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  1. Atlantoaxial arthrodesis using C1-C2 transarticular screw fixation in a case of Morquio syndrome

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    Arvind G Kulkarni

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Prophylactic or therapeutic arthrodesis is recommended for atlantoaxial instability in Morquio syndrome. Occipitocervical fusion, the common approach for upper cervical fusion in Morquio syndrome sacrifices the movements at the occipitoatlantal joints. The use of C1-C2 transarticular screws for achieving C1-C2 arthrodesis, without compromising mobility at the occipitoatlantal joint in Morquio syndrome has not been reported. We report a case of Morquio syndrome with atlantoaxial instability and odontoid hypoplasia, where we successfully achieved C1-C2 arthrodesis using transarticular screws and bone graft. The advantages of this method over other methods of atlantoaxial arthrodesis in Morquio syndrome have also been discussed.

  2. Atlantoaxial arthrodesis using C1-C2 transarticular screw fixation in a case of Morquio syndrome

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    Kulkarni, Arvind G; Siddharth M Shah

    2011-01-01

    Prophylactic or therapeutic arthrodesis is recommended for atlantoaxial instability in Morquio syndrome. Occipitocervical fusion, the common approach for upper cervical fusion in Morquio syndrome sacrifices the movements at the occipitoatlantal joints. The use of C1-C2 transarticular screws for achieving C1-C2 arthrodesis, without compromising mobility at the occipitoatlantal joint in Morquio syndrome has not been reported. We report a case of Morquio syndrome with atlantoaxial instability an...

  3. CT analysis of the axis for transarticular screw fixation of rheumatoid atlantoaxial instability

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    Chung, Sung Soo; Lee, Chong Suh; Kang, Chang Seok [Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul (Korea); Chung, Hye Won [Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul (Korea)

    2006-09-15

    To investigate the morphological characteristics of the axis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients with atlantoaxial instability and to determine, by means of sagittal reconstructed computed tomography (CT), the suitability for atlantoaxial transarticular screw fixation. Twenty-seven patients, who had undergone reconstructed cervical spine CT scanning preoperatively and posterior atlantoaxial arthrodesis for atlantoaxial instability, were identified from a database for inclusion in this study. The isthmus height and internal height of the lateral mass of the axis were measured using digital imaging software. The mean isthmus height and internal height of the lateral mass of the axis in RA patients (n=14) were significantly lower than in non-RA patients (n=13) (P<0.01). A high-riding vertebral artery (VA) was present in 54% (15 joints, 9 patients) of the 28 atlantoaxial joints in the RA group and in 12% (3 joints, 2 patients) of the 26 atlantoaxial joints in the non-RA group (P<0.01). In RA patients, the axis showed more extensive thinning of the isthmus and lateral mass than in non-RA patients. A precise preoperative evaluation of screw trajectory using reconstruction CT imaging may be useful in atlantoaxial transarticular fixation, particularly for RA patients with atlantoaxial instability. (orig.)

  4. Anterior transarticular screw fixation for atlantoaxial arthrodesis: A report of two cases

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    Carrier, C. S.; A A Sama; Girardi, F. P.; Lebl, D. R.

    2013-01-01

    The sequelae of atlantoaxial instability (AAI) range from axial neck pain to life-threatening neurologic injury. Instrumentation and fusion of the C1-2 joint is often indicated in the setting of clinical or biomechanical instability. This is the first clinical report of anterior Smith-Robinson C1-2 transarticular screw (TAS) fixation for AAI. The first patient presented with ischemic brain tissue secondary to post-traumatic C1-2 segment instability from a MVC 7 years prior to presentation. Th...

  5. Anterior transarticular screw fixation for atlantoaxial arthrodesis: A report of two cases

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    C S Carrier

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The sequelae of atlantoaxial instability (AAI range from axial neck pain to life-threatening neurologic injury. Instrumentation and fusion of the C1-2 joint is often indicated in the setting of clinical or biomechanical instability. This is the first clinical report of anterior Smith-Robinson C1-2 transarticular screw (TAS fixation for AAI. The first patient presented with ischemic brain tissue secondary to post-traumatic C1-2 segment instability from a MVC 7 years prior to presentation. The second patient presented with a 3 year history of persistent right-sided neck and upper scalp pain. Both were treated with transarticular C1-2 fusion through decortication of the atlantoaxial facet joints and TAS fixation via the anterior Smith-Robinson approach. At 16 months follow-up, the first patient maintained painless range of motion of the cervical spine and denied sensorimotor deficits. The second patient reported 90% improvement in her pre-operative symptoms of neck pain and paresthesia. Anterior Smith-Robinson C1-2 TAS fixation provides a useful alternative to the posterior Goel and Magerl techniques for C1-2 stabilization and fusion.

  6. 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

  7. [C1-C2 transarticular screw fixation of atlanto-axial instability with tetraparesis in rheumatoid patient--case report].

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    Chrzanowska, Anetta; Chrzanowski, Robert; Skura, Antoni

    2010-01-01

    A case of a 50-year-old patient with C1-C2 subluxation and concomitant neurological deficits in the course of rheumatoid arthritis has been described. In the article the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, consisting mainly of surgical treatment, have been presented. Indications for the surgery were: a rapid disease progression observed during the last six months, and tetraparesis. The authors propose the choice of applied surgical technique by taking into account difficulties consequential to the anatomy of this region, as well as additional complications regarding the chronic inflammation process. The use of transarticular screw fixation method, together with concurrent spinal cord decompression allowed the stabilization of C1-C2 subluxation and improvement of the neurological state of the patient. PMID:21591367

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

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    Manabu Sasaki; Katsumi Matsumoto; Koichiro Tsuruzono; Kazuhiro Yoshimura; Katsuhiko Shibano; Kazuo Yonenobu

    2014-01-01

    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...

  9. 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.

  10. Atlantoaxial fixation: Overview of all techniques

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    Mummaneni Praveen

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Over the past century, steady advances have been made in fixating an unstable atlantoaxial complex. Current options for fixation of the atlantoaxial complex include posterior clamps, posterior wiring techniques, C1-C2 transarticular screw fixation, posterior C1 lateral mass screw with C2 pars or pedicle screw fixation, and anterior transoral C1 lateral mass to C2 vertebral body fixation.

  11. 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

  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. 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.

  14. 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.

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

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    Nakanishi, Kazuo; Tanaka, Masato; Sugimoto, Yoshihisa; Ozaki,Toshifumi

    2007-01-01

    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 fractu...

  16. Atlantoaxial pedicle screw fixation for old odontoid fracture combined with atlantoaxial instability%寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉技术治疗陈旧性齿状突骨折并寰枢椎失稳

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    郝定均; 许正伟; 贺宝荣; 郭华; 刘团江; 王晓东

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨后路寰枢椎椎弓根钉技术治疗陈旧性齿状突骨折并寰枢椎失稳的疗效.方法 2005年1月-2010年1月,对48例陈旧性齿状突骨折并寰枢椎失稳患者行后路寰枢椎椎弓根钉复位固定,其中男30例,女18例;年龄19~56岁,平均45.1岁.本组术前均行颅骨牵引.结果 本组48例患者共置入寰椎和枢椎椎弓根螺钉各96枚,寰枢椎复位满意,术中无脊髓损伤.术中出血250~900 ml,平均370 ml,手术时间110~280 min,平均155 min.术中3例出现椎动脉损伤,3例出现寰椎后弓下壁破裂.术后均获随访9~64个月,平均46.6个月.所有患者均在术后6个月获得骨性融合,未发现螺钉松动、移位、螺钉断裂和寰枢椎再移位、失稳现象.日本骨科学会(JOA)评分由术前的(7.1±2.8)分改善至术后的(13.3±2.1)分(P<0.05).结论 寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉内固定技术具有良好的复位效果,为寰枢椎不稳患者治疗提供了一种较好的内固定术式.%Objective To explore the clinical effect of the trans-atlantoaxial pedicle screw-rod internal fixation and fusion in treatment of old odontoid fracture combined with atlantoaxial instability.Methods The study involved 48 patients with old odontoid fractures combined with atlantoaxial instability treated with trans-atlantoaxial pedicle screw-rod internal fixation and fusion from January 2005 to January 2010.There were 30 males and 18 females,at average age of 45.1 years old(19-56 years).All the patients underwent the skull traction preoperatively.Results A total of 192 pedicle screws(96 screws for the atlas and another 96 for the axis)were implanted in all the 48 patients who obtained satisfactory atlantoaxial reduction,with no spinal cord injuries.The operation lasted for average 155 min,with blood loss for average 370 ml.There were three patients with vertebral artery injury and three with inferior posterior arch fracture of the atlas during operation.All the patients were

  17. 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.

  18. 寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉内固定治疗Ⅱ型齿突骨折合并寰枢椎脱位%Atlantoaxial pedicle screw internal fixation in treatment of typeⅡodontoid fracture combined with atlantoaxial dislo-cation

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    窦以宝; 罗学勤; 尹玉荣; 卞博; 高孟亮

    2014-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical effect of posterior atlantoaxial pedicle screw internal fixation for the treat -ment of type Ⅱodontoid process fracture combined with atlantoaxial dislocation .Methods From 2010 October to 2012 Sep-tember , the clinical data of 20 cases of typeⅡ( Anderson classification ) odontoid fracture combined with atlantoaxial disloca-tion were retrospectively analyzed , all patients underwent the posterior operation of atlantoaxial pedicle screw internal fixation . All the patients were associated with atlantoaxial dislocation or subluxation , and had no symptoms of spinal cord injury , but neck pain significantly .Preoperative conventional skull traction for an average time of 3.5 d.Results All patients received a mean follow-up of 16 months, all patients with neck pain was relieved ,reliable fixation.Conclusion Atlantoaxial pedicle screw system fixation technique is an effective operation method to treat the odontoid type Ⅱfractures with atlantoaxial disloca-tion.%目的:探讨经后路寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉内固定治疗Ⅱ型齿突骨折合并寰枢椎脱位的临床疗效。方法对2010年10月~2012年9月收治的20例Ⅱ型( Anderson分型)齿突骨折合并寰枢椎脱位的患者行后路寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉内固定术治疗的临床资料进行回顾性分析,所有患者伴有寰枢椎的脱位或半脱位,所有患者无明显脊髓损伤症状,枕颈部疼痛明显,术前常规采用颅骨牵引,平均3.5 d。结果20例患者术后平均随访16个月,所有患者颈部疼痛缓解明显,骨折固定可靠。结论寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉系统三维固定技术是治疗Ⅱ型齿突骨折并寰枢椎脱位患者一种有效的手术方法。

  19. 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.

  20. [Failed compression osteosynthesis of the dens axis treated by anterior C1-C2 transarticular stabilisation. Case report].

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    Kočiš, J; Kelbl, M

    2011-01-01

    We describe the case of an 80-year-old female patient who had undergone anterior C1-C2 transarticular stabilisation and was subsequently treated by the triple-screw method for failed compression osteosynthesis of a AO type III dens axis fracture. Key words: dens axis, upper cervical spine fracture, eldery, triple screw technique, anterior transarticular C1-C2 stabilisation. PMID:21729645

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. The indication and preliminary clinical outcome Of atlantoaxial tri-screw-rod fixation%寰枢椎后路三点式固定的适应证与初步临床应用

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    王麓山; 王文军; 王程; 朱一平; 刘海兵; 欧阳智华

    2011-01-01

    目的:探讨寰枢椎后路经椎弓根钉棒系统"三点式"固定术式的适应证与初步临床疗效.方法:2008年6月~2010年6 月共收治21例寰椎不能进行双侧侧块置钉的寰枢椎不稳患者,其中男12例,女9例,年龄17~53岁,平均34岁.临床均表现为不同程度的颈枕部疼痛和活动受限,影像学检查均示寰椎单侧侧块骨折、寰枢椎不稳.10例合并寰枢椎半脱位者术前先给予Halo架牵引复位,所有患者均采用寰椎单侧侧块螺钉、枢椎双侧椎弓根螺钉的"三点式"内固定及植骨融合术,术后颈围固定3个月.随访患者临床与影像学结果.结果:患者均顺利完成手术,未发生脊髓和椎动脉损伤.手术时间70~140min,平均92min.所有患者均获随访,随访时间6~24个月,平均14.2个月,所有患者术后3~6个月(平均4个月)植骨块均融合,未发现螺钉松动、脱出以及断钉、断棒等现象.颈部疼痛症状均基本消失,枕颈活动度保留,对患者生活无明显影响.结论:寰枢椎"三点式"固定具有较强的三维固定作用,结合术前牵引复位与术后颈围外固定,用于不能进行寰椎双侧侧块置钉的寰枢椎不稳患者可避免枕颈融合术导致的枕颈活动丧失.%Objective:To evaluate the preliminary clinical outcome and indication of atlantoaxial tri-screwrod fixation. Method: From June 2008 to June 2010,21 patients suffering from atlantoaxial instability underwent fusion and atlantoaxial tri-screw-rod fixation.There were 12 males and 9 females,aged from 17 to 53(mean 34 years ).They all presented with cervical pain and malfunction.The radiographical fingdings indicated aflantoaxial instability together with C1 lateral mass fracture.10 cases with aflantoaxial dislocation underwent preoperative skull traction and postoperative halo-vest. Result:The operation time was 70-140 minutes (average,92 minutes).Patients were followed up for an average of 14.2 months(range,6-24 months).No spinal

  5. Atlantoaxial transpedicle screws fixation for the treatment of atlatoaxial instability%寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉固定技术在治疗寰枢椎不稳中的应用

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    彭焰; 黄岭志; 梁安靖; 张新亮; 黄东生

    2010-01-01

    目的 探讨寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉固定技术在寰枢椎不稳中的应用疗效.方法 2004年10月2008年12月,采用寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉固定技术治疗寰枢椎不稳12例,男7例,女5例,年龄26~62岁,平均49.4岁,其中枢椎齿状凸骨折5例,均为陈旧性AdersonⅡ型骨折;寰枢椎陈旧性脱位7例.所有患者均表现为枕颈区疼痛、颈部活动障碍.4例患者合并脊髓受压,Frankel分级C级和D级各2例.术前JOA评分5~12分,平均8.5分.术前均行颅骨牵引.寰椎进钉点在后结节中点旁18~20 mm与后弓下缘以上2 mm交点处,钉道方向与冠状面垂直,矢状面上头偏约5°,枢椎进钉点为下关节突内上象限,钉道方向内斜32°,上倾28°.结果 12例患者共植入寰、枢椎左右椎弓根螺钉各24枚,无一例发生脊髓或椎动脉损伤.所有患者均获成功随访,时间为6~48个月,平均25个月,术后6月JOA评分为13.5~16.7分,平均14.9分,改善率为87.4%.结论 寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉固定技术用于寰枢椎不稳的治疗中具有稳定固定的良好临床疗效.%Objective To summarise the results of fixation with atlantoaxial transpediele screws for the treatment of atlatoaxial instability. Methods From Oct. 2004 to Dec. 2008, 12 patients with upper cervi-cal spine injury were included in this study, 7 males and 5 females, with a mean age of 49. 4 years (ranging from 26 to 62), including 5 cases of odontoid old fracture (Aderson Ⅱ ), 7 cases of atlantoaxial dislocation.Four patients suffered from neural function impairment caused by spinal cord compression ( Frankel C in 2 cases, Frankel D in 2cases). Preoprative JOA score ranged from 5 to 12, averaging 8. 5. Skull traction was performed in every case preoperatively. The screws were placed at the point of intersection beside the posteri-or arch of arias about 18-20 mm and above 2 mm inferior boarder of posterior arch. Vertical to the coronal plane, the tip of the screw was 5° sidelong to the head in

  6. 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

  7. Treatment of dens fracture combined with recoverable atlantoaxial dislocation with posterior fusion plus pedicle screw%寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉内固定治疗齿状突骨折合并寰枢椎脱位

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    曾周景; 叶建华; 唐桂阳; 赖泽新; 谭通

    2010-01-01

    Objective To report the clinical results of posterior fusion plus pediele screw fixation for treatment of dens fracture combined with recoverable atlantoaxial dislocation. Methods From April 2006 to September 2008,17 cases of dens fractures combined with recoverable atlantoaxial dislocation were treated with posterior pedicle screw fixation.reduction and fusion.Skull traction was made to restore the normal atlantoaxial joint before the operation.The spinal cord functions were evaluated by the system of Japanese Orthopaedics Association(JOA). Results Followups for 12 to 38 months(average,18 months)showed that the aflantoaxial alignment and stability were restored in all the patients,without complications due to instrumentation.The average JOA scores improved significantly from the preoperative 10.2±2.4 points to the 15.7±1.9 at the last followup(t=9.078,P<0.05).The follow-ups showed that the functional improvement rate of spinal cord ranged from 35%to 95%,averaging 68.5%. Conclusion Since posterior atlantoaxial pedicle screw and rod fixation provides immediate three-dimensional rigid fixation of the atlantoaxial joint,it may be a more effective technique than previously reported techniques.%目的 探讨后路寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉内固定治疗齿状突骨折合并寰枢椎脱位的临床疗效.方法 2006年4月至2008年9月收治17例齿状突骨折合并寰枢椎脱位的患者,男11例,女6例;年龄23~65岁,平均37.1岁.齿状突骨折按照Anderson分型:Ⅱ型12例,Ⅲ型5例.患者均有寰枢椎脱位或半脱位,寰枢椎脱位按Fielding分型:Ⅰ型2例,Ⅱ型3例,Ⅲ型10例,Ⅳ型2例.经术前颅骨牵引,采用后路椎弓根螺钉,行寰枢椎复位、固定及植骨融合,对其疗效进行随访.结果 本组17例患者共置椎弓根螺钉68枚,螺钉位置均满意.所有患者随访12~38个月(平均18个月),四肢肌力、感觉均有不同程度恢复.脊髓功能按照日本骨科协会(JOA)评分:术前平均为(10.2±2.4)分(5

  8. 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.

  9. Atlantoaxial rotatory subluxation in children.

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    Neal, Kevin M; Mohamed, Ahmed S

    2015-06-01

    Atlantoaxial rotatory subluxation is a rare condition in which patients present with the acute onset of torticollis. Atlantoaxial rotatory subluxation represents a spectrum of disease from muscle spasm to a fixed mechanical block to reduction of the atlantoaxial complex. If left untreated, some cases may resolve spontaneously; however, other cases may result in the development of secondary changes in the bony anatomy of the atlantoaxial joint, leading to persistent deformity. Diagnosis of the condition is largely clinical but can be aided by various imaging modalities, including radiographs, dynamic CT scanning, three-dimensional CT reconstructions, or MRI. Consideration should always be given to infection or other inflammatory disease as an underlying, precipitating cause. Treatments include observation, the use a cervical collar and analgesics, halter or skeletal traction, and posterior fusion of C1-C2. The most important factor for success of conservative treatment is the time from the onset of symptoms to recognition and the initiation of treatment. PMID:26001430

  10. 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

  11. Atlantoaxial Joint Interlocking Following Type II Odontoid Fracture Associated with Posterolateral Atlantoaxial Dislocation: a Case Report and Review of Published Reports.

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    He, Deng-Wei; Huang, Wen-Jun; Sheng, Xiao-Yong; Wu, Li-Jun; Fan, Shun-Wu

    2016-08-01

    A rare case of atlantoaxial lateral mass joint interlocking secondary to traumatic posterolateral C1,2 complete dislocation associated with type II odontoid fracture is herein reported and the impact of atlantoaxial joint interlocking on fracture reduction discussed. A 72-year-old man presented with traumatic atlantoaxial lateral mass joint interlocking without spinal cord signal change, the diagnosis being confirmed by radiography and 3-D reconstruction digital anatomy. Posterior internal fixation was performed after failure to achieve closed reduction by skull traction. After many surgical attempts at setting had failed because of interlocking of the lateral mass joints, reduction was achieved by compressing the posterior parts of the atlantal and axial screws. Odontoid bone union and C1,2 posterior bone graft fusion were eventually obtained by the 12-month follow-up. The patient had a complete neurological recovery with no residual neck pain or radiculopathy. PMID:27627726

  12. Transarticular spread of Ewing sarcoma mimicking septic arthritis

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    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.)

  13. 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.)

  14. 枕颈融合内固定治疗颅颈交界区不稳的疗效分析%Clinical effects of the treatment of atlantoaxial dislocation by posterior occipitocervical fixation with C2 pedicle screws and occipitocervical plate systems

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    廖文胜; 张威; 王利民; 鲍恒

    2013-01-01

    Objective To observe the clinical effect of posterior occipitocervical fixation using C2 pedicle screws and occipitocervical plate systems.Methods Totally 47 patients with atlantoaxial dislocation were treated with posterior occipitocervical fixation using C2 pedicle screws and occipitocervical plate systems.The clinical effect was evaluated with JOA scores、Frankel system and image examination.Results All the patients were followed up for 12-33 months,average 24.6 months.Frankle classification of postoperative neurofunctional recovery:2 cases recovered from grade B to grade C,3 cases of 4 patients recovered from grade C to grade D,27 cases of 29 patients recovered from grade D to grade E and 3 cases had no improved.JOA scores after operation was from 7-15 scores,average13.4 scores.The improving rate of neurological function was 77.3%.The excellent cases were 27(57.4%),good cases were 16(34.0%) and effective cases were 4(8.5%).Image examination showed all patients exhibited a stiff bone fusion.There were no internal fixation loosing、rupture、mobiled and screw pulled out.Conclusion Posterior occipitocervical fixation using C2 pedicle screws and occipitocervical plate systems has a definite therapeutic effect on atlantoaxial dislocation.%目的 观察枕骨板联合枢椎椎弓根螺钉治疗颅颈交界区不稳的疗效.方法 对47例颅颈交界区不稳患者行枕骨钛板联合枢椎椎弓根螺钉治疗,采用JOA评分、Frankel分级及影像学检查评价手术效果.结果 所有患者随访12 ~ 33个月,平均24.6个月.随访结束时Frankel分级:B级中2例均改善到C级,C级4例中有3例改善到D级,D级29例中27例改善到E级,其余3例改善不明显.术后JOA评分法评分7~15分,平均13.4分.脊髓功能改善率平均为77.3%;其中优27(57.4%)例,良16(34.0%)例,有效4(8.5%)例.影像学复查45例患者成功获得骨性融合,2例经再次植骨后获得骨性融合.X线片观察未发

  15. 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

  16. Clinical effect of C1 laminar hooks and C2 pedicle screws fixation for atlantoaxial instability%寰椎椎板钩联合枢椎椎弓根螺钉治疗寰枢椎失稳的临床疗效

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    潘军伟; 郝定均; 黄大耿; 贺宝荣; 方向义; 许正伟

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨后路寰椎椎板钩联合枢椎椎弓根螺钉技术治疗寰枢椎失稳的临床疗效。方法2009年12月~2012年12月,行后路寰椎椎板钩联合枢椎椎弓根螺钉固定技术的寰枢椎失稳患者,有效随访资料36例,其中男26例,女10例;年龄21~66岁,平均42.3岁;有脊髓损伤症状者28例,日本骨科学会( Japanese Orthopaedic Association , JOA)评分9.3±1.8;有颈枕区疼痛症状者30例,颈枕区视觉模拟量表(visual analog scale, VAS)评分3.9±1.1;36例患者颈椎障碍功能指数(neck disability index, NDI)术前27.6±8.3;有发作性眩晕症状者6例;寰枢椎脱位26例,术前均行颅骨牵引术并达到复位。结果所有患者均顺利完成手术。术中出血量为80~600 mL,平均295 mL;手术时间95~210 min,平均157 min。术后随访个6~42个月,平均21个月,35例术后6月获得融合,影像学检查可见连续骨小梁,植骨融合率97.2%。末次随访JOA评分改善至13.7±2.0,平均改善率58%;术后VAS评分1.8±0.9;NDI降低至12.9±6.4。 JOA评分、VAS评分和NDI评分术前与术后对比差异均具有统计学意义(P<0.05)。术中未出现椎动脉、脊髓神经损伤或脑脊液漏等并发症。随访期间未发现椎板钩脱位、松动,6例有发作性眩晕患者眩晕症状消失。结论寰椎椎板钩联合枢椎椎弓根螺钉技术手术操作简单、风险低,手术时间短,有良好临床的效果,可作为治疗寰枢椎失稳的一种选择。%Objective To explore the clinical effect of C 1 laminar hooks and C 2 pedicle screws fixation for atlantoaxial instability.Methods From December 2009 to December 2012, 36 patients with atlantoaxial instability were treated by C 1 laminar hooks and C 2 pedicle screws fixation .There were 26 males and 10 females aged 21 to 66 years with an average 42.3 years.There were 28 cases with

  17. 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

  18. Reduction by C1 lateral mass as well as C2 pedicle screw fixation and Mayfield skull traction for obsolete atlantoaxial dislocation%Mayfield头架下采用C1侧块-C2椎弓根螺钉固定整复陈旧性寰枢椎脱位

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    黄涛; 孟志斌; 金大地; 谭海涛; 王挺锐; 贾丙申

    2012-01-01

    Objectives: To investigate the clinical outcome of reduction by Cl lateral mass as well as C2 pedicle screw fixation and Mayfield skull traction for obsolete atlantoaxial dislocation. Methods: The inclusive criteria was the range of motion of atlantoaxial facet joint ≥5° on dynamic radiographs. A total of 11 patients undergoing posterior surgical reduction by Cl lateral mass and C2 pedicle screw placement following Mayfield skull traction from July 2008 to July 2011 were reviewed retrospectively. There were 7 males and 4 females with a mean age of 35.6 years(range, 28-55 years). Mayfield skull traction was performed in all patients. After screws were placed in Cl-2, axial compression of C1-2 and forward pushing of C2-3 spinal process was applied to achieve reduction, after reduction, Cl-2 autogenic bony graft was performed. VAS and JOA score was respectively used to evaluate the axial neck pain and the neurological deficit, and the results were compared before and after operation. Bony fusion was observed by the midline sagittal CT images. Results: The average operation time was 2.8±1.2h, and the mean blood loss was 260±80ml. No intraoperative neurovascular injury was noted. All patients were followed up for 6-36 months, with an average of 23 months. The average VAS score at final follow-up(3.15±1.28) was significantly lower than that of preoperation(6.14±1.92)(P<0.05). The average JOA score at final follow-up(14.22±2.76) was significantly higher than that of preoperation(10.57± 2.12)(P<0.05). No loss of reduction or instrument failure was noted at final follow-up. Solid fusion was achieved in all 11 patients 6 months later. Conclusions: For cases with atlantoaxial dislocation and ROM of C1-2 facet ≥5°, C1 lateral mass and C2 pedicle screw fixation following Mayfield skull traction is reliable and effective.%目的:探讨Mayfield头架下单纯后路C1侧块-C2椎弓根螺钉复位固定并椎板间植骨融合治疗陈旧性寰枢椎脱

  19. Radiologic diagnosis of atlantoaxial subluxation

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    One hundred thirty cases of suspected atlantoaxial subluxation after trauma to the neck were studied by plain radiography, polytomography, and CT. The patients were aged 8-22 years. Atlantoaxial subluxation is an infrequent entity in children aged 8-16 years and usually follows mild trauma. It is often overlooked on plain films and is difficult to diagnose on polytomographs. Magnified thin-section (3-5-mm) axial CT scans of the skull base and proximal cervical spine with soft-tissue and bone window settings were diagnostic, clearly delineating the relationship of occipital condyles, atlas, and axis. CT disclosed all seven cases of atlantoaxial subluxation. In retrospect, subtle plain radiographic and polytomographic abnormalities of the craniocervical junction were present in the patients with persistent torticollis. Follow-up CT scans showed gradual reduction of atlantoaxial subluxation in five cases detected early and treated with traction. In two cases diagnosed 2 weeks after trauma, follow-up CT scans showed only slight improvement with conservative traction therapy. These two patients subsequently required open reduction and fixation

  20. 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

  1. 后路寰枢椎固定融合治疗陈旧性寰枢椎损伤%Posterior atlantoaxial fusion fixation for old atlantoaxial injury

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    皮红林; 余鹏; 刘家矿; 何继文; 吴群海; 张超; 张军; 谢岩

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical effects of posterior atlantoaxial fusion fixation in treatment of old atlantoaxial injury secondary to atlantoaxial dislocation.Methods A retrospective analysis was carried out on 16 patients ( 14 males and 2 females) with old atlantoaxial injuries secondary to atlantoaxial dislocations managed with posterior atlantoaxial fusion fixation from March 2008 to March 2012.The time from injury to operation lasted for 3-36 months ( average 10.5 months).Posterior atlantoaxial transpedicular fixation was performed in 13 patients including 10 patients with old odontoid fractures and three with old traumatic transverse ligament disruptions of the atlas combined with atlantoaxial dislocations.Also,posterior atlantal arch transpediclar fixation combined with axial pedicle screw fixation was performed in three patients who had old odontoid fractures combined with atlantoaxial dislocations.All patients had simultaneous autogenous bone grafting between atlas and axis during reduction and fixation.The preoperative and postoperative Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) scores were compared.Follow-up X-ray films and CT was performed to evaluate the atlantoaxial reduction and fusion.Results All the patients were followed up for 9-18 months ( mean 13 months).None of the patients had spinal cord or vertebral artery injuries.Follow-up CT showed that two patients had partial penetration of one side axial pedicle screws into transverse foramen without nerve and blood vessel injuries.Clinical symptoms obtained different degree of improvement.The postoperative JOA scores ranged from 13 to 16 points ( mean 14.8 points) and the improvement rate of JOA was 71%-92% ( mean 82% ).The X-ray films and CT showed sound bone fusion,with good location of screws but with no signs of atlantoaxial instability or loss of reduction,or loosening or breakage of the screws.Conclusion Posterior atlantoaxial fusion fixation can effectively reconstruct atlantoaxial

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 寰椎椎板钩联合枢椎椎弓根螺钉内固定的力学稳定性评价%Biomechanical stability of fixation with bilateral C1 hooks plus C2 pedicle screws

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    李松凯; 倪斌; 王明飞; 张锋; 郭翔; 王健; 赵卫东

    2010-01-01

    目的 评价寰椎椎板钩联合枢椎椎弓根螺钉内固定的生物力学稳定性.方法 取6具新鲜尸体颈椎标本置于1.5 N·m载荷下,测量C_(1-2)节段的三维运动范围(ROM).标本按随机顺序,依次行完整状态(完整状态组)、不稳状态(齿状突周围韧带切除,为不稳状态组)、经寰枢关节间隙螺钉联合Gallic内固定(固定A组)、寰椎椎板钩联合枢椎椎弓根螺钉内固定(固定B组)、寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉内固定(固定C组)5种状态下的三维ROM值测量.比较各组标本的屈伸、侧屈、旋转ROM值.结果 完整状态组、不稳状态组、固定A、B、C组的平均屈伸ROM值分别为17.78°、30.69°、2.25°、2.93°、2.73°,组间比较差异有统计学意义(F=216.69,P=0.000);平均侧屈ROM值分别为9.56°、17.18°、1.91°、2.30°、2.05°,组间比较差异有统计学意义(F=122.75,P=0.000);平均旋转ROM值分别为44.19°、57.30°、1.22°、2.88°、2.07°,组间比较差异有统计学意义(F=154.54,P=0.000).固定A、B、C组较完整状态组和不稳状态组各个方向的ROM值均明显减少,差异均有统计学意义(P0.05).结论 寰椎椎板钩联合枢椎椎弓根螺钉内固定可提供与经寰枢关节间隙螺钉联合Gallic内固定和寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉内固定相当的力学稳定性.在以上两种方法无法实施时,可作为一种安全的替代.%Objective To compare the biomechanical stabilities of fixation with bilateral C1 hooks plus C2 pedicle screws, fixation with C1-C2 transarticular screws plus Gallic wires and fixation with C1-C2 pedicle screws. Methods Six specimens of cervical spines (C0-C4) taken from 6 fresh-frozen human their intact condition, destabilization by disrupting the transverse-Mar-apical ligament, fixation with transar-ticular screws plus Gallic posterior wires, fixation with C1 hooks plus C2 pedicle screws, and fixation with C1-C2 pedicle screws.Pure moment loading, up to 1.5 N·m, was applied to the occiput

  6. The treatment of atlantoaxial instability with posterior hybrid fixation techniques%后路多种内固定技术联合应用治疗寰枢椎不稳

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    陈飞; 卢旭华; 倪斌; 谢宁; 郭翔; 杨军; 郭群峰; 杨珺

    2015-01-01

    联合应用治疗寰枢椎不稳安全且有效.%Objective To evaluate the indications,safety and clinical outcomes of hybrid internal fixation techniques in the treatment of atlantoaxial instability.Methods From June 2010 to June 2013,a retrospective study was done on 19 patients (7 males and 12 females,with age range of 15 to 57 years,mean 40±13 years) with atlantoaxial instability who had undergone the treatments of atlantoaxial fusion operations with hybrid fixation techniques.All of 19 patients suffered from neck pain or limitations of cervical motion.Among them,5 cases presented only the neck pain while 14 cases combined with spinal cord compression systems,including different degrees of sensory and motor disorders and increased reflex.The atlantoodontoid interval was larger than 3 mm in 8/19 cases with an average of 6.4±3.0 mm (3-10 mm).The distance from lateral mass of atlas burst fracture was 7-9 mm (mean,7.7±0.9).CT scan was used to evaluate the height of the lateral arch above bilateral axial vertebral arteries,with 4 cases < 4 mm unilaterally.The atlantoaxial fusion was achieved using hybrid fixation techniques,including transarticular screw,C1 lateral mass screw,C2 pedicle screw,C2 translaminar screw and C1 laminar hook.The neck pain that all patients suffered was measured by Visual analogue scale (VAS),and the degree of cervical spinal cord injury of 14 patients who had neural symptoms and dysfunction was evaluated by Japanese Orthopedic Association score (JOA)and the rate of the improved JOA score (RIS).Cervical X-ray and CT scan after operation were used to observe the internal fixations and bone fusion during the follow-up.Results All the 19 patients got 12 to 24 months' follow-up,15.3±4.2 months at average.In 3 months followup time,all patients got relief from the neck pain,the VAS of neck pain decreased to 1.2±0.97 after 3 months and to 0.63±0.76 at last follow-up postoperatively,comparing to 4.5± 1.54 preoperatively.The JOA score

  7. 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.

  8. Asymptomatic atlantoaxial subluxation in rheumatoid arthritis.

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    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.

  9. Accuracy and complications of posterior C2 screw fixation using intraoperative three-dimensional fluoroscopy-based navigation

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    Tao Xiaohui; Tian Wei; Liu Bo; Li Qin; Zhang Guilin

    2014-01-01

    Background The peculiar and highly variable C2 anatomy can make screw fixation more challenging and prone to potential vertebral artery or neurologic injury.Conventional C-arm fluoroscopy has several drawbacks.The aim of this research was to evaluate the accuracy of posterior C2 screw fixation using intraoperative three-dimensional fluoroscopybased navigation (ITFN) and assess the perioperative complication rate related to screw placement.Methods A retrospective review identified patients who underwent operative management with C2 instruments using ITFN at our hospital between January 2006 and December 2012.Clinical data were obtained from medical records and final screw positions were graded according to a modified classification of Gertzbein and Robbins.Grade A and B screws were considered well positioned.Results The study included 99 patients (53 males and 46 females) who underwent posterior C2 screw fixation using ITFN.The mean Japan Orthopedic Association score improved from (6.7±1.9) points before surgery to (12.5±2.7) points at 6-month follow-up (z=+8.628,P <0.01).The mean visual analogue scale improved from (4.1±1.2) points before surgery to (0.7±0.9) points at 6-month follow-up,with an improvement of 83.7% (z=8.638,P < 0.01).Of the 196 screws analyzed using computed tomography and chart review,126 transarticular,64 pedicle,and 6 pars screws were placed with 82.5% (104/126),89.1% (57/64),and 100% (6/6) accuracy (grade A),respectively; 98.5% (193/196) of screws were grade A or B (grade C,1.5% (3/196)),and no neurologic injuries occurred.In normal C2 cases,93 transarticulars and 47 pedicles were placed with high accuracy rates of 90.3% (84/93) and 93.6% (44/47) (grade A),respectively.However,in cases with C2 deformity,33 transarticular,17 pedicle,and 6 pars screws were placed with only 60.6% (20/33),76.5% (13/17),and 100% (6/6) accuracy (grade A),respectively.Conclusion ITFN is a safe,accurate,and effective tool for posterior C2

  10. 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.

  11. Atlantoaxial Joint Synovial Cyst: Diagnosis and Percutaneous Treatment

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    Synovial cysts at the atlantoaxial level are found uncommonly. Lumbar symptomatic cases are treated by percutaneous cyst aspiration with or without corticoid injection or by surgical resection, but synovial cysts at the C1-C2 level are usually treated by surgery. We report here a 92-year-old woman with a retro-odontoid synovial cyst producing spinal cord compression that was treated by percutaneous aspiration of the cyst under CT guidance. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of an atlantoaxial synovial cyst successfully treated with a minimally invasive procedure.

  12. 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.

  13. Mimics及快速成型技术在寰枢椎椎弓根个体化置钉中的应用%Application of Mimics and rapid prototyping in atlantoaxial pedicle placement

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    刘洋; 权正学; 覃炜; 欧云生

    2010-01-01

    Objective To develop and validate a novel method of atlantoaxial pedicle screw placement by using three-dimensional reconstruction software Mimics and rapid prototyping. Methods Three-dimensional reconstruction of 20 CT scanned cadaver atlantoaxial specimens was performed by using Mimics and the parameters of the pedicles were measured. Then, physical model of the pedicles was manufactured by using rapid prototyping and the parameters of the cadaver pedicles were measured. The parameters of the atlantoaxial pedicle were directly measured. All the data were analyzed statistically to verify the accuracy of the reconstructed images and physical models. The optimal pedicle channel was found to design individual fixation parameters, based on which fixation of cadaver specimens was performed under direct guidance of physical model. The accuracy of fixation was assessed by CT scanning. Results There was no statistical difference in parameters of the reconstructed images, the physical model and the specimens, which could reflect accurate atlantoaxial anatomy. Postoperative CT scanning showed that the pedicle screws were inserted successfully in 16 sides of four specimens, except for one screw wearing medial bone cortex of the atlas artery. Conclusions Three-dimensional reconstruction of the atlantoaxial specimens by using Mimics and physical models made by rapid prototyping technology facilitate atlantoaxial pedicle screw placement and can enhance the accuracy of screw fixation.%目的 利用三维重建软件Mimics及快速成型技术设计一种寰枢椎椎弓根钉个体化置入技术. 方法用Mimics软件对CT扫描的20例成人寰枢椎标本进行三维重建,并测量重建图像的椎弓根参数.利用快速成型技术制作寰枢椎实物模型,测量模型椎弓根参数.测量寰枢椎标本椎弓根参数.对重建图像、实物模型和寰枢椎标本的椎弓根参数行统计学分析,验证重建图像的精确性.在Mimics中寻找三维重建图

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

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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.)

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

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    Udare, Ashlesha Satish; Bansal, Divya; Patel, Bhavin; Mondel, Prabath Kumar; Aiyer, Siddharth

    2014-04-01

    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. PMID:24150830

  16. 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)

    2014-04-15

    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.)

  17. Atlantoaxial Subluxation after Pyogenic Spondylitis around the Odontoid Process

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    Atsushi Hasegawa

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Study Design. A case report and review of the literature. Objective. The aim of this study was to describe the conservative management of pyogenic spondylitis around the odontoid process. Summary of Background Data. Atlantoaxial subluxation after pyogenic spondylitis is rare. The therapeutic approach to infection of the upper cervical spine is controversial. Methods. Medical chart and radiological images of a 76-year-old male patient were retrospectively reviewed. Radiography revealed atlantoaxial subluxation, and an abscess was seen around the odontoid process on magnetic resonance images. Intravenous antibiotics and a halo vest were used to treat the patient. We then observed the patient’s conservative treatment course. Results. C-reactive protein levels returned to normal 4 weeks after administration of the intravenous antibiotics. The patient’s muscle weakness also completely recovered 8 weeks after administration of the intravenous antibiotics. Because the patient was able to walk without any support, surgical treatment was not necessary. Conclusions. Pyogenic spondylitis of the upper cervical spine is a rare manifestation. Surgical or conservative treatment must be selected carefully based on the patient’s symptoms. If early diagnosis and treatment can be provided to the patients, conservative treatment can be achieved.

  18. 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.

  19. Hypoplasia of the odontoid with atlanto-axial subluxation in Hurler's syndrome

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    There appears to be an increased incidence of hypoplasia of the odontoid in Hurler's syndrome. As this predisposes to atlanto-axial subluxation, it should be sought in this mucopolysaccharidosis, as well as in Morquio's syndrome. (orig.)

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Posterior atlantoaxial subluxation due to os odontoideum combined with cervical spondylotic myelopathy : a case report

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    Motosuneya, Takao; Hirabayashi, Shigeru; Yamada, Hironobu; Kobayashi, Yousuke; Sekiya, Shigeki; Sakai, Hiroya

    2007-01-01

    In patients with os odontoideum and posterior atlantoaxial subluxation are extremely rare. No reports have described posterior atlantoaxial subluxation associated with os odontoideum combined with cervical spondylotic canal stenosis, both of which require surgical treatment. We report one case of a 75-year-old female who underwent arthrodesis between the occiput and C3 using a hook-and-rod system and also a double-door laminoplasty from levels C3 to C7. The claw mechanism was applied between ...

  3. 下颈椎经关节螺钉联合侧块或椎弓根螺钉固定的效果%The effect of trausarticular screws combined with lateral mass screws or pedicle screws fixation in the lower cervical spine

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

    2009-01-01

    目的 探讨在下颈椎经颈后正中入路应用经关节螺钉联合侧块螺钉或椎弓根螺钉行内固定治疗的固定效果.方法 2003年2月至2007年10月,对22例患者通过后路应用经关节螺钉联合侧块螺钉或椎弓根螺钉行内固定治疗,男14例,女8例;年龄24~73岁,平均43岁.其中下颈椎创伤性骨折脱位13例,颈椎后纵韧带骨化症4例,颈椎管狭窄伴Ⅱ型齿突骨折1例,颈椎间盘突出伴椎管狭窄4例.结果 共置入经关节螺钉45枚,其中C4,5 2枚,C5,639枚,C6,74枚;共置入侧块螺钉12枚,C3、C4各6枚;共置入椎弓根螺钉41枚,其中C24枚,C32枚,C46枚,C721枚,T18枚.术中所有螺钉均成功置入,未出现椎动脉、神经根和脊髓损伤等置钉相关并发症.22例患者均获随访,随访时间10个月~3年8个月,平均17个月.植骨融合时间3~5个月,平均3.5个月.术后发现1例患者的2枚经关节螺钉松动,部分脱出.经加强颈托制动,术后4个月获得融合.结论 通过后路固定下颈椎时,采用经关节螺钉联合侧块螺钉或椎弓根螺钉固定,均可取得较好的固定效果.%Objective To discuss the effect of transarticular screws combined with lateral mass screws or pedicle screws through posterior approach in the lower cervical spine. Methods From February 2003 to October 2007, 22 patients were treated using transarticular screws internal fixation combined with lateral mass screws or pedicle screws in Axis plating system and Vertex system. There were cervical fracture and dislocation in 13 patients, ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament in 4, cervical canal stenosis associated with dentoid process fracture in 1, and cervical disc herniation associated with cervical stenosis in 4 patients. Lamina or facet bone grafting were used to achieve a long-term stability, with decompression and anterior approach or not. The starting point for screw insertion was located 1 mm medial to the midpoint of the lateral mass and

  4. 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.

  5. Clinical evaluation of three types of combined posterior atlantoaxial internal fixation techniques for treatment of atlantoaxial instability%寰枢椎后路三种组合固定技术治疗寰枢关节不稳的临床评估

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    徐荣明; 胡勇; 马维虎; 顾勇杰

    2010-01-01

    Objective To assess clinical curative effect of three types of combined posterior atlantoaxial internal fixation techniques in treatment of atlantoaxial instability. Methods The study involved 68 patients with atlantoaxial instability treated with different fixation techniques from August 2002 to March 2008. ( 1 ) Transpedicular fixation was performed in 32 patients including 20 patients with Anderson Ⅱ odontoid fractures (seven with old odontoid fracture and 13 with fresh fractures), six with type Anderson Ⅲ fresh odontoid fractures, four with disrupt of transverse ligament of the atlas and two with congenital loose odontoid process combined with atlantoaxial instability. (2) Transpedicular internal fixation with screws of atlas incorporating C2 laminar screws was performed in 20 patients with upper cervical injury including eight with type Ⅱ odontoid process fractures combined with atlantoaxial backward dislocation,four with type Ⅱ odontoid process fractures combined with atlantoaxial forward dislocation, two with nonunion of odontoid process fractures, three with type Ⅲ odontoid process fractures combined with atlantoaxial unsteadiness and three with atlantoaxial dislocation combined with disrupt of transverse ligament of atlas. (3)A total of 16 patients with traumatic atlantoaxial instability, reducible atlantoaxial dislocation and irreducible atlantoaxial dislocation were treated with four-point internal fixation technique using autologous iliac bone grafts. Results (1) A total of 120 screws were implanted in 32 patients, with no spinal cord or vertebral artery injury after surgery. Atlas lateral mass fixation was adopted in three patients because of broken posterior arch of the atlas. Postoperative CT showed that two screws were inserted into the vertebral artery hole and that one screw was inserted medially into the spinal canal and caused medial correx rupture, but both with no clinical symptoms. All 32 patients were followed up for 6-42 months

  6. Development of the Surgical Treatment of Irreducible Atlantoaxial Dislocation%难复性寰枢椎脱位的治疗进展

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    唐国军; 万炜

    2012-01-01

    The treatment of irreducible atlantoaxial dislocation is of much difficulty and high risk. Patients present signs and symptoms of various degrees of myelopathyor spinal cord injury, and these dislocations are unable to be reduced at X-ray radiograph dynamic position as well as preoperative skull traction. Therefore, surgery is the only treatment. Based on principles of relaxation, decompression and fusion with internal fixation, the main surgical program is one-stage transoral release and posterior or transoral fusion by pedicle screw instrumentation, and most of the surgical results are satisfactory. This article is to review the treatment of irreducible atlantoaxial dislocation.%难复性寰枢椎脱位治疗是高难度、高风险的领域,难复性寰枢椎患者往往合并不同程度脊髓损伤症状或体征,且X线片动态位和术前颅骨牵引均未能获得复位,手术治疗为唯一治疗方案.手术治疗以松解、减压、复位和内固定为原则,目前手术治疗方案以前路松解结合前路或后路内固定为主,绝大多数手术疗效满意,本文就难复性寰枢椎脱位手术治疗的进展作一综述.

  7. Atlantoaxial Chordoma in Two Patients with Occipital Neuralgia and Cervicalgia

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    Kim, Won Seop; Park, Jong Taek; Lee, Young Bok; Park, Woo Young

    2014-01-01

    Chordoma arises from cellular remnants of the notochord. It is the most common primary malignancy of the spine in adults. Approximately 50% of chordomas arise from the sacrococcygeal area with other areas of the spine giving rise to another 15% of chordomas. Following complete resection, patients can expect a 5-year survival rate of 85%. Chordoma has a recurrence rate of 40%, which leads to a less favorable prognosis. Here, we report two cases of chordoma presenting with occipital neuralgia and cervicalgia. The first patient presented with a C1–C2 chordoma. He rejected surgical intervention and ultimately died of respiratory failure. The second patient had an atlantoaxial chordoma and underwent surgery because of continued occipital neuralgia and cervicalgia despite nerve block. This patient has remained symptom-free since his operation. The presented cases show that the patients’ willingness to participate in treatment can lead to appropriate and aggressive management of cancer pain, resulting in better outcomes in cancer treatment. PMID:26064862

  8. Reduction techniques in the management of atlantoaxial subluxation

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    Arjun Shetty

    2013-01-01

    Materials and Methods: 66 cases treated over a 5 year period were evaluated retrospectively. Three cases treated by occipito cervical fusion were not included in the study. The remaining 63 cases were classified into three types. All except two cases were subjected to primary posterior C1-C2 joint space dissection and release followed by on table manipulation which was tailored to treat the type of atlantoaxial subluxation. Optimal or near optimal reduction was possible in all cases. An anterior transoral decompression was needed only in two cases where a bony growth (callus between the C1 anterior arch and the odontoid precluded reduction by posterior manipulation. All cases then underwent posterior fusion and fixation procedures. Patients were neurologically and radiologically evaluated at regular followups to assess fusion and stability for a minimum period of 6 months. Results: Of the 63 cases who underwent posterior manipulation, 49 cases achieved optimum reduction and the remaining 14 cases showed near optimal reduction. Two cases expired in the postoperative period. None of the remaining cases showed neurological worsening after the procedure. Evaluation at 6 months after surgery revealed good stability and fusion in all except three cases.

  9. Posterior treatment of delayed traumatic atlantoaxial joint dislocation with apofix internal fixation

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    Objective: To assess the effect of posterior fixation and fusion with Apofix device for the treatment of delayed traumatic atlantoaxial joint dislocation. Methods: Eighteen patients with delayed traumatic atlantoaxial joint dislocation were included. Posterior fixation and fusion with Apofix device were performed. First step was one or two week skull traction. After the atlantoaxial joint dislocation had been reduced, the posterior fixation and fusion with Apofix was performed. Using local anaesthesia, atlantoaxial interval and posterior structure of atlas and dentata were exposed by midline operative approach. Apofix interlaminar clamps were placed at posterior arch of atlas and odontoid vertebral laminae, autologous iliac bone graft was placed for fusion. Then the device to proper position was pressurized and items locked. Results: All of the patients were followed up, the mean follow-up period was 38 months (13 ∼ 84 months). Fifteen patients obtained complete reduction, the others were partial reduction. Seventeen patients had successful fusion after 3 or 4 months, only 1 patient who had partial reduction had internal fixation loose and nonfusion, leading to recurrence of atlantoaxial joint dislocation. An occipitocervical fusion surgery was performed on this patient. As to neurological assessment, 16 patients had neurological deficit before operation, while 6 of them recovered completely after operation, another 10 patients' neurological status improved significantly. JOA score was improved from 9.5 pre-operative to 15.8 post-operative. Conclusion: Apofix internal fixation and fusion seems to be feasible in treatment of delayed traumatic atlantoaxial joint dislocation. Successful reduction before operation and proper treatment after operation is also important. (authors)

  10. Atlanto-axial rotatory fixation in a girl with Spondylocarpotarsal synostosis syndrome

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    Grill Franz

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We report a 15-year-old girl who presented with spinal malsegmentation, associated with other skeletal anomalies. The spinal malsegmentation was subsequently discovered to be part of the spondylocarpotarsal synostosis syndrome. In addition, a distinctive craniocervical malformation was identified, which included atlanto-axial rotatory fixation. The clinical and the radiographic findings are described, and we emphasise the importance of computerised tomography to characterize the craniocervical malformation complex. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first clinical report of a child with spondylocarpotarsal synostosis associated with atlanto-axial rotatory fixation.

  11. 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.

  12. Surgical Intervention for Instability of the Craniovertebral Junction.

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    Takayasu, Masakazu; Aoyama, Masahiro; Joko, Masahiro; Takeuchi, Mikinobu

    2016-08-15

    Surgical approaches for stabilizing the craniovertebral junction (CVJ) are classified as either anterior or posterior approaches. Among the anterior approaches, the established method is anterior odontoid screw fixation. Posterior approaches are classified as either atlanto-axial fixation or occipito-cervical (O-C) fixation. Spinal instrumentation using anchor screws and rods has become a popular method for posterior cervical fixation. Because this method achieves greater stability and higher success rates for fusion without the risk of sublaminar wiring, it has become a substitute for previous methods that used bone grafting and wiring. Several types of anchor screws are available, including C1/2 transarticular, C1 lateral mass, C2 pedicle, and translaminar screws. Appropriate anchor screws should be selected according to characteristics such as technical feasibility, safety, and strength. With these stronger anchor screws, shorter fixation has become possible. The present review discusses the current status of surgical interventions for stabilizing the CVJ. PMID:27041630

  13. A novel method for defining the Greyhound talocrural joint axis of rotation for hinged transarticular external skeletal fixation.

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    Colborne, G R; Hadley, N R; Wallace, A M

    2013-01-01

    In order to apply hinged transarticular external skeletal fixation for stabilization of the injured canine tarsal joint, knowledge of the three-dimensional (3D) location and orientation of the transverse axis is necessary. This method of immobilization may be used as a primary or adjunctive method of stabilisation for a large number of traumatic conditions. Using pin-mounted markers in the cadaveric Greyhound crus and talus, a closed-form solution of absolute orientation was used to identify, on radiographs, the lateral and medial locations of the transverse axis by tracking the 3D excursions of the markers during flexion and extension. A line was drawn across the dorsal aspect of the calcaneus from the most dorsal point on the distal articular surface(proximal intertarsal joint: PIJ) to the most dorsal point on its proximal articulation with the body of the talus, and the location of the centre of rotation was expressed in terms of the length of that line. In seven Greyhound tarsal joints, the medial end of the axis was located 73 ± 10% proximal to the PIJ and 11 ± 7% dorsal to the line. The lateral end was 73 ± 9% proximal tothe PIJ and -2 ± 3% plantar to the line. PMID:23612749

  14. 寰枢椎椎弓根钉内固定重建上颈椎不稳%Atlanto-axial pedicle screw internal fixation to reconstruct upper cervical spine instability

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    杨飞; 武永刚; 赵敏; 贾卫斗; 云得才; 王建华

    2010-01-01

    目的 探讨寰枢椎椎弓根钉内固定融合重建上颈椎不稳的临床疗效.方法 采用寰枢椎椎弓根钉内固定自体髂骨植骨治疗上颈椎不稳患者21例,其中Ⅱ型齿状突骨折13例,齿状突不连5例,横韧带损伤3例.在寰枢椎后弓间植骨融合,使寰枢椎复合体得到稳定.结果 共置入84枚螺钉,术中2枚螺钉穿破寰椎左侧椎弓根外侧壁,未发生脊髓、椎动脉损伤.所有患者X线片示寰椎完全复位,枢椎齿状突骨折处复位良好.CT片示螺钉与椎动脉及脊髓位置关系良好.按JOA评分标准,优15例,良3例,可2例,差1例,优良率85.71%(18/21).17例患者获得随访,随访时间12~26(12.83±4.23)个月,均获得骨性融合,未发现钉板断裂.结论 寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉结合钉板系统固定重建上颈椎不稳能显著增强寰枢椎间生物力学稳定性,植骨融合率高,该术式在寰枢椎融合术中具有较高的推广应用价值.%Objective To explore the clinical effect of the atlanto-axial pedicle screw internal fixation to reconstruct upper cervical spine instability. Methods Using atlanto-axial pedicle screw and internal fixation system combined with autogenous iliac bone graft to treat 21 patients with upper cervical spine instability. Type Ⅱ odontoid process old fracture was 13 patients, odontoid process nonunion was 5 patients, injury of the transverse ligament was 3 patients. They were placed in 84 atlanto-axial pedicle screws, autogenous bones were placed in the posterior arch of atlas and axis to fusion, so that atlanto-axial complex got stabilized. Results The left lateral cortical bone of atlas vertebral pedicle was broken by screws in 2 patients, but the spinal cord and vertebral artery was intact. X-ray film showed the atlas and the fracture of dens of axis was completely replaced in all patients. The position of screw and vertebral artery or spinal cord was good in CT image. According to JOA score standard, 15 cases of all were

  15. 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

  16. 计算机辅助设计寰枢椎椎弓根内固定数字化导向模板精确置钉%Computer aid designed digital targeting template of pedicle of vertebral arch for atlantoaxial nailing

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    尹庆水; 万磊; 夏虹; 艾福志; 马向阳; 王建华

    2009-01-01

    目的 提高寰枢椎后路经椎弓根手术置钉的安全性和准确性.方法 可复性寰枢椎脱位及寰枢椎不稳13例,人院即行螺旋CT薄层扫描,取患者Dicom图像经计算机三维重建后进行后路椎弓根螺钉入路安全三维通道计算机辅助设计,建立椎弓根置钉导向管与三维互补模板.在激光快速成型机上按CAD设计图以聚苯乙烯为原料,利用逆向工程原理制作相应患者个体化的骨骼模型实物和手术辅助导板,外涂树脂固化剂,经高压消毒带进手术室,利用手术导向模板辅助寰枢椎后路椎弓根螺钉置入.结果 13例患者手术顺利,可复性寰枢椎脱位及寰枢椎不稳均解剖复位,固定良好.寰枢椎椎弓根螺钉置钉位置准确,未发生任何并发症.术中出血量平均50~100 ml,手术时间平均2.0~2.5 h,平均随访12个月,5例患儿的骨融合情况仍在随访中.结论 术中在数字化椎弓根内固定导向模板引导下置钉,提高了寰枢椎椎弓根内固定置钉的安全性和准确性.%Objective To improve the safety of atlantoaxial pedicle screw fixation. Methods The slice scanning CT images (Dicom format series) of 13 patients with atlantoaxial instability or reducible atlantoaxial dislocation were imputed into computer for three dimensional reconstruction, then the three dimensional computer virtual models was obtained. The safety passageway for atlantoaxial pedicle screw were designed, a guide tube was built around this passageway, a complementation template for posterior arch and spinous process, a connection rode to merge above two part, therefore, we get a digital targeting template of pedicle of vertebral arch for atlantoaxial nailing. This CAD template was input to Laser rapid prototyping machine with polystyrene as raw material. Based on reverse engineering theory, rapid prototyping entity of patient's skeleton model and atlantoaxial targeting template was gained which enwrapped a layer of resin

  17. 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.

  18. Spinal cord compression by multistrand cables after solid posterior atlantoaxial fusion. Report of three cases.

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    Sudo, Hideki; Abumi, K.; Ito, M; Y. Kotani

    2002-01-01

    The sublaminar wiring procedure has been commonly used for stabilizing the atlantoaxial complex. Multistrand braided cables were introduced in the early 1990s. In previous biomechanical studies these cables were demonstrated to be superior to monofilament wires in terms of their flexibility, mechanical strength, and fatigue-related characteristics. To the authors' knowledge, they are the first to describe clinically the occurrence of delayed spinal cord compression resulting from multistrand ...

  19. Posterior atlantoaxial ′facetal′ instability associated with cervical spondylotic disease

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    Atul Goel

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The association of single or multiple level cervical spondylotic disease with atlantoaxial instability is assessed. The implications of identifying and treating atlantoaxial instability in such an association are highlighted. Materials and Methods: The analysis is based on an experience with 11 patients treated during the period June 2013-June 2014. All patients had single or multilevel cervical spondylotic disease. The spinal canal compromise and evidence of cord compression was evident on imaging in the cervical subaxial spine and was related to disc bulges and osteophytic bars. There was no or relatively insignificant compression of the cervicomedullary cord by the odontoid process. There was no evidence of odontoid process-related instability on dynamic imaging. Apart from presence of features of cervical spondylosis, investigations and surgical exploration and direct manual handling of the facets revealed evidence of Type B (posterior atlantoaxial′facetal′ instability in all patients. Our 5-point clinical grading system and Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA scores were used to monitor the patients both before and after surgery and at follow-up. Surgery involved both at lantoaxial and subaxial cervical fixation. During the average period of follow-up of 9 months (5-17 months, all patients showed remarkable and gratifying neurological recovery. Conclusion: We conclude that atlantoaxial facetal instability can be ′frequently′ associated with cervical spondylosis and needs surgical stabilization. Our surgical outcome analysis suggests that missing or ignoring the presence of atlantoaxial facetal instability can be an important cause of suboptimal result or failure of surgery for cervical spondylotic myelopathy.

  20. 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.

  1. ROTARY SCREW SYSTEMS IN CEMENT

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    Taratuta V. D.; Belokur K. A.; Serga G. V.

    2016-01-01

    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...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Screw/stud removal tool

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    Daniels, K.; Herrick, D. E.; Rothermel, L.

    1980-01-01

    Tool removes stubborn panheaded screws or studs where conventional tools would be either too weak or inconvenient to use. Screws with damaged heads or slots can also be removed this way. Tool can be worked with one hand and easily fits limited-access and blind areas. It can be made in various sizes to fit different screwheads.

  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. ROTARY SCREW SYSTEMS IN CEMENT

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    Taratuta V. D.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available 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 geometrical shapes with form inside the screw breaks or smooth edges, screw surfaces and screw grooves. It is shown that the housing of the rotary kiln is expedient to produce helical surfaces whose centers of curvature are located within the housing. Using the proposed constructions rotary kiln during the firing when preparing cement wedge can increase the speed of rotation of the housing, furnaces 5-10 times due to changes in the rotary-screw systems increase efficiency and reduce the size of furnaces

  7. Percutaneous Sacroiliac Screw Technique.

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    Tidwell, John; Cho, Rosa; Reid, J Spence; Boateng, Henry; Copeland, Carol; Sirlin, Edward

    2016-08-01

    Remembering that preoperative planning, surgical indications, and fracture reduction are paramount for this procedure, presented here is our technique for performing percutaneous sacroiliac screws, both transiliac-transsacral and sacral style. A combination of video, still pictures, and fluoroscopy images will guide the viewer through the process we routinely use highlighting specific details. Patient positioning and intraoperative fluoroscopy imaging are critical to a successful procedure. Although inlet and outlet films remain important, we find the procedure best started on the lateral sacral view to reduce the need for start site, trajectory, and imaging position changes during the case. A cannulated pig sticker (drill guide) used with long drill tip guide wires provide improved manual control to both finding a good start site and directing the trajectory. For patient safety, sacral anatomy and safe zones are discussed as well. Using these technical points will help make this a successful procedure. PMID:27441927

  8. 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.

  9. Geothermal ORC Systems Using Large Screw Expanders

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    Biederman, Tim R.; Brasz, Joost J.

    2014-01-01

    Geothermal ORC Systems using Large Screw Expanders Tim Biederman Cyrq Energy Abstract This paper describes a low-temperature Organic Rankine Cycle Power Recovery system with a screw expander a derivative of developed of Kaishan's line of screw compressors, as its power unit. The screw expander design is a modified version of its existing refrigeration compressor used on water-cooled chillers. Starting the ORC development program with existing refrigeration screw compre...

  10. Case Report of a Traumatic Atlantoaxial Rotatory Subluxation with Bilateral Locked Cervical Facets: Management, Treatment, and Outcome.

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    Hawi, Nael; Alfke, Dirk; Liodakis, Emmanouil; Omar, Mohamed; Krettek, Christian; Müller, Christian Walter; Meller, Rupert

    2016-01-01

    The aim was to report a rare case of isolated traumatic atlantoaxial rotatory subluxation without ligamentous injury. Management consisted of analgesia, sedation, and application of a halo skull traction device. After removing halo skull traction, full reduction and recovery were achieved without instability. PMID:27190664

  11. Case Report of a Traumatic Atlantoaxial Rotatory Subluxation with Bilateral Locked Cervical Facets: Management, Treatment, and Outcome

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    Nael Hawi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim was to report a rare case of isolated traumatic atlantoaxial rotatory subluxation without ligamentous injury. Management consisted of analgesia, sedation, and application of a halo skull traction device. After removing halo skull traction, full reduction and recovery were achieved without instability.

  12. Is atlantoaxial instability the cause of “high” cervical ossified posterior longitudinal ligament? Analysis on the basis of surgical treatment of seven patients

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    Atul Goel

    2016-01-01

    Background: Multilevel ossified posterior longitudinal ligaments (OPLLs), particularly those that extend into the high cervical region, are formidable and challenging surgical problems. The aim of the presentation is to analyze the results of surgical treatment of seven consecutive patients having high cervical OPLL with atlantoaxial and subaxial facetal fixations. Objectives: We analyze the role of atlantoaxial instability in the management of OPLL that extended into the high cervical region...

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

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    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

  16. Posttraumatic Atlantoaxial Rotatory Dislocation in a Healthy Adult Patient: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Giuseppe Maida; Eleonora Marcati; Silvio Sarubbo

    2012-01-01

    Atlantoaxial rotatory dislocation (AARD) is a rare complication in adults usually leading to pain, spinal cord injury, or death. Clinical and radiological diagnosis is difficult and often delayed. We report a rare case of posttraumatic AARD in a neurological intact 27-year-old male in which initial radiographic evaluation was negative. A computed tomography (CT) scan was promptly done because the patient showed a severe torticollis. Therefore, early diagnosis, immobilisation, and surgical fus...

  17. 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)

  18. Instabilidade atlantoaxial e hiperfrouxidão ligamentar na síndrome de down Atlantoaxial intability and ligamentous hyperlaxity in down syndrome

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    Marcos Almeida Matos

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available A instabilidade atlantoaxial (IAA é caracterizada pelo aumento da mobilidade da articulação C1-C2 devido a frouxidão ligamentar alar, sendo freqüente em portadores da Síndrome de Down. O objetivo deste trabalho é estudar a freqüência de IAA e sua associação com hiperfrouxidão ligamentar generalizada em pacientes com Síndrome de Down. Selecionou-se 80 crianças, 34 (42,5% masculinos e 46 (57,5% femininos, com idades entre 5,6 e 15 anos (média de 9. Os pacientes foram avaliados por questionário e radiografia em perfil da coluna cervical em flexão. Encontrou-se sintomatologia clínica em 58%, comumente relatada como fraqueza em membros inferiores. A distância atlanto-odontoidal foi de até 4,5 mm em 77,5% , de 4,5 a 6 mm em 15% e, maior que 6 mm em 7,5% dos pacientes avaliados. Os pacientes portadores de hiperfrouxidão ligamentar generalizada (grupo 1 não apresentaram maior freqüência de IAA em relação aos não portadores de hiperfrouxidão (grupo 2. Os autores concluíram que a IAA apresenta alta freqüência na síndrome de Down, não havendo associação direta com hiperfrouxidão ligamentar generalizada.Atlantoaxial instability (AAI is characterized by hypermobility of C1-C2 joint due to laxity of alar ligament, being common in Down syndrome patients. The aim of this study is to verify AAI incidence and its association with generalized ligamentous laxity in Down syndrome. Eighty children were selected, 34 (42.5% males and 46 (57.5% females, aged from 5.6 to 15 years-old (average = 9. Patients were evaluated by questionaire and an X-ray imaging of cervical spine in a flexed lateral view. Clinical features amount to 58%, most expressed as weakness of lower limbs. 77,5% of atlanto-odontoid spaces were as small as 4.5mm; 15% were between 4.5 to 6mm; and 7.5% were greater than 6mm. Patients presenting generalized ligamentous laxity (group 1 did not show a greater incidence of AAI compared to those not presenting that condition

  19. Metallurgical examination of gun barrel screws

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    Bird, E.L.; Clift, T.L.

    1996-06-01

    The examination was conducted to determine the extent of degradation that had occurred after a series of firings; these screws prevent live rounds of ammunition from being loaded into the firing chamber. One concern is that if the screw tip fails and a live round is accidentally loaded into the chamber, a live round could be fired. Another concern is that if the blunt end of the screw begins to degrade by cracking, pieces could become small projectiles during firing. All screws used in firing 100 rounds or more exhibited some degree degradation, which progressively worsened as the number of rounds fired increased. (SEM, metallography, x-ray analysis, and microhardness were used.) Presence of cracks in these screws after 100 fired rounds is a serious concern that warrants the discontinued use of these screws. The screw could be improved by selecting an alloy more resistant to thermal and chemical degradation.

  20. 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.].

  1. True anteroposterior view pedicle screw insertion technique

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    Bai JY

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Jia-yue Bai, Wei Zhang, Ji-long An, Ya-peng Sun, Wen-yuan Ding, Yong Shen Key Biomechanical Laboratory of Orthopedics, The Third Hospital of Hebei Medical University, Shijiazhuang, Hebei, People’s Republic of China Background: The wide use of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF surgery in the treatment of degenerative disc disease of lumbar spine in spinal surgery highlights the gradual decrease in the use of traditional pedicle screw insertion technology. This study aims to analyze the accuracy of the true anteroposterior view pedicle screw insertion technique in MIS-TLIF surgery, compare it with conventional pedicle screw insertion technology, and discuss its clinical application value. Methods: Fifty-two patients undergoing true anteroposterior view (group A and 87 patients undergoing conventional pedicle screw insertion (group B were diagnosed with lumbar disc herniation or lumbar spinal stenosis. Time for screw placement, intraoperative irradiation exposure, accuracy rate of pedicle screw insertion, and incidence of neurovascular injury were compared between the two groups. Results: The time for screw placement and intraoperative irradiation exposure was significantly less in group A. Penetration rates of the paries lateralis of vertebral pedicle, medial wall of vertebral pedicle, and anterior vertebral wall were 1.44%, 0%, and 2.40%, respectively, all of which were significantly lower than that in group B. No additional serious complications caused by the placement of screw were observed during the follow-up period in patients in group A, but two patients with medial penetration underwent revision for unbearable radicular pain. Conclusion: The application of true anteroposterior view pedicle screw insertion technique in MIS-TLIF surgery shortens time for screw placement and reduces the intraoperative irradiation exposure along with a higher accuracy rate of screw placement, which makes it a safe, accurate

  2. Congenital irreducible atlantoaxial dislocation associated with cervical intramedullary astrocytoma causing progressive spastic quadriparesis

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    Chatley Anooj

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Simultaneous presence of congenital irreducible atlantoaxial dislocation (AAD and cervical intramedullary astrocytoma has not been previously described and may cause disabling myelopathy. This 55-year-old lady presented with suboccipital pain, spastic quadriparesis, Lhermitte′s phenomenon and sphincteric disturbances. Lateral radiographs and magnetic resonance imaging showed irreducible AAD, occipitalized atlas, C2-3 fusion, and,an intramedullary tumor from C2-5 level iso-to-hypointense, non-enhancing, except in a small segment in the dorsal C2 level. A suboccipital craniectomy with C2-5 laminectomy revealed a greyish-white tenacious tumor. The tumor was decompressed using a C2-5 midline myelotomy and duroplasty. An occipitocervical lateral mass fixation was performed. Histopathology revealed a low-grade astrocytoma. At three-month follow-up, her spasticity had decreased and quadriparesis and sphincteric disturbances were persisting. Postoperative lateral radiographs and intrathecal contrast CT scan showed a stable occipitocervical construct. Thus, the suboccipital craniectomy and laminectomy with midline myelotomy and duroplasty facilitated space for progressively expanding intramedullary astrocytoma with irreducible AAD; the lateral mass fixation provided stability at the craniovertebral junction.

  3. Is atlantoaxial instability the cause of "high" cervical ossified posterior longitudinal ligament? Analysis on the basis of surgical treatment of seven patients

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    Atul Goel

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Multilevel ossified posterior longitudinal ligaments (OPLLs, particularly those that extend into the high cervical region, are formidable and challenging surgical problems. The aim of the presentation is to analyze the results of surgical treatment of seven consecutive patients having high cervical OPLL with atlantoaxial and subaxial facetal fixations. Objectives: We analyze the role of atlantoaxial instability in the management of OPLL that extended into the high cervical region, above the lower border of C3 vertebra. Materials and Methods: All patients in the series were males. The age of the patients ranged 48-65 years. Clinical evaluation was done by a 5-point clinical grading scale described by us, Japanese Orthopedic Association (JOA score, and visual analog scale (VAS. All patients were identified to have relatively "subtle" but definite atlantoaxial facetal instability on sagittal imaging and the instability was confirmed by direct handling of the facets during surgery. All patients were treated by multilevel facetal fixation that included fixation of atlantoaxial facets. The aim of surgery was stabilization and arthrodesis of the involved spinal segments, as instability was considered to be the prime pathogenetic factor of OPLL. Spinal canal decompression, either by anterior corpectomy or discoidectomy or by posterior laminectomy or laminoplasty was not done and no attempts were made to remove the OPLL. At an average follow-up of 8 months, all patients showed progressive symptomatic recovery. Conclusion: Atlantoaxial facetal instability can be a cause or an association of high cervical OPLL. Stabilization of the atlantoaxial joint forms a remarkably effective method of treatment.

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

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    Tai, Ching-Lung; Tsai, Tsung-Ting; Lai, Po-Liang; Chen, Yi-Lu; Liu, Mu-Yi; Chen, Lih-Huei

    2015-01-01

    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 screws without cement augmentation, solid screws exhibited the lowest pullout strength compared to the four expansive groups (p screws with different designs (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. PMID:26720724

  5. Possible Usage of Cannulated Pedicle Screws without Cement Augmentation

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    Teyfik Demir

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The use of pedicle screws is becoming increasingly popular for spinal surgery practice as the technology advances. Screw pullout due to bone quality and loading conditions is one of the most common problems observed after pedicle screw fixation. Several solutions were studied to prevent screw pullout. These can be investigated under three main categories: screw design, expandable screws and cement augmentation.

  6. 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.)

  7. Posttraumatic Atlantoaxial Rotatory Dislocation in a Healthy Adult Patient: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Giuseppe Maida

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Atlantoaxial rotatory dislocation (AARD is a rare complication in adults usually leading to pain, spinal cord injury, or death. Clinical and radiological diagnosis is difficult and often delayed. We report a rare case of posttraumatic AARD in a neurological intact 27-year-old male in which initial radiographic evaluation was negative. A computed tomography (CT scan was promptly done because the patient showed a severe torticollis. Therefore, early diagnosis, immobilisation, and surgical fusion and arthrodesis were performed. After surgery, cervical pain and torticollis were resolved and the patient remained neurologically intact with a CT scan documentation of fusion at the 3-year followup.

  8. The investigation of the lateral atlanto-dental interval of atlanto-axial joint by multi-slice spiral CT

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    Objective: To explore imaging features of the lateral atlanto-dental interval (LADI) of atlanto-axial joint and its value in the diagnosis of atlanto-axial joint dislocation/subluxation. Methods: Two hundred and forty healthy volunteers without atlanto-axial joint dysfunction and 32 patients with torticollis and/or functional impairment at atlanto-axial.joint were enrolled into this study. All subjects were examined with multi-slice CT in both neutral and max rotation positions to the left/right. Clinical endpoints including VBLADI, variance range of the VBLADI and asymmetric conditions were evaluate. χ2 test is used to evaluate the variance of incidence of bilateral LADI asymmetry in different age groups, Pearson-test (2-tailed) is used to evaluate the correlation between VBLADI and rotary function of atlanto-axial joint, precise test of fourfold table is used to compare normal group with patient groups. Results: (1) In the normal control group: asymmetry of bilateral LADI were observed in 204 among 240 (85.00%) healthy volunteers including 60 youngsters (95% of ∣ VBLADI ∣ were 0.850 mm, 2.450 mm in the young (95% in the young and in the adult respectively. There was no correlation between VBLADI(-2.146 to 2.114 mm, Median 0.000 mm) and LA (22.949° to 44.649°, Median 34.500°), RA (25.284° to 45.334°, Median 35.300°), VLRA (-11.643° to 8.623°, median 0.000°) respectively in normal people (r=-0.030, -0.005, 0.026, P>0.05). (2) In the study with 32 patients including 25 youngsters (95% in group AALSD and group AACD than in abnormal group (P<0.01), but there is no difference between group AARD and normal group (P=0.738). Conclusion: The imaging finding of 'asymmetry of bilateral LADI' may be either a physiological variation or a pathological condition, clinical manifestations and other imaging findings should be evaluated to make a diagnosis. (authors)

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Posterior occipito-axial fixation applied C2 laminar screws for pediatric atlantoaxial instability caused by Down syndrome: Report of 2 cases

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    Kuroki, Hiroshi; KUBO, Shinichiro; Hamanaka, Hideaki; Chosa, Etsuo

    2012-01-01

    Background Upper cervical spine instability is one of the most critical orthopedic problems in patients with Down syndrome. However, arthrodesis of the upper cervical spine in these patients can be very difficult to achieve and has a high complication rate because of mental retardation and accompanying various medical conditions of the vital organs. Even now, surgeries in such patients, especially pediatric cases, are challenging and the optimal operative procedure remains unsettled. The purp...

  12. 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.

  13. 经口咽入路行环枢融合术对脊髓功能恢复的疗效观察%The curative effect of atlantoaxial fusion using transoral qpproach for the recovery of myelopathy

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    谢林; 金明熙; 金哲; 吕刚

    2002-01-01

    Objective To present the operative results of 17 patients with atlantoaxial diseases using transoral approach.Methods 17 patients received operation of atlantoaxial fusion using transoral approach.The average age is 27 years old(12~ 47 years).Results All patients had achieved primary healing without any complications.The fusion rate was 100% .The average recovery rate (JOA score system) of myelopathy was 48% .Conclusions Transoral approach was an ideal approach for upper cervical diseases.The infection rate could be lowered down to the minimum if the patients were properly managed perioperatively.Atlantoaxial fusion could be achieved through this approach without instrumentation.

  14. 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

  15. 小儿严重寰枢椎不稳的手术治疗%Surgical treatment of the children with serious atlantoaxial instability

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    倪斌; 贾连顺; 李家顺; 包聚良

    2001-01-01

    目的探索小儿严重寰枢椎不稳的手术治疗方式。方法回顾总结22例小儿严重寰枢椎不稳的临床资料,男16例,女6例,年龄3~14岁,平均11.4岁。病因有齿突骨折、横韧带断裂、枕颈畸形、类风湿关节炎等。所有患儿均行后路融合术,其中寰枢椎融合14例,枕颈融合术8例。结果 20例患儿经平均20个月(3个月~11年)随访,均获骨性融合,取得满意效果。结论上颈椎后路融合术是治疗小儿严重寰枢椎不稳的有效方法,对寰枢椎能复位者选择寰枢椎融合,脱位不能复位者应行枕颈融合术。%Objective To study surgical treatment of the children with serious atlantoaxial instability. Methods The surgical results of 22 children associated with serious atlantoaxial instability were reviewed. There were 16 boys and 6 girls, with their age ranging from 3 to 14 years (mean 11.4). Etiologies included dens fracture, disrupted transverse ligament, congenital anomalies of occipito-cervical,rheumatoid arthritis. All patients had posterior arthrodesis of the upper cervical spine. Atlantoaxial fusion was used to treat 14 patients. Occipito-cervical fusion was chosen for 8 patients. Results 20 patients were followed up for an average of 20 months (rang 3 months~11 years) and satisfactory results were demonstrated. All of them achieved solid osseous unions. Conclusions Fusion of the upper cervical spine was an effective procedures to treat children with atlantoaxial instability. Atlantoaxial fusion was chosen for the patient in who reduction of the atlantoaxial dislocation was feasible before surgery. The patient with irreducible atlantoaxial dislocation was treated by occipito-cervical fusion.

  16. Reinforcement of osteosynthesis screws with brushite cement.

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    Van Landuyt, P; Peter, B; Beluze, L; Lemaître, J

    1999-08-01

    The fixation of osteosynthesis screws remains a severe problem for fracture repair among osteoporotic patients. Polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA) is routinely used to improve screw fixation, but this material has well-known drawbacks such as monomer toxicity, exothermic polymerization, and nonresorbability. Calcium phosphate cements have been developed for several years. Among these new bone substitution materials, brushite cements have the advantage of being injectable and resorbable. The aim of this study is to assess the reinforcement of osteosynthesis screws with brushite cement. Polyurethane foams, whose density is close to that of cancellous bone, were used as bone model. A hole was tapped in a foam sample, then brushite cement was injected. Trabecular osteosynthesis screws were inserted. After 24 h of aging in water, the stripping force was measured by a pull-out test. Screws (4.0 and 6.5 mm diameter) and two foam densities (0.14 and 0.28 g/cm3) were compared. Cements with varying solid/liquid ratios and xanthan contents were used in order to obtain the best screw reinforcement. During the pull-out test, the stripping force first increases to a maximum, then drops to a steady-state value until complete screw extraction. Both maximum force and plateau value increase drastically in the presence of cement. The highest stripping force is observed for 6.5-mm screws reinforced with cement in low-density foams. In this case, the stripping force is multiplied by 3.3 in the presence of cement. In a second experiment, cements with solid/liquid ratio ranging from 2.0 to 3.5 g/mL were used with 6.5-mm diameter screws. In some compositions, xanthan was added to improve injectability. The best results were obtained with 2.5 g/mL cement containing xanthan and with 3.0 g/mL cements without xanthan. A 0.9-kN maximal stripping force was observed with nonreinforced screws, while 1.9 kN was reached with reinforced screws. These first results are very promising regarding screw

  17. 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.

  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. 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.

  1. Screwing and holding device for lock nuts, especially for screwed joints of reactor pressure vessels

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    A screwing and holding device for lock nuts of reactor pressure vessels is described which can be remote-controlled and will apply the forces required to unscrew the nuts. In addition, it allows unscrewing, tranporting to and from the place and screwing on again of the nuts within shorter time then all similar devices known until now. (RW)

  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. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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; Sanjay Behari; Namit Singhal; Awadesh K Jaiswal; Mahapatra, Ashok K.

    2007-01-01

    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. Ca...

  8. 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

  9. [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. PMID:27514827

  10. Biomass granular screw feeding: An experimental investigation

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    Dai, Jianjun; Grace, John R. [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of British Columbia, 2360 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6 T 1Z3 (Canada)

    2011-02-15

    Successful feeding is critical to biomass utilization processes, but difficult due to the heterogeneity, physical properties and moisture content of the particles. The objectives of the present study were to find the mechanisms of blockage in screw feeding and to determine the effects of particle mean size (0.5-15 mm), size distribution, shape, moisture content (10-60%), density and compressibility on biomass particle feeding at room temperature. Wood pellets, sawdust, hog fuel and wood shavings were tested in a screw feeder/lock hopper system previously employed to feed sawdust into a pilot-scale circulating fluidized-bed gasifier. Experimental results showed that large particles, wide size distributions, large bulk densities and high moisture contents generally led to larger torque requirements for screw feeding. The ''choke section'' and seal plug play important roles in determining the torque requirements. (author)

  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. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.)

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. CFD Simulation of the Flow Field Inside Screw Powder Feeder

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    SHI Yang-he; SHAO Zong-heng

    2011-01-01

    A screw powder feeder is an important device for industrial applications. There are many parameters which affect the performance of the screw powder feeder, such as the shapes of the helical screw impeller, the number of screw pitches, etc. This paper presents an analysis of a gas-solid two-phase through screw powder feeder by using a commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics(CFD) code, Fluent. The K-ε model is used to simulate gas flow. Particle trajectory is obtained by the use of a discrete phase model. The results show the effects of gas velocity and panicle size on the transportation performance.

  1. 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.

  2. Vertical and lateral capacity of screw anchor piles

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    Law, D.J.; Tweedie, R.W.; Harris, M.C. [Thurber Engineering Ltd., Edmonton, AB (Canada); Niedermaier, J. [Alberta Anchor Inc., Calgary, AB (Canada)

    1996-09-01

    Test programs were conducted to investigate the deformation behaviour of screw anchors during loading. Screw anchors are used in foundation applications for transmission towers and retaining walls, as well as for foundation elements for buildings, pipe racks, storage tanks and equipment. Screw anchor piles were installed at a site near Fort Saskatchewan, at a site underlain by typical stiff glacial soils. Single and multi-helix screw anchors with helix diameters up to 381 mm were tested in compression and tension. Lateral load tests were conducted on screw anchors with shaft diameters ranging from 114 mm to 273 mm. Results from the study showed that vertical and horizontal loads can be carried by screw anchor piles that are comparable with those achieved with driven steel piles, but screw anchors are easier to install, and can be more cost effective in some cases. 4 refs., 3 tabs., 4 figs.

  3. The applicability of PEEK-based abutment screws.

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    Schwitalla, Andreas Dominik; Abou-Emara, Mohamed; Zimmermann, Tycho; Spintig, Tobias; Beuer, Florian; Lackmann, Justus; Müller, Wolf-Dieter

    2016-10-01

    The high-performance polymer PEEK (poly-ether-ether-ketone) is more and more being used in the field of dentistry, mainly for removable and fixed prostheses. In cases of screw-retained implant-supported reconstructions of PEEK, an abutment screw made of PEEK might be advantageous over a conventional metal screw due to its similar elasticity. Also in case of abutment screw fracture, a screw of PEEK could be removed more easily. M1.6-abutment screws of four different PEEK compounds were subjected to tensile tests to set their maximum tensile strengths in relation to an equivalent stress of 186MPa, which is aused by a tightening torque of 15Ncm. Two screw types were manufactured via injection molding and contained 15% short carbon fibers (sCF-15) and 40% (sCF-40), respectively. Two screw types were manufactured via milling and contained 20% TiO2 powder (TiO2-20) and >50% parallel orientated, continuous carbon fibers (cCF-50). A conventional abutments screw of Ti6Al4V (Ti; CAMLOG(®) abutment screw, CAMLOG, Wimsheim, Germany) served as control. The maximum tensile strength was 76.08±5.50MPa for TiO2-20, 152.67±15.83MPa for sCF-15, 157.29±20.11MPa for sCF-40 and 191.69±36.33MPa for cCF-50. The maximum tensile strength of the Ti-screws amounted 1196.29±21.4MPa. The results of the TiO2-20 and the Ti screws were significantly different from the results of the other samples, respectively. For the manufacturing of PEEK abutment screws, PEEK reinforced by >50% continuous carbon fibers would be the material of choice. PMID:27434650

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Rancang Bangun Alat Pemarut Kelapa Tipe Screw

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    Sitohang, Domen

    2016-01-01

    In improving agricultural production, that including pre- to post-harvest facilities and infrastructure, require, effective agricultural tools and machines. This research was aimed to design and test screw type coconut grater using coconut new materil. This study was conducted in February 2016 until March 2016 at the Laboratory of Agricultural Engineering Study Program of Agricultural Engineering Faculty of Agriculture, University of North Sumatra, Medan. The parameters observed were the effe...

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Missing Screw as a Rare Complication of Anterior Cervical Instrumentation

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    Yusuf Kurtuluş Duransoy

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Although anterior cervical arthrodesis is an effective procedure for the treatment of cervical disorders, the method has some complications. Here, we describe this rare complication of cervical instrumentation with a literature review. A 23-year-old male patient was operated for a C6-C7 dislocation. At postoperative month 10, he presented with hemoptysis and dysphagia. Cervical roentgenograms showed anterior migrations of one broken screw and a plate-locking screw at the C6 corpus. One screw was missing. We concluded that the missing screw had perforated the esophagus and had been eliminated spontaneously through the gastrointestinal tract. No screw should migrate. Even loose screws should be noted in follow-up X-ray studies. If such findings are detected, a second operation for revision should be considered as soon as possible to prevent potentially fatal complications.

  10. Iliosacral Screw Placement With Local Anesthesia Using C T Scan

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    Shahriar Kamrani R

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    Full Text Available Ilio-sacral screw is a technique for posterior pelvic fixation. In spite of its benefits, it had not performed commonly in Iran because of its difficulties. We changed this technique to insert the screw under CT-Scan guide with lical anesthesia to increase image quality and decrease neurological complications and performed it in two patients. In both cases the screws were inserted in correct position without any complication."n"n 

  11. Missing Screw as a Rare Complication of Anterior Cervical Instrumentation

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    Yusuf Kurtuluş Duransoy; Mesut Mete; Baha Zengel; Mehmet Selçukı

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    Although anterior cervical arthrodesis is an effective procedure for the treatment of cervical disorders, the method has some complications. Here, we describe this rare complication of cervical instrumentation with a literature review. A 23-year-old male patient was operated for a C6-C7 dislocation. At postoperative month 10, he presented with hemoptysis and dysphagia. Cervical roentgenograms showed anterior migrations of one broken screw and a plate-locking screw at the C6 corpus. One screw ...

  12. Abrasion of abutment screw coated with TiN

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    Jung, Seok-Won; Son, Mee-Kyoung; Chung, Chae-Heon; Kim, Hee-Jung

    2009-01-01

    STATEMENT OF PROBLEM Screw loosening has been a common complication and still reported frequently. PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to evaluate abrasion of the implant fixture and TiN coated abutment screw after repeated delivery and removal with universal measuring microscope. MATERIAL AND METHODS Implant systems used for this study were Osstem and 3i. Seven pairs of implant fixtures, abutments and abutment screws for each system were selected and all the fixtures were perpendicularly m...

  13. SCREW MIGRATION IN TOTAL KNEE ARTHROPLASTY: CLINICAL REPORT

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    Fonseca, Fernando; Tomé, José; Barreto, Manuel

    2015-01-01

    Complications from total knee arthroplasty caused by the implanted material are rare, with the exception of polyethylene wear. Descriptions of screw migration into the knee joint cavity are very rare. The authors report intra-articular migration of a polyethylene safety screw in a case of total knee arthroplasty, with sacrifice of the posterior cruciate ligament (TKA Performance; Biomet, Warsaw, IN, USA), which necessitated new surgery to remove the screw, replace the polyethylene insert and ...

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Process and apparatus for optimizing screwing position for closure stud

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    The stud is fixed to a screwing and unscrewing device. The vertical position and alignment of the stud with the axis of the threated hole is checking. The stud is descended into the hole and rotated in the unscrewing direction. After detection of the point of engagement, the stud is rotated in the screwing direction. When a gamming is detected the descent is stopped and the screwing device is positioned in a new position. When the screwing couple returns below the disconnection couple, the stud is rotated with a reduced speed and then with a normal speed until the end

  17. Use of polymethylmethacrylate to enhance screw fixation in bone.

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    Cameron, H U; Jacob, R; Macnab, I; Pilliar, R M

    1975-07-01

    Pull-out testing of screws inserted into cement and bone under various conditions showed that the cement-screw complex was significantly stronger when the screw was placed in soft cement and the cement was allowed to polymerize without further manipulation. When screw fixation in osteoporotic bone was reinforced with cement, the bone was the weakest component in the system. Fixation under these conditions should be enhanced by increasing the area of contact between the cement and bone. By cooling the cement to prolong its working time, it could be injected with a syringe in such a way that maximum endosteal and periosteal contact was provided. PMID:1150708

  18. Hydrodynamic screws. Calculation and optimal design of Archimedean screws as a hydro-power machine; Wasserkraftschnecken. Berechnung und optimaler Entwurf von archimedischen Schnecken als Wasserkraftmaschine

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    Nuernbergk, Dirk M.

    2012-07-01

    The author of the contribution under consideration reports on the calculation and optimal design of Archimedes screw as a hydroelectric turbine screw. The main aspects of this contribution are: Field of application and definitions; injectivity; inflow and outflow; hydraulic losses; performance and efficiency; equipment components and plant efficiency; measurements at hydrodynamic screws; Design flow for a hydrodynamic screw.

  19. Finite element analysis of osteosynthesis screw fixation in the bone stock: an appropriate method for automatic screw modelling.

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    Wieding, Jan; Souffrant, Robert; Fritsche, Andreas; Mittelmeier, Wolfram; Bader, Rainer

    2012-01-01

    The use of finite element analysis (FEA) has grown to a more and more important method in the field of biomedical engineering and biomechanics. Although increased computational performance allows new ways to generate more complex biomechanical models, in the area of orthopaedic surgery, solid modelling of screws and drill holes represent a limitation of their use for individual cases and an increase of computational costs. To cope with these requirements, different methods for numerical screw modelling have therefore been investigated to improve its application diversity. Exemplarily, fixation was performed for stabilization of a large segmental femoral bone defect by an osteosynthesis plate. Three different numerical modelling techniques for implant fixation were used in this study, i.e. without screw modelling, screws as solid elements as well as screws as structural elements. The latter one offers the possibility to implement automatically generated screws with variable geometry on arbitrary FE models. Structural screws were parametrically generated by a Python script for the automatic generation in the FE-software Abaqus/CAE on both a tetrahedral and a hexahedral meshed femur. Accuracy of the FE models was confirmed by experimental testing using a composite femur with a segmental defect and an identical osteosynthesis plate for primary stabilisation with titanium screws. Both deflection of the femoral head and the gap alteration were measured with an optical measuring system with an accuracy of approximately 3 µm. For both screw modelling techniques a sufficient correlation of approximately 95% between numerical and experimental analysis was found. Furthermore, using structural elements for screw modelling the computational time could be reduced by 85% using hexahedral elements instead of tetrahedral elements for femur meshing. The automatically generated screw modelling offers a realistic simulation of the osteosynthesis fixation with screws in the adjacent

  20. Finite element analysis of osteosynthesis screw fixation in the bone stock: an appropriate method for automatic screw modelling.

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    Jan Wieding

    Full Text Available The use of finite element analysis (FEA has grown to a more and more important method in the field of biomedical engineering and biomechanics. Although increased computational performance allows new ways to generate more complex biomechanical models, in the area of orthopaedic surgery, solid modelling of screws and drill holes represent a limitation of their use for individual cases and an increase of computational costs. To cope with these requirements, different methods for numerical screw modelling have therefore been investigated to improve its application diversity. Exemplarily, fixation was performed for stabilization of a large segmental femoral bone defect by an osteosynthesis plate. Three different numerical modelling techniques for implant fixation were used in this study, i.e. without screw modelling, screws as solid elements as well as screws as structural elements. The latter one offers the possibility to implement automatically generated screws with variable geometry on arbitrary FE models. Structural screws were parametrically generated by a Python script for the automatic generation in the FE-software Abaqus/CAE on both a tetrahedral and a hexahedral meshed femur. Accuracy of the FE models was confirmed by experimental testing using a composite femur with a segmental defect and an identical osteosynthesis plate for primary stabilisation with titanium screws. Both deflection of the femoral head and the gap alteration were measured with an optical measuring system with an accuracy of approximately 3 µm. For both screw modelling techniques a sufficient correlation of approximately 95% between numerical and experimental analysis was found. Furthermore, using structural elements for screw modelling the computational time could be reduced by 85% using hexahedral elements instead of tetrahedral elements for femur meshing. The automatically generated screw modelling offers a realistic simulation of the osteosynthesis fixation with

  1. Comparison of headless screws used in the treatment of proximal nonunion of scaphoid bone

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    Gereli, Arel; Nalbantoglu, Ufuk; Sener, Ismail Ugur; Kocaoglu, Barıs; Turkmen, Metin

    2010-01-01

    Screws with different levels of compression force are available for scaphoid fixation and it is known that the Acutrak screw generates greater compression than the Herbert screw. We retrospectively compared two types of headless compression screw for their effectiveness in the repair of scaphoid nonunion. Twenty-nine cases of proximal scaphoid nonunion were surgically treated with non-vascularised bone graft: the Acutrak screw was used in 17 patients and the cannulated Herbert screw in 12 pat...

  2. Congenital Absence of Posterior Elements of C2 Vertebra with Atlanto-Axial Dislocation and Basilar Invagination: A Case Report and Review of Literature.

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    Srivastava, Sudhir Kumar; Nemade, Pradip Sharad; Aggarwal, Rishi Anil; Bhoale, Sunil Krishna

    2016-02-01

    Developmental anomalies of the axis are commonly encountered, especially anomalies involving the odontoid process. Anomalies of the posterior elements are uncommon. We describe a unique case of agenesis of posterior elements of C2 with basilar invagination and atlanto-axial dislocation. An obese 8-year-old boy presented with symptoms of cervical myelopathy. Radiological workup revealed a craniovertebral junction anomaly with occipitalised atlas, absent posterior elements of axis, and hypertrophied C3 spinous process. Atlanto-axial instability and basilar invagination was present. Magnetic resonance angiography revealed hypoplastic left vertebral artery. Traction with cervical tongs failed to improve the alignment and symptoms. Anterior trans-oral release, followed by posterior decompression and custom-made instrumentation, was done. The patient recovered completely and was asymptomatic at the end of two years. X-ray and computed tomography scan demonstrated reduction of basilar invagination and maintenance of alignment. This is the first case to be reported of agenesis of posterior elements of axis associated with basilar invagination. One should look for this condition in patients with hypertrophied spinous process of C3. Utilization of hypoplastic pedicle of axis serves as an additional fixation point to increase the stability of the construct. PMID:26949474

  3. Quantitative Anatomy of C7 Vertebra in Southern Chinese for Insertion of Lateral Mass Screws and Pedicle Screws

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    Chan, Chi Hin; Wong, Kam Kwong; Wong, Wing Cheung

    2016-01-01

    Study Design Retrospective study. Purpose To analyze the quantitative anatomy of C7 vertebra for insertion of lateral mass screws and pedicle screws in Southern Chinese patients. Overview of Literature C7 lateral mass is smaller when compared to other subaxial cervical levels, which limits the length of lateral mass screws that can be used. Some studies have suggested pedicle screws for better fixation. But, this option is limited by the narrow pedicle width. Methods We have obtained computed tomography (CT) cervical spine data in 0.625 mm slices from our radiology department. The patients were adults. CTs were from May to August, 2015. The lateral mass screw length was measured using Margerl's technique and pedicle width and pedicle screw trajectory were determined in three-dimensional reformated images. Results CT scans of cervical spines of 94 patients were obtained and 188 lateral masses and pedicles of C7 vertebrae were measured. The mean lateral mass screw length was 13.2 mm (standard deviation [SD] 1.6 mm), mean outer pedicle width was 5.9 mm (SD 1.0 mm) and mean pedicle screw trajectory was 29.4 degrees (SD 3.6 degrees). Most (91.0%) of the pedicles had an outer diameter ≥4.5 mm. Conclusions The mean lateral mass screw length was longer when compared with other similar studies, while the mean outer pedicle width was narrower. Nearly 10% of the pedicles were unable to accommodate 3.5 mm screws. These findings favor the use of lateral mass screws to provide a safe and stable fixation for C7 vertebrae in Southern Chinese patients, while the final choice of fixation method should only be confirmed after careful preoperative planning with CT scan. PMID:27559451

  4. Cement leakage in pedicle screw augmentation: a prospective analysis of 98 patients and 474 augmented pedicle screws.

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    Mueller, Jan U; Baldauf, Joerg; Marx, Sascha; Kirsch, Michael; Schroeder, Henry W S; Pillich, Dirk T

    2016-07-01

    OBJECTIVE Loosening and pullout of pedicle screws are well-known problems in pedicle screw fixation surgery. Augmentation of pedicle screws with bone cement, first described as early as 1975, increases the pedicle-screw interface and pullout force in osteoporotic vertebrae. The aim of the present study was to identify cement leakage and pulmonary embolism rates in a large prospective single-center series of pedicle screw augmentations. METHODS All patients who underwent cement-augmented pedicle screw placement between May 2006 and October 2010 at the authors' institution were included in this prospective cohort study. Perivertebral cement leakage and pulmonary cement embolism were evaluated with a CT scan of the area of operation and with a radiograph of the chest, respectively. RESULTS A total of 98 patients underwent placement of cement-augmented pedicle screws; 474 augmented screws were inserted in 237 vertebrae. No symptomatic perivertebral cement leakage or symptomatic pulmonary cement embolism was observed, but asymptomatic perivertebral cement leakage was seen in 88 patients (93.6%) and in 165 augmented vertebrae (73.3%). Cement leakage most often occurred in the perivertebral venous system. Clinically asymptomatic pulmonary cement embolism was found in 4 patients (4.1%). CONCLUSIONS Perivertebral cement leakage often occurs in pedicle screw augmentation, but in most cases, it is clinically asymptomatic. Cement augmentation should be performed under continuous fluoroscopy to avoid high-volume leakage. Alternative strategies, such as use of expandable screws, should be examined in more detail for patients at high risk of screw loosening. PMID:26943258

  5. 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.

  6. 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...

  7. 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.

  8. 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...

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. One stage solution and posterior fusion surgery through the high anterior cervical retropharyngeal approach for irreducible atlantoaxial dislocation%一期前方咽后入路松解后路融合治疗难复性寰枢椎脱位

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    徐峰; 蔡贤华; 陈庄洪; 康辉; 黄勇

    2011-01-01

    Objective To explore the feasibility of one stage solution and posterior fusion surgery through the high anterior cervical retropharyngeal approach for irreducible atlantoaxial dislocation and its curative effect. Method The solution and posterior fusion surgery was performed in 12 patients (age range, 26~58 years; mean age, 46 years) with irreducible atlantoaxial dislocation, of whom, 8 were males and 4 females. All the patients received skull traction and the translocation and rotation of the atlas were assessed by X-ray, MRI and CT three-dimensional reconstruction before the surgery in all the patients. The articular capsules of articulatio atlantoepistrophicas were exposed and the scar tissue and steophyma were resected by the surgery. With continuous skull traction, the atlas was reduced and fixed with pedicle screws and the atlantoaxial fusion was performed by iliac bone graft during one stage surgery. Japanese orthopaedic Association (JOA) score system was used to evaluate the clinical outcomes before the surgery and 12 months after the surgery. Results All the patients were followed up from 12 to 28 months (mean, 18 months). Hypoglossal palsy occurred in one patient, who recovered from hypoglosed palsy 2 months after the surgery. The nerves, vertebral arteries and esophagus injuries, and leakage of cerebrospinal fluid were not observed in all the patients. JOA score [(15.6±l.l)points] was significantly higher 12 months after the surgery than that [(9.3±l.l)points] before the surgery (P<0.05). The grafted bones was well fused into the receptor bones and there was good internal fixation in all the patients. Conclusion The one stage solution and posterior fusion surgery through the high anterior cervical retropharyngeal approach is an effective method to treat the irreducible atlantoaxial dislocation.%目的 探讨一期颈椎前方高位咽后入路松解后路寰枢椎融合治疗难复性寰枢椎脱位的可行性及效果.方法 本组共收治

  12. 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. PMID:25402966

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Long-term growth and alignment after occipitocervical and atlantoaxial fusion with rigid internal fixation in young children.

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    Kennedy, Benjamin C; D'Amico, Randy S; Youngerman, Brett E; McDowell, Michael M; Hooten, Kristopher G; Couture, Daniel; Jea, Andrew; Leonard, Jeffrey; Lew, Sean M; Pincus, David W; Rodriguez, Luis; Tuite, Gerald F; Diluna, Michael L; Brockmeyer, Douglas L; Anderson, Richard C E

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    OBJECT The long-term consequences of atlantoaxial (AA) and occipitocervical (OC) fusion and instrumentation in young children are unknown. Anecdotal reports have raised concerns regarding altered growth and alignment of the cervical spine after surgical intervention. The purpose of this study was to determine the long-term effects of these surgeries on the growth and alignment of the maturing spine. METHODS A multiinstitutional retrospective chart review was conducted for patients less than or equal to 6 years of age who underwent OC or AA fusion with rigid instrumentation at 9 participating centers. All patients had at least 3 years of clinical and radiographic follow-up data and radiographically confirmed fusion. Preoperative, immediate postoperative, and most recent follow-up radiographs and/or CT scans were evaluated to assess changes in spinal growth and alignment. RESULTS Forty children (9 who underwent AA fusion and 31 who underwent OC fusion) were included in the study (mean follow-up duration 56 months). The mean vertical growth over the fused levels in the AA fusion patients represented 30% of the growth of the cervical spine (range 10%-50%). Three different vertical growth patterns of the fusion construct developed among the 31 OC fusion patients during the follow-up period: 1) 16 patients had substantial growth (13%-46% of the total growth of the cervical spine); 2) 9 patients had no meaningful growth; and 3) 6 patients, most of whom presented with a distracted atlantooccipital dislocation, had a decrease in the height of the fused levels (range 7-23 mm). Regarding spinal alignment, 85% (34/40) of the patients had good alignment at follow-up, with straight or mildly lordotic cervical curvatures. In 1 AA fusion patient (11%) and 5 OC fusion patients (16%), we observed new hyperlordosis (range 43°-62°). There were no cases of new kyphosis or swan-neck deformity, evidence of subaxial instability, or unintended subaxial fusion. No preoperative predictors

  17. Magerl技术联合单侧椎板夹固定融合术治疗可复性寰枢椎脱位的疗效%The efficacy of the Magerl technique combined with unilateral laminar clamp instrumentation for reducible atlantoaxial dislocation

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    李浩淼; 刘少喻; 梁春祥; 龙厚清; 于滨生; 韩国伟; 陈克冰; 张旭华

    2012-01-01

    Objectives: To evaluate the early-middle stage clinical efficacy of posterior atlantoaxial facet screw(Magerl technique) combined with unilateral laminar clamp instrumentation for reducible atlantoaxial dislocation. Methods: From May 2004 to December 2010, 8 cases with reducible atlantoaxial dislocation underwent the combination of Magerl technique and unilateral laminar clamp instrumentation. There were 6 males and 2 females with an average age of 41.6 years old(range, 35 to 63 years). The pathogenesis included 2 a-cute traumatic dislocations, 3 old traumatic dislocations and 3 dislocations due to congenital deformity. The preoperative symptoms included occipital-cervical pain in 5 cases, torticollis in 4 cases and high level spinal cord compression in 5 cases. Preoperative spinal cord function evaluated by Frankel classifications was showed as following: Frankel D in 5 cases and Frankel E in 3 cases. 3 irreducible cases were subject to preoperative skull traction, and X-ray was taken every 2 days. 1 case achieved reduction after one-direction skull traction, while two cases underwent two-direction traction due to irresponsible to one-direction traction with maximal weight. The operations were performed after good reduction of C1-2. The UCSS screws by Margel technique were used in all cases together with Apofix and Vertex laminar clamps in 4 patients respectively. The perioperative and follow-up indexes included operation time, intraoperative blood loss, postoperative neuro-" logic functions and intra-/postoperative complications. Results: The average operation time was 106min(range, 75 to 160min). The average intraoperative blood loss was 200ml(range, 80 to 550ml). No cerebrospinal fluid leakage or neurological deficit was noted. Delayed healing of skin incision was noted in 1 case. All patients had neck pain and torticollis relieved after operation, and of 5 cases with preoperative Frankel D, 2 cases recovered to Frankel E while 3 cases remained unchanged. The

  18. Experiments on screw-pinch plasmas with elongated cross section

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    In this thesis experiments are described carried out with SPICA II, a toroidal screw-pinch plasma device. this device is the last one in a series of plasma machines of the toroidal screw-pinch differing from its predecessor in its race-track shaped section. In devices of the type toroidal screw-pinch stable confinement is possible of plasmas with larger β values than in a tokamak discharge. In a pinch the plasma is screwed up, during the formation, in such a way that in a relatively small volume a plasma is formated with a high pressure. During the screwing up the plasma is heated by shock heating as well as adiabatic compression. With the modified snowplow model the density and temperature after the formation can be calculated, starting from the initial conditions. When all ions arrive into the plasma column, the density in the column is determined by the volume compression. First purpose of the experiments was to find a stable discharge. Subsequently discharges have been made with a high as possible β in order to investigate at which maximum β it is possible to confine screw-pinch plasmas stably. When these had been found, the nature and importance could be investigated of the processes following which the screw-pinch plasma looses its energy. (author), 75 res.; 95 figs.; 8 tabs

  19. Hydroxyapatite composite resin cement augmentation of pedicle screw fixation.

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    Turner, Alexander W L; Gillies, R Mark; Svehla, Martin J; Saito, Masanobu; Walsh, William R

    2003-01-01

    Pedicle screw stability is poor in osteopenic vertebrae attributable, in part, to low screw-bone interface strength. The current authors examined cement augmentation using a low curing temperature hydroxyapatite and bis-phenol-A glycidol methacrylate-based composite resin. This cement may stiffen the screw-bone interface and reduce the harmful effects associated with polymethylmethacrylate regarding temperature and toxic monomer. Thirty-five lumbar vertebrae from human cadavers were instrumented with pedicle screws, with one pedicle previously injected with cement and the other as the control. Caudocephalad toggling of +/- 1 mm for 1600 cycles was applied to the pedicle screws, and the resulting forces supported by the implant-bone interface were captured by a load cell. A curve was constructed from the peak caudal load for each cycle and three mechanical measures parameterized this curve: (1) initial load; (2) rate of load decay during the first 400 cycles; and (3) final load. The initial load increased by 16% as a result of cement augmentation, the final load increased by 65%, and the rate of load decay decreased by 59%. Cement augmentation of pedicle screws increased the stiffness and stability of the screw-bone interface. PMID:12579026

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

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    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

  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. 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

  3. Pedicle screw rupture: A case study

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    Giorgio E.O. Giacaglia

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available In this work we present a technical description related to the rupture of a titanium alloy pedicle screw and connecting bar implanted in dorsal vertebras of a patient. Only metallurgical facts are described, with no attempt to identify any imperfections in the clinical aspects related to the rupture. The results described here are based on extensive analysis of the broken materials in a material sciences specialized laboratory. Excluding an incorrect prosthesis implantation in the surgical procedure and a possible low bone density, an information not available to the research team, with high probability the rupture of metallic pieces used in the prosthetic implant, was produced by the low fatigue resistance resulting by an improper machining process and excessive bending of the connecting bar prior to implant.

  4. 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:

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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,...

  9. 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.

  10. Kinematic analysis of parallel manipulators by algebraic screw theory

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    Gallardo-Alvarado, Jaime

    2016-01-01

    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...

  11. Effect of Twin Screw Granulator Process Parameters on Granule Attributes

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    Xu, Haosheng; Sayin, Ridade; Litster, James

    2014-01-01

    Twin screw wet granulation has been considered as an efficient and effective technique of manufacturing granules (agglomerates made up of small particles) and has been widely applied in pharmaceutical industry. However, narrow granule size distributions are difficult to achieve. This study aims to elucidate the effect of process parameters such as liquid feed rate and screw configuration on the granule attributes through granule characterization. The methods used are sieve analysis (for size ...

  12. 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.

  13. 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. PMID:27627725

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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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    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.

  18. A general extrudate bulk density model for both twin-screw and single-screw extruder extrusion cooking processes

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    Cheng, Hongyuan; Friis, Alan; Høeg Hansen, Jonas; Tolderlund Rasmussen, Hanne

    2010-01-01

    Effects of extrusion parameters and raw materials on extrudate expansion are respectively investigated in a twin-screw extruder and a single-screw extruder extrusion cooking experiments for fish feed, wheat, and oat & wheat mixture processing. A new phenomenological model is proposed to correlated extrudate bulk density, extrusion parameters and raw material changes based on the experimental results. The average absolute deviation (AAD) of the correlation is 2.2% for fish feed extrusion in th...

  19. 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.

  20. 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. PMID:26385406

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

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    Wei-Jen Chang

    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.

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

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    Chang, Wei-Jen; Pan, Yu-Hwa; Tzeng, Jy-Jiunn; Wu, Ting-Lin; Fong, Tsorng-Harn; Feng, Sheng-Wei; Huang, Haw-Ming

    2015-01-01

    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. PMID:26466309

  3. 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.

  4. 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

    2013-03-01

    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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Endovascular aortic injury repair after thoracic pedicle screw placement.

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    Pesenti, S; Bartoli, M A; Blondel, B; Peltier, E; Adetchessi, T; Fuentes, S

    2014-09-01

    Our objective was to describe the management and prevention of thoracic aortic injuries caused by a malposition of pedicle screws in corrective surgery of major spine deformities. Positioning pedicle screws in thoracic vertebras by posterior approach exposes to the risk of injury of the elements placed ahead of the thoracic spine, as the descending thoracic aorta. This complication can result in a cataclysmic bleeding, needing urgent vascular care, but it can also be totally asymptomatic, resulting in the long run in a pseudoaneurysm, justifying the systematic removal of the hardware. We report the case of a 76-year-old woman who underwent spinal correction surgery for thoraco-lumbar degenerative kypho-scoliosis. Immediately after the surgery, a thoracic aortic injury caused by the left T7 pedicle screw was diagnosed. The patient underwent a two-step surgery. The first step was realized by vascular surgeons and aimed to secure the aortic wall by short endovascular aortic grafting. During the second step, spine surgeons removed the responsible screw by posterior approach. The patient was discharged in a rehabilitation center 7 days after the second surgery. When such a complication occurs, a co-management by vascular and spine surgeons is necessary to avoid major complications. Endovascular management of this kind of vascular injuries permits to avoid an open surgery that have a great rate of morbi-mortality in frail patients. Nowadays, technologies exist to prevent this kind of event and may improve the security when positioning pedicle screws. PMID:25023930

  9. 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.

  10. Distal Locking Screws for Intramedullary Nailing of Tibial Fractures.

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    Agathangelidis, Filon; Petsatodis, Georgios; Kirkos, John; Papadopoulos, Pericles; Karataglis, Dimitrios; Christodoulou, Anastasios

    2016-01-01

    Recently introduced tibial intramedullary nails allow a number of distal screws to be used to reduce the incidence of malalignment and loss of fixation of distal metaphyseal fractures. However, the number of screws and the type of screw configuration to be used remains obscure. This biomechanical study was performed to address this question. Thirty-six Expert tibial nails (Synthes, Oberdorf, Switzerland) were introduced in composite bone models. The models were divided into 4 groups with different distal locking configurations ranging from 2 to 4 screws. A 7-mm gap osteotomy was performed 72 mm from the tibial plafond to simulate a 42-C3 unstable distal tibial fracture. Each group was divided in 3 subgroups and underwent nondestructive biomechanical testing in axial compression, coronal bending, and axial torsion. The passive construct stiffness was measured and statistically analyzed with one-way analysis of variance. Although some differences were noted between the stiffness of each group, these were not statistically significant in compression (P=.105), bending (P=.801), external rotation (P=.246), and internal rotation (P=.370). This in vitro study showed that, when using the Expert tibial nail for unstable distal tibial fractures, the classic configuration of 2 parallel distal screws could provide the necessary stability under partial weight-bearing conditions. PMID:26840700

  11. Experimental determination of bone cortex holding power of orthopedic screw

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    Bolliger Neto Raul

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Cylindrical specimens of bone measuring 15 mm in diameter were obtained from the lateral cortical layer of 10 pairs of femurs and tibias. A central hole 3.2 mm in diameter was drilled in each specimen. The hole was tapped, and a 4.5 mm cortical bone screw was inserted from the outer surface. The montage was submitted to push-out testing up to a complete strip of the bone threads. The cortical thickness and rupture load were measured, and the shear stress was calculated. The results were grouped according to the bone segment from which the specimen was obtained. The results showed that bone cortex screw holding power is dependent on the bone site. Additionally, the diaphyseal cortical bone tissue is both quantitatively and qualitatively more resistant to screw extraction than the metaphyseal tissue.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Anterior retropharyngeal debridement combined with posterior atlantoaxial fusion for atlantoaxial Tuberculosis%颈前咽后入路病灶清除联合后路寰枢椎融合治疗寰枢椎结核的疗效观察

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    高延征; 邢帅; 高坤; 施新革; 张敬乙; 余正红; 康永生

    2016-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical efficacy of anterior debridement combined with posterior atlantoaxial fusion for atlantoaxial Tuberculosis.Methods From February 2005 to February 2013,7 patients,3 males and 4 females,with atlantoaxial Tuberculosis underwent anterior debridement combined with posterior atlantoaxial fusion in Department of Orthopedics Zhengzhou University People's Hospital were selected.In the preoperative and final follow-up,Japanese Orthopaedic Association score (JOA),neck disability index (NDI) and Frankel Classification were used to evaluate neurological function and calculate improvement rate.At final follow-up,clinical efficacy was evaluated by Odom's grade.Situation of internal fixation,fusion of upper cervical were assessed by X-ray,CT scan and MRI scan.Results Bony fusion were achieved in 7 cases after operation in 12 months.Tuberculosis were reached clinical cure between 17 and 21 months.At follow The JOA score increased from (11.1 ±0.7) preoperatively to (15.3 ±0.5) in final follow-up(P <0.05),and the NDI decreased from (34.0 ± 4.6) preoperatively to (10.1 ± 1.3) in final follow-up (P < 0.05).At last follow-up,according to Odom's standard,excellent were obtained in 5 cases,good 1 cases and ordinary 1 case.Frankel Classification of all cases improved from D class to E.Conclusions The treatment of anterior retropharyngeal debridement combine with atlantoaxial fusion,and local anti-tuberculosis drug using intraoperative,not only could obtain reliable clinical efficacy,completly removal of lesions,but also obtain strong stability,which plays an important role in the treatment of atlantoaxial Tuberculosis.%目的 评估颈前咽后入路病灶清除联合后路寰枢椎融合治疗寰枢椎结核的疗效.方法 回顾分析2005年2月至2013年2月郑州大学人民医院骨科接受颈前咽后入路病灶清除联合后路寰枢椎融合治疗的寰枢椎结核患者7例的临床资料;男3例,女4例.术前和末次随访时采

  15. In vitro evaluation of flexural strength of different brands of expansion screws

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    Kádna Fernanda Mendes de Oliveira; Mário Vedovello Filho; Mayury Kuramae; Adriana Simoni Lucato; Heloisa Cristina Valdhigi

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to compare the flexural strength of the stems of three maxillary expanders screws of Morelli, Forestadent and Dentaurum brands. METHODS: The sample consisted of nine expander screws (totalizing of 36 stems), three from each brand, all stainless steel and 12 mm of expansion capacity. The stems of the expander screws were cut with cutting pliers close to the weld region with screw body, then fixed in a universal testing machine Instron 4411 for tests o...

  16. Extraction of oil from jatropha seeds using a twin-screw extruder: Feasibility study

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    Evon, Philippe; Kartika, Ika Amalia; Cerny, Muriel; Rigal, Luc

    2013-01-01

    International audience The objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of mechanical pressing to extract oil from jatropha seeds using a twin-screw extruder. Experiments were conducted using a co-rotating (Clextral BC 21, France) twin-screw extruder. The influence of operating conditions on oil yield, specific mechanical energy and oil quality was examined. Operating conditions included screw configuration, pressing temperature and screw rotation speed. Generally, it was the sc...

  17. A Novel Blasted and Grooved Low Profile Pedicle Screw Able to Resist High Compression Bending Loads

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    Kuh, Sung-Uk; Kim, Young-Sung; Choi, Hong-June; Kim, Kyung-Hyun; Park, Jeong-Yoon; Jeong, Hyun-Yong; Chin, Dong-Kyu; Kim, Keun-Su; Yoon, Young-Sul; Lee, Yoon-Chul; Cho, Yong-Eun

    2012-01-01

    Objective Polyaxial pedicle screws are a safe, useful adjunct to transpedicular fixation. However, the large screw head size can cause soft tissue irritation, high rod positioning, and facet joint injury. However, the mechanical resistance provided by small and low profile pedicle screws is very limited. We therefore developed a novel, low profile pedicle screw using grooving and blasting treatment that is able to resist a high compression bending load. Methods We evaluated the compression be...

  18. Acrylic resin guide for locating the abutment screw access channel of cement-retained implant prostheses.

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    Ahmed, Ayman; Maroulakos, Georgios; Garaicoa, Jorge

    2016-05-01

    Abutment screw loosening represents a common and challenging technical complication of cement-retained implant prostheses. This article describes the fabrication of a simple and accurate poly(methyl methacrylate) guide for identifying the location and angulation of the abutment screw access channel of a cement-retained implant prosthesis with a loosened abutment screw. PMID:26794698

  19. Foreign body reaction to a bioabsorbable interference screw after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

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    Umar, Muhammad; Baqai, Nadeem; Peck, Christopher

    2009-01-01

    Bioabsorbable interference screws have been effective for graft fixation in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. The overall complication rate associated with the use of these screws is low but some unique problems have been reported in the literature. We present a case of unusual tissue reaction to a bioabsorbable interference screw following ACL reconstruction.

  20. Conceptual framework for model-based analysis of residence time distribution in twin-screw granulation

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    Kumar, Ashish; Vercruysse, Jurgen; Vanhoorne, Valerie;

    2015-01-01

    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 w...

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

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

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    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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Numerical Simulation of Twin-Screw Extrusion with Wall Slip

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    胡冬冬; 陈晋南

    2004-01-01

    Wall slip boundary condition is first introduced into twin-screw extrusion with the Navier slip law. Three-dimensional isothermal flow in the twin-screw extruder is simulated by using the finite element package POLYFLOW. Profiles of velocity contours in the screw channel and shear rate distributions in the intermeshing region are presented for different slip coefficients. Curves of axial pressure difference, average shear rate and dispersive mixing index vs. the slip coefficient are plotted and discussed. Comparisons are also made between the wall slip conditions and the non-slip condition. The simulation results indicate that, as the level of wall slip decreases, the axial pressure difference rises, the shear effect is intensified and the axial mixing is also enhanced. All these flow characteristics seem to level off with the increase of the slip coefficient. However, because of the inherent limitation of the Navier slip law, use of an overestimated slip coefficient would predict an over-sticky state between the screw surface and the polymer melt.

  11. 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

  12. 寰枢椎脱位与不稳定388例住院病例分析%Clinical analysis of 388 cases of atlanto-axial instability

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    周海涛; 党耕町; 王超

    2001-01-01

    目的分析不同原因引起的寰枢椎脱位与不稳定的特点,为诊断、治疗的改进提供参考.方法对1975年1月~2000年4月收治的寰枢椎脱位或不稳定患者388例作回顾性分析.结果寰枢椎发育异常引起的寰枢椎脱位262例,创伤性寰枢椎脱位71例,其他原因55例.发育异常中骨性畸形238例,包括枢椎齿突发育异常、寰椎枕化、颅底凹陷等,以单纯枢椎齿突畸形最为多见,但出现脊髓损害的比例没有显著性差异.随着病史的延长出现脊髓损害的可能性增加,出现重症脊髓损害的可能性也明显增加.陈旧性骨折比新鲜骨折复位更困难.陈旧性骨折(35例)中有19例伤后脊髓损害加重.伤后超过1年的陈旧性骨折患者,症状加重的发生率明显高于病史不足1年者.结论畸形等发育性异常导致寰枢椎脱位与不稳定比创伤性原因更常见,一旦出现临床症状应积极治疗.创伤性寰枢椎脱位患者应早期积极治疗,避免晚期脊髓损害加重.%Objective To study the clinical characteristics of atlanto-axial dislocation and instability caused by different reasons. Methods 388 cases of atlanto-axial dislocation and instability admitted between Jan 1975 and Apr 2000 were reviewed retrospectively. Results 262 cases were caused by anomaly, 71 by trauma and 55 by other reasons. 238/262 had bony deformity, including anomaly of odontoid process, atlanto-occipital assimilation, skull basilar invagination and some others. Simple anomaly of odontoid was the most commonly seen etiology. Myelopathy occurred at similar morbidity among each kind of patients. But patients who presented symptoms for longer time were more likely to have myelopathy. It is difficult to reduce chronic fractures of the odontoid process compared with the fresh fractures. 19 cases with chronic fracture suffered from severe myelopathy. Patients with chronic atlanto-axial fracture over 1 year were more likely to have secondary damage

  13. Aqueous extraction of oleic sunflower oil from whole plant by twin-screw extruder: feasibility study, influence of screw configuration and operating conditions

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    Evon, Philippe; Vandenbossche, Virginie; Pontalier, Pierre-Yves; Rigal, Luc

    2007-01-01

    Aqueous extraction process using water alone as medium is an alternative to the solvent oil extraction process from oilseeds. It enables simultaneous recovery of oil and protein. The implementation of a co-rotating twin-screw extruder allows the aqueous extraction of oleic sunflower oil from whole plant. Screw configuration, screw rotation speed and whole plant input flow rate affect directly the efficiency of liquid/solid separation. Wringing out the mixing is possible because of the natu...

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Fracture resistance of abutment screws made of titanium, polyetheretherketone, and carbon fiber-reinforced polyetheretherketone

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    Eduardo Aloisio Fleck NEUMANN

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Fractured abutment screws may be replaced; however, sometimes, the screw cannot be removed and the entire implant must be surgically removed and replaced. The aim of this study was to compare the fracture resistance of abutment retention screws made of titanium, polyetheretherketone (PEEK and 30% carbon fiber-reinforced PEEK, using an external hexagonal implant/UCLA-type abutment interface assembly. UCLA-type abutments were fixed to implants using titanium screws (Group 1, polyetheretherketone (PEEK screws (Group 2, and 30% carbon fiber-reinforced PEEK screws (Group 3. The assemblies were placed on a stainless steel holding apparatus to allow for loading at 45o off-axis, in a universal testing machine. A 200 N load (static load was applied at the central point of the abutment extremity, at a crosshead speed of 5 mm/minute, until failure. Data was analyzed by ANOVA and Tukey’s range test. The titanium screws had higher fracture resistance, compared with PEEK and 30% carbon fiber-reinforced PEEK screws (p 0.05. Finally, visual analysis of the fractions revealed that 100% of them occurred at the neck of the abutment screw, suggesting that this is the weakest point of this unit. PEEK abutment screws have lower fracture resistance, in comparison with titanium abutment screws.

  1. Screw-worm eradication in the Americas - Overview

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    Screw-worms (Cochliomyia hominivorax, Coquerel) are found only in the Americas, and are known, therefore, as the New World Screw-worm (NWS). The larval stages of the fly feed on the living flesh of their host. A screw-worm infestation can kill an adult animal in 7-10 days if not treated. All warm-blooded animals are affected including man. Although screw-worms had long been recognised as a severe pest of animals in the southwestern United States, they had never been detected east of the Mississippi River before 1933. In July 1933, screw-worms were transported on infested cattle to Georgia and became established east of the Mississippi River. Screw-worms spread quickly in the southeastern United States and were able to overwinter in southern Florida. Being new to the region, they were quickly recognised as a severe pest with a tremendous economic impact on livestock production. The livestock owners in the southeastern United States immediately noticed an increase in the number of animal deaths and increased costs of insecticides, veterinary medicines, veterinary services, inspection and handling. At the same time, they observed a decrease in animal weights and in milk production. Due to these observations, the livestock industry in the southeastern United States requested help in controlling screw-worms. Because of these requests, the research community became interested in control and eradication measures for this pest. Early work by Crushing and Patton in 1933 recognised that C. hominivorax was an obligatory animal parasite and different from the secondary blowfly, Cochliomyia macellaria. In 1934, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) opened a research station in Valdosa, Georgia, and E.W. Laake and E.F. Knipling were assigned to work there. In September 1935, R.C. Bushland was hired by ARS to do research related to screw-worms at an ARS Research Laboratory in Dallas, Texas. Melvin and Bushland in 1936 developed artificial

  2. Application of C1-C2 pedicle screw fixation in treatment of extension-type odontoid fracture combined with atlantoaxiai subluxation%寰枢椎椎弓根钉固定治疗伸直型齿状突骨折合并寰枢关节半脱位

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    丁真奇; 陈卫; 康两期; 刘晖; 郭志民; 刘庆军

    2009-01-01

    目的 探讨寰枢椎椎弓根钉固定治疗伸直型齿状突骨折并寰枢关节半脱位临床疗效.方法 2002年12月-2006年12月,采用后路寰楸椎椎弓根钉内固定术治疗伸直型齿状突骨折并寰枢关节半脱位患者7例,其中男5例,女2例;年龄21~59岁,平均39.2岁.齿状突骨折均为Anderson Ⅱ型新鲜骨折,术前神经功能日本骨科协会(JOA)评分8.6~14.9分,平均10.7分.术前均行X线、CT等影像学检查及颅骨牵引术.均于全身麻醉下采用枢法模Vertex寰枢椎椎弓根钉系统,直视下行C1、C2复位固定术.结果 本组患者未发生椎动脉、脊髓及神经根损伤,寰枢椎骨折脱位均完全复位,术口均Ⅰ期愈合;术后3~6 d(平均4 d)颈托保护下离床活动.随访12~36个月(平均22个月),临床症状得到明显改善.术后6个月X线片示螺钉位置良好,无松动、断钉,所有骨折均呈骨性愈合.神经功能JOA评分13.5~16.9分,平均15.8分.结论 寰枢椎椎弓根钉内固定技术具有术中复位、固定可靠、骨愈合率高等特点,为齿状突骨折合并伸直型寰枢关节半脱位患者提供了一种较好的治疗方法.%Objective To explore the clinical outcome of atlantoaxial pedicle screw instrument in treatment of extension-type odontoid fracture combined with aflantoaxial subluxation. Methods From December 2002 to December 2006, seven patients with extension-type odontoid fracture combined with at-lantoaxial subluxation were reduced and fixed with atlantoaxial pedicle screw instrument of Vertex system under general anesthesia. There were five males and two females, at mean age of 39.2 years (range 21-59 years). All odontoid fractures were fresh type Aderson Ⅱ. JOA scores of spinal core function was 8.6-14.9 (average 10.7) preoperatively. The X-ray examination, CT scanning and skull traction were performed in all patients preoperatively. Results There found no severe complications such as injuries of vertebral artery

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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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    2009-08-01

    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

  6. A finite element model of C1 lateral mass-C2 intralaminar screw-rod fixation and its biomechanical analysis%寰椎侧块-枢椎椎板螺钉固定的有限元分析

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    张凯; 刘新宇; 黄晓慧; 汪耀; 田永昊

    2011-01-01

    were analyzed when the skull was in neutral position,flexion/extension,right and left lateral bending,axial rotation and anterior-posterior (AP) translation.Result:The model of C1-C2 complex consisted of 183363 nodes and 116082 elements.The data indicated that C1 lateral mass-C2 intralaminar screwrod fixation significantly reduced the C1-C2 motion in flexion/extension,lateral bending and axial rotation compared to the intact cases.The results showed that there was concentration of stress at the upper bonescrew interface and the inferior transition area between rod and screw in extension.Stress concentration in flexion occurred in both the upper rod-screw transition area and bone-screw interface.In rotation the inferior conjunction of screw-rod presented stress convergence,the stress of the screw system was well-distributed.Conclusion:The finite element model of the atlantoaxial spine realistically simulates the atlantoaxial motion,which can simulate the natural condition and facilitate the further biomechanical research.

  7. 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.

  8. 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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    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.

  9. 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

  10. Decompressive cervical laminectomy and lateral mass screw-rod arthrodesis. Surgical analysis and outcome

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    Obaidat Mouness H

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background This study evaluates the outcome and complications of decompressive cervical Laminectomy and lateral mass screw fixation in 110 cases treated for variable cervical spine pathologies that included; degenerative disease, trauma, neoplasms, metabolic-inflammatory disorders and congenital anomalies. Methods A retrospective review of total 785 lateral mass screws were placed in patients ages 16-68 years (40 females and 70 males. All cases were performed with a polyaxial screw-rod construct and screws were placed by using Anderson-Sekhon trajectory. Most patients had 12-14-mm length and 3.5 mm diameter screws placed for subaxial and 28-30 for C1 lateral mass. Screw location was assessed by post operative plain x-ray and computed tomography can (CT, besides that; the facet joint, nerve root foramen and foramen transversarium violation were also appraised. Results No patients experienced neural or vascular injury as a result of screw position. Only one patient needed screw repositioning. Six patients experienced superficial wound infection. Fifteen patients had pain around the shoulder of C5 distribution that subsided over the time. No patients developed screw pullouts or symptomatic adjacent segment disease within the period of follow up. Conclusion decompressive cervical spine laminectomy and Lateral mass screw stabilization is a technique that can be used for a variety of cervical spine pathologies with safety and efficiency.

  11. Pedicle Screw Fixation Study in Immature Porcine Spines to Improve Pullout Resistance during Animal Testing.

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    Le Cann, Sophie; Cachon, Thibaut; Viguier, Eric; Miladi, Lotfi; Odent, Thierry; Rossi, Jean-Marie; Chabrand, Patrick

    2015-01-01

    The porcine model is frequently used during development and validation of new spinal devices, because of its likeness to the human spine. These spinal devices are frequently composed of pedicle screws with a reputation for stable fixation but which can suffer pullouts during preclinical implantation on young animals, leading to high morbidity. With a view to identifying the best choices to optimize pedicle screw fixation in the porcine model, this study evaluates ex vivo the impact of weight (age) of the animal, the level of the vertebrae (lumbar or thoracic) and the type of screw anchorage (mono- or bi-cortical) on pedicle screw pullouts. Among the 80 pig vertebrae (90- and 140-day-old) tested in this study, the average screw pullout forces ranged between 419.9N and 1341.2N. In addition, statistical differences were found between test groups, pointing out the influence of the three parameters stated above. We found that the the more caudally the screws are positioned (lumbar level), the greater their pullout resistance is, moreover, screw stability increases with the age, and finally, the screws implanted with a mono-cortical anchorage sustained lower pullout forces than those implanted with a bi-cortical anchorage. We conclude that the best anchorage can be obtained with older animals, using a lumbar fixation and long screws traversing the vertebra and inducing bi-cortical anchorage. In very young animals, pedicle screw fixations need to be bi-cortical and more numerous to prevent pullout. PMID:26451947

  12. Pedicle Screw Fixation Study in Immature Porcine Spines to Improve Pullout Resistance during Animal Testing.

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    Sophie Le Cann

    Full Text Available The porcine model is frequently used during development and validation of new spinal devices, because of its likeness to the human spine. These spinal devices are frequently composed of pedicle screws with a reputation for stable fixation but which can suffer pullouts during preclinical implantation on young animals, leading to high morbidity. With a view to identifying the best choices to optimize pedicle screw fixation in the porcine model, this study evaluates ex vivo the impact of weight (age of the animal, the level of the vertebrae (lumbar or thoracic and the type of screw anchorage (mono- or bi-cortical on pedicle screw pullouts. Among the 80 pig vertebrae (90- and 140-day-old tested in this study, the average screw pullout forces ranged between 419.9N and 1341.2N. In addition, statistical differences were found between test groups, pointing out the influence of the three parameters stated above. We found that the the more caudally the screws are positioned (lumbar level, the greater their pullout resistance is, moreover, screw stability increases with the age, and finally, the screws implanted with a mono-cortical anchorage sustained lower pullout forces than those implanted with a bi-cortical anchorage. We conclude that the best anchorage can be obtained with older animals, using a lumbar fixation and long screws traversing the vertebra and inducing bi-cortical anchorage. In very young animals, pedicle screw fixations need to be bi-cortical and more numerous to prevent pullout.

  13. Preload and torque removal evaluation of three different abutment screws for single standing implant restorations

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    Rafael Augusto Stüker

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Several authors still consider the mechanical problems of fracture and component loosening as the main causes of failure of implant-supported restorations. The purpose of this in vitro study was to compare the preload of three types of screw for transmucosal abutment attachment used in single implant-supported prosthesis through strain gauge and removal torque measurements. Three external hex fixtures were used, and each received a transmucosal abutment (Cera One®, which was fixed to the implant with its respective screw: Group A- gold screw, Group B- titanium screw and Group C- surface-treated titanium screw (Ti-Tite®. Ten screws of each type were attached applying a 30.07±0.28 Ncm torque force and maintained in position for 5 minutes. After this, the preload values were measured using strain gauges and a measurement cell. Gold screws presented higher preload values (131.72±8.98 N, followed by surface-treated titanium screws (97.78±4.68 N and titanium screws (37.03±5.69 N. ANOVA (p<0.05 and Tukey's test (p<0.05 were applied. Statistically significant differences were found among the groups for both preload and removal torque values. In conclusion, gold screws may be indicated to achieve superior longevity of the abutment-implant connection and, consequently, prosthetic restoration due to greater preload values yielded.

  14. Effect of different radial hole designs on pullout and structural strength of cannulated pedicle screws.

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    Chen, Hsin-Chang; Lai, Yu-Shu; Chen, Wen-Chuan; Chen, Jou-Wen; Chang, Chia-Ming; Chen, Yi-Long; Wang, Shih-Tien; Cheng, Cheng-Kung

    2015-08-01

    Cannulated pedicle screws are designed for bone cement injection to enhance fixation strength in severely osteoporotic spines. However, the screws commonly fracture during insertion. This study aims to evaluate how different positions/designs of radial holes may affect the pullout and structural strength of cannulated pedicle screws using finite element analysis. Three different screw hole designs were evaluated under torsion and bending conditions. The pullout strength for each screw was determined by axial pullout failure testing. The results showed that when the Von Mises stress reached the yield stress of titanium alloy the screw with four radial holes required a greater torque or bending moment than the nine and twelve hole screws. In the pullout test, the strength and stiffness of each screw with cement augmentation showed no significant differences, but the screw with four radial holes had a greater average pullout strength, which probably resulted from the significantly greater mean maximum lengths of cement augmentation. Superior biomechanical responses, with lower stress around the radial holes and greater pullout strength, represented by cannulated pedicle screw with four radial holes may worth recommending for clinical application. PMID:26054806

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. Detecting thrust bearing failure within a screw compressor

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    A 3 1/2 mile ring of over 1000 superconducting magnets are needed to focus and drive the world's highest energy particle smasher. 24 Refrigerators supply liquid helium to the magnets; 34 high pressure oil flooded screw compressors supply 285 psig helium gas to the refrigerators. The 400 h.p. screws are reliable machines that use 45 gallons of oil per minute to seal and lubricate the rotors, lubricate the bearings, and remove the heat of compression. These machines are spaced out in seven buildings over four miles. A minimum of 28 machines must be operating at all times. A contingent of operators start, stop, and monitor any machine from a distant control room. The 34 compressors have an average of 32,000 hours; 9 machines have over 40,000 hours; the highest is 55,000 hours

  18. Accuracy of spinal navigation for Magerl-screws

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    Herz, T

    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...

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

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    W. S. Lee

    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. 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...

  1. Clinical Research of Cervical Traction and Shake Method for Treatment of Atlantoaxial Subluxation%颈椎牵引摇正调整法治疗寰枢关节半脱位100例

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    桂志雄; 万子超; 简俊峰; 严金林; 皮陵红; 王桂梅

    2013-01-01

    目的:观察评价颈椎牵引摇正调整法治疗寰枢关节半脱位的临床疗效.方法:将100例患者随机分为治疗组(牵引摇正调整法)和对照组(常规牵引),分别进行治疗,疗程为10d,治疗后进行疗效比较.结果:治疗组总有效率98%,对照组有效率为70%,治疗组与对照组疗效比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).结论:颈椎牵引摇正调整法治疗寰枢关节半脱位有较好的临床疗效.%Objective:To observe curative effect of the cervical traction and shake method for treating atlantoaxial subluxa-tion. Methods:One hundred patients were randomly divided into treatment group and control group. The traction and shake method and conventional traction were used respectively in the two groups for ten days, and the curative effect was compared. Results:The total effective rates were 98% and 70% in the treatment group and control group respectively (P<0. 01). Conclusion: The cervical traction and shake method is effective for treating atlantoaxial subluxation.

  2. Behaviour and Modelling of Flow-Drilling Screw Connections

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    Amundsen, Dan Hugo; Gustad, Jo Utne

    2014-01-01

    This thesis presents an experimental and numerical study on the behaviour of Flow-Drilling Screw (FDS) connections under various quasi-static loading conditions. The behaviour and fracture of the connections were closely studied by means of tests on simple coupons joined with a single connector and component tests. Single-connector tests were performed on both two- and three-layered specimens. Cross tests in three loading directions, lap-joint tests and peeling tests were conducted for both c...

  3. Modern posterior screw techniques in the pediatric cervical spine

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    Hedequist, Daniel J

    2014-01-01

    Treatment of children with cervical spine disorders requiring fusion is a challenging endeavor for a variety of reasons. The size of the patients, the corresponding abnormal bony anatomy, the inherent ligamentous laxity of children, and the relative rarity of the disorders all play a part in difficulty of treatment. The benefits of modern posterior cervical instrumentation in children, defined as rigid screw-rod systems, have been shown to be many including: improved arthrodesis rates, dimini...

  4. Rancang Bangun Mesin Pemeras Santan Sistem Screw Press

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    Sinaga, Febrina Medyanti Br

    2015-01-01

    Until now,obtain coconut milk was still obtain using conventional method which is handpressed. Later on, manual coconut milk extractor is develop using hydrolic press system. With the development of science and technology in this modern age, people trying to create or make a new, more efficient and practical equipment.Therefore, in this research, the author tried to ease theextraction of coconut milk by designing coconut milk extractor with screw press system which has larger capacity which b...

  5. Modelling of the Heating Process in a Thermal Screw

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    Zhang, Xuan; Veje, Christian T.; Lassen, Benny; Willatzen, Morten

    2012-11-01

    The procedure of separating efficiently dry-stuff (proteins), fat, and water is an important process in the handling of waste products from industrial and commercial meat manufactures. One of the sub-processes in a separation facility is a thermal screw where the raw material (after proper mincing) is heated in order to melt fat, coagulate protein, and free water. This process is very energy consuming and the efficiency of the product is highly dependent on accurate temperature control of the process. A key quality parameter is the time that the product is maintained at temperatures within a certain threshold. A detailed mathematical model for the heating process in the thermal screw is developed and analysed. The model is formulated as a set of partial differential equations including the latent heat for the melting process of the fat and the boiling of water, respectively. The product is modelled by three components; water, fat and dry-stuff (bones and proteins). The melting of the fat component is captured as a plateau in the product temperature. The model effectively captures the product outlet temperature and the energy consumed. Depending on raw material composition, "soft" or "dry", the model outlines the heat injection and screw speeds necessary to obtain optimal output quality.

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

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    Tineke Saroinsong

    2016-05-01

    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

  7. Fabrication of a screw-retained restoration avoiding the facial access hole: a clinical report.

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    Garcia-Gazaui, Sabrina; Razzoog, Michael; Sierraalta, Marianella; Saglik, Berna

    2015-11-01

    Dental implant restorations may be either screw-retained or cemented onto an abutment. While each method has its advantages and disadvantages, cemented restorations are commonly used in the maxillary arch, usually because of esthetic concerns. Available bone in the anterior maxilla dictates the placement of the implant, which may result in a facially positioned screw-access opening. Still, a growing volume of literature states that periimplant soft tissues respond more favorably to screw-retained crowns than cement-retained crowns. This clinical report outlines a treatment with a new method of fabricating a custom abutment-crown combination for a screw-retained restoration. The technique allows the channel for the screw to be placed at an angle other than parallel to the implant body. In this case, the practitioner may choose either a screw-retained or cement-retained implant restoration, where previously only a cemented restoration was possible. PMID:26344192

  8. 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. PMID:22561951

  9. Decompressive cervical laminectomy and lateral mass screw-rod arthrodesis. Surgical analysis and outcome

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    Obaidat Mouness H; Dabbas Waleed F; Qudsieh Tareq M; Obeidat Moutasem M; Audat Ziad A; Al Barbarawi Moh'd M; Malkawi Anas A

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background This study evaluates the outcome and complications of decompressive cervical Laminectomy and lateral mass screw fixation in 110 cases treated for variable cervical spine pathologies that included; degenerative disease, trauma, neoplasms, metabolic-inflammatory disorders and congenital anomalies. Methods A retrospective review of total 785 lateral mass screws were placed in patients ages 16-68 years (40 females and 70 males). All cases were performed with a polyaxial screw-...

  10. Comparison of Apical Axial Derotation between Adolescent Idiopathic and Neuromuscular Scoliosis with Pedicle Screw Instrumentation

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    Modi, Hitesh N.; Suh, Seung-Woo; Srinivasalu, S.; Mehta, Satyen; Yang, Jae-Hyuk

    2008-01-01

    Study Design A retrospective study. Purpose To compare outcomes of apical derotation with pedicle screws in idiopathic and neuromuscular scoliosis (NMS). Overview of Literature No information about apical derotation in NMS with pedicle screws is available. Methods We performed deformity correcting surgery using pedicle screw constructs on 12 adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) patients (mean age 14.1 years) and 16 NMS patients (mean age 16.5 years). Preoperative, postoperative, and final fo...

  11. A Comparison of Functional Outcomes After Metallic and Bioabsorbable Interference Screw Fixations in Arthroscopic ACL Reconstructions

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    Hegde, Atmananda S; Rai, Deepak K; Kannampilly, Antony J

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is as one of the most frequently injured ligaments in the modern contact sports scenario. Graft fixations can be achieved during anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions by using either bioabsorbable screws or metal screws. The objective of this study was to compare the functional outcomes after bioabsorbable and metallic interference screw fixations in arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions done by using hamstring grafts.

  12. Deforming grid generation and CFD analysis of variable geometry screw compressors

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    Rane, S.; Kovacevic, A.; Stosic, N.; Kethidi, M.

    2014-01-01

    The most common type of twin screw machines are twin screw compressors. These normally contain rotors of uniform pitch and profile along the rotor length. However, in some cases such as in twin screw vacuum pumps with very large pressure ratios, the variable pitch rotors are often used to improve efficiency. The limited use of rotors with variable pitch and/or section profile is mainly due to manufacturing constraints. In order to analyse the performance of such machines by means of Computati...

  13. Extraction of Coriander Oil Using Twin‑Screw Extrusion: Feasibility Study and Potential Press Cake Applications

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    Uitterhaegen, Evelien; Nguyen, Quang Hung; Sampaio, Klicia; Stevens, Chris; Merah, Othmane; Talou, Thierry; Rigal, Luc; Evon, Philippe

    2015-01-01

    This study presents an assessment of the vegetable oil extraction from coriander fruits through mechanical pressing, more specifically twin-screw extrusion. This comprises an evaluation of the oil recovery obtained and its respective quality, as well as the specific mechanical energy, representing an economical point of view. With regard to the extrusion optimization, the screw configuration, the device’s filling coefficient and the pressing temperature were varied. The screw configuration wa...

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Two inhomogeneities of irregular shape with internal uniform stress fields interacting with a screw dislocation

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    Wang, Xu; Schiavone, Peter

    2016-07-01

    Using complex variable methods and conformal mapping techniques, we demonstrate rigorously that two inhomogeneities of irregular shape interacting with a screw dislocation can indeed maintain uniform internal stress distributions. Our analysis indicates that while the internal uniform stresses are independent of the existence of the screw dislocation, the shapes of the two inhomogeneities required to achieve this uniformity depend on the Burgers vector, the location of the screw dislocation, and the size of the inhomogeneities. In addition, we find that this uniformity of the internal stress field is achievable also when the two inhomogeneities interact with an arbitrary number of discrete screw dislocations in the matrix.

  18. Arthroscopic Bony Bankart Repair Using Double-Threaded Headless Screw: A Case Report

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    Takeshi Kokubu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a case of arthroscopic fixation for bony Bankart lesion using a double-threaded cannulated screw. A 39-year-old man sustained a left shoulder injury from a motorcycle accident. Radiographs showed bony Bankart lesion and CT revealed 40% defect of glenoid articular surface. Arthroscopic fixation was performed using double-threaded cannulated screw after the bony fragment was reduced by suturing the labrum at the edge with a suture anchor. Arthroscopic bony Bankart repair using double-threaded cannulated screw fixation is effective because compression force could be applied between bony fragments and the screw head is not exposed in the glenohumeral joint.

  19. Feasibility study on posterior laminar screw fixation techniques in the axis

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    HU Yong; HE Xian-feng; GU Yong-jie; XU Rong-ming; MA Wei-hu; RUAN Yong-ping; Lin Rong

    2010-01-01

    Objective: To get morphologic param-eters of Chinese adults through observation and measure-ment on axial laminas, to evaluate the feasibility of placing axial laminar screws and to introduce the technique.Methods: Relative parameters of 28 sets of fresh Chi-nese adults' axial specimens, including distance from the superior and inferior entry points of axial laminar screws to the superior margins of axial laminas, superior, middle, infe-rior thickness and height of the axial laminas, length and angle of the axial laminar screw trajectories, distance from the entry points of axial laminar screws to the transverse foramen and central points of the inferior articular process, were measured with a digital caliper and a goniometer.Data were statistically analyzed.Results: Averagely, distance from the superior and inferior entry points of axial laminar screws to the superior margins of axial laminas was 5 mm and 9 ram, superior, middle, inferior thickness and the height of the axial laminas were 3.2 mm, 6.7 ram, 5.5 nun and 12.8 mm respectively, and the length of the superior and inferior axial laminar screw trajectories was 26.2 mm and 25.5 mm, respectively.Conclusions: It is feasible and reliable to apply poste-rior laminar screw fixation techniques to the axes of Chinese adults.Also the C_2 laminar screw fixation technique can be taken as a supplementary to conventional posterior screw fixations of C_2.

  20. Femoral tunnel-interference screw divergence in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using bone-patellar tendon-bone graft: A comparison of two techniques

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    Vivek Pandey

    2011-01-01

    Conclusion: Femoral interference screw placement through the PT portal leads to significantly less screw divergence as compared with screw placement through the AM portal. However, this difference in divergence is not reflected in clinical outcome.

  1. "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.

  2. A new alternative to expandable pedicle screws: Expandable poly-ether-ether-ketone shell.

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    Demir, Teyfik

    2015-05-01

    Screw pullout is a very common problem in the fixation of sacrum with pedicle screws. The principal cause of this problem is that the cyclic micro motions in the fixation of sacrum are higher than the other regions of the vertebrae that limit the osteo-integration between bone and screw. In addition to that, the bone quality is very poor at sacrum region. This study investigated a possible solution to the pullout problem without the expandable screws' handicaps. Newly designed poly-ether-ether-ketone expandable shell and classical pedicle screws were biomechanically compared. Torsion test, pullout tests, fatigue tests, flexion/extension moment test, axial gripping capacity tests and torsional gripping capacity tests were conducted in accordance with ASTM F543, F1798 and F1717. Standard polyurethane foam and calf vertebrae were used as embedding medium for pullout tests. Classical pedicle screw pullout load on polyurethane foam was 564.8 N compared to the failure load for calf vertebrae's 1264 N. Under the same test conditions, expandable poly-ether-ether-ketone shell system's pullout loads from polyurethane foam and calf vertebrae were 1196.3 and 1890 N, respectively. The pullout values for expandable poly-ether-ether-ketone shell were 33% and 53% higher than classical pedicle screw on polyurethane foam and calf vertebrae, respectively. The expandable poly-ether-ether-ketone shell exhibited endurance on its 90% of yield load. Contrary to poly-ether-ether-ketone shell, classical pedicle screw exhibited endurance on 70% of its yield load. Expandable poly-ether-ether-ketone shell exhibited much higher pullout performance than classical pedicle screw. Fatigue performance of expandable poly-ether-ether-ketone shell is also higher than classical pedicle screw due to damping the micro motion capacity of the poly-ether-ether-ketone. Expandable poly-ether-ether-ketone shell is a safe alternative to all other expandable pedicle screw systems on mechanical perspective

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. A novel magnetic lead screw active suspension system for vehicles

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

    2014-01-01

    This paper encompasses a detailed study of the redesign of a novel Magnetic Lead Screw (MLS) active suspension system for possible regeneration of the energy dispatched in the suspension system and active control of vehicle body movement. The MLS converts a low speed high force linear motion...... of a translator into a high speed low torque rotational motion of a rotor through helically shaped magnets. The paper describes the drawback of the first MLS prototype v1.0 developed for active suspension system, which lead to a new design of the MLS prototype named v1.5. Furthermore the paper introduces detailed...

  6. Power Characteristics of a Screw Agitator in a Tube

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    F. Rieger

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Screw agitators rotating in tubes are very efficient tools for mixing and pumping viscous liquids. The power characteristic of the agitator-tube assembly must be known to enable its power consumption in a given configuration to be calculated. The dimensionless power characteristic is described by Eq. (6. An estimate of power consumption from the power characteristic is schematically shown in Fig. 1. The dependence of the coefficients in Eq. (6 on the Reynolds number is shown in Fig. 5. The power characteristics for selected Reynolds number values are shown in Figs. 6- 9.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Effects of bone materials on the screw pull-out strength in human spine.

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    Zhang, Qing Hang; Tan, Soon Huat; Chou, Siaw Meng

    2006-10-01

    A three-dimensional finite element model simulating the threaded connections including detailed helix curve for the bone and surgical screw was constructed. Validation of the FE model was conducted by comparing the predicted screw pull-out strength in different foam materials against experimental study. The FE model was then further analyzed to investigate the interaction of bone material and purchase length on the screw pull-out strength. The results show that failure of the connection was due to bone shearing which occurred along a cylindrical surface determined by the outer perimeter of the screw. The cortical shell resists around 50% of the pull-out strength for a screw of 4mm in major diameter and 22 mm in length. The effects of purchase length on the pull-out strength were different for different bone material. It is the bone material that determines the stability of the inserted surgical screw. The significance of the purchase length on the pull-out strength of cortical screw will be much lower than that in cancellous bone screw. PMID:16414303

  10. Screwing or unscrewing device for studs or bolls of big dimension

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    The device for screwing or unscrewing large studs or bolts has a system determining the optimun screwing position and orientation of the bolt, a variable speed bidirectional drive a pin holding the bolt axially and system compensating the weight of the bolt with an hydraulic jack with a pressure detector to which the drive is slaved

  11. 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

  12. Non-invasive ultrasound based temperature measurements at reciprocating screw plastication units: Methodology and applications

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    Straka, Klaus; Praher, Bernhard; Steinbichler, Georg

    2015-05-01

    Previous attempts to accurately measure the real polymer melt temperature in the screw chamber as well as in the screw channels have failed on account of the challenging metrological boundary conditions (high pressure, high temperature, rotational and axial screw movement). We developed a novel ultrasound system - based on reflection measurements - for the online determination of these important process parameters. Using available pressure-volume-temperature (pvT) data from a polymer it is possible to estimate the density and adiabatic compressibility of the material and therefore the pressure and temperature depending longitudinal ultrasound velocity. From the measured ultrasonic reflection time from the screw root and barrel wall and the pressure it is possible to calculate the mean temperature in the screw channel or in the chamber in front of the screw (in opposition to flush mounted infrared or thermocouple probes). By means of the above described system we are able to measure axial profiles of the mean temperature in the screw chamber. The data gathered by the measurement system can be used to develop control strategies for the plastication process to reduce temperature gradients within the screw chamber or as input data for injection moulding simulation.

  13. 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.

  14. 29 CFR 1926.305 - Jacks-lever and ratchet, screw, and hydraulic.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 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...

  15. Mixing and transport during pharmaceutical twin-screw wet granulation: Experimental analysis via chemical imaging

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    Kumar, Ashish; Vercruysse, Jurgen; Toiviainen, Maunu;

    2014-01-01

    Twin-screw granulation is a promising continuous alternative for traditional batch high shear wet gran- ulation (HSWG). The extent of HSWG in a twin screw granulator (TSG) is greatly governed by the resi- dence time of the granulation materials in the TSG and degree of mixing. In order to determi...

  16. Thoracic Pedicle Screw Placement Guide Plate Produced by Three-Dimensional (3-D) Laser Printing.

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    Chen, Hongliang; Guo, Kaijing; Yang, Huilin; Wu, Dongying; Yuan, Feng

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy and feasibility of an individualized thoracic pedicle screw placement guide plate produced by 3-D laser printing. MATERIAL AND METHODS Thoracic pedicle samples of 3 adult cadavers were randomly assigned for 3-D CT scans. The 3-D thoracic models were established by using medical Mimics software, and a screw path was designed with scanned data. Then the individualized thoracic pedicle screw placement guide plate models, matched to the backside of thoracic vertebral plates, were produced with a 3-D laser printer. Screws were placed with assistance of a guide plate. Then, the placement was assessed. RESULTS With the data provided by CT scans, 27 individualized guide plates were produced by 3-D printing. There was no significant difference in sex and relevant parameters of left and right sides among individuals (P>0.05). Screws were placed with assistance of guide plates, and all screws were in the correct positions without penetration of pedicles, under direct observation and anatomic evaluation post-operatively. CONCLUSIONS A thoracic pedicle screw placement guide plate can be produced by 3-D printing. With a high accuracy in placement and convenient operation, it provides a new method for accurate placement of thoracic pedicle screws. PMID:27194139

  17. 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.

  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. PMID:25437089

  19. 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.

  20. 经口咽入路切除类风湿性寰枢关节炎性结节1例报告%Remove of rheumatoid atlantoaxial arthritic tubercle via transoral-pharyngeal approach: one case report

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    王亚明; 田增民; 王锐; 孙君昭; 卢旺盛

    2008-01-01

    类风湿性关节炎(rheumatoid arthritis,RA)早期侵犯双手、腕、足等小关节滑膜,后期可累及寰枢椎关节(atlantoaxial joint,AAJ),使齿突韧带复合体松弛、关节软骨及齿突、椎体骨质破坏,导致寰枢关节脱位或炎性结节压迫颈髓。我科经口咽前路切除压迫延颈髓的AAJ—RA炎性结节1例,现报道如下:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Design and Analysis of Single Screw Extruder for Jatropha Seeds Using Finite Element Method

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    Ali Nurrakhmad Siregar

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Mechanical extraction is commonly used to extract oils from vegetable seeds and a single screw extruder has been successfully reported to separate oil and cake from Jatropha curcas seeds. In this study, a single screw extruder was designed and analyzed using Finite Element Method (FEM and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD. Three different geometrical dimensions of screw extruder were designed and analyzed using FEM and CFD with software ANSYS POLYFLOW to study simulation of the flow and the behavior of Jatropha dough through of a single screw extruder. In a preliminary study, this study focused to simulate the velocity profile and local shear rate indie section with a power law model. The result obtained revealed that three important are as in designing a single screw extruder were gap area (clearance in the range of 0.5-1.0 mm, chamber area (normal pitch in the range 17-22 mm and root area.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. SURVEY SUBAXIAL CERVICAL VERTEBRAE FOR TRANSPEDICULAR SCREW FIXATION

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    2005-01-01

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. The value and X-ray imaging findings with atlantoaxial subluxation in child%儿童寰枢椎半脱位的X线影像学改变及其临床价值

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    陈荔川; 周鹏; 陈进; 高雪梅

    2008-01-01

    Objective To discuss the value and imaging findings with atlantoaxial subluxation in child.Methods Anatomy of articulatio atlantoepistrophia was reviewed and the causes and clinical manifestations were studied.The x-ray film of imaging representations of 48 cases with Atlantoaxial Subluxation in Child were retrospectively analysed.Results Imaging findings with front clearance odontoid process of cervical vertebra have different extent increase width or flank clearance difference value enhance or lateral atlanto-dental space asymmetry.Conclusions Survey imaging difference with front clearance odontoid process of cervical vertebra and flank clearance and lateral atlanto-dental space at flank view and open-mouth view of cervical vertebra.It is may improve the accurate diagnosis rate and hdpful to clinical treatment and and estimation of prognosis.%目的 探讨儿童寰枢椎半脱位的X线影像学表现及其临床价值.方法 结合环枢椎的解剖特点,回顾分析48例儿童寰枢椎半脱位的颈椎X线平片影像学改变.结果齿状突前间隙宽度有不同程度增宽、侧间隙差值增大可伴有侧块、齿突侧块间隙不对称等X线影像学改变.结论 颈椎侧位及张口位X片测定齿突前间隙、侧间隙、两侧块椎间隙差值能提高确诊率,并指导临床治疗和估计预后.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Prevention of arthrofibrosis after arthroscopic screw fixation of tibial spine fracture in children and adolescents.

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    Parikh, Shital N; Myer, David; Eismann, Emily A

    2014-01-01

    Arthrofibrosis is a major complication of tibial spine fracture treatment in children, potentially resulting in knee pain, quadriceps weakness, altered gait, decreased function, inability to return to sports, and long-term osteoarthritis. Thus, prevention rather than treatment of arthrofibrosis is desirable. The purpose of this study was to evaluate an aggressive postoperative rehabilitation and early intervention approach to prevent permanent arthrofibrosis after tibial spine fracture treatment and to compare epiphyseal and transphyseal screws for fixation. A consecutive series of 24 patients younger than age 18 with displaced type II and III tibial spine fractures who underwent arthroscopic reduction and screw fixation between 2006 and 2011 were retrospectively reviewed. Final range of motion was compared between patients with epiphyseal (n=12) and transphyseal (n=9) screws. One-third (4 of 12) of patients with epiphyseal screws underwent arthroscopic debridement and screw removal approximately 3 months postoperatively; 3 patients lacked 5° to 15° of extension, 1 experienced pain with extension, and 1 had radiographic evidence of screw pullout, loss of reduction, and resultant malunion. In the transphyseal screw group, 3 patients had 10° loss of extension, and all corrected after arthroscopic debridement and screw removal. The two groups did not significantly differ in time to hardware removal or return to sports or final range of motion. No growth disturbances were identified in patients after transphyseal screw removal. An aggressive approach of postoperative rehabilitation and early intervention after arthroscopic reduction and screw fixation of tibial spine fractures in children was successful in preventing permanent arthrofibrosis. PMID:24683658

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Intraoperative insertion torque of lumbar pedicle screw and postoperative radiographic evaluation. Short-term observation

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    The correlation between the insertion torque of a lumbar pedicle screw and the mechanical stability of the screw in the bone has been mentioned in in vitro studies. The purpose of this study was to confirm the factors affecting the insertion torque of such screws in vivo. Also, the contribution of insertion torque to the initial stability of the fusion area was to be analyzed in vivo. A series of 23 cases representing 50 lumbar vertebrae were included in this study, in which we examined bone mineral density using quantitative computed tomography (CT) prior to operation. Two screw shapes were utilized, with the insertion torque for each screw measured at two points in time. The correlation between insertion torque and mineral density was investigated. Screw positions were confirmed on postoperative CT scans, and the effect of the screw thread cutting into the cortex bone was investigated. Radiographic changes at three points during a period of 3 months were also measured, and we then evaluated the interrelations between these changes and insertion torque. Furthermore, the relation between insertion torque and instability at 3 months was investigated. Correlations of insertion torque and bone mineral density depended on screw shape. There was no correlation found with mineral density in the case of cylindrical screws. Insertion torque was not affected by the screw thread cutting into the cortex of bone. As for postoperative alignment changes, no definitive trends could be ascertained, and no interrelations with torque and alignment changes were observed. There is a possibility that insertion torque was related to early-stage stability, but no statistical relation could be determined. (author)

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 滑丝空心取钉器的研制及临床应用%Development and clinical application of screw remover for the skidded screws

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    童松林; 徐建杰; 虞建浩; 高益斌; 陆忠辉; 王以进

    2012-01-01

    Objective To develop an EZ screw remover for screwing out the skidded screws,discuss its design features and biomechanical characteristics and verify its extracting effect by clinical applications. Methods Fresh skeleton specimens were used in the study,including the femur (n =3),tibia ( n =3 ),radius and ulna ( n =3 ).The screws were fixed to the specimens according to clinical requirements and bone cement was filled into the medullary cavity.The specimens were randomized into three biomechanical test model groups,ie,Group A (measuring the skidded screws with the biggest torsion when the screws were taken out by screwdriver),Group B (measuring the skidded screws with the biggest torsion when the screws were taken out by one handle of EZ screw remover) and Group C ( measuring the skidded screws with the biggest torsion when the screws were taken out by two handles).The fixed screws were divided into two types of φ4.5 mm and φ3.5 mm.The experimental specimens were tested on the universal testing machines to measure the maximum torque,torsion angle,power consumption value and efficiency when drawing out the screws. The experimental data were compared between groups.The skidded screws encountered in clinical were taken out with EZ screw remover to verify the extracting effect. Results The pullout torque in Groups A,B and C was 2.87-3.27 N · m,3.06-4.83N · m and 4.12-8.36 N · m respectively ( P < 0.05 ).The average torsion angle value in each corresponding group was 0.77°,0.28°,0.16° respectively (P < 0.05 ).When the screws were screwed out,the average power consumption was 21 J,32 J and 45 J in Groups A,B and C respectively and power ( mechanical efficiency) was 0.35 J/s,0.53 J/s and 0.75J/s in Groups A,B and C respectively,with significant differences ( P < 0.05 ).Seventeen pieces of the cannulated skidded screws of φ7.3 mm in seven patients were successfully taken out by using the EZ screw remover. Conclusion EZ screw removerhas enough resistance

  18. Study on pedicle screw fixation of cervical spine assisted CT-based navigation system compared with the individual cervical peddle screws placement technique

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    Objective: To explore a safe and effective method for placing the cervical pedicle screws. Methods: There were ten adult cadaver specimens of cervica spine (C1-C7) with intact structures including ligament and perivertebral muscles. The spiral computed tomography scan (Elscint CT Twin flash) at the section of 1 mm and three-dimensional reconstruction of all 10 cervical specimens were taken. By CT scan, the parameters of the cervical pedicles were measure,Then taking randomly 5 cervical specimens, according to the CT measurements, an appropriate screw was inserted into pedicle individually. In the other 5 human cadaver cervical vertebraes, Φ3.5 mm screws were inserted into the C2-C7 pedicles by assisted by CT-based navigation system. Cortical integrity of every sample was examined by anatomic dissection, the spiral computed tomography scan and arrows,and coronal reconstruction. Results: Sixty screws was inserted into pedicle individually, and the achievement ratio was 90%, the perfectness ratio was 75%, 60 screws was placed into pedicle assisted by CT-based navigation system, and the achievement ratio was 96.6%, the perfectness ratio was 90%. By chi-square test for statistical analysis, there were no statistical significance between the accuracy rate of two methods(P>0.05). However there was statistical significance between the perfectness ratio between two methods(P<0.05). Conclusion: Compared with the individual cervical peddle screws placement technique, the perfectness ratio of pedicle screw fixation of cervical spine assisted by CT-based navigation system is higher, but there are no significant difference in accuracy. (authors)

  19. 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.

  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. 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.

  2. 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

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    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

  3. Comparison of the bending performance of solid and cannulated spinal pedicle screws using finite element analyses and biomechanical tests.

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    Shih, Kao-Shang; Hsu, Ching-Chi; Hou, Sheng-Mou; Yu, Shan-Chuen; Liaw, Chen-Kun

    2015-09-01

    Spinal pedicle screw fixations have been used extensively to treat fracture, tumor, infection, or degeneration of the spine. Cannulated spinal pedicle screws with bone cement augmentation might be a useful method to ameliorate screw loosening. However, cannulated spinal pedicle screws might also increase the risk of screw breakage. Thus, the purpose of this study was to investigate the bending performance of different spinal pedicle screws with either solid design or cannulated design. Three-dimensional finite element models, which consisted of the spinal pedicle screw and the screw's hosting material, were first constructed. Next, monotonic and cyclic cantilever bending tests were both applied to validate the results of the finite element analyses. Finally, both the numerical and experimental approaches were evaluated and compared. The results indicated that the cylindrical spinal pedicle screws with a cannulated design had significantly poorer bending performance. In addition, conical spinal pedicle screws maintained the original bending performance, whether they were solid or of cannulated design. This study may provide useful recommendations to orthopedic surgeons before surgery, and it may also provide design rationales to biomechanical engineers during the development of spinal pedicle screws. PMID:26208430

  4. 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.

  5. The Mechanical Effect of Rod Contouring on Rod-Screw System Strength in Spine Fixation

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    Karakasli, Ahmet; Karaarslan, Ahmet A.; Ozcanhan, Mehmet Hilal; Ertem, Fatih; Erduran, Mehmet

    2016-01-01

    Objective Rod-screw fixation systems are widely used for spinal instrumentation. Although many biomechanical studies on rod-screw systems have been carried out, but the effects of rod contouring on the construct strength is still not very well defined in the literature. This work examines the mechanical impact of straight, 20° kyphotic, and 20° lordotic rod contouring on rod-screw fixation systems, by forming a corpectomy model. Methods The corpectomy groups were prepared using ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene samples. Non-destructive loads were applied during flexion/extension and torsion testing. Spine-loading conditions were simulated by load subjections of 100 N with a velocity of 5 mm min-1, to ensure 8.4-Nm moment. For torsional loading, the corpectomy models were subjected to rotational displacement of 0.5° s-1 to an end point of 5.0°, in a torsion testing machine. Results Under both flexion and extension loading conditions the stiffness values for the lordotic rod-screw system were the highest. Under torsional loading conditions, the lordotic rod-screw system exhibited the highest torsional rigidity. Conclusion We concluded that the lordotic rod-screw system was the most rigid among the systems tested and the risk of rod and screw failure is much higher in the kyphotic rod-screw systems. Further biomechanical studies should be attempted to compare between different rod kyphotic angles to minimize the kyphotic rod failure rate and to offer a more stable and rigid rod-screw construct models for surgical application in the kyphotic vertebrae. PMID:27651858

  6. 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.

  7. Structural and torsional vibration analysis of a dry screw compressor

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    Willie, J.; Sachs, R.

    2015-08-01

    This paper investigates torsional vibration and pulsating noise in a dry screw compressor. The compressor is designed at Gardner Denver (GD) and is oil free and use for mounting on highway trucks. They are driven using a Power Take-Off (PTO) transmission and gear box on a truck. Torque peak fluctuation and noise measurements are done and their sources are investigated and reported in this work. To accurately predict the torsional response (frequency and relative angular deflection and torque amplitude), the Holzer method is used. It is shown that the first torsional frequency is manifested as sidebands in the gear train meshing frequencies and this can lead to noise that is the result of amplitude modulation. Sensitivity analysis of the drive train identifies the weakest link in the drive train that limits the first torsional frequency to a low value. Finally, the significance of higher mode shapes on inter-lobe clearance distribution of the rotors is investigated.

  8. Rotating Optical Tubes: An Archimedes' Screw for Atoms

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    Rsheed, Anwar Al; Aldossary, Omar M; Lembessis, Vassilis E

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    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.

  9. 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 Effective Medium Theory, The minimum energy path through configuration space and the corresponding transition state energy are obtained using the Nudged Elastic Band path technique. We find very similar migration properties for elementary jogs on the (110){110} octahedral slip systems and the (110){110} non......-octahedral slip systems. with energy barriers in the 15-19 meV range. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved....

  10. Screw dislocations and microtwinning in vanadium and its solid solutions

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    Investigated were the deformation strengthening curves, the slippage geometry and the evolution of the dislocation structure of single crystals of vanadium and of solid solution V + 5 at. % Ta, subjected to single-axis tension along the direction [11O] at rates of 10-2 and 1.6x10-3 s-1. It was found that on changing from pure vanadium to the solid solution the extent of the 1-st stage decreases and the coefficient of strengthening at the 2-nd and the 3-rd stages of the deformation strengthening curve increases. The increase in the degree of deformation gives rise to a non-uniform distribution of screw dislocations in the dislocation structure. A greater rate of deformation induces micro-twinning in solid-solution single crystals

  11. 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...

  12. 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

  13. Sapphire screws and strength test on them at liquid nitrogen temperature

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    Hirose, Eiichi; Sakakibara, Yusuke; Igarashi, Yukihiko; Ishii, Takashi

    2014-10-01

    We fabricated several sapphire screw threads and performed a strength test on them at the liquid nitrogen temperature of 77 K. The screw threads were subjected to and withstood a 3000 N load. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first strength test of sapphire screw threads at a cryogenic temperature. The result suggests a new way of connecting sapphire components. Although sapphire is already used in many applications, the result may provide a new way to use the material as a structural element in even more applications.

  14. Stiffness and Strength of Single Shear Cold-Formed Steel Screw-Fastened Connections

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    Pham, Hong S.; Moen, Cristopher Dennis

    2015-01-01

    Results are presented from an experimental program on single shear cold-formed steel-to-steel through-fastened screw connections, including documentation of the complete load-deformation response and stiffness degradation. Ply thicknesses from 0.88mm to 2.58mm and screw diameters of 4.17mm to 5.49mm were tested to cover the practical range of applications common to cold-formed steel framing. A custom non-contact optical technique measured steel ply relative displacements and screw tilting ang...

  15. Metal Artifacts Reduction of Pedicle Screws on Spine Computed Tomography Images Using Variable Thresholding Technique

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    Metal artifacts are one of significant problems in computed tomography (CT). The streak lines and air gaps arise from metal implants of orthopedic patients, such as prosthesis, dental bucket, and pedicle screws that cause incorrect diagnosis and local treatment planning. A common technique to suppressed artifacts is by adjusting windows, but those artifacts still remain on the images. To improve the detail of spine CT images, the variable thresholding technique is proposed in this paper. Three medical cases of spine CT images categorized by the severity of artifacts (screws head, one full screw, and two full screws) were investigated. Metal regions were segmented by k-mean clustering, then transformed into a sinogram domain. The metal sinogram was identified by the variable thresholding method, and then replaced the new estimated values by linear interpolation. The modified sinogram was reconstructed by the filtered back- projection algorithm, and added the metal region back to the modified reconstructed image in order to reproduce the final image. The image quality of the proposed technique, the automatic thresholding (Kalender) technique, and window adjustment technique was compared in term of noise and signal to noise ratio (SNR). The propose method can reduce metal artifacts between pedicle screws. After processing by our proposed technique, noise in the modified images is reduced (screws head 121.15 to73.83, one full screw 160.88 to 94.04, and two full screws 199.73 to 110.05 from the initial image) and SNR is increased (screws head 0.87 to 1.88, one full screw 1.54 to 2.82, and two full screws 0.32 to 0.41 from the initial image). The variable thresholding technique can identify the suitable boundary for restoring the missing data. The efficiency of the metal artifacts reduction is indicated on the case of partial and full pedicle screws. Our technique can improve the detail of spine CT images better than automatic thresholding (Kalender) technique, and

  16. The effect of Dirac phase on acoustic vortex in media with screw dislocation

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    Torabi, Reza, E-mail: rezatorabi@aut.ac.ir; Rezaei, Zahra

    2013-10-15

    We study acoustic vortex in media with screw dislocation using the Katanaev–Volovich theory of defects. It is shown that the screw dislocation affects the beam's orbital angular momentum and changes the acoustic vortex strength. This change is a manifestation of topological Dirac phase and is robust against fluctuations in the system. - Highlights: • We study acoustic vortex in media with screw dislocation. • We use the framework of geometric theory of defects. • Presence of dislocation changes the acoustic vortex strength. • There is a similarity with the Aharonov–Bohm effect. • Change of the acoustic vortex strength is robust against fluctuations.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Osteosynthesis-screw augmentation by ultrasound-activated biopolymer - an ovine in vivo study assessing biocompatibility and bone-to-implant contact

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    Neumann, Hanjo; Breer, Stefan; Reimers, Nils; Kasch, Richard; Schulz, Arndt-Peter; Kienast, Benjamin

    2015-01-01

    Objectives Screw fixation and fragment anchoring in osteoporotic bones is often difficult. Problems like the cut out phenomenon and implant migration in osteoporotic bones have been reported. One possibility of improving the anchoring force of screws is augmentation of the screw. Cement-augmented screws in spinal surgery could exhibit a better anchoring in osteoporotic bones. Methods The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of screw augmentation using a resorbable polymer. Ultrasou...

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. The intensification study of heat exchange in pipes with the knurled screw

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    The study results of heat exchange intensification in the tubes with double-thread knurled screw are presented. The Reynolds number range and knurl parameters at which optimum heat exchange intensification is provided are established

  4. Formulating a design for a screw-type shear connector in a compo-site section

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    Maritzabel Molina Herrera

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available  Screws-type shear connectors have been most used in Colombia during the last decade; however, an expression for their design in composite sections has only recently been presented (NSR10, paragraph F.2.9.8.2.2. This paper outlines shear design formulation development for screw connectors, analysing the influence of different composite section behaviour parameters. This research studied 18 composite section models using two 42MPa concrete slabs having different arrangements of 1/2", 5/8" or 3/4" diameter 1, 2 or 3 screw shear connectors and 0.08m, 0.12m or 0.14m spacing between connectors. Three specimens were tested by push-out for each model.  The laboratory results using the methodology proposed by Ollgaard revealed connector diameter and spacing influence on the model’s behaviour. A design formulation for screws in composite sections is presented.   

  5. ANALYSIS OF THREAD COIL EFFORT IN THE SCREW – NUT JOINT

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    Grzegorz GASIAK

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The paper concerns optimization of screws in the unit including connectingrod – connecting rod big end of the SW 680 Leyland motor related to uniform distribution of loading on all the thread coils. Optimization of screw geometry insists in partial turning of the thread coil at a determined angle. The stress state calculations were performed with the finite element method and the Nastran/Patran program. It has been shown that the angle 3o is the optimum angle of partial turning of the thread contour. At that angle, when the screw was loaded by the tensile force 29 kN, we obtained the reduced stress decreased by 12%, and more uniform distribution of the thread coil as compared with the traditional screw (not optimized.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 46 CFR 154.524 - Piping joints: Welded and screwed couplings.

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    2010-10-01

    ... temperature of −55 °C (−67 °F), or warmer. (c) A socket weld fitting with attachment welds is allowed for pipe... warmer. (d) Screwed couplings are allowed for instrumentation and control piping that meets §...

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. DESIGN PROPOSAL OF SCREW PUMP STRUCTURED A SWITCHED RELUCTANCE MOTOR (SP-SRM)

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    Ahmet FENERCİOĞLU

    2008-01-01

    Structure of a Switched Reluctance Motor (SRM) has double salient poles and does not include permanent magnet, conductor and bar. Therefore, this geometrical structure is intended to be used as an advantage for the screw pump proposal; magnetic rotor has been designed partially, inspired from the structure of radial and axial flux SRM. Proposed SRM has 6/4 poles and 3 phase configuration. Screw rotor, which is made of non-magnetic material, has been installed between magnetic rotor and the ro...

  13. Insulation Impact on Shear Strength of Screw Connections and Shear Strength of Diaphragms

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    Lease, Adam R.

    2005-01-01

    Several thousand tests throughout the world have been conducted on the shear strength of screw connections in cold-formed steel, however, little to no research has been conducted on how various thicknesses of insulation placed between two sheets of steel, such as a steel panel and structural supporting member, affects a screw's shear strength. Elemental tests were conducted as part of this study at Virginia Tech where rolled fiberglass insulation was placed between two pieces of steel connec...

  14. Kombinasi Penggunaan Arch Bar Dan Lag Screw Dalam Penatalaksanaan Fraktur Mandibula Anterior

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    Siregar, Hafsyah

    2012-01-01

    Penulisan ini bertujuan untuk mengevaluasi efikasi dari menggunakan lag screw tunggal dikombinasikan dengan arch bar di pengelolaan fraktur mandibula anterior dan untuk membandingkan metode ini dengan aplikasi penggunaan dua lag screw. Pada prinsipnya ada dua cara penatalaksanaan fraktur mandibula, yaitu cara tertutup atau disebut juga perawatan konservatif dan cara terbuka yang ditempuh dengan cara pembedahan. Pada teknik tertutup imobilisasi dan reduksi fraktur dicapai dengan penempata...

  15. Edge screw withdrawal resistance in conventional particleboard and OSB: Influence of the particles type

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    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.

  16. Application of Küntscher nail technique with screws on the femoral fractures

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    Cakmak, Mehmet; Taser, Omer; Domanic, Unsal; Hamzaoglu, Azmi; Ozturk, Irfan

    2004-01-01

    Küntscher nail with screws was applied in two subtrochanteric and one supracondylar femur fractures which were believed no sufficient stabilization would be obtained with usual application of Küntscher. The results of these cases which have been followed-up at least for one year were presented. The method of screwed Küntscher with its indications and application techniques was discussed under the light of literature.

  17. 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.

  18. Twin screw extrusion pre-treatment of wheat straw for biofuel and lignin biorefinery applications

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    Ng, Thian Hong

    2013-01-01

    This thesis was submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and awarded by Brunel University. Pre-treatment of wheat straw(lignocellulosic) biomass is a crucial step as it has direct impact on the subsequent yield of enzymatic saccharification and alcohol fermentation processes in the production of biofuel. Twin screw extrusion is a highly feasible pretreatment method and has been received great interest in the recent year pre-treatment studies. Twin screw extrusion is a continuous pr...

  19. Biomechanical Analysis of Tapered Integrated Screw and Sensitivity Analysis on Abutment Loosening in Dental Implants

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    Milad Farzadi; Mohammadreza Mallakzadeh

    2013-01-01

    Background and Aims: Different mechanisms have been developed for connecting abutment to implant. One of the most popular mechanisms is Tapered Integrated Screw (TIS), which is a Tapered Interference Fit (TIF) with a screw integrated at the bottom of that. The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanism of TIS and effective factors in employing TIS during design and implementation processes using an analytic method.Materials and Methods: Relevant equations were developed to predict tig...

  20. Pedicle Screw Fixation Study in Immature Porcine Spines to Improve Pullout Resistance during Animal Testing

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    Le Cann, Sophie; Cachon, Thibaut; Viguier, Eric; MILADI, Lotfi; Odent, Thierry; Rossi, Jean-Marie; Chabrand, Patrick

    2015-01-01

    The porcine model is frequently used during development and validation of new spinal devices, because of its likeness to the human spine. These spinal devices are frequently composed of pedicle screws with a reputation for stable fixation but which can suffer pull-outs during preclinical implantation on young animals, leading to high morbidity. With a view to identifying the best choices to optimize pedicle screw fixation in the porcine model, this study evaluates ex vivo the impact of weight...

  1. 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)

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    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.

  2. Translaminar screw fixation of a kyphosis of the cervical and thoracic spine in neurofibromatosis.

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    Gardner, A; Millner, P; Liddington, M; Towns, G

    2009-09-01

    The spinal manifestations of neurofibromatosis include cervicothoracic kyphosis, in which scalloping of the vertebral body and erosion of the pedicles may render conventional techniques of fixation impossible. We describe a case of cervicothoracic kyphosis managed operatively with a vascularised fibular graft anteriorly across the apex of the kyphus, followed by a long posterior construct using translaminar screws, which allow segmental fixation in vertebral bodies where placement of the pedicle screws was impracticable. PMID:19721057

  3. Biomechanical Properties of a Novel Biodegradable Magnesium-Based Interference Screw.

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    Ezechieli, Marco; Meyer, Hanna; Lucas, Arne; Helmecke, Patrick; Becher, Christoph; Calliess, Tilman; Windhagen, Henning; Ettinger, Max

    2016-06-27

    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 magnesium-based 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. PMID:27433303

  4. 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.

  5. Implicit modeling of screw threads for efficient finite element analysis of complex bone-implant systems.

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    Inzana, Jason A; Varga, Peter; Windolf, Markus

    2016-06-14

    Finite element analysis is commonly used to assist in the development and evaluation of orthopedic devices. The physics of these models are simplified through approximations that enable more efficient simulations, without compromising the accuracy of the relative comparisons between implant designs or configurations. This study developed and evaluated a technique to approximate the behavior of a finely threaded screw using a smooth cylinder with the threads implicitly represented through interfacial contact conditions. This pseudo-threaded model was calibrated by comparing to simulations that explicitly modeled the thread geometry with frictional contact. A parametric analysis was performed with a single screw-in-bone system, five loading directions, and three Young׳s moduli that span the range of cancellous bone (200, 600, and 1,000MPa). Considering that screw cut-out from cancellous bone is a critical clinical issue in the osteoporotic proximal humerus, the pseudo-threaded model was compared with a bonded interface to examine three different screw configurations in a 3-part proximal humerus fracture across 10 patients. In the single screw-in-bone system, the pseudo-threaded model predicted the screw displacement of the explicitly threaded model with 1-5% difference and estimated the strain distributions and magnitudes more accurately than a bonded interface. Yet, the relative comparisons of implant stability across the three different screw configurations in the proximal humerus were not affected by the modeling choice for the bone-screw interface. Therefore, the bonded interface could serve as a more efficient methodology for making relative comparisons between implants that utilize the same thread profile. PMID:27157243

  6. Analysis on Energy Conversion of Screw Centrifugal Pump in Impeller Domain Based on Profile Lines

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    Hui Quan; Rennian Li; Qingmiao Su; Wei Han; Pengcheng Wang

    2013-01-01

    In order to study the power capability of impeller and energy conversion mechanism of screw centrifugal pump, the methods of theoretical analysis and numerical simulation by computational fluid dynamics theory (CFD) were adopted, specifically discussing the conditions of internal flow such as velocity, pressure, and concentration. When the medium is sand-water two-phase flow and dividing the rim of the lines and wheel lines of screw centrifugal pump to segments to analyze energy conversion ca...

  7. Degradation behaviour of LAE442-based plate–screw-systems in an in vitro bone model

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    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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. ANALYTICAL RESEARCH OF THE MOVEMENT OF COMPONENTS OF FORAGES IN RELATIVE SCREW DRUMS

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    Marchenko A. Y.

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The article presents the results of the analytical research of the movement of components of forages in screw drums on the example of relative reels of Rts7.1.A and Rts5.1a having the next feature: on the perimeter, we have obviously expressed conditionally cylindrical screw lines formed. The carried-out analysis of the movement of particles of components of forages in relative screw drums and the executed review of mathematical models in relation to the movement of components of forages in relative screw drums, including a model of a continuous stream of particles of components of forages, a model of power balance of the movement of a continuous stream of particles of components of forages, a model of the movement of components of forages as a material point has been shown. Analytical dependences for determination of longitudinal speed of movement of components of forages and the length of a relative screw drum are presented. The article examines specified settlement models of the movement of components of forages in relative screw drums

  12. Performance Comparison of Twisted Tape and Screw Tape Inserts in Square Duct

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    Suhas Vinaya Patil

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Effects of insertion of a full length twisted tape and full length screw tape insert in a concentric double pipe heat exchanger ,square duct inner, and circular annulus on heat transfer and pressure drop characteristics were experimentally studied. Experiments were carried out under constant wall temperature using water as working fluid. Stainless steel twisted tape and screw tape inserts have equal twist ratio(y=4.0.Cold water flows through inner square duct, and hot water flows through circular annulus, in counter current fashion. Screw tape inserts found better over twisted tape from thermal performance point of view. Results of the Isothermal friction factor for the present twisted tape and helical screw-tape are higher than those for the plain duct around 7.7 times and 14 times respectively. Experiments were conducted well within laminar region. Over entire investigated laminar range, mean Nusselt number for the present twisted tape and helical screw tape are higher than those for the plain duct around 2.85 times and 5.3 times respectively. Further, Thermal performance ratio of twisted tape and screw tape inserts were found 2.81 and 3.52 times the plain square duct on constant pumping power respectively.

  13. 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

  14. An electromagnetic screw and nut system for operating vertical motions along an axis

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    This invention concerns a magnetic screw and nut system for operating control rods, designed for vertical mounting and having no mobile or slide contacts. It makes it possible to rotate a screw located inside a sealed tubular containment that can have a very thick wall. All the electromagnetic components entering into the operation are outside this containment. The magnetic screw has a constant air gap. The tube, manufactured of a non-magnetic material, includes two added annular pole pieces forming part of its wall and whose internal surfaces have a thread corresponding to that of the screw. The two annular pole pieces are spaced axially from each other by an amount equal to an integral number of thread pitches. An external winding and magnetic armature associated to these pole pieces form the fixed magnetic nut. A multiphase non-synchronous motor is placed around the tube and near the nut, the stator is external, the rotor is the screw. An appliance for fixing the degree of axial displacement freedom of the screw can be provided

  15. Simulation of Polymer Melt Flow Fields in Intermeshing Co-Rotating Three-Screw Extruders

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    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.

  16. Design and tests of the screw denitration equipment using microwave heating

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    A continuous denitration equipment which uses a microwave heating technique is designed and tested. A screw is incorporated for feeding material. Major features of this technique include easiness of pellet molding due to high activity of powder, decreased amount of waste and waste liquid released and easy operation and maintenance due to simplified processes. The equipment consists of a solution supply pipe, denitrated material discharge pipe, microwave guide, offgas exhaust pipe and screw feeder, all of which are connected to a denitration oven. Tests are performed for determining microwave absorption efficiency, processing capacity and performance. Cerium nitrate solution is employed as sample to simulate uranyl nitrate solution. Parameters used include the solution retention volume, inclination of the screw shaft, clearance between the screw and the trough, and solution concentration. The maximum microwave absorption efficiency is found to be 50 percent. Measurements also show that the equipment requires 3.5 - 4.5 hours to reach a stationary state. The size of dried material depends on the revolution speed of the screw. In the performance confirmation test, the equipment is operated continuously for 52 hours while measuring the fluctuation in the torque of the screw motor shaft and the properties of dried material discharged. Results show that the equipment can operate continuously while meeting the design conditions. (Nogami, K.)

  17. 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.

  18. Polymethylmethacrylate-augmented screw fixation for stabilization in metastatic spinal tumors. Technical note.

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    Jang, Jee Soo; Lee, Sang Ho; Rhee, Chang Hun; Lee, Seung Hoon

    2002-01-01

    Screw fixation augmented with polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) or some other biocompatible bone cement has been used in patients with osteoporosis requiring spinal fusion. No clinical studies have been conducted on PMMA-augmented screw fixation for stabilization of the vertebral column in patients with metastatic spinal tumors. The purpose of this study was to determine whether screw fixation augmented with PMMA might be suitable in patients treated for multilevel metastatic spinal tumors. Ten patients with metastatic spinal tumors involving multiple vertebral levels underwent stabilization procedures in which PMMA was used to augment screw fixation after decompression of the spinal cord. Within 15 days, partial or complete relief from pain was obtained in all patients postoperatively. Two of four patients in whom neurological deficits caused them to be nonambulatory before surgery were able to ambulate postoperatively. Neither collapse of the injected vertebral bodies nor failure of the screw fixation was observed during the mean follow-up period of 6.7 months. Screw fixation augmented with PMMA may offer stronger stabilization and facilitate the instrumentation across short segments in the treatment of multilevel metastatic spinal tumors. PMID:11795702

  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. Noctiluca sp. bioluminescence in response to the mechanical stimuli of a screw propeller

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    Han Jing

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This work presents a new experiment method studying the Noctiluca sp. bioluminescence under the mechanical stimulation. It devoted to the study of the Noctiluca sp. bioluminescence triggered by the screw propeller’s mechanical stimuli in the tank. The size of the tank was 2*1*1m. The screw propeller is fixed on a shelf and the position relative to the tank was adjustable by moving the shelf. Two methods were carried out to control the running of the screw propeller. In the first scenario, the shelf was fixed in the center of the tank and the second scenario, the shelf moved from one side to the other in the tank. At the same time, the screw propeller was running with a certain velocity. The luminescent strength of Noctiluca sp. enhanced as the increase of the screw propeller’s running velocity. There were two obvious luminous areas nearby the screw propeller’s blades. The luminescent area was bigger in the second scenario. Thus, when navigational ship passing the sea area which filled with Noctiluca sp. or other luminescent halobios, it will stimulate the Noctiluca sp. or other luminescent halobios bioluminescence. The ship also can be detected using the bioluminescence.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Clinical outcomes of skull traction and posterior occipitocervical fusion for craniovertebral anomalies combined with atlantoaxial dislocation%对颅骨牵引结合后路枕颈融合术治疗枕颈部畸形所致寰枢椎脱位的疗效评价

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    张宏其; 胡希恒; 刘金洋; 吴建煌; 刘少华; 唐明星; 潘超

    2012-01-01

    Objectives: To investigate the clinical outcomes of skull traction and posterior occipitocervical fusion for craniovertebral anamaJies combined with allantoaxial dislocation. Methods: From January 2004 to June 2011, 28 p"iients(18 males and 10 females) with a mean age of 31.1±14.2 years(range, 13-56 years) suffering from craniovertebral anomalies combined with atiantoaxial dislocation were reviewed. 16 patients had basilar inagination (8 os odontoidem,. 6 pedicle malformation of C1-C2, 2 with both anormalilies). All patients had different degree of spinal cord compression in MR1, and the preoperalive JOA score was 5-9(mean, 7.2±1.4). Preoperative skull traction was performed with a mean weight of 5.2±0.7kg (range, 4-7kg) and a mean traction time of 10.1±2.1d(range. 7-14d). Precperative X-ray showed no complete reduction in 22 patients and complete reduction in 6 patients. Posterior occipilocemcal fusion surgery was then laken, and during the operation, C2 pedicle screws were implanted based on the C2 morphology (bilateral placement in 20 cases and unilateral placement in 6 cases, while no screw placement in 2 cases), and lateral mass screws were placed in other segments (2-3 segments below). Results: All patients underwent the skull traction and occipitocervical fusion successfully without any neurological deficil or vascular injury. The average operation time was 3.5 hours(range, 3-5 hours) with an average blood loss of 250ml(range, l80-400ml). No severe complications were noted. JOA score of the first day after operalion was 10.6±1.5(range. 8-13), which showed significant improvement compared with preoperative ones (P<0.05). X-ray and MRI after operation showed complete reduction in 21 patients and partial reduction in 7 cases, all patients reached decompression of spinal cords completely. The follow-up was 6-48 months, with an average time of 20.3±9.7 months, and all cases had solid bony fusion with an average of 4.3±0.9 months(range, 3-6 months). At

  4. Screw compressors and their reliability. Oil and bearing problems with the example of screw compressors in refrigeration engineering. Schraubenverdichter und ihre Zuverlaessigkeit. Oel- und Lagerungsproblematik am Beispiel von Schraubenverdichtern in der Kaeltetechnik

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    Hesse, U.; Rinne, F. (Hannover Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Kaeltetechnik und Angewandte Waermetechnik); Kruse, H. (Forschungszentrum fuer Kaeltetechnik und Waermepumpen GmbH, Hannover (Germany))

    1991-10-01

    Compressors are among others differentiated according to the position of their oil tank which has an influence on the oil-refrigerant system and the necessary oil viscosities. Damage on screw compressors mainly concern the lubricating system, a fact which led to the development of refrigerant-screw compressors without oil pump. The report goes after presenting the refrigerator oils used in screw-type compressor systems and their refrigerants into the question of the effective viscosity in the bearing. Finally bearing examples for screw compressors are given and a method is presented with which bearing loads in the compressor can be measured. (BWI).

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Cooling of oil injected screw compressors by oil atomisation

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    This paper addresses the effect of oil atomisation in an oil-injected screw compressor. A test rig was built to assess the performance of different types of atomisers. Atomisers varying from fine atomisation to coarse atomisation were tested. Experiments on the test rig show that lowering the oil droplet diameter results in a considerably higher heat transfer. Growing oil flow rate, also gives a better cooling effectiveness. In parallel with the experiments, a thermodynamic model is developed by which the compression process can be calculated for every degree of revolution of the male-rotor. This way the influence of cooling oil temperature, cooling oil mass flow rate and injection point can be analysed. Having a better heat transfer effectiveness does not give a considerable gain in specific work. Lowering oil temperature gives better results, while changing the oil flow rate only gives small gains. Furthermore it is shown that cooling oil coming from the bearings has a negative influence on the performance. This paper shows that trying to reach isothermal compression through oil atomisation is not possible. The importance of the cooling effectiveness in the thermodynamic process is too small to have a significant influence

  8. Cooling of oil injected screw compressors by oil atomisation

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    De Paepe, M.; Bogaert, W.; Mertens, D. [Department of Flow, Heat and Combustion Mechanics, Ghent University-UGent, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41, B 9000 Gent (Belgium)

    2005-12-01

    This paper addresses the effect of oil atomisation in an oil-injected screw compressor. A test rig was built to assess the performance of different types of atomisers. Atomisers varying from fine atomisation to coarse atomisation were tested. Experiments on the test rig show that lowering the oil droplet diameter results in a considerably higher heat transfer. Growing oil flow rate, also gives a better cooling effectiveness. In parallel with the experiments, a thermodynamic model is developed by which the compression process can be calculated for every degree of revolution of the male-rotor. This way the influence of cooling oil temperature, cooling oil mass flow rate and injection point can be analysed. Having a better heat transfer effectiveness does not give a considerable gain in specific work. Lowering oil temperature gives better results, while changing the oil flow rate only gives small gains. Furthermore it is shown that cooling oil coming from the bearings has a negative influence on the performance. This paper shows that trying to reach isothermal compression through oil atomisation is not possible. The importance of the cooling effectiveness in the thermodynamic process is too small to have a significant influence. (author)

  9. Cooling of oil injected screw compressors by oil atomisation

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    Paepe, M. de [Department of Flow, Heat and Combustion Mechanics, Ghent University-UGent, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41, B 9000 Gent (Belgium)]. E-mail: michel.depaepe@ugent.be; Bogaert, W. [Department of Flow, Heat and Combustion Mechanics, Ghent University-UGent, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41, B 9000 Gent (Belgium); Mertens, D. [Department of Flow, Heat and Combustion Mechanics, Ghent University-UGent, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41, B 9000 Gent (Belgium)

    2005-12-01

    This paper addresses the effect of oil atomisation in an oil-injected screw compressor. A test rig was built to assess the performance of different types of atomisers. Atomisers varying from fine atomisation to coarse atomisation were tested. Experiments on the test rig show that lowering the oil droplet diameter results in a considerably higher heat transfer. Growing oil flow rate, also gives a better cooling effectiveness. In parallel with the experiments, a thermodynamic model is developed by which the compression process can be calculated for every degree of revolution of the male-rotor. This way the influence of cooling oil temperature, cooling oil mass flow rate and injection point can be analysed. Having a better heat transfer effectiveness does not give a considerable gain in specific work. Lowering oil temperature gives better results, while changing the oil flow rate only gives small gains. Furthermore it is shown that cooling oil coming from the bearings has a negative influence on the performance. This paper shows that trying to reach isothermal compression through oil atomisation is not possible. The importance of the cooling effectiveness in the thermodynamic process is too small to have a significant influence.

  10. Pedicle screw placement in the thoracic spine: a randomized comparison study of computer-assisted navigation and conventional techniques

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    WU Han; GAO Zhong-li; WANG Jin-cheng; LI Ying-pu; XIA Peng; JIANG Rui

    2010-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the accuracy of computer-assisted pedicle screw installation and its clinical benefit as compared with conventional pedicle screw installation techniques. Methods: Total 176 thoracic pedicle screws placed in 42 thoracic fracture patients were involved in the study randomly, 20 patients under conventional fluoroscopic control (84 screws) and 22 patients had screw insertion under three dimensional (3D) computer-assisted navigation (92 screws). The 2 groups were compared for accuracy of screw placement, time for screw insertion by postoperative thincut CT scans and statistical analysis by x2 test. The cortical perforations were then graded by 2-mm increments: Grade Ⅰ (good, no cortical perforation), Grade Ⅱ (screw outside the pedicle 2 mm).Results: In computer assisted group, 88 (95.65%) were Grade Ⅰ (good), 4 (4.35%) were Grade Ⅱ (2 mm) violations. In conventional group, there were 14 cortical violations (16.67%), 70 (83.33%) were Grade Ⅰ (good),11 (13.1%) were Grade Ⅱ (2 mm) violations (P<0.001). The number (19.57%) of upper thoracic pedicle screws ( T1-T4 ) inserted under 3D computer-assisted navigation was significantly higher than that (3.57%) by conventional fluoroscopic control (P<0.001).Average screw insertion time in conventional group was (4.56 ±1.03) min and (2.54 ± 0.63) min in computer assisted group (P<0.001). In the conventional group, one patient had pleura injury and one had a minor dura violation.Conclusions: This study provides further evidence that 3D computer-assisted navigation placement of pedicle screws can increase accuracy, reduce surgical time, and be performed safely and effectively at all levels of the thoracic spine, particularly upper thoracic spine.

  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. 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.

  13. Aqueous extraction of residual oil from sunflower press cake using a twin-screw extruder: Feasibility study

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    Evon, Philippe; Vandenbossche, Virginie; Pontalier, Pierre-Yves; Rigal, Luc

    2009-01-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of an aqueous process to extract the residual oil from sunflower press cakes using a co-rotating twin-screw extruder. Two different configurations were tested: the expression from whole seeds followed by the aqueous extraction, in two successive apparatus or in the same one. For the aqueous extraction stage, the oil yield depended on the operating conditions including screw rotation speed, screw profile, and inlet flow rates of press...

  14. The thermo-mechano-chemical fractionation of sunflower whole plant in twin-screw extruder, an opportunity for its biorefinery

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    Evon, Philippe; Vandenbossche, Virginie; Pontalier, Pierre-Yves; Rigal, Luc

    2013-01-01

    Biorefinery of sunflower whole plant is conducted according to an aqueous process using a twin-screw extruder. Aqueous extraction of oil is looked upon as an environmentally cleaner alternative technology to solvent extraction. Twin-screw extruder carries out three unit operations continuously: conditioning and grinding of whole plant, liquid/solid extraction and liquid/solid separation. Extraction efficiency depends on screw speed, and input flow rates of whole plant and water. In best condi...

  15. 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。

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. Repair of microdamage in osteonal cortical bone adjacent to bone screw.

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    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.

  20. 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

  1. Contrast and Application of Single Screw Pumps and Double Screw Pumps%单、双螺杆泵的对比及应用

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    2012-01-01

    Structural characteristics and working principles of single screw pumps and double screw pumps were introduced, (he two kinds of pumps were compared, and their advantages and disadvantages were summarized. And according to the vibration problem of the single screw pump during application, reasons to cause the vibration problem were analyzed, some methods and measures to prevent the vibration were put forward; according to (he problem that the double screw pump has strict demand for sand content, some advices to solve the problem were put forward. This article can provide some basis for reasonable selection of screw pumps for oilfield.%通过分析常见的单螺杆泵、双螺杆泵的结构特点,阐述这两种螺杆泵的工作原理,并将单螺杆泵、双螺杆泵这两种泵进行对比,总结出两种螺杆泵各自不同的特点和优越性.同时针对单螺杆泵在应用中产生振动的问题,分析其产生振动的原因,提出了防止单螺杆泵振动应采取的几种方法与措施;并针对双螺杆泵在应用中对含沙量比较敏感提出一定的防治措施,为以后在油田中的应用中合理选择螺杆泵提供一定的依据.

  2. Effect of Misfit on Preload Maintenance of Retention Screws of Implant-Supported Prostheses

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    Assunção, Wirley Gonçalves; Dos Santos, Paulo Henrique; Delben, Juliana Aparecida; Gomes, Érica Alves; Barão, Valentim Adelino Ricardo; Tabata, Lucas Fernando

    2009-10-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of unilateral misfit at different levels on a crown-implant-retention screw system of implant-supported crowns. Hexagon castable UCLA abutments were cast in Co-Cr alloy to fabricate 48 metallic crowns divided into four groups ( n = 12). Group A: crowns did not present misfit; Groups B, C and D: crowns were fabricated with unilateral misfit of 50, 100, and 200 μm, respectively. The crowns were attached by titanium retention screw with 30 N/cm to external hexagonal osseointegrated implants embedded in acrylic resin. After 2 min, the retention screw of each replica was submitted to detorque evaluation by an analogic torque gauge. Three retention screws were used to perform detorque evaluation at each replica and the procedure was repeated twice with each screw. Each group was submitted to 72 detorque measurements. Data were evaluated by ANOVA and Tukey test ( P 0.05). Crowns with unilateral misfit presented higher preload decrease than crowns completely fitted to osseointegrated implants.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Serum albumin and fixation failure with cannulated hip screws in undisplaced intracapsular femoral neck fracture.

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    Riaz, O; Arshad, R; Nisar, S; Vanker, R

    2016-07-01

    Introduction Internal fixation of undisplaced intracapsular femoral neck fractures with cannulated hip screws is a widely accepted surgical technique, despite reported failure rates of 12%-19%. This study determined whether preoperative serum albumin levels are linked to fixation failure. Methods We retrospectively reviewed 251 consecutive undisplaced intracapsular femoral neck fracture patients treated with cannulated hip screws in a district general hospital. Preoperative albumin levels were measured, and the fixation technique, classification and posterior tilt on radiography assessed. Fixation failure was defined as a screw cut, avascular necrosis (AVN) or non-union. Results Of the patients, 185 were female and 66 male. The mean age was 77 years (range 60-101 years). Thirty seven (15%) patients had fixation failure: 10 (4%) due to AVN; 12 (5%) due to non-union; and 15 (6%) due to fixation collapse. Low serum albumin levels were significantly associated with failure (p=0.01), whereas gender (p=0.56), operated side (p=0.62), age (p=0.34) and screw configuration (p=0.42) were not. A posterior tilt angle greater than 20° on lateral radiography significantly predicted failure (p=0.002). Conclusions Preoperative serum albumin is an independent predictor of cannulated hip screw fixation failure in undisplaced femoral neck fractures. Nutritional status should therefore be considered when deciding between surgical fixation and arthroplasty to avoid the possibility of revision surgery, along with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality. PMID:27055409

  6. 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.

  7. Enhancement of pedicle screw stability using calcium phosphate cement in osteoporotic vertebrae: in vivo biomechanical study.

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    Taniwaki, Yoshimichi; Takemasa, Ryuichi; Tani, Toshikazu; Mizobuchi, Hiroo; Yamamoto, Hiroshi

    2003-01-01

    We conducted an experimental study using female beagles with and without ovariectomy-induced osteoporosis to determine the effect of calcium phosphate cement (CPC) on the mechanical stability of inserted pedicle screws. A drill hole was created from the base of the transverse process to the vertebral body; CPC was injected into the hole, and then a screw was inserted into the same hole. In the presence of osteoporosis evidenced by dual X-ray absorptiometry, the stability of the inserted screw augmented by CPC against pull-out and cephalocaudal forces were significantly greater by 28% and 54% at 1 week after operation, 48% and 71% at 2 weeks, and 56% and 68% at 4 weeks compared with those without CPC. The pull-out strength increased progressively with time after surgery, probably reflecting new-bone growth from the surrounding cancellous bone, which was in direct contact with the CPC, as shown in the histologic study. At each time point the cephalocaudal rigidity was similar and the pull-out strength greater than that for the screws inserted without CPC in nonporotic dogs. These findings suggest that CPC augments the stability of the inserted pedicle screws and increases the stiffness of fixed osteoporotic motion segments using instrumentation. PMID:12768486

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  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. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Fluid flow in a screw pump oil supply system for reciprocating compressors

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    Alves, Marcus V.C.; Barbosa, Jader R. Jr.; Prata, Alvaro T. [Polo - Research Laboratories for Emerging Technologies in Cooling and Thermophysics, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Campus Universitario, Florianopolis, SC 88040-900 (Brazil); Ribas, Fernando A. Jr. [Embraco Compressors, Joinville, SC 89219-901 (Brazil)

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    This work presents a mathematical analysis of an oil supply system for reciprocating compressors. The system is based on a single screw pump attached to the bottom end of the vertical rotating shaft immersed in the oil sump. The fluid flow in the pump was modeled with a semi-analytical approach based on the solution for the laminar fully developed oil flow in a screw extruder via the Generalized Integral Transform Technique. The screw pump model is coupled with that for the flow in the shaft region so as to provide an estimate of the oil flow rate and of the so-called 'climbing-time', i.e., the amount of time needed for a fluid particle to travel from the oil sump to the top of the shaft. The calculation method was verified against experimental data and Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling results. (author)

  15. Fibular grafting with cannulated hip screw fixation in late femoral neck fracture in young adults

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    Goyal R

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: We reviewed the operative results of fibular bone graft with cannulated hip screw fixation in femoral neck fracture in young adults. Method: Sixteen young adults with femoral neck fracture were treated by fibular bone graft with cannulated hip screw fixation. All the fractures were more than 3 weeks old. Results: Results were assessed in 15 patients while one patient died due to complications not related to surgery. Union occurred in all 15 patients. One patient had intra-operative complication in the form of screw cut out with graft in the joint space. The average fallow up was 24.4 months. Out of 15 patients assessed clinico-radiologically 11 showed good results, 3 had fair while 1 had poor result. Conclusion: We conclude that this is a simple and cost effective procedure for late femoral fleck fracture in young adults with good results.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. A SCREW DISLOCATION IN A THREE-PHASE COMPOSITE CYLINDER MODEL WITH INTERFACIAL RIGID LINES

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    Fang Qihong; Liu Youwen; Jiang Chiping

    2005-01-01

    The problem of the elastic interaction between a screw dislocation and a threephase circular inclusion with interfacial rigid lines (anti-cracks) is investigated. An efficient and concise method for the complex multiply connected region is developed, with which explicit series form solutions of the complex potentials in the matrix, and the interphase layer and inclusion regions are derived. Based on the complex potentials, the image force on the screw dislocation is then calculated by using the Peach-Koehler formula. The equilibrium position of the dislocation is discussed in detail for various rigid line geometries, interphase layer thicknesses and material property combinations. The main results show that the interfacial rigid lines exert a significant perturbation effect on the motion of the screw dislocation near the circular inclusion surrounded by an interphase layer.

  19. 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)

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    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)

  20. Tibial Tunnel Cyst Formation after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Using a Non-Bioabsorbable Interference Screw.

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    Joshi, Yogesh V; Bhaskar, Deepu; Phaltankar, Padmanabh M; Charalambous, Charalambos P

    2015-12-01

    Tibial cyst formation following the use of bioabsorbable interference screws in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is well-described; however, cyst formation after the use of metallic interference screws is not well-documented. We describe a case of osteolytic lesion of the proximal tibia presenting to us 20 years after ACL reconstruction using an autologous bone-tendon-bone graft. The original graft fixation technique was interference fixation with a metal screw in the tibial and femoral tunnels. A two-stage revision reconstruction of the ACL was undertaken with curettage and bone grafting of the tibial lesion in the first stage and reconstruction using a four-strand hamstring tendon in the second stage. The patient recovered satisfactorily with complete healing of the cyst and returned to pre-injury level of activities. We have reviewed case reports and case series that describe the aetiology of intra-osseous cyst formation following ACL reconstruction. PMID:26673117

  1. The treatment of metastasis to the femoral neck using percutaneous hollow perforated screws with cement augmentation.

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    Kang, H G; Roh, Y W; Kim, H S

    2009-08-01

    We have developed a hollow perforated cannulated screw. One or more of these was implanted percutaneously in 11 patients with an osteolytic metastasis in the femoral neck and multiple metastases elsewhere. They were supplemented by one or two additional standard 6.5 mm cannulated screws in nine patients. Polymethylmethacrylate bone cement was injected through the screw into the neck of the femur using small syringes, as in vertebroplasty. The mean amount of cement injected was 23.2 ml (17 to 30). Radiotherapy was started on the fourth post-operative day and chemotherapy, on average, was resumed a day later. Good structural stability and satisfactory relief from pain were achieved in all the patients. This technique may be useful in the palliation of metastases in the femoral neck. PMID:19651838

  2. Grade-two resistance screw shear connector behaviour for a 28 MPa concrete section

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    Sherley Larrañaga Rubio

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Screw shear connectors are being more commonly used in compound concrete sections in Colombia; however, they have been designed in line with Colombian Seismic-Resistant Standards (NSR-98 rather than those established for stud shear connectors. This work represents a starting point for analysing screw shear connector behaviour. 54 specimens were made for the experiment, consisting of a metallic profile and two concretes slabs where the connectors were embedded. 1/2” (12.7mm, 5/8” (15.9mm and 3/4” (19.1mm diameter screws were used and placed at different distances. The push-out test was used with these specimens and results were provided by using some equations for determining this type of connector’s strength in steel–concrete sections.

  3. 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)

    2011-12-15

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. Effects of heat treatment on the properties of low carbon steel 19MnB4 for screws

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    M. Oruč; Duraković, J.; Muhamedagić, S.; Fakić, B.; M. Rimac

    2016-01-01

    In this paper is given the research conducted at the specified quality screws which had different mechanical properties after completion of the same heat treatment. Results of chemical and metallographic analysis and hardness tests indicated the deficiencies that can be corrected in the course of production and thermal processing of finished products - screws.

  6. 16 CFR Figure 6 to Part 1633 - Burner Assembly Showing Arms and Pivots (Shoulder Screws), in Relation to, Portable Frame...

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    ... 16 Commercial Practices 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Burner Assembly Showing Arms and Pivots (Shoulder Screws), in Relation to, Portable Frame Allowing Burner Height Adjustment 6 Figure 6 to Part 1633... and Pivots (Shoulder Screws), in Relation to, Portable Frame Allowing Burner Height...

  7. Degrading magnesium screws ZEK100: biomechanical testing, degradation analysis and soft-tissue biocompatibility in a rabbit model

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    Magnesium alloys are promising implant materials for use in orthopaedic applications. In the present study, screws made of the Mg-alloy ZEK100 (n = 12) were implanted in rabbit tibiae for four and six weeks, respectively. For degradation analysis, in vivo µ-computed tomography (µCT), a determination of the weight changes and SEM/EDX examinations of the screws were performed. Screw retention forces were verified by uniaxial pull-out tests. Additionally, soft-tissue biocompatibility was estimated using routine histological methods (H and E staining) and the immunohistological characterization of B- and T-cells. After six weeks, a 7.5% weight reduction occurred and, in dependence of the implant surrounding, the volume loss (µCT) reached 9.6% (screw head) and 5.0% for the part of the thread in the marrow cavity. Pull-out forces significantly decreased to 44.4% in comparison with the origin value directly after implantation. Soft tissue reactions were characterized by macrophage and lymphocyte infiltration, whereas T-cells as well as B-cells could be observed. In comparison to MgCa0.8-screws, the degradation rate and inflammatory tissue response were increased and the screw holding power was decreased after six weeks. In conclusion, ZEK100-screws seem to be inferior to MgCa0.8-screws, although their initial strength was more appropriate. (paper)

  8. 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.

  9. Effect of immersion in simulated body environment on mechanical properties of twist-oriented poly(lactic acid) screws

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    Sakaguchi, Masato; Kobayashi, Satoshi; composite engineering lab Collaboration

    Poly(lactic acid) (PLA) has been applied to bone fixation devices, since it has high biocompatibility. In order to apply PLA device to a higher loaded part, mechanical properties of PLA have been improved by uniaxial drawing. However, mechanical properties along the other loading direction than the drawing direction such as torsion were not improved. Therefore, surgeon should be carefully conducted not to brake the reinforced PLA screw when tightening. In this study, screw is focused on as a bone fixation device. In order to improve torsional strength of a PLA screw, twist-orientation method was developed. PLA screw is prepared through a series of routes including casting, extrusion drawing, twist-orientation and forging. This screw was immersed in the phosphate buffered solution for 0, 8, 16 and 24 weeks, then shear strength, orientation function, crystallinity and molecular weight were measured. As a result, twist-orientation improves the initial torsional strength of PLA screw without the decrease in initial shear strength. In addition, the shear strength on twist-oriented screw is equivalent that of non-twist oriented screw during immersion until 24 weeks. This result shown that the twist-orientation does not decrease shear strength after immersion.

  10. 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.

  11. The calcar screw in angular stable plate fixation of proximal humeral fractures - a case study

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    Simmen Hans-Peter

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background With new minimally-invasive approaches for angular stable plate fixation of proximal humeral fractures, the need for the placement of oblique inferomedial screws ('calcar screw' has increasingly been discussed. The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of calcar screws on secondary loss of reduction and on the occurrence of complications. Methods Patients with a proximal humeral fracture who underwent angular stable plate fixation between 01/2007 and 07/2009 were included. On AP views of the shoulder, the difference in height between humeral head and the proximal end of the plate were determined postoperatively and at follow-up. Additionally, the occurrence of complications was documented. Patients with calcar screws were assigned to group C+, patients without to group C-. Results Follow-up was possible in 60 patients (C+ 6.7 ± 5.6 M/C- 5.0 ± 2.8 M. Humeral head necrosis occurred in 6 (C+, 15.4% and 3 (C-, 14.3% cases. Cut-out of the proximal screws was observed in 3 (C+, 7.7% and 1 (C-, 4.8% cases. In each group, 1 patient showed delayed union. Implant failure or lesions of the axillary nerve were not observed. In 44 patients, true AP and Neer views were available to measure the head-plate distance. There was a significant loss of reduction in group C- (2.56 ± 2.65 mm compared to C+ (0.77 ± 1.44 mm; p = 0.01. Conclusions The placement of calcar screws in the angular stable plate fixation of proximal humeral fractures is associated with less secondary loss of reduction by providing inferomedial support. An increased risk for complications could not be shown.

  12. The Power Consumption Performance of an Orbiting Screw Solid-Solid Mixer

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    Semuel Pati Senda

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The increasing concentration of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses (GHGs in the atmosphere warms up the earth's surface and causes drastic changes to the climate. Therefore, reducing energy consumption in order to reduce GHGs emission from the manufactures become urgent, especially in developing new industries such as Slow Release Fertilizer (SRF urea plant. In this work, mixing in an orbiting screw mixer designed for solid-solid mixing was investigated. Mixing was carried out using urea powder and natural zeolite powder by varying three particle sizes i.e. groups of >50 mesh, >60 mesh and >80 mesh. Mixing process was conducted to examine the influence of orbital and rotation speeds combined with air injection, as well as the particle size of urea-natural zeolite to the specific energy consumption. Achieving a good homogeneity of mixture with a shorter mixing time, thus, power and energy consumption, was one goal of this work. The power consumption was calculated from measured torque of orbital and screw obtained by computerized record. Specific energy consumption was calculated by total power with time tied the homogeneity of the mixture for each particle size group. Experimental results showed that the higher of the orbital and rotation speed, the higher energy consumption. It can be seen that power consumption was dominated by rotation motion of the screw. Smaller particle size required higher power for mixing process due to their cohesiveness. Mixing process used a modified orbiting screw mixer with air injection showed lower power consumption for each particle size group compared with that of no air injection. This paper also developed a derivation of the power equation model of mixing in the orbiting screw mixer. The influence of speed of mixer in an orbiting screw mixer on the power consumption can be expressed by the Power Number.

  13. A contribution to the selection and calculation of screws in high duty bolted joints

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    The paper deals with the assessment of the correct design methodology that allows selecting the appropriate screw (in terms of reference nominal diameter) to be used in high duty bolted joints. Some Standards or Guidelines are analysed and discussed although the most complete appears the VDI-2230 (February 2003); in many cases the simplifications adopted can only be effective in presence of steel screws clamped on steel plates (often considered as rigid in comparison to the screw) and by considering coefficients of friction which vary in a narrow range (0.15–0.20). Hence, the increasing use of lightweight materials in recent years (e.g. magnesium, aluminium and titanium), as well as design optimisations, is forcing the screw designers to perform an attentive selection of the most appropriate fastening connection. For these reasons, this contribution tries to give a compressed, but comprehensive and clearly structured view about the maximum equivalent stress acting on the bolt as a function of the actual joint parameters (e.g. ratio between tensile and shear forces acting on the joint, ratio between bolt and plates stiffness, effect of coefficient of friction, static or fatigue loads). Highlights: ► The paper presents an innovative method for selecting of ISO metric screws. ► The screws have to be used in high duty bolted joints for lightweight connections. ► Some standards have been deeply analysed. ► The nominal stress acting on the bolt has been accurately determined. ► The most important parameter to be actually controlled is the thread coefficient of friction.

  14. Proximal migration of hardware in patients undergoing midcarpal fusion with headless compression screws.

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    Shifflett, Grant D; Athanasian, Edward A; Lee, Steve K; Weiland, Andrew J; Wolfe, Scott W

    2014-11-01

    Background Scaphoid excision and limited intercarpal fusion is a common surgical procedure performed for degenerative disorders of the wrist including scapholunate advanced collapse (SLAC) and scaphoid nonunion advanced collapse (SNAC) wrist deformities. Postoperative screw migration is a rare but devastating complication that can result in severe degenerative changes in the radiocarpal joint. Questions/Purposes The purpose of this study is to report on a series of patients who developed proximal migration of their hardware following limited intercarpal fusions with headless compression screws. Patients and Methods Four patients were identified between 2001 and 2012 who were indicated for and underwent scaphoid excision and midcarpal fusions with headless compression screw fixation and subsequently developed hardware migration with screw protrusion into the radiocarpal joint. Detailed chart review was performed. Results Mean age at surgery was 64 years (57-69 years). All patients had the diagnosis of SLAC wrist. Mean time to detection of failure was 6 months (4-8 months). All patients demonstrated radiographic union prior to failure based on plain films. Radiographs revealed screw backout with erosion of the radial lunate facet in all patients. Calculated carpal height ratios demonstrated a drop from an average 44.2% to 39.5% at the time of hardware migration. All four patients underwent hardware removal. One patient was not indicated for any further surgery, and two patients underwent further revision surgery. All three patients reported complete pain relief. One patient refused a salvage procedure and had subsequent persistent pain. Conclusions This study reports a serious complication of scaphoid excision and midcarpal fusion performed with headless compression screws. We advise surgeons to be aware of this potential complication and consider employing methods to reduce the risk of hardware migration. Additionally, we recommend at least 8 months of

  15. Biomechanical and clinical study on screw hook fixation after direct repair of lumbar spondylolysis

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    ZHAO Jian; LIU Fan; SHI Hong-guang; FAN Jian; ZHAO Wei-dong; WANG You-hua; CAI Yu-hui

    2006-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the biomechanical effect and clinical results of hook screw fixation after direct repair of lumbar spondylous defects in the pars interarticularis.Methods: L2-L6 spines of 8 fresh-frozen and thawed calf cadavers were used for mechanical testing. Bilateral spondylous defects were created in the L4 vertebra. The intervertebral rotation ranges between L4 and Ls were scanned and computerized in various states of motion, such as flexion/extension, lateral bending and torsional loadings applied on the intact spine and the spondylous spine when the spondylous spine was fixed with modified Scott's fixation, hook screw fixation and Buck's fixation sequentially and respectively. Between July 2002 and February 2004, 14 young male patients (aged 15-31 years)suffering from symptomatic lumbar spondylolysis were treated with TSRH hook screw fixation after direct repair of the defects. MacNab criteria1 were used to assess their preand post-operative status.Results: Each fixation technique could significantly increase the intervertebral rotational stiffness and made the stiffness return to nearly the intact level. Hook screw technique provided more rotational stability than the others. Hook screw and Buck's techniques provided more flexion/extension stability than modified Scott's technique.Neither complication nor instrumental failure was observed in this study. The mean follow-up period was 21 months.All the patients except one acquired union during the follow-up period. Thirteen patients had a "good" or "excellent" result according to MacNab criteria.Conclusions: Hook screw fixation shows biomechanical advantages and is safe and effective for young patients with lumbar spondylolysis.

  16. Comparison between two pedicle screw augmentation instrumentations in adult degenerative scoliosis with osteoporosis

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    Xie Yang

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The operative treatment of adult degenerative scoliosis combined with osteoporosis increase following the epidemiological development. Studies have confirmed that screws in osteoporotic spines have significant lower-screw strength with more frequent screw movements within the vertebra than normal spines. Screws augmented with Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA or with autogenous bone can offer more powerful corrective force and significant advantages. Methods A retrospective analysis was conducted on 31 consecutive patients with degenerative lumbar scoliosis combined with osteoporosis who had surgery from December 2000. All had a minimum of 2-year follow-up. All patients had posterior approach surgery. 14 of them were fixed with pedicle screw by augmentation with Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA and the other 17 patients with autogenous bone. Age, sex and whether smoking were similar between the two groups. Surgical time, blood loss, blood transfusion, medical cost, post surgery ICU time, hospital day, length of oral pain medicines taken, Pre-and postoperative Oswestry disability index questionnaire and surgical revision were documented and compared. Preoperative, postoperative and final follow up Cobb angle, sagittal lumbar curve, correction rate, and Follow up Cobb loss were also compared. Results No significant differences were found between the autogenous bone group and Polymethylmethacrylate group with regards to all the targets above except for length of oral pain medicines taken and surgery cost. 2 patients were seen leakage during operation, but there is neither damage of nerve nor symptom after operation. No revision was needed. Conclusion Both augmentation pedicle screw with Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA and autogenous bone treating degenerative lumbar scoliosis combined with osteoporosis can achieve a good surgical result. Less oral pain medicines taken are the potential benefits of Polymethylmethacrylate augmentation, but

  17. Improved Bone Formation in Osteoporotic Rabbits with the Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 (rhBMP-2) Coated Titanium Screws Which Were Coated By Using Plasma Polymerization Technique

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    Salih Gulsen; Dilek Cokeliler; Hilal Goktas; Aysu Kucukturhan; Bilgehan Ozcil; Hakan Caner

    2014-01-01

    Delaying of bone fusion in osteoporotic patients underwent spinal stabilization surgery leads to screw loosening, and this causes pseudoarticulation, mobility and fibrosis at vertebral segments. To prevent these complications, the screws coated with recombinant bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) could be used. To verify this hypothesis, we coated 5 Titanium screws with rhBMP-2 using plasma polymerization method, and also used 10 uncoated screws for making comparison between coated and unc...

  18. Estudo histomorfométrico da interface óssea do parafuso expansor cervical Histomorphometric analysis of bone-screw interface of expansive cervical screw

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    Leandro Sérgio da Silva

    2008-03-01

    experimental study for the Histomorphometric analysis of the bone interface of expansive screws used in the anterior cervical spine fixation system. METHODS: Five sheep cervical vertebrae (C4 were used in the study, in which screws were inserted. The 18.5 mm long and 5.0 mm outer diameter expansive screws (Ulrich were inserted in both sides of the C4 vertebra. On the left side, the screw was inserted without the internal expansive screw, which was used on the right side. A pilot hole was made on the lower portion of the vertebra with a 2.5 mm bore, but no implant was introduced. The vertebral region containing the screws and the pilot hole was prepared for a histological study of the interface between implants and bone screws, and of the pilot hole wall. Histomorphometric analysis evaluated total bone density, external bone density (outside the screw thread, internal density (inside the screw thread and the linear measurement of the contact between bone tissue and the implant. RESULTS: Total bone density was greater in group I (expansive screw as compared to group III (control. External bone density was greater in groups I (expansive screw and II (non-expansive screw when compared to group III. Internal bone density was greater in group I when compared to groups II and III, and greater in group II when compared to group III. Linear contact was greater in group I when compared to groups II and III. CONCLUSION: structural changes around expansive screws detected immediately after their application provide subsidies for a better understanding of the greater tearing resistance of the implant, which could be related to the compacting of cancellous bone around the implant, while providing a larger contact area between the implant and the bone tissue.

  19. Distribution of binder in granules produced by means of twin screw granulation

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    Fonteyne, Margot; Fussell, Andrew Luke; Vercruysse, Jurgen;

    2014-01-01

    According to the quality by design principle processes may not remain black-boxes and full process understanding is required. The granule size distribution of granules produced via twin screw granulation is often found to be bimodal. The aim of this study was to gain a better understanding of...... binder distribution within granules produced via twin screw granulation in order to investigate if an inhomogeneous spread of binder is causing this bimodal size distribution. Theophylline-lactose-polyvinylpyrrolidone K30 (PVP) (30-67.5-2.5%, w/w) was used as a model formulation. The intra...

  20. Pengaruh Tekanan Pada Screw Press Terhadap Persentase Kehilangan Minyak Kelapa Sawit Yang Terdapat Pada Ampas Press

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    Saragih, Nataniel

    2010-01-01

    Percentage loss of palm oil from the pulp press influence the quality of palm oil. Pressing process is influenced by the type of the screw press, screw press working pressure, and water dilution. Percentage loss of palm oil from the pulp press is 3,12 – 2,90 % where the value is taken from the percentage of oil that had not dry the air. Percentage loss of palm oil from the pulp press fit standard factory that is 3,0 – 3,7 %. 072409001

  1. Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion with percutaneous navigated guidewireless lumbosacral pedicle screw fixation.

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    Chen, Kevin S; Park, Paul

    2016-07-01

    This video details the minimally invasive approach for treatment of a symptomatic Grade II lytic spondylolisthesis with high-grade foraminal stenosis. In this procedure, the use of a navigated, guidewireless technique for percutaneous pedicle screw placement at the lumbosacral junction is highlighted following initial decompression and transforaminal interbody fusion. Key steps of the procedure are delineated that include positioning, exposure, technique for interbody fusion, intraoperative image acquisition, and use of a concise 2-step process for navigated screw placement without using guidewires. The video can be found here: https://youtu.be/2u6H4Pc_8To . PMID:27364422

  2. Positioning of Screw Holes Group Based on Digital Camera and Digital Control Drilling

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    FENG Wenhao; LI Jiansong; YAN Li; SU Guozhong; YUAN Xiuxiao; ZHONG Shengzhang; JI Huiming

    2004-01-01

    Positioning of screw holes is an important production procedure for steel construction connecting with bolts. In this paper, a new production method is presented, in which the digital camera is used for taking pictures of screw holes and other techniques are advanced. This paper also indicates that the pixels of CCD chip in photogrammetry should be chosen as all geometric units in an image, such as interior elements and all kinds of distortions. The measure can also simplify the camera calibration for determining the size of non-square pixel.

  3. On the effects of a screw dislocation and a linear potential on the harmonic oscillator

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    Bueno, M. J.; Furtado, C.; Bakke, K.

    2016-09-01

    Quantum effects on the harmonic oscillator due to the presence of a linear scalar potential and a screw dislocation are investigated. By searching for bound states solutions, it is shown that an Aharonov-Bohm-type effect for bound states and a restriction of the values of the angular frequency of the harmonic oscillator can be obtained, where the allowed values are determined by the topology of the screw dislocation and the quantum numbers associated with the radial modes and the angular momentum. As particular cases, the angular frequency and the energy levels associated with the ground state and the first excited state of the system are obtained.

  4. Percutaneous screw fixation of a vertebral pedicle fracture under CT-guidance: A new technique

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    We report on a new minimally invasive technique for the vertebral pedicle fracture after placement of a prosthetic disc. This intervention is an adaptation of CT-guided sacroiliac and acetabular fracture screw fixation. This type of procedure enables the perfect placement and measurement of the screw, as well as an extremely small incision under local anesthesia. CT guided Transpedicular fixation could be a useful strategy in the treatment of future cases involving poorly healing pedicle fractures causing persistent symptoms. This intervention confirms the range of capacities of CT scan-controlled interventions in terms of precision, safety, speed, minimal invasiveness, rapid return to everyday activity and consequently, economical management.

  5. Analysis of jacobian and singularity of planar parallel robots using screw theory

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    The Jacobian and singularity analysis of parallel robots is necessary to analyze robot motion. The derivations of the Jacobian matrix and singularity configuration are complicated and have no geometrical earning in the velocity form of the Jacobian matrix. In this study, the screw theory is used to derive the Jacobian of parallel robots. The statics form of the Jacobian has a geometrical meaning. In addition, singularity analysis can be performed by using the geometrical values. Furthermore, this study shows that the screw theory is applicable to redundantly actuated robots as well as non redundant robots

  6. Cement embolism into the venous system after pedicle screw fixation: case report, literature review, and prevention tips

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    Ghassan Kerry

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The strength of pedicle screws attachment to the vertebrae is an important factor affecting their motion resistance and long term performance. Low bone quality, e.g. in osteopenic patients, keeps the screw bone interface at risk for subsidence and dislocation. In such cases, bone cement could be used to augment pedicle screw fixation. But its use is not free of risk. Therefore, clinicians, especially spine surgeons, radiologists, and internists should become increasingly aware of cement migration and embolism as possible complications. Here, we present an instructive case of cement embolism into the venous system after augmented screw fixation with fortunately asymptomatic clinical course. In addition we discuss pathophysiology and prevention methods as well as therapeutic management of this potentially life-threatening complication in a comprehensive review of the literature. However, only a few case reports of cement embolism into the venous system were published after augmented screw fixation.

  7. Magnetic screw rod using dual state 0.6C-13Cr-Fe bulk magnetic material

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    Mita, Masahiro; Hirao, Noriyoshi; Kimura, Fumio

    2002-05-01

    A magnetic screw rod that can replace a mechanical ball screw has been successfully fabricated. This type of device provides linear motion from a rotating motor. The magnetic screw rod is made from dual state 0.6C-13Cr-Fe bulk magnetic rod stock. The material, originally soft magnetically, can be heat treated to obtain a nonmagnetic region which substitutes for the groove of a conventional magnetic screw rod. This method produces a magnetic screw rod with a smooth, round outer shape and a longer, cleaner operational life. This experiment successfully yielded a 300 mm long, 25 mm diameter magnetic rod with 10 mm pitch, 4 mm width, 4 mm depth spiral nonmagnetic region.

  8. Improved Bone Formation in Osteoporotic Rabbits with the Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 (rhBMP-2 Coated Titanium Screws Which Were Coated By Using Plasma Polymerization Technique

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    Salih Gulsen

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Delaying of bone fusion in osteoporotic patients underwent spinal stabilization surgery leads to screw loosening, and this causes pseudoarticulation, mobility and fibrosis at vertebral segments. To prevent these complications, the screws coated with recombinant bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2 could be used. To verify this hypothesis, we coated 5 Titanium screws with rhBMP-2 using plasma polymerization method, and also used 10 uncoated screws for making comparison between coated and uncoated screws in different groups. And 15 skeletally mature white New Zealand female rabbits were assigned into three different groups: Group 1(N = 5: No osteoporosis induction and insertion of uncoated Titanium screw into right sacrum of each rabbit in group 1; group 2 (N = 5: Osteoporosis induction and insertion of uncoated Titanium screw into right sacrum of each rabbit in group 2; group 3 (N = 5 rhBMP-2 coated Titanium screw inserted into right sacrum of each rabbit in group 3. In summary, using of these coated screws provides new bone formation, but causes less fibrosis and less inflammation than uncoated screws at the interface between the coated screw and bone. Then the plasma polymerization technique provides controlled releasing of rhBMP-2 from the screw to the bone tissue in osteoporotic rabbits.

  9. Posterior Spinal Reconstruction with Pedicle Screws, Multiple Iliac Screws and Wisconsin Spinal Wires in a Patient with Neurofibromatosis Scoliosis: A Case Report.

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    Kim, Woong-Beom; Park, Young-Seop; Park, Jong-Hwa; Hyun, Seung-Jae

    2015-09-01

    A 54-year-old female with neurofibromatosis type 1 presented with progressing truncal shift owing to spinal deformity. On plain radiograph, the Cobb angle was 54 degree in coronal plane. Radiological examinations showed severe dystrophic change with dysplastic pedicles, bony scalloping, neural foraminal widening from dural ectasia. The patient underwent deformity correction and reconstruction surgery from the T9 to the pelvis using multiple iliac screws and Wisconsin interspinous segmental instrumentation by wiring due to maximize fixation points. The postoperative course was uneventful. One-year follow-up radiographs showed a successful curve correction with solid fusion. We report a case of pedicle dysplasia and dystrophic change treated by posterior segmental spinal instrumentation and fusion with help of multiple iliac screws and modified Wisconsin interspinous segmental wiring. PMID:26512279

  10. In vivo degradation of a new concept of magnesium-based rivet-screws in the minipig mandibular bone.

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    Schaller, Benoit; Saulacic, Nikola; Beck, Stefan; Imwinkelried, Thomas; Goh, Bee Tin; Nakahara, Ken; Hofstetter, Willy; Iizuka, Tateyuki

    2016-12-01

    Self-tapping of magnesium screws in hard bone may be a challenge due to the limited torsional strength of magnesium alloys in comparison with titanium. To avoid screw failure upon implantation, the new concept of a rivet-screw was applied to a WE43 magnesium alloy. Hollow cylinders with threads on the outside were expanded inside drill holes of minipig mandibles. During the expansion with a hexagonal mandrel, the threads engaged the surrounding bone and the inside of the screw transformed into a hexagonal screw drive to allow further screwing in or out of the implant. The in vivo degradation of the magnesium implants and the performance of the used coating were studied in a human standard-sized animal model. Four magnesium alloy rivet-screws were implanted in each mandible of 12 minipigs. Six animals received the plasmaelectrolytically coated magnesium alloy implants; another six received the uncoated magnesium alloy rivet-screws. Two further animals received one titanium rivet-screw each as control. In vivo radiologic examination was performed at one, four, and eight weeks. Euthanasia was performed for one group of seven animals (three animals with coated, three with uncoated magnesium alloy implants and one with titanium implant) at 12weeks and for the remaining seven animals at 24weeks. After euthanasia, micro-computed tomography and histological examination with histomorphometry were performed. Significantly less void formation as well as higher bone volume density (BV/TV) and bone-implant contact area (BIC) were measured around the coated implants compared to the uncoated ones. The surface coating was effective in delaying degradation despite plastic deformation. The results showed potential for further development of magnesium hollow coated screws for bone fixation. PMID:27612710

  11. Posterior Spinal Reconstruction with Pedicle Screws, Multiple Iliac Screws and Wisconsin Spinal Wires in a Patient with Neurofibromatosis Scoliosis: A Case Report

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    Kim, Woong-Beom; Park, Young-Seop; PARK, JONG-HWA; Hyun, Seung-Jae

    2015-01-01

    A 54-year-old female with neurofibromatosis type 1 presented with progressing truncal shift owing to spinal deformity. On plain radiograph, the Cobb angle was 54 degree in coronal plane. Radiological examinations showed severe dystrophic change with dysplastic pedicles, bony scalloping, neural foraminal widening from dural ectasia. The patient underwent deformity correction and reconstruction surgery from the T9 to the pelvis using multiple iliac screws and Wisconsin interspinous segmental in...

  12. Application of static pressure guide screw and screw nut in vertical lathe%静压丝杆螺母在立式车床的应用

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    吴晓明; 海燕

    2011-01-01

    针对现有的重型立式车床中存在的升降传动问题,探讨超重型立式车床的横梁升降机构所采用的静压丝杆螺母的设计及制造工艺,以减少传动系统的摩擦和磨损,提高机床运动精度和传动效率,详细介绍了丝杆螺母的设计与计算,在加工工艺中还从多个方面保证了产品的制造精度,经过定量叶片泵和变量叶片泵的验证实验,还对制造结果进行了讨论与分析,对存在的问题提出了有效的解决办法.%With regard to up and down transmission problem available in the heavy-duty vertical lathe, the design and manufacturing technology of static pressure guide screw and screw nut adopted by lifting mechanism of the heavy-duty vertical lathe is discussed in it in order to decrease friction and wear of transmission system,improve kinematic accuracy of the machine tool and transmission efficiency.Then the design and calculation of the guide screw and screw nut are introduced in detail. The processing technology ensures product manufacturing accuracy in many aspects,and it is rectified through validating experiment of ration pump and variable pump.Above all efficient solutions are put forward to the problems available.

  13. Improvement of the Long-Screw in Single Screw Extruder%单螺杆挤压机中长螺杆的改进

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    卢志兵

    2012-01-01

    Researching on the long-screw of widespread used single screw extruder domestic market, the paper proposed a structure of new screw components with changing pitch, the process eliminates the need of electricity heating device for the original use to conserve energy, and facilitate production. The product quality of extrusion expanded food is better than before, the output per hour is increased twice. [Ch,2 fig. 1 tab. 13 ref. ]%对现有国内普遍使用的单螺杆挤压机中的长螺杆进行改进研究,提出一种带有交变螺距的螺杆组件结构,改进后的单螺杆挤压机省去了原来利用电能加热的装置,达到节约能源、方便生产,用此机组生产出的挤压膨化食品膨化效果优于未改进前,每小时的班产量是未改进前的3倍.

  14. 手法推拿配合颌枕套牵引治疗儿童寰枢关节半脱位%Massage and Jaw Occipital Traction Treating Children with Atlantoaxial Subluxation

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    彭玉兰

    2013-01-01

    目的:探讨手法推拿配合颌枕套牵引治疗儿童寰枢关节半脱位的疗效。方法:将68例患儿随机分为对照组和观察组,对照组仅采用颌枕套牵引治疗,观察组采用手法推拿配合颌枕套牵引治疗,比较两组临床疗效及复发情况。结果:观察组总有效率高于对照组,复发率低于对照组(P<0.05)。结论:手法推拿配合颌枕套牵引能明显改善患儿的临床症状,近期治疗效果确切,复发率低,远期疗效满意,安全可靠,值得临床推广应用。%Objective:To investigate the efficacy of massage and jaw occipital traction treating children with atlantoaxial subluxation. Methods:68 cases of patients were randomly divided into control group and observation group, control group only with the treatment of jaw occipital traction, ob-servation group was treated with massage and jaw occipital traction, to compare the clinical efficacy and recurrence situation of two groups. Results:The total effective rate of observation group was higher than that of control group, and the recurrence rate was lower than that of control group (P<0.05). Conclusion:Massage and jaw occipital traction can significantly improve the clinical symptoms of patients, with exact short-term efficacy, low recurrence rate and satisfactory long-term efficacy, which is safe and reliable, being worthy of clinical promotion and application.

  15. Linking granulation performance with residence time and granulation liquid distributions in twin-screw granulation: An experimental investigation.

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    Kumar, Ashish; Alakarjula, Maija; Vanhoorne, Valérie; Toiviainen, Maunu; De Leersnyder, Fien; Vercruysse, Jurgen; Juuti, Mikko; Ketolainen, Jarkko; Vervaet, Chris; Remon, Jean Paul; Gernaey, Krist V; De Beer, Thomas; Nopens, Ingmar

    2016-07-30

    Twin-screw granulation is a promising wet granulation technique for the continuous manufacturing of pharmaceutical solid dosage forms. A twin screw granulator displays a short residence time. Thus, the solid-liquid mixing must be achieved quickly by appropriate arrangement of transport and kneading elements in the granulator screw allowing the production of granules with a size distribution appropriate for tableting. The distribution of residence time and granulation liquid is governed by the field conditions (such as location and length of mixing zones) in the twin-screw granulator, thus contain interesting information on granulation time, mixing and resulting sub-processes such as wetting, aggregation and breakage. In this study, the impact of process (feed rate, screw speed and liquid-to-solid ratio) and equipment parameters (number of kneading discs and stagger angle) on the residence time (distribution), the granulation liquid-powder mixing and the resulting granule size distributions during twin-screw granulation were investigated. Residence time and axial mixing data was extracted from tracer maps and the solid-liquid mixing was quantified from moisture maps, obtained by monitoring the granules at the granulator outlet using near infra-red chemical imaging (NIR-CI). The granule size distribution was measured using the sieving method. An increasing screw speed dominantly reduced the mean residence time. Interaction of material throughput with the screw speed and with the number of kneading discs led to most variation in the studied responses including residence time and mixing capacity. At a high screw speed, granulation yield improved due to high axial mixing. However, increasing material throughput quickly lowers the yield due to insufficient mixing of liquid and powder. Moreover, increasing liquid-to-solid ratio resulted in more oversized granules, and the fraction of oversized granules further increased at higher throughput. Although an increasing number

  16. Linking granulation performance with residence time and granulation liquid distributions in twin-screw granulation: An experimental investigation.

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    Kumar, Ashish; Alakarjula, Maija; Vanhoorne, Valérie; Toiviainen, Maunu; De Leersnyder, Fien; Vercruysse, Jurgen; Juuti, Mikko; Ketolainen, Jarkko; Vervaet, Chris; Remon, Jean Paul; Gernaey, Krist V; De Beer, Thomas; Nopens, Ingmar

    2016-07-30

    Twin-screw granulation is a promising wet granulation technique for the continuous manufacturing of pharmaceutical solid dosage forms. A twin screw granulator displays a short residence time. Thus, the solid-liquid mixing must be achieved quickly by appropriate arrangement of transport and kneading elements in the granulator screw allowing the production of granules with a size distribution appropriate for tableting. The distribution of residence time and granulation liquid is governed by the field conditions (such as location and length of mixing zones) in the twin-screw granulator, thus contain interesting information on granulation time, mixing and resulting sub-processes such as wetting, aggregation and breakage. In this study, the impact of process (feed rate, screw speed and liquid-to-solid ratio) and equipment parameters (number of kneading discs and stagger angle) on the residence time (distribution), the granulation liquid-powder mixing and the resulting granule size distributions during twin-screw granulation were investigated. Residence time and axial mixing data was extracted from tracer maps and the solid-liquid mixing was quantified from moisture maps, obtained by monitoring the granules at the granulator outlet using near infra-red chemical imaging (NIR-CI). The granule size distribution was measured using the sieving method. An increasing screw speed dominantly reduced the mean residence time. Interaction of material throughput with the screw speed and with the number of kneading discs led to most variation in the studied responses including residence time and mixing capacity. At a high screw speed, granulation yield improved due to high axial mixing. However, increasing material throughput quickly lowers the yield due to insufficient mixing of liquid and powder. Moreover, increasing liquid-to-solid ratio resulted in more oversized granules, and the fraction of oversized granules further increased at higher throughput. Although an increasing number

  17. DESIGN PROPOSAL OF SCREW PUMP STRUCTURED A SWITCHED RELUCTANCE MOTOR (SP-SRM

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    Ahmet FENERCİOĞLU

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Structure of a Switched Reluctance Motor (SRM has double salient poles and does not include permanent magnet, conductor and bar. Therefore, this geometrical structure is intended to be used as an advantage for the screw pump proposal; magnetic rotor has been designed partially, inspired from the structure of radial and axial flux SRM. Proposed SRM has 6/4 poles and 3 phase configuration. Screw rotor, which is made of non-magnetic material, has been installed between magnetic rotor and the rotor structure of the screw pump has been obtained. In stator, there are 4 coils of 2000 turns installed in flux path for each phase. The screw rotor isn't included in the magnetic coupling. Here the pump rotor itself is an actuator of direct drive application. This system has been called as SP-SRM. Electrical and magnetic quantities like inductance, torque, power, magnetic flux of the SPSRM have been calculated analytically and predicted by finite elements method (Ansoft Maxwell 3D; it doesn't cover mechanics and dynamics of the proposed system. In the direct drive actuator application where the rotor itself is considered as an actuator, the SP-SRM looks like an attractive choice with its superiority of eliminating the used of a driver motor, couplings and gear boxes.

  18. Development of Nutritious Snack from rice industry waste using twin screw extrusion

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    Sharma Renu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Deoiled rice bran, a byproduct of rice milling industry was transformed into highly nutritious snack by the application of twin screw extrusion process. Response Surface Methodology (RSM with four- factor- five level central composite rotatable design (CCRD was employed to investigate the effects of extrusion conditions including moisture content of different raw flours, feed composition, barrel temperature and screw speed of extruder on properties of extrudates was studied. Second order quadratic regression model fitted adequately in the variation. The significance was established at P ≤ 0.05. The regression models can be used to interpret the effect of feed composition, moisture content, screw speed and barrel temperature on the properties of the final product. It was shown that higher rice bran in feed composition showed in minimum water absorption index and maximum water solubility index. Numerical optimization technique resulted in 123.83°C of barrel temperature, 294.68 rpm of screw speed, 13.94 % of feed moisture and 17.73 % of deoiled rice bran. The responses predicted for these optimum process conditions resulted water absorption index, 5.91468 g/g and water solubility index of 18.5553 % for the development of value added product with health benefits.

  19. Navigated pedicle screw placement using computed tomographic data in dorsolumbar fractures

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    Saurabh Kapoor

    2014-01-01

    Conclusion: CT-based navigation is effective in improving accuracy of pedicle screw placement in traumatic injuries of dorsolumbar spine (T9-L5, however additional cost of procuring CT scan to the patient and cost of equipment is of significant concern in developing countries. Reduced radiation exposure and lowered ergonomic constraints around the operation table are its additional benefits.

  20. On possible flow back in vertical screw conveyors for cohesionless granular materials

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    Rademacher, F.J.C.

    1981-01-01

    Conditions for which back flow will be initiated in vertical screw conveyors conveying cohesionless granular material are theoretically established. Use is made of existing knowledge of the performance characteristics of such conveyors. Provided the conveyor is operated at not too low an angular spe

  1. Some aspects of the characteristics of vertical screw conveyors for granular material

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    Rademacher, F.J.C.

    1974-01-01

    A theory has been developed, based on a physical model, to describe the behaviour of non-cohesive granular material inside a vertical screw conveyor. By use of this theory, relationships have been derived between dimensionless numbers for capacity, power consumption and efficiency. These relationshi

  2. Jerk analysis of a module of an artificial spine by means of screw theory

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    J. Gallardo‐Alvarado

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available In this work, a novel parallel manipulator is introduced with the purpose of simulating the jerk analysis of the end of the spine.The displacement analysis is presented in a semi‐closed form solution whereas the velocity, acceleration and jerk analyses arecarried out by means of the theory of screws.

  3. Shielding effect and emission criterion of a screw dislocation near an interfacial blunt crack

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    Song Hao-Peng; Fang Qi-Hong; Liu You-Wen

    2009-01-01

    Shielding effect and emission criterion of a screw dislocation near an interfacial blunt crack are dealt with in this paper.Utilizing the conformal mapping technique,the closed-form solutions are derived for complex potentials and stress fields due to a screw dislocation located near the interfacial blunt crack.The stress intensity factor on the crack tips and the critical stress intensity factor for dislocation emission axe also calculated.The influence of the orientation of the dislocation and the morphology of the blunt crack as well as the material elastic dissimilarity on the shielding effect and the emission criterion is discussed in detail.The results show that positive screw dislocations can reduce the stress intensity factor of the interfacial blunt crack tip(shielding effect).The shielding effect increases with the increase of the shear modulus of the lower half-plane,but it decreases with the increase of the dislocation azimuth angle.The critical loads at infinity for dislocation emission increases with the increase of emission angle and curvature radius of blunt crack tip,and the most probable angle for screw dislocation emission is zero.The present solutions contain previous results as special cases.

  4. Biodegradable device applied in flatfoot surgery: Comparative studies between clinical and technological aspects of removed screws

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    Ruozi, Barbara, E-mail: barbara.ruozi@unimore.it [Department of Life Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Campi 183, 41100 Modena, MO (Italy); Belletti, Daniela, E-mail: daniela.belletti@unimore.it [Department of Life Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Campi 183, 41100 Modena, MO (Italy); Manfredini, Giuseppe, E-mail: giuseppe626@virgilio.it [Orthopaedic and Traumatologic Clinic, University Hospital of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena Italy, Director Prof. F. Catani, Via del Pozzo 71, Policlinico, 41100 Modena, MO (Italy); Tonelli, Massimo, E-mail: massimo.tonelli@unimore.it [CIGS, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Campi 213/A, 41100 Modena, MO (Italy); Sena, Paola, E-mail: paola.sena@unimore.it [Department of Biomedical, Metabolic and Neural Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via del Pozzo 71, Policlinico, 41100 Modena, MO (Italy); Vandelli, Maria Angela, E-mail: mariaangela.vandelli@unimore.it [Department of Life Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Campi 183, 41100 Modena, MO (Italy); Forni, Flavio, E-mail: flavio.forni@unimore.it [Department of Life Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Campi 183, 41100 Modena, MO (Italy); Tosi, Giovanni, E-mail: giovanni.tosi@unimore.it [Department of Life Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Campi 183, 41100 Modena, MO (Italy)

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    Poly-L-lactide (PLLA) is one of the most used polymers for biomedical application; its use in sutures and other implants has been widely investigated. Although the knowledge of PLLA biodegradation and biocompatibility features is deep, PLLA screws used to correct the flat foot deformity have deserved attention since they are not degraded in most of cases after a long period of years (3–7) from the implantation. In this article, a clinical and radiological evaluation (NMR, histological and clinical outcomes) on patients was correlated with physico-chemical characterization (by SEM, DSC, GPC and XRD analysis at different temperatures) on both native and patient-recovered screws together with the theoretical degradation processes of PLLA-based implants. The data demonstrated the need for crossing the biodegradation and bioabsorption of the polymer with the characteristics of both the device (geometry, structure and fabrication process) and the implantation site. Highlights: ► Resorbable PLLA screws were proposed for arthroereisis in pediatric flatfoot. ► Satisfactory clinical results were obtained almost in the totality of patients. ► The bioabsorption period is slightly longer than what is expected. ► Patient-recovered screws were analyzed to evaluate the biodegradation stage. ► Degradability/structural integrity during implantation should be ameliorated.

  5. Treatment options for unstable trochanteric fractures: Screw or helical proximal femoral nail

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    Jeetendra Bajpai; Rajesh Maheshwari; Akansha Bajpai; Sumit Saini

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: To compare treatment outcome of screw proximal femoral nail (PFN) system with that of a helical PFN.Methods: The study included 77 patients with closed unstable intertrochanteric fracture classified as AO 31A2 & 31A3, between June 2008 to August 2011.Inclusion criteria were: all mature skeletons above 50 years of age;closed unstable trochanteric fracture classified as AO 31A2 & A3.Exclusion criteria were: immature skeleton, pathological fracture of any cause other than osteoporosis, inability to walk independently prior to injury.Patients were randomized to 2 treatment groups based on admission sequence.Forty patients were treated with screw PFN and thirty seven were treated with helical PFN.Results: Both groups were similar in respect of time of surgery, blood loss and functional assessment and duration of hospitalization.In screw PFN group 2 patients had superficial wound infection, 1 patient had persistent hip pain and 1 patient had shortening >1 cm but <2 cm, while in helical PFN group 1 patient had superficial wound infection.Conclusion: Both screw and helical PFN are very effective implants in osteoporotic and unstable trochanteric fractures even in Indian patients where the bones are narrow and neck diameter is small.It is an implant of choice for osteoporotic and unstable trochanteric fractures.

  6. Extrusion cooking using a twin-screw apparatus reduces toxicity of fumonisin-contaminated corn grits

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    Extrusion cooking using a single screw configuration reduced fumonisin concentrations of corn grits in an earlier study. Adding glucose before cooking enhanced reductions and, in one of three trials, partially reversed in vivo toxicity. To determine the effectiveness of extrusion using the more effi...

  7. Local electron density measurements in a screw pinch by means of a Michelson interferometer

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    The time-dependent density profile of a toroidal screw-pinch plasma is determined from successive measurements of the line density along different sections of a line through the plasma. The pathlength is varied by the introduction of a hollow quartz tube into the plasma

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

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    Jayaram

    2015-09-01

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

  9. Response properties of axion insulators and Weyl semimetals driven by screw dislocations and dynamical axion strings

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    You, Yizhi; Cho, Gil Young; Hughes, Taylor L.

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, we investigate the theory of dynamical axion strings emerging from chiral symmetry breaking in three-dimensional Weyl semimetals. The chiral symmetry is spontaneously broken by a charge density wave (CDW) order which opens an energy gap and converts the Weyl semimetal into an axion insulator. Indeed, the phase fluctuations of the CDW order parameter act as a dynamical axion field θ (x ⃗,t ) and couple to electromagnetic field via Lθ=θ/(x ⃗,t ) 32 π2 ɛσ τ ν μFσ τFν μ. Additionally, when the axion insulator is coupled to deformations of the background geometry/strain fields via torsional defects, e.g., screw dislocations, there is interesting interplay between the crystal dislocations and dynamical axion strings. For example, the screw dislocation traps axial charge, and there is a Berry phase accumulation when an axion string (which carries axial flux) is braided with a screw dislocation. In addition, a cubic coupling between the axial current and the geometry fields is nonvanishing and indicates a Berry phase accumulation during a particular three-loop braiding procedure where a dislocation loop is braided with another dislocation and they are both threaded by an axion string. We also observe a chiral magnetic effect induced by a screw dislocation density in the absence of a nodal energy imbalance between Weyl points and describe an additional chiral geometric effect and a geometric Witten effect.

  10. Experimental Investigation into Pull-Out Strength of Foamed Concrete Using Different Types of Screw

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    Othuman Mydin M.A.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This study focuses on the results of the comprehensive strength test to quantify the mechanical properties of the screw’s pullout strength on foamed concrete. Foamed concrete is classified as lightweight concrete that been produced by cement paste or mortar in which air-voids are entrapped in the mortar by a suitable foaming agent. These days, the use of foamed concrete has been recognized in the construction industry as wall blocks, wall panels and also material floor and roof screeds. Hence, the applications of this material should be maximized as it is multi-functional. As we know, the use of screws on the wall or ceiling is common in a building. The objective of this research is to examine and determine the pullout strength of various properties and types of screws in lightweight foamed concrete with various densities that may depict the best result of the pullout strength on foamed concrete. To visualize the different results of pullout strength, screws with and without wall plug will be used as well. The pullout strength will be tested using the Universal Testing Machine where it shall measure the ultimate load of the screws attached to the foamed concrete may resist.

  11. Extrusion trials with a TSK045 twin screw extruder (Poster presentation)

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    Sabel, H.W.R.; Schonewille, E.

    1998-01-01

    In 1994 a 45mm twin screw extruder was introduced at the Prins Maurits Laboratory of TNO for the processing of energetic materials. Initial safety experiments were carried out by using inert compositions with small amounts of different energetic components and micro encapsulated chemical sensors to

  12. Flow of Chemically Reactive non-Newtonian Fluids in Twin-Screw Extruders

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    Zhu, Weimin; Jaluria, Yogesh

    1998-11-01

    Many applications of twin-screw extruders are found in the processing of food, plastics, pharmaceutical materials and other highly viscous materials. In reactive extrusion, complex interactions in which the flow pattern, and the heat and mass transfer are affected by viscous dissipation, reaction energy, convection, residence time distribution and rheology of the materials may occur. The fluid flow, heat transfer and chemical reactions in a fully intermeshing, corotating and self wiping twin screw extruder were investigated numerically by using the finite volume method. The screw channel of a twin screw extruder are approximated as translation (parabolic) domain and intermeshing (elliptic) domain. The full governing equations were solved to determine the velocity components in the three coordinate directions. The energy equation is coupled with the equations of motion through viscosity. The Residence Time Distribution (RTD), was obtained by using a particle tracking method. The flow field, temperature field, pressure as well as RTD and chemical conversion were obtained by numerical simulation and the results yielded agreement with experimental measurements and expected physical characteristic of the process.

  13. Efficient continuous synthesis of high purity deep eutectic solvents by twin screw extrusion.

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    Crawford, D E; Wright, L A; James, S L; Abbott, A P

    2016-03-01

    Mechanochemical synthesis has been applied to the rapid synthesis of Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs), including Reline 200 (choline chloride : urea, 1 : 2), in a continuous flow methodology by Twin Screw Extrusion (TSE). This gave products in higher purity and with Space Time Yields (STYs), four orders of magnitude greater than for batch methods. PMID:26911554

  14. Simple coating with fibronectin fragment enhances stainless steel screw osseointegration in healthy and osteoporotic rats.

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    Agarwal, Rachit; González-García, Cristina; Torstrick, Brennan; Guldberg, Robert E; Salmerón-Sánchez, Manuel; García, Andrés J

    2015-09-01

    Metal implants are widely used to provide structural support and stability in current surgical treatments for bone fractures, spinal fusions, and joint arthroplasties as well as craniofacial and dental applications. Early implant-bone mechanical fixation is an important requirement for the successful performance of such implants. However, adequate osseointegration has been difficult to achieve especially in challenging disease states like osteoporosis due to reduced bone mass and strength. Here, we present a simple coating strategy based on passive adsorption of FN7-10, a recombinant fragment of human fibronectin encompassing the major cell adhesive, integrin-binding site, onto 316-grade stainless steel (SS). FN7-10 coating on SS surfaces promoted α5β1 integrin-dependent adhesion and osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells. FN7-10-coated SS screws increased bone-implant mechanical fixation compared to uncoated screws by 30% and 45% at 1 and 3 months, respectively, in healthy rats. Importantly, FN7-10 coating significantly enhanced bone-screw fixation by 57% and 32% at 1 and 3 months, respectively, and bone-implant ingrowth by 30% at 3 months compared to uncoated screws in osteoporotic rats. These coatings are easy to apply intra-operatively, even to implants with complex geometries and structures, facilitating the potential for rapid translation to clinical settings. PMID:26100343

  15. Grade-two resistance screw shear connector behaviour for a composite section system

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    Maritzabel Molina Herrera

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Screw shear connectors have been most commonly used in Colombia for many years; however, there is no current design methodology justifying its use in composite sections and prevailing rules insist that elements used as shear connectors must be tested. Along with the usual details of bending design and vertical shear, horizontal shear design on the composite section interface must be specified, even more so in adjusting such design to Colombian construc-tion. A study was thus undertaken analysing effects on composite sections when screws were used as shear connec-tors. This research studied 18 composite section models having two 21MPa concrete slabs which had different confi-gurations with one, two or three 1/2", 5/8" or 3/4" diameter shear connector type screws, and 0.08m, 0.12m or 0.14m separations. Three specimens were tested for each model by direct shear or push-out method. The corres-ponding analysis was done according to laboratory results, assessing the influence of diameter and connector sepa-ration on the model’s behaviour; screw design in composite sections was then formulated. A model of the tests was analysed using a finite element method based-programme which reviewed in detail those aspects which had little a-ppreciable effect on the physical tests, including concrete degradation in the interface section.

  16. Simulations of the atomic structure, energetics, and cross slip of screw dislocations in copper

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    Rasmussen, Torben; Jacobsen, Karsten Wedel; Leffers, Torben;

    1997-01-01

    Using nanoscale atomistic simulations it has been possible to address the problem of cross slip of a dissociated screw dislocation in an fee metal (Cu) by a method not suffering from the limitations imposed by elasticity theory. The focus has been on different dislocation configurations relevant ...

  17. Strain induced in the condyle by self-tapping screws in the Biomet alloplastic temporomandibular joint: a preliminary experimental study.

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    Ramos, A; Duarte, R J; Mesnard, M

    2015-11-01

    The main aim of this study was to analyze how screws affect the strain concentration induced on the mandibular condyle during implantation, screwing, and drilling, as well as after condylar loading. A clean cadaveric mandible was analyzed experimentally in the intact state and was then implanted with a Biomet/Lorenz Microfixation temporomandibular joint (TMJ) implant with seven bicortical self-tapping screws. The external surface of the mandible was instrumented with three strain gauges. A load of 500N on the TMJ was applied to the condyle before and after implantation. The results showed a strain concentration of -1500μɛ near the screws due to their implantation on the external surface of the mandible. The drilling process induced up to 80μɛ near the hole. The strain concentration did not change when there were more than six screws. Loading on the TMJ before and after implantation presented only a 10% difference in maximum principal strain. This study demonstrates the importance of the strain concentration induced by the screws. The process of implanting screws shows the importance of lateral surface preparation for a good fit in the condyle. Strain distribution after implantation and loading of the Biomet implant was found to be similar to that in the intact condyle. PMID:26194773

  18. Navigation of Pedicle Screws in the Thoracic Spine with a New Electromagnetic Navigation System: A Human Cadaver Study

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    Hahn, Patrick; Oezdemir, Semih; Komp, Martin; Giannakopoulos, Athanasios; Kasch, Richard; Merk, Harry; Liermann, Dieter; Godolias, Georgios; Ruetten, Sebastian

    2015-01-01

    Introduction. Posterior stabilization of the spine is a standard procedure in spinal surgery. In addition to the standard techniques, several new techniques have been developed. The objective of this cadaveric study was to examine the accuracy of a new electromagnetic navigation system for instrumentation of pedicle screws in the spine. Material and Method. Forty-eight pedicle screws were inserted in the thoracic spine of human cadavers using EMF navigation and instruments developed especially for electromagnetic navigation. The screw position was assessed postoperatively by a CT scan. Results. The screws were classified into 3 groups: grade 1 = ideal position; grade 2 = cortical penetration <2 mm; grade 3 = cortical penetration ≥2 mm. The initial evaluation of the system showed satisfied positioning for the thoracic spine; 37 of 48 screws (77.1%, 95% confidence interval [62.7%, 88%]) were classified as group 1 or 2. Discussion. The screw placement was satisfactory. The initial results show that there is room for improvement with some changes needed. The ease of use and short setup times should be pointed out. Instrumentation is achieved without restricting the operator's mobility during navigation. Conclusion. The results indicate a good placement technique for pedicle screws. Big advantages are the easy handling of the system. PMID:25759814

  19. Navigation of Pedicle Screws in the Thoracic Spine with a New Electromagnetic Navigation System: A Human Cadaver Study

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    Patrick Hahn

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Posterior stabilization of the spine is a standard procedure in spinal surgery. In addition to the standard techniques, several new techniques have been developed. The objective of this cadaveric study was to examine the accuracy of a new electromagnetic navigation system for instrumentation of pedicle screws in the spine. Material and Method. Forty-eight pedicle screws were inserted in the thoracic spine of human cadavers using EMF navigation and instruments developed especially for electromagnetic navigation. The screw position was assessed postoperatively by a CT scan. Results. The screws were classified into 3 groups: grade 1 = ideal position; grade 2 = cortical penetration <2 mm; grade 3 = cortical penetration ≥2 mm. The initial evaluation of the system showed satisfied positioning for the thoracic spine; 37 of 48 screws (77.1%, 95% confidence interval [62.7%, 88%] were classified as group 1 or 2. Discussion. The screw placement was satisfactory. The initial results show that there is room for improvement with some changes needed. The ease of use and short setup times should be pointed out. Instrumentation is achieved without restricting the operator’s mobility during navigation. Conclusion. The results indicate a good placement technique for pedicle screws. Big advantages are the easy handling of the system.

  20. Biomechanical and finite element analyses of bone cement-Injectable cannulated pedicle screw fixation in osteoporotic bone.

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    Liu, Yaoyao; Xu, Jianzhong; Sun, Dong; Luo, Fei; Zhang, Zehua; Dai, Fei

    2016-07-01

    The objectives of this study were to investigate the safety and biomechanical stability of a polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)-augmented bone cement-injectable cannulated pedicle screw (CICPS) in cancellous bone model, and to analyze the stress distribution at the screw-cement-bone interface. The OMEGA cannulated pedicle screw (OPS) and conventional pedicle screw (CPS) were used as control groups. Safety of the CICPS was evaluated by the static bending and bending fatigue tests. Biomechanical stability was analyzed by the maximum axial pullout strength and maximum torque tests. Stress distribution at the screw-cement-bone interface was analyzed by the finite element (FE) method. The CICPS and CPS produced statistically similar values for bending stiffness, bending structural stiffness, and bending yield moment. The maximum pullout force was 53.47 ± 8.65 N in CPS group, compared to 130.82 ± 7.32 N and 175.45 ± 43.01 N in the PMMA-augmented OPS and CICPS groups, respectively (p screw-cement-bone interface in the CICPS group. In conclusion, PMMA-augmentation with CICPS may be a potentially useful method to increase the stability of pedicle screws in patients with osteoporosis. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 104B: 960-967, 2016. PMID:25976272

  1. Comparison of Surgical Outcomes Between Short-Segment Open and Percutaneous Pedicle Screw Fixation Techniques for Thoracolumbar Fractures.

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    Fu, Zhiguo; Zhang, Xi; Shi, Yaohua; Dong, Qirong

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND This study aimed to compare the surgical outcomes between open pedicle screw fixation (OPSF) and percutaneous pedicle screw fixation (PPSF) for the treatment of thoracolumbar fractures, which has received scant research attention to date. MATERIAL AND METHODS Eight-four patients with acute and subacute thoracolumbar fractures who were treated with SSPSF from January 2013 to June 2014 at the Changzhou Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Changzhou, China) were retrospectively reviewed. The patients were divided into 4 groups: the OPSF with 4 basic screws (OPSF-4) group, the OPSF with 4 basic and 2 additional screws (OPSF-6) group, the PPSF with 4 basic screws (PPSF-4) group, and the PPSF with 4 basic and 2 additional screws (PPSF-6) group. The intraoperative, immediate postoperative, and over 1-year follow-up outcomes were evaluated and compared among these groups. RESULTS Blood loss in the PPSF-4 group and the PPSF-6 group was significantly less than in the OPSF-4 group and the OPSF-6 group (Pfractured vertebra than the other 3 groups (Pfractured vertebrae at final follow-up among the 4 groups (P>0.05). CONCLUSIONS OPSF with 6 screws had an advantage in the correction of injured vertebral height and kyphosis, and PPSF reduced the intraoperative blood loss of patients. PMID:27602557

  2. Material wear and failure mode analysis of breakfast cereal extruder barrels and screw elements

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    Mastio, Michael Joseph, Jr.

    2005-11-01

    Nearly seventy-five years ago, the single screw extruder was introduced as a means to produce metal products. Shortly after that, the extruder found its way into the plastics industry. Today much of the world's polymer industry utilizes extruders to produce items such as soda bottles, PVC piping, and toy figurines. Given the significant economical advantages of extruders over conventional batch flow systems, extruders have also migrated into the food industry. Food applications include the meat, pet food, and cereal industries to name just a few. Cereal manufacturers utilize extruders to produce various forms of Ready-to-Eat (RTE) cereals. These cereals are made from grains such as rice, oats, wheat, and corn. The food industry has been incorrectly viewed as an extruder application requiring only minimal energy control and performance capability. This misconception has resulted in very little research in the area of material wear and failure mode analysis of breakfast cereal extruders. Breakfast cereal extruder barrels and individual screw elements are subjected to the extreme pressures and temperatures required to shear and cook the cereal ingredients, resulting in excessive material wear and catastrophic failure of these components. Therefore, this project focuses on the material wear and failure mode analysis of breakfast cereal extruder barrels and screw elements, modeled as a Discrete Time Markov Chain (DTMC) process in which historical data is used to predict future failures. Such predictive analysis will yield cost savings opportunities by providing insight into extruder maintenance scheduling and interchangeability of screw elements. In this DTMC wear analysis, four states of wear are defined and a probability transition matrix is determined based upon 24,041 hours of operational data. This probability transition matrix is used to predict when an extruder component will move to the next state of wear and/or failure. This information can be used to determine

  3. Optimisation of two-stage screw expanders for waste heat recovery applications

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    Read, M. G.; Smith, I. K.; Stosic, N.

    2015-08-01

    It has previously been shown that the use of two-phase screw expanders in power generation cycles can achieve an increase in the utilisation of available energy from a low temperature heat source when compared with more conventional single-phase turbines. However, screw expander efficiencies are more sensitive to expansion volume ratio than turbines, and this increases as the expander inlet vapour dryness fraction decreases. For singlestage screw machines with low inlet dryness, this can lead to under expansion of the working fluid and low isentropic efficiency for the expansion process. The performance of the cycle can potentially be improved by using a two-stage expander, consisting of a low pressure machine and a smaller high pressure machine connected in series. By expanding the working fluid over two stages, the built-in volume ratios of the two machines can be selected to provide a better match with the overall expansion process, thereby increasing efficiency for particular inlet and discharge conditions. The mass flow rate though both stages must however be matched, and the compromise between increasing efficiency and maximising power output must also be considered. This research uses a rigorous thermodynamic screw machine model to compare the performance of single and two-stage expanders over a range of operating conditions. The model allows optimisation of the required intermediate pressure in the two- stage expander, along with the rotational speed and built-in volume ratio of both screw machine stages. The results allow the two-stage machine to be fully specified in order to achieve maximum efficiency for a required power output.

  4. Biomechanical competence of six different bone screws for reconstructive surgery in three different transplants: Fibular, iliac crest, scapular and artificial bone.

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    Pietsch, Arnold P; Raith, Stefan; Ode, Jan-Eric; Teichmann, Jan; Lethaus, Bernd; Möhlhenrich, Stephan C; Hölzle, Frank; Duda, Georg N; Steiner, Timm

    2016-06-01

    The goal of this study was to determine a combination of screw and transplantation type that offers optimal primary stability for reconstructive surgery. Fibular, iliac crest, and scapular transplants were tested along with artificial bone substrate. Six different kinds of bone screws (Medartis(©)) were compared, each type utilized with one of six specimens from human transplants (n = 6). Controlled screw-in-tests were performed and the required torque was protocolled. Subsequently, pull-out-tests were executed to determine the retention forces. The artificial bone substitute material showed significantly higher retention forces than real bone samples. The self-drilling screws achieved the significantly highest retention values in the synthetic bone substitute material. Cancellous screws achieved the highest retention in the fibular transplants, while self-drilling and cancellous screws demonstrated better retention than cortical screws in the iliac crest. In the scapular graft, no significant differences were found between the screw types. In comparison to the human transplant types, the cortical screws showed the significantly highest values in the fibula and the lowest values in the iliac crest. The best retention was found in the combination of cancellous screws with fibular graft (514.8 N + -252.3 N). For the flat bones (i.e., scapular and illiac crest) we recommend the cancellous screws. PMID:27107477

  5. Biomechanical analysis of different types of pedicle screw augmentation: a cadaveric and synthetic bone sample study of instrumented vertebral specimens.

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    Chao, Kuo-Hua; Lai, Yu-Shu; Chen, Wen-Chuan; Chang, Chia-Ming; McClean, Colin J; Fan, Chang-Yuan; Chang, Chia-Hao; Lin, Leou-Chyr; Cheng, Cheng-Kung

    2013-10-01

    This study aims to determine the pull-out strength, stiffness and failure pull-out energy of cement-augmented, cannulated-fenestrated pedicle screws in an osteoporotic cadaveric thoracolumbar model, and to determine, using synthetic bone samples, the extraction torques of screws pre-filled with cement and those with cement injected through perforations. Radiographs and bone mineral density measurements from 32 fresh thoracolumbar vertebrae were used to define specimen quality. Axial pull-out strength of screws was determined through mechanical testing. Mechanical pull-out strength, stiffness and energy-to-failure ratio were recorded for cement-augmented and non-cement-augmented screws. Synthetic bone simulating a human spinal bone with severe osteoporosis was used to measure the maximum extraction torque. The pull-out strength and stiffness-to-failure ratio of cement pre-filled and cement-injected screws were significantly higher than the non-cement-augmented control group. However, the cement pre-filled and cement-injected groups did not differ significantly across these values (p=0.07). The cement pre-filled group had the highest failure pull-out energy, approximately 2.8 times greater than that of the cement-injected (pcement-injected group had a greater maximum extraction torque than the cement pre-filled group, but was statistically insignificant (p=0.17). The initial fixation strength of cannulated screws pre-filled with cement is similar to that of cannulated screws injected with cement through perforations. This comparable strength, along with the heightened pull-out energy and reduced extraction torque, indicates that pedicle screws pre-filled with cement are superior for bone fixation over pedicle screws injected with cement. PMID:23669371

  6. Biopolymer augmentation of the lag screw in the treatment of femoral neck fractures - a biomechanical in-vitro study

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    Paech A; Wilde E; Schulz AP; Heinrichs G; Wendlandt R; Queitsch C; Kienast B; Jürgens Ch

    2010-01-01

    Abstract The cut-out of the sliding screw is one of the most common complications in the treatment of intertrochanteric fractures. The reasons for the cut-out are: a suboptimal position of the hip-screw in the femoral head, the type of fracture and poor bone quality. The aim of this study was to reproduce the cut-out event biomechanically and to evaluate the possible prevention of this event by the use of a biopolymer augmentation of the hip screw. Concerning the density and compression force...

  7. Combining of small fragment screws and large fragment plates for open reduction and internal fixation of periprosthetic humeral fractures

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    Dominik Seybold

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available 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 fόr 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.

  8. Combined Percutaneous Iliosacral Screw Fixation With Sacroplasty Using Resorbable Calcium Phosphate Cement for Osteoporotic Pelvic Fractures Requiring Surgery.

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    Collinge, Cory A; Crist, Brett D

    2016-06-01

    Osteoporotic sacral fractures, including acute and chronic insufficiency fractures, are increasing in frequency and present a number of management problem. Many of these patients are treated nonoperatively with relative immobility (eg, bedrest, wheelchair, or weight-bearing restrictions) and analgesics, which likely make the osteoporotic component worse. Surgery in this patient population may be desirable in some cases with the goals of improving mobility, relieving pain, and healing in an aligned position while minimizing deformity progression. However, internal fixation of the osteoporotic pelvis can be difficult. Large unicortical lag screws are the workhorse of posterior pelvic fixation, and yet fixation in cancellous bone corridors of an osteoporotic sacrum seems unlikely to achieve optimal fixation. As a result, the operative management and clinical results of these difficult injuries may not be uniformly successful. The authors present a technique for treating osteoporotic patients with a sacral fracture when operative treatment is indicated using percutaneous screw fixation combined with screw augmentation using a resorbable calcium phosphate bone substitute or "cement." The guide wire for a 7.3-mm or other large cannulated lag screw is fully inserted along the desired bony sacral corridor as is standard. The lag screw is then inserted over the wire to the depth where cement is desired. The guide wire is removed, and the aqueous calcium phosphate is injected through the screw's cannulation. For acute fractures, cement was applied to the areas distant to the fracture; whereas in insufficiency fractures, the cement was inserted along most of the screw path. The guide wire then can be reinserted and the lag screw fully inserted. The rationale for using these 2 modalities is their synergistic effect: the cannulated screw provides typical screw fixation and also a conduit for cement application. The cement augments the lag screw's purchase in osteoporotic bone

  9. Novel method of measuring polymer melt viscosity using a short length of single screw extruder at the closed discharge state

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    Kim, Myung-Ho; Kim, Bo-Kyung; Kang, Seok-Jin; Kim, Moon Sung; Choi, Sunwoong

    2016-03-01

    Theory of single screw extruders has been used for analyzing the processing characteristics of various polymeric fabricated such material as plastics, rubber, and food products. Recently this theory extended to measuring the polymer melt viscosity using the closed discharging state of the short single screw extruder. The batch wise operation of the closed discharged state change the complex extrusion characteristic equation into simple calculation form of shear rate and viscosity equation, which related between the geometrical factors and the screw speed and the axial pressure generation, respectively.

  10. Screw placement of pedicle of vertebral arch-pay great attention to segmental differences of the pedicle

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    殷渠东; 郑祖根; 董启榕; 唐平

    2002-01-01

    Objective: To investigate appropriate ways for screw placement of pedicle of vertebral arch in the horizontal plane.Methods: Fifteen preserved thoracolumbar spine specimens (T11-L5) were used and divided into three groups at random. Firstly four anatomic parameters indicating screw positions in the horizontal plane were measured. Secondly the methods of Roy-camille, Magerl, and authors segmental differences were used to place successively the screws of the pedicles with 5 mm, 6 mm, and 7 mm in diameter. Coincidences between the drilling point, drilling direction and pedicle axis, and ruptures of the pedicle as well as the length of the screw in the vertebral body were observed. Results: Four anatomic parameters at various segments showed significant differences (P <0.05). The drilling point by the Roy-camilles method deviated medial to pedicle axis in most segments, and its drilling direction did not coincide well with most E-angles of the pedicles. The drilling point by Magerls method coincided relatively well with pedicle axis in lumbar vertebrae, but there were still some differences between its drilling direction and E-angles of the pedicles. The method of segmental differences coincided the best with the pedicle axis. The lengths of screw in the vertebra were relatively long by both Magerl and segmental difference methods. When 5 mm diametral screw was used by the three methods, the rupture rate was very low. When 6 mm and 7 mm diametral screws were placed, the rupture rate was accordingly increased. Of the three methods, Roy-camilles method showed a relatively high rupture rate, while the method of segmental differences a comparatively low rupture rate. Various degrees of rupture of the pedicle of vertebral arch were found at the juncture of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae when 6 mm or 7 mm diametral screws was used by any screw placement method. In contrast, the rupture was seldom seen at the lower lumbar vertebrae when 7 mm diametral screws

  11. Linking granulation performance with residence time and granulation liquid distributions in twin-screw granulation: An experimental investigation

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    Kumar, Ashish; Alakarjula, Maija; Vanhoorne, Valérie;

    2016-01-01

    interesting information on granulation time, mixing and resulting sub-processes such as wetting, aggregation and breakage. In this study, the impact of process (feed rate, screw speed and liquid-to-solid ratio) and equipment parameters (number of kneading discs and stagger angle) on the residence time...... the granules at the granulator outlet using near infra-red chemical imaging (NIR-CI). The granule size distribution was measured using the sieving method. An increasing screw speed dominantly reduced the mean residence time. Interaction of material throughput with the screw speed and with the number...

  12. OPEN REDUCTION AND CANNULATED SCREW INTERNAL FIXATION OF TALUS FRACTURE-DISLOCATION THROUGH MEDIAL-ANTERIOR APPROACH

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    董宇启; 董英海; 周健; 曹聪

    2004-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the role of open reduction through anterior-medial malleolar approach with cannulated screw internal fixation in the treatment of displaced talus fractures. Methods 16 cases of Hawkin type Ⅱ - Ⅲ displaced talus fractures were treated by open reduction through single anterior medial malleofar approach with cannulated screw internal fixation. Results All the 16 cases of displaced talus fractures achieved bony heal in which 5 cases suffered talus aseptic necrosis. The whole excellence-good ratio reached 62.5%.Conclusion Open reduction through anterior-medial malleolar approach with cannulated screw internal fixation is a less trauma, easy manipulation, effective method of treatment for displaced talus fractures.

  13. [Therapy of cervical rheumatoid arthritis].

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    Kothe, R; Wiesner, L; Rüther, W

    2004-08-01

    The rheumatoid involvement of the cervical spine can be divided into three phases. In the early stage of the disease there is an isolated atlantoaxial subluxation (AAS), followed by vertical instability and subaxial instability. If patients show clear symptoms of cervical myelopathy, which can occur during any stage of the disease, the progression cannot be stopped by conservative treatment, which is of great importance at the beginning of the cervical manifestation. Patient education, physiotherapy and immobilization with a stiff collar can significantly reduce pain. Early and effective DMARD therapy can have a positive effect on the natural history of the disease. In case of progressive instability, cervical myelopathy or severe pain operative treatment is indicated. If there is an isolated AAS, fusion can be restricted to the C1/C2 segment. The Magerl transarticular screw fixation is the preferred technique for stabilization. If there is evidence for vertical instability or severe destruction of the C0/C1 joints, occipital cervical fusion has to be performed. Durin the preoperative planning it is necessary to look for signs of subaxial instability. If this is the case, fusion should include the entire cervical spine. Transoral decompression may be necessary when there is persistent anterior compression of the myelon, typically seen in fixed AAS. Non-ambulatory myelopathic patients are more likely to develop severe surgical complications. Therefore, it is important to avoid the development of severe cervical instability by early surgical intervention. The right timing for surgery is still a matter of controversy. Future prospective randomized trials should address this topic to improve the treatment concept for the rheumatoid patient.

  14. Posterior atlantoaxial fusion using bilateral C1 hook combined with C2 isthmic screws connected by rods plus autogenous bone%双侧寰椎椎板钩及枢椎椎弓根内固定在寰枢椎融合术中的初步应用

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    倪斌; 陶春生; 郭翔; 王健; 王明飞; 任中武

    2007-01-01

    目的 初步评价双侧寰椎椎板钩及枢椎椎弓根内固定技术治疗寰枢椎脱位的临床效果.方法 2004年10月~2007年2月,采用自体髂骨植骨、双侧寰椎椎板钩及枢椎椎弓根内固定技术共治疗寰枢椎脱位21例,男14例,女7例.其中,陈旧性齿突骨折11例,齿突游离小骨6例,横韧带断裂4例.术前ASIA(American spinal injury association)脊髓神经功能分级(2000年修订):C级3例;D级12例;E级6例.结果 随访3~25个月,平均随访8个月.21例均获得骨性融合.术后ASIA脊髓神经功能分级:D级5例;E级16例.无患者因手术操作致椎动脉和脊髓损伤.结论 与传统寰枢椎后路融合术相比,本术式操作简便易行,生物力学稳定性良好,植骨融合率高,且能够在术中对寰枢椎进行加压复位,有利于提高术后临床疗效.该术式在寰枢椎融合术中具有较高的推广应用价值.

  15. Evaluation of initial biomechanical stability of screw-rod fixation system with lateral mass screw and pedicle screw for cervical vertebra%颈椎侧块与颈椎弓根内固定后初始稳定性评价及实验研究

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    袁欣华; 庞清江; 许柯; 张宗凯; 祝惠敏; 叶奕; 赵卫东

    2013-01-01

    目的 评价钉棒系统分别行颈椎侧块及椎弓根固定后的初始稳定性,为临床应用提供理论依据.方法 取8具新鲜冷冻人体颈椎标本,切断C4,5棘上韧带、棘间韧带、双侧关节囊,制成C4,5后柱不稳损伤模型,每个标本分别行正常标本、双侧C4,5侧块及椎弓根固定标本三维运动范围测定.结果 两种内固定组的三维运动范围均明显小于正常组,椎弓根固定组三维运动组小于侧块螺钉固定组,两组差异有统计学意义.结论 在颈椎后柱损伤模型中,用钉棒系统分别行侧块及椎弓根固定后均能明显提高脊柱三维稳定性,椎弓根内固定稳定性优于侧块钉棒系统.%Objective To investigate the initial biomechanical stability of the screw-rod system with lateral mass screw and pedicle screw for cervical vertebra fixation, and to provide theoretical basis for clinical applications of the screw-rod system. Methods Eight fresh human cervical specimens were obtained. Each specimen received a 3-D range of movement (ROM) test (normal group). Then the model of instable posterior column of C4.5 injury was set up by transection of supraspinous, interspinous ligament and bilateral articular capsule. For each specimen, another two 3-D ROM tests were carried out after receiving a lateral mass screw fixation and a pedicle screw fixation respectively. Results The ROM of the internal fixation groups was notably smaller than the normal group. There was significant difference. Conclusion For the instable cervical posterior column injury model, the screw-rod fixation system with lateral mass screw and pedicle screw for cervical vertebra fixation would evidently improve the 3-D stability of the vertebral column. And the stability of pedicle screw fixation is superior to it of mass screw fixation. within the internal fixation groups. The ROM of the pedicle screw group is much smaller.

  16. Mechanical Model and Finite Element Analysis of Screw in Twin-Screw Extruder%双螺杆挤压膨化机螺杆的力学模型及有限元分析

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    杨凯; 武凯; 王以龙; 彭斌彬; 孙宇

    2013-01-01

    Twin -screw extrusion technology is a kind of advanced extrusion modeling technology widely applied in feed processing field, plastic processing field and food processing field.lt established mechanical model and finite element model (FEM)of conjugate screw in co-rotating twin-screw extruder and carried out stress analysis on screws in different pitch and SAR through the method of FEAJt is shown that the maximum stress of screw decreases with the increase of pitch of screw and the reduction gradually diminishes, the maximum stress of screw has positive correlation with SAR and SAR has less influence on the maximum stress.the position of the maximum stress of screw is irrelevant to the pitch but related with SAR.%双螺杆挤压膨化技术是一种先进的物料挤压成形技术,广泛应用于饲料加工领域、塑料加工领域及食品加工领域.建立了同向啮合双螺杆挤压膨化机共轭型螺杆的力学模型及有限元模型,并运用有限元分析方法对不同螺距和内径外径比(SAR)的螺杆进行了应力分析.结果表明,螺杆最大应力随着螺距的增加而减小,而且减小的幅度逐渐变小;随着SAR的减小而减小,而且对螺杆最大应力的影响逐渐较小;螺杆最大应力出现的位置与螺距无关而与SAR有关.

  17. Study of new sheep bone and Zn/Ca ratio around TiAlV screw: PIXE-RBS analysis

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    This study reports on in vivo particle induced X-ray emission (PIXE) measurements combined with Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) analyses of new remodeled sheep bone formed around TiAlV screws. The implants (screws) were anodized by a modified TiMaxTM process. The interface between the implant and the bone was carefully investigated. [Zn]/[Ca] in-depth composition profiles as well as Ca, Fe elemental maps were recorded. The thickness of new bone formed around the screw reached 300-400 μm. Osteon and Osteoid phases were identified in the new bone. A higher [Zn]/[Ca] ratio was observed in the new bone as compared to the mature bone. Blood vessels were observed in the bone in close contact with the screw. This study shows the potential of ion beam analysis for biological and biomedical characterization

  18. Theoretical investigations for optimizing screw connections at tubes in oil fields; Theoretische Untersuchungen fuer die Optimierung von Verschraubungen an Oelfeldrohren

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    Teodoriu, C. [Texas A and M Univ., College Station, TX (United States); Klaws, M.; Reinicke, K.M. [Technische Univ. Clausthal (Germany). Inst. fuer Erdoel- und Erdgastechnik

    2008-10-23

    In the year 1965, the equation for the determination of the screw connection moment at drill pipes was developed. The advancements of the drilling technologies enable a more exact view to this equation. The Institute of Petroleum Engineering (Clausthal Zellerfeld, Federal Republic of Germany) shows possibilities in order to seize problems and to point out solutions. Under this aspect, the authors of the contribution under consideration report on theoretical fundaments. For the regarded screw connection it is shown that the exact determination of the coefficients of friction of specific thread fats is the key to the determination of an optimal screw connection moment. An improved equation is presented for the determination of the screw connection moment. This improved equation enables answers to the following questions: (a) How and why do drill pipes break under arctic conditions?; (b) Why does it come to leakages with casing connections?.

  19. Improving fixation strength of pedicle screw by microarc oxidation treatment: an experimental study of osteoporotic spine in sheep.

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    Shi, Lei; Wang, Ling; Zhang, Yang; Guo, Zheng; Wu, Zi-xiang; Liu, Da; Gao, Ming-xuan; Chen, Huan; Fu, Suo-chao; Lei, Wei

    2012-08-01

    Failure of fixation caused by loosening of pedicle screws in osteoporosis is a problem in spinal surgery. We compared the in vivo fixation strength between pedicle screws treated with microarc oxidation (MAO) and untreated screws in an osteoporotic model of ovariectomized sheep. The MAO treated and untreated screws were placed in lumbar vertebral bodies. After 3 months of implantation, biomechanical tests, micro-CT analysis, and histological observations were conducted to examine the performance of the two groups. At time 0, no significant difference was found between the two groups in biomechanical tests (p > 0.05); 3 months later, higher pull-out strength and load with less displacement were detected in the MAO-treated group (p CT analysis showed that the tissue mineral density, bone volume fraction, trabecular thickness, and trabecular number in the MAO-treated group were all higher than those in untreated group (p sheep.

  20. The value of {sup 18}F-fluoride PET/CT in the assessment of screw loosening in patients after intervertebral fusion stabilization

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    Seifen, Tanja; Rodrigues, Margarida; Rettenbacher, Lukas; Holzmannhofer, Johannes; Pirich, Christian [Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg, Department of Nuclear Medicine and Endocrinology, Salzburg (Austria); Piotrowski, Wolfgang [Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg, Department of Neurosurgery, Salzburg (Austria); Mc Coy, Mark [Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg, Division of Neuroradiology, Salzburg (Austria)

    2014-09-16

    We evaluated {sup 18}F-fluoride PET/CT for the diagnosis of screw loosening after intervertebral fusion stabilization and compared the results with those from functional radiography. A group of 59 patients with pain in the region of previous intervertebral fusion stabilization and suspicion of implant instability due to screw loosening were investigated with {sup 18}F-fluoride PET/CT and functional radiography, 30.1 ± 3.4 and 29.3 ± 3.2 months, respectively, after surgery. The criterion for loosening was increased focal uptake surrounding the screw entry point and shaft. SUV{sub max} and SUV{sub mean} were measured in a region of interest (ROI) drawn around each screw (334 screws analysed). The final diagnosis was established by surgical exploration in 27 patients and clinical follow-up after intervertebral fusion stabilization in 32 patients. Of the 59 patients, 20 were proven positive for implant failure due to screw loosening and 39 were confirmed negative. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of {sup 18}F-fluoride PET/CT were 75 %, 97.4 % and 89.8 % in the patient-based analysis, and 45.6 %, 100 % and 80 % in the screw-based analysis, respectively. The positive and negative predictive values were 93.8 % and 100 % in the patient-based analysis, and 88.4 and 76 % in the screw-based analysis, respectively. CT signs in PET/CT allowed screw breakage to be detected in three patients. SUV{sub max}, SUV{sub mean} and SUV{sub max}/SUV{sub mean} ratios in screw ROIs and respective values in reference regions were all found to be significantly different between screws positive for loosening (58 screws) and screws negative for loosening (276 screws). The ratio between SUV{sub max} in screw ROIs and the values in reference regions was the most significant parameter for distinguishing screws positive and screws negative for loosening. {sup 18}F-Fluoride PET/CT imaging is useful for the diagnosis of screw loosening in patients with persistent symptoms after