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  1. Transarticular screw fixation for atlantoaxial instability - modified Magerl's technique in 38 patients

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    Dhatt Saravdeep S

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Symptomatic atlantoaxial instability needs stabilization of the atlantoaxial joint. Among the various techniques described in literature for the fixation of atlantoaxial joint, Magerl's technique of transarticular screw fixation remains the gold standard. Traditionally this technique combines placement of transarticular screws and posterior wiring construct. The aim of this study is to evaluate clinical and radiological outcomes in subjects of atlantoaxial instability who were operated using transarticular screws and iliac crest bone graft, without the use of sublaminar wiring (a modification of Magerl's technique. Methods We evaluated retrospectively 38 subjects with atlantoaxial instability who were operated at our institute using transarticular screw fixation. The subjects were followed up for pain, fusion rates, neurological status and radiographic outcomes. Final outcome was graded both subjectively and objectively, using the scoring system given by Grob et al. Results Instability in 34 subjects was secondary to trauma, in 3 due to rheumatoid arthritis and 1 had tuberculosis. Neurological deficit was present in 17 subjects. Most common presenting symptom was neck pain, present in 35 of the 38 subjects. Postoperatively residual neck and occipital pain was present in 8 subjects. Neurological deficit persisted in only 7 subjects. Vertebral artery injury was seen in 3 subjects. None of these subjects had any sign of neurological deficit or vertebral insufficiency. Three cases had nonunion. At the latest follow up, subjectively, 24 subjects had good result, 6 had fair and 8 had bad result. On objective grading, 24 had good result, 11 had fair and 3 had bad result. The mean follow up duration was 41 months. Conclusions Transarticular screw fixation is an excellent technique for fusion of the atlantoaxial complex. It provides highest fusion rates, and is particularly important in subjects at risk for nonunion. Omitting the

  2. C2 laminar screw and C1-2 transarticular screw combined with C1 laminar hooks for atlantoaxial instability with unilateral vertebral artery injury.

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    Guo, Qunfeng; Liu, Jun; Ni, Bin; Lu, Xuhua; Zhou, Fengjin

    2011-09-01

    Transarticular screw fixation (TASF) is technically demanding, with high risk of vertebral artery (VA) injury. How to manage intraoperative VA injury and choose optimal alternative fixation becomes a concern of spinal surgeons. In this study, the management strategy for a patient with suspected intraoperative VA injury was analyzed. A 53-year-old woman developed type II odontoid fracture and brain stem injury due to a motor vehicle accident 3 months earlier. After conservative treatments, the brain stem injury improved, but with residual ocular motility defect in the right eye. The odontoid fracture did not achieve fusion with displacement and absorption of fracture fragments. After admission, atlantoaxial fixation using bilateral C1-2 transarticular screws (TASs) combined with C1 laminar hooks was planed. The first TAS was inserted successfully. Unfortunately, suspected VA injury developed during tapping the tract for the second TAS. Considering the previous brain stem injury and that directly inserting the screw to tamponade the hemorrhage might cause VA stenosis or occlusion, we blocked the screw trajectory with bone wax. C2 laminar screw was implanted instead of intended TAS on the injured side. The management strategy for suspected VA injury should depend on intraoperative circumstances and be tailored to patients. Blocking screw trajectory with bone wax is a useful method to stop bleeding. Atlantoaxial fixation using C2 laminar screw and C1-2 TAS combined with C1 laminar hooks is an ideal alternative procedure.

  3. C1-C2 transarticular screw fixation for atlantoaxial instability due to rheumatoid arthritis: a seven-year analysis of outcome.

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    Nagaria, Jabir

    2009-12-15

    STUDY DESIGN.: Observational study. Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data. OBJECTIVE.: The purpose of this article was to report long-term (minimum 7 years) clinical and radiologic outcome of our series of patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis who underwent transarticular screw fixation to treat atlantoaxial subluxation. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA.: The indications for intervention in patients with atlantoaxial instability are pain, myelopathy, and progressive neurologic deficit. The various treatment options available for these patients are isolated C1-C2 fusion, occipitocervical fusion with or without transoral surgery. Review of current literature suggests that C1-C2 transarticular screw fixation has significant functional benefits, although there is discrepancy in this literature regarding improvement in function following surgery. METHODS.: Myelopathy was assessed using Ranawat myelopathy score and Myelopathy Disability Index. Pain scores were assessed using Visual Analogue Scale. The radiologic imaging was assessed and the following data were extracted; atlanto-dens interval, space available for cord, presence of signal change on T2 weighted image, and fusion rates. RESULTS.: Thirty-seven patients, median age 56, were included in the study. Average duration of neck symptoms was 15.8 months. Average duration of rheumatoid arthritis before surgery was 20.6 years. Preoperative symptoms: suboccipital pain in 26 patients; neck pain, 32; myelopathy, 22; and 5 were asymptomatic. After surgery: suboccipital pain, 2; neck pain, 3; and myelopathy, 10. Ninety percent patients with neck and suboccipital pain improved after surgery in their Visual Analogue pain scores, with all of them having >50% improvement in VAS scores (6.94-2.12 [P < 0.05]).Preoperative Ranawat grade was as follows: grade 1 in 15 patients, grade 2 in 7, and grade 3a in 14, grade 3b in 1.After surgery: grade 1 in 27 patients, grade 2 in 7, grade 3a in 1, and grade 3b in 2. The mean

  4. Atlantoaxial stabilization using multiaxial C-1 posterior arch screws.

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    Donnellan, Michael B; Sergides, Ioannis G; Sears, William R

    2008-12-01

    The authors present a novel technique of atlantoaxial fixation using multiaxial C-1 posterior arch screws. The technique involves the insertion of bilateral multiaxial C-1 posterior arch screws, which are connected by crosslinked rods to bilateral multiaxial C-2 pars screws. The clinical results are presented in 3 patients in whom anomalies of the vertebral arteries, C-1 lateral masses, and/or posterior arch of C-1 presented difficulty using existing fixation techniques with transarticular screws, C-1 lateral mass screws, or posterior wiring. The C-1 posterior arch screws achieved solid fixation and their insertion appeared to be technically less demanding than that of transarticular or C-1 lateral mass screws. This technique may reduce the risk of complications compared with existing techniques, especially in patients with anatomical variants of the vertebral artery, C-1 lateral masses, or C-1 posterior arch. This technique may prove to be an attractive fixation option in patients with normal anatomy.

  5. MINIMALLY INVASIVE ANTERIOR TRANSARTICULAR SCREW FIXATION AND FUSION FOR ATLANTOAXIAL INSTABILITY%微创前路经寰枢椎关节突固定融合治疗寰枢椎不稳

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    陆焱; 王建; 郑文杰; 刘杰; 黄博

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical results and compl ications of minimally invasive anterior transarticular screw fixation and fusion for atlantoaxial instability. Methods Between May 2007 and December 2010, 13 patients with atlantoaxial instability were treated with minimally invasive anterior transarticular screw fixation and fusion under endoscope. There were 11 males and 2 females, aged 17-61 years (mean, 41.3 years). The time between injury and operation was 5-14 days (mean, 7.4 days). All cases included 6 patients with Jefferson fracture, 5 with odontoid fracture, and 2 with os odontoideum. According to Frankel classification of nerve functions, 2 cases were rated as grade D and 11 cases as graed E. The operation time, intra-operative blood loss, radiation exposure time, and complications were recorded and analyzed. The stability was observed by X-ray films. The clinical outcome was assessed using the Frankel scale, and the fusion rates were determined by CT scan three-dimensional reconstruction at last follow-up. Results The mean operation time was 124 minutes (range, 95-156 minutes); the mean intra-operative blood loss was 65 mL (range, 30-105 mL); and the mean radiation exposure time was 41 seconds (range, 30-64 seconds). Thirteen patients were followed up 12-47 months (mean, 25.9 months). No blood vessel and nerve injuries or internal fixator failure occurred. The bone fusion time was 6 months, and the dynamic cervical radiography showed no instability occured. At last follow-up, the neurological function was grade Ein all patients. The fusion rate was 84.6% (11/13). No continuous bone bridge was seen in the joint space of 2 patients, but they achieved stability. Conclusion Minimally invasive anterior transarticular screw fixation and fusion is a safe and effective procedure for treatment of atlantoaxial instability.%目的 探讨微创前路经寰枢椎关节突固定融合治疗寰枢椎不稳的临床效果和并发症.方法 2007年5月-2010年12

  6. Anterior transarticular screw fixation as a conventional operation for rigid stabilization

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    Manabu Sasaki

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Anterior transarticular screw (ATS fixation is a useful surgical option for atlantoaxial (AA stabilization. This report presents a revised ATS method for AA fusion. Methods: A 79-year-old male presented with AA instability attributed both to an old odontoid fracture and severe degeneration of the lateral atlantoaxial joints (LAAJs. ATS fixation was performed through the conventional anterior cervical approach. The longest screw trajectories were planned preoperatively using multiplanar reconstruction computed tomography (CT scans, with entry points of the screws situated at the midpoint on the inferior border of the axial body. The surgical exposure was limited to opening at the entry points alone. Our retractor of choice was the Cusco speculum; it sufficiently secured space for utilizing the required instruments for screw placement while offering sufficient protection of soft tissues. Cannulated full-threaded bicortical screws stabilized the LAAJs. Screw insertion required a significant amount of coronal angulation up to the superior articular process of the atlas under open-mouth and lateral fluoroscopy image guidance. After ATS fixation, bone grafting was performed between the posterior laminae of the axis and the atlas through a conventional posterior approach. Results: Bony fusion between the atlas and the axis was confirmed radiographically. Arthrodesis of the LAAJs occurred despite no bone grafting. Conclusions: Rigid fixation of the LAAJs was obtained by our ATS technique, indicating that it is an alternative method for AA fixation when posterior rigid internal fixation is not applicable.

  7. 前路经寰枢关节螺钉内固定术置钉安全性的实验验证研究%An experimental study on the safety of screwp lacement in anterior atlantoaxial transarticular screw fixation

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    郑宇; 蔡贤华; 党建军; 金鸿宾; 黄卫兵; 曾晓华; 杨昱恒

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the relative safety range of screw placement in anterior atlantoaxial transarticular screw ifxation and to provide more anatomical data for Chinese surgeons. Methods The key point of anterior atlantoaxial transarticular screw ifxation was 4 mm over the junction of the inferior edge of the atlantoaxial anterior arch and its lateral edge. A surgery model was established in cervical specimens from 6 embalmed human bodies, and the operation of screw placement was repeated. The safety range measured by multislice computed tomography ( MSCT ) 3 D reconstruction was further clarified, so as to be used as a guide in clinical application. Results No screws perforating the superior articular surface of the atlas were found. It was ( 2.80±0.12 ) mm from the screw tip to the superior articular surface of the atlas. Among the 3 multi-planar reconstruction ( MPR ) transverse sections of the superior edge of the transverse foramen of the atlas and the superior edge and inferior edge of the atlantoaxial joint surface, the closest distance was ( 6.51±0.32 ) mm from the screw of the superior edge of the atlantoaxial joint surface ( transverse section B ) to the spinal canal. The closest distance was ( 5.52±1.22 ) mm from the screw of the superior edge of the atlantoaxial joint surface ( transverse section C ) to the vertebral artery, and the distance was ( 2.80±0.12 ) mm from the screw to the superior articular surface of the massa lateralis atlantis. No injuries in the spinal cord, vertebral artery or atlantooccipital joint were found. Conclusions It is feasible and safe in clinical practice to set the screw according to Lu’s standard and to take the relevant anatomical data obtained by AW 3 D software of GE RA600 PACS workstation as the experimental basis, which has been successfully veriifed.%目的:验证前路经寰枢关节螺钉内固定术螺钉置入的相对安全范围,为此手术提供解剖学依据。方法前路经寰枢关节螺

  8. Anatomic comparison of transarticular screws with lateral mass screws in cervical vertebrae

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    LIU Guan-yi; XU Rong-ming; MA Wei-hu; RUAN Yong-ping; SUN Shao-hua; HUANG Lei

    2007-01-01

    Objective: To compare the potential incidence of nerve root (ventral and dorsal ramus) injury caused by cervical transarticular screws and Roy-Camille lateral mass screws.Methods: Insertion techniques with Klekamp transarticular screws and Roy-Camille lateral mass screws were respectively performed in this study. Each technique involved four specimens and 40 screws, which were inserted from C3 to C7. And 20-mm-long screws were used to overpenetrate the ventral cortex. The anterolateral aspect of the cervical spine was carefully dissected to allow observation of the screw-ramus relationship.Results: The overall percentage of nerve invasion was significantly lower with Klekamp (45%) technique than with Roy-Camille (85%) technique (P<0.05). The largest percentage of nerve invasion for Klekamp transarticular screws was found at the dorsal ramus (25%), followed by the ventral ramus (15%) and the bifurcation of the ventral dorsal ramus (5%). The largest percentage of nerve invasion for Roy-Camille lateral mass screws was found at the ventral ramus (80%).Conclusion: The potential risk of nerve root invasion is lower with Klekamp transarticular screws than with Roy-Camille lateral mass screws.

  9. Posterior atlantoaxial transpedicle screw fixation for traumatic atlatoaxial instability

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    Zheng-lei WANG

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Objective To explore the clinical efficacy of posterior atlantoaxial pedicle screw fixation for traumatic atlantoaxial instability. Methods From September 2009 to March 2013, 17 patients with atlantoaxial instability received posterior atlantoaxial pedicle screw fixation. There were 12 males and 5 females, with a mean age of 42 years old (ranged from 19 to 63 years old. Transpedicle screw fixation was employed in 8 patients with atlantoaxial fracture and dislocation, in 2 with traumatic disruption of transverse atlantal ligament, and in 7 with odontoid fracture. The Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA score before operation was from 5 to 14, with a mean of 11.2. Preoperative CT, MRI and radiographs, as well as intraoperative screw placement and bone graft were administered in all the patients. Results In all the patients, complete reduction was achieved without injury to the vertebral artery, spinal cord or never root, and they started to be ambulatory on the first day after the operation. The patients were followed up for 6-36 months (mean 21 months, and clinical symptoms were seen to be improved significantly. Imaging reexamination 6 months after the surgery showed satisfactory healing of implanted bone and position of all the screws without loosening of the implant. The mean JOA scores was 15.5(11.0-17.0 twelve months after the operation. Conclusion Atlantoaxial pedicle screw fixation for traumatic atlantoaxial instability is safe and reliable with a favorable clinical result. DOI: 10.11855/j.issn.0577-7402.2015.09.14

  10. Atlantoaxial screw fixation for the treatment of isolated and combined unstable jefferson fractures - experiences with 8 patients.

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    Hein, C; Richter, H-P; Rath, S A

    2002-11-01

    The unstable atlas burst fracture ("Jefferson fracture") is a fracture of the anterior and posterior atlantal arch with rupture of the transverse atlantal ligament and an incongruence of the atlanto-occipital and the atlanto-axial joint facets. The question whether it has to be treated surgically or nonsurgically is still discussed and remains controversial. During the last decade 8 patients with unstable atlas burst fractures were examined and treated in our department. Five of the eight patients were first treated conservatively by external immobilization. Because of continuing instability due to insufficient bony fusion of the atlantal fracture all five patients underwent atlanto-axial transarticular screw fixation and fusion - as described by Magerl - with good results. In all 8 patients a good bony fusion of the atlanto-axial segment was achieved. None of the patients exhibited neurological deficits after surgical treatment. Although immobilization with a halo vest is recommended by most authors, from our view primary transarticular C1-C2 screw fixation has to be discussed as an alternative for unstable atlas burst fractures. Nonsurgical treatment with halo extension always bears the risk of insufficient healing with further instability and a fixated incongruence of the atlanto-occipital and the atlanto-axial joints, leading to arthrosis, immobility and increasing neck pain. After 10 weeks of insufficient immobilization secondary pre- and intra-operative reposition manoeuvres and surgical fixation hardly can reverse this fixated incongruence. Moreover, halo-extension needs an immobilization of the cervical spine for about 10 weeks and more, which is very uncomfortable and leads to further complications especially in elderly patients.

  11. [Posterior atlantoaxial fixation using vertex multiaxial screw system].

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    Zhong, Dejun; Song, Yueming

    2007-06-01

    This study aims to assess the effectiveness and advantages of Vertex multiaxial screw system in use for stabilizing the atlanto-axial junction. The entry point of the atlas was located 18-20 mm lateral to the midline and 2.0 mm superior to the inferior border of posterior arch, and the direction of screw was chosen to be about 10 degrees medial to the sagittal plane and about 5 degrees cephalad to the transverse plane. In odontoid vertebra (C2), the direction of the drill bit was guided directly by the medial and superior aspect of the individual C2 pedicle. All screws were placed properly without incidence of nerve or blood vessel injury, and no complication appeared in operation and after surgery. All cases were followed up for an average of 9 months, all cases achieved well reposition and fixation of atlantoaxial joint, average JOA grade was 9.6 before preoperation and 15.9 after operation. Fixation of the atlantoaxial complex using Vertex multiaxial screw system seemed to be a reliable technique and should be considered a good alternative in atlantoaxial fusion. The technique could be used in young patiens.

  12. Artrodesis C1C2 con tornillos transarticulares en artritis reumatoidea: experiencia y revisión de la literatura Artrodese C1 C2 com parafusos transarticulares em artrite reumatoide: experiência e revisão de literatura C1 C2 arthrodesis with transarticular screws in rheumatoid arthritis: experience and literature review

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    Lyonel Beaulieu Lalanne

    2011-01-01

    tratamento cirúrgico. Foi realizada a fixação C1-C2 com parafusos transarticulares por via posterior e cerclagem com fio metálico e enxerto autólogo. O Índice de Ranawat pré e pós-operatorio foi registrado, assim como a distância anterior atlas-dontoide (DAAO, o tempo operatório, os dias de hospitalização, as complicações trans e pós-operatórias e o tempo de consolidação. O seguimento médio foi de 34 meses. RESULTADOS: Todos os pacientes apresentaram melhora do Índice de Ranawat no pós-operatório, a DAAO pré-operatória média foi de 11,9 cm (DP ± 2,57, variação de 7 a 16, e a DAAO pós-operatória média foi de 3 cm (DP ± 1,20, com a variação de 2 a 6. O tempo cirúrgico médio foi de 94 minutos e o período médio de de hospitalização foi 7 dias. Não foram observadas complicações intraoperatórias. Um paciente apresentou seroma de ferida operatória que necessitou de tratamento cirúrgico. O tempo de consolidação foi em média 14 semanas. CONCLUSÃO: A artrodese atlanto-axial com parafusos e cerclagem com fio metálico é uma boa alternativa no tratamento da instabilidade C1-C2 nos pacientes portadores de AR, proporcionando bons resultados clínicos e radiológicos.OBJECTIVE: Present the long term clinical and radiological results in C1-C2 transarticular screws technique with posterior wiring in RA patients and presenting the current literature review. METHODS: From 2002 to 2006, eleven patients (9 women and 2 men with RA and C1-C2 instability underwent C1-C2 arthrodesis with transarticular screws plus posterior wiring and autologous iliac crest bone graft. A retrospective chart and radiographic review was performed. Ranawat Index was recorded in pre- and post-operative, as well as anterior atlantodental interval (AADI, operating time, days of hospitalization and complications. The mean follow up (FU was 34 months. RESULTS: All patients presented improved Ranawat Index at follow up. Average pre-operative AADI was 11,9mm (SD ± 2

  13. Comparison between Bilateral C2 Pedicle Screwing and Unilateral C2 Pedicle Screwing, Combined with Contralateral C2 Laminar Screwing, for Atlantoaxial Posterior Fixation

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    Miyakoshi, Naohisa; HONGO, MICHIO; Kobayashi, Takashi; Suzuki, Tetsuya; Abe, Eiji; Shimada, Yoichi

    2014-01-01

    Study Design A retrospective study. Purpose To compare clinical and radiological outcomes between bilateral C2 pedicle screwing (C2PS) and unilateral C2PS, combined with contralateral C2 laminar screwing (LS), for posterior atlantoaxial fixation. Overview of Literature Posterior fixation with C1 lateral mass screwing (C1LMS) and C2PS (C1LMS-C2PS method) is an accepted procedure for rigid atlantoaxial stabilization. However, conventional bilateral C2PS is not always allowed in this method due ...

  14. Screw fixation for atlantoaxial dislocation related to Down syndrome in children younger than 5 years.

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    Ito, Kenyu; Imagama, Shiro; Ito, Zenya; Ando, Kei; Kobayashi, Kazuyoshi; Hida, Tetsuro; Ishikawa, Yoshimoto; Ishiguro, Naoki

    2017-01-01

    The aim of this study was to present cases of upper cervical fixation in Down syndrome patients younger than 5 years. In two cases, C1 lateral mass screws were installed. However, owing to the irreducible atlantoaxial dislocation, the screw backed out and fractured. Therefore, O-C2 fusion was performed. Furthermore, C2 bilateral lamina screws were added to the C2 pedicle screw for reinforcement. C1-C2 fusion is an option for Down syndrome patients younger than 5 years with atlantoaxial dislocation, when the dislocation is reducible. If the dislocation is irreducible, or the implant cannot be firmly secured, the fixation range should be expanded to O-C2 or below.

  15. 三维重建虚拟置钉指导前路寰枢椎侧方关节螺钉内固定和齿状突螺钉内固定:3D打印模型的实验研究%Using simulated screw trajectories in three dimensional reconstruction to guide anterior C1-C2 transarticular screw fixation and odontoid screw fixation in 3D printed models

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    翁万青; 田乃锋; 王鉴顺; 王胜; 王向阳; 徐华梓; 吴爱悯; 池永龙

    2016-01-01

    目的 探讨术前运用3D打印模型进行三维重建虚拟置钉指导前路寰枢椎侧方关节螺钉和齿状突螺钉内固定的可行性. 方法 对30例正常成人的寰枢椎CT数据进行三维重建并打印骨骼模型.首先模拟前路寰枢椎侧方关节螺钉内固定术,测量最内侧方角度、最外侧方角度,取平均值为侧偏角;最小向后角度、最大向后角度,取平均值为后偏角.再次模拟齿状突螺钉内固定术,测量侧偏角、后偏角.以三维虚拟置钉结果为参考,指导三维打印模型实验置钉,分别测量前路寰枢椎侧方关节螺钉、齿状突螺钉的侧偏角和后偏角,侧偏角和后偏角,与对应的影像学数据进行对比. 结果 前路寰枢椎侧方关节螺钉内固定术三维重建虚拟置钉测得左、右侧侧偏角平均分别为21.80°±3.97°、21.54°±4.04°,后偏角平均分别为29.34°±4.48°、28.90°±4.49°.在3D打印模型中实验置钉测得左、右侧侧偏角分别为21.18°±4.95°、20.69°±4.40°,后偏角平均分别为28.88°±4.84°、28.22°±4.48°.齿状突螺钉内固定术三维虚拟置钉测得侧偏角和后偏角平均分别为0.40°±0.86°、27.16°±3.38°.在3D打印模型中实验置钉测得侧偏角和后偏角平均分别为0.24°±0.85°、27.52°±3.64°.对比分析发现三维重建模型置钉数据与相应的3D打印模型实验置钉数据基本相近,差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05). 结论 术前运用3D打印模型可以进行CT三维重建模拟精确置钉指导前路寰枢椎相应的螺钉和齿状突螺钉内固定.这种术前模拟实验手术可以作为教学和临床应用参考.%Objective To provide a preoperative protocol for surgeons by investigating the optimal screw trajectories in 3D images to guide the internal fixation with anterior atlantoaxial transarticular screws and anterior odontoid screws in 3D printed models of upper cervical spine.Methods Computed tomography (CT) scans of 30 adult

  16. Atlanto-axial subluxation after pyogenic spondylitis of the atlanto-occipital joint.

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    Tsunoda, Kazuhiko; Iizuka, Haku; Sorimachi, Yasunori; Ara, Tsuyoshi; Nishinome, Masahiro; Takechi, Yasuhiko; Takagishi, Kenji

    2011-07-01

    This report presents a case of atlanto-axial subluxation after treatment of pyogenic spondylitis of the atlanto-occipital joint. A 60-year-old male had 1-month history of neck pain with fever. Magnetic resonance imaging showed inflammation around the odontoid process. Intravenous antibiotic therapy was administrated immediately. After 6 weeks, CRP had returned almost to normal. After 4 months, laboratory data was still normal, but the patient experienced increasing neck pain. Lateral cervical radiography in the neutral position showed instability between C1 and C2. Computed tomography showed a bony union of the atlanto-occipital joint and severe destruction of the atlanto-axial joint on the left side. Transarticular screw fixation for the atlanto-axial joint was performed. A lateral cervical radiograph in the neutral position after surgery showed a solid bony union. Neck pain improved following surgery. We speculate that spondylitis of the atlanto-occipital joint induced a loosening of the transverse ligament and articulation of the atlanto-axial joint. A bony fusion of the atlanto-occipital joint after antibiotic treatment resolved the pyogenic inflammation concentrated stress to the damaged atlanto-axial joint, resulting in further damage. The atlanto-axial instability was finally managed by the insertion of a transarticular screw.

  17. Biomechanical impact of C2 pedicle screw length in an atlantoaxial fusion construct

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    Risheng Xu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Posterior, atlantoaxial (AA fusions of the cervical spine may include either standard (26 mm or short (16 mm C2 pedicle screws. This manuscript focused on an in vitro biomechanical comparison of standard versus short C2 pedicle screws to perform posterior C1-C2 AA fusions. Methods: Twelve human cadaveric spines underwent C1 lateral mass screw and standard C2 pedicle screw (n = 6 versus short C2 pedicle screw (n = 6 fixation. Six additional controls were not instrumented. The peak torque, peak rotational interval, and peak stiffness of the constructs were analyzed to failure levels. Results: The peak torque to construct failure was not statistically significantly different among the control spine (12.2 Nm, short pedicle fixation (15.5 Nm, or the standard pedicle fixation (11.6 Nm, P = 0.79. While the angle at the peak rotation statistically significantly differed between the control specimens (47.7° of relative motion and the overall instrumented specimens (P < 0.001, the 20.7° of relative rotation in the short C2 pedicle screw specimens was not statistically significantly higher than the 13.7° of relative rotation in the standard C2 pedicle screw specimens (P = 0.39. Similarly, although the average stiffness was statistically significantly lower in control group (0.026 Nm/degree versus the overall instrumented specimens (P = 0.001, the standard C2 pedicle screws (2.54 Nm/degree did not differ from the short C2 pedicle screws (1.69 Nm/degree (P = 0.30. Conclusions: Both standard and short C2 pedicle screws allow for equally rigid fixation of C1 lateral mass-C2 AA fusions. Usage of a short C2 pedicle screw may be an acceptable method of stabilization in carefully selected patient populations.

  18. Anatomic and radiological study on posterior pedicle screw fixation in the atlantoaxial vertebrae of children

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    DENG Xiong-wei; MIN Zhi-hai; LIN Bin; ZHANG Fa-hui

    2010-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the feasibility of posterior fixation with 3.5-mm pedicle screws in the atlantoaxial vertebrae of children.Methods: In this study, atlantoaxial vertebrae specimens were obtained from 10 cadavers of children aged 6-8 years. We measured the height and width of the C1 pedicle and the midportion of C1 lateral mass; the width of C1 posterior arch under the vertebral artery groove and the height of the external and internal one-third of this part; the external,internal height and the superior, middle, inferior width of the C2 pedicle (transverse foramen). Furthermore, computed tomography (CT) axial scan was performed on 20 agematched volunteers to obtain relative data of their atlantoaxial vertebrae. We measured the length and width of the C1 and C2 pedicles in the atlantoaxial cross-sectional plane. On CT workstation, we also measured the angles between the longitudinal axes of the atlantoaxial pedicles and the midsagittal plane.Results: For the cadaveric specimen group, the height and width of the C1 pedicle were (5.26±0.44) mm and (6.26±0.75) mm respectively. The height of the medial one-third of the C1 posterior arch under the vertebral artery groove was (4.07±0.24) mm. The external, internal height and superior,middle, inferior width of the C2 pedicle was (6.86±0.48) mm,(6.67±0.49) mm, (6.63 ±0.61 ) mm, (5.41±0.39) mm and (3.71±0.30) mm, respectively. For the volunteer group measured by CT scan, the height and width of the Ct pedicle were (5.47±0.34) mm and (6.63±0.54) mm respectively, while (6.59±0.51) mm and (5.13±0.42) mm of the C2 pedicle. The angles between the atlas, axis pedicles and the midsagittal plane were (9.60±1.32)° and (27.80±2.22)° respectively.Conclusion: It is feasible to place a 3.5-mm pedicle screw in the C1 and C2 pedicles of children aged 6-8 years old.

  19. Atlantoaxial dislocation

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    Vijendra K Jain

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Atlanto-axial dislocations (AADs may be classified into four varieties depending upon the direction and plane of the dislocation i.e. anteroposterior, rotatory, central, and mixed dislocations. However, from the surgical point of view these are divided into two categories i.e. reducible (RAADs and irreducible (IAADs. Posterior fusion is the treatment of choice for RAAD. Transarticular screw fixation with sub-laminar wiring is the most stable& method of posterior fusion. Often, IAAD is due to inadequate extension in dynamic X-ray study which may also be due to spasm of muscles. If the anatomy at the occipito-atlanto-axial region {O-C1-C2; O: occiput, C1: atlas, C2: axis} is normal on X-ray, the dislocation should be reducible. In case congenital anomalies at O-C1-C2 and IAAD are seen on flexion/extension studies of the cervical spine, the C1-C2 joints should be seen in computerized tomography scan (CT. If the C1-C2 joint facet surfaces are normal, the AAD should be reducible by cervical traction or during surgery by mobilizing the joints. The entity termed "dolichoodontoid" does not exist. It is invariably C2-C3 (C3- third cervical vertebra fusion which gives an appearance of dolichoodontoid on plain X-ray or on mid-saggital section of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI or CT scan. The central dislocation and axial invagination should not be confused with basilar invagination. Transoral odontoidectomy alone is never sufficient in cases of congenital IAAD, adequate generous three-dimensional decompression while protecting the underlying neural structures should be achieved. Chronic post-traumatic IAAD are usually Type II odontoid fractures which get malunited or nonunited with pseudoarthrosis in dislocated position. All these dislocations can be reduced by transoral removal of the offending bone, callous and fibrous tissue.

  20. 寰枢椎弓根钉棒系统内固定融合术治疗寰枢椎结合性骨折%Treatment of combination atlantoaxial fractures with posterior fusion plus atlantoaxial pedide screw

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    王守国; 赵庆华; 谢跃; 季峰; 费昊东; 田纪伟

    2011-01-01

    Objective To explore the clinical feasibility, approach, efficacy and indications of posterior fusion plus pedicle screw fixation in the treatment of combination atlantoaxial fractures. Methods A retrospective analysis was conducted for 26 cases of Jefferson and dens fracture treated with atlantoaxial pedicle screw from June 2008 to May 2010. Results The postoperative radiographs verified an excellent position of all screws with a satisfactory atlantoaxial reduction. Operative time was (126 ± 26) min, and blood loss was (350 ± 107) ml. During an average follow-up period of 14 months (range:6 -28), it showed no spine cord and vertebral artery injury or interfixation failure. Atlantoaxial alignment and stability were restored without any instrumentation-related complication. Conclusion Posterior atlantoaxial pedicle screw and rod fixation may provide immediate three-dimensional rigid fixation of atlantoaxial joint. This technique is more effective than other previously reported approaches.%目的 探讨经后路寰枢椎椎弓根钉棒系统内固定融合术治疗寰椎骨折伴齿状突骨折的可行性、方法、疗效和适应证.方法 2008年6月至2010年5月,采用寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉技术治疗寰椎骨折伴齿状突骨折26例,回顾性分析临床疗效和并发症防治,26例均采用美国强生Depuy公司生产的后路Summit钉棒系统.万向螺钉直径3.5 mm,寰椎螺钉长26~30 mm,平均28 mm,枢椎螺钉长24~28 mm,平均26 mm.术后颈托外固定保护3个月.结果 患者寰枢椎椎间稳定性得到恢复,术后无一例患者发生脊髓和椎动脉损伤,所有患者均获随访,随访时间6~28个月,平均14个月,手术时间(126±26)min,出血量(350±107)ml.临床症状得到不同程度的改善.内固定断裂、变形、松动.结论 经后路寰枢椎椎弓根钉棒系统内固定融合术治疗寰椎骨折伴齿状突骨折具有可行性,操作简便,固定牢固,疗效可靠.

  1. 后路椎弓根螺钉内固定融合术治疗创伤性寰枢椎不稳%Treatment of traumatic atlantoaxial instability via posterior internal fixation and fusion plus atlantoaxial pedicle screw

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    王守国; 徐用亿; 谢跃; 费昊东; 季峰; 赵庆华; 田纪伟

    2011-01-01

    [ Objective ] To study the therapeutic effect of posterior fixation and fusion plus pedicle screw in treatment of traumatic atlantoaxial instability. [ Method] A retrospective analysis was done on twenty patients (14 male and 6 female,mean age of 39.6 years old) with traumatic atlantoaxial instability treated via atlantoaxial pedicle screw system from March 2008 to October 2010,included 4 cases with Jefferson fracture,5 cases with type- II Dens fracture,3 cases with Dens fracture combined with atlantoaxial dislocation, 1 case with Jefferson fracture combined with Dens fracture,7 cases with atlantoaxial dislocation. The post-operative effect was evaluated with JOA (Japanese Orthopaedic Association)scores and VAS( visual analogue scale). [ Result]Operative time were 138.75 ±20.06 min,and blood loss were 338. 80 ± 100. 10 ml. All patients received the follow-up( range from 12 to 25 months,mean 15.6 months). All atlantoaxial joint came to bony fusion by the last follow-up without complication due to instrumentation. There was significant difference on VAS scores between pre-operation(7. 25 ± 1. 52) and post-operation (2. 13 ± 1.75) (P<0.01). There was significant difference on JOA scores between pre-operation( 8.65 ±3.49) and post-operation (13. 05 ±4. 88) (P <0. 01), and improvement rate was 58. 01 ± 20. 15%. [ Conclusion] Posterior fixation and fusion plus pedicle screw has the advantages of strong fixation,direct screw placement,and high fusion rate in traumatic atlantoaxial instability. So it is a better alternative for traumatic atlantoaxial instability.%[目的]探讨经后路椎弓根螺钉系统内固定融合术治疗创伤性寰枢椎不稳的临床疗效.[方法]回顾2008年3月~2010年10月,采用后路椎弓根钉系统固定融合治疗创伤性寰枢椎不稳20例,男14例,女6例;平均年龄39.6岁;Jefferson骨折4例,Ⅱ型齿状突骨折5例,齿状突骨折合并寰枢椎脱位3例,Jefferson骨折合并齿状突骨折1例,寰枢椎脱位7

  2. 内窥镜辅助下前路经寰枢关节螺钉固定植骨融合术治疗上颈椎不稳%Endoscopy-assisted anterior transarticular screw fixation and bone grafting for upper cervical instability

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    姚女兆; 王文军; 王麓山; 晏怡果; 李学林; 欧阳智华

    2012-01-01

    目的:探讨内窥镜辅助下前路经寰枢关节螺钉固定植骨融合术治疗上颈椎不稳的临床可行性及其疗效.方法:2006年1月至2009年12月采用内窥镜辅助下前路经寰枢关节螺钉固定植骨融合术治疗上颈椎不稳患者13例,男8例,女5例;年龄17~65岁,平均46.8岁.JeffersonⅡ型骨折6例,JeffersonⅢ型骨折1例,寰枢椎脱位3例,陈旧性齿状突骨折3例.患者均有枕颈部不适和活动受限,术前VAS评分为3.2~4.1分,平均3.8分;2例伴有不同程度脊髓功能损害者,按Frankel分级C级1例,D级1例.随访患者临床症状改善和植骨融合情况.结果:均在内镜辅助下顺利完成手术,13例患者共置入26枚螺钉;手术时间60~130min,平均80min;术中出血110~290ml,平均190ml.术中无脊髓、椎动脉损伤等并发症.术后复查CT显示1枚螺钉位置欠佳,螺钉外斜角偏小且上斜角偏大,螺钉部分进入椎管,但未损伤脊髓,未做处理;25枚位置良好.寰枢关节基本复位,固定可靠.术后随访12~60个月,平均18个月,末次随访时VAS评分降至1.0~2.0分,平均1.3分,与术前比较有统计学差异(P<0.05).2例伴颈髓损伤患者的症状均有改善,Frankel分级C级者恢复到D级,D级者恢复到E级.12例患者术后3个月开始出现植骨融合,末次随访时寰枢关节间隙植骨均达到融合;1例患者未见明显植骨融合,但寰枢关节稳定性良好,未出现断钉等并发症.结论:内窥镜辅助下前路经寰枢关节螺钉固定植骨融合术治疗上颈椎不稳是可行的,能取得较好的治疗效果,且在一定程度上克服了传统手术显露困难的缺点,从而减少手术并发症.%Objectives: To evaluate the operation method and clinical outcome of atlantoaxial joint fusion using endoscopy-assisted anterior transarticular screw fixation and bone grafting for upper cervical instability. Methods: 13 cases with upper cervical instability who underwent anterior release

  3. 寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉置钉技术的临床应用%Clinical application of atlantoaxial pedicle screw system fixation

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    吴长沙; 李攀; 李恩贤; 李让贤; 夏兴平; 刘超; 涂国能

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the effect of atlantoaxial pedicle screw system fixation to treat upper cervical in-juries.Methods Patients with upper cervical injuries were treated with atlantoaxial pedicle screw system fixation, which included 5 cases of Jefferson fractures,11 odontoid fractures and 9 Hangman fractures.Results No patient had the injury of spinal cord,nerve root and vertebral artery.There was 1 case with vertebral vein injury,which had been controlled by compression.1 case with Jefferson fracture showed incomplete reduction.All patients were followed up from 1 year to 2 years.All fusion bone got union from CT scan and X-ray a year after surgeries.The clinical symp-toms were improved and the screws were verified to be in a proper position without breakage or loosening.Conclusions The atlantoaxial pedicle screw system fixation is an effective method,which provide stable fixation and high fusion rate for fracture to treat upper cervical injuries.%目的:探讨寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉置钉技术在上颈椎损伤临床应用的效果。方法选择性应用寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉固定技术治疗 Jefferson 骨折5例,齿状突骨折11例,Hangman 骨折9例。结果术中无椎动脉、脊髓及神经根损伤发生。1例暴露时损伤静脉丛,予以压迫即能止血;1例寰枢椎骨折不完全复位。患者均获随访,时间1~2年。患者临床症状明显改善,术后1年行 X 线及 CT 检查,显示所有骨折均骨性愈合,螺钉位置良好,无松动、断钉。结论寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉内固定技术具有固定可靠及骨折愈合率高等特点,为上颈椎损伤提供了坚固的稳定性。

  4. Posterior cervical spine arthrodesis with laminar screws: a report of two cases

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    Sugimoto,Yoshihisa

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available We performed fixation using laminar screws in 2 patients in whom lateral mass screws, pedicle screws or transarticular screws could not be inserted. One was a 56-year-old woman who had anterior atlantoaxial subluxation (AAS. When a guide wire was inserted using an imaging guide, the hole bled massively. We thought the re-insertion of a guide wire or screw would thus increase the risk of vascular injury, so we used laminar screws. The other case was an 18-year-old man who had a hangman fracture. Preoperative magnetic resonance angiography showed occlusion of the left vertebral artery. A laminar screw was inserted into the patent side (i.e., the right side of C2. Cervical pedicle screws are the most biomechanically stable screws. However, their use carries a high risk of neurovascular complications during screw insertion, because the cervical pedicle is small and is adjacent laterally to the vertebral artery, medially to the spinal cord, and vertically to the nerve roots. Lateral mass screws are also reported to involve a risk of neurovascular injuries. The laminar screw method was thus thought to be useful, since arterial injuries could thus be avoided and it could also be used as a salvage modality for the previous misinsertion.

  5. C1 posterior arch screw as an auxiliary anchor in posterior reconstruction for atlantoaxial dislocation associated with type II odontoid fracture: a case report and review of the literature

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    Nagoshi, Narihito; Suda, Kota; Morita, Tomonori; MATSUMOTO, Satoko; Iimoto, Seiji; Yasui, Keigo; Komatsu, Miki; Kobayashi, Yosuke; Minami, Akio; Toyama, Yoshiaki; Matsumoto, Morio; Nakamura, Masaya

    2014-01-01

    Abtract Introduction Although pedicle or lateral mass screws are usually chosen to fix atlantoaxial (C1-C2) instability, there is an increased risk for vertebral artery (VA) injury when used in patients with bone or arterial anomalies or osteoporotic bone. Here we report the C1 posterior arch screw as a new technique for upper cervical fixation. Case description A 90-year-old man complained of upper cervical pain after falling in his house. The initial computed tomography (CT) scan showed C1-...

  6. A finite element modeling of posterior atlantoaxial fixation and biomechanical analysis of C2 intralaminar screw fixation

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    Ma Xuexiao; Peng Xianbo; Xiang Hongfei; Zhang Yan; Zhang Guoqing; Chen Bohua

    2014-01-01

    Background The objective of this study was to use three-dimensional finite element (FE) models to analyze the stability and the biomechanics of two upper cervical fixation methods:the C2 intralaminar screw method and the C2 pedicle screw method.Methods From computed tomography images,a nonlinear three-dimensional FE model from C0 (occiput) to C3 was developed with anatomic detail.The C2 intralaminar screw and the C2 pedicle screw systems were added to the model,in parallel to establish the interlaminar model and the pedicle model.The two models were operated with all possible states of motion and physiological loads to simulate normal movement.Results Both the C2 intralaminar screw method and the C2 pedicle screw method significantly reduced motion compared with the intact model.There were no statistically significant differences between the two methods.The Von Mises stresses of the internal and external laminar walls were similar between the two methods.Stability was also similar.Conclusions The C2 intralaminar screw method can complement but cannot completely replace the C2 pedicle screw method.Clinicians would need to assess and decide which approach to adopt for the best therapeutic effect.

  7. Transoral atlantoaxial reduction plate fixation for irreducible atlantoaxial dislocation

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    YIN Qing-shui; AI Fu-zhi; ZHANG Kai; CHANG Yun-bing; XIA Hong; WU Zeng-hui; QUAN Ri; MAI Xiao-hong; LIU Jing-fa

    2006-01-01

    Objective:To design a clinically applicable transoralpharyngeal atlantoaxial reduction plate (TARP),introduce the operation procedure, and evaluate its preliminary clinical effects.Methods: A novel TARP system, including butterfly titanium alloy plate, self-locking screws, atlantoaxial reductor and other operational instruments was developed.This system was applied clinically on five patients with irreducible atlantoaxial dislocation of congenital or traumatic origin. During operation, the reduction was completed by the combined action of the plate and the atlantoaxial reductor after transoral joint release and cord decompression. Bone graft granules were implanted between the bilateral atlantoaxial joints and TARP was used to immobilize subsequently the atlas and axis.Results: Clinical application demonstrated that TARP could induce instant reduction and that the method was operationally feasible and its postoperational effect was satisfactory.Conclusions: The design of TARP is novel. The operational procedure is simple and easy to use.Furthermore, instant reduction can be completed during the operation and the fixation is relatively stable. TARP is an ideal alternative for irreducible atlantoaxial dislocation and may have excellent prospects for further clinical applications.

  8. 经后路寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉固定融合术治疗寰枢椎失稳%Atlanto-axial pedicle screw fixation through posterior approach for treatment of atlanto-axial joint instability

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    左春光; 刘夏君; 王新虎; 王建顺

    2013-01-01

    Objective:To discuss the therapeutic effects of the atlantoaxial pedicle screw system fixation in treatment of atlantoaxial instability. Methods:From June 2003 to March 2010,32 patients with atlantoaxial instability were treated by atlantoaxial pedicle screw system fixation, included 21 males and 11 females wiht an average age of 42.5 years old ranging from 28 to 66 years. Among them, 18 cases were odontoid process fractures,7 were congenital dissociate odontoid process,4 were Jefferson fracture combined with odontoid fracture, 3 were rheumatic arthritis causing atlantoaxial instability. All patients suffered from the atlantoaxial subluxation and atlantoaxial instability. The JOA score ranged from 4 to 14 (means 9.1±0.3) before operation. The patients had some image examination including the X-ray of cervical vertebrae (include of dynamic position film) ,spiral CT 3D reconstruction and/or MRI. The position of pedicle screw system implantation,the angle of pedicle screw system implantation and screw length were measured. Operating skull traction. Operation undewent general anesthesia, implanted the pedicle screw, reduction and bone fusion under direct vision. The bone was fixated between posterior arch of atlas and lamina of axis by the lateral combination bended to posterior. Results:One hundred and twenty-eight atlantoaxial pedicle screws were implanted in 32 patients. No patient had the injure of spinal cord,nerve root and vertebral artery. All patients were followed-up from 6 to 48 months (averaged 16 months). After operation,the JOA score ranged from 11 to 17 (averaged 15.9± 0.2) ,improvement rate was 86.1%. The fracture of odontoid process were healing completely. All fusion bone were combinated. The internal fixation wasn't loosening and breaking. Conclussion:The atlantoaxial pedicle screw system fixation was effective method to treat atlantoaxial instability. The method had many advantages, such as provide rigid and short segment fixation, safe and simple

  9. 椎弓根钉棒系统固定治疗齿状突骨折合并寰枢关节不稳%Transpedicular Screw Fixation System for the Treatment of Dens Fracture Complicated with Atlantoaxial Instability

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    张毅; 黄象望; 沈雄杰; 常磊

    2011-01-01

    [Objective]To explore the method and efficacy of transpedicular screw fixation system for the treatment of traumatic axial dentoid process fracture complicated with atlantoaxial instability.[Methods]Twenty six adult cases of acute axial dentoid process fracture complicated with atlantoaxial instability from Dec.2005 to April 2010 were reviewed.Among all the cases, 18 cases were male and 8 cases were female.According to Anderson-D' Alonzo typing method modified by Grauer, 5 cases were type Ⅱ A, and 12 cases were type Ⅱ B, and 6 cases were type Ⅱ C, and 3 cases were type Ⅲ.Three cases were accompanied by spinal injury including 2 cases with type Ⅱ B and one case with type Ⅱ C.All cases were complicated with atlantoaxial instability.At first, all the cases underwent skull traction for atlantoaxial reduction, and then were fixed with atlantoaxial pedicle screw system by cervical posterior approach under general anesthesia.Of all cases, 19 cases underwent autologous iliac bone graft and 7 cases underwent atlantoaxial pedicle screw fixation.The surgical efficacy was assessed by JOA scores before and after operation.[Results]No vertebral artery or spinal injury occurred during operation.Mean time of follow-up was 12 months(8~25 months).Cervicobrachialgia in all patients was alleviated.Three cases with spinal injury had the recovery of neurological function to some ex tent.The imaging data of all cases showed that the atlantoaxial anatomic relationship recovered well and pedicle screws were in a proper position without postoperative loosening or breaking.The bony fusion was obtained in 19 cases undergoing bone graft at 6 months of follow up.The internal fixation system was removed in 7 ca ses without bone graft after one and a half years.Atlantoaxial rotational function was restored satisfactorily.[Conclusion]Atlantoaxial pedicle screw fixation for the treatment of traumatic axial dentoid process fracture complicated with atlantoaxial instability is a solid

  10. 寰枢椎脱位术中复位技术及内固定的研究进展%Intraoperative reduction and internal fixation for atlanto-axial dislocation

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    武乐成; 倪斌

    2016-01-01

    寰枢椎复合体是颈椎中最重要的功能单位.寰枢关节失稳或脱位,是脊柱外科的急重症之一.临床上多通过后路寰枢椎融合术重建寰椎复合体的稳定性.寰枢椎后路融合技术的发展经历了钢丝或钛缆捆扎固定、椎板夹固定、经寰枢关节螺钉固定、以及后来的钉板固定和钉棒固定等过程.对于术前牵引未能复位者,需进行术中复位.本文主要就以上术中复位技术和内固定方法进行综述.%Atlanto-axial complex is the most important functional unit of the cervical spine.Atlanto-axial instability or dislocation,one of the most serious pathologies in spinal surgery,is often managed by posterior atlantoaxial fixation and fusion.Several posterior fixation techniques have been used to stabilize the atlanto-axial complex,including wire/cable-bone fixation,Halifax clamps,transarticular screw fixation,screw-plate fixation and screw-rod fixation.For atlanto-axial dislocation that cannot be reduced with skull traction before operation,intraoperative reduction is often needed.Current intraoperative reduction techniques can be classified into transoropharyngeal surgical release followed by posterior reduction and fixation,transoropharyngeal reduction and fixation,and posterior reduction and fixation using screw-rod system according to approaches.Furthermore,posterior reduction can be performed using elevating-pull,leverages,and cantilever techniques.This study reviews the intraoperative reduction and fixation techniques mentioned above.

  11. Treatment of upper cervical spine instability with posterior fusion plus atlantoaxial pedicle screw%后路寰枢椎弓根钉棒系统固定融合治疗上颈椎不稳

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    马超; 田纪伟; 吴继彬; 赵猛; 戴维享; 吴德慧; 王兆红; 冯杰; 柳超; 赵庆华

    2011-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical efficacies,indications and application values of posterior fusion plus pedicle screw fixation in the treatment of upper cervical spine instability.Methods From May 2006 to December 2010,a total of 24 patients with atlantoaxial instability were treated with C1-2 pedicle screws and rod fixation under general anesthesia.There were 18 males and 6 females with a mean age of 49.8 years old ( range:17 - 69 ).Results The postoperative radiographs verified a good position of all screws with satisfactory atlantoaxial reduction.A mean follow-up period of 23 months (range:3 -45 ) showed no injury of spinal cord and vertebral artery or interfixation failure.Atlantoaxial alignment and stability were restored without instrumentation-related complications.Conclusion Posterior atlantoaxial pedicle screw and rod fixation provide immediate three-dimensional rigid fixation of atlantoaxial joint.It is a more effective technique than with previously reported techniques.%目的 探讨和评估寰枢椎椎弓根钉棒系统固定融合治疗上颈椎不稳的临床疗效、适应证及应用价值.方法 2006年5月至2010年12月,采用寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉技术治疗上颈椎不稳患者24例,男18例,女6例,其中齿突发育不良造成的寰枢椎不稳5例,顽固性寰枢椎旋转脱位4例,创伤性陈旧性寰枢关节脱位6例,椎管内肿瘤4例,陈旧性齿突骨折5例,24例均采用美国强生Depuy公司生产的后路Summit钉棒系统(万向螺钉直径3.5mm,寰椎螺钉长26 ~30 mm,平均28 mm,枢椎螺钉长24 ~28 mm,平均26 mm).回顾性分析临床疗效和并发症防治,术前、术后采用JOA进行评分,根据术后随访X线及CT评价上颈椎结构的恢复情况.结果 所有患者均获随访,随访时间3~45个月,平均23个月,全组病例未发生与置钉相关的并发症,临床症状得到不同程度的改善,术前,术后6个月JOA评分改善率为73.1% ~93.6%,平均81.2%.复查X线片、CT未

  12. Evaluation outcomes of pedicle screw system for atlantoaxial instability%寰枢椎椎弓根钉系统固定治疗寰枢关节不稳的疗效评估

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    王春; 林永绥; 刘成招; 刘清平; 吴李勇; 林锦; 何晓宇

    2011-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical outcome of pedicle screw system for atlantoaxial instability. Methods Thirty-eight patients with atlantoaxial instability were stabilized with transpedi-cle screw fixation between June 2003 to December 2008. There were 32 males and 6 females. The mean age were 45.3 years (range 18~76 years). The transpedicle screw fixation was employed in 3 patients with atlantoaxial instability for transverse ligament rupture,in 3 patients for Jefferson fracture, in 29 patients with atlantoaxial dislocation and odontoid fracture,and in 3 patients for congenital odontoid abnormality. Results All the operations were performed successfully. All patients were followed up for 6 months to 4 years,with an average of 14 months. Postoperative complications,such as injury of the nerve structures and the vertebral artery,were not observed in 38 cases. The neural function of injured spinal cord were recoveried to some extent after operation. Flexion-extension in cervical spine was normal,and axial rotation from neutral position were 25°~60° each side. Postoperative radiograph and CT showed that all screws were positioned correctly in Cl and C2. No screws and rods were broken or loosened in all cases. Fine relationships between Cl and C2 in all cases were confirmed in postoperative radiographs and computed tomography (CT)scans. Bony fusion were observed at 3 months after the surgery in all cases. Conclusion Posterior atlantoaxial complex fusion with pedicle screw system combined bone grafting is an effective method for atlantoaxial instability. The accurate insertion of pedicle screw is of utmost importance in this technique. It is more safe,because of the space available for the transpedieular screw (SAS)in Cl showed on CT scans is enlarged,when the entry point of the pedicle screw for Cl is located 1~2 nun lateraler from the vertical line through the central point of C2 lateral mass,about 3mm under the superior rim of Clposterior arch,and when the

  13. Efficacy of pedicle screw technique in treatment of os odontoideum combined with atlantoaxial dislocation%椎弓根螺钉技术治疗游离齿状突并寰枢椎脱位的疗效观察

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    王玉强; 王利民; 张玮; 刘屹林; 王卫东; 谭洪宇; 陈豪

    2012-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the efficacy and radiological variation of pedicle screw technique in the treatment of os odontoideum combined with atlantoaxial dislocation. Methods Fifteen patients with os odontoideum combined with atlantoaxial dislocation were treated with occipitocervical fusion or atlantoaxial fixation.Two patients with irreducible atlantoaxial dislocation were treated surgically with transoral anterior atlantoaxial release and one treated with posterior arch removal plus occipitocervical fusion.Two patients with atlas deformity and one infant were treated with occipitocervical fusion.The rest patients were treated with posterior reduction and pedicle screw internal fixation.Clinical manifestations and imaging changes were followed up to evaluate the clinical efficacy. Results All patients were followed-up for average 26 months (range,7-47 months).Neurological recovery was significantly improved in 13 patients and took a turn for the better in two.The average JOA scores was increased from average preoperative 8.27 to postoperative 15. According to Hirabayashi,the average improvement rate was77%,including 10 patients with excellent outcomes and five with good outcomes,with excellence rate of100%.The cervical-medullary angle was increased from average preoperative 130.3° to postoperative151.7°.Postoperative X-rays and CT showed good atlantoaxial alignment and solid bony fusion in all pa-tients,with no shedding or breakage of the fixators. Conclusion Occipitocervical fusion or adantoaxial fixation through pedicle screw technique is an effective method for treatment of os odontoideum combined with irreducible atlantoaxial dislocation.%目的 评估椎弓根螺钉技术治疗游离齿状突并寰枢椎脱位的疗效和影像学变化.方法 对15例游离齿状突并寰枢椎脱位患者利用椎弓根螺钉技术行枕颈融合术或寰枢椎固定术,其中2例难复型脱位者先行经口入路寰枢关节松解术、1例行后

  14. The correlation between the cervical alignment and the performance of Magerl atlantoaxial transarticular screw technique%下颈椎可屈性与寰枢关节Magerl固定术的可行性分析

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    闫明; 王超; 周海涛; 王圣林; 党耕町

    2006-01-01

    目的:探讨下颈椎的屈曲程度与后路经寰枢关节螺钉固定术的可能性.方法:回顾已施行经寰枢关节螺钉固定术病例的术前颈椎过屈位X线像,测量C2~C7间的角度,复习手术经过,分析可完成螺钉固定的颈椎曲度及其它相关因素.结果:在已完成后路经寰枢关节螺钉固定术的75例患者中有58例屈颈侧位X线像显示下颈椎呈后凸状态,后凸角平均为17.25°;另17例屈颈侧位片见下颈椎呈前凸状态,但这些病例都是体形瘦长者.结论:后路经寰枢关节螺钉固定术仅适合于下颈椎可以很好屈曲及体形瘦长的病例.

  15. Stabilisation of atlantoaxial subluxation in the dog through ventral arthrodesis.

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    Jeserevics, J; Srenk, P; Beranekl, J; Jaggy, A; Touru, S; Cizinauskas, S

    2008-02-01

    Ten miniature breed dogs with atlantoaxial subluxation underwent ventral lag screw stabilisation. The procedure did not include bone graft packing into the atlantoaxial articulation. Four dogs showed continuous improvement after surgery. Three dogs developed complications due to external trauma and postoperative implant failure but improved with conservative therapy. Three patients died or were euthanized in early perioperative or postoperative period. The long-term outcome was good or favourable in all surviving patients. Suspected fibrous tissue proliferation and stabilisation without permanent bone fusion was found to be clinically satisfactory when the atlantoaxial joint has been subjected to limited stress during a long-term monitoring period.

  16. 前路经寰枕寰枢关节锁定钛板螺钉内固定系统的匹配性研究%Compatible study of anterior occiput to axis transarticular locking plate system

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    李明; 蔡贤华; 黄卫兵; 张中

    2015-01-01

    目的:观察新型前路经枕寰枢关节锁定钛板螺钉内固定系统与枕颈复合体的匹配性,探讨此内固定系统临床应用的可行性。方法对枕颈部CT扫描数据进行三维重建,并通过数字化模拟手术进行解剖学匹配实验。通过观察钛板枢椎椎体前表面的切合性及螺钉的走行,测量经关节螺钉的理想钉道参数,评估此内固定系统与枕颈复合体的匹配性。结果钛板与枢椎椎体前表面相匹配;经关节螺钉均穿过寰枕关节及寰枢关节进入枕骨髁,无穿出骨质者,螺钉均未损伤舌下神经管。椎体固定螺钉均位于枢椎椎体骨质内,未进入椎管及椎间隙。经关节螺钉钉道理想钉道参数与内固定系统实际钉道参数差异无统计学意义。结论前路经寰枕寰枢关节锁定钛板螺钉内固定系统与枕颈复合体解剖学匹配性较好,具有临床应用可行性。%Objective To investigate the feasibility of anterior occiput to axis transarticular locking plate system through analyzing its compatibility with the occipital cervical complex. Methods Thirty health cases were selected from the date of head-neck CT examination randomly. 3D models of occipital cervical complex were reconstructed on the date. The anatomical compatibility was assessed between the systems and the 30 cases through surgical simulation by computer via digital technology. The morphological compatibility between the titanium plate and the surface of the axis as well as the screw trajectory were observed. The ideal screw trajectory parameters of trans- articular screws were measured so that the compatibility could be assessed. Results There was a morphological match between the titanium plate and the surface of the axis. All the trans-articular screws passed through the atlanto-occipital articulation and the atlanto-axial articulation, without piercing the bones or going into the hypoglossal canal. The fixed screws were in the

  17. Clinical application of C1C2 pedicle screw in atlantoaxial dislocation%椎弓根钉棒系统治疗寰枢椎脱位的临床应用

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    孟志斌; 黄涛; 李洪潮; 谭海涛; 王挺锐; 贾丙申

    2012-01-01

    Objective To explore the clinic accuracy and mechanism of C1C2 pedicle screw reduction, fixation and fusion technique in atlantoaxial dislocation. Methods A total of 16 patients with atlantoaxial dislocation were enrolled, male 10, female 6, aged 26 - 55 years old, mean age 31.4 years old. All of them were treated with C,C2 pedicle screw reduction, fixation and bone graft fusion. The pre-operation and post-operation visual analogue scale (V AS) were evaluated, the axial neck pain and neural function improvement were evaluated by using Frankel classification. Results All of 16 cases were followed up 6 - 36 months, mean 23-month. The clinic symptoms improved in different level, the cervical pain disappeared, somatic and limbs sensory recovered, strength and tension of the muscle improved, and without vascular or neural injury. The pre-operation axial neck pain VAS score was 6.14 ± 1.76, post-operation improved to 4.82 ± 1.45 (I = 2.315, P < 0.05), preoperative Frankel classification was E 9, D 2, C 4, B 1, postoperative improved to E 9, D 5, C 2. The postoperative X-ray and three-dimension CT scans showed all of C1C2 screws were implanted in proper position. In 6-month after surgery, no case of implantation failure was observed, and all patients had a stable bone fusion on atlantoaxial joint. Conclusion It is demonstrated that clinic result of C|C2 pedicle screw reduction and fixation is satisfactory, and correspond with the biomechanics for reduction and fixation of atlantoaxial joint dislocation.%目的 探讨寰枢椎脱位椎弓根钉棒系统的临床复位效果.方法 选择16例寰枢脱位患者,其中男性10例,女性6例;年龄26~ 55岁,平均年龄31.4岁.采用寰枢椎椎弓根钉棒系统进行复位内固定术,并行自体髂骨植骨.手术前后对颈后部轴性疼痛采用视觉模拟评分法(VAS)评价,对神经功能改善采用Frankel分级进行评价.结果 全组16例均获得随访,随访时间6 ~ 36个月,平均随访时间23

  18. 寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉术中复位固定融合术治疗陈旧性齿状突骨折并寰枢椎脱位%Surgical treatment with atlantoaxial pedicle screws for reduction of atlantoaxial dislocation caused by old odontold fracture

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    杨军; 倪斌; 谢宁; 王新伟; 周许辉; 卢旭华; 郭翔; 陈飞

    2012-01-01

    Objectives: To summarize the clinical results of the posterior atlantoaxial pedicle screw-rod internal fixation with its intraoperalive reduction and fusion in treatment of old odontoid fracture combined with unreducible atlanloaxial dislocation. Methods: Twenty-one(8 females, 13 males) patients with an average age of 38.5 (13-68) years at the time of injury between January 2007 and January 2010 were studied. The patients had various degrees of occipital neck pain, limited mobility and associated with neurological dysfunction. Degree B in 2 cases, degree C in 13 cases and degree D in 6 cases were assessed by the ASIA impairment scale. Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) scores before operation were recorded from 4 to 14 (mean, 8.3). Cervical spinal cord compression was showed by MRI examination in 18 patients, and in-tramedullary T2-weighted high signal change was found by MRI in 7 patients. All patients had anterior atlantoaxial dislocation, and underwent skull traction before operation. Fifteen cases were partially reduced (71.4%), and 6 not reduced at all (28.6%). The preoperative atlanlo-dens interval (ADI) was from 9mm to 15mm (average 12.3mm). Patients were treated with posterior atlanloaxial pedicle screw-rod internal fixation with its intraoperative reduction and fusion. All patients were assessed clinically for neurologic recovery, at-lantoaxial reduction and bone graft fusion. Results: No intraoperative vertebral artery injury and spinal cord injury were noted. A total of 84 pedicle screws was inserted. Postoperative CT reconstruction showed that 4 screw malpositions were noted, 3 of which penetrated lateral pedicle cortex but no vertebral artery injury confirmed by vertebral angiography, 1 penetrated medial pedicle cortex but no symptom of nerve root injury was found. 80 screws were sited completely in pedicle. All 21 patients were followed up for an average of 20 months(range, 6-36 months). Postoperative cervical spine CT and MRI showed that the

  19. 个体化后路寰枢椎融合内固定治疗寰枢椎不稳%Management of atlantoaxial instability with individualized posterior atlantoaxial fixation and fusion

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    周凤金; 倪斌; 谢宁; 卢旭华; 郭翔; 郭群峰; 陈金水; 杨军

    2014-01-01

    ankylosing spondylitis in 5 Case.Eighty-nine patients had myelopathy with B degree in 12 cases, C degree in 48 cases and D degree in 29cases assessed by the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) classification.All the patients were per-formed by posterior atlantoaxial fusion with different fixations .Among them , there were 24 cases with bilateral atlas laminar hook and axis pedicle screws , 28 cases with bilateral atlas laminar hook and C 1/C2 transarticular screws, 5 cases with C1/C2 transarticular screws plus modified Gallie technique .There were bilateral C 1 lateral mass screws and C 2 pedicle screws in 16 cases, and C1 lateral mass screws and C2 translaminar screws in 7 cases, and 18 cases with combined fixation. Postoperatively , the patients were managed with or without any type of orthoses according the stability of inner fixation . Results All patients were followed up for 12-60 months with an average of 32 months, and each patient was clinically and ra-diographically assessed.Ninety-one patients gained solid bony fusion and 7 had a delayed fusion .The devices were well placed without incident and no neurological or vascular complications occurred in these cases , No hardware failure , pseudar-throsis and instability were noted during the follow-up period.All patients had a relief of local symptoms , and neurological symptoms were substantially improved with B degree in 1 cases, C degree in 12 cases, D degree in 32 cases and E degree in 53.Conclusion Careful pre-operation examination and evaluation , and a suitable type of posterior fusion are keys to the man-agement of atlantoaxial instability for better results and less complications .

  20. One stage atlantoaxial pedicle screw fixation for unstable atlas burst fracture%一期后路寰枢椎固定治疗不稳定寰椎爆裂性骨折

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    蒋伟宇; 马维虎; 赵刘军; 顾勇杰; 胡旭栋; 于亮; 李国庆; 阮超越; 洪锦炯

    2015-01-01

    Objective To assess the clinical results of one stage posterior atlanloaxial pedicle screw fixation and fusion for unstable atlas burst fracture.Methods A retrospective analysis of clinical data including 32 cases,which were admitted according to the inclusion and exclusion criteria between May 2010 and December 2013.There were 11 females and 21 males whose age ranged from 22 to 59 years (mean 41.8 years).X-ray,CT scan reconstruction and MRI were done before operation to evaluate the injury of ligament and fracture.There were 17 cases of unstable atlas burst fracture,including 5 cases Jefferson fracture,8 cases untypical Jefferson fracture,and 4 cases lateral mass fracture combined with anterior arch or posterior arch fracture.There were 15 cases combined with axial fracture,9 cases combined with dens fracture,4 cases with axial body fracture,and 2 cases with Hangman fracture.The patients had various degrees of occipital neck pain,limited mobility and neurological dysfunction.Degree C in 1 case and degree D in 5 cases were assessed by the American Spinal Cord Injury Association (ASIA) impairment scale.All patients were treated with one stage posterior atlantoaxial pedicle screw fixation and fusion.All patients were assessed clinically by neurologic recovery,atlantoaxial reduction and bone graft fusion.The preoperative and postoperative atlanto-dens interval (ADI),lateral mass distance (LMD) and VAS were measured and statistically analyzed.Complications were observed.Clinical outcome of last follow-up was evaluated by dynamic X-ray and CT scan.Results All patients were followed up.The follow-up time ranged from 10 to 24 months (mean 15.6 months).The healing time of bone fusion ranged from 5 to 10 months with an average follow-up time of 6.9 months.The average preoperative VAS score was 5.0± 1.4 while the score of last follow-up was 1.0±0.7,with statistically significant differences.Neurological status improved in all patients but one.Four cases with grade D

  1. 椎弓根钉棒系统治疗不稳定性Jefferson骨折的生物力学分析%Instable Jefferson fracture fixed with the single or double side atlantoaxial pedicle screw-rod system: A biomechanical study

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    蒋小红; 肖增明; 温洁明; 唐林; 蒋雄健

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: At present, posterior atlanto-axial pedicle screws have a trend to replace Magerl technology, and become the new standard operation for vertebral instability.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the mechanical stability of the single or double side atlantoaxial pedicle screw-rod system for treatment of instable Jefferson fracture, in order to provide the basis for clinical application.METHODS: After gross observation and X-radiography confirmation of the specimen's integrity and no osseous abnormality, six adult wet-cadvaveric spinal (C0-4) specimens were used to test the biomechanical stability. The specimens were intact, after instable Jefferson fracture and transverse ligament section, and after stabilization fellow the two techniques: the single or double side atlantoaxial pedicle screw-rod system. The three dimensional movements of C1-2 were recorded though photogrametry with a pure moment of 1.53 N . m. The range of motion (ROM) of each specimen in two fixations was calculated. Statistical analysis was performed with one-way analysis of variance, Fish's least significant difference test to evaluate the immediate stability of the fixation with the two methods.RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: In flexion, lateral flexion and axial rotation of sports, the ROM in the single side atlantoaxial pedicle screw-rod system group was significantly more than that in the double side atlantoaxial pedicle screw-rod system group (P < 0.05). In the treatment of instable Jefferson fracture, the double side atlantoaxial pedicle screw-rod system can provide excellent stability; Fixed effect of the single side atlantoaxial pedicle screw-rod system is not good, and its anti-rotation ability is poor and cannot satisfy the demands of the strengthen stability, graft fusion, which should avoid to be used alone.%背景:目前后路寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉有取代Magerl技术趋势,成为治疗寰枢椎不稳的新标准术式.目的:评价单、双侧椎弓根钉棒系统治疗不稳定

  2. Atlantoaxial subluxation after otoplasty.

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    Kelly, E J

    2012-02-03

    A case of iatrogenic atlantoaxial subluxation after bilateral otoplasty is presented. Cineradiography was required for definitive diagnosis. Bed rest and Halter traction successfully resolved the condition. Great care is required while turning the head during skin preparation, draping, planning, and surgery, especially in young children. A high index of suspicion is necessary when a child develops torticollis after otoplasty.

  3. Minimally invasive atlantoaxial fusion: cadaveric study and report of 5 clinical cases.

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    Srikantha, Umesh; Khanapure, Kiran S; Jagannatha, Aniruddha T; Joshi, Krishna C; Varma, Ravi G; Hegde, Alangar S

    2016-12-01

    OBJECTIVE Minimally invasive techniques are being increasingly used to treat disorders of the cervical spine. They have a potential to reduce the postoperative neck discomfort subsequent to extensive muscle dissection associated with conventional atlantoaxial fusion procedures. The aim of this paper was to elaborate on the technique and results of minimally invasive atlantoaxial fusion. MATERIALS Minimally invasive atlantoaxial fusion was done initially in 4 fresh-frozen cadavers and subsequently in 5 clinical cases. Clinical cases included patients with reducible atlantoaxial instability and undisplaced or minimally displaced odontoid fractures. The surgical technique is illustrated in detail. RESULTS Among the cadaveric specimens, all C-1 lateral mass screws were in the correct position and 2 of the 8 C-2 screws had a vertebral canal breach. Among clinical cases, all C-1 lateral mass screws were in the correct position. Only one C-2 screw had a Grade 2 vertebral canal breach, which was clinically insignificant. None of the patients experienced neurological worsening or implant-related complications at follow-up. Evidence of rib graft fusion or C1-2 joint fusion was successfully demonstrated in 4 cases, and flexion-extension radiographs done at follow-up did not show mobility in any case. CONCLUSIONS Minimally invasive atlantoaxial fusion is a safe and effective alternative to the conventional approach in selected cases. Larger series with direct comparison to the conventional approach will be required to demonstrate clinical benefit presumed to be associated with a minimally invasive approach.

  4. Preliminary report of C1-C2 pedicle screw fixation for pediatric atlantoaxial dislocation%寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉内固定术治疗儿童寰枢椎脱位的初步报告

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    谭明生; 唐向盛; 王文军; 张恩中; 移平; 杨峰; 蒋欣; 郝庆英

    2012-01-01

    Objectives: To investigate the surgical feasibility and short-term clinical outcome of C1-C2 pedicle screw fixation for pediatric atlantoaxial dislocation. Methods: Between September 2005 and March 2011, 16 cases suffering from pediatric atlantoaxial dislocation undergoing atlantoaxial pedicle screw instrumentation were reviewed retrospectively. There were 9 males and 7 females with the age at time of surgery ranging from 5 to 13 years (mean, 9.1 years). All patients presented with pain at craniocervical junction and neck stiffness. 3 cases were complicated with medulla compression, and according to ASIA classification, there were 2 grade D and 1 grade C. Standard anterior-posterior, lateral and flexion-extension radiographs, computed tomography and MRI of cervical spine were obtained in all patients before operation. All patients presented with atlantoaxial dislocation, and the pathogenesis included disruption of transverse ligament(n=l), atlantoaxial fracture and dislocation(n=l), congenital odontoid malfromation(n=12), atlantoaxial rotatory subluxation(n=2). Cervical spinal cord compression was identified in 5 cases. The height of Cl posterior arch was 2.5-3.8mm (average, 3.0mm). The atlanto-dental interval(ADI) was 6-14mm(average, 9mm). Preoperative skull traction wasperformed rou-tinely on all cases for 1-2 weeks, and complete reduction was achieved in 7 cases, incomplete reduction in 5 cases, and no reduction in 4 cases. All patients had Cl pedicle screws placed as part of a fixation construct with pedicle exposure method(PEM). C1-C2 pedicle screw placement under direct vision in-traoperativeiy, reduction and fixation, bone graft and fusion were administered in all cases. The neurological function and CT scan were used to evaluate the surgical outcome. Results: All 16 patients underwent bilateral atlantoaxial pedicle screw fixation. All operations were completed successfully. A total of 64 screws were successfully placed. Reduction and fixation were

  5. Magerl technique for children atlantoaxial rotatory subluxation%Magerl技术治疗儿童寰枢关节旋转半脱位

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    唐明星; 张宏其; 刘金洋; 王昱翔; 郭超峰; 刘少华; 邓盎; 高琪乐; 王龙杰

    2016-01-01

    Objective To discuss the feasibility and prognosis of magerl technique for children.Atlantoaxial Rotatory Subluxation.Methods 63 patients with Atlantoaxial Rotatory Subluxation were treated in our hospital,and 16 of whom were treated with bilateral C1,2 posterior transarticular screw fixation and fusion.All cases aged from 8 to 14,with an average age of 11±2.3 years old.According to Fielding classification,10 cases were in type II,and 6 in type Ⅲ.1 patient showed dizziness,11 patients showed obvious appearance of deviation of head and neck;14 patients showed varying degrees of occipito-cervical pain,and one patient showed incomplete paralysis.All patients had undergone Halo traction,then the Magerl surgery for atlantoaxial fixation fusion.Through follow-up and photograph of atlantoaxial mouth opening,lateral cervical X-ray and atlantoaxial 3D CT,the screw position and bone graft fusion were evaluated.The clinical and radiological outcomes were evaluated according to the Symon and Lavender clinical standard,the imaging index space available for the cord (SAC),and the atlas-dens interval (ADI).Results All cases were followed up for 3 to 98 months (mean 38±14.6 months).All patients had completed the bilateral UCSS screw fixation,and the symptoms were improved significantly,without neurological symptoms aggravated or complications such as neurovascular injury.All UCSS screw position through the atlantoaxial joint was accurate,without atlanto occipital joint activity limitation.All patients got bony fusion 3 to 6 months post-operation.The clinical recovery rate was 93.8%.The SAC of C1,2 segment increased by 6.06± 1.29 mm postoperatively,which showed a significant difference compared with preoperative SAC.The SAC at the latest follow-up was 15.31±0.79 mm,showing no significant difference compared with that just postoperatively.The ADI at one month postoperatively decreased by 5.75 ± 1.53 mm,showing a significant difference compared with preoperative SAC.The ADI

  6. Exploratory study of 3D printing technique in the treatment of basilar invagination and atlantoaxial dislocation%3D打印技术在颅底凹陷合并寰枢椎脱位手术中的应用

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    尹一恒; 余新光; 佟怀宇; 徐弢; 王鹏; 乔广宇

    2015-01-01

    目的 探讨3D打印技术在颅底凹陷合并寰枢椎脱位手术中的临床应用价值.方法 2013年1至9月解放军总医院神经外科对10例行后路固定手术的颅底凹陷合并寰枢椎脱位患者进行3D模型打印,打印范围为颅底到C4椎体,对骨质结构和椎动脉进行颜色区分制作1∶1大小的模型.在模型上进行术前模拟置钉,探讨固定方式和最佳进钉点以避开椎动脉,获得个性化置钉数据后进行手术操作,对3D打印模型的置钉数据和实际临床结果进行对比分析.结果 3D打印模型模拟手术发现,10例均有C1后弓发育不良或与枕骨融合,无法行C1后弓螺钉,进钉点选择在C1侧块;C2螺钉根据模型个体化设计:3例椎动脉异常或C2椎弓根宽度<3.5 mm无法行椎弓根螺钉固定,其中1例行C2椎板螺钉,1例行C2~3经关节螺钉,1例因合并C2~3椎体融合行C3椎弓根螺钉;2例椎弓根宽度在3.5~4.0 mm,经评估后设计钉道仍行椎弓根螺钉固定;1例单侧C1侧块垂直脱位于C2前方,采用寰枢椎经关节螺钉固定;其余均行椎弓根螺钉.10例手术方案均与3D打印模拟方案一致,术后随访12~18个月,随访时患者临床症状均有改善,植骨融合率100%.结论 3D打印模型可全面评估骨性结构异常和椎动脉走向,有助于制定手术策略、设计置钉点和置钉角度,避免椎动脉和脊髓损伤,值得推广.%Objective To investigate the clinical application value of the 3D printing technique in the treatment of basilar invagination and atlantoaxial dislocation.Methods From January 2013 to September 2013,10 patients with basilar invagination and atlantoaxial dislocation needing posterior fixation undertook 3D printing modes at the Department of Neurosurgery in PLA General Hospital.The 1 ∶ 1 size models were established from skull base to C4 level with different colors between bone structures and vertebral arteries.The simulation of screw insertion was made to

  7. Atlantoaxial instability in Down's syndrome

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    J Gordon Millichap

    1987-01-01

    The radiographs and clinical evaluations of 90 children with Down’s syndrome were reassessed after an interval of 5 years in a study of atlantoaxial instability (AAI) at the Derbyshire Children’s Hospital and Infirmary, Derby, UK.

  8. The normal posterior atlantoaxial relationship

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    Lovelock, J.E. (Rochester General Hospital, NY (USA)); Schuster, J.A. (Rochester Univ. Medical Center, NY (USA))

    1991-02-01

    The relationship of the posterior aspects of the atlas and the axis were studied in 100 normal adult volunteers. The ratio of the height of the atlantal spinolaminar line to the atlantoaxial interspinous distance was found to be remarkably constant and was less than 2.0 in all men and women. This ratio should prove helpful in detecting hyperflexion injuries isolated to the atlantoaxial level. (orig.).

  9. Atlantoaxial Pedicle Screw via Posterior Fixation and Fusion for the Treatment of Jefferson Fracture%寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉经后路固定融合治疗 Jefferson 骨折伴齿状突骨折

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    洪波; 向铁城; 黄象望; 刘向阳; 盛斌; 邓化龙; 熊伟

    2014-01-01

    [Objective] To explore clinical outcome of atlantoaxial pedicle screw via posterior fixation and infusion for the treatment of Jefferson fracture associated with odontoid fracture .[Methods] A total of 12 pa-tients with Jefferson fracture and odontoid fracture from March 2009 to May 2012 underwent atlantoaxial pedi-cle screw via posterior fixation and infusion .All patients were 8 males and 4 females with a mean age of 40 .3 years old(ranged 25 to 62 years old) .According to Anderson classification ,there were 9 patients with type II odontoid fracture and 3 patients with type III odontoid fracture .Preoperative JOA score of neurological func-tion were from 5~13(means 9 .6 ± 0 .2) .Before the operation ,the imaging examinations such as X-ray ,spiral 3-dimension CT and MRI and skull traction were performed .JOA scores were compared between before and one year after operation .The improvement rate was calculated .[Results]Atlantoaxial fracture dislocation a-chieved basic reduction .No vertebral artery injury ,spinal and nerve root injury occurred during the operation . No deterioration of spinal cord injury was observed after operation .All patients were followed up for 6~18 months(mean 13 months) .Clinical symptoms were improved significantly .Reexamination of X-ray and spiral CT 6 months after operation showed that all fractures were bone union .The screw position was good .No loosening ,defluxion and breaking occurred .JOA scores of neurological function one year after operation were 14~17(mean 16 .1 ± 0 .2) .The average improvement rate was 85 .8% .[Conclusion]Atlantoaxial pedicle screw via posterior fixation and infusion for the treatment of Jefferson fracture associated with odontoid fracture has significant efficacy .It is advantages such as stable fixation and high bone union rate .%[目的]探讨寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉经后路固定融合治疗 Jefferson 骨折伴齿状突骨折的临床疗效。[方法]自2009年3月至2012年5月对12例Jefferson骨折

  10. La maladie de Grisel : Spontaneous atlantoaxial subluxation

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    Meek, MF; Robinson, PH; Hermens, RAEC

    2001-01-01

    Objective: "La maladie de Grisel" (Grisel's syndrome) is a spontaneously occurring atlantoaxial subluxation with torticollis. We present a case of atlantoaxial subluxation occurring in a 20-year period of pharyngoplasty surgery. The occurrence of a "spontaneous" atlantoaxial subluxation after oral c

  11. Transarticular spread of Ewing sarcoma mimicking septic arthritis

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    Jordanov, Martin I.; Block, John J. [Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Nashville, TN (United States); Gonzalez, Adriana L. [Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Pathology, Nashville, TN (United States); Green, Neil E. [Vanderbilt Children' s Hospital, Department of Pediatric Orthopaedics, Nashville, TN (United States)

    2009-04-15

    Transarticular spread of tumor is rare; it has only been reported in the sacroiliac joint, intervertebral disk spaces, and facet joints. The anatomic and kinetic characteristics of the sacroiliac joint, as well as the changes the joint undergoes during a lifetime, make it particularly vulnerable to transarticular tumor invasion. Although extremely rare, Ewing sarcoma can extend through the sacroiliac joint and be virtually indistinguishable radiologically from septic arthritis. Furthermore, the clinical presentation of a child with Ewing sarcoma can be similar to that of a child with osteomyelitis. Laboratory values are quite nonspecific and are not always helpful in differentiating between the entities. Therefore, the possibility of sacroiliac joint transarticular Ewing sarcoma should be considered in a child presenting with hip pain, despite clinical, radiological and laboratory findings suggesting an infectious process. (orig.)

  12. 经寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉固定治疗Jefferson 骨折合并寰枢椎不稳%Treatment of Jefferson fracture combined with atlantoaxial instability with C1-C2 pedicle screw fixation

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    陈建明; 张成程; 许天明; 文景; 李勇; 周艳

    2011-01-01

    Objective To discuss the clinical outcomes of C1-C2 pedicle screw fixation in treatment of Jefferson fracture combined with aflantoaxial instability.Methods Eleven adult patients with Jefferson fracture combined with atlantoaxial instability were treated with C1-C2 pedicle screw fixation in our department from January 2006 to December 2009.There were eight males and three females at age range of 20-52 years(mean 36 years).There were eight patients with fresh fractures,three with old fracture and three complicated with odontoid process fracture.The main preoperative clinical symptoms were the limitation of head torsion and pain in the occiput and neck,with no spinal dysfunction in all patients.X-ray,CT scan,three-dimensional reconstruction,MRI scan and skull traction were performed in all patients before operation.Then,the patients were treated with C1-C2 pedicle screw fixation without fusion between C1-C2 under general anesthesia.Results The atlantoaxial dislocation was reduced completely and the patients could move from bed,wearing the neck collar.There was no injury of vertebral artery,spinal cord or nerve roots during operation,but one patient suffered the venous plexus bleeding which was packed with the hemostatic gauze.Eleven patients were followed up for 6-24 months(average 15 months),which showed bone union,with no internal fixation breakage,loosening or dislocation.The internal fixation was removed from seven patients 15 months after operation,with mild limitation of the cervical vertebra torsion(90°-135°,average 115°)but with no limitation of obvious extension-flexion motion.Conclusion C1-C2 pedicle screw fixation has features of simple operation,short segment fixation,solid fixation and high rate of bone healing for treatment of Jefferson fracture combined with atlantoaxial instability.%目的 探讨经寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉内固定治疗Jefferson骨折合并寰枢椎不稳的临床疗效.方法 选择2006年1月-2009年12月采用经寰枢椎椎

  13. The finite element analysis and clinical significance of through the mouth atlanto-axial vertebral anterior plate fixation

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    LI Xiaohe; LI Zhijun; GAO Shang

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To analysis through the mouth atlanto-axial vertebral anterior plate fixation in finite element for the development of the segmental anterior fixation surgery and to provide the reference of inner plant im-provement. Methods:One case, male, 36 years old, 64 kg weight was randomly selected from January 2014 to our hospital to check no-skull - atlanto-axial vertebral disease . It was scanned by 0. 625 mm thin layer, Image data were rebuilted in the Mimics 16. 01 software, Pro/ENGINEER 4. 0 software was used to rebuilt atlanto-axial vertebral anterior plate, After reconstruction of steel screw 3 d model according to the classic through the mouth , the model was imported into Mimics 16. 01 and the model surface was meshed and material was assigned, The mod-el was forced 80 N vertical loading, the surface was applied 15 nm torque, to simulat three motion state example, forward bends, stretch, side-bending, The stress and deformation of screw and rod were measured. Results: At-lanto-axial vertebral three-dimensional reconstruction model were divided into 14 514 individual grid, 7 257 nodes, the model was loaded, The stress of upper screw root in bend was biggest (62. 34 ±5. 52) Mpa (F=73. 23, P<0. 05, the difference was statistically significant). A screw of the root and the top, lateral stress was the largest, respectively were (78. 42 ± 5. 5. 14) Mpa (F=112. 32, P<0. 05);(95. 48 ± 7. 12 Mpa (F=62. 32, P<0. 05), the difference was statistical significance; Under three different motion state and a screw root stress, Upper screw root stress in bending forward was greater than the lower (forward bends, stretch and lateral bending state , t value were 12. 2, 9. 23, 22. 98, P<0. 05, differences were statistically significant), and in the lateral current screw root stress was greater than the upper; In the same movement state, the top was greater than the root, the differences were statistically significant (forward bends, stretch and lateral bending state after

  14. Treatment of fixed atlantoaxial dislocation and basilar invagination with C1-2 screw and rod reduction and fixation technique%采用C1-2钉棒复位技术治疗难复性寰枢椎脱位及颅底陷入

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    尹一恒; 余新光; 乔广宇; 佟怀宇; 周定标

    2014-01-01

    Objective To introduce a novel technique of reducing fixed atlantoaxial dislocation (FAAD) and basilar invagination (BI) with C1-C2 screw and rod system.Methods From January 2009 to December 2011,26 patients of FAAD and BI were reduced successfully with an insertion of C1 lateral mass and C2 pedicle/pars screw and rod system.The cohort had 17 females and 9 males.And their most common presenting symptoms were extremity muscle weakness,restricted neck movement and paresthesia.Results All of them achieved effective reduction.Among them,18 attained complete reduction and 8 partial reduction (over 60% extent of reduction).The mean atlanto-dental interval (ADI) value was 2.1 mm postoperatively versus 8.8 mm preoperatively(t =21.1,P < 0.01).All of them had relieved compression of dura and medulla oblongata and cervical cord.All clinical symptoms improved.One case had pulmonary infection while another case delayed healing of incision.Both recovered well after symptomatic treatments.Bony fusion reached 100% during a mean follow-up period of 22 months.Conclusion The C1-C2 screw and rod system may achieve effective reduction and fixation for FAAD and BI.Capable of preserving atlanto-occipital joints in patients without atlas assimilation,this procedure provide more solid immobilization than occipitocervical fusion in those with atlas assimilation.%目的 介绍一种采用C1-2钉棒系统对难复性寰枢椎脱位和颅底陷入复位的技术.方法 回顾性分析2009年1月至2011年12月,在解放军总医院神经外科采用C1侧块C2椎弓根/峡部螺钉钛棒技术成功实现复位的26例难复性寰枢椎脱位及颅底陷入患者,其中男9例,女17例.最常见的临床症状是肢体力弱、颈部活动受限以及感觉异常.结果 26例均获得有效复位,其中18例完全复位,8例部分复位(复位程度>60%);术后寰齿间距均值为2.1 mm,较术前8.8 mm明显缩小(P<0.01).所有患者硬膜及延颈髓压迫解除,临床症状

  15. Transarticular invasion of joints by bone tumors: Hypothesis

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    Abdelwahab, I.F.; Miller, T.T.; Hermann, G. (Dept. of Radiology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY (USA)); Klein, M.J. (Dept. of Pathology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY (USA)); Kenan, S.; Lewis, M.M. (Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY (USA))

    1991-05-01

    Eight bone tumors with associated transarticular invasion of the sacroiliac joints are described. All invaded the true synovial joint and spread to the opposing bone. One tumor was benign, and the other seven were malignant. Five of the seven were primary and two were metastatic cancer. One, a myeloma, invaded the disc spaces between the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae and the fifth lumbar vertebra and sacrum as well as the sacroiliac joint. The right facet joints of the two vertebrae were also invaded. After a thorough search of the literature, we find that the sacroiliac joints is the most common joint to be invaded by tumors. This is followed by the vertebral disc spaces and, last, the facet joints. Apart from these joints we were unable to find any radiographic documentation of other joints being transarticularly invaded by tumors. We noted that there is a direct relation between transarticular tumor spread and joints that lack mobility and that certain tumors, benign and malignant, tend to invade these joints. (orig.).

  16. The anatomical study of transoral atlantoaxial reduction plate internal fixation

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    AI Fu-zhi; YIN Qing-shui; WANG Zhi-yun; XIA Hong; CHANG Yun-bing; WU Zeng-hui; LIU Jing-fa

    2006-01-01

    Objective:To study relevant anatomical features of the structures involved in transoral atlanto-axial reduction plate (TARP) internal fixation through transoral approach for treating irreducible atlanto-axial dislocation and providing anatomical basis for the clinical application of TARP.Methods: Ten fresh craniocervical specimens were microsurgically dissected layer by layer through transoral approach. The stratification of the posterior pharyngeal wall, the course of the vertebral artery, anatomical relationships of the adjacent structures of the atlas and axis, and the closely relevant anatomical parameters for TARP internal fixation were measured.Results: The posterior pharyngeal wall consisted of two layers and two interspaces: the mucosa, prevertebral fascia, retropharyngeal space, and prevertebral space. The range from the anterior edge of the foramen magnum to C3could be exposed by this approach. The thickness of the posterior pharyngeal wall was (3.6 ± 0.3) mm (ranging2.9-4.3 mm) at the anterior tubercle of C1,(6.1 ± 0.4) mm ( ranging 5.2-7.1 mm) at the lateral mass of C1 and (5.5±0.4) mm (ranging4.3-6.5 mm) at the central part of C2, respectively. The distance from the incisor tooth to the anterior tubercle of C1, C1 screw entry point, and C2 screw entry point was ( 82. 5 ± 7. 8 ) mm ( ranging 71.4-96. 2 mm), ( 90. 1 ± 3. 8 ) mm ( ranging82.2-96. 3 mm), and ( 89.0 ± 4.1 ) mm ( ranging 81.3-95.3 mm), respectively. The distance between the vertebral artery at the atlas and the midline was (25.2 ±2.3) mm (ranging 20.4-29.7 mm) and that between the vertebral artery at the axis and the midline was ( 18.4 ±2.6) mm ( ranging 13. 1-23.0 mm). The allowed width of the atlas and axis for exposure was (39. 4 ± 2. 2 ) mm( ranging 36.2-42.7 mm) and ( 39.0 ± 2. 1 ) mm ( ranging35.8-42. 3 mm), respectively. The distance (a) between the two atlas screw insertion points (center of anterior aspect of C1 lateral mass) was (31.4 ± 3.3 ) mm ( ranging25.4-36.6 mm

  17. Transarticular invasion of bone tumours across the sacroiliac joint

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    Chhaya, S. [University of Toronto, Department of Medical Imaging, Mount Sinai Hospital and the University Health Network, Toronto (Canada); University of Texas Health Science Centre, Department of Radiology, San Antonio, TX (United States); White, L.M. [University of Toronto, Department of Medical Imaging, Mount Sinai Hospital and the University Health Network, Toronto (Canada); Kandel, R. [University of Toronto, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto (Canada); Wunder, J.S.; Ferguson, P. [Univeristy of Toronto, University Musculoskeletal Oncology Unit, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto (Canada); Agur, A. [University of Toronto, Division of Anatomy, Department of Surgery, Toronto (Canada)

    2005-12-01

    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. 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.)

  18. Biomechanicai evaluation of neotype atlantoaxial internal fixation system%新型寰枢椎内固定系统的生物力学评价

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    刘社庭; 童杰

    2011-01-01

    目的 评价一种新型寰枢椎内固定系统的生物力学性能.方法 选取12头猪颈椎标本制作寰枢椎不稳模型,采用该新型内固定系统进行固定,测量三维运动范围,并与寰枢椎椎弓根钉棒系统进行比较.结果 新型寰枢椎内固定系统的特点是设计新颖、操作简单、使用安全;生物力学实验结果表明其在旋转、屈伸及侧弯状态的活动度与寰枢椎椎弓根钉棒差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论所研制的新型寰枢椎内固定系统具有良好的生物力学稳定性,为临床治疗寰枢椎不稳提供了另一种内置物选择.%Objective To evaluate the biomechanical performance of a neotype atlantoaxial internel fixation system.Methods A total of 12 fresh porcine specimens were selected as atlantoaxial instability model for the biomechanical test of range of motion( ROM), and the results were compared with those of the atlantoaxial pedicle screws system. Results The biomechanical comparison showed that the difference in three-dimensional ROM between the neotype atlantoaxial internel fixation system and the atlantoaxial pedicle screws system wasn' t statistically significant ( P > 0. 05 ), the neotype atlantoaxial internel fixation system was novel, easy and safe. Conclusion The neotype atlantoaxial internel fixation system has excellent biomechanical performance, which was valuable in clinic.

  19. One stage anterior-posterior approach for traumatic atlantoaxial instability combined with subaxial cervical spinal cord injury

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    WANG Chang-sheng; LIU Mou-jun; LIN Jian-hua; XU Wei-hong; LUO Hong-bin

    2011-01-01

    Objectives: To explore the clinical features of traumatic atlantoaxial instability combined with subaxial cervical spinal cord injury (CSCI), and to analyze the feasibility, indication and therapeutic effects of anterior-posterior approach in such cases.Methods: From March 2004 to September 2009, 16cases with this trauma were admitted and surgically treated in our department. Before surgery, skull traction was performed. Posterior atlantoaxial pedicle screw internal fixation and bone graft fusion were conducted to manage traumatic atlantoaxial instability. As for subaxial CSCI, anterior cervical corpectomy or discectomy decompression, bone grafting and internal fixation with steel plates were applied.Results: All operations were successful. The average operation time was 3 hours and operative blood loss 400 ml. Satisfactory reduction of both the upper and lower cervical spine and complete decompression were achieved. All patients were followed up for 12 to 36 months. Their clinical symptoms were improved by various levels. The Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) scores ranged from 10to 16 one year postoperatively, 13.95±2.06 on average (improvement rate= 70.10% ). X-rays, spiral CT and MRI confirmed normal cervical alignments, complete decompression and fine implants' position. There was no breakage or loosening of screws, nor exodus of titanium mesh or implanted bone blocks. The grafted bone achieved fusion 3-6 months postoperatively and no atlantoaxial instability was observed.Conclusions: Traumatic atlantoaxial instability may combine with subaxial CSCI, misdiagnosis of which should be especially alerted and avoided. For severe cases, one stage anterior-posterior approach to decompress the upper and lower cervical spine, together with reposition, bone grafting and fusion, as well as internal fixation can immediately restore the normal alignments and stability of the cervical spine and effectively improve the spinal nervous function, thus being an ideal

  20. Atlanto-axial infection after acupuncture.

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    Robinson, A; Lind, C R P; Smith, R J; Kodali, V

    2015-12-11

    A 67-year-old man presented with neck cellulitis following acupuncture for cervical spondylosis. Blood cultures were positive for methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus. Increased neck pain and bacteraemia prompted MRI, which showed atlanto-axial septic arthritis without signs of infection of the tissues between the superficial cellulitic area and the atlanto-axial joint, thus making direct extension of infection unlikely. It is more likely that haematogenous spread of infection resulted in seeding in the atlanto-axial joint, with the proximity of the arthritis and acupuncture site being coincidental. Acupuncture is a treatment option for some indolent pain conditions. As such, acupuncture services are likely to be more frequently utilised. A history of acupuncture is rarely requested by the admitting doctor and seldom offered voluntarily by the patient, especially where the site of infection due to haematogenous spread is distant from the needling location. Awareness of infectious complications following acupuncture can reduce morbidity through early intervention.

  1. Transarticular invasion of the sacroiliac joints by malignant pelvic bone tumors

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    Lee, Hwang Woo; Huh, Jin Do; Kim, Seong Min; Cho, Young Duk [College of Medicine, Kosin Univ., Pusan (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Kil Ho [College of Medicine, Yeungnam Univ., Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    2002-03-01

    To describe modes of transarticular invasion, with reference to the size and location of a tumor, the anatomic characteristics of invaded cartilage,and the existence of ankylosis in SI joint. Eleven histologically confirmed malignant pelvic bone tumors involving transarticular invasion of sacroiliac joints, were retrospectively analysed. Transarticular invasion of a joint was defined as involvement of its opposing bones. The anatomic site and size of the tumors were analysed, and invaded sacroiliac joint was divided into upper, middle and lower parts on the basis of the anatomic characteristics of the intervening cartilage: synovial hyaline or fibrous ligamentous. the existence of ankylosis was determined, and transarticular invasion directly across a joint was classified as direct invasion. Extension of tumors around a joint from its periphery to the opposing bone were considered as indirect invasion. All tumors were located near the sacroiliac joint, eight at the ilium and three at the sacrum. Six invasions were indirect and five were direct. Average tumor area was larger in indirect cases than in direct: 191.8 cm{sup 2} vs. 69.6 cm{sup 2}. In all indirect invasions, a huge soft tissue mass abutted onto the peripheral portion of the sacroiliac joint. In five of six cases of indirect transarticular invasion, the upper part of the joint posteriorly located fibrous ligamentous cartilage. In the other, the lower part was invaded, and this involved a detour around the joint space, avoiding the invasion of intervening cartilage. Ankylosis occurred in one of the indirect cases. Among the five cases of direct invasion, there was invasion of the posteriorly located ligamentous fibrous cartilage in three without ankylosis. In the other two cases, involving ankylosis, the synovial hyaline cartilage was invaded directly at the lower part of the joint. Transarticular invasions of sacroiliac joint via fibrous cartilage are most common. Ankylosis of the sacroiliac joint

  2. Application of CT 3D reconstruction in diagnosing atlantoaxial subluxation

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    段少银; 林清池; 庞瑞麟

    2004-01-01

    Objective:To evaluate and compare the diagnostic value in atlantoaxial subluxation by CT three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction.Methods:3D reconstruction fimdings of 41 patients with atlantoaxiai subluxation were retrospectively analyzed, and comparisons were made among images of transverse section, multiplanar reformorting (MPR), surface shade display (SSD), maximum intensity project (MIP), and volume rendering (VR). Results:Of 41 patients with atlantoaxial subluxation, 31 belonged to rotary dislocation, 5 antedislocation, and 5 hind dislocation. All the cases showed the dislocated joint panel of atlantoaxial articulation.Fifteen cases showed deviation of the odontoid process and 8 cases widened distance between the dens and anterior arch of the atlas. The dislocated joint panel of atlantoaxial articulation was more clearly seen with SSD-3D imaging than any other methods. Conclusions:Atlantoaxial subluxation can well be diagnosed by CT 3D reconstruction, in which SSD-3D imaging is optimal.

  3. Asymptomatic atlantoaxial subluxation in rheumatoid arthritis.

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    Mohammadali Nazarinia

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available This cross-sectional study is conducted to determine the prevalence of asymptomatic cervical spine subluxation in rheumatoid arthritis patients by plain radiographs and its relation to demographic and clinical characteristics, disease activity measures and medications. 100 rheumatoid arthritis patients (18 male and 82 female were selected randomly, according to the American college of Rheumatology Criteria, who were under follow up in the rheumatology clinic. A complete history was taken, and physical examination has been done with focus on the cervical spine to determine their demographic data, disease duration, age of disease onset, drug history, swollen and tender joint counts, and ESR, Hb, CRP, RF levels. The disease activity of patients with rheumatoid arthritis was measured using the disease activity score 28. Radiographs of the cervical spine included lateral views taken in flexion, extension, neutral position of the neck and anterioposterior and odontoid projection view. Asymptomatic cervical spine subluxation was found in 17 of the 100 patients (17%. The prevalence of, anterior atlantoaxial subluxation, atlantoaxial impaction and subaxial subluxation was 10(10%, 5(5% and 6(6%, respectively. Posterior subluxation was not detected. The only characteristic that showed meaningful relationship with cervical spine subluxation was CRP (P=0.036. Our results showed that patients with RA, who have cervical spine subluxation cannot be distinguished on the basis of symptoms. Cervical spine involvement is common and may be asymptomatic, indicating routine cervical spine imaging is needed in patients with RA.

  4. Caudal Elbow Luxation in a Dog Managed by Temporary Transarticular External Skeletal Fixation

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    K. Hamilton

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This case report details a caudal unilateral traumatic elbow luxation in a 4-year-old male neutered Labrador following a road traffic trauma. This is a highly unusual injury in the dog. The pathogenesis and successful treatment by closed reduction followed by stabilisation with a temporary transarticular external skeletal fixator are discussed. The dog was assessed at 4 weeks and 6 months after surgery. Findings at 6 months after treatment demonstrated a normal gait with no pain or crepitation. A mild amount of soft tissue thickening around the elbow was noted. The range of motion of the elbow was limited to 45 degrees of flexion and 150 degrees of extension. This is the first case of a traumatic caudal luxation of the elbow in a dog described in the English veterinary literature and the first report of successful management of an elbow luxation in a dog by closed reduction and temporary transarticular fixation.

  5. Caudal Elbow Luxation in a Dog Managed by Temporary Transarticular External Skeletal Fixation

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    Hamilton, K.; Langley-Hobbs, S.; Warren-Smith, C.; Parsons, K

    2014-01-01

    This case report details a caudal unilateral traumatic elbow luxation in a 4-year-old male neutered Labrador following a road traffic trauma. This is a highly unusual injury in the dog. The pathogenesis and successful treatment by closed reduction followed by stabilisation with a temporary transarticular external skeletal fixator are discussed. The dog was assessed at 4 weeks and 6 months after surgery. Findings at 6 months after treatment demonstrated a normal gait with no pain or crepitatio...

  6. Temporary transarticular K-wire fixation of critical ankle injuries at risk: a neglected "damage control" strategy?

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    Friedman, Jamie; Ly, Anhchi; Mauffrey, Cyril; Stahel, Philip F

    2015-02-01

    High-energy ankle fracture-dislocations are at significant risk for postoperative complications. Closed reduction and temporary percutaneous transarticular K-wire fixation was first described more than 50 years ago. This simple and effective "damage control" strategy is widely practiced in Europe, yet appears largely forgotten and abandoned in the United States. Anecdotal opposing arguments include the notion that drilling K-wires through articular cartilage may damage the joint and contribute to postinjury arthritis. This article describes the experience in a US academic level I trauma center with transarticular pinning of selected critical ankle fracture-dislocations followed by delayed definitive fracture fixation once the soft tissues are healed. Median patient follow-up of 2 years showed that the transarticular pinning technique was performed safely, not associated with increased postoperative complication rates, and characterized by good subjective outcomes using the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Foot and Ankle Outcome Score questionnaire.

  7. Crowned odontoid process and osteoarthrosis of the anterior atlantoaxial joint

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    Skaane, P.; Klott, K.J.

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    Crowned odontoid process and osteoarthrosis of the anterior atlantoaxial joint. The so-called peridentale aureole ( crowned odontoid ), a horseshoelike calcification around the odontoid process, can occasionally be shown on transbuccal views of the occipito-atlantoaxial region, but is commonly only seen on a.p. tomography in patients with osteoarthrosis of the anterior atlantoxial joint. Tomographic examinations reveal that these irregular horseshoe-like calcifications around the odontoid peg represent mainly the osteophyte formation on the superior border of the anterior arch of the atlas. These calcifications are often surrounding a smaller calcification on the tip of the odontoid peg sometimes with a bucket-handle appearance corresponding to the ostephyte formation on the odontoid process. The peridentale aureole or crowned odontoid process is easily overlooked unless tomography is performed, and misinterpretations are possible if the radiologist is not familiar with this appearance of osteoarthrosis and some other joint diseases of the anterior atlantoaxial joint.

  8. Modified C1 lateral mass screw insertion using a high entry point to avoid postoperative occipital neuralgia.

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    Lee, Sun-Ho; Kim, Eun-Sang; Eoh, Whan

    2013-01-01

    For the past decade, a screw-rod construct has been used commonly to stabilize the atlantoaxial joint, but the insertion of the screw through the C1 lateral mass (LM) can cause several complications. We evaluated whether using a higher screw entry point for C1 lateral mass (LM) fixation than in the standard procedure could prevent screw-induced occipital neuralgia. We enrolled 12 consecutive patients who underwent bilateral C1 LM fixation, with the modified screw insertion point at the junction of the C1 posterior arch and the midpoint of the posterior inferior portion of the C1 LM. We measured postoperative clinical and radiological parameters and recorded intraoperative complications, postoperative neurological deficits and the occurrence of occipital neuralgia. Postoperative plain radiographs were used to check for malpositioning of the screw or failure of the construct. Four patients underwent atlantoaxial stabilization for a transverse ligament injury or a C1 or C2 fracture, six patients for os odontoideum, and two patients for C2 metastasis. No patient experienced vertebral artery injury or cerebrospinal fluid leak, and all had minimal blood loss. No patient suffered significant occipital neuralgia, although one patient developed mild, transient unilateral neuralgia. There was also no radiographic evidence of construct failure. Twenty screws were positioned correctly through the intended entry points, but three screws were placed inferiorly (that is, below the arch), and one screw was inserted too medially. When performing C1-C2 fixation using the standard (Harms) construct, surgeons should be aware of the possible development of occipital neuralgia. A higher entry point may prevent this complication; therefore, we recommend that the screw should be inserted into the arch of C1 if it can be accommodated.

  9. Atlantoaxial Ankylosis Detected on Neck CT Scans in a Patient with Ankylosing Spondylitis: A Case Report

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    Lee, Jeong Ah; Lee, Seung Hun; Joo, Kyung Bin [Dept. of Radiology, Seoul Hospital, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Ryu, Jeong Ah [Dept. of Radiology, Guri Hospital, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Guri (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Tae Hwan [Dept. of Rheynmatology, Seoul Hospital, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-07-15

    Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory disorder of unknown cause that principally affects the axial skeleton. The cervical spine is also vulnerable to this disease process and the characteristic feature of cervical involvement is atlantoaxial subluxation. However, only a few cases of atlantoaxial ankylosis have been reported to date. We report a case of atlantoaxial ankylosis in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis with radiologic findings incidentally detected on neck CT scans.

  10. A Review of the Diagnosis and Treatment of Atlantoaxial Dislocations

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    Yang, Sun Y.; Boniello, Anthony J.; Poorman, Caroline E.; Chang, Andy L.; Wang, Shenglin; Passias, Peter G.

    2014-01-01

    Study Design Literature review. Objective Atlantoaxial dislocation (AAD) is a rare and potentially fatal disturbance to the normal occipital-cervical anatomy that affects some populations disproportionately, which may cause permanent neurologic deficits or sagittal deformity if not treated in a timely and appropriate manner. Currently, there is a lack of consensus among surgeons on the best approach to diagnose, characterize, and treat this condition. The objective of this review is to provid...

  11. C2-fractures: part II. A morphometrical analysis of computerized atlantoaxial motion, anatomical alignment and related clinical outcomes.

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    Koller, Heiko; Acosta, Frank; Forstner, Rosemarie; Zenner, Juliane; Resch, Herbert; Tauber, Mark; Lederer, Stefan; Auffarth, Alexander; Hitzl, Wolfgang

    2009-08-01

    Knowledge on the outcome of C2-fractures is founded on heterogenous samples with cross-sectional outcome assessment focusing on union rates, complications and technical concerns related to surgical treatment. Reproducible clinical and functional outcome assessments are scant. Validated generic and disease specific outcome measures were rarely applied. Therefore, the aim of the current study is to investigate the radiographic, functional and clinical outcome of a patient sample with C2-fractures. Out of a consecutive series of 121 patients with C2 fractures, 44 met strict inclusion criteria and 35 patients with C2-fractures treated either nonsurgically or surgically with motion-preserving techniques were surveyed. Outcome analysis included validated measures (SF-36, NPDI, CSOQ), and a functional CT-scanning protocol for the evaluation of C1-2 rotation and alignment. Mean follow-up was 64 months and mean age of patients was 52 years. Classification of C2-fractures at injury was performed using a detailed morphological description: 24 patients had odontoid fractures type II or III, 18 patients had fracture patterns involving the vertebral body and 11 included a dislocated or a burst lateral mass fracture. Thirty-one percent of patients were treated with a halo, 34% with a Philadelphia collar and 34% had anterior odontoid screw fixation. At follow-up mean atlantoaxial rotation in left and right head position was 20.2 degrees and 20.6 degrees, respectively. According to the classification system of posttreatment C2-alignment established by our group in part I of the C2-fracture study project, mean malunion score was 2.8 points. In 49% of patients the fractures healed in anatomical shape or with mild malalignment. In 51% fractures healed with moderate or severe malalignment. Self-rated outcome was excellent or good in 65% of patients and moderate or poor in 35%. The raw data of varying nuances allow for comparison in future benchmark studies and metaanalysis. Detailed

  12. Minimally Invasive Posterior Trans-muscular C1-C2 Screw Fixation Through an Anatomical Corridor to Preserve Occipitocervical Tension Band: Surgical Anatomy and Clinical Experience.

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    Díaz, Roberto; Berbeo, Miguel E; Villalobos, Luis M; Vergara, Manuel F; Osorio, Enrique

    2014-01-01

    The C1-C2 joint is affected by multiple entities that may produce biomechanical instability. Optimal management for atlantoaxial instability has been searched by ways of different surgical techniques with different results, generating discussion between second effects of a particular treatment. Lateral dissections can place the axial neck musculature and ligaments at risk of neural denervations or vascular compromise. Either of these entities may result in significant postoperative atrophy, pain, and instability. Minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of spinal disorders allow to our patients less morbid procedures with equal or better results compared to conventional surgery. In the following paper, we review the anatomy of the atlantoaxial joint and propose a minimally invasive trans-muscular C1-C2 fusion technique using C1 lateral-mass screws and C2 pedicular screws. We describe cases with surgical, clinical, and radiographic follow-up.

  13. Condylus tertius with atlanto-axial rotatory fixation: an unreported association

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    Udare, Ashlesha Satish [M.G.M. Hospital, Department of Radiology, Kamothe, Navi Mumbai (India); Global Hospital Super Speciality and Transplant Centre, Department of Radiology, Mumbai (India); Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra (India); Bansal, Divya; Patel, Bhavin [M.G.M. Hospital, Department of Radiology, Kamothe, Navi Mumbai (India); Mondel, Prabath Kumar [P.D. Hinduja Hospital, Department of Radiology, Mahim, Mumbai (India); Aiyer, Siddharth [Shatabdi Hospital, Department of Orthopedics, Chembur, Mumbai (India)

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    The ''condylus tertius'' or the ''third occipital condyle'' is an embryological remnant of the proatlas sclerotome. Anatomically, it is attached to the basion and often articulates with the anterior arch of the atlas and the odontoid apex; hence, it is also called the ''median occipital condyle''. It is a rare anomaly of the cranio-vertebral junction (CVJ) that can lead to instability and compression of important surrounding neurovascular structures. We report a case of a 16-year-old boy who presented with suboccipital neck pain, torticollis and right sided hemiparesis. Plain radiographs revealed an increased atlanto-dental interspace (ADI) with a retroflexed odontoid. Open mouth view showed asymmetry of the articular processes of the atlas with respect to the dens. Computed tomography (CT) of the CVJ delineated the third occipital condyle. Furthermore, on dynamic CT study, a type 3 atlanto-axial rotatory fixation (AARF) was clearly demonstrated. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the CVJ revealed severe right-sided spinal cord compression by the retroflexed and rightward deviated dens. It also revealed disruption of the left alar and transverse ligaments. The patient was treated with 8 weeks of cranial traction and reasonable alignment was obtained. This was followed by C1-C2 lateral mass screw fixation and C1-C2 interlaminar wiring to maintain the alignment. A review of the literature did not reveal any cases of condylus tertius associated with non-traumatic AARF. An accurate knowledge of the embryology and imaging features of this rare CVJ anomaly is useful in the prompt diagnosis and management of such patients. (orig.)

  14. Traumatic atlantoaxial subluxation, posterior transfacet fixation: a case report

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    Mario Cahueque Lemus

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Cervical spine injuries are often described as catastrophic events in neurological terms, with very low survival rate. Lesions to C3-C7 segment are the most common (about 80% followed by segment C1-C2 (20%. The cervical spine injuries are of great importance, both by severity as the neurological implications. It is important to consider that among cervical traumas that do not present neurological damage at the time of the accident, 10% have deficits later, so all cervical trauma should be considered as potential spinal cord traumas, until the evolution of the case shows that definitively there is no spinal cord or nerve root damage. Cases have been reported with both atlantooccipital and atlantoaxial dislocations without neurological deficit, so these lesions went unnoticed in the emergency services. Some of the events to be considered at the time of the accident are suboccipital pain on axial skull pressure and spontaneous stiffness of the patient's neck. Dysphagia, pain on palpation of the anterior neck and a visible increase of prepharyngeal mass can also be observed, which is why it is important to keep the suspicion of craniocervical trauma in all patients who have these symptoms and carry out the relevant tests. This paper presents a case of post-traumatic atlantoaxial dislocation, which showed no neurological deficit at the time of the accident, but was later presented, as well as the surgical procedure carried out.

  15. Atlantoaxial subluxation. Radiography and magnetic resonance imaging correlated to myelopathy

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    Yamashita, Y.; Takahashi, M.; Sakamoto, Y.; Kojima, R.

    Twenty-nine patients with atlantoaxial subluxation (18 with rheumatoid arthritis, 2 due to trauma, 4 with os odontoideum, and one each with polyarteritis nodosa, rheumatic fever, Klippel-Feil syndrome, achondroplasia, and cause unknown) were evaluated using a 0.22 tesla resistive MRI unit. Cord compression was classified into four grades according to the degree on magnetic resonance imaging. There were 7 patients with no thecal sac compression (grade 0), 10 with a minimal degree of subarachnoid space compression without cord compression (grade 1), 7 with mild cord compression (grade 2), and 5 with severe cord compression or cord atrophy (grade 3). Although the severity of myelopathy showed poor correlation with the atlantodental interval on conventional radiography, high correlation was observed between MR grading and the degree of myelopathy. The high signal intensity foci were observed in 7 or 12 patients with cord compression (grades 2 and 3) on T2 weighted images. Other frequently observed findings in rheumatoid arthritis included soft tissue masses of low to intermediate signal intensity in the paraodontoid space, erosions of the odontoid processes, and atlanto-axial impaction on T1 and T2 weighted images.

  16. Occipital neuralgia secondary to unilateral atlantoaxial osteoarthritis: Case report and review of the literature

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    Daipayan Guha

    2015-01-01

    Conclusions: Atlantoaxial arthrosis must be considered in the differential diagnosis of ON. Surgical treatment is effective for managing refractory cases. Intraoperative neuronavigation is also a useful adjunct to guide instrumentation and the intraoperative extent of bony decompression.

  17. Posterior atlanto-occipital and atlanto-axial area and its surgical interest

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    Newton José Godoy Pimenta

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Classic anatomical studies describe two membranes – atlanto-occipital and atlanto-axial in the posterior aspect of the craniocervical region. During many surgical procedures in this area, however, we have not found such membranes. Objective To clarify the anatomical aspects and structures taking part of the posterior atlanto-occipital and atlanto-axial area. Method Analysis of histological cuts of three human fetuses and anatomical studies of 8 adult human cadavers. Results In both atlanto-occipital and atlanto-axial areas, we have observed attachment between suboccipital deep muscles and the spinal cervical dura. However, anatomical description of such attachments could not be found in textbooks of anatomy. Conclusion Our study shows the absence of the classical atlanto-occipital and atlanto-axial membranes; the occipito-C1 and C1-C2 posterior intervals are an open area, allowing aponeurotic attachment among cervical dura mater and posterior cervical muscles.

  18. Posterior fixation and fusion with atlas pedicle screw system for upper cervical diseases

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    LI Lei; ZHOU Feng-hua; WANG Huan; CUI Shao-qian

    2008-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the feasibility, safety and efficacy of atlas pedicle screws system fixation and fusion for the treatment of upper cervical diseases. Methods: Twenty-three consecutive patients with up-per cervical disorders requiring stabilization, including 19 cases of atlantoaxial dislocation (4 congenital odontoid disconnections, 6 old odontoid fractures, 4 fresh odontoid fractures of Aderson Ⅱ C, 3 ruptures of the C1 transverse ligament, and 2 fractures ofC1), 2 cases ofC2 tumor (instability after the resection of the tumors), and 2 giant neurilemomas of C2-C3(instability after resection of the tumors), were treated by posterior fixation and fusion with the atlas pedicle screw system, in which the screws were inserted through the posterior arch of Cr The operative time, bleeding volume and complications were reported. All patients were immobilized without external fixation or with rigid cervical collars for 1-3 months. All patients were followed up and evaluated with radiographs and CT. Results: In the 23 patients, 46 C1 pedicle screws, 42 C2 pedicle screws and 6 lower cervical lateral mass screws and 2 lower cervical pedicle screws were placed. The mean operative time and bleeding volume was 2.7 hours and 490 ml respectively. No intraoperative complications were directly related to surgical technique. No neurological, vascular or infective complications were encountered. All patients were followed up for 3-36 months (average 15 months). Firm bony fusion was documented in all patients after 3-6 months. One patient with atlas fracture showed anterior occipitocervical fusion. There was no implant failure. Conclusions: Posterior fixation and fusion of the atlas pedicle screw system is feasible and safe for the treatment of upper cervical diseases, and may be applicable to a larger number of patients.

  19. One-off surgery of posterior reduction and fixation for the treatment of basilar invagination with atlantoaxial dislocation

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    LIU Jia-gang

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Objective To investigate the surgical treatment and clinical results for the primary basilar invagination (BI with atlantoaxial dislocation (AAD. Methods A retrospective study was performed. The study included 89 patients who had primary BI and AAD were surgically treated in our hospital from January 2008 to December 2011. There were 28 males and 61 females, aged between 10 and 69 years (mean 45.42 years. All patients were treated by the same 3-step surgical method. The first step, reduction of the AAD was performed by homemade odontoid repositor intraoperatively through posterior approach; the second step, AO stainless steel plates were fixed between the occiput and C2, 3 lateral mass screws; and the third step, occipitocervical fusion were completed by autologous iliac crest graft. Operation effect was recorded during follow-up period. Results Follow-up period was 6 to 48 months. Clinical symptoms were improved in 82.93% patients after the surgery. Japanse Orthopaedic Association (JOA score increased from preoperative (8.80 ± 1.36 points to postoperative (15.35 ± 1.47 points (t = 17.225, P = 0.001. In general, satisfactory decompression and bony fusion were shown on postoperative radiological examinations for all patients. Compared with pretreatment data, the postoperative imaging measurement showed that the mean data of atlanto-dental interval (ADI, 9.22 mm vs 3.72 mm and vertical dimension from the top of odontoid process to Chamberlain line (10.41 mm vs 3.23 mm were all reduced, and the cervicomedullary angle (130° vs 150° and space available of spinal cord (SAC, 11.13 mm vs 15.54 mm were all improved. Conclusion The one-off surgery of posterior reduction technique and fixing between occiput and C2, 3 lateral mass screws is a safe, easy, and effective treatment for patients with p

  20. Individualized posterior atlantoaxial short-segmental fixation for upper cervical injury%寰枢椎后路短节段个体化内固定治疗上颈椎损伤

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    李菊根; 黄彦; 杨进顺; 黄文铎; 史群伟; 谢楚海

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨寰枢椎椎弓根或侧块螺钉棒后路短节段内固定治疗上颈椎损伤的个体化置钉及其临床疗效. 方法 23例上颈椎损伤患者术前常规行颅骨牵引复位,个体化手术方案依据患者寰枢椎CT扫描及三维重建结果决定行椎弓根螺钉或侧块螺钉内固定以及螺钉的直径、长度和进钉点位置、方向、角度. 结果 术前Frankel分级C级6例、D级8例,术后均恢复至E级.随访6~36个月,所有患者内固定牢固,植骨均获得骨性愈合,其中3例年轻患者及1例寰椎左侧椎弓根螺钉偏外侧穿出骨皮质患者骨性愈合后取出内固定,临床效果均满意. 结论 个体化后路寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉或侧块螺钉钉棒固定系统是治疗上颈椎损伤的有效方法,具有三维固定牢固、固定节段短和术后并发症少等优点.%Objective To observe the individualized insertion choice in treatment of upper cervical injury with posterior atlantoaxial short-segmental pedicle screws or lateral mass screws and the relevant clinical outcome.Methods A total of 23 cases of upper cervical injuries received skull traction preoperatively.Individual surgery plan including internal fixation using pedicle screws or lateral mass screws as well as diameter,length,entry point,direction,and angle of screws was determined according to their atlantoaxial CT scan and three-dimensional reconstruction results.Results Six cases of Frankel grade C and eight of grade D were all recovered to grade E after operation.All cases presented rigid fixation and bony fusion in the follow-up of 6 to 36 months.Besides,screws were removed after bony fusion for three young cases and one case with left atlas pedicle screws emerged laterally out of cortex.Clinical outcome was all satisfactory.Conclusion Individualized posterior atlantoaxial fixation using pedicle screws or lateral mass screws is an effective way to treat upper cervical injury and gains advantages of stable

  1. Biomechanical characteristics of posterior fixation for repairing atlantoaxial instability%后路内固定系统修复寰枢椎不稳的生物力学特征

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    王诗军; 李钰婷; 李淳德

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND:With the development of atlantoaxial morphology, applied anatomy and biomechanics, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of atlantoaxial instability have attracted more and more attention. However, the development of effective fixation for atlantoaxial instability is relatively late, so scholars al over the world have made numerous studies. OBJECTIVE:To compare biomechanical functions of different fixations through atlantoaxial posterior approach, and to assess its stability. METHODS:We retrieved recent studies on comparative biomechanical evaluation and its primary clinical application of different posterior approaches in repair of atlantoaxial instability, and conducted a retrospective analysis by measuring the three-dimensional range of movement in normal atlantoaxial complex and atlantoaxial instability models. This analysis evaluated the stability of different fixations under normal three-dimensional atlantoaxial movement, and provided a biomechanical basis for reasonable fixator selection. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:Atlantoaxial posterior fixation included Gal ie wire fixation, Brooks fixation, Apofix and Halifax vertebral plate hook fixation, screw fixation through joint and atlantoaxial pedicle nail/rod fixation. Gal ie technique contributes to the reduction of anterior semiluxation, but its mechanical stability is poor. Brooks technique has strong rotation and stretch forces. Apofix and Halifix vertebral plate hook device provides strong anti-rotation and anti-antelocation strength, and is more stable than Gal ie technique in mechanics. The biomechanics of screw fixation through joint was better than wire technique and Halifax. The screw fixation avoids occipitocervical fusion, and has a high requirement to instal ation. When an internal fixator was selected, immediate cervical vertebra stability should be provided to protect spinal cord functions. Upper neck functions should be maintained to reach reduction and maintenance of occipital bone, atlas

  2. DLC screw preload. Loosening prevention

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    Ivete Aparecida de Mattias Sartori

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The screw loosening is a reason to prosthetic rehabilitation failure. However, the DLC (Diamond-like carbon screw treatment lead thefriction decrease and sliding between the components, which increases the screw preload benefit and decreases the chance of looseningoccurrence. This case shows a clinical indication of the association of the correct preload applied and the DLC screw, which can be considered an optimized protocol to solve screw loosening recidivate of unitary prosthesis in anterior maxillary site.

  3. A Case of Delayed Myelopathy Caused by Atlantoaxial Subluxation without Fracture

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    Ryo Takamatsu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of delayed myelopathy caused by atlantoaxial subluxation without fracture. The patient was a 38-year-old male who became aware of weakness in extremities. The patient had a history of hitting his head severely while diving into a swimming pool at the age of 14 years old. At that time, cervical spine plain X-ray images showed no fracture, and the cervical pain disappeared after use of a collar for several weeks. At his first visit to our department, X-ray images showed an unstable atlantoaxial joint. After surgery, weakness of the extremities gradually improved. At 6 months after surgery, bone union was completed and the symptoms disappeared. This case shows that atlantoaxial ligament injuries are difficult to diagnose and may easily be missed. A high level of suspicion is important in such cases, since neurological compromise or deterioration may occur many years after the injury.

  4. Non-traumatic atlanto-axial subluxation: Grisel's syndrome. Two case reports.

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    Cekinmez, Melih; Tufan, Kadir; Sen, Orhan; Caner, Hakan

    2009-04-01

    Two 8-year-old boys presented with complaints of torticollis and pain on neck turning. Both patients had a history of throat infection. Radiography and computed tomography demonstrated atlanto-axial subluxation. The patients were treated under diagnoses of Grisel's syndrome, unilateral or bilateral subluxation of the atlas on the axis associated with infection in the head or neck. Both patients were treated conservatively with bed rest, muscle relaxants, non-steroid anti-inflammatory agents, and immobilization with a soft cervical collar and cervical halter traction. The torticollis had resolved and reduction of atlanto-axial subluxation was confirmed within 2 weeks in both patients. Early diagnosis of Grisel's syndrome with appropriate antibiotics and a cervical collar, with halter traction if necessary, can achieve good outcome. Surgical treatment for the reduction of atlanto-axial subluxation should be reserved for persistent or recurrent cases.

  5. Biomechanical comparison of cervical transfacet pedicle screws versus pedicle screws

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    LIU Guan-yi; XU Rong-ming; MA Wei-hu; SUN Shao-hua; HUANG Lei; YING Jiang-wei; JIANG Wei-yu

    2008-01-01

    Background Transfacet pedicle screws provide another alternative for standard pedicle screw placement for plate fixation in the Iumbar spine. However, few studies looking at transfacet pedicle screw fixation in the cervical spine are available. Therefore, cervical transfacet pedicle screw fixation and standard pedicle screw fixation techniques were biomechanically compared in this study.Methods Ten fresh human cadaveric cervical spines were harvested. On one side, transfacet pedicle screws were placed at the C3-4, C5-6, and C7-T1 levels. On the other side, pedicle screws were placed at the C3, C5, and C7 levels. The screw insertion technique at each level was randomized for right or left. The starting point for the transfacet pedicle screw insertion was located at the midpoint of the inferolateral quadrant of the lateral mass and the direction of the screw was about 50° caudally in the sagittal plane and about 45° toward the midline in the axial plane. Screws were placed from the inferior articular process, across the facet complex and the pedicle into the body of the caudal vertebra. The entry point for the pedicle screw was located at the midpoint of the superolateral quadrant of the lateral mass, and the direction of the screw was about 45° toward the midline in the axial plane and toward the upper third of the vertebral body in the sagittal plane. After screw placement we performed axial pullout testing.Results All the cervical transfacet pedicle screws and the pedicle screws were inserted successfully. The mean pullout strength for the transfacet pedicle screws was 694 N, while for the pedicle screws 670 N (P=-0.013). In all but six instances (10%), the pedicle screw pullout values exceeded the values for the transfacet pedicle screws; this occurred three times at the C3/C4 level, twice at the C5/C6 level and once at the C7/T1 level. The greatest pullout strength difference at a single level was observed at the C5/C6 level, with a mean difference of 38 N (t

  6. Traumatic atlantoaxial rotatory fixation associated with C2 articular facet fracture in adult patient: Case report

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    Mehdi Bellil

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Traumatic atlantoaxial rotatory fixation is a very rare injury in adults which is often misdiagnosed initially. Its combination with C2 fractures is predominated by dens lesions. Therapeutic management is challenging because of the difficulty to achieve optimal reduction and permanent stability. We report a rare case of traumatic atlantoaxial rotatory fixation in a 56-year-old women associated with C2 articular facet fracture successfully treated by conservative means after patient-awake manual reduction with optimal functional and radiographic outcome.

  7. Squamous cell carcinoma causing dorsal atlantoaxial spinal cord compression in a dog.

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    Miyazaki, Yuta; Aikawa, Takeshi; Nishimura, Masaaki; Iwata, Munetaka; Kagawa, Yumiko

    2016-10-01

    A 12-year-old Chihuahua dog was presented for cervical pain and progressive tetraparesis. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed spinal cord compression due to a mass in the dorsal atlantoaxial region. Surgical treatment was performed. The mass was histopathologically diagnosed as a squamous cell carcinoma. The dog recovered to normal neurologic status after surgery.

  8. A C1-2 locked facet in a child with atlantoaxial rotatory fixation. Case report.

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    Missori, Paolo; Miscusi, Massimo; Paolini, Sergio; DiBiasi, Claudio; Finocchi, Vannina; Peschillo, Simone; Delfini, Roberto

    2005-12-01

    Conservative treatment is reported in a child with atlantoaxial rotatory fixation. Three-dimensional (3D) computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging demonstrated the degree of dislocation and alar ligament damage. A rigid cervical collar and muscle relaxant agents without any traction allowed full recovery. Control 3D CT scanning and MR imaging findings are reported.

  9. Screw bondgraph contact dynamics

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    Visser, Martijn; Stramigioli, Stefano; Heemskerk, Cock

    2002-01-01

    This paper presents an elegant contact dynamics model in screw bondgraph form. It can model the contact between any two objects of finite curvature. It does so by defining a Gauss frame on the surfaces of both objects in the points that are closest to each other. Then it describes how the Gauss fram

  10. NUT SCREW MECHANISMS

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    Glass, J.A.F.

    1958-07-01

    A reactor control mechanism is described wherein the control is achieved by the partial or total withdrawal of the fissile material which is in the form of a fuel rod. The fuel rod is designed to be raised and lowered from the reactor core area by means of two concentric ball nut and screw assemblies that may telescope one within the other. These screw mechanisms are connected through a magnetic clutch to a speed reduction gear and an accurately controllable prime motive source. With the clutch energized, the fuel rod may be moved into the reactor core area, and fine adjustments may be made through the reduction gearing. However, in the event of a power failure or an emergency signal, the magnetic clutch will become deenergized, and the fuel rod will drop out of the core area by the force of gravity, thus shutting down the operation of the reactor.

  11. Combined circular external fixation and open reduction internal fixation with pro-syndesmotic screws for repair of a diabetic ankle fracture

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    Zacharia Facaros

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The surgical management of ankle fractures among the diabetic population is associated with higher complication rates compared to the general population. Efforts toward development of better methods in prevention and treatment are continuously evolving for these injuries. The presence of peripheral neuropathy and the possible development of Charcot neuroarthropathy in this high risk patient population have stimulated much surgical interest to create more stable osseous constructs when open reduction of an ankle fracture/dislocation is required. The utilization of multiple syndesmotic screws (pro-syndesmotic screws to further stabilize the ankle mortise has been reported by many foot and ankle surgeons. In addition, transarticular Steinmann pins have been described as an adjunct to traditional open reduction with internal fixation (ORIF of the ankle to better stabilize the talus, thus minimizing risk of further displacement, malunion, and Charcot neuroarthropathy. The authors present a unique technique of ORIF with pro-syndesmotic screws and the application of a multi-plane circular external fixator for management of a neglected diabetic ankle fracture that prevented further deformity while allowing a weight-bearing status. This technique may be utilized for the management of complex diabetic ankle fractures that are prone to future complications and possible limb loss.

  12. ROTARY SCREW SYSTEMS IN CEMENT

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    The article presents results of research of rotary-screw systems in relation to the creation of rotary kilns for the annealing of-cuttings in the preparation of cement clinker. Using the proposed design, in comparison with known designs of similar purpose, it significantly improves performance, reduces size and power consumption through the use of rotary screw systems in the form of screw rotors and drums made hollow with sidewalls assembled from separate strips or plates of different geometr...

  13. Recurrent atlantoaxial synovial cyst resection via a navigation-guided, endoscope-assisted posterior approach

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    Roberto Colasanti

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Atlantoaxial cysts are rare, and only 46 histologically confirmed cases have been reported. Case Description: A 75-year-old male presented 2 years ago with headache, neck pain, loss of balance, and episodic dysphagia, for which he had undergone posterior cervical drainage of a left-sided atlantoaxial cyst. Although his original symptoms resolved, they recurred 2 years later and were correlated with an enhanced MR that showed a recurrent left C1-C2 synovial cyst causing marked cervical cord compression. It was successfully resected through a navigation-guided, endoscope-assisted posterior approach. The patient′s symptoms/signs resolved completely, and he has remained symptom-free for over 30 months postoperatively, with no evidence of recurrence on MR or craniocervical instability. Conclusions: A patient who successfully underwent resection of a recurrent synovial cervical cyst using a navigation-guided, endoscope-assisted posterior approach has been reported here.

  14. A stiff collar can restrict atlantoaxial instability in rheumatoid cervical spine in selected cases.

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    Kauppi, M; Anttila, P.

    1995-01-01

    OBJECTIVE--To study the efficiency of a stiff collar in restricting the instability of anterior atlantoaxial subluxation (AAS). METHODS--Twenty two successive patients with an unstable AAS were studied. Lateral view radiographs were taken of the cervical spine in flexion, extension, and neutral positions without a collar, and in full flexion with a custom made stiff collar. RESULTS--The collar restricted more than 30% of the maximal instability of the AAS in 50% of the patients. These patient...

  15. Odontoid pannus formation in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis causing atlanto-axial instability.

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    Rajak, Rizwan; Wardle, Phil; Rhys-Dillon, Ceril; Martin, James C

    2012-02-25

    Ankylosing spondylitis is one of the commonest inflammatory diseases of the axial skeleton and can be complicated by atlanto-axial instability. This serious and likely underestimated complication can be easily overlooked. However, there are clear features which can help alert suspicion to initiate the appropriate investigations with imaging that is very effective at diagnosing and assessing this complication. The authors report an unusual case where odontoid pannus formation, akin to that seen in rheumatoid arthritis, was the underlying cause.

  16. Odontoid pannus formation in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis causing atlanto-axial instability

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    Rajak, Rizwan; Wardle, Phil; Rhys-Dillon, Ceril; Martin, James C.

    2012-01-01

    Ankylosing spondylitis is one of the commonest inflammatory diseases of the axial skeleton and can be complicated by atlanto-axial instability. This serious and likely underestimated complication can be easily overlooked. However, there are clear features which can help alert suspicion to initiate the appropriate investigations with imaging that is very effective at diagnosing and assessing this complication. The authors report an unusual case where odontoid pannus formation, akin to that see...

  17. A diagnose not to miss: Rotatory Atlantoaxial subluxation in emergency service

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    Umut OCAK

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The objective of this study is to take attention to atlantoaxial subluxations especially in pediatric population that may be misdiagnosed in the emergency services easily. When diagnosed early in the emergency services, it may be corrected with ease and the treatment is more likely to be conservative. Method: Seven patients with atlantoaxial rotatory subluxation (AARS, between ages of 5 and 13, who admitted to our emergency service between 1 July 2013 - 1 September 2014 were examined retrospectively. Results: All patients were treated conservatively with bed rest, muscle relaxants and rigid cervical collar. None of them needed surgery. Conclusions: Atlantoaxial rotatory subluxation (AARS is one of the main types of cervical spine anomalies seen in pediatric patients and is a rare condition that is often misdiagnosed and therefore incorrectly managed especially in emergency services. The diagnosis requires a high index of suspicion. Many pediatric cervical spine injuries can be treated with external immobilization and AARS is almost always reducible. Pediatric population is prone to upper spine injuries due to ligamentous laxity and AARS should always be kept in mind especially in emergency services.

  18. Atlanto-axial dislocation complicating a type II odontoid fracture. Reduction and final fixation.

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    Riouallon, G; Pascal-Moussellard, H

    2014-05-01

    A case of traumatic posterolateral C1-C2 dislocation associated with odontoid fracture is reported. This is a rare case of traumatic posterolateral C1-C2 dislocation associated with odontoid fracture. Its management is discussed. A traumatic dislocation of atlanto-axial joint associated with an odontoid fracture remains a rare injury. No case of posterior dislocation has been reported so far in the literature with this type of management. The case is of a 25 year-old-man with a primary atlanto-axial posterolateral dislocation associated with a type II displaced odontoid fracture without any neurological complication. The patient underwent gentle traction during 24 hours with a halo frame. An incomplete reduction was achieved. Two days later, a complete reduction was obtained thanks to a preoperative manual traction maintained by a Mayfield (R) modified skull clamp. Anterior C1-C2 fixation was performed according to Vaccaro's technique. The patient wore a cervical collar and underwent physiotherapy during three months. To our best knowledge, this case represents the first traumatic atlanto-axial dislocation associated with an odontoid fracture which was treated through retropaharyngeal approach. This had been rendered possible thanks to the final reduction maneuver in extension.

  19. A screwing device for handling and assembly of micro screws

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    Gegeckaite, Asta; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard; Eriksson, Torbjörn Gerhard

    2007-01-01

    Nowadays, the application of specially designed handling devices in micro technology is an important topic and a necessity for the industry. Conventional methods for screwing can not be applied directly to micro screws. This is caused by the 3D micro object geometry and dimensions which inducing ...

  20. Unilateral lag-screw technique for an isolated anterior 1/4 atlas fracture

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    Semih Keskil

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Study Design: Fractures of the atlas are classified based on the fracture location and associated ligamentous injury. Among patients with atlas fractures treated using external immobilization, nonunion of the fracture could be seen. Objective: Ideally, treatment strategy for an unstable atlas fracture would involve limited fixation to maintain the fracture fragments in a reduced position without restricting the range of motion (ROM of the atlantoaxial and atlantooccipital joints. Summary of Background Data: Such a result can be established using either transoral limited internal fixation or limited posterior lateral mass fixation. However, due to high infection risk and technical difficulty, posterior approaches are preferred but none of these techniques can fully address anterior 1/4 atlas fractures such as in this case. Materials and Methods: A novel open and direct technique in which a unilateral lag screw was placed to reduce and stabilize a progressively widening isolated right-sided anterior 1/4 single fracture of C 1 that was initially treated with a rigid cervical collar is described. Results: Radiological studies made after the surgery showed no implant failure, good cervical alignment, and good reduction with fusion of C 1 . Conclusions: It is suggested that isolated C 1 fractures can be surgically reduced and immobilized using a lateral compression screw to allow union and maintain both C 1-0 and C 1-2 motions, and in our knowledge this is the first description of the use of a lag screw to achieve reduction of distracted anterior 1/4 fracture fragments of the C1 from a posterior approach. This technique has the potential to become a valuable adjunct to the surgeon′s armamentarium, in our opinion, only for fractures with distracted or comminuted fragments whose alignment would not be expected to significantly change with classical lateral mass screw reduction.

  1. Biomechanical study on the posterior screw fixation in the lower cervical spine%下颈椎后路螺钉固定的生物力学研究进展

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    林华杰; 徐荣明; 刘观燚

    2011-01-01

    So far,the fixation in the lower cervical spine through posterior approach technology has commonly been used,besides the lateral screw and pedicle screw techniques,transarticular screw and laminar screw techniques have being paid more attention recently. This article introduced four screw fixation ways in the lower cervical spine through posterior approach and reviewed the recent biomechanics studies of four screw fixation techniques. The biomechanics study includes stabilization,pollout strength, insertion technique, and screw characteristic and so on. Lateral screw and pedicle screw techniques have become an effective internal fixation way for the lower cervical spine instability because of their superior stabilization and higher pollout strength. Transarticular screw fixation has become a new way to fix the lower cervical spine through posterior approach,which has widely surgical indications. Besides, this technique is relatively safe, simple and has achieved favorable curative effect in clinic. Laminar screw fixation technique is rarely used in clinic, but the study of anatomy and biomechanics confirmed that this technique can be applied as a salvage technique in clinic. Above four techniques of the screw fixation in the lower cervical spine through posterior approach have advantages and disadvantages, respectively, and the application in clinic is different. Through the biomechanics study of these techniques will contribute to the development of the techniques of the screw fixation in the lower cervical spine through posterior approach and guide the clinical work effectively.%目前,下颈椎后路螺钉固定除侧块螺钉和椎弓根螺钉技术已普遍应用外,经关节螺钉和经椎板螺钉固定技术也逐渐被重视.本文就此介绍下颈椎后路4种螺钉固定方式,并对各自固定技术的生物力学研究现状进行综述.生物力学研究内容包括三维稳定性、抗拔出力、置钉技术和螺钉特点等.侧块螺钉和椎

  2. The pullout performance of pedicle screws

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    Demir, Teyfik

    2015-01-01

    This brief book systematically discusses all subjects that affect the pullout strength of pedicle screws. These screws are used in spinal surgeries to stabilize the spine. The holding strength of the pedicle screw is vital since loosening of the pedicle screws can cause revision surgeries. Once the pedicle screw is pulled out, it is harder to obtain same stabilization for the fused vertebrae. The book reviews the effect of screw designs, application techniques, cement augmentation, coating of the screw and test conditions on the pullout strength. The studies with finite element analysis were also included.

  3. Carbon nanotube Archimedes screws.

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    Oroszlány, László; Zólyomi, Viktor; Lambert, Colin J

    2010-12-28

    Recently, nanomechanical devices composed of a long stationary inner carbon nanotube and a shorter, slowly rotating outer tube have been fabricated. In this paper, we study the possibility of using such devices as nanoscale transducers of motion into electricity. When the outer tube is chiral, we show that such devices act like quantum Archimedes screws, which utilize mechanical energy to pump electrons between reservoirs. We calculate the pumped charge from one end of the inner tube to the other, driven by the rotation of a chiral outer nanotube. We show that the pumped charge can be greater than one electron per 360° rotation, and consequently, such a device operating with a rotational frequency of 10 MHz, for example, would deliver a current of ≈1 pAmp.

  4. Acquired Chiari malformation secondary to atlantoaxial vertical subluxation in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis combined with atlanto-occipital assimilation.

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    Kimura, Yuiko; Seichi, Atsushi; Gomi, Akira; Kojima, Masahiro; Inoue, Hirokazu; Kimura, Atsushi

    2012-01-01

    A 65-year-old woman with a history of rheumatoid arthritis presented with a rare case of acquired Chiari malformation secondary to atlantoaxial vertical subluxation, associated with congenital atlanto-occipital assimilation. Syringomyelia and tetraparesis improved immediately after posterior fossa decompression and simultaneous occipito-cervical junction fusion. The progression of acquired Chiari malformation is not well known. We concluded that coexisting assimilation accelerated crowded foramen magnum following atlantoaxial vertical subluxation and induced acquired Chiari malformation over the course of a few years.

  5. Three-dimensional CT angiography study on the relations between the vertebral artery and atlantoaxial joint

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    DUAN Shao-yin; LU Shao-mao; YE Feng; LIN Qing-chi; CHEN Liao-bin

    2009-01-01

    Background The vertebral artery (VA) and atlantoaxial joint (AAJ), with complicated structures, are located in the depths of the head-neck boundary area, the regional anatomy of which cannot be shown globally and directly. This study aims to evaluate three-dimensional CT angiography (3DCTA) in displaying the AAJ, atlantoaxial segment of the vertebral artery (ASVA) and the identification of their interrelations.Methods Sixty-eight subjects without pathology of the ASVA and AAJ were selected from head-neck CTA examination. All the 3D images were formed with volume rendering (VR) together with techniques of separating, fusing, opacifying and false-coloring (SFOF). On the 3D images, the ASVA and AAJ were observed, and their interrelations were measured.Results All the 3DCTA images were of high quality and up to our requirements. They could cleady and directly show the ASVA, ascending along the AAJ. There were 5 curves in the course of the ASVA, of which 2 curves were away from the atlantoaxial joint, one in the 2nd curve of 0.0 mm-5.4 mm, the other in the 4th of 2.6 mm-9.2 mm. There was no significant difference in the measurements between left and dght (P>0.05). The curved parts of the ASVA slightly expanded, with the biggest diameter of 5.6 mm in the 4th curve. Statistical comparison shows that the left ASVA is larger than the right (P<0.05). Variations of the ASVA were found in 8 cases and of the AAJ in 12.Conclusions 3DCTA can globally and directly demonstrate the structures of the AAJ, ASVA and their interrelations. The 3D imaging data make up and enrich the research contents of regional anatomy and lay the foundation for related study and applications.

  6. Case report 344: Tuberculous spondyilitis resulting in atlanto-axial dislocation

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    Dowd, C.F.; Sartoris, D.J.; Resnick, D.; Haghighi, P.

    1986-01-01

    In summary, this case exhibits many of the typical features of atlanto-axial tuberculous spondylitis, including its presenting symptomatology and radiological manifestations. No other sites of tuberculous involvement were discovered on subsequent work-up in this patient. He was treated with traction and transoral debridement of soft tissues and bone, followed by anti-tuberculous chemotherapy for eight weeks and a posterior spinal fusion. The patient subsequently recovered full motor and sensory function and is currently undergoing rehabilitation therapy several months following surgery.

  7. Self-energized screw coupling

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    Lefever, A. E.; Totah, R. S.

    1980-01-01

    Threaded coupling carries its own store of rotational energy. Originally developed to ease task of astronauts assembling structures in space, coupling offers same advantages in other hazardous operations, such as underwater and in and around nuclear reactors. Coupling consists of two parts: crew portion and receptacle. When screw portion is inserted into receptacle and given slight push by operator, trigger pins release ratchet, allowing energy stored in springs to rotate screw into nut in receptacle.

  8. ODONTOID PROCESS HYPOPLASIA AND BIPARTITE ATLAS ASSOCIATED WITH ATLANTO-AXIAL INSTABILITY

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    Luis Miguel Sousa Marques

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Surgical treatment of craniocervical junction pathology has evolved considerably in recent years with the implementation of short fixation techniques rather than long occipito-cervical fixation (sub-axial. It is often difficult and sometimes misleading to determine the particular bone and vascular features (high riding vertebral artery, for instance using only the conventional images in three orthogonal planes (axial, sagittal and coronal. The authors describe a rare clinical case of congenital malformation of the craniovertebral junction consisting of hypoplasia/agenesis of the odontoid process and bipartite atlas associated with atlantoaxial instability which was diagnosed late in life in a patient with a previous history of rheumatologic disease. The authors refer to the diagnostic process, including new imaging techniques, and three-dimensional multiplanar reconstruction. The authors also discuss the surgical technique and possible alternatives.

  9. Cerebral salt wasting syndrome following atlantoaxial fracture dislocation in Down syndrome.

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    Abdel-Latif, Mohamed El-Amin; Chan, Patrick W-K; Goh, Adrian Yu-Teik; Lum, Lucy Chai-See

    2009-01-01

    We describe cerebral salt wasting syndrome (CSWS) in a 5-year-old female child with Down syndrome who had acute myelopathy secondary to chronic atlantoaxial subluxation and fracture dislocation of the odontoid process. The patient developed hyponatraemia associated with excessive urine output and elevated urine sodium concentration following her injury. An administered volume-for-volume replacement of urine loss with 0.9% sodium chloride resulted in an excellent outcome. This patient illustrates the importance of ascertaining CSWS in children with spinal cord disorders, in addition to the syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone (SIADH) secretion and diabetes insipidus (DI) commonly encountered following a central nervous system (CNS) injury, as the specific treatment approaches is clearly associated with an excellent outcome.

  10. Treatment of atlantoaxial rotatory fixation with botulinum toxin muscle block and manipulation.

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    Lin, Chia-Hung; Chen, Chun-Jung; Chen, Chuan-Mu; Liao, Su-Lan; Raung, Shue-Ling; Tsai, Sen-Wei

    2010-04-01

    Slippage after reduction of atlantoaxial rotatory fixation (AARF) is usually treated with repeated cervical traction and brace immobilization. To date, no data have been published on the management of muscle spasm during treatment. Here, we describe the case of a 7-year-old girl with AARF for 1 month who visited our hospital for treatment. During physical examination, spasm of the sternocleidomastoid muscle was noted. The patient was treated with manipulative reduction, and slippage after reduction was managed with botulinum spasticity block of the sternocleidomastoid and splenius capitis muscles, and repeated manipulation. Cervical orthosis immobilization with a rehabilitation program of isometric contract-relax exercise for the neck was conducted for 3 months. The subject had full recovery from AARF at 1-year follow-up. This report demonstrates that, in selected cases of slippage after reduction from AARF, conservative management with manipulation under anesthesia is a good method, and the muscle components may play a crucial role in AARF.

  11. Subluxação atlantoaxial em 14 cães (2003-2008

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    Diego V. Beckmann

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi realizar um estudo retrospectivo dos casos de subluxação atlantoaxial em cães, por meio de consulta dos registros neurológicos do Hospital Veterinário Universitário (HVU, entre os anos de 2003 e 2008. Foram identificados a raça, o sexo, a idade, a etiologia, os sinais neurológicos, a duração dos sinais clínicos, o tratamento empregado, a resposta ao tratamento, o tempo de recuperação, a recidiva e a relação entre a duração dos sinais clínicos e a recuperação pós-operatória. Foram feitos o diagnóstico de subluxação atlantoaxial em 14 cães, sendo as raças Poodle (35,7%, Pinscher (21,4% e Yorkshire Terrier (21,4% as mais acometidas e a maioria (92,8% com idade inferior a 24 meses. A principal causa da instabilidade foi a agenesia do processo odontoide do áxis (71,4% e os sinais clínicos variaram desde hiperestesia cervical até tetraparesia não ambulatória. O tratamento predominante foi o cirúrgico, que demonstrou ser eficaz com recuperação satisfatória em 90% dos casos e menor possibilidade de recidiva, quando comparado ao trata,mento clínico. O tempo de recuperação predominante foi de 30-60 dias após a cirurgia, não existindo relação deste com a duração dos sinais clínicos.A retrospective study on atlantoaxial subluxation in dogs was done by reviewing the cases filed from 2003 to 2008 in the neurological records of the Veterinary Hospital of the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, at Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The following data were identified: Breed, sex, age, etiology, clinical signs, duration of clinical course, assessment of the therapy employed and its efficacy, response to treatment and relapse. Fourteen dogs were diagnosed as affected by atlantoaxial subluxation and the condition was more frequent in dogs under twenty-four month old years and of toy breeds, such as Poodle (35.7%, Pinscher (21.4% and Yorkshire terrier (21.4%. The main cause found for

  12. CT findings and surgical treatment of atlanto-axial rotatory fixation. A case report

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    Shoji, Akira; Harano, Hideyuki; Okumura, Terufumi (Fukuroi Municipal Hospital, Shizuoka (Japan)); Nakagawa, Hiroshi; Sugiyama, Tadamitsu

    1984-07-01

    A case of atlanto-axial rotatory fixation (AARF) was presented in a 19-year-old female who developed sudden onset of neck pain and limitation of neck movement after direct carotid angiography for seizure disorder. Neurological examination was negative except for cock-robin posture and mild hypesthesia and hypalgesia in left C/sub 2/ distribution. Plain films of the cervical spine disclosed abnormal alignment of C/sub 1/-C/sub 2/ and possible rotational dislocation. Bilateral selective vertebral angiography showed marked anterior and posterior displacement of left and right vertebral artery, respectively, at the level of C/sub 1/. On CT metrizamide myelography, there was clockwise rotation of C/sub 1/ on C/sub 2/ with locked facet on the left but no evidence of cord compression was found. With diagnosis of AARF, manual reduction under general anesthesia and with fluoroscopic control was first attempted without success. Therefore, the patient underwent open reduction by using high speed air-drill and posterior fusion of C/sub 1/ to C/sub 3/ with acryl and wire. Postoperative course was uneventful and the patient went back to work as a computer operator in three months. The etiology of AARF was described by many authors, but in our case, congenital hypogenesis of transverse and alar ligaments plus minor trauma was most suggested. For neurological manifestations of AARF, occipital neuralgia, headache, neck pain, limitation of neck movement and cock-robin posture were reported, but the cock-robin posture was most characteristic and was an important symptom for the early diagnosis. In neuroradiological findings of AARF, plain CT and CT metrizamide myelography are very useful. Because they clearly demonstrate the degree of rotation and interlocking of atlanto-axial joints, and the presence of cord compression.

  13. Cancellous Screws Are Biomechanically Superior to Cortical Screws in Metaphyseal Bone.

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    Wang, Tim; Boone, Christopher; Behn, Anthony W; Ledesma, Justin B; Bishop, Julius A

    2016-09-01

    Cancellous screws are designed to optimize fixation in metaphyseal bone environments; however, certain clinical situations may require the substitution of cortical screws for use in cancellous bone, such as anatomic constraints, fragment size, or available instrumentation. This study compares the biomechanical properties of commercially available cortical and cancellous screw designs in a synthetic model representing various bone densities. Commercially available, fully threaded, 4.0-mm outer-diameter cortical and cancellous screws were tested in terms of pullout strength and maximum insertion torque in standard-density and osteoporotic cancellous bone models. Pullout strength and maximum insertion torque were both found to be greater for cancellous screws than cortical screws in all synthetic densities tested. The magnitude of difference in pullout strength between cortical and cancellous screws increased with decreasing synthetic bone density. Screw displacement prior to failure and total energy absorbed during pullout strength testing were also significantly greater for cancellous screws in osteoporotic models. Stiffness was greater for cancellous screws in standard and osteoporotic models. Cancellous screws have biomechanical advantages over cortical screws when used in metaphyseal bone, implying the ability to both achieve greater compression and resist displacement at the screw-plate interface. Surgeons should preferentially use cancellous over cortical screws in metaphyseal environments where cortical bone is insufficient for fixation. [Orthopedics.2016; 39(5):e828-e832.].

  14. 经口寰枢椎前路钢板固定有限元分析及临床意义%The finite element analysis and clinical significance of through the mouth atlanto-axial vertebral anterior plate fixation

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    王海燕; 张琪; 李筱贺; 李志军; 高尚; 张少杰; 王星; 蔡永强; 王志强; 马界荣

    2015-01-01

    Objective To analyze through the mouth atlanto-axial vertebral anterior plate fixation in finite element for the development of the segmental anterior fixation surgery and to provide the reference of inner plant improvement. Methods One case, male, 36 years old, 64 kg weight was randomly selected in January 2014 in our hospital, whom was excluded of the skull-atlanto-axial vertebral disease. The patient received scanning with a thickness of 0.625 mm;Image data were rebuilt in the Mimics16.01 software and Pro/ENGINEER4.0 software was used to rebuild the atlanto-axial vertebral anterior plate. After reconstruction of steel screw 3D model according to the classic through the mouth,the model was imported into Mimics16.01 and the model surface was meshed and material assigned. The model was then imported into Ansys14.0, and was forced 80 N vertical loading. The surface was applied 15 Nm torque to simulate three-motion state example, forward bends, stretch, side-bending. The stress and deformation of screw and rod were measured. Results Atlanto-axial vertebral three-dimensional reconstruction model were divided into 39842 individual grid and the model was loaded. The stress of upper screw root in bend was biggest (62.34 ± 5.52) Mpa (F=73.23, P<0.05, the difference was statistically significant).A screw of the root and the top, lateral stress was the largest, respectively were (78.42 ± 5.5.14) Mpa (F=112.32, P<0.05);(95.48 ± 7.12)Mpa (F=62.32, P<0.05), the difference had statistical significance; Under three different motion state and a screw root stress, Upper screw root stress in bending forward was greater than the lower (forward bends, stretch and lateral bending state , t value were 12.2, 9.23, 22.98, P<0.05, differences were statistically significant), and in the lateral current screw root stress was greater than the upper;In the same movement state, the top was greater than the root, the differences were statistically significant (forward bends, stretch and

  15. Retro-odontoid ''ghost'' pseudotumours in atlanto-axial instability caused by rheumatoid arthritis

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    Kenez, J. (Dept. of Neurology, Semmelweis Medical Univ., Budapest (Hungary)); Turoczy, L. (Dept. of Neurosurgery, National Inst. of Traumatology, Budapest (Hungary)); Barsi, P. (Dept. of Neurology, Semmelweis Medical Univ., Budapest (Hungary)); Veres, R. (Dept. of Neurosurgery, National Inst. of Traumatology, Budapest (Hungary))

    1993-05-01

    Among 27 cases of marked atlanto-axial instability investigated in the last 10 years we found three with reducible dislocation, in which a cystic 'ghost' pseudo-tumours appeared behind the odontoid, maintaining cord compression even in the reduced position, thus influencing the strategy of operative treatment. The cervical spine and the craniocervical region were examined by conventional tomogrpaphy, myelotomography, CT, CT myelography (following melography), and recently in some cases with MRI. (orig./UWA)

  16. 经后路内固定植骨融合治疗游离齿突小骨伴寰枢椎脱位%Posterior fixation and fusion for treatment of Os odontoideum complicated by atlantoaxial dislocation

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    张辉; 靳安民; 张力; 周治来; 段扬; 闵少雄

    2012-01-01

    Objecfive To summarize the techniques and evaluate the therapeutic effect of posterior fixation and fusion in the treatment of Os odontoideum complicated by atlantoaxial dislocation. Methods From March, 2007 to October, 2010,10 patients with Os odontoideum (including 6 male and 4 female patients aged from 20 to 65 years, mean 39.8 years) were treated in our hospital. Before and after the operation, the patients underwent X ray, CT and MRI examinations to measure and evaluate the degree of dislocation and neural compression. After preoperative traction for 1-2 weeks, all the 10 patients showed reductible atlantoaxial dislocation. Through a posterior approach, Atlantoaxial pedicle screws fixation were performed in 9 cases, and C2/ 3 pedicle-Occiput screw fixation was performed in 1 case. All the patients wore cervical collars as external support for 3 months after the operation. Results The mean operative time was 3 h in these patients with a mean intraoperative blood loss of 420 ml. The symptoms were relieved after the surgery in all the patients, who showed no neck pain or neurological defects. The patients were followed up for 6 to 52 months (mean 22 months), and bony fusion was observed in all the 10 cases within 6 to 8 months without such complications as internal fixation failure or redislocation of the atlas. Conclusion Patients with Os odontoideum complicated by atlantoaxial dislocation should undergo surgical stabilization to avoid severe neurological injury. Pedicle screw instrument in the atlas allows restoration of the spinal stability, short-segment fusion, and maximal preservation of the mobility of the neck.%目的 探讨后路复位内固定治疗游离齿突小骨伴寰枢椎脱位的方法及疗效.方法 2007年3月~2010年10月,收治10例游离齿突小骨伴寰枢椎脱位患者,男6例,女4例;年龄20~65岁,平均39.8岁,术前摄颈椎正侧位X片,CT及MRI检查,评价脱位及脊髓受压程度.术前经1~2周牵引,10

  17. Atlantoaxial subluxation as an early manifestation in an adolescent with undifferentiated spondyloarthritis: a case report and review of the literature

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    Jea Andrew

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Atlantoaxial instability has been described as a manifestation of ankylosing spondylitis (juvenile and adult onset, reactive arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis; however, it has rarely been reported as an early manifestation of these disorders. We present this case report to increase awareness of the condition in the hope that earlier recognition of this disease may prevent further serious injury. Case presentation We report the case of a 17-year-old Hispanic adolescent woman who was initially diagnosed with undifferentiated spondyloarthritis due to peripheral arthritis, enthesitis, a positive human leukocyte antigen B27 result, and inflammatory spinal pain lasting two months. Our patient experienced persistent and worsening occipitocervical pain and signs of myelopathy three months after diagnosis; consequently, we found atlantoaxial instability along with cervical spine bone erosion and pannus formation. She was treated surgically with a C1-2 posterior instrumented fusion and at six weeks post-operatively was started on tumor necrosis factor α blockade. Her occipitocervical symptoms subsided following surgery and initiation of immunomodulation. Conclusions Our report serves to emphasize to pediatric and adult general practitioners, pediatricians, internists, family physicians, pediatric and adult rheumatologists and spine surgeons that atlantoaxial subluxation may be an early manifestation of spondyloarthritis, and that the condition is treatable by surgical intervention and immunomodulation.

  18. MODIFIED PERIODONTAL EXPLORER FOR EXPANSION SCREW ACTIVATION

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    Srinivasan

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Accidents with expansion screw activation keys are r eported in the literature 1,2 . A simple method to prevent such accident is to use a modified periodontal explorer as a key for expansion screw activation. A no.17 per iodontal explorer (fig 1 is cut at its first terminal bend (fig 2. The second section is bent m ore vertically to the long axis of the shaft (fig 3. This part which is tapered and stiff enough to ac tivate the screw is tried extra orally into the screw. It is further trimmed in such a way that onl y a mm of instrument can project through the screw hole (fig 4. Now a safe key for activating t he maxillary expansion screw is ready to use (fig 5. Once the patient’s parent or guardian succes sfully repeat the activation procedure in office, the instrument can be given to them for hom e use

  19. Shock-Absorbent Ball-Screw Mechanism

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    Hirr, Otto A., Jr.; Meneely, R. W.

    1986-01-01

    Actuator containing two ball screws in series employs Belleville springs to reduce impact loads, thereby increasing life expectancy. New application of springs increases reliability of equipment in which ball screws commonly used. Set of three springs within lower screw of ball-screw mechanism absorbs impacts that result when parts reach their upper and lower limits of movement. Mechanism designed with Belleville springs as shock-absorbing elements because springs have good energy-to-volume ratio and easily stacked to attain any stiffness and travel.

  20. C1-C2 rotary subluxation following posterior stabilization for congenital atlantoaxial dislocation.

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    Behari S

    2000-04-01

    Full Text Available The authors report a rare complication of C1-C2 rotary subluxation in two children following posterior stabilization for congenital atlantoaxial dislocation (AAD. A patient, with mobile AAD, underwent Brook′s C1-C2 fusion while the other, with fixed AAD, underwent transoral decompression followed by Jain′s occipitocervical fusion. A pre-existing ligamentous laxity associated with an asymmetrical wire tightening or slippage of the wires due to rotation of the neck in the former, and the drilling of the C1-C2 lateral joints during the transoral procedure in the latter, could have contributed to the rotary subluxation. Both patients presented with persistent torticollis due to fusion in an asymmetrical position with dislocated facet joints. Rotary C1-C2 subluxation, when coexisting with anterior dislocation, has the potential to cause severe and occasionally fatal cord compression. Well defined criteria to diagnose this entity by conventional radiology exist, however, due to the overlap of anatomy, the condition is often overlooked. In the present study, three dimensional reconstruction images using helical computerized tomography were very useful in delineating the subluxation and in planning its surgical reduction and arthrodesis.

  1. Usefulness of MRI in the diagnosis of atlanto-axial dislocation

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    Nakamura, Ko; Fukui, Keiji; Sadamoto, Kazuhiko; Miki, Hitoshi; Niida, Akira; Sakaki, Saburo.

    1988-08-01

    We studied 14 cases of atlanto-axial dislocation (AAD) by means of a 0.5 Tesla superconductive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system using saturation recovery sequences (Tr: 500 msec, Te: 20 - 30 msec) with a 5 - 10 mm slice thickness, and directly evaluated the degree of the spinal-cord compression in flexion, neutral, and extension of the head on the midsagittal images. The patients ranged from 11 to 76 years of age, and 8 of the 14 were male. In all cases we could demonstrate the cord compression in various degrees by either the odontoid process or the posterior arch of the atlas. The spinal cords were compressed from ventral in flexion in 6 cases, from dorsal in flexion in 2 cases, from dorsal in extension in 2 cases, and from ventral in both flexion and extension in 2 cases each. In addition, syringomyelia could be revealed by MRI in combination with AAD in 2 cases. MRI is useful in revealing the direction and degree of spinal-cord compression in patients with AAD, and in evaluating combined diseases such as syringomyelia and Arnold-Chiari malformations.

  2. Accessory atlantoaxial ligament avulsion fracture of the axis: Are there any clinical implications?

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    Hamid Reza Niknejad

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Injuries to the craniocervical support structures are frequently observed in neurotrauma cases. Stability of this region is of vital importance. Literature has mainly focused on three major ligaments of the craniocervical junction: The tectorial membrane, the transverse ligament, and the alar ligaments. However, the accessory atlantoaxial ligament (ALL also seems to be involved in craniocervical stability as shown in cadaveric specimens. Still, the biomechanical importance of this structure needs to be determined, especially in trauma settings. Here, we describe a case of isolated traumatic injury to this structure and discuss the clinical outcome. A 64 year old polytrauma patient with a remarkable avulsion fracture at the site of the insertion of the ALL was admitted to our center. We evaluated the patient both clinical and radiological at admission, after 3 months and after 1 year. We clinically assessed the upper cervical rotational stability using the cervical flexion rotation test. We observed no rotational instability or any other clinical repercussions at the long term after an isolated ALL injury. This case shows that isolated traumatic damage to the ALL is possible. Unilateral damage to the ALL probably does not cause rotational instability of the craniocervical junction. In case a similar avulsion fracture is observed, we recommend performing a magnetic resonance imaging of the craniovertebral region to assess for any ligamentous lesions.

  3. Twin-Screw Extruders in Ceramic Extrusion

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    Wiedmann, Werner; Hölzel, Maria

    The machines mainly used for compounding plastics, chemicals and food are co-rotating, closely intermeshing twin-screw extruders. Some 30 000 such extruders are in use worldwide, about 1/3 are ZSKs from Coperion Werner & Pfleiderer, Stuttgart. In the chemical industry more and more batch mixers are being replaced by continuous twin-screw kneaders.

  4. Twin screw granulation: steps in granule growth.

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    Dhenge, Ranjit M; Cartwright, James J; Hounslow, Michael J; Salman, Agba D

    2012-11-15

    The present work focuses on the study of the progression of granules in different compartments along the length of screws in a twin screw granulator (TSG). The effects of varying powder feed rate; liquid to solid ratio and viscosity of granulation liquid on properties of granules was studied. The bigger granules produced at the start of the process were found to change in terms of size, shape and strength along the screw length at all the conditions investigated. The granules became more spherical and their strength increased along the screw length. Tracer granules were also introduced in order to understand the role of kneading and conveying elements in the TSG. The kneading elements promoted consolidation and breakage while the conveying elements led to coalescence, breakage and some consolidation. The results presented here help to provide a qualitative and quantitative understanding of the twin screw granulation process.

  5. Simple Technique for Removing Broken Pedicular Screws

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    A Agrawal

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The procedure for removing a broken pedicle screw should ideally be technically easy and minimally invasive, as any damage to the pedicle, during removal of the broken screw, may weaken the pedicle, thus compromising on the success of re-instrumentation. We describe the case of a 32-year old man who had undergone surgery for traumatic third lumbar vertebral body fracture three years prior to current admission and had developed the complication of pedicle screw breakage within the vertebral body. The patient underwent re-exploration and removal of the distal screws. Through a paravertebral incision and muscle separation, the screws and rods were exposed and the implants were removed.

  6. Twin screw subsurface and surface multiphase pumps

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    Dass, P. [CAN-K GROUP OF COMPANIES, Edmonton, Alberta (Canada)

    2011-07-01

    A new subsurface twin screw multiphase pump has been developed to replace ESP and other artificial lift technologies. This technology has been under development for a few years, has been field tested and is now going for commercial applications. The subsurface twin screw technology consists of a pair of screws that do not touch and can be run with a top drive or submersible motor; and it carries a lot of benefits. This technology is easy to install and its low slippage makes it highly efficient with heavy oil. In addition twin screw multiphase pumps are capable of handling high viscosity fluids and thus their utilization can save water when used in thermal applications. It also induces savings of chemicals because asphaltenes do not break down easily as well as a reduction in SOR. The subsurface twin screw multiphase pump presented herein is an advanced technology which could be used in thermal applications.

  7. Geometry of the articular facets of the lateral atlanto-axial joints in the case of occipitalization.

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    Ryniewicz, A M; Skrzat, J; Ryniewicz, A; Ryniewicz, W; Walocha, J

    2010-08-01

    This study investigates if atlanto-occipital fusion affects the size and geometrical configuration of the articular facets of the atlanto-axial joint. Morphometric analysis was performed on the male adult skull, the occipital bone of which is assimilated with the first cervical vertebrae (the atlas). The perimeter, Feret's diameter, surface area, and circularity of the inferior articular fa-cets were measured. However, we did not observe significant bilateral differences in size of the inferior articular facets of the assimilated atlas compared to normal first cervical vertebrae. Geometrical conformation of the articular facets of the atlas and axis was assessed using a coordinate measuring machine (PMM - 12106, Leitz). The results obtained from this machine indicated that the inferior articular facets of the assimilated atlas presented asymmetrical orientation compared to the normal anatomy of the atlas. Hence, in the case of occipitalization, the gap between the articulating facets of the atlas and the axis was measured to be greater than in the normal atlanto-axial joint. Computer assisted tomography was applied to visualise the anatomical relationship between the inferior articular facets of the assimilated atlas and the corresponding facets located on the axis. In this case, radiographic examination revealed that the bilaterally articulating facets (inferior and superior) showed disproportion in their adjustment within the lateral atlanto-axial joints. Thus, we concluded that the fusion of the atlas with the occipital bone altered the geometry of the inferior articular facets of the atlas and influenced the orientation of the superior articular facets of the axis.

  8. Unilateral atlanto-axial fractures in near side impact collisions: An under recognized entity in cervical trauma

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    Andrew M Lozen

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Nearside impact collisions presenting with lateral mass fractures of atlanto-axial vertebrae contralateral to the impact site represents a rare fracture pattern that does not correlate with previously described injury mechanism. We describe our clinical experience with such fractures and propose a novel description of biomechanical forces involved in this unique injury pattern. The findings serve to alert clinicians to potentially serious consequences of associated unrecognized and untreated vertebral artery injury. Material and Methods : In addition to describing our clinical experience with three of these fractures, a review of Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN database was conducted to further characterize such fractures. A descriptive analysis of three recent lateral mass fractures of the atlanto-axial segment is coupled with a review of the CIREN database. A total of 4047 collisions were screened for unilateral fractures of atlas or axis. Information was screened for side of impact and data regarding impact velocity, occupant injuries and use of restraints. Results: Following screening of unilateral fractures of atlas and axis for direct side impacts, 41 fractures were identified. Cross referencing these cases for occurrence contralateral to side of impact identified four such fractures. Including our recent clinical experience, seven injuries were identified: Five C1 and two C2 fractures. Velocity ranged from 14 to 43 km/h. Two associated vertebral artery injuries were identified. Conclusions: Complexity of the atlanto-axial complex is responsible for a sequence of events that define load application in side impacts. This study demonstrates the vulnerability of vertebral artery to injury under unique translational forces and supports the use or routine screening for vascular injury. Diminished sensitivity of plain radiography in identifying these injuries suggests that computerized tomography should be used in

  9. MRI of the transverse and alar ligaments in rheumatoid arthritis: feasibility and relations to atlantoaxial subluxation and disease activity

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    Vetti, Nils; Kraakenes, Jostein; Roervik, Jarle; Espeland, Ansgar [Haukeland University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Bergen (Norway); University of Bergen, Section for Radiology, Department of Surgical Sciences, Bergen (Norway); Alsing, Rikke; Brun, Johan Gorgas [Haukeland University Hospital, Department of Rheumatology, Bergen (Norway); University of Bergen, Section for Rheumatology, Institute of Medicine, Bergen (Norway); Gilhus, Nils Erik [Haukeland University Hospital, Department of Neurology, Bergen (Norway); University of Bergen, Section for Neurology, Department of Clinical Medicine, Bergen (Norway)

    2010-03-15

    Dysfunctional transverse and alar craniovertebral ligaments can cause instability and osseous destruction in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This study examined (1) the feasibility of high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of these ligaments in RA and (2) the relation between ligament high-signal changes and atlantoaxial subluxation and RA duration/severity. Consecutive RA patients (n=46) underwent clinical examination, functional radiography, and high-resolution MRI. Two blinded radiologists rated MRI image quality, graded ligament high-signal changes 0-3 on proton-weighted sequences using an existing grading system, and assessed cervical spine rheumatic changes on short tau inversion recovery images. Agreement was analyzed using kappa and relations using multiple logistic regression. MRI images had good quality in 42 (91.3%) of 46 patients and were interpretable in 44 (32 women and 12 men, median age/disease duration 60.4/9.1 years). MRI grades 2-3 changes of the transverse and alar ligaments showed moderate and good interobserver agreement (kappa 0.59 and 0.78), respectively, and prevalence 31.8% and 34.1%. Such ligament changes were more frequent with increasing anterior atlantoaxial subluxation (p=0.012 transverse, p=0.028 alar), higher erythrocyte sedimentation rate (p=0.003 transverse), positive rheumatoid factor (p=0.002 alar), and neck pain (p = 0.004 alar). This first study of high-resolution MRI of these ligaments in RA showed high feasibility and relations with atlantoaxial subluxation, RA disease activity, and neck pain. The clinical usefulness of such MRI needs further evaluation. (orig.)

  10. 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.

  11. Pedicle screw placement in the lumbar spine: effect of trajectory and screw design on acute biomechanical purchase.

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    Wray, Steven; Mimran, Ronnie; Vadapalli, Sasidhar; Shetye, Snehal S; McGilvray, Kirk C; Puttlitz, Christian M

    2015-05-01

    OBJECT Low bone mineral density in patients undergoing lumbar spinal surgery with screws is an especially difficult challenge because poor bone quality can severely compromise the maximum achievable purchase of the screws. A relatively new technique, the cortical bone screw trajectory, utilizes a medialized trajectory in the caudocephalad direction to engage a greater amount of cortical bone within the pars interarticularis and pedicle. The objectives of this cadaveric biomechanical study were to 1) evaluate a cortical screw system and compare its mechanical performance to the traditional pedicle screw system; 2) determine differences in bone quality associated with the cortical screw trajectory versus the normal pedicle screw insertion technique; 3) determine the cortical wall breach rate with both the cortical and traditional screw trajectories; and 4) determine the performance of the traditional screw in the cortical screw trajectory. METHODS Fourteen fresh frozen human lumbar spine sections (L1-5) were used in this study (mean age 57 ± 19 years). The experimental plan involved drilling and tapping screw holes for 2 trajectories under navigation (a traditional pedicle screw and a cortical screw) in both high-and low-quality vertebrae, measuring the bone quality associated with these trajectories, placing screws in the trajectories, and evaluating the competence of the screw purchase via 2 mechanical tests (pullout and toggle). The 3 experimental variants were 1) traditional pedicle screws placed in the traditional pedicle screw trajectory, 2) traditional pedicle screws placed in the cortical screw trajectory, and 3) cortical screws placed in the cortical screw trajectory. RESULTS A statistically significant increase in bone quality was observed for the cortical trajectories with a cortical screw (42%; p parameter comparisons (screw type and trajectory) between high-quality and lowquality samples were significant (p parameters determined from pullout and toggle

  12. Comparison of occipitocervical and atlantoaxial fusion in treatment of unstable Jefferson fractures

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    Yong Hu

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Controversy exists regarding the management of unstable Jefferson fractures, with some surgeons performing reduction and immobilization of the patient in a halo vest and others performing open reduction and internal fixation. This study compares the clinical and radiological outcome parameters between posterior atlantoaxial fusion (AAF and occipitocervical fusion (OCF constructs in the treatment of the unstable atlas fracture. Materials and Methods: 68 consecutive patients with unstable Jefferson fractures treated by AAF or OCF between October 2004 and March 2011 were included in this retrospective evaluation from institutional databases. The authors reviewed medical records and original images. The patients were divided into two surgical groups treated with either AAF ( n = 48, F/M 30:18 and OCF ( n = 20, F/M 13:7 fusion. Blood loss, operative time, Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA score, visual analog scale (VAS score, atlanto-dens interval, lateral mass displacement, complications, and the bone fusion rates were recorded. Results: Five patients with incomplete paralysis (7.4% demonstrated postoperative improvement by more than 1 grade on the American Spinal Injury Association impairment scale. The JOA score of the AAF group improved from 12.5 ± 3.6 preoperatively to 15.7 ± 2.3 postoperatively, while the JOA score of the OCF group improved from 11.2 ± 3.3 preoperatively to 14.8 ± 4.2 postoperatively. The VAS score of AAF group decreased from 4.8 ± 1.5 preoperatively to 1.0 ± 0.4 postoperatively, the VAS score of the OCF group decreased from 5.4 ± 2.2 preoperatively to 1.3 ± 0.9 postoperatively. Conclusions: The OCF or AAF combined with short-term external immobilization can establish the upper cervical stability and prevent further spinal cord injury and nerve function damage.

  13. Comparison of occipitocervical and atlantoaxial fusion in treatment of unstable Jefferson fractures

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    Hu, Yong; Yuan, Zhen-shan; Kepler, Christopher K; Dong, Wei-xin; Sun, Xiao-yang; Zhang, Jiao

    2017-01-01

    Background: Controversy exists regarding the management of unstable Jefferson fractures, with some surgeons performing reduction and immobilization of the patient in a halo vest and others performing open reduction and internal fixation. This study compares the clinical and radiological outcome parameters between posterior atlantoaxial fusion (AAF) and occipitocervical fusion (OCF) constructs in the treatment of the unstable atlas fracture. Materials and Methods: 68 consecutive patients with unstable Jefferson fractures treated by AAF or OCF between October 2004 and March 2011 were included in this retrospective evaluation from institutional databases. The authors reviewed medical records and original images. The patients were divided into two surgical groups treated with either AAF (n = 48, F/M 30:18) and OCF (n = 20, F/M 13:7) fusion. Blood loss, operative time, Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) score, visual analog scale (VAS) score, atlanto-dens interval, lateral mass displacement, complications, and the bone fusion rates were recorded. Results: Five patients with incomplete paralysis (7.4%) demonstrated postoperative improvement by more than 1 grade on the American Spinal Injury Association impairment scale. The JOA score of the AAF group improved from 12.5 ± 3.6 preoperatively to 15.7 ± 2.3 postoperatively, while the JOA score of the OCF group improved from 11.2 ± 3.3 preoperatively to 14.8 ± 4.2 postoperatively. The VAS score of AAF group decreased from 4.8 ± 1.5 preoperatively to 1.0 ± 0.4 postoperatively, the VAS score of the OCF group decreased from 5.4 ± 2.2 preoperatively to 1.3 ± 0.9 postoperatively. Conclusions: The OCF or AAF combined with short-term external immobilization can establish the upper cervical stability and prevent further spinal cord injury and nerve function damage. PMID:28216748

  14. A geometrical introduction to screw theory

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    Minguzzi, E.

    2013-05-01

    This work introduces screw theory, a venerable but little known theory aimed at describing rigid body dynamics. This formulation of mechanics unifies in the concept of screw the translational and rotational degrees of freedom of the body. It captures a remarkable mathematical analogy between mechanical momenta and linear velocities, and between forces and angular velocities. For instance, it clarifies that angular velocities should be treated as applied vectors and that, under the composition of motions, they sum with the same rules of applied forces. This work provides a short and rigorous introduction to screw theory intended for an undergraduate and general readership.

  15. 新型形态记忆合金颈椎夹钩治疗寰枢椎不稳的生物力学测试%Biomechanical study of neotype shape memory alloy cervical hook for atlantoaxial instability

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    舒小秋; 万磊; 尹东; 刘成龙; 靳安民

    2008-01-01

    BAcKGROUND:In recent years,the pedicle screws fixation technique,which is used in fixation for atlantoaxial instability associated with trauma,severe degeneration and tumorectomy,has been developed.However,this kind of technique easily causes several complications,including malpositional screws,vascular injuries,and even vertebral artery injury.Based on the biomechanical characteristics of memory alloy and determination of atlantoaxial data,a neotype shape memory alloy cervical hook was designed to treat atlantoaxial instability.OBJECTIVE:To investigate the biomechanieal characteristics of the neotype shape memory alloy cervical hook for atlantoaxial instability.DESIGN,TIME AND SETTING:Repeated measurement analysis of variance test was performed in the Laboratory of Clinical Anatomy and Medical Biomechanics,Southern Medical University between March and April 2008.MATERIALS:Eight fresh adult craniocervical specimens(C0-C4)were provided by Department of Clinical Anatomy,Southern Medical University.Atlantoaxial neotype shape memory alloy cervical hook(50.8%-51.8%nickel and the remaining part was titanium)was fabricated by Shanghai Xinchang Memory Alloy Co.,Ltd.METHODS:The included eight C0-C4 specimens were used to test three-dimension ranges of motion(ROM)by fixation and neotype shape memory alloy cervical hook fixation.Then,the positions of spine varying from no loading to the maximum loading status were scanned and analyzed using image processing software to determine the three-dimensional ROM under different statuses.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:Three-dimensional ROM of tested specimens.RESULTS:Neotype shape memory alloy cervical hook fixation and Germany AESCULAP SSE hanger fixation had similar flexion-extension range of motion(P=0.595).Lateral bending three-dimensional ROM was greater in the neotype shape memory alloy cervical hook fixation group than in the Germany AESCULAP AAE hanger fixation(P< 0.05).The rotatory three-dimensional ROM was smaller in the neotype

  16. A Biomechanical Comparison of Expansive Pedicle Screws for Severe Osteoporosis: The Effects of Screw Design and Cement Augmentation.

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    Ching-Lung Tai

    Full Text Available Expansive pedicle screws significantly improve fixation strength in osteoporotic spines. However, the previous literature does not adequately address the effects of the number of lengthwise slits and the extent of screw expansion on the strength of the bone/screw interface when expansive screws are used with or without cement augmentation. Herein, four designs for expansive pedicle screws with different numbers of lengthwise slits and different screw expansion levels were evaluated. Synthetic bones simulating severe osteoporosis were used to provide a comparative platform for each screw design. The prepared specimens were then tested for axial pullout failure. Regardless of screw design, screws with cement augmentation demonstrated significantly higher pullout strength than pedicle screws without cement augmentation (p 0.05. Taken together, our results show that pedicle screws combined with cement augmentation may greatly increase screw fixation regardless of screws with or without expansion. An increase in both the number of slits and the extent of screw expansion had little impact on the screw-anchoring strength. Cement augmentation is the most influential factor for improving screw pullout strength.

  17. Fracture of the hyoid bone associated with atlantoaxial subluxation: a case report and review of the literature.

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    Wang, Wenbao; Kong, Linghua; Dong, Ronghua; Zhao, Heyuan

    2007-12-01

    Hyoid bone fractures secondary to blunt trauma other than strangulation are rare. Only 27 cases have been reported in the literature. They have few, if any, complications, such as dysphagia, hypoxia, cardiorespiratory collapse, laceration of the pharynx, mandibular fracture, thyroid cartilage fracture, and facial fracture. No report of hyoid bone fracture associated with spinal column injury was reported in the English literature. The authors reported a 46-year-old male patient who complained of neck pain and odynophagia after a traffic accident. After systemic examination and cervical CT scan, the diagnosis of hyoid bone fracture at the right great horn and atlantoaxial subluxation was made. The patient was observed in ICU for 48 hours. A nasogastric tube was inserted for feeding. Fifteen milligrams of dexamethasone was given once a day for 3 days to reduce the swelling and pain. We performed a cutaneous traction for the subluxation and carefully watched the hyoid bone and the patient's respiration. No lethal complications occurred. Two weeks later, the patient was allowed to ambulate with cervical collar protection and to resume oral intake. Three months later, he was asymptomatic. This case, with hyoid fracture and atlantoaxial subluxation, is the only case reported in the literature. The importance of hyoid fracture, however, rests not with the rarity of it, but with the lethal potential of missing diagnosis. Nonsurgical management may be effective in most of the cases.

  18. Twin Screw Mixer/Fine Grind Facility

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — The 40-mm Twin-Screw Mixer/Extruder (TSE) pilot plant is a continuous, remotely operated, flexible facility that can significantly enhance safety and environmental...

  19. Design and biomechanical study of a modified pedicle screw

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    LIU Tao; ZHENG Wen-jie; LI Chang-qing; LIU Guo-dong; ZHOU Yue

    2010-01-01

    Objective: In pedicle screw fixation,the heads of monoaxial screws need to be directed in the same straight line to accommodate the rod placement by backing out during operation, which decreases the insertional torque and internal fixation strength. While polyaxial screws facilitate the assembly of the connecting rod, but its ball-in-cup locking mechanism reduces the static compressive bending yield strength as compared with monoaxial screws. Our study aimed to assess the mechanical performance of a modified pedicle screw.Methods: In this study, the tail of the screw body of the modified pedicle screw was designed to be a cylindershaped structure that well matched the inner wall of the screw head and the screw head only rotated around the cyclinder. Monoaxial screws, modified screws and polyaxial screws were respectively assembled into 3 groups ofvertebrectomy models simulated by ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) blocks. This model was developed according to a standard for destructive mechanical testing published by the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM F1717-04). Each screw design had 6 subgroups, including 3 for static tension, load compression and torsion tests, and the rest for dynamic compression tests. In dynamic tests, the cyclic loads were 25%, 50%, and 75% of the compressive bending ultimate loads respectively.Yield load, yield ultimate load, yield stiffness, torsional stiffness, cycles to failure and modes of failure for the 3 types of screws were recorded. The results of modified screws were compared with those ofmonoaxial and polyaxial screws.Results: In static tests, results of bending stiffness,yield load, yield torque and torsional stiffness indicated no significant differences between the modified and monoaxial screws (P>0.05), but both differed significantly from those ofpolyaxial screws (P<0.05). In dynamic compression tests,both modified and monoaxial screws showed failures that occurred at the insertion point of screw

  20. Ball Screw Actuator Including a Stop with an Integral Guide

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    Wingett, Paul T. (Inventor); Perek, John (Inventor); Geck, Kellan (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    An actuator includes a housing assembly, a ball nut, a ball screw, and a ball screw stop. The ball nut is rotationally mounted in the housing assembly, is adapted to receive an input torque, and is configured, upon receipt thereof, to rotate and supply a drive force. The ball screw is mounted within the housing assembly and extends through the ball nut. The ball screw has a first end and a second end, and is coupled to receive the drive force from the ball nut. The ball screw is configured, upon receipt of the drive force, to selectively translate between a stow position and a deploy position. The ball screw stop is mounted on the ball screw to translate therewith and is configured to at selectively engage the housing assembly while the ball screw is translating, and engage the ball nut when the ball screw is in the deploy position.

  1. Flow characteristics of screws and special mixing enhancers in a co-rotating twin screw extruder

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    Brouwer, T.; Todd, D.B.; Janssen, L.P.B.M.

    2002-01-01

    The flow behavior of a Newtonian fluid through special mixing enhancers in a modular intermeshing co-rotating twin screw extruder has been examined. The mixing enhancers are slotted screws and gear mixing elements. Particular attention has been directed to drag and pressure flow characteristics and

  2. Pullout strength of pedicle screws with cement augmentation in severe osteoporosis: A comparative study between cannulated screws with cement injection and solid screws with cement pre-filling

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    Lee Yen-Chen

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pedicle screws with PMMA cement augmentation have been shown to significantly improve the fixation strength in a severely osteoporotic spine. However, the efficacy of screw fixation for different cement augmentation techniques, namely solid screws with retrograde cement pre-filling versus cannulated screws with cement injection through perforation, remains unknown. This study aimed to determine the difference in pullout strength between conical and cylindrical screws based on the aforementioned cement augmentation techniques. The potential loss of fixation upon partial screw removal after screw insertion was also examined. Method The Taguchi method with an L8 array was employed to determine the significance of design factors. Conical and cylindrical pedicle screws with solid or cannulated designs were installed using two different screw augmentation techniques: solid screws with retrograde cement pre-filling and cannulated screws with cement injection through perforation. Uniform synthetic bones (test block simulating severe osteoporosis were used to provide a platform for each screw design and cement augmentation technique. Pedicle screws at full insertion and after a 360-degree back-out from full insertion were then tested for axial pullout failure using a mechanical testing machine. Results The results revealed the following 1 Regardless of the screw outer geometry (conical or cylindrical, solid screws with retrograde cement pre-filling exhibited significantly higher pullout strength than did cannulated screws with cement injection through perforation (p = 0.0129 for conical screws; p = 0.005 for cylindrical screws. 2 For a given cement augmentation technique (screws without cement augmentation, cannulated screws with cement injection or solid screws with cement pre-filling, no significant difference in pullout strength was found between conical and cylindrical screws (p >0.05. 3 Cement infiltration into the open cell of

  3. Standard Waste Box Lid Screw Removal Option Testing

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    Anast, Kurt Roy [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2016-03-11

    This report provides results from test work conducted to resolve the removal of screws securing the standard waste box (SWB) lids that hold the remediated nitrate salt (RNS) drums. The test work evaluated equipment and process alternatives for removing the 42 screws that hold the SWB lid in place. The screws were secured with a red Loctite thread locker that makes removal very difficult because the rivets that the screw threads into would slip before the screw could be freed from the rivet, making it impossible to remove the screw and therefore the SWB lid.

  4. Transpedicular screw fixation in the thoracic and lumbar spine with a novel cannulated polyaxial screw system

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    Lutz Weise

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Lutz Weise, Olaf Suess, Thomas Picht, Theodoros KombosNeurochirurgische Klinik, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, GermanyObjective: Transpedicular screws are commonly and successfully used for posterior fixation in spinal instability, but their insertion remains challenging. Even using navigation techniques, there is a misplacement rate of up to 11%. The aim of this study was to assess the accuracy of a novel pedicle screw system.Methods: Thoracic and lumbar fusions were performed on 67 consecutive patients for tumor, trauma, degenerative disease or infection. A total of 326 pedicular screws were placed using a novel wire-guided, cannulated, polyaxial screw system (XIA Precision®, Stryker. The accuracy of placement was assessed post operatively by CT scan, and the patients were followed-up clinically for a mean of 16 months.Results: The total medio-caudal pedicle wall perforation rate was 9.2% (30/326. In 19 of these 30 cases a cortical breakthrough of less than 2 mm occurred. The misplacement rate (defined as a perforation of 2 mm or more was 3.37% (11/326. Three of these 11 screws needed surgical revision due to neurological symptoms or CSF leakage. There have been no screw breakages or dislocations over the follow up-period.Conclusion: We conclude that the use of this cannulated screw system for the placement of pedicle screws in the thoracic and lumbar spine is accurate and safe. The advantages of this technique include easy handling without a time-consuming set up. Considering the incidence of long-term screw breakage, further investigation with a longer follow-up period is necessary.Keywords: spinal instrumentation, pedicle screws, misplacement, pedicle wall perforation

  5. Twin screw wet granulation: Binder delivery.

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    Saleh, Mohammed F; Dhenge, Ranjit M; Cartwright, James J; Hounslow, Michael J; Salman, Agba D

    2015-06-20

    The effects of three ways of binder delivery into the twin screw granulator (TSG) on the residence time, torque, properties of granules (size, shape, strength) and binder distribution were studied. The binder distribution was visualised through the transparent barrel using high speed imaging as well as quantified using offline technique. Furthermore, the effect of binder delivery and the change of screw configuration (conveying elements only and conveying elements with kneading elements) on the surface velocity of granules across the screw channel were investigated using particle image velocimetry (PIV). The binder was delivered in three ways; all solid binder incorporated with powder mixture, 50% of solid binder mixed with powder mixture and 50% mixed with water, all the solid binder dissolved in water. Incorporation of all solid binder with powder mixture resulted in the relatively longer residence time and higher torque, narrower granule size distribution, more spherical granules, weaker big-sized granules, stronger small-sized granules and better binder distribution compared to that in other two ways. The surface velocity of granules showed variation from one screw to another as a result of uneven liquid distribution as well as shown a reduction while introducing the kneading elements into the screw configuration.

  6. Acute Retropharyngeal Calcific Tendinitis in an Unusual Location: a Case Report in a Patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Atlantoaxial Subluxation

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    Lee, Seung Hun; Joo, Kyung Bin; Lee, Kyu Hoon; Uhm, Wan Sik [Hanyang University Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-08-15

    Retropharyngeal calcific tendinitis is defined as inflammation of the longus colli muscle and is caused by the deposition of calcium hydroxyapatite crystals, which usually involves the superior oblique fibers of the longus colli muscle from C1-3. Diagnosis is usually made by detecting amorphous calcification and prevertebral soft tissue swelling on radiograph, CT or MRI. In this report, we introduce a case of this disease which was misdiagnosed as a retropharyngeal tuberculous abscess, or a muscle strain of the ongus colli muscle. No calcifications were visible along the vertical fibers of the longus colli muscle. The lesion was located anterior to the C4-5 disc, in a rheumatoid arthritis patient with atlantoaxial subluxation. Calcific tendinitis of the longus colli muscle at this location in a rheumatoid arthritis patient has not been reported in the English literature.

  7. Clinical study of combined C2 laminar screw fixation technique for cervical vertebral injury%组合枢椎椎板螺钉固定技术治疗颈椎损伤的临床研究

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    胡勇; 马维虎; 徐荣明; 阮永平; 孙韶华

    2009-01-01

    目的 探讨组合枢椎椎板螺钉固定技术治疗颈椎损伤的可行性和应用价值.方法 对32具颈椎标本行枢椎椎板轴向CT加密扫描,测量枢椎椎板的长度、高度,枢椎椎板上、中、下部的厚度,椎板轴线与欠状面的夹角.8例颈椎损伤患者中,Anderson Ⅱ型齿状突骨折伴寰枢关节向后脱位2例、向前脱位1例、齿状突骨不愈合1例,Ⅲ型齿状突骨折伴寰枢关节不稳、横韧带撕裂2例,Ⅱ型Hangman骨折伴C不稳1例,寰枢关节前脱位伴横韧带断裂1例.牵引复位后,根据患者病情组合枢椎椎板螺钉进行组合式固定,并行后路自体髂骨植骨融合.结果 枢椎椎板的长度为(26.2±1.2)mm,高度为(12.8±1.6)mm,枢椎椎板上、中、下部的厚度分别为(300±1.4)mm、(6.0±1.6)mm、(5.6±1.2)mm、椎板轴线与矢状面的夹角平均为43.5°.8例患者枢椎椎板螺钉位于椎板中,无偏斜.全部患者随访6~14个月,平均10.5个月.术中和术后没有任何并发症发生,获得了良好的骨性愈合.本组无一例发生螺钉松动及断裂.结论 枢椎椎板螺钉固定技术避免了螺钉置入过程中损伤椎动脉的风险.此技术操作简单,不受C2横突孔中椎动脉的位置限制.全程在直视下进行,该方法可作为传统枢椎后路螺钉固定技术的补充.%Objective To explore the feasibility and application value of combined C2 laminar screw fixation technique in treatment of cervical vertebral injury. Methods Dense axial CT scanning was done on C2 laminar of 32 specimens of cervical vertebra to measure the length and height of the axis, the thickness of upper, middle and lower parts of the axis as well as the angle between the axial ray and the sagittal plane. There were eight patients with cervical vertebral injury including two with type Ⅱ odon-told process fractures combined with backward dislocation of atlanto-axial joint, one with forward disloca-tion of atlanto-axial joint, one with nonunion

  8. [Cement augmentation of pedicle screws : Pros and cons].

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    Schnake, K J; Blattert, T R; Liljenqvist, U

    2016-09-01

    Cement augmentation of pedicle screws biomechanically increases screw purchase in the bone. However, clinical complications may occur. The pros and cons of the technique are discussed from different clinical perspectives.

  9. Impact of screw configuration on the particle size distribution of granules produced by twin screw granulation.

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    Vercruysse, J; Burggraeve, A; Fonteyne, M; Cappuyns, P; Delaet, U; Van Assche, I; De Beer, T; Remon, J P; Vervaet, C

    2015-02-01

    Twin screw granulation (TSG) has been reported by different research groups as an attractive technology for continuous wet granulation. However, in contrast to fluidized bed granulation, granules produced via this technique typically have a wide and multimodal particle size distribution (PSD), resulting in suboptimal flow properties. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the impact of granulator screw configuration on the PSD of granules produced by TSG. Experiments were performed using a 25 mm co-rotating twin screw granulator, being part of the ConsiGma™-25 system (a fully continuous from-powder-to-tablet manufacturing line from GEA Pharma Systems). Besides the screw elements conventionally used for TSG (conveying and kneading elements), alternative designs of screw elements (tooth-mixing-elements (TME), screw mixing elements (SME) and cutters) were investigated using an α-lactose monohydrate formulation granulated with distilled water. Granulation with only conveying elements resulted in wide and multimodal PSD. Using kneading elements, the width of the PSD could be partially narrowed and the liquid distribution was more homogeneous. However, still a significant fraction of oversized agglomerates was obtained. Implementing additional kneading elements or cutters in the final section of the screw configuration was not beneficial. Furthermore, granulation with only TME or SME had limited impact on the width of the PSD. Promising results were obtained by combining kneading elements with SME, as for these configurations the PSD was narrower and shifted to the size fractions suitable for tableting.

  10. A modified technique for removing a failed abutment screw from an implant with a custom guide tube.

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    Taira, Yohsuke; Sawase, Takashi

    2012-04-01

    Fracture of abutment screw is a serious prosthodontic complication. When the abutment screw is fractured at the junction of the screw shank and screw thread, removal of the fractured screw fragment from the screw hole can be difficult. This article describes a modified technique for removing the failed abutment screw with a custom guide tube and tungsten carbide bur. The failed screw can be removed speedily without damaging the screw hole of the implant body or the screw threads.

  11. A processing method for orthodontic mini-screws reuse

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    Saeed Noorollahian

    2012-01-01

    Conclusion: Cleaning of used mini-screws with phosphoric acid 37% (10 minutes and sodium hypochlorite 5.25% (30 minutes reduces tissue remnants to the level of as-received mini-screws. So it can be suggested as a processing method of used mini-screws. Previous insertion of mini-screws into the bone and above-mentioned processing method and resterilization with autoclave had no adverse effects on insertion, removal, and fracture torque values as mechanical properties indices.

  12. Traumatic posterior atlantoaxial dislocation without related fractures of C1-C2

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    Maruti Kambali

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Posterior dislocation without any associated fracture of odontoid is exceedingly rare and only 11 cases have been reported so far. A 32 year old male presented with pain, stiffness in neck, difficulty in breathing, associated lacerations on face and deformity of mandible and inability to open mouth. His plain radiographs, CT scan, MRI demonstrated a posterior dislocation of the atlas with respect of axis and a flake of bone from odontoid process on CT scan. He was successfully managed by closed reduction, C1C2 lateral mars pedicular screw stabilization and inter facetal fusion with synthetic bone graft substitute. At 10 months followup he had lost only 30° cervical rotation. The case is reported in view of rarity and to discuss the treatment rationale.

  13. A geometrical introduction to screw theory

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    Minguzzi, E

    2012-01-01

    Since the addition of applied forces must take into account the line of action, applied forces do not belong to a vector space. Screw theory removes this geometrical limitation and solves other mechanical problems by unifying, in a single concept, the translational and rotational degrees of freedom. Although venerable this theory is little known. By introducing some innovations, I show how screw theory can help us to rapidly develop several standard and less standard results in classical mechanics. The connection with the Lie algebra of the group of rigid maps is clarified.

  14. Drag and Torque on Locked Screw Propeller

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    Tomasz Tabaczek

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Few data on drag and torque on locked propeller towed in water are available in literature. Those data refer to propellers of specific geometry (number of blades, blade area, pitch and skew of blades. The estimation of drag and torque of an arbitrary propeller considered in analysis of ship resistance or propulsion is laborious. The authors collected and reviewed test data available in the literature. Based on collected data there were developed the empirical formulae for estimation of hydrodynamic drag and torque acting on locked screw propeller. Supplementary CFD computations were carried out in order to prove the applicability of the formulae to modern moderately skewed screw propellers.

  15. Screw Extruder for Pellet Injection System

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    Sharadkumar K. Chhantbar

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Solid hydrogenic pellets are used as fuel for fusion energy reactor. A technique for continuous production of solid hydrogen and its isotopes by a screw extruder is suggested for the production of an unlimited number of pellets. The idea was developed and patented by PELIN laboratories, Inc. (Canada. A Gifford McMahon cryocooler is used for the generation of solid hydrogenic fluid pellets. Requirements of the pellets is depends upon the energy to be produced by tokamak. This review paper focuses on the model for the screw extruder for solidification of hydrogen ice having high injection reliability.

  16. 21 CFR 872.4880 - Intraosseous fixation screw or wire.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Intraosseous fixation screw or wire. 872.4880... (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES DENTAL DEVICES Surgical Devices § 872.4880 Intraosseous fixation screw or wire. (a) Identification. An intraosseous fixation screw or wire is a metal device intended to be...

  17. The additon of screws and the axodes of gear pairs

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    ZHANG Wen-xiang

    2001-01-01

    In the light of screw addition, the distribution of instantaneous axes along the common perpendicular of the two screws is determined and all possible sorts of axodes are derived cinematically with the pitch of the relative-motio n screw in the gear pair as the basis and the transmission ratio i as an inde pendent variable.

  18. The additon of screws and the axodes of gear pairs

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    张文祥

    2001-01-01

    In the light of screw addition, the distribution of instantaneous axes along the common perpendicular of the two screws is determined and all possible sorts of axodes are derived cinematically with the pitch of the relative-motion screw in the gear pair as the basis and the transmission ratio i as an independent variable.

  19. Biomechanical evaluation of an expansive pedicle screw in calf vertebrae

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    雷伟; 吴子祥

    2005-01-01

    Objective: To obtain a comprehensive understanding of the effect of the improvement of fixation strength of a newly designed expansive pedicle screw through biomechanical analyses.Metheds: 100 (200 pedicles) fresh calf lumber vertebrae were used. A total of four instrumentation systems were tested including CDH (CD Horizon), USS (Universal Spine System pedicle screw), Tenor (Sofamor Denek) and expansive pedicle screw (EPS). Pullout and turning-back tests were performed to compare the holding strength of the expansive pedicle screw with conventional screws, i.e. USS, CDH and Tenor. Revision tests were performed to evaluate the mechanical properties of the expansive pedicle screw as a "rescue" revision screw. A fatigue simulation using perpendicular load up to 1 500 000 cycles was carried out.Results: The turning back torque (Tmax) and pull-out force (Fmax) of EPS were significantly greater than those of USS, Tenor and CDH screws (6.5 mm×40 mm). In revision tests, the Fmax of both kinds of EPS (6.5 mm×40 mm; 7.0 mm×40 mm) were greater than that of CDH, USS and Tenor screws significantly (P<0.05). No screws were broken or bent at the end of fatigue tests.Conclusions: EPS can significantly improve the bone purchase and the pull-out strength compared to USS, Tenor and CDH screws with similar dimensions before and after failure simulation. The fatigue characteristic of EPS is similar to that of CDH, USS and Tenor screws.

  20. A Novel Pedicle Screw with Mobile Connection: A Pilot Study

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    Yasuaki Tokuhashi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available To prevent adjacent disc problems after spinal fusion, a pedicle screw with a mobile junction between the head and threaded shaft was newly developed. The threaded shaft of the screw has 10 degrees mobility in all directions, but its structure is to prevent abnormal translation and tilting. This screw was evaluated as follows: (1 endurance test: 106 times rotational stress was applied; (2 biological reactions: novel screws with a mobile head and conventional screws with a fixed head were inserted into the bilateral pedicles of the L3, L4, and L5 in two mini pigs with combination. Eight months after surgery, vertebral units with the screw rod constructs were collected. After CT scan, the soft and bony tissues around the screws were examined grossly and histologically. As a result, none of the screws broke during the endurance test stressing. The mean amount of abrasion wear was 0.0338 g. In the resected mini pig section, though zygapophyseal joints between fixed-head screws showed bony union, the amount of callus in the zygapophyseal joints connected with mobile-head screws was small, and joint space was confirmed by CT. No metalloses were noted around any of the screws. Novel screws were suggested to be highly durable and histologically safe.

  1. Dual-worm screw compressors; Compresseurs bi-vis

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    Baleydier, J.P. [Bitzer France, 69 - Lyon (France)

    1997-12-31

    Low power worm-screw moto-compressors are used in any king of refrigerating machineries and more and more in air conditioning systems. This paper presents the principle of dual-screw moto-compressors: worm-screw technology, role of oil (lubrication, tightness, cooling), compression, internal pressure, power reduction, lubrication, economizer, operation, model selection and accessories. (J.S.)

  2. Design of a magnetic lead screw for wave energy conversion

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    Holm, Rasmus Koldborg; Berg, Nick Ilsø; Rasmussen, Peter Omand

    2012-01-01

    This paper deals with the development of a magnetic lead screw (MLS) for wave energy conversion. Initially, a brief state-of-the-art regarding linear PM generators and magnetic lead screws is given, leading to an introduction of the magnetic lead screw and a presentation of the results from...

  3. Posterior reduction and internal fixation with posterior cranial fossa cranioectomy decompression for Chiari malformation type Ⅰ with basilar invagination, atlantoaxial subluxation, and syringomyelia

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    HU Peng

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Background Chiari malformation type Ⅰ(CM-Ⅰ is one of the soft tissue anomalies in craniovertebral junction (CVJ. This kind of soft tissue anomaly usually develops with bone anomaly, such as atlantoaxial subluxation, basilar invagination, platybasia, C1 assimilation, etc. For these complex combined anomalies, the treatment remains unaddressed. This study was performed to evaluate the effect of posterior reduction and internal fixation with posterior cranial fossa cranioectomy decompression for Chiari malformation type Ⅰ with basilar invagination, atlantoaxial subluxation, and syringomyelia. Methods Patients with basilar invagination and atlantoaxial subluxation treated from July 2004 to September 2011 were reviewed. Including criterions were made to screen matching patients. Including patients were retrospectively analyzed on both clinical outcomes and radiographical results. Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA score was used to evaluate the clinical outcomes, while the syrinx maximum size was measured on transverse view of MRI T2 image. The results were analyzed by SPSS 17.0 using t -text. Significant difference was considered when P ≤ 0.05. Results Fourteen patients met the including criterions, including 4 male patients and 10 female patients, with a mean age of 31.86 ± 11.36 (standard deviation, range: 17-51 years. Mean JOA score preoperatively of 14 patients was 13.07 ± 1.59 (standard deviation, while that was 15.57 ± 1.02 (standard deviation postoperatively (t = 9.946, P = 0.000. The mean syrinx size was (7.05 ± 1.98 mm (standard deviation, while that was (2.21 ± 1.91 mm (standard deviation postoperatively (t = 7.271, P = 0.000. There were no procedure-related morbidity or mortality happened. Conclusion Direct posterior reduction and internal fixation with posterior cranial fossa cranioectomy decompression can obviously improve the clinical outcomes and shrink syrinx for patients suffered from Chiari malformation typeⅠ with

  4. Clinical pedicle screw accuracy and deviation from planning in robot-guided spine surgery: robot-guided pedicle screw accuracy

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    Dijk, van Joris D.; Ende, Roy P.J.; Stramigioli, Stefano; Köchling, Matthias; Höss, Norbert

    2015-01-01

    STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective chart review was performed for 112 consecutive minimally invasive spinal surgery patients who underwent pedicular screw fixation in a community hospital setting. OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical accuracy and deviation in screw positions in robot-assisted pedicle screw

  5. Nylon screws make inexpensive coil forms

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    Aucoin, G.; Rosenthal, C.

    1978-01-01

    Standard nylon screws act as coil form copper wire laid down in spiral thread. Completed coil may be bonded to printed-circuit board. However, it is impossible to tune coil by adjusting spacing between windings, technique sometimes used with air-core coils.

  6. A phenomenological study on twin screw extruders

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    Janssen, L.P.B.M.

    1976-01-01

    Although more and more twin screw extruders are being used in the polymer industry, the theoretical background is relatively undeveloped. The literature abounds in contradictions and often informs the reader that all extrusion problems can be solved if a certain new design is considered. The develop

  7. Rotational Efficiency of Photo-Driven Archimedes Screws for Micropumps

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    Chih-Lang Lin

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we characterized the rotational efficiency of the photo-driven Archimedes screw. The micron-sized Archimedes screws were fabricated using the two-photon polymerization technique. Free-floating screws trapped by optical tweezers align in the laser irradiation direction and rotate spontaneously. The influences of the screw pitch and the number of screw blades have been investigated in our previous studies. In this paper, the blade thickness and the central rod of the screw were further investigated. The experimental results indicate that the blade thickness contributes to rotational stability, but not to rotational speed, and that the central rod stabilizes the rotating screw but is not conducive to rotational speed. Finally, the effect of the numerical aperture (NA of the optical tweezers was investigated through a demonstration. The NA is inversely proportional to the rotational speed.

  8. A Review of Screw Conveyors Performance Evaluation During Handling Process

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    Hemad Zareiforoush

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper reviews recent work on screw conveyors performance evaluation during handling process, especially in the case of agricultural grains and bulk materials. Experimental work has been mainly carried out to determine a range of parameters, such as auger dimension, screw rotational speed, screw clearance, conveyor intake length and conveying angle for horizontal, inclined and vertical screw conveyors. Several measurement techniques including theoretical models and DEM have been utilized to study the screw conveyors performance. However, each of these techniques is limited in its application. Difficulties in representing vortex motion and interactions among conveying grains and between the particles and screw rotating flight have so far limited the success of advanced modeling. Further work is needed to be conducted on screw augers performance to understand and improve the agricultural grains and bulk materials handling process.

  9. 后路寰枢椎固定融合术患者围术期的护理%Perioperative nursing of posterior internal fixation and fusion for atlanto-axial instability

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    王文慧

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨上颈椎不稳患者经后路寰枢椎椎弓根钉棒固定融合术围术期的护理方法.方法 对12例上颈椎不稳患者术前做好心理护理,保持有效的颅骨牵引及头-胸环固定牵引,术后严密监测生命体征,预防脊髓水肿,观察切口及引流情况,保持正确体位和正确穿戴头颈胸支具,鼓励早期离床活动,重视并发症观察和出院指导.结果 12例患者均顺利度过围术期,未出现术后并发症,患者临床症状缓解或消失,且均能较早下床活动.结论 精心的围术期护理是手术成功的重要保障,可改善患者术后的生活质量.%Objective To study the peri-operative nursing care method in patients with upper cervical spine instability with posterior atlanto-axial pedicle screw-rod fixation and fusion. Methods 12 patients were give preoperative psychological nursing of upper cervical instability, mintain effective chest and head-skull traction collar traction, vital signs was closely monitored after surgery to prevent spinal cord edema, incision and drainage were observed, the correct posture and correct wearing of head and neck chest brace were mintained, the early off-bed activities were encouraged and complications and discharge instructions were attented. Results 12 cases patients were navigated the perioperative without postoperative complications, clinical symptoms eased or disappeared, and were able to out of bed activity early. Conclusion Perioperative nursing care of carefully is important guarantee of successful operation, which can improve the quality of life in postoperative patients.

  10. Research and application of absorbable screw in orthopedics: a clinical review comparing PDLLA screw with metal screw in patients with simple medial malleolus fracture

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    TANG Jin

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available 【Abstract】Objective: To observe the therapeutic effect of absorbable screw in medial malleolus fracture and discuss its clinical application in orthopedics. Methods: A total of 129 patients with simple medial malleolus fracture were studied. Among them, 64 patients were treated with poly-D, L-lactic acid (PDLLA absorbable screws, while the others were treated with metal screws. All the patients were followed up for 12-20 months (averaged 18.4 months and the therapeutic effect was evaluated ac-cording to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Soci-ety clinical rating systems. Results: In absorbable screw group, we obtained excel-lent and good results in 62 cases (96.88%; in steel screw group, 61 cases (93.85% achieved excellent and good results. There was no significant difference between the two groups. Conclusion: In the treatment of malleolus fracture, absorbable screw can achieve the same result compared with metal screw fixation. Absorbable screw is preferred due to its advantages of safety, cleanliness and avoiding the removal procedure associated with metallic implants. Key words: Ankle; Bone screws; Fractures, bone

  11. 寰枢椎融合与颈枕融合治疗上颈椎疾患的临床疗效比较%Comparative study of atlanto-axial fusion versus craniocervial fusion in treatment of upper cervical spine affection

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    李金泉; 龚冰南; 徐皓; 姚晓东; 陈建梅

    2013-01-01

    Objective To explore the superior and interior of atlantoaxial fusion and occipitiocervical fusion in treatment of upper cervical disease,and to guide the choice of clinical internal fixation methods.Methods 52 cases with upper cervical disease were performed with posterior pedicle screw fixation from 2007.3 to 2011.5 in our hospital.There were 35 males and 17 females,aged from 16 to 69 years with an average of 46 years,which odontoid fracture in 21 cases,18 cases of unstable Hangmans fracture,4 cases of pillow atlantoaxial dysplasia,3 cases of Jefferson fracture,2 cases of rheumatoid arthritis with atlantoaxial dislocation,Anderson Ⅱ-type merger atlas posterior archfractures in 2 cases,the huge atlas intraspinal schwannoma cases,the odontoid base of old fracture with atlantoaxial subluxation one cases.36 cases of patients with different degrees cervical spinal cord injury.Spinal injure was graded according to Frankel scale:A in 2 cases,B in 5 cases,C in 3 cases,D in 6 cases and E in 20 cases.According to different fusion segments,11 cases(group A)were performed with cervical occipital fusion,and 41 cases (group B)were performed with atlantoaxial fusion,respectively.The clinical efficacy was evaluate by the combination of the JOA law and neck missing degrees in patients.There was no significant change in age,preoperative JOA score,preoperative cervical activity between two groups.Results All patients successfully completed the surgery,postoperative did not appear complications,which of all were obtained from 12 to 46 months of follow-up,with an average of 21.3 months.There was no significant difference with postoperative JOA score in the two groups of patients (P > 0.05),but between the lateral flexion,rotation,flexion and extension loss rate there were significant differences (P < 0.05).Compared with occipital fusion,there was a significantly decrease in neck mobility loss rate after atlantoaxial fusion.After review of X-ray,see interbody fusion without

  12. Impact of screw elements on continuous granulation with a twin-screw extruder.

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    Djuric, Dejan; Kleinebudde, Peter

    2008-11-01

    The influence of different screw element types on wet granulation process with a twin-screw extruder was investigated. Lactose granules were prepared with different screw configurations such as conveying, combing mixer and kneading elements. The use of kneading blocks led to an almost complete agglomeration of lactose, whereas kneading and combing mixer elements resulted in smaller granules in comparison. Granule porosity varied between 17.4% and 50.6%. Granule friability values ranged from 1.2% to 38.5%. Conveying elements led to the most porous and friable granules, whereas kneading blocks produced the densest and least friable granules. Combing mixer elements produced granules with median properties. A linear correlation between granule porosity and the natural logarithm of granule friability was detected. Flowability of granules was also influenced by the element type. Compressed granules with higher granule porosities resulted in tablets with higher tensile strength values and vice versa. Twin-screw extruders proved to be a versatile tool for wet granulation. By the choice of a suitable screw element granule and tablet characteristics were influenced.

  13. Analysis of Modeling Parameters on Threaded Screws.

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    Vigil, Miquela S. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Brake, Matthew Robert [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Vangoethem, Douglas [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-06-01

    Assembled mechanical systems often contain a large number of bolted connections. These bolted connections (joints) are integral aspects of the load path for structural dynamics, and, consequently, are paramount for calculating a structure's stiffness and energy dissipation prop- erties. However, analysts have not found the optimal method to model appropriately these bolted joints. The complexity of the screw geometry cause issues when generating a mesh of the model. This paper will explore different approaches to model a screw-substrate connec- tion. Model parameters such as mesh continuity, node alignment, wedge angles, and thread to body element size ratios are examined. The results of this study will give analysts a better understanding of the influences of these parameters and will aide in finding the optimal method to model bolted connections.

  14. Translaminar facetal screw (magerl′s fixation

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    Rajasekaran S

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Translaminar facet screw fixation (TLFS achieves stabilization of the vertebral motion segment by screws inserted at the base of the spinous process, through the opposite lamina, traversing the facet joint, and ending in the base of the transverse process. It is simple, does not require any specialized equipment, and has the advantages of being a procedure of lesser magnitude, lesser operative time, less cost and few complication rate. Recently there is growing interest in this technique to augment the anterior lumbar fusions to achieve global fusion less invasively. In this review article, we discuss the clinical and biomechanical considerations, surgical technique, indications, contraindications and recent developments of TLFS fixation in lumbar spine fusion.

  15. Twin screw granulation - review of current progress.

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    Thompson, M R

    2015-01-01

    Twin screw granulation (TSG) is a new process of interest to the pharmaceutical community that can continuously wet granulate powders, doing so at lower liquid concentrations and with better product consistency than found by a high shear batch mixer. A considerable body of research has evolved over the short time since this process was introduced but generally with little comparison of results. A certain degree of confidence has been developed through these studies related to how process variables and many attributes of machinery configuration will affect granulation but some major challenges still lay ahead related to scalability, variations in the processing regimes related to degree of channel fill and the impact of wetting and granulation of complex powder formulations. This review examines the current literature for wet granulation processes studied in twin screw extrusion machinery, summarizing the influences of operational and system parameters affecting granule properties as well as strives to provide some practical observations to newly interested users of the technique.

  16. MOVING SCREW DISLOCATION IN CUBIC QUASICRYSTAL

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    ZHOU Wang-min; SONG Yu-hai

    2005-01-01

    The elasticity theory of the dislocation of cubic quasicrystals is developed.The governing equations of anti-plane elasticity dynamics problem of the quasicrystals were reduced to a solution of wave equations by introducing displacement functions,and the analytical expressions of displacements, stresses and energies induced by a moving screw dislocation in the cubic quasicrystalline and the velocity limit of the dislocation were obtained. These provide important information for studying the plastic deformation of the new solid material.

  17. In vitro evaluation of force-expansion characteristics in a newly designed orthodontic expansion screw compared to conventional screws

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    Oshagh Morteza

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective : Expansion screws like Hyrax, Haas and other types, produce heavy interrupted forces which are unfavorable for dental movement and could be harmful to the tooth and periodontium. The other disadvantage of these screws is the need for patient cooperation for their regular activation. The purpose of this study was to design a screw and compare its force- expansion curve with other types. Materials and Methods : A new screw was designed and fabricated in the same dimension, with conventional types, with the ability of 8 mm expansion (Free wire length: 12 mm, initial compression: 4.5 mm, spring wire diameter: 0.4 mm, spring diameter: 3 mm, number of the coils: n0 ine, material: s0 tainless steel. In this in vitro study, the new screw was placed in an acrylic orthodontic appliance, and after mounting on a stone cast, the force-expansion curve was evaluated by a compression test machine and compared to other screws. Results : Force-expansion curve of designed screw had a flatter inclination compared to other screws. Generally it produced a light continuous force (two to 3.5 pounds for every 4 mm of expansion. Conclusion : In comparison with heavy and interrupted forces of other screws, the newly designed screw created light and continuous forces.

  18. Research and application of absorbable screw in orthopedics: a clinical review comparing PDLLA screw with metal screw in patients with simple medial malleolus fracture

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    TANG Jin; HU Jin-feng; GUO Wei-chun; YU Ling; ZHAO Sheng-hao

    2013-01-01

    Objective:To observe the therapeutic effect of absorbable screw in medial malleolus fracture and discuss its clinical application in orthopedics.Methods:A total of 129 patients with simple medial malleolus fracture were studied.Among them,64 patients were treated with poly-D,L-lactic acid (PDLLA) absorbable screws,while the others were treated with metal screws.All the patients were followed up for 12-20 months (averaged 18.4 months) and the therapeutic effect was evaluated according to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society clinical rating systems.Results:In absorbable screw group,we obtained excellent and good results in 62 cases (96.88%); in steel screw group,61 cases (93.85%) achieved excellent and good results.There was no significant difference between the two groups.Conclusion:In the treatment of malleolus fracture,absorbable screw can achieve the same result compared with metal screw fixation.Absorbable screw is preferred due to its advantages of safety,cleanliness and avoiding the removal procedure associated with metallic implants.

  19. Double insurance transfacetal screws for lumbar spinal stabilization

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    Atul Goel

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The authors report experience with 14 cases where two screws or ′′double insurance′′ screws were used for transfacetal fixation of each joint for stabilization of the lumbar spinal segment. The anatomical subtleties of the technique of insertion of screws are elaborated. Materials and Methods: During the period March 2011 to June 2014, 14 patients having lumbar spinal segmental instability related to lumbar canal stenosis were treated by insertion of two screws into each articular assembly by transfacetal technique. After a wide surgical exposure, the articular cartilage was denuded and bone chips were impacted into the joint cavity. For screw insertion in an appropriate angulation, the spinous process was sectioned at its base. The screws (2.8 mm in diameter and 18 mm in length were inserted into the substance of the medial or inferior articular facet of the rostral vertebra via the lateral limit of the lamina approximately 6-8 mm away from the edge of the articular cavity. The screws were inserted 3 mm below the superior edge and 5 mm above the inferior edge of the medial (inferior facets and directed laterally and traversed through the articular cavity into the lateral (superior articular facet of the caudal vertebra toward and into the region of junction of base of transverse process and of the pedicle. During the period of follow-up all treated spinal levels showed firm bone fusion. There was no complication related to insertion of the screws. There was no incidence of screw misplacement, displacementor implant rejection. Conclusions: Screw insertion into the firm and largely cortical bones of facets of lumbar spine can provide robust fixation and firm stabilization of the spinal segment. The large size of the facets provides an opportunity to insert two screws at each spinal segment. The firm and cortical bone material and absence on any neural or vascular structure in the course of the screw traverse provides strength and

  20. Finite Element Analysis of Reciprocating Screw for Injection Molding Machine

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    Nagsen B. Nagrale

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with, the solution of problem occurred for reciprocating screw of Injection molding machine. It identifies and solves the problem by using the modeling and simulation techniques. The problem occurred in the reciprocating screw of machine which was wearing of threads due to affect of temperature of mold materials(flow materials i.e. Nylon, low density polypropylene, polystyrene, PVC etc., The main work was to model the components of machine with dimensions, assemble those components and then simulate the whole assembly for rotation of the screw. The modeling software used is PRO-E wildfire 4.0 for modeling the machine components like body, movable platen, fixed platen, barrel, screw, nozzle, etc. The analysis software ANSYS is used to analyze the reciprocating screws. The objectives involved are:- • To model all the components using modeling software Pro-E 4.0 • To assemble all the components of the machine in the software. • To make the assembly run in Pro-E software.• Analysis of screw of machine using Ansys 11.0 software. • To identify the wearing of threads and to provide the possible solutions.This problem is major for all industrial injection molding machines which the industries are facing and they need the permanent solution, so if the better solution is achieved then the industries will think for implementing it. The industries are having temporary solution but it will affect the life of the screw, because the stresses will be more in machined screw on lathe machine as compared to normal screw. Also if the screw will fail after some years of operation, the new screw available in the market will have the same problem. Also the cost associated with new screw and its mounting is much more as it is the main component of machine.

  1. Economics of water injected air screw compressor systems

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    Madhav, K. V.; Kovacevic, A.

    2015-01-01

    There is a growing need for compressed air free of entrained oil to be used in industry. In many cases it can be supplied by oil flooded screw compressors with multi stage filtration systems, or by oil free screw compressors. However, if water injected screw compressors can be made to operate reliably, they could be more efficient and therefore cheaper to operate. Unfortunately, to date, such machines have proved to be insufficiently reliable and not cost effective. This paper describes an in...

  2. Discrete element modelling of screw conveyor-mixers

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    Jovanović Aca

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Screw conveyors are used extensively in food, plastics, mineral processing, agriculture and processing industries for elevating and/or transporting bulk materials over short to medium distances. Despite their apparent simplicity in design, the transportation action is very complex for design and constructors have tended to rely heavily on empirical performance data. Screw conveyor performance is affected by its operating conditions (such as: the rotational speed of the screw, the inclination of the screw conveyor, and its volumetric fill level. In this paper, horizontal, several single-pitch screw conveyors with some geometry variations in screw blade was investigated for mixing action during transport, using Discrete Element Method (DEM. The influence of geometry modifications on the performance of screw conveyor was examined, different screw designs were compared, and the effects of geometrical variations on mixing performances during transport were explored. During the transport, the particle tumbles down from the top of the helix to the next free surface and that segment of the path was used for auxiliary mixing action. The particle path is dramatically increased with the addition of three complementary helices oriented in the same direction as screw blades (1458.2 mm compared to 397.6 mm in case of single flight screw conveyor Transport route enlarges to 1764.4 mm, when installing helices oriented in the opposite direction from screw blades. By addition of straight line blade to single flight screw conveyor, the longest particle path is being reached: 2061.6 mm [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. TR-31055

  3. Fluid Flow Phenomenon in a Three-Bladed Power-Generating Archimedes Screw Turbine

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    Experimental studies of the Archimedes screw turbine are applied as a micro hydro power plant for low head focused on the fluid flow. Fluid flow on a screw turbine is not completely filled water flow there is still a free surface between the water fluid and atmospheric air. Except the screw geometry, the turbine screw free surface allows the flow phenomena that are important in the process of turbine screw power generation. The Archimedes screw turbine main driving force is the fl...

  4. Wet granulation in a twin-screw extruder: implications of screw design.

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    Thompson, M R; Sun, J

    2010-04-01

    Wet granulation in twin-screw extrusion machinery is an attractive technology for the continuous processing of pharmaceuticals. The performance of this machinery is integrally tied to its screw design yet little fundamental knowledge exists in this emerging field for granulation to intelligently create, troubleshoot, and scale-up such processes. This study endeavored to systematically examine the influence of different commercially available screw elements on the flow behavior and granulation mechanics of lactose monohydrate saturated at low concentration (5-12%, w/w) with an aqueous polyvinyl-pyrrolidone binder. The results of the work showed that current screw elements could be successfully incorporated into designs for wet granulation, to tailor the particle size as well as particle shape of an agglomerate product. Conveying elements for cohesive granular flows were shown to perform similar to their use in polymer processing, as effective transport units with low specific mechanical energy input. The conveying zones provided little significant change to the particle size or shape, though the degree of channel fill in these sections had a significant influence on the more energy-intensive mixing elements studied. The standard mixing elements for this machine, kneading blocks and comb mixers, were found to be effective for generating coarser particles, though their mechanisms of granulation differed significantly.

  5. Reliability of predictors for screw cutout in intertrochanteric hip fractures

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    K.M.J. de Bruijn (Kirstin); D. den Hartog (Dennis); W.E. Tuinebreijer (Wim); G.R. Roukema (Gert)

    2012-01-01

    textabstractBackground: Following internal fixation of intertrochanteric hip fractures, tip apex distance, fracture classification, position of the screw in the femoral head, and fracture reduction are known predictors for screw cutout, but the reliability of these measurements is unknown. We invest

  6. Intermaxillary Fixation Screw Morbidity in Treatment of Mandibular Fractures

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    Florescu, Vlad-Andrei; Kofod, Thomas; Pinholt, Else Marie

    2016-01-01

    PURPOSE: The aim of the present retrospective study was to investigate the morbidity of screws used for intermaxillary fixation (IMF) in the treatment of mandibular fractures. A review of the published data was also performed for a comparison of outcomes. Our hypothesis was that the use of screws...

  7. KINEMATICS OF 3-DOF PYRAMID MANIPULATOR BY PRINCIPAL SCREWS

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    2001-01-01

    Kinematics of a 3-RPS parallel pyramid manipulator are investigated by principal screw. Firstly, the principal screws are identified by quadric degeneration. The planar conics representing the relations between the pitches and the three linear inputs are described, and the three-dimensional distribution of the axes of all the twists is illustrated. Finally, a numerical example is given successfully.

  8. [Loosening of a Calcaneo-Stop Screw after Trampolining].

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    Trieb, K; Fingernagel, T; Petershofer, A; Hofstaetter, S G

    2015-06-01

    Flexible flatfoot is a common malalignment in the paediatric population. Arthroereisis with a calcaneo-stop screw is an effective surgical procedure for treating juvenile flexible flatfoot after conservative measures have been fully exploited. In the present report, we describe the case of a loosening of a calcaneo-stop screw in a 12-year-old youth after excessive trampolining.

  9. OPTIMAL DISTAL SCREW ALIGNMENT IN THE GAMMA NAIL

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    Ching-KongChao; Chun-ChingHsiao; Po-QuangChen

    2002-01-01

    The effect of stress distribution due to the changes of the distal screw alignment in relation to the Gamma nail and the femoral shaft is thoroughly studied in this paper. Failure of the Gamma nail composite occurs through the cranial aperture of the distal screws and the insertion hole for the lag screw due to nonunion, delayed-union and continued weight-bearing. A three-dimensional finite element model was used to study the fractured femur, the Gamma nail, the lag screw and the distal locking screws. The first and the second distal screws were inserted into the Gamma nail in four different configurations. We found that the stress of the Gamma nail composite was substantially reduced with the two screws configured in the anterior to posterior direction. This alignment can bear greater loading in the more demanding fracture types. In the subtrochanteric fracture or the comminuted fractures at the proximal femur, the optimal alignment of the two distal screws was in the anterior to posterior direction.

  10. Determination of the of rate cross slip of screw dislocations

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    Vegge, Tejs; Rasmussen, Torben; Leffers, Torben;

    2000-01-01

    The rate for cross slip of screw dislocations during annihilation of screw dipoles in copper is determined by molecular dynamics simulations. The temperature dependence of the rate is seen to obey an Arrhenius behavior in the investigated temperature range: 225-375 K. The activation energy...

  11. A four lumen screwing device for multiparametric brain monitoring.

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    Feuerstein, T H; Langemann, H; Gratzl, O; Mendelowitsch, A

    2000-01-01

    We describe multiparametric monitoring in severe head trauma using a new screwing device. Our aim was to create a screw which would make the implantation of the probes and thus multiparametric monitoring easier. The new screw allows us to implant 3 probes (microdialysis, Paratrend and an intracranial pressure device) through one burr hole. The screw has four channels, the fourth being for ventricular drainage. We monitored 13 patients with severe head trauma (GCS = 3-8) for up to 7 days. Brain tissue pO2, pCO2, pH, and temperature were measured on-line with the Paratrend 7 machine. The microdialytic parameters glucose, lactate, pyruvate and glutamate were determined semi on-line with a CMA 600 enzymatic analyser. There were no complications in any of the patients that could be ascribed to the screw.

  12. On Helical Projection and Its Application in Screw Modeling

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    Riliang Liu

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available As helical surfaces, in their many and varied forms, are finding more and more applications in engineering, new approaches to their efficient design and manufacture are desired. To that end, the helical projection method that uses curvilinear projection lines to map a space object to a plane is examined in this paper, focusing on its mathematical model and characteristics in terms of graphical representation of helical objects. A number of interesting projective properties are identified in regard to straight lines, curves, and planes, and then the method is further investigated with respect to screws. The result shows that the helical projection of a cylindrical screw turns out to be a Jordan curve, which is determined by the screw's axial profile and number of flights. Based on the projection theory, a practical approach to the modeling of screws and helical surfaces is proposed and illustrated with examples, and its possible application in screw manufacturing is discussed.

  13. The Analysis of Soil Resistance During Screw Displacement Pile Installation

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    Krasinski Adam

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The application of screw displacement piles (SDP is still increasing due to their high efficiency and many advantages. However, one technological problem is a serious disadvantage of those piles. It relates to the generation of very high soil resistance during screw auger penetration, especially when piles are installed in non-cohesive soils. In many situations this problem causes difficulties in creating piles of designed length and diameter. It is necessary to find a proper method for prediction of soil resistance during screw pile installation. The analysis of screw resistances based on model and field tests is presented in the paper. The investigations were carried out as part of research project, financed by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. As a result of tests and analyses the empirical method for prediction of rotation resistance (torque during screw auger penetration in non-cohesive subsoil based on CPT is proposed.

  14. The Analysis of Soil Resistance During Screw Displacement Pile Installation

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    Krasinski, Adam

    2015-02-01

    The application of screw displacement piles (SDP) is still increasing due to their high efficiency and many advantages. However, one technological problem is a serious disadvantage of those piles. It relates to the generation of very high soil resistance during screw auger penetration, especially when piles are installed in non-cohesive soils. In many situations this problem causes difficulties in creating piles of designed length and diameter. It is necessary to find a proper method for prediction of soil resistance during screw pile installation. The analysis of screw resistances based on model and field tests is presented in the paper. The investigations were carried out as part of research project, financed by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. As a result of tests and analyses the empirical method for prediction of rotation resistance (torque) during screw auger penetration in non-cohesive subsoil based on CPT is proposed.

  15. Lumbar pedicle cortical bone trajectory screw

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    Song Tengfei; Wellington K Hsu; Ye Tianwen

    2014-01-01

    Objective The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the lumbar pedicle cortical bone trajectory (CBT) screw fixation technique,a new fixation technique for lumbar surgery.Data sources The data analyzed in this review are mainly from articles reported in PubMed published from 1994 to 2014.Study selection Original articles and critical reviews relevant to CBT technique and lumbar pedicle fixation were selected.Results CBT technique was firstly introduced as a new fixation method for lumbar pedicle surgery in 2009.The concepts,morphometric study,biomechanical characteristics and clinical applications of CBT technique were reviewed.The insertional point of CBT screw is located at the lateral point of the pars interarticularis,and its trajectory follows a caudocephalad path sagittally and a laterally directed path in the transverse plane.CBT technique can be used for posterior fixation during lumbar fusion procedures.This technique is a minimally invasive surgery,which affords better biomechanical stability,fixation strength and surgical safety.Therefore,CBT technique has the greatest benefit in lumbar pedicle surgery for patients with osteoporosis and obesity.Conclusion CBT technique is a better alternative option of lumbar pedicle fixation,especially for patients with osteoporosis and obesity.

  16. Asymmetric distribution in twin screw granulation.

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    Chan Seem, Tim; Rowson, Neil A; Gabbott, Ian; de Matas, Marcel; Reynolds, Gavin K; Ingram, Andy

    2016-09-01

    Positron Emission Particle Tracking (PEPT) was successfully employed to validate measured transverse asymmetry in material distribution in the conveying zones of a Twin Screw Granulator (TSG). Flow asymmetry was established to be a property of the granulator geometry and dependent on fill level. The liquid distribution of granules as a function of fill level was determined. High flow asymmetry at low fill level negatively affects granule nucleation leading to high variance in final uniformity. Wetting of material during nucleation was identified as a critical parameter in determining final granule uniformity and fill level is highlighted as a crucial control factor in achieving this. Flow asymmetry of dry material in conveying zones upstream of binder fluid injection leads to poor non-uniform wetting at nucleation and results in heterogeneous final product. The granule formation mechanism of 60°F kneading blocks is suggested to be primarily breakage of agglomerates formed during nucleation. Optimisation of screw configuration would be required to provide secondary growth. This work shows how fill dependent flow regimes affect granulation mechanisms.

  17. Supermassive screwed cosmic string in dilaton gravity

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    Bezerra, V B [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal da ParaIba, 58059-970, Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil); Ferreira, Cristine N [Nucleo de Fisica, Centro Federal de Educacao Tecnologica de Campos, Rua Dr Siqueira, 273-Parque Dom Bosco, 28030-130, Campos dos Goytacazes, RJ (Brazil); Cuesta, H J Mosquera [Instituto de Cosmologia, Relatividade e AstrofIsica (ICRA-BR), Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas, Rua Dr Xavier Sigaud 150, Urca 22290-180, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2006-06-21

    The early universe might have undergone phase transitions at energy scales much higher than the one corresponding to the grand unified theories (GUT) scales. At these higher energy scales, the transition at which gravity separated from all other interactions, the so-called Planck era, more massive strings called supermassive cosmic strings could have been produced, with energy of about 10{sup 19} GeV. The dynamics of strings formed with this energy scale cannot be described by means of the weak-field approximation, as in the standard procedure for ordinary GUT cosmic strings. As suggested by string theories, at this extreme energy, gravity may be transmitted by some kind of scalar field (usually called the dilaton) in addition to the tensor field of Einstein's theory of gravity. It is then permissible to tackle the issue regarding the dynamics of supermassive cosmic strings within this framework. With this aim, we obtain the gravitational field of a supermassive screwed cosmic string in a scalar-tensor theory of gravity. We show that for the supermassive configuration, exact solutions of scalar-tensor screwed cosmic strings can be found in connection with the Bogomol'nyi limit. We show that the generalization of Bogomol'nyi arguments to the Brans-Dicke theory is possible when torsion is present and we obtain an exact solution in this supermassive regime, with the dilaton solution obtained by consistency with internal constraints.

  18. Optimization of Twin-Screw Superchargers for Combined Compressor - Expander Performance (SCREW); Optimierung von Schraubenladern fuer den kombinierten Verdichtungs- und Expansionsbetrieb (SCREW)

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    Romba, M. [Dortmund Univ. (Germany). Fachgebiet Fluidenergiemaschinen

    2005-07-01

    During the last years the use of mechanical superchargers has gained increasing interest in a bid to combine attractive emission- and fuel consumption values with dynamic driving performance. Based on an analysis of available supercharging systems the development potential of twin screw superchargers is assessed. A concept using inlet slide valves is developed which allows at the same time to control the mass flow delivered by the supercharger and achieve an expansion of the transported charge under part load conditions when the delivered pressure is lower than ambient pressure, achieving a reduction in necessary shaft power or even the delivery of shaft power. To distinguish it from conventional superchargers the new device is called ''SCREW'' - screw type machine with compressor respectively expander working mode. The effect of several design parameters on the SCREW'S performance is evaluated by extensive simulation calculations, showing that a suitable design varies considerably from conventional supercharger designs and that a significant amount of further research, especially covering the development of rotor profiles suited for the specific task, is still needed to fully utilize the concept's potential. As a proof of concept prototype SCREW'S, based on a conventional twin screw supercharger, have been built and tested. The results obtained made clear the general suitability of the concept but also underlined the shortcomings of the prototype as they had already been predicted by the simulations. (orig.)

  19. Parafuso de massa lateral do atlas para fixação da coluna cervical superior: resultados cirúrgicos Tornillos de masa lateral del atlas para la fijación de la columna cervical superior: resultados quirúrgicos Lateral mass screws of the atlas for upper cervical spine fixation: surgical results

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    Enrico Ghizoni

    2011-01-01

    alcanzar la fusión y la estabilidad de la columna cervical, y con el conocimiento de la anatomía y de la técnica quirúrgica es posible obtenerse excelentes resultados.OBJECTIVE: To present the surgical results of a case series of upper cervical spine stabilization with the use of lateral mass screws of the atlas. METHODS: Retrospective review of the surgical results of patients submitted to upper cervical spine stabilization with the use of lateral mass screws of the atlas. RESULTS: Six patients were operated in the period between January 2009 to April 2010, four men and two women. There was no permanent morbidity or mortality in the presented series. The main cause of atlanto-axial instability was trauma and there was just one case of odontoid pathologic fracture from a prostate metastasis. Axis fixation was achieved with the use of three different screw techniques (pars, pedicle and laminar, with equal distribution among the patients. CONCLUSIONS: The use of lateral mass screws of the atlas is an important technique to achieve fusion and stability of the upper cervical spine and with the knowledge of the anatomy and of the surgical technique good results can be achieved.

  20. The long-term results of Magerl technique combined with single laminar clamp internal fixation in management of atlantoaxial dislocation%Magerl技术联合单椎板夹固定治疗寰枢椎脱位的远期疗效

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    魏富鑫; 李浩淼; 刘少喻; 王乐; 崔尚斌; 钟锐; 陈柏龄; 龙厚清; 李佛保

    2015-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the long-term outcomes of Magerl technique combined with single laminar clamp internal fixation in management of atlantoaxial dislocation.Methods A retrospective study included 11 patients with atlantoaxial dislocation,who were treated with Magerl technique combined with single laminar clamp internal fixation and bone fusion after preoperative traction and reduction.Postoperative complications and efficacy were observed subsequently.The clinical and radiological outcomes were evaluated according to the Symonand Lavender clinical standard,the spinal function score of Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA),the imaging index space available for the cord (SAC),and the atlas-dens interval (ADI).The status of bony fusion was also evaluated according to radiological investigation.Results The mean operating time was 101 ±66 mins (range,72-160 mins),and the mean bleeding during operation was 180±395 ml (range,70-550 ml).All the patients achieved bone fusion.There was no neurological damage,wound infection or other serious complications.Only one patient showed delayed healing of incision,who was treated successfully with debridement and re-suturing.All the patients were followed up successfully with an average of 67.8±65.3 months (range,48-128 months),and there were no breakage of screws or laminar clamps.According to the Symonand Lavender clinical standard,the clinical recovery rate was 90.9%.According to the JOA score,there was a significant difference between the preoperative JOA score and the final follow-up,which increased by 7.0±3.3 points with an average recovery rate of 86.4%.The SAC of C1,2 segment increased by 7.29 mm at one month postoperatively,which showed a significant difference compared with preoperative SAC.The SAC at the final follow-up was 16.91±0.51 mm,which showed no significant difference compared with that at one month postoperatively.The ADI at one month postoperatively decreased by 4.51 ± 1.46 mm,which showed a

  1. Engineering Aspects of Single- and Twin-screw Extrusion-cooking of Biopolymers

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    Zuilichem, D.J. van; Stolp, W.; Janssen, L.P.B.M.

    1983-01-01

    A survey is given of the properties of single- and twin-screw extruders. The influence on the design of the different leakage gaps existing in co-rotating, counter-rotating, self-wiping, twin-screw extruders and single-screw equipment is discussed. The mixing effects in single- and twin-screw equipm

  2. Economics of water injected air screw compressor systems

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    Venu Madhav, K.; Kovačević, A.

    2015-08-01

    There is a growing need for compressed air free of entrained oil to be used in industry. In many cases it can be supplied by oil flooded screw compressors with multi stage filtration systems, or by oil free screw compressors. However, if water injected screw compressors can be made to operate reliably, they could be more efficient and therefore cheaper to operate. Unfortunately, to date, such machines have proved to be insufficiently reliable and not cost effective. This paper describes an investigation carried out to determine the current limitations of water injected screw compressor systems and how these could be overcome in the 15-315 kW power range and delivery pressures of 6-10 bar. Modern rotor profiles and approach to sealing and cooling allow reasonably inexpensive air end design. The prototype of the water injected screw compressor air system was built and tested for performance and reliability. The water injected compressor system was compared with the oil injected and oil free compressor systems of the equivalent size including the economic analysis based on the lifecycle costs. Based on the obtained results, it was concluded that water injected screw compressor systems could be designed to deliver clean air free of oil contamination with a better user value proposition than the oil injected or oil free screw compressor systems over the considered range of operations.

  3. Positioning of pedicle screws in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis using electromyography

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    Bruno Moreira Gavassi

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To analyze the occurrence of poor positioning of pedicle screws inserted with the aid of intraoperative electromyographic stimulation in the treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS.METHODS: This is a prospective observational study including all patients undergoing surgical treatment for AIS, between March and December 2013 at a single institution. All procedures were monitored by electromyography of the inserted pedicle screws. The position of the screws was evaluated by assessment of postoperative CT and classified according to the specific AIS classification system.RESULTS: Sixteen patients were included in the study, totalizing 281 instrumented pedicles (17.5 per patient. No patient had any neurological deficit or complaint after surgery. In the axial plane, 195 screws were found in ideal position (69.4% while in the sagittal plane, 226 screws were found in ideal position (80.4%. Considering both the axial and the sagittal planes, it was observed that 59.1% (166/281 of the screws did not violate any cortical wall.CONCLUSION: The use of pedicle screws proved to be a safe technique without causing neurological damage in AIS surgeries, even with the occurrence of poor positioning of some implants.

  4. Comparison of expansive pedicle screw and polymethylmethacrylate-augmented pedicle screw in osteoporotic sheep lumbar vertebrae: biomechanical and interfacial evaluations.

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    Da Liu

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: It was reported that expansive pedicle screw (EPS and polymethylmethacrylate-augmented pedicle screw (PMMA-PS could be used to increase screw stability in osteoporosis. However, there are no studies comparing the two kinds of screws in vivo. Thus, we aimed to compare biomechanical and interfacial performances of EPS and PMMA-PS in osteoporotic sheep spine. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: After successful induction of osteoporotic sheep, lumbar vertebrae in each sheep were randomly divided into three groups. The conventional pedicle screw (CPS was inserted directly into vertebrae in CPS group; PMMA was injected prior to insertion of CPS in PMMA-PS group; and the EPS was inserted in EPS group. Sheep were killed and biomechanical tests, micro-CT analysis and histological observation were performed at both 6 and 12 weeks post-operation. At 6-week and 12-week, screw stabilities in EPS and PMMA-PS groups were significantly higher than that in CPS group, but there were no significant differences between EPS and PMMA-PS groups at two study periods. The screw stability in EPS group at 12-week was significantly higher than that at 6-week. The bone trabeculae around the expanding anterior part of EPS were more and denser than that in CPS group at 6-week and 12-week. PMMA was found without any degradation and absorption forming non-biological "screw-PMMA-bone" interface in PMMA-PS group, however, more and more bone trabeculae surrounded anterior part of EPS improving local bone quality and formed biological "screw-bone" interface. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: EPS can markedly enhance screw stability with a similar effect to the traditional method of screw augmentation with PMMA in initial surgery in osteoporosis. EPS can form better biological interface between screw and bone than PMMA-PS. In addition, EPS have no risk of thermal injury, leakage and compression caused by PMMA. We propose EPS has a great application potential in augmentation of

  5. The analysis of imageology for screw tunnel of atlas-axis components of artificial atlanto-odontoid joint%人工寰齿关节寰枢椎部件固定钉道的影像学分析

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    胡勇; 袁振山; 赵红勇; 顾勇杰; 夏华杰; 华群

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨自行设计的人工寰齿关节( AAOJ)在寰枢关节骨性标本上置换后寰枢椎部件固定螺钉通道的安全性和可行性.方法 在32具正常成年人尸体寰枢关节湿性标本上行人工寰齿关节置换术后,行寰枢椎薄层CT扫描及三维重建,测量与AAOJ内固定的相关指标,并观察寰枢椎部件固定螺钉通道与横突孔、椎动脉沟、椎管等重要解剖结构安全空间.结果 寰椎部件固定螺钉的长度(L)为(21.5±3.7) mm,寰椎部件固定螺钉外倾角(d)为(12.9±4.8)°,寰椎部件固定螺钉下倾角(δ)为(3.0±1.2)°.枢椎部件固定螺钉的长度(S)是(28.6±3.7) mm,枢椎部件固定螺钉的外倾角度(β)是(22.6±4.3)°,枢椎部件固定螺钉的下倾角度(θ)是(15.8±2.6)°.结论 固定人工寰齿关节寰枢椎部件的螺钉通道与横突孔、椎动脉沟、椎管等重受解剖结构之间有安全空间范围.%Objective To investigate feasibility and safety for screw tunnel of atlas-axis components of artificial atlanto-odontoid joint (AAOJ) arthroplasty in bony specimens of atlanto-axial joint.Methods The thin-slice CT scannning and the three-dimension reconstruction were performed through 32 sets of artificial atlanto-odontoid joint arthroplasty in adults' bony specimens.The indicators related to AAOJ internal fixation were measured and applied to observe the safe space among screw tunnel of atlas-axis components and important anatomy structures such as transverse foramen,groove for vertebral artery,vertebral canal,etc.Results The length of screw tunnel of atlas components (L) was (21.5 ±3.7) mm,the extraversion angle of screw tunnel of atlas components (α) was ( 12.9 ± 4.8) °,the length of screw tunnel of axis components (S) was (28.6± 3.7) mm,the extraversion angle of screw tunnel of axis components (β) was (22.6 ±4.3)°,and the downslope angle of screw tunnel of axis components (θ) was ( 15.8 ±2.6) °.Conclusion There is a comparatively large safe

  6. Preliminary Design on Screw Press Model of Palm Oil Extraction Machine

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    Firdaus, Muhammad; Salleh, S. M.; Nawi, I.; Ngali, Z.; Siswanto, W. A.; Yusup, E. M.

    2017-01-01

    The concept of the screw press is to compress the fruit bunch between the main screw and travelling cones to extract the palm oil. Visual inspection, model development and simulation of screw press by using Solidworks 2016 and calculation of design properties were performed to support the investigation. The project aims to analyse different design of screw press which improves in reducing maintenance cost and increasing lifespan. The currently existing of screw press can endure between 500 to 900 hours and requires frequent maintenance. Different configurations have been tried in determination of best design properties in screw press. The results specify that screw press with tapered inner shaft has more total lifespan (hours) compared existing screw press. The selection of the screw press with tapered inner shaft can reduce maintenance cost and increase lifespan of the screw press.

  7. Simulation and analysis of resin flow in injection machine screw

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    Ling-feng LI; Samir MEKID

    2008-01-01

    A method with simulation and analysis of the resin flow in a screw is presented to ease the control of some problems that may affect the efficiency and the quality of the product among existing screws in an injection machine. The physical model of a screw is established to represent the stress, the strain, the relationship between velocity and stress, and the temperature of the cells. In this paper, a working case is considered where the velocity and the temperature distributions at any section of the flow are obtained. The analysis of the computational results shows an ability to master various parameters depending on the specifications.

  8. Noninvasive method for retrieval of broken dental implant abutment screw

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    Jagadish Reddy Gooty

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Dental implants made of titanium for replacement of missing teeth are widely used because of ease of technical procedure and high success rate, but are not free of complications and may fail. Fracturing of the prosthetic screw continues to be a problem in restorative practice and great challenge to remove the fractured screw conservatively. This case report describes and demonstrates the technique of using an ultrasonic scaler in the removal of the fracture screw fragment as a noninvasive method without damaging the hex of implants.

  9. Electromagnetic Lead Screw for Potential Wave Energy Application

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    Lu, Kaiyuan; Wu, Weimin

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a new type electromagnetic lead screw (EMLS) intended for wave energy application. Similar to the mechanical lead screw, this electromagnetic version can transfer slow linear motion to high-rotational motion, offering gearing effects. Compared with the existing pure magnetic...... lead screw (MLS) employing permanent magnets only, the new EMLS proposed uses dc current to provide the required helical-shape magnetic field, offering a much simpler, robust structure compared with the MLS. The working principle and the performances of this EMLS are analyzed in this paper. Comparison...

  10. 3D CFD analysis of a twin screw expander

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    Kovacevic, A.; S Rane

    2013-01-01

    Twin screw machines can be used as expanders for variety of applications. This paper describes how the performance of an oil free twin screw air expander of 3/5 lobe configuration was estimated by use of full 3D Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) applying a procedure similar to that used for screw compressors. The grid generator SCORG© was employed for pre-processing of the moving domains between the rotors while the stationary grids for the ports were derived from a commercial grid generator...

  11. A power recirculating test rig for ball screw endurance tests

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    Giberti Hermes

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A conceptual design of an innovative test rig for endurance tests of ball screws is presented in this paper. The test rig layout is based on the power recirculating principle and it also allows to overtake the main critical issues of the ball screw endurance tests. Among these there are the high power required to make the test, the lengthy duration of the same and the high loads between the screw and the frame that holds it. The article describes the test rig designed scheme, the kinematic expedients to be adopted in order to obtain the required performance and functionality and the sizing procedure to choose the actuation system.

  12. Test Research on Special Sucker Rod for Screw Pump

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    Zhang Mingyi; Chen Mingzhan; Li Zhi

    2006-01-01

    @@ According to the statistics of straight thread sucker rods' application in screw pump in Daqing Oilfield before2000, the proportion of sucker rods' yearly breakaway reached to 41.6%, taking up 70% of the total wells that were checked. Thus it can be seen that the rods breakaway problem was becoming the main barrier restricting screw pump large-scale population and application. Since then,the development work on the special sucker rods for screw pump had been carried on. Through the analysis on the failure position and failure form of the sucker rods',the following conclusions arepresented:

  13. Migration of polyethylene fixation screw after total knee arthroplasty.

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    Cho, Woo-Shin; Youm, Yoon-Seok

    2009-08-01

    Duracon (Howmedica, Rutherford, NJ) posterior stabilized total knee system has a snap fit locking mechanism of a tibial polyethylene, including an additional locking screw for further fixation of polyethylene. We report 13 cases of locking screw migration from tibial component after Duracon posterior stabilized primary total knee arthroplasty. Among 13 knees, screw migration in 10 asymptomatic cases was incidentally detected during regular follow-up, and they were just observed in the outpatient clinic. Only 3 knees had moderate pain, swelling, and instability, and revision was done on 2 of 3 knees.

  14. 螺旋CT对寰枢椎损伤的诊断价值%Diagnostic Value of Spiral CT for Atlantoaxial Injury

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    沈明华; 叶进湖

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨X线平片和螺旋CT及其后图像处理技术在寰枢椎损伤中的应用价值.方法 回顾性分析37例患者通过X线平片和多层螺旋CT证实寰枢关节脱位,齿状突骨拆,寰枢侧块及椎弓骨折的一般资料.利用三维重建、二维重建、容积再现和表面遮盖法后处理技术显示骨折、脱位,并进行比较.结果 37例患者中X线平片诊断正确25例,可疑和误诊2例.螺旋CT均明确诊断,其中C1爆裂性骨折7例,其中2例合并C1、C2脱位失稳.C2齿状突骨折17例,其中X线平片漏诊2例.C2椎弓骨折(Hangman 骨折)9例.单纯C1、C2椎间失稳2例,其中X线平片漏诊1例.枢椎椎体骨折,本组中2例为椎体纵行骨折,骨折无明显移位.在37例寰枢椎骨折病例中,螺旋CT全部正确,X线平片诊断正确25例,正确率67.5%,其中9例未能作出诊断,3例将寰枢椎骨折误诊为关节脱位.结论 应用X线平片诊断寰枢椎损伤有很大局限性,易发生漏检.螺旋CT轴位和多种重建技术各具特色,结合使用可提高寰枢椎损伤的诊断价值.%Objective To study the application value of X-ray radiography and spiral CT and digital image processing technology in the vertebral injury between atlas. Methods A retrospective analysis of 37 cases of atlantoaxial dislocation,odontoid bone removed, atlantoaxial lateral mass and pedicle fracture confirmed by X-ray and spiral CT was done. Three-dimensional reconstruction, two-dimensional reconstruction, volume rendering and surface shaded display post-processing techniques were used to display the fractures,dislocations,and comparison was done. Results Among 37 patients,X-ray diagnosis was correct in 25 cases,2 cases were suspicious and misdiagnosed. All were clearly diagnosed by spiral CT,of which the column C1 burst fracture in 7 cases,including 2 patients with C1, C2 dislocation instability. C2 dens fractures in 17 patients, including X-ray missed in 2 cases. C2 pedicle fracture( Hangman

  15. Clinical Observation of Anterior Single Screw on the Treatment of Old Odontoid Fractures of Anderson Type%前路单枚螺钉治疗老年齿状突 AndersonⅡ型骨折的疗效观察

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    秦双安; 张建福

    2014-01-01

    To investigate effect of the anterior single hollow screw internal fixation technique for the treatment of old odontoid fractures of Anderson type. Methods:Elderly patients with fixation in the perspective of descending anterior single screw in 23 cases of odontoid Anderson Ⅱ fracture,all the patients underwent skull traction reduction,the implantation in single screw,postoperative cervical immobilization. Results:Patients were followed up for 6 - 23 months,2 cases in the last follow-up has not yet reached bone union,5 ca-ses in 3 months after the treatment,the fracture has healed,10 cases in 5 months after the treatment showed bone union,6 cases after 1 years follow-up bone healing. Conclusion:Good stability of fixation in the treatment of elderly patients with Anderson type Ⅱ odontoid fracture of anterior single screw,atlantoaxial joint motion function was reserved,high rate of fracture healing,less complications.%目的:探讨颈前路单枚中空螺钉内固定技术治疗老年齿状突 AndersonⅡ型骨折临床疗效。方法:对23例齿状突 Ander-sonⅡ型骨折老年患者在透视下行颈前路单枚螺钉内固定术,所有患者术前行颅骨牵引复位,术中植入单枚螺钉,术后颈托外固定。结果:术后随访6~23个月,2例于最后随访仍未达到骨性愈合,5例于术后3个月复查骨折已达骨性愈合,10例于术后5个月复查时显示骨性愈合,6例于术后1 a 复查骨性愈合。结论:前路单枚螺钉内固定治疗老年 AndersonⅡ型齿状突骨折具有良好的稳定性,保留了寰枢关节运动功能,骨折愈合率较高,并发症低。

  16. Advances of atlantoaxial joint implant and its biomechanical analysis%寰枢关节置入物的研究进展及生物力学分析

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    时雨; 游路宽; 李军

    2009-01-01

    背景:寰枢关节作为连接头颅和脊柱的节点,在维持头颈部的运动、保持脑部和脊髓的联系上有着重要的作用.寰枢关节的生物力学特性与外部损伤性因素共同决定了寰枢关节骨折、脱位的部位、类型和性质,也影响着寰枢关节损伤后的治疗方法.随着材料技术的进展和临床操作经验的积累,各种新型的置入物不断被研制并应用于临床实践,使寰枢椎的手术方式和治疗策略得到了极大的丰富.目前置入物的应用目的大都是促进寰枢椎的融合或加强寰枢椎之间的联系和固定,它们在加强寰枢关节稳定性的同时,都不同程度地限制了头颈部的活动.如何处理好稳定性和灵活性的关系,在保证寰枢关节稳定的基础之上最大限度地恢复其生理功能,是今后新型人工置入物的研究方向.%As a node between the skull and the spine, atlantoaxial joint plays a pivotal role in the maintenance of head and neck activities, as well as the connection between the brains and the spine. The biomechanical characteristics of stlantoaxial joint, together with traumatic factors, contribute to determine the site, type and character of atlantoaxial joint fracture and dislocation, they also affect the treatment of atlantoaxial joint injury. With the materials technique development and accumulated experience of clinical operations, various types of new implants are increasing and used for clinical practice, accordingly the surgical approach and therapy regimen of atlantoaxial disease have been greatly enriched. At present, the use of implant mainly aims to promote the atlantoaxial fusion or enhance the connection and fixation between atlantoaxial joints. However, the head and neck activities are also limited simultaneously while the implant enhances the atlantoaxial joint stability. Further studies require to handle the correlation between joint stability and joint flexibility and to maximize the

  17. Centrifuging Step-Screw Conveyor for Regolith Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — A variety of ISRU operations will utilize lunar regolith as feedstock. The proposed centrifuging step-screw conveyor concept will provide a well controlled robust,...

  18. Screw-matrix method in dynamics of multibody systems

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    Yanzhu, Liu

    1988-05-01

    In the present paper the concept of screw in classical mechanics is expressed in matrix form, in order to formulate the dynamical equations of the multibody systems. The mentioned method can retain the advantages of the screw theory and avoid the shortcomings of the dual number notation. Combining the screw-matrix method with the tool of graph theory in Roberson/Wittenberg formalism. We can expand the application of the screw theory to the general case of multibody systems. For a tree system, the dynamical equations for each j-th subsystem, composed of all the outboard bodies connected by j-th joint can be formulated without the constraint reaction forces in the joints. For a nontree system, the dynamical equations of subsystems and the kinematical consistency conditions of the joints can be derived using the loop matrix. The whole process of calculation is unified in matrix form. A three-segment manipulator is discussed as an example.

  19. Kinematic analysis of parallel manipulators by algebraic screw theory

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    Gallardo-Alvarado, Jaime

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    This book reviews the fundamentals of screw theory concerned with velocity analysis of rigid-bodies, confirmed with detailed and explicit proofs. The author additionally investigates acceleration, jerk, and hyper-jerk analyses of rigid-bodies following the trend of the velocity analysis. With the material provided in this book, readers can extend the theory of screws into the kinematics of optional order of rigid-bodies. Illustrative examples and exercises to reinforce learning are provided. Of particular note, the kinematics of emblematic parallel manipulators, such as the Delta robot as well as the original Gough and Stewart platforms are revisited applying, in addition to the theory of screws, new methods devoted to simplify the corresponding forward-displacement analysis, a challenging task for most parallel manipulators. Stands as the only book devoted to the acceleration, jerk and hyper-jerk (snap) analyses of rigid-body by means of screw theory; Provides new strategies to simplify the forward kinematic...

  20. Lumbar pedicle screw placement: Using only AP plane imaging

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    Anil Sethi

    2012-01-01

    Conclusion: Placement of pedicle screws under fluoroscopic guidance using AP plane imaging alone with tactile guidance is safe, fast, and reliable. However, a good understanding of the radiographic landmarks is a prerequisite.

  1. Pullout strength of misplaced pedicle screws in the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae - A cadaveric study

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    Shyam K Saraf

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The objective of this cadaveric study was to analyze the effects of iatrogenic pedicle perforations from screw misplacement on the mean pullout strength of lower thoracic and lumbar pedicle screws. We also investigated the effect of bone mineral density (BMD, diameter of pedicle screws, and the region of spine on the pullout strength of pedicle screws. Materials and Methods: Sixty fresh human cadaveric vertebrae (D10-L2 were harvested. Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA scan of vertebrae was done for BMD. Titanium pedicle screws of different diameters (5.2 and 6.2 mm were inserted in the thoracic and lumbar segments after dividing the specimens into three groups: a standard pedicle screw (no cortical perforation; b screw with medial cortical perforation; and c screw with lateral cortical perforation. Finally, pullout load of pedicle screws was recorded using INSTRON Universal Testing Machine. Results: Compared with standard placement, medially misplaced screws had 9.4% greater mean pullout strength and laterally misplaced screws had 47.3% lesser mean pullout strength. The pullout strength of the 6.2 mm pedicle screws was 33% greater than that of the 5.2 mm pedicle screws. The pullout load of pedicle screws in lumbar vertebra was 13.9% greater than that in the thoracic vertebra ( P = 0.105, but it was not statistically significant. There was no significant difference between pullout loads of vertebra with different BMD ( P = 0.901. Conclusion: The mean pullout strength was less with lateral misplaced pedicle screws while medial misplaced pedicle screw had more pullout strength. The pullout load of 6.2 mm screws was greater than that of 5.2 mm pedicle screws. No significant correlation was found between bone mineral densities and the pullout strength of vertebra. Similarly, the pullout load of screw placed in thoracic and lumbar vertebrae was not significantly different.

  2. Pedicle screw fixation against burst fracture of thoracolumbar vertebrae

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    L(U) Fu-xin; HUANG Yong; ZHANG Qiang; SHI Feng-lei; ZHAO Dong-sheng; HU Qiao

    2007-01-01

    Objective: To analyze the application of vertebral pedicle screw fixation in the treatment of burst fracture of thoracolumbar vertebrae.Methods: A total of 48 cases (31 males and 17 females, aged from 18-72 years, mean: 41.3 years) with thoracolumbar vertebrae burst fracture were treated by pedicle screw system since January 2004. According to the AO classification of thoracolumbar vertebrae fracture,there are 36 cases of Type A, 9 of Type B and 3 of Type C.Results: All patients were followed up for 6-25 months (average 12 months ), no secondary nerve root injury, spinal cord injury, loosening or breakage of pedicle screw were observed. The nerve function of 29 patients with cauda equina nerve injury was restored to different degrees. The vertebral body height returned to normal level and posterior process angle was rectified after operation.Conclusions: The vertebral pedicle screw internal fixation was technologically applicable, which can efficiently reposition and stablize the bursting fractured vertabrae,indirectly decompress canalis spinalis, maintain spine stablity, scatter stress of screw system, reduce the risk of loosening or breakage of screw and loss of vertebral height,and prevent the formation of posterior convex after operation.

  3. Rapid prototyping drill guide template for lumbar pedicle screw placement

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    LU Sheng; XU Yong-qing; ZHANG Yuan-zhi; LI Yan-bing; SHI Ji-hong; CHEN Guo-ping; CHEN Yu-bing

    2009-01-01

    To develop a novel method of spinal pedical stereotaxy by reverse engineering and rapid prototyping techniques, and to validate its accuracy by experimental and clinical studies. Methods: A 3D reconstruction model for the desired lumbar vertebra was generated by using the Mimics 10.11 software, and the optimal screw size and orientation were determined using the reverse engineering software. Afterwards, a drill template was created by reverse engi-neering principle, whose surface was the antitemplate of the vertebral surface. The drill template and its correspond-ing vertebra were manufactured using the rapid prototyping technique. Results: The accuracy of the drill template was con-firmed by drilling screw trajectory into the vertebral biomodel preoperatively. This method also showed its ability to cus-tomize the placement and size of each screw based on the unique morphology of the lumbar vertebra.The drill tem-plate fits the postural surface of the vertebra very well in the cadaver experiment. Postoperative CT scans for controlling the pedicle bore showed that the personalized template had a high precision in cadaver experiment and clinical application. No misplacement occurred by using the per-sonalized template. During surgery, no additional computer assistance was needed.Conclusions: The authors have developed a novel drill template for lumbar pedicle screw placement with good applicability and high accuracy. The potential use of drill templates to place lumbar pedicle screws is promising. Our methodology appears to provide an accurate technique and trajectory for pedicle screw placement in the lumbar spine.

  4. Robot-assisted Anterior Odontoid Screw Fixation: A Case Report.

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    Tian, Wei; Wang, Han; Liu, Ya-Jun

    2016-08-01

    Anterior odontoid screw fixation has been proved to be effective but technically challenging because the difficult approach is associated with high risks of screw malposition and damage to surrounding vital structures. Navigation techniques are therefore increasingly being used to improve safety and accuracy. However, no robot-assisted odontoid screw fixation has yet been reported. We here report a 61-year-old woman with a type II dens fracture on whom anterior odontoid screw fixation was performed under the guidance of a newly developed robotic system (TiRobot, co-designed by Beijing Jishuitan Hospital and TINAVI Medical Technologies). One odontoid screw was safely and accurately placed, the calculated deviation between the planned and actual positions being 0.9 mm. No intraoperative complications were identified and the patient was discharged on Day 5. Follow-up studies after 2 weeks showed good clinical and radiological results. We believe this is the first reported case of robot-assisted anterior odontoid screw fixation. We consider that complicated procedures can become feasible, safe and accurate using TiRobot systems.

  5. Far cortical locking screws in distal femur fractures.

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    Adams, John D; Tanner, Stephanie L; Jeray, Kyle J

    2015-03-01

    Distal femur fractures routinely heal by secondary bone healing, which relies on interfragmentary motion. Periarticular locking plates are commonly used for fixation in distal femur fractures but are associated with a high nonunion rate, likely due to the stiffness of the constructs. Far cortical locking (FCL) screws are designed to allow micromotion at the near cortex while maintaining purchase in only the far cortex. Although clinical data are limited, these screws have been shown in biomechanical studies to provide excellent interfragmentary motion, and animal models have shown increased callus formation compared with traditional locking screws. The purpose of this study was to examine the clinical effects that FCL screws have on healing in distal femur fractures treated with locked constructs. In this retrospective case series, 15 patients with a distal femur fracture treated with MotionLoc screws (Zimmer, Warsaw, Indiana) were analyzed. Serial radiographs were evaluated for callus presence and time to union. All fractures were either 33-A3 or 33-C2 according to the AO classification system, and 5 (33%) were open. Bone loss was recorded in 2 patients. There were no nonunions, and average time to union was 24 weeks. There were no implant failures, and all 5 open fractures, including the 2 with bone loss, healed without intervention. There was 1 reoperation due to painful hardware. Although this is a small case series, these results are promising. Far cortical locking screws may provide the answer to the high nonunion rate associated with distal femur fractures treated with traditional locked constructs.

  6. Fixation strength of biocomposite wedge interference screw in ACL reconstruction: effect of screw length and tunnel/screw ratio. A controlled laboratory study

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    Herrera Antonio

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Primary stability of the graft is essential in anterior cruciate ligament surgery. An optimal method of fixation should be easy to insert and provide great resistance against pull-out forces. A controlled laboratory study was designed to test the primary stability of ACL tendinous grafts in the tibial tunnel. The correlation between resistance to traction forces and the cross-section and length of the screw was studied. Methods The tibial phase of ACL reconstruction was performed in forty porcine tibias using digital flexor tendons of the same animal. An 8 mm tunnel was drilled in each specimen and two looped tendons placed as graft. Specimens were divided in five groups according to the diameter and length of the screw used for fixation. Wedge interference screws were used. Longitudinal traction was applied to the graft with a Servohydraulic Fatigue System. Load and displacement were controlled and analyzed. Results The mean loads to failure for each group were 295,44 N (Group 1; 9 × 23 screw, 564,05 N (Group 2; 9 × 28, 614,95 N (Group 3; 9 × 35, 651,14 N (Group 4; 10 × 28 and 664,99 (Group 5; 10 × 35. No slippage of the graft was observed in groups 3, 4 and 5. There were significant differences in the load to failure among groups (ANOVA/P Conclusions Longer and wider interference screws provide better fixation in tibial ACL graft fixation. Short screws (23 mm do not achieve optimal fixation and should be implanted only with special requirements.

  7. Prediction of Deformity Correction by Pedicle Screw Instrumentation in Thoracolumbar Scoliosis Surgery

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    Kiriyama, Yoshimori; Yamazaki, Nobutoshi; Nagura, Takeo; Matsumoto, Morio; Chiba, Kazuhiro; Toyama, Yoshiaki

    In segmental pedicle screw instrumentation, the relationship between the combinations of pedicle screw placements and the degree of deformity correction was investigated with a three-dimensional rigid body and spring model. The virtual thoracolumbar scoliosis (Cobb’s angle of 47 deg.) was corrected using six different combinations of pedicle-screw placements. As a result, better correction in the axial rotation was obtained with the pedicle screws placed at or close to the apical vertebra than with the screws placed close to the end vertebrae, while the correction in the frontal plane was better with the screws close to the end vertebrae than with those close to the apical vertebra. Additionally, two screws placed in the convex side above and below the apical vertebra provided better correction than two screws placed in the concave side. Effective deformity corrections of scoliosis were obtained with the proper combinations of pedicle screw placements.

  8. 上颈椎不稳前路内固定方式的选择%Surgical strategy for upper cervical vertebrae instability through the anterior approach

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    黄卫兵; 蔡贤华; 陈庄洪; 黄继锋; 刘曦明; 魏世隽

    2013-01-01

    Objective:To explore the choice and effect of internal fixation in treating upper cervical vertebrae instability through anterior approach.Methods:From March 2000 to September 2010,83 patients with upper cervical vertebrae instability were treated with internal fixation through anterior approach.There were 59 males and 24 females with a mean age of 42 years old (ranged,20 to 68).Among these patients,36 patients were treated with odontoid screw fixation,16 patients with C1,2 transarticular screw fixation,23 patients with C2,3 steel plate fixation,5 patients with odontoid screw and transarticular screw fixation,2 patients with odontoid screw and C2,3 steel plate fixation,1 patient with C1,2 transarticular screw and C2,3 steel plate fixation.Results:One patient with completely cervical vertebrae cord injury died of pulmonary infection after C1,2 transarticular screw fixation.Other patients were followed up from 8 to 36 months with an average of 15 months.Upper cervical vertebrae stability were restored without vertebral artery and spinal cord injury.Thirty-six patients were treated with odontoid screw fixation and 5 patients were treated with screw combined with transarticular screw fixation obtained bone union in the dentations without bone graft.Among the 16 patients treated with C1,2 transarticular screw fixation,13 patients obtained bone union after bone graft ; 1 patient died of pulmonary infection after surgery ; 1 patient with comminuted odontoid fracture of type Ⅱ C and atlantoaxial anterior dislocation did not obtain bone union after bone graft,but the fibrous healing was strong enough to maintain the atlantoaixal joint stability ; 1 patient with obsolete atlantoaxial anterior dislocation were re-treated with Brooks stainless steel wire fixation and bone graft through posterior approach,and finally obtained bone union.Conclusion:It could obtain satisfactory effects depending on the difference of cervical vertebrae instability to choose the correctly

  9. Usefulness of absorbable screws in the Sauvé-Kapandji procedure for rheumatoid wrist reconstruction.

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    Nakamura, K; Oda, H; Tanaka, S; Kuga, Y; Yamamoto, M; Nishikawa, T; Juji, T; Shimizu, M

    2002-06-01

    Abstract  In the Sauvé-Kapandji (S-K) procedure for rheumatoid wrist reconstruction, the distal end of the ulna is fixed to the radius with screws. Recently, absorbable screws have increasingly been used instead of metal ones. However, the clinical usefulness of absorbable screws in S-K procedures for rheumatoid patients is still unknown. The purpose of this article is to evaluate the effect of absorbable screws in this procedure by comparing their clinical results with those of metal screws. Poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA) absorbable screws were used in 23 wrists, and metal screws were used in 20 wrists. We evaluated the presence of general or local reactions to PLLA, the stability of the ulnar head, the time to bone union, changes in the shape of the distal ulna, and the presence of bone resorption around the screws. There were no complications with the use of PLLA screws, and their fixation stability was adequate to form sufficient bone union. In five cases in the metal screw group, bone resorption around the screws occurred between 1 and 2 years after surgery. Bone resorption around the PLLA screws was not observed. We conclude that absorbable screws may be more useful than metal screws in the S-K procedure for rheumatoid wrist reconstruction.

  10. Development and Testing of X-Ray Imaging-Enhanced Poly-L-Lactide Bone Screws.

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    Full Text Available Nanosized iron oxide particles exhibit osteogenic and radiopaque properties. Thus, iron oxide (Fe3O4 nanoparticles were incorporated into a biodegradable polymer (poly-L-lactic acid, PLLA to fabricate a composite bone screw. This multifunctional, 3D printable bone screw was detectable on X-ray examination. In this study, mechanical tests including three-point bending and ultimate tensile strength were conducted to evaluate the optimal ratio of iron oxide nanoparticles in the PLLA composite. Both injection molding and 3D printing techniques were used to fabricate the PLLA bone screws with and without the iron oxide nanoparticles. The fabricated screws were implanted into the femoral condyles of New Zealand White rabbits. Bone blocks containing the PLLA screws were resected 2 and 4 weeks after surgery. Histologic examination of the surrounding bone and the radiopacity of the iron-oxide-containing PLLA screws were evaluated. Our results indicated that addition of iron oxide nanoparticles at 30% significantly decreased the ultimate tensile stress properties of the PLLA screws. The screws with 20% iron oxide exhibited strong radiopacity compared to the screws fabricated without the iron oxide nanoparticles. Four weeks after surgery, the average bone volume of the iron oxide PLLA composite screws was significantly greater than that of PLLA screws without iron oxide. These findings suggested that biodegradable and X-ray detectable PLLA bone screws can be produced by incorporation of 20% iron oxide nanoparticles. Furthermore, these screws had significantly greater osteogenic capability than the PLLA screws without iron oxide.

  11. The influence of screw configuration on the pretreatment performance of a continuous twin screw-driven reactor (CTSR).

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    Choi, Chang Ho; Um, Byung-Hwan; Oh, Kyeong Keun

    2013-03-01

    A combination of a continuous twin screw-driven reactor (CTSR) and a dilute acid pretreatment was used for the pretreatment of biomass with a high cellulose content and high monomeric xylose hydrolyzate. With the newly modified CTSR screw configuration (Config. 3), the influences of the screw rotational speed (30-60 rpm), of the pretreatment conditions such as acid concentration (1-5%) and reaction temperature (160-175 °C) at the operating condition of biomass feeding rate (1.0 g/min) and acid feeding rate (13.4 mL/min) on the pretreatment performance were investigated. The cellulose content in the pretreated rape straw was 67.1% at the following optimal conditions: barrel temperature of 165 °C, acid concentration of 3.0% (w/v), and screw rotational speed of 30 rpm. According to the three screw configurations, the glucose yields from enzymatic hydrolysis were 70.1%, 72.9%, and 78.7% for screw Configs. 1, 2, and 3, respectively.

  12. Investigation of an 11mm diameter twin screw granulator: Screw element performance and in-line monitoring via image analysis.

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    Sayin, Ridade; Martinez-Marcos, Laura; Osorio, Juan G; Cruise, Paul; Jones, Ian; Halbert, Gavin W; Lamprou, Dimitrios A; Litster, James D

    2015-12-30

    As twin screw granulation (TSG) provides one with many screw element options, characterization of each screw element is crucial in optimizing the screw configuration in order to obtain desired granule attributes. In this study, the performance of two different screw elements - distributive feed screws and kneading elements - was studied in an 11 mm TSG at different liquid-to-solid (L/S) ratios. The kneading element configuration was found to break large granules more efficiently, leading to narrower granule size distributions. While pharmaceutical industry shifts toward continuous manufacturing, inline monitoring and process control are gaining importance. Granules from an 11 mm TSG were analysed using the Eyecon™, a real-time high speed direct imaging system, which has been used to capture accurate particle size distribution and particle count. The size parameters and particle count were then assessed in terms of their ability to be a suitable control measure using the Shewhart control charts. d10 and particle count were found to be good indicators of the change in L/S ratio. However, d50 and d90 did not reflect the change, due to their inherent variability even when the process is at steady state.

  13. Ipsilateral pedicle screw placement with contralateral percutaneous facet screws: Early results with an alternative in lumbar arthrodesis

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    Richard B Rhiew

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Richard B Rhiew, Sunil Manjila, Andrew M Lozen, David Hong, Murali Guthikonda, S S RengacharyDepartment of Neurosurgery, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USAAbstract: Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF is a widely used method of surgical treatment for a variety of lumbar spinal disorders. Bilateral transpedicular instrumentation is routinely used in conjunction with an interbody graft to provide additional stability. In this technical note, we describe our fusion construct using ipsilateral pedicle screw placement on the side of TLIF and contralateral facet screw placement. We performed this construct at six levels in four patients. Suggested advantages include: low morbidity, small incision and lower cost. Outcomes parameters included radiographic evidence of solid union at four months and improvement in Oswestry Disability Index. A mean improvement from a preoperative score of 73 to 26 after surgery was observed at one-year follow-up. There were no instrument-related complications. In conclusion, this hybrid screw system minimizes contralateral dissection and is an attractive alternative to standard bilateral pedicle screw fixation.Keywords: TLIF, facet screw, pedicle screw, lumbar spine fusion

  14. The establishment of a finite element model of atlantoaxial complex to analyze the mechanism of complex fractures of the atlantoaxial%寰枢椎复合体三维有限元模型的建立与寰枢椎复合骨折机制的有限元分析

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    王雷; 柳超; 田纪伟; 陈博

    2012-01-01

    [Objective]To establish and validate a three-dimensional finite element model of atlantoaxial complex,and the injury mechanisms and fracture patterns of atlantoaxial complex under hyperextension-compression and hyperflexion-compression load force. [Method]The atlantoaxial complex geometries were determined from CT images of a healthy volunteer. Finite element modeling software of Simpleware3.0 were used to develop a geometric model of atlantoaxial complex. The ligaments were added to the model based on data from the literature by the software of HypermeshlO. 0. For validation, the model was constrained and loaded to simulate that used in previous biomechanical studies. Force loading, respectively, the hyperextension and hyper-flexion position were applied on the occiput when given the downward speed of 10m/s,and add the head of its own weight of 50 N,to elucidate if this load scenarios could result in atlantoaxial complex fracture. [ Result] (1 ) The model of upper cervical spine was built clearly with good geometric similarity. The results of the model were matched to the results of the vitro experiment by Panjabi. (2) Under hyperextension load,higher stress was occurred in the anterior arch and posterior arch of Cl,odontoid process, atlanto-axial articulation and isthmus of C2,and Cl was Jefferson fracture. C2 was compress fracture. Under hyper-flexion load,higher stress was occurred in the anterior arch and posterior arch of Cl,odontoid process of C2,and Cl was Jefferson fracture. C2 was Type H odontoid fracture. [ Conclusion] The current finite model of atlantoaxial complex can properly simulate the characteristic of atlas and axis in bio mechanics teasing. Under both the force of hyperextension-compression and hyperflexion-compression it can lead to Cl fracture combined with C2. Hyperextension-compression and hyperflexion-compression were the main casual mechanisms leading to atlantoaxial complex fracture.%[目的]建立并验证寰枢椎复合体三维有限

  15. Helical Screw Expander Evaluation Project. Final report

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    McKay, R.

    1982-03-01

    A functional 1-MW geothermal electric power plant that featured a helical screw expander was produced and then tested in Utah in 1978 to 1979 with a demonstrated average performance of approximately 45% machine efficiency over a wide range of test conditions in noncondensing operation on two-phase geothermal fluids. The Project also produced a computer-equipped data system, an instrumentation and control van, and a 1000-kW variable load bank, all integrated into a test array designed for operation at a variety of remote test sites. Additional testing was performed in Mexico in 1980 under a cooperative test program using the same test array, and machine efficiency was measured at 62% maximum with the rotors partially coated with scale, compared with approximately 54% maximum in Utah with uncoated rotors, confirming the importance of scale deposits within the machine on performance. Data are presented for the Utah testing and for the noncondensing phases of the testing in Mexico. Test time logged was 437 hours during the Utah tests and 1101 hours during the Mexico tests.

  16. PEACH POMACE PROCESSING USING TWIN SCREW EXTRUSION

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Fruit by-products have found limited applications in the food industry. They have been primarily used as animal feed, applied to agricultural land for soil amendment or composted and applied to farms for growing crops. Some of these disposal methods are not environment friendly, while others are costly. This study was undertaken to examine the possibility of utilizing peach pomace as a source of soluble dietary fiber in expanded extruded food products. Peach pomace was combined with rice flour at four different levels. The four blends were mixed, dried to a moisture level of 13.5% (w/w and ground to flour. These blends were extruded in a twin-screw extruder (Clextral EV-25 at a feed flow rate of 15 kg/h. The extruded products were analyzed for physical and textural properties. The apparent and true densities for the extrudates decreased from 183.93 to 133.94 kg/m3 and 1275.31 to 1171.2 kg/m3, respectively. A linear increase in extrudate porosity (85.11-88.54% and radial expansion ratio (13.5-19.3 and a steady decrease in breaking strength (104-50.74 kPa were observed with increasing peach pomace level in the blends. This study demonstrates the potential of extrusion processing as a tool for fruit by-product utilization, which will not only enhance consumption of soluble dietary fiber but will also increase the overall fruit utilization.

  17. Sacroiliac secure corridor: analysis for safe insertion of iliosacral screws

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    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Posterior pelvic lesions, especially of the sacral-iliac joint, have high mortality and morbidity risks. Definitive fixation is necessary for the joint stabilization, and one option is the sacral percutaneous pinning with screws. Proximity to important structures to this region brings risks to the fixation procedure; therefore, it is important to know the tridimensional anatomy of the pelvis posterior region. Deviations of the surgeon's hand of four degrees may target the screws to those structures; dimorphisms of the upper sacrum and a poor lesion reduction may redound in a screw malpositioning. This study is aimed to evaluate the dimensions of a safe surgical corridor for safe sacroiliac screw insertion and relations with age and sex of the patients. METHOD: One hundred randomly selected pelvis CTs of patients with no pelvic diseases, seen at a tertiary care teaching Hospital. Measurements were made by computer and the safest area for screw insertion was calculated by two methods. The results were expressed in mm (not in degrees, in order to be a further surgical reference. RESULTS: There was a significant size difference in the analyzed sacral vertebra, differing on a wider size in men than in women. There was no significant statistical difference between vertebral size and age. By both methods, a safe area for screw insertion could be defined. CONCLUSION: Age does not influence the width of the surgical corridor. The surgeon has a safe corridor considered narrower when inserting screws in a female pelvis than when in a male one. However, as the smallest vertebra found (feminine was considered for statics, it was concluded that this corridor is 20 mm wide in any direction, taking as a reference the centrum of the vertebra.

  18. Distribution of sympathetic symptoms in cervical disease whether with atlantoaxial joint disorders%交感神经症状在是否伴有寰枢关节紊乱的颈椎病中的分布特点

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    张玉淼; 刘敏; 曹慧芳; 王红莲

    2015-01-01

    目的:研究交感神经症状在寰枢关节紊乱及非寰枢关节紊乱中的分布特点,以指导临床诊疗。方法将256例患者分为寰枢关节紊乱和非寰枢关节紊乱2组,再根据交感神经症状评分法所得的分数分为阳性和阴性2类,最后所得数据进行统计学分析。结果256例患者诊断为寰枢关节紊乱52例,其中交感神经症状阳性51例,阳性率为98.08%;非寰枢关节紊乱204例,交感神经症状阳性24例,阳性率为11.76%。寰枢关节紊乱患者中交感神经症状的阳性率高于非寰枢关节紊乱患者交感神经症状的阳性率,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。寰枢关节紊乱伴交感神经症状阳性患者评分3~17(8.64±4.28)分;非寰枢关节紊乱伴交感神经症状阳性患者评分为5~12(4.64±4.28)分。寰枢关节紊乱伴交感神经症状阳性患者症状以头晕、头痛及记忆力下降3种为最高发;非寰枢关节紊乱伴交感神经症状阳性患者症状以头晕、头痛、心慌3种症状最高发。2组伴交感神经症状阳性率比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.01)。结论交感神经症状在是否伴有寰枢关节紊乱的颈椎病中的分布各自有其临床特点,在临床诊疗中需加以区别。%Objective Retrospectively study the distribution of the sympathetic symptoms of atlantoaxial joint disor-ders and non atlantoaxial joint disorder , to explore the clinical distribution characteristics and to guide clinical diagnosis and treatment.Methods 256 cases of patients were divided into atlanto-axial joint disorder and non atlanto-axial joint disorder in the two groups .According to the sympathetic nerve symptom scoring divided into masculine and feminine two categories .Finally the data were statistically analyzed.Results Among 256 cases of patients,52 cases of atlantoaxial joint disorders,including the symptoms of sympathetic positive in 51 cases,the positive

  19. A biomechanical study of two different pedicle screw methods for fixation in osteoporotic and nonosteoporotic vertebrae.

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    Higashino, Kosaku; Kim, Jin Hwan; Horton, William C; Hutton, William C

    2012-01-01

    In reconstruction of the osteoporotic spine, patients often show poor outcome because of pedicle screw failure. This study used osteoporotic and nonosteoporotic vertebrae to determine the difference in fixation strength between pedicle screws inserted straight forward and pedicle screws inserted in an upward trajectory toward the superior end plate (i.e., end-plate screws). There is some evidence to suggest that end-plate screws have a strength advantage. The particular focus was on osteoporotic vertebrae. Thirty-three vertebrae (T10-L2) were harvested. The bone mineral density (BMD) was measured: 15 vertebrae were greater than 0.8 g/cm(2) and designated as nonosteoporotic (average BMD 1.146 ± 0.186 g/cm(2)) and 18 vertebrae were designated as osteoporotic (average BMD 0.643 ± 0.088 g/cm(2)). On one pedicle the screw was inserted straight forward and on the other pedicle the screw was inserted as an end-plate screw. The torque of insertion was measured (Proto 6106 torque screwdriver). Using an MTS Mini Bionix, two types of mechanical testing were carried out on each pedicle: (a) cephalocaudad toggling was first carried out to simulate some physiological type loading: 500 cycles at 0.3 Hz, at ±50 N; and (b) then each pedicle screw was pulled out at a displacement rate of 12.5 cm/min.There was no difference in pullout force between the pedicle screws inserted straight forward and the pedicle screws inserted as end-plate screws. This result applies whether the vertebrae were osteoporotic or nonosteoporotic. For both the straight-forward screws and the end-plate screws, a statistically significant correlation was observed between torque of insertion and pullout force. The results of this experiment indicate that pedicle screws inserted as end-plate screws do not provide a strength advantage over pedicle screws inserted straight forward, whether the vertebrae are osteoporotic or not.

  20. Interfragmentary compression forces of scaphoid screws in a sawbone cylinder model.

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    Hausmann, J T; Mayr, W; Unger, E; Benesch, T; Vécsei, V; Gäbler, C

    2007-07-01

    Various screws have been developed to stabilise fractures of the scaphoid. Commonly used are the Herbert, the HBS, the 3-mm AO and the Acutrak screws. Not long ago a new screw, the Twin Fix, was introduced. This is cannulated and similar in shape and appearance to the classical Herbert screw. In our test series we compared the maximum achievable compression forces of the Twin Fix screw with that of three other screws (AO, HBS and Acutrak screws). To avoid the variations of density, stiffness and rigidity in natural bone, a polyurethane sawbone-based test setup was used. The test series included 10 screws of each type. The compression force was measured using a special strain gauge. The mean compression force was significantly higher for the Twin Fix screw (8+/-1N) and the Acutrak screw (7.6+/-0.4/0.6N) in relation to the AO screw (6.8+/-1.0/1.4N) and HBS screw (2+/-1N). We found the Twin Fix and Acutrak screws to be promising in the treatment of scaphoid fractures.

  1. Studies on positive conveying in helically channeled single screw extruders

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    L. Pan

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available A solids conveying theory called double-flight driving theory was proposed for helically channeled single screw extruders. In the extruder, screw channel rotates against static barrel channel, which behaves as cooperative embedded twin-screws for the positive conveying. They turn as two parallel arc plates, between which an arc-plate solid-plug was assumed. By analyzing the forces on the solid-plug in the barrel channel and screw channel, the boundary conditions when the solid-plug is waived of being cut off on barrel wall, were found to have the capacity of the positive conveying. Experimental data were obtained using a specially designed extruder with a helically channeled barrel in the feeding zone and a pressure-adjustable die. The effects of the barrel channel geometry and friction coefficients on the conveying mechanism were presented and compared with the experimental results. The simulations showed that the positive conveying could be achieved after optimizing extruder designs. Compared with the traditional design with the friction-drag conveying, the throughput is higher while screw torque and energy consumption are decreased. Besides, the design criteria of the barrel channel were also discussed.

  2. Numerical simulation of a twin screw expander for performance prediction

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    Papes, Iva; Degroote, Joris; Vierendeels, Jan

    2015-08-01

    With the increasing use of twin screw expanders in waste heat recovery applications, the performance prediction of these machines plays an important role. This paper presents a mathematical model for calculating the performance of a twin screw expander. From the mass and energy conservation laws, differential equations are derived which are then solved together with the appropriate Equation of State in the instantaneous control volumes. Different flow processes that occur inside the screw expander such as filling (accompanied by a substantial pressure loss) and leakage flows through the clearances are accounted for in the model. The mathematical model employs all geometrical parameters such as chamber volume, suction and leakage areas. With R245fa as working fluid, the Aungier Redlich-Kwong Equation of State has been used in order to include real gas effects. To calculate the mass flow rates through the leakage paths formed inside the screw expander, flow coefficients are considered as constant and they are derived from 3D Computational Fluid Dynamic calculations at given working conditions and applied to all other working conditions. The outcome of the mathematical model is the P-V indicator diagram which is compared to CFD results of the same twin screw expander. Since CFD calculations require significant computational time, developed mathematical model can be used for the faster performance prediction.

  3. Numerical and experimental study of an Archimedean Screw Generator

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    Dellinger, G.; Garambois, P.-A.; Dufresne, M.; Terfous, A.; Vazquez, J.; Ghenaim, A.

    2016-11-01

    Finding new, safe and renewable energy is becoming more and more of a priority with global warming. One solution that is gaining popularity is the Archimedean Screw Generator (ASG). This kind of hydroelectric plant allows transforming potential energy of a fluid into mechanical energy and is convenient for low-head hydraulic sites. As it is a new and growing technology, there are few references dealing with their design and performance optimization. The present contribution proposes to investigate experimentally and numerically the ASG performances. The experimental study is performed for various flow conditions and a laboratory scale screw device installed at the fluid mechanics laboratory of the INSA of Strasbourg. The first results show that the screw efficiencies are higher than 80% for various hydraulic conditions. In order to study the structure of 3D turbulent flows and energy losses in a screw, the 3D Navier Stokes equations are solved with the k-w SST turbulence model. The exact geometry of the laboratory-scale screw was used in these simulations. Interestingly, the modeled values of efficiency are in fairly good agreement with experimental results while any friction coefficient is involved.

  4. Percutaneous Iliac Screws for Minimally Invasive Spinal Deformity Surgery

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    Michael Y. Wang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Adult spinal deformity (ASD surgeries carry significant morbidity, and this has led many surgeons to apply minimally invasive surgery (MIS techniques to reduce the blood loss, infections, and other peri-operative complications. A spectrum of techniques for MIS correction of ASD has thus evolved, most recently the application of percutaneous iliac screws. Methods. Over an 18 months 10 patients with thoracolumbar scoliosis underwent MIS surgery. The mean age was 73 years (70% females. Patients were treated with multi-level facet osteotomies and interbody fusion using expandable cages followed by percutaneous screw fixation. Percutaneous iliac screws were placed bilaterally using the obturator outlet view to target the ischial body. Results. All patients were successfully instrumented without conversion to an open technique. Mean operative time was 302 minutes and the mean blood loss was 480 cc, with no intraoperative complications. A total of 20 screws were placed successfully as judged by CT scanning to confirm no bony violations. Complications included: two asymptomatic medial breaches at T10 and L5, and one patient requiring delayed epidural hematoma evacuation. Conclusions. Percutaneous iliac screws can be placed safely in patients with ASD. This MIS technique allows for successful caudal anchoring to stress-shield the sacrum and L5-S1 fusion site in long-segment constructs.

  5. Treatment of scaphoid waist fractures with the HCS screw

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    Gehrmann, Sebastian V.

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to evaluate the clinical results of the Headless Compression Screw (HCS, Synthes when used for treatment of acute scaphoid waist fractures. The new screw design generates interfragmentary compression with use of a compression sleeve. Twenty-one patients were treated for acute scaphoid waist fractures type B2 with HCS screws. The average time to the final follow-up examination was 12.8 months. All 21 fractures united after a mean time of 7.2 weeks. The mean DASH score was 7.1. The average motion of the wrist in extension was 61°, flexion was 46°, radial abduction reached 25° and the ulnar abduction was 31°. The maximally achieved grip strength was 86% compared to the uninjured side. Treatment of type B2 scaphoid fractures with the Headless Compression Screw showed good functional and radiographic results. The results are similar to those identified using other screw fixation systems.

  6. Screw dislocations in GaN grown by different methods

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    Liliental-Weber, Z.; Zakharov, D.; Jasinski, J.; O' Keefe, M.A.; Morkoc, H.

    2003-05-27

    A study of screw dislocations in Hydride-Vapor-Phase-Epitaxy (HVPE) template and Molecular-Beam-Epitaxy (MBE) over-layers was performed using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) in plan-view and in cross-section. It was observed that screw dislocations in the HVPE layers were decorated by small voids arranged along the screw axis. However, no voids were observed along screw dislocations in MBE overlayers. This was true both for MBE samples grown under Ga-lean and Ga-rich conditions. Dislocation core structures have been studied in these samples in the plan-view configuration. These experiments were supported by image simulation using the most recent models. A direct reconstruction of the phase and amplitude of the scattered electron wave from a focal series of high-resolution images was applied. It was shown that the core structures of screw dislocations in the studied materials were filled. The filed dislocation cores in an MBE samples were stoichiometric. However, in HVPE materials, single atomic columns show substantial differences in intensities and might indicate the possibility of higher Ga concentration in the core than in the matrix. A much lower intensity of the atomic column at the tip of the void was observed. This might suggest presence of lighter elements, such as oxygen, responsible for their formation.

  7. Screw theoretic view on dynamics of spatially compliant beam

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    Xi-lun DING; J.M.SELIG

    2010-01-01

    Beams with spatial compliance can be deformed as bending in a plane,twisting,and extending.In terms of the screw theory on rigid body motions,the concept of"deflection screw"is introduced,a spatial compliant beam theory via the deflection screw is proposed,and the spatial compliance of such a beam system is presented and analysed based on the material theory and fundamental kinematic assumptions.To study the dynamics of the spatially compliant beam,the potential energy and the kinetic energy of the beam are discussed by using the screw theory to obtain the Lagrangian.The Rayleigh-Ritz method is used to compute the vibrational frequencies based on discussions of boundary conditions and shape functions.The eigenfrequencies of the beam with spatial compliance are compared with those of individual deformation cases,pure bending,extension,or torsion.Finally,dynamics of a robot with two spatial compliant links and perpendicular joints is studied using the spatial compliant beam theory.Coupling between the joint rigid body motions and the deformations of spatial compliant links can easily be found in dynamic simulation.The study shows the effectiveness of using the screw theory to deal with the problems of dynamic modeling and analysis of mechanisms with spatially compliant links.

  8. Remoção da cartilagem articular associada ou não a implante homógeno ou enxerto autógeno de osso esponjoso em cães submetidos à artrodese atlantoaxial Joint cartilage removal associated or not to homologous implant or autologous cancellous bone graft in dogs submitted to atlantoaxial arthrodesis

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    Rafael Festugatto

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar o grau de fusão articular e formação óssea na articulação atlantoaxial de cães submetidos à artrodese após a remoção da cartilagem articular associada ou não ao implante homógeno ou enxerto autógeno de osso esponjoso. Foram utilizados 12 cães, adultos, distribuídos aleatoriamente em três grupos iguais. Grupo I (GI: realizada apenas a remoção da cartilagem articular e imobilização articular com pinos e resina acrílica. Grupo II (GII: feita a remoção da cartilagem articular e imobilização da articulação, seguida da colocação e modelagem do implante ósseo esponjoso homógeno entre as superfícies articulares. Grupo III (GIII: foi realizado o mesmo procedimento do GII, mais o enxerto ósseo esponjoso autógeno no local determinado. Realizaram-se exames radiográficos em todos os animais aos 30, 60 e 90 dias de pós-operatório (PO. Aos 90 dias de PO foi feita a eutanásia para o emprego do teste de palpação manual, avaliação tomográfica e histopatológica. Para análise estatística da associação entre o grau de fusão articular, aplicou-se o Teste Qui-quadrado de independência. Os resultados dos testes foram avaliados pela significância exata e considerados significantes a 5% (PThe aim of this study was to evaluate the degree of joint fusion and bone formation in dogs undergoing atlantoaxial arthrodesis after removal of articular cartilage associated or not to implant homogenous or autogenous cancellous bone. Twelve dogs, weighing between 8 and 12kg were randomly divided into three groups. Group I (GI performed only the removal of joint cartilage and joint immobilization with acrylic resin and pins. Group II (GII: after removel of joint cartilage and articular immobilization was performed modeling and placement of homogenous cancellous bone at the given location. The volume of homograft placed in the joint was measured using a precision balance and all animals received the

  9. Screw Performance Degradation Assessment Based on Quantum Genetic Algorithm and Dynamic Fuzzy Neural Network

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    Xiaochen Zhang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available To evaluate the performance of ball screw, screw performance degradation assessment technology based on quantum genetic algorithm (QGA and dynamic fuzzy neural network (DFNN is studied. The ball screw of the CINCINNATIV5-3000 machining center is treated as the study object. Two Kistler 8704B100M1 accelerometers and a Kistler 8765A250M5 three-way accelerometer are installed to monitor the degradation trend of screw performance. First, screw vibration signal features are extracted both in time domain and frequency domain. Then the feature vectors can be obtained by principal component analysis (PCA. Second, the initialization parameters of the DFNN are optimized by means of QGA. Finally, the feature vectors are inputted to DFNN for training and then get the screw performance degradation model. The experiment results show that the screw performance degradation model could effectively evaluate the performance of NC machine screw.

  10. Instantaneous screws of weight-bearing knee: what can the screws tell us about the knee motion.

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    Wolf, Alon

    2014-07-01

    There are several ways to represent a given object's motion in a 3D space having 6DOF i.e., three translations and three rotations. Some of the methods that are used are mathematical and do not provide any geometrical insight into the nature of the motion. Screw theory is a mathematical, while at the same time, geometrical method in which the 6DOF motion of an object can be represented. We describe the 6DOF motion of a weight-bearing knee by its screw parameters, that are extracted from 3D Optical Reflective motion capture data. The screw parameters which describe the transformation of the shank with respect to the thigh in each two successive frames, is represented as the instantaneous screw axis of the motion given in its Plücker line coordinate, along with its corresponding pitch and intensity values. Moreover, the Striction curve associated with the motion provides geometrical insight into the nature of the motion and its repeatability. We describe the theoretical background and demonstrate what the screw can tell us about the motion of healthy subjects' knee.

  11. Odontoid screw fixation for fresh and remote fractures

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    Rao Ganesh

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Fractures of the odontoid process are common, accounting for 10% to 20% of all cervical spine fractures. Odontoid process fractures are classified into three types depending on the location of the fracture line. Various treatment options are available for each of these fracture types and include application of a cervical orthosis, direct anterior screw fixation, and posterior cervical fusion. If a patient requires surgical treatment of an odontoid process fracture, the timing of treatment may affect fusion rates, particularly if direct anterior odontoid screw fixation is selected as the treatment method. For example, type II odontoid fractures treated within the first 6 months of injury with direct anterior odontoid screw fixation have an 88% fusion rate, whereas fractures treated after 18 months have only a 25% fusion rate. In this review, we discuss the etiology, biomechanics, diagnosis, and treatment (including factors affecting fusion such as timing and fracture orientation options available for odontoid process fractures.

  12. [Midcarpal fusion using break-away compression screw].

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    Maire, N; Facca, S; Gouzou, S; Liverneaux, P

    2012-02-01

    Indication of midcarpal fusion is SNAC or SLAC wrist grade 3. The main complication of circular plate (most common technique) is non-union. In this context, the purpose of our work was to propose the use of break-away compression screws to decrease the rate of non-union. Our series included ten patients. The fusion was fixed using two break-away compression screws (2mm diameter). No bone graft was used. As assessment, subjective (pain, Quick-DASH) and objective (strength, mobility) criteria were reviewed at follow-up. All the criteria were significantly improved after operation except mobility. Among the complications, we noticed one delayed bone-healing with a good outcome and a radiological consolidation. Midcarpal fusion by dorsal approach using break-away compression screws appears to us a technique of interest, not requiring a bone graft, with good cost effectiveness.

  13. Error Analysis of Robotic Assembly System Based on Screw Theory

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    韩卫军; 费燕琼; 赵锡芳

    2003-01-01

    Assembly errors have great influence on assembly quality in robotic assembly systems. Error analysis is directed to the propagations and accumula-tions of various errors and their effect on assembly success.Using the screw coordinates, assembly errors are represented as "error twist", the extremely compact expression. According to the law of screw composition, relative position and orientation errors of mating parts are computed and the necessary condition of assembly success is concluded. A new simple method for measuring assembly errors is also proposed based on the transformation law of a screw.Because of the compact representation of error, the model presented for error analysis can be applied to various part- mating types and especially useful for error analysis of complexity assembly.

  14. Optically driven Archimedes micro-screws for micropump application.

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    Lin, Chih-Lang; Vitrant, Guy; Bouriau, Michel; Casalegno, Roger; Baldeck, Patrice L

    2011-04-25

    Archimedes micro-screws have been fabricated by three-dimensional two-photon polymerization using a Nd:YAG Q-switched microchip laser at 532nm. Due to their small sizes they can be easily manipulated, and made to rotate using low power optical tweezers. Rotation rates up to 40 Hz are obtained with a laser power of 200 mW, i.e. 0.2 Hz/mW. A photo-driven micropump action in a microfluidic channel is demonstrated with a non-optimized flow rate of 6 pL/min. The optofluidic properties of such type of Archimedes micro-screws are quantitatively described by the conservation of momentum that occurs when the laser photons are reflected on the helical micro-screw surface.

  15. Augmentation of Pedicle Screw Fixation with Calcium Phosphate Cement

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    YANG Shu-hua; FU De-hao; LI Jin; XU Wei-hua; YANG Cao; YE Zhe-wei; ZUO Xiao-yan

    2004-01-01

    To determine whether a biodegradable calcium phosphate cement(CPC) provides significant augmentation of pedicle screw fixation or not,an in vitro biomechanical study was carried out to evaluate the biomechanical effect of CPC in the restoration and augmentation of pedicle screw fixation.Axial pullout test and cyclic bending resistance test were employed in the experiment,and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) was chosen as control.The results demonstrate that the pullout strengths following CPC restoration and augmentation are 74% greater on an average than those of the control group,but less than those of PMMA restoration group and augmentation group respectively (increased by 126% versus control).In cyclic bending resistance test,the CPC augmented screws are found to withstand a greater number of cycles or greater loading with less displacement before loosening,but the augmentation effect of PMMA is greater than that of CPC.

  16. Free-hand thoracic pedicle screws placed by neurosurgery residents: a CT analysis

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    Wang, Vincent Y.; Chin, Cynthia T.; Lu, Daniel C.; Smith, Justin S.; Chou, Dean

    2010-01-01

    Free-hand thoracic pedicle screw placement is becoming more prevalent within neurosurgery residency training programs. This technique implements anatomic landmarks and tactile palpation without fluoroscopy or navigation to place thoracic pedicle screws. Because this technique is performed by surgeons in training, we wished to analyze the rate at which these screws were properly placed by residents by retrospectively reviewing the accuracy of resident-placed free-hand thoracic pedicle screws u...

  17. Screw-in forces during instrumentation by various file systems

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    Objectives The purpose of this study was to compare the maximum screw-in forces generated during the movement of various Nickel-Titanium (NiTi) file systems. Materials and Methods Forty simulated canals in resin blocks were randomly divided into 4 groups for the following instruments: Mtwo size 25/0.07 (MTW, VDW GmbH), Reciproc R25 (RPR, VDW GmbH), ProTaper Universal F2 (PTU, Dentsply Maillefer), and ProTaper Next X2 (PTN, Dentsply Maillefer, n = 10). All the artificial canals were prepared to obtain a standardized lumen by using ProTaper Universal F1. Screw-in forces were measured using a custom-made experimental device (AEndoS-k, DMJ system) during instrumentation with each NiTi file system using the designated movement. The rotation speed was set at 350 rpm with an automatic 4 mm pecking motion at a speed of 1 mm/sec. The pecking depth was increased by 1 mm for each pecking motion until the file reach the working length. Forces were recorded during file movement, and the maximum force was extracted from the data. Maximum screw-in forces were analyzed by one-way ANOVA and Tukey's post hoc comparison at a significance level of 95%. Results Reciproc and ProTaper Universal files generated the highest maximum screw-in forces among all the instruments while M-two and ProTaper Next showed the lowest (p < 0.05). Conclusions Geometrical differences rather than shaping motion and alloys may affect the screw-in force during canal instrumentation. To reduce screw-in forces, the use of NiTi files with smaller cross-sectional area for higher flexibility is recommended. PMID:27847752

  18. Virtual estimates of fastening strength for pedicle screw implantation procedures

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    Linte, Cristian A.; Camp, Jon J.; Augustine, Kurt E.; Huddleston, Paul M.; Robb, Richard A.; Holmes, David R.

    2014-03-01

    Traditional 2D images provide limited use for accurate planning of spine interventions, mainly due to the complex 3D anatomy of the spine and close proximity of nerve bundles and vascular structures that must be avoided during the procedure. Our previously developed clinician-friendly platform for spine surgery planning takes advantage of 3D pre-operative images, to enable oblique reformatting and 3D rendering of individual or multiple vertebrae, interactive templating, and placement of virtual pedicle implants. Here we extend the capabilities of the planning platform and demonstrate how the virtual templating approach not only assists with the selection of the optimal implant size and trajectory, but can also be augmented to provide surrogate estimates of the fastening strength of the implanted pedicle screws based on implant dimension and bone mineral density of the displaced bone substrate. According to the failure theories, each screw withstands a maximum holding power that is directly proportional to the screw diameter (D), the length of the in-bone segm,ent of the screw (L), and the density (i.e., bone mineral density) of the pedicle body. In this application, voxel intensity is used as a surrogate measure of the bone mineral density (BMD) of the pedicle body segment displaced by the screw. We conducted an initial assessment of the developed platform using retrospective pre- and post-operative clinical 3D CT data from four patients who underwent spine surgery, consisting of a total of 26 pedicle screws implanted in the lumbar spine. The Fastening Strength of the planned implants was directly assessed by estimating the intensity - area product across the pedicle volume displaced by the virtually implanted screw. For post-operative assessment, each vertebra was registered to its homologous counterpart in the pre-operative image using an intensity-based rigid registration followed by manual adjustment. Following registration, the Fastening Strength was computed

  19. The best location for proximal locking screw for femur interlocking nailing: A biomechanical study

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    Ahmet A Karaarslan

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: According to our findings, there is twice as much difference in locking screw bending resistance between these two application levels. To avoid proximal locking screw deformation, locking screws should be placed in the level of the lesser trochanter in nailing of 1/3 middle and distal femur fractures.

  20. 46 CFR 154.524 - Piping joints: Welded and screwed couplings.

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    ... 46 Shipping 5 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Piping joints: Welded and screwed couplings. 154.524... Equipment Cargo and Process Piping Systems § 154.524 Piping joints: Welded and screwed couplings. Pipe... warmer. (d) Screwed couplings are allowed for instrumentation and control piping that meets §...

  1. Role of rod diameter in comparison between only screws versus hooks and screws in posterior instrumentation of thoracic curve in idiopathic scoliosis.

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    Lamartina, Claudio; Petruzzi, Maria; Macchia, Marcello; Stradiotti, Paola; Zerbi, Alberto

    2011-05-01

    Since the introduction of Cotrel-Dubousset instrumentation in 1984, the correction techniques in scoliosis surgery have changed from Harrington principles of concave distraction to segmental realignment to a variety of possibilities including the rod rotation manoeuvres, and to segmental approximation via cantilever methods. Additionally, pedicle screw utilization in lumbar curves enhanced correction and stabilization of various deformities, and various studies have strongly supported the clinical advantages of lumbar pedicle screws versus conventional hook instrumentation. Pedicle screw constructs have become increasingly popular in the treatment of patients with spinal deformity. When applied to adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients, pedicle screw fixation has demonstrated increased corrective ability compared with traditional hook/hybrid instrumentation. In our study, we do a retrospective review of idiopathic scoliosis patients (King 2-Lenke 1 B/C) treated with a selective thoracic posterior fusion using an all-screw construct versus a hybrid (pedicle screws and hooks) construct and, compare the percentage of correction of the scoliotic curves obtained with screws alone and screws and hooks. Special attention was given to the rod diameter and correction technique. Our results show that the percentage of correction of idiopathic thoracic scoliosis is similar when treating the scoliosis with rods and screws alone or with rods, screws and hooks; therefore, we and the majority of authors in the literature do not consider the rod section. This can be an important parameter in the evaluation of the superiority of treatment with screws only or screws and hooks. In our study, even if not of statistical significance, the better thoracic curve correction obtained with the hybrid group should be ascribed to the fact that in this group mostly 6 mm rods were used.

  2. STRUCTURE SYNTHESIS OF 4-DOF PARALLEL ROBOT MECHANISMS BASED ON SCREW THEORY

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    Fang Hairong; Fang Yuefa; Guo Sheng

    2004-01-01

    Structural synthesis for 4-DOF parallel manipulators using screw theory is systematically studied. Motion properties and constraint conditions of 4-DOF parallel manipulators according to the relationship between screw and reciprocal screw are analyzed. Mathematical expressions for constraint screws and twist screws of moving platform are constructed, and all possible limbs, which provide one or more force constraints, are enumerated. Finally, a parallel manipulator with 3-rotation-DOF and 1-translation-DOF is used as an example to describe the synthesis procedure for symmetrical and non-symmetrical 4-DOF parallel manipulators.

  3. Use of computational fluid dynamics simulations for design of a pretreatment screw conveyor reactor.

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    Berson, R Eric; Hanley, Thomas R

    2005-01-01

    Computational fluid dynamics simulations were employed to compare performance of various designs of a pretreatment screw conveyor reactor. The reactor consisted of a vertical screw used to create cross flow between the upward conveying solids and the downward flow of acid. Simulations were performed with the original screw design and a modified design in which the upper flights of the screw were removed. Results of the simulations show visually that the modified design provided favorable plug flow behavior within the reactor. Pressure drop across the length of the reactor without the upper screws in place was predicted by the simulations to be 5 vs 40 kPa for the original design.

  4. Effects of lag screw design and lubrication on sliding in trochanteric nails.

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    Kummer, Frederick J

    2010-01-01

    This study compared the sliding characteristics of three lag screw designs used with trochanteric nails and determined the effects of lubrication on sliding. They were tested by an established method to measure initiation and ease of lag screw sliding. These tests were then repeated with calf serum lubrication. There were significant differences (p Lubrication did not affect either parameter. Lag screw design aspects, such as diameter and, particularly, surface finish, affect sliding. Due to the small contact area between the lag screw and nail creating high interface stresses, lubrication had no effect on lag screw sliding.

  5. A technique for the management of screw access opening in cement-retained implant restorations

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    Hamid Kermanshah

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Abutment screw loosening has been considered as a common complication of implant-supported dental prostheses. This problem is more important in cement-retained implant restorations due to their invisible position of the screw access opening. Case Report: This report describes a modified retrievability method for cement-retained implant restorations in the event of abutment screw loosening. The screw access opening was marked with ceramic stain and its porcelain surface was treated using hydrofluoric acid (HF, silane, and adhesive to bond to composite resin. Discussion: The present modified technique facilitates screw access opening and improves the bond between the porcelain and composite resin.

  6. Covering the screw-access holes of implant restorations in the esthetic zone: a clinical report.

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    Abolfazl Saboury

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Screw-retained implant restorations have an advantage of predictable retention as well as retrievability, and obviate the risk of excessive sub-gingival cement commonly associated with cement retained implant restorations. Screw-retained restorations generally have screw access holes, which can compromise esthetics and weaken the porcelain around the holes. The purpose of this study is to describe the use of a separate overcasting crown design to cover the screw access hole of implant screw-retained prosthesis for improved esthetics.

  7. Kinematics Analysis Based on Screw Theory of a Humanoid Robot

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    MAN Cui-hua; FAN Xun; LI Cheng-rong; ZHAO Zhong-hui

    2007-01-01

    A humanoid robot is a complex dynamic system for its idiosyncrasy. This paper aims to provide a mathematical and theoretical foundation for the design of the configuration, kinematics analysis of a novel humanoid robot. It has a simplified configuration and design for entertainment purpose. The design methods, principle and mechanism are discussed. According to the design goals of this research, there are ten degrees of freedom in the two bionic arms.Modularization, concurrent design and extension theory methods were adopted in the configuration study and screw theory was introduced into the analysis of humanoid robot kinematics. Comparisons with other methods show that: 1) only two coordinates need to be established in the kinematics analysis of humanoid robot based on screw theory; 2) the spatial manipulator Jacobian obtained by using twist and exponential product formula is succinct and legible; 3) adopting screw theory to resolve the humanoid robot arms kinematics question can avoid singularities; 4) using screw theory can solve the question of specification insufficiency.

  8. Kinematics of a Hybrid Manipulator by Means of Screw Theory

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    Gallardo-Alvarado, J [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Instituto Tecnologico de Celaya (Mexico)

    2005-11-15

    In this work the kinematics of a hybrid manipulator, namely a fully parallel-serial manipulator, with a particular topology is approached by means of the theory of screws. Given the length of the six independent limbs, the forward position analysis of the mechanism under study, indeed the computation of the resulting pose, position and orientation, of the end-platform with respect to the fixed platform, is carried out in closed-form solution. Therefore conveniently this initial analysis avoids the use of a numerical technique such as the Newton-Raphson method. Writing in screw form the reduced acceleration state of the translational platform, with respect to the fixed platform, a simple expression for the computation of the acceleration of the translational platform is derived by taking advantage of the properties of reciprocal screws, via the Klein form, a bilinear symmetric form of the Lie algebra e(3). Following a similar procedure, a simple expression for the computation of the angular acceleration of the end-platform, with respect to the translational platform, is easily derived. Naturally, as an intermediate step, this contribution also provides the forward and inverse velocity analyses of the chosen parallel-serial manipulator. Finally, in order to prove the versatility of the expressions obtained via screw theory for solving the kinematics, up to the acceleration analysis, of the proposed spatial mechanism, a numerical example is solved with the help of commercial computer codes.

  9. Optimisation of acoustic silencer for the screw compressor system

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    Swamy, M.; Lier, L.J. van; Smeulers, J.P.M.

    2014-01-01

    In one of the screw compressor system, designed silencer was not optimal. A great challenge was the large variation in operating conditions, especially the variation of the molecular weight of the gas. There was need to optimize the silencer. This paper describes the acoustic modelling tools to opti

  10. Granulation of increasingly hydrophobic formulations using a twin screw granulator.

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    Yu, Shen; Reynolds, Gavin K; Huang, Zhenyu; de Matas, Marcel; Salman, Agba D

    2014-11-20

    The application of twin screw granulation in the pharmaceutical industry has generated increasing interest due to its suitability for continuous processing. However, an understanding of the impact of formulation properties such as hydrophobicity on intermediate and finished product quality has not yet been established. Hence, the current work investigated the granulation behaviour of three formulations containing increasing amounts of hydrophobic components using a Consigma™-1 twin screw granulator. Process conditions including powder feed rate, liquid to solid ratio, granulation liquid composition and screw configuration were also evaluated. The size of the wet granules was measured in order to enable exploration of granulation behaviour in isolation without confounding effects from downstream processes such as drying. The experimental observations indicated that the granulation process was not sensitive to the powder feed rate. The hydrophobicity led to heterogeneous liquid distribution and hence a relatively large proportion of un-wetted particles. Increasing numbers of kneading elements led to high shear and prolonged residence time, which acted to enhance the distribution of liquid and feeding materials. The bimodal size distributions considered to be characteristic of twin screw granulation were primarily ascribed to the breakage of relatively large granules by the kneading elements.

  11. Are inclined screw blades for vertical grain augers advantageous?

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    Rademacher, F.J.C.

    1978-01-01

    Due to modern technology, screw blades are often manufactured by rolling them out of one single strip of steel. When simultaneously some blade inclination is applied, less residual stresses and/or larger possible ratios between outer and shaft diameter are claimed by some manufacturers, which seems

  12. 21 CFR 888.3070 - Pedicle screw spinal system.

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    2010-04-01

    ... treatment of the following acute and chronic instabilities or deformities of the thoracic, lumbar, and... conditions are significant mechanical instability or deformity of the thoracic, lumbar, and sacral spine... screw spinal system because this is a technically demanding procedure presenting a risk of...

  13. Residence time distribution in twin-screw extruders.

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    Jager, T.

    1992-01-01

    For the twin-screw extruders used in the food industry at short time high temperature processes the knowledge of their reactor properties is incomplete for mass- and heat flow. Therefore each process change such as: scale-up or product development requires a great number of measurements before an ac

  14. Coupled Thermodynamic Behavior of New Screw Compressors Rotors Profile

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    Arístides Rivera Torres

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The article displays an evaluation of the thermodynamic behavior of screw compressor rotors with new profiles, obtained with the help of the Scorpath 2000 software. This allows predicting precisely the operation of the compressor, as well as its thermodynamic evaluation, under equal conditions, with the work of other compressors fitted with rotor profiles of other kinds.

  15. Sacroiliac screw fixation: A mini review of surgical technique

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    Hernando Raphael Alvis-Miranda

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The sacral percutaneous fixation has many advantages but can be associated with a significant exposure to X-ray radiation. Currently, sacroiliac screw fixation represents the only minimally invasive technique to stabilize the posterior pelvic ring. It is a technique that should be used by experienced surgeons. We present a practical review of important aspects of this technique.

  16. Sacroiliac screw fixation: A mini review of surgical technique

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    Alvis-Miranda, Hernando Raphael; Farid-Escorcia, Hector; Alcalá-Cerra, Gabriel; Castellar-Leones, Sandra Milena; Moscote-Salazar, Luis Rafael

    2014-01-01

    The sacral percutaneous fixation has many advantages but can be associated with a significant exposure to X-ray radiation. Currently, sacroiliac screw fixation represents the only minimally invasive technique to stabilize the posterior pelvic ring. It is a technique that should be used by experienced surgeons. We present a practical review of important aspects of this technique. PMID:25336831

  17. Ankle fusion using a 2-incision, 3-screw technique

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    R.P.M. Hendrickx; G.M.M.J. Kerkhoffs; S.A.S. Stufkens; C.N. van Dijk; R.K. Marti

    2011-01-01

    Reliable fusion and optimal correction of the alignment of the ankle joint using a 2-incision, 3-screw technique. Symptomatic osteoarthritis of the ankle joint after insufficient other treatment, severe deformity of the osteoarthritic ankle joint, or salvation procedure after failed arthroplasty. Ac

  18. Atomistic simulations of jog migration on extended screw dislocations

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    Vegge, T.; Leffers, T.; Pedersen, O.B.;

    2001-01-01

    We have performed large-scale atomistic simulations of the migration of elementary jogs on dissociated screw dislocations in Cu. The local crystalline configurations, transition paths. effective masses. and migration barriers for the jogs are determined using an interatomic potential based on the...

  19. Design of a magnetic lead screw for wave energy conversion

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    Holm, Rasmus Koldborg; Berg, Nick Ilsoe; Walkusch, Morten

    2013-01-01

    This paper deals with the development of a magnetic lead screw (MLS) for wave energy conversion. Initially, a brief state of the art regarding linear permanent-magnet generators and MLSs is given, leading to an introduction of the MLS and a presentation of the results from a finite-element analysis...

  20. The general theory of blade screws including propellers, fans, helicopter screws, helicoidal pumps, turbo-motors, and different kinds of helicoidal blades

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    De Bothezat, George

    1920-01-01

    Report presents a theory which gives a complete picture and an exact quantitative analysis of the whole phenomenon of the working of blade screws, but also unites in a continuous whole the entire scale of states of work conceivable for a blade screw. Chapter 1 is devoted to the establishment of the system of fundamental equations relating to the blade screw. Chapter 2 contains the general discussion of the 16 states of work which may establish themselves for a blade screw. The existence of the vortex ring state and the whirling phenomenon are established. All the fundamental functions which enter the blade-screw theory are submitted to a general analytical discussion. The general outline of the curve of the specific function is examined. Two limited cases of the work of the screw, the screw with a zero constructive pitch and the screw with an infinite constructive pitch, are pointed out. Chapter 3 is devoted to the study of the propulsive screw or propeller. (author)

  1. A rationale method for evaluating unscrewing torque values of prosthetic screws in dental implants

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    Felipe Miguel Saliba

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: Previous studies that evaluated the torque needed for removing dental implant screws have not considered the manner of transfer of the occlusal loads in clinical settings. Instead, the torque used for removal was applied directly to the screw, and most of them omitted the possibility that the hexagon could limit the action of the occlusal load in the loosening of the screws. The present study proposes a method for evaluating the screw removal torque in an anti-rotational device independent way, creating an unscrewing load transfer to the entire assembly, not only to the screw. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty hexagonal abutments without the hexagon in their bases were fixed with a screw to 20 dental implants. They were divided into two groups: Group 1 used titanium screws and Group 2 used titanium screws covered with a solid lubricant. A torque of 32 Ncm was applied to the screw and then a custom-made wrench was used for rotating the abutment counterclockwise, to loosen the screw. A digital torque meter recorded the torque required to loosen the abutment. RESULTS: There was a significant difference between the means of Group 1 (38.62±6.43 Ncm and Group 2 (48.47±5.04 Ncm, with p=0.001. CONCLUSION: This methodology was effective in comparing unscrewing torque values of the implant-abutment junction even with a limited sample size. It confirmed a previously shown significant difference between two types of screws.

  2. Bioresorbable screws reinforced with phosphate glass fibre: manufacturing and mechanical property characterisation.

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    Felfel, R M; Ahmed, I; Parsons, A J; Rudd, C D

    2013-01-01

    Use of bioresorbable screws could eliminate disadvantages associated with metals such as removal operations, corrosion, MRI interference and stress shielding. Mechanical properties of bioresorbable polymers alone are insufficient for load bearing applications application as screws. Thus, reinforcement is necessary to try and match or surpass the mechanical properties of cortical bone. Phosphate based glass fibres were used to reinforce polylactic acid (PLA) in order to produce unidirectionally aligned (UD) and unidirectionally plus randomly distributed (UD/RM) composite screws (P40 UD and P40 UD/RM). The maximum flexural and push-out properties for the composite screws (P40 UD and P40 UD/RM) increased by almost 100% in comparison with the PLA screws. While the pull-out strength and stiffness of the headless composite screws were ∼80% (strength) and ∼130% (stiffness) higher than for PLA, those with heads exhibited properties lower than those for PLA alone as a result of failure at the heads. An increase in the maximum shear load and stiffness for the composite screws (∼30% and ∼40%) in comparison to the PLA screws was also seen. Maximum torque for the PLA screws was ∼1000 mN m, while that for the composite screws were slightly lower. The SEM micrographs for P40 UD and P40 UD/RM screws revealed small gaps around the fibres, which were suggested to be due to buckling of the UD fibres during the manufacturing process.

  3. Screw Remaining Life Prediction Based on Quantum Genetic Algorithm and Support Vector Machine

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    Xiaochen Zhang

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available To predict the remaining life of ball screw, a screw remaining life prediction method based on quantum genetic algorithm (QGA and support vector machine (SVM is proposed. A screw accelerated test bench is introduced. Accelerometers are installed to monitor the performance degradation of ball screw. Combined with wavelet packet decomposition and isometric mapping (Isomap, the sensitive feature vectors are obtained and stored in database. Meanwhile, the sensitive feature vectors are randomly chosen from the database and constitute training samples and testing samples. Then the optimal kernel function parameter and penalty factor of SVM are searched with the method of QGA. Finally, the training samples are used to train optimized SVM while testing samples are adopted to test the prediction accuracy of the trained SVM so the screw remaining life prediction model can be got. The experiment results show that the screw remaining life prediction model could effectively predict screw remaining life.

  4. Unique paradoxical atlantoaxial dislocation with C1-C2 facet diastases and isolated ligamentous injury to the craniovertebral junction without neurological deficits: A case report

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    Aniruddha Thekkatte Jagannatha

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Study design: Retrospective review of the case file. Objective: The primary objective was to report this rare case and discuss the mechanism of dislocation and technique of manual closed reduction of C1-C2 vertebrae in such scenarios. Summary of background data: Posterior atlantoaxial dislocation (AAD is extremely rare and a few cases have been reported in English literature. This young man sustained a high speed car accident and survived an extreme hyperextension injury to the craniovertebral junction (CVJ without any neurological deficits. On evaluation for neck pain he was noted with a dislocated odontoid lying in front of Atlas. There was C1-C2 facet diastases. No bony injury was noted at CVJ. Transverse axial ligament (TAL was intact. He underwent a successful awake reduction of the dislocation. The joint had to be manually distracted, realigned, and released under the guidance of fluoroscopy. This was followed by single stage C1-C2 Goel′s fusion with awake prone positioning. This patient was able to go back to work at the end of 3 months (GOS 5. Conclusions: This condition is extremely rare, can be carefully reduced manually under adequate neuromonitoring, and requires C1-C2 fusion in the same sitting.

  5. Evaluation of different screw fixation techniques and screw diameters in sagittal split ramus osteotomy: finite element analysis method.

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    Sindel, A; Demiralp, S; Colok, G

    2014-09-01

    Sagittal split ramus osteotomy (SSRO) is used for correction of numerous congenital or acquired deformities in facial region. Several techniques have been developed and used to maintain fixation and stabilisation following SSRO application. In this study, the effects of the insertion formations of the bicortical different sized screws to the stresses generated by forces were studied. Three-dimensional finite elements analysis (FEA) and static linear analysis methods were used to investigate difference which would occur in terms of forces effecting onto the screws and transmitted to bone between different application areas. No significant difference was found between 1·5- and 2-mm screws used in SSRO fixation. Besides, it was found that 'inverted L' application was more successful compared to the others and that was followed by 'L' and 'linear' formations which showed close rates to each other. Few studies have investigated the effect of thickness and application areas of bicortical screws. This study was performed on both advanced and regressed jaws positions.

  6. Subaxial cervical pedicle screw insertion with newly defined entry point and trajectory: accuracy evaluation in cadavers.

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    Zheng, Xiujun; Chaudhari, Rahul; Wu, Chunhui; Mehbod, Amir A; Transfeldt, Ensor E

    2010-01-01

    Successful placement of cervical pedicle screws requires accurate identification of both entry point and trajectory. However, literature has not provided consistent recommendations regarding the direction of pedicle screw insertion and entry point location. The objective of this study was to define a guideline regarding the optimal entry point and trajectory in placing subaxial cervical pedicle screws and to evaluate the screw accuracy in cadaver cervical spines. The guideline for entry point and trajectory for each vertebra was established based on the recently published morphometric data. Six fresh frozen cervical spines (C3-C7) were used. There were two men and four women. After posterior exposure, the entry point was determined and the cortical bone of the entry point was removed using a 2-mm burr. Pilot holes were created with a cervical probe based on the guideline using fluoroscopy. After tapping, 3.5-mm screws with appropriate length were inserted. After screw insertion, every vertebra was dissected and inspected for pedicle breach. The pedicle width, height, pedicle transverse angulation and actual screw insertion angle were measured. A total of 60 pedicle screws were inserted. No statistical difference in pedicle width and height was found between the left and right sides for each level. The overall accuracy of pedicle screws was 83.3%. The remaining 13.3% screws had noncritical breach, and 3.3% had critical breach. The critical breach was not caused by the guideline. There was no statistical difference between the pedicle transverse angulation and the actual screw trajectory created using the guideline. There was statistical difference in pedicle width between the breach and non-breach screws. In conclusion, high success rate of subaxial cervical pedicle screw placement can be achieved using the recently proposed operative guideline and oblique views of fluoroscopy. However, careful preoperative planning and good surgical skills are still required to

  7. Biomechanical Evaluation of Plate Versus Lag Screw Only Fixation of Distal Fibula Fractures.

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    Misaghi, Amirhossein; Doan, Josh; Bastrom, Tracey; Pennock, Andrew T

    2015-01-01

    Traditional fixation of unstable Orthopaedic Trauma Association type B/C ankle fractures consists of a lag screw and a lateral or posterolateral neutralization plate. Several studies have demonstrated the clinical success of lag screw only fixation; however, to date no biomechanical comparison of the different constructs has been performed. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the biomechanical strength of these different constructs. Osteotomies were created in 40 Sawbones(®) distal fibulas and reduced using 1 bicortical 3.5-mm stainless steel lag screw, 2 bicortical 3.5-mm lag screws, 3 bicortical 3.5-mm lag screws, or a single 3.5-mm lag screw coupled with a stainless steel neutralization plate with 3 proximal cortical and 3 distal cancellous screws. The constructs were tested to determine the stiffness in lateral bending and rotation and failure torque. No significant differences in lateral bending or rotational stiffness were detected between the osteotomies fixed with 3 lag screws and a plate. Constructs fixed with 1 lag screw were weaker for both lateral bending and rotational stiffness. Osteotomies fixed with 2 lag screws were weaker in lateral bending only. No significant differences were found in the failure torque. Compared with lag screw only fixation, plate fixation requires larger incisions and increased costs and is more likely to require follow-up surgery. Despite the published clinical success of treating simple Orthopaedic Trauma Association B/C fractures with lag screw only fixation, many surgeons still have concerns about stability. For noncomminuted, long oblique distal fibula fractures, lag screw only fixation techniques offer construct stiffness similar to that of traditional plate and lag screw fixation.

  8. Accuracy of robot-assisted pedicle screw placement for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in the pediatric population.

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    Macke, Jeremy J; Woo, Raymund; Varich, Laura

    2016-06-01

    This is a retrospective review of pedicle screw placement in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) patients under 18 years of age who underwent robot-assisted corrective surgery. Our primary objective was to characterize the accuracy of pedicle screw placement with evaluation by computed tomography (CT) after robot-assisted surgery in AIS patients. Screw malposition is the most frequent complication of pedicle screw placement and is more frequent in AIS. Given the potential for serious complications, the need for improved accuracy of screw placement has spurred multiple innovations including robot-assisted guidance devices. No studies to date have evaluated this robot-assisted technique using CT exclusively within the AIS population. Fifty patients were included in the study. All operative procedures were performed at a single institution by a single pediatric orthopedic surgeon. We evaluated the grade of screw breach, the direction of screw breach, and the positioning of the patient for preoperative scan (supine versus prone). Of 662 screws evaluated, 48 screws (7.2 %) demonstrated a breach of greater than 2 mm. With preoperative prone position CT scanning, only 2.4 % of screws were found to have this degree of breach. Medial malposition was found in 3 % of screws, a rate which decreased to 0 % with preoperative prone position scanning. Based on our results, we conclude that the proper use of image-guided robot-assisted surgery can improve the accuracy and safety of thoracic pedicle screw placement in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. This is the first study to evaluate the accuracy of pedicle screw placement using CT assessment in robot-assisted surgical correction of patients with AIS. In our study, the robot-assisted screw misplacement rate was lower than similarly constructed studies evaluating conventional (non-robot-assisted) procedures. If patients are preoperatively scanned in the prone position, the misplacement rate is further

  9. Fractures of the atlantoaxial complex in the elderly: assessment of radiological spectrum of fractures and factors influencing imaging diagnosis; Frakturen des Atlas und Axis bei aelteren Patienten: Untersuchung des Radiologischen Spektrums der Frakturen und bedeutsamer Faktoren fuer die Bildgebende Diagnostik

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    Lomoschitz, F.M. [Universitaetsklinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, AKH Wien, Wien (Germany); Dept. of Radiology, Harborview Medical Center, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States); Blackmore, C.C.; Linnau, K.F.; Mann, F.A. [Dept. of Radiology, Harborview Medical Center, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States); Stadler, A. [Universitaetsklinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, AKH Wien, Wien (Germany)

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    Objective: to describe patterns of atlantoaxial fractures in a population of consecutive elderly patients, including assessment of type, distribution and associated clinical and radiological findings, and to analyze any influence of the causative trauma mechanism on the individual fracture pattern. Materials and methods: the distribution and type of 123 atlantoaxial fractures in 95 subjects older than 65 years (range: 65-102; mean age: 79 years) were retrospectively assessed. For each subject, trauma mechanism and clinical and neurological status were recorded at admission. Initial imaging studies of the cervical spine were reviewed. Preexistent degenerative changes were assessed and the atlantoaxial fractures classified. Data were evaluated for the frequency of different types of fractures of C1 and C2 and for accompanying fractures of cervical vertebrae or the occipital condyles, respectively. Results: the majority of patients with injuries of the atlantoaxial complex had fractures of C2 (90 of 95, 95%). A large proportion of these patients (67 of 90, 74%) had odontoid fractures. An isolated fracture of C1 was present in only 5 (5%) patients. Associated fractures of the occipital condyles or other cervical vertebrae were rare (10 of 95, 11%). The main trauma mechanism for atlantoaxial injuries was a fall (56 of 95, 59%). Elderly patients injured in motor vehicle accidents were more likely to have isolated fractures of C2 and Type III fractures of the odontoid (p < 0.02). Conclusion: in elderly patients, fractures of the atlantoaxial complex are mainly caused by falls and almost always involve C2. The trauma mechanism influences the fracture pattern (orig.) [German] Untersuchung von Frakturen des Atlas (C1) und Axis (C2) in einer konsekutiven Population aelterer Patienten ({>=} 65 Jahre) hinsichtlich Fraktur-Typus, -Haeufigkeit, und -Kombinationen, und Analyse von assoziierter Klinik sowie Einfluss von unfall-ursaechlichen Faktoren auf Frakturen des atlanto

  10. Comparison of migration behavior between single and dual lag screw implants for intertrochanteric fracture fixation

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    Katonis Pavlos G

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Lag screw cut-out failure following fixation of unstable intertrochanteric fractures in osteoporotic bone remains an unsolved challenge. This study tested if resistance to cut-out failure can be improved by using a dual lag screw implant in place of a single lag screw implant. Migration behavior and cut-out resistance of a single and a dual lag screw implant were comparatively evaluated in surrogate specimens using an established laboratory model of hip screw cut-out failure. Methods Five dual lag screw implants (Endovis, Citieffe and five single lag screw implants (DHS, Synthes were tested in the Hip Implant Performance Simulator (HIPS of the Legacy Biomechanics Laboratory. This model simulated osteoporotic bone, an unstable fracture, and biaxial rocking motion representative of hip loading during normal gait. All constructs were loaded up to 20,000 cycles of 1.45 kN peak magnitude under biaxial rocking motion. The migration kinematics was continuously monitored with 6-degrees of freedom motion tracking system and the number of cycles to implant cut-out was recorded. Results The dual lag screw implant exhibited significantly less migration and sustained more loading cycles in comparison to the DHS single lag screw. All DHS constructs failed before 20,000 cycles, on average at 6,638 ± 2,837 cycles either by cut-out or permanent screw bending. At failure, DHS constructs exhibited 10.8 ± 2.3° varus collapse and 15.5 ± 9.5° rotation around the lag screw axis. Four out of five dual screws constructs sustained 20,000 loading cycles. One dual screw specimens sustained cut-out by medial migration of the distal screw after 10,054 cycles. At test end, varus collapse and neck rotation in dual screws implants advanced to 3.7 ± 1.7° and 1.6 ± 1.0°, respectively. Conclusion The single and double lag screw implants demonstrated a significantly different migration resistance in surrogate specimens under gait loading simulation with

  11. Cytotoxicity of a new antimicrobial coating for surgical screws: an in vivo study

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    Güzel, Yunus; Elmadag, Mehmet; Uzer, Gokcer; Yıldız, Fatih; Bilsel, Kerem; Tuncay, İbrahim

    2017-01-01

    INTRODUCTION The risk of surgery-related infection is a persistent problem in orthopaedics and infections involving implants are particularly difficult to treat. This study explored the responses of bone and soft tissue to antimicrobial-coated screws. We investigated whether such screws, which have never been used to fix bony tissues, would result in a cytotoxic effect. We hypothesised that the coated screws would not be toxic to the bone and that the likelihood of infection would be reduced since bacteria are not able to grow on these screws. METHODS Titanium screws were inserted into the left supracondylar femoral regions of 16 rabbits. The screws were either uncoated (control group, n = 8) or coated with a polyvinylpyrrolidone-polyurethane interpolymer with tertiary amine functional groups (experimental group, n = 8). At Week 6, histological samples were obtained and examined. The presence of necrosis, fibrosis and inflammation in the bony tissue and the tissue surrounding the screws was recorded. RESULTS Live, cellular bone marrow was present in all the rabbits from the experimental group, but was replaced with connective tissue in four rabbits from the control group. Eight rabbits from the control group and two rabbits from the experimental group had necrosis in fatty bone marrow. Inflammation was observed in one rabbit from the experimental group and five rabbits from the control group. CONCLUSION Titanium surgical screws coated with polyvinylpyrrolidone-polyurethane interpolymer were associated with less necrosis than standard uncoated screws. The coated screws were also not associated with any cytotoxic side effect. PMID:26805670

  12. PROSPECTS OF USE OF RELATIVE SCREW AND COMBINED REELS FOR MIXING BULKS

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    Marchenko A. Y.

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The article reveals a possibility of using equipment based on relative screw and combined drums for mixing of bulks. Change of relative positioning of flat elements of sidewalls of internal surfaces in relative screw drums allows operating the difficult and spatial movement of streams of bulks. In relative screw drums we have developed effective processes of mixing and sets of the equipment, which are characterized by that fact the difficult and spatial screw movement taking place in relative screw drums is dismembered on rather simple, in the kinematic relation, in the movements. The difficult and spatial screw movement with a big amplitude of 15-1000 mm and more, in the offered equipment constructions on the basis of relative screw or combined drums, is reported to bulks by elements of the relative screw or combined drums of various parameters and configurations which becomes complicated also screw lines on perimeter of a relative screw drum with various number of calling and the directions from each other or rounds of the springs fixed in the relative combined drums

  13. SU-E-T-609: Perturbation Effects of Pedicle Screws On Radiotherapy Dose Distributions

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    Bar-Deroma, R; Borzov, E; Nevelsky, A [Rambam Medical Center, Haifa (Israel)

    2015-06-15

    Purpose: Radiation therapy in conjunction with surgical implant fixation is a common combined treatment in case of bone metastases. However, metal implants generally used in orthopedic implants perturb radiation dose distributions. Carbon-Fiber Reinforced (CFR) PEEK material has been recently introduced for production of intramedullary screws and plates. Gold powder can be added to the CFR-PEEK material in order to enhance visibility of the screws during intraoperative imaging procedures. In this work, we investigated the perturbation effects of the pedicle screws made of CFR-PEEK, CFR-PEEK with added gold powder (CFR-PEEK-AU) and Titanium (Ti) on radiotherapy dose distributions. Methods: Monte Carlo (MC) simulations were performed using the EGSnrc code package for 6MV beams with 10×10 fields at SSD=100cm. By means of MC simulations, dose distributions around titanium, CFR- PEEK and CFR-PEEK-AU screws (manufactured by Carbo-Fix Orthopedics LTD, Israel) placed in a water phantom were calculated. The screw axis was either parallel or perpendicular to the beam axis. Dose perturbation (relative to dose in homogeneous water phantom) was assessed. Results: Maximum overdose due to backscatter was 10% for the Ti screws, 5% for the CFR-PEEK-AU screws and effectively zero for the CFR-PEEK screws. Maximum underdose due to attenuation was 25% for the Ti screws, 15% for the CFR-PEEK-AU screws and 5% for the CFR-PEEK screws. Conclusion: Titanium screws introduce the largest distortion on the radiation dose distribution. The gold powder added to the CFR-PEEK material improves visibility at the cost of increased dose perturbation. CFR-PEEK screws caused minimal alteration on the dose distribution. This can decrease possible over and underdose of adjacent tissue and thus favorably influence treatment efficiency. The use of such implants has potential clinical advantage in the treatment of neoplastic bone disease.

  14. Determination of Screw and Nail Withdrawal Resistance of Some Important Wood Species

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    Alper Aytekin

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available In this study, screw and nail withdrawal resistance of fir (Abies nordmanniana, oak (Quercus robur L. black pine (Pinus nigra Arnold and Stone pine (Pinus pinea L. wood were determined and compared. The data represent the testing of withdrawal resistance of three types of screws as smart, serrated and conventional and common nails. The specimens were prepared according to TS 6094 standards. The dimensions of the specimens were 5x5x15cm and for all of the directions. Moreover, the specimens were conditioned at ambient room temperature and 65±2% relative humidity. The screws and nails were installed according to ASTM-D 1761 standards. Nail dimensions were 2.5mm diameter and 50 mm length, conventional screws were 4x50mm, serrated screws were 4x45mm and smart screws were 4x50mm. Results show that the maximum screw withdrawal resistance value was found in Stone pine for the serrated screw. There were no significant differences between Stone pine and oak regarding screw withdrawal resistance values. Conventional screw yielded the maximum screw withdrawal resistance value in oak, followed by Stone pine, black pine and fir. Oak wood showed the maximum screw withdrawal resistance value for the smart screw, followed by Stone pine, black pine, and fir. Oak wood showed higher nail withdrawal resistances than softwood species. It was also determined that oak shows the maximum nail withdrawal resistance in all types. The nail withdrawal resistances at the longitudinal direction are lower with respect to radial and tangential directions.

  15. Modeling the Parker instability in a rotating plasma screw pinch

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    Khalzov, I V; Katz, N; Forest, C B; 10.1063/1.3684240

    2012-01-01

    We analytically and numerically study the analogue of the Parker (magnetic buoyancy) instability in a uniformly rotating plasma screw pinch confined in a cylinder. Uniform plasma rotation is imposed to create a centrifugal acceleration, which mimics the gravity required for the classical Parker instability. The goal of this study is to determine how the Parker instability could be unambiguously identified in a weakly magnetized, rapidly rotating screw pinch, in which the rotation provides an effective gravity and a radially varying azimuthal field is controlled to give conditions for which the plasma is magnetically buoyant to inward motion. We show that an axial magnetic field is also required to circumvent conventional current driven magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) instabilities such as the sausage and kink modes that would obscure the Parker instability. These conditions can be realized in the Madison Plasma Couette Experiment (MPCX). Simulations are performed using the extended MHD code NIMROD for an isothermal...

  16. Analysis of Eyring-Powell Fluid in Helical Screw Rheometer

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    A. M. Siddiqui

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper aims to study the flow of an incompressible, isothermal Eyring-Powell fluid in a helical screw rheometer. The complicated geometry of the helical screw rheometer is simplified by “unwrapping or flattening” the channel, lands, and the outside rotating barrel, assuming the width of the channel is larger as compared to the depth. The developed second order nonlinear differential equations are solved by using Adomian decomposition method. Analytical expressions are obtained for the velocity profiles, shear stresses, shear at wall, force exerted on fluid, volume flow rates, and average velocity. The effect of non-Newtonian parameters, pressure gradients, and flight angle on the velocity profiles is noticed with the help of graphical representation. The observation confirmed the vital role of involved parameters during the extrusion process.

  17. Analysis of Eyring-Powell fluid in helical screw rheometer.

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    Siddiqui, A M; Haroon, T; Zeb, M

    2014-01-01

    This paper aims to study the flow of an incompressible, isothermal Eyring-Powell fluid in a helical screw rheometer. The complicated geometry of the helical screw rheometer is simplified by "unwrapping or flattening" the channel, lands, and the outside rotating barrel, assuming the width of the channel is larger as compared to the depth. The developed second order nonlinear differential equations are solved by using Adomian decomposition method. Analytical expressions are obtained for the velocity profiles, shear stresses, shear at wall, force exerted on fluid, volume flow rates, and average velocity. The effect of non-Newtonian parameters, pressure gradients, and flight angle on the velocity profiles is noticed with the help of graphical representation. The observation confirmed the vital role of involved parameters during the extrusion process.

  18. HA/UHMWPE Nanocomposite Produced by Twin-screw Extrusion

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    The HA/UHMWPE nanocomposite is compounded by twin-screw extrusion of the HA and UHMWPE powder mixture in paraffin oil and then compression molded to a sheet form. TGA measurement shows the HA weight loss after processing is about 1%-2% . FTIR spectra indicate the paraffin oil residue is trivial and UHMWPE is not oxidized. SEM reveals the HA nano particles are homogeneously dispersed by twin- screw extrusion and the inter-particle spaces are penetrated with UHMWPE fibrils by swelling treatment. HRTEM image indicates the HA particles and UHMWPE are intimately contacted by mechanical interlocking. Compared with the unfilled UHMWPE, stiffness of the composite with the HA volume fraction 0.23 was significantly enhanced to 9 times without detriment of the yield strength and the ductility.

  19. Numerical Simulation and Performance Analysis of Twin Screw Air Compressors

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    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available A theoretical model is proposed in this paper in order to study the performance of oil-less and oil-injected twin screw air compressors. Based on this model, a computer simulation program is developed and the effects of different design parameters including rotor profile, geometric clearance, oil-injected angle, oil temperature, oil flow rate, built-in volume ratio and other operation conditions on the performance of twin screw air compressors are investigated. The simulation program gives us output variables such as specific power, compression ratio, compression efficiency, volumetric efficiency, and discharge temperature. Some of the above results are then compared with experimentally measured data and good agreement is found between the simulation results and the measured data.

  20. Accuracy of spinal navigation for Magerl-screws

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    2001-01-01

    Study design: assessment of the accuracy of frameless stereotactic navigation at the second cervical vertebra. Objectives: to assess the influence of the protocol of preoperative CT-scan and the registration technique on the accuracy of navigation for implanting Magerl-screws. Summary of background data: the use of navigation systems for implanting Magerl-screws could help to decrease the risk of complications and to reduce the required skin incision. Two parameters conceivably affecting the accuracy are the protocol of the preoperative CT-scan and the registration technique. Methods: four cervical spine segments of human cadavers were scanned with two different protocols (3 mm slice thickness/2 mm table increment, 1 mm slice thickness/1 mm table increment). Registration was performed either based on anatomical landmarks or using a specially designed percutaneous registration device. For the accuracy-check, the pointer tip was exactly placed on markers. The distance between the pointer and the marker displaye...

  1. Twin screw two-phase expanders in large chiller units

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    Smith, I.K.; Stosic, N.; Aldis, C.A.; Kovacevic, A. [City Univ., Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, London (United Kingdom)

    1999-07-01

    An investigation was carried out to determine the feasibility of the use of a twin screw expander as a throttle valve replacement in a 500 ton chiller. The aim was to produce a demonstration unit with an overall machine adiabatic efficiency of not less that 70%. The efficiency target was effectively met but further analytical work is needed to predict mass flow rates reliably and hence the exact machine size required when refrigerant enters the expander as subcooled liquid. (Author)

  2. The human sacrum and safe approaches for screw placement.

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    Arman, Candan; Naderi, Sait; Kiray, Amaç; Aksu, Funda Taştekin; Yilmaz, Hakan Sinan; Tetik, Süleyman; Korman, Esin

    2009-08-01

    The human sacrum is the target of lumbosacral instrumentation and decompression procedures. Such surgical interventions require detailed knowledge of the anatomy of the human sacrum. The aim of this study was to measure surgically relevant parameters. Several factors, including the one-piece composition of the sacrum, the angles of the sacral pedicles and the anteroposterior diameter of the sacral vertebral bodies distinguish the sacrum from other parts of spine. Thirty-two measurements of shape, angles and distances between parts were taken of the sacra of 100 adult West Anatolian people using a Vernier caliper accurate to 0.1 mm and goniometer. According to this morphometric study, when measured from the sagittal, the S1 facet angle was measured as 35.71 degrees +/-9.59 and 34.70 degrees +/-9.66, the sacral pedicle anteromedial screw trajectory angle was 35.65 degrees +/-4.73 and 31.95 degrees +/-3.95 and the anterolaterally oriented sacral wing screw trajectory angle was 32.65 degrees +/-3.51 and 29.10 degrees +/-3.14, on the right and left sides, respectively. The distance of the midline oriented S1 pedicle screw was 51.12 mm and 51.26 mm on the right and left side, respectively. The distance for sacral wing oriented screw placement was 50.13 mm and 50.46 mm on the right and left side, respectively. The anteroposterior and transverse diameter of the sacral spinal canal were 21.81 mm and 31.31 mm, respectively. Thus, this study describes anatomical specifications of the sacrum. These defined morphometric details should be taken into consideration during surgical procedures. This study also describes anatomical landmarks which will allow injury of the sacrum during surgery to be avoided.

  3. Fluid Flow Phenomenon in a Three-Bladed Power-Generating Archimedes Screw Turbine

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    Tineke Saroinsong

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    Full Text Available Experimental studies of the Archimedes screw turbine are applied as a micro hydro power plant for low head focused on the fluid flow. Fluid flow on a screw turbine is not completely filled water flow there is still a free surface between the water fluid and atmospheric air. Except the screw geometry, the turbine screw free surface allows the flow phenomena that are important in the process of turbine screw power generation. The Archimedes screw turbine main driving force is the fluid-gravity weight, which is affected by the inflow depth, inflow velocity and the turbine shaft’s slope. The dimensionless parameter Froude number (Fr is connected to analyze the screw turbine efficiency. The purpose of this study is to figure out the fluid flow role when power generated by a three blades Archimedes screw turbine observed visualized, and also observed the turbine rotation and torque. The observed parameters are varied in inflow depth as the characteristic length (y of Froude Number, inflow velocity (co, and the turbine shaft slope (α. The screw turbine model, were made under a laboratory scale and made from acrylic material. The geometric form is the three bladed screws which have seven screw respectively, the number of helix turns is 21, the angle of screw blade is 30°, radius ratio of 0.54 with a pitch distance of 2,4 Ro. The result from this study revealed a phenomenon of fluid flow between the screw blades a whirlpool wave occurs or vortex due to the linear momentum in a form of the hydrostatic force against the blade screw which occurs in two opposite directions and the effect of the turbine shaft angular momentum. The vortex would affect the screw turbine power generation process as most of the kinetic energy that goes into the screw turbine sucked into the vortex between the screw blades, but this phenomenon can be reduced by reducing the turbine shaft slope. The highest turbine efficiency of 89% occurred in the turbine shaft’s slope of 25

  4. Aqueductal stenosis and mental retardation associated with O S odontoideum, "hypermobile" atlantoaxial dislocation and congenital stenosis of atlas leading to spastic quadriparesis

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    Rupant K Das

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The authors report a unique concomitant occurrence of mental retardation, hydrocephalus due to aqueductal stenosis, a freely floating atlas (having anterior, posterior and transverse atlantoaxial dislocation [AAD] consequent to an orthotopic os odontoideum and stenosis of atlantal ring. There were no features of coexisting chondroskeletal dysplasias or other systemic diseases. To the best of the authors′ knowledge, this is the first reported case of its type in the literature. Case Report: This 17-year-old girl with delayed milestones had enlarging head with vomiting at 1 year of age. Her CT scan revealed hydrocephalus with aqueductal stenosis, and she underwent a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. She subsequently had progressive quadriparesis. A minor fall led to transient unconsciousness and aggravation of her symptoms. Radiology of the craniovertebral junction revealed os odontoideum with anterior, posterior and transverse C1-2 subluxation and atlantal ring stenosis with marked cervical compression. A C1 laminectomy with occipitocervical contoured rod fusion with onlay autologous bone graft under guidance of intraoperative image intensifier was performed. Conclusion: The concomitant presence of hydrocephalus due to aqueductal stenosis, mental retardation and congenital stenosis of the atlantal ring points towards a congenital origin for the os odontoideum. The free floating atlantal ring on the axis led to anteroposterior and transverse AAD, necessitating intubation and occipitocervical stabilization in absolutely neutral position of the neck since both flexion as well as extension movements would have been deleterious. Congenital stenosis of atlas is an extremely rare entity; it contributed to cervical canal compromise even in neutral position of the cervical spine when the AAD had been adequately reduced, requiring an additional C1 laminectomy. The simultaneous presence of all these anomalies merited unique management considerations.

  5. Atlanto-Axial Instability in People with Down’s Syndrome and its Impact on the Ability to Perform Sports Activities – A Review

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    Myśliwiec Andrzej

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Atlanto-axial instability (AAI is a developmental anomaly often occurring in persons with Down’s syndrome (DS. According to various reports, AAI affects from 6.8 to 27% of the population with DS. The aim of this review was to illustrate the issue of AAI with regard to the progressively changing state of scientific knowledge. The extended distance between the rear surface of the frontal arcus of the C1 cervical vertebra and the anterior surface of C2 cervical vertebra dens (anterior atlanto-odontoid distance, AAOD indicates the occurrence of AAI and is detectable through X-ray examination. Hypoplasia of the C2 dens, also detectable through X-ray examination, is another suggested risk factor for AAI. According to current data, the methodology of taking measurements is inconsistent, which leads to errors in interpretation. As research focusing on AAI was progressing, new data emerged from other studies on persons with DS, suggesting that neurological symptoms in persons with DS that indicated the occurrence of spinal cord compression were an important factor in medical imaging detection of AAI. One of the main arguments supporting this thesis is that in isolated cases spinal cord (SC damage was noted during screening examinations conducted on a large population of subjects. Moreover, cases in which the neurological symptoms indicate spinal cord compression existed long before the occurrence of the actual damage also remain of significant importance. Therefore, it is necessary to promote neurological studies on persons with DS to enable early diagnosis of spinal cord compression and, at the same time, reduce the use of medical imaging in cases of neurological symptoms.

  6. INVESTIGATION ON KANE DYNAMIC EQUATIONS BASED ON SCREW THEORY FOR OPENCHAIN MANIPULATORS

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    LIU Wu-fa; GONG Zhen-bang; WANG Qin-que

    2005-01-01

    First, screw theory, product of exponential formulas and Jacobian matrix are introduced. Then definitions are given about active force wrench, inertial force wrench, partial velocity twist, generalized active force, and generalized inertial force according to screw theory. After that Kane dynamic equations based on screw theory for open-chain manipulators have been derived. Later on how to compute the partial velocity twist by geometrical method is illustrated. Finally the correctness of conclusions is verified by example.

  7. 3D CFD analysis of an oil injected twin screw expander

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    Papeš, Iva; Degroote, Joris; Vierendeels, Jan

    2014-01-01

    Small scale Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) systems have a big potential for waste heat recovery in the market. Due to the smaller volume flows inside these systems, non-conventional expansion technologies such as screw expanders become more interesting. Recent economic studies have shown the important role of screw machines in such cycles. However, in order to get a better understanding of the expansion behaviour in an ORC, appropriate simulation models of screw expanders are necessary. The flow...

  8. Screw in the aorta: minimally invasive graft replacement for chronic aortic erosion by spinal instrument.

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    Fukuda, Wakako; Aoki, Chikashi; Daitoku, Kazuyuki; Taniguchi, Satoshi; Fukuda, Ikuo

    2013-01-01

    Intra-and early post-operative aortic injury by pedicle screw is not a rare complication in orthopedic surgery, but aortic penetration by a screw head over a long time period is considered as an uncommon case. There are various surgical management options for thoracic aortic injury caused by malpositioned spinal instruments. We report a case of a patient who underwent minimally invasive graft replacement of the descending thoracic artery for pedicle screw penetration.

  9. Accuracy and complications of transpedicular C2 screw placement without the use of spinal navigation.

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    Mueller, Christian-Andreas; Roesseler, Lukas; Podlogar, Martin; Kovacs, Attlila; Kristof, Rudolf Andreas

    2010-05-01

    The objective of the study was to describe the technique, accuracy of placement and complications of transpedicular C2 screw fixation without spinal navigation. Patients treated by C2 pedicle screw fixations were identified from the surgical log book of the department. Clinical data were extracted retrospectively from the patients' charts. Pedicle screw placement accuracy was assessed on postoperative CT scans according to Gertzbein and Robbins (GRGr). A total of 27 patients were included in the study. The mean age of the patients was 56 +/- 22.0 years; 51.9% of them were female. As much as 17 patients suffered from trauma, 5 of degenerative disease, 3 of inflammations and 2 of metastatic disease. A total of 47 C2 transpedicular screw fixations were performed. The canulated screws were inserted under visual control following the preparation of the superior surface of the isthmus and of the medial surface of the pedicles of the C2. Intraoperative fluoroscopy was additionally used. The postoperative CT findings showed in 55.3% GRGr 1, in 27.7% GRGr 2, in 10.6% GRGr 3, and in 6.3% GRGr 4 pedicle screw insertion accuracy. Screw insertions GRGr 5 were not observed. Screw malpositioning (i.e., GRGr 3 and 4) was significantly associated with thin (C2 fractures. In the three patients with screw insertions GRGr 4, postoperative angiographies were performed to exclude vertebral artery affections. In one of these three cases, the screw caused a clinically asymptomatic vertebral artery compression. Hardware failures did not occur. In one patient, postoperative pneumonia resulted in the death of the patient. Careful patient selection and surgical technique is necessary to avoid vertebral artery injury in C2 pedicle screw fixation without spinal navigation. A slight opening of the vertebral artery canal (Gertzbein and Robbins grade C2 pedicle screw insertions.

  10. Accuracy and safety of pedicle screw placement in neuromuscular scoliosis with free-hand technique.

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    Modi, Hitesh N; Suh, Seung Woo; Fernandez, Harry; Yang, Jae Hyuk; Song, Hae-Ryong

    2008-12-01

    It is a retrospective analytic study of 1,009 transpedicular screws (689 thoracic and 320 lumbosacral), inserted with free-hand technique in neuromuscular scoliosis using postoperative CT scan. The aim of paper was to determine the accuracy and safety of transpedicular screw placement with free-hand technique in neuromuscular scoliosis and to compare the accuracy at different levels in such population. All studies regarding accuracy and safety of pedicle screw in scoliosis represent idiopathic scoliosis using various techniques such as free-hand, navigation, image intensifier, etc., for screw insertion. Anatomies of vertebrae and pedicle are distorted in scoliosis, hence accurate and safe placement of pedicle screw is prerequisite for surgery. Between 2004 and 2006, 37 consecutive patients, average age 20 years (9-44 years), of neuromuscular scoliosis were operated with posterior pedicle screw fixation using free-hand technique. Accuracy of pedicle screws was studied on postoperative CT scan. Placement up to 2 mm medial side and 4 mm lateral side was considered within-safe zone. Of the 1,009 screws, 273 screws were displaced medially, laterally or on the anterior side showing that 73% screws (68% in thoracic and 82.5% in lumbar spine) were accurately placed within pedicle. Considering the safe zone, 93.3% (942/1009, 92.4% in thoracic and 95.3% in lumbar spine) of the screws were within the safe zone. Comparing accuracy according to severity of curve, accuracy was 75% in group 1 (curve 90 degrees) with a safety of 94.8 and 91.2%, respectively (P = 0.35). Comparing the accuracy at different thoracic levels, it showed 67, 64 and 72% accuracy in upper, middle and lower thoracic levels with safety of 96.6, 89.2 and 93.1%, respectively, exhibiting no statistical significant difference (P = 0.17). Pedicle screw placement in neuromuscular scoliosis with free-hand technique is accurate and safe as other conditions.

  11. Twin screw wet granulation: the study of a continuous twin screw granulator using Positron Emission Particle Tracking (PEPT) technique.

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    Lee, Kai T; Ingram, Andy; Rowson, Neil A

    2012-08-01

    In this paper, Positron Emission Particle Tracking (PEPT) techniques are utilised to track the trajectory of single particles through the mixing and conveying zones of a Twin Screw Granulator (TSG). A TSG consisting of conveying zones and mixing zones is used in this study. The mixing zones are arranged with kneading discs at an angle of 30°, 60° or 90°. Experiments were carried out using different mixing configurations with various screw speed and total mass flow rate. The PEPT data obtained were then utilised to obtain the residence time distribution (RTD) and the Peclet number in an attempt to gain some insight into the mixing of the process. The fill level of the granulator was also estimated to study the mechanism of granulation. As might be expected, it was shown that the residence time of the granulation process increases with decreasing screw speed. It also increases with increasing angle of the arrangement of kneading blocks in the mixing zones, but will decreases when powder feed rate is increased. The fill level of the mixing zone in particular increases when the screw speed decreases or when powder feed rate increases. Furthermore, the fill level of the granulator will increase when the mixing zone configuration changes from 30° to 90°. It is shown that the granulator is never fully filled, even using 90° mixer elements implying limited compaction which may explain why the granules produced are porous compared with those from a high shear mixer. Interestingly, the RTD analysis reveals that the extent of axial mixing in the mixing zone of the granulator does not change significantly for different configurations and process conditions. There is evidence of a tail in the RTD which implies some material hold up and channelling.

  12. 螺旋输送机螺旋体优化设计%Optimization Design of Screw in Screw Conveyor

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    王铁流; 郭晓梅; 陈仙明

    2012-01-01

    The process of finite element analysis and optimization design of screw for screw conveyor with the Pro/Engineer is discussed, the main steps and methods are also introduced. Subject to the requirements of the structural parameters and design objectives, the optimal design is realized efficiently and rapidly. A practical method is improved for the design quality of screw.%应用Pro/Engineer软件,研究了螺旋输送机螺旋体的有限元分析和优化设计方法和过程,介绍了设计过程的主要步骤和方法.在满足结构参数和设计目标要求的前提下,快捷、有效地实现了优化设计,提高了设计质量,为螺旋体的设计提供了一种有效的方法.

  13. Comparação entre a técnica de substituição do ligamento redondo por implante de fascia lata bubalina preservada em glicerina e o uso de pino transarticular na redução e na estabilização da luxação coxofemoral experimentalmente induzida em cães Comparation between the technique of substitution of the round ligamentum by glycerin-preserved bubaline fascia lata implant and the use of transarticular pin in the redution and stabilization of experimentally induzed coxofemoral luxation in dogs

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    Full Text Available Compararam-se duas técnicas cirúrgicas de redução e estabilização da articulação coxofemoral experimentalmente luxada em cães. Dois grupos de animais, submetidos às respectivas técnicas após a indução cirúrgica da luxação, foram acompanhados clínica e radiograficamente por um período de 60 dias, findos os quais, realizaram-se avaliações macroscópica e histológica e teste de tensiometria das articulações. Cada grupo foi constituído por oito animais, clinicamente sadios, com pesos entre 5 e 20kg. Os animais submetidos ao implante de fáscia apresentaram, ao exame físico, evolução da deambulação significativamente precoce em relação aos do grupo submetido ao implante de pino de Steinmann, além de menor grau de atrofia muscular. Os testes de tensiometria, as avaliações macroscópicas e radiográficas e os exames histológicos não diferiram entre os grupos, evidenciando também que ambas as técnicas não geraram alterações deletérias à articulação operada. Conclui-se que a técnica de estabilização da articulação coxofemoral com implante de fascia lata foi clinicamente eficaz e vantajosa quando comparada à técnica do pino transarticular.It was compared both surgical techniques of reduction and stabilization of experimentally luxated coxofemoral join in dog. Two groups were submitted to the techniques after surgical induction of the luxation. All animals were clinically and radiografically observed during 60 days. After that, a macroscopic study, an histological exam, and a tensiometry test in the articulations were performed. Each group had eight healthy animals, weighting from 5 to 20kg. The most important advantage was related to the deambulation, which the animals submited to the facia lata implant showed a faster evolution after the surgery at the physical exam, and muscular atrophy in a smaller degree. The tensiometry tests, the radiographic and the histological exams did not present important

  14. Design of Formed Milling Cutter for Double-Helix Screw Based on Noninstantaneous Envelope Method

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    Full Text Available The design theory and method of formed milling cutter for double-helix screw of progressing cavity pump are presented. Through analyzing the shape and characteristic parameters of double-helix screw, the helicoids equation and axial curve equation of double-helix screw were established. According to the relative position relations between formed milling cutter and double-helix screw in the machining process, the geometric mapping relationship of screw coordinate system and formed milling cutter coordinate system was established by using the coordinate transformation theory. Based on noninstantaneous envelope method and the meshing conditions between formed milling cutter and double-helix screw, the contact line equations were established by minimum value method. By analyzing the machining errors caused by resharpening the formed milling cutter, the tooth back curve equation was established based on spiral of Archimedes, and the profile equation of formed milling cutter with constant back angle was got. On this basis, the formed milling cutter of processing double-helix screw was designed, and the cutter head and tool post were manufactured, respectively. The measuring results have shown that this method can satisfy the requirements of machining accuracy for double-helix screw. So this is an effective method to get formed milling cutter profile for double-helix screw.

  15. Innovative approach in the development of computer assisted algorithm for spine pedicle screw placement.

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    Solitro, Giovanni F; Amirouche, Farid

    2016-04-01

    Pedicle screws are typically used for fusion, percutaneous fixation, and means of gripping a spinal segment. The screws act as a rigid and stable anchor points to bridge and connect with a rod as part of a construct. The foundation of the fusion is directly related to the placement of these screws. Malposition of pedicle screws causes intraoperative complications such as pedicle fractures and dural lesions and is a contributing factor to fusion failure. Computer assisted spine surgery (CASS) and patient-specific drill templates were developed to reduce this failure rate, but the trajectory of the screws remains a decision driven by anatomical landmarks often not easily defined. Current data shows the need of a robust and reliable technique that prevents screw misplacement. Furthermore, there is a need to enhance screw insertion guides to overcome the distortion of anatomical landmarks, which is viewed as a limiting factor by current techniques. The objective of this study is to develop a method and mathematical lemmas that are fundamental to the development of computer algorithms for pedicle screw placement. Using the proposed methodology, we show how we can generate automated optimal safe screw insertion trajectories based on the identification of a set of intrinsic parameters. The results, obtained from the validation of the proposed method on two full thoracic segments, are similar to previous morphological studies. The simplicity of the method, being pedicle arch based, is applicable to vertebrae where landmarks are either not well defined, altered or distorted.

  16. "徒手法"个体化颈椎椎弓根螺钉技术治疗上颈椎骨折脱位%Free-hand cervical pedicle screw fixation for upper cervical fracture and instability

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    韩岳; 夏群; 徐宝山; 张继东; 苗军

    2011-01-01

    (including three simple anterior arch fractures and two Jefferson fractures),three with axis fracture and dislocation,one with dens fractures plus nonunion,two with C2,3 fracture and dislocation and four with atlantoaxial instability without fracture.The main clinical complaints included local neck pain and/or tetraplegia.Halo traction was recommended to restore the cervical sequence preoperatively in all patients.All 15 patients were treated by cervical pedicle screw-rods internal fixation and bone graft fusion.During the operation,the point and angle of the implanted pedicle screws were determined by preoperative X-ray and CT scan and the bony channel drilled with free-hand before implantation of the Summit or Vertex pedicle screws(22-26 mm long)and posterior interlaminar autologous or allogeneic bone fusion.Patients could get out of bed with neck collar at days 1-2 after operation.Results A total of 64 cervical pedicle screws were implanted in all 15 patients,with no vertebral artery injury,spinal cord injury or cerebrospinal fluid leakage.Postoperative X-ray and CT scan confirmed satisfactory internal fixation.The clinical symptoms were improved significantly.Fourteen patients were followed up for 12-36 months,which showed bony fusion,with no looseness or breakage of the screws.Neurologic impairment was improved in all patients,with no complications associated with the cervical pedicle screw.Conclusions Cervical pedicle screw internal fixation can reestablish the upper cervical vertebrae stability and help to recover the spinal cord and nerve function and hence is a reliable method for upper cervical fracture and/or instability.

  17. Transpedicular screw fixation system for treatment of unstable fractures of arias vertebra%经后路单纯寰椎椎弓根螺钉内固定治疗不稳定性寰椎骨折

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    马维虎; 许楠健; 徐荣明; 赵刘军; 蒋伟宇; 孙韶华; 胡勇; 刘观燚; 顾勇杰

    2011-01-01

    screw was directly inserted into the lateral mass of the atlas due to posterior atlas arch breakage caused by repeated drilling, but with no nervous system symptom. The postoperative JOA scores were 13-17, with an average of t4. 7. There were no spinal cord injuries, and no loosening or breakage of screw after surgery. Bony fusion was achieved in all patients and the atlantoaxial rotational function was satisfactorily restored. Conclasion The transpedieular fixation technique is an effective method for the treatment of unstable fractures of the atlas vertebra.

  18. Percutaneous triple anterior screw fixation of acute combined atlas-axis fractures in elderly patients:a primary report%前路经皮三钉固定治疗老年寰枢椎联合骨折

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    王向阳; 徐华梓; 池永龙; 林焱; 黄其杉; 倪文飞; 王胜; 徐晖

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨经皮内固定技术治疗老年(特别是合并颅脑损伤)患者急性寰枢椎联合骨折的方法及其疗效.方法 2006年3月至2011年2月,共7例老年急性寰枢椎联合骨折患者.男6例,女1例;年龄64~84岁,平均72.4岁.寰椎骨折:Jefferson骨折2例,前弓骨折2例,前后弓两处骨折2例,前后弓骨折+侧块骨折1例.枢椎齿状突骨折:AndersonⅡ型骨折6例,浅Ⅲ型骨折1例.颅脑损伤5例,均合并不同程度意识朦胧、谵妄或昏迷.对所有患者均在“C”型臂X线机监视下行经皮前路枢椎齿状突和两侧寰枢关节螺钉内固定术治疗,并分析其治疗效果.结果 手术时间36~78 min,平均56 min.同时行植骨术的患者出血20~50 ml,未行植骨术者无明显出血.7例患者均获得满意治疗效果,螺钉位置正确.无神经根、脊髓、椎动脉和食管损伤等并发症发生.全组病例平均随访10.7个月,无脱钉、弯钉及断钉发生,枢椎齿状突骨折均骨性愈合,无寰枢关节不稳.结论 对于老年特别是合并颅脑损伤患者的急性寰枢椎联合骨折,经皮前路三钉固定技术是一种简单、安全和有效的方法,有利于对患者临床护理和早期功能训练,减少并发症的发生.%Objective To evaluate the clinical effect of the percutaneous fixation for atlas-axis combined fractures in the elderly patients,especially with brain injury.Methods From March 2006 to February 2011,a total of 7 cases with C1,2 combined fractures entered the study,including 5 males and 1 female with an average age of 72.4 years (range,64-84 years).Fracture combinations included two Jefferson/type Ⅱ odontoid,two anterior ring/type Ⅱ odontoid,two anterior and posterior ring/type Ⅱ odontoid,and one anterior and posterior ring+lateral mass/type Ⅲ odontoid.There were 5 patients with head injuries in varying degrees of coma.All patients underwent percutaneous placement of odontoid screw and anterior C1,2 transarticular screws

  19. 后路钉棒系统在经寰枢椎椎弓根治疗可复性寰枢椎不稳定中的应用%Using of axial screw-rod system via vertebrae pedicle screw of the atlas and axis for treatment of reducible atlanto-axial instability

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    胡巍; 陈水连; 柯宝毅; 秦壁松

    2014-01-01

    目的 评价颈椎后路钉棒系统治疗可复性寰枢关节不稳的临床疗效.方法 2006年1月-2010年1月共收治32例寰枢关节失稳患者,男,19例,女,13例,平均年龄42.2岁.术前行床边颅骨牵引2周,并床边照片,见寰枢关节可经牵引复位,再行后路寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉钉棒系统内固定术.根据SYMON-LAVENDER临床标准、JOA脊髓功能评定标准和影像学颈髓延髓角的改善情况进行疗效评定.结果 32例寰枢关节均获良好复位.平均随访24个月,所有植骨均获得骨性融合.术后按SYMON-LAVENDER标准,总体有效率为87.5%.JOA评分由术前(8.6±2.1)分,改善为术后(14.8±3.1)分,改善率为74.0%.平均颈髓延髓角由110.5°,改善为148°.结论 后路寰椎椎弓根螺钉内固定术具有直视,短节段固定,融合率高等优点,是治疗可复性寰枢关节失稳的安全有效方法.

  20. Anatomic Study of Anterior Transdiscal Axial Screw Fixation for Subaxial Cervical Spine Injuries.

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    Ji, Wei; Zheng, Minghui; Qu, Dongbin; Zou, Lin; Chen, Yongquan; Chen, Jianting; Zhu, Qingan

    2016-08-01

    Anterior transdiscal axial screw (ATAS) fixation is an alternative or supplement to the plate and screw constructs for the upper cervical spine injury. However, no existing literatures clarified the anatomic feasibility of this technique for subaxial cervical spine. Therefore, the objective of this study was to evaluate the anatomical feasibility and to establish guidelines for the use of the ATAS fixation for the subaxial cervical spine injury.Fifty normal cervical spines had radiographs to determine the proposed screw trajectory (the screw length and insertion angle) and the interbody graft-related parameters (the disc height and depth, and the distance between anterior vertebral margin and the screw) for all levels of the subaxial cervical spine. Following screw insertion in 8 preserved human cadaver specimens, surgical simulation and dissection verified the feasibility and safety of the ATAS fixation.Radiographic measurements showed the mean axial screw length and cephalic incline angle of all levels were 41.2 mm and 25.2°, respectively. The suitable depth of the interbody graft was >11.7 mm (the distance between anterior vertebral margin and the screw), but C2-C3, C3-C4, C4-C5, and C5-C6 levels, but impossible at C6-C7 due to the obstacle of the sternum. All screws were placed accurately. None of the screws penetrated into the spinal canal and caused fractures determined by dissecting the specimens.The anterior transdiscal axial screw fixation, as an alternative or supplementary instrumentation for subaxial cervical spine injuries, is feasible and safe with meticulous surgical planning.

  1. Morphological character of cervical spine for anterior transpedicular screw fixation

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    Rong-Ping Zhou

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Anterior cervical interbody grafts/cages combined with a plate were frequently used in multilevel discectomies/corpectomies. In order to avoid additional posterior stabilization in patients who undergo anterior reconstructive surgery, an anterior cervical transpedicular screw fixation, which offers higher stability is desirable. We investigated in this study the anatomical (morphologic characters for cervical anterior transpedicular screw fixation. Materials and Methods: Left pedicle parameters were measured on computed tomography (CT images based on 36 cervical spine CT scans from healthy subjects. The parameters included outer pedicle width (Distance from lateral to medial pedicle surface in the coronal plane, outer pedicle height (OPH (Distance from upper to lower pedicle surface in the sagittal plane, maximal pedicle axis length (MPAL, distance transverse insertion point (DIP, distance of the insertion point to the upper end plate (DIUP, pedicle sagittal transverse angle (PSTA and pedicle transverse angle (PTA at C3 to C7. Results: The values of outer pedicle width and MPAL in males were larger than in females from C3 to C7. The OPH in males was larger than in females at C3 to C6, but there was no difference at C7. The DIP and PTA were significantly greater in males than in females at C3, but there was no difference in the angle at C4-7. The PSTA was not statistically different between genders at C3, 4, 7, but this value in males was larger than females at C5, 6. The DIUP was significantly greater in males at C3, 4, 6, 7 but was non significant at C5. Conclusions: The placement of cervical anterior transpedicular screws should be individualized for each patient and based on a detailed preoperative planning.

  2. A Technique for Removal of Forearm Dynamic Compression Plate with Stripped Screws: A Report of Three Cases

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    CK Lee

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Removal of plates is a procedure commonly performed by orthopaedic surgeons and stripped screws are probably the most common problem encountered during this procedure. Stripped screws are caused by slippage between the screwdriver and the screw. Due to the inherent difficulty in removing such screws, surgeons should be knowledgeable in techniques for their removal and should be equipped with the proper instruments to expedite the procedure. There are few published articles about such techniques. This report describes a technique for removal of plates with stripped screws. The tip of a stripped screw is approached from the far cortex and then reamed with a trephine reamer in the direction of the screw until both cortices are cleared. The plate is then removed with stripped screws attached. All the removals utilizing this technique to date have been successful with no complications, and this method is safe, efficient and technically easy to learn.

  3. New Tools for Computational Geometry and Rejuvenation of Screw Theory

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    Hestenes, David

    Conformal Geometric Algebraic (CGA) provides ideal mathematical tools for construction, analysis, and integration of classical Euclidean, Inversive & Projective Geometries, with practical applications to computer science, engineering, and physics. This paper is a comprehensive introduction to a CGA tool kit. Synthetic statements in classical geometry translate directly to coordinate-free algebraic forms. Invariant and covariant methods are coordinated by conformal splits, which are readily related to the literature using methods of matrix algebra, biquaternions, and screw theory. Designs for a complete system of powerful tools for the mechanics of linked rigid bodies are presented.

  4. A description of the dynamics of manipulators using screw theory

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    Akselrod, B. V.

    1985-04-01

    The paper is concerned with the derivation of Lagrange equations of the second kind for a manipulator consisting of N links each of which is coupled with the preceding link (except for the first link, which is coupled with a fixed base) through a single-degree-of-freedom joint. The joints can be translational or rotational; each joint is treated as a rigid body, and the possibility of allowing for elasticity in the hinges and joints is demonstrated. The kinetic energy is determined using the theory of kinematic screws.

  5. Pedicle Screw-Based Posterior Dynamic Stabilization: Literature Review

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    Dilip K. Sengupta

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Posterior dynamic stabilization (PDS indicates motion preservation devices that are aimed for surgical treatment of activity related mechanical low back pain. A large number of such devices have been introduced during the last 2 decades, without biomechanical design rationale, or clinical evidence of efficacy to address back pain. Implant failure is the commonest complication, which has resulted in withdrawal of some of the PDS devices from the market. In this paper the authors presented the current understanding of clinical instability of lumbar motions segment, proposed a classification, and described the clinical experience of the pedicle screw-based posterior dynamic stabilization devices.

  6. RESEARCH OF A HIGH EFFICIENCY SLIDING SCREW DRIVER

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    Hu Xiaowei; Lu Huailiang; Huang Shuhuai

    2004-01-01

    A high efficiency sliding screw driver is introduced. It can improve driving efficiency obviously. As the material strength of the nut in this structure is low and the nut is the most dangerous part, so it is important to master the structure's characters of deformation and stress. The deformation and stress of this structure are researched by finite element method(FEM), and the changing law of stress concentration coefficient of the structure is gained. So the exact stress of nut teeth with highest load can be calculated directly based on this result.

  7. Reduction in radiation (fluoroscopy while maintaining safe placement of pedicle screws during lumbar spine fusion

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    Christopher D. Chaput

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to report the results using PediGuard (electrical conductivity device to reduce radiation exposure while drilling the pilot hole for pedicle screw placement. METHOD: Eighteen patients diagnosed with a degenerative lumbar spine, that required a posterior spinal fusion. Average age of the patients were 55 ± 12 years. Patients received postoperative CT scans of all screws. Scans were reviewed by an independent reviewer grading 'in' 2 mm of breach. In a randomized fashion, the surgeon created pilot holes with either his standard technique or by using the PediGuard. Fluoroscopy was used for each drilling as necessary. Once the pilot hole was created, the surgeon inserted titanium screws into the pedicle pilot holes. A total of 78 screws (39 standard probe and 39 PediGuard were analyzed. RESULTS: 78 screws (39 standard probe and 39 PediGuard were analyzed. No significant difference in breach rate > 2mm by either method (p=1.000, with one screw out in each group. Fluoroscopy shots averaged 5.2 (range, 0 to 15, average decrease of 2.3 (30% per screw in the PediGuard group vs. 7.5 (range, 2 to 17 in the standard group (p< .001. CONCLUSION: This trial to assess pedicle probe location within the pedicle and vertebral body showed the number of fluoroscopy shots were reduced by 30%, compared to a standard probe while maintaining a 97.5% screw placement accuracy.

  8. Application of Richards Sliding Hip Screw in Treatment of Intertrochanteric Femoral Fractures

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    PING Jinzhong; SHEN Hongsheng; QIU Song

    2002-01-01

    @@ Richards Sliding Hip Screw is an effective method for the treatment of subtrochanteric and intertrochanteric femoral fractures. We applied the screw to treat the above- mentioned fractures from 1994 and obtained satisfying results in our hospital. All the cases were followed up. We reported it as follows.

  9. Is there enough evidence to regularly apply bone screws for intermaxillary fixation in mandibular fractures?

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    A. Bins; M.A.E. Oomens; P. Boffano; T. Forouzanfar

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Intermaxillary fixation (IMF) is traditionally achieved with arch bars; however, this method has several well-known disadvantages and other techniques, such as bone screws, are available. This study evaluated current evidence regarding these IMF screws (IMFSs) for mandibular trauma and to as

  10. Pyrolysis of cassava rhizome in a counter-rotating twin screw reactor unit.

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    Sirijanusorn, Somsak; Sriprateep, Keartisak; Pattiya, Adisak

    2013-07-01

    A counter-rotating twin screw reactor unit was investigated for its behaviour in the pyrolysis of cassava rhizome biomass. Several parameters such as pyrolysis temperature in the range of 500-700°C, biomass particle size of twin screw reactor was relatively low, whereas the solids content was relatively high, compared to some other reactor configurations.

  11. A biomechanical study on fixation stability with twin hook or lag screw in artificial cancellous bone.

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    Olsson, O; Tanner, K E; Ceder, L; Ryd, L

    2002-01-01

    The twin hook has been developed as an alternative to the conventional lag screw to be combined with a barrelled side-plate in the treatment of trochanteric hip fractures. With two oppositely directed apical hooks introduced into the subchondral bone of the femoral head, the twin hook provides different stabilising properties to the lag screw. The femoral head purchase of the twin hook and the lag screw were compared in a biomechanical study using artificial cancellous bone, and responses to axial and torsional loading was determined. A distinct yield point in load and torque was noted for the lag screw, representing failure of the laminas supporting the threads. For the twin hook, gradual increase of load and torque occurred during impaction of the bone supporting the hooks. The peak loads and torques were higher for the lag screw, but were similar for both devices after 8 mm deformation. The stiffness was higher for the lag screw, but in counter-clockwise rotation the stiffness for the lag screw was negligible. The twin hook appeared to provide fixation stability comparable to that offered by the lag screw, but with conceivable advantages in terms of a deformation response involving bone impaction and gradually increasing stability.

  12. Complications of pedicle screws in lumbar and lumbosacral fusions in 105 consecutive primary operations

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    Jutte, PC

    2002-01-01

    Pedicle screw fixation is technically demanding and associated with high complication rates. The aim of this study was to identify and quantify the pedicle screw-related complications in 105 consecutive operations. We retrospectively analysed 105 consecutive primary operations. We found complication

  13. 29 CFR 1926.305 - Jacks-lever and ratchet, screw, and hydraulic.

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    ... 29 Labor 8 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Jacks-lever and ratchet, screw, and hydraulic. 1926.305... Power § 1926.305 Jacks—lever and ratchet, screw, and hydraulic. (a) General requirements. (1) The... secured at once. (ii) Hydraulic jacks exposed to freezing temperatures shall be supplied with an...

  14. Robot assisted navigated drilling for percutaneous pedicle screw placement: A preliminary animal study

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    Hongwei Wang

    2015-01-01

    Conclusions: The preliminary study supports the view that computer assisted pedicle screw fixation using spinal robot is feasible and the robot can decrease the intraoperative fluoroscopy time during the minimally invasive pedicle screw fixation surgery. As spine robotic surgery is still in its infancy, further research in this field is worthwhile especially the accuracy of spine robot system should be improved.

  15. Comparison of two-transsacral-screw fixation versus triangular osteosynthesis for transforaminal sacral fractures.

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    Min, Kyong S; Zamorano, David P; Wahba, George M; Garcia, Ivan; Bhatia, Nitin; Lee, Thay Q

    2014-09-01

    Transforaminal pelvic fractures are high-energy injuries that are translationally and rotationally unstable. This study compared the biomechanical stability of triangular osteosynthesis vs 2-transsacral-screw fixation in the repair of a transforaminal pelvic fracture model. A transforaminal fracture model was created in 10 cadaveric lumbopelvic specimens. Five of the specimens were stabilized with triangular osteosynthesis, which consisted of unilateral L5-to-ilium lumbopelvic fixation and ipsilateral iliosacral screw fixation. The remaining 5 were stabilized with a 2-transsacral-screw fixation technique that consisted of 2 transsacral screws inserted across S1. All specimens were loaded cyclically and then loaded to failure. Translation and rotation were measured using the MicroScribe 3D digitizing system (Revware Inc, Raleigh, North Carolina). The 2-transsacral-screw group showed significantly greater stiffness than the triangular osteosynthesis group (2-transsacral-screw group, 248.7 N/mm [standard deviation, 73.9]; triangular osteosynthesis group, 125.0 N/mm [standard deviation, 66.9]; P=.02); however, ultimate load and rotational stiffness were not statistically significant. Compared with triangular osteosynthesis fixation, the use of 2 transsacral screws provides a comparable biomechanical stability profile in both translation and rotation. This newly revised 2-transsacral-screw construct offers the traumatologist an alternative method of repair for vertical shear fractures that provides biplanar stability. It also offers the advantage of percutaneous placement in either the prone or supine position.

  16. Screw-System-Based Mobility Analysis of a Family of Fully Translational Parallel Manipulators

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    Ernesto Rodriguez-Leal

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper investigates the mobility of a family of fully translational parallel manipulators based on screw system analysis by identifying the common constraint and redundant constraints, providing a case study of this approach. The paper presents the branch motion-screws for the 3-RP̲C-Y parallel manipulator, the 3-RCC-Y (or 3-RP̲RC-Y parallel manipulator, and a newly proposed 3-RP̲C-T parallel manipulator. Then the paper determines the sets of platform constraint-screws for each of these three manipulators. The constraints exerted on the platforms of the 3-RP̲C architectures and the 3-RCC-Y manipulators are analyzed using the screw system approach and have been identified as couples. A similarity has been identified with the axes of couples: they are perpendicular to the R joint axes, but in the former the axes are coplanar with the base and in the latter the axes are perpendicular to the limb. The remaining couples act about the axis that is normal to the base. The motion-screw system and constraint-screw system analysis leads to the insightful understanding of the mobility of the platform that is then obtained by determining the reciprocal screws to the platform constraint screw sets, resulting in three independent instantaneous translational degrees-of-freedom. To validate the mobility analysis of the three parallel manipulators, the paper includes motion simulations which use a commercially available kinematics software.

  17. Effect of Welding Methods on the Structure and Mechanical Properties of Welded Joints of Screw Piles

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    Golikov, N. I.; Sidorov, M. M.; Stepanova, K. V.

    2016-11-01

    Mechanical properties and characteristics of the structure of welded joints of screw piles are studied. It is shown that cast tips from steel 25L do not meet the performance specifications for operation in the Northern climatic zone. Quality welded joints of screw piles can be obtained by semiautomatic welding in an environment of CO2 with Sv-08G2S welding wire.

  18. Foreign body reaction after PLC reconstruction caused by a broken PLLA screw.

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    Kim, Tae-Kwon; Jeong, Tae-Wan; Lee, Dae-Hee

    2014-12-01

    Foreign body reactions may occur in patients who receive bioabsorbable implants during orthopedic surgery for fractures and ligament repair. The authors describe a 34-year-old man who presented with a palpable tender mass on the lateral aspect of the left knee of 1 month's duration. He underwent posterior cruciate ligament and posterolateral corner reconstruction 3 years earlier. Physical examination showed a 1×1-cm soft, nontender mass without localized warmth on the lateral epicondyle of the distal femur. Magnetic resonance imaging showed a broken screw fragment surrounded by a cyst-like mass. Under general anesthesia, the surgeon excised the screw fragment and the fibrotic mass, enclosing it in the subcutaneous tissue at the lateral epicondyle, the site at which a poly-L-lactic acid bioabsorbable screw had been inserted to fix the graft for posterolateral corner reconstruction. Histologic evaluation showed a foreign body reaction to the degraded screw particles. To the authors' knowledge, this report is the first description of a patient presenting with a delayed foreign body reaction to a broken poly-L-lactic acid bioabsorbable screw at the lateral femoral epicondyle after posterolateral corner reconstruction. Because delayed foreign body reactions can occur at any site of poly-L-lactic acid bioabsorbable screw insertion, care should be taken to avoid screw protrusion during ligament reconstruction because it can lead to screw breakage and delayed foreign body reaction.

  19. Determining the residence time distribution of various screw elements in a co-rotating twin-screw extruder by means of fluorescence spectroscopy

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    Lepschi, Alexander; Gerstorfer, Gregor; Miethlinger, Jürgen

    2015-05-01

    The Residence Time Distribution (RTD) is key to optimizing the mixing ability of an extruder. For both sensitive and reactive materials, it is important to know how long particles remain in the barrel and how long the polymer remains, for instance, in a kneading element. To assess the influence of different screw configurations on the RTD, a low-concentration tracer particle was injected into the feeding section and measured inline by fluorescence spectroscopy1 both inside the barrel and at the extruder exit. The measurements were conducted using polypropylene with different amounts of organic peroxide. Measuring the residence time at various positions along the screw allows the RTD to be determined for just one screw element. Furthermore, we show the influence of different screw configurations on the polydispersity of polypropylene.

  20. Are two retrograde 3.5 mm screws superior to one 7.3 mm screw for anterior pelvic ring fixation in bones with low bone mineral density?

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    Zderic, I.; Grechenig, S.; Richards, R. G.; Schmitz, P.; Gueorguiev, B.

    2017-01-01

    Objectives Osteosynthesis of anterior pubic ramus fractures using one large-diameter screw can be challenging in terms of both surgical procedure and fixation stability. Small-fragment screws have the advantage of following the pelvic cortex and being more flexible. The aim of the present study was to biomechanically compare retrograde intramedullary fixation of the superior pubic ramus using either one large- or two small-diameter screws. Materials and Methods A total of 12 human cadaveric hemipelvises were analysed in a matched pair study design. Bone mineral density of the specimens was 68 mgHA/cm3 (standard deviation (sd) 52). The anterior pelvic ring fracture was fixed with either one 7.3 mm cannulated screw (Group 1) or two 3.5 mm pelvic cortex screws (Group 2). Progressively increasing cyclic axial loading was applied through the acetabulum. Relative movements in terms of interfragmentary displacement and gap angle at the fracture site were evaluated by means of optical movement tracking. The Wilcoxon signed-rank test was applied to identify significant differences between the groups Results Initial axial construct stiffness was not significantly different between the groups (p = 0.463). Interfragmentary displacement and gap angle at the fracture site were also not statistically significantly different between the groups throughout the evaluated cycles (p ⩾ 0.249). Similarly, cycles to failure were not statistically different between Group 1 (8438, sd 6968) and Group 2 (10 213, sd 10 334), p = 0.379. Failure mode in both groups was characterised by screw cutting through the cancellous bone. Conclusion From a biomechanical point of view, pubic ramus stabilisation with either one large or two small fragment screw osteosynthesis is comparable in osteoporotic bone. However, the two-screw fixation technique is less demanding as the smaller screws deflect at the cortical margins. Cite this article: Y. P. Acklin, I. Zderic, S. Grechenig, R. G. Richards, P

  1. Micro-CT evaluation and histological analysis of screw-bone interface of expansive pedicle screw in osteoporotic sheep

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    WAN Shi-yong; LEI Wei; WU Zi-xiang; L(U) Rong; WANG Jun; FU Suo-chao; LI Bo; ZHAN Ce

    2008-01-01

    To investigate the properties of screwbone interface of expansive pedicle screw(EPS)in osteoporotic sheep by micro-CT and histological observation.Methods:Six female sheep with bilateral ovariectomyinduced osteoporosis were employed in this experiment.After EPS insertion in each femoral condvle, the sheep were randomly divided into two groups:3 sheep were bred for 3 months(Group A),while the other 3 were bred for 6 months(Group B). After the animals being killed,the femoral condyles with EPS were obtained,which were three-dimensionally-imaged and reconstructed by micro-CT. Histological evaluation was made thereafter.Results:The trabecular microstructure was denser at the screw-bone interface than in the distant parts in expansive section,especially within the spiral marking.In the nonexpansive section,however,there was no significant difference between the interface and the distant parts. The regions of interest(ROI)adjacent to EPS were reconstructed and analyzed by micro-CT with the same thresholds. The three-dimensional(3-D)parameters,including tissue mineral density(TMD),bone volume fraction(BVF,BV/TV),bone surface/bone volume(BS/BV) ratio, trabecular thickness(Tb. Th),and trabecular separation(Tb. Sp),were significantly better in expansive sections than non-expansive sections(P<0.05).Histologically,newly-formed bony trabeculae crawled along the expansive fissures and into the center of EPS. The newly-formed bones,as well as the bones at the bone-screw interface,closely contacted with the EPS and constructed four compartments.Conclusions:The findings of the current study,based on micro-CT and histological evaluation, suggest that EPS can significantly provide stabilization in osteoporotic cancellous bones.

  2. Use of the channel fill level in defining a design space for twin screw wet granulation.

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    Gorringe, L J; Kee, G S; Saleh, M F; Fa, N H; Elkes, R G

    2017-03-15

    Twin screw wet granulation is a key process in the continuous manufacture of oral solid dosage forms. Previous research has qualitatively suggested that the channel fill level influences the granules produced. In this paper a quantitative measure of the total volumetric fraction of the conveying element channels of the screw filled with powder (φ) was used. Experimental results are shown which demonstrate that very similar particle size distributions can be obtained at the same φ with the same material and screw configuration but radically different solids feed rates and screw speeds. Morphology of the granules also correlates with φ. This is consistent with previous observations in the literature correlating granule attributes with powder feed rate and screw speed but also considers the two parameters in combination. A process design space approach based on φ is proposed. This can be determined empirically, and potentially has value in setting process control strategies, assuring process robustness and allowing process flexibility during the product lifecycle.

  3. EFFECT OF THE SCREW TORQUE LEVEL ON THE INTERFRAGMENTARY STRAIN AND THE INTERFRAGMENTARY MODULUS

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    Boonthum Wongchai

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The screw torque is applied at the screw head to fix the plate and the bone. It generates the compressive force between the plate and the bone to stabilize them. The interfragmentary strain is the main factor for healing the bone fractured. The screw torque level affects the interfragmentary strain and the stability of the fixation between the plates an the bone. The interfragmentary modulus is the new factor of the plate fixation stability and it is affected by the torque level. This research is proposed to study the effect of the screw torque level on the interfragmentary strain and the interfragmentary modulus. The interfragmentary strain and the interfragmentary modulus decrease by increasing the screw torque level.

  4. Connection of Screw Instability with Electric Current in an Accretion Disc around a Black Hole

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    LAN Xiao-Xia; WANG Ding-Xiong; GAN Zhao-Ming

    2005-01-01

    @@ The screw instability of the magnetic field is discussed based on its poloidal configuration generated by a single toroidal electric current flowing in the equatorial plane of a Kerr Mack hole (BH). The rotation of the BH relative to the disc induces an electromotive force, which in turn results in a poloidal electric current. By using Ampere's law, we calculate the toroidal component of the magnetic field and derive a criterion for the screw instability of the magnetic field connecting the rotating BH with its surrounding disc. It is determined that the screw instability is related to two parameters: the radius of the disc and the BH spin. The occurrence of screw instability is depicted in a parameter space. In addition, we discuss the effect of the screw instability on magnetic extraction of energy from the rotating BH.

  5. Evaluation of contributions of orthodontic mini-screw design factors based on FE analysis and the Taguchi method.

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    Lin, Chun-Li; Yu, Jian-Hong; Liu, Heng-Liang; Lin, Chih-Hao; Lin, Yang-Sung

    2010-08-10

    This study determines the relative effects of changes in bone/mini-screw osseointegration and mini-screw design factors (length, diameter, thread shape, thread depth, material, head diameter and head exposure length) on the biomechanical response of a single mini-screw insertion. Eighteen CAD and finite element (FE) models corresponding to a Taguchi L(18) array were constructed to perform numerical simulations to simulate mechanical responses of a mini-screw placed in a cylindrical bone. The Taguchi method was employed to determine the significance of each design factor in controlling strain. Simulation results indicated that mini-screw material, screw exposure length and screw diameter were the major factors affecting bone strain, with percentage contributions of 63%, 24% and 7%, respectively. Bone strain decreased obviously when screw material had the high elastic modulus of stainless/titanium alloys, a small exposure length and a large diameter. Other factors had no significant on bone strain. The FE analysis combined with the Taguchi method efficiently identified the relative contributions of several mini-screw design factors, indicating that using a strong stainless/titanium alloys as screw material is advantageous, and increase in mechanical stability can be achieved by reducing the screw exposure length. Simulation results also revealed that mini-screw and bone surface contact can provide sufficient mechanical retention to perform immediately load in clinical treatment.

  6. Posterior thoracic segmental pedicle screw instrumentation: Evolving methods of safe and effective placement

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    Zeiller S

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The use of pedicle screw instrumentation in the spine has evolved over the last two decades. The initial use of pedicle screws began in the lumbar spine. As surgeons have become more comfortable with the complex anatomy required for accurate screw placement, the use of pedicle instrumentation has evolved to include their use in the thoracolumbar and thoracic spine. The impetus behind their increased use is a result of the many advantages that pedicle screw anchorage offers over traditional hook and rod constructs. Improved deformity correction and overall construct rigidity are two important advantages of pedicle screw instrumentation due its three-column control over the spinal elements. First, pedicle screw instrumentation obviates the need to place instrumentation within the spinal canal with its inherent risk of neurologic injury. Second, the placement of pedicle screws is independent of facet or laminar integrity and thus has been extremely useful in traumatic, neoplastic, and degenerative conditions. The benefits of pedicle screws in the thoracic spine has been tempered by the potential for catastrophic neurological or soft tissue injuries due to the close proximity of these structures. The narrow and inconsistent shape of the thoracic pedicles, especially in spinal deformity, makes their placement technically challenging. As a result, surgeons have employed a number of techniques to ensure the safe and efficacious placement of thoracic pedicle screws. Detailed anatomic landmarks used to determine pedicle location, intraoperative imaging including navigation, and neurophysiological monitoring are some of the techniques currently used by surgeons. The implementation of these techniques and a thorough understanding of the complex three-dimensional anatomy have allowed surgeons to successfully place thoracic and thoracolumbar pedicle screws.

  7. Novel free-hand T1 pedicle screw method: Review of 44 consecutive cases

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    Mark A Rivkin

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Summary of Background Data: Multilevel posterior cervical instrumented fusions are becoming more prevalent in current practice. Biomechanical characteristics of the cervicothoracic junction may necessitate extending the construct to upper thoracic segments. However, fixation in upper thoracic spine can be technically demanding owing to transitional anatomy while suboptimal placement facilitates vascular and neurologic complications. Thoracic instrumentation methods include free-hand, fluoroscopic guidance, and CT-based image guidance. However, fluoroscopy of upper thoracic spine is challenging secondary to vertebral geometry and patient positioning, while image-guided systems present substantial financial commitment and are not readily available at most centers. Additionally, imaging modalities increase radiation exposure to the patient and surgeon while potentially lengthening surgical time. Materials and Methods: Retrospective review of 44 consecutive patients undergoing a cervicothoracic fusion by a single surgeon using the novel free-hand T1 pedicle screw technique between June 2009 and November 2012. A starting point medial and cephalad to classic entry as well as new trajectory were utilized. No imaging modalities were employed during screw insertion. Postoperative CT scans were obtained on day 1. Screw accuracy was independently evaluated according to the Heary classification. Results: In total, 87 pedicle screws placed were at T1. Grade 1 placement occurred in 72 (82.8% screws, Grade 2 in 4 (4.6% screws and Grade 3 in 9 (10.3% screws. All Grade 2 and 3 breaches were <2 mm except one Grade 3 screw breaching 2-4 mm laterally. Only two screws (2.3% were noted to be Grade 4, both breaching medially by less than 2 mm. No new neurological deficits or returns to operating room took place postoperatively. Conclusions: This modification of the traditional starting point and trajectory at T1 is safe and effective. It attenuates additional bone

  8. Study of Bone-screw Surface Fixation in Lumbar Dynamic Stabilization

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    Yun-Gang Luo

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: We aimed to use the animal model of dynamic fixation to examine the interaction of the pedicle screw surface with surrounding bone, and determine whether pedicle screws achieve good mechanical stability in the vertebrae. Methods: Twenty-four goats aged 2-3 years had Cosmic ® pedicle screws implanted into both sides of the L2-L5 pedicles. Twelve goats in the bilateral dynamic fixation group had fixation rods implanted in L2-L3 and L4-L5. Twelve goats in the unilateral dynamic fixation group had fixation rods randomly fixed on one side of the lumbar spine. The side that was not implanted with fixation rods was used as a static control group. Results: In the static control group, new bone was formed around the pedicle screw and on the screw surface. In the unilateral and bilateral dynamic fixation groups, large amounts of connective tissue formed between and around the screw threads, with no new bone formation on the screw surface; the pedicle screws were loose after the fixed rods were removed. The bone mineral density and morphological parameters of the region of interest (ROI in the unilateral and bilateral dynamic fixation group were not significantly different (P > 0.05, but were lower in the fixed groups than the static control group (P 0.05; however the maximum pull force of the fixation groups was significantly less than the static control group (P < 0.01. Conclusions: Fibrous connective tissue formed at the bone-screw interface under unilateral and bilateral pedicle dynamic fixation, and the pedicle screws lost mechanical stability in the vertebrae.

  9. Augmentation of screw fixation with injectable calcium sulfate bone cement in ovariectomized rats.

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    Yu, Xiao-Wei; Xie, Xin-Hui; Yu, Zhi-Feng; Tang, Ting-Ting

    2009-04-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the effect of augmenting screw fixation with an injectable calcium sulfate cement (CSC) in the osteoporotic bone of ovariectomized rats. The influence of the calcium sulfate (CS) on bone remodeling and screw anchorage in osteoporotic cancellous bone was systematically investigated using histomorphometric and biomechanical analyses. The femoral condyles of 55 Sprague-Dawley ovariectomized rats were implanted with screw augmented with CS, while the contralateral limb received a nonaugmented screw. At time intervals of 2, 4, 8, 12, and 16 weeks, 11 rats were euthanized. Six pair-matched samples were used for histological analysis, while five pair-matched samples were preserved for biomechanical testing. Histomorphometric data showed that CS augmented screws activated cancellous bone formation, evidenced by a statistically higher (p < 0.05) percentage of osteoid surface at 2, 4, and 8 weeks and a higher rate of bone mineral apposition at 12 weeks compared with nonaugmented screws. The amount of the bone-screw contact at 2, 8, and 12 weeks and of bone ingrowth on the threads at 4 and 8 weeks was greater in the CS group than in the nonaugmented group (p < 0.05), although these parameters increased concomitantly with time for both groups. The CS was resorbed completely at 8 weeks without stimulating fibrous encapsulation on the screw surface. Also, the cement significantly increased the screw pull-out force and the energy to failure at 2, 4, 8, and 12 weeks after implantation, when compared with the control group (p < 0.05). These results imply that augmentation of screw fixation with CS may have the potential to decrease the risk of implant failure in osteoporotic bone.

  10. Energy consumption analysis for a single screw extruder

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    Deng, Jing; Harkin-Jones, Eileen; Price, Mark; Karnachi, Nayeem [Queen' s Univ., Belfast (United Kingdom). School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Li, Kang [Queen' s Univ., Belfast (United Kingdom). School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Fei, Minrui [Shanghai Univ. (China). School of Mechatronic Engineering and Automation

    2013-07-01

    Polymer extrusion is regarded as an energy intensive production process, the real-time monitoring of both thermal energy and motor drive energy consumption becomes necessary for the development of energy efficient management system. The use of power meter is a simple and easy way to achieve this, however the cost sometimes can be high. Mathematical models based on the process settings provide an affordable alternative, but the resultant models cannot be easily extended to other extruders with different geometry. In this paper, simple and accurate energy real-time monitoring methods are developed for the analysis of energy consumption of the thermal heating and motor drive respectively. This is achieved by looking inside the controller, and use the control variables to calculate the power consumption. The developed methods are then adopted to study the effects of operating settings on the energy efficiency. These include the barrel heating temperature, water cooling temperature, and screw speed. The experimental results on Killion KTS-100 extruder show that the barrel heating temperature has a negative effect on energy efficiency, while the water cooling setting affects the energy efficiency positively but insignificantly. Undoubtedly, screw speed has the most significant effect on energy efficiency.

  11. SURVEY SUBAXIAL CERVICAL VERTEBRAE FOR TRANSPEDICULAR SCREW FIXATION

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    Objective In this study, the pedicles of subaxial vertebrae from C3 to C7 were measured to provide some morphometric data for cervical transpedicular screw fixation. Methods 20 dried bone cervical spinal columns (C3-C7), pedicle dimensions (pedicle height, width, length), and transverse and sagittal angles of the pedicles were performed with vernier in linear and angular measurements. Results The obtained data revealed that the mean values were approximately ranging from 6.7 to 7.2 mm for pedicle height, 4.4 to 4.9 mm for pedicle width, 22.2 to 27.7 mm for pedicle axis length, 42.3° to 51.5° for transverse angle, and 5.2° to 14.1° for sagittal angle. Conclusion Linear measurements of pedicle dimensions and also axial angles from horizontal and vertical planes may provide some anatomic limitations for subaxial cervical transpedicular screw fixation, and also contribute to the safety of the surgical procedure.

  12. Analysis of Third-Grade Fluid in Helical Screw Rheometer

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    M. Zeb

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The steady flow of an incompressible, third-grade fluid in helical screw rheometer (HSR is studied by “unwrapping or flattening” the channel, lands, and the outside rotating barrel. The geometry is approximated as a shallow infinite channel, by assuming that the width of the channel is large as compared to the depth. The developed second-order nonlinear coupled differential equations are reduced to single differential equation by using a transformation. Using Adomian decomposition method, analytical expressions are calculated for the the velocity profiles and volume flow rates. The results have been discussed with the help of graphs as well. We observed that the velocity profiles are strongly dependant on non-Newtonian parameter (β~, and with the increase in β~, the velocity profiles increase progressively, which conclude that extrusion process increases with the increase in β~. We also observed that the increase in pressure gradients in x- and z-direction increases the net flow inside the helical screw rheometer, which increases the extrusion process. We noticed that the flow increases as the flight angle increase.

  13. Prosopis pubescens (screw bean mesquite) seedlings are hyperaccumulators of copper.

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    Zappala, Marian N; Ellzey, Joanne T; Bader, Julia; Peralta-Videa, Jose R; Gardea-Torresdey, Jorge

    2013-08-01

    Due to health reasons, toxic metals must be removed from soils contaminated by mine tailings and smelter activities. The phytoremediation potential of Prosopis pubescens (screw bean mesquite) was examined by use of inductively-coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy. Transmission electron microscopy was used to observe ultrastructural changes of parenchymal cells of leaves in the presence of copper. Elemental analysis was used to localize copper within leaves. A 600-ppm copper sulfate exposure to seedlings for 24 days resulted in 31,000 ppm copper in roots, 17,000 ppm in stems, 11,000 in cotyledons and 20 ppm in the true leaves. For a plant to be considered a hyperaccumulator, the plant must accumulate a leaf-to-root ratio <1. Screw bean mesquite exposed to copper had a leaf-to-root ratio of 0.355 when cotyledons were included. We showed that P. pubescens grown in soil is a hyperaccumulator of copper. We recommend that this plant should be field tested.

  14. Individualized 3D printing navigation template for pedicle screw fixation in upper cervical spine

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    Guo, Fei; Dai, Jianhao; Zhang, Junxiang; Ma, Yichuan; Zhu, Guanghui; Shen, Junjie; Niu, Guoqi

    2017-01-01

    Purpose Pedicle screw fixation in the upper cervical spine is a difficult and high-risk procedure. The screw is difficult to place rapidly and accurately, and can lead to serious injury of spinal cord or vertebral artery. The aim of this study was to design an individualized 3D printing navigation template for pedicle screw fixation in the upper cervical spine. Methods Using CT thin slices data, we employed computer software to design the navigation template for pedicle screw fixation in the upper cervical spine (atlas and axis). The upper cervical spine models and navigation templates were produced by 3D printer with equal proportion, two sets for each case. In one set (Test group), pedicle screws fixation were guided by the navigation template; in the second set (Control group), the screws were fixed under fluoroscopy. According to the degree of pedicle cortex perforation and whether the screw needed to be refitted, the fixation effects were divided into 3 types: Type I, screw is fully located within the vertebral pedicle; Type II, degree of pedicle cortex perforation is 1 mm or with the poor internal fixation stability and in need of renovation. Type I and Type II were acceptable placements; Type III placements were unacceptable. Results A total of 19 upper cervical spine and 19 navigation templates were printed, and 37 pedicle screws were fixed in each group. Type I screw-placements in the test group totaled 32; Type II totaled 3; and Type III totaled 2; with an acceptable rate of 94.60%. Type I screw placements in the control group totaled 23; Type II totaled 3; and Type III totaled 11, with an acceptable rate of 70.27%. The acceptability rate in test group was higher than the rate in control group. The operation time and fluoroscopic frequency for each screw were decreased, compared with control group. Conclusion The individualized 3D printing navigation template for pedicle screw fixation is easy and safe, with a high success rate in the upper cervical spine

  15. When Planning Screw Fracture Fixation Why the 5.5 mm Screw is the Goldilocks Screw. An Observational Computer Tomographic Study of Fifth Metatarsal Bone Anatomy in a Sample of Patients.

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    Iselin, Lukas D; Ramawat, Sunil; Hanratty, Brian; Klammer, Georg; Stavrou, Peter

    2015-05-01

    We wanted to verify our clinical experience that the 5.5 mm screw was ideal in the majority of fifth metatarsal fracture fixation. The size of a screw is important for the successful surgical treatment of these fractures in order to obtain the maximal stability while reducing the risk for iatrogenic fracture.A sample of patients undergoing computer tomographic imaging of the foot for investigation other than fifth metatarsal pathology were recruited. The parameters of the fifth metatarsal bone anatomy were measured.These parameters of the 5.5 mm screw were correlated with this data. The upper parameter (the diameter of the threads) was 5.5 and the lower parameter (the diameter of the shank) was 4.0 mm.Twenty seven patients were recruited.The proximal third internal diameter ranged from 3.6 to 7.0 mm with a mean of 5.0 mm. 93% of the metatarsals could easily accommodate the 5.5 mm screw. Two of the metatarsals had an internal diameter of < 4 mm (7%).It is our belief that the 5.5 mm screw may be used safely in the majority of patients with fifth metatarsal fractures.

  16. Use of self-tapping metal screws for temporary fixation of a resorbable plate system in maxillofacial surgery.

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    Iwai, Toshinori; Omura, Susumu; Aoki, Noriaki; Tohnai, Iwai

    2015-05-01

    Resorbable plate systems have been used in maxillofacial surgery to obviate the need for plate removal. However, resorbable plates and screws are very costly, and refixation with additional screws may be necessary when reduction or repositioning of the bone segment is inaccurate. Here we report the use of self-tapping metal screws for temporary fixation of a resorbable plating system in maxillofacial surgery to avoid the use of additional screws following inaccurate fixation or the reuse of resorbable screws, which may result in loosening.

  17. The biomechanical effect of artificial and human bone density on stopping and stripping torque during screw insertion.

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    Tsuji, Matthew; Crookshank, Meghan; Olsen, Michael; Schemitsch, Emil H; Zdero, Rad

    2013-06-01

    Orthopedic surgeons apply torque to metal screws manually by "subjective feel" to obtain adequate fracture fixation, i.e. stopping torque, and attempt to avoid accidental over-tightening that leads to screw-bone interface failure, i.e. stripping torque. Few studies have quantified stripping torque in human bone, and only one older study from 1980 reported stopping/ stripping torque ratio. The present aim was to measure stopping and stripping torque of cortical and cancellous screws in artificial and human bone over a wide range of densities. Sawbone blocks were obtained having densities from 0.08 to 0.80g/cm(3). Sixteen fresh-frozen human femurs of known standardized bone mineral density (sBMD) were also used. Using a torque screwdriver, 3.5-mm diameter cortical screws and 6.5-mm diameter cancellous screws were inserted for adequate tightening as determined subjectively by an orthopedic surgeon, i.e. stopping torque, and then further tightened until failure of the screw-bone interface, i.e. stripping torque. There were weak (R=0.25) to strong (R=0.99) linear correlations of absolute and normalized torque vs. density or sBMD. Maximum stopping torques normalized by screw thread area engaged by the host material were 15.2N/mm (cortical screws) and 13.4N/mm (cancellous screws) in sawbone blocks and 20.9N/mm (cortical screws) and 6.1N/mm (cancellous screws) in human femurs. Maximum stripping torques normalized by screw thread area engaged by the host material were 23.4N/mm (cortical screws) and 16.8N/mm (cancellous screws) in sawbone blocks and 29.3N/mm (cortical screws) and 8.3N/mm (cancellous screws) in human femurs. Combined average stopping/ stripping torque ratios were 80.8% (cortical screws) and 76.8% (cancellous screws) in sawbone blocks, as well as 66.6% (cortical screws) and 84.5% (cancellous screws) in human femurs. Surgeons should be aware of stripping torque limits for human femurs and monitor stopping torque during surgery. This is the first study of the

  18. Spinal pedicle screw planning using deformable atlas registration

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    Goerres, J.; Uneri, A.; De Silva, T.; Ketcha, M.; Reaungamornrat, S.; Jacobson, M.; Vogt, S.; Kleinszig, G.; Osgood, G.; Wolinsky, J.-P.; Siewerdsen, J. H.

    2017-04-01

    Spinal screw placement is a challenging task due to small bone corridors and high risk of neurological or vascular complications, benefiting from precision guidance/navigation and quality assurance (QA). Implicit to both guidance and QA is the definition of a surgical plan—i.e. the desired trajectories and device selection for target vertebrae—conventionally requiring time-consuming manual annotations by a skilled surgeon. We propose automation of such planning by deriving the pedicle trajectory and device selection from a patient’s preoperative CT or MRI. An atlas of vertebrae surfaces was created to provide the underlying basis for automatic planning—in this work, comprising 40 exemplary vertebrae at three levels of the spine (T7, T8, and L3). The atlas was enriched with ideal trajectory annotations for 60 pedicles in total. To define trajectories for a given patient, sparse deformation fields from the atlas surfaces to the input (CT or MR image) are applied on the annotated trajectories. Mean value coordinates are used to interpolate dense deformation fields. The pose of a straight trajectory is optimized by image-based registration to an accumulated volume of the deformed annotations. For evaluation, input deformation fields were created using coherent point drift (CPD) to perform a leave-one-out analysis over the atlas surfaces. CPD registration demonstrated surface error of 0.89  ±  0.10 mm (median  ±  interquartile range) for T7/T8 and 1.29  ±  0.15 mm for L3. At the pedicle center, registered trajectories deviated from the expert reference by 0.56  ±  0.63 mm (T7/T8) and 1.12  ±  0.67 mm (L3). The predicted maximum screw diameter differed by 0.45  ±  0.62 mm (T7/T8), and 1.26  ±  1.19 mm (L3). The automated planning method avoided screw collisions in all cases and demonstrated close agreement overall with expert reference plans, offering a potentially valuable tool in support

  19. Occipital condyle screw placement and occipitocervical instrumentation using three-dimensional image-guided navigation.

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    Le, Tien V; Burkett, Clint; Ramos, Edwin; Uribe, Juan S

    2012-05-01

    Occipital condyle (OC) screws are an alternative cephalad fixation point in occipitocervical fusion. Safe placement of occipital, C1 lateral mass, and C2 pars screws have been described previously, but not OC screws. The craniocervical junction is complex, and a thorough understanding of the anatomy is needed. Three-dimensional (3D) image-guided navigation was used in six patients. There were no complications related to image-guided navigation during the placement of 12 OC screws and we found that this navigation can serve as a useful adjunct when placing an OC screw. Technical considerations of placing OC and C1 lateral mass screws are discussed with particular reference to patient positioning and the StealthStation® S7™ image-guided navigational platform (Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN, USA). The reference arc is attached to the head-clamp and faces forward. The optical camera and monitor are positioned at the head of the table for a direct, non-obstructed line-of-sight. To minimize intersegmental movement, the OC should not be drilled until all other screws have been placed. We conclude that 3D image-guided navigation is a useful adjunct that can be safely and effectively used for placement of instrumentation of the upper cervical spine including the OC.

  20. Investigation of a Ball Screw Feed Drive System Based on Dynamic Modeling for Motion Control

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    Yi-Cheng Huang

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper examines the frequency response relationship between the ball screw nut preload, ball screw torsional stiffness variations and table mass effect for a single-axis feed drive system. Identification for the frequency response of an industrial ball screw drive system is very important for the precision motion when the vibration modes of the system are critical for controller design. In this study, there is translation and rotation modes of a ball screw feed drive system when positioning table is actuated by a servo motor. A lumped dynamic model to study the ball nut preload variation and torsional stiffness of the ball screw drive system is derived first. The mathematical modeling and numerical simulation provide the information of peak frequency response as the different levels of ball nut preload, ball screw torsional stiffness and table mass. The trend of increasing preload will indicate the abrupt peak change in frequency response spectrum analysis in some mode shapes. This study provides an approach to investigate the dynamic frequency response of a ball screw drive system, which provides significant information for better control performance when precise motion control is concerned.

  1. Experimental investigation of granule size and shape dynamics in twin-screw granulation.

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    Kumar, Ashish; Vercruysse, Jurgen; Bellandi, Giacomo; Gernaey, Krist V; Vervaet, Chris; Remon, Jean Paul; De Beer, Thomas; Nopens, Ingmar

    2014-11-20

    A twin-screw granulator (TSG), a promising equipment for continuous high shear wet granulation (HSWG), achieves the desired level of mixing by a combination of the appropriate screw configuration and a suitable set of process settings (e.g. feed rate, screw speed, etc.), thus producing a certain granule size and shape distribution (GSSD). However, the primary sizing and shaping mechanism behind the resulting distribution is not well understood due to the opacity of the multiphase system in the granulator. This study experimentally characterised the GSSD dynamics along the TSG barrel length in order to understand the function of individual screw modules and process settings, as well as their interaction. Particle size analysis of granules collected at the outlet of the TSG suggested significant interaction between the process and screw configuration parameters influencing the heterogeneity in the GSSD. By characterising the samples collected along the screw length, a variable influence of the screw modules at different process conditions was observed. At low liquid-to-solid ratio (L/S), the first kneading module seemed to play a significant role in mixing, whereas the second kneading module was found to be more involved in reshaping the granules. At high L/S and high throughput, aggregation mainly took place in the second kneading module changing the GSSD. The results obtained from this study will be further used for the calibration and validation of a mechanistic model and, hence, support future development of a more detailed understanding of the HSWG process in a TSG.

  2. Management of Cannulated Screw Failure and Recurrent SCFE Displacement – Case Report

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    Nathan A Jacobson

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: SCFE occurs in 10 per 100,000 in some regions of the United States with the incidence continuing to increase. Percutaneous screw fixation is a well-accepted treatment for this disorder for over 20 years but management of complications is not well elucidated in the literature. Case Report: We describe a case where a traumatic unstable SCFE that was initially treated with closed reduction and fixation with a single transphyseal screw went on to hardware failure with recurrence of the deformity. The complication was successfully treated with closed reduction and re- cannulating the fractured screw within the epiphysis and extracting it using a conical extraction screw commonly referred to as an “easy out.” Three trans physeal screws were then placed for improved fixation strength. Follow-up at 9 months demonstrates a fused physis and no signs of avascular necrosis of the femoral head. Conclusion: Percutaneous management of SCFE screw breakage is possible utilizing specialized instruments and a precise and gentle manipulation preventing the need for more invasive treatments with their obligatory potential complications profile. Keywords: Hardware Failure, Slip Recurrence, SCFE, Complication, Conical Extraction Screw, Easy Out.

  3. The effect of screw insertion torque on tendons fixed with spiked washers.

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    Beynnon, B D; Meriam, C M; Ryder, S H; Fleming, B C; Johnson, R J

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    The long-term success of a hamstring tendon graft depends not only on the type of device that is used for fixation but also on the mechanical interlocking of the soft tissue between the fixation device and bone. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of screw insertion torque on the structural properties of soft tissue fixed to bone with a spiked metal washer. Two bovine tendons, one similar in size to a human semitendinosus tendon and the other similar in size to a human gracilis tendon, were secured to a bovine femur using a figure-of-8 technique with screws and metal spiked washers. A single load to failure was applied at 25 mm/sec. A significant positive linear correlation was observed between fixation screw insertion torque magnitude and the ultimate failure load value. An increase in the fixation screw insertion torque produced an increase in the ultimate failure load value. Similarly, there was a significant positive linear correlation between fixation screw insertion torque magnitude and the average maximum linear load value. No relationship was detected between screw insertion torque magnitude and the linear stiffness values of the tendon-fixation construct, indicating that a reproducible model was used. This study demonstrates that screw insertion torque is an important variable that controls the initial strength of soft tissue fixation to bone.

  4. Mechanical Comparison of Headless Screw Fixation and Locking Plate Fixation for Talar Neck Fractures.

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    Karakasli, Ahmet; Hapa, Onur; Erduran, Mehmet; Dincer, Cemal; Cecen, Berivan; Havitcioglu, Hasan

    2015-01-01

    For talar neck fractures, open reduction and internal fixation have been thought to facilitate revascularization and prevent osteonecrosis. Newer screw systems allow for placement of cannulated headless screws, which provide compression by virtue of a variable pitch thread. The present study compared the biomechanical fixation strength of cannulated headless variable-pitch screw fixation and locking plate fixation. A reproducible talar neck fracture was created in 14 fresh cadaver talar necks. Talar head fixation was then performed using 2 cannulated headless variable-pitch 4-mm/5-mm diameter (4/5) screws (Acutrak; Acumed, Hillsboro, OR) and locking plate fixation. Headless variable-pitch screw fixation had lower failure displacement than did locking plate fixation. No statistically significant differences were found in failure stiffness, yield stiffness (p = .655), yield load (p = .142), or ultimate load between the 2 fixation techniques. Cannulated headless variable-pitch screw fixation resulted in better failure displacement than locking plate fixation in a cadaveric talus model and could be considered a viable option for talus fracture fixation. Headless, fully threaded, variable-pitch screw fixation has inherent advantages compared with locking plate fixation, because it might cause less damage to the articular surface and can compress the fracture for improved reduction. Additionally, plate fixation can increase the risk of avascular necrosis owing to the wider incision and dissection of soft tissues.

  5. Factors influencing success of cement versus screw-retained implant restorations: a clinical review

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    Ahmad Manawar

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Aim: As more and more dental practitioners are focusing on implant-supported fixed restorations, some clinicians favor the use of cement retained restorations while others consider screw retained prosthesis to be the best choice. Discussion: In screw-retained restorations, the fastening screw provides a solid joint between the restoration and the implant abutment, while in cement-retained prostheses the restorative screw is eliminated to enhance esthetics, occlusal stability, and passive fit of the restorations. The factors that influence the type of fixation of the prostheses to the implants like passivity of the framework, ease of fabrication, occlusion, esthetics, accessibility, retention and retrievability are discussed in this article with scientific studies demonstrating superior outcomes of one technique over another. Screwretained implant restorations have an advantage of predictable retention, retrievability and lack of potentially retained subgingival cement. However, a few disadvantages exist such as precise placement of the implant for optimal and esthetic location of the screw access hole and obtaining passive fit. On the other hand, cement retained restorations eliminate unesthetic screw access holes, have passive fit of castings, reduced complexity of clinical and lab procedures, enhanced esthetics, reduced cost factors and non disrupted morphology of the occlusal table. Conclusion: This article compares the advantages, potential disadvantages and limitations of screw and cement retained restorations and their specific implications in the most common clinical situation.

  6. The use of bovine screws to promote bone formation using a tibia model in dogs

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    Bianchini, Marco Aurélio; Pontual, Marco Antônio B; Bez, Leonardo; Benfatti, César Augusto M; Boabaid, Fernanda; Somerman, Martha J; Magini, Ricardo S

    2013-01-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the use of a unique resorbable bovine bone screw, to stimulate bone formation. Bovine bone screws were inserted in the tibia beagle dogs. Each animal received 8 screws, divided into Groups A (screws + no membranes), B (screws + titanium reinforced membranes) and C (bone defects treated with autogenous bone grafts). Animals were sacrificed at 2, 4 and 6 months. New bone was measured with a periodontal probe and reported an average of 7.4 mm in vertical bone gain for Group B, 3.6 mm for Group A and 1.7 mm for Group C. Submission to Kruskal-Wallis test showed statistical differences between groups (p<0,05). Histological examination revealed an intimate contact between the newly formed bone and the resorbing bone screws. Conclusion: Bovine bone screws provide environment for new bone formation and thus may provide an alternative therapy for enhancing bone formation vertically, including for regenerative procedures as well as prior to implant therapy. PMID:23058228

  7. Evaluations of Flow and Mixing Efficiency in the Kneading Disks of a Novel Tri-Screw Extruder

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    X. Z. Zhu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The forward or backward stagger angles of the kneading disks have great effects on configures of the special center region along axial length in a novel tri-screw extruder. In this paper, the flow and mixing of a nonNewtonian polyethylene in kneading disks of a tri-screw extruder were simulated using three-dimensional finite element modeling based on mesh superposition technique. Three types of kneading disks, neutral stagger, staggered 30° forward and staggered 30° reverse were considered for the tri-screw extruder. The effects of stagger angles of kneading disks on the flow pattern in the tri-screw extruder were investigated. Moreover, at different stagger angles, the dispersive and distributive mixing efficiencies in the kneading disks of the tri-screw extruder and the twin-screw extruder were calculated and compared by means of mean shear rate, stretching rates, maximal stress magnitudes, mixing index, residence time distribution (RTD and logarithm of area stretch. It is found that increasing the stagger angles decreases the axial velocities of polymer melt in the center region for the tri-screw extruder. The staggered 30° reverse is relatively reasonable for the tri-screw extruder and neutral stagger for the twin-screw extruder for the mixing efficiency. In comparison, the kneading disks in the tri-screw extruder have higher distributive and dispersive mixing efficiencies than those in the twin-screw extruder with the same stagger angles.

  8. Bacterial adherence to titanium, poly-L-lactic acid, and composite hydroxyapatite and poly-L-lactic acid interference screws.

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    Masini, Brendan D; Stinner, Daniel J; Waterman, Scott M; Wenke, Joseph C; Gerlinger, Tad L

    2012-01-01

    This study investigates a potential site of bacterial adherence, the implant surface, comparing titanium, poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), and composite hydroxyapatite and poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA-HA) interference screws using a bioluminescent in vitro model. Interference screws of three materials, titanium (Arthrex, Naples, FL), bioabsorbable poly-L-lactic acid (BIORCI, Smith & Nephew, Andover, MA), and bioabsorbable composite hydroxyapatite and poly-L-lactic acid (BIORCI-HA, Smith & Nephew, Andover, MA) were immersed in a broth of bioluminescent Staphylococcus aureus. The screws were irrigated and then imaged with a photon-capturing camera system yielding a total photon count correlating with residual adherent bacteria. The titanium screws had the lowest mean total bacterial counts followed by the PLLA-HA screws and with the PLLA screws having the highest mean total counts. The difference in means between the titanium group and the PLLA group was statistically significant (p bacterial adherence than comparable bioabsorbable PLLA screws.

  9. Error rate of multi-level rapid prototyping trajectories for pedicle screw placement in lumbar and sacral spine

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    Matjaz Merc; Igor Drstvensek; Matjaz Vogrin; Tomaz Brajlih; Tomaz Friedrich; Gregor Recnik

    2014-01-01

    Objective:Free-hand pedicle screw placement has a high incidence of pedicle perforation which can be reduced with fluoroscopy,navigation or an alternative rapid prototyping drill guide template.In our study the error rate of multi-level templates for pedicle screw placement in lumbar and sacral regions was evaluated.Methods:A case series study was performed on 11 patients.Seventy-two screws were implanted using multilevel drill guide templates manufactured with selective laser sintering.According to the optimal screw direction preoperatively defined,an analysis of screw misplacement was performed.Displacement,deviation and screw length difference were measured.The learning curve was also estimated.Results:Twelve screws (17%) were placed more than 3.125 mm out of its optimal position in the centre of pedicle.The tip of the 16 screws (22%) was misplaced more than 6.25 mm out of the predicted optimal position.According to our predefined goal,19 screws (26%) were implanted inaccurately.In 10 cases the screw length was selected incorrectly:1 (1%) screw was too long and 9 (13%) were too short.No clinical signs of neurovascular lesion were observed.Learning curve was insignificantly noticeable (P=0.129).Conclusion:In our study,the procedure of manufacturing and applying multi-level drill guide templates has a 26% chance of screw misplacement.However,that rate does not coincide with pedicle perforation incidence and neurovascular injury.These facts along with a comparison to compatible studies make it possible to summarize that multi-level templates are satisfactorily accurate and allow precise screw placement with a clinically irrelevant mistake factor.Therefore templates could potentially represent a useful tool for routine pedicle screw placement.

  10. Bicortical screw fixation of distal fibula fractures with a lateral plate: an anatomic and biomechanical study of a new technique.

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    Milner, Brenton F; Mercer, Deana; Firoozbakhsh, Keikhosrow; Larsen, Kenna; Decoster, Thomas A; Miller, Richard A

    2007-01-01

    One of the potential drawbacks of lateral plating of distal fibula fractures is less than satisfactory fixation of unicortical screws commonly placed in the distal fragment to avoid implant penetration of the ankle joint. This study examines the anatomy of the distal fibula, proposes new techniques for bicortical screw fixation and radiographic evaluation of screw placement, and compares pullout strength of unicortical versus bicortical screws in this area. Sixteen pairs of human cadaver feet were used in this study. It was found that a large percentage of the surface area of the distal fibula is nonarticular and that the distal fibula could be divided into 3 zones with distinct anatomic features. Zone I is defined as the distal most 1.5 cm of the fibula, zone II is the next 1 cm of fibula proximal to zone I, and zone III is defined as the fibula above the ankle joint, starting at just over 2.5 cm proximal to the tip of the fibula. We determined a safe corridor for bicortical screw placement by means of a lateral plate in each zone. An improved radiographic view is described for confirmation of extraarticular screw placement. Screw pullout testing was performed on 8 pairs of fresh-frozen human cadaver fibulas. In both zone I and zone II, the bicortical screw fixation was significantly stronger than the unicortical screw fixation. In zone I, the average pullout strength for the bicortical screw fixation was 2.3 times higher than the unicortical screw fixation. In zone II, the average pullout strength for the bicortical screw fixation was 3.3 times higher than the unicortical screw fixation. This study shows that not only is bicortical screw placement in the distal fibula technically feasible, but it is also biomechanically stronger than unicortical placement in this area.

  11. Applied anatomy of the lower cervical pedicle screw insertion

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    LI Xing-guo; LIU Zong-liang; HE Yun; ZHAO Yan; ZOU Zhi-rong; ZHANG Peng; LUO Ji-hong; GUO Yong-fu; ZHANG Yang-jie; ZHANG Yu-ran

    2007-01-01

    Objective: To ascertain an accurate approach to inserting the pedicle screw into C3-C7 segments of the cervical vertebra.Methods: Anatomic morphology of lateral mass and pedicle, and their anatomic relationship with the adjacent tissue were observed on C3-C7 segments of 25 adult embalmed cadavers (50 sides).Results: 1 ) The inferior edge of the base of the posterior tubercle of the transverse process and the inferior edge of the pedicle were connected with each other on 25 adult embalmed cadavers (50 sides ). The transverse section which passed through the median point between the superior edge and the inferior edge of the base of the posterior tubercle of the transverse process, and the transverse section which passed through the central axis between the superior edge and the inferior edge of the pedicle, were in the same horizontal plane. The superior and inferior position of placing the pedicle screw was determined by this transverse section, which passed through the median point between the superior and the inferior edge of the base of the posterior tubercle of the transverse process. 2 ) There was a directed internaldownwards "triangular sulcule" between the base of the posterior tubercle of the transverse process and the anterolateral edge of the inferior articular process. The anterior wall of the triangular sulcule was the base of the posterior tubercle of the transverse process, the posterior wall was the anterolateral edge of the inferior articular process, and the bottom of the sulcule was connected with the interior edge of the pedicle. The vertical length between the top of triangle and the planes of inferior edge of the pedicle was (2.78 ± 1.71 ) mm. The inferior edge of the cervical pedicle could be detected using a blunt probe along the "triangular sulcule" between the base of the posterior tubercle of the transverse process and the anterolateral edge of the inferior articular process in surgical operation. 3 )The lateral fovea of the articular

  12. Rotating Optical Tubes: An Archimedes' Screw for Atoms

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    Rsheed, Anwar Al; Aldossary, Omar M; Lembessis, Vassilis E

    2016-01-01

    The classical dynamics of a cold atom trapped inside a vertical rotating helical optical tube (HOT) is investigated by taking also into account the gravitational field. The resulting equations of motion are solved numerically. The rotation induces a vertical motion for an atom initially at rest. The motion is a result of the action of two inertial forces, namely the centrifugal force and the Coriolis force. Both inertial forces force the atom to rotate in a direction opposite to that of the angular velocity of the HOT. The frequency and the turning points of the atom's global oscillation can be controlled by the value and the direction of the angular velocity of the HOT. However, at large values of the angular velocity of the HOT the atom can escape from the global oscillation and be transported along the axis of the HOT. In this case, the rotating HOT operates as an Optical Archimedes' Screw (OAS) for atoms.

  13. [Mechanical circulatory assist using a miniaturized Archimedes screw].

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    von Segesser, L K; Bisang, B; Leskosek, B; Turina, M

    1991-01-01

    An axial flow blood pump (Archimedes screw) for intraarterial left ventricular assist was evaluated in comparison to standard roller pump left heart bypass (LHBP) in 13 bovine experiments (bodyweight 74 +/- 15 kg). Full systemic heparinization (ACT greater than 500 s) was used for LHBP in comparison to limited systemic heparinization (ACT greater than 180 s) for axial. A standard battery of blood samples was taken before and at regular intervals throughout perfusion: (table; see text) Transarterial access and relatively limited blood trauma appear to be the main advantages of the evaluated axial flow blood pump. However, the impossibility to assess the pump flow may be a major problem for the management of the failing left ventricle.

  14. Assessment of a percutaneous iliosacral screw insertion simulator

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    Tonetti, J; Girard, P; Dubois, M; Merloz, P; Troccaz, Jocelyne; 10.1016/j.otsr.2009.07.005

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Navigational simulator use for specialized training purposes is rather uncommon in orthopaedic and trauma surgery. However, it reveals providing a valuable tool to train orthopaedic surgeons and help them to plan complex surgical procedures. PURPOSE: This work's objective was to assess educational efficiency of a path simulator under fluoroscopic guidance applied to sacroiliac joint percutaneous screw fixation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We evaluated 23 surgeons' accuracy inserting a guide-wire in a human cadaver experiment, following a pre-established procedure. These medical trainees were defined in three prospective respects: novice or skilled; with or without theoretical knowledge; with or without surgical procedure familiarity. Analysed criteria for each tested surgeon included the number of intraoperative X-rays taken in order to achieve the surgical procedure as well as an iatrogenic index reflecting the surgeon's ability to detect any hazardous trajectory at the time of performing said procedu...

  15. Computer-Aided Design System for CP Single-Screw Compressor

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    SHEN Jing-feng; YAO Fu-sheng

    2006-01-01

    To design various optimum parameters and simulate the working process of CP single-screw compressor,the Computer-Aided Design(CAD)system for the CP singlescrew compressor has been established.A new method based on computer graphics technology,database technology,object-oriented programming technology,and visual simulation technology has been adopted in this CAD system.The system has integrated solid modeling function with parameterization design function and animator simulation function based on analyzing the working principle of the CP single-screw compressor.The experimental results show fhat the CAD system for the CP single-screw compressor is practical and feasible.

  16. Subtrochanteric femur fracture after removal of screws for femoral neck fracture in a child.

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    Song, Kwang Soon; Lee, Si Wook

    2015-01-01

    Displaced femoral neck fractures are rare in children and are associated with a high rate of complications. Subtrochanteric fractures after cannulated screw fixation of femoral neck fractures in adults are well recognized, and there are several reports on the topic. However, there are no reports on complications related to hardware or subtrochanteric fractures after removal of the screws in the treatment of femoral neck fractures in children. Here we report the case of a 10-year-old boy who sustained a subtrochanteric fracture after the screw removal and healing that followed a femoral neck fracture.

  17. The use of twin screw extruders for feeding coal against pressures of up to 1500 PSI

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    Wiedmann, W.; Mack, W. A.

    1977-01-01

    Recent tests with a twin-screw, co-rotating extruder which was successfully used to convey and feed coal against pressures of up to 1500 psi are described. Intermeshing and self-wiping, co-rotating twin-screws give greatly improved conveying and pressure built-up capabilities and avoid hangup and eventual decomposition of coal particles in the screw flights. The conveying action of intermeshing, self-wiping, co-rotating extruder systems approaches that of a positive displacement pump. With this feature, it is possible to maintain very accurate control over all aspects of product conveyance in the extruder, i.e., intake, conveyance and pressure buildup.

  18. Analysis of Indicator Diagrams of a Water Injected Twin-shaft Screw-type Expander

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    Nikolov, Alexander; Brümmer, Andreas

    2016-01-01

    Twin-shaft screw-type expanders offer a high potential for energy conversion in the lower and medium power range, for instance as expansion engines in Rankine cycles for exhaust heat recovery. With regard to minimizing internal leakages and lubricating moving machine parts, an auxiliary liquid or liquid working fluid can be fed to the screw expander. In this paper, indicator diagrams of a twin-shaft screw-type expander prototype designed at the Chair of Fluidics at TU Dortmund University are ...

  19. Pedicale screw system plus ACPC perfusion to treat fractures of thoracolumbar vertebrae

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    2001-01-01

    @@In recent years the pedicle screw system has been widely used in treating thoracolumbar vertebral fractures. The effect to recover the injured vertebrae height, the spinal physiological curve and to decompress vertebral canal has been confirmed. But the problems of internal fixation bending, loosening and breaking, which result in the loss of the vertebral height and spinal angulation deformity, are quite common and cause a lot of difficulties for surgeons. To solve these problems and decrease the sequelae from treating thoracolumbar vertebrae fractures with vertebral pedicle screw system, we have tried using vertebral pedicle screw system plus ACPC perfusion to treat 18patients with thoracolumbar vertebral fractures.Satisfactory results have been obtained.

  20. Deformations of the spin currents by topological screw dislocation and cosmic dispiration

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    Wang, Jianhua [School of Physics Science, Shaanxi University of Technology, Hanzhong 723000, Shaanxi (China); Ma, Kai, E-mail: makainca@gmail.com [School of Physics Science, Shaanxi University of Technology, Hanzhong 723000, Shaanxi (China); Li, Kang [Department of Physics, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou 310036, Zhejiang (China); Fan, Huawei [School of Physics and Information Technology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xian 710000, Shaanxi (China)

    2015-11-15

    We study the spin currents induced by topological screw dislocation and cosmic dispiration. By using the extended Drude model, we find that the spin dependent forces are modified by the nontrivial geometry. For the topological screw dislocation, only the direction of spin current is bent by deforming the spin polarization vector. In contrast, the force induced by cosmic dispiration could affect both the direction and magnitude of the spin current. As a consequence, the spin-Hall conductivity does not receive corrections from screw dislocation.

  1. Plastification of polymers in twin-screw-extruders: New visualization technic using high-speed imaging

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    Knieper, A., E-mail: Alexander.Knieper@lbf.fraunhofer.de, E-mail: Christian.Beinert@lbf.fraunhofer.de; Beinert, C., E-mail: Alexander.Knieper@lbf.fraunhofer.de, E-mail: Christian.Beinert@lbf.fraunhofer.de [Group Polymer Processing, Division Plastics, Fraunhofer-Institute LBF (Germany)

    2014-05-15

    The initial melting of the first granules through plastic energy dissipation (PED) at the beginning of the melting zone, in the co-rotating twin-screw extruder is visualized in this work. The visualization was created through the use of a high speed camera in the cross section of the melting zone. The parameters screw speed, granule-temperature, temperature-profile, type of polymer and back pressure were examined. It was shown that the screw speed and the temperature-profile have significant influence on the rate of initial melting.

  2. Establishment and Analysis of the Finite Element Model on Atlantoaxial Instability%上颈椎不稳有限元模型的建立及分析

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    于洋; 李名武; 董明岩; 郭群峰; 陈金水; 倪斌

    2014-01-01

    Objective To establish the three-dimensional finite element model of atlantoaxial instability and explore its clinical significance. Methods By first establishing the three-dimensional nonlinear finite element model of the normal upper cervical spine, on the basis of which clinical cases of cervical vertebra instability were combined, the three-dimensional finite element model of the up-per cervical instability was established and finite element analysis was carried out through the application of the finite element software. In flexion, extension, lateral flexion, rotation and other conditions, the differences of activity between normal model and dislocation model were measured and compared. Results The established finite element model was clear in appearance and had good geometric similarity. The activity of the upper cervical instability model was increased apparently compared with the normal upper cervical spine model, which was consistent with the in vitro biomechanical experimental results. Conclusion The establishment of the three-dimen-sional finite element model provides a convenient and accurate method. The nonlinear three-dimensional finite element model of upper cervical instability can better simulate the clinical cases, so as to guide the clinical treatment strategy.%目的:建立上颈椎不稳的三维有限元模型,并探索其临床治疗的意义。方法首先建立上颈椎正常的三维非线性有限元模型,在此基础上结合临床上的颈椎不稳病例,通过有限元软件的应用,建立上颈椎不稳的三维有限元模型并进行有限元分析。在屈、伸、侧屈、旋转等工况下,测量并比较上颈椎脱位模型与正常上颈椎模型的活动度(ROM)差异。结果所建上颈椎有限元模型外观清晰逼真,几何相似性良好。上颈椎不稳模型各个工况下的活动度与正常上颈椎模型相比明显增大,与体外生物力学实验结果基本吻合。结论有限元三维

  3. Posterior lumbar inter-body fusion (PLIF) using autogenous bone and cage with pedicle screw instrumentation versus PLIF using cage with pedicle screw instrumentation in adult spondylolisthesis

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    Dou Yusheng; Hao Dingjun; Wen Shiming

    2005-01-01

    Objective: To compare the clinical outcomes of PLIF using autogenous bone and cage with pedicle screw fixation (group 2) and simple cage fusion with pedicle screw fixation (group 1) in adult spondylolisthesis.Methods: 27 patients with minimum follow-up of 24 months, treated by inter-body fusion with pedicle screw fixation were prospectively studied. Disc space height, degree of slippage and fusion rate had been compared before and after operation between the two groups. Results: After minimum 24 month's follow-up, there was no significant difference between the two groups in terms of the amount of blood loss, duration of hospital stay, back pain,radiating pain, fusion rate, or complication (P>0.05). however, there was a significant difference between the two groups in terms of disc space height and percentage of slippage (P<0.05). Conclusion: PLIF using autogenous bone and cage with pedicle screw fixation more beneifical to improve fusion rate and prevent long-term instabilities than simple cage fusion with pedicle screw fixation in adult spondylolisthesis.

  4. Monoaxial Pedicle Screws Are Superior to Polyaxial Pedicle Screws and the Two Pin External Fixator for Subcutaneous Anterior Pelvic Fixation in a Biomechanical Analysis

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    Rahul Vaidya

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. Comparison of monoaxial and polyaxial screws with the use of subcutaneous anterior pelvic fixation. Methods. Four different groups each having 5 constructs were tested in distraction within the elastic range. Once that was completed, 3 components were tested in torsion within the elastic range, 2 to torsional failure and 3 in distraction until failure. Results. The pedicle screw systems showed higher stiffness (4.008 ± 0.113 Nmm monoaxial, 3.638 ± 0.108 Nmm Click-x; 3.634 ± 0.147 Nmm Pangea than the exfix system (2.882 ± 0.054 Nmm in distraction. In failure testing, monoaxial pedicle screw system was stronger (360 N than exfixes (160 N and polyaxial devices which failed if distracted greater than 4 cm (157 N Click-x or 138 N Pangea. The exfix had higher peak torque and torsional stiffness than all pedicle systems. In torsion, the yield strengths were the same for all constructs. Conclusion. The infix device constructed with polyaxial or monoaxial pedicle screws is stiffer than the 2 pin external fixator in distraction testing. In extreme cases, the use of reinforcement or monoaxial systems which do not fail even at 360 N is a better option. In torsional testing, the 2 pin external fixator is stiffer than the pedicle screw systems.

  5. Langerhans cell histiocytosis of atlantoaxial joint in a middle-aged man presenting with deafness as first symptom and soft-tissue mass at neck showing excellent response to radiotherapy alone: Report of an extremely rare and unusual clinical condition and review of literature

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    Mondal, Dodul; Julka, P. K.; Jana, Manisha; Walia, Ritika; Chaudhuri, Tamojit

    2014-01-01

    Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a disorder of clonal proliferation of dendritic cell mainly occurring in children. Spine involvement is rare. This usually presents with pain and torticollis when neck is involved. Histopathology with immunohistochemistry is confirmatory. Local curative therapy with excision or curettage is used for localized disease. Radiotherapy is usually reserved for selected cases. Systemic chemotherapy is the treatment of choice for widespread systemic disease. In this article, we present an unusual presentation of atlantoaxial LCH with mastoid involvement resulting in hearing loss as the first symptom and quadruparesis in a middle aged male patient, which was also associated with soft-tissue mass at the nape of the neck and deafness. The patient was treated with radical radiotherapy, which provided excellent response to the disease. Involvement of atlantoaxial joint and temporal bone associated with soft-tissue mass neck and deafness in a middle-aged man is an extremely rare clinical situation. PMID:25506166

  6. Do Newer-Generation Bioabsorbable Screws Become Incorporated into Bone at Two Years After ACL Reconstruction with Patellar Tendon Graft?

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    Cox, Charles L.; Spindler, Kurt P.; Leonard, James P.; Morris, Brent J.; Dunn, Warren R.; Reinke, Emily K.

    2014-01-01

    Background: Bioabsorbable interference screws are used frequently for graft fixation in ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction. The resorption properties of many available screws that are marketed as bioabsorbable are not well defined. The CALAXO (Smith & Nephew Endoscopy) and MILAGRO (DePuy Synthes) bioabsorbable screws contain polymers of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) plus additives to encourage osseointegration over time. The purpose of this study was to evaluate radiographic and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) properties and compare patient-reported outcomes at a minimum of two years of follow-up after ACL reconstruction using CALAXO or MILAGRO bioabsorbable interference screws. Methods: A cohort of patients who underwent ACL reconstruction in which the fixation used was either CALAXO or MILAGRO screws returned for repeat radiographs for evaluation of tunnel widening, repeat MRI for evaluation of graft integrity and screw breakdown, and completion of the pain and symptom items of the KOOS (Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score) questionnaire. Results: At a mean of three years (range, 2.5 to 4.0 years) after surgery, thirty-one patients with sixty-two CALAXO screws and thirty-six patients with seventy-two MILAGRO screws returned for repeat evaluation. Two blinded, independent reviewers found no significant differences between the two screw types when comparing radiographs for tibial or femoral tunnel widening or MRIs for graft integrity, tibial and femoral foreign body reactions, or femoral screw degradation. Both reviewers found a significant difference between the two screw types when comparing tibial screw degradation properties (p MILAGRO screws were more likely to be rated as intact. No significant differences were noted between the two screw types when comparing the two KOOS subscales. Conclusions: CALAXO screws in the tibial tunnel were more likely to be rated as degraded or partially degraded compared with MILAGRO screws at a mean

  7. The results of ankle arthrodesis with screws for end stage ankle arthrosis.

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    Torudom, Yingyong

    2010-02-01

    Aim of this study was to evaluate the results of ankle arthrodesis with screws in patients with ankle arthrosis. The author studied 19 patients (20 feet) who had been treated by ankle arthrodesis with screws from 2003 to 2008. Ten patients were men (11 feet) and nine (9 feet) were women. Their mean age was 56 years (30 to 65), and the average duration of follow-up was four years (2 to 6). Two compression screws were used in all feet. Union was achieved in 19 of the 20 feet (95%). Average scores for pain and clinical condition are increase after operation. One re-operation was performed for nonunion. Author conclude that ankle arthrodesis with screws was effective treatment for ankle arthrosis.

  8. Gas flow through the clearances of screw spindle vacuum pumps; Gasspaltstroemungen in Schraubenspindel-Vakuumpumpen

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    Kauder, K.; Wenderott, D. [Dortmund Univ. (Germany). FG Fluidenergiemaschinen

    1998-12-31

    The documentation `Schraubenmaschinen` deals with the subject `screw spindle vacuum pump` for the first time. Therefore, this paper presents the type of maschine `screw spindle vacuum pump`, fixes its limits to the better known screw type compressor and finally classifies it in the crossover of vacuum-technology, characteristic geometry and the numerical simulation. The suggested reflections to choose a proper model of flow are based on the geometry of the screw spindle vacuum pump and fundamentals concerning the vacuum-technology and the state of flow. (orig.) [Deutsch] Die Schriftenreihe `Schraubenmaschinen` behandelt erstmals das Thema `Schraubenspindel-Vakuumpumpe`. Aus diesem Grund stellt der vorliegende Beitrag den Maschinentyp Schraubenspindel-Vakuumpumpe vor, grenzt ihn zur bekannteren Schraubenmaschine ab und ordnet ihn in der Schnittmenge aus Vakuumtechnik, charakteristischer Maschinengeometrie und der Simulation ein. Auf den vakuumtechnischen und stroemungstechnischen Grundlagen sowie geometrischen Betrachtungen basieren die genannten Ueberlegungen zur Auswahl geeigneter Stroemungsmodelle. (orig.)

  9. Extracapsular hip fractures: fixation with a twin hook or a lag screw?

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    Olsson, O; Ceder, L; Lunsjö, K; Hauggaard, A

    2000-01-01

    The twin hook, which has 2 oppositely directed apical hooks, is an alternative to the lag screw for use with a 'dynamic plate' in the fixation of trochanteric hip fractures. In this prospective study lasting 1 year, 102 consecutive patients with trochanteric hip fractures were treated by 19 surgeons with either a twin hook or a lag screw combined with a conventional sliding hip screw plate or a Medoff sliding plate. Seven intraoperative errors were made with the twin hook but postoperative migration did not differ significantly between the 2 groups. Postoperative fixation failures were equally distributed between the 2 groups. The twin hook provides adequate fixation, which is comparable to that produced by a lag screw.

  10. A study of the bone healing kinetics of plateau versus screw root design titanium dental implants.

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    Leonard, Gary

    2009-03-01

    This study was designed to compare the bone healing process around plateau root from (PRF) and screw root from (SRF) titanium dental implants over the immediate 12 week healing period post implant placement.

  11. Magnesium-Based Compression Screws: A Novelty in the Clinical Use of Implants

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    Seitz, Jan-Marten; Lucas, Arne; Kirschner, Martin

    2016-04-01

    Magnesium alloys are currently subject to much research for use in biodegradable implant applications. The challenge in this field of material development comprises the design of an alloy that provides adequate mechanical and corrosion properties combined with an excellent biocompatibility. While there are many approaches in current literature only one Mg-based application shows the potential to hit the market. MAGNEZIX® Compression Screws are the world's first approved/CE-certified magnesium-based implants designed for use in biodegradable osteosyntheses applications in humans. Therefore, this paper focusses on challenges and current clinical results achieved by means of degradable compression screws. Insights into the screws' process chain and approval processes are given. As these innovative screws have already been on the market for 2 years long-term results based on their use in surgery are discussed.

  12. ADOLESCENT IDIOPATHIC SCOLIOSIS: EVALUATION ON THE EFFECT OF SCREW DENSITY IN THE CORRECTION

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    Enguer Beraldo Garcia

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objective: The objective was to investigate implant density or the number of screws correlated with the correction of the main curve in patients undergoing surgery for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS. Methods: We evaluated 112 medical records: 33 patients with screw density of up to 50%, and 79 patients with a density of 100%; all patients underwent surgical correction by posterior approach with transpedicular fixation. Results: In the group of patients with screw density of up to 50% the residual Cobb median was 10°; in the group with 100% density, the median was 7°. Conclusion: Biostatistical analysis showed that the group with up to 50% of screw density presented correction rate of 82.1% and the group with 100% density had correction of about 86.8%. It is therefore concluded that the difference is statistically significant in favor of the fixation with 100% density (p =0.010.

  13. In vivo study of extracellular matrix coating enhancing fixation of the pedicle screw-bone's interface

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    LIU Guo-min; ZHANG Xing-yi; XU Chuan-jie; ZHU Xiao-min; WANG Jun; LIU Yi

    2011-01-01

    Background Based on in vivo research on the effect of the coating of the extracellular matrix composition of pedicle screws on the conduction and induction of bone formation in young sheep,the aim of this study was to investigate the application of coated pedicle screws in sheep with scoliosis whose spines are under constant development.Methods Four groups of pedicle screws were randomly implanted into bilateral L2-L5 pedicles of 2.5- to 3-month-old sheep.A static experiment was performed on one side and a loading test was performed on the other side by implanting connecting rods at the L2-L3 and L4-L5 segments.The changes in the force on the coated screws and the combination of the surface of the coated screws with the surrounding bone in the growth process of young sheep's spines with aging were observed.After 3 months,the lumbar vertebrae with the screws were removed and examined by micro-CT,histological,and biomechanical analyses.Results Under nonloading conditions,there is bone formation around the surfaces of coated screws.The bone forming on the surface of collagen/chondroitin sulfate/hydroxyapatite coating of pedicle screws is the most,the one of the collagen / chondrcitin sulfate coating and hydroxyapatite coating is followed,and no significant difference between the two groups.In terms of the trabecular bone morphology parameters of the region of interest around the surface of the pedicle screws,such as bone mineral content,bone mineral density,tissue mineral content,tissue bone mineral density,bone volume fraction,and connection density,those associated with collagen/chondroitin sulfate/hydroxyapatite coatings are largest and those unassociated with coatings are smallest.Under nonloading conditions,the pullout strength of the collagen/chondroitin sulfate/hydroxyapatite-coated screws was largest,and that of the uncoated screws was minimal (P <0.01).Under loading conditions,the maximum pullout strength of each group of pedicle screws was less than that

  14. Study of Bone-screw Surface Fixation in Lumbar Dynamic Stabilization

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    Yun-Gang Luo; Tao Yu; Guo-Min Liu; Nan Yang

    2015-01-01

    Background:We aimed to use the animal model of dynamic fixation to examine the interaction of the pedicle screw surface with surrounding bone,and determine whether pedicle screws achieve good mechanical stability in the vertebrae.Methods:Twenty-four goats aged 2-3 years had Cosmic(R) pedicle screws implanted into both sides of the L2-L5 pedicles.Twelve goats in the bilateral dynamic fixation group had fixation rods implanted in L2-L3 and L4-L5.Twelve goats in the unilateral dynamic fixation group had fixation rods randomly fixed on one side of the lumbar spine.The side that was not implanted with fixation rods was used as a static control group.Results:In the static control group,new bone was formed around the pedicle screw and on the screw surface.In the unilateral and bilateral dynamic fixation groups,large amounts of connective tissue formed between and around the screw threads,with no new bone formation on the screw surface; the pedicle screws were loose after the fixed rods were removed.The bone mineral density and morphological parameters of the region of interest (ROI) in the unilateral and bilateral dynamic fixation group were not significantly different (P > 0.05),but were lower in the fixed groups than the static control group (P < 0.05).This showed the description bone of the ROI in the static control group was greater than in the fixation groups.Under loading conditions,the pedicle screw maximum pull force was not significantly different between the bilateral and unilateral dynamic fixation groups (P > 0.05); however the maximum pull force of the fixation groups was significantly less than the static control group (P < 0.01).Conclusions:Fibrous connective tissue formed at the bone-screw interface under unilateral and bilateral pedicle dynamic fixation,and the pedicle screws lost mechanical stability in the vertebrae.

  15. Design of three-dimensional visualization based on the posterior lumbar pedicle screw fixation

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    Kai XU

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective To establish a three-dimensional visualization model of posterior lumbar pedicle screw fixation.Methods A patient with lumbar intervertebral disc hernia and another patient with compression fracture of lumbar vertebra were involved in the present study.Both patients underwent multi-slice spiral CT scan before and after lumbar pedicle screw fixation.The degree of preoperative vertebral compression,vertebral morphology before and after surgery,postoperative pedicle screw position,and decompression effects were observed.The original data of the multi-slice spiral CT were inputted into the computer.The three-dimensional reconstructed images of the lumbar and implanted screws were obtained using the software Amira 4.1 to show the three-dimensional shape of the lumbar vertebrae before and after surgery and the location of the implanted screws.Results The morphology and structure of the lumbar vertebrae before and after surgery and of the implanted screws were reconstructed using the digital navigation platform.The reconstructed 3D images could be displayed in multicolor,transparent,or arbitrary combinations.In the 3D surface reconstruction images,the location and structure of the implanted screws could be clearly observed,and the decompression of the spinal cord or nerve roots and the severity of the fracture and the compression of lumbar vertebrae could be fully evaluated.The reconstructed images before operation revealed the position of the vertebral pedicles and provided reference for intraoperative localization.Conclusions The three-dimensional computerized reconstructions of lumbar pedicle screw fixation may be valuable in basic research,clinical experiment,and surgical planning.The software Amira is one of the bases of three-dimensional reconstruction.

  16. Mechanical behaviour of aluminum screws. Pt. 2. Cyclic behaviour; Tragfaehigkeit von Aluminiumschrauben. T. 2. Zyklische Tragfaehigkeit

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    Weber, J.O. [Deutscher Schraubenverband, Hagen (Germany); Marx, T. [Adam Opel AG, Ruesselsheim (Germany); Berger, C. [Zentrum fuer Konstruktionswerkstoffe, Institut fuer Werkstoffkunde der Technischen Universitaet Darmstadt (Germany); Arz, U.

    2011-03-15

    This article is the second part of a description of the mechanical behaviour of aluminum screws. The first part describes the mechanical behaviour under static conditions, while the second part details the cyclic behaviour. An overview of the influences to the cyclic behaviour of high strength aluminum screws made of the wrought alloys EN AW 6013, EN AW 6056 and EN AW 7075 is given. In some cases values for EN AW 6082 are presented.

  17. Pseudoaneurysm of profunda femoris artery following dynamic hip screw fixation for intertrochanteric femoral fracture

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    Shailendra Singh; Sumit Arora; Ankit Thora; Ram Mohan; Sumit Sural; Anil Dhal

    2013-01-01

    Dynamic hip screw fixation is a commonly performed procedure for internal fixation of intertrochanteric femoral fractures.Arterial injury following the operative fixation is a rare but serious event.We present a patient who developed pseudoaneurysm of profunda femoris artery after internal fixation of intertrochanteric fracture with a dynamic hip screw.The diagnosis was confirmed by angiographic study and it was successfully treated by coil embolization.

  18. Analysis of human mandibular mechanics based on screw theory and in vivo data.

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    Gal, J A; Gallo, L M; Palla, S; Murray, G; Klineberg, I

    2004-09-01

    In this paper the mechanics of human mandibular function is described in terms of the associated screws. The two distinct, yet related features of jaw mechanics, involving the motion itself as well as the forces, are both functions of the anatomical constraints, namely the contact areas that exist within the temporomandibular joint, and the forces of the muscles and tendons that allow motion to occur. The relationships that exist between these two aspects of jaw-motion are identified in this paper showing that muscle forces can be uniquely represented in terms of the action screw. This new approach to analyzing the mechanics of jaw-motion also incorporates the previously studied motion screw or helical axis. A consistent dynamic model is formulated where the action screw is used to represent the action of the closing muscle forces while the moment arms of the muscle forces are determined about the motion screw representing mandibular kinematics. The action screw formulation is verified using in vivo motion data and MR image information for a single asymptomatic subject. The results confirm the feasibility of the method and its application in dental research. A general increase in the mechanical advantage of most muscles, in the distance between action and motion screws as well as in the expended energy towards the end of the jaw-closing phase was observed. Asymmetries in the distribution of muscle force magnitudes appeared to influence the resultant force and moment of the action screw but had little effect on its spatial location. The method presented is intended to facilitate understanding of mandibular function and dysfunction.

  19. Edge screw withdrawal resistance in conventional particleboard and OSB: Influence of the particles type

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    Miljković Jovan

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available This research was based on presumption that the changes in size and shape of wood particles are expected to have certain impact on the particleboard quality in general. Since the conventional particleboard (PB and oriented strand board (OSB were built of the quite diverse wood particles, they present interesting specimens in the comparison tests. In this work, the influence of the wood particles type on the edge screw holding performance of conventional particleboard and OSB was investigated. Those tests were obtained with the screw diameters of 4.0 mm, 4.5 mm and 5 mm. Depth of embedment was 30 mm for all tests and with the pilot-hole diameter kept in the range of 80-90% in respect of the screw root diameter. Additional tests of the thickness density profile and tensile strength perpendicular to the surface of the board were conducted. Since the middle layer structure of the particleboard embeds the screw body, both mentioned parameters are considered important in the aspect of the quality of the edge screw holding performance. In order to have further insight into the conformation of the middle layer the image survey was obtained on the split board section presenting the surface of the middle layer. Significant differences in the SWR performance of OSB and PB was recorded at all screw diameters. For the screw withdrawal tests parameters OSB samples showed 56-73% superior mean values then conventional PB. On the other hand, the OSB showed wider dispersions of measured withdrawal forces at all screw diameters, which might present some of the problems in certain engineering and project calculations.

  20. Degradation behaviour of LAE442-based plate–screw-systems in an in vitro bone model

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    Wolters, Leonie [Small Animal Clinic, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, Bünteweg 9, 30559 Hannover (Germany); Besdo, Silke [Institute of Continuum Mechanics, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Appelstraße 11, 30167 Hannover (Germany); Angrisani, Nina [Small Animal Clinic, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, Bünteweg 9, 30559 Hannover (Germany); Wriggers, Peter [Institute of Continuum Mechanics, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Appelstraße 11, 30167 Hannover (Germany); Hering, Britta [Institute of Production Engineering and Machine Tools, Leibniz Universität Hannover, An der Universität 2, 30823 Garbsen (Germany); Seitz, Jan-Marten [Institute of Materials Science, Leibniz Universität Hannover, An der Universität 2, 30823 Garbsen (Germany); Reifenrath, Janin, E-mail: janin.reifenrath@tiho-hannover.de [Small Animal Clinic, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, Bünteweg 9, 30559 Hannover (Germany)

    2015-04-01

    The use of absorbable implant materials for fixation after bone fracture helps to avoid a second surgery for implant removal and the risks and costs involved. Magnesium (Mg) is well known as a potential metallic material for degradable implants. The aim of the present in vitro study was to evaluate if degradable LAE442-based magnesium plate–screw-systems are suitable candidates for osteosynthesis implants in load-bearing bones. The corrosion behaviour was tested concerning the influence of different surface treatments, coatings and screw torques. Steel plates and screws of the same size served as control. Plates without special treatment screwed on up to a specified torque of 15 cNm or 7 cNm, NaOH treated plates (15 cNm), magnesium fluoride coated plates (15 cNm) and steel plates as control (15 cNm) were examined in pH-buffered, temperature-controlled SBF solution for two weeks. The experimental results indicate that the LAE442 plates and screws coated with magnesium fluoride revealed a lower hydrogen evolution in SBF solution as well as a lower weight loss and volume decrease in μ-computed tomography (μCT). The nanoindentation and SEM/EDX measurements at several plate areas showed no significant differences. Summarized, the different screw torques did not affect the corrosion behaviour differently. Also the NaOH treatment seemed to have no essential influence on the degradation kinetics. The plates coated with magnesium fluoride showed a decreased corrosion rate. Hence, it is recommended to consider this coating for the next in vivo study. - Highlights: • Mg-based plate screw systems were examined in an in vitro corrosion setup. • Different screw torques did not affect the corrosion behaviour. • Pretreatment with NaOH showed no increase in corrosion resistance. • Fluoride coating slowed down the corrosion rate of plates. • Fluoride coating might be an alternative for decrease of corrosion rate in vivo.

  1. Biomechanical properties of a novel biodegradable magnesium-based interference screw

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    Marco Ezechieli

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Magnesium-based interference screws may be an alternative in anterior/posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. The well-known osteoconductive effects of biodegradable magnesium alloys may be useful. It was the purpose of this study to evaluate the biomechanical properties of a magnesium based interference screw and compare it to a standard implant. A MgYREZr-alloy interference screw and a standard implant (Milagro®; De Puy Mitek, Raynham, MA, USA were used for graft fixation. Specimens were placed into a tensile loading fixation of a servohydraulic testing machine. Biomechanical analysis included pretensioning of the constructs at 20 N for 1 min following cyclic pretensioning of 20 cycles between 20 and 60 N. Biomechanical elongation was evaluated with cyclic loading of 1000 cycles between 50 and 200 N at 0.5 Hz. Maximum load to failure was 511.3±66.5 N for the Milagro® screw and 529.0±63.3 N for magnesium-based screw (ns, P=0.57. Elongations after preload, during cyclical loading and during failure load were not different between the groups (ns, P>0.05. Stiffness was 121.1±13.8 N/mm for the magnesiumbased screw and 144.1±18.4 for the Milagro® screw (ns, P=0.32. MgYREZr alloy interference screws show comparable results in biomechanical testing to standard implants and may be an alternative for anterior cruciate reconstruction in the future.

  2. Selected Methods for Locking Screw Joints, Including the Use of Adhesives, Used in the Helicopter Construction

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    Rudawska, Anna; Cisz, Sławomir; Warda, Tomasz

    2014-12-01

    The paper presents the problems of preventing screw joints from self-loosening on one of helicopter. The research examines selected locking methods used in aircraft produced by different manufacturers. Experimental tests were performed to investigate the loosening torque of screw joints locked by various devices: cotter pin, locknut, centre punching, self-locking nut and adhesive. A comparative analysis of the investigated locking methods is made with respect to their locking strength and efficiency.

  3. Treatment of fractures of the condylar head with resorbable pins or titanium screws: an experimental study.

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    Schneider, Matthias; Loukota, Richard; Kuchta, Anne; Stadlinger, Bernd; Jung, Roland; Speckl, Katrin; Schmiedekampf, Robert; Eckelt, Uwe

    2013-07-01

    We aimed to compare in vivo the stability of fixation of condylar fractures in sheep using sonic bone welding and standard titanium screws. We assessed stability of the osteosynthesis and maintenance of the height of the mandibular ramus. Height decreased slightly in both groups compared with the opposite side. The volume of the condyle increased considerably in both groups mainly because callus had formed. The results showed no significant disadvantages for pin fixation compared with osteosynthesis using titanium screws.

  4. Comparison of organic rankine cycle systems under varying conditions using turbine and twin-screw expanders

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    Read, M. G.; Smith, I K; Stosic, N.; Kovacevic, A.

    2016-01-01

    A multi-variable optimization program has been developed to investigate the performance of Organic Rankine Cycles (ORCs) for low temperature heat recovery applications using both turbine and twin-screw expanders when account is taken of performance variation due to changes in ambient conditions. The cycle simulation contains thermodynamic models of both types of expander. In the case of the twin-screw machine, the methods used to match the operation of the expander to the requirements of the ...

  5. Pedicle screw placement accuracy of bone-mounted miniature robot system

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    Tsai, Tai-Hsin; Tzou, Rong-Dar; Su, Yu-Feng; Wu, Chieh-Hsin; Tsai, Cheng-Yu; Lin, Chih-Lung

    2017-01-01

    Abstract This article describes factors affecting the accuracy of transpedicle screw placements performed with the Renaissance robot-guided system and reviews the relevant literature. Between January 2013 and January 2015, Renaissance robot-guided spinal surgery was performed in 125 patients at Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The surgeries included 662 transpedicle screw implants and 49 Kirschner wire (K-wire) reimplants performed by intraoperative repositioning. The lead author evaluated the accuracy of all K-wire insertions and classified their accuracy into 3 categories relative to the preoperative plan for transpedicle screw placement. For cases in which screws required repositioning after the registration step, factors affecting pedicle screw placement were determined according to the consensus of 3 experienced spinal surgeons. According to the scheme developed by Kuo et al (PLoS One 2016;11:e0153235), the K-wire placement accuracies before and after repositioning were respectively classified as follows: 76.1% and 77.6% in type I; 12.2% and 17.7% in type IIa; 4.3% and 4.5% in type IIb; 6.4% and 0% in type IIIa; and 1% and 1% in type IIIb. The percentage of screws requiring repositioning due to drilling error was 85.7% (42/49). Comparisons of preoperative and postoperative function showed significantly improved accuracy. This study showed that inaccurate pedicle screw placement mainly results from errors in preoperative planning, mounting, registration, drilling, and robot assembly. Pedicle screw placement using a bone-mounted miniature robot system requires meticulous preoperative planning to minimize these errors. PMID:28099339

  6. Design of Cold-Formed Steel Screw Connections with Gypsum Sheathing at Ambient and Elevated Temperatures

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    Wei Chen

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Load-bearing cold-formed steel (CFS walls sheathed with double layers of gypsum plasterboard on both sides have demonstrated good fire resistance and attracted increasing interest for use in mid-rise CFS structures. As the main connection method, screw connections between CFS and gypsum sheathing play an important role in both the structural design and fire resistance of this wall system. However, studies on the mechanical behavior of screw connections with double-layer gypsum sheathing are still limited. In this study, 200 monotonic tests of screw connections with single- or double-layer gypsum sheathing at both ambient and elevated temperatures were conducted. The failure of screw connections with double-layer gypsum sheathing in shear was different from that of single-layer gypsum sheathing connections at ambient temperature, and it could be described as the breaking of the loaded sheathing edge combined with significant screw tilting and the loaded sheathing edge flexing fracture. However, the screw tilting and flexing fracture of the loaded sheathing edge gradually disappear at elevated temperatures. In addition, the influence of the loaded edge distance, double-layer sheathing and elevated temperatures is discussed in detail with clear conclusions. A unified design formula for the shear strength of screw connections with gypsum sheathing is proposed for ambient and elevated temperatures with adequate accuracy. A simplified load–displacement model with the post-peak branch is developed to evaluate the load–displacement response of screw connections with gypsum sheathing at ambient and elevated temperatures.

  7. Alkaline-assisted screw press pretreatment affecting enzymatic hydrolysis of wheat straw.

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    Yan, Qingqi; Wang, Yumei; Rodiahwati, Wawat; Spiess, Antje; Modigell, Michael

    2017-02-01

    Screw press processing of biomass can be considered as a suitable mechanically based pretreatment for biofuel production since it disrupts the structure of lignocellulosic biomass with high shear and pressure forces. The combination with chemical treatment has been suggested to increase the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to fermentable sugars. Within the study, the synergetic effect of alkaline (sodium hydroxide, NaOH) soaking and screw press pretreatment on wheat straw was evaluated based on, e.g., sugar recovery and energy efficiency. After alkaline soaking (at 0.1 M for 30 min) and sequential screw press pretreatment with various screw press configurations and modified screw barrel, the lignin content of pretreated wheat straw was quantified. In addition, the structure of pretreated wheat straw was investigated by scanning electron microscopy and measurement of specific surface area. It could be shown that removal of lignin is more important than increase of surface area of the biomass to reach a high sugar recovery. The rate constant of the enzymatic hydrolysis increased from 1.1 × 10(-3) 1/h for the non-treated material over 2.3 × 10(-3) 1/h for the alkaline-soaked material to 26.9 × 10(-3) 1/h for alkaline-assisted screw press pretreated material, indicating a nearly 25-fold improvement of the digestibility by the combined chemo-mechanical pretreatment. Finally, the screw configuration was found to be an important factor for improving the sugar recovery and for reducing the specific energy consumption of the screw press pretreatment.

  8. Cervical pedicle screw fixation at C6 and C7 A cadaveric study

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    Ye Li

    2015-01-01

    Conclusion: The intersection of the horizontal line through the midpoint of the transverse process root and vertical line through the intersection of the posterolateral and posterior planes of the isthmus can be used as an entry point for C6 and C7 pedicle screw fixation. The screws should be inserted at 60 or 90° with the posterolateral isthmus in the horizontal plane and at 75° with the posterior isthmus in the sagittal plane. The LSC should not exceed 30 mm.

  9. Initial experience with extreme angle cervical screw for treatment of trauma and cervical spondylosis.

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    Mehta, Ankit I; Babu, Ranjith; Bagley, Carlos A; Grossi, Peter M; Gottfried, Oren N

    2014-03-01

    In this study, we have described our initial experience and surgical technique of extreme angle screw placement in the cervical and upper thoracic spine of a cohort of patients undergoing posterior fusion. This extreme angle screw facilitates rod placement without need for any coronal contouring of the rod or offset connectors despite the varied entry site locations for posterior instrumentation and the different trajectories and pathways of these screws. From ruary 2011 to July 2011, extreme angle screws were placed in twenty consecutive adult patients who underwent posterior cervical, occipital-cervical or cervical-thoracic fusions. The primary diagnosis was cervical spondylotic myelopathy (13), trauma (4), and pseudoarthrosis with stenosis (3). Eight patients had gross instability. A total of 196 screws were placed; half of the cases involved instrumentation at or within the C3-7 segments (10) and the others included constructs extending to occipital bone, C2, T1, or T2 (10). Of all twenty cases, there were no perioperative hardware complications. At long-term follow-up, two patients required reoperation, one for hardware failure and the other for single level symptomatic pseudoarthrosis. We conclude that extreme angle screw use in the posterior cervical spine provides an evolution in posterior instrumentation that maximizes the biomechanical strength of a construct, allows for easy rod placement, and may improve the restoration of sagittal alignment. Overall, extreme angle screws facilitate rod placement even for screws offset from the natural plane of the rod, thereby avoiding the need for coronal contouring or placement of offset connectors.

  10. 虚拟手术系统支持下置入寰椎侧块螺钉的实验研究%Atlas lateral mass screw insertion under virtual surgical system

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    何建荣; 李超; 杨会武; 何飞; 黄河

    2012-01-01

    ; L3: the left side was 17.78±1.67mm, the right side was 18.22± 1.60mm; a: the left side was 36.78°±1.23°, the right side was 35.78°±2.40°;β: the left side was 18.84°±1.80°, the right side was 18.40°±1.71°; γ: the left side was 31.49°±0.60°, the right side was 30.46°± 1.56°; 8: the left side was 6.32°±1.08°, the right side was 6.25°±l.11°. All data from left and right side by virtual surgery system showed no statistical difference (P>0.05). All sixteen screws located in lateral mass accurately, with no penetration into surrounding structure. Conclusions: Atlantoaxial lateral mass screw insertion assisted by the virtual surgical system is feasible and accurate.%目的:建立虚拟手术系统支持下经寰椎侧块内固定的标准体系及操作流程,探讨在其支持下置入寰椎侧块螺钉的可行性及准确性.方法:选取8例成年无破损和畸形的寰椎(C1)防腐头颈标本,CT扫描后,数据导入虚拟手术系统进行三维重建和螺旋CT多平面重建(MPR),测量寰椎侧块数据;选择侧块与后弓根部下方交界区和横突孔的内侧缘与寰椎后弓内侧壁中点为进钉点,分别测量横突孔的内侧缘与寰椎后弓内侧壁的距离(L1),进钉点与侧块前缘最高点的距离(L2),进钉点与侧块前缘的垂直距离(L3),进钉点的垂线与寰椎侧块上缘切线的角度(α),进钉点垂线与横突孔内侧缘切线的角度(β),进钉点垂线与侧块内侧缘切线的角度(γ),并计算内斜角度[δ=(β+γ)/2-β].左右两侧均测量3次,取其均值,进行统计学分析.根据虚拟手术系统测量结果,在标本上模拟手术置入寰椎侧块螺钉,然后虚拟手术系统进行重建,测量置钉准确性.结果:建立了虚拟手术系统手术流程,虚拟手术系统测量寰椎侧块相关参数L1左侧为9.82:±0.76mm,右侧为9.16±0.85mm; L2左侧为21.76±1.36mm,右侧为21.50±1.02mm; L3左侧为17.78±1.67mm,右侧为18.22±1.60mm;α左侧为36.78°±1

  11. Comparative analysis of pedicle screw versus hybrid instrumentation in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis surgery

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    Rafi, Sohail; Munshi, Naseem; Abbas, Asad; Shaikh, Rabia Hassan; Hashmi, Imtiaz

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is the most common type of scoliosis. A Cobb angle of 50° will progress beyond the age of spinal maturity. Surgery over bracing is advised at a Cobb angle above or equal to 50°. The aim of surgery is to bring the Cobb angle down below 50° to prevent reprogression as well as improve the quality of life. The objective of the study is to analyze the efficacy and significance in lifestyle improvement of pedicle screw-only fixation system versus the more common hybrid instrumentation system used for the surgical treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Materials and Methods: A prospective cohort study was conducted involving two groups of patients were included in the study. One group was operated with pedicle screw-only method while the other with hybrid instrumentation system. The pre- and post-operative Cobb's angles were taken across a follow-up of 4 years. An SRS-30 questionnaire was given in a yearly follow-up to assess the lifestyle improvement of the patient. Results: Pedicle screw-only method was significantly more effective in reducing Cobb's angle (P = 0.0487). It was showed less loss of correction (P = 0.009) pedicle screw-only surgery was also better at reducing thoracic curves (P = 0.001). There seemed a better recovery time with pedicle screw surgery (P = 0.003). Conclusion: Pedicle screws are more effective and durable than hybrid systems at when treating adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. PMID:27695235

  12. Recognizing knee pathologies by classifying instantaneous screws of the six degrees-of-freedom knee motion.

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    Wolf, Alon; Degani, Amir

    2007-05-01

    We address the problem of knee pathology assessment by using screw theory to describe the knee motion and by using the screw representation of the motion as an input to a machine learning classifier. The flexions of knees with different pathologies are tracked using an optical tracking system. The instantaneous screw parameters which describe the transformation of the tibia with respect to the femur in each two successive observation is represented as the instantaneous screw axis of the motion given in its Plücker line coordinates along with its corresponding pitch. The set of instantaneous screw parameters associated with a particular knee with a given pathology is then identified and clustered in R(6) to form a "signature" of the motion for the given pathology. Sawbones model and two cadaver knees with different pathologies were tracked, and the resulting screws were used to train a classifier system. The system was then tested successfully with new, never-trained-before data. The classifier demonstrated a very high success rate in identifying the knee pathology.

  13. Progressive slip after removal of screw fixation in slipped capital femoral epiphysis: two case reports

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    Engelsma Yde

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction In slipped capital femoral epiphysis the femoral neck displaces relative to the head due to weakening of the epiphysis. Early recognition and adequate surgical fixation is essential for a good functional outcome. The fixation should be secured until the closure of the epiphysis to prevent further slippage. A slipped capital femoral epiphysis should not be confused with a femoral neck fracture. Case presentation Case 1 concerns a 15-year-old boy with an adequate initial screw fixation of his slipped capital femoral epiphysis. Unfortunately, it was thought that the epiphysis had healed and the screw was removed after 11 weeks. This caused new instability with a progressive slip of the femoral epiphysis and subsequently re-fixation and a subtrochanteric correction osteotomy was obligatory. Case 2 concerns a 13-year-old girl with persistent hip pain after screw fixation for slipped capital femoral epiphysis. The screw was removed as lysis was seen around the screw on the hip X-ray. This operation created a new unstable situation and the slip progressed resulting in poor hip function. A correction osteotomy with re-screw fixation was performed with a good functional result. Conclusion A slipped epiphysis of the hip is not considered ‘healed’ after a few months. Given the risk of progression of the slip the fixation material cannot be removed before closure of the growth plate.

  14. Conceptual framework for model-based analysis of residence time distribution in twin-screw granulation.

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    Kumar, Ashish; Vercruysse, Jurgen; Vanhoorne, Valérie; Toiviainen, Maunu; Panouillot, Pierre-Emmanuel; Juuti, Mikko; Vervaet, Chris; Remon, Jean Paul; Gernaey, Krist V; De Beer, Thomas; Nopens, Ingmar

    2015-04-25

    Twin-screw granulation is a promising continuous alternative for traditional batchwise wet granulation processes. The twin-screw granulator (TSG) screws consist of transport and kneading element modules. Therefore, the granulation to a large extent is governed by the residence time distribution within each module where different granulation rate processes dominate over others. Currently, experimental data is used to determine the residence time distributions. In this study, a conceptual model based on classical chemical engineering methods is proposed to better understand and simulate the residence time distribution in a TSG. The experimental data were compared with the proposed most suitable conceptual model to estimate the parameters of the model and to analyse and predict the effects of changes in number of kneading discs and their stagger angle, screw speed and powder feed rate on residence time. The study established that the kneading block in the screw configuration acts as a plug-flow zone inside the granulator. Furthermore, it was found that a balance between the throughput force and conveying rate is required to obtain a good axial mixing inside the twin-screw granulator. Although the granulation behaviour is different for other excipients, the experimental data collection and modelling methods applied in this study are generic and can be adapted to other excipients.

  15. Validation of a continuous granulation process using a twin-screw extruder.

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    Van Melkebeke, B; Vervaet, C; Remon, J P

    2008-05-22

    Using twin-screw granulation as particle size enlargement technique, the effect of modifying the screw configuration (number of mixing zones, configuration of kneading block) on granule quality, tablet properties and mixing efficiency was investigated. The amount of oversized agglomerates and yield was significantly influenced by the presence of an extra conveying element at the screw end. Changing the staggering angle of the kneading block significantly affected yield and granule friability. The 90 degrees configuration resulted in a lower yield and granule friability. Disintegration time was the only tablet property significantly influenced by the screw configuration as disintegration was significantly faster when an extra conveying element was placed at the screw end. The influence of tracer addition method (wet vs. dry) on mixing efficiency inside the extruder barrel was investigated by means of different tracers: riboflavin (0.05%) suspended in the granulation liquid and hydrochlorothiazide (2.5%) added separately as powder. Mixing efficiency in function of time and granule size (above and below 1400 microm) was tested using riboflavine sodium phosphate (0.05%) dissolved in the granulation liquid. Since a good mixing efficiency was obtained independent of tracer addition method, tracer solubility, granulation time and granule size, continuous granulation using a twin-screw extruder was identified as a robust process.

  16. Numerical and Experimental Investigation of Pressure Losses at Suction of a Twin Screw Compressor

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    Arjeneh, M.; Kovacevic, A.; Rane, S.; Manolis, M.; Stosic, N.

    2015-08-01

    Rotary twin screw machines are used in the wide range of industrial applications and are capable of handling single and multiphase fluids as compressors, expanders and pumps. Concentration of liquid in the inlet flow can influence the performance of the machine significantly. Characteristics of the multiphase flow at the suction of a screw compressor depend on the local flow velocities and concentration. Local flow velocity measurements inside the screw compressors are difficult to obtain. However other flow properties such as local pressures are easier to attain. It is therefore useful to carry out experiments with local pressure variations in the suction which can be used to validate the 3D numerical Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) models that could help in studying the single and multiphase flow behaviour in screw compressors. This paper presents experimental efforts to measure the local pressure losses inside the suction plenum of the screw compressor. Pressure variations are measured at 23 locations in the suction port at various operating conditions and compared with 3D CFD model. The grid generator SCORGTM was used for generating numerical mesh of rotors. The flow calculations were carried out using commercial 3D solver ANSYS CFX. It was found that the local pressure changes predicted by the CFD model are in the good agreement with measured pressures. This validated the use of CFD for modelling of the single phase flows in suction of screw machines.

  17. "Rolling" phenomenon in twin screw granulation with controlled-release excipients.

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    Thompson, M R; O'Donnell, K P

    2015-03-01

    The developed knowledge regarding use of twin screw granulators for continuous wet granulation has been primarily limited to immediate release formulations in the literature. The present study highlights an issue previously unreported for wet granulation with twin screw extruders when using formulations containing controlled-release (CR) excipients. Long (3-10 mm), twisted noodle-like granules can be produced in the presence of these excipients that are difficult to control and are anticipated to create complications in downstream unit operations to the granulator. Working with two different CR excipients, METHOCEL™ K4M and Kollidon® SR, each blended at different ratios with a mixture of 80% α-lactose monohydrate/20% microcrystalline cellulose, these unique particles were found to be produced in the conveying elements of the extruder, arising from a rolling action at the top of the screw flights. The CR excipients adhesively strengthen the wetted mass, forming this undesired granule shape such that they persisted to the exit of the machine; the shape appeared most strongly affected by screw speed, producing particles of higher aspect ratio as speed was increased. Adjusting the concentration of these CR excipients in the formulation, the flow rate or the type of compression element used in the screws proved ineffective in controlling the problem. Rather, a re-design of the extruder screws was required to prevent generation of these extended-form granules.

  18. Biomechanical evaluation of Caspar cervical screws: comparative stability under cyclical loading.

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    Gallagher, M R; Maiman, D J; Reinartz, J; Pintar, F; Yoganandan, N

    1993-12-01

    Anterior cervical instrumentation is used as an adjunct to bone fusion; however, definitive biomechanical data to support some applications and techniques are lacking. In the absence of supportive experimental data, posterior cortical penetration has been recommended with the Caspar system. Previously, we compared the axial pull-out strength of Caspar screws with and without posterior cortical penetration. This study compares the stability of unicortical versus bicortical screw penetration groups under cyclical loading simulating physiological flexion-extension. Caspar screws were placed in human cadaveric vertebrae with or without posterior cortical purchase. Each screw was separately tested, simulating flexion-extension to 200 cycles. Deformation time data allowed a direct comparison of screw "wobble" with and without posterior cortical purchase. The mean deformation differences between subcortical and bicortical groups were statistically significant and increased over time within both groups. Enhanced stability was noted with bicortical purchase throughout most of the examined range, becoming more pronounced over longer periods of cyclical loading. Significant (P < 0.05) increases in deformation over time were noted for both groups, suggesting potentially significant deterioration at the screw-bone interface, despite bicortical purchase. Such deterioration with repeated flexion-extension loading may be of concern in the use of Caspar plates in the presence of multicolumn instability.

  19. Preliminary experimental results of radiofrequency-cement-augmented and cannulated pedicle screws

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    Goost H

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The risk of cut-out of a pedicle screw is high in the presence of osteoporotic bone. In cadaver studies it was found that cement augmentation of pedicle screws markedly increases pullout forces. However, the use of conventional low viscosity vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty cement is associated with the risk of cement extravasation. The risk might be reduced by using high viscosity, radiofrequency-activated bone cement. After performing DEXA scans, six fresh-frozen vertebral bodies of different bone densities were obtained from cadavers. Two pedicle screws (WSI Expertise-Inject, Peter Brehm, Germany were placed in the pedicles. About 3 ml of radiofrequency-activated, ultra-high viscosity cement (ER2 Bone Cement, DFine Europe GmbH, Germany was injected through the right pedicle. The left pedicle screw was left uncemented and served as control. Axial pullout tests were performed using a material testing device (Zwick/Roell Zmartpro, Ulm, Germany. The tests revealed that cementaugmented pedicle screws were able to withstand markedly higher pullout forces. Extravasation of cement did not occur. The value of the study is limited by the fact that only six samples were investigated. Further cadaver studies and clinical evaluation will be needed in the future. However, this pilot study showed that combining cannulated pedicle screws with ultra-high viscosity bone cement is a successful approach. Revision due to cut-out and complications secondary to cement extravasation can be reduced by this method.

  20. Analysis of Sheet Metal Tapping Screw Fabrication Using a Finite Element Method

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    Shao-Yi Hsia

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The malformation of sheet metal tapping screw threads in the screw threading process increases the cost of screw threading dies and their maintenance. Die factories do not reveal their screw threading die design techniques, so production and maintenance processes are established by trial-and-error or worker experience and passing down such techniques and documenting quality control is difficult. In this study, screw thread forming design and process analysis were carried out by combining computer-aided design software with computer-aided metal forming analysis software. Simulation results were verified in an actual forming process. The sheet metal tapping screw forging size error was less than 0.90%, except at a sharp angle, which was associated with an error of 3.075%, thereby demonstrating the accuracy of the simulated forming process. The numerical analysis process can be utilized to shorten forming development time; to reduce the number of die tests, and to improve product quality and die service life, reducing the cost of development and promoting the overall competitiveness of the company.

  1. Management of Cannulated Screw Failure and Recurrent SCFE Displacement – Case Report

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    Jacobson, Nathan A; Feierabend, Siegfried P; Lee, Christopher L

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: SCFE occurs in 10 per 100,000 in some regions of the United States with the incidence continuing to increase. Percutaneous screw fixation is a well-accepted treatment for this disorder for over 20 years but management of complications is not well elucidated in the literature. Case Report: We describe a case where a traumatic unstable SCFE that was initially treated with closed reduction and fixation with a single transphyseal screw went on to hardware failure with recurrence of the deformity. The complication was successfully treated with closed reduction and re-cannulating the fractured screw within the epiphysis and extracting it using a conical extraction screw commonly referred to as an “easy out.” Three trans physeal screws were then placed for improved fixation strength. Follow-up at 9 months demonstrates a fused physis and no signs of avascular necrosis of the femoral head. Conclusion: Percutaneous management of SCFE screw breakage is possible utilizing specialized instruments and a precise and gentle manipulation preventing the need for more invasive treatments with their obligatory potential complications profile. PMID:27298941

  2. Simulation of Polymer Melt Flow Fields in Intermeshing Co-Rotating Three-Screw Extruders

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    HU Dong-dong; CHEN Jin-nan

    2006-01-01

    Three-dimension isothermal flows of polymer melt in the kneading blocks of triangularly-arranged and parallelly-arranged intermeshing co-rotating three-screw extruders are simulated using the finite element package POLYFLOW. Based on the velocity fields calculated, the particle trajectories in both machines are visualized using particle tracking technique. The numerical results indicate that the flow patterns in three-screw extruders are similar to those in twin-screw extruders. The triangularly-arranged three-screw extruder has the largest pumping capacity and also the highest extrusion stability in terms of flowrate fluctuation with screw rotation. The instantaneous mixing and cumulative residence time distribution (RTD) characteristics are also analyzed and compared with traditional intermeshing co-rotating twin-screw extruders. It is shown that the start section of the cumulative RTD curve for the triangularly-arranged machine has a small shoulder, which is attributed to the faster flow in the central region of this type of extruder.

  3. The Axial Nonlinear Vibration Analysis of Ball-screw about Machine Tool Feeding System

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    ZENG Hao-ran; LIU Nian-cong; YANG Jia-rui; CHEN Jian-long; GENG Wei-tao

    2016-01-01

    The forced state of the ball⁃screw of machine tool feeding system is analyzed. The ball⁃screw is simplified as Timoshenko beam and the differential equation of motion for the ball⁃screw is built. To obtain the axial vibration equation, the differential equation of motion is simplified using the assumed mode method. Axial vibration equation is in form of Duffing equation and has the characteristics of nonlinearity. The numerical simulation of Duffing equation is proceeded by MATLAB/Simulink. The effect of screw length, exciting force and damping coefficient are researched, and the axial vibration phase track diagram and Poincare section are obtained. The stability and period of the axial vibration are analyzed. The limit cycle of phase track diagram is enclosed. Axial vibration has two type⁃center singularity distributions on both sides of the origin. The singularity attracts vibration to reach a stable state, and Poincare section shows that axial vibration appears chaotic motion and quasi periodic motion or periodic motion. Singularity position changes with the vibration system parameters, while the distribution doesn′t change. The period of the vibration is enhanced with increasing frequency and damping coefficient. Test of the feeding system ball⁃screw axial vibration exists chaos movement. This paper provides a certain theoretical basis for the dynamic characteristic analysis of machine feeding system ball⁃screw and optimization of structural parameters.

  4. The Biocompatibility of Degradable Magnesium Interference Screws: An Experimental Study with Sheep

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    Ulrich Thormann

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Screws for ligament reconstruction are nowadays mostly made of poly-L-lactide (PLLA. However, magnesium-based biomaterials are gathering increased interest in this research field because of their good mechanical property and osteoanabolic influence on bone metabolism. The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the biocompatibility of an interference screw for ligament reconstruction made of magnesium alloy W4 by diecasting and milling and using different PEO-coatings with calcium phosphates. PLLA and titanium screws were used as control samples. The screws were implanted in the femur condyle of the hind leg of a merino sheep. The observation period was six and twelve weeks and one year. Histomorphometric, immunohistochemical, immunofluorescence, and molecular biological evaluation were conducted. Further TEM analysis was done. In all magnesium screws a clinically relevant gas formation in the vicinity of the biomaterial was observed. Except for the PLLA and titanium control samples, no screw was fully integrated in the surrounding bone tissue. Regarding the fabrication process, milling seems to produce less gas liberation and has a better influence on bone metabolism than diecasting. Coating by PEO with calcium phosphates could not reduce the initial gas liberation but rather reduced the bone metabolism in the vicinity of the biomaterial.

  5. Comparative analysis of pedicle screw versus hybrid instrumentation in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis surgery

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    Sohail Rafi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is the most common type of scoliosis. A Cobb angle of 50° will progress beyond the age of spinal maturity. Surgery over bracing is advised at a Cobb angle above or equal to 50°. The aim of surgery is to bring the Cobb angle down below 50° to prevent reprogression as well as improve the quality of life. The objective of the study is to analyze the efficacy and significance in lifestyle improvement of pedicle screw-only fixation system versus the more common hybrid instrumentation system used for the surgical treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Materials and Methods: A prospective cohort study was conducted involving two groups of patients were included in the study. One group was operated with pedicle screw-only method while the other with hybrid instrumentation system. The pre- and post-operative Cobb's angles were taken across a follow-up of 4 years. An SRS-30 questionnaire was given in a yearly follow-up to assess the lifestyle improvement of the patient. Results: Pedicle screw-only method was significantly more effective in reducing Cobb's angle (P = 0.0487. It was showed less loss of correction (P = 0.009 pedicle screw-only surgery was also better at reducing thoracic curves (P = 0.001. There seemed a better recovery time with pedicle screw surgery (P = 0.003. Conclusion: Pedicle screws are more effective and durable than hybrid systems at when treating adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

  6. 干式螺杆真空泵的螺杆设计与计算%Screw design and computing of dry twin-screw vacuum pump

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    周宝洪

    2001-01-01

    The article introduces design and computing of main parts of screw rotor of dry screw vacuum pump, and give the relative formula. Many modal products can be computed conveniently, if the data are substituted into the computing formula.%叙述了干式螺杆真空泵的核心零件螺杆的设计与计算,并导出了计算的有关公式,只要将参数代入,即可方便地计算出多规格产品。

  7. DEVELOPMENT OF ARCHIMEDEAN’S PIPE-SCREW FOR THAI SAIL WINDPUMP

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    Ronnakorn Thepwong

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This study describes new considerations in the design and development of Archimedean’s Pipe-Screw especially for water pumping in case of low head high volume form open farm pond at Rajamangala University of Technology Rattanakosin, Thailand. The objectives of this research is to develop an Archimedean’s Pipe-Screw especially for water pumping in case of low head high volume form open farm pond used for water pumping with Thai sail windmill, at any location of low wind speed of Thailand and tests the performance of an Archimedean’s Pipe-Screw Model (APSM. The experimental was carried out on diameter of Archimedean’s Pipe-Screw is Φ5/8”, the pitch Archimedean’s Pipe-Screw (P is 0.6, 0.8, 1.0, 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0 D for angle slope of the screw with the horizontal (α is 20, 25, 30°C in laboratory scale Archimedean’s Pipe-Screw model. Archimedean’s Pipe-Screw tests were conducted to assess the performance of characteristics of Archimedean’s Pipe-Screw model. A model of pump has been manufactured; 1.0 m long with the blade small rubber tube was constructed. The output of the experiments recommenced for development the prototype of Archimedean’s Pipe-Screw for the Thai sail wind pump. The prototype of pump has been manufactured, 4.0 m long, 8 m diameter. This wind pump has twelve triangular sails sweeping a circle of 8 m diameter. For the construction of this Archimedean’s Pipe-Screw wind pump all efforts were made to use maximize materials and local parts available in the market for large scale of Archimedean’s screw-pipe for Thai sail wind pump. The cost of material and parts is 145,000 Baht excluding the cost of machining and fabrication. Water discharge was in the range 0.005-0.081 lps. It can be seen maximum water discharge of pitch Archimedean’s Pipe-Screw (P is 1.4D at 80 rpm for α = 20° was 0.081 lps. For the result of prototype of Archimedean’s Pipe-Screw for Thai sail wind pump, it was found that the

  8. MANAGEMENT OF DISTAL FEMORAL FRACTURES USING DYNAMIC CONDYLAR SCREWS

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    Ambrish

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Fractures of distal end of femur are complex injuries which are difficult to manage & are unstable and comminuted. Despite advances in implants treatment of distal femoral fractures remains a challenge. AIMS This study was done to analyze the functional outcome & complications associated with surgical management of fractures of distal end of femur in adults using Dynamic Condylar Screw (DCS. SETTINGS & DESIGN It was a prospective clinical study done at BMCH, Chitradurga. METHODS The present study included 25 patients with 13 Supracondylar and 12 Intercondylar fractures of femur. They were operated after stabilization using Dynamic Condylar Screw. RESULTS The study showed maximum presentation between 4th and 5th decade with mean age of 39.2 years with sex incidence of 11.5:1 (M:F. Mode of injury was RTA in 17, simple fall in 5, fall from height in 2 and assault in 1 patient. Patients presented to hospital within 0 to 4 days of injury. Left side was involved in 12 and right side in 13 cases. There were 9-A1, 3-A2, 1-A3, 2-C1, 8-C2 and 2-C3 fractures. Six patients had compound fracture. Patients were operated from 3 days to 40 days after admission at an average of 12.36 days. Results were found to be excellent in 8, good in 9, moderate in 3 and poor in 5 patients. Complication in form of valgus angulation, shortening, splintering of proximal femoral fragment, deep infection, Implant failure and lateral angulation at fracture site, Non-union with deep infection were noticed. Average range of knee flexion was 1040 and average time to radiological union was 13.42 weeks. CONCLUSION This study showed that DCS is a good method of treating closed type A1, A2, A3, C1 and C2 fractures. Type C3 and compound fractures treated by this method had more poor results. DCS provides rigid fixation and good purchase in osteoporotic bone. Early mobilization prevents knee stiffness.

  9. Posterior transodontoid fixation: A new fixation (Kotil technique

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    Kadir Kotil

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Anterior odontoid screw fixation or posterior C1-2 fusion techniques are routinely used in the treatment of Type II odontoid fractures, but these techniques may be inadequate in some types of odontoid fractures. In this new technique (Kotil technique, through a posterior bilateral approach, transarticular screw fixation was performed at the non-dominant vertebral artery (VA side and posterior transodontoid fixation technique was performed at the dominant VA side. C1-2 complex fusion was aimed with unilateral transarticular fixation and odontoid fixation with posterior transodontoid screw fixation. Cervical spinal computed tomography (CT of a 40-year-old male patient involved in a motor vehicle accident revealed an anteriorly dislocated Type II oblique dens fracture, not reducible by closed traction. Before the operation, the patient was found to have a dominant right VA with Doppler ultrasound. He was operated through a posterior approach. At first, transarticular screw fixation was performed at the non-dominant (left side, and then fixation of the odontoid fracture was achieved by directing the contralateral screw (supplemental screw medially and toward the apex. Cancellous autograft was scattered for fusion without the need for structural bone graft or wiring. Postoperative cervical spinal CT of the patient revealed that stabilization was maintained with transarticular screw fixation and reduction and fixation of the odontoid process was achieved completely by posterior transodontoid screw fixation. The patient is at the sixth month of follow-up and complete fusion has developed. With this new surgical technique, C1-2 fusion is maintained with transarticular screw fixation and odontoid process is fixed by concomitant contralateral posterior transodontoid screw (supplemental screw fixation; thus, this technique both stabilizes the C1-2 complex and fixes the odontoid process and the corpus in atypical odontoid fractures, appearing as an

  10. Intra-operative computer navigation guided cervical pedicle screw insertion in thirty-three complex cervical spine deformities

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    S Rajasekaran

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Cervical pedicle screw fixation is challenging due to the small osseous morphometrics and the close proximity of neurovascular elements. Computer navigation has been reported to improve the accuracy of pedicle screw placement. There are very few studies assessing its efficacy in the presence of deformity. Also cervical pedicle screw insertion in children has not been described before. We evaluated the safety and accuracy of Iso-C 3D-navigated pedicle screws in the deformed cervical spine. Materials and Methods: Thirty-three patients including 15 children formed the study group. One hundred and forty-five cervical pedicle screws were inserted using Iso-C 3D-based computer navigation in patients undergoing cervical spine stabilization for craniovertebral junction anomalies, cervico-thoracic deformities and cervical instabilities due to trauma, post-surgery and degenerative disorders. The accuracy and containment of screw placement was assessed from postoperative computerized tomography scans. Results: One hundred and thirty (89.7% screws were well contained inside the pedicles. Nine (6.1% Type A and six (4.2% Type B pedicle breaches were observed. In 136 levels, the screws were inserted in the classical description of pedicle screw application and in nine deformed vertebra, the screws were inserted in a non-classical fashion, taking purchase of the best bone stock. None of them had a critical breach. No patient had any neurovascular complications. Conclusion: Iso-C navigation improves the safety and accuracy of pedicle screw insertion and is not only successful in achieving secure pedicle fixation but also in identifying the best available bone stock for three-column bone fixation in altered anatomy. The advantages conferred by cervical pedicle screws can be extended to the pediatric population also.

  11. Combining of small fragment screws and large fragment plates for open reduction and internal fixation of periprosthetic humeral fractures.

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    Seybold, Dominik; Citak, Mustafa; Königshausen, Matthias; Gessmann, Jan; Schildhauer, Thomas A

    2011-10-01

    Operative treatment of periprosthetic humeral fractures in elderly patients with osteoporotic bone requires a stable fixations technique. The combination of 3.5 cortical screws with washers in a 4.5 Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Osteosynthesefragen, Limited-contact dynamic compression plate or Locking plate, allows a stable periprosthetic fixation with the small 3.5 screws and 4.5 screws above and below the prosthesis, respectively. This combination is a cost-effective technique to treat periprosthetic humeral fractures.

  12. Magnetic resonance imaging analysis of the bioabsorbable Milagro interference screw for graft fixation in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.

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    Frosch, K-H; Sawallich, T; Schütze, G; Losch, A; Walde, T; Balcarek, P; Konietschke, F; Stürmer, K M

    2009-10-01

    Ligament graft fixation with bioabsorbable interference screws is a standard procedure in cruciate ligament replacement. Previous screw designs may resorb incompletely, and can cause osteolysis and sterile cysts despite being implanted for several years. The aim of this study was to examine the in vivo degradation and biocompatibility of the new Milagro interference screw (Mitek, Norderstedt, Germany). The Milagro interference screw is made of 30% ss-TCP (TriCalcium phosphate) and 70% PLGA (Poly-lactic-co-glycolic acid). In the period between June 2005 and February 2006, 38 patients underwent graft fixation with Milagro screws in our hospital. Arthroscopic ACL reconstruction was performed using hamstring tendon grafts in all the patients. MR imaging was performed on 12 randomly selected patients out of the total of 38 at 3, 6 and 12 months after surgery. During the examination, the volume loss of the screw, tunnel enlargement, presence of osteolysis, fluid lines, edema and postoperative screw replacement by bone tissue were evaluated. There was no edema or signs of inflammation around the bone tunnels. At 3, 6 and 12 months, the tibial screws showed an average volume loss of 0, 8.1% (+/-7.9%) and 82.6% (+/-17.2%, P Milagro screw is closely linked to the graft healing process. The screws were rapidly resorbed after 6 months and, at 12 months, only the screw remnants were detectable. Moreover, the Milagro screw is biocompatible and osteoconductive, promoting bone ingrowth during resorption. Tunnel enlargement is not prevented in the first months but is reduced by bone ingrowth after 12 months.

  13. Comparative endurance testing of the Biomet Matthews Nail and the Dynamic Compression Screw, in simulated condylar and supracondylar femoral fractures

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    Davies Benjamin M; Davidson Jerome A; O'Connor-Read Laurence M; Matthews Michael G; Smirthwaite Paul

    2008-01-01

    Abstract Background The dynamic compression screw is a plate and screws implant used to treat fractures of the distal femur. The Biomet Matthews Nail is a new retrograde intramedullary nail designed as an alternative surgical option to treat these fractures. The objective of this study was to assess the comparative endurance of both devices. Method The dynamic compression screw (DCS) and Biomet Matthews Nail (BMN) were implanted into composite femurs, which were subsequently cyclically loaded...

  14. Applied thermal pyrolysis of cogongrass in twin screw reactor

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    Promdee, K.; Vitidsant, T.

    2014-08-01

    Thermal pyrolysis by heat transfer model can be solved the control temperature in twin screw feeder for produce bio-oil from Cogongrass by novel continuous pyrolysis reactor. In this study, all yield were expressed on a dry and their values were taken as the average of the thermal controlled. Thermal of pyrolysis were carried out at 400-500°C. The products yield calculation showed that the liquid yield of Cogongrass by pyrolysis was higher than that solid and gas yield, as highest of 52.62%, at 500°C, and the other of liquid yield obtained from Cogongrass were 40.56, and 46.45%, at 400, and 450°C, respectively. When separate liquid phase be composed of the bio-oil was highest 37.39%, at 500°C. Indicated that biomass from Cogongrass had good received yields because of low solid yield average and gas yield and high liquid yield average. The compounds detected in bio-oil from Cogongrass showed the functional group, especially; Phenol, Phenol 2,5-dimethyl, Benzene 1-ethyl-4-methoxy, 2-Cyclopenten-1-one, 2,3-dimethyl, Benzene 1-ethyl-3-methyl.

  15. Encapsulation of liquids using a counter rotating twin screw extruder.

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    Tackenberg, Markus W; Krauss, Ralph; Marmann, Andreas; Thommes, Markus; Schuchmann, Heike P; Kleinebudde, Peter

    2015-01-01

    Until now extrusion is not applied for pharmaceutical encapsulation processes, whereas extrusion is widely used for encapsulation of flavours within food applications. Based on previous mixing studies, a hot melt counter-rotating extrusion process for encapsulation of liquid active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) was investigated. The mixing ratio of maltodextrin to sucrose as matrix material was adapted in first extrusion trials. Then the number of die holes was investigated to decrease expansion and agglutination of extrudates to a minimum. At a screw speed of 180 min(-1) the product temperature was decreased below 142 °C, resulting in extrudates of cylindrical shape with a crystalline content of 9-16%. Volatile orange terpenes and the nonvolatile α-tocopherol were chosen as model APIs. Design of experiments were performed to investigate the influences of barrel temperature, powder feed rate, and API content on the API retentions. A maximum of 9.2% α-tocopherol was encapsulated, while the orange terpene encapsulation rate decreased to 6.0% due to evaporation after leaving the die. During 12 weeks of storage re-crystallization of sucrose occurred; however, the encapsulated orange terpene amount remained unchanged.

  16. Analyze The Turn of the Screw from Cultural Criticism

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    YANG Yan

    2016-01-01

    Henry James is one of the most important novelists and critics in British and American literature. He spent much of his youth in plenty of European countries where he studied with tutors and governesses. Since the 1980s, more and more Western critics have started to use various critical theories such as political sociology, gender identity, and racial discrimination to study his novels. The author attempts to analyze The Turn of the Screw from cultural criticism. Cultural Criticism is not an independent theory. It is often interwoven with social, political, psychological, and historical contexts of a novel. The author first uses political sociology to analyze class division and power structure of the Victorian time. And then use social psychology to analyze the psyche of the governess and proves that it is the governess’sexual hysteria that leads to the fall of the two children.The author argues that Cul-tural Criticism seems to be a more suitable and effective way to analyze the story.

  17. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: sagital plane and low density pedicle screws

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    Rodrigo Augusto do Amaral

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To examine the sagittal curves of patients treated with CD instrumentation using exclusively pedicle screws. METHODS: Image analysis of medical records of 27 patients (26 M and 1 F with a minimum follow-up of 6 months, who underwent surgical treatment in our service between January 2005 and December 2010. The curves were evaluated on coronal and sagittal planes, taking into account the potential correction of the technique. RESULTS: In the coronal plan the following curves were evaluated: proximal thoracic (TPx, main thoracic (TPp, and thoracolumbar; lumbar (TL, L, and the average flexibility was 52%, 52%, and 92% and the capacity of correction was 51%, 72%, and 64%, respectively. In the sagittal plane there was a mean increase in thoracic kyphosis (CT of 41% and an average reduction of lumbar lordosis (LL of 17%. Correlation analysis between variables showed Pearson coefficient of correlation of 0.053 and analysis of dispersion of R2 = <0.001. CONCLUSION: The method has shown satisfactory results with maintenance of kyphosis correction in patients with normal and hyper kyphotic deformities.

  18. Clinical observation on the treatment of cervical vertigo due to atlantoaxial joint disorder with manipulation%手法整复治疗寰枢关节紊乱所致颈性眩晕的临床研究

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    吴锐彬; 王伟; 林镇树

    2015-01-01

    Objective To study the clinical effect of manipulation in the treatment of cervical vertigo due to atlantoaxial joint disorder. Methods A total of 86 patients in our hospital from year of July, 2010 to 2014, with cervical vertigo due to atlantoaxial joint disorder were divided into a control group and a treatment group randomly, with 43 patients in each group. The control group was treated by intravenous dripping of betahistine hydrochloride sodium chloride injection, while the treatment group was additionally treated by manipulation on the basis of the control group. The efficacy and symptoms changes together with average blood flow rate of LVA, RVA, BA, and the value of ADI, VBLADI, and DO were compared between the two groups after one week of the treatment. Results After the treatment, the improvement of vertigo and symptoms of the treatment group was between than the control group(t=12.655, P<0.05); the value of ADI and VBLADI decreased lower in the treatment group than the control group (t were 2.888 and 5.334 respectively, P<0.05);Vm of RVA, LVA and BA increased higher in the treatment group than the control group (t were 4.710, 3.534 and 5.335 respectively, P<0.01). Conclusions Manipulation combined with intravenous dripping of betahistine hydrochloride sodium chloride injection is effective in improving vertigo, decreasing ADI and VBLADI, and correcting atlantoaxial joint disorder.%目的:观察手法整复治疗寰枢关节紊乱所致颈性眩晕的临床疗效。方法收集2010年7月-2014年7月广东潮州市潮州医院门诊患者86例,按随机数字表法将患者分为2组各43例,对照组静脉滴注倍他司汀氯化钠,治疗组在对照组基础上联合手法整复治疗。治疗1周后观察2组患者眩晕症状及体征的变化,以及左侧椎动脉(LVA)、右侧椎动脉(RVA)、基底动脉(BA)的平均血流速度(Vm),并比较寰齿前间隙(ADI)、双侧齿突侧块间距差(VBLADI)、齿突生

  19. 寰枢关节不对称、钩突增生与中青年颈性眩晕的相关性%Investigation of the relationship between atlanto-axial joint asymmetry, Luschka's joint hyperplasy and cervical vertigo in the middle age and youth

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    杨星; 乔俊霞; 付芳侠; 刘嵩

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the relationship between atlanto-axial joint asymmetry, Luschka's joint hypcrplasy and cervical vertigo in the middle age and youth. Methods Two hundred and twenty-two patients with cervical vertigo in the middle age and youth were selected as the cervical vertigo group. Two hundred and three cases of the normal people were selected as the control group. All the subjects were taken mouth position and lateral X-ray photographs of cervical spine. Atlanto-axial joint asymmetry and Luschka's joint hypcrplasy were statistically evaluated by using correlation analysis. Results In the cervical vertigo group, 93. 24% (207/222) vertigo patients were atlanto-axial joint asymmetry. 23. 87% (53/222) patients were Luschka's joint hypcrplasy. In the control group, forty-eight cases were atlanto-axial joint asymmetry, accounting for 23. 65% of all unqualified. Sixty-five cases were Luschka's joint hypcrplasy, accounting for 32. 02% of all unqualified. Atlanto-axial joint asymmetry was negatively correlated with cervical vertigo in the middle age and youth (r=- 0.710, P0. 05). Conclusion Atlanto-axial joint asymmetry is negatively correlated with cervical vertigo in the middle age and youth. Atlanto-axial joint asymmetry is one of the main factors of cervical vertigo in the middle age and youth.%目的 探讨寰枢关节不对称、钩突增生与中青年颈性眩晕的相关性.方法 选取中青年颈性眩晕患者222例为眩晕组,无症状者203例为对照组.所有研究对象均摄取颈椎张口位及正侧位X线片,对其寰枢关节不对称及钩突增生情况做相关性分析.结果 颈性眩晕组中207例寰枢关节不对称,异常率93.24%;53例钩突增生,增生率23.87%.对照组中48例寰枢关节不对称,异常率23.65%;65例钩突增生,增生率32.02%.寰枢关节不对称与中青年颈性眩晕呈显著的负相关(r=-0.710,P<0.01);钩突增生与中青年颈性眩晕无相关性(r=0.091,P>0.05).结论 寰枢关节不

  20. 粒煤螺旋输送特性实验研究%Screw conveying characteristics of granular coal from screw conveyor

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    陈汝超; 陈晓平; 蔡佳莹; 刘道银; 梁财

    2012-01-01

    The screw conveying characteristics of granular coal from an screw conveyor was investigated.The results show that coal particle size,moisture content and conveying angle have significant effects on the screw conveying characteristics of granular coal.Screw velocity increases with the increasing of particle size of granular coal and decreases with the increasing of moisture content of granular coal.Increasing the conveying angle leads to serious sliding of the granular coal,and the filling coefficient increases.The filling coefficient increases with the increasing of particle size and moisture content of granular coal.%在自行设计的粒煤螺旋输送系统上对粒煤的螺旋输送特性进行了研究。结果表明:粒煤的粒径、外水分及螺旋倾角对其输送特性有显著影响。粒煤的平均粒径越大,外水分越小,其输送速率越大;螺旋倾角越大,输送过程中物料的滑移现象越严重,填充系数越大;粒煤的外水分越大,平均粒径越大,输送过程中的填充系数越大。

  1. Functionality Evaluation of a Novel Smart Expandable Pedicle Screw to Mitigate Osteoporosis Effect in Bone Fixation: Modeling and Experimentation

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    Ahmadreza Eshghinejad

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes a novel expandable-retractable pedicle screw and analyzes its functionality. A specially designed pedicle screw is described which has the ability to expand and retract using nitinol elements. The screw is designed to expand in body temperature and retract by cooling the screw. This expansion-retraction function is verified in an experiment designed in larger scale using a nitinol antagonistic assembly. The results of this experiment are compared to the results of a finite element model developed in Abaqus in combination with a user material subroutine (UMAT. This code has been developed to analyze the nonlinear thermomechanical behavior of shape memory alloy materials. The functionality of the proposed screw is evaluated with simulation and experimentation in a pullout test as well. The pullout force of a normal screw inserted in a normal bone was simulated, and the result is compared with the results of the expandable screw in osteoporotic bone. Lastly, strength of the designed pedicle screw in a foam block is also verified with experiment. The reported finite element simulations and experiments are the proof for the concept of nitinol expandable-retractable elements on a pedicle screw which validate the functionality in a pullout test.

  2. Core properties and mobility of the basal screw dislocation in wurtzite GaN: a density functional theory study

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    Belabbas, I.; Chen, J.; Heggie, M. I.; Latham, C. D.; Rayson, M. J.; Briddon, P. R.; Nouet, G.

    2016-10-01

    We have performed first principles simulations, based on density functional theory (DFT), to investigate the core properties of the basal a -type screw dislocation in wurtzite gallium nitride. Our calculations demonstrate that the fully coordinated shuffle core configuration is the most energetically favourable. The calculated electronic structure of the a -type screw dislocation was found to exhibit exclusively shallow gap states which are not associated with any extended metallization. This may explain why a -type screw dislocations are less detrimental to the performance of GaN based electronic devices than c -type screw dislocations.

  3. Clinical Accuracy of Three-Dimensional Fluoroscopy (IsoC-3D-Assisted Upper Thoracic Pedicle Screw Insertion

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    Sugimoto,Yoshihisa

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Correct screw placement is especially difficult in the upper thoracic vertebrae. At the cervicothoracic junction (C7-T2, problems can arise because of the narrowness of the pedicle and the difficulty of using a lateral image intensifier there. Other upper thoracic vertebrae (T3-6 pose a problem for screw insertion also because of the narrower pedicle. We inserted 154 pedicle screws into 78 vertebrae (C7 to T6 in 38 patients. Screws were placed using intraoperative data acquisition by an isocentric C-arm fluoroscope (Siremobile Iso-C3D and computer navigation. Out of 90 pedicle screws inserted into 45 vertebrae between C7 and T2, 87 of the 90 (96.7% screws were classified as grade 1 (no perforation. Of 64 pedicle screws inserted into 33 vertebrae between T3 and T6, 61 of 64 (95.3% screws were classified as grade 1. In this study, we reduced pedicle screw misplacement at the level of the C7 and upper thoracic (T1-6 vertebrae using the three-dimensional fluoroscopy navigation system.

  4. Calcium phosphate cement augmentation of cancellous bone screws can compensate for the absence of cortical fixation.

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    Stadelmann, Vincent A; Bretton, Elise; Terrier, Alexandre; Procter, Philip; Pioletti, Dominique P

    2010-11-16

    An obvious means to improve the fixation of a cancellous bone screw is to augment the surrounding bone with cement. Previous studies have shown that bone augmentation with Calcium Phosphate (CaP) cement significantly improves screw fixation. Nevertheless, quantitative data about the optimal distribution of CaP cement is not available. The present study aims to show the effect of cement distribution on the screw fixation strength for various cortical thicknesses and to determine the conditions at which cement augmentation can compensate for the absence of cortical fixation in osteoporotic bone. In this study, artificial bone materials were used to mimic osteoporotic cancellous bone and cortical bone of varying thickness. These bone constructs were used to test the fixation strength of cancellous bone screws in different cortical thicknesses and different cement augmentation depths. The cement distribution was measured with microCT. The maximum pullout force was measured experimentally. The microCT analysis revealed a pseudo-conic shape distribution of the cement around the screws. While the maximum pullout strength of the screws in the artificial bone only was 30±7N, it could increase up to approximately 1000N under optimal conditions. Cement augmentation significantly increased pullout force in all cases. The effect of cortical thickness on pullout force was reduced with increased cement augmentation depth. Indeed, cement augmentation without cortical fixation increased pullout forces over that of screws without cement augmentation but with cortical fixation. Since cement augmentation significantly increased pullout force in all cases, we conclude that the loss of cortical fixation can be compensated by cement augmentation.

  5. Repair of microdamage in osteonal cortical bone adjacent to bone screw.

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    Lei Wang

    Full Text Available Up to date, little is known about the repair mode of microdamage in osteonal cortical bone resulting from bone screw implantation. In this study, self-tapping titanium cortical bone screws were inserted into the tibial diaphyses of 24 adult male rabbits. The animals were sacrificed at 1 day, 2 weeks, 1 month and 2 months after surgery. Histomorphometric measurement and confocal microscopy were performed on basic fuchsin stained bone sections to examine the morphological characteristics of microdamage, bone resorption activity and spatial relationship between microdamage and bone resorption. Diffuse and linear cracks were coexisted in peri-screw bone. Intracortical bone resorption was significantly increased 2 weeks after screw installation and reach to the maximum at 1 month. There was no significant difference in bone resorption between 1-month and 2-months groups. Microdamage was significantly decreased within 1 month after surgery. Bone resorption was predisposed to occur in the region of <100 µm from the bone-screw interface, where had extensive diffuse damage mixed with linear cracks. Different patterns of resorption cavities appeared in peri-screw bone. These data suggest that 1 the complex microdamage composed of diffuse damage and linear cracks is a strong stimulator for initiating targeted bone remodeling; 2 bone resorption activities taking place on the surfaces of differently oriented Haversian and Volkmann canals work in a team for the repair of extensive microdamage; 3 targeted bone remodeling is a short-term reaction to microdamage and thereby it may not be able to remove all microdamage resulting from bone screw insertion.

  6. 螺旋叶片对垂直螺旋输送机性能的影响%Influence of screw blade of performance for vertical screw conveyor

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    余书豪; 谌永祥

    2016-01-01

    为了研究在垂直螺旋输送机物料输送过程中的细观甚至微观特征,降低颗粒输送过程中近轴处的涡流引起的能耗,增大近壁面处的轴向速度,考察不同母线形状的螺旋叶片,借助颗粒仿真软件EDEM 2.5进行数值试验,模拟垂直螺旋输送机内颗粒速度、功率消耗、能量耗散、质量流量等性能指标,通过数据处理软件Origin Pro 8.0作图分析各项指标的变化情况.结果表明:与传统直线型母线的螺旋叶片相比,弯曲型母线的螺旋叶片在近轴处的切向速度减小73.87%,大大降低近轴处的涡流效应;近壁面处的轴向速度在高转速时增大12.34%,完成预定输送任务基础上,有效地降低额外的能量消耗,提升整机性能.%In order to figure out the meso and microscopic characteristics during bulk material being conveyed within the vertical screw conveyor and reduce the swirl flow near the screw shag and increase the axial velocity of particles near the wall during the particulate being conveyed,the different shape screw blades were surveyed,by means of the software of particle simulation EDEM 2.5,numerical test was done,the standards of performance such as particle velocity,power consumption,energy dissipation and average mass flow rate within the vertical screw conveyor were simulated.The trend charts were plotted based on the data processing software Origin Pro 8.0,to analysis the changes of indicators.The result shows that compared with the line type screw blade,the curved screw blade of tangential velocity near the shaft is reduce by 73.87%,the vortex motion decreases evidently.The axial velocity near the wall is increased by 12.34%,the extra energy dissipation effectively reduces on the basis of finishing the intended work,which promotes the whole performance of vertical screw conveyor

  7. Posterior lumbar interbody fusion with cortical bone trajectory screw fixation versus posterior lumbar interbody fusion using traditional pedicle screw fixation for degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis: a comparative study.

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    Sakaura, Hironobu; Miwa, Toshitada; Yamashita, Tomoya; Kuroda, Yusuke; Ohwada, Tetsuo

    2016-11-01

    OBJECTIVE Several biomechanical studies have demonstrated the favorable mechanical properties of the cortical bone trajectory (CBT) screw. However, no reports have examined surgical outcomes of posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) with CBT screw fixation for degenerative spondylolisthesis (DS) compared with those after PLIF using traditional pedicle screw (PS) fixation. The purposes of this study were thus to elucidate surgical outcomes after PLIF with CBT screw fixation for DS and to compare these results with those after PLIF using traditional PS fixation. METHODS Ninety-five consecutive patients underwent PLIF with CBT screw fixation for DS (CBT group; mean followup 35 months). A historical control group consisted of 82 consecutive patients who underwent PLIF with traditional PS fixation (PS group; mean follow-up 40 months). Clinical status was assessed using the Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) scale score. Fusion status was assessed by dynamic plain radiographs and CT. The need for additional surgery and surgery-related complications was also evaluated. RESULTS The mean JOA score improved significantly from 13.7 points before surgery to 23.3 points at the latest follow-up in the CBT group (mean recovery rate 64.4%), compared with 14.4 points preoperatively to 22.7 points at final follow-up in the PS group (mean recovery rate 55.8%; p fusion was achieved in 84 patients from the CBT group (88.4%) and in 79 patients from the PS group (96.3%, p > 0.05). Symptomatic adjacent-segment disease developed in 3 patients from the CBT group (3.2%) compared with 9 patients from the PS group (11.0%, p fusion rate tended to be lower in the CBT group than in the PS group, although the difference was not statistically significant between the 2 groups.

  8. Comparison study of the pullout strength of conventional spinal pedicle screws and a novel design in full and backed-out insertions using mechanical tests.

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    Amaritsakul, Yongyut; Chao, Ching-Kong; Lin, Jinn

    2014-03-01

    Recently, new pedicle screw designs have been developed. However, these designs' performances are still unclear, especially when backed out after insertion. The objective of this study was to investigate the performances of different screw designs when backed out from full insertion. Seven conventional designs of the pedicle screw and one novel design were inserted into polyurethane foam (0.32 g/cm(3)). All screws were first fully inserted (43 mm) and were backed out 360°. Axial pullout tests were performed and the reaction force was measured. The results showed that the conical screw of type 1 with a small inner diameter provided the highest pullout strength in both full insertion and backed-out insertion (2401.85 and 2169.82 N, respectively). However, this screw's pullout strength significantly decreased (9.7%) when backed out from full insertion. There was no significant difference between the conical screw of type 1 with a small inner diameter and double duo core screw (p > 0.01) in backed-out insertion. The cylindrical screw with a small diameter, dual inner core screw and double dual core screw also provided good results in both full insertion (2115.44, 2182.99 and 2226.93 N, respectively) and backed-out conditions (2065.80, 2014.28 and 1941.29 N, respectively). The increased pullout strength of the conical design could be due to the effect of bone compaction. However, the screw exhibited less consistent pullout strength when backed out when compared with the other designs. The conical screw should be inserted to the precise position without turning back, especially in osteoporosis patients. The dual inner core screw and double dual core screw could provide greater stability in both conditions. Care should be taken when using both the cylindrical screw with a small thread depth and the dual outer core screw.

  9. Conversion of low density polyethylene into petrochemical feedstocks using a continuous screw kiln reactor

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    Serrano, D.P.; Aguado, J.; Escola, J.M. [ESCET, Rey Juan Carlos University, c/Tulipan s/n, 28933 Mostoles, Madrid (Spain); Garagorri, E. [Chemical Engineering Department, Complutense University of Madrid, Av. Complutense s/n, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2001-04-01

    Thermal and catalytic degradation of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) has been investigated using a screw kiln reactor provided with two zones of reaction temperature. Thermal degradation experiments carried out at different temperatures and screw speeds have shown that this continuous system is suitable for the LDPE degradation, product outputs up to c.a. 100 g/h being obtained. Compared to a conventional batch reactor, the screw kiln system leads to a lower formation of gaseous products, whereas overcracking of the heavy fractions is also reduced. These differences are probably originated by the intimate contact and the same residence times for all the product fractions that exist within the screw reactor, which is in contrast with the selective and fast withdrawal of volatile products taking place in the batch system. In the catalytic experiments, a mesoporous MCM-41 type aluminosilicate has been used as catalyst, being continuously fed to the screw reactor mixed with the raw plastic material. In these conditions, yields up to 80% towards hydrocarbons within the gasoline range (C{sub 5}-C{sub 12}) have been obtained. Moreover, high amounts of C{sub 7} and C{sub 8} hydrocarbons are present in the gasoline fractions, which is assigned to catalytic oligomerization reactions that selectively affect to C{sub 3} and C{sub 4} gaseous hydrocarbons.

  10. Metalworking defects in surgery screws as a possible cause of post-surgical infections

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    Spector, Mario; Peretti, Leandro E.; Romero, Gustavo

    2016-04-01

    In the first phase of this work, surface defects (metalworking) in stainless steel implantable prostheses and their possible relation to infections that can be generated after surgery was studied. In a second phase, the results obtained in the aforementioned stage were applied to knee cruciate ligaments surgery screws, considering the fact that a substantial number of Mucormycetes infections have been reported after arthroscopic surgery in Argentina since the year 2005. Two types of screws, transverse and interference screws, were analyzed. The Allen heads presented defects such as burrs and metalworking bending as a result of the machining process. These defects allow the accumulation of machining oil, which could be contaminated with fungal spores. When this is the case, the gaseous sterilization by ethylene oxide may be jeopardized. Cortical screws were also analyzed and were found to present serious metalworking defects inside their heads. To reduce the risk of infection in surgery, the use of screws with metalworking defects on the outer surface, analyzed with stereomicroscope and considering the inside part of the Allen as an outer surface, should be avoided altogether.

  11. Interference Screw vs. Suture Anchor Fixation for Open Subpectoral Biceps Tenodesis: Does it Matter?

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    Gobezie Reuben

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Bioabsorbable interference screw fixation has superior biomechanical properties compared to suture anchor fixation for biceps tenodesis. However, it is unknown whether fixation technique influences clinical results. Hypothesis We hypothesize that subpectoral interference screw fixation offers relevant clinical advantages over suture anchor fixation for biceps tenodesis. Study Design Case Series. Methods We performed a retrospective review of a consecutive series of 88 patients receiving open subpectoral biceps tenodesis with either interference screw fixation (34 patients or suture anchor fixation (54 patients. Average follow up was 13 months. Outcomes included Visual Analogue Pain Scale (0–10, ASES score, modified Constant score, pain at the tenodesis site, failure of fixation, cosmesis, deformity (popeye and complications. Results There were no failures of fixation in this study. All patients showed significant improvement between their preoperative and postoperative status with regard to pain, ASES score, and abbreviated modified Constant scores. When comparing IF screw versus anchor outcomes, there was no statistical significance difference for VAS (p = 0.4, ASES score (p = 0.2, and modified Constant score (P = 0.09. One patient (3% treated with IF screw complained of persistent bicipital groove tenderness, versus four patients (7% in the SA group (nonsignificant. Conclusion Subpectoral biceps tenodesis reliably relieves pain and improves function. There was no statistically significant difference in the outcomes studied between the two fixation techniques. Residual pain at the site of tenodesis may be an issue when suture anchors are used in the subpectoral location.

  12. Design of Nano Screw Pump for Water Transport and its Mechanisms

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    Wang, LiYa; Wu, HengAn; Wang, FengChao

    2017-01-01

    Nanopumps conducting fluids through nanochannels have attracted considerable interest for their potential applications in nanofiltration, water desalination and drug delivery. Here, we demonstrate by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations that a nano screw pump is designed with helical nanowires embedded in a nanochannel, which can be used to drive unidirectional water flow. Such helical nanowires have been successfully synthesized in many experiments. By investigating the water transport mechanism through nano screw pumps with different configuration parameters, three transport modes were observed: cluster-by-cluster, pseudo-continuous, and linear-continuous, in which the water flux increases linearly with the rotating speed. The influences of the nanowires’ surface energy and the screw’s diameter on water transport were also investigated. Results showed that the water flux rate increases as the decreasing wettability of helical nanowires. The deviation in water flux in screw pumps with smaller radius is attributed to the weak hydrogen bonding due to space confinement and the hydrophobic blade. Moreover, we also proposed that such screw pumps with appropriate diameter and screw pitch can be used for water desalination. The study provides an insight into the design of multifunctional nanodevices for not only water transport but water desalination in practical applications. PMID:28155898

  13. Design of Nano Screw Pump for Water Transport and its Mechanisms

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    Wang, Liya; Wu, Hengan; Wang, Fengchao

    2017-02-01

    Nanopumps conducting fluids through nanochannels have attracted considerable interest for their potential applications in nanofiltration, water desalination and drug delivery. Here, we demonstrate by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations that a nano screw pump is designed with helical nanowires embedded in a nanochannel, which can be used to drive unidirectional water flow. Such helical nanowires have been successfully synthesized in many experiments. By investigating the water transport mechanism through nano screw pumps with different configuration parameters, three transport modes were observed: cluster-by-cluster, pseudo-continuous, and linear-continuous, in which the water flux increases linearly with the rotating speed. The influences of the nanowires’ surface energy and the screw’s diameter on water transport were also investigated. Results showed that the water flux rate increases as the decreasing wettability of helical nanowires. The deviation in water flux in screw pumps with smaller radius is attributed to the weak hydrogen bonding due to space confinement and the hydrophobic blade. Moreover, we also proposed that such screw pumps with appropriate diameter and screw pitch can be used for water desalination. The study provides an insight into the design of multifunctional nanodevices for not only water transport but water desalination in practical applications.

  14. Continuous twin screw granulation: influence of process variables on granule and tablet quality.

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    Vercruysse, J; Córdoba Díaz, D; Peeters, E; Fonteyne, M; Delaet, U; Van Assche, I; De Beer, T; Remon, J P; Vervaet, C

    2012-09-01

    The aim of the current study was to screen theophylline (125 mg) tablets manufactured via twin screw granulation in order to improve process understanding and knowledge of process variables that determine granule and tablet quality. A premix of theophylline anhydrate, α-lactose monohydrate and PVP (ratio: 30/67.5/2.5,w/w) was granulated with demineralized water. Experiments were done using the high-shear wet granulation module (based on twin screw granulation) of the ConsiGma™-25 unit (a continuous tablet manufacturing system) for particle size enlargement. After drying, granules were compressed using a MODUL™ P tablet press (compression force: 10 kN, tablet diameter: 12 mm). Using a D-optimal experimental design, the effect of several process variables (throughput (10-25 kg/h), screw speed (600-950 rpm), screw configuration (number (2, 4, 6 and 12) and angle (30°, 60° and 90°) of kneading elements), barrel temperature (25-40°C) and method of binder addition (dry versus wet)) on the granulation process (torque and temperature increase in barrel wall), granule (particle size distribution, friability and flowability) and tablet (tensile strength, porosity, friability, disintegration time and dissolution) quality was evaluated. The results showed that the quality of granules and tablets can be optimized by adjusting specific process variables (number of kneading elements, barrel temperature and binder addition method) during a granulation process using a continuous twin screw granulator.

  15. Dissolving cellulose with twin-screw extruder in a NaOH complex aqueous solution

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    Yang, Y. P.; Zhang, Y.; Dawelbeit, A.; Yu, M. H.

    2016-07-01

    Novel cellulose dissolution method with twin-screw extruder was developed in order to improve the dissolution property, to simplify production procedure and to produce cellulose spinning dope which is stable and which has a higher concentration of cellulose. Therefore, the extrusion conditions on the cellulose dissolution in NaOH/thiourea/urea were extensively studied in this work. The resulted extrudates of twin-screw extruder dissolution method were characterized by polarized optical microscope image, the solubility experiment and the apparent viscosity. The results revealed that the screw revolution speed of such process could improve the solubility value (S a) of cellulose, and the solubility of cellulose reached a maximum value of 7.5 wt% at higher revolutions 450 rpm. On the other hand, the cellulose solutions were more transparent and balanced with its apparent viscosity values lower and more stable compare to stirring method, which indicated dissolving cellulose with twin-screw extruder was reliable. Moreover, the whole dissolving time is quite short, and the process is simple. The soluble effect of twin screw extrusion was far superior to traditional stirring, and the most suitable temperature was -2°C.

  16. Artificial neural network modelling of continuous wet granulation using a twin-screw extruder.

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    Shirazian, Saeed; Kuhs, Manuel; Darwish, Shaza; Croker, Denise; Walker, Gavin M

    2017-04-15

    Computational modelling of twin-screw granulation was conducted by using an artificial neural network (ANN) approach. Various ANN configurations were considered with changing hidden layers, nodes and activation functions to determine the optimum model for the prediction of the process. The neural networks were trained using experimental data obtained for granulation of pure microcrystalline cellulose using a 12mm twin-screw extruder. The experimental data were obtained for various liquid binder (water) to solid ratios, screw speeds, material throughputs, and screw configurations. The granulate particle size distribution, represented by d-values (d10, d50, d90) were considered the response in the experiments and the ANN model. Linear and non-linear activation functions were taken into account in the simulations and more accurate results were obtained for non-linear function in terms of prediction. Moreover, 2 hidden layers with 2 nodes per layer and 3-Fold cross-validation method gave the most accurate simulation. The results revealed that the developed ANN model is capable of predicting granule size distribution in high-shear twin-screw granulation with a high accuracy in different conditions, and can be used for implementation of model predictive control in continuous pharmaceutical manufacturing.

  17. Root contact with maxillomandibular fixation screws in orthognathic surgery: incidence and consequences.

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    Camargo, I B; Van Sickels, J E; Laureano Filho, J R; Cunningham, L L

    2016-08-01

    The use of maxillomandibular fixation (MMF) screws in orthognathic surgery has become common in recent years. The risk of injury to adjacent roots with their placement in this population has not been studied extensively. The aim of this study was to review the incidence and consequences of root contact/injury in patients undergoing orthognathic surgery. A retrospective analysis of the treatment and radiographic records of patients who underwent orthognathic surgery between January 2013 and September 2014 at a university in Kentucky, USA was performed. The mean number of screws used was correlated to the mean number of roots affected using Spearman's test, set to a level of significance of 5%. Of 125 patients who underwent orthognathic surgery, 15 (12%) had evidence of root contact. Subsequent radiographs showed resolution of the bone defects. There was no clinical evidence of pulpal necrosis or pain during follow-up. The average number of screws used was 3.14±0.35 per patient, with an average of 0.17±0.52 root contacts per patient. There was no correlation between the number of screws used and the number of roots injured (P=0.279). Based on these results, MMF screws can safely be used to establish interim fixation during orthognathic surgery. Caution should be taken during placement to avoid direct injury to the roots of teeth.

  18. Lower cervical spine injury treated with lateral mass plates and pedicle screws through posterior approach

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    ZHAO Xue-ling; ZHAO Hong-bin; WANG Bin; ZHU Xiao-song; LI Lin-zhi; ZHANG Chun-qiang

    2005-01-01

    Objective: To treat injury of the lower cervical spine C6 to C7 with cervical lateral mass plates and T1 pedicle screws through posterior approach. Methods: The data of 8 patients with lower cervical spine C6 or C7 injury (6 patients with fracture and dislocation in C6 and C7 and 2 with fracture in C7) were analyzed retrospectively in this study. For the preoperative American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) classification, Grade C was found in 3 cases and Grade D in 5 cases. Screws were placed on the lateral masses and the first thoracic pedicle with Margerl technique. Lamina or facet bone allografting was used to achieve a long-term stability. Results: All the 8 patients were followed up for 5-37 months (mean: 15 months). No operative death occurred. There were no examples of aggravation of spinal cord injury or vertebral artery injury, cerebrospinal fluid leak, nerve roots injury, screw malposition or back-out, loose of alignment or implant failure. Clinical symptoms and ASIA classification were improved in all the patients. Postoperative MRI scanning confirmed the satisfactory screw placement in all the cases. Conclusions: Lateral mass plates and pedicle screws through posterior approach are safe and beneficial for patients with lower cervical spine C6 or C7 injury.

  19. Study on Hardware-in-loop Simulation of Twin-screw Extruder Experiment System

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    2010-01-01

    <正>In order to facilitate the teaching of industrial processes and experiments on the twin-screw extruder control debugging,and be closer to the actual testing,to reduce the debugging costs and the risk of debugging process,the paper designs a hardware-in-loop simulation of twin-screw extruder experiment system which is closer to scene,low cost and high safety.The system through the establishment of twin-screw extruder’s mathematical model on computer to simulate the realistic system and there is hardware practicality in the computer simulation loop.The hardware based on C8051F020 can operate in the simulation loop in real time.In computer software design, we desigh man-machine interface that is intuitive and easy to operate,can reflect twin-screw extruder main operation information vividly.Finally,twin-screw extruder’s 3 heater temperature mathematical model and PID incremental control algorithm are presented.

  20. Computational fluid dynamics simulation and redesign of a screw conveyor reactor.

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    Wan, Yinkun; Hanley, Thomas R

    2004-01-01

    National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) designed a shrinking-bed reactor to maintain a constant bulk packing density of cellulosic biomass. The high solid-to-liquid ratio in the pretreatment process allows a high sugar yield and avoids the need to flush large volumes of solution through the reactor. To scale up the shrinking-bed reactor, NREL investigated a pilot-scale screw conveyor reactor in which an interrupted flight between screws was employed to mimic the "shrinking-bed" effect. In the experiments with the screw conveyor reactor, overmixing and uneven flow occurred. These phenomena produce negative effects on biomass hydrolysis. The flow behavior inside the reactor was analyzed to allow redesign of the screw to achieve adequate mixing and even flow. In the present study, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) was utilized to simulate the fluid flow in the porous media, and a new screw design was proposed. CFD analysis performed on the redesigned reactor indicated that an even flow pattern was achieved.

  1. Designs and Techniques That Improve the Pullout Strength of Pedicle Screws in Osteoporotic Vertebrae: Current Status

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    Thomas M. Shea

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Osteoporosis is a medical condition affecting men and women of different age groups and populations. The compromised bone quality caused by this disease represents an important challenge when a surgical procedure (e.g., spinal fusion is needed after failure of conservative treatments. Different pedicle screw designs and instrumentation techniques have been explored to enhance spinal device fixation in bone of compromised quality. These include alterations of screw thread design, optimization of pilot hole size for non-self-tapping screws, modification of the implant’s trajectory, and bone cement augmentation. While the true benefits and limitations of any procedure may not be realized until they are observed in a clinical setting, axial pullout tests, due in large part to their reproducibility and ease of execution, are commonly used to estimate the device’s effectiveness by quantifying the change in force required to remove the screw from the body. The objective of this investigation is to provide an overview of the different pedicle screw designs and the associated surgical techniques either currently utilized or proposed to improve pullout strength in osteoporotic patients. Mechanical comparisons as well as potential advantages and disadvantages of each consideration are provided herein.

  2. Designs and techniques that improve the pullout strength of pedicle screws in osteoporotic vertebrae: current status.

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    Shea, Thomas M; Laun, Jake; Gonzalez-Blohm, Sabrina A; Doulgeris, James J; Lee, William E; Aghayev, Kamran; Vrionis, Frank D

    2014-01-01

    Osteoporosis is a medical condition affecting men and women of different age groups and populations. The compromised bone quality caused by this disease represents an important challenge when a surgical procedure (e.g., spinal fusion) is needed after failure of conservative treatments. Different pedicle screw designs and instrumentation techniques have been explored to enhance spinal device fixation in bone of compromised quality. These include alterations of screw thread design, optimization of pilot hole size for non-self-tapping screws, modification of the implant's trajectory, and bone cement augmentation. While the true benefits and limitations of any procedure may not be realized until they are observed in a clinical setting, axial pullout tests, due in large part to their reproducibility and ease of execution, are commonly used to estimate the device's effectiveness by quantifying the change in force required to remove the screw from the body. The objective of this investigation is to provide an overview of the different pedicle screw designs and the associated surgical techniques either currently utilized or proposed to improve pullout strength in osteoporotic patients. Mechanical comparisons as well as potential advantages and disadvantages of each consideration are provided herein.

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  4. Visualization and understanding of the granulation liquid mixing and distribution during continuous twin screw granulation using NIR chemical imaging.

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    Vercruysse, Jurgen; Toiviainen, Maunu; Fonteyne, Margot; Helkimo, Niko; Ketolainen, Jarkko; Juuti, Mikko; Delaet, Urbain; Van Assche, Ivo; Remon, Jean Paul; Vervaet, Chris; De Beer, Thomas

    2014-04-01

    Over the last decade, there has been increased interest in the application of twin screw granulation as a continuous wet granulation technique for pharmaceutical drug formulations. However, the mixing of granulation liquid and powder material during the short residence time inside the screw chamber and the atypical particle size distribution (PSD) of granules produced by twin screw granulation is not yet fully understood. Therefore, this study aims at visualizing the granulation liquid mixing and distribution during continuous twin screw granulation using NIR chemical imaging. In first instance, the residence time of material inside the barrel was investigated as function of screw speed and moisture content followed by the visualization of the granulation liquid distribution as function of different formulation and process parameters (liquid feed rate, liquid addition method, screw configuration, moisture content and barrel filling degree). The link between moisture uniformity and granule size distributions was also studied. For residence time analysis, increased screw speed and lower moisture content resulted to a shorter mean residence time and narrower residence time distribution. Besides, the distribution of granulation liquid was more homogenous at higher moisture content and with more kneading zones on the granulator screws. After optimization of the screw configuration, a two-level full factorial experimental design was performed to evaluate the influence of moisture content, screw speed and powder feed rate on the mixing efficiency of the powder and liquid phase. From these results, it was concluded that only increasing the moisture content significantly improved the granulation liquid distribution. This study demonstrates that NIR chemical imaging is a fast and adequate measurement tool for allowing process visualization and hence for providing better process understanding of a continuous twin screw granulation system.

  5. Influence of screw length and diameter on tibial strain energy density distribution after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

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    Yao, Jie; Kuang, Guan-Ming; Wong, Duo Wai-Chi; Niu, Wen-Xin; Zhang, Ming; Fan, Yu-Bo

    2014-04-01

    Postoperative tunnel enlargement has been frequently reported after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Interference screw, as a surgical implant in ACL reconstruction, may influence natural loading transmission and contribute to tunnel enlargement. The aims of this study are (1) to quantify the alteration of strain energy den sity (SED) distribution after the anatomic single-bundle ACL reconstruction; and (2) to characterize the influence of screw length and diameter on the degree of the SED alteration. A validated finite element model of human knee joint was used. The screw length ranging from 20 to 30mm with screw diameter ranging from 7 to 9 mm were investigated. In the post-operative knee, the SED increased steeply at the extra-articular tunnel aperture under compressive and complex loadings, whereas the SED decreased beneath the screw shaft and nearby the intra-articular tunnel aperture. Increasing the screw length could lower the SED deprivation in the proximal part of the bone tunnel; whereas increasing either screw length or diameter could aggravate the SED deprivation in the distal part of the bone tunnel. Decreasing the elastic modulus of the screw could lower the bone SED deprivation around the screw. In consideration of both graft stability and SED alteration, a biodegradable interference screw with a long length is recommended, which could provide a beneficial mechanical environment at the distal part of the tunnel, and meanwhile decrease the bone-graft motion and synovial fluid propagation at the proximal part of the tunnel. These findings together with the clinical and histological factors could help to improve surgical outcome, and serve as a preliminary knowledge for the following study of biodegradable interference screw. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  6. Atlantoaxial lesions treated with internal fixation:Advantages of transoral approach%寰枢椎病变植入物内固定:口咽入路的优势

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    孙明启; 包国玉; 刘斌

    2013-01-01

      BACKGROUND: Transoral approach is the traditional method for the treatment of atlantoaxial lesions, and is the hotspot and difficulty of the researches on spine surgery. OBJECTIVE: To provide intuitive operation path for transoral approach reach to the craniocervical junction area, and to provide anatomical data for safe operation. METHODS: Cadaver specimen received layer by layer surgical anatomy through transoral approach, and then the anatomical level, organization structure, and the relationship with the adjacent were observed. The main anatomical structures and the distances between structures were measured with the maker point of incisor; the distance between vertebral artery and center line and the atlantoaxial morphological structure were measured. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: Transoral anterior approach could directly expose the range from the middle-lower segment of the slope to the upper edge of C 3 vertebral body, showed that the distance between bilateral vertebral arteries and center line was as fol ows: distance between left C 1 vertebral artery and the center line was (20.72-29.70) mm, distance between right C 1 vertebral artery and the center line was (20.36-28.98) mm, distance between left C 2 vertebral artery and the center line was (13.10-23.00) mm, distance between right C 2 vertebral artery and the center line was (13.85-24.02) mm. The distances from anterior tubercle, anterior odontoid process, posterior odontoid process, spinal dural, spinal cord, anterior C 2 vertebral body and anterior C 3 vertebral body to the incisor were (69.24-88.16) mm, (74.95-96.27) mm, (84.77-107.39) mm, (87.65-111.45) mm, (91.38-116.11) mm, (76.21- 92.77) mm and (78.53-105.13) respectively. The length of atlas was (19.8±2.3) mm, the height of odontoid process was (15.9±1.9) mm, the maximum transverse diameter was (10.5±0.6) mm, and the maximum sagittal diameter was (11.5±1.9) mm; the atlantoaxial maximum transverse diameter was (15.1±1.6) mm, the atlantoaxial

  7. Totally absorbable screws in fixation of subtalar extra articular arthrodesis in children with spastic neuromuscular disease: preliminary report of a randomized prospective study of fourteen arthrodeses fixed with absorbable or metallic screws.

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    Partio, E K; Merikanto, J; Heikkilä, J T; Ylinen, P; Mäkelä, E A; Vainio, J; Törmälä, P; Rokkanen, P

    1992-01-01

    Seven patients with spastic neuromuscular disease and severe hindfoot valgus deformity were treated by subtalar arthrodesis. Arthrodesis was performed in both feet at the same operation and fixed on one side with a self-reinforced poly-L-lactide (SR-PLLA) screw, and with a standard AO screw on the other side. The functional status state was improved, and radiographic union of the arthrodesis occurred in all feet. The radiograph showed better solid fusion in five feet treated with PLLA screws, similar fusion in both sides in one patient, and one slower fusion in the side treated initially with a PLLA screw. Totally absorbable SR-PLLA screws appear to be firm enough for fixation of subtalar extraarticular arthrodesis in children.

  8. Sensorless compensation system for thermal deformations of ball screws in machine tools drives

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    Kowal, Michał

    2016-12-01

    The article presents constructional, technological and operational issues associated with the compensation of thermal deformations of ball screw drives. Further, it demonstrates the analysis of a new sensorless compensation method relying on coordinated computation of data fed directly from the drive and the control system in combination with the information pertaining to the operational history of the servo drive, retrieved with the use of an artificial neural networks (ANN)-based learning system. Preliminary ANN-based models, developed to simulate energy dissipation resulting from the friction in the screw-cap assembly and convection of heat are expounded upon, as are the processes of data selection and ANN learning. In conclusion, the article presents the results of simulation studies and preliminary experimental evidence confirming the applicability of the proposed method, efficiently compensating for the thermal elongation of the ball screw in machine tool drives.

  9. Mobility analysis of parallel mechanisms based on screw theory and mechanism topology

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    Liping Wang

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available A practical method for mobility analysis of mechanisms is presented in this article, which is based on the screw theory and the topology structure of mechanisms. The proposed method can be summarized as one core principle and two key techniques. The core principle is that the series connection of kinematic pairs is equivalent to the superposition of corresponding degrees of freedom, and the parallel connection of kinematic pairs is equivalent to the superposition of corresponding constraints. The first key technique for analyzing the mobility of mechanisms is to correctly identify the series and parallel connection relationship between all kinematic pairs, that is, the mechanism topology structure. Another key technique is transforming the screws and reciprocal screws from local coordinate systems to the global coordinate system. First, the above-mentioned method is presented in theory. Then, several examples are analyzed using it, which validate its effectiveness and universality.

  10. Thermal Analysis of Ball screw Systems by Explicit Finite Difference Method

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    Min, Bog Ki [Hanyang Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Chun Hong; Chung, Sung Chong [KIMM, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-01-15

    Friction generated from balls and grooves incurs temperature rise in the ball screw system. Thermal deformation due to the heat degrades positioning accuracy of the feed drive system. To compensate for the thermal error, accurate prediction of the temperature distribution is required first. In this paper, to predict the temperature distribution according to the rotational speed, solid and hollow cylinders are applied for analysis of the ball screw shaft and nut, respectively. Boundary conditions such as the convective heat transfer coefficient, friction torque, and thermal contact conductance (TCC) between balls and grooves are formulated according to operating and fabrication conditions of the ball screw. Explicit FDM (finite difference method) is studied for development of a temperature prediction simulator. Its effectiveness is verified through numerical analysis.

  11. Twin Boundaries merely as Intrinsically Kinematic Barriers for Screw Dislocation Motion in FCC Metals

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    Zhang, Jiayong; Zhang, Hongwu; Ye, Hongfei; Zheng, Yonggang

    2016-03-01

    Metals with nanoscale twins have shown ultrahigh strength and excellent ductility, attributed to the role of twin boundaries (TBs) as strong barriers for the motion of lattice dislocations. Though observed in both experiments and simulations, the barrier effect of TBs is rarely studied quantitatively. Here, with atomistic simulations and continuum based anisotropic bicrystal models, we find that the long-range interaction force between coherent TBs and screw dislocations is negligible. Further simulations of the pileup behavior of screw dislocations in front of TBs suggest that screw dislocations can be blocked kinematically by TBs due to the change of slip plane, leading to the pileup of subsequent dislocations with the elastic repulsion actually from the pinned dislocation in front of the TB. Our results well explain the experimental observations that the variation of yield strength with twin thickness for ultrafine-grained copper follows the Hall-Petch relationship.

  12. Examining drug hydrophobicity in continuous wet granulation within a twin screw extruder.

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    Li, H; Thompson, M R; O'Donnell, K P

    2015-12-30

    The influence of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) hydrophobicity on continuous wet granulation was studied in twin screw granulation utilizing foamed binder delivery. The APIs examined were caffeine, acetaminophen, ibuprofen and griseofulvin and the drug load was maintained constant at 15 wt%. In order to understand the impact of these APIs on the granulation process, API and binder distribution, particle size, porosity, and fracture strength were analyzed on samples collected along the screw length. It was found that the API and binder distributions were uniform along the screws regardless of the hydrophobicity of the formulation, in contrast to literature results with liquid injection. The absence of de-mixing of the hydrophobic ingredient was hypothesized to be a result of the high spread-to-soak ratio of a foamed binder that 'cages' those particles within the mass of local hydrophilic solids.

  13. [APPLICATION OF COMPRESSION MINI-SCREWS IN TREATMENT OF PATIENTS WITH INJURY OF ELBOW JOINT BONES].

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    Neverov, V A; Egorov, K S

    2015-01-01

    A case report presents the experience of application of compression pileateless mini-screws (Gerbert's screws) in treatment of intra-articular fractures, which formed the elbow joint (44 cases). There were performed 32 operations concerning fracture of head of radius, 10 operations on the occasion of fractures of distal section of the humerus and 2 operations on the coronoid process. Long-term treatment results were followed-up in 31 patients during more than 6 months. On basis of analysis of treatment results the authors made a conclusion that the application of mini-screws in case of bone fractures, which formed the elbow joint, allowed realization of stable osteosynthesis after anatomic reposition of articular surfaces, obtaining good anatomical and functional result and shortened the terms of patient's treatment.

  14. Malposition and revision rates of different imaging modalities for percutaneous iliosacral screw fixation following pelvic fractures

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    Zwingmann, Jörn; Hauschild, Oliver; Bode, Gerrit;

    2013-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Percutaneous iliosacral screw placement following pelvic trauma is associated with high rates of revisions, screw malpositioning, the risk of neurological damage and inefficient stability. The correct entry point and the small target corridor may be difficult to visualize using only...... an image intensifier. Therefore, 2D and 3D image-based navigation and reconstruction techniques could be helpful tools. The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to evaluate the best available evidence regarding the rate of malpositioning and revisions using different techniques for screw...... implantation, i.e., conventional, 2D and 3D image-based navigation and reconstruction techniques, CT navigation. METHODS: A systematic review and meta-analysis were performed using the data available on Ovid Medline. 430 studies published between 1/1948 and 2/2011 were identified by two independent...

  15. ANALYSIS OF SPATIAL COMPLIANCE BEHAVIOR OF COILED SPRINGS VIA SCREW THEORY

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    2002-01-01

    A new method is presented to describe and analyze the spatial compliance of coiled springs using screw theory.After an abbreviated description for the deformation of a beam element using screw theory, the spatial compliance den-sity for a beam element is derived based on the fundamental material theory and reasonable assumptions, and the spatialcompliance of the beam with finite length is obtained by integral. The spatial compliance of coiled springs is furtheranalyzed using the spatial compliance density of the beam element. By calculating the eigencompliance and Ball's prin-ciple screws for the whole compliance of system, the compliance properties varying with the basic physical parameters ofthe system are illustrated in detail. The basic ideas can be used for the design and application of the coiled springs and theother compliant mechanisms with spatial compliant beam element.

  16. Twin Boundaries merely as Intrinsically Kinematic Barriers for Screw Dislocation Motion in FCC Metals.

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    Zhang, Jiayong; Zhang, Hongwu; Ye, Hongfei; Zheng, Yonggang

    2016-03-10

    Metals with nanoscale twins have shown ultrahigh strength and excellent ductility, attributed to the role of twin boundaries (TBs) as strong barriers for the motion of lattice dislocations. Though observed in both experiments and simulations, the barrier effect of TBs is rarely studied quantitatively. Here, with atomistic simulations and continuum based anisotropic bicrystal models, we find that the long-range interaction force between coherent TBs and screw dislocations is negligible. Further simulations of the pileup behavior of screw dislocations in front of TBs suggest that screw dislocations can be blocked kinematically by TBs due to the change of slip plane, leading to the pileup of subsequent dislocations with the elastic repulsion actually from the pinned dislocation in front of the TB. Our results well explain the experimental observations that the variation of yield strength with twin thickness for ultrafine-grained copper follows the Hall-Petch relationship.

  17. Corrosion of magnesium alloy AZ31 screws is dependent on the implantation site

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    Willbold, E. [Laboratory for Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hannover Medical School, Anna-von-Borries-Strasse 1-7, D - 30625 Hannover (Germany); Kaya, A.A. [Mugla University, Engineering Faculty, Metallurgy and Materials Engineering Department, Mugla (Turkey); Kaya, R.A. [MedicalPark Hospital, Kueltuer Sok No:1, 34160 Bahcelievler, Istanbul (Turkey); Beckmann, F. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Institute of Materials Research, Max-Planck-Str.1, D - 21502 Geesthacht (Germany); Witte, F., E-mail: witte.frank@mh-hannover.de [Laboratory for Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hannover Medical School, Anna-von-Borries-Strasse 1-7, D - 30625 Hannover (Germany)

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    The corrosion of biodegradable materials is a crucial issue in implant development. Among other materials, magnesium and magnesium based alloys are one of the most promising candidates. Since the corrosion of biodegradable materials depends on different physiological parameters like pH or ion concentrations, the corrosion might be different in different biological environments. To investigate this issue, we produced screws from magnesium alloy AZ31 and implanted them into the hip bone of 14 sheep. After 3 and 6 months, the screws were explanted and analyzed with synchrotron-radiation based micro-computed tomography and hard tissue histology. We found considerable differences in the corrosion behavior of the magnesium screws with respect to its original tissue location. However, we could detect a normal immunological tissue response.

  18. Replacement screws valve operating under Trunnion; Substituicao de parafusos de valvulas Trunnion em regime de operacao

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    Souza Netto, Charles de; Santos, Rogerio Andre Zolin dos; Arnhold, Diego [Companhia de Gas do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul (SULGAS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil); Jacques, Rodrigo das Neves [Guidotti e Vieira Manutencao Industrial Ltda., Canoas, RS (Brazil)

    2012-07-01

    The report shows the process created for the substitution and extraction of bearing screws of the Trunnion valves, in operation. The methodology was developed at the 'Companhia de Gas do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul - SULGAS', with the objective of avoiding failure emergency situations, and or sudden breaking of the screws of fixation of the lid of the inferior bearing of the Trunnion valves. it is a preventive process of substitution of these screws, that after a great period of use in atmospheres with high potential of oxidation present structural failure. The breaking of these components creates a leaking process by the inferior lid of the valves, fact that is intended to be avoided with the application of the technical procedure of this report, guaranteeing the integrity of the valves that are vital components for the continuous operation of the gas pipe line. (author)

  19. Percutaneous Cement-Augmented Screws Fixation in the Fractures of the Aging Spine: Is It the Solution?

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    Sébastien Pesenti

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Management of elderly patients with thoracolumbar fractures is still challenging due to frequent osteoporosis and risk of screws pull-out. The aim of this study was to evaluate results of a percutaneous-only procedure to treat these fragile patients using cement-augmented screws. Methods. 12 patients diagnosed with a thoracolumbar fracture associated with an important loss of bone stock were included in this prospective study. Surgical procedure included systematically a percutaneous osteosynthesis using cemented fenestrated screws. When necessary, additional anterior support was performed using a kyphoplasty procedure. Clinical and radiographic evaluations were performed using CT scan. Results. On the whole series, 15 fractures were diagnosed and 96 cemented screws were inserted. The difference between the pre- and postoperative vertebral kyphosis was statistically significant (12.9° versus 4.4°, P=0.0006. No extrapedicular screw was reported and one patient was diagnosed with a cement-related pulmonary embolism. During follow-up period, no infectious complications, implant failures, or pull-out screws were noticed. Discussion. Aging spine is becoming an increasing public health issue. Management of these patients requires specific attention due to the augmented risk of complications. Using percutaneous-only screws fixation with cemented screw provides satisfactory results. A rigorous technique is mandatory in order to achieve best outcomes.

  20. Magnesium inference screw supports early graft incorporation with inhibition of graft degradation in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

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    Cheng, Pengfei; Han, Pei; Zhao, Changli; Zhang, Shaoxiang; Zhang, Xiaonong; Chai, Yimin

    2016-05-01

    Patients after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery commonly encounters graft failure in the initial phase of rehabilitation. The inhibition of graft degradation is crucial for the successful reconstruction of the ACL. Here, we used biodegradable high-purity magnesium (HP Mg) screws in the rabbit model of ACL reconstruction with titanium (Ti) screws as a control and analyzed the graft degradation and screw corrosion using direct pull-out tests, microCT scanning, and histological and immunohistochemical staining. The most noteworthy finding was that tendon graft fixed by HP Mg screws exhibited biomechanical properties substantially superior to that by Ti screws and the relative area of collagen fiber at the tendon-bone interface was much larger in the Mg group, when severe graft degradation was identified in the histological analysis at 3 weeks. Semi-quantitative immunohistochemical results further elucidated that the MMP-13 expression significantly decreased surrounding HP Mg screws with relatively higher Collagen II expression. And HP Mg screws exhibited uniform corrosion behavior without displacement or loosening in the femoral tunnel. Therefore, our results demonstrated that Mg screw inhibited graft degradation and improved biomechanical properties of tendon graft during the early phase of graft healing and highlighted its potential in ACL reconstruction.