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  1. Use of autologous bone graft in anterior cervical decompression: morbidity & quality of life analysis.

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    Heneghan, Helen M

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Autologous iliac crest graft has long been the gold standard graft material used in cervical fusion. However its harvest has significant associated morbidity, including protracted postoperative pain scores at the harvest site. Thus its continued practice warrants scrutiny, particularly now that alternatives are available. Our aims were to assess incidence and nature of complications associated with iliac crest harvest when performed in the setting of Anterior Cervical Decompression (ACD). Also, to perform a comparative analysis of patient satisfaction and quality of life scores after ACD surgeries, when performed with and without iliac graft harvest. METHODS: All patients who underwent consecutive ACD procedures, with and without the use of autologous iliac crest graft, over a 48 month period were included (n = 53). Patients were assessed clinically at a minimum of 12 months postoperatively and administered 2 validated quality of life questionnaires: the SF-36 and Cervical Spine Outcomes Questionnaires (Response rate 96%). Primary composite endpoints included incidence of bone graft donor site morbidity, pain scores, operative duration, and quality of life scores. RESULTS: Patients who underwent iliac graft harvest experienced significant peri-operative donor site specific morbidity, including a high incidence of pain at the iliac crest (90%), iliac wound infection (7%), a jejunal perforation, and longer operative duration (285 minutes vs. 238 minutes, p = 0.026). Longer term follow-up demonstrated protracted postoperative pain at the harvest site and significantly lower mental health scores on both quality of life instruments, for those patients who underwent autologous graft harvest CONCLUSION: ACD with iliac crest graft harvest is associated with significant iliac crest donor site morbidity and lower quality of life at greater than 12 months post operatively. This is now avoidable by using alternatives to autologous bone without compromising clinical

  2. Percutaneous laser disc decompression for cervical disc herniation

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    Objective: To discuss the clinical application of percutaneous laser disc decompression (PLDD) in the treatment of cervical disc herniation. Methods: The region between anterolateral cervical visceral sheath and carotid sheath was used as puncture access. Under C-arm fluoroscopic monitoring, the puncture needle was inserted to the cervical intervertebral space center, then, the photofiber was implanted in PLDD was performed in 32 patients of cervical disc herniation by using SLT30 semiconductor laser device with the laser output of 500-1 000 J. Results: The effective rate was 87.5%. No infection or serious complications occurred. Conclusion: Percutaneous laser disc decompression is a safe, effective and less invasive treatment for cervical disc herniation. (authors)

  3. Anterior cervical decompression and fusion with caspar plate fixation

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    Objective: To evaluate the role of anterior cervical decompression and fixation with Caspar plating in cervical spine injury on neurological outcome. Study Design: A case series. Place and Duration of Study: Department of Neurosurgery, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Karachi, from July 2008 to March 2011. Methodology: Thirty patients admitted with cervical spine injuries were inducted in the study. All cases were evaluated for their clinical features, level of injury and degree of neurological injury was assessed using Frankel grading. Pre and postoperative record with X-rays and MRI were maintained. Cervical traction was applied to patients with sub-luxation. All patients underwent anterior cervical decompression, fusion and Caspar plate fixation. The follow-up period was 6 months with clinical and radiological assessment. Results: Among 30 patients, 24 (80%) were males and 6 (20%) were females. Age ranged from 15 to 55 years. Causes of injury were road traffic accident (n = 20), fall (n = 8) and assault (n = 2). Commonest mode of injury was road traffic accident (66.6%). Postoperative follow-up showed that pain and neurological deficit were improved in 21 patients. There was no improvement in 7 patients, one patient deteriorated and one expired. All patients developed pain at donor site. Conclusion: Anterior decompression, fusion and fixation with Caspar plate is an effective method with good neurological and radiological outcome. However, it is associated with pain at donor site. (author)

  4. Endoscopic anterior decompression in cervical disc disease

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    Yad Ram Yadav

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Although microscopic anterior cervical discectomy with or without fusion are common surgical procedures for treatment of cervical herniated discs, loss of disc height, pseudarthrosis, and adjacent disc degeneration are some of the problems associated with it. This study is aimed to evaluate results of endoscopic microforaminotomy in cervical disc diseases. Materials and Methods: A prospective study of 50 patients of mono segmental soft or hard disc causing myeloradiculopathy was undertaken. A visual analogue scale (VAS for neck and arm pain and functional outcomes using the Nurick grading system were assessed. There were 28, 12, 8, and 2 patients at C5-6, C6-7, C4-5, and C3-4 levels disc diseases, respectively. Patients with two or more level disc, instabilities, disc extending more than half vertebral body height, and previous operation at the same segment were excluded. Results: Age ranged from 21 to 67 years. Average postoperative reduction in disc height, operating time, and blood loss was 1.1 mm, 110 minutes, and 30 ml, respectively. Average pre-operative VAS score for arm pain and Nurick grading was 7.6 and 2.7, which improved to 1.9 and 0.82, respectively. All patients improved; 1, 2, 3 grade improvement was seen in 10, 27, and 10 patients, respectively. There was no significant complication or any mortality. Conclusion: Although longer follow up of large number of patients is required, endoscopic microforaminotomy is a safe and an effective alternative to microscopic anterior discectomy with or without fusion.

  5. Multilevel cervical spondylotic myelopathy treated by anterior cervical decompression in subsection and autograft fusion

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    2007-01-01

    Objective:To investigate a novel surgical method for multilevel cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). Methods: Totally 21 patients with multilevel CSM undergoing a novel surgical procedure from April 2001 to January 2004 were analyzed retrospectively. All patients experienced anterior cervical decompression surgery in subsection, autograft fusion and internal fixation. Preoperative, immediate postoperative and follow-up image data, X-rays and semi-quantitative Japanese orthopaedics association (JOA) scores were used to evaluate the restoration of lordosis (Cobb's angle), intervertebral heights, the stability of the cervical spine and the improvement of neurological impairment. Results: Preoperative symptoms were markedly alleviated or disappeared in most of the patients. According to the JOA scores, the ratio of improvement in neurological function was 72.2%, including excellent in 9 cases (42.9%), good in 7 cases (33.3%), fair in 3 cases (14.3%) and poor in 2 cases (9.5%). Immediate postoperative X-rays showed obvious improvements in lordosis and in the intervertebral height of the cervical spine (P<0.01). There is no evidence of instrument failure during the mean follow-up period of 14.2 months (9-24 months, P>0.01). Conclusion:Anterior cervical decompression in subsection, autograft fusion and internal fixation is a rational effective method for the surgical treatment of multilevel CSM.

  6. Clinical application of anterior cervical decompression and fusion under METRx system

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    ZHOU Yue; ZHANG Xia; WANG Wei-dong; LI Chang-qing; CHU Tong-wei; ZHANG Zheng-feng; WANG Jian; ZHENG Wen-jie

    2005-01-01

    Objective: To explore the feasibility and effect of anterior cervical decompression and fusion under METRx system. Methods: Between Nov. 2001 and Nov. 2003, totally 23 consecutive patients were performed anterior cervical decompression and fusion under METRx system. The clinical outcome was evaluated by Odom standard. Results: Decompression and fusion along with internal fixation was obtained in all the 23 patients with minimal tissue damage and operation-caused scar. There were no wound infection, neurological injuries, throat discomfort and other complications. The total rate of excellent and good outcome in patients with degenerative cervical diseases was 94%. Conclusion: Cervical decompression and fusion can be performed under METRx system with its own advantages, such as minimal tissue damage and operation-caused scar, less throat discomfort.

  7. 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-...

  8. Effect of posterior decompression extent on biomechanical parameters of the spinal cord in cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament.

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    Khuyagbaatar, Batbayar; Kim, Kyungsoo; Park, Won Man; Kim, Yoon Hyuk

    2016-06-01

    Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament is a common cause of the cervical myelopathy due to compression of the spinal cord. Patients with ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament usually require the decompression surgery, and there is a need to better understand the optimal surgical extent with which sufficient decompression without excessive posterior shifting can be achieved. However, few quantitative studies have clarified this optimal extent for decompression of cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament. We used finite element modeling of the cervical spine and spinal cord to investigate the effect of posterior decompression extent for continuous-type cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament on changes in stress, strain, and posterior shifting that occur with three different surgical methods (laminectomy, laminoplasty, and hemilaminectomy). As posterior decompression extended, stress and strain in the spinal cord decreased and posterior shifting of the cord increased. The location of the decompression extent also influenced shifting. Laminectomy and laminoplasty were very similar in terms of decompression results, and both were superior to hemilaminectomy in all parameters tested. Decompression to the extents of C3-C6 and C3-C7 of laminectomy and laminoplasty could be considered sufficient with respect to decompression itself. Our findings provide fundamental information regarding the treatment of cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament and can be applied to patient-specific surgical planning. PMID:26951839

  9. Surgical results and MRI findings of cervical myelopathy treated with anterior decompression and fusion

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    We reviewed 19 patients with cervical myelopathy treated with anterior decompression and fusion. Etiology of cervical myelopathy was cervical disc herniation (CDH) in 13 patients and cervical spondylosis (CSM) in 6. Clinical recovery rate (%) was calculated from preoperative cervical myelopathy score (JOA) and the score at follow-up. Correlation between the clinical recovery rate and MRI findings (area and flatness at the narrowest part of the spinal cord), age at surgery, duration of myelopathy and pre-operative clinical score were analyzed separately in the CDH and CSM groups. Clinical recovery rate averaged 69% in the CDH group and 75% in the CSM group. In the CDH group, average clinical recovery rate in patients younger than 60 years was 80 and in patients over 60 years was 60. There was a significant negative correlation between the clinical recovery rate and age at surgery (p<0.05). No significant correlation was found between the clinical recovery rate and other factors investigated. (author)

  10. Myelopathic signs and functional outcome following cervical decompression surgery: a proposed myelopathy scale.

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    El-Zuway, Salem; Farrokhyar, Forough; Kachur, Edward

    2016-06-01

    OBJECTIVE Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) is the most common cause of spinal cord dysfunction in adults. In spite of this, the impact of the changes in myelopathic signs following cervical decompression surgery and their relationship to functional outcome measures remains unclear. The main goals of our study were to prospectively assess changes in myelopathic signs with a functional outcome scale (the modified Japanese Orthopaedic Association [mJOA] scale) following cervical decompression surgery and to objectively test a proposed new myelopathy scale (MS). METHODS Between 2008 and 2011, 36 patients with CSM were observed following cervical decompression surgery. Patient data including mJOA and MS scores were prospectively collected and analyzed preoperatively and at 1 year after surgery. RESULTS In this cohort, reflex, Babinski, and proprioception signs showed statistically significant improvement following surgery at 1 year (p = < 0.001, p = 0.008, and p = 0.015, respectively). A lesser degree of improvement was observed with the Hoffman sign (p = 0.091). No statistically significant improvement in clonus occurred (p = 0.368). There was a significant improvement in mJOA (p ≤ 0.001) and MS (p ≤ 0.001) scores at 1 year compared with the preoperative scores. The results showed an inverse correlation between MS and mJOA scores both pre- and postoperatively (Spearman's correlation coefficient = -0.202 preoperatively and -0.361 postoperatively). CONCLUSIONS Improvement in myelopathic signs was noted following cervical decompression surgery in patients with CSM. The newly devised MS scale demonstrated these findings, and the new MS scale correlates with improvement in mJOA scores in this patient cohort. PMID:26849710

  11. 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.

  12. Early Decompression following Cervical Spinal Cord Injury: Examining the Process of Care from Accident Scene to Surgery.

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    Battistuzzo, Camila R; Armstrong, Alex; Clark, Jillian; Worley, Laura; Sharwood, Lisa; Lin, Peny; Rooke, Gareth; Skeers, Peta; Nolan, Sherilyn; Geraghty, Timothy; Nunn, Andrew; Brown, Doug J; Hill, Steven; Alexander, Janette; Millard, Melinda; Cox, Susan F; Rao, Sudhakar; Watts, Ann; Goods, Louise; Allison, Garry T; Agostinello, Jacqui; Cameron, Peter A; Mosley, Ian; Liew, Susan M; Geddes, Tom; Middleton, James; Buchanan, John; Rosenfeld, Jeffrey V; Bernard, Stephen; Atresh, Sridhar; Patel, Alpesh; Schouten, Rowan; Freeman, Brian J C; Dunlop, Sarah A; Batchelor, Peter E

    2016-06-15

    Early decompression may improve neurological outcome after spinal cord injury (SCI), but is often difficult to achieve because of logistical issues. The aims of this study were to 1) determine the time to decompression in cases of isolated cervical SCI in Australia and New Zealand and 2) determine where substantial delays occur as patients move from the accident scene to surgery. Data were extracted from medical records of patients aged 15-70 years with C3-T1 traumatic SCI between 2010 and 2013. A total of 192 patients were included. The median time from accident scene to decompression was 21 h, with the fastest times associated with closed reduction (6 h). A significant decrease in the time to decompression occurred from 2010 (31 h) to 2013 (19 h, p = 0.008). Patients undergoing direct surgical hospital admission had a significantly lower time to decompression, compared with patients undergoing pre-surgical hospital admission (12 h vs. 26 h, p decompression (12.5 h). There was a relationship between the timing of decompression and the proportion of patients demonstrating substantial recovery (2-3 American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale grades). In conclusion, the time of cervical spine decompression markedly improved over the study period. Neurological recovery appeared to be promoted by rapid decompression. Direct surgical hospital admission, rapid organization of theater, and where possible, use of closed reduction, are likely to be effective strategies to reduce the time to decompression. PMID:26650510

  13. Chronic hypertrophic nonunion of the Type II odontoid fracture causing cervical myelopathy: Case report and review of literature

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    Mohammed F Shamji

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: Rarely, nonunion of Type II odontoid fractures may be hypertrophic where both instability and compression cause neurological morbidity. Such cases require anterior transoral decompression, posterior cervical decompression, and instrumented fusions.

  14. Cervical total disc replacement is superior to anterior cervical decompression and fusion: a meta-analysis of prospective randomized controlled trials.

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    Yujie Zhang

    Full Text Available Despite being considered the standard surgical procedure for symptomatic cervical disc disease, anterior cervical decompression and fusion invariably accelerates adjacent segment degeneration. Cervical total disc replacement is a motion-preserving procedure developed as a substitute to fusion. Whether cervical total disc replacement is superior to fusion remains unclear.We comprehensively searched PubMed, EMBASE, Medline, and the Cochrane Library in accordance with the inclusion criteria to identify possible studies. The retrieved results were last updated on December 12, 2014. We classified the studies as short-term and midterm follow-up.Nineteen randomized controlled trials involving 4516 cases were identified. Compared with anterior cervical decompression and fusion, cervical total disc replacement had better functional outcomes (neck disability index [NDI], NDI success, neurological success, neck pain scores reported on a numerical rating scale [NRS], visual analog scales scores and overall success, greater segmental motion at the index level, fewer adverse events and fewer secondary surgical procedures at the index and adjacent levels in short-term follow-up (P 0.05.Cervical total disc replacement presented favorable functional outcomes, fewer adverse events, and fewer secondary surgical procedures. The efficacy and safety of cervical total disc replacement are superior to those of fusion. Longer-term, multicenter studies are required for a better evaluation of the long-term efficacy and safety of the two procedures.

  15. Anterior cervical fusion versus minimally invasive posterior keyhole decompression for cervical radiculopathy

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    Richard M. Young

    2015-12-01

    Conclusion: ACDF has been demonstrated to be an effective surgical procedure in treating degenerative spine disease in patients with radiculopathy and/or myelopathy. However, in a population with isolated radiculopathy and radiological imaging confirming an anterolateral disc or osteophyte complex, the MIPKF can provide similar results without the associated risks that accompany an anterior cervical spine fusion.

  16. Recurrence of cervical myelopathy secondary to a strut graft fracture 20 years after anterior decompression and fusion: a case report.

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    Kida, Kazunobu; Takaya, Shogo; Tadokoro, Nobuaki; Kumon, Masashi; Kiyasu, Katsuhito; Kato, Tomonari; Takemasa, Ryuichi; Ikeuchi, Masahiko; Tani, Toshikazu

    2015-08-01

    This study reports on a 70-year-old man with recurrent cervical myelopathy 20 years after anterior decompression and fusion of C4-7 using a free vascularised strut graft. The recurrent myelopathy was secondary to a kyphotic deformity of a fractured graft and residual ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament with stenosis at C3/4. Intraoperative spinal cord-evoked potentials indicated that spinal cord traction secondary to progressive kyphosis of the cervical spine after the graft fracture was the cause. The patient underwent laminoplasty at C3 and laminectomy at C4 to decompress the stenosis at C3/4 as well as posterior cervical spinal fusion at C3-7 with pedicle screws and a lateral mass screw and a bone graft to prevent further progression of the kyphosis. At postoperative 18 months, the patient's Japanese Orthopaedic Association score had improved to 14 from 8, and he could walk without support. PMID:26321562

  17. CT-guided percutaneous laser disk decompression for cervical and lumbar disk hernia

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    Percutaneous laser disk decompression under X-ray fluoroscopy was first reported in 1987 for minimally invasive therapy of lumbar disk hernia. In patients with disk hernia, laser vaporizes a small portion of the intervertebral disk thereby reducing the volume and pressure of the affected disk. We present the efficacy and safety of this procedure, and analysis of fair or poor response cases. In our study, 226 cases of lumbar disk hernia and 7 cases of cervical disk hernia were treated under CT guided PLDD. Japan Orthopedic Association (JOA) score and Mac-Nab criteria were investigated to evaluate the response to treatment. Improvement ratio based on the JOA score was calculated as follows. Overall success rate was 91.6% in cases lumber disk hernia, and 100% in cases of cervical disk hernia. We experienced two cases with two cases with postoperative complication. Both cases were treated conservatively. The majority of acute cases and post operative cases were reported to be 'good' on Mac-Nab criteria. Cases of fair or poor response on Mac-Nab criteria were lateral type, foraminal stenosis or large disk hernia. CT-guided PLDD is a safe and accurate procedure. The overall success rate can be increased by carefully selecting patients. (author)

  18. Impact of 2-, 4- and 9-valent HPV vaccines on morbidity and mortality from cervical cancer.

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    Luckett, Rebecca; Feldman, Sarah

    2016-06-01

    Cervical cancer causes significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. Most cervical cancers are associated with oncogenic human papillomavirus (HPV), and vaccination with any of 3 available HPV vaccines is anticipated to greatly reduce the burden of cervical cancer. This review provides an overview of the burden of HPV, the efficacy and clinical effectiveness of the bivalent (HPV 16, 18), quadrivalent (HPV 6, 11, 16, 18) and 9vHPV (HPV 6, 11, 16, 1831, 33, 45, 52, 58) vaccines in order to assess the anticipated impact on cervical cancer. All three vaccines show high efficacy in prevention of vaccine-specific HPV-type infection and associated high-grade cervical dysplasia in HPV-naïve women. Early clinical effectiveness data for the bivalent and quadrivalent vaccine demonstrate reduced rates of HPV 16 and 18 prevalence in vaccinated cohorts; data evaluating cervical dysplasia and cervical procedures as outcomes will shed further light on the clinical effectiveness of both vaccines. The bivalent vaccine has demonstrated cross-protection to non-vaccine HPV types, including the types in the 9vHPV vaccine. No clinical effectiveness data is yet available for the 9vHPV vaccine.  While HPV vaccination has great promise to reduce cervical cancer morbidity and mortality, estimated benefits are largely theoretical at present. Large population-based clinical effectiveness studies will provide long-term immunogenicity and effectiveness, as well as assessment of cervical cancer as an endpoint, particularly as young vaccinated women enter the appropriate age range to initiate screening for cervical cancer. Strengthening screening and treatment programs will likely have the greatest impact in the short-term on cervical cancer morbidity and mortality. PMID:26588179

  19. Evaluation of urologic morbidity after radiotherapy for cervical carcinoma by urodynamic examinations and patient voiding schemes: a prospective study

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    Lajer, Henrik; Thranov, Ingrid R; Bagi, Per;

    2002-01-01

    To assess urologic morbidity in a 5-year period by urodynamic examinations and patient voiding schemes after radiotherapy and brachytherapy for cervical carcinoma.......To assess urologic morbidity in a 5-year period by urodynamic examinations and patient voiding schemes after radiotherapy and brachytherapy for cervical carcinoma....

  20. Two Cases of Klippel-Feil Syndrome with Cervical Myelopathy Successfully Treated by Simple Decompression without Fixation.

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    Kim, Jin Bum; Park, Seung Won; Lee, Young Seok; Nam, Taek Kyun; Park, Yong Sook; Kim, Young Baeg

    2015-09-01

    Klippel-Feil syndrome (KFS) is a congenital developmental disorder of cervical spine, showing short neck with restricted neck motion, low hairline, and high thoracic cage due to multilevel cervical fusion. Radiculopathy or myelopathy can be accompanied. There were 2 patients who were diagnosed as KFS with exhibited radiological and physical characteristics. Both patients had stenosis and cord compression at C1 level due to anterior displacement of C1 posterior arch secondary to kyphotic deformity of upper cervical spine, which has been usually indicative to craniocervical fixation. One patient was referred due to quadriparesis detected after surgery for aortic arch aneurysmal dilatation. The other patient was referred to us due to paraparesis and radiating pain in all extremities developed during gynecological examinations. Decompressive C1 laminectomy was done for one patient and additional suboccipital craniectomy for the other. No craniocervical fixation was done because there was no spinal instability. Motor power improved immediately after the operation in both patients. Motor functions and spinal stability were well preserved in both patients for 2 years. In KFS patients with myelopathy at the C1 level without C1-2 instability, a favorable outcome could be achieved by a simple decompression without spinal fixation. PMID:26512291

  1. Radiograms Obtained during Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion Can Mislead Surgeons into Performing Surgery at the Wrong Level

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    Chikato Mannoji; Masao Koda; Takeo Furuya; Yuzuru Okamoto; Tamiyo Kon; Kazuhisa Takahashi; Masashi Yamazaki; Masazumi Murakami

    2014-01-01

    A 68-year-old woman who suffered from C5 nerve palsy because of a C4-5 disc herniation was referred to our hospital. We conducted anterior cervical decompression and fusion (ACDF) at the C4-5 level. An intraoperative radiogram obtained after exposure of the vertebrae showed that the level at which we were going to perform surgery was exactly at the C4-5 level. After bone grafting and temporary plating, another radiogram was obtained to verify the correct placement of the plate and screws, and...

  2. Application of anterior decompression and reconstruction using titanium mesh with locking plates in the management of cervical spondylotic myelopathy

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    Maolin He; Zengming Xiao; Shide Li; Qianfen Chen

    2008-01-01

    Objective:To observe the clinical effect of anterior decompression and reconstruction using titanium mesh with locking plates in the treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy.Methods:One hundred and twenty patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy were treated by anterior decompression and reconstruction using titanium mesh with locking plates.There were 66 men and 54 women ranges in age from 37 to 72 Years(mean age, 58.3 years).The mean Japanese orthopedic surgery association(JOA) scale was 9.6 points before operation.Patients were followed up clinically and radiographically.Results:Having stood surgery well, the operation time ranged between 60-100 min and bleeding during operation ranged between 20-200 ml.There were no case of postoperative infection, recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy, or esophageal or tracheal laceration or rupture.The average follow-up period was 14.3 months(range, 12 to 24 months) in 96 who were followed up.At the last follow-up visit the mean JOA scale had improved to 14.4 points, reflecting an improve ment of 4.8 points.The results were considered to be excellent in 87 patients, good in 25, fair in 6, and poor in 2.No hardware-related complications or adjacent segment degenerative changes were encountered during the follow-up periods.Stable bone union was observed in all cases and the average time required for fusion was 5.7 months.Conclusion:Titanium mesh filled with autologous bone graft can avoid the complications associated with harvesting bone from the iliac crest donor site.When combined with cervical anterior locking plate, it can obtain satisfatory clinical results for the treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy.

  3. 颈前路减压植骨治疗脊髓型颈椎病%Treatment of Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion with Cervical Spinal Cord

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    余润泽; 喻德富; 章杰斌; 陶学顺; 王家顺; 吕建军

    2011-01-01

    Objective To observe the cervical spinal column fusion anterior cervical decompression and clinical efficacy. Methods 21 cases of single or double in patients with cervical myclopathy were selected,Central Bank of antcrior cervical discectomy and decompression saws,implantation of autologous iliac bone fusion columnar neck immobilization were performed.The patients were followed up by cervical spine X-ray observations,fell,clinical functional evaluation of nerve function recovery.Results 21 patients were followed up for 12 to 24 months( mean 16 months ). Recovery after surgery,bone fusion,the basic life of patients were satisfactory, Some patients returned to work.Neurological function according to the Japanese Orthopacdic Association(JOA) evaluation system,excellent in 16 cases,good in 2 cases,in 2 cases,1 patient;JOA score improved from(9.3±2.1) points up to postoperative(15.4±1.6) points.Conclusion Anterior decompression and fusion was a single,double cervical myclopathy effective treatment,with complete decompression,shorter operation time,trauma,neurological recovery was good,and with low cost advantage.%目的 观察脊髓型颈稚病颈前路减压柱状植骨融合的临床疗效.方法 21例单或双节段脊髓型颈椎病患者,行颈前路环锯椎间盘切除减压,自体柱状髂骨植入融合,颈托外固定.术后随访观察颈椎X线片、自我感觉、临床功能评价、神经功能恢复情况.结果 21例患者全部获得随访,随访时间12~24个月(平均16个月).术后恢复满意,植骨全部融合,患者生活基本可自理,部分患者重返工作.神经功能改善依据日本矫形外科学会(JOA)评定标准,优16例,良2例,中2例,无效1例;JOA评分由术前(9.3±2.1)分上升至术后的(15.4±1.6)分.结论 前路减压植骨是单、双节段脊髓型颈椎病的有效治疗方法,具有减压彻底,手术时间短,创伤小,神经恢复好,费用低等优点;术后需较长期外固定.

  4. Comparative study on the effect of anterior and posterior decompression in the treatment of multi-segmental cervical spondylotic myelopathy

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    Liang Li; Mei-Lin Jiang; Xiao-Jun Yang

    2016-01-01

    Objective: To analyze and compare the clinical efficacy of anterior and posterior decompression in the treatment of multi-segmental cervical spondylotic myelopathy (MCSM), providing certain guidance for the clinical treatment. Methods:A total of 72 patients with MCSM who were admitted in our hospital from September, 2012 to October, 2014 were included in the study and divided into the anterior group (n=37) and the posterior group (n=35) according to different surgical methods. The patients in the anterior group were given anterior cervical discectomy fusion (ACDF) and anterior cervical corpectomy fusion (ACCF), while the patients in the posterior group were given laminoplasty (LP). The general materials, surgical materials, and postoperative functional recovery in the two groups were compared. Results:The comparison of gender, age, course, preoperative JOA score, follow-up time, and affected segment between the two groups was not statistically significant. The operation time in the anterior group was significantly longer than that in the posterior group, but the intraoperative amount of bleeding was significantly less than that in the posterior group. The postoperative spinal cord function in the two groups was significantly improved when compared with before operation;moreover, the improved degree in the anterior group was more obvious. The postoperative cervical physiological curvature in the anterior group was significantly increased, but in the posterior group was significantly reduced. The comparison of the occurrence rate of postoperative complications between the two groups was not statistically significant. Conclusions:The anterior and posterior surgeries in the treatment of MCSM can significantly improve the postoperative spinal cord function, among which the anterior surgery can effectively recover the cervical physiological curvature. It is recommended that an appropriate surgical method should be reasonably selected by comprehensively considering the

  5. A Global Perspective on the Outcomes of Surgical Decompression in Patients With Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: Results From the Prospective Multicenter AOSpine International Study on 479 Patients

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    Fehlings, M.G.; Ibrahim, A.; Tetreault, L.; Albanese, V.; Alvarado, M.; Arnold, P.; Barbagallo, G.; Bartels, R.H.; Bolger, C.; Defino, H.; Kale, S.; Massicotte, E.; Moraes, O.; Scerrati, M.; Tan, G.; Tanaka, M.; Toyone, T.; Yukawa, Y.; Zhou, Q.; Zileli, M.; Kopjar, B.

    2015-01-01

    STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, multicenter international cohort. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate outcomes of surgical decompression for cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) at a global level. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: CSM is a degenerative spine disease and the most common cause of spinal cord dysfunction wor

  6. Neuropsychological improvement in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy after posterior decompression surgery

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    Patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy sometimes complain of cognitive dysfunction, which may be coincidence. However, cognitive dysfunction may be related to disorders of the cervical spine and/or spinal cord. This study investigated cognitive dysfunction in patients with cervical spinal disorders. A total of 79 patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy (40 women and 39 men, mean age 61.2 years) underwent cervical laminoplasty between January 2006 and July 2007. Ten of these 79 patients (7 women and 3 men, mean age 65.2 years) complained of moderate to severe memory disturbances. These 10 patients underwent neuroimaging studies and a battery of neuropsychological tests consisting of the mini-mental state examination, Kohs Block Design Test, Miyake Memory Test, Benton Visual Retention Test (BVRT), and 'kana-hiroi' test before and 3 months after surgery. Brain magnetic resonance imaging showed no organic brain lesions in the 10 patients, but single photon emission computed tomography demonstrated reduced regional cerebral blood flow in the posterior cortical areas in eight patients before surgery. Neuropsychological test scores showed statistically significant improvement after surgery in the Kohs Block Design Test and the BVRT, which measure visuospatial perception and reflect the function of the parietal and/or occipital lobes (p<0.05). The practice effect may have contributed to the neuropsychological improvements, but this study suggests that cervical spinal disorders may affect cognitive functions and that surgical treatment can ameliorate such effects. (author)

  7. Self-assessment of morbidity following radical hysterectomy for cervical cancer.

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    Butler-Manuel, S A; Summerville, K; Ford, A; Blake, P; Riley, A J; Sultan, A H; Monga, A K; Stanton, S L; Shepherd, J H; Barton, D P

    1999-03-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the magnitude of the morbidity following radical surgery for early stage cervical cancer. We performed a retrospective survey of all women who had undergone a radical hysterectomy and lymphadenectomy between the months of July 1995 and December 1996 inclusive at either the Royal Marsden or St George's Hospital (n =38), using a detailed questionnaire on bladder, ano-rectal and sexual function, both before and after treatment. Sixteen women (44.4%) received adjuvant radiotherapy. The mean interval between surgery and inquiry was 16.4% months (range 8-25 months). The mean age at the time of surgery was 40.5 years. Thirty-six out of 38 women contacted responded (94.7%). Overall 33 women (91.7%) reported new bladder, ano-rectal or sexual symptoms. Complaints of urinary incontinence, particularly of urge incontinence, and of voiding difficulties increased significantly after surgery (P sex lives, 54.8% thought that their sex life was worse after treatment, and 12.9% of women had ceased sexual activity altogether. Of women of childbearing age 53.8% felt adversely affected by their loss of fertility. Bladder, ano-rectal and sexual symptoms are very common following radical hysterectomy for cervical cancer, with adverse effect on quality of life, and persist into the second year after treatment. PMID:15512265

  8. Segmental anterior cervical decompression with fusion for treating multilevel cervical myelopathy%颈前路分节段减压融合治疗多节段颈椎病

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    林昊; 何仿; 李健; 崔庆元; 陈小强; 田纪伟

    2011-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical value of the segmental anterior cervical decompression with fusion for treating multilevel cervical myelopathy.Methods 24 patients of multilevel cervical myelopathy with 3 or 4 consecutive segments were treated with segmental anterior cervical decompression with fusion.All patientst' cervical plain films,magnetic resonance imaging( MRI ) on preoperation and cervical plain films on postoperation were ohserved.The JOA scores of preoperation and 3 months postoperatively were collected.Results 24 cases were followed up from 3 months to 48 months, average 28 months.All patients improved their functional status in different degree.No complications such as graft nonunion and graft suhsidence occurred.The mean preoperative JOA score of all patients was ( 8.20 ±2.26 ),the postoperative of 3 months was ( 13.50 ± 1.28 ) , the average JOA recovery rate was 60.2%.Fusion rate was 100%.Conclusions The segmental anterior cervical decompression with fusion for treating multilevel cervical myelopathy appears to be effective in decompressing spinal cord, improving nerve functional status and restoring lordosis to the cervical spine with high fusion rate and fewer complications.%目的 评价颈前路分节段减压植骨融合术治疗多节段颈椎病的临床疗效.方法 对24例连续3或4个节段病变的颈椎病患者采用分节段减压融合术治疗.均行术前X线、MRI和术后X线片检查.均于术前及术后3个月进行JOA评分.结果 24例均获随访,时间3~48(28±20)个月.患者功能均有不同程度的改善.无植骨块不愈合、内置物下沉等并发症发生.JOA评分术前平均为(8.20±2.26)分,术后3个月平均为(13.50±1.28),改善率为60.2%,植骨融合率100%.结论 颈椎前路分节段减压融合术具有减压彻底、术后神经功能恢复好、恢复颈椎曲度、融合率高、并发症少等优点.

  9. Effect of decompression surgery on neurological recovery after cervical cord injury with canal stenosis but without distinct bony damage. Multicenter prospective randomized clinical trial

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    A prospective randomized clinical trial examining the effects of decompression surgery on neurological recovery in patients with cervical cord injuries without remarkable bony damages was performed at 11 hospitals nationwide in Japan. Cases admitted within 14 days of injury, with a Frankel B or C classification, and with ≥20% compression of the spinal cord at the injured level, as seen on MRI, were enrolled. Decompression surgery was selected for cases in which the day of injury was an odd number, while conservative treatment was selected for all other cases. The Frankel classification and ASIA motor scores were followed for one year after injury. No statistically significant differences in neurological recovery were observed between the surgery group and the conservative treatment group. (author)

  10. Quality of life, urogynecological morbidity, and lymphedema after radical vaginal trachelectomy for early-stage cervical cancer

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    Frøding, Ligita Paskeviciute; Ottosen, Christian; Mosgaard, Berit Jul;

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Radical vaginal trachelectomy (RVT) offers a possibility for future childbearing for young women with early-stage cervical cancer. However, the literature on quality of life and self-reported morbidity in patients undergoing RVT is scarce. The aim of this study was to prospectively......: Eighteen patients with early-stage cervical cancer operated with RVT were prospectively included and assessed preoperatively, 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively using validated questionnaires. Thirty-two patients treated with RAH were included consecutively and assessed once at 12 months postsurgery...... severe lymphedema of the legs as assessed by the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire Cervical Cancer Module. The Global Health Status scores of the RVT patients improved over time but were significantly lower than in the healthy controls during...

  11. Adjacent segment disease after anterior cervical decompression and fusion: analysis of risk factors on X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging

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    Zhao Yanbin; Sun Yu; Zhou Feifei; Wang Shaobo; Zhang Fengshan; Pan Shengfa

    2014-01-01

    Background Adjacent segment disease (ASD) is common after cervical fusion.The aim of this study was to evaluate the risk factors for ASD on X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).Methods Patients included in this study had received revision surgeries after developing symptomatic ASD following anterior decompression and fusion.A control group that had not developed ASD was matched 1:1 by follow-up time and fusion segments.Plate-to-disc distances (PDDs),developmental cervical canal stenosis on X-ray,cervical disc degeneration grading,and cervical disc bulge impingements on preoperative MRI were measured and compared between the ASD group and the control group.Results Thirty-four patients with complete radiographic data were included in the ASD group.The causative segments of ASD included nine cases of C3-4,18 cases of C4-5,three cases of C5-6,and four cases of C6-7.The ASD occurred at the upper adjacent segments in 26 patients and at the lower adjacent segments in eight patients.PDD distributions were similar between the ASD group and the control group.Developmental cervical canal stenosis was a risk factor for ASD,with an odd ratio value of 2.88.Preoperative cervical disc degenerations on MRI were similar between the ASD group and the control group.In the upper-level ASD group,the disc bulge impingement was (19.7±9.7)%,which was significantly higher than that of the control group of (11.8±4.8)%.Conclusions ASD was more likely to develop above the index level of fusion.Developmental cervical canal stenosis and greater disc bulge impingement may be risk factors for the development of ASD.

  12. Postoperative dysphagia correlates with increased morbidity, mortality, and costs in anterior cervical fusion.

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    Joseph, Jacob R; Smith, Brandon W; Mummaneni, Praveen V; La Marca, Frank; Park, Paul

    2016-09-01

    Anterior cervical fusion (ACF) after discectomy and/or corpectomy is a common procedure with traditionally good patient outcomes. Though typically mild, postoperative dysphagia can result in significant patient morbidity. In this study, we examine the relationship between postoperative dysphagia and in-hospital outcomes, readmissions, and overall costs. The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) database was utilized to perform a retrospective cohort study of all adults who underwent a principal procedure of ACF of the anterior column (International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision [ICD-9] procedure code 81.02) between 2013 and 2015. Patients with a diagnosis of dysphagia (ICD-9 78720-78729) were compared to those without. Patient demographics, length of stay, in-hospital mortality, 30-day readmissions, and direct costs were recorded. A total of 49,300 patients who underwent ACF were identified. Mean age was 54.5years and 50.2% were male. Dysphagia was documented in 3,137 patients (6.4%) during their hospital stay. Patients with dysphagia had an average 2.1 comorbidities, while patients without dysphagia had 1.5 (p<0.01). Mean length of stay was 6.38days in patients with dysphagia, and 2.13days in those without (p<0.01). In-hospital mortality was 0.10% in patients without dysphagia, and 0.61% in those with dysphagia (p<0.01). Direct costs were $13,099 in patients without dysphagia, and $21,245 in those with dysphagia (p<0.01). Thirty-day readmission rate was 2.9% in patients without dysphagia, and 5.3% in those with dysphagia (p=0.01). In summary, dysphagia in patients who undergo ACF correlates with significantly increased length of stay, 30-day readmissions, and in-hospital mortality. Direct costs are similarly increased as a result. PMID:27234612

  13. Late urologic morbidity in 177 consecutive patients after radiotherapy for cervical carcinoma: a longitudinal study

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    Lajer, Henrik; Thranow, Ingrid R.; Skovgaard, Lene Theil;

    2002-01-01

    Radiotherapy; carcinoma of the uterine cervix; Urologic morbidity; Franco-Italian glossary; Actuarial estimate......Radiotherapy; carcinoma of the uterine cervix; Urologic morbidity; Franco-Italian glossary; Actuarial estimate...

  14. Cervical nerve root decompression by lateral approach as salvage operation after failed anterior transdiscal surgery: technical case report

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    Cornelius, Jan Frédérick; George, Bernard

    2009-01-01

    Cervical nerve root compression caused by disco-osteophytic changes is classically operated by anterior transdiscal approach with disc replacement. If compression persists or recurs, reoperation via the same surgical route may be difficult, because of scar tissue and/or implants. An alternative approach may be necessary. We recommend the lateral cervical approach (retrojugular) as salvage operation in such cases. We report a patient with cervical nerve root compression operated by anterior tr...

  15. Laminoplasty for Cervical Myelopathy

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    Ito, Manabu; Nagahama, Ken

    2012-01-01

    This article reviews cervical laminoplasty. The origin of cervical laminoplasty dates back to cervical laminectomy performed in Japan ~50 years ago. To overcome poor surgical outcomes of cervical laminectomy, many Japanese orthopedic spine surgeons devoted their lives to developing better posterior decompression procedures for the cervical spine. Thanks to the development of a high-speed surgical burr, posterior decompression procedures for the cervical spine showed vast improvement from the ...

  16. Two Cases of Klippel-Feil Syndrome with Cervical Myelopathy Successfully Treated by Simple Decompression without Fixation

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    Kim, Jin Bum; Park, Seung Won; Lee, Young Seok; Nam, Taek Kyun; Park, Yong Sook; Kim, Young Baeg

    2015-01-01

    Klippel-Feil syndrome (KFS) is a congenital developmental disorder of cervical spine, showing short neck with restricted neck motion, low hairline, and high thoracic cage due to multilevel cervical fusion. Radiculopathy or myelopathy can be accompanied. There were 2 patients who were diagnosed as KFS with exhibited radiological and physical characteristics. Both patients had stenosis and cord compression at C1 level due to anterior displacement of C1 posterior arch secondary to kyphotic defor...

  17. Laminoplasty instead of laminectomy as a decompression method in posterior instrumented fusion for degenerative cervical kyphosis with stenosis

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    Yeh, Kuang-Ting; Lee, Ru-Ping; Chen, Ing-Ho; Yu, Tzai-Chiu; Liu, Kuan-Lin; Peng, Cheng-Huan; Wang, Jen-Hung; Wu, Wen-Tien

    2015-01-01

    Background Posterior laminectomy with instrumented fusion is a standard procedure for treating degenerative cervical kyphosis with stenosis (DCKS). Two major disadvantages of the surgery are adhesion of the dural membrane with significant disfiguring of cervical spine and a small fusion bed around the lateral mass. One of the advantages of laminoplasty over laminectomy is the protection of the dural membrane from adhesion through preservation of posterior bony elements. This study presents th...

  18. Anterior cervical decompression and fusion by microscope for the treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy%显微镜下减压融合术治疗脊髓型颈椎病

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    宋红浦; 郭峭峰; 张晓文; 张春

    2012-01-01

    目的:探讨显微镜下颈前路减压融合术治疗脊髓型颈椎病的疗效.方法:2005年2月至2010年3月,在显微镜辅助下经颈前路减压融合术治疗脊髓型颈椎病21例,男13例,女8例;年龄32~71岁,平均51.5岁;病程6个月~3年,平均12.5个月.手术操作:在显微镜下应用高速磨钻等工具进行减压操作,脊髓充分减压后取自体髂骨植骨融合加内固定.对手术前后JOA颈椎病评分进行比较并评价其疗效.结果:21例患者均获随访,时间18~24个月,平均20个月.患者脊髓神经功能均有不同程度提高,JOA评分由术前9.26±1.72增加至术后的13.64±1.38 (t=2.452,P=0.000).根据JOA评分评定疗效:优12例,良7例,一般2例.结论:显微镜下颈前路减压融合术具有操作精细、减压充分等优点,治疗脊髓型颈椎病安全、有效.%Objective: To explore clinical effects of anterior cervical decompression and fusion by microscope in treating cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Methods:From February 2005 to March 2010,21 patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy, 13 males and 8 females with an average age of 51.5 years (ranged, 32 to 71) ,were treated with anterior cervical decompression using high-speed bur,then bone grafting and fusion with auto iliac bone and internal fixation by microscope. According to JOA score of cervical spondylosis to evaluate clinical effects before and after operation. Results: All patients were followed up from 18 to 24 months with an average of 20 months. JOA score improved significantly from preoperative 9.26±1.72 to postoperative 13.64±1.38 (t=2.452,P=0.000). According to JOA score, 12 cases were excellent,7 good and 2 fair. Conclusion : Anterior cervical decompression and fusion by microscope is a refined, safe and effective surgical procedure for cervical spondylotic myelopathy.

  19. Comparison of anterior decompression and fusion versus laminoplasty in the treatment of multilevel cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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    Liu, Weijun; Hu, Ling; Chou, Po-Hsin; Liu, Ming; Kan, Wusheng; Wang, Junwen

    2016-01-01

    Purpose A meta-analysis was conducted to evaluate the clinical outcomes, complications, reoperation rates, and late neurological deterioration between anterior decompression and fusion (ADF) and laminoplasty (LAMP) in the treatment of multilevel cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL). Methods All related studies published up to August 2015 were acquired by searching PubMed and EMBASE. Exclusion criteria were case reports, revision surgeries, combined anterior and posterior surgeries, the other posterior approaches including laminectomy or laminectomy and instrumented fusion, non-English studies, and studies with quality assessment scores of lordosis, complication rate, reoperation rate, and late neurological deterioration were analyzed. All available data was analyzed using RevMan 5.2.0 and Stata 12.0. Results A total of seven studies were included in the meta-analysis. The mean surgical level of ADF was 3.1, and the mean preoperative occupation ratios of ADF and LAMP group were 55.9% and 51.9%, respectively. No statistical difference was observed with regard to preoperative occupation ratio and preoperative JOA score. Although LAMP group had a higher preoperative cervical lordosis than ADF group (Plordosis was observed in LAMP group after operation. ADF group had higher postoperative JOA score (Plordosis, which might be a cause of late neurological deterioration. The complication rates of both groups showed no statistical difference. However, the reoperation rate was significantly higher in ADF group compared with LAMP group. Benefits and risks should be balanced when ADF or LAMP is selected. PMID:27217760

  20. Discover颈人工椎间盘置换术联合颈椎前路减压融合术治疗颈椎病的临床疗效%The clinic effect of discover cervical artificial disc replacement combined with anterior cervical decompression and fusion in treatment of cervical spondylosis

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    吴兴林

    2014-01-01

    Objective To explore the clinic effect of discover cervical artificial disc replacement combined with anterior cervical decompression and fusion in treatment of cervical spondylosis. Methods 96 patients were selected from our hospital,and the they were evenly divied into two group by random,experimental group patients were treated with discover cervical artificial disc replacement combined with anterior cervical decompression,the control group patients were treated with anterior cervical decompression and fusion.Compared and analyzed the two groups'cervical spine,the average hospital stay,postoperative cervical fixation time,normal activity recovery time and clinical effect after treatment. Results The experimental group's cervical average activity was (44.6±4.7) degree which was higher than control group,and the difference was significantly(P < 0.05);The experimental group was shorter than control group in average hospital stay,postoperative cervical fixation time,normal activity recovery time,and the difference was significantly(P < 0.05);Experimental group's total effective rate was 97.9% which was higher than the control group(87.5%),and the difference was significantly(P<0.05). Conclusion Discover cervical artificial disc replacement combined with anterior cervical decompression and fusion can reduce the average hospital stay,postoperative cervical fixation time,normal activity recovery time,can ensure the patients's cervical average activity to recover normal,and can improve the clinical effect.%目的:探讨分析Discover颈人工椎间盘置换术联合颈椎前路减压融合术的临床疗效。方法选择我院96例患者,将其随机均分为两组,实验组行Discover颈人工椎间盘置换术联和颈椎前路减压融合术治疗;对照组行颈椎前路减压融合术治疗,比较患者术后颈椎活动度、平均住院时间、术后颈椎固定时间、恢复正常活动时间以及患者临床疗效,并进行统计学分析。

  1. Comparison of the extraction force of different interbody graft fixation at cervical vertebra after anterior cervical decompression%颈椎间不同植入物拔出载荷的比较

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    刘锦波; 唐天驷; 杨惠林

    2001-01-01

    目的:比较颈前路减压后分别植入钛合金螺纹融合支架、异体骨螺纹融合支架和自体髂骨的拔出载荷。方法:以人尸体颈椎为标本,颈前路环锯减压后,分别植入钛合金螺纹融合支架、异体骨螺纹融合支架和自体髂骨,测试以上植入物的最大拔出载荷。结果:减压后植入钛合金螺纹融合支架、异体骨螺纹融合支架、自体骼骨的最大拔出载荷分别为(114.7±23.3)、 (101.5±15.7)、 (58.7±8.3)N。结论:Cloward术减压后,钛合金螺纹融合支架、异体骨螺纹融合支架拔出载荷均大于植入自体髂骨。%Objective:To compare the extraction force of different interbody graft fixation at C4 and C5 after cervical decompression with the method of Cloward.Methods:Cervical vertebra was operated at C4 and C5 using orifice through anterior approach.The extraction force was measured after the allograft threaded fusion cage,titanium threaded fusion cage and autograft iliac bone graft were inserted separately into the interbody space.Results:The extraction force of titanium threaded fusion cage,allograft threaded fusion cage and autograft iliac bone graft were 114.0±23.3N and 101.5±15.7N and 58.7±8.3N respectively.Conclusion:Measured with the method of Cloward,the extraction forces of the allograft threaded fusion cage and titanium threaded fusion cage at C4 and C5 are bigger than that of autograft iliac bone graft after cervical decompression.

  2. Zero-P zero incisura anterior cervical interbody fusion fixation system (ACIF) in anterior cervical decompression and fusion applications%ACIF 在颈前路减压融合术的应用

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    汪冉; 王炤; 赵志芳

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨Zero-P 零切迹颈椎前路椎间融合固定系统(ACIF)在颈前路融合术中的临床疗效.方法 回顾分析自2009-01-2010-12 对36 例颈椎患者采用的颈前路椎间盘切除减压Zero-P椎间融合术治疗.采用日本骨科学会(JOA)及视觉模拟评分(VAS)评分,观察术前、术后3 天、3 个月、12 个月疗效.结果 所有患者采用JOA 评分,术前(8.57±1.03)分,随访终末评分:(14.3±1.22)分.VAS 评分:(6.73±1.12)分,随访终末评分(2.03±1.06)分.术后12 个月植骨融合率为100%,手术前Cobb 角为11.2°(-5.5°~17.1°),随访终末Cobb 角为15.7°(0°~19.1°).术前与术后差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05).术后均无感染、喉返神经、喉上神经及椎动脉损伤,切口均一期愈合,无翻修手术者.结论 Zero-P零切迹颈椎前路椎间融合固定系统(ACIF)能使融合节段获得即刻稳定,融合率高,疗效满意,具有创伤小、神经损伤风险小、可预防临近节段的骨化、操作简便的优点.%Objective To explore the Zero-P zero ineisura anterior cervical interbocly fusion fixation system (ACIF.J in cervical anterior fusion in clinical efficacy. Methods Retrospective analysis from January 2009 to December 2010 in 36 eases of cervical spondylosls with anterior cervical discectomy ir.tervertebral fusion for the treatment of decompression of Zero —P. Using the Japanese Orthopaedic Association (Japanese orthopaedics association ,JOA.) and visual analogue scale (visualanalogous scale,VASJ score, observation of prcoperatlve,postoperative 3days,3 months, 3.2 months, curative effect. Results All the patients with JO A score, preoperative (8.57 + 1.03), follow—up final score: (14.3 + 1.22,) points. The score of VAS: (6.73 + 1.12), follow—up final score (2.03+1.06) points. 12 months after bone grafting fusion rate of 300%, before the operation of Cobb angle is 11.2 degrees (-5.5° to 17.3.°), follow-up of terminal Cobb( s angle 3.5.7° (0° to 19.1

  3. Multilevel decompressive laminectomy and transpedicular instrumented fusion for cervical spondylotic radiculopathy and myelopathy: A minimum follow-up of 3 years

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    Kadir Kotil; Emine Ozyuvaci

    2011-01-01

    Objective: Cervical laminectomies with transpedicular insertion technique is known to be a biomechanically stronger method in cervical pathologies. However, its frequency of use is low in the routine practice, as the pedicle is thin and risk of neurovascular damage is high. In this study, we emphasize the results of cervical laminectomies with transpedicular fixation using fluoroscopy in degenerative cervical spine disorder. Materials and Methods: Postoperative malposition of the transpedicul...

  4. A comparative effectiveness study of patient-rated and radiographic outcome after 2 types of decompression with fusion for spondylotic myelopathy: anterior cervical discectomy versus corpectomy

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    Burkhardt, Jan-Karl; Mannion, Anne F; Marbacher, Serge; Dolp, Patrick A; Fekete, Tamas F; Jeszenszky, Dezsö; Porchet, François

    2013-01-01

    OBJECT: Both anterior cervical discectomy with fusion (ACDF) and anterior cervical corpectomy with fusion (ACCF) are used to treat cervical spondylotic myelopathy; however, there is currently no evidence for the superiority of one over the other in terms of patient-rated outcomes. This comparative effectiveness study compared the patient-rated and radiographic outcomes of 2-level ACDF versus 1-level ACCF. METHODS: This single-center study was nested within the EuroSpine Spine Tango data ac...

  5. Artificial cervical disc replacement and anterior cervical decompression and fusion for the treatment of single segmental cervical disc herniation:a 3-year follow-up%颈椎人工间盘置换与前路减压融合修复单节段颈椎间盘突出症:3年随访

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    程俊杰; 眭江涛; 马原; 田慧中

    2015-01-01

    stages. Artificial disc replacement can not only play a role in mitigation of cervical disease neurological symptoms and signs, but also maintain stability and semental activity of cervical spine, and reduce secondary adjacent segmental degeneration. These two methods which applied in cervical degenerative intervertebral disc herniation stil remain controversial. OBJECTIVE:To investigate the short-term effect of artificial cervical disc replacement and anterior cervical decompression and fusion for the treatment of single segmental cervical disc herniation. METHODS:Total y 48 patients with single segment radiculopathy or myelopathy cervical diseases induced by cervical disc herniation that required surgery and received a three-month fol ow-up were included and retrospectively analyzed. These patients were divided into replacement group (n=21) and fusion group (n=27) according to the different repair programs. Patients in the replacement group were subjected to Prestige LP cervical artificial disc replacement, and patients in the fusion group were subjected to disc fusion using interbody fusion cage of Johnson or al ogeneic fibularing. They were fol owed up at 1 week, 3, 6, 12, 24, 36 months after treatment. Complications were recorded during the fol ow-up. The pain of patients was evaluated using neck and upper limb pain visual analogue scale scores. The therapeutic effect was evaluated using Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) score. The clinical symptoms improvement and daily functional status of patients after treatment were evaluated using cervical disability index. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:During the final fol ow-up, the fusion rate in fusion group was 93%(25/27). Comparisons between groups:at the 1 week and final fol ow-up after treatment, the visual analog scale scores of neck and upper limbs and cervical dysfunction indexes were al lower than those before treatment;the Japanese Orthopaedic Association scores were higher than those before treatment (P0.05). The

  6. Cervical radiculopathy.

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    Iyer, Sravisht; Kim, Han Jo

    2016-09-01

    Cervical radiculopathy is a common clinical scenario. Patients with radiculopathy typically present with neck pain, arm pain, or both. We review the epidemiology of cervical radiculopathy and discuss the diagnosis of this condition. This includes an overview of the pertinent findings on the patient history and physical examination. We also discuss relevant clinical syndromes that must be considered in the differential diagnosis including peripheral nerve entrapment syndromes and shoulder pathology. The natural history of cervical radiculopathy is reviewed and options for management are discussed. These options include conservative management, non-operative modalities such as physical therapy, steroid injections, and operative intervention. While the exact indications for surgical intervention have not yet been elucidated, we provide an overview of the available literature regarding indications and discuss the timing of intervention. The surgical outcomes of anterior cervical decompression and fusion (ACDF), cervical disc arthroplasty (CDA), and posterior cervical foraminotomy (PCF) are discussed. PMID:27250042

  7. Depression contributed a dissatisfied cervical surgery outcome of the posterior decompression in cervical spondylotic myelopathy%抑郁对脊髓型颈椎病后路减压手术预后的不良影响

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    宗雅琪; 雪原; 赵莹; 林威; 丁怀荣; 何冬; 李志阳; 唐炎铭; 王一

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨抑郁对脊髓型颈椎病后路减压手术疗效的影响。方法2006年10月至2011年10月接受后路椎板切除或椎板成形减压手术的脊髓型颈椎病患者396例纳入研究,男132例,女264例;年龄39~84岁,平均60.2岁。术前按贝克抑郁量表(Beck depression inventory,BDI)评分将患者分为抑郁组与非抑郁组,两组患者年龄、性别、吸烟情况、症状持续时间、工作情况(是否从事当前工作)的差异均无统计学意义。术后影像学评价指标包括脊髓膨胀面积、脊髓后移距离、颈椎曲率指数;临床疗效评价指标包括日本骨科协会(Japanese Orthopedic Association,JOA)评分、颈椎失能指数(neck disability index,NDI)、疼痛视觉模拟评分(visual analogue scale,VAS)及BDI。术后1.5个月对两组患者上述指标进行评价,并进行统计学分析。结果全部396例均获得随访,随访时间24~50个月,平均32个月。抑郁组与非抑郁组术后颈椎曲率指数下降分别为7.1%±2.1%和6.8%±1.5%、脊髓膨胀面积分别为(130.9±7.0)mm2和(150.8±5.2)mm2、脊髓后移距离分别为(5.7±1.2)mm和(6.2±0.8)mm,差异均无统计学意义。抑郁组与非抑郁组患者术后JOA评分分别提高(1.42±0.56)分和(6.76±3.12)分,差异有统计学意义;NDI分别下降7.31±2.18和21.11±11.36,差异有统计学意义;VAS评分分别下降(16.08±19.76)分和(23.85±20.79)分,差异有统计学意义。抑郁组与非抑郁组患者术后BDI评分均有所改善,但与术前比较差异均无统计学意义。结论术前抑郁状态对脊髓型颈椎病后路减压术后的功能恢复、伤残指数下降及疼痛缓解有不良影响。%Objective To investigate the effect of depression symptoms on surgical outcome of posterior decompression among cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) patients. Methods Between October 2006 and October 2011

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

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    马远征; 隰建成; 陈兴; 关长勇; 全长彬

    2002-01-01

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

  9. Insertion of PCBto treat traumatic cervical intervertebral disc herniation

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    马远征; 陈兴; 等

    2002-01-01

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

  10. 颈椎椎体间融合器的临床应用(附135例报告)%Anterior Decompression and Fusion with Cages in the Cervical Spine

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    陈德玉; 赵定麟; 贾连顺; 倪斌; 肖建如; 沈强; 叶晓健; 朱海波

    2001-01-01

    To observe and compare the stability and fusion rate of three kinds of the interbody fusion cages after anterior decompression in the cervical spine.Methods:135 patients with cervical spondylosis and disc herniation were stabilized by using interbody fusion cages after anterior decompression,among them,65 cases with BAK,42 cases with CHTF and 28 cases with InterFix technique.X-ray films and CT were taken after operation to observe the stability and fusion of the segments.Results:The patients were followed up from 8 months to 31 months.The operated segments were stable.There was no difference in the fusion rate among three interbody fusion techniques.Conclusion:The immediate stability of the operated segments can be obtained by using interbody fusion cages.These techniques eliminate the complications of autograft and may be an alternative for replacing the traditional cervical interbody fusion with bone graft.%目的:观察比较3种颈椎椎体间融合器前路减压后椎体间融合的固定及融合效果。方法:采用BAK、CHTF和InterFix?3种颈椎椎体间融合器行颈椎病及颈椎间盘突出症前路减压后椎体间融合135例,其中BAK 65例,CHTF 42例,InterFix 技术28例。术后颈椎X线片及CT检查,观察手术椎节的稳定性和融合情况。结果:随访8~31月,施术节段稳定,3种颈椎椎体间融合器固定融合率无显著差异。结论:颈椎椎体间固定融合技术使施术椎节立即稳定,避免了自体植骨引起的并发症,可作为替代传统颈前路椎体间植骨融合术的方法之一。

  11. Comparison of anterior decompression and fusion versus laminoplasty in the treatment of multilevel cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Weijun Liu,1,* Ling Hu,2,* Po-Hsin Chou,3 Ming Liu,1 Wusheng Kan,1 Junwen Wang1 1Department of Orthopedics, Pu Ai Hospital, Affiliated to Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Anesthesiology, Tianyou Hospital, Affiliated to Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, People’s Republic of China; 3Department of Orthopedics & Traumatology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC *These authors contributed equally to this work Purpose: A meta-analysis was conducted to evaluate the clinical outcomes, complications, reoperation rates, and late neurological deterioration between anterior decompression and fusion (ADF and laminoplasty (LAMP in the treatment of multilevel cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL. Methods: All related studies published up to August 2015 were acquired by searching PubMed and EMBASE. Exclusion criteria were case reports, revision surgeries, combined anterior and posterior surgeries, the other posterior approaches including laminectomy or laminectomy and instrumented fusion, non-English studies, and studies with quality assessment scores of <7. The main end points including Japanese Orthopedic Association (JOA score, recovery rate of JOA, cervical lordosis, complication rate, reoperation rate, and late neurological deterioration were analyzed. All available data was analyzed using RevMan 5.2.0 and Stata 12.0. Results: A total of seven studies were included in the meta-analysis. The mean surgical level of ADF was 3.1, and the mean preoperative occupation ratios of ADF and LAMP group were 55.9% and 51.9%, respectively. No statistical difference was observed with regard to preoperative occupation ratio and preoperative JOA score. Although LAMP group had a higher preoperative cervical lordosis than ADF group (P<0.05, weighted mean difference [WMD

  12. Adjuvant chemoradiation after laparoscopically assisted radical vaginal hysterectomy (LARVH) in patients with cervical cancer. Oncologic outcome and morbidity

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    Gruen, Arne; Musik, Thabea; Stromberger, Carmen; Budach, Volker; Marnitz, Simone [Charite Univ. Medicine Berlin, Campus Virchow-Klinikum, Berlin (Germany). Dept. of Radiooncology; Koehler, Christhardt; Schneider, Achim [Charite Univ. Medicine Berlin, Campus Mitte- und Benjamim Franklin, Berlin (Germany). Dept. of Gynaecology; Fueller, Juergen; Wendt, Thomas [Jena Univ. Hospital (Germany). Dept. of Radiooncology

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    Compared to laparotomic surgery, laparoscopically assisted radical vaginal hysterectomy (LARVH) offers decreased blood loss during surgery and faster convalescence of the patient postoperatively, while at the same time delivering similar oncologic results. However, there is no data on outcome and toxicity of LARVH followed by (chemo)radiation. A total of 55 patients (range 28-78 years) with cervical cancer on FIGO stages IB1-IIIA (Tables 1 and 2) with risk factors were submitted to either external beam radiotherapy alone [EBRT, n = 8 (14%), including paraaortic irradiation, n = 4 (2.2%); EBRT and brachytherapy (BT), n = 33 (60%); BT alone, n = 14 (25.5%)] or chemoradiation after LARVH. At a median follow-up of 4.4 years, the 5-year disease-free survival (DFS) was 81.8% with 84.5% overall survival (OS). Acute grade 3 side effects were seen in 4 patients. These were mainly gastrointestinal (GI) and genitourinary (GU) symptoms. Grade 4 side effects were not observed. With similar oncologic outcome data and mostly mild side effects, LARVH followed by (chemo)radiation is a valid alternative in the treatment of cervical cancer patients. (orig.)

  13. Adjuvant chemoradiation after laparoscopically assisted radical vaginal hysterectomy (LARVH) in patients with cervical cancer. Oncologic outcome and morbidity

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    Compared to laparotomic surgery, laparoscopically assisted radical vaginal hysterectomy (LARVH) offers decreased blood loss during surgery and faster convalescence of the patient postoperatively, while at the same time delivering similar oncologic results. However, there is no data on outcome and toxicity of LARVH followed by (chemo)radiation. A total of 55 patients (range 28-78 years) with cervical cancer on FIGO stages IB1-IIIA (Tables 1 and 2) with risk factors were submitted to either external beam radiotherapy alone [EBRT, n = 8 (14%), including paraaortic irradiation, n = 4 (2.2%); EBRT and brachytherapy (BT), n = 33 (60%); BT alone, n = 14 (25.5%)] or chemoradiation after LARVH. At a median follow-up of 4.4 years, the 5-year disease-free survival (DFS) was 81.8% with 84.5% overall survival (OS). Acute grade 3 side effects were seen in 4 patients. These were mainly gastrointestinal (GI) and genitourinary (GU) symptoms. Grade 4 side effects were not observed. With similar oncologic outcome data and mostly mild side effects, LARVH followed by (chemo)radiation is a valid alternative in the treatment of cervical cancer patients. (orig.)

  14. Multilevel decompressive laminectomy and transpedicular instrumented fusion for cervical spondylotic radiculopathy and myelopathy: A minimum follow-up of 3 years

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Cervical laminectomies with transpedicular insertion technique is known to be a biomechanically stronger method in cervical pathologies. However, its frequency of use is low in the routine practice, as the pedicle is thin and risk of neurovascular damage is high. In this study, we emphasize the results of cervical laminectomies with transpedicular fixation using fluoroscopy in degenerative cervical spine disorder. Materials and Methods: Postoperative malposition of the transpedicular screws of the 70 pedicles of the 10 patients we operated due to degenerative stenosis in the cervical region, were investigated. Fixation was performed between C3 and C7, and we used resected lamina bone chips for fusion. Clinical indicators included age, gender, neurologic status, surgical indication, and number of levels stabilized. Dominant vertebral artery of all the patients was evaluated with Doppler ultrasonography. Preoperative and postoperative Nurick grade of each patient was documented. Results: No patients experienced neurovascular injury as a result of pedicle screw placement. Two patients had screw malposition, which did not require reoperation due to minor breaking. Most patients had 32-mm screws placed. Postoperative computed tomography scanning showed no compromise of the foramen transversarium. A total of 70 pedicle screws were placed. Good bony fusion was observed in all patients. At follow-up, 9/10 (90% patients had improved in their Nurick grades. The cases were followed-up for an average of 35.7 months (30-37 months. Conclusions: Use of the cervical pedicular fixation (CPF provides a very strong three-column stabilization but also carries vascular injury without nerve damage. Laminectomies technique may reduce the risk of malposition due to visualization of the spinal canal. CPF can be performed in a one-stage posterior procedure. This technique yielded good fusion rate without complications and can be considered as a good

  15. “White Cord Syndrome” of Acute Tetraplegia after Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion for Chronic Spinal Cord Compression: A Case Report

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    Full Text Available Paralysis is the most feared postoperative complication of ACDF and occurs most often due to an epidural hematoma. In the absence of a clear etiology, inadequate decompression or vascular insult such as ischemia/reperfusion injury are the usual suspects. Herewith we report a case of complete loss of somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEPs during elective ACDF at C4-5 and C5-6 followed by postoperative C6 incomplete tetraplegia without any discernible technical cause. A postoperative MRI demonstrated a large area of high signal changes on T2-weighted MRI intrinsic to the cord “white cord syndrome” but no residual compression. This was considered consistent with spinal cord gliosis with possible acute edema. The acute decompression of the herniated disc resulted in cord expansion and rush-in reperfusion. We postulate that this may have led to disruption in the blood brain barrier (BBB and triggered a cascade of reperfusion injuries resulting in acute neurologic dysfunction. At 16 months postoperatively our patient is recovering slowly and is now a Nurick Grade 4.

  16. Clinical Observation on Anterior Cervical Decompression and Bone Graft Fusion with Locking Plate Internal Fixation in Treatment of Cervical Spinal Cord Injury without Fracture and Dislocation%颈前路减压植骨融合带锁钛板内固定治疗无骨折脱位型颈脊髓损伤的临床探讨

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    Objective To discuss the effect of anterior cervical decompression and bone graft fusion with locking plate inter-nal fixation in treatment of cervical spinal cord injury without fracture and dislocation (SCIWORA). Methods 60 cases of patients with SCIWORA treated in our hospital from March 2011 to March 2014 were selected as the research object and randomly divided into two groups, the control group were given anterior cervical decompression and bone graft treatment, and the observation group were given anterior cervical decompression and bone graft fusion with locking plate internal fixa-tion treatment, both groups were scored by Japan department of orthopedics association (JOA)before and after operation, and the improvement rates of clinical symptoms after operation and the intervertebral fusion rates after half a year of the two groups were evaluated. Results Six months later after operation, the intervertebral fusion rate in the observation group was obviously higher than that in the control group (96.67%vs 80.0%), the difference was statistically significant (P<0.05), the JOA scores after three months of operation and six months of operation in the observation group were respectively (12.38± 1.69)points and (15.96±2.33)points, which were obviously higher than those in the control group, and the differences were statistically significant (P<0.05). Conclusion The curative effect of anterior cervical decompression and bone graft fusion with locking plate internal fixation in treatment of SCIWORA is definite.%目的 探讨颈前路减压植骨融合带锁钛板内固定治疗无骨折脱位型颈脊髓损伤(SCIWORA)的效果. 方法 整群选取该院2011年3月—2014年3月收治的无骨折脱位型颈脊髓损伤(SCIWORA)患者60例作为研究对象,采用数字随机对照表将患者分为对照组和观察组,对照组行颈前路减压植骨融合术治疗,观察组在对照组基础上加锁钛板内固定治疗,手术前后均行日本骨科协

  17. Clinical Observation on Anterior Cervical Decompression and Bone Graft Fusion with Locking Plate Internal Fixation in Treatment of Cervical Spinal Cord Injury without Fracture and Dislocation%颈前路减压植骨融合带锁钛板内固定治疗无骨折脱位型颈脊髓损伤的临床探讨

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    目的 探讨颈前路减压植骨融合带锁钛板内固定治疗无骨折脱位型颈脊髓损伤(SCIWORA)的效果. 方法 整群选取该院2011年3月—2014年3月收治的无骨折脱位型颈脊髓损伤(SCIWORA)患者60例作为研究对象,采用数字随机对照表将患者分为对照组和观察组,对照组行颈前路减压植骨融合术治疗,观察组在对照组基础上加锁钛板内固定治疗,手术前后均行日本骨科协会(JOA)评分,评估两组术后临床症状好转率及半年后植骨融合率.结果 观察组术后半年后植骨融合率为96.67%显著高于对照组80.0%,差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05);观察组术后3、6个月JOA评分分别为(12.38±1.69)分、(15.96±2.33)分均显著高于对照组,差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05). 结论 颈前路减压植骨融合带锁钛板内固定治疗SCIWORA疗效确切.%Objective To discuss the effect of anterior cervical decompression and bone graft fusion with locking plate inter-nal fixation in treatment of cervical spinal cord injury without fracture and dislocation (SCIWORA). Methods 60 cases of patients with SCIWORA treated in our hospital from March 2011 to March 2014 were selected as the research object and randomly divided into two groups, the control group were given anterior cervical decompression and bone graft treatment, and the observation group were given anterior cervical decompression and bone graft fusion with locking plate internal fixa-tion treatment, both groups were scored by Japan department of orthopedics association (JOA)before and after operation, and the improvement rates of clinical symptoms after operation and the intervertebral fusion rates after half a year of the two groups were evaluated. Results Six months later after operation, the intervertebral fusion rate in the observation group was obviously higher than that in the control group (96.67%vs 80.0%), the difference was statistically significant (P<0.05), the JOA scores after three

  18. Bone scintigraphy of decompression sickness

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    Value of bone scintigraphy in decompression sickness of 42 patients was retrospectively evaluated. Bone scintigraphy was positive in 30 of 42 patients (83 lesions), while radiography and symptoms were positive in 23 patients (48 lesions), and in 29 patients (44 lesions) respectively. Bone scintigraphy was positive in many lesions with negative radiography or symptoms. However, approximately half of the lesions in which either radiography or symptoms was positive could not be detected by bone scintigraphy. These cases mostly showed radiographic abnormalities such as irregular calcified areas and ''bone island'' in the cervical regions of the humerus, femur and tibia. Both bone scintigraphy and radiography were positive in most of the patients with symptoms of the bends and there seems to be a close relationship between the bends symptoms and bone lesion. We concluded that bone scintigraphy is useful for the evaluation of decompression sickness, but it must be complemented by bone radiography to avoid a significant number of false negative cases. (author)

  19. 非手术脊柱减压系统牵引与普通牵引对颈棘旁肌表面肌电信号的影响%Nonsurgical spinal decompression and common cervical traction compared

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    徐洋; 贾功伟; 谭波涛; 王愉乐; 代良波; 虞乐华

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    Objective To compare the effects of nonsurgical spinal decompression system (SDS) cervical traction and common cervical traction using surface electromyography (sEMG).Methods Twenty-two volunteers' sEMG signals were recorded before,during and after two modes of cervical traction:the conventional traction in sitting and SDS traction in supine.The interval between the two modes of traction was no shorter than 24 hours.The mean and peak amplitudes of their sEMG signals were observed before,during and after traction.The sEMG signals of the posterior cervical muscle while sitting or lying were compared at different stages of the traction.Results There was no statistically significant difference in sEMG signals between the subjects' right and left posterior cervical muscles.The sEMG signals decreased significantly during both traction trials.With common cervical traction the mean and peak amplitudes of the left posterior cervical muscle pre-and post-traction were higher than during traction,and the same as that of the right posterior cervical muscle.In the SDS trials the sEMG signals during traction and post-traction were significantly lower than those pre-traction.After traction the sEMG signals while sitting (common cervical traction) were significantly higher than those post-traction while lying (SDS cervical traction),and the sEMG signals post-traction while either lying or sitting were stronger than during traction while lying.The post-traction signals in sitting were stronger than those in lying.Conclusions Both nonsurgical SDS and common cervical traction can relax the posterior cervical muscles.The effect of nonsurgical SDS was better than that of common cervical traction.%目的 观察非手术脊柱减压系统(SDS)牵引及普通牵引对颈棘旁肌表面肌电信号的影响.方法 随机选取健康青年志愿者22例,采用SDS和普通牵引对受试者进行测试,不同测试间需相隔24 h以上,测试时利用表面肌电图仪对受试者双侧颈

  20. Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy: Indications, Technique, and Outcomes.

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    Dodwad, Shah-Jahan M; Dodwad, Shah-Nawaz M; Prasarn, Mark L; Savage, Jason W; Patel, Alpesh A; Hsu, Wellington K

    2016-06-01

    Cervical radiculopathy presents with upper extremity pain, decreased sensation, and decreased strength caused by irritation of specific nerve root(s). After failure of conservative management, surgical options include anterior cervical decompression and fusion, disk arthroplasty, and posterior cervical foraminotomy. In this review, we discuss indications, techniques, and outcomes of posterior cervical laminoforaminotomy. PMID:27187617

  1. 显微镜辅助下颈前路精细化减压治疗多节段脊髓型颈椎病的研究%Elaborative decompression under microscope through anterior cervical approach for treatment of multilevel cervical spondylotic myelopathy

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    邵进; 杨铁毅; 刘树义; 张岩; 吴亮; 黄国华; 宋超; 范鑫斌

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨显微镜辅助下颈前路精细化椎间隙减压内固定治疗多节段脊髓型颈椎病的临床效果。方法2011年1月~2014年1月,第二军医大学附属上海市浦东新区公利医院骨科52例多节段脊髓型颈椎病患者给予了显微镜辅助下精细化减压治疗。摄颈椎正侧位X线片,测量颈椎曲度,运用日本矫形外科学会(JOA)评分标准进行神经功能评价。结果所有52例患者均获得随访,术前、术后3 d、术后6个月和术后12个月颈椎生理曲分别为(14.92±2.81)º、(19.85±3.37)º、(19.57±2.69)º、(19.49±3.05)º,日本矫形外科学会(JOA)评分分别为(9.82±3.32)、(13.72±3.23)、(13.63±3.17)、(13.56±3.24)分,术后3 d、6个月和术后12个月颈椎生理曲度较术前均明显恢复、JOA评分较术前均明显提高(P<0.01);末次随访示植骨融合。除1例患者术后10 d发生血肿致呼吸困难,即刻清除血肿后恢复正常外,未发生切口感染、钛板断裂、螺钉松动以及融合器下沉或移位等并发症。结论显微镜辅助下颈前路手术,具备视野清晰、配合默契、彻底精细减压、术后即刻功能恢复等优势,显著提高颈椎前路手术优良率。%Objective To investigate the clinical efficacy of elaborative decompression under microscope through anterior cervical approach for treatment of multilevel cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Methods From January 2011 to January 2014, a total of 52 patients of multilevel cervical spondylotic myelopathy was carried out elaborative decompression under microscope through anterior cervical approach. The cervical curvature was measured by anterior-posterior and lateral X-ray of the cervical vertebrae, and the neurological function was evaluated using JOA score. Results All the 52 patients were followed up. The cervical curvature of preoperation, 3 days, 6 months and 12 months was (14.92±2.81)o, (19.85±3.37)o, (19.57±2.69)o, (19.49±3.05)orespectively. The JOA

  2. Is posterior fusion necessary with laminectomy in the cervical spine?

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    McAllister, Beck D.; Rebholz, Brandon J.; Wang, Jeffery C.

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    Background: Cervical decompressive laminectomy is a common procedure for addressing multilevel cervical spine pathology. The most common reasons for performing simultaneous posterior cervical fusion include the prevention of progressive postlaminectomy kyphotic deformity or other types of instability which can contribute to late neurological deterioration. Methods: The medical literature (Pub Med with MeSH) concerning cervical laminectomy, posterior cervical fusion, and complications of lamin...

  3. 前路减压植骨融合内固定术治疗颈椎间盘突出症的疗效分析%Analysis of anterior cervical decompression and autograft fusion combined with internal fixation in the treatment of cervical disc protrusion

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    杨朝晖; 吴险峰; 邹磊

    2013-01-01

    Objective To explore the clinical outcome of treatment of the anterior cervical discertomy and fusion with rigid plate fixation for cervical disc herniation. Methods Twenty five patients with cervical disc herniation had been treated by multilevel anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with rigid plate fixation from Oct 2008 to Oct 2011. Results All patients had been followed - up for 8 to 24 months ( I I months in average ). Bone union was achieved in all patients. All cases were scored after operation to assess the curative effect. There were 15 cases that belonged to the excellent, 8 to the good, 2 to the fair and 0 to the poor based on the Jndet criteria. The good and excellence rate was 92% in patients. Conclusion The treatment of traumatic cervical disc protrusion with anterior cervical decompression and bone autograft fusion combined with internal fixation has satisfactory clinical effect with fewer complications.%目的 探讨前路减压植骨融合钢板内固定治疗颈椎间盘突出症的疗效.方法 对收治的25例颈椎椎间盘突出症患者行颈椎前路减压,取自体髂骨植骨融合内固定治疗.结果 本组患者均获得随访,随访时间8~24个月,平均11个月.植骨均达到骨性愈合,无骨不连发生.25例患者神经功能获得改善,根据JOA神经功能评定标准,优15例,良8例,可2例,差0例,优良率92%.结论 颈椎前路减压、椎间盘切除、植骨融合钢板内固定是治疗颈椎间盘突出症的一种有效方法.

  4. 人工椎间盘置换加颈前路椎体次全切减压植骨融合术治疗多节段颈椎病%Artificial Disc Replacement Combined with Anterior Cervical Decompression and Autograft Bone Fusion for the Treatment of Multi-segment Cervical Spondylosis

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    廖维峰; 肖晟; 黄象望; 刘向阳; 张毅; 向铁城

    2014-01-01

    [目的]探讨人工椎间盘置换加颈前路椎体次全切减压植骨融合术治疗多节段颈椎病的临床疗效。[方法]湖南省人民医院2008年2月至2012年6月收治的12例多节段颈椎病手术病例,均行人工椎间盘置换加颈前路椎体次全切减压植骨融合术,随访时间为12~18个月,平均随访15.5个月,均摄术前、术后及末次随访时的颈椎正侧位及颈椎过伸过屈位X线片及磁共振检查,观察植骨融合、内固定及人工椎间盘的情况,以JO A评分评价神经功能改善情况。[结果]所有病例内置物无松动、移位,植骨融合时间在3~6个月,平均4.9个月。置换间隙活动度术后1年时为12.5°±5.0°,与术前(12.3°±4.9°)比较无统计学差异(P>0.05)。术前JOA 评分平均为9.3分,术后6个月时平均为16.1分,平均改善率为91.2%。[结论]人工椎间盘置换加颈前路椎体次全切减压植骨融合术治疗多节段颈椎病近期疗效满意,是治疗多节段颈椎病的一种可行方法。%[Objective]To explore the clinical efficacy of cervical artificial disc replacement combined with anterior cervical decompression and autograft bone fusion for the treatment of multi -segment cervical spon-dylosis .[Methods]Twelve patients with multi- segment cervical spondylosis operated in Hunan provincial people's hospital from Feb .2008 to June 2012 underwent cervical artificial disc replacement combined with an-terior cervical decompression and autograft bone fusion .The follow up time was 12~18 months(average 15 .5 months) .Cervical MRI and X-ray films of cervical normal lateral position ,hyperextension and hyperflexion position were performed before and after operation and at the last time of follow up .Bone fusion ,internal fixa-tion and artificial disc were observed .JOA score was used to evaluate the improvement of neurological func-tion .[Results]No loosening and displacement of

  5. Measurement and clinical significance on anatomic landmark of anterior cervical decompression%颈椎前路减压手术解剖标志定位测量及其临床意义

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    林永绥; 王万明; 张发惠; 郑和平; 王春

    2014-01-01

    Objective The primary purpose of the current study is to provide more scientific landmarks for safe and efficient decompression within limited operating field in cervical anterior decompression. Methods Relative data were observed and measured at C3~7 of 15 adult cadaveric specimens and some data were calculated basing on above data:the ratio of anterior crus of uncinate process-medial border of longus colli muscle distance and medial border of longus colli muscle-median sagittal plane distance(AULD/MLPD), the ratio of anterior crus of uncinate process- medial border of foramen transversarium distance and anterior crus of uncinate process-medial border of longus colli muscle distance (AUTD/AULD), the ratio of anterior crus of uncinate process-lateral border of dural sac perpendicular distance and posterior crus of uncinate process-lateral border of dural sac distance(AUDD/PUDD), and the ratio of the nearest point of uncinate process and nerve root-anterior crus of uncinate process perpendicular distance and anteroposterior crus of uncinate process perpendicular distance(UNAD/APUD). Results AULD/MLPD averaged 0.83 at C3, 0.55 at C4, 0.20 at C5, 0.34 at C6, and 0.27 at C7. AUTD/AULD averaged 2.71, AUDD/PUDD averaged 0.28, and UNAD/APUD averaged 0.34. Conclusion Anterior crus of uncinate process is a consistent anatomic landmark at anterior border of cervical vertebrae, which could serve as a stationary and reliable landmark in cervical anterior decompression, and facilitate the location of dural sac, cervical nerve root and vertebral artery during operation according to the ratios of AUDD/PUDD, UNAD/APUD and AUTD/AULD.%目的:为颈椎前路减压手术在有限显露术野中达到安全、有效减压提供更科学的减压标志。方法在15具成人尸体标本上,解剖观测C3~7节段相关解剖数据,以所测量的数据为基础,计算:(1)椎体钩前脚至颈长肌内侧缘的距离/颈长肌内侧缘至正中矢状面的距离(AULD/MLPD);(2

  6. 枕颈融合联合枕下减压术治疗枕颈畸形并脊髓损伤%Treatment of occipital -cervical deformity and spinal cord injury with foramen magnum decompression combined with occipital -cervical fusion

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    喻志; 刘学森; 严鹏辉; 郝志全; 李兵兵; 黄宗强

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨枕颈融合联合枕下减压内固定术治疗枕颈畸形并脊髓损伤的临床疗效及安全性。方法选择郑州大学第一附属医院2011年7月至2014年7月收治的38例枕颈畸形并脊髓损伤患者作为研究对象,男22例,女16例,年龄16~57(38.2±12.1)岁,入院后均行枕颈融合联合枕下减压植骨融合钛板内固定术。通过随访对术前、术后JOA 评分进行对比,评估患者神经功能改善情况。根据术后随访影像学资料评价椎管减压、植骨融合等情况。结果所有病例均获随访,平均15.6个月。术中未出现脊髓、椎动脉损伤等严重并发症。术后螺钉位置良好,无松动、断钉,均呈骨性愈合。所有患者神经功能恢复良好,JOA 评分:术前5~12(7.1±1.8)分,术后12个月8~17(14.9±1.6)分,差异有统计学意义(P <0.05)。结论枕颈融合联合枕下减压内固定术是治疗枕颈畸形并脊髓损伤的简单、安全、有效方法,值得临床推广。%Objective To investigate the clinical efficacy and safety of foramen magnum decompression combined with occipital -cervical fusion for the treatment of occipital -cervical deformity and spinal cord injury.Methods 38 patients with occipital -cervical deformity and spinal cord injury from July of 201 1 to July of 201 4 were selected as the research objects, including 22 males and 1 6 females,aged 1 6 ~57(38.2 ±1 2.1 )years old.All the patients were treated with foramen magnum decompression combined with occipital -cervical fusion with internal fixation.The improvement of neurological function was eval-uated by the comparison of preoperative JOA scores and postoperative JOA scores.The spinal canal decompression and bone graft fusion were monitored by radiology or computed tomography.Results All cases were followed up for an average of 1 5.6 months. There was no serious complication such as spinal cord and vertebral

  7. Incidences of C5 nerve palsy after multi-segmental cervical decompression through different approaches%各种多节段颈椎减压术后颈5神经根麻痹发生率的比较

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    孟海亮; 方向义; 郝定均; 王卫东

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the incidence of C5 nerve root palsy after multi-segmental cervical decompression through different approaches. Methods This study was conducted among 375 patients undergoing multi- segmental cervical decompression in anterior corpectomy and fusion fixation, anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion fixation + posterior decompression and fusion fixation, posterior cervical laminectomy decompression, fusion and internal fixation, and posterior laminoplasty and fusion groups. The exclusion criteria included lack of follow- up data, spinal cord injury preventing preoperative or postoperative motor testing, or surgery not involving the C5 level. The incidence of C5 palsy was determined and the potential risk factors C5 palsy were analyzed including age, sex, revision surgery, preoperative weakness, diabetes, smoking, number of levels decompressed, and a history of previous upper extremity surgery. Results Of the 375 patients, 60 patients were excluded and the data of 315 patients were analyzed, including 146 women and 169 men with a mean age of 57.7 years (range 39-72 years). The overall incidence of C5 nerve palsy was 6.03% (19/315) in these patients; in the subgroups receiving different surgeries, the incidence was 8.62%in the cervical road laminectomy and fusion fixation group, 7.79%in the anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion fixation+posterior decompression and fusion and internal fixation, 4.68%in the anterior corpectomy and fusion fixation group, and 3.85%in the posterior laminoplasty and fusion group. No significant difference was found in the incidences among the subgroups, but men were more likely than women to develop cervical nerve root palsy (8.28%vs 3.42%, P<0.05). Conclusion The overall incidence of C5 nerve palsy following postoperative cervical spinal decompression was 6.03%in our cohort. The incidence of C5 nerve palsy did not differ significantly following different cervical decompression surgeries, but the incidence was the

  8. Endoscopic orbital decompression

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    Balasubramanian Thiagarajan

    2014-01-01

    Orbital decompression surgery has been indicated in patients with compressive optic neuropathy, severe corneal exposure, cosmetic deformity due to proptosis. Traditional orbital decompression approaches were fraught with complications. With the advent of nasal endoscopes decompression is being carried out transnasally under endoscopic guidance. The entire medial wall of orbit can be taken down transnasally using nasal endoscope, and the inferior wall of orbit can be removed using the...

  9. Cervical motion segment replacement

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    Bryan, Vincent E.

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    When symptoms bring to light a cervical spine degenerative disc process that requires surgical intervention, a symptom relieving procedure such as decompression, followed by functional restoration, arthroplasty, offers the benefit of prophylaxis of accelerated spondylosis at the operated level. In addition, by altering the biomechanical stress factors at adjacent levels, theoretically it should offer prophylactic benefit at these levels as well. The design requirements for a cervical disc pro...

  10. Decompressive craniectomy in herpes simplex encephalitis

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    Muhammed Jasim Abdul Jalal

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Intracranial hypertension is a common cause of morbidity in herpes simplex encephalitis (HSE. HSE is the most common form of acute viral encephalitis. Hereby we report a case of HSE in which decompressive craniectomy was performed to treat refractory intracranial hypertension. A 32-year-old male presented with headache, vomiting, fever, and focal seizures involving the right upper limb. Cerebrospinal fluid-meningoencephalitic profile was positive for herpes simplex. Magnetic resonance image of the brain showed swollen and edematous right temporal lobe with increased signal in gray matter and subcortical white matter with loss of gray, white differentiation in T2-weighted sequences. Decompressive craniectomy was performed in view of refractory intracranial hypertension. Decompressive surgery for HSE with refractory hypertension can positively affect patient survival, with good outcomes in terms of cognitive functions.

  11. Neurological Recovery after Traumatic Cervical Spinal Cord Injury Is Superior if Surgical Decompression and Instrumented Fusion Are Performed within 8 Hours versus 8 to 24 Hours after Injury: A Single Center Experience.

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    Jug, Marko; Kejžar, Nataša; Vesel, Miloš; Al Mawed, Said; Dobravec, Marko; Herman, Simon; Bajrović, Fajko F

    2015-09-15

    A prospective study was performed to evaluate the impact of surgical decompression (SD) and instrumented fusion within 8 h versus 8-24 h after injury on neurological recovery after cervical traumatic spinal cord injury (tSCI) in patients operated on in the UMC Ljubljana, Slovenia. Only patients with the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) Impairment Scale (AIS) grades of A through C and with MRI-confirmed spinal cord compression were enrolled. The primary outcome was the change in AIS grade at the 6-month follow-up. Of the 48 enrolled patients, 22 patients who underwent surgery within 8 h (group 8 h) and 20 patients who underwent surgery between 8 and 24 h (Group 8-24 h) after injury concluded the study. At admission, there was no statistically significant difference in AIS grade between the study groups. At the 6-month follow-up, an improvement of at least two AIS grades was found in 45.5% of patients in group 8 h and in 10% of patients in group 8-24 h (p=0.017). The median improvement in the ASIA motor score was 38.5 (10.0-61.0) motor points in group 8 h and 15.0 (8.8-34.0) motor points in group 8-24 h (p=0.0468). In a multivariate analysis, adjusted for the preoperative AIS grade and the degree of spinal canal compromise, the odds of an at least two-grade AIS improvement were at least 106% higher for patients in group 8 h than for patients in group 8-24 h (odds ratio=11.08, p=0.004). No statistically significant difference was found in the rate of perioperative complications, pneumonia, and the number of ventilator-dependent days or the mortality between the groups. Our results suggest that the patients with tSCI who undergo SD within 8 h after injury have superior neurological outcomes than patients who undergo SD 8-24 h after injury, without any increase in the rate of adverse effects. PMID:25658291

  12. Manifestation Pattern of Early-Late Vaginal Morbidity After Definitive Radiation (Chemo)Therapy and Image-Guided Adaptive Brachytherapy for Locally Advanced Cervical Cancer: An Analysis From the EMBRACE Study

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    Kirchheiner, Kathrin, E-mail: kathrin.kirchheiner@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Radiation Oncology, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Medical University of Vienna/General Hospital of Vienna (Austria); Christian Doppler Laboratory for Medical Radiation Research for Radiation Oncology, Medical University of Vienna (Austria); Nout, Remi A. [Department of Clinical Oncology, Leiden University Medical Center (Netherlands); Tanderup, Kari; Lindegaard, Jacob C. [Department of Oncology, Aarhus University Hospital (Denmark); Westerveld, Henrike [Department of Radiotherapy, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands); Haie-Meder, Christine [Department of Radiotherapy, Gustave-Roussy, Villejuif (France); Petrič, Primož [Department of Radiotherapy, Institute of Oncology Ljubljana (Slovenia); Department of Radiotherapy, National Center for Cancer Care and Research, Doha (Qatar); Mahantshetty, Umesh [Department of Radiation Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai (India); Dörr, Wolfgang; Pötter, Richard [Department of Radiation Oncology, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Medical University of Vienna/General Hospital of Vienna (Austria); Christian Doppler Laboratory for Medical Radiation Research for Radiation Oncology, Medical University of Vienna (Austria)

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    Background and Purpose: Brachytherapy in the treatment of locally advanced cervical cancer has changed substantially because of the introduction of combined intracavitary/interstitial applicators and an adaptive target concept, which is the focus of the prospective, multi-institutional EMBRACE study ( (www.embracestudy.dk)) on image-guided adaptive brachytherapy (IGABT). So far, little has been reported about the development of early to late vaginal morbidity in the frame of IGABT. Therefore, the aim of the present EMBRACE analysis was to evaluate the manifestation pattern of vaginal morbidity during the first 2 years of follow-up. Methods and Materials: In total, 588 patients with a median follow-up time of 15 months and information on vaginal morbidity were included. Morbidity was prospectively assessed at baseline, every 3 months during the first year, and every 6 months in the second year according to the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events, version 3, regarding vaginal stenosis, dryness, mucositis, bleeding, fistula, and other symptoms. Crude incidence rates, actuarial probabilities, and prevalence rates were analyzed. Results: At 2 years, the actuarial probability of severe vaginal morbidity (grade ≥3) was 3.6%. However, mild and moderate vaginal symptoms were still pronounced (grade ≥1, 89%; grade ≥2, 29%), of which the majority developed within 6 months. Stenosis was most frequently observed, followed by vaginal dryness. Vaginal bleeding and mucositis were mainly mild and infrequently reported. Conclusion: Severe vaginal morbidity within the first 2 years after definitive radiation (chemo)therapy including IGABT with intracavitary/interstitial techniques for locally advanced cervical cancer is limited and is significantly less than has been reported from earlier studies. Thus, the new adaptive target concept seems to be a safe treatment with regard to the vagina being an organ at risk. However, mild to moderate vaginal morbidity

  13. Manifestation Pattern of Early-Late Vaginal Morbidity After Definitive Radiation (Chemo)Therapy and Image-Guided Adaptive Brachytherapy for Locally Advanced Cervical Cancer: An Analysis From the EMBRACE Study

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    Background and Purpose: Brachytherapy in the treatment of locally advanced cervical cancer has changed substantially because of the introduction of combined intracavitary/interstitial applicators and an adaptive target concept, which is the focus of the prospective, multi-institutional EMBRACE study ( (www.embracestudy.dk)) on image-guided adaptive brachytherapy (IGABT). So far, little has been reported about the development of early to late vaginal morbidity in the frame of IGABT. Therefore, the aim of the present EMBRACE analysis was to evaluate the manifestation pattern of vaginal morbidity during the first 2 years of follow-up. Methods and Materials: In total, 588 patients with a median follow-up time of 15 months and information on vaginal morbidity were included. Morbidity was prospectively assessed at baseline, every 3 months during the first year, and every 6 months in the second year according to the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events, version 3, regarding vaginal stenosis, dryness, mucositis, bleeding, fistula, and other symptoms. Crude incidence rates, actuarial probabilities, and prevalence rates were analyzed. Results: At 2 years, the actuarial probability of severe vaginal morbidity (grade ≥3) was 3.6%. However, mild and moderate vaginal symptoms were still pronounced (grade ≥1, 89%; grade ≥2, 29%), of which the majority developed within 6 months. Stenosis was most frequently observed, followed by vaginal dryness. Vaginal bleeding and mucositis were mainly mild and infrequently reported. Conclusion: Severe vaginal morbidity within the first 2 years after definitive radiation (chemo)therapy including IGABT with intracavitary/interstitial techniques for locally advanced cervical cancer is limited and is significantly less than has been reported from earlier studies. Thus, the new adaptive target concept seems to be a safe treatment with regard to the vagina being an organ at risk. However, mild to moderate vaginal morbidity

  14. MRI in decompression illness

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    We report a case of decompression illness in which the patient developed paraparesis during scuba diving after rapid ascent. MRI of the spine revealed a focal intramedullary lesion consistent with the symptoms. The pathophysiological and radiological aspects of spinal decompression illness are discussed. (orig.)

  15. Delayed facial nerve decompression for Bell's palsy.

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    Kim, Sang Hoon; Jung, Junyang; Lee, Jong Ha; Byun, Jae Yong; Park, Moon Suh; Yeo, Seung Geun

    2016-07-01

    Incomplete recovery of facial motor function continues to be long-term sequelae in some patients with Bell's palsy. The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy of transmastoid facial nerve decompression after steroid and antiviral treatment in patients with late stage Bell's palsy. Twelve patients underwent surgical decompression for Bell's palsy 21-70 days after onset, whereas 22 patients were followed up after steroid and antiviral therapy without decompression. Surgical criteria included greater than 90 % degeneration on electroneuronography and no voluntary electromyography potentials. This study was a retrospective study of electrodiagnostic data and medical chart review between 2006 and 2013. Recovery from facial palsy was assessed using the House-Brackmann grading system. Final recovery rate did not differ significantly in the two groups; however, all patients in the decompression group recovered to at least House-Brackmann grade III at final follow-up. Although postoperative hearing threshold was increased in both groups, there was no significant between group difference in hearing threshold. Transmastoid decompression of the facial nerve in patients with severe late stage Bell's palsy at risk for a poor facial nerve outcome reduced severe complications of facial palsy with minimal morbidity. PMID:26319412

  16. 牵引复位联合前路减压内固定治疗低位颈椎骨折脱位的疗效分析%The efficacy analysis of lower cervical spine fracture-dislocation treated by traction reduction combined with anterior decompression and internal fixation

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    邱小波; 潘显明; 公丕安; 黎娇

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the efficacy of lower cervical spine fracture-dislocation treated by traction reduction combined with anterior decompression and internal fixation. Methods A total of 22 patients with lower cervical spine fracture-dislocation were treated by operation from October 2007 to October 2010. The skull traction under local anesthesia was performed in the first step, and then under traction reduction anterior decompression and internal fixation were carried out in the second step. Results After surgery, all patients were followed up for more than 12 months. According to the X-ray films, the fracture-dislocation was made in a complete reset, the natural array of the cervical spine and physiological circular measure regained and the implanted bone was completely fused, without internal fixation breaking or loosening. According to the Frangkel grading, the grade of 6 cases were remarkably reduced (2 levels), 3 cases effectively reduced (1 level), and 3 cases were invalid. Conclusions The treatment of lower cervical spine fracture-dislocation with traction reduction combined with anterior decompression and internal fixation is effective.%目的 探讨牵引复位联合前路减压内固定治疗低位颈椎骨折脱位的疗效.方法 对2007年10月至2010年10月22例低位颈椎骨折脱位患者,第一步在局部麻醉下行颅骨牵引术,第二步在牵引复位情况下,行前路减压内固定术.结果 该组病例术后随访12个月以上,X线片显示骨折脱位均复位,颈椎的正常序列及生理弧度恢复,植骨全部融合,无内固定断裂及松动.按Frangkel分级,显效(降低2级)6例,有效(降低1级) 13例,无效3例.结论 在颈椎牵引复位的基础上行前路减压植骨融合内固定是治疗低位颈椎骨折脱位的有效方法.

  17. The analysis of therapeutic effect of Halo-vest reduction combined with anterior decompression and internal fixation on lower cervical spine fracture-dislocation%Halo-vest复位单纯前路减压内固定治疗下颈椎骨折脱位的疗效分析

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    姚关锋; 王新家; 罗滨; 王伟东; 曾机灿

    2013-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the efficacy of lower cervical spine fracture-dislocation treated by Halo-vest reduction combined with anterior decompression and internal fixation. Methods:A total of 17 patients with lower cervical spine fracture-dislocation were treated by operation from January 2009 to December 2011.The Halo-vest external fixation was performed under 1oca1 anesthesia in the first step, and then under reduction anterior decompression and internal fixation were carried out in the second step.Results: After surgery, al patients were fol owed up for more than 12 months.According to the X-ray films and CT scan,the fracture-dislocation was made in a complete reset,the natural arrangement of the cervical spine and physiological circular measure regained and the implanted bone was completely fused,without internal fixation breaking or loosening.According to the Frankel grading,the grade of 5 cases were remarkably reduced(2 levels),10 cases effectively reduced(1 leve1),and 2 cases were invalid.Conclusions: The treatment of lower cervical spine fracture-dislocation with Halo-vest reduction combined with anterior decompression and internal fixation is effective.%  目的探讨Halo-vest复位单纯前路减压内固定治疗下颈椎骨折脱位的疗效。方法对2009年l月至2011年12月17例下颈椎骨折脱位患者,首先在局麻下行Halo-vest固定术,然后逐步撑开,在复位情况下,行前路减压内固定术。结果术后随访12~24个月,平均15.4个月。常规X光正侧位片显示骨折脱位均复位,恢复颈椎的正常序列及生理弧度,CT显示植骨融合,未发现内固定断裂及松动。按Frankel分级,显效(降低2级)5例,有效(降低1级)10例,无效2例。结论在Halo-vest复位的基础上行前路减压植骨融合内固定是治疗下颈椎骨折脱位的安全有效方法。

  18. Endoscopic Intermetatarsal Ligament Decompression.

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    Lui, Tun Hing

    2015-12-01

    Morton neuroma is an entrapment of the intermetatarsal nerve by the deep intermetatarsal ligament. It is usually treated conservatively. Surgery is considered if there is recalcitrant pain that is resistant to conservative treatment. The surgical options include resection of the neuroma or decompression of the involved nerve. Decompression of the nerve by release of the intermetatarsal ligament can be performed by either an open or minimally invasive approach. We describe 2-portal endoscopic decompression of the intermetatarsal nerve. The ligament is released by a retrograde knife through the toe-web portal under arthroscopic guidance through the plantar portal. PMID:27284515

  19. 护理干预在下颈椎骨折脱位前路复位减压植骨手术中的应用%Application of Nursing Intervention in Anterior Reduction and Decompression and Bone Graft Surgery in Lower Cervical Spine Fracture and Dislocation

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    李永岩

    2015-01-01

    目的:研究分析护理干预应用于下颈椎骨折脱位前路复位减压植骨手术的使用情况。方法根据我院2007年1月~2010年12月的35例下颈椎骨折脱位前路复位减压植骨手术治疗患者来进行研究分析。结果不完全性脊髓损伤的患者术后神经功能恢复Ⅰ级以上;完全性脊髓损伤的患者术后神经功能恢复无明显改善,患者疼痛缓解,肌力改善,没有肺部感染和泌尿系统症状存在。结论下颈椎骨折脱位前路复位减压植骨治疗手术需要提前做好准备,让患者的颈椎稳定,做好患者的生命体征以及并发症观察和预防,提升手术治疗效果,让患者的生活质量得到改善。%Objective To study and analyze the application of anterior reduction and decompression of the lower cervical spine fracture and dislocation of the lower cervical spine fracture and dislocation.MethodsAccording to our hospital from January 2007 to December 2010, 35 cases of lower cervical spine fracture and dislocation anterior reduction and bone graft surgery for patients to study and analysis.ResultsPatients with incomplete spinal cord injury recovered more than one grade. After surgery, patients with complete spinal cord injury had no obvious improvement in neurological function recovery. ConclusionAnterior reduction and decompression and bone grafting in the treatment of lower cervical spine fracture and dislocation need to be prepared in advance, so that patients with cervical stability, good life signs and complications observation and prevention, improve the surgical treatment effect, so that the quality of life of patients has been improved.

  20. Endoscopic Intermetatarsal Ligament Decompression

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    Lui, Tun Hing

    2015-01-01

    Morton neuroma is an entrapment of the intermetatarsal nerve by the deep intermetatarsal ligament. It is usually treated conservatively. Surgery is considered if there is recalcitrant pain that is resistant to conservative treatment. The surgical options include resection of the neuroma or decompression of the involved nerve. Decompression of the nerve by release of the intermetatarsal ligament can be performed by either an open or minimally invasive approach. We describe 2-portal endoscopic ...

  1. Applie danatomy on the landmark of anterior decompression surgery in cervical vertebrae%颈椎病前路手术减压范围标志的解剖学研究

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    韩伟峰; 林欣; 李小光; 崔维; 熊英

    2009-01-01

    Objective: To explore the suitable anatomic marks as safe border of transverse decompression in anterior border of cervical vertebral surgery. Methods: Anatomic data of vertebral artery were measured on 12 adult embalmed cadavers (44 sides), for locating vertebral artery during three-dimensional CT reconstructing. Under the microscope, the distance between bilateral medial borders of longus colli muscles was measured, while the features of vertebral artery, nerve root, uncinate joint were observed and analyzed. Results:The distances between horizontal tangent of anterior vertebral body and anterior transversal foramen, bilateral root of anterior wall of transversal foramens, and bilateral medial borders of iongus colli muscles gradually decreased from downside to upside. The distance between anterior angle oftmcinate process was (17.3±2.92) mm averagely, and dural sac width (16.5±0.42)mm. The distance between the medial border of iongus colli muscles and medial margin of the vertebral artery, medial border of longns colli muscles and median sagittal plane had no significant difference at C4~6 level, however, which had significant difference at C3 and C7 level (P<0,05). Hyperplasia of uncinate joint can be found in senile cadavers, with the most serious case of which covering the vertebral artery completely and pushing it posterolaterally. Conclusions: For anterior approach, it is necessary to analyze image data carefully before the surgery, make sure operation process individually, and consider about the hyperplasy of uncovertebral joint.%目的:探讨颈前路手术减压范围及安全界限的解剖标志.方法:对12具成人尸体标本进行三维CT重建,并测量定位椎动脉所需解剖数据,在显微镜下测量颈长肌内侧缘间距等数据,并观察椎动脉、神经根、钩椎关节及其对应关系.结果:椎体前缘与横突孔前缘水平切线间距离、双侧横突孔内侧壁距离及颈长肌内侧缘间距由下端至上端逐渐

  2. 一期前后联合手术减压固定治疗严重下颈椎骨折脱位效果观察%The Dislocation Efficacy of Ⅰ Before and After Surgical Decompression and Fixation in Combined Treatment With Severe Lower Cervical Fracture

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    冷华平

    2015-01-01

    Objective To observe the effect of treating severe fracture and dislocation of the lower cervical spine with primary combined anterior-posterior decompression and fixation.Methods26 cases of patients with fracture and dislocation of the lower cervical spine admitted in our hospital at the time of February 2013 to August 2013 were chosen for study,they received the treatment of primary combined anterior-posterior decompression and fixation and the relevant nursing intervention.Results During the time of 3 to 16 months after the operation,tracking surveys of the patients were carried out, neurological functions of the patients were greatly improved at least one grade,there was no complications associated with the surgeries,also no cases of loosening of the implant and chain scission,the patients made a good recovery.Conclusion Primary combined anterior-posterior decompression and fixation has a certain effect in the treatment of lower cervical fractures and dislocations,it is beneficial to the rapid rehabilitation of the patients.%目的:对一期前后联合手术减压固定治疗严重下颈椎骨折脱位效果观察。方法选取我院2013年2~8月收治的下颈椎骨折脱位患者26例,采用一期前后联合手术减压固定的手段进行治疗与护理。结果手术之后的3~16个月,对患者实行跟踪调查,神经功能得到了较大的改善,都在一级以上,没有出现与手术相关的并发症,也没有出现内植物松动与断链的病例,患者恢复良好。结论一期前后联合手术减压固定对下颈椎骨折脱位的治疗具有一定的效果,有利于患者的快速康复。

  3. Observation on effect of percutaneous puncture nucleus pulposus forceps holder decompression combined ozone under DSA guide treatment of cervical disc herniation%DSA引导下经皮穿刺髓核钳夹减压术联合臭氧治疗颈椎间盘突出症的疗效观察

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    吴越宏; 符彦基; 庞亮明; 钟海英; 郭绍彬

    2016-01-01

    目的:观察颈椎间盘突出症于DSA引导下经皮穿刺髓核钳夹减压术联合臭氧治疗后的疗效。方法选取我院2012年5月~2015年6月间186例颈椎间盘突出症患者,所有患者均于DSA引导下经皮穿刺髓核钳夹减压术联合臭氧治疗,观察其治疗效果。结果186例患者治愈146例(78.5%),好转37例(19.8%),疗效不佳3例(1.6%),总有效率为98.4%。与治疗前比较,治疗后24 h、1周、l个月、3个月、6个月视觉模拟评分(VAS)降低,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论 DSA引导下经皮穿刺髓核钳夹联合臭气治疗颈椎间突出症创伤小、有效、安全,值得临床推广。%Objective To observe the effect of percutaneous puncture nucleus pulposus forceps holder decompression combined ozone under DSA guide in the treatment of cervical disc herniation.Methods To select 186 patients with cervical disc herniation in our hospital from May 2012 to June 2015, to treat with percutaneous puncture nucleus pulposus forceps holder decompression combined ozone under DSA guide in all patients, to observe the treatment effect.ResultsOf the 186 patients, the total effective rate was 98.4%, with cured 146 cases(78.5%), improvement 37 cases(19.8%), and poor therapeutic effect 3 cases(1.6%). The visual analogue score(VAS) after 24h, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months treatment had reduced compared with which before treatment, the differences was statically significant(P<0.05).Conclusion Percutaneous puncture nucleus pulposus forceps holder decompression combined ozone under DSA guide in the treatment of cervical disc herniation has less trauma, is effective and safe, is worthy of clinical popularization.

  4. Risk factors and treatment strategy for adjacent segment diseases after anterior cervical decompression and fusion%颈椎前路融合术后邻近节段退变性疾病的原因分析及治疗策略

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    王洪立; 姜建元; 吕飞舟; 马晓生; 夏新雷; 王立勋

    2014-01-01

    目的 探讨颈椎前路融合术后邻近节段退变性疾病的发生原因及治疗策略.方法 对2005年12月至2012年8月颈椎前路减压融合术后并发邻近节段退变性疾病的14例进行回顾性分析.男10例,女4例,初次手术年龄36~68岁,平均(52.0±11.0)岁.测量初次手术后颈椎整体曲度、手术节段局部曲度、钢板与上、下间隙的距离.二次手术时对节段数量≤2个且不伴严重后纵韧带或黄韧带骨化的9例采用颈椎前路减压融合内固定术,对节段数量≥3个且不伴明显后凸畸形、排列不稳及严重黄韧带骨化的3例采用颈椎后路减压椎管扩大成形术,对伴有明显后凸畸形、排列不稳且因技术原因无法行前路减压及合并严重黄韧带骨化的2例采用颈椎后路全椎板切除减压融合术.结果 初次术后邻近节段退变性疾病的发生时间为(9.3±4.4)年,二次手术时患者年龄(61.3±12.4)岁.初次术后颈椎整体曲度与手术节段局部曲度分别为12.4°±10.8°、1.5°±6.8°;钢板与上、下间隙的距离分别为(0.9±1.8)mm、(3.8±3.2) mm.二次术后平均随访(30.4±17.8)个月,末次随访时日本骨科学会颈椎病疗效评分改善率为73.9%±9.7%.结论 钢板与邻近间隙距离过小、手术节段局部曲度恢复不良可能是前路融合术后邻近节段退变性疾病的发生原因;二次手术方案的选择应根据病变累及节段、致压因素、颈椎曲度等因素进行综合分析.%Objective To investigate the risk factors and treatment strategy in treating adjacent segment diseases (ASD) after anterior cervical decompression and fusion.Methods Fourteen patients with ASD after anterior cervical decompression and fusion from December 2005 to August 2012 were analyzed.The overall curvature of the cervical spine,local curvature of surgical segments,and the distances between the plate and the upper and lower intervertebral space were measured and analyzed.10 males

  5. Tratamento cirúrgico por via anterior na mielopatia cervical espondilótica com seguimento mínimo de dez anos Tratamiento quirúrgico por vía anterior en la mieolopatía cervical espondilótica con seguimiento mínimo de diez años Anterior decompression and fusion for spondilotic cervical mielopathy with a minimal ten-year follow-up

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    Rui Peixoto Pinto

    2010-06-01

    promedio de 11.9 años. Ocurrieron cinco óbitos: tres pacientes en el postoperatorio inmediato, uno durante el primer año y uno durante el restante periodo. En promedio, fueron operados 2.7±1.0 niveles por paciente (1 a 4. El valor promedio de Nurick pre operatorio fue de 3.8±0.9. Hubo una mejora significativa del estado neurológico un año después de la cirugía (2.2±1.1; pOBJECTIVE: cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM is a common cause of spinal cord dysfunction in the adult population. The treatment implies early surgical decompression. The objective was to present a retrospective study of anterior decompression and arthrodesis for CSM with a minimal ten years follow-up. METHODS: patients operated between January 1990 and December 1994 were evaluated for sex, age, number of levels operated, functional evaluation with Nurick scale preoperatively, one year after surgery and at the final revision that took place in 2004, evidence of consolidation and complications. RESULTS: 91 patients were evaluated, 69 male, 22 female, with a mean age of 56.6 years (42-86 and mean follow-up of 11.9 years. Five deaths occurred: three patients died in the immediate postoperative period, one in the first year and one during the follow-up. A mean of 2.7±1.0 levels for patient was performed (1-4. The mean value of preoperative Nurick was 3.8±0.9. There was a significant improvement in neurological condition after one year (2.2±1.1; p<0.001, and between preoperative period and final evaluation (2.3±1.2; p<0.001. The degradation between the first year and the final evaluation was statistically significant (p=0.004. There was a strong correlation between age and the number of operated levels (r=0.391; p=0.01, age and initial neurologic status (r=0.238; p=0.05, initial neurological status and number of operated levels (r=0.251; p=0.05 and sex and number of operated levels, with women being operated for more levels (r=0.208; p=0.05. There was also a stronger neurological deterioration

  6. Whole-Earth Decompression Dynamics

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    Herndon, J M

    2005-01-01

    The principles of Whole-Earth Decompression Dynamics are disclosed leading to a new way to interpret whole-Earth dynamics. Whole-Earth Decompression Dynamics incorporates elements of and unifies the two seemingly divergent dominant theories of continential displacement, plate tectonics theory and Earth expansion theory. Whole-Earth decompression is the consequence of Earth formation from within a Jupiter-like protoplanet with subsequent loss of gases and ices and concomitant rebounding. The initial whole-Earth decompression is expected to result in a global system of major primary decompression cracks appearing in the rigid crust which persist as the basalt feeders for the global, mid-oceanic ridge system. As the Earth subsequently decompresses, the area of the Earth's surface increases by the formation of secondary decompression cracks, often located near the continental margins, presently identified as oceanic trenches. These secondary decompression cracks are subsequently in-filled with basalt, extruded fr...

  7. Cervical Disc Disease: Biomechanical Aspects

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    Kolstad, Frode

    2011-01-01

    Degenerative disc disease in the cervical spine may cause significant pain and disability. Patients present themselves with neck pain, radiculopathy, and/or myelopathy. When the symptoms do not improve with conservative treatment, surgical treatment is considered. The goal of surgical treatment is to decompress nervous structures and to restore the normal anatomical conditions of disc height, alignment, and stability.The present thesis concerns four studies involving the treatment of cervical...

  8. Sub-axial cervical spine injuries: Modified Stellerman′s algorithm

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    2011-01-01

    Conclusion: We feel that on table decompression and reduction followed by anterior stabilization can be used as the initial surgical approach to manage most types of cervical injuries. In rotation/translational cases where reduction cannot be achieved, monitored cervical traction on the decompressed spine can safely achieve reduction and hence avoid the need for a posterior facetectomy in a large percentage of cases.

  9. Arthroscopic subacromial decompression

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    Akpinar, Sercan; Demirhan, Mehmet

    2004-01-01

    Arthroscopic subacromial decompression is the arthroscopic equivalent of a standart open procedure. Although technically demanding, it has several advantages to the open procedure. Overall it facilitates early and rapid rehabilitation. The results in stage II and in selected stage III patients are equal or better than those achieved through open surgery. In this study we reviewed the literature with our small case group experience.

  10. 桥形椎间锁定融合器(ROI-C)在颈椎病前路减压融合术中应用的临床研究%Bridge Intervertebral Fusion Lock Device (ROI - C) in Cervical Spondylosis Anterior Decompression Fusion Application in Clinical Research

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    何彦国

    2015-01-01

    objective to study and analyze the bridge between vertebra locking fusion in cervical spondylosis application of the clinical effect of anterior decompression fusion.Methods to collect a total of 100 patients with cervical spondylosis, randomly divided into observation group and control group, the 50 cases, control group patients with cage combined anterior internal fixation with titanium plate, observation group carries on the bridge a locked intervertebral fusion, both before and after operation for X-ray inspection, two group of patients with cervical physiological curvature and lesion intervertebral height, the incidence of dysphagia observation and comparison.Results the observation group of patients with cervical physiological curvature of the improvement of the degree of improvement and pathology of the intervertebral height was significantly higher than that of control group, the incidence of dysphagia in patients with significantly lower than the control group,P<0.05).Conclusion in the cervical spine anterior decompression fusion, application of bridge intervertebral target fusion can make cervical physiological curvature and pathological changes of intervertebral height effectively restore, and lower the incidence of postoperative patients with dysphagia, shorter operation time, simple operation, is worthy of popularization and application.%目的:研究和分析桥形椎间锁定融合器在颈椎病前路减压融合术中应用的临床效果。方法收集颈椎病患者共100例,随机分为观察组与对照组,各50例,对照组患者进行cage联合前路钛板内固定,观察组进行桥形椎间锁定融合器固定,手术前后均进行了X线片的检查,将两组患者的颈椎生理曲度、病变椎间高度、吞咽困难发生率等进行观察和对比。结果观察组患者的颈椎生理曲度的改善程度、病变椎间高度的改善程度明显高于对照组,患者的吞咽困难发生

  11. Cervical spinal cord compression after thyroidectomy under general anesthesia.

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    Yao, Wenlong; Qiu, Jin; Zhou, Zhiqiang; Zhang, Lin; Zhang, Chuanhan

    2014-02-01

    Cervical spinal cord injury is a rare but serious complication after general anesthesia. The risk factors include traumatic cervical injury, cervical spine instability, and difficult airway management. It has also occurred in the absence of cervical instability. Here we report a patient who had a history of intermittent neck pain without numbness. Preoperative radiologic examinations showed degenerative changes in the cervical spine. She developed progressive tingling and numbness in her limbs after thyroidectomy under general anesthesia. Magnetic resonance imaging showed a cervical disc protruding into the canal at C5-C6, which was considered to be induced by surgical positioning. She recovered after anterior cervical decompression and internal fixation surgery. PMID:23828450

  12. 颈椎骨折经前路减压融合内固定术患者的围手术期的护理%Nursing Experience in Perioperative Period of Patients with Cervical Spine Fracture by Anterior Decompression and Internal Fixation

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    包秀梅

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the cervical spine fracture by anterior decompression and fusion with internal fixation in patients with perioperative nursing.Methods A retrospective analysis of patients with general information from patients with anterior cervical surgery,preoperative and postoperative analysis of 2 nursing intervention patients,and observation of patients with complications. Results For 10 patients with anterior cervical spine surgery, the patients were given comprehensive, comprehensive and careful nursing, and no complications were found.Conclusion Careful nursing measures can promote the rehabilitation of patients, improve the quality of life of patients.%目的探讨颈椎骨折经前路减压融合内固定术患者的围手术期的护理。方法回顾性分析10例颈椎前路手术患者的一般资料,从术前、术后2方面分析给予患者的护理措施,并观察患者并发症的情况。结果对于10例颈椎前路手术患者的术前术后均给予全面、综合、精心的护理,未发现任何的并发症。结论精心的护理措施能促进患者的康复,提高患者的生活质量。

  13. MR findings of spinal cord in decompression sickness

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    To determine the MR imaging findings of spinal cord decompression sickness. We retrospectively analysed the spinal MR images of eight patients (M : 6, F : 2) with decompression sickness affecting the cervical spine (n=1) or thoracic spine (n=7). The observed extent, location, continuity, signal intensity and contrast enhancement pattern of spinal cord lesions were analysed. The chief MR finding was continuous (n=2) or non-continuous (n=3) high signal intensity on T2-weighted images in the posterior paramedian spinal cord. In three cases, additional T2 signal abnormality in the ventral horn of the gray matter was observed. There was no signal intensity abnormality on T1-weighted images or abnormal enhancement of post-Gadolinium T1-weighted images. In one case, cord swelling in addition to T2 signal abnormality was observed. MR imaging is useful for evaluating spinal cord lesions in patients with decompression sickness

  14. Feasibility of low anterior cervical approach decompression and bone graft fusion for internal fixation in the treatment of patients with spine and spinal cord trauma in cervicothoracic junction%低位颈前入路减压植骨融合内固定治疗颈胸段脊柱脊髓损伤的可行性

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    刘明明; 程建; 华臻

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To explore the feasibility of low anterior cervical approach decompression and bone graft fusion for internal fixation in the treatment of patients with spine and spinal cord trauma in cervicothoracic junction.Methods:20 patients with spine and spinal cord trauma in cervicothoracic junction were selected.All patients were treated with low anterior cervical approach decompression and bone graft fusion for internal fixation.We discussed the efficacy and postoperative recovery of the patients. Results:All patients recovered well,and there was no case with loosening of the screws,loss of the titanium plate,the fracture of the titanium plate and other circumstances.Only 1 case with the position of titanium mesh not well fixed when detected by X tablets after operation.It has been adjusted after six months of surgery,after 1 year of operation,it recovered well,no titanium mesh moved. Conclusion:Patients with spine and spinal cord trauma in cervicothoracic junction with low anterior cervical approach decompression and bone graft fusion and internal fixation for the treatment can effectively promote the patients with cervicothoracic spine sequence returned to normal,and improve the patients' postoperative recovery.%目的:探讨低位颈前入路减压植骨融合内固定治疗颈胸段脊柱脊髓损伤的可行性。方法:收治颈胸段脊柱脊髓损伤患者20例,实施低位颈前入路减压植骨融合内固定治疗,对术后疗效及恢复情况进行探讨。结果:所有患者恢复良好,无一例患者出现螺钉松动、脱落、钛板断裂等情况,只有1例在术后经过X片检测后发现其钛网位置固定不佳,术后0.5年对其进行了调整,术后1年检测见其恢复良好,没有出现钛网移动情况。结论:颈胸段脊柱脊髓损伤患者采用低位颈前入路减压植骨融合内固定治疗,可以有效促进患者颈胸段脊柱序列恢复正常,改善患者的术后恢复情况。

  15. Operative techniques for cervical radiculopathy and myelopathy.

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    Moran, C

    2012-02-01

    The surgical treatment of cervical spondylosis and resulting cervical radiculopathy or myelopathy has evolved over the past century. Surgical options for dorsal decompression of the cervical spine includes the traditional laminectomy and laminoplasty, first described in Asia in the 1970\\'s. More recently the dorsal approch has been explored in terms of minimally invasive options including foraminotomies for nerve root descompression. Ventral decompression and fusion techniques are also described in the article, including traditional anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, strut grafting and cervical disc arthroplasty. Overall, the outcome from surgery is determined by choosing the correct surgery for the correct patient and pathology and this is what we hope to explain in this brief review.

  16. A review of spinal cord injury decompression in experimental animals

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    Vafa Rahimi-Movaghar

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI is major permanent sequelae of trauma with high burden and low frequency. In the setting of SCI is there any correlation between the timing of surgical decompression and sensory-motor improvement.Material and Methods: A literature review was performed using PUBMED from 1966 to 25th January 2010. Cross referencing of discovered articles was also reviewed.Results: The results of animal studies have shown that aside from the kind of procedure and species, when compression is less severe and of shorter duration, the neurological and histopathological recovery is significantly good. One meta-analysis, nine prospective studies, and one randomized clinical trial were identified. Conclusion: There are presently no standards regarding the role and timing of decompression in acute SCI. As a practice guideline, early surgery in less than 24 hours can be done safely in patients with acute SCI and urgent decompression is a reasonable practice option. Traction is the most practical method of achieving urgent decompression after cervical SCI. There are class III data to support a recommendation for urgent decompression in any patient with incomplete SCI with or without neurologic deterioration, with or without bilateral irreducible facet dislocations. There is emerging evidence that surgery within 24 hours may reduce both the length of intensive care unit stay and incidence of medical complications

  17. Operative Outcomes for Cervical Degenerative Disease: A Review of the Literature

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    Kazuya Nishizawa; Kanji Mori; Yasuo Saruhashi; Yoshitaka Matsusue

    2012-01-01

    To date, several studies were conducted to find which procedure is superior to the others for the treatment of cervical myelopathy. The goal of surgical treatment should be to decompress the nerves, restore the alignment of the vertebrae, and stabilize the spine. Consequently, the treatment of cervical degenerative disease can be divided into decompression of the nerves alone, fixation of the cervical spine alone, or a combination of both. Posterior approaches have historically been considere...

  18. Whole-Earth Decompression Dynamics

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    Herndon, J. Marvin

    2005-01-01

    The principles of Whole-Earth Decompression Dynamics are disclosed leading to a new way to interpret whole-Earth dynamics. Whole-Earth Decompression Dynamics incorporates elements of and unifies the two seemingly divergent dominant theories of continential displacement, plate tectonics theory and Earth expansion theory. Whole-Earth decompression is the consequence of Earth formation from within a Jupiter-like protoplanet with subsequent loss of gases and ices and concomitant rebounding. The i...

  19. 经皮激光椎间盘减压术联合臭氧注射治疗神经根型颈椎病疗效分析%Treatment effect analysis of percutaneous laser disk decompression combined with ozone therapy for the treatment on cervical radiculopathy

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    陈嘉华; 黄凯; 李朝辉; 陈光福; 邓烨

    2011-01-01

    Objective To explore the treatment effect of percutaneous laser disk decompression(PLDD)combined with ozone therapy for the treatment on cervical radiculopathy. Methods There were 208 cases in the control group which were only treated with PLDD; while 152 cases in the trial group were treated with PLDD and ozone therapy.The clinical treatment effect evaluation was based on the VAS. 1 d , 7 d, and 3 months after the surgery, took a telephone follow-up visit. Results After the surgery, 90% patients in trial group were good or excellent, while only 62% patients in control group were good or excellent. There was statistical difference between them (P< 0.05). Conclusions PLDD combined with ozone therapy can improve the clinical treatment effect of cervical radiculopathy.%目的 探讨经皮激光椎间盘减压术(PLDD)联合臭氧注射治疗神经根型颈椎病的临床疗效.方法 对照组208例,单纯行PLDD治疗;试验组152例,PLDD联合臭氧注射治疗.临床疗效采用VAS评分,分别评价术后1 d、7 d的疗效,电话随访3个月疗效.结果 术后的优良率试验组90%,对照组62%.组间比较差异有显著性(P<0.05).结论 PLDD联合臭氧注射治疗,可以提高神经根型颈椎病的临床疗效.

  20. Mantle Decompression Thermal-Tsunami

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    Herndon, J. Marvin

    2006-01-01

    Previously in geophysics, only three heat transport processes have been considered: conduction, radiation, and convection or, more generally, bouyancy-driven mass transport. As a consequence of whole-Earth decompression dynamics, I add a fourth, called mantle decompression thermal-tsunami, which may emplace heat at the base of the crust from a heretofore unanticipated source.

  1. Cervical dysplasia

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    ... by your provider. Make sure to get the HPV vaccine when it is offered to you. This vaccine prevents many cervical cancers. ... Early diagnosis and prompt treatment cures most cases of cervical ... severe cervical dysplasia may change into cervical cancer.

  2. The Fast Fibonacci Decompression Algorithm

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    Baca, R; Platos, J; Kratky, M; El-Qawasmeh, E

    2007-01-01

    Data compression has been widely applied in many data processing areas. Compression methods use variable-size codes with the shorter codes assigned to symbols or groups of symbols that appear in the data frequently. Fibonacci coding, as a representative of these codes, is used for compressing small numbers. Time consumption of a decompression algorithm is not usually as important as the time of a compression algorithm. However, efficiency of the decompression may be a critical issue in some cases. For example, a real-time compression of tree data structures follows this issue. Tree's pages are decompressed during every reading from a secondary storage into the main memory. In this case, the efficiency of a decompression algorithm is extremely important. We have developed a Fast Fibonacci decompression for this purpose. Our approach is up to $3.5\\times$ faster than the original implementation.

  3. Quantitative morphometric analysis of the lumbar vertebral facets and evaluation of feasibility of lumbar spinal nerve root and spinal canal decompression using the Goel intraarticular facetal spacer distraction technique: A lumbar/cervical facet comparison

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    Savni R Satoskar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective : The authors evaluate the anatomic subtleties of lumbar facets and assess the feasibility and effectiveness of use of ′Goel facet spacer′ in the treatment of degenerative spinal canal stenosis. Materials and Methods : Twenty-five lumbar vertebral cadaveric dried bones were used for the purpose. A number of morphometric parameters were evaluated both before and after the introduction of Goel facet spacers within the confines of the facet joint. Results : The spacers achieved distraction of facets that was more pronounced in the vertical perspective. Introduction of spacers on both sides resulted in an increase in the intervertebral foraminal height and a circumferential increase in the spinal canal dimensions. Additionally, there was an increase in the disc space or intervertebral body height. The lumbar facets are more vertically and anteroposteriorly oriented when compared to cervical facets that are obliquely and transversely oriented. Conclusions : Understanding the anatomical peculiarities of the lumbar and cervical facets can lead to an optimum utilization of the potential of Goel facet distraction arthrodesis technique in the treatment of spinal degenerative canal stenosis.

  4. Operative stabilization of the cervical spine in cases of metastases

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    Because of intraspinal space requirement or instability of the cervical spine, metastases may lead to a compression of the spinal cord and/or the nerve roots. Early decompression and stabilization prevents unavoidable tetraparesis. In most cases quality of life can be maintained. The indication and methodology of cervical spine stabilization as well as the results of treatment in 18 patients are demonstrated. (orig.)

  5. Pseudarthrosis of the Cervical Spine: Risk Factors, Diagnosis and Management

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    Leven, Dante

    2016-01-01

    Cervical myelopathy and radiculopathy are common pathologies that often improve with spinal decompression and fusion. Postoperative complications include pseudarthrosis, which can be challenging to diagnose and manage. We reviewed the literature with regard to risk factors, diagnosis, controversies, and management of cervical pseudarthrosis. PMID:27559462

  6. Acute Hydrocephalus Following Cervical Spinal Cord Injury

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    Son, Seong; Lee, Sang Gu; Park, Chan Woo; Kim, Woo Kyung

    2013-01-01

    We present a case of acute hydrocephalus secondary to cervical spinal cord injury in a patient with diffuse ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL). A 75-year-old male patient visited the emergency department with tetraparesis and spinal shock. Imaging studies showed cervical spinal cord injury with hemorrhage and diffuse OPLL from C1 to C4. We performed decompressive laminectomy and occipitocervical fusion. Two days after surgery, his mental status had deteriorated to drow...

  7. Endoscopic posterior decompression of lumbar canal stenosis

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    Yad Ram Yadav

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Lumbar canal stenosis (LCS is quite common. Surgery is indicated when patient fails to improve after conservative treatment. Endoscopic technique can be used in LCS and lateral recess stenosis. It can be performed in degenerative canal stenosis or with disc bulges. Bilateral severe bony canal stenosis and unstable spine are the contraindications. This procedure should be avoided in patients with a history of trauma. Detailed history and thorough physical examination should be performed to find out exact level of pathology responsible for symptoms. Patient′s symptoms must correlate with radiological findings. Magnetic resonance imaging is the investigation of choice because of its superior visualization of soft-tissue. Computed tomography scan does give a more accurate and detailed picture of the bony anatomy. Although the operative time and the complication rate could be more in the initial learning curve, the results of endoscopic decompression are comparable with conventional open procedures with the additional benefit of decreased complications and lower morbidity, when sufficient experience is gained. Complications in endoscopic surgery for LCS could be dural tears, hematomas and root and facet injury. This procedure is also associated with limitations such as steep learning curve and the contra lateral decompression may not be as good as ipsilateral side. Some of the limitations of this technique can be overcome by attending live operative workshop, practice on models and hands on cadaveric dissection. Conversion to an open procedure may be required when there is disorientation, management of dural tear and for control of bleeding.

  8. Cervicogenic vertigo treated by c1 transverse foramen decompression : a case report.

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    Park, Junhee; Lee, Chulkyu; You, Namkyu; Kim, Sanghyun; Cho, Kihong

    2014-09-01

    Cervicogenic vertigo was known as Bow hunter's syndrome. Occlusion of vertebral artery causes vertebrobasilar insufficiency and we reported cervicogenic vertigo case which was treated by simple decompression of transverse foramen of C1. The patient was 48 years old female who had left side dominant vertebral artery and vertigo was provoked when she rotated her head to right side. Angiography showed complete obliteration of blood flow of left vertebral artery when her head was rotated to right side. The operation was decompression of left vertebral artery at C1 level. Posterior wall of transverse foramen was resected and vertebral artery was exposed and decompressed. After surgery, vertigo of the patient was disappeared, and angiography showed patent left vertebral artery when her head was rotated to right side. Vertigo caused by compression of cervical vertebral artery could be treated by decompression without fusion or instrumentation, especially in C1 transverse foramen. PMID:25346772

  9. Spontaneous C1 anterior arch fracture as a postoperative complication of foramen magnum decompression for Chiari malformation type 1

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    Hirano, Yoshitaka; Sugawara, Atsushi; Mizuno, Junichi; Takeda, Masaaki; Watanabe, Kazuo; OGASAWARA, Kuniaki

    2011-01-01

    Background: C1 fracture accounts for 2% of all spinal column injuries and 10% of cervical spine fractures, and is most frequently caused by motor vehicle accidents and falls. We present a rare case of C1 anterior arch fracture following standard foramen magnum decompression for Chiari malformation type 1. Case Description: A 63-year-old man underwent standard foramen magnum decompression (suboccipital craniectomy and C1 laminectomy) under a diagnosis of Chiari malformation type 1 with syringo...

  10. Degenerative intraspinal cyst of the cervical spine

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    Hidetoshi Nojiri

    2009-08-01

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

  11. Surface electromyography activity in the upper limbs of patients following surgery for compressive cervical myelopathy

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    Ananth P Abraham

    2015-01-01

    Conclusion: Surface EMG is an objective tool to detect improvement in spasticity following decompressive surgery for compressive cervical myelopathy even in those patients who showed no improvement on the MMAS.

  12. Single or double-level anterior interbody fusion techniques for cervical degenerative disc disease (Review)

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    Jacobs, W.; Willems, P.C.P.H.; Limbeek, J. van; Bartels, R.H.M.A.; Pavlov, P.; Anderson, P.G.; Oner, C.

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The number of surgical techniques for decompression and solid interbody fusion as treatment for cervical spondylosis has increased rapidly, but the rationale for the choice between different techniques remains unclear. OBJECTIVES: To determine which technique of anterior interbody fusion

  13. Clinical Outcomes After Cervical Transcorporeal Microdecompression and Vertebral Body Access Channel Repair

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    David W Lowry; Tuinstra, Scott M.; Liang, Kevin; Sclafani, Joseph A.

    2015-01-01

    Background Although anterior cervical decompression and fusion (ACDF) can be performed using minimally invasive techniques, the extensive removal of anatomical keystones during decompression requires a segmental fusion to restore biomechanical stability. Treatment with arthrodesis techniques may result in a prolonged recovery time, loss of motion, and the need for further treatment if a pseudarthosis or adjacent segment disease occur. Transcorporeal micro decompression (TCMD) is a newly devel...

  14. Anesthesia management of a morbidly obese patient in prone position for lumbar spine surgery

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    V Baxi; S Budhakar

    2010-01-01

    A morbidly obese, 45-year-old woman with a body mass index of 47 kg/m 2 , presented with a prolapsed intervertebral disc of the lumbar spine for decompression and fixation. Anesthesia and surgical positioning of morbidly obese patient carries 3 main hazards, namely, morbid obesity, prone position, and airway preservation problems. Morbid obesity has its own hazards of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolus. Here we describe anesthetic management, successfully dealing with the specific pro...

  15. Decompressive craniectomy in neurocritical care.

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    Wang, Jia-Wei; Li, Jin-Ping; Song, Ying-Lun; Tan, Ke; Wang, Yu; Li, Tao; Guo, Peng; Li, Xiong; Wang, Yan; Zhao, Qi-Huang

    2016-05-01

    Recently, several randomized controlled trials (RCT) investigating the effectiveness of decompressive craniectomy in the context of neurocritical illnesses have been completed. Thus, a meta-analysis to update the current evidence regarding the effects of decompressive craniectomy is necessary. We searched PUBMED, EMBASE and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials. Other sources, including internet-based clinical trial registries and grey literature, were also searched. After searching the literature, two investigators independently performed literature screening, assessing the quality of the included trials and extracting the data. The outcome measures included the composite outcome of death or dependence and the risk of death. Ten RCT were included: seven RCT were on malignant middle cerebral artery infarction (MCAI) and three were on severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Decompressive craniectomy significantly reduced the risk of death for patients suffering malignant MCAI (risk ratio [RR] 0.46, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.36-0.59, P<0.00001) in comparison with no reduction in the risk of death for patients with severe TBI (RR: 0.83, 95% CI: 0.48-1.42, P=0.49). However, there was no significant difference in the composite risk of death or dependence at the final follow-up between the decompressive craniectomy group and the conservative treatment group for either malignant MCAI or severe TBI. The present meta-analysis indicates that decompressive craniectomy can significantly reduce the risk of death for patients with malignant MCAI, although no evidence demonstrates that decompressive craniectomy is associated with a reduced risk of death or dependence for TBI patients. PMID:26879572

  16. Imaging of cervical spine injuries of childhood

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    Khanna, Geetika; El-Khoury, Georges Y. [University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Radiology, 3951 JPP, Iowa, IA (United States)

    2007-06-15

    Cervical spine injuries of children, though rare, have a high morbidity and mortality. The pediatric cervical spine is anatomically and biomechanically different from that of adults. Hence, the type, level and outcome of cervical spine injuries in children are different from those seen in adults. Normal developmental variants seen in children can make evaluation of the pediatric cervical spine challenging. This article reviews the epidemiology of pediatric cervical spine trauma, normal variants seen in children and specific injuries that are more common in the pediatric population. We also propose an evidence-based imaging protocol to avoid unnecessary imaging studies and minimize radiation exposure in children. (orig.)

  17. The Research of Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement

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    Zhao Zhua; Qiang Shenb

    2008-01-01

    Cervical arthroplasty after anterior decompression with insertion of a prosthetic total disc replacement has been suggested as an alternate to anterior cervical fusion. It develops quickly during recent years. Currently there are several cervical arthroplasty devices. Each device varies in terms of materials, range of motion and constraint. Early studies suggest that in the short term, the complication rate and efficacy is no worse than fusion surgery. Long-term results have not yet been reported. This review examines the current prostheses as well as discussing issues regarding indications and technique. It is hoped that an improvement of cervical arthroplasty occurs in terms of materials and design as spinal surgeons enter a new dines of the management of cervical spine disease.

  18. EFFICIENCY OF TEST PATTERN DECOMPRESSION TECHNIQUES

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    ONDŘEJ NOVÁK

    2003-01-01

    In the paper we study different automata from the test pattern decompression ability point of view. In the near past a lot of test pattern decompression techniques have appeared and it is difficult to decide, which kind of automaton is better for pattern decompression. Unfortunately test pattern decompression techniques are bounded with the algorithm of test pattern ordering and test data flow controlling. Some of the methods could have more sophisticated sorting algorithm, some of the method...

  19. A Start Toward Micronucleus-Based Decompression Models; Altitude Decompression

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    Van Liew, H. D.; Conkin, Johnny

    2007-01-01

    Do gaseous micronuclei trigger the formation of bubbles in decompression sickness (DCS)? Most previous instructions for DCS prevention have been oriented toward supersaturated gas in tissue. We are developing a mathematical model that is oriented toward the expected behavior of micronuclei. The issue is simplified in altitude decompressions because the aviator or astronaut is exposed only to decompression, whereas in diving there is a compression before the decompression. The model deals with four variables: duration of breathing of 100% oxygen before going to altitude (O2 prebreathing), altitude of the exposure, exposure duration, and rate of ascent. Assumptions: a) there is a population of micronuclei of various sizes having a range of characteristics, b) micronuclei are stable until they grow to a certain critical nucleation radius, c) it takes time for gas to diffuse in or out of micronuclei, and d) all other variables being equal, growth of micronuclei upon decompression is more rapid at high altitude because of the rarified gas in the micronuclei. To estimate parameters, we use a dataset of 4,756 men in altitude chambers exposed to various combinations of the model s variables. The model predicts occurrence of DCS symptoms quite well. It is notable that both the altitude chamber data and the model show little effect of O2 prebreathing until it lasts more than 60 minutes; this is in contrast to a conventional idea that the benefit of prebreathing is directly due to exponential washout of tissue nitrogen. The delay in response to O2 prebreathing can be interpreted as time required for outward diffusion of nitrogen; when the micronuclei become small enough, they are disabled, either by crushing or because they cannot expand to a critical nucleation size when the subject ascends to altitude.

  20. Management of cervical polyradiculopathy through multisegmental laminoforaminotomies

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    Hosam Eldin Abdel Azim Mostafa Habib

    2014-12-01

    Conclusion: Cervical laminoforaminotomy is an effective technique in addressing multisegmental cervical radicular compression. Moreover, this technique eliminates the need of fusion and possible internal fixation, which are essential if the alternative anterior procedure was performed; thus, reducing the overall cost and morbidity.

  1. Migraine and Common Morbidities

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    ... headaches . Home > Migraine and Common Morbidities Print Email Migraine and Common Morbidities ACHE Newsletter Sign up for ... newsletter by entering your e-mail address below. Migraine and Common Morbidities For many patients, migraine is ...

  2. Rabbit lung injury induced by explosive decompression

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    2000-01-01

    Objective: To study the mechanism of rabbit lunginjury caused by explosive decompression. Methods: A total of 42 rabbits and 10 rats were served as the experimental animals. A slow recompressiondecompression test and an explosive decompression test were applied to the animals, respectively. And the effects of the given tests on the animals were discussed. Results: The slow recompression-decompression did not cause an obvious lung injury, but the explosive decompression did cause lung injuries in different degrees. The greater the decompression range was, the shorter the decompression duration was, and the heavier the lung injuries were. Conclusions: Explosive decompression can cause a similar lung injury as shock wave does. The primary mechanical causes of the lung injury might be a tensile strain or stress in the alveolar wall and the pulmonary surface's impacts on the inside wall of the chest.

  3. Spaceflight Decompression Sickness Contingency Plan

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    Dervay, Joseph P.

    2007-01-01

    A viewgraph presentation on the Decompression Sickness (DCS) Contingency Plan for manned spaceflight is shown. The topics include: 1) Approach; 2) DCS Contingency Plan Overview; 3) Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Cuff Classifications; 4) On-orbit Treatment Philosophy; 5) Long Form Malfunction Procedure (MAL); 6) Medical Checklist; 7) Flight Rules; 8) Crew Training; 9) Flight Surgeon / Biomedical Engineer (BME) Training; and 10) DCS Emergency Landing Site.

  4. Anterior Cervical Spinal Surgery for Multilevel Cervical Myelopathy.

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    Jung-Ju Huang

    2004-07-01

    Full Text Available Background: In multilevel spinal cord compression caused by cervical spondylosis, surgeonsface the choice of performing a posterior route as a laminectomy orlaminoplasty, or an anterior route as multiple adjacent interbody decompressionsor corpectomies. The anterior cervical operation is not considered bysome clinicians because of concerns about complications and the complexityof multilevel anterior cervical surgery.Methods: In this retrospective study, 14 patients with multilevel cervical spondylosiswho were operated on via an anterior route were enrolled to evaluate thecomplexity, safety, and clinical results. The collected parameters were operationtime, blood loss, hospital days, and early and late complications forevaluating the operative complexity, radiographic follow-up for evaluatingfusion, graft problems, implants problems, and the recovery rate using theJapanese Orthopaedic Association score (JOA score for evaluating the operativeresults.Results: The mean operation time was 363.4 min, and blood loss was 431.4 ml. Anearly complication was noted in 1 patient with combined deep vein thrombosisand a pulmonary embolism. Late complications were screw breakage in1 patient and screw loosening in 5 patients. The mean duration of follow-upwas 21.9 months. The mean recovery rate of the JOA score was 38.8% postoperativelyand 51.9% at the final follow-up. The fusion rate was 100% inthis series.Conclusions: Anterior cervical decompression and fusion for multilevel stenosis requires alonger operation time than posterior procedures; however, the clinical resultsare satisfactory.

  5. Cervical Cancer

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    ... the place where a baby grows during pregnancy. Cervical cancer is caused by a virus called HPV. The ... for a long time, or have HIV infection. Cervical cancer may not cause any symptoms at first. Later, ...

  6. Surgical options in ICH including decompressive craniectomy.

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    Mitchell, Patrick; Gregson, Barbara A; Vindlacheruvu, Raghu R; Mendelow, A David

    2007-10-15

    Intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) accounts for 15 to 20% of strokes. The condition carries a higher morbidity and mortality than occlusive stroke. Despite considerable research effort, no therapeutic modality either medical or surgical has emerged with clear evidence of benefit other than in rare aneurysmal cases. Intracerebral haemorrhages can be divided into those that arise from pre-existing macroscopic vascular lesions - so called "ictohaemorrhagic lesions", and those that do not; the latter being the commoner. Most of the research that has been done on the benefits of surgery has been in this latter group. Trial data available to date precludes a major benefit from surgical evacuation in a large proportion of cases however there are hypotheses of benefit still under investigation, specifically superficial lobar ICH treated by open surgical evacuation, deeper ICH treated with minimally invasive surgical techniques, and decompressive craniectomy. When an ICH arises from an ictohaemorrhagic lesion, therapy has two goals: to treat the effects of the acute haemorrhage and to prevent a recurrence. Three modalities are available for treating lesions to prevent recurrence: stereotactic radiosurgery, endovascular embolisation, and open surgical resection. As with ICH without an underlying lesion there is no evidence to support surgical removal of the haemorrhage in most cases. An important exception is ICHs arising from intracranial aneurysms where there is good evidence to support evacuation of the haematoma as well as repair of the aneurysm. PMID:17543995

  7. Cervical Cancer

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    Did you know that cervical cancer rates differ by race/ethnicity and region? Or that cervical cancer can usually be prevented if precancerous cervical lesions are found by a Pap test and treated? Find out how getting regular Pap tests can save a woman's life.  Created: 3/6/2007 by National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.   Date Released: 4/25/2007.

  8. Cervical Ripening With Prostaglandin Gel and Hygroscopic Dilators

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    J. U. Hibbard; A. Shashoua; Adamczyk, C.; Ismail, M

    1998-01-01

    Objective: To study the effectiveness and morbidity of adding hygroscopic cervical dilators to prostaglandin gel for cervical ripening and labor induction.Study design: Patients of at least 34 weeks’ gestation with a medical indication for induction of labor and with a modified Bishop score of 5 or less were randomized to receive either prostaglandin gel or prostaglandin gel with hygroscopic cervical dilators. Primary outcomes were time to delivery, change in cervical score, and infection. Se...

  9. Cervical ripening with prostaglandin gel and hygroscopic dilators.

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    J. U. Hibbard; A. Shashoua; Adamczyk, C.; Ismail, M

    1998-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To study the effectiveness and morbidity of adding hygroscopic cervical dilators to prostaglandin gel for cervical ripening and labor induction. STUDY DESIGN: Patients of at least 34 weeks' gestation with a medical indication for induction of labor and with a modified Bishop score of 5 or less were randomized to receive either prostaglandin gel or prostaglandin gel with hygroscopic cervical dilators. Primary outcomes were time to delivery, change in cervical score, and infection. S...

  10. Decompressive surgery for malignant supratentorial infarction remains underutilized after guideline publication.

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    Bar, Michal; Mikulik, Robert; Skoloudik, David; Czerny, Daniel; Lipina, Radim; Sames, Martin; Choc, Milan; Novak, Zdenek; Stary, Marian; Benes, Vladimir; Smrcka, Martin; Filip, Michal; Vondrackova, Denisa; Chlouba, Vladimir; Suchomel, Petr; Haninec, Pavel; Brzezny, Richard; Juran, Vilem

    2011-09-01

    Decompressive surgery <48 h from stroke onset reduces the prevalence of mortality and morbidity from malignant supratentorial infarction. We investigated if utilization of decompressive surgery changed in the Czech Republic (CZ) after the release of new guidelines regarding treatment of malignant brain infarction. The volume of decompressive surgery in 2009 in all centers in the CZ was assessed using the same methodology as in 2006. All neurosurgery departments in the CZ were asked to complete a questionnaire and asked to identify all cases of decompressive surgery for malignant brain infarction through a combination of discharge codes for "brain infarction" and "decompressive surgery" from electronic hospital charts. Data for 56 patients were obtained from 15 of the 16 neurosurgery departments in the CZ. The average age was 53 ± 13; number of males 20; median time to surgery was 48 h (range 24-62); median NIHSS score was 25 (IQR, 20-30); median infarct volume was 300 cm(3) [interquartile (IQR, 250-350)]; mean shift on CT was 10.6 ± 3.6 mm and size of hemicraniectomy was 125 cm(2) (IQR, 110-154). A favorable outcome was achieved in 45% of the patients. The number of procedures increased from 39 in 2,006 to 2,056 in 2009. Based on data from one stroke center, 10% suffered from malignant supratentorial infarction and 2.3% met the criteria for decompressive surgery. In 2009, as compared to 2006, the volume of decompressive surgery carried out moderately increased. However, procedures remained underutilized because only ~10% of those who needed decompressive surgery underwent surgery. PMID:21431893

  11. [Laminoplasty for cervical spondylotic myelopathy].

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    Fransen, P

    2014-10-01

    Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) is a common condition. Uninstrumented laminectomy may be complicated by postoperative instability, whereas anterior or posterior decompression with fusion may be associated with stiffness and adjacent segment disease. Cervical laminoplasty, initially oriented towards pediatric patients and ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament, becomes an interesting surgical alternative to decompress and reconstruct cervical anatomy without fusion. Eighteen patients (12 men, 6 women), mean age 64.2 who presented with CSM were treated surgically using multilevel laminoplasty, and reviewed after 1 month, 6 months, 1 year and 2 years. Clinical evaluation was performed based on the Benzel-JOA and Nurick scores. The preoperative mean Benzel-JOA score was 13.55; Preoperative mean Nurick score was 1.88. Preoperative MRI was carried-out in 16/18 patients. Intramedullary hyperintensity in T2 was observed in 6 patients. The operation was performed on 2 levels (4 patients) 3 levels (11 patients) and 4 levels (3 patients). We used the open-door hinged laminoplasty technique, using metallic implants, without bone graft. At one month FU, mean JOA score was 15.44, and Nurick dropped to 1.05. At 6 months, mean JOA was 16.28 and Nurick was 0.71. At one year, the mean JOA score was 16.16, and Nurick was 0.83. At 2 years, mean JOA was 17.5, and Nurick was 0.25. One infection, one dural tear and one transient episode of C5 paresthesia were observed. We conclude that spinal cord decompression by open-door laminoplasty for CSM allows significant clinical improvement observed progressively in the two years following surgery. PMID:25239380

  12. Tratamento cirúrgico por via anterior na mielopatia cervical espondilótica com seguimento mínimo de dez anos Tratamiento quirúrgico por vía anterior en la mieolopatía cervical espondilótica con seguimiento mínimo de diez años Anterior decompression and fusion for spondilotic cervical mielopathy with a minimal ten-year follow-up

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    Rui Peixoto Pinto; José Oliveira; Rui Matos; Nuno Neves; Manuel Ribeiro da Silva; Pedro Cacho Rodrigues; Rui M Barros; Abel Trigo Cabral

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    OBJETIVO: a mielopatia cervical espondilótica (MEC) é uma causa frequente de disfunção da medula espinhal na população adulta. O tratamento implica em descompressão cirúrgica precoce. O objetivo foi apresentar um estudo retrospectivo da descompressão anterior e artrodese para MEC com um seguimento mínimo de dez anos. MÉTODOS: pacientes operados entre Janeiro de 1990 e Dezembro de 1994 foram avaliados por sexo, idade, número de níveis operados, avaliação funcional pela escala de Nurick pré-ope...

  13. Endoscopic orbital decompression for Graves′ orbitopathy

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    Priti Lal; Alok Thakar; Nikhil Tandon

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    Aim: To study the efficacy of endonasal endoscopic orbital decompression in cases of Graves’ orbitopathy. Material and Methods: A total of 24 orbits in 12 patients underwent endoscopic orbital decompression for graves orbitopathy in the period between October 2002 and December 2010. Indications for surgery included proptosis, corneal exposure, keratitis, and compressive optic neuropathy. Decompression was accomplished by the removal of the medial and part of inferior wall of the orbit and sli...

  14. Anterior Cervical Corpectomy and Fusion Accelerates Degenerative Disease at Adjacent Vertebral Segments

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    Pickett, Gwynedd E.; Duggal, Neil; Theodore, Nicholas; Sonntag, Volker K.H.

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    Background Anterior cervical corpectomy provides the most direct and thorough surgical approach for anterior decompression when spinal cord compression is found directly behind the vertebral body. However, anterior cervical fusion has been shown to be associated with the development of new degenerative changes at levels immediately adjacent to the fused segments. Th e incidence of adjacent segment disease (ASD) following anterior cervical corpectomy has not been widely reported. We set out to...

  15. Cervical Disc Herniation Causing Brown-Séquard's Syndrome: A Case Report and Literature Review

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Brown-Séquard's syndrome (BSS is caused by hemisection or hemicompression of the cord leading to ipsilateral motor deficit and contralateral sensory loss. Cervical disc herniation has been reported to be a rare cause of Brown-Séquard's syndrome. We describe a rare case of multilevel cervical disc herniation presenting as BSS. The condition was confirmed by MRI scan. Cervical corpectomy, decompression, and fusion gave a satisfying result. Pertinent literature has been reviewed.

  16. A comparative study on the treatment of cervical spondylosis with the surgery of dynamic cervical implant implantation and anterior decompression fusion with cage%颈椎动态稳定器植入与颈前路减压融合内固定治疗脊髓型颈椎病的比较

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    贾杰; 刘宏建; 尚国伟; 吴志彬; 王俊魁; 周权发; 皮国富

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    目的 比较颈椎动态稳定器(DCI)植入术与颈前路减压融合内固定术(ACDF)治疗单节段脊髓型颈椎病的中期疗效.方法 对行DCI植入术(DCI组)的23例患者,与行颈前路减压融合内固定术(ACDF组)的47例患者进行随访,分别于术后24、36、48个月末行日本矫形外科协会(JOA)评分,并拍摄X线片观察手术节段椎间隙的高度和活动度以及上下邻近节段的活动度.结果 两组术后各期的JOA评分和椎间隙高度与术前比较差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05),随访各期组间比较差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).DCI组手术节段的活动度在各随访期末与术前比较差异无统计学意义(P>0.05);其上下邻近节段的活动度在随访期末[(6.99±0.56)°、(6.83±0.35)°]与术前[(6.78±0.51)°、(6.63 ±0.48)°]比较差异无统计学意义(P>0.05),而ACDF组随访期末上下邻近节段活动度[(8.56 ±0.51)°、(8.34±0.43)°]均较术前[(6.81±0.53)°、(6.67±0.49)°]增加(P<0.05).结论 两种手术均能明显缓解患者症状,恢复并维持椎间隙高度.与ACDF比较,DCI为手术节段提供持续的动态稳定,可减缓邻近节段的退变,但手术节段的椎体可能出现退变增生.%Objective To compare post-operative mid-term clinical outcomes between dynamic cervical implant (DCI) non-fusion group and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) group.Methods From March 2011 to January 2013, 23 patients were subjected to DCI non-fusion and 47 to ACDF respectively.The clinical outcomes were evaluated by the Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) scores and all treated patients re-examined by lateral (full extention) views during follow-up at 24th month, 36 month, and 48 month respectively aiming to observe the intervertebral height of the treated level and the segmental range of motion (ROM) of adjacent levels of treated 1 evel in both two groups.Results Both the two groups showed good clinical outcomes by JOA scores.We found no

  17. Cancer morbidity in alcohol abusers

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    Tønnesen, H; Møller, Henrik; Andersen, J R;

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    = 1.5; 95% CI 1.3-1.8). Significantly increased incidences were found of cancer in the tongue, mouth, pharynx, oesophagus, liver, larynx, lung and pleura and secondary cancer. The women had significantly increased risk of cervical cancer (RR = 2.0; 95% CI 1.2-3.0). The men developed prostatic cancer...... and the liver are confirmed. In addition, this study indicates an increased occurrence of cancer of the prostate gland, pleura and uterine cervix in alcohol abusers.......Data on the association between alcohol abuse and cancer morbidity are scarce in large cohorts of non-hospitalised alcoholic men and women. Of 18,368 alcohol abusers who entered an outpatient clinic in Copenhagen during 1954-87, 18,307 were followed and their cancer incidence was compared...

  18. Endoscopic and Microscopic Microvascular Decompression.

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    Piazza, Matthew; Lee, John Y K

    2016-07-01

    The introduction of the endoscope into the neurosurgeon's armamentarium has revolutionized ventral and anterior skull-base surgery and, more recently, has been used in the surgical treatment of cerebellopontine angle (CPA) pathology. The utilization of the endoscope in microvascular decompression (MVD) for trigeminal neuralgia and other associated cranial nerve hyperactivity syndromes allows for unparalleled panoramic views and illumination of the neurovascular structures within the CPA and identification of vessel-nerve contact traditionally unseen using the microscope. In this article, the technical advantages and challenges of using the endoscope for MVD, operative technique, and patient outcomes of endoscopic MVD are discussed. PMID:27324997

  19. Comparison of adjacent segment degeneration five years after single level cervical fusion and cervical arthroplasty:a retrospective controlled study

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    SUN Yu; ZHAO Yan-bin; PAN Sheng-fa; ZHOU Fei-fei; CHEN Zhong-qiang; LIU Zhong-jun

    2012-01-01

    Background Cervical arthroplasty is indicated to preserve cervical motion and prevent accelerated adjacent segment degeneration.Whether accelerated adjacent segment degeneration is prevented in the long term is unclear.This trial compared adjacent segment degeneration in Bryan disc arthroplasty with that in anterior cervical decompression and fusion five years after the surgery.Methods We studied patients with single level degenerative cervical disc disease.The extent of adjacent segment degeneration was estimated from lateral X-rays.Results Twenty-six patients underwent single level Bryan disc arthroplasty and twenty-four patients underwent single level anterior cervical decompression and fusion.All patients were followed up for an average of sixty months.In the Bryan arthroplasty group,nine(17.6%)segments developed adjacent segment degeneration,which was significantly lower than that(60.4%)in the anterior cervical decompression and fusion group.Eleven segments in the Bryan arthroplasty group developed heterotopic ossification according to McAfee's classification and two segments had range of motion less than 2°.In the heterotopic ossification group,four(19.5%)segments developed adjacent segment degeneration,similar to the number in the non-heterotopic ossification group(16.7%).Adjacent segment degeneration rate was 50% in gradeⅣ?group but 11.8% in gradeⅡ?to Ⅲ.Conclusions Adjacent segment degeneration was accelerated after anterior cervical decompression and fusion.However,Bryan disc arthroplasty avoided accelerated adjacent segment degeneration by preserving motion.Patients with gradeⅣ?heterotopic ossification lost motion,and the rate of adjacent segment degeneration was higher than that in patients without heterotopic ossification.

  20. Graphics processing unit-assisted lossless decompression

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    Loughry, Thomas A.

    2016-04-12

    Systems and methods for decompressing compressed data that has been compressed by way of a lossless compression algorithm are described herein. In a general embodiment, a graphics processing unit (GPU) is programmed to receive compressed data packets and decompress such packets in parallel. The compressed data packets are compressed representations of an image, and the lossless compression algorithm is a Rice compression algorithm.

  1. Laminoplasty Techniques for the Treatment of Multilevel Cervical Stenosis

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    Lance K. Mitsunaga

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Laminoplasty is one surgical option for cervical spondylotic myelopathy. It was developed to avoid the significant risk of complications associated with alternative surgical options such as anterior decompression and fusion and laminectomy with or without posterior fusion. Various laminoplasty techniques have been described. All of these variations are designed to reposition the laminae and expand the spinal canal while retaining the dorsal elements to protect the dura from scar formation and to preserve postoperative cervical stability and alignment. With the right surgical indications, reliable results can be expected with laminoplasty in treating patients with multilevel cervical myelopathy.

  2. Application of magnetic resonance imaging in cervical spondylotic myelopathy

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    Chuan; Zhang; Sushant; K; Das; Dong-Jun; Yang; Han-Feng; Yang

    2014-01-01

    Cervical spondylotic myelopathy(CSM) is the most common cause of spinal cord dysfunction and is caused by static or dynamic repeated compression of the spinal cord resulting from degenerative arthritis of the cervical spine and some biological injuries to the cervical spine. The T2 signal change on conventional magnetic resonance imaging(MRI) is most commonly associated with neurological deficits. Diffusion tensor imaging and MR spectroscopy show altered microstructure and biochemistry that reflect patient-specific pathogenesis and can be used to predict neurological outcome and response to intervention. Functional MRI can help to assess the neurological functional recovery after decompression surgery for CSM.

  3. Transverse cervical skin incision and vertical platysma splitting approach for anterior cervical vertebral column exposure

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    Agrawal Amit

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Anterior surgical approaches provide direct access to symptomatic areas of the cervical spine, allow management of the vast spectrum of cervical spine pathologies and there are many articles in the literature that discussed these techniques in detail. Cosmesis is an important issue for patients who undergone surgeryon neck structures as an improperly placed incision attracting significant morbidity and few publications discuss this issue in details. The purpose of the present article is to describe our experience with transverse cervical skin incision and vertical platysma splitting approach for anterior cervical vertebral column exposure.

  4. Design and clinical application of cervical hollow threaded fixator

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    Objective Cervical hollow threaded fixator (CHTY) was designed and applied to stabilize tha cervical spine following anterior decompression due to cervical spondylosis or acute cervical disc herniation. Methods Medical use titanium alloy with no magnetism was made into a hollow threaded structure with holes on the wall of the fixator. Forly-two patients with cervical spondylosis and acute cervical disc herniation were stabilized using the CHTF technique after anterior decompression. X-ray films and CT scans were taken after the oberation to observe the stability ann fusion rate of the segments. Results Patients were allowed to walk one day after the operation and were followed up for 6 to 36 months. The operated segments were stable and solid fusion was observed 3-6 months after surgery. Conclusions Immediate stability of the operated segments can be obtained using the CHTF technique. Patients ware easy to manage after5 the operation and returned to their jobs in a short time.The CHTF technique is safe and simpa to perfoirme and eliminates the complications of an autograft.It may be an alternative to traditional cervical interbody fusion with bone graft.

  5. libpolycomp: Compression/decompression library

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    Tomasi, Maurizio

    2016-04-01

    Libpolycomp compresses and decompresses one-dimensional streams of numbers by means of several algorithms. It is well-suited for time-ordered data acquired by astronomical instruments or simulations. One of the algorithms, called "polynomial compression", combines two widely-used ideas (namely, polynomial approximation and filtering of Fourier series) to achieve substantial compression ratios for datasets characterized by smoothness and lack of noise. Notable examples are the ephemerides of astronomical objects and the pointing information of astronomical telescopes. Other algorithms implemented in this C library are well known and already widely used, e.g., RLE, quantization, deflate (via libz) and Burrows-Wheeler transform (via libbzip2). Libpolycomp can compress the timelines acquired by the Planck/LFI instrument with an overall compression ratio of ~9, while other widely known programs (gzip, bzip2) reach compression ratios less than 1.5.

  6. 360-degree cervical spinal arthrodesis for treatment of pediatric cervical spinal tuberculosis with kyphosis

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    Zeng, Hao; Shen, Xiongjie; Luo, Chengke; Xu, Zhengquan; Zhang, Yupeng; Liu, Zheng; Wang, Xiyang; Cao, Yong

    2016-01-01

    Background There is limited evidence to guide treatment for pediatric cervical spinal tuberculosis with kyphosis (PCSTK). This study retrospectively evaluates the safety, feasibility and efficacy of 360-degree arthrodesis combined with anterior debridement and decompression for treating PCSTK, while simultaneously emphasizing the role of posterior fixation for the correction and maintenance of the kyphosis angle. Methods From May 2006 to December 2012, a total of 12 children with PCSTK underw...

  7. Cervical Cancer

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    ... to see your doctor. www.cdc.gov/cancer/knowledge 1-800-CDC-INFO Are there tests that can prevent cervical cancer or find it early? There are two tests that can either help prevent cervical cancer or find it early: • The Pap test (or Pap smear)looks for precancers, cell changes, on the cervix ...

  8. Anesthesia management of a morbidly obese patient in prone position for lumbar spine surgery

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A morbidly obese, 45-year-old woman with a body mass index of 47 kg/m 2 , presented with a prolapsed intervertebral disc of the lumbar spine for decompression and fixation. Anesthesia and surgical positioning of morbidly obese patient carries 3 main hazards, namely, morbid obesity, prone position, and airway preservation problems. Morbid obesity has its own hazards of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolus. Here we describe anesthetic management, successfully dealing with the specific problems of this patient due to obesity.

  9. 29 CFR Appendix A to Subpart S of... - Decompression Tables

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    ... 29 Labor 8 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Decompression Tables A Appendix A to Subpart S of Part 1926...—Decompression Tables 1. Explanation. The decompression tables are computed for working chamber pressures from 0... exposure times for each pressure extending from one-half to over 8 hours inclusive. Decompressions will...

  10. 21 CFR 884.5225 - Abdominal decompression chamber.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Abdominal decompression chamber. 884.5225 Section... Devices § 884.5225 Abdominal decompression chamber. (a) Identification. An abdominal decompression chamber... decompression chamber that was in commercial distribution before May 28, 1976, or that has, on or...

  11. A computed tomography morphometric study of occipital bone and C2 pedicle anatomy for occipital-cervical fusion

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    Nicolas K.K. King; Tiruchelvarayan Rajendra; Ivan Ng; Wai Hoe Ng

    2014-01-01

    Background: Occipital-cervical fusion (OCF) has been used to treat instability of the occipito-cervical junction and to provide biomechanical stability after decompressive surgery. The specific areas that require detailed morphologic knowledge to prevent technical failures are the thickness of the occipital bone and diameter of the C2 pedicle, as the occipital midline bone and the C2 pedicle have structurally the strongest bone to provide the biomechanical purchase for cranio-cervical instrum...

  12. Pure traumatic upper cervical disc herniation causing spinal cord injury: a case report and review of literature

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    Sharifi, Guive; Mosavi, Seyed Ali; Shafieezad, Misagh; Asgari Nosari, Massoud

    2012-01-01

    Abstract: One third of all spinal injuries involve cervical vertebrae, and the impact of injury to the cervical spinal cord is profound and requires systemic treatment. The role and timing of surgical decompression after an acute spinal cord injury (SCI) remains one of the most controversial topics pertaining to spinal surgery. Lack of controlled, prospective, multicenter clinical studies has contributed to confusion in optimal treatment methods for patients with injuries of the cervical spin...

  13. CERVICAL CANCER – THE PRESENT SCENE

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT : Recent advances in cervical cancer management with well defined indications of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy have resulted in significant increase in survivors with better QOL. Ongoing recent trials pertaining to further refinement of treatment protocols to make it more cure specific and less morbid will bring more changes in the present scene. This article is a concise review of salient features regarding cervical cancer screening diag nosis & management at present.

  14. Percutaneous endoscopic cervical discectomy: 16 years of experience and literature review Discectomía endoscópica percutánea cervical: 16 años de experiência y revisión de la literatura Discectomia endoscópica percutânea cervical: 16 anos de experiência e revisão da literatura

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    Gun Choi; Sang Ho Lee; Max Franco de Carvalho; Nicolas Prada

    2009-01-01

    The advancement of the percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PECD) and its clinical success have led to similar minimally invasive approaches to the cervical spine. The goal of PECD is the decompression of the cervical nerve root through a direct endoscopic visualization, removing the herniated mass and shrinking the nucleous pulposus with the use of microforceps and holmium: yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Ho:YAG) laser. The senior author have performed PECD with cervical laser assisted endosc...

  15. Prediction of tissue decompression in orbital surgery

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    Objective: A method to predict the relationships between decompressed volume of orbital soft tissues, backward displacement of globe after osteotomy, and force exerted by the surgeon, was proposed to improve surgery planning in exophthalmia reduction. Design: A geometric model and a poroelastic finite element model were developed, based on Computed Tomography scan data. Background: The exophthalmia is characterised by a protrusion of the eyeball. Surgery consists in an osteotomy of the orbit walls to decompress the orbital content. A few clinical observations ruling on an almost linear relationship between globe backward displacement and tissue decompressed volume are described in the literature. Methods: Fast prediction of decompressed volume is derived from the geometric model: a sphere in interaction with a cone. Besides, a poroelastic Finite Element model involving morphology, material properties of orbital components and surgical gesture was implemented. Results: The geometric model provided a better dec...

  16. Fast algorithms for Bayesian JPEG decompression

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    Brno: Signal Processing Laboratory, 2013. [3rd SPLab Workshop 2013. 2013, Brno] Institutional support: RVO:67985556 Keywords : JPEG decompression * image restoration * image processing Subject RIV: JD - Computer Applications, Robotics

  17. Evidence Report: Risk of Decompression Sickness (DCS)

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    Conkin, Johnny; Norcross, Jason R.; Wessel, James H., III; Klein, Jill S.; Dervay, Joseph P.; Gernhardt, Michael L.

    2016-01-01

    Given that tissue inert gas partial pressure is often greater than ambient pressure during phases of a mission, primarily during extravehicular activity (EVA), there is a possibility of decompression sickness (DCS).

  18. Microvascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia

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    Background: Trigeminal Neuralgia (TGN) is the most frequently diagnosed type of facial pain. In idiopathic type of TGN it is caused by the neuro-vascular conflict involving trigeminal nerve. Microvascular decompression (MVD) aims at addressing this basic pathology in the idiopathic type of TGN. This study was conducted to determine the outcome and complications of patients with idiopathic TGN undergoing MVD. Method: In a descriptive case series patients with idiopathic TGN undergoing MVD were included in consecutive manner. Patients were diagnosed on the basis of detailed history and clinical examination. Retromastoid approach with craniectomy was used to access cerebellopontine angle (CP-angle) and microsurgical decompression was done. Patients were followed up for 6 months. Results: A total of 53 patients underwent MVD with mean age of 51.6±4.2 years and male predominance. In majority of cases (58.4 percentage) both Maxillary and Mandibular divisions were involved. Per-operatively superior cerebellar artery (SCA) was causing the neuro-vascular conflict in 33 (62.2 percentage) of the cases, anterior inferior cerebellar artery (AICA) in 6 (11.3 percentage) cases, both CSA and AICA in 3 (5.6 percentage) cases, venous compressions in only 1 (1.8percentage) patient and thick arachnoid adhesions were seen in 10 (18.9 percentage) patients. Postoperatively, 33 (68 percentage) patients were pain free, in 14 (26.45 percentage) patients pain was significantly improved whereas in 3 (5.6 percentage) patients there was mild improvement in symptoms. Three (5.6 percentage) patients did not improve after the primary surgery. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak was encountered in 7 (13.2 percentage) patients post-operatively, 4 (7.5 percentage) patients developed wound infection and 1 (1.8 percentage) patient developed aseptic meningitis. Three (5.6 percentage) patients had transient VII nerve palsy while one patient developed permanent VII nerve palsy. Conclusion: MVD is a safe and

  19. The diameters of the cervical spinal cord shown by Amipaque-myelography

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    The sagittal and cross diameters of the cervical spinal cord were measured in 53 patients with cervical nerve root compression and with no evidence of spinal cord involvement, as well as in 45 patients with spastic tetraparesis and no localised space occupying lesion, and 29 patients with myelographically proven cervical myelography. The true diameters were calculated by the known magnification factor (1:1,4). Patients with spastic tetraparesis showed diameters in normal ranges, as well as widened or diminished sizes of the cord. Some of the patients with cervical myelopathy showed diminished diameters in the caudal parts. This may be a hint for a poor outcome after decompression operation. (orig.)

  20. Orbital Decompression in Thyroid Eye Disease

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    Schittkowski, M P; Fichter, N.; Guthoff, R F

    2012-01-01

    Though enlargement of the bony orbit by orbital decompression surgery has been known for about a century, surgical techniques vary all around the world mostly depending on the patient's clinical presentation but also on the institutional habits or the surgeon's skills. Ideally every surgical intervention should be tailored to the patient's specific needs. Therefore the aim of this paper is to review outcomes, hints, trends, and perspectives in orbital decompression surgery in thyroid eye dise...

  1. Osteolysis and Cervical Cord Compression Secondary to Silicone Granuloma Formation around a Dorsal Spinal Cord Stimulator: A Case Report.

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    Dimar, John R; Endriga, David T; Carreon, Leah Y

    2016-06-01

    Spinal cord stimulators (SCSs) have long been in use as a modality for the management of numerous pain pathologies. Along with commonly anticipated morbidities such as displacement, failure (due to fracture or breakage), or infection, there have also been rare but well-documented complications of fibrous scarring, resulting in spinal cord compression. This is the first known case that demonstrates osteolysis and bony destruction of the vertebrae adjacent to the SCS along with the foreign-body granulomatous reaction. A 61-year-old man who underwent prior posterior cervical implantation with an SCS followed by multiple revisions presented with progressive paresthesias, numbness, and weakness of his upper extremities 10 years later. The SCS was removed followed by decompression, and instrumented fusion of the cervical spine. Histopathologic analysis reveals foreign-body reaction to the SCS and its silicone debris. Tissue cultures were negative for bacterial, fungal, or mycobacterial infection. No malignancy was seen. The current case illustrates the inherent possibility of foreign-body granulomatous reactions with SCS and its silicone particulate matter, made unique in this instance by the associated bony destruction of the adjacent vertebrae. PMID:27247910

  2. DIAGNOSTIC AND THERAPEUTIC POSSIBILITIES IN THE PROPHYLAXIS OF CERVICAL CANCER

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    Marzena Wrześniewska; Olga Adamczyk-Gruszka; Jakub Gruszka; Beata Bąk

    2013-01-01

    Poland is one of the countries with high cervical cancer morbidity and mortality. The main means to change this situation is to manage an active and modern programme of cervical cancer prophylaxis and diagnostics. To a large extent, the effectiveness of a cervical cancer prophylaxis programme is decided by the availability of modern diagnostic research. The conventional Papanicolaou test and modern LBC cytology techniques were discussed in the article, taking into consideration HPV diagno...

  3. Computed tomography in the evaluation of caudal cervical spondylomyelopathy of the Doberman Pinscher

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    Caudal cervical spondylomyelopathy is a common neurologic disorder of Doberman pinschers which has a number of striking similarities to cervical spondylotic myelopathy in humans. Diagnosis of this human disease is facilitated considerably by the use of computed tomographic (CT) myelography. Sixteen Doberman pinscher dogs with caudal cervical spondylomyelopathy were studied by conventional myelography followed by CT myelography. A close correlation was noted between the CT myelographic appearance of the cervical spinal cord in these dogs, and that reported for human cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Five dogs had atrophy of the spinal cord, and in another there was an accumulation of contrast medium within the spinal cord. These features are often associated with a poor response to surgical decompression in humans with cervical spondylotic myelopathy. The CT examination provided information that could not be obtained by conventional myelography alone and should be considered as an additional diagnostic procedure in dogs with caudal cervical spondylomyelopathy

  4. Cervical spondylosis

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    ... Past neck injury (often several years before) Past spine surgery Ruptured or slipped disk Severe arthritis Small fractures ... Kshettry VR. Cervical spondylosis. In: Benzel EC, ed. Spine Surgery . 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap ...

  5. Cervical Cancer

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    ... 162 KB) This information in Spanish (en español) Female reproductive system Select image to view larger Related ... D., FACS, Captain, U.S. Public Health Service Medical Director, National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, ...

  6. Cervical Stenosis

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    ... Accumulation of pus in the uterus is called pyometra. Symptoms Before menopause, cervical stenosis may cause menstrual ... present but not cause symptoms. A hematometra or pyometra can cause pain or cause the uterus to ...

  7. Analysis of amelioration of neurological function on cervical degeneration disease after treatment with cervical spine locking plate%颈椎带锁钢板内固定术对颈椎退变性疾病神经功能改善的分析

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    赖志军; 谢惠缄; 谢唏衷; 肖建如

    2002-01-01

    Objective To discuss the clinical effect of treatment with anterior decompression, bone graft and cervical locking plate fixation for cervical degeneration disease.Method 23 patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy and cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament have undergone the treatment of anterior cervical spine locking plate fusion.Neurological signs and symptoms were evaluated before and after surgery, and mean follow up time was 11.3 months.Result In all cases,radiography demonstrated a solid bony fusion.Additional general complications include a large wound hematoma in one and hoarseness in one.All patients' neurological function were improved.Conclusion The clinical effect of treatment with anterior decompression, bone graft and cervical locking plate fixation for cervical degeneration disease is satisfactory.

  8. Morbidity and GH deficiency

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    Stochholm, Kirstine; Laursen, Torben; Green, Anders;

    2008-01-01

    identified in the National Patient Registry. Lag time until first admission was used as a measure of morbidity. Patients were divided into childhood onset (CO) and adult onset (AO), discriminated by an age cut-off of 18 years at onset of GHD. METHOD: Sex- and cause-specific hazard ratios (HRs) in CO and AO......; diseases of the eye, ear, and circulatory diseases; and traumas. Fractures were significantly increased in AO females, not in males. CONCLUSIONS: Morbidity was significantly increased in the GHD patients. The increased morbidity was due to a variety of disorders, some of which can readily be explained by...

  9. Cervical Synovial Cyst Causing Cervical Radiculomyelopathy: Case Report and Review of the Literature.

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    Corredor, José A; Quan, Gerald

    2015-08-01

    Study Design Case report. Objective Synovial cysts in the subaxial cervical spine are rare and are most commonly reported at the cervicothoracic junction. Only six cases of symptomatic C5-C6 synovial cysts have been reported in the literature; the condition is usually treated with decompressive laminectomy. We present a patient with a synovial cyst arising from the C5-C6 facet joint, associated with spondylolisthesis, and causing radiculomyelopathy. The patient was treated with a posterior excision of the cyst, decompressive laminectomy, and fusion. Methods A 67-year-old man had vertebral canal stenosis at C5-C6 secondary to a synovial cyst and spondylolisthesis with symptoms and signs of radiculopathy and myelopathy. Surgical management involved C5-C6 posterior decompressive laminectomy and excision of the cyst and C4-C6 instrumented fusion with lateral mass screws and rods. A literature review of symptomatic cervical synovial cysts is presented. Results The imaging studies identified grade I spondylolisthesis and a 3.3 × 4.3-mm extradural lentiform-like mass associated with focal compression of the spinal cord and exiting the C6 nerve root. After the surgery, the patient had an immediate full recovery and was asymptomatic by the 6-month examination. No operative complications were reported. The histologic report confirmed the presence of a synovial cyst. Conclusions C5-C6 is an unusual localization for symptomatic synovial cysts. Similar cases reported in the literature achieved excellent results after cyst excision and decompressive laminectomy. Because spondylolisthesis plus laminectomy are risk factors for segmental instability in the cervical spine, we report a case of a C5-C6 facet synovial cyst successfully treated with posterior laminectomy and C4-C6 fusion. PMID:26225291

  10. General Information about Cervical Cancer

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    ... Research Cervical Cancer Treatment (PDQ®)–Patient Version General Information About Cervical Cancer Key Points Cervical cancer is ... the NCI website . Cervical Cancer During Pregnancy General Information About Cervical Cancer During Pregnancy Treatment of cervical ...

  11. Hyperthyroidism and psychiatric morbidity

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    Brandt, Frans; Thvilum, Marianne; Pedersen, Dorthe Almind; Christensen, Kaare; Green, Anders; Hegedus, Laszlo; Brix, Thomas Heiberg

    2014-01-01

    Thyroid hormones are essential for the normal development of the fetal brain, while hyperthyroidism in adults is associated with mood symptoms and reduced quality of life. We aimed to investigate the association and temporal relation between hyperthyroidism and psychiatric morbidity....

  12. Activ C cervical disc replacement for myelopathy

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    L McGonagle

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Cervical disc replacement is becoming an increasingly popular treatment option for cervical myelopathy. It retains motion at the affected segment, unlike anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. The aim of this study is to assess the outcomes of a series of patients who underwent Activ C disc replacement for cervical myelopathy. Materials and Methods: A series of patients at the above Trust with clinical and radiological evidence of cervical myelopathy who were suitable for cervical disc replacement from 2007 to 2009 were included. Implants were inserted by one of two consultant surgeons {IMS, MO′M}. Patients were assessed preoperatively and at six, 12 and 24 months, postoperatively, with a visual analogue score (VAS for neck and arm pain severity and frequency, the Neck Disability Index questionnaire (NDI and the Centre for Epidemiologic Studies Depression questionnaire (CES-D. Results: Ten patients underwent surgery between May 2007 and July 2009, 6 women, and 4 men. Average age was 54 years (40-64. Disc levels replaced were: four at C4-5; eight at C5-6; seven at C6-7. Three patients had one disc replaced, five patients had two discs replaced, and two patients had three discs replaced. The VAS for neck pain improved from 5.9 pre-operatively to 1.4-24 months postoperatively and the VAS arm pain improved from 5.4 to 2.6. The NDI improved from 51% preoperatively to 26.8% at 24 months postoperatively. The CES-D showed a slight increase from 19.5 preoperatively to 21.7 at 24 months, postoperatively. Conclusion: Cervical decompression and disc replacement improves pain and function in patients with cervical myelopathy. This benefit is maintained at 24 months post op, with no cases requiring revision.

  13. Morbidity variation and RAWP.

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    STUDY OBJECTIVE--Resource allocations from the central government to the English health regions are determined by population levels adjusted by relative standardised mortality ratios (SMRs). The White Paper Working for Patients proposes that allocations should in future be based on capitation adjusted by some other measures of health. The aim of this paper was to investigate the effect of using morbidity data in the weighting algorithm instead of relative SMRs. DESIGN--Morbidity data were obt...

  14. Leukaemia morbidity in Bavaria

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    As a contribution to the discussion as to whether there might be any positive relation between low level radiation of natural origin or even of nuclear power plants (NPPs) and the increase in leukaemia morbidity, the Federal Health Office carried out a study on leukaemia mortality in Bavaria. The results of this study suggest that there is a need for morbidity studies for various reasons - e.g. because of te changes and improvements that have been achieved in therapy, especially for childhood leukaemia, as a result of which morbidity patterns might possibly differ from those of mortality. As with the mortality study, the morbidity study was not limited to radiation effects only but did also include other environmental factors relevant for leukaemia. The purpose of our study is to prepare a map of leukaemia in Bavaria and to find out whether there are regional differences in morbidity and, if so, whether the environmental factors influencing morbidity may be identified. For epidemiological studies on the potential effects of lowlevel radiation it is very helpful that there are considerable differences in the levels of natural radiation in different regions of Bavaria. In addition an NPP is located in the regions of Bavaria which has been in operation for more than 15 years. This is the longest time of operation of an NPP in the Federal Republic of Germany, and it is equal to the maximum latency period of leukaemia (according to surveys on the Japanese atom bomb survivors). (Author)

  15. Cervical spondylosis with spinal cord encroachment: should preventive surgery be recommended?

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    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background It has been stated that individuals who have spondylotic encroachment on the cervical spinal cord without myelopathy are at increased risk of spinal cord injury if they experience minor trauma. Preventive decompression surgery has been recommended for these individuals. The purpose of this paper is to provide the non-surgical spine specialist with information upon which to base advice to patients. The evidence behind claims of increased risk is investigated as well as the evidence regarding the risk of decompression surgery. Methods A literature search was conducted on the risk of spinal cord injury in individuals with asymptomatic cord encroachment and the risk and benefit of preventive decompression surgery. Results Three studies on the risk of spinal cord injury in this population met the inclusion criteria. All reported increased risk. However, none were prospective cohort studies or case-control studies, so the designs did not allow firm conclusions to be drawn. A number of studies and reviews of the risks and benefits of decompression surgery in patients with cervical myelopathy were found, but no studies were found that addressed surgery in asymptomatic individuals thought to be at risk. The complications of decompression surgery range from transient hoarseness to spinal cord injury, with rates ranging from 0.3% to 60%. Conclusion There is insufficient evidence that individuals with spondylotic spinal cord encroachment are at increased risk of spinal cord injury from minor trauma. Prospective cohort or case-control studies are needed to assess this risk. There is no evidence that prophylactic decompression surgery is helpful in this patient population. Decompression surgery appears to be helpful in patients with cervical myelopathy, but the significant risks may outweigh the unknown benefit in asymptomatic individuals. Thus, broad recommendations for decompression surgery in suspected at-risk individuals cannot be made

  16. Different decompressions and internal fixations for treating multilevel cervical spondylotic myelopathy: Effect of magnetic resonance image on measuring the sagittal diameter of dural sac and evaluating the recovery rate%不同减压植骨及内固定方式治疗多节段脊髓型颈椎病:MRI测量硬脊膜囊矢状径及膨胀恢复率的疗效评价

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    胡朝晖; 李兵; 李龙; 李康华; 陈雷

    2007-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Compression occurs in several horizontal spinal cords of patients with multilevel cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM), especially compression is attacked on both ends of spinal cord. Therefore, there are so many choices of approach and way for operation. However, which approach and way have good effects and few complications is still controversial up to now.OBJECTIVE: To observe the therapeutic effect of anterior multilevel decompression and internal fixation on multilevel CSM and compare with posterior mono-open-door vertebral canal expanding laminoplasty.DESIGN: Contrast analysis.SETTING: Department of Orthopaedics, Xiangya Hospital of South China University; Department of Orthopaedics, People's Hospital of Liuzhou.PARTICIPANTS: A total of 68 patients with multilevel CSM were selected from the Department of Orthopaedics, Xiangya Hospital of South China University from January 2000 to June 2005. All patients were divided into anterior approach surgery group (n =33) and posterior approach surgery group (n =35). Baseline data between the two groups were comparable.METHODS:①Anterior approach surgery group: All 33 patients received bone-transplanting and internal fixation through cervical spine. Among them, auto-iliac bone-graft was transplanted into 17 cases, Cage auto-bone graft combining with allogenic bone was transplanted into 11 cases, and titan-net and auto-bone combining with allogenic bone was transplanted into 5 cases. In addition, long segments were dealt with internal fixation of anterior cervical spine locking plate (CSLP). Among them, 12 cases used Orion plate, 13 cased used Zephir palte, and 8 cases used Codman plate. ②Posterior approach surgery group: Fifteen patients received total laminectomy for decompression and other twenty patients received mono-open-door vertebral canal expanding laminoplasty. After laminoplasty, all patients received negative pressure and neck support fixation for three months.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

  17. Management of Pelvic Chondroblastic Osteosarcoma after Urgent Spinal Decompression - A Report of 2 Cases

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    Scudday, Travis Spencer; Danisa, Olumide Ayodele; Zuckerman, Lee Michael

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: Pelvic sarcoma presenting with neurologic symptoms is rare. Workup of neurological deficits, whether elective or emergent should address the possibility of a space occupying lesion including pelvic sarcoma. Poor biopsy technique and incomplete workup of musculoskeletal tumors results in misdiagnosis or major errors in 18% of biopsies. The sequelae of a suboptimal biopsy include local recurrence, a more extensive resection, or extremity amputation. Pelvic chondroblastic osteosarcoma presenting with neurological deficits has not been previously reported. We report two cases of chondroblastic osteosarcoma that were treated with urgent decompression of the lumbar spine due to neurologic symptoms. Case presentations: Our two cases, a 25 year old Hispanic female and 22 year old Hispanic male, both presented with neurologic changes due to a space occupying tumor in the lumbar spine and pelvis. Both underwent spinal decompression following incomplete workup. A repeat biopsy was required in both cases due to a questionable initial diagnosis. Once the diagnosis was confirmed, they underwent definitive resection and treatment that was more morbid due to the primary decompressions. Conclusion: We stress the importance of proper biopsy techniques as well as the need to complete a full preoperative staging workup prior to any surgical procedures involving musculoskeletal tumors. We review the current literature on lumbar chondroblastic osteosarcomas and review the issues surrounding biopsy of musculoskeletal tumors. Our cases underline the need for complete workup and correct biopsy techniques to ensure patients have the best chance at tumor free survival with minimal morbidity. PMID:27299134

  18. Internal fixation on the lower cervical spine – biomechanics and clinical practice of procedures and implants

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    Ulrich, Chr.; Arand, M.; Nothwang, J.

    2001-01-01

    The decision to opt for a particular internal fixation procedure of a traumatized unstable lower cervical spine should be based on analysis and implementation of scientific and clinical data on the biomechanics of the intact, the unstable and the implant-fixed spine. The following recommendations for surgical stabilization of the lower cervical spine seem, therefore, to be justified. Firstly, the surgical procedure should be to bring about decompression, realignment, and stability. Secondly, ...

  19. Avaliação da dor e morbidade local da retirada do enxerto ósseo da crista ilíaca para artrodese cervical anterior Evaluación del dolor y morbilidad local del injerto extraído de la cresta ilíaca para artrodesis cervical anterior Evaluation of the pain and local morbidity of the insertion taken out from the iliac crest to the anterior cervical arthrodesis

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    Rafael Barreto Silva; Paulo Tadeu Maia Cavali; Ivan Guidolin Veiga; Marcelo Italo Risso-Neto; Wagner Pasqualini; Marcus Alexandre Mello Santos; Alexander Junqueira Rossato; Maurício Antonelli Lehoczki; Elcio Landim

    2010-01-01

    OBJETIVO: avaliar as possíveis complicações associadas à retirada de enxerto da crista ilíaca anterior em cirurgia para artrodese cervical anterior, em especial a dor residual. MÉTODOS: foi realizado estudo retrospectivo com análise de prontuários e aplicação de questionário via telefone com 20 pacientes no período compreendido entre Agosto de 2008 e Novembro de 2009. Todos os pacientes foram submetidos à mesma técnica cirúrgica para extração do enxerto, sendo operados pela mesma equipe no Ho...

  20. Cognition of cervical spondylosis%颈椎病之我见

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    赵定麟

    2015-01-01

    In 1976, Dr. Zhao Dinglin and Dr. Zhang Wenming made the breakthrough. Based on the purpose of releasing bone induced pressure they had completed the first anterior radical cervical decompression and bone grafting + partial rotation. Since then, chinese scholars had continuously explored the pathogenesis, pathological anatomy, pathophysiological features, reasonable classiifcation and many other related issues of cervical spondylosis. In several years from 1970s, the author proposed the concept of cervical nonfusion technology, to accomplish various designs and producing, which was subsequently used in clinical treatment. We brought forward Luschka’s joint diseases and anterior-lateral decompression surgery on the purpose of resecting Luschka’s joints. To reduce the damage to the cervical spine anatomy, we had designed a cervical anterior undermining decompression instrument ( including “L” shape, “T” shape, “Y” shape and single vertebrae ). We cooperated with Shanghai No. Six Surgical Instruments Factory and produced both conventional and special instruments on cervical spine surgery to improve the accuracy and security in operations. After that, we designed cervical hollow threaded ifxator, artiifcial cervical vertebra body and artiifcial vertebra plate. Combined with the research results concluded by three national forums, we elaborated basic concepts and definitions of cervical researches at different periods. On this basis we introduced those crucial issues such as the natural outcome of the cervical spondylosis, pathological anatomy features, pathogenesis and so on. Also, for some related trending topics we expressed personal viewpoints. For instance, selection of operative approach ( anterior or posterior ), origin, choice and effectiveness of nonfusion technique, and operative essentials of less invasion. Furthermore we put forward the main points on more common clinical diseases: Luschka’s joint diseases and anterior central spinal artery

  1. Percutaneous endoscopic cervical discectomy using working channel endoscopes.

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    Ahn, Yong

    2016-06-01

    Percutaneous endoscopic cervical discectomy has evolved as an efficient, minimally invasive spine surgery for cervical disc herniation or radiculopathy. The development of the working channel endoscope makes definitive decompression surgery through a percutaneous approach feasible. There are two methods of approach to target the pathology: anterior and posterior approach. The approach can be determined according to the zone of pathology or the surgeon's preference. The most significant benefits of this endoscopic surgical technique are minimal access tissue trauma and early recovery from the intervention. However, this technique is still evolving and have a steep learning curve. Extensive development of surgical technique and working channel endoscopes will enable us to treat cervical disc herniation more practically. The objective of this review is to describe the cutting-edge techniques of endoscopic surgery in the cervical spine and to discuss the pros and cons of these minimally invasive surgical techniques. PMID:27086505

  2. Morbidity from episiotomy

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    Objective: To assess the morbidity from episiotomy. Methods: The prospective randomised control study was conducted at the Military Hospital Rawalpindi's Gynaecology and Obstetrics Department from January 2006 to April 2008. It comprised 100 patients who were given a mediolateral episiotomy at the crowning of the foetal head (group 1). Another group of 100 patients were delivered without an episiotomy (group 2). Postpartum morbidity was compared in the two groups. Morbidity included perineal damage by tears, subjective assessment of pain at perineum, dyspareunia after puerperium, feeling of pressure puerperium, incontinence and objective assessment of prolapse after puerperium. Results: Morbidity including perineal damage by tears, pain at perineum and dyspareunia, was much more in group I as compared to the group II. There was no significant difference in feeling of pressure perineum, subjective feeling of urinary and flatus incontinence or objective assessment of prolapse of vagina and uterus. Conclusion: There are no significant advantages of episiotomy. In fact, it leads to morbidity which is otherwise avoidable in deliveries that are episiotomy-free. (author)

  3. Restructuring Compressed Texts without Explicit Decompression

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    Goto, Keisuke; Inenaga, Shunsuke; Bannai, Hideo; Sakamoto, Hiroshi; Takeda, Masayuki

    2011-01-01

    We consider the problem of {\\em restructuring} compressed texts without explicit decompression. We present algorithms which allow conversions from compressed representations of a string $T$ produced by any grammar-based compression algorithm, to representations produced by several specific compression algorithms including LZ77, LZ78, run length encoding, and some grammar based compression algorithms. These are the first algorithms that achieve running times polynomial in the size of the compressed input and output representations of $T$. Since most of the representations we consider can achieve exponential compression, our algorithms are theoretically faster in the worst case, than any algorithm which first decompresses the string for the conversion.

  4. Clinical application of percutaneous laser disk decompression

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    Objective: To evaluate the therapeutic effects of lumbar disk herniation treated by semiconductor laser. Methods: One-hundred cases of lumbar disk herniation diagnosed by clinic and CT or MRI within three months underwent percutaneous laser disk decompression, including 65 cases of L4-5 and 35 cases of L5-S1 disk. Results: In this group of patients, the successful rate of penetration was 100% and the rate of efficiency was 72%. There was no complication in the following 6-18 months. Conclusion: Percutaneous laser disk decompression with semiconductor laser was a convenient, safe, efficient and minimally invasive technique

  5. MORBIDITY AGENTS: A REVIEW

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    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper discuss on clinical representation of morbid jealousy which often termed delusional jealousy or ‘Othello Syndrome’ is a psychiatric condition where a lover believes against all reason and their beloved is being sexually unfaithful. Patients will be preoccupied with their partner’s perceived lack of sexual fidelity and will often behave in an unacceptable or extreme way as they endeavor to prove their ideas. Misuse of any psychomotor is an important association cause morbidity jealousy agents, like CNS stimulants that release the catecholamine, particularly dopamine, from pre synaptic terminals substance should be treated as a priority. Where higher levels of violence are reported Sildenafil may be useful as a diagnostic as well as therapeutic test in such cases .Many studies have shown an association between high alcohol consumption and developing morbid jealousy. Amphetamine-induced psychosis has been extensively studied because of its close resemblance to schizophrenia.

  6. Reversal of dysthyroid optic neuropathy following orbital fat decompression

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    Kazim, M; Trokel, S; Acaroglu, G; Elliott, A

    2000-01-01

    AIMS—To document the successful treatment of five patients with dysthyroid optic neuropathy by orbital fat decompression instead of orbital bone decompression after failed medical therapy.
METHODS—Eight orbits of five patients with dysthyroid optic neuropathy were selected for orbital fat decompression as an alternative to bone removal decompression. Treatment with systemic corticosteroids and/or orbital radiotherapy was either unsuccessful or contraindicated in each case. All patients satisf...

  7. Pictorial essay: Role of ultrasound in failed carpal tunnel decompression

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    USG has been used for the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome. Scarring and incomplete decompression are the main causes for persistence or recurrence of symptoms. We performed a retrospective study to assess the role of ultrasound in failed carpal tunnel decompression. Of 422 USG studies of the wrist performed at our center over the last 5 years, 14 were for failed carpal tunnel decompression. Scarring was noted in three patients, incomplete decompression in two patients, synovitis in one pa...

  8. A New Measure of Decompression Sickness in the Rat

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    Peter Buzzacott; Aleksandra Mazur; Qiong Wang; Kate Lambrechts; Michael Theron; Jacques Mansourati; François Guerrero

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    In this study we assessed the reliability of a tilting-board grip score as a measure of decompression sickness in rats. In experiments using a hyperbaric compression/decompression protocol, rats were observed for signs of decompression sickness and their grip strength measured on a tilting particle board hinged to a metal frame. Angles at which rats lost grip were converted to gravitational vectors. Decreased mean grip scores following decompression were fitted to a logistic regression model ...

  9. Laminoplasty Techniques for the Treatment of Multilevel Cervical Stenosis

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    Mitsunaga, Lance K.; Klineberg, Eric O.; Gupta, Munish C.

    2012-01-01

    Laminoplasty is one surgical option for cervical spondylotic myelopathy. It was developed to avoid the significant risk of complications associated with alternative surgical options such as anterior decompression and fusion and laminectomy with or without posterior fusion. Various laminoplasty techniques have been described. All of these variations are designed to reposition the laminae and expand the spinal canal while retaining the dorsal elements to protect the dura from scar formation ...

  10. 46 CFR 197.332 - PVHO-Decompression chambers.

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    ... 46 Shipping 7 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false PVHO-Decompression chambers. 197.332 Section 197.332... STANDARDS GENERAL PROVISIONS Commercial Diving Operations Equipment § 197.332 PVHO—Decompression chambers. Each decompression chamber must— (a) Meet the requirements of § 197.328; (b) Have internal...

  11. Intraoperative Myelography in Cervical Multilevel Stenosis Using 3D Rotational Fluoroscopy: Assessment of Feasibility and Image Quality

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Intraoperative myelography has been reported for decompression control in multilevel lumbar disease. Cervical myelography is technically more challenging. Modern 3D fluoroscopy may provide a new opportunity supplying multiplanar images. This study was performed to determine the feasibility and image quality of intraoperative cervical myelography using a 3D fluoroscope. Methods. The series included 9 patients with multilevel cervical stenosis. After decompression, 10 mL of water-soluble contrast agent was administered via a lumbar drainage and the operating table was tilted. Thereafter, a 3D fluoroscopy scan (O-Arm was performed and visually evaluated. Findings. The quality of multiplanar images was sufficient to supply information about the presence of residual stenosis. After instrumentation, metal artifacts lowered image quality. In 3 cases, decompression was continued because myelography depicted residual stenosis. In one case, anterior corpectomy was not completed because myelography showed sufficient decompression after 2-level discectomy. Interpretation. Intraoperative myelography using 3D rotational fluoroscopy is useful for the control of surgical decompression in multilevel spinal stenosis providing images comparable to postmyelographic CT. The long duration of contrast delivery into the cervical spine may be solved by preoperative contrast administration. The method is susceptible to metal artifacts and, therefore, should be applied before metal implants are placed.

  12. Single or double-level anterior interbody fusion techniques for cervical degenerative disc disease

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    Jacobs, Wilco; Willems, Paul C.; van Limbeek, Jacques; Bartels, Ronald; Pavlov, Paul; Anderson, Patricia G.; Oner, Cumhur

    2011-01-01

    Background The number of surgical techniques for decompression and solid interbody fusion as treatment for cervical spondylosis has increased rapidly, but the rationale for the choice between different techniques remains unclear. Objectives To determine which technique of anterior interbody fusion g

  13. CASINO: Surgical or Nonsurgical Treatment for cervical radiculopathy, a randomised controlled trial

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    Geest, S. de; Kuijper, B.; Oterdoom, M.; Hout, W. van den; Brand, R.; Stijnen, T.; Assendelft, P.; Koes, B.; Jacobs, W.; Peul, W.; Vleggeert-Lankamp, C.

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Cervical radicular syndrome (CRS) due to a herniated disc can be safely treated by surgical decompression of the spinal root. In the vast majority of cases this relieves pain in the arm and restores function. However, conservative treatment also has a high chance on relieving symptoms. T

  14. CASINO: Surgical or nonsurgical treatment for cervical radiculopathy, a randomised controlled trial

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    S. van Geest; B. Kuijper (Barbara); M. Oterdoom (Marinus); W.B. van den Hout (Wilbert); R. Brand (René); Th. Stijnen (Theo); P. Assendelft (Pim); B.W. Koes (Bart); W. Jacobs (Wouter); W.C. Peul (Wilco); C.L.A.M. Vleggeert-Lankamp (Carmen)

    2014-01-01

    textabstractBackground: Cervical radicular syndrome (CRS) due to a herniated disc can be safely treated by surgical decompression of the spinal root. In the vast majority of cases this relieves pain in the arm and restores function. However, conservative treatment also has a high chance on relieving

  15. Reversal of tetraplegia in a patient with haematogenous cervical epidural abscess.

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    Katonis, Pavlos; Souvatzis, Xenia; Tsavalas, Nikolaos; Alpantaki, Kalliopi

    2011-08-01

    Pyogenic haematogenous cervical epidural abscess complicated by tetraplegia is an uncommon entity, but its clinical importance overshadows its rarity. Predisposing risk factors for spinal epidural abscess include diabetes, intravenous drug abuse, liver disease, renal failure, malignancy, HIV, infection elsewhere, rheumatoid conditions, trauma and a number of spinal interventions. Lack of recovery and death are much more frequent when complete paralysis exists since more than 24 to 48 hours. Most authors combine decompressive laminectomy and antibiotics. Anterior decompression and needle aspiration are rarely used, the former more specifically in case of anterior abscess formation. A high index of suspicion along with reliance on gadolinium-enhanced MRI is essential to diagnose the pathology and institute appropriate treatment on an individual basis. The authors report on a diabetic male patient who developed a cervical epidural abscess with tetraplegia after dental extraction. He was treated within six hours by one stage anterior/posterior decompression and fusion, with complete recovery. PMID:21954768

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  17. Bilateral failure of adduction following orbital decompression.

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    Kinsella, F; Kyle, P.; Stansfield, A

    1990-01-01

    We report a case of bilateral complete failure of adduction following bilateral translid antralethmoidal orbital decompression. We believe the probable mechanism is neuropraxia (temporary dysfunction) of the third cranial nerves' supply to the medial recti, owing to these nerves' occupying an anatomically abnormal position. Partial recovery of adduction occurred over the ensuing six months.

  18. Long arm decompression osteotomy for hallux limitus.

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    Robinson, Stephen C; Frank, Ryan P

    2005-04-01

    This article presents a new osteotomy for stage I or II hallux limitus. The long arm decompression osteotomy can be used to shorten and plantarflex the first metatarsal. The indications, surgical technique, advantages, and disadvantages are described in detail. PMID:15833423

  19. Chronic Synovitis after Open Carpal Tunnel Decompression.

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    Yousef, Justin; Chan, Patrick; Rahdon, Richard

    2016-06-01

    Open carpal tunnel decompression is a common procedure with potential long-term complications such as scar tenderness, pillar pain and neuroma. We present the case of a 65 year-old male with chronic lipomatous hypertrophy of the wrist and chronic flexor tenosynovitis after open carpal tunnel release for its rarity and severity of symptoms that required further surgery. PMID:27454645

  20. Spontaneous extracranial decompression of epidural hematoma

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    Epidural hematoma (EDH) is a common sequela of head trauma in children. An increasing number are managed nonsurgically, with close clinical and imaging observation. We report the case of a traumatic EDH that spontaneously decompressed into the subgaleal space, demonstrated on serial CT scans that showed resolution of the EDH and concurrent enlargement of the subgaleal hematoma. (orig.)

  1. Nucleosynthesis in decompressing neutron star matter

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    Jaikumar, P; Otsuki, K; Ouyed, R; Jaikumar, Prashanth; Meyer, Bradley S.; Otsuki, Kaori; Ouyed, Rachid

    2006-01-01

    We explore heavy-element nucleosynthesis by rapid neutron capture (r-process) in the decompressing ejecta from the surface of a neutron star. The decompression is triggered by a violent phase transition to strange quark matter (quark-nova scenario). The presence of neutron-rich large Z nuclei (40,95)<(Z,A)<(70,177), the large neutron-to-seed ratio, and the low electron fraction Ye ~ 0.03 in the decompressing ejecta present favorable conditions for the r-process. We perform network calculations that are adapted to the quark-nova conditions, and which mimic usual (n-\\gamma) equilibrium r-process calculations during the initially cold decompression phase. They match to dynamical r-process calculations at densities below neutron drip (4x10^11 g/cc). We present results for the final element abundance distribution with and without heating from nuclear reactions, and compare to the solar abundance pattern of r-process elements. We highlight the distinguishing features of quark-novae by contrasting it with conv...

  2. Risks of Cervical Cancer Screening

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    ... Treatment Cervical Cancer Prevention Cervical Cancer Screening Research Cervical Cancer Screening (PDQ®)–Patient Version What is screening? Screening ... These are called diagnostic tests . General Information About Cervical Cancer Key Points Cervical cancer is a disease in ...

  3. Cervical spine CT scan

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    ... cervical spine; Computed tomography scan of cervical spine; CT scan of cervical spine; Neck CT scan ... Risks of CT scans include: Being exposed to radiation Allergic reaction to contrast dye CT scans expose you to more radiation than ...

  4. Ambulation Increases Decompression Sickness in Altitude Exposure

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    Conkin, Johnny; Pollock, N. W.; Natoli, M. J.; Wessel, J. H., III; Gernhardt, M. L.

    2014-01-01

    INTRODUCTION - Exercise accelerates inert gas elimination during oxygen breathing prior to decompression (prebreathe), but may also promote bubble formation and increase the risk of decompression sickness (DCS). The timing, pattern and intensity of exercise are likely critical to the net effect. The NASA Prebreathe Reduction Program (PRP) combined oxygen prebreathe and exercise preceding a 4.3 psi exposure in non-ambulatory subjects (a microgravity analog) to produce two protocols now used by astronauts preparing for extravehicular activity (CEVIS and ISLE). Additional work is required to investigate whether exercise normal to 1 G environments increases the risk of DCS over microgravity simulation. METHODS - The CEVIS protocol was replicated with one exception. Our subjects completed controlled ambulation (walking in place with fixed cadence and step height) during both preflight and at 4.3 psi instead of remaining non-ambulatory throughout. Decompression stress was graded with aural Doppler (Spencer 0-IV scale). Two-dimensional echocardiographic imaging was used to look for left heart gas emboli (the presence of which prompted test termination). Venous blood was collected at three points to correlate Doppler measures of decompression stress with microparticle (cell fragment) accumulation. Fisher Exact Tests compared test and control groups. Trial suspension would occur when DCS risk >15% or grade IV venous gas emboli (VGE) risk >20% (at 70% confidence). RESULTS - Eleven person-trials were completed (9 male, 2 female) when DCS prompted suspension. DCS was greater than in CEVIS trials (3/11 [27%] vs. 0/45 [0%], respectively, p=0.03). Statistical significance was not reached for peak grade IV VGE (2/11 [18%] vs. 3/45 [7%], p=0.149) or cumulative grade IV VGE observations per subject-trial (8/128 [6%] vs. 26/630 [4%], p=0.151). Microparticle data were collected for 5/11 trials (3 with DCS outcomes), with widely varying patterns that could not be resolved statistically

  5. Cervical Synovial Cyst Causing Cervical Radiculomyelopathy: Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Corredor, José A.; Quan, Gerald

    2014-01-01

    Study Design Case report. Objective Synovial cysts in the subaxial cervical spine are rare and are most commonly reported at the cervicothoracic junction. Only six cases of symptomatic C5–C6 synovial cysts have been reported in the literature; the condition is usually treated with decompressive laminectomy. We present a patient with a synovial cyst arising from the C5–C6 facet joint, associated with spondylolisthesis, and causing radiculomyelopathy. The patient was treated with a posterior ex...

  6. Decompression as an effective primary approach to large radicular cyst in maxillary sinus: A case report

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    Biočanin Vladimir

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Therapeutic approach to jaw cysts may depend on their dimensions and localization. Enucleation of cystic lesion is not always preferable in the first act, especially if large cysts are in close proximity to important anatomical structures. The aim of this paper was to present the outcome of the treatment protocol comprising preoperative decompression and subsequent enucleation of a large maxillary cyst. Case report. A 21-year-old male patient with large asymptomatic radicular cyst in the right maxillary sinus was presented to our clinic. Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT showed a large cyst, which perforated the right anterior maxillary wall by 1.5 cm, and was in the intimate contact with the orbital floor. Surgical treatment of the cystic lesion comprised: preoperative decompression with biopsy in the first act and enucleation, performed under general anesthesia, 6 months after the observation period. Conclusion. Decompression with subsequent enucleation proved to be effective treatment of large radicular cyst in maxillary sinus with low-morbidity. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 175021

  7. Minimally Invasive In Situ Cubital Tunnel Decompression.

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    Koehler, Steven M; Lovy, Andrew J; Guerra, Sara M; Chawla, Harshvardhan; Hausman, Michael R

    2016-03-01

    The purpose of this study is to describe a modified technique for a minimally invasive approach to in situ ulnar nerve decompression and to provide long-term follow-up. Thirty-one patients were included. DASH and MHQ scores were measured. Mean postoperative DASH score was 10. Eighty percent of patients achieved a postoperative DASH score under 10. Average postoperative MHQ scores were as follows: overall hand function 89, activities of daily living 93, work 92, pain 7, esthetics 95, and satisfaction 84. There were no postoperative neurological complications. No patient required open decompression or transposition. There were no wound complications. This technique addresses all points of possible compression, results in outcomes similar to those reported in the literature, and results in excellent cosmesis. It is a simple and safe technique that avoids the complexities of endoscopy and transposition and has proven to be successful. PMID:26829676

  8. Subcooled decompression analysis in PWR LOCA

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    The thermo-hydraulic behavior of the coolant in the primary system of a nuclear reactor is important in the core heat transfer analysis during a hypothetical loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA). The heat transfer correlations are strongly dependent on local thermo-hydraulic conditions of the coolant. The present work allows to calculate such thermo-hydraulic behavior of the coolant during subcooled decompression in PWR LOCA by solving the mass, momentum, and energy conservation equations by the method of characteristics. Detailed studies were made on the transient coolant outflow at the pipe rupture and the effect of frictional loss and heat addition to the coolant on the decompression. Based on the studies, a digital computer code, DEPCO-MULTI, has been prepared and numerical results are compared with the ROSA (JAERI) and the LOFT (NRTS) semiscale test data with various coolant pressures, temperatures, pipe break sizes, and complexity of flow geometry. Good agreement is generally obtained

  9. Outpatient cervical and lumbar spine surgery is feasible and safe: A consecutive single center series of 1449 patients

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    Helseth, Øystein; Lied, Bjarne Lidvar; Halvorsen, Charlotte Marie; Ekseth, Kåre; Helseth, Eirik

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: There is an increasing demand for surgery of degenerative spinal disease. Limited healthcare resources draw attention to the need for cost-effective treatments. Outpatient surgery, when safe and feasible, is more cost effective than inpatient surgery. OBJECTIVE: To study types and rates of complications after outpatient lumbar and cervical spine decompressions. METHODS: Complications were recorded prospectively in 1449 (1073 lumbar, 376 cervical) outpatients undergoing micro...

  10. Laminar hook instrumentation in the cervical spine. An experimental study on the relation of hooks to the spinal cord

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    Fagerström, T.; Hedlund, R.; Bancel, P.; Robert, R; Dupas, B.

    2001-01-01

    Several anterior and posterior methods are today available for stabilization of the cervical spine. Factors such as level and degree of instability, method of decompression, bone quality, length of fixation and safety factors influence the choice of method for a particular patient. The use of laminar hooks in the cervical spine has been restricted by fear of cord compression with the potential of tetraplegia. The aim of the present study was to assess the safety and determine the anatomical r...

  11. Arthroscopic decompression for subacromial impingement syndrome.

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    S. J. Kim; Lee, J. W.; Kim, B. S.

    1997-01-01

    Arthroscopic decompression and cuff debridement was performed on 47 cases in 45 consecutive patients with either stage II or stage III impingement syndrome: 19 with no actual tear of the cuff (stage II); 13 with a partial thickness tear (stage IIIa); 10 with complete tear less than 3 cm long (stage IIIb); and 5 with complete tear longer than 3 cm (stage IIIc). Patients were classified into impingement syndrome without tear (Group I), impingement syndrome with partial thickness tear (Group II)...

  12. Orthostatic mesodiencephalic dysfunction after decompressive craniectomy

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    Bijlenga, Philippe; Zumofen, Daniel; Yilmaz, Hasan; Creisson, Eric

    2007-01-01

    An extreme syndrome of the trephined after decompressive craniectomy is reported here. The most extensive clinical syndrome observed was established over 4 weeks and consisted of bradypsychia, dysartria, and limb rigidity with equine varus feet predominating on the right. The syndrome was aggravated when the patient was sitting with the sequential appereance over minutes of a typical parkinsonian levodopa‐resistant tremor starting on the right side, extending to all four limbs, followed by di...

  13. Avaliação da dor e morbidade local da retirada do enxerto ósseo da crista ilíaca para artrodese cervical anterior Evaluación del dolor y morbilidad local del injerto extraído de la cresta ilíaca para artrodesis cervical anterior Evaluation of the pain and local morbidity of the insertion taken out from the iliac crest to the anterior cervical arthrodesis

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    Rafael Barreto Silva

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar as possíveis complicações associadas à retirada de enxerto da crista ilíaca anterior em cirurgia para artrodese cervical anterior, em especial a dor residual. MÉTODOS: foi realizado estudo retrospectivo com análise de prontuários e aplicação de questionário via telefone com 20 pacientes no período compreendido entre Agosto de 2008 e Novembro de 2009. Todos os pacientes foram submetidos à mesma técnica cirúrgica para extração do enxerto, sendo operados pela mesma equipe no Hospital de Clinicas da Unicamp (HC Unicamp. As variantes analisadas foram dor residual, taxa de infecção, lesão neurológica ou vascular e ocorrência de fratura da asa do ilíaco. Os dados foram colocados em uma tabela e as médias e porcentagens foram calculadas. RESULTADOS: dos 20 pacientes, 12 homens e 8 mulheres, com média de idade de 51,75 anos (29-74 e follow-up médio de 11,83 meses (2-29, não houve nenhuma lesão grave, como fratura, lesão arterial ou neurológica. Houve um caso de infecção superficial (5% e 25% dos pacientes queixaram-se de desconforto leve e dificuldade para deambular não incapacitante. CONCLUSÃO: a retirada de enxerto da crista ilíaca anterior está associada a muitas complicações, sendo importante o conhecimento de outras opções de enxerto e exposição ao paciente das possíveis complicações. Por meio deste levantamento, não verificamos nenhuma complicação grave, e o percentual de pacientes com dor residual acompanha os achados na literatura, podendo ser diminuído com uma dissecção cuidadosa da crista ilíaca.OBJETIVO: evaluar las posibles compilaciones asociadas a la retirada del injerto de la cresta ilíaca anterior en cirugía para artrodesis cervical anterior, principalmente los dolores residuales. MÉTODOS: fue realizado un estudio retrospectivo con análisis de prontuarios y con aplicación de cuestionario por teléfono para 20 pacientes entre agosto de 2008 y noviembre de 2009

  14. Decompressive Craniectomy for Intractable Intracranial Hypertension

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    Bulent Bakar

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Aim: This retrospective study was established to analyse the effects of the decompressive craniectomy on patients with different causes of increased intracranial pressure. Material and Method: Nine patients at risk of developing malignant cerebral edema aged between 18 and 75 years were included in this study. Four patients suffered from severe traumatic brain injury, two patients from subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH and vasospastic ischemia, and 3 patients from malignant infarction of the middle cerebral artery. Results: Nine patients underwent decompressive craniectomy as the last therapeutic choice. At first admission mean intracranial pressure (ICP was 22.6 ± 6.7 mmHg; mean preoperative ICP value was 40.8 ± 16.3 mmHg; and mean postoperative ICP value was 9.3± 3.6 mmHg. In two patients bilateral; and in seven patients unilateral frontotemporoparietal craniectomy was preferred. Mean time of the re-implantation of the bone flap was 25.75±10.0 days. One patient with SAH died postoperatively and eight patients survived (mortality rate 11.1%. Mean value of the Glasgow Outcome Scale score as evaluated at 36 months after the decompression was approximately 4. Discussion: This surgical procedure is successful for treatment of the acute or delayed intractable intracerebral hypertension with a low rate of complication if it is performed timely and carefully.

  15. Regional anaesthesia and surgical morbidity

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    Scott, N B; Kehlet, H

    1988-01-01

    This review assesses the results of studies examining the influence of regional anaesthesia on surgical morbidity. Morbidity appears to be reduced when procedures below the umbilicus are concerned, but evidence is less convincing for upper abdominal and thoracic procedures.......This review assesses the results of studies examining the influence of regional anaesthesia on surgical morbidity. Morbidity appears to be reduced when procedures below the umbilicus are concerned, but evidence is less convincing for upper abdominal and thoracic procedures....

  16. Syringomyelia secondary to cervical spondylosis: Case report and review of literature

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    Savitr Sastri Bhagavathula Venkata

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Syringomyelia secondary to cervical spondylosis is a rare entity to encounter in clinical practice. We discuss the case of a 53-year-old lady who presented with a syringomyelic syndrome and was found to have cervical spondylosis on imaging. Cine-MRI revealed an obstruction of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF flow in the cervical spinal subarachnoid space. Decompression of the same led to clinical and radiological improvement. There is a potential causal association between cervical spondylosis and syringomyelia. MRI CSF flow studies may help in deciding the course of treatment in such cases. A subset of patients with cervical spondylosis and concurrent spinal cord signal intensity changes may show reversal of the same following intervention.

  17. Decompression of the Jugular Bulb for Enhanced Infralabyrinthine Access to the Petroclival Region: A Quantitative Analysis.

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    Miller, Matthew; Pearl, Monica S; Wyse, Emily; Olivi, Alessandro; Francis, Howard W

    2016-06-01

    Objectives To describe an enhanced infralabyrinthine approach to petroclival lesions with jugular bulb decompression, and to quantify surgical access using a flat-panel computed tomography image protocol. Design Retrospective case series and paired comparison of pre- versus post-dissection anatomy. Setting Tertiary academic medical center. Participants Four patients presenting with petroclival lesions. Six fresh cadaveric specimens were used for temporal bone dissection. Main Outcome Measures Axial and coronal dimensions, and access angles of the infralabyrinthine surgical corridor. Results Decompression of the jugular bulb increased the craniocaudal width of the infralabyrinthine corridor from 0.9 to 7.9 mm to 6.5 to 11.6 mm. The mean increase of 4 mm was statistically significant (t = 3.7; p < .05). There was also a significant widening of the infralabyrinthine window along the axial dimension by 0.9 to 4.5 mm or a mean of 2 mm (t = 3.7; p < .05). Angles of access to the petroclival region were wider following jugular bulb decompression, particularly in the coronal plane (mean difference 7.9 degrees; t = 5.0; p < .005) but less so in the axial plane (mean difference 4.7 degrees; t = 2.5; p = .05). Conclusions Jugular bulb decompression enhances infralabyrinthine access to petroclival lesions, permitting the removal of tissue for diagnoses or partial resection, without significant additional morbidity. PMID:27175321

  18. Bone graft substitutes in anterior cervical discectomy and fusion

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    Chau, Anthony M.T.; Mobbs, Ralph J.

    2009-01-01

    Anterior cervical discectomy with fusion is a common surgical procedure for patients suffering pain and/or neurological deficits and unresponsive to conservative management. For decades, autologous bone grafted from the iliac crest has been used as a substrate for cervical arthrodesis. However patient dissatisfaction with donor site morbidity has led to the search for alternative techniques. We present a literature review examining the progress of available grafting options as assessed in hum...

  19. Cervical cancer awareness and risk factors among female university students.

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    Buga, G A

    1998-07-01

    Population cervical screening programmes are necessary for meaningfully reducing cervical cancer morbidity and mortality. Because of the high incidence of cervical cancer in South Africa, the need for a national screening programme has become evident. The success of such a programme will depend on, among others, the level of cervical cancer awareness among the target population, and their willingness to utilise cytological services and to comply with treatment and follow up protocols. We conducted a survey among female university students, as an elite group of women, to determine their level of cervical cancer awareness and the prevalence of the major risk factors for cervical cancer among them, their rate of utilisation of existing Pap smear services, and their attitudes to Pap smears in general. The majority of respondents were young, single (93.0%) and sexually active (86.9%,) having initiated sexual activity at a mean age of 17.27 +/- 2.18 years. There was a high prevalence of the major risk factors for cervical cancer among the respondents, and these included initiation of coitus before 18 years (53.3%), multiple sexual partners (73.6%), male partner with other partners (37.7%), and previous history of sexually transmitted diseases (42.2%) and vulval warts (4.7%). Their overall knowledge of cervical cancer was poor, although the majority of respondents were able to identify the major risk factors from a given list. This level of awareness of cervical cancer risk factors, however, did not translate into appreciation of personal risk of cervical cancer, safer sex practices or utilisation of Pap smear services. In conclusion, this elite group of women is at a high risk of cervical cancer and would benefit from cervical screening programmes. This would have to be coupled with measures to increase the level of awareness and knowledge of cervical cancer and its prevention. PMID:9803633

  20. Posterior cervical foraminotomy: anatomic study in cadavers

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    Luizio Augusto Arantes Júnior

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to use different segments of the cervical spine in cadavers to determine how much lateral mass should be resected for adequate foraminal decompression. METHODS: Six cadavers were used. The region of the cervical spine from C1 to the C7-T1 transition was dissected and exposed. The lateral mass of each vertebra was measured bilaterally before the foraminotomy in the following segments: C2-C3, C3-C4, C4-C5, C5-C6 and C6-C7. The procedure was performed with a high-speed drill and through surgical microscopy. Three foraminotomies were performed (F1, F2, F3 in each level. Lateral masses were measured after foraminotomy procedures and compared to the initial measurement, creating a percentage of lateral mass needed for decompression.. The value of the entire surface was defined as 100%. RESULTS: There was a statistical difference between the amounts of the resected lateral mass through each foraminotomy (F1, F2, F3 at the same level. However, there was no statistical significant difference among the different levels. The average percentage of resection of the lateral masses in F2 were 27.7% at C2-C3, 24.8% at C3-C4, 24.4% at C4-C5 and 23.8% and 31.2% at C5-C6 and C6-C7, respectively. In F3, the level that needed greater resection of the lateral masses was C6-C7 level, where the average resection ranged between 41.2% and 47.9%. CONCLUSION: In all segments studied, the removal of approximately 24 to 32% of the facet joint allowed adequate exposure of the foraminal segment, with visualization of the dural sac and the exit of the cervical root.

  1. Evaluation of characteristics and surgical outcomes in cervical spondylotic amyotrophy

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    Hong-Li Wang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Cervical spondylotic amyotrophy (CSA is a rare clinical syndrome resulting from cervical spondylosis. Surgical treatment includes anterior cervical decompression and fusion (ACDF, and laminoplasty with or without foraminotomy. Some studies indicate that ACDF is an effective method for treating CSA because anterior decompression with or without medial foraminotomy can completely eliminate anterior and/or anterolateral lesions. We retrospectively evaluated outcome of surgical outcome by anterior cervical decompression and fusion (ACDF. Materials and Methods: 28 CSA patients, among whom 12 had proximal type CSA and 16 had distal type CSA, treated by ACDF, were evaluated clinicoradiologically. The improvement in atrophic muscle power was assessed by manual muscle testing (MMT and the recovery rate of the patients was determined on the basis of the Japanese Orthopedic Association (JOA scores. Patient satisfaction was also examined. Results: The percentage of patients, who gained 1 or more grades of muscle power improvement, as determined by MMT, was 91.7% for those with proximal type CSA and 37.5% for those with distal type CSA (P < 0.01. The JOA score-based recovery rates of patients with proximal type and distal type CSA were 60.8% and 41.8%, respectively (P < 0.05. Patient satisfaction was 8.2 for those with proximal type CSA and 6.9 for those with distal type CSA (P < 0.01. A correlation was observed among the levels of improvement in muscle power, JOA score based recovery rate, patient satisfaction and course of disease (P < 0.05. Conclusion: ACDF can effectively improve the clinical function of patients with CSA and result in good patient satisfaction despite the surgical outcomes for distal type CSA being inferior to those for proximal type CSA. Course of disease is the fundamental factor that affects the surgical outcomes for CSA. We recommend that patients with CSA undergo surgical intervention as early as possible.

  2. Genotypic distribution of human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cytology findings in 5906 Thai women undergoing cervical cancer screening programs

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    Kantathavorn, Nuttavut; Mahidol, Chulabhorn; Sritana, Narongrit; Sricharunrat, Thaniya; Phoolcharoen, Natacha; Auewarakul, Chirayu; Teerayathanakul, Narongchai; Taepisitpong, Chantanee; Saeloo, Siriporn; Sornsamdang, Gaidganok; Udomchaiprasertkul, Wandee; Krongthong, Waraphorn; Arnamwong, Arpaporn

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    Background Cervical cancer is the major cause of morbidity and mortality in Thai women. Nevertheless, the preventive strategy such as HPV vaccination program has not been implemented at the national level. This study explored the HPV prevalence and genotypic distribution in a large cohort of Thai women. Methods A hospital-based cervical cancer screening program at Chulabhorn Hospital, Bangkok and a population-based screening program at a rural Pathum Thani Province were conducted using liquid...

  3. MR Imaging of Subclinical Cerebral Decompression Sickness. A case report

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    Diving accidents related to barotrauma constitute a unique subset of ischemic insults to the central nervous system. Victims may demonstrate components of arterial gas embolism, which has a propensity for cerebral involvement, and/or decompression sickness, with primarily spinal cord involvement. Decompression sickness-related radiology literature is very limited. We present our MR findings including FLAIR images in a decompression sickness patient with atypical presentation and review the related literature. We believe MR can be useful in follow-up studies and in early diagnosis of decompression sickness when symptoms do not fit the classic picture or loss of consciousness in surfacing

  4. Parricide: Psychiatric morbidity

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    Dunjić Bojana

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION Parricide is defined as a murder of parents by their children; the patricide is murder of father, while matricide is murder of mother. This entity is classified as homicide, but it differs in the fact that victims are parents and the killers are their children. Mostly, it is associated with psychiatric morbidity. OBJECTIVE To describe sociodemographic and psychopathological characteristics of parricide committers and to analyze circumstances of parricide and psychiatric morbidity in order to achieve better recognition and prevention of risks. METHOD This retrospective study included all homicide autopsy records (1991-2005 performed at the Institute of Forensic Medicine, Medical School, University of Belgrade. For further analyses, all parricide records were selected out. The study analyzed all available parameters, which concerned parricide committers, victims and the act itself. Methods of descriptive statistics were used. RESULTS Between 1991 and 2005, there were 948 cases of homicide; of these, 3.5% were parricides. The committers of parricide were on average 31.2±11.9 years old, 87.8% were males, 60.6% with psychiatric symptoms most commonly with schizophrenia, alcohol dependence, personality disorder etc. Victims were on average 63.7±11.9 years old, 54.5% males, and 21.2% had a diagnosed mental illness. CONCLUSION Parricide is a rare kind of homicide accounting for 3% of all homicides. Committers are mostly unemployed males in early adulthood who have mental disorder. The phenomenon of parricide deserves a detailed analysis of the committer (individual bio-psycho-social profile and the environ- mental factors (family, closely related circumstances to enable a precise prediction of the act and prevention of the fatal outcome, which logically imposes the need of further studies.

  5. Cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament: Anterior versus posterior approach

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    Dasheng Lin

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The optimal approach to provide satisfactory decompression and minimize complications for ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL involving multiple levels (3 levels or more remains controversial. The purpose of this study was to compare the results of two surgical approaches for cervical OPLL involving multiple levels; anterior direct decompression and fixation, and posterior indirect decompression and fixation. We present a retrospective review of 56 cases followed at a single Institution. Materials and Methods: We compared patients of multiple levels cervical OPLL that were treated at a single institution either with anterior direct decompression and fixation or with posterior indirect decompression and fixation. The clinical records of the patients with a minimum duration of follow-up of 2 years were reviewed. The associated complications were recorded. Results: Fifty-six patients constitute the clinical material. 26 cases were treated by anterior corpectomy and fixation and 30 cases received posterior laminectomy and fixation. The two populations were similar. It was found that both anterior and posterior decompression and fixation can achieve satisfactory outcomes, and posterior surgery was accomplished in a shorter period of time with lesser blood loss. Although patients had comparable preoperative Japanese Orthopaedics Association (JOA scores, those with a canal occupancy by OPLL more than 50% and managed anteriorly had better outcomes. However, for those with more severe stenosis, anterior approach was more difficult and associated with higher risks and complications. Despite its limitations in patients with high occupancy OPLLs, through the multiple level laminectomy, posterior fixation can achieve effective decompression, maintaining or restoring stability of the cervical spine, and thereby improving neural outcome and preventing the progression of OPLL. Conclusions: The posterior indirect decompression

  6. Dysphagia due to anterior cervical osteophytosis: case report

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    Frederico Miguel Santos Silva Marquez Correia

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study is to highlight the possibility of dysphagia induced by anterior cervical osteophytes. When not diagnosed early this condition may be responsible for complications such as severe dysphagia and potential lung aspiration, especially in elderly patients. Analysis of a case report of a 72-year old woman who presented cervical pain and progressive dysphagia. Imaging studies have shown anterior cervical osteophytosis and multilevel degenerative changes in the cervical spine. The patient underwent surgical excision of the cervical anterior osteophytes (C4, C5 and C6 and C5/C6 arthrodesis through anterior approach. The postoperative period was uneventful and symptoms resolved within 2 weeks. Early diagnosis and treatment led to complete resolution, avoiding late and serious complications associated with this pathology in the geriatric population, especially severe and progressive dysphagia and risk of pulmonary aspiration, and the consequent morbidity and mortality associated. A multidisciplinary approach is essential for the correct assessment of this condition

  7. DIAGNOSTIC AND THERAPEUTIC POSSIBILITIES IN THE PROPHYLAXIS OF CERVICAL CANCER

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    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Poland is one of the countries with high cervical cancer morbidity and mortality. The main means to change this situation is to manage an active and modern programme of cervical cancer prophylaxis and diagnostics. To a large extent, the effectiveness of a cervical cancer prophylaxis programme is decided by the availability of modern diagnostic research. The conventional Papanicolaou test and modern LBC cytology techniques were discussed in the article, taking into consideration HPV diagnostics in the procedures for carefully selected cytological diagnosis, in the so called in-depth stage of preventive screening tests and the role of the p16 biomarker in predicting the development of a higher degree of epithelial-cell pathologies of the cervix. Colposcopy as a diagnostic method for the verification of cytological and virological abnormalities. The modern LEEP/LLETZ procedure used in diagnosis and treatment of cervical changes is used to realise the in-depth stage of cervical cancer prophylaxis programmes.

  8. Spatial domain entertainment audio decompression/compression

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    Chan, Y. K.; Tam, Ka Him K.

    2014-02-01

    The ARM7 NEON processor with 128bit SIMD hardware accelerator requires a peak performance of 13.99 Mega Cycles per Second for MP3 stereo entertainment quality decoding. For similar compression bit rate, OGG and AAC is preferred over MP3. The Patent Cooperation Treaty Application dated 28/August/2012 describes an audio decompression scheme producing a sequence of interleaving "min to Max" and "Max to min" rising and falling segments. The number of interior audio samples bound by "min to Max" or "Max to min" can be {0|1|…|N} audio samples. The magnitudes of samples, including the bounding min and Max, are distributed as normalized constants within the 0 and 1 of the bounding magnitudes. The decompressed audio is then a "sequence of static segments" on a frame by frame basis. Some of these frames needed to be post processed to elevate high frequency. The post processing is compression efficiency neutral and the additional decoding complexity is only a small fraction of the overall decoding complexity without the need of extra hardware. Compression efficiency can be speculated as very high as source audio had been decimated and converted to a set of data with only "segment length and corresponding segment magnitude" attributes. The PCT describes how these two attributes are efficiently coded by the PCT innovative coding scheme. The PCT decoding efficiency is obviously very high and decoding latency is basically zero. Both hardware requirement and run time is at least an order of magnitude better than MP3 variants. The side benefit is ultra low power consumption on mobile device. The acid test on how such a simplistic waveform representation can indeed reproduce authentic decompressed quality is benchmarked versus OGG(aoTuv Beta 6.03) by three pair of stereo audio frames and one broadcast like voice audio frame with each frame consisting 2,028 samples at 44,100KHz sampling frequency.

  9. Understanding cervical cancer in the context of developing countries

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    Farhad Ali

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Cancer is one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide. Among the women, gynecological cancers are most common. Cervical cancer is a main gynecological cancer of the women. The global burden of cervical cancer is disproportionately high among the developing countries where 85 per cent of the estimated 493, 000 new cases and 273, 000 deaths occur worldwide. There are several dimensions of the problem. Cervical cancer is a problem where people are poor, where the socio-economic status of the women is low and sometimes specific ethnicity also posses additional risk to the women to develop cervical cancer. Human papillomavirus infection is a main risk factor for the cervical cancer however there are some other factors which increase the risk. Among them some are number of sexual partners, age of first sexual intercourse, infection of sexually transmitted diseases, use of hormonal contraceptives, parity, age, smoking, food and diet. Apart from these factors, some other issues, such as policy on cancer, capacity of health system, socio-economic and cultural factors and awareness among the women are also associated with the cervical cancer related morbidity and mortality across the developing countries. There some interventions which give promising results in terms of reducing cervical cancer related morbidity and mortality. Among them visual inspection of cervix with acetic acid followed by treatment is one such effective method.

  10. Anterior cervical surgery methods for central cord syndrome without radiographic spinal fracture-dislocation

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    Chengwei JING; Qin FU; Xiaojun XU

    2009-01-01

    This study was aimed to explore the anterior cervical surgery methods to treat central cord syndrome without radiographic spinal fracture-dislocation (CCSWORFD), retrospectively analyze the cases of CCSWORFD, and evaluate the curative effect of anterior cervical surgery methods for CCSWORFD. Twenty four cases of CCSWORFD (19 males and 5 females), all suffering from cervical hyperextension injury, between 45-68 (average 59) years old, were operated on by anterior cervical surgery methods. Among these, 18 cases had been followed up for 6-24 (average 15) months; 18 cases, who had anterior decompression and plate fixation with titanium mesh bone grafting or iliac bone grafting achieved reliable effects based on the Japanese Orthopedics Association (JOA) evaluation (improved scores of cases with titanium mesh bone grafting, t = 2.800, P0.05). Most of these cases had degeneration of cervical vertebra. The decompression which relieves the oppression to the spinal cord can help lessen edema of the spinal cord, and early fixation for stability of cervical vertebra is better for the recovery of spinal cord injury. Anterior operation with titanium mesh bone grafting or iliac bone grafting are both reliable curative methods for CCSWORFD, and titanium mesh bone grafting can avoid the trauma of the supplying graft. Mesh bone grafting can also shorten hospital stay.

  11. Water boiling kinetic in rapid decompression

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    This study entering in the frame of a CEA, EDF and Framatome collaboration, has for objective to modelize two-phase flows in case of PWR Loca. The objective is to find, by taking in account the all imbalances, a formulation for the mass transfer at the interface water-vapor by the study of water boiling phenomenon in case of fast decompression such as a primary circuit break. In this accident, the estimation of boiling speeds in an essential parameter for determining the break discharge which conditions the safety systems design

  12. Estimation of morbidity effects

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    Many researchers have related exposure to ambient air pollution to respiratory morbidity. To be included in this review and analysis, however, several criteria had to be met. First, a careful study design and a methodology that generated quantitative dose-response estimates were required. Therefore, there was a focus on time-series regression analyses relating daily incidence of morbidity to air pollution in a single city or metropolitan area. Studies that used weekly or monthly average concentrations or that involved particulate measurements in poorly characterized metropolitan areas (e.g., one monitor representing a large region) were not included in this review. Second, studies that minimized confounding ad omitted variables were included. For example, research that compared two cities or regions and characterized them as 'high' and 'low' pollution area were not included because of potential confounding by other factors in the respective areas. Third, concern for the effects of seasonality and weather had to be demonstrated. This could be accomplished by either stratifying and analyzing the data by season, by examining the independent effects of temperature and humidity, and/or by correcting the model for possible autocorrelation. A fourth criterion for study inclusion was that the study had to include a reasonably complete analysis of the data. Such analysis would include an careful exploration of the primary hypothesis as well as possible examination of te robustness and sensitivity of the results to alternative functional forms, specifications, and influential data points. When studies reported the results of these alternative analyses, the quantitative estimates that were judged as most representative of the overall findings were those that were summarized in this paper. Finally, for inclusion in the review of particulate matter, the study had to provide a measure of particle concentration that could be converted into PM10, particulate matter below 10

  13. Co-morbidity in psoriasis

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    Lønnberg, Ann Sophie; Skov, Lone

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    INTRODUCTION: Psoriasis is a common, chronic, immune-mediated inflammatory disorder. The disease is associated with several co-morbidities including cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and psychiatric disorders. It is important to identify and treat these co-morbidities because they have a...... strongly negative effect on the overall health of patients with psoriasis. Unfortunately, these co-morbidities are often overlooked and/or left untreated. Therefore, the aim of this review is to discuss the mechanisms of how co-morbidities are associated with psoriasis as well as implications for the...... clinic to be able to recognize such co-morbidities. AREAS COVERED: This is a review of studies investigating and discussing co-morbidities of psoriasis and screening. Literature was retrieved by searching on the PubMed database using individual and combined search terms related to relevant co...

  14. Submarine tower escape decompression sickness risk estimation.

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    Loveman, G A M; Seddon, E M; Thacker, J C; Stansfield, M R; Jurd, K M

    2014-01-01

    Actions to enhance survival in a distressed submarine (DISSUB) scenario may be guided in part by knowledge of the likely risk of decompression sickness (DCS) should the crew attempt tower escape. A mathematical model for DCS risk estimation has been calibrated against DCS outcome data from 3,738 exposures of either men or goats to raised pressure. Body mass was used to scale DCS risk. The calibration data included more than 1,000 actual or simulated submarine escape exposures and no exposures with substantial staged decompression. Cases of pulmonary barotrauma were removed from the calibration data. The calibrated model was used to estimate the likelihood of DCS occurrence following submarine escape from the United Kingdom Royal Navy tower escape system. Where internal DISSUB pressure remains at - 0.1 MPa, escape from DISSUB depths 60% DCS risk predicted for a 200-meter escape from saturation at 0.21 MPa. Using the calibrated model to predict DCS for direct ascent from saturation gives similar risk estimates to other published models. PMID:25109085

  15. Colonic Fermentation Promotes Decompression sickness in Rats.

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    de Maistre, Sébastien; Vallée, Nicolas; Gempp, Emmanuel; Lambrechts, Kate; Louge, Pierre; Duchamp, Claude; Blatteau, Jean-Eric

    2016-01-01

    Massive bubble formation after diving can lead to decompression sickness (DCS). During dives with hydrogen as a diluent for oxygen, decreasing the body's H2 burden by inoculating hydrogen-metabolizing microbes into the gut reduces the risk of DCS. So we set out to investigate if colonic fermentation leading to endogenous hydrogen production promotes DCS in fasting rats. Four hours before an experimental dive, 93 fasting rats were force-fed, half of them with mannitol and the other half with water. Exhaled hydrogen was measured before and after force-feeding. Following the hyperbaric exposure, we looked for signs of DCS. A higher incidence of DCS was found in rats force-fed with mannitol than in those force-fed with water (80%, [95%CI 56, 94] versus 40%, [95%CI 19, 64], p < 0.01). In rats force-fed with mannitol, metronidazole pretreatment reduced the incidence of DCS (33%, [95%CI 15, 57], p = 0.005) at the same time as it inhibited colonic fermentation (14 ± 35 ppm versus 118 ± 90 ppm, p = 0.0001). Pre-diveingestion of mannitol increased the incidence of DCS in fasting rats when colonic fermentation peaked during the decompression phase. More generally, colonic fermentation in rats on a normal diet could promote DCS through endogenous hydrogen production. PMID:26853722

  16. Arthroscopic decompression for subacromial impingement syndrome.

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    Kim, S. J.; Lee, J. W.; Kim, B. S.

    1997-01-01

    Arthroscopic decompression and cuff debridement was performed on 47 cases in 45 consecutive patients with either stage II or stage III impingement syndrome: 19 with no actual tear of the cuff (stage II); 13 with a partial thickness tear (stage IIIa); 10 with complete tear less than 3 cm long (stage IIIb); and 5 with complete tear longer than 3 cm (stage IIIc). Patients were classified into impingement syndrome without tear (Group I), impingement syndrome with partial thickness tear (Group II), and impingement syndrome with full thickness tear (Group III). Group I had 19 cases, group II had 13 cases, and group III had 15 cases. Patients were followed up for an average of 39.3 months (24 approximately 62 months). In group I, postoperative UCLA ratings improved in 18 cases (95%) to satisfactory result rate. In group II, 11 patients (85%) had improvement to satisfactory result rate. In group III, 12 cases (80%) had improvement to satisfactory result rate. The arthroscopic subacromial decompression and rotator cuff debridement was effective in the treatment of subacromial impingement syndrome. PMID:9170017

  17. Bubble growth in decompression fields, 2

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    Numerical analysis was performed for the growth of a vapor bubble in decompression fields of uniformly superheated water. The numerical solution obtained for the bubble growth was compared with experimental data reported in the 1st report. Bubble growth rates calculated were somewhat lower than the experimental data. The present solution was, however, shown to compare more favorably with the experimental bubble growth curves than the previous analytical solutions reported in the 1st report. In addition, existing solutions by other researchers provided that the sphericity correction factor was in agreement. Of course, the previous solutions with the correction factor of π/2 were the best-estimated solutions as reported in 1st report. Transient temperature distributions across the thermal boundary layer surrounding the bubble interface were also analyzed. It was found that, during the very short duration of the earlier bubble growth, the thermal boundary layer developed fully and the interfacial temperature approached that of saturation corresponding to the decompressed liquid pressure. (author)

  18. Electroencephalographic study of divers with histories of neurological decompression illness.

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    Murrison, A W; Glasspool, E; Pethybridge, R J; Francis, T J; Sedgwick, E M

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    OBJECTIVE--To determine whether divers with histories of neurological decompression illness are electroencephalographically distinguishable from non-divers. METHODS--The electroencephalograms (EEGs) from 68 divers with histories of neurological decompression illness and 45 non-diver controls were examined independently by two clinical neurophysiologists. RESULTS--The diver and non-diver groups were electroencephalographically indistinguishable. CONCLUSION--There is no electroencephalographic ...

  19. A New Measure of Decompression Sickness in the Rat

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    Peter Buzzacott

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study we assessed the reliability of a tilting-board grip score as a measure of decompression sickness in rats. In experiments using a hyperbaric compression/decompression protocol, rats were observed for signs of decompression sickness and their grip strength measured on a tilting particle board hinged to a metal frame. Angles at which rats lost grip were converted to gravitational vectors. Decreased mean grip scores following decompression were fitted to a logistic regression model with strain, age, and weight. Decrease in grip score was significantly associated with observed decompression sickness (P=0.0036. The log odds ratio for decompression sickness = 1.40 (decrease in grip score. In rats with no decrease in mean grip score there was a 50% probability of decompression sickness (pDCS. This increased steadily with decreases in mean grip score. A decrease of 0.3 had a 60% pDCS, a decrease of 0.6 had a 70% pDCS, and a decrease of 2.1 had a 95% pDCS. The tilting board grip score is a reliable measure of the probability of decompression sickness.

  20. Transosseous Access for Decompression of an Obstructed Pelvic Kidney

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    We report a case of an obstructed pelvic kidney which was decompressed using a transosseous access route. The patient presented with obstructive uropathy and fever, necessitating decompression. Initial access was gained to the kidney by traversing the ilium, allowing subsequent retrograde placement of a double-Jureteric catheter

  1. Collagen levels are normalized after decompression of experimentally obstructed colon

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    Rehn, Martin; Ågren, Sven Per Magnus; Syk, I

    2011-01-01

    Our aim was to define the dynamics in collagen concentrations in the large bowel wall following decompression of experimental obstruction.......Our aim was to define the dynamics in collagen concentrations in the large bowel wall following decompression of experimental obstruction....

  2. Use of MRI in the diagnosis of cervical myelopathy

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    Nagase, Joji; Itahashi, Takashi; Yuyama, Takuo; Lee, Motohiro; Watanabe, Tsuneo; Inoue, Schun-ichi; Arimizu, Noboru; Uematsu, Sadao; Morita, Fuminori.

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    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed in 18 cases of cervical myelopathy. They were ''disc herniation'' 8 cases, ''canal stenosis'' 5 cases, and ''ossification of posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL)'' 5 cases. The midsagittal section was obtained in each cases. The pulse sequence was Spin Echo (SE) technique with both T/sub 1/-weighted SE (Tr = 400, Te = 40) and T/sub 2/-weighted SE (Tr = 2000, Te = 80). Cervical-cord compression by herniated disc, yellow ligament, OPLL, or osteophyte was shown very clealy on the T/sub 1/-weighted image. Cord compression was increased by cervical extension and decreased by flexion. MRI was very useful in detecting the involved levels and in selecting the operative procedures. T/sub 2/-weighted image was taken in 9 cases. High signal intensity area was noted at the cord which was compressed in 7 cases. The true mechanism of this phenomenon is unknown yet, but this might be a clue to solve the pathogenesis of myelopathy. MRI was performed in 9 cases in order to evaluate post-operative cord decompression. Cord decompression was confirmed in 8 cases except for one case. MRI was also useful for postoperative evaluation.

  3. Percutaneous treatment of cervical and lumbar herniated disc

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    Kelekis, A., E-mail: akelekis@med.uoa.gr; Filippiadis, D.K., E-mail: dfilippiadis@yahoo.gr

    2015-05-15

    Therapeutic armamentarium for symptomatic intervertebral disc herniation includes conservative therapy, epidural infiltrations (interlaminar or trans-foraminal), percutaneous therapeutic techniques and surgical options. Percutaneous, therapeutic techniques are imaging-guided, minimally invasive treatments for intervertebral disc herniation which can be performed as outpatient procedures. They can be classified in 4 main categories: mechanical, thermal, chemical decompression and biomaterials implantation. Strict sterility measures are a prerequisite and should include extensive local sterility and antibiotic prophylaxis. Indications include the presence of a symptomatic, small to medium sized contained intervertebral disc herniation non-responding to a 4–6 weeks course of conservative therapy. Contraindications include sequestration, infection, segmental instability (spondylolisthesis), uncorrected coagulopathy or a patient unwilling to provide informed consent. Decompression techniques are feasible and reproducible, efficient (75–94% success rate) and safe (>0.5% mean complications rate) therapies for the treatment of symptomatic intervertebral disc herniation. Percutaneous, imaging guided, intervertebral disc therapeutic techniques can be proposed either as an initial treatment or as an attractive alternative prior to surgery for the therapy of symptomatic herniation in both cervical and lumbar spine. This article will describe the mechanism of action for different therapeutic techniques applied to intervertebral discs of cervical and lumbar spine, summarize the data concerning safety and effectiveness of these treatments, and provide a rational approach for the therapy of symptomatic intervertebral disc herniation in cervical and lumbar spine.

  4. Cervical Cancer Screening

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    ... Cancer found early may be easier to treat. Cervical cancer screening is usually part of a woman's health ... may do more tests, such as a biopsy. Cervical cancer screening has risks. The results can sometimes be ...

  5. Cervical Cancer Stage IVB

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    ... of the body, such as the lymph nodes, lung, liver, intestine, or bone. Stage IVB cervical cancer. Topics/Categories: Anatomy -- Gynecologic Cancer Types -- Cervical Cancer Staging Type: Color, Medical Illustration Source: National Cancer Institute ...

  6. Microvascular decompression for elderly patients with trigeminal neuralgia.

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    Phan, Kevin; Rao, Prashanth J; Dexter, Mark

    2016-07-01

    Microvascular decompression (MVD) has been demonstrated to be an excellent surgical treatment approach in younger patients with trigeminal neuralgia (TN). However, it is not clear whether there are additional morbidity and mortality risks for MVD in the elderly population. We performed a systematic literature review using six electronic databases for studies that compared outcomes for MVD for TN in elderly (cut-off ⩾60, 65, 70years) versus younger populations. Outcomes examined included success rate, deaths, strokes, thromboembolism, meningitis, cranial nerve deficits and cerebrospinal fluid leaks. There were 1524 patients in the elderly cohort and 3488 patients in the younger cohort. There was no significant difference in success rates in elderly versus younger patients (87.5% versus 84.8%; P=0.47). However, recurrence rates were lower in the elderly (11.9% versus 15.6%; P=0.03). The number of deaths in the elderly cohort was higher (0.9% versus 0.1%; P=0.003). Rates of stroke (2.5% versus 1%) and thromboembolism (1.1% versus 0%) were also higher for elderly TN patients. No differences were found for rates of meningitis, cranial nerve deficits or cerebrospinal fluid leak. MVD remains an effective and reasonable strategy in the elderly population. There is evidence to suggest that rates of complications such as death, stroke, and thromboembolism may be significantly higher in the elderly population. The presented results may be useful in the decision-making process for MVD in elderly patients with TN. PMID:26944213

  7. Ambulation Increases Decompression Sickness in Spacewalk Simulations

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    Pollock, N. W.; Natoli, M. J.; Conkin, J.; Wessel, J. H., III; Gernhardt, M. L.

    2014-01-01

    Musculoskeletal activity has the potential to both improve and compromise decompression safety. Exercise enhances inert gas elimination during oxygen breathing prior to decompression (prebreathe), but it may also promote bubble nuclei formation (nucleation), which can lead to gas phase separation and bubble growth and increase the risk of decompression sickness (DCS). The timing, pattern and intensity of musculoskeletal activity and the level of tissue supersaturation may be critical to the net effect. Understanding the relationships is important to evaluate exercise prebreathe protocols and quantify decompression risk in gravity and microgravity environments. Data gathered during NASA's Prebreathe Reduction Program (PRP) studies combined oxygen prebreathe and exercise followed by low pressure (4.3 psi; altitude equivalent of 30,300 ft [9,235 m]) microgravity simulation to produce two protocols used by astronauts preparing for extravehicular activity. Both the Phase II/CEVIS (cycle ergometer vibration isolation system) and ISLE (in-suit light exercise) trials eliminated ambulation to more closely simulate the microgravity environment. The CEVIS results (35 male, 10 female) serve as control data for this NASA/Duke study to investigate the influence of ambulation exercise on bubble formation and the subsequent risk of DCS. METHODS Four experiments will replicate the CEVIS exercise-enhanced oxygen prebreathe protocol, each with a different exception. The first of these is currently underway. Experiment 1 - Subjects complete controlled ambulation (walking in place with fixed cadence and step height) during both preflight and at 4.3 psi instead of remaining nonambulatory throughout. Experiment 2 - Subjects remain non-ambulatory during the preflight period and ambulatory at 4.3 psi. Experiment 3 - Subjects ambulate during the preflight period and remain non-ambulatory at 4.3 psi. Experiment 4 - The order of heavy and light exercise employed in the CEVIS protocol is

  8. Cervical Cancer Stage IA

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    ... historical Searches are case-insensitive Cervical Cancer Stage IA Add to My Pictures View /Download : Small: 720x576 ... Large: 3000x2400 View Download Title: Cervical Cancer Stage IA Description: Stage IA1 and IA2 cervical cancer; drawing ...

  9. Artificial cervical disc replacement: Principles, types and techniques

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    Sekhon L

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Cervical arthroplasty after anterior decompression with insertion of a prosthetic total disc replacement has been suggested as an alternate to anterior cervical fusion. Currently there are four cervical arthroplasty devices available on the market whose results in clinical use have been reported. Each device varies in terms of materials, range of motion, insertion technique and constraint. It is not known which device is ideal. Early studies suggest that in the short term, the complication rate and efficacy is no worse than fusion surgery. Long-term results have not yet been reported. This review examines the current prostheses available on the market as well as discussing issues regarding indications and technique. Pitfalls are discussed and early experiences reviewed. In time, it is hoped that a refinement of cervical arthroplasty occurs in terms of both materials and design as well as in terms of indications and clinical outcomes as spinal surgeons enter a new era of the management of cervical spine disease.

  10. 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

  11. One stage anterior-posterior approach for traumatic at- lantoaxial instability combined with subaxial cervical spinal cord injury

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    WANG Chang-sheng

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available 【Abstract】 Objectives: To explore the clinical fea- tures of traumatic atlantoaxial instability combined with subaxial cervical spinal cord injury (CSCI, and to analyze the feasibility, indication and therapeutic effects of ante- rior-posterior approach in such cases. Methods: From March 2004 to September 2009, 16 cases with this trauma were admitted and surgically treated in our department. Before surgery, skull traction was performed. Posterior atlantoaxial pedicle screw internal fixa- tion and bone graft fusion were conducted to manage trau- matic 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 pa- tients were followed up for 12 to 36 months. Their clinical symptoms were improved by various levels. The Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA scores ranged from 10 to 16 one year postoperatively, 13.95±2.06 on average (improvement rate=70.10%. X-rays, spiral CT and MRI con- firmed normal cervical alignments, complete decompression and fine implants’ position. There was no breakage or loos- ening 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 immedi- ately restore the normal alignments and stability of the cer- vical spine and effectively

  12. Effect of splenectomy on platelet activation and decompression sickness outcome in a rat model of decompression.

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    Lambrechts, Kate; Pontier, Jean-Michel; Mazur, Aleksandra; Buzzacott, Peter; Goanvec, Christelle; Wang, Qiong; Theron, Michaël; Belhomme, Marc; Guerrero, François

    2014-01-01

    Splenic platelets have been recognized to have a greater prothrombotic potential than others platelets. We studied whether platelets released by splenic contraction could influence the severity and outcome of decompression sickness (DCS) and bubble-induced platelet activation. Sixteen, male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to either a control or a splenectomized group. Both groups were compressed to 1,000 kPa (90 metres' sea water) for 45 min while breathing air before staged decomp...

  13. [Percutaneous laser disk decompression. Experience since 1989].

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    Siebert, W E; Berendsen, B T; Tollgaard, J

    1996-02-01

    Since 1987/1988 percutaneous laser disc decompression (PLDD) has been used clinically for treatment of intervertebral disc prolapses. Credible prospective investigations that have been conducted since 1989 with large patient collectives are now available for analysis of their medium-term results and comparison with other minimally invasive procedures. Our follow-up examination of the first 180 patients treated with PLDD from 1989 to 1993 shows a success rate of 72.8%, similar to that with other percutaneous techniques (automated percutaneous lumbar discectomy, percutaneous lumbar discectomy, chemonucleolysis). To guarantee success, the spinal surgeon must have command of the correct technique and also use the appropriate instruments. Good results with the PLDD procedure can be procured when contraindications and indications for patient selection are strictly observed. Overall, our 5 year results seem encouraging. PMID:8622845

  14. Rare bilateral C3 cervical spondylolysis:Report of four cases and a literature review

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    Huaiyu Tong; Hongzhen Jiang; Xinguang Yu; Yuanzheng Zhang

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To review and discuss the etiology, diagnosis and treatment C3 of bilateral cervical spondylolysis. Methods:This was a retrospective review of the clinical features, imaginge findings, and treatment of 4 cases of bilateral C3 cervical spondylolysis, with a review of the literature. Results:A 21‐year‐old woman, a 26‐year‐old man, a 14‐year‐old boy, and a 46‐year‐old man were diagnosed with bilateral C3 cervical spondylolysis. The patients had characteristic bilateral clefts between the articular pillar and the facets of C3, as well as spina bifida on CT. Although spondylolisthesis was not observed, spinal cord compression was definitive. All patients underwent posterior decompression with satisfactory results. Conclusions:C3 cervical spondylolysis is rare condition. The cause is most likely congenital. Diagnosis is dependent on characteristic radiological features. Surgical treatment is the first choice.

  15. The Role of the Compression of Great Cervical Vessels by Thyroid Nodules in Eye Hydrodynamics Change

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    Full Text Available The aim of the investigation was to reveal the changes in the indices of the outflow and secretion of aqueous humor in patients with great cervical vessels compressed by thyroid nodules to assess the compression effect on eye hydrodynamics and glaucoma development. Materials and Methods. Eye hydrodynamics was studied in 60 patients (119 eyes with the compression of great cervical vessels by uni- and bilateral benign thyroid nodules confirmed by neck duplex scanning and multispiral computed tomography. Results. The majority of patients with the compression of great cervical vessels by thyroid nodules showed significant deterioration in aqueous humor outflow and production. After decompression the improvement and normalization of the eye hydrodynamics was observed. Conclusion. Compression of great cervical vessels by thyroid nodules leads to the difficulty of aqueous humor passage from the eye, and is a risk factor of secondary phlebohypertensive glaucoma.

  16. Cranial and Cervical Muscular Weakness in Mitochondrial Myopathy Is Associated With Resolution of Migraine Headaches: Further Evidence That Muscular Compression of Cranial and Peripheral Nerves Is a Cause of Headache in a Subset of Patients With Migraine

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    Miranda, Edward P.

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    Objective: A significant subset of patients with migraine headaches has pain relief after neuroplasty/muscular decompression of select cranial and cervical nerves. In the majority of cases, compression occurs secondary to compression of the nerves by adjacent muscles. Previous studies have shown that both surgical decompression and chemical denervation (eg, botulinum toxin) provide relief of migraine headaches; however, controversy remains. If some migraine headaches are caused by muscular co...

  17. Are subjects with spondylotic cervical cord encroachment at increased risk of cervical spinal cord injury after minor trauma?

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    Bednařík, Josef; Sládková, Dagmar; Kadaňka, Zdeněk; Dušek, Ladislav; Keřkovský, Miloš; Voháňka, Stanislav; Novotný, Oldřich; Urbánek, Igor; Němec, Martin

    2011-07-01

    The aim of the study was to analyse the risk of symptomatic myelopathy after minor trauma in patients with asymptomatic spondylotic cervical spinal cord encroachment (ASCCE). In a cohort of 199 patients with ASCCE, previously followed prospectively in a study investigating progression into symptomatic myelopathy, the authors looked retrospectively for traumatic episodes that may have involved injury to the cervical spine. A questionnaire and data file analysis were employed to highlight whatever hypothetical relationship might emerge with the development of symptomatic myelopathy. Fourteen traumatic episodes in the course of a follow-up of 44 months (median) were recorded in our group (who had been instructed to avoid risky activities), with no significant association with the development of symptomatic myelopathy (found in 45 cases). Only three minor traumatic events without fracture of the cervical spine were found among the symptomatic myelopathy cases, with no chronological relationship between trauma and myelopathy. Furthermore, 56 traumatic spinal cord events were found before the diagnosis of cervical cord encroachment was established, with no correlation to either type of compression (discogenic vs osteophytic). In conclusion, the risk of spinal cord injury after minor trauma of the cervical spine in patients with ASCCE appeared to be low in our cohort provided risky activities in these individuals are restricted. Implementation of preventive surgical decompression surgery into clinical practice in these individuals should be postponed until better-designed studies provide proof enough for it to take precedence over a conservative approach. PMID:20587498

  18. Postoperative Cervical Haematoma Complicated by Ipsilateral Carotid Thrombosis and Aphasia after Anterior Cervical Fusion: A Case Report

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    Kingsley R. Chin

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Hematoma alone is the most common vascular complication reported after anterior cervical decompression and fusion (ACDF. We present this case to report the occurrence of postoperative cervical hematoma complicated by ipsilateral carotid thrombosis and aphasia after an uncomplicated C4–6 ACDF. This is a case of a 65-year-old woman who underwent revision fusions of the C4-5 and C6-7 levels complicated by postoperative cervical hematoma and carotid thrombosis. The patient's history, clinical examination, imaging findings, and treatment are reported. The revision fusions were performed and deemed routine. Approximately eight hours later 200 mL of blood was evacuated from a postoperative cervical hematoma. The patient became unresponsive and disoriented a few hours after evacuating the hematoma. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging of the brain were normal, but magnetic resonance angiography demonstrated total occlusion of the left carotid artery. Thrombectomy was performed and the patient was discharged without residual deficits. At the latest followup she is fully functional and asymptomatic in her neck. We suggest, after evacuating a cervical hematoma, an evaluation of the carotids be made with MRA or cerebral angiography, as this may demonstrate a clot before the patient develops symptoms.

  19. Cervical computed tomography

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    This book describes the possibilities of cervical computed tomography with the apparatus available at present. The normal anatomy of the cervical region as it appears in computed tomography is described with special regard to its compartimental structure and functional aspects; this is supplemented by anatomically normal measures obtained from cervical computed tomograms of 60 healthy individuals of different age and both sexes. The morphology of cervical anomalies obtained via CT and of the various acquired cervical disease processes is discussed and illustrated by means of the authors' own observations; the diagnostic value of the findings obtained by CT is discussed, a diagnosis is set up. (orig./MG)

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

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    Jain Anil

    2010-01-01

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

  1. Posterior-Only Circumferential Decompression and Reconstruction in the Surgical Management of Lumbar Vertebral Osteomyelitis.

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    Skovrlj, Branko; Guzman, Javier Z; Caridi, John; Cho, Samuel K

    2016-02-01

    Study Design Case report. Objective The purpose of this report is to discuss the surgical management of lumbar vertebral osteomyelitis with a spinal epidural abscess (SEA) and present a single-stage, posterior-only circumferential decompression and reconstruction with instrumentation using an expandable titanium cage and without segmental nerve root sacrifice as an option in the treatment of this disease process. Methods We report a 42-year-old man who presented with 3 days of low back pain and chills who rapidly decompensated with severe sepsis following admission. Magnetic resonance imaging of his lumbosacral spine revealed intramuscular abscesses of the left paraspinal musculature and iliopsoas with SEA and L4 vertebral body involvement. The patient failed maximal medical treatment, which necessitated surgical treatment as a last resort for infectious source control. He underwent a previously undescribed procedure in the setting of SEA: a single-stage, posterior-only approach for circumferential decompression and reconstruction of the L4 vertebral body with posterior segmental instrumented fixation. Results After the surgery, the patient's condition gradually improved; however, he suffered a wound dehiscence necessitating a surgical exploration and deep wound debridement. Six months after the surgery, the patient underwent a revision surgery for adjacent-level pseudarthrosis. At 1-year follow-up, the patient was pain-free and off narcotic pain medication and had returned to full activity. Conclusion This patient is the first reported case of lumbar osteomyelitis with SEA treated surgically with a single-stage, posterior-only circumferential decompression and reconstruction with posterior instrumentation. Although this approach is more technically challenging, it presents another viable option for the treatment of lumbar vertebral osteomyelitis that may reduce the morbidity associated with an anterior approach. PMID:26835214

  2. Effects of Lateral Mass Screw Rod Fixation to the Stability of Cervical Spine after Laminectomy

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    Rosli, Ruwaida; Kashani, Jamal; Kadir, Mohammed Rafiq Abdul

    There are many cases of injury in the cervical spine due to degenerative disorder, trauma or instability. This condition may produce pressure on the spinal cord or on the nerve coming from the spine. The aim of this study was, to analyze the stabilization of the cervical spine after undergoing laminectomy via computational simulation. For that purpose, a three-dimensional finite element (FE) model for the multilevel cervical spine segment (C1-C7) was developed using computed tomography (CT) data. There are various decompression techniques that can be applied to overcome the injury. Usually, decompression procedures will create an unstable spine. Therefore, in these situations, the spine is often surgically restabilized by using fusion and instrumentation. In this study, a lateral mass screw-rod fixation was created to stabilize the cervical spine after laminectomy. Material properties of the titanium alloy were assigned on the implants. The requirements moments and boundary conditions were applied on simulated implanted bone. Result showed that the bone without implant has a higher flexion and extension angle in comparison to the bone with implant under applied 1Nm moment. The bone without implant has maximum stress distribution at the vertebrae and ligaments. However, the bone with implant has maximum stress distribution at the screws and rods. Overall, the lateral mass screw-rod fixation provides stability to the cervical spine after undergoing laminectomy.

  3. Anterior cervical plating

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    Gonugunta V

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Although anterior cervical instrumentation was initially used in cervical trauma, because of obvious benefits, indications for its use have been expanded over time to degenerative cases as well as tumor and infection of the cervical spine. Along with a threefold increase in incidence of cervical fusion surgery, implant designs have evolved over the last three decades. Observation of graft subsidence and phenomenon of stress shielding led to the development of the new generation dynamic anterior cervical plating systems. Anterior cervical plating does not conclusively improve clinical outcome of the patients, but certainly enhances the efficacy of autograft and allograft fusion and lessens the rate of pseudoarthrosis and kyphosis after multilevel discectomy and fusions. A review of biomechanics, surgical technique, indications, complications and results of various anterior cervical plating systems is presented here to enable clinicians to select the appropriate construct design.

  4. Análise biomecânica de tratamentos cirúrgicos da coluna cervical

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    Rodrigues, Diana Rebecca Esteves Cardoso Gavazzo

    2011-01-01

    The main objective of this thesis was to study the biomechanical implications related to different surgical procedures for decompressing the intervertebral discs in the cervical spine. The different surgical techniques were evaluated so as to assess how load transfer to the adjacent vertebrae would be affected, thereby ascertaining the potential risks of failure of these vertebrae when compared to the vertebrae in the native (healthy) state. For this purpose an initial analy...

  5. Surgical Treatment of Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Associated Hypertension—A Retrospective Study of 309 Patients

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    Li, Ze-qun; Zhao, Yun-Peng; Jia, Wen-yu; Wang, Xia; Chen, Bin; Shahbaz, Muhammad; Nie, Lin; Cheng, Lei

    2015-01-01

    Hypertension is the most prevalent cardiovascular disease, and various risk factors are known to be involved in it. Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) is the most common non-traumatic cause of myelopathy, which displays neurological symptoms and may induce systemic symptoms. To date, it is still unknown whether CSM is associated with hypertension, and if so, whether the decompression operations can attenuate CSM associated hypertension. Here, a total of 309 patients with CSM who received a...

  6. Isolated Blunt Duodenal Trauma: Delayed Diagnosis and Favorable Outcome with "Quadruple Tube" Decompression

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    Stefano Crippa

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Context Isolated blunt duodenal injury is a rare finding associated with high morbidity and significant mortality. The early identification of a duodenal injury is usually difficult, considering the anatomical location of the duodenum and lack of peritoneal signs and diagnostic delay is part of the clinical picture in most cases. Case report A 43-year-old man was admitted to our hospital after a motor vehicle collision. At admission he underwent emergency surgery because of lower extremities fractures. Twelve hours later he started to complain an increasing abdominal pain; blood tests showed serum amylase up to 180 U/L and a CT scan demonstrated a perforation of the third duodenal portion. At laparotomy a Grade III injury of the duodenum was evident. The laceration was sutured and a “quadruple-tube” decompression was performed. The postoperative course was uneventful. One year after surgery he is well without any long-term complication. Conclusion A high degree of suspicion is necessary for early diagnosis of blunt duodenal trauma and CT scan should be performed in case of all significant epigastric trauma. In most cases primary direct repair of duodenal wounds can be safely achieved and duodenal decompression via triple or quadriple tube technique is required to decrease the risk of duodenal fistula.

  7. Preoperative alcoholism and postoperative morbidity

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    Tonnesen, H; Kehlet, H

    1999-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Preoperative risk assessment has become part of daily clinical practice, but preoperative alcohol abuse has not received much attention. METHODS: A Medline search was carried out to identify original papers published from 1967 to 1998. Relevant articles on postoperative morbidity in...... alcohol abusers were used to evaluate the evidence. RESULTS: Prospective and retrospective studies demonstrate a twofold to threefold increase in postoperative morbidity in alcohol abusers, the most frequent complications being infections, bleeding and cardiopulmonary insufficiency. Wound complications...... postoperative morbidity. CONCLUSION: Alcohol consumption should be included in the preoperative assessment of likely postoperative outcome. Reduction of postoperative morbidity in alcohol abusers may include preoperative alcohol abstinence to improve organ function, or perioperative alcohol administration to...

  8. Hemoglobin, radiation, morbidity and survival

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    Analyses concerned with a group of patients treated by radiotherapy for carcinoma of the bronchus give evidence to support the view that oxygen tension at the time of radiation therapy is important both in determining tumor control and radiation morbidity

  9. Hindbrain decompression in a dog with scoliosis associated with syringomyelia.

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    Takagi, Satoshi; Kadosawa, Tsuyoshi; Ohsaki, Tomohiro; Hoshino, Yuki; Okumura, Masahiro; Fujinaga, Toru

    2005-04-15

    A 6-month-old female Border Collie was examined because of a 1-month history of progressive curvature of the cervical portion of the vertebral column. Radiography revealed severe cervical and thoracic scoliosis. Cervical syringomyelia and hydrocephalus were observed by means of magnetic resonance imaging. Suboccipital craniotomy and laminectomy of the first cervical vertebra were performed, and substantial improvement in the scoliosis and syringomyelia was observed 3 months after surgery. No recurrences were seen during the first year after surgery. PMID:15844429

  10. New morbidity of the young

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    Stanković Biljana

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    In the present phase of epidemiological transition, the most frequent causes of youth morbidity are disorders in reproductive health, mental disorders and injuries which are not life threatening. This, so-called new youth morbidity, is most often caused by their risky behavior, which in the field of sexuality often leads to unplanned pregnancies and abortions, as well as sexually transmitted infections. Misuse of tobacco, alcohol and narcotics, which is most commonly started in adolescence, h...

  11. The Falkland Islands Morbidity Survey

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    A 12-month retrospective morbidity survey of the Falkland Islands in 1979 is described. A larger proportion of the population appear to have sought medical attention in this time than would be expected on the basis of comparable British figures. In general, cause-specific morbidity was similar in the two countries, although there were several discrepancies identified which may have been of environmental origin. The low prevalence of essential hypertension in males was particularly notable.

  12. Surgical Procedures of Morbid Obesity

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    Zinat Salem

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: Surgical intervention has been recently advocated in the treatment of morbid obesity. The objective of this study was to review surgery as an alternative in the treatment of morbidly obese adolescents. Materials and Methods: This research was conducted by searching English websites such as PubMed, Up to Date, and Google Scholar, as well as some Persian websites including SID, Iranmedex, and Magiran. Articles published from 2000 to 2010 on interventional and clinical trials were reviewed for treatment of morbid obesity in adolescents. Keywords used in internet searches include obesity; adolescence; and surgery.Results: The results obtained from the studies indicated that 4% of American adolescents suffer from morbid obesity. So far, pharmacological treatment and other approaches toward this type of obesity have been inefficient. Hence, surgery was employed as one of the new approaches to the treatment of this disorder. According to the National Health Institute criteria, in the treatment of adolescent candidates for surgery, anthropometric measurements are performed together with the measurement of other co-morbidities of obesity. Adolescents whose percentiles are ≥99 are considered as morbidly obese patients. Conclusion: The results of the studies suggested that for the extremely obese adolescents, who do not respond to other types of medical interventions within 6 months, surgery can be performed. Adolescents with BMI of ≥40 kg/m2 and skeletal maturity, or those with co morbidities of obesity, or 13-year-old girls and boys ≥15 years of age can be candidates for surgery. However, the side effects of obesity should not be neglected. Therefore, before the adolescent obesity become morbid obesity, preventive measures should be taken through changes in lifestyle.

  13. Cervical disc herniation manifesting as a Brown-Sequard syndrome

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    Kunio Yokoyama

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Brown-Sequard syndrome is commonly seen in the setting of spinal trauma or an extramedullary spinal neoplasm. The clinical picture reflects hemisection of the spinal cord. We report a rare case of Brown-Sequard syndrome caused by a large cervical herniated disc. A 63-year-old man presented with progressive right hemiparesis and disruption of pain and temperature sensation on the left side of the body. Magnetic resonance imaging showed large C3-C4 disc herniation compressing the spinal cord at that level, with severe canal stenosis from C4 through C7. Decompressive cervical laminoplasty was performed. After surgery, complete sensory function was restored and a marked improvement in motor power was obtained.

  14. Challenges of cervical reconstruction for destructive spondyloarthropathy in renal osteodystrophy.

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    Elder, Benjamin D; Petteys, Rory J; Sciubba, Daniel M; Wolinsky, Jean-Paul

    2016-08-01

    Patients with end stage renal disease on hemodialysis may present with destructive spondyloarthropathy of the spine, most commonly in the subaxial cervical and lumbar spine, often with severe stenosis and instability. However, surgical management of these patients is challenging due to a high pseudarthrosis rate, poor bone quality, and medical frailty. We present a 49-year-old man on hemodialysis who presented with C4-C5 vertebral body destruction and a focal kyphotic deformity with myelopathy. The patient underwent a 360 degree decompression and reconstructive procedure that resulted in posterior instrumentation failure. Several salvage techniques were used in order to adequately stabilize the spine while preserving the patient's remaining cervical motion. PMID:27052255

  15. Ho: Yag laser-assisted lumbar disc decompression: A minimally invasive procedure under local anesthesia

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    Agarwal S

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The morbidity associated with open procedures for lumbar intervertebral disc prolapse has led to the development of minimally invasive techniques. Ho: LADD (Laser-assisted disc decompression is a very cost-effective minimally invasive procedure. The procedure is carried out under local anesthesia The patient can be mobilized immediately after the surgery. The study involved 36 cases treated with Ho: LADD for contained lumbar intervertebral disc prolapse. 35 cases were available for follow-up. There was a 91.5% success rate and a minimal complication rate. All cases adhered to strict inclusion and exclusion criteria and were evaluated with the modified Macnab criteria for the assessment of postoperative results.

  16. Modified steel basket technique for the treatment of equine cervical vertebral stenotic myelopathy - a case report

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    Frederico Fernandes Araújo

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Cervical vertebral stenotic myelopathy (CVSM, also known as cervical ataxia or wobbler syndrome, is caused by the narrowing of the medullary canal due to a malformation of the cervical vertebrae, resulting in compression of the spinal cord and neurological alterations such as ataxia, hypermetria, weakness, and abnormal stance. The treatment options can be conservative or surgical, with varied effectiveness. The most appropriate surgical technique in the majority of cases is arthrodesis, providing quick and efficient decompression of the spinal cord. The goal of this case report is to present an equine patient with CVSM that was surgically treated using a new modified cage model. The diagnosis was based on history, clinical signs and radiographic evidence of spinal cord compression between the C3 and C4 vertebrae, after ruling out possible infectious agents. The surgical procedure for the decompression and stabilization of the point of stenosis was performed using a modified Cloward’s technique and a new cage model fixed with two screws. Evidence of fusion was obtained by periodic radiographs over six months of postoperative care. The new cage model used in this surgery proved to be efficient for the decompression and stabilization of the vertebrae, allowing arthrodesis development and remission of the clinical signs. Fixation of the cage with screws reduces the risk of migration of the implant.

  17. Minimally invasive lumbar decompression-the surgical learning curve.

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    Kim, Choll W

    2016-08-01

    Commentary On: Ahn J, Iqbal A, Manning BT, Leblang S, Bohl DD, Mayo BC, et al. Minimally invasive lumbar decompression-the surgical learning curve. Spine J 2016:16:909-16. (in this issue). PMID:27545398

  18. Anterior Cervical Surgery Cervical Disc Experience%颈椎前路手术治疗颈椎间盘突出症体会

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    吴向东; 刘绍武; 唐佩福

    2012-01-01

    Objective:Observation of the anterior cervical surgical treatment of cervical disc herniation .Methods:52cases of cervical disc herniation, anterior cervical decompression, bone graft and application of cervical locking anterior plate internal fixation. Results:46 cases after 2~ 18months, anaverage of 8.2 months of follow-up of all cases of graft to achieve bone fusion, the integration time of 12 ~ 16 weeks, with an average of 12.6 weeks, 100% of the fusion rate; MRI examination of spinal cord deformation. The compression performance of spinal cord function tests, with the exception of three cases of unsatisfactory outside. The results were satisfactory in all cases bone graft. Conclusion:Indications to choose the right anterior cervical decompression surgery bone graft and plate system is simple and can provide a fixed segmental stability, conducive to the recovery of neurological function, applicable to the treatment of cervical disc herniation, cervical trauma. Anterior cervical surgery for two cervical disc, three vertebrae. Power and restricted anterior cervical fixation materials was no significant differencein clinical therapy.%目的:观察颈椎前路手术治疗颈椎间盘突出症的疗效.方法:对52例颈椎间盘突出症,行颈椎前路减压、植骨并应用锁定型颈椎前路钢板内固定.结果:46例经过2~18个月、平均8.2月的随访,所有病例植骨均达到骨性融合,融合时间12~16周,平均12.6周,融合率100%;MRI检查无脊髓变形、受压表现,脊髓功能检查,除3例不理想外.所有病例植骨疗效满意.结论:适应症选择正确,颈椎前路手术减压植骨、钢板系统操作简单,可提供有效的固定节段稳定性,利于神经功能恢复,适用于颈椎间盘突出症、颈椎外伤的治疗.颈椎前路手术适用于2个颈椎间盘,3个椎体.动力性和限制性颈椎前路内固定材料在临床治疗疗效上无明显差别.

  19. Prophylactic decompression of extensor pollicis longus to prevent rupture

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    Navaratnam, A V; Ball, S; Eckersley, R

    2013-01-01

    We present a case of a patient with spontaneous rupture of right extensor pollicis longus (EPL) tendon, who had also developed left wrist pain and weakness in his left EPL that MRI studies confirmed to be caused by tendinosis. Subsequently, decompression of left EPL and reconstruction of right EPL with palmaris longus tendon graft was undertaken. In this case, decompression of the left EPL tendon led to resolution of the patient's symptoms as well as preventing tendon rupture. We advocate the...

  20. Fenestration of bone flap during decompressive craniotomy for subdural hematoma

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    Ha Son Nguyen; Ninh Doan; Christopher Wolfla; Glen Pollock

    2016-01-01

    Background: Persistent/recurrent extra-axial hemorrhage may occur after decompression of a subdural hematoma (SDH) followed by an immediate replacement of bone flap. A fenestration of the bone flap may encourage extra-axial fluid absorption; however, the literature has not explored this technique. Methods: Forty-four consecutive patients who underwent surgical decompression of SDH with immediate replacement of bone flap were divided into two groups: Fenestration (F), n = 33, and no fenest...

  1. Arthroscopic subacromial decompression: one- to seven-year results

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    Atalar, Ata Can; Demirhan, Mehmet; Kocabey, Yavuz; Akalin, Yilmaz

    2004-01-01

    Objectives: Impingement syndrome is one of the most important causes of pain in the shoulder region. Advances in arthroscopic techniques allowed acromioplasty to be performed arthroscopically. In this study, we evaluated the results of arthroscopic subacromial decompression in patients with impingement syndrome. Methods: Seventy patients who were treated with arthroscopic subacromial decompression and who had a follow-up period of at least a year were retrospectively evaluated. There were ...

  2. The Risks of Scuba Diving: A Focus on Decompression Illness

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    Hall, Jennifer

    2014-01-01

    Decompression Illness includes both Decompression Sickness (DCS) and Pulmonary Overinflation Syndrome (POIS), subsets of diving-related injury related to scuba diving. DCS is a condition in which gas bubbles that form while diving do not have adequate time to be resorbed or “off-gassed,” resulting in entrapment in specific regions of the body. POIS is due to an overly rapid ascent to the surface resulting in the rupture of alveoli and subsequent extravasation of air bubbles into tissue planes...

  3. Application of nasointestinal decompression intubation in small bowel obstruction

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    Objective: To evaluate the nasointestinal decompression intubation in acute small intestinal obstruction. Methods: Ten patients with acute small bowel obstruction received nasointestinal decompression intubation under x-ray guidance. The nasointestinal decompression tube passing over a guidewire was inserted into small intestine near Tres ligament or further down distally with assistance of patients adopting in multi-physical positions. Results: The intubation of nasointestinal decompression tubes into small intestine was technically successful in all patients with average procedural time of 16 min. (10-35 min). After placement of the tube, all patients obtained various degrees of symptoms relief including abdominal pain, distention, vomiting, etc. Four patients with simple adhesive obstruction recovered completely and the tube was removed 2 weeks later. Three patients were referred to surgical operation, and 3 others gave up for further treatment. There were no complications such as bleeding or perforation related to intubation. Conclusion: Nasointestinal decompression intubation under guidance of X-ray is rather simple, less time consuming, especially with high efficiency for preoperative gastrointestinal decompression and treating simple adhesive bowel obstruction; ought to be recommended. (authors)

  4. Get Tested for Cervical Cancer

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    ... Cervical Cancer Print This Topic En español Get Tested for Cervical Cancer Browse Sections The Basics Overview ... be cured. How often should I get screened (tested)? How often you should get screened for cervical ...

  5. Cervical cancer - screening and prevention

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    Cancer cervix - screening; HPV - cervical cancer screening; Dysplasia - cervical cancer screening ... Almost all cervical cancers are caused by HPV (human papilloma virus). HPV is a common virus that spreads through sexual contact. Certain ...

  6. Treatment Option Overview (Cervical Cancer)

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    ... Cancer Prevention Cervical Cancer Screening Research Cervical Cancer Treatment (PDQ®)–Patient Version General Information About Cervical Cancer ... Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options. The prognosis (chance of recovery) depends on ...

  7. MRI in spinal cord decompression sickness

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    Spinal cord decompression sickness (DCS) is a rare condition that can lead to spinal cord infarction. Despite the low incidence of diving-related DCS, we have managed to collect the data and MRI findings of seven patients who have been diagnosed with and treated for DCS in our local hyperbaric facility. This study describes the clinical presentation, MRI spinal cord findings, treatment administered and outcome of these patients. The patient medical records, from 1997 to 2007, were retrospectively reviewed. All patients with a final diagnosis of DCS and who underwent examination were included. The images were independently reviewed by two radiologists who recorded the location and number of lesions within the spinal cord. The Frankel grading was used to assess the initial and clinical outcome response. Patchy-increased T2W changes affecting several levels at the same time were found. Contrary to the popular notion that venous infarction is the leading cause of DCS, most of our patients also demonstrated affliction of grey matter, which is typically seen in an arterial pattern of infarction. Initial involvement of multiple (>6) spinal cord levels was associated with a poor outcome. Patients who continued to have multiple neurological sequelae with less than 50% resolution of symptoms despite recompression treatment were also those who had onset of symptoms within 30 min of resurfacing. DCS is probably a combination of both arterial and venous infarction. Short latency to the onset of neurological symptoms and multilevel cord involvement may be associated with a poorer outcome.

  8. Effective Decompression of JPEG Document Images.

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    Pham, The-Anh; Delalandre, Mathieu

    2016-08-01

    This paper concentrates on developing an effective approach for decompressing JPEG document images. Our main goal is targeted to time-critical applications, especially to those situated on mobile network infrastructures. To this aim, the proposed approach is designed to work either in the transform domain or image spatial plane. Specifically, the image blocks are first classified into smooth blocks (e.g., background and uniform regions) and non-smooth blocks (e.g., text, graphics, and line-drawings). Next, the smooth blocks are fully decoded in the transform domain by minimizing the total block boundary variation, which is very efficient to compute. For decoding non-smooth blocks, a novel text model is presented that accounts for the specifics of document content. In addition, an efficient optimization algorithm is introduced to reconstruct the non-smooth blocks. The proposed approach has been validated by extensive experiments, demonstrating a significant improvement of visual quality, assuming that document images have been encoded at low bit rates and thus are subject to severe distortion. PMID:27295665

  9. Orthostatic mesodiencephalic dysfunction after decompressive craniectomy.

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    Bijlenga, Philippe; Zumofen, Daniel; Yilmaz, Hasan; Creisson, Eric; de Tribolet, Nicolas

    2007-04-01

    An extreme syndrome of the trephined after decompressive craniectomy is reported here. The most extensive clinical syndrome observed was established over 4 weeks and consisted of bradypsychia, dysartria, and limb rigidity with equine varus feet predominating on the right. The syndrome was aggravated when the patient was sitting with the sequential appearance over minutes of a typical parkinsonian levodopa-resistant tremor starting on the right side, extending to all four limbs, followed by diplopia resulting from a left abducens nerve palsy followed by a left-sided mydriasis. All signs recovered within 1-2 h after horizontalisation. It was correlated with an orthostatic progressive sinking of the skin flap, MRI and CT scan mesodiencephalic distortion without evidence of parenchymal lesion. Brain stem auditory evoked potential wave III latency increases were observed on the right side on verticalisation of the patient. EEG exploration excluded any epileptic activity. Symptoms were fully recovered within 2 days after cranioplasty was performed. The cranioplasty had to be removed twice due to infection. Bradypsychia, speech fluency, limb rigidity and tremor reappeared within a week after removal of the prosthesis. While waiting for sterilisation of the operative site, the symptoms were successfully prevented by a custom-made transparent suction-cup helmet before completion of cranioplasty. PMID:17119005

  10. C5 Nerve root palsies following cervical spine surgery: A review

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    Nancy E Epstein

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Cervical C5 nerve root palsies may occur in between 0% and 30% of routine anterior or posterior cervical spine operations. They are largely attributed to traction injuries/increased cord migration following anterior/posterior decompressions. Of interest, almost all studies cite spontaneous resolution of these deficits without surgery with 3-24 postoperative months. Methods: Different studies cite various frequencies for C5 root palsies following anterior or posterior cervical spine surgery. In their combined anterior/posterior series involving C4-C5 level  decompressions, Libelski et al. cited up to a 12% incidence of C5 palsies. In Gu et al. series, C5 root palsies occurred in 3.1% of double-door laminoplasty, 4.5% of open-door laminoplasty, and 11.3% of laminectomy. Miller et al. observed an intermediate 6.9% frequency of C5 palsies followed by posterior cervical decompressions and fusions (PCDF. Results: Gu et al. also identified multiple risk factors for developing C5 palsies following posterior surgery; male gender, ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL, narrower foramina, laminectomy, and marked dorsal spinal cord drift. Miller et al. also identified an average $1918 increased cost for physical/occupational therapy for patients with C5 palsies. Conclusions: The incidence of C5 root deficits for anterior/posterior cervical surgery at C4-C5 was 12% in one series, and ranged up to 11.3% for laminectomies, while others cited 0-30%. Although identification of preoperative risk factors for C5 root deficits may help educate patients regarding these risks, there is no clear method for their avoidance at this time.

  11. Acupoints for cervical spondylosis

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    Zhu, Jihe; Arsovska, Blagica; Vasileva, Dance; Petkovska, Sofija; Kozovska, Kristina

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    Cervical spondylosis is a chronic degenerative condition of the cervical spine that affects the vertebral bodies and intervertebral disks of the neck, as well as the contents of the spinal canal. This is one of the most common degenerative disorders of the spine. The disease can be symptomatic and asymptomatic. Symptoms that are distinctive for cervical spondylosis are: tingling, numbness and weakness in the limbs, lack of coordination, stiff neck, shoulder pain, occipital pain, vertigo, poor...

  12. Tuina treatment in cervical spondylosis

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    Cervical spondylosis is a common, chronic degenerative condition of the cervical spine that affects the vertebral bodies and intervertebral disks of the neck as well as the contents of the spinal canal. Common clinical syndromes associated with cervical spondylosis include cervical pain, cervical radiculopathy and/or mielopathy. This study show the main principles, indication and side effects of tuina in cervical spondylosis´ treatment; tuina is one of the external methods based on the princ...

  13. Cervical instability in Klippel-Feil syndrome:case report and review of the literature

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    Aaron Wessell; Peter DeRosa; Abraham Cherrick; Jonathan H.Sherman

    2015-01-01

    Background: The authors present a case of cervical myelopathy and radiculopathy in the setting of multiple Klippel-Feil syndrome abnormalities treated surgically with a single-level C3-C4 anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.We discuss the clinical presentation, radiographic findings, and various treatment options for cervical spine abnormalities in Klippel-Feil syndrome.Case Presentation: This 22-year-old female with Klippel-Feil syndrome presented with intermittent neck pain, left upper extremity weakness, and paresthesias.Preoperative MRI, CT, and X-rays of the cervical spine revealed anterolisthesis at C3/4 with unstable movement on flexion and extension imaging.In addition, there were multiple segmental fusion abnormalities including hemivertebrae and other congenital fusion abnormalities.A C3-C4 anterior cervical discectomy and fusion was performed with intervertebral disc spacer.Adequate decompression was achieved with postoperative resolution of the patient's symptoms and improvement in neurological exam.Conclusions: Single-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion can be utilized for treatment of cervical myelopathy and radiculopathy in the setting of multiple congenital Klippel-Feil syndrome abnormalities.

  14. POST - OPERATIVE NEUROLOGICAL RECOVERY PATTERN IN DEGENERATIVE CERVICAL MYELOPATHY AND RADICULOPATHY

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    Raju B

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE : To study the neurological recovery pattern and clinical recovery after surgical intervention in patients of degenerative cervical myelopathy and radiculopathy to know the surgical outcome, at L okmanya T ilak M unicipal M edical C ollege , Mumbai, Maharashtra . METHOD : We ca rried out prospective and retrospective observational study of 30 patients with functional disability secondary to cervical degenerative myelopathy and radiculopathy who underwent surgery for decompression of the cervical spinal cord with or without spinal stabilization. March 2012 to March 2013 were studied and followed for more than 1year. All patients were operated by a single surgeon and reviewed independently. All the patients had received appropriate conservative management before undergoing surgical intervention . Data was analysed by using appropriate software. RESULTS : The study group comprised of 27 males and 3 females aged between 36 and 75 years with a mean age of 56 years that presented with functional disability secondary to cervical myelopathy and radiculopathy. Pain and neurological examination were used as criteria at sequential follow – ups. Functional outcome was assessed using Japanese Orthopaedic Association score, Oswestry Disability Index and Visual Analogue Scale. It was found that neuro logical recovery for myelopathy by mJOA score at intervals between 15 days to 3 months was significant after which recovery was occurring but was not significant. Anterior cervical discectomy with fusion for 1 - 2 levels has given good results than posterior laminectomy for 3 or more levels. Cervical radiculopathy alone has good recovery results after decompression surgery than myelopathy or myelopathy with radiculopathy. CONCLUSION: Based on this study, we found that the results of surgery for cervical spon dylotic myelopathy and radiculopathy are excellent. The best neurological and functional recovery is seen in patients with mild to moderate

  15. Cervical chondroid chordoma in a standard dachshund: a case report

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    Stigen Øyvind

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A ten-year-old male standard dachshund was presented with a history of neck pain and progressive gait disturbances. Following a neurological examination and diagnostic imaging, including CT, a neoplastic lesion involving the third and fourth cervical vertebrae was suspected. The lesion included an extradural mass on the right side of the spinal canal causing a local compression of the cervical cord. Surgery, using a modified dorsal laminectomy procedure, was performed in order to decompress the cervical spinal cord. Histopathological examination of the extradural mass indicated that the tumour was a chondroid chordoma. Following discharge, the quality of life for the dog was very good for a sustained period, but clinical signs recurred at 22 months. The dog was euthanased 25 months post-surgery. On post-mortem examination, a regrowth of neoplastic tissue was found to have infiltrated the bone and spinal cord at C3-C4. This is the first report to show that palliative surgery can offer successful long-lasting treatment of chondroid chordoma of the cervical spine in the dog.

  16. Airway management and morbid obesity

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    Kristensen, Michael S

    2010-01-01

    Morbidly obese patients present with excess fatty tissue externally on the breast, neck, thoracic wall and abdomen and internally in the mouth, pharynx and abdomen. This excess tissue tends to make access (intubation, tracheostomy) to and patency (during sedation or mask ventilation) of the upper...... morbidly obese patients and should be followed by actions to counteract atelectasis formation. The decision as to weather to use a rapid sequence induction, an awake intubation or a standard induction with hypnotics should depend on the thorough airway examination and comorbidity and should not be based...... solely on whether morbid obesity is present or not. It is important to ensure sufficient depth of anaesthesia before initiating manipulation of the airway because inadequate anaesthesia depth predisposes to aspiration if airway management becomes difficult. The intubating laryngeal mask airway is more...

  17. Ultrastructural changes of compressed lumbar ventral nerve roots following decompression

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    To study whether there will be permanent lumbar nerve rot scanning or degeneration secondary to continuous compression followed by decompression on the nerve roots, which can account for postlaminectomy leg weakness or back pain. The study was performed at the Department of Anatomy, Faulty of Medicine, king Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during 2003-2005. Twenty-six adult male New Zealand rabbits were used in the present study. The ventral roots of the left fourth lumbar nerve were clamped for 2 weeks then decompression was allowed by removal of the clips. The left ventral roots of the fourth lumbar nerve were excised for electron microscopic study. One week after nerve root decompression, the ventral root peripheral to the site of compression showed signs of Wallerian degeneration together with signs of regeneration. Schwann cells and myelinated nerve fibers showed severe degenerative changes. Two weeks after decompression, the endoneurium of the ventral root showed extensive edema with an increase in the regenerating myelinated and unmyentilated nerve fibers, and fibroblasts proliferation. Three weeks after decompression, the endoneurium showed an increase in the regenerating myelinated and unmyelinated nerve fibers with diminution of the endoneurial edema, and number of macrophages and an increase in collagen fibrils. Five and 6 weeks after decompression, the endoneurium showed marked diminution of the edema, macrophages, mast cells and fibroblasts. The enoneurium was filed of myelinated and unmyelinated nerve fibers and collagen fibrils. Decompression of the compressed roots of a spinal nerve is followed by regeneration of the nerve fibers and nerve and nerve recovery without endoneurial scarring. (author)

  18. Decompression sickness following breath-hold diving.

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    Schipke, J D; Gams, E; Kallweit, Oliver

    2006-01-01

    Despite convincing evidence of a relationship between breath-hold diving and decompression sickness (DCS), the causal connection is only slowly being accepted. Only the more recent textbooks have acknowledged the risks of repetitive breath-hold diving. We compare four groups of breath-hold divers: (1) Japanese and Korean amas and other divers from the Pacific area, (2) instructors at naval training facilities, (3) spear fishers, and (4) free-dive athletes. While the number of amas is likely decreasing, and Scandinavian Navy training facilities recorded only a few accidents, the number of spear fishers suffering accidents is on the rise, in particular during championships or using scooters. Finally, national and international associations (e.g., International Association of Free Drives [IAFD] or Association Internationale pour Le Developpment De L'Apnee [AIDA]) promote free-diving championships including deep diving categories such as constant weight, variable weight, and no limit. A number of free-diving athletes, training for or participating in competitions, are increasingly accident prone as the world record is presently set at a depth of 171 m. This review presents data found after searching Medline and ISI Web of Science and using appropriate Internet search engines (e.g., Google). We report some 90 cases in which DCS occurred after repetitive breath-hold dives. Even today, the risk of suffering from DCS after repetitive breath-hold diving is often not acknowledged. We strongly suggest that breath-hold divers and their advisors and physicians be made aware of the possibility of DCS and of the appropriate therapeutic measures to be taken when DCS is suspected. Because the risk of suffering from DCS increases depending on depth, bottom time, rate of ascent, and duration of surface intervals, some approaches to assess the risks are presented. Regrettably, none of these approaches is widely accepted. We propose therefore the development of easily manageable

  19. Electrical Bioimpedance Analysis: A New Method in Cervical Cancer Screening

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    Lopamudra Das; Soumen Das; Jyotirmoy Chatterjee

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    Cervical cancer is the second most common female cancer worldwide and a disease of concern due to its high rate of incidence of about 500,000 women annually and is responsible for about 280,000 deaths in a year. The mortality and morbidity of cervical cancer are reduced through mass screening via Pap smear, but this technique suffers from very high false negativity of around 30% to 40% and hence the sensitivity of this technique is not more than 60%. Electrical bioimpedance study employing cy...

  20. Radionuclide imaging in morbid obesity

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    Radionuclide studies of the upper gastrointestinal tract have been useful in many gastrointestinal disorders. However, the literature relating to radionuclide techniques in morbid obesity is limited and, at times, controversial. It is hoped that this brief review will stimulate interest in the use of tracer techniques in this complex disorder. 23 references.

  1. Radionuclide imaging in morbid obesity

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    Radionuclide studies of the upper gastrointestinal tract have been useful in many gastrointestinal disorders. However, the literature relating to radionuclide techniques in morbid obesity is limited and, at times, controversial. It is hoped that this brief review will stimulate interest in the use of tracer techniques in this complex disorder. 23 references

  2. Airway management and morbid obesity

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    Kristensen, Michael S

    2010-01-01

    Morbidly obese patients present with excess fatty tissue externally on the breast, neck, thoracic wall and abdomen and internally in the mouth, pharynx and abdomen. This excess tissue tends to make access (intubation, tracheostomy) to and patency (during sedation or mask ventilation) of the upper...

  3. CDC's Cervical Cancer Study

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    ... in Cancer Moonshot Stay Informed CDC’s Cervical Cancer Study Language: English Español (Spanish) Recommend on Facebook Tweet ... year. As part of CDC’s Cervical Cancer (Cx3) Study, we surveyed a sample of both health care ...

  4. Cervical Myelopathy Secondary to Atlanto-occipital Assimilation: The Usefulness of the Simple Decompressive Surgery

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    Kim, Kang Rae; Lee, Young Min; Kim, Young Zoon; Cho, Yong Woon; Kim, Joon Soo; Kim, Kyu Hong; Lee, In Chang

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    Atlanto-occipital assimilation is one of the most common osseous anomalies observed at the craniocervical junction. Most patients with atlas assimilation show no symptom, but some have neurological problems such as myelopathy that may require surgical treatment. Occipitocervical fusion may be required if atlato-occipital assimilation is accompanied by occipito-axial instability. However, in cases of symptomatic atlas assimilation with minor cord compression without instability, simple decompr...

  5. Cervical cancer: Can it be prevented?

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    Aggarwal, Pakhee

    2014-10-10

    Cervical cancer prevention requires a multipronged approach involving primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. The key element under primary prevention is human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination. So far, only prophylactic HPV vaccines which prevent HPV infection by one or more subtypes are commercially available. Therapeutic HPV vaccines which aid in clearing established infection are still under trial. Secondary prevention entails early detection of precancerous lesions and its success is determined by the population coverage and the efficacy of the screening technique. A number of techniques are in use, including cytology, visual inspection (using the naked eye, magnivisualizer, acetic acid and Lugol's iodine), HPV testing and a combination of these methods. Updated screening guidelines have been advocated by the American Cancer Society in light of the role of HPV on cervical carcinogenesis. Recent research has also focussed on novel biomarkers that can predict progression to cancer in screen positive women and help to differentiate those who need treatment from those who can be left for follow-up. Last but not the least, effective treatment of precancerous lesions can help to reduce the incidence of invasive cervical cancer and this constitutes tertiary prevention. A combination of these approaches can help to prevent the burden of cervical cancer and its antecedent morbidity and mortality, but all of these are not feasible in all settings due to resource and allocation constraints. Thus, all countries, especially low and middle income ones, have to determine their own cocktail of approaches that work before we can say with certainty that yes, cervical cancer can be prevented. PMID:25302177

  6. 77 FR 74193 - Request for Information on Edel-Kindwall Caisson Tables for Preventing Decompression Illness in...

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    ... Caisson Tables for Preventing Decompression Illness in Construction Workers AGENCY: National Institute for...) invites comments and information on decompression tables used for protecting tunneling (caisson) workers from developing decompression illnesses. Public Comment Period: Comments must be received by March...

  7. Airway management in cervical spine ankylosing spondylitis: Between a rock and a hard place

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    Naveen Eipe

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We report the perioperative course of a patient with long standing ankylosing spondylitis with severe dysphagia due to large anterior cervical syndesmophytes at the level of the epiglottis. He was scheduled to undergo anterior cervical decompression and the surgical approach possibly precluded an elective pre-operative tracheostomy. We performed a modified awake fibreoptic nasal intubation through a split nasopharyngeal airway while adequate oxygenation was ensured through a modified nasal trumpet inserted in the other nares. We discuss the role of nasal intubations and the use of both the modified nasopharyngeal airways we used to facilitate tracheal intubation. This modified nasal fibreoptic intubation technique could find the application in other patients with cervical spine abnormalities and in other anticipated difficult airways.

  8. A critical review of physiological bubble formation in hyperbaric decompression.

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    Papadopoulou, Virginie; Eckersley, Robert J; Balestra, Costantino; Karapantsios, Thodoris D; Tang, Meng-Xing

    2013-05-01

    Bubbles are known to form in the body after scuba dives, even those done well within the decompression model limits. These can sometimes trigger decompression sickness and the dive protocols should therefore aim to limit bubble formation and growth from hyperbaric decompression. Understanding these processes physiologically has been a challenge for decades and there are a number of questions still unanswered. The physics and historical background of this field of study is presented and the latest studies and current developments reviewed. Heterogeneous nucleation is shown to remain the prime candidate for bubble formation in this context. The two main theories to account for micronuclei stability are then to consider hydrophobicity of surfaces or tissue elasticity, both of which could also explain some physiological observations. Finally the modeling relevance of the bubble formation process is discussed, together with that of bubble growth as well as multiple bubble behavior. PMID:23523006

  9. Arthroscopic Suprascapular Nerve Decompression: Transarticular and Subacromial Approach

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    Bhatia, Sanjeev; Chalmers, Peter N.; Yanke, Adam B.; Romeo, Anthony A.; Verma, Nikhil N.

    2012-01-01

    Entrapment of the suprascapular nerve (SSN) is an increasingly recognized entity that can occur due to traction or compression-related etiology. Traction injuries of the SSN are unlikely to respond to surgical management and frequently improve with rest and avoidance of overhead activity. Compression injuries, on the other hand, frequently require surgical decompression for pain relief. SSN entrapment caused by compression at the suprascapular notch by the transverse scapular ligament gives rise to pain and atrophy of both the supraspinatus and infraspinatus muscles. However, compression at the spinoglenoid notch is more insidious because pain fibers may not be involved, causing isolated external rotation weakness. We present our preferred surgical technique for safe decompression of the SSN at the suprascapular and spinoglenoid notch using a subacromial and intra-articular approach, respectively. The key to ensuring efficient and uncomplicated decompression of the SSN relies on an intimate knowledge of the neurovascular anatomy and related landmarks. PMID:23766994

  10. Outcomes of Open Subacromial Decompression after Failed Arthroscopic Acromioplasty

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    Pillai, Anand; Eranki, Vivek; Malal, Joby; Nimon, Gavin

    2012-01-01

    Aim. To prospectively assess the effectiveness of revision with open subacromial decompression in patients who had a previous unsatisfactory outcome with the arthroscopic procedure. Methods. 11 patients were identified for the study, who did not demonstrate expected improvement in symptoms after arthroscopic acromioplasty. All patients underwent structured rehabilitation. Functional evaluation was conducted using the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, shoulder rating questionnaire. Results. M : F was 7 : 4. The mean age was 57 years. The average shoulder score improved from 49.6 preoperatively to 56 postoperatively at an average followup of 16 months. Two patients showed deterioration in their shoulder scores after revision while the rest showed only marginal improvement. All except one patient stated that they would opt for surgery again if given a second chance. Conclusion. In the group of patients that fail to benefit from the arthroscopic decompression, only a marginal improvement was noted after revision with open decompression. PMID:22649740

  11. The risks of scuba diving: a focus on Decompression Illness.

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    Hall, Jennifer

    2014-11-01

    Decompression Illness includes both Decompression Sickness (DCS) and Pulmonary Overinflation Syndrome (POIS), subsets of diving-related injury related to scuba diving. DCS is a condition in which gas bubbles that form while diving do not have adequate time to be resorbed or "off-gassed," resulting in entrapment in specific regions of the body. POIS is due to an overly rapid ascent to the surface resulting in the rupture of alveoli and subsequent extravasation of air bubbles into tissue planes or even the cerebral circulation. Divers must always be cognizant of dive time and depth, and be trained in the management of decompression. A slow and controlled ascent, plus proper control of buoyancy can reduce the dangerous consequences of pulmonary barotrauma. The incidence of adverse effects can be diminished with safe practices, allowing for the full enjoyment of this adventurous aquatic sport. PMID:25478296

  12. MRI diagnosis of acute spinal cord decompression sickness

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    Objective: To describe MRI findings of acute spinal cord decompression sickness. Methods: MRI findings of 5 cases with clinical definite acute spinal cord decompression sickness were retrospectively analyzed. The main clinical informations included underwater performance history against regulations, short-term complete or incomplete spinal cord injury symptoms after fast going out of water, sensory disability and urinary and fecal incontinence, etc. Results: Spinal cord vacuole sign was found in all 5 cases. Iso-signal intensity (n=3), high signal intensity (n=1), and low signal intensity (n=1) was demonstrated on T1WI, and high signal intensity (n=5) was found on T2WI. Owl eye sign was detected in 3 cases, and lacune foci were seen in 2 cases. Conclusion: MRI findings of acute spinal cord decompression sickness had some characteristics, and it was easy to diagnose by combining diving history with clinical manifestations. (authors)

  13. Misdiagnosed bilateral C5-C6 dislocation causing cervical spine instability: a case report

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    Gelalis, Ioannis D.; Christoforou, Georgios; Arnaoutoglou, Christina M.; Politis, Angelos N.; Manoudis, Gregory; Xenakis, Theodoros A

    2009-01-01

    Introduction The diagnosis of cervical spine injuries remains a significant problem in many blunt trauma patients. Correct and early diagnosis of these injuries is imperative as delayed or missed diagnoses result in increased morbidity and mortality. Case presentation A 57-year-old Caucasian woman presented with a misdiagnosed bilateral C5-C6 dislocation one month after a fall and head injury, without clearance of the cervical spine in her previous visits to two physicians and having already ...

  14. Stapled versus hand-sewn cervical esophagogastric anastomosis in patients undergoing esophagectomy: A Retrospective Cohort Study

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    Pramod Kumar Mishra; Harsh Shah; Nikhil Gupta; Vaibhav Varshney; Nilesh Sadashiv Patil; Amit Jain; Sundeep Singh Saluja

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    Introduction: Anastomotic leak is one of the main causes of morbidity following esophageal resection for carcinoma of the esophagus and gastroesophageal junction. We compared hand sewn and stapled cervical esophagogastric anastomotic techniques in terms of postoperative complications. Methods: All patients who underwent esophagectomy with cervical esophagogastric anastomosis at a single academic center from 2004 to 2014 were included in the study. Both early and late complications were ana...

  15. Radicular Pain due to Subsidence of the Nitinol Shape Memory Loop for Stabilization after Lumbar Decompressive Laminectomy.

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    Son, Byung-Chul; Kim, Deog-Ryeong

    2015-01-01

    A number of dynamic stabilization systems have been used to overcome the problems associated with spinal fusion with rigid fixation recently and the demand for an ideal dynamic stabilization system is greater for younger patients with multisegment disc degeneration. Nitinol, a shape memory alloy of nickel and titanium, is flexible at low temperatures and regains its original shape when heated, and the Nitinol shape memory loop (SML) implant has been used as a posterior tension band mostly in decompressive laminectomy cases because the Nitinol implant has various characteristics such as high elasticity and a tensile force, flexibility, and biological compatibility. The reported short-term outcomes of the application of SMLs as posterior column supporters in cervical and lumbar decompressive laminectomies seem to be positive, and complications are minimal except for the rare occurrence of pullout and fracture of the SML. However, there was no report of neurological complications related to neural compression in spite of the use of the loop of SML in the epidural space. The authors report a case of delayed development of radiating pain caused by subsidence of the SML resulting epidural compression. PMID:25674347

  16. Reasons for revision surgery after orbital decompression for Graves’ orbitopathy

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    Stefano Sellari-Franceschini

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Stefano Sellari-Franceschini1, Luca Muscatello1, Veronica Seccia1, Riccardo Lenzi1, Amelia Santoro1, Marco Nardi2, Barbara Mazzi3, Aldo Pinchera3, Claudio Marcocci31Department of Neuroscience, 1st ENT division, 2Ophthalmology Division, 3Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Occupational Medicine, University of Pisa, ItalyObjectives: An analysis of complications and causes of failure in orbital decompression necessitating a second operation.Methods: Between December 1992 and April 2007, 375 patients (719 orbits were operated on using various techniques. Fourteen patients were initially operated on in our unit: 8 (group A1 were re-operated on after a short time due to complications connected with the decompression operation, 7 (group A2 were operated on after some time due to recurrence of the illness or unsatisfactory decompression (one patient is in both group A1 and A2. Five patients (group B underwent a first operation elsewhere.Results: For group A1 the most serious complications were connected to the nasal approach. For group A2 the operations were performed either because of a neuropathy recurrence or for further proptosis reduction due to recurrence or patient dissatisfaction. Lack of preoperative data hinders conclusions about group B, apart from one patient where the operation had not resolved a serious optic neuropathy after decompression based on Olivari technique combined with three-wall operation according to Mourits and colleagues (1990.Conclusions: We can deduce from group A1 that extreme attention is necessary during endonasal access, from group A2 that balancing the eyes is advisable, sacrificing maximum proptosis reduction to gain greater patient satisfaction, and from group B that decompression of the orbital apex is fundamental in the case of neuropathy.Keywords: orbital decompression, Graves’ orbitopathy, revision surgery

  17. Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Test Results

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    ... AQ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FAQ187 GYNECOLOGIC PROBLEMS Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Test Results • What is cervical cancer screening? • What causes abnormal cervical cancer screening test ...

  18. Alcohol abuse and postoperative morbidity

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    Tønnesen, Hanne

    2003-01-01

    Patients who drink too much have more complications after surgery. The aim of this thesis was to evaluate the evidence, possible mechanisms, and prevention of the increased postoperative morbidity in alcohol abusers, defined by a consumption of at least five drinks per day. The literature could...... be criticised for several methodological flaws. Nevertheless, the results are in agreement showing moderate to strong evidence of increased postoperative morbidity after surgical procedures on alcohol abusers. There is weak to moderate evidence of increased postoperative mortality, hospital stay, and re......-operation. The personal and economic consequences are tremendous. The incidence of alcohol abusers undergoing surgery was 7% to 49%, according to gender and diagnosis. They have been identified by a self-reported alcohol intake, which implies the possibility of underestimation. Alcohol markers could be used for a more...

  19. Liver morphology in morbid obesity

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    Andersen, T; Gluud, C

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    Literature on liver morphology in untreated obesity reveals varying prevalences of various pathological findings. The purpose of this literature study was to summarize and evaluate the published observations and to discuss discrepant findings. A complete search was aimed at utilizing bibliographi...... of obesity, age, sex, alcohol consumption, diabetes mellitus) does not point towards a single causal factor. Co-influence of additional pathogenetic factors are likely in the development of liver changes in morbid obesity....... methods including a computerized survey. Forty-one original articles were included, comprising information on liver morphology in 1515 morbidly obese patients. Liver biopsy was considered normal in 12 per cent of the cases. The most frequent abnormality reported was fatty change, present in 80 per cent of...

  20. Alcohol abuse and postoperative morbidity

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    2003-01-01

    patients admitted to surgery should be offered a health promoting dialogue with the surgeon, anaesthesiologist, general practitioner, or other health professionals, which focuses on alcohol among other risk factors in relation to the operative treatment, diagnosis and prognosis. A beneficial effect......Patients who drink too much have more complications after surgery. The aim of this thesis was to evaluate the evidence, possible mechanisms, and prevention of the increased postoperative morbidity in alcohol abusers, defined by a consumption of at least five drinks per day. The literature could...... be criticised for several methodological flaws. Nevertheless, the results are in agreement showing moderate to strong evidence of increased postoperative morbidity after surgical procedures on alcohol abusers. There is weak to moderate evidence of increased postoperative mortality, hospital stay, and re...

  1. Decompression surgery for spinal metastases: a systematic review.

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    Bakar, Dara; Tanenbaum, Joseph E; Phan, Kevin; Alentado, Vincent J; Steinmetz, Michael P; Benzel, Edward C; Mroz, Thomas E

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    OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to systematically review the literature on reported outcomes following decompression surgery for spinal metastases. METHODS The authors conducted MEDLINE, Scopus, and Web of Science database searches for studies reporting clinical outcomes and complications associated with decompression surgery for metastatic spinal tumors. Both retrospective and prospective studies were included. After meeting inclusion criteria, articles were categorized based on the following reported outcomes: survival, ambulation, surgical technique, neurological function, primary tumor histology, and miscellaneous outcomes. RESULTS Of the 4148 articles retrieved from databases, 36 met inclusion criteria. Of those included, 8 were prospective studies and 28 were retrospective studies. The year of publication ranged from 1992 to 2015. Study size ranged from 21 to 711 patients. Three studies found that good preoperative Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS ≥ 80%) was a significant predictor of survival. No study reported a significant effect of time-to-surgery following the onset of spinal cord compression symptoms on survival. Three studies reported improvement in neurological function following surgery. The most commonly cited complication was wound infection or dehiscence (22 studies). Eight studies reported that preoperative ambulatory or preoperative motor status was a significant predictor of postoperative ambulatory status. A wide variety of surgical techniques were reported: posterior decompression and stabilization, posterior decompression without stabilization, and posterior decompression with total or subtotal tumor resection. Although a wide range of functional scales were used to assess neurological outcomes, four studies used the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) Impairment Scale to assess neurological function. Four studies reported the effects of radiation therapy and local disease control for spinal metastases. Two studies reported that

  2. Superior vena caval obstruction - decompression with chemotherapy and subsequent irradiation

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    The clinical picture, pathogenesis and etiology of malignant vena caval obstruction are described. The importance of using modern methods to treat this critical condition is emphasized. Furthermore, the authors examine the principles of chemotherapeutic decompression followed by irradiation. A single dose of nitrogen mustard was applied intravenously, followed by irradiation, on 24 patients with malignant vena caval obstruction. The results of this treatment are presented. The effect of this treatment was controlled by measuring the venous blood pressure and with chest X-rays. The authors conclude, that this method of decompression is successful in the palliative treatment of this syndrom. (orig.)

  3. MRI and PET Imaging in Predicting Treatment Response in Patients With Stage IB-IVA Cervical Cancer

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    Cervical Adenocarcinoma; Cervical Adenosquamous Carcinoma; Cervical Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Cervical Undifferentiated Carcinoma; Recurrent Cervical Carcinoma; Stage IB2 Cervical Cancer; Stage IIA Cervical Cancer; Stage IIB Cervical Cancer; Stage IIIA Cervical Cancer; Stage IIIB Cervical Cancer; Stage IVA Cervical Cancer

  4. Removal versus preservation of the posterior longitudinal ligament in Bryan cervical disc arthroplasty

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    YANG Da-long; DING Wen-yuan; ZHANG Ying-ze; ZHANG Wei; XU Jia-xin; SHEN Yong

    2013-01-01

    Background Bryan cervical disc arthroplasty can be used to restore and maintain the mobility and function of the involved cervical spinal segments.The efficiency of posterior longitudinal ligament (PLL) resection in anterior cervical decompression and fusion has been demonstrated.However,no clinical reports have compared PLL removal with preservation in Bryan cervical disc arthroplasty.This study aimed to assess the role of removal of PLL in Bryan cervical disc arthroplasty at an 18-month follow-up.Methods We performed a prospective investigation of clinical and radiological outcomes in patients after Bryan cervical disc arthroplasty.Sixty patients who underwent Bryan cervical disc arthroplasty were included.The PLL was removed in 35 patients (investigational group) and preserved in 25 patients (control group).All of the patients were followed up for more than 18 months.Clinical (Japanese Orthopedic Association score and Visual Analogue Scale pain score) and radiological (functional spinal unit (FSU) angle,range of movement (ROM),and diameter of the spinal cord) parameters were compared between the two groups before and after surgery (18 months).Results Clinical outcomes in the investigational group were significantly superior to those in the control group.There were no significant differences in the FSU angle and ROM (P=-0.41 and 0.16,respectively) between the two groups.However,the increase in diameter of the spinal cord in the investigational group was significantly greater than that in the control group (P <0.01).Conclusions Removal of the PLL can improve the clinical outcomes of Bryan cervical disc arthroplasty.This procedure does not have a large effect on imbalance and motion of the cervical spine.

  5. Rupture of the Cell Envelope by Decompression of the Deep-Sea Methanogen Methanococcus jannaschii

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    Park, Chan Beum; Clark, Douglas S.

    2002-01-01

    The effect of decompression on the structure of Methanococcus jannaschii, an extremely thermophilic deep-sea methanogen, was studied in a novel high-pressure, high-temperature bioreactor. The cell envelope of M. jannaschii appeared to rupture upon rapid decompression (ca. 1 s) from 260 atm of hyperbaric pressure. When decompression from 260 atm was performed over 5 min, the proportion of ruptured cells decreased significantly. In contrast to the effect produced by decompression from hyperbari...

  6. Effect of Orbital Decompression on Corneal Topography in Patients with Thyroid Ophthalmopathy

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    Kim, Su Ah; Jung, Su Kyung; Paik, Ji Sun; Yang, Suk-Woo

    2015-01-01

    Objective To evaluate changes in corneal astigmatism in patients undergoing orbital decompression surgery. Methods This retrospective, non randomized comparative study involved 42 eyes from 21 patients with thyroid ophthalmopathy who underwent orbital decompression surgery between September 2011 and September 2014. The 42 eyes were divided into three groups: control (9 eyes), two-wall decompression (25 eyes), and three-wall decompression (8 eyes). The control group was defined as the contrala...

  7. Eruptive dynamics during magma decompression: a laboratory approach

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    Spina, L.; Cimarelli, C.; Scheu, B.; Wadsworth, F.; Dingwell, D. B.

    2013-12-01

    A variety of eruptive styles characterizes the activity of a given volcano. Indeed, eruptive styles can range from effusive phenomena to explosive eruptions, with related implications for hazard management. Rapid changes in eruptive style can occur during an ongoing eruption. These changes are, amongst other, related to variations in the magma ascent rate, a key parameter affecting the eruptive style. Ascent rate is in turn dependent on several factors such as the pressure in the magma chamber, the physical properties of the magma and the rate at which these properties change. According to the high number of involved parameters, laboratory decompression experiments are the best way to achieve quantitative information on the interplay of each of those factors and the related impact on the eruption style, i.e. by analyzing the flow and deformation behavior of the transparent volatile-bearing analogue fluid. We carried out decompression experiments following different decompression paths and using silicone oil as an analogue for the melt, with which we can simulate a range of melt viscosity values. For a set of experiments we added rigid particles to simulate the presence of crystals in the magma. The pure liquid or suspension was mounted into a transparent autoclave and pressurized to different final pressures. Then the sample was saturated with argon for a fixed amount of time. The decompression path consists of a slow decompression from the initial pressure to the atmospheric condition. Alternatively, samples were decompressed almost instantaneously, after established steps of slow decompression. The decompression path was monitored with pressure transducers and a high-speed video camera. Image analysis of the videos gives quantitative information on the bubble distribution with respect to depth in the liquid, pressure and time of nucleation and on their characteristics and behavior during the ongoing magma ascent. Furthermore, we also monitored the evolution of

  8. Cervical cancer in Indigenous women: The case of Australia.

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    Shannon, Geordan D; Franco, Oscar H; Powles, John; Leng, Yue; Pashayan, Nora

    2011-11-01

    Globally, health inequities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations exist. The disparity in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is exemplified by cervical cancer. Current evidence suggests that Indigenous women have higher age standardised incidence and mortality than non-Indigenous women when adjusted for stage at diagnosis and co-morbidities; however, there is little information pertaining to national estimates of cervical cancer in Indigenous women. In this paper we review available evidence on the difference in occurrence and case fatality of cervical cancer among Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian women. The Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and State- or Territory-based Cancer Registries were utilised to collect surveillance data. To corroborate existing data, further available journal literature was identified through Medline and Embase. All papers selected for review were cross-referenced to identify further relevant studies. The most recent national estimate of age-standardised cervical cancer incidence rate was 16.9 and 7.1 per 100,000 women-years in Indigenous and non-Indigenous women respectively (incidence ratio 2.4). The Indigenous age-standardised mortality rate was 9.9 per 100,000 women years (95% CI 7.1-13.3), over 5 times the non-Indigenous rate. Cervical cancer incidence, in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous women, has decreased since 1991. Despite the decline, age-standardised incidence among Indigenous women is still higher than non-Indigenous women. The pattern of cervical cancer incidence and survival corroborates the health inequities that exist in Australia. Indigenous women are more likely than non-Indigenous women to develop cervical cancer and are less likely to survive it. Similar patterns exist in Indigenous populations worldwide, such as New Zealander Maoris and Canadian Aboriginals, suggesting that high rates of cervical cancer incidence and

  9. Indication for the operative methods in surgical treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy

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    Indication for the operative methods for cervical spondylotic myelopathy was examined in 16 patients undergoing CT-myelography before and after operation. There was a highly significant correlation between the anteroposterior (A-P) diameter of the spinal cord and clinical symptoms. Patients with shorter A-P diameter of the spinal cord tended to have severer preoperative clinical symptoms. Clinical symptoms improved as the post operative A-P diameter of the spinal cord increased. Fixation with decompression of the anterior spinal cord should be indicated when constriction of 5 mm or less of the spinal cord is seen segmentally at the level of the intervertebral disc. Dilation of the spinal cavity should be indicated when the constriction of the spinal cord is 5 mm or less at all levels of the cervical spinal cord. In performing fixation with anterior decompression, 15 mm is considered to be the most suitable width for complete and safe decompression of the flattened spinal cord with a wide transverse diameter. (Namekawa, K)

  10. Human neuropathological and animal model evidence supporting a role for Fas-mediated apoptosis and inflammation in cervical spondylotic myelopathy.

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    Yu, Wen Ru; Liu, Tianyi; Kiehl, Tim-Rasmus; Fehlings, Michael G

    2011-05-01

    in cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Our findings highlight the possibility of medical treatments for cervical spondylotic myelopathy that are complementary to surgical decompression. PMID:21490053

  11. Risk Factors for Vertebral Artery Injuries in Cervical Spine Trauma

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    Dabke, Harshad V.

    2014-01-01

    Blunt cerebrovascular injuries (i.e. involvement of carotid and vertebral arteries) are increasingly being recognized in setting of cervical spine trauma/fractures and are associated with high incidence of stroke/morbidity and mortality. The incidence of vertebral artery injuries (VAI) is more common than previously thought and regular screening is seldom performed. However there exists no screening criteria and conflicting reports exists between spine and trauma literature. Many clinicians do not routinely screen/evaluate patients presenting with cervical spine trauma for potential VAI. This article provides a brief summary of existing evidence regarding the incidence of VAI in the background of cervical trauma/fractures. The type and fracture pattern that is associated with a high risk of VAI warranting mandatory screening/further work-up is discussed. A brief overview of diagnostic modalities and their respective sensitivity/specificity along with available treatment options is also summarized. PMID:25317310

  12. Risk factors for vertebral artery injuries in cervical spine trauma

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    Full Text Available Blunt cerebrovascular injuries (i.e. involvement of carotid and vertebral arteries are increasingly being recognized in setting of cervical spine trauma/fractures and are associated with high incidence of stroke/morbidity and mortality. The incidence of vertebral artery injuries (VAI is more common than previously thought and regular screening is seldom performed. However there exists no screening criteria and conflicting reports exists between spine and trauma literature. Many clinicians do not routinely screen/evaluate patients presenting with cervical spine trauma for potential VAI. This article provides a brief summary of existing evidence regarding the incidence of VAI in the background of cervical trauma/fractures. The type and fracture pattern that is associated with a high risk of VAI warranting mandatory screening/further work-up is discussed. A brief overview of diagnostic modalities and their respective sensitivity/specificity along with available treatment options is also summarized.

  13. Human papillomavirus vaccination in the prevention of cervical neoplasia.

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    Astbury, Katharine

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    Cervical cancer remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality for women worldwide. Although the introduction of comprehensive screening programs has reduced the disease incidence in developed countries, it remains a major problem in the developing world. The recent licensing of 2 vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV) type 16 and HPV-18, the viruses responsible for 70% of cervical cancer cases, offers the hope of disease prevention. In this article, we review the role of HPV in the etiology of cervical cancer and the evidence to support the introduction of vaccination programs in young women and discuss the potential obstacles to widespread vaccination. In addition, we discuss the issues that remain to be elucidated, including the potential need for booster doses of the vaccine and the role of concomitant vaccination in men.

  14. Why do we need optic nerve decompression of traumatic optic neuropathy patients?

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    Seong Rok Han, M.D., Ph.D.

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    Traumatic optic neuropathy can be treated by various methods including high-dose steroids and surgical decompression. Neurosurgical decompression could be required in patients with mechanical compression of the optic nerve by displaced orbital roof fracture fragments. We describe two patients of traumatic optic neuropathy due to orbital roof fracture who had improved pupil reflex and visual acuity after decompression of the optic nerve.

  15. 46 CFR Appendix A to Part 197 - Air No-Decompression Limits

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    ... 46 Shipping 7 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Air No-Decompression Limits A Appendix A to Part 197... STANDARDS GENERAL PROVISIONS Pt. 197, App. A Appendix A to Part 197—Air No-Decompression Limits The following table gives the depth versus bottom time limits for single, no-decompression, air dives...

  16. Risk Factors for Vertebral Artery Injuries in Cervical Spine Trauma

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    Harshavardhana, Nanjundappa S.; Harshad V. Dabke

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    Blunt cerebrovascular injuries (i.e. involvement of carotid and vertebral arteries) are increasingly being recognized in setting of cervical spine trauma/fractures and are associated with high incidence of stroke/morbidity and mortality. The incidence of vertebral artery injuries (VAI) is more common than previously thought and regular screening is seldom performed. However there exists no screening criteria and conflicting reports exists between spine and trauma literature. Many clinicians d...

  17. Risk factors for vertebral artery injuries in cervical spine trauma

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    Harshavardhana, Nanjundappa S.; Harshad V. Dabke

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    Blunt cerebrovascular injuries (i.e. involvement of carotid and vertebral arteries) are increasingly being recognized in setting of cervical spine trauma/fractures and are associated with high incidence of stroke/morbidity and mortality. The incidence of vertebral artery injuries (VAI) is more common than previously thought and regular screening is seldom performed. However there exists no screening criteria and conflicting reports exists between spine and trauma literature. Many clinicians d...

  18. CERVICAL FACET JOINT SEPTIC ARTHRITIS: A CASE REPORT

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    Stecher, James M.; El-Khoury, Georges Y.; Hitchon, Patrick W.

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    Facet joint septic arthritis is a rare but severe infection with the possibility of significant morbidity resulting from local or systemic spread of the infection. Pain is the most common complaint on presentation followed by fever, then neurologic impairment. While the lumbar spine is involved in the vast majority of cases presented in the literature, the case presented here occurred in the cervical spine. The patient presented with a three week history of neck and left shoulder pain and was...

  19. Immunotherapy for Cervical Cancer

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    In an early phase NCI clinical trial, two patients with metastatic cervical cancer had a complete disappearance of their tumors after receiving treatment with a form of immunotherapy called adoptive cell transfer.

  20. Screening for Cervical Cancer

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    ... cervical cancer: • Cytology: This test, also called a Pap test or Pap smear, looks for abnormal changes in cells in ... women ages 21 to 65, screening with a Pap test every 3 years has the highest benefits ...

  1. Treatment of atypical trigeminal neuralgia with microvascular decompression

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    Hai Jian

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To explore the methods for achieving pain relief in patients with atypical trigeminal neuralgia (TN using microvascular decompression (MVD. Study Design and Settings: Retrospective study of 26 patients treated during the years 2000 to 2004. Materials and Methods: Twenty-six patients in whom vascular compression of the trigeminal nerve was identified by high definition magnetic resonance tomographic angiography (MRTA were treated with MVD for atypical TN in our department. Clinical presentations, surgical findings and clinical outcomes were analyzed retrospectively. Results: In this study, single trigeminal division was involved in only 2 patients (8% and two or three divisions in the other 24 patients (92%. Of prime importance is the fact that in 46.2% of the patients, several conflicting vessels were found in association. Location of the conflicts around the circumference of the trigeminal root was supero-medial to the root in 53.5%, supero-lateral in 30.8% and inferior in 15.7%. MVD for atypical TN resulted in complete pain relief in 50% of the patients with complete decompression, partial pain relief in 30.8% and poor pain relief or pain recurrence in 19.2% of the patients without complete decompression postoperatively. Conclusions: Complete decompression of the entire trigeminal root plays an important role in achieving pain relief in patients with atypical TN with MVD.

  2. Does arthroscopic subacromial decompression improve quality of life

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    Whiteman, A; Wilson, J; Paul, E; Roy, B

    2015-01-01

    Introduction There has been a significant rise in the volume of subacromial decompression surgery performed in the UK. This study aimed to determine whether arthroscopic subacromial decompression improves health related quality of life in a cost effective manner. Methods Patients undergoing arthroscopic subacromial decompression surgery for impingement were enrolled between 2012 and 2014. The Oxford shoulder score and the EQ-5D™ instruments were completed prior to and following surgery. A cost–utility analysis was performed. Results Eighty-three patients were eligible for the study with a mean follow-up duration of 15 months (range: 4–27 months). The mean Oxford shoulder score improved by 13 points (95% confidence interval [CI]: 11–15 points). The mean health utility gain extrapolated from the EQ-5D™ questionnaire improved by 0.23 (95% CI: 0.16–0.30), translating to a minimum cost per QALY of £5,683. Conclusions Subacromial decompression leads to significant improvement in function and quality of life in a cost effective manner. This provides justification for its ongoing practice by appropriately trained shoulder surgeons in correctly selected patients. PMID:26263808

  3. Outcomes of Open Subacromial Decompression after Failed Arthroscopic Acromioplasty

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    Gavin Nimon; Joby Malal; Anand Pillai; Vivek Eranki

    2012-01-01

    Aim. To prospectively assess the effectiveness of revision with open subacromial decompression in patients who had a previous unsatisfactory outcome with the arthroscopic procedure. Methods. 11 patients were identified for the study, who did not demonstrate expected improvement in symptoms after arthroscopic acromioplasty. All patients underwent structured rehabilitation. Functional evaluation was conducted using the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, shoulder rating questionnaire. Resul...

  4. Acquired Epiblepharon Treated by Lateral Orbital and fat Decompression

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    Radwan Almousa; Gangadhara Sundar

    2011-01-01

    Conventional lid surgery of acquired epiblepharon secondary to increased orbital volume can be result of under correction of the epiblepharon, because the increased orbital volume remains unaddressed. In this case report, we present a case of acquired epiblepharon, secondary to increased orbital volume, treated with orbital decompression.

  5. Clinical Application Of Locking Cervical lntervertebral Fusion Cage In Unisegmental Intervertebral Disk Hernia Of Cervical Vertebrae%锁定式颈椎融合器治疗单节段颈椎问盘突出症

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    范磊; 何斌; 邵增务; 王云华

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨应用颈椎前路减压结合锁定式颈椎融合器治疗单节段颈椎间盘突出症的临床疗效.方法 21例单节段颈椎间盘突出症应用颈椎前路减压加锁定式颈椎融合器植骨融合术治疗,并对其疗效进行评价.结果 所有病例随访12~24个月,平均17.6个月.6个月后椎体间均达到骨性融合,无并发症出现,脊髓功能状态评分术后1个月及术后6个月优良率分别达66.67%、85.71%.结论 应用颈椎前路减压结合锁定式颈椎融合器治疗单节段颈椎间盘突出症疗效肯定.%Objective To evaluate the clinic curative effect of anterior cervical decompression and implantation of cervical intervertebral fusion cage in the treatment of unisegmental intervertebral disk hernia of cervical vertebrae. Methods 21 cases of unisegmental intervertebral disk hernia of cervical vertebrae were treated with anterior cervical decompression and implantation of locking cervical Intervertebral fusion cage and the curative effect was evaluated. Results All cases were followed up for 12~24 months (17. 6 months in average). All patients gained osseous fusion 6 monthes after the operation and there was no complication. According to the functional status score of spinal cord. The fineness rate was 66. 67% 1 month after the operation and 85. 71% 6 monthes after the operation. Conclusion The curative effect of the treatment of unisegmental intervertebral disk hernia of cervical vertebrae anterior cervical decompression and implantation of locking cervical Intervertebral fusion cage was affirmative.

  6. Clinical features, outcome and risk factors in cervical cancer patients after surgery for chronic radiation enteropathy

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    Radical hysterectomy and radiotherapy have long been mainstays of cervical cancer treatment. Early stage cervical cancer (FIGO stage IB1–IIA) is traditionally treated using radical surgery combined with radiotherapy, while locally advanced cervical cancer is treated using radiotherapy alone or chemoradiotherapy. In this retrospective study, we describe and analyse the presenting clinical features and outcomes in our cohort and evaluate possible risk factors for postoperative morbidity in women who underwent surgery for chronic radiation enteropathy (CRE). One hundred sixty-six eligible cervical cancer patients who underwent surgery for CRE were retrospectively identified between September 2003 and July 2014 in a prospectively maintained database. Among them, 46 patients received radical radiotherapy (RRT) and 120 received radical surgery plus radiotherapy (RS + RT). Clinical features, postoperative morbidity and mortality, and risk factors for postoperative morbidity were analysed. RS + RT group patients were more likely to present with RTOG/EORTC grade III late morbidity (76.1 % vs 92.5 %; p = 0.004), while RRT group patients tended to show RTOG/EORTC grade IV late morbidity (23.9 % vs 7.5 %; p = 0.004). One hundred forty patients (84.3 %) were treated with aggressive resection (anastomosis 57.8 % and stoma 26.5 %). Overall and major morbidity, mortality and incidence of reoperation in the RRT and RS + RT groups did not differ significantly (63 % vs 64.2 % [p = 1.000], 21.7 % vs 11.7 % [p = 0.137], 6.5 % vs 0.8 % [p = 0.065] and 6.5 % vs 3.3 % [p = 0.360], respectively). However, incidence of permanent stoma and mortality during follow-up was higher in the RRT group than in the RS + RT group (44.2 % vs 12.6 % [p = 0.000] and 16.3 % vs 3.4 % [p = 0.004], respectively). In multivariate analysis, preoperative anaemia was significantly associated with overall morbidity (p = 0.015), while severe intra-abdominal adhesion (p = 0.017), ASA grades III–V (P = 0

  7. Anaesthetic management of a morbidly obese patient.

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    Tuteja L

    1996-10-01

    Full Text Available Morbid Obesity (MO is associated with various pathophysiological changes which affect the outcome of anaesthesia and surgery. We report here anaesthetic management of a fit morbidly obese patient for transcervical resection of endometrium (TCRE under spinal subarachnoid block. The preoperative preparation, intraoperative and postoperative management is described and the various problems in morbidly obese patients are discussed.

  8. Co-morbidities in heart failure

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    van Deursen, Vincent M.; Damman, Kevin; van der Meer, Peter; Wijkstra, Peter J.; Luijckx, Gert-Jan; van Beek, Andre; van Veldhuisen, Dirk J.; Voors, Adriaan A.

    2014-01-01

    Heart failure is a clinical syndrome characterized by poor quality of life and high morbidity and mortality. Co-morbidities frequently accompany heart failure and further decrease in both quality of life and clinical outcome. We describe that the prevalence of co-morbidities in patients with heart f

  9. The benefits of reduced morbidity

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    Morbidity benefits refer to increases in utility arising from reductions in incidents of acute health impairments and from increases in the probability of developing chronic diseases. The impairments would run the gamut from a cough-day to a bed-disability-day, while the chronic diseases include classic pollution-related diseases, such as cancer, to in utero effects and learning disabilities. As with mortality benefits, there could be benefits to oneself and family and friends as well as benefits based on altruism. A major difference between the mortality and morbidity valuation literatures is that while estimates of the former are always based on risk (one is never trying to obtain values for avoiding certain death), estimates of the latter generally are not. That is, most of the theory and empirical estimates are based on models where the effect to be avoided is certain. This assumption holds reasonably well for estimating common acute effects, for example, the willingness to pay (WTP) for one less cough-day. It works less well, if at all, for chronic illness endpoints, where benefits seem to be appropriately expressed in terms of reduced risk of developing a disease or impairment

  10. Cervical cancer: evaluation of our results

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    Introduction: Cervical cancer in women occupies 3rd place in incidence and 5th as a cause of cancer death in our country. The evolution is mainly determined by the stage, nodal status and histological type. The treatment of these tumors is surgical, radiant and / or systemic, depending on your choice mainly Stadium. Objective: To analyze the characteristics, evolution, treatment and survival of patients carriers of cervical cancer. Patients and Methods: The medical records were retrospectively analyzed for patients with cervical cancer treated at the Department of Oncology the Clinical Hospital in the period 1994-2004. Curves were constructed survival (sv) of total and free enfemedad sv sv by stage and after relapse by the method of Kaplan-Meier. Results: n = 75 patients, median age 45 years (24-90 years). Histological type: Epidermoid carcinomas 93% 5% 2% adenocarcinomas and adenosquamous. stadium (E) Initial: 31% IE, 38% EII, EIII 25%, 6% EIVA. Treatment was according to the stadium, considering that until 1999 was not standard concurrent chemoradiation. The median sv considering all stages was 124 months. The sv to 5 years for EI was 90% (median 188 sv months), for the ISI 65% (95 months) and the median sv CIRTs was 24 months. Followed for 13 months, 12 patients relapsed and the median after sv relapse was 8 months (95% CI 4-13 months) Conclusions: Although cervical cancer is a preventable disease, remains an important cause of morbidity and mortality. Our results are consistent with those reported in the literature, however far from the optimal, so it is necessary to continue clinical trials in this regard

  11. [Combined surgical and physical treatment in traumatic painful syndromes of the cervical spine].

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    Stachowski, B; Kaczmarek, J; Nosek, A; Kocur, L

    1976-01-01

    Clinical observations suggest the need for changing therapeutic management to a more active one in cases of cervical spine injury with damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots or brachial plexus. In 248 patients with these injuries treated initially conservatively the incidence of cervicobrachial pain was analysed. Neuralgic pains were present in 31.5% of cases, causalgic pains in 2.4% and sympathalgic pains in 2%. Conservative treatment conducted in these patients (89 cases) during many months after trauma had no effect on return of mobility. Long-term application of physioterapy prevented only temporarily the development of trophic changes and only partially relieved pains. Only surgical decompression of the spinal cord or spinal nerves with stabilization of damaged vertebrae caused disappearance of painful syndromes and improvement in the motor activity of the extremities. These observations show that early surgical intervention for decompression of the spinal cord, roots or brachial plexus should be advocated in these cases. PMID:980212

  12. Anterior Cervical Spinal Surgery for Multilevel Cervical Myelopathy.

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    Jung-Ju Huang; Lih-Huei Chen; Chi-Chien Niu; Tsai-Sheng Fu; Po-Liang Lai; Wen-Jer Chen

    2004-01-01

    Background: In multilevel spinal cord compression caused by cervical spondylosis, surgeonsface the choice of performing a posterior route as a laminectomy orlaminoplasty, or an anterior route as multiple adjacent interbody decompressionsor corpectomies. The anterior cervical operation is not considered bysome clinicians because of concerns about complications and the complexityof multilevel anterior cervical surgery.Methods: In this retrospective study, 14 patients with multilevel cervical sp...

  13. Surgical treatment for ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament in the cervical spine.

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    An, Howard S; Al-Shihabi, Laith; Kurd, Mark

    2014-07-01

    Although classically associated with patients of East Asian origin, ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) may cause myelopathy in patients of any ethnic origin. Degeneration of the PLL is followed by endochondral ossification, resulting in spinal cord compression. Specific genetic polymorphisms and medical comorbidities have been implicated in the development of OPLL. Patients should be evaluated with a full history and neurologic examination, along with cervical radiographs. Advanced imaging with CT and MRI allows three-dimensional evaluation of OPLL. Minimally symptomatic patients can be treated nonsurgically, but patients with myelopathy or severe stenosis are best treated with surgical decompression. OPLL can be treated via an anterior (ie, corpectomy and fusion) or posterior (ie, laminectomy and fusion or laminoplasty) approach, or both. The optimal approach is dictated by the classification and extent of OPLL, cervical spine sagittal alignment, severity of stenosis, and history of previous surgery. Anterior surgery is associated with superior outcomes when OPLL occupies >50% to 60% of the canal, despite increased technical difficulty and higher complication rates. Posterior surgery is technically easier and allows decompression of the entire cervical spine, but patients may experience late deterioration because of disease progression. PMID:24966248

  14. On diver thermal status and susceptibility to decompression sickness.

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    Gerth, Wayne A

    2015-09-01

    In a recent Letter to the Editor, Clarke, et al, indicated that divers who deliberately chill themselves on a dive to reduce risk of decompression sickness (DCS) may be misinterpreting our 2007 Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU) report. Indeed, we did not advocate that divers should risk hypothermia on bottom to reduce risk of DCS, nor do we dispute the authors' overall admonition to avoid diving cold unnecessarily. However, Clarke, et al, imply more generally that results of our study are not applicable to recreational or technical divers because the dives we tested were atypical of dives undertaken by such divers. We wish to clarify that our study does have implications for recreational and technical divers, implications that should not be ignored. The dives we tested were not intended to be typical of dives undertaken in any actual operational context. Instead, we chose to expose divers to temperatures at the extremes of their thermal tolerance in order to ensure that effects of diver thermal status on DCS susceptibility would be found if such effects existed. Our initial test dive profile provided appreciable time both on bottom and during decompression to allow any differential thermal effects during these two dive phases to manifest, while affording a baseline risk of DCS that could be altered by thermal effects without exposing subjects to inordinately high risks of DCS. Our results strongly indicate that the optimal diver thermal conditions for mitigation of DCS risk or minimization of decompression time entail remaining cool during gas uptake phases of a dive and warm during off-gassing phases. While the dose-response characteristics of our observed thermal effects are almost certainly non-linear in both exposure temperature and duration, it is only reasonable to presume that the effects vary monotonically with these factors. We have no reason to presume that such responses and effects under less extreme conditions would be in directions opposite to

  15. SPECIFICITIES OF MORTALITY AND MORBIDITY

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    Full Text Available Mortality case registration is one of the oldest statistical data keeping, more for the legal reasons. Mortality statistical data are used for demographic and health purposes, if they classified and adjusted for factors such as age, gender, etc. Deficiencies in mortality registration are absence of descriptive factors, absence of some case reports, inaccuracy in reported cases, and changes of description of the cause of disease in time. Specificities of mortality are: age, gender, and disease. Of the age related one, three categories are the most important, children under the age of one, 1-4 years group, and relative death rate, that is, percentage of death related to the group of over 50 years. In present time, the mortality specific data are based on reports on the Ministry of Health which is obtained from the reports of the cemeteries in Tehran and several large cities. According to these reports, children mortality in the large cities is 29 to 145 in 1000. Independent studies in the rural areas showed this rate to be 112.8 to 217 in 1000. Reported figures for the mortality rate of 1-4 years old age group in the large cities vary from 281 to 2206 per 1000. The reason for this difference is considered to be the deficiencies in the methods of reports of the regions. In all reported figures, the sex related group showed higher mortality rate in men, but due to deficiencies of the system of registration, this difference can not be considered real. The more important causes of death in Iran are related to malnutrition and infections. Sources of data for determination of morbidity rates are consistent reports of the contagious diseases, registration of all cases of chronic and non contagious diseases, and collection of data from the people as morbidity survey. In Iran, most of the cases are not reported; also, diagnoses are mostly on the bases of suspicions and guesses. For these reasons, the published statistical data and their variations can not

  16. Cervical cancer - screening and prevention

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    Cervical cancer is cancer that starts in the cervix. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus ( ... can do to decrease your chance of having cervical cancer. Also, tests done by your health care provider ...

  17. The clinical efficacy and prognosis of hemisphere skull bone flap decompression and mild hypothermia treatment for severe craniocerebral trauma

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    YANG Hua-tang

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available In this study, 1626 patients with severe craniocerebral trauma were assessed by Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS, 886 patients of 3-5 score and 740 of 6-8 score. Patients were divided into 2 groups. Ninety hundred and eleven patients (496 of 3-5 score and 415 of 6-8 score underwent hemisphere calvarial bone flap decompression with auxiliary mild hypothermia (experiment group, and 715 patients (390 of 3-5 score and 325 of 6-8 score underwent traditional frontal, temporal, parietal large traumatic craniotomy (control group. After operation the treatment of 2 groups was basically the same. Compared with control group, the intracranial pressure of experiment group on the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th days after surgery decreased significantly (P < 0.05, for all; the consciousness recovery time was significantly shorter (P < 0.05, for all; the prognosis after 3 months was better (P < 0.05, for all. Hemisphere calvarial bone flap decompression with auxiliary mild hypothermia treatment could significantly reduce the morbidity and mortality, and improve the quality of life and prognosis of patients with severe craniocerebral trauma.

  18. Human Papillomavirus and Cervical Cancer

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    D. Jenkins(University of York, UK)

    2003-01-01

    Of the many types of human papillomavirus (HPV), more than 30 infect the genital tract. The association between certain oncogenic (high-risk) strains of HPV and cervical cancer is well established. Although HPV is essential to the transformation of cervical epithelial cells, it is not sufficient, and a variety of cofactors and molecular events influence whether cervical cancer will develop. Early detection and treatment of precancerous lesions can prevent progression to cervical cancer. Ident...

  19. Operative treatment for cervical fracture and dislocation with blunt unilateral vertebral artery injury

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    JIANG Tao; REN Xian-jun; WANG Wei-dong; ZHANG Xia; LI Chang-qing; HAO Yong

    2010-01-01

    Objective: To investigate risks and clinical effects of operative treatment for cervical vertebral fracture and dislocation associated with unilateral vertebral artery injury.Methods: This group consisted of 76 cases of closed cervical spine trauma combined with unilateral vertebral artery injury (23 cases of bilateral facet dislocation, 28 unilateral facet dislocation and 25 fracture). All patients underwent prospective examination of cervical spine MRI and vertebral artery two-dimensional time-of-flight (2D TOF)magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), and anterior cervical decompression. The healthy vertebral artery paths were evaluated before the surgery, and were protected during the surgery according to the anatomical signs.Results: There were no acute or chronic clinical damage symptoms in 76 cases after surgery. No neural damage symptoms were observed in patients with normal neural functions. The neural functions of incomplete paralyzed patients were improved in different grades.Conclusions: Reliable anterior operation can produce good results for cervical fracture and dislocation with unilateral vertebral artery injury. Detecting the course of uninjured vertebral artery before operation and locating the anatomical site during operation are effective to avoid damaging vertebral artery of uninjured side.

  20. Gout Initially Mimicking Rheumatoid Arthritis and Later Cervical Spine Involvement

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    Eduardo Araújo Santana Nunes

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Gout is clinically characterized by episodes of monoarthritis, but if not treated properly, it can lead to a chronic polyarthritis, which may eventually mimic rheumatoid arthritis (RA. We present the case of a 59-year-old man, with a history of symmetrical polyarthritis of the large and small joints with later development of subcutaneous nodules, which was initially misdiagnosed as RA, being treated with prednisone and methotrexate for a long period of time. He complained of occipital pain and paresthesia in his left upper limb, and computed tomography (CT and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI revealed the presence of an expansive formation in the cervical spine with compression of the medulla. He was admitted for spinal decompressive surgery and the biopsy specimen demonstrated a gouty tophus. Chronic gout can mimic RA and rarely involves the axial skeleton, and thus its correct diagnosis and the implementation of adequate therapy can halt the development of such damaging complications.

  1. A New Basis of Geoscience: Whole-Earth Decompression Dynamics

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    Herndon, J Marvin

    2013-01-01

    Neither plate tectonics nor Earth expansion theory is sufficient to provide a basis for understanding geoscience. Each theory is incomplete and possesses problematic elements, but both have served as stepping stones to a more fundamental and inclusive geoscience theory that I call Whole-Earth Decompression Dynamics (WEDD). WEDD begins with and is the consequence of our planet's early formation as a Jupiter-like gas giant and permits deduction of:(1) Earth's internal composition, structure, and highly-reduced oxidation state; (2) Core formation without whole-planet melting; (3) Powerful new internal energy sources - proto-planetary energy of compression and georeactor nuclear fission energy; (4) Georeactor geomagnetic field generation; (5) Mechanism for heat emplacement at the base of the crust resulting in the crustal geothermal gradient; (6) Decompression driven geodynamics that accounts for the myriad of observations attributed to plate tectonics without requiring physically-impossible mantle convection, an...

  2. Rapid vapor bubble growth during decompression of superheated water

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    Both analytical and experimental investigations are performed for vapor bubble growth in a uniformly superheated water under rapid decompression. Numerical and analytical solutions are obtained by solving a complete set of governing equations for bubble growth, and compared with experimental data obtained in the present experiment and previously by Toda and Kitamura. Bubble growth rates calculated numerically are lower than the experimental data, however, they approach more favorably our experimental data than the analytical solutions without the added correction factor given by Toda and Kitamura. Their solutions with the correction factor of π/2 are the best-fit solutions reported thus far. Available solutions by other researchers are found to underpredict bubble growth rates. Transient temperature distributions across the thermal boundary layer on the bubble interface are also estimsted. It is found that for initial periods thermal boundary layer fully develops and the bubble interface temperature approaches that of saturation corresponding to decompressed liquid pressure. (author)

  3. Natural gas decompression energy recovery: Energy savings potential in Italy

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    This paper surveyed the natural gas distribution systems employed in the Italian civil, industrial and thermoelectric sectors to identify those installations which can make use of gas decompression energy recovery systems (consisting of turbo-expanders or alternative expanders) to economically generate electric power. Estimates were then made of the total amount of potential energy savings. The study considered as eligible for energy savings interventions only those plants with a greater than 5,000 standard cubic meter per hour plant capacity. It was evaluated that, with suitable decompression equipment installed at 50 key installations (33 civil, 15 industrial), about 200 GWh of power could be produced annually, representing potential savings of about 22,000 petroleum equivalent tonnes of energy. A comparative analysis was done on three investment alternatives involving inputs of varying amounts of Government financial assistance

  4. The degenerative cervical spine.

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    Llopis, E; Belloch, E; León, J P; Higueras, V; Piquer, J

    2016-04-01

    Imaging techniques provide excellent anatomical images of the cervical spine. The choice to use one technique or another will depend on the clinical scenario and on the treatment options. Plain-film X-rays continue to be fundamental, because they make it possible to evaluate the alignment and bone changes; they are also useful for follow-up after treatment. The better contrast resolution provided by magnetic resonance imaging makes it possible to evaluate the soft tissues, including the intervertebral discs, ligaments, bone marrow, and spinal cord. The role of computed tomography in the study of degenerative disease has changed in recent years owing to its great spatial resolution and its capacity to depict osseous components. In this article, we will review the anatomy and biomechanical characteristics of the cervical spine, and then we provide a more detailed discussion of the degenerative diseases that can affect the cervical spine and their clinical management. PMID:26878769

  5. Rising rates of caesarean deliveries at full cervical dilatation: a concerning trend.

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    Unterscheider, J

    2011-08-01

    To audit caesarean sections performed at full cervical dilatation over a three year period in a tertiary referral centre in Ireland. To evaluate (i) the rate of caesarean deliveries in the second stage of labour, (ii) the indication for delivery and (iii) the associated fetal and maternal morbidity in this cohort of women.

  6. A review of spinal cord injury decompression in experimental animals

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    Vafa Rahimi-Movaghar

    2010-01-01

    Background: Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is major permanent sequelae of trauma with high burden and low frequency. In the setting of SCI is there any correlation between the timing of surgical decompression and sensory-motor improvement.Material and Methods: A literature review was performed using PUBMED from 1966 to 25th January 2010. Cross referencing of discovered articles was also reviewed.Results: The results of animal studies have shown that aside from the kind of procedure and s...

  7. Arthroscopic Suprascapular Nerve Decompression: Transarticular and Subacromial Approach

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    Bhatia, Sanjeev; Chalmers, Peter N.; Yanke, Adam B.; Romeo, Anthony A; Verma, Nikhil N

    2012-01-01

    Entrapment of the suprascapular nerve (SSN) is an increasingly recognized entity that can occur due to traction or compression-related etiology. Traction injuries of the SSN are unlikely to respond to surgical management and frequently improve with rest and avoidance of overhead activity. Compression injuries, on the other hand, frequently require surgical decompression for pain relief. SSN entrapment caused by compression at the suprascapular notch by the transverse scapular ligament gives r...

  8. General Relativistic Decompression of Binary Neutron Stars During Inspiral

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    Miller, M

    2005-01-01

    We investigate the dynamic stability of inspiraling neutron stars by performing multiple-orbit numerical relativity simulations of the binary neutron star inspiral process. We find that as the separation between the stars decreases during the inspiral induced by gravitational wave emission, the central rest mass density of each star decreases, thus stabilizing each star against collapse. We compare the amount of decompression observed in our numerical relativity simulations with the amount predicted by post-Newtonian approximations.

  9. Perioperative management of percutaneous laser lumber disc decompression

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    Objective: To explore the significance of perioperative management of percutaneous laser lumbar disc decompression. Methods: Retrospective analysis was carried out in 86 patients with lumbar disc herniation in order to evaluate the results of preoperative and postoperative managements. Results: All patients passed through operative period safely. Total efficiency rate reach 78% (67/86). Conclusions: It can be ensuring operative effect and decreasing the operative complication for the patients with lumbar disc herniation by intensifying the perioperative management. (authors)

  10. “Fast Track” nasogastric decompression of rectal cancer surgery

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    Ka Li; Zongguang Zhou; Zengrong Chen; Yi Zhang; Cun Wang

    2011-01-01

    This study evaluates the application of fast track (FT) nasogastric decompression in patients who underwent anterior resection of rectal cancer.A randomized control trial was performed comparing the group with the fast track treatment (n =57) and the group with traditional nasogastric decompression (n =84).Preoperative characteristics and postoperative recovery indices were recorded and analyzed.The results indicate no significant differences in gender (P =0.614),age (P =0.653),tumor location (P =0.113),and TNM stages (P =0.054) were observed between the 2 groups.The differences in the type of resection,anastomosis,and adoption of protective colostomy were all not significant between the FT and the traditional group.During the first 24 hours after surgery,the volume of nasogastric drainage averaged 197 ml in the FT group and 155 ml in the traditional group (P =0.197).The initiation of test-meal (P =0.000),semiliquid diet (P =0.002),and ordinary diet (P =0.008)were all significantly shorter in the FT group.Furthermore,compared with the other group,the patients in the FT group enjoyed earlier removal of the abdominal drainage,urinary catheter,and shorter hospital stays (P =0.000).Based on a correlation test,the duration of nasogastric decompression is related to the time of test-meal and semiliquid diet.The routine usage of nasogastric decompression in rectal surgery is unnecessary.The fast track procedure might help in facilitating postoperative functional and diet recovery,reducing the time of catheterization,and shortening hospital stay.

  11. Therapeutic strategy for traumatic instability of subaxial cervical spine

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    CAO Peng; LIANG Yu; GONG Yao-cheng; ZHENG Tao; ZHANG Xin-kai; WU Wen-jian

    2008-01-01

    Background A simple, safe and effective therapeutic strategy for traumatic instability of the subaxial cervical spine, as well as its prognostic assessment, is still controversial.Methods The therapeutic options for 83 patients of traumatic instability of the subaxial cervical spine, whose average age was 35 years, were determined, according to the Allen-Ferguson classification, general health and concomitant traumatic conditions, neurological function, position of compression materials, concomitant traumatic disc herniation/damage, concomitant locked-facet dislocation, the involved numbers and position, and the patients' economic conditions. An anterior, posterior or combination approach was used to decompress and reconstruct the cervical spine. No operations with an anterior-posterior-anterior approach were performed.Results The average follow-up was three years and nine months. Distraction-flexion and compression-flexion were the most frequent injury subtypes. There were 46, 28 and 9 cases of anterior, posterior and combination operations, respectively. The average score of the Japanese Orthopaedics Association, visual analog scale and American Spinal Cord Injury Association (ASIA) motor index improved from 11.2, 7.8 and 53.5, respectively, before operation, to 15.3, 2.6 and 67.8, respectively, at final follow-up. For incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI), the average ASIA neurological function scale was improved by 1-2 levels. Patients with complete SCI had no neurological recovery, but recovery of nerve root function occurred to different extents. After surgery, radiological parameters improved to different extents. Fusion was achieved in all patients and 12 developed complications.Conclusions The best surgical strategy should be determined by the type of subaxial cervical injury, patients' general health, local pathological anatomy and neurological function.

  12. Rheumatoid cervical myelopathy

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    Rheumatoid cervical myelopathy was studied in 14 patients, clinically, radiographically and by computerized tomography with multiplanar reconstruction (CT/MPR). CT/MPR demonstrated significant unsuspected areas of compromise in 9 of the 14 patients, and altered the surgical procedure in 7 of these 9 patients. CT/MPR clearly identifies all levels of involvement including rotary subluxation. CT/MPR also allows assessment of the spinal nerve canal/foramen and the alignment of the foramina transversaria. CT/MPR is an essential addition to the evaluation of rheumatoid cervical myelopathy

  13. CERVICAL NECROTIZING FASCIITIS

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    G. Dimofte

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Cervical necrotizing fasciitis is an unusual encounter in the general surgical practice, but is a life-threatening condition requiring early recognition and adequate surgical treatment. We present the case of a 65 year old male patient referred to our department from a General Hospital. Large excisions of both superficial and deep cervical fascia were required together with necrotic skin on a very large surface. Rapid recovery with early sterilization allowed adequate skin grafting with good results. We advocate for aggressive debridment with excision in viable healthy tissue, with no concern for the future reconstruction followe by early grafting of the skin defect.

  14. Microscopic Posterior Transdural Resection of Cervical Retro-Odontoid Pseudotumors.

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    Fujiwara, Yasushi; Manabe, Hideki; Sumida, Tadayoshi; Tanaka, Nobuhiro; Hamasaki, Takahiko

    2015-12-01

    Retro-odontoid pseudotumors are noninflammatory masses formed posterior to the odontoid process. Because of their anatomy, the optimal surgical approach for resecting pseudotumors is controversial. Conventionally, 3 approaches are used: the anterior transoral approach, the lateral approach, and the posterior extradural approach; however, each approach has its limitations. The posterior extradural approach is the most common; however, it remains challenging due to severe epidural veins. Although regression of pseudotumors after fusion surgery has been reported, direct decompression and a pathologic diagnosis are ideal when the pseudotumor is large. We therefore developed a new microscopic surgical technique; transdural resection. After C1 laminectomy, the dorsal and ventral dura was incised while preserving the arachnoid. Removal of the pseudotumor was performed and both of the dura were repaired. The patient's clinical symptoms subsequently improved and the pathologic findings showed degenerative fibrocartilaginous tissue. In addition, no neurological deterioration, central spinal fluid leakage, or arachnoiditis was observed. Currently, the usefulness of the transdural approach has been reported for cervical and thoracic disk herniation. According to our results, the transdural approach is recommended for resection of retro-odontoid pseudotumors because it enables direct decompression of the spinal cord and a pathologic diagnosis. PMID:26544168

  15. Protective effects of fluoxetine on decompression sickness in mice.

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    Full Text Available Massive bubble formation after diving can lead to decompression sickness (DCS that can result in central nervous system disorders or even death. Bubbles alter the vascular endothelium and activate blood cells and inflammatory pathways, leading to a systemic pathophysiological process that promotes ischemic damage. Fluoxetine, a well-known antidepressant, is recognized as having anti-inflammatory properties at the systemic level, as well as in the setting of cerebral ischemia. We report a beneficial clinical effect associated with fluoxetine in experimental DCS. 91 mice were subjected to a simulated dive at 90 msw for 45 min before rapid decompression. The experimental group received 50 mg/kg of fluoxetine 18 hours before hyperbaric exposure (n = 46 while controls were not treated (n = 45. Clinical assessment took place over a period of 30 min after surfacing. At the end, blood samples were collected for blood cells counts and cytokine IL-6 detection. There were significantly fewer manifestations of DCS in the fluoxetine group than in the controls (43.5% versus 75.5%, respectively; p = 0.004. Survivors showed a better and significant neurological recovery with fluoxetine. Platelets and red cells were significantly decreased after decompression in controls but not in the treated mice. Fluoxetine reduced circulating IL-6, a relevant marker of systemic inflammation in DCS. We concluded that fluoxetine decreased the incidence of DCS and improved motor recovery, by limiting inflammation processes.

  16. Rapid decompression and desorption induced energetic failure in coal

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    Shugang Wang

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study, laboratory experiments are conducted to investigate the rapid decompression and desorption induced energetic failure in coal using a shock tube apparatus. Coal specimens are recovered from Colorado at a depth of 610 m. The coal specimens are saturated with the strong sorbing gas CO2 for a certain period and then the rupture disc is suddenly broken on top of the shock tube to generate a shock wave propagating upwards and a rarefaction wave propagating downwards through the specimen. This rapid decompression and desorption has the potential to cause energetic fragmentation in coal. Three types of behaviors in coal after rapid decompression are found, i.e. degassing without fragmentation, horizontal fragmentation, and vertical fragmentation. We speculate that the characteristics of fracture network (e.g. aperture, spacing, orientation and stiffness and gas desorption play a role in this dynamic event as coal can be considered as a dual porosity, dual permeability, dual stiffness sorbing medium. This study has important implications in understanding energetic failure process in underground coal mines such as coal gas outbursts.

  17. Rapid decompression and desorption induced energetic failure in coal

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    Shugang Wang a; Derek Elsworth a; Jishan Liu b

    2015-01-01

    In this study, laboratory experiments are conducted to investigate the rapid decompression and desorption induced energetic failure in coal using a shock tube apparatus. Coal specimens are recovered from Colorado at a depth of 610 m. The coal specimens are saturated with the strong sorbing gas CO2 for a certain period and then the rupture disc is suddenly broken on top of the shock tube to generate a shock wave propagating upwards and a rarefaction wave propagating downwards through the specimen. This rapid decompression and desorption has the potential to cause energetic fragmentation in coal. Three types of behaviors in coal after rapid decompression are found, i.e. degassing without fragmen-tation, horizontal fragmentation, and vertical fragmentation. We speculate that the characteristics of fracture network (e.g. aperture, spacing, orientation and stiffness) and gas desorption play a role in this dynamic event as coal can be considered as a dual porosity, dual permeability, dual stiffness sorbing medium. This study has important implications in understanding energetic failure process in under-ground coal mines such as coal gas outbursts.

  18. Decompression of the facial nerve in cases of hemifacial spasm

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    Karsten Kettel

    1954-12-01

    Full Text Available Among 11 patients a complete cure was obtained in one case, a fair result in 4 cases, while in 6 cases the effect of the operation has only been temporary and full recurrence has taken place. Even if decompression has thus resulted in a few recoveries and improvements, the results in the majority of cases have been disappointing. Everything points to hemifacial spasm being due to a disorder of the lower motor neuron. Intracranial lesions in the vicinity of the facial nerve are known to have resulted in irritation and spasm. It may be perfectly true that the majority of cases of hemifacial spasm are due to a lesion, the nature of which may vary, in the Fallopian canal near the stylomastoid foramen, not least the postparalytic following Bell's palsy. But the disappointing results of decompression seems to indicate that at the time of operation irreparable damage to the nerve has in the majority of cases been already done. Consequently I gave up decompression in cases of hemifacial spasm some years ago. Good results from injections of alcohol into the nerve have been reported13 but I prefer selective sections of the branches to the muscles involved as described by German and Greenwood8.

  19. Can We Be Less Radical with Surgery for Early Cervical Cancer?

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    Macdonald, Madeleine C; Tidy, John A

    2016-03-01

    Although a rare cancer in the developed world due to the success of cervical screening programmes, cervical cancer remains one of the most common cancers diagnosed in women under the age of 35 years old. Radical hysterectomy and more recently radical trachelectomy have been highly effective in curing the majority of women with early stage disease. Many, however, are left with long-term 'survivorship' issues including bowel, bladder and sexual dysfunction. In view of these chronic co-morbidities, many clinicians now consider whether a less radical approach to surgery may be an option for some women. This review focuses on the current evidence for the safety of conservative surgery for early stage cervical cancer with regard to cure rates in comparison to standard management, as well as any improvement in short and long-term morbidity associated with a more conservative approach. PMID:26838586

  20. Eight years of follow-up after laminectomy of calcium pyrophosphate crystal deposition in the cervical yellow ligament of patient with Coffin–Lowry syndrome

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    Morino, Tadao; Ogata, Tadanori; Horiuchi, Hideki; Yamaoka, Shintaro; Fukuda, Mitsumasa; Miura, Hiromasa

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Background: We report 8 years of follow-up after decompression to treat cervical myelopathy in a patient with Coffin–Lowry syndrome (CLS). CLS is a rare X-linked semidominant syndrome associated with growth and psychomotor retardation, general hypotonia, and skeletal abnormalities. In this patient, the spinal cord was compressed by calcium pyrophosphate crystal deposition in the cervical yellow ligament (YL). To date, only 1 report has described clinical features after surgery for calcified cervical YL in CLS. Methods: A 15-year-old male with tetraplegia secondary to compression of the cervical spinal cord induced by a hypoplastic posterior arch of C1 and calcification of the YL from C2 to C7 was treated surgically with laminectomy from C1 to C7. The patient's history, clinical examination, imaging findings, and treatment are reported. The patient was incapable of speech because of mental retardation, so he could not describe his symptoms. Gait disturbance worsened over the 2 months before admission to our hospital. At admission, the patient could not move his extremities, and tendon reflexes of the upper and lower extremities were significantly increased. Computed tomography of the cervical spine showed YL calcification from C2 to C7. Magnetic resonance imaging showed consecutive compression of the cervical spinal cord. We diagnosed quadriplegia secondary to cervical cord damage and performed emergency surgery. Results: During C1–C7 laminectomy, YL calcification in C2–C7 was observed. The calcification was confirmed as calcium pyrophosphate by crystal analysis. Quadriplegia gradually resolved, and almost disappeared by 2 weeks after the operation. Cervical hyperlordosis was observed in radiographs starting from 1 month after the operation, but it has not progressed and is not associated with any symptoms. Conclusions: The efficacy of decompression continued, and no postoperative complications have occurred during at least 8 years of follow-up. PMID

  1. Morbidity and GH deficiency: a nationwide study

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    Stochholm, K.; Laursen, T.; Green, A.;

    2008-01-01

    Objective: To estimate morbidity in Denmark in all patients with GH deficiency (GHD). Design: Morbidity was analyzed in 1794 GHD patients and 8014 controls matched on age and gender. All records in the GHD patients were studied and additional morbidity noted. Diagnoses and dates of admissions were...... identified in the National Patient Registry. Lag time until first admission was used as a measure of morbidity. Patients were divided into childhood onset (CO) and adult onset (AO), discriminated by an age cut-off of 18 years at onset of GHD. Method: Sex- and cause-specific hazard ratios (HRs) in CO and AO...

  2. Co-morbid disorders in Tourette syndrome

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    Debes, Nanette Marinette Monique

    2013-01-01

    Tourette syndrome (TS) is often accompanied by other symptoms and syndromes. The two best-known co-morbidities are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), but also other conditions like rage-attacks, depression, and sleeping disturbances are frequent......-morbid disorders, like rage, anxiety, and conduct disorders. The symptoms of a co-morbid disorder might appear prior to the time that tics reach clinical attention. The TS phenotype probably changes during the course of the disease. The exact aetiology of the co-occurrence of co-morbid disorders and TS is not...

  3. The Role of Posterior Longitudinal Ligament in Cervical Disc Replacement: An Ovine Cadaveric Biomechanical Analysis.

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    Yu, Cheng-Cheng; Hao, Ding-Jun; Ma, Yu-Li; Huang, Da-Geng; Li, Hou-Kun; Feng, Hang; Hou, Qian

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND Cervical disc replacement (CDR) has been widely used to restore and maintain mobility and function of the treated and adjacent motion segments. Posterior longitudinal ligament (PLL) resection has been shown to be efficient in anterior cervical decompression and fusion. However, less is known about the biomechanical effect of PLL removal versus preservation in cervical disc arthroplasty. MATERIAL AND METHODS Three motion segments of 24 ovine cervical spines (C2-C5) were evaluated in a robotic spine system with axial compressive loads of 50 N. These cervical spines were divided in three groups according to the following conditions: (1) intact spine, (2) C3/C4 CDR with the Prestige LP prosthesis and PLL preservation, and (3) C3/C4 CDR with the Prestige LP prosthesis and PLL removal. The ranges of motion (ROMs) were recorded and analyzed in each group. RESULTS The C3/C4 ROM in group 3 (CDR with PLL removed) increased significantly in flexion-extension and axial rotation compared with group 1 (intact spine). Moreover, in flexion-extension, the mean total ROM was significantly larger in group 3 than in group 1. All the ROM observed in group 2 (CDR with PLL preserved) did not significantly differ from the ROM observed in group 1. CONCLUSIONS Compared with intact spines, CDR with PLL removal partly increased ROM. Moreover, the ROM in CDR with PLL preservation did not significantly differ from the ROM observed in intact spines. The PLL appears to contribute to the balance and stability of the cervical spine and should thus be preserved in cervical disc replacement provided that the posterior longitudinal ligament is not degenerative and the compression can be removed without PLL takedown. PMID:27243444

  4. Prevent Cervical Cancer

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    ... Risk? What Are the Symptoms? What Should I Know About Screening? Statistics Related Links Inside Knowledge Campaign What CDC Is Doing Research AMIGAS Fighting Cervical Cancer Worldwide Stay Informed Printable Versions Standard quality PDF [PDF-877KB] High-quality PDF for professional ...

  5. Cervical silicone lymphadenopathy.

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    Gilbert, Latoni Kaysha; Thiruchelvam, Janavikulam

    2016-07-01

    A patient presented to the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery with a rare case of cervical silicone lymphadenopathy. She had a painless ovoid mass in the left side of her neck and had had cosmetic breast augmentation 10 years before. Radiological imaging and core biopsy examination were consistent with silicone lymphadenopathy. PMID:26830068

  6. Prevent Cervical Cancer!

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    Cervical cancer can be prevented. Listen as two friends—one a doctor—talk about screening tests and early detection. Learn what test you might need.  Created: 1/8/2015 by National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP).   Date Released: 1/8/2015.

  7. Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Secondary to Dropped Head Syndrome: Report of a Case and Review of the Literature

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    Abolfazl Rahimizadeh

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The dropped head syndrome (DHS is a disabling condition caused by severe weakness of the neck extensor muscles causing progressive reducible kyphosis of the cervical spine and the inability to hold the head up. Weakness can occur in isolation or in association with a generalized neuromuscular disorder. Isolated cases are owed to the late onset of noninflammatory myopathy designated as INEM, where persistent chin to chest deformity may gradually cause or aggravate preexisting degenerative changes of the cervical spine and ultimately result in myelopathy. In review of the literature, we could find only 5 cases, with no unique guidelines to address the management of these two concomitant pathologies. Herein, a 69-year-old man who had developed cervical myelopathy 2 years after being affected by isolated dropped head syndrome is presented. Chin to chest deformity and cervical myelopathy were managed through three-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF combined with decompressive cervical laminectomy and stabilization with C2 to C7 pedicle screw-rod construct. At 4-month follow-up, despite recovery in patient’s neurological status, flexion deformity reappeared with recurrence of dropped head due to C7 pedicle screws pull-out. However, this was successfully managed with extension of the construct to the upper thoracic levels.

  8. Late radiotherapeutic morbidity in patients with carcinoma of the uterine cervix: the application of the French-Italian glossary

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    Background and purpose. The aim of this study was to perform a retrospective analysis of the complications observed and the importance of delayed symptoms for radiotherapeutic morbidity in patients treated by radiotherapy alone for cervical cancer. Materials and methods. From 1979 to 1991, 145 patients with primary uterine cervical cancer were treated with external radiotherapy and intracavitary applications. During the follow-up, all signs, symptoms and therapy of late treatment complications were recorded. Complications were graded according to the French-Italian glossary. This glossary is used for recording morbidity after treatment of gynaecological cancer. Results. Overall, 119 late complications were recorded. They were most frequently located in the gastro-intestinal system (53%) with a median time to development of 9 months. Urinary complications were recorded in 20%. Very few complications were recorded in vagina/uterus (12%) and pelvic soft tissue (5%). The probability of surviving without tumour recurrence and/or late combined moderate to severe organ morbidity decreased with increasing FIGO stage. Conclusions. For reporting gynaecological morbidity, the French-Italian glossary is useful. Treatment optimization must take into account actuarial estimates of survival and morbidity

  9. New morbidity of the young

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    Stanković Biljana

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present phase of epidemiological transition, the most frequent causes of youth morbidity are disorders in reproductive health, mental disorders and injuries which are not life threatening. This, so-called new youth morbidity, is most often caused by their risky behavior, which in the field of sexuality often leads to unplanned pregnancies and abortions, as well as sexually transmitted infections. Misuse of tobacco, alcohol and narcotics, which is most commonly started in adolescence, has an unfavorable short-term and long-term influence on the psycho-physical health of the young. All research, in the world and in our country, indicate gradual yet constant growth of sexual activity of the youth and the age decrease of its starting point, especially when girls are in question. Due to insufficient maturity and inadequate knowledge and consciousness on the necessity of protecting reproductive health, sexual behavior of young people can often be characterized as insufficiently responsible and not supplemented with the usage of adequate protective measures. The result is frequently abortion, which terminates 90% of unplanned and unwanted pregnancies in this age. This creates health and psychosocial risks, as well as giving birth in adolescence which is contrary to the modern health concepts that giving birth should not be performed too early, while the young are still developing. A significant increase in the frequency of sexually transmitted diseases is also present, to which the youth are especially susceptible due to the specific development period in which they are in. A serious medical and sociopathological problem of contemporary society represents the greater and greater misuse of psychoactive substances among the young people, with a tendency of decreasing the average age they are consumed for the first time, as well as the use of drugs and alcohol. With the increase of the anti-smoking campaign and restrictive measures in highly

  10. Why do we need optic nerve decompression of traumatic optic neuropathy patients?

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    Seong Rok Han, M.D., Ph.D.

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Traumatic optic neuropathy can be treated by various methods including high-dose steroids and surgical decompression. Neurosurgical decompression could be required in patients with mechanical compression of the optic nerve by displaced orbital roof fracture fragments. We describe two patients of traumatic optic neuropathy due to orbital roof fracture who had improved pupil reflex and visual acuity after decompression of the optic nerve.

  11. Intraoperative Computed Tomography for Cervicomedullary Decompression of Foramen Magnum Stenosis in Achondroplasia: Two Case Reports

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    Arishima, Hidetaka; Tsunetoshi, Kenzo; KODERA, Toshiaki; Kitai, Ryuhei; Takeuchi, Hiroaki; Kikuta, Ken-ichiro

    2013-01-01

    The authors report two cases of cervicomedullary decompression of foramen magnum (FM) stenosis in children with achondroplasia using intraoperative computed tomography (iCT). A 14-month-old girl with myelopathy and retarded motor development, and a 10-year-old girl who had already undergone incomplete FM decompression was presented with myelopathy. Both patients underwent decompressive sub-occipitalcraniectomy and C1 laminectomy without duraplasty using iCT. It clearly showed the extent of FM...

  12. Intraoperative Computed Tomography Guidance to Confirm Decompression Following Endoscopic Endonasal Approach for Cervicomedullary Compression

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    Gande, Abhiram; Tormenti, Matthew J.; Koutourousiou, Maria; Paluzzi, Alessandro; Fernendez-Miranda, Juan C.; Snydermnan, Carl H.; Gardner, Paul A.

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    Introduction Cervicomedullary compression often requires an anterior approach to address the compressive vector. In certain cases an endoscopic endonasal approach (EEA) is ideal for decompression. It is essential that an adequate decompression be achieved and verified before the patient leaves the operating room. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use intraoperative computed tomography (IO-CT) in assessing the adequacy of decompression.

  13. Metabolic Alterations in Obstructive Jaundice: Effect of Duration of Jaundice and Bile-Duct Decompression

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    R.N. Younes; Vydelingum, N. A.; Derooij, P.; Scognamiglio, F.; Andrade, L.; Posner, M. C.; Brennan, M. F.

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    We examined the effect of prolonged bile duct obstruction, and subsequent biliary decompression, on biochemical and metabolic parameters, using a reversible jaundice model in male Fischer 344 rats. The animals were studied after biliary obstruction for varying periods (4 days, one week, and two weeks) and following decompression. They were sacrificed one or two weeks following decompression. All the rats were compared to sham operated, pair-fed, controls. Obstructive jaundice rapidly increase...

  14. Can radical parametrectomy be omitted inoccult cervical cancer afterextrafascial hysterectomy?

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    Huai-WuLu,; JingLi,; Yun-YunLiu,; Chang-HaoLiu,; Guo-CaiXu,; Ling-LingXie,; Miao-FangWu; Zhong-QiuLin

    2015-01-01

    Background:Occult invasive cervical cancer discovered after simple hysterectomy is not common, radical parame‑trectomy (RP) is a preferred option for young women. However, the morbidity of RP was high. The aim of our study is to assess the incidence of parametrial involvement in patients who underwent radical parametrectomy for occult cervical cancer or radical hysterectomy for early‑stage cervical cancer and to suggest an algorithm for the triage of patients with occult cervical cancer to avoid RP. Methods:A total of 13 patients with occult cervical cancer who had undergone RP with an upper vaginectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy were included in this retrospective study. Data on the clinicopathologic characteristics of the cases were collected. The published literature was also reviewed, and low risk factors for parametrial involvement in early‑stage cervical cancer were analyzed. Results:Of the 13 patients, 9 had a stage IB1 lesion, and 4 had a stage IA2 lesion. There were four patients with grade 1 disease, seven with grade 2 disease, and two with grade 3 disease. The median age of the entire patients was 41years. The most common indication for extrafascial hysterectomy was cervical intraepithelial neoplasia 3. Three patients had visible lesions measuring 10–30mm, in diameter and ten patients had cervical stromal invasions with depths ranging from 4 to 9mm; only one patient had more than 50% stromal invasion, and four patients had lymph‑vascular space invasion (LVSI). Perioperative complications included intraoperative bowel injury, blood transfusion, vesico‑vaginal ifstula, and ileus (1 case for each). Postoperative pathologic examination results did not show residual disease or parametrial involvement. One patient with positive lymph nodes received concurrent radiation therapy. Only one patient experienced recurrence. Conclusions:Perioperative complications following RP were common, whereas the incidence of parametrial involve‑ment was very low

  15. Holistic care of the patient with cervical cancer.

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    McMullin, M

    1992-12-01

    Participation by women in screening programs for cervical cancer is far from optimal, and many lives are lost because of this. Cervical cancer is common, and is easily detected and treated. It has a good prognosis for cure if detected early in its course. Effective screening has been shown to have a major role in decreasing the morbidity and mortality associated with cervical cancer. Therefore, there is a need for increased public health education and availability of screening programs for women. It is particularly important that public health efforts reach women in the lower socioeconomic groups who are less apt to exhibit health promotive behaviors. Women of Latin American heritage are at particularly high risk because of cultural barriers to the discussion of sexual practices. Until public health interventions are more successful, cervical cancer will continue to pose a major threat to women who are either too embarrassed or too misinformed to understand that prevention is an integral part of women's health care. Nurses view patients in a holistic way. It is this philosophy of care that offers women who are diagnosed with cervical cancer a means to adapt successfully to the psychologic and physiologic stresses associated with the diagnosis. Nurses need to recognize this strength and to offer holistic approaches to women in crisis. No two patients deal with a diagnosis of cancer in the same manner. A major challenge to nurses across a hospital community continuum is to provide comprehensive psychologic and physiologic assessment of a women's response to a diagnosis of cervical cancer and to provide effective and holistic intervention when necessary. PMID:1448360

  16. Intubation of the morbidly obese patient

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    Ydemann, Mogens; Rovsing, Marie Louise; Lindekaer, A L;

    2012-01-01

    Several potential problems can arise from airway management in morbidly obese patients, including difficult mask ventilation and difficult intubation. We hypothesised that endotracheal intubation of morbidly obese patients would be more rapid using the GlideScope(®) (GS) (Verathon Inc Corporate H...

  17. Childhood Morbidity and Health in Early Adulthood: Life course linkages in a high morbidity context

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    Margolis, Rachel

    2010-01-01

    This paper examines whether morbidity in early and later childhood is associated with health later in life. I investigate the relationship between five types of childhood morbidity and risk factors for cardiovascular disease among Guatemalan adults who experienced high levels of morbidity in childhood. The analysis is based on the Human Capital Study (2002–2004), a recent follow-up of the INCAP Longitudinal Study conducted between 1969 and 1977. I find that most types of childhood morbidity a...

  18. Cervical spinal canal narrowing and cervical neurologi-cal injuries

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

    2012-01-01

    【Abstract】Cervical spinal canal narrowing can lead to injury of the spinal cord and neurological symptoms in-cluding neck pain, headache, weakness and parasthesisas. According to previous and recent clinical researches, we investigated the geometric parameters of normal cervical spinal canal including the sagittal and transverse diameters as well as Torg ratio. The mean sagittal diameter of cervical spinal canal at C 1 to C 7 ranges from 15.33 mm to 20.46 mm, ...

  19. Morbidity, including fatal morbidity, throughout life in men entering adult life as obese

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    Zimmermann, Esther; Holst, Claus; Sørensen, Thorkild I A

    2011-01-01

    The association between obesity in adults and excess morbidity and mortality is well established, but the health impact throughout adult life of being obese in early adulthood needs elucidation. We investigated somatic morbidity, including fatal morbidity, throughout adulthood in men starting adult...... life as obese....

  20. Posterior Fossa Decompression with Duraplasty in Chiari-1 Malformations

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    Objective: To evaluate the symptomatic outcome after PFD (Posterior Fossa Decompression) with duraplasty in Chiari-1 malformations. Study Design: Case series. Place and Duration of Study: Department of Neurosurgery, JPMC, Karachi, from July 2008 to September 2012. Methodology: This included 21 patients of Chiari 1 malformations admitted in department through OPD with clinical features of headache, neck pain, numbness, neurological deficit, and syringomyelia. Diagnosis was confirmed by MRI. PFD followed by C1 laminectomy with duraplasty was done in all cases and symptomatic outcome was assessed in follow-up clinic. Results: Among 21 patients, 13 were females and 8 were males. Age ranged from 18 to 40 years. All the patients had neck pain and numbness in hands. Only 3 patients had weakness of all four limbs and 12 with weakness of hands. Symptoms evolved over a mean of 12 months. Syringomyelia was present in all cases. All patients underwent posterior fossa decompression with duraplasty with an additional C1 laminectomy and in 2 cases C2 laminectomy was done. Syringo-subarachnoid shunt was placed in one patient and ventriculo-peritoneal shunt was placed in 2 patients. Pain was relieved in all cases. Weakness was improved in all cases and numbness was improved in 19 cases. Syringomyelia was improved in all cases. Postoperative complications included CSF leak in 2 patients and wound infection in one patient. However, there was no mortality. Conclusion: Posterior fossa decompression with duraplasty is the best treatment option for Chiari-1 malformations because of symptomatic improvement and less chances of complications. (author)

  1. Treatment Options by Stage (Cervical Cancer)

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    ... Cancer Prevention Cervical Cancer Screening Research Cervical Cancer Treatment (PDQ®)–Patient Version General Information About Cervical Cancer ... Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options. The prognosis (chance of recovery) depends on ...

  2. Cervical Cancer Rates by Race and Ethnicity

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    ... Associated Lung Ovarian Prostate Skin Uterine Cancer Home Cervical Cancer Rates by Race and Ethnicity Language: English Español ( ... Tweet Share Compartir The rate of women getting cervical cancer or dying from cervical cancer varies by race ...

  3. Cervical cellulitis and mediastinitis following esophageal perforation: A case report

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    Christian A Righini; Basilide Z Tea; Emile Reyt; Karim A Chahine

    2008-01-01

    Chicken bone is one of the most frequent foreign bodies (FB) associated with upper esophageal perforation.Upper digestive tract penetrating FB may lead to life threatening complications and requires prompt management.We present the case of a 52-year-old man who sustained an upper esophageal perforation associated with cervical cellulitis and mediastinitis.Following CT-scan evidence of FB penetrating the esophagus,the impacted FB was successfully extracted under rigid esophagoscopy.Direct suture was required to close the esophageal perforation.Cervical and mediastinal drainage were made immediately.Nasogastric tube decompression,broad-spectrum intravenous antibiotics,and parenteral hyperalimentation were administered for 10 d postoperatively.An esophagogram at d 10 revealed no leak at the repair site,and oral alimentation was successfully reinstituted.Conclusion:Rigid endoscope management of FB esophageal penetration is a simple,safe and effective procedure.Primary esophageal repair with drainage of all affected compartments are necessary to avoid life-threatening complications.

  4. Surgical decompression for notalgia paresthetica: a case report.

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    Williams, Eric H; Rosson, Gedge D; Elsamanoudi, Ibrahim; Dellon, A Lee

    2010-01-01

    Notalgia paresthetica is a rare nerve compression. From the Greek word noton, meaning "back," and algia, meaning "pain," "notalgia paresthetica" implies that symptoms of burning pain, itching, and/or numbness in the localized region between the spinous processes of T2 through T6 and the medial border of the scapula constitute a nerve compression syndrome. The compressed nerve is the dorsal branch of the spinal nerve. It is compressed by the paraspinous muscles and fascia against the transverse process of these spinal segments. This is the first report of symptomatic relief by decompression of this nerve. PMID:19790177

  5. Cerebral perfusion deficits in divers with neurological decompression illness

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    Cerebral perfusion deficits detected by injection of 99Tcm-hexamethylpropyleneamine oxime (HMPAO) and single photon emission tomography is said to correlate well with clinical findings in divers with neurological decompression illness. We studied 12 divers. Six had residual cerebral signs (group 1) and six had no residual cerebral symptoms or signs (group 2). Perfusion deficits were as common in group 2 as in group 1. The site of the deficit did not correlate well with either the neurological findings at presentation or the residual clinical signs after treatment. The data suggest that claims that HMPAO scanning correlates with clinical findings and can be used for patient management were incorrect. (author)

  6. Core decompression for avascular necrosis of the femoral head

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    This paper reports long-term radiographic follow-up conducted in 34 hips of 24 patients who underwent femoral head core decompression (CD) for a vascular necrosis (AVN), to asses possible relationship between size of AVN, as determined with preoperative MR imaging, and development of collapse. CD was performed in 34 hips of 24 patients with AVN, based on plain film, scintigraphic, and clinical criteria. None of the preoperative radiographs demonstrated subchondral fracture or collapse. MR imaging was performed preoperatively in all cases, and the results were graded according to the percentage of involvement of the weight-bearing portion of the femoral head as determined in the axial and coronal planes

  7. Nucleosynthesis from the decompression of neutron star matter

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    The decompression of material tidally disrupted from a neutron star is studied. Through the use of liquid drop mass formula for compressible nuclei in a sea of free neutrons and electrons, the evolution of this material is followed from neutron star densities down to neutron drip densities and below. Once beta decays and fissioning of the nuclei begin to occur, high temperatures and free neutron densities prevail and allow a nucleosynthesis process analogous to the r process to occur. This nucleosynthesis and its possible contribution to the solar system elemental abundances are discussed

  8. Effect of Orbital Decompression on Corneal Topography in Patients with Thyroid Ophthalmopathy.

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    Full Text Available To evaluate changes in corneal astigmatism in patients undergoing orbital decompression surgery.This retrospective, non randomized comparative study involved 42 eyes from 21 patients with thyroid ophthalmopathy who underwent orbital decompression surgery between September 2011 and September 2014. The 42 eyes were divided into three groups: control (9 eyes, two-wall decompression (25 eyes, and three-wall decompression (8 eyes. The control group was defined as the contralateral eyes of nine patients who underwent orbital decompression surgery in only one eye. Corneal topography (Orbscan II, Hertel exophthalmometry, and intraocular pressure were measured at 1 month before and 3 months after surgery. Corneal topographic parameters analyzed were total astigmatism (TA, steepest axis (SA, central corneal thickness (CCT, and anterior chamber depth (ACD.Exophthalmometry values and intraocular pressure decreased significantly after the decompression surgery. The change (absolute value (|x| of the difference in astigmatism at the 3 mm zone was significantly different between the decompression group and the controls (p = 0.025. There was also a significant change in the steepest axis at the 3 mm zone between the decompression group and the controls (p = 0.033. An analysis of relevant changes in astigmatism showed that there was a dominant tendency for incyclotorsion of the steepest axis in eyes that underwent decompression surgery. Using Astig PLOT, the mean surgically induced astigmatism (SIA was 0.21±0.88 D with an axis of 46±22°, suggesting that decompression surgery did change the corneal shape and induced incyclotorsion of the steepest axis.There was a significant change in corneal astigmatism after orbital decompression surgery and this change was sufficient to affect the optical function of the cornea. Surgeons and patients should be aware of these changes.

  9. Degenerative cervical myelopathy.

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    Kato, So; Fehlings, Michael

    2016-09-01

    Cervical myelopathy is the most common cause of acquired spinal cord compromise. The concept of degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM), defined as symptomatic myelopathy associated with degenerative arthropathic changes in the spine axis, is being introduced. Given its progressive nature, treatment options have to be chosen in a timely manner. Surgical options include anterior discectomy and fusion (ACDF), anterior corpectomy and fusion (ACCF), arthroplasty (in highly select cases), posterior laminectomy with/without fusion, and laminoplasty. Indications for each should be carefully considered in individual patients. Riluzole, a sodium-glutamate antagonist, is a promising option to optimize neurologic outcomes post-surgery and is being examined in the CSM-Protect Randomized Controlled Trial. Preoperative risk assessment is mandatory for prognostication. Sagittal alignment is known to play an important role to optimize surgical outcome. Guidelines for optimal management of DCM are in process. In principle, all but the mildest cases of DCM should be offered surgery for optimal outcome. PMID:27250040

  10. Spinal cord swelling with abnormal gadolinium-enhancement mimicking intramedullary tumors in cervical spondylosis patients: Three case reports and review of the literature

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    Sasamori, Toru; Hida, Kazutoshi; Yano, Shunsuke; Takeshi, Aoyama; Iwasaki, Yoshinobu

    2010-01-01

    Objective: Spinal cord swelling with abnormal gadolinium (Gd) enhancement is a rare preoperative radiological finding in patients with cervical spondylosis. In the presence of progressive myelopathy, timely surgical decompression can be curative. Case presentation: We report 3 patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed spondylotic changes and intramedullary lesions in the cervical spine. We noted cervical cord swelling with high intensity on T2-weighted MRI and abnormal Gd-DTPA enhancement. Laminoplasty resulted in marked improvement of their neurological condition and postoperative MRI revealed gradual regression of the intramedullary lesions during the first year. Conclusion: We posit that the intramedullary lesions in our patients were reflective of spinal cord edema with blood-brain-barrier disturbance in the cervical cord, possibly due to minor recurrent spinal cord injury and disturbed venous circulation. Spinal cord edema is a rare condition in patients with cervical spondylosis and an accurate diagnosis and timely surgery are necessary for cure. Therefore, this unusual condition must be considered in spondylosis patients manifesting as intramedullary lesions on MRI of the cervical spinal cord. Careful evaluation of the postoperative course can be used to confirm the diagnosis and help in selecting a subsequent therapeutic strategy. PMID:22028753

  11. Electrical Bioimpedance Analysis: A New Method in Cervical Cancer Screening

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    Lopamudra Das

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Cervical cancer is the second most common female cancer worldwide and a disease of concern due to its high rate of incidence of about 500,000 women annually and is responsible for about 280,000 deaths in a year. The mortality and morbidity of cervical cancer are reduced through mass screening via Pap smear, but this technique suffers from very high false negativity of around 30% to 40% and hence the sensitivity of this technique is not more than 60%. Electrical bioimpedance study employing cytosensors over a frequency range offers instantaneous and quantitative means to monitor cellular events and is an upcoming technique in real time to classify cells as normal and abnormal ones. This technology is exploited for label-free detection of diseases by identifying and measuring nonbiological parameters of the cell which may carry the disease signature.

  12. SUPERFICIAL CERVICAL PLEXUS BLOCK

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Superficial cervical plexus block is one of the regional anesthesia in  neck were limited to thesuperficial fascia. Anesthesia is used to relieve pain caused either during or after the surgery iscompleted. This technique can be done by landmark or with ultrasound guiding. The midpointof posterior border of the Sternocleidomastoid was identified and the prosedure done on thatplace or on the level of cartilage cricoid.

  13. Case Studies - Cervical Cancer

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    Dr. Alan Waxman, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of New Mexico and chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) committee for the underserved, talks about several case studies for cervical cancer screening and management.  Created: 10/15/2010 by National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC).   Date Released: 6/9/2010.

  14. Future Directions - Cervical Cancer

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    Dr. Alan Waxman, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of New Mexico and chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) committee for the underserved, talks about possible changes in cervical cancer screening and management.  Created: 10/15/2009 by National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC).   Date Released: 6/9/2010.

  15. Efficacy and results of expansive laminoplasty in patients with severe cervical myelopathy due to cervical canal stenosis

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    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims and objectives: To assess the efficacy and results of expansive laminoplasty in advanced (Nurick's Grade III or greater cervical myelopathy. Materials and Methods: We reviewed data in 24 patients who underwent cervical laminoplasty from January 1999 to December 2002. Nuricks grading was used for quantifying the neurological deficits and outcome analysis was done using Odom's criteria. A modified Hirabayashi's open door laminoplasty was done using Titanium miniplates and screws in 22 patients, autologous bone in one and hydroxyapatite spacer in one patient. Observations: There were 3 females and 21 males with a mean age of 56 years (range 39-72 years. Four patients presented in Nuricks Grade III, 15 in Grade IV and five in Grade V. MR imaging showed MSCS in 21 cases, OPLL in nine cases and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy in nine cases with cord signal changes being present in 19 cases. Results: All patients with duration of symptoms less than three years, and 50 % with duration ranging from three to six years had improvement by at least one Nurick's grade following surgery. Eighty-seven per cent Grade IV patients (ambulatory with support improved to Grade III (ambulatory without support following laminoplasty. Using Odom's criteria, 23 patients (95.8% had a good to fair outcome. Conclusions: Cord decompression with expansive laminoplasty using titanium miniplate fixation may improve the neurological outcome even in patients presenting late, and improvement by even one grade may have major 'quality of life' benefits for these patients.

  16. Influence of developmental cervical stenosis on dural sac space

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    Tang Yanchao; Yu Miao; Liu Zhongjun; Sun Yu; Liu Xiaoguang

    2014-01-01

    Background This retrospective study aimed to investigate the difference of the intra-dural reserving space for spinal cord in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) between patients with and without developmental cervical stenosis and its clinical significance.Methods A total of 264 patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy who had decompression surgeries were recruited.The average follow-up was 29 months.Based on their lateral radiographs,they were divided into stenosis group and non-stenosis group.On the magnetic resonance images,the ratio of the sagittal diameter of the dural sac to that of the vertebral body was measured and calculated as MRI Pavlov ratio at the mid-vertebral level on T2-weighted sagittal images from C3 to C7.The ratio of the transverse area of the spinal cord to that of the dural sac was measured and calculated as occupation ratio on T2-weighted axial images at the same levels.The MRI Pavlov ratio and occupation ratio were compared between the two groups.The stenosis group was further divided into space-reserving and non-space-reserving subgroups based on the occupation ratios; then clinical parameters were compared between the two subgroups to determine the clinical significance of the reserving space.Results The MRI Pavlov ratio of the stenosis group was significantly smaller than that of the non-stenosis group at C3-C7 (P <0.01),while the occupation ratio was significantly larger only at C7 (P <0.05).For the space-reserving subgroup,the postoperative recovery rate was lower (P <0.05).The postoperative recovery rate was (23±6)% in anterior approach,larger than (-23±15)% in posterior approach (P <0.05).Conclusions Developmental cervical stenosis is associated with a smaller sagittal diameter of the dural sac,but does not lead to a significant decrease in intra-dural space available for the cord.For patients with normal intra-dural space,the recovery after anterior decompression surgery was better than posterior approach.

  17. [Pediatric orthopedic cervical spine problems].

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    Helenius, Ilkka

    2016-01-01

    Treatment-requiring diseases of the cervical spine in children are rare. The most common cases requiring medical assessment and treatment are acute torticollis and various accidents. A torticollis having lasted for more than a week should be recognized, because it can be treated by skull traction. Cervical spine fractures in children under school age are very rare, the most common being a fracture of the base of the dens of the second cervical vertebra. Cervical spine instability is almost always associated with an underlying disease. PMID:27400588

  18. Maternal morbid obesity and obstetric outcomes.

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    Farah, Nadine

    2012-02-01

    OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this retrospective cohort study was to review pregnancy outcomes in morbidly obese women who delivered a baby weighing 500 g or more in a large tertiary referral university hospital in Europe. METHODS: Morbid obesity was defined as a BMI > or =40.0 kg\\/m2 (WHO). Only women whose BMI was calculated at their first antenatal visit were included. The obstetric out-comes were obtained from the hospital\\'s computerised database. RESULTS: The incidence of morbid obesity was 0.6% in 5,824 women. Morbidly obese women were older and were more likely to be multigravidas than women with a normal BMI. The pregnancy was complicated by hypertension in 35.8% and diabetes mellitus in 20.0% of women. Obstetric interventions were high, with an induction rate of 42.1% and a caesarean section rate of 45.3%. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings show that maternal morbid obesity is associated with an alarmingly high incidence of medical complications and an increased level of obstetric interventions. Consideration should be given to developing specialised antenatal services for morbidly obese women. The results also highlight the need to evaluate the effectiveness of prepregnancy interventions in morbidly obese women.

  19. Surgical Treatment of Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Associated Hypertension--A Retrospective Study of 309 Patients.

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    Ze-qun Li

    Full Text Available Hypertension is the most prevalent cardiovascular disease, and various risk factors are known to be involved in it. Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM is the most common non-traumatic cause of myelopathy, which displays neurological symptoms and may induce systemic symptoms. To date, it is still unknown whether CSM is associated with hypertension, and if so, whether the decompression operations can attenuate CSM associated hypertension. Here, a total of 309 patients with CSM who received anterior or posterior decompression surgery were enrolled as subjects. Blood pressure measurements were performed before and within one week after the surgery. Among the 309 subjects, 144 (46.6% of them exhibited hypertension before surgery, a significantly higher ratio than that of the whole population. One week after surgery, blood pressure of 106 (73.6% patients turned back to normal. Blood pressure of another 37(25.7% patients decreased with different degrees, although still higher than normal. Moreover, it appears that both approaches were effective in improving blood pressure, while the posterior approach was more effective in decreasing systolic blood pressure. We speculate this type of hypertension might result from hyperactivity of sympathetic nervous system as the heart rate of these patients decreased after surgery as well. Collectively, compression of spinal cord in CSM patients might be associated with hypertension, and decompression surgery largely attenuated this type of hypertension. These findings prove CSM to be a potential associated factor of high blood pressure and may shed light on therapies of hypertension in clinics.

  20. Surgical Treatment of Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Associated Hypertension--A Retrospective Study of 309 Patients.

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    Li, Ze-qun; Zhao, Yun-peng; Jia, Wen-yu; Wang, Xia; Chen, Bin; Shahbaz, Muhammad; Nie, Lin; Cheng, Lei

    2015-01-01

    Hypertension is the most prevalent cardiovascular disease, and various risk factors are known to be involved in it. Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) is the most common non-traumatic cause of myelopathy, which displays neurological symptoms and may induce systemic symptoms. To date, it is still unknown whether CSM is associated with hypertension, and if so, whether the decompression operations can attenuate CSM associated hypertension. Here, a total of 309 patients with CSM who received anterior or posterior decompression surgery were enrolled as subjects. Blood pressure measurements were performed before and within one week after the surgery. Among the 309 subjects, 144 (46.6%) of them exhibited hypertension before surgery, a significantly higher ratio than that of the whole population. One week after surgery, blood pressure of 106 (73.6%) patients turned back to normal. Blood pressure of another 37(25.7%) patients decreased with different degrees, although still higher than normal. Moreover, it appears that both approaches were effective in improving blood pressure, while the posterior approach was more effective in decreasing systolic blood pressure. We speculate this type of hypertension might result from hyperactivity of sympathetic nervous system as the heart rate of these patients decreased after surgery as well. Collectively, compression of spinal cord in CSM patients might be associated with hypertension, and decompression surgery largely attenuated this type of hypertension. These findings prove CSM to be a potential associated factor of high blood pressure and may shed light on therapies of hypertension in clinics. PMID:26193469

  1. Unilateral ossified ligamentum flavum in the high cervical spine causing myelopathy

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    Singhal Udit

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available High cervical ossified ligamentum flavum (OLF is rare and may cause progressive quadriparesis and respiratory failure . Our two patients had unilateral OLF between C1 and C4 levels. MR showed a unilateral, triangular bony excrescence with low signal and a central, intermediate or high signal on all pulse sequences due to bone marrow within. There was Type I thecal compression (partial deficit of contrast media ring. The first patient had a linear and nodular OLF with calcification within tectorial membrane, C2-3 fusion and unilateral C2-facetal hypertrophy; and the second patient, a lateral, linear OLF with loss of lordosis and C3-6 spondylotic changes. A decompressive laminectomy using "posterior floating and enbloc resection" brought significant relief in myelopathy. Histopathology showed mature bony trabeculae, bone marrow and ligament tissue. The coexisting mobile cervical vertebral segment above and congenitally fused or spondylotic rigid segment below the level of LF may have led to abnormal strain patterns within resulting in its unilateral ossification. In dealing with cervical OLF, carefully preserving facets during laminectomy or laminoplasty helps in maintaining normal cervical spinal curvature.

  2. Decompression sickness among Moroami diving fishermen in Jakarta

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    Chichi Wahab

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Indonesia is an archipelago with many traditional divers, however research on decompression sickness (DCS has not yet elaborated. The aim of the study was to identify the prevalence of DCS and factors related to it. The study was conducted on October-November 2007 among fisherman moroami divers in Seribu Island Jakarta. Anamnesis and physical examination was taken before and three times after diving. Subject was diagnosed as having DCS if experienced one of these symptom or sign: myalgia, muscle pain, skin rash, ankle weakness, bowel movement & bladder dysfunction, visual disturbances, headache, vertigo, dyspnoe, chest pain, convulsion, unconsciousness, nausea and vomiting. Among 123 potential divers, five were having upper respiratory infection, so only 117 divers participated in this study. Final model analysis showed that regulator, valsava when having ear pain, ascending speed to surface, and lack of training were risk factors to obtain DCS. Divers whose ascending speed more than 9 m per minutes had two times risk to get DCS [adjusted ratio = 2.2; 95% confidence interval (CI= 1.11 – 3.56]. Having DCS before diving, increased risk 20% (RRa = 1.20; 95% CI = 0.86-1.68; P=0,285. Beside knowledge to use regulator correctly and valsava, fisherman Moroami divers need to be trained to ascend speed to sea level surface less than 9 m per minute. (Med J Indones 2008; 17: 197-202Keywords: decompression sickness, ascending speed, regulator, valsava

  3. Laser Disc Decompression In Emam Khomeini Hospital 1996-1999

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    Ghaffar Poor. M

    2002-07-01

    Full Text Available Low back pain is among the most frequent medical complaints and a major public health problem. 1.7 percent of cases are caused by herniated disc, 20 percent of which require interventional treatment. Percutaneous laser disc decompression (P.L.DD can be considered as an effective therapeutic alternative in certain cases."nMaterials and Methods: To determine the efficacy of this method in Iran in patient's with low back pain due to disc herniation, 40 patients according to medical history, physical examination and MRI findings were selected for this study. Patients who had canal stenosis, marginal, osteophyte, advanced disc dehydration, ruptured posterior ligament and other contraindication were excluded. CT scan was used only for needle navigation. After proper positioning of needle, nucleous pulposus was evapourated with Nd-YAG laser. Total energy was 1200-1600j. The procedure was done out patient and follow up has been done at 1 day, 1 week, 1,3, 6 and 12 months."nResults: There was no serious complication. 80 percent of patients in one-year follow up showed significant clinical improvement."nConclusion: Our findings suggests that percutaneous laser disc decompression can be considered as an effective alternative method of treatment for disc herniation and patient selection is the critical factor which determines success rate.

  4. Local Anaesthetic Infusion with Elastomeric Pump After Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression

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    Little, Kevin; Pillai, Anand; Fazzi, Umberto; Storey, Neil

    2007-01-01

    INTRODUCTION The use of extended local anaesthesia for postoperative pain has previously been reported, and has several advantages over other methods, including ease of placement, safety, reliability, lower cost and effective analgesia. We present our experience with a portable elastomeric infusion device in patients undergoing arthroscopic subacromial decompression, and make a case for its potential to allow same-day discharge. PATIENTS AND METHODS Forty patients undergoing arthroscopic subacromial decompression were followed-up. At the end of the procedure, an epidural catheter connected to a portable elastomeric local anaesthetic infusion system was inserted into the subacromial space. All patients were electively admitted for overnight stay postoperatively and assessed using a visual analogue scale (VAS) to evaluate their level of pain. RESULTS No patient reported severe pain at any stage. None of the patients required any parenteral opiate analgesia with the pump in situ. CONCLUSIONS These findings suggest that the use of this elastomeric infusion device following shoulder surgery allows safe and early discharge of patients with decreased need for parenteral opiate analgesia. PMID:17535622

  5. Pressure oscillation in subcooled decompression under temperature gradient

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    In the subcooled decompression experiments of water in a vertical tube under a temperature gradient, a violent pressure oscillation was observed. By varying the gradient conditions it was ascertained that this pressure oscillation was due to the existence of the large temperature gradient in the system, and that it occurred in the low temperature region of the system. The generation of the pressure oscillation could be explained by assuming a reflection surface for the pressure wave caused by the blowdown. Two positions of the reflection surface were experimentally obtained from the structure of oscillatory pressure behavior and by computing the autocorrelation function of the pressure curve. In the system of a linearly descending temperature distribution, a flashing occurred partially and those two values were in good agreement with the position of the phase boundary generated just after the passage of the decompression wave. The conventional thermal equilibrium model could not completely explain this oscillation. The anomalous pressure peaks appeared in the calculated pressure curve resulting from the prompt flashing in the second supersaturated region. Photographic observation showed that this region was kept in the supersaturated liquid state during the oscillation and that a flashing was delayed. Introduction of the flashing delay time into the thermal equilibrium calculation has well succeeded to reproduce the oscillatory pressure behavior. (author)

  6. A pipeline depressurization model for fast decompression and slow blowdown

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    The development and validation of CFD-DECOM, a pipeline depressurization model based on the arbitrary Lagrangian–Eulerian method (ALE) and the homogeneous equilibrium assumption is presented. In CFD-DECOM, the convection terms are separately solved from the other terms in a sub-cycled explicit manner using a sub-timestep that is only a fraction of the main computational timestep. This approach significantly simplifies the solution procedure and improves the computational efficiency. The model is validated against five release scenarios including one fast decompression of a rich gas pipeline and four slow blowdown cases of a liquefied petroleum gas pipeline. The predicted pressure, temperature and fluid inventory-time traces are found to be in good agreement with the measurements in all the cases. - Highlights: • CFD-DECOM, a CFD based pipeline depressurization model has been developed. • The model is computationally efficient. • The model can handle both pipeline decompression and slow blowdown. • The model is validated against 5 different release scenarios. • The predictions are in good agreement with the measurements in all the cases

  7. 2014 Decompression Sickness/Extravehicular Activity Risks Standing Review Panel

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    Steinberg, Susan

    2015-01-01

    The 2014 Decompression Sickness (DCS)/Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Risks Standing Review Panel (from here on referred to as the SRP) met for a site visit in Houston, TX on November 4 - 5, 2014. The SRP reviewed the updated Evidence Reports for The Risk of Decompression Sickness (from here on referred to as the 2014 DCS Evidence Report) and the Risk of Injury and Compromised Performance due to EVA Operations (from here on referred to as the 2014 EVA Evidence Report), as well as the Research Plans for these Risks. The SRP appreciated the time and effort that the DCS and EVA disciplines put into their review documents and presentations. The SRP felt that the 2014 DCS Evidence Report and the 2014 EVA Evidence Reports were very thorough and addressed the majority of the known DCS and EVA issues. The researchers at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) have the knowledge base to deal with the DCS and EVA issues. Overall, the SRP thinks the DCS and EVA research teams have compiled excellent reports which address the majority of the literature and background information.

  8. [Unilateral decompressive craniectomy in left transverse and sigmoid sinus thrombosis].

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    Weber, J; Spring, A

    2004-01-01

    Cerebral venous and dural sinus thrombosis is a rare cause of stroke. We explore the controversial issue of anticoagulation therapy and indication for decompressive craniectomy in association with severe sinus thrombosis. The 62-year-old female patient was admitted to hospital, because of first generalized seizure. A computed tomographic (CT) scan of the brain revealed a left occipital hemorrhage. Digital subtraction angiogram showing thrombosis of the left transverse and sigmoid sinus. An intravenously administered regimen of heparin was begun, because of a protein S deficiency. On the 6th day the patients level of consciousness deteriorated, necessitating intubation, hyperventilation, and mannitol. Repeat CT scan revealed increasing edema with midline shift and obliteration of the basal cisterns, although the hemorrhagic lesion was unchanged. The patient developed signs of diencephalic dysfunction. A large left temporoparietooccipital craniectomy was performed and the dura was opened. The multiloculated intraparenchymatous hemorrhage portion of the brain was not removed. In addition, the patient was treated postoperatively with heparin therapy for three months, than a regimen of phenprocoumon was begun. Twelve months later the hemianopsia had not improved and she had an incomplete Wernicke's dysphasia. When, despite adequate anticoagulation therapy and intensive care, neurological deterioration occurs in sigmoideus and/or transversus dural sinus thrombosis with unilateral edema, a decompressive craniectomy should be considered especially in young patients. PMID:15306978

  9. Device to eliminate the vibrations of a decompression valve of a pressure shell

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    The invention applies to the decompression valve of a PWR pressurizer. The aim of the invention is a device which eliminates the vibrations of a containment decompression shell and which allows to damp the possible vibrations of the flap and of the valve stem, during the movements of this one when the electromagnet coil is fed with current

  10. A novel method for intra-operative colonic decompression without contamination

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    J Bhoday; WFA Miles

    2010-01-01

    The need for intra-operative colonic decompression is commonplace within general surgical theatre. However, cases are usually complex, present late and the risk of perforation with subsequent contamination is high. We describe a novel technique for closed decompression using a laparoscopic trocar and standard pool sucker in a 78-year-old gentleman with an obstructing sigmoid tumour.

  11. Overpaying morbidity adjusters in risk equalization models.

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    van Kleef, R C; van Vliet, R C J A; van de Ven, W P M M

    2016-09-01

    Most competitive social health insurance markets include risk equalization to compensate insurers for predictable variation in healthcare expenses. Empirical literature shows that even the most sophisticated risk equalization models-with advanced morbidity adjusters-substantially undercompensate insurers for selected groups of high-risk individuals. In the presence of premium regulation, these undercompensations confront consumers and insurers with incentives for risk selection. An important reason for the undercompensations is that not all information with predictive value regarding healthcare expenses is appropriate for use as a morbidity adjuster. To reduce incentives for selection regarding specific groups we propose overpaying morbidity adjusters that are already included in the risk equalization model. This paper illustrates the idea of overpaying by merging data on morbidity adjusters and healthcare expenses with health survey information, and derives three preconditions for meaningful application. Given these preconditions, we think overpaying may be particularly useful for pharmacy-based cost groups. PMID:26420555

  12. CDC WONDER: Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) morbidity

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Morbidity online databases on CDC WONDER contain case reports reported from the 50 United States and D.C., Puerto Rico,...

  13. CDC WONDER: Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Morbidity

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Morbidity online databases on CDC WONDER contain case reports reported from the 50 United States and D.C., Puerto Rico,...

  14. Treatment related morbidity in breast cancer patients

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    Rietman, J.S.; Geertzen, J. H. B.; Dijkstra, P U; Hoekstra, H. J.

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    Background: Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) was introduced for staging of the axilla to reduce the number of unnecessary axillary lymph node dissections (ALND’s) and proved to be an accurate and safe procedure to predict metastatic disease in clinically negative axillary lymph nodes. SLNB was expected to have less treatment related morbidity in comparison to ALND. In a multicenter prospective cohort study, long term upper-limb morbidity, perceived disabilities in activities of daily life (A...

  15. Transvaginal Appendectomy in Morbidly Obese Patient

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    Mehmet Ali Yagci; Cuneyt Kayaalp; Mustafa Ates

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    Introduction. Laparoscopic appendectomy has significant benefits in obese patients. However, morbid obesity can be accepted as an exclusion criterion for natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES). Here, we present a transvaginal appendectomy in a 66-year-old morbidly obese (BMI 36 kg/m2, ASA III) patient. Case and Technique. Acute appendicitis was suspected based on history, physical examination, laboratory tests, and ultrasound findings. During laparoscopic surgery, a 5 mm troc...

  16. Morbidity is related to a green environment

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    Maas, J; Verheij, R. A.; de Vries, S.

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    ABSTRACT Background: As a result of increasing urbanisation, people face the prospect of living in environments with few green spaces. There is increasing evidence for a positive relation between green space in people’s living environment and self-reported indicators of physical and mental health. This study investigates whether physicianassessed morbidity is also related to green space in people’s living environment. Methods: Morbidity data were derived from electronic medical records of 195...

  17. Assessing morbidity in the paediatric community

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    Escuder Maria Mercedes L

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Morbidity information is easily available from medical records but its scope is limited to the population attended by the health services. Information on the prevalence of diseases requires community surveys, which are not always feasible. These two sources of information represent two alternative assessments of disease occurrence, namely demand morbidity and perceived morbidity. The present study was conceived so as to elicit a potential relationship between them so that the former could be used in the absence of the latter. METHODS: A community of 13,365 families on the outskirts of S. Paulo, Brazil, was studied during the period from 15/Nov/1994 to 15/Jan/1995. Data regarding children less than 5 years old were collected from a household survey and from the 2 basic health units in the area. Prevalence of diseases was ascertained from perceived morbidity and compared to estimates computed from demand morbidity. RESULTS: Data analysis distinguished 2 age groups, infants less than 1 year old and children 1 to less than 5. The most important groups of diseases were respiratory diseases, diarrhoea, skin problems and infectious & parasitical diseases. Basic health units presented a better coverage for infants. Though disease frequencies were not different within or outside these units, a better coverage was found for diarrhoea and infectious & parasitical diseases in the infant group, and for diarrhoea in the older age group. Equivalence between the two types of morbidity was found to be limited to the infant group and concerned only the best covered diseases. The odds of a disease being seen at the health service should be of at least 4:10 to ensure this equivalence. CONCLUSION: It was concluded that, provided that health service coverage is good, demand morbidity can be taken as a reliable estimate of community morbidity.

  18. Framing maternal morbidity: WHO scoping exercise

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    Vanderkruik, Rachel C; Tunçalp, Özge; Chou, Doris; Say, Lale

    2013-01-01

    Background Maternal morbidity estimations are not based on well-documented methodologies and thus have limited validity for informing efforts to address the issue and improve maternal health. To fill this gap, maternal morbidity needs to be clearly defined, driving the development of tools and indicators to measure and monitor maternal health. This article describes the scoping exercise conducted by the World Health Organization’s Department of Reproductive of Health and Research (WHO/RHR), a...

  19. Juvenile Stroke: Cervical Artery Dissection in a Patient after a Polytrauma

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    Nicole Marschner-Preuth

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    Full Text Available Dissections of the cervical arteries cause about 20% of total juvenile strokes. Approximately 4% of the carotid artery dissections are due to a (polytrauma such as car accidents. Despite improved diagnostic facilities, traumatic dissections are often underdiagnosed or diagnosed too late due to a lack of awareness of potential initial signs and symptoms.We report here a case of a delayed embolic stroke after a car accident caused by a dissection of the carotid artery and subsequent pseudoaneurysm.To reduce the long-term morbidity or mortality of multiple trauma patients, an early detection of cervical carotid and vertebral dissections is strictly necessary.

  20. NECROTIZING FASCIITIS OF THE POSTERIOR CERVICAL COMPARTMENT: AN ATYPICAL CASE DUE TO STREPTOCOCCUS AGALACTIAE

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    Alessandro Abramo

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    Full Text Available Necrotizing fasciitis is a fulminant infection that affects the deep and superficial fascia while initially sparing the overlying skin and underlying muscle. The involvement of the cervicalcompartment is associated with a high morbidity and mortality rate. Immunocompromised patients are prone to this infection. We present a case of a 80 year-old diabetic woman suffering from streptococcal cervical NF (probably secondary to a arm injury with an uncommon involvement of the posterior cervical compartment, highlighting the atypical responsible microorganism (Streptococcus Agalactiae, the role of imaging for early diagnosis and the timely surgical and medical treatment for a successful outcome.

  1. Anterior cervical pedicle screw and plate fixation using fluoroscope-assisted pedicle axis view imaging: a preliminary report of a new cervical reconstruction technique.

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    Yukawa, Yasutsugu; Kato, Fumihiko; Ito, Keigo; Nakashima, Hiroaki; Machino, Masaaki

    2009-06-01

    Anterior procedures in the cervical spine are feasible in cases having anterior aetiologies such as anterior neural compression and/or severe kyphosis. Halo vests or anterior plates are used concurrently for cases with long segmental fixation. Halo vests are bothersome and anterior plate fixation is not adequately durable. We developed a new anterior pedicle screw (APS) and plate fixation procedure that can be used with fluoroscope-assisted pedicle axis view imaging. Six patients (3 men and 3 women; mean age, 54 years) with anterior multisegmental aetiology were included in this study. Their original diagnoses comprised cervical myelopathy and/or radiculopathy (n = 4), posterior longitudinal ligament ossification (n = 1) and post-traumatic kyphosis (n = 1). All patients underwent anterior decompression and strut grafting with APS and plate fixation. Mean operative time was 192 min and average blood loss was 73 ml. Patients were permitted to ambulate the next day with a cervical collar. Local sagittal alignment was characterised by 3.5 degrees of kyphosis preoperatively, which improved to 6.8 degrees of lordosis postoperatively and 5.2 degrees of lordosis at final follow-up. Postoperative improvement and early bony union were observed in all cases. There was no serious complication except for two cases of dysphagia. Postoperative imaging demonstrated screw exposure in one screw, but no pedicle perforation. APS and plate fixation is useful in selected cases of multisegmental anterior reconstruction of cervical spine. However, the adequate familiarity and experience with both cervical pedicle screw fixation and the imaging technique used for visualising the pedicle during surgery are crucial for this procedure. PMID:19343377

  2. 颈前路手术治疗脊髓型颈椎病并颈椎外伤所致急性颈髓损伤19例临床分析%Clinical analysis on 19 cases of anterior cervical surgical treatment of acute cervical spinal cord injury caused by cervical spondylotic myelopathy and cervical trauma

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    张明友; 陈德元

    2014-01-01

    目的 探讨颈前路椎体次全切并后纵韧带切除减压植骨融合术治疗脊髓型颈椎病并颈椎外伤所导致的急性颈髓损伤的疗效.方法 回顾性分析采用颈前路椎体次全切并后纵韧带切除减压植骨融合术治疗的脊髓型颈椎病并颈椎外伤所导致的急性颈髓损伤的19例患者病历资料,对患者外伤前(T1)、外伤后(T2)、术后1周内(T3)、术后10个月后(T4)四个时期的颈椎曲度及神经功能评分(JOA)变化进行分析,判断手术疗效.结果 所有患者均获得10~24个月随访,平均(15.2±6.7)个月.T1、T2、T3、T4四个时期的颈椎曲度分别为(28.621±1.850)°、(29.326±2.416)°、(38.384±2.611)°、(37.316±2.521)°.T1、T2、T3、T4四个时期的JOA脊髓型颈椎病评分分别为(12.79±1.316)、(4.00±2.082)、(9.68±3.001)、(11.68±3.334).结论 颈前路椎体次全切并后纵韧带切除减压植骨融合术可达到有效减压效果、可重建颈椎曲度,能提供脊髓型颈椎病并颈椎外伤所导致的颈髓损伤有效康复条件;术后积极康复治疗也是改善神经功能的重要方法.%Objective To explore the effect of anterior cervical corpectomy and posterior longitudinal ligament resection and decompression and fusion for the therapeutic in acute cervical spinal cord injury caused by cervical spondylotic myelopathy and cervical trauma.Methods Retrospective analysis was carried out to 19 cases of acute cervical spinal cord injury caused by cervical spondylotic myelopathy and cervical trauma who used anterior cervical corpectomy and posterior longitudinal ligament resection and decompression and fusion for the therapeutic,and analysis of patients before trauma (T)1,post-traumatic (T2),within 1 week after operation (T3),10 months after operation (T4) these four periods about the changes of cervical curvature and neural function (JOA score) were analyzed,then evaluated the operation curative effect.Results All patients were followed

  3. Morbidity and survival patterns in patients after radical hysterectomy and postoperative adjuvant pelvic radiotherapy

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    Fiorica, J.V.; Roberts, W.S.; Greenberg, H.; Hoffman, M.S.; LaPolla, J.P.; Cavanagh, D. (Univ.ersity of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa (USA))

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    Morbidity and survival patterns were reviewed in 50 patients who underwent radical hysterectomy, pelvic lymphadenectomy, and adjuvant postoperative pelvic radiotherapy for invasive cervical cancer. Ninety percent of the patients were FIGO stage IB, and 10% were clinical stage IIA or IIB. Indications for adjuvant radiotherapy included pelvic lymph node metastasis, large volume, deep stromal penetration, lower uterine segment involvement, or capillary space involvement. Seventy-two percent of the patients had multiple high-risk factors. An average of 4700 cGy of whole-pelvis radiotherapy was administered. Ten percent of the patients suffered major gastrointestinal complications, 14% minor gastrointestinal morbidity, 12% minor genitourinary complications, one patient a lymphocyst, and one patient lymphedema. Of the five patients with major gastrointestinal morbidity, all occurred within 12 months of treatment. Three patients required intestinal bypass surgery for distal ileal obstructions and all are currently doing well and free of disease. All of the patients who developed recurrent disease had multiple, high-risk factors. The median time of recurrence was 12 months. All patients recurred within the radiated field. Actuarial survival was 90% and disease-free survival 87% at 70 months. It is our opinion that the morbidity of postoperative pelvic radiotherapy is acceptable, and benefit may be gained in such a high-risk patient population.

  4. Laboratory evidence of fragmentation during slow decompression of a magma analogue containing volatiles and solid particles.

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    Rivalta, Eleonora; Pascal, Karen; Phillips, Jeremy; Bonaccorso, Alessandro

    2010-05-01

    With the motivation of studying switches in the eruption regime at Stromboli volcano, we performed a series of shock-tube experiments decompressing Gum Rosin dissolved in acetone (GRA mixture) as a volatile-bearing analog of magma, obtaining for the first time evidence of fragmentation of a natural system containing solved volatiles and solid particles during slow decompression. We exposed the magma analog to sudden decompression and to slow decompressions of the order of about 100-400 Pa s-1 from atmospheric pressure patm down to different pressures pL. We used five different concentrations of acetone in the mixture: 15%, 23%, 30%, 35%, 40%. This corresponds to about 2 - 6% H2O in magma. We use our sudden decompression experiments to draw a phase diagram of our mixture. During fast decompression, we first observe bubble nucleation for pL ≈ 25 kPa. For 13 kPa samples at the microscope. Fragmentation events during slow decompression occurred only - but not always -when decompressing the mixtures at 35% and 40%, while we never observed it for mixtures of 30% concentration or below. Using the 40% mixture, fragmentation occurred about in half of the cases (4 times out of 8), for the 35% it occurred in one case out of four. In conclusion, fragmentation during slow decompression occurs when the gas content is high (or when the content in particles is relatively low). A pressure threshold exists, which is about half of the pressure of the acetone's boiling point and might mark the onset of homogeneous nucleation. This process seems to be highly non-linear since different runs of the experiment in approximately the same conditions lead to different results. Further studies are necessary in order to constrain better the conditions promoting fragmentation during slow decompression and to make inferences on the dynamics of the plumbing system at Stromboli volcano.

  5. Simple in situ decompression for idiopathic cubital tunnel syndrome using minimal skin incision

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    Jeon In-Ho

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Cubital tunnel syndrome is one of the most frequently occurring compression neuropathy in the upper limb next to carpal tunnel syndrome. Recent minimal invasive technique has prompted us to gain clinical experience with simple in situ decompression with minimal skin incision for idiopathic cubital tunnel syndrome. Sixty six consecutive patients with cubital tunnel syndrome were treated using minimal skin incision technique. The mean age of the patients was 49.7 (range: 15-77 years and average follow up period was 23.9 months (range: 12-60 months. The severity of ulnar neuropathy was classified according to the McGowan classification: there were 17 in grade I , 47 in grade II and 2 in grade III. A preoperative nerve conduction study was done by inching method, which revealed motor conduction delay around the medial epicondyle. All operations were carried out in a day surgery unit under local anesthetics. The postoperative outcome was evaluated by Messina classification. The mean duration of the operation was 12 minutes. The technique was highly satisfactorily esthetic for all. Over 80% of the patients were completely satisfied with the procedure taking into consideration their symptoms. Postoperative outcome measures and patient satisfactions (pain, return to normal activities and work, scar and pillar tenderness were comparable with published series of anterior transposition. The overall satisfactory results were recorded 81% in the patients of McGowan stage I and II. There were 2 cases of hematoma as a postoperative complication. This procedure is comparably effective alternative which involves less surgical trauma, morbidity and rehabilitation time with good surgical outcomes especially in mild and moderate degrees. Minimal skin incision is a simple, safe and effective method to treat patients with idiopathic cubital tunnel syndrome.

  6. Uterine didelphys with cervical incompetence

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    Aher Gautam S, Gavali Urmila G, Kulkarni Meghana

    2013-01-01

    Uterine didelphys represents a uterine malformation where the uterus is present as a paired organ. There is presence of double uterine bodies with two separate cervices, and often a double or septate vagina as well. We report a case of single pregnancy in the right sided uterine body of a didelphic uterus with cervical incompetence.

  7. Uterine didelphys with cervical incompetence

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    Aher Gautam S, Gavali Urmila G, Kulkarni Meghana

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Uterine didelphys represents a uterine malformation where the uterus is present as a paired organ. There is presence of double uterine bodies with two separate cervices, and often a double or septate vagina as well. We report a case of single pregnancy in the right sided uterine body of a didelphic uterus with cervical incompetence.

  8. Plants survive rapid decompression: Implications for bioregenerative life support

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    Wheeler, R. M.; Wehkamp, C. A.; Stasiak, M. A.; Dixon, M. A.; Rygalov, V. Y.

    2011-05-01

    Radish (Raphanus sativus), lettuce (Latuca sativa), and wheat (Triticum aestivum) plants were grown at either 98 kPa (ambient) or 33 kPa atmospheric pressure with constant 21 kPa oxygen and 0.12 kPa carbon dioxide in atmospherically closed pressure chambers. All plants were grown rockwool using recirculating hydroponics with a complete nutrient solution. At 20 days after planting, chamber pressures were pumped down as rapidly as possible, reaching 5 kPa after about 5 min and ˜1.5 kPa after about 10 min. The plants were held at 1.5 kPa for 30 min and then pressures were restored to their original settings. Temperature (22 °C) and humidity (65% RH) controls were engaged throughout the depressurization, although temperatures dropped to near 16 °C for a brief period. CO2 and O2 were not detectable at the low pressure, suggesting that most of the 1.5 kPa atmosphere consisted of water vapor. Following re-pressurization, plants were grown for another 7 days at the original pressures and then harvested. The lettuce, radish, and wheat plants showed no visible effects from the rapid decompression, and there were no differences in fresh or dry mass when compared to control plants maintained continuously at 33 or 98 kPa. But radish storage root fresh mass and lettuce head fresh and dry masses were less at 33 kPa compared to 98 kPa for both the controls and decompression treatment. The results suggest that plants are extremely resilient to rapid decompression, provided they do not freeze (from evaporative cooling) or desiccate. The water of the hydroponic system was below the boiling pressure during these tests and this may have protected the plants by preventing pressures from dropping below 1.5 kPa and maintaining humidity near 1.5 kPa. Further testing is needed to determine how long plants can withstand such low pressure, but the results suggest there are at least 30 min to respond to catastrophic pressure losses in a plant production chamber that might be used for life

  9. Cervical metastatic glioblastoma multiforme

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    Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common and most malignant primary brain tumour in adults. In spite of the hostile nature of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), extracranial spread is not a common event. With improving management choices and survival times, reports of extracranial occurrence of GBM have increased. Most commonly these metastases are to the lungs, lymph nodes, neck, skull, scalp, liver, and bones; may be evident on routine follow-up images of the original lesion. Head and neck metastasis of GBM can be debilitating. We present a case of cervical metastasis of GBM and discuss possible mechanisms of extraneural spread of this tumour. (author)

  10. Radiotherapy of Cervical Cancer.

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    Vordermark, Dirk

    2016-01-01

    Curative-intent radical radiotherapy of cervical cancer consists of external-beam radiotherapy, brachytherapy, and concomitant chemotherapy with cisplatin. For each element, new developments aim to improve tumor control rates or treatment tolerance. Intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) has been shown to reduce gastrointestinal toxicity and can be used to selectively increase the radiotherapy dose. Individualized, image-guided brachytherapy enables better adaptation of high-dose volumes to the tumor extension. Intensification of concomitant or sequential systemic therapy is under evaluation. PMID:27614991

  11. Going beyond the disability-based morbidity definition in the compression of morbidity framework

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    Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: As originally proposed by Fries, conceptualizing morbidity solely through associated functional limitation/disability (FL/D remains the most widely accepted metric to assess whether increases in longevity have been accompanied by a compression of morbidity. Objective: To propose a departure from a highly restrictive FL/D-based definition of “morbidity” to a broader view that considers the burden of chronic diseases even when no overt FL/D occur. Design: We outline three reasons why the current framework of compression of morbidity should be broadened to also consider morbidity to be present even when there are no overtly measurable FL/D. We discuss various scenarios of morbidity compression and morbidity expansion under this broader rubric of morbidity. Conclusion: The rationale to go beyond a purely FL/D-based definition of morbidity includes: (1 substantial damage from chronic disease that can develop prior to overt FL/D symptoms occurring; (2 multiple costs to the individual and society that extend beyond FL/D, including medication costs, health care visits, and opportunity costs of lifelong treatment; and (3 psychosocial and stress burden of being labeled as diseased and the consequence for overall well-being. Adopting this broader definition of morbidity suggests that increases in longevity have been possibly accompanied by an expansion of morbidity, in contrast to Fries' original hypothesis that morbidity onset (based on only FL/D would be delayed to a greater extent than increases in survival. There is an urgent need for better data and more research to document morbidity onset and its link with increases in longevity and assess the important question on whether populations while living longer are also healthier.

  12. Morbidity of caesarean delivery: a comparative study between early and advanced stages of labour in an Indian tertiary care center

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    Amrutha Ramachandran

    2013-08-01

    Methods: A retrospective analysis of 131 women with singleton term pregnancies who underwent emergency caesarean section. The study was done in a tertiary care teaching hospital in India. In this study advanced labour was defined as one with cervical dilatation 8 cm or more at the time of caesarean section. The primary outcome variables were a maternal composite morbidity and a neonatal composite morbidity. Categorical data were compared using chi square test or Fischer’s exact test. Results: 73 women (56% underwent caesarean delivery in the early labour and 58(44% in advanced labour. 12/73 (16.4% patients in early stage of labour had at least one maternal complication (Composite maternal morbidity compared to 18/58 (31% women who had caesarean in advanced stage (p = 0.048. Seven patients out of 73 in the early labour and 14/58 in the advanced labour (p = 0.024 had at least one neonatal complication (Composite neonatal morbidity. Conclusions: The morbidity of primary caesarean sections done in the advanced stage of labour is associated with increased maternal and neonatal morbidity compared to that done in the early stage. A larger study will be needed to establish the inference. [Int J Reprod Contracept Obstet Gynecol 2013; 2(4.000: 646-650

  13. MEASUREMENT OF CERVICAL LENGTH BY VAGINAL SONOGRAPHY: PREDICTION OF PRETERM LABOR

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Preterm delivery remains a major source of perinatal morbidity and mortality. The patient at risk for preterm delivery could be identified before the onset of uterine activity. Cervical shortening associates with increased risk of preterm delivery. Vaginal ultrasound for measurement of the cervical length can contribute to the prediction, diagnosis and management of preterm delivery. Methods: 780 women attending the antenatal clinic of the Shahid Beheshti and Alzahra hospitals (January 1997 - February 1998 were selected. They had no complications. pregnant with gestational ages between 28-30 weeks were recruited in to the study. Cervical length was recorded by vaginal sonography. They followed up to delivery time. Results: The mean cervical length of the term and preterm groups were statisticaly significantly different. The likelihood ratios of cervical length at various cutoff points were calculated. The appropriate cutoff point based on the receiver operating characteristic curve (35mm was associated with a significant increased likelihood of preterm delivery. Discussion: A single transvaginal sonographic measure of cervical length at 28-30 weeks gestational age can be used to predict the risk of preterm delivery using a cutoff point on 35mm.

  14. Feedback control of thermal instability by compression and decompression

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    Active feedback control of the fusion output power by means of plasma compression-decompression is considered with the purpose of achieving steady-state plasma ignition in a tokamak. A simple but realistic feedback control system is modelled and zero-dimensional energy balance equations are solved numerically by taking into account the errors in the measurements, a procedure that is necessary for the feedback control. It is shown that the control can stabilize the thermal runaway completely and maintain steady-state operation without any significant change in major radius or thermal output power. Linear stability is analysed for a general type of scaling law, and the dependence of the stability conditions on the scaling law is studied. The possibility of load-following operation is considered. Finally, a one-dimensional analysis is applied to the large-aspect-ratio case. (author)

  15. DEPCO-MULTI, Subcooled Decompression in PWR Primary System LOCA

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    1 - Nature of physical problem solved: DEPCO-MULTI is used to analyze the subcooled decompression in a multiple pipe network such as a PWR primary coolant system after an instantaneous pipe break. 2 - Method of solution: The unsteady one dimensional mass, momentum and energy conservation laws are converted to a set of compatibility conditions and characteristic directions equivalent to them. After the simplification of the compatibility conditions, they are numerically integrated by the explicit formula. 3 - Restrictions on the complexity of the problem: (1) Maximum number of different thermodynamic initial conditions: 5; (2) Maximum output points of: - pressure history: 5; - pressure difference history: 3; - flow velocity history: 1. (3) The assumptions of thermal equilibrium, no buoyancy effect, no heat transfer and one-dimensional analysis are used

  16. Decompression of Odontogenic Cystic Lesions: Past, Present, and Future.

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    Tumors and cystic lesions of the jawbones have been described since the late 1600s and it took another 200 years for classification systems to appear in the medical, surgical, and dental literatures. In the late 1800s, Carl Partsch introduced cystostomy, a method by which the cyst is converted into a pouch by suturing its lining to the mucosa of the oral cavity. The purpose of this article is to analyze the history, present, and future of cystic conditions of the jaws and decompression, a modality of treatment that during the past few years has regained the attention of oral and maxillofacial surgeons and pathologists owing to its relative simplicity and effectiveness compared with other conservative options. PMID:26428611

  17. Utilization of cervical cancer screening services and its associated factors among primary school teachers in Ilala Municipality, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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    Kileo, Neema Minja; Michael, Denna; Neke, Nyasule Majura; Moshiro, Candida

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    Background Worldwide cervical cancer is one of the more common forms of carcinoma among women, causing high morbidity and high mortality. Despite being a major health problem in Tanzania, screening services for cervical cancer are very limited, and uptake of those services is low. We therefore conducted a study to investigate utilization of cancer screening services, and its associated factors among female primary school teachers in Ilala Municipality, Dar es Salaam. Method We conducted a cro...

  18. The Mars Project: Avoiding Decompression Sickness on a Distant Planet

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    Conkin, Johnny

    2000-01-01

    A cost-effective approach for Mars exploration is to use available resources, such as water and atmospheric gases. Nitrogen (N2) and argon (Ar) are available and could form the inert gas component of a habitat atmosphere at 8.0, 9.0, or 10.0 pounds per square inch (psia). The habitat and space suit are designed as an integrated system: a comfortable living environment about 85% of the time and a safe working environment about 15% of the time. A goal is to provide a system that permits unrestricted exploration of Mars, but the risk of decompression sickness (DCS) during the extravehicular activity in a 3.75-psia suit, after exposure to any of the three habitat conditions, may limit unrestricted exploration. I evaluate here the risk of DCS since a significant proportion of a trinary breathing gas in the habitat might contain Ar. I draw on past experience and published information to extrapolate into untested, multivariable conditions to evaluate risk. A rigorous assessment of risk as a probability of DCS for each habitat condition is not yet possible. Based on many assumptions about Ar in hypobaric decompressions, I conclude that the presence of Ar significantly increases the risk of DCS. The risk is significant even with the best habitat option: 2.56 psia oxygen, 3.41 psia N2, and 2.20 psia Ar. Several hours of prebreathing 100% 02, a higher suit pressure, or a combination of other important variables such as limited exposure time on the surface or exercise during prebreathe would be necessary to reduce the risk of DCS to an acceptable level. The acceptable level for DCS risk on Mars has not yet been determined. Mars is a great distance from Earth and therefore from primary medical care. The acceptable risk would necessarily be defined by the capability to treat DCS in the Rover vehicle, in the habitat, or both.

  19. Computed chest tomography in an animal model for decompression sickness: radiologic, physiologic, and pathologic findings

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    This study was conducted to investigate the early pulmonary effects of acute decompression in an animal model for human decompression sickness by CT and light microscopy. Ten test pigs were exposed to severe decompression stress in a chamber dive. Three pigs were kept at ambient pressure to serve as controls. Decompression stress was monitored by measurement of pulmonary artery pressure and arterial and venous Doppler recording of bubbles of inert gas. Chest CT was performed pre- and postdive and in addition the inflated lungs were examined after resection. Each lung was investigated by light microscopy. Hemodynamic data and bubble recordings reflected severe decompression stress in the ten test pigs. Computed tomography revealed large quantities of ectopic gas, predominantly intravascular, in three of ten pigs. These findings corresponded to maximum bubble counts in the Doppler study. The remaining test pigs showed lower bubble grades and no ectopic gas by CT. Sporadic interstitial edema was demonstrated in all animals - both test and control pigs - by CT of resected lungs and on histologic examination. A severe compression-decompression schedule can liberate large volumes of inert gas which are detectable by CT. Despite this severe decompression stress, which led to venous microembolism, CT and light microscopy did not demonstrate changes in lung structure related to the experimental dive. Increased extravascular lung water found in all animals may be due to infusion therapy. (orig.)

  20. Computed chest tomography in an animal model for decompression sickness: radiologic, physiologic, and pathologic findings

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    Reuter, M.; Struck, N.; Heller, M. [Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Christian Albrechts Univ., Kiel (Germany); Tetzlaff, K. [Dept. of Medicine, Christian Albrechts Univ., Kiel (Germany); Brasch, F.; Mueller, K.M. [Inst. of Pathology, Hospital Bergmannsheil, Bochum (Germany); Gerriets, T. [Dept. of Neurology, Medical Univ. at Luebeck (Germany); Weiher, M.; Hansen, J. [Dept. of Anaesthesiology and Hyperbaric Centre Northern Germany, Friedrich Ebert Hospital, Neumuenster (Germany); Hirt, S. [Dept. of Medicine, Cardiac and Vascular Surgery, Christian Albrechts University, Kiel (Germany)

    2000-03-01

    This study was conducted to investigate the early pulmonary effects of acute decompression in an animal model for human decompression sickness by CT and light microscopy. Ten test pigs were exposed to severe decompression stress in a chamber dive. Three pigs were kept at ambient pressure to serve as controls. Decompression stress was monitored by measurement of pulmonary artery pressure and arterial and venous Doppler recording of bubbles of inert gas. Chest CT was performed pre- and postdive and in addition the inflated lungs were examined after resection. Each lung was investigated by light microscopy. Hemodynamic data and bubble recordings reflected severe decompression stress in the ten test pigs. Computed tomography revealed large quantities of ectopic gas, predominantly intravascular, in three of ten pigs. These findings corresponded to maximum bubble counts in the Doppler study. The remaining test pigs showed lower bubble grades and no ectopic gas by CT. Sporadic interstitial edema was demonstrated in all animals - both test and control pigs - by CT of resected lungs and on histologic examination. A severe compression-decompression schedule can liberate large volumes of inert gas which are detectable by CT. Despite this severe decompression stress, which led to venous microembolism, CT and light microscopy did not demonstrate changes in lung structure related to the experimental dive. Increased extravascular lung water found in all animals may be due to infusion therapy. (orig.)

  1. Co-morbidities of vertiginous diseases

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    Ferrari Uta

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Co-morbidities of vertiginous diseases have so far not been investigated systematically. Thus, it is still unclear whether the different vertigo syndromes (e.g. benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV, Meniere's disease (MD, vestibular migraine and phobic vertigo (PPV have also different spectrums of co-morbidities. Methods All patients from a cohort of 131 participants were surveyed using a standardised questionnaire about the co-morbidities hypertension, diabetes mellitus, BMI (body mass index, migraine, other headache, and psychiatric diseases in general and the likelihood of a depression in particular. Results We noted hypertension in 29.0% of the cohort, diabetes mellitus in 6.1%, migraine in 8.4%, other headache in 32.1%, psychiatric diseases in 16.0%, overweight and obesity in 33.6% and 13.7% respectively, as well as a clinical indication for depression in 15.9%. Conclusion In general, we did not detect an increased prevalence of the co-morbidities diabetes mellitus, arterial hypertension, migraine, other headache and obesity compared to the general population. There was an increased prevalence of psychiatric co-morbidity in patients with PPV, and the prevalence of hypertension was elevated in patients with MD.

  2. Cervical extravasation of bevacizumab.

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    Dréanic, Johann; Coriat, Romain; Mir, Olivier; Perkins, Géraldine; Boudou-Rouquette, Pascaline; Brezault, Catherine; Dhooge, Marion; Goldwasser, François; Chaussade, Stanislas

    2013-04-01

    Monoclonal antibodies such as bevacizumab are widely used in medical oncology, either alone or in combination with chemotherapy. No specific recommendations on the management of monoclonal antibodies extravasation exist. Incidence rates vary considerably. Estimates of 0.5-6% have been reported in the literature. Also, patient-associated and procedure-associated risk factors of extravasation are multiple, such as bolus injections or poorly implanted central venous access. We report on an 86-year-old woman with colon cancer with liver metastasis who was treated with 5-fluorouracil, folinic acid, and bevacizumab. Extravasation occurred during chemotherapy infusion because of a catheter migration of the port outside of the superior vena cava, causing cervical pain without skin modifications. Diagnosis was confirmed with the appearance of clinical right cervical tumefaction and cervicothoracic computed tomography scan indicated a perijugular hypodense collection, corresponding to the extravasation. Conservative management was proposed. The patient recovered within 3 weeks from all symptoms. Physicians should be aware that in cases of bevacizumab extravasation, a nonsurgical approach might be effective. PMID:23262983

  3. [Cervical Spondylotic Amyotrophy].

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    Sonoo, Masahiro

    2016-05-01

    Keegan (1965) reported a patient who presented with "dissociated motor loss," an acute paralysis of the upper extremity with minimal sensory signs and no long tract signs, and documented an anterior root lesion following autopsy. Sobue et al. (1975) reported similar cases using the term "cervical spondylotic amyotrophy (CSA)," but postulated pathology of the anterior horn. Although Keegan's "dissociated motor loss" surely referred to isolated motor paresis with no or minimal sensory signs, contrary to existing criticism, a more general term, CSA, should be preferred. CSA is divided into proximal and distal types. Distal CSA often presents with a drop finger, and thus may be misdiagnosed as posterior interosseous nerve palsy. Documentation of the involvement of ulnar muscles by clinical signs and EMG would lead to the diagnosis of distal CSA. Proximal CSA may be confused with neuralgic amyotrophy (NA), although the sparing of the serratus anterior and the stereotypic involvement of deltoid, infraspinatus, biceps brachii, and brachioradialis suggest CSA. Cervical MRI is not diagnostic in around half of CSA cases, and denervation in paraspinal EMG is a more sensitive test that can exclude NA. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is another important differential diagnosis for CSA. PMID:27156504

  4. Tuina treatment in cervical spondylosis

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    Florin Mihai Hinoveanu

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Cervical spondylosis is a common, chronic degenerative condition of the cervical spine that affects the vertebral bodies and intervertebral disks of the neck as well as the contents of the spinal canal. Common clinical syndromes associated with cervical spondylosis include cervical pain, cervical radiculopathy and/or mielopathy. This study show the main principles, indication and side effects of tuina in cervical spondylosis´ treatment; tuina is one of the external methods based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM, especially suitable for use on the elderly population and on infants. While performing Tuina, the therapist concentrates his mind, regulates his breathing, and actuates the Qi and power of his entire body towards his hands. For a better result is recommended to try to combine acupuncture with tuina treatment. Tuina can help relieve the pain associated with spondylosis. After this kind of treatment, the symptomes produced by irritated nerves and sore muscles can find some relief. Tuina helps patients with cervical spondylosis regain muscle control, nerve function and flexibility, all through the restoration of the life force flow.

  5. GENETIC INSTABILITY IN CERVICAL CARCINOMA

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    赵旻; 伍欣星; 邱小萍; 李晖; 戴天力; 谭云

    2002-01-01

    Objective: The role of human papillomavirus (HPV) in the development of cervical carcinoma has been clearly established but other factors could be involved in cervical tumorigenesis such as loss of heterozygosity (LOH) and microsatellite instability (MI). The aim of the present study was to investigate the genetic instability in cervical carcinoma tissues and provide evidence for discoveringnew tumor suppressor genes and screening diagnostic molecular marker of cervical carcinoma. Methods: Fifty primary cervical carcinoma samples from high-incidence area were analyzed by PCR for HPV16 infection, LOH and microsatellite instability. Results: HPV16 was detected in 88% of the cases. Sixty-six percent of total cases showed LOH with no more than 3 different loci per case. The highest frequency of the allelic loss was found in D18S474 (18q21, 40.5%). MI was detected in 4 cases (8%) only. Conclusion: Different percentages of LOH on specific chromosomal regions were found and MI was very infrequent in cervical carcinoma. The putative suppressor gene(s) could be located on specific chromosome regions such as 18q, and genetic instability could be involved in cervical tumorigenesis.

  6. The Extended Oxygen Window Concept for Programming Saturation Decompressions Using Air and Nitrox.

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    Jacek Kot

    Full Text Available Saturation decompression is a physiological process of transition from one steady state, full saturation with inert gas at pressure, to another one: standard conditions at surface. It is defined by the borderline condition for time spent at a particular depth (pressure and inert gas in the breathing mixture (nitrogen, helium. It is a delicate and long lasting process during which single milliliters of inert gas are eliminated every minute, and any disturbance can lead to the creation of gas bubbles leading to decompression sickness (DCS. Most operational procedures rely on experimentally found parameters describing a continuous slow decompression rate. In Poland, the system for programming of continuous decompression after saturation with compressed air and nitrox has been developed as based on the concept of the Extended Oxygen Window (EOW. EOW mainly depends on the physiology of the metabolic oxygen window--also called inherent unsaturation or partial pressure vacancy--but also on metabolism of carbon dioxide, the existence of water vapor, as well as tissue tension. Initially, ambient pressure can be reduced at a higher rate allowing the elimination of inert gas from faster compartments using the EOW concept, and maximum outflow of nitrogen. Then, keeping a driving force for long decompression not exceeding the EOW allows optimal elimination of nitrogen from the limiting compartment with half-time of 360 min. The model has been theoretically verified through its application for estimation of risk of decompression sickness in published systems of air and nitrox saturation decompressions, where DCS cases were observed. Clear dose-reaction relation exists, and this confirms that any supersaturation over the EOW creates a risk for DCS. Using the concept of the EOW, 76 man-decompressions were conducted after air and nitrox saturations in depth range between 18 and 45 meters with no single case of DCS. In summary, the EOW concept describes

  7. Decompression wave speed in CO2 mixtures: CFD modelling with the GERG-2008 equation of state

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    Highlights: • CFD models for decompression simulation of CO2 mixtures. • Incorporation of GERG-2008 EOS into CFD code for decompression modelling. • Predicted decompression wave speed validated by measurements. • Studies of effects of initial temperature and impurities on decompression wave speed. - Abstract: The development of CO2 pipelines for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) raises new questions regarding the control of ductile fracture propagation and fracture arrest toughness criteria. The decompression behaviour in the fluid must be determined accurately in order to estimate the proper pipe toughness. However, anthropogenic CO2 may contain impurities that can modify the fluid decompression characteristics quite significantly. To determine the decompression wave speed in CO2 mixtures, the thermodynamic properties of these mixtures must be determined by using an accurate equation of state. In this paper we present a new decompression model developed using the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) package ANSYS Fluent. The GERG-2008 Equation of State (EOS) was implemented into this model through User Defined Functions (UDF) to predict the thermodynamic properties of CO2 mixtures. The model predictions were in good agreement with the experimental data of two ‘shock tube’ tests. A range of representative CO2 mixtures was examined in terms of the changes in fluid properties from the initial conditions, with time and distance, immediately after a sudden pipeline opening at one end. Phase changes that may occur within the fluid due to condensation of ‘impurities’ in the fluid were also investigated. Simulations were also conducted to examine how the initial temperature and impurities would affect the decompression wave speed

  8. Cardiac morbidity risk and depression and anxiety

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    Tully, Phillip J; Pedersen, Susanne S.; Winefield, Helen R;

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this study was to examine depression and anxiety disorders and their characteristic symptoms (anhedonia/low positive affect and anxious arousal, respectively), along with measures of state negative affect (NA) and Type D personality, in relation to cardiac surgery related morbidity...... personality traits were differentially associated with post-cardiac surgery morbidity outcomes independent of cardiac surgery morbidity risk factors. Concurrent investigation of depression and anxiety with respect to cardiac outcomes warrants further research........ Patients awaiting elective coronary artery bypass graft surgery (n=158; 20.9% female; 11.4% concomitant valve surgery; age M=64.7, SD=10.6) underwent the structured MINI International Neuropsychiatric Interview to determine current affective disorders. Patients also completed the Mood and Anxiety Symptom...

  9. A current review of core decompression in the treatment of osteonecrosis of the femoral head.

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    Pierce, Todd P; Jauregui, Julio J; Elmallah, Randa K; Lavernia, Carlos J; Mont, Michael A; Nace, James

    2015-09-01

    The review describes the following: (1) how traditional core decompression is performed, (2) adjunctive treatments, (3) multiple percutaneous drilling technique, and (4) the overall outcomes of these procedures. Core decompression has optimal outcomes when used in the earliest, precollapse disease stages. More recent studies have reported excellent outcomes with percutaneous drilling. Furthermore, adjunct treatment methods combining core decompression with growth factors, bone morphogenic proteins, stem cells, and bone grafting have demonstrated positive results; however, larger randomized trial is needed to evaluate their overall efficacy. PMID:26045085

  10. Burn control of an ignited Cat-D tokamak by compression-decompression and fuel injection

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    The possibility of eliminating the thermal instability by applications of major-radius compression-decompression and fueling rate regulation has been studied, with the calculations based on non-linear simulation. The plasma can be stabilized by simultaneous applications of these control methods in most of the range of field decay index m considered, i.e. -1.5 ≤ m ≤ 1.5. The stabilization is not obtained if either compression-decompression or fueling rate regulation is separately applied. An exception exists when m ∼ 0.8; in this case it is possible to suppress the thermal instability by compression-decompression alone. (author)

  11. [Intravascular decompressive aerogenesis ultrasonography in a practice of diving medical physician].

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    Miasnikov, A A; Goloviashkin, G V; Shitov, A Iu; Motasov, G P; Chumakov, A V; Sukhoroslova, I E; Bobrov, Iu M

    2014-06-01

    The aim of research was substantiation of necessity and accessibility of acoustic indication of intravascular decompressive aerogenesis in a practice of diving medical. Authors define possibilities of portable ultrasound blood flow indicator for location of decompressive gas bubbles. It was found that acoustic indication of intravascular decompressive gas bubbles made by simple portable ultrasonic blood flow meter allows to reveal moving gas bubble in blood flow. Authors came to conclusion that it is necessary to include portable ultrasonic diagnostic equipment into the norms of medical supply for ships, vessels and military units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. PMID:25286575

  12. Rationale, Science, and Economics of Surgical Nerve Decompression for Diabetic Neuropathy Foot Complications.

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    Nickerson, David Scott

    2016-04-01

    Nerve decompression is effective and safe for dealing with the pain and numbness symptoms of the frequent nerve compression entrapments in diabetic symmetric peripheral neuropathy (DSPN). Evidence has accumulated of balance and stability improvements and protection against diabetic foot ulceration, recurrence and its complication cascade. Nerve decompression proffers significant benefit versus the large socioeconomic costs of DSPN complications. Advancing understanding of the mechanism of nerve compression and altered axonal activity in diabetes clarifies the basis of clinical benefit. Clinicians should seek out and recognize nerve entrapments and consider advising nerve decompression for relief of DSPN symptoms and prevention of complications. PMID:27013417

  13. Knee Dislocation in the Morbidly Obese Patient.

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    Carr, James Bradley; Werner, Brian Christopher; Miller, Mark D; Gwathmey, Frank Winston

    2016-05-01

    Though a relatively rare orthopedic injury, knee dislocation in the morbidly obese population has been increasingly reported in the literature. These injuries are often referred to as "ultralow-velocity knee dislocations" since they commonly occur after a seemingly trivial injury, such as a ground level fall. As a result, these injuries are often underappreciated and initially misdiagnosed. Even though these injuries are low-velocity, they should still be regarded as a high energy injury because of the large amount of mass contributing to the dislocating force. Knee dislocations in the morbidly obese are associated with a particularly high rate of neurovascular injury. A timely and accurate diagnosis is crucial to avoid serious limb-threatening complications, including the need for amputation. Therefore, evaluating physicians should maintain a high suspicion for a knee dislocation in any morbidly obese patient who presents with knee pain following a seemingly innocuous injury. Management of these injuries is controversial. Associated vascular injuries must be identified promptly and appropriately managed by a vascular surgery team. There is no consensus on the ideal orthopedic treatment of knee dislocations in the morbidly obese patient. Operative treatment can be fraught with complications, including a higher rate of neurovascular injury, increased surgical complications, and poor subjective patient outcome scores compared with nonobese patients sustaining a high-velocity knee dislocation. It is paramount that treating physicians are familiar with the unique challenges of treating knee dislocations in the morbidly obese patient when discussing risks and benefits of treatment options. This article presents a review of the existing literature on knee dislocations in the morbidly obese population, including diagnosis, management, and outcomes. PMID:26838970

  14. Self-reported skin morbidity in Denmark

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    Miller, Iben Marie; Zarchi, Kian; Ellervik, Christina;

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    Skin diseases are thought to be common in the general population. In 2004, a cross-sectional study in Norway, using a validated questionnaire for 18,770 individuals, revealed a high prevalence of skin diseases in the general population. To describe the prevalence of self-reported skin morbidities...... validated questionnaire. In total, 17.2% self-reported skin complaints. The most prominent self-reported skin complaint was itch with an overall prevalence of 6.5%. The skin morbidity most influenced by age was pimples. There was a uniform pattern showing fewer skin complaints with increasing education...

  15. Indication for the operative methods in surgical treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Shape of the spinal cord in the CT-myelography

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    Kobayashi, Akira; Inoue, Shunichi; Watabe, Tsuneo; Nagase, Joji; Harada, Yoshitada (Chiba Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine)

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    Indication for the operative methods for cervical spondylotic myelopathy was examined in 16 patients undergoing CT-myelography before and after operation. There was a highly significant correlation between the anteroposterior (A-P) diameter of the spinal cord and clinical symptoms. Patients with shorter A-P diameter of the spinal cord tended to have severer preoperative clinical symptoms. Clinical symptoms improved as the post operative A-P diameter of the spinal cord increased. Fixation with decompression of the anterior spinal cord should be indicated when constriction of 5 mm or less of the spinal cord is seen segmentally at the level of the intervertebral disc. Dilation of the spinal cavity should be indicated when the constriction of the spinal cord is 5 mm or less at all levels of the cervical spinal cord. In performing fixation with anterior decompression, 15 mm is considered to be the most suitable width for complete and safe decompression of the flattened spinal cord with a wide transverse diameter.

  16. [Expansion dilatation balloons for cervical ripening in obstetric practice].

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    Ducarme, G; Grange, J; Vital, M

    2016-02-01

    During recent decades, mechanical devices have been substituted by pharmacological methods. Their place in the therapeutic arsenal remains important with a renewed obstetrical interest for these devices. Due to a lack of data they are still not recommended as first-line. This review thus attempted to examine the use of expansion dilatation balloons (Foley catheter and double-balloons) to analyze their effectiveness in case of native uterus and previous cesarean section. Twenty-seven clinical trials had compared balloons catheter and prostaglandins in patients without a history of uterine scar. The risk of cesarean section did not differ. Mechanical methods seemed to be more effective in achieving delivery within 24hours, with fewer episodes of excessive uterine contractions, but they necessitated more oxytocin during labor. Ten clinical trials analyzed dilatation balloons in patients with previous cesarean section. More than 70% women had favorable cervical ripening (Bishop score>6), and vaginal delivery was reported between 35 and 70% of patients. The risk of uterine rupture was low between 0.64 and 0.72%, with neither increased risk of severe neonatal and maternal morbidity nor increased risk of infectious morbidity. Mechanical methods are effective and safe for third trimester cervical ripening, mainly in women with previous cesarean section. Potential advantages may include wide availability and reduction of some of the side effects. PMID:26774842

  17. Surgical technique of carotid endarterectomy for patients with high cervical internal carotid artery stenosis

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    We retrospectively examined both the incidence of newly detected hyperintense areas using diffusion-weighted MR images (DWI-HIA) and postoperative complications after carotid endarterectomy (CEA) for patients with high cervical internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis. Among 39 patients who underwent CEA between January 2001 and October 2006, 10 showed high cervical ICA stenosis on the preoperative carotid angiogram. CEA was successfully performed on 9 patients with oral intubation and 1 patient with nasal intubation under general anesthesia. Transient hypoglossal nerve palsy was seen in 1 patient and wound hematoma in 1 patient. Mortality and morbidity were zero at 1 month after CEA. In 3 of 10 patients (30%), asymptomatic small DWI-HIAs were detected postoperatively. Gentle manipulation of the internal carotid artery is essential for high cervical carotid artery stenosis to prevent embolic complication after CEA. (author)

  18. Endoplasmic reticulum aminopeptidase 2 is highly expressed in papillary thyroid microcarcinoma with cervical lymph node metastasis

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    Woo Young Kim

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The cervical lymph node metastasis (CLNM of papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC is not uncommon. However, prophylactic cervical lymph node dissection in all PTMC is debatable. Molecular markers of predicting CLNM would help to decide to either do or not do cervical lymph node dissection which might increase morbidities. Aims: We aimed to characterize gene expression profiles and molecular markers of CLNM in PTMC. Settings and Design: The thyroid frozen tissues were obtained with from six PTMC patients, who underwent total thyroidectomy. Methods: We performed oligonucleotide microarray analysis with three PTMCs with CLNM and three without CLNM. Real-time quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction was used to validate the gene. Statistical Analysis Used: We used linear models for microarray data. Results: We identified 12 differentially expressed gene, and most one is endoplasmic reticulum aminopeptidase 2 (ERAP2. Conclusion: ERAP2 might be associated with CLNM in PTMC.

  19. Langerhans cell histiocytosis of the cervical spine: a single institution experience in four patients.

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    Tan, Grace; Samson, Ignace; De Wever, Ivo; Goffin, Jan; Demaerel, Philippe; Van Gool, Stefaan W

    2004-03-01

    When Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) occurs at critical sites, such as in the cervical spine, there is a substantial risk for morbidity. Therefore, reports on clinical experiences with those patients remain important. We summarize the history of four patients with unifocal LCH at the cervical spine. All four patients received a biopsy to prove the histopathological diagnosis of LCH by demonstration of CD1a+cells. They were treated with oral prednisolone. All patients recovered completely and kept a normal function of the cervical spine. No reactivation of the disease occurred with an observation time of 3.4-7.3 years. This report contributes to the clinical experience for the treatment of LCH at critical sites. PMID:15076592

  20. Short Interpregnancy Interval as a Risk Factor of Spontaneous Preterm Labor due to Low Cervical Collagen

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    Sundtoft, Iben Blaabjerg; Uldbjerg, Niels; Sommer, Steffen

      OBJECTIVE: The incidence of preterm labor is increasing and continues to be a significant cause of neonatal mortality and morbidity. Various risk factors of preterm labor are known, among those a short interval between labor and a subsequent conception. The risk of spontaneous preterm labor...... cervix has not normalized until 12 months after labor. The lower collagen concentrations may explain the association between short interpregnancy interval and preterm labor....... cervical collagen concentration. The aim of this study is to describe the normalization of the cervical collagen after labor. METHODS: Cervical biopsies were collected 3, 6, 9, 12, and 15 months after labor from 15 women. Collagen concentrations of the biopsies were measured following a standard...

  1. Combined modality therapy for stage ⅠB cervical cancer

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    Yang Qiuan; Qian Shao; Yang Xingsheng

    2009-01-01

    Objective:To evaluate the current approaches for multimodality therapy for stage ⅠB cervical cancer. Methods:The relevant literature has served as a source for identified high or intermediate risks and management of stage ⅠB cervical cancer. Result:The high risks include pelvic lymph node metastasis (PLNM), positive resection margin (PRM), and the in-volvement of parametrium (IPM). The intermediate risks include deep stromal invasion (DSI), bulky tumor size ( BTS), lymphovascular space invasion (LVSI). Adeno-carcinomatous histo-type is the new risk feature relevant to poor prognoses. Both radical hysterectomy plus bilateral pelvic lymph node dissection(PLND) and radical radiotherapy have proven to be equally effec-tive. Surgery is more performed for stage ⅠB1 disease;radiotherapy or chemoradiotherapy is preferable for stage ⅠB2 disease. For patients with one high risk or two of intermediate risks, radical hysterectomy plus PLND followed by concurrent chemoradiotherapy can improve overall survival(OS) and disease-free survival (DFS). Conclusion:The management should be indi-vidualized for stage ⅠB cervical cancer. The optimized multidisciplinary therapy can benefit pa-tients with the best cure and minimum morbidity and complications.

  2. Metformin Enhances Anti-proliferative Effect of Cisplatin in Cervical Cancer Cell Line

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    Ratih D. Yudhani; Riza N. Pesik; Dono Indarto

    2016-01-01

    Cervival cancer is one of the top rank of gynecological malignancy in the world, leading to high morbidity and mortality rates. Cisplatin is a chemotherapeutic agent that is generally used to treat cervical cancer but the use of this drug is limited because of serious side effects. Metformin, a diabetic drug, decreases not only blood glucose levels but also cell viability of some cancer cells. The aim of this study was to investigate the anti-proliferative effect of combination metformin and ...

  3. Health seeking behavior for cervical cancer in Ethiopia: a qualitative study

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    Birhanu Zewdie; Abdissa Alemseged; Belachew Tefera; Deribew Amare; Segni Hailemariam; Tsu Vivien; Mulholland Kim; Russell Fiona M

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Although cervical cancer is a leading cause of cancer related morbidity and mortality among women in Ethiopia, there is lack of information regarding the perception of the community about the disease. Methods Focus group discussions were conducted with men, women, and community leaders in the rural settings of Jimma Zone southwest Ethiopia and in the capital city, Addis Ababa. Data were captured using voice recorders, and field notes were transcribed verbatim from the loca...

  4. Spinal surgery -- cervical - series (image)

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    ... on the vertebral bodies (osteophytes), which compress spinal nerves, trauma, and narrowing (stenosis) of the spinal column around the spinal cord. Symptoms of cervical spine problems include: pain that interferes with daily ...

  5. Recurrent intramedullary cervical ependymal cyst

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    Chhabra R

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a rare case of high cervical intramedullary ependymal cyst in a young boy. This was associated with atlantoaxial dislocation. After partial removal and marsupialization, the cyst recurred and needed radical total resection.

  6. Cervical cancer screening at crossroads

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    Lynge, Elsebeth; Rygaard, Carsten; Baillet, Miguel Vazquez-Prada;

    2014-01-01

    Cervical screening has been one of the most successful public health prevention programmes. For 50 years, cytology formed the basis for screening, and detected cervical intraepithelial lesions (CIN) were treated surgically to prevent progression to cancer. In a high-risk country as Denmark......, screening decreased the incidence of cervical cancer from 34 to 11 per 100,000, age-standardized rate (World Standard Population). Screening is, however, also expensive; Denmark (population: 5.6 million) undertakes close to half a million tests per year, and has 6-8 CIN-treated women for each prevented...... cancer case. The discovery of human papillomavirus (HPV) as the cause of cervical cancer dramatically changed perspectives for disease control. Screening with HPV testing was launched around 1990, and preventive HPV vaccination was licensed in 2006. Long-term randomized controlled trials (RCT...

  7. Transvaginal appendectomy in morbidly obese patient.

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    Yagci, Mehmet Ali; Kayaalp, Cuneyt; Ates, Mustafa

    2014-01-01

    Introduction. Laparoscopic appendectomy has significant benefits in obese patients. However, morbid obesity can be accepted as an exclusion criterion for natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES). Here, we present a transvaginal appendectomy in a 66-year-old morbidly obese (BMI 36 kg/m(2), ASA III) patient. Case and Technique. Acute appendicitis was suspected based on history, physical examination, laboratory tests, and ultrasound findings. During laparoscopic surgery, a 5 mm trocar was inserted through the umbilicus and a 5 mm telescope was placed. A 12 mm trocar and a 5 mm grasper were inserted separately through the posterior fornix of the vagina under laparoscopic guidance. The appendix was divided with an endoscopic stapler through the transvaginal 12 mm trocar and removed from the same trocar. The operating time was 75 minutes with minimal blood loss (appendectomy at morbid obesity. We can say that morbid obesity does not constitute an obstacle for treatment of acute appendicitis by transvaginal endoscopic surgery. PMID:25506028

  8. Transvaginal Appendectomy in Morbidly Obese Patient

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    Mehmet Ali Yagci

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Laparoscopic appendectomy has significant benefits in obese patients. However, morbid obesity can be accepted as an exclusion criterion for natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES. Here, we present a transvaginal appendectomy in a 66-year-old morbidly obese (BMI 36 kg/m2, ASA III patient. Case and Technique. Acute appendicitis was suspected based on history, physical examination, laboratory tests, and ultrasound findings. During laparoscopic surgery, a 5 mm trocar was inserted through the umbilicus and a 5 mm telescope was placed. A 12 mm trocar and a 5 mm grasper were inserted separately through the posterior fornix of the vagina under laparoscopic guidance. The appendix was divided with an endoscopic stapler through the transvaginal 12 mm trocar and removed from the same trocar. The operating time was 75 minutes with minimal blood loss (<10 mL. The patient was discharged 16 hours after surgery uneventfully and she did not require any analgesic administration. Conclusion. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first clinical case that focuses on the transvaginal appendectomy at morbid obesity. We can say that morbid obesity does not constitute an obstacle for treatment of acute appendicitis by transvaginal endoscopic surgery.

  9. Minor psychiatric morbidity and labour turnover.

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    Jenkins, R

    1985-01-01

    The relation of minor psychiatric morbidity with labour turnover is examined, using data from a study of young, predominantly middle class, white collar men and women. The results suggest that the presence of psychiatric symptomatology is at least as important as occupational attitudes in identifying individuals who would subsequently leave the organisation.

  10. Co-Morbidity of Conditions among Prisoners

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    Shinkfield, Alison J.; Graffam, J.; Meneilly, Sharn

    2009-01-01

    Eighty seven adult prisoners (58 males, 29 females) completed the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), and a questionnaire on current health in order to examine both the prevalence of co-morbid conditions and the relation of depression and anxiety to ill-health and prior substance use. High prevalence rates of…

  11. Life Satisfaction and Morbidity among Postmenopausal Women.

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    Pyry S Lukkala

    Full Text Available To investigate associations between morbidity and global life satisfaction in postmenopausal women taking into account type and number of diseases.A total of 11,084 women (age range 57-66 years from a population-based cohort of Finnish women (OSTPRE Study responded to a postal enquiry in 1999. Life satisfaction was measured with a 4-item scale. Self-reported diseases diagnosed by a physician and categorized according to ICD-10 main classes were used as a measure of morbidity. Enquiry data on health and lifestyle were used as covariates in the multivariate logistic models.Morbidity was strongly associated with life dissatisfaction. Every additional disease increased the risk of life dissatisfaction by 21.1% (p < .001. The risk of dissatisfaction was strongest among women with mental disorders (OR = 5.26; 95%CI 3.84-7.20 and neurological disorders (OR = 3.62; 95%CI 2.60-5.02 compared to the healthy (each p < .001. Smoking, physical inactivity and marital status were also associated with life dissatisfaction (each p < .001 but their introduction to the multivariate model did not attenuate the pattern of associations.Morbidity and life dissatisfaction have a disease-specific and dose-dependent relationship. Even if women with mental and neurological disorders have the highest risk for life dissatisfaction, monitoring life satisfaction among aging women regardless of disorders should be undertaken in order to intervene the joint adverse effects of poor health and poor well-being.

  12. HIV, co-morbidity and ageing

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    Reiss P

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available As treatment for HIV infection needs to be used continuously and lifelong, issues concerning long-term outcomes, including those involving tolerability and safety of treatment, are gaining increasing importance. Although current combination antiretroviral therapy (cART regimens are generally better tolerated than those in the early days of cART, treatment toxicity remains an important cause for discontinuation of (components of treatment. Moreover, several of the potential toxicities of cART (including cardiovascular, metabolic, renal and bone toxicity overlap with known ageing-associated co-morbidities. Given that our patient population with HIV is increasingly getting older as a result of the success of cART in reducing traditional HIV-associated morbidity and mortality, these co-morbidities are increasingly being seen and importantly influence patient management. Moreover, persons with HIV, in spite of having suppressed viraemia on cART seem to be at increased risk of the premature development of age-associated non-communicable co-morbidities, including cardiovascular, chronic kidney, liver and pulmonary disease, diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, non-AIDS associated malignancies, and neurocognitive impairment. It has therefore been hypothesised that such individuals, despite effective cART, may be prone to accelerated ageing. The underlying pathogenesis is likely to be multifactorial and, apart from include sustained immune activation, both systemically and within the central nervous system. The presentation will review the current state of knowledge and investigation in this area.

  13. Reoperations Following Cervical Disc Replacement

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    Skovrlj, Branko; Lee, Dong-Ho; Caridi, John Michael; Cho, Samuel Kang-Wook

    2015-01-01

    Cervical disc replacement (CDR) has emerged as an alternative surgical option to cervical arthrodesis. With increasing numbers of patients and longer follow-ups, complications related to the device and/or aging spine are growing, leaving us with a new challenge in the management and surgical revision of CDR. The purpose of this study is to review the current literature regarding reoperations following CDR and to discuss about the approaches and solutions for the current and future potential c...

  14. Hemodynamic effects of decompressive craniotomy in MCA infarction: evaluation with perfusion CT

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    Decompressive craniotomy in hemispheric infarction has been reported to reduce mortality and improve outcome. Identifying tissue at risk and monitoring the benefit of craniotomy is hardly practical and has not been reported thus far. Perfusion CT was applied before and immediately after decompressive craniotomy in a patient with space-occupying middle cerebral artery (MCA) infarction. Before surgery, perfusion CT revealed malperfused but still vital tissue in the vicinity of the infarction core which returned to normal after decompressive surgery. The final infarct size did not exceed the area of the initial hypodensity on unenhanced CT scan. In critically ill patients, the practicability of perfusion CT allows for demonstration of tissue at risk around the infarct core in space-occupying MCA infarction. Moreover, it may be used to monitor the effect of decompressive craniotomy. (orig.)

  15. EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF DECOMPRESSION, PERMEABILITY AND HEALING OF SILICATE ROCKS IN FAULT ZONES

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    V. Ya. Medvedev

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The article presents results of petrophysical laboratory experiments in studies of decompression phenomena associated with consequences of abrupt displacements in fault zones. Decompression was studied in cases of controlled pressure drop that caused sharp changes of porosity and permeability parameters, and impacts of such decompression were analyzed. Healing of fractured-porous medium by newly formed phases was studied. After experiments with decompression, healing of fractures and pores in silicate rock samples (3×2×2 cm, 500 °C, 100 MPa took about 800–1000 hours, and strength of such rocks was restored to 0.6–0.7 of the original value. In nature, fracture healing is influenced by a variety of factors, such as size of discontinuities in rock masses, pressure and temperature conditions, pressure drop gradients, rock composition and saturation with fluid. Impacts of such factors are reviewed.

  16. Continuous regional arterial infusion and laparotomic decompression for severe acute pancreatitis with abdominal compartment syndrome

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    AIM: To evaluate the therapeutic effects of abdominal decompression plus continuous regional arterial infusion (CRAI) via a drug delivery system (DDS) in severe acute pancreatitis (SAP) patients with abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS).

  17. Decompression, enucleation, and implant placement in the management of a large dentigerous cyst.

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    Cakarer, Sirmahan; Selvi, Firat; Isler, Sabri Cemil; Keskin, Cengizhan

    2011-05-01

    The dentigerous cyst is a developmental odontogenic cyst, accounting for 10% of all cysts of the jaws. The treatment options are decompression, marsupialization, or enucleation regarding the features of the lesions. In this article, a case of a 17-year-old adolescent girl having a large mandibular dentigerous cyst associated with an unerupted third molar is presented. The treatment is composed of decompression for 6 months and enucleation. Decompression and enucleation are a predictable choice in the treatment of large cysts. Radiologic evaluation is mandatory to decide for the appropriate time for the removal of the decompression stents, the enucleation time, and also for the evaluation of the adequate new bone formation for implant placement. The present case emphasizes the success of a conservative approach in the management of a large dentigerous cyst in a young patient and also the maintenance of the new bone formation without using any graft materials for the placement of dental implants. PMID:21558915

  18. The microendoscopic decompression of lumbar stenosis: a review of the current literature and clinical results.

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    Wong, Albert P; Smith, Zachary A; Lall, Rohan R; Bresnahan, Lacey E; Fessler, Richard G

    2012-01-01

    Lumbar stenosis is a well-defined pathologic condition with excellent surgical outcomes. Empiric evidence as well as randomized, prospective trials has demonstrated the superior efficacy of surgery compared to medical management for lumbar stenosis. Traditionally, lumbar stenosis is decompressed with open laminectomies. This involves removal of the spinous process, lamina, and the posterior musculoligamentous complex (posterior tension band). This approach provides excellent improvement in symptoms, but is also associated with potential postoperative spinal instability. This may result in subsequent need for spinal fusion. Advances in technology have enabled the application of minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) as an acceptable alternative to open lumbar decompression. Recent studies have shown similar to improved perioperative outcomes when comparing MISS to open decompression for lumbar stenosis. A literature review of MISS for decompression of lumbar stenosis with tubular retractors was performed to evaluate the outcomes of this modern surgical technique. In addition, a discussion of the advantages and limitations of this technique is provided. PMID:22900163

  19. A study on models of the inhomogeneity of the decompression in a bubble chamber

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    Before building a hydrogen bubble chamber with liquid decompression the 'Saturne' cyclotron department wished to study for this chamber a shape leading to a homogeneous decompression as far as possible, without the production of vortices even after prolonged operation. The 'Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aeronautiques' (ONERA) were ready to carry out experiments on a model by strioscopy. The model was filled with air but an attempt was made to simulate the actual conditions as far as possible by varying the speed of the piston. The model was placed at one end of a tunnel, at the other end of which were produced alternatively compression and decompression waves. The study made it possible to conclude that it was necessary to make the base of the chamber round and that, in the space between the decompression cylinder and the body of the chamber it was advantageous to use 5 fins instead of 3. (author)

  20. Application of inferior major bone flap craniotomy decompression in brain injury

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    2001-01-01

    Objective: To summarize the application of inferior major boneflap craniotomy decompression in brain injury operation.Methods: A retrospective analysis was done in 218 cases with brain injuries who were admitted to our department from January 1995 to December 1999 and treated with the inferior major bone flap craniotomy decompression.Results: Of 218 cases, 121 cases (55.50%) were cured according to GOS, 39 (18.30%) were with good recovery or moderate disability, 13 (5.60%) with severe deformity, 3 (1.40%) vegetative life, the rest 42 (19.20%) died after operation; no encephalocele or incarceration were found.Conclusions: The inferior major bone flap craniotomy decompression can remove hematoma timely and completely, is better than general craniotomy decompression and has a positive effect on brain injuries especially when bone flap is small.