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  1. CLINICAL AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING CHARACTERISTICS OF THORACOLUMBAR INTERVERTEBRAL DISK EXTRUSIONS AND PROTRUSIONS IN LARGE BREED DOGS.

    Gomes, Sergio A; Volk, Holger A; Packer, Rowena Ma; Kenny, Patrick J; Beltran, Elsa; De Decker, Steven

    2016-07-01

    Treatment recommendations differ for dogs with intervertebral disk extrusion vs. intervertebral disk protrusion. The aim of this retrospective, cross-sectional study was to determine whether clinical and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) variables could be used to predict a diagnosis of thoracolumbar intervertebral disk extrusion or protrusion in dogs. Dogs were included if they were large breed dogs, had an MRI study of the thoracolumbar or lumbar vertebral column, had undergone spinal surgery, and had the type of intervertebral disk herniation (intervertebral disk extrusion or protrusion) clearly stated in surgical reports. A veterinary neurologist unaware of surgical findings reviewed MRI studies and recorded number, location, degree of degeneration and morphology of intervertebral disks, presence of nuclear clefts, disk space narrowing, extent, localization and lateralization of herniated disk material, degree of spinal cord compression, intraparenchymal intensity changes, spondylosis deformans, spinal cord swelling, spinal cord atrophy, vertebral endplate changes, and presence of extradural hemorrhage. Ninety-five dogs were included in the sample. Multivariable statistical models indicated that longer duration of clinical signs (P = 0.01), midline instead of lateralized disk herniation (P = 0.007), and partial instead of complete disk degeneration (P = 0.01) were associated with a diagnosis of intervertebral disk protrusion. The presence of a single intervertebral herniation (P = 0.023) and dispersed intervertebral disk material not confined to the disk space (P = 0.06) made a diagnosis of intervertebral disk extrusion more likely. Findings from this study identified one clinical and four MRI variables that could potentially facilitate differentiating intervertebral disk extrusions from protrusions in dogs. PMID:27038182

  2. Pedicle screw fixation combined with intervertebral bone grafting for the treatment of thoracolumbar fracture: a report of 24 cases

    Chuan-lin DU

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective To explore the clinical effect of pedicle screw fixation combined with intervertebral bone grafting for the treatment of thoracolumbar fractures. Methods The clinical data of 24 cases of unstable and/or bursting thoracolumbar fractures treated with pedicle screw fixation and intervertebral bone grafting from July 2007 to July 2010 were analyzed retrospectively. The 24 patients (18 males and 6 females were aged from 24 to 61 years (mean 31.5 years, in whom 8 with fracture of T12, 9 of L1, 5 of L2, and 2 of L3 vertebral fracture. According to Denis classification, in 8 patients it was compression fracture, and in 16 patients it was burst fracture. According to American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA criteria, 2 patients were classified as grade C, 2 as grade D and 20 as grade E. All of the 24 patients received pedicle screw fixation combined with intervertebral bone grafting to reduce and fix the thoracolumbar fractures using pedicle screw-rod system, and 4 of them received posterior decompression. Results Twenty-two patients were followed-up from 12 to 24 months (mean 18 months. No obvious loss of vertebral height or posterior protuberance was found. There was no evidence of screw loosening or breakage, neither overdistraction of intervertebral space among 22 patients. The Cobb angle was corrected from 15-44 degrees (32.3±7.6 degrees, preoperatively to 0-9.6 degrees (6.6±2.4 degrees as observed at the time of last follow-up. Conclusion Pedicle screw fixation combined with intervertebral bone grafting could reconstruct the mechanical structure of anterior and middle spinal columns, obtain effective intervertebral height and bone union, and long-term spine stability. DOI: 10.11855/j.issn.0577-7402.2013.12.11

  3. Massive hematothorax after thoracic spinal manipulation for acute thoracolumbar pain

    Johannes Struewer

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Spinal manipulation usually represents a widely used and effective method for physicians in order to relieve acute patient pain and muscular dysbalance. Although life-threatening complications (e.g. pneumothorax, vertebral artery dissection, stroke after manual treatment are reported with regard to actual medical literature millions of patients undergo manual treatment to manage thoracolumbar pain each year. The authors present the case of a 17 year old male patient with a life-threatening hematothorax after thoracic high velocity spinal manipulation for acute thoracolumbar pain. The patient required emergency chest tube thoracostomy and afterwards thoracoscopic haemostasis for an intercostal venous lesion. A massive hematothorax after spinal manipulation represents an extremely rare but life-threatening complication. Physicians are encouraged to promote the benefits of manual/chiropratic therapy on the one hand but on the other hand are obliged to educate about potential serious dangers and adverse events.

  4. Early recurrence of thoracolumbar intervertebral disc extrusion after surgical decompression: a report of three cases

    Jäderlund Karin H

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Thoracolumbar disc extrusions were diagnosed in three chondrodystrophic dogs with paraparesis of up to three days duration. All cases were managed by hemilaminectomy and removal of extruded disc material. In one dog, fenestration of the herniated disc space was also performed. Initially neurological function improved or was unchanged, but from two to ten days postoperatively clinical signs of deterioration became apparent. In all the dogs, recurrence of disc extrusion at the same location as the initial extrusion was diagnosed by computer tomography and at a second surgery abundant disc material was found at the hemilaminectomy site between the dura and an implanted graft of autogenous fat.

  5. [Acute rupture of lumbar intervertebral disc caused by violent manipulation].

    Li, J S

    1989-08-01

    Five cases of acute rupture of lumbar intervertebral disc caused by violent manipulation are reported. After protrusion of the lumbar intervertebral disc were treated by violent manipulation, the lumbo-leg pain were severe suddenly. The operations found that the annulus fibrosus had ruptured and the nerve root or cauda equina was constricted by the nucleus pulposus which had entered into the spinal canal. It must be emphasized that their is in danger of more damaging intervertebral disc degenerated by violent manipulation, then the adhesion of the nerve root will occur gradually. We don't suggest to make violent manipulation for the patient with the nerve root injured. We have acquired good results in treating protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc by combined therapy and they are introduced in this article. PMID:2620603

  6. Value of multidetector spiral CT in diagnosis of acute thoracolumbar spinal fracture and fracture-dislocation

    龚静山; 徐坚民

    2004-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the diagnostic value of multidetector spiral CT (MSCT) in acute thoracolumbar spinal fracture and fracture-dislocation.Methods: CT imaging files of 152 consecutive traumatic patients with thoracolumbar fractures were retrospectively reviewed. MSCT scannings were performed with a collimation of 3-5 mm and a pitch of 5.5. The postprocessing included sagittal and coronal multiplannar reconstruction, and 3-D reconstruction.Result: There were 88 cases of compression fracture, 54 cases of burst fracture and 10 cases of fracasdislocation. Transverse images of MSCT could visualize all fractures directly and determine whether spinal canal was intact. Postprocessing image was helpful in depicting the displacement of fragment and orientation of dislocation.Conclusions: MSCT plays an important role in diagnosis and management of acute thoracolumbar spinal fracture and fracture-dislocation.

  7. Surgical Decompression in Dogs with Thoracolumbar Intervertebral Disc Disease and Loss of Deep Pain Perception: A Retrospective Study of 46 Cases

    Puerto David A

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available The case details and outcome after surgical decompression of 46 dogs with thoracolumbar intervertebral disc disease with loss of deep pain perception prior to surgery were reviewed. Nineteen dogs (41.3% recovered with a median follow-up period of 12.5 months. Recovery was defined as an ambulatory paraparesis, or better, with urinary and fecal continence. There was a better outcome in dogs with loss of deep pain for less than 24 hours prior to surgery (19/41; 46.3% recovered than in dogs without deep pain perception for more than 24 hours (0/5; 0% recovered. Dogs with deep pain perception present at two weeks postoperatively had significantly higher success rate (8/12; 66.7% recovered than dogs without deep pain perception at this time period (1/10; 10.0% recovered. The return of deep pain perception by two weeks postoperatively can be a useful positive prognostic indicator.

  8. How long and low can you go? Effect of conformation on the risk of thoracolumbar intervertebral disc extrusion in domestic dogs.

    Packer, Rowena M A; Hendricks, Anke; Volk, Holger A; Shihab, Nadia K; Burn, Charlotte C

    2013-01-01

    Intervertebral disc extrusion (IVDE) is a common neurological disorder in certain dog breeds, resulting in spinal cord compression and injury that can cause pain and neurological deficits. Most disc extrusions are reported in chondrodystrophic breeds (e.g. Dachshunds, Basset Hounds, Pekingese), where selection for 'long and low' morphologies is linked with intervertebral discs abnormalities that predispose dogs to IVDE. The aim of this study was to quantify the relationship between relative thoracolumbar vertebral column length and IVDE risk in diverse breeds. A 14 month cross-sectional study of dogs entering a UK small animal referral hospital for diverse disorders including IVDE was carried out. Dogs were measured on breed-defining morphometrics, including back length (BL) and height at the withers (HW). Of 700 dogs recruited from this referral population, measured and clinically examined, 79 were diagnosed with thoracolumbar IVDE following diagnostic imaging ± surgery. The BL:HW ratio was positively associated with IVDE risk, indicating that relatively longer dogs were at increased risk, e.g. the probability of IVDE was 0.30 for Miniature Dachshunds when BL:HW ratio equalled 1.1, compared to 0.68 when BL:HW ratio equalled 1.5. Additionally, both being overweight and skeletally smaller significantly increased IVDE risk. Therefore, selection for longer backs and miniaturisation should be discouraged in high-risk breeds to reduce IVDE risk. In higher risk individuals, maintaining a lean body shape is particularly important to reduce the risk of IVDE. Results are reported as probabilities to aid decision-making regarding breed standards and screening programmes reflecting the degree of risk acceptable to stakeholders. PMID:23894518

  9. TCM Treatment for 50 Cases of Acute Protrusion of the Lumbar Intervertebral Disc

    梁述元

    2001-01-01

    @@ From January 1998 to August 2000, the author has treated 50 cases of acute protrusion of the lumbar intervertebral disc by Chinese herbs, massotherapy, and functional exercise with satisfactory therapeutic results reported in the following.

  10. An expert consensus on the evaluation and treatment of acute thoracolumbar spine and spinal cord injury in China

    Zhicheng Zhang; Fang Li; Tiansheng Sun

    2013-01-01

    This is an expert consensus on the evaluation and treatment of thoracolumbar spinal injury, estab-lished from February 2009 to July 2010. The expert consensus consists mainly of six parts with a total of 54 recommendations including the overview (one item);pre-hospital care (one item);evalu-ation and diagnosis (13 items);treatment (23 items); prevention and treatment of major complica-tions (12 items);and rehabilitation (four items). This is the first time that Chinese experts have pub-lished a consensus on spine and spinal cord injury. The expert consensus was established based on Delphi methods, literature analysis, and clinical experiences. Each recommendation is supported by and was interpreted using multi-level evidences. The level of agreement with the recommenda-tion among the panel members was assessed as either low, moderate, or strong. Each panel member was asked to indicate his or her level of agreement on a 5-point scale, with “1” corre-sponding to neutrality and“5”representing maximum agreement. Scores were aggregated across the panel members and an arithmetic mean was calculated. This mean score was then translated into low, moderate, or strong. After al of the votes were col ected and calculated, the results showed no low-level recommendations, 10 moderate-level recommendations, and 44 strong-level recom-mendations. An expert consensus was reached and was recognized by Chinese spine surgeons. Wide-scale adoption of these recommendations is urgent in the management of acute thoracol-umbar spine and spinal cord injury in a broader attempt to create a standard evaluation and treat-ment strategy for acute thoracolumbar spine and spinal cord injury in China.

  11. Acute mechanical injury of the human intervertebral disc: link to degeneration and pain

    B Alkhatib

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Excessive mechanical loading or acute trauma to intervertebral discs (IVDs is thought to contribute to degeneration and pain. However, the exact mechanisms by which mechanical injury initiates and promotes degeneration remain unclear. This study investigates biochemical changes and extracellular matrix disruption in whole-organ human IVD cultures following acute mechanical injury. Isolated healthy human IVDs were rapidly compressed by 5 % (non-injured or 30 % (injured of disc height. 30 % strain consistently cracked cartilage endplates, confirming disc trauma. Three days post-loading, conditioned media were assessed for proteoglycan content and released cytokines. Tissue extracts were assessed for proteoglycan content and for aggrecan integrity. Conditioned media were applied to PC12 cells to evaluate if factors inducing neurite growth were released. Compared to controls, IVD injury caused significant cell death. Injury also caused significantly reduced tissue proteoglycan content with a reciprocal increase of proteoglycan content in culture media. Increased aggrecan fragmentation was observed in injured tissue due to increased matrix metalloproteinase and aggrecanase activity. Injured-IVD conditioned media contained significantly elevated interleukin (IL-5, IL-6, IL-7, IL-8, MCP-2, GROα, and MIG, and ELISA analysis showed significantly increased nerve growth factor levels compared to non-injured media. Injured-disc media caused significant neurite sprouting in PC12 cells compared to non-injured media. Acute mechanical injury of human IVDs ex vivo initiates release of factors and enzyme activity associated with degeneration and back pain. This work provides direct evidence linking acute trauma, inflammatory factors, neo-innervation and potential degeneration and discogenic pain in vivo.

  12. Vertebral and inter-vertebral screw fixation for treating thoracolumbar compression fracture:a long-term follow-up of spinal stability%经伤椎和跨伤椎螺钉置入固定胸腰椎压缩性骨折:脊柱稳定性长期随访

    谢申; 祝少博

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Posterior pedicle screw fixation is a common method for treatment of thoracolumbar compression fractures. The fixation method contains long-segment fixation, short-segment fixation and vertebral fixation. Clinical effects of vertebral fixation and inter-vertebral short-segment fixation for treating thoracolumbar fractures remain unclear. OBJECTIVE: To compare the stability of posterior vertebral fixation and inter-vertebral pedicle screw fixation for treating thoracolumbar compression fractures. METHODS: Clinical data of 46 patients with thoracolumbar compression fractures were retrospectively analyzed. According to the fixation methods, they were divided into the vertebral fixation group (n=21) and inter-vertebral fixation group (n=25). The operation time, intraoperative bleeding, intraoperative blood transfusion, the time of lying in bed, vertebral Cobb angle, anterior vertebral height and visual analog scores were evaluated for a long time. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: (1) During repair, in both groups, operation time, intraoperative bleeding and intraoperative blood transfusion were better in the inter-vertebral fixation group than in the vertebral fixation group (P < 0.05-0.01). The time of lying in bed was better in the vertebral fixation group than in inter-vertebral fixation group (P < 0.01). (2) No significant difference in Cobb angle and anterior vertebral height was detected before and after treatment and during repair in both groups, but final fol ow-up and fol ow-up loss were better in the vertebral fixation group than in inter-vertebral fixation group (P < 0.05-0.01). (3) No significant difference in visual analog scores was detected before and after treatment in both groups. Visual analog scores were better in the vertebral fixation group than in the inter-vertebral fixation group (P <0.01). (4) These results suggested that the two fixation methods obtained satisfactory repair effects in long-term fol ow-up. The dominance in maintaining the

  13. Treatment of acute thoracolumbar burst fractures with kyphoplasty and short pedicle screw fixation: Transpedicular intracorporeal grafting with calcium phosphate: A prospective study

    Korovessis Panagiotis

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: In the surgical treatment of thoracolumbar fractures, the major problem after posterior correction and transpedicular instrumentation is failure to support the anterior spinal column, leading to loss of correction and instrumentation failure with associated complaints. We conducted this prospective study to evaluate the outcome of the treatment of acute thoracolumbar burst fractures by transpedicular balloon kyphoplasty, grafting with calcium phosphate cement and short pedicle screw fixation plus fusion. Materials and Methods : Twenty-three consecutive patients of thoracolumbar (T 9 to L 4 burst fracture with or without neurologic deficit with an average age of 43 years, were included in this prospective study. Twenty-one from the 23 patients had single burst fracture while the remaining two patients had a burst fracture and additionally an adjacent A1-type fracture. On admission six (26% out of 23 patients had neurological deficit (five incomplete, one complete. Bilateral transpedicular balloon kyphoplasty with liquid calcium phosphate to reduce segmental kyphosis and restore vertebral body height and short (three vertebrae pedicle screw instrumentation with posterolateral fusion was performed. Gardner kyphosis angle, anterior and posterior vertebral body height ratio and spinal canal encroachment were calculated pre- to postoperatively. Results : All 23 patients were operated within two days after admission and were followed for at least 12 months after index surgery. Operating time and blood loss averaged 45 min and 60 cc respectively. The five patients with incomplete neurological lesions improved by at least one ASIA grade, while no neurological deterioration was observed in any case. The VAS and SF-36 (Role physical and Bodily pain domains were significantly improved postoperatively. Overall sagittal alignment was improved from an average preoperative 16° to one degree kyphosis at final follow-up observation. The anterior

  14. CT in diagnosis of thoracolumbar region diseases

    The lumbalgia caused by affected thoracolumbar transition (Th11-L2) imitates the clinical symptomatic of disc lesions in the lower lumbar segments. The syndrome is presented by a pain projected in the area of the three branchings of the spinal nerves, coming from thoracolumbar segments. The aim of this study is to determine the pathological processes, causing the clinical symptoms of this syndrome, using computer tomography. 51 patients are studied with clinically proved thoracolumbar transition syndrome: 14 men and 37 women. CT slices of 96 vertebral segments are made. Two patient are scanned at Th11-Th12 and L1-L2. Only Th12-L1 scans are made on 10 patients and 42 are made on two neighbouring segments (41 of them on Th11-Th12 and Th12-L1 and one on Th11-L1 and L1-L2). An asymmetry (facet tropism) has been found at 59 levels, 21 if them are with spondiloarthrosis. Spondiloarthrosis has been found in 24 segments - 21 of them with osteochondrosis, one with disc prolapse, and 2 with disc protrusion. It is also found osteoporotic changes osteolysis in multiple myeloma, metastasis etc. During the 3 level examination no evidence for either of the mentioned changes is obtained. The CT slices of two neighbouring segments showed an unexpected change from thoracic to lumbar type of the intervertebral joints in 34 patients. The results from this study support the hypothesis about joints origin of the clinical symptoms of the thoracolumbar transition and demonstrate the importance of the computer tomography as a diagnostic method in this disease

  15. A comparative study of spinal bone SPECT versus X-ray radiograph, CT or MRI in patients with an acute compression fracture of a thoracolumbar vertebral body

    We retrospectively studied the spinal bone single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) images of 84 consecutive patients (27 men, 57 women mean age, 71.3 years age range, 52-89 years) with acute non-traumatic collapse of a vertebra in the thoracolumbar spine. Of the 84 patients, 59 (70.2%) had a history of malignancy. Twelve patients (14.3%) had a vertebral metastasis and 72 (85.7%) had an osteoporosis in the vertebra. There were no clear differences between the vertebral body uptake patterns in the group with metastasis and the group with osteoporosis alone, although a horseshoe pattern tended to occur in the patients with a osteoporotic lesion (25% vs. 42%). Increased pedicle uptake was seen in 20 patients (23.8%, 20/84), 9 of whom (75.0%, 9/12) had a vertebral metastasis and 11 (15.3%, 11/72) did not (p<0.001). A pedicle sign or invasion on radiographs and/or CT images was seen in all 9 patients with metastatic disease patients (100%) but not in any of the 11 patients with osteoporosis. When pedicle uptake on SPECT images and the pedicle sign or invasion were used to diagnose bone metastasis in these 84 patients, sensitivity, specificity city, positive predictive value, negative predictive value were 75.0% (9/12), 84.7% (61/72), 45.0% (9/20), and 95.3% (61/64), respectively. Radiograph and CT remain to be important studies to diagnosis acute non-traumatic collapse of a vertebra, although a spinal SPECT study provides some additional information. (author)

  16. Endoscopic treatment of spinal trauma at the thoracolumbar junction

    Beisse Rudolf

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Attempts of treating unstable fractures of the thoracolumbar junction by posterior reduction and fixation alone often result in a significant loss of correction, especially in lesions where a severe destruction of the vertebral body and the intervertebral disc is present. The conventional open approaches like classic thoraco-phreno-lumbotomy produces additional iatrogenic trauma at the lateral chest and abdominal wall which not rarely lead to intercostal neuralgia, as well as post-thoracotomy syndromes. The endoscopic trans-diaphragmatic approach described below opens up the whole thoracolumbar junction to a minimally invasive procedure allowing one to perform all the procedures needed for a full reconstruction of the anterior column of the spine like corpectomy, decompression, vertebral body replacement and anterior plating. The key to address also the subdia-phragmal and retroperitoneal section of the thoracolumbar junction is a partial detachment of the diaphragm which runs along the attachment at the spine and the ribs. The technique was published first in 1998 and has been used now in 650 endoscopic procedures at the thoracolumbar junction out of a total of more than 1300 thoracoscopic operations of the spine in the BG Unfallklinik Murnau, Germany since 1996.

  17. The Comparison of Effective between Acupuncture and Bee Venom Acupuncture on the Treatment of Acute Lumbar Herniation of Intervertebral Disc

    Chang So-Young

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective : Herniation of Intervertebral Disc(HIVD is the most common disease causing low back pain. Acupuncture and Bee Venom Acupuncture has been used for treatment of HIVD. This study is to investigate the effective of Bee Venom Acupuncture for HIVD. Methods : We researched 18 patients who were diagnosed by CT and MRI as having HIVD, and treated them Acupuncture only or Acupuncture and Bee Venom Acupuncture. We compared the VAS and ROM angle of two groups. Results & Conclusions : 1. In admission date, no significant improvement between Acupuncture group and Bee Venom Acupuncture group 2. In variation of flexion and extension, Bee Venom Acupuncture group shows statistically significant improvement 3. In VAS, Bee Venom Acupuncture group shows statistically significant improvement for 1 week and discharge day

  18. Pediculectomy for the treatment of thoracolumbar disk disease

    Leonardo Martins Leal

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Thoracolumbar disk disease is a condition associated with spinal cord compression that leads to the extrusion of the nucleus pulposus of an intervertebral disk. It can cause mild pain to very severe symptoms including complete paralysis of the pelvic limbs. The treatment for this disease depends on the location and severity of the compression. The objective of this study was to use pediculectomy surgery technique, for spinal decompression, on a seven-year-old female dog that was a mixed breed, suffered from pelvic limb paresis, and was diagnosed with dorsolateral thoracolumbar disk disease. A disk fenestration was also performed in the area to prevent the recurrence of the symtoms. The pediculectomy technique involves creating a slot in the lateral area of the vertebras to preserve the articular facets. Thirty days after the surgery the patient was walking normally. The pediculectomy technique is a good surgical option because it promotes decompression, and extruded material can be removed, which leads to less instability decreases the chance of vertebral dislocation and allows disk fenestration to be performed during the same surgical period. Pediculectomy was effective in the treatment of this patient.

  19. MRI and discography in traumatic intervertebral disc lesions

    In this study we evaluated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in trauma patients for assessing traumatised adjacent discs of fractured vertebrae before dorsoventral stabilisation. In a prospective study, MRI of 54 discs was performed with a 1.5-T MRI unit. The preoperative MRI with sagittal T1-W-SE and T2-W-TSE was compared to intraoperative discography, which was carried out on both intervertebral discs adjacent to the fractured vertebrae. Signal alterations, morphological changes in the adjacent discs, fractured vertebrae and associated ligament injuries were evaluated. In 47/54 (87%) of the intervertebral discs, the results of both imaging findings were concordant. The discs adjoining vertebral fractures were normal in 18 cases. Regarding the positive concordant imaging findings, MRI and discography revealed traumatised adjacent cranial and caudal discs in 22 discs. In 7 cases, only the cranial adjacent disc was affected. Moreover, 17 cases of intradiscal bleeding, 13 intraosseous herniations into the fractured vertebrae and 20 anuluar tears were visualised in MRI. Associated ligament injuries were detected in 18 cases. Findings were discordant in eight discs. In six discs, MRI was abnormal, demonstrating signal alterations suggestive of positive imaging findings, whereas discography demonstrated no disc injury. MRI failed to detect disc injury in two discs, whereas discography was positive, showing an irregular intradiscal contrast media distribution. MRI, as a non-invasive method for assessing fractures of the thoraco-lumbar spine, may detect traumatised adjacent intervertebral discs. MRI is superior to intraoperative discography. The performance of MRI of the thoraco-lumbar spine is recommended before dorsoventral stabilisation in trauma patients, as it can reveal additional preoperative information such as fractures, disc and associated ligament injuries. (orig.)

  20. MRI and discography in traumatic intervertebral disc lesions

    Ghanem, Nadir; Uhl, Markus; Elgeti, Florian; Pache, Gregor; Kotter, Elmar; Langer, Mathias [University Hospital Freiburg, Departments of Diagnostic Radiology, Freiburg (Germany); Mueller, Christoph; Markmiller, Max [University Hospital Freiburg, Traumatology, Freiburg (Germany)

    2006-11-15

    In this study we evaluated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in trauma patients for assessing traumatised adjacent discs of fractured vertebrae before dorsoventral stabilisation. In a prospective study, MRI of 54 discs was performed with a 1.5-T MRI unit. The preoperative MRI with sagittal T1-W-SE and T2-W-TSE was compared to intraoperative discography, which was carried out on both intervertebral discs adjacent to the fractured vertebrae. Signal alterations, morphological changes in the adjacent discs, fractured vertebrae and associated ligament injuries were evaluated. In 47/54 (87%) of the intervertebral discs, the results of both imaging findings were concordant. The discs adjoining vertebral fractures were normal in 18 cases. Regarding the positive concordant imaging findings, MRI and discography revealed traumatised adjacent cranial and caudal discs in 22 discs. In 7 cases, only the cranial adjacent disc was affected. Moreover, 17 cases of intradiscal bleeding, 13 intraosseous herniations into the fractured vertebrae and 20 anuluar tears were visualised in MRI. Associated ligament injuries were detected in 18 cases. Findings were discordant in eight discs. In six discs, MRI was abnormal, demonstrating signal alterations suggestive of positive imaging findings, whereas discography demonstrated no disc injury. MRI failed to detect disc injury in two discs, whereas discography was positive, showing an irregular intradiscal contrast media distribution. MRI, as a non-invasive method for assessing fractures of the thoraco-lumbar spine, may detect traumatised adjacent intervertebral discs. MRI is superior to intraoperative discography. The performance of MRI of the thoraco-lumbar spine is recommended before dorsoventral stabilisation in trauma patients, as it can reveal additional preoperative information such as fractures, disc and associated ligament injuries. (orig.)

  1. Management of thoracolumbar spine trauma An overview

    S Rajasekaran

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Thoracolumbar spine fractures are common injuries that can result in significant disability, deformity and neurological deficit. Controversies exist regarding the appropriate radiological investigations, the indications for surgical management and the timing, approach and type of surgery. This review provides an overview of the epidemiology, biomechanical principles, radiological and clinical evaluation, classification and management principles. Literature review of all relevant articles published in PubMed covering thoracolumbar spine fractures with or without neurologic deficit was performed. The search terms used were thoracolumbar, thoracic, lumbar, fracture, trauma and management. All relevant articles and abstracts covering thoracolumbar spine fractures with and without neurologic deficit were reviewed. Biomechanically the thoracolumbar spine is predisposed to a higher incidence of spinal injuries. Computed tomography provides adequate bony detail for assessing spinal stability while magnetic resonance imaging shows injuries to soft tissues (posterior ligamentous complex [PLC] and neurological structures. Different classification systems exist and the most recent is the AO spine knowledge forum classification of thoracolumbar trauma. Treatment includes both nonoperative and operative methods and selected based on the degree of bony injury, neurological involvement, presence of associated injuries and the integrity of the PLC. Significant advances in imaging have helped in the better understanding of thoracolumbar fractures, including information on canal morphology and injury to soft tissue structures. The ideal classification that is simple, comprehensive and guides management is still elusive. Involvement of three columns, progressive neurological deficit, significant kyphosis and canal compromise with neurological deficit are accepted indications for surgical stabilization through anterior, posterior or combined approaches.

  2. Monosegmental fixation for the treatment of fractures of the thoracolumbar spine

    Defino Helton

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Background : A short vertebral arthrodesis has been one of the objectives of the surgical treatment of fractures of the thoracolumbar spine. We present here clinical, functional and radiographic outcome obtained after monosegmental fixation (single posterior or combined anterior and posterior of specific types of unstable thoracolumbar fractures. Materials and Methods : Twenty four patients with fractures of the thoracolumbar spine submitted to monosegmental surgical treatment (Group I - 18 single posterior monosegmental fixations and Group II - 6 combined anterior and posterior fixations were retrospectively evaluated according to clinical, radiographic and functional parameters. The indication for surgery was instability or neurological deficit. All the procedures were indicated and performed by the senior surgeon (Helton LA Defino. Results : The patients from group I were followed-up from 2 to 12 years (mean: 6.65±2.96. The clinical, functional and radiographic results show that a single posterior monosegmental fixation is adequate and a satisfactory procedure to be used in specific types of thoracolumbar spine fractures, The patients from group II were followed-up from 9 to 15 years (mean: 13 ± 2,09 years. On group II the results of clinical evaluation showed moderate indices of residual pain and of satisfaction with the final result. The values obtained by functional evaluation showed that 66.6% of the patients were unable to return to their previous job and presented a moderate disability index (Oswestry = 16.6 and a significant reduction of quality of life based on the SF-36 questionnaire. Radiographic evaluation showed increased kyphosis of the fixed vertebral segment during the late postoperative period, accompanied by a reduction of the height of the intervertebral disk. Conclusion : It is possible to stabilize the fractures which have an anterior good load-bearing capacity by a standalone posterior monosegmental fixation. However

  3. Intervertebral bone graft and posterior pedicle screw in treatment of serious thoracolumbar vertebral burst fractures%伤椎内植骨成形联合后路植骨椎弓根螺钉复位固定治疗重度胸腰椎爆裂性骨折

    丁建忠; 罗建; 胡广; 徐为刚; 臧峰

    2014-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical effect of serious thoracolumbar vertebral burst fractures treated by transpedicular bone graft and posterior fixation with pedicle screws system and posterolateral bone graft. Methods A total of 36 patients with serious thoracolumbar burst fractures from Oct 2007 to May 2013 were treated by transpedicular bone graft with au_tologous and allogeneic bone chips combined with posterior fixation with pedicle screws system and posterolateral bone graft. For osteoporosis patients,bone cement was applied to reinforce screw fixation. The clinical outcome and imaging examination results before surgery,at the 3rd,6th,12th month after surgery and at the last follow up were studied. The condition of the bone graft and posterior cervical fusion was evaluated. The canalis vertebralis stenosis ,the Cobb′s angle and vertebral compression ratio were measured. The lumbago degree and neural functional recovery were assessed. Results All the patients were followed up to 3 years and 2 months in average(ranged from 13 months to 5 years). The canalis vertebralis stenosis,the Cobb′s angle and vertebral compression ratio[(3.4±1.2)%,(5.2±3.1)°,(4.4±3.1)%] were all significantly improved immediately after surgery with statistically significant difference(P0.05). CT and X ray results showed the stable bone graft,no"shell"phenomenon,no vertebral body height lost,and an average healing time of 3.5 months. The average healing time for posterior cervical fusion was 5.0 months , and pseudarthrosis formation was not observed. Fixation failure did not occur in any of the studied cases. Nerve injuries were all improved to a certain degree after surgery. Conclusion Transpedicular bone graft combined with posterior fixation with pedicle screws system and posterolateral bone graft can solve the problem of bone defect of anterior and middle column in serious thora_columbar burst fractures,and in addition,it can reinforce the fusion and fixation between the

  4. Less invasive surgical treatment of traumatic thoracolumbar fractures

    Verlaan, J.J.

    2004-01-01

    Less invasive surgical treatment of traumatic thoracolumbar fractures. In this thesis various strategies were employed to evaluate the posibilities of reducing the invasiveness of the surgical treatment of traumatic thoracolumbar fractures. A systematic review of the literature suggested that adequ

  5. IMAGING DIAGNOSIS OF THORACOLUMBAR BURST FRACTURES

    Li-yang Dai

    2004-01-01

    Objective To review imaging use in the diagnosis ofthoracolumbar burst fractures and to determine the diagnostic value of different imaging methods.Methods One hundred and fourteen patients with 120 thoracolumbar burst fractures were retrospectively reviewed. Plain radiographs were available in all cases; CT scans and MRI were obtained in 96 and 74 cases, respectively.Results A total of 27 burst fractures were misdiagnosed as other types of fractures on radiographs alone, and accounted for 22.5% of all fractures. The results indicated that plain radiographs often fail to delineate the pathological features of thoracolumbar burst fractures, leading to delay in diagnosis.Conclusion In regard to thoracolumbar injury diagnosis, burst fractures should be differentiated from compression fractures. CT should be routinely indicated and MRI examination, when necessary, may be simultaneously considered.

  6. The height of the osteotomy and the correction of the kyphotic angle in thoracolumbar kyphosis

    HAO Chou-kuan; LI Wei-shi; CHEN Zhong-qiang

    2008-01-01

    Background This study investigated the relationship between the height of osteotomy and the correction of the kyphotic angle during posterior closing wedge osteotmy with instrumentation and the spinal osteotomy with cage inserting into the intervertebral gap and closing posteriorly by a single posterior approach in thoracolumbar kyphosis, and using this relationship as the basis of the preoperative design.Methods From April 1996 to June 2007, 30 thoracolumbar kyphosis patients with complete medical records and clear X-ray photograms have undergone operation. Of these 30 cases, 16 cases underwent posterior closing wedge osteotmywith instrumentation while the height of the osteotomy and the correction of the angle have been measured; 14 casesunderwent spinal osteotomy with cage inserting into the intervertebral gap and closing posteriorly by a single posteriorapproach while the height of the osteotomy, the height and the place of the cage and the correction of the angle were also measured. A simple geometrical model was simulated to calculate the relationship between the height of the osteotomy and the correction of the angle and these results are finally compared with the data coming from the actual measuring by the Wilcoxon statistic method.Results The distribution of data from the 16 cases by posterior closing wedge osteotomy with instrumentation was as such: 9 male and 7 female, the mean age was 49.2 years (range 38-70), the kyphosis improved from an average of 30° (range 15°-45°) preoperatively to 4° (range -26°-30°) postoperatively, the kyphosis was corrected on average 2.5° per 1 mm in the height of the osteotomy. The results from the simple geometrical model were that the mean of the correction of the angle per 1 mm was 2.2°. As a result, there was no significant difference (P >0.05) when comparing the measurement collected with the result simulated from the geometric model. The distribution of data from the 14 cases by spinal osteotomy with cage

  7. TREATMENT OF UNSTABLE THORACOLUMBAR FRACTURES IN PEDIATRIC PATIENTS

    Roberto Chapa Sosa

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective:To analyze the characteristics of unstable thoracolumbar fractures in the pediatric population.Methods:A retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted with pediatric patients (0 to 15 years who presented with unstable thoracolumbar fracture with or without neurological damage. Twenty-four operated patients were analyzed: 13 male and 11 female.Results:Falls from height are the most common cause, being the thoracolumbar junction the anatomical site most frequently injured.Conclusion:The thoracolumbar fractures are rare in the pediatric population, as well as post-surgical instrumentation structural deformities.

  8. Review of 31 cases of anterior thoracolumbar fixation with the anterior thoracolumbar locking plate system.

    Wilson, J A; Bowen, S; Branch, C L; Meredith, J W

    1999-07-15

    Anterior fixation devices for the thoracolumbar spine have gained wide acceptance as viable alternatives to long-segment posterior fixation in cases of thoracolumbar spine trauma. This review was undertaken to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the Synthes anterior thoracolumbar locking plate (ATLP) system. Over a 3-year period, 31 patients with unstable traumatic fractures of the thoracolumbar spine underwent corpectomy, placement of a structural bone graft, and anterior fixation in which the Synthes ATLP system was used. Long-term follow-up data were obtained in 29 patients. Two patients were lost to follow up, one at 4 months and the other at 1 year. In the remaining patients, the average length of follow up was 20 months. In all patients radiographic evidence of solid bone fusion was demonstrated on follow-up plain x-ray films, and there were no signs or symptoms of pseudarthrosis. No patient suffered neurological deterioration as a result of surgery, and there was relatively little morbidity associated with this plating system. To date, none of the patients in this study has developed any delayed complications related to the fixation device. In one patient, who had sustained a severe flexion injury, loosening of the anterior fixation device occurred, and the patient developed progressive kyphosis, which required a posterior stabilization procedure. These results appear slightly better than those obtained in published studies in which other anterior plating systems were used, indicating that this system is safe and effective in the treatment of unstable fractures of the thoracolumbar spine. PMID:16918232

  9. Evaluation on vertebral endplate injury and adjacent intervertebral disk injury of patients with osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures by MRI and its clinical significance

    Objective: To investigate the relationship between vertebral endplate injury and adjacent intervertebral disk injury of patients with acute or sub-acute osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (OVC-F) by MRI, and to provide basis for diagnosis of OVCF. Methods: The clinical data of a total of 66 patients with OVCF underwent vertebroplasty (76 fracture of vertebral bodies) were selected. The vertebral endplate injury and adjacent intervertebral disk injury of OVCF patients were detected by MRI. Results: There were 57 vertebral endplate injury in 76 fracture vertebral bodies (75% ). There were only 27 vertebral bodies with vertebral endplate injury in 57 fracture vertebral bodies with endplate injury (47% ), and 22 vertebral with superior and inferior vertebral endplate injury (39% ), and 8 vertebral bodies with inferior vertebral endplate injury (14% ). There were 48 vertebral bodies with intervertebral disc injury in 76 fracture vertebral bodies (63% ). There were 22 intervertebral disc injury located above the fracture of the lumbar spine in 48 vertebral bodies with intervertebral disc injury (45% ), and 19 fracture vertebral bodies with upper and lower intervertebral disc injury (40% ), and 7 intervertebral injuries located below the fracture of the lumbar spine (15% ). Conclusion: Vertebral endplate injury is frequently associated with the adjacent intervertebral disk injury. The clinical diagnosis and treatment should be emphasized in the fracture vertebral endplate damage and adjacent intervertebral disc injury. (authors)

  10. Ultrasound Evaluation of the Combined Effects of Thoracolumbar Fascia Injury and Movement Restriction in a Porcine Model

    Bishop, James H.; James R Fox; Maple, Rhonda; Loretan, Caitlin; Badger, Gary J.; Henry, Sharon M.; Vizzard, Margaret A.; Langevin, Helene M.

    2016-01-01

    The persistence of back pain following acute back “sprains” is a serious public health problem with poorly understood pathophysiology. The recent finding that human subjects with chronic low back pain (LBP) have increased thickness and decreased mobility of the thoracolumbar fascia measured with ultrasound suggest that the fasciae of the back may be involved in LBP pathophysiology. This study used a porcine model to test the hypothesis that similar ultrasound findings can be produced experime...

  11. Qualitative and quantitative assessment of collagen and elastin in annulus fibrosus of the physiologic and scoliotic intervertebral discs.

    Kobielarz, Magdalena; Szotek, Sylwia; Głowacki, Maciej; Dawidowicz, Joanna; Pezowicz, Celina

    2016-09-01

    The biophysical properties of the annulus fibrosus of the intervertebral disc are determined by collagen and elastin fibres. The progression of scoliosis is accompanied by a number of pathological changes concerning these structural proteins. This is a major cause of dysfunction of the intervertebral disc. The object of the study were annulus fibrosus samples excised from intervertebral discs of healthy subjects and patients treated surgically for scoliosis in the thoracolumbar or lumbar spine. The research material was subjected to structural analysis by light microscopy and quantitative analysis of the content of collagen types I, II, III and IV as well as elastin by immunoenzymatic test (ELISA). A statistical analysis was conducted to assess the impact of the sampling site (Mann-Whitney test, α=0.05) and scoliosis (Wilcoxon matched pairs test, α=0.05) on the obtained results. The microscopic studies conducted on scoliotic annulus fibrosus showed a significant architectural distortion of collagen and elastin fibres. Quantitative biochemical assays demonstrated region-dependent distribution of only collagen types I and II in the case of healthy intervertebral discs whereas in the case of scoliotic discs region-dependent distribution concerned all examined proteins of the extracellular matrix. Comparison of scoliotic and healthy annulus fibrosus revealed a significant decrease in the content of collagen type I and elastin as well as a slight increase in the proportion of collagen types III and IV. The content of collagen type II did not differ significantly between both groups. The observed anomalies are a manifestation of degenerative changes affecting annulus fibrosus of the intervertebral disc in patients suffering from scoliosis. PMID:27177214

  12. Timing of operation and early treatment strategy for thoracolumbar spine fractures with a-cute spinal cord injury%胸腰椎骨折合并脊髓损伤手术时机及早期治疗策略

    封亚平; 封雨; 唐少锋; 谢佳芯; 艾卫兵

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the efficacy and safety of internal fixation surgery with screws through intact pedicle of fractured vertebral arch and internal and external spinal cord decompression in the treatment of thoracolumbar spine fractures with acute spinal cord injury (SCI).Methods Of 1562 patients with thoracolumbar spine fractures ,there were 1316 cases with fractured verte-bras.Internal fixation was performed with screws through intact pedicle of fractured and its upper and lower vertebras arches .A total of 2632 screws were fixed .An early internal and external spinal cord decompression was done to 287 patients who were estimated as class A by using ASIA score .All the patients were reexamined at 2 weeks ,6 months and 12 months after surgery .The fractured vertebras height,lateral dislocation,Cobb’s angle on sagittal plane,vertebral canal volume,healing condition,neural functional recovery and rate of internal fixation failure were observed .Results All the patients were followed up after surgery .The heights of the fractured vertebras were improved to 93.6%of the normal value .The Cobb’s angles on sagittal plane were restored to 3.1°.There were 4 cases with broken screw and 5 cases with broken rod after 12 months of surgery while no screw loosening or extraction was observed .The 287 patients with class A were recovered to different extent after 12 months of surgery ,in which 113 cases were class A ,74 cases class B ,68 cases class C,26 cases class D and 6 cases class E.Meanwhile,the 287 patients were scored as class Ⅰ according to Kunming Locomotor Scale (KLS).After surgery,KLS for these cases were improved including 6 cases with class Ⅱ,11 cases with class Ⅲ,62 cases with classⅣ,67 cases with class Ⅴ,84 cases with class Ⅵ,37 cases with class Ⅶ,9 cases with class Ⅷ,5 cases with class Ⅸand 6 cases with class Ⅹ.The 1225 patients with incomplete SCI also achieved 1 to 2 grade of improvement in KLS .Among all cases ,no neurological ag

  13. Requirements for an artificial intervertebral disc

    Eijkelkamp, MF; van Donkelaar, CC; Veldhuizen, AG; van Horn, [No Value; Huyghe, JM; Verkerke, GJ

    2001-01-01

    Intervertebral disc degeneration is an important social and economic problem. Presently available artificial intervertebral discs (AIDs) are insufficient and the main surgical intervention is still spinal fusion. The objective of the present study is to present a list of requirements for the develop

  14. Magnetic resonance imaging of intervertebral disc degeneration

    Maeda, Hiroshi; Noguchi, Masao (Kitakyushu City Yahata Hospital, Fukuoka (Japan)); Kira, Hideaki; Fujiki, Hiroshi; Shimokawa, Isao; Hinoue, Kaichi

    1993-02-01

    The aim of this study was to correlate the degree of lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration with findings of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Seventeen autopsied (from 7 patients) and 21 surgical (from 20 patients) intervertebral discs were used as specimens for histopathological examination. In addition, 21 intervertebral discs were examined on T2-weighted images. Histopathological findings from both autopsied and surgical specimens were well correlated with MRI findings. In particular, T2-weighted images reflected increased collagen fibers and rupture within the fibrous ring accurately. However, when severely degenerated intervertebral discs and hernia protruding the posterior longitudinal ligament existed, histological findings were not concordant well with T2-weighted images. Morphological appearances of autopsy specimens, divided into four on T2-weighted images, were well consistent with histological degeneration. This morphological classification, as shown on T2-weighted images, could also be used in the evaluation of intervertebral disc degeneration. (N.K.).

  15. Magnetic resonance imaging of intervertebral disc degeneration

    The aim of this study was to correlate the degree of lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration with findings of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Seventeen autopsied (from 7 patients) and 21 surgical (from 20 patients) intervertebral discs were used as specimens for histopathological examination. In addition, 21 intervertebral discs were examined on T2-weighted images. Histopathological findings from both autopsied and surgical specimens were well correlated with MRI findings. In particular, T2-weighted images reflected increased collagen fibers and rupture within the fibrous ring accurately. However, when severely degenerated intervertebral discs and hernia protruding the posterior longitudinal ligament existed, histological findings were not concordant well with T2-weighted images. Morphological appearances of autopsy specimens, divided into four on T2-weighted images, were well consistent with histological degeneration. This morphological classification, as shown on T2-weighted images, could also be used in the evaluation of intervertebral disc degeneration. (N.K.)

  16. Evaluation of apoptotic cell death in normal and chondrodystrophic canine intervertebral discs

    Marie Klauser

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Disc degeneration occurs commonly in dogs. A variety of factors is thought to contribute an inappropriate disc matrix that isolate cells in the disc and lead to apoptosis. Disc herniation with radiculopathy and discogenic pain are the results of the degenerative process. The objective of this prospective study was to determine the extent of apoptosis in intact and herniated intervertebral discs of chondrodystrophic dogs and non-chondrodystrophic dogs. In addition, the nucleus pulposus (NP was histologically compared between non-chondrodystrophic and chondrodystrophic dogs. Thoracolumbar intervertebral discs and parts of the extruded nucleus pulposus were harvested from 45 dogs. Samples were subsequently stained with haematoxylin-eosin and processed to detect cleaved caspase-3 and poly(ADP-ribose polymerase. A significant greater degree of apoptosis was observed in herniated NPs of chondrodystrophic dogs compared to non- chondrodystrophic dogs with poly (ADP-ribose polymerase and cleaved caspase- 3 detection. Within the group of chondrodystrophic dogs, dogs with an intact disc and younger than 6 years showed a significant lower incidence of apoptosis in the NP compared to the herniated NP of chondrodystrophic dogs. The extent of apoptosis in the annulus fibrosus was not different between the intact disc from chondrodystrophic and non- chondrodystrophic dogs. An age-related increase of apoptotic cells in NP and annulus fibrosus was found in the intact non-herniated intervertebral discs. Histologically, absence of notochordal cells and occurrence of chondroid metaplasia were observed in the nucleus pulposus of chondrodystrophic dogs. As a result, we found that apoptosis plays a role in disc degeneration in chondrodystrophic dogs.

  17. Pseudoenhancement of intervertebral disc herniation

    Araki, Y.; Ootani, M.; Furukawa, T.; Tsukaguchi, I. (Dept. of Radiology, Osaka Rosai Hospital (Japan)); Mitomo, M. (Dept. of Radiology, Osaka Univ. Medical School (Japan))

    1992-08-01

    Two patients with intervertebral disc herniation appeared to demonstrate abnormally diffuse and intense enhancement of the disc after intravenous administration of gadolinium-DTPA for MRI. Surgery disclosed a dilated epidural venous plexus in one and vascular granulation tissue in the other, associated with the herniated disc material. The mechanism of this 'pseudoenhancement' of the disc appears to be a partial volume effect of disc material and the adjacent veins or granulation tissue. Pseudoenhancement of a herniated disc should be included in the differential diagnosis of a diffusely enhancing epidural mass. (orig.).

  18. Thoracolumbar fracture with listhesis - an uncommon manifestation of child abuse

    Levin, Terry L.; Blitman, Netta M. [Department of Radiology, Montefiore Medical Center, 111 E. 210th Street, Bronx, New York, NY 10467-2490 (United States); Berdon, Walter E. [Department of Radiology, Babies Hospital, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York (United States); Cassell, Ian [Department of Radiology, Phoenix Children' s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ (United States)

    2003-05-01

    Thoracolumbar fracture with listhesis (FL) is an uncommon manifestation of child abuse (increasingly known as nonaccidental trauma), with only six prior reports in the literature. This article seeks to call attention to FL of the thoracolumbar spine in abused children and infants. We reviewed plain films, CT and MR images in seven new cases of FL of the thoracolumbar spine in abused children ages 6 months to 7 years, two of whom became paraplegic from their injuries. Findings varied from subtle listhesis of one vertebra on another to frank vertebral dislocation, most commonly at L1/2. Paravertebral calcification was present in all but one case. In two children, thoracolumbar FL was the only radiographic sign of abuse. Radiographic findings of FL of the thoracolumbar spine may be subtle and may be erroneously interpreted as due to a congenital or neoplastic cause. While other signs of child abuse should be sought, spinal injury may be the sole sign of abuse. Recognition of this entity is important to pursue the diagnosis of abuse. (orig.)

  19. Thoracolumbar fracture with listhesis - an uncommon manifestation of child abuse

    Thoracolumbar fracture with listhesis (FL) is an uncommon manifestation of child abuse (increasingly known as nonaccidental trauma), with only six prior reports in the literature. This article seeks to call attention to FL of the thoracolumbar spine in abused children and infants. We reviewed plain films, CT and MR images in seven new cases of FL of the thoracolumbar spine in abused children ages 6 months to 7 years, two of whom became paraplegic from their injuries. Findings varied from subtle listhesis of one vertebra on another to frank vertebral dislocation, most commonly at L1/2. Paravertebral calcification was present in all but one case. In two children, thoracolumbar FL was the only radiographic sign of abuse. Radiographic findings of FL of the thoracolumbar spine may be subtle and may be erroneously interpreted as due to a congenital or neoplastic cause. While other signs of child abuse should be sought, spinal injury may be the sole sign of abuse. Recognition of this entity is important to pursue the diagnosis of abuse. (orig.)

  20. Influence of degenerative changes of intervertebral disc

    Wang, Yi; Chen, Hai-Bin; Zhang, Ling; ZHANG Li-ying; Liu, Jing-cheng; WANG Zheng-guo

    2012-01-01

    【Abstract】Objective: To investigate the material properties of normal and degenerated intervertebral discs (IVDs) and examine the effect of degenerative changes on IVD pathology. Methods: A computer-based online search was under-taken to identify English articles about material properties of IVDs published from January 1950 to 2011 in PubMed database. The retrieved keywords included material properties, intervertebral disc and degeneration. Based on the principle...

  1. Surgical treatment in thoraco-lumbar region fractures.

    Jorge Alberto Jerez Labrada

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Background: thoraco-lumbar fractures may affect people at any moment of their lives, especially at their most fruitful and useful stage. Its correct diagnosis and treatment may directly influence in the posterior evolution of the patients. Objectives: to evaluate the results of the surgical treatment in thoraco-lumbar region fractures. Methods: a descriptive retrospective correlational study of series cases which included 54 patients attended due to thoraco-lumbar region fractures in the University Hospital “Dr. Gustavo Aldereguía Lima” in Cienfuegos city, Cuba from January 1999 to June 2007. Age, sex, etiology of the fracture, type and level of the fractures, associated diseases, surgical techniques used for, pre and post operatory neurological damage, usage of metilprednisolone, complications and final results were the variables taken into consideration in this study. Results: most of the patients belonged to male sex under the age of 45. The totality of the cases had type IV fracture, and a great part of them had Denis type II fracture having surgical treatment. The causes of the lesions were traffic accidents, working accidents and height falls. The most useful surgical techniques were posterior decompression, instrumentation and fusion. Surgery improved the neurological damage in almost half of sick patients with this condition. Complications were minimum and rupture of the implant was predominant. Conclusion: surgical treatment in thoraco-lumbar region fractures had satisfactory results in our milieu.

  2. HISTOMORPHOLOGICAL STUDY OF THORACOLUMBAR FASCIA IN PATIENTS WITH LUMBOSACRAL DISCOPATHY

    Z BEHDADIPOOR

    2000-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Thoracolumbar fascia has neural ends in normal positions. It has sensory role and by inhibitory and or excitatory reflexes helps to protect vertebral column. In this research, it has been studied neural ends in thoracolumbar fascia in 42 cases. Our aim was to compare the presence of neural ends in normal individuals and those with lumbosacral discopathy. Methods. The samples were taken from one centimeter of midline at the level of L4-L5 vertebrae, since in this region the posterior layer of thoracolumbar fascia is thicker. Seven of the cases were normal and 35 were patients with lumbosacral discopathy. The samples were processed and serial sections were prepared. Six hundred and thirty sections from the serial sections were selected and 90 percent of these were stained with H&E and the rest of them were stained with Bielschowsky method. The sections were studied by light microscopy. Findings. Unlike the normal individuals, nerve corpuscles were not seen in none of our patients with lumbosacraldiscopathy.UsingBielschowsky,nerveendingswerepresentin normal individuals but they were not visible in patients with discopathy. Conclusion. It is concluded that thoracolumbar fascia in patients with discopathy had insufficient neural ends. Loss of these neural ends may be cause of decreasing proprioceptive information to nervous system and can be an initiating factor to damage the bones, ligaments and muscles.

  3. Spectroscopic Parameters of Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Material

    Terbetas, G.; Kozlovskaja, A.; Varanius, D.; Graziene, V.; Vaitkus, J.; Vaitkuviene, A.

    2009-06-01

    There are numerous methods of investigating intervertebral disc. Visualization methods are widely used in clinical practice. Histological, imunohistochemical and biochemical methods are more used in scientific research. We propose that a new spectroscopic investigation would be useful in determining intervertebral disc material, especially when no histological specimens are available. Purpose: to determine spectroscopic parameters of intervertebral disc material; to determine emission spectra common for all intervertebral discs; to create a background for further spectroscopic investigation where no histological specimen will be available. Material and Methods: 20 patients, 68 frozen sections of 20 μm thickness from operatively removed intervertebral disc hernia were excited by Nd:YAG microlaser STA-01-TH third harmonic 355 nm light throw 0, 1 mm fiber. Spectrophotometer OceanOptics USB2000 was used for spectra collection. Mathematical analysis of spectra was performed by ORIGIN multiple Gaussian peaks analysis. Results: In each specimen of disc hernia were found distinct maximal spectral peaks of 4 types supporting the histological evaluation of mixture content of the hernia. Fluorescence in the spectral regions 370-700 nm was detected in the disc hernias. The main spectral component was at 494 nm and the contribution of the components with the peak wavelength values at 388 nm, 412 nm and 435±5 nm were varying in the different groups of samples. In comparison to average spectrum of all cases, there are 4 groups of different spectral signatures in the region 400-500 nm in the patient groups, supporting a clinical data on different clinical features of the patients. Discussion and Conclusion: besides the classical open discectomy, new minimally invasive techniques of treating intervertebral disc emerge (PLDD). Intervertebral disc in these techniques is assessed by needle, no histological specimen is taken. Spectroscopic investigation via fiber optics through the

  4. Angiogenesis in the degeneration of the lumbar intervertebral disc

    David, Gh; Ciurea, AV; Iencean, SM; Mohan, A.

    2010-01-01

    The goal of the study is to show the histological and biochemical changes that indicate the angiogenesis of the intervertebral disc in lumbar intervertebral disc hernia and the existence of epidemiological correlations between these changes and the risk factors of lumbar intervertebral disc hernia, as well as the patient's quality of life (QOL). We have studied 50 patients aged between 18 and 73 years old, who have undergone lumbar intervertebral disc hernia surgery, making fibroblast growth ...

  5. 胸腰结合段侧面血管的影像解剖学研究%The Imaging Research for Thoracolumbar Spine Lateral Vascular Anatomy

    欧阳志和; 欧阳厚淦

    2011-01-01

    Purpose To provide the anatomic basis of imaging for the segmental vessels of the thoracolumbar spine side and measure the distance between two adjacent segmental arteries in the three-dimensional images. Materials and Methods After conducting angiography for 30cases of normal adults through the ulnar vein, carring out thoracolumbar CT scans. In the image observation: The course and adjacent relationship of the segmental vessels. Measuring range: the distance between the the upper and lower segmental arteries of the middle line of spine side. Results We could observe the course and the adjacent relationship of thoracolumbar spine lateral vascular. That between the upper and lower segmental vessels consists a relatively non-vascular nerve safe zone where the intervertebral space locates. And we surveyed the related datas. Conclusion Three-dimensional reconstruction of CT images can effectively observe the course and adjacent relationship of the thoracolumbar spinal lateral segmental artery, and can accurately measure the safe zone.%目的:为脊柱胸腰结合段侧面的节段血管走行、'变异及毗邻关系提供影像学解剖基础.资料和方法:对32例正常成人经肘静脉造影后行脊柱胸腰段CT扫描,在图像上观察节段动脉的走行特点并在脊柱侧面正中线上对上、下位节段动脉之间的距离进行测量.结果:在影像三维图像上可观察脊柱胸腰段侧面,节段动脉较为恒定地存在并走行于相应椎体侧面中央浅沟内.上、下位节段动脉间构成了一个相对无血管、神经的安全区,椎间隙恰好位于该安全区中部.并且测量了相关数据,左右两侧比较无显著性差异(P>0.05).结论:CT三维重建图像能有效观察脊柱胸腰结合段侧面节段动脉的走行及毗邻关系,并能准确测量出安全区.

  6. Combination use of ozone and collagenase for the treatment of prolapsed lumbar intervertebral disc herniation

    Objective: To assess the therapeutic effect of combination use of ozone and collagenase for the treatment of prolapsed lumbar intervertebral disc herniation. Methods: Combination use of ozone intra-disc ablation and collagenase extra-disc dissolution was employed to treat acute lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion. A total of 41 patients (50 diseased intervertebral discs) were enrolled in this study. The clinical results were analyzed and the therapeutic efficacy was evaluated. Results: Combination use of ozone ablation together with collagenase dissolution was carried out in 41 patients. According to Macnab criterion, the therapeutic efficacy was evaluated. The excellent effectiveness was achieved in 85.3% of patients. Follow-up CT scanning and MRI were performed 12 months after the treatment. Both preoperative and postoperative AB value and R value were determined and compared with each other. The postoperative AB value and R value were 36% and 43% of the preoperative ones, respectively. The reduction was very obvious. Conclusion: The combination use of ozone and collagenase has reliable effectiveness in the treatment of prolapsed lumbar intervertebral disc herniation. Collagenase has proteolytic effect on the fiber ring, while ozone possesses oxidation effect on the nucleus pulposus. A combination use of the two has definite curative effect. (authors)

  7. Proteomic signature of the murine intervertebral disc.

    Matthew R McCann

    Full Text Available Low back pain is the most common musculoskeletal problem and the single most common cause of disability, often attributed to degeneration of the intervertebral disc. Lack of effective treatment is directly related to our limited understanding of the pathways responsible for maintaining disc health. While transcriptional analysis has permitted initial insights into the biology of the intervertebral disc, complete proteomic characterization is required. We therefore employed liquid chromatography electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS protein/peptide separation and mass spectrometric analyses to characterize the protein content of intervertebral discs from skeletally mature wild-type mice. A total of 1360 proteins were identified and categorized using PANTHER. Identified proteins were primarily intracellular/plasma membrane (35%, organelle (30%, macromolecular complex (10%, extracellular region (9%. Molecular function categorization resulted in three distinct categories: catalytic activity (33%, binding (molecule interactions (29%, and structural activity (13%. To validate our list, we confirmed the presence of 14 of 20 previously identified IVD-associated markers, including matrix proteins, transcriptional regulators, and secreted proteins. Immunohistochemical analysis confirmed distinct localization patterns of select protein with the intervertebral disc. Characterization of the protein composition of healthy intervertebral disc tissue is an important first step in identifying cellular processes and pathways disrupted during aging or disease progression.

  8. The prevalence of thoracolumbar kyphosis in achondroplasia: a systematic review

    Engberts, Alexander C.; Jacobs, Wilco C. H.; Castelijns, Sanne J. A. M.; Castelein, Rene M; Vleggeert-Lankamp, Carmen L.A.

    2011-01-01

    Purpose Thoracolumbar kyphosis (TLK) is described as a common presentation in children with achondroplasia. However, the prevalence and development of TLK are ill-defined, as well as its clinical implications. The goal of this study was to assess the existing evidence on the prevalence and development of TLK from the literature. Methods A systematic literature review was performed in PubMed, EMBASE, and Thomson Reuters (ISI) Web of Knowledge. Articles were selected and evaluated with the Newc...

  9. Interobserver evaluation of TLICS system to treat thoracolumbar fractures

    Bernardo José Moreira Chaves

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the interobserver agreement regarding the TLICS Classification (Thoracolumbar Injury Classification and Severity Score. Furthermore, evaluate the reliability, analyzing the correlation between the treatment indicated by TLICS system (surgical or conservative and the treatment indicated by each evaluator surgeon.METHODS: Imaging tests and clinical data of 22 patients with thoracolumbar fractures were analyzed by eight spine surgeons, and two main analyzes were performed: the first compared the interobserver agreement related to TLICS and the second compared the agreement between the treatment indicated by TLICS classification (surgical or conservative and treatment indicated by each surgeon - based on his personal experience and the preferred classification.RESULTS: Using the parameters of Landis and Koch for interpretation of Kappa value, the interobserver agreement of TLICS classification was considered moderate in our study (K=0.6. The agreement between the indications of treatment (surgical or conservative dictated by the classification and the indication of each surgeon was considered excellent, with kappa value of 0.89.CONCLUSION: We believe that the classification is a good tool for the evaluation and the treatment indication in thoracolumbar fractures.

  10. Thoracolumbar burst fracture: what the radiologist should know

    Jacob Junior, Charbel; Batista, Priscila Rossi de; Machado, Igor Cardoso; Rezende, Rodrigo, E-mail: grupodecoluna@santacasavitoria.org [Santa Casa de Misericordia de Vitoria, Vitoria, ES (Brazil); Barbosa, Diogo Miranda; Vieira, Dimitri Mori [Centro de Diagnostico por Imagem, Vitoria, ES (Brazil)

    2012-03-15

    Thoracolumbar burst fractures are defined as those fractures involving compromise of the anterior, middle and posterior vertebral columns. The treatment for such vertebral fractures still remains undefined, raising questions about the best form of intervention in these cases. Because of these doubts, imaging methods play a key role in the preoperative workup. However, several tests and measurements are performed by spine surgeons before deciding on the best approach to be adopted, with no standardization and neither consensus. The present review was aimed at standardizing and describing the main techniques and radiological findings on the basis of instability criteria adopted by surgeons in the assessment of thoracolumbar burst fractures, namely extent of height loss of the anterior wall of the fractured vertebra, level of spinal canal compromise by bone fragments and degree of widening of interspinous and interpedicular distance. It is the authors' opinion that the standardization of the main measurements in the evaluation of thoracolumbar burst fractures by radiological methods will provide the information required for a better interpretation of tests results and consequently aiding in the decision making about the most appropriate treatment. (author)

  11. Clinical manifestations and significance of post-traumatic thoracolumbar syringomyelia

    邱勇; 朱泽章; 吕锦瑜; 王斌; 李卫国; 朱丽华

    2004-01-01

    Objective: To analyze the pathogenic mechanism and the clinical significance of post-traumatic thoracolumbar syringomyelia through reviewing the clinical manifestations. Methods: The data of 15 patients (14 males and 1 female, aged from 28 to 56 years, with an average of 36 years) with post-traumatic syringomyelia treated in our hospital from December 1997 to February 2002 were studied retrospectively. Two patients suffered from T11 fractures, 7 from T12 fractures and 6 from L1 fractures. There were 12 patients with burst fractures and 3 with fracture dislocations. Anterior decompression, bone graft, bone fusion and internal fixation were made on 6 patients, posterior decompression, bone graft, bone fusion and internal fixation on 1 patient, and non-surgical treatment on 8 patients. Results: Syringomyelia of the patients was diagnosed accurately with magnetic resonance imaging at 0.5-4 years after the original thoracolumbar fracture. The cavern was round in 6 cases, elliptic in 6 cases, and irregular in 3 cases. The patients also suffered from pain (80%), myodynamia attenuation in lower extremities (66.7%), aggravated spasm (46.7%), sensation loss or hypesthesia (46.7%), decreased coordinate function of lower extremities (20%) and autonomic nerve symptom (6.7%).Conclusions: Post-traumatic thoracolumbar syringomyelia should be suspected if the patient has new neurological symptoms, such as myodynamia attenuation in lower extremities, after the neural function becomes stable for certain time.

  12. Minimal Invasive Circumferential Management of Thoracolumbar Spine Fractures

    S. Pesenti

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. While thoracolumbar fractures are common lesions, no strong consensus is available at the moment. Objectives. The aim of this study was to evaluate the results of a minimal invasive strategy using percutaneous instrumentation and anterior approach in the management of thoracolumbar unstable fractures. Methods. 39 patients were included in this retrospective study. Radiologic evaluation was based on vertebral and regional kyphosis, vertebral body height restoration, and fusion rate. Clinical evaluation was based on Visual Analogic Score (VAS. All evaluations were done preoperatively and at 1-year follow-up. Results. Both vertebral and regional kyphoses were significantly improved on postoperative evaluation (13° and 7° versus −1° and −9°  P<0.05, resp. as well as vertebral body height (0.92 versus 1.16, P<0.05. At 1-year follow-up, mean loss of correction was 1°. A solid fusion was visible in all the cases, and mean VAS was significantly reduced form 8/10 preoperatively to 1/10 at the last follow-up. Conclusion. Management of thoracolumbar fractures using percutaneous osteosynthesis and minimal invasive anterior approach (telescopic vertebral body prosthesis is a valuable strategy. Results of this strategy offer satisfactory and stable results in time.

  13. Radiologic abnormalities of the thoraco-lumbar spine in athletes

    A radiologic study of the thoraco-lumbar spine was performed in 143 (117 male and 26 female) athletes (wrestlers, gymnasts, soccer players and tennis players), aged 14 to 25 years and 30 male nonathletes, aged 19 to 25 years. Film interpretation was made after mixing the films from all groups and without knowledge of the individual's identity. Various types of radiologic abnormalities occured in both athletes and non-athletes but were more common among athletes, especially male-gymnasts and wrestlers. Abnormalities of the vertebral ring apophysis occurred exclusively in athletes. Combinations of different types of abnormalities were most common in male gymnasts and wrestlers. (orig.)

  14. Analysis of rabbit intervertebral disc physiology based on water metabolism. II. Changes in normal intervertebral discs under axial vibratory load

    Metabolic changes induced by axial vibratory load to the spine were investigated based on water metabolism in normal intervertebral discs of rabbits with or without pentobarbital anesthesia. Tritiated water concentration in the intervertebral discs of unanesthetized rabbits was reduced remarkably by axial vibration for 30 minutes using the vibration machine developed for this study. Repeated vibratory load for 18 and 42 hours duration showed the recovery of 3H2O concentration of the intervertebral disc without anesthesia. Computer simulation suggested a reduction of blood flow surrounding the intervertebral disc following the vibration stress. However, no reduction of the 3H2O concentration in the intervertebral disc was noted under anesthesia. Emotional stress cannot be excluded as a factor in water metabolism in the intervertebral disc

  15. Tissue Engineering for Intervertebral Disk Degeneration

    Leung, VYL; Chan, D; Chan, BP; Cheung, KMC; Tam, V

    2011-01-01

    Many challenges confront intervertebral disk engineering owing to complexity and the presence of extraordinary stresses. Rebuilding a disk of native function could be useful for removal of the symptoms and correction of altered spine kinematics. Improvement in understanding of disk properties and techniques for disk engineering brings promise to the fabrication of a functional motion segment for the treatment of disk degeneration. Increasing sophistication of techniques available in biomedica...

  16. Inflammation in intervertebral disc degeneration and regeneration

    Molinos, Maria; Almeida, Catarina R.; Caldeira, Joana; Cunha, Carla; Gonçalves, Raquel M.; Barbosa, Mário A.

    2015-01-01

    Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration is one of the major causes of low back pain, a problem with a heavy economic burden, which has been increasing in prevalence as populations age. Deeper knowledge of the complex spatial and temporal orchestration of cellular interactions and extracellular matrix remodelling is critical to improve current IVD therapies, which have so far proved unsatisfactory. Inflammation has been correlated with degenerative disc disease but its role in discogenic pain a...

  17. Stem cells sources for intervertebral disc regeneration.

    Vadalà, Gianluca; Russo, Fabrizio; Ambrosio, Luca; Loppini, Mattia; Denaro, Vincenzo

    2016-05-26

    Intervertebral disc regeneration field is rapidly growing since disc disorders represent a major health problem in industrialized countries with very few possible treatments. Indeed, current available therapies are symptomatic, and surgical procedures consist in disc removal and spinal fusion, which is not immune to regardable concerns about possible comorbidities, cost-effectiveness, secondary risks and long-lasting outcomes. This review paper aims to share recent advances in stem cell therapy for the treatment of intervertebral disc degeneration. In literature the potential use of different adult stem cells for intervertebral disc regeneration has already been reported. Bone marrow mesenchymal stromal/stem cells, adipose tissue derived stem cells, synovial stem cells, muscle-derived stem cells, olfactory neural stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells, hematopoietic stem cells, disc stem cells, and embryonic stem cells have been studied for this purpose either in vitro or in vivo. Moreover, several engineered carriers (e.g., hydrogels), characterized by full biocompatibility and prompt biodegradation, have been designed and combined with different stem cell types in order to optimize the local and controlled delivery of cellular substrates in situ. The paper overviews the literature discussing the current status of our knowledge of the different stem cells types used as a cell-based therapy for disc regeneration. PMID:27247704

  18. Biomechanical Analysis of Pedicle Screw Fixation for Thoracolumbar Burst Fractures.

    McDonnell, Matthew; Shah, Kalpit N; Paller, David J; Thakur, Nikhil A; Koruprolu, Sarath; Palumbo, Mark A; Daniels, Alan H

    2016-05-01

    Treatment of unstable thoracolumbar burst fractures remains controversial. Long-segment pedicle screw constructs may be stiffer and impart greater forces on adjacent segments compared with short-segment constructs, which may affect clinical performance and long-term out come. The purpose of this study was to biomechanically evaluate long-segment posterior pedicle screw fixation (LSPF) vs short-segment posterior pedicle screw fixation (SSPF) for unstable burst fractures. Six unembalmed human thoracolumbar spine specimens (T10-L4) were used. Following intact testing, a simulated L1 burst fracture was created and sequentially stabilized using 5.5-mm titanium polyaxial pedicle screws and rods for 4 different constructs: SSPF (1 level above and below), SSPF+L1 (pedicle screw at fractured level), LSPF (2 levels above and below), and LSPF+L1 (pedicle screw at fractured level). Each fixation construct was tested in flexion-extension, lateral bending, and axial rotation; range of motion was also recorded. Two-way repeated-measures analysis of variance was performed to identify differences between treatment groups and functional noninstrumented spine. Short-segment posterior pedicle screw fixation did not achieve stability seen in an intact spine (P.1). Long-segment posterior pedicle screw fixation constructs were not associated with increased adjacent segment motion. Al though the sample size of 6 specimens was small, this study may help guide clinical decisions regarding burst fracture stabilization. [Orthopedics. 2016; 39(3):e514-e518.]. PMID:27135451

  19. MR Imaging of Supraspinous Ligament Injury in the Thoracolumbar Spine

    We wanted to evaluate the MRI features and their diagnostic accuracy for SSL injury in the thoracolumbar spine. From December 2003 to June 2006, among 42 surgically treated patients with spinal fracture, the 35 patients who underwent MRI and who were surgically evaluated for SSL injury were included in this study. The sagittal MR images were evaluated for the presence of SSL injury and its level, location and distraction gap, the level and compression ratio of the fractured body, and the presence of ISL or yellow ligament injury and posterior osseous fracture. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of MRI were calculated. The distraction gap of the SSL and the compression ratio of the fractured body or posterior osseous fracture were statistically analyzed. Thirty-one among the 33 patients with surgically confirmed SSL injury were diagnosed on MRI. SSL injury was mostly seen at the thoracolumbar junction and near the upper spinous process. The mean distraction gap was 4.3 mm. The level of the fractured body was most commonly in the lower vertebra of the injured SSL level and the mean compression ratio was 21.8%. Combined SSL, ISL and yellow ligament injury were mostly seen. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy were 93.9%, 50% and 91.4%, respectively. There was a statistically significant difference of the distraction gap of the injured SSL depending on the presence of posterior osseous fracture. MRI is an accurate modality for evaluating SSL injury and the associated findings

  20. Four year experience with the AO Anterior Thoracolumbar Locking Plate.

    Thalgott, J S; Kabins, M B; Timlin, M; Fritts, K; Giuffre, J M

    1997-05-01

    For decades spinal surgeons have attempted to design simple, single stage anterior internal fixation systems for the thoracic and lumbar spine. Early devices presented both biomechanical and technical problems. The AO Anterior Thoracolumbar Locking Plate (ATLP) was designed to solve some of the problems encountered with early anterior instrumentation. The ATLP system is constructed in Commercially Pure titanium. It is a low profile device indicated for use for unstable burst fractures in the anterior column; metastatic tumor management; and degenerative diseases of the thoracolumbar spine between levels T10 and L5. Implantation of the device involves direct anterior decompression with sagittal reduction and corpectomy. This is followed by grafting reconstruction, and plate fixation. This device has been implanted in 25 patients with an average follow-up of 38 months. There were five (5) broken screws in three (3) patients, and no broken plates. Implant related postoperative complications included two misplaced screws. Preliminary results indicate that the ATLP system seems to be a safe, low profile, MRI/CT compatible device that provides definitive single stage fixation of the anterior spinal column. PMID:9160452

  1. Surgical Treatment for Giant Cell Tumor of the Thoracolumbar Spine

    Shih-Chieh Yang

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: Giant cell tumor (GCT of the bone has historically been regarded as anextremely unpredictable bone tumor. The anatomical characteristics of spinalGCT still present challenges to surgeons. Controversy remains regarding theproper treatment of patients with grade III tumors.Methods: Eleven patients with grade III GCT of the thoracolumbar spine were treatedbetween 1992 and 2002 at a medical center by the authors. Three patientswere initially treated at other institutions. Adjuvant radiotherapy wasemployed for local recurrence in these three patients. The other eight patientswere initially treated with marginal excision. The site, size, and extent ofeach lesion dictated the surgical approach.Results: Five patients had tumor recurrence. One patient, who received radiotherapy,had local relapse with malignant transformation and finally died due to disease-related complications. One patient had a recurrent tumor with multiplemetastases throughout the lung. Neurological status, measured using theAmerican Spinal Injury Association scale, of one patient was worse afterundergoing the procedure than preoperatively and three patients showedimprovement. The other seven patients were classified as with the samegrade postoperatively.Conclusion: Wide excision of GCT of the thoracolumbar spine is difficult and there is arisk of neurological deficit and spinal instability. Meticulous marginal excisionwith associated reconstruction may obtain good local control and preservefunctional spine. Early detection of recurrent GCT during intensive follow-up can allow for treatment using en bloc excision which has achievedfavorable prognoses.

  2. A method for quantitative measurement of lumbar intervertebral disc structures

    Tunset, Andreas; Kjær, Per; Samir Chreiteh, Shadi;

    2013-01-01

    There is a shortage of agreement studies relevant for measuring changes over time in lumbar intervertebral disc structures. The objectives of this study were: 1) to develop a method for measurement of intervertebral disc height, anterior and posterior disc material and dural sac diameter using MR...

  3. The significance of removing ruptured intervertebral discs for interbody fusion in treating thoracic or lumbar type B and C spinal injuries through a one-stage posterior approach.

    Qian-Shi Zhang

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: To identify the negative effect on treatment results of reserving damaged intervertebral discs when treating type B and type C spinal fracture-dislocations through a one-stage posterior approach. METHODS: This is a retrospective review of 53 consecutive patients who were treated in our spine surgery center from January 2005 to May 2012 due to severe thoracolumbar spinal fracture-dislocation. The patients in Group A (24 patients underwent long-segment instrumentation laminectomy with pedicle screw-rod fixators for neural decompression. In Group B (29 patients, the patients underwent long-segment instrumentation laminectomy with pedicle screw-rod fixators for neural decompression evacuating of the ruptured disc and inserting of a bone graft into the evacuated disc space for interbody fusion. The mean time between injury and operation was 4.1 days (range 2-15 days. The clinical, radiologic and complication outcomes were analyzed retrospectively. RESULTS: Periodic follow-ups were carried out until an affirmative union or treatment failure took place. A progressive kyphosis angle larger than 10°, loss of disc height, pseudoarthrosis, recurrence of dislocation or subluxation, or instrument failure before fusion were considered treatment failures. Treatment failures were detected in 13 cases in Group A (failure rate was 54.2%. In Group B, there were 28 cases in which definitive bone fusion was demonstrated on CT scans, and CT scans of the other cases demonstrated undefined pseudoarthrosis without hardware failure. There were statistically significant differences between the two groups (p0.05 Fisher's exact test. CONCLUSION: Intervertebral disc damage is a common characteristic in type B and C spinal fracture-dislocation injuries. The damaged intervertebral disc should be removed and substituted with a bone graft because reserving the damaged disc in situ increases the risk of treatment failure.

  4. Long-term functional results after short-segment pedicle fixation of thoracolumbar fractures

    Mølmer, Michael; Gehrchen, Poul Martin; Dahl, Benny

    2013-01-01

    A retrospective study to assess the health-related quality of life in patients undergoing posterior fixation of thoracolumbar fractures, and to compare the outcome with norm scores and HRQL in patients undergoing surgical treatment for degenerative conditions of the spine.......A retrospective study to assess the health-related quality of life in patients undergoing posterior fixation of thoracolumbar fractures, and to compare the outcome with norm scores and HRQL in patients undergoing surgical treatment for degenerative conditions of the spine....

  5. Stem cell horizons in intervertebral disc degeneration

    Joseph Ciacci

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Joseph Ciacci1, Allen Ho1,2, Christopher P Ames3, Rahul Jandial41Division of Neurosurgery, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA; 2Del E Webb Neurosciences, Aging and Stem Cell Research Center, The Burnham Institute for Medical Research, La Jolla, California, USA; 3Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA; 4Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, City of Hope Cancer Center, Duarte, CA, USAAbstract: Intervertebral disc degeneration remains a pervasive and intractable disease arising from a combination of aging and stress on the back and spine. The growing field of regenerative medicine brings the promise of stem cells in the treatment of disc disease. Scientists and physicians hope to employ stem cells not only to stop, but also reverse degeneration. However, there are many important outstanding issues, including the hostile avascular, apoptotic physiological environment of the intervertebral disc, and the difficulty of obtaining mesenchymal stem cells, and directing them towards chondrocytic differentiation and integration within the nucleus pulposus of the disc. Given the recent advances in minimally invasive spine surgery, and developing body of work on stem cell manipulation and transplantation, stem cells are uniquely poised to bring about large-scale improvements in treatment and outcomes for degenerative disc disease. In this review we will first discuss the cellular and molecular factors influencing degeneration, and then examine the efficacy and difficulties of stem cell transplantation.Keywords: intervertebral disc degeneration, stem cells, disc disease, mesenchymal stem cells, stem cell transplantation

  6. Influence of degenerative changes of intervertebral disc

    WANG Yi

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available 【Abstract】Objective: To investigate the material properties of normal and degenerated intervertebral discs (IVDs and examine the effect of degenerative changes on IVD pathology. Methods: A computer-based online search was under-taken to identify English articles about material properties of IVDs published from January 1950 to 2011 in PubMed database. The retrieved keywords included material properties, intervertebral disc and degeneration. Based on the principles of reliability, advancement and efficiency, the obtained data were primarily examined, and the original source was retrieved to read the full-text. Repetitive articles were excluded. The data of material properties of normal and degenerated IVDs were summarized and analyzed by meta-analysis. Results: The data of Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, shear modulus, hydraulic permeability and intradiscal pres-sure of normal and degenerated IVDs were obtained. Com-pared with normal IVDs, the Young's modulus and shear modulus of annulus fibrosus and nucleus pulposus were higher in degenerated IVDs, the Poisson's ratio was lower while the hydraulic permeability and intradiscal pressure were higher. Besides, the degeneration-related alterations in IVDs had an influence both on itself and other spinal structures, leading to diseases such as bulging disc, discogenic pain and spinal stenosis. Meanwhile, the heavy mechanical loading and injury indicated important pathways to IVD degeneration. Conclusions: To a certain extent, the degenerative changes of IVD influence its material properties. And the degeneration-related alterations of composition can cause structural failure of IVDs, leading to injuries and diseases. Key words: Intervertebral disc; Mechanical phenomena; Degeneration; Elastic modulus; Permeability; Pathology

  7. Cells and Biomaterials for Intervertebral Disc Regeneration

    Grad, Sibylle

    2010-01-01

    Disorders related to the intervertebral disc (IVD) are common causes of morbidity and of severe life quality deterioration. IVD degeneration, although in many cases asymptomatic, is often the origin of painful neck and back diseases. In Western societies IVD related pain and disability account for enormous health care costs as a result of work absenteeism and thus lost production, disability benefits, medical and insurance expenses. Although only a small percentage of patients with disc disorders finally will undergo surgery, spinal surgery has been one of the fastest growing disciplines in th

  8. Thoracolumbar disc disease in dogs: medical and surgical treatment

    Guardado, Carolina Mendonça

    2008-01-01

    Dissertação de Mestrado Integrado em Medicina Veterinária As Hérnias discais toracolombares são uma patologia frequentemente diagnosticada em cães e uma das mais frequentes causas de perda de qualidade de vida de um animal. Consistem na extrusão (Hansen tipo I) ou protusão (Hansen tipo II) de material de disco intervertebral, que provoca uma compressão medular com diversos graus de intensidade e que causa sintomatologia neurológica ao nível dos membros posteriores. Esta pode...

  9. Reduced thoracolumbar fascia shear strain in human chronic low back pain

    Konofagou Elisa E

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The role played by the thoracolumbar fascia in chronic low back pain (LBP is poorly understood. The thoracolumbar fascia is composed of dense connective tissue layers separated by layers of loose connective tissue that normally allow the dense layers to glide past one another during trunk motion. The goal of this study was to quantify shear plane motion within the thoracolumbar fascia using ultrasound elasticity imaging in human subjects with and without chronic low back pain (LBP. Methods We tested 121 human subjects, 50 without LBP and 71 with LBP of greater than 12 months duration. In each subject, an ultrasound cine-recording was acquired on the right and left sides of the back during passive trunk flexion using a motorized articulated table with the hinge point of the table at L4-5 and the ultrasound probe located longitudinally 2 cm lateral to the midline at the level of the L2-3 interspace. Tissue displacement within the thoracolumbar fascia was calculated using cross correlation techniques and shear strain was derived from this displacement data. Additional measures included standard range of motion and physical performance evaluations as well as ultrasound measurement of perimuscular connective tissue thickness and echogenicity. Results Thoracolumbar fascia shear strain was reduced in the LBP group compared with the No-LBP group (56.4% ± 3.1% vs. 70.2% ± 3.6% respectively, p Conclusion Thoracolumbar fascia shear strain was ~20% lower in human subjects with chronic low back pain. This reduction of shear plane motion may be due to abnormal trunk movement patterns and/or intrinsic connective tissue pathology. There appears to be some sex-related differences in thoracolumbar fascia shear strain that may also play a role in altered connective tissue function.

  10. Análisis de las Causas de Hernia de Disco Intervertebral Analysis of the Causes of Intervertebral Disk Hernia

    R.O Ferracutti; A Czerniecki; J Paloto; Molinari, N.

    2004-01-01

    El objetivo de este trabajo es comprobar la hipótesis de que la hernia de disco intervertebral, se produce por fatiga del material y no por compresión simple. Se han sometido probetas constituidas por columnas lumbares ovinas frescas a pruebas de fatiga por compresión. Los ensayos mostraron que las muestras sometidas a cargas de aplicación única, ceden en el hueso y sometidas a ensayos de fatiga, ceden en el disco intervertebral. Se concluye que la hernia de disco intervertebral es producto d...

  11. Axial T2* mapping in intervertebral discs: a new technique for assessment of intervertebral disc degeneration

    Hoppe, Sven; Quirbach, Sebastian; Krause, Fabian G.; Benneker, Lorin M. [Inselspital, Berne University Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Berne (Switzerland); Mamisch, Tallal C. [Inselspital, Berne University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Berne (Switzerland); Werlen, Stefan [Clinic Sonnenhof, Department of Radiology, Berne (Switzerland)

    2012-09-15

    To demonstrate the potential benefits of biochemical axial T2* mapping of intervertebral discs (IVDs) regarding the detection and grading of early stages of degenerative disc disease using 1.5-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in a clinical setting. Ninety-three patients suffering from lumbar spine problems were examined using standard MRI protocols including an axial T2* mapping protocol. All discs were classified morphologically and grouped as ''healthy'' or ''abnormal''. Differences between groups were analysed regarding to the specific T2* pattern at different regions of interest (ROIs). Healthy intervertebral discs revealed a distinct cross-sectional T2* value profile: T2* values were significantly lower in the annulus fibrosus compared with the nucleus pulposus (P = 0.01). In abnormal IVDs, T2* values were significantly lower, especially towards the centre of the disc representing the expected decreased water content of the nucleus (P = 0.01). In herniated discs, ROIs within the nucleus pulposus and ROIs covering the annulus fibrosus showed decreased T2* values. Axial T2* mapping is effective to detect early stages of degenerative disc disease. There is a potential benefit of axial T2* mapping as a diagnostic tool, allowing the quantitative assessment of intervertebral disc degeneration. circle Axial T2* mapping effective in detecting early degenerative disc disease. (orig.)

  12. Axial T2* mapping in intervertebral discs: a new technique for assessment of intervertebral disc degeneration

    To demonstrate the potential benefits of biochemical axial T2* mapping of intervertebral discs (IVDs) regarding the detection and grading of early stages of degenerative disc disease using 1.5-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in a clinical setting. Ninety-three patients suffering from lumbar spine problems were examined using standard MRI protocols including an axial T2* mapping protocol. All discs were classified morphologically and grouped as ''healthy'' or ''abnormal''. Differences between groups were analysed regarding to the specific T2* pattern at different regions of interest (ROIs). Healthy intervertebral discs revealed a distinct cross-sectional T2* value profile: T2* values were significantly lower in the annulus fibrosus compared with the nucleus pulposus (P = 0.01). In abnormal IVDs, T2* values were significantly lower, especially towards the centre of the disc representing the expected decreased water content of the nucleus (P = 0.01). In herniated discs, ROIs within the nucleus pulposus and ROIs covering the annulus fibrosus showed decreased T2* values. Axial T2* mapping is effective to detect early stages of degenerative disc disease. There is a potential benefit of axial T2* mapping as a diagnostic tool, allowing the quantitative assessment of intervertebral disc degeneration. circle Axial T2* mapping effective in detecting early degenerative disc disease. (orig.)

  13. Short segmental pedicle screw fixation combined with percutaneous vertebroplasty in treatment of nonadjacent thoracolumbar fractures

    HE Qing-yi; XU Jian-zhong

    2009-01-01

    To evaluate the short-term outcomes of short segmental pedicle screw fixation combined with per-cutaneous vertebroplasty in treatment of nonadjacent tho-racolumbar fractures. Methods: Twenty patients who suffered from nonadja-cent thoracolumbar fractures were treated by short segmental pedicle screw fixation for burst fracture and by percutane-ous vertebroplasty for compression fracture. X-rays, CT and MRI scans were conducted using the same protocol before and after surgery and during follow-up. Pre- and post-operative American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) grades, fusion of fracture sites, visual analog scale (VAS) of back pain, and Oswestry disability index (ODI) were accessed. Results: All patients were followed up for an average period of 12 months. The sagittal profile of the thoracolum-bar spine was restored satisfactorily. No patient had neuro-logic deterioration after surgery, and 9 patients with incom-plete lesions improved postoperatively by at least one ASIA grade. The fusion rate was 100%. The average VAS of back pain was 7.6 preoperatively and 3.2 postoperatively. The average ODI was 72.5 preoperatively and 35.5 postoperatively. Conclusions: Short segmental pedicle screw fixation combined with percutaneous vertebroplasty in treatment of nonadjacent thoracolumbar fractures exhibits such advan-tages as preserving functional segment units, reliable fixation, good neurologic recovery and early mobilization and, therefore, is suitable for treating nonadjacent thora-columbar fractures.

  14. MANAGEMENT OF UNSTABLE THORACOLUMBAR FRACTURES BY POSTERIOR INSTRUMENTATION WITH TRANSPEDICULAR PEDICLE SCREWS AND CONNECTING RODS

    Jayaram

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the use of pedicle screw and rod fixation in post - traumatic unstable thoracolumbar Spine fractures. METHODS: Thirty six patients with posttraumatic instability of thoracolumbar were included in the study. Thoracolumbar injury severity scoring was used to assess spinal instability. All patients underwent open reduction and internal fixation by posterior approach. Pedicles were localized using detailed anatomical landmarks and intraoperative imaging. The neurological status of the patients was assessed using ASIA grading and any other complications were noted up to 6 months. RESULTS: There were 36 patients with unstable thoracolumbar junction injuries who were managed with pedicle screws and rods. M ales were more affected (M: F ratio was 8: 1. AO type A was the commonest. The most common level was L1. None of the patients deteriorated after surgery. 27 patients with incomplete cord injury showed at least one frankel grade improvement. 8 patients with complete cord injury showed no improvement. The mean kyphotic angle by Cobb’s method was 20.8° on admission, 4.6° post operatively and 6.1° at latest follow - up . Average anterior vertebral body height at the time of admission was 52%, post op was 85% and at final follow up was 80%. T here was 1 case of malpositiong of screw and 5 patients developed bed sores. CONCLUSION: Pedicle screw fixation is a useful choice for thoracolumbar junction injuries for achieving reduction and stability, without affecting extra motion segments.

  15. Análisis de las Causas de Hernia de Disco Intervertebral Analysis of the Causes of Intervertebral Disk Hernia

    R.O Ferracutti

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este trabajo es comprobar la hipótesis de que la hernia de disco intervertebral, se produce por fatiga del material y no por compresión simple. Se han sometido probetas constituidas por columnas lumbares ovinas frescas a pruebas de fatiga por compresión. Los ensayos mostraron que las muestras sometidas a cargas de aplicación única, ceden en el hueso y sometidas a ensayos de fatiga, ceden en el disco intervertebral. Se concluye que la hernia de disco intervertebral es producto de esfuerzos repetidos en compresión axial y un traumatismo único no resulta en una hernia de disco.The objective of this work is to prove the hypothesis that intervertebral disk hernia is produced by fatigue of the material and not by simple compression. Pieces of fresh ovine lumbar columns were submitted to compression tests. The experiments showed that when the samples are submitted to charges of single application, fail in the bone and when are submitted to fatigue tests, they fail in the intervertebral disk. It is concluded that the intervertebral disk hernia is produced by repetitive charges as axial compression and that a single traumatism does not generate a disk hernia.

  16. Imaging evaluation of traumatic thoracolumbar spine injuries: Radiological review.

    Gamanagatti, Shivanand; Rathinam, Deepak; Rangarajan, Krithika; Kumar, Atin; Farooque, Kamran; Sharma, Vijay

    2015-09-28

    Spine fractures account for a large portion of musculoskeletal injuries worldwide. A classification of spine fractures is necessary in order to develop a common language for treatment indications and outcomes. Several classification systems have been developed based on injury anatomy or mechanisms of action, but they have demonstrated poor reliability, have yielded little prognostic information, and have not been widely used. For this reason, the Arbeitsgemeinschaftfür Osteosynthesefragen (AO) committee has classified thorocolumbar spine injuries based on the pathomorphological criteria into3 types (A: Compression; B: Distraction; C: Axial torque and rotational deformity). Each of these types is further divided into 3 groups and 3 subgroups reflecting progressive scale of morphological damage and the degree of instability. Because of its highly detailed sub classifications, the AO system has shown limited interobserver variability. It is similar to its predecessors in that it does not incorporate the patient's neurologic status.The need for a reliable, reproducible, clinically relevant, prognostic classification system with an optimal balance of ease of use and detail of injury description contributed to the development of a new classification system, the thoracolumbar injury classification and severity score (TLICS). The TLICS defines injury based on three clinical characteristics: injury morphology, integrity of the posterior ligamentous complex, and neurologic status of the patient. The severity score offers prognostic information and is helpful in decision making about surgical vs nonsurgical management. PMID:26435776

  17. Imaging evaluation of traumatic thoracolumbar spine injuries: Radiological review

    Shivanand; Gamanagatti; Deepak; Rathinam; Krithika; Rangarajan; Atin; Kumar; Kamran; Farooque; Vijay; Sharma

    2015-01-01

    Spine fractures account for a large portion of musculoskeletal injuries worldwide. A classification of spine fractures is necessary in order to develop a common language for treatment indications and outcomes. Several classification systems have been developed based on injury anatomy or mechanisms of action, but they have demonstrated poor reliability, have yielded little prognostic information, and have not been widely used. For this reason, the Arbeitsgemeinschaftfür Osteosynthesefragen(AO) committee has classified thorocolumbar spine injuries based on the pathomorphological criteria into3 types(A: Compression; B: Distraction; C: Axial torque and rotational deformity). Each of these types is further divided into 3 groups and 3 subgroups reflecting progressive scale of morphological damage and the degree of instability. Because of its highly detailed sub classifications, the AO system has shown limited interobserver variability. It is similar to its predecessors in that it does not incorporate the patient’s neurologic status.The need for a reliable, reproducible, clinically relevant, prognostic classification system with an optimal balance of ease of use and detail of injury description contributed to the development of a new classification system, the thoracolumbar injury classification and severity score(TLICS). The TLICS defines injury based on three clinical characteristics: injury morphology, integrity of the posterior ligamentous complex, and neurologic status of the patient. The severity score offers prognostic information and is helpful in decision making about surgical vs nonsurgical management.

  18. Formative mechanism of intracanal fracture fragments in thoracolumbar burst fractures: a finite element study

    ZENG Zhi-li; ZHU Rui; LI Shan-zhu; YU Yan; WANG Jian-jie; JIA Yong-wei; CHEN Bo

    2013-01-01

    Background Thoracolumbar burst fracture is a common clinical injury,and the fracture mechanism is still controversial.The aim of this research was to study the formation of intracanal fracture fragments in thoracolumbar burst fractures and to provide information for the prevention of thoracolumbar bursts fractures and reduction of damage to the nervous system.Methods A nonlinear three-dimensional finite element model of T11-L3 segments was established,and the injury processes of thoracolumbar bursts were simulated.The intact finite element model and the finite element model after the superior articular were impacted by 100 J of energy in different directions.The distribution and variation of stress in the superior posterior region of the L1 vertebral body were analyzed.Abaqus 6.9 explicit dynamic solver was used as finite element software in calculations.Results A three-dimensional nonlinear finite element model of the thoracolumbar spine was created.In the intact model,stress was concentrated in the superior posterior region of the L1 vertebral body.The stress peak was a maximum for the extension impact load and a minimum for the flexion impact load.The stress peak and contact force in the facet joint had close correlation with time.The stress peak disappeared after excision of the superior articular process.Conclusions The three-dimensional nonlinear finite element model was suitable for dynamic analysis.The contact force in the facet joint,which can be transferred to the superior posterior vertebral body,may explain the spinal canal fragment in thoracolumbar burst fractures.

  19. Biomechanics of Thoracolumbar Burst and Chance-Type Fractures during Fall from Height

    Ivancic, Paul C.

    2014-01-01

    Study Design In vitro biomechanical study. Objective To investigate the biomechanics of thoracolumbar burst and Chance-type fractures during fall from height. Methods Our model consisted of a three-vertebra human thoracolumbar specimen (n = 4) stabilized with muscle force replication and mounted within an impact dummy. Each specimen was subjected to a single fall from an average height of 2.1 m with average velocity at impact of 6.4 m/s. Biomechanical responses were determined using impact lo...

  20. Vertebral stabilisation and selective decompression for the management of triple thoracolumbar disc protrusions.

    McKee, W M; Downes, C J

    2008-10-01

    Triple adjacent thoracolumbar disc protrusions causing moderate to severe spinal cord compression were diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging in two German shepherd dogs with marked paraparesis and pelvic limb ataxia. Both cases were managed by selective hemilaminectomy, partial annulectomy and bilateral quadruple vertebral body stabilisation using novel canine locking fixation plates (SOP). The stabilisation of multiple vertebrae in the thoracolumbar spine was possible because the plates could be contoured with six degrees of freedom. Spinal pain resolved and neurological function improved in both dogs. Screw breakage was evident in one dog five months following surgery. PMID:18631222

  1. Features of intervertebral disc degeneration in rat's aging process

    Yin-gang ZHANG; Zheng-ming SUN; Jiang-tao LIU; Shi-jie WANG; Feng-ling REN; Xiong GUO

    2009-01-01

    Objective: The age-related change is important part of degenerative disc disease. However, no appropriate animal model or objective evaluation index is available. This study aimed to investigate the features of intervertebral disc degeneration in aging process of rats. Methods: 22-month-old Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were used as spontaneously occurring intervertebral disc degeneration models and 6-month-old rats as young controls. Expression of collagen types Ⅱ and Ⅹ was measured by immunohistochemistry. Degenerations of intervertebral discs were scored according to Miyamoto's method. Numbers and areas of afferent vascular buds were measured. The thicknesses of non-calcified and calcified layers were measured and statistically analyzed.Results: There were less collagen type Ⅱ expression and more collagen type Ⅹ expression in the calcified layer of the cartilage endplates and nucleus pulposus in the rats of the aged group than in the young control. There were fewer and smaller afferent vascular buds in the rats of the aged group than in the young control group. The ratio of the non-calcified to the calcified layers in the rats of the aged group significantly decreased, compared with that of the young control group (P<0.01). Conclusion: Rats can spontaneously establish intervertebral disc age-related degeneration. The expression of collagen types Ⅱ and Ⅹ, numbers and areas of afferent vascular buds, the ratio of the non-calcified to the calcified layers, and water and glycosaminoglycan contents in the nucleus pulposus are sensitive indexes of intervertebral disc degeneration.

  2. [Covering of a thoraco-lumbar defect by omentoplasty].

    Le Fourn, B; Loirat, Y; Sartre, J Y; Lejeune, F; Pannier, M

    1997-02-01

    With a case of thoraco-lumbar defect, the authors discuss about different procedures to cover it. In this place, the better procedure is certainly the latissimus dorsi flap, in all combinations. The indication for omentoplasty at this spinal site should not be performed by first intention but by exclusion of other procedures, as in the case considered by the authors. It was a 37-year-old man, paraplegic from the age of 16, with a deep chronic spinal wound, secondary to sepsis of a posterior segmental fixations. A staphylococcus aureus infection which developed as a surgical complication was initially treated with antibiotics and surgical cleaning procedures without removing instrumentation. However, the infection remained active and the material was finally removed. Spinal immobilisation was strengthened by external fixation. The area was cleared of all suspect material, including bone graft, leaving a wide back-wound open to the spine. Spontaneous healing was first attempted, but the size and the chronicity of the wound led us to use pedicled greater omentum to close the defect. The omentum was pedicled on the right gastroepiploic vessels and transferred to the back wound through the posterior abdominal wall muscles, next to the right kidney. This procedure allows rapid healing. In association with suitable antibiotics, it has prevented any recurrent infection after 18 months of follow-up. It was no feasible to cover the wound with a latissimus dorsi flap, considering the importance of this muscle in the movements of a paraplegic and considering the initial impossibility of removing the external fixation. PMID:9768139

  3. Correlation of clinical, radiographic, and surgical localization of intervertebral disc extrusion in small-breed dogs: a prospective study of 50 cases

    Objective-To compare prospectively clinical, radiographic, and surgical findings of intervertebral disc extrusion (IDE) localization in small-breed dogs and to determine the best means of lesion localization for the purpose of hemilaminectomy. Study Design-Clinical, radiographic, and surgical findings of small-breed dogs with thoracolumbar IDE were prospectively compared for agreement on lesion localization. Sample Population-50 small-breed dogs with IDE treated at the three participating veterinary hospitals were included in the study if no other confounding diseases were identified and if the owner gave permission for diagnostic tests and surgery. Methods-Clinical and surgical findings were recorded by the surgeon assigned to the case. Radiographic studies were evaluated independently by two radiologists blinded as to the clinical and surgical findings. K values and 95% confidence intervals were calculated for agreement on lesion localization by clinical, radiographic, and surgical means and for agreement between radiologists. Results-K values for agreement of lesion localization were as follows: clinical versus surgical, 0.595; radiologist A versus radiologist B, 0.81; radiologist A versus surgical findings, 0.60; radiologist B versus surgical findings, 0.71. Both radiologists interpretation of IDE localization agreed with surgical localization in 60% of cases. Conclusions-Clinical lateralization of IDE was found to be the least reliable factor of those studied for determining on which side the hemilaminectomy should be performed. Results of this study differ from those of previous studies examining the reliability of myelography to localize the site of IDE accurately. The results of this study further suggest that surgery may not be an absolute standard for determination of the localization of IDE in small-breed dogs. Clinical Relevance-Intervertebral disc extrusion in small-breed dogs frequently results in bilateral distribution of extruded material. Computed

  4. Radiological outcome of transpedicular screws fixation in the management of thoracolumbar spine injury

    Traumatic fracture of the spine is a serious neurosurgical condition that has serious impact on the patient's quality of life. Thoracolumbar junction is the most common site of spinal injuries. The aims of management of thoracolumbar spinal fractures are to restore vertebral column stability, and to obtain spinal canal decompression. This ultimately leads to early mobilization of the patients. This study was conducted to compare preoperative and post-operative vertebral height, kyphotic angle and sagittal index in patients treated with pedicle screws and rods in thoracolumbar spine fractures. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in the department of Neurosurgery, Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar from 1st February 2010 to 31st July 2011. A total 161 patients with unstable thoracolumber spine fracture were included in this study. In these patients fixation was done through transpedicle screws with rods. Anteroposterior and lateral views X-rays of thoraco-lumbar spine were done pre and post operatively. Results: Out of 161 patients, 109 (67.7%) were males and 52 (32.3%) females. The age of patients ranged from 20 to 70 years (mean 42.2 years) with 71 (44.1%) in the age range of 31-40 years. Preoperative average vertebral height was 9.4194 mm while postoperative average was 19.642 mm. The mean kyphosis was 23.06 degree preoperatively. Immediately after surgery the average correction of kyphosis was 9.45 degree. The pre-operative average sagittal index was 19.38 degree, which was reduced to an average 5.41 degree post operatively. Conclusions: Transpedicular fixation for unstable thoraco-lumbar spinal fractures achieves a stable fracture segment with improvement of vertebral height, kyphotic angle and sagittal index. Hence, preventing the secondary spinal deformities. (author)

  5. Improving the fixation of an artificial intervertebral disc

    Eijkelkamp, MF; Hayen, J; Veldhuizen, AG; Van Horn, [No Value; Verkerke, GJ

    2002-01-01

    The fixation of an artificial intervertebral disc has been studied especially with respect to the dimensions, the convexity of the endplates and the size of the fixation elements. From literature and cadaveric vertebrae, the dimensions and shape of the lumbar vertebral endplates were determined and

  6. Acupuncture Treatment of 32 Cases of Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Protusion

    CHEN Feng; WANG Si-you

    2003-01-01

    Yaoyangguan ( GV 3 ), Shiqizhui ( Ex-B 8) and Yanglingquan (GB 34) were selected as main points and a three-part needle insertion technique was used to treat 32 cases of lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion. The curative rate was 96.9%. Deep puncture is the key to the treatment.

  7. Magnetic resonance imaging of diseased cervical and lumbar intervertebral discs

    Kadoya, Satoru; Nakamura, Tsutomu; Takarada, Akira; Yamamoto, Itaru; Sato, Shuji.

    1989-02-01

    Magnetic resonance images (MRI) of diseased cervical and lumbar intervertebral discs involving both intrinsic and extrinsic cord lesions were examined using either a 0.15 T resistive or a 0.5 T superconductive magnetic imaging system. The vertebrae, intervertebral discs, and spinal cord were delineated on spin-echo (SE) images with a long repetition time (TR) and a short echo time (proton density-weighted image). Protrusion of degenerated intervertebral discs into the spinal canal was clearly demonstrated not only on sagittal but also on parasagittal and transverse views. The location of protruded discs and compression of the spinal cord, caudal sac, and nerve roots were well visualized three-dimensionally. Pathological features of intervertebral discs were well appreciated on T/sub 2/-weighted images with long TR and SE pulse sequences. Degeneration of intervertebral discs resulted in decreased signal intensity in cases of lumbar disc involvement. For suspected myelomalacia, the intrinsic cord lesion resulting from traumatic disc protrusion appeared as focal low signal intensity on T/sub 1/-weithed images and as somewhat high intensity on T/sub 2/ weighted images. The inversion recovery sequence with median inversion time displayed an inferior image of low contrast and was judged uninformative in comparison to SE imags. The findings showed MRI to be an essential diagnostic technique for spinal cord disorders. It clearly pinpoints the anatomic structures of the spine and the features of disc degeneration. Both extrinsic and intrinsic cord abnormalities can be identified with MRI. The selection of proper pulse sequences is required for the differentiation of the object of interest. (Namekawa, K).

  8. Magnetic resonance imaging of diseased cervical and lumbar intervertebral discs

    Magnetic resonance images (MRI) of diseased cervical and lumbar intervertebral discs involving both intrinsic and extrinsic cord lesions were examined using either a 0.15 T resistive or a 0.5 T superconductive magnetic imaging system. The vertebrae, intervertebral discs, and spinal cord were delineated on spin-echo (SE) images with a long repetition time (TR) and a short echo time (proton density-weighted image). Protrusion of degenerated intervertebral discs into the spinal canal was clearly demonstrated not only on sagittal but also on parasagittal and transverse views. The location of protruded discs and compression of the spinal cord, caudal sac, and nerve roots were well visualized three-dimensionally. Pathological features of intervertebral discs were well appreciated on T2-weighted images with long TR and SE pulse sequences. Degeneration of intervertebral discs resulted in decreased signal intensity in cases of lumbar disc involvement. For suspected myelomalacia, the intrinsic cord lesion resulting from traumatic disc protrusion appeared as focal low signal intensity on T1-weithed images and as somewhat high intensity on T2 weighted images. The inversion recovery sequence with median inversion time displayed an inferior image of low contrast and was judged uninformative in comparison to SE imags. The findings showed MRI to be an essential diagnostic technique for spinal cord disorders. It clearly pinpoints the anatomic structures of the spine and the features of disc degeneration. Both extrinsic and intrinsic cord abnormalities can be identified with MRI. The selection of proper pulse sequences is required for the differentiation of the object of interest. (Namekawa, K)

  9. Ozone therapy for t he complex prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc: a clinical observation

    Objective: To evaluate the therapeutic outcome of ozone injection therapy for the treatment of complex prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc, which is accompanied with spinal stenosis due to hypertrophy of ligamentum flavum, degeneration of intervertebral facet joints, intervertebral hyperosteogeny and degeneration, lumbar muscle strain and negative pressure in intervertebral discs. Methods: Seventy patients with simple intervertebral disc prolapse (simple group) and 70 patients with complex intervertebral disc prolapse (complex group) were selected for the study. The complex intervertebral disc prolapse included negative pressure in intervertebral disc (n=11), recurrence after resection of nucleus polposus of intervertebral disc (n=5), spinal stenosis (n=10), degeneration of intervertebral facet joints and interver-tebral hyperosteogeny (n=30), stenosis of lateral recess (n=4) and lumbar muscle strain (n=10). All patients were treated with ozone injection under the CT guidance. A total of 2-3 ml ozone with the concentration of 40-50 μg / ml was injected into the intervertebral disk and a total of 5-8 ml ozone with the concentration of 30-40 μg / ml was injected into the paraspinal space. Infiltration injection into the pain spots with 20 ml ozone was carried out in patients with lumbar muscle strain. Results: A comparison of the therapeutic outcomes between simple group and complex group was made. Immediate relief from clinical symptoms was obtained in 80% of all treated patients. The effective rate one week after the procedure was 95%, which became 96% at 3-6 months after the treatment. Conclusion: Correct clinical diagnosis, skilled and accurate manipulation during the surgery and reasonable use of ozone injection in the treatment of soft tissue injury, etc. can markedly improve the therapeutic effect for complex lumbar intervertebral disc prolase. (authors)

  10. TREATMENT OF THORACOLUMBAR BURST FRACTURES FIXED WITH INTERMEDIATE PINS BY THE POSTERIOR APPROACH

    Henrique Motizuki

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective:Radiographic evaluation of patients with thoracolumbar burst fractures treated with unconvencional transpedicular fixation, which includes additional fixation of the fractured vertebra associated with transverse connector - Crosslink clamp.Methods:Retrospective study evaluating a total of 68 patients operated at the Hospital do Trabalhador de Curitiba, Orthopedics Service, of which 15 were eligible for the study. All patients were treated with posterior pedicle fixation and intermediate screw. The assessment by the Cobb angle method was performed on preoperative, immediate postoperative and one year after surgery radiographs.Results:It was observed an average reduction of kyphosis of 8.3o (77%, with a loss of 1.34o in late postoperative compared to the immediate postoperative period.Conclusion:The method of fixation of burst-type fractures of the thoracolumbar spine by the posterior approach with intermediate screw was effective in maintaining the reduction achieved in the immediate postoperative period and after one year of evolution.

  11. MR imaging in the assessment of the thoracolumbar spine in elite male gymnasts

    Gymnasts training on elite level from childhood to adulthood might do serious damage to the motion segments in the thoracolumbar spine. This paper reports on twenty-five elite gymnasts (age range, 18-29 years) investigated with 0.5-T MR imaging and compared with 17 aged-matched normal males. A significantly higher number of changes in configuration of the vertebrae, apophyseal changes, end plate nodes, degenerated disks, and disk bulging in the thoracolumbar spine were found among the gymnasts. The number of degenerated disks among the gymnasts were comparable to that found at the age group of 65. Disk degeneration and change of configuration of the vertebrae were also found to correlate significantly with symptoms of back pain

  12. Incidence of Vascular Complications Arising from Anterior Spinal Surgery in the Thoraco-Lumbar Spine

    Klezl, Zdenek; Swamy, Girish Nanjunda; Vyskocil, Thomas; Kryl, Jan; Stulik, Jan

    2014-01-01

    Study Design Modern biomaterials and instrumentation have popularised surgery of the thoraco-lumbar spine through an anterior route. The advantage of anterior surgery is that it allows for a direct decompression of the compromised spinal canal. However, the potential for devastating long-term sequelae as a result of complications is high. Purpose The aim of this study was to give a general overview and identify the incidence of vascular complications. Overview of Literature There is limited l...

  13. Bilateral transtibial amputation with concomitant thoracolumbar vertebral collapse in a Sichuan earthquake survivor

    Lau Herman; Law Sheung-Wai; Yu Joseph; Wong Caroline; Chan Cavor

    2010-01-01

    Abstract The devastating earthquake in Sichuan, China on 12 May 2008 left thousands of survivors requiring medical care and intensive rehabilitation. In view of this great demand, the Chinese Speaking Orthopaedic Society established the "Stand Tall" project to provide voluntary services to aid amputee victims in achieving total rehabilitation and social integration. This case report highlights the multidisciplinary rehabilitation of a girl who suffered thoracolumbar vertebral collapse and und...

  14. Sextant percutaneous pedicle screw fixation for correcting single-segment thoracolumbar fractures

    Ming Jiang-hua; Zheng Hui-feng; Zhao Qi; Chen Qing; Wang Gang

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND:Though the effects of conservative or traditional open reduction and internal fixation in the treatment of thoracolumbar fractures are reliable and satisfactory for most cases, two methods also have shortages. Minimal-invasive percutaneous pedicle screw system provides a new available method. OBJECTIVE:To investigate the clinical effect of Sextant percutaneous pedicle screw system in the treatment of thoracolumbar fractures. METHODS:A total of 55 patients, who had undergone percutaneous pedicle screw fixation using Sextant system (25 patients) or traditional open internal fixation (30 patients) for single-level vertebral body compression fractures in Department of Orthopedics of Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University from February 2011 to January 2013, were enrol ed in this study. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:Except two patients in traditional open internal fixation group were lost after discharge, al other patients were fol owed up for 8-14 months. Operative time, intraoperative blood loss, postoperative drainage amount and hospital day were better in percutaneous pedicle screw fixation group than in the traditional open internal fixation group (P0.05). The results show that percutaneous pedicle screw fixation using Sextant system has a satisfactory outcome in the treatment of thoracolumbar fractures. However, obeying indication strictly is very important for clinical application.

  15. Spinal Nerve Root Swelling Mimicking Intervertebral Disc Herniation in Magnetic Resonance Imaging -A Case Report-

    Kim, Yu Yil; Lee, Jun Hak; Kwon, Young Eun; Gim, Tae Jun

    2010-01-01

    A herniated intervertebral disc is the most common type of soft tissue mass lesion within the lumbar spinal canal. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a useful tool for the assessment of patients with lower back pain and radiating pain, especially intervertebral disc herniation. MRI findings of intervertebral disc herniation are typical. However, from time to time, despite an apparently classic history and typical MRI findings suggestive of disc herniation, surgical exploration fails to revea...

  16. Insertion of PCB to treat traumatic cervical intervertebral disc herniation

    马远征; 隰建成; 陈兴; 关长勇; 全长彬

    2002-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the clinical effect of PCB (a new anterior cervical instrumental system combining an intradiscal cage with an integrated plate) in treating traumatic cervical intervertebral disc herniation. Methods: Anterior decompression and PCB internal fixation were used in 22 patients with traumatic cervical intervertebral disc herniation. They were followed up from 3 to 16 months and analyzed by symptom and image data. Among them, 16 patients underwent fixation at one level and 6 patients at two levels. Results: This technique did not cause intraoperative complications. After surgery no screw backout or device failure was found. Based on the JOA grade, 20 patients improved clinically and 2 gently because of serious cervical stenosis. The general excellent rate was 90.9%. Conclusions: PCB internal fixation is stable. Morbidity of donor and acceptor sites is less. No collars are needed after surgery.

  17. Insertion of PCBto treat traumatic cervical intervertebral disc herniation

    马远征; 陈兴; 等

    2002-01-01

    Objective:To evaluate the clinical effect of PCB(a new anterior cervical instrumental system combining an intradiscal cage with an integrated plate)in treating taunatic cervical intervertebral disc herniation.Methods:Anterior decompression and PCB internal fixation were used in 22patients with traumatic cervical intervertebral disc herniation.They were followed up from3to16months and analyzed by symptom and imape data.Among them,16 patients underwent fixation at one level and 6patients at two levels.Results:This technique did not cause intraoperative complications.After surgery on screw backout or device failure was found.Based on the JOAgrade,20 patients improved clinically and 2gently because of serious cervical stenosis.The general excellent rate was90.9%.Conclusions:PCB internal fixation is stable.Morbidity of donor and acceptor sites is less.No collars are needed after surgery.

  18. Comprehensive Treatment of Prolapse of Lumbar Intervertebral Disc

    CHENG Xiao; KUAI Le

    2004-01-01

    To search for the best method in treating prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc, the cases of prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc were treated by Tuina plus acupuncture. The cure rate was high, the course of treatment was short and the effect was satisfactory. Tuina can relax muscles and tendons,promote the blood circulation, acupuncture can warm the meridians to disperse cold pathogen, promote the blood circulation to remove blood stasis, and the combination of these two treatments can enhance the therapeutic effect.%为探讨治疗腰椎间盘突出症的最佳方法,对腰椎盘突出症采用推拿配合针灸来治疗.本法治愈率高,疗程短,效果满意.推拿能舒经活血,针灸能温经散寒,活血散瘀,两者配合,提高疗效.

  19. Degenerated human intervertebral discs contain autoantibodies against extracellular matrix proteins

    S Capossela; P Schläfli; Bertolo, A; T Janner; BM Stadler; T Pötzel; Baur, M; JV Stoyanov

    2014-01-01

    Degeneration of intervertebral discs (IVDs) is associated with back pain and elevated levels of inflammatory cells. It has been hypothesised that discogenic pain is a direct result of vascular and neural ingrowth along annulus fissures, which may expose the avascular nucleus pulposus (NP) to the systemic circulation and induce an autoimmune reaction. In this study, we confirmed our previous observation of antibodies in human degenerated and post-traumatic IVDs cultured in vitro. We hypothesis...

  20. Bovine explant model of degeneration of the intervertebral disc

    Sivan Sarit; Menage Janis; Roberts Sally; Urban Jill PG

    2008-01-01

    Abstract Background Many new treatments for degeneration of the intervertebral disc are being developed which can be delivered through a needle. These require testing in model systems before being used in human patients. Unfortunately, because of differences in anatomy, there are no ideal animal models of disc degeneration. Bovine explant model systems have many advantages but it is not possible to inject any significant volume into an intact disc. Therefore we have attempted to mimic disc de...

  1. Lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration and related factors in Korean firefighters

    Jang, Tae-Won; Ahn, Yeon-Soon; Byun, Junsu; Lee, Jong-In; Kim, Kun-Hyung; KIM, YOUNGKI; Song, Han-Soo; Lee, Chul-Gab; Kwon, Young-Jun; Yoon, Jin-Ha; Jeong, Kyoungsook

    2016-01-01

    Objectives The job of firefighting can cause lumbar burden and low back pain. This study aimed to identify the association between age and lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration and whether the association differs between field and administrative (non-field) firefighters. Methods Subjects were selected using a stratified random sampling method. Firefighters were stratified by geographic area, gender, age and type of job. First, 25 fire stations were randomly sampled considering regional dist...

  2. Lumbar intervertebral disc allografting in a goat model

    Hung, Y; Xiao, J; Luk, K.; Leung, V.; Lu, W.

    2012-01-01

    Preliminary study in humans indicated that whole fresh-frozen intervertebral disc (IVD) transplantation may be an effective treatment for disc degenerative diseases, but signs of degenerative change in the allograft were noted after the transplantation. The underlying mechanisms are not fully understood and remain a series of ongoing research in large animal model. Because of the ethically and economically accessible issues as well as anatomical similarity with human disc, the goats were used...

  3. New treatment strategies for canine intervertebral disc degeneration

    Smolders, L.A.

    2013-01-01

    Degeneration of the intervertebral disc (IVD) is a common problem in dogs and humans. IVD degeneration can lead to herniation of the IVD with subsequent compression of neural structures and various clinical signs, including back pain. Current treatment of IVD disease is conservative or surgical. However, these therapies do not restore health or functionality to the IVD and may lead to spinal instability and recurrence of clinical signs. Therefore, the aim of this thesis was to investigate the...

  4. The effect of posture on diffusion into lumbar intervertebral discs.

    Adams, M.A.; Hutton, W. C.

    1986-01-01

    The diffusion of small solutes into the intervertebral discs of cadaveric lumbar motion segments was measured using a radioactive tracer technique. The motion segments were wedged and loaded to simulate erect posture and flexed sitting postures. The results show that erect posture favours diffusion into the anterior half of the disc compared to the posterior half. Flexed posture, by deforming the annulus fibrosus, reverses this imbalance.

  5. A Ganglion Cyst in the Second Lumbar Intervertebral Foramen

    Kim, Sang Woo; Choi, Joon Hyuk; Kim, Min Su; Chang, Chul Hoon

    2011-01-01

    Ganglion cysts usually arise from the tendon sheaths and tissues around the joints. It is usually associated with degenerative arthritic changes in older people. Ganglion cyst in the spine is rare and there is no previous report on case that located in the intervertebral foramen and compressed dorsal root ganglion associated severe radiculopathy. A 29-year-old woman presented with severe left thigh pain and dysesthesia for a month. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a dumbbell like mass in t...

  6. Notochord Cells in Intervertebral Disc Development and Degeneration

    Matthew R. McCann

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The intervertebral disc is a complex structure responsible for flexibility, multi-axial motion, and load transmission throughout the spine. Importantly, degeneration of the intervertebral disc is thought to be an initiating factor for back pain. Due to a lack of understanding of the pathways that govern disc degeneration, there are currently no disease-modifying treatments to delay or prevent degenerative disc disease. This review presents an overview of our current understanding of the developmental processes that regulate intervertebral disc formation, with particular emphasis on the role of the notochord and notochord-derived cells in disc homeostasis and how their loss can result in degeneration. We then describe the role of small animal models in understanding the development of the disc and their use to interrogate disc degeneration and associated pathologies. Finally, we highlight essential development pathways that are associated with disc degeneration and/or implicated in the reparative response of the tissue that might serve as targets for future therapeutic approaches.

  7. Gene expression profile analysis of human intervertebral disc degeneration

    Chen, Kai; Wu, Dajiang; Zhu, Xiaodong; Ni, Haijian; Wei, Xianzhao; Mao, Ningfang; Xie, Yang; Niu, Yunfei; Li, Ming

    2013-01-01

    In this study, we used microarray analysis to investigate the biogenesis and progression of intervertebral disc degeneration. The gene expression profiles of 37 disc tissue samples obtained from patients with herniated discs and degenerative disc disease collected by the National Cancer Institute Cooperative Tissue Network were analyzed. Differentially expressed genes between more and less degenerated discs were identified by significant analysis of microarray. A total of 555 genes were significantly overexpressed in more degenerated discs with a false discovery rate of < 3%. Functional annotation showed that these genes were significantly associated with membrane-bound vesicles, calcium ion binding and extracellular matrix. Protein-protein interaction analysis showed that these genes, including previously reported genes such as fibronectin, COL2A1 and β-catenin, may play key roles in disc degeneration. Unsupervised clustering indicated that the widely used morphology-based Thompson grading system was only marginally associated with the molecular classification of intervertebral disc degeneration. These findings indicate that detailed, systematic gene analysis may be a useful way of studying the biology of intervertebral disc degeneration. PMID:24130454

  8. Gene expression profile analysis of human intervertebral disc degeneration

    Kai Chen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we used microarray analysis to investigate the biogenesis and progression of intervertebral disc degeneration. The gene expression profiles of 37 disc tissue samples obtained from patients with herniated discs and degenerative disc disease collected by the National Cancer Institute Cooperative Tissue Network were analyzed. Differentially expressed genes between more and less degenerated discs were identified by significant analysis of microarray. A total of 555 genes were significantly overexpressed in more degenerated discs with a false discovery rate of < 3%. Functional annotation showed that these genes were significantly associated with membrane-bound vesicles, calcium ion binding and extracellular matrix. Protein-protein interaction analysis showed that these genes, including previously reported genes such as fibronectin, COL2A1 and f-catenin, may play key roles in disc degeneration. Unsupervised clustering indicated that the widely used morphology-based Thompson grading system was only marginally associated with the molecular classification of intervertebral disc degeneration. These findings indicate that detailed, systematic gene analysis may be a useful way of studying the biology of intervertebral disc degeneration.

  9. Target radiofrequency combined with collagenase chemonucleolysis in the treatment of lumbar intervertebral disc herniation

    Zhang, Daying; Yong ZHANG; Wang, Zhijian; Zhang, Xuexue; Sheng, Mulan

    2015-01-01

    Both target radiofrequency thermocoagulation and collagenase chemonucleolysis are effective micro-invasive therapy means for lumbar intervertebral disc herniation. In order to analyze the clinical effects of target radiofrequency thermocoagulation combined with collagenase chemonucleolysis on lumbar intervertebral disc herniation, the contents of hydroxyproline and glycosaminoglycan were measured and the histological changes of nucleus pulposus was detected in the vitro experiments. Radiofreq...

  10. Geometry of the Intervertebral Volume and Vertebral Endplates of the Human Spine

    van der Houwen, E. B.; Baron, P.; Veldhuizen, A. G.; Burgerhof, J. G. M.; van Ooijen, P. M. A.; Verkerke, G. J.

    2010-01-01

    Replacement of a degenerated vertebral disc with an artificial intervertebral disc (AID) is currently possible, but poses problems, mainly in the force distribution through the vertebral column. Data on the intervertebral disc space geometry will provide a better fit of the prosthesis to the vertebr

  11. MRI evaluation of spontaneous intervertebral disc degeneration in the alpaca cervical spine.

    Stolworthy, Dean K; Bowden, Anton E; Roeder, Beverly L; Robinson, Todd F; Holland, Jacob G; Christensen, S Loyd; Beatty, Amanda M; Bridgewater, Laura C; Eggett, Dennis L; Wendel, John D; Stieger-Vanegas, Susanne M; Taylor, Meredith D

    2015-12-01

    Animal models have historically provided an appropriate benchmark for understanding human pathology, treatment, and healing, but few animals are known to naturally develop intervertebral disc degeneration. The study of degenerative disc disease and its treatment would greatly benefit from a more comprehensive, and comparable animal model. Alpacas have recently been presented as a potential large animal model of intervertebral disc degeneration due to similarities in spinal posture, disc size, biomechanical flexibility, and natural disc pathology. This research further investigated alpacas by determining the prevalence of intervertebral disc degeneration among an aging alpaca population. Twenty healthy female alpacas comprised two age subgroups (5 young: 2-6 years; and 15 older: 10+ years) and were rated according to the Pfirrmann-grade for degeneration of the cervical intervertebral discs. Incidence rates of degeneration showed strong correlations with age and spinal level: younger alpacas were nearly immune to developing disc degeneration, and in older animals, disc degeneration had an increased incidence rate and severity at lower cervical levels. Advanced disc degeneration was present in at least one of the cervical intervertebral discs of 47% of the older alpacas, and it was most common at the two lowest cervical intervertebral discs. The prevalence of intervertebral disc degeneration encourages further investigation and application of the lower cervical spine of alpacas and similar camelids as a large animal model of intervertebral disc degeneration. PMID:26135031

  12. Treatment of Protrusion of the Lumbar Intervertebral Disc by TCM Massage

    龙亚军

    2002-01-01

    @@ Protrusion of the lumbar intervertebral disc is a common disorder frequently encountered in clinic. With TCM massage and the maneuver of manual reduction, we have treated 82 cases of protrusion of the lumbar intervertebral disc, with satisfactory therapeutic results reported in the following.

  13. The morphometric analysis of the intervertebral foramen and the spinal nerve root in the cervical spine

    The purpose of this study was to clarify the onset of cervical myelopathy and cervical spondylotic radiculopathy as well as what influence the anatomy of the cervical spine and cervical nerves have on their onset and occurrence of various types of disease state. We conducted imaging and morphological measurements on specimens of cervical spine of Japanese people, focusing attention on the running of intervertebral foramen and dorsal nerve rootlets of the cervical spine. The subjects were cervical spine specimens from 12 cadavers (7 males and 5 females, age at the time of death ranged from 48 to 93 years with a mean of 71 years) obtained at Showa University School of Dentistry in 2005 and 2006. Specimens were prepared by removing the atlas through the 1st thoracic vertebra from the cadavers, then resecting the soft tissue such as muscles to expose the cervical spine in whole circumference. The removed cervical spine specimens, from 1st to 7th cervical spines, were imaged by volume scan of radiographic helical CT at 0.6 mm spatial resolution, and their images were stored as Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) data. Image measurement on the vertebral body, vertebral foramen, and intervertebral foramen was conducted based on DICOM data. Furthermore, macroscopic observation and measurement were conducted on the dorsal nerve rootlets of cervical spine specimens. The image measurement of cervical spine specimens showed that the intervertebral foramen at C5/6 was the narrowest, followed by C3/4, C4/5, C6/7, and C2/3, respecting. With regard to angles in the frontal section and horizontal section of the groove for the spinal nerve, there was no significant difference in the angle between the right and the left. In the frontal section, the angle was about 63deg at C3, about 57deg at C4, about 52deg at C5, and about 55deg at C6, showing a significantly acute angle at C5, while in the horizontal section, it was about 54deg at C3, about 59deg at C4, about 63

  14. Radiological diagnosis of chronic spinal cord compressive lesion at thoraco-lumbar junction

    Radiological findings in five cases with chronic spinal cord compressive lesion at thoraco-lumbar junction were reported. Three cases had spondylosis and two cases had ossification of yellow ligament (OYL). The levels of the lesions were T12/L1 in three cases and T11/12 in two cases. Two out of three spondylotic patients had also OYL at the same level. The five cases consisted of three men and two women. The ages ranged from 42 to 60 years old with a mean age of 53 years old. Neurologically, every patient showed flaccid paresis and sensory disturbance of the legs. Two cases had sensory disturbance of stocking type. The intervals from the onset of the symptoms to the final diagnosis were 6 months, 7 years, 8 years, 11 years and 12 years. Myelography showed anterior spinal cord compression by bony spur in spondylotic patients, and posterior compression by OYL in other cases. Myelography in flexion posture disclosed the cord compression by bony spur more clearly in two out of three spondylotic patients. Delayed CT-myelography showed intramedullary filling of contrast material in two cases, which indicated degenerative change or microcavitation due to long term compression of the spinal cord. MRI was taken in three spondylotic patients and could directly show compression of the spinal cord. Difficulty in detecting abnormality at thoraco-lumbar junction on plain roentgenogram, and similarity of the symptoms to peripheral nerve disease often lead to a delay in diagnosis. The significance of dynamic myelography and delayed CT-myelography when dealing with such a lesion was discussed here. MRI is also a useful method for diagnosing a compressive lesion at the thoraco-lumbar junction. (author)

  15. Decision-making in burst fractures of the thoracolumbar and lumbar spine

    Heary Robert

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The most common site of injury to the spine is the thoracolumbar junction which is the mechanical transition junction between the rigid thoracic and the more flexible lumbar spine. The lumbar spine is another site which is more prone to injury. Absence of stabilizing articulations with the ribs, lordotic posture and more sagitally oriented facet joints are the most obvious explanations. Burst fractures of the spine account for 14% of all spinal injuries. Though common, thoracolumbar and lumbar burst fractures present a number of important treatment challenges. There has been substantial controversy related to the indications for nonoperative or operative management of these fractures. Disagreement also exists regarding the choice of the surgical approach. A large number of thoracolumbar and lumbar fractures can be treated conservatively while some fractures require surgery. Selecting an appropriate surgical option requires an in-depth understanding of the different methods of decompression, stabilization and/or fusion. Anterior surgery has the advantage of the greatest degree of canal decompression and offers the benefit of limiting the number of motion segments fused. These advantages come at the added cost of increased time for the surgery and the related morbidity of the surgical approach. Posterior surgery enjoys the advantage of being more familiar to the operating surgeons and can be an effective approach. However, the limitations of this approach include inadequate decompression, recurrence of the deformity and implant failure. Though many of the principles are the same, the treatment of low lumbar burst fractures requires some additional consideration due to the difficulty of approaching this region anteriorly. Avoiding complications of these surgeries are another important aspect and can be achieved by following an algorithmic approach to patient assessment, proper radiological examination and precision in decision-making regarding

  16. Expression and significance of VEGF and p53 in degenerate intervertebral disc tissue

    Xiao-Yu Lu; Xiao-Hong Ding; Li-Jun Zhong; Hong Xia; Xiao-Dong Chen; Hai Huang

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the mechanism of expression and significance of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and p53 in degenerate intervertebral disc tissue. Methods: Pathological sections collected from 156 patients with lumbar disc herniation after surgery were tested by immunohistochemistry method, for evaluation of the expression of VEGF and p53 in degenerate intervertebral disc tissue. Results: 98 cases (62.8%) with vascular infiltration phenomenon are found, and positive rates of VEGF and p53 in degenerate intervertebral disc tissue are 73.42%(116/156) and 58.97% (92/156); co-expression rate is 53.2%(83/156); the expression rates of VEFG and p53 are significantly higher in the tissue with blood vessel infiltration than in the tissue without infiltration; there is a close relationship of VEGF with p53. Conclusions: VEGF and p53 gene synergetic express in degenerate intervertebral disc tissue, working together in neovascularization and infiltration, and accelerating intervertebral disc tissue degeneration.

  17. In Vivo Mouse Intervertebral Disc Degeneration Model Based on a New Histological Classification

    Ohnishi, Takashi; Sudo, Hideki; Iwasaki, Koji; Tsujimoto, Takeru; Ito, Yoichi M.; Iwasaki, Norimasa

    2016-01-01

    Although human intervertebral disc degeneration can lead to several spinal diseases, its pathogenesis remains unclear. This study aimed to create a new histological classification applicable to an in vivo mouse intervertebral disc degeneration model induced by needle puncture. One hundred six mice were operated and the L4/5 intervertebral disc was punctured with a 35- or 33-gauge needle. Micro-computed tomography scanning was performed, and the punctured region was confirmed. Evaluation was performed by using magnetic resonance imaging and histology by employing our classification scoring system. Our histological classification scores correlated well with the findings of magnetic resonance imaging and could detect degenerative progression, irrespective of the punctured region. However, the magnetic resonance imaging analysis revealed that there was no significant degenerative intervertebral disc change between the ventrally punctured and non-punctured control groups. To induce significant degeneration in the lumbar intervertebral discs, the central or dorsal region should be punctured instead of the ventral region. PMID:27482708

  18. Development and Validation of a Musculoskeletal Model of the Fully Articulated Thoracolumbar Spine and Rib Cage.

    Bruno, Alexander G; Bouxsein, Mary L; Anderson, Dennis E

    2015-08-01

    We developed and validated a fully articulated model of the thoracolumbar spine in opensim that includes the individual vertebrae, ribs, and sternum. To ensure trunk muscles in the model accurately represent muscles in vivo, we used a novel approach to adjust muscle cross-sectional area (CSA) and position using computed tomography (CT) scans of the trunk sampled from a community-based cohort. Model predictions of vertebral compressive loading and trunk muscle tension were highly correlated to previous in vivo measures of intradiscal pressure (IDP), vertebral loading from telemeterized implants and trunk muscle myoelectric activity recorded by electromyography (EMG). PMID:25901907

  19. KumaFix fixation for thoracolumbar burst fractures: a prospective study on selective consecutive patients

    Yan Liang; Guo Hua; Xu Zhengwei; Liu Tuanjiang; Wang Xiaodong; He Baorong; Hao Dingjun

    2014-01-01

    Background Short-segment U-shaped pedicle screw fixation has been widely used to treat thoracolumbar burst fracture.Some studies have reported the disadvantages of traditional U-shaped pedicle screw,which included a relatively high rate of adjacent segment degeneration and screw failure,including screw pullout and breakage.The purpose of this study was to assess the efficacy of open reduction and fixation using KumaFix fixation system in treatment of thoracolumbar burst fractures.Methods From June 2011 to June 2012,45 consecutive patients with thoracolumbar burst fractures were enrolled.They were randomly assigned to treatment with KumaFix (the treatment group,n=23) or traditional U-shaped pedicle screw (the control group,n=22).The patients were followed up postoperatively and were assessed with regard to radiologic and clinical outcomes.Radiologic outcomes were assessed mainly on the basis of Cobb angle and vertebral wedge angle.Clinical outcomes were evaluated mainly with use of Visual Analog Scale (VAS) for pain and the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) Questionnaire.Results All patients were followed up from 9 to 22 months.There were no significant differences between the two groups with regard to preoperative indices.The operation time in the treatment group was significantly lower than that in the control group.Preoperative Cobb angles and vertebral wedge angles in two groups were significantly decreased after surgery,and these have been well maintained at the last follow-up with mild correction losses.The results of clinical outcome showed lower VAS and ODI scores in two groups compared with those preoperative,and the treatment group had greater improvement on the ODI compared with the control group at the last follow-up.Conclusions Compared with traditional U-shaped pedicle screw,KumaFix fixation system can achieve gradual,controlled reduction,provide enough space for bone implantation,and avoid acceleration of adjacent segment degeneration.It is an effective

  20. CT-guided intradiscal ozone injection combined with intervertebral facet joint steroid injection for lumbar disk herniation accompanied with intervertebral arthritis

    Objective: To compare the clinical effectiveness of ozone (O3) nucleus pulposus ablation only with that of O3 nucleus pulposus ablation combined with intervertebral facet joint injection of compound Betamethasome in treating lumbar disk herniation accompanied with intervertebral facet arthritis. Methods: Eighty patients with lumbar disk herniation and intervertebral facet arthritis were equally and randomly divided into two groups. Under CT guidance, O3 nucleus pulposus ablation was performed in patients of group A(n=40), while O3 nucleus pulposus ablation combined with intervertebral facet joint injection of compound Betamethasome (0.5-1 ml) was carried out in patients of group B(n=40). Using double blind method the therapeutic effectiveness was evaluated before and 1 week,3,6-months after the procedure by an Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire. Results: One week after the procedure the effective rate of group A and group B was 65% and 82.5% respectively. Three and six months after the treatment, the effective rate was 75% and 70% respectively for group A, while it was 90% and 92.5% respectively for group B. The difference between two groups was significant (P 3 combined with intervertebral facet joint injection of compound Betamethasome is an effective and safe treatment for lumbar disk herniation accompanied with intervertebral facet arthritis.It is worth popularizing this technique in clinical practice. (authors)

  1. ELECTROACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT OF 176 CASES OF LUMBAR INTERVERTEBRAL DISC PROTRUSION

    LI Lanmin

    2002-01-01

    In the present paper, 176 cases of lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion are treated with electroacupuncture (EA) and topical heat irradiation. Local tender-point is used as the main acupoint, combined with Tunzhong, Tiaoyue, Weizhong (BL 40) and Yanglingquan (GB 34). The treatment is conducted once daily, with 15 sessions being a therapeutic course. Following treatment, of 176 cases, 46 (26. 1%) are cured, 90 (51. 1%) have prominent improvement, 35 (19.8%) have amelioration and 5 (2.8%) have no apparent changes, with a total effective rate of 97.0%.

  2. ELECTROACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT OF 176 CASES OF LUMBAR INTERVERTEBRAL DISC PROTRUSION

    2002-01-01

    In the present paper,176 cases of lumbar intervertebral disc protusion are treated with electroacupuncture(EA) and topical heat irradiation.Local tender-point is used as the main acupoint ,combined with Tunzhong,Tiaoyue,Weizhong(BL40)and Yanglingquan(GB34).The treatment is conducted once daily,with 15 sessions being a therapeutic course,Following treatment,of 176 cases,46(26.1%) are cured.90(51.1%)have prominent improvement ,35(19.8%)have amelioration and 5(2.8%) have no apparent changes,with a total effective rate of 97.0%.

  3. Decision making in the management of canine intervertebral disc disease

    Intervertebral disc disease is a frequent disorder of dogs; it is only rarely a cause of clinical signs in cats. Most clinicians are familiar with the diagnosis of the condition, but there may be some confusion about the most appropriate methods of treatment. While there is some controversy regarding certain regimens, particularly involving unconventional methods, there is a large amount of data in the veterinary literature concerning the disease. This article draws on this data to present guidelines which can be used in selecting the most appropriate method of treatment for individual patients

  4. Treatment of Protrusion of Cervical Intervertebral Disc by Tuina

    YE Jian-guo

    2004-01-01

    Twenty-five cases of protrusion of cervical intervertebral disc were treated by the manipulations of rolling, pressing, pushing with one-finger, traction, obliquely pulling, grasping of five channels, sweeping, etc. The result showed that 10 cases were cured, 14 cases got marked effectiveness and 1 case was improved.%采用滚、按、一指禅、拔伸、斜扳、拿五经、扫散法等手法,治疗颈椎间盘突出症患者25例,结果治愈10例,显效14例,好转1例.

  5. Transplantation of gene-modified nucleus pulposus cells reverses rabbit intervertebral disc degeneration

    LIU Yong; LI Jian-min; HU You-gu

    2011-01-01

    Background Intervertebral disc degeneration is the main cause of low back pain. The purpose of this study was to explore potential methods for reversing the degeneration of lumbar intervertebral discs by transplantation of gene-modified nucleus pulposus cells into rabbit degenerative lumbar intervertebral discs after transfecting rabbit nucleus pulposus cells with adeno-associated virus 2 (AAV2)-mediated connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases 1 (TIMP1) genes in vitro.Methods Computer tomography (CT)-guided percutaneous annulus fibrosus injury was performed to build degenerative lumbar intervertebral disc models in 60 New Zealand white rabbits. rAAV2-CTGF-IRES-TIMP1-transfected rabbit nucleus pulposus cells were transplanted into degenerative lumbar intervertebral discs (transplantation group),phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) was injected into degenerative lumbar intervertebral discs (degeneration control group)and normal lumbar intervertebral discs served as a blank control group. After 6, 10 and 14 weeks, the disc height index (DHI) and signal intensity in intervertebral discs were observed by X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) analysis.The expression of CTGF and TIMP1 in nucleus pulposus tissue was determined by Western blotting analysis, the synthesis efficiency of proteoglycan was determined by a 35S-sulfate incorporation assay, and the mRNA expression of type Ⅱ collagen and proteoglycan was detected by RT-PCR.Results MRI confirmed that degenerative intervertebral discs appeared two weeks after percutaneous puncture.Transgenic nucleus pulposus cell transplantation could retard the rapid deterioration of the DHI. MRI indicated that degenerative intervertebral discs were relieved in the transplantation group compared with the degeneration control group. The expression of collagen Ⅱ mRNA and proteoglycan mRNA was significantly higher in the transplantation group and the blank control group compared with the

  6. Depression of the Thoracolumbar Posterior Vertebral Body on the Estimation of Cement Leakage in Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty Operations

    Hao Chen

    2015-01-01

    Conclusions: Depression of the thoracolumbar posterior vertebral body may be informative for the estimation of cement location on C-arm images. To reduce type-B leakage, DCPW should be made longer than DBCV on C-arm images for safety during PVP or PKP.

  7. Combined Anterior-Posterior Surgery Versus Posterior Surgery for Thoracolumbar Burst Fractures: A Systematic Review of the Literature

    P.P. Oprel (Pim); W.E. Tuinebreijer (Wim); P. Patka (Peter); D. den Hartog (Dennis)

    2010-01-01

    textabstractAbstract: Study Design: A systematic quantitative review of the literature. Objective: To compare combined anterior-posterior surgery versus posterior surgery for thoracolumbar fractures in order to identify better treatments. Summary of Background Data: Axial load of the anterior and mi

  8. Can MRI Findings Help to Predict Neurological Recovery in Paraplegics With Thoracolumbar Fracture?

    Lee, Joonchul; Koh, Seong-Eun; Jung, Heeyoune; Lee, Hye Yeon

    2015-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the usefulness of various magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in the prognosis of neurological recovery in paraplegics with thoracolumbar fracture using association analysis with clinical outcomes and electrodiagnostic features. Methods This retrospective study involved 30 patients treated for paraplegia following thoracolumbar fracture. On axial and sagittal T2-weighted MRI scans, nerve root sedimentation sign, root aggregation sign, and signal intensity changes in the conus medullaris were independently assessed by two raters. A positive sedimentation sign was defined as the absence of nerve root sedimentation. The root aggregation sign was defined as the presence of root aggregation in at least one axial MRI scan. Clinical outcomes including the American Spinal Injury Association impairment scale, ambulatory capacity, and electrodiagnostic features were used for association analysis. Results Inter-rater reliability of the nerve root sedimentation sign and the root aggregation sign were κ=0.67 (p=0.001) and κ=0.78 (prehabilitation program (χ2=4.854, p=0.028). The presence of the root aggregation sign was associated with reduced compound muscle action potential amplitude of common peroneal and tibial nerves in nerve conduction studies (χ2=5.026, p=0.025). Conclusion A positive sedimentation sign was significantly associated with recovery of ambulatory capacity and not indicative of persistent paralysis. The root aggregation sign suggested the existence of significant cauda equina injuries. PMID:26798606

  9. Technical considerations in transforaminal endoscopic spine surgery at the thoracolumbar junction: report of 3 cases.

    Telfeian, Albert E; Jasper, Gabriele P; Oyelese, Adetokunbo A; Gokaslan, Ziya L

    2016-02-01

    OBJECTIVE In this study the authors describe the technical considerations and feasibility of transforaminal discectomy and foraminoplasty for the treatment of lumbar radiculopathy in patients who have herniated discs at the thoracolumbar junction. METHODS After institutional review board approval, charts from 3 consecutive patients with lumbar radiculopathy and T12-L1 herniated discs who underwent endoscopic procedures between 2006 and 2014 were reviewed. RESULTS Consecutive cases (n = 1316) were reviewed to determine the incidence and success of surgery performed at the T12-L1 level. Only 3 patients (0.23%) treated with endoscopic surgery for their herniated discs had T12-L1 herniated discs; the rest were lumbar or lumbosacral herniations. For patients with T12-L1 disc herniations, the average preoperative visual analog scale score was 8.3 (indicated in the questionnaire as describing severe and constant pain). The average 1-year postoperative visual analog scale score was 1.7 (indicated in the questionnaire as mild and intermittent pain). CONCLUSIONS Transforaminal endoscopic discectomy and foraminotomy can be used as a safe yet minimally invasive technique for the treatment of lumbar radiculopathy in the setting of a thoracolumbar disc herniation. PMID:26828890

  10. Accuracy of ultrasound-guided injections of thoracolumbar articular process joints in horses

    Fuglbjerg, Vibeke; Nielsen, J.V.; Thomsen, Preben Dybdahl;

    2010-01-01

    Reasons for performing study: Arthrosis of the articular process joints (APJs) in the caudal thoracolumbar region of horses may cause back pain and subsequent reduced performance or lameness. Ultrasound-guided injections of the APJs of the equine back have been described only briefly in the liter......Reasons for performing study: Arthrosis of the articular process joints (APJs) in the caudal thoracolumbar region of horses may cause back pain and subsequent reduced performance or lameness. Ultrasound-guided injections of the APJs of the equine back have been described only briefly...... unrelated to back problems. The backs were subsequently dissected to verify the location of the injectate in relation to the APJs. Results: Twenty-seven percent of the injections were found to be intra-articular and a total of 77% found to be within 2 mm of the joint capsule including the intra......-articular deposits. Application of a medial approach and 18 gauge needle were significantly associated with an intra-articulr injection or deposition close to the joint capsule. Operator, APJ (location) and back number (chronological) did not significantly affect the accuracy of injection. Conclusions and potential...

  11. Treatment of Protrusion of the Lumbar Intervertebral Disc by Massotherapy

    程斌

    2001-01-01

    @@Clinically, there is a higher incidence of protrusion of the lumbar intervertebral disc. It can cause a terrible pain. The author has treated 66 cases by massotherapy, who were confirmatively diagnosed as having protrusion of the lumbar intervertebral disc by X-ray film and computer-aided tomography, with satisfactory results as reported in the following. Clinical Data Among the 66 cases in this series, 49 were male and 17 female, ranging in age from 26 to 59 years, averaging 36.2 years. All the patients had got lumbago and unilateral ischialgia, with the left side affected in 37 cases and the right side in 29 cases. The leg pain radiating to lateral malleolus was found in 28 cases, to dorsum of the foot in 24 cases, and to the toes in 14 cases. Intermittent claudication was present in 22 cases, numbness of the affected foot in 16 cases, pain exacerbated when coughing in 35 cases, scoliosis in 21 cases, and positive Lasegue's sign in 48 cases.

  12. Mechanisms for mechanical damage in the intervertebral disc annulus fibrosus.

    Iatridis, J C James C; ap Gwynn, Iolo

    2004-08-01

    Intervertebral disc degeneration results in disorganization of the laminate structure of the annulus that may arise from mechanical microfailure. Failure mechanisms in the annulus were investigated using composite lamination theory and other analyses to calculate stresses in annulus layers, interlaminar shear stress, and the region of stress concentration around a fiber break. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to evaluate failure patterns in the annulus and evaluate novel structural features of the disc tissue. Stress concentrations in the annulus due to an isolated fiber break were localized to approximately 5 microm away from the break, and only considered a likely cause of annulus fibrosus failure (i.e., radial tears in the annulus) under extreme loading conditions or when collagen damage occurs over a relatively large region. Interlaminar shear stresses were calculated to be relatively large, to increase with layer thickness (as reported with degeneration), and were considered to be associated with propagation of circumferential tears in the annulus. SEM analysis of intervertebral disc annulus fibrosus tissue demonstrated a clear laminate structure, delamination, matrix cracking, and fiber failure. Novel structural features noted with SEM also included the presence of small tubules that appear to run along the length of collagen fibers in the annulus and a distinct collagenous structure representative of a pericellular matrix in the nucleus region. PMID:15212921

  13. Mechanical Characterization of the Human Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Subjected to Impact Loading Conditions

    Jamison, David, IV

    Low back pain is a large and costly problem in the United States. Several working populations, such as miners, construction workers, forklift operators, and military personnel, have an increased risk and prevalence of low back pain compared to the general population. This is due to exposure to repeated, transient impact shocks, particularly while operating vehicles or other machinery. These shocks typically do not cause acute injury, but rather lead to pain and injury over time. The major focus in low back pain is often the intervertebral disc, due to its role as the major primary load-bearing component along the spinal column. The formation of a reliable standard for human lumbar disc exposure to repeated transient shock could potentially reduce injury risk for these working populations. The objective of this project, therefore, is to characterize the mechanical response of the lumbar intervertebral disc subjected to sub-traumatic impact loading conditions using both cadaveric and computational models, and to investigate the possible implications of this type of loading environment for low back pain. Axial, compressive impact loading events on Naval high speed boats were simulated in the laboratory and applied to human cadaveric specimen. Disc stiffness was higher and hysteresis was lower than quasi-static loading conditions. This indicates a shift in mechanical response when the disc is under impact loads and this behavior could be contributing to long-term back pain. Interstitial fluid loss and disc height changes were shown to affect disc impact mechanics in a creep study. Neutral zone increased, while energy dissipation and low-strain region stiffness decreased. This suggests that the disc has greater clinical instability during impact loading with progressive creep and fluid loss, indicating that time of day should be considered for working populations subjected to impact loads. A finite element model was developed and validated against cadaver specimen

  14. 80 CASES OF PROLAPSE OF LUMBAR INTERVERTEBRAL DISC TREATED BY ROUND-SHARP NEEDLE

    ZHANG Yu-he

    2005-01-01

    Objective: To observe the therapeutic effect of round-sharp needle for prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc. Methods: A total of 80 cases of lumbar intervertebral disc prolapse were treated by puncturing Qihaishu (气海俞 BL 24), Guanyuanshu (关元俞 BL 26), etc., with round-sharp needle, once every week, continuously for 4 sessions. Results: After the treatment, of the 80 cases, 56 (70 %) were cured, 16 (20%) improved,and 8 (10)%) failed, with an effective rate of 90%. Conclusion: Round-sharp needle works well in the treatment of prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc.

  15. Percutaneous pedicle screw fixation through the pedicle of fractured vertebra in the treatment of type A thoracolumbar fractures using Sextant system: an analysis of 38 cases

    Wang, Hong-Wei; Li, Chang-Qing; Zhou, Yue; Zhang, Zheng-Feng; Wang, Jian; Chu, Tong-Wei

    2010-01-01

    To prospectively evaluate the feasibility, safety and efficacy of the percutaneous pedicle screw fixation through the pedicle of fractured vertebra in the treatment of type A thoracolumbar fractures using Sextant system in the retrospective non- randomized case-control study.

  16. Biomechanical evaluation of vertebroplasty using calcium sulfate cement for thoracolumbar burst fractures

    WU Xiao-tao; JIANG Xing-jie; ZHANG Shao-dong; YANG Hui-lin

    2007-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the biomechanical performance of vertebroplasty using calcium sulfate cement for thoracolumbar burst fractures.Methods: Sixteen bovine thoracolumbar spines (T11-L1 ) were divided into 4 groups (A, B, C and D). After burst-fracture model was created, 12 vertebral bodies in Groups A, B and C were augmented with calcium sulfate cement (CSC), calcium phosphate cement (CPC) and polymethylmethacrylate ( PMMA ) bone cement,respectively. Each anterior vertebral body height was measured with a caliper at 4 time points: intact conditions(HInt), post-fracture (HFr), post-reduction (HRe) and post-vertebroplasty (HVP). The filling volume of 3 different bone cements was also measured. Each vertebral body was compressed at 0.5 mm/s using a hinged plating system on a materials testing machine to 50% of the postvertebroplasty height to determine strength and stiffness.Difference was checked using t test or One-way ANOVA.Results: The average strike energy was 66. 2 J.Vertebroplasty with different cements could sustain vertebral height. The average filling volume of bone cement in 3 groups was 4.35 ml (CSC), 3.72 ml (CPC) and 3.95 ml (PMMA), respectively, and there was no statistically significant difference among them ( P >0.05).Vertebroplasty with PMMA completely restored strength(116%) and stiffness (105%). CSC or CPC partly recovered vertebral strength and stiffness. However,greater strength restoration was got with CSC ( 1 659 N) as compared with CPC (1 011N, P<0.01 ). Regarding stiffness, differences between CSC (140 N/mm ±40 N/mm)and the other two bone cements ( CPC :148 N/mm ±33 N/mm,PMMA:236 N/mm ±97 N/mm) were not significant (P>0.05).Conclusions: For a burst-fracture of calf spine, useof CSC for vertebroplasty yields similar vertebral stiffnessas compared with PMMA or CPC. Although augmentationwith CSC partly obtains the normal strength, thistreatment still can be applied in thoracolumbar burstfractures with other instrumental devices in

  17. Comparison of three different surgical approaches for treatment of thoracolumbar burst fracture

    WU Han; WANG Chun-xin; GU Chang-yue; ZHANG Zi-yan; TONG Shen; YAN Hua-dong; WANG Jin-cheng

    2013-01-01

    Objective:The main treatment method used for thoracolumbar fractures is open reduction and internal fixation.Commonly there are three surgical approaches:anterior,posterior and paraspinal.We attempt to compare the three approaches based on our clinical data analysis.Methods:A group of 94 patients with Denis type A or B thoracolumbar burst fracture between March 2008 and September 2010 were recruited in this study.These patients were treated by anterior-,posterior-or paraspinal-approach reduction with or without decompression.The fracture was fixed with titanium mesh and Z-plate via anterior approach (24 patients),screw and rod system via posterior approach (38 patients) or paraspinal approach (32 patients).Clinical evaluations included operation duration,blood loss,incision length,preoperative and postoperative Oswestry disability index (ODI).Results:The average operation duration (94.1 min±13.7min),blood loss (86.7 ml±20.0 ml),length of incision (9.3mm± 0.7 mm) and postoperative ODI (6±0.5) were significandy lower (P<0.05) in paraspinal approach group than in traditional posterior approach group (operation duration 94.1 min±13.7 min,blood loss 143.3 ml±28.3 ml,length of incision 15.4 cm±2.1 cm and ODI 12±0.7) and anterior approach group (operation duration 176.3 min±20.7 min,blood loss 255.1 m1±38.4 ml,length of incision 18.6 cm±2.4 cm and OD113±2.4).There was not statistical difference in terms of Cobb angle on radiographs among the three approaches.Conclusion:The anterior approach surgery is convenient for resection of the vertebrae and reconstruction of vertebral height,but it is more complicated and traumatic.Hence it is mostly used for severe Denis type B fracture.The posterior approach is commonly applied to most thoracolumbar fractures and has fewer complications compared with the anterior approach,but it has some shortcomings as well.The paraspinal approach has great advantages compared with the other two approaches.It is in accordance with

  18. Hybrid cadaveric/surrogate model of thoracolumbar spine injury due to simulated fall from height.

    Ivancic, Paul C

    2013-10-01

    A fall from high height can cause thoracolumbar spine fracture with retropulsion of endplate fragments into the canal leading to neurological deficit. Our objectives were to develop a hybrid cadaveric/surrogate model for producing thoracolumbar spine injury during simulated fall from height, evaluate the feasibility and performance of the model, and compare injuries with those observed clinically. Our model consisted of a 3-vertebra human lumbar specimen (L3-L4-L5) stabilized with muscle force replication and mounted within an impact dummy. The model was subjected to a fall from height of 2.2 m with impact velocity of 6.6 m/s. Kinetic and kinematic time-history responses were determined using spinal and pelvis load cell data and analyses of high-speed video. Injuries to the L4 vertebra were evaluated by fluoroscopy, radiography, and detailed anatomical dissection. Peak compression forces during the fall from height occurred at 7 ms and reached 44.7 kN at the ground, 9.1 kN at the pelvis, and 4.5 kN at the spine. Pelvis acceleration peaks reached 209.9 g at 8 ms for vertical and 62.8 g at 12 ms for rearward. Tensile load peaks were then observed (spine: 657.0 N at 47 ms; pelvis: 569.4 N at 61 ms). T1/pelvis peak flexion of 68.3° occurred at 38 ms as the upper torso translated forward while the pelvis translated rearward. Complete axial burst fracture of the L4 vertebra was observed including endplate comminution, retropulsion of bony fragments into the canal, loss of vertebral body height, and increased interpedicular distance due to fractures anterior to the pedicles and a vertical split fracture of the left lamina. Our dynamic injury model closely replicated the biomechanics of real-life fall from height and produced realistic, clinically relevant burst fracture of the lumbar spine. Our model may be used for further study of thoracolumbar spine injury mechanisms and injury prevention strategies. PMID:23792617

  19. Comparison of three different surgical approaches for treatment of thoracolumbar burst fracture

    WU Han

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available 【Abstract】Objective: The main treatment method used for thoracolumbar fractures is open reduction and in-ternal fixation. Commonly there are three surgical approaches: anterior, posterior and paraspinal. We attempt to compare the three approaches based on our clinical data analysis. Methods: A group of 94 patients with Denis type A or B thoracolumbar burst fracture between March 2008 and September 2010 were recruited in this study. These patients were treated by anterior-, posterior- or paraspinal-approach reduction with or without decompression. The fracture was fixed with titanium mesh and Z-plate via anterior approach (24 patients, screw and rod system via posterior approach (38 patients or paraspinal approach (32 patients. Clinical evaluations included operation duration, blood loss, inci-sion length, preoperative and postoperative Oswestry dis-ability index (ODI. Results: The average operation duration (94.1 min±13.7 min, blood loss (86.7 ml±20.0 ml, length of incision (9.3 mm± 0.7 mm and postoperative ODI (6±0.5 were signifi-cantly lower (P<0.05 in paraspinal approach group than in traditional posterior approach group (operation duration 94.1 min±13.7 min, blood loss 143.3 ml±28.3 ml, length of incision 15.4 cm±2.1 cm and ODI 12±0.7 and anterior approach group (operation duration 176.3 min±20.7 min, blood loss 255.1 ml±38.4 ml, length of incision 18.6 cm±2.4 cm and ODI 13±2.4. There was not statistical difference in terms of Cobb angle on radiographs among the three approaches. Conclusion: The anterior approach surgery is conve-nient for resection of the vertebrae and reconstruction of vertebral height, but it is more complicated and traumatic. Hence it is mostly used for severe Denis type B fracture. The posterior approach is commonly applied to most thora-columbar fractures and has fewer complications compared with the anterior approach, but it has some shortcomings as well. The paraspinal approach has great advantages

  20. A new brace treatment similar for adolescent scoliosis and kyphosis based on restoration of thoracolumbar lordosis. Radiological and subjective clinical results after at least one year of treatment

    van Loon Piet JM

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Study design A prospective treatment study with a new brace was conducted Objective. To evaluate radiological and subjective clinical results after one year conservative brace treatment with pressure onto lordosis at the thoracolumbar joint in children with scoliosis and kyphosis. Summary of background data Conservative brace treatment of adolescent scoliosis is not proven to be effective in terms of lasting correction. Conservative treatment in kyphotic deformities may lead to satisfactory correction. None of the brace or casting techniques is based on sagittal forces only applied at the thoracolumbar spine (TLI= thoracolumbar lordotic intervention. Previously we showed in patients with scoliosis after forced lordosis at the thoracolumbar spine a radiological instantaneous reduction in both coronal curves of double major scoliosis. Methods A consecutive series of 91 children with adolescent scoliosis and kyphosis were treated with a modified symmetric 30 degrees Boston brace to ensure only forced lordosis at the thoracolumbar spine. Scoliosis was defined with a Cobb angle of at least one of the curves [greater than or equal to] 25 degrees and kyphosis with or without a curve Results Before treatment start ‘in brace’ radiographs showed a strong reduction of the Cobb angles in different curves in kyphosis and scoliosis groups (sagittal n = 5 all p Conclusion Conservative treatment using thoracolumbar lordotic intervention in scoliotic and kyphotic deformities in adolescence demonstrates a marked improvement after one year also in clinical and postural criteria. An effect not obtained with current brace techniques.

  1. TCM Treatment for Protrusion of Lumbar Intervertebral Disc——A Report of 100 Cases

    Li Xiang; Li Xulin; Hou Fengmei; Jia Guoqing

    2006-01-01

    @@ Since the year of 2003,100 cases of protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc (PLID) have been treated in our department by using Chinese drugs combined with massotherapy, with quite good therapeutic results reported as follows.

  2. Protective Effect of Ligustrazine on Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Degeneration of Rats Induced by Prolonged Upright Posture

    Qian-Qian Liang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Most chronic low back pain is the result of degeneration of the lumbar intervertebral disc. Ligustrazine, an alkaloid from Chuanxiong, reportedly is able to relieve pain, suppress inflammation, and treat osteoarthritis and it has the protective effect on cartilage and chondrocytes. Therefore, we asked whether ligustrazine could reduce intervertebral disc degeneration. To determine the effect of ligustrazine on disc degeneration, we applied a rat model. The intervertebral disc degeneration of the rats was induced by prolonged upright posture. We found that pretreatment with ligustrazine for 1 month recovered the structural distortion of the degenerative disc; inhibited the expression of type X collagen, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP-13, and MMP3; upregulated type II collagen; and decreased IL-1β, cyclooxygenase (COX-2, and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS expression. In conclusion, ligustrazine is a promising agent for treating lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration disease.

  3. Radiation diagnosis of sequestrated intervertebral disk hernias of the lumbar spine

    The work is based on complex examination of 137 patients with sequestered intervertebral disk hernias of the lumbosacral spine with the use of an x-ray method, helical computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging.

  4. Effect of osteoporosis and intervertebral disc degeneration on endplate cartilage injury in rats

    Lei Wang; Wei Cui; Jean Pierre Kalala; Tom Van Hoof; Bao-Ge Liu

    2014-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the effect of osteoporosis and intervertebral disc degeneration on the endplate cartilage injury in rats.Methods:A total of48 femaleSpragueDawley rats(3 months) were randomly divided intoGroupsA,B,C andD with12 rats in each group.Osteoporosis and intervertebral disc degeneration composite model, simple degeneration model and simple osteoporosis model were prepared inGroupsA,B andC respectively.After modeling, four rats of each group at12th,18th and24th week were sacrificed.Intervertebral height of cervical vertebra C6/C7 was measured.Micro-CT was used to image the endplate of cephalic and caudal cartilage atC6/C7 intervertebral disc.Abraded area rate ofC6 caudal andC7 cephalic cartilage endplate was calculated, and thenC6/C7 intervertebral disc was routinely embedded and sectioned, stained with safraninO to observe histological changes microscopically.Results:At12,18 and 24 weeks, intervertebral disc height ofC6/C7 were(0.58±0.09) mm,(0.53±0.04) mm and(0.04±0.06) mm inGroupA rats,(0.55±0.05) mm,(0.52±0.07) mm and(0.07±0.05) mm inGroupB rats.At24th week, intervertebral disc height ofGroupA rats was significantly lower than that ofGroupB rats (P0.05).At12 and18 weeks, the abraded rate ofC6 caudal andC7 cephalic cartilage endplate inGroupA rats were significantly higher than that inGroupsB,C andD rats(P0.05).Microscopic observation ofCT showed that ventral defects inC6 caudal orC7 cephalic cartilage endplate inGroupsA andB appeared after12 weeks of modeling;obvious cracks were found in front of theC6 andC7 vertebral body, and cartilage defect shown the trend of "repairing" at18 and24 weeks after modeling.Conclusions:Intervertebral disc degeneration and osteoporosis can cause damage to the cartilage endplate.Co-existence of these two factors can induce more serious damage to the endplate, which has possitive correlation with intervertebral disc degeneration.Osteoporosis plays a certain role in intervertebral disc degeneration process, and

  5. Future perspectives of cell-based therapy for intervertebral disc disease

    Sakai, Daisuke

    2008-01-01

    Intervertebral disc degeneration is a primary cause of low back pain and has a high societal cost. Research on cell-based therapies for intervertebral disc disease is emerging, along with the interest in biological therapy to treat disc disease without reducing the mobility of the spinal motion segment. Results from animal models have shown promising results under limited conditions; however, future studies are needed to optimise efficacy, methodology, and safety. To advance research on cell-...

  6. A Review of Animal Models of Intervertebral Disc Degeneration: Pathophysiology, Regeneration, and Translation to the Clinic

    Chris Daly; Peter Ghosh; Graham Jenkin; David Oehme; Tony Goldschlager

    2016-01-01

    Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Discogenic pain secondary to intervertebral disc degeneration is a significant cause of low back pain. Disc degeneration is a complex multifactorial process. Animal models are essential to furthering understanding of the degenerative process and testing potential therapies. The adult human lumbar intervertebral disc is characterized by the loss of notochordal cells, relatively large size, essentially avascular nature, and exposure ...

  7. Simultaneously anterior decompression and posterior instrumentation by extrapleural retroperitoneal approach in thoracolumbar lesions

    Jain Anil

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Anterior decompression with posterior instrumentation when indicated in thoracolumbar spinal lesions if performed simultaneously in single-stage expedites rehabilitation and recovery. Transthoracic, transdiaphragmatic approach to access the thoracolumbar junction is associated with significant morbidity, as it violates thoracic cavity; requires cutting of diaphragm and a separate approach, for posterior instrumentation. We evaluated the clinical outcome morbidity and feasibility of extrapleural retroperitoneal approach to perform anterior decompression and posterior instrumentation simultaneously by single "T" incision outcome in thoracolumbar spinal trauma and tuberculosis. Patients and Methods: Forty-eight cases of tubercular spine (n = 25 and fracture of the spine (n = 23 were included in the study of which 29 were male and 19 female. The mean age of patients was 29.1 years. All patients underwent single-stage anterior decompression, fusion, and posterior instrumentation (except two old traumatic cases via extrapleural retroperitoneal approach by single "T" incision. Tuberculosis cases were operated in lateral position as they were stabilized with Hartshill instrumentation. For traumatic spine initially posterior pedicle screw fixation was performed in prone position and then turned to right lateral position for anterior decompression by same incision and approach. They were evaluated for blood loss, duration of surgery, superficial and deep infection of incision site, flap necrosis, correction of the kyphotic deformity, and restoration of anterior and posterior vertebral body height. Results: In traumatic spine group the mean duration of surgery was 269 minutes (range 215-315 minutes including the change over time from prone to lateral position. The mean intraoperative blood loss was 918 ml (range 550-1100 ml. The preoperative mean ASIA motor, pin prick and light touch score improved from 63.3 to 74.4, 86 to 94.4 and 86 to 96 at

  8. Spontaneous fusion across the apex of severe thoracolumbar Scheuermann′s kyphosis: A surgical consideration

    Tsirikos Athanasios

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Considerable debate exists regarding the pathogenesis, natural history and treatment of Scheuermann′s kyphosis. Surgical correction is indicated in the presence of severe kyphosis which carries the risk of neurological complications, persistent back pain and significant cosmetic deformity. This can be achieved through a posterior-only or an anteroposterior approach. Spontaneous fusion in association with Scheuermann′s kyphosis has not been previously described. This is an important consideration if surgical correction of the kyphosis is planned. Two patients with severe thoracolumbar Scheuermann′s kyphosis who developed spontaneous posterior and anteroposterior fusion across the apex of the deformity are presented. The surgical treatment and final outcome is discussed.

  9. Molecular mechanisms of cell death in intervertebral disc degeneration (Review).

    Zhang, Fan; Zhao, Xueling; Shen, Hongxing; Zhang, Caiguo

    2016-06-01

    Intervertebral discs (IVDs) are complex structures that consist of three parts, namely, nucleus pulposus, annulus fibrosus and cartilage endplates. With aging, IVDs gradually degenerate as a consequence of many factors, such as microenvironment changes and cell death. Human clinical trial and animal model studies have documented that cell death, particularly apoptosis and autophagy, significantly contribute to IVD degeneration. The mechanisms underlying this phenomenon include the activation of apoptotic pathways and the regulation of autophagy in response to nutrient deprivation and multiple stresses. In this review, we briefly summarize recent progress in understanding the function and regulation of apoptosis and autophagy signaling pathways. In particular, we focus on studies that reveal the functional mechanisms of these pathways in IVD degeneration. PMID:27121482

  10. Autophagy: A double-edged sword in intervertebral disk degeneration.

    Zhang, Shu-Jun; Yang, Wei; Wang, Cheng; He, Wen-Si; Deng, Hai-Yang; Yan, Yi-Guo; Zhang, Jian; Xiang, Yong-Xiao; Wang, Wen-Jun

    2016-06-01

    Autophagy is a homeostatic mechanism through which intracellular damaged organelles and proteins are degraded and recycled in response to increased metabolic demands or stresses. Although primarily cytoprotective, dysfunction of autophagy is often associated with many degenerative diseases, including intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration (IDD). As a main contributing factor to low back pain, IDD is the pathological basis for various debilitating spinal diseases. Either higher or lower levels of autophagy are observed in degenerative IVD cells. Despite the precise role of autophagy in disc degeneration that is still controversial, with difference from protection to aggravation, targeting autophagy has shown promise for mitigating disc degeneration. In the current review, we summarize the changes of autophagy in degenerative IVD cells and mainly discuss the relationship between autophagy and IDD. With continued efforts, modulation of the autophagic process could be a potential and attractive therapeutic strategy for degenerative disc disease. PMID:27018178

  11. Correlation of outcome measures with epidemiological factors in thoracolumbar spinal trauma

    Upendra Bidre

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Background : The epidemiological data of a given population on spinal trauma in India is lacking. The present study was undertaken to evaluate the profile of patients with thoracolumbar fractures in a tertiary care hospital in an urban setup. Materials and Methods : Four hundred forty patients with thoracolumbar spinal injuries admitted from January 1990 to May 2000 to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences were included in the analysis. Both retrospective data retrieval and prospective data evaluation of patients were done from January 1998 to May 2000. Epidemiological factors like age, sex and type of injury, mode of transport, time of reporting and number of transfers before admission were recorded. Frankel′s grading was used to assess neurological status. Functional assessment of all patients was done using the FIM™ instrument (Functional Independence Measure. Average follow-up was 33 months (24-41 months. Results : Of the 440 patients, females comprised 17.95% (n=79, while 82.04% (n=361 were males. As many as 40.9% (n=180 of them were in the third decade. Fall from height remained the most common cause 52.3% (n=230. Two hundred sixty (59.1% patients reported within 48 hours. Thirty-two (7.27% patients had single transfer, and all 32 showed complete independence for mobility at final follow-up. 100 of 260 (38.5% patients reporting within 48 hours developed pressure sores, while 114 of 142 (80.28% patients reporting after 5 days developed pressure sores. Conclusion : The present study highlights the magnitude of the problems of our trauma-care and transport system and the difference an effective system can make in the care of spinal injury patients. There is an urgent need for epidemiological data on a larger scale to emphasize the need for a better trauma-care system and pave way for adaptation of well-established trauma-care systems from developed countries.

  12. Biomechanics of Thoracolumbar Burst and Chance-Type Fractures during Fall from Height

    Ivancic, Paul C.

    2014-01-01

    Study Design In vitro biomechanical study. Objective To investigate the biomechanics of thoracolumbar burst and Chance-type fractures during fall from height. Methods Our model consisted of a three-vertebra human thoracolumbar specimen (n = 4) stabilized with muscle force replication and mounted within an impact dummy. Each specimen was subjected to a single fall from an average height of 2.1 m with average velocity at impact of 6.4 m/s. Biomechanical responses were determined using impact load data combined with high-speed movie analyses. Injuries to the middle vertebra of each spinal segment were evaluated using imaging and dissection. Results Average peak compressive forces occurred within 10 milliseconds of impact and reached 40.3 kN at the ground, 7.1 kN at the lower vertebra, and 3.6 kN at the upper vertebra. Subsequently, average peak flexion (55.0 degrees) and tensile forces (0.7 kN upper vertebra, 0.3 kN lower vertebra) occurred between 43.0 and 60.0 milliseconds. The middle vertebra of all specimens sustained pedicle and endplate fractures with comminution, bursting, and reduced height of its vertebral body. Chance-type fractures were observed consisting of a horizontal split fracture through the laminae and pedicles extending anteriorly through the vertebral body. Conclusions We hypothesize that the compression fractures of the pedicles and vertebral body together with burst fracture occurred at the time of peak spinal compression, 10 milliseconds. Subsequently, the onset of Chance-type fracture occurred at 20 milliseconds through the already fractured and weakened pedicles and vertebral body due to flexion-distraction and a forward shifting spinal axis of rotation. PMID:25083357

  13. Creating reproducible thoracolumbar burst fractures in human specimens: an in vitro experiment.

    Oberkircher, Ludwig; Schmuck, Maya; Bergmann, Martin; Lechler, Philipp; Ruchholtz, Steffen; Krüger, Antonio

    2016-04-01

    OBJECT The treatment of traumatic burst fractures unaccompanied by neurological impairment remains controversial and ranges from conservative management to 360° fusion. Because of the heterogeneity of fracture types, classification systems, and treatment options, comparative biomechanical studies might help to improve our knowledge. The aim of the current study was to create a standardized fracture model to investigate burst fractures in a multisegmental setting. METHODS A total of 28 thoracolumbar fresh-frozen human cadaveric spines were used. The spines were dissected into segments (T11-L3). The T-11 and L-3 vertebral bodies were embedded in Technovit 3040 (cold-curing resin for surface testing and impressions). To simulate high energy, a metallic drop tower was designed. Stress risers were used to ensure comparable fractures. CT scans were acquired before and after fracture. All fractures were classified using the AO/OTA classification. RESULTS The preparation and embedding of the spine segments worked well. No repositioning or second embedding of the specimen, even after fracture, was required. It was possible to create single burst fractures at the L-1 level in all 28 spine segments. Among the 28 fractures there were 16 incomplete burst fractures (Type A3.1), 8 burst-split fractures (Type A3.2), and 4 complete burst fractures (Type A3.3). The differences before and after fracture for stiffness and for anterior, posterior, and central heights were all significant (p < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS The ability to create reproducible burst fractures of a single vertebral body in a thoracolumbar spine segment may serve as a basis for future biomechanical studies that will provide better understanding of mechanical properties or fixation techniques. PMID:26682598

  14. Heparanase isoform expression and extracellular matrix remodeling in intervertebral disc degenerative disease

    Luciano Miller Reis Rodrigues

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To determine the molecules involved in extracellular matrix remodeling and to identify and quantify heparanase isoforms present in herniated and degenerative discs. INTRODUCTION: Heparanase is an endo-beta-glucuronidase that specifically acts upon the heparan sulfate chains of proteoglycans. However, heparanase expression in degenerative intervertebral discs has not yet been evaluated. Notably, previous studies demonstrated a correlation between changes in the heparan sulfate proteoglycan pattern and the degenerative process associated with intervertebral discs. METHODS: Twenty-nine samples of intervertebral degenerative discs, 23 samples of herniated discs and 12 samples of non-degenerative discs were analyzed. The expression of both heparanase isoforms (heparanase-1 and heparanase-2 was evaluated using immunohistochemistry and real-time RT-PCR analysis. RESULTS: Heparanase-1 and heparanase-2 expression levels were significantly higher in the herniated and degenerative discs in comparison to the control tissues, suggesting a possible role of these proteins in the intervertebral degenerative process. CONCLUSION: The overexpression of heparanase isoforms in the degenerative intervertebral discs and the herniated discs suggests a potential role of both proteins in the mediation of inflammatory processes and in extracellular matrix remodeling. The heparanase-2 isoform may be involved in normal metabolic processes, as evidenced by its higher expression in the control intervertebral discs relative to the expression of heparanase-1.

  15. Comparison of anthropometric method and medical image method in the lumbar intervertebral disc size

    Kim, Jong Soon; Kim, Chang Soo [College of Health Sciences, Catholic University of Pusan, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-06-15

    The purpose of this study was to examine the indirect estimation of the lumbar intervertebral disc size by two anthropometric methods (Colombini's method and Turk and Celan's method), in order to compare these indirect methods with the direct analysis by computed tomography (CT). The wrist, elbow, knee and ankle joint (right side) diameters were measured in 52 normal volunteers and intervertebral disc sizes were measured in 50 normal subjects by CT. Then the intervertebral disc sizes were calculated using two anthropometric formula. The data were analysed with ANOVA to differentiation between indirect and direct estimation of the lumbar intervertebral disc sizes. This study shows that male subjects have significantly larger L4-5 and L5-S1 intervertebral disc sizes than female subjects. In addition, disc sizes calculated by Colombini's formula were significantly larger than Turk and Celan's formula but were was no significant differences in the compared Turk and Celan's estimation with CT values. The indirect estimation of the intervertebral disc size by Turk and Celan's formula can be considered as a clinically useful method. However, further study should be conducted to compare anthropometric values according to age.

  16. "Free-hand" technique for thoracolumbar pedicle screw instrumentation: Critical appraisal of current "State-of-Art"

    Mattei Tobias

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Pedicle screws are widely used for instrumentation of the thoracolumbar spine. The anatomic studies performed in the last two decades, detailing the complex morphometry and three-dimensional anatomy of the thoracolumbar pedicles, have enabled the emergence of the so-called "free-hand" technique of pedicle screw placement based exclusively on anatomical parameters. However, in the thoracic spine, the benefits of pedicle screws have been tempered by its potential risks, such as, spinal canal violation, pedicle fracture, nerve root compression, and vascular lesions. Furthermore, the narrow and inconsistent shape of the thoracic pedicles, especially in spinal deformity, makes their placement technically challenging. In this article, the authors make a critical appraisal of current "state-of-art" of "free-hand" technique of pedicle instrumentation, analyzing its anatomical basis, surgical technique, present indications and limitations as well as the role of adjuvant image-guided and neurophysiological monitoring methods.

  17. The Effects of Glucocorticoid and Voluntary Exercise Treatment on the Development of Thoracolumbar Kyphosis in Dystrophin-Deficient Mice

    Brereton, Daniel; Plochocki, Jeffrey; An, Daniel; Costas, Jeffrey; Simons, Erin

    2012-01-01

    The development of spinal curvature deformities is a hallmark of muscular dystrophy. While glucocorticoid treatment has been shown to prolong muscle function in dystrophic mice, its effects on the development of dystrophinopathic spinal deformation are poorly understood. In this study, we test the effects of glucocorticoid treatment on the onset of thoracolumbar kyphosis in the dystrophin-deficient mdx mouse using voluntary running exercise to exacerbate muscle fibrosis. We measure the kyphot...

  18. Clinical observation of umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cell transplantation in treatment for sequelae of thoracolumbar spinal cord injury

    Cheng, Hongbin; Liu, Xuebin; Hua, Rongrong; Dai, Guanghui; Wang, Xiaodong; Gao, Jianhua; An, Yihua

    2014-01-01

    Background Umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (UCMSCs) have a considerable advantage and potential in treating for central nervous system diseases and have become a novel alternative treatment for spinal cord injury. This study aims to compare the neurological function outcome of stem cell transplantation, rehabilitation therapy, and self-healing for sequelae of spinal cord injury. Methods Thirty-four cases of thoracolumbar spinal cord injury were randomly divided into three groups: the st...

  19. Comparison of therapeutic effects of anterior decompression and posterior decompression on thoracolumbar spine fracture complicated with spinal nerve injury

    Cui, Hongxun; Guo, Jiayi; Lei YANG; Guo, Yanxing; Guo, Malong

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To compare the clinical therapeutic effects of anterior decompression and posterior decompression on thoracolumbar spine fracture (TSF) complicated with spinal nerve injury (SNI). Methods: A total of 120 patients with TSF and SNI were selected and divided into a treatment group and a control group that were then treated by anterior decompression and posterior decompression respectively. The preoperative and postoperative motor scores, tactile scores, heights of injured vertebral bo...

  20. Magnetic resonance imaging study determining cord level and occupancy at thoracolumbar junction in achondroplasia – A prospective study

    Modi, Hitesh N; Seung-Woo Suh; Jae-Young Hong; Jae-Hyuk Yang

    2011-01-01

    Background: Thoracolumbar (TL) stenosis in achondroplasia is frequently reported, and becomes symptomatic in adulthood. Hence we conducted a prospective study to determine cord level and occupancy at TL junction in symptomatic or asymptomatic achondroplasis patients in comparision to normal population by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Materials and Methods: Cord level with its occupancy rate and TL kyphosis were measured on MRI and standing radiogram, respectively. We prospectively stu...

  1. Postoperative Disc Wedging in Adolescent Idiopathic Thoracolumbar/Lumbar Scoliosis: a Comparison of Anterior and Posterior Approaches

    Bin Yu; Yi-peng Wang; Gui-xing Qiu; Jian-guo Zhang; Jian-xiong Shen; Yu Zhao; Shu-gang Li; Qi-yi Li

    2010-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the different influences of anterior and posterior correction and fusion ap-proaches upon disc wedging in adolescent idiopathic thoracolumbar/lumbar scoliosis.Methods The retrospective study was conducted with the medical records and radiographs of ado-lescent idiopathic thoracolumbar/lumbar scoliosis patients that underwent anterior (group A) or posterior (group B) correction and fusion surgery from December 1998 to May 2008. The correction of the main curve and changes of the disc wedging were analyzed.Results Fifty-three patients were included, 26 in group A and 27 in group B. The mean coronal Cobb angles of the main curve in group A and group B were significantly corrected after surgery (P0.05). The difference between disc wedging at final follow-up and that after surgery was significant in group A (P0.05). Between the two groups, group A had larger disc angles after operation and at final follow-up (P<0.05), and a greater loss of disc angle (P<0.05).Conclusion For adolescent idiopathic thoracolumbar/lumbar scoliosis, posterior approach using all pedicle screws might produce a better result in terms of disc wedging compared with anterior approach.

  2. Magnetic resonance imaging of lumbar intervertebral discs in elderly patients with minor trauma

    Purpose: Vertebral body fractures due to minor trauma, which commonly occur in the elderly, are a frequently encountered clinical problem. We utilized MRI in patients with acute back pain following minor injury to ensure the earliest possible diagnosis. Lumbar discs adjacent to fractured vertebral bodies were evaluated, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to elucidate how often these discs were injured and how the injured discs were depicted by MRI. Materials and methods: We retrospectively reviewed MR images of 74 discs from 37 elderly patients (>65-year-old) with a single level vertebral fracture (fracture group). Patients with multiple-level fractures, burst fractures and/or major trauma, such as that resulting from a traffic accident, were excluded from this study. We also reviewed MR images of 190 discs from 27 elderly patients diagnosed with lumbar stenosis, who had no previous history of vertebral body fractures (stenosis group). Results: In the fracture group, 23% (17/74) of T1-weighted images exhibited a high-intensity area in the disc, whereas only 3% (5/190) exhibited a high-intensity area in the stenosis group. In some cases, in the T2-weighted images we also found a high-intensity zone in discs that showed low- or iso-intensity. This phenomenon was more frequently observed in the fracture group (47%: 35/74) than in the stenosis group. Conclusion: The present study indicates that, in elderly patients, intervertebral discs adjacent to vertebral fractures resulting from minor trauma are often injured. Because hemorrhage is the most likely cause of a high-intensity T1-weighted image, the results indicate that hemorrhage can be induced in a disc adjacent to a vertebral body fractured by even minor trauma.

  3. Magnetic resonance imaging of lumbar intervertebral discs in elderly patients with minor trauma

    Afzal, Suhail [Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, Spine Clinic, Srinagar, Kashmir (India)], E-mail: drsuhaila@yahoo.com; Akbar, Saleem [Nehru Hospital, Rose Belle (Mauritius)

    2009-05-15

    Purpose: Vertebral body fractures due to minor trauma, which commonly occur in the elderly, are a frequently encountered clinical problem. We utilized MRI in patients with acute back pain following minor injury to ensure the earliest possible diagnosis. Lumbar discs adjacent to fractured vertebral bodies were evaluated, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to elucidate how often these discs were injured and how the injured discs were depicted by MRI. Materials and methods: We retrospectively reviewed MR images of 74 discs from 37 elderly patients (>65-year-old) with a single level vertebral fracture (fracture group). Patients with multiple-level fractures, burst fractures and/or major trauma, such as that resulting from a traffic accident, were excluded from this study. We also reviewed MR images of 190 discs from 27 elderly patients diagnosed with lumbar stenosis, who had no previous history of vertebral body fractures (stenosis group). Results: In the fracture group, 23% (17/74) of T1-weighted images exhibited a high-intensity area in the disc, whereas only 3% (5/190) exhibited a high-intensity area in the stenosis group. In some cases, in the T2-weighted images we also found a high-intensity zone in discs that showed low- or iso-intensity. This phenomenon was more frequently observed in the fracture group (47%: 35/74) than in the stenosis group. Conclusion: The present study indicates that, in elderly patients, intervertebral discs adjacent to vertebral fractures resulting from minor trauma are often injured. Because hemorrhage is the most likely cause of a high-intensity T1-weighted image, the results indicate that hemorrhage can be induced in a disc adjacent to a vertebral body fractured by even minor trauma.

  4. Neuroanatomic and pathophysiologic aspects of intervertebral disc disease in the dog.

    Thacher, C

    1989-01-01

    A sound understanding of anatomy and the pathophysiology of disease is important in all branches of medicine, but nowhere is it more critical to success than in the medical and surgical management of intervertebral disc disease. Due to the remote location and unforgiving nature of the spinal cord, the veterinary surgeon must possess an intimate working knowledge of the surgical anatomy of the vertebrae, ligaments and joints of the spine, intervertebral discs, spinal cord, and spinal nerves. In addition, proper localization of spinal cord lesions during the neurological evaluation requires awareness of the functional neuroanatomy of the upper and lower motor motor neurons, the sensory systems and tracts, and the reflex arcs. Knowledge of the pathophysiology the intervertebral disc degeneration and the response of the spinal cord to disc extrusions are also important in the overall understanding of the disease and enhances proper decision making for its management. This chapter reviews the portions of the gross and functional neuroanatomy and the pathophysiology of the intervertebral disc and the spinal cord that are pertinent to the dog with intervertebral disc disease. Emphasis is placed on concepts that are critical for the veterinary surgeon who is involved in the surgical management of the disc patient. PMID:2520119

  5. Analysis of Gene Expression Pattern of Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Degeneration in Human

    HU Ming; MA Yuan-zheng; FENG Hui-cheng; CHEN Xing; CHAI Xiao-jun; PENG Wei; LI Hong-wei

    2006-01-01

    Objective To investigate the gene expression changes in normal and degeneration lumbar intervertebral disc in humans, providing information for clinical. Methods The PCR products of 4096 human genes were spotted onto a kind of chemical-material-coated-glass slides. The total RNAs were isolated from the tissues. Both the mRNAs from the degeneration and normal lumbar intervertebral disc in humans were reversely transcribed to the cDNAs, which used as the hybridization probes with the incorporations of fluorescent dUTP. The mixed probes were then hybridized to the cDNA microarray. After high-stringent washing, the cDNA microarray was scanned for the fluorescent signals and analyzed with computer image analysis. Results Among the 4096 targets,there were 706 genes whose expression levels differed between the degeneration and normal lumbar intervertebral disc in all cases,comprising 298 up-regulated and 358 down-regulated ones. Conclusion DNA microarray technology is an effective technique in screening for differently expressed genes between the degeneration and normal lumbar intervertebral disc. Cell apoptosis plays an important role in the process of lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration.

  6. CT-guided percutaneous drainage within intervertebral space for pyogenic spondylodiscitis with psoas abscess

    Matsumoto, Tomohiro; Morishita, Hiroyuki; Lida, Shigeharu; Asai, Shunsuke; Masui, Koji; Sato, Osamu (Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Japanese Red Cross Kyoto Daiichi Hospital, Kyoto (Japan)), Email: t-matsu@koto.kpu-m.ac.jp; Yamagami, Takuji; Nishimura, Tsunehiko (Department of Radiology, Graduate School of Medical Science, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Kyoto (Japan)); Yamazoe, Shoichi (Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Japanese Red Cross Kyoto Daiichi Hospital, Kyoto (Japan))

    2012-02-15

    Background. Reports on CT-guided percutaneous drainage within the intervertebral space for pyogenic spondylodiscitis with a secondary psoas abscess are limited. Purpose. To evaluate CT-guided percutaneous drainage within the intervertebral space for pyogenic spondylodiscitis and a secondary psoas abscess in which the two sites appear to communicate. Material and Methods. Eight patients with pyogenic spondylodiscitis and a secondary psoas abscess showing communication with the intradiscal abscess underwent CT-guided percutaneous drainage within the intervertebral space. The clinical outcome was retrospectively assessed. Results. An 8-French pigtail catheter within the intervertebral space was successfully placed in all patients. Seven patients responded well to this treatment. The one remaining patient who had developed septic shock before the procedure died on the following day. The mean duration of drainage was 32 days (13-70 days). Only one patient with persistent back pain underwent surgery for stabilization of the spine after the improvement of inflammation. Among seven patients responding well, long-term follow-up (91-801 days, mean 292 days) was conducted in six patients excluding one patient who died of asphyxiation due to aspiration unrelated to the procedure within 30 days after the procedure. In these six patients, no recurrence of either pyogenic spondylodiscitis or the psoas abscess was noted. Conclusion. CT-guided percutaneous drainage within the intervertebral space can be effective for patients with pyogenic spondylodiscitis and a secondary psoas abscess if the psoas abscess communicates with the intradiscal abscess

  7. Avaliação dos resultados clínicos após cirurgia descompressiva em cães com doença de disco intervertebral Evaluation of clinical results of decompressive surgery in dogs with degenerative disk disease

    M.V.B. Arias

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Avaliaram-se os resultados clínicos após realização de cirurgia descompressiva em 45 cães com doença do disco intervertebral cervical ou toracolombar. Após a cirurgia, 35 cães (77,8% recuperaram-se totalmente, oito (17,8% parcialmente e dois (4,4% não apresentaram alteração do quadro inicial. Em oito cães com paraplegia e perda da sensibilidade dolorosa profunda houve completa melhora do quadro clínico, com recuperação total em 62,5% dos casos. Em quatro cães com tetraparesia, a cirurgia foi eficaz. A cirurgia descompressiva (slot cervical e hemilaminectomia toracolombar, com a retirada do material do disco do interior do canal vertebral, foi uma forma efetiva de gerar melhora do quadro funcional.Clinical results after decompressive surgery were evaluated in 45 dogs with cervical or thoracolumbar intervertebral disk disease. After surgery, 35 dogs recovered totally, eight (17.8% partially, and two (4.4% did not present any change in clinical findings. Eight dogs with paraplegy and loss of deep pain perception showed improvement, with total recovering in 62.5% of cases. Surgery was effective in four dogs with tetraparesy. Decompressive surgery (cervical slot or hemilaminectomy, with removal of disk material from inside the vertebral canal, was an effective form to produce functional improvement in dogs with this disease.

  8. A diffusion and T2 relaxation MRI study of the ovine lumbar intervertebral disc under compression in vitro

    Drew, Simon C.; Silva, Pujitha; Crozier, Stuart; Pearcy, Mark J.

    2004-08-01

    The ovine lumbar intervertebral disc is a useful model for the human lumbar disc. We present preliminary estimates of diffusion coefficients and T2 relaxation times in a pilot MRI study of the ovine lumbar intervertebral disc during uniaxial compression in vitro, and identify factors that hamper the ability to accurately monitor the temporal evolution of the effective diffusion tensor at high spatial resolution.

  9. Substructuring and poroelastic modelling of the intervertebral disc.

    Swider, P; Pédrono, A; Ambard, D; Accadbled, F; Sales de Gauzy, J

    2010-05-01

    We proposed a substructure technique to predict the time-dependant response of biological tissue within the framework of a finite element resolution. Theoretical considerations in poroelasticity preceded the calculation of the sub-structured poroelastic matrix. The transient response was obtained using an exponential fitting method. We computed the creep response of an MRI 3D reconstructed L(5)-S(1) intervertebral disc of a scoliotic spine. The FE model was reduced from 10,000 degrees of freedom for the full 3D disc to only 40 degrees of freedom for the sub-structured model defined by 10 nodes attached to junction nodes located on both lower and upper surfaces of the disc. Comparisons of displacement fields were made between the full poroelastic FE model and the sub-structured model in three different loading conditions: compression, offset compression and torsion. Discrepancies in displacement were lower than 10% for the first time steps when time-dependant events were significant. The substructuring technique provided an exact solution in quasi-static behavior after pressure relaxation. Couplings between vertical and transversal displacements predicted by the reference FE model were well stored by the sub-structured model despite the drastic reduction of degrees of freedom. Finally, we demonstrated that substructuring was very efficient to reduce the size of numerical models while respecting the time-dependant behavior of the structure. This result highlighted the potential interest of substructure techniques in large-scale models of musculoskeletal structures. PMID:20170917

  10. Calcified cervical intervertebral disc in children: radiological findings

    Nucleus pulposus calcification in children (CCIDC) is relatively rare but well known clinical syndrome, usually localized at the level of cervical spine. More than hundred and fifty cases have been reported in the literature with an increasing number of new reports in the last decade. The disease entity has been attributed to trauma, inflammation , or increased hydrostatic pressure with the disc, but the exact etiology still remains uncertain. The prognosis of disc calcification in children is good. As a rule pain resolves and there is a spontaneous resorption. Although the benign nature of the disease has been emphasized by many authors, herniation of the calcified nucleus pulposus through ruptured annulus fibrosus may occasionally occur. This rare but potentially serious complication with radiological signs of extradural space occupying lesion rises the question of eventual operative therapy. In several cases which have been reported in literature remission of symptoms occurred with conservative treatment. Radiological investigations are important for the diagnosis, evaluation of extent and follow-up of the disease. Radiography, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be used. The first radiologic examination is standard radiography of the cervical spine. An addition of oblique views suggested before introduction of CT for better presentation of eventual protrusion (extrusion) of calcified discs material into the region of the intervertebral foramen (nerve root comprehension). Since frequently multilevel disc calcifications have been reported some authors suggest standard radiography of the whole spine. Radiography clearly demonstrates nucleus pulposus calcifications, which are round, oval flattened or fragmented. Radiographic appearances are to some extent reminiscent of discographic findings in normal or degenerated disc. Affected disc spaces may be slightly expanded indicating possibility of increased intradiscal pressure. Some of the

  11. Degenerated human intervertebral discs contain autoantibodies against extracellular matrix proteins

    S Capossela

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Degeneration of intervertebral discs (IVDs is associated with back pain and elevated levels of inflammatory cells. It has been hypothesised that discogenic pain is a direct result of vascular and neural ingrowth along annulus fissures, which may expose the avascular nucleus pulposus (NP to the systemic circulation and induce an autoimmune reaction. In this study, we confirmed our previous observation of antibodies in human degenerated and post-traumatic IVDs cultured in vitro. We hypothesised that the presence of antibodies was due to an autoimmune reaction against specific proteins of the disc. Furthermore we identified antigens which possibly trigger an autoimmune response in degenerative disc diseases. We demonstrated that degenerated and post-traumatic IVDs contain IgG antibodies against typical extracellular proteins of the disc, particularly proteins of the NP. We identified IgGs against collagen type II and aggrecan, confirming an autoimmune reaction against the normally immune privileged NP. We also found specific IgGs against collagens types I and V, but not against collagen type III. In conclusion, this study confirmed the association between disc degeneration and autoimmunity, and may open the avenue for future studies on developing prognostic, diagnostic and therapy-monitoring markers for degenerative disc diseases.

  12. Bovine explant model of degeneration of the intervertebral disc

    Sivan Sarit

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Many new treatments for degeneration of the intervertebral disc are being developed which can be delivered through a needle. These require testing in model systems before being used in human patients. Unfortunately, because of differences in anatomy, there are no ideal animal models of disc degeneration. Bovine explant model systems have many advantages but it is not possible to inject any significant volume into an intact disc. Therefore we have attempted to mimic disc degeneration in an explant bovine model via enzymatic digestion. Methods Bovine coccygeal discs were incubated with different concentrations of the proteolytic enzymes, trypsin and papain, and maintained in culture for up to 3 weeks. A radio-opaque solution was injected to visualise cavities generated. Degenerative features were monitored histologically and biochemically (water and glycosaminoglycan content, via dimethylmethylene blue. Results and Conclusion The central region of both papain and trypsin treated discs was macro- and microscopically fragmented, with severe loss of metachromasia. The integrity of the surrounding tissue was mostly in tact with cells in the outer annulus appearing viable. Biochemical analysis demonstrated greatly reduced glycosaminoglycan content in these compared to untreated discs. We have shown that bovine coccygeal discs, treated with proteolytic enzymes can provide a useful in vitro model system for developing and testing potential new treatments of disc degeneration, such as injectable implants or biological therapies.

  13. Mesenchymal stem cell tracking in the intervertebral disc

    Charles Handley; Tony Goldschlager; David Oehme; Peter Ghosh; Graham Jenkin

    2015-01-01

    Low back pain is a common clinical problem, whichleads to significant social, economic and public healthcosts. Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration is acceptedas a common cause of low back pain. Initially, thisis characterized by a loss of proteoglycans from thenucleus pulposus resulting in loss of tissue hydrationand hydrostatic pressure. Conservative management,including analgesia and physiotherapy often fails andsurgical treatment, such as spinal fusion, is required. Stemcells offer an exciting possible regenerative approachto IVD disease. Preclinical research has demonstratedpromising biochemical, histological and radiological resultsin restoring degenerate IVDs. Cell tracking provides anopportunity to develop an in-depth understanding ofstem cell survival, differentiation and migration, enablingoptimization of stem cell treatment. Magnetic ResonanceImaging (MRI) is a non-invasive, non-ionizing imagingmodality with high spatial resolution, ideally suited for stemcell tracking. Furthermore, novel MRI sequences have thepotential to quantitatively assess IVD disease, providingan improved method to review response to biologicaltreatment. Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticleshave been extensively researched for the purpose of celltracking. These particles are biocompatible, non-toxicand act as excellent MRI contrast agents. This review willexplore recent advances and issues in stem cell trackingand molecular imaging in relation to the IVD.

  14. Minimally invasive photopolymerization in intervertebral disc tissue cavities

    Schmocker, Andreas M.; Khoushabi, Azadeh; Gantenbein-Ritter, Benjamin; Chan, Samantha; Bonél, Harald Marcel; Bourban, Pierre-Etienne; Mânson, Jan Anders; Schizas, Constantin; Pioletti, Dominique; Moser, Christophe

    2014-03-01

    Photopolymerized hydrogels are commonly used for a broad range of biomedical applications. As long as the polymer volume is accessible, gels can easily be hardened using light illumination. However, in clinics, especially for minimally invasive surgery, it becomes highly challenging to control photopolymerization. The ratios between polymerizationvolume and radiating-surface-area are several orders of magnitude higher than for ex-vivo settings. Also tissue scattering occurs and influences the reaction. We developed a Monte Carlo model for photopolymerization, which takes into account the solid/liquid phase changes, moving solid/liquid-boundaries and refraction on these boundaries as well as tissue scattering in arbitrarily designable tissue cavities. The model provides a tool to tailor both the light probe and the scattering/absorption properties of the photopolymer for applications such as medical implants or tissue replacements. Based on the simulations, we have previously shown that by adding scattering additives to the liquid monomer, the photopolymerized volume was considerably increased. In this study, we have used bovine intervertebral disc cavities, as a model for spinal degeneration, to study photopolymerization in-vitro. The cavity is created by enzyme digestion. Using a custom designed probe, hydrogels were injected and photopolymerized. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and visual inspection tools were employed to investigate the successful photopolymerization outcomes. The results provide insights for the development of novel endoscopic light-scattering polymerization probes paving the way for a new generation of implantable hydrogels.

  15. Experimental chemonucleolysis with chymopapain in canine intervertebral disks

    The present study describes the radiological and histological changes in the canine intervertebral disk after the experimental injection of chymopapain as the chemical reagent, and determines the appropriate dose of the enzyme for treatment of herniated disks. By radiography, narrowing of the disk space was observed within 2 weeks after the injection of chymopapain, and recovered to 74.1% in the 0.1 mg group, 61.1% in the 1.0 mg group and 71.7% in the 10.0 mg group at 12 weeks. The disk space recovery showed a tendency to delay with aging. Microscopically, proteoglycan positive matrix appeared and the nuclear space was reduced in each disk at 2 weeks after chymopapain injection. The nucleus pulposus contained an irregularly-defined mass consisting of clusters of degenerated notochordal cells surrounded by proliferated chondrocytes and collagen matrix. In each disk at 12 weeks after chymopapain injection, the center of the nucleus pulposus was replaced by fibrocartilage tissue. In the disk into which 10.0 mg chymopapain was injected, the nuclear space filled with dense fibrocartilage tissue without a regenerated matrix component and narrowing of the disk were maintained. It is suggested that canine chemonucleolysis with 10.0 mg of chymopapain reduces the interdiskal pressure. This treatment may therefore relieve the signs and symptoms of herniation of the nucleus pulposus, and may effect chemical disk decompression

  16. Treatment of 116 Cases of Cervical Intervertebral Disc Protrusion by Tuina

    WANG Guang-zong; XIAO Yuan-chun

    2007-01-01

    Objective: To observe the clinical efficacy of uplifting massage therapy in the treatment of cervical intervertebral disc protrusion and study the effectiveness of this massage therapy for cervical intervertebral disc protrusion. Methods: 116 subjects were randomized into two groups: treatment group in which 60 cases were treated by uplifting massage therapy and conventional massage, and control group in which 56 cases were treated by simple conventional massage. Results: After 1-2 courses of treatment, the total effective rate was 95.0% in treatment group and 80.4% in control group; the former rate was higher than the latter one(P<0.05).Conclusion: The uplifting massage therapy combined with conventional massage has better effects than simple conventional massage in the treatment of cervical intervertebral disc protrusion.

  17. Genome-Wide Association Study in Dachshund: Identification of a Major Locus Affecting Intervertebral Disc Calcification

    Mogensen, Mette Sloth; Karlskov-Mortensen, Peter; Proschowsky, Helle Friis;

    2011-01-01

    Intervertebral disc calcification and herniation commonly affects Dachshund where the predisposition is caused by an early onset degenerative process resulting in disc calcification. A continuous spectrum of disc degeneration is seen within and among clog breeds, suggesting a multifactorial...... etiology. The number of calcified discs at 2 years of age determined by a radiographic evaluation is a good indicator of the severity of disc degeneration and thus serves as a measure for the risk of developing intervertebral disc herniation. The aim of the study was to identify genetic variants associated...... with intervertebral disc calcification in Dachshund through a genome-wide association (GWA) study. Based on thorough radiographic examinations, 48 cases with >= 6 disc calcifications or surgically treated for disc herniation and 46 controls with 0-1 disc calcifications were identified. GWA using the...

  18. Design Concepts of Polycarbonate-Based Intervertebral Lumbar Cages: Finite Element Analysis and Compression Testing.

    Figueroa-Cavazos, J Obedt; Flores-Villalba, Eduardo; Diaz-Elizondo, José A; Martínez-Romero, Oscar; Rodríguez, Ciro A; Siller, Héctor R

    2016-01-01

    This work explores the viability of 3D printed intervertebral lumbar cages based on biocompatible polycarbonate (PC-ISO® material). Several design concepts are proposed for the generation of patient-specific intervertebral lumbar cages. The 3D printed material achieved compressive yield strength of 55 MPa under a specific combination of manufacturing parameters. The literature recommends a reference load of 4,000 N for design of intervertebral lumbar cages. Under compression testing conditions, the proposed design concepts withstand between 7,500 and 10,000 N of load before showing yielding. Although some stress concentration regions were found during analysis, the overall viability of the proposed design concepts was validated. PMID:27578960

  19. Intervention of CT Localization plus TCM Therapy on Prolapse of Lumbar Intervertebral Disc

    LUO Zhi-hong; SHEN Wei-na

    2003-01-01

    Purpose To observe the curative effect of interventional therapy by CT localization combined traditional Chinese medicine on prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc. Method The inpatients of lumbar intervertebral disc prolapse were randomly divided into treatmentgroup and control group. Interventional therapy by CT localization combined TCM was used in the treatment group while in the control group TCM therapy was taken only. The treatment lasted for 10 days in both groups. Results The curative effect was 94.3% in the treatment group while 76.8% in the control one (P < 0.05), which had statistical meaning. Conclusion Interventional therapy by CT localization combined TCM on prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc had better effect and shorter treatment course.

  20. On the modeling of the intervertebral joint in multibody models for the spine

    The need to develop feasible computational musculoskeletal models of the spine has led to the development of several multibody models. Central features in these works are models for the ligaments, muscles, and intervertebral joint. The purpose of the present paper is to show how experimental measurements of joint stiffnesses can be properly incorporated using a bushing element. The required refinements to existing bushing force functions in musculoskeletal software platforms are discussed and further implemented using a SpineBushing element specific to the intervertebral joint. Four simple lumbar spine models are then used to illustrate the accompanying improvements. Electronic supplemental material for this article includes a complementary review of formulations of stiffness matrices for the intervertebral joint

  1. The canine intervertebral disk. 2. Degenerative changes: nonchondrodystrophoid versus chondrodystrophoid disks

    In the second of a two-part article on the canine intervertebral disk, the morphological changes which occur within the disk during aging and degeneration are described. Degeneration of the intervertebral disk appears to be a self-perpetuating process as a consequence of disruption to the annulus fibrous, cellular remodeling, altered biomechanical loading, and nutritional deficiencies. In the nonchondrodystrophoid disk, premature acceleration of the aging process can occur following traumatic disruption to the annulus fibrous. This degeneration usually occurs in isolated disks along the length of the vertebral column, By contrast, disk degeneration in the chondrodystrophoid breeds occurs simultaneously in all disks along the vertebral column and usually is well advanced by two years of age, Ultrastructural differences between the intervertebral disk of the nonchondrodystrophoid dog and that of the chondrodystrophoid dog may explain the rapidity and severity of degenerative changes in the latter breeds

  2. On the modeling of the intervertebral joint in multibody models for the spine

    Christophy, Miguel, E-mail: christophy@gmail.com [University of California at Berkeley, Department of Mechanical Engineering (United States); Curtin, Maurice, E-mail: moecurtin@gmail.com [University College Dublin, School of Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering (Ireland); Faruk Senan, Nur Adila, E-mail: adilapapaya@gmail.com [University of California at Berkeley, Department of Mechanical Engineering (United States); Lotz, Jeffrey C., E-mail: lotzj@orthosurg.ucsf.edu [University of California at San Francisco, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (United States); O’Reilly, Oliver M., E-mail: oreilly@berkeley.edu [University of California at Berkeley, Department of Mechanical Engineering (United States)

    2013-12-15

    The need to develop feasible computational musculoskeletal models of the spine has led to the development of several multibody models. Central features in these works are models for the ligaments, muscles, and intervertebral joint. The purpose of the present paper is to show how experimental measurements of joint stiffnesses can be properly incorporated using a bushing element. The required refinements to existing bushing force functions in musculoskeletal software platforms are discussed and further implemented using a SpineBushing element specific to the intervertebral joint. Four simple lumbar spine models are then used to illustrate the accompanying improvements. Electronic supplemental material for this article includes a complementary review of formulations of stiffness matrices for the intervertebral joint.

  3. Burst fracture of the thoracolumbar spine: correlation between kyphosis and clinical result of the treatment

    Rodrigo Arnold Tisot

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the correlation between kyphosis due to burst fractures of thoracic and lumbar spine and clinical outcome in patients undergoing conservative or surgical treatment.METHODS: A retrospective, cross-sectional study was conducted with 29 patients with thoracolumbar burst fractures treated by the Spine Group in a trauma reference hospital between the years 2002 and 2011. Patients were followed-up as outpatients for a minimum of 24 months. All cases were clinically evaluated by Oswestry and SF-36 quality of life questionnaires and the visual analogue scale (VAS of pain. They were also evaluated by X-ray examinations and CT scans of the lumbosacral spine at the time of hospitalization and subsequently as outpatients by Cobb method for measuring the degree of kyphosis.RESULTS: There was no statistically significant correlation between the degree of initial kyphosis and clinical outcome measured by VAS and by most of the SF-36 domains in both patients treated conservatively and the surgically treated. The Oswestry questionnaire showed benefits for patients who received conservative treatment (p=0.047 compared to those surgically treated (p=0.335. The analysis of difference between initial and final kyphosis and final kyphosis alone in relation to clinical outcome showed no statistical correlation in any of the scores used.CONCLUSION: The clinical outcome of treatment of the thoracic and lumbar burst fractures was not influenced by a greater or lesser degree of initial or residual kyphosis, regardless of the type of treatment.

  4. Percutaneous kyphoplasty combined with the posterior screw-rod system in treatment of osteoporotic thoracolumbar fractures

    Jiang Wu

    2013-01-01

    Materials and Methods: Twenty six patients (65 years of age or older with the single spine fractures included in study. The preoperative bone mineral density was measured by dual-energy X-ray. The PKP was done in all the cases. Decompression was done if neurological symptoms were present. Results: The results demonstrated osteoporosis with BMD T value ≤ −2.5; injured posterior vertebral body (3 cases had shown the whole damage accompanied by neurological symptoms through X-ray or CT. After 2 days, the remaining patients of back pain symptoms were relieved or disappeared except for three cases of patients with decompression incision. VAS score and Cobb angle changed from preoperative 8.23 ± 0.17 and 28.7 ± 0.33° respectively to postoperative 3.77 ± 0.44 and 3.8 ± 0.2° respectively. Conclusion: Treatment of rupture of the posterior vertebral osteoporotic thoracolumbar fractures by means of kyphoplasty combined with posterior screw-rod system is a safe, effective procedure.

  5. Gradual Height Decrease of Augmented Vertebrae after Vertebroplasty at the Thoracolumbar Junction

    Oh, Han San; Kim, Hyun Gon; Park, Kwan Ho

    2016-01-01

    Objective Vertebroplasty is an effective treatment for vertebral compression fracture, but may progress gradual vertebral height decrease in spite of vertebroplasty. Gradual vertebral height decrease also may induce aggravation of kyphotic change without severe pain. The purpose of this study was to evaluate risk factors for gradual vertebral height decrease in the absence of recurrent severe back pain. Methods A retrospective analysis was performed on 44 patients who were diagnosed with a first osteoporotic compression fracture at a single level at the thoracolumbar junction. All patients were taken vertebroplasty. Possible risk factors for gradual vertebral height decrease, such as sex, age, bone mineral density, body mass index, level of compression fracture, volume of injected cement, cement leakage into disc space, and air clefts within fractured vertebrae, were analyzed. Results Gradual vertebral height decrease of augmented vertebrae occurred commonly when more than 4 cc of injected cement was used, and when air clefts within fractured vertebrae were seen on admission. In addition, the sagittal Cobb angle more commonly increased during the follow-up period in such cases. Conclusion Injection of more than 4 cc of cement during vertebroplasty and air cleft within fractured vertebrae on admission induced gradual vertebral height decrease in augmented vertebrae. Thus, longer follow-up will be needed in such cases, even when patients do not complain of recurrent severe back pain.

  6. Treatment of Thoracolumbar Spinal Infections through Anterolateral Approaches Using Expandable Titanium Mesh Cage for Spine Reconstruction

    Tarantino Roberto

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Pyogenic vertebral osteomyelitis (PVO is still a rare pathology. However, its incidence is on the rise. This is due to an increasing population with predisposing factors. Also, the availability of more effective diagnostic tools has brought it increasingly to the surgeon’s attention. In this study the patients were treated in the Neurosurgery Division of the Department of Neurological Sciences and Psychiatry of the Sapienza University of Rome, between 2001 and 2009. They had thoracolumbar pyogenic spondylitis. This study was undertaken in order to identify the correct diagnostic and therapeutic treatment needed in such cases. From the cases studied here, it is evident that spinal infections can be extremely insidious and that diagnosis tends to be reached late. Surgery, along with the antibiotic treatment, allows for eradication of the causes of the pathology by the reclamation of the affected region. Surgery is also fundamental in helping to recover vital functions and in restoring as much as possible the correct curvature of the rachises. The use of an anterolateral approach is dictated by the necessity of obtaining 360° stability as well as by the need to clear away extensive infections, which are not always reachable using a posterior approach.

  7. Lumbar intervertebral disc puncture under C-arm fluoroscopy: a new rat model of lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration.

    Li, Dapeng; Yang, Huilin; Huang, Yonghui; Wu, Yan; Sun, Taicun; Li, Xuefeng

    2014-01-01

    To establish a minimally invasive rat model of lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) to better understand the pathophysiology of the human condition. The annulus fibrosus of lumbar level 4-5 (L4-5) and L5-6 discs were punctured by 27-gauge needles using the posterior approach under C-arm fluoroscopic guidance. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), histological examination by hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining, and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) were performed at baseline and 2, 4, and 8 weeks after disc puncture surgery to determine the degree of degeneration. All sixty discs (thirty rats) were punctured successfully. Only two of thirty rats subjected to the procedure exhibited immediate neurological symptoms. The MRI results indicated a gradual increase in Pfirrmann grade from 4 to 8 weeks post-surgery (PCol2), and Sox9 mRNAs, which encode disc components, decreased gradually post-surgery. In contrast, mRNA expression of type I collagen (Col1), an indicator of fibrosis, increased (P<0.05). The procedure of annular puncture using a 27-gauge needle under C-arm fluoroscopic guidance had a high success rate. Histological, MRI, and RT-PCR results revealed that the rat model of disc degeneration is a progressive pathological process that is similar to human IDD. PMID:24770648

  8. A method for quantifying intervertebral disc signal intensity on T2-weighted imaging

    Background Quantification of intervertebral disc degeneration based on intensity of the nucleus pulposus in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) often uses the mean intensity of the region of interest (ROI) within the nucleus pulposus. However, the location and size of ROI have varied in different reports, and none of the reported methods can be considered fully objective. Purpose To develop a more objective method of establishing ROIs for quantitative evaluation of signal intensity in the nucleus pulposus using T2-weighted MRI. Material and Methods A 1.5-T scanner was used to obtain T2-weighted mid-sagittal images. A total of 288 intervertebral discs from 48 patients (25 men, 23 women) were analyzed. Mean age was 47.4 years (range, 17-69 years). All discs were classified into five grades according to Pfirrmann et al. Discs in grades I and II were defined as bright discs, and discs in grades IV and V were defined as dark discs. Eight candidate methods of ROI determination were devised. The method offering the highest degree of discrimination between bright and dark discs was investigated among these eight methods. Results The method with the greatest degree of discrimination was as follows. The quadrangle formed by anterior and posterior edges of the upper and lower end plates in contact with the intervertebral disc to be measured was defined as the intervertebral area. A shape similar to the intervertebral area but with one-quarter the area was drawn. The geometrical center of the shape was matched to the center of intensity, and this shape was then used as the ROI. Satisfactory validity and reproducibility were obtained using this method. Conclusion The present method offers adequate discrimination and could be useful for longitudinal tracking of intervertebral disc degeneration with sufficient reproducibility

  9. Determination of the intervertebral disc space from CT images of the lumbar spine

    Korez, Robert; Å tern, Darko; Likar, Boštjan; Pernuš, Franjo; Vrtovec, Tomaž

    2014-03-01

    Degenerative changes of the intervertebral disc are among the most common causes of low back pain, where for individuals with significant symptoms surgery may be needed. One of the interventions is the total disc replacement surgery, where the degenerated disc is replaced by an artificial implant. For designing implants with good bone contact and continuous force distribution, the morphology of the intervertebral disc space and vertebral body endplates is of considerable importance. In this study we propose a method for the determination of the intervertebral disc space from three-dimensional (3D) computed tomography (CT) images of the lumbar spine. The first step of the proposed method is the construction of a model of vertebral bodies in the lumbar spine. For this purpose, a chain of five elliptical cylinders is initialized in the 3D image and then deformed to resemble vertebral bodies by introducing 25 shape parameters. The parameters are obtained by aligning the chain to the vertebral bodies in the CT image according to image intensity and appearance information. The determination of the intervertebral disc space is finally achieved by finding the planes that fit the endplates of the obtained parametric 3D models, and placing points in the space between the planes of adjacent vertebrae that enable surface reconstruction of the intervertebral disc space. The morphometric analysis of images from 20 subjects yielded 11:3 +/- 2:6, 12:1 +/- 2:4, 12:8 +/- 2:0 and 12:9 +/- 2:7 cm3 in terms of L1-L2, L2-L3, L3-L4 and L4-L5 intervertebral disc space volume, respectively.

  10. A method for quantifying intervertebral disc signal intensity on T2-weighted imaging

    Nagashima, Masaki [Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, Keio Univ. School of Medicine, Tokyo (Japan); Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, Kitasato Univ. Kitasato Inst. Hospital, Tokyo (Japan); Abe, Hitoshi [Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, Kitasato Univ. Kitasato Inst. Hospital, Tokyo (Japan)], E-mail: hit-abe@insti.kitasato-u.ac.jp; Amaya, Kenji [Graduate School of Information Science and Engineering, Tokyo Inst. of Technology, Tokyo (Japan); Matsumoto, Hideo [Inst. for Integrated Sports Medicine, Keio Univ. School of Medicine, Tokyo (Japan); Yanaihara, Hisashi [Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Kitasato Univ. Kitasato Inst. Hospital, Tokyo (Japan); Nishiwaki, Yuji [Dept. of Environmental and Occupational Health, Toho Univ. School of Medicine, Tokyo (Japan); Toyama, Yoshiaki; Matsumoto, Morio [Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, Keio Univ. School of Medicine, Tokyo (Japan)

    2012-11-15

    Background Quantification of intervertebral disc degeneration based on intensity of the nucleus pulposus in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) often uses the mean intensity of the region of interest (ROI) within the nucleus pulposus. However, the location and size of ROI have varied in different reports, and none of the reported methods can be considered fully objective. Purpose To develop a more objective method of establishing ROIs for quantitative evaluation of signal intensity in the nucleus pulposus using T2-weighted MRI. Material and Methods A 1.5-T scanner was used to obtain T2-weighted mid-sagittal images. A total of 288 intervertebral discs from 48 patients (25 men, 23 women) were analyzed. Mean age was 47.4 years (range, 17-69 years). All discs were classified into five grades according to Pfirrmann et al. Discs in grades I and II were defined as bright discs, and discs in grades IV and V were defined as dark discs. Eight candidate methods of ROI determination were devised. The method offering the highest degree of discrimination between bright and dark discs was investigated among these eight methods. Results The method with the greatest degree of discrimination was as follows. The quadrangle formed by anterior and posterior edges of the upper and lower end plates in contact with the intervertebral disc to be measured was defined as the intervertebral area. A shape similar to the intervertebral area but with one-quarter the area was drawn. The geometrical center of the shape was matched to the center of intensity, and this shape was then used as the ROI. Satisfactory validity and reproducibility were obtained using this method. Conclusion The present method offers adequate discrimination and could be useful for longitudinal tracking of intervertebral disc degeneration with sufficient reproducibility.

  11. The effectiveness of percutaneous laser disc decompression for the prolapsed lumbar intervertebral disc

    Mu, Ming Wei; Liu, Wei; Feng, Wei; Ma, Nan

    2009-07-01

    Objective: to investigate the role of associated factors in the effectiveness of laser treatment for prolapsed lumber intervertebral disc. Method: 302 prolapsed lumber intervertebral discs in 212 patients were treated with percutaneous laser disc decompression (PLDD). Patients were followed up by 12month, the associated factors which affecting the effectiveness of treatment, ie age, duration of illness were analyzed. Results: Punctual Success rate was 100%. After 12 month's follow up, 86% successful outcomes were obtained, in which 93% successful outcomes were obtained in patients less than 50 years old, 92% successful outcomes was obtained in the patients whose duration of illness less than 1 year.

  12. Treatment of 30 Cases of Prolapse of Lumbar Intervertebral Disc by Electroacupuncture plus Tuina

    JIANG Gui-mei; JIA Chao; WU Xue-fei

    2003-01-01

    Purpose: To observe the clinical therapeutic effect of electro acupuncture plus Tuina on treating prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc. Methods: Electro -acupuncture at Jiaji(Ex-B 2) acupoints plus reduction manipulations were used to treat 30 cases of prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc. Results: After 2 courses of treatment, among the 30 cases, 8 cases were cured and 22cases got improvements, and the effective rate was 100%.Conclusion: Electroacupuncture plus reduction manipula -tions had a satisfactory effect on treating this disease;and it can significantly improve the clinical symptoms of the patients.

  13. Computerized tomography of the lumbar vertebral column after intervertebral disk operation. Pt. 1

    Schindler, G.; Klott, K.

    1984-01-01

    Problems after intervertebral disk operations are to be expected in about 25-40% of the patients operated. Progressive degnerative alterations at the disks, the vertebrae and the intervertebral joints entail chronic mechanical pain resulting from the sensitive innervation of the structures mentioned, or lead in severe cases to the alteration of the epidural space respectively the spinal nerves with corresponding peripheral neurological symptoms. As post-surgical complications spondylodiscitis, spondylitis, haematomae, liquor fistulae, and split-off bone fragments can be the cause of complaints, for which computerized tomography is a better diagnostical method than myelography.

  14. Effect of intervertebral disc disease on scoliosis in the lumbar spine

    Wojcik Gustaw

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Lumbar intervertebral discopathy is a common clinical problem and a significant cause of low back pain. Usually it is associated with overload and damage to the intervertebral disc, which directly relates to the instability of the motion segment. Renal normal anatomy between tissues within the spinal canal is a cause of the reflex curvature of the spine, the goal is to increase the volume of the spinal channel and reduce the compression of the nerve tissue. Knee-jerk reaction to pain is an non physiological change of the setting of the spine in the frontal plane.

  15. Standards of Practice: Quality Assurance Guidelines for Percutaneous Treatments of Intervertebral Discs

    Percutaneous treatments are used in the therapy of small- to medium-sized hernias of intervertebral discs to reduce the intradiscal pressure in the nucleus and theoretically create space for the herniated fragment to implode inward, thus reducing pain and improving mobility and quality of life. These techniques involve the percutaneous removal of the nucleus pulposus by using a variety of chemical, thermal, or mechanical techniques and consist of removal of all or part of nucleus pulposus to induce more rapid healing of the abnormal lumbar disc. These guidelines are written to be used in quality improvement programs for assessing fluoroscopy- and/or computed tomography-guided percutaneous intervertebral disc ablative techniques.

  16. Clinical and radiological outcomes of conservative treatment after stable post-traumatic thoracolumbar fractures in elderly: Is it really best option for all elderly patients?

    Deniz Cankaya

    2015-12-01

    Conclusion: Although there is wide acceptance of conservative treatment of post-traumatic stable thoracolumbar fracture with intact PCL according to the Thoracolumbar Injury Classification and Severity Score (TLICS, elderly female patients with a post-traumatic compression fracture in the junctional region are at great risk of conservative treatment failure. These patients should be well-informed about the possible complications and poor results of conservative treatment, and surgical treatment should be considered in selective cases with the informed consent of the patients.

  17. Biomechanical analysis of the camelid cervical intervertebral disc

    Dean K. Stolworthy

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Chronic low back pain (LBP is a prevalent global problem, which is often correlated with degenerative disc disease. The development and use of good, relevant animal models of the spine may improve treatment options for this condition. While no animal model is capable of reproducing the exact biology, anatomy, and biomechanics of the human spine, the quality of a particular animal model increases with the number of shared characteristics that are relevant to the human condition. The purpose of this study was to investigate the camelid (specifically, alpaca and llama cervical spine as a model of the human lumbar spine. Cervical spines were obtained from four alpacas and four llamas and individual segments were used for segmental flexibility/biomechanics and/or morphology/anatomy studies. Qualitative and quantitative data were compared for the alpaca and llama cervical spines, and human lumbar specimens in addition to other published large animal data. Results indicate that a camelid cervical intervertebral disc (IVD closely approximates the human lumbar disc with regard to size, spinal posture, and biomechanical flexibility. Specifically, compared with the human lumbar disc, the alpaca and llama cervical disc size are approximately 62%, 83%, and 75% with regard to area, depth, and width, respectively, and the disc flexibility is approximately 133%, 173%, and 254%, with regard to range of motion (ROM in axial-rotation, flexion-extension, and lateral-bending, respectively. These results, combined with the clinical report of disc degeneration in the llama lower cervical spine, suggest that the camelid cervical spine is potentially well suited for use as an animal model in biomechanical studies of the human lumbar spine.

  18. Spreading epidural hematoma and deep subcutaneous edema: indirect MRI signs of posterior ligamentous complex injury in thoracolumbar burst fractures

    Kim, Na Ra [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea); Konkuk University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea); Hong, Sung Hwan [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea); Seoul National University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea); Choi, Ja-Young; Myung, Jae Sung [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea); Chang, Bong-Soon [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Seoul (Korea); Lee, Joon Woo; Kang, Heung Sik [Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea); Moon, Sung Gyu [Konkuk University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea)

    2010-08-15

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of a spreading epidural hematoma (SEH) and deep subcutaneous edema (DSE) as indirect signs of posterior ligamentous complex (PLC) injuries on MR imaging of thoracolumbar burst fractures. We retrospectively reviewed spinal MR images of 43 patients with thoracolumbar burst fractures: 17 patients with PLC injuries (study group) and 26 without PLC injuries (control group). An SEH was defined as a hemorrhagic infiltration into the anterior or posterior epidural space that spread along more than three vertebrae including the level of the fracture. A DSE was regarded as a fluid-like signal lesion in the deep subcutaneous layer of the back, and its epicenter was at the burst fracture level. The frequency of the SEH/DSE in the two groups was analyzed. In addition, the association between each sign and the degree of vertebral collapse, the severity of central canal compromise, and surgical decisions were analyzed. Magnetic resonance images showed an SEH in 20 out of 43 patients (46%) and a DSE in 17 (40%). The SEH and DSE were more commonly seen in the study group with PLC injuries (SEH, 15 out of 17 patients, 80%; DSE, 16 out of 17 patients, 94%) than in the control group without PLC injuries (SEH, 5 out of 26, 19%; DSE, 1 out of 26, 4%) (P <0.0001). The SEH and DSE were significantly associated with surgical management decisions (17 out of 20 patients with SEH, 85%, vs 8 out of the 23 without SEH, 35%, P =0.002; 15 out of 17 with DSE, 88%, vs 10 out of 26 without DSE, 38%, P =0.002). The SEH and DSE did not correlate with the degree of vertebral collapse or the severity of central canal compromise. The SEH and DSE may be useful secondary MR signs of posterior ligamentous complex injury in thoracolumbar burst fractures. (orig.)

  19. Short Segment Fixation Versus Short Segment Fixation With Pedicle Screws at the Fracture Level for Thoracolumbar Burst Fracture

    Anghel S

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The most prevailing surgical procedure in the treatment of thoracolumbar burst fractures, Short Segment Fixation (SSF, is often followed by loss of correction or hardware failure which may be significant enough to require another surgical intervention. In order to take advantage of its benefits but to avoid or diminish the risk and impact of associated drawbacks, some other alternatives have been lately developed among which we refer to short segment fixation with intermediate screws (SSF+IS. This article provides a comparative picture over the effectiveness of the two above-mentioned surgical treatments, focusing on their potential to prevent the loss of correction.

  20. Clinical study on the application of minimally invasive percutaneous pedicle screw fixation in single segment thoracolumbar fracture without neurological symptoms

    Jin-ping LIU

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective To discuss the clinical effects of minimally invasive percutaneous pedicle screw fixation in the treatment of single segment thoracolumbar fracture without neurological symptoms.  Methods From June 2012 to October 2014, 38 neurologically intact patients with thoracolumbar fracture underwent surgeries, including open pedicle screw fixation in 16 cases and percutaneous pedicle screw fixation in 22 cases. The incision length, operation time, intraoperative blood loss, postoperative drainage and postoperative complication were recorded and compared between 2 groups. Thoracolumbar orthophoric, lateral and flexion-extension X-ray was used to measure sagittal Cobb angle and height of injured anterior vertebral body before and after operation. Modified Macnab evaluation was used to assess the curative effects 3 months after operation. Results The success rate of operations in 38 patients was 100%. There were a total of 114 vertebral bodies fused and 228 pedicle screws implanted. Patients in the percutaneous pedicle screw group had smaller incision length [(10.55 ± 1.23 cm vs (18.50 ± 2.50 cm, P = 0.000], less intraoperative blood loss [(32.55 ± 7.22 ml vs (320.50 ± 15.48 ml, P = 0.000], shorter hospital stay [(6.55 ± 1.50 d vs (13.50 ± 2.52 d, P = 0.000], and without postoperative drainage. The follow-up after operation ranged from 3 to 6 months, with the average time of (4.65 ± 1.24 months. Cobb angle was reduced (P = 0.000 and height of injured anterior vertebral body were improved signifcantly (P = 0.000 3 months after surgery in both groups. The total effective rate was 14/16 in open surgery group, and 86.36% (19/22 in percutaneous pedicle screw group, however, the difference between 2 groups was not significant (P = 1.000. Conclusions Minimally invasive percutaneous pedicle screw fixation is a surgical method with less iatrogenic injury, less intraoperative blood loss and quick recovery for patients with thoracolumbar fracture

  1. Does a herniated nucleus pulposus contribute significantly to a decrease in height of the intervertebral disc? Quantitative volumetrich MRI

    Holodny, A.I.; Kisza, P.S.; Contractor, S.; Liu, W.C. [Department of Radiology, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, University Hospital C-320, 150 Bergen Street, Newark, NJ 07103-2714 (United States)

    2000-06-01

    A lumbar intervertebral disc with a herniated nucleus pulposus (HNP) often exhibits a decrease in the height of the intervertebral space. Our purpose was to ascertain whether the loss of volume of an HNP is sufficient to cause a perceptible decrease in the height of the intervertebral space. MRI of 44 patients with 51 HNPs were reviewed. The volumes of the herniated material and of the intervertebral discs were calculated for every level from L 1-2 to L 5-S 1. The average volume of the HNP was 503{+-}301 mm{sup 3}. The average volumes of all 220 intervertebral discs and of the 127 normal-appearing discs were 14442{+-}4200 mm{sup 3} and 17476{+-}2885 mm{sup 3} respectively. The average volume of the HNP represented 3.5% of the parent disc. An average HNP caused a decrease in intervertebral space height of 0.35 mm (0.56 pixels). Therefore, the loss of the volume of the HNP does not cause a significant decrease in the intervertebral space height. The average calculated decrease in the disc height is less than that reported in normal diurnal variation. (orig.)

  2. MANAGEMENT OF UNSTABLE THORACOLUMBAR SPINAL INJURIES BY POSTERIOR INSTRUMENTATION: A PROSPECTIVE STUDY

    Shivanaik

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Spinal trauma is one of the grave injuries that cause infinite morbidity and disability resulting from high energy trauma. 30-60% of all spinal injuries are concentrated in the thoracic and lumbar spine and 15-20% is associated with neurological injury. The neurological improvement is independent of treatment modality, lately consensus evolving around the world for stabilization of spine with instrumentation allowing early mobilization, prevention and limitation of neurological injury as well as restoration of spinal stability. A number of fixation systems have been advocated. The use of pedicular screws and rod system allows adequate 3 dimensional control of each motion segment and allows rigid fixation. Acceptable results have been reported in majority of patients treated with pedicle screw and rod system with good neurological recovery. The aim of the study was to access the commonest mode, level, type of fracture, efficacy of pedicle screw and rod system and the radiological, neurological and functional out come in order to recreate a stable pain free spinal column. METHODS: This study is a prospective clinical study of unstable thoracolumbar spinal injuries by posterior instrumentation (pedicular screw and rod fixation in thoracic, lumbar, and thoracolumbar spinal fractures. In all, a total of 21 cases were evaluated and assessed during the period from 1st June 2008 to 30th September 2010. The study was conducted in the Department of Orthopaedics, Vijayanagara Institute of Medical sciences, Bellary. Patient selection was according to the inclusion and exclusion criteria and was surgically treated with pedicle screw and rod system. RESULTS: In our series there were 20(94.75% males and 1(5.25% female patient with an average age of 28.3 years 17(82.1% cases due to fall from height, 4(17.9% cases following road traffic accident.16(76.1% cases were of AO Type A, 3 (14.2% of AO Type B, 2(9.52% of AO type C fractures

  3. Posterior short-segment fixation using ligamentotaxis for the thoracolumbar vertebral body fractures. Multicenter study

    Described are the operative technique for the thoracolumbar vertebral body fractures and their imaging evaluation by X-radiography and CT. The radiological technique of surgery involves the one level above-one level below screw fixation at the injured vertebra, taxis of kyphotic abnormality with screws and distraction with a rod, and ligamentotaxis after fulfillment of hydroxyl-apatite block in the formed hole at the pedicle of arch. Subjects are 74 patients (M 45/F 29; 14-78 years old; fracture at T11-12, 7 cases, L1-5, 67; A1 fracture 9 cases, A2, 8, A3, 55, and C1, 2) (not including the fragility fracture) of 5 hospitals, of whose 40 cases are followed up for 9-24 months after operation. Operation with Universal Spine System (Synthes) is conducted 1-31 days post injury. Following parameters are obtained in images before (at injury) and immediately after or after operation: Vertebral kyphotic angles, and heights of injured bone anterior/posterior (a/p) for calculation of wedge-shaped deformation rate (WDR) are measured in the lateral radiograph; and minimal diameters of a/p injured vertebral canal for canal constrictive rate, in CT. The mean kyphotic angle is found to be 8.5 deg at injury and 0.2 deg immediately after surgery, and WDR, 33.3% and 12.9%: significant corrections found. The canal constriction 57% at injury is significantly improved to 39% after operation. From aspect of calculated AIC (Akaike Information Criteria) on WDR, the operation is considered to have to be done within 7 disease days in average. (K.T.)

  4. Dose-Volume Effects in Rat Thoracolumbar Spinal Cord: The Effects of Nonuniform Dose Distribution

    Purpose: To investigate dose-volume effects in rat spinal cord irradiated with nonuniform dose distributions and to assess regional differences in radiosensitivity. Methods and Materials: A total of 106 rats divided into three groups were irradiated with 192Ir γ-rays at a high dose rate. The groups were irradiated with one, two, or six catheters distributed around the thoracolumbar spinal cord to create different dose distributions. After irradiation, the animals were tested for motor function for 9 months. The response was defined as motor dysfunction and WM or nerve root necrosis. Dose-response data were analyzed with a probit analysis as function of the dose level at a percentage of the volume (D%) and with different normal tissue complication probability models. Additionally, the histologic responses of the individual dose voxels were analyzed after registration with the histologic sections. Results: The probit analysis at D24 (24% of the volume) gave the best fit results. In addition, the Lyman Kutcher Burman model and the relative seriality model showed acceptable fits, with volume parameters of 0.17 and 0.53, respectively. The histology-based analysis revealed a lower radiosensitivity for the dorsal (50% isoeffective dose [ED50] = 32.3) and lateral WM (ED50 = 33.7 Gy) compared with the dorsal (ED50 = 25.9 Gy) and ventral nerve roots (ED50 = 24.1 Gy). Conclusions: For this nonuniform irradiation, the spinal cord did not show typical serial behavior. No migration terms were needed for an acceptable fit of the dose-response curves. A higher radiosensitivity for the lumbar nerve roots than for the thoracic WM was found

  5. Evaluation the results of surgical management of traumatic paraplegia in traumatic thoracolumbar fractures

    Subarna Misra

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Thoracolumbar spine fractures are common injuries that can result in significant disability, deformity and neurological deficit. Aim of this study was to evaluate the results of surgical management of traumatic paraplegia, complete or incomplete as classified by Frankel scoring. Methods: A prospective study was conducted in patients attending outdoor and emergency department of Orthopedics of a tertiary care teaching institute in Kolkata, West Bengal with traumatic paraplegia involving the dorsolumbar spine. The important objectives are the time for recovery of various functions like sensory, motor and bowel and bladder function, comparison between early and late decompression, results of posterolateral fusion and time taken for solid bony fusion after operation. Total 46 cases were selected within a minimum of 6-month post-operative follow-up of which 4 cases lost in follow-up. Data collected from patient records included age, sex, time from injury to hospitalization, initial neurological status as per Frankel Score, MRI findings, surgery performed, postoperative course and neurological status at the time of discharge and latest follow up. Patients lost to follow up were not studied for outcome analysis. Results: When decompression done within 1st week in incomplete paraplegia, 80% of the patients showed return of grade 3 power. In complete paraplegia cases, 11% of the patients had return of power up to grade 3 when decompression done within 1 week, where no cases showed return of grade 3 power when decompression done after 2nd or 3rd week. Conclusions: After recovery from spinal shock, the earlier the surgical compression done, the better the neurological and bowel/bladder function recovery both in complete and incomplete paraplegic cases. Reduction is better and easy and less time consuming in early decompression than in late. Motor recovery can continue for over 6 months after decompression. [Int J Res Med Sci 2016; 4(6.000: 2262-2270

  6. MORPHOMETRIC AND MORPHOLOGICAL STUDY OF ARTICULAR FACETS OF THE THORACOLUMBAR VERTEBRAL COLUMN IN NORTH INDIAN POPULATION

    Rimpi Gupta

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: The articular processes of thoracolumbar vertebral column play an important role in weight transmission and determining the range and direction of movements between any two vertebrae. Size of these facets has been correlated with the magnitude of stress imposed on them. Purpose of study: The present study has been conducted on the articular processes of 510 vertebrae (thoracic: 360; lumbar:150 with the aim to provide high quality data sets for constructing the models of spine to study mechanics of spinal instrumentation. The length , width and the distance between the right & left superior & inferior articular processes have been measured with the vernier callipers. The presence/ absence of mamillary tubercle has been observed in the present study. Results: The length of thoracic SAFs was almost same at all levels whereas that of the lumbar SAFs increased gradually from L1-L5. However the width showed a variable trend. In case of thoracic IAFs both these parameters showed a variable trend. Whereas in lumbar region, these increased gradually from L1-L5. The distance between two inferior articular processes was more than that between two superior articular processes at almost all levels except T1-T3 & L1-L4 where reverse was true. The mamillary tubercle/process was altogether absent from T-1 to T-8. From T-9 to T-11, the number of vertebral column showing mamillary tubercle increased from 4-19. However at T-12, it was seen in 29 Vertebral columns. In lumbar region, it was well developed in all vertebrae and termed as mamillary process. Conclusion: The measurements obtained by present study reveals the importance of articular facets in understanding basic spinal mechanics and its application with respect to weight transmission.

  7. Treatment of the degenerated intervertebral disc; closure, repair and regeneration of the annulus fibrosus

    Sharifi, Shahriar; Bulstra, Sjoerd K.; Grijpma, Dirk W.; Kuijer, Roel

    2015-01-01

    Degeneration of the intervertebral disc (IVD) and disc herniation are two causes of low back pain. The aetiology of these disorders is unknown, but tissue weakening, which primarily occurs due to inherited genetic factors, ageing, nutritional compromise and loading history, is the basic factor causi

  8. Experimental model of intervertebral disc degeneration by needle puncture in Wistar rats

    Issy, A.C.; Castania, V.; Castania, M. [Departamento de Morfologia, Fisiologia e Patologia Básica, Faculdade de Odontologia de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP (Brazil); Salmon, C.E.G. [Departamento de Física, Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP (Brazil); Nogueira-Barbosa, M.H. [Divisão de Radiologia, Departamento de Clínica Médica, Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP (Brazil); Bel, E. Del [Departamento de Morfologia, Fisiologia e Patologia Básica, Faculdade de Odontologia de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP (Brazil); Defino, H.L.A. [Departamento de Biomecânica, Medicina e Reabilitação do Sistema Locomotor, Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP (Brazil)

    2013-03-15

    Animal models of intervertebral disc degeneration play an important role in clarifying the physiopathological mechanisms and testing novel therapeutic strategies. The objective of the present study is to describe a simple animal model of disc degeneration involving Wistar rats to be used for research studies. Disc degeneration was confirmed and classified by radiography, magnetic resonance and histological evaluation. Adult male Wistar rats were anesthetized and submitted to percutaneous disc puncture with a 20-gauge needle on levels 6-7 and 8-9 of the coccygeal vertebrae. The needle was inserted into the discs guided by fluoroscopy and its tip was positioned crossing the nucleus pulposus up to the contralateral annulus fibrosus, rotated 360° twice, and held for 30 s. To grade the severity of intervertebral disc degeneration, we measured the intervertebral disc height from radiographic images 7 and 30 days after the injury, and the signal intensity T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging. Histological analysis was performed with hematoxylin-eosin and collagen fiber orientation using picrosirius red staining and polarized light microscopy. Imaging and histological score analyses revealed significant disc degeneration both 7 and 30 days after the lesion, without deaths or systemic complications. Interobserver histological evaluation showed significant agreement. There was a significant positive correlation between histological score and intervertebral disc height 7 and 30 days after the lesion. We conclude that the tail disc puncture method using Wistar rats is a simple, cost-effective and reproducible model for inducing disc degeneration.

  9. Experimental model of intervertebral disc degeneration by needle puncture in Wistar rats

    Animal models of intervertebral disc degeneration play an important role in clarifying the physiopathological mechanisms and testing novel therapeutic strategies. The objective of the present study is to describe a simple animal model of disc degeneration involving Wistar rats to be used for research studies. Disc degeneration was confirmed and classified by radiography, magnetic resonance and histological evaluation. Adult male Wistar rats were anesthetized and submitted to percutaneous disc puncture with a 20-gauge needle on levels 6-7 and 8-9 of the coccygeal vertebrae. The needle was inserted into the discs guided by fluoroscopy and its tip was positioned crossing the nucleus pulposus up to the contralateral annulus fibrosus, rotated 360° twice, and held for 30 s. To grade the severity of intervertebral disc degeneration, we measured the intervertebral disc height from radiographic images 7 and 30 days after the injury, and the signal intensity T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging. Histological analysis was performed with hematoxylin-eosin and collagen fiber orientation using picrosirius red staining and polarized light microscopy. Imaging and histological score analyses revealed significant disc degeneration both 7 and 30 days after the lesion, without deaths or systemic complications. Interobserver histological evaluation showed significant agreement. There was a significant positive correlation between histological score and intervertebral disc height 7 and 30 days after the lesion. We conclude that the tail disc puncture method using Wistar rats is a simple, cost-effective and reproducible model for inducing disc degeneration

  10. Experimental model of intervertebral disc degeneration by needle puncture in Wistar rats

    A.C. Issy

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Animal models of intervertebral disc degeneration play an important role in clarifying the physiopathological mechanisms and testing novel therapeutic strategies. The objective of the present study is to describe a simple animal model of disc degeneration involving Wistar rats to be used for research studies. Disc degeneration was confirmed and classified by radiography, magnetic resonance and histological evaluation. Adult male Wistar rats were anesthetized and submitted to percutaneous disc puncture with a 20-gauge needle on levels 6-7 and 8-9 of the coccygeal vertebrae. The needle was inserted into the discs guided by fluoroscopy and its tip was positioned crossing the nucleus pulposus up to the contralateral annulus fibrosus, rotated 360° twice, and held for 30 s. To grade the severity of intervertebral disc degeneration, we measured the intervertebral disc height from radiographic images 7 and 30 days after the injury, and the signal intensity T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging. Histological analysis was performed with hematoxylin-eosin and collagen fiber orientation using picrosirius red staining and polarized light microscopy. Imaging and histological score analyses revealed significant disc degeneration both 7 and 30 days after the lesion, without deaths or systemic complications. Interobserver histological evaluation showed significant agreement. There was a significant positive correlation between histological score and intervertebral disc height 7 and 30 days after the lesion. We conclude that the tail disc puncture method using Wistar rats is a simple, cost-effective and reproducible model for inducing disc degeneration.

  11. Epidural fat distribution patterns in patients with lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion

    Yang Zhizhou; Zhu Xiaodong; Li Ming

    2009-01-01

    Objective: To investigate epidural fat distribution patterns in patients with lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion. Methods: Medical records were selected randomly from 30 patients whose diagnoses were consistent with the inclusion criteria of the study. Thickness of bilateral fat, the longest length of posterior fat, thickness of bilateral yellow ligament and thehernial distance of lumbar discs were measured by MRI at L3/L4, L4/L5 and LS/S 1 levels. According to clinical symptoms of lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion, the patients were divided into two groups at all space levels. All data were analyzed by statistical software. Results: The longest length of posterior epidural fat at the symptomatic levels was shorter than that at the non-symptomatic levels in each disc space. The symptomatic levels had no effect on the whole thickness of the lateral fat and lateral yellow ligaments. Conclusion: Epidural fat distribution in patients with lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion is different from that in normal adults. It is affected by the hernial distance of lumbar discs. The diagnostic criteria for spinal epidural lipomatosis in normal adults may therefore prove to be inappropriate for patients with lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion.

  12. Experimental model of intervertebral disc degeneration by needle puncture in Wistar rats

    A.C. Issy

    Full Text Available Animal models of intervertebral disc degeneration play an important role in clarifying the physiopathological mechanisms and testing novel therapeutic strategies. The objective of the present study is to describe a simple animal model of disc degeneration involving Wistar rats to be used for research studies. Disc degeneration was confirmed and classified by radiography, magnetic resonance and histological evaluation. Adult male Wistar rats were anesthetized and submitted to percutaneous disc puncture with a 20-gauge needle on levels 6-7 and 8-9 of the coccygeal vertebrae. The needle was inserted into the discs guided by fluoroscopy and its tip was positioned crossing the nucleus pulposus up to the contralateral annulus fibrosus, rotated 360° twice, and held for 30 s. To grade the severity of intervertebral disc degeneration, we measured the intervertebral disc height from radiographic images 7 and 30 days after the injury, and the signal intensity T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging. Histological analysis was performed with hematoxylin-eosin and collagen fiber orientation using picrosirius red staining and polarized light microscopy. Imaging and histological score analyses revealed significant disc degeneration both 7 and 30 days after the lesion, without deaths or systemic complications. Interobserver histological evaluation showed significant agreement. There was a significant positive correlation between histological score and intervertebral disc height 7 and 30 days after the lesion. We conclude that the tail disc puncture method using Wistar rats is a simple, cost-effective and reproducible model for inducing disc degeneration.

  13. Adolescent prolapsed lumbar intervertebral disc: Management strategies and outcome

    Pragyan Sarma

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Lumbar intervertebral disc herniation (LIVDH is rare in children and adolescents when compared to adults. In literature, children generally constitute around 0.5–3% of surgically treated LIVDH. Though much rarer, they are less likely to respond to conservative treatment than adults. In this study, we analyze our experience in the management of adolescent LIVDH (ALIVDH (age group 12–18 years including the demographic, clinico-radiological features; surgical management strategies and outcome. Materials and Methods: This retrospective analysis constituted all patients between 12 and 18 years, who underwent surgery for LIVDH at our institute over a period of 15 years from January 1999 to June 2014. The records of these patients were retrieved, and demographic features, clinical picture, radiological features, operative findings, and postoperative events were evaluated. Follow-up data were obtained either through direct clinical evaluation or mailed self-report questionnaire and telephone conversations. The long-term outcome was analyzed by using standardized and condition specific outcome scales in addition to routine clinical follow-up evaluation. The long-term outcome was analyzed by using the short form-36 (SF-36.Results: There were a total of 32 patients (26 males, eight females with an average age of 15.64 years. Trauma was a significant etiological factor 57.14% (n = 16/28. Vertebral anomalies were present in 35.7% (n = 10/28 cases. Majority had a neurological deficit at presentation (n = 20/28. The most commonly involved level was the L4–L5 level (n = 18/128 in this series. Multiple level disc degeneration was present in eight patients (28.6%. Immediate postoperative relief was achieved in all but one patient. At long-term follow-up twenty patients were pain-free (71.4%. At follow-up, the physical functioning scale of SF-36 was significantly lower in patients with gross motor deficit prior to surgery. Conclusions: Early

  14. CT findings of lumbar intervertebral discs: I. normal anatomy

    The cross-sectional anatomy of the intervertebral disc and spinal canal can be studied in detail by computed tomography (CT) which is not invasive and is much simpler than conventional myelography. The shape of the normal disc and distribution of epidural fat pad varied at each disc level and CT findings of the normal disc and spinal canal are essential in diagnosis of herniation or bulging. However, there has been no previous publications providing us with the detailed criteria of normal disc and neural canal cross-sectional anatomy. The present study has been carried out to investigate CT anatomy of the normal distribution of the epidural fat at each lumbar disc level to set up a baseline by which one will be able to judge disc herniation or bulging. The materials consisted of 30 adult volunteers. They were sampled randomly from the individual undergoing a CT study for the reasons other than spinal disease and having no symptoms or signs of the lumbar spinal disease. CT scans were performed with a Siemens Somatom 2 Scanner. Technical factors involved were: Tube voltage 125 kVp, exposure time 10 seconds, 460 mAS, 256 x 256 matrix, and pixel size 0.4 mm. Contiguous 2-mm thick slice of each disc were obtained parallel to the disc plane at 3-mm interval for 5 lumbar disc. The results are follows: 1. The shape of the posterior disc margins at L1-2, L2-3, and L3-4 levels were concave anteriorly in over 90% of the cases compared with the disc margins at L4-5 and L5-S1 where were convex or flat in over 85%. 2. None of the convex disc showed focal nodular protrusion nor were more convex than anterior margin of the disc. 3. The lower lumbar levels, the greater the visibility of the epidural fat pad. The visibility of the epidural fat pad in both lateral recesses was 81.5% at the L4-5 level and 100% at the L5-S1 level. There was no single case in which epidural fat pad was visable in only on side. 4. The visibility of the epidural fat just behind the disc was only 18.5% at

  15. Intervertebral disc (IVD): Structure, degeneration, repair and regeneration

    Whatley, Benjamin R.; Wen Xuejun, E-mail: xjwen@clemson.edu

    2012-02-01

    Low back pain affects a large portion of the population, resulting in high care costs for therapy and treatment. One primary cause of low back pain is the degeneration of the intervertebral disc (IVD) resulting in the compression of the spinal nerves and adjacent vertebrae. Exact causes of degeneration are unknown, but it is thought that natural aging, and both biological and genetic factors may play a significant role in the degenerative process. Conventional methods to alleviate low back pain include spinal fusion and artificial disc replacement. Traditional treatments through spinal fusion may eliminate pain yet do not restore disc function and lead to further degeneration of adjacent levels by altering disc biomechanics and natural kinematics. Recently, artificial IVD replacements have started to gain interest, with two IVD implants currently approved in the United States. Although these implants facilitate the preservation of motions and disc space height, they are unable to sustain compressive forces due to their lack of elasticity. In addition, the implants may produce wear debris that can cause osteolysis and other deleterious effects. As an alternative to these conventional approaches, tissue engineered IVD constructs offer the advantage of biointegration while preserving the essential attributes of natural motion and disc space restoration. There is a great need for the development of tissue engineered scaffolds that simulate the natural 3D morphology and microenvironment of the targeted tissue. Scaffolds should facilitate biological transport to satisfy nutrition and waste removal requirements within the IVD. The discrete tissue architectures of the nucleus pulposus (NP) and annulus fibrosus (AF) have posed great challenges to IVD tissue engineering. Current attempts have not been able to satisfy the biological functions and/or mechanical properties of native tissue. Therefore, these current scaffolds are far from satisfactory. This review highlights the

  16. Investigation of intervertebral disc degeneration using multivariate FTIR spectroscopic imaging.

    Mader, Kerstin T; Peeters, Mirte; Detiger, Suzanne E L; Helder, Marco N; Smit, Theo H; Le Maitre, Christine L; Sammon, Chris

    2016-06-23

    Traditionally tissue samples are analysed using protein or enzyme specific stains on serial sections to build up a picture of the distribution of components contained within them. In this study we investigated the potential of multivariate curve resolution-alternating least squares (MCR-ALS) to deconvolute 2nd derivative spectra of Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) microscopic images measured in transflectance mode of goat and human paraffin embedded intervertebral disc (IVD) tissue sections, to see if this methodology can provide analogous information to that provided by immunohistochemical stains and bioassays but from a single section. MCR-ALS analysis of non-degenerate and enzymatically in vivo degenerated goat IVDs reveals five matrix components displaying distribution maps matching histological stains for collagen, elastin and proteoglycan (PG), as well as immunohistochemical stains for collagen type I and II. Interestingly, two components exhibiting characteristic spectral and distribution profiles of proteoglycans were found, and relative component/tissue maps of these components (labelled PG1 and PG2) showed distinct distributions in non-degenerate versus mildly degenerate goat samples. MCR-ALS analysis of human IVD sections resulted in comparable spectral profiles to those observed in the goat samples, highlighting the inter species transferability of the presented methodology. Multivariate FTIR image analysis of a set of 43 goat IVD sections allowed the extraction of semi-quantitative information from component/tissue gradients taken across the IVD width of collagen type I, collagen type II, PG1 and PG2. Regional component/tissue parameters were calculated and significant correlations were found between histological grades of degeneration and PG parameters (PG1: p = 0.0003, PG2: p < 0.0001); glycosaminoglycan (GAG) content and PGs (PG1: p = 0.0055, PG2: p = 0.0001); and MRI T2* measurements and PGs (PG1: p = 0.0021, PG2: p < 0.0001). Additionally

  17. Intervertebral disc (IVD): Structure, degeneration, repair and regeneration

    Low back pain affects a large portion of the population, resulting in high care costs for therapy and treatment. One primary cause of low back pain is the degeneration of the intervertebral disc (IVD) resulting in the compression of the spinal nerves and adjacent vertebrae. Exact causes of degeneration are unknown, but it is thought that natural aging, and both biological and genetic factors may play a significant role in the degenerative process. Conventional methods to alleviate low back pain include spinal fusion and artificial disc replacement. Traditional treatments through spinal fusion may eliminate pain yet do not restore disc function and lead to further degeneration of adjacent levels by altering disc biomechanics and natural kinematics. Recently, artificial IVD replacements have started to gain interest, with two IVD implants currently approved in the United States. Although these implants facilitate the preservation of motions and disc space height, they are unable to sustain compressive forces due to their lack of elasticity. In addition, the implants may produce wear debris that can cause osteolysis and other deleterious effects. As an alternative to these conventional approaches, tissue engineered IVD constructs offer the advantage of biointegration while preserving the essential attributes of natural motion and disc space restoration. There is a great need for the development of tissue engineered scaffolds that simulate the natural 3D morphology and microenvironment of the targeted tissue. Scaffolds should facilitate biological transport to satisfy nutrition and waste removal requirements within the IVD. The discrete tissue architectures of the nucleus pulposus (NP) and annulus fibrosus (AF) have posed great challenges to IVD tissue engineering. Current attempts have not been able to satisfy the biological functions and/or mechanical properties of native tissue. Therefore, these current scaffolds are far from satisfactory. This review highlights the

  18. Percutaneous pedicle screw fixation through the pedicle of fractured vertebra in the treatment of type A thoracolumbar fractures using Sextant system: an analysis of 38 cases

    WANG Hong-wei

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available To prospectively evaluate the feasibility, safety and efficacy of the percutaneous pedicle screw fixation through the pedicle of fractured vertebra in the treatment of type A thoracolumbar fractures using Sextant system in the retrospective non- randomized case-control study.

  19. An animal model to create intervertebral disc degeneration characterized by radiography and molecular biology

    Zhengming Sun; Miao Liu; Yingang Zhang

    2008-01-01

    Objectives: To develop a rabbit model of intervertebral disc degeneration that more exactly simulates the pathological changes of human intervertebral disc degeneration. Methods: Twelve New Zealand white rabbits were utilized to establish three different disc injury models according to the following protocol; group A: anulus punctures were done with a 18-gauge needle at L2-L3 and L5-L6; Group B: intradiscal injection of interleukin-l IL-lβ with a 23-gauge needle at L3-L4; and Group C: intradiscal injection of phosphate buffer saline(PBS) with a 23-gange needle at L4-L5. The L1-L2 level was used as a control. Rabbits were killed after 24 weeks. The intervertebral disc height was measured by lateral plain radiographs. After the radiographic measurements were obtained, the intervertebral discs were removed and analyzed for DNA, sulfated glycosaminoglycan(s-GAG) and water contents of nucleus puiposus. Results: The intervertebral disc height, s-GAG, and water contents in anulus needle punctures were significantly decreased in Group A, but the DNA content in the nucleus pulposus was significantly increased when compared to the control. The significant decrease of disc height and water contents were demonstrated, only the s-GAG and DNA contents did not show a significant difference in Group B when compared to the control. The significant decrease of disc height, s-GAG, water, and DNA contents did not show in Group C when compared to the control. Conclusion: The 18-gauge puncture models produced the most consistent disc degeneration in the rabbit lumbar spine.

  20. Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma and multiple thoraco-lumbar lateral meningoceles: two rare pathological entities in a patient with NF-1

    Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma (EHE) is a rare vascular soft-tissue tumour of intermediate malignancy. Neurofibromatosis type I (NF-1) is a genetic syndrome associated with soft tissue sarcoma and higher risk of developing neoplasia. Lateral meningoceles are uncommon entities, being mostly associated with NF-1. We report a case of a 31-year-old woman, with NF-1 and past history of right thalamic/peduncular astrocytoma WHO grade II, admitted to the Neurosurgery Department in December 2003 due to severe low back pain, irradiating to the left leg without a radicular pattern. Thoraco-lumbar magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed a large left posterior paravertebral expansive lesion, bilateral and multiple thoraco-lumbar lateral meningoceles and dural ectasias with scalloping of the vertebral bodies. Biopsy of the paravertebral mass lesion disclosed EHE. We present this case because of the novel association between NF-1 and EHE, and the unusual aggressiveness of the neoplasia. Additionally, we highlight the co-existence of bilateral and multiple lateral meningoceles. (orig.)

  1. Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma and multiple thoraco-lumbar lateral meningoceles: two rare pathological entities in a patient with NF-1

    Reis, C.; Carneiro, E.; Fonseca, J.; Salgado, A. [Hospital S. Joao, Departments of Neuroradiology, Porto (Portugal); Pereira, P.; Vaz, R. [Hospital S. Joao, Department of Neurosurgery, Porto (Portugal); Pinto, R. [Hospital S. Joao, Department of Orthopaedics, Porto (Portugal); Capelinha, A.F.; Lopes, J.M. [Hospital S. Joao, Department of Pathology, Porto (Portugal)

    2005-02-01

    Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma (EHE) is a rare vascular soft-tissue tumour of intermediate malignancy. Neurofibromatosis type I (NF-1) is a genetic syndrome associated with soft tissue sarcoma and higher risk of developing neoplasia. Lateral meningoceles are uncommon entities, being mostly associated with NF-1. We report a case of a 31-year-old woman, with NF-1 and past history of right thalamic/peduncular astrocytoma WHO grade II, admitted to the Neurosurgery Department in December 2003 due to severe low back pain, irradiating to the left leg without a radicular pattern. Thoraco-lumbar magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed a large left posterior paravertebral expansive lesion, bilateral and multiple thoraco-lumbar lateral meningoceles and dural ectasias with scalloping of the vertebral bodies. Biopsy of the paravertebral mass lesion disclosed EHE. We present this case because of the novel association between NF-1 and EHE, and the unusual aggressiveness of the neoplasia. Additionally, we highlight the co-existence of bilateral and multiple lateral meningoceles. (orig.)

  2. The development of a posterior dynamic stabilisation implant indicated for thoraco-lumbar disc degeneration / Christopher Daniel (Chris) Parker

    Parker, Christopher Daniel

    2013-01-01

    Posterior lumbar spinal dynamic stabilisation devices are intended to relieve the pain of spinal segments while prolonging the lifespan of adjacent intervertebral discs. This study focuses on the design of such a device, one that has the correct stiffness to stabilise the spinal segment by the correct amount. An initial literature survey covers contemporary topics related to the lumbar spine. Included topics are lumbar anatomy and kinematics, pathology of degenerative disc dise...

  3. Acute Splenic Sequestration Crisis in a 70-Year-Old Patient With Hemoglobin SC Disease.

    Squiers, John J; Edwards, Anthony G; Parra, Alberto; Hofmann, Sandra L

    2016-01-01

    A 70-year-old African American female with a past medical history significant for chronic bilateral shoulder pain and reported sickle cell trait presented with acute-onset bilateral thoracolumbar pain radiating to her left arm. Two days after admission, Hematology was consulted for severely worsening microcytic anemia and thrombocytopenia. Examination of the patient's peripheral blood smear from admission revealed no cell sickling, spherocytes, or schistocytes. Some targeting was noted. A Coombs test was negative. The patient was eventually transferred to the medical intensive care unit in respiratory distress. Hemoglobin electrophoresis confirmed a diagnosis of hemoglobin SC disease. A diagnosis of acute splenic sequestration crisis complicated by acute chest syndrome was crystallized, and red blood cell exchange transfusion was performed. Further research is necessary to fully elucidate the pathophysiology behind acute splenic sequestration crisis, and the role of splenectomy to treat hemoglobin SC disease patients should be better defined. PMID:27047980

  4. A diffusion and T{sub 2} relaxation MRI study of the ovine lumbar intervertebral disc under compression in vitro

    Drew, Simon C [Centre for Magnetic Resonance, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 4072 (Australia); Silva, Pujitha [Centre for Magnetic Resonance, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 4072 (Australia); Crozier, Stuart [School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 4072 (Australia); Pearcy, Mark J [School of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Medical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 4001 (Australia)

    2004-08-21

    The ovine lumbar intervertebral disc is a useful model for the human lumbar disc. We present preliminary estimates of diffusion coefficients and T{sub 2} relaxation times in a pilot MRI study of the ovine lumbar intervertebral disc during uniaxial compression in vitro, and identify factors that hamper the ability to accurately monitor the temporal evolution of the effective diffusion tensor at high spatial resolution.

  5. Rabbit model of intervertebral disc degeneration by external compression device characterized by X-ray, MRI, histology, and cell viability

    Ismail Ismail; Hee H. Tak; James C. Goh; Wang S. Chang; Wong H. Kit

    2006-01-01

    Appropriate experimental animal models, which mimic the degenerative process occurring in human intervertebral disc (IVD) breakdown and can be used for new treatment studies such as tissue engineering or disc distraction are lacking. We studied the external compression device that used by Kroeber et al to create intervertebral disc degeneration in rabbit model characterized by X-ray, MRI, Histology, and Cell Viability. Ten NZW rabbit were randomly assigned to one of five groups. Intervertebra...

  6. Subcutaneous fluid collection: An imaging marker for treatment response of infectious thoracolumbar spondylodiscitis

    Kakigi, Takahide, E-mail: tkakigi@kuhp.kyoto-u.ac.jp [Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, 54 Shogoin Kawahara-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8507 (Japan); Okada, Tomohisa, E-mail: tomokada@kuhp.kyoto-u.ac.jp [Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, 54 Shogoin Kawahara-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8507 (Japan); Sakai, Osamu, E-mail: osamu.sakai@bmc.org [Department of Radiology, Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine, FGH Building, 3rd Floor, 820 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118 (United States); Iwamoto, Yoshitaka, E-mail: iwacame@hotmail.co.jp [Department of General Internal Medicine, Rakuwakai Otowa Hospital, 2 Otowachoinji-cho, Yamashina-ku, Kyoto 607-8062 (Japan); Kubo, Soichi, E-mail: kubo-s@mbox.kyoto-inet.or.jp [Department of Radiology, Rakuwakai Otowa Hospital, 2 Otowachoinji-cho, Yamashina-ku, Kyoto 607-8062 (Japan); Yamamoto, Akira, E-mail: yakira@kuhp.kyoto-u.ac.jp [Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, 54 Shogoin Kawahara-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8507 (Japan); Togashi, Kaori, E-mail: nmdioffice@kuhp.kyoto-ac.jp [Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, 54 Shogoin Kawahara-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8507 (Japan)

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • No imaging marker for treatment response of spondylodiscitis (SD) has been proposed. • Volume changes of subcutaneous fluid collection (SFC) had significant correlation with changes of C-reactive protein (CRP). • SFC can be used as an imaging marker for treatment response of SD on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). - Abstract: Purpose: To evaluate prevalence of subcutaneous fluid collection (SFC) in infectious thoracolumbar spondylodiscitis (SD) compared with control patients and to investigate correlation between volume changes of SFC and treatment response of SD. Materials and methods: This retrospective study was approved by our institutional review board. From April 2011 to March 2012, 49 patients (24 SD and 25 non-SD patients) were enrolled. Prevalence of SFC was evaluated respectively for SD and non-SD patients using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on the sagittal short tau inversion recovery (STIR) imaging or fat-saturated T2-weighted imaging (T2WI), and compared. In SD patients with SFC, correlation was investigated between SFC volume on the 1st MRI and initial clinical status. The same analysis was conducted also for SFC volume changes from the 1st to 2nd or last MRI. Results: SFC was found in 20 patients with SD (83.3%) and 3 non-SD patients (12%) with significant difference (p < .001). In 20 SD patients with SFC, 17 patients had follow-up MRI. For the 1st MRI, no significant correlation was found between volume of SFC and initial status of patients, including body weight, body mass index (BMI), white blood cell (WBC), and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR). However, significant positive correlations were found between changes of C-reactive protein (CRP) and SFC volume from the 1st to 2nd as well as from the 1st to the last MRI (each p < .05). Conclusion: SD patients had significantly higher prevalence of SFC than non-SD patients. Volume changes of SFC had significant correlation with changes of CRP, which can be used as an imaging

  7. A paired study of bone mineral density between the patients of type 2 diabetes mellitus and herniation of intervertebral disc

    Objective: To observe the changes of bone mineral density (BMD)'s changing in different parts of body and the relation with diagnosis of osteoporosis in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus or herniation of intervertebral disc. Methods: There are 41 patients in each group of DM or herniation of intervertebral disc, who were paired by the factors of sex, age etc. BMD of whole body, arms, legs and lumbar spines were measured by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). Results: The whole body BMD in group of DM was significantly higher than in group of herniation of intervertebral disc (P<0.01). BMD of arms and legs in DM patients (esp. legs) was more significantly decreased than in group of herniation of intervertebral disc (P<0.05). Lumbar BMD in group of DM was higher than in group of herniation of intervertebral disc (P<0.01). Conclusion: It may be a characteristic of the osteoporosis in DM that BMD reduced mainly in extremity. Contrast to osteoporosis by herniation of intervertebral disc, it maybe mainly caused by central bone. It shows that it is necessary to make different rules for different diseases on diagnosis of osteoporosis

  8. Detailed analysis of the clinical effects of cell therapy for thoracolumbar spinal cord injury: an original study

    Sharma A

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Alok Sharma,1 Nandini Gokulchandran,1 Hemangi Sane,2 Prerna Badhe,1 Pooja Kulkarni,2 Mamta Lohia,3 Anjana Nagrajan,3 Nancy Thomas3 1Department of Medical Services and Clinical Research, 2Department of Research and Development, 3Department of Neurorehabilitation, NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute, Surana Sethia Hospital and Research Centre, Chembur, Mumbai, India Background: Cell therapy is amongst the most promising treatment strategies in spinal cord injury (SCI because it focuses on repair. There are many published animal studies and a few human trials showing remarkable results with various cell types. The level of SCI determines whether paraplegia or quadriplegia is present, and greatly influences recovery. The purpose of this study was to determine the significance of the clinical effects and long-term safety of intrathecal administration of autologous bone marrow-derived mononuclear cells, along with changes in functional independence and quality of life in patients with thoracolumbar SCI. Methods: We undertook a retrospective analysis of a clinical study in which a nonrandomized sample of 110 patients with thoracolumbar SCI underwent autologous bone marrow-derived mononuclear cell transplantation intrathecally and subsequent neurorehabilitation, with a mean follow-up of 2 years ± 1 month. Changes on any parameters were recorded at follow-up. The data were analyzed using the Wilcoxon's signed-rank test and McNemar's test. Functional Independence Measure and American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA scores were recorded, and a detailed neurological assessment was performed. Results: Overall improvement was seen in 91% of patients, including reduction in spasticity, partial sensory recovery, and improvement in trunk control, postural hypotension, bladder management, mobility, activities of daily living, and functional independence. A significant association of these symptomatic improvements with the cell therapy intervention was established

  9. Calcification of intervertebral discs in the Dachshund: An estimation of heritability

    The heritability of calcified intervertebral discs in the dachshund was estimated using data gathered from a radiographic study. Radiographs of the vertebral columns of 274 clinically normal, 12 to 18 months old dachshunds, were examined. The dogs were offspring from 75 different sires, representing the same number of half sib groups. There were 2 to 14 offspring in each half-sib group. The number of full sib groups was 81. Calcified intervertebral discs were identified in 20.4% of the dogs. An analysis of variance that used the data as a continuous and as an either/or-variable estimated the heritability of calcified discs to be 0.22 and 0.15 respectively. A genetic factor was found to be essential for the occurrence of calcified discs in a dog while a common environmental factor presumably resulting from non-genetic causes was significant in determining the number of discs to undergo calcification in affected dogs

  10. Quantification of the association between intervertebral disk calcification and disk herniation in Dachshunds

    Jensen, Vibeke Frøkjær; Beck, S.; Christensen, K.A.;

    2008-01-01

    predictor of clinical disk herniation (odds ratio per calcified disk, 1.42; 95% confidence interval, 1.19 to 1.81). Number of calcified disks in the full vertebral column was a better predictor than number of calcified disks between vertebrae T10 and L3. Numbers of calcified disks at >= 8 years of age and......Objective-To quantify the association between intervertebral disk calcification and disk herniation in Dachshunds. Design-Longitudinal study. Animals-61 Dachshunds that had been radiographically screened for calcification of intervertebral disks at 2 years of age in other studies. Thirty-seven of....... Information on occurrence of disk herniation between 2 and 8 years of age was obtained from owners via questionnaire. Associations between numbers of calcified disks and disk herniation were analyzed via maximum likelihood logistic regression. Results-Disk calcification at 2 years of age was a significant...

  11. Intervertebral disc calcification in children: Case description and review of relevant literature

    Intervertebral disc calcification is a rare condition in children; in most cases, it is asymptomatic and therefore not diagnosed. In our study, we present a case of idiopathic intervertebral disc calcification within the cervical segment, at the level of C2/C3 and C4/C5 vertebrae in a 5-year-old girl with torticollis. Basic neurological examination supplemented by X-ray examination was performed, showing calcification within the cervical segment at the level of C2/C3 and C4/C5 vertebrae. In order to complement the diagnostics, a CT scan of the cervical spine was performed; the scan confirmed the diagnosis and revealed additional calcification of the anterior longitudinal ligament at the level of C4/C5 vertebrae

  12. A Review of Animal Models of Intervertebral Disc Degeneration: Pathophysiology, Regeneration, and Translation to the Clinic

    Chris Daly

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Discogenic pain secondary to intervertebral disc degeneration is a significant cause of low back pain. Disc degeneration is a complex multifactorial process. Animal models are essential to furthering understanding of the degenerative process and testing potential therapies. The adult human lumbar intervertebral disc is characterized by the loss of notochordal cells, relatively large size, essentially avascular nature, and exposure to biomechanical stresses influenced by bipedalism. Animal models are compared with regard to the above characteristics. Numerous methods of inducing disc degeneration are reported. Broadly these can be considered under the categories of spontaneous degeneration, mechanical and structural models. The purpose of such animal models is to further our understanding and, ultimately, improve treatment of disc degeneration. The role of animal models of disc degeneration in translational research leading to clinical trials of novel cellular therapies is explored.

  13. Functional probe for annulus fibrosus-targeted intervertebral disc degeneration imaging.

    Kim, Hye-Yeong; Mcclincy, Michael; Vo, Nam V; Sowa, Gwendolyn A; Kang, James D; Bai, Mingfeng

    2013-10-01

    Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is closely associated with low back pain. Typically nonsurgical treatment of IDD is the most effective when detected early. As such, establishing reliable imaging methods for the early diagnosis of disc degeneration is critical. The cellular and tissue localization of a facile functional fluorescent probe, HYK52, that labels disc annulus fibrosus is reported. HYK52 was synthesized with high yield and purity via a two-step chemical reaction. Rabbit disc cell studies and ex vivo tissue staining images indicated intracellular localization and intervertebral disc (IVD) tissue binding of HYK52 with negligible cytotoxicity. Moreover, HYK52 is purposefully designed with a functional terminal carboxyl group to allow for coupling with various signaling molecules for multimodal imaging applications. These results suggest that this IVD-targeted probe may have great potential in early diagnosis of IDD. PMID:23839314

  14. A Review of Animal Models of Intervertebral Disc Degeneration: Pathophysiology, Regeneration, and Translation to the Clinic

    Ghosh, Peter

    2016-01-01

    Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Discogenic pain secondary to intervertebral disc degeneration is a significant cause of low back pain. Disc degeneration is a complex multifactorial process. Animal models are essential to furthering understanding of the degenerative process and testing potential therapies. The adult human lumbar intervertebral disc is characterized by the loss of notochordal cells, relatively large size, essentially avascular nature, and exposure to biomechanical stresses influenced by bipedalism. Animal models are compared with regard to the above characteristics. Numerous methods of inducing disc degeneration are reported. Broadly these can be considered under the categories of spontaneous degeneration, mechanical and structural models. The purpose of such animal models is to further our understanding and, ultimately, improve treatment of disc degeneration. The role of animal models of disc degeneration in translational research leading to clinical trials of novel cellular therapies is explored. PMID:27314030

  15. A Review of Animal Models of Intervertebral Disc Degeneration: Pathophysiology, Regeneration, and Translation to the Clinic.

    Daly, Chris; Ghosh, Peter; Jenkin, Graham; Oehme, David; Goldschlager, Tony

    2016-01-01

    Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Discogenic pain secondary to intervertebral disc degeneration is a significant cause of low back pain. Disc degeneration is a complex multifactorial process. Animal models are essential to furthering understanding of the degenerative process and testing potential therapies. The adult human lumbar intervertebral disc is characterized by the loss of notochordal cells, relatively large size, essentially avascular nature, and exposure to biomechanical stresses influenced by bipedalism. Animal models are compared with regard to the above characteristics. Numerous methods of inducing disc degeneration are reported. Broadly these can be considered under the categories of spontaneous degeneration, mechanical and structural models. The purpose of such animal models is to further our understanding and, ultimately, improve treatment of disc degeneration. The role of animal models of disc degeneration in translational research leading to clinical trials of novel cellular therapies is explored. PMID:27314030

  16. Contrast myelography in the diagnosis of posterior hernias of lumbar intervertebral disks

    Based on the analysis of the results of 297 contrast myelographies (MG) by means of water soluble agents made in patients with posterior hernias of lumbar intervertebral disks (PHLID), the authors define the potentialities of this technique in the diagnosis of PHLID. Additionally, two oblique X-ray films have been included into the exicting filming routine, which may detect all specific features of intervertebral disk damage at MG. The authors make additions into the wellknown myelographic symptomatology of PHLID, by outlining the abnormal anterior configuration of a contrast column at the level of a diseased disk in PHLID at the foraminal site. The findings suggest that contrast MG with nonionic water-soluble agents is a rather effective technique in the diagnosis of PHLID

  17. 胸腰椎骨折治疗的研究进展(综述)%Research progress of the treatment of thoracolumbar fracture

    李圣

    2015-01-01

    胸腰椎骨折是指发生于胸11至腰1之间的脊柱骨折,由于其为胸腰椎移行区,为生物应力的集中点,所以易于发生损伤,而胸腰椎骨折的治疗目标是让患者存活,避免更进一步的神经损害,通过重建脊柱序列获得脊柱的稳定性并通过早期的活动及康复,从而使患者尽快恢复正常工作.胸腰椎骨折因其固有的解剖特点,在诊断、治疗等方面有其特殊性,且因其发生率较高,为临床工作经常遇到的疾病,为了更好的指导临床工作,现就胸腰椎骨折治疗的研究进展做一综述.%The thoracolumbar fracture are the spine fractures occurring at the T11 to the L1 level.Because it's the transition region of thoracolumbar spine and the focus of the biological stress,it is easy to damage.The goal of treatment of the thoracolumbar fracture is keeping patients alive,protecting from the further neural damage,obtaining the stability by constructing anatomical alignment of spinal columns and returning patients to workplace through early mobilization and rehabilitation.Because of its inherent anatomical features,the diagnosis and the treatment of thoracolumbar fracture are special,and there is a high morbidity of thoracolumbar fracture,which we are frequently encountering in the clinical work.To guide the clinical work better,we will take a review about the research progress of the treatment of thoracolumbar fracture.

  18. Minimizing cryopreservation-induced loss of disc cell activity for storage of whole intervertebral discs

    SCW Chan; SKL Lam; VYL Leung; Chan, D.; KDK Luk; KMC Cheung

    2010-01-01

    Severe intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration often requires disc excision and spinal fusion, which leads to loss of spinal segment mobility. Implantation of an allograft disc or tissue engineered disc construct emerges as an alternative to artificial disc replacement for preserving the motion of the degenerated level. Establishment of a bank of cadaveric or engineered cryopreserved discs enables size matching, and facilitates clinical management. However, there is a lack of understanding of ...

  19. Besonderheiten eines Bandscheibenvorfalles bei Spondylolisthese [ = Characteristics of an intervertebral disk herniation in spondylolisthesis

    Grifka, Joachim; J. Möller

    1991-01-01

    Treatment of intervertebral disc herniation associated with spondylolisthesis is not different from common procedures concerning indication for surgery and surgical technique as far as sciatica is not related to retrolisthetic soft tissue or the posterior edge of the vertebral body. In a case of a disc herniation L5/S1 and an olisthesis grade I with radicular pain L5 a microdiscectomy of the prolapse and parts of the retrolisthetic soft tissue was performed. An immediate reintervention was ne...

  20. Painful, degenerating intervertebral discs up-regulate neurite sprouting and CGRP through nociceptive factors

    Krock, Emerson; Rosenzweig, Derek H.; Chabot-Doré, Anne-Julie; Jarzem, Peter; Weber, Michael H.; Ouellet, Jean A; Stone, Laura S.; Haglund, Lisbet

    2014-01-01

    Intervertebral disc degeneration (IVD) can result in chronic low back pain, a common cause of morbidity and disability. Inflammation has been associated with IVD degeneration, however the relationship between inflammatory factors and chronic low back pain remains unclear. Furthermore, increased levels of nerve growth factor (NGF) and brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) are both associated with inflammation and chronic low back pain, but whether degenerating discs release sufficient conce...

  1. Organ Culture Bioreactors – Platforms to Study Human Intervertebral Disc Degeneration and Regenerative Therapy

    Gantenbein, Benjamin; Illien-Jünger, Svenja; Chan, Samantha CW; Walser, Jochen; Haglund, Lisbet; Ferguson, Stephen J; Iatridis, James C.; Grad, Sibylle

    2015-01-01

    In recent decades the application of bioreactors has revolutionized the concept of culturing tissues and organs that require mechanical loading. In intervertebral disc (IVD) research, collaborative efforts of biomedical engineering, biology and mechatronics have led to the innovation of new loading devices that can maintain viable IVD organ explants from large animals and human cadavers in precisely defined nutritional and mechanical environments over extended culture periods. Particularly in...

  2. Physical Therapy for Intervertebral Disk Disease : A Practical Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment

    Broetz, D; Weller, M.

    2016-01-01

    Patients with pain emanating from their spines represent some of the most frequent and challenging cases for physical therapists. Here is a comprehensive and practical introduction to the management of back pain and restricted spinal function caused by intervertebral disk damage. The authors provide evidence-based, clinically oriented strategies for the diagnosis and therapeutic treatment of disk injury in the lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spinal regions. The text gives an overview of resear...

  3. Mechanisms of Intervertebral Disk Degeneration/Injury and Pain: A Review

    Ito, Keita; Creemers, Laura

    2013-01-01

    Degeneration of the intervertebral disk and its treatments are currently intensely investigated topics. Back pain is a condition whose chronic and debilitating nature combined with its prevalence make it a major health issue of substantial socioeconomic importance. Although researchers, and even sometimes clinicians, focus on the degenerated disk as the problem, to most patients, pain is the factor that limits their function and impacts their well-being. The purpose of this review is to delin...

  4. Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Stimulates Cellular Proliferation in Human Intervertebral Disc Cells

    Lee, Hwan-Mo; Kwon, Un-Hye; Kim, Hyang; Kim, Ho-Joong; Kim, Boram; Park, Jin-Oh; Moon, Eun-Soo; Moon, Seong-Hwan

    2010-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this study is to investigate the mechanism of cellular proliferation of electromagnetic field (EMF) on human intervertebral disc (IVD) cells. Materials and Methods Human IVD cells were cultured three-dimensionally in alginate beads. EMF was exposed to IVD cells with 650Ω, 1.8 millitesla magnetic flux density, 60 Hz sinusoidal wave. Cultures were divided into a control and EMF group. Cytotoxicity, DNA synthesis and proteoglycan synthesis were measured by MTT assay, [3H]-...

  5. Intradiscal injection of simvastatin retards progression of intervertebral disc degeneration induced by stab injury

    Zhang, Huina; Lin WANG; Park, Jun Beom; Park, Paul; Yang, Victor C.; Hollister, Scott J.; La Marca, Frank; Lin, Chia-Ying

    2009-01-01

    Introduction Earlier work indicates that the cholesterol-lowering drug, simvastatin, is anabolic to chondrogenic expression of rat intervertebral disc (IVD) cells, which suggests a potential role for simvastatin in IVD regeneration. In this study, we expand on our earlier work to test the effectiveness of simvastatin on disc degeneration utilizing a rat tail disc degeneration model. Methods 30 rats that underwent 21 G needle-puncture at rat tail discs were injected with simvastatin-loaded pol...

  6. Transdural epidurography in the diagnosis of lesions of the lumbar intervertebral disks

    The anterior epidural space adjoining directly the posterior parts of the vertebral bodies, was examined with 8-12% solution of verografin in 140 patients with lumbar osteochodrosis. Of them 110 had been previously operated on. The use of low-concentration water-soluble iodine contrast agents makes it possible to avoid the stimulation of the epidural structures. X-ray appearance which is typical of protrusion and hernia of the intervertebral disks is described

  7. Relation between operative findings and magnetic resonance imaging of lumbar intervertebral herniation

    We studied the relation between operative findings and magnetic resonance imaging of lumbar intervertebral disc herniation in 124 subjects. The accuracy rate was 63% for rupture of the posterior longitudinal ligament. Operative findings indicated extrusion in most cases of hernia shifted to the cranial side in MRI. Central type herniated mass revealed by transverse MRI was found to be located in the subligamentous space in operative findings. (author)

  8. Transdural epidurography in the diagnosis of lesions of the lumbar intervertebral disks

    Matvienko, V.I.; Serikov, Yu.G.; Syuremov, M.N. (Rostovskij-na-Donu Meditsinskij Inst. (USSR))

    The anterior epidural space adjoining directly the posterior parts of the vertebral bodies, was examined with 8-12% solution of verografin in 140 patients with lumbar osteochodrosis. Of them 110 had been previously operated on. The use of low-concentration water-soluble iodine contrast agents makes it possible to avoid the stimulation of the epidural structures. X-ray appearance which is typical of protrusion and hernia of the intervertebral disks is described.

  9. Magnetic resonance imaging for each type of herniated cervical intervertebral disc

    Kim, Ham Gyum [Ansan 1 College, Ansan (Korea, Republic of)

    2000-04-15

    The classification of herniated intervertebral cervical disc types are clinically important, as treatment methods would be slightly different according to the specific type of the herniated disc. 423 patients who suffered from herniated intervertebral cervical discs were tested with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), to distinguish the type of the herniated discs. The following are the results: The age of the patients tested ranged from 16 to 75 years old and the mean age of the patients was 41.4 years of age. There were twice as many male patients with a ratio of 288: 135 men to women. 101 patients suffered from single herniated discs while 322 patients suffered from multi-herniated discs. Of single herniated disc injuries. 52 patients had protruded discs (52%) while 25 patients had extruded discs (25%). 21 Patients (21%) had herniated intervertebral discs between C{sub 4} {approx} C{sub 5} and 51 patients (50%) and had the same injury between C{sub 5} and C{sub 6}. Of multi-herniated disc injuries. 140 patients had protruded discs (44%). while 45 patients had extruded discs (14%). 54 patients had both protruded and extruded discs (17%). 36 patients (11%). herniated discs C{sub 3} {approx} C{sub 6}: 69 patients (21%). herniated discs C{sub 3} {approx} C{sub 7}: 47 patients (15%) herniated discs C{sub 4} {approx} C{sub 6} and 67 patients (20%) herniated discs C{sub 5} {approx} C{sub 7}.

  10. Follow-up radiographs of the cervical spine after anterior fusion with titanium intervertebral disc

    Purpose: We examined the postoperative changes of the cervical spine after treatment of cervical nerve root compression with anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with a new titanium intervertebral disc. Patients and Methods: 37 patients were examined prior to, as well as 4 days, 6 weeks, and 7 months after surgery. Lateral view X-rays and functional imaging were used to evaluate posture and mobility of the cervical spine, the position of the implants, and the reactions of adjacent bone structures. Results: Implantation of the titanium disc led to post-operative distraction of the intervertebral space and slight lordosis. Within the first 6 months a slight loss of distraction and re-kyphosis due to impression of the implants into the vertebral end-plates were found in all patients. We noted partial infractions into the vertebral end-plates in 10/42 segments and slight mobility of the implants in 14/42 segments. Both groups of patients showed reactive spondylosis and local symptoms due to loosening of the implants. The pain subsided after onset of bone bridging and stable fixation of the loosened discs. Conclusions: The titanium intervertebral disc provides initial distraction of the fusioned segments with partial recurrence of kyphosis during the subsequent course. Loosening of the implants with local symptoms can be evaluated with follow-up X-rays and functional imaging. (orig.)