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Craniocervical instability

Fraser C Henderson, Fraser C Henderson, William A Wilson, Alexander S Mark, Myles Koby
There is growing recognition of the kyphotic clivo-axial angle (CXA) as an index of risk of brainstem deformity and craniocervical instability. This review of literature and prospective pilot study is the first to address the potential correlation between correction of the pathological CXA and postoperative clinical outcome. The CXA is a useful sentinel to alert the radiologist and surgeon to the possibility of brainstem deformity or instability. Ten adult subjects with ventral brainstem compression, radiographically manifest as a kyphotic CXA, underwent correction of deformity (normalization of the CXA) prior to fusion and occipito-cervical stabilization...
March 3, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
Fraser C Henderson, Claudiu Austin, Edward Benzel, Paolo Bolognese, Richard Ellenbogen, Clair A Francomano, Candace Ireton, Petra Klinge, Myles Koby, Donlin Long, Sunil Patel, Eric L Singman, Nicol C Voermans
The Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) are a heterogeneous group of heritable connective tissue disorders characterized by joint hypermobility, skin extensibility, and tissue fragility. This communication briefly reports upon the neurological manifestations that arise including the weakness of the ligaments of the craniocervical junction and spine, early disc degeneration, and the weakness of the epineurium and perineurium surrounding peripheral nerves. Entrapment, deformation, and biophysical deformative stresses exerted upon the nervous system may alter gene expression, neuronal function and phenotypic expression...
February 21, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part C, Seminars in Medical Genetics
Hamid Reza Niknejad, Frank van Calenbergh, Philippe Demaerel, Johannes van Loon
Injuries to the craniocervical support structures are frequently observed in neurotrauma cases. Stability of this region is of vital importance. Literature has mainly focused on three major ligaments of the craniocervical junction: The tectorial membrane, the transverse ligament, and the alar ligaments. However, the accessory atlantoaxial ligament (ALL) also seems to be involved in craniocervical stability as shown in cadaveric specimens. Still, the biomechanical importance of this structure needs to be determined, especially in trauma settings...
October 2016: Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine
Sun Yoon, Hunho Park, Kyu-Sung Lee, Seoung Woo Park, Chang-Ki Hong
Here we report a single-stage operation we performed on a patient with a large schwannoma that extended from the lower clivus to the cervico-thoracic junction caudally. A number of authors have previously performed multilevel laminectomy to remove giant schwannomas that extend for considerable length. This technique has caused cervical instability such as kyphosis or gooseneck deformity on several occasions. We removed the tumor with a left lateral suboccipital craniectomy with laminectomy only at C1 and without any subsequent surgery-related neurologic deficits...
September 2016: Korean Journal of Spine
Muhammad M Abd-El-Barr, Brian D Snyder, John B Emans, Mark R Proctor, Daniel Hedequist
Severe os odontoideum causing ventral brainstem compression is a rare and difficult entity to treat. It is generally accepted that severe os odontoideum causing ventral brainstem compression and neurological deficits warrants surgical treatment. This often requires both anterior and posterior procedures. Anterior approaches to the craniocervical junction are fraught with complications, including infection and risk of injury to neurovascular structures. External traction systems traditionally require long-term bedrest...
December 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Idiris Altun, Kasım Zafer Yuksel
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective review. PURPOSE: We retrospectively reviewed our patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) to identify their patterns of spinal fractures to help clarify management strategies and the morbidity and mortality rates associated with this group of patients. OVERVIEW OF LITERATURE: Because of the brittleness of bone and long autofused spinal segments in AS, spinal fractures are common even after minor trauma and often associated with overt instability...
August 2016: Asian Spine Journal
Atul Goel, Trimurti Nadkarni, Abhidha Shah, Prashant Sathe, Manoj Patil
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the radiologic features of 75 patients with group B basilar invagination who exhibited no evidence of atlantoaxial instability based on the conventional parameter of an abnormal increase in the atlantodental interval. We specifically studied the variability and possible significance of the presence of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within and outside the confines of neural tissues. MATERIALS AND METHODS: During the period January 2008-May 2015, we encountered 75 cases with group B basilar invagination...
November 2016: World Neurosurgery
Atsushi Fujita, Ryohei Nishimura
The atlanto-occipital (AO) overlap in combination with atlanto-axial (AA) instability was found in a dog. We hypothesized that ventral fixation of the AA junction can stabilize the atlas and prevent AO overlap by reviewing our past cases with AA instability. A standard ventral fixation of the AA junction using stainless k-wires and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) was performed. The dog fully recovered, and no complication was noted. The results of the postoperative CT imaging supported our hypothesis. The ventral fixation of the AA junction is a feasible treatment option for similar cases, although craniocervical junction abnormalities (CJA) including AA instability are varied, and careful consideration is required for each case...
May 2016: Japanese Journal of Veterinary Research
F T Mendonça, I Barreto de Moura, D Pellizzaro, B J Grossi, R Carvalho Diniz
OBJECTIVE: We report the anesthesia management of a 15 years-old patient with neurofibromatosis type 1, scheduled for resection of a tumor located in the occipitocervical region. In addition, we review the pertaining literature, emphasizing the anesthetic implications of neurofibromatosis manipulation. CASE : A 15-years-old female patient, with Neurofibromatosis type 1 was diagnosed with a large tumor in occipitocervical region suggestive of a plexiform neurofibroma. She presented with cervical instability, difficulty in positioning due to the large cervical mass and other predictors of airway difficulty...
2016: Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica
Kei Ando, Shiro Imagama, Zenya Ito, Kazuyoshi Kobayashi, Hideki Yagi, Ryuichi Shinjo, Tetsuro Hida, Kenyu Ito, Yoshimoto Ishikawa, Naoki Ishiguro
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective clinical study. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical outcome of patients who had undergone occipitocervical (OC) fusion using pedicle screws and rods over a minimum 5-year follow-up. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Few studies have evaluated occipitocervical (OC) fusion using pedicle screws and rods for long term follow-up. METHODS: Twenty-seven consecutive patients treated underwent posterior OC fusion using pedicle screws and rods over a minimum 5-year follow-up...
June 28, 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Zachary Child, Daniel Rau, Michael J Lee, Randall Ching, Richard Bransford, Jens Chapman, Carlo Bellabarba
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Craniocervical dissociation is a rare but serious condition, and missed injuries have been associated with poor neurologic outcomes and deterioration. A fluoroscopic traction test is employed to interrogate the craniocervical ligaments when clinical and imaging findings are equivocal. However, no specific protocol or known parameters with respect to traction or force applied have been established. PURPOSE: This study sought to define the parameters of the radiographic traction test with sequential sectioning of the primary ligamentous restraints under controlled distraction of the craniocervical junction in a biomechanical model...
September 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Gaston O Camino Willhuber, Santiago T Bosio, Miguel H Puigdevall, Carolina Halliburton, Carlos A Sola, Ruben A Maenza
To present and describe an unusual case of spinal instability after craniocervical spinal decompression for a type-1 Chiari malformation. Type-1 Chiari malformation is a craniocervical disorder characterized by tonsillar displacement greater than 5 mm into the vertebral canal; posterior fossa decompression is the most common surgical treatment for this condition. Postoperative complications have been described: cerebrospinal fluid leak, pseudomeningocele, aseptic meningitis, wound infection, and neurological deficit...
January 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. Part B
Sebastian Hartmann, Anja Tschugg, Pujan Kavakebi, Claudius Thomé
BACKGROUND: Intradural synovial cysts of the cervical spine represent a rare disease entity, causing stenosis of the spinal canal and thereby leading to progressive myelopathy. In particular, at the cranio-cervical junction early intervention is necessary to prevent permanent neurological dysfunction. We present the case of a 74-year-old man who presented with moderate cervicogenic headache, gait disturbance and progressive left-sided weakness. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the cervical spine confirmed a left-sided cystic mass located anteriorly at the craniovertebral junction compressing the surrounding structures...
August 2016: Acta Neurochirurgica
M Re, M Iacoangeli, L Di Somma, L Alvaro, D Nasi, G Magliulo, F M Gioacchini, D Fradeani, M Scerrati
We report our experience with the endoscopic endonasal approaches (EEA) for different craniocervical junction (CCJ) disorders to analyse outcomes and demonstrate the importance and feasibility of anterior C1 arch preservation or its reconstruction. Between January 2009 and December 2013, 10 patients underwent an endoscopic endonasal approach for different CCJ pathologies at our Institution. In 8 patients we were able to preserve the anterior C1 arch, while in 2 post-traumatic cases we reconstructed it. The CCJ disorders included 4 cases of irreducible anterior bulbo-medullary compression secondary to rheumatoid arthritis or CCJ anomalies, 4 cases of inveterate fractures of C1 and/or C2 and 2 tumours...
April 2016: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
Raiya Saif Al Bahri, David B MacDonald, Ahmed Haroun M Mahmoud
Intubation or neck extension can compress the spinal cord in patients with craniocervical instability. Protective motor evoked potential (MEP) and somatosensory evoked potential (SEP) monitoring of these maneuvers is an obvious consideration when these patients undergo already-monitored spinal surgery, but might be overlooked when they undergo other normally unmonitored procedures. Here we report monitoring intubation and neck extension for the unusual indication of thyroidectomy in a Down syndrome boy with atlantoaxial instability...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Kei Ando, Shiro Imagama, Zenya Ito, Kazuyoshi Kobayashi, Hideki Yagi, Ryuichi Shinjo, Tetsuro Hida, Kenyu Ito, Yoshimoto Ishikawa, Naoki Ishiguro
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective clinical study. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical outcome of patients who had undergone occipitocervical (OC) fusion using pedicle screws and rods over a minimum 5-year follow-up. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Few studies have evaluated occipitocervical (OC) fusion using pedicle screws and rods for long term follow-up. METHODS: Twenty-seven consecutive patients treated underwent posterior OC fusion using pedicle screws and rods over a minimum 5-year follow-up...
June 28, 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Abolfazl Rahimizadeh, Housain F Soufiani, Valiolah Hassani, Ava Rahimizadeh
The authors report the first example of an adult achondroplastic dwarf with progressive quadriparesis secondary to atlantoaxial subluxation as a consequence of an os odontoideum. Actually, craniocervical region is a frequent site of compression and myelopathy in achondroplasia particularly in children as a result of small foramen magnum and hypertrophied opisthion. Moreover, very rarely in achondroplastic patients, coexistence of atlantoaxial instability as the sequel of os odontoideum can result in further compression of the already compromised cervicomedullary neural tissues, the scenario that has been reported only in five achondroplastic children...
2015: Case Reports in Orthopedics
Seok Woo Kim, Jae-Hoo Lee, Ho-Won Lee, Jae-Keun Oh, Yoon-Hae Kwak
Although conventional C1 laminectomy is the gold standard for decompression at the atlas, it provides little space for the bone graft to fuse. The fusion area can be extended cranially up to the occipital bone, but it requires sacrificing the function of the craniocervical junction. To date, no reports have focused on surgical techniques for successful decompression and fusion without disruption of the posterior C1 arch while providing enough room for the bone graft to fuse. This study introduces a new technique for C1-C2 fusion and C1 double-door laminoplasty in patients with C1-C2 instability, canal stenosis, and cervical spondylotic myelopathy...
March 2016: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
Catherine A Loughin, Dominic J Marino
The term craniocervical junction abnormality (CJA) is an umbrella term for a variety of malformations that occur in the craniocervical region. These abnormalities include Chiari-like malformation, atlantooccipital overlapping, atlantoaxial instability, occipitoatlantoaxial malformations, atlantoaxial dural bands, and dens abnormalities. Syringomyelia can occur secondary to any of these malformations or a combination. Clinical signs in dogs with a CJA typically include neck pain and varying signs associated with a cervical myelopathy...
March 2016: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
Roberto J Aranibar, Diana Cardenas Del Monaco, Phoebe Gonzales
Osteomyelitis of the spine is a fairly uncommon event following an orthopedic surgical procedure. However, a solitary osteomyelitic abscess of the upper cervical spine is very rare. Surgical intervention is often the only life-saving treatment method. A 70-year-old female patient with diabetes was received from a rural community with symptoms of progressive quadraparesis and progressive respiratory failure. A CT scan of the cervical spine showed a destruction of the C1 and C2 complex, as well as the left occipital condyle, and clear evidence of craniocervical instability...
2015: International Journal of Spine Surgery
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