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  1. Minimal Invasive Circumferential Management of Thoracolumbar Spine Fractures

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    S. Pesenti

    2015-01-01

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

  2. Early posterior spinal canal decompression and circumferential reconstruction of rotationally unstable thoracolumbar burst fractures with neurological deficit

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    ZHENG Guo-quan; WANG Yan; TANG Pei-fu; ZHANG Yong-gang; ZHANG Xue-song; GUO Yi-zhu; TAO Sheng

    2013-01-01

    Background Among the various treatments of neurologically involved unstable thoracolumbar burst fractures,the combination of anterior and posterior instrumentation provides the most stable reconstruction.However,the use of both approaches on a trauma patient may increase the morbidity.This study is a retrospective matched cohort study to evaluate the advantages of a single stage posterior approach for spinal canal decompression in combination with circumferential reconstruction by comparing the clinical and radiographic results.Methods From March 2005 to September 2009,patients with matched type spinal fracture,ages at surgery,and involved levels in our institute underwent either a single stage posterior approach (group one,n=12) or traditional combined approach (group two,n=14) for spinal canal decompression and circumferential reconstruction were reviewed.Pre-and post-operative X-ray films were reviewed and changes in Cobb angle of thoracolumbar spine were documented.Intra-operative,post-operative,and general complications were registered.Results The mean follow-up was (27.7±9.6) months (range,14 to 56 months) in group one and (29.2±7.4) months (range,20 to 60 months) in group two (P >0.05).The mean operation time was 214 minutes (range,186-327 minutes) in group one and 284 minutes (range,219-423 minutes) in group two (P <0.05).The average volume of intraoperative blood loss was 1856 ml (range,1250-3480 ml) in group one and 2453 ml (range,1600-3680 ml) in group two (P <0.05).There was no statistical difference between the groups one and two in average vertebral body height loss at the injured level and the average Cobb angle in sagittal plane before and immediately after surgery.Postoperatively,there was an epidural hematoma in one patient in group one and two patients in group two.Bony union after stabilization was obtained in all patients,without loosening or breakage of screws.Loss of correction (5°) was seen in 1 patient in group one at the 6th month

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

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

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  5. Surgical treatment of congenital thoracolumbar spondyloptosis in a 2-year-old child with vertebral column resection and posterior-only circumferential reconstruction of the spine column: case report.

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    Gressot, Loyola V; Mata, Javier A; Luerssen, Thomas G; Jea, Andrew

    2015-02-01

    Spondyloptosis refers to complete dislocation of a vertebral body onto another. The L5-S1 level is frequently affected. As this condition is rare, few published reports describing its clinical features and surgical outcomes exist, especially in the pediatric patient population. The authors report the presentation, pathological findings, and radiographic studies of a 2-year-old girl who presented to Texas Children's Hospital with a history since birth of progressive spastic paraparesis. Preoperative CT and MRI showed severe spinal cord compression associated with T11-12 spondyloptosis. The patient underwent a single-stage posterior approach for complete resection of the dysplastic vertebral bodies at the apex of the spinal deformity with reconstruction and stabilization of the vertebral column using a titanium expandable cage and pedicle screws. At the 12-month follow-up, the patient remained neurologically stable without any radiographic evidence of instrumentation failure or loss of alignment. To the best of the authors' knowledge, there have been only 2 other children with congenital thoracolumbar spondyloptosis treated with the above-described strategy. The authors describe their case and review the literature to discuss the aggregate clinical features, surgical strategies, and operative outcomes for congenital thoracolumbar spondyloptosis.

  6. Evaluation of Outcome of Transpedicular Decompression and Instrumented Fusion in Thoracic and Thoracolumbar Tuberculosis

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    Jain, R.K.; Kiyawat, Vivek

    2017-01-01

    Study Design Retrospective analysis. Purpose We evaluated the functional, neurological, and radiological outcome in patients with thoracic and thoracolumbar tuberculosis operated through the transpedicular approach. Overview of Literature For surgical treatment of thoracic and thoracolumbar tuberculosis, the anterior approach has been the most popular because it allows direct access to the infected tissue, thereby providing good decompression. However, anterior fixation is not strong, and graft failure and loss of correction are frequent complications. The transpedicular approach allows circumferential decompression of neural elements along with three-column fixation attained via pedicle screws by the same approach. Methods A total of 47 patients were diagnosed with tuberculosis of the thoracic or thoracolumbar region from August 2012 to August 2013. Of these, 28 patients had progressive neurological deterioration or increasing back pain despite conservative measures and underwent transpedicular decompression and pedicle screw fixation with posterior fusion. Antituberculosis therapy was given till signs of radiological healing were evident (9–16 months). Functional outcome (visual analog scale [VAS] score for back pain), neurological recovery (Frankel grading), and radiological improvement were evaluated preoperatively, immediate postoperatively, and at 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year. Results Mean VAS score for back pain improved from 8.7 preoperatively to 1.1 at 1 year follow-up. Frankel grading preoperatively was grade B in 7, grade C in 11, and Grade D in 10 patients, which improved to grade D in 6 and grade E in 22 patients at the last follow-up. Radiological healing was evident in the form of reappearance of trabeculae formation, resolution of pus, fatty marrow replacement, and bony fusion in all patients. Mean correction of segmental kyphosis postoperatively was 10.5°. Mean loss of correction at final follow-up was 4.1°. Conclusions Transpedicular

  7. 双椎体截骨术矫正强直性脊柱炎重度胸腰椎后凸畸形%Two-level pedicle subtraction osteotomy for correction of severe thoracolumbar kyphosis due to ankylosing spondylitis

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    陈志明; 杨滨; 马华松; 王晓平; 谭荣; 陈阳; 袁伟

    2014-01-01

    Objectives: To analyze the clinical results of two-level pedicle subtraction osteotomy for correc-tion of severe thoracolumbar kyphosis due to ankylosing spondylitis. Methods: From May 2009 to December 2010, 18 males with ankylosing spondylitis complicated with severe thoracolumbar kyphosis underwent two-level pedicle subtraction osteotomy, the average age at admission was 34.8 years(range, 19-47 years). Preoper-ative global kyphosis(GK) Cobb angle was 70°-108°(82.6°±17.5°) and the apex vertebra was at thoracolumbar region. Preoperative thoracic kyphosis(TK), thoracolumbar kyphosis(TLK) and lumbar lordosis(LL) angle was 46 °-67°(55.2°±15.3°), 25°-43°(32.4°±12.6°) and (-37°)-(-11°)[(-19.5°)±10.3°], respectively. Preoperative chin-brow vertical angle at standing position was 43°-130°(67.2°±21.9°). Global sagittal imbalance was determined by C7 plumb line and its relationship with the posterior superior corner of the sacrum, and the preoperative one was 11-35cm(18.3±14.8cm). Bridwell-Dewald scale was used to evaluate the clinical outcomes. Results: The aver-age operation time was 5.3±1.0h (3.7-6.9h), and the average blood loss was 1887.5±850.9ml (600-3000ml). Dura matter tearing was noted in 4 cases and skin infection in 1 case, 1 case developed transient neurologic deficits, but all healed after proper intervention. The average follow-up time was 33.5 months(24-48 months). The postoperative mean GK angle, chin-brow vertical angle, global sagittal imbalance was corrected to 21.3 °±4.2°, 9.3°±12.8° and 3.0±4.7cm, respectively. The postoperative GK, TK, TLK, LL, chin-brow vertical angle and global sagittal imbalance improved significantly compared with the preoperative data(P0.05). Instrument displacement was not noted at final follow-up. All patients could walk with normal vision. Satisfactory clinical outcomes including changes of pain, social and working status were noted at final follow-up(P0.05);X线片显示所有患者内

  8. Coronal decompensation after three-column osteotomy correction for congenital thoracolumbar kyphoscoliosis%先天性胸腰段侧后凸畸形三柱截骨矫形术后冠状面失代偿

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    孙旭; 钱邦平; 邱勇; 徐磊磊; 陈忠辉; 朱泽章; 王斌; 俞杨; 朱锋

    2014-01-01

    目的 探讨先天性胸腰段侧后凸畸形三柱截骨矫形术后冠状面失代偿的发生机制.方法 2008年1月至2012年6月因先天性胸腰段侧后凸畸形接受三柱截骨矫形术治疗的患者118例,男55例,女63例;年龄10~30岁,平均18岁.冠状面平衡类型:Ⅰ型(平衡状态),C7偏移小于2 cm;Ⅱ型(凸侧失平衡),C7向主弯凸侧偏移大于2 cm;Ⅲ型(凹侧失平衡),C7向主弯凹侧偏移大于2 cm.Ⅱ型和Ⅲ型为冠状面失平衡.结果 术后胸腰段侧凸和后凸均获得满意矫正.冠状面C7偏移从术前平均1.1 cm增加至术后1.5 cm.术前冠状面平衡Ⅰ型71例、Ⅱ型45例、Ⅲ型2例;术后Ⅰ型92例、Ⅱ型26例.26例(22%,26/118)有冠状面失代偿,且均为凸侧失平衡.术后Ⅱ型患者较Ⅰ型有较大的C7偏移(3.1 cm比0.2 cm)和C7偏移变化量(1.8 cm比-0.8 cm);术前Ⅱ型患者较Ⅰ型有更高的术后凸侧失平衡发生率(33%比15%).远端固定于L5及骶骨者冠状面失平衡发生率高于固定于L4及以上者(36%比14%).术后失代偿与术前C7偏移呈正相关(r=0.31,P=0.047).22例在术后1年内凸侧失代偿改善.结论 顶椎区三柱截骨矫形术可有效矫正先天性胸腰段侧后凸畸形,但术后易发冠状面失代偿.术后冠状面失代偿可能与截骨矫形和术前凸侧失平衡有关.%Objective To investigate the pathomechanism of the coronal decompensation after three-column osteotomy correction for congenital thoracolumbar kyphoscoliosis.Methods The present study reviewed 118 patients with congenital thoracolumbar kyphoscoliosis who were treated with three-column osteotomy correction between January 2008 and June 2012.There were 55 males and 63 females.Balance in the coronal plane was categorized into three types according to C7 translation (C7T,defined as the shift of the center of C7 vertebra as to the center sacral vertical line):Type Ⅰ,balanced; Type Ⅱ,coronal imbalance on the convex side (C7T≥2 cm); and Type

  9. Surgical treatment in thoraco-lumbar region fractures.

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    Jorge Alberto Jerez Labrada

    2008-08-01

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

  10. Endoscopic treatment of spinal trauma at the thoracolumbar junction

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    Beisse Rudolf

    2007-01-01

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

  11. 强直性脊柱炎胸腰段后凸畸形矫形设计的关键问题%Key points in the design of deformity correction of thoracolumbar kyphosis with ankylosing spondylitis

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    张永刚

    2014-01-01

    For patients of thoracolumbar kyphosis with ankylosing spondylitis ( AS ), it is signiifcant to reconstruct the sagittal balance and the chin-brow vertical angle by spinal osteotomy. Relocation of the center of gravity to pelvic neutral positional line is the key to reconstruct sagittal balance. In addition, chin-brow vertical angle is also important for patients with cervical ankylosis. Better outcomes depend on the selection of optimal osteotomy level.

  12. Management of thoracolumbar spine trauma An overview

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    S Rajasekaran

    2015-01-01

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

  13. Less invasive surgical treatment of traumatic thoracolumbar fractures

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    Verlaan, J.J.

    2004-01-01

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

  14. IMAGING DIAGNOSIS OF THORACOLUMBAR BURST FRACTURES

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    Li-yang Dai

    2004-01-01

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

  15. Thoracolumbar pain among fighter pilots.

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    Hämäläinen, O

    1999-08-01

    High +Gz forces place high stress on the spinal column, and fighter pilots flying high-performance fighter aircraft frequently] report work-related thoracic and lumbar spine pain. The aim of this study was to determine whether +Gz exposure causes work-related thoracolumbar spine pain among fighter pilots. A questionnaire was used to establish the occurrence of thoracic and lumbar spine pain during the preceding 12 months and during duties over the whole working career among 320 fighter pilots and 283 nonflying controls matched for age and sex. Thirty-two percent of the pilots and 19% of the controls had experienced pain in the thoracic spine during the preceding 12 months (odds ratio [OR] = 2.3; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.5-3.5; p = 0.002 for the pilots). Among the pilots, the OR increased up to 6.1 (95% CI = 1.6-23.1; p = 0.0007) with the number of +Gz flight hours. There was no difference between the groups with regard to lumbar pain during the preceding 12 months, but over their whole working careers fighter pilots (58%) had experienced lumbar pain during their duties more often than controls (48%) (OR = 1.8; 95% CI = 1.3-2.6; p = 0.002). The greater the number of +Gz flight hours, the greater the occurrence of lumbar spine pain when on duty (OR = 26.9; 95% CI = 6.2-116; p = 0.0001 for the most experienced fighter pilots). The same was not true with regard to the number of +Gz flight hours and lumbar pain during the preceding 12 months. Age had no effect on pain in the thoracic or lumbar spine. Fighter pilots flying high-performance aircraft have more work-related thoracic and lumbar spine pain than controls of the same age and sex. The difference is explained by the pilots' exposure to +Gz forces.

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

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    van Loon Piet JM

    2012-10-01

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

  17. Thoracolumbar spinal fractures : radiological results of transpedicular fixation combined with transpedicular cancellous bone graft and posterior fusion in 183 patients

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    Leferink, VJM; Zimmerman, KW; Veldhuis, EFM; ten Vergert, EM; ten Duis, HJ

    2001-01-01

    In internal posterior fixation of thoracolumbar fractures combined with transpedicular cancellous bone graft and posterior fusion of the intervertebral facet joints at the level of the destroyed end plate it is still uncertain as to whether significant vertebral body collapse and loss of correction

  18. Functional morphology of the thoracolumbar transversospinal muscles.

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    Cornwall, Jon; Stringer, Mark D; Duxson, Marilyn

    2011-07-15

    STUDY DESIGN. A qualitative and semiquantitative study of the morphology of the human thoracolumbar transversospinal (TSP) muscles. OBJECTIVE. To further define the functional morphology of the thoracolumbar TSP muscles. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA. The TSP muscle group plays an important role in vertebral function but few studies have rigorously investigated their morphology throughout the thoracolumbar region and details on the location of motor endplates (MEPs) and fiber types are sparse. METHODS. Thoracolumbar TSP muscles were examined by microdissection in five cadavers (seven sides). MEPs were identified using acetylcholinesterase histochemistry in muscles between T5 and S4 unilaterally in two cadavers. The relative proportions of type I and type II skeletal muscle fibers were determined using immunohistochemistry on whole cross sections of every TSP muscle from one side of one cadaver (T5-S4). RESULTS.TSP morphology was homogeneous and consistent throughout the thoracolumbar region. Notable differences to standard descriptions included: (1) consistent attachments between muscles; (2) no discrete cleavage planes between muscles; and (3) attachment sites over the sacrum and to lumbar zygapophysial joints. Previously undescribed small muscles were found attaching to the medial sacrum. All TSP muscles were multipennate, with fibers arranged in parallel having one MEP per muscle fiber. Muscles were highly aerobic (mean proportion of type I fibers 89%), with the proportion of type I fibers decreasing caudally. A significantly greater proportion of type I fibers were found in the midthoracic compared to the low lumbar regions. CONCLUSION. The complex morphology of the TSP muscles indicates that they would be better classified as spinotransverse muscles. They are multipennate, highly aerobic, with fibers organized in parallel, an arrangement lending itself to "fine-tuning" of vertebral movements. Understanding their morphology has implications for investigation

  19. Management of flexion distraction injuries to the thoracolumbar spine.

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    Lopez, Alejandro J; Scheer, Justin K; Smith, Zachary A; Dahdaleh, Nader S

    2015-12-01

    We present an updated overview of the literature regarding the management of flexion distraction injuries (FDI). FDI are unstable fractures of the thoracolumbar spine, which require surgical management by long segment open fusion or minimally invasive posterior fixation with pedicle screws. While associated with concomitant intra-abdominal injuries that may delay operative stabilization, FDI frequently involve reversible spinal cord injuries and rapid correction is indicated. Modern biomechanical studies have identified valuable prognostic indicators that may be elucidated from determining the mechanism of injury, including the degree of flexion and presence of compression at the time of injury. An improved understanding of FDI will contribute to more appropriate diagnoses and treatment of these fractures.

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    Pinkevych, Mykola; Cromer, Deborah; Tolstrup, Martin

    2016-01-01

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  1. TREATMENT OF UNSTABLE THORACOLUMBAR FRACTURES IN PEDIATRIC PATIENTS

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    Roberto Chapa Sosa

    2015-09-01

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

  2. Correction of post-traumatic kyphosis in the thoracolumbar spine through Ponté osteotomy and interbody fusion with impacted morsellized bone graft%Ponté截骨联合椎间隙颗粒骨打压植骨治疗陈旧性胸腰椎骨折后凸畸形

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    张新胜; 崔力扬; 罗建平; 高嵩; 田书建; 王小刚; 杨光; 郑稼

    2014-01-01

    Objective To describe Ponté osteotomy and interbody fusion with impacted morsellized bone graft and to investigate the safety and efficacy for the correction of post-traumatic kyphosis (PTK) in the thoracolumbar spine.Methods From June 2010 to March 2013,13 patients with PTK in the thoracolumbar spine were treated through Ponté osteotomy and interbody fusion with impacted morsellized bone graft.There were 7 males and 6 females,aged from 32 to 78 years,average 54.5 years.The apex level of kyphosis was T11 in 1,T12 in 4,L1 in 5 and L2 in 3.There was failure of first surgery in seven patients,and inappropriate conservative treatment in six,that all suffered from pain,progressive deformity,and deteriorating neurologic status.During the operation,the intervertebral space was loosened radically through Ponté osteotomy and discectomy,and the kyphosis was firstly corrected using the morcellized impacted graft technique.Then the kyphosis was corrected using the correction rod technique with the hinge of the morcellized impacted graft.Radiographical assessments included localized kyphosis,thoracic kyphosis,lumbar lordosis,sacral tilt angle,sagittal vertical axis,bony fusion and the relative height of the interbody fusion vertebra.Visual analogue scale (VAS),Oswestry disability index (ODI) and ASIA were evaluated before and after surgery,and the operative duration,blood loss were recorded.Results All patients were successfully followed up for an average time of (20.0±9.1) months.Bony fusion was achieved in all patients at 12 months follow-up.Localized kyphosis was reduced from an average of 42.2° (26° to 54°) to 7.1° (-7° to 13°) with an correction rate of 83.2% on average.Sagittal alignment from T1 to the sacrum became more physiologic from 2.91cm (-3.0 to 7.8 cm) to 1.35cm (-0.5 to 3.8 cm).Thoracic kyphosis,lumbar lordosis and sacral tilt angle all improved at followup.The average VAS score was 6.38±0.87 (range,5 to 8) before operation and 2.23±0.83 (range,1

  3. Establishing the Injury Severity of Thoracolumbar Trauma : Confirmation of the Hierarchical Structure of the AOSpine Thoracolumbar Spine Injury Classification System

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    Schroeder, Gregory D.; Vaccaro, Alexander R.; Kepler, Christopher K.; Koerner, John D.; Oner, F. Cumhur; Dvorak, Marcel F.; Vialle, Luiz R.; Aarabi, Bizhan; Bellabarba, Carlo; Fehlings, Michael G.; Schnake, Klaus J.; Kandziora, Frank

    2015-01-01

    Study Design. Survey of spine surgeons. Objective. To develop a validated regional and global injury severity scoring system for thoracolumbar trauma. Summary of Background Data. The AOSpine Thoracolumbar Spine Injury Classification System was recently published and combines elements of both the Mag

  4. Radiological Outcome of Short Segment Posterior Instrumentation and Fusion for Thoracolumbar Burst Fractures

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    Morishita, Yuichiro; Yugue, Itaru; Hayashi, Tetsuo; Maeda, Takeshi; Shiba, Keiichiro

    2015-01-01

    Study Design Retrospective study. Purpose To evaluate the radiological outcome of the surgical treatment of thoracolumbar burst fractures by using short segment posterior instrumentation (SSPI) and fusion. Overview of Literature The optimal surgical treatment of thoracolumbar burst fractures remains a matter of debate. SSPI is one of a number of possible choices, yet some studies have revealed high rates of poor radiological outcome for this SSPI. Methods Patients treated using the short segment instrumentation and fusion technique at the Spinal Injuries Center (Iizuka, Fukuoka, Japan) from January 1, 2006 to July 31, 2012 were selected for this study. Radiographic parameters such as local sagittal angle, regional sagittal angle, disc angle, anterior or posterior height of the vertebral body at admission, postoperation and final observation were collected for radiological outcome evaluation. Results There were 31 patients who met the inclusion criteria with a mean follow-up duration of 22.7 months (range, 12-48 months). The mean age of this group was 47.9 years (range, 15-77 years). The mean local sagittal angles at the time of admission, post-operation and final observation were 13.1°, 7.8° and 14.8°, respectively. There were 71% good cases and 29% poor cases based on our criteria for the radiological outcome evaluation. The correction loss has a strong correlation with the load sharing classification score (Spearman rho=0.64, p<0.001). Conclusions The loss of kyphotic correction following the surgical treatment of thoracolumbar burst fracture by short segment instrumentation is common and has a close correlation with the degree of comminution of the vertebral body. Patients with high load sharing scores are more susceptible to correction loss and postoperative kyphotic deformity than those with low scores. PMID:26097659

  5. Thoracolumbar kyphoscoliosis with unilateral subluxation of the spine and postoperative lumbar spondylolisthesis in Hunter syndrome.

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    Roberts, Simon B; Tsirikos, Athanasios I

    2016-03-01

    Surgical correction for kyphoscoliosis is increasingly being performed for patients with mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS). Reported case series have predominantly included patients with Type I (Hurler) and Type IV (Morquio) MPS. To their knowledge, the authors describe the first case report of surgical management of thoracolumbar kyphoscoliosis in Hunter syndrome (MPS Type II) and the rare occurrence of lumbar spondylolisthesis following surgical stabilization. A 12-year-old boy with Hunter syndrome presented with severe thoracolumbar kyphoscoliosis and no associated symptoms. Spinal radiographs demonstrated kyphosis of 48° (T11-L3) and scoliosis of 22° (T11-L3) with an anteriorly hypoplastic L-1 vertebra. The deformity progressed to kyphosis of 60° and scoliosis of 42° prior to surgical intervention. Spinal CT scans identified left T12-L1 facet subluxation, causing anterior rotatory displacement of the spine proximal to L-1 and bilateral L-5 isthmic spondylolysis with no spondylolisthesis. A combined single-stage anterior and posterior instrumented spinal arthrodesis from T-9 to L-4 was performed. Kyphosis and scoliosis were corrected to 4° and 0°, respectively. Prolonged ventilator support and nasogastric feedings were required for 3 months postoperatively. At 2.5 years following surgery, the patient was asymptomatic, mobilizing independently, and had achieved a solid spinal fusion. However, he had also developed a Grade II spondylolisthesis at L4-5; this was managed nonoperatively in the absence of symptoms or further deterioration of the spondylolisthesis to the 3.5-year postoperative follow-up visit. Satisfactory correction of thoracolumbar kyphoscoliosis in Hunter syndrome can be achieved by combined anterior/posterior instrumented arthrodesis. The risk of developing deformity or instability in motion segments adjacent to an instrumented fusion may be greater in patients with MPS related to the underlying connective tissue disorder.

  6. 49 CFR 178.345-7 - Circumferential reinforcements.

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    ... 49 Transportation 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Circumferential reinforcements. 178.345-7 Section... reinforcements. (a) A cargo tank with a shell thickness of less than 3/8 inch must be circumferentially... tank heads. (1) Circumferential reinforcement must be located so that the thickness and...

  7. Guided Circumferential Waves in Layered Poroelastic Cylinders

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    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The present paper investigates the propagation of time harmonic circumferential waves in a two-dimensional hollow poroelastic cylinder with an inner shaft (shaft-bearing assembly. The hollow poroelastic cylinder and inner shaft are assumed to be infinite in axial direction. The outer surface of the cylinder is stress free and at the interface, between the inner shaft and the outer cylinder, it is assumed to be free sliding and the interfacial shear stresses are zero, also the normal stress and radial displacements are continuous. The frequency equation of guided circumferential waves for a permeable and an impermeable surface is obtained. When the angular wave number vanish the frequency equation of guided circumferential waves for a permeable and an impermeable surface degenerates and the dilatational and shear waves are uncoupled. Shear waves are independent of the nature of surface. The frequency equation of a permeable and an impermeable surface for bore-piston assembly is obtained as a particular case of the model under consideration when the outer radius of the hollow poroelastic cylinder tends to infinity. Results of previous studies are obtained as a particular case of the present study. Nondimensional frequency as a function of wave number is presented graphically for two types of models and discussed. Numerical results show that, in general, the first modes are linear for permeable and impermeable surfaces and the frequency of a permeable surface is more than that of an impermeable surface.

  8. Clinical study of a new approach to thoracolumbar surgery

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    LIU Gang; ZHAO Jian-ning; Akira Dezawa

    2008-01-01

    Objective: The conventional approaches for treatment of thoracolumbar diseases require extensive surgical exposure, often leading to postoperative pain and morbidity. Thoracoscopic-assisted surgery in these regions usually requires an extended recovery period due to the placement of drainage. We developed an innovative retro-peritoneal-extrapleural approach to thoracolumbar involvement by an extra-diaphragmatic technique using dedicated instruments. Neither incision nor reconstruction of the diaphragm was necessary. Exposure to the lateral part of the thoracolumbar vertebrae could be achieved without crus resection. This study is aimed to evaluate the clinical outcomes of this new surgical procedure. Methods: A total of 9 cases (5 cases of thoracolumbar fracture-dislocation, 1 each of spinal infection, tumor, thoracolumbar scoliosis and ossification of posterior longitudinal ligament) were subjected to the study. The average of the patients was 52.3 years. The results were com pared with the control group consisting of thoracoscopic surgery subgroup (5 patients, mean age 52.1 years) and conventional surgery subgroup (12 patients, mean age 61.3 years). Results: Compared with the control group, the average period of bed confinement and mean intra- and post-operative blood loss decreased significantly. Pulmonary complications were avoided in all cases. The surgical time was shortened, postoperative pain was reduced, and early postoperative ambulation became possible. Conclusion: The diaphragm-preserving retroperito-neal-extrapleural approach that we developed is a valid minimally invasive alternative for the treatment of thora-columbar diseases.

  9. Correction

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    Tile Calorimeter modules stored at CERN. The larger modules belong to the Barrel, whereas the smaller ones are for the two Extended Barrels. (The article was about the completion of the 64 modules for one of the latter.) The photo on the first page of the Bulletin n°26/2002, from 24 July 2002, illustrating the article «The ATLAS Tile Calorimeter gets into shape» was published with a wrong caption. We would like to apologise for this mistake and so publish it again with the correct caption.

  10. Unilateral posterior vertebral column resection for severe thoracolumbar kyphotic deformity caused by old compressive vertebrae fracture: a technical improvement.

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    Wang, Hui; Zhang, Di; Sun, Ya-Peng; Ma, Lei; Ding, Wen-Yuan; Shen, Yong; Zhang, Ying-Ze

    2015-01-01

    Severe thoracolumbar kyphotic deformity caused by old compressive vertebrae fracture remains a big challenge for spine surgeons. When symptoms related to significant deformities cannot be adequately managed conservatively, posterior vertebral column resection (PVCR) is required, but with long operating time and severe blood loss. We develop a UPVCR technique, which is done through a unilateral approach instead of a bilateral approach, vertebral body resection advancing to cross the midline in an abrasive way from an extreme oblique orientation enable the resection of most contralateral vertebral body. In the present study, the effects of UPVCR for severe thoracolumbar kyphotic deformity were investigated. We did find that satisfactory correction of sagittal deformity, functional improvement and pain relief can be achieved by UPVCR, and it has the advantage of shortening surgery time, reducing blood loss and incidence of nerve root impingement over PVCR.

  11. Correction

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    The photo on the second page of the Bulletin n°48/2002, from 25 November 2002, illustrating the article «Spanish Visit to CERN» was published with a wrong caption. We would like to apologise for this mistake and so publish it again with the correct caption.   The Spanish delegation, accompanied by Spanish scientists at CERN, also visited the LHC superconducting magnet test hall (photo). From left to right: Felix Rodriguez Mateos of CERN LHC Division, Josep Piqué i Camps, Spanish Minister of Science and Technology, César Dopazo, Director-General of CIEMAT (Spanish Research Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology), Juan Antonio Rubio, ETT Division Leader at CERN, Manuel Aguilar-Benitez, Spanish Delegate to Council, Manuel Delfino, IT Division Leader at CERN, and Gonzalo León, Secretary-General of Scientific Policy to the Minister.

  12. Correction

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    Full Text Available Regarding Tagler, M. J., and Jeffers, H. M. (2013. Sex differences in attitudes toward partner infidelity. Evolutionary Psychology, 11, 821–832: The authors wish to correct values in the originally published manuscript. Specifically, incorrect 95% confidence intervals around the Cohen's d values were reported on page 826 of the manuscript where we reported the within-sex simple effects for the significant Participant Sex × Infidelity Type interaction (first paragraph, and for attitudes toward partner infidelity (second paragraph. Corrected values are presented in bold below. The authors would like to thank Dr. Bernard Beins at Ithaca College for bringing these errors to our attention. Men rated sexual infidelity significantly more distressing (M = 4.69, SD = 0.74 than they rated emotional infidelity (M = 4.32, SD = 0.92, F(1, 322 = 23.96, p < .001, d = 0.44, 95% CI [0.23, 0.65], but there was little difference between women's ratings of sexual (M = 4.80, SD = 0.48 and emotional infidelity (M = 4.76, SD = 0.57, F(1, 322 = 0.48, p = .29, d = 0.08, 95% CI [−0.10, 0.26]. As expected, men rated sexual infidelity (M = 1.44, SD = 0.70 more negatively than they rated emotional infidelity (M = 2.66, SD = 1.37, F(1, 322 = 120.00, p < .001, d = 1.12, 95% CI [0.85, 1.39]. Although women also rated sexual infidelity (M = 1.40, SD = 0.62 more negatively than they rated emotional infidelity (M = 2.09, SD = 1.10, this difference was not as large and thus in the evolutionary theory supportive direction, F(1, 322 = 72.03, p < .001, d = 0.77, 95% CI [0.60, 0.94].

  13. Correction.

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    In the article by Quintavalle et al (Quintavalle C, Anselmi CV, De Micco F, Roscigno G, Visconti G, Golia B, Focaccio A, Ricciardelli B, Perna E, Papa L, Donnarumma E, Condorelli G, Briguori C. Neutrophil gelatinase–associated lipocalin and contrast-induced acute kidney injury. Circ Cardiovasc Interv. 2015;8:e002673. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCINTERVENTIONS.115.002673.), which published online September 2, 2015, and appears in the September 2015 issue of the journal, a correction was needed. On page 1, the institutional affiliation for Elvira Donnarumma, PhD, “SDN Foundation,” has been changed to read, “IRCCS SDN, Naples, Italy.” The institutional affiliation for Laura Papa, PhD, “Institute for Endocrinology and Experimental Oncology, National Research Council, Naples, Italy,” has been changed to read, “Institute of Genetics and Biomedical Research, Milan Unit, Milan, Italy” and “Humanitas Research Hospital, Rozzano, Italy.” The authors regret this error.

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

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    Anghel S

    2014-04-01

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

  15. Influence of the heart rate on mean circumferential shortening velocity: echocardiographic study of 183 normal subjects.

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    Mangiarotti, R; Martinotti, R; Monzani, V; Sardella, F; Pierini, A; Pastori, M; Randazzo, A

    1986-01-01

    Echocardiography was used to explore the influence of independent variables (age, body surface area and heart rate) on the mean circumferential shortening velocity (MVCF) in 183 healthy subjects. Multiple stepwise regression analysis shows that heart rate is the only variable of the three just mentioned that influences MVCF. A regression equation is evolved and proposed as an index of MVCF correction for varying heart rates.

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  17. Transforaminal decompression and interbody fusion in the treatment of thoracolumbar fracture and dislocation with spinal cord injury.

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    Ai-Min Wu

    Full Text Available A retrospective clinical study.To evaluate the efficacy and safety of transforaminal decompression and interbody fusion in the treatment of thoracolumbar fracture and dislocation with spinal cord injury.Twenty-six spinal cord injured patients with thoracolumbar fracture and dislocation were treated by transforaminal decompression and interbody fusion. The operation time, intraoperative blood loss, and complications were recorded; the Cobb angle and compressive rate (CR of the anterior height of two adjacent vertebrae were measured; and the nerve injury was assessed according to sensory scores and motor scores of the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA standards for neurological classification of spinal cord injury.The operative time was 250±57 min, and intraoperative blood loss was 440±168 ml. Cerebrospinal leakage was detected and repaired during the operation in two patients. A total of 24 of 26 patients were followed up for more than 2 years. ASIA sensory scores and motor scores were improved significantly at 3 months and 6 months after operation; the Cobb angle and CR of the anterior height of two adjacent vertebrae were corrected and showed a significant difference at post-operation; and the values were maintained at 3 months after operation and the last follow-up.We showed that transforaminal decompression together with interbody fusion is an alternative method to treat thoracolumbar fracture and dislocation.

  18. Clinical exam protocol for the equine thoracolumbar spine

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    da Fonseca, Brunna Patricia Almeida; Alves, Ana Liz Garcia [UNESP; Hussni, Carlos Alberto

    2011-01-01

    Thoracolumbar injuries represent a challenge to the veterinarian that seeks to eliminate the pain, reinstitute the athletic use of the horse and minimize economic losses. The percentage of lost training days due to orthopedic conditions in race horses is of 72.1% and within those conditions is back pain, whicht represents from 4.35% to 20% of the lameness cases. The present study searched to establish a protocol based on score points for the thoracolumbar physical exam, by which it is able to...

  19. Complications of Thoracolumbar Stabilization and Instrumentation: A Pictorial Essay

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    Gh R Bahadorkhan

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available In this pictorial essay, we intend to review the imaging findings of a series of patients who underwent thoracolumbar instrumentation and showed any kind of complication. Imaging of complicated cases could help surgeons find the most frequent defects of these procedures. In this article, we present 18 images of 150 patients who underwent spinal instrumentation in a 15-year period.

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

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    2000-03-01

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

  1. CIRCUMFERENTIAL MFL IN-LINE INSPECTION FOR CRACKS IN PIPELINES

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    J.B. Nestleroth

    2003-06-01

    Circumferential MFL is a new implementation of a widely used technology that has potential to provide improved detection and quantification of axially oriented defects such as cracks, seam weld defects, mechanical damage, and groove corrosion. This implementation works by orienting the magnetic field around the pipe rather that along the axis. By orienting the magnetic field around the pipe (the circumferential direction), the axial defects that were magnetically transparent can disrupt more of the magnetic field and can be more easily detected. Initial implementations of circumferential MFL have found that flux leakage from cracks at the interior of the pipe is small, and the signals from cracks are difficult to detect. The objective of this project is to improve detection of cracks by changing the implementation along with using data from overlapping and complementary inspection techniques. Two technology enhancements were investigated: Combining high- and low-magnetization technology for stress detection; and Combining axial and circumferential MFL methods. Although a method combining high- and low-magnetization technology showed promise for characterizing gouges cause by third party excavation equipment, its commercial development was not successful for two reasons. First, the stress diminishes the crack signal, while the opening of the crack increases the signal. The stress-induced changes in flux leakage around cracks were small and any critical information on the severity of cracks and crack-like defects is difficult to distinguish from changes caused by the crack opening and other inspection variables. Second, it is difficult to magnetize pipe material in the circumferential direction. A relatively low, non-uniform magnetization level produced by the circumferential magnetizer makes detection of changes due to stress extremely difficult. This project also examined combining axial and circumferential MFL to improve crack detection and distinguish cracks for

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

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    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

  3. Pedicle screw fixation against burst fracture of thoracolumbar vertebrae

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

    2007-01-01

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

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

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    邱勇; 朱泽章; 吕锦瑜; 王斌; 李卫国; 朱丽华

    2004-01-01

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

  5. Interobserver evaluation of TLICS system to treat thoracolumbar fractures

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    2015-06-01

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

  6. Structural and leakage integrity of tubes affected by circumferential cracking

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    Hernalsteen, P. [TRACTEBEL, Brussels (Belgium)

    1997-02-01

    In this paper the author deals with the notion that circumferential cracks are generally considered unacceptable. He argues for the need to differentiate two facets of such cracks: the issue of the size and growth rate of a crack; and the issue of the structural strength and leakage potential of the tube in the presence of the crack. In this paper the author tries to show that the second point is not a major concern for such cracks. The paper presents data on the structural strength or burst pressure characteristics of steam generator tubes derived from models and data bases of experimental work. He also presents a leak rate model, and compares the performance of circumferential and axial cracks as far as burst strength and leak rate. The final conclusion is that subject to improvement in NDE capabilities (sizing, detection, growth), that Steam Generator Defect Specific Management can be used to allow circumferentially degraded tubes to remain in service.

  7. Circumferential gap propagation in an anisotropic elastic bacterial sacculus

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    Taneja, Swadhin; Rutenberg, Andrew D

    2013-01-01

    We have modelled stress concentration around small gaps in anisotropic elastic sheets, corresponding to the peptidoglycan sacculus of bacterial cells, under loading corresponding to the effects of turgor pressure in rod-shaped bacteria. We find that under normal conditions the stress concentration is insufficient to mechanically rupture bacteria, even for gaps up to a micron in length. We then explored the effects of stress-dependent smart-autolysins, as hypothesised by Arthur L Koch [Advances in Microbial Physiology 24, 301 (1983); Research in Microbiology 141, 529 (1990)]. We show that the measured anisotropic elasticity of the PG sacculus can lead to stable circumferential propagation of small gaps in the sacculus. This is consistent with the recent observation of circumferential propagation of PG-associated MreB patches in rod-shaped bacteria. We also find a bistable regime of both circumferential and axial gap propagation, which agrees with behavior reported in cytoskeletal mutants of B. subtilis. We con...

  8. GUIDED CIRCUMFERENTIAL WAVES IN DOUBLE-WALLED CARBON NANOTUBES

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    2007-01-01

    A model of guided circumferential waves propagating in double-walled carbon nanotubes is built by the theory of wave propagation in continuum mechanics, while the van der Waals force between the inner and outer nanotube has been taken into account in the model. The dispersion curves of the guided circumferential wave propagation are studied, and some dispersion characteristics are illustrated by comparing with those of single-walled carbon nanotubes. It is found that in double-walled carbon nanotubes, the guided circumferential waves will propagate in more dispersive ways. More interactions between neighboring wave modes may take place. In particular, it has been found that a couple of wave modes may disappear at a certain frequency and that, while a couple of wave modes disappear, another new couple of wave modes are excited at the same wave number.

  9. Percutaneous Pedicle Screw Fixation with Polymethylmethacrylate Augmentation for the Treatment of Thoracolumbar Intravertebral Pseudoarthrosis Associated with Kummell’s Osteonecrosis

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    Hyeun-Sung Kim

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. The purpose of our study is to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of short-segment percutaneous pedicle screw fixation with polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA augmentation for the treatment of osteoporotic thoracolumbar compression fracture with osteonecrosis. Methods. Osteoporotic thoracolumbar compression fractures with avascular necrosis were treated by short-segment PPF with PMMA augmentation. Eighteen were followed up for more than 2 years. The kyphotic angle, compression ratio, visual analog scale (VAS score for back pain, and the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI were analyzed. In addition, radiologic and clinical parameters of PPF group were compared with percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP group. Results. Vertebral height and kyphotic angle of the compressed vertebral bodies were significantly corrected after the operation (P<0.05. Further, restored vertebral height was maintained during the 2 or more years of postoperative follow-up. Compared to the PVP group the postoperative compression ratio and kyphotic angle were significantly lower in the PPF group (P<0.05. The postoperative ODI and VAS of the PVP group were significantly higher than the PPF (P<0.05. Conclusions. According to our results, short-segment PPF with PMMA augmentation may be an effective minimally invasive treatment for osteoporosis in cases of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures with Kummell’s osteonecrosis.

  10. Circumferential nonlocal effect on the buckling and vibration of nanotubes

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    Wang, Cheng Yuan, E-mail: cywang@ujs.edu.cn; Li, Xiao Hu; Luo, Ying

    2016-04-01

    The nonlocal beam theories are widely used to study the mechanics of cylindrical nanotubes (NTs). The one-dimensional models however are unable to account for the nonlocal effect in the circumferential direction, which may substantially affect the applicability of the nonlocal beam models. To address the issue this letter examines the circumferential nonlocal effect (CNE) on the buckling and vibration of the NTs. Here the CNE is characterized by the difference between the nonlocal beam model considering the axial nonlocal effect only and the nonlocal shell model with both axial and circumferential nonlocal effects. The aspect ratio and radius-dependence of the CNE are calculated for the singlewall carbon NTs selected as a typical example. The results show that the CNE is substantial for the buckling and vibration of the NTs with small radius (e.g., <1 nm) and aspect ratio (e.g., <15). It however decreases with the rising radius and the aspect ratio, and turns out to be small for relatively wide and long NTs. The nonlocal beam theories thus may overestimate the buckling load and vibration frequency for the thin and short NTs. - Highlights: • First revealed the substantial circumferential nonlocal effect (CNE) on nanotube buckling. • Achieved radius/aspect ratio-dependence of CNE on nanotube buckling and vibration. • Located the range of applicability of the nonlocal beam theory without CNE.

  11. A Critical Appraisal of Circumferential Resection Margins in Esophageal Carcinoma

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    Pultrum, Bareld B.; Honing, Judith; Smit, Justin K.; van Dullemen, Hendrik M.; van Dam, Gooitzen M.; Groen, Henk; Hollema, Harry; Plukker, John Th. M.

    2010-01-01

    In esophageal cancer, circumferential resection margins (CRMs) are considered to be of relevant prognostic value, but a reliable definition of tumor-free CRM is still unclear. The aim of this study was to appraise the clinical prognostic value of microscopic CRM involvement and to determine the opti

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

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    Tarantino Roberto

    2012-01-01

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

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

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    Roberto, Tarantino; Daniele, Marruzzo; Martina, Cappelletti; Tiziano, De Giacomo; Roberto, Delfini

    2012-01-01

    Pyogenic vertebral osteomyelitis (PVO) is still a rare pathology. However, its incidence is on the rise. This is due to an increasing population with predisposing factors. Also, the availability of more effective diagnostic tools has brought it increasingly to the surgeon's attention. In this study the patients were treated in the Neurosurgery Division of the Department of Neurological Sciences and Psychiatry of the Sapienza University of Rome, between 2001 and 2009. They had thoracolumbar pyogenic spondylitis. This study was undertaken in order to identify the correct diagnostic and therapeutic treatment needed in such cases. From the cases studied here, it is evident that spinal infections can be extremely insidious and that diagnosis tends to be reached late. Surgery, along with the antibiotic treatment, allows for eradication of the causes of the pathology by the reclamation of the affected region. Surgery is also fundamental in helping to recover vital functions and in restoring as much as possible the correct curvature of the rachises. The use of an anterolateral approach is dictated by the necessity of obtaining 360° stability as well as by the need to clear away extensive infections, which are not always reachable using a posterior approach. PMID:23193382

  14. Evaluation of the MR imaging findings of ankylosing spondylitis involving the thoracolumbar spine

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    Park, Jun Kyoon; Choi, Jeong Yeol [Chosun Univ., Kwangju (Korea, Republic of). Coll. of Medicine; Park, Jin Gyoon [Chonnam Univ., Kwangju (Korea, Republic of). Coll. of Medicine

    1998-02-01

    To evaluate the MR imaging findings of ankylosing spondylitis involving the thoracolumbar spine. We retrospectively analyzed MR imaging findings in ten patients with ankylosing spondylitis involving the thoracolumbar spine. All were male and ranged in age from 24 to 47 (mean, 33) years. MR images were obtained using a 1.5T imager, and signal intensity changes of vertebral bodies were evaluated on sagittal T1- and T2-weighted images. Plain radiographic findings were also evaluated. Characteristics MR imaging findings of ankylosing spondylitis involving the thoracolumbar vertebral bodies were focal signal intensity changes at the corners and along the anterior borders of the vertebral bodies. (author). 19 refs., 4 figs.

  15. Pedicale screw system plus ACPC perfusion to treat fractures of thoracolumbar vertebrae

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    2001-01-01

    @@In recent years the pedicle screw system has been widely used in treating thoracolumbar vertebral fractures. The effect to recover the injured vertebrae height, the spinal physiological curve and to decompress vertebral canal has been confirmed. But the problems of internal fixation bending, loosening and breaking, which result in the loss of the vertebral height and spinal angulation deformity, are quite common and cause a lot of difficulties for surgeons. To solve these problems and decrease the sequelae from treating thoracolumbar vertebrae fractures with vertebral pedicle screw system, we have tried using vertebral pedicle screw system plus ACPC perfusion to treat 18patients with thoracolumbar vertebral fractures.Satisfactory results have been obtained.

  16. OVERLOAD STUDY ON ADJACENT DISC AFTER ARTHRODESIS IN THORACOLUMBAR FRACTURES

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    GUSTAVO SERRA REINAS

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objective: To analyze the degeneration of the adjacent disc after arthrodesis due to thoracolumbar fractures. Methods: Eighty-three patients who underwent posterolateral arthrodesis in thoracolumbar levels had their x-rays analyzed for degeneration of adjacent discs to the arthrodesis. The disc spaces were classified by the UCLA scale. Results: Of the 83 patients evaluated, 66 were males (79% and 18 females (21%, with a mean age of 35.5 years. The mean follow-up period was 40 months. As the fractures 75% were between T12 and L2 (p<0.001, being of the A3 type in 65% of the cases (p<0.001. The most common mechanism of injury, accounting for 50% of the cases (p<0.001, was fall from height. Only 6% of the superior discs and 12% of the inferior ones showed some degree of degeneration. No patient underwent a new surgical approach. Conclusion: The incidence of degeneration on adjacent disc in patients after arthrodesis resulting from fractures ranged from 6% to 12% with an average follow-up of 40 months.

  17. Circumferential evaluation of the neointima by optical coherence tomography after ABSORB bioresorbable vascular scaffold implantation

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    Brugaletta, Salvatore; Radu, Maria D; Garcia-Garcia, Hector M

    2012-01-01

    To quantify the circumferential healing process at 6 and 12 months following scaffold implantation.......To quantify the circumferential healing process at 6 and 12 months following scaffold implantation....

  18. Nonlinear Local Bending Response and Bulging Factors for Longitudinal and Circumferential Cracks in Pressurized Cylindrical Shells

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    Young, Richard D.; Rose, Cheryl A.; Starnes, James H., Jr.

    2000-01-01

    Results of a geometrically nonlinear finite element parametric study to determine curvature correction factors or bulging factors that account for increased stresses due to curvature for longitudinal and circumferential cracks in unstiffened pressurized cylindrical shells are presented. Geometric parameters varied in the study include the shell radius, the shell wall thickness, and the crack length. The major results are presented in the form of contour plots of the bulging factor as a function of two nondimensional parameters: the shell curvature parameter, lambda, which is a function of the shell geometry, Poisson's ratio, and the crack length; and a loading parameter, eta, which is a function of the shell geometry, material properties, and the applied internal pressure. These plots identify the ranges of the shell curvature and loading parameters for which the effects of geometric nonlinearity are significant. Simple empirical expressions for the bulging factor are then derived from the numerical results and shown to predict accurately the nonlinear response of shells with longitudinal and circumferential cracks. The numerical results are also compared with analytical solutions based on linear shallow shell theory for thin shells, and with some other semi-empirical solutions from the literature, and limitations on the use of these other expressions are suggested.

  19. Circumferential buckling instability of a growing cylindrical tube

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    Moulton, D.E.

    2011-03-01

    A cylindrical elastic tube under uniform radial external pressure will buckle circumferentially to a non-circular cross-section at a critical pressure. The buckling represents an instability of the inner or outer edge of the tube. This is a common phenomenon in biological tissues, where it is referred to as mucosal folding. Here, we investigate this buckling instability in a growing elastic tube. A change in thickness due to growth can have a dramatic impact on circumferential buckling, both in the critical pressure and the buckling pattern. We consider both single- and bi-layer tubes and multiple boundary conditions. We highlight the competition between geometric effects, i.e. the change in tube dimensions, and mechanical effects, i.e. the effect of residual stress, due to differential growth. This competition can lead to non-intuitive results, such as a tube growing to be thinner and yet buckle at a higher pressure. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Thermal shock in a circumferentially cracked hollow cylinder with cladding

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    Nied, H. F.

    1984-01-01

    An theoretical analysis is presented which demonstrates the effect of cladding on the thermal resistance of a circumferentially cracked hollow cylinder. The cladding is assumed to be bonded to the inner wall of the hollow cylinder. The axisymmetric circumferential crack may be either embedded in the cylinder wall or may be an edge crack which passes through the clad and opens into the inner wall of the hollow cylinder. The problem is formulated mathematically and a solution is found which is in the form of a single integral equation. The integral equation is solved numerically and yields estimates of transient temperature distributions, thermal stresses in the uncracked cylinder, and stress intensity factors as a function of time for various cladding thickness to cylinder wall thickness ratios. It is shown that yielding of the clad under certain conditions can result in a reduction in the magnitude of the stress intensity factor for the crack tip in the elastic base material.

  1. Circumferential fusion improves outcome in comparison with instrumented posterolateral fusion

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    Videbaek, Tina S; Christensen, Finn B; Soegaard, Rikke;

    2006-01-01

    with respect to all four DPQ categories: daily activities, work/leisure, anxiety/depression, and social interest. The Oswestry Disability Index supported these results (P physical health (P ...STUDY DESIGN: Prospective randomized clinical study with a 5- to 9-year follow-up period. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to analyze the long-term outcome with respect to functional disability, pain, and general health of patients treated by means of circumferential lumbar fusion...... fusion (titanium Cotrel-Dubousset) or circumferential lumbar fusion (instrumented posterolateral fusion with anterior intervertebral support by a Brantigan cage). The primary outcome measure was the Dallas Pain Questionnaire (DPQ). The secondary outcome measures were the Oswestry Disability Index, the SF...

  2. Thoracolumbar kyphosis is associated with compressive vertebral fracture in postmenopausal women.

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    Wei, Y; Tian, W; Zhang, G L; Lv, Y W; Cui, G Y

    2017-03-01

    The main aim of this retrospective cross-sectional study was to examine the relationship between vertebral compression fracture and thoracolumbar Cobb angles. Fracture prevalence was found to be significantly higher for patients with moderate [odds ratio (OR) = 4.78 (2.88-7.95)] or severe kyphosis [OR = 10.7 (5.11-22.40)] than for patients with mild kyphosis. The relationship between degree of thoracolumbar kyphosis and vertebral compression fracture was analyzed.

  3. Current status and perspective of diagnosis and treatment of thoracolumbar fracture in China

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    唐天驷; 俞杭平

    2003-01-01

    @@ Since the late 20th century owing to the improvement of spinal surgery techniques, the diagnosis and treatment of thoracolumbar fracture have been perfected more and more. Although the advent of modern spinal surgery in China was late, we have gained some advanced achievements owing to various international communications benefited from the open policy. Therefore, it is essential to evaluate the current status and perspective of diagnosis and treatment of thoracolumbar fracture. There are several issues we would like to discuss here.

  4. Development of an Animal Model of Thoracolumbar Burst Fracture Induced Acute Spinal Cord Injury

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    2015-05-01

    AWARD NUMBER: W81XWH-14-2-0013 TITLE: DEVELOPMENT OF AN ANIMAL MODEL OF THORACOLUMBAR BURST FRACTURE- INDUCED ACUTE SPINAL CORD INJURY...2015 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER DEVELOPMENT OF AN ANIMAL MODEL OF THORACOLUMBAR BURST FRACTURE-INDUCED ACUTE SPINAL CORD INJURY 5b...controlled spinal cord impactor for use in large animal models of SCI in order to more reliably recreate the human injury. A custom designed spinal cord

  5. Experimental Study on Stress Relaxation and Creep Properties of Human Thoracolumbar Vertebral Bodies and Intervertebral Discs

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    2009-01-01

    Objective:Underwater shock can produce extremely high accelerations, resulting in severe human injuries on shipboard, and human thoraco lumbar spines are prone to suffer from injuries by ship shock motion. To observe the viscoelasticity of thoracolumbar of young fresh cadavers, and to provide biomechanical parameters for both research and clinical practice. Materials and Methods:5 fresh young male cadavers (aged 22 to 31 years) were provided, and 15 thoracolumbar spinal anatomies of 5 samples were harvested...

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  7. Trauma induces apoptosis in human thoracolumbar intervertebral discs

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    Ertel Wolfgang

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Vertebral fractures resulting from high energy trauma often comprise the risk of posttraumatic degenerative changes in the affected intervertebral discs (IVD. Particularly in conservatively treated patients, or in cases after implant removal of an exclusively posterior stabilization, consecutive disc degeneration and the associated functional losing of the spinal segment clearly represent detrimental treatment results. In this regard, apoptosis of IVD cells has been suggested to be involved in the critical changes of the extracellular matrix. Methods To investigate whether fractures of the vertebrae induce apoptosis in the affected IVD, disc tissue from patients (n = 17 undergoing open reduction and internal fixation of thoracolumbar spine fractures were analysed in regards to caspase activity, apoptosis-receptor expression levels and gene expression of apoptosis-regulating proteins such as Bax and Bcl-2. Healthy IVD tissue (n = 3 obtained from patients undergoing surgical resection of adjacent vertebrae were used as control samples. Results In contrast to healthy control IVD tissues, samples from traumatic thoracolumbar IVD showed positive TUNEL staining and a significant increase of caspase-3/7 activity. Interestingly, analyses of the initiator caspase-8 and -9 revealed significantly increased activation levels compared to control values, suggesting the coexistent activation of both the extrinsic (receptor-mediated and intrinsic (mitochondria-mediated apoptosis pathway. Accordingly, expression levels of the Fas receptor (FasR mRNA were significantly increased. Although the TNF receptor I (TNFR I was only slightly upregulated, corresponding TNFα from trauma IVD presented significantly increased mRNA expression values. Furthermore, traumatic IVD cells demonstrated significantly reduced expression of the mitochondria-bound anti-apoptotic Bcl-2, thereby maintaining baseline transcriptional levels of the pro-apoptotic Bax

  8. 肺门作为躯干重心对强直性脊柱炎胸腰段后凸畸形矫形的意义%Signiifcance of the hilus pulmonis as the center of gravity of the trunk for deformity correction in thoracolumbar kyphosis secondary to ankylosing spondylitis

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    宋凯; 毛克亚; 王征; 王岩; 张永刚; 李杰静; 余文; 唐翔宇; 张国营; 郑国权; 崔赓; 张雪松

    2014-01-01

    目的探索能够代表强直性脊柱炎(ankylosingspondylitis,AS)胸腰段后凸畸形躯干重心的影像学标记,进而设计AS胸腰段后凸畸形的截骨矫形方案。方法不规则物体的重心可通过两个不同方向的悬吊或支撑力线获得,通过手术前后髋轴的支撑力线可寻找 AS 胸腰段后凸畸形患者的躯干重心。38例无脊髓神经症状体征、双髋活动良好的AS胸腰段后凸畸形患者纳入研究。比较AS矫形患者手术前后矢状面平衡距离( sagittal vertical axis,SVA )、C7距髋轴中心水平距离( horizontal distance between hip axis and C7,HDHC )、T5距髋轴中心水平距离( horizontal distance between hip axis and T5,HDHT5)、T9距髋轴中水平距离( horizontal distance between hip axis and T9,HDHT9)、肺门距髋轴中心水平距离( horizontal distance between hip axis and hilus pulmonis,HDHH ),将矫形前后测量值做统计描述及配对t检验。采用组内相关系数( ICC )衡量HDHH的观察者间信度(inter-observerreliability)及观察者内复测信度(intra-observerreliability)。结果矫形前SVA、HDHC、HDHT5、HDHT9、HDHH分别为21.1 cm、12.7 cm、3.5 cm、-3.8 cm、2.7 cm;矫形后分别为9.1 cm、4.2 cm、-2.1 cm、-5.6 cm、0.9 cm。SVA、HDHC、HDHT5、HDHT9矫形前后变化有统计学意义,HDHH 矫形前后变化无统计学意义。HDHH 的观察者间总体信度与观察者内总体复测信度分别为0.958、0.963( P<0.001)。结论矫形前后肺门垂线通常总是落在髋轴上,肺门可作为躯干重心的影像学标记应用于AS胸腰段后凸畸形的矫形设计。%Objective To investigate a radiological marker for the center of gravity ( CG ) of the trunk in the treatment of thoracolumbar kyphosis ( TLK ) secondary to ankylosing spondylitis ( AS ), so as to design deformity planning.Methods The CG of an irregular object could be obtained through hanging or supporting it in 2 different directions or

  9. Ergotropic effect of bone cement on pedicle screw fixation in treatment of osteoporotic thoracolumbar fracture

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    Da LIU

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Objective To evaluate the ergotropic effect of bone cement on pedicle screw fixation in treatment of osteopo¬rotic thoracolumbar fracture. Methods Fifty-three patients with osteoporotic thoracolumbar fracture, admitted from Jun. 2013 to Dec. 2014, were included for treatment by augmentation of pedicle screw fixation with bone cement. All patients underwent pre-operative examination of bone mineral density with T-score ≤-2.5 and augmentation of pedicle screw fixation with injection of 1.5 ml bone cement in adjacent to fractured vertebra. All patients were treated with anti-osteoporosis therapy pre- and post-operation, ob¬served and recorded with basic conditions and complications. At pre-operation, one-week post-operation and last follow-up, pain vi¬sual analogue scale (VAS and neurological function score (ASIA of all patients were recorded, and the compression rats of anterior and posterior edge of fractured vertebra, and compression rats of spinal canal and Cobb angel of all patients were measured. Results All the 53 patients were successfully undergone operation in about 90-140 min with blood loss of about 150-350 ml. No spinal cord or nerve injury, dural tear and obvious leakage of bone cement and screw loosening occurred during operation. All patients were followed up for 12 to 36 months and the neurological function obviously recovered contrasted with pre-operation. X-ray and CT examination at last follow-up showed good fractures healing, good position and non-loosening of internal fixation device and non-leakage of bone cement. At one week post-operation and last follow-up, VAS, compression rats of anterior edge and posterior edge of fractured vertebra, compression rats of spinal canal and Cobb angel were significantly lower than those at pre-operation (P0.05. Conclusions Augmentation of pedicle screw fixation with bone cement can effectively strengthen the initial stability of pedicle screw in osteo¬porosis, restore the

  10. Percutaneous Vertebral Augmentation with Polyethylene Mesh and Allograft Bone for Traumatic Thoracolumbar Fractures

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    C. Schulz

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. In cases of traumatic thoracolumbar fractures, percutaneous vertebral augmentation can be used in addition to posterior stabilisation. The use of an augmentation technique with a bone-filled polyethylene mesh as a stand-alone treatment for traumatic vertebral fractures has not yet been investigated. Methods. In this retrospective study, 17 patients with acute type A3.1 fractures of the thoracic or lumbar spine underwent stand-alone augmentation with mesh and allograft bone and were followed up for one year using pain scales and sagittal endplate angles. Results. From before surgery to 12 months after surgery, pain and physical function improved significantly, as indicated by an improvement in the median VAS score and in the median pain and work scale scores. From before to immediately after surgery, all patients showed a significant improvement in mean mono- and bisegmental kyphoses. During the one-year period, there was a significant loss of correction. Conclusions. Based on this data a stand-alone approach with vertebral augmentation with polyethylene mesh and allograft bone is not a suitable therapy option for incomplete burst fractures for a young patient collective.

  11. STUDY ON THE FED METHOD APPLICATION IN THORACO-LUMBAR SCOLIOSIS

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    Elena Caciulan

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Scoliosis is a chapter that has not yet been resolved, a "black spot" of orthopedics. For this reason we believe that it remains open to explore and search permanent to find more efficient techniques and methods. FED method (fixation, elongation, derotation was designed to treat spinal deviations and consists in three-dimensional fixation, its elongation and derotation through corrective pressure, performed intermittently or continuously, as well as patient's postural control during periods of relaxation.Scope of this study is the selection and systematization of existing information about the recovery of scoliosis, using physical means, techniques of elongation-derotation-fixing and physical therapy, and establish an effective therapeutic plan, the implementation in practice of research in recent years. Material and Methods. In this case study we chose DT patient female diagnosed with idiopathic thoraco-lumbar scoliosis with right concavity, aged 11 years. The study was conducted during June 2009-March 2011. The subject was evaluated in dynamic, every 6 months, both by Prof. Santos Sastre and Recovery Team Medical Center kinetic Dema Group. Results. Height: 168 cm/172 cm, Weight: 49 Kg / 51 Kg, Cobb angle in thoracic region: 250/160, the Cobb angle in the lumbar region 250/160, vertebral rotation 280/150. Conclusions. The combination of physical means, techniques of fixing- elongation-derotation- and physical therapy are able to correct scolisis. Correcting the spine deviation is closely linked to periods of growth of children. For satisfactory results it is mandatory wearing corset Chêneau.

  12. The concave versus convex approach for minimally invasive lateral lumbar interbody fusion for thoracolumbar degenerative scoliosis.

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    Scheer, Justin K; Khanna, Ryan; Lopez, Alejandro J; Fessler, Richard G; Koski, Tyler R; Smith, Zachary A; Dahdaleh, Nader S

    2015-10-01

    We retrospectively reviewed patient charts to compare the approach-related (convex versus concave) neurological complications and magnitude of correction in patients undergoing lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF). It is yet to be quantitatively determined if correction of adult degenerative scoliosis from either side of the curve apex using a LLIF results in a reduction in complications and/or improved corrective ability. The inclusion criteria for this study were patients who underwent a LLIF for adult degenerative thoracolumbar scoliosis and had the LLIF prior to any other supplemental procedures. Patients were grouped based on the approach toward the curve apex concavity (CAVE) or the convexity (VEX). Standard coronal and sagittal radiographic measurements were made. Neurological complications and reoperation indications were also recorded. We included 32 patients for review (CAVE: 17; VEX: 15) with a mean age of 65.5 years±a standard deviation of 10.2, and mean follow-up of 17.0 months±15.7. There were eight postoperative neurological complications in eight patients (25.0%), and seven reoperations for six patients (18.8%; CAVE: 4/17 [23.5%]; VEX: 2/15 [13.3%]). The CAVE group had 6/17 neurological complications (35.3%; four ipsilateral and two contralateral to approach side) and VEX had 2/15 (13.3%; one ipsilateral and one bilateral to approach side; p>0.05). All patients significantly improved in the mean regional and segmental Cobb angles (p0.05). There were no significant differences between the groups for any of the radiographic parameters measured (p>0.05). Approaching the curve apex from either the concave or convex side resulted in significant improvements. The concave approach was associated with more postoperative neurological complications.

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

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    Korovessis Panagiotis

    2007-01-01

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

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

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    Konofagou Elisa E

    2011-09-01

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

  15. First performance evaluation of software for automatic segmentation, labeling and reformation of anatomical aligned axial images of the thoracolumbar spine at CT

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    Scholtz, Jan-Erik, E-mail: janerikscholtz@gmail.com; Wichmann, Julian L.; Kaup, Moritz; Fischer, Sebastian; Kerl, J. Matthias; Lehnert, Thomas; Vogl, Thomas J.; Bauer, Ralf W.

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: •Automatic segmentation and labeling of the thoracolumbar spine. •Automatically generated double-angulated and aligned axial images of spine segments. •High grade of accurateness for the symmetric depiction of anatomical structures. •Time-saving and may improve workflow in daily practice. -- Abstract: Objectives: To evaluate software for automatic segmentation, labeling and reformation of anatomical aligned axial images of the thoracolumbar spine on CT in terms of accuracy, potential for time savings and workflow improvement. Material and methods: 77 patients (28 women, 49 men, mean age 65.3 ± 14.4 years) with known or suspected spinal disorders (degenerative spine disease n = 32; disc herniation n = 36; traumatic vertebral fractures n = 9) underwent 64-slice MDCT with thin-slab reconstruction. Time for automatic labeling of the thoracolumbar spine and reconstruction of double-angulated axial images of the pathological vertebrae was compared with manually performed reconstruction of anatomical aligned axial images. Reformatted images of both reconstruction methods were assessed by two observers regarding accuracy of symmetric depiction of anatomical structures. Results: In 33 cases double-angulated axial images were created in 1 vertebra, in 28 cases in 2 vertebrae and in 16 cases in 3 vertebrae. Correct automatic labeling was achieved in 72 of 77 patients (93.5%). Errors could be manually corrected in 4 cases. Automatic labeling required 1 min in average. In cases where anatomical aligned axial images of 1 vertebra were created, reconstructions made by hand were significantly faster (p < 0.05). Automatic reconstruction was time-saving in cases of 2 and more vertebrae (p < 0.05). Both reconstruction methods revealed good image quality with excellent inter-observer agreement. Conclusion: The evaluated software for automatic labeling and anatomically aligned, double-angulated axial image reconstruction of the thoracolumbar spine on CT is time

  16. Posterior Fixation with Unilateral Same Segment Pedicle Fixation and Contralateral Hook in Surgical Treatment of Thoracolumbar Burst Fractures

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    Farzad Omidi-Kashani

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Background In surgical treatment of thoracolumbar burst fractures, most authors try to lower the number of vertebrae involved during the surgery. Objectives The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcome of a medium-segment posterior spinal fixation in these patients. Patients and Methods We retrospectively reviewed 27 patients (18 male, 9 female with mean age of 39.4 ± 15.0 years old in a before-and-after study. The mean follow-up period was 38.4 ± 15.6 months. We involved 2 intact above vertebrae and one intact below vertebra, inserting a pedicular screw at the fractured level and supplemented the construct with contralateral infralaminar hook. Clinical and radiologic characteristics were assessed with American spinal injury association (ASIA scale, oswestry disability index (ODI, visual analogue scale (VAS, and plain radiography. Data analysis was carried out by SPSS version 11.5 software. Results Mean post traumatic kyphosis was + 15.7° ± 3.3° that was changed to - 8.5° ± 4.3° and +1° ± 4.4° at immediate and last visit after surgery, respectively. Mean loss of correction (LOC was 9.5° ± 1.9° (P < 0.001. At the most recent follow-up visit, mean ODI and VAS were 15.0 ± 14.4 and 2.4 ± 2.5, respectively and 24 cases (88.9% declared excellent or good clinical results. At the last follow-up visit, LOC had no significant correlation neither with VAS nor ODI. Conclusions In surgical treatment of thoracolumbar burst fractures, a medium-segment posterior spinal fixation, although cannot maintain the radiologic reduction of the fractured vertebrae efficiently, is not only associated with acceptable clinical outcome but also spare one lower intact lumbar segment and therefore recommended.

  17. Detection of a longitudinal defect in a pipe based on guided circumferential waves techniques

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    LI Longtao; HE Cunfu; WU Bin

    2005-01-01

    Based on elasticity theory, the multi-modes and disperse characteristics of guided circumferential waves in a pipe were investigated theoretically and experimentally, the disperse curves of guided circumferential waves were gotten by numerical calculations. The relationships between the angle of beam transducer, frequency and guided circumferential modes were analyzed by our guided wave experiment system. Then single guided circumferential mode was excited in the pipe (O.D 88.8 mm, I.D 80.8 mm). An artificial longitudinal defect (25 × 1 × 0.7 mm)on the surface of the pipe was detected by use of the single guided circumferential wave. The results show that single guided circumferential mode can be excited in the pipe by choosing special frequency and special angle beam transducer, similar to the excitation of Lamb wave in a plate, and it can be used to find the longitudinal defect on a pipe surface.

  18. Estimation of circumferential fiber shortening velocity by echocardiography.

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    Ruschhaupt, D G; Sodt, P C; Hutcheon, N A; Arcilla, R A

    1983-07-01

    The M-mode and two-dimensional echocardiograms of 40 young patients were analyzed to compare the mean circumferential fiber shortening velocity (Vcf) of the left ventricle calculated separately by two methods. The mean circumferential fiber shortening velocity was derived from the M-mode echocardiogram as minor axis shortening/ejection time and derived from the two-dimensional echocardiogram as actual circumference change/ejection time. With computer assistance, circumference was determined from the short-axis two-dimensional echocardiographic images during end-diastole and end-systole. Good correlations were obtained between the left ventricular diameter derived by M-mode echocardiography and the vertical axis during end-diastole (r = 0.79) and end-systole (r = 0.88) derived by two-dimensional echocardiography. Likewise, high correlations were noted between diameter and circumference in end-diastole (r = 0.89) and end-systole (r = 0.88). However, comparison of Vcf obtained by M-mode echocardiography with that obtained by two-dimensional echocardiography showed only fair correlation (r = 0.68). Moreover, the diameter/circumference ratio determined in end-diastole and end-systole differed significantly (p less than 0.001), possibly owing to the change in geometry of the ventricular sector image during systole. Although Vcf derived by M-mode echocardiography is a useful index of left ventricular performance, it does not truly reflect the circumference change during systole.

  19. DETERMINATION OF EFFICIENCY OF THE CIRCUMFERENTIAL DRAINAGE SYSTEM

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    Maciej Kroll

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available One of the potential alternatives to improve the stability coefficient for an embankment structure is to flatten the filtration curve. As a result, we obtain lower body forces triggering the potential landslide and more advantageous soil strength parameters, which counteract landslide movements. In the case of waste dumps lowering the phreatic surface of waters is achieved thanks to the construction of auxiliary drainage systems, meeting the guidelines for their safe operation. The aim of this paper is to indicate a method facilitating the determination of the actual position of the phreatic surface within the deposited sediments and the assessment of efficiency of the circumferential drainage system in the waste dump. It was decided in this study to apply cone penetration test CPTU. The CPTU made it possible to measure dissipation of excess water pressure in pores identifying drainage conditions, which were compared with the results of piezometric measurements. The results of these tests made it possible to monitor changes in the position of the depression curve of supernatant waters in dams and to determine the efficiency of the circumferential drainage system.

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

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    HE Qing-yi; XU Jian-zhong

    2009-01-01

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

  1. Research of thoracolumbar spine lateral vascular anatomy and imaging.

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    OuYang, H; Ding, Z

    2010-08-01

    This study introduces an anatomical basis for surgeries such as thoracoscope-assisted thoracolumbar spinal anterior interbody fusion in terms of image observing and corpse specimen anatomising. The observation of the 3-dimensional computed tomography (CT) image indicates that segmental arteries are visible and run in the central supersulcus of the corresponding vertebral body's side, while the branches are invisible. The distances between adjacent segmental arteries in T(10/11), T(11/12), T₁₂/L₁, L(1/2), and L(2/3) are 23.35 ± 1.48, 25.61 ± 2.08, 29.12 ± 2.30, 32.53 ± 2.18, and 33.73 ± 2.29 (mm), respectively. And the observation by the thoracolumbar spine side of the adult corpse specimens shows that segmental arteries and veins constantly exist and run in the central supersulcus of the corresponding vertebral body's side; each segmental artery has some small branches; the zone between the upper and lower segmental arteries form a relatively non-vascular nerve safe zone, where the intervertebral space (disc) locates. The distances between adjacent segmental arteries in T(10/11), T(11/12), T₁₂/L₁, L(1/2), L(2/3) are 23.34 ± 0.78, 25.54 ± 0.85, 29.11 ± 1.01, 32.82 ± ± 1.28, and 33.71 ± 1.42 (mm), respectively. The safe zone, with the intervertebral disc as the reference mark, can provide enough operation space for surgeries like thoracoscope-assisted anterior interbody fusion and reducing damage to blood vessels as well as surgical complications. Additionally, the arrangement and distribution of segmental arteries can be clearly displayed on the 3-dimensional CT image and the result is basically consistent with that of corpse specimens. Therefore, the 3-dimensional CT image can be regarded as the reference for video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery plans.

  2. The CD-Hopf method in the surgical treatment of idiopathic scoliosis of the thoracolumbar or lumbar spine.

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    Głowacki, Maciej; Harasymczuk, Jerzy; Piontek, Tomasz; Strzyzewski, Wojciech

    2005-04-30

    Background. The aim of this paper is to assess the extent of correction of scoliosis after surgery from the anterior approach using the CD Hopf method. Material and methods. We analyzed 20 patients with idiopatic thoracolumbar or lumbar scoliosis (Cobb angle 53 +/- 8 degrees , lordosis angle 56.9 +/- 11.9 degrees , vertebral translation 5.5 +/- 0.9 cm). Results. After surgery with the CD Hopf method, the scoliosis angle was reduced to 21 +/- 8 degrees . The correction rate was 61.7 +/- 12.1 degrees , with spondylodesis limited to 4 vertebrae in 13 patients, and 3 vertebrae in 7 patients. The average lumbar lordosis after surgery was 50.8+/-7.9 degrees , and the average vertebral translation was 2.6 +/- 1.1 cm. In post-surgical follow-up examinations the scoliosis angle increased slightly, not exceeding 3 degrees . Conclusions. Surgical treatment of scoliosis using the CD Hopf technique through the anterior approach allows for major correction in the frontal plane, accompanied by moderate decrease of lumbar lordosis. This method also enables significant improvement of horizontalization of border scoliosis vertebrae despite the short extent of the instrumentation and spondylodesis.

  3. Characterization of mechanical and geometrical properties of a tube with axial and circumferential guided waves.

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    Yeh, Cheng-Hung; Yang, Che-Hua

    2011-05-01

    Guided waves propagating in cylindrical tubes are frequently applied for the characterization of material or geometrical properties of tubes. In a tube, guided waves can propagate in the axial direction and called axial guided waves, or in the circumferential direction called circumferential guided waves. Dispersion spectra for the axial and circumferential guided waves share some common behaviors and however exhibit some particular behaviors of their own. This study provides an investigation with theoretical modeling, experimental measurements, and a simplex-based inversion procedure to explore the similarity and difference between the axial guided waves and circumferential guided waves, aiming at providing useful information while axial and circumferential guided waves are applied in the area of material characterization. The sensitivity to the radius curvature for the circumferential guided waves dispersion spectra is a major point that makes circumferential guided waves different from axial guided waves. For the purpose of material characterization, both axial and circumferential guided waves are able to extract an elastic moduli and wall-thickness information from the dispersion spectra, however, radius information can only be extracted from the circumferential guided waves spectra.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  5. Sensory innervation of the thoracolumbar fascia in rats and humans.

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    Tesarz, J; Hoheisel, U; Wiedenhöfer, B; Mense, S

    2011-10-27

    The available data on the innervation of the thoracolumbar fascia (TLF) are inconsistent and partly contradictory. Therefore, the role of the fascia as a potential source of pain in the low back is difficult to assess. In the present study, a quantitative evaluation of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) and substance P (SP)-containing free nerve endings was performed in the rat TLF. A preliminary non-quantitative evaluation was also performed in specimens of the human TLF. The data show that the TLF is a densely innervated tissue with marked differences in the distribution of the nerve endings over the fascial layers. In the rat, we distinguished three layers: (1) Outer layer (transversely oriented collagen fibers adjacent to the subcutaneous tissue), (2) middle layer (massive collagen fiber bundles oriented obliquely to the animal's long axis), and (3) inner layer (loose connective tissue covering the paraspinal muscles). The subcutaneous tissue and the outer layer showed a particularly dense innervation with sensory fibers. SP-positive free nerve endings-which are assumed to be nociceptive-were exclusively found in these layers. Because of its dense sensory innervation, including presumably nociceptive fibers, the TLF may play an important role in low back pain.

  6. A comparison of instrumentation methods to estimate thoracolumbar motion in field-based occupational studies.

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    Schall, Mark C; Fethke, Nathan B; Chen, Howard; Gerr, Fred

    2015-05-01

    The performance of an inertial measurement unit (IMU) system for directly measuring thoracolumbar trunk motion was compared to that of the Lumbar Motion Monitor (LMM). Thirty-six male participants completed a simulated material handling task with both systems deployed simultaneously. Estimates of thoracolumbar trunk motion obtained with the IMU system were processed using five common methods for estimating trunk motion characteristics. Results of measurements obtained from IMUs secured to the sternum and pelvis had smaller root-mean-square differences and mean bias estimates in comparison to results obtained with the LMM than results of measurements obtained solely from a sternum mounted IMU. Fusion of IMU accelerometer measurements with IMU gyroscope and/or magnetometer measurements was observed to increase comparability to the LMM. Results suggest investigators should consider computing thoracolumbar trunk motion as a function of estimates from multiple IMUs using fusion algorithms rather than using a single accelerometer secured to the sternum in field-based studies.

  7. Obliged Removal of the Percutaneous Fixation System on the Thoracolumbar Junction in Patients with Idiopathic Scoliosis

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    Alessandro Landi

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Minimally invasive percutaneous surgery of the spine is used to treat thoracolumbar junction and lumbar spine fractures by percutaneous fixation. Once fusion has been obtained, it is possible to remove the percutaneous instrumentation after 6 - 12 months. We report the case of an obliged removal of the fixation system at 12 months following operation in a patient with a pre-existing compensated and asymptomatic idiopathic scoliosis. Case Presentation A 48-year-old patient affected by a compensated asymptomatic idiopathic scoliosis with an L3 type A3 fracture. The patient underwent a percutaneous short fixation L2 - L4. In the following months the patient presented progressive worsening of the low back pain and walking difficulties. The percutaneous fixation system was then removed using the same surgical access. Conclusions This particular case explains well the importance of biomechanical balance when a spinal fixation should be perform, and demonstrate how an underestimation of this aspect may cause a worsening of symptoms even if the surgical procedure was correctly performed. It is evident that the removal procedure can lead clinical benefit to a patient, in which the fixation system created a decompensation of the curvature of the spine, thus causing biomechanical alterations and generating pain. In these cases, it may be opportune to limit the fracture reduction during the surgical procedure to modify the least possible the pre-existing scoliosis and to increase the patient’s comfort after the operation. The biomechanical behaviour of the spine is specific for each patient so only a careful detection of it could lead to an optimal therapeutic result.

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  9. Low-frequency circumferential magnetization curves in magnetostrictive amorphous wires

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    Olivera, J. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, C/Calvo Sotelo s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Sanchez, M.L. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, C/Calvo Sotelo s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Prida, V.M. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, C/Calvo Sotelo s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Perez, M.J. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, C/Calvo Sotelo s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Santos, J.D. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, C/Calvo Sotelo s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Gorria, P. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, C/Calvo Sotelo s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Hernando, B. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, C/Calvo Sotelo s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain)]. E-mail: grande@pinon.ccu.uniovi.es; Sanchez Ll, J.L. [Laboratorio de Magnetismo, Facultad de Fisica-IMRE, Universidad de La Habana, La Habana 10400 (Cuba)

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    Circumferential magnetization curves have been derived from the imaginary component of the impedance response in an Fe{sub 73.5}Si{sub 13.5}B{sub 9}Cu{sub 1}Nb{sub 3} amorphous wire. Measurements were performed at 1 kHz driving frequency, and 0.05- 20 mA{sub rms} current amplitude range. Axial DC fields from 0 to 100 Oe have been simultaneously applied in order to detect the magnetoinductive effect. The circular magnetization curves are compared with quasi-static longitudinal magnetization ones, and the results are analyzed on the basis of the core-shell model for a wire with positive magnetostriction.

  10. Transverse shear effect in a circumferentially cracked cylindrical shell

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    Delale, F.; Erdogan, F.

    1979-01-01

    The objectives of the paper are to solve the problem of a circumferentially-cracked cylindrical shell by taking into account the effect of transverse shear, and to obtain the stress intensity factors for the bending moment as well as the membrane force as the external load. The formulation of the problem is given for a specially orthotropic material within the framework of a linearized shallow shell theory. The particular theory used permits the consideration of all five boundary conditions as to moment and stress resultants on the crack surface. The effect of Poisson's ratio on the stress intensity factors and the nature of the out-of-plane displacement along the edges of the crack, i.e., bulging, are also studied.

  11. The use of circumferentially varying stagger guide vanes in an axial flow pump or compressor

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    Horlock, J. H.

    1990-04-01

    An actuator disk analysis is given of the flow through a guide vane and rotor combination. It is shown that changes in total pressure across the rotor are, in general, related to circumferential variations in guide vane outlet angle. In particular, known variations in inlet total pressure may be eliminated by suitable circumferential changes in guide vane stagger.

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

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    2014-10-01

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

  13. Innervation changes induced by inflammation of the rat thoracolumbar fascia.

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    Hoheisel, U; Rosner, J; Mense, S

    2015-08-06

    Recently, the fascia innervation has become an important issue, particularly the existence of nociceptive fibers. Fascia can be a source of pain in several disorders such as fasciitis and non-specific low back pain. However, nothing is known about possible changes of the fascia innervation under pathological circumstances. This question is important, because theoretically pain from the fascia cannot only be due to increased nociceptor discharges, but also to a denser innervation of the fascia by nociceptive endings. In this histological study, an inflammation was induced in the thoracolumbar fascia (TLF) of rats and the innervation by various fiber types compared between the inflamed and intact TLF. Although the TLF is generally considered to have proprioceptive functions, no corpuscular proprioceptors (Pacini and Ruffini corpuscles) were found. To obtain quantitative data, the length of fibers and free nerve endings were determined in the three layers of the rat TLF: inner layer (IL, adjacent to the multifidus muscle), middle layer (ML) and outer layer (OL). The main results were that the overall innervation density showed little change; however, there were significant changes in some of the layers. The innervation density was significantly decreased in the OL, but this change was partly compensated for by an increase in the IL. The density of substance P (SP)-positive - presumably nociceptive - fibers was significantly increased. In contrast, the postganglionic sympathetic fibers were significantly decreased. In conclusion, the inflamed TLF showed an increase of presumably nociceptive fibers, which may explain the pain from a pathologically altered fascia. The meaning of the decreased innervation by sympathetic fibers is obscure at present. The lack of proprioceptive corpuscular receptors within the TLF does not preclude its role as a proprioceptive structure, because some of the free nerve endings may function as proprioceptors.

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

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

    1997-02-01

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

  15. Nociceptive input from the rat thoracolumbar fascia to lumbar dorsal horn neurones.

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    Hoheisel, Ulrich; Taguchi, Toru; Treede, Rolf-Detlef; Mense, Siegfried

    2011-09-01

    In anaesthetised rats, systematic electrophysiological recordings from dorsal horn neurones in spinal segments Th13-L5 were made to obtain information about the spinal nociceptive processing from the lumbar thoracolumbar fascia. Six to fourteen percent of the neurones in the spinal segments Th13-L2 had nociceptive input from the thoracolumbar fascia in naïve animals, no neurones responsive to input from the lumbar fascia were found in segments L3-L5. The segmental location of the receptive fields in the fascia was shifted 2-4 segments caudally relative to the spinal segment recorded from. Most neurones were convergent in that they received additional input from other deep somatic tissues in the low back (87%) and from the skin in the abdominal wall or the proximal leg (50%). The proportion of neurones responsive to input from the thoracolumbar fascia rose significantly from 4% to 15% (Pfascia in normal animals - responded to fascia input in animals with inflamed muscle. The data suggest that the nociceptive input from the thoracolumbar fascia contributes to the pain in low back pain patients.

  16. Treatment of traumatic thoracolumbar spine fractures : A multicenter prospective randomized study of operative versus nonsurgical treatment

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    Siebenga, Jan; Leferink, Vincent J. M.; Segers, Michiel J. M.; Elzinga, Matthijs J.; Bakker, Fred C.; Haarman, Henk J. Th. M.; Rommens, Pol M.; ten Duis, Henk-Jan; Patka, Peter

    2006-01-01

    Study Design. Multicenter prospective randomized trial. Objective. To test the hypotheses that thoracolumbar AO Type A spine fractures without neurologic deficit, managed with short-segment posterior stabilization will show an improved radiographic outcome and at least the same functional outcome as

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

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

    2010-01-01

    in the literature. Objectives: To evaluate factors of affecting the accuracy of intra-articular injections of the APJs in the caudal thoracolumbar region. Method: One-hundred-and-fifty-four injections with blue dye were performed on APJs including the T14-L6 region in 12 horses subjected to euthanasia for reasons...

  18. The surgical algorithm for the AOSpine thoracolumbar spine injury classification system

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    Vaccaro, Alexander R.; Schroeder, Gregory D.; Kepler, Christopher K.; Cumhur Oner, F.; Vialle, Luiz R.; Kandziora, Frank; Koerner, John D.; Kurd, Mark F.; Reinhold, Max; Schnake, Klaus J.; Chapman, Jens; Aarabi, Bizhan; Fehlings, Michael G.; Dvorak, Marcel F.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: The goal of the current study is to establish a surgical algorithm to accompany the AOSpine thoracolumbar spine injury classification system. Methods: A survey was sent to AOSpine members from the six AO regions of the world, and surgeons were asked if a patient should undergo an initial tr

  19. Vertebral body or intervertebral disc wedging: which contributes more to thoracolumbar kyphosis in ankylosing spondylitis patients?

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    Liu, Hao; Qian, Bang-Ping; Qiu, Yong; Wang, Yan; Wang, Bin; Yu, Yang; Zhu, Ze-Zhang

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Both vertebral body wedging and disc wedging are found in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients with thoracolumbar kyphosis. However, their relative contribution to thoracolumbar kyphosis is not fully understood. The objective of this study was to compare different contributions of vertebral and disc wedging to the thoracolumbar kyphosis in AS patients, and to analyze the relationship between the apical vertebral wedging angle and thoracolumbar kyphosis. From October 2009 to October 2013, a total of 59 consecutive AS patients with thoracolumbar kyphosis with a mean age of 38.1 years were recruited in this study. Based on global kyphosis (GK), 26 patients with GK < 70° were assigned to group A, and the other 33 patients with GK ≥ 70° were included in group B. Each GK was divided into disc wedge angles and vertebral wedge angles. The wedging angle of each disc and vertebra comprising the thoracolumbar kyphosis was measured, and the proportion of the wedging angle to the GK was calculated accordingly. Intergroup and intragroup comparisons were subsequently performed to investigate the different contributions of disc and vertebra to the GK. The correlation between the apical vertebral wedging angle and GK was calculated by Pearson correlation analysis. The duration of disease and sex were also recorded in this study. With respect to the mean disease duration, significant difference was observed between the two groups (P < 0.01). The wedging angle and wedging percentage of discs were significantly higher than those of vertebrae in group A (34.8° ± 2.5° vs 26.7° ± 2.7°, P < 0.01 and 56.6% vs 43.4%, P < 0.01), whereas disc wedging and disc wedging percentage were significantly lower than vertebrae in group B (37.6° ± 7.0° vs 50.1° ± 5.1°, P < 0.01 and 42.7% vs 57.3%, P < 0.01). The wedging of vertebrae was significantly higher in group B than in group A (50.1° ± 5.1° vs 26.7° ± 2.7°, P < 0

  20. The influence of the intervertebral disc on stress distribution of the thoracolumbar vertebrae under destructive load

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    刘雷; 裴福兴; 宋跃明; 邹力; 张聪; 周宗科

    2002-01-01

    Objective: To compare the influence of normal and degenerative discs on stress distribution of the thoracolumbar vertebrae under destructive load, explore the biomechanical background and clinical meaning and provide theoretical basis for clinical diagnosis and treatment.Methods: A mechanical model of thoracolumbar motion segment of normal and degenerative discs was built with a three dimensional finite element method and three stresses of vertical compression, compressive flexion and distractive flexion were comparatively analyzed.Results: With vertical compression and compressive flexion loads, the thoracolumbar motion segment of the normal disc showed that the central part of the upper and lower end-plates of the vertebrae and the central part of the trabecular bone adjacent to the end-plate were loaded with the most intensive stresses, meanwhile, the postero-lateral part of the annulus fibrosus was concentrated with stresses. Degenerative disc showed that the stress distribution of the trabecular bone was relatively averaged, the stresses of the central part adjacent to the end-plate were low, while at the same time, the stresses of the peripheral part were elevated relatively. With distraction flexion load, the stresses of the cortex bone, trabecular bone, end-plate and annulus fibrosus of the thoracolumbar vertebrae of degenerative discs were low, meanwhile, the stresses of the posterior structure of the vertebral body were relatively elevated compared with that of normal discs.Conclusions: There is difference in influence between normal and degenerative discs on the stress distribution of the thoracolumbar vertebrae with destructive load. The transferring way of load is changed after disc degeneration.

  1. The influence of the interertebral disc on stress distribution of the thoracolumbar vertebrae under destructive load

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    刘雷; 裴福兴; 等

    2002-01-01

    Objectie:To compare the influence of normal and degenerative discs on stress distribution of the thoracolumbar vertebrae under destructive load,explore the biomechanical background and clinical meaning and provide theoretical basis for clinical diagnosis and treatment.Methods:A mechanical model of thoracolumbar motion segment of normal and degenerative discs was built with a three dimensional finite element method and three stresses of vertical compression,compressive flexion and distractive flexion were comparatively analyzed.Results:With vertical compression and compressive flexion loads,the thoracolumbar motion segment of the normal disc showed that the central part of the upper and lower end-plates of the vertebrae and the central part of the trabecular bone adjacent to the end-plate were lgaded with the most intensive stresses,meanwhile,the postero-lateral part of the annulus fibrosus was concentrated with stresses.Degeneratie disc showed that the stress distribution of the trabecular bone was relatively averaged,the stresses of the central part adjacent to the end-plate were low,while at the same time,the stresses of the peripheral part were elevated relatively.With distraction flexion load,the stresses of the cortex bone,trabecular bone,end-plate and annulus fibrosus of the thoracolumbar vertebrae of degenerative discs were low,neanwhile,the stresses of the posterior structure of the vertebral body were relatively elevated compared with that of normal discs.Conclusions:There is difference in influence between normal and degen erative discs on the stress distribution of the thoracolumbar vertebrae with destructive load.The transferring way of load is changed after disc degeneration.

  2. Does the fracture fragment at the anterior column in thoracolumbar burst fractures get enough attention?

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    Deqing, Luo; Kejian, Lian; Teng, Li; Weitao, Zou; Dasheng, Lin

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Prospective cohort study. To evaluate whether failure of the fracture fragment at the anterior column reduction in thoracolumbar fracture has an influence on the final radiologic and clinical outcomes. Cervical teardrop fracture has caused wide concern in spinal surgery field. Although similar fracture fragment at the anterior column was also observed in thoracolumbar burst fractures, the conception of teardrop fracture in thoracolumbar fractures was rarely mentioned in the literature, let alone a study. Fifty patients who suffered from thoracolumbar burst fractures with a fracture fragment at the anterior column were prospectively analyzed. Twenty-seven patients in whom the fragments were reduced by posterior surgery, verified by postoperative X-ray or CT, were included in the reduced group, and 23 patients were included in the nonreduced group. Radiologic and clinical outcomes of both groups were compared after over 2 years follow-up. There was no significant difference regarding to Cobb angle, Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) score, and disc grade between the 2 groups preoperatively. At final follow-up, the mean angle of kyphosis was 13.91° ± 3.47° in the nonreduced group and 8.42° ± 2.07° in the reduced groups (P vertebral was 2.87 ± 1.18 in the nonreduced group, higher than 1.81 ± 0.62 in the reduced group (P column could result in poor radiologic and clinical outcomes of the thoracolumbar burst fractures treated with posterior surgery. Therefore, we recommend the surgeon should pay more attention to reducing the fracture fragment at the anterior column. PMID:28178133

  3. Angular-profile tuning of guided waves in hollow cylinders using a circumferential phased array.

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    Li, Jian; Rose, Joseph L

    2002-12-01

    Angular-profile tuning of guided waves in hollow cylinders is implemented by using partial loading of the elements in a circumferentially placed phased array. Each partial loading element generates nonaxisymmetric guided waves in a pipe. In earlier work, numerical calculations and experiments have shown that, for nonaxisymmetric guided waves, circumferential distribution of particle displacements (i.e., the angular profile) changes with propagation distance, frequency, and mode. To change the angular profile at a certain distance, either frequency or mode has to be changed for a single partial loading element. This is not the case, however, for a circumferential phased array. The total angular profile of a circumferential array is the superposition of contributions from all elements. If given the knowledge of the angular profile for a single element, the total guided wave angular profile can be controlled and thus focused at any specific circumferential location by a circumferentially placed phased array with adjustable voltage level and phase inputs. This angular profile tuning technique can be used for implementing a circumferential scan with focused, guided wave beams, which leads to the detection of smaller defects as a result of stronger focused beams. Algorithms and specific nondestructive evaluation (NDE) applications for pipe inspection using this technique are discussed.

  4. Fracture behavior of short circumferentially surface-cracked pipe

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    Krishnaswamy, P.; Scott, P.; Mohan, R. [Battelle, Columbus, OH (United States)] [and others

    1995-11-01

    This topical report summarizes the work performed for the Nuclear Regulatory Comniission`s (NRC) research program entitled ``Short Cracks in Piping and Piping Welds`` that specifically focuses on pipes with short, circumferential surface cracks. The following details are provided in this report: (i) material property deteminations, (ii) pipe fracture experiments, (iii) development, modification and validation of fracture analysis methods, and (iv) impact of this work on the ASME Section XI Flaw Evaluation Procedures. The material properties developed and used in the analysis of the experiments are included in this report and have been implemented into the NRC`s PIFRAC database. Six full-scale pipe experiments were conducted during this program. The analyses methods reported here fall into three categories (i) limit-load approaches, (ii) design criteria, and (iii) elastic-plastic fracture methods. These methods were evaluated by comparing the analytical predictions with experimental data. The results, using 44 pipe experiments from this and other programs, showed that the SC.TNP1 and DPZP analyses were the most accurate in predicting maximum load. New Z-factors were developed using these methods. These are being considered for updating the ASME Section XI criteria.

  5. Nonlinear giant magnetoimpedance and the asymmetric circumferential magnetization process in soft magnetic wires

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    Gómez-Polo, C.; Duque, J. G. S.; Knobel, M.

    2004-07-01

    The magnetoimpedance effect and its nonlinear terms are analysed for a (Co0.94Fe0.06)72.5Si12.5B15 amorphous wire. In order to enhance the nonlinear contribution the sample was previously subjected to current annealing (Joule heating) to induce a circumferential anisotropy. The effect of the application of a torsional strain on the nonlinear magnetoimpedance is analysed in terms of the torsional dependence of the magnetic permeability, evaluated through experimental circumferential hysteresis loops. The results obtained clearly confirm the direct correlation between the asymmetric circumferential magnetization process and the occurrence of nonlinear second-harmonic terms in the magnetoimpedance voltage.

  6. Design of optical cloaks and illusion devices along a circumferential direction in curvilinear coordinates

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    Chen, Tungyang; Yu, Shang-Ru

    2010-11-01

    We propose a cloaking and illusion device of circumferential topology based on the concept of transformation optics. The device is capable to cloak an object and/or simultaneously generate illusion images along a circumferential direction in curvilinear orthogonal coordinates. This feature allows us to construct multiple illusions in different ways, irrespective of the profile and direction of incident wave. Particularly when the device is served as a building brick of a larger device, one can generate a circumferential array of illusions in a periodic or any preferred pattern. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed illusion devices by carrying out full wave simulations based on finite element calculations.

  7. Efficacy of posterior fixation comparison in the treatment of thoracolumbar fractures with paraplegia by%后路内固定治疗胸腰椎骨折合并截瘫的疗效比较

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    乔崇巍

    2012-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical efficacy of pedicle screw fixation system (AF) in the treatment of thoracolumbar fractures with paraplegia. Methods Analysis and compare Forty — two patients with thoracolumbar fractures who received posterior Luque + Harrington and AF fixation were analyzed. The change of anterior vertebral height, the degree of correction of the Cobb' angle and the paraplegia index were compared. Results AF is better in improving anterior vertebral height change and the degree of correction of the Cobb' angle than Luque + Harrington. And it had good long— term effect for recovery of neurological function. Conclusion The AF system is a good method in the treatment of thoracolumbar fractures complicated with nerve injury%目的 评价椎弓根螺钉内固定系统(AF系统)治疗胸腰椎骨折合并截瘫临床效果.方法 通过分析42例应用后路Luque+ Harrington、AF内固定治疗胸腰椎骨折合并截瘫患者术前、术后及随访的椎体前缘高度变化、Cobb'角的纠正程度及截瘫指数恢复程度相比较.结果 AF系统在改善椎体高度、Cobb'角的纠正程度优于Luque+ Harrington.神经功能恢复远期效果好.结论 AF系统是治疗胸腰椎骨折合并神经损伤的一种理想方法.

  8. Reduced Circumferential Resection Margin Involvement in Rectal Cancer Surgery: Results of the Dutch Surgical Colorectal Audit

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    Gietelink, L.; Wouters, M.W.; Tanis, P.J.; Deken, M.M.; Berge, M.G. Ten; Tollenaar, R.A.; Krieken, J.H.J.M. van; Noo, M.E. de

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The circumferential resection margin (CRM) is a significant prognostic factor for local recurrence, distant metastasis, and survival after rectal cancer surgery. Therefore, availability of this parameter is essential. Although the Dutch total mesorectal excision trial raised awareness ab

  9. Variation in circumferential resection margin: Reporting and involvement in the South-Netherlands

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    Homan, J.; Bokkerink, G.M.J.; Aarts, M.J.; Lemmens, V.E.; Lijnschoten, G. van; Rutten, H.J.; Wijsman, J.H.; Nagtegaal, I.D.; Wilt, J.H.W. de

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Since the introduction of total mesorectal surgery the outcome of rectal cancer patients has improved significantly. Involvement of the circumferential resection margin (CRM) is an important predictor of increased local recurrence, distant metastases and decreased overall survival. Abdom

  10. Effect of surface contamination on osseointegration of dental implants surrounded by circumferential bone defects.

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    Mohamed, Seif

    2010-05-01

    This study was designed to evaluate the effect of surface contamination on osseointegration of dental implants surrounded by a circumferential bone defect and to compare osseointegration around Osseotite with that around Nanotite implants.

  11. ISSLS prize winner: cost-effectiveness of two forms of circumferential lumbar fusion

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    Freeman, Brian J C; Steele, Nicholas A; Sach, Tracey H

    2007-01-01

    STUDY DESIGN: Economic evaluation alongside a prospective, randomized controlled trial from a secondary care National Health Service (NHS) perspective. OBJECTIVE: To determine the cost-effectiveness of titanium cages (TC) compared with femoral ring allografts (FRA) in circumferential lumbar spina...

  12. Effect of strength matching on the reliability of welded pipe with circumferential surface crack

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    何柏林; 于影霞; 霍立兴; 张玉凤

    2004-01-01

    For different strength matching, the reliability index and failure probability of welded pressure pipe with circumferential surface crack were calculated using three dimensional stochastic finite element method. This method has overcome the shortcomings of conservative results in safety assessment with deterministic fracture mechanics method. The effects of external moment and the depth of the circumferential surface crack (a) on the reliability of pressure pipe were also calculated and discussed. The calculation results indicate that the strength matching has certain effect on the reliability of the welded pressure pipe with circumferential surface crack. The failure probability of welded pressure pipe with high strength matching is lower than that with low strength matching at the same conditions. The effects of strength matching on the failure probability and reliability index increased by adding external moment (M) and the depth of the circumferential surface crack (a).

  13. Understanding the link between circumferential dikes and eruptive fissures around calderas based on numerical and analog models

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    Corbi, Fabio; Rivalta, Eleonora; Pinel, Virginie; Maccaferri, Francesco; Acocella, Valerio

    2016-06-01

    Active calderas are seldom associated with circumferential eruptive fissures, but eroded magmatic complexes reveal widespread circumferential dikes. This suggests that, while the conditions to emplace circumferential dikes are easily met, mechanisms must prevent them from reaching the surface. We explain this discrepancy with experiments of air injection into gelatin shaped as a volcano with caldera. Analog dikes show variable deflection, depending on the competition between overpressure, Pe, and topographic unloading, Pl; when Pl/Pe = 4.8-5.3, the dikes propagate orthogonal to the least compressive stress. Due to the unloading, they become circumferential and stall below the caldera rim; buoyancy is fundamental for the further rise and circumferential fissure development. Numerical models quantitatively constrain the stress orientation within the gelatin, explaining the observed circumferential dikes. Our results explain how dikes propagate below the rim of felsic and mafic calderas, but only in the latter they are prone to feed circumferential fissures.

  14. Analyses of axial, lateral and circumferential deformations of rock specimen in triaxial compression

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    WANG Xue-bin

    2008-01-01

    The axial, lateral and circumferential strains were analyzed for a rock specimen subjected to shear failure in the form of a shear band bisecting the specimen in triaxial compression. Plastic deformation of the specimen stemmed from shear strain localization initiated at the peak shear stress. Beyond the onset of strain localization, the axial, lateral and circumferential strains were decomposed into two parts, respectively. One is the elas-tic strain described by general Hooke's law. The other is attributable to the plastic shear slips along shear band with a certain thickness dependent on the internal length of rock.The post-peak circumferential strain-axial strain curve of longer specimen is steeper than that of shorter specimen, as is consistent with the previous experiments. In elastic stage,the circumferential strain-axial strain curve exhibits nonlinear characteristic, as is in agreement with the previous experiment since confining pressure is loaded progressively until a certain value is reached. When the confining pressure is loaded completely, the circumferential strain-axial strain curve is linear in elastic and strain-softening stages. The predicted circumferential strain-axial strain curve in elastic and strain- softening stages agrees with the previous experiment.

  15. Effect of MELT method on thoracolumbar connective tissue: The full study.

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    Sanjana, Faria; Chaudhry, Hans; Findley, Thomas

    2017-01-01

    Altered connective tissue structure has been identified in adults with chronic low back pain (LBP). A self-care treatment for managing LBP is the MELT method. The MELT method is a hands-off, self-treatment that is said to alleviate chronic pain, release tension and restore mobility, utilizing specialized soft treatments balls, soft body roller and techniques mimicking manual therapy. The objective of this study was to determine whether thickness of thoracolumbar connective tissue and biomechanical and viscoelastic properties of myofascial tissue in the low back region change in subjects with chronic LBP as a result of MELT. This study was designed using a quasi experimental pre-post- design that analyzed data from subjects who performed MELT. Using ultrasound imaging and an algorithm developed in MATLAB, thickness of thoracolumbar connective tissue was analyzed in 22 subjects. A hand-held digital palpation device, called the MyotonPRO, was used to assess biomechanical properties such as stiffness, elasticity, tone and mechanical stress relaxation time of the thoracolumbar myofascial tissue. A forward bending test assessing flexibility and pain scale was added to see if MELT affected subjects with chronic LBP. A significant decrease in connective tissue thickness and pain was observed in participants. Significant increase in flexibility was also recorded.

  16. Morphometrical dimensions of the sheep thoracolumbar vertebrae as seen on digitised CT images.

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    Mageed, Mahmoud; Berner, Dagmar; Jülke, Henriette; Hohaus, Christian; Brehm, Walter; Gerlach, Kerstin

    2013-09-01

    The sheep spine is widely used as a model for preclinical research in human medicine to test new spinal implants and surgical procedures. Therefore, precise morphometric data are needed. The present study aimed to provide computed tomographic (CT) morphometry of sheep thoracolumbar spine. Five adult normal Merino sheep were included in this study. Sheep were anaesthetised and positioned in sternal recumbency. Subsequently, transverse and sagittal images were obtained using a multi-detector-row helical CT scanner. Measurements of the vertebral bodies, pedicles, intervertebral disc and transverse processes were performed with dedicated software. Vertebral bodies and the spinal canal were wider than they were deep, most obviously in the lumbar vertebrae. The intervertebral discs were as much as 57.4% thicker in the lumbar than in the thoracic spine. The pedicles were higher and longer than they were wide over the entire thoracolumbar spine. In conclusion, the generated data can serve as a CT reference for the ovine thoracolumbar spine and may be helpful in using sheep spine as a model for human spinal research.

  17. Pre-operative digital design for osteotomy and intra-operative navigation for treatment of secondary thoracolumbar kyphosis following surgery of thoracolumbar fracture%术前数字化截骨设计及术中导航辅助技术矫正胸腰段骨折术后继发角状后凸畸形

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    樊勇; 吴子祥; 杨红军; 漆伟; 雷伟; 裴彦军; 裴国献; 桑宏勋

    2015-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the efficacy of pre-operative digital design for osteotomy and intra-operative navigation for treatment of secondary thoracolumbar kyphosis following surgery of thoracolumbar fracture.Methods Thirty-four patients with secondary thoracolumbar kyphosis following surgery of thoracolumbar fracture were treated with pedicle subtraction osteotomy (PSO) from January 2008 to April 2013.They were 18 men and 16 women,from 17 to 44 years of age (average,26.5 years).Of them,11 received traditional posterior osteotomy (unassisted group) and 23 received preoperative design with Mimics software and intraoperative navigation (assisted group).The 2 groups were compared in terms of operation time,blood loss,local deformity correction rate,cobb angle,visual analogue scale (VAS),and Oswestry disability index (ODI).Results The assisted group bad significantly shorter operation time,less blood loss and a higher deformity correction rate than the unassisted group (P < 0.05).All patients were followed up for a mean duration of 38 months (from 6 to 51 months).In all patients,the preoperative cobb angle,VAS and ODI scores were significantly improved at postoperation and the last follow-up (P < 0.05).At the last follow-up,the cobb angle,VAS and ODI scores in the assisted group were significantly better than in the unassisted group (P < 0.05).In all the patients,rigid fusion of the spinal vertebrae fixated was achieved,no implant failure occurred,the secondary thoracolumbar kyphosis was obviously corrected,and back pain disappeared.Conclusion The pre-operative digital design for osteotomy and intra-operative navigation improve the safety of PSO,therapeutic outcomes and local deformity correction for treatment of secondaU thoracolumbar kyphosis following surgery of thoracolumbar fracture.%目的 探讨联合应用术前数字化截骨设计和术中导航技术辅助矫正胸腰段骨折术后继发角状后凸畸形的有效性. 方法 2008年1至201 3年4月对34

  18. Comparison of polymethylmethacrylate versus expandable cage in anterior vertebral column reconstruction after posterior extracavitary corpectomy in lumbar and thoraco-lumbar metastatic spine tumors.

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    Eleraky, Mohammed; Papanastassiou, Ioannis; Tran, Nam D; Dakwar, Elias; Vrionis, Frank D

    2011-08-01

    Single-stage posterior corpectomy for the management of spinal tumors has been well described. Anterior column reconstruction has been accomplished using polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) or expandable cages (EC). The aim of this retrospective study was to compare PMMA versus ECs in anterior vertebral column reconstruction after posterior corpectomy for tumors in the lumbar and thoracolumbar spine. Between 2006 and 2009 we identified 32 patients that underwent a single-stage posterior extracavitary tumor resection and anterior reconstruction, 16 with PMMA and 16 with EC. There were no baseline differences in regards to age (mean: 58.2 years) or performance status. Differences between groups in terms of survival, estimated blood loss (EBL), kyphosis reduction (decrease in Cobb's angle), pain, functional outcomes, and performance status were evaluated. Mean overall survival and EBL were 17 months and 1165 ml, respectively. No differences were noted between the study groups in regards to survival (p = 0.5) or EBL (p = 0.8). There was a trend for better Kyphosis reduction in favor of the EC group (10.04 vs. 5.45, p = 0.16). No difference in performance status or VAS improvements was observed (p > 0.05). Seven patients had complications that led to reoperation (5 infections). PMMA or ECs are viable options for reconstruction of the anterior vertebral column following tumor resection and corpectomy. Both approaches allow for correction of the kyphotic deformity, and stabilization of the anterior vertebral column with similar functional and performance status outcomes in the lumbar and thoracolumbar area.

  19. Single-stage Posterior Spondylectomy,Circumferential Decompression and Reconstruction Using Mesh Cage for Spinal Tumors

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    Yong Zhu; Hong Zhao; Giu-xing Qiu; Jian-guo Zhang; Ye Tian; Shu-gang Li; Suo-mao Yuan

    2009-01-01

    Objective To explore the feasibility and clinical results of circumferential decompression and threecolumn reconstruction through single-stage posterior transpedicular approach for spinal tumor treatment.Methods Totally,24 patients with spinal tumor underwent tumor resection and spinal reconstruction through single-stage posterior transpedicular approach.Preoperatively,according to the Frankel classification,12 patients were grade E,9 grade D,and 3 grade C.Anterior column was reconstructed with non-expandable titanium cages.Posterior segmental instrumentation was used to maintain the stability of spine in all cases.Anterior and posterolateral fusion was performed with autograft and allogenic bone.The following data were followed up in these patients:deformity angle,local recurrence,neurological function,and spinal bony fusion.Results The average operating time and blood loss was 5.6 hours and 3 400 ml respectively.No intraoperative and postoperative complications were observed in this group.Postoperatively,21 patients were Frankel grade E,2 grade D,and 1 grade C.Four patients reported significant functional restoration and twenty patients reported complete resolution of pain.At follow-up(range,6-42 months),implant failure or recurrent neurological symptoms was not found.Conclusions The tumor resection and spinal reconstruction through single-stage posterior transpedicular approach is a safe and effective technique for the treatment of spinal tumor.It can fully decompress the neurological structures,correct the kyphosis,and achieve early weight-bearing.This technique can improve life quality for the patients with spinal tumor.

  20. Circumspinal decompression through a single posterior incision to treat thoracolumbar disc herniation

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    QI Qiang; SUN Chui-guo; CHEN Zhong-qiang; LIU Ning; GUO Zhao-qing; SHI Ze-feng; LIU Zhong-jun; LIU Xiao-guang; LI Wei-shi; ZENG Yan

    2011-01-01

    Background Various surgical approaches have been successfully used in the treatment of thoracolumbar disc herniation (TLDH).Although the anterior transthoracic approach has a reputation for better visualization than the posterolateral and lateral approaches,it involves the manipulation of the thoracic and pulmonary structures.Thus,this approach is technically demanding and prone to compromising the respiratory system.An ideal approach would involve adequate visualization and be accomplished through the posterior midline approach that is familiar to spine surgeons.The objective of this retrospective preliminary clinical study was to introduce a new surgical procedure,circumspinal decompression through a single posterior incision,for the treatment of TLDH (T10/11-L1/2) and to evaluate the surgical outcome of this procedure by comparing it to the conventional anterior transthoracic approach.Methods In this study,15 patients (10 males,5 females; mean age 51 years) with symptomatic TLDH underwent the circumspinal decompression through a single posterior incision procedure between January 2008 and December 2009.Altogether,17 herniated discs were excised,with 2 discs at T10/11,4 discs at T11/12,5 discs at T12/L1 and 6 discs at L1/2.Of these patients,13 were followed up with a mean follow-up period of 23.5 months.Clinical outcomes,including operative time,blood loss,perioperative complications,postoperative time of hospitalization,neurologic status improvement,back pain and correction of local kyphosis,were investigated by comparing these data with the results from patients who underwent the anterior transthoracic approach for TLDH during the same period.The patients' neurologic status was evaluated by a modified Japanese Orthopedic Association (JOA) scoring system of 11 points.Neurologic status improvement after the surgery was assessed by calculating the recovery rate,which was equal to the (postoperative JOA score-preoperative JOA score)/(11-preoperative JOA score)x100

  1. Accelerated circumferential strain quantification of the left ventricle using CIRCOME: simulation and factor analysis

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    Moghaddam, Abbas N.; Finn, J. Paul

    2008-03-01

    Circumferential strain of the left ventricle reflects myocardial contractility and is considered a key index of cardiac function. It is also an important parameter in the quantitative evaluation of heart failure. Circumferential compression encoding, CIRCOME, is a novel method in cardiac MRI to evaluate this strain non-invasively and quickly. This strain encoding technique avoids the explicit measurement of the displacement field and does not require calculation of strain through spatial differentiation. CIRCOME bypasses these two time-consuming and noise sensitive steps by directly using the frequency domain (k-space) information from radially tagged myocardium, before and after deformation. It uses the ring-shaped crown region of the k-space, generated by the taglines, to reconstruct circumferentially compression-weighted images of the heart before and after deformation. CIRCOME then calculates the circumferential strain through relative changes in the compression level of corresponding regions before and after deformation. This technique can be implemented in 3D as well as 2D and may be employed to estimate the overall global or regional circumferential strain. The main parameters that affect the accuracy of this method are spatial resolution, signal to noise ratio, eccentricity of the center of radial taglines their fading and their density. Also, a variety of possible image reconstruction and filtering options may influence the accuracy of the method. This study describes the pulse sequence, algorithm, influencing factors and limiting criteria for CIRCOME and provides the simulated results.

  2. Surgical treatment in thoraco-lumbar region fractures. Tratamiento quirúrgico de las fracturas de columna en la región toracolumbar

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    Yoan Manuel Quiñones González

    2008-06-01

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

  3. Advances of pedicle screw fixation for thoracolumbar fractures%椎弓根螺钉内固定术治疗胸腰椎骨折的进展

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    丁浩洋; 柯珍勇

    2014-01-01

    0BJECTIVE:To systemic il ustrate advances of pedicle screw internal fixation in treating thoracolumbar fracture. METHODS:A computer-based online search(1993-01/2014-01) of PubMed database(http://www. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/) and WANFANG database (http://www.wanfangdata.com.cn/) was performed for related articles with keywords“pedicular screw,internal fixation,thoracolumbar fracture”in English and in Chinese.A total of 65 articles were col ected,and 28 were included according to inclusion and exclusion criteria. RESULTS:Pedicle screws have a good biomechanical characteristic.Cooperated with different ways of operation,pedicle screws can be used for reconstructing the stability of vertebral fracture,providing three-dimensional correction,restoring the hight of vertebral body and physiological bending of the spine,and decompressing spinal canal.With the technological development in recent years,the application of intermediate screw and percutaneous pedicle screw fixation optimized the surgical approach, reduced the trauma and postoperative adverse reactions. CONCLUSION:With the application of various kinds of techniques,pedicle screw fixation can be used for the treatment of various types of thoracolumbar fractures.%目的:系统阐述椎弓根螺钉内固定术应用于胸腰椎骨折治疗的进展。方法使用计算机及因特网检索(1993-01/2014-01) PubMed数据库(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/)、中国万方数据库(http://www.wanfangdata.com.cn/)中相关文章,英文关键词为“pedicular screw,internal fixation,thoracolumbar fracture”,中文关键词为“椎弓根螺钉,内固定,胸腰椎骨折”。共检索到65篇文献,根据纳入及排除标准,共纳入28篇文章。结果椎弓根螺钉具有良好生物力学特性,配合不同的手术方式,可重建骨折椎稳定性,提供三维矫正,恢复椎体高度及脊柱的生理弯曲,行椎管减压。而近年来随技术发展,伤椎内固定

  4. Circumferential myocardial strain in cardiomyopathy with and without left bundle branch block

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    Zimetbaum Peter J

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT has been shown to decrease mortality in 60-70% of advanced heart failure patients with left bundle branch block (LBBB and QRS duration > 120 ms. There have been intense efforts to find reproducible non-invasive parameters to predict CRT response. We hypothesized that different left ventricular contraction patterns may exist in LBBB patients with depressed systolic function and applied tagged cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR to assess circumferential strain in this population. Methods We determined myocardial circumferential strain at the basal, mid, and apical ventricular level in 35 subjects (10 with ischemic cardiomyopathy, 15 with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy, and 10 healthy controls. Patterns of circumferential strain were analyzed. Time to peak systolic circumferential strain in each of the 6 segments in all three ventricular slices and the standard deviation of time to peak strain in the basal and mid ventricular slices were determined. Results Dyskinesis of the anterior septum and the inferior septum in at least two ventricular levels was seen in 50% (5 out of 10 of LBBB patients while 30% had isolated dyskinesis of the anteroseptum, and 20% had no dyskinesis in any segments, similar to all of the non-LBBB patients and healthy controls. Peak circumferential strain shortening was significantly reduced in all cardiomyopathy patients at the mid-ventricular level (LBBB 9 ± 6%, non-LBBB 10 ± 4% vs. healthy 19 ± 4%; both p Conclusions Septal dyskinesis exists in some patients with LBBB. Myocardial circumferential strain analysis enables detailed characterization of contraction patterns, strengths, and timing in cardiomyopathy patients with and without LBBB.

  5. Self-Reacting Friction Stir Welding for Aluminum Alloy Circumferential Weld Applications

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    Bjorkman, Gerry; Cantrell, Mark; Carter, Robert

    2003-01-01

    Friction stir welding is an innovative weld process that continues to grow in use, in the commercial, defense, and space sectors. It produces high quality and high strength welds in aluminum alloys. The process consists of a rotating weld pin tool that plasticizes material through friction. The plasticized material is welded by applying a high weld forge force through the weld pin tool against the material during pin tool rotation. The high weld forge force is reacted against an anvil and a stout tool structure. A variation of friction stir welding currently being evaluated is self-reacting friction stir welding. Self-reacting friction stir welding incorporates two opposing shoulders on the crown and root sides of the weld joint. In self-reacting friction stir welding, the weld forge force is reacted against the crown shoulder portion of the weld pin tool by the root shoulder. This eliminates the need for a stout tooling structure to react the high weld forge force required in the typical friction stir weld process. Therefore, the self-reacting feature reduces tooling requirements and, therefore, process implementation costs. This makes the process attractive for aluminum alloy circumferential weld applications. To evaluate the application of self-reacting friction stir welding for aluminum alloy circumferential welding, a feasibility study was performed. The study consisted of performing a fourteen-foot diameter aluminum alloy circumferential demonstration weld using typical fusion weld tooling. To accomplish the demonstration weld, weld and tack weld development were performed and fourteen-foot diameter rings were fabricated. Weld development consisted of weld pin tool selection and the generation of a process map and envelope. Tack weld development evaluated gas tungsten arc welding and friction stir welding for tack welding rings together for circumferential welding. As a result of the study, a successful circumferential demonstration weld was produced leading

  6. An analysis of the Circumferential Grooves Casing Treatment for transonic compressor flow

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    2010-01-01

    The stall mechanism of the NASA Rotor 37 is investigated through the analysis of the critical flow structures near the stall under the transonic condition. The performance of the rotor with Circumferential Grooves Casing Treatment (CGCT) is also studied based on the Reynolds-Averaging Navier-Stokes approach. The study finds that stall margin improvement can be achieved without significant penalty on the efficiency for the two CGCT configurations applied. The effects of circumferential grooves on the critical flow structures are studied through the analysis of the tip leakage mass and momentum transport that further re-veal the CGCT mechanism.

  7. A second patient with MCA/MR syndrome with multiple circumferential skin creases.

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    Leonard, N J

    2002-09-15

    Symmetrical congenital circumferential skin creases are a rare feature described in only a few conditions. We report a case of a 29-month-old boy with symmetrical circumferential skin creases on arms, legs, and digits, and other features reminiscent of the single case reported by Cohen et al. [1993: Clin Dysmorphol 2:39-46] and reviewed by Elliott et al. [1996: Am J Med Genet 62:23-25]. The key features also include epicanthic folds, microphthalmia, microcornea, microcephaly, small, low-set posteriorly angulated ears with thick overfolded helices, cleft palate, and moderate-severe psychomotor developmental delay.

  8. Transverse plane pelvic rotation increase (TPPRI following rotationally corrective instrumentation of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis double curves

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    Asher Marc A

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background We have occasionally observed clinically noticeable postoperative transverse plane pelvic rotation increase (TPPRI in the direction of direct thoracolumbar/lumbar rotational corrective load applied during posterior instrumentation and arthrodesis for double (Lenke 3 and 6 adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS curves. Our purposes were to document this occurrence; identify its frequency, associated variables, and natural history; and determine its effect upon patient outcome. Methods Transverse plane pelvic rotation (TPPR can be quantified using the left/right hemipelvis width ratio as measured on standing posterior-anterior scoliosis radiographs. Descriptive statistics were done to determine means and standard deviations. Non-parametric statistical tests were used due to the small sample size and non-normally distributed data. Significance was set at P Results Seventeen of 21 (81% consecutive patients with double curves (7 with Lenke 3 curves and 10 with Lenke 6 instrumented with lumbar pedicle screw anchors to achieve direct rotation had a complete sequence of measurable radiographs. While 10 of these 17 had no postoperative TPPRI, 7 did all in the direction of the rotationally corrective thoracolumbar instrumentation load. Two preoperative variables were associated with postoperative TPPRI: more tilt of the vertebra below the lower instrumented vertebra (-23° ± 3.1° vs. -29° ± 4.6°, P = 0.014 and concurrent anterior thoracolumbar discectomy and arthrodesis (5 of 10 vs. 7 of 7, P = 0.044. Patients with a larger thoracolumbar/lumbar angle of trunk inclination or larger lower instrumented vertebra plus one to sacrum fractional/hemicurve were more likely to have received additional anterior thoracolumbar discectomy and arthrodesis (c = 0.90 and c = 0.833, respectively. Postoperative TPPRI resolved in 5 of the 7 by intermediate follow-up at 12 months. Patient outcome was not adversely affected by postoperative TPPRI

  9. Treatment of thoraco-lumbar curves in adolescent females affected by idiopathic scoliosis with a progressive action short brace (PASB: assessment of results according to the SRS committee on bracing and nonoperative management standardization criteria

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    Perisano Carlo

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The effectiveness of conservative treatment of scoliosis is controversial. Some studies suggest that brace is effective in stopping curve progression, whilst others did not report such an effect. The purpose of the present study was to effectiveness of Progressive Action Short Brace (PASB in the correction of thoraco-lumbar curves, in agreement with the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS Committee on Bracing and Nonoperative Management Standardisation Criteria. Methods Fifty adolescent females (mean age 11.8 ± 0.5 years with thoraco-lumbar curve and a pre-treatment Risser score ranging from 0 to 2 have been enrolled. The minimum duration of follow-up was 24 months (mean: 55.4 ± 44.5 months. Antero-posterior radiographs were used to estimate the curve magnitude (CM and the torsion of the apical vertebra (TA at 5 time points: beginning of treatment (t1, one year after the beginning of treatment (t2, intermediate time between t1 and t4 (t3, end of weaning (t4, 2-year minimum follow-up from t4 (t5. Three situations were distinguished: curve correction, curve stabilisation and curve progression. The Kruskal Wallis and Spearman Rank Correlation tests have been used as statistical tests. Results CM mean value was 29,30 ± 5,16 SD at t1 and 14,67 ± 7,65 SD at t5. TA was 12.70 ± 6,14 SD at t1 and 8,95 ± 5,82 at t5. The variation between measures of Cobb and Perdriolle degrees at t1,2,3,4,5 and between CM t5-t1 and TA t5-t1 were significantly different. Curve correction was accomplished in 94% of patients, whereas a curve stabilisation was obtained in 6% of patients. Conclusion The PASB, due to its peculiar biomechanical action on vertebral modelling, is highly effective in correcting thoraco-lumbar curves.

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

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    Heary Robert

    2007-01-01

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

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

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    Koyanagi, Izumi; Isu, Toyohiko; Iwasaki, Yoshinobu; Akino, Minoru; Abe, Hiroshi; Tashiro, Kunio; Miyasaka, Kazuo; Abe, Satoru; Kaneda, Kiyoshi

    1988-10-01

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

  12. Optimization of the axial compressor flow passage to reduce the circumferential distortion

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    Popov, G.; Kolmakova, D.; Shklovets, A.; Ermakov, A.

    2015-08-01

    This work is motivated by the necessity to reduce the effects of the flow circumferential distortion in the flow passage of the aircraft gas turbine engine (GTE). In previous research, the authors have proposed the approaches to decrease of the flow circumferential distortion arising from the mid-support racks of GTE compressor and having a negative impact on the blade rows, located upstream. In particular, the idea of introducing the circumferentially non-uniform blade pitch and profile stagger angle of guide vanes located in front of the support was contributed in order to redistribute the flow and decrease the dynamic stresses in the rotor wheel of the same stage. During the research presented in this paper, another principal of reduction of the flow circumferential distortion was chosen. Firstly, the variants of upgrading the existing support racks were found. Secondly, the new design of support was offered. Both the first and the second version of the support design variation took into account the availability of technological and structural limitations associated with the location of oil pipes, springs and others elements in the support racks. Investigations of modified design showed that the support with altered racks provides a reduction of dynamic stresses by 20% at resonance with the most dangerous harmonic, and the new design of support can give the decrease of 30%.

  13. Numerical Simulation of the Flow Field in Circumferential Grooved Liquid Seals

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    Meng Zhang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Circumferential grooved liquid seals are utilized inside turbomachinery to provide noncontacting control of internal incompressible fluid leakage. Accurate prediction of the flow field is fundamental in producing robust and efficient designs. To validate the capabilities of the computational fluid dynamics FLUENT for incompressible fluid seal flow, comparisons of velocity parameters are made to the published experimental results and other CFD code for a circumferential grooved liquid seal. This work employs a pressure-based CFD code FLUENT to calculate the flow field in the seal, using four different turbulence models respectively. The velocity contours are compared with experimental values. It shows good overall agreement of the axial, radial, and azimuthal velocities in the through-flow jet, shear layer, and recirculation zone. Quantitative comparisons of velocity profiles at the center of the groove are made to experiment. This study verifies the prediction accuracy of three turbulence models. Various structures were considered to obtain a better understanding of the circumferential grooved liquid flow characteristics. The best groove structure to control leakage was also found within the limited designed seal. This study will provide a useful reference for designing the circumferential grooved liquid seal.

  14. Conventional CT for the prediction of an involved circumferential resection margin in primary rectal cancer

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    Wolberink, Steven V. R. C.; Beets-Tan, Regina G. H.; de Haas-Kock, Danielle F. M.; Span, Mark M.; van de Jagt, Eric J.; van de Velde, Cornelis J. H.; Wiggers, Theo

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: To determine the accuracy of conventional computed tomography (CT) scan in the preoperative prediction of an involved circumferential resection margin (CRM) in primary rectal cancer. Methods: 125 patients with biopsy-proven adenocarcinoma of the rectum underwent CT of the abdomen before und

  15. Circumferential optical coherence tomography angiography imaging of the swine esophagus using a micromotor balloon catheter.

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    Lee, Hsiang-Chieh; Ahsen, Osman Oguz; Liang, Kaicheng; Wang, Zhao; Cleveland, Cody; Booth, Lucas; Potsaid, Benjamin; Jayaraman, Vijaysekhar; Cable, Alex E; Mashimo, Hiroshi; Langer, Robert; Traverso, Giovanni; Fujimoto, James G

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    We demonstrate a micromotor balloon imaging catheter for ultrahigh speed endoscopic optical coherence tomography (OCT) which provides wide area, circumferential structural and angiographic imaging of the esophagus without contrast agents. Using a 1310 nm MEMS tunable wavelength swept VCSEL light source, the system has a 1.2 MHz A-scan rate and ~8.5 µm axial resolution in tissue. The micromotor balloon catheter enables circumferential imaging of the esophagus at 240 frames per second (fps) with a ~30 µm (FWHM) spot size. Volumetric imaging is achieved by proximal pullback of the micromotor assembly within the balloon at 1.5 mm/sec. Volumetric data consisting of 4200 circumferential images of 5,000 A-scans each over a 2.6 cm length, covering a ~13 cm(2) area is acquired in <18 seconds. A non-rigid image registration algorithm is used to suppress motion artifacts from non-uniform rotational distortion (NURD), cardiac motion or respiration. En face OCT images at various depths can be generated. OCT angiography (OCTA) is computed using intensity decorrelation between sequential pairs of circumferential scans and enables three-dimensional visualization of vasculature. Wide area volumetric OCT and OCTA imaging of the swine esophagus in vivo is demonstrated.

  16. Mechanical characterization of human aortas from pressurization testing and a paradigm shift for circumferential residual stress.

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    Labrosse, Michel R; Gerson, Eleanor R; Veinot, John P; Beller, Carsten J

    2013-01-01

    Material properties needed for accurate stress analysis of the human aorta are still incompletely known, especially as many reports have ignored the presence of residual stresses in the aortic wall. To contribute new material regarding these issues, we carried out measurements and pressurization testing on ascending, thoracic and abdominal aortic samples from 24 human subjects aged 38-77 years, and evaluated the opening angle describing the circumferential residual stress level present in the aorta. We determined material constants for the aorta by gender, anatomic location and age group, according to a simple phenomenological constitutive model. The unpressurized aortic radius positively correlated with age, and the circumferential and longitudinal stretch ratios under systemic pressure negatively correlated with age, confirming the known enlargement and stiffening of the aorta with aging. The opening angle was measured to range from a minimum of 89° to above 360° for extreme cases. For given aortic dimensions and material properties, analysis of the in vivo circumferential and longitudinal mural stress distributions indicated a profound influence of the opening angle. For instance, in the thoracic aorta of males aged 38-66, opening angles in the range of 0° to 80° (resp. 60°) may equalize the gradient of in vivo circumferential (resp. longitudinal) stress between the inner and outer layers of the aorta, as commonly expected; however, opening angles above 160° (resp. 120°) may cause the gradient of circumferential (resp. longitudinal) stress to reverse and increase compared to the case without residual stress, putting the maximum stresses toward the adventitia instead of the intima. Even though the analysis of the aortic wall excluded possible longitudinal residual stresses as well as material inhomogeneities, such as constitutive differences between the intimal, medial and adventitial layers, the experimental data reported herein are important to aortic

  17. Spinal Epidural Hematoma after Thoracolumbar Posterior Fusion Surgery without Decompression for Thoracic Vertebral Fracture

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    Minato, Tsuyoki; Miyagi, Masayuki; Saito, Wataru; Shoji, Shintaro; Nakazawa, Toshiyuki; Inoue, Gen; Imura, Takayuki; Minehara, Hiroaki; Matsuura, Terumasa; Kawamura, Tadashi; Namba, Takanori; Takahira, Naonobu; Takaso, Masashi

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    We present a rare case of spinal epidural hematoma (SEH) after thoracolumbar posterior fusion without decompression surgery for a thoracic vertebral fracture. A 42-year-old man was hospitalized for a thoracic vertebral fracture caused by being sandwiched against his back on broken concrete block. Computed tomography revealed a T12 dislocation fracture of AO type B2, multiple bilateral rib fractures, and a right hemopneumothorax. Four days after the injury, in order to promote early orthostasis and to improve respiratory status, we performed thoracolumbar posterior fusion surgery without decompression; the patient had back pain but no neurological deficits. Three hours after surgery, he complained of acute pain and severe weakness of his bilateral lower extremities; with allodynia below the level of his umbilicus, postoperative SEH was diagnosed. We performed immediate revision surgery. After removal of the hematoma, his symptoms improved gradually, and he was discharged ambulatory one month after revision surgery. Through experience of this case, we should strongly consider the possibility of preexisting SEH before surgery, even in patients with no neurological deficits. We should also consider perioperative coagulopathy in patients with multiple trauma, as in this case. PMID:26989542

  18. The length and proportions of the thoracolumbar spine in children with idiopathic scoliosis.

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    Skogland, L B; Miller, J A

    1981-01-01

    The length of the thoracolumbar spine was measured on standardized X-ray films from 274 children (6 1/2--18 1/2 years) with idiopathic scoliosis and 212 controls. Where possible, the height and width (traverse diameter) of two vertebral bodies (T-6 and L-4) were also measured. Although a tendency towards longer spines in the scoliotics could be found, there was no significant difference between children with idiopathic scoliosis and controls in this respect. In girls the pubertal growth-spurt of the spine was found to start about 1 year earlier than in the controls and the growth of the spine seemed to cease later in the scoliotics. The height and width of T-6 was significantly greater in the scoliotics than in the controls for girls under 13 years of age. In the older girls and in the boys no significant difference could be demonstrated. The height of L-4 tended to be greater in the scoliotic boys and younger girls, though the differences were not statistically significant. The index height/width was calculated for T-6 and L-4 in all groups of patients and higher values could be demonstrated in the scoliotics for all test groups. The greatest height of T-6 in scoliotics might indicate a longer thoracic spine in these children. The higher values of the height/width indices suggest that the thoracolumbar spine in children with idiopathic scoliosis has an increased slenderness compared with the spine in non-scoliotic children.

  19. Spinal Epidural Hematoma after Thoracolumbar Posterior Fusion Surgery without Decompression for Thoracic Vertebral Fracture

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    Tsuyoki Minato

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a rare case of spinal epidural hematoma (SEH after thoracolumbar posterior fusion without decompression surgery for a thoracic vertebral fracture. A 42-year-old man was hospitalized for a thoracic vertebral fracture caused by being sandwiched against his back on broken concrete block. Computed tomography revealed a T12 dislocation fracture of AO type B2, multiple bilateral rib fractures, and a right hemopneumothorax. Four days after the injury, in order to promote early orthostasis and to improve respiratory status, we performed thoracolumbar posterior fusion surgery without decompression; the patient had back pain but no neurological deficits. Three hours after surgery, he complained of acute pain and severe weakness of his bilateral lower extremities; with allodynia below the level of his umbilicus, postoperative SEH was diagnosed. We performed immediate revision surgery. After removal of the hematoma, his symptoms improved gradually, and he was discharged ambulatory one month after revision surgery. Through experience of this case, we should strongly consider the possibility of preexisting SEH before surgery, even in patients with no neurological deficits. We should also consider perioperative coagulopathy in patients with multiple trauma, as in this case.

  20. Closure of a Large Thoracolumbar Myelomeningocele Using a Modified Bilateral Keystone Flap.

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    Jamjoom, Hytham; Alnoman, Hatem; Almadani, Yasser

    2016-12-01

    The keystone flap, an emerging reconstructive option that can be used in many parts of the body, is gaining popularity among reconstructive surgeons. These reliable and versatile flaps can be used for large myelomeningocele closure. A modified bilateral keystone flap was used to achieve tension-free closure of a large thoracolumbar myelomeningocele associated with severe kyphosis in a newborn girl. The flap was modified by undermining in the subfascial plane in the medial aspect of the middle third. This undermining was performed to facilitate flap movement while preserving random musculocutaneous perforators captured within the island of tissues. Laterally, we approached the border of the latissimus dorsi and dissected in the submuscular plane instead of the subfascial plane to preserve more muscular fasciocutaneous perforators. We achieved soft-tissue coverage that was durable, stable, and protective. Wound healing was prompt, and the patient had a satisfactory cosmetic result. No postoperative complications were observed, such as flap necrosis, dehiscence, leakage of cerebrospinal fluid, or infection. The proposed modified keystone flap is a promising addition to the armament of reconstructive surgeons that might improve outcomes and minimize complications in myelomeningocele repair. Keystone flaps provide an ideal reconstructive option for large thoracolumbar myelomeningocele repair. They are reliable, robust, and aesthetically acceptable.

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

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    Hao Chen

    2015-01-01

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

  2. The influence of spine surgeons' experience on the classification and intraobserver reliability of the novel AOSpine thoracolumbar spine injury classification system : an international study

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    Sadiqi, Said; Oner, F. Cumhur; Dvorak, Marcel F.; Aarabi, Bizhan; Schroeder, Gregory D.; Vaccaro, Alexander R.

    2015-01-01

    Study Design. International validation study. Objective. To investigate the influence of the spine surgeons' level of experience on the intraobserver reliability of the novel AOSpine Thoracolumbar Spine Injury Classification system, and the appropriate classification according to this system. Summar

  3. Skin resurfacing in a circumferential full thickness burn to the penis: lessons learnt.

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    Jabir, Shehab; Frew, Quentin; Thompson, Richard; Dziewulski, Peter

    2013-08-13

    A circumferential full-thickness burn to the penis is a rarely encountered injury. However, when it does occur, it proves a management challenge to the plastic and burns surgeon in terms of reconstruction. This is due to the need of not only regaining adequate function of the organ, but also because of the need for a pleasing aesthetic outcome. Split-skin grafts have been utilised successfully to resurface full thickness burns of the penis and have given good results. Yet the success of split-skin grafts, especially those applied to an anatomically challenging region of the body such as the penis, depends on a number of carefully thought-out steps. We discuss the case of a circumferential full-thickness burn to the penis which was treated with split-skin grafting and highlight important pitfalls that the plastic and burns surgeon need to be aware of to ensure a successful outcome.

  4. Prediction of leakage and rotordynamic coefficients for the circumferential-groove pump seal using CFD analysis

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    Kim, Sung Ho; Ha, Tae Woong [Gachon University, Seongnam (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-05-15

    The circumferential-groove seal is commonly used in various turbopumps to reduce leakage. The main goal of this paper is to develop the method of three-dimensional CFD analysis for determining leakage and rotordynamic coefficients of the circumferential-groovepump seal. A relative coordinate system was defined for steady-state simulation to calculate the velocity and pressure distributions of the seal clearance at each rotor whirl speed. Instead of setting the inlet and outlet pressures as the boundary conditions in the three dimensional CFD analysis, as it is more commonly done, we used the inlet velocity and outlet pressure obtained from a preliminary two dimensional CFD analysis. For prediction leakage, the presented analysis shows improvement from the bulk-flow model analysis. For the prediction of rotordynamic coefficients of K, k and C, the presented analysis provides results in closer agreement with the experimental values than those of the bulk-flow model analysis at several rotor speeds.

  5. Circumferential mucosal dissection and esophageal perforation in a patient with eosinophilic esophagitis

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    Gennaro Liguori; Maurizio Cortale; Fabrizio Cimino; Michele Sozzi

    2008-01-01

    A young man with a previous history of episodes of mild solid food dysphagia was admitted with a total dysphagia.The esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGDS) showed an extensive disruption of mucosal layer with a cul-de-sac in the lower part of the esophagus.Soon after the procedure,the patient suffered from an acute chest pain and subsequent CT scan demonstrated an intramural circumferential dissection of thoracic esophagus,and a mediastinal emphysema.An emergency right thoracotomy was performed,followed by a total esophagectomy with esophagogastroplasty and jejunostomy.The histopathology confirmed that mucosal and submucosal layers were circumferentially detached from muscular wall and showed an eosinophilic infiltration of the whole organ with necrosis and erosions of mucosal,submucosal and muscular layers.The diagnosis was esophageal perforation in eosinophilic esophagitis.

  6. [Echocardiographic longitudinal, radial, circumferential and rotational synchronization disturbance in predicting response to cardiac resynchronization therapy].

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    Sade, Leyla Elif

    2010-02-01

    Several echocardiographic methods have been proposed to assist patient selection for cardiac resynchronization therapy. Color-coded tissue Doppler is one of the most promising methods to quantify mechanical dyssynchrony. However, tissue Doppler data are affected by Doppler angle of incidence and tethering or translational motion. Furthermore tissue Doppler based modalities are good for longitudinal motion analysis but limited in other directions of wall motion such as radial, circumferential, and rotational. Speckle tracking is a more recent technique that allows accurate calculation of regional radial and circumferential strain as well as regional rotation for dyssynchrony analysis. Although no ideal echocardiographic method exists that integrates regional dyssynchrony data in all contraction directions as yet, technical refinements and advances in understanding of pathophysiology will help to improve the study of mechanical dyssynchrony.

  7. Inspection of circumferential IGA/SCC in Bruce Unit 4 SGs

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    Fluit, S.; Myderwyk, H.; King, P. [Babcock and Wilcox Canada Limited, Cambridge, Ontario (Canada); Durance, D.; Sedman, K. [Bruce Power, Tiverton, Ontario (Canada)

    2008-07-01

    Circumferential IGA/SCC has been detected in the roll-transition zone of tubes in Bruce A SGs for over a decade, but recently became more pronounced in Unit 4 BO4 in 2006 and the spring of 2007. A number of ET probes have been developed to detect and characterize this degradation, including C-3/8, +Point and X-Probe. Comparisons of the inspection results from these probes and metallurgical results from removed tubes have provided insight into the strengths and limitations of each probe and how the probes can complement each other. This paper will discuss the evolution of the ET inspection approach for circumferential IGA/SCC and how the results have been used in recent FFS assessments in the Bruce Unit 4 SGs. (author)

  8. In vivo vascular wall shear rate and circumferential strain of renal disease patients.

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    Park, Dae Woo; Kruger, Grant H; Rubin, Jonathan M; Hamilton, James; Gottschalk, Paul; Dodde, Robert E; Shih, Albert J; Weitzel, William F

    2013-02-01

    This study measures the vascular wall shear rate at the vessel edge using decorrelation based ultrasound speckle tracking. Results for nine healthy and eight renal disease subjects are presented. Additionally, the vascular wall shear rate and circumferential strain during physiologic pressure, pressure equalization and hyperemia are compared for five healthy and three renal disease subjects. The mean and maximum wall shear rates were measured during the cardiac cycle at the top and bottom wall edges. The healthy subjects had significantly higher mean and maximum vascular wall shear rate than the renal disease subjects. The key findings of this research were that the mean vascular wall shear rates and circumferential strain changes between physiologic pressure and hyperemia that was significantly different between healthy and renal disease subjects.

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  10. Selective radiofrequency therapy as a non-invasive approach for contactless body contouring and circumferential reduction.

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    Fajkošová, Kateřina; Machovcová, Alena; Onder, Meltem; Fritz, Klaus

    2014-03-01

    In this study, the efficacy of non-contact, selective radiofrequency (RF) were evaluated for body contouring as non-invasive fat and circumferential reduction of the abdomen. 40 healthy (36 female, 4 male) subjects showing significant volume of subcutaneous fat tissue on the abdomen and waistline were included. Once a week for 30 minutes, 4 sessions were performed. The applicator was placed on a supplied spacer covering the treatment area. Maximum power was 200W, which induced heat in the fat and connective tissue layer. The homogeneity of heat distribution and temperature of the skin surface were controlled. The circumferential reduction was measured at the baseline and after the last treatment. The photographs and adverse effects were recorded. Participants completed the self-evaluation questionnaires and rated their level of satisfaction. All subjects tolerated the treatments well. The only side effect was mild to moderate erythema. 35 subjects finished the protocol as planned and 5 subjects dropped off due to events not related to the study. 32 subjects had a 1-13 cm decrease in abdominal circumference and 3 subjects did not show significant response (0-1 cm). Most likely, a very thin fat layer was the reason for lack of response (the non-responding group was the thinnest patient group). No significant differences were found between men and women. The average decrease of 4.93 cm was calculated as a result of circumferential reduction statistical evidence. This study demonstrates that the selective RF system designed for contactless deep tissue heating is a painless, safe, and effective treatment for non-surgical body contouring and circumferential fat reduction.

  11. Numerical Investigation of Inlet Distortion on an Axial Flow Compressor Rotor with Circumferential Groove Casing Treatment

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    Huang Jian; Wu Hu

    2008-01-01

    On the base of an assumed steady inlet circumferential total pressure distortion, three-dimensional time-dependent numerical simulations are conducted on an axial flow subsonic compressor rotor. The performances and flow fields of a compressor rotor, either casing treated or untreated, are investigated in detail either with or without inlet pressure distortion. Results show that the circumferential groove casing treatment can expand the operating range of the compressor rotor either with or without inlet pressure distortion at the expense of a drop in peak isentropic efficiency. The casing treatment is capable of weakening or even removing the tip leakage vortex effectively either with or without inlet distortion. In clean inlet circumstances, the enhancement and forward movement of tip leakage vortex cause the untreated compressor rotor to stall. By contrast, with circumferential groove casing, the serious flow separation on the suction surface leads to aerodynamic stalling eventually. In the presence of inlet pressure distortion, the blade loading changes from passage to passage as the distorted inflow sector is traversed. Similar to the clean inlet circumstances, with a smooth wall casing, the enhancement and forward movement of tip leakage vortex are still the main factors which lead to the compressor rotor stalling eventu-ally. When the rotor works under near stall conditions, the blockage resulting from the tip leakage vortex in all the passages is very seri-ous. Especially in several passages, flow-spillage is observed. Compared to the clean inlet circumstances, circumferential groove casing treatment can also eliminate the low energy zone in the outer end wall region effectively.

  12. Circumferential-wave phase velocities for empty, fluid-immersed spherical metal shells

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    Überall, Herbert; Ahyi, A. C.; Raju, P. K.

    2002-01-01

    -loaded, evacuated spherical metal shells of aluminum, stainless steel, and tungsten carbide. In particular, the characteristic upturn of the dispersion curves of low-order shell-borne circumferential waves (A or A0 waves) which takes place on spherical shells when the frequency tends towards very low values......, is demonstrated here for all cases of the metals under consideration. ©2002 Acoustical Society of America....

  13. Nonlinear vibrations and energy exchange of single-walled carbon nanotubes. Circumferential flexural modes

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    Strozzi, Matteo; Smirnov, Valeri V.; Manevitch, Leonid I.; Milani, Massimo; Pellicano, Francesco

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, the nonlinear vibrations and energy exchange of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are studied. The Sanders-Koiter theory is applied to model the nonlinear dynamics of the system in the case of finite amplitude of vibration. The SWNT deformation is described in terms of longitudinal, circumferential and radial displacement fields. Simply supported, clamped and free boundary conditions are considered. The circumferential flexural modes (CFMs) are investigated. Two different approaches based on numerical and analytical models are compared. In the numerical model, an energy method based on the Lagrange equations is used to reduce the nonlinear partial differential equations of motion to a set of nonlinear ordinary differential equations, which is solved by using the implicit Runge-Kutta numerical method. In the analytical model, a reduced form of the Sanders-Koiter theory assuming small circumferential and tangential shear deformations is used to get the nonlinear ordinary differential equations of motion, which are solved by using the multiple scales analytical method. The transition from energy beating to energy localization in the nonlinear field is studied. The effect of the aspect ratio on the analytical and numerical values of the nonlinear energy localization threshold for different boundary conditions is investigated. Time evolution of the total energy distribution along the axis of a simply supported SWNT

  14. Circumferential phased array of shear-horizontal wave magnetostrictive patch transducers for pipe inspection.

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    Kim, Hoe Woong; Lee, Joo Kyung; Kim, Yoon Young

    2013-02-01

    Several investigations report effective uses of magnetostrictive patch transducers to generate and measure longitudinal and torsional guided waves in a pipe. They can be used to form a phased array for the circumferential inspection of pipes. Although there are circumferential phased arrays employing piezoelectric transducers or EMAT's, no magnetostrictive patch transducer based array system has been attempted. In this investigation, we aim to develop a circumferential phased magnetostrictive patch transducer (PMPT) array that can focus shear-horizontal waves at any target point on a cylindrical surface of a pipe. For the development, a specific configuration of a PMPT array employing six magnetostrictive patch transducers is proposed. A wave simulation model is also developed to determine time delays and amplitudes of signals generated by the transducers of the array. This model should be able to predict accurately the angular profiles of shear-horizontal waves generated by the transducers. For wave focusing, the time reversal idea will be utilized. The wave focusing ability of the developed PMPT array is tested with multiple-crack detection experiments. Imaging of localized surface inspection regions is also attempted by using wave signals measured by the developed PMPT array system.

  15. Soft Sensor for Oxide Scales on the Steam Side of Superheater Tubes under Uneven Circumferential Load

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    Qing Wei Li

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A soft sensor for oxide scales on the steam side of superheater tubes of utility boiler under uneven circumferential loading is proposed for the first time. First finite volume method is employed to simulate oxide scales growth temperature on the steam side of superheater tube. Then appropriate time and spatial intervals are selected to calculate oxide scales thickness along the circumferential direction. On the basis of the oxide scale thickness, the stress of oxide scales is calculated by the finite element method. At last, the oxide scale thickness and stress sensors are established on support vector machine (SMV optimized by particle swarm optimization (PSO with time and circumferential angles as inputs and oxide scale thickness and stress as outputs. Temperature and stress calculation methods are validated by the operation data and experimental data, respectively. The soft sensor is applied to the superheater tubes of some power plant. Results show that the soft sensor can give enough accurate results for oxide scale thickness and stress in reasonable time. The forecasting model provides a convenient way for the research of the oxide scale failure.

  16. Lumbar extracavitary corpectomy with a single stage circumferential arthrodesis: surgical technique and clinical series.

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    Singh, Kern; Park, Daniel K

    2012-07-01

    Circumferential arthrodesis and reconstruction is necessary after a lumbar corpectomy in the setting of malignancy and infection. The advent of expandable cage technology now allows for safe anterior column reconstruction via a posterior approach with no transection and minimal retraction of the lumbar spinal nerve roots. Fifteen patients underwent a single-stage, circumferential corpectomy and anterior spinal reconstruction with an expandable cage via a midline, posterior, lateral lumbar extracavitary approach. Posterior segmental pedicle screw fixation and iliac crest bone graft was used in all cases. Fifteen lumbar extracavitary corpectomy nerve root-sparing procedures have been performed to date, with at least 1-year follow-up (12 tumors/3 infections). No patient suffered any neurological complications. One patient suffered from a postoperative myocardial infarction 10 days after the procedure. Two patients had medical complications that were treated without sequelae. We present a technical description and case series of patients undergoing a single-stage, circumferential corpectomy and anterior spinal reconstruction with an expandable cage via a midline, posterior, lateral lumbar extracavitary approach with at least 1-year follow-up. The technique is safe, technically feasible, and obviates an anterior approach in this oftentimes critically ill patient population.

  17. Functional evaluation of repairs to circumferential labral lesions of the glenoid - Case series

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    Alexandre Tadeu do Nascimento

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical results among patients undergoing arthroscopic repair of circumferential labral lesions. METHODS: This was a retrospective study on 10 patients who underwent arthroscopic repair to circumferential labral lesions of the shoulder, between September 2012 and September 2015. The patients were evaluated by means of the Carter-Rowe score, DASH score, UCLA score, visual analog scale (VAS for pain and Short-Form 36 (SF36. The average age at surgery was 29.6 years. The mean follow-up was 27.44 months (range: 12-41.3. RESULTS: The mean score was 16 points for DASH; 32 points for UCLA, among which six patients (60% had excellent results, three (30% good and one (10% poor; 1.8 points for VAS, among which nine patients (90% had minor pain and one (10% moderate pain; 79.47 for SF-36; and 92.5 for Carter-Rowe, among which nine patients (90% had excellent results and one (10% good. Joint degeneration was present in one case (10%, of grade 1. We did not observe any significant complications, except for grade 1 glenohumeral arthrosis, which one patient developed after the operation. CONCLUSION: Arthroscopic repair of circumferential labral lesions of the shoulder through use of absorbable anchors is effective, with improvements in all scores applied, and it presents low complication rates. Cases associated with glenohumeral dislocation have lower long-term residual pain.

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

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    Wong, Caroline Ngar-Chi; Yu, Joseph Man-Kit; Law, Sheung-Wai; Lau, Herman Mun-Cheung; Chan, Cavor Kai-Ming

    2010-07-14

    The devastating earthquake in Sichuan, China on 12 May 2008 left thousands of survivors requiring medical care and intensive rehabilitation. In view of this great demand, the Chinese Speaking Orthopaedic Society established the "Stand Tall" project to provide voluntary services to aid amputee victims in achieving total rehabilitation and social integration. This case report highlights the multidisciplinary rehabilitation of a girl who suffered thoracolumbar vertebral collapse and underwent bilateral transtibial amputation. The rehabilitation team was involved in all stages of the care process from the pre-operative phase, through amputation, into prosthetic training, and during her life thereafter. Despite this catastrophic event, early rehabilitation and specially designed bilateral prostheses allowed her a high level of functional ability. The joint efforts of the multidisciplinary team and the advancement of new technology have revolutionized the care process for amputees.

  19. Thoracolumbar Scoliosis Due to Cryptococcal Osteomyelitis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.

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    Li, Zheng; Liang, Jinqian; Shen, Jianxiong; Qiu, Guixing; Weng, Xisheng

    2016-02-01

    Cryptococcus neoformans causes opportunistic infections in immunocompromised patients, with vertebral osteomyelitis being a very rare involvement.This study is to present a case of thoracolumbar scoliosis occurring in the setting of cryptococcal osteomyelitis.Pharmacological intervention with anticryptococcal medicine and medical management of immune hemolytic anemia were administered. After initial acute stabilization, she underwent spinal debridement and fusion on October 29, 2008. She eventually recovered fully from this episode with no subsequent mechanical instability or neurological deficits on subsequent clinic follow-ups.To the best of our knowledge, there have been no reports describing the onset of spinal cryptococcal osteomyelitis along with immune hemolytic anemia. We suggest a comprehensive algorithm for the diagnosis of vertebral cryptococcal osteomyelitis.

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

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    Lau Herman

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The devastating earthquake in Sichuan, China on 12 May 2008 left thousands of survivors requiring medical care and intensive rehabilitation. In view of this great demand, the Chinese Speaking Orthopaedic Society established the "Stand Tall" project to provide voluntary services to aid amputee victims in achieving total rehabilitation and social integration. This case report highlights the multidisciplinary rehabilitation of a girl who suffered thoracolumbar vertebral collapse and underwent bilateral transtibial amputation. The rehabilitation team was involved in all stages of the care process from the pre-operative phase, through amputation, into prosthetic training, and during her life thereafter. Despite this catastrophic event, early rehabilitation and specially designed bilateral prostheses allowed her a high level of functional ability. The joint efforts of the multidisciplinary team and the advancement of new technology have revolutionized the care process for amputees.

  1. Numerical Simulation for Three-Dimensional (3D) Unsteady State Temperature Field in Circumferential Laser Oxygen Cutting of Pipes

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    Kaijin HUANG; Dawen ZENG; Changsheng XIE; Desheng XU

    2003-01-01

    A 3D unsteady state numerical model of heat transfer in the circumferential laser oxygen cutting of pipes wasdeveloped. In order to minimize the computing time required for solving the finite difference equations as much aspossible, the alternating direct

  2. On guided circumferential waves in soft electroactive tubes under radially inhomogeneous biasing fields

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    Wu, Bin; Su, Yipin; Chen, Weiqiu; Zhang, Chuanzeng

    2017-02-01

    Soft electroactive (EA) tube actuators and many other cylindrical devices have been proposed recently in literature, which show great advantages over those made from conventional hard solid materials. However, their practical applications may be limited because these soft EA devices are prone to various failure modes. In this paper, we present an analysis of the guided circumferential elastic waves in soft EA tube actuators, which has potential applications in the in-situ nondestructive evaluation (NDE) or online structural health monitoring (SHM) to detect structural defects or fatigue cracks in soft EA tube actuators and in the self-sensing of soft EA tube actuators based on the concept of guided circumferential elastic waves. Both circumferential SH and Lamb-type waves in an incompressible soft EA cylindrical tube under inhomogeneous biasing fields are considered. The biasing fields, induced by the application of an electric voltage difference to the electrodes on the inner and outer cylindrical surfaces of the EA tube in addition to an axial pre-stretch, are inhomogeneous in the radial direction. Dorfmann and Ogden's theory of nonlinear electroelasticity and the associated linear theory for small incremental motion constitute the basis of our analysis. By means of the state-space formalism for the incremental wave motion along with the approximate laminate technique, dispersion relations are derived in a particularly efficient way. For a neo-Hookean ideal dielectric model, the proposed approach is first validated numerically. Numerical examples are then given to show that the guided circumferential wave propagation characteristics are significantly affected by the inhomogeneous biasing fields and the geometrical parameters. Some particular phenomena such as the frequency veering and the nonlinear dependence of the phase velocity on the radial electric voltage are discussed. Our numerical findings demonstrate that it is feasible to use guided circumferential

  3. The Forgotten Lumbocostal Ligament: Anatomical Study with Application to Thoracolumbar Surgery

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    Tardieu, Gabrielle G; Alonso, Fernando; Chung, Beom Sun; Fisahn, Christian; Loukas, Marios; Oskouian, Rod J; Tubbs, R. Shane

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: Most ligaments of the human body have been well studied. However, the lumbocostal ligament has received little attention in the extant medical literature and, to our knowledge, has not undergone anatomical study. Therefore, the present study was performed to better characterize this structure’s anatomy and relationships. Methods: In the prone position, 10 adult cadavers underwent dissection of their lumbocostal ligaments. All specimens were unembalmed and had no history of surgery to the spine. The lumbocostal ligament was dissected and measurements made using calipers and a ruler. This ligament’s attachments were determined as well as its relationships to surrounding fasciae, muscle, and nerves. Results: A lumbocostal ligament was identified on all sides. The ligament was posterior to the quadratus lumborum muscle on all sides. The mean length of the ligament was 3 cm. The overall shape of the ligaments ranged from short bands to large rhomboidal sheets. Inferiorly, the lumbocostal ligament blended with the middle layer of the thoracolumbar fascia on all sides. The ligament attached to the transverse processes of L1 on 25% of sides and onto the transverse processes of L1 and L2 on 75% of sides. The ligament became taut with rib elevation and was lax with rib depression. Conclusions: The lumbocostal ligament is a constant structure of the thoracolumbar junction. Appreciation of this ligament can help localize the transverse processes of L1 and L2 and adjacent nerves, such as the regional dorsal rami as they exit near its attachment onto the lumbar transverse processes.  PMID:28090418

  4. Multidimensional Analysis of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Predicts Early Impairment in Thoracic and Thoracolumbar Spinal Cord Injury.

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    Mabray, Marc C; Talbott, Jason F; Whetstone, William D; Dhall, Sanjay S; Phillips, David B; Pan, Jonathan Z; Manley, Geoffrey T; Bresnahan, Jacqueline C; Beattie, Michael S; Haefeli, Jenny; Ferguson, Adam R

    2016-05-15

    Literature examining magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in acute spinal cord injury (SCI) has focused on cervical SCI. Reproducible systems have been developed for MRI-based grading; however, it is unclear how they apply to thoracic SCI. Our hypothesis is that MRI measures will group as coherent multivariate principal component (PC) ensembles, and that distinct PCs and individual variables will show discriminant validity for predicting early impairment in thoracic SCI. We undertook a retrospective cohort study of 25 patients with acute thoracic SCI who underwent MRI on admission and had American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale (AIS) assessment at hospital discharge. Imaging variables of axial grade, sagittal grade, length of injury, thoracolumbar injury classification system (TLICS), maximum canal compromise (MCC), and maximum spinal cord compression (MSCC) were collected. We performed an analytical workflow to detect multivariate PC patterns followed by explicit hypothesis testing to predict AIS at discharge. All imaging variables loaded positively on PC1 (64.3% of variance), which was highly related to AIS at discharge. MCC, MSCC, and TLICS also loaded positively on PC2 (22.7% of variance), while variables concerning cord signal abnormality loaded negatively on PC2. PC2 was highly related to the patient undergoing surgical decompression. Variables of signal abnormality were all negatively correlated with AIS at discharge with the highest level of correlation for axial grade as assessed with the Brain and Spinal Injury Center (BASIC) score. A multiple variable model identified BASIC as the only statistically significant predictor of AIS at discharge, signifying that BASIC best captured the variance in AIS within our study population. Our study provides evidence of convergent validity, construct validity, and clinical predictive validity for the sampled MRI measures of SCI when applied in acute thoracic and thoracolumbar SCI.

  5. Lumbosacral pain caused by blockage of dynamic vertebrogenic segments of thoracolumbar transition

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    Sead Čebić

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: In the case of the Thoraco-lumbar Junction Syndrome the pain is located in the region of the lumbo-sacral junction. Sudden torsion movements and lifting of objects while the spine is in position of torsion is the cause in most cases. In those cases, a blockade on the  Th11-Th12-L1 vertebrae occurs. The aim of this research was to determine the number of patients with the Low Back Pain whose origin is in the thoracic vertebral dynamic segments, in relation to the total number of patients according to gender, age and profession.Methods: In this retrospective, descrtiptive study we have analyzed patients treated for Lumbosacral syndrome of thoracic origin in private specialist ambulant “Cebic” in Zavidovici during one year period. We analyzed data from patients medical records and history.Results: Total of 1882 patients were treated for the Low Back Pain, of which 67 (3.56% had an origin of the pain in the Thoraco-lumbar Junction. In the analyzed group, there were 49 (73.1% man and 18 (26.8% women. The largest number of males, 21 (42.8%, were between 40-49 years old, while the largest number of woman, 9 (50%, was 20 to 29 years old. Largest number of male patients, 35 (71.8%, were physical workers, while most of the female subjects, 7 (38.8%, were of ce workers.Conclusions: Our research concludes that the number of patients with Low Back Pain of the thoracic origin (3.56% is not disregarded, but these facts are usually overlooked. Therapy for those kinds of patients is in most cases concentrated to the lower segments of the lumbar spine, which gives unsatisfactory therapeutic results.

  6. Neurological outcome in a series of 58 patients operated for traumatic thoracolumbar spinal cord injuries

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    Mauro Dobran

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Traumatic thoracolumbar spinal fractures represent approximately 65% of all traumatic spinal fractures and are frequently associated to permanent disability with significant social and economic impact. These injuries create severe physical limitations depending on neurological status, level of fracture, severity of injury, patient age and comorbidities. Predicting neurological improvement in patients with traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCIs is very difficult because it is related to different preoperative prognostic factors. We evaluated the neurological improvement related to the preoperative neurological conditions and the anatomic level of spinal cord injury. Methods: From January 2004 to June 2010, we operated 207 patients for unstable thoracolumbar spinal fractures. We carried out a retrospective analysis of 69 patients with traumatic SCIs operated on by a posterior fixation performed within 24 hours from the trauma. The preoperative neurological conditions (ASIA grade, the type of the fracture, the anatomic level of spinal cord injury and the postoperative neurological improvement were evaluated for each patient. Results: The ASIA grade at admission (P = 0,0005, the fracture type according to the AO spine classification (P = 0,0002, and the anatomic location of the injury (P = 0,0213 represented predictive factors of neurological improvement at univariate analysis. The preoperative neurological status (P = 0,0491 and the fracture type (P = 0,049 confirmed a positive predictive value also in the multivariate analysis. Conclusions : Our study confirms that the preoperative neurological status, the fracture type and the anatomic location of the fracture are predictive factors of the neurological outcome in patients with spinal cord injury.

  7. Neurological outcome in a series of 58 patients operated for traumatic thoracolumbar spinal cord injuries

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    Dobran, Mauro; Iacoangeli, Maurizio; Di Somma, Lucia Giovanna Maria; Di Rienzo, A.; Colasanti, Roberto; Nocchi, Niccolò; Alvaro, Lorenzo; Moriconi, Elisa; Nasi, Davide; Scerrati, Massimo

    2014-01-01

    Background: Traumatic thoracolumbar spinal fractures represent approximately 65% of all traumatic spinal fractures and are frequently associated to permanent disability with significant social and economic impact. These injuries create severe physical limitations depending on neurological status, level of fracture, severity of injury, patient age and comorbidities. Predicting neurological improvement in patients with traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCIs) is very difficult because it is related to different preoperative prognostic factors. We evaluated the neurological improvement related to the preoperative neurological conditions and the anatomic level of spinal cord injury. Methods: From January 2004 to June 2010, we operated 207 patients for unstable thoracolumbar spinal fractures. We carried out a retrospective analysis of 69 patients with traumatic SCIs operated on by a posterior fixation performed within 24 hours from the trauma. The preoperative neurological conditions (ASIA grade), the type of the fracture, the anatomic level of spinal cord injury and the postoperative neurological improvement were evaluated for each patient. Results: The ASIA grade at admission (P = 0,0005), the fracture type according to the AO spine classification (P = 0,0002), and the anatomic location of the injury (P = 0,0213) represented predictive factors of neurological improvement at univariate analysis. The preoperative neurological status (P = 0,0491) and the fracture type (P = 0,049) confirmed a positive predictive value also in the multivariate analysis. Conclusions: Our study confirms that the preoperative neurological status, the fracture type and the anatomic location of the fracture are predictive factors of the neurological outcome in patients with spinal cord injury. PMID:25289154

  8. Self-Expandable Stent for Repairing Coarctation of the Left-Circumferential Aortic Arch with Right-sided Descending Aorta and Aberrant Right Subclavian Artery with Kommerell's Aneurysm.

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    Khajali, Zahra; Sanati, Hamid Reza; Pouraliakbar, Hamidreza; Mohebbi, Bahram; Aeinfar, Kamran; Zolfaghari, Reza

    2017-01-01

    Endovascular treatment offers a great advantage in the management of main arteries stenoses. However, simultaneous presence of a group of anomalies may complicate the situation. Here we present a case of 21-year-old man with aortic coarctation. Radiographic imaging and angiography demonstrated aortic coarctation of the left-circumferential aortic arch, right-sided descending aorta, and Kommerell's diverticulum at the origin of right subclavian artery. These anomalies have rarely been reported to concurrently exist in the same case and the treatment is challenging. Percutaneous treatment for repair of aortic coarctation was successfully performed with deployment of self-expanding nitinol stents. Follow-up demonstrated the correction of blood pressure and improvement of the symptoms. It appears that deployment of self-expandable nitinol stents present a viable option for the management of coarcted aorta in patients having all or some of these anomalies together.

  9. Analysis of circumferential and longitudinal left ventricular systolic function in patients with non-ischemic chronic heart failure and preserved ejection fraction (from the CARRY-IN-HFpEF study).

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    Cioffi, Giovanni; Senni, Michele; Tarantini, Luigi; Faggiano, Pompilio; Rossi, Andrea; Stefenelli, Carlo; Russo, Tiziano Edoardo; Alessandro, Selmi; Furlanello, Francesco; de Simone, Giovanni

    2012-02-01

    Heart failure with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (HFpEF) is implicitly attributed to diastolic dysfunction, often recognized in elderly patients with hypertension, diabetes, and renal dysfunction. In these patients, left ventricular circumferential and longitudinal shortening is often impaired despite normal ejection fraction. The aim of this prospective study was to analyze circumferential and longitudinal shortening and their relations in patients with nonischemic HFpEF. Stress-corrected midwall shortening (sc-MS) and mitral annular peak systolic velocity (S') were measured in 60 patients (mean age 73 ± 13 years) with chronic nonischemic HFpEF in stable New York Heart Association functional class II or III and compared to the values in 120 healthy controls and 120 patients with hypertension without HFpEF. Sc-MS was classified as low if HFpEF, 27% of patients with hypertension, and 2% of controls; isolated low S' was detected in 11% of patients with HFpEF, 7% of patients with hypertension, and 5% of controls; and combined low sc-MS and low S' was detected in 26% of patients with HFpEF, 9% of patients with hypertension, and 5% of controls (HFpEF vs others, all p values HFpEF. The relation between sc-MS and S' was nonlinear (cubic). Changes in S' within normal values corresponded to negligible variations in sc-MS, whereas the progressive decrease below 8.5 cm/s was associated with substantial decrease in sc-MS. In conclusion, circumferential and/or longitudinal systolic dysfunction is present in most patients with HFpEF. Circumferential shortening normalized by wall stress identifies more patients with concealed left ventricular systolic dysfunction than longitudinal shortening.

  10. Utility of multilevel lateral interbody fusion of the thoracolumbar coronal curve apex in adult deformity surgery in combination with open posterior instrumentation and L5-S1 interbody fusion: a case-matched evaluation of 32 patients.

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    Theologis, Alexander A; Mundis, Gregory M; Nguyen, Stacie; Okonkwo, David O; Mummaneni, Praveen V; Smith, Justin S; Shaffrey, Christopher I; Fessler, Richard; Bess, Shay; Schwab, Frank; Diebo, Bassel G; Burton, Douglas; Hart, Robert; Deviren, Vedat; Ames, Christopher

    2017-02-01

    OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the utility of supplementing long thoracolumbar posterior instrumented fusion (posterior spinal fusion, PSF) with lateral interbody fusion (LIF) of the lumbar/thoracolumbar coronal curve apex in adult spinal deformity (ASD). METHODS Two multicenter databases were evaluated. Adults who had undergone multilevel LIF of the coronal curve apex in addition to PSF with L5-S1 interbody fusion (LS+Apex group) were matched by number of posterior levels fused with patients who had undergone PSF with L5-S1 interbody fusion without LIF (LS-Only group). All patients had at least 2 years of follow-up. Percutaneous PSF and 3-column osteotomy (3CO) were excluded. Demographics, perioperative details, radiographic spinal deformity measurements, and HRQoL data were analyzed. RESULTS Thirty-two patients were matched (LS+Apex: 16; LS: 16) (6 men, 26 women; mean age 63 ± 10 years). Overall, the average values for measures of deformity were as follows: Cobb angle > 40°, sagittal vertical axis (SVA) > 6 cm, pelvic tilt (PT) > 25°, and mismatch between pelvic incidence (PI) and lumbar lordosis (LL) > 15°. There were no significant intergroup differences in preoperative radiographic parameters, although patients in the LS+Apex group had greater Cobb angles and less LL. Patients in the LS+Apex group had significantly more anterior levels fused (4.6 vs 1), longer operative times (859 vs 379 minutes), and longer length of stay (12 vs 7.5 days) (all p fusion with or without multilevel LIF is used to treat a variety of coronal and sagittal adult thoracolumbar deformities. The addition of multilevel LIF to open PSF with L5-S1 interbody support in this small cohort was often used in more severe coronal and/or lumbopelvic sagittal deformities and offered better correction of major Cobb angles, lumbopelvic parameters, and SVA than posterior-only operations. As these advantages came at the expense of more major complications, more leg weakness

  11. Biomechanical investigation of thoracolumbar spine in different postures during ejection using a combined finite element and multi-body approach.

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    Du, Chengfei; Mo, Zhongjun; Tian, Shan; Wang, Lizhen; Fan, Jie; Liu, Songyang; Fan, Yubo

    2014-11-01

    The aim of this study is to investigate the dynamic response of a multi-segment model of the thoracolumbar spine and determine how the sitting posture affects the response under the impact of ejection. A nonlinear finite element model of the thoracolumbar-pelvis complex (T9-S1) was developed and validated. A multi-body dynamic model of a pilot was also constructed so an ejection seat restraint system could be incorporated into the finite element model. The distribution of trunk mass on each vertebra was also considered in the model. Dynamics analysis showed that ejection impact induced obvious axial compression and anterior flexion of the spine, which may contribute to spinal injuries. Compared with a normal posture, the relaxed posture led to an increase in stress on the cortical wall, endplate, and intradiscal pressure of 43%, 10%, 13%, respectively, and accordingly increased the risk of inducing spinal injuries.

  12. Sensory findings after stimulation of the thoracolumbar fascia with hypertonic saline suggest its contribution to low back pain.

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    Schilder, Andreas; Hoheisel, Ulrich; Magerl, Walter; Benrath, Justus; Klein, Thomas; Treede, Rolf-Detlef

    2014-02-01

    Injection of hypertonic saline into deep tissues of the back (subcutis, muscle, or the surrounding fascia) can induce acute low back pain (LBP). So far, no study has analyzed differences in temporal, qualitative, and spatial pain characteristics originating from these tissues. The current study aimed to investigate the role of the thoracolumbar fascia as a potential source of LBP. In separate sessions, 12 healthy subjects received ultrasound-guided bolus injections of isotonic saline (0.9%) or hypertonic saline (5.8%) into the erector spinae muscle, the thoracolumbar fascia (posterior layer), and the overlying subcutis. Subjects were asked to rate pain intensity, duration, quality, and spatial extent. Pressure pain thresholds were determined pre and post injection. Injections of hypertonic saline into the fascia resulted in significantly larger area under the curve of pain intensity over time than injections into subcutis (Pfascia or subcutis. Pain radiation and pain affect evoked by fascia injection exceeded those of the muscle (Pfascia injection (burning, throbbing, and stinging) suggested innervation by both A- and C-fiber nociceptors. These findings show that the thoracolumbar fascia is the deep tissue of the back that is most sensitive to chemical stimulation, making it a prime candidate to contribute to nonspecific LBP but not to localized pressure hyperalgesia.

  13. Short or long fusion after thoracolumbar burst fractures does not alter selected gait parameters: a preliminary study.

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    Oken, Fuad; Yildirim, Ozgur; Oken, Oznur; Gulcek, Murat; Yavuzer, Gunes; Ucaner, Ahmet

    2011-06-01

    We evaluated the gait characteristics of patients who had short or long-segment fusion after thoracolumbar burst fractures. The study included 12 patients (5 male, 7 female) who had vertebral fusion after traumatic thoracolumbar region (T12-L2) burst fractures. Patients were divided into two groups based on fixation type (short or long segment). Twelve healthy age and sex-matched subjects (seven male, five female) served as controls. Quantitative gait data, including all time-distance (walking velocity, cadence, step time, step length, double support time), kinematic (joint rotation angles of pelvis, hip, knee, and ankle), and kinetic data (moments of hip in sagittal and coronal plane) were collected. Three patients had a T12, six patients an L1, and three patients had an L2 lesion. Patients in the two groups were similar in terms of age, sex, and time since operation. No significant differences were found in the time-distance, kinematic, and kinetic gait characteristics between the two groups. This preliminary study reveals that the gait characteristics of patients with short and long-segment fusion after thoracolumbar burst fractures were similar to those of healthy subjects and did not differ from each other. However, the present results should be interpreted with caution due to the small sample size. Future studies with larger groups are needed to provide additional data to validate these findings.

  14. The role of the mini-open thoracoscopic-assisted approach in the management of metastatic spine disease at the thoracolumbar junction.

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    Ravindra, Vijay M; Brock, Andrea; Awad, Al-Wala; Kalra, Ricky; Schmidt, Meic H

    2016-08-01

    OBJECTIVE Treatment advances have resulted in improved survival for many cancer types, and this, in turn, has led to an increased incidence of metastatic disease, specifically to the vertebral column. Surgical decompression and stabilization prior to radiation therapy have been shown to improve functional outcomes, but anterior access to the thoracolumbar junction may involve open thoracotomy, which can cause significant morbidity. The authors describe the treatment of 12 patients in whom a mini-open thoracoscopic-assisted approach (mini-open TAA) to the thoracolumbar junction was used to treat metastatic disease, with an analysis of outcomes. METHODS The authors reviewed a retrospective cohort of patients treated for thoracolumbar junction metastatic disease with mini-open TAA between 2004 and 2016. Data collection included operative time, estimated blood loss, length of stay, follow-up duration, and pre- and postoperative visual analog scale scores and Frankel grades. RESULTS Twelve patients underwent a mini-open TAA procedure for metastatic disease at the thoracolumbar junction. The mean age of patients was 59 years (range 53-77 years), mean estimated blood loss was 613 ml, and the mean duration of the mini-open TAA procedure was 234 minutes (3.8 hours). The median length of stay in the hospital was 7.5 days (range 5-21 days). All 12 patients had significant improvement in their postoperative pain scores in comparison with their preoperative pain scores (p open TAA to the thoracolumbar junction for metastatic disease is a durable procedure that has a reduced morbidity rate compared with traditional open thoracotomy for ventral decompression and fusion. It compares well with traditional and novel posterior approaches to the thoracolumbar junction. The authors found a significant improvement in preoperative pain and neurological symptoms that supports greater use of the mini-open TAA for the treatment of complex metastatic disease at the thoracolumbar junction.

  15. 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.

    2015-01-01

    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

  16. Magnetic resonance imaging characterization of circumferential and longitudinal strain under various coronary interventions in swine

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    Mohammed; SA; Suhail; Mark; W; Wilson; Steven; W; Hetts; Maythem; Saeed

    2013-01-01

    AIM:To compare the acute changes in circumferential and longitudinal strain after exposing a coronary artery to various interventions in swine.METHODS:Percutaneous balloon angioplasty catheter was guided to location aid device(LAD)under X-ray fluoroscopy to create different patterns of ischemic insults.Pigs(n=32)were equally divided into 4 groups:controls,90 min LAD occlusion/reperfusion,LAD microembolization,and combined LAD occlusion/microembolization/reperfusion.Three days after interventions,cine,tagged and viability magnetic resonance imaging(MRI)were acquired to measure and compare left and right circumferential strain,longitudinal strain and myocardial viability,respectively.Measurements were obtained using HARP and semi-automated threshold method and statistically analyzed using unpaired t-test.Myocardial and vascular damage was characterized microscopically.RESULTS:Coronary microemboli caused greater impairment in l left ventricular(LV)circumferential strain and dyssynchrony than LAD occlusion/reperfusion despite the significant difference in the extent of myocardial damage.Microemboli also caused significant decrease in peak systolic strain rate of remote myocardium and LV dyssynchrony.Cine MRI demonstrated the interaction between LV and right ventricular(RV)at 3 d after interventions.Compensatory increase in RV free wall longitudinal strain was seen in response to all interventions.Viability MRI,histochemical staining and microscopy revealed different patterns of myocardial damage and microvascular obstruction.CONCLUSION:Cine MRI revealed subtle changes in LV strain caused by various ischemic insults.It also demonstrated the interaction between the right and left ventricles after coronary interventions.Coronary microemboli with and without acute myocardial infarction(AMI)cause complex myocardial injury and ventricular dysfunction that is not replicated in solely AMI.

  17. Investigations on an Axial Flow Fan Stage subjected to Circumferential Inlet Flow Distortion and Swirl

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    M.Govardhan; K.Viswanath

    1997-01-01

    The combined effects of swirl and circumferential inlet flow distortion on the flow field of an axial flow fan stage are reported in this paper,The study involves measurements at the inlet of the rotor and exit of the rotor and stator atdesign and off design flow conditions.The study indicated that at the design flow condition,swirl had caused deterioration of the performance in addition to that caused by distortion.Pressure rise imparted in the distortion zone is hogher than in the free zone.The attenuation of distortion is high in the presence of swirl.

  18. Regional variability in use of a novel assessment of thoracolumbar spine fractures: United States versus international surgeons

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    Harrop James S

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Considerable variability exists in clinical approaches to thoracolumbar fractures. Controversy in evaluation and nomenclature contribute to this confusion, with significant differences found between physicians, between different specialties, and in different geographic regions. A new classification system for thoracolumbar injuries, the Thoracolumbar Injury Severity Score (TLISS, was recently described by Vaccaro. No assessment of regional differences has been described. We report regional variability in use of the TLISS system between United States and non-US surgeons. Methods Twenty-eight spine surgeons (8 neurosurgeons and 20 orthopedic surgeons reviewed 56 clinical thoracolumbar injury case histories, which included pertinent imaging studies. Cases were classified and scored using the TLISS system. After a three month period, the case histories were re-ordered and the physicians repeated the exercise; 22 physicians completed both surveys and were used to assess intra-rater reliability. The reliability and treatment validity of the TLISS was assessed. Surgeons were grouped into US (n = 15 and non-US (n = 13 cohorts. Inter-rater (both within and between different geographic groups and intra-rater reliability was assessed by percent agreement, Cohen's kappa, kappa with linear weighting, and Spearman's rank-order correlation. Conclusion Non-US surgeons were found to have greater inter-rater reliability in injury mechanism, while agreement on neurological status and posterior ligamentous complex integrity tended to be higher among US surgeons. Inter-rater agreement on management was moderate, although it tended to be higher in US-surgeons. Inter-rater agreement between US and non-US surgeons was similar to within group inter-rater agreement for all categories. While intra-rater agreement for mechanism tended to be higher among US surgeons, intra-rater reliability for neurological status and PLC was slightly higher among non

  19. 无神经症状的胸腰段不稳定性骨折术后康复治疗%Post-operation rehabilitation treatment of instable thoracolumbar fractures without nervous symptoms

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    2001-01-01

    @@Background: Conservative treatment was applied in most instable thoracolumbar fractures without nervous symptoms, while the incomplete replacement would cause post protruding deformity which would hamper the function, the posterior approach operation has excellent effect on it. Objective: To discuss the effects of the post-operation rehabilitation treatment of instable thoracolumbar fractures without nervous symptoms. Unit :The Central Hospital of Jiangmen City.

  20. Estimation of leak rate through circumferential cracks in pipes in nuclear power plants

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    Jai Hak Park

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The leak before break (LBB concept is widely used in designing pipe lines in nuclear power plants. According to the concept, the amount of leaking liquid from a pipe should be more than the minimum detectable leak rate of a leak detection system before catastrophic failure occurs. Therefore, accurate estimation of the leak rate is important to evaluate the validity of the LBB concept in pipe line design. In this paper, a program was developed to estimate the leak rate through circumferential cracks in pipes in nuclear power plants using the Henry–Fauske flow model and modified Henry–Fauske flow model. By using the developed program, the leak rate was calculated for a circumferential crack in a sample pipe, and the effect of the flow model on the leak rate was examined. Treating the crack morphology parameters as random variables, the statistical behavior of the leak rate was also examined. As a result, it was found that the crack morphology parameters have a strong effect on the leak rate and the statistical behavior of the leak rate can be simulated using normally distributed crack morphology parameters.

  1. Mutations in Either TUBB or MAPRE2 Cause Circumferential Skin Creases Kunze Type

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    Isrie, Mala; Breuss, Martin; Tian, Guoling; Hansen, Andi Harley; Cristofoli, Francesca; Morandell, Jasmin; Kupchinsky, Zachari A.; Sifrim, Alejandro; Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Celia Maria; Dapena, Elena Porta; Doonanco, Kurston; Leonard, Norma; Tinsa, Faten; Moortgat, Stéphanie; Ulucan, Hakan; Koparir, Erkan; Karaca, Ender; Katsanis, Nicholas; Marton, Valeria; Vermeesch, Joris Robert; Davis, Erica E.; Cowan, Nicholas J.; Keays, David Anthony; Van Esch, Hilde

    2015-01-01

    Circumferential skin creases Kunze type (CSC-KT) is a specific congenital entity with an unknown genetic cause. The disease phenotype comprises characteristic circumferential skin creases accompanied by intellectual disability, a cleft palate, short stature, and dysmorphic features. Here, we report that mutations in either MAPRE2 or TUBB underlie the genetic origin of this syndrome. MAPRE2 encodes a member of the microtubule end-binding family of proteins that bind to the guanosine triphosphate cap at growing microtubule plus ends, and TUBB encodes a β-tubulin isotype that is expressed abundantly in the developing brain. Functional analyses of the TUBB mutants show multiple defects in the chaperone-dependent tubulin heterodimer folding and assembly pathway that leads to a compromised yield of native heterodimers. The TUBB mutations also have an impact on microtubule dynamics. For MAPRE2, we show that the mutations result in enhanced MAPRE2 binding to microtubules, implying an increased dwell time at microtubule plus ends. Further, in vivo analysis of MAPRE2 mutations in a zebrafish model of craniofacial development shows that the variants most likely perturb the patterning of branchial arches, either through excessive activity (under a recessive paradigm) or through haploinsufficiency (dominant de novo paradigm). Taken together, our data add CSC-KT to the growing list of tubulinopathies and highlight how multiple inheritance paradigms can affect dosage-sensitive biological systems so as to result in the same clinical defect. PMID:26637975

  2. Fracture behavior of circumferentially surface-cracked elbows. Technical report, October 1993--March 1996

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    Kilinski, T.; Mohan, R.; Rudland, D.; Fleming, M. [and others

    1996-12-01

    This report presents the results from Task 2 of the Second International Piping Integrity Research Group (IPIRG-2) program. The focus of the Task 2 work was directed towards furthering the understanding of the fracture behavior of long-radius elbows. This was accomplished through a combined analytical and experimental program. J-estimation schemes were developed for both axial and circumferential surface cracks in elbows. Large-scale, quasi-static and dynamic, pipe-system, elbow fracture experiments under combined pressure and bending loads were performed on elbows containing an internal surface crack at the extrados. In conjunction with the elbow experiments, material property data were developed for the A106-90 carbon steel and WP304L stainless steel elbow materials investigated. A comparison of the experimental data with the maximum stress predictions using existing straight pipe fracture prediction analysis methods, and elbow fracture prediction methods developed in this program was performed. This analysis was directed at addressing the concerns regarding the validity of using analysis predictions developed for straight pipe to predict the fracture stresses of cracked elbows. Finally, a simplified fitting flaw acceptance criteria incorporating ASME B2 stress indices and straight pipe, circumferential-crack analysis was developed.

  3. Experimental investigation on circumferential and axial temperature gradient over fuel channel under LOCA

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    Yadav, Ashwini Kumar; kumar, Ravi; Gupta, Akhilesh; Chatterjee, Barun; Mukhopadhyay, Deb; Lele, H. G.

    2014-06-01

    In a nuclear reactor temperature rises drastically in fuel channels under loss of coolant accident due to failure of primary heat transportation system. Present investigation has been carried out to capture circumferential and axial temperature gradients during fully and partially voiding conditions in a fuel channel using 19 pin fuel element simulator. A series of experiments were carried out by supplying power to outer, middle and center rods of 19 pin fuel simulator in ratio of 1.4:1.1:1. The temperature at upper periphery of pressure tube (PT) was slightly higher than at bottom due to increase in local equivalent thermal conductivity from top to bottom of PT. To simulate fully voided conditions PT was pressurized at 2.0 MPa pressure with 17.5 kW power injection. Ballooning initiated from center and then propagates towards the ends and hence axial temperature difference has been observed along the length of PT. For asymmetric heating, upper eight rods of fuel simulator were activated and temperature difference up-to 250 °C has been observed from top to bottom periphery of PT. Such situation creates steep circumferential temperature gradient over PT and could lead to breaching of PT under high pressure.

  4. Smooth muscle-like tissue constructs with circumferentially oriented cells formed by the cell fiber technology.

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    Amy Y Hsiao

    Full Text Available The proper functioning of many organs and tissues containing smooth muscles greatly depends on the intricate organization of the smooth muscle cells oriented in appropriate directions. Consequently controlling the cellular orientation in three-dimensional (3D cellular constructs is an important issue in engineering tissues of smooth muscles. However, the ability to precisely control the cellular orientation at the microscale cannot be achieved by various commonly used 3D tissue engineering building blocks such as spheroids. This paper presents the formation of coiled spring-shaped 3D cellular constructs containing circumferentially oriented smooth muscle-like cells differentiated from dedifferentiated fat (DFAT cells. By using the cell fiber technology, DFAT cells suspended in a mixture of extracellular proteins possessing an optimized stiffness were encapsulated in the core region of alginate shell microfibers and uniformly aligned to the longitudinal direction. Upon differentiation induction to the smooth muscle lineage, DFAT cell fibers self-assembled to coiled spring structures where the cells became circumferentially oriented. By changing the initial core-shell microfiber diameter, we demonstrated that the spring pitch and diameter could be controlled. 21 days after differentiation induction, the cell fibers contained high percentages of ASMA-positive and calponin-positive cells. Our technology to create these smooth muscle-like spring constructs enabled precise control of cellular alignment and orientation in 3D. These constructs can further serve as tissue engineering building blocks for larger organs and cellular implants used in clinical treatments.

  5. Smooth muscle-like tissue constructs with circumferentially oriented cells formed by the cell fiber technology.

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    Hsiao, Amy Y; Okitsu, Teru; Onoe, Hiroaki; Kiyosawa, Mahiro; Teramae, Hiroki; Iwanaga, Shintaroh; Kazama, Tomohiko; Matsumoto, Taro; Takeuchi, Shoji

    2015-01-01

    The proper functioning of many organs and tissues containing smooth muscles greatly depends on the intricate organization of the smooth muscle cells oriented in appropriate directions. Consequently controlling the cellular orientation in three-dimensional (3D) cellular constructs is an important issue in engineering tissues of smooth muscles. However, the ability to precisely control the cellular orientation at the microscale cannot be achieved by various commonly used 3D tissue engineering building blocks such as spheroids. This paper presents the formation of coiled spring-shaped 3D cellular constructs containing circumferentially oriented smooth muscle-like cells differentiated from dedifferentiated fat (DFAT) cells. By using the cell fiber technology, DFAT cells suspended in a mixture of extracellular proteins possessing an optimized stiffness were encapsulated in the core region of alginate shell microfibers and uniformly aligned to the longitudinal direction. Upon differentiation induction to the smooth muscle lineage, DFAT cell fibers self-assembled to coiled spring structures where the cells became circumferentially oriented. By changing the initial core-shell microfiber diameter, we demonstrated that the spring pitch and diameter could be controlled. 21 days after differentiation induction, the cell fibers contained high percentages of ASMA-positive and calponin-positive cells. Our technology to create these smooth muscle-like spring constructs enabled precise control of cellular alignment and orientation in 3D. These constructs can further serve as tissue engineering building blocks for larger organs and cellular implants used in clinical treatments.

  6. Status of the steam generator tube circumferential ODSCC degradation experienced at the Doel 4 plant

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    Roussel, G. [AIB-Vincotte Nuclear, Brussels (Belgium)

    1997-02-01

    Since the 1991 outage, the Doel Unit 4 nuclear power plant is known to be affected by circumferential outside diameter intergranular stress corrosion cracking at the hot leg tube expansion transition. Extensive non destructive examination inspections have shown the number of tubes affected by this problem as well as the size of the cracks to have been increasing for the three cycles up to 1993. As a result of the high percentage of tubes found non acceptable for continued service after the 1993 in-service inspection, about 1,700 mechanical sleeves were installed in the steam generators. During the 1994 outage, all the tubes sleeved during the 1993 outage were considered as potentially cracked to some extent at the upper hydraulic transition and were therefore not acceptable for continued service. They were subsequently repaired by laser welding. Furthermore all the tubes not sleeved during the 1993 outage were considered as not acceptable for continued service and were repaired by installing laser welded sleeves. During the 1995 outage, some unexpected degradation phenomena were evidenced in the sleeved tubes. This paper summarizes the status of the circumferential ODSCC experienced in the SG tubes of the Doel 4 plant as well as the other connected degradation phenomena.

  7. Recent evaluations of crack-opening-area in circumferentially cracked pipes

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    Rahman, S.; Brust, F.; Ghadiali, N.; Wilkowski, G.; Miura, N.

    1997-04-01

    Leak-before-break (LBB) analyses for circumferentially cracked pipes are currently being conducted in the nuclear industry to justify elimination of pipe whip restraints and jet shields which are present because of the expected dynamic effects from pipe rupture. The application of the LBB methodology frequently requires calculation of leak rates. The leak rates depend on the crack-opening area of the through-wall crack in the pipe. In addition to LBB analyses which assume a hypothetical flaw size, there is also interest in the integrity of actual leaking cracks corresponding to current leakage detection requirements in NRC Regulatory Guide 1.45, or for assessing temporary repair of Class 2 and 3 pipes that have leaks as are being evaluated in ASME Section XI. The objectives of this study were to review, evaluate, and refine current predictive models for performing crack-opening-area analyses of circumferentially cracked pipes. The results from twenty-five full-scale pipe fracture experiments, conducted in the Degraded Piping Program, the International Piping Integrity Research Group Program, and the Short Cracks in Piping and Piping Welds Program, were used to verify the analytical models. Standard statistical analyses were performed to assess used to verify the analytical models. Standard statistical analyses were performed to assess quantitatively the accuracy of the predictive models. The evaluation also involved finite element analyses for determining the crack-opening profile often needed to perform leak-rate calculations.

  8. Effects of inlet circumferential fluctuation on the sweep aerodynamic performance of axial fans/compressors

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    Gui, Xingmin; Zhu, Fang; Wan, Ke; Jin, Donghai

    2013-10-01

    Swept blades have been widely used in the transonic fan/compressor of aircraft engines with the aids of 3D CFD simulation since the design concept of controlling the shock structure was firstly proposed and successfully tested by Dr. Wennerstrom in the 1980s. However, some disadvantage phenomenon has also been induced by excessively 3D blade geometries on the structure stress insufficiency, vibration and reliability. Much confusion in the procedure of design practice leading us to recognize a new view on the flow mechanism of sweep aerodynamical induction: the new radial equilibrium established by the influence of inlet circumferential fluctuation (CF) changes the inlet flows of blading and induces the performance modification of axial fans/compressors blade. The view is verified by simplified models through numerical simulation and circumferentially averaged analysis in the present paper. The results show that the CF source items which originate from design parameters, such as the spanwise distributions of the loading and blading geometries, contribute to the changing of averaged incidence spanwise distribution, and further more affect the performance of axial fans/compressors with swept blades.

  9. Effects of circumferential rigid wrist orthoses in rehabilitation of patients with radius fracture at typical site

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    Đurović Aleksandar

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. The use of orthoses is a questionable rehabilitation method for patients with the distal radius fracture at typical site. The aim of this study was to compare the effects of the rehabilitation on patients with radius fracture at the typical site, who wore circumferential static wrist orthoses, with those who did not wear them. Methods. Thirty patients were divided into 3 equal groups, 2 experimental groups, and 1 control group. The patients in the experimental groups were given the rehabilitation program of wearing serially manufactured (off-the-shelf, as well as custom-fit orthoses. Those in the control group did not wear wrist orthoses. Evaluation parameters were pain, edema, the range of the wrist motion, the quality of cylindrical, spherical, and pinch-spherical grasp, the strength of pinch and hand grasp, and patient's assessment of the effects of rehabilitation. Results. No significant difference in the effects of rehabilitation on the patients in experimental groups as opposed to control group was found. Patients in the first experimental group, and in control group were more satisfied with the effects of rehabilitation, as opposed to the patients in the second experimental group (p<0,05. Conclusion. The effects of circumferential static wrist orthoses in the rehabilitation of patients with distal radius fracture at the typical site were not clinically significant. There was no significant difference between the custom and off-the-shelf orthoses.

  10. COMPUTATIONAL AND EXPERIMENTAL STUDY ON TIP LEAKAGE VORTEX OF CIRCUMFERENTIAL SKEWED BLADES

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    LI Yang; OUYANG Hua; DU Zhaohui

    2007-01-01

    In the steady operation condition, the experiments and the numerical simulations are used to investigate the tip leakage flow fields in three low pressure axial flow fans with three kinds of circumferential skewed rotors, including the radial rotor, the forward-skewed rotor and the backward-skewed rotor. The three-dimensional viscous flow fields of the fans are computed. In the experiments, the two-dimensional plane particle image velocimetry (PIV) system is used to measure the flow fields in the tip region of three different pitchwise positions of each fan. The results show that the computational results agree well with the experimental data in the flow field of the tip region of each fan. The tip leakage vortex core segments based on method of the eigenmode analysis can display clearly some characteristics of the tip leakage vortex, such as the origination position of tip leakage vortex, the development of vortex strength, and so on. Compared with the radial rotor, the other two skewed rotors can increase the stability of the tip leakage vortex and the increment in the forward-skewed rotor is more than that in the backward-skewed one. Among the tip leakage vortices of the three rotors, the velocity of the vortex in the forward-skewed rotor is the highest in the circumferential direction and the lowest in the axial direction.

  11. Blood supply to the thoracolumbar spinal cord in the laboratory mouse using corrosion and dissection techniques.

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    Flesarova, Slavka; Mazensky, David; Teleky, Jana; Almasiova, Viera; Holovska, Katarina; Supuka, Peter

    2016-01-01

    Mice are used frequently as experimental models in the study of ischemic spinal cord injury. The aim of the present study was to describe the arterial blood supply to the thoracolumbar spinal cord in the mouse. The study was carried out on 20 adult mice using the corrosion and dissection technique. Dorsal intercostal arteries were found as branches of the thoracic aorta: as 7 pairs in 80% of cases, as 8 pairs in 15% of cases and as 9 pairs in 5% of cases. The paired lumbar arteries arising from the abdominal aorta were present as 5 pairs in all cases. Along the entire thoracic and lumbar spinal regions, we observed left-sided branches entering the ventral spinal artery in 64.2% and right-sided branches in 35.8% of cases. Along the entire thoracic and lumbar spinal regions, the branches entering the dorsal spinal arteries were left-sided in 60.8% of cases and right-sided in 39.2% of cases. We found some variations in the site of origin of the artery of Adamkiewicz and in the number of dorsal spinal arteries. Documenting the anatomical variations in spinal cord blood supply in the laboratory mouse will aid the planning of future experimental studies and in determining the clinical relevance of such studies.

  12. Use of tranexamic acid for controlling bleeding in thoracolumbar scoliosis surgery with posterior instrumentation

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    Vinícius Magno da Rocha

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Scoliosis surgery involves major blood loss and frequently requires blood transfusion. The cost and risks involved in using allogeneic blood have motivated investigation of methods capable of reducing patients' bleeding during operations. One of these methods is to use antifibrinolytic drugs, and tranexamic acid is among these. The aim of this study was to assess the use of this drug for controlling bleeding in surgery to treat idiopathic scoliosis.METHODS: This was a retrospective study in which the medical files of 40 patients who underwent thoracolumbar arthrodesis by means of a posterior route were analyzed. Of these cases, 21 used tranexamic acid and were placed in the test group. The others were placed in the control group. The mean volumes of bleeding during and after the operation and the need for blood transfusion were compared between the two groups.RESULTS: The group that used tranexamic acid had significantly less bleeding during the operation than the control group. There was no significant difference between the groups regarding postoperative bleeding and the need for blood transfusion.CONCLUSIONS: Tranexamic acid was effective in reducing bleeding during the operation, as demonstrated in other studies. The correlation between its use and the reduction in the need for blood transfusion is multifactorial and could not be established in this study. We believe that tranexamic acid may be a useful resource and that it deserves greater attention in randomized double-blind prospective series, with proper control over variables that directly influence blood loss.

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

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    Rodrigo Arnold Tisot

    2015-06-01

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

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

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    Jiang Wu

    2013-01-01

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

  15. Thoracolumbar Arachnoid Cyst with Horner Syndrome: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.

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    Gao, Yang; Zhang, Hui; Yang, Jiancheng; Fu, Qiang; Zheng, Jianfeng; Shuai, Ming; Hu, Zhengbo; Tan, Wei; Cao, Wei; Yang, Xiao; Jin, Anmin; Zhou, Renshi; Lu, Hai

    2015-04-01

    Horner syndrome (HS) results from the interruption of sympathic pathway, and the patients have a group of signs including miosis, ptosis, enophthalmos, and anhydrosis. While HS is mainly caused by cervical sympathetic nerve injury such as sympathetic chain tumor, we report here a HS case caused by a thoracolumbar arachnoid cyst. Imageological examination showed the cyst existed in spinal canal from the T11 to L3 level, which was further confirmed by operation. The tumor attacked the lateral margin of intervertebral foramen at certain stages. In MRI scan, no abnormality was found in the patient's crania, cervical vertebra, thoracic vertebra, or the other parts. After removal of the cyst with operation, the patient's HS symptoms and weakness of lower limbs were relieved apparently. Although the sympathetic center origins from the cornu laterale medullae spinalis of T1 to L3, there are many reports about HS caused by lumbar anesthesia and epidural anesthesia according to our literature review, and there is no report about HS results from intraspinal space-occupying lesion below T11 level. Our finding suggests that when the sympathetic center below the level of T11 emits nerve to dominate abdominal viscera, it can also control the sweat glands from face to feet, including pupils and eyelids. When physicians encounter patients with HS and one side of the body and abdominal viscera sympathetic syndromes, the pathological changes in lower thoracic vertebra or lumbar vertebra should be taken in consideration.

  16. Reduction of longitudinal axial residual stresses in near-root region of circumferential joint of steam pipeline in technological way

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    V. M. Prokhorenko

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper proposes a variant for solving the problem of reduction of longitudinal residual stresses in near-root region of a circumferential welded joint of section of steam pipeline by FEM simulation of the stress-strain state of repaired section of a circumferential weld in the zone of lack of root penetration on a thin-wall shell of 89 mm diameter and 6 mm wall thickness from steel 20. The result of solving the problem is total distribution of stresses and residual plastic deformations in the repaired zone.

  17. Tip clearance flow interaction with circumferential groove casing treatment in a transonic axial compressor

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    Ross, Mark Hamilton

    Experimental and computational studies were conducted to study the role of the tip leakage flow in axial compressor stall and the relationship between the tip clearance flow flow field and surge margin extension from circumferential groove casing treatment. The CFD results were used to identify the existence of an interface between the approach ow and the tip-leakage flow. The experiments used a surface streaking visualization method to identify the time-averaged location of this interface as a line of zero axial shear stress at the casing. The axial position of this line, denoted xzs, moved upstream with decreasing ow coefficient in both the experiments and computations. The line was consistently located at the rotor leading edge plane at the stalling flow coefficient, regardless of in flow boundary condition. These results were successfully modeled using a control volume approach that balanced the reverse axial momentum ux of the tip-leakage flow with the momentum flux of the approach fluid. Non-uniform tip clearance measurements demonstrated that movement of the interface upstream of the rotor leading edge plane leads to the generation of short length scale rotating disturbances. Therefore, stall was interpreted as a critical point in the momentum flux balance of the approach ow and the reverse axial momentum flux of the tip-leakage flow. Experimental measurements of surge margin extension from seven CGCT configurations with a fixed groove geometry demonstrated that the contribution of individual grooves in a multi-groove casing to surge margin extension is an (a) additive and (b) linear function of the smooth wall tip clearance axial momentum ux at the location of a each groove. Extending the axial momentum model to include the in uence of a CGCT showed that circumferential grooves reduce the tip leakage flow axial momentum through radial transport. The equivalent force due to a circumferential groove was demonstrated to be related to the smooth wall tip

  18. Propagation of S-polarized surface polaritons circumferentially around a locally cylindrical surface

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    Polanco, J. [Department of Physics, University of Texas, El Paso, TX 79968 (United States); Fitzgerald, R.M., E-mail: rfitzgerald@utep.edu [Department of Physics, University of Texas, El Paso, TX 79968 (United States); Maradudin, A.A. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697 (United States)

    2012-04-02

    The dispersion relation is derived and solved for s-polarized surface polaritons propagating circumferentially around a portion of a cylindrical interface between vacuum and an isotropic dielectric. In the case that the dielectric is convex toward the vacuum these modes are found to be radiative, and consequently are attenuated as they propagate on the cylindrical surface. When the dielectric is concave toward the vacuum the resulting surface polaritons are nonradiative and propagate unattenuated on the cylinder. Such modes do not exist in the case of a planar interface between a homogeneous isotropic dielectric and vacuum. -- Highlights: ► New surface wave. ► Many-branched dispersion curve. ► More nodes in fields as frequency grows.

  19. Crack shape developments and leak rates for circumferential complex-cracked pipes

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    Brickstad, B.; Bergman, M. [SAQ Inspection Ltd., Stockholm (Sweden)

    1997-04-01

    A computerized procedure has been developed that predicts the growth of an initial circumferential surface crack through a pipe and further on to failure. The crack growth mechanism can either be fatigue or stress corrosion. Consideration is taken to complex crack shapes and for the through-wall cracks, crack opening areas and leak rates are also calculated. The procedure is based on a large number of three-dimensional finite element calculations of cracked pipes. The results from these calculations are stored in a database from which the PC-program, denoted LBBPIPE, reads all necessary information. In this paper, a sensitivity analysis is presented for cracked pipes subjected to both stress corrosion and vibration fatigue.

  20. Circumferential resonance modes of solid elastic cylinders excited by obliquely incident acoustic waves.

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    Fan, Ying; Honarvar, Farhang; Sinclair, Anthony N; Jafari, Mohammad-Reza

    2003-01-01

    When an immersed solid elastic cylinder is insonified by an obliquely incident plane acoustic wave, some of the resonance modes of the cylinder are excited. These modes are directly related to the incidence angle of the insonifying wave. In this paper, the circumferential resonance modes of such immersed elastic cylinders are studied over a large range of incidence angles and frequencies and physical explanations are presented for singular features of the frequency-incidence angle plots. These features include the pairing of one axially guided mode with each transverse whispering gallery mode, the appearance of an anomalous pseudo-Rayleigh in the cylinder at incidence angles greater than the Rayleigh angle, and distortional effects of the longitudinal whispering gallery modes on the entire resonance spectrum of the cylinder. The physical explanations are derived from Resonance Scattering Theory (RST), which is employed to determine the interior displacement field of the cylinder and its dependence on insonification angle.

  1. Amniotic membrane grafts for the prevention of esophageal stricture after circumferential endoscopic submucosal dissection.

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    Maximilien Barret

    Full Text Available The prevention of esophageal strictures following circumferential mucosal resection remains a major clinical challenge. Human amniotic membrane (AM is an easily available material, which is widely used in ophthalmology due to its wound healing, anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic properties. We studied the effect of AM grafts in the prevention of esophageal stricture after endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD in a swine model.In this prospective, randomized controlled trial, 20 swine underwent a 5 cm-long circumferential ESD of the lower esophagus. In the AM Group (n = 10, amniotic membrane grafts were placed on esophageal stents; a subgroup of 5 swine (AM 1 group was sacrificed on day 14, whereas the other 5 animals (AM 2 group were kept alive. The esophageal stent (ES group (n = 5 had ES placement alone after ESD. Another 5 animals served as a control group with only ESD.The prevalence of symptomatic strictures at day 14 was significantly reduced in the AM group and ES groups vs. the control group (33%, 40% and 100%, respectively, p = 0.03; mean esophageal diameter was 5.8±3.6 mm, 6.8±3.3 mm, and 2.6±1.7 mm for AM, ES, and control groups, respectively. Median (range esophageal fibrosis thickness was 0.87 mm (0.78-1.72, 1.19 mm (0.28-1.95, and 1.65 mm (0.7-1.79 for AM 1, ES, and control groups, respectively. All animals had developed esophageal strictures by day 35.The anti-fibrotic effect of AM on esophageal wound healing after ESD delayed the development of esophageal stricture in our model. However, this benefit was of limited duration in the conditions of our study.

  2. Quantitative lymphoscintigraphy in post-mastectomy lymphedema: correlation with circumferential measurements

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    Choi, Joon Young; Lee, Kyung Han; Kim, Sang Eun; Kim, Byung Tae; Hwang, Jee Hea; Lee, Byung Boong [Samsung Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-07-01

    An objective measure for the severity and progression is important for the management of lymphedema. To evaluate the usefulness of lympho-scintigraphy in this regard, we compared various quantitative indices from upper extremity lymphoscintigraphy with circumferential measurements, before and after physiotheraphy. Upper extremity lymphoscintigraphy was performed in 38 patients with unilateral postmastectomy lymphedema. Tc-99m antimony sulfide colloid (37 MBq) was injected s.c. into the second and third interdigital spaces. The injection sites were imaged immediately after injection. After standardized exercise for 15 min, upper extremity images were acquired 30 min, 1 hr and 2 hr after injection. The clearance of the injection site (CL), and % uptake in regional lymph nodes (%LN) and soft tissue of the extremity (i.e., the degree of dermal backflow) (%EXT) compared to the initial injection site were calculated. Circumference of each extremity was measured at 7 levels; the severity of lymphedema was expressed as the percentage difference of total circumferential difference (TCD) between healthy and edematous extremities compared to the total circumference of healthy extremity (%TCD). In 19 patients who received physiotherapy, the therapeutic effect was measured by % decrease of TCD (%DTCD) before and after therapy (Raines. et al., 1977). The quantitative indices calculated in the image at 2 hr p.i. had better correlation with either %TCD or %DTCD than those from earlier images (Table). The CL, %LN and %EXT of edematous extremity had a significant correlation with TCD. The %EXT was correlated best with either TCD or %DTCD. The results suggest that the %EXT which corresponds to the degree of dermal backflow may be a simple and useful quantitative index for evaluating the severity and progression in lymphedema and predicting the effect of therapy.

  3. Development of a used fuel cladding damage model incorporating circumferential and radial hydride responses

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    Chen, Qiushi; Ostien, Jakob T.; Hansen, Glen

    2014-04-01

    At the completion of the fuel drying process, used fuel Zry4 cladding typically exhibits a significant population of δ-hydride inclusions. These inclusions are in the form of small platelets that are generally oriented both circumferentially and radially within the cladding material. There is concern that radially-oriented hydride inclusions may weaken the cladding material and lead to issues during used fuel storage and transportation processes. A high fidelity model of the mechanical behavior of hydrides has utility in both designing fuel cladding to be more resistant to this hydride-induced weakening and also in suggesting modifications to drying, storage, and transport operations to reduce the impact of hydride formation and/or the avoidance of loading scenarios that could overly stress the radial inclusions. We develop a mechanical model for the Zry4-hydride system that, given a particular morphology of hydride inclusions, allows the calculation of the response of the hydrided cladding under various loading scenarios. The model treats the Zry4 matrix material as J2 elastoplastic, and treats the hydrides as platelets oriented in predefined directions (e.g., circumferentially and radially). The model is hosted by the Albany analysis framework, where a finite element approximation of the weak form of the cladding boundary value problem is solved using a preconditioned Newton-Krylov approach. Instead of forming the required system Jacobian operator directly or approximating its action with a differencing operation, Albany leverages the Trilinos Sacado package to form the Jacobian via automatic differentiation. We present results that describe the performance of the model in comparison with as-fabricated Zry4 as well as HB Robinson fuel cladding. Further, we also present performance results that demonstrate the efficacy of the overall solution method employed to host the model.

  4. Development of a used fuel cladding damage model incorporating circumferential and radial hydride responses

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    Chen, Qiushi, E-mail: qiushi@clemson.edu [Glenn Department of Civil Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634 (United States); Ostien, Jakob T., E-mail: jtostie@sandia.gov [Mechanics of Materials Dept. 8256, Sandia National Laboratories, P.O. Box 969, Livermore, CA 94551-0969 (United States); Hansen, Glen, E-mail: gahanse@sandia.gov [Computational Multiphysics Dept. 1443, Sandia National Laboratories, P.O. Box 5800, Albuquerque, NM 87185-1321 (United States)

    2014-04-01

    At the completion of the fuel drying process, used fuel Zry4 cladding typically exhibits a significant population of δ-hydride inclusions. These inclusions are in the form of small platelets that are generally oriented both circumferentially and radially within the cladding material. There is concern that radially-oriented hydride inclusions may weaken the cladding material and lead to issues during used fuel storage and transportation processes. A high fidelity model of the mechanical behavior of hydrides has utility in both designing fuel cladding to be more resistant to this hydride-induced weakening and also in suggesting modifications to drying, storage, and transport operations to reduce the impact of hydride formation and/or the avoidance of loading scenarios that could overly stress the radial inclusions. We develop a mechanical model for the Zry4-hydride system that, given a particular morphology of hydride inclusions, allows the calculation of the response of the hydrided cladding under various loading scenarios. The model treats the Zry4 matrix material as J{sub 2} elastoplastic, and treats the hydrides as platelets oriented in predefined directions (e.g., circumferentially and radially). The model is hosted by the Albany analysis framework, where a finite element approximation of the weak form of the cladding boundary value problem is solved using a preconditioned Newton–Krylov approach. Instead of forming the required system Jacobian operator directly or approximating its action with a differencing operation, Albany leverages the Trilinos Sacado package to form the Jacobian via automatic differentiation. We present results that describe the performance of the model in comparison with as-fabricated Zry4 as well as HB Robinson fuel cladding. Further, we also present performance results that demonstrate the efficacy of the overall solution method employed to host the model.

  5. Influence of different operation methods on vertebral body parameters and GH-IGF axis of patients with thoracolumbar bursts fractures

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    Qing-Bo Zhu

    2017-01-01

    Objective:To observe the influence situation of different operation methods on the vertebral body parameters and GH-IGF axis of patients with thoracolumbar bursts fractures.Methods:A total of 50 surgical patients with thoracolumbar bursts fractures from February 2014 to January 2016 were selected as the research object, and 50 patients with fractures were divided into two groups by the principle of random allocation, then the group A were treated with surgical treatment by anterior approach, the group B were treated with surgical treatment by posterior approach, then the vertebral body parameters and the serum expression levels of GH-IGF axis indexes of two groups before the surgery and at different time after the surgery were compared.Results: The vertebral body parameters and the serum expression levels of GH-IGF axis indexes of two groups before the surgery were compared (allP>0.05), while the vertebral body parameters and the serum expression levels of GH-IGF axis indexes of two groups at different time after the surgery were all significantly better than those before the surgery, and the results of group B were all better than those of group A (allP<0.05).Conclusions:The influence of surgical treatment by posterior approach for the vertebral body parameters and GH-IGF axis of patients with thoracolumbar bursts fractures are obviously better than those of surgical treatment by anterior approach, so the application value of surgical treatment by posterior approach in the patients with fractures is higher.

  6. Advocating "spine damage control" as a safe and effective treatment modality for unstable thoracolumbar fractures in polytrauma patients: a hypothesis

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    Beauchamp Kathryn M

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The "ideal" timing and modality of fracture fixation for unstable thoracolumbar spine fractures in multiply injured patients remains controversial. The concept of "damage control orthopedics" (DCO, which has evolved globally in the past decade, provides a safe guidance for temporary external fixation of long bone or pelvic fractures in multisystem trauma. In contrast, "damage control" concepts for unstable spine injuries have not been widely implemented, and the scarce literature in the field remains largely anecdotal. The current practice standards are reflected by two distinct positions, either (1 immediate "early total care" or (2 delayed spine fixation after recovery from associated injuries. Both concepts have inherent risks which may contribute to adverse outcome. Presentation of hypothesis We hypothesize that the concept of "spine damage control" – consisting of immediate posterior fracture reduction and instrumentation, followed by scheduled 360° completion fusion during a physiological "time-window of opportunity" – will be associated with less complications and improved outcomes of polytrauma patients with unstable thoracolumbar fractures, compared to conventional treatment strategies. Testing of hypothesis We propose a prospective multicenter trial on a large cohort of multiply injured patients with an associated unstable thoracolumbar fracture. Patients will be assigned to one of three distinct study arms: (1 Immediate definitive (anterior and/or posterior fracture fixation within 24 hours of admission; (2 Delayed definitive (anterior and/or posterior fracture fixation at > 3 days after admission; (3 "Spine damage control" procedure by posterior reduction and instrumentation within 24 hours of admission, followed by anterior 360° completion fusion at > 3 days after admission, if indicated. The primary and secondary endpoints include length of ventilator-free days, length of ICU and hospital stay, mortality

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

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

    2010-08-15

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

  8. Treatment of Multiple Thoracolumbar Intervertebral Disc Disease using Electro-acupuncture and Oriental Herbal Medicine in a Dog

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    S. H. Kim, N. S. Kim, K. C. Lee, H. B. Lee and M. S. Kim*

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available A 4-year-old male Pekingese dog was admitted to the veterinary medical center, Chonbuk National University for evaluation of severe hind limbs ataxia, atrophy and paresis. Diagnosis based on physical examination, neurological assessment and computed tomogram (CT indicated multiple thoracolumbar intervertebral disc disease (IVDD throughout the thoracic and cranial lumbar spine. Traditional veterinary medicine (TVM based diagnosis was kidney yang deficiency syndrome. Initial high dose prednisolone therapy (1.5 mg/kg PO, twice daily did not show any significant improvement. The dog was then treated with electroacupuncture (EA and oriental herbal medicine for 6 months, which significantly improved mobility, proprioception and spinal posture of the patient.

  9. Circumferential electrocautery of the patella in primary total knee replacement without patellar replacement: a meta-analysis and systematic review

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    Fan, Lihong; Ge, Zhaogang; Zhang, Chen; Li, Jia; Yu, Zefeng; Dang, Xiaoqian; Wang, Kunzheng

    2015-03-01

    The purpose of this meta-analysis and systematic review was to identify and assess whether circumferential electrocautery is useful for improving outcomes after primary total knee replacement(TKR). We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, PubMed, SpringerLink, Web of Knowledge, OVID CINAHL, OVID EBM and Google Scholar and included articles published through January 2014. A total of 6 articles met the inclusion criteria. Of the 776 cases included in the analysis, 388 cases involved patellar denervation, and 388 cases were designated as the control group. The meta-analysis revealed no significant difference in the incidence of anterior knee pain (AKP, p = 0.18) or in the visual analogue scale score (VAS, p = 0.23) between the two groups. In addition, AKSS Function Score indicated no significant difference between the two groups (p = 0.28). However, the OKS (p = 0.02), patellar score (p = 0.01), AKSS-Knee Score (p = 0.004), range of motion (ROM, p < 0.0001) and WOMAC Score (p = 0.0003) indicated that circumpatellarelectrocautery improved clinical outcomes compared with non-electrocautery. The results indicate that circumferential electrocautery of the patella does not significantly improve AKP compared with non-electrocautery techniques but that circumferential electrocautery significantly improves patients' knee function after surgery. Therefore, we believe that circumferential electrocautery is beneficial to the outcome of primary TKR surgery without patellar replacement.

  10. Initial experience with circumferential pulmonary vein ablation guided by fusion of magnetic resonance imaging with three-dimensional electroanatomic mapping

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    TANG Kai; MA Jian; MA Fu-sheng; JlA Yu-he; ZHANG Shu

    2006-01-01

    @@ Catheter ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) has been a focal target of electrophysiological study in recent years. Up to date,circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA)guided by three-dimensional (3-D) electroanatomic mapping (Carto, USA) has been one of the most favourable procedures for the treatment of AF.

  11. Burn-out, Circumferential Film Flow Distribution and Pressure Drop for an Eccentric Annulus with Heated Rod

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    Andersen, P. S.; Jensen, A.; Mannov, G.

    1974-01-01

    Measurements of (1) burn-out, (2) circumferential film flow distribution, and (3) pressure drop in a 17 × 27.2 × 3500 mm concentric and eccentric annulus geometry are presented. The eccentric displacement was varied between 0 and 3 mm. The working fluid was water. Burn-out curves at 70 bar...... flow variation on burn-out is discussed....

  12. 胸腰椎损伤分类及损伤程度评分系统的研究进展%Research progress on thoracolumbar injury classiifcation and severity score system

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    李忠海; 任东风; 唐家广; 侯树勋

    2015-01-01

    Thoracolumbar fracture, the most common spinal fracture, is a disease of high-incidence, high-cost and high disability rate. As a medical challenge, its classiifcation has always been concerned by the experts both at home and abroad. With the development of domestic and foreign industries, increase of trafifc accidents and aging of the population, its incidence is increasing year by year. So it is of great social and medical signiifcance to further explore the new classification method for thoracolumbar fractures, in order to guide the clinical treatment more effectively. An ideal classiifcation system for thoracolumbar fractures should be comprehensive, visualized and simple. To properly apply the commonly cited classification systems for thoracolumbar fractures, surgeons must not only know the injury categories described in the original studies, but also be familiar with the rationale for the development of classiifcation systems. A rigorous scientiifc foundation is needed for common thoracolumbar injury classiifcations described in many previous studies. They were largely based on the subjective insights of experienced surgeons and researchers. Several classiifcation systems have been proposed by far, and the most frequently used are the Denis, AO, load sharing classiifcation ( LSC ) and thoracolumbar injury classiifcation and severity core ( TLICS ) classiifcation systems. In this paper, the history and present situation of thoracolumbar fracture classiifcation systems are reviewed.

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

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    Rimpi Gupta

    2015-09-01

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

  14. Orthosis for thoracolumbar burst fractures without neurologic deficit: A systematic review of prospective randomized controlled trials

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    Gabriel Alcala-Cerra

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Traditionally, conservative treatment of thoracolumbar (TL burst fractures without neurologic deficit has encompassed the application of an extension brace. However, their effectiveness on maintaining the alignment, preventing posttraumatic deformities, and improving back pain, disability and quality of life is doubtful. Objective: The objective was to identify and summarize the evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs to determine whether bracing patients who suffer TL fractures adds benefices to the conservative manage without bracing. Materials and Methods: Seven databases were searched for relevant RCTs that compared the clinical and radiological outcomes of orthosis versus no-orthosis for TL burst fractures managed conservatively. Primary outcomes were: (1 Loss of kyphotic angle; (2 failure of conservative management requiring subsequent surgery; and (3 disability and pain outcomes. Secondary outcomes were defined by health-related quality of life and in-hospital stay. Results: Based on predefined inclusion criteria, only two eligible high-quality RCTs with a total of 119 patients were included. No significant difference was identified between the two groups regarding loss of kyphotic angle, pain outcome, or in-hospital stay. The pooled data showed higher scores in physical and mental domains of the Short-Form Health Survey 36 in the group treated without orthosis. Conclusion and Recommendation: The current evidence suggests that orthosis could not be necessary when TL burst fractures without neurologic deficit are treated conservatively. However, due to limitations related with number and size of the included studies, more RCTs with high quality are desirable for making recommendations with more certainty.

  15. Treatment of type A thoracolumbar fracture in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis by percutaneous kyphoplasty:1 case report%PKP 治疗强直性脊柱炎患者的A型胸腰椎骨折一例

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    陈磊; 荆珏华; 田大胜; 钱军; 朱斌

    2016-01-01

    Objective To discuss the treatment of type A thoracolumbar fracture in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis by percutaneous kyphoplasty ( PKP ).Methods A thoracolumbar fracture of a 62-year-old male patient with ankylosing spondylitis was retrospectively analyzed, including clinical manifestations and imaging data before and after the operation. Related literature was reviewed.Results Back pain was relieved significantly, and the thoracolumar imaging was good postoperatively.Conclusions The risk of thoracolunbar fracture in patients with ankylosing spondylitis is high. Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis often occurs. Results of conservative treatment may not be good, while PKP is effective for the treatment of type A thoracolumbar fracture.

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

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

    2016-01-01

    The persistence of back pain following acute back "sprains" is a serious public health problem with poorly understood pathophysiology. The recent finding that human subjects with chronic low back pain (LBP) have increased thickness and decreased mobility of the thoracolumbar fascia measured with ultrasound suggest that the fasciae of the back may be involved in LBP pathophysiology. This study used a porcine model to test the hypothesis that similar ultrasound findings can be produced experimentally in a porcine model by combining a local injury of fascia with movement restriction using a "hobble" device linking one foot to a chest harness for 8 weeks. Ultrasound measurements of thoracolumbar fascia thickness and shear plane mobility (shear strain) during passive hip flexion were made at the 8 week time point on the non-intervention side (injury and/or hobble). Injury alone caused both an increase in fascia thickness (p = .007) and a decrease in fascia shear strain on the non-injured side (p = .027). Movement restriction alone did not change fascia thickness but did decrease shear strain on the non-hobble side (p = .024). The combination of injury plus movement restriction had additive effects on reducing fascia mobility with a 52% reduction in shear strain compared with controls and a 28% reduction compared to movement restriction alone. These results suggest that a back injury involving fascia, even when healed, can affect the relative mobility of fascia layers away from the injured area, especially when movement is also restricted.

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

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

    2005-02-01

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

  18. Treatment for Fracture of Thoracolumbar Vertebrae with Dick Nail%Dick 钉治疗胸腰椎骨折

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    王法; 马昕; 谢爱国; 丁海蛟

    2001-01-01

    目的探讨 Dick 钉治疗胸、腰椎骨折的疗效。方法应用 Dick 钉治疗胸、腰椎骨折 40 例(伴有神经损伤 13 例)。结果椎体前缘高度由术前的 50.7 % 恢复至术后的 82.6 %,中柱突入椎管内程度由术前的 30.0 % 下降至术后的 7.6 %,神经功能和疼痛程度也有不同程度的恢复。结论 Dick 钉是治疗胸、腰椎骨折的有效方法之一。%Objective To explore the therapeutic effect of dick nail in treatment of fracture of thoracolumbar vertebrae.Methods Dick nails were used in the treatment of 40 such cases (13 cases with nervous injury).Results The height of anterior margin of vertebral body was restored from 50.7%(preoperation) to 82.6%(postoperation).The degree for the middle spine to project into the vertebral canal was reduced from 30.0%(preoperation) to 7.6%(postopeation)with nervous function recovered and pain relieved.Conclusion Dick nail is one of the effective methods for treatment of fracture of thoracolumbar vertebrae.

  19. EFFECTS OF X-RAY BEAM ANGLE AND GEOMETRIC DISTORTION ON WIDTH OF EQUINE THORACOLUMBAR INTERSPINOUS SPACES USING RADIOGRAPHY AND COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY

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    Djernaes, Julie D.; Nielsen, Jon V.; Berg, Lise C.

    2017-01-01

    study was to determine whether X-ray beam angle has an effect on apparent widths of interspinous spaces. Thoracolumbar spine specimens were collected from six equine cadavers and left-right lateral radiographs and sagittal and dorsal reconstructed computed tomographic (CT) images were acquired...

  20. Clinical and radiological results 6 years after treatment of traumatic thoracolumbar burst fractures with pedicle screw instrumentation and balloon assisted endplate reduction

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    Verlaan, Jorrit Jan; Somers, Inne; Dhert, Wouter J A; Oner, F. Cumhur

    2015-01-01

    Background context  When used to fixate traumatic thoracolumbar burst fractures, pedicle screw constructs may fail in the presence of severe vertebral body comminution as the intervertebral disc can creep through the fractured endplates leading to insufficient anterior column support. Balloon-assist

  1. Functional morphology and three-dimensional kinematics of the thoraco-lumbar region of the spine of the two-toed sloth.

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    Nyakatura, John A; Fischer, Martin S

    2010-12-15

    Given the importance of thoraco-lumbar spine movements in the locomotion of mammals, it is surprising that in vivo three-dimensional (3-D) data on the intervertebral movement of the mammalian thoraco-lumbar vertebral column during symmetrical gaits is limited to horses and dogs. To test whether kinematic patterns similar to those published for these cursorial species are also present during a contrasting mode of quadrupedalism, we quantified thoraco-lumbar intervertebral movements, the resulting pelvic displacements and relative femoral movements during the trot-like steady-state suspensory quadrupedal locomotion of the two-toed sloth (Xenarthra, Choloepus didactylus). Scientific rotoscoping, a new, non-invasive approach that combines synchronous biplanar high speed X-ray videos and the reconstruction of skeletal elements from computed tomography bone scans, was used to quantify 3-D kinematics. An analysis of vertebral anatomy and epaxial muscle topography suggests that the thoraco-lumbar spine of sloths is well suited to producing lateral bending and long-axis rotation, but limits powerful sagittal extension. Sloths exhibit complex 3-D movements in the thoraco-lumbar spine that are comparable to those observed in other arboreal quadrupedal mammals. Monophasic lateral bending and long-axis rotation, biphasic sagittal bending and maximal amplitude of sagittal bending at the lumbo-sacral joint were also found in other quadruped mammals and may represent general aspects of mammalian symmetric gaits. Maximal amplitude of lateral bending and long-axis rotation vary in regard to the vertebral level. It is suggested that a cranio-caudal pattern of angular deflections of the spine results from the out-of-phase movement of diagonal forelimbs and hindlimbs in other walking gaits, because it is not evident in the trot-like locomotion analyzed here. The analysis also illustrates the difficulties that arise when lumbar movement is deduced from intervertebral joint morphology

  2. Modeling and numerical investigation of the inlet circumferential fluctuations of swept and bowed blades

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    Tang, Mingzhi; Jin, Donghai; Gui, Xingmin

    2017-02-01

    The circumferential fluctuation (CF) source terms induced by the inviscid blade force can affect the inlet distribution of flow parameters and radial equilibrium of swept and bowed blades. However, these phenomena cannot be adequately described by throughflow methods based on the axisymmetric assumption. A transport model for the CF stresses is proposed and correlated to the distribution of circulation to reflect the effect of the inviscid blade force. To investigate the effect of the inlet CFs on swept and bowed blades, the model is integrated into a throughflow model and applied to a series of cascades with different sweep and bow angles. For swept cascades, the CF source terms change the distributions of incidence angles, as well as the radial equilibrium at the inlet of the blade passage. And the influence is enhanced as the absolute value of the sweep angle increases. For bowed cascades, the distributions of incidence angles are also altered. For both cases, the model can offer a good prediction of the inlet CF source terms, and prove to exert a better prediction of blade design key parameters such as flow angles.

  3. The Prognostic Value of Circumferential Resection Margin Involvement in Patients with Extraperitoneal Rectal Cancer.

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    Shin, Dong Woo; Shin, Jin Yong; Oh, Sung Jin; Park, Jong Kwon; Yu, Hyeon; Ahn, Min Sung; Bae, Ki Beom; Hong, Kwan Hee; Ji, Yong Il

    2016-04-01

    The prognostic influence of circumferential resection margin (CRM) status in extraperitoneal rectal cancer probably differs from that of intraperitoneal rectal cancer because of its different anatomical and biological behaviors. However, previous reports have not provided the data focused on extraperitoneal rectal cancer. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the prognostic significance of the CRM status in patients with extraperitoneal rectal cancer. From January 2005 to December 2008, 248 patients were treated for extraperitoneal rectal cancer and enrolled in a prospectively collected database. Extraperitoneal rectal cancer was defined based on tumors located below the anterior peritoneal reflection, as determined intraoperatively by a surgeon. Cox model was used for multivariate analysis to examine risk factors of recurrence and mortality in the 248 patients, and multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to identify predictors of recurrence and mortality in 135 patients with T3 rectal cancer. CRM involvement for extraperitoneal rectal cancer was present in 29 (11.7%) of the 248 patients, and was the identified predictor of local recurrence, overall recurrence, and death by multivariate Cox analysis. In the 135 patients with T3 cancer, CRM involvement was found to be associated with higher probability of local recurrence and mortality. In extraperitoneal rectal cancer, CRM involvement is an independent risk factor of recurrence and survival. Based on the results of the present study, it seems that CRM involvement in extraperitoneal rectal cancer is considered an indicator for (neo)adjuvant therapy rather than conventional TN status.

  4. Performance comparison for oil-water heat transfer of circumferential overlap trisection helical baffle heat exchanger

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    王伟晗; 程道来; 刘涛; 刘颖昊

    2016-01-01

    The performance tests were conducted on oil–water heat transfer in circumferential overlap trisection helical baffle heat exchangers with incline angles of 12°, 16°, 20°, 24° and 28°, and compared with a segmental baffle heat exchanger. The results show that the shell side heat transfer coefficientho and pressure dropΔpo both increase while the comprehensive indexho/Δpo decreases with the increase of the mass flow rate of all schemes. And the shell side heat transfer coefficient, pressure drop and the comprehensive indexho/Δpo decrease with the increase of the baffle incline angle at a certain mass flow rate. The average values of shell side heat transfer coefficient and the comprehensive indexho/Δpo of the 12° helical baffled scheme are above 50% higher than those of the segmental one correspondingly, while the pressure drop value is very close and the ratios of the average values are about 1.664 and 1.596, respectively. The shell-side Nusselt numberNuo and the comprehensive index Nuo·Euzo−1 increase with the increase of Reynolds number of the shell side axial in all schemes, and the results also demonstrate that the small incline angled helical scheme has better comprehensive performance.

  5. Feasibility of radial and circumferential strain analysis using 2D speckle tracking echocardiography in cats

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    TAKANO, Hiroshi; ISOGAI, Tomomi; AOKI, Takuma; WAKAO, Yoshito; FUJII, Yoko

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of the present study is to investigate the feasibility of strain analysis using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) in cats and to evaluate STE variables in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Sixteen clinically healthy cats and 17 cats with HCM were used. Radial and circumferential strain and strain rate variables in healthy cats were measured using STE to assess the feasibility. Comparisons of global strain and strain variables between healthy cats and cats with HCM were performed. Segmental assessments of left ventricle (LV) wall for strain and strain rate variables in cats with HCM were also performed. As a result, technically adequate images were obtained in 97.6% of the segments for STE analysis. Sedation using buprenorphine and acepromazine did not affect any global strain nor strain rate variable. In LV segments of cats with HCM, reduced segmental radial strain and strain rate variables had significantly related with segmental LV hypertrophy. It is concluded that STE analysis using short axis images of LV appeared to be clinically feasible in cats, having the possibility to be useful for detecting myocardial dysfunctions in cats with diseased heart. PMID:25373881

  6. Vascular Repair by Circumferential Cell Therapy Using Magnetic Nanoparticles and Tailored Magnets.

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    Vosen, Sarah; Rieck, Sarah; Heidsieck, Alexandra; Mykhaylyk, Olga; Zimmermann, Katrin; Bloch, Wilhelm; Eberbeck, Dietmar; Plank, Christian; Gleich, Bernhard; Pfeifer, Alexander; Fleischmann, Bernd K; Wenzel, Daniela

    2016-01-26

    Cardiovascular disease is often caused by endothelial cell (EC) dysfunction and atherosclerotic plaque formation at predilection sites. Also surgical procedures of plaque removal cause irreversible damage to the EC layer, inducing impairment of vascular function and restenosis. In the current study we have examined a potentially curative approach by radially symmetric re-endothelialization of vessels after their mechanical denudation. For this purpose a combination of nanotechnology with gene and cell therapy was applied to site-specifically re-endothelialize and restore vascular function. We have used complexes of lentiviral vectors and magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) to overexpress the vasoprotective gene endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) in ECs. The MNP-loaded and eNOS-overexpressing cells were magnetic, and by magnetic fields they could be positioned at the vascular wall in a radially symmetric fashion even under flow conditions. We demonstrate that the treated vessels displayed enhanced eNOS expression and activity. Moreover, isometric force measurements revealed that EC replacement with eNOS-overexpressing cells restored endothelial function after vascular injury in eNOS(-/-) mice ex and in vivo. Thus, the combination of MNP-based gene and cell therapy with custom-made magnetic fields enables circumferential re-endothelialization of vessels and improvement of vascular function.

  7. Interactions of a propeller with a stator-induced circumferentially varying flow

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    Farnsworth, John [Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Mechanical Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering, Troy, NY (United States); US Air Force Academy, Department of Aeronautics, Colorado Springs, CO (United States); Amitay, Michael [Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Mechanical Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering, Troy, NY (United States); Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Center for Flow Physics and Control (CeFPaC), Troy, NY (United States); Beal, David; Huyer, Stephen A. [Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division, Vehicle Dynamics and Signature Control, Newport, RI (United States)

    2012-02-15

    The interactions of a circumferentially varying stator cascade and a downstream fixed pitch propeller were investigated experimentally. The global performance of the components and the coupled system were systematically investigated through force and moment measurements on the propulsor model in a water tunnel. In addition, the wake of the cyclic stator cascade with and without the propeller was investigated downstream from a propulsor model using the Stereoscopic PIV technique. A cyclic distribution of the stators' deflections resulted in non-axisymmetric distributions of the flow field downstream of the stator array. The stator distribution alone produced a significant side force that increased linearly with stator pitch amplitude. When a propeller was incorporated downstream from the cyclic cascade, the side force from the stator cascade was reduced, but a small normal force and pitching moment were created. The generation of these secondary forces and moments can be related to the redistribution of the tangential flow from the cyclic cascade into the axial direction by the retreating and advancing blade states of the fixed pitch propeller. (orig.)

  8. Leak before break behaviour of austenitic and ferritic pipes containing circumferential defects

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    Stadtmueller, W.; Sturm, D.

    1997-04-01

    Several research projects carried out at MPA Stuttgart to investigate the Leak-before-Break (LBB) behavior of safety relevant pressure bearing components are summarized. Results presented relate to pipes containing circumferential defects subjected to internal pressure and external bending loading. An overview of the experimentally determined results for ferritic components is presented. For components containing postulated or actual defects, the dependence of the critical loading limit on the defect size is shown in the form of LBB curves. These are determined experimentally and/or by calculation for through-wall slits, and represent the boundary curve between leakage and massive fracture. For surface defects and a given bending moment and internal pressure, no fracture will occur if the length at leakage remains smaller than the critical defect length given by the LBB curve for through-wall defects. The predictive capability of engineering calculational methods are presented by way of example. The investigation programs currently underway, testing techniques, and initial results are outlined.

  9. Error Modeling and Compensation of Circular Motion on a New Circumferential Drilling System

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    Qiang Fang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A new flexible circumferential drilling system is proposed to drill on the fuselage docking area. To analyze the influence of the circular motion error to the drilling accuracy, the nominal forward kinematic model is derived using Denavit-Hartenberg (D-H method and this model is further developed to model the kinematic errors caused by circular positioning error and synchronization error using homogeneous transformation matrices (HTM. A laser tracker is utilized to measure the circular motion error of the two measurement points at both sides. A circular motion compensation experiment is implemented according to the calculated positioning error and synchronization error. Experimental results show that the positioning error and synchronization error were reduced by 65.0% and 58.8%, respectively, due to the adopted compensation, and therefore the circular motion accuracy is substantially improved. Finally, position errors of the two measurement points are analyzed to have little influence on the measurement result and the validity of the proposed compensation method is proved.

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

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

    2015-07-15

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

  11. Factors as predictors for thoracic and thoracolumbar/lumbar structural curves in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

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    CHEN Zi-qiang; ZHAO Yong-fei; HE Shi-sheng; WANG Chuan-feng; ZHANG Jing-tao; ZHAO Ying-chuan; YANG Chang-wei; LI Ming

    2012-01-01

    Background Recent studies have demonstrated that the Lenke system is relatively efficient and consistent in classifying scoliosis curves.Basically,fusion should include the main curve and the structural minor curve.The criteria for defining the structural minor curve were established to help guide these decision-making process.The present study was designed to investigate predictors of the structural curve,and see whether it was possible to prevent the formation of the structural curve by interfering with influencing factors to decrease the fusion level.Methods Age,gender,Cobb angle,Perdriolle rotation,Risser sign and the number of vertebrae included in the curve,brace treatment,and curve location were recorded in 145 idiopathic scoliosis patients from July 2001 to January 2007.The patients were divided into two groups:structural and non-structural groups.Demographics and baseline characteristics were compared between the two groups as an initial screen.Logistic regression was used to analyze factors affecting the minor curve to become the structural curve.Results Compared with the non-structural group,the structural group had a higher Cobb angle ((51.34±13.61)° vs.(34.20±7.21)°,P <0.001),bending angle ((33.94±9.92)° vs.(8.46±5.56)°,P <0.001) and curve rotation ((23.25±12.86)° vs.(14.21±8.55) °,P <0.001),and lower flexibility ((33.48±12.53)% vs.(75.50±15.52)%,P <0.001).There was no significant difference in other parameters between the two groups.The results of the Logistic regression analysis showed that the Cobb angle (OR:9.921,P <0.001) and curve location (OR.4.119,P=0.016) were significant predictors of structural curve in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.Every 10° change of Cobb angle increased the possibility of turning the minor curve into the structural curve by 10-fold.And thoracic curve showed,on the average,the possibility of becoming the structural curve about 4-fold more often than did the thoracolumbar/lumbar curve

  12. Circumferential 2D-strain imaging for the prediction of long term response to cardiac resynchronization therapy

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    Baumann Gert

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT leads to hemodynamic and clinical improvement in heart failure patients. The established methods to evaluate myocardial asynchrony analyze longitudinal and radial myocardial function. This study evaluates the new method of circumferential 2D-strain imaging in the prediction of the long-term response to CRT. Methods and results 38 heart failure patients (NYHA II-III, QRS > 120 ms, LVEF Conclusion There is a significant decrease in the circumferential 2D-strain derived delays after CRT, indicating that resynchronization induces improvement in all three dimensions of myocardial contraction. However, the resulting predictive values of 2D strain delays are not superior to longitudinal and radial 2D-strain or TDI delays.

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

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    Sharma A

    2013-07-01

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

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

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    Chen, Hao; Jia, Pu; Bao, Li; Feng, Fei; Yang, He; Li, Jin-Jun; Tang, Hai

    2015-01-01

    Background: The cross-section of thoracolumbar vertebral body is kidney-shaped with depressed posterior boundary. The anterior wall of the vertebral canal is separated from the posterior wall of the vertebral body on the lateral X-ray image. This study was designed to determine the sagittal distance between the anterior border of the vertebral canal and the posterior border of the vertebral body (DBCV) and to analyze the potential role of DBCV in the estimation of cement leakage during percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP) or percutaneous kyphoplasty (PKP). Methods: We retrospectively recruited 233 patients who had osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures and were treated with PVP or PKP. Computed tomography images of T11–L2 normal vertebrae were measured to obtain DBCV. The distance from cement to the posterior wall of the vertebral body (DCPW) of thoracolumbar vertebrae was measured from C-arm images. The selected vertebrae were divided into two groups according to DCPW, with the fracture levels, fracture grades and leakage rates of the two groups compared. A relative operating characteristic (ROC) curve was applied to determine whether the DCPW difference can be used to estimate the degree of cement leakage. The data were processed by statistical software SPSS version 21.0 using independent sample t-test and Chi-square tests. Results: The maximum DBCV was 6.40 mm and the average DBCV was 3.74 ± 0.95 mm. DBCV appeared to be longer in males than in females, but the difference was not statistically significant. The average DCPW of type-B leakage vertebrae (2.59 ± 1.20 mm) was shorter than that of other vertebrae (7.83 ± 2.38 mm, P 6.40 mm for type-C and type-S, but much higher for type-B. ROC curve revealed that DCPW only has a predictive value for type-B leakage (area under the curve: 0.98, 95% confidence interval: 0.95–0.99, P < 0.001), and when the cut-off value was 4.05 mm, the diagnostic sensitivity and the specificity were 94.87% and 93

  15. Comparison of treatment for 153 cases of circumferential facial paralysis by low-power laser and galvan acupuncture

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    Li, Hai-Ling; Zhuo, Qing-shan

    1993-03-01

    Seventy-six patients were treated by low power He-Ne laser irradiation on Yangbai, Sibai, and other related acupoints. The other 77 cases were treated by Galvan-acupuncture with infrared radiation on the same acupoints. There was little difference between the therapeutic effects of these two groups (P > 0.05). However, the laser group had a much shorter treatment time than the other group. According to the theory of traditional Chinese medicine, circumferential facial paralysis is caused by exposure to cold which blocks the channel of vital energy resulting in the damage of bodily function. Acupuncture and moxibustion on certain acupoints can warm up the channels and remove the stasis allowing vital energy to pass through their passages to regulate bodily functions. Laser can do the same effectively with much less time. The laser therapy also features painlessness, safeness, and is free of bacteria. Circumferential facial paralysis is a common disease, which is clinically treated by acupuncture with reliable results. However, acupuncture is not fit for children who are not cooperative and those patients who are afraid of the pain accompanied with acupuncture. So we applied low power laser irradiation in the treatment of circumferential facial paralysis starting in 1985. The results were favorable. And the treatment time was shortened. The treatment procedures are reported.

  16. PVCR技术治疗重度胸腰椎角状后凸畸形疗效观察%Posterior vertebral column resection for the treatment of severe angular thoracolumbar kyphosis

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    彭俊; 徐建广

    2015-01-01

    Objective To report on the technique and results of posterior vertebral column re-section (PVCR) for severe angular thoracolumbar kyphosis. Methods From January 2007 to Octo-ber 2012,17 patients with severe thoracolumbar kyphosis underwent posterior vertebral column re-section (PVCR) in our institute. They were 13 males and 5 females,with an average age of 26.4 years old (range,18to 39years). The preoperative Cobb angle was 64°-105°In these cases,kyphotic Cobb angle and ASIA grade were measured before operation,after operation and at final follow-up. Results All operations were performed successfully. The operation time ranged from 250 to 460min (average,318min); blood loss during the operation ranged from 1600 to 2600ml(average, 2120ml),The postoperative kyphosis ranged from 10° to 21°(average,16.6°),which showed signifi-cant difference (P<0.01). The average kyphosis correction rate was 77.8%. The follow-up ranged from 13 to 34 months(average,16.8months) and kyphosis at final follow-up ranged from 10° to 23° (average,17.5°). Among the 2 patients with preoperative ASIA grade D,5 cases improved to grade E,the kyphosis improved and the local back pain relieved very well. Conclusion Posterior verte-bral column resection is an effective and safe way to treat severe thoracolumbar kyphosis.%目的:探讨一期后路全脊柱切除联合前方钛网支撑治疗重度胸腰椎角状后凸畸形的策略及安全性。方法2007-01-2012-10,采用后路全脊椎切除(PVCR)联合前方钛网支撑手术治疗18例胸腰椎角状后凸畸形患者,术前、术后和末次随访时分别测量患者后凸Cobb’s 角,并评估神经功能ASIA 分级。结果本组患者手术均顺利,手术时间250~460 min,平均318 min;术中出血量1600~2600 ml,平均2120 ml,术后Cobb’s角平均10~21°,平均16.6°,矫正率77.8%,术中及术后无脊髓及神经根损伤、大血管及脏器损伤等并发症发生,平均随访时间16.8月

  17. Pedicle screw system through paraspinal approach combined preoperative manual and postural reduction for thoracolumbar fractures%椎旁肌间隙入路结合术前手法复位治疗胸腰椎骨折

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    王延国; 鲁秀国; 周忠水; 翟贵亮; 郑燕平

    2013-01-01

    Objective To compare the clinical results between paraspinal approach combined preoperative manual and postural reduction and conventional posterior midline approach for thoracolumbar fracture.Methods From June 2005 to December 2011,70 patients with thoracolumbar vertebral compression or burst fractures without neural syndromes underwent reposition and internal fixation by the screw-rod system.The patients were divided into 2 groups randomly:Group A through paraspinal approach,and Group B conventional posterior midline approach.The data between 2 groups were compared,such as operation time,blood loss and visual analog scale (VAS) scores.Results Allpatients were followed up for 18 months.The differences of postoperative correction rate of Cobb' s angle and accuracy of pedicle screw placement between 2 groups were not statistically significant (P > 0.05).The operation time,blood loss and postoperative volume of drainage of Group A were less than those of the Group B(P <0.05).The postoperative VAS score of Group A were lower than those of the Group B(P <0.05).Conclusion Pedicle screw system through paraspinal approach combined preoperative manual and postural reduction is a better way than the posterior midiine approach for thoracolumbar fractures that has no need of decompression,less trauma,less injury of paraspinal muscle and more relief of postoperative low back pain.%目的 对比观察应用后路经椎旁肌间隙入路椎弓根螺钉内固定结合手法复位治疗胸腰椎骨折的疗效.方法 2005年6月~2011年12月共收治单纯性压缩性胸腰椎骨折患者70例.随机采用椎旁肌间隙入路手术36例,传统骶棘肌剥离入路手术34例.比较2种术式的手术时间、术中出血量、术后引流量、后凸Cobb角矫正率、椎体塌陷矫正率、疼痛视觉模拟量表(visual analogue scale,VAS)评分等.结果 2组手术在手术时间、术中出血量、术后引流量方面差异有统计学意义(P<0.05),拆除内固

  18. Sagittal Balance in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Radiographic Study of Spinopelvic Compensation After Selective Posterior Fusion of Thoracolumbar/Lumbar (Lenke 5C) Curves.

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    Xu, Xi-Ming; Wang, Fei; Zhou, Xiao-Yi; Liu, Zi-Xuan; Wei, Xian-Zhao; Bai, Yu-Shu; Li, Ming

    2015-11-01

    The relationship between spinal sagittal alignment and pelvic parameters is well known in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. However, few studies have reported the sagittal spinopelvic relationship after selective posterior fusion of thoracolumbar/lumbar (TL/L) curves. We evaluated the relationship between spinal sagittal alignment and the pelvis, and analyzed how the pelvic sagittal state is adjusted in Lenke type 5C patients. We conducted a retrospective study of 36 patients with Lenke type 5C curves who received selective posterior TL/L curve fusion. Coronal and spinopelvic sagittal parameters were pre and postoperatively compared. Pearson coefficients were used to analyze the correlation between all spinopelvic sagittal parameters before and after surgery. We also evaluated 3 pelvic morphologies (anteverted, normal, and retroverted) before and after surgery. Preoperatively, the mean pelvic incidence was 46.0°, with a pelvic tilt and sacral slope (SS) of 8.2° and 37.8°, respectively, and 25% (9/36) of patients had an anteverted pelvis, whereas the other 75% had a normal pelvis. Postoperatively, 42% (15/36) of patients had a retroverted pelvis, 53% (19/36) had a normal pelvis, and 2 patients had an anteverted pelvis. Logistic regression analyses yielded 2 factors that were significantly associated with the risk for a postoperative unrecovered anteverted pelvis, including increased lumbar lordosis (LL) (odds ratio [OR] 4.8, P = 0.029) and increased SS (OR 5.6, P = 0.018). Four factors were significantly associated with the risk of a postoperative newly anteverted pelvis, including LL at the final follow-up (OR 6.9, P = 0.009), increased LL (OR 8.9, P = 0.003), LL below fusion (OR 9.4, P = 0.002), and increased SS (OR 11.5, P = 0.001). The pelvic state may be adjusted after selective posterior TL/L curve fusion in Lenke 5C adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients. It is difficult to improve an anteverted pelvis in patients who have an LL

  19. SYNERGY OF WALL SHEAR STRESS AND CIRCUMFERENTIAL STRESS IN STRAIGHT ARTERIES

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    QIN Kai-rong; XU Zhe; WU Hao; JIANG Zong-lai; LIU Zhao-rong

    2005-01-01

    The Wall Shear Stress (WSS) generated by blood flow and Circumferential Stress (CS) driven by blood pressure have been thought to play an important role in blood flow-dependent phenomena such as angiogenesis, vascular remodeling, and atherosgenesis.The WSS and CS in straight arteries were calculated by measuring the blood pressure, center-line velocity, wall thickness, and radius of vessels.The WSS and CS in the time domain were then decomposed into the amplitude and phase in the frequency domain.The CS amplitude to the WSS amplitude ratio (referred as stress amplitude ratio, Zs) and the phase difference between the CS and the WSS (referred as stress phase difference, SPA) in the frequency domain were calculated to characterize the synergy of the CS and WSS.Numerical results demonstrated that the CS is not in phase with the WSS, a time delay in the time domain or a stress phase difference in the frequency domain between the WSS and the CS exists.Theoretical analysis demonstrated that the Zs and SPA are primarily determined by the local factors (blood viscosity, local inertial effects, local geometry, local elasticity) and the input impedance of whole downstream arterial beds.Because the arterial input impedance has been shown to reflect the physiological and pathological states of whole downstream arterial beds, the stress amplitude ratio Zs and stress phase difference SPA would be thought to be the appropriate indices to reflect the effects of states of whole downstream arterial beds on the local blood flow-dependent phenomena such as angiogenesis, vascular remodeling, and atherosgenesis.

  20. Measurement of the circumferential mechanical properties of the umbilical vein: experimental and numerical analyses.

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    Karimi, Alireza; Navidbakhsh, Mahdi; Rezaee, Taraneh; Hassani, Kamran

    2015-01-01

    Coronary artery disease is responsible for almost 30% of all deaths worldwide. The saphenous vein and umbilical vein (UV) are the most common veins using for treatment as a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). The mechanical properties of UV belonging to its long-term patency for CABG are very important. However, there is a lack of knowledge on the linear elastic and nonlinear hyperelastic mechanical properties of the UV. In this study, three stress definitions (second Piola-Kichhoff stress, engineering stress and true stress) and four strain definitions (Almansi-Hamel strain, Green-St Venant strain, engineering strain and true strain) are used to determine the elastic modulus, maximum stress and strain of eight human UVs under circumferential loading. The nonlinear mechanical behaviour of the UV is computationally investigated using Mooney-Rivlin hyperelastic model. A numerical finite element analysis is also carried out to simulate the constitutive modelling versus its numerical results. The results show that the Almansi-Hamel strain definition overestimates the elastic modulus while Green-St Venant strain definition underestimates the elastic modulus at different stress definitions. The true stress-true strain definition, which gives more accurate measurements of the tissue's response using the instantaneous values, reveals the Young's modulus and maximum stress of 2.18 and 6.01 MPa, respectively. The Mooney-Rivlin material model is well represented by the nonlinear mechanical behaviour of the UV. The findings of this study could have implications not only for understanding the extension and rupture mechanism of UV but also for interventions and surgeries, including balloon angioplasty, bypass and stenting.

  1. The Interaction between Fluid Wall Shear Stress and Solid Circumferential Strain Affects Endothelial Gene Expression.

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    Amaya, Ronny; Pierides, Alexis; Tarbell, John M

    2015-01-01

    Endothelial cells lining the walls of blood vessels are exposed simultaneously to wall shear stress (WSS) and circumferential stress (CS) that can be characterized by the temporal phase angle between WSS and CS (stress phase angle - SPA). Regions of the circulation with highly asynchronous hemodynamics (SPA close to -180°) such as coronary arteries are associated with the development of pathological conditions such as atherosclerosis and intimal hyperplasia whereas more synchronous regions (SPA closer to 0°) are spared of disease. The present study evaluates endothelial cell gene expression of 42 atherosclerosis-related genes under asynchronous hemodynamics (SPA=-180 °) and synchronous hemodynamics (SPA=0 °). This study used a novel bioreactor to investigate the cellular response of bovine aortic endothelial cells (BAECS) exposed to a combination of pulsatile WSS and CS at SPA=0 or SPA=-180. Using a PCR array of 42 genes, we determined that BAECS exposed to non-reversing sinusoidal WSS (10±10 dyne/cm2) and CS (4 ± 4%) over a 7 hour testing period displayed 17 genes that were up regulated by SPA = -180 °, most of them pro-atherogenic, including NFκB and other NFκB target genes. The up regulation of NFκB p50/p105 and p65 by SPA =-180° was confirmed by Western blots and immunofluorescence staining demonstrating the nuclear translocation of NFκB p50/p105 and p65. These data suggest that asynchronous hemodynamics (SPA=-180 °) can elicit proatherogenic responses in endothelial cells compared to synchronous hemodynamics without shear stress reversal, indicating that SPA may be an important parameter characterizing arterial susceptibility to disease.

  2. The Interaction between Fluid Wall Shear Stress and Solid Circumferential Strain Affects Endothelial Gene Expression.

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    Full Text Available Endothelial cells lining the walls of blood vessels are exposed simultaneously to wall shear stress (WSS and circumferential stress (CS that can be characterized by the temporal phase angle between WSS and CS (stress phase angle - SPA. Regions of the circulation with highly asynchronous hemodynamics (SPA close to -180° such as coronary arteries are associated with the development of pathological conditions such as atherosclerosis and intimal hyperplasia whereas more synchronous regions (SPA closer to 0° are spared of disease. The present study evaluates endothelial cell gene expression of 42 atherosclerosis-related genes under asynchronous hemodynamics (SPA=-180 ° and synchronous hemodynamics (SPA=0 °. This study used a novel bioreactor to investigate the cellular response of bovine aortic endothelial cells (BAECS exposed to a combination of pulsatile WSS and CS at SPA=0 or SPA=-180. Using a PCR array of 42 genes, we determined that BAECS exposed to non-reversing sinusoidal WSS (10±10 dyne/cm2 and CS (4 ± 4% over a 7 hour testing period displayed 17 genes that were up regulated by SPA = -180 °, most of them pro-atherogenic, including NFκB and other NFκB target genes. The up regulation of NFκB p50/p105 and p65 by SPA =-180° was confirmed by Western blots and immunofluorescence staining demonstrating the nuclear translocation of NFκB p50/p105 and p65. These data suggest that asynchronous hemodynamics (SPA=-180 ° can elicit proatherogenic responses in endothelial cells compared to synchronous hemodynamics without shear stress reversal, indicating that SPA may be an important parameter characterizing arterial susceptibility to disease.

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

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    李圣

    2015-01-01

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

  4. 胸腰椎爆裂骨折手术治疗的研究进展%Research progress of the surgical treatment of thoracolumbar burst fractures

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    普有登; 段洪

    2014-01-01

    With the increase of the number of trafifc and industrial accidents, the incidence of thoracolumbar burst fractures ( TBF ) is rising year by year. The thoracolumbar segment of the spine is particularly susceptible to direct damage by the conduction of violence due to the relatively concentrated stress, because it is in a transition region from the ifxed kyphotic spine to the mobile lordotic spine. TBF account for about 75-95% in spinal trauma. When burst fractures occur to the vertebral body, it is easy for the retropulsed bone fragments to break into the vertebral canal with the results of the spinal cord or cauda equina injuries. In recent years, with the deepening study of TBF based on the medical imaging and biomechanics, some new theories and techniques related to the treatment also appear. In this article, the injury mechanism, classiifcation, operative indications, approaches and surgical methods of TBF are summarized.

  5. Control of circumferential wall stress and luminal shear stress within intact vascular segments perfused ex vivo.

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    El-Kurdi, Mohammed S; Vipperman, Jeffrey S; Vorp, David A

    2008-10-01

    Proportional, integral, and derivative (PID) controllers have proven to be robust in controlling many applications, and remain the most widely used control system architecture. The purpose of this work was to use this architecture for designing and tuning two PID controllers. The first was used to control the physiologic arterial circumferential wall stress (CWS) and the second to control the physiologic arterial shear stress (SS) imposed on intact vascular segments that were implanted into an ex vivo vascular perfusion system (EVPS). In order to most accurately control the stresses imposed onto vascular segments perfused ex vivo, analytical models were derived to calculate the CWS and SS. The mid-vein-wall CWS was calculated using the classical Lame solution for thick-walled cylinders in combination with the intraluminal pressure and outer diameter measurements. Similarly, the SS was calculated using the Hagen-Poiseuille equation in combination with the flow rate and outer diameter measurements. Performance of each controller was assessed by calculating the root mean square of the error (RMSE) between the desired and measured process variables. The performance experiments were repeated ten times (N=10) and an average RMSE was reported for each controller. RMSE standard deviations were calculated to demonstrate the reproducibility of the results. Sterile methods were utilized for making blood gas and temperature measurements in order to maintain physiologic levels within the EVPS. Physiologic blood gases (pH, pO(2), and pCO(2)) and temperature within the EVPS were very stable and controlled manually. Blood gas and temperature levels were recorded hourly for several (N=9) 24 h perfusion experiments. RMSE values for CWS control (0.427+/-0.027 KPa) indicated that the system was able to generate a physiologic CWS wave form within 0.5% error of the peak desired CWS over each cardiac cycle. RMSE values for SS control (0.005+/-0.0007 dynescm(2)) indicated that the system

  6. K{sub I}-T estimation for embedded flaws in pipes - Part II: Circumferentially oriented cracks

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    2010-04-15

    This paper, in parallel to the investigation on axially embedded cracks reported in the companion paper, presents a numerical study on the linear-elastic K{sub I} and T-stress values over the front of elliptical cracks circumferentially embedded in the wall of a pipe/cylindrical structure, under a uniform pressure applied on the inner surface of the pipe. The numerical procedure employs the interaction-integral approach to compute the linear-elastic stress-intensity factor (SIF) K{sub I} and T-stress values for embedded cracks with practical sizes at different locations in the wall of the pipe. The parametric study covers a wide range of geometric parameters for embedded cracks in the pipe, including: the wall thickness to the inner radius ratio (t/R{sub i}), the crack depth over the wall thickness ratio (a/t), the crack aspect ratio (a/c) and the ratio of the distance from the centerline of the crack to the outer surface of the pipe over the pipe wall thickness (e{sub M}/t). The parametric investigation identifies a significant effect of the remaining ligament length on both the T-stress and K{sub I} values at the crack-front location (denoted by point O) nearest to the outer surface of the pipe and at the crack-front location (denoted by point I) nearest to the inner surface of the pipe. The numerical investigation establishes the database to derive approximate functions from a nonlinear curve-fitting procedure to predict the T-stress and K{sub I} values at three critical front locations of the circumferentially embedded crack in a pipe: points O, I and M. The proposed T-stress and K{sub I} functions utilize a combined second-order polynomial and a power-law expression, which presents a close agreement with the T-stress and K{sub I} values computed from the very detailed finite element models. The comparison between the circumferentially embedded crack and the axially embedded crack indicates that both the T-stress and K{sub I} values at crack-front points O and

  7. Contribution to the Evaluation of the Circumferentially-Cracked Round Bar for Fracture Toughness Determination of Reactor Pressure

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    Scibetta, M

    1999-06-01

    The subject of this PhD dissertation is the use of the Circumferentially-Cracked Round Bar (CRB) for fracture toughness measurements. The main advantages of CRB are the relatively small size requirements of the testing specimens, the low cost to machine the specimen, the rotating bending fatigue allowing for easy precracking of specimens, the use of standard tensile test fixture and the axisymmetry of the specimen that avoids time consuming 3D finite element calculations. An in-depth study of the most widely used precracking technique for CRB, namely the rotating bending fatigue, is made.

  8. Sagittal Balance Correction in Lateral Interbody Fusion for Degenerative Scoliosis

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    Gallizzi, Michael A.; Sheets, Charles; Smith, Benjamin T.; Isaacs, Robert E.; Eure, Megan; Brown, Christopher R.

    2016-01-01

    Background Sagittal balance restoration has been shown to be an important determinant of outcomes in corrective surgery for degenerative scoliosis. Lateral interbody fusion (LIF) is a less-invasive technique which permits the placement of a high lordosis interbody cage without risks associated with traditional anterior or transforaminal interbody techniques. Studies have shown improvement in lumbar lordosis following LIF, but only one other study has assessed sagittal balance in this population. The objective of this study is to evaluate the ability of LIF to restore sagittal balance in degenerative lumbar scoliosis. Methods Thirty-five patients who underwent LIF for degenerative thoracolumbar scoliosis from July 2013 to March 2014 by a single surgeon were included. Outcome measures included sagittal balance, lumbar lordosis, Cobb Angle, and segmental lordosis. Measures were evaluated pre-operative, immediately post-operatively, and at their last clinical follow-up. Repeated measures ANOVAs were used to assess the differences between pre-operative, first postoperative, and a follow-up visit. Results The average sagittal balance correction was not significantly different: 1.06cm from 5.79cm to 4.74cm forward. The average Cobb angle correction was 14.1 degrees from 21.6 to 5.5 degrees. The average change in global lumbar lordosis was found to be significantly different: 6.3 degrees from 28.9 to 35.2 degrees. Conclusions This study demonstrates that LIF reliably restores lordosis, but does not significantly improve sagittal balance. Despite this, patients had reliable improvement in pain and functionality suggesting that sagittal balance correction may not be as critical in scoliosis correction as previous studies have indicated. Clinical Relevance LIF does not significantly change sagittal balance; however, clinical improvement does not seem to be contingent upon sagittal balance correction in the degenerative scoliosis population. The DUHS IRB has determined this

  9. Quantitative circumferential strain analysis using adenosine triphosphate-stress/rest 3-T tagged magnetic resonance to evaluate regional contractile dysfunction in ischemic heart disease

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    Nakamura, Masashi, E-mail: m.nakamura1230@gmail.com [Department of Radiology, Ehime University Graduate School of Medicine, Shitsukawa, Toon-city, Ehime 791-0295 (Japan); Kido, Tomoyuki [Department of Radiology, Saiseikai Matsuyama Hospital, Ehime 791-0295 (Japan); Kido, Teruhito; Tanabe, Yuki; Matsuda, Takuya; Nishiyama, Yoshiko; Miyagawa, Masao; Mochizuki, Teruhito [Department of Radiology, Ehime University Graduate School of Medicine, Shitsukawa, Toon-city, Ehime 791-0295 (Japan)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • Infarcted segments could be differentiated from non-ischemic and ischemic segments with high sensitivity and specificity under at rest conditions. • The time-to-peak circumferential strain values in infarcted segments were more significantly delayed than those in non-ischemic and ischemic segments. • Both circumferential strain and circumferential systolic strain rate values under ATP-stress conditions were significantly lower in ischemic segments than in non-ischemic segments. • Subtracting stress and rest circumferential strain had a higher diagnostic capability for ischemia relative to only utilizing rest or ATP-stress circumferential strain values. • A circumferential strain analysis using tagged MR can quantitatively assess contractile dysfunction in ischemic and infarcted myocardium. - Abstract: Purpose: We evaluated whether a quantitative circumferential strain (CS) analysis using adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-stress/rest 3-T tagged magnetic resonance (MR) imaging can depict myocardial ischemia as contractile dysfunction during stress in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). We evaluated whether it can differentiate between non-ischemia, myocardial ischemia, and infarction. We assessed its diagnostic performance in comparison with ATP-stress myocardial perfusion MR and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)-MR imaging. Methods: In 38 patients suspected of having CAD, myocardial segments were categorized as non-ischemic (n = 485), ischemic (n = 74), or infarcted (n = 49) from the results of perfusion MR and LGE-MR. The peak negative CS value, peak circumferential systolic strain rate (CSR), and time-to-peak CS were measured in 16 segments. Results: A cutoff value of −12.0% for CS at rest allowed differentiation between infarcted and other segments with a sensitivity of 79%, specificity of 76%, accuracy of 76%, and an area under the curve (AUC) of 0.81. Additionally, a cutoff value of 477.3 ms for time-to-peak CS at rest

  10. Efficacy of posterior vertebral column resection for the treatment of chronic thoracolumbar tuberculosis with secondary paraplegia%后路脊柱切除重建术治疗胸腰椎陈旧性结核继发截瘫

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    李锐; 施永彦; 张功礼; 李锋

    2012-01-01

    Objective To observe the therapeutical effect of posterior vertebral column resection on chronic thoracolumbar tuberculosis with secondary paraplegia and to provide a safe and effective method for the treatment of chronic thoracolumbar tuberculosis with secondary paraplegia.Methods From Aug.2007 to Mar.2010,12 cases with chronic thoracolumbar tuberculosis and secondary paraplegia were surgically treated by posterior vertebral column resection and Titanium net support for bone graft and internal fixation operation treatment.Cobb angle was measured,and conditions of internal fixation were observed before and after the operation by X-ray films.Neurological status were evaluated by Frankel grades.Results The follow-up periods was 6- 18 months( on average 11 months).Operations eased all patients' back and chest pain.Frankel grade increased from C preoperatively to grade D or E postoperatively in 6 cases,from grade D to E in 4 cases and from grade B to C in 1 case.No obvious improvement of Frankel grade was observed in the other patient of grade B.The average Cobb angles were(76.0 ± 23.4) ° before surgery,( 15.5 ± 6.3 ) ° at one week after surgery and ( 16.0 ± 8.2) °at the last follow-up.The difference in the Cobb angle before and at one week after treatment was significant( t =3.41,P < 0.01 ).No difference was found in the Cobb angle between at one week after treatment and at the last follow-up (t =1.58,P > 0.05 ).All patients got bony fusion with Titanium net.No complications occurred with internal fixation.Conclusion Posterior vertebral column resection is a feasible method for the treatment of chronic thoracolumbar tuberculosis with secondary paraplegia.It achieves neurological decompression with high correction rate and minor injury,and no anterior surgery is needed.%目的 观察后路脊柱切除重建术治疗胸腰椎陈旧性结核继发截瘫的临床效果,为胸腰椎陈旧性脊柱结核继发截瘫手术治疗提供一种安

  11. Correlation among bioimpedance analysis, sonographic and circumferential measurement in assessment of breast cancer-related arm lymphedema.

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    Choi, Y H; Seo, K S

    2014-09-01

    New approaches for assessment of lymphedema using ultrasonography (US) have been introduced recently and are reported to be reliable and simple. Ultrasonography provides detailed information about physical properties of the tissue in addition to volume and size. There have been only limited studies comparing bioimpedance analysis (BIA), US, and circumferential measurement (CM), which is considered a standard measurement. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between US, BIA, and CM. Twenty-eight patients with lymphedema after breast cancer surgery underwent BIA, US, and CM. Impedance, which reflects the amount of extracellular fluid, was measured with 1 kHz frequency in affected and unaffected arms. Circumferences were measured at 10cm proximal and distal to the elbow and a truncated cone method used to calculate estimated volumes for upper arm and forearm. We found that interlimb forearm subcutis thickness differences measured by US were highly correlated with CM measurements and that interlimb upper arm subcutis thickness differences measured by US were moderately correlated with CM measurements and BIA ratios. However, the interlimb ratio of compressibility measured by US showed no or only weak correlation with impedance measurements and circumferential measurements. Our results also show that compressibility measured by US could not be predicted from BIA or CM measurements despite a high degree of concordance among subcutis thickness measured by US, CM, and BIA.

  12. Measurement of the longitudinal and circumferential muscular activity associated with peristalsis using a single fibre grating array

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    Arkwright, J. W.; Blenman, N. G.; Underhill, I. D.; Maunder, S. A.; Spencer, N. J.; Costa, M.; Brooks, S. J.; Szczesniak, M. M.; Dinning, P. G.

    2010-09-01

    Diagnostic catheters based on fibre Bragg gratings (FBG's) are proving to be highly effective for measurement of the muscular activity associated with peristalsis in the human gut. The primary muscular contractions that generate peristalsis are circumferential in nature; however, it has long been known that there is also a component of longitudinal contractility present, acting in harmony with the circumferential component to improve the overall efficiency of material movement. To date, there have been relatively few reports on the measurement or inference of longitudinal contractions in humans and all have been limited to detection at a single location only. This is due to the lack of a viable recording technique suitable for real-time in-vivo measurement of this type of activity over extended lengths of the gut. We report the detection of longitudinal motion in lengths of excised mammalian colon using an FBG technique that should be viable for similar detection in humans. The longitudinal sensors have been combined with our previously reported FBG pressure sensing elements to form a composite catheter that allows the relative phase between the two components to be detected. The catheter output has been validated using digital video mapping in an ex-vivo animal preparation using lengths of rabbit ileum.

  13. Circumferential fusion is dominant over posterolateral fusion in a long-term perspective: cost-utility evaluation of a randomized controlled trial in severe, chronic low back pain

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    Soegaard, Rikke; Bünger, Cody E; Christiansen, Terkel

    2007-01-01

    STUDY DESIGN: Cost-utility evaluation of a randomized, controlled trial with a 4- to 8-year follow-up. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the incremental cost per quality-adjusted-life-year (QALY) when comparing circumferential fusion to posterolateral fusion in a long-term, societal perspective. SUMMARY...... demonstrated clinical superiority over the posterolateral fusion group in functional outcome (P dominant over posterolateral fusion, that is, for each QALY gained...... the circumferential approach could alter the dominance; however, still the probability of cost-effectiveness was >0.85 given a threshold for willingness to pay of U.S. $50,000 per QALY. CONCLUSION: Circumferential fusion is dominant over instrumented posterolateral fusion, that is, both being significantly cheaper...

  14. von Frey anesthesiometry to assess sensory impairment after acute spinal cord injury caused by thoracolumbar intervertebral disc extrusion in dogs.

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    Song, R B; Basso, D M; da Costa, R C; Fisher, L C; Mo, X; Moore, S A

    2016-03-01

    Sensory threshold (ST) was measured using an electric von Frey anesthesiometer (VFA) in all limbs of 20 normal dogs and 29 dogs with acute thoracolumbar spinal cord injury (SCI) caused by spontaneous intervertebral disc extrusion. ST values were measured at three separate time points in normal dogs and on days 3, 10 and 30 following decompressive surgery in dogs with SCI. ST values were compared between groups and correlated with locomotor recovery in SCI-affected dogs. ST values were significantly higher (consistent with hypoalgesia) in the pelvic limbs of SCI-affected dogs at day 3, day 10 and day 30 when compared to normal dogs (P dogs over time, consistent with improvement toward normal sensation or development of allodynia. This finding correlated inversely with locomotor score at 3 and 10 days after surgery. A significant decline in ST values across testing sessions was observed for all limbs of normal and SCI-affected dogs and may be related to patient acclimation, operator training effect, or effect of analgesic medications. This study supports the feasibility of VFA to assess differences in ST between normal and SCI-affected dogs. However, future studies must focus on techniques to minimize or compensate for clinical, environmental and behavioral factors which may impact ST values in the clinical setting.

  15. Electrical high-frequency stimulation of the human thoracolumbar fascia evokes long-term potentiation-like pain amplification.

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    Schilder, Andreas; Magerl, Walter; Hoheisel, Ulrich; Klein, Thomas; Treede, Rolf-Detlef

    2016-10-01

    Nociceptive long-term potentiation, a use dependent increase in synaptic efficacy in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord is thought to contribute to the development of persistent pain states. So far, no study has analyzed the effects of high-frequency stimulation (HFS) of afferents from deep tissues (muscle and fascia) on pain perception in the back in humans. In 16 healthy volunteers, the multifidus muscle and the overlying thoracolumbar fascia were stimulated with electrical high-frequency pulses (5 × 100 pulses at 100 Hz) through bipolar concentric needle electrodes placed at lumbar level (L3/L4). Electrical pain thresholds were lower (P fascia compared with muscle stimulation (P fascia, from 8 to 12 numerical rating scale for muscle; both P Fascia HFS increased fascia pain ratings 2.17 times compared with the unconditioned control site (P fascia by 20% (P 60 minutes post-HFS, potentiation by fascia HFS was similar to that of skin HFS. These findings show that the spinal input from the fascia can induce long-term changes in pain sensitivity for at least 60 minutes making it a candidate potentially contributing to nonspecific low back pain.

  16. STUDY ON THE FED METHOD APPLICATION IN THORACO-LUMBAR SCOLIOSIS

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    2011-01-01

    Scoliosis is a chapter that has not yet been resolved, a "black spot" of orthopedics. For this reason we believe that it remains open to explore and search permanent to find more efficient techniques and methods. FED method (fixation, elongation, derotation) was designed to treat spinal deviations and consists in three-dimensional fixation, its elongation and derotation through corrective pressure, performed intermittently or continuously, as well as patient's postural control during periods...

  17. Analytical and experimental investigations into the controlled energy absorption characteristics of thick-walled tubes with circumferential grooves

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    Darvizeh, Abolfazl [Islamic Azad University, Bandar-e Anzali (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Darvizeh, Mansour; Ansari, Reza; Meshkinzar, Ata [University of Guilan, Rasht (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    In this paper, the energy absorption characteristics of grooved circular tubes are investigated under quasi-static loading condition. For experiments, thick-walled tubes with circumferential grooves are prepared. The grooves divide the thick-walled tube into several shorter thin-walled portions. Specimens are subjected to axial crushing load to observe the effect of distribution of circular grooves on the deformation mechanism and energy absorption capacity. Geometrical parameters of the specimens are designed utilizing the Taguchi method to cover a reasonably wide range of groove length-to-wall thickness ratios. An analytical approach based on the concept of energy dissipation through the plastic hinges is applied. Taking the effect of strain hardening into account, the obtained analytical results are in good agreement with the experimental ones. The agreement between analytical and experimental results may indicate the validity of the proposed analytical approach. Desirable mechanism of deformation observed justifies the pre-forming method for obtaining favorable energy absorption characteristics.

  18. Transverse shear effects on the stress-intensity factor for a circumferentially cracked, specially orthotropic cylindrical shell

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    Delale, F.; Erdogan, F.

    1977-01-01

    The problem of a cylindrical shell containing a circumferential through crack is considered by taking into account the effect of transverse shear deformations. The formulation is given for a specially orthotropic material within the confines of a linearized shallow shell theory. The particular theory used permits the consideration of all five boundary conditions regarding moment and stress resultants on the crack surface. Consequently, aside from multiplicative constants representing the stress intensity factors, the membrane and bending components of the asymptotic stress fields near the crack tip are found to be identical. The stress intensity factors are calculated separately for a cylinder under a uniform membrane load, and that under a uniform bending moment. Sample results showing the nature of the out-of-plane crack surface displacement and the effect of the Poisson's ratio are presented.

  19. Experimental investigation on fracture toughness of Al6061–graphite by using Circumferential Notched Tensile Specimens

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    Saleemsab Doddamani

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the experimental work carried out on the fracture behavior of aluminium 6061 (Al6061 and graphite particulate composites. The required specimens are prepared using stir casting method with graphite proportions ranging from 3 to 12 % by weight. The fracture behavior of Al6061-graphite particulate composites produced using stir casting method, was investigated by conducting experiments on Universal Testing Machine (UTM. Circumferential Notched Tensile (CNT specimens were utilized to evaluate the fracture toughness of the composites. From the experiment the fracture toughness KIC= 15.85MPa m1/2 is obtained for Al6061-9% Graphite. Further, the experimental results revealed that, except 12% graphite, the fracture toughness of Al6061-graphite was observed to increases with an increase in weight percentage of graphite. The experimental results reinforce that Al6061-graphite particulate MMCs are suitable for automotive and aerospace applications requiring high fracture toughness apart from good wear resistance.

  20. Optimal patient positioning for ligamentotaxis during balloon kyphoplasty of the thoracolumbar and lumbar spine.

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    Cawley, D T

    2011-06-01

    Percutaneous balloon kyphoplasty aims to restore vertebral height, correct angular deformity and stabilize the spine in the setting of vertebral compression fractures. The patient is positioned prone with supports under the iliac crests and upper thorax to allow gravity to extend the spine. In the treatment of lumbar fractures, we evaluated patient positioning with the contribution of hip extension to increase anterior ligamentotaxis, thus facilitating restoration of vertebral height. Our positioning technique created a mean anterior height increase from 72% to 78% of the average height of the cranial and caudal vertebrae (p=0.037). Balloon inflation did not significantly further increase anterior or posterior vertebral height, or Cobb angle.

  1. Locomotor-activated neurons of the cat. II. Noradrenergic innervation and colocalization with NEα 1a or NEα 2b receptors in the thoraco-lumbar spinal cord.

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    Noga, Brian R; Johnson, Dawn M G; Riesgo, Mirta I; Pinzon, Alberto

    2011-04-01

    Norepinephrine (NE) is a strong modulator and/or activator of spinal locomotor networks. Thus noradrenergic fibers likely contact neurons involved in generating locomotion. The aim of the present study was to investigate the noradrenergic innervation of functionally related, locomotor-activated neurons within the thoraco-lumbar spinal cord. This was accomplished by immunohistochemical colocalization of noradrenergic fibers using dopamine-β-hydroxylase or NEα(1A) and NEα(2B) receptors with cells expressing the c-fos gene activity-dependent marker Fos. Experiments were performed on paralyzed, precollicular-postmamillary decerebrate cats, in which locomotion was induced by electrical stimulation of the mesencephalic locomotor region. The majority of Fos labeled neurons, especially abundant in laminae VII and VIII throughout the thoraco-lumbar (T13-L7) region of locomotor animals, showed close contacts with multiple noradrenergic boutons. A small percentage (10-40%) of Fos neurons in the T7-L7 segments showed colocalization with NEα(1A) receptors. In contrast, NEα(2B) receptor immunoreactivity was observed in 70-90% of Fos cells, with no obvious rostrocaudal gradient. In comparison with results obtained from our previous study on the same animals, a significantly smaller proportion of Fos labeled neurons were innervated by noradrenergic than serotonergic fibers, with significant differences observed for laminae VII and VIII in some segments. In lamina VII of the lumbar segments, the degree of monoaminergic receptor subtype/Fos colocalization examined statistically generally fell into the following order: NEα(2B) = 5-HT(2A) ≥ 5-HT(7) = 5-HT(1A) > NEα(1A). These results suggest that noradrenergic modulation of locomotion involves NEα(1A)/NEα(2B) receptors on noradrenergic-innervated locomotor-activated neurons within laminae VII and VIII of thoraco-lumbar segments. Further study of the functional role of these receptors in locomotion is warranted.

  2. Task IV: Development of Circumferential Inlet Distortion through a Representative Eleven Stage High-speed Axial Compressor

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    Tan, Choon-Sooi; Suder, Kenneth (Technical Monitor)

    2003-01-01

    The concepts and the procedure developed in Task I and Task III were used to determine the response of an eleven-stage high-speed compressor to an inlet distortion of 180 deg. circumferential extent for contrasting against its performance under uniform inlet flow. Using the computed results at the inlet to and outlet of the compressor, the computed total pressure ratio and efficiency for the clean condition are determined to be 14.22 and 76.9 percent respectively. As for the distorted case, these are determined to be 10.35 and 71.8 percent respectively, showing deterioration 76.9 percent vs 71.8 percent). The physical consistency of the computed flow field was assessed as a means of demonstrating the applicability and utility of the body force representation for inlet distortion computations. Specifically the computed evolution of the distorted pattern in static pressure and total pressure from compressor inlet to exit is examined. For the eleven-stage compressor examined here, the deterioration in performance has been found to be particularly severe in the last 2 stages. This suggests that the last two stages could be redesigned to alleviate the observed deterioration thus making the compressor performance insensitive to circumferential inlet distortion. This can potentially be accomplished by first determining what should the body force distribution of the last two stages should be to achieve minimal or no deterioration in performance in the last two stages. One can then in principle proceed to determine the blade design to yield such a body force distribution.

  3. CFD Study of the Hydrocarbon Boost Low-Pressure Inducer and Kicker in the Presence of a Circumferential Groove

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    Coker, Robert

    2011-01-01

    Results are presented of a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) study done in support of Marshall Space Flight Center's (MSFC) sub-scale water flow experiments of the Hydrocarbon Boost (HCB) Oxidizer Turbopump (OTP) being developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Aerojet. A circumferential groove may be added to the pump to reduce synchronous cavitation and subsequent bearing loads at a minimal performance cost. However, the energy may reappear as high order cavitation (HOC) that spans a relatively large frequency range. Thus, HOC may have implications for the full-scale OTP inducer in terms of reduced structural margin at higher mode frequencies. Simulations using the LOCI/Stream CFD program were conducted in order to explore the fluid dynamical impact of the groove on the low-pressure inducer and kicker. It was found that the circumferential groove has minimal head performance impact, but causes back-flowing high-swirl fluid to interact with the nearly-axial incoming fluid just above the inducer blades. The high-shear interface between the fluids is Kelvin-Helmholtz unstable, resulting in trains of low pressure regions or 'pearls' forming near the upstream edge of the groove. When the static pressure in these regions becomes low enough and they get cut by the blade leading edge, HOC is thought to occur. Although further work is required, the numerical models indicate that HOC will occur in the runbox of the AFRL/Aerojet HCB OTP. Comparisons to the ongoing water flow experiments will be discussed, as well as possible designs that may mitigate HOC while continuing to reduce synchronous cavitation. December 2011 MSS/LPS/SPS Joint Subcommittee Meeting ABSTRACT SUBMITTAL FORM

  4. OUTCOME OF POSTEROLATERAL FUSION VERSUS CIRCUMFERENTIAL FUSION WITH CAGE FOR LUMBAR STENOSIS AND LOW DEGREE LUMBAR SPONDYLOLISTHESIS

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    2006-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the outcome of two methods for stabilization and fusion: posterolateral fusion and circumferential fusion involving posterior lumbar interbody fusion for lumbar stenosis with Grades 1 and 2 lumbar spondylolisthesis. Methods From April 1998 to April 2003, 45 patients suffering from lumbar stenosis with low degree lumbar spondylolisthesis treated in our hospital were retrospectively reviewed and assigned to two groups. Among them, 24 patients (group A) were treated with instrumented posterolateral fusion and 21 patients (group B) with instrumented circumferential fusion. The two groups were compared for clinical and radiological outcomes. Results All patients were followed up for 12 to 72 months. In group A, results showed preoperative clinical symptoms disappeared completely in 12 of 24 patients, and pain relief was seen in 91.7% (22/24). Two cases suffered from residual symptoms. Twenty-two cases obtained complete reduction of olisthy vertebral bodies, and anatomical reduction rate was 91.7%. No infection or neurological complication occurred in this group. In group B, results showed preoperative clinical symptoms disappeared completely in 13 of 21 patients, and pain relief was seen in 90. 5% ( 19/21 ). One case suffered from residual symptoms. Twenty cases obtained complete reduction of the olisthy vertebral bodies, and anatomical reduction rate was 95.2%. Four cases of infection or neurological complication occurred in this group. Both groups indicated no significant difference in clinical outcomes and anatomical reduction rate during followup. But group A had better intraoperative circumstances and postoperative outcome than group B, while group B had better postoperative parameters in X-ray of Angle of Slipping and Disc Index than group A.Conclusions The first choice of surgical method for lumbar stenosis with low degree lumbar spondylolisthesis is instrumented posterolateral fusion. Only when patients suffer from severe preoperative disc

  5. Fracture problem for an external circumferential crack in a functionally graded superconducting cylinder subjected to a parallel magnetic field

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    Yan, Z. [Department of Engineering Mechanics, Shijiazhuang Tiedao University, Shijiazhuang 050043 (China); Gao, S.W. [College of Civil Engineering, Hebei Institute of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Zhangjiakou 075000 (China); Feng, W.J., E-mail: wjfeng9999@126.com [Department of Engineering Mechanics, Shijiazhuang Tiedao University, Shijiazhuang 050043 (China)

    2016-02-15

    Highlights: • External circumferential crack problem of superconducting cylinder is investigated. • A functionally graded superconducting cylinder is analyzed. • The magnetically impermeable crack surface condition is applied. • The generalized Irie-Yamafuji critical state model outside the crack region is adopted. - Abstract: In this study, the multiple isoparametric finite element method (MIFEM) is used to investigate external circumferential crack problem of a functionally graded superconducting cylinder subjected to electromagnetic forces. The superconducting cylinder is composed by Bi2223/Ag composite with material parameters varying. A crack reference region is defined to reflect the effects of crack on flux and current densities, and the magnetically impermeable crack surface condition and the generalized Irie–Yamafuji critical state model outside the crack region are adopted. The distributions of magnetic flux density in the superconducting cylinder are obtained analytically for both the zero-field cooling (ZFC) and the field cooling (FC) activation processes. Based on the MIFEM, the stress intensity factors (SIFs) at crack fronts in the process of field ascent and/or descent are then numerically calculated. It is interesting to note from numerical results that for the present crack model in the ZFC activation process, the crack is easily propagate and grow with the applied field increases, and that in the field descent process of either the ZFC case or FC case, the crack generally does not propagate. In addition, in the field ascent process of the ZFC case, the SIFs depend on not only the crack depths and model parameters but also the applied field. The present study should be helpful to the design and application of high-temperature superconductors with external edge cracks.

  6. VIDEO-ASSISTED THORACOSCOPIC CORRECTION AND FUSION OF SCOLIOSIS

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    2007-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the operative technique and preliminary results of video-assisted thoracoscopic anterior correction and fusion of scoliosis.Methods Eleven cases underwent thoracoscopic anterior correction and fusion of scoliosis from March 2003 to April 2005 in our hospital were reviewed. They were all females with an average age of 13.1 years old. Of which, 9cases were idiopathic scoliosis, 1 case was congenital scoliosis, and 1 case was Marfan syndrome scoliosis. The coronal Cobb angle and apical vertebral translation before and after surgery as well as at final follow-up were measured. The operation time, blood loss during operation, and peri-operative complications were recorded.Results The mean operation time was 6. 4 hours, mean instrumented vertebrae were 6. 4 segments, and mean blood loss during operation was 364 mL. The coronal Cobb angles of the thoracic curve before and after surgery were 45.5° and 15.4° respectively, with an average correction rate of 65.4%. The lumbar curve was corrected from 28.4°to 11.8°, with an average simultaneous correction rate of 57.2%. All of the patients were followed up regularly with an average time of 21.4 months. At the final follow-up, the coronal Cobb angles of the thoracic and lumbar curves were 19. 0° and 20. 1°, with a 3.6° and 8. 3° loss of correction, respectively. The apical vertebral translation was improved from 32.3 mm to 10. 5 mm for the thoracic curve, and from 13. 1 mm to 8.2 mm for the lumbar curve. There were 6cases with peri-operative complications, including 1 case of thoracic effusion, 1 case of chylothorax, 1 case of locking plug loosing, 2 cases of aggravation of the unfused lumbar curve ( 1 case also with thoracolumbar kyphosis), and 1 case with a screw tip causing a contour deformity of the aorta. And 4 of them underwent revision surgery.Conclnsions Video- assisted thoracoscopic anterior correction and fusion of scoliosis has good correction capability, less intraoperative bleeding

  7. 胸腰椎半椎体后路矫形术失效原因及翻修策略%FAILURE CAUSE OF POSTERIOR APPROACH ORTHOPAEDIC OPERATION OF THORACOLUMBAR HEMIVERTEBRA AND STRATEGIES OF REVISION

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    李波; 卢曼鹏; 王群波; 余雨; 邵高海

    2011-01-01

    Objective To explore the failure cause of posterior approach orthopaedic operation of thoracolumbar hemivertebra, and to summary strategies of revision. Methods The clinical data from 9 cases undergoing posterior approach orthopaedic operation failure of thoracolumbar hemivertebra between June 2003 and June 2008, were retrospectively analyzed.There were 5 males and 4 females with a median age of 12 years (range, 1 year and 10 months to 24 years). All malformations were identified as fully segmented hemivertebra from the original medical records and X-ray films, including 2 cases in thoracic vertebra, 5 cases in thoracolumbar vertebra, and 2 cases in lumbar vertebra. The preoperative scoliotic Cobb angle was (45.4 ±17.4)°, and kyphotic Cobb angle was (29.8 ± 22.0)°. The reason of primary surgical failure were analyzed and spinal deformity was corrected again with posterior revision. Results All surgeries were finished successfully. The operation time was 3.0-6.5 hours (mean, 4.5 hours), and the perioperative bleeding was 400-2 500 mL (mean, 950 mL). All incisions healed by first intention; no infection or deep venous thrombosis occurred. Numbness occurred in unilateral lower extremity of 1 case postoperatively, and the symptom was relieved completely after treatment of detumescence and neural nutrition. All cases were followed up 12-30 months (mean, 18 months). No pseudoarthrosis and implant failure occurred. The X-ray films showed that the bone grafts completely fused within 8-14 months (mean, 11 months) after operation. The Cobb angles of scoliosis and kyphosis at 1 week after operation and the last follow-up were obviously improved when compared with preoperative ones, showing significant differences (P <0.05). No obvious correction loss was observed either in coronal or sagittal plane. Conclusion The failure causes of posterior approach orthopaedic operation are hemivertebra processing, selection of fixation and fusion range, and selection of internal

  8. 微创经椎弓根前柱植骨支柱块置入治疗匈腰椎压缩骨折%Minimally invasive bone graft in anterior column through pedicle for thoracolumbar vertebral compression fractures

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    方晓辉; 丁亮华; 樊友亮; 何双华; 王能; 张乃东; 凌为其; 黄智慧

    2011-01-01

    Objective:To study the clinical outcome of minimally invasive bone graft in anterior column through pedicle for thoracolumbar vertebral compression fractures.Method: From May 2009 to April 2010,21 patients undergoing bone graft in anterior column through pedicle for thoracolumbar vertebral compression fractures were enrolled in this study.There were 12 males and 9 females with the average age of 59.7 years (range,48-76 years).AU patients had single vertebra involved,which included 2 Til,5 T12,9 LI,4 L2 and 1 L3.Preoperative evaluation included nature history,physical examination and imaging,which detailed as the wedge angle of 16.67°±1.70° ,the Cobb angle of 23.43°±1.73° ,the anterior height of the fracture vertebral body of (61.85±4.34)% ,the sagittal index (SI:the anterior height of the fracture vertebral body/the posterior height of the fracture vertebral bodyxlOO%) of(59.48±4.15)%.The visual analogue scale(VAS) score was 8.3± l.O.The operative time and blood loss were recorded.The radiographs of 1 week,3 months,6 months and 12 months at follow -up were reviewed retrospectively, and the wedge angle of involved vertebra, kyphosis correction,the anterior vertebral height restoration,sagittal index (SI),and graft location as well as VAS score were reviewed.Result: All the patients underwent surgery successfully .The average operation time was 51.2min, and blood loss was 26.4ml.Postoperative CT scan revealed breakout of pedicle cortex in 11 patients,with 10 laterally and 1 medially .however no neurological deficit was noted.All the patients were followed up for a mean of 21.3 months (range, 15-26 months) .There were significant difference with respect to the wedge angle,kyphosis Cobb angle, SI, VAS score and anterior height of involved vertebral body between pre and post -operation (P<0.05).The ruptured pedicle cortex healed after 3 months.At final follow-up.no loss of correctionand graft displacement were noted.Conclusion:Minimally invasive bone graft in

  9. 椎体成形术结合体位复位治疗创伤性胸腰椎骨折%The effectiveness of the combination of postural reduction and vertebroplasty for traumatic thoracolumbar spine fractures

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    黄洪斌; 范顺武; 鲍丰; 季向荣

    2008-01-01

    affected vertebra shape changes were recorded.Results Patients were followed up for 15-37 months(average 18 months);all patients reported significant alleviation of the pain after treatment.VAS scores was reduced averagely from 6.9±1.6 to 1.7±0.8.the anterior and middle vertebral height was restored and kyphotic abnormality was corrected.During the period of follow up,postoperative outcomes were satisfactory without notable corrected vertebral height loss.Conclusion If the indications are respected,percutaneous vertebroplasty following postural reduction can provide significant pain relief and restore the vertebral height and kyphotic angle in patients with traumatic thoracolumbar spine fractures.

  10. Total hip replacement using hemi-circumferential interposition acetabuloplasty for acetabular deficiency in post-Perthes deformities: technique and long-term results

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    D. Haverkamp; H. Eijer; R.K. Marti

    2006-01-01

    We describe a technique of hemi-circumferential interposition grafting that allows placement of the cup in the anatomical position of the original acetabulum in the rare cases of post-Perthes or Perthes-like deformities of the femoral head combined with a steep and shallow acetabulum. This technique

  11. 经椎旁肌间隙入路微创小切口在胸腰椎骨折手术的应用%Application of transparavertebral museular Interspace minimal invasive approach in surgery for thoracolumbar fractures

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    陶玉平; 王永祥; 王静成; 冯新民; 韩奎敬

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨椎旁肌间隙人路微创小切口治疗胸腰椎体骨折的临床疗效.方法 后路椎弓根钉系统内固定治疗胸腰段椎体骨折患者53例,按手术入路分为椎旁肌间隙入路(A组,28例)和后正中人路(B组,25例)两组.比较两组的手术相关资料.结果 A组手术时间、术中出血量、术后切口引流量、术后3d、1个月和6个月的VAS疼痛评分分别为(78.75±7.53)min、(97.86±37.76)ml、(95.71±34.90)ml、(3.28±0.90)分、(1.71±0.94)分和(1.57±0.92)分,明显低于B组的(85.80±6.87)min、(258.00±65.64)ml、(185.20±62.26)ml、(3.96±0.68)分、(2.28±0.89)分和(2.16±0.99)分(P<0.05);而两组后凸角(Coob角)纠正率和椎体塌陷纠正率相仿(P>0.05).结论 椎旁肌间隙入路微创小切口与后正中入路相比,具有手术野清晰、置钉容易、出血少、手术时间短等优点.%Objective To investigate the outcomes of internal fixation of vertebral pedicle screw via transparavertebral muscular interspace minimal invasive approach for thoracolumbar fractures. Methods Fifty-three patients with thoracolumbar vertebral fractures were operated via transparavertebral muscular interspace minimal invasive approachtgroup A, 28 cases) or via traditional posterior middle approach (group B,25 cases). The surgical outcomes were compared. Results The operation time,operative blood loss,postopeative drainage, VAS scores on the 3rd day, 1st month and 6th month after surgery, corrected rate of Cobb' s angle and vertebral body height in group A were (78. 75±7. 53) min, (97. 86±37. 76) ml, (95. 71 ±34. 90) ml, (3. 28±O. 90) points, (1. 71 ±0. 94) points and (1. 57±0. 92) points, which were significantly less than (85. 80±6. 87) min, (258. 00± 65. 64) ml,(185. 20±62. 26) ml,(3. 96±0. 68) points,(2. 28±0. 89) points and (2.16±0. 99) points in group B(P0. 05 ). Conclusion Compared to traditional posterior middle approach, transparavertebral muscular interspace minimal invasive

  12. Video-assisted treatment of thoracolumbar junction fractures using a specific distractor for reduction: prospective study of 50 cases.

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    Le Huec, Jean-Charles; Tournier, C; Aunoble, S; Madi, K; Leijssen, Ph

    2010-03-01

    Posterior instrumentation allows good osteosynthesis for thoracolumbar junction fractures. However, in approximately 20% of cases, anterior bone defects may persist, leading to pseudoarthrosis and loss of reduction. Anterior approaches can circumvent this drawback, but they are considered aggressive with a high rate of complications. The advent of the endoscopic mini-invasive techniques has led to a reduction in the number of complications while maintaining the same consolidation rate. Nevertheless, poor restitution of anatomic curves is a reproach for this technique. This prospective study reports clinical and radiological result of 50 patients (19 women and 31 men) operated between April 2000 and March 2006 with a video-assisted anterior approach using an endodistractor for reduction and consequent insertion of the implant. There were A3 (n = 44), A2 (n = 2), A1 (n = 3) and C1 (n = 1) fractures (Magerl classification). The specific system for fracture reduction was used in the last 39 cases of this series. A Pyramesh cage (Medtronic, Memphis, USA) was used in 15 patients, a peek cage (Creaspine, Bordeaux, France) in 30 patients and a tricortical graft in 5 patients. Standard X-rays and CT scan were performed pre-operatively. Kyphosis, and angulations were measured pre-, per- and post-operatively. Mean immediate postoperative gain in localized kyphosis was 12.18 degrees and mean gain at last follow-up was 11.71 degrees. Mean immediate postoperative gain in RA was 13.24 degrees and remained identical at last follow-up. Five patients had a transient pulmonary atelectasia and there was one pulmonary infection. No neurological complication occurred. Fracture reduction is comparable to the best thoracotomy series while limiting approach-related complications.

  13. Comparison of harmonic blade versus traditional approach in canine patients undergoing spinal decompressive surgery for naturally occurring thoracolumbar disk extrusion

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    Hettlich, Bianca F.; Cook, Laurie; London, Cheryl; Fosgate, Geoffrey T.

    2017-01-01

    Objectives To assess feasibility of the harmonic Osteovue blade (HOB) for use in the soft tissue approach for dogs undergoing hemilaminectomy and to compare outcomes between dogs undergoing HOB or traditional approach (TRAD). Methods A prospective randomized clinical trial was performed using 20 client-owned dogs with thoracolumbar intervertebral disk extrusion requiring hemilaminectomy. Dogs were randomly assigned to HOB or TRAD. Neurologic function and pain scores were assessed pre-operatively. Intraoperative blood loss and surgical approach time as well as postoperative pain and wound healing scores were recorded. Additionally, neurologic recovery and owner perceived quality of life were recorded at day 10 and 30 postoperative. Results There was no significant difference in sex distribution, weight, age, preoperative neurological grade and pain score, and perioperative outcome measures between groups. Intraoperative total blood loss was minimal for HOB and TRAD (median: 0 ml (range 0–9) and 2.2 ml (range 0–6.8), respectively; p = 0.165) and approach times were similar (median: 7 min (range 5–12) and 8 min (range 5–13), respectively; p = 0.315). While changes in wound healing scores were similar, changes in postoperative pain scores and neurological function were significantly improved in the HOB compared to the TRAD group. Postoperative complications in the HOB group consisted of automutilation of part of the incision and development of a small soft, non-painful subcutaneous swelling in 1 dog each. Conclusions The HOB is a safe and effective tool for the soft tissue approach for routine spinal surgery in dogs and is associated with decreased pain and increased neurological function post-surgery. PMID:28253289

  14. The Retrospective Analysis of Posterior Short-Segment Pedicle Instrumentation without Fusion for Thoracolumbar Burst Fracture with Neurological Deficit

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    Zhouming Deng

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to investigate the efficacy of posterior short-segment pedicle instrumentation without fusion in curing thoracolumbar burst fracture. All of the 53 patients were treated with short-segment pedicle instrumentation and laminectomy without fusion, and the restoration of retropulsed bone fragments was conducted by a novel custom-designed repositor (RRBF. The mean operation time and blood loss during surgery were analyzed; the radiological index and neurological status were compared before and after the operation. The mean operation time was 93 min (range: 62–110 min and the mean intraoperative blood loss was 452 mL in all cases. The average canal encroachment was 50.04% and 10.92% prior to the surgery and at last followup, respectively (P<0.01. The preoperative kyphotic angle was 17.2 degree (±6.87 degrees, whereas it decreased to 8.42 degree (±4.99 degrees at last followup (P<0.01. Besides, the mean vertebral body height increased from 40.15% (±9.40% before surgery to 72.34% (±12.32% at last followup (P<0.01. 45 patients showed 1-2 grades improvement in Frankel’s scale at last followup. This technique allows for satisfactory canal clearance and restoration of vertebral body height and kyphotic angle, and it may promote the recovery of neurological function. However, further research is still necessary to confirm the efficacy of this treatment.

  15. Thoracolumbar fracture dislocations treated by posterior reduction interbody fusion and segmental instrumentation

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    Xiao-Bin Wang

    2014-01-01

    Materials and Methods: A retrospective review of 30 patients who had sustained fracture dislocation of the spine and underwent single stage posterior surgery between January 2007 and December 2011 was performed. All the patients underwent single stage posterior pedicle screw fixation, decompression and interbody fusion. Demographic data, medical records and radiographic images were reviewed thoroughly. Results: Ten females and 20 males with a mean age of 39.5 years were included in this study. Based on the AO classification, 13 cases were Type B1, 4 cases were B2, 4 were C1, 6 were C2 and 3 cases were C3. The average time of the surgical procedure was 220 min and the average blood loss was 550 mL. All of the patients were followed up for at least 2 years, with an average of 38 months. The mean preoperative kyphosis was 14.4° and reduced to -1.1° postoperatively. At the final followup, the mean kyphosis was 0.2°. The loss of correction was small (1.3° with no significant difference compared to postoperative kyphotic angle (P = 0.069. Twenty seven patients (90% achieved definitive bone fusion on X-ray or computed tomography imaging within 1 year followup. The other three patients were suspected possible pseudarthrosis. They remained asymptomatic without hardware failure or local pain at the last followup. Conclusion: Single stage posterior reduction using segmental pedicle screw instrumentation, combined with decompression and interbody fusion for the treatment of thoracic or lumbar fracture-dislocations is a safe, less traumatic and reliable technique. This procedure can achieve effective reduction, sagittal angle correction and solid fusion.

  16. Thoracolumbar spine fractures in the geriatric fracture center : early ambulation leads to good results on short term and is a successful and safe alternative compared to immobilization in elderly patients with two-column vertebral fractures

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    Weerink, L B M; Folbert, E C; Kraai, M; Smit, R S; Hegeman, J H; van der Velde, D

    2014-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Thoracolumbar spine fractures are common osteoporotic fractures among elderly patients. Several studies suggest that these fractures can be treated successfully with a nonoperative management. The aim of this study is to evaluate the conservative treatment of elderly patients with a ve

  17. 袖状蒂岛状环形包皮瓣尿道成形术一期修复会阴型尿道下裂%One-stage urethroplasty with circumferential vascular pedicle preputial island flap for perineal hypospadias

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    朱再生; 吴汉; 李瑞阳; 汪定海

    2010-01-01

    Objective To report the treatment of perineal hypospadias with one-stage urethroplaty with circumferential vascular pedicle preputial island flap. Methods A circumferential incision was made proximal to the corona and the urethral plate to correct chordee. A U-shaped skin incision was then made surrounding the meatus, and extended to the dorsal prepuce and parallel to the first incision. The tissue between the prepuce and dartos was dissected on the dorsum of penis to fix the prepuce as a neourethra.After mobilizing the loop shaped skin flap through the button-hole of the pedicle, the internal and external sides of the loop were sutured to construct a new urethra, the catheter was removed 10-14 days (mean,12.8 days ) after operation. Results Since 1997, 22 patients with perineal hypospadias were treated.Primary healing was achieved in 18 cases(81.8% ). Fistula happened in 4 patients. Among them, one case with meatal stenosis was treated with dilatation. Another 3 patients were reoperated. The neourethral flap was 3.50-18.00 cm (mean, 9.43 cm) in length. All patients were followed up for more than 6 months. Good cosmetic appearance was achieved in 72. 7% (16/22) of the patients. Conclusions The circumferential vascular pedicle preputial island flap has advantages of good blood supply and autograft for new meatus, which allows the chordee correction and urethroplaty at one stage. It is a good method for the treatment of perineal hypospadias with severe chordee and penoscrotal transposition.%目的 探讨袖状蒂岛状环形包皮瓣尿道成形术一期修复会阴型尿道下裂的临床效果.方法 距冠状沟0.5 cm处环形切开包皮内板和尿道板,脱套以纠正阴茎下曲.沿尿道板两侧平行切开,近端绕尿道口后会合,呈U形,远端环绕包皮到背侧,使新尿道皮瓣呈环状.解剖供应皮瓣的深层皮下组织与阴茎皮肤,形成血管蒂.经纽扣样孔隙,转移环状皮瓣至腹侧.缝合岛状环形皮瓣的内、外缘,形

  18. Radiofrequency Ablation Mapping with Circumferential Catheter for Paroxys-mal Atrial Fibrillation Originating From the Pulmonary Veins

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    刘震; 吴书林; 杨平珍; 方咸宏; 李海杰; 陈泗林; 詹贤章; 薛玉梅

    2002-01-01

    Objectives To assessed thefeasibility and effectiveness of electrophysiologicalmapping of pulmonary veins with a circumferential 10-electrode catheter and radiofrequency catheter abla-tion therapy for patients with paroxysmal atrial fibril-lation. Background Standard mapping and ablationof focal sources of atrial fibrillation are associated withvery long procedure times and low efficacy. Mappingand ablation pulmonary veins guide with a circularcatheter could overcome these limitations. Methods16 patients [male 11, female 5, mean age (51 +14.5) years] with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation refrac-tory to antiarrhythmic drugs were included in thisgroup. A circumferential 10-electrode catheter wasused to pulmonary vein mapping during sinus rhythm orCSd pacing to determine the origin of atrial prematurecontractions. When the ablative target pulmonary veinwas found, the pulmonary vein potentials' distributionand activation were assessment pulmonary veins' ostialablation was performed at the segments showing earliestactivation of pulnonary vein potentials. The end pointwas designed: 1 ) elimination of pulmonary vein po-tential; 2) pulmonary vein potential dissociation fromatrial waves; 3) atrial ectopic beats disappear. ResultsA total of 36 pulmonary veins were ablated, in-cluding 16 left superior, 12 right superior, 7 left in-ferior and 1 right inferior. 1 pulmonary vein in 2 pa-tients was ablated, 2 pulmonary veins in 8 patientswere ablated, 3 pulmonary veins were ablated in 5patients and 4 pulmonary veins were ablated in 1 pa-tient. Procedure duration and fluoroscopy time respec-tively were 186.7 _+ 63.8 min and 51.5 + 15.0 min.During the follow-up 1- 12 months, 11 patients(68.7 % ) were free of AF without any antiarrhythmicdrugs, 2 of them were reablation, effective in 3/16(18.7%) and unsuccessful in 2/16 (12.6%) . 2cases recurred with atrial premature, 1 was treated withamiodarone and the other was repeat electrophysiologi-cal mapping and ablation, 5 cases with

  19. The Predictive Nursing Strategy and Result Analysis of Reducing Postoperative Abdominal Distension After Thoracolumbar Surgery%减少胸腰椎术后腹胀的预见性护理策略及其成效

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    王月红

    2016-01-01

    Based on the analysis of the causes of postoperative abdominal distention for patients with thoracolumbar fractures,a targeted nursing strategy is adopted to reduce the incidence of postoperative abdominal distension after thoracolumbar surgery.72 patients of thoracolumbar fractures are selected, and they are randomly divided into conventional nursing group and predictive nursing group.The con-ventional nursing group adopts orthopaedic conventional nursing methods,while the predictive nursing group uses targeted nursing methods to prevent postoperative abdominal distention.Comparing the inci-dence of abdominal distension in the two groups,we find out that predictive nursing methods can effec-tively reduce postoperative abdominal distension after thoracolumbar surgery and effectively improve the patients'quality of life after thoracolumbar surgery.%分析引起胸腰椎骨折患者术后腹胀的原因,采用有针对性的预见性护理策略,降低胸腰椎术后腹胀的发生率。选取胸腰椎骨折患者72例,随机分成常规护理组和预见性护理组。常规护理组采用骨科常规护理方法;预见性护理组采用预防术后腹胀针对性护理方法。通过对两组患者腹胀发生情况的比较发现,采用预见性护理措施对于减少胸腰椎术后腹胀的效果明显,可有效提高胸腰椎骨折患者术后的生活质量。

  20. Trauma of the lumbar spine and the thoracolumbar junction; Trauma der Lendenwirbelsaeule und des thorakolumbalen Uebergangs

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    Reith, W.; Harsch, N.; Kraus, C. [Universitaetsklinikum des Saarlandes, Klinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Neuroradiologie, Homburg/Saar (Germany)

    2016-08-15

    Patients who have experienced high energy trauma have a particularly high risk of suffering from fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine. The detection of spinal injuries and the correct classification of fractures before surgery are not only absolute requirements for the implementation of appropriate surgical treatment but they are also decisive for the choice of surgical procedure. By the application of spiral computed tomography (CT) crucial additional information on the morphology of the fracture can be gained in order to estimate the fracture type and possibly the indications for specific surgical treatment options. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is ideally suited to provide valuable additional information regarding injuries to the discoligamentous structures of the spine. Magerl et al. developed a comprehensive classification especially for injuries of the thoracic and lumbar spine, which was adopted by the working group for osteosynthesis (AO). This is based on a 2-pillar model of the spinal column. The classification is based on the pathomorphological characteristics of fractures recognizable by imaging. The injury pattern is of particular importance. In spinal trauma a distinction is made between stable and unstable fractures. The treatment of spinal injuries depends on the severity of the overall injury pattern. Besides adequate initial treatment at the scene, a trauma CT should be immediately carried out in order that no injuries are overlooked and to ensure a rapid decision on the treatment procedure. (orig.) [German] Insbesondere bei Patienten, die Hochenergie- oder Rasanztraumata erfahren haben, besteht ein erhoehtes Risiko, Frakturen der BWS und LWS zu erleiden. Die Erkennung von Verletzungen der Wirbelsaeule und die korrekte Klassifikation der Frakturen vor der Operation sind nicht nur unbedingte Voraussetzungen fuer die Einleitung einer adaequaten, ggf. operativen Therapie, sondern mitentscheidend fuer die Wahl des operativen Verfahrens. Bei

  1. Analysis of the surgical outcome of asymmetrical pedicle subtraction osteotomy in ankylosing spondylitis patients with thoracolumbar kyphoscoliotic deformity%经椎弓根不对称截骨重建强直性脊柱炎胸腰椎侧后凸畸形患者双平面平衡

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    钱邦平; 邱勇; 潘涛; 胡俊; 王斌; 俞杨; 朱泽章; 孙旭; 季明亮

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the influence of asymmetrical pedicle subtraction osteotomy (APSO) on the reconstruction of coronal and sagittal balance in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients with thoracolumbar kyphoscoliotic deformity.Methods Between October 2005 and June 2012,sixteen AS patients (13 males and 3 females) with a mean age of 35.4 years (range,22-48 years) with thoracolumbar kyphoscoliotic deformity undergoing APSO were included in this study.Preoperative,postoperative and last follow-up full-length antero-posterior and lateral spine radiographs were available.Coronal and sagittal parameters were measured,including Cobb angle,central sacral vertical line (CSVL),global kyphosis (GK),sagittal vertical axis (SVA),thoracic kyphosis (TK),lumbar lordosis (LL),pelvic tilt (PT),sacral slope (SS),and pelvic incidence (PI).SF-36 questionnaire was used to evaluate the quality of life of AS patients.The preoperative and postoperative data were compared by paired sample t test.Results The average time of follow-up was 36 months (range,24-63 months).The mean Cobb angle was improved from 25.8°to 7.6°,and the correction rate was 70.5%.The CSVL was corrected from 5.6 cm to 1.8 cm.The mean GK was corrected from 76.8° to 25.6°,and the correction rate was 66.7%.The SVA was restored from 15.1 cm to 3.8 cm.In addition,LL,PT,and SS were improved from-0.4°,33.6°,and 10.3° to 44.1°,22.6°,and 20.9°,respectively.In terms of Cobb angle,CSVL,GK,SVA,LL,PT,and SS,no significant differences were observed.The scores of bodily pain,general health,social and emotional functioning were significantly increased at the last follow-up.Conclusion AS patients with thoracolumbar kyphoscoliotic deformity have both sagittal and coronal imbalance with impairment in quality of life.APSO can achieve successful realignment of biplanar balance by correcting thoracolumbar kyphosis and scoliosis simultaneously,and improve the quality of life in AS patients with kyphoscoliotic deformity

  2. EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH ON AERODYNAMIC PERFORMANCE AND EXIT FLOW FIELD OF LOW PRESSURE AXIAL FLOW FAN WITH CIRCUMFERENTIAL SKEWED BLADES

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    2007-01-01

    In this article, the low pressure axial flow fan with circumferential skewed rotor blade, including the radial blade, the forward-skewed blade and the backward-skewed blade, was studied with experimental methods. The aerodynamic performance of the rotors was measured. At the design condition at outlet of the rotors, detailed flow measurements were performed with a five-hole probe and a Hot-Wire Anemometer (HWA). The results show that compared to the radial rotor, the forward-skewed rotor demonstrates a wider Stable Operating Range (SOR), is able to reduce the total pressure loss in the hub region and make main loading of blade accumulating in the mid-span region. There is a wider wake in the upper mid-span region of the forward-skewed rotor. Compared to the radial rotor, in the backward-skewed rotor there is higher total pressure loss near the hub and shroud regions and lower loss in the mid-span region. In addition, the velocity deficit in the wake is lower at mid-span of the backward-skewed rotor than the forward-skewed rotor.

  3. Wall thickness measurement using resonant phenomena of circumferential Lamb waves generated by plural transducer elements located evenly on girth

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    Nishino, Hideo; Iwata, Kodai; Ishikawa, Masashi

    2016-07-01

    We present a novel method of measuring the pipe wall thickness using the resonance of the circumferential (C-) Lamb wave generated by a piezoelectric ring-shaped sensor (PS). The PS is a special device for an axially propagating torsional wave; however, the C-Lamb waves are generated simultaneously as spurious signals owing to the structure of the PS. Particularly under resonant conditions, the C-Lamb waves are dominantly generated, distorting the axially propagating wave. In this method, these troublesome spurious signals are used effectively for the measurement of the wall thickness under the PS location that is a dead zone of the PS itself. The method can compensate for its drawback, namely, the dead zone problem, without using additional instruments. In this study, the mechanisms of the generation and resonance of the C-Lamb waves were first explained. Secondly, the principle of the wall thickness estimation utilizing the resonance of the C-Lamb waves was proposed. Finally, experimental verifications were carried out. The estimated wall thicknesses agreed very well (maximum 1.5% error) with those measured by a micrometer caliper under suitable resonant conditions.

  4. Effect of anxiety and depression on the recurrence of persistent atrial fibrillation after circumferential pulmonary vein ablation

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    YU Sheng-bo; HU Wei; ZHAO Qing-yan; QIN Mu; HUANG He; CUI Hong-ying; HUANG Cong-xin

    2012-01-01

    Background The effects of anxiety and depression on the recurrence of persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) after circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA) are not clear.Whether CPVA can alleviate the anxiety and depression symptoms of persistent AF patients is unknown.Methods One hundred and sixty-four patients with persistent AF,of which 43 treated with CPVA (CPVA group) and 103 treated with anti-arrhythmics drugs (medicine group),were enrolled.The Zung Self-Rating Anxiety Scale (SAS),and Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS) were assessed before and 12 months after treatment in all patients.Results The scores of SAS (40.33±7.90 vs.49.76±9.52,P <0.01) and SDS (42.33±8.73 vs.48.17±8.77,P <0.01)decreased 12 months after CPVA.Over 12 months follow-up,AF relapsed in 17 patients in CPVA group.Compared with the data in the recurrent group (17 patients),the scores of SAS and SDS were significantly lower in the non-recurrent group (26 patients) at baseline.The results of multivariate Logistic regression analysis showed normal scores of SAS and SDS were the independent risk factors of AF recurrence after CPVA.Conclusions Anxiety and depression increase the recurrence risk of persistent AF after CPVA.CPVA can ameliorate the anxiety and depression symptoms in patients with persistent AF.

  5. New matrix method for response analysis of circumferentially stiffened non-circular cylindrical shells under harmonic pressure

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    2007-01-01

    Based on the governing equation of vibration of a kind of cylindrical shells written in a matrix differential equation of the first order, a new matrix method is presented for steady-state vibration analysis of a noncircular cylindrical shell simply supported at two ends and circumferentially stiffened by rings under harmonic pressure. Its difference from the existing works by Yamada and Irie is that the matrix differential equation is solved by using the extended homogeneous capacity precision integration approach other than the Runge-Kutta-Gill integration method. The transfer matrix can easily be determined by a high precision integration scheme. In addition, besides the normal interacting forces, which were commonly adopted by researchers earlier, the tangential interacting forces between the cylindrical shell and the rings are considered at the same time by means of the Dirac-δ function. The effects of the exciting frequencies on displacements and stresses responses have been investigated. Numerical results show that the proposed method is more efficient than the aforementioned method.

  6. Nondestructive Evaluation of Functionally Graded Subsurface Damage on Cylinders in Nuclear Installations Based on Circumferential SH Waves

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    Zhen Qu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Subsurface damage could affect the service life of structures. In nuclear engineering, nondestructive evaluation and detection of the evaluation of the subsurface damage region are of great importance to ensure the safety of nuclear installations. In this paper, we propose the use of circumferential horizontal shear (SH waves to detect mechanical properties of subsurface regions of damage on cylindrical structures. The regions of surface damage are considered to be functionally graded material (FGM and the cylinder is considered to be a layered structure. The Bessel functions and the power series technique are employed to solve the governing equations. By analyzing the SH waves in the 12Cr-ODS ferritic steel cylinder, which is frequently applied in the nuclear installations, we discuss the relationship between the phase velocities of SH waves in the cylinder with subsurface layers of damage and the mechanical properties of the subsurface damaged regions. The results show that the subsurface damage could lead to decrease of the SH waves’ phase velocity. The gradient parameters, which represent the degree of subsurface damage, can be evaluated by the variation of the SH waves’ phase velocity. Research results of this study can provide theoretical guidance in nondestructive evaluation for use in the analysis of the reliability and durability of nuclear installations.

  7. Risk factors for adjacent segment degeneration after surgical correction of degenerative lumbar scoliosis

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    Kee-yong Ha

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Degenerative lumbar scoliosis surgery can lead to development of adjacent segment degeneration (ASD after lumbar or thoracolumbar fusion. Its incidence, risk factors, morbidity and correlation between radiological and clinical symptoms of ASD have no consensus. We evaluated the correlation between the occurrence of radiologic adjacent segment disease and certain imperative parameters. Materials and Methods: 98 patients who had undergone surgical correction and lumbar/thoracolumbar fusion with pedicle screw instrumentation for degenerative lumbar scoliosis with a minimum 5 year followup were included in the study. We evaluated the correlation between the occurrence of radiologic adjacent segment disease and imperative patient parameters like age at operation, sex, body mass index (BMI, medical comorbidities and bone mineral density (BMD. The radiological parameters taken into consideration were Cobb′s angle, angle type, lumbar lordosis, pelvic incidence, intercristal line, preoperative existence of an ASD on plain radiograph and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI and surgical parameters were number of the fusion level, decompression level, floating OP (interlumbar fusion excluding L5-S1 level and posterolateral lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF. Clinical outcomes were assessed with the Visual Analogue Score (VAS and Oswestry Disability Index (ODI. Results: ASD was present in 44 (44.9% patients at an average period of 48.0 months (range 6-98 months. Factors related to occurrence of ASD were preoperative existence of disc degeneration (as revealed by MRI and age at operation ( P = 0.0001, 0.0364. There were no statistically significant differences between radiological adjacent segment degeneration and clinical results (VAS, P = 0.446; ODI, P = 0.531. Conclusions: Patients over the age of 65 years and with preoperative disc degeneration (as revealed by plain radiograph and MRI were at a higher risk of developing ASD.

  8. Comparison between two types of"Scheuermann disease-like people": thoracolumbar disc herniation patients and healthy volunteers with radiological signs of Scheuermann's disease

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    Guo Xinhu; Chen Zhongqiang; Liu Ning; Guo Zhaoqing; Qi Qiang; Li Weishi; Zeng Yan

    2014-01-01

    Background Scheuermann's disease (SD) is a spinal disorder and includes both a classic form and an atypical form.Interestingly,its existence among the general population as well as the disc disease patients is common.One of our previous studies showed that about 18% of the hospital staff members meet the SD criteria.On the other hand,another study has demonstrated that 95.2% of the symptomatic thoracolumbar disc herniation (STLDH) patients meet the SD criteria,which suggests that STLDH is very likely a special form of SD.The purpose of this study was to discriminate the factors contributing to the development of STLDH by comparing STLDH patients with the healthy SD-like hospital staff members.Methods This is a retrospective study including 33 STLDH patients who met the SD criteria and 30 SD-like hospital staff members.The STLDH group was chosen from a group of patients who underwent surgery after a diagnosis of STLDH (T10/11-L1/2) at our hospital between June 2007 and June 2010.SD-like hospital staff members were chosen from a database created in 2007,which contained a lumbar MR and low back pain (LBP) questionnaire of 188 hospital staff members.The demographic and radiologic characteristics were compared between groups.Results There was no statistical difference in sex,age,and height between the two groups.The STLDH patients had higher body weight,boby mass index,and thoracolumbar kyphotic angle than SD-like hospital staff members.In addition,STLDH patients had more levels of Schmorl's nodes (3.5±1.7 vs.2.0±1.9,t=3.364,P=0.001) and irregular endplateson (4.0±1.9 vs.2.7±1.9,t=2.667,P=0.010) compared to the SD-like hospital staff members.Conclusions Higher body weight,higher body mass index,larger thoracolumbar kyphosis,and more Schmorl's nodes and irregular endplates on MR may be associated with the development of STLDH in "SD-like people."

  9. Acesso anterior para pacientes com fraturas traumáticas do tipo compressão do segmento toracolombar (T11 a L2 da coluna vertebral Anterior approach in patients with traumatic compression fracture type of thoracolumbar spine (T11-L2

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    Asdrubal Falavigna

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Relatar a experiência com o acesso anterior em fraturas traumáticas do tipo compressão no segmento toracolombar (T11 a L2 que foram submetidos à cirurgia pelo acesso anterior. MÉTODO: Estudo prospectivo de janeiro de 1994 a janeiro de 2004 envolvendo 32 pacientes. A presença da fusão óssea e do alinhamento foram analisadas 6 e 12 meses após a cirurgia. RESULTADOS: A idade média foi 36,53 anos, sendo 23 do sexo masculino. A vértebra mais atingida foi L1 (n=12. A maioria dos casos que internaram em ASIA/IMSOP C (n=10 e D (n=13 evoluiram para ASIA/IMSOP E. A média da deformidade angular pré-operatória foi 14,9°±7,5°, com diferença estatística (pOBJECTIVE: To describe experience with anterior access in compression fractures of thoracolumbar segment (T11 to L2 traumatic fractures that undergone anterior access surgery. METHOD: A prospective study was conducted between January 1994 and January 2004 with 32 patients. The bone fusion and thoracolumbar alignment were analyzed 6 months and 12 months after the surgery. RESULTS:The average age was 36.53 years old with 23 male patients. The most compromised vertebrae was L1 (n=12. The 23 patients that was ASIA/IMSOP C and ASIA/IMSOP D turned to ASIA/IMSOP E after 1 month (n=12 and 12 months (n=5 of surgery. The preoperative angular deformity average was 14.9°±7.5°. Statistical significance was found (p<0.0001 when compared to the 30 days postoperative value. CONCLUSION: The anterior access permits a better spinal canal decompression and angular deformity correction when compared with the posterior access alone.

  10. Accuracy of High-Resolution MRI with Lumen Distention in Rectal Cancer Staging and Circumferential Margin Involvement Prediction

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    Iannicelli, Elsa; Di Renzo, Sara [Radiology Institute, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, University of Rome, Sapienza, Sant' Andrea Hospital, Rome 00189 (Italy); Department of Surgical and Medical Sciences and Translational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, University of Rome, Sapienza, Sant' Andrea Hospital, Rome 00189 (Italy); Ferri, Mario [Department of Surgical and Medical Sciences and Translational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, University of Rome, Sapienza, Sant' Andrea Hospital, Rome 00189 (Italy); Pilozzi, Emanuela [Department of Clinical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, University of Rome, Sapienza, Sant' Andrea Hospital, Rome 00189 (Italy); Di Girolamo, Marco; Sapori, Alessandra [Radiology Institute, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, University of Rome, Sapienza, Sant' Andrea Hospital, Rome 00189 (Italy); Department of Surgical and Medical Sciences and Translational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, University of Rome, Sapienza, Sant' Andrea Hospital, Rome 00189 (Italy); Ziparo, Vincenzo [Department of Surgical and Medical Sciences and Translational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, University of Rome, Sapienza, Sant' Andrea Hospital, Rome 00189 (Italy); David, Vincenzo [Radiology Institute, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, University of Rome, Sapienza, Sant' Andrea Hospital, Rome 00189 (Italy); Department of Surgical and Medical Sciences and Translational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, University of Rome, Sapienza, Sant' Andrea Hospital, Rome 00189 (Italy)

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    To evaluate the accuracy of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with lumen distention for rectal cancer staging and circumferential resection margin (CRM) involvement prediction. Seventy-three patients with primary rectal cancer underwent high-resolution MRI with a phased-array coil performed using 60-80 mL room air rectal distention, 1-3 weeks before surgery. MRI results were compared to postoperative histopathological findings. The overall MRI T staging accuracy was calculated. CRM involvement prediction and the N staging, the accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV) and negative predictive value (NPV) were assessed for each T stage. The agreement between MRI and histological results was assessed using weighted-kappa statistics. The overall MRI accuracy for T staging was 93.6% (k = 0.85). The accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, PPV and NPV for each T stage were as follows: 91.8%, 86.2%, 95.5%, 92.6% and 91.3% for the group ≤ T2; 90.4%, 94.6%, 86.1%, 87.5% and 94% for T3; 98,6%, 85.7%, 100%, 100% and 98.5% for T4, respectively. The predictive CRM accuracy was 94.5% (k = 0.86); the sensitivity, specificity, PPV and NPV were 89.5%, 96.3%, 89.5%, and 96.3% respectively. The N staging accuracy was 68.49% (k = 0.4). MRI performed with rectal lumen distention has proved to be an effective technique both for rectal cancer staging and involved CRM predicting.

  11. Sparing Sphincters and Laparoscopic Resection Improve Survival by Optimizing the Circumferential Resection Margin in Rectal Cancer Patients.

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    Keskin, Metin; Bayraktar, Adem; Sivirikoz, Emre; Yegen, Gülcin; Karip, Bora; Saglam, Esra; Bulut, Mehmet Türker; Balik, Emre

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    The goal of rectal cancer treatment is to minimize the local recurrence rate and extend the disease-free survival period and survival. For this aim, obtainment of negative circumferential radial margin (CRM) plays an important role. This study evaluated predictive factors for positive CRM status and its effect on patient survival in mid- and distal rectal tumors.Patients who underwent curative resection for rectal cancer were included. The main factors were demographic data, tumor location, surgical technique, neoadjuvant therapy, tumor diameter, tumor depth, lymph node metastasis, mesorectal integrity, CRM, the rate of local recurrence, distant metastasis, and overall and disease-free survival. Statistical analyses were performed by using the Chi-squared test, Fisher exact test, Student t test, Mann-Whitney U test and the Mantel-Cox log-rank sum test.A total of 420 patients were included, 232 (55%) of whom were male. We observed no significant differences in patient characteristics or surgical treatment between the patients who had positive CRM and who had negative CRM, but a higher positive CRM rate was observed in patients undergone abdominoperineal resection (APR) (P CRM status. Logistic regression analysis revealed that APR (P CRM status. Moreover, positive CRM was associated with decreased 5-year overall and disease-free survival (P = 0.002 and P = 0.004, respectively).This large single-institution series demonstrated that APR and open resection were independent predictive factors for positive CRM status in rectal cancer. Positive CRM independently decreased the 5-year overall and disease-free survival rates.

  12. The May 2005 eruption of Fernandina volcano, Galápagos: The first circumferential dike intrusion observed by GPS and InSAR

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    Chadwick, William W Jr

    2010-12-15

    The May 2005 eruption of Fernandina volcano, Galápagos, occurred along circumferential fissures parallel to the caldera rim and fed lava flows down the steep southwestern slope of the volcano for several weeks. This was the first circumferential dike intrusion ever observed by both InSAR and GPS measurements and thus provides an opportunity to determine the subsurface geometry of these enigmatic structures that are common on Galápagos volcanoes but are rare elsewhere. Pre- and post- eruption ground deformation between 2002 and 2006 can be modeled by the inflation of two separate magma reservoirs beneath the caldera: a shallow sill at ~1 km depth and a deeper point-source at ~5 km depth, and we infer that this system also existed at the time of the 2005 eruption. The co-eruption deformation is dominated by uplift near the 2005 eruptive fissures, superimposed on a broad subsidence centered on the caldera. Modeling of the co-eruption deformation was performed by including various combinations of planar dislocations to simulate the 2005 circumferential dike intrusion. We found that a single planar dike could not match both the InSAR and GPS data. Our best-fit model includes three planar dikes connected along hinge lines to simulate a curved concave shell that is steeply dipping (~45-60°) toward the caldera at the surface and more gently dipping (~12-14°) at depth where it connects to the horizontal sub-caldera sill. The shallow sill is underlain by the deep point source. The geometry of this modeled magmatic system is consistent with the petrology of Fernandina lavas, which suggest that circumferential eruptions tap the shallowest parts of the system, whereas radial eruptions are fed from deeper levels. The recent history of eruptions at Fernandina is also consistent with the idea that circumferential and radial intrusions are sometimes in a stress-feedback relationship and alternate in time with one another. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.

  13. NWS Corrections to Observations

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  14. Surgical treatment of thoracolumbar fractures by using the posterior short segment pedicle screw fixation%后路短节段固定联合伤椎置钉治疗胸腰椎骨折

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    胡力丰; 张志成; 王晓凯; 孙天胜

    2012-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the efficacy,indications and clinical outcomes of the treatment of thoracolumbar fractures by short segmental pedicle screws fixation at the level of the fracture.Methods Thirtytwo patients with thoracolumbar fracture,who underwent surgical procedure of short segmental pedicle screws fixation at the level of the fracture from 2007 to 2010,were followed up.X rays were performed preoperatively and postoperatively to locate the injured vertebral segment height and fractured kyphosis vertebral (Cobb angle).Frankel standard was used to assess the spinal cord function.Results All patients were followed up for 12 to 20 months and were in satisfying condition in the reduction of fracture.After surgery,the height of fractured vertebral body leading edge recovered from preoperative (32.4% ~69.3%,averaged (51.6 ± 17.8)% ) to (85.6% ~99.2%,averaged (92.8 ±6.2)% ) after two weeks and (90.6% ~97.8%,averaged (93.8 ±3.6)% ) at the last follow-up.Fractured vertebral Cobb angle was recovered from the preoperative ( 12.8 ° ~ 30.5 °,averaged [20.8±9.1] °) to (0° ~7.8 °,averaged [4.9 ±3.2] °) two weeks later and (2.0° ~ 12.0°,averaged [ 6.2 ± 4.6 ] o at the last follow-up.Cobb angle of the injured vertebral segment and the extend of vertebral compression were significantly improved after the angle was corrected ( P <0.01 ).Conclusion Using reduction and short segment pedicle screw fixation at the fracture level would be helpful to correct kyphotic vertebral compression and restore the height of injured vertebrate,which was also of benefit to increase the stability of short-segment posterior fixation system and reduce the loss of correction in a long run.%目的 观察经伤椎椎弓根置钉复位固定治疗胸腰椎骨折的可行性、适应证及临床疗效.方法 我院2007年1月至2010年1月收治的胸腰椎骨折采用经伤椎椎弓根置钉复位固定治疗,共随访32例,对患者术前及术后伤椎

  15. Error Correction in Classroom

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    Dr. Grace Zhang

    2000-01-01

    Error correction is an important issue in foreign language acquisition. This paper investigates how students feel about the way in which error correction should take place in a Chinese-as-a foreign-language classroom, based on empirical data of a large scale. The study shows that there is a general consensus that error correction is necessary. In terms of correction strategy, the students preferred a combination of direct and indirect corrections, or a direct only correction. The former choice indicates that students would be happy to take either so long as the correction gets done.Most students didn't mind peer correcting provided it is conducted in a constructive way. More than halfofthe students would feel uncomfortable ifthe same error they make in class is corrected consecutively more than three times. Taking these findings into consideration, we may want to cncourage peer correcting, use a combination of correction strategies (direct only if suitable) and do it in a non-threatening and sensitive way. It is hoped that this study would contribute to the effectiveness of error correction in a Chinese language classroom and it may also have a wider implication on other languages.

  16. 前后路联合手术治疗胸腰椎骨折适应证的量化选择%Quantitative selection of indications for combined anteroposterior surgery for thoracolumbar fractures

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    夏群; 刘艳成; 徐宝山; 苗军; 张继东; 白剑强; 韩岳; 吉宁

    2010-01-01

    Objective To discuss the value of thoracolumbar injury classification and severity score (TLICS) and load-sharing scores in guiding selection of the indications of combined anteroposterior surgery for thoracolumbar fractures. Methods A total of 216 patients with thoracolumbar fractures treated surgically from January 2006 to January 2008 were involved in the study. Combined anterior and posterior surgery was carried out in 48 patients including 32 males and 16 females (at average age of 39 years, range 18-55 years). Segments involved T11 in two patients, T12 in eight, L1 in 20 and L2 in 18. According to the classification of Magerl, there were 20 patients with type B1 fractures, 15 with type B2, four with type C1 and nine with type C2. Neurologic status based on ASIA classification was at grade A in five patients, grade B in 16, grade C in 16, grade D in nine and grade E in two. All patients were operated in lateral position at one stage within 14 days after injury, with posterior laminectomy and pedicle fixation, anterior corpectomy, reduction and strut graft. Forty-five patients were followed up for 14-38 months. Plain X-ray radiographs and reconstruction CT were taken to observe the bone healing. Local kyphosis and vertebral canal were also measured. All the patients were evaluated with TLICS and load-sharing scores. Results Lumbar physical lordosis was reconstructed, with no evident correction loss,pseudoarthrosis or implant failure noted during follow-up. The patients treated with combined surgery had TLICS score ≥5 points, load-sharing scores ≥7 points and were combined with posterior ligamentous complex injury, so the fracture could not be sufficiently decompressed and reconstructed with single anterior or posterior surgery. Of all, 45 patients were followed up for 14-38 months (mean 25 months), which showed that all the combined surgeries were performed successfully, with bone fusion and neurological status improved for at least one ASIA grade. No

  17. Wiltse入路经椎弓根植骨治疗胸腰椎骨折%Transpedicular bone graft for the treatment of thoracolumbar vertebral fractures through Wiltse approach

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    王想福; 王兴盛

    2013-01-01

    age from 14 to 55 years old (mean,41 years old).The time from injury to operation from 2 to 15 d(mean,3 d).Twenty-five cases were caused by falling down,7 cases were caused by slipping,'20 cases were caused by car accident and 4 cases were caused by crush trauma.MRI was performed before operation to exclude pathological fracture.The distance between multifidus muscle and longissimus to midcourt line was measured.Self-made trocar was applied in operation.According to AO classification,there were 33 cases with type A1 compression fracture,5 cases with type A2 cleavage fracture and 18 cases with type A3 burst fracture.Sixteen cases of the 56 cases combined with spinal cord injury.Based on Frankel neurologic grading system,preoperative neurological function was grade B in 5 cases,grade C in 2 cases,gade D in 9 cases.Preoperative Denis gading were P5.Frankel and lumbago Denis clssification were used to evaluate neurological function and lumbago.The imaging data before,after operation and the latest follow-up were used to evaluate correction vision.Results:All patients were followed up over 24 months.At the time of the latest follow-up,Frankel B were 3 cases,Frankel C were 2 cases,Frankel D were 4 cases and Frankel E were 7 cases.According to lumbago Denis clssification,P1 (painlessness) were 32 cases,P2 (slight pain without treatment) were 18 cases,P3 (moderate pain and taking medicine occasionally) were 6 cases.The anterior vertebral height improved from preoperative (13.38±4.72) mm to postoperative (22.18± 1.44) mm.The Cobb's angle decreased from preoperative (28.39±2.64) ° to (10.07±3.05)°.There were no nails broken,rod broken,internal fixation lossen and vertebral body recompression.Conclusion:Transpedicular bone graft for thoracolumbar fractures through Wiltse approach can reduce intraoperative blood loss and postoperative complications,and aviod "eggshell" vertebral body.Mastering revealed way,drafting detailed preoperative plan and eariler exercise is the key

  18. Magnetic resonance-derived circumferential strain provides a superior and incremental assessment of improvement in contractile function in patients early after ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction

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    Wong, Dennis T.L.; Psaltis, Peter J. [University of Adelaide, Discipline of Medicine, Adelaide (Australia); South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Adelaide (Australia); Monash Cardiovascular Research Centre, Department of Medicine (Monash Medical Centre)Monash University and Monash Heart, Clayton, VIC (Australia); Leong, Darryl P.; Weightman, Michael J.; Richardson, James D.; Worthley, Matthew I.; Worthley, Stephen G. [University of Adelaide, Discipline of Medicine, Adelaide (Australia); Dundon, Benjamin K.; Leung, Michael C.H.; Meredith, Ian T. [Monash Cardiovascular Research Centre, Department of Medicine (Monash Medical Centre)Monash University and Monash Heart, Clayton, VIC (Australia)

    2014-06-15

    We evaluate whether circumferential strain derived from grid-tagged CMR is a better method for assessing improvement in segmental contractile function after STEMI compared to late gadolinium enhancement (LGE). STEMI patients post primary PCI underwent baseline CMR (day 3) and follow-up (day 90). Cine, grid-tagged and LGE images were acquired. Baseline LGE infarct hyperenhancement was categorised as ≤25 %, 26-50 %, 51-75 % and >75 % hyperenhancement. The segmental baseline circumferential strain (CS) and circumferential strain rate (CSR) were calculated from grid-tagged images. Segments demonstrating an improvement in wall motion of ≥1 grade compared to baseline were regarded as having improved segmental contractile-function. Forty-five patients (aged 58 ± 12 years) and 179 infarct segments were analysed. A baseline CS cutoff of -5 % had sensitivity of 89 % and specificity of 70 % for detection of improvement in segmental-contractile-function. On receiver-operating characteristic analysis for predicting improvement in contractile function, AUC for baseline CS (0.82) compared favourably to LGE hyperenhancement (0.68), MVO (0.67) and baseline-CSR (0.74). On comparison of AUCs, baseline CS was superior to LGE hyperenhancement and MVO in predicting improvement in contractile function (P < 0.001). On multivariate-analysis, baseline CS was the independent predictor of improvement in segmental contractile function (P < 0.001). Grid-tagged CMR-derived baseline CS is a superior predictor of improvement in segmental contractile function, providing incremental value when added to LGE hyperenhancement and MVO following STEMI. (orig.)

  19. Assessment of circumferential endocardial extent of myocardial edema and infarction in patients with reperfused acute myocardial infarction: a cardiovascular magnetic resonance study.

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    Ota, Shingo; Tanimoto, Takashi; Hirata, Kumiko; Orii, Makoto; Shiono, Yasutsugu; Shimamura, Kunihiro; Ishibashi, Kohei; Yamano, Takashi; Ino, Yasushi; Kitabata, Hironori; Yamaguchi, Tomoyuki; Kubo, Takashi; Imanishi, Toshio; Akasaka, Takashi

    2014-01-01

    T2 weighted (T2W) images on cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) visualizes myocardial edema, which reflects the myocardial area at risk (AAR) in reperfused acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) demonstrates myocardial infarction. LGE images cover the whole left ventricle, but T2W images are obtained from a few slices of the left ventricle due to the long sequence time, so the quantification of AAR of the entire left ventricle is difficult. We hypothesize that we can quantify AAR with only LGE images if there is a strong correlation between the circumferential endocardial extent of myocardial edema and infarction. Thirty patients with first AMI were enrolled. All patients underwent successfully reperfusion therapy and CMR was performed within the first week after the event. We measured the circumferential extent of edema and infarction on short-axis views (T2 angle and LGE angle), respectively. A total of 82 short-axis slices showed transmural edema on T2W images. Corresponding LGE images were analyzed for the circumferential extent of infarction. The median [interquartile range] of T2 angle and DE angle were 147° [116°-219°] and 134° [104°-200°] in patients with LAD culprit lesion, 91° [87°-101°] and 85° [80°-90°] in LCX, and 110° [94°-123°] and 104° [89°-118°] in RCA, respectively. T2 angle was well correlated with LGE angle (r = 0.99, P infarction in reperfused AMI. Thus, T2 weighted imaging can be skipped to quantify the amount of AAR.

  20. Diophantine Correct Open Induction

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    2010-01-01

    We give an induction-free axiom system for diophantine correct open induction. We relate the problem of whether a finitely generated ring of Puiseux polynomials is diophantine correct to a problem about the value-distribution of a tuple of semialgebraic functions with integer arguments. We use this result, and a theorem of Bergelson and Leibman on generalized polynomials, to identify a class of diophantine correct subrings of the field of descending Puiseux series with real coefficients.

  1. Circumferential decompression via the posterior approach for the surgical treatment of multilevel thoracic ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligaments: a single institution comparative study

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    Liu Xiao; Zhu Bin; Liu Xiaoguang; Liu Zhongjun; Dang Gengting

    2014-01-01

    Background The treatment strategies for multilevel thoracic ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligaments (T-OPLL) were rarely reported.The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical outcomes and complications of circumferential decompression for multilevel T-OPLL and compare two different methods in the management of the OPLL (resection or floating).Methods Data of sequentially treated patients who received surgical treatment for thoracic spinal stenosis caused by multilevel T-OPLL from January 2005 to February 2012 were retrospectively reviewed.Based on the surgical approaches applied,the patients were divided into two groups.Group A consisted the patients who received posterior decompression and group B consisted the patients who received circumferential decompression via the posterior approach.Group B was further divided into two subgroups:subgroup 1 (the resection group) where the OPLL was completely resected and subgroup 2 (the floating group) where the OPLL was floated.Results A total of 49 patients were included in the study.Fourteen patients with single posterior decompression were included in group A and 35 patients who received circumferential decompression were included in group B.In group B,29 patients had complete resection of the ossified posterior longitudinal ligaments,while the other six underwent a flotation procedure.The follow-up data were available in 39 patients.Mean JOA scores improved from 5.4 ± 1.8 to 7.5 ± 2.8 in group A and from 3.7 ± 1.8 to 7.9 ± 2.4 in group B.The main complications included cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage and postoperative neurologic deterioration (ND).Twenty-three of the 25 cases with postoperative CSF leakage achieved a complete recovery at the last follow-up and 12 of the 15 cases with ND achieved some neurological improvement at the last follow-up.Conclusions Circumferential decompression via the posterior approach is an effective surgical method for thoracic spinal stenosis caused by

  2. Avaliação da redução por ligamentotaxia nas fraturas toracolombares tipo explosão Evaluación de la reducción por ligamentotaxia en las fracturas toracolumbares tipo explosión Evaluation of the reduction by ligamentotaxis in thoracolumbar burst fractures

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    Márcio Beckhauser da Silva

    2010-06-01

    ía posterior permite, al realizar ligamentotaxia, la restauración de la altura del cuerpo vertebral fracturado, del alineamiento sagital de la columna y descompresión del canal espinal minimizando la comorbidad en relación a la cirugía por vía anterior y la laminectomía para descompresión del canal.OBJECTIVE: to evaluate the correction of kyphosis, of the vertebral body height and the reduction of the retropulsed fragments in the thoracolumbar burst fractures by means of ligamentotaxis. METHODS: retrospective study evaluating a total of 238 patients with thoracolumbar A3 burst fractures based on the classification by Magerl et al., of which 63 were eligible to the research. All patients had been treated with pedicular internal fixation and had previous and postoperative radiographs and computed tomographic images. RESULTS: the study evidenced an immediate postoperative correction of vertebral kyphosis in the fracture site in 87% of the cases, with correction of 51% in the vertebral body height and reduction of 40% the intra-canal retropulsed fragments. CONCLUSIONS: the use of internal fixation by anterior approach allows, through ligamentotaxis, the restoration of the height of the vertebral body fracture, of the sagittal alignment of the column and spinal canal decompression, thus minimizing the comorbidities in relation to the surgery by anterior approach and laminectomy to canal decompression.

  3. Nonfusion Method in Thoracolumbar Spinal Fractures%非融合手术方式治疗胸腰椎骨折

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    刘仲凯; 郝定均; 吴起宁; 方向义

    2011-01-01

    目的 评估应用非融合手术方式治疗胸腰椎骨折内固定取出后的稳定性,观察在矢状面排列情况和节段运动范围.方法对26例进行了非融合手术治疗的胸腰椎骨折,在术后平均10.2个月时取出内固定,观察超过20个月.影像学上测量固定节段的矢状面排列,骨折椎体高度,屈伸活动范围.结果本组获20~54个月,平均24.4个月的随访.在末次随访时,骨折椎体高度维持良好.骨折时平均矢状面角度为17.5°的后凸,术后平均为2.9°前凸角,在内固定取出前平均为1.8°后凸角,内固定取出后后凸角为2.5°,在最终随访时平均后凸角度为5.9°.矢状面的平均活动范围14.2°.结论非融合手术在获得良好的矢状面排列及恢复固定节段活动上有一定效果,属于治疗胸腰椎骨折一种有效的方式,特别对年轻患者.%Objective To evaluate the results of posterior stabilization of thoracolumbar spinal fracture using nonfusion method followed by the removal of metal implants within an appropriate period and investigate the changes in the sagittal alignment and the restoration of segmental motion. Methods Twenty-six patients with thoracolumbar or lumbar spine fractures were managed by this nonfusion method. Implants were removed at a mean 10.2 months after initial fracture fixation, and patients were observed for more than 20 months. Sagittal alignments of metal fixed segments, heights of vertebral bodies, recovered motion ranges in flexion and extension were measured radiologi-cally. Results All patients were followed up for 20-54 months (mean 24.4 months). Heights of fractured bodies were well maintained at final follow-up. Initial mean sagittal angle was 17.5° kyphosis, which became 2.9° lordosis after fixation of fractures. This angle was 1.8° kyphosis just before implant removal, 2.5° kyphosis just after implant removal, and showed 5.9° kyphosis at final follow-up. Mean segmental motion was 14.2° in the

  4. CORRECTING WRITTEN WORK

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    Introduction During the teaching and learning process, teachers often check how much students have understood through written assignments. In this article I’d like to describe one method of correcting students’ written work by using a variety of symbols to indicate where students have gone wrong, then asking students to correct their work themselves.

  5. Minimally invasive percutaneous pedicle screws osteosynthesis for treatment of thoraco-lumbar vertebra fracture%经皮微创椎根弓螺钉内固定治疗胸腰椎压缩性骨折

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    林建新; 林建民; 徐志伟

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the efficacy of minimally invasive percutaneous pedicle screw fixation on thoracic vertebral compression fractures. Methods Thirty patients with thoracic vertebral compression fractures from January 2012 to November 2014 were included in the study , the data were analyzed retrospectively. Of these 30 cases, 15 underwent surgical procedure of minimally invasive percutaneous pedicle screw fixation (observation group) and 15 were treated with open surgery of traditional posterior midline longitudinal incision approach. The operation time , blood loss, hospital stay, postoperative visual analogue scale (VAS), postoperative Cobb angle correction rate, postoperative failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) were compared between two groups. Results In observation group, the mean operation time, blood loss, hospital stay were significantly reduced when compared with control (P<0.05). VAS at 48 h was significantly lower in observation group than in control group(P<0.05). The postoperative Cobb angle correction rate in observation group was similar to that in control. FBSS patients in control group was higher than in the observation group , but the difference was not statistically significant. Conclusion Minimally invasive percutaneous pedicle screws osteosynthesis has better surgical results than the traditional posterior midline longitudinal incision approach in treatment of thoraco-lumbar vertebra fracture.%目的:探讨经皮微创行椎弓根螺钉内固定治疗单纯胸腰椎压缩性骨折的临床疗效。方法选择2012年1月至2014年11月间我院收治的30例单纯胸腰椎压缩性骨折患者,分为对照组(n=15)和观察组(n=15)。对照组患者采用传统的以伤椎为中心的后正中纵行切口开放手术,观察组患者采用经皮微创椎弓根螺钉内固定手术。比较两组患者手术相关指标、术后48 h疼痛视觉模拟评分(VAS)、手术即期效果和远期效果、术后腰椎手术

  6. 胸腰椎骨折患者术后腹胀的护理干预%Nursing intervention on postoperative abdominal distension of thoracolumbar frac-tures

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    李桂荣

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨胸腰椎骨折患者术后腹胀的护理干预方法及效果。方法将我院收治的胸腰椎骨折患者60例随机分为观察组和对照组各30例,观察组采取综合护理干预的方法,包括护理评估、心理安慰、服药干预、饮食干预、腹部按摩、协助扩胸运动、大小便护理等;对照组仅采取骨科手术后常规护理。比较两组患者术后腹胀的发生率。结果观察组患者的腹胀发生率为23.3%,对照组患者的腹胀发生率为86.7%,观察组患者的腹胀发生率显著低于对照组,两组对比,差异具有统计学意义( P<0.05)。结论早期对患者实施综合护理干预,可显著降低患者的腹胀发生率,减轻患者的痛苦,提高其生活质量。%Objective To explore the nursing intervention and effect on postoperative abdominal distension of thoracolumbar frac-tures. Methods 60 patients with thoracolumbar fracture were randomly divided into observation and control groups, 30 cases in each group. Comprehensive nursing intervention was taken in the observation group, including nursing assessment, psychological comfort, medication in-tervention, dietary interventions, abdominal massage, assistance chest movement, feces and urine care. Conventional care after orthopaedic surgery was taken in the control group. The incidence of postoperative abdominal distension was compared between two groups. Results Inci-dence of abdominal distension was 23. 3% in observation group and was 86. 7% in control group. Incidence of abdominal distension of obser-vation group was significantly lower than that of control group (P<0. 05) . Conclusion Early comprehensive nursing intervention could sig-nificantly reduce the incidence of abdominal distension, relieve the pain of patients and improve the quality of life.

  7. Fijación posterior monosegmentaria en fracturas de la columna toracolumbar Fixação posterior monossegmentar nas fraturas da coluna toracolombar Posterior monosegmental fixation in thoracolumbar spine fractures

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    2011-01-01

    return to work. RESULTS: 4 patients (14% presented radiological treatment failure. 3 suffered acute complications, and had 2 delayed complications. 92.8% of the patients returned to their jobs, with a mean postoperative time out of work of 3.4 months. no statistically significant differences were detected among the different evaluated variables evaluated and the levels of treatment failure. CONCLUSION: Posterior monosegmental fixation has good results in the treatment of thoracolumbar fractures. In our series we had good clinical results in 93% and radiological results in 86% of the patients. We did not find any variable that could be correlated with treatment failure, although the cases considered failures according to the radiological exams had a major preoperative kyphosis and a greater postoperative kyphosis correction than those who did not.

  8. Curative Effect Analysis of Treating Thoracolumbar Vertebral Compression Fracture Through Injured Vertebra Nail%经伤椎置钉治疗胸腰椎压缩性骨折的疗效分析

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    时代; 顾德毅; 荆鑫

    2014-01-01

    目的:探究经伤椎椎弓根复位固定的对于治疗胸腰椎骨折的可行性及其临床疗效。方法根据随机数字表法将60例单椎体胸腰椎骨折患者分为30例的经伤椎椎弓根固定的6钉固定术(6钉组)和30例的单纯行跨伤椎的4钉固定术(4钉组),对所有的患者随访12~43个月,平均随访(27.65±2.42)个月,通过比较两组的手术时间、术中出血量、术后卧床时间、术后伤口引流量等从而得到围手术期指标及伤椎前后缘高度比值内固定失败率腰背痛评分改善指数及神经功能恢复情况。结果两组围手术期相关指标中术中出血量、手术时间、术后卧床时间比较,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05),4钉组过度撑开致术后螺钉松动率为13.33%,后凸加重发生率为10.00%,这是4钉组的情况,但是6钉组则不存在此情况。4钉组术后1周和术后6个月随访腰背痛评分平均改善率均低于6钉组,差异有统计学意义,但两组术后神经功能恢复情况具有较大的差异无统计学意义。结论经伤椎椎弓根置钉能更直接牢固骨折和固定复位,改善应力分布和固定的强度,比传统跨伤椎固定能更好的维持矫正效果。%Objective The feasibility and clinical curative effect of treating thoracolumbar vertebral fracture through resetting and fixing of injured vertebral pedicle are discussed in the thesis. Methods 60 patients with single-vertebral thoracolumbar fracture are divided into two groups according to the random number table method;the first group has 30 patients who are subjected to 6-nail fixation of injured vertebral pedicle fixation (6-nail group);the second group has 30 patients who are subjected to 4-nail fixa-tion of simple line-cross injured vertebra (4-nail group). The follow-up visit time of all patients is 12 to 43 months; the average time is (27.65±2.42) months. Perioperative indicators such as operation time, the amount of intraoperative blood loss

  9. The impact of thoracic and thoracolumbar angular kyphosis on pelvic shape and sagittal alignment%胸椎及胸腰段角状后凸畸形对骨盆矢状位形态及序列的影响

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    李危石; 陈仲强; 郭昭庆; 齐强; 曾岩; 孙垂国

    2011-01-01

    Objective To analyze the impact of thoracic and thoracolumbar angular kyphosis on pelvic shape and sagittal alignment. Methods From May 2002 to June 2010, the sagittal spinopelvic parameters were analyzed in lateral standing radiographs of 32 patients (mean age 29.6 years ) with thoracolumbar angular kyphosis. The parameters included Cobb angle of kyphosis, lumbar lordosis ( LL),pelvic incidence ( PI ), sacrum slope ( SS), pelvic tilt ( PT ) and sagittal vertical axis ( SVA ). All pelvic parameters in the patients were compared with those reported in historical normal subjects. All patients were treated by using kyphotic correction and fusion. The preoperative and postoperative parameters were compared. The pelvic parameters were also compared between the patients with kyphotic apex located at T1-8 and those located at T9-12 and thoracolumbar junction. The linear regression analysis was used to investigate the independent factors of PI. Results The mean kyphosis was 90. 1 ° (31°-138°). The mean age of kyphosis occurrence was 6. 1 years. The mean PI, SS and PT were 34. 8° ,35.8° and -0. 7° respectively. The PI and PT were significantly smaller( P < 0. 001 ) in the patients than those in normal subjects while the SS was similar. The kyphosis was improved to 27.9° post-operatively. There was no difference in PI values between preoperation and postoperation ( P > 0. 05 ). The PI and SS in patients whose kyphosis located at thoracic spine(T1-8) were significantly higher than those at T9-L2. Instead of patients' age and LL, the preoperative Cobb angle of kyphosis and the levels where kyphosis located were two independent impact factors of PI. Conclusions The kyphosis occurred at childhood may influence pelvic shape and alignment significantly. The lower kyphotic apex located and the bigger kyphosis, the greater impact on the pelvic morphology. The surgery can improve the kyphosis, but can not change the sagittal pelvic morphology. Early treatment of

  10. Muscle transposition and circumferential vacuum-assisted closure to salvage the knee joint in transtibial amputation of the leg: case report.

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    Tuncer, Serdar; Karaca, Sinan

    2011-06-01

    Degloving injury is the avulsion of the skin off the underlying muscle and bone, which may also involve the latter structures in high-energy trauma. This study reports the case of a 33-year-old male patient who sustained a motorcycle accident and presented with hypovolemic shock, multiple fractures, and multiplanar degloving injury of the leg. The foot and distal leg was not salvageable, and a transtibial amputation with anterior transposition of the posterior compartment muscles was performed; however, a circumferential skin necrosis involving the stump and the knee joint occurred. The wound granulated rapidly using circumferential vacuum-assisted closure therapy and subsequently repaired with split thickness skin grafts. The authors found the topical negative pressure using the Vacuum Assisted Closure (VAC) technique Trademark KCI, Texas, USA, method to be helpful in the care of lower extremity degloving injury, enabling less frequent dressing changes and facilitating formation of granulation tissue with rapid preparation of the wound bed for salvage of the knee joint.

  11. Strain correction in interleaved strain-encoded (SENC) cardiac MR

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    Motaal, Abdallah G.; Osman, Nael F.

    2010-03-01

    The strain encoding (SENC) technique directly encodes regional strain of the heart into the acquired MR images and produces two images with two different tunings so that longitudinal strain, on the short-axis view, or circumferential strain on the long-axis view, are measured. Interleaving acquisition is used to shorten the acquisition time of the two tuned images by 50%, but it suffers from errors in the strain calculations due to inter-tunings motion of the heart. In this work, we propose a method to correct for the inter-tunings motion by estimating the motion-induced shift in the spatial frequency of the encoding pattern, which depends on the strain rate. Numerical data was generated to test the proposed method and real images of human subjects were used for validation. The proposed method corrected the measured strain values so they became nearly identical to the original ones. The results show an improvement in strain calculations so as to relax the imaging constraints on spatial and temporal resolutions and improve image quality.

  12. Probabilistic quantum error correction

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    Fern, J; Fern, Jesse; Terilla, John

    2002-01-01

    There are well known necessary and sufficient conditions for a quantum code to correct a set of errors. We study weaker conditions under which a quantum code may correct errors with probabilities that may be less than one. We work with stabilizer codes and as an application study how the nine qubit code, the seven qubit code, and the five qubit code perform when there are errors on more than one qubit. As a second application, we discuss the concept of syndrome quality and use it to suggest a way that quantum error correction can be practically improved.

  13. 后路S-P截骨矫形椎弓根内固定治疗老年胸腰段重度椎体压缩骨折合并后凸畸形%Posterior Smith-Peterson osteotomy and transpedicle internal fixation for the treatment of se-nile thoracolumbar severe vertebral compression fracture with kyphosis

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    付青松; 王安全; 周宇; 李超; 崔红林; 吴昊

    2015-01-01

    Objective To evaluate operative method and effect of posterior Smith-Peterson osteotomy and transpedicle internal fixation for the treatment of elderly thoracolumbar severe vertebral compression fracture with kyphosis. Meth-ods 24 patients with elderly thoracolumbar severe vertebral compression fracture and kyphosis underwent operations by posterior Smith-Peterson osteotomy and transpedicle internal fixation. Results The duration of surgery was 1. 8~2.8(2.4±0.4)h;andtheintraoperativebloodlosswas240~460(320±85)ml.TheSmith-Petersonosteotomywere 1~3(1. 8 ± 0. 4). All cases were followed up for 18~42(26 ± 12. 4)months. The sagittal kyphosis Cobb angle was de-creased from 22°~48° (35. 6° ± 13. 4°) preoperatively to 5. 2°~10. 4°(8. 4° ± 2. 6°)at the last follow-up and correc-tion rate was 70. 4% ~78. 6% (76. 6% ±2. 2%) (P<0. 01). The JOA score of low lumbar pain was increased from 4~9 (6. 4 ± 2. 1)preoperatively to 20~24 (21. 6 ± 2. 8) at the last follow-up and correction rate was 73. 6% ± 4. 2%(P<0. 01). The ODI score was decreased from 32~44(37. 4 ± 5. 5)preoperatively to 8~14(11. 6 ± 2. 8) at the last follow-up and correction rate was 66. 9% ± 2. 4%(P<0. 01). Conclusions It is small operative trauma, high safe to treat elderly thoracolumbar severe vertebral compression fracture with kyphosis by posterior Smith-Peterson osteotomy and transpedicle internal fixation. The mild to moderate kyphosis can be got good corrective effect.%目的:探讨后路S-P截骨矫形椎弓根螺钉内固定治疗老年性胸腰段重度椎体压缩骨折合并后凸畸形的手术方法及疗效。方法对24例老年胸腰段重度椎体压缩骨折合并后凸畸形患者采取后路S-P截骨矫形椎弓根螺钉内固定手术治疗。结果手术时间1.8~2.8(2.4±0.4)h;术中出血量240~460(320±85)ml。 S-P截骨1~3(1.8±0.4)处。24例均获随访,时间18~42(26±12.4)个月。矢状面后凸Cobb角:术前22°~48°(35.6°±13.4

  14. The Reverse Thomas Position for Thoracolumbar Fracture Height Restoration: Relative Contribution of Patient Positioning in Percutaneous Balloon Kyphoplasty for Acute Vertebral Compressions

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    Cawley, Derek T.; Beecher, Suzanne M.; Baker, Joseph F.; McCabe, John P.

    2016-01-01

    Background Standard positioning for percutaneous balloon kyphoplasty requires placing a patient prone with supports under the iliac crests and upper thorax. The authors believe that hip hyperextension maximises pelvic anteversion creating anterior longitudinal ligamentotaxis, thus facilitating restoration of vertebral height. Methods Radiographic imaging including pre-operative, post-positioning, post balloon tamp inflation and post-operative lateral radiographs were analysed for anterior and posterior column height, wedge angle of the affected vertebra and 3-level Cobb angle in patients with recent fractures of T11-L1. Fracture dimensions of the index vertebra were expressed as percentage of the analogous dimension of the referent vertebra. Results From a total of 149 patients, a full imaging sequence was available on 21 cases of vertebral compression fractures. The described positioning technique created a mean anterior column height increase from 68.3% to 75.3% with positioning (p = 0.15), increasing to 82.3% post balloon inflation. Average Cobb and wedge angle improvement of 4.7° (p = 0.004)and 3.6° (p = 0.002) from positioning along were also recorded. Conclusion The Reverse Thomas Position is a safe and effective technique for augmenting thoracolumbar fracture height restoration in percutaneous balloon kyphoplasty. PMID:27441179

  15. Biomechanical evaluations of three anterior thoracolumbar internal fixation devices%三种胸腰椎前路内固定器的生物力学评价

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    朱建炜; 董启榕; 朱建泉; 成红兵; 王以进

    2005-01-01

    背景:胸腰椎前路内固定器械可分为两类:一类为以Kaneda代表的钉棍系统,一类为以Z-plate等代表的钉板系统.它们均具有良好的生物力学性能,但这类器械均为国外进口,价格昂贵,国内普通患者难以承受.作者在各种胸腰椎前路钢板系统和国人脊柱解剖特点的基础上,研制出一套适合国人胸腰椎形态学特点的前路新型钛合金钢板(NTP).目的:对DunnⅢ,NTP,Z-plate等3种前路内固定器生物力学进行比较,为临床应用提供科学的理论依据.设计:抽样调查.单位:苏州大学附属第二医院骨科和南通市虹桥医院放射科.对象:实验于2003-05/08在上海大学生物力学工程研究所完成.选择15具健康成年人体新鲜脊柱标本.方法:采用新鲜成人胸腰椎标本(T12~S1)15具,制成前、中柱损伤模型,分别以DunnⅢ、NTP、Z-plate固定,进行强度、刚度和稳定性的研究.主要观察指标:测量3组标本在轴向压缩、前屈、后伸、侧屈等4种工况下的载荷-应变变化,载荷-位移变化.结果:15具成年人体新鲜脊柱标本,均进入结果分析.在最大载荷500N下,Z-plate平均应变最小为410 uε,NTP平均应变其次为430 uε,而Dunn平均应变最大477 uε;脊柱的平均纵向位移,Z-plate组最小为2.23 mm,NTP组为2.38 mm,而Dunn组的平均纵向位移为2.85mm.胸腰椎骨折采用三种前路内固定器固定后,在脊柱的强度、刚度和稳定性方面,NTP、Z-plate均优于DunnⅢ(P<0.05),而NTP和Z-plate差异无显著性意义(P>0.05).结论:NTP和Z-plate系统符合脊柱的生物力学,能有效恢复失稳脊柱的稳定性,是较为理想的前路内固定器.%BACKGROUND: The anterior thoracolumbar internal fixation devices can be divided into two main categories: the stick system such as kaneda,and the plate system such as Z-plate. Both categories have satisfactory biomechanical properties, but the devices of these types are all imported and so

  16. Corrected Age for Preemies

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  17. Adaptable DC offset correction

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    Golusky, John M. (Inventor); Muldoon, Kelly P. (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    Methods and systems for adaptable DC offset correction are provided. An exemplary adaptable DC offset correction system evaluates an incoming baseband signal to determine an appropriate DC offset removal scheme; removes a DC offset from the incoming baseband signal based on the appropriate DC offset scheme in response to the evaluated incoming baseband signal; and outputs a reduced DC baseband signal in response to the DC offset removed from the incoming baseband signal.

  18. Correctness is not enough

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    2008-01-01

    The usual aim of spreadsheet audit is to verify correctness. There are two problems with this: first, it is often difficult to tell whether the spreadsheets in question are correct, and second, even if they are, they may still give the wrong results. These problems are explained in this paper, which presents the key criteria for judging a spreadsheet and discusses how those criteria can be achieved

  19. Circumferential lesion formation around the pulmonary veins in the left atrium with focused ultrasound using a 2D-array endoesophageal device: a numerical study

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    Pichardo, Samuel; Hynynen, Kullervo [Imaging Research-Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Room C713, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5 (Canada)

    2007-08-21

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most frequently sustained cardiac arrhythmia affecting humans. The electrical isolation by ablation of the pulmonary veins (PVs) in the left atrium (LA) of the heart has been proven as an effective cure of AF. The ablation consists mainly in the formation of a localized circumferential thermal coagulation of the cardiac tissue surrounding the PVs. In the present numerical study, the feasibility of producing the required circumferential lesion with an endoesophageal ultrasound probe is investigated. The probe operates at 1 MHz and consists of a 2D array with enough elements (114 x 20) to steer the acoustic field electronically in a volume comparable to the LA. Realistic anatomical conditions of the thorax were considered from the segmentation of histological images of the thorax. The cardiac muscle and the blood-filled cavities in the heart were identified and considered in the sound propagation and thermal models. The influence of different conditions of the thermal sinking in the LA chamber was also studied. The circumferential ablation of the PVs was achieved by the sum of individual lesions induced with the proposed device. Different scenarios of lesion formation were considered where ultrasound exposures (1, 2, 5 and 10 s) were combined with maximal peak temperatures (60, 70 and 80 {sup 0}C). The results of this numerical study allowed identifying the limits and best conditions for controlled lesion formation in the LA using the proposed device. A controlled situation for the lesion formation surrounding the PVs was obtained when the targets were located within a distance from the device in the range of 26 {+-} 7 mm. When combined with a maximal temperature of 70 {sup 0}C and an exposure time between 5 and 10 s, this distance ensured preservation of the esophageal structures, controlled lesion formation and delivery of an acoustic intensity at the transducer surface that is compatible with existing materials. With a peak

  20. Echocardiography of isolated subacute left heart tamponade in a patient with cor pulmonale and circumferential pericardial effusion.

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    Mars, Tomaz; Mikolavcic, Helena; Salobir, Barbara; Podbregar, Matej

    2010-07-14

    Patients with advanced idiopathic pulmonary artery hypertension have often a chronic pericardial effusion. It is the result of increased transudation and impaired re-absorption due to elevated venous pressure. These patients have pre-existent symptoms and signs of chronic right heart failure. High degree of suspicion is required to detect of development of an atypical form of tamponade with isolated compression of left heart chambers as shown in present case report. Transthoracic echocardiography provides a rapid access to the correct diagnosis, a prompt relief of symptoms following the ultrasound guided pericardiocentesis and important diagnostic tool for regular follow up of patients thereafter as shown in our case report.

  1. Osteotomy for severe thoracolumbar kyphosis in advanced ankylosing spondylitis:skipping two-level pedide subtraction osteotomy%跳跃式双节段经椎弓根椎体截骨治疗重度强直性脊柱炎胸腰椎后凸畸形

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    钱邦平; 邱勇; 季明亮; 王斌; 俞杨; 朱泽章; 蒋军

    2013-01-01

    Objective To explore the feasibility of single-stage skipping two-level pedicle subtraction osteotomy (PSO) for severe thoracolumbar kyphosis (Cobb > 100°) in advanced ankylosing spondylitis (AS).Methods Ten AS patients with thoracolumbar kyphosis undergoing skipping two-level PSO were retrospectively reviewed.The most frequent levels of osteotomy was L1 and L4 (n =7),followed by T12 and L3 (n =2) and 12 and L5 (n =1).All patients were males with a mean age of 28.5 ±9.1 years (range:17-47).The pre-and post-operative values of thoracic kyphosis (TK),lumbar lordosis (LL),globe kyphosis (GK),local kyphosis of osteotomized vertebra (LK1,LK2) and sagittal imbalance (SVA)were measured.Results Significant differences were observed with respects to the improvements of LL,GK,LK1,LK2 and SVA (P<0.01).LL,GK,LK1,LK2 and SVA improved fron 41.9°,113.4°,40.5°,-0.3° and 25.2 cm preoperatively to-44.1°,71.6°,13.5°,-26.8° and 5.8 cm postoperatively respectively.The mean operative duration was 370 minutes (range:290-420) and the estimated volume of blood loss 2600 ml (range:1700-3800).Dural tear occurred intra-operatively in 1 patient.One had a transient brachial plexus paralysis and resolved after 1 week postoperatively.One had transient raiculopathy in right lower extremity and recovered completely 3 weeks postoperatively.Conclusion As a safe and effective technique for correction of severe thoracolumbar kyphosis (Cobb > 100°) secondary to AS,single-stage skipping two-level PSO osteotomy can achieve larger correction and better sagittal alignment with a mean correction of 86°in terms of LL.%目的 探讨一期跳跃式双节段经椎弓根椎体截骨术(PSO)治疗重度(Cobb> 100°)强直性脊柱炎(AS)胸腰椎后凸畸形的可行性.方法 回顾性分析2007年7月至2009年7月行跳跃式双节段PSO矫形内固定术的10例AS胸腰椎后凸畸形患者,截骨节段分布为L1、M(7例),T12、L3(2例),L2、L5(1例),患者均为男性,年龄17 ~47

  2. The three dimensional analysis of the Sforzesco brace correction

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    Sabrina Donzelli

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Scoliosis is a three dimensional deformity, and brace correction should be 3D too. There is a lack of knowledge of the effect of braces, particularly in the sagittal and transverse plane. The aim of this study is to analyse the Sforzesco Brace correction, through all the parameters provided by Eos 3D imaging system. Method Design: This is a cross sectional study from a prospective database started in March 2003. Participants: 16 AIS girls (mean age 14.01 in Sforzesco brace treatment, with EOS x-rays, at start, in brace after 1 month and out of brace after the first 4 months of treatment. Outcome measures: All the parameters and the Torsio-Index obtained from 3D Eos System, in and out of brace, in the three planes. Statistical analysis: the variability of the parameters and the mean differences were analyzed and compared using paired T test. ANOVA was used for multiple comparisons. Critical P value was set at 0.05. Results In the comparison of in-brace vs start of treatment, the mean Cobb angle changed significantly from 36.44 +/− 4 to 28.99 + −3.9° (p = 0.01. Significant changes in all the sagittal parameters were found (p = 0.02. In the axial plane, the Torsio Index changed significantly in-brace for thoracolumbar and lumbar curves (P < 0.05. The analysis of the single vertebral tilt demonstrated that the effect of the brace is mostly concentrated at specific segments: T4-T5, T10-T12, L1 and L5 in the axial plane and T3-T6 and T10-L1 in the frontal plane. Conclusion The Sforzesco brace mostly modifies the middle of the spine and preserves the sagittal balance. The single vertebral orientation in each plane should be considered together with the typically used values to assess brace effect.

  3. Is crack branching under shear loading caused by shear fracture? ——A critical review on maximum circumferential stress theory

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    孙宗颀

    2001-01-01

    When a crack is subjected to shear force, crack branching usually occurs. Theoretical study shows that the crack branching under shear loading is caused by tensile stress, but not caused by shear fracture. The co-plane shear fracture could be obtained if compressive stress with given direction is applied to the specimen, subsequently, calculated shear fracture toughness, KⅡ C, is larger than KⅠ C. A prerequisite of possible occurrence of mode Ⅱ fracture was proposed. The study of shear fracture shows that the maximum circumferential stress theory considered its criterion as a parametric equation of a curve in KⅠ, KⅡ plane is incorrect; the predicted ratio KⅡ C/KⅠ C=0.866 is incorrect too.

  4. The effect of surgical reduction of lumbar spondylolisthesis treated with thoracolumbar nail stick%胸腰椎钉棒治疗腰椎滑脱手术复位的效果

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    王彦伟; 李志辉; 张亦工

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨胸腰椎钉棒治疗腰椎滑脱手术复位的效果。方法:2012年5月到2014年5月选择在我院进行诊治的腰椎滑脱患者48例,分治疗组与对照组,各24例,对照组选择安装椎弓根螺钉系统进行复位固定,治疗组选择胸腰椎钉棒系统进行复位固定。结果:治疗组并发症发生情况明显少于对照组(P<0.05)。治疗组术后神经功能恢复情况明显好于对照组(P<0.05)。结论:胸腰椎钉棒治疗腰椎滑脱能促进复位,减少并发症的发生,可使脊髓神经功能获得最大改善。%Objective To discuss the effect of surgical reduction of lumbar spondylolisthesis treated with thoracolumbar nail stick. Methods 48 cases of lumbar spondylolisthesis were selected and divided randomly into treatment group and control group with 24 cases each. Control group used pedicle screw system and treatment group used thoracolumbar nail stick system.Results The incidence of complications in treatment group was lower than that of control group, and the recovering of treatment group was better than control group.Conclusion Thoracolumbar nail stick treating lumbar spondylolisthesis is favourable for surgical reduction,can reduce the incidence of complications,and can improve the spinal function.

  5. MRI interrReader and intra-reader reliabilities for assessing injury morphology and posterior ligamentous complex integrity of the spine according to the thoracolumbar injury classification system and severity score

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    Lee, Guen Young; Lee, Joon Woo; Choi, Seung Woo; Lim, Hyun Jin; Sun, Hye Young; Kang, Yu Suhn; Kang, Heung Sik [Dept. of Radiology, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam (Korea, Republic of); Chai, Jee Won; Kim, Su Jin [Dept. of Radiology, SMG-SNU Boramae Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-08-15

    To evaluate spine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) inter-reader and intra-reader reliabilities using the thoracolumbar injury classification system and severity score (TLICS) and to analyze the effects of reader experience on reliability and the possible reasons for discordant interpretations. Six radiologists (two senior, two junior radiologists, and two residents) independently scored 100 MRI examinations of thoracolumbar spine injuries to assess injury morphology and posterior ligamentous complex (PLC) integrity according to the TLICS. Inter-reader and intra-reader agreements were determined and analyzed according to the number of years of radiologist experience. Inter-reader agreement between the six readers was moderate (k = 0.538 for the first and 0.537 for the second review) for injury morphology and fair to moderate (k = 0.440 for the first and 0.389 for the second review) for PLC integrity. No significant difference in inter-reader agreement was observed according to the number of years of radiologist experience. Intra-reader agreements showed a wide range (k = 0.538-0.822 for injury morphology and 0.423-0.616 for PLC integrity). Agreement was achieved in 44 for the first and 45 for the second review about injury morphology, as well as in 41 for the first and 38 for the second review of PLC integrity. A positive correlation was detected between injury morphology score and PLC integrity. The reliability of MRI for assessing thoracolumbar spinal injuries according to the TLICS was moderate for injury morphology and fair to moderate for PLC integrity, which may not be influenced by radiologist' experience.

  6. CORRECTING STUDENTS’ HOMEWORK

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    1996-01-01

    IntroductionI have been teaching English for ten years and like many other teachers in middle schools.I teach threebig classes each year.Before I had the opportunity to further my study in the SMSTT project run jointlyby the British Council and the State Education Commission of China at Southwest China TeachersUniversity.I found it somewhat difficult to correct students homework since I had so many students.Now I still have three big classes.but I have found it casier to correct students homework since I havebeen combining the techniques learned in the project with my own successful experience.In this article.I attempt to discuss my approach to correcting students homework.I hope that it will be of some use tothose who have not vet had the opportunity to further their training.

  7. Model Correction Factor Method

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    Christensen, Claus; Randrup-Thomsen, Søren; Morsing Johannesen, Johannes

    1997-01-01

    The model correction factor method is proposed as an alternative to traditional polynomial based response surface techniques in structural reliability considering a computationally time consuming limit state procedure as a 'black box'. The class of polynomial functions is replaced by a limit...... statebased on an idealized mechanical model to be adapted to the original limit state by the model correction factor. Reliable approximations are obtained by iterative use of gradient information on the original limit state function analogously to previous response surface approaches. However, the strength...... of the model correction factor method, is that in simpler form not using gradient information on the original limit state function or only using this information once, a drastic reduction of the number of limit state evaluation is obtained together with good approximations on the reliability. Methods...

  8. Locomotor-activated neurons of the cat. I. Serotonergic innervation and co-localization of 5-HT7, 5-HT2A, and 5-HT1A receptors in the thoraco-lumbar spinal cord.

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    Noga, Brian R; Johnson, Dawn M G; Riesgo, Mirta I; Pinzon, Alberto

    2009-09-01

    Monoamines are strong modulators and/or activators of spinal locomotor networks. Thus monoaminergic fibers likely contact neurons involved in generating locomotion. The aim of the present study was to investigate the serotonergic innervation of locomotor-activated neurons within the thoraco-lumbar spinal cord following induction of hindlimb locomotion. This was determined by immunohistochemical co-localization of serotonin (5-HT) fibers or 5-HT(7)/5-HT2A/5-HT1A receptors with cells expressing the activity-dependent marker c-fos. Experiments were performed on paralyzed, decerebrate cats in which locomotion was induced by electrical stimulation of the mesencephalic locomotor region. Abundant c-fos immunoreactive cells were observed in laminae VII and VIII throughout the thoraco-lumbar segments of locomotor animals. Control sections from the same segments showed significantly fewer labeled neurons, mostly within the dorsal horn. Multiple serotonergic boutons were found in close apposition to the majority (80-100%) of locomotor cells, which were most abundant in lumbar segments L3-7. 5-HT7 receptor immunoreactivity was observed on cells across the thoraco-lumbar segments (T7-L7), in a dorsoventral gradient. Most locomotor-activated cells co-localized with 5-HT7, 5-HT2A, and 5-HT1A receptors, with largest numbers in laminae VII and VIII. Co-localization of c-fos and 5-HT7 receptor was highest in the L5-L7 segments (>90%) and decreased rostrally (to approximately 50%) due to the absence of receptors on cells within the intermediolateral nucleus. In contrast, 60-80 and 35-80% of c-fos immunoreactive cells stained positive for 5-HT2A and 5-HT1A receptors, respectively, with no rostrocaudal gradient. These results indicate that serotonergic modulation of locomotion likely involves 5-HT(7)/5-HT2A/5-HT1A receptors located on the soma and proximal dendrites of serotonergic-innervated locomotor-activated neurons within laminae VII and VIII of thoraco-lumbar segments.

  9. Correction of ocular dystopia.

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    Janecka, I P

    1996-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine results with elective surgical correction of enophthalmos. The study was a retrospective assessment in a university-based referral practice. A consecutive sample of 10 patients who developed ocular dystopia following orbital trauma was examined. The main outcome measures were a subjective evaluation by patients and objective measurements of patients' eye position. The intervention was three-dimensional orbital reconstruction with titanium plates. It is concluded that satisfactory correction of enophthalmos and ocular dystopia can be achieved with elective surgery using titanium plates. In addition, intraoperative measurements of eye position in three planes increases the precision of surgery.

  10. Echocardiography of isolated subacute left heart tamponade in a patient with cor pulmonale and circumferential pericardial effusion

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    Salobir Barbara

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Patients with advanced idiopathic pulmonary artery hypertension have often a chronic pericardial effusion. It is the result of increased transudation and impaired re-absorption due to elevated venous pressure. These patients have pre-existent symptoms and signs of chronic right heart failure. High degree of suspicion is required to detect of development of an atypical form of tamponade with isolated compression of left heart chambers as shown in present case report. Transthoracic echocardiography provides a rapid access to the correct diagnosis, a prompt relief of symptoms following the ultrasound guided pericardiocentesis and important diagnostic tool for regular follow up of patients thereafter as shown in our case report.

  11. 胸腰椎椎弓根解剖参数三维分析%Three Dimensional Analysis of Thoracolumbar Pedicle Anatomical Parameters

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    王方永; 李建军

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨三维重建的胸腰椎椎弓根参数对脊柱外科椎弓根镙钉固定的价值.方法 选取健康成人脊柱标本6例.使用螺旋CT 2 mm厚加密扫描,对脊柱标本进行三维重建.根据重建模型测算各解剖标志点的参数(包括长度参数和角度参数等).结果 T9~L4椎弓根宽度4.68~8.70 mm,从上到下总体表现为逐步增加的趋势,但在T12、L1、L2水平椎弓根宽度小于上下椎体;椎弓根高度8.19~12.76 mm,T9~L4椎弓根高度变化不明显,其中T12椎弓根高度最高;T9~L4横向角6.26 o~13.06 o,从上到下总体表现为逐步增加的趋势,而矢状面角度变化规律不明显,大部分在±5 o范围之内.结论 胸腰椎三维重建与测量可以从多个角度显示脊柱解剖特点,为制定个性化椎弓根镙钉植入方案提供依据.%Objective To apply the three dimensional reconstruction thoracolumbar pedicle anatomical parameters in spine surgery pedicle screw implantation. Methods 6 healthy specimen spines were chosen and three dimensional spine reconstruction was based on 2 mm CT scan of the spines. The anatomical parameters including length and angle parameters were calculated based on the three dimensional reconstruction images. Results The pedicle width of T9~L4 was 4.68-8.70 mm, and increased gradually from T9 to L4. But the pedicles width of T12, Li and Li were smaller than the others. The pedicle height of T9~L4 was 8.19-12.76 mm. There was no significant difference from T9 to L4. The pedicle height of Ti2 was the biggest among them. The pedicle transverse angle was from 6.26 ° to 13.06 ° and increased gradually from T9 to L4. But for the pedicle sagittal angle, the difference is not obvious and most of them are in the range of ±5 °. Conclusion Three dimensional reconstruction and calculation of thoracolumbar pedicle can show the anatomical characteristics of the spine and provide evidence for individual pedicle screw implantation.

  12. 经皮椎体后凸成形术治疗骨质疏松性胸腰椎单椎体楔形骨折与凹陷型骨折的效果%Effect of percutaneous kyphoplasty for osteoporotic thoracolumbar single vertebral wedge and concave fractures

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    陈俊峰; 杨惠林; 王根林; 陈广东

    2011-01-01

    Cobb angle were recorded and analyzed. Result:All operations were performed successfully. Cement leakage into the inferior intervertebral disc occurred in 1 case in group A,while cement leakage into the superior intervertebral disc in 1 case and cement leakage into the needle channel occured in group B.Both were asymptomatic.Preoperative and postoperative VAS scores in group A were 8.1±1.0 and 2.3±0.6 respectively,and those for group B were 8.2±0.8 and 1.9±0.6,which showed statistically significant difference between preoperative and postoperative VAS scores in each group(P< 0.001 ).The postoperative anterior and middle vertebral height ratio improved and kyphosis Cobb angle decreased significantly compared with the preoperative ones in group A (P<0.05).In group B,the postoperative middle vertebral height improved significant compared with the preoperative ones (P<0.05),but there was no significant difference as for anterior vertebral height and kyphosis Cobb angle (P>0.05).There was significant difference as for anterior vertebral body height restoration rate between both groups (P<0.05)[group A: (19.3± 1l.4)%,group B: (6.4±6.2)%],but no significant difference as for middle vertebral body height restoration rate existed between both groups(P>0.05 )[group A: (15.9±9.3)%,group B: (15.1±6.7)%].There was also statistically significant difference as for Cobb angles(P<0.001)(group A corrected 6.7°±2.2°,group B corrected 1.4°±1.3°).The follow-up ranged 8-31 months(average,18.3months).No vertebrae refracture or adjacent vertebral fractures was noted. Conclusion:PKP for osteoporotic thoracolumbar single vertebral wedge and concave fractures can relieve pain quickly,restore the height of fractured vertebra and maintain the spinal alignment,which ensure good short-term outcome.

  13. Corrections for collaborators

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    NN,

    1953-01-01

    In the ”Directions and Hints” for collaborators in Flora Malesiana, which has been forwarded to all collaborators, two corrections should be made, viz: 1) p. 12; Omit the explanatory notes under Jamaica Plain, Mass., and Cambridge, Mass. 2) p. 13; Add as number 12a; Stockholm, Paleobotaniska Avdelni

  14. ERRORS AND CORRECTION

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    1998-01-01

    To err is human . Since the 1960s, most second language teachers or language theorists have regarded errors as natural and inevitable in the language learning process . Instead of regarding them as terrible and disappointing, teachers have come to realize their value. This paper will consider these values, analyze some errors and propose some effective correction techniques.

  15. General forecasting correcting formula

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    2009-01-01

    A general forecasting correcting formula, as a framework for long-use and standardized forecasts, is created. The formula provides new forecasting resources and new possibilities for expansion of forecasting including economic forecasting into the areas of municipal needs, middle-size and small-size business and, even, to individual forecasting.

  16. Radiative Corrections and Z'

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    Erler, Jens

    2009-01-01

    Radiative corrections to parity violating deep inelastic electron scattering are reviewed including a discussion of the renormalization group evolution of the weak mixing angle. Recently obtained results on hypothetical Z' bosons - for which parity violating observables play an important role - are also presented.

  17. Renormalons and Power Corrections

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    Beneke, Martin

    2000-01-01

    Even for short-distance dominated observables the QCD perturbation expansion is never complete. The divergence of the expansion through infrared renormalons provides formal evidence of this fact. In this article we review how this apparent failure can be turned into a useful tool to investigate power corrections to hard processes in QCD.

  18. Minimally Invasive Percutaneous Injured Vertebra Pedicle Screw Fixation for Treatment of Thoracolumbar Fracture:15 Cases for Clinical Effect Observation%经皮后路单节段椎弓根钉内固定治疗胸腰椎骨折15例临床疗效观察

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    杨文宇; 卢光辉

    2015-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical outcome of percutaneous injured vertebra pedicle screw fixation for thoracolumbar fracture. Methods 15 compression fracture and mild burst fracture patients treated by minimal yInvasive percutaneous injured vertebra pedicle screw fixation were fol owed up for 6to 24 months (average 16 months). The Denis pain scale, anterior vertebral height cor ection rate, kyphosis Cobb's angle cor ection rate and patients' satisfaction were recorded.Results Al patients were fol owed up and had a high level of satisfaction with surgery. According to Denis pain grading, 12 patients had no pain, 3 patients with occasional pain but no medication. X-ray evaluation revealed satisfactory recovery of vertebral body height, the anterior vertebral height cor ection rate was 95%, and the kyphosis Cobb's angle correction rate was 98%. No implant break, and no signs of pseudoarthrosis were observed.Conclusion The treatment for thoracolumbar fracture by percutaneous injured vertebra pedicle screw fixation isef ective with a proper indication.%目的:探讨胸腰椎骨折应用经皮后路单节段椎弓根钉内固定治疗的临床效果。方法对15例压缩性骨折和轻度暴力骨折采用经皮后路单节段椎弓根钉内固定。患者随访6~24(平均16)个月,进行临床Denis疼痛评分、椎体前缘高度矫正率、后凸Cobb's角矫正率,调查患者手术满意度。结果所有患者均得到随访,所有患者均对手术表示满意。按照Denis疼痛分级,P1级有12例患者无疼痛,P2级有3例患者有轻微疼痛,无需服药治疗,神经功能均恢复至正常;X线检查术后椎体高度恢复满意,术后伤椎高度矫正率为95%、后凸Cobb's角矫正率为98%。无内固定物断裂、松动、脱出,所有病例均获得骨性愈合。结论选择好适应证,经皮后路单节段椎弓根钉内固定治疗胸腰段骨折能达到理想的疗效。

  19. Clinical Observation on Vertebrae Implantation via Vertebral Arch Combined with Xugu Huoxue Decation in Treating Thoracolumbar blow-out Fracture%经椎弓根植骨椎体成形内服续骨活血汤治疗胸腰椎爆裂性骨折22例

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    林志宏; 洪启东

    2013-01-01

    目的:观察经椎弓根椎体成形内服续骨活血汤治疗胸腰椎爆裂性骨折的临床疗效.方法:自2006年7月至2010年3月期间采用后路椎弓根螺钉固定加经椎弓根植骨椎体成形内服续骨活血汤治疗胸腰椎爆裂性骨折共22例,随访时间为3~20个月,平均12个月,观察术前术后椎体高度、Cobb角及椎管矢状径变化情况.结果:22例患者术后随访未见内固定物失败,椎体矫正度丢失经分析无统计学意义.结论:经椎弓根植骨椎体成形配合续骨活血汤内服能在椎管减压和恢复椎体高度的同时重建了椎体的前中柱,使椎体重获生物学稳定,有效减少内固定应力,降低内固定的松动、断裂和远期椎体高度的丢失,促进骨折的愈合.%Objective: To observe the effects of vertebrae implantation through vertebral arch and Xugu Huoxue Decoction for treatment of thoracolumbar blow-out fracture. Methods: From the July of 2006 to the March of 2009, 22 patients with thoracolumbar blow-out fracture, underwent fixation of posterior vertebral arch by pedicle screw and implantation vertebrae through vertebral arch and took Xugu Huoxue Decoction. They were followed up time between 3 to 20 months, with an average of 12months. The vertebral height before and after the operation, the angle of Cobb, and the changing of the sagittal diameter of vertebral canal were observed. Results: No fixture failure is seen in the 22 patients after operation during the follow-up time. There was no statistical significance in terms of the loss of the vertebral correction. Conclusion: Implantation vertebrae through vertebral arch and Xugu Huoxue Decoction can reconstruct the anterior and middle column, and decompress the vertebral canal and rebuild the vertebral height. As a result, the vertebrae regains its biological stability. Moreover, this treatment has efficiently reduced the internal fixation stress, the risk of the looseness and break of internal fixture and

  20. Myelopathy-mimicking symptoms of epidural venous engorgement and syringomyelia due to inferior vena cava stenosis at the thoracolumbar junction in a patient with Budd-Chiari syndrome.

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    Lee, Jung-Hee; Song, Wook-Jae; Kang, Kyung-Chung

    2015-10-01

    Epidural venous engorgement can result from various lesions, such as arteriovenous malformation, thrombosis or occlusion of the inferior vena cava (IVC), or an abdominal masslike lesion. Most patients with these problems complain of low-back pain, radicular pain, or neurogenic claudication, which are symptoms suggestive of disc herniation or spinal stenosis. However, these patients rarely exhibit neurological deficits or cauda equina syndrome. The authors encountered a case of a 60-year-old man presenting with lower-extremity weakness and voiding difficulty for a period of 1 year. To investigate the patient's myelopathy-mimicking symptoms, a lumbar spine MRI scan was performed. The MR images exhibited tortuous and dilated spinal vessels compressing the spinal cord and thecal sac at the T11-L3 level, which were concurrent with syringomyelia evidenced by a 22 × 2.5-mm cyst at the T11-12 level. 3D CT scanning of the whole aorta revealed total occlusion and regression of the IVC in the intrahepatic region 3 cm inferior to the right atrium and dilation of multiple collateral veins. The patient was diagnosed with chronic Budd-Chiari syndrome Type I. The authors performed venography, followed by intrahepatic IVC recanalization via stent placement under fluoroscopic and ultra sonographic guidance and without surgical exploration. After this treatment, there was a marked decrease in epidural venous engorgement and the patient's symptoms resolved almost completely. This case indicates that epidural venous engorgement at thoracolumbar levels may cause symptoms suggestive of myelopathy and can be successfully treated by minimally invasive procedures to eliminate the underlying causes.

  1. CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF POSTERIOR INTERNAL FIXATION FOR REGULATION OF SPINAL CURVATURE IN THORACOLUMBAR COMPRESSION FRACTURES%胸腰椎压缩骨折复位术中伤椎植钉曲度矫正的临床意义

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    李鹏飞; 房根强; 李华; 靳宪辉; 张庆胜; 丁文元; 张为; 崔胜杰

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical significance of applicating posterior internal fixation for regulating spinal curvature in thoracolumbar compression fractures. Methods Between May 2006 and May 2009, 63 patients with thoracolumbar compression fractures were treated, and the clinical data were retrospectively analyzed. Among them, 33 patients received traditional posterior internal fixation in control group; 30 patients underwent posterior internal fixation with spinal curvature correction under C-arm X-ray device in trial group. There was no significant difference in age, gender, cause of injury, injured segment, grade of fracture, and time from injury to operation between 2 groups (P > 0.05). The Cobb angle, height of injured vertebral body, and disc height were measured by X-ray examination; loosening and breakage of internal fixation were observed and compared between 2 groups. The recovery rate was calculated according to pre- and post-operative visual analogue scale (VAS) and Oswestry disability index (ODI) scores for each patient. Results All cases were followed up 20-45 months (mean, 31 months). The postoperative VAS score, ODI, Cobb angle, height of injured vertebral body, and disc height were improved significantly when compared with preoperative values in 2 groups (P < 0.05). At last follow-up, VAS and ODI scores of trial group were significantly better than those of control group (P < 0.05); loss of Cobb angle was (2.1 ± 1.7)° in trial group and (4.2 ± 3.2)° in control group, showing significant difference (t=1.457, P=0.000); loss of disc height was (1.4 ± 1.2) mm in trial group and (3.4 ± 2.3) mm in control group, showing significant difference ((=9.336, P= 0.000); loss of height of injured vertebral body was 1.8% ± 0.6% in trial group and 5.4% + 2.1% in control group, showing significant difference (t=3.435, P=0.000). Broken screw and loosening screw occurred in 1 case of control group, respectively (6.1%), but no broken or loosening screw

  2. Aberration Corrected Emittance Exchange

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    Nanni, Emilio A

    2015-01-01

    Full exploitation of emittance exchange (EEX) requires aberration-free performance of a complex imaging system including active radio-frequency (RF) elements which can add temporal distortions. We investigate the performance of an EEX line where the exchange occurs between two dimensions with normalized emittances which differ by orders of magnitude. The transverse emittance is exchanged into the longitudinal dimension using a double dog-leg emittance exchange setup with a 5 cell RF deflector cavity. Aberration correction is performed on the four most dominant aberrations. These include temporal aberrations that are corrected with higher order magnetic optical elements located where longitudinal and transverse emittance are coupled. We demonstrate aberration-free performance of emittances differing by 4 orders of magnitude, i.e. an initial transverse emittance of $\\epsilon_x=1$ pm-rad is exchanged with a longitudinal emittance of $\\epsilon_z=10$ nm-rad.

  3. Radiative corrections to DIS

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    Krasny, Mieczyslaw Witold

    2008-01-01

    Early deep inelastic scattering (DIS) experiments at SLAC discovered partons, identified them as quarks and gluons, and restricted the set of the candidate theories for strong interactions to those exhibiting the asymptotic freedom property. The next generation DIS experiments at FNAL and CERN confirmed the predictions of QCD for the size of the scaling violation effects in the nucleon structure functions. The QCD fits to their data resulted in determining the momentum distributions of the point-like constituents of nucleons. Interpretation of data coming from all these experiments and, in the case of the SLAC experiments, even an elaboration of the running strategies, would not have been possible without a precise understanding of the electromagnetic radiative corrections. In this note I recollect the important milestones, achieved in the period preceding the HERA era, in the high precision calculations of the radiative corrections to DIS, and in the development of the methods of their experimental control. ...

  4. Congenitally corrected transposition

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    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Congenitally corrected transposition is a rare cardiac malformation characterized by the combination of discordant atrioventricular and ventriculo-arterial connections, usually accompanied by other cardiovascular malformations. Incidence has been reported to be around 1/33,000 live births, accounting for approximately 0.05% of congenital heart malformations. Associated malformations may include interventricular communications, obstructions of the outlet from the morphologically left ventricle, and anomalies of the tricuspid valve. The clinical picture and age of onset depend on the associated malformations, with bradycardia, a single loud second heart sound and a heart murmur being the most common manifestations. In the rare cases where there are no associated malformations, congenitally corrected transposition can lead to progressive atrioventricular valvar regurgitation and failure of the systemic ventricle. The diagnosis can also be made late in life when the patient presents with complete heart block or cardiac failure. The etiology of congenitally corrected transposition is currently unknown, and with an increase in incidence among families with previous cases of congenitally corrected transposition reported. Diagnosis can be made by fetal echocardiography, but is more commonly made postnatally with a combination of clinical signs and echocardiography. The anatomical delineation can be further assessed by magnetic resonance imaging and catheterization. The differential diagnosis is centred on the assessing if the patient is presenting with isolated malformations, or as part of a spectrum. Surgical management consists of repair of the associated malformations, or redirection of the systemic and pulmonary venous return associated with an arterial switch procedure, the so-called double switch approach. Prognosis is defined by the associated malformations, and on the timing and approach to palliative surgical care.

  5. Correcting Duporcq's theorem☆

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    Nawratil, Georg

    2014-01-01

    In 1898, Ernest Duporcq stated a famous theorem about rigid-body motions with spherical trajectories, without giving a rigorous proof. Today, this theorem is again of interest, as it is strongly connected with the topic of self-motions of planar Stewart–Gough platforms. We discuss Duporcq's theorem from this point of view and demonstrate that it is not correct. Moreover, we also present a revised version of this theorem. PMID:25540467

  6. Evaluation of reliability of thoracolumbar osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture severity score system%胸腰椎骨质疏松性压缩骨折严重程度评分分型系统的可靠性研究

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    许正伟; 贺宝荣; 刘团江; 郭华; 郝定均

    2016-01-01

    ).Reliability,reproducibility and content validity of the TLOFS were analyzed.Results Cronbach' sα coefficients of all TLOFS subgroups including evaluation of morphological changes,MRI,bone mineral density,clinical situation and therapy recommendation and total score evaluation were within the range of higher to high reliability (0.76-0.94).Kappa coefficients of all TLOFS subgroups were within the range of higher to high reproducibility (0.84-0.95).Mean content validity of all TLOFS subgroups was 0.916.VAS improved from preoperative(7.8 ± 2.1) to (1.3 ±0.7) at the final follow-up.Rates of correct diagnosis,sensitivity and specificity were 95.7%,87.6% and 96.5% respectively.Conclusion TLOFS exhibits good reliability and reproducibility,easy operation,and accurate and comprehensive evaluation,which is effective in guiding the clinical decision making in treatment of thoracolumbar OVCF.

  7. Different internal fixation treatment of thoracolumbar spinal tuberculosis:comparision of kyphosis Cobb angle and spinal stability%不同植入物内固定修复胸腰段脊柱结核:后凸Cobb角及脊柱稳定性比较

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    邢文华; 霍洪军; 肖宇龙; 杨学军; 赵岩; 付裕; 祝勇; 李峰; 辛大奇

    2015-01-01

    mild and moderate spinal kyphosis deformity. Surgical treatment of spinal tuberculosis has been frequently reported in recent years, the commonly used treatment includes lesion clearance, bone graft fusion and internal fixation. OBJECTIVE:To investigate the principle of choosing different internal fixation treatment for thoracolumbar spinal tuberculosis. METHODS:42 patients with thoracolumbar spinal tuberculosis were involved in this study from January 2001 to December 2011. Al patients suffered from waist and back pains, with the disease course range of 1 month to 7 years. Four cases showed neurological deficit before surgery. According to the Frankel classification, 1 case was graded as Frankel C and 3 cases as Frankel D. The preoperative average Cobb angle of kyphosis was 27° (range 12°-45°). The internal fixation approaches were chosen according to the tuberculose focus and vertebral fracture extent. Thoraco-abdominal approach for thoracolumbar spine via diaphragm with the removal of 11 rib and(or) 12 rib was performed for al patients. Among these protocols, 25 cases underwent anterior focal debridement and bone grafting. 17 cases had anterior focal debridement and posterior pedicle screw internal fixation (one-stage surgery in 7 cases and second-stage surgery in 10 cases). Al patients received anti-tuberculosis chemotherapy before and after operation. 36 cases used rib and 6 cases used iliac bone as bone graft. Al patients were fol owed up from 17 months to 9 years. The correction of spinal deformity, spinal stability and spinal functional recovery were observed. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:30 patients were fol owed up after operations and the back pains disappeared. X-ray examination showed that, al patients were fixed wel without no loosening and rupture, and achieved bony fusion (the mean time were 5.4 months). No tuberculosis recurred. Four cases complicated with spinal cord injury were E grade according to the Frankel classification. The Cobb angle was 0-26

  8. Clinical analysis of the treatment of thoracolumbar fracture by calcium sulfate liquid artificial bone strengthening the fractured vertebral%经伤椎硫酸钙液态人工骨强化治疗胸腰椎骨折的临床分析

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    黄勇; 徐峰; 蔡贤华; 胡昊; 魏坦军; 王威

    2013-01-01

    of the two groups of patients with preoperative,postoperative and final follow-up Cobb angle,were analyzed and compared.Results Postoperative injured vertebral kyphosis Cobb angle,spinal canal encroachment rate,the leading edge of the fractured vertebral compression rate and VAS scores than before surgery were significantly improved in group A and group B compared with no significant difference (P>0.05),postoperative longterm follow-up of fractured vertebral kyphosis Cobb angle,the leading edge of the fractured vertebral compression ratio,VAS score in group A compared the efficacy of group B,resulting in a significant difference (P<0.05).Conclusion Treatment of bone fractured vertebral liquid strengthening in thoracolumbar fractures with more firmly fixed effects,the redevelopment of the former column stable fixation of posterior column,less loss of correction,the results were satisfactory,it is an effective method for the treatment of single segment thoracolumbar burst fractures.

  9. PKP结合颈腰痛Ⅱ号方治疗老年骨质疏松性胸腰椎压缩性骨折临床疗效观察%Clinical Study of PKP in Combination with the Prescription of Jingyaotong Ⅱ in Treating Thoracolumbar Compressed Fractures in Aged Patients with Osteoprosis

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    修忠标; 邱元洲; 陈晓东

    2012-01-01

    statistically significant compared preoperation with postoperation about percentage of anterior vertebral height loss, two groups weren't statistically significant after 3 days and 6 months, and statistically significant after 12 months; the differences of A group and B group were statistically significant compared preoperation with postoperation about percentage of middle vertebral height loss, two groups were statistically significant after 3 days and 6 months and 12 months; the differences of A group and B group were statistically significant compared preoperation with postoperation about Cobb's angle, two groups weren't statistically significant after 3 days and 6 months, that was statistically significant after 12 months. A year After treatment of two groups, the total effective rates of two groups were statistically significant. Conclusion : PKP can efficently relieve back pain of the wounded, restore the vertebral height and correct the kyphosis in the treatment of thoracolumbar compressed fractures in aged patients with osteoprosis. But long-term follow-up result illustrates that PKP cannot maintain anterior vertebral height and Cobb's angle. Prescription of Jingyaotong Ⅱ can enhance the analgesic effect of PKP, and reduce vertebral height loss.%目的:探讨经皮椎体后凸成形术(PKP)结合颈腰痛Ⅱ号方治疗老年骨质疏松性胸腰椎压缩性骨折的临床疗效.方法:2008年12月-2010年12月老年骨质疏松性椎体压缩性骨折住院患者89例,对纳入病例行中医辨证,选择肾虚血瘀型患者,术前均有腰背部疼痛、局部疼痛如刺、痛处不移、不能持重.采用随机数字表法分成两组,A组46例患者,其中男14例,女32例,年龄60~88岁,平均70.7岁;B组43例患者,其中男12例,女31例,年龄60~88岁,平均70.9岁.所有患者术前均行X线片、CT扫描、MRI检查及相关体格检查,排除其他原因引起的胸腰椎压缩性骨折,无脊髓和神经根受损,椎体后壁完整.A组

  10. HOW CORRECTION CAN MOTIVATE LEARNING

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    1996-01-01

    IntroductionMistakes and their correction generally follow one another in the language classroom.Most teachersthink that correction is a necessary part of teaching;while most students agree that making mistakesis a necessary part of learning.Although both teachers and students maintain that correction andmistakes are necessary,we often find that some correction helps students’ learning and some does not.Correction can make students lose confidence and interest in learning.In order to try and find outmore about why this happens I surveyed students attitudes towards mistakes and correction.

  11. Experimental repetitive quantum error correction.

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    Schindler, Philipp; Barreiro, Julio T; Monz, Thomas; Nebendahl, Volckmar; Nigg, Daniel; Chwalla, Michael; Hennrich, Markus; Blatt, Rainer

    2011-05-27

    The computational potential of a quantum processor can only be unleashed if errors during a quantum computation can be controlled and corrected for. Quantum error correction works if imperfections of quantum gate operations and measurements are below a certain threshold and corrections can be applied repeatedly. We implement multiple quantum error correction cycles for phase-flip errors on qubits encoded with trapped ions. Errors are corrected by a quantum-feedback algorithm using high-fidelity gate operations and a reset technique for the auxiliary qubits. Up to three consecutive correction cycles are realized, and the behavior of the algorithm for different noise environments is analyzed.

  12. Chicago aberration correction work

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    Beck, V.D., E-mail: vnlbeck@earthlink.net [1 Hobby Drive, Ridgefield, CT 06877-01922 (United States)

    2012-12-15

    The author describes from his personal involvement the many improvements to electron microscopy Albert Crewe and his group brought by minimizing the effects of aberrations. The Butler gun was developed to minimize aperture aberrations in a field emission electron gun. In the 1960s, Crewe anticipated using a spherical aberration corrector based on Scherzer's design. Since the tolerances could not be met mechanically, a method of moving the center of the octopoles electrically was developed by adding lower order multipole fields. Because the corrector was located about 15 cm ahead of the objective lens, combination aberrations would arise with the objective lens. This fifth order aberration would then limit the aperture of the microscope. The transformation of the off axis aberration coefficients of a round lens was developed and a means to cancel anisotropic coma was developed. A new method of generating negative spherical aberration was invented using the combination aberrations of hexapoles. Extensions of this technique to higher order aberrations were developed. An electrostatic electron mirror was invented, which allows the cancellation of primary spherical aberration and first order chromatic aberration. A reduction of chromatic aberration by two orders of magnitude was demonstrated using such a system. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Crewe and his group made significant advances in aberration correction and reduction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A deeper understanding of the quadrupole octopole corrector was developed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A scheme to correct spherical aberration using hexapoles was developed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Chromatic aberration was corrected using a uniform field mirror.

  13. [Correction of hypospadias].

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    Bianchi, M

    1998-12-01

    A thorough evaluation of both urethral and penile malformation are mandatory for the choice of the best surgical treatment of patients with hypospadias. The site and the size of the urethral meatus, the presence of a chordee and of a velamentous distal urethra must be carefully assessed. In distal (glandular and coronal) hypospadias, the meatal advancement with glanduloplasty is the treatment of choice. In proximal hypospadias with chordee, the transverse preputial island flap according to the Duckett's technique allows a one-stage hypospadias repair. The awareness of the possible psychologic impact of genital malformations in childhood recommends an early correction of hypospadias, if possible during the first year of life.

  14. Brain Image Motion Correction

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    Jensen, Rasmus Ramsbøl; Benjaminsen, Claus; Larsen, Rasmus

    2015-01-01

    The application of motion tracking is wide, including: industrial production lines, motion interaction in gaming, computer-aided surgery and motion correction in medical brain imaging. Several devices for motion tracking exist using a variety of different methodologies. In order to use such devices...... offset and tracking noise in medical brain imaging. The data are generated from a phantom mounted on a rotary stage and have been collected using a Siemens High Resolution Research Tomograph for positron emission tomography. During acquisition the phantom was tracked with our latest tracking prototype...

  15. Calculating correct compilers

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    Bahr, Patrick; Hutton, Graham

    2015-01-01

    In this article, we present a new approach to the problem of calculating compilers. In particular, we develop a simple but general technique that allows us to derive correct compilers from high-level semantics by systematic calculation, with all details of the implementation of the compilers...... falling naturally out of the calculation process. Our approach is based upon the use of standard equational reasoning techniques, and has been applied to calculate compilers for a wide range of language features and their combination, including arithmetic expressions, exceptions, state, various forms...

  16. Using Online Annotations to Support Error Correction and Corrective Feedback

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    Yeh, Shiou-Wen; Lo, Jia-Jiunn

    2009-01-01

    Giving feedback on second language (L2) writing is a challenging task. This research proposed an interactive environment for error correction and corrective feedback. First, we developed an online corrective feedback and error analysis system called "Online Annotator for EFL Writing". The system consisted of five facilities: Document Maker,…

  17. Bony healing of unstable thoracolumbar burst fractures in the elderly using percutaneously applied titanium mesh cages and a transpedicular fixation system with expandable screws.

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    Anica Eschler

    Full Text Available There is a high incidence of vertebral burst fractures following low velocity trauma in the elderly. Treatment of unstable vertebral burst fractures using the same principles like in stable vertebral burst fractures may show less favourable results in terms of fracture reduction, maintenance of reduction and cement leakage. In order to address these shortcomings this study introduces cementless fixation of unstable vertebral burst fractures using internal fixators and expandable intravertebral titanium mesh cages in a one-stage procedure via minimum-invasive techniques.A total of 16 consecutive patients (median age 76 years, range 58-94 with unstable thoracolumbar burst fractures and concomitant osteoporosis were treated by an internal fixator inserted via minimum invasive technique one level above and below the fractured vertebra. Fracture reduction was achieved and maintained by transpedicular placement of two titanium mesh cages into the fractured vertebral body during the same procedure. Intra- and postoperative safety of the procedure as well as analysis of reduction quality was analysed by 3D C-arm imaging or CT, respectively. Clinical and radiographic follow-up averaged 10.4 months (range 4.5-24.5.Stabilization of the collapsed vertebral body was achieved in all 16 cases without any intraoperative complication. Surgical time averaged 102 ± 6.6 minutes (71-194. The postoperative kyphotic angle (KA and Cobb angle revealed significant improvements (KA 13.7° to 7.4°, p < 0.001; Cobb 9.6° to 6.0°, p < 0.002 with partial loss of reduction at final follow-up (KA 8.3°, Cobb 8.7°. VAS (Visual Analogue Scale improved from 7.6 to 2.6 (p < 0.001. Adjacent fractures were not observed. One minor (malposition of pedicle screw complication was encountered.Cementless fixation of osteoporotic burst fractures revealed substantial pain relief, adequate maintenance of reduction and a low complication rate. Bony healing after unstable osteoporotic burst

  18. Learning Curve in a Western Training Center of the Circumferential En Bloc Esophageal Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection in an In Vivo Animal Model

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    Miguel A. Tanimoto

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. Evaluate the feasibility to overcome the learning curve in a western training center of the en bloc circumferential esophageal (ECE- ESD in an in vivo animal model. Methods. ECE-ESD was performed on ten canine models under general anesthesia on artificial lesions at the esophagus marked with coagulation points. After the ESD each canine model was euthanized and surgical resection of the esophagus and stomach was carried out according to “the Principles of Humane Experimental Technique, Russel and Burch.” The specimen was fixed with needles on cork submerged in formalin with the esophagus and stomach then delivered to the pathology department to be analyzed. Results. ECE-ESD was completed without complications in the last 3/10 animal models. Mean duration for the procedures was 192±35 minutes (range 140–235 minutes. All the procedures were done at the animal lab surgery room with cardio pulmonary monitoring and artificial ventilation by staff surgery members and a staff member of the Gastroenterology department trained during 1999–2001 at the Fujigaoka hospital of the Showa U. in Yokohama, Japan, length (range 15–18 mm and 51±6.99 width (range 40–60 mm. Conclusion. ECE-ESD training is feasible in canine models for postgraduate endoscopy fellows.

  19. Safety and effectiveness of a circumferential clip-based vascular closure device for hemostasis in off-label applications: Comparison with standard applications

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    Lee, Seung Chan; Kim, Chang Won [Dept. of Radiology, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Pusan National University Hospital, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Jeon, Ung Bae [Dept. of Radiology, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Yangsan Pusan National University Hospital, Yangsan (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-09-15

    We investigated the efficacy and safety of a circumferential nitinol clip based arterial closure device following arteriotomy, especially in off-label applications. Consecutive patients who underwent the procedure with arteriotomy from January 2011 to February 2014 were included in this study. We defined standard use as the use of StarClose for retrograde puncture of the common femoral artery (CFA) and off-label use as the use of StarClose for retrograde puncture of the superficial femoral artery (SFA), antegrade puncture of the CFA or SFA, puncture of the brachial artery or puncture of the vascular graft. The procedures performed included percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and thrombolysis. Technical success was defined as complete hemostasis achieved within 3 minute after the closure. Complications, and laboratory findings associated with coagulation function, were also investigated. There were 146 cases of standard applications and 111 cases of off-label applications. Technical success was achieved in all cases. The off-label group comprised the use of StarClose for retrograde puncture of the SFA (n = 19), antegrade puncture of the CFA or SFA (n = 74), brachial artery puncture (n = 5), larger sheath than 6 Fr (n = 7) and vascular graft puncture (n = 6). Minor complications were noted in both groups (standard group: 7.5%, off-label group: 2.7%). Off-label use of StarClose is safe and feasible.

  20. Learning Curve in a Western Training Center of the Circumferential En Bloc Esophageal Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection in an In Vivo Animal Model

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    Tanimoto, Miguel A.; Torres-Villalobos, Gonzalo; Fujita, Rikiya; Santillan-Doherty, Patricio; Albores-Saavedra, Jorge; Chable-Montero, Fredy; Martin-del-Campo, Luis A.; Vasquez, Lucia; Bravo-Reyna, Carlos; Villanueva, Octavio; Villalobos, Jose J.; Uribe, Misael; Valdovinos, Miguel A.

    2011-01-01

    Aim. Evaluate the feasibility to overcome the learning curve in a western training center of the en bloc circumferential esophageal (ECE-) ESD in an in vivo animal model. Methods. ECE-ESD was performed on ten canine models under general anesthesia on artificial lesions at the esophagus marked with coagulation points. After the ESD each canine model was euthanized and surgical resection of the esophagus and stomach was carried out according to “the Principles of Humane Experimental Technique, Russel and Burch.” The specimen was fixed with needles on cork submerged in formalin with the esophagus and stomach then delivered to the pathology department to be analyzed. Results. ECE-ESD was completed without complications in the last 3/10 animal models. Mean duration for the procedures was 192 ± 35 minutes (range 140–235 minutes). All the procedures were done at the animal lab surgery room with cardio pulmonary monitoring and artificial ventilation by staff surgery members and a staff member of the Gastroenterology department trained during 1999–2001 at the Fujigaoka hospital of the Showa U. in Yokohama, Japan, length (range 15–18 mm) and 51 ± 6.99 width (range 40–60 mm). Conclusion. ECE-ESD training is feasible in canine models for postgraduate endoscopy fellows. PMID:21976950

  1. Numerical Study on the Effect of Single Shallow Circumferential Groove Casing Treatment on the Flow Field and the Stability of a Transonic Compressor

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    Mohsen Agha Seyed Mirzabozorg

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The present research investigates the effect of the location and the width of single shallow circumferential groove casing treatment on the flow field and the stability improvement of NASA Rotor 37 utilizing the help of computational fluid dynamics. At first, steady state simulation of Rotor37 was presented for smooth casing (without groove. Then, forty five various grooved casing were simulated and compared with the smooth casing. The results indicated that narrow grooves had slight effect on the adiabatic efficiency but as the width of the groove was increased, a decline in efficiency was observed. The investigation on the stall margin revealed that narrow grooves next to the leading edge could improve the stall margin by a reduction in the size of vortex breakdown zone. Medium-width grooves displayed an effective role in delaying the separation- produced by shock wave and boundary layer interaction- on the blade suction side near the casing. This type of grooves could improve the stall margin more than narrow grooves when located on the top of separation zone near the blade suction side. Wide grooves had negative effect on the stall margin and caused a significant drop in the efficiency and the total pressure ratio of the compressor.

  2. Status report on a NDT round robin on austenitic circumferential pipe welds; Statusbericht zu einem ZfP-Ringversuch an austenitischen Rohrleitungs-Rundschweissnaehten

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    Hesselmann, W. [PreussenElektra AG, Hannover (Germany); Maier, H.J.; Knoch, P.; Mletzko, U. [MPA, Stuttgart (Germany)

    1996-12-31

    Since fall 1993, a study is performed at MPA Stuttgart in cooperation with the Czech Association of large power plant operators, on non-destructive evaluation of austenitic circumferential pipe welds. The status report presents the project concept and the current progress. The project tasks until now cover NDE of 15 welds. Results are given of ultrasonic tests carried out by 9 institutions, X-ray film evaluations by 23 individuals, and further examinations analysed in comparison to the destructive verification tests (metallography). (orig./MM) [Deutsch] Seit Herbst 1993 wird an der MPA Stuttgart in Zusammenarbeit mit der Technischen Vereinigung der Grosskraftwerksbetreiber e.V. (VGB) eine Untersuchung ueber die zerstoerungsfreie Pruefung (ZfP) von austenitischen Rohrleitungs-Rundschweissnaehten durchgefuehrt. Dieser Statusbericht zeigt die Konzeption und den gegenwaertigen Stand des Programms. Das Vorhaben umfasst bis jetzt zerstoerungsfreie Pruefungen an 15 Naehten. Berichtet wird ueber Ultraschall-Pruefungen durch 9 Institutionen, ueber Roentgenfilm-Auswertungen durch 23 Personen sowie ueber weitere Untersuchungen im Vergleich mit der vollstaendigen zerstoerenden Verifizierung (Metallografie). (orig./MM)

  3. Predictors of circumferential resection margin involvement in surgically resected rectal cancer: A retrospective review of 23,464 patients in the US National Cancer Database

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    Al-Sukhni, Eisar; Attwood, Kristopher; Gabriel, Emmanuel; Nurkin, Steven J.

    2017-01-01

    Introduction The circumferential resection margin (CRM) is a key prognostic factor after rectal cancer resection. We sought to identify factors associated with CRM involvement (CRM+). Methods A retrospective review was performed of the National Cancer Database, 2004–2011. Patients with rectal cancer who underwent radical resection and had a recorded CRM were included. Multivariable analysis of the association between clinicopathologic characteristics and CRM was performed. Tumor patients, 13.3% were CRM+. Factors associated with CRM+ were diagnosis later in the study period, lack of insurance, advanced stage, higher grade, undergoing APR, and receiving radiation. Nearly half of CRM+ patients did not receive neoadjuvant therapy. CRM+ patients who did not receive neoadjuvant therapy were more likely to be female, older, with more comorbidities, smaller tumors, earlier clinical stage, advanced pathologic stage, and CEA-negative disease compared to those who received it. Conclusions Factors associated with CRM+ include features of advanced disease, undergoing APR, and lack of health insurance. Half of CRM+ patients did not receive neoadjuvant treatment. These represent cases where CRM status may be modifiable with appropriate pre-operative selection and multidisciplinary management. PMID:26906328

  4. Modeling of guided circumferential SH and Lamb-type waves in open waveguides with semi-analytical finite element and Perfectly Matched Layer method

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    Matuszyk, Paweł J.

    2017-01-01

    The circumferential guided waves (CGW) are of increasing interest for non-destructive inspecting pipes or other cylindrical structures. If such structures are buried underground, these modes can also deliver some valuable information about the surrounding medium or the quality of the contact between the pipe and the embedding medium. Toward this goal, the detailed knowledge of the dispersive characteristics of CGW is required; henceforth, the robust numerical method has to be established, which allows for the extensive study of the propagation of these modes under different loading conditions. Mathematically, this is the problem of the propagation of guided waves in an open waveguide. This problem differs significantly from the corresponding problem of a closed waveguide both in physical and numerical aspect. The paper presents a combination of semi-analytical finite element method with Perfectly Matched Layer technique for a class of coupled acoustics/elasticity problems with application to modeling of CGW. We discuss different aspects of our algorithm and validate the proposed approach against other established methods available in the literature. The presented numerical examples positively verify the robustness of the proposed method.

  5. Geologic interpretations of seismic data Route 128 (Northern Circumferential Highway) cut, and Hopkins Street grade separation stations 1-18 in Wakefield, Mass.

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    May, James E.; Lineham, Rev. Daniel

    1950-01-01

    The completion of a segment of the Northern Circumferential Highway, Route 126, in Wakefield, Mass., requires an underpass bridge at Hopkins Street, Station 5+50. The plan of the project shows approximately 1800 feet if approach cuts between stations 1 and 18. In October 1945 a preliminary seismic study was made of a segment of this cut between stations 6+50 and 13+30. Four profiles were made at this time and a report was submitted by Newton E. Chute and Rev. Daniel Linhan (file report of January 15). This work showed a relatively shallow (in general, 6 to 12 feet in depth) somewhat irregular bedrock surface between stations 6+50 and 13+50. That data indicated that much of this segment of the cut will be in bedrock. In order to obtain more complete data for the preparation of detailed estimates on the amount of bedrock to be excavated for this segment of the cut, and also to obtain sufficient data for the unexplored segment of the cut, 21 additional seismic traverses were made in September 1949. The present report contains only the results obtained from this later work. The work was performed as a part of a cooperative program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Works and the United States Geological Survey.

  6. Mathematical treatment of melting and solidification of phase change materials between circumferentially finned tubes. Analytische Behandlung des Schmelzens und Erstarrens von Latentwaermespeichermaterialien in Rippenrohrgeometrien

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    Heinisch, M.

    1987-01-01

    The following study deals with the theoretical investigation of heat transfer in a latent heat store. The object of the investigation is a heat exchanger element with a circumferentially finned tube, in which the space between the fins is filled with storage material. An analytical method, employing Green's function, was developed for this arrangement in order to solve the two dimensional (r,z-coordinates) transient heat conduction in inhomogenous materials with simultaneous phase change. When compared with other well-known analytical methods, the most important advantages are that the Fourier heat conduction equation and the boundary conditions at the phase front are simultaneously fulfilled by the final solution, as well as the fact that the initial temperature is independent of a given phase change temperature. A fundamental advantage can also be seen in the very small number of time steps for calculating the transient charging/discharging processes and hence shorter calculation times. Two special extreme cases were designed where the results agree well with literature data. In comparison with the numerically calculated melting and solidification behaviour only small variations were observed.

  7. Aloenxerto circunferencial de femur proximal em cirurgia de revisäo de artroplastia total de quadril: relato de casos com seguimento mínimo de 20 anos Circumferential proximal femoral allografts in revision surgery on total hip arthroplasty: case reports with a minimum follow-up of 20 years

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    Bruno Dutra Roos

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Dentre as opções para reconstrução femoral em cirurgias de revisão de artroplastia total do quadril (RATQ em defeitos circunferenciais extensos está a utilização de aloenxerto de fêmur proximal. O seu uso permite a correção do mecanismo abdutor do quadril e da discrepância de comprimento dos membros inferiores, além de apresentar potencial osteocondutivo. Os autores relatam os achados clínicos e radiográficos de dois casos de RATQ com uso desta técnica, em seguimento mínimo de 20 anos.Among the options for femoral reconstruction in total hip arthroplasty (THA revision procedures, in cases of extensive circumferential defects, is the use of proximal femoral allografts. This technique makes it possible to correct the hip abductor mechanism and the leg length discrepancy, as well as presenting osteoconductive potential. The authors report the clinical and radiographic results from two cases of THA revision using this technique, with a minimum follow-up of 20 years.

  8. One stage posterior total vertebra column resection for the treatment of stiff thoracolumbar kyphosis deformity%一期后路全脊椎截骨治疗僵硬性胸腰椎后凸畸形

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    张元豫; 张浩沙强; 李坤

    2013-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the efficacy of one stage posterior total vertebral column resection for stiff kyphosis of thoracolumbar spine.Methods 25 patients with adopted one stage posterior total vertebral column resection.Frankel neural function grading,Oswestry scores,postoperative recovery were recored.Results All patients were followed up for 14 ~31 months.The preoperative Cobb angle was 30° ~ 100°(60.3° ±7.5°),and the angle was immediately improved to 5°~ 58° (21.4°± 3.4°) postoperatively,the average correct rate was 49.1% ~ 87.6%(62.5% ± 4.2%); At the time of the final follow-up,the Cobb angle was 9° ~62°(25.9° ± 5.7°),the average correct rate was 44.1% ~ 85.6% (57.1% ± 5.1%),the average loss angle was 6.5° ± 1.2° Frankel classification:preoperative total of 2 cases B,6 cases C,5 cases D,12 cases E.At the final follow-up,2 B cases back to the C level,3 C cases back to E and 3 C cases back to D,4 cases D back to E,and 1 D got no improvement.Preoperative Oswestry scores:8.2 ~ 33.5 (17.34 ± 4.2),postoperative was 4.1 ~ 25.3 (11.75 ± 3.5),improvement rate was 30.2% ~69.7% (45.7% ±6.7%).Conclusions One stage posterior vertebral column resection is an effective surgical technique for managing severe and rigid kyphosis.%目的 评价一期后路全脊椎切除治疗僵硬性胸腰椎后凸畸形临床效果.方法 对25例脊柱僵硬性后凸畸形患者采用一期全脊椎切除截骨,对手术前、后Frankel神经功能分级、Oswestry评分进行评定,观察术后恢复情况.结果 25例均获随访,时间14 ~ 31个月.脊柱后凸Cobb角:术前为30°~100°(60.3°±7.5°),术后为5°~58°(21.4°±3.4°),矫正率为49.1%~87.6%(62.5%±4.2%);末次随访时为9°~62°(25.9°±5.7°),矫正率为44.1%~85.6%(57.1%±5.1%),丢失6.5°±1.2°.Frankel分级:末次随访时B级2例恢复至C级,C级6例恢复至E级3例、D级3例,D级5例恢复至E级4例、1

  9. Power corrections, renormalons and resummation

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    Beneke, M.

    1996-08-01

    I briefly review three topics of recent interest concerning power corrections, renormalons and Sudakov resummation: (a) 1/Q corrections to event shape observables in e(+)e(-) annihilation, (b) power corrections in Drell-Yan production and (c) factorial divergences that arise in resummation of large infrared (Sudakov) logarithms in moment or `real` space.

  10. 78 FR 34245 - Miscellaneous Corrections

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    ... Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. #0;Prices of new books are listed in the... office, correcting and adding missing cross-references, correcting grammatical errors, revising language... the name of its human capital office, correcting and adding missing cross-references,...

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office ] NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION Office of the Federal Register Dates Correction Correction In the Notices section... through 15499, the date at the top of each page is corrected to read ``Monday, March 29, 2010''....

  12. Radiation camera motion correction system

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    1973-12-18

    The device determines the ratio of the intensity of radiation received by a radiation camera from two separate portions of the object. A correction signal is developed to maintain this ratio at a substantially constant value and this correction signal is combined with the camera signal to correct for object motion. (Official Gazette)

  13. MOTOmed运动训练对胸腰段脊髓损伤患者平衡功能的影响%Influence of MOTOmed training on balance function among patients with thoracolumbar spinal cord injuries patients

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    王玉英; 黄学英; 王丽华; 柳尧花

    2015-01-01

    Objective To study the effect of MOTOmed training on balance function among patients with thoracolumbar spinal cord injuries. Methods A total of 60 patients with thoracolumbar spinal cord injuries were selected by random number from January 2009 to August 2013, and they were divided into the observation group and the control group, with 30 cases in each group. The control group was given the conventional rehabilitation training, while the observation group was given the MOTOmed training. Before rehabilitation, and four courses and eight courses after rehabilitation training, the Berg Balance Scale ( BBS) was used to evaluate the balance function. Results Four courses and eight courses after rehabilitation training, the BBS score of the observation group were (27. 37 ± 5. 38) and (33. 30 ± 4. 90), which were significantly higher than those of the control group (t=7. 569, 7. 796, respectively;P<0. 01). Conclusions The MOTOmed training combined with routine rehabilitation training can improve the balance function in patients with thoracolumbar spinal cord injury.%目的:探讨 MOTOmed 运动训练对胸腰段脊髓损伤患者平衡功能的影响。方法将2009年1月—2013年8月60例胸腰段脊髓损伤患者按随机数字表法分为观察组和对照组各30例。对照组患者进行常规康复训练,观察组在常规康复训练的基础上进行MOTOmed训练。康复前及康复训练后4,8个疗程分别对采用Berg平衡量表(BBS)评定患者的平衡功能。结果康复训练4,8个疗程后,观察组患者BBS评分分别为(27.37±5.38),(33.30±4.90)分,均高于对照组,差异有统计学意义(t值分别为7.569,7.796;P<0.01)。结论 MOTOmed训练配合常规康复训练可较好地改善恢复期胸腰段脊髓损伤患者的平衡功能。

  14. Reconstucting the vertebra of Stability and Completion in Treatment of Thoracolumbar Spine Fracture%重建椎体完整性和稳定性在胸腰椎骨折中的应用

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    李云峰; 陆坚; 刘百伟; 黄盛昌; 张伟峰; 吴国明; 王晖

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨胸腰段骨折重建椎体完整性和稳定性的方法及临床意义.方法 35例胸腰椎骨折全部行后路椎体撑开复位病椎内植骨联合RF短节段内固定手术,平均15个月取出内固定.结果 35例患者平均随访19个月,X线片示全部骨性愈合,即刻矫正满意,远期矫正无丢失,采用Frankel脊髓损伤分级进行神经功能评定有不同程度的恢复.结论 胸腰段骨折经伤椎椎弓根椎体撑开复位椎体内植骨联合RF内固定以重建椎体的完整性和稳定性,可有效防止矫正度丢失、内固定松动断裂、晚期脊柱不稳及继发椎管狭窄等并发症,而且创伤小,效果可靠,操作简便.%Objective To discuss the method and clinical meaning of reconstucting the vertebra of stability and completion in treatment of thoracolumbar spine fracture. Methods 35 cases of thoracolumbar fracture were treated with reduction and bone grafting in fracture vertebra with posterior approach RF short segment fixation,Internal fixations were taken out in average 15 months later. Results All the patients were followed up in average 19 months. According to X-ray examination,The height and shape of the fracture vertebral recovered satisfied and all bone union, there were no lost in follow-up. According to Frankel criterion the nerves function recoved in different degrees. Conclusion Reduction and bone grafting in the fracture vertebral body combined with RF short segment fixation can re-constuct the vertebra of stability and completion,prevent postoperative depression of the fracture vertebral height,reduce the complications such as loosening and breaking of Internal Fixation,the later instability of spine and thoracic stenosis,That is a safe,effective,minimally invasive and simple way in thoracolumbar fracture treatment.

  15. 胸腰椎骨折患者腹胀的护理干预及原因分析%Cause analysis and nursing intervention of abdominal distension in pa-tients with thoracolumbar fracture

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    邹艳贤; 谢红艳; 胡梅; 李文芳

    2015-01-01

    Objective To explore the cause and effective nursing intervention of abdominal distension in patients with thoracolumbar fracture. Methods 100 cases with thoracolumbar fractures from September 2011 to August 2013 in our department were selected and randomly divided into the experimental group and the control group,50 cases in each group.The experimental group was given the related nursing measures after admission,the control group was given the routine nursing care.The incidence of abdominal distension in two groups was compared. Results The incidence of ab-dominal distension in the experimental group was significantly lower than that in the control group,with significant dif-ference (P<0.01). Conclusion According to the cause of abdominal distention in patients with thoracolumbar fractures to take the related nursing measures,which can effectively prevent or alleviate patients’incidence of abdominal distension.%目的:探讨胸腰椎骨折后腹胀发生的原因及有效的护理干预。方法选取本科室2011年9月~2013年8月收治的100例胸腰椎骨折患者作为研究对象,随机分实验组和对照组,各50例。实验组从患者入院后即开始采取相关护理措施,对照组采用骨科护理常规进行护理,比较两组的腹胀发生率。结果实验组的腹胀发生率显著低于对照组,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01)。结论针对胸腰椎骨折患者发生腹胀的原因采取相关护理对策,可有效预防或减轻患者的腹胀发生率。

  16. 手法整复胸腰椎后关节紊乱治疗腰背肌筋膜疼痛综合征%TREATING BACK MYOFASCIAL PAIN SYNDROME BY MAINPULATION OF THORACOLUMBAR FACET JOINT DISORDER

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    马永健; 王强; 张丽娜

    2012-01-01

    Objective To observe the clinical effect of the mainpulation of thoracolumbar facet joint disorder in treating back myofascial pain syndrome and its influence on the serum level of interleukin -1( IL - 1 ). Methods A total of 120 patients were randomly divided into treatment and control groups, the treatment group was treated by mainpulation and the control group was treated with oral Ibuprofen and Eperisone, the changes of clinical symptoms 、signs and the serum level IL - 1 were observed. Results The treatment group had obvious advantages in the total clinical effect, but not very different from the control group in lowering the serum level IL -1. Conclusion The thoracolumbar facet joint disorder is a major pathological change of back myofascial pain syndrome, and the mainpulation of thoracolumbar facet joint disorder has a good and lasting effect.%目的 观察手法整复胸腰椎后关节紊乱治疗腰背肌筋膜疼痛综合征的临床疗效及对血清白细胞介素(interleukin-1,IL-1)含量的影响.方法 患者120例,随机分成治疗组和对照组,分别采用手法整复胸腰椎后关节紊乱治疗和精氨酸布洛芬颗粒+乙哌立松片治疗,观察治疗前后临床症状、体征及血清IL-1含量的变化.结果 治疗组总疗效优于对照组(P<0.01),在降低血清IL-1含量方面与对照组差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 胸腰椎后关节紊乱是腰背肌筋膜疼痛综合征一个重要病理改变,手法整复胸腰椎后关节紊乱在临床取得良好疗效且作用持久.

  17. 自助式悬吊牵引整复治疗单纯胸腰椎压缩性骨折%Investigation of Self-help Suspention Traction Therapy on Thoracolumbar Compression Fracture by SF-36

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    娄宇明; 唐汉武; 黄承军; 梁柱; 唐福宇; 徐敏; 梁冬波; 王继; 关威

    2012-01-01

    目的:观察自助式悬吊牵引整复对单纯胸腰椎压缩性骨折患者生活质量的影响.方法:100例单纯性胸腰椎压缩骨折患者,随机分成治疗组和对照组,每组50例,分别采用自助式悬吊牵引整复和垫枕复位治疗.分别观察治疗前及治疗结束后1个月时的“健康调查简易量表”(Medical Outcomes Study,SF-36)评分,并进行比较.结果:经统计分析显示治疗前两组SF-36问卷评分各维度无统计学差异,但治疗结束后1个月时的SF-36问卷评分显示悬吊牵引组在缓解躯体疼痛,恢复精力,恢复社会活动功能及精神、心理健康维度上优于垫枕复位对照组,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论:自助式悬吊牵引整复治疗单纯性胸腰椎压缩骨折能更好的改善患者的SF-36问卷评分,提高生活质量.%Objective:To observe living quality of thoracolumbar compression fracture patients influenced by the therapy of self-help suspention traction. Method; 100 cases with thoracolumbar compression fracture were randomly divided into the control group (n=50 ) and self-help suspention traction therapy group ( n= 50). The SF-36 Health Survey Questionnaire were investigated before and 1 month after the treatment . Result: There was no statistic difference of SF-36 between the two groups before therapy (P>0. 05). But 1 month after the treatment ,it showed that the bodily pain relief, vitality recovering, rehabilitation of social function and mental health status of the therapy group was better than that of the control group (P<0. 05). Conclusion: The "Self-help Suspention Traction Therapy Treatment" for thoracolumbar compression fracture can improve scores of SF-36 and life quality.

  18. Fratura toracolombar explosão: análise radiográfica diferencial entre A e B de Margerl Thoracolumbar burst fracture: radiographic evaluation on differences between Magerl's A and B

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Verificar nos pacientes com fratura toracolombar explosão de Denis a incidência de fratura tipo A e B de Margerl segundo examinadores independentes. MÉTODOS: De acordo com a abertura radiográfica dos processos espinhosos do arco vertebral posterior na radiografia ântero-posterior, três examinadores independentes dividiram os pacientes internados de 2000 a 2009 com fratura toracolombar explosão (Denis em fraturas tipo A3 e B1.2 de Margerl. A avaliação estatística foi descritiva e pelo método de Kappa. RESULTADOS: Dos 72 pacientes, a fratura foi classificada B em 11 pacientes de acordo com o primeiro examinador 1; 10 pelo segundo e 17 pelo terceiro. A concordância entre os examinadores da presença de comprometimento posterior nestas fraturas (B1.2 foi satisfatória (boa,κ=0,7. CONCLUSÃO: 14 a 24% de pacientes com fratura toracolombar explosão (Denis apresentam comprometimento posterior (B1.2 de acordo com critérios radiográficos. Nível de evidencia III, Estudo Diagnostico, Investigação de Teste diagnosticoObjectives: Evaluate incidence of Magerl's A and B group in thoracolumbar burst fracture (Denis according to independent examiners. Method: According to the posterior spinous process split on the anteroposterior radiography, three independent examiners have analyzed the patients admitted from 2000 to 2009 with thoracolumbar burst fractures (according to Denis to differenciate between Magerl's type A3 and B1.2. Statistical evaluation was descriptive and by using Kappa's method. Results: From the 72 patients, 11 patients compose the Magerl's type B group according to examiner 1; 10 according to examiner 2; and 17 according to examiner 3. Posterior lesion concordance was satisfactory (good,κ=0,7 between the examiners. Conclusion: 14 to 24% patients with thoracolumbar fractures show posterior lesion (B1.2 by using radiographic criteria. Level of evidence III, Diagnostic Studies Investigating a Diagnostic Test.

  19. Clinical observation of posterior internal fixation with vertebral pedicle screw and rod system on thoracolumbar spine fracture%采用后路椎弓根钉棒系统治疗胸腰椎骨折疗效观察

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    王洽君

    2013-01-01

    目的 观察后路椎弓根钉棒系统治疗胸腰椎骨折的临床疗效.方法 回顾性分析32例采用后路椎弓根钉棒系统治疗胸腰椎骨折患者的临床资料,术后最长获得2年随访,分析椎体高度、椎体序列和Cobb角的改变.结果 32例患者获得6~ 48个月随访,平均15.8个月.术后椎体前、后缘高度分别为(96.85±14.33)%、(97.44±12.38)%,明显大于术前的(46.67±11.25)%、(76.76±12.62)%(均P<0.05);术后Cobb角为(7.45±2.12)°,显著小于术前的(20.56±7.51).(P<0.05).术后患者Frankel分级均有改善.结论 应用椎弓根钉棒系统治疗胸腰椎骨折能取得良好的临床疗效.%Objective To observe the clinical effect of posterior internal fixation with vertebral pedicle screw and rod system on thoracolumbar spine fracture.Methods The clinical data of 32 patients diagnosed as thoracolumbar spine fracture in our hospital who treated with posterior internal fixation with vertebral pedicle screw and rod system were retrospectively analyzed.The Frankel scale combined with X-ray and CT images were used for the judgment of efficacy.Results The vertebral Height and Cobb angles were improved significantly after the operations (P <0.05).And the Frankel degree of cases with nerve symptoms was also improved.Conclusion Posterior internal fixation with vertebral pedicle screw and rod system is effective in treating patients with thoracolumbar spine fracture.

  20. Constipation acupuncture in the treatment of thoracolumbar fractures after abdominal distension constipation curative effect observation%便秘灸治疗胸腰椎骨折后腹胀便秘的疗效观察

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    任春霞

    2016-01-01

    目的:观察便秘灸治疗胸腰椎骨折患者腹胀、便秘的疗效。方法:将102例胸腰椎骨折后腹胀便秘的患者随机分成两组,观察组用便秘灸贴敷脐部,对照组给予腹部按摩、热敷、口服缓泻剂等方法。观察两组患者肛门排气、排便、腹胀消除的情况及观察两组病人副作用发生情况。结果:观察组总有效率96.15%,对照组74%。副作用发生情况:观察组9.16%,对照组36%。结论:便秘灸治疗胸腰椎骨折患者腹胀便秘效果优于按摩、热敷、口服缓泻剂等方法。两组比较,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01)。%Objective To observe the constipation main treatment of thoracolumbar fractures in patients with abdominal distension and constipation curative effect.Methods 102 cases of thoracolumbar fractures after abdominal distension constipation patients were randomly divided into two groups, observation group with constipation main navel, the control group given abdominal massage and hot compress, oral sugar-refining, etc. Observe two groups of patients with anal exhaust, defecation, abdominal distension, eliminate.Results Observation group total effectiveness 96.15%, control group 74%.Conclusion Abdominal distension of constipation in patients with constipation acupuncture treatment thoracolumbar fractures is better than massage and hot compress, oral sugar-refining, etc. Comparison of similar between the two groups was statistically significant (P<0.01).

  1. Anomaly corrected heterotic horizons

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    Fontanella, A.; Gutowski, J. B.; Papadopoulos, G.

    2016-10-01

    We consider supersymmetric near-horizon geometries in heterotic supergravity up to two loop order in sigma model perturbation theory. We identify the conditions for the horizons to admit enhancement of supersymmetry. We show that solutions which undergo supersymmetry enhancement exhibit an {s}{l}(2,{R}) symmetry, and we describe the geometry of their horizon sections. We also prove a modified Lichnerowicz type theorem, incorporating α' corrections, which relates Killing spinors to zero modes of near-horizon Dirac operators. Furthermore, we demonstrate that there are no AdS2 solutions in heterotic supergravity up to second order in α' for which the fields are smooth and the internal space is smooth and compact without boundary. We investigate a class of nearly supersymmetric horizons, for which the gravitino Killing spinor equation is satisfied on the spatial cross sections but not the dilatino one, and present a description of their geometry.

  2. Anomaly Corrected Heterotic Horizons

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    2016-01-01

    We consider supersymmetric near-horizon geometries in heterotic supergravity up to two loop order in sigma model perturbation theory. We identify the conditions for the horizons to admit enhancement of supersymmetry. We show that solutions which undergo supersymmetry enhancement exhibit an sl(2,R) symmetry, and we describe the geometry of their horizon sections. We also prove a modified Lichnerowicz type theorem, incorporating $\\alpha'$ corrections, which relates Killing spinors to zero modes of near-horizon Dirac operators. Furthermore, we demonstrate that there are no AdS2 solutions in heterotic supergravity up to second order in $\\alpha'$ for which the fields are smooth and the internal space is smooth and compact without boundary. We investigate a class of nearly supersymmetric horizons, for which the gravitino Killing spinor equation is satisfied on the spatial cross sections but not the dilatino one, and present a description of their geometry.

  3. Catalytic quantum error correction

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    Brun, T; Hsieh, M H; Brun, Todd; Devetak, Igor; Hsieh, Min-Hsiu

    2006-01-01

    We develop the theory of entanglement-assisted quantum error correcting (EAQEC) codes, a generalization of the stabilizer formalism to the setting in which the sender and receiver have access to pre-shared entanglement. Conventional stabilizer codes are equivalent to dual-containing symplectic codes. In contrast, EAQEC codes do not require the dual-containing condition, which greatly simplifies their construction. We show how any quaternary classical code can be made into a EAQEC code. In particular, efficient modern codes, like LDPC codes, which attain the Shannon capacity, can be made into EAQEC codes attaining the hashing bound. In a quantum computation setting, EAQEC codes give rise to catalytic quantum codes which maintain a region of inherited noiseless qubits. We also give an alternative construction of EAQEC codes by making classical entanglement assisted codes coherent.

  4. EDITORIAL: Politically correct physics?

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    Pople Deputy Editor, Stephen

    1997-03-01

    If you were a caring, thinking, liberally minded person in the 1960s, you marched against the bomb, against the Vietnam war, and for civil rights. By the 1980s, your voice was raised about the destruction of the rainforests and the threat to our whole planetary environment. At the same time, you opposed discrimination against any group because of race, sex or sexual orientation. You reasoned that people who spoke or acted in a discriminatory manner should be discriminated against. In other words, you became politically correct. Despite its oft-quoted excesses, the political correctness movement sprang from well-founded concerns about injustices in our society. So, on balance, I am all for it. Or, at least, I was until it started to invade science. Biologists were the first to feel the impact. No longer could they refer to 'higher' and 'lower' orders, or 'primitive' forms of life. To the list of undesirable 'isms' - sexism, racism, ageism - had been added a new one: speciesism. Chemists remained immune to the PC invasion, but what else could you expect from a group of people so steeped in tradition that their principal unit, the mole, requires the use of the thoroughly unreconstructed gram? Now it is the turn of the physicists. This time, the offenders are not those who talk disparagingly about other people or animals, but those who refer to 'forms of energy' and 'heat'. Political correctness has evolved into physical correctness. I was always rather fond of the various forms of energy: potential, kinetic, chemical, electrical, sound and so on. My students might merge heat and internal energy into a single, fuzzy concept loosely associated with moving molecules. They might be a little confused at a whole new crop of energies - hydroelectric, solar, wind, geothermal and tidal - but they could tell me what devices turned chemical energy into electrical energy, even if they couldn't quite appreciate that turning tidal energy into geothermal energy wasn't part of the

  5. 管间界面特性对周向超声导波传播特性的影响∗%Influence of the interfacial prop erties on guided circumferential wave propagation in the circular tub e structure

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    高广健; 邓明晰; 李明亮; 刘畅

    2015-01-01

    The mathematical expressions both of displacement and stress fields of circumferential wave propagation in circular tube structure with a weak interface are derived on condition that the interfacial properties between the two circular tubes are characterized by the interfacial spring model. Based on the said displacement and stress expressions derived, the dispersion equation of ultrasonic guided circumferential wave (UGCW) modes is formally presented by using the corresponding mechanical boundary conditions. According to the technique of modal expansion analysis for waveguide excitation, for a given excitation source used to generate circumferential wave in circular tube structure, the corresponding field of circumferential wave propagation can be decomposed into a series of UGCW modes. Using the reciprocity relations and mode orthogonality, the analytical expression of UGCW mode expansion coefficient is derived, which is closely related to the given excitation source for UGCW generation and the interfacial properties between the two tubes. The influences of change in the interfacial property on dispersion and acoustic field of the UGCW propagation are numerically analyzed. In the cases of perfect and sliding interfaces, for a given UGCW mode, the relative change rate of phase velocity is defined, and then its curve versus frequency is calculated, through which the specific frequency can be determined where the UGCW phase velocity appears to be most sensitive to the change in the interfacial property. For a given UGCW mode and driving frequency, it is numerically found that the displacement field on the outside surface of the circular tube structure changes sensitively and monotonically with change in interfacial property between the tubes. Clearly, through choosing the appropriate driving frequency and the mode of UGCW propagation, both the UGCW phase velocity and the displacement field on the outside surface of the circular tube structure will be monotonic and

  6. Application of structural reliability to multi-circumferential cracking in steam generator tubes; Application de la fiabilite des structures a la multifissuration circonferentielle des tubes de generateur de vapeur

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    Ardillon, E.; Riffard, T. [Electricite de France (EDF), 78 - Chatou (France). Direction des Etudes et Recherches

    1997-12-31

    The COMPROMIS Code, developed by Electricite de France, is a probabilistic software tool concerned with assessment of probability of occurrence of a Steam Generator (SG) tube rupture caused by multi-circumferential cracking. It involves the calculation of low probabilities, for which Monte Carlo stratified sampling was selected. After a short description of the physical model, this paper presents the implementation of the numerical methods, some outputs of the code and sensitivity results of the rupture probability to input parameters. (author). 7 refs.

  7. Electroanatomical systems to guided circumferential pulmonary veins ablation for atrial fibrillation: initial experience from comparison between the Ensite/NavX and CARTO system

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    LIU Xu; WANG Xin-hua; GU Jia-ning; ZHOU Li; QIU Jian-hua

    2005-01-01

    Background The circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA) has been proved effective for atrial fibrillation (AF) treatment and is becoming more widely accepted and practiced. This study aims to evaluate the characteristics of the CARTO and the Ensite/NavX system and draw a comparison between them on the aspects of procedural parameters and clinical effectiveness.Methods Seventy-five cases with paroxysmal or chronic symptomatic AF were randomly assigned to CPVA procedure guided by the Ensite/NavX system (group Ⅰ, n=40) and by the CARTO system (group Ⅱ, n=35). After successful transseptal procedure, the geometry of left atrium was created under the guidance of the two systems. Radiofrequency energy was applied to circumferentially ablate tissues out of pulmonary veins' (PVs') ostia. In cases with chronic AF, linear ablation was applied to modify the substrate of left atrium (LA). The endpoint of the procedure was complete PVs isolation. Results Seventy-five cases underwent the procedure successfully. The total procedure and fluoroscopic durations in group Ⅱ were significantly shorter than in group Ⅰ [(150±23) min and (18±17) min versus (170±34) min and (25±16) min, P=0.03 and 0.04, respectively]. There was no significant difference in the fluoroscopic and procedure durations for geometry creation between group Ⅰ and group Ⅱ [(8±4) min and (16±11) min versus (5±4) min and (14±8) min, respectively]. The fluoroscopic durations for CPVA were (15±5) min in group Ⅰ versus (10±6) min in group Ⅱ (P=0.05), and the CPVA procedural durations were significantly shorter in group Ⅱ than in group Ⅰ [(18±11) min versus (25±10) min, P=0.04]. AF was terminated by radio frequency delivery in 14 cases (35%) in group Ⅰ versus 5 cases (14%) in group Ⅱ (P=0.035). After CPVA complete PV isolation was attained in 26 cases (65%) in group Ⅰ versus 11 cases (31%) in group Ⅱ (P=0.004). During a mean follow-up of 7 months, 32 (80%) cases in group

  8. A randomized prospective comparison of CartoMerge and CartoXP to guide circumferential pulmonary vein isolation for the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    TANG Kai; MA Jian; ZHANG Shu; ZHANG Jing-ying; WEI Yi-dong; CHEN Yan-qing; YU Xue-jing; XU Ya-wei

    2008-01-01

    Background CartoXP and CartoMerge have been used to treat atrial fibrillation(AF)for several years.Our randomized prospective study compared clinical outcomes of these two versions of three dimensional electroanatomic mapping system in guiding catheter ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF).Methods Eighty-one patients with symptomatic,drug refractory PAF were randomly assigned to CartoMerge group (n=42,mean age(54.5±13.1)years,history of AF=3.2 years)or CartoXP group(n=39,mean age(59.8±15.6)years,history of AF=2.9 years).All patients underwent 64-slice computed tomography(MSCT)1 to 3 days prior to ablation procedure.Using CartoMergeTM Image Integration Module,3D anatomical images of the left atrium(LA)and pulmonary veins(PVs)derived from MSCT of CartoMerge group were established and merged with the electroanatomical map.The integrated images were used to guide the procedure of circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (CPVI).In the other group,CPVI was guided just by CartoXP.The endpoint of CPVI in both groups was abolition or dissociation of pulmonary vein potentials(PVPs).Results Mapping points to establish the electroanatomical model of the LA/PVs were 48.7±13.4 in CartoMerge group and 62.5±15.7 in CartoXP group(P<0.001).Mean distance between mapping points and the MSCT surfaces in CartoMerge group was(1.59±0.33)mm.Accomplishment of abolition or dissociation of PVPs was achieved 95.2% in CartoMerge group and 92.3% in CartoXP group.Durations of procedure and exposure to X-ray were(156±25)minutes,(179±21)minutes(P<0.001) and(19.6±7.5)minutes,(28.5±12.8)minutes(P<0.001),respectively.After a follow-up with duration of(11.9±3.1)months vs (12.4±3.6)months post the first ablation procedure,patients free of AF were 33(78.6%)in CartoMerge group and 29(74.4%) in CartoXP group(P>0.50).No patient suffered pulmonary vein stenosis,alrioesophageal fistula,stroke or death.Conclusion Compared to CartoXP,CartoMerge shortened the catheter ablation

  9. Study of the pressures applied by a Chêneau brace for correction of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

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    Pham, V M; Houilliez, A; Schill, A; Carpentier, A; Herbaux, B; Thevenon, A

    2008-09-01

    We performed a study on 32 idiopathic scoliotic patients (30 females, 2 males) treated with a Chêneau brace. Eighteen patients had a single right thoracic curve and 14 had a single right thoracolumbar curve. We used the TekScan system (ClinSeat Type 5315 Sensor, TekScan, Boston MA, USA) to measure pressures at the skin-brace interface, assess the effect of strap tension and analyze the variation of these pressures with position and activity. The TekScan device enabled identification of the pressure areas corresponding to the brace's three loading points. The pressure under the main pad had a greater mean value than the pressure under the two counter-pads. Tightening the straps led to a significant increase in the pressures, whatever the position studied or the curve pattern. Compared with the standing (reference) position, we observed significantly higher pressures during maximal inspiration (p TekScan system does not provide direct information on the correction of spinal curvature, it appears to be a useful tool in the treatment of scoliotic patients. Strap adjustment clearly influences the applied pressures - particularly those on the rib cage. During activity, there is a natural tendency to decrease the pressure; this justifies efforts to maintain strap tensions in general and during day wear in particular.

  10. 经皮可扩张椎体支柱块置入术治疗胸腰椎压缩骨折%Percutaneous intravertebral expandable pillar implanting for treatment of thoracolumbar vertebral compression fractures

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    黄智慧; 丁亮华; 胡新宇; 包欣南; 张乃东; 凌为其

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨经皮可扩张椎体支柱块(IVEP)置入并植骨治疗胸腰椎压缩性骨折的手术技巧和短期疗效.方法 自2009年1月~2011年2月采用经皮穿刺经双侧椎弓根IVEP置入术治疗胸腰椎压缩性骨折42例(44椎),共置入支柱块88枚.结果 术后疼痛显著缓解,VAS评分及ODI评分均较术前明显降低.平均手术时间(38.8±5.3)min/椎.术后椎体高度平均恢复至正常椎体高度的(89.6±6.5)%,术后Cobb角明显变小.至末次随访,骨折愈合良好,无复位丢失和支柱块移位.结论 经皮可扩张IVEP置入并植骨治疗胸腰椎压缩性骨折的短期疗效满意,具有创伤小、手术操作简便、并发症少、并且可保留脊柱生理活动度的优点,是治疗该类骨折较为理想的选择.%Objective To study the operation techniques and therapeutic outcomes of percutaneous intravertebral expandable pillar (IVEP) implanting for treatment of thoracolumbar vertebral compression fractures. Methods Between January 2009 and February 2012, forty-two patients with thoracolumbar vertebral compression fractures were treated by percutaneously IVEP implanting and bone grafting through bilateral pedicle. Results Forty-four vertebral bodies were treated in forty-two patients. All patients successfully underwent the surgery without open-surgery or changing internal fixation. The average operation tune was (38.8?.3)min per vertebral body (range, 25~45 min). Pain was prominently relieved the next day after operation. The VAS was (8.2?.2) before operation and (2.3?.1) twenty-four hours after operation. The ODI was (53.2?3.4)% before operation and (24.9?4.7)%. The preoperative loss of vertebral height was 36% and it was reduced to 10% postoperatively. The average Cobb's angle was 23?preoperatively and 8?postoperatively. In an average follow up of 13.7 months (range 6-20 months), there were no loss of reduction and dislocation of IVEP. Conclusion These forty-two cases demonstrate that the IVEP

  11. 胸腰椎及腰椎爆裂骨折性神经功能损伤的相关危险因素研究%Risk factors for nerve function damage caused by thoracolumbar and lumbar burst fractures

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    林锦乐; 李勇; 林壹冰

    2016-01-01

    ObjectiveTo investigate the risk factors for nerve function damage caused by thoracolumbar and lumbar burst fractures, in order to provide a reference basis for improving the quality of diagnosis and treatment of the patient's neurologic injury prevention.MethodsThe risk factors were analyzed by single and multiple factor methods in 120 patients with thoracolumbar and lumbar burst fractures, the correlation between different segmental injury and functional impairment of nerve was analyzed.Results After single factor and multi-factor analysis, injured segment, stenosis rate and posterior ligament complex were all the independent risk factors of nerve function damage caused by thoracolumbar and lumbar burst fractures (P<0.05). The highest and lowest correlation with degrees of spinal stenosis was T12andT11 level respectively, the correlation coefficient of thers was 0.882, 0.581, respectively. The differences compared in the degree of spinal canal placeholder in different ASIA neural function classification were significant (P<0.05).ConclusionInjured segment, stenosis rate and posterior ligament complex were all the risk factors of nerve function damage caused by thoracolumbar and lumbar burst fractures, vertebral fractures of T12 is considered to be at high risk of neurological injury, it is important to strengthen the diagnosis and therapy to these patients.%目的:探究胸腰椎及腰椎爆裂骨折性神经功能损伤的相关危险因素,为提高该类患者的神经功能损伤预防诊治质量提供参考依据。方法对我院收治的120例胸腰椎及腰椎爆裂骨折患者发生神经功能损伤的危险因素进行单因素、多因素分析,并对不同受伤节段与神经功能损伤程度的相关性进行分析。结果经单因素排除及多因素分析显示,受伤节段、椎管狭窄率、后方韧带复合体损伤等均是患者发生神经功能损伤的独立危险因素(P<0.05);与神经功能损伤程度相关性最

  12. Anatomic and clinial study of paraspinal intermuscular space in the thoracolumbar spine%胸腰移行部椎旁肌间隙的解剖及临床应用研究

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    王静雅; 邓雪飞; 廖文斌; 朱友志; 朱友余; 王峰; 王世栋; 韩卉

    2015-01-01

    目的:通过对胸腰移行部椎旁肌间隙( Wiltse间隙)的解剖学研究,为该区微创椎弓根螺钉固定术的开展提供形态学依据。方法选取9具(18侧)成人尸体湿性标本,局部解剖观察胸腰移行部的Wiltse间隙及其毗邻结构;选取4例(8侧)成人尸体湿性标本,模拟椎弓根螺钉固定术。结果Wiltse间隙表面由最长肌肌腱构成的竖脊肌腱膜覆盖,钝性分离最长肌内侧第1根肌腱和胸半棘肌肌腱(83%,15侧)或同时分离最长肌第1、2根肌腱(17%,3侧)即可清晰暴露胸腰移行部全部节段的Wiltse间隙。通过肌间隙可显露多裂肌、T11~T12横突和L1~L2关节突等结构,定位进钉点,模拟椎弓根螺钉固定术,将螺钉顺利置入椎弓根及椎体,术后CT示螺钉位置良好,多裂肌保持完整。结论对胸腰移行部Wiltse间隙解剖的深入认识有助于该区微创椎弓根螺钉固定术的开展。%Objective To evaluate the anatomy of paraspinal intermuscular space ( Wiltse space ) in the thoraco-lumbar spine, in order to provide a morphological basis for the minimally invasive pedicle screw fixation surgery. Methods The Wiltse space in thoracolumbar spine and its adjacent structures were observed in 9 (18 sides) cada-vers with regional anatomy. Another 4 (8 sides) cadavers were selected to simulate pedicle screw fixation. Results The surface of Wiltse space was covered by the erector spinae aponeurosis, which was constituted by the tendons of longissimus pars thoracis. After the potential space was separated bluntly between the thoracic semispinalis tendons and the first medial tendon of longissimus (83%, 15 sides) , or between the first and the second tendon of longissi-mus additionally (17%, 3 sides) . The Wiltse space in all the thoracolumbar spine was exposed clearly. Through the Wiltse space, the multifidus, T11-T12 transverse process, L1-L2 articular process were exposed. After the accurate entry points of pedicle screw were shown

  13. Roentgenography and CT diagnosis of thoraco-lumbar spine fracture complicated by spinal cord injuries%胸腰结合部脊髓损伤影像学诊断临床评价

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    王宵光; 周新社

    2001-01-01

    目的:探讨X线片和CT检查诊断胸腰结合部(T12~L1)脊髓和(或)神经根损伤的临床价值。方法:将61例手术治疗的胸腰结合部骨折患者,依据其临床症状分有无合并脊髓和(或)神经根损伤两组,分别进行X线片和CT影像比较和评价。结果:脊髓和(或)神经根损伤组和无损伤组之间的X线片三项指标,差异均无显著性(P>0.05),同时CT测量椎管狭窄率<50%无显著性差别。但CT测量椎管狭窄率>50%者,两组差异有显著性(P<0.01),且手术证实46例损伤组中30例存在不同程度椎管梗阻,阳性率为65.2%。结论:胸腰结合部骨折合并脊髓和(或)神经根损伤者,CT显示椎管狭窄率>50%,可作为临床预测及选择手术治疗的参考指标。%Objective:To evaluate roentgenography and CT identification ofthe thoraco-lumbar(T12~L1) spine fracture complicated by spinal cord and(or) nerve root injury.Methods:Sixty-one patients with thoraco-lumbar spine fracture treated by operation were divided into two groups:one with thoraco-lumbar spine fracture complicated by spinal cord injury,the other with thoraco-lumbar spine fracture alone.The results of roentgenography and CT were compared and evaluated.Results:The three parameters of roentgenography between the two groups show no significant differences(P<0.01),so do that when the rate of spinal canal stenosis measured by CT was<50%,but when the rate of spinal canal stenosis was>50%,the differences were significant.Among 30 of 46 patients with spinal canal stenosis rate>50%,various extend spinal obstructions were verified by operative explorations,and the positive rate of spinal obstruction was 65.2%.Conclusions:CT identification of spinal canal stenosis rate>50% in patients with thoraco-lumbar spine fracture complicated by spinal cord and/or nerve root injury may be used as an indication of prognosis and surgical treatment.

  14. Initial experience with circumferential pulmonary vein isolation guided by Overlay Ref and CartoMerge in the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    TANG Kai; ZHAO Dong-dong; ZHANG Jing-ying; CHEN Yan-qing; XU Ya-wei

    2010-01-01

    Background CartoMerge has been widely used in guiding circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (CPVI) for the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF).However, the procedure of landmarks selection varies among operators according to their experience.Techniques have to be established to standardize this procedure.We propose that Overlay Ref could facilitate this procedure.This paper aimed to report our initial experience with CPVI guided by Overlay Ref and CartoMerge for the treatment of PAF.Methods Fifty-nine patients with PAF were enrolled in this study.Using Overlay Ref technique, a reference image (inverted) was faded into the live fluoroscopic image.Landmarks of CartoMerge were selected from anatomic points of the top of superior pulmonary veins (PVs) and the bottom of inferior PVs guided by Overlay Ref image.Overlay Ref images were also used to guide the ablation procedure combining with CartoMerge.Results All patients were successfully mapped by CartoMerge guided by Overlay Ref.The distance between the mapping points and the CT surfaces was (1.42±0.67) mm for the patients as a whole.This led to a successful rate of 96%for isolation of pulmonary veins.Duration of ablation procedure was (92±17) minutes.And the total duration of procedure was (139±32) minutes.CartoMerge could also be performed just with 3 paries to 4 paries selected landmarks guided by Overlay Ref without a full anatomic model constructed by Carto.Then, the total duration of procedure could be shortened to (115±38) minutes.Conclusions Overlay Ref technique can facilitate the catheter ablation of PAF and can help to standardize the procedure of landmarks selection.

  15. Distance between the rectal wall and mesorectal fascia measured by MRI: Effect of rectal distension and implications for preoperative prediction of a tumour-free circumferential resection margin

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    Slater, A. [Department of Specialist Radiology, University College Hospital, London (United Kingdom); Halligan, S. [Department of Specialist Radiology, University College Hospital, London (United Kingdom); Taylor, S.A. [Department of Specialist Radiology, University College Hospital, London (United Kingdom); Marshall, M. [Intestinal Imaging Centre, St Mark' s Hospital, Northwick Park, London (United Kingdom)

    2006-01-15

    Aim: To determine the effect of rectal distension, used by some workers to facilitate staging, on mesorectal tissues. Subjects and methods: Ninety-seven consecutive rectal cancer staging MRI examinations were identified of which 76 were analysable: 48 studies were performed using rectal insufflation of 100 ml room air and 28 were performed without distension. Median age was 69 and 72 years, respectively. In each patient a single experienced observer measured the distance from the outer rectal wall to the inner margin of the mesorectal fascia at four locations (12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock), excluding sites of tumour involvement, from the T1-weighted axial image at the level of the sacro-coccygeal junction. The two groups of measurements were compared using Mann-Whitney test statistic, and frequencies then categorized into <5 mm or {>=}5 mm, and compared using Fisher's exact test. Results: The median distance between the rectal wall and mesorectal fascia in the distended group was approximately half that found in the non-distended group, and significantly lower at the 3, 6 and 9 o'clock positions (p<0.001). 68/167 (41%) of measurements were 5 mm or less, compared with 19/104 (18%) in the non-distended group (p<0.001). Conclusion: Rectal distension before MRI significantly reduces the distance between the rectal wall and mesorectal fascia. Although this is advocated to facilitate visualization of the primary tumour, it potentially affects the accuracy with which a clear circumferential resection margin can be predicted.

  16. N-acetylcysteine for the prevention of stricture after circumferential endoscopic submucosal dissection of the esophagus: a randomized trial in a porcine model

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    Barret Maximilien

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Circumferential endoscopic submucosal dissection (CESD of the esophagus would allow for both the eradication of Barrett’s esophagus and its related complications, such as advanced neoplasia. However, such procedures generally induce inflammatory repair resulting in a fibrotic stricture. N-acetylcysteine (NAC is an antioxidant that has shown some efficacy against pulmonary and hepatic fibrosis. The aim of our study was to evaluate the benefit of NAC in the prevention of esophageal cicatricial stricture after CESD in a swine model. Animals and methods Two groups of six pigs each were subjected to general anesthesia and CESD: after randomization, a first group received an oral NAC treatment regimen of 100 mg/kg/day, initiated one week before the procedure, whereas a second group was followed without any prophylactic treatment. Follow-up endoscopies took place seven, fourteen, twenty-one, and twenty-eight days after CESD. Necropsy, histological assessment of esophageal inflammation, and fibrosis were performed on day 28. Results The median esophageal lumen diameter on day 21 (main judgment criterion was 4 mm (range 2 to 5 in group 1 and 3 mm (range 1 to 7 in group 2 (P = 0.95. No significant difference was observed between the two groups regarding clinical evaluation (time before onset of clinically significant esophageal obstruction, number of dilations, esophageal inflammation and fibrosis, or oxidative stress damage on immunohistochemistry. Conclusions Despite its antioxidant effect, systemic administration of NAC did not show significant benefit on esophageal fibrosis in our animal model of esophageal wound healing within the experimental conditions of this study. Since the administered doses were relatively high, it seems unlikely that NAC might be a valuable option for the prevention of post-endoscopic esophageal stricture.

  17. 周向多爆炸成型弹丸战斗部仿真%Simulation Study of Circumferential MEFP Warhead

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    张利; 彭雪琴

    2014-01-01

    为了提高多爆炸成形弹丸(MEFP)对武装直升机、巡航导弹及空地制导武器等目标的毁伤能力,通过在炸药周向布置多个药型罩、轴向布置多层结构的办法,设计了一种新型多枚爆炸成形弹丸战斗部,分析了弹丸成型过程中的力学特性并利用动力学仿真软件模拟了成形过程。毁伤计算结果表明:该型战斗部所形成的单个EFP在穿透10 mm 装甲后仍具有较高的剩余动能,对轻型装甲目标具有较高的毁伤效能,研究结果可为小口径MEFP战斗部设计提供参考。%To strength the multiple explosively formed projectiles’(MEFP)damage effect on such targets like armed helicopters,cruise missiles and ground guided weapons,liners this paper designed were cir-cumferential layered with multi-layers along the axial.After the analysis on the EFP’s mechanical proper-ties during the forming process,the dynamic simulation software was adopted to reappear this forming process.De Marre formula calculation results show:the single EFP’s residual kinetic energy was signifi-cant even after it penetrated 10mm armor plate.The result of this paper indicates that MEFP warhead has impressive prospect to damage the abovementioned targets,and it will provide valuable reference for the Small-Caliber of the EFP’s warhead.

  18. Experimental investigation of extending stall-free mechanism of three-dimensional flow in circumferential skewed axial fans%周向弯曲叶片内部三维流动扩稳机理的实验研究

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    金光远; 欧阳华; 杜朝辉

    2013-01-01

    In this paper,the three-dimensional flow field at downstream of lower pressure axial fans with circumferential forward-skewed,backward-skewed blades are successfully measured using a hot-wire CTA system at off-design conditions.An X hot-wire probe is used to obtain three-dimensional velocity.Based on measurement results,the evolution of three-dimensional flow in these fans according to flow rate,and the effect of circumferential skewed blades on transporting of boundary layer at off-design conditions are discussed.The measurement results show that as flow rate decreases,three-dimensional flow structure is changed by circumferential skewed blades; the obvious suppression of passage flow is found near shroud and hub region,which is benefitial to improve stable operation range of circumferential skewed rotors; as centrifugal force increases,blade radial force Fr of circumferential forward-skewed blade has a positive effect on pressure gratitude,and seems to be efficient to control the velocity and direction of boundary layer movement.%对带有周向前弯和周向后弯叶片的低压轴流风机,采用双丝热线技术实验研究了周向弯曲叶片出口三维流动随流量降低变化规律.基于测量结果,详细阐述了周向弯曲叶片流道内三维流动结构的演化发展过程,分析非设计工况下叶片弯掠对流动的影响规律,结合径向平衡方程讨论了周向弯曲叶片对变工况边界层迁移的控制.结果表明:小流量工况下,周向弯曲叶片显著改变了流道内流动结构,且明显改善上下端壁区域的流通性,对于扩大稳定工作范围有着积极的作用;由于旋转离心力的增大,Fr对于径向压力梯度影响也发生变化,从而改变边界层的迁移方向和速度.

  19. Anterior correction of idiopathic thoracolumbar or lumbar scoliosis with Moss Miami instrumentation%前路Moss Miami器械矫形治疗特发性胸腰段或腰段脊柱侧凸

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    李明; 杨洪平; 倪春鸿; 侯铁胜; 王善松; 白玉树; 朱晓东; 赵新刚; 刘洋

    2003-01-01

    目的:评价Moss Miami前路矫形系统对特发性胸腰段或腰段脊柱侧凸的手术效果.方法:对21例胸腰段或腰段特发性脊柱侧凸患者经前路胸腹联合入路行Moss Miami矫形内固定,自体肋骨椎间植骨融合术.测量手术前后Cobb角以及躯干侧方位移.结果:Cobb角术前平均53°,术后平均5°,矫正率为90%.上方代偿性胸椎侧凸术前平均17°,术后矫正至平均5°.下方代偿性腰骶椎侧凸术前平均43°,术后自发矫正至19°.随访12~24个月,Cobb角平均丢失19.7°,胸腰段(T11~L1)术前平均前凸0.3°(0~4°),术后平均后凸3°(0~5°).躯干侧方位移从术前平均26mm矫正至术后5mm.1例术后出现一侧下肢交感神经切断症状,2例术后并发气胸.无感染、截瘫及内固定失败等并发症发生.结论:Moss Miami前路器械具有操作简单和低切迹的优点.棒的预弯、去旋转矫形、正确选择螺钉置入部位和椎间植骨可防止固定节段后凸畸形的形成.对Risser征小于4度的患者应密切观察上方代偿性胸椎侧凸进展情况.

  20. 胸腰椎结核伴重度后凸畸形:矫形内固定与植骨融合后的脊柱稳定性%Thoracolumbar tuberculosis complicated with severe kyphosis:spinal stability after orthopedic fixation and bone grafting fusion

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    邓强; 帕尔哈提·热西提; 张亚楼; 盛伟斌

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND:At present, there was lack of reports on the efficacy of thoracolumbar tuberculosis complicated with severe kyphosis (>90°). Choice of surgical treatment is necessary for patients with severe spinal tuberculosis kyphosis, affected heart and lung function and neurological disorders. OBJECTIVE:To retrospectively analyze the repair effect of I-stage posterior osteotomy orthopedic fixation and II-stage anterior debridement interbody bone grafting fusion in repair of patients with thoracolumbar tuberculosis complicated with severe kyphosis. METHODS:Total y 53 patients with spinal tuberculosis complicated with severe kyphosis were enrol ed. Patients underwent posterior osteotomy orthopedic fixation in the first stage, and underwent anterior debridement interbody bone grafting fusion in the second stage. X-ray, CT, MRI and other imaging examinations were conducted before and after the treatment. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate, C-reactive protein, pain visual analog scale scores, kyphosis and ASIA spinal cord injury classification before and after the treatment were compared and analyzed for clinical evaluation of efficacy. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:Al patients had a successful surgery. The operative time was 290 (195-420) minutes, and the intra-operative amount of blood loss was 1800 (1 100-3 300) mL, the average number of fixed segments were 11.8 (9-16). Al these 53 patients were fol owed up for 26-28 months. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein of patients after treatment gradual y recovered to normal, and recovered to normal levels at the final fol ow-up. The mean correction of sagittal Cobb angle was 77.92°, the correction rate reached to 74.6%at the final fol ow-up. Til the final fol ow-up, the average loss of corrective angle was 1.35°. The lower back pain and limitation of function obtained varying degrees of al eviating after treatment. The visual analog scale scores in the final fol ow-up were significantly lower than those before

  1. Clinical outcomes of surgical correction for ankylosing spondylitic kyphosis%强直性脊柱炎后凸畸形的后路截骨矫形术及疗效分析

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    曾岩; 陈仲强; 郭昭庆; 齐强; 孙垂国; 李危石

    2010-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical outcomes of posterior surgical corrective methods for ankylosing spondylitic kyphosis. Methods From June 2003 to June 2008, 21 cases of ankylosing spondylitic kyphosis received posterior surgical correction. There were 17 male and 4 female, and the average age was 39. 5 years (range, 20 to 57 years). The total spine X-ray and CT were used to evaluate sagittal balance and thoracolumbar spine kyphosis angle, and chin brow-vertical angle was obtained from clinical lateral photograph. The surgical goal was to correct sagittal imbalance and chin brow-vertical angle.The simulated osteotomy was performed in computer before surgery to determine the correction methods. The surgical methods included: 16 cases of monosegmental closing osteotomy correction, 3 cases of anterior opening-posterior closing osteotomy correction, and 2 cases of combined pedicle subtraction osteotomy in thoracolumbar spine and Smith-Peterson osteotomy in lumbar spine. All patients were followed up after surgery, and the improvement of sagittal imbalance, chin brow-vertical angle and thoracolumbar spine kyphosis angle were assessed. The symptoms relief and satisfied rate were also evaluated. Results The average operation time was 4.4hours, and the average blood loss was 1770 ml. Before surgery, the average thoracolumbar kyphosis angle was 62.1°,the average anterior shift of C7 plumb line was 172. 9 mm, and theaverage chin brow-vertical angle was 34. 9°. The average follow-up was 28. 8 months after surgery. The average correction rate of thoracolumbar kyphosis angle was 60%, the average improvement rate of anterior shift of C7 plumb line was 64%, and the average correction rate of chin brow-vertical angle was 98%. The improvement rate of back pain was 64% during follow-up. The total surgical satisfactory rate was 95%.Conclusion Based on the simulated osteotomy in computer before surgery, according to the characteristics of ankylosing spondylitic kyphosis, different

  2. Food systems in correctional settings

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    Smoyer, Amy; Kjær Minke, Linda

    Food is a central component of life in correctional institutions and plays a critical role in the physical and mental health of incarcerated people and the construction of prisoners' identities and relationships. An understanding of the role of food in correctional settings and the effective...... management of food systems may improve outcomes for incarcerated people and help correctional administrators to maximize their health and safety. This report summarizes existing research on food systems in correctional settings and provides examples of food programmes in prison and remand facilities......, including a case study of food-related innovation in the Danish correctional system. It offers specific conclusions for policy-makers, administrators of correctional institutions and prison-food-service professionals, and makes proposals for future research....

  3. Gravitational Correction to Vacuum Polarization

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    Jentschura, U D

    2015-01-01

    We consider the gravitational correction to (electronic) vacuum polarization in the presence of a gravitational background field. The Dirac propagators for the virtual fermions are modified to include the leading gravitational correction (potential term) which corresponds to a coordinate-dependent fermion mass. The mass term is assumed to be uniform over a length scale commensurate with the virtual electron-positron pair. The on-mass shell renormalization condition ensures that the gravitational correction vanishes on the mass shell of the photon, i.e., the speed of light is unaffected by the quantum field theoretical loop correction, in full agreement with the equivalence principle. Nontrivial corrections are obtained for off-shell, virtual photons. We compare our findings to other works on generalized Lorentz transformations and combined quantum-electrodynamic gravitational corrections to the speed of light which have recently appeared in the literature.

  4. Nested Quantum Error Correction Codes

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    Wang, Zhuo; Fan, Hen; Vedral, Vlatko

    2009-01-01

    The theory of quantum error correction was established more than a decade ago as the primary tool for fighting decoherence in quantum information processing. Although great progress has already been made in this field, limited methods are available in constructing new quantum error correction codes from old codes. Here we exhibit a simple and general method to construct new quantum error correction codes by nesting certain quantum codes together. The problem of finding long quantum error correction codes is reduced to that of searching several short length quantum codes with certain properties. Our method works for all length and all distance codes, and is quite efficient to construct optimal or near optimal codes. Two main known methods in constructing new codes from old codes in quantum error-correction theory, the concatenating and pasting, can be understood in the framework of nested quantum error correction codes.

  5. 经皮内固定术与传统后路开放内固定术治疗胸腰椎骨折不良事件比较的Me ta分析%Comparison of the adverse events of percutaneous pedicle screw fixation and traditional open pedicle screw fixation for thoracolumbar fractures:a Meta-analysis

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    孙祥耀; 海涌; 张希诺

    2016-01-01

    常差异无统计学意义(OR=1.04,95%CI:0.43~2.56,P=0.92),术后感染差异无统计学意义(OR=0.39,95%CI:0.12~1.26,P=0.12)。结论 PPSF能够缩短手术时间、减少手术出血量、减小手术创伤等,能够达到与TOPSF相似的置钉准确度,保证手术安全性,有效的保护周围软组织,减少术后Cobb角矫正度的丢失,降低术后疼痛及功能恢复异常等不良事件的发生率。%Objective To systematically review the adverse events of percutaneous pedicle screw fixation (PPSF)and traditional open pedicle screw fixation (TOPSF)for thoracolumbar fracture,in order to provide more evidence for the effective treatment of thoracolumbar fracture.Methods Databases including Pubmed,Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trails (CENTRAL),and Embase were retrieved with computer.Journal ofBone and Joint Surgery,Spine, and European Spine Journal were manually searched.The searching terms were thoracolumbar fracture,lumbar frac-ture,percutaneous pedicle screw fixation,open fixation,posterior surgery,sextant,traditional fixation,conventional fixation,minimally invasive surgery,comparative study,randomized controlled trail,and clinical trail.Data were then screened,extracted,assessed,and analyzed with RevMan 5.3 software.Results A total of 18 studies including 4 ran-domized controlled trials,3 prospective comparative studies,1 1 retrospective comparative studies were enrolled,invol-ving 1 ,034 patients.Meta-analysis showed that the PPSF group,compared with the TOPSF group,had shorter surgery time (WMD= -0.95,95%CI:-1.33--0.57,P<0.001),less intraoperative blood loss (WMD= -2.97,95%CI:-3.69--2.25,P<0.001),less postoperative drainage amount (WMD= -2.43,95%CI:-3.04--1.83,P<0.001),shorter hospital stay (WMD= -5.37,95%CI:-6.69--4.05,P<0.001),less time from surgery to walk-ing (WMD= -2.51,95%CI:-3.66--1.36,P<0.001),less overall postoperative visual analogue scale (WMD=-1.14,95%CI:-1

  6. Processor register error correction management

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    Bose, Pradip; Cher, Chen-Yong; Gupta, Meeta S.

    2016-12-27

    Processor register protection management is disclosed. In embodiments, a method of processor register protection management can include determining a sensitive logical register for executable code generated by a compiler, generating an error-correction table identifying the sensitive logical register, and storing the error-correction table in a memory accessible by a processor. The processor can be configured to generate a duplicate register of the sensitive logical register identified by the error-correction table.

  7. Circumferential ′ Woolly Hair Naevus

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    Thadeus J

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available Woolly hair naevus presents as a circumscribed area of tightly coiled hair since birth, in an individual of non-negroid origin. We report a 10 year old boy of Indian origin who presented with woolly hair in the periphery of the scalp and normal straight hair in the center-mimicking a straight hair naevus.

  8. New orbit correction method uniting global and local orbit corrections

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    Nakamura, N.; Takaki, H.; Sakai, H.; Satoh, M.; Harada, K.; Kamiya, Y.

    2006-01-01

    A new orbit correction method, called the eigenvector method with constraints (EVC), is proposed and formulated to unite global and local orbit corrections for ring accelerators, especially synchrotron radiation(SR) sources. The EVC can exactly correct the beam positions at arbitrarily selected ring positions such as light source points, simultaneously reducing closed orbit distortion (COD) around the whole ring. Computer simulations clearly demonstrate these features of the EVC for both cases of the Super-SOR light source and the Advanced Light Source (ALS) that have typical structures of high-brilliance SR sources. In addition, the effects of errors in beam position monitor (BPM) reading and steering magnet setting on the orbit correction are analytically expressed and also compared with the computer simulations. Simulation results show that the EVC is very effective and useful for orbit correction and beam position stabilization in SR sources.

  9. Feature Referenced Error Correction Apparatus.

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    A feature referenced error correction apparatus utilizing the multiple images of the interstage level image format to compensate for positional...images and by the generation of an error correction signal in response to the sub-frame registration errors. (Author)

  10. 胸腰段陈旧性压缩性骨折患者椎体变形与相邻椎间盘退变的相关性%Correlation of vertebral body deformity and adjacent disc degeneration in patients with old thoracolumbar compression fractures

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    崔运能; 李绍林; 赵银霞; 岑黄

    2015-01-01

    Objective To assess the correlation between vertebral body deformity and degeneration of the adjacent intervertebral discs in patients with old thoracolumbar compression fractures. Methods Seventy-one patients who had been conservatively treated after single segment thoracolumbar compression fractures between April, 2011 and May, 2014 were enrolled in this study. Both radiographic and magnetic resonance (MR) images of the thoracolumbar segment were obtained. The involved vertebral body deformity was rated on radiography according to the Genant criterion, and the degeneration of the adjacent cephalic and caudal discs was assessed on MR images using the Oner and Pfirrmann classification schemes, respectively. The relationship between vertebral body deformity and adjacent disc changes was assessed using correlation analysis, and the changes in the adjacent cranial and caudal discs was compared. Results The Genant classification of the involved vertebral bodies was moderately correlated with Oner morphological scores (r=0.48, P0.05). The Oner classification of the adjacent cephalic discs was higher than that of the adjacent caudal discs (P0.05),变形椎体相邻头侧的椎间盘Oner分度较相邻尾侧椎间盘高(P0.05)。结论胸腰段椎体压缩性骨折主要影响相邻头侧椎间盘的形态,两者严重程度相一致,而相邻尾侧椎间盘不受影响。

  11. The changes of the interspace angle after anterior correction and instrumentation in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients

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    Fei Qi

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In idiopathic scoliosis patients, after anterior spinal fusion and instrumentation, the discs (interspace angle between the lowest instrumented vertebra (LIV and the next caudal vertebra became more wedged. We reviewed these patients and analyzed the changes of the angle. Methods By reviewing the medical records and roentgenograms of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients underwent anterior spinal fusion and instrumentation, Cobb angle of the curve, correction rate, coronal balance, LIV rotation, interspace angle were measured and analyzed. Results There were total 30 patients included. The mean coronal Cobb angle of the main curve (thoracolumbar/lumbar curve before and after surgery were 48.9° and 11.7°, respectively, with an average correction rate of 76.1%. The average rotation of LIV before surgery was 2.1 degree, and was improved to 1.2 degree after surgery. The interspace angle before surgery, on convex side-bending films, after surgery, at final follow up were 3.2°, -2.3°, 1.8° and 4.9°, respectively. The difference between the interspace angle after surgery and that preoperatively was not significant (P = 0.261, while the interspace angle at final follow-up became larger than that after surgery, and the difference was significant(P = 0.012. The interspace angle after surgery was correlated with that on convex side-bending films (r = 0.418, P = 0.022, and the interspace angle at final follow-up was correlated with that after surgery (r = 0.625, P = 0.000. There was significant correlation between the loss of the interspace angle and the loss of coronal Cobb angle of the main curve during follow-up(r = 0.483, P = 0.007. Conclusion The interspace angle could be improved after anterior correction and instrumentation surgery, but it became larger during follow-up. The loss of the interspace angle was correlated with the loss of coronal Cobb angle of the main curve during follow-up.

  12. Posterior release and spinal wedge osteotomy for congenital thoracolumbar hemivertebra with severe rigid kyphoscoliosis deformity%后路松解楔形截骨矫治先天性胸腰段半椎体并重度僵硬性脊柱侧后凸畸形

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    李海江; 李超; 付青松; 周宇; 赵刚; 于海洋

    2011-01-01

    .0°(7°-54°),with a correction rate of 70.9%;and the mean kyphosis Cobb angle was 27.8°(20°-36°),with a correction rate of 71.7%.The average distance from C7 plumb line to middle sacral line was 0.6cm (0.1-2.3cm) .with coronal imbalance correction rate of 78.1%.All patients were followed up for an average of 23.4 months( 14-35 months).At final follow-up,the mean scoliosis Cobb angle was 29.7°(8o-57°), with loss of correction rate of 7.3%.The mean kyphosis deformity had Cobb angle of 29.9°(22°-38°),with kyphosis loss of correction rate of 7.7% .The average distance from C7 plumb line to middle sacral line was 0.7cm (0.2-2.5cm).Bony fusion was achieved in all patients,and no instrument complications as well as significant loss of correction were documented.Compared with the procedure of fusion to stable vertebrae(SV), fusion to TV saved 1.09 mobile segments.Conclusion: Posterior release and wedge osteotomy is reliable and effective for congenital thoracolumbar hemivertabra with severe rigid kyphoscoliosis.Selecting TV rather than LIV can decrease fusion segments as more as possible.

  13. Updating quasar bolometric luminosity corrections

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    Runnoe, Jessie C; Shang, Zhaohui

    2012-01-01

    Bolometric corrections are used in quasar studies to quantify total energy output based on a measurement of a monochromatic luminosity. First, we enumerate and discuss the practical difficulties of determining such corrections, then we present bolometric luminosities between 1 \\mu m and 8 keV rest frame and corrections derived from the detailed spectral energy distributions of 63 bright quasars of low to moderate redshift (z = 0.03-1.4). Exploring several mathematical fittings, we provide practical bolometric corrections of the forms L_iso=\\zeta \\lambda L_{\\lambda} and log(L_iso)=A+B log(\\lambda L_{\\lambda}) for \\lambda= 1450, 3000, and 5100 \\AA, where L_iso is the bolometric luminosity calculated under the assumption of isotropy. The significant scatter in the 5100 \\AA\\ bolometric correction can be reduced by adding a first order correction using the optical slope, \\alpha_\\lambda,opt. We recommend an adjustment to the bolometric correction to account for viewing angle and the anisotropic emission expected fr...

  14. From TLICS to LSICS: the progress of applying thoracolumbar vertebral fractures severity score to lower lumbosacral vertebral fractures%从胸腰椎骨折到下腰骶椎骨折之TLICS到LSICS

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    黄保; 李生鋆; 赵凤东

    2016-01-01

    Lower lumbosacral vertebrae are the important part of spinal column,and are essential for spinal supporting,moving,protecting and weighting.Recently,lower lumbosacral vertebral fractures are becoming more and more common with the development of the industry and transportation.Lower lumbosacral vertebrae are surrounded by important ligaments,blood vessels and nervous tissue.The position and function of lower lumbosacral vertebrae are especially significant,therefore,the fractures in this area are extremely complicated,which can affect the normal physical function of spine.The optimal classification for lower lumbosacral vertebral fractures plays an important role in guiding clinical diagnosis and treatment.With the improvement of examination methods and the development of technology,further understanding concerning the diagnosis and treatment of lower lumbosacral vertebral fractures was achieved.The optimal classification for lower lumbosacral fractures remains controversial,which results in enormous trouble for clinical decision making.Based on understanding of thoracolumbar fractures,the thoracolumbar injury classification system and severity score (TLICS),widely accepted in clinic,owns good validation and reliability.However,because of the specificality of lower lumbosacral vertebral location and function,it is revealed that there is certain limitation in the process of clinical application of TLICS.The lumbosacral injury classification system and severity score (LSICS) based on TLICS is presently a novel and comprehensive classification system for evaluating lower lumbosacral injury severity and guiding clinical decision making,which is certainly unknown to us.Problems are still existed when LSICS newly proposed is applied to guiding and treating low lumbosacral vertebral fractures.Related problems and the progress of applying thoracolumbar vertebral fractures severity score to lower lumbosacral vertebral fractures are reviewed.The current problems of low

  15. 螺旋CT测量在胸腰段椎弓根螺钉置入术中的应用%Application of spiral CT measurement during the pedicle vertebral arch fixed operation for thoracolumbar spine

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    薛明; 姜永宏; 刘正华; 段竹莲

    2011-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the value of CT measurement during the operation of pedicle screw insertion for thoracolumbar spine. Methods 22 cases underwent operations of pedicle screw insertion for thoracolumbar spine. The length, width, distance between bilateral entrance points and the pedicle transverse angle were measured by CT,and the relationship between the central point, the base of transverese process and the inferior margins of joint facet were observed. Results The ideal length of the thoracolumbar pedicle screw from T,, to L2 were (41. 43 + 4. 04) mm, (42. 28 + 4. 90) mm, (49. 52 + 4. 98) mm and (50. 74 + 4. 67) mm; the ideal width were (7. 03 + 1.41)mm,(7. 1 + 1. 47)mm,(6. 12+1. 62) mm and (6. 31 + 1. 34)mm;the distance between bilateral entrance points were (30. 10 + 2. 44)mm, (31. 5 + 2. 60) mm, (35. 8 + 3. 00) mm and (37. 15 + 3. 16) mm; the pedicle transverse angle were 4. 40° + 2. 23°,4. 44°+l. 65°,10. 02° + 2. 30° and 10. 48° + 2. 6°,respectively. The entry points for T,, were at the upper edge of transverse process and the middle vertical line of the joint protrusion, for T12 were at the upper third and the outside of middle vertical line of the joint protrusion,for L| and L2 were at the middle of the base of transverse and the external side fringe of the joint facet. Conclusion The success of thoracolumbar transpedicular fixtion needs to have the reasonable selection of the pedicle screws based on CT measured and according to the morphologic features in different segmental pedicles at thoracolumbar spine.%目的 评估CT测量胸腰段椎弓根螺钉置入术中的应用价值.方法 测量22例胸腰段(T11~L2)椎弓根理想螺钉的长度、进钉间距、最小横径、外偏角,观察椎弓根后缘中点与相应横突根部和关节突的下缘的关系.结果 T11~L2理想椎弓根螺钉的长度分别为(41.43±4.04) mm、(42.28±4.90) mm、(49.52±4.98) mm、(50.74±4.67) mm;直径分别为(7.03±1.41) mm、(7.1±1.47) mm、(6

  16. Clinical study of microsplint and circumferential wiring in the treatment of mandibular body fracture in children%微型夹板配合环颌结扎治疗儿童下颌体部骨折的研究

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    姜刚勇

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨微型夹板配合环颌结扎固定在儿童下颌骨体部骨折治疗中的应用。方法:选择2009~2012年儿童下颌体部骨折23例,采用微型夹板配合环颌结扎固定,观察其疗效。结果:微型夹板配合环颌结扎固定方法对儿童下颌骨骨折进行治疗具有不损伤恒牙胚,骨折复位良好、固定稳固、不影响进食,便于口腔清洁的特点。结论:微型夹板配合环颌结扎固定是治疗儿童下颌骨体部骨折的有效方法。%Objective:To evaluate the application of microsplint and circumferential wiring in the treatment of mandibular body frac-ture in children.Methods:23 children with mandibular body fracture were treated by microsplint and circumferential wiring from 2009 to 2012,the effects of treatment were assessed.Results:Treatment with microsplint and circumferential wiring did not injure perma-nent teeth germ.It showed many features,such as easy reduction of fractured bone segments,stable fixation,without interfere with eat-ing and benefit of mouth clearness.Conclusion:Microsplin and cicumferential wiring is effective for the treatment of mandibular body fracture in children.

  17. Generalised geometry for string corrections

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    Coimbra, André; Triendl, Hagen; Waldram, Daniel

    2014-01-01

    We present a general formalism for incorporating the string corrections in generalised geometry, which necessitates the extension of the generalised tangent bundle. Not only are such extensions obstructed, string symmetries and the existence of a well-defined effective action require a precise choice of the (generalised) connection. The action takes a universal form given by a generalised Lichnerowitz--Bismut theorem. As examples of this construction we discuss the corrections linear in $\\alpha'$ in heterotic strings and the absence of such corrections for type II theories.

  18. Spelling Correction in Agglutinative Languages

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    Oflazer, K

    1994-01-01

    This paper presents an approach to spelling correction in agglutinative languages that is based on two-level morphology and a dynamic programming based search algorithm. Spelling correction in agglutinative languages is significantly different than in languages like English. The concept of a word in such languages is much wider that the entries found in a dictionary, owing to {}~productive word formation by derivational and inflectional affixations. After an overview of certain issues and relevant mathematical preliminaries, we formally present the problem and our solution. We then present results from our experiments with spelling correction in Turkish, a Ural--Altaic agglutinative language. Our results indicate that we can find the intended correct word in 95\\% of the cases and offer it as the first candidate in 74\\% of the cases, when the edit distance is 1.

  19. Quantum corrections for Boltzmann equation

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    M.; Levy; PETER

    2008-01-01

    We present the lowest order quantum correction to the semiclassical Boltzmann distribution function,and the equation satisfied by this correction is given. Our equation for the quantum correction is obtained from the conventional quantum Boltzmann equation by explicitly expressing the Planck constant in the gradient approximation,and the quantum Wigner distribution function is expanded in pow-ers of Planck constant,too. The negative quantum correlation in the Wigner dis-tribution function which is just the quantum correction terms is naturally singled out,thus obviating the need for the Husimi’s coarse grain averaging that is usually done to remove the negative quantum part of the Wigner distribution function. We also discuss the classical limit of quantum thermodynamic entropy in the above framework.

  20. Dispersion based beam tilt correction

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    Guetg, Marc W; Prat, Eduard; Reiche, Sven

    2013-01-01

    In Free Electron Lasers (FEL), a transverse centroid misalignment of longitudinal slices in an electron bunch reduces the effective overlap between radiation field and electron bunch and therefore the FEL performance. The dominant sources of slice misalignments for FELs are the incoherent and coherent synchrotron radiation within bunch compressors as well as transverse wake fields in the accelerating cavities. This is of particular importance for over-compression which is required for one of the key operation modes for the SwissFEL planned at the Paul Scherrer Institute. The centroid shift is corrected using corrector magnets in dispersive sections, e.g. the bunch compressors. First and second order corrections are achieved by pairs of sextupole and quadrupole magnets in the horizontal plane while skew quadrupoles correct to first order in the vertical plane. Simulations and measurements at the SwissFEL Injector Test Facility are done to investigate the proposed correction scheme for SwissFEL. This paper pres...

  1. General correcting formula of forecasting?

    OpenAIRE

    2009-01-01

    A general correcting formula of forecasting (as a framework for long-use and standardized forecasts) is proposed. The formula provides new forecasting resources and areas of application including economic forecasting.

  2. Radiative corrections to Bose condensation

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    Gonzalez, A. (Academia de Ciencias de Cuba, La Habana. Inst. de Matematica, Cibernetica y Computacion)

    1985-04-01

    The Bose condensation of the scalar field in a theory behaving in the Coleman-Weinberg mode is considered. The effective potential of the model is computed within the semiclassical approximation in a dimensional regularization scheme. Radiative corrections are shown to introduce certain ..mu..-dependent ultraviolet divergences in the effective potential coming from the Many-Particle theory. The weight of radiative corrections in the dynamics of the system is strongly modified by the charge density.

  3. Error correcting coding for OTN

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    Justesen, Jørn; Larsen, Knud J.; Pedersen, Lars A.

    2010-01-01

    Forward error correction codes for 100 Gb/s optical transmission are currently receiving much attention from transport network operators and technology providers. We discuss the performance of hard decision decoding using product type codes that cover a single OTN frame or a small number...... of such frames. In particular we argue that a three-error correcting BCH is the best choice for the component code in such systems....

  4. Proving Program Correctness. Volume V.

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    1981-11-01

    Task 2. Proving Program Correctness (P.I.: J.C. Reynolds). This group is working towards programming languaje designs which increase the probability...certain syntactic difficulties: the natural abstract syntax is ambiguous, and syntactic correctness is violated by certain beta reductions. 3 - These...concept of a functor to express a-sp- priat : restrictions on implicit conversion functions. In a similar v-’.1n, we can use the concept of a natural

  5. Study on the accuracy of thoracolumbar pedicle screw installation assisted by O-arm navigation%O-arm导航辅助下胸腰椎椎弓根螺钉置入精确度研究

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    蒋涛; 任先军; 王卫东; 初同伟; 李长青; 阴洪; 石泽刚

    2015-01-01

    目的 探讨O-arm导航辅助下胸腰椎椎弓根螺钉置入的准确性和可靠性.方法 回顾性分析2014年3-10月收治的75例实施胸腰椎椎弓根螺钉固定术患者,32例采用O-arm导航辅助置钉(导航组),43例采用C形臂X线机透视辅助下徒手置钉(透视组),术后行X线片、CT扫描检查,比较两组螺钉置入的准确性,评价导航组术中导航和术后CT扫描的矢状位和轴位图像中螺钉置入角度的一致性.结果 透视组共置入206枚椎弓根螺钉,一次性置钉成功率为93.2%,置钉准确率为90.8%(一类),1枚三类螺钉导致L3神经根刺激症状.导航组共置入226枚椎弓根螺钉,一次性置钉成功率为100%,置钉准确率为96.9%(一类),无三类螺钉,而在术中导航和术后CT扫描的矢状位和轴位图像中,螺钉置入角度差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 O-arm导航系统可以提供高清晰度导航图像并实现高精确度导航操作,有效提高胸腰椎椎弓根螺钉置入的准确性,具有良好的可靠性.%Objective To evaluate the accuracy and reliability of O-arm-based thoracolumbar pedicle screw installation.Methods A retrospective review was conducted on 75 patients who had undergone thoracolumbar pedicle screw fixation assisted with O-arm navigation (navigation group,n =32) and C-arm fluoroscopy (fluoroscopy group,n =43) from March to October 2014.All the patients were assessed with X-ray and CT images after operation.Accuracy of screw installation in both groups was compared.In navigation group,screw directions were measured on the sagittal and axial images of intraoperative navigation and post-operative CT scanning to evaluate the concordance.Results In fluoroscopy group,a total of 206 pedicle screws were placed with the one-time success rate of 93.2% and accuracy of 90.8% for screw placement,and one misplaced screw (grade llⅢ) led to L3 nerve root symptom.In navigation group,a total of 226 pedicle screws were placed with

  6. 经椎旁肌间隙入路在胸腰椎手术中的临床应用%Clinical application of paraspinal muscle approach for thoracolumbar spine surgery

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    周德春

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the results of the operative treatment of thoracolumbar fractures through the approach between the para-vertebral muscle.Methods From August 2009 to January 2012,a total of 72 patients,who suffered from thoracolumbar vertebral fractures with neurological intact,underwent posterior open reduction and internal fixation.and removing of pedicel screw fixation.Randomly,38 patients adopted the above approach,34 patients adopted traditional approach,The operative time,intra operative amount of bleeding,postoperative lead flow,postoperative down time,pain visual analogue scale (visual analogue scale,VAS) were compared,Results The difference had statistical significance (P < 0.05),All patients were availabled.Neither reduction loss nor loosening or breakage of the fixator had occurred in two groups.Conclusion This technique of operative treatment through the approach between the para-vertebral muscle is much less invasive and applicable for the thoracolumbar fractures,which can reduce the blood loss,accelerate the rehabilitation simultaneously.%目的 探讨经椎旁肌间隙入路在胸腰椎手术中的临床应用效果.方法 2009年8月-2012年1月,采用后路切开复位内固定术治疗无神经损伤表现的胸腰段椎体骨折患者及取出椎弓根系统72例.随机采用经椎旁肌间隙入路38例,传统后正中入路34例.比较两组患者手术时间、术中出血量、术后引流量、术后下地时间;疼痛视觉模拟评分(visual analogue scale,VAS).结果 经椎旁肌间隙入路在手术时间、术中出血量、术后引流量、下地时间及VAS评分等方面都具有显著的优势,两者差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).平均随访时间19.3个月,所有随访患者的胸腰段骨折椎体均获得了良好愈合,无1例发生骨折复位丢失以及内固定物的松动、断裂.结论 经椎旁肌间隙入路椎弓根螺钉内固定治疗胸腰椎骨折,具有操作简单、出血少、创伤小、手术

  7. Treatment of senile thoracolumbar kyphotic deformity by posterior pedicle subtraction osteotomy and internal fixation%经后路椎弓根截骨内固定治疗老年严重脊柱后凸畸形

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    陈建梅; 姚晓东; 黄丽花; 徐皓

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨后路经椎弓根截骨治疗老年严重脊柱后凸畸形的临床疗效.方法 对18例老年严重脊柱后凸畸形患者采用后路经椎弓根截骨矫形内固定治疗,分别于术后2周、3个月、12个月通过X线片、VAS评分、Cobb角、神经功能恢复情况评估临床疗效.结果 18例均获随访,时间14~37个月.VAS评分:术前8.4分±1.3分,术后2周、3个月、12个月分别为1.1分±0.3分、1.1分±0.2分、1.2分±0.3分,与术前比较差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05).Cobb角:术前为78.3°±5.9°,术后2周、3个月、12个月分别为42.7°±8.4°、42.9°±5.7°、44.2°±6.9°,与术前比较差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05).有2例发生硬脊膜撕裂,1例直接缝合,1例行脑膜片修补,未发生脑脊液漏.无内固定松动、断裂及截骨面假关节形成.结论 后路经椎弓根截骨矫形内固定可以有效矫正老年性脊柱后凸畸形,临床疗效良好.%Objective To evaluate the effect of posterior pedicle subtraction osteotomy and internal fixation for senile thoracolumbar kyphotic deformity.Methods 18 cases of senile thoracolumbar kyphotic deformity treated in our hospital were retrospectively analyzed.All cases were treated with posterior pedicle subtractiou osteotomy and internal fixation.Clinical effects were evaluated by X-ray,VAS score,Cobb's angle,nerve functional rehabilitation.Results The follow-up period was 14 ~ 37 months.The VAS score was 8.4 ± 1.3 preoperatively,and was 1.1 ± 0.3,1.1 ±0.2,1.2 ± 0.3 at 2 weeks,3months,1 year postoperatively respectively.The difference was significant between preoperation and postoperation(P < 0.05).The Cobb's angle was 78.3° ± 5.9° preoperatively,and was 42.7° ± 8.4°,42.9° ± 5.7°,44.2° ± 6.9° at 2 weeks,3months,1 year postoperatively respectively.The difference was significant between preoperation and postoperation(P < 0.05).Spinal dura matter tearing occurred in 2 patients and was repaired during

  8. 经前路减压植骨融合内固定术治疗胸腰椎爆裂骨折%The treatment of the thoracolumbar spina burst fracture: planted bones fusion and internal fixation by anterior decompression

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    汪红; 刘跃洪; 刘树平; 周宇; 徐巍

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨经前路减压、椎间植骨融合内固定术治疗胸腰椎爆裂骨折的疗效.方法 对22例胸腰椎爆裂骨折患者行前路减压、推间植骨融合内固定术,并对患者神经功能、骨折愈合情况进行术前术后对比分析.结果 平均手术时间3.5h,平均失血量800ml,平均住院时间10d.平均随访18个月,脊柱稳定性好,序列好,未出现螺钉松动、钛网下沉等并发症,植骨均愈合.末次随访时神经功能均较术前恢复1~3级.结论 经前路减压植骨融合内固定术治疗胸腰椎爆裂骨折能彻底减压,植骨融合率高,固定效果好,神经功能改善明显,具有推广应用价值.%Objective To explore the clinical efficiency of the treatment of the thoracolumbar spina burst fracture through planted bones fusion and internal fixation by anterior decompression. Methods Between January 2008 and December 2010. 22 cases of thoracolumbar spina burst fracture were treated by planted bones fusion and internal fixation by anterior decompression, including 16 males and 6 females with an age range of 22-65 years (44. 5 years on average). The injury was caused by fall from height in 12cases, by traffic accident in 8 cases and by weight crushing in 2 cases. The injury segments were 2 cases of thoracic 11, 8 cases of thoracic 12, 10 cases of lumbar 1 and 2 cases of lumbar 2. Preopera-tive CT showed that all 22 cases suffered from spinal canal occupancy, fracture fragments migrated into spinal canal and spinal dura mater compression. There are 4 cases of Grade A, 6 cases of Grade B. 8 cases of Grade C. 2 cases of Grade D and 2 cases of Grade E according to Frankel grading of neurologic status before surgery. It was an average of 6. 5 days from injury to operation. The mean operative time was 3. 5 hours and the mean blood loss was 800 ml. The mean time in hospital was 10 days and the mean follow-up time was 18 months. The comparative analysis before and after surgery of all patients in

  9. Pedicle bone grafting with posterior pedicle screw system on thoracolumbar vertebral fractures%后路椎弓根植骨结合椎弓根钉系统治疗胸腰椎骨折

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    崔文波; 邝明业

    2011-01-01

    Objective To explore the methods and results of the combination of posterior pedicle graft and pedicle screw system for treatment of thoracolumbar fractures. Methods Sixty-two cases of thoracolumbar fracture patients were treated with pedicle screw system, at the same time, push the injection device with self-made bone graft within the vertebral body through the pedicle bone graft with posterior bone graft in the treatment of bed rest after 15 to 20 days and carryed out rehabilitation exercises back muscles, waist to protect 3 to 6 months. Results Sixty-two patients in this group were operated successfully, the fine rate was 83.87%, postoperative physiological curvature of vertebral height and satisfactory recovery without neurological symptoms have increased by 6 to 28 months follow-up of vertebral height and no obvious physiological radian lost. No broken nail, broken rod fixation loosening or vertebral compression again. Conclusions AF pedicle screw system for thoracolumbar fractures with good reduction and fixation, by pedicle bone graft in the posterior vertebral body does not increase the surgical trauma, it is able to immediately increase the capacity of vertebral bone and spine stability of anterior column in compression, so that patients can be an early activity and reduce broken nails, broken rod, complications such as vertebral compression again due to too much stress.%目的 探讨后路椎弓根植骨结合椎弓根钉系统治疗胸腰椎骨折的方法和效果.方法 62例胸腰椎骨折患者,在均采用椎弓根钉系统治疗的同时,用自制植骨推注器经椎弓根椎体内植骨结合中后路植骨治疗,术后卧床15~20 d,并进行康复背肌锻炼,腰围保护3~6个月.结果 本组62例患者手术均获得成功,优良率为83.87%,术后椎体高度及生理弧度恢复满意,未出现神经症状加重,经随访6~28个月,椎体高度和生理弧度无明显丢失,无断钉、断杆、内固定松动、椎体再压缩等并

  10. 综合治疗胸腰椎爆裂型骨折患者的前后影像学评估分析%Imaging Evaluation and Analysis of Patients with Thoracolumbar Burst Fractures before and after Combined Therapy

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    张鹏贵

    2016-01-01

    Objective To ecplore the effects of combined therapy in the treatement of patients with thoracolumbar burst fractures and the imaging application value of CT and MRI.Methods 75 cases of patients with thoracolumbar burst fractures treated in our hospital from January 2013 to May 2015 were taken as the research objects. MRI or CT examination was performed before and after surgery. The pain and kyphose Cobb angle of patients were compared before and after operation.Results After surgical treatment, the pain VAS score (6.5±1.6) was reduced to (3.2±0.8) and convex Cobb angle (21.8±3.8)°decreased to (5.7±1.7)°. The differences were P<0.05. The total incidence rate of complications was 21.3%. The information displayed by spiral CT such as vertebral fracture line, horizontal small fractures, spinal structure, mild joint dislocation, fractures of vertebral arch and intra-articular fracture accounted for 72.0% which was higher than that by MRI 63.2%. The spinal cord injury and vertebral bone marrow contusion showed by MRI accounted for 84.2%which was higher than that by spiral CT 57.3%.Conclusion The curative effect of combined therapy in the treatement of patients with thoracolumbar burst fractures is satisfactory and the application of CT and MRI in patients before and after operation is of great value, which is helpful for the diagnosis and comprehensive evaluation analysis of prognosis.%目的:探析综合治疗胸腰椎爆裂型骨折效果及CT与MRI应用价值。方法选择我院2013年1月~2015年5月收治75例胸腰椎爆裂骨折患者作为研究对象,分别于术前及术后行CT与MRI检查,比较手术前后疼痛情况及后凸Cobb角。结果患者术后,疼痛VAS评分由(6.5±1.6)分降低至(3.2±0.8)分,凸Cobb角由(21.8±3.8)°降低至(5.7±1.7)°,前后差异P<0.05;并发症总发生率为21.3%。螺旋CT对患者椎体骨折线、水平方向的细小骨折、椎管结构、轻微关节脱位、椎弓骨折、关节内骨

  11. 后路环形减压治疗胸腰段B2型骨折伴不完全瘫%Posterior annular vacuum B2~type treatment of thoracolumbar fractures with incomplete paralysis

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    曹云; 陈玉龙; 彭五四; 杨淞; 徐剑峰; 谢世明

    2012-01-01

      Explore the posterior ring vacuum clinical efficacy of the treatment of thoracolumbar B2 fractures with incomplete paralysis. Methods T Retrospective analysis of our hospital from January 2007 to March 2011, 12 cases of type B2 thoracolumbar fractures with incomplete paralysis patient data, the presence of fractures in 12 patients with incomplete paralysis herein are posterior annular decompression treatment. Regular folow~up after surgery, by observing the vertebral body height of the fractured vertebral kyphosis Cobb angle, pain visual analog scale (visual analogue scale, the VAS) score, the American Spinal Injury Association (American Spinal Injury Association ASIA) score and intraoperative after~ray to evaluate the recovery of patients.. Results The group of 12 patients, surgery was uneventful, and folow~up of 2~5 years, an average of 39.6 months, patients with vertebral height recovery rate of about 86% ~95%, with an average 93%; VAS score restore to 0~4 points, an average of 1.9 points; Cobbangle to 0 ° ~9 ° , an average of 3 °; recovery of neurological function significantly compared with the preoperative difference was statisticaly significant (P <0.05). Conclusion The the pedicle medial line vertebral posterior wal resection good decompression, reconstruction of spinal stability, conducive to the recovery of nerve function, B2~type treatment of thoracolumbar fractures with incomplete paralysis effect.%  目的探讨后路环形减压治疗胸腰段B2型骨折伴不完全瘫的临床疗效.方法回顾性分析我院2007年1月~2011年3月12例胸腰段B2型骨折伴不完全瘫患者资料,12例患者存在骨折伴不完全瘫痪,均予后路环形减压治疗.术后定期随访,通过观察伤椎椎体高度、伤椎后凸角Cobb角、疼痛视觉模拟量表(visual analogue scale,VAS)评分、美国脊髓损伤学会( American Spinal Injury Association,ASIA)评分及术后线片对患者的恢复情况进行评价.结果本组12

  12. Unilateral percutaneous baloon kyphoplasty for osteoporotic thoracolumbar compression fractures in the elderly%单侧穿刺后凸成形治疗高龄骨质疏松胸腰椎压缩骨折

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    顾晓晖; 夏冰; 张喆; 陈锦平; 毕擎

    2013-01-01

      Objective To evaluate the efficacy and safty of unilateral percutaneous baloon kyphoplasty for osteoporotic thoracolumbar compression fractures in the elderly . Methods 21 consecutive procedures were performed in 21 patients of osteoporotic thoracolumbar fractures in the elderly . under local anesthesia. This operation involved unilateral percutaneous insertion of one inflatable bone tamps into the anterior-center part of fractured vertebral body under fluoroscopic guidance . Inflation of the bone tamp would elevate the endplates, restoring the vertebral body back toward its original height, while creating a cavity to be filed with bone cement. The operative time and frequency of X-ray imagining were documented. The radiographic findings and back pain before kyphoplasty were compared with that after kyphoplasty. Results Al patients tolerated the procedure wel with immediate relief of their back pain in 24 hours(P<0.05). The mean operative time was 30.6 min(25~45min).The patients were alowed to take walk next day after the procedure. Complications such as epidural cement leakage or neural damange were not demonstrated in the study. The mean kyphosis and vertebral height was improved obviousiy(P<0.05). The average number of fluoroscopy was 21.5(15~28). Conclusion Unilateral percutaneous baloon kyphoplasty is a safe and effective therapy for osteoporotic thoracolumbar compression fractures in the elderly. The operation has been found to be a minimaly invasive and rapid procedure . The number of fluoroscopy and the amount of X-ray radiation decrease significantly because bilateral perform is not required in operation.%  目的:研究单侧入路穿刺球囊扩张椎体后凸成形术治疗高龄骨质疏松性胸腰椎压缩性骨折的效果和安全性。方法:高龄骨质疏松性胸腰椎压缩性骨折21例,经皮伤椎仅行单侧入路穿刺建立工作通道,放置单枚可扩张球囊于伤椎,扩张球囊抬升终板,注入骨水泥强

  13. Microbiology research and drug sensitive situation of infections after posterior internal fixation in thoracolumbar spines%胸腰椎体后路内固定术后切口感染的病原学与药敏分析

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    曹海云; 李志伟; 邹吉锋; 王芳芳; 李红九

    2015-01-01

    目的:对医院胸腰椎体后路内固定患者术后深部切口感染的病原学和药敏状况进行分析,为临床治疗提供参考依据。方法选择2010年5月-2015年4月医院胸腰部位椎体后路内固定术后切口感染的96例患者进行回顾性研究,选取术中可疑标本做病原培养,分析病原菌种类及药敏结果,数据采用SPSS 17.0软件进行统计分析。结果96例切口感染患者送检标本共分离出病原菌96株,以革兰阳性菌为主,共73株占76.04%;革兰阳性菌中主要为耐甲氧西林葡萄糖球菌,占33.33%;耐甲氧西林凝固酶阴性葡萄球菌对替考拉宁、左氧氟沙星敏感率为100.00%。结论胸腰部位椎体后路内固定术后深部外科切口感染的患者中,革兰阳性菌检出率最高,预防性用药应选择万古霉素、左氧氟沙星或亚胺培南;并根据药敏试验的结果合理选择抗菌药物。%OBJECTIVE To analyze the etiology and drug sensitivity condition of deep incision infections in patients after posterior internal fixation of thoracolumbar spine so as to provide references for clinical treatments . METHODS Totally 96 cases with incision infections after posterior internal fixation of thoracolumbar spine from May 2012 to Apr .2015 were researched retrospectively .The suspicious samples were chosen for pathogen cul‐tures .The pathogen types and drug sensitivity results were statistically analyzed by SPSS 17 .0 .RESULTS In 96 cases of the objects ,96 strains of pathogens were isolated from the samples ,dominating by gram‐positive bacteri‐a ,with 73 strains accounting for 76 .04% .In those gram‐positive bacteria ,33% were methicillin‐resistant Staph‐ylococcus ,and all the methicillin‐resistant coagulase negative Staphylococcus were totally sensitive to teicoplanin and levofloxacin .CONCLUSION Gram‐positive bacteria are the main cause for incision infections in patients after posterior internal

  14. Quantum error correction for beginners.

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    Devitt, Simon J; Munro, William J; Nemoto, Kae

    2013-07-01

    Quantum error correction (QEC) and fault-tolerant quantum computation represent one of the most vital theoretical aspects of quantum information processing. It was well known from the early developments of this exciting field that the fragility of coherent quantum systems would be a catastrophic obstacle to the development of large-scale quantum computers. The introduction of quantum error correction in 1995 showed that active techniques could be employed to mitigate this fatal problem. However, quantum error correction and fault-tolerant computation is now a much larger field and many new codes, techniques, and methodologies have been developed to implement error correction for large-scale quantum algorithms. In response, we have attempted to summarize the basic aspects of quantum error correction and fault-tolerance, not as a detailed guide, but rather as a basic introduction. The development in this area has been so pronounced that many in the field of quantum information, specifically researchers who are new to quantum information or people focused on the many other important issues in quantum computation, have found it difficult to keep up with the general formalisms and methodologies employed in this area. Rather than introducing these concepts from a rigorous mathematical and computer science framework, we instead examine error correction and fault-tolerance largely through detailed examples, which are more relevant to experimentalists today and in the near future.

  15. Dialectical nursing of abdominal distension and constipation in patients with thoracolumbar fractures%辨证施护对预防胸腰椎骨折患者腹胀便秘的效果观察

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    顾爱焕

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨辨证施护对胸腰椎骨折患者腹胀、便秘的效果.方法 将120例胸腰椎骨折患者随机分为对照组(60例)和观察组(60例);对照组实施骨科常规护理,便秘时给予开塞露40mL塞肛;观察组在常规护理的基础上作辨证施护.比较两组疗效.结果 观察组患者腹胀、便秘发生率为25.00%(15例),明显低于对照组56.67%(34例),观察组腹胀、便秘发生率明显低于对照组(x2=6.719,P< 0.05).结论 通过对便秘的病因分析,并对证护理,能使护理工作达到事半功倍的效果.%Objective To observe the effect of dialectical nursing on ahdominal distension and constipation in patients with thoracolumbar fractures. Method 120 patients with thoracolumbar fractures were randomly divided into therapeutic group and control group in equal number. The control group received the routine orthopedics nursing care, with glycerin enema (40 mL) applied into anus at abdominal distension and constipation. The therapeutic group received dialectical nursing besides routine nursing. The curative effects were compared between the two groups. Results In the therapeutic group, the incidence of abdominal distension and constipation was 25.00% and that in the control group was 56.67%. There was significant difference between the two groups (x2 = 6.719, P< 0.05). Conclusion The dialectical nursing based on analyses of etiological factors may be effective.

  16. 胸腰椎骨折内固定方法应用的比较分析%The Comparison of Application about Internal Fixation Method Applied to Thoracolumbar Fracture

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    王兴水

    2013-01-01

    Objective:To compare and analysis the application effect of internal fixation method applied to thoracolumbar fracture.Method:The 82 patients were surgical treatment respectively with internal fixation of posterior(internal fixation of decompression from the posterior called Harrington and internal fixation from the posterior through the pedicle of vertebral arch called AF system)and internal fixation from the front path called Kaneda,then compare the the improvement about cobb’s angle of injured spinal cord and the height of front and rear edge、the changes of Frankel classification and the adverse reaction case after treatment.Result:The effect of AF was better than Harrington and Kaneda on cobb’s angle and the height of front and rear edge;The adverse reaction case of Harrington and AF was less than Kaneda.Conclusion:Medical clinical should choose the right way of internal fixation when treatment with thoracolumbar fracture,internal fixation of decompression from the posterior can be considered first in the feasible premise.%  目的:比较分析胸腰椎骨折内固定方法的应用效果。方法:对82例患者分别采用后路内固定(后路减压式内固定方式Harrington和后路经椎弓根内固定AF系统)及前路内固定Kaneda方式进行手术治疗,比较治疗后伤椎Cobb’s角和前、后缘高度改善情况,以及Frankel分级变化情况、并发症发生情况。结果:Cobb’s角和前、后缘高度改善情况及Frankel分级上,AF较之Harrington与Kaneda效果更佳;另外,Harrington与AF较之Kaneda,并发症发生率相对更少。结论:治疗胸腰椎骨折时,应根据患者的具体情况选择合适的内固定方式,后路方式可行的前提下可优先考虑采用。

  17. Experimental Investigation of Unsteady Flow in Circumferential Skewed Axial Fans at Off-design Conditions%叶片弯掠轴流风扇内瞬态流动的试验研究

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    金光远; 欧阳华; 杜朝辉

    2013-01-01

    对带有周向前弯和周向后弯叶片的低压轴流风扇,采用NI采集平台和双丝热线采集单元相结合的测量技术试验研究非设计工况下周向弯曲叶片的内部不稳定流动发展规律.对若干工况叶轮进出口三维流场进行详细测量,基于测量结果分析轴向、周向和径向方向的平均速度及湍流脉动速度,获得叶片周向弯曲叶轮内变工况下瞬态流场特性;通过对湍流度、雷诺应力和速度频谱分析,考察非设计工况下叶片周向弯曲叶轮固有的瞬态特性影响,分析进口来流扰动特征.研究结果显示NI采集平台和双丝热线采集单元整合的试验测量系统,成功测量低压周向弯曲叶轮变工况下的进出口三维流场,为多场同步测量提供技术参考;变工况下弯掠叶片对上下端壁区的不稳定流动具有显著的抑制作用,对于扩大稳定工作范围有着积极的作用;进口来流较高的湍流度主要存在近上下端壁区域,周向弯曲叶片对来流湍流度的影响主要集中在这两个区域;这些扰动主要集中于低频段,并呈宽频特性.%The unsteady characteristic of the inner flow to lower pressure axial fans with circumferential forward-skewed blades, backward-skewed blades is investigated experimentally at off-design conditions. The unsteady three-dimensional flow in circumferential skewed rotors upstream and downstream according to flow rates is successfully measured with a NI data collection platform and a hot-wire CTA unit (with a X probe). Based on the measurement results, axial, circumferential and radial components of the averaged velocity and turbulent velocity are analyzed to obtain the aerodynamic performance of circumferential skewed rotors; and the turbulent intensity, Reynold tensor and velocity spectrum are discussed to investigate the intrinsic unsteady flow in these rotors. The results show that the three-dimensional flow is captured by this measure system

  18. Local stretch zeroing NMO correction

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    Kazemi, N.; Siahkoohi, H. R.

    2012-01-01

    In this paper we present a new method of normal move-out (NMO) correction called local stretch zeroing (LSZ) method that avoids NMO stretch. The method eliminates the theoretical curves that generate interpolated data samples responsible for NMO stretch. Pre-correction time sampling interval is preserved by reassigning and zero padding of true data samples. The optimum mute zone selection feature of the LSZ method eliminates all interfering reflection events at far offsets. The resulted stacked section from the LSZ method contains generally higher frequency components than a normal stack, and preserves most of the shallow reflectors. The LSZ method requires that zero-offset width of the time gate, i.e. zero-offset time difference between two adjacent reflections, be larger than the dominant period. The major shortcoming of the method occurs when CMP data are over- or under-NMO corrected. Both synthetic and real world examples show the efficiency of the LSZ method over the conventional NMO (CNMO) correction. The method loses its superiority when CMP data are over- or under-NMO corrected.

  19. Brachial plexus palsy caused by halo traction before posterior correction in patients with severe scoliosis

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    QIAN Bang-ping; QIU Yong; WANG Bin; YU Yang; ZHU Ze-zhang

    2007-01-01

    Objective: To explore the clinical features and treatment results of brachial plexus palsy caused by halo traction before posterior correction in patients with severe scoliosis.Methods: A total of 300 cases of severe scoliosis received halo traction before posterior correction in our department from July 1997 to November 2004. Among them, 7 cases were complicated with brachial plexus palsy.The average Cobb angle was 110° (range, 90°-135°).Diagnoses were made as idiopathic scoliosis in 1 case,congenital scoliosis in 3 cases, and neuromuscular scoliosis in 3 cases. Additionally, diastematomyelia and tethered cord syndrome were found in 3 cases and thoracolumbar kyphosis in 2 cases. Weight of traction was immediately reduced when the patient developed any abnormal neurological symptoms in the upper extremity, and rehabilitation training was undertaken. Simultaneously,neurotrophic pharmacotherapy was applied, and the neurological function restoration of the upper limbs and the recovery time were documented.Results: Traction was used for an average of 3.5 weeks (range, 2-6 weeks) before spinal fusion for these 7 patients. The average traction weight was 8 kg, which was 19% on average (range, 13%-26%) of the average body weight (40.2 kg). These 7 patients had long and thin body configuration with a mean height of 175 cm. The duration between symptoms of brachial plexus paralysis and the diagnosis was 1-3 hours. All of these 7 patients presented various degrees of numbness in the ulnar side of the hand and forearm. Median nerve paresis was found in 3 cases and ulnar nerve paresis in 4 cases. Complete recovery of the neurological function had been achieved by the end of three months.Conclusions: The clinical features of brachial plexus palsy caused by halo traction include median nerve paresis,ulnar nerve paralysis, and numbness in the ulnar side of the hand and forearm, which may be due to the injury of the inferior part of the brachial plexus, i.e. , damage of Cs and

  20. Binary Error Correcting Network Codes

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    Wang, Qiwen; Li, Shuo-Yen Robert

    2011-01-01

    We consider network coding for networks experiencing worst-case bit-flip errors, and argue that this is a reasonable model for highly dynamic wireless network transmissions. We demonstrate that in this setup prior network error-correcting schemes can be arbitrarily far from achieving the optimal network throughput. We propose a new metric for errors under this model. Using this metric, we prove a new Hamming-type upper bound on the network capacity. We also show a commensurate lower bound based on GV-type codes that can be used for error-correction. The codes used to attain the lower bound are non-coherent (do not require prior knowledge of network topology). The end-to-end nature of our design enables our codes to be overlaid on classical distributed random linear network codes. Further, we free internal nodes from having to implement potentially computationally intensive link-by-link error-correction.

  1. Gravitomagnetic corrections on gravitational waves

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    Capozziello, S; Forte, L; Garufi, F; Milano, L

    2009-01-01

    Gravitational waveforms and production could be considerably affected by gravitomagnetic corrections considered in relativistic theory of orbits. Beside the standard periastron effect of General Relativity, new nutation effects come out when c^{-3} corrections are taken into account. Such corrections emerge as soon as matter-current densities and vector gravitational potentials cannot be discarded into dynamics. We study the gravitational waves emitted through the capture, in the gravitational field of massive binary systems (e.g. a very massive black hole on which a stellar object is inspiralling) via the quadrupole approximation, considering precession and nutation effects. We present a numerical study to obtain the gravitational wave luminosity, the total energy output and the gravitational radiation amplitude. From a crude estimate of the expected number of events towards peculiar targets (e.g. globular clusters) and in particular, the rate of events per year for dense stellar clusters at the Galactic Cen...

  2. Aberration Correction in Electron Microscopy

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    Rose, Harald H

    2005-01-01

    The resolution of conventional electron microscopes is limited by spherical and chromatic aberrations. Both defects are unavoidable in the case of static rotationally symmetric electromagnetic fields (Scherzer theorem). Multipole correctors and electron mirrros have been designed and built, which compensate for these aberrations. The principles of correction will be demonstrated for the tetrode mirror, the quadrupole-octopole corrector and the hexapole corrector. Electron mirrors require a magnetic beam separator free of second-order aberrations. The multipole correctors are highly symmetric telescopic systems compensating for the defects of the objective lens. The hexapole corrector has the most simple structure yet eliminates only the spherical aberration, whereas the mirror and the quadrupole-octopole corrector are able to correct for both aberrations. Chromatic correction is achieved in the latter corrector by cossed electric and magnetic quadrupoles acting as first-order Wien filters. Micrographs obtaine...

  3. Classical Corrections in String Cosmology

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    Brustein, Ram; Brustein, Ram; Madden, Richard

    1999-01-01

    An important element in a model of non-singular string cosmology is a phase in which classical corrections saturate the growth of curvature in a deSitter-like phase with a linearly growing dilaton (an `algebraic fixed point'). As the form of the classical corrections is not well known, here we look for evidence, based on a suggested symmetry of the action, scale factor duality and on conformal field theory considerations, that they can produce this saturation. It has previously been observed that imposing scale factor duality on the $O(\\alpha')$ corrections is not compatible with fixed point behavior. Here we present arguments that these problems persist to all orders in $\\alpha'$. We also present evidence for the form of a solution to the equations of motion using conformal perturbation theory, examine its implications for the form of the effective action and find novel fixed point structure.

  4. Local Correction of Boolean Functions

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    Alon, Noga

    2011-01-01

    A Boolean function f over n variables is said to be q-locally correctable if, given a black-box access to a function g which is "close" to an isomorphism f_sigma of f, we can compute f_sigma(x) for any x in Z_2^n with good probability using q queries to g. We observe that any k-junta, that is, any function which depends only on k of its input variables, is O(2^k)-locally correctable. Moreover, we show that there are examples where this is essentially best possible, and locally correcting some k-juntas requires a number of queries which is exponential in k. These examples, however, are far from being typical, and indeed we prove that for almost every k-junta, O(k log k) queries suffice.

  5. String-Corrected Black Holes

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    Hubeny, Veronika; Maloney, Alexander; Rangamani, Mukund

    2005-02-07

    We investigate the geometry of four dimensional black hole solutions in the presence of stringy higher curvature corrections to the low energy effective action. For certain supersymmetric two charge black holes these corrections drastically alter the causal structure of the solution, converting seemingly pathological null singularities into timelike singularities hidden behind a finite area horizon. We establish, analytically and numerically, that the string-corrected two-charge black hole metric has the same Penrose diagram as the extremal four-charge black hole. The higher derivative terms lead to another dramatic effect -- the gravitational force exerted by a black hole on an inertial observer is no longer purely attractive! The magnitude of this effect is related to the size of the compactification manifold.

  6. When correction turns positive: processing corrective prosody in Dutch.

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    Dimitrova, Diana V; Stowe, Laurie A; Hoeks, John C J

    2015-01-01

    Current research on spoken language does not provide a consistent picture as to whether prosody, the melody and rhythm of speech, conveys a specific meaning. Perception studies show that English listeners assign meaning to prosodic patterns, and, for instance, associate some accents with contrast, whereas Dutch listeners behave more controversially. In two ERP studies we tested how Dutch listeners process words carrying two types of accents, which either provided new information (new information accents) or corrected information (corrective accents), both in single sentences (experiment 1) and after corrective and new information questions (experiment 2). In both experiments corrective accents elicited a sustained positivity as compared to new information accents, which started earlier in context than in single sentences. The positivity was not modulated by the nature of the preceding question, suggesting that the underlying neural mechanism likely reflects the construction of an interpretation to the accented word, either by identifying an alternative in context or by inferring it when no context is present. Our experimental results provide strong evidence for inferential processes related to prosodic contours in Dutch.

  7. Correction.

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    1991-11-29

    Because of a production error, the photographs of pierre Chambon and Harald zur Hausen, which appeared on pages 1116 and 1117 of last week's issue (22 November), were transposed. Here's what you should have seen: Chambon is on the left, zur Hausen on the right.

  8. Correction

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    2016-09-01

    The feature article “Neutrons for new drugs” (August pp26-29) stated that neutron crystallography was used to determine the structures of “wellknown complex biological molecules such as lysine, insulin and trypsin”.

  9. Corrections

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    2004-05-01

    1. The first photograph on p12 of News in Physics Educaton January 2004 is of Prof. Paul Black and not Prof. Jonathan Osborne, as stated. 2. The review of Flowlog on p209 of the March 2004 issue wrongly gives the maximum sampling rate of the analogue inputs as 25 kHz (40 ms) instead of 25 kHz (40 µs) and the digital inputs as 100 kHz (10 ms) instead of 100 kHz (10 µs). 3. The letter entitled 'A trial of two energies' by Eric McIldowie on pp212-4 of the March 2004 issue was edited to fit the space available. We regret that a few small errors were made in doing this. Rather than detail these, the interested reader can access the whole of the original letter as a Word file from the link below.

  10. Correction

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    2007-01-01

    From left to right: Luis, Carmen, Mario, Christian and José listening to speeches by theorists Alvaro De Rújula and Luis Alvarez-Gaumé (right) at their farewell gathering on 15 May.We unfortunately cut out a part of the "Word of thanks" from the team retiring from Restaurant No. 1. The complete message is published below: Dear friends, You are the true "nucleus" of CERN. Every member of this extraordinary human mosaic will always remain in our affections and in our thoughts. We have all been very touched by your spontaneous generosity. Arrivederci, Mario Au revoir,Christian Hasta Siempre Carmen, José and Luis PS: Lots of love to the theory team and to the hidden organisers. So long!

  11. Correction of gene expression data

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    Darbani Shirvanehdeh, Behrooz; Stewart, C. Neal, Jr.; Noeparvar, Shahin;

    2014-01-01

    This report investigates for the first time the potential inter-treatment bias source of cell number for gene expression studies. Cell-number bias can affect gene expression analysis when comparing samples with unequal total cellular RNA content or with different RNA extraction efficiencies...... an analytical approach to examine the suitability of correction methods by considering the inter-treatment bias as well as the inter-replicate variance, which allows use of the best correction method with minimum residual bias. Analyses of RNA sequencing and microarray data showed that the efficiencies...

  12. Progresses of paravertebral nerve block in the treatment of thoracolumbar postherpetic neuralgia%椎旁神经阻滞在胸腰段带状疱疹后神经痛的应用进展

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    薛雁鸣; 薛朝霞; 郝燕飞

    2015-01-01

    带状疱疹(herpes zoster,HZ)的治疗方法有很多,但部分患者即使得到及时治疗也发展成为带状疱疹后神经痛(postherpetic neuralgia,PHN).尽早实施椎旁神经阻滞可以预防带状疱疹后神经痛发生.本文就椎旁神经阻滞在胸腰段带状疱疹后神经痛应用的最新进展进行了总结.%There are many method for treatment of herpes zoster(HZ).However, some patients still suffered from postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) even though they got timely treatments.Treatment with paravertebral nerve block as soon as possible can prevent occurrence of postherpetic neuralgia.In this paper, the latest application progresses of thoracolumbar paravertebral nerve block for the treatment of postherpetic neuralgia are summarized.

  13. Clinical modification of the anterolateral approach for burst fractures of thoracolumbar spine%改进的侧前方手术径路在胸腰椎爆裂性骨折中的应用

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    樊健; 俞光荣; 刘璠; 赵剑; 张烽; 周家钤; 赵宏谋

    2010-01-01

    Objective To discuss the modified anterolateral approach for the treatment of burst fractures of the thoracolumbar spine. Methods From April 2003 to September 2006, we treated 27 patients with burst fractures of the thoracolumbar spine. Sixteen of them were operated on through the "L" anterolateral approach modified out of the conventional thoraco-extraperitoneal approach using the space be-tween the erector spine muscles and quadratus lumborum muscles according to the anatomic relation of the thoracolumbar spine. The other 11 cases were treated through the conventional approach. The average blood loss for vertebral exposure, operation time and the total operation blood loss, as well as intraoperative and postoperative complications were compared between the 2 approaches. Results All the 27 cases had successful surgery. There were significant differences between the 2 approaches (P 0.05) in Cobb angle, height ratio of anterior borders of injured and normal vertebrae and neurological recovery. No serious complications were found in operation. After an average follow-up of 13 months, none of the patients had neurological deterioration, the spine recovered normal curvature and no implant failure happened. Conclusion The modified antero-lateral approach for the treatment of thoracolumbar spine burst fractures have the advantages of less invasion,less blood loss, effective decompression and maintenance of the spinal stability, and fewer complications.%目的 探讨改进的侧前方手术径路减压内固定治疗胸腰椎爆裂性骨折的疗效. 方法 2003年4月至2006年9月利用胸腰段的解剖关系,改进成"L"形肌间隙经椎间孔入路行骨折减压内固定治疗胸腰椎爆裂性骨折,临床应用16例(改进径路组),并将11例经传统胸腹膜外入路(传统径路组)作为对照组,比较两组住皮肤切口到完全显露椎体出血量、手术时间及总出血量、疗效等方面的差异,并观察术中、术后并发症情况.

  14. 胸腰椎骨折术后切口感染的相关危险因素及预防对策%Risk factors of incision infection after thoracolumbar fracture surgery and preventive measures

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    徐强; 李海燕; 林云琴; 朱让腾; 应有荣; 管敏昌

    2016-01-01

    目的 探讨胸腰椎骨折术后切口感染的相关危险因素,并提出相应预防对策.方法 回顾性分析2011年4月至2014年4月在浙江省台州恩泽医疗中心(集团)路桥医院行胸腰椎骨折手术974例患者的病历资料,其中并发切口感染21例.对患者年龄、文化水平、手术失血量、手术方式、手术时间、住院时间、基础疾病、开放性伤口、内置物、体重指数、术前抗菌药物应用情况和主刀医师年资等因素与胸腰椎骨折术后切口感染进行相关性分析.结果 单因素Logistic回归分析显示,影响切口感染的相关因素有年龄、手术失血量、手术时间、住院时间、基础疾病、营养状态、开放性伤口、内置物、体重指数和术前抗菌药物应用情况(均P<0.05);多因素Logistic回归分析显示,年龄>35岁、手术时间>60 min、住院时间>15 d、手术失血量> 500 ml、有基础疾病、营养状态差、开放性伤口、体重指数>25 kg/m2、内置物、术前未应用抗菌药物是胸腰椎骨折术后切口感染发生的危险因素(均P <0.05).结论 年龄>35岁、手术时间>60 min、住院时间>15 d、手术失血量>500 ml、有基础疾病、营养状态差、开放性伤口、体重指数>25 kg/m2、内置物、术前未应用抗菌药物是胸腰椎骨折术后切口感染的主要危险因素,应针对各危险因素采取相应预防措施.%Objective To investigate the related risk factors of incision infection after thoracolumbar fracture surgery and preventive measures.Methods Nine hundred and seventy four patients who underwent thoracolumbar fracture surgery from April 2011 to April 2014 were retrospectively analyzed,among them,21 cases were complicated with incision infection.The relative factors,including age,educational level,operation blood loss,operation mode,operation duration,hospitalization duration,underlying diseases,open wounds,implants,body mass index

  15. Clinical observation of posterior internal fixation with vertebral pedicle screw and rod system on thoracolumbar spine fractures%椎弓根钉棒系统在胸腰椎骨折的疗效分析

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    黎华茂; 李敬中; 向峥; 林晓岗

    2012-01-01

    Objective To observe the clinical efficacy of posterior internal fixation of vertebral pedicle screw and rod system for thoracolumbar spine fractures. Methods Totally 59 patients with thoracic or lumbar vertebral fractures were treated with internal fixation of vertebral pedicle screw and rod system. The Frankel scale combined with X ray and CT images was used for the judgment of efficacy. Results Radiographic parameters were significantly improved after the experiment, the Frankel degree of cases with nerve injury symptoms was improved 2-4 degrees after surgery. Conclusions Internal fixation of vertebral pedicle screw and rod system is efficient for thoraco lumbar spine fractures.%目的 观察椎弓根钉棒系统内固定治疗胸腰椎骨折的临床疗效.方法 应用椎弓根钉棒系统内固定治疗胸腰椎骨折59例,采用Frankel分级结合X线片、CT影像表现判断疗效.结果 术后各项影像学指标均有明显改善,患者术后神经功能Frankel分级大多数都有2~4级提高.结论 椎弓根钉棒系统内固定是治疗胸腰椎骨折的一种有效方法,值得临床推广应用.

  16. Multilingual text induced spelling correction

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    Reynaert, M.W.C.

    2004-01-01

    We present TISC, a multilingual, language-independent and context-sensitive spelling checking and correction system designed to facilitate the automatic removal of non-word spelling errors in large corpora. Its lexicon is derived from raw text corpora, without supervision, and contains word unigrams

  17. The correct "ball bearings" data.

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    Caroni, C

    2002-12-01

    The famous data on fatigue failure times of ball bearings have been quoted incorrectly from Lieblein and Zelen's original paper. The correct data include censored values, as well as non-fatigue failures that must be handled appropriately. They could be described by a mixture of Weibull distributions, corresponding to different modes of failure.

  18. CORRECTIVE ACTION IN CAR MANUFACTURING

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    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: In this paper the important .issues involved in successfully implementing corrective action systems in quality management are discussed. The work is based on experience in implementing and operating such a system in an automotive manufacturing enterprise in South Africa. The core of a corrective action system is good documentation, supported by a computerised information system. Secondly, a systematic problem solving methodology is essential to resolve the quality related problems identified by the system. In the following paragraphs the general corrective action process is discussed and the elements of a corrective action system are identified, followed by a more detailed discussion of each element. Finally specific results from the application are discussed.

    AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Belangrike oorwegings by die suksesvolle implementering van korrektiewe aksie stelsels in gehaltebestuur word in hierdie artikel bespreek. Die werk is gebaseer op ondervinding in die implementering en bedryf van so 'n stelsel by 'n motorvervaardiger in Suid Afrika. Die kern van 'n korrektiewe aksie stelsel is goeie dokumentering, gesteun deur 'n gerekenariseerde inligtingstelsel. Tweedens is 'n sistematiese probleemoplossings rnetodologie nodig om die gehalte verwante probleme wat die stelsel identifiseer aan te spreek. In die volgende paragrawe word die algemene korrektiewe aksie proses bespreek en die elemente van die korrektiewe aksie stelsel geidentifiseer. Elke element word dan in meer besonderhede bespreek. Ten slotte word spesifieke resultate van die toepassing kortliks behandel.

  19. 牙龈环切辅助牙周炎患牙正畸压入的效果观察%Effect of periodontitis involved teeth intrusion after circumferential supracrestal fibrotomy

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    袁建桥; 张月兰; 刘林嶓; 蔡留意; 张志伟

    2013-01-01

    Aim:To investigate the effect of intrusion of the teeth at the aligning and leveling stage after circumferen -tial supracrestal fibrotomy.Methods:During aligning and leveling stage of orthodontic therapy , 34 teeth with attachment loss were treated based on circumferential supracrestal fibrotomy .Parallel periapical radiographic technique was used to measure changes in crown-root ratio and cemento-enamel junction and alveolar crest height before and after treatment .Re-sults: The aligning and leveling stage of the orthodontic treatment with circumferential supracrestal fibrotomy spent 6-9 months.The overjet was improved ,the overbite became normal, the curve of spee was decreased ,and the periodontal health maintained as well.Specifically, the average amount of intrusion into the bone was about (0.73 ±0.56) mm, and crown-root ratio was improved by (13 ±12)%.Conclusion: The orthodontic treatment with circumferential supracrestal fibrotomy and the teeth intrusion is helpful for prognosis of periodontitis.%目的:探讨牙龈环切辅助牙周炎患牙正畸压低对牙周炎患牙预后的影响.方法:选取34颗伴有附着丧失的牙周炎患牙,牙周基础治疗后开展正畸治疗,在排齐整平阶段配合牙龈环切术,治疗前后使用平行投照根尖片来测量牙冠和牙根比例的变化以及釉牙骨质界-牙槽嵴顶高度的变化量.结果:牙龈环切辅助正畸经过6~9个月完成排齐整平,患牙覆盖改善,覆牙合正常,牙弓spee曲线减小,牙龈无红肿,牙周袋无加深,无明显探诊出血.患牙平均被压入(0.73±0.56)mm,冠根比例改善了(13±12)%.结论:牙龈环切术辅助牙周炎的正畸压入治疗有利于牙周炎的预后.

  20. 变工况下周向弯曲风扇叶顶涡声特性%Research of Aerodynamic Noise Source in Tip Region of Axial Fans with Circumferential Skewed Blades at Off-Design Conditions

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    金光远; 欧阳华; 胡彬彬; 吴亚东; 杜朝辉

    2011-01-01

    Aerodynamic noise source generated by tip leakage flow in circumferential skewed axial fans was studied by CFD simulation and experiments under off-design conditions. Relationship between tip leakage flow and aerodynamic noise was analyzed based on vortex-sound theory of low speed homentropic flow. Synergy between acoustic source and tip leakage vortex was discussed. Pressure test on casing wall and acoustic far field test were conducted to find how the different circumferential skewed direction control acoustic characteristics. The results show that the acoustic source generated by tip leakage vortex of circumferential skewed blades is an important noise source under off-design conditions. The angle between velocity vector and vortex vector controls the strength and the distribution of the acoustic source in tip clearance region. The acoustic source in tip clearance region is related with the acoustic far field under off-design conditions.%采用计算流体力学数值方法研究变工况下周向弯曲低压轴流风扇的叶顶泄漏流动特性,结合涡声理论分析泄漏涡与声源的协同特性,分析叶片不同周向弯曲方向对协同性的影响,并通过近场机匣壁面动态压力测量和远场声学测量,验证叶片周向弯曲方向对近远场声学特性的控制规律.研究表明,泄漏涡声源是周向弯曲叶轮小流量工况下的重要声源,速度矢量与涡矢量的夹角值控制叶顶区域声源强度和分布.近远场实验结果表明,泄漏涡声源与远场声学关系密切.

  1. 5 CFR 1601.34 - Error correction.

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    ... this process shall be corrected according to this section. (b) Who may correct. Only official personnel.... According to this section and the instructions, corrected certificates shall show (i) the terms “Corrected... that has been superseded by another certificate or on the basis of a subsequent analysis for...

  3. Correcting ligands, metabolites, and pathways

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    Vriend Gert

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background A wide range of research areas in bioinformatics, molecular biology and medicinal chemistry require precise chemical structure information about molecules and reactions, e.g. drug design, ligand docking, metabolic network reconstruction, and systems biology. Most available databases, however, treat chemical structures more as illustrations than as a datafield in its own right. Lack of chemical accuracy impedes progress in the areas mentioned above. We present a database of metabolites called BioMeta that augments the existing pathway databases by explicitly assessing the validity, correctness, and completeness of chemical structure and reaction information. Description The main bulk of the data in BioMeta were obtained from the KEGG Ligand database. We developed a tool for chemical structure validation which assesses the chemical validity and stereochemical completeness of a molecule description. The validation tool was used to examine the compounds in BioMeta, showing that a relatively small number of compounds had an incorrect constitution (connectivity only, not considering stereochemistry and that a considerable number (about one third had incomplete or even incorrect stereochemistry. We made a large effort to correct the errors and to complete the structural descriptions. A total of 1468 structures were corrected and/or completed. We also established the reaction balance of the reactions in BioMeta and corrected 55% of the unbalanced (stoichiometrically incorrect reactions in an automatic procedure. The BioMeta database was implemented in PostgreSQL and provided with a web-based interface. Conclusion We demonstrate that the validation of metabolite structures and reactions is a feasible and worthwhile undertaking, and that the validation results can be used to trigger corrections and improvements to BioMeta, our metabolite database. BioMeta provides some tools for rational drug design, reaction searches, and

  4. Numerical Simulation of Transonic Fan Under Circumferential Inlet Distortion Using Harmonic Balance Method%跨声风扇周向畸变流动的谐波平衡法计算

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    杜鹏程; 宁方飞

    2012-01-01

    Simulating the unsteady flow of transonic fan under circumferential inlet distortion using conventional dual time stepping method would need multiple blade passages or the whole annulus in order to apply the direct periodic condition.Also,the initial transients of the solution cost most of the computation time to decay until it reaches a periodic steady state.This makes unsteady solutions extremely time consuming and hampers its application in fan blading design process.A fast calculation method is needed to estimate the impact of the circumferential inlet distortion on the fan aerodynamic performance.Therefore,the computation feasibility and the computation speed for the unsteady calculation of the fan under circumferential inlet distortion using harmonic balance method which adopts the phase shift condition were studied.Both the sine wave form and the square wave form inlet total pressure distortion were considered.For the sine wave form inlet distortion,only a small numbers of harmonics were needed to obtain comparable results to the dual time stepping method and a maximum factor of 48 speed-up could be achieved.As for the square wave form inlet distortion,more harmonics should be adopted to get accurate results and only a factor of 7 speed-up was achieved.The results demonstrate that the harmonic balance method can apply to the unsteady calculation of transonic fan under circumferential inlet distortion effectively and reduce the computation time significantly.%研究了采用"相位延迟"边界条件的谐波平衡法用于周向进气畸变计算的可行性及其计算效率,考虑了进气总压畸变形式为正弦波和方波的两种情况。对于正弦波形式的进气总压畸变采用较少阶数的谐波计算就可得到和双时间推进法相近的计算结果,计算速度最大可以提高48倍。对于方波形式的进气畸变,则需要采用更多阶数的谐波计算才能还原得到较准确的非定常流场,计算速度提高了7

  5. 斑点追踪技术评价缺血心肌短轴缩短率和圆周应变%Evaluation of Regional Shortening Fraction and Circumferential Strain in Patients with Myocardial Ischemia by Speckle Tracking Imaging

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    何艳; 王东平; 陈金国; 张娜; 杨体霞; 张军; 周利民

    2012-01-01

    目的 运用斑点追踪技术(STI)测量缺血心肌的短轴缩短率和圆周应变值,探讨其在诊断心肌缺血,评价心肌功能中的应用价值.方法 对29例心肌缺血患者(冠状动脉狭窄≥75%)和28例正常对照组(冠状动脉没有狭窄)分别行超声心动图检查,采集并记录左室短轴观(二尖瓣水平)的高帧频动态二维灰阶图像,应用二维应变分析软件进行脱机分析,系统自动将左室短轴分为前间隔、前壁、侧壁、后壁、下壁、后间隔6个节段,并给出应变曲线,分别测量各节段心肌的短轴缩短率和圆周应变值.结果 正常对照组的圆周应变曲线是负向峰值曲线,短轴缩短率曲线是正向峰值曲线,整组曲线排列较整齐;而心肌缺血组的应变曲线形态不规则.心肌缺血组圆周应变和短轴缩短率均低于正常对照组,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 斑点追踪技术能对心肌的二维应变进行定量分析,为临床诊断心肌缺血,评价心肌功能提供了无创性新方法.%Objective To evaluate the clinical value of speckle tracking imaging in the measurement of regional shortening fraction and circumferential strain in patients with myocardial ischemia. Methods Twenty-nine patients with myocardial ischemia and twenty-eight healthy subjects underwent echocardiography,high frame rate two-dimensional images were recorded from the left ventricular short-axis views at the levels of mitral annulus, regional shortening fraction and circumferential strain were measured in the left ventricular short-axis views using two-dimensional strain software. Results Circumferential strain curve, regional shortening fraction curve in healthy group changed regularly, while in myocardial ischemia patients, the curve changed irregularly. Regional shortening fraction and circumferential strain in myocardial ischemia patients showed significant reduction compared with normal myocardium(P<0.05). Conclusion Speckle

  6. Motion-corrected Fourier ptychography

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    Bian, Liheng; Guo, Kaikai; Suo, Jinli; Yang, Changhuei; Chen, Feng; Dai, Qionghai

    2016-01-01

    Fourier ptychography (FP) is a recently proposed computational imaging technique for high space-bandwidth product imaging. In real setups such as endoscope and transmission electron microscope, the common sample motion largely degrades the FP reconstruction and limits its practicability. In this paper, we propose a novel FP reconstruction method to efficiently correct for unknown sample motion. Specifically, we adaptively update the sample's Fourier spectrum from low spatial-frequency regions towards high spatial-frequency ones, with an additional motion recovery and phase-offset compensation procedure for each sub-spectrum. Benefiting from the phase retrieval redundancy theory, the required large overlap between adjacent sub-spectra offers an accurate guide for successful motion recovery. Experimental results on both simulated data and real captured data show that the proposed method can correct for unknown sample motion with its standard deviation being up to 10% of the field-of-view scale. We have released...

  7. Proximity effect correction sensitivity analysis

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    Zepka, Alex; Zimmermann, Rainer; Hoppe, Wolfgang; Schulz, Martin

    2010-05-01

    Determining the quality of a proximity effect correction (PEC) is often done via 1-dimensional measurements such as: CD deviations from target, corner rounding, or line-end shortening. An alternative approach would compare the entire perimeter of the exposed shape and its original design. Unfortunately, this is not a viable solution as there is a practical limit to the number of metrology measurements that can be done in a reasonable amount of time. In this paper we make use of simulated results and introduce a method which may be considered complementary to the standard way of PEC qualification. It compares simulated contours with the target layout via a Boolean XOR operation with the area of the XOR differences providing a direct measure of how close a corrected layout approximates the target.

  8. MR image intensity inhomogeneity correction

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    (Vişan Pungǎ, Mirela; Moldovanu, Simona; Moraru, Luminita

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    MR technology is one of the best and most reliable ways of studying the brain. Its main drawback is the so-called intensity inhomogeneity or bias field which impairs the visual inspection and the medical proceedings for diagnosis and strongly affects the quantitative image analysis. Noise is yet another artifact in medical images. In order to accurately and effectively restore the original signal, reference is hereof made to filtering, bias correction and quantitative analysis of correction. In this report, two denoising algorithms are used; (i) Basis rotation fields of experts (BRFoE) and (ii) Anisotropic Diffusion (when Gaussian noise, the Perona-Malik and Tukey's biweight functions and the standard deviation of the noise of the input image are considered).

  9. Interaction and self-correction

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    Satne, Glenda Lucila

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, I address the question of how to account for the normative dimension involved in conceptual competence in a naturalistic framework. First, I present what I call the naturalist challenge (NC), referring to both the phylogenetic and ontogenetic dimensions of conceptual possession...... and acquisition. I then criticize two models that have been dominant in thinking about conceptual competence, the interpretationist and the causalist models. Both fail to meet NC, by failing to account for the abilities involved in conceptual self-correction. I then offer an alternative account of self......-correction that I develop with the help of the interactionist theory of mutual understanding arising from recent developments in phenomenology and developmental psychology. © 2014 Satne....

  10. Video Error Correction Using Steganography

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    Robie David L

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available The transmission of any data is always subject to corruption due to errors, but video transmission, because of its real time nature must deal with these errors without retransmission of the corrupted data. The error can be handled using forward error correction in the encoder or error concealment techniques in the decoder. This MPEG-2 compliant codec uses data hiding to transmit error correction information and several error concealment techniques in the decoder. The decoder resynchronizes more quickly with fewer errors than traditional resynchronization techniques. It also allows for perfect recovery of differentially encoded DCT-DC components and motion vectors. This provides for a much higher quality picture in an error-prone environment while creating an almost imperceptible degradation of the picture in an error-free environment.

  11. Holographic superconductors with Weyl corrections

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    Momeni, Davood; Raza, Muhammad; Myrzakulov, Ratbay

    2016-10-01

    A quick review on the analytical aspects of holographic superconductors (HSCs) with Weyl corrections has been presented. Mainly, we focus on matching method and variational approaches. Different types of such HSC have been investigated — s-wave, p-wave and Stúckelberg ones. We also review the fundamental construction of a p-wave type, in which the non-Abelian gauge field is coupled to the Weyl tensor. The results are compared from numerics to analytical results.

  12. [Orthognathic surgery: corrective bone operations].

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    Reuther, J

    2000-05-01

    The article reviews the history of orthognathic surgery from the middle of the last century up to the present. Initially, mandibular osteotomies were only performed in cases of severe malformations. But during the last century a precise and standardized procedure for correction of the mandible was established. Multiple modifications allowed control of small fragments, functionally stable osteosynthesis, and finally a precise positioning of the condyle. In 1955 Obwegeser and Trauner introduced the sagittal split osteotomy by an intraoral approach. It was the final breakthrough for orthognathic surgery as a standard treatment for corrections of the mandible. Surgery of the maxilla dates back to the nineteenth century. B. von Langenbeck from Berlin is said to have performed the first Le Fort I osteotomy in 1859. After minor changes, Wassmund corrected a posttraumatic malocclusion by a Le Fort I osteotomy in 1927. But it was Axhausen who risked the total mobilization of the maxilla in 1934. By additional modifications and further refinements, Obwegeser paved the way for this approach to become a standard procedure in maxillofacial surgery. Tessier mobilized the whole midface by a Le Fort III osteotomy and showed new perspectives in the correction of severe malformations of the facial bones, creating the basis of modern craniofacial surgery. While the last 150 years were distinguished by the creation and standardization of surgical methods, the present focus lies on precise treatment planning and the consideration of functional aspects of the whole stomatognathic system. To date, 3D visualization by CT scans, stereolithographic models, and computer-aided treatment planning and simulation allow surgery of complex cases and accurate predictions of soft tissue changes.