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Enrica Bersano, Maria Francesca Sarnelli, Valentina Solara, Fabiola De Marchi, Gian Mauro Sacchetti, Alessandro Stecco, Lucia Corrado, Sandra D'alfonso, Roberto Cantello, Letizia Mazzini
We describe a 64-year-old woman, suffering from late-onset obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) from the age of 57, who developed dysarthria and dysphagia, spastic diplegic, and proximal muscles weakness. Needle electromyography showed no active denervation. Neuropsychological evaluation showed intact cognitive functioning. We diagnosed upper motor neuron disease (MND), with no known genetic correlates. Brain magnetic resonance (MRI) detected bilateral hippocampal atrophy with sclerosis of right hippocampus...
February 16, 2018: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
Alessandro Stecco, Francesco Buemi, Antoine Iannessi, Alessandro Carriero, Andrea Gallamini
Whole-body MRI (WB-MRI) with diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) can now be used to stage and restage multiple myeloma (MM) and lymphoma. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the standard tool to detect BM involvement (BMI). The 2016 diagnostic criteria of the International Myeloma Working Group identify WB-MRI and fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) as the most sensitive imaging techniques for detecting skeletal and extra-skeletal MM invasion, respectively. Preliminary findings have also shown that WB-MRI is better than CT and equal to PET/CT in staging aggressive lymphoma and Hodgkin lymphoma, whereas MRI is better for diagnosing BMI in patients with low-grade lymphoma...
February 12, 2018: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Giuseppe Guzzardi, Carmelo Stanca, Paolo Cerini, Bruno Del Sette, Ignazio Divenuto, Emanuele Malatesta, Alessandro Carriero, Alessandro Stecco
INTRODUCTION: Flow-diverter stents are becoming a useful tool in treating patients with intracranial aneurysms with suitable anatomical feature. Purpose of this study was to evaluate effectiveness and safety of endovascular treatment with flow-diverting stents (FD) in unruptured intracranial aneurysms. METHODS: From May 2009 and May 2014, we treated 49 patients with a total of 58 aneurysms, with FD technique. All patients were treated electively, under general anesthesia and were administered single antiplatelet drug 5 days before the procedure and double antiplatelet therapy for 3 months afterwards...
January 30, 2018: La Radiologia Medica
Carla Stecco, Gian Paolo Azzena, Veronica Macchi, Andrea Porzionato, Astrid Behr, Anna Rambaldo, Cesare Tiengo, Raffaele De Caro
PURPOSE: To improve the current knowledge of rectus abdominis innervation, so as to identify a safe area where the vascular pedicle should be dissected to reduce the risk of nerve damage during deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap harvesting. METHODS: Ten abdominal wall dissections were performed. Perforating arteries were identified and classified into nerve-related perforators and non-nerve-related perforators depending on the presence of nerve branches crossing vessels...
November 10, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
Luca Magistrelli, Claudia Varrasi, Alessandro Stecco, Alessandro Carriero, Roberto Cantello
The author's given name and family name were initially interchanged inadvertently. The correct names have been corrected above. The original article was corrected.
November 6, 2017: Neurological Sciences
Alessandro Stecco, Alessia Cassarà, Alberto Zuccalà, Mihaela B Anoaica, Egidio Genovese, Pier G Car, Gabriele P Panzarasa, Giuseppe Guzzardi, Alessandro Carriero
BACKGROUND: Aqueductal stroke volume (ACSV) measured by phase-contrast cine (PCC)-MRI has been proposed with controversy as a tool for the selection of patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) as candidates for shunt-surgery. The aim of this study was to assess if PCC-MRI scan measurements of ACSV could select properly these patients. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed charts and MRI of 38 shunted patients (72,16 ±6,16 years). ACSV measurements were performed 7-30 days before shunt and at the first and sixth months after surgery...
September 4, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
Brent Harper, Kristen Jagger, Adrian Aron, Larry Steinbeck, Antonio Stecco
BACKGROUND & PURPOSE: Neck and low back pain (NLBP) are global health problems, which diminish quality of life and consume vast economic resources. Cost effectiveness in healthcare is the minimal amount spent to obtain acceptable outcomes. Studies on manual therapies often fail to identify which manual therapy intervention or combinations with other interventions is the most cost effective. The purpose of this commentary is to sample the dialogue within the literature on the cost effectiveness of evidence-based manual therapies with a particular focus on the neck and low back regions...
July 2017: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Marco Pintucci, Marcel Simis, Marta Imamura, Elisa Pratelli, Antonio Stecco, Levent Ozcakar, Linamara Rizzo Battistella
Rotator cuff tear is a common disease affecting patients after stroke. It's a cause of pain and dysfunction that may compromise normal stroke rehabilitation. For many cases there is still controversy between whether to use surgical or conservative intervention. Treatment for cuff tears range from physical therapy to surgery. This paper describes for the first time the effect of Fascial Manipulation® (FM®) on rotator cuff tear in a post stroke patient. A 69 year old female stroke patient with full absence of distal components of the tendons of the rotator cuff, functional limitations on active movement of shoulder flexion and abduction of the left arm and perceived pain scored 10/10 on the Visual Analogic Scale, was assessed and treat with one session of FM® A basic theory that explains the healing results of FM® is that mechanoreceptors, such as spindle cells and other receptors, are located in the deep fascia and activated when movement are performed...
July 2017: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Jan Wilke, Robert Schleip, Werner Klingler, Carla Stecco
The lumbodorsal fascia (LF) has been proposed to represent a possible source of idiopathic low back pain. In fact, histological studies have demonstrated the presence of nociceptive free nerve endings within the LF, which, furthermore, appear to exhibit morphological changes in patients with chronic low back pain. However, it is unclear how these characteristics relate to the aetiology of the pain. In vivo elicitation of back pain via experimental stimulation of the LF suggests that dorsal horn neurons react by increasing their excitability...
2017: BioMed Research International
Carla Stecco, Maria Martina Sfriso, Andrea Porzionato, Anna Rambaldo, Giovanna Albertin, Veronica Macchi, Raffaele De Caro
The term 'visceral fascia' is a general term used to describe the fascia lying immediately beneath the mesothelium of the serosa, together with that immediately surrounding the viscera, but there are many types of visceral fasciae. The aim of this paper was to identify the features they have in common and their specialisations. The visceral fascia of the abdomen (corresponding to the connective tissue lying immediately beneath the mesothelium of the parietal peritoneum), thorax (corresponding to the connective tissue lying immediately beneath the mesothelium of the parietal pleura), lung (corresponding to the connective tissue under the mesothelium of the visceral pleura), liver (corresponding to the connective tissue under the mesothelium of the visceral peritoneum), kidney (corresponding to the Gerota fascia), the oesophagus (corresponding to its adventitia) and heart (corresponding to the fibrous layer of the pericardial sac) from eight fresh cadavers were sampled and analysed with histological and immunohistochemical stains to evaluate collagen and elastic components and innervation...
July 2017: Journal of Anatomy
Marco Pintucci, Marta Imamura, Aurore Thibaut, Lucas M de Exel Nunes, Mylene Mayumi Nagato, Helena H Kaziyama, Satiko Tomikawa Imamura, Antonio Stecco, Felipe Fregni, Linamara Rizzo Battistella
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Alessandro Stecco, Martina Quagliozzi, Eleonora Soligo, Andrea Naldi, Alessia Cassarà, Lorenzo Coppo, Roberta Rosso, Angelo Sante Bongo, Paola Amatuzzo, Francesco Buemi, Elena Guenzi, Alessandro Carriero
PURPOSE: The aim of this retrospective study was to map the specific ischemic lesion patterns of distribution in patent foramen ovale-related stroke (PFO-stroke) and atrial fibrillation-related stroke (AF-stroke) in patients with idiopatic ischemic stroke. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 750 ischaemic strokes were screened on basis of diagnostic imaging and tests: patients with known causes were excluded. 171 patients with unknown cause were selected and divided in two groups: AF-stroke (43 patients) and PFO-stroke (128 patients)...
June 2017: La Radiologia Medica
Mariangela Lombardi, Teresa Cascone, Elena Guenzi, Alessandro Stecco, Francesco Buemi, Marco Krengli, Alessandro Carriero
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed at evaluating the role of "baseline" apparent diffusion coefficent (ADC), in patients affected by head and neck cancer treated with radio-chemotherapy, as a potential marker of response to therapy. METHODS: Fifty-seven patients underwent pretreatment ADC maps. Minimum, maximum, and medium ADC were computed. Age, dose, treatment time, and ADC values were compared between the two groups (Group 1: local control; Group 2: relapse/persistence of disease) using the Student t test two-tailed unpaired...
May 2017: La Radiologia Medica
Sue Adstrum, Gil Hedley, Robert Schleip, Carla Stecco, Can A Yucesoy
Fascia is a widely used yet indistinctly defined anatomical term that is concurrently applied to the description of soft collagenous connective tissue, distinct sections of membranous tissue, and a body pervading soft connective tissue system. Inconsistent use of this term is causing concern due to its potential to confuse technical communication about fascia in global, multiple discipline- and multiple profession-spanning discourse environments. The Fascia Research Society acted to address this issue by establishing a Fascia Nomenclature Committee (FNC) whose purpose was to clarify the terminology relating to fascia...
January 2017: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
C Fede, G Albertin, L Petrelli, M M Sfriso, C Biz, R De Caro, C Stecco
Many epidemiologic, clinical, and experimental findings point to sex differences in myofascial pain in view of the fact that adult women tend to have more myofascial problems with respect to men. It is possible that one of the stimuli to sensitization of fascial nociceptors could come from hormonal factors such as estrogen and relaxin, that are involved in extracellular matrix and collagen remodeling and thus contribute to functions of myofascial tissue. Immunohistochemical and molecular investigations (real-time PCR analysis) of relaxin receptor 1 (RXFP1) and estrogen receptor-alpha (ERα) localization were carried out on sample of human fascia collected from 8 volunteers patients during orthopedic surgery (all females, between 42 and 70 yrs, divided into pre- and post-menopausal groups), and in fibroblasts isolated from deep fascia, to examine both protein and RNA expression levels...
November 2, 2016: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
Leonid Kalichman, Hila Lachman, Naama Freilich
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of a past ankle sprain (AS) on postural control and fascial changes in the adjacent body segment. METHODS: 20 young, healthy subjects with a history (≥6 months) of significant (Grades 2, 3) lateral ASs and 20 controls with no history of AS were recruited to cross-sectional case-control study. All subjects performed the Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT). The Stecco method was used to evaluate fascial densification in the calf and upper foot areas...
October 2016: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Andrea Porzionato, Veronica Macchi, Carla Stecco, Marios Loukas, R Shane Tubbs, Raffaele De Caro
Forensic clinical anatomy is a new practical application of the discipline of Clinical Anatomy for ascertaining and evaluating medicolegal questions. In particular, individual anatomy (normal anatomy, anatomical variations, age-, disease-, or surgery-related modifications) can acquire significant relevance in various fields of legal medicine such as child abuse, sudden death, medical responsibility and/or liability, personal injury and damage. Anatomical data of forensic interest frequently arise from the correct application of methods of ascertainment; anatomical methods may then be required for further comprehensive analysis...
January 2017: Clinical Anatomy
Alessandro Stecco, Paola Amatuzzo, Andrea P Sponghini, Francesca Platini, Martina Quagliozzi, Francesco Buemi, Elena Guenzi, Alessandro Carriero
BACKGROUND: To assess whether the early monitoring of the effects of bevacizumab in patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) using perfusional dynamic susceptibility contrast (DSC) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) before and after the beginning of anti-angiogenic therapy is predictive of treatment response. METHODS: Thirteen patients with recurrent GBM underwent perfusion MRI with relative cerebral blood volume (rCBV) mapping before (T0) and after the beginning (T1) of bevacizumab treatment...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
C Fede, G Albertin, L Petrelli, M M Sfriso, C Biz, R De Caro, C Stecco
Cannabinoid receptors have been localized in the central and peripheral nervous system as well as on cells of the immune system, but recent studies on animal tissue gave evidence for the presence of cannabinoid receptors in different types of tissues. Their presence was supposed also in myofascial tissue, suggesting that the endocannabinoid system may help resolve myofascial trigger points and relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia. However, until now the expression of CB1 (cannabinoid receptor 1) and CB2 (cannabinoid receptor 2) in fasciae has not yet been established...
June 28, 2016: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
Preeti Raghavan, Ying Lu, Mona Mirchandani, Antonio Stecco
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2016: EBioMedicine
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