAs) are the leading cause of trauma related mortality in Ireland. The penalty points system (PPS) was introduced in Ireland in 2002 to incentivise safer driving and reduce injury. Its early effect was studied previously(1) which concluded that there was a slight reduction in RTA related femoral shaft fractures (a sensitive indicator of high energy trauma) and a dramatic reduction in RTA related discharges. We hypothesized that over the following 14 years, the penalty points system might lose its effectiveness...
May 23, 2017: Surgeon: Journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548698/novel-porcine-experimental-model-of-severe-progressive-thoracic-scoliosis-with-compensatory-curves-induced-by-interpedicular-bent-rigid-temporary-tethering
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Carlos Barrios, José Miguel Lloris, Juan Alonso, Borja Maruenda, Jesús Burgos, Rafael Llombart-Blanco, Luis Gil, Viviana Bisbal
Using flexible tethering techniques, porcine models of experimental scoliosis have shown scoliotic curves with vertebral wedging but very limited axial rotation. The aim of this experimental work was to induce a severe progressive scoliosis in a growing porcine model for research purposes. A unilateral spinal bent rigid tether was anchored to two ipsilateral pedicle screws in eight pigs. The spinal tether was removed after 8 weeks. Ten weeks later, the animals were sacrificed. Conventional radiographs and 3D CT-scans were taken to evaluate changes in the alignment of the thoracic spine...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547859/giant-cell-tumor-of-the-mobile-spine-occurring-in-pregnancy-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#3
Kai Zheng, Ming Xu, Bing Wang, Xiu-Chun Yu, Yong-Cheng Hu
Giant cell tumor (GCT) is a benign, locally aggressive tumor that rarely occurs in the spine. They usually occur in patients between 20 and 40 years of age; some patients with GCT present in hospital with pregnancy. The management of these patients can be challenging. The current study reports a case of GCT located in the sixth thoracic vertebra of a 31-year-old female at 34 weeks of gestation. An osteolytic lesion, 3.5 cm × 3.5 cm in diameter, was identified on CT. An MRI test of the lesion revealed a soft tissue mass involving the T 6-7 vertebrae, extending to the right pedicle of the T 6 vertebra and causing significant spinal cord compression...
May 26, 2017: Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546867/tethered-cord-syndrome-with-spina-bifida-aperta-in-cats-two-case-reports-of-different-types
#4
Masahiro Tamura, Takashi Oji, Satoshi Une, Makiko Mukaino, Tatsuro Bekki, Masaki Tado, Hiromi Koyama, Yumiko Kagawa, Mutsumi Kawata
CASE SUMMARY: Two castrated male cats, aged 8 months old (case 1) and 10 months old (case 2), showed a history of progressive paraparesis, an over-reaching pelvic limb gait, urinary incontinence and a palpable dermoid fistula. In case 1, the fistula was connected to the dural sac on the conus medullaris, and the tethered spinal cord was retracted caudally. In case 2, the tubular structure was connected to the dural sac on the thoracic spinal cord, and the tethered spinal cord was retracted dorsally...
January 2017: JFMS Open Rep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545516/improving-the-regenerative-potential-of-olfactory-ensheathing-cells-by-overexpressing-prostacyclin-synthetase-and-its-application-in-spinal-cord-repair
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May-Jywan Tsai, Chi-Ting Huang, Yong-San Huang, Ching-Feng Weng, Song-Kun Shyue, Ming-Chao Huang, Dann-Ying Liou, Yan-Ru Lin, Chu-Hsun Cheng, Huai-Sheng Kuo, Yilo Lin, Meng-Jen Lee, Wen-Hung Huang, Wen-Cheng Huang, Henrich Cheng
BACKGROUND: Olfactory ensheathing cells (OEC), specialized glia that ensheathe bundles of olfactory nerves, have been reported as a favorable substrate for axonal regeneration. Grafting OEC to injured spinal cord appears to facilitate axonal regeneration although the functional recovery is limited. In an attempt to improve the growth-promoting properties of OEC, we transduced prostacyclin synthase (PGIS) to OEC via adenoviral (Ad) gene transfer and examined the effect of OEC with enhanced prostacyclin synthesis in co-culture and in vivo...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543057/combination-of-kinematic-analyses-and-diffusion-tensor-tractrography-to-evaluate-the-residual-motor-functions-in-spinal-cord-hemisected-monkeys
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Can Zhao, Wei Song, Jia-Sheng Rao, Wen Zhao, Rui-Han Wei, Xia Zhou, Peng-Yu Tian, Zhao-Yang Yang, Xiao-Guang Li
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord injury (SCI) causes loss of locomotor functions. Nowadays, the relationship between the residual locomotion after SCI and the diffusion tensor tractography (DTT) results still remains unclear. METHODS: Four rhesus monkeys were suffered thoracic cord hemisection. Kinematic evaluation and DTT were performed prior- and post-SCI (6 and 12 weeks). The longitudinal changes of gait parameters and the DTT parameters were analyzed for the injury-contralateral hindlimb...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542100/global-spinal-alignment-in-patients-with-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy
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Go Yoshida, Abdulmajeed Alzakri, Vincent Pointillart, Louis Boissiere, Ibrahim Obeid, Yukihiro Matsuyama, Jean Marc Vital, Olivier Gille
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective radiographic analysis of cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) OBJECTIVE.: To clarify the pathophysiology of CSM, and use the characteristic of global spinal alignment for determining the surgical strategy. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Radiographic evaluation of CSM, in general, comprises cervical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and regional cervical radiography, which cannot distinguish between cervical hyperlodorsis with spinopelvic compensation and cervical lordorsis with normal global alignment...
May 24, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542051/critical-airway-stenosis-in-an-adolescent-male-with-pompe-disease-and-thoracic-lordosis-a-case-report
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B Randall Brenn, Mary T Theroux, Suken A Shah, William G Mackenzie, Robert Heinle, Mena T Scavina
An adolescent male with late-onset Pompe disease (glycogen storage disease type II) presented with a history of restrictive airway disease and a near-cardiorespiratory arrest during anesthesia for a liver biopsy initially thought to be due to bronchospasm. During a subsequent posterior spinal fusion procedure, he suffered cardiorespiratory arrest resulting in the procedure being aborted. Bronchoscopy performed shortly after resuscitation revealed an undiagnosed narrowing of the distal trachea and bronchi. This is the first description of a patient with lateonset Pompe disease with undiagnosed critical tracheal stenosis due to the progression of thoracic lordosis, which was ultimately relieved by posterior spinal fusion...
May 23, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541431/emerging-safety-of-intramedullary-transplantation-of-human-neural-stem-cells-in-chronic-cervical-and-thoracic-spinal-cord-injury
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Allan D Levi, David O Okonkwo, Paul Park, Arthur L Jenkins, Shekar N Kurpad, Ann M Parr, Aruna Ganju, Bizhan Aarabi, Dong Kim, Steven Casha, Michael G Fehlings, James S Harrop, Kim D Anderson, Allyson Gage, Jane Hsieh, Stephen Huhn, Armin Curt, Raphael Guzman
BACKGROUND: Human central nervous system stem cells (HuCNS-SC) are multipotent adult stem cells with successful engraftment, migration, and region-appropriate differentiation after spinal cord injury (SCI). OBJECTIVE: To present data on the surgical safety profile and feasibility of multiple intramedullary perilesional injections of HuCNS-SC after SCI. METHODS: Intramedullary free-hand (manual) transplantation of HuCNS-SC cells was performed in subjects with thoracic (n = 12) and cervical (n = 17) complete and sensory incomplete chronic traumatic SCI...
May 24, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538444/changes-in-cervical-alignment-after-multilevel-schwab-grade-ii-thoracolumbar-osteotomies-for-adult-spinal-deformity
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George M Ghobrial, Nathan H Lebwohl, Barth A Green, Joseph P Gjolaj
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective Cohort OBJECTIVE.: To describe changes in cervical alignment(CA) and deformity (CD) after multilevel Schwab Grade II Osteotomies for adult spinal deformity (ASD). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Reciprocal cervical and global changes after ASD surgery have not been previous described in the setting of multilevel osteotomy. METHODS: Patients with long-segment (> 5 levels) fusion and osteotomy for ASD were radiographically evaluated...
May 19, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538361/characteristics-of-and-risk-factors-for-severe-neurological-deficit-in-patients-with-pyogenic-vertebral-osteomyelitis-a-case-control-study
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Adrien Lemaignen, Idir Ghout, Aurélien Dinh, Guillaume Gras, Bruno Fantin, Virginie Zarrouk, Robert Carlier, Jean-Edouard Loret, Eric Denes, Alix Greder, François-Xavier Lescure, David Boutoille, Pierre Tattevin, Bertrand Issartel, Jean-Philippe Cottier, Louis Bernard
Severe neurological deficit (SND) is a rare but major complication of pyogenic vertebral osteomyelitis (PVO). We aimed to determine the risk factors and the variables associated with clinical improvement for SND during PVO.This case-control study included patients without PVO-associated SND enrolled in a prospective randomized antibiotic duration study, and patients with PVO-associated SND managed in 8 French referral centers. Risk factors for SND were determined by logistic regression.Ninety-seven patients with PVO-associated SND cases, and 297 controls were included...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535435/multi-segmental-thoracic-spine-kinematics-measured-dynamically-in-the-young-and-elderly-during-flexion
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Dominika Ignasiak, Andrea Rüeger, Stephen J Ferguson
In contrast to the cervical and lumbar region, the normal kinematics of the thoracic spine have not been thoroughly investigated. The aim of this study was to characterize normal multi-segmental continuous motion of the whole thoracolumbar spine, during a flexion maneuver, in young and elderly subjects. Forty-two healthy volunteers were analyzed: 21 young (age=27.00±3.96) and 21 elderly (age=70.1±3.85). Spinal motion was recorded with a motion-capture system and analyzed using a 3rd order polynomial function to approximate spinal curvature throughout the motion sequence...
May 20, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534040/elsberg-syndrome-a-rarely-recognized-cause-of-cauda-equina-syndrome-and-lower-thoracic-myelitis
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Filippo Savoldi, Timothy J Kaufmann, Eoin P Flanagan, Michel Toledano, Brian G Weinshenker
OBJECTIVE: Elsberg syndrome (ES) is an established but often unrecognized cause of acute lumbosacral radiculitis with myelitis related to recent herpes virus infection. We defined ES, determined its frequency in patients with cauda equina syndrome (CES) with myelitis, and evaluated its clinical, radiologic, and microbiologic features and outcomes. METHODS: We searched the Mayo Clinic medical records for ES and subsequently for combinations of index terms to identify patients with suspected CES and myelitis...
July 2017: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533989/iatrogenic-spinal-subdural-extra-arachnoid-hygroma-following-uncomplicated-lumbar-decompression
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Benjamin D Elder, Wataru Ishida, Rory C Goodwin, Ali Bydon
Intradural spinal arachnoid cysts (ISACs) have been reported in the current literature as either an idiopathic disease or exceedingly rare sequelae after lumbar puncture, spinal trauma, or meningitis. Other studies have more appropriately termed the iatrogenic pathology as a spinal subdural extra-arachnoid hygroma (SSEH), as there is not often a clear cyst wall as in a true arachnoid cyst. However, to the best of our knowledge, none of the previous studies described an SSEH following uncomplicated posterior lumbar surgery, as they have previously involved clear durotomies during the initial operation...
April 17, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532908/the-safety-and-efficiency-of-pvcr-without-anterior-support-applied-in-treatment-of-yang-s-a-type-severe-thoracic-kyphoscoliosis
#15
Wen-Yuan Sui, Zi-Fang Huang, Yao-Long Deng, Heng-Wei Fan, Jing-Fan Yang, Fo-Bao Li, Jun-Lin Yang
OBJECT: To assess the clinical and radiographic outcomes of posterior vertebral column resection (PVCR) without anterior support in treatment of Yang's A type severe rigid thoracic kyphoscoliosis. METHODS: The records of 27 Yang's A type severe thoracic kyphoscoliosis patients treated with PVCR without anterior support from January 2010 to September 2013 were retrospectively analyzed. Intraoperative multimodal neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) (6 modes: Somatosensory evoked potential (SSEP), Motor evoked potential (MEP), Descending neurogenic evoked potential (DNEP), Spinal cord evoked potential (SCEP), and Electromyography, both triggered and free run EMG) was conducted in all patients...
May 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528073/simple-identification-of-the-adamkiewicz-artery-in-extended-thoracoabdominal-aortic-aneurysm-repair
#16
Kyokun Uehara, Hitoshi Matsuda, Yosuke Inoue, Atsushi Omura, Yoshimasa Seike, Hiroaki Sasaki, Kenji Minatoya, Junjiro Kobayashi
Spinal cord injury remains a major adverse event of extended thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic surgical procedures. Preoperative identification of the Adamkiewicz artery and prompt reattachment of the targeted intercostal arteries during operation should contribute to preventing spinal cord injury. In this report, we describe a simple and definite identification of the critical intercostal artery during extended descending and thoracoabdominal aortic surgical procedures.
June 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527756/radiological-lumbar-stenosis-severity-predicts-worsening-sagittal-malalignment-on-full-body-standing-stereoradiographs
#17
Aaron J Buckland, Subaraman Ramchandran, Louis Day, Shay Bess, Themistocles Protopsaltis, Peter G Passias, Bassel G Diebo, Renaud Lafage, Virginie Lafage, Akhila Sure, Thomas J Errico
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Patients with degenerative lumbar stenosis (DLS) adopt a forward flexed posture in an attempt to decompress neural elements. The relationship between sagittal alignment and severity of lumbar stenosis has not previously been studied. PURPOSE: We hypothesized that patients with increasing radiological severity of lumbar stenosis will exhibit worsening sagittal alignment. STUDY DESIGN: This is a cross-sectional study. PATIENT SAMPLE: Our sample consists of patients who have DLS...
May 17, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527225/clinical-feasibility-of-gait-training-with-a%C3%A2-robotic-exoskeleton-wpal-in-an-individual-with-both-incomplete-cervical-and-complete-thoracic-spinal-cord-injury-a%C3%A2-case-study
#18
Shigeo Tanabe, Soichiro Koyama, Eiichi Saitoh, Satoshi Hirano, Kanan Yatsuya, Tetsuya Tsunoda, Masaki Katoh, Takeshi Gotoh, Ayako Furumoto
BACKGROUND: Patients with tetraplegia can achieve independent gait with lateral-type powered exoskeletons; it is unclear whether medial-type powered exoskeletons allow for this. OBJECTIVE: To investigate gait training with a medial-type powered exoskeleton wearable power-assist locomotor (WPAL) in an individual with incomplete cervical (C5) and complete thoracic (T12) spinal cord injury (SCI). METHODS: The 60-session program was investigated retrospectively using medical records...
May 19, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526877/magnetospinography-visualizes-electrophysiological-activity-in-the-cervical-spinal-cord
#19
Satoshi Sumiya, Shigenori Kawabata, Yuko Hoshino, Yoshiaki Adachi, Kensuke Sekihara, Shoji Tomizawa, Masaki Tomori, Senichi Ishii, Kyohei Sakaki, Dai Ukegawa, Shuta Ushio, Taishi Watanabe, Atsushi Okawa
Diagnosis of nervous system disease is greatly aided by functional assessments and imaging techniques that localize neural activity abnormalities. Electrophysiological methods are helpful but often insufficient to locate neural lesions precisely. One proposed noninvasive alternative is magnetoneurography (MNG); we have developed MNG of the spinal cord (magnetospinography, MSG). Using a 120-channel superconducting quantum interference device biomagnetometer system in a magnetically shielded room, cervical spinal cord evoked magnetic fields (SCEFs) were recorded after stimulation of the lower thoracic cord in healthy subjects and a patient with cervical spondylotic myelopathy and after median nerve stimulation in healthy subjects...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526487/ultrasound-guided-thoracic-paravertebral-injection-in-dogs-a-cadaveric-study
#20
Diego A Portela, Luis Campoy, Pablo E Otero, Manuel Martin-Flores, Robin D Gleed
OBJECTIVE: To describe ultrasound-visualized anatomy and the spread characteristics of a dye injected in the thoracic paravertebral (TPV) space under ultrasound guidance. STUDY DESIGN: Anatomic cadaver study. ANIMALS: Seven dog cadavers. METHODS: One cadaver was used to observe, identify, and describe the relevant TPV anatomy. In the remaining six, the left fifth TPV space was randomly assigned to be injected with either a low volume (LV; 0...
February 16, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
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