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  1. Peripheral degenerative joint diseases

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    Nilzio Antonio da Silva

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease, is the most commonrheumatic disorder mainly in a geriatric population. Manifestationsare pain, stiffness and functional loss in the affected joint.According to etiology it is classifi ed as primary (or idiopathicand secondary. Some risk factors for disease development aregenetics, race, age, sex, obesity, occupational activities andarticular biomechanics. Pathogenesis is the same for any cause orlocalization, being catabolic alterations, with synthesis, inhibitionand reparing intent of the cartilage matrix. Metalloproteinases andcytokines (IL-1,IL-6,TNF-? actions promote infl ammatory reactionand cartilage degradation. Pain, the most important symptom,does not correlate with radiologic fi ndings. Peripheral osteoarthritisoccurs predominantly in the knee, hip and hand. Diagnosis is basedon clinical features, laboratorial tests and radiological changes.Rheumatological associations’ guidelines for treatment includenon-pharmacologic (education, physiotherapy, assistive devices,and pharmacologic (analgesics, anti-infl ammatory drugs therapyand surgery. Arthroplasty seems to work better than medicines, butshould be used if other treatments have failed.

  2. Radiographic evaluation of degenerative joint disease in horses: interpretive principles

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    Degenerative joint disease in horses is characterized by the progressive deterioration of articular cartilage of synovial joints. The morbidity associated with degenerative joint disease, particularly the loss of function in pleasure and performance horses, costs horse owners millions of dollars each year. Although new drugs, such as polysulfated glycosaminoglycans and hyaluronic acid, are available for the treatment of patients with degenerative joint disease, the success of therapy depends on early diagnosis. Diagnostic imaging strategies, therefore, should focus on accurate and timely diagnosis of degenerative joint disease to provide prompt therapy. Early identification of degenerative joint disease is also beneficial because the use and/or training methods of affected patients may be altered, possibly limiting the progression of the disease. The pathogenesis of degenerative joint disease is complex and multifactorial. Current evidence suggests that initiating factors lead to a final common pathway-breakdown of articular cartilage. There are many diagnostic tests that aid practitioners in detecting degenerative joint disease; however, the most important imaging technique is radiography. During the early stages of the disease, radiographic changes may be slight; therefore, it is essential that practitioners have adequate equipment to obtain high-quality radiographs. Thinning of the joint space, osteophytosis, enthesopathy, changes in subchondral bone, and increased synovium and synovia provide radiographic evidence of degenerative joint disease. By understanding the pathophysiology of the disease and how technical alterations affect the subtle radiographic changes, practitioners can more accurately diagnose degenerative joint disease during its early stages and institute proper therapy

  3. Etiology, pathophysiology and conservative management of degenerative joint disease

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    Jandri? Slavica

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Etiology of degenerative joint diseases Etiology of degenerative joint diseases is still not clearly understood and there is no specific management for this group of diseases. Various pathological conditions cause damage of the articular cartilage and lead to clinically and radiographically recognized impairment. Biomechanical, metabolic, genetic factors inflammation and other risk factors contribute to development of osteoarthrosis. Pathophysiology of degenerative joint diseases Osteoarthrosis is characterized by progressive erosion of articular cartilage and bone overgrowth at the joint margins. Cartilage integrity requires balance between synthesis and degradation of matrix components. Chondrocytes react to various mechanical and chemical stresses in order to stabilize and restore the tissue. Failures in stabilizing and restoring the tissue lead to cartilage degeneration that may be irreversibile. For better understanding of conservative management of degenerative joint diseases it is important to know the impact of pathophysiology mechanisms on development of degenerative joint diseases. There is great variability in the rate of progression of erosive processes in articular cartilage in clinical radiographic signs and course of the disease. This is in relation with many factors, as well as with management and response to therapy. Treatment of degenerative joint diseases Treatment should vary depending on the severity of disease and patient's expectations and level of activity. Besides analgesic and anti-inflammatory drugs, conventional and not conventional treatment and techniques can be used for management of osteoarthrosis. Physical therapy and exercises are very important for maintaining muscle strength, joint stability and mobility, but should be closely monitored for optimal efficacy.

  4. Targeted disruption of Mig-6 in the mouse genome leads to early onset degenerative joint disease

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    Zhang, Yu-wen; Su, Yanli; Lanning, Nathan; Swiatek, Pamela J.; Bronson, Roderick T.; Sigler, Robert; Martin, Richard W.; Vande Woude, George F.

    2005-01-01

    Degenerative joint disease, also known as osteoarthritis, is the most common joint disorder in human beings. The molecular mechanism underlying this disease is not fully understood. Here, we report that disruption of mitogen-inducible gene 6 (Mig-6) in mice by homologous recombination leads to early onset degenerative joint disease, which is revealed by simultaneous enlargement and deformity of multiple joints, degradation of articular cartilage, and the development of bony outgrowths or oste...

  5. Pedicle marrow signal intensity changes in the lumbar spine: a manifestation of facet degenerative joint disease

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    Objective. Signal intensity changes in lumbar pedicles, similar to those described in vertebral body endplates adjacent to degenerated discs, have been described as an ancillary sign of spondylolysis on MRI. The purpose of this study was to determine whether pedicle marrow signal intensity changes also occur in association with facet degenerative joint disease.Design. Eighty-nine lumbar spine MRI examinations without spondylolysis were reviewed for marrow signal intensity changes in pedicles and vertebral bodies as well as for facet degenerative joint disease.Results. Five percent (46/890) of lumbar pedicles in 23 patients had marrow signal intensity changes. Ninety-one percent (42/46) of the abnormal pedicles had adjacent degenerative joint disease of the facets, while only 21% (189/890) of normal pedicles had adjacent facet degenerative joint disease (p<0.001). Eighty-nine percent (41/46) of the pedicles with marrow signal intensity changes had adjacent degenerative disc disease.Conclusions. Pedicle marrow signal intensity changes are not a specific sign of spondylolysis; they are commonly seen with adjacent facet degenerative joint disease in the absence of spondylolysis. Pedicle marrow signal intensity changes are probably a response to abnormal stresses related to abnormal motion or loading caused by the degenerative changes in the spinal segment. (orig.)

  6. Triple pelvic osteotomy: effect on limb function and progression of degenerative joint disease

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    The objective of this study was to evaluate prospectively the outcome of 21 clinical patients treated with triple pelvic osteotomies during the year following surgery. Specific aims included documenting the time of and extent of improved limb function as measured by force plate analysis, evaluating the progression of degenerative joint disease (DJD) in the treated and untreated coxofemoral joints, and determining whether or not triple pelvic osteotomy resulted in degenerative joint changes in the ipsilateral stifle and hock. Twelve dogs were treated unilaterally and nine dogs were treated bilaterally with triple pelvic osteotomies. There were no differences in mean anteversion angles, angles of inclination, or preoperative DJD between treated hips and untreated hips. Degenerative joint disease progressed significantly in all hips regardless of treatment. Two cases developed hyperextension of their hocks after the triple pelvic osteotomies. However, no radiographic evidence of DJD was observed for any of the stifles or hocks at any observation time. A significant increase in vertical peak force (VPF) scores was noted for treated legs by two-to-three months after surgery, which continued over time. Untreated legs did not show a significant change in VPF scores over time. No differences were found in progression to higher scores when unilaterally treated legs, first-side treated legs, and second-side treated legs were compared

  7. Preliminary results of automated removal of degenerative joint disease in bone scan lesion segmentation

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    Chu, Gregory H.; Lo, Pechin; Kim, Hyun J.; Auerbach, Martin; Goldin, Jonathan; Henkel, Keith; Banola, Ashley; Morris, Darren; Coy, Heidi; Brown, Matthew S.

    2013-03-01

    Whole-body bone scintigraphy (or bone scan) is a highly sensitive method for visualizing bone metastases and is the accepted standard imaging modality for detection of metastases and assessment of treatment outcomes. The development of a quantitative biomarker using computer-aided detection on bone scans for treatment response assessment may have a significant impact on the evaluation of novel oncologic drugs directed at bone metastases. One of the challenges to lesion segmentation on bone scans is the non-specificity of the radiotracer, manifesting as high activity related to non-malignant processes like degenerative joint disease, sinuses, kidneys, thyroid and bladder. In this paper, we developed an automated bone scan lesion segmentation method that implements intensity normalization, a two-threshold model, and automated detection and removal of areas consistent with non-malignant processes from the segmentation. The two-threshold model serves to account for outlier bone scans with elevated and diffuse intensity distributions. Parameters to remove degenerative joint disease were trained using a multi-start Nelder-Mead simplex optimization scheme. The segmentation reference standard was constructed manually by a panel of physicians. We compared the performance of the proposed method against a previously published method. The results of a two-fold cross validation show that the overlap ratio improved in 67.0% of scans, with an average improvement of 5.1% points.

  8. Primary degenerative joint disease of the shoulder in a colony of Beagles

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    Shoulder joints of 149 Beagles over 8 years old at the time of death (mean age, 13.8 years +/- 3.21), were examined radiographically throughout their life-times for the frequency of degenerative joint disease (DJD). Clinical histories revealed no underlying cause for DJD. The shoulder joints of a subgroup of 18 dogs were examined at necropsy, and thin sections of the joints were evaluated radiographically and histologically. Serial clinical radiographic studies indicated that normal shoulder joint development during the first year of life was followed by the appearance of subchondral bone sclerosis and bony remodeling of normal joint contour, and by the formation of periarticular osteophytes and enthesiophytes. All changes were progressive with age and typical for DJD in dogs. Bilateral involvement was common. Evaluation of specimens obtained at necropsy revealed: articular cartilage change with roughening of the surface layer, degeneration and death of superficial chondrocytes, exposure of deeper layers of chondrocytes that had proliferated with fissuring of the damaged cartilage, total cartilage loss with polishing of the exposed subchondral bone, mixed patterns of subchondral bone sclerosis and osteoporosis, change in contour of the articular surfaces, and formation of periarticular osteophytes and enthesiophytes. Joint capsule thickening, synovitis, pannus formation, and synovial chondroma formation were observed. Because of the available clinical information, in addition to the typical changes of DJD, it was thought that the changes were primary. Instability appeared to play a role in the pathogenesis of the joint disease described; however, it was not clear whether the instability caused abnormal forces on healthy cartilage or whether the primary cartilage wear caused the instability

  9. Relationship of orthopedic examination, goniometric measurements, and radiographic signs of degenerative joint disease in cats

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    Lascelles B Duncan X

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Available information suggests a mismatch between radiographic and orthopedic examination findings in cats with DJD. However, the extent of the discrepancy between clinical and radiographic signs of OA in companion animals has not been described in detail. This study aimed to evaluate the relationship between orthopedic examination findings, joint goniometry, and radiographic signs of DJD in 100 cats, in a prospective observational design. Cat temperament, pain response to palpation, joint crepitus, effusion and thickening were graded. Radiographs of appendicular joints and the axial skeleton were made under sedation. Joint motion was measured by use of a plastic goniometer before and after sedation. Associations between radiographic degenerative joint disease (DJD and examination findings were assessed to determine sensitivity, specificity and likelihood estimations. Results Pain response to palpation was elicited in 0-67% of the joints with DJD, with a specificity ranging from 62-99%; crepitus was detected in 0-56% of the joints and its specificity varied between 87 and 99%; for effusion, values ranged between 6 and 38% (specificity, 82-100%, and thickening, 0-59% (specificity, 74-99%. Joints with DJD tended to have a decreased range of motion. The presence of pain increased the odds of having DJD in the elbow (right: 5.5; left: 4.5; the presence of pain in the lower back increased the odds of spinal DJD being present (2.97 for lumbar; 4.67 for lumbo-sacral. Conclusions Radiographic DJD cannot be diagnosed with certainty using palpation or goniometry. However, negative findings tend to predict radiographically normal joints. Palpation and goniometry may be used as a tool to help to screen cats, mostly to rule out DJD.

  10. Evaluation of risk factors for degenerative joint disease associated with hip dysplasia in dogs

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    Passive coxofemoral joint laxity of dogs, as quantitated by a distraction-stress radiographic method, may have important prognostic value in determining susceptibility to hip dysplasia. Data from 151 dogs, representing 13 breeds, were included in a logistic regression model to evaluate the contribution of factors such as age, breed, weight, sex, distraction index, and Norberg angle to the risk of developing degenerative joint disease (DJD) of the coxofemoral joint. Of the factors studied, the amount of passive hip laxity, as quantitated by the distraction index, was the most significant (P < 0.0001) determinant of the risk to develop DJD of the coxofemoral joint. In the longitudinal and cross-sectional components of the study, distraction index was a significant (P < 0.001) risk factor for DJD, irrespective of age at evaluation (4, 12, or 24 months). The strength of the hip laxity:DJD correlation increased with the age of dog. In contrast, the Norberg angle, a measure of hip laxity on the standard hip-extended radiograph, was not found to be a significant risk factor for DJD, either in the longitudinal or cross-sectional analyses. Breed-specific probability curves of DJD susceptibility indicated that German Shepherd Dogs had a significantly (P < 0.05) greater risk of developing DJD than did the pool of non-German Shepherd Dogs. The information derived from this statistical model will help to scientifically characterize the role of passive hip laxity as a component in the pathogenesis of DJD of the coxofemoral joint

  11. MR and MR arthrography to identify degenerative and posttraumatic diseases in the shoulder joint

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    MR imaging provides a comprehensive evaluation of a wide spectrum of both intraarticular and extraarticular pathology of the shoulder. MR imaging enables the detection or exclusion of degenerative and posttraumatic diseases of the shoulder with a reasonable accuracy. MR arthrography is useful in the visualization of subtle anatomic details and further improves the differentiation. In this article, findings of MR imaging and MR arthrography of degenerative and posttraumatic shoulder diseases (impingement syndrome, rotator cuff tears, and glenohumeral instability) has been reviewed

  12. MR and MR arthrography to identify degenerative and posttraumatic diseases in the shoulder joint

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    Lee, Shi-Uk; Lang, Philipp E-mail: phil.lang@stanford.edu

    2000-08-01

    MR imaging provides a comprehensive evaluation of a wide spectrum of both intraarticular and extraarticular pathology of the shoulder. MR imaging enables the detection or exclusion of degenerative and posttraumatic diseases of the shoulder with a reasonable accuracy. MR arthrography is useful in the visualization of subtle anatomic details and further improves the differentiation. In this article, findings of MR imaging and MR arthrography of degenerative and posttraumatic shoulder diseases (impingement syndrome, rotator cuff tears, and glenohumeral instability) has been reviewed.

  13. Influence of spinal degenerative joint disease on BMD measurement by QCT and DXA

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    Objective: To assess the impact of spinal degenerative joint disease (DJD) changes on bone mineral density (BMD) measured by quantitative CT (QCT) and dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) in a group of relative old population. Methods: Lateral (T4-L4) and anterior posterior (L1-L4) spinal radiographs in 201 subjects were reviewed for evaluation of fracture and DJD. The subjects ranged in age from 45-80 years (mean age 59.6 +- 0.8 years). Exclusion criteria included history of any bone disease or condition know to affect bone metabolism. The severity of DJD was graded as 0, 1 or 2 on the spinal lumbar film, except for DJD with vertebral osteophytes which was graded from 0 to 3. Twenty-five out of the 201 subjects were diagnosed with vertebral fractures by visual inspection using the semiquantitative method. Spinal BMD was measured by both QCT and DXA, including posteroanterior DXA (PA-DXA), lateral DXA (L-DXA), and mid lateral DXA (ML-DXA). Results: There were no significant differences in BMD measured by QCT in the 176 non-fractured subjects with and without DJD (P > 0.05). BMD measured by PA-DXA was significantly higher in subjects with DJD changes than those without, particularly when osteophytes were presented at the vertebral bodies and facet joints (P 0.05). Conclusion: QCT is JD changes (P > 0.05). Conclusion: QCT is superior to PA-DXA, L-DXA, and ML-DXA in detecting bone loss in patients with DJD. For subjects with severe DJD, BMD assessment using QCT may be advisable

  14. Clinical cases of joint disease in horse. Total glycosaminoglycans sulphate and keratansulphate in synovial fluid as markers of degenerative cartilage processes

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    Total glycosaminoglycans sulphate (GAGs) and keratan sulphate (KS) were measured in synovial fluid (SF) obtained from 28 horses with different joint diseases (degenerative joint disease (DJD), osteochondrosis (OCD), positivity to Flex Test (FT)) and 15 horses without any clinical sign of lameness. All groups of animals with joint disease showed levels of total GAGs significantly higher (P0.001) than normal. On the contrary, only DJD affected joints showed a significantly (P0.01) higher level of KS

  15. Imaging of degenerative and posttraumatic disease in the shoulder joint with ultrasound

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    Zanetti, Marco E-mail: mzanetti@balgrist.unizh.ch; Hodler, Juerg

    2000-08-01

    This article reviews the examination technique of shoulder ultrasound, normal and abnormal ultrasound findings in acute (posttraumatic) and chronic (degenerative) lesions. Moreover, it reviews the effectiveness of ultrasound in relation to magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Most authors report that full-thickness tears of the supraspinatus can reliably be diagnosed by ultrasound. However, the simple diagnosis of a full-thickness rotator cuff tear is no longer sufficient for surgical management. The precise localization and size of rotator cuff tears as well as the extent of muscle degeneration is important for surgical planning. For this aspect and for partial-thickness tears of the supraspinatus, for subscapularis lesions as well as for lesions of the long biceps tendons there is no consensus regarding the diagnostic value of ultrasound. To the present, ultrasound (contrary to MR imaging) has failed to demonstrate that it consistently influences the clinician's degree of confidence in the clinical diagnosis or the treatment plan. Therefore, some orthopedic surgeons prefer MR imaging to ultrasound in the evaluation of rotator cuff tears and other abnormalities of the glenohumeral joint. Moreover, MR imaging, especially when combined with arthrography, represents a one-step investigation, which not only allows for assessment of rotator cuff lesion but also of lesions of the labrum (Bankart lesions, SLAP lesions), the joint capsule and the biceps tendon. It also demonstrates muscle atrophy, which represents an important predictor of surgical outcome in rotator cuff repair.

  16. Imaging of degenerative and posttraumatic disease in the shoulder joint with ultrasound

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    This article reviews the examination technique of shoulder ultrasound, normal and abnormal ultrasound findings in acute (posttraumatic) and chronic (degenerative) lesions. Moreover, it reviews the effectiveness of ultrasound in relation to magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Most authors report that full-thickness tears of the supraspinatus can reliably be diagnosed by ultrasound. However, the simple diagnosis of a full-thickness rotator cuff tear is no longer sufficient for surgical management. The precise localization and size of rotator cuff tears as well as the extent of muscle degeneration is important for surgical planning. For this aspect and for partial-thickness tears of the supraspinatus, for subscapularis lesions as well as for lesions of the long biceps tendons there is no consensus regarding the diagnostic value of ultrasound. To the present, ultrasound (contrary to MR imaging) has failed to demonstrate that it consistently influences the clinician's degree of confidence in the clinical diagnosis or the treatment plan. Therefore, some orthopedic surgeons prefer MR imaging to ultrasound in the evaluation of rotator cuff tears and other abnormalities of the glenohumeral joint. Moreover, MR imaging, especially when combined with arthrography, represents a one-step investigation, which not only allows for assessment of rotator cuff lesion but also of lesions of the labrum (Bankart lesions, SLAP lesions), the joint capsule and the biceps tendon. It also demonstrae and the biceps tendon. It also demonstrates muscle atrophy, which represents an important predictor of surgical outcome in rotator cuff repair

  17. Chondroitin sulfate and sodium hialuronate in treatment of the degenerative joint disease in dogs. Clinical and radiological aspects

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    The aim of this study was the evaluation of the effects of chondroitin sulfate and sodium hyaluronate in the knee joint of dogs with experimentally induced degenerative joint disease (DJD). Fifteen mongrel dogs, weighing 18 to 25kg were used. DJD was induced by cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) arthroscopical transection. After three weeks, CCL was repaired by an intrarticular technique, which uses fascia lata. The dogs were then divided into three groups as follows: group I received no other treatment, but the CCL reconstitution, group II received 24mg/animal of chondroitin sulfate/IM every five days, totaling six injections, and group III received 20mg/animal of sodium hyaluronate /IV every five days, totaling three injections. All dogs were examined clinically and radiographically for 90 days after the repairment surgery. The clinical evaluation was performed by assessment of lameness, weight-bearing, limb muscle atrophy and range of motion. The results demonstrated that the group treated with sodium hyaluronate had lower degree of lameness in comparison with other groups. The radiographic evaluation showed marginal osteophytes and subchondral bone sclerosis. These changes were more severe in the group treated with sodium hyaluronate. The better clinical results observed in this group, compared with the others, was probably due to the greater action of the drug in the synovium, decreasing the pain and lameness. Radiographic findings correlated poorly with the clinical signs in the group treated with sodium hyaluronate

  18. Low back pain and degenerative disc disease

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    Jandri? Slavica

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Various clinical conditions can cause low back pain, and in most cases it is of a degenerative origin. Degenerative disc disease is a common condition which affects young to middle-aged men and women equally. Changes in the mechanical properties of the disc lead to degenerative arthritis in the intervertebral joints, osteophytes, and narrowing the intervertebral foramen or the spinal canal. Pathophysiology. Degenerative cascade, described by Kirkaldy-Willis, is the widely accepted pathophysiologic model describing the degenerative process as it affects the lumbar spine in 3 phases. Diagnosis. There are two forms of low back pain secondary to degenerative disc disease: a lumbalgia and b lumbar radiculopathy. Limitation of movement, problems with balance, pain, loss of reflexes in the extremities, muscle weakness, loss of sensation or other signs of neurological damage can be found on physical examination. For accurate diagnosis, it is often necessary to combine clinical examination and sophisticated technology. Treatment. Coservative treatment consists of rest, physical therapy, pharmacological therapy and injection therapy. Physical rehabilitation with active patient participation is a key approach to treatment of patients with discogenic pain. Physical therapy, occupational therapy and kinesitherapy are important for improving muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility. Disc surgery is performed if surgical intervention is required. .

  19. Lateral meniscus allograft biologic glenoid arthroplasty in total shoulder arthroplasty for young shoulders with degenerative joint disease.

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    Nicholson, Gregory P; Goldstein, Jordan L; Romeo, Anthony A; Cole, Brian J; Hayden, Jennifer K; Twigg, Stacy L; McCarty, L Pearce; Detterline, Alvin J

    2007-01-01

    To avoid potential polyethylene problems in younger shoulders with degenerative joint disease (DJD) requiring arthroplasty, lateral meniscus allograft (LMA) was used as a biologic resurfacing of the glenoid. We report preliminary, short-term results of this technique in a younger, higher-demand population. The shoulders of 20 men and 10 women, with an average age of 42 years (range, 18 to 52 years), underwent total shoulder arthroplasty with a LMA. A metallic prosthesis was used on the humerus. Etiology of the DJD was osteoarthritis in 16, postinstability surgery in 8, traumatic in 4, and failed open reduction with internal fixation in 2. Twenty-two (73%) had previous shoulder surgery. Preoperative average scores were American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), 38; Simple Shoulder Test (SST), 3.3; and Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), 6.4. The average active forward elevation was 96 degrees and external rotation was 26 degrees . Average follow-up was 18 months (range, 12 to 48 months). Postoperative average scores were ASES, 69; SST, 7.8; and VAS, 2.3. Active forward elevation was 139 degrees and external rotation was 53 degrees . All were significant improvements (P shoulders risk early failure. For young, high-demand shoulders with DJD requiring arthroplasty, the LMA shows promise. Most problems presented within the first year. Although not perfect, it provided significant pain relief, range-of-motion gains, and patient satisfaction without the risk of poly wear or loosening. Longer-term follow-up will be required to determine ultimate durability. PMID:17507244

  20. On the genetic and somatic radiation doses in radiotherapy of inflammatory and degenerative diseases of bones, joints and soft parts

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    Dose measurements were performed in several body regions of patients suffering from inflammatory degenerative diseases (humeral epicondylitis, humeroscapular periarthritis, gonarthrosis, axillary hidradenitis, rheumatoid arthritis, coxarthrosis, parotitis). The problem of the radiation induction of neoplasms is predominant concerning somatic as well as genetic risk, discussed by example of the most frequently occurring organ cancer. Compared to the rate of breast cancer in the highly developed industrial states (5,000 to 6,000 cancers/100,000 women) the 'radiation induction' calculated according to a mathematical model of ICRP 26 (1.25 cases of death for breast cancers/100,000 women following for example irradiation of epicondylitis) is behind several powers of ten and not demonstrable. The genetic radiation exposure is also low. Derived from the measurements it is wrong to give up reliable and approved indications of radiotherapy of non-malignant diseases because of unfounded radiophobia. (author)

  1. The use of stabilization exercises and movement reeducation to manage pain and improve function in a dancer with focal degenerative joint disease of the spine.

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    Hagins, Marshall

    2011-09-01

    Little has been written about rehabilitation of low back pain (LBP) specific to the professional dancer. However, there is a rapidly increasing amount of rehabilitation research related to the care of LBP in the general population that may be applied to the dancer population. The purpose of this case report is to describe the physical therapy management of a 37-year-old female professional dancer with a 5-year history of spinal pain and loss of function in the presence of degenerative joint disease at a single segment (T12-L1). Patient interventions focused on stabilization exercises and movement reeducation. The dancer returned to limited dance performance at 6 weeks. At 5 months she had returned to complete dance function, with pain and functional (Oswestry) levels improved from initial values of 7/10 and 48%, respectively, to 1/10 and 26%. PMID:22040761

  2. Comparing the effect of Glucosamine and Glucosamine With Alendronate in Symptomatic Relieve of Degenerative Knee Joint Disease: A Double- blind Randomized Clinical Trial Study

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    Hamid Reza Arti

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Background:: Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD is the most common joint disease in human beings. Previous studies have explained that glucosamine is preferred as placebo and in efficacy compared with NSAID’s in treatment of patients’ knee osteoarthritis. Alendronate was used to treat osteoporotic patients and its efficacy was established..Objectives:: The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of administration of glucosamine alone and its combination with alendronate in osteoarthritis of the knee..Patients and Methods:: The study included 130 patients with osteoarthritis who randomly received glucosamine alone (group II (500mg TDS, or combination of glucosamine (500mg TDS and alendronate (70mg weekly (group I for 12 weeks. Patients were evaluated on 1, 3, 6 and 12 weeks after beginning the treatment to evaluate efficacy of each treatment..Results:: Statistically, there was no significant difference in pain index (P > 0.05 but in the two groups the mean of pain index decreased in a similar fashion. The stiffness index in combination treatment group (group I decreased more than glucosamine group (group II (P < 0.05. The function of joints in combination treatment group (group I improved after 12weeks. The bone mineral density (BMD at 12weeks in combination therapy group improved..Conclusions:: Combination therapy of glucosamine and alendronate indicated significant improvement of stiffness, function, BMD of osteoarthritis compared with glucosamine alone but there was no statistically significant decrease in pain index. It can be concluded that the combination of glucosamine and alendronate provide better and more rapid improvement in patients with osteoarthritis.

  3. Study of the lateral raise in foot wear for the management of medial compartment degenerative joint disease of knee

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    A wide spread disease, which may lead the patient to severe outcomes e.g. pain, loss of joint motion, inflexibility and even disability, is Knee osteoarthritis (OA). It is most common among adults of older age and should not be ignored at all. Literature does not show any clear pathogenesis for occurrence of Knee OA, but most of the indications point toward biomechanical stresses which may influence the articular cartilage and sub chondral bone. Objective: The Aim of this study is to become aware of the effects of physical therapy with and without laterally raised footwear in the management of medial knee osteoarthritis. Methodology: We have used experimental comparative study in 35 patients which were randomly selected from Department of Physiotherapy, Fatima Memorial Hospital, Shadman, Lahore. The study consisted of 2 groups, Group I (Experimental Group): In experimental group, patients were treated with laterally raised foot wear and physical therapy both. Group II (Control Group): Whereas in control group patients were treated by physical therapy alone. Kellgren and Lawrence (KL) scale was used to assess radiograph of the knee joints after an anteroposterior weight-bearing standing. The assessment of disease in patients was done by using the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities (WOMAC) Index, Muscle flexibility, Muscle strengthening and Tolerance scales. Results: In group-I the mean age of patients observed was 59.52+-13.66 years and 65+-12.87 years in Group-II. In Group-I, 9 (52.9%) patients were males and 8 (47.1%) patients were females while in Group-II, 9 patients (50%) were male and 9 (50%) were female. In Group-I 2 (11.8%) patients used flat and open shoes, 6 (35.3%) used flat and close shoe, 3 (17.6%) patients used dress shoes and 2 (11.8%) used flat shoes. In Group-I, the frequency of patients wearing laterally raised foot wear in terms of duration was; 5 (29.4%) patients for 20 days, 4 (23.5%) for 24 days, 4 (23.5%) for 25 days, whilst 2 patients used it for 26 and 30 days respectively. Among 10 (58.8%) patients the use of lateral raised foot wear was intermittent wile in 7 (41.2%) patients the use of lateral raised foot wear was continuous. Overall Group-I presented better results compared to Group-II in this study. Conclusion: We have concluded in our study that the physical therapy with laterally raised footwear is a successful treatment in the management of medial knee OA. In laterally raised footwear the physical therapy is an effective method in terms of relief of pain in patient, improvement in function by stiffness reduction and. this treatment method is recommended for the management of medial knee OA. (author)

  4. Degenerative joint disease in cattle and buffaloes in the Amazon region: a retrospective study / Doença articular degenerativa em bovinos e búfalos na Amazônia: estudo retrospectivo

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    José Diomedes, Barbosa; Danillo Henrique S., Lima; Alessandra S., Belo-Reis; Cleyton P., Pinheiro; Melina G.S., Sousa; Jenevaldo B., Silva; Felipe M., Salvarani; Carlos Magno C., Oliveira.

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: English Abstract in portuguese Foi realizado um estudo retrospectivo sobre os aspectos epidemiológicos e clínico-patológicos em bovinos e búfalos com doença articular degenerativa (DAD) no estado do Pará, Brasil. Durante os anos de 1999 a 2014 foram avaliados 11 bovinos e 24 bubalinos. Todos os animais atendidos com suspeita clín [...] ica de DAD foram submetidos a exame clínico do sistema locomotor. Foram necropsiados sete bovinos e oito bubalinos com sinais clínicos da enfermidade. Os sinais clínicos comuns observados em ambas as espécies foram claudicação crônica, andar rígido, alterações posturais, crepitações audíveis no membro acometido, decúbito prolongado, dificuldade para levantar, e emagrecimento progressivo. As lesões articulares evidenciadas na necropsia consistiram em irregularidade da superfície articular, presença de erosão na cartilagem articular e no tecido ósseo subjacente, proliferação de tecido ósseo periarticular com formação de osteófitos. Tanto nos bovinos como nos bubalinos as articulações mais acometidas foram as dos membros posteriores. Nos bubalinos, possivelmente o principal fator predisponente ao surgimento de DAD foi à deficiência de fósforo, ao contrário dos bovinos, nos quais os defeitos de conformação anatômica dos membros posteriores, traumas crônicos em virtude da atividade exercida, como a coleta de sêmen e a idade avançada, foram o que, possivelmente, contribuíram para surgimento da enfermidade. Abstract in english A retrospective study of the epidemiological and clinic-pathological aspects of cattle and buffaloes with degenerative joint disease (DJD) was conducted in the state of Pará, Brazil. From 1999 to 2014, eleven cattle and 24 buffaloes were evaluated. All the treated animals with suspected DJD underwen [...] t a clinical examination of the musculoskeletal system. In seven cattle and eight buffaloes with clinical signs of the disease postmortem examination was performed. The common clinical signs observed in both species were chronic lameness, stiff gait, postural changes, audible crackles in the affected limb, prolonged recumbency, difficulty in getting up and progressive weight loss. The lesions observed at necropsy were: irregular articular surfaces, erosion of the articular cartilage and the underlying bone tissue, and proliferation of the periarticular bone tissue with formation of osteophytes. The most affected joints in cattle and buffaloes wereof the hind limb. In buffaloes, the main predisposing factor to the onset of DJD was phosphorus deficiency. In cattle, defects of the anatomical conformation of the hind limbs, chronic trauma due to the activities performed, such as semen collection, and advanced age possibly contributed to the emergence of the disease.

  5. Surgical removal of fragmented coronoid processes and fractured anconeal process in an older dog with evidence of severe degenerative joint disease

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    A 10-year-old Labrador Retriever was admitted because of severe unilateral (left) forelimb lameness of 6 weeks' duration. Computerized tomography revealed bilateral fragmented coronoid processes (FCP) and unilateral fracture of the anconeal process. Surgery on the left elbow to remove the loose anconeal process and FCP resolved the severe lameness and improved the dog's overall activity, compared with that of the preceding 2 years. Unstable FCP can develop late in life, and a degenerative anconeal process may fracture. Surgical removal of loose fragments in a severely arthritic joint may be beneficial

  6. Denervação articular coxofemoral em cães com doença articular degenerativa secundária à displasia / Joint hip denervation in dogs with degenerative joint disease secondary to dysplasia

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    Leandro Branco, Rocha; Eduardo Alberto, Tudury; Cláudio, Roehsig; Durval, Baraúna; Ricardo, Chioratto; Felipe Purcell, Araújo; Bernardo, Kemper.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese A técnica de denervação coxofemoral é realizada em cães displásicos, com o intuito de aliviar a dor. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar alívio da dor, melhora da função articular, reabilitação muscular e progressão da instabilidade em 10 cães displásicos submetidos à técnica de denervação da arti [...] culação coxofemoral. A graduação da apresentação clínica foi realizada através de avaliações específicas da andadura, testes de estação bípede, de rotação com abdução externa e de iliopsoas. A reabilitação muscular foi avaliada através da circunferência da coxa e exame físico. A avaliação da instabilidade foi feita através de técnica radiográfica para índice de distração. Na graduação da claudicação e teste de estação bípede foi verificado que houve redução significante a partir de um mês pós-cirúrgico. Já nos testes de abdução com rotação externa, houve redução da dor a partir do sétimo dia pós-cirúrgico; no teste de iliopsoas houve redução significante da dor, em todos os tempos do pós-cirúrgico. Houve aumento significante da circunferência da coxa a partir do sétimo dia. Foi observado que 90% tiveram redução do índice de distração, refletindo melhora da instabilidade. A técnica é eficaz no alívio da dor, na reabilitação muscular após a melhora na capacidade de exercitar-se e na redução da instabilidade, sendo motivo de satisfação para os proprietários. Abstract in english The hip denervation technique has been performed in dysplasic dogs, demonstrating to be efficient in the relief of pain. The objective of this work was to evaluate pain relief, improvement of joint function, muscular rehabilitation and instability progression in 10 dysplasic dogs submitted to the hi [...] p joint denervation technique. The grading of the clinical presentation was performed according to specific evaluation of walking, biped station, rotation with external abduction, subluxation and iliopsoas. The muscular rehabilitation was evaluated through the circumference of the thigh and physical examination. The instability was evaluated through the values of distraction index (DI). In the claudication graduation and the biped station test, we verified that there was a significant reduction after one month post-surgery. In the abduction with external rotation tests, there was a reduction in pain after the seventh day; in the iliopsoas test there was a significant reduction in pain in all the post-surgery times. There was a significant increase in thigh circumference after the seventh day. We observed that 90% of the articulations had a reduction in their DI, reflecting an improvement of their instability. The technique is efficient in the relief of pain, muscular rehabilitation after the improvement of the ability to exercise, and in reduction of instability, being the cause of owner satisfaction.

  7. Developing cellular therapies for retinal degenerative diseases.

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    Bharti, Kapil; Rao, Mahendra; Hull, Sara Chandros; Stroncek, David; Brooks, Brian P; Feigal, Ellen; van Meurs, Jan C; Huang, Christene A; Miller, Sheldon S

    2014-02-01

    Biomedical advances in vision research have been greatly facilitated by the clinical accessibility of the visual system, its ease of experimental manipulation, and its ability to be functionally monitored in real time with noninvasive imaging techniques at the level of single cells and with quantitative end-point measures. A recent example is the development of stem cell-based therapies for degenerative eye diseases including AMD. Two phase I clinical trials using embryonic stem cell-derived RPE are already underway and several others using both pluripotent and multipotent adult stem cells are in earlier stages of development. These clinical trials will use a variety of cell types, including embryonic or induced pluripotent stem cell-derived RPE, bone marrow- or umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells, fetal neural or retinal progenitor cells, and adult RPE stem cells-derived RPE. Although quite distinct, these approaches, share common principles, concerns and issues across the clinical development pipeline. These considerations were a central part of the discussions at a recent National Eye Institute meeting on the development of cellular therapies for retinal degenerative disease. At this meeting, emphasis was placed on the general value of identifying and sharing information in the so-called "precompetitive space." The utility of this behavior was described in terms of how it could allow us to remove road blocks in the clinical development pipeline, and more efficiently and economically move stem cell-based therapies for retinal degenerative diseases toward the clinic. Many of the ocular stem cell approaches we discuss are also being used more broadly, for nonocular conditions and therefore the model we develop here, using the precompetitive space, should benefit the entire scientific community. PMID:24573369

  8. Evaluation of analgesic effectiveness of infrared radiation and interference currents in degenerative diseases

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    Kawa Malgorzata

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: The aim of this research is to evaluate analgesic effectiveness of infrared radiation and interference currents in degenerative diseases of joints. On the grounds of current practical and theoretical experience, the following hypothesis was formed: Application of interference currents and infrared radiation constitutes effective analgesic therapy in degenerative diseases, and in the case of the applied treatment, its effectiveness is long-term.

  9. Computed tomography in lumbar degenerative disease

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    Isu, Toyohiko; Miyasaka, Kazuo; Abe, Satoru; Takei, Hidetoshi; Kaneda, Kiyoshi (Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1984-02-01

    We reported the 18 patients which underwent surgical exploration and reviewed these CT findings. Method All CT scans were obtained on Somatom II, high resolution CT scanner, with the patient in the supine position. A lateral localizer image (Topogram) was used to select the appropriate intervertebral disk space. The slice thickness was 4 mm. Results 1) CT findings in lumbar degenerative diseases include bony canal stenosis (central canal stenosis, narrowed lateral recess), soft tissue abnormalities (herniated nucleus pulposus, bulging annulus, hypertrophy and/or ossification of ligamentum flavum, no delineation of nerve root in lateral recess), and spinal instability (spondylolisthesis, vacuum phenomenon). 2) The above three factors contribute to narrowing of spinal canal. 3) No delineation of nerve root or soft tissue replacement of epidural fat in lateral recess suggests that the nerve root may be compressed by some factors. 4) Herniated nucleus pulposus may cause nerve root compression with or without canal stenosis. Conclusion This study revealed that the CT findings correlated closely with the surgical findings and the site of nerve root compression could be determined.

  10. Gene therapy for degenerative disc disease.

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    Sobajima, S; Kim, J S; Gilbertson, L G; Kang, J D

    2004-02-01

    Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a chronic process that can become clinically manifest in multiple disorders such as idiopathic low back pain, disc herniation, radiculopathy, myelopathy, and spinal stenosis. The limited available technology for the treatment of these and other pathologic and disabling conditions arising from DDD is highly invasive (eg, surgical discectomy and fusion), manifesting a certain degree of complications and unsatisfactory clinical outcomes. Although the precise pathophysiology of DDD remains to be clearly delineated, the progressive decline in aggrecan, the primary proteoglycan of the nucleus pulposus, appears to be a final common pathway. It has been hypothesized that imbalance in the synthesis and catabolism of certain critical extracellular matrix components can be mitigated by the transfer of genes to intervertebral disc cells encoding factors that modulate synthesis and catabolism of these components. The successful in vivo transfer of therapeutic genes to target cells within the intervertebral disc in clinically relevant animal models of DDD is one example of the rapid progress that is being made towards the development of gene therapy approaches for the treatment of DDD. This chapter reviews the ability of gene therapy to alter biologic processes in the degenerated intervertebral disc and outlines the work needed to be done before human clinical trials can be contemplated. PMID:14724681

  11. Computed tomography in lumbar degenerative disease

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    We reported the 18 patients which underwent surgical exploration and reviewed these CT findings. Method All CT scans were obtained on Somatom II, high resolution CT scanner, with the patient in the supine position. A lateral localizer image (Topogram) was used to select the appropriate intervertebral disk space. The slice thickness was 4 mm. Results 1) CT findings in lumbar degenerative diseases include bony canal stenosis (central canal stenosis, narrowed lateral recess), soft tissue abnormalities (herniated nucleus pulposus, bulging annulus, hypertrophy and/or ossification of ligamentum flavum, no delineation of nerve root in lateral recess), and spinal instability (spondylolisthesis, vacuum phenomenon). 2) The above three factors contribute to narrowing of spinal canal. 3) No delineation of nerve root or soft tissue replacement of epidural fat in lateral recess suggests that the nerve root may be compressed by some factors. 4) Herniated nucleus pulposus may cause nerve root compression with or without canal stenosis. Conclusion This study revealed that the CT findings correlated closely with the surgical findings and the site of nerve root compression could be determined. (author)

  12. Chondroprotectant therapy in rats with degenerative joint disease experimentally transected cranial cruciateReprodução experimental da doença articular degenerativa, pelo método cirúrgico associado à terapia condroprotetora, em ratos

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    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Osteoarthritis (OA is the most common joint disease in both humans and animals, and it results in movement restriction and pain at the affected area. This disorder affects more than 25% of people over 60 years of age, and it is considered universal for 70-year-old people. OA is estimated to affect over 20% of the canine population from the United States of America. The present study aimed to evaluate the treatment of rats that were surgically induced to OA using two different drug therapies, one with pentosan polysulfate, one with betamethasone, and one with chondroitin sulfate/ glucosamine. In order to produce joint disease, the cranial cruciate ligament was surgically transected. Animals were kept and treated for eight days after surgery and were assessed via both radiographies and tomographies taken before surgery and eight weeks later. All animals were euthanized having both macroscopic and microscopic analysis performed to evaluate the disorder progression and therapeutic action. Macroscopic analysis showed lesion in the knees subjected to OA induction. The untreated animals presented major lesions whereas the treated ones presented mild to moderate lesions. In conclusion, pentosan polysulfate is recommendable for the treatment of iatrogenic joint lesions in rats since the other treatments showed no significant difference. A osteoartrite (OA é a doença articular mais comum em humanos e animais, o que ocasiona restrição de movimentos e dor, na região acometida. Tal enfermidade afeta mais de 25% dos humanos acima de 60 anos e, aos 70 anos, ela é considerada universal. Estima-se que nos Estados Unidos da América, 20% ou mais da população canina é acometida pela OA. O presente estudo tem como finalidade avaliar a terapia medicamentosa (polisulfato de pentosano, betametasona e sulfato de condroitina/glucosamina, em um modelo experimental de OA cirurgicamente induzido, em ratos. A doença articular foi promovida pela transecção cirúrgica do ligamento cruzado cranial, sendo que, após o procedimento cirúrgico, os animais foram mantidos e tratados por oito semanas. Foi realizada avaliação radiográfica e tomográfica antes e oito semanas após a indução da osteoartrite. Todos os animais foram submetidos à eutanásia para análise macroscópica e microscópica, que foram realizadas para avaliar a progressão da enfermidade e a ação terapêutica. Na análise macroscópica foi observadas lesões nos joelhos submetidos à indução OA. Os animais não tratados apresentaram lesões graves enquanto que, os animais tratados apresentaram lesões leves a moderadas. Concluiu-se que o polissulfato de pentosano é eficiente no tratamento de lesões articulares iatrogênicas de ratos, uma vez que outros tratamentos não mostraram qualquer diferença significativa.

  13. Imaging of lumbar degenerative disk disease: history and current state

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    One of the most common indications for performing magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the lumbar spine is the symptom complex thought to originate as a result of degenerative disk disease. MR imaging, which has emerged as perhaps the modality of choice for imaging degenerative disk disease, can readily demonstrate disk pathology, degenerative endplate changes, facet and ligamentous hypertrophic changes, and the sequelae of instability. Its role in terms of predicting natural history of low back pain, identifying causality, or offering prognostic information is unclear. As available modalities for imaging the spine have progressed from radiography, myelography, and computed tomography to MR imaging, there have also been advances in spine surgery for degenerative disk disease. These advances are described in a temporal context for historical purposes with a focus on MR imaging's history and current state. (orig.)

  14. Imaging of lumbar degenerative disk disease: history and current state

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    Emch, Todd M. [Cleveland Clinic, Division of Neuroradiology, Imaging Institute, Neuroradiology L-10, Cleveland, OH (United States); Modic, Michael T. [Cleveland Clinic, Division of Neuroradiology, Imaging Institute, Neurological Institute T-13, Cleveland, OH (United States)

    2011-09-15

    One of the most common indications for performing magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the lumbar spine is the symptom complex thought to originate as a result of degenerative disk disease. MR imaging, which has emerged as perhaps the modality of choice for imaging degenerative disk disease, can readily demonstrate disk pathology, degenerative endplate changes, facet and ligamentous hypertrophic changes, and the sequelae of instability. Its role in terms of predicting natural history of low back pain, identifying causality, or offering prognostic information is unclear. As available modalities for imaging the spine have progressed from radiography, myelography, and computed tomography to MR imaging, there have also been advances in spine surgery for degenerative disk disease. These advances are described in a temporal context for historical purposes with a focus on MR imaging's history and current state. (orig.)

  15. Neuromuscular exercise as treatment of degenerative knee disease

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    Ageberg, Eva; Roos, Ewa M.

    2015-01-01

    Exercise is recommended as first-line treatment of degenerative knee disease. Our hypothesis is that neuromuscular exercise is feasible and at least as effective as tradionally used strength or aerobic training, but aims to more closely target the sensorimotor deficiencies and functional instability associated with the degenerative knee disease than traditionally used training methods.SUMMARY FOR TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGECurrent data suggests that the effect from neuromuscular exercise on pain and function is comparable to the effects seen from other forms of exercise.

  16. MR imaging of the spine: trauma and degenerative disease

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    The purpose of this paper is to discuss the capabilities and drawbacks of MR imaging in patients with trauma to the spine and degenerative spinal conditions. In spinal trauma MR imaging is secondary to plain X-ray films and CT because of the greater availability and ease of performance of these techniques and their superior capability for detecting vertebral fractures. Magnetic resonance imaging is useful for detecting ligamentous ruptures and intraspinal mass lesions such as hematoma, and for assessing the state of the spinal cord and prognosis of a cord injury. In degenerative spinal disease the necessity is emphasized of critically evaluating the clinical relevance of any abnormal feature detected, as findings of degenerative pathology are common in individuals without symptoms. Magnetic resonance myelography permits rapid and accurate assessment of the state of the lumbar nerve roots (compressed or not). In the cervical region the quality of the myelographic picture is often degraded in patients with a narrow spinal canal. (orig.)

  17. Promises of stem cell therapy for retinal degenerative diseases

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    Wong, Ian Yat-hin; Poon, Ming-wai; Pang, Rosita Tsz-wai; Lian, Qizhou; Wong, David

    2011-01-01

    With the development of stem cell technology, stem cell-based therapy for retinal degeneration has been proposed to restore the visual function. Many animal studies and some clinical trials have shown encouraging results of stem cell-based therapy in retinal degenerative diseases. While stem cell-based therapy is a promising strategy to replace damaged retinal cells and ultimately cure retinal degeneration, there are several important challenges which need to be overcome before stem cell tech...

  18. ENFERMEDAD ARTICULAR DEGENERATIVA Y CAMBIOS ENTESIALES EN SEIS COLECCIONES ÓSEAS PREHISPÁNICAS DEL NOROCCIDENTE DE AMÉRICA DEL SUR / DEGENERATIVE JOINT DISEASE AND ENTHESEAL CHANGES IN SIX PRE-COLUMBIAN SKELETAL COLLECTIONS FROM THE NORTHWEST OF SOUTH AMERICA

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    Claudia Mercedes, Rojas-Sepúlveda; Olivier, Dutour.

    Full Text Available La enfermedad articular degenerativa (EAD) y los cambios entesiales (CE) fueron estudiados en seis colecciones óseas prehispánicas del noroeste de América del Sur con el objetivo de aportar al debate sobre las relaciones entre estos indicadores y la actividad física, así como al conocimiento sobre l [...] as condiciones de vida de los pueblos prehispánicos de la región. Se estudiaron tres series del altiplano central de Colombia (Soacha, Marín y Tunja-UPTC), dos series de Panamá (Panamá Viejo y Sitio Sierra) y una colección de la costa central peruana (Ancón 1). El uso de una metodología estandarizada permitió la comparación directa de frecuencias y perfiles de EAD y de CE. Se observó una importante variedad de perfiles y de frecuencias en las diferentes colecciones óseas, pero también algunas tendencias similares en colecciones de ambientes semejantes. Se observó una falta de correspondencia entre los resultados de la EAD y de los CE que podría indicar que, a pesar de que tienen una etiología multifactorial, podrían ser respuestas a diferentes tipos de actividad: una actividad repetitiva podría relacionarse más con la EAD, mientras que una actividad que incluya cargas pesadas podría relacionarse más con los CE. Abstract in english Degenerative joint disease (DJD) and entheseal changes (EC) were studied in six Pre-Hispanic skeletal collections from the northwest of South America, in order to give insight both into their relationship with physical activity and into life conditions in this region during Pre-Columbian times. Thre [...] e series from the highlands of Colombia (Soacha, Marín and Tunja-UPTC), two series from Panama (Panamá Viejo and Sitio Sierra) and one from the Central Coast of Peru (Ancón 1) were analyzed for this study. The use of a standardized methodology allowed direct comparisons between the frequencies and the profiles of DJD and EC. An important variability in profiles and frequencies was observed between series. However, it was also possible to observe several similar trends in series from analogous environments. There is a mismatch between results from DJD and EC which may indicate that, despite having a multi-factorial aetiology, they may respond to different types of physical activity: repetitive activity would be more related to DJD, while activities involving heavy loads would be more connected with EC.

  19. Radiotherapy of degenerative joint disorders. Indication, technique and clinical results

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    From 1984 to 1994, 85 patients with painful osteoarthritis were treated. The mean follow-up was 4 (1 to 10) years. Seventy-three patients (103 joints) were available for long-term analysis: 17 patients (27 joints) with omarthrosis, 19 (20 joints) with rhizarthrosis, 31 (49 joints) with osteoarthritis of the knee and 6 patients (7 joints) with osteoarthritis of the hip. All patients were intensively pretreated over long time. Mean symptom duration prior to radiotherapy was 4 (1 to 10) years. Orthovoltage or linac photons were applied using some technical modifications depending upon the joint. Two radiotherapy series (6 x 1 Gy, total dose: 12 Gy, 3 weekly fractions) were prescribed. The interval between the 2 series was 6 weeks. The subjective pain profil was assessed prior to and 6 months after radiotherapy and at last follow-up. Forty-six (63%) patients (64 joints) achieved a reduction of pain symptoms; 16 of those had a 'major pain relief' and 14 'complete pain relief'. Large joints - knee and hip - responded better (64% each) than the rhizarthrosis (53%). All pain categories and grades and their combined pain score were significantly reduced. The pain reduction was mostly pronounced for the symptom 'pain at rest'. The orthopedic score correlated well with the subjective response of the patients. The thumb score improved in 11 (57%) joints, the shoulder score of Constant and Murley in 16 (59%), the Japonese knee score of Sasaki et al. in 33 (67%), the hip score of Haki et al. in 33 (67%), the hip score of Harris in 5 (71%) joints. Only 9 of 19 patients which were treated to avoid surgery, had to be operated, and 3 of those received a total arthroplasty of the hip or knee. In multivariate analysis for the endpoint 'complete' or 'major pain relief' only the criterion 'symptom duration ?2 years prior to radiotherapy' was an independent negative prognostic parameter. (orig./MG)

  20. MR imaging of the spine: trauma and degenerative disease

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    Wilmink, J.T. [Department of Radiology, University Hospital Maastricht (Netherlands)

    1999-09-01

    The purpose of this paper is to discuss the capabilities and drawbacks of MR imaging in patients with trauma to the spine and degenerative spinal conditions. In spinal trauma MR imaging is secondary to plain X-ray films and CT because of the greater availability and ease of performance of these techniques and their superior capability for detecting vertebral fractures. Magnetic resonance imaging is useful for detecting ligamentous ruptures and intraspinal mass lesions such as hematoma, and for assessing the state of the spinal cord and prognosis of a cord injury. In degenerative spinal disease the necessity is emphasized of critically evaluating the clinical relevance of any abnormal feature detected, as findings of degenerative pathology are common in individuals without symptoms. Magnetic resonance myelography permits rapid and accurate assessment of the state of the lumbar nerve roots (compressed or not). In the cervical region the quality of the myelographic picture is often degraded in patients with a narrow spinal canal. (orig.) With 10 figs., 14 refs.

  1. Neuro degenerative diseases: clinical concerns; Les maladies neuro-degeneratives: problemes cliniques

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    Ibanez, V. [Hopitaux Universitaires de Geneve (HUG), Unite de Neuroimagerie, Dept. de Psychiatrie (Switzerland)

    2005-04-15

    Idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) are the main neuro-degenerative diseases (NDDs) seen clinically. They share some common clinical symptoms and neuro-pathological findings. The increase of life expectancy in the developed countries will inevitably contribute to enhance the prevalence of these diseases. Behavioral disorders, common in NDDs, will produce major care management challenges. Idiopathic Parkinson's disease corresponds to a histopathological diagnosis, based on the observation of a de-pigmentation and a neuronal loss in the substantia nigra, as well as on the presence of intra-neuronal inclusion bodies. AD is insidious with slowly progressive dementia in which the decline in memory constitutes the main complaint. The diagnosis of definite AD requires the presence of clinical criteria as well as the histopathological confirmation of brain lesions. The two main lesions are the presence of senile plaques and neuro-fibrillary tangles. Positron emission tomography (PET) explores cerebral metabolism and neurotransmitter kinetics in NDDs using principally [{sup 18}F]-deoxyglucose and [{sup 18}F]-dopa. Nigrostriatal dopaminergic function is altered in PD, as evidenced by the low uptake of [{sup 18}F]-dopa in the posterior putamen as compared to anterior putamen and caudate nucleus. In contrast, [{sup 18}F]-dopa uptake is equally depressed in all striatal structures in progressive supra-nuclear palsy. Regional glucose metabolism at rest is preserved in elderly once cerebral atrophy is taken into account. On the contrary, glucose metabolism is globally reduced in AD, with marked decrease in the parietal and temporal regions. PET has proved to be useful to study in vivo neurochemical processes in patients suffering from NDDs. The potential of this approach is still largely unexploited, and depends on new ligand production to establish early diagnosis and treatment follow-up. (author)

  2. Comparación de los efectos de dos técnicas de electroanalgesia en la enfermedad articular degenerativa tarsometatarsiana del equino / Comparison between the effects of two electroanalgesical technics in the tarsometatarsal degenerative joint disease

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    J.A., García Liñeiro; H, Scipioni; M.T., Argibay Quiroga; N., Petrone; G., Pidal; C., Roccatagliata; J., Spina; M., Vaccaro.

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available SciELO Argentina | Language: Spanish Abstract in spanish Se realizó una experiencia para comparar los resultados analgésicos entre TENS (cuyas siglas derivan de la expresión en inglés: transcutaneus electrical neuromuscular stimulation) y el EMAR (estimulación mecánica por acción refleja) de efectividad comprobada en medicina equina, sobre un modelo clíni [...] co de 10 equinos afectados por enfermedad articular degenerativa tarsometatarsiana con un protocolo diagnóstico estandarizado. Sobre la misma población se hicieron los dos tratamientos con intervalos de 6 meses entre uno y otro comparándose luego los resultados. Las aplicaciones en cada tratamiento fueron diarias y el control clínico se realizó post-tratamientos cada dos días (5 controles totales) por los mismos tres profesionales para mantener el mismo esquema de evaluación, considerándose como parámetros: a- Trote en línea recta y en círculo, terreno blando y duro b­Flexión forzada c- Test del tarso (test de Churchill). Se realizó la prueba de Mc Nemar para comparar los grados de claudicación y respuestas a la flexión forzada, observados durante el 5to control, obtenidos luego de aplicar EMAR y TENS, y no se encontraron diferencias significativas entre ambos tratamientos (p=0,2568). También, se comparó el resultado del Test del Tarso (Test de Churchill) luego de aplicar EMAR y TENS, con la prueba de Mc Nemar, no encontrándose diferencias significativas entre ambos (p= 0,7055). Se determina que hay muy poca diferencia entre ambos tratamientos fisioterápicos, observándose una disminución importante a partir del control 2. De estos resultados podemos inferir que ambos métodos pueden utilizarse con éxito en forma indistinta, seleccionándolos de acuerdo con las ventajas y desventajas de su aplicación. Abstract in english A clinical model was designed in order to compare the analgesic effects of TENS (transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation) and RAME (reflex action mechanical electrostimulation), since both methods have been proven effective in equine medicine. The clinical model consisted of 10 horses wi [...] th a standardized diagnostic protocol of tarsometatarsial degenerative joint disease; these were subjected to both treatments with an interval of 6 months, then results were compared. Treatments were performed every day and the clinic evaluation every two days (five controls). The clinic parameters considered were: a- straight and circle trot, in hard and soft surface. b- Tarsus Flexion test c- Tarsus Test (Churchill test). McNemar's test was performed in order to compare lameness and forced flexion tests at 'control 5' stage, after applying TENS and RAME treatments; no significant differences were found between both treatments (p=0,2568). The Mc Nemar's test also used to compare tarsal flexion tests (Churchill's Test) after TENS and RAME treatments, showed no significant differences between Both (p=0,7055). It was therefore concluded that there is little difference between the two methods, while there is an important decrease as from 'control 2'. This situation lets us assume that both methods may be used indistinctly in an effective manner, choosing to use one or the other according to the advantages and disadvantages of its applications.

  3. Comparación de los efectos de dos técnicas de electroanalgesia en la enfermedad articular degenerativa tarsometatarsiana del equino Comparison between the effects of two electroanalgesical technics in the tarsometatarsal degenerative joint disease

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    J.A. García Liñeiro

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó una experiencia para comparar los resultados analgésicos entre TENS (cuyas siglas derivan de la expresión en inglés: transcutaneus electrical neuromuscular stimulation y el EMAR (estimulación mecánica por acción refleja de efectividad comprobada en medicina equina, sobre un modelo clínico de 10 equinos afectados por enfermedad articular degenerativa tarsometatarsiana con un protocolo diagnóstico estandarizado. Sobre la misma población se hicieron los dos tratamientos con intervalos de 6 meses entre uno y otro comparándose luego los resultados. Las aplicaciones en cada tratamiento fueron diarias y el control clínico se realizó post-tratamientos cada dos días (5 controles totales por los mismos tres profesionales para mantener el mismo esquema de evaluación, considerándose como parámetros: a- Trote en línea recta y en círculo, terreno blando y duro b­Flexión forzada c- Test del tarso (test de Churchill. Se realizó la prueba de Mc Nemar para comparar los grados de claudicación y respuestas a la flexión forzada, observados durante el 5to control, obtenidos luego de aplicar EMAR y TENS, y no se encontraron diferencias significativas entre ambos tratamientos (p=0,2568. También, se comparó el resultado del Test del Tarso (Test de Churchill luego de aplicar EMAR y TENS, con la prueba de Mc Nemar, no encontrándose diferencias significativas entre ambos (p= 0,7055. Se determina que hay muy poca diferencia entre ambos tratamientos fisioterápicos, observándose una disminución importante a partir del control 2. De estos resultados podemos inferir que ambos métodos pueden utilizarse con éxito en forma indistinta, seleccionándolos de acuerdo con las ventajas y desventajas de su aplicación.A clinical model was designed in order to compare the analgesic effects of TENS (transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation and RAME (reflex action mechanical electrostimulation, since both methods have been proven effective in equine medicine. The clinical model consisted of 10 horses with a standardized diagnostic protocol of tarsometatarsial degenerative joint disease; these were subjected to both treatments with an interval of 6 months, then results were compared. Treatments were performed every day and the clinic evaluation every two days (five controls. The clinic parameters considered were: a- straight and circle trot, in hard and soft surface. b- Tarsus Flexion test c- Tarsus Test (Churchill test. McNemar's test was performed in order to compare lameness and forced flexion tests at 'control 5' stage, after applying TENS and RAME treatments; no significant differences were found between both treatments (p=0,2568. The Mc Nemar's test also used to compare tarsal flexion tests (Churchill's Test after TENS and RAME treatments, showed no significant differences between Both (p=0,7055. It was therefore concluded that there is little difference between the two methods, while there is an important decrease as from 'control 2'. This situation lets us assume that both methods may be used indistinctly in an effective manner, choosing to use one or the other according to the advantages and disadvantages of its applications.

  4. Total Disc Arthroplasty for Treating Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease

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    2015-01-01

    Study Design Lumber disc arthroplasty is a technological advancement that has occurred in the last decade to treat lumbar degenerative disk diseases. Purpose The aim of this retrospective study was to establish the impact and outcomes of managing patients with lumbar degenerative disk disease who have been treated with lumbar total disc arthroplasty (TDA). Overview of Literature Several studies have shown promising results following this surgery. Methods We reviewed the files of 104 patients at the Department of Neurosurgery in Colmar (France) who had been operated on by lumbar spine arthroplasty (Prodisc) between April 2002 and October 2008. Results Among the 104 patients, 67 were female and 37 were male with an average age of 33.1 years. We followed the cases for a mean of 20 months. The most frequent level of discopathy was L4-L5 with 62 patients (59.6%) followed by L5-S1 level with 52 patients (50%). Eighty-three patients suffered from low back pain, 21 of which were associated with radiculopathy. The status of 82 patients improved after surgery according to the Oswestry Disability Index score, and 92 patients returned to work. Conclusions The results indicate that TDA is a good alternative treatment for lumbar spine disk disease, particularly for patients with disabling and chronic low back pain. This technique contributes to improve living conditions with correct patient selection for surgery. PMID:25705336

  5. MRI of degenerative lumbar spine disease: comparison of non-accelerated and parallel imaging

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    Noelte, Ingo; Gerigk, Lars; Brockmann, Marc A.; Kemmling, Andre; Groden, Christoph [Medical Faculty Mannheim of the University of Heidelberg, Department of Neuroradiology, Mannheim (Germany)

    2008-05-15

    Parallel imaging techniques such as GRAPPA have been introduced to optimize image quality and acquisition time. For spinal imaging in a clinical setting no data exist on the equivalency of conventional and parallel imaging techniques. The purpose of this study was to determine whether T1- and T2-weighted GRAPPA sequences are equivalent to conventional sequences for the evaluation of degenerative lumbar spine disease in terms of image quality and artefacts. In patients with clinically suspected degenerative lumbar spine disease two neuroradiologists independently compared sagittal GRAPPA (acceleration factor 2, time reduction approximately 50%) and non-GRAPPA images (25 patients) and transverse GRAPPA (acceleration factor 2, time reduction approximately 50%) and non-GRAPPA images (23 lumbar segments in six patients). Comparative analyses included the minimal diameter of the spinal canal, disc abnormalities, foraminal stenosis, facet joint degeneration, lateral recess, nerve root compression and osteochondrotic vertebral and endplate changes. Image inhomogeneity was evaluated by comparing the nonuniformity in the two techniques. Image quality was assessed by grading the delineation of pathoanatomical structures. Motion and aliasing artefacts were classified from grade 1 (severe) to grade 5 (absent). There was no significant difference between GRAPPA and non-accelerated MRI in the evaluation of degenerative lumbar spine disease (P > 0.05), and there was no difference in the delineation of pathoanatomical structures. For inhomogeneity there was a trend in favour of the conventional sequences. No significant artefacts were observed with either technique. The GRAPPA technique can be used effectively to reduce scanning time in patients with degenerative lumbar spine disease while preserving image quality. (orig.)

  6. MRI of degenerative lumbar spine disease: comparison of non-accelerated and parallel imaging

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    Parallel imaging techniques such as GRAPPA have been introduced to optimize image quality and acquisition time. For spinal imaging in a clinical setting no data exist on the equivalency of conventional and parallel imaging techniques. The purpose of this study was to determine whether T1- and T2-weighted GRAPPA sequences are equivalent to conventional sequences for the evaluation of degenerative lumbar spine disease in terms of image quality and artefacts. In patients with clinically suspected degenerative lumbar spine disease two neuroradiologists independently compared sagittal GRAPPA (acceleration factor 2, time reduction approximately 50%) and non-GRAPPA images (25 patients) and transverse GRAPPA (acceleration factor 2, time reduction approximately 50%) and non-GRAPPA images (23 lumbar segments in six patients). Comparative analyses included the minimal diameter of the spinal canal, disc abnormalities, foraminal stenosis, facet joint degeneration, lateral recess, nerve root compression and osteochondrotic vertebral and endplate changes. Image inhomogeneity was evaluated by comparing the nonuniformity in the two techniques. Image quality was assessed by grading the delineation of pathoanatomical structures. Motion and aliasing artefacts were classified from grade 1 (severe) to grade 5 (absent). There was no significant difference between GRAPPA and non-accelerated MRI in the evaluation of degenerative lumbar spine disease (P > 0.05), and there was no difference in P > 0.05), and there was no difference in the delineation of pathoanatomical structures. For inhomogeneity there was a trend in favour of the conventional sequences. No significant artefacts were observed with either technique. The GRAPPA technique can be used effectively to reduce scanning time in patients with degenerative lumbar spine disease while preserving image quality. (orig.)

  7. Imaging of demyelinating and degenerative diseases of the brain

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    The emergence of cross-sectional brain imaging in the past decade has greatly expanded the role of imaging as a primary diagnostic modality for demyelinating and degenerative brain disorders. To remain an effective neurologic consultant, the radiologist must better understand the neuropathology and functional significance of these disorders. MR imaging has become the dominant imaging modality for multiple sclerosis and all demyelinating and dysmyelinating disorders. Detection is most sensitive with intermediate and T2-weighted spin-echo pulse sequences. Although increased signal intensity in the white matter is a sensitive but nonspecific finding, a knowledge of the patient's history and disease pathoanatomy greatly improves diagnostic specificity. Since an increasing proportion of the population is over 65 years of age, the distinction of normal versus pathologic aging becomes critical. The role of imaging in dementing illness is to distinguish primary degenerative dementia from normal aging changes, vascular medullary artery distribution disease, microangiopathic leukoencephalopathy, communicating hydrocephalus, and mass lesions. The role of MR imaging, including brain iron mapping, is analyzed in bradykinetic, choreiform, and dystonic disorders. The complications of chronic ethanol abuse, including vermian atrophy, central pontine myelinolysis, and Wernicke encephalopathy, are also reviewed

  8. Pancreatic degenerative atrophy in the collie breed: a hereditary disease.

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    Westermarck, E; Pamilo, P; Wiberg, M

    1989-08-01

    In Finland pancreatic degenerative atrophy (PDA) is most commonly diagnosed in two breeds of dogs: the German Shepherd and the rough coated Collie. The incidence of PDA in the Collie breed in Finland is close to 1%. Of the 51 cases diagnosed in the Collie breed 44 could be placed in one composite pedigree. An affected dog in that pedigree had, on average, 17 affected relatives distributed in 11 different litters. This clustering strongly suggests that PDA is a hereditary disease. The pedigree data indicate that PDA could be an autosomal recessive trait, although the estimated proportion of affected offspring within litters (0.13) was lower than the expected Mendelian frequency (0.25). PMID:2510427

  9. Imaging techniques for diagnosis after surgery for degenerative disc disease

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    The magnetic resonance imaging findings recorded in patients after surgery for degenerative disc disease in the lumbar and cervical spine are discussed in comparison with conventional radiographs and computed tomography findings. In the lumbar spine normal postoperative findings in the immediate postoperative period can be demonstrated by MR imaging. Contrast-enhanced MR imaging can differentiate disc herniation from postoperative scar formation with a greater degree of confidence than other imaging modalities. MR imaging improves differentiation between other causes of failed back syndrome such as postoperative hematoma and infection, lateral spinal stenosis and arachnoiditis. In the cervical spine types of operative approaches, the appearance of bony stenosis and disc herniations by MR imaging are discussed. Computer tomography still has a role in the assessment of osseous complications such as central or foraminal stenosis. (orig.)

  10. Magnetic resonance imaging of canine degenerative lumbar spine diseases

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    Degenerative lumbar spine diseases, i.e., sacrolumbar stenosis, intervertebral disk degeneration and protrusion and spondylosis deformans of the canine lumbar spine were studied in eleven canine patients and three healthy controls using radiography and 0.02 T and 0.04 T low field magnetic resonance imaging. The T1 and T2 weighted images were obtained in sagittal and transverse planes. The loss of hydration of nucleus pulposus, taken as a sign of degeneration in the intervertebral disks, could be evaluated in both T1 and T2 weighted images. As a noninvasive method magnetic resonance imaging gave more exact information about the condition of intervertebral disks than did radiography. Sacrolumbar stenosis and compression of the spinal cord or cauda equina and surrounding tissue could be evaluated without contrast medium

  11. Potential of Bone Marrow Stromal Cells in Applications for Neuro-Degenerative, Neuro-Traumatic and Muscle Degenerative Diseases

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    Dezawa, Mari; Ishikawa, Hiroto; Hoshino, Mikio; Itokazu, Yutaka; Nabeshima, Yo-ichi

    2005-01-01

    Cell transplantation is a promising strategy for the treatment of neurodegenerative and muscle degenerative diseases. Many kinds of cells, including embryonic stem cells and tissue stem cells, have been considered as candidates for transplantation therapy. Bone marrow stromal cells (MSCs) have great potential as therapeutic agents since they are easy to isolate and can be expanded from patients without serious ethical or technical problems. We discovered a new method for the highly efficient ...

  12. Degenerative knee joint lesions in mice after a single intra-articular collagenase injection. A new model of osteoarthritis.

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    Kraan, P. M.; Vitters, E. L.; Beuningen, H. M.; Putte, L. B.; Den Berg, W. B.

    1990-01-01

    A single intra-articular injection with bacterial collagenase in the right knee joints of 10-week-old male C57bl10 mice led to osteoarthritic lesions within a few weeks in these joints. The collagenase-induced osteoarthritis was characterized by severe degenerative cartilage lesions on the medial side of the femorotibial joint associated with patellar dislocation to the medial side of the joint, sclerosis of subchondral bone below the cartilage erosions, osteophyte formation, and consequent d...

  13. An Evaluation of Nonsuppurative Joint Disease in Slaughter Pigs

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    Johnston, Kathleen M.; Doige, Cecil E.; Osborne, A. Dudley

    1987-01-01

    Fifty-two joints from pigs with nonsuppurative joint disease from a local abattoir were examined grossly, histologically, and microbiologically in order to establish macroscopic differences between degenerative arthropathy and arthritis due to an infectious organism. The joints were grouped grossly according to the type and severity of lesions of the synovial membrane and cartilage, and microscopically according to the severity of synovial membrane lesions. Osteochondrosis and Erysipelothrix ...

  14. Frying process in the relation fat/degenerative diseases.

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    1998-08-01

    Full Text Available Among the various components of the diet, fat receives very dose attention because of its relationship to several chronic degenerative diseases (CDD. Currently most of the available information on these relationships is derived from epidemiologic or experimental studies in which lipid intake is calculated using food composition tables. In most of these tables the quoted lipid content is that of raw food, whereas most foods are usually consumed only after being subjected to several culinary processes. Often there is no indication of the type of fat used in food processing in general or in frying in particular. But as it known, in the course of these processes the lipid content undergoes important qualitative and quantitative changes and not keeping them in mind may be the underlying cause of the difficulties an the confounding results in studies trying to establish the relationship between lipid intake an health. In the Mediterranean diet, about 50% of total dietary fat is derived not from the food itself but from the cooking fat, of which only a small fraction is eaten raw (as dressings and the greatest proportion is used in thermal culinary processes, mainly deep-frying. The scientific study of the process whereby fat penetrates into fried foods has shown the benefits of this cooking method. If the process is correctly carried out, the amount of fat ingested with fried foodstuffs is not greater than when other procedures involving fat are used (for example, sautening, stewing or canning in oil. Very schematically deep-frying is a technique that replaces a fraction of the water content of food by cooking fat. Consecuently, the fat composition of the fried lean foods will be the same as that cooking fat. The process is more complex with fatty foods, and there are not great changes in the total quantity of fat in the fried food before and after frying. However, there are notable quality changes and these depend on the concentration gradients between frying oil and food. In deep-frying the cooking fat is usually used more than once, and there comes a moment when one considers subjectively that the oil is not longer suitable for frying and is discarded. This can be of practical significance for the total lipid intake, since a not determined quantity of oil is discarded and is not ingested. Consecuently the theoretical lipid intake has been decreased and, at the same time, some compounds, included saturated fats, are eliminated from diet whit the discarded oil. For example, the lipid composition of meats is substantially improved because of the highly favorable monounsaturated fatty acids penetration into them from the frying olive oil. In of the most important features is the possibility of manipulating fat intake by reducing it and improving the quality of the fat really consumed, this is of special interest in the possible relation to degenerative diseases. These changes in the fatty acids composition of oils and foods are repeatedly seen in laboratory experiments. However, their interpretation is not easy, in part because of the complexity of the deep-frying process used in the test. On the other hand, you would have to see the results obtained in the laboratory coincide with the results at practical level as well in the households as in catering, and, in this sense, some of the first results which we are obtaining in the population of Madrid are presented in the second part of this report.

  15. Laser technologies in treatment of degenerative-dystrophic bone diseases in children

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    Abushkin, Ivan A.; Privalov, Valery A.; Lappa, Alexander V.; Noskov, Nikolay V.; Neizvestnykh, Elena A.; Kotlyarov, Alexander N.; Shekunova, Yulia G.

    2014-03-01

    Two low invasive laser technologies for treatment of degenerative-dystrophic bone diseases in children are presented. The first is the transcutaneous laser osteoperforation developed by us and initially applied for treatment of different inflammatory and traumatic diseases (osteomyelitides, osteal and osteoarticular panaritiums, delayed unions, false joints, and others). Now the technology was applied to treatment of aseptic osteonecrosis of different localizations in 134 children aged from 1 to 16 years, including 56 cases with necrosis of femoral head (Legg-Calve-Perthes disease), 42 with necrosis of 2nd metatarsal bone head (Kohler II disease), and 36 with necrosis of tibial tuberosity (Osgood-Schlatter disease). The second technology is the laser intracystic thermotherapy for treatment of bone cysts. The method was applied to 108 children aged from 3 to 16 years with aneurismal and solitary cysts of different localizations. In both technologies a 970 nm diode laser was used. The suggested technologies increase the efficiency of treatment, reduce its duration, can be performed on outpatient basis, which resulted in great economical effect.

  16. Anatomical basics, variations, and degenerative changes of the shoulder joint and shoulder girdle

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    Prescher, Andreas E-mail: dkeyserlingk@post.klinikum.rwth-aachen.de

    2000-08-01

    This paper summarizes the anatomical basics of the shoulder, their variations, and precise definitions, including differential diagnoses. It also describes the characteristic degenerative changes caused by aging. A typical variation (7-15%) is the os acromiale, which forms the triangular epiphysis of the scapular spine. This abnormality must be differentiated from a fracture of the acromion or a pseudarthrosis. Because ossification of the acromion is complete after age 25, the os acromiale should be diagnosed only after this age. The shape of the acromion is a further important feature. In a recent anatomical study, the following frequencies of the Bigliani-types of the acromial shape were anatomically determined - type 1 (flat), 10.2% and type 2 (curved), 89.8%. Type 3 (hooked) was not observed, which indicates that this type is probably a misinterpretation of the so-called acromial spur. Minor dehiscences and perforations in the infraspinate or supraspinate fossa should not be confused with malignant osteolyses. The scapula has three ligaments of its own, (1) the coracoacromial ligament and its osseous fixations form an osteofibrous arch above the shoulder joint, which plays a part in impingement syndrome; (2) the superior transverse scapular ligament or its ossified correlate arches the scapular incisure and can cause a typical compression syndrome of the suprascapular nerve; (3) the inferior transverse scapular ligament is of no great clinical importance. Two intraarticular structures (glenoid labrum and tendon of the long bicipital head) must be mentioned. The glenoid labrum consists of dense connective tissue and surrounds the margin of the glenoid cavity. Two areas exhibit specialized conditions, cranial at the supraglenoid tubercle an intimate relationship exists to the tendon of the long bicipital head and in about 55% of cases, the labrum is stretched over the glenoid rim at the ventral side. At the area of the biceps-tendon-labrum complex, so-called SLAP-lesions may occur and at the glenoid rim, where the labrum is often not fixed to the bony margin, avulsions of the labrum may occur. This well-established anatomical condition must not be mistaken for a manifest Bankart-lesion. The glenohumeral ligaments, which are located in the ventral articular capsule, have a stabilizing function for the ventral part of the glenoid labrum. The glenohumeral ligaments lift the articular lip where it crosses the glenoid notch. This 'labrum-lift effect' supports the stabilizing features of the articular lip and the glenohumeral ligaments. The rotator cuff is composed of the tendons of the teres minor, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, and subscapularis muscles. This cuff has a poorly vascularized area, due to mechanical conditions, about 1.5 cm from the major tubercle, which causes degenerative changes and eventually may lead to ruptures. Results of the impingement-syndrome and the osteoarthrotic changes of the shoulder and acromioclavicular joint are also presented and discussed. Finally, the coracoclavicular joint, which probably represents no congenital entity but appears due to a changed, lowered position of the shoulder girdle, is discussed. The paper also presents instructive figures of anatomical preparations that can be used to make more precise radiological and differential diagnoses. All preparations were done by the author and are part of a series of more than 300 preparations of the shoulder joint and girdle.

  17. Anatomical basics, variations, and degenerative changes of the shoulder joint and shoulder girdle

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    This paper summarizes the anatomical basics of the shoulder, their variations, and precise definitions, including differential diagnoses. It also describes the characteristic degenerative changes caused by aging. A typical variation (7-15%) is the os acromiale, which forms the triangular epiphysis of the scapular spine. This abnormality must be differentiated from a fracture of the acromion or a pseudarthrosis. Because ossification of the acromion is complete after age 25, the os acromiale should be diagnosed only after this age. The shape of the acromion is a further important feature. In a recent anatomical study, the following frequencies of the Bigliani-types of the acromial shape were anatomically determined - type 1 (flat), 10.2% and type 2 (curved), 89.8%. Type 3 (hooked) was not observed, which indicates that this type is probably a misinterpretation of the so-called acromial spur. Minor dehiscences and perforations in the infraspinate or supraspinate fossa should not be confused with malignant osteolyses. The scapula has three ligaments of its own, (1) the coracoacromial ligament and its osseous fixations form an osteofibrous arch above the shoulder joint, which plays a part in impingement syndrome; (2) the superior transverse scapular ligament or its ossified correlate arches the scapular incisure and can cause a typical compression syndrome of the suprascapular nerve; (3) the inferior transverse scapular ligament is of no great clinical importance. Two intr of no great clinical importance. Two intraarticular structures (glenoid labrum and tendon of the long bicipital head) must be mentioned. The glenoid labrum consists of dense connective tissue and surrounds the margin of the glenoid cavity. Two areas exhibit specialized conditions, cranial at the supraglenoid tubercle an intimate relationship exists to the tendon of the long bicipital head and in about 55% of cases, the labrum is stretched over the glenoid rim at the ventral side. At the area of the biceps-tendon-labrum complex, so-called SLAP-lesions may occur and at the glenoid rim, where the labrum is often not fixed to the bony margin, avulsions of the labrum may occur. This well-established anatomical condition must not be mistaken for a manifest Bankart-lesion. The glenohumeral ligaments, which are located in the ventral articular capsule, have a stabilizing function for the ventral part of the glenoid labrum. The glenohumeral ligaments lift the articular lip where it crosses the glenoid notch. This 'labrum-lift effect' supports the stabilizing features of the articular lip and the glenohumeral ligaments. The rotator cuff is composed of the tendons of the teres minor, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, and subscapularis muscles. This cuff has a poorly vascularized area, due to mechanical conditions, about 1.5 cm from the major tubercle, which causes degenerative changes and eventually may lead to ruptures. Results of the impingement-syndrome and the osteoarthrotic changes of the shoulder and acromioclavicular joint are also presented and discussed. Finally, the coracoclavicular joint, which probably represents no congenital entity but appears due to a changed, lowered position of the shoulder girdle, is discussed. The paper also presents instructive figures of anatomical preparations that can be used to make more precise radiological and differential diagnoses. All preparations were done by the author and are part of a series of more than 300 preparations of the shoulder joint and girdle

  18. Motor training in degenerative spinocerebellar disease: ataxia-specific improvements by intensive physiotherapy and exergames.

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    Synofzik, Matthis; Ilg, Winfried

    2014-01-01

    The cerebellum is essentially involved in movement control and plays a critical role in motor learning. It has remained controversial whether patients with degenerative cerebellar disease benefit from high-intensity coordinative training. Moreover, it remains unclear by which training methods and mechanisms these patients might improve their motor performance. Here, we review evidence from different high-intensity training studies in patients with degenerative spinocerebellar disease. These studies demonstrate that high-intensity coordinative training might lead to a significant benefit in patients with degenerative ataxia. This training might be based either on physiotherapy or on whole-body controlled videogames ("exergames"). The benefit shown in these studies is equal to regaining one or more years of natural disease progression. In addition, first case studies indicate that even subjects with advanced neurodegeneration might benefit from such training programs. For both types of training, the observed clinical improvements are paralleled by recoveries in ataxia-specific dysfunctions (e.g., multijoint coordination and dynamic stability). Importantly, for both types of training, the retention of the effects seems to depend on the frequency and continuity of training. Based on these studies, we here present preliminary recommendations for clinical practice, and articulate open questions that might guide future studies on neurorehabilitation in degenerative spinocerebellar disease. PMID:24877117

  19. Motor Training in Degenerative Spinocerebellar Disease: Ataxia-Specific Improvements by Intensive Physiotherapy and Exergames

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    2014-01-01

    The cerebellum is essentially involved in movement control and plays a critical role in motor learning. It has remained controversial whether patients with degenerative cerebellar disease benefit from high-intensity coordinative training. Moreover, it remains unclear by which training methods and mechanisms these patients might improve their motor performance. Here, we review evidence from different high-intensity training studies in patients with degenerative spinocerebellar disease. These studies demonstrate that high-intensity coordinative training might lead to a significant benefit in patients with degenerative ataxia. This training might be based either on physiotherapy or on whole-body controlled videogames (“exergames”). The benefit shown in these studies is equal to regaining one or more years of natural disease progression. In addition, first case studies indicate that even subjects with advanced neurodegeneration might benefit from such training programs. For both types of training, the observed clinical improvements are paralleled by recoveries in ataxia-specific dysfunctions (e.g., multijoint coordination and dynamic stability). Importantly, for both types of training, the retention of the effects seems to depend on the frequency and continuity of training. Based on these studies, we here present preliminary recommendations for clinical practice, and articulate open questions that might guide future studies on neurorehabilitation in degenerative spinocerebellar disease. PMID:24877117

  20. Characterization of joint disease in mucopolysaccharidosis type I mice.

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    de Oliveira, Patricia G; Baldo, Guilherme; Mayer, Fabiana Q; Martinelli, Barbara; Meurer, Luise; Giugliani, Roberto; Matte, Ursula; Xavier, Ricardo M

    2013-10-01

    Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) are lysosomal storage disorders characterized by mutations in enzymes that degrade glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Joint disease is present in most forms of MPS, including MPS I. This work aimed to describe the joint disease progression in the murine model of MPS I. Normal (wild-type) and MPS I mice were sacrificed at different time points (from 2 to 12 months). The knee joints were collected, and haematoxylin-eosin staining was used to evaluate the articular architecture. Safranin-O and Sirius Red staining was used to analyse the proteoglycan and collagen content. Additionally, we analysed the expression of the matrix-degrading metalloproteinases (MMPs), MMP-2 and MMP-9, using immunohistochemistry. We observed progressive joint alterations from 6 months, including the presence of synovial inflammatory infiltrate, the destruction and thickening of the cartilage extracellular matrix, as well as proteoglycan and collagen depletion. Furthermore, we observed an increase in the expression of MMP-2 and MMP-9, which could conceivably explain the degenerative changes. Our results suggest that the joint disease in MPS I mice may be caused by a degenerative process due to increase in proteases expression, leading to loss of collagen and proteoglycans. These results may guide the development of ancillary therapies for joint disease in MPS I. PMID:23786352

  1. Avaliação radiológica e artroscópica e histologia da membrana sinovial do joelho de cães tratados com associação de sulfato de condroitina e hialuronato de sódio, após doença articular degenerativa induzida experimentalmente / Radiological, arthroscopical evaluation and synovial membrane histology of the knee of dogs treated with chondroitin sulphate- sodium hialuronate association after experimental degenerative joint disease

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    S.A., Arias S.; C.M.F., Rezende; E.G., Melo; V.A., Nunes; J.C., Correa.

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho objetivou avaliar a associação de hialuronato de sódio e sulfato de condroitina no tratamento da doença articular degenerativa (DAD) em cães. Dez cães sem raça definida foram submetidos à secção artroscópica do ligamento cruzado cranial visando o desenvolvimento da DAD. Após 21 d [...] ias, foi substituído cirurgicamente o ligamento cruzado cranial em todos os animais e iniciado o tratamento com associação de hialuronato de sódio e sulfato de condroitina em cinco cães, sendo os remanescentes utilizados como grupo-controle. Avaliações artroscópica e radiológica do membro posterior esquerdo foram realizadas antes da secção do ligamento, no dia da sua substituição e 90 dias após a cirurgia. Histologicamente, o efeito da associação de hialuronato de sódio e sulfato de condroitina foi mais evidente na membrana sinovial, observando-se regeneração da camada íntima e diminuição da infiltração linfoplasmocitária na sub-íntima. Artroscópica e macroscopicamente não houve prevenção das lesões cartilaginosas decorrentes da DAD. Abstract in english The aim of this study was the assessment of hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulphate association in the therapy of degenerative joint disease (DJD) in dogs. Ten mongrel dogs underwent arthroscopic section of cruciate cranial ligament aiming the development of DJD. Twenty one days after the procedure [...] , surgical substitution of cruciate cranial ligament was carried out in all animals. Then five animals were treated with the combination of hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulphate. The other five dogs were used as controls. Arthroscopical and radiological evaluations of the left fore limb were carried out before arthroscopic section at the some day and 90 days after cruciate cranial ligament substitution. Histologically the effect of the association of hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulphate was more evident in the synovial membrane that had regeneration of the intimal layer and reduced lympho-plasmocitic infiltrate in the sub-intimal layer. However, the treatment did not prevent DJD cartilage lesions evaluated by arthroscopy and radiology.

  2. PET studies in Alzheimer disease and other degenerative dementias

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    Jeong, Yong; Na, Duk L. [Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2003-02-01

    Neurodegenerative disorders cause a variety of dementia including Alzheimer disease, frontotemporal dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, corticobasal degeneration, progressive supranuclear palsy, and Huntington's disease. PET scan is useful for early detection and differential diagnosis of theses dementing disorders. Also, it provides valuable information about clinico-anatomical correlation, allowing better understanding of function of brain. Here we discuss recent achievements PET studies regarding these dementing disorders. Future progress in PET technology, new tracers, and image analysis will play an important role in further clarifying the disease pathophysiology and brain functions.

  3. Differentiation of malignant and degenerative benign bone disease using 99mTc-citrate scintigraphy

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    Objective: To differentiate malignant and degenerative benign bone disease using 99mTc- citrate scintigraphy. Methods: Thirty-nine patients (92 lesions) with confirmed malignant bone disease or degenerative benign bone disease were studied, for which the results of 99mTe-methylene diphosphonate(99mTc- MDP) scintigraphy were positive. 99mTc-citrate scintigraphy was performed within a time interval of 2-7 days after 99mTc-MDP scintigraphy. Visual analysis and semiquantitative analysis were applied. Each lesion was scored as malignant or benign, which was independently verified, using conventional techniques (histopathology, X-ray, CT, MRI and clinical follow up). Results: In visual analysis of 99mTc-citrate imaging, most malignant lesions (35/48, 72.92%) clearly showed high radioactivity accumulation, while most benign lesions (39/44, 88.64%) had not obviously visible uptake of 99mTc-citrate. In semiquantitative analysis of 99mTc- citrate image, malignant lesions demonstrated a higher lesion-to-background radioisotope uptake ratio (RUR) than that of benign degenerative lesions (1.47 ± 0.42 vs. 1.09 ± 0.38, t=2.887, P99mTc-MDP in the two groups is of the same (1.96 ± 0.25 vs. 1.87 ± 0.21, t=1.178, P>0.20). Conclusion: 99mTc- citrate scintigraphy is a promising method to differentiate malignant from benign degenerative lesions seen as areanign degenerative lesions seen as areas of increased activity on 99mTc-MDP bone scintigraphy. (authors)

  4. Vitamin A Derivatives as Treatment Options for Retinal Degenerative Diseases

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    Tadao Maeda

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The visual cycle is a sequential enzymatic reaction for vitamin A, all-trans-retinol, occurring in the outer layer of the human retina and is essential for the maintenance of vision. The central source of retinol is derived from dietary intake of both retinol and pro-vitamin A carotenoids. A series of enzymatic reactions, located in both the photoreceptor outer segment and the retinal pigment epithelium, transform retinol into the visual chromophore 11-cis-retinal, regenerating visual pigments. Retina specific proteins carry out the majority of the visual cycle, and any significant interruption in this sequence of reactions is capable of causing varying degrees of blindness. Among these important proteins are Lecithin:retinol acyltransferase (LRAT and retinal pigment epithelium-specific 65-kDa protein (RPE65 known to be responsible for esterification of retinol to all-trans-retinyl esters and isomerization of these esters to 11-cis-retinal, respectively. Deleterious mutations in these genes are identified in human retinal diseases that cause blindness, such as Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA and retinitis pigmentosa (RP. Herein, we discuss the pathology of 11-cis-retinal deficiency caused by these mutations in both animal disease models and human patients. We also review novel therapeutic strategies employing artificial visual chromophore 9-cis-retinoids which have been employed in clinical trials involving LCA patients.

  5. Neurochemical imaging of Alzheimer's disease and other degenerative dementias

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    A wide variety of neurochemical and functional imaging approaches have been applied to the study of progressive dementias, particularly Alzheimer's disease (Ad) and related disorders. Despite considerable progress in the past decade, the cause((s) of most cases of Ad remain undetermined and preventive or protective therapies are lacking. Specifically-designed imaging procedures have permitted the testing of pathophysiological hypotheses of the etiology and progression of Ad, and have yielded important insights in several areas including the potential roles of cerebral cortical cholinergic lesions, cellular inflammation, and losses of cortical synapses. From the perspective of clinical diagnosis, PET glucose metabolism imaging with use of (18F)2-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) is the most sensitive and specific imaging modality yet identified. The overall performance of PET FDG is favorable for routine clinical evaluation of suspected Ad, and will likely gain increasing utilization in the near future. Assessments of glucose metabolism and other, specific aspects of neurochemistry in Ad will provide direct measures of therapeutic drug actions and may permit distinction of symptomatic versus disease-modifying therapies as they are developed and introduced in clinical trials

  6. Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) rods: short-term results in lumbar spine degenerative disease.

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    Colangeli, S; Barbanti Brodàno, G; Gasbarrini, A; Bandiera, S; Mesfin, A; Griffoni, C; Boriani, S

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    Pedicle screw and rod instrumentation has become the preferred technique for performing stabilization and fusion in the surgical treatment of lumbar spine degenerative disease. Rigid fixation leads to high fusion rates but may also contribute to stress shielding and adjacent segment degeneration. Thus, the use of semirigid rods made of polyetheretherketone (PEEK) has been proposed. Although the PEEK rods biomechanical properties, such as anterior load sharing properties, have been shown, there are few clinical studies evaluating their application in the lumbar spine surgical treatment. This study examined a retrospective cohort of patients who underwent posterior lumbar fusion for degenerative disease using PEEK rods, in order to evaluate the clinical and radiological outcomes and the incidence of complications. PMID:25751575

  7. Trophic factors in the pathogenesis and therapy for retinal degenerative diseases.

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    Kolomeyer, Anton M; Zarbin, Marco A

    2014-01-01

    Trophic factors are endogenously secreted proteins that act in an autocrine and/or paracrine fashion to affect vital cellular processes such as proliferation, differentiation, and regeneration, thereby maintaining overall cell homeostasis. In the eye, the major contributors of these molecules are the retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) and Müller cells. The primary paracrine targets of these secreted proteins include the photoreceptors and choriocapillaris. Retinal degenerative diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa are characterized by aberrant function and/or eventual death of RPE cells, photoreceptors, choriocapillaris, and other retinal cells. We discuss results of in vitro and in vivo animal studies in which candidate trophic factors, either singly or in combination, were used in an attempt to ameliorate photoreceptor and/or retinal degeneration. We also examine current trophic factor therapies as they relate to the treatment of retinal degenerative diseases in clinical studies. PMID:24417953

  8. Cervical Radiculopathy due to Cervical Degenerative Diseases : Anatomy, Diagnosis and Treatment

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    Kim, Kyoung-tae; Kim, Young-baeg

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    A cervical radiculopathy is the most common symptom of cervical degenerative disease and its natural course is generally favorable. With a precise diagnosis using appropriate tools, the majority of patients will respond well to conservative treatment. Cervical radiculopathy with persistent radicular pain after conservative treatment and progressive or profound motor weakness may require surgery. Options for surgical management are extensive. Each technique has strengths and weaknesses, so the...

  9. Is there a role for wine in cancer and the degenerative diseases of aging?

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    Stockley, Creina S.

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    Creina S StockleyThe Australian Wine Research Institute, Adelaide, South Australia, AustraliaAbstract: Population aging is associated with the increased incidence cancer and of degenerative diseases. Population aging is occurring on a global scale, with faster aging projected for the coming decades than has occurred in the past. Globally, the population aged 60 years and over is projected to nearly triple by 2050, while the population aged 80 years and over is projected to experience a more t...

  10. Radiology of chronic diseases of the ankle joint

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    The etiology of chronic diseases of the ankle joint comprises a wide spectrum including chronic inflammatory processes and chronic degenerative, tumorous and neuropathic processes, as well as some specific syndromes based on chronic changes of the ankle joint. Of the inflammatory processes, chronic juvenile arthritis (JVC) is the most common disease. However, also Reiter disease, psoriasis or chronic monoarthritid diseases such as gout, as well as granulomatous diseases (tuberculosis, sarcoidosis) and fungal infections, may affect the ankle joint in a chronic course. Chronic degenerative changes are usually secondary due to abnormal positioning of the joint constituents or repetitive trauma. Neuropathic changes, as frequently seen in the course of diabetes, present with massive osseous destruction and malposition of the articular constituents. Chronic osseous as well as cartilaginous and synovial changes are seen in hemoplici patients. Chronic traumatic changes are represented by pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS), and chondromatosis, both with a predilection for the ankle joint. Due to the possibilities of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), diagnosis of chronic ankle changes includes chronic ligamentous, tendinous and soft tissue changes. With the use MRI, specific syndromes can be defined which particularly affect the ankle joint in a chronic way, such as the os trigonum syndrome, the anterolateral impingement syndrome and the sinus tarsi syndrome. Nevertheless,nd the sinus tarsi syndrome. Nevertheless, plain film radiographs are still the basic element of any investigation. MRI, however, can be potentially used as a second investigation, saving an unnecessary cascade of investigations with ultrasound and CT. The latter investigations are used only with very specific indications, for instance CT for subtle bone structures and sonography for a limited investigation of tendons or evaluation of fluid. Particularly due to the possibilities of MRI and the development of special gradient-echo imaging or high-resolution coils, the investigation of the ankle joint still offers a wide spectrum of innovation for the next years, which is particularly enforced by the increasing demand for specific diagnosis of chronic diseases in orthopedic medicine. (orig.)

  11. [Metabolic bone and joint diseases].

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    Endo, Itsuro

    2014-10-01

    Metabolic bone and joint diseases in adults include osteomalacia, rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis. Recently, the newest molecular biology procedures and the clinical observation studies can produce good results for understanding of these diseases. From this perspective, the author introduced updated information of the pathophysiology, the latest diagnostic criteria and the therapy of these diseases. PMID:25509803

  12. Update on the pathophysiology of degenerative disc disease and new developments in treatment strategies

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    Adam H Hsieh

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Adam H Hsieh1,2 , S Tim Yoon31Fischell Department of Bioengineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA; 2Department of Orthopedics, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, USA; 3Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Emory University, Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Atlanta, GA, USAAbstract: Degenerative disc disease (DDD continues to be a prevalent condition that afflicts populations on a global scale. The economic impact and decreased quality of life primarily stem from back pain and neurological deficits associated with intervertebral disc degeneration. Although much effort has been invested into understanding the etiology of DDD and its relationship to the onset of back pain, this endeavor is a work in progress. The purpose of this review is to provide focused discussion on several areas in which recent advances have been made. Specifically, we have categorized these advances into early, middle, and late phases of age-related or degenerative changes in the disc and into promising minimally invasive treatments, which aim to restore mechanical and biological functions to the disc.Keywords: degenerative disc disease, quality of life, intervertebral, aging

  13. CD133(+) Cells for the Treatment of Degenerative Diseases: Update and Perspectives.

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    Meregalli, Mirella; Farini, Andrea; Belicchi, Marzia; Torrente, Yvan

    2013-01-01

    Stem cells are used in cell therapy for degenerative disorders. The main advantage of stem cells is that they can replenish their numbers for long periods through cell division and produce a progeny that can differentiate into multiple cell lineages with specific functions. CD133 is a member of a novel family of cell surface glycoproteins. The expression of human CD133 (AC133 antigen) was originally described in the hematopoietic CD34(+) stem cells, but now it becomes more and more evident that CD133 is a marker of stem and progenitor cell populations originating from various tissues and organs. The main objective of this chapter is to describe the potential sources of CD133(+) stem cells that harbor the ability to engraft, proliferate, and differentiate into functional cells. The characterization of such CD133(+) stem cells unlocks new opportunities in the treatment of degenerative diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy. PMID:23161086

  14. Degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine: Another cause for focally reduced activity on marrow scintigraphy

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    A patient is presented in whom a focal reduction in marrow activity in the lumbar spine on both leucocyte and nanocolloid marrow scintigraphy was subsequently shown to be due to fatty infiltration of marrow in association with disc degeneration. Degenerative disease in the lumbar spine has not been previously described as a cause of abnormal bone marrow distribution by such means and needs to be distinguished from a more serious pathology, such as malignant infiltration and vertebral infection, which it may mimic. In a retrospective review of 33 nanocolloid bone marrow and 117 leucocyte scintigrams, 8 showed a degree of reduced marrow activity in the lumbar spine consistent with that caused by degenerative changes. (orig.)

  15. Degenerative periodontal-diseases and oral osteonecrosis: The role of gene-environment interactions

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    Chronic-degenerative dentistry diseases, including periodontal diseases and oral osteonecrosis, are widespread in human populations and represent a significant problem for public health. These diseases result from pathogenic mechanisms created by the interaction between environmental genotoxic risk-factors and genetic assets conferring individual susceptibility. Osteonecrosis occurs in subjects undergoing exposure to high doses of DNA-damaging agents for chemo- and radiotherapy of neoplastic diseases. In susceptible patients, ionizing radiation and biphosphonate-chemotherapy induce severe, progressive, and irreversible degeneration of facial bones, resulting in avascular necrosis of the jaw. This may also occur in patients receiving biphosphonate for osteoporosis therapy. Periodontal diseases include chronic, aggressive, and necrotizing periodontitis, often resulting in severe alteration of periodontal tissues and tooth loss. Cigarette smoking and chronic inflammation caused by specific bacteria are the main risk factors for periodontitis. Oxidative damage plays a fundamental pathogenic role, as established by detection of mitochondrial DNA damage in the gingival tissue of patients with periodontitis. Endogenous risk factors in dental diseases include polymorphisms for metabolic enzymes such as glutathione transferases M1 and T1, N-acetyl transferase 2, and CYP 1A1. Other genetic polymorphisms that confer susceptibility to dentistry diseases affect genes encoding metatistry diseases affect genes encoding metalloproteases (involved in periodontal tissue remodeling and degradation), cytokines (involved in inflammation), prothrombin, and DNA repair activities. These findings provide evidence that dentistry diseases are related to risk factors associated with environmental mutagenesis. This issue warrants future investigations aimed at improving oral health and preventing oral degenerative diseases using molecular and experimental approaches currently utilized in mutagenicity studies.

  16. Degenerative periodontal-diseases and oral osteonecrosis: The role of gene-environment interactions

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    Baldi, D. [Department of Medical, Biophysical, and Dentistry Sciences and Technologies, University of Genoa (Italy); Izzotti, A. [Department of Health Sciences, University of Genoa, Via A. Pastore 1 (Italy); Bonica, P.; Pera, P. [Department of Medical, Biophysical, and Dentistry Sciences and Technologies, University of Genoa (Italy); Pulliero, A., E-mail: alessandra.pulliero@unige.it [Department of Health Sciences, University of Genoa, Via A. Pastore 1 (Italy)

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    Chronic-degenerative dentistry diseases, including periodontal diseases and oral osteonecrosis, are widespread in human populations and represent a significant problem for public health. These diseases result from pathogenic mechanisms created by the interaction between environmental genotoxic risk-factors and genetic assets conferring individual susceptibility. Osteonecrosis occurs in subjects undergoing exposure to high doses of DNA-damaging agents for chemo- and radiotherapy of neoplastic diseases. In susceptible patients, ionizing radiation and biphosphonate-chemotherapy induce severe, progressive, and irreversible degeneration of facial bones, resulting in avascular necrosis of the jaw. This may also occur in patients receiving biphosphonate for osteoporosis therapy. Periodontal diseases include chronic, aggressive, and necrotizing periodontitis, often resulting in severe alteration of periodontal tissues and tooth loss. Cigarette smoking and chronic inflammation caused by specific bacteria are the main risk factors for periodontitis. Oxidative damage plays a fundamental pathogenic role, as established by detection of mitochondrial DNA damage in the gingival tissue of patients with periodontitis. Endogenous risk factors in dental diseases include polymorphisms for metabolic enzymes such as glutathione transferases M1 and T1, N-acetyl transferase 2, and CYP 1A1. Other genetic polymorphisms that confer susceptibility to dentistry diseases affect genes encoding metalloproteases (involved in periodontal tissue remodeling and degradation), cytokines (involved in inflammation), prothrombin, and DNA repair activities. These findings provide evidence that dentistry diseases are related to risk factors associated with environmental mutagenesis. This issue warrants future investigations aimed at improving oral health and preventing oral degenerative diseases using molecular and experimental approaches currently utilized in mutagenicity studies.

  17. Mid-range outcomes in 64 consecutive cases of multilevel fusion for degenerative diseases of the lumbar spine

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    Karl Stefan Delank; Peer Eysel; Rolf Sobottke; Joern William-Patrick Michael; Daniel Groos; Marc Röllinghoff; Klaus Schlüter-Brust

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    In the treatment of multilevel degenerative disorders of the lumbar spine, spondylodesis plays a controversial role. Most patients can be treated conservatively with success. Multilevel lumbar fusion with instrumentation is associated with severe complications like failed back surgery syndrome, implant failure, and adjacent segment disease (ASD). This retrospective study examines the records of 70 elderly patients with degenerative changes or instability of the lumbar spine treated between 20...

  18. LEECH ON THE DEGENERATIVE KNEE

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    D’souza Zenica; Acharya G.S

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    A common form of arthritis in the elderly, being a major cause of localised pain and functional disability is Sandhigata Vata. This osteoarticular disorder when confined to the knee is termed as Janusandhigata vata. The clinical manifestations of Sandhigata Vata simulate the condition of degenerative joint disorder. The reported prevalence of Osteoarthritis from a study in rural India is 5.78%. Leech therapy has been practiced successfully in musculoskeletal diseases in Ayurveda and other sys...

  19. Supplementation with vitamin a derivatives to rescue vision in animal models of degenerative retinal diseases.

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    Perusek, Lindsay; Maeda, Akiko; Maeda, Tadao

    2015-01-01

    The perception of light begins when photons reach retinal tissue located at the back of the eye and photoisomerize the visual chromophore 11-cis-retinal to all-trans-retinal within photoreceptor cells. Isomerization of 11-cis-retinal activates the protein rhodopsin located in photoreceptor outer segments, thereby inducing a phototransduction cascade leading to visual perception. To maintain vision, 11-cis-retinal is regenerated in the retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE) via the visual cycle and delivered back to the photoreceptor cells where it may again bind to rhodopsin. Distinct pathological mechanisms have been observed to contribute to inherited retinal degenerative diseases including severe delay in 11-cis-retinal regeneration and delayed clearance of all-trans-retinal, which leads to the accumulation of harmful retinoid by-products. In the last decade, our group has conducted several proof-of-concept (POC) studies with retinoid derivatives aimed at developing treatments for retinal degenerative diseases caused by an impaired visual cycle. Here, we will introduce experimental procedures, which have been developed for POC studies involving retinoid biology. PMID:25697534

  20. The association between degenerative hip joint pathology and size of the gluteus medius, gluteus minimus and piriformis muscles.

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    Grimaldi, Alison; Richardson, Carolyn; Stanton, Warren; Durbridge, Gail; Donnelly, William; Hides, Julie

    2009-12-01

    This study aimed to investigate changes in the deep abductor muscles, gluteus medius (GMED), piriformis (PIRI), and gluteus minimus (GMIN), occurring in association with differing stages of unilateral degenerative hip joint pathology (mild: n=6, and advanced: n=6). Muscle volume assessed via magnetic resonance imaging was compared for each muscle between sides, and between groups (mild, advanced, control (n=12)). GMED and PIRI muscle volume was smaller around the affected hip in subjects with advanced pathology (p<0.01, p<0.05) while no significant asymmetry was present in the mild and control groups. GMIN showed a trend towards asymmetry in the advanced group (p=0.1) and the control group (p=0.076) which appears to have been associated with leg dominance. Between group differences revealed a significant difference for the GMED muscle reflecting larger muscle volumes on the affected side in subjects with mild pathology, compared to matched control hips. This information suggests that while GMED appears to atrophy in subjects with advanced hip joint pathology, it may be predisposed to hypertrophy in early stages of pathology. Assessment and exercise prescription methods should consider that the response of muscles of the abductor synergy to joint pathology is not homogenous between muscles or across stages of pathology. PMID:19695944

  1. MRI of degenerative bone marrow lesions in experimental osteoarthritis of canine knee joints

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    Objective. The objective of this study was to determine the value of MRI in the detection of degenerative bone marrow abnormalities in an animal osteoarthritis model. Design. In 10 dogs with experimentally induced unilateral osteoarthritis of the knee, MRI was performed using two-dimensional spin-echo (2D-SE) and three-dimensional gradient-echo (3D-GE) imaging. Contrast enhanced T1-weighted 2D-SE sequences were also obtained after injection of gadolinium-DTPA. The results were compared with the gross and histopathologic findings and with radiography. Results. Histopathologic specimens revealed 21 osteosclerotic lesions and 5 intraosseous cysts. On 2D-SE images, 24 of 26 lesions were detected, while 21 of 26 lesions were identified on 2D-GE sequences. Radiography, including conventional tomography, demonstrated 9 of 26 lesions. Regardless of the sequence weighting, all osteosclerotic lesions appeared hypointense on MRI. Signal loss in bone sclerosis resulted primarily from the reduction of intact fat marrow, the increased bone density being of secondary importance. Quantitative signal analysis allowed approximate estimation of the grade of sclerosis. On postcontrast images, sclerotic bone remained hypointense, although significant but non-specific enhancement relative to the normal fat marrow was observed. The extent of contrast enhancement did not correlate with the grade of osteosclerosis. All five cysts were readily diagnosed by MRI. Cysts displayed either central od by MRI. Cysts displayed either central or marginal contrast enhancement within their cavities. Conclusions. MRI provides a sensitive method for the diagnosis of osteoarthritic bone abnormalities, allowing their differentiation from most non-degenerative subarticular lesions. (orig.). With 1 tab

  2. Biology and therapy of inherited retinal degenerative disease: insights from mouse models

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    Veleri, Shobi; Lazar, Csilla H.; Chang, Bo; Sieving, Paul A.; Banin, Eyal; Swaroop, Anand

    2015-01-01

    Retinal neurodegeneration associated with the dysfunction or death of photoreceptors is a major cause of incurable vision loss. Tremendous progress has been made over the last two decades in discovering genes and genetic defects that lead to retinal diseases. The primary focus has now shifted to uncovering disease mechanisms and designing treatment strategies, especially inspired by the successful application of gene therapy in some forms of congenital blindness in humans. Both spontaneous and laboratory-generated mouse mutants have been valuable for providing fundamental insights into normal retinal development and for deciphering disease pathology. Here, we provide a review of mouse models of human retinal degeneration, with a primary focus on diseases affecting photoreceptor function. We also describe models associated with retinal pigment epithelium dysfunction or synaptic abnormalities. Furthermore, we highlight the crucial role of mouse models in elucidating retinal and photoreceptor biology in health and disease, and in the assessment of novel therapeutic modalities, including gene- and stem-cell-based therapies, for retinal degenerative diseases. PMID:25650393

  3. Predictive diagnostics and personalized medicine for the prevention of chronic degenerative diseases

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    Caruso Calogero

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Progressive increase of mean age and life expectancy in both industrialized and emerging societies parallels an increment of chronic degenerative diseases (CDD such as cancer, cardiovascular, autoimmune or neurodegenerative diseases among the elderly. CDD are of complex diagnosis, difficult to treat and absorbing an increasing proportion in the health care budgets worldwide. However, recent development in modern medicine especially in genetics, proteomics, and informatics is leading to the discovery of biomarkers associated with different CDD that can be used as indicator of disease’s risk in healthy subjects. Therefore, predictive medicine is merging and medical doctors may for the first time anticipate the deleterious effect of CDD and use markers to identify persons with high risk of developing a given CDD before the clinical manifestation of the diseases. This innovative approach may offer substantial advantages, since the promise of personalized medicine is to preserve individual health in people with high risk by starting early treatment or prevention protocols. The pathway is now open, however the road to an effective personalized medicine is still long, several (diagnostic predictive instruments for different CDD are under development, some ethical issues have to be solved. Operative proposals for the heath care systems are now needed to verify potential benefits of predictive medicine in the clinical practice. In fact, predictive diagnostics, personalized medicine and personalized therapy have the potential of changing classical approaches of modern medicine to CDD.

  4. When dialogue fails. Music therapy with elderly with neurological degenerative diseases

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    Ridder, Hanne Mette Ochsner

    2004-01-01

    When dialogue fails. Music therapy with elderly with neurological degenerative diseases. In persons suffering from neurological degenerative diseases we often see the following symptoms: difficulties in remembering, concentrating, perceiving input, and controlling and timing movements. Normal every day conversation is building on abilities to remember facts or episodes, to sustain attention, to listen, and to time a response. Without these fundamental cognitive abilities it is difficult to communicate with others – unless the communication is adjusted to the person. Clients with a neurological degenerative disease like e.g. dementia are often socially isolated because of their failing abilities to communicate. Even if they live in a facility and are surrounded by care staff and peer residents, they might experience the environment as chaotic and the people as non-comprehensible. A missing meaningful interaction with others means that psychosocial needs are not met, and this leads to secondary symptoms of the neurological degeneration. Secondary symptoms might be expressed as repetitive behaviour, catastrophic reactions and situationally inappropriate behaviour. In a music therapeutical setting it is possible to adjust the communication in order to enter dialogue. The dialogue is the potential for sharing emotions and meeting psychosocial needs. The core of the music therapy is seen as the moments where interaction and dialogue occurs. But these moments are only “highlights” of the sessions, and before they can happen, the music therapist must build up a structure for the therapy that compensates for missing cognitive abilities of the client. This is illustrated by the following steps that integrate neuropsychological and psychodynamic theories: 1. Focus attention 2. Regulate arousal level 3. Dialogue 4. Conclusion 1. In order to compensate for missing short-term memory it is important to work deliberately with cuing. A specific song in the beginning of the music therapy session will e.g. signalise that the music therapy is to start. Using songs as cues activates cortical memory function, and work as memory traces in the brain. Using the same “hello-song” in the beginning of a session - session after session - gives stability. Stability is constancy and familiarity of cues over time (Roberts & Algase 1988), and even people with severe memory deficits are capable of creating new memory traces and of learning the meaning of new cues. The first step in music therapy is to focus attention, e.g. with stability and cues, and the next step is to regulate arousal level towards environmental attention. 2. Environmental attention depends on levels of arousal. There is a relation between medium arousal levels and the ability to understand ‘what is going on’. “You need to have just the right level of activation to perform optimally” (LeDoux 1998, p. 289). Stimulating and sedating effects of music or songs are obtained by musical parameters, such as tempo, rhythm, timbre, volume, pitch, phrasing, dynamic, and timing. By communicative parameters such as proximity, touch, movements, rhythmic rocking or “dancing”, the music therapist can apply his/her presence to stimulate or calm down the person. Altogether these techniques are inherent in our communicative musicality (Trevarthen 1999). 3. On some occasions the therapist needs many sessions in order to build up a structure and bring the person to a moderate arousal level, where the conditions for interacting and entering dialogue are at their optimum. When these conditions are created it is possible to meet psychosocial needs and decrease secondary symptoms of the degenerative disease. At this level the therapist might work with psychotherapeutic strategies such as validation, holding and facilitation (Kitwood 1997). 4. By marking and cuing the end of the session stability is established. A timeframe is given, and the client can trust that more sessions will follow in spite of the separation. Ending a music therapy session with a specific song might summarize and c

  5. Imaging techniques for diagnosis after surgery for degenerative disc disease. Bildgebende Diagnostik nach spinaler Diskushernienoperation

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    Trattnig, S. (Abt. fuer Osteologie, MR-Inst., Universitaetsklinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, Vienna (Austria)); Kramer, J. (Abt. fuer Osteologie, MR-Inst., Universitaetsklinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, Vienna (Austria)); Muehlbauer, M. (Neurochirurgische Univ.-Klinik, Vienna (Austria)); Kainberger, F. (Abt. fuer Osteologie, MR-Inst., Universitaetsklinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, Vienna (Austria)); Imhof, H. (Abt. fuer Osteologie, MR-Inst., Universitaetsklinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, Vienna (Austria))

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    The magnetic resonance imaging findings recorded in patients after surgery for degenerative disc disease in the lumbar and cervical spine are discussed in comparison with conventional radiographs and computed tomography findings. In the lumbar spine normal postoperative findings in the immediate postoperative period can be demonstrated by MR imaging. Contrast-enhanced MR imaging can differentiate disc herniation from postoperative scar formation with a greater degree of confidence than other imaging modalities. MR imaging improves differentiation between other causes of failed back syndrome such as postoperative hematoma and infection, lateral spinal stenosis and arachnoiditis. In the cervical spine types of operative approaches, the appearance of bony stenosis and disc herniations by MR imaging are discussed. Computer tomography still has a role in the assessment of osseous complications such as central or foraminal stenosis. (orig.)

  6. Joint Modeling of Disease Pairs

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    Aim: Exploring the spatial patterns in joint distribution of incidences of two diseases. Material and method: A Poisson-Binomial regression model was used in analysing hospitalisation counts data in Hungary, 2008. Model parameters were estimated by MCMC implemented in WinBUGS. Results: Spatial patterns of laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancer differ significantly from that of their ratio. Conclusion: The Poisson-Binomial model proposed here might help clarify us the different spatial dependenci...

  7. Joint Modeling of Disease Pairs

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    Full Text Available Aim: Exploring the spatial patterns in joint distribution of incidences of two diseases. Material and method: A Poisson-Binomial regression model was used in analysing hospitalisation counts data in Hungary, 2008. Model parameters were estimated by MCMC implemented in WinBUGS. Results: Spatial patterns of laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancer differ significantly from that of their ratio. Conclusion: The Poisson-Binomial model proposed here might help clarify us the different spatial dependencies of the sum and the ratio of incidences of two diseases.

  8. Chronic degenerative diseases in elderly: physiotherapeutic data - doi:10.5020/18061230.2011.p221

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    Lais Keylla Felipe

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To assess the most frequent chronic diseases in the elderly population of a private clinic of Physiotherapy. Methods: We assessed medical records of clients who received treatment at a Physiotherapy clinic in the period 2005 to 2008, looking for chronic diseases as diagnosis and/or related to them. Of these, we selected those which contained birth date and/or aged sixty-five years or above. An instrument like a check list, developed by the researchers, identified: quantity, gender, medical diagnosis and comorbidities. For quantification of variables we applied simple percentage calculation. Results: In the study period, there were four hundred fifty-eight records, of which forty-nine corresponded to the survey’s inclusion criteria. The majority 59.2% (n=29 referred to the year 2008; 26.6% (n=13 being males and 73.4% (n=36 females. The most commonly found diagnosis comprised osteoarthritis 57.1% (n=28, fracture and/or history of fractures 24.4% (n=12 and other diagnosis 48.9% (n=24. Associated chronic diseases included diabetes mellitus 18.3% (n=9 and systemic hypertension 57.1% (n=23. Conclusion: Chronic degenerative diseases in elderly have received increasing attention from health professionals; osteoarthritis being the most common diagnosis in this study, followed by fracture and/or history of fractures. The comorbidities represented a greater negative impact in the quality of life of elderly.

  9. Outcome of the L5-S1 Segment after Posterior Instrumented Spinal Surgery in Degenerative Lumbar Diseases

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    Jen-Chung Liao

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: Posterior decompression, instrumentation, and posterolateral fusion are surgicalprocedures for the treatment of degenerative lumbar diseases. Solidfusion usually causes adjacent problems. This study investigated the clinicaloutcome and radiographic fate of the L5-S1 segment in patients who underwentposterior instrumented surgery for degenerative lumbar diseases.Methods: From January 1999 to December 2000, 181 patients (average age 59.4 years,range 45-79 years underwent posterior decompression, posterior instrumentation,and posterolateral fusion for degenerative lumbar diseases (includingdegenerative spondylolisthesis and degenerative lumbar scoliosis withspinal stenosis. Modified Brodsky’s criteria and the Oswestry disabilityindex were used to evaluate patients before surgery and at the final followup.Degenerative changes in the L5-S1 intervertebral disc were evaluatedwith the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA grading scale.Adjacent L5-S1 segmental instability was defined as the appearance ofretrolisthesis, anterolisthesis, or lateral listhesis in the static or dynamic radiographsat the final follow-up.Results: Only 1 of these 181 patients developed inferior adjacent instability, but therewere no symptoms related to this instability. The mean pre-operative L5-S1disc degenerative score was 1.73 ± 0.66 and at the last follow-up, 1.87 ±0.72 (p = 0.006. There was no symptomatic disc degeneration necessitatingfurther L5-S1 fusion during follow-up. One hundred fifty-six patients (86%exhibited satisfactory results (good or excellent. The mean Oswestry scorewas 21.8 ± 6.0 preoperatively, which improved to 9.6 ± 7.4 at the last follow-up (p = 0.001.Conclusions: The L5-S1 disc degenerated more after posterolateral lumbar floating fusion.However, there was no symptomatic inferior adjacent instability or symptomaticL5-S1 disc degeneration requiring further L5-S1 fusion at a mean 5.1years follow-up.

  10. Temporomandibular joint space in children without joint disease

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    Bilateral assessment of the temporomandibular joint space in children without joint disease is reported. Twenty-eight children were examined with conventional radiography and 23 with tomography. High prevalence of asymmetric joint spaces with both techniques indicated that great care should be taken when using narrowing or widening of the joint space as a diagnostic criterion in children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Other signs, such as restricted translation of the mandibular head, and clinical symptoms should be evaluated. (Auth.)

  11. Genetic architecture of retinal and macular degenerative diseases: the promise and challenges of next-generation sequencing

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    Ratnapriya, Rinki; Swaroop, Anand

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    Inherited retinal degenerative diseases (RDDs) display wide variation in their mode of inheritance, underlying genetic defects, age of onset, and phenotypic severity. Molecular mechanisms have not been delineated for many retinal diseases, and treatment options are limited. In most instances, genotype-phenotype correlations have not been elucidated because of extensive clinical and genetic heterogeneity. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) methods, including exome, genome, transcriptome and epig...

  12. [Occupational disease 2108. Degenerative changes of the cervical spine as a causality criterion in the assessment of discogenic diseases according to BeKV 2108].

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    Hartwig, E; Schultheiss, M; Krämer, S; Ebert, V; Kinzl, L; Kramer, M

    2003-04-01

    With the second amendment to the Ordinance on Occupational Diseases (BeKV) of 18 December 1992, discogenic diseases of the spine are included in the disease register of occupational diseases for the first time. If occupations that impose stress on the spine have been practised for many years, the possibility exists of recognizing degenerative diseases as an occupational disease. In assessment practice, the radiological data on the spine exposed to stress is compared with that of regions which are remote from the stress (cervical/thoracic spine). This pattern of the distribution of degenerative disease is then used as the basis for determining a causal relationship between the occupation causing the stress and disease of the axial skeleton. The pattern of degeneration of the cervical spine was investigated in two groups, one with ( n =153) and one without ( n =333) occupations that impose stress on the lumbar spine. A cumulative score of degenerative changes was elaborated and presented as a new classification. No differences were found between the groups with regard to either the frequency of occurrence, segmental distribution or severity of disease. In both groups, degenerative changes correlated with age. The prevailing assessment practice is discussed on the basis of these data. PMID:12719851

  13. Osteoporosis in inflammatory joint diseases.

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    Roux, C

    2011-02-01

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) are two inflammatory joint diseases characterized by bone complications including osteoporosis. In RA, periarticular bone loss, bone erosions, and systemic osteoporosis are observed, with an increased risk of fractures. Determinants of fractures are underlying conditions (as RA has a female preponderance and an increased prevalence with age), severity of the disease, and use of glucocorticoids. However, bone loss can occur even in glucocorticoid-naive patients. Prospective data show that the optimal control of inflammation in RA is associated with decrease in structural damage and bone loss. RA illustrates the role of inflammation on bone resorption. In AS, osteoporosis is an early event and vertebral fracture risk is increased. Bone loss is related mainly to inflammation, as the disease can occur in young male adult populations, and glucocorticoids are not used in this disease. However, AS is characterized by progressive stiffness and ankylosis of the spine and illustrates also the potential role of inflammation on local bone formation. PMID:20552328

  14. Radiopharmaceuticals for SPECT exploration of dopaminergic systems. Diagnosis and surveillance of neuro-degenerative diseases

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    New radiopharmaceuticals were developed to explore the pre- or post-synaptic slopes of the dopaminergic terminations. At present, their interest is recognized for the differential diagnosis of the extra-pyramidal syndromes. Other various applications in neurology and psychiatry are in view. On the pre-synaptic slope, implied in the Parkinson's disease, the dopamine carrier, able to be visualized due to its iodine derivatives of cocaine, is localized. The ?CIT, which is presently the best known specificity-free derivative, has actually an equivalent affinity for the dopamine carrier and the serotonin carrier. Besides, its kinetic does not allow its imaging in the day of injection. We have developed and validated another derivative, the PE2I: N-(3-Iodoprop-(2E)-enyl) -2?-carbometoxy -3?-(4'-methyl-phenyl) nortropane which displays the properties required by kinetic and specificity. On the post-synaptic slope the type-D2 dopaminergic receptors were localized, which can be explored by means of (iodolisuride) ergolenes and benzamide derivatives (IBZM). These ligands have not an AMM yet, therefore their utilization may be approached by magistral preparation. The scintigraphy of the D2 receptors and dopamine carrier could be useful for the earlier diagnosis and the therapeutic surveillance of the neuro-degenerative decease. The coupling of the pre- and post-synaptic scintigraphies may be taken into consideration to augment diagnosis potentialitypotentiality

  15. Surgical treatment of degenerative cervical spine diseases: Analyses of 90 patients clinical study

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    Full Text Available The effect of degenerative cervical spine surgery depends on good understanding of the pathogenesis and clinical course of disease with a detailed neurological and neuroradiological examination. Surgical approach should be considered separately for each pathological substrate in order to avoid additional morbidity. The aim of our study is to present the results of treatment through analysis of large clinical series focusing on anterior surgical approach with iliac crest graft fusion without cervical plating. The retrospective analysis of 90 patients operated on Neurosurgery of CHC Zemun, from 2008 to 2011, was done. In 81 patients cervical disc herniation was found in one or two levels, and 9 patients had spinal canal stenosis with polydiscopathy. Preoperatively 50 patients had cervical myelopathy, and 40 patients had radiculopathy as dominating clinical sign. Anterior cervical approach was performed in 79 patients, and 11 patients were operated by posterior approach. The treatment outcome was as follows: good outcome 16 (16.8% patients, improved condition 65 (72.2%, without improvement 6 (6.7%, bad outcome 3 (4.3%. The anterior cervical approach with iliac crest autologous graft fusion, and without additional cervical plating, is reliable treatment option with results comparable to reported clinical series with sintetic graft placement and anterior cervical plate stabilisation.

  16. Quantitative analysis of CT scan in degenerative diseases of the nervous system

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    Matsuoka, Yukihiko; Yamamoto, Hiroko; Sobue, Itsuro.

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    Quantitative analysis was made on cranial CT scans of 142 patients with spinocerebellar degeneration (SCD), 16 with dentato-rubro-pallido-luysian atrophy (DRPLA), 12 with Huntington's chorea (HC), and four with chorea-acanthocytosis (CA). One hundred sex- and age-matched persons without any neurologic signs served as controls. Regarding parameters for atrophy in the infratentorial brain tissue, there was statistically significant difference between the SCD group and the control group. This indicated remarkable atrophy in the cerebellum and brain stem in SCD. According to subgroups of SCD, both bilateral atrophy of the pons and dilation of the prepontine cistern were significantly greater in the group of sporadic olivo-ponto-cerebellar atrophy than the group of Menzel type of olivo-ponto-cerebellar atrophy. The subgroup of hereditary spastic paraplegia had the mildest atrophy of the brain on CT, although there was still a significant atrophy compared with controls. In the DRPLA group, finding in the infratentorial brain tissue were similar to those in the SCD group. The HC group was characterized by having the greatest atrophy in the lateral ventricle, especially the caudate nuclei. Similar findings were seen in the CA group, although atrophy was generally mild. The results indicate the usefulness of quantitative analysis on CT in the diagnosis of degenerative diseases of the nervous system. (Namekawa, K.).

  17. Quantitative analysis of CT scan in degenerative diseases of the nervous system

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    Quantitative analysis was made on cranial CT scans of 142 patients with spinocerebellar degeneration (SCD), 16 with dentato-rubro-pallido-luysian atrophy (DRPLA), 12 with Huntington's chorea (HC), and four with chorea-acanthocytosis (CA). One hundred sex- and age-matched persons without any neurologic signs served as controls. Regarding parameters for atrophy in the infratentorial brain tissue, there was statistically significant difference between the SCD group and the control group. This indicated remarkable atrophy in the cerebellum and brain stem in SCD. According to subgroups of SCD, both bilateral atrophy of the pons and dilation of the prepontine cistern were significantly greater in the group of sporadic olivo-ponto-cerebellar atrophy than the group of Menzel type of olivo-ponto-cerebellar atrophy. The subgroup of hereditary spastic paraplegia had the mildest atrophy of the brain on CT, although there was still a significant atrophy compared with controls. In the DRPLA group, finding in the infratentorial brain tissue were similar to those in the SCD group. The HC group was characterized by having the greatest atrophy in the lateral ventricle, especially the caudate nuclei. Similar findings were seen in the CA group, although atrophy was generally mild. The results indicate the usefulness of quantitative analysis on CT in the diagnosis of degenerative diseases of the nervous system. (Namekawa, K.)

  18. Controversies about interspinous process devices in the treatment of degenerative lumbar spine diseases: past, present, and future.

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    Gazzeri, Roberto; Galarza, Marcelo; Alfieri, Alex

    2014-01-01

    A large number of interspinous process devices (IPD) have been recently introduced to the lumbar spine market as an alternative to conventional decompressive surgery in managing symptomatic lumbar spinal pathology, especially in the older population. Despite the fact that they are composed of a wide range of different materials including titanium, polyetheretherketone, and elastomeric compounds, the aim of these devices is to unload spine, restoring foraminal height, and stabilize the spine by distracting the spinous processes. Although the initial reports represented the IPD as a safe, effective, and minimally invasive surgical alternative for relief of neurological symptoms in patients with low back degenerative diseases, recent studies have demonstrated less impressive clinical results and higher rate of failure than initially reported. The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive overview on interspinous implants, their mechanisms of action, safety, cost, and effectiveness in the treatment of lumbar stenosis and degenerative disc diseases. PMID:24822224

  19. Cell-based therapy of chronic degenerative diseases of the central nervous system.

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    Pankratov, Ye V; Ivanov, A I; Kolokoltsova, T D; Nechayeva, Ye A; Radayeva, I F; Korochkin, L I; Revischin, A V; Naumov, S A; Khlusovi, I A; Autenshlus, A I

    2003-01-01

    The traditional methods of pharmacotherapy of the degenerative diseases of the central nervous system do not frequently allow one to achieve the desired clinical effect. The fundamentally new approach for the treatment of severe neurological diseases is provided by the methods of biological medicine, in particular, transplantation of a complex of fetal tissues. Cell-based therapy was used to treat patients with multiple sclerosis; ante-, intra- and postnatal lesions; consequences of hemorrhagic and ischemic apoplexies; neuritis of facial nerve; sclerosis; Parkinson's disease; Alzheimer's disease; epilepsy and other types of pathologic process. The source material for obtaining a suspension of cells was the fetuses of allogenic origin. The suspension of brain cells in amounts of up to 1.5 x 10(8) cells and vitality not less than 40% was administered to the patients into liquor spaces using the method of endolumbar puncture. The total number of transplantations was 1900. Practically in all the cases FT was tolerated well. Positive clinical and immunologic changes were observed in the majority of the patients, thus, remission induction (in the patients with the progressive course of multiple sclerosis) for a period over 12 months was registered in 87.5% of the cases. Noteworthy that considerable changes were observed in immunograms: depression of antibody levels to brain-specific proteins, native and denatured DNA; quantitative and qualitative improvement of lymphocyte subpopulation indices, positive changes in the immunoregulatory index. Clinically, in 69% of the cases there was an improvement in more than one neurological defect and a change in the values of the Kurtzke scale towards a decrease by 2-3 points. The conduct of cell therapy with the MS patients under the acute process conditions after liquorosorption allowed the arresting of clinical manifestations and the creation of preconditions for further restoration. The retrobulbar transplantations provided a quick arrest of the retrobulbar neuritis clinical symptoms and in one case an almost complete restoration of vision in the patient with amaurosis (blindness). The remission duration has a marked direct dependence on the number of courses of endolumbar transplantations. Thus, the method of cell therapy with the use of human tissue transplantations is safe and can be used for different neurodegenerative lesions of the central nervous system. The high efficacy of the method suggests the possibility and necessity of using this method as an alternative of classical pharmacological therapy. An important element of cell therapy is the control after the state of the patient's immunity system. PMID:12903713

  20. Degenerative Mitral Valve Repair

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    Ottavio Alfieri MD.

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Degenerative mitral regurgitation (MR is a rather common pathology1. If untreated, severe MR leads to left ventricular failure, pulmonary hypertension, atrial fibrillation and death 2. Correction of MR can be associated with a life expectancy and a quality of life similar to those of the normal healthy population, when performed appropriately and timely 3.In many patients, degenerative MR is characterised by an excess of valve tissue with elongated or ruptured chordae (Barlow’s disease 4, while in others, the leaflets are thinner and translucent and chordae are very fragile (fibroelastic deficiency. Mitral valve prolapse is the consequence of these anatomical alterations affecting primarily the leaflets and the subvalvular apparatus.American and European guidelines for the treatment of heart valve disease 5,6 indicate the criteria for appropriate management of patients with degenerative MR.The aim of this editorial is to briefly explore the optimal management of patients affected by degenerative MR.

  1. Degenerative Mitral Valve Repair

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    Md, Ottavio Alfieri; Md, Maurizio Taramasso; Md, Elisabetta Lapenna; Md, Michele Bonis

    2011-01-01

    Degenerative mitral regurgitation (MR) is a rather common pathology1. If untreated, severe MR leads to left ventricular failure, pulmonary hypertension, atrial fibrillation and death 2. Correction of MR can be associated with a life expectancy and a quality of life similar to those of the normal healthy population, when performed appropriately and timely 3.In many patients, degenerative MR is characterised by an excess of valve tissue with elongated or ruptured chordae (Barlow’s disease) 4,...

  2. Dementia neuro degenerative diseases and bio markers: a new strategy for an early diagnosis

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    the neuro degenerative dementia (particularly focal beginning forms) can be diagnosed earlier by analyzing the combination of the rate of phosphorylated tau protein, IITE score and perfusion in right anterior cingulate gyrus, the Broca area, and left angular gyrus. A prospective study is underway to validate this model. (N.C.)

  3. Determination of superoxide dismutase activity by the polarographic method of catalytic currents in the cerebrospinal fluid of aging brain and neurologic degenerative diseases.

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    Bracco, F; Scarpa, M; Rigo, A; Battistin, L

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    The activity of the superoxide dismutase was measured by the polarographic method of catalytic currents in the cerebrospinal fluid of patients with age-related neurologic degenerative diseases, namely, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease, and of a reference group of normal subjects. The superoxide dismutase activity was found to increase with age in reference subjects (r = 0.81) while no significant correlation was found in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease patients. The activity mean values were significantly lower (P less than 0.01) in patients with neurologic degenerative diseases than in the reference subjects. The changes of superoxide dismutase activity in the aging brain and in age-related neurologic degenerative diseases are discussed. PMID:1984240

  4. Clinical results of posterolateral fusion for degenerative lumbar spinal diseases. A follow-up study of more than 10 years

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    Kuroki, Hiroshi; Tajima, Naoya; Kubo, Shinichiro [Miyazaki Medical Coll., Kiyotake (Japan)

    2002-07-01

    The objective of this retrospective study was to evaluate the long-term clinical outcomes and the effects on unfused motion segments of posterolateral fusion. This study involved 35 cases (37 intervertebral levels) of posterolateral fusion performed to treat degenerative lumbar spinal diseases. There were 20 male and 15 female patients ranging in age from 30 to 67 years, with a mean age of 49 years. The postoperative period ranged from 10 years to 17 years and 8 months, with a mean period of 13 years. The clinical outcomes were evaluated using the Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) score for assessment of treatment for low back pain. The effects on unfused motion segments were investigated with radiographic and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Postoperative satisfactory improvement (mean recovery rate, 66.9%) reached a plateau at 1 year and was maintained at final follow-up. Radiographically, the union rate was 86.5%. There were few cases of induced instability of unfused motion segments. On MR imaging, increased signal intensity in both T{sub 1}- and T{sub 2}-weighted images was seen in the paravertebral muscles in 15 of 20 cases (75.0%). Posterolateral fusion is a useful technique for the treatment of degenerative lumbar spinal diseases. Clinical outcomes were stable throughout follow-up. Instability of unfused motion segments rarely occurred. (author)

  5. [Rheumatic joint diseases in the elderly].

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    Kondo, Yuya; Yokosawa, Masahiro; Kaneko, Shunta; Sumida, Takayuki

    2014-10-01

    The most frequent rheumatic joint disease in the elderly is rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Recent advances in the treatment of RA improve prognosis, and gradually increase the elderly patients with RA. There are some differences in clinical features between the patients with elderly onset RA and young onset RA, such as systemic symptoms and distribution of affected joints. In addition, it is occasionally difficult to differentiate elderly onset RA from the other rheumatic diseases like polymyalgia rheumatica and RS3PE syndrome, pseudogout, and osteoarthritis. Since elderly patients tend to have more co-morbidity and co-existing diseases requiring treatment with other drugs, a risk/benefit profile must always be taken into consideration when choosing the treatment in elderly patients with rheumatic joint diseases. PMID:25509802

  6. Mid-range outcomes in 64 consecutive cases of multilevel fusion for degenerative diseases of the lumbar spine

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    Karl Stefan Delank

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available In the treatment of multilevel degenerative disorders of the lumbar spine, spondylodesis plays a controversial role. Most patients can be treated conservatively with success. Multilevel lumbar fusion with instrumentation is associated with severe complications like failed back surgery syndrome, implant failure, and adjacent segment disease (ASD. This retrospective study examines the records of 70 elderly patients with degenerative changes or instability of the lumbar spine treated between 2002 and 2007 with spondylodesis of more than two segments. Sixty-four patients were included; 5 patients had died and one patient was lost to follow-up. We evaluated complications, clinical/radiological outcomes, and success of fusion. Flexion-extension and standing X-rays in two planes, MRI, and/or CT scans were obtained pre-operatively. Patients were assessed clinically using the Oswestry disability index (ODI and a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS. Surgery performed was dorsolateral fusion (46.9% or dorsal fusion with anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF; 53.1%. Additional decompression was carried out in 37.5% of patients. Mean follow-up was 29.4±5.4 months. Average patient age was 64.7±4.3 years. Clinical outcomes were not satisfactory for all patients. VAS scores improved from 8.6±1.3 to 5.6±3.0 pre- to post-operatively, without statistical significance. ODI was also not significantly improved (56.1±22.3 pre- and 45.1±26.4 post-operatively. Successful fusion, defined as adequate bone mass with trabeculation at the facets and transverse processes or in the intervertebral segments, did not correlate with good clinical outcomes. Thirty-five of 64 patients (54% showed signs of pedicle screw loosening, especially of the screws at S1. However, only 7 of these 35 (20% complained of corresponding back pain. Revision surgery was required in 24 of 64 patients (38%. Of these, indications were adjacent segment disease (16 cases, pedicle screw loosening (7 cases, and infection (one case. At follow-up of 29.4 months, patients with radiographic ASD had worse ODI scores than patients without (54.7 vs. 36.6; P less than 0.001. Multilevel fusion for degenerative disease still has a high rate of complications, up to 50%. The problem of adjacent segment disease after fusion surgery has not yet been solved. This study underscores the need for strict indication guidelines to perform lumbar spine fusion of more than two levels.

  7. Joint disease in children of Asiatic origin

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    Joint disorders in Asian children are varied due to the diversity of the Asian population and show some ethnic trends. The ethnic diversity, socio-economic and geographic factors in Asia have limited the availability of data from some of the ethnic groups, many of whom live in remote and relatively underdeveloped areas, are not subjected to epidemiological surveillance and have little awareness of these diseases and their consequences. Geographic and socio-economic factors also play a significant role in some of the joint diseases peculiar to Asian children. In general, the current available data suggests that there are no large differences in the epidemiology and clinical features between the Western and Asian children. This article reviews the available literature on joint diseases in Asian children

  8. Development of PET tracers for neuro inflammation imaging in neuro degenerative diseases

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    Inflammatory processes such as micro-glial or endothelial activation are involved in many neuro-degenerative conditions. Neuro-inflammation imaging is considered an attractive tool for fundamental research, diagnosis and therapeutic evaluation in neuro-pathologies. First, an aptamer was selected against a recombinant fragment of the endothelial target VCAM-1, but proved unable to bind the target protein in native conformation, as expressed by a cell line. Second, five radioligands of the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor (PBR), a marker of micro-glial activation, were evaluated in vivo using PET (Positron Emission Tomography) imaging in a rat model of neuro-inflammation, and were compared to [11C]PK11195. Four radiotracers displayed a better contrast than [11C]PK11195. In a competitive field of research, this work demonstrates the efficiency of in vivo screening of radiotracers for fast selection of clinically relevant molecules. (author)

  9. Sporadic inclusion-body myositis: A degenerative muscle disease associated with aging, impaired muscle protein homeostasis and abnormal mitophagy.

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    Askanas, Valerie; Engel, W King; Nogalska, Anna

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    Sporadic inclusion-body myositis (s-IBM) is the most common degenerative muscle disease in which aging appears to be a key risk factor. In this review we focus on several cellular molecular mechanisms responsible for multiprotein aggregation and accumulations within s-IBM muscle fibers, and their possible consequences. Those include mechanisms leading to: a) accumulation in the form of aggregates within the muscle fibers, of several proteins, including amyloid-?42 and its oligomers, and phosphorylated tau in the form of paired helical filaments, and we consider their putative detrimental influence; and b) protein misfolding and aggregation, including evidence of abnormal myoproteostasis, such as increased protein transcription, inadequate protein disposal, and abnormal posttranslational modifications of proteins. Pathogenic importance of our recently demonstrated abnormal mitophagy is also discussed. The intriguing phenotypic similarities between s-IBM muscle fibers and the brains of Alzheimer and Parkinson's disease patients, the two most common neurodegenerative diseases associated with aging, are also discussed. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Neuromuscular Diseases: Pathology and Molecular Pathogenesis. PMID:25241263

  10. Patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) for the study and treatment of retinal degenerative diseases.

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    Wiley, Luke A; Burnight, Erin R; Songstad, Allison E; Drack, Arlene V; Mullins, Robert F; Stone, Edwin M; Tucker, Budd A

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    Vision is the sense that we use to navigate the world around us. Thus it is not surprising that blindness is one of people's most feared maladies. Heritable diseases of the retina, such as age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa, are the leading cause of blindness in the developed world, collectively affecting as many as one-third of all people over the age of 75, to some degree. For decades, scientists have dreamed of preventing vision loss or of restoring the vision of patients affected with retinal degeneration through drug therapy, gene augmentation or a cell-based transplantation approach. In this review we will discuss the use of the induced pluripotent stem cell technology to model and develop various treatment modalities for the treatment of inherited retinal degenerative disease. We will focus on the use of iPSCs for interrogation of disease pathophysiology, analysis of drug and gene therapeutics and as a source of autologous cells for cell transplantation and replacement. PMID:25448922

  11. Ultrasonographic evaluation of degenerative changes in the distal radioulnar joint: Correlation of findings with gross anatomy and MR arthrography in cadavers

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    Buck, Florian M., E-mail: florian.buck@gmail.com [Department of Radiology, Veterans Administration Medical Center, 3350 La Jolla Village Dr., San Diego, CA 92161 (United States); Nico, Marcelo A.C., E-mail: nico.marcelo@gmail.com [Department of Radiology, Veterans Administration Medical Center, 3350 La Jolla Village Dr., San Diego, CA 92161 (United States); Gheno, Ramon, E-mail: ramon.gheno@yahoo.com [Department of Radiology, Veterans Administration Medical Center, 3350 La Jolla Village Dr., San Diego, CA 92161 (United States); Trudell, Debra J., E-mail: debtrudell@hotmail.com [Department of Radiology, Veterans Administration Medical Center, 3350 La Jolla Village Dr., San Diego, CA 92161 (United States); Resnick, Donald, E-mail: dresnick@ucsd.edu [Department of Radiology, Veterans Administration Medical Center, 3350 La Jolla Village Dr., San Diego, CA 92161 (United States)

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    Objective: To determine the accuracy of ultrasonography (US) in the evaluation of degenerative changes in the distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ). Methods and materials: Ten cadaveric specimens were obtained. US evaluation of cartilage degeneration and thickness was performed by two independent and blinded readers (R1 and R2). Gross anatomy and MR arthrography evaluated by two readers in consensus served as the reference standard. The joint surface not accessible to US was measured. Results: US interreader agreement was non-existent for cartilage thickness measurements and moderate for cartilage degeneration grading (weighted kappa = 0.41). Comparing US and MR imaging evaluation, there was no correlation between US R1 and MR imaging (Pearson correlation coefficient [PCC] = 0.352) and a moderate correlation between US R2 and MR imaging (PCC = 0.570) concerning cartilage thickness measurements. Concerning cartilage degeneration grading, there was a moderate to strong (R1 Spearman correlation coefficient [SCC] = 0.729)/R2 SCC = 0.767) correlation concerning cartilage degeneration grading. Comparing US and gross anatomic evaluation, there was no correlation for US R1 (PCC = 0.220) and a strong correlation for US R2 (PCC = 0.922) concerning cartilage thickness measurements, and a strong to moderate correlation (R1 SCC = 0.808/R2 SCC = 0.597) concerning cartilage degeneration grading. The mean sector of the articular surface of the ulna head not accessible to US was 13{sup o}. Conclusion: In conclusion the DRUJ is accessible to US except in the central 13{sup o} sector of the joint surface. US was approved to be sufficient in demonstrating advanced stages of cartilage degeneration. Thus, US of the DRUJ is recommended in patients suffering from ulnar-sided wrist pain.

  12. Ultrasonographic evaluation of degenerative changes in the distal radioulnar joint: Correlation of findings with gross anatomy and MR arthrography in cadavers

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    Objective: To determine the accuracy of ultrasonography (US) in the evaluation of degenerative changes in the distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ). Methods and materials: Ten cadaveric specimens were obtained. US evaluation of cartilage degeneration and thickness was performed by two independent and blinded readers (R1 and R2). Gross anatomy and MR arthrography evaluated by two readers in consensus served as the reference standard. The joint surface not accessible to US was measured. Results: US interreader agreement was non-existent for cartilage thickness measurements and moderate for cartilage degeneration grading (weighted kappa = 0.41). Comparing US and MR imaging evaluation, there was no correlation between US R1 and MR imaging (Pearson correlation coefficient [PCC] = 0.352) and a moderate correlation between US R2 and MR imaging (PCC = 0.570) concerning cartilage thickness measurements. Concerning cartilage degeneration grading, there was a moderate to strong (R1 Spearman correlation coefficient [SCC] = 0.729)/R2 SCC = 0.767) correlation concerning cartilage degeneration grading. Comparing US and gross anatomic evaluation, there was no correlation for US R1 (PCC = 0.220) and a strong correlation for US R2 (PCC = 0.922) concerning cartilage thickness measurements, and a strong to moderate correlation (R1 SCC = 0.808/R2 SCC = 0.597) concerning cartilage degeneration grading. The mean sector of the articular surface of the ulna head not accessible to US was 13oo. Conclusion: In conclusion the DRUJ is accessible to US except in the central 13o sector of the joint surface. US was approved to be sufficient in demonstrating advanced stages of cartilage degeneration. Thus, US of the DRUJ is recommended in patients suffering from ulnar-sided wrist pain.

  13. Degenerative diseases of the spine. Rare and often unrecognized causes of pain syndromes

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    The aim of this article is to describe rare and often unrecognized causes of spinal pain syndromes. Intervertebral disc degeneration frequently appears in early adulthood and can have a symptomatic or asymptomatic course. This article discusses incidence, pathophysiology, imaging, and pain symptomatology involved in the origin of back pain. Anulus tears are often found in asymptomatic individuals but could be implicated in lumbar pain symptomatology in correlation with the provocative discography. Transient disorders can lead to pseudarthrosis of the iliac bone and to degeneration or to a reactive hypermobility with intervertebral disc degeneration in the level above. Modic type 1 erosive osteochondrosis is characterized by bone marrow edema near the hyaline cartilage end plate, which mostly elicits severe pain and results in serious limitations in everyday activities. The most important differential diagnosis is spondylodiscitis. Schmorl's nodes can exhibit considerable surrounding bone marrow edema that can be mistaken for metastases. A combination of MRI and CT should be employed for the diagnostic work-up of fatigue fracture of the interarticular portion, which is often overlooked due to its location. Synovial cysts of the facet joints can lead to radicular symptoms. Insufficiency fracture of the sacrum is frequently mistaken for metastasis due to intense scintigraphic enhancement and its signal behavior in MRI. CT provides instructive information. Differential dis instructive information. Differential diagnosis should include less common causes such as anulus tears, transient disorders, activated Schmorl's nodes, synovial cysts of the facet joints, fatigue fractures of the interarticular portion of the spine and the sacrum and distinguish from metastases in particular. (orig.)

  14. AAV-mediated gene supply for treatment of degenerative and neovascular retinal diseases.

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    Colella, Pasqualina; Auricchio, Alberto

    2010-10-01

    Common blinding diseases that are currently untreatable include conditions characterized by progressive neuronal degeneration, such as retinitis pigmentosa, leber congenital amaurosis or glaucoma, or characterized by ocular neovascularization, like wet age-related macular degeneration, proliferative diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity. The pathogenic mechanisms underlying either neuronal degeneration or new vessel formation may be similar and independent of the mutation underlying the disease, thus allowing to test therapeutic strategies acting downstream of the primary causative event. Gene supply is the delivery of a gene that can prevent or arrest disease progression without being directly implicated in the disease pathogenesis. To this end, one of the most efficient and safe retinal gene delivery vehicles derives from the small adeno-associated virus (AAV). We review studies on AAV-mediated gene supply of: neurotrophic/antiapoptotic factors to prevent retinal neurons degeneration, and anti-angiogenic molecules to inhibit retinal neovascularization. Successful gene supply may represent a one-fit-all treatment for inherited and acquired blinding diseases. PMID:20712580

  15. Varus deformity of the left lower extremity causing degenerative lesion of the posterior horn of the left medial meniscus in a patient with Paget’s disease of bone

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    Al Kaissi, Ali

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available [english] We report on a 42-year-old woman who presented with persistent pain in her left knee with no history of trauma. Sagittal T1-weighted MRI of the left knee showed discontinuity between the anterior and posterior horns of the left medial meniscus, causing effectively the development of degenerative lesion of the posterior horn. The latter was correlated to varus deformity of the left lower extremity associated with subsequent narrowing of the medial knee joint. The unusual craniofacial contour of the patient, the skeletal survey and the elevated serum alkaline phosphatase were compatible with the diagnosis of Paget’s disease of the bone. To alleviate the adverse effect of the mal-alignment of the left femur onto the left knee, corrective osteotomy of the left femoral diaphysis by means of fixators was performed. To the best of our knowledge this is the first clinical report describing the management and the pathological correlation of a unilateral varus deformity of the femoral shaft and degenerative lesions of the left knee in a patient with Paget’s disease of the bone.

  16. Varus deformity of the left lower extremity causing degenerative lesion of the posterior horn of the left medial meniscus in a patient with Paget’s disease of bone

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    Al Kaissi, Ali; Ganger, Rudolf; Mindler, Gabriel; Klaushofer, Klaus; Grill, Franz

    2014-01-01

    We report on a 42-year-old woman who presented with persistent pain in her left knee with no history of trauma. Sagittal T1-weighted MRI of the left knee showed discontinuity between the anterior and posterior horns of the left medial meniscus, causing effectively the development of degenerative lesion of the posterior horn. The latter was correlated to varus deformity of the left lower extremity associated with subsequent narrowing of the medial knee joint. The unusual craniofacial contour of the patient, the skeletal survey and the elevated serum alkaline phosphatase were compatible with the diagnosis of Paget’s disease of the bone. To alleviate the adverse effect of the mal-alignment of the left femur onto the left knee, corrective osteotomy of the left femoral diaphysis by means of fixators was performed. To the best of our knowledge this is the first clinical report describing the management and the pathological correlation of a unilateral varus deformity of the femoral shaft and degenerative lesions of the left knee in a patient with Paget’s disease of the bone. PMID:25276115

  17. Cerebrospinal fluid arginine vasopressin in degenerative disorders and other neurological diseases.

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    Sundquist, J.; Forsling, M. L.; Olsson, J. E.; Akerlund, M.

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    Arginine vasopressin (AVP) was determined in plasma and lumbar CSF from 46 patients with Parkinson's disease, dementia, cerebrovascular disease, multiple sclerosis and other, mostly peripheral neurological disorders. The mean plasma concentration of AVP was 1.62 microU/ml, the CSF concentration 1.14 microU/ml and the gradient CSF/plasma 0.72. There was a good correlation between the plasma and the CSF values in most patients. No sex difference could be found. A slight decrease of the CSF valu...

  18. Microcirculation of the brain: morphological assessment in degenerative diseases and restoration processes.

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    Kolinko, Yaroslav; Krakorova, Kristyna; Cendelin, Jan; Tonar, Zbynek; Kralickova, Milena

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    Abstract Brain microcirculation plays an important role in the pathogenesis of various brain diseases. Several specific features of the circulation in the brain and its functions deserve special attention. The brain is extremely sensitive to hypoxia, and brain edema is more dangerous than edema in other tissues. Brain vessels are part of the blood-brain barrier, which prevents the penetration of some of the substances in the blood into the brain tissue. Herein, we review the processes of angiogenesis and the changes that occur in the brain microcirculation in the most prevalent neurodegenerative diseases. There are no uniform vascular changes in the neurodegenerative diseases. In some cases, the vascular changes are secondary consequences of the pathological process, but they could also be involved in the pathogenesis of the primary disease and contribute to the degeneration of neurons, based on their quantitative characteristics. Additionally, we described the stereological methods that are most commonly used for generating qualitative and quantitative data to assess changes in the microvascular bed of the brain. PMID:25337818

  19. Management of sacroiliac joint disruption and degenerative sacroiliitis with nonoperative care is medical resource-intensive and costly in a United States commercial payer population

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Stacey J Ackerman,1 David W Polly Jr,2 Tyler Knight,3 Tim Holt,4 John Cummings5 1Covance Market Access Services Inc, San Diego, CA, USA; 2University of Minnesota, Orthopaedic Surgery, Minneapolis, MN, USA; 3Covance Market Access Services Inc, Gaithersburg, MD, USA; 4Montgomery Spine Center, Orthopaedic Surgery, Montgomery, AL, USA; 5Community Health Network, Neurosurgery, Indianapolis, IN, USA Introduction: Low back pain is common and originates in the sacroiliac (SI joint in 15%–30% of cases. Traditional SI joint disruption/degenerative sacroiliitis treatments include nonoperative care or open SI joint fusion. To evaluate the usefulness of newly developed minimally-invasive technologies, the costs of traditional treatments must be better understood. We assessed the costs of nonoperative care for SI joint disruption to commercial payers in the United States (US. Methods: A retrospective study of claim-level medical resource use and associated costs used the MarketScan® Commercial Claims and Encounters as well as Medicare Supplemental Databases of Truven Healthcare. Patients with a primary ICD-9-CM diagnosis code for SI joint disruption (720.2, 724.6, 739.4, 846.9, or 847.3, an initial date of diagnosis from January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2007 (index date, and continuous enrollment for ?1 year before and 3 years after the index date were included. Claims attributable to SI joint disruption with a primary or secondary ICD-9-CM diagnosis code of 71x.xx, 72x.xx, 73x.xx, or 84x.xx were identified; the 3-year medical resource use-associated reimbursement and outpatient pain medication costs (measured in 2011 US dollars were tabulated across practice settings. A subgroup analysis was performed among patients with lumbar spinal fusion. Results: The mean 3-year direct, attributable medical costs were $16,196 (standard deviation [SD] $28,592 per privately-insured patient (N=78,533. Among patients with lumbar spinal fusion (N=434, attributable 3-year mean costs were $91,720 (SD $75,502 per patient compared to $15,776 (SD $27,542 per patient among patients without lumbar spinal fusion (N=78,099. Overall, inpatient hospitalizations (19.4%, hospital outpatient visits and procedures (14.0%, and outpatient pain medications (9.6% accounted for the largest proportion of costs. The estimated 3-year insurance payments attributable to SI joint disruption were $1.6 billion per 100,000 commercial payer beneficiaries. Conclusion: The economic burden of SI joint disruption among privately-insured patients in the US is substantial, highlighting the need for more cost-effective therapies. Keywords: cost, epidural injection, lumbar spinal fusion surgery

  20. Novel cartilage-derived biomimetic scaffold for human nucleus pulposus regeneration: a promising therapeutic strategy for symptomatic degenerative disc diseases.

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    Yang, Qiang; Zhao, Yan-hong; Xia, Qun; Xu, Bao-shan; Ma, Xin-long; Liu, Yue; Hu, Yong-cheng; Li, Hong-fa; Miao, Jun; Wang, Tao; Ma, Jian-xiong; Sun, Xiao-lei

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    Because current therapies have not always been successful and effective, the possibility of regenerating the nucleus pulposus (NP) through a tissue-engineered construct offers a novel therapeutic possibility for symptomatic degenerative disc diseases (DDDs). However, more research is necessary to identify the optimal scaffold, cell type and mixture of signal factors needed for NP regeneration. Numerous possible scaffolds for NP regeneration have been investigated; they have many shortcomings in common. Various biological scaffolds derived from decellularized tissue and organs have been successfully used in tissue engineering and received approval for use in humans. Regretfully, harvesting of human NP is difficult and only small amounts can be obtained. The macromolecules of cartilage, which include collagen and proteoglycan aggrecan, are similar to those of the extracellular matrix of immature NP. Recent studies have shown that adipose-derived stem cells (ADSC) can be induced to develop NP-like phenotypes when stimulated by appropriate signals. We thus reasonably postulated that an ideal NP scaffold for tissue engineering could be fabricated from decellularized cartilage matrix (DCM). Furthermore, a combination of ADSCs and DCM-derived biomimetic scaffolds would be advantageous in NP tissue engineering and, in the long run, could become an effective treatment option for symptomatic DDD. PMID:23420750

  1. Sacroiliac joint pain: burden of disease

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    Daniel Cher,1 David Polly,2 Sigurd Berven31SI-BONE, Inc., San Jose, CA, USA; 2Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA; 3Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USAObjectives: The sacroiliac joint (SIJ) is an important and significant cause of low back pain. We sought to quantify the burden of disease attributable to the SIJ.Methods: The authors compared EuroQol 5D (EQ-5D) and Short Form (SF)-36-based ...

  2. Nuclear magnetic resonance in the evaluation of the disk luxation in the temporomandibular articulation conditioned for degenerative osseous changes

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    Purpose: The temporomandibular dysfunction is a common pathology. It appears with many symptoms as: joint pain, mechanic disturbance, and loss of mouth motion. The Magnetic Resonance Image is the chose method to study these alterations. The purposes of this paper are to demonstrate according to sex, the distribution of temporomandibular dysfunction and to determinant the relationships between the disc dislocation and the degenerative disease of the junction. Material and Method: 215 patients were evaluated between January 1999 and August 2004. An Elscint MRI 2 Tesla machine was used with Spin-echo (T1 and T2) Fat-sat sequences, in coronal, axial and sagittal planes. The follow alterations were evaluated: dislocation, degenerative disease of articular surface, osteochondritis, discal perforation, and retrodiscal lesions. Results: 175 of all showed pathologic alterations in IRM examination. The other 40 patients were excluded due to present a normal (MRI) study. The patients were 146 females and 29 men. The most common dislocation site was the anterior. Performance of the IRM was useful in all the cases to demonstrate degenerative changes in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). And was a very precise relationship between the dislocation and degenerative disease of the joint. Conclusion: the female patient is the most frequently affected by temporomandibular joint pathology. The IRM is the selection method to study the TMJ. The degenerative changes are responsible for joinenerative changes are responsible for joint dislocation without reduction. (author)

  3. Common pathways in health benefit properties of RSV in cardiovascular diseases, cancers and degenerative pathologies.

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    Aires, Virginie; Delmas, Dominique

    2015-01-01

    Lots of epidemiological studies have put forward the beneficial effects of dietary polyphenols consumption in the prevention of diseases related to aging i.e vascular pathologies, neurodegeneration, cancers and associated inflammatory processes. Among polyphenols, resveratrol (trans-3,4',5- trihydroxystilbene, RSV), a naturally occurring stilbene widely distributed in foodstuffs such as grapes and wine, has been the most studied. Researches performed since the last decades in vitro, in animal models and in (pre)clinical studies have pointed out its pleiotropic health benefits by acting on multiple signaling pathways which go beyond its originally described direct antioxidant activity. However, its low bioavailability upon oral ingestion and lack of specificity may hamper the translation of the encouraging experimental data into human health benefits. Herein we provide an overview on the capacity of RSV to regulate oxidative stress-induced signaling and to modulate key components of signal transduction pathways which are commonly altered in cardiovascular, neurodegenerative and cancer pathologies. We also have attempted to provide a comprehensive outlook on RSV metabolism and biological activity of its main metabolites and discussed about the new strategies developed to circumvent its poor bioavailability and to improve its therapeutic efficacy, including synthesis of new derivatives and new formulations for its cell delivery. PMID:25601605

  4. Vegetables as a Source of Dietary Fiber to Prevent Degenerative Diseases

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    Deddy Muchtadi

    2001-04-01

    Full Text Available For long time vegetables were thought only as sources of several vitamins; however, it has been shown that vegetables contain other component, which is also important for maintaining body's health, i.e., dietary fiber. Dietary fiber is a group of polysaccharides oan other polymers, which cannot be digested by upper gastro-intestinal system of human. Dietary fiber can be grouped as soluble and insoluble dietary fiber, showing in different physiological effect. Soluble dietary fiber (SDF is effective in preventing cardiovascular disease, while insoluble dietary fiber (IDF can prevent the development of colon cancer, diverticulosis as well as obesity.Local vegetables found to contain high SDF (higher than 3,06% db are: watercress, green bean, carrot, eggplant, lettuce, broccoli, spinach, string bean, and aubergine; while which contain high IDF (higher than 40,60% db are: winged bean, watercress, chinese leaves, katuk leaves, lettuce, green bean, broccoli, carrot and spinach. Cooking (i.e. boiling, steaming and pan frying decrease the IDF content of vegetables, while their SDF content is not affected by cooking treatments.

  5. Degenerative diseases of the spine. Rare and often unrecognized causes of pain syndromes; Degenerative Erkrankungen der Wirbelsaeule. Seltene und oft verkannte Ursachen von Schmerzsyndromen

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    Baur-Melnyk, A.; Triantafyllou, M.; Reiser, M. [Klinikum Grosshadern der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Institut fuer Klinische Radiologie, Muenchen (Germany); Birkenmaier, C. [Klinikum Grosshadern der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Orthopaedische Klinik und Poliklinik (Germany)

    2006-06-15

    The aim of this article is to describe rare and often unrecognized causes of spinal pain syndromes. Intervertebral disc degeneration frequently appears in early adulthood and can have a symptomatic or asymptomatic course. This article discusses incidence, pathophysiology, imaging, and pain symptomatology involved in the origin of back pain. Anulus tears are often found in asymptomatic individuals but could be implicated in lumbar pain symptomatology in correlation with the provocative discography. Transient disorders can lead to pseudarthrosis of the iliac bone and to degeneration or to a reactive hypermobility with intervertebral disc degeneration in the level above. Modic type 1 erosive osteochondrosis is characterized by bone marrow edema near the hyaline cartilage end plate, which mostly elicits severe pain and results in serious limitations in everyday activities. The most important differential diagnosis is spondylodiscitis. Schmorl's nodes can exhibit considerable surrounding bone marrow edema that can be mistaken for metastases. A combination of MRI and CT should be employed for the diagnostic work-up of fatigue fracture of the interarticular portion, which is often overlooked due to its location. Synovial cysts of the facet joints can lead to radicular symptoms. Insufficiency fracture of the sacrum is frequently mistaken for metastasis due to intense scintigraphic enhancement and its signal behavior in MRI. CT provides instructive information. Differential diagnosis should include less common causes such as anulus tears, transient disorders, activated Schmorl's nodes, synovial cysts of the facet joints, fatigue fractures of the interarticular portion of the spine and the sacrum and distinguish from metastases in particular. (orig.) [German] Darstellung seltener und oft verkannter Ursachen von Wirbelsaeulenschmerzsyndromen. Eine Bandscheibendegeneration tritt haeufig im fruehen Erwachsenenalter auf und kann symptomatisch oder asymptomatisch verlaufen. Diskutiert werden Inzidenz, Pathophysiologie, Bildgebung und Schmerzsymptomatik der Rueckenschmerzursachen. Anulusrisse werden haeufig bei asymptomatischen Individuen gefunden, konnten aber in Korrelation mit der provokativen Diskographie mit einer lumbalen Schmerzsymptomatik in Verbindung gebracht werden. Uebergangsstoerungen koennen zu einem Nearthros zum Os sacrum/Os ileum und zur Degeneration fuehren oder zu einer reaktiven Hypermobilitaet mit Bandscheibendegeneration in der darueber liegenden Hoehe. Die erosive Osteochondrose, Typ Modic I, zeichnet sich durch ein abschlussplattennahes Knochenmarkoedem aus, das meist starke Schmerzen hervorruft und zu starken Einschraenkungen im taeglichen Leben fuehrt. Die wichtigste Differenzialdiagnose ist die Spondylodiszitis. Schmorl-Knoten koennen ein erhebliches umgebendes Knochenmarkoedem aufweisen und mit Metastasen verwechselt werden. Zur Diagnostik der akuten Ermuedungsfraktur der Interartikularportion, die aufgrund ihrer Lage haeufig uebersehen wird, sollte eine Kombination aus MRT und CT erfolgen. Synoviale Zysten der Facettengelenke koennen zu radikulaeren Symptomen fuehren. Die Insuffizienzfraktur des Sakrums wird aufgrund einer starken szintigraphischen Anreicherung und ihres Signalverhaltens in der MRT haeufig mit einer Metastasierung verwechselt. Wegweisend ist die CT. In die Differenzialdiagnostik sollten seltenere Ursachen wie Anulusrisse, Uebergangsstoerungen, aktivierte Schmorl-Knoten, synoviale Zysten der Facettengelenke, Ermuedungsfrakturen der Interartikularportion und des Sakrums einbezogen und insbesondere zur Metastasierung abgegrenzt werden. (orig.)

  6. One decade follow up after nucleoplasty in the management of degenerative disc disease causing low back pain and radiculopathy

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    Cincu, Rafael; Lorente, Francisco de Asis; Gomez, Joaquin; Eiras, Jose; Agrawal, Amit

    2015-01-01

    Objectives: Nucleoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that is developed to treat patients with symptomatic, but contained disc herniations or bulging discs. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a decade follow-up of coblation nucleoplasty treatment for protruded lumbar intervertebral disc. Methods: In this retrospective study there a total 50 patients who underwent intradiscal coblation therapy for symptomatic, but contained lumbar degenerative disc disease were included. Relief of low back pain, leg pain and numbness after the operation were assessed by visual analog pain scale (VAS). Function of lower limb and daily living of patients were evaluated by the Oswestry disability index (ODI) and subjective global rating of overall satisfaction were recorded and analyzed. Results: There were 27 male and 23 female with followup mean follow up of 115 months (range 105–130 months) with a mean age was 52 years (range 26–74 years). Analgesic consumption was reduced or stopped in 90% of these cases after 1 year. At 24 months follow up VAS was four points and ODI was 7.2. In three patients, we repeated the cool ablation after 36 months, at L3–4 level in two cases. Ten patients continue to be asymptomatic after 114 months of intervention. There were no complications with the procedure including nerve root injury, discitis or allergic reactions. Conclusions: Nucleoplasty may provide intermittent relief in contained disc herniation without significant complications and minimal morbidity. In accordance with the literature the evidence for intradiscal coablation therapy is moderate in managing chronic discogenic low back pain; nucleoplasty appears to be safe and effective.

  7. Ventilación mecánica prolongada por enfermedad neurológica degenerativa / Long-lasting mechanical ventilation due to degenerative neurological disease

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    Sandra Carmen, Acosta Isidor; Maydelin, Campos González; Juan Bruno, Ruiz Nápoles; Iliana, González Pratts; Dariel, Suñol Mulet.

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    Full Text Available Paciente masculino, de tez blanca y 67 años de edad, con antecedentes de hipertensión arterial y gastritis crónica, que ingresa en la sala de Medicina del Hospital Militar Holguín en agosto del 2011 con el diagnóstico de una gastritis crónica agudizada. Pero previo al ingreso comienza con cuadro de [...] debilidad distal del miembro inferior izquierdo y trastornos en la esfera afectiva. En sala hace cuadro de paro respiratorio y se traslada a la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos, donde se mantiene bajo régimen de ventilación mecánica desde ese momento con imposibilidad para el destete. Ha presentado pocas infecciones respiratorias y la mayoría han evolucionado satisfactoriamente con antibiótico oral. Se le realizan estudios inmunológicos, imagenológicos y bioquímicos negativos, constatándose al examen físico del sistema neurológico hallazgos relacionados con una afección neuromuscular. Se realizó una revisión bibliográfica a la luz de los conocimientos actuales del tema, y se llegó a la conclusión que la ventilación prolongada en este paciente está en relación con una enfermedad neurológica degenerativa, en este caso una esclerosis lateral amiotrófica modificada. Abstract in english A sixty-seven years old male Caucasian patient with a history of blood hypertension and chronic gastritis was admitted to the medicine ward of the military hospital in Holguin in August 2011. The diagnosis was acute chronic gastritis. Prior to hospitalization, he presented with distal weakness in th [...] e left lower limb and affecting disorders. He suffered respiratory arrest at the hospital ward and was then transferred to the intensive care unit where he was kept mechanically ventilated. Few respiratory infections attacked him, so the majority have evolved satisfactorily thanks to oral antibiotic treatment. The immunological, imaging and biochemical studies yielded negative results. The physical examination of the neurological condition showed symptoms related to a neuromuscular condition. A literature review about this topic was made in which it was determined that the long-lasting mechanical ventilation is related in this case to degenerative neurological disease, in this case modified amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

  8. Application of stable isotopic techniques in the prevention of degenerative diseases like obesity and NIDDM in developing societies

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    Economic development in developing societies characterized by industrialization, urbanization and globalization has seen the emergence of an epidemic of diet and life-style related chronic degenerative diseases. A research project has been initiated under the aegis of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria, under its Co-ordinated Research Programme (CRP) to promote the use of stable isotopic techniques to document the extent of the problem and to understand the determinants of this epidemic. The principal objectives of this CRP involving countries both in the North and the South are to define the magnitude of the problem of obesity and non-insulin Dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) in developing countries, to identify the vulnerable groups at increased risk and to attempt to describe the metabolic and physiological mechanisms underlying this phenomenon. These comparative international studies of obesity and NIDDM are looking at the effects of childhood malnutrition (Brazil and socio-economic differentials (Mexico) on adult risk factors; the composition of the daily diet on obesity (Chile); levels of patterns of physical activity of older adults (China) as well as their influence on weight gain and obesity (Cuba, Nigeria); the impact of body composition and energy expenditure on the evolution frank diabetes from impaired glucose tolerance (Jamaica), and of body compositional changes and the role of inflammatory cytokines on impaired glucose tolerance (India). The last study conducted in New Zealand was aimed at comparing the energy expenditures of Maori (Pacific Island) with New Zealanders of European descent. The findings of the CRP of the MEA in this area carried out in several countries are presented in this article. (author)

  9. Radiology of chronic diseases of the ankle joint; Chronische Krankheitsbilder am Sprunggelenk

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    Rand, T. [Vienna Univ. (Austria). Einrichtung fuer Magnetresonanztomographie]|[Universitaetsklinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, Vienna (Austria); Trattnig, S.; Breitenseher, M.; Imhof, H. [Vienna Univ. (Austria). Einrichtung fuer Magnetresonanztomographie; Kreuzer, S. [Universitaetsklinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, Vienna (Austria); Wagesreither, S. [Vienna Univ. (Austria). Klinik fuer Zahn-, Mund- und Kieferheilkunde

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    The etiology of chronic diseases of the ankle joint comprises a wide spectrum including chronic inflammatory processes and chronic degenerative, tumorous and neuropathic processes, as well as some specific syndromes based on chronic changes of the ankle joint. Of the inflammatory processes, chronic juvenile arthritis (JVC) is the most common disease. However, also Reiter disease, psoriasis or chronic monoarthritid diseases such as gout, as well as granulomatous diseases (tuberculosis, sarcoidosis) and fungal infections, may affect the ankle joint in a chronic course. Chronic degenerative changes are usually secondary due to abnormal positioning of the joint constituents or repetitive trauma. Neuropathic changes, as frequently seen in the course of diabetes, present with massive osseous destruction and malposition of the articular constituents. Chronic osseous as well as cartilaginous and synovial changes are seen in hemoplici patients. Chronic traumatic changes are represented by pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS), and chondromatosis, both with a predilection for the ankle joint. Due to the possibilities of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), diagnosis of chronic ankle changes includes chronic ligamentous, tendinous and soft tissue changes. With the use MRI, specific syndromes can be defined which particularly affect the ankle joint in a chronic way, such as the os trigonum syndrome, the anterolateral impingement syndrome and the sinus tarsi syndrome. Nevertheless, plain film radiographs are still the basic element of any investigation. MRI, however, can be potentially used as a second investigation, saving an unnecessary cascade of investigations with ultrasound and CT. The latter investigations are used only with very specific indications, for instance CT for subtle bone structures and sonography for a limited investigation of tendons or evaluation of fluid. Particularly due to the possibilities of MRI and the development of special gradient-echo imaging or high-resolution coils, the investigation of the ankle joint still offers a wide spectrum of innovation for the next years, which is particularly enforced by the increasing demand for specific diagnosis of chronic diseases in orthopedic medicine. (orig.) [Deutsch] Die Aetiologie chronischer Krankheitsbilder am Sprunggelenk ist vielfaeltig. Chronisch entzuendliche Veraenderungen, wie sie im Rahmen einer chronisch juvenilen Arthritis, des M. Reiter, der Psoriasis oder chronischer Monoarthritiden, wie der chronischen Gicht zu beobachten sind, haben nicht selten ihre Manifestation am Sprunggelenk. Seltenere entzuendlich chronische Affektionen hingegen koennen jedoch auch bei enteropathischen Arthritiden, granulomatoesen Erkrankungen, wie der Tuberkulose oder Sarkoidose, beobachtet werden. Auch chronisch verlaufende Pilzaffektionen koennen zu atypischen Bildern fuehren. Chronisch degenerative Erkrankungen entstehen am Sprunggelenk fast ausschliesslich sekundaer. Praedisponierend sind hier angeborene oder erworbene Fehlhaltungen sowie chronische Veraenderungen auf Basis abgelaufener oder repetitiver Traumen. Der neuropathische Formenkreis stellt eine weitere Causa chronischer Veraenderungen dar, mit im fortgeschrittenem Stadium massiven Gelenks- und ossaeren Veraenderungen. Chronische Veraenderungen sind auch bei der Haemophilie im Rahmen des Blutergelenkes zu erwarten. Als chronisch tumoroese Veraenderungen koennen die pigmentierte villonodulaere Synovitis (PVNS) und die Gelenkschondromatose betrachtet werden, mit teils ossaeren und teils charakteristischen Kapsel und Weichteilveraenderungen. Die modernen Gelenkdiagnostik umfasst zudem auch chronische Veraenderungen an den Sehnen und Baendern. Besondere diagnostische Herausforderungen stellen letztendlich Syndrome dar, die klinisch zwar beobachtet, jedoch erst durch moderne Bildgebung in den letzten Jahren zunehmend spezifiert werden konnten. Diese umfassen zum Beispiel das `Os-trigonum-Syndrom`, das `anterolaterale Weichteilimpingement` und das `Sinus-tarsi-Syndrom`. Wie in der allgmeinen Gelenkdiagnostik ist auch wei

  10. Disk degenerative disease in childhood: Scheuermann's disease, Schmorl's nodes, and the limbus vertebra: MRI findings in 12 patients

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    Twelve pediatric patients were studied with MRI. All had various disk problems including Scheuermann's disease, Schmorl's nodes and limbus vertebrae. All patients shared loss of disk height, altered disk hydration and variable herniation of nuclear material. (orig.)

  11. Degenerative disc disease of herniated intervertebral discs is associated with extracellular matrix remodeling, vimentin-positive cells and cell death.

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    Loreto, Carla; Musumeci, Giuseppe; Castorina, Alessandro; Loreto, Corrado; Martinez, Giuseppa

    2011-03-01

    We studied patients with degenerative disc disease (DDD) to demonstrate that i) remodeling of the extracellular matrix (ECM) in the intervertebral disc (IVD), particularly the elastic fiber system, of subjects with herniated discs is dysregulated and that ii) it is accompanied by accelerated elastin degradation due to increased expression of matrix metalloprotease-9 (MMP-9). Moreover we wanted to obtain a deeper insight into the pathogenesis of DDD through the study of ECM calcification, DNA fragmentation using TUNEL analysis, BAX, bcl-2 and vimentin immunopositive cells. We studied herniated discs from patients of three age groups (group 1=30-40 years; group 2=40-50 years; and group 3=50-65 years) to evaluate the oxytalan fiber systemMMP-9, apoptosis and vimentin immunopositive cells. The results demonstrated the presence of oxytalan fibers in the annulus fibrosus (AF) and the nucleus pulposus (NP) of herniated discs. In the AF oxytalan fibers replaced disrupted mature elastic fibers in calcified areas, while in the NP they were mostly found in nests at the periphery of chondrocytes. MMP-9 was prevalently observed in NP nests above all in group 1 and group 3 discs while group 2 exhibited a lower MMP-9 immunostaining. Activation of the apoptotic process was demonstrated by upregulated BAX expression in group 3. BAX immunopositivity was inversely mirrored by a significant decrease in bcl-2 expression. Intermediate filament protein vimentin was strongly expressed only in group 1 samples. A large number of apoptotic TUNEL+ cells was observed in group 3 specimens. The presence of oxytalan fibers may be the result of a process of incomplete elastogenesis, or a response to mechanical stress trying to functionally replace the lack of elastic fibers. MMP-9 expression seems to relate to disc damage, while chondrocyte BAX upregulation and TUNEL+ cell staining revealed apoptosis activation regardless of patient age. Vimentin immunopositivity was clearly detected in group 1 annulus fibrosus and nucleus pulposus cells. In conclusion, as demonstrated by the vimentin-positive cells, the injured IVD has endogenous resources that can stem the DDD damage, including substitution of damaged elastic fibers by oxytalan fibers. In addition, induction of apoptosis suggests an increased cell turnover in response to repair needs. PMID:21330123

  12. Degenerative lumbosacral stenosis in dogs

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    2007-01-01

    Degenerative lumbosacral stenosis (DLS) is now recognized as a significant cause of caudal lumbar pain and pelvic limb lameness in dogs. The condition includes lumbosacral intervertebral disc degeneration and protrusion, spondylosis deformans, sclerosis of the vertebral end plates, osteoarthrosis of articular facets, ventral sacral subluxation, and hypertrophy of the ligamentum flavum and joint capsules. The clinical signs are caudal lumbar pain, pelvic limb lameness, reluctance to jump, rise...

  13. The Combined Use of a Posterior Dynamic Transpedicular Stabilization System and a Prosthetic Disc Nucleus Device in Treating Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease With Disc Herniations

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    Aydin, Ahmet Levent; Oktenoglu, Tunc; Cosar, Murat; Ataker, Yaprak; Kaner, Tuncay; Ozer, Ali Fahir

    2008-01-01

    Background Prosthetic replacement of spinal discs is emerging as a treatment option for degenerative disc disease. Posterior dynamic transpedicular stabilization (PDTS) and prosthetic disc nucleus (PDN) devices have been used sporadically in spinal surgery. Methods This was a prospective study of 13 patients averaging 40.9 years of age with degenerative disc disease who underwent posterior placement of a PDN with a PDTS. The Oswestry low-back pain disability questionnaire and visual analog scale (VAS) for pain were used to assess patient outcomes at the 3rd, 6th, and 12th postoperative months. Lumbar range of motion was evaluated using a bubble inclinometer preoperatively and at 12 months postoperatively. Radiological parameters including lumbar lordosis angle (LL), segmental lordosis angle (?), disc height at the operated level (DHo), and disc height of the adjacent level (DHu) were evaluated. A typical midline posterior approach for complete discectomy was followed by the simultaneous placement of the PDN with PDTS. Results Both the Oswestry and VAS scores showed significant improvement postoperatively (P < .05). There were no significant differences in LL, ?, DHo, and DHu parameters. We observed complications in 3 patients including 2 patients who had the PDN device embedded into the adjacent corpus; 1 had massive endplate degeneration, and the other experienced interbody space infection. In 1 patient, the PDN device migrated to one side in the vertebral space. Conclusion The use of a PDN in combination with posterior dynamic instrumentation can help to restore the physiologic motion of the anterior and posterior column and could help to establish posterior dynamic instrumentation as an important treatment of degenerative disc disease. Theoretically this concept is superior, but practically we need more advanced technology to replace disc material. Because this study examined the combination of the PDN and stabilization instrumention, the results cannot be compared with those reported in the literature for either PDN alone or dynamic screws alone. Level of Evidence Prospective cohort study with good follow-up (level 1b).

  14. Sacroiliac joint pain: burden of disease

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    Full Text Available Daniel Cher,1 David Polly,2 Sigurd Berven31SI-BONE, Inc., San Jose, CA, USA; 2Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA; 3Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USAObjectives: The sacroiliac joint (SIJ is an important and significant cause of low back pain. We sought to quantify the burden of disease attributable to the SIJ.Methods: The authors compared EuroQol 5D (EQ-5D and Short Form (SF-36-based health state utility values derived from the preoperative evaluation of patients with chronic SIJ pain participating in two prospective clinical trials of minimally invasive SIJ fusion versus patients participating in a nationally representative USA cross-sectional survey (National Health Measurement Study [NHMS]. Comparative analyses controlled for age, sex, and oversampling in NHMS. A utility percentile for each SIJ subject was calculated using NHMS as a reference cohort. Finally, SIJ health state utilities were compared with utilities for common medical conditions that were published in a national utility registry.Results: SIJ patients (number [n]=198 had mean SF-6D and EQ-5D utility scores of 0.51 and 0.44, respectively. Values were significantly depressed (0.28 points for the SF-6D utility score and 0.43 points for EQ-5D; both P<0.0001 compared to NHMS controls. SIJ patients were in the lowest deciles for utility compared to the NHMS controls. The SIJ utility values were worse than those of many common, major medical conditions, and similar to those of other common preoperative orthopedic conditions.Conclusion: Patients with SIJ pain presenting for minimally invasive surgical care have marked impairment in quality of life that is worse than in many chronic health conditions, and this is similar to other orthopedic conditions that are commonly treated surgically. SIJ utility values are in the lowest two deciles when compared to control populations.Keywords: sacroiliac joint fusion, chronic lower back pain, quality of life, utility assessment, comparative assessments

  15. STUDY ON THE LIMITS AND POSSIBILITIES OF THE HCP “DESOSPITALIZAR” IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC DEGENERATIVE DISEASES IN THE REGIONAL HEALTH OF PARANOÁ.

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    Camila Reis Santana

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    Full Text Available This research project intends to evaluate the possibilities, challenges and impacts of health actions made by Home Care Program (PID, effected at the Regional Center for Home Care (NRAD, about the vacancy of hospital beds occupied by people from Paranoá's Regional. It is a descriptive study where was applied an validated instrument with title, Classification System for Patients: construction and validation of an instrument. (PERROCA. M.G.; GAIDZINSKI, R. R., et al, 1998. The data collection period was between January and March 2013 in Paranoá's NRAD. Were analyzed 29 patients with chronic degenerative diseases who are in home care. On scores of 29 patients admitted in this program, it was found that 13 patients require minimal care (44.82% and 13 patients, equally, require intermediate care (44.82%. So, it is concluded that the obtained data in this research indicates that the limits and possibilities of the Regional Center for Home Care Program (NRAD in "desospitalizar" (take out of the hospital patients with chronic degenerative diseases at Paranoá's Regional Health are favoring patients admitted with scores below the pre-established ones, according to criteria of the program through the scale used for intermediate care.

  16. Knee joint replacement - series (image)

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    The knee is a complex joint. It contains the distal end of the femur (the femoral condyles) and the ... The most common cause of knee damage that leads to knee replacement ... is a degenerative disease of the bones of the knee. It causes ...

  17. Studies on the pathogenesis of the degenerative lumbar canal stenosis by CT, 3. Clinical studies on the pathogenesis of the degenerative LCS

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    Kido, Kenji

    1988-03-01

    Computed tomography (CT) scans of lumbar canal stenosis (LCS, n = 20), osteoarthritis (OA, n = 65), disk herniation (n = 21), and lumbar pain (n = 23) were reviewed for the quanlitative evaluation of the vertebral canal and stenosis factors. Trefoil type on transverse sections of the bony vertebral canal was observed in 23 %, having no implications for pathologic significance at the L5 level. The degree of degeneration in soft tissues inside the vertebral canal varied according to diseases. This was most noticeable at the L4/L5 level in the LCS group. The morphological CT appearance of vertebral arch were divided into three types: I - the concave inner part, II - the linear inner part, and III - the convex inner part to the vertebral canal. In the group of LCS, the incidences of types II and III were high at the L5/S1 and at the L4/L5 levels, respectively. As for the angle of apophyseal joint, the incidence of sagittal joint was high at the L3/L4 and L4/L5 levels in the group of LCS. The incidence of degenerative changes was high in the groups of LCS and OA, suggesting some relationship between degenerative degree and both sagittal and asymmetric joints. This was noticeable at the L4/L5 level. Calcification surrounding the joint was seen in 13 %, reflecting the relationship to the degenerative changes. There was no relationship between degenerative changes and vacuum joint phenomenon observed in 18 %. As for the area less than 90 mm/sup 2/ of the dural canal, there was no morphological change between the LCS and OA groups. In the symptomatic mechanism in the case of LCS, morphological dynamic and unstable factors may be involved. (Namekawa, K.) 67 refs.

  18. Degenerative intraspinal cyst of the cervical spine

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    Hidetoshi Nojiri

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available We describe two cases of degenerative intraspinal cyst of the cervical spine that caused a gradually progressive myelopathy. One case had a cyst that arose from the facet joint and the other case had a cyst that formed in the ligamentum flavum. The symptoms improved immediately after posterior decompression by cystectomy with laminoplasty.

  19. Non-invasive investigation in patients with inflammatory joint disease

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    Elisabetta Dal Pont, Renata D’inca?

    2009-01-01

    Gut inflammation can occur in 30%-60% of patients with spondyloarthropathies. However, the presence of such gut inflammation is underestimated, only 27% of patients with histological evidence of gut inflammation have intestinal symptoms, but subclinical gut inflammation is documented in two-thirds of patients with inflammatory joint disease. There are common genetic and immunological mechanisms behind concomitant inflammation in the joints and intestinal tract. A number of blood tests, e.g. e...

  20. Computed tomography for diseases of the knee joint

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    CT was performed on 126 knee joints of 63 patients with diseases of the knee joint, and the results were discussed. CT was useful to know changes in the patella, because CT images of the patella-femoral joint could visualize the position of the joint minutely and the congruence angle of the joint could be measured on CT images taken at extension position. CT images of diseases with rupture of cartilage such as steroid arthritis could visualize the rupture as the defect. Therefore, CT was useful for the following invasive therapy. In osteoarthritis of the knee joint, the progress of osteosclerosis could be observed by measuring subcartilaginous trabeculae on sequential CT images. Transaxial image of meniscus injuries by CT could visualize the meniscus. Clear CT image of crucial ligament could be obtained by air injection quadricepts femoris atrophy could be observed quantitatively by CT and furthermore CT could clearly visualize folds of synovial membrane within the patella. CT made it possible to make a diagnosis of knee joint disorders. (Tsunoda, M.)

  1. The radiology of joint disease. Volume 2. Third edition

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    This book explains the diagnostic criteria and radiologic appearance of joint disease - principally arthritis. It covers the soft tissues, alignment abnormalities, bony mineralization, and abnormalities of the cartilage space of the hand; arthritis from head to foot; and the differential diagnosis of arthritis

  2. El ejercicio físico y su prescripción en pacientes con enfermedades crónicas degenerativas Physical exercise and its prescription in patients with chronic degenerative diseases

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    Rossana Gómez

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Las enfermedades crónicas degenerativas constituyen una de las principales causas de muerte a nivel mundial, por lo que su crecimiento significativo ha puesto en alerta a varios países, los cuales están adoptando medidas para combatir los factores de riesgos, algunos de los cuales son modificables; siendo el ejercicio regular, un medio de prevención y rehabilitación de estas enfermedades. Esta revisión tiene por objetivo, analizar los parámetros necesarios a tomar en cuenta en la prescripción de un programa de ejercicios en pacientes con obesidad, hipertensión arterial, dislipidemia y diabetes mellitus tipo 2.Chronic degenerative diseases constitute one of the main causes of death at a global level, and their significant increase has alerted many countries, which are taking measures to reduce risk factors, some of which are modifiable; being the regular exercise a means of prevention and rehabilitation of these diseases. The objective of this revision is to analyze the necessary parameters to take into account for the prescription of an exercise program in patients with obesity, high blood pressure dyslipidemia and diabetes mellitus type 2.

  3. Co-ordinated research project on application of nuclear techniques in the prevention of degenerative diseases (obesity and non-insulin dependent diabetes) in ageing

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    In the developed countries, research using nuclear methods has been substantially used to examine the physiological and biochemical mechanisms involved in obesity-related diseases. This Co-ordinated Research Project (CRP) is intended to promote the use of these techniques in the developing world. The specific objectives of this CRP are: 1. To define the magnitude of the obesity/NIDDM problem in developing countries. 2. To identify vulnerable groups at high risk. 3. To describe the metabolic mechanisms involved. The purpose of this first Research Co-ordination Meeting (RCM) was thus to develop a worldwide collaboration in the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques to investigate the aetiology of degenerative diseases in ageing. All countries participating in this CRP are going through the epidemiological transition with changes in lifestyles to approach those seen in the developed nations. This first meeting was held in the Agency's headquarters in Vienna, with participation of contract and agreement holders, experts, observer, and in-house staff

  4. Studies on the pathogenesis of the degenerative lumbar canal stenosis by CT, 3

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    Computed tomography (CT) scans of lumbar canal stenosis (LCS, n = 20), osteoarthritis (OA, n = 65), disk herniation (n = 21), and lumbar pain (n = 23) were reviewed for the quanlitative evaluation of the vertebral canal and stenosis factors. Trefoil type on transverse sections of the bony vertebral canal was observed in 23 %, having no implications for pathologic significance at the L5 level. The degree of degeneration in soft tissues inside the vertebral canal varied according to diseases. This was most noticeable at the L4/L5 level in the LCS group. The morphological CT appearance of vertebral arch were divided into three types: I - the concave inner part, II - the linear inner part, and III - the convex inner part to the vertebral canal. In the group of LCS, the incidences of types II and III were high at the L5/S1 and at the L4/L5 levels, respectively. As for the angle of apophyseal joint, the incidence of sagittal joint was high at the L3/L4 and L4/L5 levels in the group of LCS. The incidence of degenerative changes was high in the groups of LCS and OA, suggesting some relationship between degenerative degree and both sagittal and asymmetric joints. This was noticeable at the L4/L5 level. Calcification surrounding the joint was seen in 13 %, reflecting the relationship to the degenerative changes. There was no relationship between degenerative changes and vacuum joint phenomenon observed in 18 %. As for the area less than 90 mm2 of the dural canal, the 90 mm2 of the dural canal, there was no morphological change between the LCS and OA groups. In the symptomatic mechanism in the case of LCS, morphological dynamic and unstable factors may be involved. (Namekawa, K.) 67 refs

  5. TRPV4 as a therapeutic target for joint diseases.

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    McNulty, Amy L; Leddy, Holly A; Liedtke, Wolfgang; Guilak, Farshid

    2015-04-01

    Biomechanical factors play a critical role in regulating the physiology as well as the pathology of multiple joint tissues and have been implicated in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis. Therefore, the mechanisms by which cells sense and respond to mechanical signals may provide novel targets for the development of disease-modifying osteoarthritis drugs (DMOADs). Transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) is a Ca(2+)-permeable cation channel that serves as a sensor of mechanical or osmotic signals in several musculoskeletal tissues, including cartilage, bone, and synovium. The importance of TRPV4 in joint homeostasis is apparent in patients harboring TRPV4 mutations, which result in the development of a spectrum of skeletal dysplasias and arthropathies. In addition, the genetic knockout of Trpv4 results in the development of osteoarthritis and decreased osteoclast function. In engineered cartilage replacements, chemical activation of TRPV4 can reproduce many of the anabolic effects of mechanical loading to accelerate tissue growth and regeneration. Overall, TRPV4 plays a key role in transducing mechanical, pain, and inflammatory signals within joint tissues and thus is an attractive therapeutic target to modulate the effects of joint diseases. In pathological conditions in the joint, when the delicate balance of TRPV4 activity is altered, a variety of different tools could be utilized to directly or indirectly target TRPV4 activity. PMID:25519495

  6. Could astrocytes be the primary target of an offending agent causing the primary degenerative diseases of the human central nervous system? A hypothesis.

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    Sica, Roberto E

    2015-05-01

    Most of the named primary degenerative diseases of the human central nervous system have been attributed to a direct, primary damage of some particular population of neurons. Within the spectrum of these illnesses there are disorders like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, fronto-temporal dementia, Alzheimer's dementia, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's dementia and cerebellar ataxias affecting exclusively the human species. In the last years it has been shown that non-neural cells, mainly astrocytes, have a crucial role in the starting and development of these diseases. We suggest that the causative agent of these illnesses gets home first within the astrocytes, rather than the neurons, making them sick by modifying the structure of some proteins; from these cells the abnormal process would start a trip to other astrocytes having the same genetic, metabolic, structural and functional profiles that the originally affected astrocytes have, going through the gap junctions which connect that particular population devoted to a particular set of neurons. This appears to be a likely hypothesis because the astrocytes related to a defined population of neurons have their own, private properties and characteristics needed to support one particular set of neurons performing a defined function, making them a different and unique population, a fact which would limit the spreading of the disease to those astrocytes, sparing other astrocyte populations which do not share those characteristics. If this were the mechanism underlying these illnesses, the neurons, which their health depends on those astrocytes, would be deprived of their patronage and would start all the changes that characterizes a programmed cell death, and the clinical manifestations of a defined pathology would consequently appear. PMID:25697116

  7. Management of sacroiliac joint disruption and degenerative sacroiliitis with nonoperative care is medical resource-intensive and costly in a United States commercial payer population

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    Sj, Ackerman; Dw, Polly Jr; Knight T; Holt T; Cummings J

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    Stacey J Ackerman,1 David W Polly Jr,2 Tyler Knight,3 Tim Holt,4 John Cummings5 1Covance Market Access Services Inc, San Diego, CA, USA; 2University of Minnesota, Orthopaedic Surgery, Minneapolis, MN, USA; 3Covance Market Access Services Inc, Gaithersburg, MD, USA; 4Montgomery Spine Center, Orthopaedic Surgery, Montgomery, AL, USA; 5Community Health Network, Neurosurgery, Indianapolis, IN, USA Introduction: Low back pain is common and originates in the sacroiliac (SI) joint in 15%–30% ...

  8. Degenerative diseases of the cervical spine: comparison of a multiecho data image combination sequence with a magnetisation transfer saturation pulse and cervical myelography and CT

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    Assessing degenerative disease in the cervical spine remains a challenge. There is much controversy about imaging the cervical spine using MRI. Our aim in this prospective study was to compare a T2*-weighted 2D spoiled gradient-echo multiecho sequence (MEDIC) with a magnetisation transfer saturation pulse with cervical myelography and postmyelographic CT. Using an assessment scale we looked at the vertebral bodies, intervertebral discs, neural foramina, anterior and posterior nerve roots, grey matter, ligamenta flava, oedema in the spinal cord and stenosis of the spinal canal. We also evaluated postmyelography CT and the MEDIC sequence for assessing narrowing of the neural foramina in a cadaver cervical spine. We examined 67 disc levels in 18 patients, showing 18 disc prolapses and 21 osteophytes narrowing the spinal canal or the neural foramina. All MRI studies showed these abnormalities findings equally well. Postmyelography CT was significantly better for showing the bony structures and the anterior and posterior nerve roots. The MEDIC sequence provided excellent demonstration of soft-tissue structures such as the intervertebral disc and ligamentum flavum. No statistical differences between the imaging modalities were found in the assessment of narrowing of the neural foramina or the extent of spinal stenosis. The cadaver measurements showed no overestimation of abnormalities using the MEDIC sequence. (orig.)

  9. Degenerative diseases of the cervical spine: comparison of a multiecho data image combination sequence with a magnetisation transfer saturation pulse and cervical myelography and CT

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    Dorenbeck, U. [Department of Neuroradiology, University Hospital of the Saarland, 66421, Homburg (Germany); Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University Hospital of Regensburg, Franz-Josef-Strauss Allee 11, 93042, Regensburg (Germany); Schreyer, A.G.; Held, P.; Feuerbach, S.; Seitz, J. [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University Hospital of Regensburg, Franz-Josef-Strauss Allee 11, 93042, Regensburg (Germany); Schlaier, J. [Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital of Regensburg, Franz-Josef-Strauss Allee 11, 93042, Regensburg (Germany)

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    Assessing degenerative disease in the cervical spine remains a challenge. There is much controversy about imaging the cervical spine using MRI. Our aim in this prospective study was to compare a T2*-weighted 2D spoiled gradient-echo multiecho sequence (MEDIC) with a magnetisation transfer saturation pulse with cervical myelography and postmyelographic CT. Using an assessment scale we looked at the vertebral bodies, intervertebral discs, neural foramina, anterior and posterior nerve roots, grey matter, ligamenta flava, oedema in the spinal cord and stenosis of the spinal canal. We also evaluated postmyelography CT and the MEDIC sequence for assessing narrowing of the neural foramina in a cadaver cervical spine. We examined 67 disc levels in 18 patients, showing 18 disc prolapses and 21 osteophytes narrowing the spinal canal or the neural foramina. All MRI studies showed these abnormalities findings equally well. Postmyelography CT was significantly better for showing the bony structures and the anterior and posterior nerve roots. The MEDIC sequence provided excellent demonstration of soft-tissue structures such as the intervertebral disc and ligamentum flavum. No statistical differences between the imaging modalities were found in the assessment of narrowing of the neural foramina or the extent of spinal stenosis. The cadaver measurements showed no overestimation of abnormalities using the MEDIC sequence. (orig.)

  10. Alzheimer's amyloid precursor protein-positive degenerative neurites exist even within kuru plaques not specific to Alzheimer's disease.

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    To clarify the relationship between amyloid formation and amyloid precursor protein (APP), the brain sections from eight patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and four with Gerstmann-Sträussler Syndrome (GSS) were investigated immunohistochemically by the double-immunostaining method. In AD, most APP-positive senile plaques belong to classical plaques or primitive plaques, whereas in diffuse plaques, APP-positive neuritic components are rarely observed. The authors documented that anti-APP-...

  11. Artroplastia total cementada en enfermedad degenerativa de cadera: Su evaluación clínica / Arthroplastie totale cimentée dans la maladie dégénérative de hanche: Son évaluation clinique / Cemented total arthrosplasty in degenerative hip disease: Its clinical ev

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    Orlando Manuel, Pérez Rivera; Lourdes E., Palanco Domínguez.

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    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio descriptivo, transversal y prospectivo con el objetivo de evaluar la evolución clínica de 12 pacientes operados por enfermedad degenerativa articular a los que se les realizó sustitución protésica total cementada primaria de cadera, en el período comprendido entre enero de 2004 [...] a diciembre de 2006. Se incluyeron pacientes en edades de 50 años y más. Para su evaluación se utilizó la puntuación de la Clínica de los Hermanos Mayo, creada en 1985, la cual otorga un máximo de 80 puntos. Como resultado se obtuvo que 10 pacientes fueron evaluados entre excelente y bien, para un 83,3 %, y el promedio de la evaluación por dicha escala fue de 68,5 puntos, con 6 caderas por encima de esta cifra, lo que constituyó el 50% de la muestra. Se demostró el bienestar social que recibieron los pacientes sometidos a este proceder quirúrgico en nuestro centro hospitalario. Abstract in english A descriptive, cross-sectional and prospective study was conducted in order to evaluate the clinical evolution of 12 patients operated on due to degenerative joint disease that underwent cemented primary total prosthetic replacement of the hip from January 2004 to December 2006. Patients 50 and over [...] were included. For their evaluation it was used the scoring system of Mayo Clinic created in 1985, which gives a maximum of 80 points. As a result 10 patients were evaluated as good or excellent, accounting for 83.3 %. The average evaluation according to this scale was 68.5 points, with 6 hips over this figure, which represented 50 % of the sample. The social well-being received by the patients that underwent this surgical procedure was proved.

  12. Radiotherapy of benign diseases

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    Haase, W.

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    Still today radiotherapy is of decisive relevance for several benign diseases. The following ones are briefly described in this introductory article: 1. Certain inflammatory and degenerative diseases as furuncles in the face, acute thrombophlebitis, recurrent pseudoriparous abscesses, degenerative skeletal diseases, cervical syndrome and others; 2. rheumatic joint diseases; 3. Bechterew's disease; 4. primary presenile osteoporosis; 5. syringomyelia; 6. endocrine ophthalmopathy; 7. hypertrophic processes of the connective tissue; 8. hemangiomas. A detailed discussion and a profit-risk analysis is provided in the individual chapters of the magazine.

  13. Enfermedad valvular degenerativa en perros: actualización en su diagnóstico, tratamiento y pronóstico Degeneração valvar doença Degenerative valve disease in dogs: update on diagnosis, treatment and prognosis

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    Full Text Available La enfermedad valvular degenerativa es la principal anormalidad cardiovascular de los perros. La lesión en el aparato valvular consiste en una infiltración de mucopolisacaridos en la matriz extracelular de las aletas valvulares y las cuerdas tendinosas, lo que ocasiona una regurgitación de sangre hacia las aurículas. Esta disminución del gasto cardiaco activa mecanismos neurohormonales que originan una remodelación ventricular, causante de la aparición de signos clínicos y la muerte. Un grupo internacional de expertos en medicina interna ha propuesto nuevos lineamientos para su diagnóstico y adecuado tratamiento en cada nivel. Este artículo hace una revisión crítica sobre esta propuesta, contextualizándola en el entorno nacional y la experiencia del autor.A doença valvar degenerativa é a principal anormalidade cardiovascular dos cães. A lesão microscópica do aparelho de válvula consiste em acúmulo de mucopolissacarídeos ácidos e outras substâncias no interior dos folhetos e cordas tendíneas. Ela provoca uma insuficiência de sangue para a diminuição do débito cardíaco atrial. Isto resulta na ativação neuro-hormonais que podem levar ao remodelamento cardíaco adverso e insuficiência cardíaca congestiva. Um grupo mundial de especialistas em medicina interna propôs uma nova classificação para orientar o diagnóstico eo tratamento para cada nível. Este documento há uma revisão crítica no contexto nacional e da experiência do autor.Degenerative valve disease is the main cardiovascular abnormality in dogs. This injury consists of microscopic lesions of the valve, due to mucopolysaccharide infiltration in the extracellular matrix of the leaflets and chordae tendineae, causing regurgitation of blood into the atria. The resulting decrease in cardiac output activates neurohormonal mechanisms that cause adverse ventricular remodeling, often times accompanied of clinical signs and death. An international group of internal-medicine experts has proposed new guidelines for diagnosis and appropriate treatment of the disease. This paper consists of a critical review of that proposal, contextualizing it for the Colombian conditions, according to the experience of the author.

  14. Proteinograma do líquido cefalorraqueano em afecções degenerativas do sistema nervoso central / Protein pattern of the cerebrospinal fluid in degenerative diseases of the central nervous system

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    A., Spina-França.

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    Full Text Available Estudo baseado na análise dos dados referentes ao proteinograma do LCR de 28 pacientes com afecções degenerativas do SNC, de diversos tipos. A alteração principal encontrada foi o aumento do teor de -globulina, observado em 12 casos. O aumento dessa globulina ocorreu especialmente em casos com acome [...] -timento predominantemente encefálico (10 casos). Não foi observada relação entre o aumento de ?-globulina no LCR e os grupos etiopatogênicos a que pertenciam os casos estudados. O comprometimento metabólico da célula nervosa nas afecções degenerativas do SNC parece ser o principal responsável pelo aumento de ?-globulina no LCR. Aspectos evolutivos de casos apresentados permitem verificar a relação existente entre a severidade e a extensão do processo degenerativo e o aumento dessa fração protêica no LCR. Abstract in english The total protein content and the protein fractions (paper electrophoresis) were determined in the CSF of 28 patients with degenerative diseases of the CNS. The diagnosis and the results obtained are presented in table 1. An increase in the ?-globulin content of the CFS was the main change found. It [...] was observed in 12 cases. The observation confirms the findings of other authors. The data were discussed and it was shown that the severity of the changes in the metabolism of nerve cells and the extension of the process are more able to explain the increase in the ?-globulin content of the CSF. The occurrence of an increase in the ?-globulin content of the CSF was related to the localization and extension of the disease process within the CNS and not to the etiology. The distribution of the cases according to the possible site of the lesion in the CNS shows that the increase in the ?-globulin of the CSF was more frequent when signs of encephalic involvement were patent (table 2).

  15. CT-guided ozone/steroid therapy for the treatment of degenerative spinal disease - effect of age, gender, disc pathology and multi-segmental changes

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    Oxygen-ozone nucleolysis (ONL) is a new, minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of discogenic low back pain with or without radicular symptoms. The aim of the present study was to determine associations between the morphology of the basic disease, patient-specific factors and the outcome of the treatment. Six hundred and twelve patients not responding to conservative therapy were divided into five groups (disc bulging, disc herniation, postoperative patients, osteochondrosis, others) and subjected to nucleolysis with ozone and to periradicular infiltration with steroids and local anaesthesia. The success of treatment was assessed by means of a visual analog pain scale (VAS) and the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI). A significant reduction in the VAS was registered after 2 and 6 months (from 8.6 to 5.4 and 6.0; p<0.001) in all patient groups; an excellent therapy response (VAS below 3.0) was achieved by about a third of the patients. A significant improvement in ODI was registered in all patients (46 to 31; p<0.001), most pronounced in the herniation group (25.5, p=0.015). Patients below 50 years had significantly better values in the VAS and ODI score 6 months after treatment. Final VAS and ODI scores for patients with a single diseased segment were 4.2 and 28.0, in two affected segments 6.5 and 32 and in three segments 6.7 and 38.5 (p<0.001 and p=0.051). ONL with periradicular steroid therapy might exert a functional and sustained analgesic effect in patients nd sustained analgesic effect in patients with degenerative changes in the lumbar spine not responding to conservative therapy and was most effective below 50 years with disc herniation in one segment. (orig.)

  16. CT-guided ozone/steroid therapy for the treatment of degenerative spinal disease - effect of age, gender, disc pathology and multi-segmental changes

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    Oder, Bernhard; Loewe, Maria; Reisegger, Michael; Thurnher, Siegfried A. [Hospital Brothers of St. John of God, Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Vienna (Austria); Lang, Wilfried [Hospital Brothers of St. John of God, Department of Neurology, Vienna (Austria); Ilias, Wilfried [Hospital Brothers of St. John of God, Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy, Vienna (Austria)

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    Oxygen-ozone nucleolysis (ONL) is a new, minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of discogenic low back pain with or without radicular symptoms. The aim of the present study was to determine associations between the morphology of the basic disease, patient-specific factors and the outcome of the treatment. Six hundred and twelve patients not responding to conservative therapy were divided into five groups (disc bulging, disc herniation, postoperative patients, osteochondrosis, others) and subjected to nucleolysis with ozone and to periradicular infiltration with steroids and local anaesthesia. The success of treatment was assessed by means of a visual analog pain scale (VAS) and the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI). A significant reduction in the VAS was registered after 2 and 6 months (from 8.6 to 5.4 and 6.0; p<0.001) in all patient groups; an excellent therapy response (VAS below 3.0) was achieved by about a third of the patients. A significant improvement in ODI was registered in all patients (46 to 31; p<0.001), most pronounced in the herniation group (25.5, p=0.015). Patients below 50 years had significantly better values in the VAS and ODI score 6 months after treatment. Final VAS and ODI scores for patients with a single diseased segment were 4.2 and 28.0, in two affected segments 6.5 and 32 and in three segments 6.7 and 38.5 (p<0.001 and p=0.051). ONL with periradicular steroid therapy might exert a functional and sustained analgesic effect in patients with degenerative changes in the lumbar spine not responding to conservative therapy and was most effective below 50 years with disc herniation in one segment. (orig.)

  17. Non-invasive investigation in patients with inflammatory joint disease

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    Elisabetta Dal Pont, Renata D’Incà, Antonino Caruso, Giacomo Carlo Sturniolo

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Gut inflammation can occur in 30%-60% of patients with spondyloarthropathies. However, the presence of such gut inflammation is underestimated, only 27% of patients with histological evidence of gut inflammation have intestinal symptoms, but subclinical gut inflammation is documented in two-thirds of patients with inflammatory joint disease. There are common genetic and immunological mechanisms behind concomitant inflammation in the joints and intestinal tract. A number of blood tests, e.g. erythrocyte sedimentation rate, orosomucoid, C-reactive protein, and white cell and platelet counts, are probably the most commonly used laboratory markers of inflammatory disease, however, these tests are difficult to interpret in arthropathies associated with gut inflammation, since any increases in their blood levels might be attributable to either the joint disease or to gut inflammation. Consequently, it would be useful to have a marker capable of separately identifying gut inflammation. Fecal proteins, which are indirect markers of neutrophil migration in the gut wall, and intestinal permeability, seem to be ideal for monitoring intestinal inflammation: they are easy to measure non-invasively and are specific for intestinal disease in the absence of gastrointestinal infections. Alongside the traditional markers for characterizing intestinal inflammation, there are also antibodies, in all probability generated by the immune response to microbial antigens and auto-antigens, which have proved useful in establishing the diagnosis and assessing the severity of the condition, as well as the prognosis and the risk of complications. In short, non-invasive investigations on the gut in patients with rheumatic disease may be useful in clinical practice for a preliminary assessment of patients with suspected intestinal disease.

  18. Stand-alone cage for posterior lumbar interbody fusion in the treatment of high-degree degenerative disc disease: design of a new device for an “old” technique. A prospective study on a series of 116 patients

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    Costa, Francesco; Sassi, Marco; Ortolina, Alessandro; Cardia, Andrea; Assietti, Roberto; Zerbi, Alberto; Lorenzetti, Martin; Galbusera, Fabio; Fornari, Maurizio

    2011-01-01

    Chronic lumbar pain due to degenerative disc disease affects a large number of people, including those of fully active age. The usual self-repair system observed in nature is a spontaneous attempt at arthrodesis, which in most cases leads to pseudoarthrosis. In recent years, many possible surgical fusion techniques have been introduced; PLIF is one of these. Because of the growing interest in minimally invasive surgery and the unsatisfactory results reported in the literature (mainly due to t...

  19. Co-ordinated research project on application of nuclear techniques in the prevention of degenerative diseases (obesity and non-Insulin dependent diseases) in ageing. Report on the second research co-ordination meeting

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    In the developed countries, research using nuclear methods has been substantially used to examine the physiological and biochemical mechanisms involved in obesity-related diseases. This Co-ordinated Research Project (CRP) is intended to promote the use of these techniques in the developing world. The specific objectives of this CRP are: 1. To define the magnitude of the obesity/NIDDM problem in developing countries. 2. To identify vulnerable groups at high risk. 3. To describe the metabolic mechanisms involved. The purpose of this first Research Co-ordination Meeting (RCM) was thus to develop a worldwide collaboration in the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques to investigate the aetiology of degenerative diseases in ageing. All countries participating in this CRP are going through the epidemiological transition with changes in lifestyles to approach those seen in the developed nations

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    In the developed countries, research using nuclear methods has been substantially used to examine the physiological and biochemical mechanisms involved in obesity-related diseases. This Co-ordinated Research Project (CRP) is intended to promote the use of these techniques in the developing world. The specific objectives of this CRP are: 1. To define the magnitude of the obesity/NIDDM problem in developing countries. 2. To identify vulnerable groups at high risk. 3. To describe the metabolic mechanisms involved. The purpose of this first Research Co-ordination Meeting (RCM) was thus to develop a worldwide collaboration in the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques to investigate the aetiology of degenerative diseases in ageing. All countries participating in this CRP are going through the epidemiological transition with changes in lifestyles to approach those seen in the developed nations

  1. Degenerative disc disease as a cause of back pain in the thalassaemic population: a case-control study using MRI and plain radiographs

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    Desigan, S.; Hall-Craggs, M.A.; Ho, C.-P. [Department of Imaging, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London (United Kingdom); Eliahoo, J. [University College London Hospitals NHS Trust, Research and Development Directorate, London (United Kingdom); Porter, J.B. [University College Hospital, Department of Haematology, University College London Hospitals NHS Trust, London (United Kingdom)

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    The aim of this study was to test our observation that back pain in thalassemic patients could be caused by premature and extensive lumbar degenerative disc disease, when compared to non-thalassemic patients with back pain. Sixteen thalassemic patients with their sex- and age-matched controls were recruited into the study, 12 with thalassemia major, and 4 with thalassemia intermedia. Both the thalassemia patients and control subjects suffered from back pain, which was subjective rather than measured/pain scored. All subjects underwent magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the lumbar spine, and 11 of the cases and 8 controls had lumbar spine radiographs. Each lumbar disc was scored for radiographic appearances and MR features of disc degeneration and disc protrusion. Proportion values for these parameters and median scores were derived at each disc level, and were analyzed and compared. There was a statistically-significant difference between proportion values of cases and controls for the MR features (P value=0.01, n=16) and the radiographic features (P value=0.01, n=11 cases, n=8 controls) of disc degeneration. The median disc level scores for the thalassemic group were uniformly high across all lumbar discs, and at all levels except at L 4/5. The control group conversely demonstrated a predilection for disc degeneration at L4/5 level. The distribution of lumbar disc degeneration in thalassemic patients with back pain is more extensive, severe and multi-level in nature compared to matched controls, and disc degeneration should be considered as a significant cause of back pain in this population group. (orig.)

  2. Degenerative disc disease as a cause of back pain in the thalassaemic population: a case-control study using MRI and plain radiographs

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    The aim of this study was to test our observation that back pain in thalassemic patients could be caused by premature and extensive lumbar degenerative disc disease, when compared to non-thalassemic patients with back pain. Sixteen thalassemic patients with their sex- and age-matched controls were recruited into the study, 12 with thalassemia major, and 4 with thalassemia intermedia. Both the thalassemia patients and control subjects suffered from back pain, which was subjective rather than measured/pain scored. All subjects underwent magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the lumbar spine, and 11 of the cases and 8 controls had lumbar spine radiographs. Each lumbar disc was scored for radiographic appearances and MR features of disc degeneration and disc protrusion. Proportion values for these parameters and median scores were derived at each disc level, and were analyzed and compared. There was a statistically-significant difference between proportion values of cases and controls for the MR features (P value=0.01, n=16) and the radiographic features (P value=0.01, n=11 cases, n=8 controls) of disc degeneration. The median disc level scores for the thalassemic group were uniformly high across all lumbar discs, and at all levels except at L 4/5. The control group conversely demonstrated a predilection for disc degeneration at L4/5 level. The distribution of lumbar disc degeneration in thalassemic patients with back pain is more extensive, severe and multi-level in nature tensive, severe and multi-level in nature compared to matched controls, and disc degeneration should be considered as a significant cause of back pain in this population group. (orig.)

  3. Lateral collateral ligament avulsion of the humeroradial joint in a horse

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    This report describes traumatic avulsion of the lateral collateral ligament of the humeroradial joint in a horse. The history and diagnostic procedures are included with relevant radiographs and ultrasonographs. The poor prognosis associated with this injury is due to degenerative joint disease

  4. Expression of CGRP in the temporomandibular joint

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    The presence and content of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is evaluated in the hyperplastic retrodiscal tissue of the temporomandibular joint in patients with joint degenerative disease by radioimmunoassay. Study population has included 8 female patients in pre-menopausic status, without to be pregnant, without to be lactating for a year and with diagnostic of joint degenerative disease (osteoarthrosis). Pain levels are registered with visual analog scale, where 0 is absence of pain and 16 acute pain. A bone degeneration is classified as mild, moderate and severe, according to findings of nuclear magnetic resonance. The 15 retrodiscal hyperplastic tissue samples are taken from patients undergoing to open surgery of temporomandibular joint. The specimens were placed in plastic blocks with freezing medium and are stored at -70 degrees celsius until neuropeptide extraction by radioimmunoassay with kit for CGRP. A directly proportional relationship is established between the degree of bone degeneration and neuropeptide expression and between the osteoarthrosis classification with analogue visual scale. Findings have shown definitive correlation between pain levels and expression of neuropeptide. CGRP is expressed in the retrodiscal tissue of temporomandibular joint in human with joint degenerative disease and is directly related with levels osteoarthrosis and pain

  5. Elevated cross-talk between subchondral bone and cartilage in osteoarthritic joints

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    Pan, Jun; Wang, Bin; Li, Wen; Zhou, Xiaozhou; Scherr, Thomas; Yang, Yunyi; Price, Christopher; Wang, Liyun

    2011-01-01

    Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease and one of the leading causes of disability in the United States and all over the world. As a disease of the whole joint, OA exhibits a complicated etiology with risk factors including, but not limited to, ageing, altered joint loading, and injury. Subchondral bone is hypothesized to be involved in OA development. However, direct evidence supporting this is lacking. We previously detected measurable transport of solute across the mineralized...

  6. Correlation between 3D microstructural and 2D histomorphometric properties of subchondral bone with healthy and degenerative cartilage of the knee joint.

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    Lahm, Andreas; Kasch, Richard; Spank, Heiko; Erggelet, Christoph; Esser, Jan; Merk, Harry; Mrosek, Eike

    2014-11-01

    Cartilage degeneration of the knee joint is considered to be a largely mechanically driven process. We conducted a microstructural and histomorphometric analysis of subchondral bone samples of intact cartilage and in samples with early and higher- grade arthritic degeneration to compare the different states and correlate the findings with the condition of hyaline cartilage. These findings will enable us to evaluate changes in biomechanical properties of subchondral bone during the evolution of arthritic degeneration, for which bone density alone is an insufficient parameter. From a continuous series of 80 patients undergoing implantation of total knee endoprosthesis 30 osteochondral samples with lesions macroscopically classified as ICRS grade 1b (group A) and 30 samples with ICRS grade 3a or 3b lesions (group B) were taken. The bone samples were assessed by 2D histomorphometry (semiautomatic image analysis system) and 3D microstructural analysis (high-resolution micro-CT system). The cartilage was examined using the semiquantitative real-time PCR gene expression of collagen type I and II and aggrecan. Both histomorphometry and microstructural and biomechanical analysis of subchondral bone in groups A and B consistently revealed progressive changes of both bone and cartilage compared with healthy controls. The severity of cartilage degeneration as assessed by RT PCR was significantly correlated with BV/TV (Bone Volume Fraction), Tb.Th (Trabecular Thickness) showed a slight increase. Tb.N (Trabecular Number), Tb.Sp (Trabecular separation) SMI (Structure Model Index), Conn.D (Connectivity Density) and DA (Degree of Anisotropy) were inversely correlated. We saw sclerotic transformation and phagocytic reticulum cells. Bone volume fraction decreased with an increasing distance from the cartilage with the differences compared with healthy controls becoming greater in more advanced cartilage damage. The density of subchondral bone alone is considered an unreliable parameter for classifying changes evolving over time. The progressive damage of subchondral bone seen in the present study correlates well with cartilage changes. Trabecular orientation is also impaired, which explains the changes in biomechanical parameters and the inadequate load transfer and excessive loading of cartilage. Besides subchondral bone density, which in turn correlates with cartilage thickness, other parameters such as structure model index and grade of anisotropy best reflect mechanical properties such as Young modulus, compressive strength, tensile stress, and failure energy. However, it remains unclear whether the mechanical interaction of the mineralized subchondral tissues with articular cartilage works vice versa. The possibility of a biochemical signalling from the degenerating cartilage via the synovial fluid and bone- cartilage crosstalks via subchondral pores may indeed explain a certain depth-dependency of subchondral bone changes. PMID:24828695

  7. Geographic variation in the surgical treatment of degenerative cervical disc disease: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Quality Improvement Initiative; part II candidates.

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    McGuire, Kevin J

    2012-02-01

    STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series. OBJECTIVE: To examine and document the change in rates and the geographic variation in procedure type and utilization of plating by orthopedic surgeons for anterior cervical discectomy-fusion. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND: Age- and sex-adjusted rates of cervical spine surgery have not increased, but the rate of cervical spinal fusion has, accounting for 41% of all fusion procedures in 2004. METHODS: Records were selected from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons part II examination from 1999 to 2008. Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICDM-9-CM) codes were used to determine utilization of structural allograft, autograft\\/interbody devices, and anterior cervical plating over time and within geographic region. Main outcome measures were physician workforce, and rates and variation of procedure types. RESULTS: From 1999 to 2008, the number of self-declared orthopedic spine surgeon candidates increased 24%. Over this period, the annual number of discectomies with fusions for degenerative cervical disc disease increased by 67%, whereas the number of such operations per surgeon operating on at least 1 such case increased 48% (P = 0.018). Interbody device (0%-31%; P < 0.0001), anterior cervical plating (39%-79%; P < 0.0001), and allograft (14%-59%; P < 0.0001) use increased, whereas autograft use decreased (86%-10%; P < 0.0001). The Southwest and Southeast were more likely than the Midwest to use interbody devices (OR: 2.42 and 1.66, respectively). The Southwest and Northeast were more likely than the Midwest to use autograft (OR: 1.55 and 1.49). The Southwest, Northeast, and Southeast were less likely to use allograft than the Midwest (OR: 0.408, 0.742, and 0.770). The Northeast was less likely and the Southeast more likely than the Midwest to utilize anterior cervical plating (OR: 0.67 and 1.33). Surgical complications were more often associated with autograft compared with allograft (OR: 1.61). CONCLUSION: From 1999 to 2008, the number of orthopedic surgeon candidates performing spine surgery has increased. These surgeons are performing more fusions and utilizing more structural allografts, interbody devices, and\\/or anterior cervical plates. Regional variations also remain in the types of constructs utilized.

  8. The radiology of joint disease. 3rd Ed

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    Forrester, D.M.; Brown, J.C.

    1987-01-01

    The book is a systematic radiographic approach to the arthritides. Part one deals with hand abnormalities ''to facilitate the teaching of basic principles and to dramatize the differences between radiographic features of various arthritides,'' as stated in the forward of the first edition. Part two, ''Arthritis from Head to Foot,'' illustrates the same diseases as they affect other joints. The ABCs (alignment, bone mineralization, cartilage space, soft tissue) approach is followed throughout the book. For example, reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome is dealt with in six different locations, and metatarsal stress fractures are mentioned in a chapter on erosions in rheumatoid arthritis.

  9. The radiology of joint disease. 3rd Ed

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    The book is a systematic radiographic approach to the arthritides. Part one deals with hand abnormalities ''to facilitate the teaching of basic principles and to dramatize the differences between radiographic features of various arthritides,'' as stated in the forward of the first edition. Part two, ''Arthritis from Head to Foot,'' illustrates the same diseases as they affect other joints. The ABCs (alignment, bone mineralization, cartilage space, soft tissue) approach is followed throughout the book. For example, reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome is dealt with in six different locations, and metatarsal stress fractures are mentioned in a chapter on erosions in rheumatoid arthritis

  10. Dementia neuro degenerative diseases and bio markers: a new strategy for an early diagnosis; Affections neurodegeneratives dementielles et biomarqueurs: une nouvelle strategie pour un diagnostic precoce

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    Mahieu, F.; Du Boisgueheneuc, F.; Andrieux, A.; Neau, J.P.; Gil, R.; Houeto, J.L. [CHU de Poitiers, Service de neurologie, 86 (France); Salmon, F. [CHU de Poitiers, Service de neurologie, 86 (France); Paccalin, M. [CHU de Poitiers, Service de medecine nucleaire, 86 (France); Lecron, J.C. [universite de Poitiers, EA 4331, laboratoire inflammation, tissus epitheliaux et cytokines, pole biologie sante, 86 (France); Ingrand, P. [CHU de Poitiers, unite de methodologie de la recherche clinique, centre d' investigation clinique P 802, 86 (France)

    2010-07-01

    the neuro degenerative dementia (particularly focal beginning forms) can be diagnosed earlier by analyzing the combination of the rate of phosphorylated tau protein, IITE score and perfusion in right anterior cingulate gyrus, the Broca area, and left angular gyrus. A prospective study is underway to validate this model. (N.C.)

  11. Sacro-iliac joint disease in drug abusers: The role of bone scintigraphy

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    Bone scintigrams demonstrated increased uptake in the sacroiliac joint in twenty drug addicts with low back pain and signs of localized sepsis. The localization of the disease was decisive for the orthopedist in the aspiration of the affected joint. (orig.)

  12. Bilaterally Asymmetric Effects of Quantitative Trait Loci (QTLs): QTLs That Affect Laxity in the Right Versus Left Coxofemoral (Hip) Joints of the Dog (Canis familiaris)

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    Chase, Kevin; Lawler, Dennis F.; Adler, Fred R.; Ostrander, Elaine A.; Lark, Karl G.

    2004-01-01

    In dogs hip joint laxity that can lead to degenerative joint disease (DJD) is frequent and heritable, providing a genetic model for some aspects of the human disease. We have used Portuguese water dogs (PWDs) to identify Quantitative trait loci (QTLs) that regulate laxity in the hip joint.A population of 286 PWDs, each characterized by ca. 500 molecular genetic markers, was analyzed for subluxation of the hip joint as measured by the Norberg angle, a quantitative radiographic measure of laxit...

  13. Manifestações articulares nas viroses exantemáticas / Joint complaints in exanthematic diseases

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    Solange Artimos de, Oliveira; Luís A.B., Camacho; Lílian Rachel, Bettini; Daniele Guerreiro, Fernandes; Nathalia A.C., Gouvea; Roberto A.Q., Barros; Sérgio, Setúbal; Marilda Mendonça, Siqueira.

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    Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese A freqüência de manifestações articulares foi avaliada em 251 pacientes com diagnóstico clínico e laboratorial (detecção de IgM por ensaio imunoenzimático) de virose exantemática. As artropatias (artralgia e/ou artrite) foram mais observadas nos casos de dengue (49%) e de rubéola (38,2%) do que naqu [...] eles com parvovirose humana (30%) e sarampo (28,1%). Com exceção do sarampo, as artropatias predominaram nos adultos (315 anos de idade), sendo tal diferença estatisticamente significativa. A ocorrência maior de artropatias em adultos foi mais evidente nos pacientes com parvovirose (75%), rubéola (65%) e dengue (57,7%) do que naqueles com sarampo (31%). As queixas articulares também predominaram nos pacientes do sexo feminino para todas as viroses avaliadas. Os resultados encontrados demonstram o freqüente acometimento articular nas doenças estudadas, e indicam a necessidade de comprovação laboratorial para o diagnóstico diferencial entre elas. Abstract in english The frequency of arthropathy was evaluated in 251 patients with clinical and serological diagnosis (specific IgM detection by enzyme immunoassay) of exanthematic disease. Arthropathy (arthralgia and/or arthritis) was more frequent in dengue fever (49%) and rubella (38.2%) cases than in human parvovi [...] rus (30%) and measles (28.1%) cases. Except for measles cases, joint complaints prevailed in adults (315 years of age) and this difference was significant. The higher frequency of arthropathy in adults was more evident in human parvovirus (75%), rubella (65%) and dengue fever (57.7%) cases than in measles cases (31%). Arthropathy was also more frequent in females for all rash diseases studied. The results of this study showed the high occurrence of joint complaints in the diseases described here and the importance of laboratory confirmation for their differential diagnosis.

  14. Manifestações articulares nas viroses exantemáticas Joint complaints in exanthematic diseases

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    Solange Artimos de Oliveira

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    Full Text Available A freqüência de manifestações articulares foi avaliada em 251 pacientes com diagnóstico clínico e laboratorial (detecção de IgM por ensaio imunoenzimático de virose exantemática. As artropatias (artralgia e/ou artrite foram mais observadas nos casos de dengue (49% e de rubéola (38,2% do que naqueles com parvovirose humana (30% e sarampo (28,1%. Com exceção do sarampo, as artropatias predominaram nos adultos (315 anos de idade, sendo tal diferença estatisticamente significativa. A ocorrência maior de artropatias em adultos foi mais evidente nos pacientes com parvovirose (75%, rubéola (65% e dengue (57,7% do que naqueles com sarampo (31%. As queixas articulares também predominaram nos pacientes do sexo feminino para todas as viroses avaliadas. Os resultados encontrados demonstram o freqüente acometimento articular nas doenças estudadas, e indicam a necessidade de comprovação laboratorial para o diagnóstico diferencial entre elas.The frequency of arthropathy was evaluated in 251 patients with clinical and serological diagnosis (specific IgM detection by enzyme immunoassay of exanthematic disease. Arthropathy (arthralgia and/or arthritis was more frequent in dengue fever (49% and rubella (38.2% cases than in human parvovirus (30% and measles (28.1% cases. Except for measles cases, joint complaints prevailed in adults (315 years of age and this difference was significant. The higher frequency of arthropathy in adults was more evident in human parvovirus (75%, rubella (65% and dengue fever (57.7% cases than in measles cases (31%. Arthropathy was also more frequent in females for all rash diseases studied. The results of this study showed the high occurrence of joint complaints in the diseases described here and the importance of laboratory confirmation for their differential diagnosis.

  15. Correlative radiological, self-assessment and clinical analysis of evolution in instrumented dorsal and lateral fusion for degenerative lumbar spine disease. Autograft versus coralline hydroxyapatite

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    Korovessis, Panagiotis; Koureas, Georgios; Zacharatos, Spyridon; Papazisis, Zisis; Lambiris, Elias

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    This prospective longitudinal randomized clinical and radiological study compared the evolution of instrumented posterolateral lumbar and lumbosacral fusion using either coralline hydroxyapatite (CH), or iliac bone graft (IBG) or both in three comparable groups, A, B and C, which included 19, 18 and 20 patients, respectively, who suffered from symptomatic degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis and underwent decompression and fusion. The patients were divided randomly according to the graft used ...

  16. Disk degenerative disease in childhood: Scheuermann`s disease, Schmorl`s nodes, and the limbus vertebra: MRI findings in 12 patients

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    Swischuk, L.E. [Departments of Radiology and Pediatrics, Children`s Hospital, University of Texas, Galveston, TX (United States); John, S.D.; Allbery, S. [Children`s Hospital, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas (United States)

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    Twelve pediatric patients were studied with MRI. All had various disk problems including Scheuermann`s disease, Schmorl`s nodes and limbus vertebrae. All patients shared loss of disk height, altered disk hydration and variable herniation of nuclear material. (orig.) With 6 figs., 1 tab., 14 refs.

  17. The use of gadoteridol in MRI of rheumatic joint disease

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    Purpose: To investigate the diagnostic and clinical usefulness of a new non-ionic, hydrophilic gadolinium (III) chelate [Gd(HP-DO3A), gadoteridol, ProHance] and to compare it with Gd-DTPA (gadopentetate dimeglumine, Magnevist). Methods: In a Phase III clinical trial, 20 patients with rheumatic joint disease were examined before and after intravenous administration of gadoteridol in two different doses (0.1 and 0.3 mmol/kg body-weight). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed at 1.5 T with T1-weighted FLASH and T2-weighted spin echo sequences. Fourteen patients were examined with gadopentetate dimeglumine for comparison. Dynamic changes of signal intensity in the joints and muscle tissue were determined quantitatively. Results: No significant changes in cardiovascular data and no adverse effects occurred after injection of gadoteridol. The 0.3 mmol/kg dose showed no advantage in diagnostic contrast over the 0.1 mmol/kg dose. No significant differences (p>0.01) were noted between gadoteridol and gadopentetate dimeglumine in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis. Conclusion: Gadoteridol proved useful in the detection of early rheumatoid arthritis. No significant differences were observed between the two gadoteridol doses. There were no diagnostically relevant differences between gadoteridol and gadopentetate dimeglumine. (orig.)

  18. The joint capsule: structure, composition, ageing and disease.

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    Ralphs, J. R.; Benjamin, M.

    1994-01-01

    The joint capsule is vital to the function of synovial joints. It seals the joint space, provides passive stability by limiting movements, provides active stability via its proprioceptive nerve endings and may form articular surfaces for the joint. It is a dense fibrous connective tissue that is attached to the bones via specialised attachment zones and forms a sleeve around the joint. It varies in thickness according to the stresses to which it is subject, is locally thickened to form capsul...

  19. Enfermedad valvular degenerativa canina: reporte de caso / Canine Degenerative Valve Disease: A Case Report / Doença valvular degenerativa canina: repórter de caso

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    Carmenza Janneth, Benavides Melo; Carlos Alberto, Chaves Velásquez; Juan Manuel, Astaíza Martínez; Alejandro, Moncayo Sarasty; Pedro, Vargas Pinto.

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available SciELO Colombia | Language: Spanish Abstract in portuguese Em caninos, a doença valvular degenerativa ou endocardiose é a patologia cardiovascular com maior prevalência. Caracteriza-se por regurgitação do sangue até as aurículas, com diminuição do gasto cardíaco, o que leva a sobrecarga de volume com hipertrofia excêntrica e insuficiência cardíaca congestiv [...] a. Este relatório tem como objetivo descrever os achados clínicos e de necropsia de um canino, sugestivos de uma endocardiose valvular. O paciente ingressou por consulta externa na Clínica Veterinária Carlos Martínez Hoyos, da Universidade de Nariño (Pasto, Colômbia). Seu proprietário o reportou doente há dois meses, com signos de doença respiratória, perda de peso e decaimento. No exame clínico se encontraram membranas mucosas muito pálidas, dispneia inspiratória, estertores, desdobramento de S2, sopro de regurgitação mesos sistólico grau 4 e dilatação abdominal com signo de choque de onda positivo. Na necropsia se evidenciou abundante quantidade de material de aspecto aquoso translúcido em cavidade abdominal, torácica e pericárdica, coração severamente aumentado de tamanho, redondeado, com engrossamento de válvulas atrioventriculares, fígado com moderada diminuição de tamanho e evidência lobular, rins severamente diminuídos de tamanho e pálidos, com superfície irregular com presença de múltiplas áreas císticas em região corticomedular. Tomaram-se amostras destes tecidos e se fixaram em formol tamponado a 10%, para depois ser processadas para análise histopatológica no Laboratório de Patologia da Universidade de Nariño, através de técnica de hematoxilina e eosina de rotina. Desta maneira se diagnostica como doença valvular degenerativa. Abstract in spanish En caninos, la enfermedad valvular degenerativa o endocardiosis es la patología cardiovascular con mayor prevalencia. Se caracteriza por regurgitación de la sangre hacia las aurículas, con disminución del gasto cardiaco, lo que lleva a sobrecarga de volumen con hipertrofia excéntrica e insuficiencia [...] cardiaca congestiva. Este reporte tiene como objetivo describir los hallazgos clínicos y de necropsia de un canino, sugestivos de una endocardiosis valvular. El paciente ingresó por consulta externa a la Clínica Veterinaria Carlos Martínez Hoyos, de la Universidad de Nariño (Pasto, Colombia). Su propietario lo reportó enfermo desde hacía dos meses, con signos de enfermedad respiratoria, pérdida de peso y decaimiento. En el examen clínico se encontraron membranas mucosas muy pálidas, disnea inspiratoria, estertores, desdoblamiento de S2, soplo de regurgitación mesosistólico grado 4 y dilatación abdominal con signo de choque de onda positivo. En la necropsia se evidenció abundante cantidad de material de aspecto acuoso traslúcido en cavidad abdominal, torácica y pericárdica, corazón severamente aumentado de tamaño, redondeado, con engrosamiento de válvulas atrioventriculares, hígado con moderada disminución de tamaño y evidencia de lobulillación, riñones severamente disminuidos de tamaño y pálidos de superficie irregular con presencia de múltiples áreas quísticas en región corticomedular. Se tomaron muestras de estos tejidos y se fijaron en formol bufferado al 10%, para después ser procesadas para análisis histopatólogico en el Laboratorio de Patología de la Universidad de Nariño, mediante la técnica de hematoxilina y eosina de rutina. De esta manera se diagnostica como enfermedad valvular degenerativa. Abstract in english Degenerative valvular disease or endocardiosis is the most common cardiovascular pathology in dogs. It is characterized by regurgitation of blood into the atria with decreased cardiac output, leading to volume overload with eccentric hypertrophy and congestive heart failure. This report describes th [...] e clinical and autopsy findings of a dog, suggestive of valvular endocardiosis. The patient was admitted to the outpatient Veterinary Clinic "Carlos Martínez Hoyos" at the

  20. Somatomedin activity in synovial fluid from patients with joint diseases

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    The somatomedin activity in synovial fluids from 50 patients with a variety of joint diseases has been studied and compared with the activity in each of the Patient's own serum and a standard reference serum (SRS). The porcine costal cartilage bioassay of Van den Brande and Du Caju (Acta Endocrinologica, 75, 233, 1974), has been used with the isotopes 3H-thymidine and 35S-sulphate. Synovial fluids from most patients with post-traumatic and post-operative effusions, osteoarthritis and arthritis associated with psoriasis, Reiter's disease, and ankylosing spondylitis stimulated the synthesis of DNA and proteoglycans in cartilage. Synovial fluids from patients with rheumatoid arthritis either had impaired capacity to stimulate DNA synthesis, or they inhibited it; a similar, but less evident pattern was observed for proteoglycan synthesis. Some synovial fluids from patients with miscellaneous synovitides stimulated, while other inhibited cartilage metabolism. It is concluded that the synovial fluid from patients with rheumatoid arthritis and from patients with miscellaneous synovitides contained an inhibitor(s) to DNA and possible proteoglycan synthesis. The sera from nearly all the patients stimulated both DNA and proteoglycan synthesis, but the somatomedin potency ratios for serum in terms of SRS were generally less than 1.0. There was a significant inverse correlation between the serum somatomedin potency ratio and the age of the patient. (author)atio and the age of the patient. (author)

  1. Percutaneous cryodenervation of lumbar facet joints: a prospective clinical trial

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    Birkenmaier, C.; Veihelmann, A.; Trouillier, H.; Hausdorf, J.; Devens, C.; Wegener, B.; Jansson, V.; Von Schulze Pellengahr, C.

    2006-01-01

    Facet joint pain is an important aspect of degenerative lumbar spine disease, and radiofrequency medial branch neurotomy remains an established therapy, while cryodenervation has still been poorly examined. This study was undertaken to examine the effects of medial branch cryodenervation in the treatment of lumbar facet joint pain. This was a prospective clinical case series. Patient selection was based on the history, physical examination and positive medial branch blocks. Percutaneous media...

  2. Neurones and microglia in central nervous system immune response to degenerative processes. Part 1: Alzheimer's disease and Lewy body variant of Alzheimer's disease. Quantitative study.

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    Szpak, G M; Lechowicz, W; Lewandowska, E; Bertrand, E; Wierzba-Bobrowicz, T; Gwiazda, E; Schmidt-Sidor, B; Dymecki, J

    2001-01-01

    The quantitative correlation between neurone loss and brain immune response, assessed by intensity of microglia inflammatory reaction in cortical association area and limbic cortex, was investigated and compared in previously immunohistochemistry (IHC) and ultrastructural confirmed 11 cases of Alzheimer's disease (AD), 7 cases mixed form of Dementia with AD findings and Lewy bodies (AD/DLB) reported, in accordance with Consortium on Dementia, as Lewy body variant of AD (LBV) and 6 non-demented autopsy control cases from 63 to 86 years old. In the present work we investigated association and limbic cortical areas linked with memory mechanisms; there are regions characterised by early distribution of IHC confirmed AD and DLB/AD (LBV) markers, as well as a substantial physiological stability of neurone pool regardless of age. The results indicated that AD and LBV differ in their neurone loss intensity and inflammatory reaction, with much higher intensity in AD. In Alzheimer's disease, neurone loss in association temporal cortex made up 51% of control values with simultaneous 8-fold increase in the density of MHC II-positive activated microglia, whereas in LBV, both the loss of neurone density and the increase in activated microglia density, was not so high (up to 41% and 4-5-fold, respectively). Changes in the limbic cortex were less pronounced. A strong correlation in the clinical material between neurone loss and microglia activation in both processes, especially in AD (r = 0.73), speaks in favour of the hypothesis on the neuronal immune surveillance and arousal of immune brain response in conditions of declining control, due to significant neurone loss in the neurodegenerative process. The inflammatory reaction of MHC II-immunoreactive microglia, concomitant with neurodegenerative process, seems to be a consequence of increased immune response due to loss of neurones and weakening of their control upon immunosurveillance in central nervous system. PMID:11770129

  3. The Influence of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings of Degenerative Disease on Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry Measurements in Middle-Aged Men

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    Donescu, O.S.; Battie, M.C.; Videman, T. [Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and Dept. of Physical Therapy, Univ. of Alberta (Canada)

    2007-02-15

    Purpose: To examine degenerative features based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measurements at the lumbar spine in relation to dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), and to investigate whether bone mineral density (BMD) is reflected in the substitution of bone trabecular structure by fat at the vertebral body level indicated by MRI T1 relaxation time, endplate concavity, and hypertrophic (osteophytes and endplate sclerosis) MRI findings. Material and Methods: The sample for this cross-sectional study was composed of 102 subjects, 35-70 years old, from a population-based cohort. Data collection included DXA in the anterior-posterior projection at the L1-L4 vertebrae and right femoral neck, and MRI of the lumbar spine in the midsagittal plane. Results: Age, vertebral signal intensity, osteophytes, and endplate concavity collectively explained 20% of the variance in spine BMD. Conclusion: The study findings suggest that degenerative findings based on MRI measurements at the lumbar spine have an influence on bone assessment using DXA. Therefore, an overall bone assessment such as DXA might not offer an accurate measure of BMD.

  4. The Influence of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings of Degenerative Disease on Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry Measurements in Middle-Aged Men

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    Purpose: To examine degenerative features based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measurements at the lumbar spine in relation to dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), and to investigate whether bone mineral density (BMD) is reflected in the substitution of bone trabecular structure by fat at the vertebral body level indicated by MRI T1 relaxation time, endplate concavity, and hypertrophic (osteophytes and endplate sclerosis) MRI findings. Material and Methods: The sample for this cross-sectional study was composed of 102 subjects, 35-70 years old, from a population-based cohort. Data collection included DXA in the anterior-posterior projection at the L1-L4 vertebrae and right femoral neck, and MRI of the lumbar spine in the midsagittal plane. Results: Age, vertebral signal intensity, osteophytes, and endplate concavity collectively explained 20% of the variance in spine BMD. Conclusion: The study findings suggest that degenerative findings based on MRI measurements at the lumbar spine have an influence on bone assessment using DXA. Therefore, an overall bone assessment such as DXA might not offer an accurate measure of BMD

  5. Lipoma arborescens: Comparison of typical and atypical disease presentations

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    Aim: To determine whether the aetiology differed between typical cases of lipoma arborescens with unilateral knee involvement and atypical cases involving joints other than the knee, polyarticular disease, and disease outside of the knee joint. Materials and methods: Cases of lipoma arborescens involving the knee joint were evaluated for the distribution of the disease and severity of degenerative arthritis. Joints other than the knee were evaluated for the presence and severity of degenerative arthritis, and the distribution was classified as either intra-articular, extra-articular, or both. Clinical history was reviewed for patient age at presentation, a history of inflammatory arthritis, diabetes mellitus, and known steroid use. Fisher's exact test was used to determine whether there was a statistically significant difference between typical and atypical presentations of the disease. Results: Lipoma arborescens was identified in 45 joints in 39 patients. Twenty-eight patients were classified as “typical” and 11 patients had “atypical” disease. There was no significant difference in age at presentation, presence of degenerative arthritis, or known inflammatory arthritis when comparing typical and atypical presentations of the disease. Conclusion: Twenty-eight percent of patients in the present study had atypical presentation of lipoma arborescens with multifocal lipoma arborescens or disease in joints other than the knee. There was no significant difference in age at presentation, presence of degenerative arthritis, or known inflammatory arthritis when comparing typical and atypical presentations of the disease. Of the 39 patients, only three had no evidence of degenerative arthritis, which suggests that many cases of lipoma arborescens are secondary to chronic reactive change in association with degenerative arthritis

  6. Development of PET tracers for neuro inflammation imaging in neuro degenerative diseases; Developpement de radiotraceurs de la neuroinflammation pour l'imagerie des pathologies neurodegeneratives

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    2007-10-15

    Inflammatory processes such as micro-glial or endothelial activation are involved in many neuro-degenerative conditions. Neuro-inflammation imaging is considered an attractive tool for fundamental research, diagnosis and therapeutic evaluation in neuro-pathologies. First, an aptamer was selected against a recombinant fragment of the endothelial target VCAM-1, but proved unable to bind the target protein in native conformation, as expressed by a cell line. Second, five radioligands of the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor (PBR), a marker of micro-glial activation, were evaluated in vivo using PET (Positron Emission Tomography) imaging in a rat model of neuro-inflammation, and were compared to [11C]PK11195. Four radiotracers displayed a better contrast than [11C]PK11195. In a competitive field of research, this work demonstrates the efficiency of in vivo screening of radiotracers for fast selection of clinically relevant molecules. (author)

  7. Roentgenological semiotics of joint involvement in psoriasis

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    The paper is concerned with the results of an X-ray study of the osteoarticular system of 103 patients with arthropathic psoriasis. Four types of disease: psoriatic polyarthritis, psoriatic polyarthrosis, psoriatic arthropathy and a mixed or combined form (the combination of inflammatory and degenerative-dystrophic changes) - were defined on the basis of X-ray findings. Roentgenological semiotics of these forms of arthropathic psoriasis with the frequency of the involvement of some joints and elements of differential radiodiagnosis was proposed

  8. Degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine: a prospective comparison of fast T1-weighted fluid-attenuated inversion recovery and T1-weighted turbo spin echo MR imaging

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    Erdem, L. Oktay [Department of Radiology, Zonguldak Karaelmas University, School of Medicine, 6700 Kozlu, Zonguldak (Turkey)]. E-mail: sunarerdem@yahoo.com; Erdem, C. Zuhal [Department of Radiology, Zonguldak Karaelmas University, School of Medicine, 6700 Kozlu, Zonguldak (Turkey); Acikgoz, Bektas [Department of Neurosurgery, Zonguldak Karaelmas University, School of Medicine, Zonguldak (Turkey); Gundogdu, Sadi [Department of Radiology, Zonguldak Karaelmas University, School of Medicine, 6700 Kozlu, Zonguldak (Turkey)

    2005-08-01

    Objective: To compare fast T1-weighted fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) and T1-weighted turbo spin-echo (TSE) imaging of the degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine. Materials and methods: Thirty-five consecutive patients (19 females, 16 males; mean age 41 years, range 31-67 years) with suspected degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine were prospectively evaluated. Sagittal images of the lumbar spine were obtained using T1-weighted TSE and fast T1-weighted FLAIR sequences. Two radiologists compared these sequences both qualitatively and quantitatively. Results: On qualitative evaluation, CSF nulling, contrast at the disc-CSF interface, the disc-spinal cord (cauda equina) interface, and the spinal cord (cauda equina)-CSF interface of fast T1-weighted FLAIR images were significantly higher than those for T1-weighted TSE images (P < 0.001). On quantitative evaluation of the first 15 patients, signal-to-noise ratios of cerebrospinal fluid of fast T1-weighted FLAIR imaging were significantly lower than those for T1-weighted TSE images (P < 0.05). Contrast-to-noise ratios of spinal cord/CSF and normal bone marrow/disc for fast T1-weighted FLAIR images were significantly higher than those for T1-weighted TSE images (P < 0.05). Conclusion: Results in our study have shown that fast T1-weighted FLAIR imaging may be a valuable imaging modality in the armamentarium of lumbar spinal T1-weighted MR imaging, because the former technique has definite superior advantages such as CSF nulling, conspicuousness of the normal anatomic structures and changes in the lumbar spinal discogenic disease and image contrast and also almost equally acquisition times.

  9. Synovial chondromatosis of the temporomandibular joint with calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystal deposition disease (pseudogout).

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    Matsumura, Y; Nomura, J; Nakanishi, K; Yanase, S; Kato, H; Tagawa, T

    2012-12-01

    This report describes a very rare case of synovial chondromatosis with deposition of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) crystals (pseudogout) in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) of a 46-year-old male patient. Synovial chondromatosis is a non-neoplastic disease characterized by metaplasia of the connective tissue leading to chondrogenesis in the synovial membrane. Pseudogout is an inflammatory disease of the joints caused by the deposition of CPPD, producing similar symptoms to those observed in gout but not hyperuricaemia. Both diseases commonly affect the knee, hip and elbow joints, but rarely affect the TMJ. PMID:23166363

  10. Development of modulators against degenerative aging using radiation fusion technology

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    Jo, S. K.; Park, H. R.; Jang, B. S.; Roh, C. H.; Eom, H. S.; Choi, N. H.; Seol, M. A.; Kim, S. H.; Choi, H. M.; Park, M. K.; Shin, H. J.; Ryu, D. K.; Oh, W. J.; Kim, S. H; Yee, S. T.

    2012-04-15

    1. Objectives Establishment of modelling of degenerative aging using radiation technology Development of aging modulators using radiation degenerative aging model 2. Project results Establishment of the modeling of degenerative aging using radiation technology - The systematic study on the comparison of radiation-induced degeneration and natural aging process in animals and cells confirmed the biological similarity between these two degeneration models - The effective biomarkers were selected for the modelling of degenerative aging using radiation (10 biomarkers for immune/hematopoiesis, 1 for oxidative stress, 6 for molecular signaling, 3 for lipid metabolism) - The optimal irradiation condition was established for the modelling of degerative aging (total 5Gy with fractionation by over 10 times, lapse of over 4 months) - The molecular mechanisms of radiation-induced degeneration were studied including chronic inflammation (lung), inflammation-related lipid metabolism disturbance, mitochondria biogenesis and dynamics - The radiation degenerative model was evaluated with previously known natural substances (resveratrol, EGCG, etc) Development of aging modulators using radiation degenerative aging model - After the screening of about 800 natural herb extracts, 5 effective substances were selected for aging modulation. - 3 candidate compositions were selected from 20 compositions made from effective substances by in vitro evaluation (WAH2, WAH6, WAH7) - 1 composition (WAH6) was selected as the best aging modulator by in vivo evaluation in radiation-induced aging models and degenerative disease models. 3. Expected benefits and plan of application The modelling of degenerative aging using radiation can facilitate the aging research by providing the useful cell/animal models for aging research A large economic benefits are expected by the commercialization of developed aging modulators (over 10 billion KW in 2015.

  11. Development of modulators against degenerative aging using radiation fusion technology

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    1. Objectives Establishment of modelling of degenerative aging using radiation technology Development of aging modulators using radiation degenerative aging model 2. Project results Establishment of the modeling of degenerative aging using radiation technology - The systematic study on the comparison of radiation-induced degeneration and natural aging process in animals and cells confirmed the biological similarity between these two degeneration models - The effective biomarkers were selected for the modelling of degenerative aging using radiation (10 biomarkers for immune/hematopoiesis, 1 for oxidative stress, 6 for molecular signaling, 3 for lipid metabolism) - The optimal irradiation condition was established for the modelling of degerative aging (total 5Gy with fractionation by over 10 times, lapse of over 4 months) - The molecular mechanisms of radiation-induced degeneration were studied including chronic inflammation (lung), inflammation-related lipid metabolism disturbance, mitochondria biogenesis and dynamics - The radiation degenerative model was evaluated with previously known natural substances (resveratrol, EGCG, etc) Development of aging modulators using radiation degenerative aging model - After the screening of about 800 natural herb extracts, 5 effective substances were selected for aging modulation. - 3 candidate compositions were selected from 20 compositions made from effective substances by in vitro evaluation (WAH2, WAH6, WAH7) - 1 composition (WAH6) was selected as the best aging modulator by in vivo evaluation in radiation-induced aging models and degenerative disease models. 3. Expected benefits and plan of application The modelling of degenerative aging using radiation can facilitate the aging research by providing the useful cell/animal models for aging research A large economic benefits are expected by the commercialization of developed aging modulators (over 10 billion KW in 2015

  12. Principales aspectos clínicos y endoscópicos de la enfermedad degenerativa de la rodilla / Main clinical and endoscopical aspects of the degenerative knee disease

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    José Ricardo, Morasén Cuevas; Osvaldo, Calisté Manzano; Luis, Vergés Callard.

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    Full Text Available SciELO Cuba | Language: Spanish Abstract in spanish Se realizó un estudio descriptivo y transversal de 100 pacientes atendidos en el Servicio de Reumatología del Hospital Provincial Docente "Saturnino Lora" de Santiago de Cuba con el diagnóstico de artropatía degenerativa de la rodilla, durante el período 2003-2007, a fin de caracterizarles según los [...] principales aspectos clínicos y endoscópicos de esta afección. Entre los principales resultados sobresalieron: los pacientes con más de 60 años y el sexo femenino. La gonartrosis y la condromalacia constituyeron los hallazgos endoscópicos fundamentales y como opciones terapéuticas más empleadas, predominaron el legrado y el lavado articular. Abstract in english A descriptive and cross-sectional study with one-hundred patients having a diagnosis of degenerative knee arthropathy treated at the Rheumatology Service in ¨Saturnino Lora¨ University Hospital from Santiago de Cuba was carried out between 2003 and 2007 in order to characterize them according to the [...] main clinical and endoscopical aspects of this disorder. Among the most important results, 60-year-old and over patients and female gender were relevant. Gonarthrosis and condromalacy constituted the main endoscopical findings while curettage and articular wash-out, being the therapeutical alternatives most used, were predominant.

  13. Principales aspectos clínicos y endoscópicos de la enfermedad degenerativa de la rodilla Main clinical and endoscopical aspects of the degenerative knee disease

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    José Ricardo Morasén Cuevas

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    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio descriptivo y transversal de 100 pacientes atendidos en el Servicio de Reumatología del Hospital Provincial Docente "Saturnino Lora" de Santiago de Cuba con el diagnóstico de artropatía degenerativa de la rodilla, durante el período 2003-2007, a fin de caracterizarles según los principales aspectos clínicos y endoscópicos de esta afección. Entre los principales resultados sobresalieron: los pacientes con más de 60 años y el sexo femenino. La gonartrosis y la condromalacia constituyeron los hallazgos endoscópicos fundamentales y como opciones terapéuticas más empleadas, predominaron el legrado y el lavado articular.A descriptive and cross-sectional study with one-hundred patients having a diagnosis of degenerative knee arthropathy treated at the Rheumatology Service in ¨Saturnino Lora¨ University Hospital from Santiago de Cuba was carried out between 2003 and 2007 in order to characterize them according to the main clinical and endoscopical aspects of this disorder. Among the most important results, 60-year-old and over patients and female gender were relevant. Gonarthrosis and condromalacy constituted the main endoscopical findings while curettage and articular wash-out, being the therapeutical alternatives most used, were predominant.

  14. Synovial chondromatosis of the temporomandibular joint with calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystal deposition disease (pseudogout)

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    Matsumura, Y.; Nomura, J.; Nakanishi, K.; Yanase, S.; Kato, H.; Tagawa, T.

    2012-01-01

    This report describes a very rare case of synovial chondromatosis with deposition of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) crystals (pseudogout) in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) of a 46-year-old male patient. Synovial chondromatosis is a non-neoplastic disease characterized by metaplasia of the connective tissue leading to chondrogenesis in the synovial membrane. Pseudogout is an inflammatory disease of the joints caused by the deposition of CPPD, producing similar symptoms to those obse...

  15. Patients with peripheral arterial disease exhibit reduced joint powers compared to velocity-matched controls

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    Wurdeman, Shane R.; Koutakis, Panagiotis; Myers, Sara A.; Johanning, Jason M.; Pipinos, Iraklis I.; Stergiou, Nicholas

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    Previous studies have shown major deficits in gait for individuals with peripheral arterial disease before and after the onset of pain. However, these studies did not have subjects ambulate at similar velocities and potential exists that the differences in joint powers may have been due to differences in walking velocity. The purpose of this study was to examine the joint moments and powers of peripheral arterial disease limbs for subjects walking at similar self-selected walking velocities a...

  16. Molecular monitoring of equine joint homeostasis.

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    de Grauw, Janny C

    2011-06-01

    Diseases affecting synovial joints are a major cause of chronic disability both in humans and in companion animal species, most notably dogs and horses. As progressive deterioration of the articular cartilage is the hallmark of degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis, research efforts traditionally tended to focus primarily on cartilage pathology. However, in recent years it has become clear that synovial joints should be considered intricate organs in their own right, with each of the constituent tissues (cartilage, bone, and synovial membrane) interacting with each other both in health and disease. Moreover, with the advent of modern molecular biology techniques, the importance of synovial inflammation in disease development and progression has become increasingly recognized. These realizations have spurred the need for tools that allow a more comprehensive, integral study of synovial joint homeostasis. This review provides a brief overview of synovial joint biology and the concept of joint homeostasis, followed by a discussion of methods that may be used to study joint homeostasis (varying from in vitro tissue culture to in vivo imaging) including specific advantages and limitations of each approach. It then zooms in on one such approach, synovial fluid biomarker analysis, as a promising avenue in synovial joint research, highlighting some results from equine studies performed in the author's own laboratory that illustrate how such studies may help shed light on in vivo joint homeostasis and therapeutic modulation thereof. The review concludes with some future perspectives and promising developments in the field. PMID:22029852

  17. Infectious temporomandibular joint disease in the horse: computed tomographic diagnosis and treatment of two cases

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    Diagnostic imaging and treatment of unilateral destructive temporomandibular joint disease in two horses is described and discussed. Computed tomography appeared to be the best imaging technique for these lesions. The disease can be followed by functional recovery after the infection has resolved

  18. Investigation of the spine by single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in rheumatoid spondylitis, in degenerative, traumatic and malignant diseases of the spine and in osteoid-osteoma

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    SPECT has been used in a comparative study with planar bone scintigraphy in 54 patients. Spatial resolution of the method is sufficient to localise the vertebral bodies, the spinous processes, the intervertebral, costotransverse and costovertebral joints. In all patients it was possible to relate the areas of increased uptake to specific anatomical sites of the spine known to be affected in the different conditions. A detailed localisation is rarely possible using planar scintigraphy alone, due to the complex osseous anatomy of the spine. In some patients lesions could be seen only with SPECT. SPECT is an invaluable supplement to planar scintigraphy of the spine. (orig)

  19. Radiology of the hand bones. Pt. 1. Inflammative diseases of the joints and rheumatology

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    The contributions in the section on ''advanced training'' reflect the knowledge required of doctors specializing in diagnostic radiology and may also serve as a revision course for medical practicioners. It presents clinically validated information on the following subjects: Rheumatoid arthritis (radiological model) - four classes of radiological signs of arthritis - hydrarthrosis, haemarthrosis and serosynovitis - osteopenia near the joints (where direct signs may not be available until several months or years after the onset of the disease) - 'signal cysts' - changes in the limiting lamina (which require careful observation under a magnifying glass) - pannus (an indication of arthritis of the joints) - mutilation - false positions of the joints

  20. Latent class models for joint analysis of disease prevalence and high-dimensional semicontinuous biomarker data

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    Zhang, Bo; Chen, Zhen; Albert, Paul S.

    2011-01-01

    High-dimensional biomarker data are often collected in epidemiological studies when assessing the association between biomarkers and human disease is of interest. We develop a latent class modeling approach for joint analysis of high-dimensional semicontinuous biomarker data and a binary disease outcome. To model the relationship between complex biomarker expression patterns and disease risk, we use latent risk classes to link the 2 modeling components. We characterize complex biomarker-speci...

  1. Bilateral synovial chondromatosis in the knee joint with both intra and extra-articular diseases.

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    Bassir, Rida-Allah; Ismael, Farid; Elbardouni, Ahmed; Mahfoud, Mustapha; Berrada, Mohamed Saleh; Elyaacoubi, Moradh

    2014-01-01

    Synovial chondromatosis is a rare disease of unknown etiology. It usually occurs unilaterally in the large joints like the knee, but may occur in the shoulder, elbow, hip, ankle and temporomandibular joints. The disease is usually intracapsular, but can also be extracapsular on rare occasions. The diagnosis of synovial chondromatosis is given after an anamnesis, physical examination and radiographic examination. However, the diagnosis is obtained after histological examination of the synovial tissue. We report an unusual presentation of bilateral synovial chondromatosis in the knee joint, with both intra and extracapsular localization. never described in the literature. Although synovial chondromatosis is described as a benign disease, it can be very destructive and debilitating. These lesions can mimic a malignant tumor and present a diagnostic problem. PMID:25667719

  2. MRI of the temporomandibular joint. Technique, results, indications

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    An optimized examination protocol for the MRI evaluation of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is presented. The MRI protocol is based on an optimized coil technology, sequence design, and a programmed examination protocol for diagnostics of the TMJ. Depending on the clinical findings, MRI provides an all-in-one diagnostic protocol for the diagnosis of degenerative, inflammatory and tumorous lesions of the TMJ. MRI using an optimized examination protocol should become the primary examination protocol for diseases of the TMJ. (orig.)

  3. DEGRO guidelines for the radiotherapy of non-malignant disorders. Part II: Painful degenerative skeletal disorders

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    The purpose of this article is to summarize the updated DEGRO consensus S2e guideline recommendations for the treatment of benign painful degenerative skeletal disorders with low-dose radiotherapy. This overview reports on the role of low-dose radiotherapy in the treatment of enthesiopathies (shoulder syndrome, trochanteric bursitis, plantar fasciitis, and elbow syndrome) and painful arthrosis (knee, hip, hand, and finger joints). The most relevant aspects of the DEGRO S2e Consensus Guideline Radiation Therapy of Benign Diseases 2014 regarding diagnostics, treatment decision, dose prescription as well as performance of radiotherapy and results are summarized. For all indications mentioned above, retrospective and some prospective analyses have shown remarkable effects in terms of pain relief. Nevertheless, the Level of Evidence (LoE) and the Grade of Recommendation (GR) vary: LoE 1b-4 and GR A-C. Low-dose radiotherapy for painful degenerative skeletal disorders is effective in the majority of the patients and therefore it may be a reasonable therapeutic alternative when simple and non-invasive methods have been used without persistent success. For all discussed entities, single fraction doses of 0.5-1.0 Gy and total doses of 3.0-6.0 Gy/series applied with 2-3 fractions per week are recommended. (orig.)

  4. Adjacent segment disease in degenerative pathologies with posterior instrumentation / Enfermedad de segmento adyacente en patologías degenerativas con instrumentación posterior / Doença de segmento adjacente em patologias degenerativas com instrumentação posterior

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    Ana Guadalupe Ramírez, Olvera; Manuel Villarreal, Arroyo; Luis Mario Hinojosa, Martínez; Enrique Méndez, Pérez; Luis Romeo Ramos, Hinojosa.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estabelecer a incidência real da doença do segmento adjacente após fusão e identificação dos níveis e fatores predisponentes à patologia, assim como os resultados funcionais. MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo de série de casos, com nível de evidência IIB, em amostra de 179 pacientes com diagn [...] ósticos de estenose de canal lombar, espondilolistese e escoliose degenerativa, submetidos a cirurgia no período de 2005 a dezembro de 2013, com instrumentação posterior e fusão posterolateral, com acompanhamento de 2007 até maio de 2014, no qual se avaliaram a sintomatologia e os achados radiográficos para estabelecer o diagnóstico e tratamento. RESULTADOS: O estudo incluiu 179 pacientes com diagnóstico de estenose de canal lombar (n=116), espondilolistese ístmica e degenerativa (n=50) e escoliose degenerativa (n=13); durante o estudo foram identificados 20 casos de segmento de nível adjacente, sendo que 80% foram tratados cirurgicamente com extensão da instrumentação, enquanto 20% foram tratados de modo conservador com AINE e bloqueios terapêuticos. CONCLUSÃO: Verificou-se uma incidência de 11%, com média de 3,25 anos no diagnóstico e tratamento, maior prevalência do sexo feminino e diagnóstico de estenose de canal lombar à instrumentação posterior, com predomínio dos níveis L4-L5; 80% foram tratados com extensão da instrumentação. As complicações foram radiculopatia persistente, infecção da ferida cirúrgica e um óbito decorrente de causas não relacionadas com a patologia lombar. Abstract in spanish OBJETIVO: Establecer la incidencia real de la enfermedad de segmento adyacente tras la fusión e identificación de los niveles y factores predisponentes a esta patología, así como los resultados funcionales. MÉTODOS: Se realizó un estudio retrospectivo de serie de casos, con nivel de evidencia IIB, [...] con una muestra de 179 pacientes con diagnósticos de canal lumbar estrecho, espondilolistesis y escoliosis degenerativa, intervenidos quirúrgicamente en el periodo de 2005 a diciembre del 2013, con instrumentación posterior y fusión posterolateral, bajo seguimiento desde 2007 hasta mayo de 2014 en el cual se evaluó la sintomatología y hallazgos radiográficos para establecer el diagnóstico y manejo. RESULTADOS: Se incluyeron en el estudio 179 pacientes con diagnóstico de canal lumbar estrecho (n=116), espondilolistesis ístmica y degenerativa (n=50), escoliosis degenerativa (n=13); durante el estudio se identificaron 20 casos de segmento de nivel adyacente, siendo que el 80% se trataron de manera quirúrgica con extensión de la instrumentación, mientras que el 20% se manejaron de modo conservador con AINE y bloqueos terapéuticos. CONCLUSIÓN: Se identificó una incidencia del 11%, con un promedio de 3.25 años en el diagnóstico y tratamiento, mayor prevalencia del sexo femenino y diagnóstico de canal lumbar estrecho en instrumentación posterior con predominio en los niveles L4-L5; el 80% se trataron con extensión de la instrumentación. Las complicaciones fueron radiculopatía persistente, infección de la herida quirúrgica y un fallecimiento debido a causas no relacionadas con la patología lumbar. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To establish the real incidence of adjacent segment disease after fusion, and to identify the levels and predisposing factors for the pathology, as well as the functional results. METHODS: a retrospective case series study with level of evidence IIB, in a sample of 179 patients diagnosed [...] with stenosis of the lumbar spine, spondylolisthesis and degenerative scoliosis, submitted to surgery in the period 2005 to December 2013, with posterior instrumentation and posterolateral fusion, with follow-up from 2007 until May 2014, in which the symptomology and radiographic findings were evaluated, to establish the diagnosis and treatment. RESULTS: the study included 179 patients diagnosed with stenosis of the lumbar spine (n=116), isthmic and degenerative spondylolisthesis (n=50) and degenerative scoliosis (n=13);

  5. The radiographic distinction of degenerative slippage (spondylolisthesis and retrolisthesis) from traumatic slippage of the cervical spine

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    In a review of 42 cases of degenerative arthritis of the cervical spine and 22 cases of cervical spine trauma with an observed anterior slip-page (spondylolisthesis) or posterior slippage (retrolisthesis) of the vertebral bodies of 2 mm or more, characteristic features were observed which allowed distinction between degenerative and traumatic slippage of the cervical spine. In degenerative slippage the shape of the articular facets and width of the facet joint space may remain normal; however, in most cases the articular facets become 'ground-down' with narrowing of the facet joint space and the articular facets themselves becoming thinned or ribbon-like. In traumatic slippage the articular facets will either be normally shaped or fractured and the facet joint space will be abnormally widened. Plain radiographs will usually allow this distinction to be made; however, in difficult cases polytomography may be required. (orig.)

  6. Scintigraphy, thermography and ultrasound in the diagnosis of inflammatory knee joint diseases

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    The paper reports on the results of dynamic scintigraphy with 99mTc-pertechnetate, contact plate liquid crystal thermography and sonography in patients with inflammatory disease of the knee joint. Dynamic scintigraphy and thermography showed the same findings in 89% of the patients in detecting inflammatory hyperaemia. Ultrasound is necessary for detection of 'liquid cavities', such as Baker cysts and arthroceles. (author)

  7. Temporomandibular joint reconstruction with total alloplastic joint replacement.

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    Jones, R H B

    2011-03-01

    This paper is a preliminary paper which presents the early findings of an ongoing prospective trial on the use of the TMJ Concepts and Biomet Lorenz total joint replacement systems for the reconstruction of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Total alloplastic replacement of the TMJ has become a viable option for many people who suffer from TMJ disease where surgical reconstruction is indicated. Degenerative joint diseases such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, TMJ ankylosis, malunited condylar fractures and tumours can be successfully treated using this technique. There are a number of TMJ prostheses available. Two of the joint replacement products, which have been found to be most reliable and have FDA approval in the United States, are the TMJ Concepts system and the Biomet Lorenz system, and for this reason they are being investigated in this study. This study presents the findings of seven patients with a total of 12 joint replacements using either the TMJ Concepts system or the Biomet Lorenz joint system. Two patients (3 joints) had the TMJ Concepts system and five patients (9 joints) had the Biomet Lorenz system. Although still early, the results were generally pleasing, with the longest replacement having been in position for three years and the most recent six months. The average postoperative mouth opening was 29.7 mm (range 25-35 mm) with an average pain score of 1.7 (range 0-3, minimum score of 0 and maximum 10). Complications were minimal and related to sensory disturbance to the lip in one patient and joint dislocation in two patients. PMID:21332746

  8. Iron behaving badly: inappropriate iron chelation as a major contributor to the aetiology of vascular and other progressive inflammatory and degenerative diseases

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    Kell Douglas B

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The production of peroxide and superoxide is an inevitable consequence of aerobic metabolism, and while these particular 'reactive oxygen species' (ROSs can exhibit a number of biological effects, they are not of themselves excessively reactive and thus they are not especially damaging at physiological concentrations. However, their reactions with poorly liganded iron species can lead to the catalytic production of the very reactive and dangerous hydroxyl radical, which is exceptionally damaging, and a major cause of chronic inflammation. Review We review the considerable and wide-ranging evidence for the involvement of this combination of (superoxide and poorly liganded iron in a large number of physiological and indeed pathological processes and inflammatory disorders, especially those involving the progressive degradation of cellular and organismal performance. These diseases share a great many similarities and thus might be considered to have a common cause (i.e. iron-catalysed free radical and especially hydroxyl radical generation. The studies reviewed include those focused on a series of cardiovascular, metabolic and neurological diseases, where iron can be found at the sites of plaques and lesions, as well as studies showing the significance of iron to aging and longevity. The effective chelation of iron by natural or synthetic ligands is thus of major physiological (and potentially therapeutic importance. As systems properties, we need to recognise that physiological observables have multiple molecular causes, and studying them in isolation leads to inconsistent patterns of apparent causality when it is the simultaneous combination of multiple factors that is responsible. This explains, for instance, the decidedly mixed effects of antioxidants that have been observed, since in some circumstances (especially the presence of poorly liganded iron molecules that are nominally antioxidants can actually act as pro-oxidants. The reduction of redox stress thus requires suitable levels of both antioxidants and effective iron chelators. Some polyphenolic antioxidants may serve both roles. Understanding the exact speciation and liganding of iron in all its states is thus crucial to separating its various pro- and anti-inflammatory activities. Redox stress, innate immunity and pro- (and some anti-inflammatory cytokines are linked in particular via signalling pathways involving NF-kappaB and p38, with the oxidative roles of iron here seemingly involved upstream of the IkappaB kinase (IKK reaction. In a number of cases it is possible to identify mechanisms by which ROSs and poorly liganded iron act synergistically and autocatalytically, leading to 'runaway' reactions that are hard to control unless one tackles multiple sites of action simultaneously. Some molecules such as statins and erythropoietin, not traditionally associated with anti-inflammatory activity, do indeed have 'pleiotropic' anti-inflammatory effects that may be of benefit here. Conclusion Overall we argue, by synthesising a widely dispersed literature, that the role of poorly liganded iron has been rather underappreciated in the past, and that in combination with peroxide and superoxide its activity underpins the behaviour of a great many physiological processes that degrade over time. Understanding these requires an integrative, systems-level approach that may lead to novel therapeutic targets.

  9. Avaliação ocular multimodal em doenças heredodistróficas e degenerativas da retina / Multimodal fundus imaging in heredodystrophic and degenerative diseases of the retina

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    Daniela Cavalcanti, Ferrara; Daniela, Calucci; Juliana Lambert, Oréfice; Rogério Alves, Costa.

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    Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese A tomografia de coerência óptica incorporou-se gradativamente ao contemporâneo arsenal diagnóstico em Oftalmologia, passando a exercer papel fundamental na investigação e condução de doenças oculares, particularmente na especialidade de Retina e Vítreo. A disponibilização comercial da nova geração d [...] e aparelhos, chamada de tomografia de coerência óptica "espectral", baseada em conceito físico distinto que permite a aquisição de imagens em alta velocidade, marcou o início de uma nova era desta tecnologia de investigação auxiliar. Adicionalmente, sua recente combinação com o oftalmoscópio de varredura a laser confocal (confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscope) vem propiciando a aquisição de imagens tomográficas guiadas em tempo real pelos diferentes modos de imagem (autofluorescência de fundo, reflectância com luz "infravermelha" e angiografia com fluoresceína ou indocianina verde). A avaliação ocular multimodal (multimodal fundus imaging) permite a correlação real e minuciosa de achados da morfologia retiniana e do epitélio pigmentar com dados de estudos angiográficos e de autofluorescência ou reflectância, propiciando assim inferências valiosas sobre a fisiologia do tecido. Neste artigo, discutimos brevemente as possíveis implicações da avaliação ocular multimodal na prática da especialidade de Retina e Vítreo. Abstract in english Optical coherence tomography was progressively incorporated to the contemporary diagnostic arsenal in Ophthalmology, playing a crucial role in the diagnosis and management of eye diseases, particularly in the specialty of retina and vitreous. The commercial availability of the new generation of devi [...] ces, coined "spectral" optical coherence tomography, which is based in a distinct physical concept that permits high-speed image acquisition, launched a new era for this investigative ancillary tool. In addition, the recent combination of this new technology with a confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscope has permitted the acquisition of tomographic images driven by different imaging modalities simultaneously (fundus autofluorescence, near-infrared reflectance, and fluorescein or indocyanine-green angiographies). Multimodal fundus imaging permits a reliable and detailed correlation between the morphological findings of the retina or retinal pigment epithelium and angiographic studies or fundus autofluorescence, leading to valuable insights about retina physiology. In this article, we briefly discuss possible practical implications of this new diagnostic modality for the retina specialist.

  10. Treatment of post-traumatic degenerative changes of the radio-carpal and distal radio-ulnar joints by combining radius, scaphoid, and lunate (RSL) fusion with ulnar head replacement

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    Distal radial fractures are a common type of fracture. In the case of intra-articular fractures, they often result in post-traumatic arthrosis. The objective of this study is to describe a novel alternative to the established salvage techniques for the treatment of post-traumatic arthrosis of the radio-carpal and distal radio-ulnar joints (DRUJ). Six patients with radio-carpal and DRUJ arthrosis were treated with a combined radius, scaphoid, and lunate (RSL) arthrodesis and as a Herbert ulnar...

  11. Comparative diagnostic imaging of the canine shoulder joint ultrasonography and radiography

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    radiographically. 6 of 17 supraspinatus insertion tendinopathies (35.3 %) and 4 of 5 bicipital tendon calcifications (80 %) were detected only with ultrasonography. Radiographic findings of bony proliferations in the intertuberal groove without signs of degenerative joint disease of the shoulder joint are indicative of severe or chronic biciptal tendon disease. In many cases, the stage and severity of cartilaginous and subchondral bone lesions with osteochondritis dissecans can be determined ultrasonographically. Osteochondritis dissecans defects not seen on radiographs are occasionally visible with ultrasound, although a negative finding is not always accurate. Ultrasonography of shoulder joint disease has been applied in humans for some time. In this study, the use of radiography and ultrasonography as diagnostic imaging modalities to determine shoulder joint lesions is presented. The ultrasonographic anatomy and pathology of the shoulder joint are described. Comparative radiographic and ultrasonographic fi...

  12. Ranking of MR in the diagnosis of diseases of the shoulder joint

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    In a prospective study 43 patients with shoulder pain were examined by sonography and MRI. The findings were controlled by plain radiography, arthrography, and CT arthrography. Joint effusions and humeral head defects were equally identified by MR and sonography. In the diagnosis of labrum lesions, rotator cuff lesions, subacromial spurs, and synovial inflammatory disease sonography was not as accurate as MR. A special MR scoring system improved the diagnosis of an impingement syndrome. (orig.)

  13. Computed tomography through the hip joint

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    Computed tomography through the hip joint should be used only after conventional radiographs (at least a.p. views). It may provide information that is diagnostic or helpful, e.g. in bacterial infections, trauma of praearthrotic states. Indications for surgery may be obtained in the presence of inflammatory-rheumatic and degenerative hip disease, arthritic deformities and trauma, and the type of suitable operation may be indicated. The obturator internus muscle, which can be seen medial to the acetabulum on the scan, is an important diagnostic indicator where there is trauma or bacterial infection of the hip joint. The capsule of the hip joint can be visualized directly. Slice thickness of 6 mm, or less is necessary. (orig.)

  14. Premature epiphyseal fusion and degenerative arthritis in chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis

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    A 9-year-old boy was diagnosed with chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis affecting multiple sites. During an 8-year follow-up he developed premature closure of a distal radial epiphysis and degenerative changes in the adjacent radiocarpal joint. (orig.)

  15. Premature epiphyseal fusion and degenerative arthritis in chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis

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    Piddo, C. [Pediatric Radiology, Children' s Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada); Reed, M.H. [Pediatric Radiology, Children' s Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada); Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Children' s Hospital and the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg (Canada); Black, G.B. [Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Children' s Hospital and the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg (Canada); F.R.C.S. Section of Orthopedics, Children' s Hospital and the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada)

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    A 9-year-old boy was diagnosed with chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis affecting multiple sites. During an 8-year follow-up he developed premature closure of a distal radial epiphysis and degenerative changes in the adjacent radiocarpal joint. (orig.)

  16. Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystal deposition disease presenting as a pseudotumor of the temporomandibular joint

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    We report a case of a 66-year-old white woman with calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) crystal deposition disease. The patient related a 2-month history of swelling with tenderness over the left pre-auricular region. A CT scan suggested a synovial chondromatosis. Surgical removal was done and histologic study showed CPPD crystals. This disease rarely involves the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and is not usually considered in the differential diagnosis. To our knowledge, only 14 cases have been reported in the literature. (orig.)

  17. Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystal deposition disease presenting as a pseudotumor of the temporomandibular joint

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    Vargas, A.; Teruel, J.; Pont, J.; Velayos, A. [Department of Radiology, Hospital de Girona ``Dr. Josep Trueta``, Av. de Franca s/n, E-17 007 Girona (Spain); Trull, J. [Department of Oral Surgery, Hospital de Girona, Dr. ``Josep Trueta``, Av. de Franca s/n, E-17 007 Girona (Spain); Lopez, E. [Department of Pathology, Hospital de Girona, Dr. ``Josep Trueta``, Av. de Franca s/n, E-17 007 Girona (Spain)

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    We report a case of a 66-year-old white woman with calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) crystal deposition disease. The patient related a 2-month history of swelling with tenderness over the left pre-auricular region. A CT scan suggested a synovial chondromatosis. Surgical removal was done and histologic study showed CPPD crystals. This disease rarely involves the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and is not usually considered in the differential diagnosis. To our knowledge, only 14 cases have been reported in the literature. (orig.) With 3 figs., 10 refs.

  18. Degenerative Pannus Mimicking Clival Chordoma Resected via an Endoscopic Transnasal Approach

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    Lesions of the lower clivus represent a technically challenging subset of skull base disease that requires careful treatment. A 75-year-old woman with tongue atrophy was referred for resection of a presumed clival chordoma. The lesion was resected via an endoscopic transnasal transclival approach with no complications. Pathology revealed only chronic inflammatory tissue consistent with a degenerative pannus. Degenerative pannus should be included in the differential diagnosis of lower clival ...

  19. Classificação diagnóstica dos portadores de doenças degenerativas de retina, integrantes dos grupos Retina São Paulo e Retina Vale do Paraíba Diagnostic classification of retinal degenerative diseases São Paulo and Vale Retina groups

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    Nichard Unonius

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO:Organizar um banco de dados regional de todos os indivíduos portadores de doenças degenerativas da retina, com o objetivo de classificar cada paciente de acordo com o tipo de distrofia e padrão de herança. MÉTODOS: Durante o encontro do Grupo Retina São Paulo no dia 5 de maio de 2001, duzentas e quarenta e três pessoas foram registradas, sendo que parte forneceu dados de antecedentes oculares, pessoais e familiares e árvore genealógica. Noventa e três pacientes foram questionados quanto a idade, origem, tipo de distrofia, história familiar e árvore genealógica, tipo de herança, outras anomalias sistêmicas e exames complementares. Foram classificados quanto ao diagnóstico e padrão de herança. RESULTADOS: Dos duzentos e quarenta e três pacientes registrados, as distrofias encontradas foram retinose pigmentária, doença de Stargardt, síndrome de Usher, amaurose congênita de Leber e coroideremia. Quanto à divisão por doença dos 93 pacientes argüidos, havia 62 pacientes com retinose pigmentária, 13 com doença de Stargardt, 13 com síndrome de Usher, três com amaurose congênita de Leber e dois com coroideremia. Dos pacientes com retinose pigmentária, o padrão de herança detectado foi autossômico dominante em quatro casos (7%, autossômico recessivo em vinte casos (32%, ligado ao cromossomo X recessivo em sete casos (11%, caso isolado em vinte e nove (47% e padrão indeterminado em dois (3%. Para a doença de Stargardt três indivíduos (23% seguiam o padrão de herança autossômico recessivo e dez (77% eram casos isolados. Dos treze pacientes com síndrome de Usher, oito (61,5% apresentavam herança autossômica recessiva, quatro (31% eram casos isolados e um (7,5% tinha o padrão de herança indeterminado. Os dois pacientes com coroideremia seguiam o padrão de herança ligado ao X recessivo. Para amaurose congênita de Leber, um paciente (33,5% tinha padrão autossômico recessivo de herança e dois (66,5% eram casos isolados. CONCLUSÃO: Destaca-se assim a importância desta classificação como a primeira referência nacional dos padrões de hereditariedade das distrofias retinianas do país. Este é o primeiro passo para se proceder em seguida a classificação genético-molecular baseada no seqüenciamento de cada gene responsável por cada um dos padrões de herança. A freqüência de cada tipo específico é semelhante à encontrada em outros trabalhos epidemiológicos de outros países.PURPOSE: To organize a regional data bank of all individuals that have retinal degenerative diseases, with the aim to classify each patient according to the type of distrophy and pattern of inheritance. METHODS: During the meeting of the São Paulo Retina Group on May 5th, 2001, two hundred and forty-three persons were registered, part of whom provided information concerning ocular, personal and family history and family tree. Ninety-three patients were asked about age, origin, type of dystrophy, family history and family tree information, type of inheritance, other systemic abnormalities and complementary examination. They were classified according to the diagnosis and pattern of inhe-ritance. RESULTS: The distrophies found in the registered two hundred and forty-three patients, were: retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt disease, Usher syndrome, Leber congenital amaurosis and choroideremia. Of the ninety-three patients examined on the same day, sixty-two had retinitis pigmentosa, thirteen had Stargardt disease, thirteen had Usher syndrome, three had Leber congenital amaurosis and two had choroideremia. The inheritance pattern of the patients with retinitis pigmentosa was autosomal dominant in 4 cases (7%, autosomal recessive in twenty cases (32%, X-linked recessive in 7 cases (11%. Twenty-nine cases were isolated (47% and two had an indeterminate pattern of inheritance (3%. Of the Stargardt disease patients, three (23% were autosomal recessive and ten (77% were isolated cases. Of the thirteen patients with Usher syndrome, eight (61.5% were autosomal recessive, four (31% were i

  20. Classificação diagnóstica dos portadores de doenças degenerativas de retina, integrantes dos grupos Retina São Paulo e Retina Vale do Paraíba / Diagnostic classification of retinal degenerative diseases São Paulo and Vale Retina groups

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    Nichard, Unonius; Michel Eid, Farah; Juliana M. Ferraz, Sallum.

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese OBJETIVO:Organizar um banco de dados regional de todos os indivíduos portadores de doenças degenerativas da retina, com o objetivo de classificar cada paciente de acordo com o tipo de distrofia e padrão de herança. MÉTODOS: Durante o encontro do Grupo Retina São Paulo no dia 5 de maio de 2001, duzen [...] tas e quarenta e três pessoas foram registradas, sendo que parte forneceu dados de antecedentes oculares, pessoais e familiares e árvore genealógica. Noventa e três pacientes foram questionados quanto a idade, origem, tipo de distrofia, história familiar e árvore genealógica, tipo de herança, outras anomalias sistêmicas e exames complementares. Foram classificados quanto ao diagnóstico e padrão de herança. RESULTADOS: Dos duzentos e quarenta e três pacientes registrados, as distrofias encontradas foram retinose pigmentária, doença de Stargardt, síndrome de Usher, amaurose congênita de Leber e coroideremia. Quanto à divisão por doença dos 93 pacientes argüidos, havia 62 pacientes com retinose pigmentária, 13 com doença de Stargardt, 13 com síndrome de Usher, três com amaurose congênita de Leber e dois com coroideremia. Dos pacientes com retinose pigmentária, o padrão de herança detectado foi autossômico dominante em quatro casos (7%), autossômico recessivo em vinte casos (32%), ligado ao cromossomo X recessivo em sete casos (11%), caso isolado em vinte e nove (47%) e padrão indeterminado em dois (3%). Para a doença de Stargardt três indivíduos (23%) seguiam o padrão de herança autossômico recessivo e dez (77%) eram casos isolados. Dos treze pacientes com síndrome de Usher, oito (61,5%) apresentavam herança autossômica recessiva, quatro (31%) eram casos isolados e um (7,5%) tinha o padrão de herança indeterminado. Os dois pacientes com coroideremia seguiam o padrão de herança ligado ao X recessivo. Para amaurose congênita de Leber, um paciente (33,5%) tinha padrão autossômico recessivo de herança e dois (66,5%) eram casos isolados. CONCLUSÃO: Destaca-se assim a importância desta classificação como a primeira referência nacional dos padrões de hereditariedade das distrofias retinianas do país. Este é o primeiro passo para se proceder em seguida a classificação genético-molecular baseada no seqüenciamento de cada gene responsável por cada um dos padrões de herança. A freqüência de cada tipo específico é semelhante à encontrada em outros trabalhos epidemiológicos de outros países. Abstract in english PURPOSE: To organize a regional data bank of all individuals that have retinal degenerative diseases, with the aim to classify each patient according to the type of distrophy and pattern of inheritance. METHODS: During the meeting of the São Paulo Retina Group on May 5th, 2001, two hundred and forty [...] -three persons were registered, part of whom provided information concerning ocular, personal and family history and family tree. Ninety-three patients were asked about age, origin, type of dystrophy, family history and family tree information, type of inheritance, other systemic abnormalities and complementary examination. They were classified according to the diagnosis and pattern of inhe-ritance. RESULTS: The distrophies found in the registered two hundred and forty-three patients, were: retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt disease, Usher syndrome, Leber congenital amaurosis and choroideremia. Of the ninety-three patients examined on the same day, sixty-two had retinitis pigmentosa, thirteen had Stargardt disease, thirteen had Usher syndrome, three had Leber congenital amaurosis and two had choroideremia. The inheritance pattern of the patients with retinitis pigmentosa was autosomal dominant in 4 cases (7%), autosomal recessive in twenty cases (32%), X-linked recessive in 7 cases (11%). Twenty-nine cases were isolated (47%) and two had an indeterminate pattern of inheritance (3%). Of the Stargardt disease patients, three (23%) were autosomal recessive and ten (77%) were iso

  1. Imaging of hip joint arthroplasty

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    The hip joint is the largest joint in the human body and consequently, its evaluation by diagnostic imaging is highly important. This includes imaging of hip joint arthroplasty, which is used to avoid joint immobility following a wide spectrum of diseases, such as end-stage degenerative disease, avascular necrosis of the femoral head or post-traumatic fractures. Conventional radiography is still the standard imaging modality for the evaluation of hip arthroplasty both directly following surgery and for periodical follow-up. In the majority of cases conventional radiography enables adequate assessment of early and late complications that can arise following hip arthroplasty, such as loosening, prosthetic or periprosthetic fracture, luxation, infection and soft tissue calcification. If the diagnosis cannot be established by means of radiography, advanced imaging methods such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), with or without injection of contrast media, may provide additional information. This is particularly true for the depiction of inflammatory processes. Regardless of the imaging modality used patients' clinical symptoms must also be taken into account in order to establish the correct diagnosis. (orig.)

  2. Treatment of Joint Inflammatory Diseases in the Lame Backyard Chickens with NSAIDs

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    M.M. Hadipour

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available The effects of several Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs were determined in 200 mature backyard chickens with clinical signs of lameness. The NSAIDs, diclofenac, carprofen, ketoprofen and meloxicam with doses 0.5, 1, 2, 3 and 4 mg/kg were used in these groups, orally. Chickens were monitored on a daily basis for general condition, joint inflammation reduction and mortality. Diclofenac, carprofen and ketoprofen were associated with mortality. In contrast, there were no reported mortalities for the NSAID, meloxicam in this study. Results of the current study revealed that the meloxicam was the drug of choice with relative safety for treatment of joint inflammatory diseases in chickens.

  3. [Revised consensus classification. Histopathological classification of diseases associated with joint endoprostheses].

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    Krenn, V; Morawietz, L; Kienapfel, H; Ascherl, R; Matziolis, G; Hassenpflug, J; Thomsen, M; Thomas, P; Huber, M; Schuh, C; Kendoff, D; Baumhoer, D; Krukemeyer, M G; Perino, G; Zustin, J; Berger, I; Rüther, W; Poremba, C; Gehrke, T

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    The revised classification of the periprosthetic membrane (synovial-like interface membrane SLIM) encompasses all pathological alterations which can occur as a result of endoprosthetic replacement of major joints and lead to a reduction in durability of prostheses. This also includes the established consensus classification of SLIM by which aseptic and septic prosthetic loosening can be subdivided into four histological types and histopathological criteria for additional pathologies: endoprosthesis-associated arthrofibrosis, immunological/allergic alterations and osseous pathologies. This revision represents the foundation for the histopathological diagnostics of the total spectrum of diseases associated with joint prostheses, is a suitable basis for a standardized diagnostic procedure and etiological clarification of endoprosthesis failure and also as a data standard for endprosthesis registers, in particular for registers based on routine data (e.g. German endoprosthesis register). PMID:23446461

  4. Joint modeling of multivariate longitudinal measurements and survival data with applications to Parkinson's disease.

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    He, Bo; Luo, Sheng

    2013-04-16

    In many clinical trials, studying neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson's disease (PD), multiple longitudinal outcomes are collected in order to fully explore the multidimensional impairment caused by these diseases. The follow-up of some patients can be stopped by some outcome-dependent terminal event, e.g. death and dropout. In this article, we develop a joint model that consists of a multilevel item response theory (MLIRT) model for the multiple longitudinal outcomes, and a Cox's proportional hazard model with piecewise constant baseline hazards for the event time data. Shared random effects are used to link together two models. The model inference is conducted using a Bayesian framework via Markov Chain Monte Carlo simulation implemented in BUGS language. Our proposed model is evaluated by simulation studies and is applied to the DATATOP study, a motivating clinical trial assessing the effect of tocopherol on PD among patients with early PD. PMID:23592717

  5. Vibration disease.

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    Kákosy, T

    1989-04-01

    Today, in this age of technology, vibration caused by machinery is an almost universal hazard. Vibration transferred from a machine to the human body may cause discomfort, a reduction of performance, and even injury. Vibratory manual tools may cause damage to the circulatory system of the upper extremities (Raynaud's syndrome), to the peripheral nerves (peripheral neuropathy), and to the bones and joints (aseptic necrosis, fatigue fractures, degenerative joint disease). Vehicles and machines causing floor vibration cause degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine. The pathogenesis of vibration injuries is still not completely clear and there is no effective treatment. Some of the abnormalities are irreversible and may cause permanent decrease of working ability, and even unemployment. This is why prevention is so important. Prevention is complex, including technical and organizational measures, use of individual protective clothing and footwear, and medical supervision both before and during employment. Workers who are exposed to vibration should be protected against other aggravating factors such as cold and noise, etc. Vibration-induced injuries are recognized in law in many countries as grounds for financial compensation. Their cost to industry is rising and, unless a means of prevention or cure is found, will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. PMID:2661029

  6. The role of leukocyte-stromal interactions in chronic inflammatory joint disease

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    Burman, Angela; Haworth, Oliver; Bradfield, Paul; Parsonage, Greg; Filer, Andrew; Thomas, Andrew M.C.; Amft, Nicole; Salmon, Mike; Buckley, Christopher D.

    2011-01-01

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a debilitating, chronic, persistent inflammatory disease that is characterised by painful and swollen joints. The aetiology of RA is unknown, however whereas past research has concentrated on the role of immune or inflammatory infiltrating cells in inflammation, it is becoming clear that stromal cells play a critical part in regulating the quality and duration of an inflammatory response. In this review we assess the role of fibroblasts within the inflamed synovium in modulating immune responses; in particular we examine the role of stromal cells in the switch from resolving to persistent inflammation as is found in the rheumatoid synovium. PMID:15681242

  7. Tumoral calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystal deposition disease of the temporomandibular joint: identification on crystallography.

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    Mikami, Toshinari; Takeda, Yasunori; Ohira, Akinori; Hoshi, Hideki; Sugiyama, Yoshiki; Yoshida, Yasuo; Ambo, Junichi

    2008-11-01

    This paper reports a case of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) crystal deposition in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) of a 59-year-old man with the chief complaint of severe pain in the left TMJ. On CT a radiopaque area was seen around the condylar process of the left TMJ with irregular destructive bony changes. A provisional diagnosis of crystalline-induced arthritis was made on histopathology of a biopsy specimen. Electron probe microanalysis (EPMA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction showed both CPPD and hydroxyapatite (HA) in the crystalline materials. Identification of these two types of crystal in crystal deposition disease of TMJ, using crystallography, is discussed. PMID:18844939

  8. Role of viscosupplementation in osteo-arthritis of knee joint.

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    Chandra, Rajesh; Mahajan, Sumit

    2013-05-01

    Osteo-arthritis is the chronic degenerative disease associated with joint pain and loss of joint function. It is caused by 'wear and tear' on a joint. Knee is the most commonly Involved joint. Disease is so crippling that patient is unable to walk independently from bed to bathroom. The major causes of osteo-arthritis are age, gender, obesity, medical condition and hereditary. The signs and symptoms of osteo-arthritis are pain, joint stiffness, joint swelling, and loss of function. No blood tests are helpful in diagnosing osteo-arthritis. Management of osteo-arthritis includes non-pharmacological, pharmacological and surgical. A relatively new procedure is viscosupplementation, in which a preparation of hyaluronic acid is injected into the knee joint. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the synovial fluid. It acts as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other and a shock absorber for joint loads. The decrease in the elastic and viscous properties of synovial fluid in osteo-arthritis results from both a reduced molecular size and a reduced concentration of hyaluronic acid in the synovial fluid. Viscosupplementation may be a therapeutic option for individuals with osteo-arthritis of the knee. Viscosupplementation has been shown to relieve pain in many patients who cannot get relief from non-medicinal measures or analgesic drugs. This article is to know the mechanism of action, patients' selection criteria, rationale and efficacy of viscosupplimentation in the management of osteo-arthritis of knee. PMID:24765695

  9. Joint disease mapping using six cancers in the Yorkshire region of England

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    Edwards Kimberley L

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Objectives The aims of this study were to model jointly the incidence rates of six smoking related cancers in the Yorkshire region of England, to explore the patterns of spatial correlation amongst them, and to estimate the relative weight of smoking and other shared risk factors for the relevant disease sites, both before and after adjustment for socioeconomic background (SEB. Methods Data on the incidence of oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, lung, kidney, and bladder cancers between 1983 and 2003 were extracted from the Northern & Yorkshire Cancer Registry database for the 532 electoral wards in the Yorkshire region. Using postcode of residence, each case was assigned an area-based measure of SEB using the Townsend index. Standardised incidence ratios (SIRs were calculated for each cancer site and their correlations investigated. The joint analysis of the spatial variation in incidence used a Bayesian shared-component model. Three components were included to represent differences in smoking (for all six sites, bodyweight/obesity (for oesophagus, pancreas and kidney cancers and diet/alcohol consumption (for oesophagus and stomach cancers. Results The incidence of cancers of the oesophagus, pancreas, kidney, and bladder was relatively evenly distributed across the region. The incidence of stomach and lung cancers was more clustered around the urban areas in the south of the region, and these two cancers were significantly associated with higher levels of area deprivation. The incidence of lung cancer was most impacted by adjustment for SEB, with the rural/urban split becoming less apparent. The component representing smoking had a larger effect on cancer incidence in the eastern part of the region. The effects of the other two components were small and disappeared after adjustment for SEB. Conclusion This study demonstrates the feasibility of joint disease modelling using data from six cancer sites. Incidence estimates are more precise than those obtained without smoothing. This methodology may be an important tool to help authorities evaluate healthcare system performance and the impact of policies.

  10. Pinhole scan and single photon emission computed tomography in the diagnosis of bone and joint diseases

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    Since the publication of the first bone scintiscans in 1962, three decades have elapsed. The bone scan has made great strides during this period, becoming one of the most commonly used nuclear imaging tests. In spite of this progress, however, the specificity of bone scans has remained relatively low. As a result, it is a common practice to seek additional information from radiographs, computed tomography scans and magnetic resonance imaging. The basic reason is the lack of piecemeal analysis in interpreting planar and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scans. Such analysis has its basis in the observation of elemental features of morphology, which include size, shape, contour, location, topography and internal architecture. Understandably, however, the miniature images of planar as well as SPECT scans do not provide these features in acceptable detail. Fortunately, pinhole scanning has the capacity to portray both the morphological and chemical profiles of bone and joint diseases in greater detail through true magnification. The magnitude of pinhole scan resolution is practically comparable to that of radiography as far as gross anatomy is concerned. Thus, it is felt strongly that pinhole scanning is a potential breakthrough in the long lamented low specificity of bone scan. The paper discusses the fundamentals, advantages and disadvantages and the most recent advances of pinhole scanning. It highlights the actual clinical applications of pinhole scantual clinical applications of pinhole scanning in relation to the diagnosis of infective and inflammatory diseases of the bone and joint. (author). 17 refs, 9 figs

  11. Joint Disorders

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    A joint is where two or more bones come together, like the knee, hip, elbow, or shoulder. Joints can be damaged by many types of injuries or diseases, including Arthritis - inflammation of a joint. It causes pain, stiffness, and swelling. Over time, ...

  12. MTADM: The new Joint Master Programme in Transboundary Animal Disease Management for Eastern Africa

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    Full text: New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) flagship Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). Focus is on livestock for trade and export. Better policies, institutions, regulatory framework and technologies are sought for livestock production and management and delivery of veterinary services and disease control. The disease status of African countries places the pivotal constraints on trade possibilities. Animal health standards imposed by importing countries for international, regional or bi-lateral trade, and through the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) agreement must be met. 12 of the 15 most important transboundary animal diseases persist in Africa. Disease control under SPS, entailing new standards, regulations and technologies, can and is not be covered by conventional veterinary training. This specialist area of its own has to be addressed in a specialised postgraduate course for young personnel already involved and responsible for public, private and hybrid animal disease control services. Ambitious visions of a new African livestock sector with changed focus on production, disease, trade, marketing, organisation, delivery and internationality are only realistic with newly trained animal disease control personnel. To target these issues at the academic level the Addis Ababa University / Ethiopia with universities of 3 regional partner countries (Kenya, Uganda, Sudan) and the Freie Universenya, Uganda, Sudan) and the Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany, successfully applied for a grant to establish a Joint Master Course in Transboundary Animal Disease Management (MTADM) for Africa. The 3-year project is funded under the EU - EDULINK Programme of the 9th European Development Funds (EDF) as from 2008 to 2010. Currently, preparatory work is ongoing on the final technical details of the MTADM Course. The overall objective of the programme is to strengthen the capacity of national veterinary services in Africa to control and manage trans-boundary and epidemic diseases more effectively in a regional concerted action so as to (a) contributing towards developing or expanding exports markets and trade for animals and animal products and, (b) improve in the longer run the livelihood of livestock keepers as well as consumers demands on quality and safety of animal products. The specific objectives are to build human resource capacity by producing an effective cadre of professionals in regional / trans-boundary animal disease control and management and to strengthen the regional network of the veterinary faculties of the participating African countries. This is to be achieved through: - the development of an innovative and state-of-the-art curriculum for the Joint MTAD Programme, - a first MTADM course executed at Addis Ababa University/Ethiopia, Freie Universitaet Berlin, and the African home country of the participant, - a second MTADM Course prepared and ready to be launched at a second Regional Partner University, and - a first group of at least 15 graduates being highly qualified and ready to take up meaningful employment in the animal disease control sectors. The MTADM Master Course is delivered as cross-border 'sandwich' programme, in modular form (EU system of ECTS credits; 120 ECTS total) with the Master Thesis carried out as a field study project under guidance of the partner universities in the African region. The MTADM Master Programme is directed towards young early-career professionals already involved in animal disease and sanitary control activities but who identified academic master-level training needs for innovative tools and methods in transboundary animal disease management to advance their career. The Course Announcement will be circulated early 2009 and applications are welcome before October 2009; qualified candidates may apply for scholarships provided by German, regional and international organisations. (author)

  13. Outcome of Arthroscopic Débridement is Worse for Patients With Glenohumeral Arthritis of Both Sides of the Joint

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    Kerr, Brian J.; Mccarty, Eric C.

    2008-01-01

    Glenohumeral arthritis in the young patient presents a difficult problem with potentially devastating sequelae. Reports in the literature suggest a role for arthroscopic treatment in patients with symptomatic degenerative joint disease of the shoulder. However, no published study directly compares patients with unipolar versus bipolar cartilage lesions. We retrospectively reviewed 19 patients (20 shoulders) younger than 55 years with Outerbridge Grade 2–4 articular cartilage changes who un...

  14. Common surgical complications in degenerative spinal surgery

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The rapid growth of spine degenerative surgery has led to unrelenting efforts to define and prevent possible complications, the incidence of which is probably higher than that reported and varies according to the region of the spine involved (cervical and thoracolumbar and the severity of the surgery. Several issues are becoming progressively clearer, such as complication rates in primary versus revision spinal surgery, complications in the elderly, the contribution of minimally invasive surgery to the reduction of complication rate. In this paper the most common surgical complications in degenerative spinal surgery are outlined and discussed.

  15. Severe destructive arthritis of the carpometacarpal joint: a diagnosis of exclusion case report.

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    Vaghela, Kalpesh R; Patel, Nirav K; Sarraf, Khaled M; Owers, Kate

    2013-01-01

    We present a case of severe destruction of the thumb carpometacarpal joint (CMCJ) and surrounding structures on a background of osteoarthritis and Seronegative Rheumatoid arthritis. Imaging studies suggested a soft tissue lesion consistent with Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis (PVNS), Synovial Osteochondromatosis or Giant Cell Tumour (GCT). Due to the possibility of malignant transformation and deteriorating symptoms the mass was excised. Histological analysis of the lesion revealed severe degenerative disease with no evidence of malignancy or infection. This represents an atypical presentation of thumb carpometacarpal joint arthritis, which should be diagnosed once more sinister pathology has been excluded. PMID:24662912

  16. Proximal interphalangeal joint release in Dupuytren's disease of the little finger.

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    Ritchie, J F S; Venu, K M; Pillai, K; Yanni, D H

    2004-02-01

    We present a prospective study, with 3-year follow-up, of the role and outcome of fasciectomy plus sequential surgical release of structures of the proximal interphalangeal joint in Dupuytren's contracture of the little finger. Our treatment programme involves fasciectomy for all patients followed by sequential release of the accessory collateral ligament and volar plate as necessary. Of the 19 fingers in the study, eight achieved a full correction by fasciectomy alone, and in these cases there was a fixed flexion deformity of 6 degrees at 3 months and 8 degrees at 3 years. The remaining 11 fingers (initial mean deformity 70 degrees flexion) were left with a fixed flexion deformity of 42 degrees after fasciectomy which reduced to 7 degrees with capsulo-ligamentous release. This increased to 26 degrees at 3 months but then remained relatively stable, increasing only to 29 degrees at 3 years. In our experience sequential proximal interphalangeal joint release has led to consistently good results with few complications in the correction of severe Dupuytren's disease of the little finger. PMID:14734062

  17. Scintigraphy by Means of Radioisotopes of Short Half-Life for Diagnosing Diseases of the Joints

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    Persons suffering from articular diseases exhibit an increase in vascularization associated with a concomitant inflammatory process. This hyper-vascularization can be visualized in cases of rheumatoid arthritis by means of radiotracer scanning of the vascular compartment, as indicated by Maxfield in 1965. The authors present the results of a study of 107 persons suffering from various articular conditions. The study was based on radioisotope scanning with 99mTc and 113mIn. For this purpose they made use of commercial apparatus with a .5-in. crystal and an 85-hole focussed collimator. They applied 6-10 mCi of 99mTc in the form of sodium pertechnetate and 8-10 mCi as indium chloride (adjusted to pH 3.5), both administered intravenously at 24-hour intervals. Different scintigraphic images were observed for each of the radioisotopes, the degree of concentration not being identical for a given joint. The procedure was useful for the early diagnosis of articular lesions and in some cases for carrying out differential diagnosis. It is also indicated that the increase in vascular permeability would afford the most satisfactory explanation for the increaised radioactivity in the joints when 99mTc is used as pertechnetate, even though other factors might exist apart from the increase in vascularization, which was not satisfactorily shown when 113mIn was used. (author)

  18. Estudio comparativo de las funciones ejecutivas entre pacientes con enfermedad de Parkinson y pacientes con enfermedad degenerativa cerebelosa / Comparison study of executive functions in Parkinson's disease and degenerative cerebellar disease's patients

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    Carlos G., Abel; Gustavo, Stein; Silvia, Pereyra; Gabriela, Ñano; Tomoko, Arakaki; Nélida, Garretto; Carlos, Mangone; Osvaldo, Genovese; Roberto E.P., Sica.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Comparar el rendimiento en tareas de función ejecutiva (FE) en sujetos con enfermedad de Parkinson (EP) leve a moderada (Hoehn y Yahr [...] ebelo en esa función. MÉTODO: Se evaluaron 14 pacientes con EP y 14 con EC apareados por sexo, educación, duración de enfermedad y MMSE, mediante tests neuropsicológicos estándar y el test de Wisconsin [WCST]). Se compararon puntajes Z promedio de cada grupo mediante prueba de "t" para muestras independientes. RESULTADOS: El grupo EC rindió significativamente menos en pruebas de atención y FE presentando errores perseverativos y no perseverativos durante el WCST. El grupo EP mostró aumento significativo de errores no perseverativos en relación al estándar esperado, sin alcanzar diferencias significativas con el grupo EC. CONCLUSIÓN: el grupo EC mostró defectos significativamente mayores en tareas de FE exhibiendo un patrón de disfunción prefrontal. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To compare executive functions (EF) in non-demented mild to moderate Parkinson's disease (PD) (Hoehn and Yahr [...] 14 patients with PD and 14 patients with CD matched by sex, education, disease's duration and MMSE were selected. A standardized neuropsychological battery and the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST) were administered. Z scores were compared for both groups through t-test for independent samples were used. RESULTS: The cerebellar group showed significant lower performance in measures of attention and EF, with a significant increase in both perseverative and non perseverative errors during the WCST. On the other hand the PD group showed a selective increase of non perseverative errors, without reaching significant between group difference. CONCLUSION: The CD group appears to have greater deficits in EF with a pattern of prefrontal dysfunction.

  19. Latent class models for joint analysis of disease prevalence and high-dimensional semicontinuous biomarker data.

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    Zhang, Bo; Chen, Zhen; Albert, Paul S

    2012-01-01

    High-dimensional biomarker data are often collected in epidemiological studies when assessing the association between biomarkers and human disease is of interest. We develop a latent class modeling approach for joint analysis of high-dimensional semicontinuous biomarker data and a binary disease outcome. To model the relationship between complex biomarker expression patterns and disease risk, we use latent risk classes to link the 2 modeling components. We characterize complex biomarker-specific differences through biomarker-specific random effects, so that different biomarkers can have different baseline (low-risk) values as well as different between-class differences. The proposed approach also accommodates data features that are common in environmental toxicology and other biomarker exposure data, including a large number of biomarkers, numerous zero values, and complex mean-variance relationship in the biomarkers levels. A Monte Carlo EM (MCEM) algorithm is proposed for parameter estimation. Both the MCEM algorithm and model selection procedures are shown to work well in simulations and applications. In applying the proposed approach to an epidemiological study that examined the relationship between environmental polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) exposure and the risk of endometriosis, we identified a highly significant overall effect of PCB concentrations on the risk of endometriosis. PMID:21908867

  20. Anti-CarP antibodies as promising marker to measure joint damage and disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

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    Yee, Alvin; Webb, Tyler; Seaman, Andrea; Infantino, Maria; Meacci, Francesca; Manfredi, Mariangela; Benucci, Maurizio; Lakos, Gabriella; Favalli, Ennio; Shioppo, Tommaso; Meroni, Pier-Luigi; Mahler, Michael

    2015-02-01

    Anti-citrullinated protein antibodies (ACPA) are important serological markers in the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and are part of the recent disease classification criteria. However, there is a strong need for reliable markers for measuring and predicting joint damage and disease activity. Recently, antibodies directed against carbamylated antigens (anti-CarP antibodies) were identified. A total of 120 RA patients were tested for anti-CCP antibodies using different methods and for anti-CarP antibodies using carbamylated fetal calf serum according to the method described by Shi et al. Additionally, ACPA fine specificities (to three citrullinated peptides) were measured. Disease activity was assessed at baseline using the disease activity score 28 (DAS28) in 80 patients. For 40 RA patients, joint erosion score (JES) was established. The median JES was 14.1 with a standard deviation of 11.5. Anti-CarP antibodies were correlated with joint erosion score (? = 0.34, 95% CI 0.03-0.59; p = 0.0332). No correlation between ACPA and joint erosion score was observed. No individual marker correlated with DAS28. When one ACPA peptide was combined with anti-CarP antibodies in a score (ACPA peptide 1 divided by anti-CarP), a statistically relevant correlation was found (p = 0.0264). In this small cohort, the presence of anti-CarP antibodies, but not ACPA correlate with joint erosion score. Anti-CarP antibodies combined with ACPA fine specificities correlated with DAS28. Therefore, anti-CarP antibodies might represent a promising marker to predict joint damage and disease activity in RA patients. PMID:25391608

  1. Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty of chronic arterial occlusive disease below the knee joint

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    The purpose of this study was to determine the safety and efficacy of the percutaneous transluminal angioplasty(PTA) in patients with chronic arterial occlusive disease below the knee joint. We retrospectively analyzed the results of 36 procedures in 16 patients. There were 15 men and one woman, aged 57-75 years(mean, 62 years). Indications were disabling claudication (SVS/ISCVS grade 1, category 3) in five cases, rest pain(grade 2, category 4) in three cases, and non-healing ulceration or gangrene(grade3, category 5) in eight cases. PTA was performed by using small vessel balloon catheter of 2-4 mm and 3 mm monorail balloon catheter in tibioperoneal vessels and 5-6 mm balloon catheter in distal popliteal artery and tibioperoneal trunk. Combined thrombolytic therapy with Urokinase was performed in 14 patients. Involved infrapopliteal vessels were four distal popliteal arteries, 15 tibioperoneal trunks, six anterior tibial arteries, five posterior tibial arteries, and seven peroneal arteries. Technical success was determined when post-PTA angiogram showed less than 30% of residual stenosis. Clinical success was defined as improvement of clinical symptoms, such as disappearance of claudication or rest pain, and healing of ulcereation. Technical success was achieved in 30 of 36 arteries(83%). Clinical success was achieved in 12 of 16 patients(75%) at an average follow-up of 13.3 months(range, 2-46 months). Clinical success rate was 100% in grade 1 category 3 patients, 67as 100% in grade 1 category 3 patients, 67% in grade 2 category 4 patients, and 63% in grade 3 category 5 patients. Complication included two distal emboli, one vessel rupture, one vessel thrombosis, and one occluding intimal flap. PTA was an effective method for treatment of chronic arterial occlusive disease below the knee joint and considered as the procedure of first choice. Severe claudicant(grade1) should be included in the indication of the tibioperoneal PTA

  2. Muscle and tendon injuries of the knee joint

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    Muscles and tendons contribute greatly to stabilization of the knee joint and are crucial elements for normal joint function. Therefore, injuries of those structures cause variable degrees of disability, depending on the severity of the lesion. Due to the characteristic structural changes and alterations of signal intensities, MR imaging allows accurate identification and staging of acute injuries of muscles and tendons, as well as assessment of chronic or degenerative disease. The knowledge of anatomy and normal function of muscles and tendons, together with a thorough understanding of the mechanism and usual combinations of their injuries (e.g., posterolateral structures) allows an exact evaluation of injury-induced functional impairments to the knee joint. A detailed and exact radiological report is of the greatest importance for the referring clinician and the patient to determine optimal therapeutic strategies. (orig.)

  3. Poor results of drilling in early stages of juxta-articular osteonecrosis in 12 joints affected by Gaucher disease

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    Lebel, Ehud; Phillips, Mici; Zimran, Ari; Itzchaki, Menachem

    2009-01-01

    Background and purpose Gaucher disease is heterogeneous. One of the most devastating complications is bone involvement, ranging from mild osteopenia to osteonecrosis, but no markers have been discovered to predict onset and/or progression. We describe our experience in a large referral center using drilling for juxta-articular osteonecrosis in young patients with Gaucher disease. Patients and methods We retrospectively reviewed medical data from all patients who were recommended to undergo drilling for osteonecrosis of juxta-articular bone of the femoral head, the humeral head, or upper tibia for acute osteonecrosis at a pre-collapse stage. Results 11 patients (mean age 34 years) underwent drilling of 12 joints with juxta-articular osteonecrosis; 3 (mean age 51 years) refused intervention. 9 joints that were drilled showed advancing joint degeneration within 0.5 to 4 years. 3 joints have undergone replacement. Of the 3 joints that did not undergo drilling, 2 have undergone replacement and 1 has collapsed with osteoarthritis. Interpretation We found equally poor outcome with and without drilling. Effective intervention can only be achieved by improving our understanding of bone physiology and pathophysiology in Gaucher disease. PMID:19404804

  4. Transarticular invasion of bone tumours across the sacroiliac joint

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the pattern of tumour spread across the SI articulation, correlating with cadaveric anatomic observations, in order to better understand the local spread of tumour and to assist in the assessment of local staging. Twenty-four consecutive patients (14 male, 10 female; age range 22-89 years, mean 52 years) with primary bone tumours of the iliac bone or sacrum abutting the SI joint, in whom surgical resection of the SI joint was performed, were studied following institutional ethics approval. In all patients, preoperative magnetic resonance (MR) imaging studies of the pelvis and SI joint were reviewed for imaging evidence of transarticular extension across the SI joint. Gross pathologic and histologic assessment of possible transarticular SI joint tumour extension was performed in all patients. Nine cadaveric pelvic specimens without pelvic neoplastic disease (4 male, 5 female; age range 20-84 years, mean 59 years, median 58 years) were anatomically dissected and the articular anatomy of the SI joint examined macroscopically. Twelve of the twenty-four patients demonstrated imaging and histological evidence of transarticular SI joint invasion. Eight tumours infiltrated only the interosseous ligamentous aspect of the SI joint. In the remaining four cases, extensive tumour infiltrated both the cartilaginous and ligamentous aspects of the joint. No case showed tumour involvement isolated to the cartilaginous aspect of the joint. Amonhe cartilaginous aspect of the joint. Among the cadaveric specimens studied, degenerative changes were found involving the majority of cases (6/9), with cartilage thinning and fibrillation and antero-superior marginal osteophytes seen involving the cartilaginous portion of the SI joint articulation. Four of the nine specimens demonstrated central ossification bridging the iliac and sacral aspects of the ligamentous (interosseous) SI joint. (orig.)

  5. Temporomandibular joint osteoarthritis: diagnosis and long-term conservative management: a topic review.

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    Kalladka, Mythili; Quek, Samuel; Heir, Gary; Eliav, Eli; Mupparapu, Muralidhar; Viswanath, Archana

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    Degenerative joint disease (DJD), a common osteoarthritic problem encountered in clinical practice presents as a chronic debilitating disease resulting in altered joint structure due to degradation and loss of articular cartilage, along with changes in the subchondral bone and other soft tissues. DJD is a frequent finding in the Temporomandibular joints (TMJs). Consequently, a good understanding of the use of a diagnostic algorithm will lead to a better control of DJD in the TMJ. The etiopathogenesis of osteoarthritis is complex, and it is associated with multiple risk factors. The condition progresses slowly through different phases with periods of remission and activity finally reaching the burnout phase. Conservative management forms the cornerstone for the treatment of most of these cases. This review attempts to acquaint the dentist with the diagnosis, pathogenesis and general characteristics of the disease while highlighting and updating them with the current conservative treatment algorithms in order to assist in the formulation of a treatment plan for these patients. PMID:24604992

  6. MRI of the wrist and finger joints in inflammatory joint diseases at 1-year interval: MRI features to predict bone erosions

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    The aim of this study was to assess the ability of MRI determined synovial volumes and bone marrow oedema to predict progressions in bone erosions after 1 year in patients with different types of inflammatory joint diseases. Eighty-four patients underwent MRI, laboratory and clinical examination at baseline and 1 year later. Magnetic resonance imaging of the wrist and finger joints was performed in 22 patients with rheumatoid arthritis less than 3 years (group 1) who fulfilled the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria for rheumatoid arthritis, 18 patients with reactive arthritis or psoriatic arthritis (group 2), 22 patients with more than 3 years duration of rheumatoid arthritis, who fulfilled the ACR criteria for rheumatoid arthritis (group 3), and 20 patients with arthralgia (group 4). The volume of the synovial membrane was outlined manually before and after gadodiamide injection on the T1-weighted sequences in the finger joints. Bones with marrow oedema were summed up in the wrist and fingers on short-tau inversion recovery sequences. These MRI features was compared with the number of bone erosions 1 year later. The MR images were scored independently under masked conditions. The synovial volumes in the finger joints assessed on pre-contrast images was highly predictive of bone erosions 1 year later in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (groups 1 and 3). The strongest individual predictor of bone erosions at 1-year follow-up was bone marrow oedema, if prar follow-up was bone marrow oedema, if present at the wrist at baseline. Bone erosions on baseline MRI were in few cases reversible at follow-up MRI. The total synovial volume in the finger joints, and the presence of bone oedema in the wrist bones, seems to be predictive for the number of bone erosions 1 year later and may be used in screening. The importance of very early bone changes on MRI and the importance of the reversibility of these findings remain to be clarified. (orig.)

  7. Analgesic effects of intra-articular botulinum toxin Type B in a murine model of chronic degenerative knee arthritis pain

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    Stephanie Anderson

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Stephanie Anderson1,2, Hollis Krug1,2, Christopher Dorman1, Pari McGarraugh1, Sandra Frizelle1, Maren Mahowald1,21Rheumatology Section, Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; 2Division of Rheumatology and Autoimmune Diseases, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAObjective: To evaluate the analgesic effectiveness of intra-articular botulinum toxin Type B (BoNT/B in a murine model of chronic degenerative arthritis pain.Methods and materials: Chronic arthritis was produced in adult C57Bl6 mice by intra-articular injection of Type IV collagenase into the left knee. Following induction of arthritis, the treatment group received intra-articular BoNT/B. Arthritic control groups were treated with intra-articular normal saline or sham injections. Pain behavior testing was performed prior to arthritis, after induction of arthritis, and following treatments. Pain behavior measures included analysis of gait impairment (spontaneous pain behavior and joint tenderness evaluation (evoked pain response. Strength was measured as ability to grasp and cling.Results: Visual gait analysis showed significant impairment of gait in arthritic mice that improved 43% after intra-articular BoNT/B, demonstrating a substantial articular analgesic effect. Joint tenderness, measured with evoked pain response scores, increased with arthritis induction and decreased 49.5% after intra-articular BoNT/B treatment. No improvement in visual gait scores or decrease in evoked pain response scores were found in the control groups receiving intra-articular normal saline or sham injections. Intra-articular BoNT/B was safe, and no systemic effects or limb weakness was noted.Conclusions: This study is the first report of intra-articular BoNT/B for analgesia in a murine model of arthritis pain. The results of this study validate prior work using intra-articular neurotoxins in murine models. Our findings show chronic degenerative arthritis pain can be quantitated in a murine model by measuring gait impairment using visual gait analysis scores (spontaneous pain behavior and joint tenderness scores (evoked pain responses. Reduction of joint pain seen in this study is consistent with our hypothesis of inhibition of release of pain mediators by intra-articular BoNT/B, supporting further investigation of this novel approach to treatment of arthritis pain with intra-articular neurotoxins.Keywords: intra-articular BoNT/B, osteoarthritis

  8. Development of Modulators Against Degenerative Aging Using Radiation Fusion Technology

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    Jo, Sung Kee; Jung, U.; Park, H. R.

    2010-04-15

    In this study, we selected final 20 biomarkers for the degenerative aging to develop radiation aging modeling, and validated a few of selected markers to utilize them in the screening of aging modulators. To select the biomarkers of the degenerative aging, 4 categories of aging-related markers (immune/hematopoiesis, oxidative damage, signaling molecule, lipid metabolism) were comparatively analyzed in irradiated and normally aged biosystems (cell lines or mice). In result, most of the biomarkers showed similar changes by irradiation and normal aging. Regarding the immune/hematopoiesis, the decline of immune cell functions (lymphocyte, NK cell) and Th1/Th2 imbalance, and decreased antigen-presenting of dendritic cells were observed and 10 biomarkers were selected in this category. mtDNA deletion was selected for the oxidative damage marker, 6 biomarkers including p21 and p-FOXO3a for signaling molecule biomarkers, and 3 biomarkers including the adipose tissue weight were selected for lipid metabolism. In addition, the various radiation application conditions by single/factionated irradiation and the periods after the irradiation were investigated for the optimal induction of changes of biomarker, which revealed that total 5Gy of 10 or more fractionated irradiations and 4 months or greather period were observed to be optimal. To found the basis for the screening of natural aging modulators, some selected aging biomarkers were validated by their inhibition by well-known natural agents (EGCG, HemoHIM, etc) in aged cell or mouse model. Additionally, by evaluating the reductive efficacy of 5 natural agents on the degeneration of skin and reproductive organs induced by radiation and chemicals (cyclophosphamide, etc), we established the base for the screening of degenerative diseases by various factors

  9. Development of Modulators Against Degenerative Aging Using Radiation Fusion Technology

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    In this study, we selected final 20 biomarkers for the degenerative aging to develop radiation aging modeling, and validated a few of selected markers to utilize them in the screening of aging modulators. To select the biomarkers of the degenerative aging, 4 categories of aging-related markers (immune/hematopoiesis, oxidative damage, signaling molecule, lipid metabolism) were comparatively analyzed in irradiated and normally aged biosystems (cell lines or mice). In result, most of the biomarkers showed similar changes by irradiation and normal aging. Regarding the immune/hematopoiesis, the decline of immune cell functions (lymphocyte, NK cell) and Th1/Th2 imbalance, and decreased antigen-presenting of dendritic cells were observed and 10 biomarkers were selected in this category. mtDNA deletion was selected for the oxidative damage marker, 6 biomarkers including p21 and p-FOXO3a for signaling molecule biomarkers, and 3 biomarkers including the adipose tissue weight were selected for lipid metabolism. In addition, the various radiation application conditions by single/factionated irradiation and the periods after the irradiation were investigated for the optimal induction of changes of biomarker, which revealed that total 5Gy of 10 or more fractionated irradiations and 4 months or greather period were observed to be optimal. To found the basis for the screening of natural aging modulators, some selected aging biomarkers were validated by their inhibition by well-known natural agents (EGCG, HemoHIM, etc) in aged cell or mouse model. Additionally, by evaluating the reductive efficacy of 5 natural agents on the degeneration of skin and reproductive organs induced by radiation and chemicals (cyclophosphamide, etc), we established the base for the screening of degenerative diseases by various factors

  10. Prevalence and Risk factors for Development of Venous Thromboembolism after Degenerative Spinal Surgery.

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    Yoshioka, Katsuhito; Murakami, Hideki; Demura, Satoru; Kato, Satoshi; Tsuchiya, Hiroyuki

    2014-12-01

    Study Design. Prospective clinical study.Objective. To identify the incidence and risk factors for VTE associated with degenerative spinal surgery procedures at the different spinal levels for various pathologies.Background. Spinal surgery includes procedures for treatment of various pathologies at different spinal levels. There have been no studies on venous thromboembolism (VTE) after degenerative spinal surgery with respect to screening patients for both deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary thromboembolism (PE).Methods. We prospectively investigated the occurrence of VTE after degenerative spinal surgery in 459 patients who were divided into five groups: group 1, patients with cervical degenerative disease treated with posterior decompression; group 2, patients with cervical degenerative disease treated with instrumentation for spinal fusion; group 3, patients with thoracolumbar degenerative disease treated with instrumentation for spinal fusion; group 4, patients with lumbar spinal stenosis treated with posterior decompression; group 5, patients with lumbar spondylolisthesis treated with one level posterior lumbar interbody fusion. A DVT and PE screening was performed for all patients. Binomial logistic regression analysis was used to assess the association of risk factors.Results. The incidence of VTE was 2.8%, 3.4%, 10.8%, 12.5%, and 10.1% in group 1,2,3,4, and 5, respectively. Female gender, advanced age, spinal level, and neurologic deficits, were all risk factors. Cervical spinal surgery in particular had an associated low risk. In patients with PE, three of the four had no DVT, indicating that screening for PE is also needed in high-risk patients.Conclusions. The prevalence of VTE following elective spinal surgery was different in each group. PMID:25494320

  11. Genetic testing of canine degenerative myelopathy in the South African Boxer dog population

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    Zeiler, Gareth E.; Henriette van der Zwan; Oosthuizen, Marinda C.

    2013-01-01

    Canine degenerative myelopathy (DM) is a progressive disease process that is diagnosed late in life and mainly affects the pelvic limbs. Factors that make an ante-mortem definitive diagnosis of DM include: an insidious onset and clinical manifestation that mimics other disease processes of the pelvic limbs (hip dysplasia, cranial cruciate ligament rupture, etc.) or there may even be concurrent disease processes, old-age onset and lack of reliable diagnostic methods. Until recently, South Afri...

  12. Defining the research agenda to reduce the joint burden of disease from diabetes mellitus and tuberculosis

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    Harries, Anthony D; Murray, Megan B

    2010-01-01

    The steadily growing epidemic of diabetes mellitus poses a threat for global tuberculosis (TB) control. Previous studies have identified an important association between diabetes mellitus and TB. However, these studies have limitations: very few were carried out in low-income countries, with none in Africa, raising uncertainty about the strength of the diabetes mellitus-TB association in these settings, and many critical questions remain unanswered. An expert meeting was held in November 2009 to discuss where there was sufficient evidence to make firm recommendations about joint management of both diseases, to address research gaps and to develop a research agenda. Ten key research questions were identified, of which 4 were selected as high priority: (i) whether, when and how to screen for TB in patients with diabetes mellitus and vice versa; (ii) the impact of diabetes mellitus and non-diabetes mellitus hyperglycaemia on TB treatment outcomes and deaths, and the development of strategies to improve outcomes;(iii) implementation and evaluation of the tuberculosis 'DOTS' model for diabetes mellitus management; and (iv) the development and evaluation of better point-of-care diagnostic and monitoring tests, including measurements of blood glucose and glycated haemoglobin A(1c) (HbA(1c)) for patients with diabetes mellitus. Implementation of this research agenda will benefit the control of both diseases.

  13. Degenerative Pannus Mimicking Clival Chordoma Resected via an Endoscopic Transnasal Approach.

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    Khaldi, Ahmad; Griauzde, Julius; Duckworth, Edward A M

    2011-05-01

    Lesions of the lower clivus represent a technically challenging subset of skull base disease that requires careful treatment. A 75-year-old woman with tongue atrophy was referred for resection of a presumed clival chordoma. The lesion was resected via an endoscopic transnasal transclival approach with no complications. Pathology revealed only chronic inflammatory tissue consistent with a degenerative pannus. Degenerative pannus should be included in the differential diagnosis of lower clival extradural lesions. The endoscopic transnasal transclival corridor should be considered for resection of such lesions as an alternative to larger, more morbid, traditional skull base approaches. PMID:23984195

  14. Instrumentação interespinhosa na doença degenerativa da coluna lombar: medição da altura do disco no segmento instrumentado Instrumentación interespinosa en la enfermedad degenerativa de la columna lumbar: medición de la altura del disco en el segmento instrumentado Interspinous instrumentation in patients with degenerative lumbar spine disease: disc height measurement on instrumented segment

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    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: na última década, a instrumentação interespinhosa vem sendo mais frequentemente utilizada. Apesar dos inúmeros artigos publicados em revistas internacionais de reconhecido mérito científico, são escassas as referências à modificação da altura do disco no segmento tratado, secundária àquela instrumentação. OBJECTIVO: quantificar uma eventual modificação da altura discal decorrente da aplicação de instrumentação interespinhosa (DIAM - Cousin-Biotech - Medtronic Sofamor Danek Inc©. MÉTODOS: o autor avalia um grupo de 20 pacientes com patologia degenerativa da coluna lombar e os seguintes critérios de inclusão: idade >40 e 6; Oswestry Disability Index (ODI >30; Zung Depression Rating Scale INTRODUCCIÓN: la instrumentación interespinosa tiene sido empleada con creciente frecuencia en la última década. Pero, apesar de las numerosas publicaciones científicas hechas en jornales científicos de reconocido mérito internacional, se han producido muy escasas referencias a una hipotética modificación de la altura discal dependiente de la técnica. OBJETIVO: cuantificar una eventual modificación de la altura discal inherente a la aplicación de instrumentación interespinosa. MÉTODOS: el autor hace una evaluación de un grupo de 20 pacientes con patología degenerativa de la columna lumbar, y diversos criterios de inclusión, a saber: edad >40 y 6; Oswestry Disability Index >30; Zung Depression Rating Scale INTRODUCTION: the use of interspinous instrumentation has been increasing in the last decade. However, in spite of the numerous papers seen in relevant scientific publications, there are very few references to an eventual disc height variation in the instrumented segment. OBJECTIVE: to certify eventual changes in disk height after interspinous instrumentation (DIAM - Cousin-Biotech - Medtronic Sofamor Danek Inc©. METHODS: the author evaluated 20 patients with degenerative lumbar disease and the following criteria: age >40 and 6; Oswestry Inability Index >30; Zung Depression Rating Scale <39; Modified Somatic Perception Questionnaire <15; degenerative bone disease grade 2 and 3 according to Benzel classification and degenerative disk disease grade 3 and 4 according to Pfirmann classification. Using a special formula and a computer image program (Adobe Photoshop 9.0 CS2, side radiograms of the lumbar spine in orthostatic position and with 70% amplification were obtained pre-surgery and two years after surgery. RESULTS: after applying the mentioned formula, the results showed an increased global disk height average 1.53 mm, with a standard deviation of 1.09 mm and p=0.0002. However, there was a large increase (0.45 mm in posterior disk height (p=0.0002 when compared with anterior measurement (p=0.001 pointing out a slight kyphosing effect related to the instrumentation. CONCLUSIONS: in Benzel grade 2 and 3 and Pfirmann grade 3 and 4 degenerative lumbar disease, the use of an interspinous system seemed to be able to increase disk height and to improve neural canal dimensions.

  15. Pattern of premature degenerative changes of the cervical spine in patients with spasmodic torticollis and the impact on the outcome of selective peripheral denervation

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    Chawda, S.; Munchau, A.; Johnson, D.; Bhatia, K.; Quinn, N.; Stevens, J.; Lees, A.; Palmer, J.

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    OBJECTIVES—To characterise the pattern of and risk factors for degenerative changes of the cervical spine in patients with spasmodic torticollis and to assess whether these changes affect outcome after selective peripheral denervation.?METHODS—Preoperative CT of the upper cervical spine of 34 patients with spasmodic torticollis referred for surgery were reviewed by two radiologists blinded to the clinical findings. Degenerative changes were assessed for each joint s...

  16. Targeted mutation of NOV/CCN3 in mice disrupts joint homeostasis and causes osteoarthritis-like disease

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    Roddy, K.A.; Boulter, C.A.

    2015-01-01

    Summary Objective The matricellular protein NOV/CCN3, is implicated in osteoarthritis (OA) and targeted mutation of NOV in mice (Novdel3) leads to joint abnormalities. This investigation tested whether NOV is required for joint homeostasis and if its disruption causes joint degeneration. Method NOV expression in the adult mouse joint was characterized by immunohistochemistry. A detailed comparison of the joints of Novdel3?/? and Novdel3+/+ (wild-type) males and females at 2, 6 and 12 months of age was determined by X-ray, histology and immunohistochemistry. Results NOV protein was found in specific cells in articular cartilage, meniscus, synovium and ligament attachment sites in adult knees. Novdel3?/? males exhibited severe OA-like pathology at 12 months (OARSI score 5.0 ± 0.5, P < 0.001), affecting all tissues of the joint: erosion of the articular cartilage, meniscal enlargement, osteophytic outgrowths, ligament degeneration and expansion of fibrocartilage. Subchondral sclerosis and changes in extracellular matrix composition consistent with OA, were also seen. The density of articular cartilage cells in Novdel3+/+ knee joints is maintained at a constant level from 2 to 12 months of age whereas this is not the case in Novdel3?/? mice. Compared with age and sex-matched Novdel3+/+ mice, a significant increase in articular cartilage density was seen in Novdel3?/? males at 2 months, whereas a significant decrease was seen at 6 and 12 months in both Novdel3?/? males and females. Conclusion NOV is required for the maintenance of articular cartilage and for joint homeostasis, with disruption of NOV in ageing Novdel3?/? male mice causing OA-like disease. PMID:25541297

  17. Retrolisthesis as a Compensatory Mechanism in Degenerative Lumbar Spine

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    Jeon, Ikchan

    2015-01-01

    Objective Posterior vertebral translation as a type of spondylolisthesis, retrolisthesis is observed commonly in patients with degenerative spinal problems. Nevertheless, there is insufficient literature on retrolisthesis compared to anterolisthesis. The purpose of this study is to clarify the clinical features of retrolisthesis, and its developmental mechanism associated with a compensatory role in sagittal imbalance of the lumbar spine. Methods From 2003 to 2012, 230 Korean patients who underwent spinal surgery in our department under the impression of degenerative lumbar spinal disease were enrolled. All participants were divided into four groups : 35 patients with retrolisthesis (group R), 32 patients with simultaneous retrolisthesis and anterolisthesis (group R+A), 76 patients with anterolisthesis (group A), and 87 patients with non-translation (group N). The clinical features and the sagittal parameters related to retrolisthesis were retrospectively analyzed based on the patients' medical records. Results There were different clinical features and developmental mechanisms between retrolisthesis and anterolisthesis. The location of retrolisthesis was affected by the presence of simultaneous anterolisthesis, even though it predominantly manifest in L3. The relative lower pelvic incidence, pelvic tilt, and lumbar lordosis compared to anterolisthesis were related to the generation of retrolisthesis, with the opposite observations of patients with anterolisthesis. Conclusion Retrolisthesis acts as a compensatory mechanism for moving the gravity axis posteriorly for sagittal imbalance in the lumbar spine under low pelvic incidence and insufficient intra-spinal compensation.

  18. Registration of knee joint surfaces for the in vivo study of joint injuries based on magnetic resonance imaging

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    Cheng, Rita W. T.; Habib, Ayman F.; Frayne, Richard; Ronsky, Janet L.

    2006-03-01

    In-vivo quantitative assessments of joint conditions and health status can help to increase understanding of the pathology of osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that affects a large population each year. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides a non-invasive and accurate means to assess and monitor joint properties, and has become widely used for diagnosis and biomechanics studies. Quantitative analyses and comparisons of MR datasets require accurate alignment of anatomical structures, thus image registration becomes a necessary procedure for these applications. This research focuses on developing a registration technique for MR knee joint surfaces to allow quantitative study of joint injuries and health status. It introduces a novel idea of translating techniques originally developed for geographic data in the field of photogrammetry and remote sensing to register 3D MR data. The proposed algorithm works with surfaces that are represented by randomly distributed points with no requirement of known correspondences. The algorithm performs matching locally by identifying corresponding surface elements, and solves for the transformation parameters relating the surfaces by minimizing normal distances between them. This technique was used in three applications to: 1) register temporal MR data to verify the feasibility of the algorithm to help monitor diseases, 2) quantify patellar movement with respect to the femur based on the transformation parameters, and 3) quantify changes in contact area locations between the patellar and femoral cartilage at different knee flexion angles. The results indicate accurate registration and the proposed algorithm can be applied for in-vivo study of joint injuries with MRI.

  19. Hinged distraction of the hip joint in the treatment of Perthes disease: evaluation at skeletal maturity.

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    Laklouk, Mohamed Abdel-Rehim; Hosny, Gamal Ahmed

    2012-09-01

    The aim of this work is to determine the effect of this type of treatment on the shape of the femoral head, the range of motion (ROM), radiological changes in the femoral head, and the prognosis of Perthes disease at skeletal maturity. From 1998 to 2007, 53 patients with Perthes disease were treated with a combination of soft tissue release and joint distraction with a hinged monolateral external fixator in 32 patients and by Ilizarov external fixator in 21 patients. Nineteen of our 53 patients attained skeletal maturity and were evaluated in our study. This study included 15 boys and four girls, mean age at surgery 9.3 years (range 7.2-13.1), and mean age at the last follow-up 17.4 years (range 14.9-21.3). The duration of symptoms varied from a period of 6 to 60 months before the operation. Radiographs taken during the fragmentation stage of the disease were classified by the lateral pillar classification of Herring; 19 of our patients attained skeletal maturity and were evaluated. Clinical assessment included the Harris hip score, hip ROM, and limb length discrepancy. Radiographic assessment included sharp transverse acetabular inclination, the uncoverage percentage, the epiphyseal index before surgery (modified Eyre-Brook), at frame removal, and at the last follow-up, the epiphyseal quotient (of Sjovall), and the Stulberg classification. The mean follow-up was 7.2 years (range 4.1-11.3). The mean Harris hip score was 87.1/100 (range 49.2-94.8). An improvement in hip (ROM) of 83.3% of the normal range was restored. There was a marked improvement in the degree of pain and limp postoperatively. The hip ROM was slightly limited in most patients, and seven patients had limb shortening of between 1 and 3 cm. The mean sharp transverse acetabular inclination of the affected side was 44° (range 35-51) compared with 37° for the unaffected side (P=0.042). The mean uncoverage percentage was 36% (range 24-45) compared with 21% for the unaffected side (P=0.027). The mean epiphyseal index was 0.74 (range 0.36-0.94) before surgery, 0.78 (range 0.49-0.89) at frame removal (P=0.017), and 0.80 (range 0.54-0.91) at the last follow-up (P=0.701). The epiphyseal quotient was 0.74 (range 0.51-0.94) and the Stulberg classifications were type II in eight patients, type III in seven patients, type IV in three patients, and type V in one patient. Arthrodiastasis of the hip joint with soft tissue release may represent a good contribution toward the treatment of Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease. This method of treatment has many advantages such as easy technique, minimal rate of complications, a short hospitalization period, correction of shortening because it adds to the length of the limb, and a higher rate of acceptable results than would be expected compared with other methods. It also improves the ROM, reduces superior and lateral subluxation, and provides better radiographic sphericity of the femoral head. In addition, it does not distort the anatomy of the pelvis or the proximal femur; it can be used with equal success in older children who are typically expected to have a poor prognosis. Distraction treatment is not limited by hip stiffness, degree of femoral head deformity, or subluxation, and can be used when other methods of treatment are contraindicated. PMID:22713742

  20. Estenosis espinal lumbar degenerativa / Degenerative spinal lumbar stenosis

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    Erick Héctor, Hernández González; Antonio, Puente Álvarez; Gretel, Mosquera Betancourt.

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    Full Text Available SciELO Cuba | Language: Spanish Abstract in spanish Fundamento: el aumento progresivo de la esperanza de vida viene acompañado de una mayor incidencia de las enfermedades degenerativas del raquis como la estenosis espinal. Objetivo: actualizar y sistematizar los conocimientos sobre la estenosis espinal degenerativa del canal espinal lumbar. Método: s [...] e realizó una revisión de la literatura de los último cinco años. Se insistió en la clasificación, patogenia, diagnóstico y tratamiento. Desarrollo: la estenosis espinal degenerativa del canal lumbar es un desorden multifactorial caracterizado por un estrechamiento del canal vertebral, del receso lateral o de los agujeros de conjunción secundaria a hipertrofia degenerativa y progresiva de cualquiera de las estructuras óseas, cartilaginosas o ligamentosas que culmina en una compresión neurológica y vascular. La claudicación neurogéna es de los síntomas más característicos. El diagnóstico se basa en las mediciones realizadas en las imágenes de tomografía axial computarizada y en la resonancia nuclear magnética. Las opciones terapéuticas incluyen el tratamiento conservador y el quirúrgico, con las técnicas descompresivas convencionales y las de mínima invasión, preferidas en la actualidad. Conclusiones: la estenosis espinal degenerativa es una enfermedad multifactorial. El diagnóstico se fundamenta en la sospecha clínica confirmada en los estudios imagenológicos. Para la elección del tratamiento deben tenerse en cuenta factores relacionados con el paciente, con las características de la estenosis y con la disponibilidad de la tecnología. El objetivo de la cirugía se encaminará a descomprimir las estructuras neurovasculares y respetar la estabilidad del raquis para disminuir la morbilidad posoperatoria. Abstract in english Background: the progressive increase of life expectancy came along with a greater incidence of degenerative diseases of the rachis like spinal stenosis. Objective: to systematize and bring the knowledge about degenerative spinal stenosis of the spinal lumbar channel up to date. Method: a review of t [...] he literature from the last five years was made, making emphasis in the classification, pathogeny, diagnosis, and treatment. Development: degenerative spinal stenosis of the lumbar channel is a multifactorial disorder characterized by a narrowing of the vertebral channel, of the lateral recess, or of the secondary intervertebral foramina, conditions commonly observed in degenerative and progressive hypertrophy of any of the cartilaginous, ligamentous, or osseous structures that ends in a neurologic or vascular squeeze. Neurogenic claudication is one of the most characteristic symptoms. The diagnosis is based on measuring made through the images in the computerized axial tomography and in the nuclear magnetic resonance. The therapeutic options include the conservative treatment and the surgical treatment, with conventional decompressing techniques and the techniques of minimal invasion that are the most used nowadays. Conclusions: degenerative spinal stenosis is a multifactorial disease. The diagnosis is based on the clinical suspicion confirmed through imagenology studies. Some factors related to the patient, to the characteristics of the stenosis, and to the availability of the technology should be taken into consideration for choosing the treatment. The objective of the surgery will be aimed at decompressing the neurovascular structures and keeping the stability of the rachis in order to reduce the postoperative morbidity.

  1. X-ray atlas of rheumatic diseases

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    This atlas comprises instructive X-rays of the various inflammatory rheumatic joint diseases in all stages at the extremities and the spinal column. In addition, the complex pattern of the wide range of arthroses, also known as degenerative rheumatic disease is included. Besides the instructive pointers to X-ray diagnosis, the book is also a guide to differential diagnosis. Hence, this book is actually an X-ray atlas of joint diseases in general. Selected Contents: Introduction: What Does ''Rheumatism'' Actually Mean?/Radiographic Methodology in Rheumatic Diseases of the Locomotor System/The Mosaic of Arthritis/Adult Rheumatoid Arthritis/Seronegative Spondylarthritis/Classic Collagen Diseases/Enthesiopathies/Gout-Pseudogout

  2. Joint Problems

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    ... of chronic arthritis. It is caused by an auto-immune reaction in which your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks joint tissues. Most typically, it involves the joints in your ... crystal deposition disease (including pseudogout) occurs in about half of all ...

  3. DEGRO guidelines for the radiotherapy of non-malignant disorders. Part II: Painful degenerative skeletal disorders

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    Ott, Oliver J. [University Hospitals Erlangen, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Erlangen (Germany); Niewald, Marcus [Saarland University Medical School, Dept. of Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology, Homburg/Saar (Germany); Weitmann, Hajo-Dirk [Fulda Hospital, Dept. of Radiooncology and Radiotherapy, Fulda (Germany); Jacob, Ingrid [Municipal Hospital Traunstein, Dept. of Radiotherapy, Traunstein (Germany); Adamietz, Irenaeus A. [Marien Hospital Herne/Ruhr University Bochum, Dept. of Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology, Herne (Germany); Schaefer, Ulrich [Lippe Hospital, Dept. of Radiotherapy, Lemgo (Germany); Keilholz, Ludwig [Bayreuth Hospital, Dept. of Radiotherapy, Bayreuth (Germany); Heyd, Reinhard [Center for Radiosurgery, Frankfurt a. M. (Germany); Muecke, Ralph [Marien Hospital Herne/Ruhr University Bochum, Dept. of Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology, Herne (Germany); Lippe Hospital, Dept. of Radiotherapy, Lemgo (Germany); Collaboration: German Cooperative Group on Radiotherapy for Benign Diseases (GCG-BD)

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    The purpose of this article is to summarize the updated DEGRO consensus S2e guideline recommendations for the treatment of benign painful degenerative skeletal disorders with low-dose radiotherapy. This overview reports on the role of low-dose radiotherapy in the treatment of enthesiopathies (shoulder syndrome, trochanteric bursitis, plantar fasciitis, and elbow syndrome) and painful arthrosis (knee, hip, hand, and finger joints). The most relevant aspects of the DEGRO S2e Consensus Guideline Radiation Therapy of Benign Diseases 2014 regarding diagnostics, treatment decision, dose prescription as well as performance of radiotherapy and results are summarized. For all indications mentioned above, retrospective and some prospective analyses have shown remarkable effects in terms of pain relief. Nevertheless, the Level of Evidence (LoE) and the Grade of Recommendation (GR) vary: LoE 1b-4 and GR A-C. Low-dose radiotherapy for painful degenerative skeletal disorders is effective in the majority of the patients and therefore it may be a reasonable therapeutic alternative when simple and non-invasive methods have been used without persistent success. For all discussed entities, single fraction doses of 0.5-1.0 Gy and total doses of 3.0-6.0 Gy/series applied with 2-3 fractions per week are recommended. (orig.) [German] Zusammenfassung der Empfehlungen der DEGRO-S2e-Leitlinie zur Niedrigdosis-Radiotherapie von gutartigen schmerzhaften degenerativen Skeletterkrankungen. Die vorliegende Zusammenfassung berichtet ueber die Bedeutung der Niedrigdosis-Radiotherapie in der Behandlung von Enthesiopathien (Schultersyndrom, Ellenbogensyndrom, Bursitis trochanterica, Fasciitis plantaris) und schmerzhaften Arthrosen (Knie-, Hueft, Hand- und Fingergelenksarthrosen). Die wichtigsten Aspekte der aktuellen DEGRO-S2e-Konsensus-Leitlinie Strahlentherapie gutartiger Erkrankungen bezueglich Diagnostik, Therapieentscheidungen, Dosisempfehlungen und Durchfuehrung einer Radiotherapie werden zusammengefasst. Fuer alle genannten Entitaeten wurde in zahlreichen retrospektiven und einigen prospektiven Untersuchungen ein bemerkenswerter Effekt der Niedrigdosis-Radiotherapie im Sinne einer Schmerzlinderung beschrieben. Je nach Entitaet wurden Evidenzlevel (LoE) von 1b-4 festgestellt, sodass unterschiedliche Empfehlungsgrade (GR) von A-C fuer den Einsatz der Radiotherapie ausgesprochen wurden. Die Niedrigdosis-Radiotherapie von benignen schmerzhaften degenerativen Skeletterkrankungen ist bei der Mehrheit der Patienten effektiv im Sinne einer Schmerzlinderung und ist daher insbesondere fuer Patienten, bei denen andere konservative Verfahren ohne Einsatz ionisierender Strahlung zu keiner anhaltenden Verbesserung der Schmerzsymptomatik gefuehrt haben, eine gut begruendbare therapeutische Alternative. Empfohlen wird die Durchfuehrung der Bestrahlung mit Fraktionsdosen von 0,5-1,0 Gy bis zu Gesamtdosen von 3,0-6,0 Gy/Bestrahlungsserie sowie 2-3 Fraktionen pro Woche. (orig.)

  4. Validity of simplified disease activity index using CRP titer in comparison to disease activity score-28 joints in Iraqi patients with active Rheumatoid arthritis

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Various factors are known to determine the disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA. The ?simplified disease activity? index (SDAI is new tool of measurement of disease activity. The present study was designed to assess validity of SDAI using C-reactive protein (CRP titer in comparison to ?disease activity score in 28 joints? (DAS28 in Iraqi patients with active RA. Methods: Sixty nine Iraqi RA patients were included in this study. All patients were active and fulfilled the ACR (American College of Rheumatology classification criteria. Full history was taken and complete clinical examination was done for all patients. Patients' age, sex, number of swollen joints, visual analogue scale (VAS, and evaluators? global assessment (EGA were documented. Laboratory analysis included erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR, CRP, SDAI and DAS28 were measured to assess disease activity. Results: The results revealed direct significant correlation between SDAI and DAS28 (r = 0.903, p < 0.001, and reported a good agreement between SDAI and DAS28 (? = 0.777, p < 0.001. SDAI was found as a valid measure for disease activity using CRP as a screening test compared to DAS28 (AUC = 0.983, p < 0.001. Conclusion: SDAI is a valid and sensitive measure for assessment of rheumatoid arthritis disease activity that is comparable with the DAS28 using semi quantitative method to estimate CRP. [J Exp Integr Med 2012; 2(3.000: 231-236

  5. Enthesitis in seronegative spondyloarthropathies with special attention to the knee joint by MRI: a step forward toward understanding disease pathogenesis.

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    Yasser, Ragab; Yasser, Emad; Hanan, Darweesh; Nashwa, El Shaarawy; Rasker, Johannes J

    2011-03-01

    Seronegative spondyloarthropathies are a unique group of disorders sharing similar clinical characteristics (e.g., inflammatory back pain, spondylitis, sacroiliitis, uveitis, inflammatory bowel disease, skin rashes, and enthesitis). Clinical and genetic similarities suggest that they also share similar causes or pathophysiologies. Rheumatoid factor (RF) is characteristically negative in this group of disorders, hence collectively termed seronegative spondyloarthropathies (SpA). They include psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn's disease. "Enthesitis", the term used to describe inflammation at tendon, ligament, or joint capsule insertions, is considered a common feature in this domain and was included in the European Spondyloarthropathy Study Group criteria for the classification of SpA. Evaluation of entheseal-related changes at different joints by MRI became an important item on the research agenda in both differentiated and undifferentiated arthritis. Most of the research focused on MRI findings in the hand and wrist joints among patients with RA and SpA and support two patterns of inflammation "RA" phenotype where synovial involvement is the primary target of inflammation and "SpA" pattern where enthesitis comes first followed by synovitis. In this review, we summarize the literature on enthesitis in SpA and focus on MRI findings in the knee joint in the SpA group of disorders and subclinical synovitis among patients with skin psoriasis. PMID:21210292

  6. Lumbar degenerative spinal deformity: Surgical options of PLIF, TLIF and MI-TLIF

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    Hey Hwee Weng

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Degenerative disease of the lumbar spine is common in ageing populations. It causes disturbing back pain, radicular symptoms and lowers the quality of life. We will focus our discussion on the surgical options of posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF and minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MI-TLIF for lumbar degenerative spinal deformities, which include symptomatic spondylolisthesis and degenerative scoliosis. Through a description of each procedure, we hope to illustrate the potential benefits of TLIF over PLIF. In a retrospective study of 53 ALIF/PLIF patients and 111 TLIF patients we found reduced risk of vessel and nerve injury in TLIF patients due to less exposure of these structures, shortened operative time and reduced intra-operative bleeding. These advantages could be translated to shortened hospital stay, faster recovery period and earlier return to work. The disadvantages of TLIF such as incomplete intervertebral disc and vertebral end-plate removal and potential occult injury to exiting nerve root when under experienced hands are rare. Hence TLIF remains the mainstay of treatment in degenerative deformities of the lumbar spine. However, TLIF being a unilateral transforaminal approach, is unable to decompress the opposite nerve root. This may require contralateral laminotomy, which is a fairly simple procedure.The use of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MI-TLIF to treat degenerative lumbar spinal deformity is still in its early stages. Although the initial results appear promising, it remains a difficult operative procedure to master with a steep learning curve. In a recent study comparing 29 MI-TLIF patients and 29 open TLIF, MI-TLIF was associated with longer operative time, less blood loss, shorter hospital stay, with no difference in SF-36 scores at six months and two years. Whether it can replace traditional TLIF as the surgery of choice for degenerative lumbar deformity remains unknown and more studies are required to validate the safety and efficiency.

  7. Migrating lumbar facet joint cysts

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    Palmieri, Francesco; Cassar-Pullicino, Victor N.; Lalam, Radhesh K.; Tins, Bernhard J.; Tyrrell, Prudencia N.M.; McCall, Iain W. [Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital, Department of Radiology, Oswestry (United Kingdom)

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    The majority of lumbar facet joint cysts (LFJCs) are located in the spinal canal, on the medial aspect of the facet joint with characteristic diagnostic features. When they migrate away from the joint of origin, they cause diagnostic problems. In a 7-year period we examined by computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging five unusual cases of facet joint cysts which migrated from the facet joint of origin. Three LFJCs were identified in the right S1 foramen, one in the right L5-S1 neural foramen and one in the left erector spinae and multifidus muscles between the levels of L2-L4 spinous process. Awareness that spinal lesions identified at MRI and CT could be due to migrating facet joint cyst requires a high level of suspicion. The identification of the appositional contact of the cyst and the facet joint needs to be actively sought in the presence of degenerative facet joints. (orig.)

  8. Ranking of MR in the diagnosis of diseases of the shoulder joint. Stellenwert der Magnetresonanztomographie in der Diagnostik von Schultergelenkerkrankungen

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    Vestring, T.; Bongartz, G.; Erlemann, R.; Reuther, G.; Krings, W.; Peters, P.E. (Muenster Univ. (Germany, F.R.). Inst. fuer Klinische Radiologie); Konermann, W.; Saathoff, J.; Drescher, H. (Muenster Univ. (Germany, F.R.). Orthopaedische Klinik und Poliklinik (Huefferstiftung))

    1991-02-01

    In a prospective study 43 patients with shoulder pain were examined by sonography and MRI. The findings were controlled by plain radiography, arthrography, and CT arthrography. Joint effusions and humeral head defects were equally identified by MR and sonography. In the diagnosis of labrum lesions, rotator cuff lesions, subacromial spurs, and synovial inflammatory disease sonography was not as accurate as MR. A special MR scoring system improved the diagnosis of an impingement syndrome. (orig.).

  9. [Shortening diclofenac therapy by B vitamins. Results of a randomized double-blind study, diclofenac 50 mg versus diclofenac 50 mg plus B vitamins, in painful spinal diseases with degenerative changes].

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    Vetter, G; Brüggemann, G; Lettko, M; Schwieger, G; Asbach, H; Biermann, W; Bläsius, K; Brinkmann, R; Bruns, H; Dorn, E

    1988-01-01

    The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) such as diclofenac for treatment of degenerative rheumatic disorders of the lumbar spine is of great significance in orthopedic practice. Clinical studies have shown that concomitant treatment with vitamins B1, B6, B12 and diclofenac provides more efficient pain relief than treatment using diclofenac alone. This study was undertaken in order to determine whether the duration of treatment with diclofenac for lower back pain can be shortened by adding B-vitamins to the therapeutic regimen. From September through December of 1986, 256 patients participated in a multicenter, controlled, randomized double-blind trial which compared the clinical efficacy of diclofenac (50 mg) with a combined therapy of diclofenac (50 mg) and vitamins B1, B6, and B12 (thiamine nitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, and cyanocobalamine, resp.; in dosages of 50 mg, 50 mg, and 0.25 mg, resp.). Patients were treated with 3 X 1 capsule daily for a maximum of two weeks, having the option to terminate participation in the trial after 1 week in the event of total pain relief. The data of 238 patients were able to be included in the evaluation. 29 patients opted to discontinue therapy due to remission on symptoms. Nineteen (65.6%) of these patients belonged to the combined therapy group, the other 10 (34.4%) having taken diclofenac alone; this difference is statistically significant (p less than 0.05). An important aspect in the evaluation of therapy was the patient response regarding the improvement of painful symptoms which, in addition to their subjective feedback, was reflected in the test results of the "Hoppe Pain Questionnaire (HPQ)." All parameters used as a measure of pain relief indicated superior results with the B-vitamin supplemented therapy when compared with results obtained with diclofenac alone. Moreover, after 3 days of therapy the "sensory" pain factor "sharpness" improved significantly. Undesirable side-effects were documented with 39 patients, 14 of them having discontinued therapy for this reason. No statistically significant difference could be determined within this group with regard to therapy. The study results document the positive influence of B-vitamins on painful symptoms and indicate that less NSAID is needed for pain relief when combined with B-vitamins. PMID:3071032

  10. Metal ions and oxygen radical reactions in human inflammatory joint disease.

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    Halliwell, B; Gutteridge, J M; Blake, D

    1985-12-17

    Activated phagocytic cells produce superoxide (O2-) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2); their production is important in bacterial killing by neutrophils and has been implicated in tissue damage by activated phagocytes. H2O2 and O2- are poorly reactive in aqueous solution and their damaging actions may be related to formation of more reactive species from them. One such species is hydroxyl radical (OH.), formed from H2O2 in the presence of iron- or copper-ion catalysts. A major determinant of the cytotoxicity of O2- and H2O2 is thus the availability and location of metal-ion catalysts of OH. formation. Hydroxyl radical is an initiator of lipid peroxidation. Iron promoters of OH. production present in vivo include ferritin, and loosely bound iron complexes detectable by the 'bleomycin assay'. The chelating agent Desferal (desferrioxamine B methanesulphonate) prevents iron-dependent formation of OH. and protects against phagocyte-dependent tissue injury in several animal models of human disease. The use of Desferal for human treatment should be approached with caution, because preliminary results upon human rheumatoid patients have revealed side effects. It is proposed that OH. radical is a major damaging agent in the inflamed rheumatoid joint and that its formation is facilitated by the release of iron from transferrin, which can be achieved at the low pH present in the micro-environment created by adherent activated phagocytic cells. It is further proposed that one function of lactoferrin is to protect against iron-dependent radical reactions rather than to act as a catalyst of OH. production. PMID:2419931

  11. Celecoxib: considerations regarding its potential disease-modifying properties in osteoarthritis

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    Zweers, Manon C.; Boer, Tineke N.; Roon, Joe?l; Bijlsma, Johannes Wj; Lafeber, Floris Pjg; Mastbergen, Simon C.

    2011-01-01

    Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease characterized by progressive loss of articular cartilage, subchondral bone sclerosis, osteophyte formation, and synovial inflammation, causing substantial physical disability, impaired quality of life, and significant health care utilization. Traditionally, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including selective cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 inhibitors, have been used to treat pain and inflammation in OA. Besides its anti-inflammatory p...

  12. Facet joint syndrome

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    It is the purpose of the study to demonstrate the clinical relevance of degenerative changes in the facet joint of patients with low back pain irradiating to the lower extremities, and discuss some problems relating to diagnosis and different diagnosis. 119 patients presenting the listed bellow syndromes are covered by the study: scoliosis, polytopic pain vertebral syndrome, paresis and history of trauma. all patients undergo comprehensive neurological examination with special attention focused on the spine: CT and plain x-rays are taken of the lumbosacral segment to assess the condition of the facet joints. The neurological examination demonstrates in all cases pain syndrome in the lumbar spine referred to one or both lower extremities. In 56% it is a matter of persisting pain, and in 44% - recurrent. More than half of the patients complain of sacroiliac (SI) dislocation and palpatory pain. Unilateral or bilateral degenerative changes are documented by imaging studies in all patients, including: subchondral thickening, osteopathy narrowing the lateral or central part of the spinal canal with ensuing nerve root compression. The lumbosacral zygoapophyseal joints are source of pseudoradicular pain. A correlation between clinical picture and GT changes is noted in all patients with facet joint syndrome. CT is an indispensable method in diagnosing facet joint syndrome. (authors)

  13. Current developments in imaging of the temporomandibular joint

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    The purpose of this paper is to provide a simple systematic approach to the diagnosis of polyarticular and monoarticular disease. The first part deals with common polyarticular disease, specifically the inflammatory, crystalline, and degenerative arthritides. The changes seen around the joint, as well as the distribution of the changes, characteristics of each anthropathy are demonstrated through the use of hand films. The second part of the presentation addresses the less well-known monoarticular diseases, specifically disorders that are diagnosed primarily by the radiologist rather than the clinician. These disorders include infectious arthritis, pigmented villonodular synovitis, synovial chondromatosis, and neuropathic arthropathy. The radiographic findings are not well known. Three categories of radiographic abnormalities are emphasized as an aid to diagnosis: juxtaarticular osteoporosis, subchondral cysts, and synovial calcification and debris

  14. Avaliação clínica e funcional no pré-operatório de doenças degenerativas da coluna vertebral Evaluación clínica y funcional en el preoperatorio de patologías degenerativas de columna Clinical and functional evaluation in preoperative period of degenerative disease spine surgery

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    Asdrubal Falavigna

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: a utilização de instrumentos de avaliação clínica e funcional nos pacientes com doenças da coluna vertebral pode determinar a evolução e predizer o desfecho pós-operatório. O objetivo deste estudo foi descrever a metodologia de avaliação de doenças degenerativas espinhais e verificar os resultados. MÉTODOS: após a indicação de tratamento cirúrgico nos pacientes com doenças das colunas lombar e cervical, os mesmos foram informados dos objetivos do estudo e convidados a participar. Os questionários foram respondidos no consultório médico, onde possíveis dúvidas surgidas durante o preenchimento eram esclarecidas por uma pessoa treinada não envolvida com a cirurgia. Todos os instrumentos de avaliação usados eram autoaplicativos. Foram utilizados a escala numérica de dor, o Questionário de Qualidade de Vida SF-36, o Questionário de Evitação por Medos e Crenças (FABq, o Inventário de Depressão de Beck (BDI, a Escala de Depressão e Ansiedade Hospitalar (HAD, o Índice de Incapacidade Oswestry (ODI e o Índice de Disfunção Relacionado ao Pescoço (NDI. RESULTADOS: foram avaliados 220 pacientes com doenças da coluna lombar e 32 da cervical. A prevalência de depressão segundo o BDI foi de 28,0% e de 31,2% em pacientes com doença cirúrgica lombar e cervical, e a prevalência de ansiedade pelo HAD-A de 40,1% e 46,9%, respectivamente. A média do ODI foi de 46,5, e a do NDI, de 25,4. Quanto ao preenchimento dos questionários, a maioria dos pacientes, uma vez instruídos, não apresentou dificuldades em finalizá-los. O tempo médio de preenchimento de todos os instrumentos foi de 25 a 35 minutos. CONCLUSÕES: a utilização de instrumentos validados para avaliação dos pacientes com doenças degenerativas vertebrais é exequível e deve ser estimulada entre os cirurgiões que atuam no âmbito da coluna vertebral.OBJETIVO: la utilización de instrumentos de evaluación clínica y funcional de patologías vertebrales, además de determinar la evolución después del tratamiento, puede predecir el resultado postoperatorio. El objetivo de este estudio es describir la metodología de evaluación de patologías degenerativas de la columna y verificar los resultados. MÉTODOS: luego de la indicación del tratamiento quirúrgico, los pacientes son invitados a participar del estudio mediante firma de un término de consentimiento libre y claro. Los pacientes responden los cuestionarios en el consultorio médico y son auxiliados cuanto a dudas al completarlo por una persona no involucrada con la cirugía. Todos los instrumentos de evaluación utilizados son auto-aplicativos. Se utilizan: escala numérica del dolor (NRS, Cuestionario SF-36, Cuestionario de Evitación por Miedos y Creencias (FABq, Inventario de Depresión de Beck (BDI, Escala de Depresión y Ansiedad Hospitalaria (HAD, Índice de Discapacidad Oswestry (ODI, Índice de Disfunción Relacionado al Cuello (NDI. RESULTADOS: se evaluaron 220 pacientes con patologías de la columna lumbar y 32 de la cervical. La prevalencia de depresión según el BDI fue del 28,0 y 31,2% en pacientes con enfermedad quirúrgica lumbar y cervical, y la prevalencia de ansiedad por el HAD-A del 40,1 y 46,9%, respectivamente. El promedio de ODI fue de 46,5 y del NDI de 25,4. Cuanto a la viabilidad de completar los cuestionarios, se observo que la mayoría de los pacientes, una vez instruidos cuanto a la manera de completarlos, no presenta dificultades para hacerlo. El tiempo promedio para completar todos los instrumentos es de 25 a 35 minutos. CONCLUSIÓN: la utilización de instrumentos validados para evaluación de los pacientes con enfermedades degenerativas vertebrales es viable y debe ser estimulada entre los cirujanos de columna.OBJECTIVE: the use of clinical and functional evaluation instruments for vertebral pathologies, besides determining how the situation evolves after treatment, can predict the postoperative outcome. The objective of this study was to describe the methodology to evaluate spinal degenerative pathologies a

  15. Minimally-invasive posterior lumbar stabilization for degenerative low back pain and sciatica. A review.

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    Bonaldi, G; Brembilla, C; Cianfoni, A

    2015-05-01

    The most diffused surgical techniques for stabilization of the painful degenerated and instable lumbar spine, represented by transpedicular screws and rods instrumentation with or without interbody cages or disk replacements, require widely open and/or difficult and poorly anatomical accesses. However, such surgical techniques and approaches, although still considered "standard of care", are burdened by high costs, long recovery times and several potential complications. Hence the effort to open new minimally-invasive surgical approaches to eliminate painful abnormal motion. The surgical and radiological communities are exploring, since more than a decade, alternative, minimally-invasive or even percutaneous techniques to fuse and lock an instable lumbar segment. Another promising line of research is represented by the so-called dynamic stabilization (non-fusion or motion preservation back surgery), which aims to provide stabilization to the lumbar spinal units (SUs), while maintaining their mobility and function. Risk of potential complications of traditional fusion methods (infection, CSF leaks, harvest site pain, instrumentation failure) are reduced, particularly transitional disease (i.e., the biomechanical stresses imposed on the adjacent segments, resulting in delayed degenerative changes in adjacent facet joints and discs). Dynamic stabilization modifies the distribution of loads within the SU, moving them away from sensitive (painful) areas of the SU. Basic biomechanics of the SU will be discussed, to clarify the mode of action of the different posterior stabilization devices. Most devices are minimally invasive or percutaneous, thus accessible to radiologists' interventional practice. Devices will be described, together with indications for patient selection, surgical approaches and possible complications. PMID:24906245

  16. SIRT1 protects against apoptosis by promoting autophagy in degenerative human disc nucleus pulposus cells.

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    Jiang, Wei; Zhang, Xuemei; Hao, Jie; Shen, Jieliang; Fang, Ji; Dong, Wen; Wang, Dawu; Zhang, Xiaojun; Shui, Wei; Luo, Yi; Lin, Liangbo; Qiu, Quanhe; Liu, Bin; Hu, Zhenming

    2014-01-01

    SIRT1 could protect degenerative human NP cells against apoptosis, and there were extensive and intimate connection between apoptosis and autophagy. Up to now, the role of autophagy in the process of human IVD degeneration is unclear. We sought to explore the relationship between autophagy and human IVD degeneration and to understand whether autophagy is involved in the protective effect of SIRT1 against apoptosis in NP cells. Our results showed that the autophagosomes number, the mRNA level of LC3 and Beclin-1, the protein expression of LC3-II/I and Beclin-1, decreased in NP from DDD. Resveratrol could increase the protein expression of LC3-II/I and Beclin-1, and reduce apoptosis in degenerative NP cells. In contrast, the protein levels of LC3-II/I and Beclin-1 were down-regulated and apoptosis level was significantly up-regulated in treatment with nicotinamide or SIRT1-siRNA transfection. Further analysis identified that the expression of cleaved Caspase3 and apoptosis incidence significantly increased with the pretreatment of bafilomycin A, whether resveratrol was added or not. These suggested that autophagy may play an important role in IVD degeneration, and SIRT1 protected degenerative human NP cells against apoptosis via promoting autophagy. These findings would aid in the development of novel therapeutic approaches for degenerative disc disease treatment. PMID:25503852

  17. Reduced Joint Pain after Short-term Duodenal Administration of Seal Oil in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease:Comparison with Soy Oil

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    Bjørkkjær, Tormod; Brunborg, Linn Anne; Arslan, Gu?len; Lind, Ragna Anne; Brun, Johan Gorgas; Valen, Merete; Klementsen, Beate; Berstad, Arnold; Frøyland, Livar

    2004-01-01

    Background: Rheumatic joint pain is a common extraintestinal complication of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Because the high ratio of n-6 to n-3 fatty acids (FAs) of the Western diet might promote rheumatic disorders, we wanted to compare the effects of short-term duodenal administration of n-3 rich seal oil and n-6 rich soy oil, on IBD-related joint pain. Methods: Nineteen patients with IBD-related joint pain were included, 9 had Crohn’s disease and 10 had ulcerative colitis. Ten ml of ...

  18. Reduced Joint Pain after Short-term Duodenal Administration of Seal Oil in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Comparison with Soy Oil

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    Bjørkkjær, Tormod; Brunborg, Linn Anne; Arslan, Gu?len; Lind, Ragna Anne; Brun, Johan Gorgas; Valen, Merete; Klementsen, Beate; Berstad, Arnold; Frøyland, Livar

    2004-01-01

    Background: Rheumatic joint pain is a common extraintestinal complication of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Because the high ratio of n-6 to n-3 fatty acids (FAs) of the Western diet might promote rheumatic disorders, we wanted to compare the effects of short-term duodenal administration of n-3 rich seal oil and n-6 rich soy oil, on IBD-related joint pain. Methods: Nineteen patients with IBD-related joint pain were included, 9 had Crohn’s disease and 10 had ulcerative colitis. Ten ml of ...

  19. Joint chondrolysis.

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    Provencher, Matthew T; Navaie, Maryam; Solomon, Daniel J; Smith, Jessica C; Romeo, Anthony A; Cole, Brian J

    2011-11-01

    Although the disease was first described in the hip, reports of chondrolysis in nearly all diarthrodial joints have since emerged with considerable variations in the literature.Despite speculation among clinicians and researchers about the implicit causal pathways and etiologic contributors associated with chondrolysis, definitive answers remain elusive.The term chondrolysis has been applied to varied levels of joint cartilage destruction from focal chondral defects to diffuse cartilage loss, revealing a lack of consistency in the application of diagnostic criteria to guide differential disease classification.Differentiating between the various potential etiologies associated with chondrolysis provides opportunities for the prevention of the disease. PMID:22048100

  20. Pathology of osteonecrosis of the femoral head. A review of experience at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York

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    Sissons, H.A.; Nuovo, M.A.; Steiner, G.C. (Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Inst., New York, NY (United States). Dept. of Pathology and Lab. Medicine)

    1992-05-01

    Pathological examination of the resected femoral heads from approximately 2000 total hip replacement operations carried out at the Hospital for Joint Diseases from 1984 to 1989 identified the presence of osteonecrosis in 345 patients (377 femoral heads). In 232 patients the osteonecrosis, referred to as 'idiopathic,' had occurred in the absence of a subcapital fracture. The present paper describes the pathology of the necrotic lesions in these 232 patients. The use of undecalcified sections and microradiography provides evidence of bone marrow calcification which, at the margin of the lesion, is sufficient to influence the radiographic features of the lesion significantly. Although a subchondral fracture is an almost constant feature of osteonecrosis when it occurs in a femoral head with a normal articular cartilage, no such fracture was found in cases in which osteonecrosis had occurred in an osteoarthritic joint. (orig.).

  1. Degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis: an epidemiological perspective: the Copenhagen Osteoarthritis Study.

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    Jacobsen, Steffen; Sonne-Holm, Stig

    2007-01-01

    STUDY DESIGN: A cross-sectional epidemiological survey of 4151 participants of the Copenhagen Osteoarthritis Study. OBJECTIVE: To identify prevalences and individual risk factors for degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The Copenhagen Osteoarthritis Study has registered health parameters since 1976. In 1993, standardized, lateral radiographs of the lumbar spine were recorded. There were 1533 men and 2618 women. METHODS: Statistical correlations were made between degenerative spondylolisthesis, and physical, occupational, and general epidemiological data. RESULTS: A total of 254 cases of lumbar slip were found (males 2.7%, females 8.4%). In females, no significant relationship between age at menopause or childbirths and the presence of degenerative spondylolisthesis were found. In women, relationships between body mass index (BMI) in 1976 and L4 olisthesis (P = 0.001), and between BMI in 1993 and both L4 and L5 olisthesis were found (L4: P = 0.003; L5: P = 0.006). Lumbar lordosis was associated with degenerative spondylolisthesis in women. Occupational exposures to daily lifting or smoking were not associated with degenerative spondylolisthesis. Degenerative spondylolisthesis was associated with increased age in both sexes (L4: P < 0.001; L5: P < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: BMI longitudinally and at index evaluations, age, and angle of lordosis were significantly associated with degenerative spondylolisthesis in women. In men, no individual risk factors for degenerative spondylolisthesis were found, save increased age.

  2. A minimally invasive posterior lumbar interbody fusion for degenerative lumbar spine instabilities

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    Logroscino, C. A.; Proietti, L.; Pola, E.; Scaramuzzo, L.; Tamburrelli, F. C.

    2011-01-01

    Percutaneous techniques may be helpful to reduce approach-related morbidity of conventional open surgery. The aim of the study was to evaluate the feasibility and safety of mini-open posterior lumbar interbody fusion for instabilities and degenerative disc diseases. From May 2005 until October 2008, 20 patients affected by monosegmental instability and disc herniation underwent mini-open lumbar interbody fusion combined with percutaneous pedicle screw fixation of the lumbar spine. Clinical ou...

  3. Central motor conduction in degenerative ataxic disorders: a magnetic stimulation study.

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    Claus, D.; Harding, A. E.; Hess, C. W.; Mills, K. R.; Murray, N. M.; Thomas, P. K.

    1988-01-01

    Central motor conduction to small hand muscles was measured using magnetic stimulation of the motor cortex and electrical stimulation of proximal motor roots in 11 patients with Friedreich's ataxia, 10 patients with early onset cerebellar ataxia with retained tendon reflexes (EOCA) and 13 patients with late onset degenerative cerebellar disease (LOCD). Central motor conduction was abnormal in 91% with Friedreich's ataxia, 70% with EOCA and 38% with LOCD. Central motor conduction abnormalities...

  4. Diagnostic steps in disc luxations and other frequent diseases of the temporomandibular joint

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    Modern diagnosis of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) consists of multiple steps, based on each other and amplifying one another. The first step is the clinical functional analysis, respecting general medical as well as specific dental aspects. If need arises electronic axiography, recording the movement of TMJ hingeaxis, is being added as well as occlusal analysis on mounted plaster casts. In case of open questions at this point of analysis, magnetresonance- and computer-tomographic imaging is brought in. The present paper is an overview describing the current step by step diagnosis of TMJ disorders, with special attention to luxation-reduction mechanism in the joints. (orig.)

  5. Functional anatomy of the distal radioulnar joint in health and disease.

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    Lees, V C

    2013-04-01

    The distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ) is critical to the function of the forearm as a mechanical unit. This paper is concerned with the concepts and observations that have changed understanding of the function of the DRUJ, notably with respect to the biomechanics of this joint. The DRUJ has been shown to be important in acting to distribute load and removal of the ulna head leads to the biomechanical equivalent of a one-bone forearm. The soft tissues with topographical relations to the distal forearm and DRUJ have also been investigated in our experimental series with findings including the description of a clinical disorder termed subluxation-related ulna neuropathy syndrome. PMID:23827285

  6. Functional anatomy of the distal radioulnar joint in health and disease

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    Lees, Vc

    2013-01-01

    The distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ) is critical to the function of the forearm as a mechanical unit. This paper is concerned with the concepts and observations that have changed understanding of the function of the DRUJ, notably with respect to the biomechanics of this joint. The DRUJ has been shown to be important in acting to distribute load and removal of the ulna head leads to the biomechanical equivalent of a one-bone forearm. The soft tissues with topographical relations to the distal fo...

  7. Acquired degenerative changes of the intervertebral segments at and suprajacent to the lumbosacral junction A radioanatomic analysis of the nondiscal structures of the spinal column and perispinal soft tissues

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    Jinkins, J. Randy E-mail: jrjinkins@aol.com

    2004-05-01

    A review of the imaging features of normal and degenerative anatomy of the spine on medical imaging studies shows features that have been largely overlooked or poorly understood by the imaging community in recent years. The imaging methods reviewed included computed tomography (CT) with multiplanar reconstructions and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). A routine part of the MRI examination included fat-suppressed T2 weighted fast-spin- or turbo-spin-echo acquisitions. As compared to the normal features in asymptomatic volunteers, alterations in the observed CT/MRI morphology and MR signal characteristics were sought in symptomatic individuals. Findings in symptomatic subjects which departed from the normal anatomic features of the posterior spinal elements in asymptomatic volunteers included: rupture of the interspinous ligament(s), neoarthrosis of the interspinous space with perispinous cyst formation, posterior spinal facet (zygapophyseal joint) arthrosis, related central spinal canal, lateral recess (subarticular zone) and neural foramen stenosis, posterior element alterations associated with various forms of spondylolisthesis, and perispinal muscle rupture/degeneration. These findings indicate that the posterior elements are major locations of degenerative spinal and perispinal disease that may accompany or even precede degenerative disc disease. Although not as yet proven as a reliable source of patient signs and symptoms in all individuals, because these observations may be seen in patients with radicular, referred and/or local low back pain, they should be considered in the evaluation of the symptomatic patient presenting with a clinical lumbosacral syndrome. Imaging recommendations, in addition to the usual close scrutiny of these posterior spinal elements and perispinal soft tissues on CT and MRI, include the acquisition of high-resolution multiplanar CT reconstructions, and fat-suppressed T2 weighted fast-spin- or turbo-spin-echo sequence MRI in at least one plane in every examination of the lumbar spine.

  8. High Spatial Resolution MRI of Cystic Adventitial Disease of the Iliofemoral Vein Communicating with the Hip Joint

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    Michaelides, Michael, E-mail: mihalismihailidis@gmail.com [Ygia Polyclinic Hospital, MRI/CT Department (Cyprus); Papas, Stylianos, E-mail: vascular@drpapas.com [Ygia Polyclinic Hospital, Vascular Surgery Department (Cyprus); Pantziara, Maria, E-mail: mgpantziara@gmail.com; Ioannidis, Kleanthis, E-mail: aktinodiagnostis@gmail.com [Ygia Polyclinic Hospital, MRI/CT Department (Cyprus)

    2013-05-14

    Venous cystic adventitial disease (CAD) is an extremely rare entity, and so far less than 20 cases have been described in the literature. Herein, we describe the imaging findings of CAD of iliofemoral vein in a 51-year-old woman who presented with leg swelling with special emphasis on high spatial resolution MRI, which demonstrated communication of the cyst with the hip joint. To our knowledge, this is the first description of high spatial resolution MRI findings in venous CAD supporting a new theory about the pathogenesis of venous CAD.

  9. Network-based SNP meta-analysis identifies joint and disjoint genetic features across common human diseases

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    Arnold Matthias

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Genome-wide association studies (GWAS have provided a large set of genetic loci influencing the risk for many common diseases. Association studies typically analyze one specific trait in single populations in an isolated fashion without taking into account the potential phenotypic and genetic correlation between traits. However, GWA data can be efficiently used to identify overlapping loci with analogous or contrasting effects on different diseases. Results Here, we describe a new approach to systematically prioritize and interpret available GWA data. We focus on the analysis of joint and disjoint genetic determinants across diseases. Using network analysis, we show that variant-based approaches are superior to locus-based analyses. In addition, we provide a prioritization of disease loci based on network properties and discuss the roles of hub loci across several diseases. We demonstrate that, in general, agonistic associations appear to reflect current disease classifications, and present the potential use of effect sizes in refining and revising these agonistic signals. We further identify potential branching points in disease etiologies based on antagonistic variants and describe plausible small-scale models of the underlying molecular switches. Conclusions The observation that a surprisingly high fraction (>15% of the SNPs considered in our study are associated both agonistically and antagonistically with related as well as unrelated disorders indicates that the molecular mechanisms influencing causes and progress of human diseases are in part interrelated. Genetic overlaps between two diseases also suggest the importance of the affected entities in the specific pathogenic pathways and should be investigated further.

  10. Environmental Radon Gas and Degenerative Conditions An Overview

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    Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas, has variable distribution in the environment as a decay product of uranium occurring in a wide range of rocks, soils and building materials. Although radon dissipates rapidly in outdoor air, it concentrates in the built environment, and inhalation of 222Rn and its progeny 218Po and 214Po is believed to provide the majority of the radioactive dose to the respiratory system. While the connection between radon and lung cancer has long been recognised and investigated, recent studies have highlighted potential links between radon and other conditions, among them Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer and Parkinson Diseases, and Paget Disease of Bone. A strong case exists for clarifying the relationship between radon and these other conditions, not least since radon remediation to reduce lung cancer may conceivably have additional benefits hitherto unrecognized. The present status of the postulated links between environmental radon gas and degenerative conditions is reviewed, and recommendations for further research into levering current anti-radon campaigns are made. (authors)

  11. Environmental Radon Gas and Degenerative Conditions An Overview

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    Groves-Kirkby, C.J. [Medical Physics Department, Northampton General Hospital, Northampton NN1 5BD (United Kingdom)]|[School of Health, University of Northampton, Northampton NN2 7AL (United Kingdom); Denman, A.R. [Medical Physics Department, Northampton General Hospital, Northampton NN1 5BD (United Kingdom); Woolridge, A.C. [School of Health, University of Northampton, Northampton NN2 7AL (United Kingdom)]|[School of Applied Sciences, University of Northampton, Northampton NN2 7AL (United Kingdom); Phillips, P.S. [School of Applied Sciences, University of Northampton, Northampton NN2 7AL (United Kingdom); Phillips, C. [School of Health, University of Northampton, Northampton NN2 7AL (United Kingdom)

    2006-07-01

    Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas, has variable distribution in the environment as a decay product of uranium occurring in a wide range of rocks, soils and building materials. Although radon dissipates rapidly in outdoor air, it concentrates in the built environment, and inhalation of {sup 222}Rn and its progeny {sup 218}Po and {sup 214}Po is believed to provide the majority of the radioactive dose to the respiratory system. While the connection between radon and lung cancer has long been recognised and investigated, recent studies have highlighted potential links between radon and other conditions, among them Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer and Parkinson Diseases, and Paget Disease of Bone. A strong case exists for clarifying the relationship between radon and these other conditions, not least since radon remediation to reduce lung cancer may conceivably have additional benefits hitherto unrecognized. The present status of the postulated links between environmental radon gas and degenerative conditions is reviewed, and recommendations for further research into levering current anti-radon campaigns are made. (authors)

  12. Studies of computed tomography as a contribution to differential diagnosis between dementia due to cerebrovascular disease (multi-infract type) and due to primarily degenerative cerebral atrophy (Alzheimers type)

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    Studies of computed tomography were performed in 367 patients diagnosed as dementia clinically. The mean age was 70.1 years. By the clinicians 240 were classified as senile dementia of Alzheimer's type, 79 as multiinfarct dementia, and 48 were not determined definitely. In 3%, the CT studies did detect treatable causes like tumors, subdural hematomas and communicating hydrocephalus. In about 57% was found by CT a diffuse brain atrophy without focal tissue changes as to expect if occurring a cerebrovascular disease. In 25% there were focal changes of the brain tissue in CT to define as residuals of infarctions in addition to the signs of cerebral atrophy. The results of the CT studies were normal in 15% despite of the evidence of dementia clinically. The analysis of the material did show that a cerebrovascular disease as a cause of dementia is suspected clinically in much more cases than CT studies are able to prove focal pathological changes of the brain tissue due to disorders of cerebral blood flow really. (orig.)

  13. Studies of computed tomography as a contribution to differential diagnosis between dementia due to cerebrovascular disease (multi-infract type) and due to primarily degenerative cerebral atrophy (Alzheimers type)

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    Kohlmeyer, K.

    Studies of computed tomography were performed in 367 patients diagnosed as dementia clinically. The mean age was 70.1 years. By the clinicians 240 were classified as senile dementia of Alzheimer's type, 79 as multiinfarct dementia, and 48 were not determined definitely. In 3%, the CT studies did detect treatable causes like tumors, subdural hematomas and communicating hydrocephalus. In about 57% was found by CT a diffuse brain atrophy without focal tissue changes as to expect if occurring a cerebrovascular disease. In 25% there were focal changes of the brain tissue in CT to define as residuals of infarctions in addition to the signs of cerebral atrophy. The results of the CT studies were normal in 15% despite the evidence of dementia clinically. The analysis of the material did show that a cerebrovascular disease as a cause of dementia is suspected clinically in much more cases than CT studies are able to prove focal pathological changes of the brain tissue due to disorders of cerebral blood flow.

  14. Failure to detect Chlamydia pneumoniae in calcific and degenerative arteriosclerotic aortic valves excised during open heart surgery

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    Andreasen, J J; Farholt, Stense

    1998-01-01

    Chlamydia pneumoniae has been associated with atherosclerosis, although no causal association has been established. Employing culture and polymerase chain reaction in aortic valves with calcific and degenerative arteriosclerotic changes from 23 non-consecutive patients undergoing aortic valve replacement, C. pneumoniae was not detected in any of the valves. 19/22 patients had serological evidence of past infection with C. pneumoniae. Our findings do not provide supportive evidence for the hypothesis that C. pneumoniae is associated with calcific or degenerative arteriosclerotic aortic heart valve disease.

  15. Advantages and limits of sup(99m)Tc pyrophosphate scintigraphy in the study of joint diseases

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    The results of sup(99m)Tc pyrophosphate bone scintigraphy are studied for a wide range of joint diseases. 215 scintigraphs are analysed, the results compared with those of authors who have used not only Tc phosphates but also other isotopes after comparison of their advantages and disadvantages, and possible applications suggested for each type of lesion. - The 99m Tc pyrophosphate scintigraphic examination is simple, harmless (a whole-skeleton examination delivers only 80 millirads to the narrow whereas a set of spine and pelvis X-rays delivers 325), reliable and highly sensitive, often anticipating data from radiographic examinations. - In the majority of developing joint diseases of whatever kind, apart from arthroses and certain osteolytic lesions unaccompanied by any healing reaction, a hyperfixation is observed. Generally speaking a scintigraph may be requested whenerver an evolutive bone lesion is suspected in the absence of clinical, radiological and biological evidence. The major disadvantage of the method is that, being highly sensitive, it lacks specificity and is hence unable alone to provide an etiological diagnosis

  16. [IgG RF analysis of synovial fluid of the knee joints in 35 patients with rheumatic disease].

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    Yu, M

    1993-12-01

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease. IgG RF in the synovial fluid is a significant indicator for the pathogenesis and differential diagnosis of this disease. To now, RF tested by latex agglutination belongs to the IgM type whereas, in the rheumatoid synovial fluid, most of immunocomplex molecules are IgG which bind into a complex. IgG RF was determined by ELISA in the synovial fluid of 35 cases of joint disorders, including 12 cases of RA, 7 cases of reactive arthritis (ReA), 5 cases of osteoarthritis (OA) and 11 cases of non-synovitis (non-S) which were regarded as negative control. The upper limit of OD value +2s was 0.5. Using this standard 7 out of 12 cases of RA were positive. 2 of 5 cases of OA were weakly positive, and only one case of ReA was positive. This suggest that this test is valuable in the diagnosis of RA. We have also observed the relation between IgG RF in synovial fluid and X-ray and arthroscopic findings of the same knee joint. In 5 of 7 cases of positive RA, II-III X-ray changes and II-III cartilage destruction arthroscopic findings were noted, suggesting a relationship between IgG RF in synovial fluid and articular damage. PMID:8082257

  17. La obesidad en el niño, problema no percibido por los padres: Su relación con enfermedades crónicas y degenerativas en la edad adulta / Child obesity: A problem unnoticed by parents and its relation with chronic and degenerative diseases in adulthood

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    Enrique, Romero-Velarde; Edgar M, Vásquez-Garibay.

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available La obesidad en niños y adolescentes es un problema de salud pública alrededor del mundo, incluyendo a México. Reportes de la literatura nacional e internacional han coincidido en señalar que la obesidad puede ser un problema no reconocido por los padres de los niños que la presentan y por profesores [...] en centros escolares; incluso puede ser subestimado por el personal de salud que atiende a estos niños por otros problemas de salud. Es importante reconocer que la obesidad en niños y adolescentes no es un problema estético únicamente, sino que se asocia a la presencia de alteraciones físicas, metabólicas y psicosociales que afectan el estado de salud de los niños que la padecen. Resalta la importancia de la presencia y persistencia de alteraciones consideradas como factores de riesgo cardiovascular, en vista de que estas enfermedades ocupan los primeros lugares como causas de morbilidad y mortalidad en adultos de nuestro país. Algunos estudios han confirmado que la presencia de sobrepeso en la niñez y adolescencia se asocia a mayor morbilidad y mortalidad en el adulto, particularmente la que se relaciona a padecimientos cardiovasculares. Por tanto, es importante que se resalte la necesidad de la identificación oportuna del sobrepeso y obesidad en niños y adolescentes de nuestra población, con el propósito de incluir medidas oportunas de prevención de la aparición y progresión de los factores de riesgo señalados, que alteran el estado de salud de los niños que la padecen y los colocan en riesgo para el desarrollo temprano de enfermedades en la etapa del adulto. Abstract in english Obesity is becoming more prevalent in children and adolescents around the world, including Mexico. Different reports have shown the failure of parents to recognize the overweight status of their children; this problem could be present also in school teachers and health professionals attending obese [...] children for other health problems. Obesity in children can have adverse physical, metabolic and psychosocial consequences affecting the health status of affected children. It is important to identify the presence and persistence of cardiovascular risk factors, as these groups of disease are leading causes of morbidity and mortality among adults in Mexico. Obese children have been frequently shown to grow into obese adults and have higher than expected morbidity and mortality in adult life, particularly due to cardiovascular diseases. It is important to identify timely the presence of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents in order to install opportune preventive measures to avoid the appearance and progression of cardiovascular risk factors.

  18. Treatment of Joint Inflammatory Diseases in the Lame Backyard Chickens with NSAIDs

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    2011-01-01

    The effects of several Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) were determined in 200 mature backyard chickens with clinical signs of lameness. The NSAIDs, diclofenac, carprofen, ketoprofen and meloxicam with doses 0.5, 1, 2, 3 and 4 mg/kg were used in these groups, orally. Chickens were monitored on a daily basis for general condition, joint inflammation reduction and mortality. Diclofenac, carprofen and ketoprofen were associated with mortality. In contrast, there were no reported mo...

  19. Lateral approach for arthrocentesis of the equine coffin joint.

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    1997-01-01

    The coffin joint is frequently affected with degenerative, inflammatory, and traumatic disorders that require arthropuncture for diagnosis and treatment. Traditionally, the coffin joint has been accessed through the dorsal or dorsolateral aspect of the dorsal joint pouch, but this approach is considered difficult by some veterinary practitioners. More recently a lateral approach for arthrocentesis of the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint has been advocated; a simil...

  20. Degenerative dementia: nosological aspects and results of single photon emission computed tomography; Les demences degeneratives: aspects nosologiques et resultats de la tomographie d'emission monophotonique

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    Dubois, B.; Habert, M.O. [Hopital Pitie-Salpetriere, 75 - Paris (France)

    1999-12-01

    Ten years ago, the diagnosis discussion of a dementia case for the old patient was limited to two pathologies: the Alzheimer illness and the Pick illness. During these last years, the frame of these primary degenerative dementia has fallen into pieces. The different diseases and the results got with single photon emission computed tomography are discussed. for example: fronto-temporal dementia, primary progressive aphasia, progressive apraxia, visio-spatial dysfunction, dementia at Lewy's bodies, or cortico-basal degeneration. (N.C.)

  1. Conventional versus minimally-invasive cervical discectomy for treatment of severe degenerative disease at C5-C6: a biomechanical comparison using a model of the full cervical spine and finite element analysis

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    Yuan Li

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to determine the dif-ferences in biomechanical responses of tissues in the cervical spine when pain and other problems secon-dary to severe disc degeneration disease are surgi-cally treated by conventional discectomy (CONDIS compared to minimally-invasive discectomy (MIVDIS. A validated three-dimensional model of an intact, healthy, adult full cervical spine (C1-C7 (INT was constructed. This model was then modified to create two models, one simulating each of the above-men-tioned two techniques for discectomy of the severely degenerated C5-C6 disc. For each of these three models, we used the finite element analysis method to obtain three biomechanical parameters at various tissues in the model, under seven different physio-logically relevant loadings. For each of the biome-chanical parameters, the results were expressed as relative change in its value when a specified combi-nation of simulated discectomy model and applied loading was used, with respect to the corresponding value in the intact model. We then computed the value of a composite biomechanical performance in-dex (CBPI for CONDIS and MIVDIS models, with this value incorporating all of the aforementioned relative changes. We found that CBPI was marginally lower for MIVDIS model. This trend is the same as that reported for the relative complications rate and outcome measures following conventional and mini-mally-invasive discectomies in the lumbar spine. From a healthcare perspective, one implication of our finding is that minimally-invasive cervical discectomy should be considered an attractive option provided that detailed patient selection criteria are clearly de-fined and strictly followed.

  2. Prevalência e relação de fatores emocionais e clínicos em pacientes com discopatia degenerativa La prevalencia y la relación de los factores clínicos y los trastornos emocionales en pacientes con discopatia degenerativa del disco Prevalence and relationship of emotional and clinical factors in patients with degenerative disc disease

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    Vivian Amaral

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: descrever as condições psicossociais, no momento da indicação cirúrgica, dos pacientes com dor lombar crônica causada por discopatia degenerativa. MÉTODOS: em uma série de 32 casos de discopatia degenerativa eletivos para cirurgia, foi realizada avaliação psicológica pré-operatória. Nesta avaliação, foram colhidos dados demográficos e sociais: sexo, idade, situação ocupacional atual, ocorrência de afastamento por invalidez; e dados clínico-psicológicos: dor, restrição física, utilização de medicamento psiquiátrico controlado; grau de ansiedade; grau de depressão; grau de desesperança; expectativas frente ao objetivo cirúrgico. RESULTADOS: o grupo foi composto de 13 mulheres e 14 homens, com média de idade de 44,3 anos (23 a 65 anos. Os parâmetros de dor e restrição física estão dentro de valores geralmente indicativos de cirurgia, não indicando nenhuma peculiaridade no grupo estudado. Foi evidenciada uma alta e correlacionada prevalência de alterações psicológicas nos pacientes: 50% em quadro depressivo, 54% em quadro de ansiedade e 22% em quadro de desesperança. Além disso, foi possível evidenciar altos índices de afastamento do trabalho por invalidez física e correlação da presença de ansiedade e/ou depressão com casos em que haviam expectativas deturpadas quanto ao resultado cirúrgico. CONCLUSÕES: dor lombar crônica é acompanhada de quadros de dor e de alterações psicológicas, como ansiedade, depressão e desesperança. Esses parâmetros evidenciam a necessidade de avaliação psicológica pré-cirúrgica e acompanhamento posterior, visando à reabilitação do paciente.OBJETIVOS: describir las condiciones psicosociales, en el momento de la indicación quirúrgica, de pacientes con dolor lumbar crónico causado por discopatia degenerativa del disco. MÉTODOS: en una serie de 32 casos de discopatia degenerativa del disco, se llevó a cabo una evaluación psicológica antes de la cirugía para la cirugía electiva. En esta evaluación, se recogieron datos socio-demográficos: de género; edad; situación laboral actual; la aparición de retiro debido a la discapacidad; y la clínica del dolor psicológico: la restricción física; uso de medicación psiquiátrica controlada; el grado de ansiedad; el grado de depresión; el grado de la desesperanza; expectativas antes de la meta quirúrgica. RESULTADOS: el grupo estaba compuesto por 13 mujeres y 14 hombres, edad media de 44,3 años (23 a 65 años. Los parámetros de dolor y de la restricción física están en la acción suele ser indicativa de la cirugía, lo que indica ninguna peculiaridad en el grupo de estudio. Hemos demostrado una alta prevalencia y las correlaciones de cambios psicológicos en pacientes: el 50% en la depresión, el 54% en el marco de la ansiedad y el 22% en el marco de la desesperanza. Además, era posible mostrar altas tasas de ausencia del trabajo debido a la discapacidad y la correlación de la presencia física de la ansiedad y la depresión de los casos donde las expectativas eran engañosas en cuanto a los resultados. CONCLUSIONES: el dolor lumbar crónico se acompaña de imágenes de dolor y los trastornos psicológicos tales como ansiedad, depresión y la desesperanza. Estos parámetros indican la necesidad de una evaluación psicológica antes de la cirugía y el seguimiento, con miras a la rehabilitación del paciente.OBJECTIVES: to describe the psychosocial conditions, at the time of surgical indication, of patients with chronic low back pain caused by degenerative disc disease. METHODS: in a series of 32 cases of degenerative disc disease elective surgery, a psychological evaluation was performed before the surgery. In this evaluation, socio-demographic data were collected: gender; age; present working status; occurrence of withdrawal due to disability; and clinical-psychological data: pain; physical restraint; use of psychiatric medication controlled; degree of anxiety; degree of depression; degree of hopelessness; expectations before the surgical g

  3. Drug therapies for peripheral joint disease in psoriatic arthritis: a systematic review.

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    Acosta Felquer, Maria Laura; Coates, Laura C; Soriano, Enrique R; Ranza, Roberto; Espinoza, Luis R; Helliwell, Philip S; FitzGerald, Oliver; McHugh, Neil; Roussou, Euthalia; Mease, Philip J

    2014-11-01

    In 2009, GRAPPA published their first evidence-based recommendations for the treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Since then, new information has been published and drugs developed. We summarize evidence for the efficacy of available treatments for peripheral joint involvement in PsA. We performed a systematic review of current literature on the efficacy of different therapies, management, and therapeutic strategies for peripheral arthritis involvement in PsA, in order to provide information for the development of the new GRAPPA treatment recommendations. PMID:25362711

  4. Instrumentação interespinhosa na doença degenerativa da coluna lombar: medição da altura do disco no segmento instrumentado / Interspinous instrumentation in patients with degenerative lumbar spine disease: disc height measurement on instrumented segment / Instrumentación interespinosa en la enfermedad degenerativa de la columna lumbar: medición de la altura del disco en el segmento instrumentado

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    José Alberto de Castro Guimarães, Consciência.

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese INTRODUÇÃO: na última década, a instrumentação interespinhosa vem sendo mais frequentemente utilizada. Apesar dos inúmeros artigos publicados em revistas internacionais de reconhecido mérito científico, são escassas as referências à modificação da altura do disco no segmento tratado, secundária àque [...] la instrumentação. OBJECTIVO: quantificar uma eventual modificação da altura discal decorrente da aplicação de instrumentação interespinhosa (DIAM - Cousin-Biotech - Medtronic Sofamor Danek Inc©). MÉTODOS: o autor avalia um grupo de 20 pacientes com patologia degenerativa da coluna lombar e os seguintes critérios de inclusão: idade >40 e 6; Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) >30; Zung Depression Rating Scale Abstract in spanish INTRODUCCIÓN: la instrumentación interespinosa tiene sido empleada con creciente frecuencia en la última década. Pero, apesar de las numerosas publicaciones científicas hechas en jornales científicos de reconocido mérito internacional, se han producido muy escasas referencias a una hipotética modifi [...] cación de la altura discal dependiente de la técnica. OBJETIVO: cuantificar una eventual modificación de la altura discal inherente a la aplicación de instrumentación interespinosa. MÉTODOS: el autor hace una evaluación de un grupo de 20 pacientes con patología degenerativa de la columna lumbar, y diversos criterios de inclusión, a saber: edad >40 y 6; Oswestry Disability Index >30; Zung Depression Rating Scale Abstract in english INTRODUCTION: the use of interspinous instrumentation has been increasing in the last decade. However, in spite of the numerous papers seen in relevant scientific publications, there are very few references to an eventual disc height variation in the instrumented segment. OBJECTIVE: to certify event [...] ual changes in disk height after interspinous instrumentation (DIAM - Cousin-Biotech - Medtronic Sofamor Danek Inc©). METHODS: the author evaluated 20 patients with degenerative lumbar disease and the following criteria: age >40 and 6; Oswestry Inability Index >30; Zung Depression Rating Scale

  5. Short fusion versus long fusion for degenerative lumbar scoliosis

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    Cho, Kyu-jung; Suk, Se-il; Park, Seung-rim; Kim, Jin-hyok; Kim, Sung-soo; Lee, Tong-joo; MD,; Lee, Jeong-joon; Lee, Jong-min

    2008-01-01

    The extent of fusion for degenerative lumbar scoliosis has not yet been determined. The purpose of this study was to compare the results of short fusion versus long fusion for degenerative lumbar scoliosis. Fifty patients (mean age 65.5 ± 5.1 years) undergoing decompression and fusion with pedicle screw instrumentation were evaluated. Short fusion was defined as fusion within the deformity, not exceeding the end vertebra. Long fusion was defined as fusion extended above the upper end vert...

  6. Is patellofemoral joint osteoarthritis an under-recognised outcome of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction? A narrative literature review.

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    Culvenor, Adam G; Cook, Jill L; Collins, Natalie J; Crossley, Kay M

    2013-01-01

    Patellofemoral joint (PFJ) osteoarthritis (OA) is a prevalent disease capable of being a potent source of knee symptoms. Although anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and reconstruction (ACLR) are well-established risk factors for the development of tibiofemoral joint OA, PFJ OA after ACL reconstruction has gone largely unrecognised. This is despite the high prevalence of anterior knee pain after ACLR, which can reduce the capacity for physical activity and quality of life. The susceptibility of the PFJ to degenerative change after ACLR may have implications for current rehabilitation strategies. This review summarises the evidence describing the prevalence of PFJ OA after ACLR and examines why this compartment may be at increased risk of early onset OA after ACLR. Strategies that address the modifiable factors for risk of PFJ OA may aid in alleviating joint loads and symptoms for people after ACLR. PMID:23038783

  7. Fusion of the distal intertarsal and tarsometatarsal joints in the horse using intra-articular sodium monoiodoacetate

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    Six normal horses received 3 intra-articular injections of sodium monoiodoacetate (MIA) in the distal intertarsal (DIT) and tarsometatarsal (TMT) joints of one hindlimb. Injections were at three week intervals, and post injection pain was controlled with routine administration of phenylbutazone for five days following each injection. All horses underwent a gradually increasing exercise programme consisting of walking and trotting beginning one week after the first injection and continuing for 24 weeks. All treated joints showed increasingly severe radiographic evidence of degenerative joint disease with time. Clinical signs were mild or absent during exercise. All treated joints showed radiographic and histological evidence of fusion 24 weeks after the first injection. Amount of radiographic fusion ranged from 54.49 per cent to 88.64 per cent of the joint space. Histologically, the joint space that appeared radiographically fused was filled mainly with woven and lamellar bone. Fibrocartilage and fibrous tissue was seen frequently in the transition between fused and unfused areas. Articular cartilage in unfused areas was thin, fibrillated, hypocellular and histochemically showed diminished proteoglycan content. Existing joint space was filled with fibrin and necrotic, acellular chondroid matrix. We conclude that MIA will produce fusion of the DIT and TMT joints of normal horses in 24 weeks, and may offer a relatively easy, inexpensive and non-invasive treatment for distal tarsal osteoarthritis in the horse

  8. [Arthroscopy of the metacarpophalangeal joints].

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    Borisch, N

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    With the advancements in arthroscopic technique, arthroscopy has become feasible in most human joints, even those as small as the finger joints. The metacarpophalangeal joints are very well suited for arthroscopy and arthroscopic therapy. Good results have been reported on arthroscopic synovectomy of the metacarpophalangeal joints in rheumatoid arthritis. Osteochondral lesions in degenerative arthritis, loose bodies and foreign bodies can well be treated. Arthroscopic arthrolysis for capsular contracture and treatment of post-traumatic lesions have been performed successfully. The arthroscopic assistance in the treatment of intraarticular fractures and the capsular shrinkage for instability have been described. However, metacarpophalangeal joint arthroscopy has not been popularised up to now and its role in clinical practice remains to be established. Existing indications will be discussed with respect to our own experience. PMID:25290276

  9. Combined scintigraphic and radiographic diagnosis of bone and joint diseases. Including gamma correction interpretation. 4. rev. and enl. ed.

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    Bahk, Yong-Whee [Sung Ae General Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine and Radiology

    2013-07-01

    In this fourth edition of Combined Scintigraphic and Radiographic Diagnosis of Bone and Joint Diseases, the text has been thoroughly amended, updated, and partially rearranged to reflect the latest advances. In addition to discussing the role of pinhole imaging in the range of disorders previously covered, the new edition pays detailed attention to the novel diagnostic use of gamma correction pinhole bone scan in a broad spectrum of skeletal disorders, including physical, traumatic, and sports injuries, infectious and non-infectious bone diseases, benign and malignant bone tumors, and soft tissue diseases. A large number of state of the art pinhole scans and corroborative CT, MRI, and/or ultrasound images are presented side by side. The book has been enlarged to encompass various new topics, including occult fractures; cervical sprain and whiplash trauma; bone marrow edema; microfractures of trabeculae; evident, gaping, and stress fractures; and differential diagnosis. This new edition will be essential reading for practitioners and researchers in not only nuclear medicine but also radiology, orthopedic surgery, and pathology.

  10. Cervical and lumbar MRI in asymptomatic older male lifelong athletes: Frequency of degenerative findings

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    Healy, J.F.; Healy, B.B.; Wong, W.H.M.; Olson, E.M. [Univ. of California, San Diego, CA (United States)

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    The athletic activity of the adult U.S. population has increased markedly in the last 20 years. To evaluate the possible long-term effects of such activity on the cervical and lumbar spine, we studied a group of asymptomatic currently very active lifelong male athletes over age 40 (41-69 years old, av. age 53). Nineteen active, lifelong male athletes were studied with MRI and the results compared with previous imaging studies of other populations. An athletic history and a spine history were also taken. Evidence of asymptomatic degenerative spine disease was similar to that seen in published series of other populations. Degenerative changes including disk protrusion and herniation, spondylosis, and spinal stenosis were present and increased in incidence with increasing patient age. In this group, all MRI findings proved to be asymptomatic and did not limit athletic activity. The incidence of lumbar degenerative changes in our study population of older male athletes was similar to those seen in other populations. 14 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab.

  11. Avaliação retrospectiva por meio do questionário SF-36 de pacientes submetidos à estabilização dinâmica pedicular para o tratamento de doenças degenerativas lombares Evaluación retrospectiva empleando el cuestionario SF-36 en pacientes sometidos a estabilización dinámica pedicular para el tratamiento de la enfermedad degenerativa lumbar Retrospective evaluation by means of SF-36 questionnaires of patients submitted to pedicular dynamic stabilization for degenerative lumbar diseases treatment

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    Leonardo Fonseca Rodrigues

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: a estabilização dinâmica pedicular tem sido utilizada desde os anos 1990 para o tratamento da doença lombar degenerativa como uma alternativa aos métodos de fusão. Devido às suas características de não-fusão, estes implantes tendem a reduzir a carga nos discos intervertebrais adjacentes e na coluna posterior, com o objetivo de não prejudicar a biomecânica da coluna, diminuindo assim a chance de degeneração do disco adjacente. OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste estudo retrospectivo foi avaliar, por meio do questionário SF-36, os resultados dos pacientes que se submeteram à estabilização dinâmica pedicular para o tratamento da patologia degenerativa lombar. MÉTODOS: foram avaliados 31 pacientes que se submeteram à estabilização dinâmica pedicular, de abril de 2004 a junho de 2008, por meio do questionário de qualidade de vida SF-36. RESULTADOS: o SF-36 mostrou um índice de melhora na qualidade de vida desses pacientes durante o período de acompanhamento, variando de 33,15% no pré-operatório, para 75,99% no pós-operatório, correspondente a uma diferença de 129% no resultado final, que é significativo estatisticamente de acordo com o teste t de student (pINTRODUCCIÓN: la estabilización dinámica pedicular ha sido empleada desde los años 1990 en el tratamiento de la enfermedad degenerativa lumbar y como una alternativa a los métodos de fusión. Debido a sus características de no requerir fusión, estos implantes tiendes a reducir la carga sobre los disco intervertebrales adyacentes y sobre la columna posterior, con el propósito de no afectar la biomecánica vertebral. Por lo tanto, disminuye la degeneración de discos adyacentes. OBJETIVO: esto estudio retrospectivo tiene la finalidad de evaluar los resultados obtenidos al emplear el cuestionario SF-36, en pacientes que han presentado estabilización dinámica pedicular durante el tratamiento de la patología degenerativa da columna lumbar. MÉTODOS: fueron evaluados 31 pacientes que presentaban estabilización dinámica pedicular desde abril de 2004 a junio de 2008, empleando el cuestionario de calidad de vida SF-36. RESULTADOS: durante el período de seguimiento, el índice SF-36 mostró un mejoramiento en la calidad de vida de los pacientes, con un rango del 33.15% en el preoperatorio a 75.99% en el postoperatorio, mostrando una diferencia de 129%, lo cual es una diferencia significativa utilizando la estadística teste t de Student (pINTRODUCTION: pedicular dynamic stabilization has been used, since the 1990's, for treatment of degenerative lumbar diseases as an alternative to fusion methods. Due to its non-fusion features, these implants tend to reduce the load to the adjacent intervertebral discs and in the posterior column, aiming at not affecting the spine biomechanics, thus decreasing the chance of adjacent disc degeneration. OBJECTIVE: the purpose of this retrospective study was to evaluate the quality of life, by means of SF-36 questionnaires, of patients who underwent pedicular dynamic stabilization for treatment of degenerative lumbar pathology. METHODS: thirty-one patients who were submitted to pedicular dynamic stabilization were evaluated, from April 2004 to June 2008, using the SF-36 quality of life questionnaire. RESULTS: the SF-36 index showed an improvement in the quality of life of these patients during the follow-up period, ranging from 33.15% preoperatively to 75.99% in postoperatively, showing a difference of 129% in the result, which is statistically significant according to the Student's t test (p<0,0001. CONCLUSIONS: patients submitted to dynamic pedicular stabilization in our series showed an improvement in quality of life when comparing the pre and postoperative SF-36 questionnaires during the 29.5 months follow-up period.

  12. Avaliação retrospectiva por meio do questionário SF-36 de pacientes submetidos à estabilização dinâmica pedicular para o tratamento de doenças degenerativas lombares / Retrospective evaluation by means of SF-36 questionnaires of patients submitted to pedicular dynamic stabilization for degenerative lumbar diseases treatment / Evaluación retrospectiva empleando el cuestionario SF-36 en pacientes sometidos a estabilización dinámica pedicular para el tratamiento de la enfermedad degenerativa lumbar

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    Leonardo Fonseca, Rodrigues; Paula, Voloch; Sérgio, Gurgel; Flavio, Cavallari.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: a estabilização dinâmica pedicular tem sido utilizada desde os anos 1990 para o tratamento da doença lombar degenerativa como uma alternativa aos métodos de fusão. Devido às suas características de não-fusão, estes implantes tendem a reduzir a carga nos discos intervertebrais adjacentes [...] e na coluna posterior, com o objetivo de não prejudicar a biomecânica da coluna, diminuindo assim a chance de degeneração do disco adjacente. OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste estudo retrospectivo foi avaliar, por meio do questionário SF-36, os resultados dos pacientes que se submeteram à estabilização dinâmica pedicular para o tratamento da patologia degenerativa lombar. MÉTODOS: foram avaliados 31 pacientes que se submeteram à estabilização dinâmica pedicular, de abril de 2004 a junho de 2008, por meio do questionário de qualidade de vida SF-36. RESULTADOS: o SF-36 mostrou um índice de melhora na qualidade de vida desses pacientes durante o período de acompanhamento, variando de 33,15% no pré-operatório, para 75,99% no pós-operatório, correspondente a uma diferença de 129% no resultado final, que é significativo estatisticamente de acordo com o teste t de student (p Abstract in spanish INTRODUCCIÓN: la estabilización dinámica pedicular ha sido empleada desde los años 1990 en el tratamiento de la enfermedad degenerativa lumbar y como una alternativa a los métodos de fusión. Debido a sus características de no requerir fusión, estos implantes tiendes a reducir la carga sobre los disc [...] o intervertebrales adyacentes y sobre la columna posterior, con el propósito de no afectar la biomecánica vertebral. Por lo tanto, disminuye la degeneración de discos adyacentes. OBJETIVO: esto estudio retrospectivo tiene la finalidad de evaluar los resultados obtenidos al emplear el cuestionario SF-36, en pacientes que han presentado estabilización dinámica pedicular durante el tratamiento de la patología degenerativa da columna lumbar. MÉTODOS: fueron evaluados 31 pacientes que presentaban estabilización dinámica pedicular desde abril de 2004 a junio de 2008, empleando el cuestionario de calidad de vida SF-36. RESULTADOS: durante el período de seguimiento, el índice SF-36 mostró un mejoramiento en la calidad de vida de los pacientes, con un rango del 33.15% en el preoperatorio a 75.99% en el postoperatorio, mostrando una diferencia de 129%, lo cual es una diferencia significativa utilizando la estadística teste t de Student (p Abstract in english INTRODUCTION: pedicular dynamic stabilization has been used, since the 1990's, for treatment of degenerative lumbar diseases as an alternative to fusion methods. Due to its non-fusion features, these implants tend to reduce the load to the adjacent intervertebral discs and in the posterior column, a [...] iming at not affecting the spine biomechanics, thus decreasing the chance of adjacent disc degeneration. OBJECTIVE: the purpose of this retrospective study was to evaluate the quality of life, by means of SF-36 questionnaires, of patients who underwent pedicular dynamic stabilization for treatment of degenerative lumbar pathology. METHODS: thirty-one patients who were submitted to pedicular dynamic stabilization were evaluated, from April 2004 to June 2008, using the SF-36 quality of life questionnaire. RESULTS: the SF-36 index showed an improvement in the quality of life of these patients during the follow-up period, ranging from 33.15% preoperatively to 75.99% in postoperatively, showing a difference of 129% in the result, which is statistically significant according to the Student's t test (p

  13. Whether Pinhole Scan or Single Photon Emission computed Tomography ( SPECT ) in the Diagnosis of Bone and Joint Diseases

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    Since the publication of the first bone scintiscans in 1962 three decades have elapsed. The bone scan has made great strides during this period, becoming one of the most commonly used nuclear imaging tests. In spite of the progress, however, the specificity of bone scan has remained relatively low. As the result it is a common practice to seek additional information from radiograph, CT scan and MR image, which is euphemistically termed as 'image fusion or co-location.' The basic reason is the inapplicability of the classical piecemeal analysis to interpreting planar and SPECT bone scans. Such analysis has its base on the observation of elemental features of morphology, which include the size, shape, contour, location, topography and internal architecture. The physiochemical profile may well also be included. Understandably, however, the miniatured images of the planar bone scan cannot provide these features in acceptable detail and the same holds true even with SPECT images which are but sliced views of the reconstructed planar scans. Fortunately pinhole scanning has the capacity to portray both the morphological and chemical profiles of bone and joint diseases in greater detail through true magnification. The magnitude of pinhole scan resolution is practically comparable to that of radiography as far as gross anatomy is concerned. Thus, we feel strongly that pinhole scanning is a potential breakthrough of the long-lamented low specificity of bone scan. This presentatw specificity of bone scan. This presentation will discuss the fundamentals, advantages and disadvantages and the most recent advances of pinhole scanning. It highlights the actual clinical applications of pinhole scanning in relation to the diagnosis of infective and inflammatory diseases of bone and joint.

  14. Scaphocapitolunate Arthrodesis and Radial Styloidectomy for Posttraumatic Degenerative Wrist Disease

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    Klausmeyer, Melissa A.; Fernandez, Diego L.; Caloia, Martin

    2012-01-01

    Long-standing scaphoid nonunion, scaphoid malunion, and chronic scapholunate dissociation result in malalignment of the carpal bones, progressive carpal collapse, instability, and osteoarthritis of the wrist. The most commonly used procedures to treat scaphoid nonunion advanced collapse (SNAC) and scapholunate advanced collapse (SLAC) wrists are the four-corner fusion (4CF) and the proximal row carpectomy (PRC). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical outcome of a different tre...

  15. Cerebral atrophic and degenerative changes following various cerebral diseases, (2)

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    CT images of a patient with sequelae after viral encephalitis, a patient with acute encephalopathy, a patient suspected to have Reye syndrome, an infant who had acute encephalopathy and was suspected to have had neonatal multiple cystic encephalopathy, a patient with progressive paralysis, a patient with multiple sclerosis, a patient with radiation injury, a patient who had intracerebral calcification after radiotherapy, a patient who was given intrathecal methotrexate, a patient with alcoholic cerebellar atrophy, a patient with porencephaly, an infant with communicating hydroencephalus, and a patient having normal pressure hydrocephalus were explained. Periventricular luency visualized on CT images during the courses of hydroencephalus at an acute stage and normal pressure hydrocephalus was also described. (Tsunoda, M.)

  16. Studies on the pathogenesis of degenerative lumbar canal stenosis by computed tomography, 2

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    To evaluate the significance of measurement parameters for the lumbar canal (LC), a retrospective analysis was made of computed tomography (CT) scans in a total of 129 patients, including 20 with degenerative lumbar canal stenosis (DLCS), 65 with degenerative spondylosis, 21 with disc hernia, and 23 with lumbar pain. The shape of the transverse LC was not reflected by the anteroposterior and transverse diameters of LC, but was somewhat reflected by the transverse area of LC. The transverse area of dural sac (DS) was considered important in determining the degree of stenosis. Regarding the transverse area, the DS correlated more strongly with the LC with soft-tissue windows than that with bone windows. The angle of intervertebral joint was likely to be related to the pathophysiology of the LC. In particular, sagittal tendency was seen at the levels of L3-4 and L4-5 in the DLCS group. There was correlation between the angle of intervertebral joint and the transverse areas of both soft-tissue LC and DS at the levels of L4-5. A multivariate analysis suggested the possibility that the significance of measurement parameters might vary depending on the vertebral level for the lower lumbar spine. The following criteria for indicating DLCS were obtained: 1) a transverse area of ? 100 mm2 for DS or ? 118 mm2 for soft-tissue LC at the levels of L3-4; 2) a transverse area of ? 90 mm2 for DS and an angle of ? 90 deg for the intervertebral j ? 90 deg for the intervertebral joint at the levels of L4-5; and 3) lateral recess of ? 3 mm in anteroposterior diameter at the levels of L5-S1. (Namekawa, K.)

  17. Radiologic Evaluation of Degeneration in Isthmic and Degenerative Spondylolisthesis

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    Jeong, Hyun-Yoon; Sohn, Hong-Moon; Park, Sang-Ha

    2013-01-01

    Study Design A cross-sectional imaging study. Purpose The objective was to assess the degree of degeneration and the associated factors through imaging studies of the lesion segment and the adjacent superior and inferior segments of isthmic and degenerative spondylolisthesis. Overview of Literature Few articles existed for degeneration and related factors in isthmic and degenerative spondylolisthesis. Methods The subjects were 95 patients diagnosed with spondylolisthesis. Simple plain radiographs including flexion and extension and magnetic resonance imaging were used to investigate the degree of translation, disc degeneration, high intensity zone (HIZ) lesion, Schmorl's node (SN) and Modic changes. Results Advanced disc degeneration, grade 5, was shown to be significant in the index segment of the isthmic type (p=0.034). Overall, type 2 Modic change was most common in both groups and also, it was observed more in the isthmus group, specifically, the index segment compared to the degenerative group (p=0.03). For the SN, compared to the degenerative type, the isthmus type had a significantly high occurrence in the index segment (p=0.04). For the HIZ lesions, the isthmus type had a higher occurrence than the degenerative type, especially in the upper segment (p=0.03). Conclusions Most advanced disc degeneration, fifth degree, SN and Modic change occurred more frequently in the lesions of the isthmus type. HIZ lesions were observed more in the isthmus type, especially in the segment superior to the lesion. PMID:23508359

  18. Value of the joint- and bone-scintigraphy in benign skeleton diseases

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    Although skeleton scintigraphy is a relatively 'young' method when compared with other scintigraphic techniques, it is of great value in the diagnosis of benign skeleton diseases. For a full exploitation of the diagnostic possibilities of nuclear medicine, however, close cooperation between clinical rheumatologists, orthopaedic surgeons, radiologists and experts in nuclear medicine. If the right method is used at the right time, the number of X-rays and thus the technical and financial expenditure may be reduced to a considerable degree. (GSE)

  19. Guidelines for diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Joint ICS/NCCP (I) recommendations

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    Gupta, Dheeraj; Agarwal, Ritesh; Aggarwal, Ashutosh Nath; Maturu, V. N.; Dhooria, Sahajal; Prasad, K. T.; Sehgal, Inderpaul S.; Yenge, Lakshmikant B.; Jindal, Aditya; Singh, Navneet; Ghoshal, A. G.; Khilnani, G. C.; Samaria, J. K.; Gaur, S. N.; Behera, D.

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    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major public health problem in India. Although several International guidelines for diagnosis and management of COPD are available, yet there are lot of gaps in recognition and management of COPD in India due to vast differences in availability and affordability of healthcare facilities across the country. The Indian Chest Society (ICS) and the National College of Chest Physicians (NCCP) of India have joined hands to come out with these eviden...

  20. US-guided interventional joint procedures in patients with rheumatic diseases-When and how we do it?

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    Objective: To describe the main indications and the technical steps to perform ultrasound guided procedures in patients with rheumatic diseases. To access procedures accuracy, safety and effectiveness. Materials and methods: 27 patients with pain related to articular complications of rheumatic diseases and according to previous radiographic or US exam were submitted to several US-guided procedures. 42% of patients (n = 11) had rheumatoid arthritis, 11% (n = 3) spondyloarthropathies, 18% (n = 5) psoriatic arthritis, 15% (n = 4) undifferentiated arthritis, 3% (n = 1) Sjoegren syndrome and 11% (n = 3) had gout. Described procedures are synovial biopsies, intra-articular injections of corticosteroids, radiation synovectomy and synovial cysts drainage procedures. When a therapeutical procedure was made, patients were evaluated by 2 rheumatologists. Corticosteroids used were Prednisolone and Triamcinolone. Yttrium-90 was used for synovectomy. Results: In all cases success was achieved with correct needle placement inside the joint. After injection/aspiration symptoms successfully solved with all patients improving their health status. No complications were recorded during follow-up period. Conclusions: US-guidance is very reliable to afford a safety procedure always checking the injection, biopsy or aspiration. Guided-biopsy has high success rates obtaining several samples. Thus is also possible to use more powerful/long acting therapeutic drugs aggressive to extra-articulaapeutic drugs aggressive to extra-articular structures avoiding complications.

  1. Birth cohorts in asthma and allergic diseases : report of a NIAID/NHLBI/MeDALL joint workshop

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    Bousquet, Jean; Gern, James E

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    Population-based birth cohorts on asthma and allergies increasingly provide new insights into the development and natural history of the diseases. More than 130 birth cohorts focusing on asthma and allergy have been initiated in the last 30 years. A National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; Mechanisms of the Development of Allergy (MeDALL; Framework Programme 7 of the European Commission) joint workshop was held in Bethesda, Maryland, on September 11-12, 2012, with 3 objectives: (1) documenting the knowledge that asthma/allergy birth cohorts have provided, (2) identifying the knowledge gaps and inconsistencies, and (3) developing strategies for moving forward, including potential new study designs and the harmonization of existing asthma birth cohort data. The meeting was organized around the presentations of 5 distinct workgroups: (1) clinical phenotypes, (2) risk factors, (3) immune development of asthma and allergy, (4) pulmonary development, and (5) harmonization of existing birth cohorts. This article presents the workgroup reports and provides Web links (AsthmaBirthCohorts.niaid.nih.gov or www.medall-fp7.eu), where the reader will find tables describing the characteristics of the birth cohorts included in this report, the type of data collected at differing ages, and a selected bibliography provided by the participating birth cohorts.

  2. Guidelines for diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Joint ICS/NCCP (I) recommendations

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    Gupta, Dheeraj; Agarwal, Ritesh; Aggarwal, Ashutosh Nath; Maturu, V. N.; Dhooria, Sahajal; Prasad, K. T.; Sehgal, Inderpaul S.; Yenge, Lakshmikant B.; Jindal, Aditya; Singh, Navneet; Ghoshal, A. G.; Khilnani, G. C.; Samaria, J. K.; Gaur, S. N.; Behera, D.

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    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major public health problem in India. Although several International guidelines for diagnosis and management of COPD are available, yet there are lot of gaps in recognition and management of COPD in India due to vast differences in availability and affordability of healthcare facilities across the country. The Indian Chest Society (ICS) and the National College of Chest Physicians (NCCP) of India have joined hands to come out with these evidence-based guidelines to help the physicians at all levels of healthcare to diagnose and manage COPD in a scientific manner. Besides the International literature, the Indian studies were specifically analyzed to arrive at simple and practical recommendations. The evidence is presented under these five headings: (a) definitions, epidemiology, and disease burden; (b) disease assessment and diagnosis; (c) pharmacologic management of stable COPD; (d) management of acute exacerbations; and (e) nonpharmacologic and preventive measures. The modified grade system was used for classifying the quality of evidence as 1, 2, 3, or usual practice point (UPP). The strength of recommendation was graded as A or B depending upon the level of evidence. PMID:24049265

  3. A joint frailty model to estimate the recurrence process and the disease-specific mortality process without needing the cause of death.

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    Belot, Aurélien; Rondeau, Virginie; Remontet, Laurent; Giorgi, Roch

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    In chronic diseases, such as cancer, recurrent events (such as relapses) are commonly observed; these could be interrupted by death. With such data, a joint analysis of recurrence and mortality processes is usually conducted with a frailty parameter shared by both processes. We examined a joint modeling of these processes considering death under two aspects: 'death due to the disease under study' and 'death due to other causes', which enables estimating the disease-specific mortality hazard. The excess hazard model was used to overcome the difficulties in determining the causes of deaths (unavailability or unreliability); this model allows estimating the disease-specific mortality hazard without needing the cause of death but using the mortality hazards observed in the general population. We propose an approach to model jointly recurrence and disease-specific mortality processes within a parametric framework. A correlation between the two processes is taken into account through a shared frailty parameter. This approach allows estimating unbiased covariate effects on the hazards of recurrence and disease-specific mortality. The performance of the approach was evaluated by simulations with different scenarios. The method is illustrated by an analysis of a population-based dataset on colon cancer with observations of colon cancer recurrences and deaths. The benefits of the new approach are highlighted by comparison with the 'classical' joint model of recurrence and overall mortality. Moreover, we assessed the goodness of fit of the proposed model. Comparisons between the conditional hazard and the marginal hazard of the disease-specific mortality are shown, and differences in interpretation are discussed. PMID:24639014

  4. Joint swelling

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    Swelling of a joint ... Joint swelling may occur along with joint pain . The swelling may cause the joint to appear larger or abnormally shaped. Joint swelling can cause pain or stiffness. After an ...

  5. Osteoartritis de la articulación Temporomandibular: Parte I. Anatomia, definición, sinonimia y generalidades / Osteothritis affectinc the Temporomandibur: Joint (I)

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    Ana Lorena, Solórzano Peláez; Olga, González Blanco; Rebeca, Balda Zavarce; Cecilia, García-Arocha.

    1999-12-01

    Full Text Available SciELO Venezuela | Language: Spanish Abstract in spanish La osteoartritis es la enfermedad más común que afecta al sistema musculoesquelético. Se caracteriza por ser un proceso dinámico, donde ocurren alteraciones degenerativas en la articulación completa. La osteoartritis se puede presentar en cualquier articulación del organismo, entre ellas, en la arti [...] culación temporomandibular. Sin embargo, los factores etiológicos y su historia natural no se han dilucidado aún. Es importante conocer las estructuras anatómicas de la articulación afectadas por la enfermedad, la definición, la sinonimia y las generalidades, para discutir posteriormente la etiopatogénesis, las manifestaciones histopatológicas, clínicas, serológicas y radiográficas y el tratamiento y pronóstico de la osteoartritis de la articulación temporomandibular. Abstract in english Osteoarthritis is the most common disease of the musculoskeletal system. Osteoarthritis is characterized by a dinamic degenerative process in the whole joint. It may occur in any joint of the body such as the temporomandibular joint. However, the etiologic factors and the course of the disease have [...] not been elucidated yet. It is important to know the temporomandibular joint anatomy, the definition, the synonymy, and the general knowledge of the disease to discuss later the etiopathogenesis, the diagnosis, the management, and the prognosis of the osteoarthritis affecting the temporomandibular joint

  6. Acute chondrolysis complicating Legg-Calve-Perthes disease

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    Of 270 children with Legg-Calve-Perthes (LCP) disease, roentgenographic evidence of chondrolysis was noted in 12 (4.5%) within one year after diagnosis and appropriate management. Only in six hips of these 12 patients did the retrospective clinical, histological, and orthopedic findings fulfill the diagnostic requirements for chondrolysis. Sequential roentgenographic findings included initial periarticular osteoporosis and subchondral cortical irregularities, subsequent narrowing of the joint space, premature fusion of the growth plate, and eventual development of degenerative arthritis. The early roentgenographic recognition of chondrolysis is emphasized because it has an untoward effect on the prognosis of LCP and should therefore prompt a different orthopedic approach. (orig.)

  7. Acute chondrolysis complicating Legg-Calve-Perthes disease

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    Dominguez, R.; Kook Sang Oh; Young, L.W.; Goodman, M.

    1987-07-01

    Of 270 children with Legg-Calve-Perthes (LCP) disease, roentgenographic evidence of chondrolysis was noted in 12 (4.5%) within one year after diagnosis and appropriate management. Only in six hips of these 12 patients did the retrospective clinical, histological, and orthopedic findings fulfill the diagnostic requirements for chondrolysis. Sequential roentgenographic findings included initial periarticular osteoporosis and subchondral cortical irregularities, subsequent narrowing of the joint space, premature fusion of the growth plate, and eventual development of degenerative arthritis. The early roentgenographic recognition of chondrolysis is emphasized because it has an untoward effect on the prognosis of LCP and should therefore prompt a different orthopedic approach.

  8. Radiographic changes in the hip joint in children suffering from Perthes disease

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    Froberg, Lonnie; Christensen, Finn Kjær

    2012-01-01

    The purpose was to compare radiographic parameters with a sex-matched and age-matched control group at the onset of disease and at skeletal maturity. The study comprised 143 patients with Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease, treated using a Thomas splint. Wiberg's centre-edge angle and the acetabular index angle were applied. The age at diagnosis was 6.6 years with no difference between boys and girls. At the time of diagnosis, the centre-edge angle was decreased from 18° in the control group to 10° in the affected hip. The age at follow-up was 16 (SD 2) years for the boys and 15 (SD 3) years for the girls. At the time of skeletal maturity, the centre-edge angle was decreased and the acetabular index angle increased in the affected hip and the nonaffected hip in Stulberg class III/IV/V hips compared with the control group. Initially radiographic changes only occur on the affected hip. At skeletal maturity both hips show radiographic changes.

  9. MRI based volumetric assessment of knee cartilage after ACL-reconstruction, correlated with qualitative morphologic changes in the joint and with clinical outcome. Is there evidence for early posttraumatic degeneration?; MRT-basierte Knorpelvolumetrie nach Kreuzbandersatzplastik in Korrelation mit qualitativen Gelenkveraenderungen und dem klinischen Outcome. Gibt es Hinweise auf fruehzeitige posttraumatische degenerative Veraenderungen?

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    Arnoldi, A.P.; Weckbach, S.; Horng, A.; Reiser, M. [Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. Muenchen (Germany). Dept. of Clinical Radiology; Nussbickel, C. [Klinikum Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany). Dept. of Internal Medicine; Noebauer, I. [Medizinische Universitaet Wien (Austria). Klinik fuer Radiodiagnostik; Zysk, S. [Orthopaedie Zentrum Groebenzell (Germany). Center of Orthopaedics; Glaser, C. [NYU Medical Center, New York, NY (United States). Dept. of Radiology

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    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to analyze potential quantitative and qualitative changes of the knee cartilage and joint indicative of early posttraumatic OA 4 years after ACL-reconstruction and to correlate the MRI-findings with the clinical outcome (CO). Materials and Methods: 1.5 T MRI-scans were performed on 9 patients post-op and 4 years later. Using a high-resolution T 1-w-fs-FLASH-3D-sequence cartilage volume (cVol) and thickness (mTh) were quantified. Using standard PD-w fs and T 1-w sequences qualitative changes of the joint structures were analyzed based on the WORMS-score. CO was rated by an orthopaedic surgeon using Lysholm-score, OAK-score, Tegner-activity-score (TAS), and Arthrometer KT-1000 testing. Results: Mean changes of cVol were -1.8 % (range: -5.9 %; + 0.7 %) and of mTh -0.8 % (range: -3.0 %; + 1.1 %). No significant change (95 %-CI) could be identified for any compartment. Three patients developed new peripatellar ostheophytes, acute trauma related changes mostly decreased. Mean outcome of Lysholm-score and OAK-score were 90 pts and 86 pts, mean TAS was 4.3 pts. Average maximum tibial translation reached 5.2 mm comparing to 6.7 mm on the healthy contralateral side. Conclusion: Despite a tendency towards decreased cVol and mTh 4 years after ACL-reconstruction qMRI revealed no significant cartilage loss. Newly developing osteophytes did not match with the observed good CO. This small pilot study motivates future quantitative and qualitative-structural MRI-based assessment of articular cartilage and other joint structures in order to improve diagnostic tools for the detection of early OA. (orig.)

  10. A randomized double blind comparison of short-term duodenally administrated whale and seal blubber oils in patients with inflammatory bowel disease and joint pain

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    Bjørkkjær, Tormod; Araujo, Pedro; Madland, Tor Magne; Berstad, Arnold; Frøyland, Livar

    2009-01-01

    Compared with soy oil, 10 days treatment with seal oil (SO), 10 mL×3 daily, self-administrated through a nasoduodenal feeding tube, relieves joint pain in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This randomized, controlled, double blind pilot trial compares SO and whale oil (WO) administered similarly by duodenal tube, for 10 days in 18 patients with IBD-related joint pain (n=9 per group). Other long chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids were prohibited 7-days prior to and during stu...

  11. Procedure of Sauve-Kapandji modified for posttraumatic and degenerative disorders of the radioulnar distal articulation

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    This is observational prospective study type series of cases that shows the experience of the group of surgery of hand of the Central Military Hospital between January of 1998 and Julio the 2003. 65 patients were included like surgery of salvage of the articulation radioulnar distal in different traumatic and degenerative pathologies, comparing the results with those published in the world literature. According to the modified functional scale of May this procedure showed excellent and good results in 90% of the patients. They recovered the lost function and improved the function of the distal radioulnar joint, returning to their activities of the daily life. This technique is recommended as a sure and efficient procedure, because the patients present a remarkable improvement in its quality of life and they can return to its labor activity, these results correlated with the results of the published literature

  12. The results of decompressive surgery and instrumented posterolateral fusion in refractory degenerative spondylolisthesis

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    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available "nBackground: Degenerative spondylolisthesis is a common disease of the lumbar spine especially in older ones. The disease represents a challenge to the treating physician. At present, for those patients that deteriorate clinically, there are many proposed algorithms for the surgical treatment. This before and after study was undertaken to assess the surgical results of decompression and instrumented posterolateral fusion in these patients. "nMethods: The study population consisted of 23 patients who had undergone no prior surgery for degenerative spondylolisthesis on the lumbar spine. These patients were treated by decompression, bilateral posterolateral fusion, and segmental (pedicle screw instrumentation with mean follow-up of 29 months (range, 13-73 months. Finally, The clinical results were evaluated for all patients by means of an Oswestry Disability Index (ODI version 2.1, the Henderson's functional capacity, and persistence of leg symptoms, low back pain or claudication. Mann-Whitney and Chi-Square tests were used to assess the average values and comparison, respectively. "nResults: Henderson's functional capacity at the last visit session was excellent in 14 (60.9%, good in 7 (30.4%, fair in 2 (8.7% cases. ODI decreased from 72.2% (50-88% preoperatively to 14.4% (0-54% at the latest follow-up visit. A history of leg pain or claudication was correlated significantly with the amount of decline in ODI score and Henderson's functional capacity (p<0.05. "nConclusion: In spite of limited number of our patients, decompressive surgery plus instrumented posterolateral fusion is a safe, reliable, and satisfactory procedure for treating degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis. This procedure may be done when conservative treatment was failed and psychological problems can be ruled out.

  13. Quantitative survey radiographic evaluation of the lumbosacral spine of normal dogs and dogs with degenerative lumbosacral stenosis

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    Survey radiographic studies of the lumbosacral region for 93 normal dogs and for 26 dogs with confirmed degenerative lumbosacral stenosis were reviewed. Normal dogs were divided into 9 groups based on age and body weight. For normal dogs, increasing age and body weight were associated with a decreased ability to extend the lumbosacral joint and with increased incidence and severity of spondylosis. Transitional lumbosacral vertebrae and evidence of lumbosacral disc space collapse were very infrequent findings, and the pivot point for lumbosacral motion was consistently centered over the lumbosacral disc space. Relative to an age/weight matched sub-population of normal dogs, dogs with degenerative lumbosacral stenosis had similar mean normalized lumbosacral vertebral canal height, larger mean neutral lumbosacral angle, decreased extension of the lumbosacral joint, increased flexion of the lumbosacral joint, reduced lumbosacral range of motion, increased lumbosacral dynamic malalignment, higher incidence and severity of spondylosis, higher incidence of transitional vertebrae, and higher incidence of lumbosacral disc space collapse. A logistic model based strictly on radiographic parameters was able to discriminate normal from affected dogs with an overall accuracy rate of 86%

  14. Biomechanical adaptation of the bone-periodontal ligament (PDL)-tooth fibrous joint as a consequence of disease.

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    Lin, Jeremy D; Lee, Jihyun; Ozcoban, Hüseyin; Schneider, Gerold A; Ho, Sunita P

    2014-06-27

    In this study, an in vivo ligature-induced periodontitis rat model was used to investigate temporal changes to the solid and fluid phases of the joint by correlating shifts in joint biomechanics to adaptive changes in soft and hard tissue morphology and functional space. After 6 and 12 weeks of ligation, coronal regions showed a significant decrease in alveolar crest height, increased expression of TNF-?, and degradation of attachment fibers as indicated by decreased collagen birefringence. Cyclical compression to peak loads of 5-15N at speeds of 0.2-2.0mm/min followed by load relaxation tests showed decreased stiffness and reactionary load rate values, load relaxation, and load recoverability, of ligated joints. Shifts in joint stiffness and reactionary load rate increased with time while shifts in joint relaxation and recoverability decreased between control and ligated groups, complementing measurements of increased tooth displacement as evaluated through digital image correlation. Shifts in functional space between control and ligated joints were significantly increased at the interradicular (?10-25?m) and distal coronal (?20-45?m) regions. Histology revealed time-dependent increases in nuclei elongation within PDL cells and collagen fiber alignment, uncrimping, and directionality, in 12-week ligated joints compared to random orientation in 6-week ligated joints and to controls. We propose that altered strains from tooth hypermobility could cause varying degrees of solid-to-fluid compaction, alter dampening characteristics of the joint, and potentiate increased adaptation at the risk of joint failure. PMID:24332618

  15. Comparison of the diagnostic accuracy of positive-contrast arthrography and arthrotomy in evaluation of osteochondrosis lesions in the scapulohumeral joint in dogs

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    During a 6-year-period (1985-1991), 120 positive-contrast arthrograms were made in 70 dogs to evaluate osteochondrosis lesions in the scapulohumeral joint. In 76 shoulders, the arthrographic findings were compared with surgical or histopathologic findings to evaluate the accuracy of the arthrographic technique. Positive-contrast arthrography was found to be accurate in evaluation of the status of the articular cartilage. In revealing discontinuity of the articular cartilage, the results of arthrography were false-negative in 4 shoulders (58/66; accuracy, 88%). In detecting thick cartilage covering a subchondral defect, the results of positive-contrast arthrography were false-positive in 4 joints (6/11; accuracy, 55%). In detecting fragmentation of the cartilage, arthrography provided false-negative results in 4 joints (7/11; accuracy, 64%). This technique enabled detection of joint mice, especially within the bicipital tendon sheath (no false-positive results). Arthrography failed to reveal joint mice within the caudal pouch in 2 joints (15/17; accuracy, 88%). Joint effusion also could be evaluated and was correlated with synovitis, degenerative joint disease, and loose or detached cartilage flaps. Postarthrography complications were not observed with this technique

  16. [Rheumatic diseases and hemoglobinopathies in Lomé (Togo)].

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    Mijiyawa, M; Segbena, A; Vovor, A; Nubukpo, P; David, M; Amedegnato, M D

    1994-03-01

    This prospective cross-sectional study was designed to determine the frequency and impact of hemoglobinopathies in rheumatology clinic patients in Lomé (Togo). Among the 405 study patients, 142 (35%) had an abnormal hemoglobin, 22% had hemoglobin S, and 16.8% had hemoglobin C. Sickle cell anemia and sickle cell-hemoglobin C disease (2% and 4.2% of patients respectively) were associated with vasoocclusive crises and necrosis of the femoral head. Presence of AS or AC (heterozygotic forms of hemoglobins S and C) was found in 15.8% and 12.1% of patients, respectively. These proportions were similar to those reported in the population at large. Presence of AS or AC had no detectable influence on degenerative spinal disease, osteoarthritis of the knee, tendinitis or inflammatory joint diseases. Our data suggest that presence of AS or AC has no adverse significance and should be disregarded when evaluating patients with musculoskeletal symptoms. PMID:7920513

  17. Hemodynamic Alteration of the Cervical Venous Circulation in a Patient Suffering From Atlantoaxial Degenerative Osteoarthritis with Subluxation: A Case Report

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    Lee, Hyun; Jang, Yi Sheng; Lee, Sang Jin; Hwang, Byeong Wook [Busan Wooridul Spine Hospital, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Sang Ho [Seoul Wooridul Hospital, Gimpio (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Won Gyu [Wooridul Spine Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-01-15

    A 52-year-old female patient was admitted to our hospital with severe occipitocervical pain. The radiographic examination revealed degenerative osteoarthritis and subluxation of the right atlantoaxial joint. Her pain was completely and immediately relieved after occipitocervical reduction and fusion. The marked dilatation of the extradural venous plexus around the vertebral artery and the enlarged deep cervical veins seen on the preoperative MR images had returned to normal dimensions on the postoperative MR images, and this explained the observed rapid pain relief. We report here on this case together with a review of the relevant literature.

  18. Transplantation of Embryonic and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived 3D Retinal Sheets into Retinal Degenerative Mice

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    Assawachananont, Juthaporn; Mandai, Michiko; Okamoto, Satoshi; Yamada, Chikako; Eiraku, Mototsugu; Yonemura, Shigenobu; Sasai, Yoshiki; Takahashi, Masayo

    2014-01-01

    In this article, we show that mouse embryonic stem cell- or induced pluripotent stem cell-derived 3D retinal tissue developed a structured outer nuclear layer (ONL) with complete inner and outer segments even in an advanced retinal degeneration model (rd1) that lacked ONL. We also observed host-graft synaptic connections by immunohistochemistry. This study provides a “proof of concept” for retinal sheet transplantation therapy for advanced retinal degenerative diseases.

  19. Progressive Agraphia Can Be a Harbinger of Degenerative Dementia

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    Fukui, Toshiya; Lee, Eiyai

    2008-01-01

    By investigating three patients with progressive agraphia, we explored the possibility that this entity is an early sign of degenerative dementia. Initially, these patients complained primarily of difficulties writing Kanji (Japanese morphograms) while other language and cognitive impairments were relatively milder. Impairments in writing Kana…

  20. Regional cerebral blood flow in primary degenerative dementia

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    Regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) was examined, using SPECT by Xe-133 inhalation, in patients with primary degenerative dementia who were subgrouped according to predominant symptoms with respect to amnesia, apraxia, agnosia, aphasia, and personality changes. Also the effect of sex and age at dementia onset on the rCBF patterns was assessed. (author). 26 refs.; 1 fig.; 7 tabs

  1. Papel de la cirugía en la enfermedad degenerativa espinal: Análisis de revisiones sistemáticas sobre tratamientos quirúrgicos y conservadores desde el punto de vista de la medicina basada en la evidencia / Role of surgery in spinal degenerative disease: Analysis of systematic reviews on surgical and conservative treatments from an evidence-based approach

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    P.D., Delgado-López; A., Rodríguez-Salazar; J.M., Castilla-Díez; V., Martín-Velasco; O., Fernández-Arconada.

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    Full Text Available SciELO Spain | Language: Spanish Abstract in spanish Introducción. Alrededor del 70-80% de la población presentará dolor de espalda incapacitante algún momento en su vida como consecuencia de la Enfermedad Degenerativa Espinal (EDE). Los costes globales que genera la enfermedad se estiman en torno al 1-2% del PIB anualmente. Desde el punto de vista de [...] la Medicina Basada en la Evidencia (MBE), se constata una llamativa discrepancia entre la enorme disponibilidad y creciente uso de técnicas quirúrgicas (en especial de fusión espinal) y la escasa evidencia científica que apoya su utilización. Material y métodos. Hemos revisado cuidadosamente todos los metaanálisis referentes a tratamientos de la EDE publicados hasta Diciembre de 2003 y hemos clasificado las recomendaciones terapéuticas en niveles de evidencia (fuerte, moderada, limitada o ausencia de evidencia), tanto para tratamientos quirúrgicos como conservadores, siguiendo las pautas de la MBE. Resultados. Identificamos 44 metaanálisis de interés (9 sobre cirugía lumbar, 3 sobre cirugía cervical y 32 sobre otros tratamientos). Desde el punto de vista quirúrgico, sólo alcanza nivel de evidencia fuerte la laminectomía precoz en síndrome de cola de caballo por extrusión discal; la superioridad de la discectomía simple o microdiscectomía frente a quimionucleolisis en prolapso discal y espondilosis; y la cirugía de fusión (en principio, no instrumentada) en espondilolistesis ístmica del adulto o degenerativa asociada a estenosis lumbar. En espondilosis cervical con radiculo y/o mielopatía cervical leve, la discectomía más fusión no supera a la discectomía simple y ésta es dudosamente superior a la historia natural de la enfermedad más allá de 24 meses. La utilización profiláctica de antibióticos en cirugía espinal es beneficiosa. No se demuestra beneficio de la cirugía en dolor discogénico. Ninguna terapia conservadora alcanza el nivel de evidencia fuerte. Los antidepresivos mejoran la percepción del dolor pero no la funcionalidad. Discusión. A pesar de que se ha doblado el porcentaje de cirugías de instrumentación lumbar en las últimas dos décadas y crece a un ritmo del 20% anual, no se ha demostrado de forma fehaciente una mejoría en los resultados clínicos ni siquiera en las tasas globales de artrodesis. Este llamativo incremento del uso de la cirugía en procesos diferentes a las deformidades espinales y espondilolistesis aisladas o acompañadas de estenosis del canal lumbar, quizá obedece a múltiples factores técnicos y clínico-epidemiológicos donde no podemos obviar la enorme trascendencia económica que subyace. Resulta crucial diferenciar qué subgrupos de pacientes con EDE se benefician claramente de la cirugía. Desde el punto de vista ético empieza a plantearse la necesidad de diseñar ensayos clínicos que incorporen placebos quirúrgicos, dada la escasa evidencia científica que apoya la cirugía espinal a día de hoy. La mayor parte de los tratamientos conservadores tienen una eficacia moderada o leve (casi siempre transitoria) y, probablemente, deban utilizarse en combinación. Conclusiones. La cirugía de la EDE se asienta sobre pilares inseguros habida cuenta de que la mayor parte de las técnicas que se indican no están avaladas por recomendaciones de primera clase en términos de MBE. Parece necesario consensuar, desde las organizaciones que estudian la columna degenerativa, guías de práctica clínica en lo referente al tratamiento integral y multidisciplinado de la EDE, a sabiendas que, hasta hoy, pocos tratamientos alteran de forma positiva y duradera la historia natural de la enfermedad. Abstract in english Introduction. The lifetime prevalence of invalidating back pain in general population caused by Spinal Degenerative Disease (SDD) is about 70-80%. Global costs related to this disease are enormous (1-2% gross domestic product). From an Evidence-based point of view, there is a striking discrepancy be [...] tween the use of many available surgical techniques (especially

  2. A randomized double blind comparison of short-term duodenally administrated whale and seal blubber oils in patients with inflammatory bowel disease and joint pain.

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    Bjørkkjaer, Tormod; Araujo, Pedro; Madland, Tor Magne; Berstad, Arnold; Frøyland, Livar

    2009-01-01

    Compared with soy oil, 10 days treatment with seal oil (SO), 10mLx3 daily, self-administrated through a nasoduodenal feeding tube, relieves joint pain in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This randomized, controlled, double blind pilot trial compares SO and whale oil (WO) administered similarly by duodenal tube, for 10 days in 18 patients with IBD-related joint pain (n=9 per group). Other long chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids were prohibited 7-days prior to and during study. Significant changes from baseline to study end were observed in both groups: reduced plasma arachidonic acid to eicosapentaenoic acid ratio and prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) levels (tendency in WO group), decreased IBD-related joint pain and IBD-disease activity, and improved quality of life. These changes were not significantly different between SO and WO groups. Inhibition of cyclooxygenase is consistent with amelioration of IBD-related joint pain, but, as active control was used, effects need confirmation. PMID:19713092

  3. The use of gadoteridol in MRI of rheumatic joint disease; Einsatz von Gadoteridol in der MR-Diagnostik rheumatoider Gelenkveraenderungen

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    Link, T.M. [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Klinische Radiologie; Bongartz, G.M. [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Klinische Radiologie; Boeger, K. [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Klinische Radiologie; Daldrup, H. [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Klinische Radiologie; Schmitz-Linneweber, B. [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik B - Gastroenterologie und Stoffwechselerkrankungen; Peters, P.E. [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Klinische Radiologie

    1996-02-01

    Purpose: To investigate the diagnostic and clinical usefulness of a new non-ionic, hydrophilic gadolinium (III) chelate [Gd(HP-DO3A), gadoteridol, ProHance] and to compare it with Gd-DTPA (gadopentetate dimeglumine, Magnevist). Methods: In a Phase III clinical trial, 20 patients with rheumatic joint disease were examined before and after intravenous administration of gadoteridol in two different doses (0.1 and 0.3 mmol/kg body-weight). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed at 1.5 T with T1-weighted FLASH and T2-weighted spin echo sequences. Fourteen patients were examined with gadopentetate dimeglumine for comparison. Dynamic changes of signal intensity in the joints and muscle tissue were determined quantitatively. Results: No significant changes in cardiovascular data and no adverse effects occurred after injection of gadoteridol. The 0.3 mmol/kg dose showed no advantage in diagnostic contrast over the 0.1 mmol/kg dose. No significant differences (p>0.01) were noted between gadoteridol and gadopentetate dimeglumine in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis. Conclusion: Gadoteridol proved useful in the detection of early rheumatoid arthritis. No significant differences were observed between the two gadoteridol doses. There were no diagnostically relevant differences between gadoteridol and gadopentetate dimeglumine. (orig.) [Deutsch] Ziel der Studie war es, die klinische Vertraeglichkeit und die diagnostische Wertigkeit von Gadoteridol fuer die Beurteilung entzuendlicher Gelenkveraenderungen zu untersuchen. Im Rahmen einer Phase-III-Studie wurden 20 Patienten mit rheumatischen Gelenkerkrankungen vor und nach intravenoeser Injektion des gadoliniumhaltigen, paramagnetischen Kontrastmittels Gadoteridol (Gd(HP-DO3A), Pro-Hance) MR-tomographisch untersucht. Zwei Kontrastmitteldosen (0,1 und 0,3 mmol/kg Koerpergewicht) wurden evaluiert und ein Vergleichskollektiv von 14 Patienten mit Gadopentetat Dimeglumin (Gd-DTPA, Magnevist) untersucht. Dynamische Signalintensitaetsveraenderungen der Gelenkstrukturen nach Kontrastmittelinjektion wurden quantitativ bestimmt. Bei guter Vertraeglichkeit der Kontrastmittelverabreichung ergaben sich bis 2 h nach Injektion von Gadoteridol keine signifikanten Aenderungen der Kreislaufparameter. Die Dosis von 0,1 mmol/kg Koerpergewicht erwies sich bei 1,5 Tesla als diagnostisch ausreichend. Gadoteridol zeigte im Vergleich zu Gadopentetat Dimeglumin bei fruehen rheumatischen Gelenkveraenderungen keine signifikanten Unterschiede bezogen auf qualitative Parameter und quantitativ bestimmte dynamische Signalintensitaetsveraenderungen (p>0,01). (orig.)

  4. Joint imaging

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    Joint imaging is a proven diagnostic procedure which has become indispensable to the detection and treatment of different joint diseases in almost all disciplines. The method is suited for early diagnosis of joint affections both in soft tissue and bone which cannot be detected by X-ray or other procedures. The local activity accumulation depends on the rate of metabolism and is visualized in the scan, which in turn enables the extension and floridity of focal lesions to be evaluated and followed-up. Although joint scans may often give hints to probabilities relevant to differential diagnosis, the method is non-specific and only useful if based on the underlying clinical picture and X-ray finding, if possible. The radiation exposure is very low and does not represent a hazard in cases of adequate assessment of indication. In pregnant women and children the assessment of indication has to be based on very strict principles. The method is suited for out-patient diagnosis and can be applied in all installations equipped with a gamma camera and a technetium generator. (orig.)

  5. Computed tomography of sternoclavicular joint lesions in spondylarthropathies

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    To evaluate the computed tomography (CT) findings of inflammatory lesions of the sternoclavicular joints (SCJ) in spondylarthropathies. Design and patients. CT scans of the SCJs were obtained in 23 patients (group 1) with inflammatory SCJ lesions in spondylarthropathies. These scans were reviewed by four readers and compared with the CT scans of 23 matched controls (group 2). Each reader had to complete a 27-item grid. Results and conclusion. In the 23 patients of group 1, the mean number of observed signs was 5.3±4.2 higher (P<0.01) than in the group of 23 matched controls (2.4±1.6). Four signs were more frequently observed (P<0.05) in group 1: surrounded subchondral clavicular erosions and cysts, surrounded subchondral sternal cysts and sternal bone sclerosis. A cyst and/or an erosion was associated with hyperostosis and/or bone sclerosis in 9 of 23 patients in group 1. This association was not observed in group 2; the difference was significant (P<0.001). A cyst and/or an erosive lesion was observed 18 times in group 1 versus 11 times in group 2; the difference was significant (P<0.05). Conversely, signs of degenerative lesions (osteophytes, subchondral sclerosis, unevenness of joint surface) were no more frequently observed in controls than in group 1. This study emphasizes the diagnostic value of CT, in particular in the identification of inflammatory lesions, even when pre-existing degenerative disease is present. (orig.). With 3 figs., 2 tabs). With 3 figs., 2 tabs

  6. Joint Association of Dietary Pattern and Physical Activity Level with Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors among Chinese Men: A Cross-Sectional Study

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    Wang, Dong; He, Yuna; Li, Yanping; Luan, Dechun; Zhai, Fengying; Yang, Xiaoguang; Ma, Guansheng

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    The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the joint associations of physical activity level (PAL) and dietary patterns in relation to cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors among Chinese men. The study population consisted of 13 511 Chinese males aged 18-59 years from the 2002 China National Nutrition and Health Survey. Based on dietary data collected by a food frequency questionnaire, four dietary patterns were identified and labeled as "Green Water'' (high consumption ...

  7. Estimating a Multivariate Familial Correlation Using Joint Models for Canonical Correlations: Application to Memory Score Analysis from Familial Hispanic Alzheimer's Disease Study

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    Lee, Hye-seung; Paik, Myunghee Cho; Lee, Joseph H.

    2008-01-01

    Analysis of multiple traits can provide additional information beyond analysis of a single trait, allowing better understanding of the underlying genetic mechanism of a common disease. To accommodate multiple traits in familial correlation analysis adjusting for confounders, we develop a regression model for canonical correlation parameters and propose joint modeling along with mean and scale parameters. The proposed method is more powerful than the regression method modeling pairwise correla...

  8. The differential diagnosis of inflammatory joint disease in maternal-fetal microchimerism / Diagnóstico diferencial de doença inflamatória articular em microquimerismo materno-fetal

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    Seme Youssef, Reda; Marina Lobato, Martins.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Esse trabalho teve como objetivo fazer o diagnóstico diferencial de doença articular, em um caso de quimerismo genético de doadora multípara do Hemocentro Regional de Guarapuava-PR, com três gestações de fetos do sexo masculino, que apresentou dor articular previamente à última doação. Foi possível [...] identificar células fetais ainda presentes na sua circulação após 20 anos da última gestação. Os exames laboratoriais para proteínas de fase aguda demonstram possível término da imunotolerância às células fetais circulantes na doadora e, com isso, uma hipótese de doença de enxerto contra o hospedeiro foi elaborada para explicar a doença articular manifestada pela doadora. Abstract in english This study aimed at making the differential diagnosis of joint disease in a case of genetic chimerism in a female multiparous donor from the Regional Blood Bank of Guarapuava-PR (Hemocentro Regional de Guarapuava-PR), who had had three pregnancies of male fetuses. The patient showed joint pain prior [...] to the last donation. It was possible to identify fetal cells remaining in circulation 20 years after her last pregnancy. Laboratory tests for acute phase proteins revealed possible termination of immune tolerance to circulating fetal cells. Thus, a hypothesis of graft-versus-host disease was formulated to explain the joint disease manifested by the donor.

  9. Radiographic evaluation of the use of transverse traction device in vertebral arthrodesis for degenerative diseases / Evaluación radiográfica de la utilización del dispositivo de tracción transversal en la artrodesis vertebral para las enfermedades degenerativas / Avaliação radiográfica do uso do dispositivo de traço transversa nas artrodeses vertebrais de patologias degenerativas

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    Edgar Takao, Utino; João Paulo Machado, Bergamaschi; Luciano Antonio Nassar, Pellegrino; Ricardo Shigueaki Galhego, Umeta; Maria Fernanda Silber, Caffaro; Robert, Meves; Osmar, Avanzi.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Realizar análise radiográfica do uso do dispositivo de tração transversa (DTT) quanto a taxa de consolidação em pacientes submetidos à artrodese vertebral da coluna lombar em patologias degenerativas. MÉTODOS: Foram selecionadas radiografias nas incidências anteroposterior, perfil, oblí [...] quas e dinâmicas em flexão e extensão máxima de 23 pacientes submetidos à artrodese posterolateral da coluna lombar com seguimento pós-operatório mínimo de seis meses. As imagens foram avaliadas e classificadas pelo sistema de Linovitz, por dois cirurgiões de coluna. RESULTADOS: Avaliamos as radiografias de 23 pacientes no pós-operatório mínimo de 6 meses sendo que destes, 11 fizeram uso do DTT. Quanto à taxa de consolidação foram classificados como fusão sete pacientes (63,6%) no grupo que recebeu o DTT e seis pacientes (50%) naqueles em que o dispositivo não foi utilizado. Não observamos diferença estatística entre os grupos quanto à taxa de consolidação. CONCLUSÃO: A utilização do dispositivo de tração transversa neste estudo não apresentou diferença significativa quanto à taxa de consolidação na avaliação radiográfica. Ainda faltam na literatura estudos sobre a efetiva participação deste dispositivo na estabilidade dos sistemas de fixação pedicular. Abstract in spanish OBJETIVO: Análisis del uso del dispositivo de tracción transversal (DTT) respecto a la tasa de consolidación en las enfermedades degenerativas de la columna vertebral en pacientes sometidos a la artrodesis, a partir del estudio de los resultados radiológicos. MÉTODOS: Se seleccionaron radiografía [...] s de la zona anteroposterior, oblicua y de perfil, así como, dinámicas de la flexión y extensión máxima, de 23 pacientes sometidos a la operación quirúrgica de artrodesis posterolateral de la columna lumbar, con un mínimo de seis meses después de la realización de la cirugía. Las imágenes fueron evaluadas y clasificadas mediante el sistema de Linovitz por dos cirujanos de columna. RESULTADOS: Evaluamos las radiografías de 23 pacientes después de la cirugía, mínimo de seis meses después y en 11 de los 23 pacientes anteriormente mencionados, se usó DTT. En cuanto a la tasa de consolidación, siete pacientes (63,6%) fueron clasificados como de fusión en el grupo con la DTT, así como seis pacientes (50%) del grupo en el que no se utilizó el tratamiento. Por lo tanto, no se observó diferencia estadística entre los grupos respecto a la tasa de consolidación en el análisis radiográfico. CONCLUSIONES: El uso del dispositivo de tracción transversal en este estudio no mostró diferencias significativas con respecto a la tasa de consolidación radiográfica. Además, no existen todavía estudios suficientes sobre la efectiva participación de este dispositivo en la estabilidad de los sistemas de fijación pedicular. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: Perform radiographic analysis of the use of Transverse Traction Device (DTT) with respect to fusion rate in patients submitted to vertebral arthrodesis for degenerative lumbar diseases. METHODS: We selected x-ray images on anteroposterior, lateral and oblique views and with maximum fle [...] xion and extension dynamics of 23 patients submitted to posterolateral arthrodesis of the lumbar spine with a minimum follow-up period of six months. The images were evaluated and classified by the Linovitz's system by two spine surgeons. RESULTS: We evaluated the radiographs of 23 patients after the minimum postoperative period of 6 months and of these, 11 have used DTT. With regard to the consolidation rate, seven patients (63.6%) in the group of DTT were classified as fusion as well as six patients (50%) who were not submitted to the treatment. There was no statistical difference between the groups regarding the consolidation rate. CONCLUSION: The use of transverse traction device in this study showed no significant difference in the rate of consolidation in radiographic evaluation. Studies on the effective participation of this devi

  10. Imaging of hip joint arthroplasty; Bildgebung bei Hueftgelenkendoprothesen

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    Mayerhoefer, M.E.; Fruehwald-Pallamar, J.; Czerny, C. [Univ.-Klinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, Medizinische Universitaet Wien, Abteilung fuer Neuroradiologie und Muskuloskelettale Radiologie, Wien (Austria)

    2009-05-15

    The hip joint is the largest joint in the human body and consequently, its evaluation by diagnostic imaging is highly important. This includes imaging of hip joint arthroplasty, which is used to avoid joint immobility following a wide spectrum of diseases, such as end-stage degenerative disease, avascular necrosis of the femoral head or post-traumatic fractures. Conventional radiography is still the standard imaging modality for the evaluation of hip arthroplasty both directly following surgery and for periodical follow-up. In the majority of cases conventional radiography enables adequate assessment of early and late complications that can arise following hip arthroplasty, such as loosening, prosthetic or periprosthetic fracture, luxation, infection and soft tissue calcification. If the diagnosis cannot be established by means of radiography, advanced imaging methods such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), with or without injection of contrast media, may provide additional information. This is particularly true for the depiction of inflammatory processes. Regardless of the imaging modality used patients' clinical symptoms must also be taken into account in order to establish the correct diagnosis. (orig.) [German] Dem Hueftgelenk als groesstem Gelenk des menschlichen Koerpers kommt eine besondere Bedeutung in der muskuloskelettalen Radiologie zu. Entsprechend wichtig ist auch die radiologische Beurteilung von Hueftgelenkendoprothesen, die z. B. infolge degenerativer Gelenkerkrankungen, einer Hueftkopfnekrose oder einer Fraktur eingesetzt werden. Die Projektionsradiographie ist weiterhin die primaere Modalitaet zur Beurteilung von Hueftgelenkendoprothesen, direkt postoperativ und zur laengerfristigen Verlaufskontrolle. Diese Methode erlaubt in der Mehrzahl der Faelle eine suffiziente Antwort auf die Frage nach Lockerung, periprothetischer Fraktur oder Prothesenmaterialbruch, Luxation, Infektion und Weichteilkalzifikation. Computertomographie (CT) und Magnetresonanztomographie (MRT) haben sich im Laufe der Jahre fuer spezielle Fragestellungen und bei unklarem projektionsradiographischem Befund etabliert. So lassen sich entzuendliche Prozesse mit (CT) oder auch ohne (MRT) Kontrastmittel ausgezeichnet beurteilen. Unabhaengig von der bildgebenden Modalitaet ist in jedem Fall eine Korrelation mit der klinischen Symptomatik des Patienten unerlaesslich. (orig.)

  11. HIP JOINT OSTEOARTHRITIS IN LEGG-CALVÉ-PERTHES DISEASE - A LONG-TIME FOLLOW-UP CASE-CONTROL STUDY

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    Froberg, Lonnie; Christensen, Finn

    2009-01-01

    INTRODUCTION The purposes of this study are to investigate the inter-relationship between Stulberg class and radiographic hip osteoarthritis (OA) in patients with Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease (LCP) and to determine whether LCP patients develop hip OA more often than sex- and age-matched individuals. MATERIAL AND METHODS 167 LCP patients presented to our institution from 1941 to 1962. All patients were treated conservatively by a Thomas splint. Retrospectively medical records and radiographs were retrieved. At follow-up weight-bearing AP pelvis radiographs were obtained. OA was present when the minimum joint space width was <2.0 mm. Radiographs of sex- and age-matched controls were obtained from The Copenhagen City Heart Study. The following criteria for exclusion were applied: 1) insufficient or missing radiographs 2) patients who refused to participate, 3) emigrated persons, 4) persons lost to follow-up, 5) patients with previous surgery to pelvis or lower limbs and 6) dead persons. 52 patients (55 hips)were enrolled in the study and 115 patients (136 hips) were excluded. Mean age for men at follow-up was 53 years and for women 55 years. RESULTS In the LCP group four hips of 50 hips had OA compared to one hip of 107 hips in the control group. One patient out of 41 in Stulberg class I/II had OA compared to three out of nine in Stulberg class III/IV/V. CONCLUSION LCP patients have a significant higher risk of having hip OA compared to a sex- and age-matched control group, p=0.04 [OR=8.5 (CI=0.8-428.8)]. Patients in Stulberg class III, IV or V have a significantly increases risk of hip OA compared to patients in Stulberg class I or II, p=0.03 [OR=13.7 (CI 1.9-97.1)].

  12. EVALUASI PRAKTIK DOKTER YANG MERESEPKAN JAMU UNTUK PASIEN PENDERITA PENYAKIT DEGENERATIVE DI 12 PROPINSI

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    Lucie Widowati

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    Full Text Available AbstrakWHO merekomendasikan penggunaan obat tradisional untuk penyakit degeneratif. Tujuan studi adalah untuk mengevaluasi implementasi praktik dokter komplementer-alternatif menggunakan ramuan jamu untuk penyakit degeneratif di 12 provinsi. Data dikumpulkan melalui wawancara menggunakan kuesioner, secara purposive. Hasil studi menunjukkan bahwa, sebanyak 86% dari 145 responden melakukan praktik komplementer-alternatif, dengan penggunaan obat tradisional/jamu. Separuh dari jumlah dokter tersebut, 49 % berada di Provinsi Jawa Tengah, dan 50 % berpraktik sebagai dokter praktik mandiri. 91,2 % dokter melakukan praktik komplementeralternatif dengan alasan utama atas permintaan masyarakat. Menurut persepsi dan pendapat dokter, alasan terbesar dari pasien berobat ke dokter dan meminta pelayanan jamu, adalah karena percaya, mencapai angka 85,1%. Terdapat upaya untuk memisahkan catatan medik pasien (28,3% dan meminta pasien untuk menanda tangani informed consent (43,4%. Penggunaan tanaman obat oleh dokter terbanyak berturut-turut adalah jahe (artritis, sambiloto (hiperglikemia, seledri ( hipertensi, jatibelanda (hiperlipidemia dan obesitas, serta sidaguri ( hiperurisemia. Menurut pendapat dokter urutan kecepatan kesembuhan pasien, berurutan mulai dari penyakit artritis, hiperglikemia, hipertensi, hiperlipidemia, hiperurisemia dan terakhir adalah obesitas. Pelayanan dengan jamu/obat tradisional oleh dokter di masyarakat sudah menjadi pilihan pasien. Menurut pendapat dokter obat tradisional/jamu ada manfaatnya.Kata Kunci : Praktik complementary aternative medicine, obat tradisional, penyakit degeneratif , dokterAbstractWHO has recommended the use of traditional medicine for degenerative diseases. The objective of this study is to evaluate the implementation of CAM doctors practice in using traditional medicine for degenerative diseases in 12 provinces. Data were collected through interviews using questionnaire to CAM doctors purposively. This study showed that 86 % of 145 the respondents did CAM practice by using traditional medicine. Almost half (49 % of the doctors, were in Central Java Province and 50 % were independent doctors. There were 91.2 % doctors did CAM practice by demand from the society as main reason. Based on the doctor’s perception and opinion, the main reason for the patients seeing the doctors and asking for traditional medicine were trust (85.1 %. There were initiatives to differentiate CAM patient medical record from the common one (28.3 % and ask patients to sign the informed consent (43.4 %. The most common medicinal plant utilized by doctors, consecutively were jahe (arthritis, sambiloto ( hyperglicaemia, seledri ( hypertension, jati belanda ( hyperlipidemia, and obesity, and also sidaguri ( hyperuricemia. Based on the doctors’ opinion, the most rapid disease to heal with traditional medicine consecutively were arthritis, hyperglycemia, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, hyperuricemia, and the last was obesity. Traditional medicine prescribed by the doctors in the community had already been the patient choice. The CAM doctors believed there were benefits from traditional medicine.Keywords : complementary-alternative medicine practice, traditional medicines, degenerative diseases, doctor

  13. Degenerative aortic stenosis: pathogenesis and new principles of treatment

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    O.V. Andropova

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. To reveal of markers of inflammation and progression of calcification in patients with degenerative aortic stenosis (DAS.Material and methods. A single-stage study was done in 85 patients with degenerative calcification of aortic valve (42 patients with DAS and 43 patients without DAS. The techniques for assessing the severity of aortic valve calcification included ultrasonic diagnostics and multislice spiral computed tomography. Markers of inflammation and lipid profile were investigated. Results. Higher blood levels of total holesterol and holesterol of low density lipoprotein were revealed in patients with DAS in comparison with patients without DAS. They also had higher levels of inflammation markers: C-reactive protein and interleukin-6. There were significant correlations between DAS severity, lipid metabolism disturbances and inflammation markers.Conclusion. Atherogenesis and inflammation may have pathogenic influence on progression of aortic valve calcification and DAS development by lipid infiltration and endothelium cells damage.

  14. C-reactive protein in degenerative aortic valve stenosis

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    Mazzone AnnaMaria; Sanchez Pedro L

    2006-01-01

    Abstract Degenerative aortic valve stenosis includes a range of disorder severity from mild leaflet thickening without valve obstruction, "aortic sclerosis", to severe calcified aortic stenosis. It is a slowly progressive active process of valve modification similar to atherosclerosis for cardiovascular risk factors, lipoprotein deposition, chronic inflammation, and calcification. Systemic signs of inflammation, as wall and serum C-reactive protein, similar to those found in atherosclerosis, ...

  15. Uncertainty in estimating probability of causation in a cross-sectional study: joint effects of radiation and hepatitis-C virus on chronic liver disease

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    Cologne, John B [Department of Statistics, Radiation Effects Research Foundation, 5-2 Hijiyama Park, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 732-0815 (Japan); Pawel, David J [Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, US Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20460 (United States); Sharp, Gerald B [Department of Epidemiology, Radiation Effects Research Foundation, 5-2 Hijiyama Park, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 732-0815 (Japan); Fujiwara, Saeko [Department of Clinical Studies, Radiation Effects Research Foundation, 5-2 Hijiyama Park, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 732-0815 (Japan)

    2004-06-01

    Exposure to other risk factors is an important consideration in assessing the role played by radiation in producing disease. A cross-sectional study of atomic-bomb survivors suggested an interaction between whole-body radiation exposure and chronic hepatitis-C viral (HCV) infection in the etiology of chronic liver disease (chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis), but did not allow determination of the joint-effect mechanism. Different estimates of probability of causation (POC) conditional on HCV status resulted from additive and multiplicative models. We therefore estimated the risk for radiation conditional on HCV status using a more general, mixture model that does not require choosing between additivity or multiplicativity, or deciding whether there is interaction, in the face of the large uncertainty. The results support the conclusion that POC increases with radiation dose in persons without HCV infection, but are inconclusive regarding individuals with HCV infection, the lower confidence bound on estimated POC for radiation with HCV infection being zero over the entire dose range. Although the mixture model may not reflect the true joint-effect mechanism, it avoids restrictive model assumptions that cannot be validated using the available data yet have a profound influence on estimated POC. These considerations apply more generally, given that the additive and multiplicative models are often used in POC related work. We therefore consider that an empirical approach may be preferable to assuming a specific mechanistic model for estimating POC in epidemiological studies where the joint-effect mechanism is in doubt.

  16. [Clinical signs and differential diagnosis of foot and mouth disease in pigs].

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    Heinritzi, K; Bollwahn, W

    2001-12-01

    FMD in pigs is primarily a foot disease. It is dominated by rather painful formation of vesicles in the epidermis of the feet (coronary band, interdigital clefts, bulbs) combined with severe lameness. Complications will be seen as detachment of the hoof and secondary infection of disrupted aphthae which may cause purulent arthritis of the pedal joint. Concerning differential diagnosis are to be considered all cases of acute lameness, vesicle-formation as typical lesions of exudative epidermites of pemphigus in the course of infections with S. hyicus or S. aureus as well as degenerative changes after selenium-intoxication, specially near the coronary band, sometimes linked with exungulation. PMID:11822164

  17. Cartilage proteoglycans from normal and osteochondrotic porcine joints.

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    Nakano, T.; Thompson, J. R.; Aherne, F. X.

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    Modern pigs grow fast but are highly susceptible to degenerative joint abnormalities, including osteochondrosis. Normal and osteochondrotic humeri and femurs were obtained from five normal and ten lame adolescent boars to study cartilage proteoglycans. Histological examination of joints indicated a locally-reduced intensity of proteoglycan staining by safranin-O in lesion areas of cartilage. Cartilage proteoglycans extracted with 4.0 M guanidinium chloride were studied using Sepharose 2B gel ...

  18. Elevated cross-talk between subchondral bone and cartilage in osteoarthritic joints.

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    Pan, Jun; Wang, Bin; Li, Wen; Zhou, Xiaozhou; Scherr, Thomas; Yang, Yunyi; Price, Christopher; Wang, Liyun

    2012-08-01

    Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease and one of the leading causes of disability in the United States and across the world. As a disease of the whole joint, OA exhibits a complicated etiology with risk factors including, but not limited to, ageing, altered joint loading, and injury. Subchondral bone is hypothesized to be involved in OA development. However, direct evidence supporting this is lacking. We previously detected measurable transport of solute across the mineralized calcified cartilage in normal joints, suggesting a potential cross-talk between subchondral bone and cartilage. Whether this cross-talk exists in OA has not been established yet. Using two models that induced OA by either ageing or surgery (destabilization of medial meniscus, DMM), we tested the hypothesis that increased cross-talk occurs in OA. We quantified the diffusivity of sodium fluorescein (mol. wt. 376Da), a marker of small-sized signaling molecules, within calcified joint matrix using our newly developed fluorescence loss induced by photobleaching (FLIP) method. Tracer diffusivity was found to be 0.30±0.17 and 0.33±0.20?m(2)/s within the calcified cartilage and 0.12±0.04 and 0.07±0.03?m(2)/s across the osteochondral interface in the aged (20-24-month-old, n=4) and DMM OA joints (5-month-old, n=5), respectively, which were comparable to the control values for the contralateral non-operated joints in the DMM mice (0.48±0.13 and 0.12±0.06?m(2)/s). Although we did not detect significant changes in tissue matrix permeability in OA joints, we found i) an increased number of vessels invading the calcified cartilage (and sometimes approaching the tidemark) in the aged (+100%) and DMM (+50%) joints relative to the normal age controls; and ii) a 60% thinning of the subchondral bone and calcified cartilage layers in the aged joints (with no significant changes detected in the DMM joints). These results suggested that the capacity for cross-talk between subchondral bone and articular cartilage could be elevated in OA. Further studies are needed to identify the direction of the cross-talk, the signaling molecules involved, and to test whether subchondral bone initiates OA development and could serve as a pharmaceutical target for OA treatment. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled "Osteoarthritis". PMID:22197997

  19. Vps35 haploinsufficiency results in degenerative-like deficit in mouse retinal ganglion neurons and impairment of optic nerve injury-induced gliosis

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    Liu, Wei; Tang, Fu-lei; Erion, Joanna; Xiao, Hang; Ye, Jian; Xiong, Wen-cheng

    2014-01-01

    VPS35 (vacuolar protein sorting 35) is a major component of retromer that selectively promotes endosome-to-Golgi retrieval of transmembrane proteins. Dysfunction of retromer is a risk factor for the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD), both neuro-degeneration disorders. However, VPS35/retromer’s function in retina or the contribution of Vps35-deficiency to retinal neuro-degenerative disorders has not been investigated. Here we provide evidence for a rol...

  20. Physiology and pathophysiology of nitrosative and oxidative stress in osteoarthritic joint destruction.

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    Ziskoven, Christoph; Jäger, Marcus; Kircher, Jörn; Patzer, Thilo; Bloch, Wilhelm; Brixius, Klara; Krauspe, Rüdiger

    2011-07-01

    Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common chronic diseases, with increasing importance due to increased life expectancy. On a cellular level, the pathophysiology of joint function impairment and ultimate destruction associated with OA remains poorly understood. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules involved in both normal intracellular signal transduction and degenerative cellular processes. An imbalance between the free radical burden and cellular scavenging mechanisms, defined as oxidative stress, has been identified as a relevant factor in OA pathogenesis. This literature review elucidates the involvement of nitrosative and oxidative stress in cellular ageing in joints, cell senescence, and apoptosis. Free radical exposure is known to promote cellular senescence and apoptosis, and the involvement of radical oxygen species (ROS) in inflammation, fibrosis control, and pain nociception has been proven. A relatively novel approach to OA pathophysiology considers the joint to be a dynamic system consisting of 3, continuously interacting compartments, cartilage, synovial tissue, and subchondral bone. Current knowledge concerning free radical involvement in paracrine signalling in OA is reviewed. The interrelationship between oxidative imbalances and OA pathophysiology may provide a novel approach to the comprehension, and therefore modification, of OA disease progression and symptom control. PMID:21793696

  1. The relationship between pain and dynamic knee joint loading in knee osteoarthritis varies with radiographic disease severity. A cross sectional study

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    Henriksen, Marius; Aaboe, Jens

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: In a cross sectional study, we investigated the relationships between knee pain and mechanical loading across the knee, as indicated by the external knee adduction moment (KAM) during walking in patients with symptomatic knee OA who were distinguished by different radiographic disease severities. METHODS: Data from 137 symptomatic medial knee OA patients were used. Based on Kellgren/Lawrence (K/L) grading, the patients were divided into radiographically less severe (K/L=2, n=68) or severe (K/L>2, n=69) medial knee OA. Overall knee pain was rated on a 10cm visual analog scale, and peak KAM and KAM impulses were obtained from gait analyses. Mixed linear regression analyses were performed with KAM variables as the outcome, and pain and disease severity as independent variables, adjusting for age, gender, and walking speed. RESULTS: In adjusted analyses, less severe patients demonstrated negative relationships between pain intensities and dynamic loading. The severe patient group showed no relationshipbetween pain intensity and peak KAM, and a positive relationship between pain intensity and KAM impulse. CONCLUSION: In radiographically less severe knee OA, the negative relationships between pain intensity and dynamic knee joint loading indicate a natural reaction to pain, which will limit the stress on the joint. In contrast, either absent or positive relationships between pain and dynamic loading in severe OA may lead to overuse and accelerated disease progression. These findings may have a large potential interest for strategies of treatment in knee OA.

  2. Temporomandibular joint disorders' impact on pain, function, and disability.

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    Chantaracherd, P; John, M T; Hodges, J S; Schiffman, E L

    2015-03-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the association between more advanced stages of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) intra-articular disorders ("TMJ intra-articular status"), representing a transition from normal joint structure to TMJ disc displacement with and without reduction (DDwR and DDwoR) to degenerative joint disease (DJD), and patient-reported outcomes of jaw pain, function, and disability ("TMD impact"). This cross-sectional study included 614 cases from the RDC/TMD Validation Project with at least one temporomandibular disorder (TMD) diagnosis. TMJ intra-articular status was determined by 3 blinded, calibrated radiologists using magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography as one of normal joint structure, DDwR, DDwoR, or DJD, representing the subject's most advanced TMJ diagnosis. TMD impact was conceptualized as a latent variable consisting of 1) pain intensity (Characteristic Pain Index from the Graded Chronic Pain Scale [GCPS]), 2) jaw function (Jaw Functional Limitation Scale), and 3) disability (Disability Points from GCPS). A structural equation model estimated the association of TMJ intra-articular status with the latent measure TMD impact as a correlation coefficient in all TMD cases (n = 614) and in cases with a TMD pain diagnosis (n = 500). The correlations between TMJ intra-articular status and TMD impact were 0.05 (95% confidence interval [CI], -0.04 to 0.13) for all TMD cases and 0.07 (95% CI, -0.04 to 0.17) for cases with a pain diagnosis, which are neither statistically significant nor clinically relevant. Conceptualizing worsening of TMJ intra-articular disorders as 4 stages and characterizing impact from TMD as a composite of jaw pain, function, and disability, this cross-sectional study found no clinically significant association. Models of TMJ intra-articular status other than ours (normal structure ? DDwR ? DDwoR ? DJD) should be explored. PMID:25572112

  3. Joint space width in dysplasia of the hip.

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    Jacobsen, Steffen; Sonne-Holm, Stig

    2005-01-01

    In a longitudinal case-control study, we followed 81 subjects with dysplasia of the hip and 136 control subjects without dysplasia for ten years assessing radiological evidence of degeneration of the hip at admission and follow-up. There were no cases of subluxation in the group with dysplasia. Neither subjects with dysplasia nor controls had radiological signs of ongoing degenerative disease at admission. The primary radiological discriminator of degeneration of the hip was a change in the minimum joint space width over time. There were no significant differences between these with dysplasia and controls in regard to age, body mass index or occupational exposure to daily repeated lifting at admission.We found no significant differences in the reduction of the joint space width at follow-up between subjects with dysplasia and the control subjects nor in self-reported pain in the hip. The association of subluxation and/or associated acetabular labral tears with dysplasia of the hip may be a conditional factor for the development of premature osteoarthritis in mildly to moderately dysplastic hips.

  4. The use of biosimilars in immune-mediated disease: A joint Italian Society of Rheumatology (SIR), Italian Society of Dermatology (SIDeMaST), and Italian Group of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IG-IBD) position paper.

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    Fiorino, Gionata; Girolomoni, Giampiero; Lapadula, Giovanni; Orlando, Ambrogio; Danese, Silvio; Olivieri, Ignazio

    2014-07-01

    Biological agents are widely used in rheumatology, dermatology and inflammatory bowel disease. Evidence about their efficacy and safety has been strengthened for all those therapeutic indications over the last decade. Biosimilar agents are monoclonal antibodies similar to previously approved biologics. In the European Union, they have been approved for all the indications in the management of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMIDs), although data only in rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis are currently available. Direct evidence on efficacy, safety, and immunogenicity of biosimilars is mandatory in psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as in children. Based on the current evidence in the literature, we present the joint official position of the Italian Societies of Rheumatology, Dermatology and Inflammatory Bowel Disease on the use of biosimilars in IMIDs. PMID:24657898

  5. Computer tomography for congenital malformation, and inflammatory and degenerative changes of spine

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    Technical improvements and the use of intrathecal Metrizamide have made computer tomography of the spine a valuable diagnostic method. The value of CT in demonstrating morphological changes in the spine was investigated in 77 examinations of congenital malformation or inflammatory and degenerative disease. Measurements of the spinal canal provide more accurate information than conventional radiology and these are discussed. Intradural injection of contrast medium makes it possible to diagnose abnormalities of the cord by means of CT. Inflammatory changes in the spine and in the paraspinal soft tissues are shown at an early stage. A diagnosis of tumour can be confirmed by CT-controlled needle biopsy. It is usually possible to demonstrate disc prolapse without the use of contrast medium. On the other hand, the investigation of pain following disc operations remains a difficult problem. (orig.)

  6. Joint Genome-Wide Profiling of miRNA and mRNA Expression in Alzheimer's Disease Cortex Reveals Altered miRNA Regulation

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    Nunez-iglesias, Juan; Liu, Chun-chi; Morgan, Todd E.; Finch, Caleb E.; Zhou, Xianghong Jasmine

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    Although microRNAs are being extensively studied for their involvement in cancer and development, little is known about their roles in Alzheimer's disease (AD). In this study, we used microarrays for the first joint profiling and analysis of miRNAs and mRNAs expression in brain cortex from AD and age-matched control subjects. These data provided the unique opportunity to study the relationship between miRNA and mRNA expression in normal and AD brains. Using a non-parametric analysis, we showe...

  7. Early onset degenerative dementias: demographic characteristics and etiologic classification in a tertiary referral center.

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    Maiovis, Pantelis; Ioannidis, Panagiotis; Konstantinopoulou, Elina; Karacostas, Dimitris

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    Early onset dementia (EOD) is a major diagnostic challenge as it often presents with atypical features and may be attributed to treatable diseases. Primary degenerative dementias (Alzheimer's disease-AD, frontotemporal lobar degeneration-FTLD, Lewy body dementia-LBD), although traditionally considered to affect older people, are still a main cause of EOD. 491 demented patients were assessed from January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2010 in the Neurology Department of a tertiary referral center. Patients were classified as AD, behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), non-fluent agrammatic variant primary progressive aphasia (naPPA), semantic variant PPA (svPPA), corticobasal degeneration (CBD), or progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) who also met criteria for naPPA and LBD. Finally, their demographic characteristics were analysed, according to age at onset (EOD late onset dementia-LOD ?65 years). From the 491 patients, 137 (27.9 %) were EOD. In the EOD group, 52 (38 %) were diagnosed with bvFTD, 34 (24.8 %) with AD, 27 (19.7 %) with naPPA, 10 (7.2 %) with svPPA, 12 (8.8 %) with CBD or PSP, and 2 (1.5 %) with LBD. Demographic characteristics did not differ significantly among diagnostic categories in the EOD group, while in the LOD group FTLD patients were younger and more frequently men compared to both AD and LBD patients. EOD patients had more years of education than LOD patients. Degenerative disorders as causes of EOD are not rare. High clinical alertness is warranted to achieve correct and timely diagnosis. PMID:24878660

  8. Studies on the pathogenesis of degenerative lumbar canal stenosis by computed tomography, 2. Investigation about measurements of the lumbar canal

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    Kido, Kenji

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    To evaluate the significance of measurement parameters for the lumbar canal (LC), a retrospective analysis was made of computed tomography (CT) scans in a total of 129 patients, including 20 with degenerative lumbar canal stenosis (DLCS), 65 with degenerative spondylosis, 21 with disc hernia, and 23 with lumbar pain. The shape of the transverse LC was not reflected by the anteroposterior and transverse diameters of LC, but was somewhat reflected by the transverse area of LC. The transverse area of dural sac (DS) was considered important in determining the degree of stenosis. Regarding the transverse area, the DS correlated more strongly with the LC with soft-tissue windows than that with bone windows. The angle of intervertebral joint was likely to be related to the pathophysiology of the LC. In particular, sagittal tendency was seen at the levels of L3-4 and L4-5 in the DLCS group. There was correlation between the angle of intervertebral joint and the transverse areas of both soft-tissue LC and DS at the levels of L4-5. A multivariate analysis suggested the possibility that the significance of measurement parameters might vary depending on the vertebral level for the lower lumbar spine. The following criteria for indicating DLCS were obtained: 1) a transverse area of less than or equal to 100 mm/sup 2/ for DS or less than or equal to 118 mm/sup 2/ for soft-tissue LC at the levels of L3-4; 2) a transverse area of less than or equal to 90 mm/sup 2/ for DS and an angle of less than or equal to 90 deg for the intervertebral joint at the levels of L4-5; and 3) lateral recess of less than or equal to 3 mm in anteroposterior diameter at the levels of L5-S1. (Namekawa, K.).

  9. Effect of compensatory trunk movements on knee and hip joint loading during gait in children with different orthopedic pathologies.

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    Stief, Felix; Böhm, Harald; Ebert, Carsten; Döderlein, Leonhard; Meurer, Andrea

    2014-03-01

    Ipsilateral trunk lean toward the affected stance limb has been identified as a compensatory mechanism to unload the hip joint. However, this altered gait pattern increases the lever arm around the knee joint by shifting the ground reaction vector more lateral to the knee joint center, which could be sufficient to deform the lateral compartment of the knee. The purpose of the present study was to show the effect of ipsilateral trunk lean on hip and knee joint moments in the frontal plane in 132 young patients with different orthopedic diagnosis. Linear correlations between ipsilateral trunk lean and the external knee and/or hip adduction moment were detected for patients with Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease (LCPD), arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, myelomeningocele, and unilateral cerebral palsy (CP). In contrast, children with bilateral CP did not show such a relationship due to an increased internal foot placement. In comparison to the hip joint, the effect of ipsilateral trunk lean in patients with LCPD is obviously more pronounced in the knee joint. The valgus thrust of the knee could initiate degenerative changes by placing altered loads on regions of the articular cartilage that were previously conditioned for different load levels. The results suggest that the ipsilateral trunk lean should not be considered and recommended as unloading mechanism for the hip joint on its own but also as a potential increased joint loading of the lateral knee compartment. Therefore, an acceptable therapy concept for limping patients should aim for an inconspicuous gait pattern with a reduced trunk movement. PMID:24387803

  10. Ranibizumab for the treatment of degenerative ocular conditions

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    Full Text Available Magdalini Triantafylla,1 Horace F Massa,2 Doukas Dardabounis,1 Zisis Gatzioufas,2 Vassilios Kozobolis,1 Konstantinos Ioannakis,1 Irfan Perente,1,3 Georgios D Panos1,21Department of Ophthalmology, University General Hospital of Alexandroupolis, School of Medicine, University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece; 2Department of Ophthalmology, Geneva University Hospitals, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland; 3Beyoglou Eye Research and Teaching Hospital, Istanbul University, Istanbul, TurkeyAbstract: Degenerative ocular conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions, and myopic degeneration, have become a major public health problem and a leading cause of blindness in developed countries. Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF drugs seem to be an effective and safe treatment for these conditions. Ranibizumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody antigen-binding fragment, which inhibits all biologically active isoforms of VEGF-A, is still the gold standard treatment for the majority of these pathological entities. In this review, we present the results of the most important clinical trials concerning the efficacy and safety of ranibizumab for the treatment of degenerative ocular conditions.Keywords: age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema, retinal vein occlusion, anti-VEGF, safety, efficacy, quality of life

  11. Uncertainty in estimating probability of causation in a cross-sectional study: joint effects of radiation and hepatitis-C virus on chronic liver disease

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    Exposure to other risk factors is an important consideration in assessing the role played by radiation in producing disease. A cross-sectional study of atomic-bomb survivors suggested an interaction between whole-body radiation exposure and chronic hepatitis-C viral (HCV) infection in the etiology of chronic liver disease (chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis), but did not allow determination of the joint-effect mechanism. Different estimates of probability of causation (POC) conditional on HCV status resulted from additive and multiplicative models. We therefore estimated the risk for radiation conditional on HCV status using a more general, mixture model that does not require choosing between additivity or multiplicativity, or deciding whether there is interaction, in the face of the large uncertainty. The results support the conclusion that POC increases with radiation dose in persons without HCV infection, but are inconclusive regarding individuals with HCV infection, the lower confidence bound on estimated POC for radiation with HCV infection being zero over the entire dose range. Although the mixture model may not reflect the true joint-effect mechanism, it avoids restrictive model assumptions that cannot be validated using the available data yet have a profound influence on estimated POC. These considerations apply more generally, given that the additive and multiplicative models are often used in POC related work. We therefore consider that an empirical approach maore consider that an empirical approach may be preferable to assuming a specific mechanistic model for estimating POC in epidemiological studies where the joint-effect mechanism is in doubt

  12. Local ASIC3 modulates pain and disease progression in a rat model of osteoarthritis

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    Izumi Masashi

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Recent data have suggested a relationship between acute arthritic pain and acid sensing ion channel 3 (ASIC3 on primary afferent fibers innervating joints. The purpose of this study was to clarify the role of ASIC3 in a rat model of osteoarthritis (OA which is considered a degenerative rather than an inflammatory disease. Methods We induced OA via intra-articular mono-iodoacetate (MIA injection, and evaluated pain-related behaviors including weight bearing measured with an incapacitance tester and paw withdrawal threshold in a von Frey hair test, histology of affected knee joint, and immunohistochemistry of knee joint afferents. We also assessed the effect of ASIC3 selective peptide blocker (APETx2 on pain behavior, disease progression, and ASIC3 expression in knee joint afferents. Results OA rats showed not only weight-bearing pain but also mechanical hyperalgesia outside the knee joint (secondary hyperalgesia. ASIC3 expression in knee joint afferents was significantly upregulated approximately twofold at Day 14. Continuous intra-articular injections of APETx2 inhibited weight distribution asymmetry and secondary hyperalgesia by attenuating ASIC3 upregulation in knee joint afferents. Histology of ipsilateral knee joint showed APETx2 worked chondroprotectively if administered in the early, but not late phase. Conclusions Local ASIC3 immunoreactive nerve is strongly associated with weight-bearing pain and secondary hyperalgesia in MIA-induced OA model. APETx2 inhibited ASIC3 upregulation in knee joint afferents regardless of the time-point of administration. Furthermore, early administration of APETx2 prevented cartilage damage. APETx2 is a novel, promising drug for OA by relieving pain and inhibiting disease progression.

  13. Evolução dos questionários Oswestry 2.0 e do componente físico (PCS) do SF-36 durante o primeiro ano de pós-operatório de artrodese da coluna lombar em doenças degenerativas / Evolution of Oswestry 2.0 questionnaire and the physical component (PCS) of SF-36 during the first postoperative year of lumbar spine fusion in degenerative diseases / Evolución del cuestionario Oswestry 2.0 y del componente físico (PCS) del SF-36 durante el primer año de postoperatorio de fusión lumbar en enfermidades degenerativas

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    Alexandre Henrique Silveira, Bechara; Guilherme Rebechi, Zuiani; Marcelo Ítalo, Risso Neto; Paulo Tadeu Maia, Cavali; Ivan Guidolin, Veiga; Wagner, Pasqualini; Elcio, Landim.

    Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese OBJETIVO: Avaliar a melhora clínica dos pacientes submetidos a descompressão e artrodese lombar póstero-lateral por doença degenerativa, avaliando a evolução dos escores do questionário Oswestry 2.0 e pelo componente físico (PCS) da escala SF-36. MÉTODOS: Estudo prospectivo com 19 pacientes consecut [...] ivos com diagnóstico de doença degenerativa de disco (hérnia de disco, estenose lombar ou espondilolistese degenerativa) submetidos à descompressão e artrodese póstero-lateral. Todos os pacientes incluídos em nosso estudo responderam aos questionários Oswestry 2.0 e SF-36 em cinco momentos diferentes: no período pré-operatório e após 45, 90, 180 e 360 dias de cirurgia. RESULTADOS: Os escores dos questionários Oswestry 2.0 e do componente físico (PCS) do SF-36 dos 19 pacientes mostraram melhora significativa (p Abstract in spanish OBJETIVO: Evaluar la mejoría clínica de los pacientes sometidos a descompresión y artrodesis lumbar posterolateral para las enfermedades degenerativas, valoración de la evolución de las puntuaciones del cuestionario Oswestry 2.0 y el componente físico (PCS) de la escala SF-36. MÉTODOS: Evaluación de [...] 19 pacientes con enfermedad degenerativa del disco (hernia de disco, estenosis lumbar o espondilolistesis degenerativa) sometidos a descompresión y artrodesis posterolateral. Todos los pacientes incluidos en nuestro estudio respondieron al cuestionario de Oswestry 2.0 e al SF-36 en cinco ocasiones distintas: Período preoperatorio y 45, 90, 180 y 360 días después de la cirugía. RESULTADOS: Las puntuaciones del cuestionario Oswestry y el componente físico (PCS) de la SF-36 de los 19 pacientes mostraron una mejoría significativa (p Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: Assess the clinical improvement of patients undergoing decompression and posterolateral lumbar arthrodesis for degenerative diseases, evaluating the evolution of the scores of Oswestry 2.0 questionnaire and the physical component (PCS) of the SF-36 scale. METHODS: Prospective study of 19 [...] patients with degenerative disc disease (disc herniation, lumbar stenosis or degenerative spondylolisthesis) that underwent decompression and posterolateral arthrodesis. All patients included in our study answered the questionnaire Oswestry 2.0 and the PCS of SF-36 at five different occasions: in the preoperative period and 45, 90, 180 and 360 days after surgery. RESULTS: The scores of Oswestry 2.0 questionnaire and the physical component (PCS) of the SF-36 of the patients showed significant improvement (p

  14. Disease Activity and Bone Mineral Density of MCP Joints in Patients with Rheumatoid and Psoriatic Arthritis: Is There a Correlation?—A Study in Patients Treated with Methotrexate and an Anti-TNF? Agent

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    Ilaria Bertoldi; Georgios Filippou; Carlo Alberto Scirè; Valentina Picerno; Valentina di Sabatino; Antonella Adinolfi; Serena Pierguidi; Mauro Galeazzi; Bruno Frediani

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    Background. Bone damage in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) includes an accelerated bone mineral density (BMD) reduction. The objective was to evaluate BMD variations of the metacarpophalangeal joints (MCPs) in patients starting treatment with methotrexate (MTX) or etanercept. Methods. Patients affected by RA or PsA with hand joints involvement and with moderate or high disease activity, were enrolled in this study. All patients underwent clinical examination, labora...

  15. Improvement of balance in progressive degenerative cerebellar ataxias after Ayurvedic therapy: A preliminary report

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    Full Text Available Background: The treatment options for improving the balance in degenerative cerebellar ataxias are very few. Ayurvedic texts have described diverse treatment regimens for this disease. Aims: To determine the change in balance indices, if any, by dynamic posturography (Biodex Balance System, USA in progressive cerebellar ataxia following Ayurvedic treatment. Materials and Methods: We performed a preliminary open labelled study on ten patients diagnosed with progressive cerebellar ataxia. The patients were treated over a period of one month. Treatment consisted of Shirobasti (therapeutic retention of medicament over the scalp in male patients and Shirodhara (pouring of a steady stream of medicament on the forehead in female patients with Dhanvantaram tailam (medicated oil for 45 minutes daily, followed by Abhyanga (methodical massage with Dhanvantaram tailam and Bhashpa sweda (steam bath, for 14 days. In addition, the treatment also consisted Abhyantara aushadha (oral medicines of Maharasnadi kashayam 15ml thrice daily, Dhanvantaram capsules 101 two capsules thrice daily, and Ashwagandha tablet 500 mg one tablet thrice daily, for one month. The patients were assessed on the Biodex balance system before and after the treatment. Results were analyzed using paired samples ?t? test. Results: All patients tolerated the treatment well without any adverse events and reported subjective improvement in walking. There was a statistically significant improvement in the overall and anteroposterior balance indices of dynamic stability. Conclusions: Over the short period of the present study, Ayurvedic therapy was found to be safe and, showed improvement in the balance in patients with progressive degenerative cerebellar ataxia. Further randomized placebo-control double-blind studies are needed to validate the results.

  16. Significance of radionucleid examination of joints in diagnosis of subclinical arthritis background

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    Background. A large group of inflammation arthritis is represented by seronegative spondyloarthropathies (SpA), including several nosologies: psoriatic arthritis Bechterev's disease, Reiter's disease, etc. One of the most common SpA forms is Reactive arthritis (ReA). Inflammation process in joints is the most characteristic symptom, which determines severeness, course and prognosis of the disease. One of the most sensitive methods of examination of joints is radionucleid (RN) examination. Increased RNV accumulation in the joints is not a specific feature .for a concrete disease, and growth of its accumulation corresponds to the exudative component of inflammation process which reveals the early stage of joint inflammation (subclinical arthritis). Objectives: To find out how often subclinical inflammation processes (subclinical sinovitis) are observed in patients with minimal systemic activity of ReA. To detect in which joints subclinical sinovitis localizes most commonly. To evaluate significance of radionucleid examinations in diagnosis of subclinical arthritis. Material and methods. RN examination of joints was performed in 41 patient with ReA in I stage of activity and in 35 patients with ReA in II stage of activity, when the causative agent of infection - Chlamydia trachomatis - is localized in the urogenital tract. ReA was diagnosed according to diagnostic criteria of French Rheumatologists Association. For clinical description of joints index was used, characteription of joints index was used, characterized by pain intensity during joint palpation, and expressed by gradation degree from 0-3. In 76 patients with ReA I activity degree (ReA I) and ReA II activity degree (ReA II) radionucleid examination was done with marked 99Tc and analysis of the obtained joint scintigrams for SI area. In the control group, 90 joint scintigrams were analyzed for patients with degenerative joint diseases without palpation pain in the examined joints, determining Tc index (Tc ind) in separate joints and summary Tc ind. As different were considered the results, which differ from each other by not less than 20%. To detect early sinovitis in knee and ankle joints Tc ind for each joint was determined in ReA I and ReA II. Results. Calculation of early sinovitis was done in 3 stages: in the 1st stage, joint index and frequency as an early sign of clinical inflammation was determined in each joint area in the examined patient group (ReA I and ReA). In the IInd stage, in each joint Tc ind was determined and the results were compared to the indices of the control group. If Tc ind in the joint was (20% than in the control group then, corresponding to data in literature, it was concluded that in this joint objectively there is an inflammation process. In the examined patient group (ReA and ReA), with RN examination frequency of inflammation was determined either. As index of subclinical inflammation, difference between frequency of increased Tc index (objective sinovitis) and joints index (clinical sinovitis) was used (third stage). When frequency of increased Tc index joints was frequency of joints index, it was considered that in these joints subclinical arthritis is not present. Discussion and conclusions. In. the ReA patient group (ReA II), where subclinical sinovitis occurs more rarely, it is easier to diagnose it. Manual examination is sufficient for diagnosis. In ReA I both peripheral subclinical arthritis and symmetric sacroiliitis occur more frequently than in ReA II. Subclinical arthritis was most frequently found in the right ankle joint (59%) and left sacroiliac joint (32%). Therefore, examination of these joints requires especial attention and care, when examining patients with ReA, who complain about pain in the joints. Summary Tc ind, on the contrary, is higher in patients with ReA.II, which suggests increase in inflammation component (sinovitis) in the peripheral joints and activisation of systemic inflammation process (CRO and ESR increase as well). Summary. Tc ind in SI joints is increased in both ReA I and ReA II and in both c

  17. Enteropathic arthritis in the sacroiliac joint. Imaging and differential diagnosis

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    Objectives: A new high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scoring system of sacroiliac joint (SIJ) involvement in enteropathic arthritis is introduced. Patients and methods: SIJ's of 100 patients were studied. A total of 25 patients presented with pain syndrome, 25 with suspicious seronegative spondylarthritis, 25 with inflammatory bowel diseases and 25 without joint or bowel diseases, as a control group. HRCT was carried out in all 100 patients. For comparison, a plain film radiography (PFR), conventional CT (slices of 10 mm) and bone scan were used. Results: Quantitative differences: In the pain syndrome group, there were no erosions identified neither intraarticular calcifications. Disc degeneration was seen in 12/25 cases. In 4/25 patients, vacuum phenomena appeared in the SIJ. In 3/25 patients, ventral capsular calcification occurred in the ventral sacroiliac ligament (anterior capsule complex). In the seronegative spondylarthritis group, 16/25 patients had positive findings, while PFR documented erosions only in 3/25 cases. In the bowel diseases group, erosions were detected in 17/25 cases with HRCT, while the plain film was positive only in three cases and in seven cases the findings were questionable. Intraarticular calcification with erosion was documented in three cases and in seven cases without erosion. The bone scan was positive in 7/25 of this cases, but in 5/7 there was mismatching with HRCT. Important new finding was the HRCT detected erosion which nding was the HRCT detected erosion which was not detected on BS but was obvious on Anti-Granulocyte-Antibody scintigraphy. In the control group, only degenerative changes were seen in 4/25 cases and no erosions. Conclusion: HRCT is: (1) the reliable imaging of definitive (often 'cold stage') sacroileitis; (2) gives optimal detection of erosion; and (3) appears to be the only method in the documentation of calcifications in the posterior ligamental portion of the SIJ

  18. Radionuclide joint imaging

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    Modern radionuclide techniques of joint imaging involve the use of either /sup 99m/Tc-pertechnetate or /sup 99m/Tc-phosphate compounds in conjunction with the Anger camera. In general, images obtained with both types of radiocompound are non-specific----although increased uptake of /sup 99m/Tc-pertechnetate usually denotes the presence of synovitis. The most popular uses of the technique are in documenting the extent and severity of inflammatory joint disease, assessing the effect of therapy, and establishing the diagnoses of Legg--Perthes disease and septic arthritis. The method is also useful in judging the extent of involvement in osteoarthritis of the knee prior to surgical intervention. Radionuclide joint imaging is more sensitive than clinical or radiographic techniques in detecting early joint involvement but usually it must be supplemented by other techniques to establish a specific diagnosis

  19. CT scanning of the brain and lumber CSF monoamine metabolites in spinocerebellar degenerative disorders

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    Eight patients with parenchymatous cerebellar degeneration (PCD) group (3 with late cortical cerebellar atrophy and 5 with Holmes' hereditary ataxia), 14 with olivo-ponto-cerebellar atrophy (OPCA) group (4 with Shy-Drager syndrome, 6 with OPCA without family history and 4 with Menzel type SCS), 15 with Parkinson's disease and 44 control with other neurological diseases were studied. In all the spinocerebellar degenerative disorder s (SCD) cases, CVI values corresponding to the cerebellar atrophy were definitely reduced. On the other hand, PVI values corresponding to the pontine atrophy were only significantly decreased in OPCA group. However, since there were several cases showing only questionable pontine atrpphy, it seems difficult to clearly differentiate individual OPCA cases from other SCD cases on CT films alone. Concerning monoamine metabolites in CSF, it was noted that a significant reduction of HVA and total MHPG was found in the OPCA group. Among them, the patients with overt autonomic failure showed the lowest HVA level and the cases of Menzel type of SCD showed a slight reduction of HVA but an unexpected elevation of free MHPG values. The cases of Parkinson's disease showed a definite reduction of HVA. On the other hand, the cases of PCD group showed no significant difference against controls. 5-HIAA levels were not significantly different among the SCD subgroups. (J.P.N.)

  20. Regional cerebral blood flow study with 123I-IMP in patients with degenerative dementia

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    Regional cerebral blood flow was evaluated by single-photon emission CT (SPECT) with 123I-N-isopropyl-p-iodoamphetamine (123I-IMP) in 11 patients with dementia of the Alzheimer type, three patients with progressive dementia and motor neuron disease, and eight healthy control subjects. Regional blood flow measurements in the bilateral frontal, parietal association, and temporal cortices were lower in the Alzheimer dementia patients than in controls. Flow deficits in the parietal association cortex were demonstrated in all patients with Alzheimer-type dementia; these deficits were correlated with the severity of disease. Lateral hemispheric asymmetry was seen in nine of 11 patients with Alzheimer-type dementia. In all three patients with progressive dementia and motor neuron disease, flow deficits were demonstrated in the bilateral frontal and temporal cortices, but no flow deficits were seen in the parietal association cortex. Brain SPECT with 123I-IMP may be useful in the differential diagnosis and evaluation of the severity of degenerative dementia

  1. CARACTERIZACIÓN DEL AGENTE CAUSANTE DE LA ROÑA DEL MARACUYÁ (Passiflora edulis f. flavicarpa DEGENER) EN COLOMBIA

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    Carlos Germán, Delgado-Méndez; Jairo, Castaño-Zapata; Bernardo, Villegas-Estrada.

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    Full Text Available SciELO Colombia | Language: Spanish Abstract in spanish Los cultivos de maracuyá y otras pasifloras en Colombia regularmente son afectados por la Roña, una enfermedad degenerativa que afecta diferentes tejidos de la planta, sin embargo la etiología de la enfermedad no es bien conocida, lo que motivó esta investigación con el objetivo de establecer la ver [...] dadera etiología de la enfermedad a partir de pruebas de patogenicidad y caracterización morfológica del agente causante, complementadas con la caracterización molecular del patógeno utilizando la amplificaron de las regiones ITS del ADNr y del gen Actin, enzimas de restricción y secuenciación; concluyendo que la especie del hongo Cladosporium cladosporioides, es la causante de la Roña del maracuyá en Colombia. Abstract in english The passion fruit and other passion flower crops in Colombia regularly are affected by scab, a degenerative disease that attacks different parts of the plant, however the etiology of the disease is not completely known, which led to do this research to establish the etiology of the disease through p [...] athogenicity tests and morphological characteristics of the causal agent, complemented with molecular characterization using the amplified rDNA ITS region and Actin region gen, restriction enzymes and sequencing, concluding that Cladosporium cladosporioides is the causal agent of passion fruit scab in Colombia.

  2. Scintigraphic evaluation of the sacroiliac joints in anklylosing spondylitis

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    The sedimentation of sup(99m)Tc-phosphate complexes into the sacroiliac joints was investigated in 94 patients with loin pains and suspected of ankylosing spondylitis (SpA) and a control group of 96 healthy patients. The investigation yields the following results: 1. the visual evaluation of the scintigrams does not allow a reliable diagnosis and should be replaced by a semi-quantitative technique, 2. the index ISC/sacrum does remarkably depend on age, 3rd even in young patients the scintigraphic examination appears to be useful to alidate the clinical suspicion of sacroilictis which is in contradiction to literature, 4th with increasing SpA the scintigraphic detectability of changes in the ISG decreases. 5th the floriditily of the ISG process determines the scintigraphic detectability of the process of the disease, 6th the scintigraphic finding is unspecific. Inflammatory states of the disease of different genesis and degenerative processes in the ISG equally yield pathological index values. (orig./MG)

  3. The role of imaging in Paget's disease of the bone

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    The authors show the value of several images methods in the diagnosis of Paget's disease (PD) of the bone, emphasizing its common and uncommon aspects and complications. Eighty-nine cases belonging to Centro Radiologico de Brasilia teaching files were revised. Seventy-eight of these cases were studied by conventional X-rays, nine by computed tomography, two by magnetic resonance imaging and four b two or more of these methods. The radiographic findings most commonly observed were: advancing wedge of resorption, cortical thickening, coarsening of trabecular pattern along stress lines and enlargement of bone contours. The main complications were: pathological fracture, degenerative joint disease and malignant transformation. A non complicated PD of peripheral skeleton may be diagnosed solely by conventional radiography. Complicated cases in peripheral skeleton and axial manifestations should be, in addition, also evaluated by multiplanar image methods. (author)

  4. First combined in vivo X-ray tomography and high-resolution molecular electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) imaging of the mouse knee joint taking into account the disappearance kinetics of the EPR probe.

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    Bézière, Nicolas; Decroos, Christophe; Mkhitaryan, Karen; Kish, Elizabeth; Richard, Frédéric; Bigot-Marchand, Stéphanie; Durand, Sylvain; Cloppet, Florence; Chauvet, Caroline; Corvol, Marie-Thérèse; Rannou, François; Xu-Li, Yun; Mansuy, Daniel; Peyrot, Fabienne; Frapart, Yves-Michel

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    Although laboratory data clearly suggest a role for oxidants (dioxygen and free radicals derived from dioxygen) in the pathogenesis of many age-related and degenerative diseases (such as arthrosis and arthritis), methods to image such species in vivo are still very limited. This methodological problem limits physiopathologic studies about the role of those species in vivo, the effects of their regulation using various drugs, and the evaluation of their levels for diagnosis of degenerative diseases. In vivo electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) imaging and spectroscopy are unique, noninvasive methods used to specifically detect and quantify paramagnetic species. However, two problems limit their application: the anatomic location of the EPR image in the animal body and the relative instability of the EPR probes. Our aim is to use EPR imaging to obtain physiologic and pathologic information on the mouse knee joint. This article reports the first in vivo EPR image of a small tissue, the mouse knee joint, with good resolution (? 160 ?m) after intra-articular injection of a triarylmethyl radical EPR probe. It was obtained by combining EPR and x-ray micro-computed tomography for the first time and by taking into account the disappearance kinetics of the EPR probe during image acquisition to reconstruct the image. This multidisciplinary approach opens the way to high-resolution EPR imaging and local metabolism studies of radical species in vivo in different physiologic and pathologic situations. PMID:22554486

  5. Bamboo Joint-Like Appearance of the Stomach: A Stable Endoscopic Landmark for Crohn’s Disease Regardless of Anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha Treatment

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    Hashiguchi, Keiichi; Takeshima, Fuminao; Akazawa, Yuko; Matsushima, Kayoko; Minami, Hitomi; Yamaguchi, Naoyuki; Shiozawa, Ken; Ohnita, Ken; Ichikawa, Tatsuki; Isomoto, Hajime; Nakao, Kazuhiko

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    Background Bamboo joint-like appearance is a common yet easy-to-miss endoscopic finding in the stomach of patients with Crohn’s disease (CD). Bamboo joint-like appearance (BJA) is characterized by swollen longitudinal folds transversed by erosive fissures or linear furrows. However, whether BJA is observed during the remission stage of CD and during the active stage is unclear. In particular, the relationship between the course of BJA and anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) ? therapy has not been studied. We aimed to evaluate the course of BJA in CD patients treated with anti-TNF ? therapy. Material/Methods We examined 22 CD patients who underwent esophagogastroduodenal endoscopy before undergoing anti-TNF ? treatment. We evaluated the changes in BJA, clinical activity using the CD activity index (CDAI), and endoscopic activity using the simple endoscopic score for CD (SES-CD) from 6 months to 1 year after anti-TNF ? therapy. Results Fifteen of 22 patients (68.1%) presented with BJA in the stomach, 13 of whom received follow-up esophagogastroduodenal endoscopy after anti-TNF ? therapy. The mean CDAI and SES-CD scores significantly improved after anti-TNF ? therapy (P<0.01). Despite the marked improvements in clinical and endoscopic findings, the BJA of the stomach remained unchanged in all the patients. Conclusions The findings indicate that BJA is frequently observed in the stomach of CD patients, regardless of whether the patient has active disease or is in remission, even after anti-TNF ? therapy. Thus, BJA may be a stable endoscopic landmark in CD. PMID:25308423

  6. Frequently Asked Questions on BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or Mad Cow Disease)

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    ... Asked Questions on BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or Mad Cow Disease) Q. What is Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy? ... Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), sometimes referred to as "mad cow disease", is a chronic degenerative disease affecting ...

  7. Magnetic resonance imaging of the axial skeleton in rheumatoid disease.

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    Hermann, Kay-Geert A; Bollow, Matthias

    2004-12-01

    The axial skeleton is a target for both spondyloarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. While conventional radiography allows the clear documentation of the late stages of inflammatory changes, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is sensitive enough to depict early inflammatory lesions. It is, therefore, of particular importance for radiologists and clinicians to know the MRI appearances of inflammatory changes of the axial skeleton in rheumatoid diseases. Typical lesions in ankylosing spondylitis and related conditions comprise spondylitis (Romanus lesion), spondylodiscitis (Andersson lesion), arthritis of the apophyseal joints, the costovertebral and costotransverse joints, and insufficiency fractures of the ankylosed vertebral spine (non-inflammatory type of Andersson lesion). Sacroiliitis is associated with chronic changes such as sclerosis, erosions, transarticular bone bridges, periarticular accumulation of fatty tissue and ankylosis. In addition, acute findings include capsulitis, juxta-articular osteitis and the enhancement of the joint space after contrast medium administration. Another important sign of spondyloarthritis is enthesitis, which affects the interspinal and supraspinal ligaments of the vertebral spine and the interosseous ligaments in the retroarticular space of the sacroiliac joints. The main site of manifestation of spinal involvement in rheumatoid arthritis is the cervical spine. Typical changes are the destruction of the atlantoaxial complex by pannus tissue with subsequent atlantoaxial subluxation, basilar impression and erosion of the dens axis. Changes in the lower segments of the cervical spine are destruction of the apophyseal joints resulting in the so-called stepladder phenomenon. Because of the uniform response of the discovertebral complex to different noxae, a number of different conditions must be distinguished on the basis of the patient's clinical findings and history in combination with their imaging appearance. These conditions comprise degenerative disc disease, septic spondylodiscitis, Scheuermann's disease, Paget's disease and diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH). PMID:15501188

  8. Relationship between MRI and clinical findings in the acromioclavicular joint

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    Jordan, L.K.; Griffiths, H.L. [Department of Radiology, University of Missouri Health Care (United States); Kenter, K. [Department of Orthopedics, University of Missouri Health Care (United States)

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    Objective: To determine the relationship between the magnetic resonance (MR) appearance of the acromioclavicular (AC) joint and the physical findings. Design: A total of 116 consecutive patients underwent routine MR imaging (MRI) of the shoulder over an 18-month period. All MR studies were interpreted by a blinded, experienced musculoskeletal radiologist. Eleven variables were studied: the presence of osteophytes; fluid in the joint; fluid outside the joint; high signal in the clavicle or in the acromion; fluid in the subacromial bursa; irregularity of the joint margins; bulging of the capsule; widening of the joint; the age of the patient; and the presence of a rotator cuff tear. The clinical information was supplied by an experienced shoulder surgeon blinded to the MRI findings. A control group of 23 normal volunteers was also studied. Results: The only statistically significant correlation (P=0.0249) was between high signal in the distal clavicle and degenerative changes found clinically. A weaker relationship existed between fluid in the joint and the clinical examination and between increasing degenerative changes and advancing age. Otherwise, no material relationship was found between any of the other MR abnormalities and the clinical picture. Conclusion: There appears to be no real correlation between the MR appearances and the clinical findings in the AC joint. (orig.)

  9. Genetic testing of canine degenerative myelopathy in the South African Boxer dog population

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    Gareth E. Zeiler

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Canine degenerative myelopathy (DM is a progressive disease process that is diagnosed late in life and mainly affects the pelvic limbs. Factors that make an ante-mortem definitive diagnosis of DM include: an insidious onset and clinical manifestation that mimics other disease processes of the pelvic limbs (hip dysplasia, cranial cruciate ligament rupture, etc. or there may even be concurrent disease processes, old-age onset and lack of reliable diagnostic methods. Until recently, South African dog owners had to submit samples to laboratories overseas for genetic testing in order to confirm an affected dog (homozygous A/A and to aid in the ante-mortem diagnosis of DM. Only affected dogs have been confirmed to manifest the clinical signs of DM. This study aimed to verify whether genetic testing by a local genetic laboratory was possible in order to detect a missense mutation of the superoxide dismutase gene (SOD1 that is implicated in causing the clinical signs of DM. The study also aimed to detect and map the inheritance of this disease process in a local Boxer dog population where the pedigree of the sampled population was known. Venous blood collected from Boxer dogs using a simple random sampling technique. The samples were genotyped for the SOD1:c.118G>A polymorphism. Carrier and affected Boxer dogs were detected. A pedigree that demonstrated the significance of inheriting a carrier or affected state in the population was mapped. The present study concludes that genotyping of the missense mutation in Boxer dogs is possible in South Africa. There are carrier and affected Boxer dogs in the local population, making DM a plausible diagnosis in aged dogs presenting with pelvic limb pathology.

  10. Oleocanthal, a Phenolic Derived from Virgin Olive Oil: A Review of the Beneficial Effects on Inflammatory Disease

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Virgin olive oil (VOO is credited as being one of many healthful components of the Mediterranean diet. Mediterranean populations experience reduced incidence of chronic inflammatory disease states and VOO is readily consumed as part of an everyday dietary pattern. A phenolic compound contained in VOO, named oleocanthal, shares unique perceptual and anti-inflammatory characteristics with Ibuprofen. Over recent years oleocanthal has become a compound of interest in the search for naturally occurring compounds with pharmacological qualities. Subsequent to its discovery and identification, oleocanthal has been reported to exhibit various modes of action in reducing inflammatory related disease, including joint-degenerative disease, neuro-degenerative disease and specific cancers. Therefore, it is postulated that long term consumption of VOO containing oleocanthal may contribute to the health benefits associated with the Mediterranean dietary pattern. The following paper summarizes the current literature on oleocanthal, in terms of its sensory and pharmacological properties, and also discusses the beneficial, health promoting activities of oleocanthal, in the context of the molecular mechanisms within various models of disease.

  11. Streptococcus pneumoniae serotype 6C presenting as recurrent prosthetic knee joint infection in a patient with a history of congenital asplenia and underlying autoimmune disease: a case report and literature review.

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    Roberts, Amity L; Hewlett, Angela L; Yu, Jigui; Nahm, Moon H; Fey, Paul D; Iwen, Peter C

    2013-12-01

    This report describes a case of primary Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteremia with prosthetic joint infection caused by serotype 6C with recurrent infection in a patient with a history of congenital asplenia and underlying autoimmune disease. Isolates from the primary and recurrent infections were determined to be indistinguishable by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. This study expands the conditions associated with recurrent invasive pneumococcal disease caused by serotype 6C. PMID:24139971

  12. Provision of services for the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. Fourth report of a Joint Cardiology Committee of the Royal College of Physicians of London and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

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    The principal conclusions of the fourth report of the Joint Cardiology Committee are: 1 Cardiovascular disease remains a major cause of death and morbidity in the population and of utilisation of medical services. 2 Reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease is feasible, and better co-ordination is required of strategies most likely to be effective. 3 Pre-hospital care of cardiac emergencies, in particular the provision of facilities for defibrillation, should continue to be developed. 4...

  13. Radiographic evaluation of elbow joints before and after surgery in dogs with possible fragmented medial coronoid process

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    To determine the usefulness of 5 radiographic projections of the elbow joint for identification of fragmented coronoid process (FCP) and associated secondary degenerative changes in dogs. Longitudinal clinical study. 19 dogs suspected of having FCP (7 dogs, 1 elbow joint; 12 dogs, both elbow joints). 5 radiographic projections were obtained before and after surgery for all elbow joints on which exploratory arthrotomy was performed because of suspected FCP. Radiographs obtained before surgery were compared with radiographs obtained after surgery and radiographs taken of the excised fragments. Each projection was evalated for its utility in definitively identifying FCP and 7 specific degenerative changes. Interevaluator agreement, use of each radiographic projection for definitively identifying a feature, and ability of the 4 evaluators to definitively identify a feature were analyzed. The craniolateral-caudomedial oblique (Cr15L-CdMO) projection had a significantly higher sensitivity for definitively identifying FCP, compared with the other 4 projections. Interevaluator and kappa agreement for the 5 projections did not differ significantly among the 7 degenerative changes evaluated. The radiographic projection with the highest sensitivity and specificity for detection of a particular degenerative change varied by feature. Of the 5 radiographic projections evaluated, the Cr15L-CdMO projection provided the highest sensitivity and was the best projection to use for definitively identifying FCP. The craniocaudal, Cr15L-CdMO, and mediolateral projections most reliably allowed for identification of secondary degenerative changes

  14. Imaging techniques for assessment of inflammatory bowel disease: joint ECCO and ESGAR evidence-based consensus guidelines

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    Panes, J.; Bouhnik, Y.; Reinisch, W.; Stoker, J.; Taylor, S. A.; Baumgart, D. C.; Danese, S.; Halligan, S.; Marincek, B.; Matos, C.; Peyrin-biroulet, L.; Rimola, J.; Rogler, G.; Assche, G.; Ardizzone, S.

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    The management of patients with IBD requires evaluation with objective tools, both at the time of diagnosis and throughout the course of the disease, to determine the location, extension, activity and severity of inflammatory lesions, as well as, the potential existence of complications. Whereas endoscopy is a well-established and uniformly performed diagnostic examination, the implementation of radiologic techniques for assessment of IBD is still heterogeneous; variations in technical aspect...

  15. Morfología ósea de la articulación temporomandibular en pacientes con enfermedad de Parkinson / Bone morphology of the temporomandibular joint in patients with Parkinson’s disease

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    Ricardo, Flores-Mas.

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available SciELO Peru | Language: Spanish Abstract in spanish Objetivo: Investigar las alteraciones morfológicas de la articulación temporomandibular en pacientes con enfermedad de Parkinson, determinando la relación cóndilo-fosa, la posición concéntrica de los cóndilos y las simetrías dimensionales y posicionales entre los cóndilos derecho e izquierdo. Materi [...] al y métodos: 20 sujetos de 45 a 80 años de edad con tiempo de enfermedad de Parkinson de 6 a 9 años. Se realizó una tomografía computarizada de las articulaciones temporomandibulares a los pacientes seleccionados. Las imágenes obtenidas a partir de cortes axiales fueron evaluadas para observar posibles asimetrías en el tamaño y la posición de los procesos condilares. Así mismo, se utilizaron cortes sagitales para evaluar la profundidad de la fosa mandibular, la relación cóndilo-fosa y la posición concéntrica de los cóndilos en pacientes con enfermedad de Parkinson. Resultados: No se encontraron asimetrías significativas en las articulaciontes temporomandibulares tanto para el lado derecho como izquierdo. Estos hallazgos difieren con los resultados de otros estudios en pacientes sin enfermedad de Parkinson. Conclusión: Luego del análisis de las mediciones, se concluye que no existieron diferencias estadísticamente significativas entre los lados derecho e izquierdo. El 90% de los pacientes evaluados no poseían centro geométrico, evidenciando una diferencia de 2,45 mm entre el lado derecho e izquierdo. La evaluación de la posición concéntrica de los cóndilos en su fosa mandibular mostró posicionamiento no concéntrico para los 2 lados. Abstract in english Objective: To investigate the morphological alterations of temporomandibular joint in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Determining condyle-fossa relationship, concentric position of the condyles and the dimensional and positional symmetries between the right and left condyles. Methods: 20 subjects [...] 45-80 years of age with Parkinson’s Disease time of 6-9 years. Where performed CT scan of the temporomandibular joints. The images obtained from axial views evaluated possible asymmetries in the size and position between the condylar process. Likewise, sagittal sections were used to assess the depth of the mandibular fossa, the condyle-fossa relationship, and concentric position of the condyles in patients with the Parkinson’s disease. It was decided to use the Student t test for independent samples and the test of Mann-Whitney U. All tests were worked at a significance level of 5%. Results: No significant asymmetries were found in the temporomandibular joints for both the right and left side of this sample. The findings differ from the results of other studies in patients without Parkinson’s disease. Conclusion: Of all the evaluated measurements, no statistically significant differences between the right and left sides was found. 90% have no geometric center, showing a difference of 2.45 mm between the right and left side. Evaluation of the concentric position of the condyles in their mandibular fossa showed no concentric positioning for the 2 sides.

  16. Vps35 haploinsufficiency results in degenerative-like deficit in mouse retinal ganglion neurons and impairment of optic nerve injury-induced gliosis.

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    Liu, Wei; Tang, Fu-Lei; Erion, Joanna; Xiao, Hang; Ye, Jian; Xiong, Wen-Cheng

    2014-01-01

    VPS35 (vacuolar protein sorting 35) is a major component of retromer that selectively promotes endosome-to-Golgi retrieval of transmembrane proteins. Dysfunction of retromer is a risk factor for the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD), both neuro-degeneration disorders. However, VPS35/retromer's function in retina or the contribution of Vps35-deficiency to retinal neuro-degenerative disorders has not been investigated. Here we provide evidence for a role of VPS35 in mouse retinal ganglion cell (RGC) survival and regeneration. VPS35 is selectively expressed in developing mouse RGCs. RGCs from young adult Vps35 heterozygotes (Vps35+/m) show degenerative-like features, such as dystrophic dendrites, reduced axon fibers, and increased TUNEL labeled RGCs. Additionally, gliosis in the optic nerve is transiently elevated in neonatal, but reduced in aged Vps35+/m mice. Optic nerve injury-induced gliosis is also attenuated in Vps35+/m mice. These results suggest that Vps35 is necessary for mouse RGC survival and regeneration, and Vps35-deficiency may contribute to the pathogenesis of retinal ganglion neuro-degeneration, a critical pathology leading to the blindness of many retinal degenerative disorders. PMID:24512632

  17. HIV and Rheumatic Disease

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    ... Patient Resources > Diseases & Conditions Back to Diseases & Conditions HIV and Rheumatic Disease PRINT Download PDF HIV infection ... treatment and HIV infection all overlap. What are HIV-associated rheumatic diseases? Some diseases of the joints ...

  18. Two-year clinical and radiographic success of minimally invasive lateral transpsoas approach for the treatment of degenerative lumbar conditions

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    Ozgur, Burak M.; Agarwal, Vijay; Nail, Erin; Pimenta, Luiz

    2010-01-01

    Background The lateral transpsoas approach to interbody fusion is a less disruptive but direct-visualization approach for anterior/anterolateral fusion of the thoracolumbar spine. Several reports have detailed the technique, the safety of the approach, and the short term clinical benefits. However, no published studies to date have reported the long term clinical and radiographic success of the procedure. Materials and methods The current study is a retrospective chart review of prospectively collected clinical and radiographic outcomes in 62 patients having undergone the Anterolateral transpsoas procedure at a single institution for anterior column stabilization as treatment for degenerative conditions, including degenerative disk disease, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, and stenosis. Only patients who were a minimum of 2 years postoperative were included in this evaluation. Clinical outcomes measured included visual analog pain scales (VAS) and Oswestry disability index (ODI). Radiographic outcomes included identification of successful arthrodesis. Results Sixty-two patients were treated with lateral interbody fusion between 2003 and December 2006. Twenty-six patients (42%) were single-level, 13 (21%) 2-level, and 23 (37%) 3- or more levels. Forty-five (73%) included supplemental posterior pedicle fixation, 4 (6%) lateral fixation, and 13 (21%) were stand-alone. Pain scores (VAS) decreased significantly from preoperative to 2 years follow-up by 37% (P treatment option for anterior/anterolateral lumbar fusions.

  19. 18F-FDG PET in neuro-degenerative Langerhans cell histiocytosis

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    Introduction: The so called 'neuro-degenerative Langerhans cell histiocytosis' (ND-LCH) is a rare and severe complication of LCH presenting as a progressive cerebellar ataxia associated with pyramidal tract signs, and cognitive impairment. MRI is the gold standard to investigate CNS lesions of ND-LCH but little is known about functional changes observed in this disease. Objectives: To search for CNS metabolic changes in NDLCH. Methods: Seven patients suffering from ND-LCH were investigated by 18F-FDG PET in this prospective study and compared with 21 healthy controls. Results: ND-LCH patients demonstrated recurrent abnormalities including bilateral hypo-metabolism in the cerebellum, the basal ganglia (caudate nuclei), frontal cortex and, bilateral, a relatively increased metabolism in the amygdalae (p ? 0.001). Functional changes in these anatomical regions may be detected in the absence of any apparent lesion on MRI. Conclusions: ND-LCH demonstrates a recurrent 18F-FDG PET metabolic signature. Our results suggest that 18F-FDG PET might be a useful tool for an early diagnosis of ND-LCH before neuro-radiologic abnormalities appear. (authors)

  20. {sup 18}F-FDG PET in neuro-degenerative Langerhans cell histiocytosis

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    Ribeiro, M.Jo. [CEA, DSV, DRM, Serv Hosp Frederic Joliot, F-91406 Orsay (France); Idbaih, A.; Hoang-Xuan, K. [UPMC, Grp Hosp Pitie Salpetriere, ServNeurol Mazarin, AP-HP, Paris (France); Thomas, C. [CHU Nantes, Unite Hematol et Oncol Pediat, F-44035 Nantes 01 (France); Remy, P. [CEA, Serv Hosp Frederic Joliot, CNRS, URA 2210, F-91406 Orsay (France); Remy, P. [CHU Henri Mondor, Fac Med Paris 12, Dept Neurosci, AP-HP, F-94010 Creteil (France)

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    Introduction: The so called 'neuro-degenerative Langerhans cell histiocytosis' (ND-LCH) is a rare and severe complication of LCH presenting as a progressive cerebellar ataxia associated with pyramidal tract signs, and cognitive impairment. MRI is the gold standard to investigate CNS lesions of ND-LCH but little is known about functional changes observed in this disease. Objectives: To search for CNS metabolic changes in NDLCH. Methods: Seven patients suffering from ND-LCH were investigated by {sup 18}F-FDG PET in this prospective study and compared with 21 healthy controls. Results: ND-LCH patients demonstrated recurrent abnormalities including bilateral hypo-metabolism in the cerebellum, the basal ganglia (caudate nuclei), frontal cortex and, bilateral, a relatively increased metabolism in the amygdalae (p {<=} 0.001). Functional changes in these anatomical regions may be detected in the absence of any apparent lesion on MRI. Conclusions: ND-LCH demonstrates a recurrent {sup 18}F-FDG PET metabolic signature. Our results suggest that {sup 18}F-FDG PET might be a useful tool for an early diagnosis of ND-LCH before neuro-radiologic abnormalities appear. (authors)

  1. Frequency and clinical meaning of long-term degenerative changes after lumbar discectomy visualized on imaging tests.

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    Mariconda, Massimo; Galasso, Olimpio; Attingenti, Paolo; Federico, Gianluigi; Milano, Carlo

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this retrospective controlled study was to evaluate radiographic degeneration in the lumbar spine of patients who had undergone lumbar discectomy minimum 21 years earlier and its clinical meaning. Indeed, no previous investigation on degenerative changes occurring after lumbar discectomy with a comparable long follow-up has been published. The study participants consisted of 50 patients who had undergone discectomy for lumbar disc herniation. The mean length of follow-up was 25.3 +/- 3.0 years. Patients were assessed by Short Form-36 Health Survey (SF-36), Oswestry Disability Index, and a study-specific questionnaire. Radiographic views of the lumbar spine were obtained from all patients and compared to those of 50 asymptomatic controls. A five-step published classification was used to assess the increasing severity of radiographic changes. CT or MRI scans were also available for 27 patients who had undergone discectomy. Moderate to severe radiographic changes were present in 45 patients (90%) and 34 controls (68%), respectively (P = 0.013). The most prevalent MRI/CT changes were loss of disc height (89%), facet joint arthritis (89%), and endplate changes (57%). Thirty-two of 33 subjects (97%) reporting pain during the last 12 months had significant degeneration on their radiographs, and the frequency of changes was higher with respect to subjects without pain (P = 0.040). In conclusion, standard lumbar discectomy frequently leads to long-term degenerative changes on imaging tests. The presence of moderate to severe degeneration is associated with self-reported pain. PMID:19894068

  2. Lymphocyte concanavalin A capping: a similarity between Down's syndrome and early onset primary degenerative dementia.

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    Duijndam-van Den Berge, M.; Goekoop, J. G.

    1986-01-01

    Lymphocyte capping with concanavalin A was studied in adult patients with Down's syndrome and aged patients with primary degenerative dementia. In both disorders a decreased capping was found as compared with age-matched and clinically relevant control groups. Colchicine had a strong enhancing effect on capping in Down's syndrome. In primary degenerative dementia the enhancing effect of colchicine was restricted to a subgroup of patients with onset of the dementing illness before the age of 8...

  3. Management of degenerative rotator cuff tears: a review and treatment strategy

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    Clement Nicholas D; Nie Yuan X; McBirnie Julie M

    2012-01-01

    Abstract The aim of this review was to present an over view of degenerative rotator cuff tears and a suggested management protocol based upon current evidence. Degenerative rotator cuff tears are common and are a major cause of pain and shoulder dysfunction. The management of these tears is controversial, as to whether they should be managed non-operatively or operatively. In addition when operative intervention is undertaken, there is question as to what technique of repair should be used. T...

  4. Degenerative effects in rat eyes after experimental ocular hypertension

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    G. Scarsella

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available This study was used to evaluate the degenerative effects on the retina and eye-cup sections after experimental induction of acute ocular hypertension on animal models. In particular, vascular events were directly focused in this research in order to assess the vascular remodeling after transient ocular hypertension on rat models. After local anaesthesia by administration of eye drops of 0.4% oxibuprocaine, 16 male adult Wistar rats were injected in the anterior chamber of the right eye with 15 µL of methylcellulose (MTC 2% in physiological solution. The morphology and the vessels of the retina and eye-cup sections were examined in animals sacrificed 72 h after induction of ocular hypertension. In retinal fluorescein angiographies (FAGs, by means of fluorescein isothiocyanate-coniugated dextran (FITC, the radial venules showed enlargements and increased branching, while the arterioles appeared focally thickened. The length and size of actually perfused vessels appeared increased in the whole superficial plexus. In eye-cup sections of MTC-injected animals, in deep plexus and connecting layer there was a bigger increase of vessels than in controls. Moreover, the immunolocalization of astrocytic marker glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP revealed its increased expression in internal limiting membrane and ganglion cell layer, as well as its presence in Müller cells. Finally, the pro-angiogenic factor vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF was found to be especially expressed by neurones of ganglion cell layer, both in control and in MTC-injected eyes. The data obtained in this experimental model on the interactions among glia, vessels and neurons should be useful to evaluate if also in glaucomatous patients the activation of vessel-adjacent glial cells might play key roles in following neuronal dysfunction.

  5. The temporomandibular joint

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    Whilst the temporomandibular joint is in many ways unique, it is subject to all the diseases and disorders found in joints in other parts of the human skeleton. By far the most common disorder is injury, followed by arthropathy, acute and chronic dislocations, ankylosis, and in rare instances, neoplasms. The diagnosis and management of the temporomandibular joint are the primary responsibility of the oral surgeon. Nevertheless, this anatomical region is an area in which the cooperation of medical and dental disciplines may be required for the satisfactory conclusion of treatment. The more so when the disease process involves either associated psychosomatic illness or malignancy. The mainstay of the diagnosis is a careful radiological examination of the joint. There exists a delicate relationship between the dentition, the muscles of mastication, and the temporomandibular articulation, which is controlled by arthrokinetic reflex activity of the branches of the 5th cranial nerve. Imbalance between one or more of the components of this integrated system frequently leads to disturbances in function. Pain-dysfunction disorders constitute the larger part of temporomandibular joint disturbances generally encountered

  6. The joints of the posterior part of the foot, as shown by CT

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    CT of the foot often helps clarification of difficult problems where conventional radiology has proved inadequate. Sections in the coronary and transverse plane may demonstrate fractures, joint involvement and displacement of bone fragments. Ill-defined degenerative changes in the talo-calcaneal joint can be demonstrated. The extent and localisation of rare tumours of the foot can be shown and additional information may be obtained by densitometric studies. (orig.)

  7. Temporomandibular Joint, Closed

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  8. Parkinson's disease and anaesthesia

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    2011-01-01

    Parkinson's disease (PD), one of the most common disabling neurological diseases, affects about 1% of the population over 60 years of age. It is a degenerative disease of the central nervous system caused by the loss of dopaminergic fibers in basal ganglia of the brain. PD is an important cause of perioperative morbidity and with an increasingly elderly population, it is being encountered with greater frequency in surgical patients. Particular anaesthetic problems in PD include old age, antip...

  9. Serum amyloid A protein in amyloidosis, rheumatic, and neoplastic diseases

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    Serum levels of amyloid protein A (SAA) have been shown to be elevated in different types of amyloidosis and in rheumatic diseases by radioimmunoassay using 125 iodine labeled AA and anti-AA. SAA levels were elevated in both primary and secondary amyloidosis, but there were highly significant differences between these levels. In heredofamilial amyloid, SAA levels were within normal limits. While the mean SAA level was elevated in persons over 70 years, the fact that some persons in this age group had normal levels suggested that marked elevation after age 70 may be due to occult inflammatory or neoplastic disease. High SAA levels in patients with rheumatoid arthritis correlated, in most cases, with physician evaluation of disease activity and Westergren ESR. SAA levels in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus were lower than those in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, and most patients with degenerative joint disease had normal levels. Very high levels of SAA were found in patients with neoplastic diseases. Patients with carcinoma of the lung and bowel had much higher levels than patients with carcinoma of the breast. Determination of SAA levels may be of value in evaluating different forms of systemic amyloidosis, assessing the activity of rheumatic disease, and screening for occult inflammatory or neoplastic disease

  10. The Natural History and Clinical Syndromes of Degenerative Cervical Spondylosis

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    Kelly, John C.; Groarke, Patrick J.; Butler, Joseph S.; Poynton, Ashley R.; Amp Byrne, John M. O.

    2012-01-01

    Cervical spondylosis is a broad term which describes the age related chronic disc degeneration, which can also affect the cervical vertebrae, the facet and other joints and their associated soft tissue supports. Evidence of spondylitic change is frequently found in many asymptomatic adults. Radiculopathy is a result of intervertebral foramina narrowing. Narrowing of the spinal canal can result in spinal cord compression, ultimately resulting in cervical spondylosis myelopathy. This review art...

  11. [Epidemiology of bone and joint disease - the present and future - . Epidemiology of osteoporosis and osteoporotic fracture in Japan].

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    Iki, Masayuki

    2014-05-01

    Osteoporosis is a major burden on modern society because of its high prevalence and tragic consequences due to fractures. According to population-based epidemiologic studies, number of people with osteoporosis in Japan was estimated to be 13 million in 2005, and only 20% of them were under treatment. Osteoporosis is a highly undertreated disease. Number of hip fractures occurred in Japan in 2007 was approximately 130 thousands which were 2.8-fold greater than those in 1987. This increase can be explained by an increase in the elderly population. Prevalence rate of vertebral fracture was reported to be approximately 30% in women aged 70s and 40% in those aged 80s. Fracture risk assessment in individuals is essential for osteoporosis management. To improve prediction accuracy for major osteoporotic fractures, FRAX(®) model including clinical risk factors was developed. Predicted risk of major osteoporotic fractures for Japanese women by FRAX(®) were not significantly different from observed risk in the Japanese Population-based Osteoporosis (JPOS) Cohort Study, and FRAX(®) model without bone mineral density (BMD) showed a similar validity to FRAX(®) model with BMD. This suggests that FRAX(®) without BMD may be used as a screening tool for people at increased risk of fractures in community. However, FRAX(®) should be improved further in combination with new bone strength indices. Epidemiology should play a great role in developing and evaluating such improvement in fracture risk assessment. PMID:24769675

  12. Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease.

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    Bowen, J R; Foster, B K; Hartzell, C R

    1984-05-01

    A new treatment protocol has been developed at the Alfred I. duPont Institute by an evaluation of 480 hips affected with Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease. One hundred fifty hips have been followed up to skeletal maturity and show deformities of coxa magna (58%), coxa brevis (21%), coxa irregularis (18%), and osteochondritis dissecans (3%). Treatment is prescribed using a new classification--Class I: predeformed epiphysis (200 hips), for which treatment is needed if the patient is older than six years of age or has greater than 50% epiphyseal necrosis; Class II: deformed epiphysis prior to reossification (134 hips), for which treatment by containment is recommended; Class III: reossification (83 hips), for which reconstructive procedures may be considered if the patient is younger than seven years of age; and Class IV: mature/maturing (28 hips), in which the patients have symptoms of leg-length discrepancy, trochanteric overgrowth, osteochondritis dissecans, and degenerative joint disease. Analysis of containment methods in 192 hips reveals that Petri casts (69), Scottish Rite orthosis (44), the AIDI brace (15), varus osteotomy (34), and innominate osteotomy (30) produce comparable results. PMID:6705408

  13. Is serum procalcitonin measurement a useful addition to a rheumatologist's repertoire? A review of its diagnostic role in systemic inflammatory diseases and joint infections.

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    Shaikh, Muddassir Muhammad; Hermans, Lucas Etienne; van Laar, Jacob M

    2015-02-01

    Early differentiation between infection and aseptic inflammation is difficult and is a challenge often faced in the rheumatology practice. Procalcitonin (PCT) is a biomarker that is preferentially induced in patients with bacterial infections, and a growing body of evidence supports its use for improving diagnosis of bacterial infections and guiding antibiotic therapy. In this article, we review the evidence for the use of PCT measurement in rheumatology practice. Several studies have examined the use of PCT to assist in the differentiation between septic and non-septic arthritis in patients with an inflamed joint and found it to be a sensitive and specific marker of infection. A number of studies in patients with diverse inflammatory rheumatic diseases have provided useful information regarding the usefulness of PCT in these patients. In summary, PCT when used in the appropriate clinical setting can be a useful adjunct to currently available laboratory infection markers, though further studies are warranted. Furthermore, PCT results should be interpreted in parallel with the clinical assessment. PMID:25349443

  14. Original paperProtective effect on visual functions of long-term use of trimetazidine in treatment of primary open angle glaucoma and degenerative myopia

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    Micha? S. Nowak

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    Full Text Available Introduction: The purpose of the study was to evaluate selected visual parameters in the group of patients undergoing long-term treatment with trimetazidine as an adjuvant therapy for primary open angle glaucoma and degenerative myopia.Material and methods: Thirty patients, including 20 patients with advanced primary open angle glaucoma (40 eyes and 10 patients with severe degenerative myopia (20 eyes, were treated with trimetazidine 20 mg twice a day. We excluded from the study patients with: systemic hypertension and/or diabetes, cataract, history of chronic and recurrent severe inflammatory eye disease and smokers. Patients with primary open angle glaucoma were taking various ocular hypotensive drops topically. Ophthalmic examination has been performed before administration of trimetazidine and then every month. Visual acuity, contrast sensitivity test (Pelli-Robson test, glare test, color vision (Farnsworth-Munsell test and visual field were recorded. Follow-up period was 6 months. For statistical analysis paired Student’s t- test (p<0.05 was used.Results: The contrast sensitivity and visual acuity improved in all patients and the results were statistically significant. Glare tests, colour vision and visual fields did not reveal any statistically significant changes.Conclusions: The results of the study demonstrate that long term use of trimetazidine improved contrast sensitivity and visual acuity. The drug was well tolerated and might be considered as the adjunctive therapy in patients with primary open angle glaucoma and degenerative myopia.

  15. Demanda por doenças crônico-degenerativas entre adultos matriculados em uma unidade básica de saúde em São Carlos - SP Ocurrencias de males crónico-degenerativos entre adultos inscritos en una unidad básica de salud en São Carlos-SP Demand for chronic-degenerative diseases among adults attended in a basic health unit at the city of São Carlos-SP

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    Adriana Barbieri Feliciano

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    Full Text Available O estudo teve por objetivo traçar o perfil da clientela maior de 12 anos de idade de uma UBS, segundo variáveis sócio-demográficas como sexo, faixa etária, cor, estado civil e procedência e caracterizar o perfil de morbidade segundo os capítulos da CID (X-Revisão e grupos diagnósticos específicos destacando-se o grupo das doenças crônico-degenerativas, com vistas à sua caracterização no contexto da transição demográfico-epidemiológica. O delineamento foi do tipo transversal, sendo a população base constituída pela clientela matriculada na UBS até 31 de agosto de 1996. Foram excluídos os indivíduos em situação de abandono, os que foram transferidos para outras unidades e aqueles que foram a óbito. A população efetivamente estudada foi composta por 1013 indivíduos. Os dados foram processados no software FOXPRO vs 2.0 e as análises foram efetuadas no EPIINFO vs 6.04. Constatou-se que a população estudada foi basicamente constituída por mulheres (87.1%. Com relação à idade 69.6% estavam entre 12 e 40 anos, 95.6% eram da cor branca, 57.2% eram casados e 97% procedentes da zona urbana. Quando os diagnósticos foram classificados segundo os capítulos da CID destacaram-se as doenças do aparelho geniturinário (35.5%, aparelho respiratório (11.5% e sinais e sintomas (9,9%. A classificação segundo os grupos específicos de causas apontou magnitude semelhante entre as doenças infecto-parasitárias (24.8% e as doenças crônico-degenerativas (24.5%. No grupo de doenças crônico-degenerativas 50% dos capítulos da CID foram compostos pelo conjunto: causas circulatórias, endócrinas e mentais-comportamentais. Observou-se que o perfil de morbidade da UBS parece enquadrar-se no modelo polarizado de transição onde as doenças crônico-degenerativas coexistem com as infecto-parasitárias. O modelo tradicional de atendimento da Unidade que enfoca a saúde materno-infantil parece não adequar-se ao envelhecimento populacional progressivo ao priorizar uma clientela que embora ainda jovem já denota a necessidade de que sejam desenvolvidas ações coletivas voltadas para a prevenção primária e secundária das doenças crônico-degenerativas.El estudio tuvo como objetivo trazar el perfil de los pacientes de más de 12 años de edad de una UBS, (Unidad Básica de Salud de acuerdo con las variables sócio-demográficas como: sexo, edad, raza, estado civil y procedencia, y caracterizar el perfil de dolencias según los capítulos del CID (X ¾ Revisión y grupos diagnósticos específicos destacándose el grupo de los males crónico-degenerativos, con la intención de caracterizarlos en el contexto de la Transición demográfico-epidemiológico. El alineamiento fue del tipo transversal, siendo que la población base fue constituida por los pacientes inscritos en la UBS hasta el 31 de agosto de 1996. Fueron excluidos los individuos abandonados, los transferidos para otras unidades y aquellos que han muerto. La población efectivamente estudiada fue compuesta de 1013 individuos. Los datos fueron procesados no software FOXPRO vs 2.0 y los análisis fueron efectuados en el EPIINFO vs 6.04. Fue constatada que la población estudiada era constituida básicamente por mujeres (87.1%. En relación a edad 69.6% estaban entre 12 y 40 años, 95.6% eran blancos, 57.2% eran casados y 97% provenientes del perímetro urbano. Cuando los diagnósticos fueron clasificados según los capítulos del CID se destacaron los males del aparato genital-urinário (35.5%, aparato respiratorio (11.5% y síntomas y pré-avisos (9.9%. La clasificación según los grupos específicos de causas mostró magnitud semejante entre los males infecto-parasitários (24.8% y los males crónico-degenerativos (24.5%. En el grupo de males crónico-degenerativos 50% de los capítulos del CID fueron compuestos por el conjunto de: causas circulatorias, endocrinas y mentales-comportamentales. Fue observado que el perfil de dolencias de la UBS parece ubicarse en modelo polarizado de transición donde los males crónico-degene

  16. Complex motion tomography of the sacroiliac joint

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    To find a better method for diagnosing sacroiliac (SI) joint disease, an anatomical approach was combined with conventional roentgenology, complex motion tomography and computed tomography. Complex motion tomography is suggested as the method of choice in the investigation of the SI-joint. Because of its complex (sinusoidal) form, the dorsal portion of the joint has to be tomographed in frontal projection and the middle and ventral portions in oblique projection. In 56 patients, referred for probable ankylosing spondylitis, 72 SI joints were investigated. Based on plain radiography six and on frontal tomography five SI joints were diagnosed as normal. However, based on oblique tomography 31 joints were diagnosed as normal. (orig.)

  17. The Natural History and Clinical Syndromes of Degenerative Cervical Spondylosis

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    Kelly, John C.; Groarke, Patrick J.; Butler, Joseph S.; Poynton, Ashley R.; O'Byrne, John M.

    2012-01-01

    Cervical spondylosis is a broad term which describes the age related chronic disc degeneration, which can also affect the cervical vertebrae, the facet and other joints and their associated soft tissue supports. Evidence of spondylitic change is frequently found in many asymptomatic adults. Radiculopathy is a result of intervertebral foramina narrowing. Narrowing of the spinal canal can result in spinal cord compression, ultimately resulting in cervical spondylosis myelopathy. This review article examines the current literature in relation to the cervical spondylosis and describes the three clinical syndromes of axial neck pain, cervical radiculopathy and cervical myelopathy PMID:22162812

  18. The natural history and clinical syndromes of degenerative cervical spondylosis.

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    Kelly, John C

    2012-01-01

    Cervical spondylosis is a broad term which describes the age related chronic disc degeneration, which can also affect the cervical vertebrae, the facet and other joints and their associated soft tissue supports. Evidence of spondylitic change is frequently found in many asymptomatic adults. Radiculopathy is a result of intervertebral foramina narrowing. Narrowing of the spinal canal can result in spinal cord compression, ultimately resulting in cervical spondylosis myelopathy. This review article examines the current literature in relation to the cervical spondylosis and describes the three clinical syndromes of axial neck pain, cervical radiculopathy and cervical myelopathy.

  19. Designing and testing scene enhancement algorithms for patients with retina degenerative disorders

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    Downes Susan M

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Retina degenerative disorders represent the primary cause of blindness in UK and in the developed world. In particular, Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD and Retina Pigmentosa (RP diseases are of interest to this study. We have therefore created new image processing algorithms for enhancing the visual scenes for them. Methods In this paper we present three novel image enhancement techniques aimed at enhancing the remaining visual information for patients suffering from retina dystrophies. Currently, the only effective way to test novel technology for visual enhancement is to undergo testing on large numbers of patients. To test our techniques, we have therefore built a retinal image processing model and compared the results to data from patient testing. In particular we focus on the ability of our image processing techniques to achieve improved face detection and enhanced edge perception. Results Results from our model are compared to actual data obtained from testing the performance of these algorithms on 27 patients with an average visual acuity of 0.63 and an average contrast sensitivity of 1.22. Results show that Tinted Reduced Outlined Nature (TRON and Edge Overlaying algorithms are most beneficial for dynamic scenes such as motion detection. Image Cartoonization was most beneficial for spatial feature detection such as face detection. Patient's stated that they would most like to see Cartoonized images for use in daily life. Conclusions Results obtained from our retinal model and from patients show that there is potential for these image processing techniques to improve visual function amongst the visually impaired community. In addition our methodology using face detection and efficiency of perceived edges in determining potential benefit derived from different image enhancement algorithms could also prove to be useful in quantitatively assessing algorithms in future studies.

  20. Immune responses to viable and degenerative metacestodes of Taenia solium in naturally infected swine.

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    Singh, Aloukick K; Prasad, Kashi N; Prasad, Amit; Tripathi, Mukesh; Gupta, Rakesh K; Husain, Nuzhat

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    Neurocysticercosis, caused by the larvae of the pork tapeworm Taenia solium, is the most common helminth infection of the CNS in humans worldwide. There is no existing animal model of neurocysticercosis that resembles human infection. To overcome this limitation, swine (the natural intermediate host of the parasite) may be a suitable model. The immune response associated with different stages of the parasite larva (metacestode) has not yet been explored. Therefore, we investigated the immune response to various stages of the metacestode (cyst) in the brain and muscles of naturally infected swine. Swine with neurocysticercosis (n = 10) and healthy controls (n = 10), as confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging, were included in this study. The animals were sacrificed, and the tissues containing viable or degenerative metacestods in the brain and infected muscles were collected and subjected to reverse transcriptase-PCR and ELISA to determine the expression of different cytokines (IFN-?, TNF-?, IL-1?, IL-2, IL-4 IL-6, IL-8 and IL-10). Higher expression of IL-10 was found to be associated with viable cysts. Degenerating cysts displayed significantly increased levels of IFN-?, TNF-?, IL-1?, IL-2, IL-6 and IL-8, whereas calcified cysts had elevated levels of IL-4, IL-10, TNF-? and IL-6. The present study indicated a strong regulatory (IL-10) and Th1 cytokine response in viable and degenerating cysts, respectively, whereas calcified cysts had a mixed anti-inflammatory (IL-4), regulatory (IL-10) and pro-inflammatory (TNF-? and IL-6) response. Thus, Th1 and Th2 immune response operate in the vicinity of metacestodes and the type of immune response may be responsible for disease severity. PMID:24184156

  1. Treatment of symptomatic lumbar spinal degenerative pathologies by means of combined conservative biochemical treatments.

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    Alexandre, A; Corò, L; Paradiso, R; Dall'aglio, R; Alexandre, A M; Fraschini, F; Spaggiari, P G

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    Research in spine surgery has proposed new soft and less invasive techniques. These are the results of our experience with oxygen-ozone therapy, which we could experiment within the Italian National Health System over 3 years. A total of 1,920 patients were admitted on the basis of unselected enrolment because of lumbosciatic pain. Patients were divided into three groups: (A) Patients with degenerative disc disease and arthropathy: 509 (26.5%), (B) Patients with failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS): 1,027 (53.489%), and (C) Patients with pure herniated lumbar disc: 384 (20%). The rationale of the treatment for all these different pathologies we have taken into consideration is the biochemical mechanism by which they can engender pain and dysfunction. Treatment for group A: paravertebral injection and phleboclysis (two cycles of 6 sessions, one each 3 days) +endoscopic neurolysis. Treatment for group B: paravertebral injection and phleboclysis (two cycles of 6 sessions, one each 3 days) + endoscopic neurolysis with intradiscal procedure (named percutaneous peridurodiscolysis). Treatment for group C: paravertebral injection (two cycles of 6 sessions, one each 3 days) + percutaneous discolysis.The perceived quality of result for this minimally invasive procedure makes oxygen-ozone therapy an interesting weapon in the hands of doctors. Furthermore, if the technique loses its clinical effectiveness, it can be repeated without harm for the patient, and costs for the health organization are notably very low, above all if compared to surgical procedures.We underline the need that this treatment should be performed in protected structures, in operative rooms, under anesthesiologic control, and in the hands of specialists. PMID:21107949

  2. Variations in radiographic appearance of articular cartilage of knee joints in persons of 35 to 65 years of age

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    Himani Pulivarthi

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    Full Text Available Background: Osteoarthritis is a slowly progressive degenerative disease characterized by gradual loss of articular cartilage. Osteoarthritis is not a normal process of ageing processes. Age related changes are distinct from osteoarthritic changes but when coupled with certain precipitating factors like obesity, muscle weakness and neurological dysfunction may play an important role in the causation of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis occurrence appears to increase with patient's age in a non-linear fashion. The prevalence of disease increases dramatically after the age of 50 years, likely because of age related alterations in collagen and proteoglycan synthesis coupled with diminished nutrient supply to the cartilage. Methods: In this paper presenting the naked eye assessment of radiographic appearance of articular cartilage of knee joints of 100 persons (both men and women of 35 to 65 years of age with symptoms like pain and stiffness of the joint. Results: Parameters like changes in the joint space width, the presence or absence of osteophytes and subchondral sclerosis and cysts were noted. The correlation between the patient's age, sex, symptoms and radiological appearance were observed. Conclusion: Osteoarthritis has a higher prevalence and more often generalized in women than in men. Before the age of 50 years, the incidence of osteoarthritis is low and men have a slightly higher prevalence than women, but after the age of 50 years, the disease becomes more frequent and women have a much higher prevalence with a female to male ration of about 12:1. The reason for this is sex difference in cartilage volume. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(1.000: 22-26

  3. Desmopatia degenerativa em equinos: métodos de diagnóstico em animais vivos Equine degenerative desmopathy: diagnostic methods in live animals

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    S.V. Schwarzbach

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available A desmopatia degenerativa (DD possui caráter sistêmico e manifesta-se por acúmulos de proteoglicanos (PG na matriz extracelular (MEC de tecidos que contenham colágeno. Este estudo teve o objetivo de diagnosticar equinos suspeitos de serem acometidos por DD, em um plantel de animais de raça nacional, segundo o ângulo da articulação metatarsofalangiana (AMF e a presença de acúmulos de PG em amostras de ligamento da nuca (LN. Analisaram-se 123 equinos clinicamente sadios e somente três (2,7% deles, segundo o ângulo AMF The prevalence of degenerative desmopathy (DD was studied in equines of national breeds, according to the metatarsophalangeal joint angle (MPA and the presence of accumulation of proteoglycans (PG in samples of nucal ligament (NL from live animals, according to their age. One hundred twenty three clinically healthy horses were used. Only three (2.7%, that had their angle rate MPA<146° were considered suspect, with no significant difference between groups. Fifteen mares were subjected to examination of the angle of the MPA and biopsy of NL as well had reduction of the MPA angle, and six (40% showed accumulation of PG. Accumulation of PG was found in three (20% not suspected mares. A suspected animal showed no histological changes compatible to DD.

  4. Desmopatia degenerativa em equinos: métodos de diagnóstico em animais vivos / Equine degenerative desmopathy: diagnostic methods in live animals

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    S.V., Schwarzbach; G.E.S., Alves; E.G., Mello; M.G., Gomes; M.X., Silva.

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    Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese A desmopatia degenerativa (DD) possui caráter sistêmico e manifesta-se por acúmulos de proteoglicanos (PG) na matriz extracelular (MEC) de tecidos que contenham colágeno. Este estudo teve o objetivo de diagnosticar equinos suspeitos de serem acometidos por DD, em um plantel de animais de raça nacion [...] al, segundo o ângulo da articulação metatarsofalangiana (AMF) e a presença de acúmulos de PG em amostras de ligamento da nuca (LN). Analisaram-se 123 equinos clinicamente sadios e somente três (2,7%) deles, segundo o ângulo AMF Abstract in english The prevalence of degenerative desmopathy (DD) was studied in equines of national breeds, according to the metatarsophalangeal joint angle (MPA) and the presence of accumulation of proteoglycans (PG) in samples of nucal ligament (NL) from live animals, according to their age. One hundred twenty thre [...] e clinically healthy horses were used. Only three (2.7%), that had their angle rate MPA

  5. Regional cerebral blood flow in dialysis encephalopathy and primary degenerative dementia

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    Regional cerebral blood flow (CBF) was measured in patients with dialysis encephalopathy, primary degenerative dementia, dialysis patients with no central nervous system (CNS) complications, and normal controls. Both groups of dialysis patients (with and without CNS complications) demonstrated higher CBF values, and the dementia patients, lower CBF values than the controls. The dialysis patients had lower hematocrit, which correlated inversely with the cerebral blood flow. No such correlations were present in normals and patients with primary degenerative dementia. The dialysis patients and controls obtained similar CBF when the flow values were adjusted for the differences in hematocrit

  6. Precocious Degenerative Arthropathy And Bluish Patches On Ears : Ochronosis And Alkaptonuria

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    Full Text Available Alkaptonuria is a rare, autosomal recessive disorder of phenylalanin/tyrosine metabolism due to congenital deficiency of the enzyme homogentisic acid oxidase. The diagnosis is clinical and the triad of homogentisic aciduria, ochronosis and precocious degenerative arthritis is characteristic. Its diagnosis in infancy and early therapeutic intervention help delaying its complications. These patients may remain undiagnosed until the darkening of urine soaked diapers is noticed or the early degenerative arthropathy develops. This paper describes two cases of alkaptonuria presenting late in life; one of them had associated hyperthyroidism.

  7. Estratégia saúde da família no tratamento de doenças crônico-degenerativas: avanços e desafios / Family health strategy in the treatment of chronic-degenerative diseases: achievements and challenges / Estrategia de salud de la familia en el tratamiento de las enfermedades crónico-degenerativas: logros y retos

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    Márcia Adriana, Zavatini; Paulo Roque, Obreli-Neto; Roberto Kenji Nakamura, Cuman.

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    Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese Estudo retrospectivo, exploratório, de natureza quantitativa realizado em uma Equipe de Saúde da Família (ESF) no município de Maringá, Estado do Paraná, Brasil, com o objetivo de avaliar a efetividade da ESF no tratamento de doenças crônico-degenerativas. Foram utilizados dados do período de maio d [...] e 2006 a setembro de 2009, de 94 pacientes portadores de hipertensão arterial sistêmica e/ou diabetes mellitus, por meio da análise do sistema de acompanhamento de hipertensos e diabéticos e prontuários. Foi verificado um pequeno aumento no número de indivíduos com valores de pressão arterial (p = 0,773) e glicemia de jejum (p = 0,745) considerados adequados, no período analisado; apesar das mudanças na farmacoterapia destes pacientes e acompanhamento domiciliar. Conclui-se que apenas alterações na farmacoterapia prescrita são insuficientes para o controle adequado destas enfermidades, sendo necessário o desenvolvimento de intervenções da equipe de saúde, que promova a prática do autocuidado nos indivíduos e seus familiares. Abstract in spanish Estudio retrospectivo, exploratorio, cuantitativo desarollado en un Equipo de Salud de la Familia (ESF) en la ciudad de Maringá, Paraná, Brasil, con lo objetivo de evaluar la eficacia de la ESF en el tratamiento de las enfermedades crónicas. Se utilizaron dados recogidos entre mayo de 2006 y septiem [...] bre de 2009, de 94 pacientes con hipertensión arterial y/o diabetes mellitus, mediante el análisis de los registros del sistema de control de hipertensos y diabéticos y registros. Se observó ligero incremento en el número de individuos con presión arterial (p = 0,773) y glucosa en sangre en ayunas (p = 0,745) considerados adecuados, en el periodo analizado; pesar de los cambios en la farmacoterapia y cuidados en el hogar. Se concluye que solamente cambios en la farmacoterapia no son suficientes para un adecuado control destas enfermedades, siendo necesario el desarrollo de intervenciones de la ESF, que promuevan la práctica de autocuidado en las personas y sus familias. Abstract in english A retrospective, exploratory, quantitative study was carried in a team of heath care unit (ESF) in the municipalitie of Maringá, Paraná, Brasil, to evaluate the effectiveness of ESF in the treatment of chronic diseases. It was used data collected between May 2006 to September 2009, of 94 patients wi [...] th hypertension and/or diabetes, through the analysis of the records of registration of the monitoring system of hypertensive and diabetics and charts. It was found a slight increase in the number of individual with blood pressure (p = 0.773) and fasting glucose levels (p = 0.745) considered appropriate, in the reporting period; despite changes in the pharmacotherapy of patients and home care. It was concluded that only changes in the pharmacotherapy prescribed, are insufficient for an adequate control of these diseases, being necessary the development of interventions of the health team, which promote the practice of self-care in individuals and their families.

  8. Estratégia saúde da família no tratamento de doenças crônico-degenerativas: avanços e desafios Estrategia de salud de la familia en el tratamiento de las enfermedades crónico-degenerativas: logros y retos Family health strategy in the treatment of chronic-degenerative diseases: achievements and challenges

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    Márcia Adriana Zavatini

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    Full Text Available Estudo retrospectivo, exploratório, de natureza quantitativa realizado em uma Equipe de Saúde da Família (ESF no município de Maringá, Estado do Paraná, Brasil, com o objetivo de avaliar a efetividade da ESF no tratamento de doenças crônico-degenerativas. Foram utilizados dados do período de maio de 2006 a setembro de 2009, de 94 pacientes portadores de hipertensão arterial sistêmica e/ou diabetes mellitus, por meio da análise do sistema de acompanhamento de hipertensos e diabéticos e prontuários. Foi verificado um pequeno aumento no número de indivíduos com valores de pressão arterial (p = 0,773 e glicemia de jejum (p = 0,745 considerados adequados, no período analisado; apesar das mudanças na farmacoterapia destes pacientes e acompanhamento domiciliar. Conclui-se que apenas alterações na farmacoterapia prescrita são insuficientes para o controle adequado destas enfermidades, sendo necessário o desenvolvimento de intervenções da equipe de saúde, que promova a prática do autocuidado nos indivíduos e seus familiares.Estudio retrospectivo, exploratorio, cuantitativo desarollado en un Equipo de Salud de la Familia (ESF en la ciudad de Maringá, Paraná, Brasil, con lo objetivo de evaluar la eficacia de la ESF en el tratamiento de las enfermedades crónicas. Se utilizaron dados recogidos entre mayo de 2006 y septiembre de 2009, de 94 pacientes con hipertensión arterial y/o diabetes mellitus, mediante el análisis de los registros del sistema de control de hipertensos y diabéticos y registros. Se observó ligero incremento en el número de individuos con presión arterial (p = 0,773 y glucosa en sangre en ayunas (p = 0,745 considerados adecuados, en el periodo analizado; pesar de los cambios en la farmacoterapia y cuidados en el hogar. Se concluye que solamente cambios en la farmacoterapia no son suficientes para un adecuado control destas enfermedades, siendo necesario el desarrollo de intervenciones de la ESF, que promuevan la práctica de autocuidado en las personas y sus familias.A retrospective, exploratory, quantitative study was carried in a team of heath care unit (ESF in the municipalitie of Maringá, Paraná, Brasil, to evaluate the effectiveness of ESF in the treatment of chronic diseases. It was used data collected between May 2006 to September 2009, of 94 patients with hypertension and/or diabetes, through the analysis of the records of registration of the monitoring system of hypertensive and diabetics and charts. It was found a slight increase in the number of individual with blood pressure (p = 0.773 and fasting glucose levels (p = 0.745 considered appropriate, in the reporting period; despite changes in the pharmacotherapy of patients and home care. It was concluded that only changes in the pharmacotherapy prescribed, are insufficient for an adequate control of these diseases, being necessary the development of interventions of the health team, which promote the practice of self-care in individuals and their families.

  9. Canine degenerative myelopathy: biochemical characterization of superoxide dismutase 1 in the first naturally occurring non-human amyotrophic lateral sclerosis model.

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    Crisp, Matthew J; Beckett, Jeffrey; Coates, Joan R; Miller, Timothy M

    2013-10-01

    Mutations in canine superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) have recently been shown to cause canine degenerative myelopathy, a disabling neurodegenerative disorder affecting specific breeds of dogs characterized by progressive motor neuron loss and paralysis until death, or more common, euthanasia. This discovery makes canine degenerative myelopathy the first and only naturally occurring non-human model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), closely paralleling the clinical, pathological, and genetic presentation of its human counterpart, SOD1-mediated familial ALS. To further understand the biochemical role that canine SOD1 plays in this disease and how it may be similar to human SOD1, we characterized the only two SOD1 mutations described in affected dogs to date, E40K and T18S. We show that a detergent-insoluble species of mutant SOD1 is present in spinal cords of affected dogs that increases with disease progression. Our in vitro results indicate that both canine SOD1 mutants form enzymatically active dimers, arguing against a loss of function in affected homozygous animals. Further studies show that these mutants, like most human SOD1 mutants, have an increased propensity to form aggregates in cell culture, with 10-20% of cells possessing visible aggregates. Creation of the E40K mutation in human SOD1 recapitulates the normal enzymatic activity but not the aggregation propensity seen with the canine mutant. Our findings lend strong biochemical support to the toxic role of SOD1 in canine degenerative myelopathy and establish close parallels for the role mutant SOD1 plays in both canine and human disorders. PMID:23707216

  10. Osteoarthritis of the temporo-mandibular joint in free-living Soay sheep on St Kilda.

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    Arthur, Colin; Watt, Kathryn; Nussey, Daniel H; Pemberton, Josephine M; Pilkington, Jill G; Herman, Jeremy S; Timmons, Zena L; Clements, Dylan N; Scott, Philip R

    2015-01-01

    Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common degenerative disease of synovial joints with the potential to cause pathology and welfare issues in both domestic and wild ruminants. Previous work has identified OA of the elbow joint in domestic sheep, but the prevalence of OA of the jaw and in particular the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) has not been previously reported. Following up a previous report of a single case of TMJ OA in a free-living population of Soay sheep on St Kilda in the Outer Hebrides, an archive of 2736 jaw bones collected from this population between 1985 and 2010 was surveyed. Evidence of TMJ OA was found in 35 sheep. Of these, 15 cases were unilateral (11 right side, 4 left side) and the remaining 20 were bilateral. TMJ pathology was much more common in females than males: only 3/35 cases were in males, with overall prevalence at 2.3% for females and 0.2% in males. Radiographic examination of TMJ with OA revealed extensive bone re-modelling with osteophytosis, particularly of the condyle of the mandible. There was a highly significant age-dependence in TMJ OA incidence among age classes: 30/35 cases occurred in geriatric sheep (aged 7 years or more; 11.1% prevalence within this age class), four in adults (2-6 years old; 0.9% prevalence), one in yearlings (0.3% prevalence) and none in lambs. The low incidence in males was confounded by sex differences in longevity: while 18% of females sampled died in the geriatric age class, only 2% of males did so. Although the low prevalence of the pathology limited the ability to test its association with other traits, it was possible to examine relationships with reproductive performance measures amongst geriatric females with and without TMJ OA. Although there were trends towards lower fecundity and lower lamb birth weight in the breeding season prior to death, these were not statistically significant. PMID:25458883

  11. Pain and mobility improvement and MDA plasma levels in degenerative osteoarthritis, low back pain, and rheumatoid arthritis after infrared A-irradiation

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    Infrared (IR)-A irradiation can be useful in back and musculoskeletal pain therapy. In this study joint and vertebral column pain and mobility were measured during two weeks of IR-A irradiation treatment of patients suffering from degenerative osteoarthritis of hip and knee, low back pain, or rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, before and after IR-A treatment MDA serum levels were measured to check if MDA variations accompany changes in pain intensity and mobility. Two-hundred and seven patients were divided into verum groups getting IR-irradiation, placebo groups getting visible, but not IR irradiation, and groups getting no irradiation. In osteoarthritis significant pain reduction according to Visual Analogue Scale and mobility improvements occurred in the verum group. Even though beneficial mean value changes occurred in the placebo group, the improvements in the placebo and No Irradiation groups were without statistical significance. In low back pain, pain and mobility improvements (by 35 - 40 %) in the verum group were found, too. A delayed (2nd week) mobility improvement in rheumatoid arthritis was seen. However, pain relief was seen immediately. In patients suffering from low back pain or rheumatoid arthritis, the pain and mobility improvements were accompanied by significant changes of MDA serum levels. However, MDA appears not a sensitive bio factor for changes of the pain intensity in degenerative osteoarthritis. Nevertheless, unaffected or lowerehritis. Nevertheless, unaffected or lowered MDA levels during intensive IR-A therapy argue against previous reports on free radical formation upon infrared. In conclusion, rapid beneficial effects of IR-A towards musculoskeletal pain and joint mobility loss were demonstrated. (authors)

  12. Degenerative processes in bioprosthetic mitral valves in juvenile pigs

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    Pedersen Torben B; Funder Jonas A; Honge Jesper L; Kronborg Mads B; Michael, Hasenkam J.

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background Glutaraldehyde-treated bioprosthetic heart valves are commonly used for replacement of diseased heart valves. However, calcification and wear limit their durability, and the development of new and improved bioprosthetic valve designs is needed and must be evaluated in a reliable animal model. We studied glutaraldehyde-treated valves 6 months after implantation to evaluate bioprosthetic valve complications in the mitral position in juvenile pigs. Materials The study materia...

  13. One-year prospective outcome analysis and complications following total replacement of the temporomandibular joint with the TMJ Concepts system.

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    Sidebottom, A J; Gruber, E

    2013-10-01

    Total replacement of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is increasingly accepted as the gold standard for reconstruction of irreparably damaged or ankylosed joints. The TMJ Concepts system (TMJ Concepts, Ventura, USA) has the longest follow-up of the 2 systems used in the UK. A total of 74 patients had placement of TMJ Concepts prostheses. The primary diagnoses were degenerative disease, multiple previous operations, injury, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and ankylosis. Of these, 12 were revisions of previous replacements (3 after multiple operations). Over the year there was a significant mean (SD) reduction in pain score (10 cm visual analogue scale) from 72 (2.5) to 8 (1.7) (pTMJ replacement gives good early improvements in function and pain with few complications. Of the 74 patients, 71 were very pleased to have had the procedure. One was dissatisfied despite complete pain relief and improvement in mouth opening from 3 to 30 mm, and 2 were ambivalent (one had infection, revision, and permanent weakness of the temporal branch of the facial nerve). PMID:23618995

  14. Temporal changes of mechanical signals and extracellular composition in human intervertebral disc during degenerative progression.

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    Zhu, Qiaoqiao; Gao, Xin; Gu, Weiyong

    2014-11-28

    In this study, a three-dimensional finite element model was used to investigate the changes in tissue composition and mechanical signals within human lumbar intervertebral disc during the degenerative progression. This model was developed based on the cell-activity coupled mechano-electrochemical mixture theory. The disc degeneration was simulated by lowering nutrition levels at disc boundaries, and the temporal and spatial distributions of the fixed charge density, water content, fluid pressure, Von Mises stress, and disc deformation were analyzed. Results showed that fixed charge density, fluid pressure, and water content decreased significantly in the nucleus pulposus (NP) and the inner to middle annulus fibrosus (AF) regions of the degenerative disc. It was found that, with degenerative progression, the Von Mises stress (relative to that at healthy state) increased within the disc, with a larger increase in the outer AF region. Both the disc volume and height decreased with the degenerative progression. The predicted results of fluid pressure change in the NP were consistent with experimental findings in the literature. The knowledge of the variations of temporal and spatial distributions of composition and mechanical signals within the human IVDs provide a better understanding of the progression of disc degeneration. PMID:25305690

  15. Joint assembly

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    Wilson, Andrew (Inventor); Punnoose, Andrew (Inventor); Strausser, Katherine (Inventor); Parikh, Neil (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A joint assembly is provided which includes a drive assembly and a swivel mechanism. The drive assembly features a motor operatively associated with a plurality of drive shafts for driving auxiliary elements, and a plurality of swivel shafts for pivoting the drive assembly. The swivel mechanism engages the swivel shafts and has a fixable element that may be attached to a foundation. The swivel mechanism is adapted to cooperate with the swivel shafts to pivot the drive assembly with at least two degrees of freedom relative to the foundation. The joint assembly allows for all components to remain encased in a tight, compact, and sealed package, making it ideal for space, exploratory, and commercial applications.

  16. Tendon structure, disease, and imaging

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    Weinreb, Jeffrey H.; Sheth, Chirag; Apostolakos, John; Mccarthy, Mary-beth; Barden, Benjamin; Cote, Mark P.; Mazzocca, Augustus D.

    2014-01-01

    Tendon imaging plays a critical role in evaluating tendon diseases and injuries including mechanical, degenerative, and overuse disease, inflammatory enthesitis, as well as partial and full thickness tears. Ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), each with unique benefits and limitations, are commonly utilized to assist in diagnosing these diseases and conditions. This review delineates important structural properties of tendon and biochemical changes occurring in tendon pathology. T...

  17. Therapies intended for joint regeneration in the horse / Terapias con potencial regenerativo articular en el caballo

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    JA, Sandoval; C, López; JU, Carmona.

    Full Text Available SciELO Chile | Language: English Abstract in spanish Las cojeras constituyen la principal causa de consulta en clínica equina y la osteoartritis (OA) representa cerca del 60 % de los casos. Durante la última década se han presentado avances significativos en nuestro entendimiento de la fisiopatología de la OA. Sin embargo, se ha avanzado muy poco en e [...] l desarrollo de tratamientos efectivos que no solo alivien el dolor y la inflamación asociados al problema, sino que también limiten los cambios degenerativos o incluso promuevan la regeneración de los tejidos articulares afectados por esta enfermedad crónica inflamatoria. Por otra parte, estos tratamientos deberían ser libres de efectos adversos como trastornos gastrointestinales, daño renal e inmunosupresión. El actual conocimiento de proteínas y células comprometidas en la biología de las enfermedades musculo-esqueléticas, como la OA, han permitido el desarrollo de nuevos enfoques terapéuticos desde el punto de vista experimental y clínico. El objetivo de esta revisión es presentar estado del arte de la terapia regenerativa articular en el caballo. Abstract in english Lameness is the main cause of consultation in the current equine clinic, and osteoarthritis (OA) represents about 60% of cases. During the last decade, there have been significant advances in our understanding of the pathophysiology of OA. However, there has been little progress in the development o [...] f effective treatments that not only relieve pain and inflammation associated with the problem, but also limit degenerative changes, or even promote regeneration in joint tissues affected by this chronic and inflammatory disease. These treatments should be free of side effects such as gastrointestinal disorders, kidney damage and immunosuppression. Current knowledge about the proteins and cells involved in the biology of musculoskeletal diseases, such as OA, has allowed the development of new therapeutic approaches from an experimental and clinical viewpoint. The aim of this review is to present the state of the art for regenerative therapy of joints in the horse.

  18. Nanolayers for early diagnostics of proteins involved in degenerative amyloidosis

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    Martina M.R.

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available FK-506 binding protein (FKBP12 is a protein of the family of immunophilins, involved in many neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s syndrome where FKBP12 is known to be over-expressed in early stages of the disease. We designed and built Langmuir-Blodgett nanostructures incorporating ligands with high affinity for FKBP12: Tacrolimus (FK506 and Rifaximin as candidate nanosensors to detect low FKBP12 concentration in the initial phase of the amyloidosis. The binding process of the different ligands has been studied by means of photophysical measurements investigating the fluorescence quenching of the tryptophan residue in the binding pocket of FKBP12 by addition of the ligand in solution. Immobilization of the ligands was achieved adopting biomimetic strategy: phospholipid Langmuir-Blodgett films are proposed as nanoscaffolds for ligand inclusion. Several phospholipid nanoarchitectures differing in lipid composition, fluidity, number of layers and method of production (incubation versus co-spreading were screened. The results have shown that both FK506 and Rifaximin ligands penetrate the lipid matrix either as monomers or as aggregates depending on their initial concentration. More importantly, the experiments demonstrated that the ligands in the LB scaffolds efficiently quench FKBP12 fluorescence in solution as a consequence of ligand binding to the protein.

  19. Positron emission tomography in degenerative disorders of the dopaminergic system

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    21 patients who had Parkinson's disease (PD), PD plus dementia of Alzheimer type (PDAT) or progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), were studied with positron emission tomography (PET) using (18F)-2-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG). In one patient with strictly unilateral PD side differences in striatal dopa uptake were studied with 6-(18F)fluoro-L-dopa (F-dopa). In patients with PD PET with FDG did not show any significant change in regional cerebral metabolic rates for glucose (rCMR(Glu)). In PDAT glucose metabolism was generally reduced, the most severe decrease was found in parietal cortex. The matebolic pattern was similar to that typically found in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). In the patients with strictly unilateral PD rCMR(Glu) was normal, F-dopa PET, however, revealed a distinct reduction of dopa uptake in the contralateral putamen. In PSP glucose metabolism was significantly decreased in subcortical regions (caudatum, putamen and brainstem) and in frontal cortex. Thus PET demonstrated a clear difference of metabolic pattern between PDAT and PSP

  20. Behcet's Disease

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    ... also results in arthritis (swollen, painful, stiff joints), skin problems, and inflammation of the digestive tract, brain, and ... painful. After several outbreaks, they may cause scarring. Skin problems are a common symptom of Behçet’s disease. Skin ...

  1. Diseases of the brain

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    CT has been widely used and found to be useful in the diagnosis of various intracranial diseases such as brain tumors, cerebrovascular diseases, head traumas, central nervous system anomalies, infectious diseases, and atrophic and degenerative diseases. It is now an essential diagnostic method in the field of neuroradiology. CT is superior to conventional neuroradiological examinations such as cerebral angiography and pneumoencephalography (PEG) due to its noninvasive nature and usefulness in screening examinations. Because of its excellent density resolution, CT has the additional important advantage of being able to visualize the cerebral parenchyma

  2. Specificity of transcranial sonography in parkinson spectrum disorders in comparison to degenerative cognitive syndromes

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    Lau?kait? Kristina

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Hyperechogenicity of the substantia nigra (SN+, detected by transcranial sonography (TCS, was reported as a characteristic finding in Parkinson's disease (PD, with high diagnostic accuracy values, when compared mainly to healthy controls or essential tremor (ET group. However, some data is accumulating that the SN + could be detected in other neurodegenerative and even in non-neurodegenerative disorders too. Our aim was to estimate the diagnostic accuracy of TCS, mainly focusing on the specificity point, when applied to a range of the parkinsonian disorders, and comparing to the degenerative cognitive syndromes. Methods A prospective study was carried out at the Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences from January until September 2011. Initially, a TCS and clinical examination were performed on 258 patients and 76 controls. The General Electric Voluson 730 Expert ultrasound system was used. There were 12.8% of cases excluded with insufficient temporal bones, and 4.3% excluded with an unclear diagnosis. The studied sample consisted of the groups: PD (n = 71, 33.2%, ET (n = 58, 27.1%, PD and ET (n = 10, 4.7%, atypical parkinsonian syndromes (APS (n = 3, 1.4%, hereditary neurodegenerative parkinsonism (HDP (n = 3, 1.4%, secondary parkinsonism (SP (n = 23, 10.8%, mild cognitive impairment (MCI (n = 33, 15.4%, dementia (n = 13, 6.1%, and control (n = 71. Results There were 80.3% of PD patients at stages 1 & 2 according to Hoehn and Yahr. At the cut-off value of 0.20 cm2 of the SN+, the sensitivity for PD was 94.3% and the specificity - 63.3% (ROC analysis, AUC 0.891, in comparison to the rest of the cohort. At the cut-off value of 0.26 cm2, the sensitivity was 90% and the specificity 82.4%. The estimations for the lowest specificity for PD, in comparison to the latter subgroups (at the cut-off values of 0.20 cm2 and 0.26 cm2, respectively were: 0% and 33.3% to APS, 33.3% and 66.7% to HDP, 34.8% and 69.6% to SP, 55.2% and 82.8% to ET, 75% and 91.7% to dementia. Conclusions The high sensitivity of the test could be employed as a valuable screening tool. But TCS is more useful as a supplementary diagnostic method, due to the specificity values not being comprehensive.

  3. MR imaging of the cervical spine: Degenerative disk disease and cervical spondylosis in asymptomatic individuals

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    In a way different from any other imaging modality, MR imaging of the cervical spine shows anatomic detail and pathologic changes, but does not reveal their significance in relation to the patient's symptoms. The authors often serendipitously observed significant pathologic changes in asymptomatic individuals. MR images were obtained with a 0.3-T permanent magnet imaging system in sagittal, axial, and coronal palanes and using a solenoid surface coil. Asymptomatic individuals were studied both prospectively (more than 50 patients) and retrospectively (35 patients). MR images showed significant age-related disk degeneration, osteophytosis, and spinal cord impingement in asymptomatic patients

  4. Cervical spine degenerative diseases: An evaluation of clinical and imaging features in surgical decisions

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    In clinically severe cervical spondylosis, imaging plays a vital role in surgical decisions. A prime factor is acquired canal stenosis with cord compression. To validate this concept, the clinical and imaging features of 20 patients with spondylitic myelopathy and 24 with radiculopathy were retrospectively reviewed. All had computed tomographic myelography (CTM) as part of their clinical work-up. The patients' clinical severity was graded as mild, moderate and severe; the age, length of illness and a history of eventual surgery or otherwise were recorded. At the level of maximum compression the following parameters were obtained from the axial CTM images: surface area and ratio of the anteroposterior to the transverse diameter of the cord; subarachnoid space and vertebral canal areas. Data were statistically analysed. A significant association exists between surgery and increasing severity of symptoms (P=0.04), and advancing age (P=0.01). These associations hold true for myelopathy and radiculopathy. A strong association is present between surgery and the surface area of the cord (P=0.01), being applicable to myelopathy only. The other parameters show no association with surgical decisions. It is concluded that with myelopathy a narrow cord area at the level of maximum compression, and moderate-severe functional impairment are indicators for surgical intervention. (authors)

  5. Cervical spine degenerative diseases: An evaluation of clinical and imaging features in surgical decisions

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    Soo, M.; Tran-Dinh, H.D.; Quach, T.; Downey, J.; Pohlmann, S. [Westmead Hospital, Westmead, NSW (Australia). Department of Radiology; Dorsch, N.W.C. [Westmead Hospital, Westmead, NSW (Australia). Department of Neurosurgery

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    In clinically severe cervical spondylosis, imaging plays a vital role in surgical decisions. A prime factor is acquired canal stenosis with cord compression. To validate this concept, the clinical and imaging features of 20 patients with spondylitic myelopathy and 24 with radiculopathy were retrospectively reviewed. All had computed tomographic myelography (CTM) as part of their clinical work-up. The patients` clinical severity was graded as mild, moderate and severe; the age, length of illness and a history of eventual surgery or otherwise were recorded. At the level of maximum compression the following parameters were obtained from the axial CTM images: surface area and ratio of the anteroposterior to the transverse diameter of the cord; subarachnoid space and vertebral canal areas. Data were statistically analysed. A significant association exists between surgery and increasing severity of symptoms (P=0.04), and advancing age (P=0.01). These associations hold true for myelopathy and radiculopathy. A strong association is present between surgery and the surface area of the cord (P=0.01), being applicable to myelopathy only. The other parameters show no association with surgical decisions. It is concluded that with myelopathy a narrow cord area at the level of maximum compression, and moderate-severe functional impairment are indicators for surgical intervention. (authors). 22 refs., 3 tabs., 3 figs.

  6. Scaphocapitolunate Arthrodesis and Radial Styloidectomy: A Treatment Option for Posttraumatic Degenerative Wrist Disease

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    Klausmeyer, Melissa; Fernandez, Diego

    2012-01-01

    Longstanding scaphoid nonunion, scaphoid malunion, and chronic scapholunate dissociation result in malalignment of the carpal bones, progressive carpal collapse, instability, and osteoarthritis of the wrist. The most commonly used procedures to treat scaphoid nonunion advanced collapse (SNAC) and scapholunate advanced collapse (SLAC) wrists are the four-corner fusion (4CF) and the proximal row carpectomy (PRC). Here we describe a different treatment option: radial styloidectomy and scaphocapi...

  7. MR imaging assessment of vertebral-body changes in degenerative disk disease

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    Two categories of MR signal intensity changes are seen in vertebral bodies that are not easily explained on CT or plain film correlation. In category 1 there is increased signal intensity in the vertebral body margins on T1-weighted images, and lesser changes on T-2 weighted images. In category 2 there is decreased signal on T1-weighted images and increased signal on T2-weighted images. Category 1 findings involving at least one disk level were identified in 103 of 422 patients examined. Category 2 findings were seen in seven of 422 patients. These changes are seen in conjunction with disk degeneration. MR imaging studies in patients with chymopapain-injected disks(a controlled) model of disk degeneration) demonstrate conversion of category 2 changes to category 1 changes

  8. First Cases of Degenerative Brain Disease CTE Found in Veterans with Blast Injuries

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    ... of mice exposed to controlled blasts of compressed air, calibrated to generate about the same force as an IED several yards away. "Now that ... the mouse model to investigate how different mechanical forces on the head ... including signs of damage to the blood-brain barrier. An NINDS-funded ...

  9. Craniocaudal motion velocity in the cervical spinal cord in degenerative disease as shown by MR imaging

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    Purpose: To investigate, by means of MR phase imaging, the effects of compression on the velocity of craniocaudal motion in the spinal cord. Material and Methods: Spin-echo sequences with velocity encoding gradients were used to examine 12 patients with cervical spondylosis and 6 normal volunteers. Oblique-axial phase images at 3 levels (cranial, middle and caudal), were obtained with prospective electrocardiogram gating. The middle level was set at the site where the spinal cord was most severely compressed, and the cranial and caudal sections were set where it was not compressed. Time-velocity curves were generated at these 3 levels and focal velocity change was correlated with motor function in the lower extremities. Results and Conclusion: The cord showed a higher motion velocity at the compression level than at noncompression levels. This paradoxical increase in velocity was observed in 7 out of 8 patients whose lower extremity motor function was impaired. Four patients with normal lower extremity motor function did not demonstrate this increase in velocity. An increase in motion velocity was therefore found to correlate with impaired lower extremity motor function. (orig.)

  10. Degenerative lumbar disk disease: pitfalls and usefulness of MR imaging in detection of vacuum phenomenon.

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    Grenier, N; Grossman, R I; Schiebler, M L; Yeager, B A; Goldberg, H I; Kressel, H Y

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    Magnetic resonance (MR) images of the lumbar spine from 150 patients were retrospectively reviewed. In 14 of these patients, at 18 disk levels, a vacuum phenomenon (VP) had been identified on plain radiographs and/or computed tomographic scans. The MR imaging appearance of these gas collections in 17 disks was an area without signal, best seen on spin-echo sequences with short repetition time and echo time in the sagittal view. MR imaging precisely located the VP in the anulus fibrosus, the nucleus pulposus, and Schmorl nodes. In all but one case, degeneration of the disk was complete and associated with adjacent changes in vertebral bone. Pitfalls of MR imaging detection of VP included chemical shift artifact, calcifications, and tears without gas in the disk. PMID:3615888

  11. Sharp, left-sided back pain · bilateral leg weakness · degenerative disc disease · Dx?

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    Abel, Nicole; Terrigno, Rocco; Kim, Nami

    2015-02-01

    An 84-year old woman came to the emergency department with sharp back pain on her left side that she'd had for 4 days. The pain radiated to her posterior hips when standing. She said her whole body felt achy and she was experiencing weakness in both legs. PMID:25671528

  12. When Dialogue Fails : Music therapy with elderly with neurological degenerative diseases

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    Ridder, Hanne Mette Ochsner

    2004-01-01

    In a PhD-research from Aalborg University I have used a mixed method case study design, where I integrated quantitative heart beat measurements and a qualitative hermeneutic analysis on responses given by participants in music therapy. In this paper I am not going to present the research. I will use the opportunity to present one single element from the work. This will be a focus on a clinical strategy for building up music therapy sessions with persons who are gradually losing cognitive abilities and suffer from severe neurodegeneration. I shall present four levels or steps in the clinical setting, where different strategies are used in order to compensate for missing memory function and missing abilities to communicate. In addition to being part of the doctoral thesis (Ridder 2003), these ideas are based on clinical music therapy work at a geronto-psychiatric unit since 1995. http://www.musictherapyworld.net/modules/mmmagazine/index.html