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  1. Cervical spinal meningioma mimicking intramedullary spinal tumor. (United States)

    Senturk, Senem; Guzel, Aslan; Guzel, Ebru; Bayrak, Aylin Hasanefendioğlu; Sav, Aydin


    Case report. To report a very unusual spinal meningioma, mimicking an intramedullary spinal tumor. Spinal meningiomas, usually associated with signs and symptoms of cord or nerve root compression, are generally encountered in women aged over 40. Radiologic diagnosis is often established by their intradural extramedullary location on magnetic resonance images. A 60-year-old woman had a 6-month history of progressive weakness in her upper extremities, difficulty in walking, and cervical pain radiating through both arms. Neurologic examination revealed motor strength deficiency in all her extremities, with extensor reflexes, clonus, and bilateral hyper-reflexiveness. A sensory deficit was present all over her body. Magnetic resonance images revealed that the spinal cord appeared expanded with an ill-defined, homogeneously contrast-enhanced, lobulated, eccentric mass at the C1-C3 level. The patient was operated with a preliminary diagnosis of an intramedullary tumor. At surgery, the mass was found to be extramedullary, and gross total resection was performed. Histopathological examination revealed a meningioma characterized by the presence of fibrous and meningothelial components. The patient was able to ambulate with a cane, and extremity strength and sensation improved 2 months after surgery. Spinal meningiomas can mimic intramedullary tumors, and should be considered in differential diagnosis of intradural tumors with atypical appearance.

  2. Intramedullary spinal melanocytoma

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    Meic H. Schmidt


    Full Text Available Meningeal melanocytoma is a benign lesion arising from leptomeningeal melanocytes that at times can mimic its malignant counterpart, melanoma. Lesions of the spine usually occur in extramedullary locations and present with spinal cord compression symptoms. Because most reported spinal cases occur in the thoracic region, these symptoms usually include lower extremity weakness or numbness. The authors present a case of primary intrame­dullary spinal meningeal melanocytoma presenting with bilateral lower extremity symptoms in which the patient had no known supratentorial primary lesions. Gross total surgical resection allowed for full recovery, but early recurrence of tumor was detected on close follow-up monitoring, allowing for elective local radiation without loss of neurological function. Case reports of such tumors discuss different treatment strategies, but just as important is the close follow-up monitoring in these patients even after gross total surgical resection, since these tumors can recur.

  3. Intramedullary meningioma of spinal cord: case report of a rare tumor highlighting the differential diagnosis of spinal intramedullary neoplasms. (United States)

    Pant, Ishita; Chaturvedi, Sujata; Gautam, Vinod Kumar Singh; Kumari, Rima


    A 15-year-old male presented with progressive weakness of both lower limbs with urinary incontinence. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a spinal intramedullary mass at D7-D8 level. The child was operated with a preliminary diagnosis of an intramedullary tumor. Atypical ependymoma and astrocytoma were considered in the differential diagnosis. Per- and post-operative histopathological examination reported the case as transitional meningioma (WHO Grade I). Spinal intramedullary meningiomas being a rare entity may be confused with other common intramedullary tumors. Though, rare still the possibility of an intramedullary spinal mass of being a meningioma does exist and therefore should be considered in the differential diagnosis of intramedullary tumors.

  4. Spinal Intramedullary Metastasis of Breast Cancer

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    Recep Basaran


    Full Text Available Objective. Breast cancer accounts for approximately one-third of all cancers in females. Approximately 8.5 % of all central nervous system metastases are located in the spinal cord. These patients have rapidly progressing neurological deficits and require immediate examination. The aim of surgery is decompression of neural tissue and histological evaluation of the tumor. In this paper, we present a case of breast cancer metastasis in thoracic spinal intramedullary area which had been partially excised and then given adjuvant radiotherapy. Case. A 43-year-old female patient with breast cancer for 8 years was admitted to our hospital with complaints of weakness in both legs. Eight years ago, she received chemotherapy and radiotherapy. On her neurological examination, she had paraparesis (left lower extremity: 2/5, right lower extremity: 3/5 and urinary incontinence. Spinal MRI revealed a gadolinium enhancing intramedullary lesion. Pathologic examination of the lesion was consistent with breast carcinoma metastasis. The patient has been taken into radiotherapy. Conclusion. Spinal intramedullary metastasis of breast cancer is an extremely rare situation, but it has a high morbidity and mortality rate. Microsurgical resection is necessary for preservation or amelioration of neurological state and also for increased life expectancy and quality.

  5. Spinal intramedullary ependymoma: surgical approaches and outcome. (United States)

    Borges, Lawrence F


    Intramedullary Ependymomas are uncommon tumors that can occur within the medullary substance of the spinal cord. Despite this difficult location, they are typically benign tumors that can most often be removed completely with an acceptable surgical risk. Therefore, the recommended management approach is usually surgical excision. This review will consider the historical context in which surgeons began treating these tumors and then review the more recent literature that guides their current management.

  6. Combined spinal intramedullary arteriovenous malformation and lipomyelomeningocele

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    Weon, Y.C.; Roh, H.G.; Byun, H.S. [Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea); Chung, J.I. [Medimoa Hospital, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea); Eoh, W. [Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea)


    Combined spinal arteriovenous malformation and lipomyelomeningocele are extremely rare. We present a rare combined case of a lipomyelomeningocele with an intramedullary arteriovenous malformation (AVM) occurred at the L3-L4 level in a 30-year-old man who suffered from low back pain radiating to the lower extremities, dysuria, and frequency for 5 years. The MR studies showed an intradural mass with high-signal intensity on both T1-weighted and T2-weighted images, intermingled with multiple signal-void structures. The mass extended extradurally toward a subcutaneously forming fatty mass on the patient's back. Spinal angiography showed an AVM supplied by the radiculopial branches of the lumbar arteries and drained by tortuous, dilated, perimedullary veins. Endovascular embolization and surgical resection were performed. (orig.)

  7. Exophytic intramedullary meningioma of the cervical spinal cord. (United States)

    Sahni, D; Harrop, J S; Kalfas, I H; Vaccaro, A R; Weingarten, D


    Intramedullary spinal cord neoplasms are relatively uncommon. The most common intramedullary tumors are astrocytomas and ependymomas. Meningiomas can occur as an intradural tumor; however, they are typically in the extramedullary compartment. A 42-year-old male presented with progressive sensory loss in the upper extremities and lower extremity weakness. Pre-operative imaging suggested an intramedullary cervical lesion. To treat the progressive neurological abnormality, surgical resection was planned. At surgery, it was noted that the tumor originated in the cervical spinal cord and extended into the extramedullary region. Histology confirmed the lesion to be a meningioma. This meningioma variant has not previously been described. Spinal meningiomas may occur in locations other than intradural, extramedullary locations, and should be included in the differential diagnosis of intramedullary lesions. Intramedullary meningiomas can be successfully treated with surgery.

  8. Spinal intramedullary tuberculoma and abscess : a rare cause of paraparesis.

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    Devi B


    Full Text Available Five cases of spinal intramedullary tuberculomas (IMT and one case of spinal intramedullary tuberculous abscess (ITA are presented. Gd enhanced MRI revealed ring enhancing lesion with central hypodensity, suggesting granulomatous pathology. Surgical excision of the intramedullary lesions was carried out in four cases, while two patients received presumptive anti-tuberculous chemotherapy only. Repeat MRI after completion of anti-tuberculous therapy showed total resolution of the lesion. In other cases following surgical excision, the patients improved significantly. The management of these rare lesions is discussed and the literature reviewed.

  9. Establishment of intramedullary spinal cord glioma model in rats

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    REN Tian-jian; WANG Zhong-cheng; ZHANG Ya-zhuo; LI Dan; WANG Hong-yun; LI Zhen-zong


    Background Treating intramedullary spinal cord gliomas is a big challenge because of limited options, high recurrence rate and poor prognosis. An intramedullary glioma model is prerequisite for testing new treatments. This paper describes the establishment of a rodent intramedullary glioma model and presents functional progression, neuroimaging and histopathological characterization of the tumour model.Methods Fischer344 rats (n=24) were randomized into two groups. Group 1 (n=16) received a 5 μl intramedullary implantation of 9L gliosarcomal (105) cells. Group 2 (n=8) received a 5 μl intramedullary injection of Dulbecco's modified Eagle medium. The rats were anesthetized, the spinous process of the T10 vertebra and the ligamentum flavum were removed to expose the T10-11 intervertebral space and an intramedullary injection was conducted into the spinal cord. The rats were evaluated preoperatively and daily postoperatively for neurological deficits using the Basso, Beattie and Bresnahan scale. High resolution magnetic resonance images were acquired preoperatively and weekly postoperatively.When score equal to 0, rats were sacrificed for histopathological examination.Results Rats implanted with 9L gliosarcoma cells had a statistically significant median onset of hind limb paraplegia at (16.0±0.4) days, compared with rats in the control group in which neurological deficits were absent. Imaging and pathological cross sections confirmed intramedullary 9L gliosarcoma invading the spinal cord. Rats in the control group showed no significant functional, radiological or histopathological findings of tumour.Conclusions Rats implanted with 9L cells regularly develop paraplegia in a reliable and reproducible manner. The progression of neurological deficits, neuroimaging and histopathological characteristics of intramedullary spinal cord gliomas in rats is comparable with the behaviour of infiltrative intramedullary spinal cord gliomas in patients.

  10. Intramedullary spinal cord primitive neuroectodermal tumor presenting with hydrocephalus. (United States)

    Alexiou, George A; Siozos, George; Stefanaki, Kalliopi; Moschovi, Maria; Prodromou, Neofytos


    Spinal primitive neuroectodermal tumors are exceedingly rare. Herewith, we present the first case of an intramedullary spinal cord tumor associated with hydrocephalus in a 2-month-old boy that presented with left hemiparesis. The patient had been diagnosed on prenatal ultrasound with enlarged ventricular system. At his current admission, a brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed hydrocephalus and an intramedullary lesion extending from the second cervical to the first thoracic vertebrae. Dissemination of the tumor was revealed intracranially and in the spinal canal. After a ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement a radical resection of the tumor was performed, however some small tumor remnants could not be safely removed. Postoperative there was no neurologic deterioration. The tumor was diagnosed as a central nervous system primitive neuroectodermal tumor (World Health Organization grade IV). Spinal intramedullary primitive neuroectodermal tumors are extremely rare. In such rare tumors, multiinstitutional studies are needed for treatment guidelines to be established.

  11. Intramedullary spinal cord and leptomeningeal metastases from intracranial low-grade oligodendroglioma. (United States)

    Verma, Nipun; Nolan, Craig; Hirano, Miki; Young, Robert J


    We present an unusual case of a patient with an intracranial low-grade oligodendroglioma who developed recurrence with an intramedullary spinal cord metastasis and multiple spinal leptomeningeal metastases. The intramedullary spinal cord metastasis showed mild enhancement similar to the original intracranial primary, while the multiple spinal leptomeningeal metastases revealed no enhancement. This is the seventh reported case of symptomatic intramedullary spinal cord metastasis from a low-grade oligodendroglioma.

  12. Surgical intervention for a pediatric isolated intramedullary spinal aneurysm. (United States)

    Morozumi, Masayoshi; Imagama, Shiro; Ando, Kei; Kobayashi, Kazuyoshi; Hida, Tetsuro; Ito, Kenyu; Tsushima, Mikito; Matsumoto, Akiyuki; Tanaka, Satoshi; Machino, Masaaki; Ota, Kyotaro; Nishida, Yoshihiro; Ishiguro, Naoki


    To report the case of a pediatric patient with intramedullary spinal aneurysm. A 9-year-old boy presented with low back pain and subsequent gait disturbance. He had no history of trauma. After admission, MRI revealed an intramedullary spinal cord mass lesion surrounded by hemorrhage at the cervical-thoracic junction. Initial treatment was started with intravenous methylprednisolone and bed rest. Neurological deficit disappeared under careful observation for a few months. Surgical intervention was applied for diagnosis and resection of the mass lesion to prevent recurrent hemorrhage. Intraoperative ultrasound sonography helped to diagnose the lesion as a spinal cord aneurysm, prior to midline myelotomy. Monitoring of transcranial muscle evoked potentials helped to avoid spinal cord damage during surgery. There has been no evidence of spinal aneurysm on MRI for 3 years after surgery and no neurological deterioration. To our knowledge, this is a first report of an intramedullary spinal cord aneurysm at the cervical-thoracic junction in a pediatric patient. Careful observation after initial symptoms followed by surgical intervention was favorable in this case.

  13. Radical microsurgical treatment of intramedullary spinal cord tumors

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    PENG Lin; QI Song-tao; CHEN Zhuang; FEN Wen-feng; FANG Lu-xiong; HUANG Li-jing; CHENG Jiang-peng


    Background The surgical treatment of intramedullary spinal cord tumor aims at complete removal and minimal postoperative deficit. This study was undertaken to evaluate the microsurgical features of intramedullary spinal cord tumors and the time for surgery and prognosis.Methods Twenty-one patients with intramedullary spinal cord tumor who had been treated at Nanfang Hospital,Guangzhou, China since 2000 were studied retrospectively. Fifteen patients were men and 6 women, aged 2-60 years (mean 29.28 years). Thirteen patients had the tumor in the cervical segments, 4 in medulla-cervical segments, 1 in cervicothoracic segment, and 3 in thoracic spine. All the patients underwent microsurgery for the tumor through posterior approaches by laminectomy. The tumor was exposed through dorsal myelotomy, then tumor plane was removed carefully from the entire rostrocaudal area. The dura was sutured routinely. In case of tumors occupying too many spinal segments, titanium strip was applied to reconstruct the vertebral plate and keep the spinal column stable. All the patients were subjected to MR imaging early after operation. Results Complete removal of the tumor was made in 15 patients, subtotal removal in 5, and partial resection in 1. Neurological recovery was related primarily to preoperative neurological conditions of the patients. Patients with minor neurological deficit showed stable sensory and motor function or minor loss in the early postoperative period, and neurological function tended to improve with time. But those with significant or long-standing deficit could hardly demonstrate any recovery. The dissection interface between the tumor and normal cord tissue was the most important factor influencing the extent of surgical removal.Conclusions Intramedullary spinal cord tumor mostly take place in cervical segments, with glioma as the commonest type. Microsurgery is the major treatment of choice, by which tumor plane could be totally resected. Excellent microsurgical

  14. Intramedullary spinal neurocysticercosis treated successfully with medical therapy. (United States)

    Ahmed, Shameem; Paul, Siba Prosad


    Neurocysticercosis caused by Taenia solium and is a common parasitic disease of the cental nervous system. It usually presents with seizures, headaches, progressively worsening focal neurologic symptoms, visual disturbances, loss of bladder control, etc. However, acute onset symptoms may also be seen. MRI scans can accurately diagnose spinal or cerebral lesions and is also helpful in monitoring progress while on treatment. Albendazole is currently the drug of choice along with steroids for medical management of neurocysticercosis. The case of intramedullary spinal neurocysticercosis was treated with praziquantel.

  15. Disseminated coccidioidomycosis presenting with intramedullary spinal cord abscesses: Management challenges

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    Kristina L. Bajema


    Full Text Available Coccidioides species are endemic to the southwestern United States and typically cause a mild or asymptomatic primary infection. In some instances, infection can disseminate and involve the central nervous system with meningitis being the most common manifestation. Non-osseous spinal cord involvement is exceedingly rare. We report a case of disseminated coccidioidomycosis in an otherwise healthy 20 year old man with diffuse leptomeningeal enhancement, cerebrospinal fluid findings suggestive of meningitis, and intramedullary spinal cord abscesses. Response to treatment occurred with prolonged systemic liposomal amphotericin B and voriconazole. An extended course of steroids was needed to blunt inflammation.

  16. Dorsal intramedullary spinal epidermoid cysts: Report of two cases and review of literature

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    Cincu Rafael


    Full Text Available Intramedullary epidermoid cysts of the spinal cord are rare tumors, especially those not associated with spinal dysraphism. About 50 cases have been reported in the literature. Of these, only seven cases have had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI studies. We report two cases of spinal intramedullary epidermoid cysts with MR imaging. Both were not associated with spina bifida. In one patient, the tumor was located at D4 vertebral level; while in the other, within the conus medullaris. The clinical features, MRI characteristics and surgical treatment of intramedullary epidermoid cyst are presented with relevant review of the literature.

  17. Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis from colonic carcinoma presenting as Brown-Sequard syndrome: a case report

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    Kaballo, Mohammed A


    Abstract Introduction Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis is very rare. The majority are discovered incidentally during autopsy. Most symptomatic patients present with rapidly progressive neurological deficits and require immediate examination. Few patients demonstrate features of Brown-Séquard syndrome. Radiotherapy is the gold-standard of therapy for Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis. The overall prognosis is poor and the mortality rate is very high. We present what is, to the best of our knowledge, the first case of Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis of colorectal carcinoma presenting as Brown-Séquard syndrome. Case presentation We present the case of a 71-year-old Caucasian man with colonic adenocarcinoma who developed Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis and showed features of Brown-Séquard syndrome, which is an uncommon presentation of Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis. Conclusion This patient had an Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis, a rare form of metastatic disease, secondary to colonic carcinoma. The metastasis manifested clinically as Brown-Séquard syndrome, itself a very uncommon condition. This syndrome is rarely caused by intramedullary tumors. This unique case has particular interest in medicine, especially for the specialties of medical, surgical and radiation oncology. We hope that it will add more information to the literature about these entities.

  18. Intramedullary thoracic spinal cord meningioma: a rare case report and review of the literature. (United States)

    Yuan, Dun; Liu, Dingyang; Yuan, Xian-rui; Xi, Jian; Ding, Xi-ping


    A 33-year-old male presented with a thoracic spinal intramedullary meningioma manifesting as bilateral asymmetric progressive weakness in the lower extremities. Preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed an intramedullary mass at the T1-T3 level. Intraoperative inspection found that the spinal cord was markedly swollen with a normal surface while dural attachment was not confirmed. Gross total removal of the tumor was achieved. The morphologic and immunohistochemical findings were compatible with the diagnosis of meningioma. Postoperatively, the patient recovered from preoperative paraplegia. Although extremely rare, meningiomas should be considered when diagnosing intramedullary tumors. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  19. Intramedullary cyst formation after removal of multiple intradural spinal arachnoid cysts: A case report (United States)

    Zekaj, Edvin; Saleh, Christian; Servello, Domenico


    Background: A rare cause of spinal cord compression is spinal arachnoid cysts. Symptoms are caused by spinal cord compression, however, asymptomatic patients have been also reported. Treatment options depend upon symptom severity and clinical course. Case Description: We report the case of a 47-year-old patient who developed an intramedullary arachnoid cyst after removal of an intradural extramedullary cyst. Conclusion: Surgery should be considered early in a symptomatic disease course. Longstanding medullary compression may reduce the possibility of neurological recovery as well as secondary complications such as intramedullary cyst formation. PMID:27512608

  20. Intramedullary spinal epidermoid cyst of the cervicodorsal region: A rare entity

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    Ashok Kumar


    Full Text Available Intramedullary spinal epidermoid cysts are rare, with only few cases having been reported in the literature. We are reporting a case of a 10-year-old female child who presented with symptoms of meningitis with progressive paraparesis. Magnetic resonance imaging of the spine revealed an intramedullary epidermoid cyst from C6 to D5. Near-total excision of the tumor was performed. Histopathological report confirmed the diagnosis of epidermoid cyst. The patient showed progressive recovery.

  1. Management of intramedullary spinal cord tumours : review of 68 patients.

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    Chandy M


    Full Text Available 68 consecutive patients admitted with intramedullary spinal cord tumours and operated at Vellore during a six year period from January 1990 are discussed. 41 tumours were radically resected, 11 partially excised while 14 had only a biopsy. Radiation therapy was advised post operatively to those patients for whom a partial excision or biopsy was done. There was no postoperative mortality. Two patients developed wound infection and one developed postoperative hydrocephalus. Postoperative clinical assessment between four to eight weeks after surgery showed that 25 out of 68 patients improved, 29 remained unchanged, while 14 had worsening of deficits. Immediate post operative assessment, however, was less encouraging. Evaluation of these patients was done using a functional scoring system and Karnofsky rating. The follow up period ranged from 2 weeks to 64 months after discharge from hospital with a mean of 14.6 months. The indicators of radical excision were good tumour-cord interface, cranially located tumours, presence of syringomyelia and histology of ependymoma. Two patients had recurrence of tumour.

  2. Intramedullary spinal cord ganglioglioma presenting as hyperhidrosis: unique symptoms and magnetic resonance imaging findings: case report. (United States)

    Murakami, Tomohiro; Koyanagi, Izumi; Kaneko, Takahisa; Yoneta, Akihiro; Keira, Yoshiko; Wanibuchi, Masahiko; Hasegawa, Tadashi; Mikuni, Nobuhiro


    Hyperhidrosis is caused by a sympathetic dysfunction of the central or peripheral nervous system. Intramedullary spinal cord lesions can be a cause of hyperhidrosis. The authors report a rare case of intramedullary thoracic spinal cord ganglioglioma presenting as hyperhidrosis. This 16-year-old boy presented with abnormal sweating on the right side of the neck, chest, and the right arm that had been occurring for 6 years. Neurological examination revealed mild motor weakness of the right lower extremity and slightly decreased sensation in the left lower extremity. Hyperhidrosis was observed in the right C3-T8 dermatomes. Magnetic resonance imaging showed an intramedullary tumor at the right side of the spinal cord at the T2-3 level. The tumor showed partial enhancement after Gd administration. The patient underwent removal of the tumor via hemilaminectomy of T2-3. Only subtotal resection was achieved because the margins of the tumor were unclear. Histopathological examination revealed ganglioglioma. Hyperhidrosis gradually improved after surgery. Hyperhidrosis is a rare clinical manifestation of intramedullary spinal cord tumors, and only a few cases have been reported in the literature. The location of the tumor origin, around the right gray matter of the lateral spinal cord, may account for the hyperhidrosis as the initial symptom in this patient. Physicians should examine the spinal cord using MRI studies when a patient has hyperhidrosis with some motor or sensory symptoms of the extremities.

  3. Robotic Radiosurgery for the Treatment of Intramedullary Spinal Cord Metastases: A Case Report and Literature Review (United States)

    Garcia, Rafael; Sallabanda, Kita; Santa-Olalla, Iciar; Avilés, Lijia; Sallabanda, Morena; Rivin, Eleonor; Samblás, José


    Modern technologies allow the delivery of high radiation doses to intramedullary spinal cord metastases while lowering the dose to the neighboring organs at risk. Whether this dosimetric advantage translates into clinical benefit is not well known. This study evaluates the acute and late toxicity outcomes in a patient treated with robotic radiosurgery for an intramedullary spinal cord metastasis. A 50-year-old woman diagnosed in May 2006 with invasive ductal carcinoma of the right breast T2N3M1 (two liver metastases) received chemotherapy with a complete response. Subsequently, she underwent adjuvant whole-breast radiotherapy, along with tamoxifen. After several distant relapses, treated mainly with systemic therapy, the patient developed an intramedullary lesion at the C3-C4 level and was referred to our CyberKnife unit for assessment. A total dose of 14 Gy prescribed to the 74% isodose line was administered to the intramedullary lesion in one fraction. One hundred and two treatment beams were used covering 95.63% of the target volume. The mean dose was 15.93 Gy and the maximum dose, 18.92 Gy. Maximum dose to the spinal cord was 13.96 Gy, V12 ~ 0.13 cc and V8 ~ 0.43 cc. Three months after treatment, magnetic resonance imaging showed a reduction in size and enhancement of the intramedullary lesion with no associated toxicity. During this period, the patient showed a good performance status without neurological deficits. Currently, with a follow-up of 37 months, the patient has the ability to perform activities of daily life. Intramedullary spinal cord metastases is a rare and aggressive disease, often treatment-refractory. Our case demonstrates that radiation therapy delivery with robotic radiosurgery allows the achievement of a high local control without adding toxicity. PMID:27330877

  4. Sarcomatoid malignant mesothelioma presenting with intramedullary spinal cord metastasis: a case report and literature review. (United States)

    Yamamoto, Junkoh; Ueta, Kunihiro; Takenaka, Masaru; Takahashi, Mayu; Nishizawa, Shigeru


    Study Design Case report. Objective Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is an uncommon tumor of the pleural epithelium with a predilection for local spread into adjacent tissues. The sarcomatoid type accounts for ∼10% of MM cases and is associated with poorer survival than the epithelioid, desmoplastic, and biphasic types. MM commonly presents with involvement of the vertebral body or epidural space. However, intradural spinal extension of MM is extremely rare. Only eight cases of intradural spinal extension have been reported. We report this rare case and discuss the clinical manifestations of intradural spinal extension of MM with literature review. Methods This report describes the case of a 62-year-old man with Brown-Séquard syndrome and radiculopathy of the left C5 nerve root detected during treatment for pleural sarcomatoid MM. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed an intramedullary lesion at the C3 level and a small nodule at the left C5 nerve root with cervical canal stenosis. Results The patient underwent surgery, and intramedullary metastasis of sarcomatoid MM was diagnosed. Subsequently, radiotherapy was administered, resulting in temporary improvement of the patient's condition. Thereafter, his condition gradually deteriorated, and follow-up MRI showed a more extensive residual C3 intramedullary lesion. Thus, a second surgery was performed after chemotherapy, but the patient died 5 months after the initial diagnosis. Conclusion We present this rare case, and emphasize intramedullary spinal cord metastasis of MM as differential diagnosis in primary cord lesion.

  5. Diffusion tensor imaging in inflammatory and neoplastic intramedullary spinal cord lesions: Focusing on fiber tracking

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    Kim, Hyo Jin; Lee, Joon Woo; Lee, Eugene; Kim, Sung Gon; Kang, Yu Suhn; Ahn, Joong Mo; Kang, Heung Sik [Dept. of Radiology, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam (Korea, Republic of)


    Inflammatory and neoplastic intramedullary spinal cord lesions have overlapping clinical features, and it is occasionally difficult to distinguish one from the other on conventional magnetic resonance imaging. We aimed to compare diffusion tensor imaging findings between inflammatory and neoplastic intramedullary spinal cord lesions, with a specific focus on patterns of fiber tracking. Diffusion tensor imaging was performed in patients with either inflammatory or neoplastic intramedullary spinal cord lesions. The fiber tracking patterns (categorized as “intact,” “displaced,” or “interrupted”) were compared between these two groups. Eight patients were included in the study: 5 patients with pathologically or clinically confirmed inflammatory lesions and 3 patients with pathologically or clinically confirmed neoplastic lesions. Among the 5 patients with inflammatory lesions, 2 patients exhibited the displaced pattern and 3 patients exhibited the intact pattern. Among the 3 patients with neoplastic lesions, 1 patient exhibited the intact pattern, 1 patient exhibited the displaced pattern, and 1 patient exhibited the interrupted pattern. In this study, inflammatory and neoplastic intramedullary spinal cord lesions were not clearly differentiated by fiber tracking; both conditions can present with overlapping features such as displaced fibers. The exclusion of inflammatory conditions based on the presence of displaced fibers in fiber tracking images should be avoided.

  6. MR imaging of intramedullary tumors of the spinal cord: comparison with surgical findings

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    Choe, Du Whan; Hwang, Hee Young; Lee, Hyeon Kyeong; Han, Moon Hee; Kim, In One; Kim, Hyen Jip; Chang, Kee Hyung [Seoul National University, College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    To evaluate the capability of MR imaging to localize intramedullary tumors of the spinal cord and to distinguish solid from cystic components. MR images of 12 patients with surgically-proven intramedullary spinal cord tumor were retrospectively reviewed and correlated with surgical findings. Histologic diagnosis consisted of 3 astrocytomas, 4 ependymomas, 2 gangliogliomas, and one case of lipoma, lymphoma, and glioblastoma multiform each. MR scans were obtained on a 2.0T or a 0.5T with T1-and T2-weighted spin-echo pulse sequences in sagittal and axial planes. Contrast enhancement was performed with Gd-DTPA in 9 patients. All tumors expanded the spinal cord and showed an extent of involvement ranging from 2 to 5 vertebral heights, except for the gangliogliomas which involved the spinal cord more extensively. Contrast enhancement was seen in all 9 patients. Intratumoral cavities were observed in 1 out of 3 astrocytomas and 2 gangliogliomas. Peritumoral syringomyelia was seen in 2 out of 4 ependymonas and 2 gangliogliomas. In most cases, the MR findings correlated well with the surgical findings with respect to the extent, distinctness of the tumor margin, intratumoral cavity, and associated syringomyelia. It is concluded that MR imaging is a very useful diagnostic tool in the evaluation of intramedullary spinal cord tumors.

  7. Non-neoplastic disorders of the esophagus

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    Hong, Min Ji; Kim, Young Tong [Dept. of Radiology, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Cheonan Hospital, Cheonan (Korea, Republic of)


    Non-neoplastic disorders of the esophagus include esophagitis, esophageal diverticulum, esophageal injury, foreign body, fistulous formation between the esophagus and the surrounding structures and mucocele. Since these disorders have variable symptoms and radiologic findings, it needs to differentiated from other disorders other than esophageal diseases. Being knowledgeable of CT findings suggest that these disorders can help diagnose non-neoplastic disorders of the esophagus. The purpose of this pictorial essay is to review the CT appearance of non-neoplastic disorders of the esophagus.

  8. Infected lumbar dermoid cyst mimicking intramedullary spinal cord tumor: Observations and outcomes

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    Sudhakar Vadivelu


    Full Text Available We report two unusual cases of a 17-month-old boy with a previously undiagnosed lumbar dermal sinus tract terminating in an intradural dermoid cyst and holocord edema or syrinx, presenting with paraparesis and sphincter dysfunction secondary to an intramedullary abscess and a 26-month-old boy with a previously undiagnosed lumbar dermal sinus tract terminating in an infected dermoid cyst and intramedullary abscess, presenting with recurrent episodes of meningitis and hydrocephalus. Pre-operative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI studies in these patients were initially confused for an intramedullary spinal cord tumor; however, the presence of an associated dermal sinus tract made this diagnosis of neoplasm less likely. Total excision of the dermal sinus tract, debulking of the dermoid cyst and drainage of the intramedullary abscess through an L1-L5 osteoplastic laminoplasty and midline myelotomy, followed by long-term antibiotic therapy resulted in a good functional recovery. Post-operative MRI of the spine showed removal of the dermoid cyst, decreased inflammatory granulation tissue and resolution of the holocord edema or syrinx. We also performed a literature review to determine the cumulative experience of management of intramedullary abscess in this rare clinical setting.

  9. Magnetic resonance imaging of spinal intramedullary cavernous angioma and its surgical treatment

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    Isu, Toyohiko; Fujimoto, Makoto; Asaoka, Katsuyuki; Mabuchi, Shoji; Okumura, Hitoshi; Tsusaka, Tomofumi; Honma, Sanae; Ogata, Akihiko; Nanbu, Toshikazu (Kushiro Rousai Hospital, Hokkaido (Japan))


    Findings of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging were examined in 5 patients (2 men and 3 women) with spinal intramedullary cavernous angioma. They ranged in age from 30 to 59 years. The area surrounding isointense area was hypointense on both T1- and T2-weighted images, showing an old hematoma. The isointense area was enhanced by Gd-DTPA, which was surgically proven to be an angioma itself. Surgical outcome was favorable in 4 patients, in whom preoperative neurologic symptoms were mild and an angioma was extirpated, and unfavorable in the other one, who was diagnosed 15 years after the onset and was serious before operation. Identifying s hematoma associated with angioma from an angioma itself is important in MRI diagnosis of spinal intramedullary cavernous angioma. Early diagnosis and treatment may contribute to favorable surgical outcome. (N.K.).

  10. The occult nature of intramedullary spinal cord metastases from renal cell carcinoma.

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    Zakaria, Zaitun


    Renal cell carcinomas (RCC) are characterised by a tendency to metastasise widely, often while remaining occult. Intramedullary spinal cord metastases (ISCM) from RCC may be the presenting feature of the disease or present at any time in the disease course. This case report discusses an ISCM from RCC which became manifested at the time of resection of the primary tumour. We review the literature published on ISCM from RCC from 1990 to date comparing disease characteristics and presentations.

  11. Total gastrectomy for non-neoplastic diseases

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    Bjorn, Niels; Ainsworth, Alan Patrick; Mortensen, Michael Bau


    Background: The aim of this study was to describe patients who had total gastrectomy for non-neoplastic diseases within a well-defined geographical area. Material and Methods: Retrospective study of patients who had gastrectomy for a non-neoplastic disease at the Department of Surgery, Odense...... University Hospital from 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2014. Results: A total of 268 gastrectomies were performed with the 10-year period. Of these, ten (4%) were done for non-neoplastic diseases. Two were men and eight women with a median age of 51 years (range 31 to 96 years). Six had emergency surgery...... and four were planned procedures. Four patients had no complications following surgery, whereas severe complications where seen in 6 patients, where anastomotic leakage occurred in 3 patients. Median length of postoperative stay was 21 days (range 6 to 98 days), and the 30-days and 90-days mortality was 1...

  12. Intra-medullary tubercular abscess with spinal dysraphism: An unusual case

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    Ashok Bhanage


    Full Text Available Spinal intramedullary tubercular abscess itself is a rare entity. Very few cases have been reported. We report a case of a 4-month-old female with a dermal sinus in lower back since birth, intermittent fever for 2 months, acute onset paraparesis and bowel bladder involvement showing an intramedullary contrast enhancing lesion extending from D11 to S2 level with low lying conus, and a subcutaneous tract in lower back at S2 level extending from skin up to the sacral canal on magnetic resonance imaging of the spine. Drainage of abscess and biopsy revealed tubercular infection on histopathology. The patient made a good recovery with anti-tubercular treatment and physiotherapy. The source of tubercular infection could not be established. The baby had received Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccination at birth and the possibility of vaccination associated tubercular infection could not be ruled out.

  13. Surgical Management of Intramedullary Spinal Cord Tumors: Surgical Resection and Prognosis

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    Gui-huai Wang; Gui-huai Wang; Chung-cheng Wang; Chung-cheng Wang


    BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE: The majority of intramedullary spinal cord tumors (IMSCT) are low-grade gliomas.Radical resection for IMSCTs remains challenging.Recently, improved neuroimaging and advanced microsurgical technique have made great success in surgical management of the intramedullary spinal cord tumors.METHODS & RESULTS: Twenty-nine patients with intramedullary spinal cord tumors were treated by radical resection during the past 4 years in our institute.The histological results were as follows: 12 ependymomas, 4 astrocytomas, 4 hemangioblastomas, 4 epidermoids, 1 cavernoma, 2 lipomas, 2 metastatics.A gross-total resection (> 95%) was achieved in 25 surgical procedures.Subtotal resections (80-95%) were performed in 4 cases.There was no surgical death.When comparing the preoperative and 3-month postoperative functional grades, 12 patients were stable 14 improved, and 3 deteriorated.Patients with either no deficit or only mild deficit before surgery were rarely impaired by the procedure, reinforcing the importance of early diagnosis and treatment.The major determinant of long-term survival was histological composition of the tumor.Patients in whom an IMSCT was only partially resected (< 80%) fared significantly worse.CONCLUSIONS: The long-term survival and quality of life for patients with low-grade gliomas treated by radical resection alone is comparable or superior to minimal resection plus radiotherapy.The optimal therapy for patients with high-grade glioma is yet to be determined.For benign lesion, such as hemangioblastoma and cavernoma could be cured by total resection of the tumor.For lipoma and epidermoid, fibrous adhesions to the cord make total removal difficult, and thus, removal is not the goal of surgery.The carbon dioxide laser is particularly useful during surgery for this lesion.

  14. Intramedullary spinal cord and brain metastases from thyroid carcinoma detected 11 years after initial diagnosis--case report. (United States)

    Honma, Y; Kawakita, K; Nagao, S


    A 60-year-old male presented with a rare intramedullary spinal cord metastasis from thyroid carcinoma manifesting as rapidly worsening motor and sphincter disturbances. The primary tumor had been treated 11 years previously. Magnetic resonance imaging clearly revealed the hemorrhagic tumor localized in the thoracic spinal cord and an associated, asymptomatic metastasis in the cerebellum. The hypervascular tumors were totally removed. The histological diagnosis was papillary adenocarcinoma. He has been stable for 2 years postoperatively. Surgical resection of intramedullary metastasis should be considered in patients with less malignant tumors such as thyroid carcinoma, especially when accompanied by progressive compression myelopathy.

  15. Isolated thoracic (D5 intramedullary epidermoid cyst without spinal dysraphism: A rare case report

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    Sudhansu Sekhar Mishra


    Full Text Available Spinal epidermoid cyst, congenital or acquired, is mainly congenital associated with spinal dysraphism, rarely in isolation. Intramedullary epidermoid cysts (IECs are rare with less than 60 cases reported so far; isolated variety (i.e., without spinal dysraphism is still rarer. Complete microsurgical excision is the dictum of surgical treatment. A 14-year-old boy presented with 4-month history of upper backache accompanied with progressive descending paresthesia with paraparesis with early bladder and bowel involvement. His condition deteriorated rapidly making him bedridden. Neurological examination revealed upper thoracic myeloradiculopathy probably of neoplastic origin with sensory localization to D5 spinal level. Digital X-ray revealed no feature suggestive of spinal dysraphism. Contrast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI characteristics clinched the presumptive diagnosis. Near-total microsurgical excision was done leaving behind a small part of the calcified capsule densely adhered to cord. Histopathological features were confirmative of an epidermoid cyst. Postoperatively, he improved significantly with a gain of motor power sufficient to walk without support within a span of 6 months. Spinal IECs, without any specific clinical presentation, are often diagnosed based upon intraoperative and histopathological findings, however early diagnosis is possible on complete MRI valuation. Complete microsurgical excision, resulting in cessation of clinical progression and remission of symptoms, has to be limited to sub-total or near-total excision if cyst is adherent to cord or its confines.

  16. Sphenoid Sinus Carcinoma with Intramedullary Spinal Cord Metastasis and Syringomyelia - Report of A Case -

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    Oh, Yoon Kyeong; Kim, Young Sook [Chosun University College of Medicine, Kwangju (Korea, Republic of)


    Purpose : Primary sphenoid carcinoma is rare. It accounts for 0.3% of all primary paranasal sinus malignancies. Because of the rarity of sphenoid carcinoma, large series of patients with outcome and survival statistics are currently unavailable. So we followed up the 1 case of sphenoid sinus carcinoma treated in our hospital and reported the course of the disease. In a review of case reports and small series of patients, 2-year survival was 7%. Our case is alive at 29 months after diagnosis of sphenoid sinus carcinoma. Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis (ISCM) is an unusual complication of cancer. In our case rapidly progressive paraparesis and urinary retention developed at 25 months after diagnosis of sphenoid sinus carcinoma. MRI of the thoracic spines showed the intramedullary spinal cord tumor mass at T3 and T4 level with accompanying syringomyelia. Here we report a case of ISCM associated with syringomyelia which has developed after primary sphenoid sinus carcinoma with a review of literature about the clinical behavior and treatment of this lesion.

  17. Isolated spinal neurosarcoidosis: An enigmatic intramedullary spinal cord pathology-case report and review of the literature

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    Manish K Kasliwal


    Full Text Available Isolated spinal cord neurosarcoidosis (NS in the absence of systemic disease or intracranial involvement is exceptionally rare. Adjunctive laboratory tests though useful may not be reliable and the absence of any pathognomonic radiological features makes the diagnosis difficult. As spinal cord NS may be a presenting feature of systemic sarcoidosis which may be occult on routine workup, 18 F-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography (FDG-PET may be of value in unraveling this systemic involvement avoiding biopsying the spinal cord. A case of truly isolated NS is described with review of literature on this enigmatic pathology. Long segment intramedullary signal changes with focal parenchymal along with dural/meningeal enhancement in the absence of significant cervical stenosis in a young patient of northern European or African-American decent is very suggestive of NS and although may be presumably treated with steroids; there should be a low threshold for spinal cord biopsy especially in the absence of response to steroids to confirm isolated spinal cord NS in a patient with clinical neurological deterioration.

  18. Differential diagnosis of cervical spinal cord demyelinating diseases and cervical intramedullary gliomas

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    Gui-nü HE


    Full Text Available Objective To analyze the imaging characteristics of cervical spinal cord demyelinating diseases and cervical intramedullary gliomas, so as to improve the differential diagnosis between them.  Methods A retrospective analysis was conducted using clinical and MRI data from 22 cases of cervical spinal cord demyelinating diseases and 16 cases of cervical intramedullary gliomas.  Results Clinical features in both groups included paresthesia [77.27% (17/22, 12/16], weakness of limbs [72.73% (16/22, 10/16], and dysfunction of autonomic nerve [45.45% (10/22, 4/16]. In cervical MRI, the lesions involving more than 3 vertebras were 63.64% (14/22 in demyelinating group and 15/16 in glioma group, and the average lengths of lesions were (3.41 ± 1.74 and (3.59 ± 1.28 vertebras in 2 groups. The lesions showed long T1 signal [68.18% (15/22, 7/16], equisignal T1 [31.82% (7/22, 6/16] and long T2 signal [100% (22/22, 8/15] in 2 groups. Mixed T1 and T2 signals (3/16, 6/15 could be seen in glioma group. Demyelinating lesions had unclear boundary [90.91% (20/22] with patchy and ribbon-like enhancement (13/16. Limited enlargement of spinal cord (15/16 and thickening spinal meninges (14/16 were more common in glioma group, usually with block and circular enhancement (12/16. Spinal cord involvement around central canal could be seen (14/15, and the cysts or central canal enlargement, hemorrhage and "cap sign" were showed frequently (7/16, 5/16 and 4/16.  Conclusions Although none of one single clinical or MRI feature was sufficient enough to identify cervical spinal demyelinating diseases from cervical glioma, the comprehensive analysis of multiple features could help to make differential diagnosis of these diseases. doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1672-6731.2014.09.008

  19. Magnetic resonance imaging of intramedullary meningioma of the spinal cord: case report and review of the literature

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    Covert, S.; Gandhi, D.; Goyal, M. [The Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus, Dept. of Diagnostic Imaging, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); Woulfe, J. [The Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus, Dept. of Neuropathology, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); Belanger, E. [The Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus, Dept. of Neurosurgery, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); Miller, W. [The Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus, Dept. of Diagnostic Imaging, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); Modha, A. [The Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus, Dept. of Neurosurgery, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada)


    Intramedullary meningioma of the spinal cord is an extremely rare tumour. To the best of our knowledge, only 4 cases have been reported in the English literature, and limited information on imaging features is available. We present a further case and review the literature on this entity. Meningiomas are among the most common tumours that occur in the spinal canal, representing about 25% of all adult intraspinal tumours. They are commonly found in the thoracic segment of the spine and are most often intradural-extramedullary. Their location is explained by the way in which they develop. Meningiomas are derived from persistent arachnoid cell remnants in the spinal coverings, most commonly from arachnoid. They are usually adherent to, but do not arise from, dura. We present a case of intramedullary meningioma, a rare clinical entity, discuss the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings and review the 4 cases that have been previously reported. (author)

  20. The MRI manifestations of intramedullary germinoma of the spinal cord: a case report and review of the literature

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    Feng Chen; Tao Liu; Jianjun Li; Chuanzi Li


    Primary germinoma in the spinal cord is very rare. Preoperative diagnosis is important because germinomas are sensitive to radiation therapy and chemotherapy so that treatment trends and prognosis differ from other intramedullary spinal cord tumors. Preoperative radiologic diagnosis is very difficult because of this rarity. In this case a 22-year-old woman with a 4-month history of gradual numbness and weakness of both lower extremities was found to have a solid tumor in the thoracic cord between the T9 and T11 vertebral bodies. No other neoplastic lesion was found inside or outside the central nervous system. The patient underwent surgery, and the intramedullary lesion was almost totally resected. Serum HCG was elevated postoperatively without pregnancy. The pathological diagnosis was conclusively that of a germinoma. The previous 23 cases of primary spinal cord germinoma were reviewed for comparison.

  1. Hemangioma cavernoso intramedular: relato de caso Spinal cord intramedullary cavernous haemangioma: case report

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    Juliano Colonetti


    Full Text Available O hemangioma cavernoso intramedular é anomalia vascular de baixo fluxo, curável através de ressecção cirúrgica. Entretanto, se não forem instituídos o diagnóstico precoce e a terapêutica adequada, pode levar à graves sequelas neurológicas. É extremamente raro a ocorrência de um angioma cavernoso intramedular. É relatado o caso de uma paciente de 33 anos, com um angioma cavernoso intramedular no nível de T6 - T7, que apresentava quadro clínico de compressão medular lenta e progressiva, com piora recente importante. A ressonância magnética da coluna torácica demonstrou, entre a sexta e a sétima vértebras dorsais, lesão expansiva intramedular que se apresentava hipointensa em T1 e discretamente hiperintensa em T2, com pequeno halo hipointenso à sua volta nas duas sequências. A paciente foi submetida a tratamento cirúrgico tardio e não apresentou recuperação neurológica. Os achados clínicos, de imagem e a importância de instituir precocemente o tratamento adequado são analisados e discutidos.The intramedullary cavernous haemangioma is a low flow vascular anomaly curable through surgical resection, howewer if the precocious diagnosis and the appropriate therapeutics are not done it can cause serious neurological sequels.It is extremely rare the occurrence of intramedullary cavernous haemangioma. We report the case of a 33 year-old woman patient with an intramedullary cavernous angioma at T6-T7, that presented a clinical picture of slow and progressive spinal cord compression , with an important recent worsening.The magnetic resonance of the thoracic column demonstrated a T6 - T7 a intramedullary expansive lesion wich presented hypointense on T1 and discretely hyperintense on T2 with a small hypointense area in the two sequences.The patient was submitted to late surgical treatment and did not presented neurological recovery. The clinical and imagelogy pictures, and the importance of instituing precociously the

  2. Challenges in early operative approaches to intramedullary spinal cord tumors: Harvey Cushing's perspective. (United States)

    Pendleton, Courtney; Rincon-Torroella, Jordina; Gokaslan, Ziya L; Jallo, George I; Quinones-Hinojosa, Alfredo


    Although Harvey Cushing was mostly known for his contributions to brain tumor surgery, he was also a pioneer in the development of spinal cord surgery. This lesser known facet of Cushing's career can provide a fresh and unique perspective into how the founders of neurosurgery surmounted early challenges in the field. The authors bring to light and examine for the first time Cushing's unpublished writing "Technique of Laminectomy" along with his first 3 documented intramedullary spinal cord tumor (IMSCT) cases at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The authors draw lessons from the challenges in pathological classification, preoperative diagnosis, tumor localization, and surgical technique of that time. Although Cushing's attempts at exploration and resection of IMSCT as described here were of limited success, his ability to adapt his clinical and surgical technique to the challenges of the time, as well as develop skills to successfully manipulate the spinal cord during these exploratory procedures without the patients incurring neurological damage, postoperative infection, or complications, is a testament to his determination to advance the field and his meticulous operative technique. In spite of the limitations imposed on the pioneer neurosurgeons, Harvey Cushing and his contemporaries persevered through many of the challenges and built an essential part of neurosurgery's common story.

  3. Intramedullary Spinal Cord Metastasis : A Report of Two Cases and a Review of the Literature

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    Oh, Yoon Kyeong; Park, Hee Chul [Chosun University College of Medicine, Kwangju (Korea, Republic of)


    Intramedullary spinal cord metastases (ISCM) account for only 3.4% of symptomatic metastases to the spinal cord. The survival of patients with ISCM is characteristically short, often no longer than 2 months, due to a rapid neurologic deterioration and the presence of widespread metastases, including metastases to the brain. We report two cases of ISCM arising from primary sphenoid sinus carcinoma and primary lung cancer along with a review of the literature. The case of ISCM from the primary sphenoid sinus is the third case of secondary syringomyelia due to ISCM in the world literature, and ISCM from the primary lung cancer is the first case reported in Korea. One case showed a slow progression of symptoms and a longer survival (26 months after the radiotherapy to the spine), and the other showed a rapid deterioration of symptoms with a shorter survival. More effective palliation can be achieved if the disease is diagnosed at an early stage when the neurologic deficits are still reversible.

  4. Intradural intramedullary spinal cord meningioma in a seven years old female child. (United States)

    Hafiz, M G; Rahman, M R; Yeamin, M B


    Halima, a 7 years old female child was admitted initially in the Department of Neurosurgery, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Shahbagh, Dhaka, Bangladesh with the complaints of burning sensation in the neck for last four month. Initially pain was mild and gradually it became severe and agonizing at night which awakening her from sleep. Following fifteen days of admission, her left hand gradually became weak and numb. Subsequently, all four limbs became involved within one month. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed expansion of cervical cord with hypo-intense in T1 and inhomogeneous hyper-intense in T2 areas with widening of cervical canal. Post gadolinium diethylene triamine penta-acetic acid dimeglumine (Gd-DTPA) films showed mild heterogeneous contrast enhancement of the cord at the C2-C4 level. The cervical disc showed normal signal intensity on T2WI. During surgical procedure, laminectomy was done at C1-C5 level to release compression and dura matter was opened. Biopsy from involved tissue was taken and sent for histopathological examination and reported as embronal rhabdomyosarcoma. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) of tumor showed negative reaction for desmin, focal positivity for pancytokeratin and positivity for S-100 protein. The tumor was then diagnosed as atypical meningioma,intradural-intramedullary (WHO grade-II). Then, following transfer to the Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, BSMMU, protocol based chemotherapy was started followed by subsequent radiotherapy. The child was gradually improving after decompression of dura matter, commencement of chemotherapy and following external beam radiotherapy. So, an awareness of varied clinical manifestation of atypical meningioma of intrdural-intramedullary spinal cord tumor should be suspected to establish a correct diagnosis when the presenting signs and symptoms are enigmatic, presenting with intractable burning sensation or pain in the neck and investigation should be done

  5. Rare thyroid non-neoplastic diseases. (United States)

    Lacka, Katarzyna; Maciejewski, Adam


    Rare diseases are usually defined as entities affecting less than 1 person per 2,000. About 7,000 different rare entities are distinguished and, among them, rare diseases of the thyroid gland. Although not frequent, they can be found in the everyday practice of endocrinologists and should be considered in differential diagnosis. Rare non-neoplastic thyroid diseases will be discussed. Congenital hypothyroidism's frequency is relatively high and its early treatment is of vital importance for neonatal psychomotor development; CH is caused primarily by thyroid dysgenesis (85%) or dyshormonogenesis (10-15%), although secondary defects - hypothalamic and pituitary - can also be found; up to 40% of cases diagnosed on neonatal screening are transient. Inherited abnormalities of thyroid hormone binding proteins (TBG, TBP and albumin) include alterations in their concentration or affinity for iodothyronines, this leads to laboratory test abnormalities, although usually with normal free hormones and clinical euthyroidism. Thyroid hormone resistance is most commonly found in THRB gene mutations and more rarely in THRA mutations; in some cases both genes are unchanged (non-TR RTH). Recently the term 'reduced sensitivity to thyroid hormones' was introduced, which encompass not only iodothyronine receptor defects but also their defective transmembrane transport or metabolism. Rare causes of hyperthyroidism are: activating mutations in TSHR or GNAS genes, pituitary adenomas, differentiated thyroid cancer or gestational trophoblastic disease; congenital hyperthyroidism cases are also seen, although less frequently than CH. Like other organs and tissues, the thyroid can be affected by different inflammatory and infectious processes, including tuberculosis and sarcoidosis. In most of the rare thyroid diseases genetic factors play a key role, many of them can be classified as monogenic disorders. Although there are still some limitations, progress has been made in our understanding of

  6. Clinical outcome in patients with intramedullary spinal cord metastases from lung cancer. (United States)

    Conill, C; Marruecos, J; Verger, E; Berenguer, J; Lomeña, F; Domingo-Domènech, J; Grau, J J; Casas, F


    Intramedullary spinal cord metastases (ISCM) are uncommon and present with rapidly progressing neurological deficits. The objective of this study was to determine the rate, duration of neurological response and survival after radiation therapy. We have retrospectively reviewed the clinical outcome of six cases with a diagnosis of ISCM from primary lung cancer, non-small cell (NSCLC) (n=3) and small cell (SCLC) (n=3). Total radiation dose ranged from 27 Gy/5 fr to 40 Gy/20 fr. Ambulation was preserved in 3 patients and partially recovered in one. Five out of the six patients (83%) showed improvement in neurological signs/symptoms with a mean duration of 17.2 days (max: 40 days; min: 6 days). Median survival time was 5 months (confidence interval (CI) 95%: 0-12) for NSCLC and 5 months (CI 95%: 4-6) for SCLC. Although radiation response rate is high, the interval free of neurological progression is very short. A therapeutic approach should be considered for each individual.

  7. The role of stereotactic radiosurgery in the treatment of intramedullary spinal cord neoplasms: a systematic literature review. (United States)

    Hernández-Durán, Silvia; Hanft, Simon; Komotar, Ricardo J; Manzano, Glen R


    Advances in imaging technology and microsurgical techniques have made microsurgical resection the treatment of choice in cases of symptomatic intramedullary tumors. The use of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for spinal tumors is a recent development, and its application to intramedullary lesions is debated. We conducted a literature search through PubMed's MeSH system, compiling information regarding intramedullary neoplasms treated by SRS. We compiled histology, tumor location and size, treatment modality, radiation dose, fractionation, radiation-induced complications, follow-up, and survival. Ten papers reporting on 52 patients with 70 tumors were identified. Metastatic lesions accounted for 33%, while 67% were primary ones. Tumor location was predominantly cervical (53%), followed by thoracic (33%). Mean volume was 0.55 cm(3) (95% confidence interval (CI), 0.26-0.83). Preferred treatment modality was CyberKnife® (87%), followed by Novalis® (7%) and linear particle accelerator (LINAC) (6%). Mean radiation dose was 22.14 Gy (95% CI, 20.75-23.53), with mean fractionation of 4 (95% CI, 3-5). Three hemangioblastomas showed cyst enlargement. Symptom improvement or stabilization was seen in all but two cases. Radionecrotic spots adjacent to treated areas were seen at autopsy in four lesions, without clinical manifestations. Overall, clinical and radiological outcomes were favorable. Although surgery remains the treatment of choice for symptomatic intramedullary lesions, SRS can be a safe and effective option in selected cases. While this review suggests the overall safety and efficacy of SRS in the management of intramedullary tumors, future studies need randomized, homogeneous patient populations followed over a longer period to provide more robust evidence in its favor.

  8. Sequential Magnetic Resonance Imaging Finding of Intramedullary Spinal Cord Abscess including Diffusion Weighted Image: a Case Report

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    Roh, Jae Eun; Lee, Seung Young; Cha, Sang Hoon; Cho, Bum Sang; Jeon, Min Hee; Kang, Min Ho [Chungbuk National University College of Medicine, Cheongju (Korea, Republic of)


    Intramedullary spinal cord abscess (ISCA) is a rare infection of the central nervous system. We describe the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings, including the diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) findings, of ISCA in a 78-year-old man. The initial conventional MRI of the thoracic spine demonstrated a subtle enhancing nodule accompanied by significant edema. On the follow-up MRI after seven days, the nodule appeared as a ring-enhancing nodule. The non-enhancing central portion of the nodule appeared hyperintense on DWI with a decreased apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) value on the ADC map. We performed myelotomy and surgical drainage, and thick, yellowish pus was drained

  9. Management and outcomes of intramedullary spinal cord tumors: A single center experience from a developing country (United States)

    Bakhshi, Saqib K.; Waqas, Muhammad; Shakaib, Baila; Enam, Syed A.


    Background: Intraoperative neurophysiology, high magnification microscopes, and ultrasonic aspirators are considered essential aid for the safe resection of intramedullary spinal cord tumors (IMSCTs). Most centers in developing countries such as Pakistan still lack these facilities. The purpose of this study was to review the management of IMSCTs at our hospital and to determine factors associated with the outcomes of surgery. Methods: This was a retrospective review of medical records of adult patients undergoing surgery for IMSCT over 12 years. The institutional ethical review committee approved this study. Data were collected regarding demographics, clinical and radiological features, and surgical details. Modified McCormick Scale was used to grade patients’ neurological status at admission, discharge, and follow-up. Statistical analysis was performed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences version 22. Results: Forty three cases were reviewed. Mean age was 33.8 ± 15.1 years whereas median follow-up was 5 months (range: 0.25–96 months). Most patients had ependymoma (n = 16; 73%). Cervical region was the most commonly involved (n = 15; 34.9%). Gross total resection (GTR) was achieved in 30 cases (69.8%). The preoperative McCormick grade was significantly associated with follow-up McCormick grade (P value = 0.002). Eight patients (18.6%) underwent intraoperative electrophysiological monitoring, out of which GTR was achieved in all cases, and none had disease progression or recurrence. Ten patients received postoperative radiotherapy. Thirty five patients (81.4%) had progression free survival at last follow-up. Conclusions: We achieved a GTR rate of 68.9% for IMSCTs with limited resources. In few cases, where intraoperative electrophysiology was used, the rate of GTR was 100%. Preoperative neurological status was associated with better postoperative McCormick score. PMID:27656322

  10. Intramedullary spinal cord ganglioglioma presenting with abnormal abdominal wall movement. Case report. (United States)

    Aslanabadi, Saeid; Azhough, Ramin; Motlagh, Parviz Samad; Hadidchi, Shahram; Tabrizi, Ali Dastranj; Zonouzy, Keivan Kashy


    The authors present a case of intramedullary ganglioglioma in a 6-year-old girl. Since the age of 4 months the patient had experienced a spontaneous wavy undulating movement of her anterior abdominal wall resembling a severe peristalsis. The movement was continuous even during sleep, and this symptom was named "belly dance." Magnetic resonance images revealed an intramedullary tumor with ill-defined borders, and the lesion was partially resected. The patient made a good recovery, although 4 years postsurgery her scoliosis had progressed.

  11. Intramedullary non-specific inflammatory lesion of thoracic spine: A case report

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    Antonelli Manila


    Full Text Available Abstract Background There are several non-neoplastic lesions which mimick intramedullary spinal cord neoplasm in their radiographic and clinical presentation. These can be classified as either infectious (TB, fungal, bacterial, parasytic, syphilis, CMV, HSV and non-infectious (sarcoid, MS, myelitis, ADEM, SLE inflammatory lesions, idiopathic necrotizing myelopathy, unusual vascular lesions and radiation myelopathy. Although biopsy may be indicated in many cases, an erroneous diagnosis of intramedullary neoplasm can often be eliminated pre-operatively. Case description the authors report a very rare case of intramedullary non-specific inflammatory lesion of unknown origin, without signs of infection or demyelinization, in a woman who showed no other evidence of systemic disease. Conclusions Intramedullary lesions that mimick a tumor can be various and difficult to interpret. Preoperative MRI does not allow a certain diagnosis because these lesions have a very similar signal intensity pattern. Specific tests for infective pathologies are useful for diagnosis, but histological examination is essential for establishing a certain diagnosis. In our case the final histological examination and the specific tests that we performed have not cleared our doubts regarding the nature of the lesion that remains controversial.

  12. Intramedullary metastasis. (United States)

    Moffie, D; Stefanko, S Z


    Three cases of intramedullary metastases and one of a metastasis into the medulla oblongata are described. In two cases the primary tumour was a bronchial carcinoma and in one case a carcinoma of the breast. In one patient a primary tumour could not be found. The literature on this condition is reviewed and the difficulties of clinical diagnosis are discussed. The question remains unanswered as to the mechanism by which these tumour-cells reach the spinal cord and there is, as yet, no satisfactory explanation for the relative rare occurrence of these metastases.

  13. Chromosomal abnormalities in non-neoplastic renal tissue

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    vandenBerg, E; Dijkhuizen, T; Storkel, S; Molenaar, WM; deJong, B


    Chromosome aberrations were studied in short-term cultures of non-neoplastic renal tissue and tumor tissue in 60 patients, 41 male and 19 female, with renal cell cancer (RCC), and in normal renal parenchyma from two cases, one male and one female, at autopsy with non-kidney related disease. Cytogene

  14. Chromosomal abnormalities in non-neoplastic renal tissue

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    vandenBerg, E; Dijkhuizen, T; Storkel, S; Molenaar, WM; deJong, B


    Chromosome aberrations were studied in short-term cultures of non-neoplastic renal tissue and tumor tissue in 60 patients, 41 male and 19 female, with renal cell cancer (RCC), and in normal renal parenchyma from two cases, one male and one female, at autopsy with non-kidney related disease. Cytogene

  15. Intramedullary spinal cord paracoccidioidomycosis: report of two cases Granuloma paracoccidioidomicótico intramedular: relato de dois casos

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    Benedicto Oscar Colli


    Full Text Available Two cases of intramedullary paracoccidioidomycosis are reported. Paracoccidioidomycosis is a systemic disease that involves the buccopharyngeal mucosa, lungs, lymph nodes and viscera and infrequently the central nervous system. Localization in the spinal cord is rare. Case 1: a 55-year old male admitted with crural pararesis, tactile/painful hypesthesia and sphincter disturbances of 15 days duration. Cutaneous-pulmonary blastomycosis was diagnosed 17 years ago. Myelotomography showed a blockade of T3-T4 (intramedullary lesion. The lesion surgically removed was a Paracoccidioides brasiliensis granuloma. Treatment with sulfadiazine was started after the surgery. Follow-up of 15 month showed an improvement of the clinical signs. Case 2: a 57-year old male was admitted elsewhere 6 months ago and, with a radiologic diagnosis of pulmonary paracoccidioidomycosis, was treated with amphotericin B. He progressively developed paresthesia and tactile/ pain anaesthesia on the left side, sphincter disturbances and tetraparesis with bilateral extensor plantar response and clonus of the feet. Myelotomography showed a blockade of C4-C6 (intramedullary lesion. The lesion was not found during surgical exploration and the patient deteriorated and died. Post-mortem examination revealed an intramedullary tumor above the site of the mielotomy (Paracoccidioides brasiliensis granuloma. The preoperative diagnosis of intramedullary paracoccidioidomycotic granulomas is difficult because the clinical and radiologic manifestations are uncharacteristic. Clinical suspicion was possible in our cases based on the history of previous systemic disease. Contrary to intracranial localizations, paracoccidioidomycotic granulomas causing progressive spinal cord compression may require early surgery because response to clinical treatment is slow and the reversibility of neurological deficits depends on the promptness of the decompression.São relatados dois casos de granuloma blastomic

  16. Non-neoplastic conditions presenting as soft-tissue tumours

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    Crundwell, N. [Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, Middlesex (United Kingdom); O' Donnell, P. [Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, Middlesex (United Kingdom); Saifuddin, A. [Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, Middlesex (United Kingdom)]. E-mail:


    Review of referrals to our unit over the last 7 years showed that of approximately 750 cases referred as soft-tissue tumours, 132 were subsequently diagnosed as non-neoplastic lesions. The imaging characteristics of these lesions are presented to differentiate them from neoplasms. The most common diagnoses were myositis ossificans, ganglion cyst, abscess/infection, bursitis and synovitis. The imaging features of other rarer conditions will also be discussed.

  17. A case report of "spinal cord apoplexy" elicited by metastatic intramedullary thyroid carcinoma. (United States)

    Choi, In Jae; Chang, Jae Chil; Kim, Dong Won; Choi, Gun


    A 31-year-old man presented with acute onset of paraplegia. The patient's history was significant for thyroid carcinoma that had been treated 2 years earlier by thyroidectomy. A magnetic resonance imaging scan showed an enhancing intramedullary lesion at T7-8. Patient underwent surgical treatment and a tumor with hematoma was resected via posterior midline myelotomy. Postoperatively, the patient's motor weakness was improved to grade 3. The lesion showed typical histologic features consistent with papillary thyroid carcinoma. Early diagnosis and microsurgical resection can result in improvement in neurological deficits and quality of life of patients with an ISCM.

  18. Metástase intramedular de carcinoma da tireóide: relato de caso Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis from thyorid carcioma: case report

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    Maurus Marques de Almeida Holanda


    Full Text Available Relata-se um caso de metástase intramedular de neoplasia da glândula tireóide em uma mulher de 70 anos queixando-se há três meses de dor cervical intensa, sem déficit motor focal nem alterações de sensibilidade. Seis meses antes do início dos sintomas, a paciente foi submetida a tireoidectomia total para ressecção de adenocarcinoma tireoideano. Ressonância magnética com contraste gadolíneo mostrou lesão intramedular. Foi realizada ressecção parcial do tumor medular que revelou ao exame anatomopatológico adenocarcinoma metastático. No pós-operatório a paciente desenvolveu monoplegia crural à esquerda.We report a case of intramedullary spinal cord metastasis from thyroid cancer in a 70-year-old woman complaining for three months an intense cervical pain, without motor or sensitive deficits. Six months before the onset of symptoms, the patient underwent total thyroidectomy for a thyroid cancer. Magnetic resonance imaging with gadolinium enhancement showed an intramedullary spinal cord lesion. A partial resection of the medullar tumor was performed and the pathological findings showed an metastatic adenocarcinoma. Post operatively the patient develloped a left crural monoplegia.

  19. Spinal perimedullary vein enlargement sign: an added value for the differentiation between intradural-extramedullary and intramedullary tumors on magnetic resonance imaging

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    Gong, Tao; Wang, Guangbin; Gao, Fei; Chen, Xin [Shandong University, Department of Shandong Medical Imaging Research Institute, Jinan (China); Liu, Yubo [Provincial Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University, Department of Radiology, Jinan (China); Yang, Li [Zhongshan Hospital, Department of Radiology, Shanghai (China); Chen, Weibo [Philips Healthcare, Shanghai (China)


    The purpose of this study was to determine the added value of the perimedullary spinal vein enlargement sign on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in distinguishing intradural-extramedullary tumors (IDEMTs) from intramedullary spinal tumors (IMTs). Two hundred and eight consecutive spinal intradural tumors with histopathologic confirmation (21 IMTs, 187 IDEMTs) were enrolled. Two readers blinded to the final pathological diagnosis and clinical data independently assessed the venous enlargement sign to determine the agreement between them and jointly distinguished IDEMTs from IMTs according to the common MRI findings. Sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy for the diagnosis of IDEMTs were calculated for the common MRI findings, vein enlargement sign, and a combination of both. Intraobserver agreement and interobserver agreement for both readers was excellent. The sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of common MRI findings for differentiating IDEMTs from IMTs were 83.4, 95.2, and 89.3 %, respectively. Thirty-one IDEMTs were mistakenly diagnosed as IMTs, in which seven were cases with vein enlargement signs. By applying the vein enlargement sign to the common MRI findings, the specificity remained at 95.2 %, while the sensitivity improved to 89.3 % and the accuracy increased to 92.3 %. The spinal perimedullary vein enlargement sign is useful in assessing intradural tumors and to differentiate IDEMTs from IMTs. (orig.)

  20. Cisticercose intramedular: relato de caso e revisão da literatura Intramedullary spinal cysticercosis: a case report and review of the literature

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    Seizo Yamashita


    Full Text Available Os autores relatam um caso raro de neurocisticercose intramedular em um paciente do sexo masculino, de 36 anos de idade. Foram realizadas tomografia computadorizada e ressonância magnética do crânio, que evidenciaram múltiplas lesões de tamanhos variados, com realce periférico após injeção de meio de contraste. Também foi realizada ressonância magnética da coluna cervical, que evidenciou formação cística com escólex em seu interior ao nível de C5-C6 na região intramedular.The authors report a rare case of intramedullary spinal cord cysticercosis in a 36-year-old male patient. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging examinations of the brain showed multiple ring enhanced lesions. Magnetic resonance imaging of the cervical spine showed a cystic intramedullary formation at C5-C6 level containing a scolex.

  1. Diffusion tensor tractography of pyramidal tracts in patients with brainstem and intramedullary spinal cord tumors: Relationship with motor deficits and intraoperative MEP changes. (United States)

    Czernicki, Tomasz; Maj, Edyta; Podgórska, Anna; Kunert, Przemysław; Prokopienko, Marek; Nowak, Arkadiusz; Cieszanowski, Andrzej; Marchel, Andrzej


    To evaluate whether pyramidal tracts course alterations observed in diffusion tensor tractography (DTT) in cases of brainstem and intramedullary spinal cord tumors reflect patient clinical status and prognosis. For this purpose, we assessed in 17 patients relationships between pyramidal tracts course alterations observed in DTT (classified into four categories: unaffected; displaced or interspaced; partially disintegrated and completely disintegrated) performed on a 1.5 Tesla scanner and the presence of preoperative motor deficits, changes observed in motor evoked potentials (MEPs) records at the beginning of the operation, deterioration of the MEPs records during the operation, and perioperative deterioration of muscle strength. We found that, if the picture of pyramidal tracts in DTT was worse, motor deficit was more common (P = 0.062). This observation was even more evident (P = 0.027), when cases with at least partially destroyed pyramidal tracts were compared with cases with normal or at most displaced or interspaced by tumor but still preserved pyramidal tracts. Significant relationships were also found between changes in DTT and abnormal MEP records at the beginning of the operation (P = 0.032) and perioperative deterioration of muscle strength (P = 0.0058). A close relationship was found between pyramidal tracts course alterations in DTT imaging and preoperative motor status and especially with changes in the MEP records at the beginning of the operation. DTT may be a method that allows the better planning of brainstem and intramedullary spinal cord tumors operations and may help in the risk assessment of postoperative motor deficits. 3 Technical Efficacy: Stage 4 J. MAGN. RESON. IMAGING 2017;46:715-723. © 2017 International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

  2. Non-neoplastic variants of the sternum detected on bone scintigrap

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    Yasser G. Abdelhafez


    Conclusion: Increased sternal uptake is significantly associated with CT structural abnormalities and knowledge of these non-neoplastic variants is essential for correct interpretation of SPECT/CT bone scans especially in patients with known cancers.

  3. Surgical treatment of primary intramedullary spinal cord tumors in adult patients Tratamento cirúrgico de tumores intramedulares primários em adultos

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    Mario Augusto Taricco


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Primary spinal cord intramedullary tumors are rare and present with insidious symptoms. Previous treatment protocols emphasized biopsy and radiation/chemotherapy but more aggressive protocols have emerged. OBJECTIVE: To report our experience. METHOD: Forty-eight patients were diagnosed with primary intramedullary tumors. The cervical cord was involved in 27% and thoracic in 42% of patients. Complete microsurgical removal was attempted whenever possible without added neurological morbidity. RESULTS: Complete resection was obtained in 33 (71% patients. Neurological function remained stable or improved in 32 patients (66.7%. Ependymoma was the most frequent tumor (66.7%. CONCLUSION: Neurological outcome is superior in patients with subtle findings; aggressive microsurgical resection should be pursued with acceptable neurological outcomes.INTRODUÇÃO: Tumores intramedulares primários são raros e apresentam-se com sintomas insidiosos. Protocolos de tratamento anteriores enfatizavam biópsia e radio/quimioterapia, mas protocolos mais agres-sivos têm surgido. OBJETIVO: Relatar nossa experiência. MÉTODO: Tumores intramedulares foram diagnosticados em 48 pacientes. O segmento cervical estava envolvido em 27% e torácico em 42% dos pacientes. Remoção completa foi tentada quando possível sem aumento da morbidade neurológica. RESULTADOS: Ressecção total foi obtida em 33 (71% pacientes. Função neurológica: permaneceu inalterada/melhorou em 32 (66,7% pacientes. O tumor mais freqüente foi ependimoma (66,7%. CONCLUSÃO: O prognóstico é melhor em pacientes oligossintomáticos; ressecção microcirúrgica agressiva deve ser tentada sempre, com resultados clínicos aceitáveis.

  4. Intramedullary bronchogenic cyst of the conus medullaris. (United States)

    Yilmaz, Cem; Gulsen, Salih; Sonmez, Erkin; Ozger, Ozkan; Unlukaplan, Muge; Caner, Hakan


    Spinal bronchogenic cysts are rare congenital lesions. The authors describe their experience in the treatment of a 17-year-old boy who presented with back pain and paresthesia in both lower extremities. Lumbar MR imaging revealed the presence of an intramedullary cystic lesion at the conus medullaris and histopathological analysis revealed a bronchogenic cyst. To the best of the authors' knowledge, this is the first report of an intramedullary spinal bronchogenic cyst arising at the conus; all previously reported spinal bronchogenic cysts were either intradural extramedullary or not located at the conus.

  5. [X-ray computed tomography in non-neoplastic pathology of the larynx]. (United States)

    Vadalà, G; Di Guglielmo, L; Dore, R; Alerci, M; Santarelli, P; Pricca, P; Failoni, S; Di Giulio, G


    The authors describe the CT findings in 57 patients suffering from various non-neoplastic disease of the larynx: chronic laryngitis, pseudotumor, paralysis, post-traumatic lesions, laryngocele, cyst. CT is usefull in evaluating site and extension of the disease, as well as its relations with the surrounding tissues. The densitometric evaluation and the functional tests are important in differential diagnosis with malignant neoplasms.

  6. Association Between Telomere Length and Risk of Cancer and Non-Neoplastic Diseases

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    Haycock, Philip C; Burgess, Stephen; Nounu, Aayah


    Importance: The causal direction and magnitude of the association between telomere length and incidence of cancer and non-neoplastic diseases is uncertain owing to the susceptibility of observational studies to confounding and reverse causation. Objective: To conduct a Mendelian randomization study...

  7. Early-enhancing non-neoplastic lesions on gadolinium-enhanced MRI of the liver

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    Kanematsu, M. E-mail:; Kondo, H.; Semelka, R.C.; Matsuo, M.; Goshima, S.; Hoshi, H.; Moriyama, N.; Itai, Y


    AIM: To assess the frequency, cause, and significance of early-enhancing, non-neoplastic (EN) lesions on gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the liver performed for the detection of malignant hepatic tumours. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From September 1997 to September 2000, we reviewed the images of 125 patients, suspected of having hepatic tumours, in whom (1) gadolinium-enhanced triphasic dynamic gradient-recalled-echo (GRE) imaging in addition to unenhanced T1- and T2-weighted MRI was performed, (2) conventional angiography and combination computed tomography (CT) hepatic arteriography and CT during arterial portography were performed within 2 weeks of the MRI, and (3) definitive surgery within 2 weeks of the MRI or follow-up study by means of intravenously contrast-enhanced CT or MRI in 10 months or more was performed. Angiographic studies were correlated to determine the underlying causes of the EN lesions. RESULTS: We found 78 EN lesions in 36 patients (29%), ranging in size from 4 and 50 mm (mean, 12.2 mm). From the MR reports, our radiologists had prospectively diagnosed EN lesions as probable malignant tumours in eight (10%), possible malignant tumours in 36 (46%), and probable non-neoplastic lesion in 34 (44%). EN lesions were found in 27 of 81 (33%) cirrhotic patients and in nine of 44 (20%) non-cirrhotic patients. Fifty-one EN lesions (65%) were located along the liver edge. The shape was circular in 42 (54%), oval in 14 (18%), irregular in 12 (15%), wedge-shaped in seven (9%), and fan-shaped in three (4%). Twenty EN lesions (26%) appeared slightly hyperintense on T2-weighted images. The causes were non-neoplastic arterio-portal shunting in 48 (62%), cystic venous drainage in four (5%), rib compression in four (5%), aberrant right gastric venous drainage in two (3%), and unknown in 20 (26%). CONCLUSION: Over half the number of EN lesions were caused by non-neoplastic arterio-portal shunting, occasionally showing slight hyperintensity on

  8. Clusterin expression in non-neoplastic adenohypophyses and pituitary adenomas: cytoplasmic clusterin localization in adenohypophysis is related to aging. (United States)

    Ekici, A Işin Doğan; Eren, Bülent; Türkmen, Nursel; Comunoğlu, Nil; Fedakar, Recep


    Clusterin is a circulating multifunctional glycoprotein produced in several kinds of epithelial and neuronal cells. Clusterin is upregulated during different physiological and pathological states, such as senescence, type-2 diabetes mellitus, Alzheimer disease, and in various neoplasms. Herein, we investigated the immunohistochemical expression of clusterin in non-neoplastic adenohypophysis of human autopsy subjects and pituitary adenomas. We also investigated the association of clusterin increase with age in adenohypophysis of autopsy subjects. Immunohistochemically, clusterin was found positive in the cytoplasm of all adenoma cases, and in the cytoplasm of parenchymal cells, stellate cells, mixed cell follicles and in colloidal material inside of the follicles of non-neoplastic adenohypophysis as well. Clusterin expression in pituitary adenomas was found significantly higher than in non-neoplastic adenohypophyses. In addition, in non-neoplastic adenohypophysis, a significant increase in clusterin expression levels between young (or=61 years) subjects (p adenohypophysis. In conclusion, the present study demonstrated that clusterin expression was found in non-neoplastic adenohypophysis and in upregulated amounts in pituitary adenomas. This study also demonstrated that in non-neoplastic adenohypophyses, increase of clusterin positive cells; histopathological findings of calcification or presence colloidal material accumulation in large follicles were associated with age. To our knowledge, immunohistochemical localization of clusterin in pituitary adenomas was not reported previously.

  9. Expression of adrenomedullin 2/intermedin in human adrenal tumors and attached non-neoplastic adrenal tissues. (United States)

    Morimoto, Ryo; Satoh, Fumitoshi; Murakami, Osamu; Hirose, Takuo; Totsune, Kazuhito; Imai, Yutaka; Arai, Yoichi; Suzuki, Takashi; Sasano, Hironobu; Ito, Sadayoshi; Takahashi, Kazuhiro


    Adrenomedullin 2/intermedin (AM2/IMD) is a new member of calcitonin/calcitonin gene-related peptide family. AM is expressed in various tumors including adrenocortical tumors and modulates tumor growth. The AM2/IMD expression has not been studied, however, in adrenal tumors. The expression of AM2/IMD and AM was therefore studied in human adrenal tumors and attached non-neoplastic adrenal tissues by immunocytochemistry (ICC). Immunoreactive (IR)-AM2/IMD was measured by RIA. Furthermore, the expression of AM2/IMD and its receptor components, calcitonin receptor-like receptor (CRLR), and receptor activity-modifying proteins (RAMPs) 1, 2, and 3 mRNA in these tissues was studied by reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR). ICC showed that AM2/IMD and AM immunoreactivities were localized in adrenocortical tumors and pheochromocytomas. AM2/IMD and AM immunoreactivities were detected in medulla of attached non-neoplastic tissues, while the degree of immunoreactivity for AM2/IMD and AM in cortices of attached adrenals was relatively weak or undetectable. RIA detected IR-AM2/IMD in adrenal tumors (0.414+/-0.12 to 0.786+/-0.27 pmol/g wet weight, mean+/-S.E.M.) and attached adrenal tissues (0.397+/-0.052 pmol/g wet weight). Reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography showed one broad peak eluted in the similar position to synthetic AM2/IMD with several minor peaks. RT-PCR showed expression of AM2/IMD, CRLR, and RAMP1, RAMP2, and RAMP3 mRNA in tissues of adrenal tumors and attached adrenal glands. In conclusion, AM2/IMD is expressed in human adrenal tumors and attached non-neoplastic adrenal tissues and may play (patho-)physiological roles in normal and neoplastic adrenals as an autocrine/paracrine regulator.

  10. Clonal chromosome abnormalites found in three non-neoplastic proliferative brain lesions

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    Rainho Cláudia Aparecida


    Full Text Available Chromosome analysis was made of brain lesions from three patients which, according to classical histopathological criteria, did not contain tumor cells. In addition to normal cells, we identified abnormal karyotypes with clonal numerical and structural chromosome alterations in at least two independently originated primary cultures from each lesion. Our data suggest that chromosomal aberrations can exist in vivo in non-neoplastic lesions. Other abnormalities may be due to genetic instability manifested only in vitro (culture artifacts or may already have been present in brain tissue, reflecting previous chromosome damage (as a result of exposure to chemical treatment or enviromental clastogens.

  11. Pitfalls of improperly procured adjacent non-neoplastic tissue for somatic mutation analysis using next-generation sequencing

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    Lei Wei


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The rapid adoption of next-generation sequencing provides an efficient system for detecting somatic alterations in neoplasms. The detection of such alterations requires a matched non-neoplastic sample for adequate filtering of non-somatic events such as germline polymorphisms. Non-neoplastic tissue adjacent to the excised neoplasm is often used for this purpose as it is simultaneously collected and generally contains the same tissue type as the neoplasm. Following NGS analysis, we and others have frequently observed low-level somatic mutations in these non-neoplastic tissues, which may impose additional challenges to somatic mutation detection as it complicates germline variant filtering. Methods We hypothesized that the low-level somatic mutation observed in non-neoplastic tissues may be entirely or partially caused by inadvertent contamination by neoplastic cells during the surgical pathology gross assessment or tissue procurement process. To test this hypothesis, we applied a systematic protocol designed to collect multiple grossly non-neoplastic tissues using different methods surrounding each single neoplasm. The procedure was applied in two breast cancer lumpectomy specimens. In each case, all samples were first sequenced by whole-exome sequencing to identify somatic mutations in the neoplasm and determine their presence in the adjacent non-neoplastic tissues. We then generated ultra-deep coverage using targeted sequencing to assess the levels of contamination in non-neoplastic tissue samples collected under different conditions. Results Contamination levels in non-neoplastic tissues ranged up to 3.5 and 20.9 % respectively in the two cases tested, with consistent pattern correlated with the manner of grossing and procurement. By carefully controlling the conditions of various steps during this process, we were able to eliminate any detectable contamination in both patients. Conclusion The results demonstrated that the

  12. Identification of the estrogen receptor GPER in neoplastic and non-neoplastic human testes

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Estrogen signaling is mediated by estrogen receptor beta isoforms in normal and neoplastic human testes. Recently, a G-protein-coupled-receptor (GPER has been suggested as being involved in rapid responses to estrogens in different normal and tumor cells. Methods This study investigated the GPER expression in paraffin-embedded samples from non neoplastic and neoplastic human testes (sex-cord stromal and germ cell tumors by immunohistochemical and Western Blot analyses. Results In control testes, a positive GPER immunoreactivity was detected in Leydig and in Sertoli cells while all germ cells were immunonegative. Furthermore, neoplastic cells of the Sertoli cell tumor, Leydig cell tumor, seminoma and embryonal carcinoma samples were all immunopositive. The immunoblots of testis extracts confirmed the results. Conclusions These findings suggest that GPER could mediate estrogen signaling in both normal and transformed somatic cells of human testis, but they reveal a differential expression of the novel estrogen receptor in non neoplastic and neoplastic germ cells.

  13. Intramedullary capillary haemangioma.

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    Kelleher, T


    Intramedullary capillary haemangioma is extremely rare and only four cases have been previously reported. We describe a further case, outlining the clinical, radiological, surgical and pathological features.

  14. Immunoexpression of the COX-2, p53, and caspase-3 proteins in colorectal adenoma and non-neoplastic mucosa (United States)

    Nogueira, Renan Brito; Pires, Andréa Rodrigues Cordovil; Soares, Thélia Maria Santos; Rodrigues, Simone Rabello de Souza; Campos, Mariane Antonieta Menino; Toloi, Giovanna Canato; Waisberg, Jaques


    ABSTRACT Objective: To analyze the immunoexpression of the COX-2, p53, and caspase-3 proteins in colorectal adenomas and non-neoplastic mucosa. Methods: 72 individuals were subjected to colonoscopy, which provided 50 samples of adenomas and 45 samples of non-neoplastic colorectal mucosa. The tissue samples were obtained via the tissue microarray technique and subjected to immunohistochemical analysis using primary anti-p53, anti-COX-2, and anti-caspase-3 antibodies. The positivity and intensity of the immunoreaction were classified. The analyzed variables were as follows: site of the adenomas in the colon, degree of dysplasia, size, and score of positivity and intensity of immunoexpression of the p-53, caspase-3, and COX-2 proteins. Results: The immunoexpression of mutated protein p53 was positive in 30 (60%) adenoma samples and negative in 20 (40%) adenoma samples. The immunoexpression of mutated protein p53 was negative in 39 (86.6%) samples and positive in 6 (13.3%) samples of the non-neoplastic colorectal mucosa (p<0.0001). Significant differences were seen between both the largest size (p=0.006) and the highest degree of dysplasia (p<0.0001) of the adenomas and the intensity of immunoexpression of mutated protein p53. The positivity and intensity of immunoexpression of COX-2 (p=0.14) and caspase-3 (p=0.23) showed no significant differences between the adenomas and the non-neoplastic colorectal mucosa. Conclusion: Mutated protein p53 was hyperexpressed in the adenomas compared with the non-neoplastic mucosa. Greater size and greater degree of dysplasia in the adenomas were associated with higher expression of mutated protein p53. The immunoexpression of COX-2 and caspase-3 in the adenomas did not exhibit a correlation with the anatomical-pathological features of the tumors and did not differ from the corresponding expression levels in the non-neoplastic mucosa. PMID:24488384

  15. Intramedullary tubercular abscess with syrinx formation

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    Mohd Khalid


    Full Text Available Intramedullary spinal cord tubercular abscess with involvement of whole cord is a rare entity that too with syrinx formation following disseminated meningitis. Accurate diagnosis requires a high index of suspicion with clinical history and imaging features for a favorable outcome. Here-in we present a similar case with tubercular etiology which was also associated with syrinx formation and has not been reported previously in the literature up to the author′s knowledge.

  16. Isolated intramedullary tuberculoma of the dorsal cord:a rare clinico-radiological entity

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    Sumeet Bhargava; Rajul Rastogi; Gaurav Jindal; Amrit Kumar Singh; Vaibhav Rastogi


    Tuberculous infection manifesting as an isolated intramedullary tuberculoma of the spinal cord is distinctly unusual. We report a case of a 35 year old woman presenting with an insidious onset of myelopathy, where MRI showed characteristic imaging findings suggestive of intramedullary tuberculosis.

  17. Magnifying colonoscopy as a non-biopsy technique for differential diagnosis of non-neoplastic and neoplastic lesions

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    Shigeharu Kato; Kuang I Fu; Yasushi Sano; Takahiro Fujii; Yutaka Saito; Takahisa Matsuda; Ikuro Koba; Shigeaki Yoshida; Takahiro Fujimori


    AIM: To clarify whether mucosal crypt patterns observed with magnifying colonoscopy are feasible to distinguish non-neoplastic polyps from neoplastic polyps.METHODS: From June 1999 through March 2000, 180consecutive patients with 210 lesions diagnosed with a magnifying colonoscope (CF-200Z, Olympus Optical Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan) were enrolled. Magnification and chromoendoscopy with 0.2% indigo-carmine dye was applied to each lesion for mucosal crypt observation.Lesions showing types Ⅰ and Ⅱ crypt patterns were considered non-neoplastic and examined histologically by biopsy, whereas lesions showing types Ⅲ to Ⅴ crypt patterns were removed endoscopically or surgically.The correlation of endoscopic diagnosis and histologic diagnosis was then investigated.RESULTS: At endoscopy, 24 lesions showed a type Ⅰ or Ⅱ pit pattern, and 186 lesions showed type Ⅲ to Ⅴ pit patterns. With histologic examination, 26 lesions were diagnosed as non-neoplastic polyps, and 184lesions were diagnosed as neoplastic polyps. The overall diagnostic accuracy was 99.1% (208/210). The sensitivity and specificity were 92.3% (24/26) and 99.8%(184/186), respectively.CONCLUSION: Magnifying colonoscopy could be used as a non-biopsy technique for differentiating neoplastic and non-neoplastic polyps.


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    Kavitha Duraisamy


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Oesophageal lesions once thought to be rare is nowadays being one of the common disorder affecting the people throughout the world. The clinical, endoscopic findings and histopathologic changes of oesophageal mucosa induced by Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD has been mainly focused and analysed. MATERIALS AND METHODS Patients presented with symptoms and signs of oesophageal lesions during January 2000 to September 2005 were included in this study. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy was performed. Endoscopic changes were noted in the oesophagus and stomach. In oesophagectomy specimens, four longitudinal sections were taken, one including a portion of non-neoplastic mucosa proximal to tumour and another distal to the tumour. Sections taken from biopsy and resected specimens that were fixed in 10% buffered formalin were cut. The sections were stained with haematoxylin and eosin for evaluation of histopathologic features, Alcian blue (AB, Periodic Acid-Schiff stain (PAS to demonstrate metaplasia. OBSERVATION AND RESULTS This study covered a total of 323 cases, in which 277 were endoscopic biopsies and 46 were oesophagectomy specimens. In 277 endoscopic biopsies, 193 were males (69.68 and 84 were females (30.33%. There was increased incidence of oesophageal lesions observed. In the age group of 51-60, most of the patients in our study had complained of dysphagia (90.25% followed by loss of weight (70.04% and anorexia (54.87%. Among the 277 cases, 9 cases were Barrett’s (3.24%, 18 cases were diagnosed as adenocarcinoma (6.498%, 176 cases were diagnosed as squamous cell carcinomas (63.18%, 42 cases were squamous intraepithelial lesion (15.16%, 14 cases were interpreted as normal stratified squamous epithelium (5.05%, 14 cases were interpreted as only necrotic material/no tissue (5.05%. One case of basaloid squamous cell carcinoma, which is of poor prognosis was seen. One case of adenosquamous carcinoma characterised by mixed

  19. Intramedullary mature teratoma of the conus medullaris

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    Kadir Oktay


    Full Text Available Teratoma is a tumor that derivatives from all three primitive germ layers and spinal intramedullary teratomas are very rare lesions. The primary treatment modality for these tumors is surgical resection, and total resection should be the aim. However, subtotal resection is a valid alternative to prevent traumatizing adjacent functional neural tissue. In this report, we presented a case of a 12-year-old male patient with spinal teratoma of the conus medullaris. We describe the presentation, evaluation, and treatment of this rare disease.

  20. MR Imaging in intramedullary cysticercosis

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    Parmar, H.; Patwardhan, V.; Patankar, T.; Prasad, S. [Dept. of Radiology, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai (India); Shah, J.; Patkar, D. [Dept. of Radiology, Dr. Balabhai Nanavati Hospital and Research Center, Mumbai (India); Castillo, M. [Dept. of Neuroradiology, Univ. of North Carolina (United States)


    Although intramedullary spinal cord cysticercosis (IMC) is uncommon, its presence is being increasingly recognised by magnetic resonance imaging. We studied six patients from an endemic region and present the MRI features and clinical correlation of IMC. Six patients who presented with para- or quadriplegia were studied by contrast enhanced spinal MRI. Prompted by the spinal lesions, all patients underwent brain MRI. Clinical data and laboratory studies were reviewed in all patients. Definite diagnosis was established in the form of response to drug therapy (n=4) and histopathology (n=2). Follow-up MRI studies of spine and brain were obtained in four patients 2 months after they started medical treatment, regardless of surgery. Five patients showed fusiform and focal enlargement of the spinal cord (cervical 2, thoracic 3). Well-defined cysts with a slightly hyperintense mural nodule were identified in five patients in T1-weighted images (T1WI). All cysts were hyperintense on T2WI and merged with the surrounding oedema. Oedema extended one to three vertebral levels above or below the cyst. Post-contrast T1WI showed well-defined, ring enhancing lesions with smooth walls in all patients. Symptoms in all patients correlated with the level of the lesions. Brain studies demonstrated lesions in just two patients. Histopathological confirmation was obtained in two patients. Follow-up spinal MRI was normal in two patients, following 2 months of treatment while residual and smaller lesions were seen in two patients. Two patients were asymptomatic and denied follow-up MRI. MRI of spinal cysticercosis were typical of and similar to those seen in cerebral lesions in our patients and corresponded to the level of symptoms. All cysts were surrounded by oedema. Two of four patients showed residual lesions after 2 months of therapy and 33% of patients showed concomitant intracranial lesions. (orig.)

  1. Health status in older hospitalized patients with cancer or non-neoplastic chronic diseases

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Whether cancer is more disabling than other highly prevalent chronic diseases in the elderly is not well understood, and represents the objective of the present study. Methods We used data from the Gruppo Italiano di Farmacovigilanza nell'Anziano (GIFA study, a large collaborative observational study based in community and university hospitals located throughout Italy. Our series consisted of three groups of patients with non-neoplastic chronic disease (congestive heart failure, CHF, N = 832; diabetes mellitus, N = 939; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD, N = 399, and three groups of patients with cancer (solid tumors without metastasis, N = 813; solid tumors with metastasis, N = 259; leukemia/lymphoma, N = 326. Functional capabilities were ascertained using the activities of daily living (ADL scale, and categorical variables for dependency in at least 1 ADL or dependency in 3 or more ADLs were considered in the analysis. Cognitive status was evaluated by the 10-items Hodgkinson Abbreviated Mental Test (AMT. Results Cognitive impairment was more prevalent in patients with CHF (28.0% or COPD (25.8% than in those with cancer (solid tumors = 22.9%; leukemia/lymphoma = 19.6%; metastatic cancer = 22.8%. Dependency in at least 1 ADL was highly prevalent in patients with metastatic cancer (31.3% vs. 24% for patients with CHF and 22.4% for those with non-metastatic solid tumors, p Conclusion Cancer should not be considered as an ineluctable cause of severe cognitive and physical impairment, at least not more than other chronic conditions highly prevalent in older people, such as CHF and diabetes mellitus.

  2. Association Between Telomere Length and Risk of Cancer and Non-Neoplastic Diseases: A Mendelian Randomization Study. (United States)

    Haycock, Philip C; Burgess, Stephen; Nounu, Aayah; Zheng, Jie; Okoli, George N; Bowden, Jack; Wade, Kaitlin Hazel; Timpson, Nicholas J; Evans, David M; Willeit, Peter; Aviv, Abraham; Gaunt, Tom R; Hemani, Gibran; Mangino, Massimo; Ellis, Hayley Patricia; Kurian, Kathreena M; Pooley, Karen A; Eeles, Rosalind A; Lee, Jeffrey E; Fang, Shenying; Chen, Wei V; Law, Matthew H; Bowdler, Lisa M; Iles, Mark M; Yang, Qiong; Worrall, Bradford B; Markus, Hugh Stephen; Hung, Rayjean J; Amos, Chris I; Spurdle, Amanda B; Thompson, Deborah J; O'Mara, Tracy A; Wolpin, Brian; Amundadottir, Laufey; Stolzenberg-Solomon, Rachael; Trichopoulou, Antonia; Onland-Moret, N Charlotte; Lund, Eiliv; Duell, Eric J; Canzian, Federico; Severi, Gianluca; Overvad, Kim; Gunter, Marc J; Tumino, Rosario; Svenson, Ulrika; van Rij, Andre; Baas, Annette F; Bown, Matthew J; Samani, Nilesh J; van t'Hof, Femke N G; Tromp, Gerard; Jones, Gregory T; Kuivaniemi, Helena; Elmore, James R; Johansson, Mattias; Mckay, James; Scelo, Ghislaine; Carreras-Torres, Robert; Gaborieau, Valerie; Brennan, Paul; Bracci, Paige M; Neale, Rachel E; Olson, Sara H; Gallinger, Steven; Li, Donghui; Petersen, Gloria M; Risch, Harvey A; Klein, Alison P; Han, Jiali; Abnet, Christian C; Freedman, Neal D; Taylor, Philip R; Maris, John M; Aben, Katja K; Kiemeney, Lambertus A; Vermeulen, Sita H; Wiencke, John K; Walsh, Kyle M; Wrensch, Margaret; Rice, Terri; Turnbull, Clare; Litchfield, Kevin; Paternoster, Lavinia; Standl, Marie; Abecasis, Gonçalo R; SanGiovanni, John Paul; Li, Yong; Mijatovic, Vladan; Sapkota, Yadav; Low, Siew-Kee; Zondervan, Krina T; Montgomery, Grant W; Nyholt, Dale R; van Heel, David A; Hunt, Karen; Arking, Dan E; Ashar, Foram N; Sotoodehnia, Nona; Woo, Daniel; Rosand, Jonathan; Comeau, Mary E; Brown, W Mark; Silverman, Edwin K; Hokanson, John E; Cho, Michael H; Hui, Jennie; Ferreira, Manuel A; Thompson, Philip J; Morrison, Alanna C; Felix, Janine F; Smith, Nicholas L; Christiano, Angela M; Petukhova, Lynn; Betz, Regina C; Fan, Xing; Zhang, Xuejun; Zhu, Caihong; Langefeld, Carl D; Thompson, Susan D; Wang, Feijie; Lin, Xu; Schwartz, David A; Fingerlin, Tasha; Rotter, Jerome I; Cotch, Mary Frances; Jensen, Richard A; Munz, Matthias; Dommisch, Henrik; Schaefer, Arne S; Han, Fang; Ollila, Hanna M; Hillary, Ryan P; Albagha, Omar; Ralston, Stuart H; Zeng, Chenjie; Zheng, Wei; Shu, Xiao-Ou; Reis, Andre; Uebe, Steffen; Hüffmeier, Ulrike; Kawamura, Yoshiya; Otowa, Takeshi; Sasaki, Tsukasa; Hibberd, Martin Lloyd; Davila, Sonia; Xie, Gang; Siminovitch, Katherine; Bei, Jin-Xin; Zeng, Yi-Xin; Försti, Asta; Chen, Bowang; Landi, Stefano; Franke, Andre; Fischer, Annegret; Ellinghaus, David; Flores, Carlos; Noth, Imre; Ma, Shwu-Fan; Foo, Jia Nee; Liu, Jianjun; Kim, Jong-Won; Cox, David G; Delattre, Olivier; Mirabeau, Olivier; Skibola, Christine F; Tang, Clara S; Garcia-Barcelo, Merce; Chang, Kai-Ping; Su, Wen-Hui; Chang, Yu-Sun; Martin, Nicholas G; Gordon, Scott; Wade, Tracey D; Lee, Chaeyoung; Kubo, Michiaki; Cha, Pei-Chieng; Nakamura, Yusuke; Levy, Daniel; Kimura, Masayuki; Hwang, Shih-Jen; Hunt, Steven; Spector, Tim; Soranzo, Nicole; Manichaikul, Ani W; Barr, R Graham; Kahali, Bratati; Speliotes, Elizabeth; Yerges-Armstrong, Laura M; Cheng, Ching-Yu; Jonas, Jost B; Wong, Tien Yin; Fogh, Isabella; Lin, Kuang; Powell, John F; Rice, Kenneth; Relton, Caroline L; Martin, Richard M; Davey Smith, George


    The causal direction and magnitude of the association between telomere length and incidence of cancer and non-neoplastic diseases is uncertain owing to the susceptibility of observational studies to confounding and reverse causation. To conduct a Mendelian randomization study, using germline genetic variants as instrumental variables, to appraise the causal relevance of telomere length for risk of cancer and non-neoplastic diseases. Genomewide association studies (GWAS) published up to January 15, 2015. GWAS of noncommunicable diseases that assayed germline genetic variation and did not select cohort or control participants on the basis of preexisting diseases. Of 163 GWAS of noncommunicable diseases identified, summary data from 103 were available. Summary association statistics for single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that are strongly associated with telomere length in the general population. Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for disease per standard deviation (SD) higher telomere length due to germline genetic variation. Summary data were available for 35 cancers and 48 non-neoplastic diseases, corresponding to 420 081 cases (median cases, 2526 per disease) and 1 093 105 controls (median, 6789 per disease). Increased telomere length due to germline genetic variation was generally associated with increased risk for site-specific cancers. The strongest associations (ORs [95% CIs] per 1-SD change in genetically increased telomere length) were observed for glioma, 5.27 (3.15-8.81); serous low-malignant-potential ovarian cancer, 4.35 (2.39-7.94); lung adenocarcinoma, 3.19 (2.40-4.22); neuroblastoma, 2.98 (1.92-4.62); bladder cancer, 2.19 (1.32-3.66); melanoma, 1.87 (1.55-2.26); testicular cancer, 1.76 (1.02-3.04); kidney cancer, 1.55 (1.08-2.23); and endometrial cancer, 1.31 (1.07-1.61). Associations were stronger for rarer cancers and at tissue sites with lower rates of stem cell division. There was generally little evidence of

  3. Development of Assays for Detecting Significant Prostate Cancer Based on Molecular Alterations Associated with Cancer in Non-Neoplastic Prostate Tissue (United States)


    Award Number: W81XWH-11-1-0744 TITLE: Development of Assays for Detecting Significant Prostate Cancer Based on Molecular Alterations Associated...with Cancer in Non-Neoplastic Prostate Tissue PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Farhad Kosari, Ph.D. CONTRACTING ORGANIZATION: Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN...Significant Prostate Cancer Based on Molecular Alterations Associated with Cancer in Non- Neoplastic Prostate Tissue 5b. GRANT NUMBER 10623678 5c

  4. Difference of the Nuclear Green Light Intensity between Papillary Carcinoma Cells Showing Clear Nuclei and Non-neoplastic Follicular Epithelia in Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma (United States)

    Lee, Hyekyung; Baek, Tae Hwa; Park, Meeja; Lee, Seung Yun; Son, Hyun Jin; Kang, Dong Wook; Kim, Joo Heon; Kim, Soo Young


    Background There is subjective disagreement regarding nuclear clearing in papillary thyroid carcinoma. In this study, using digital instruments, we were able to quantify many ambiguous pathologic features and use numeric data to express our findings. Methods We examined 30 papillary thyroid carcinomas. For each case, we selected representative cancer cells showing clear nuclei and surrounding non-neoplastic follicular epithelial cells and evaluated objective values of green light intensity (GLI) for quantitative analysis of nuclear clearing in papillary thyroid carcinoma. Results From 16,274 GLI values from 600 cancer cell nuclei and 13,752 GLI values from 596 non-neoplastic follicular epithelial nuclei, we found a high correlation of 94.9% between GLI and clear nuclei. GLI between the cancer group showing clear nuclei and non-neoplastic follicular epithelia was statistically significant. The overall average level of GLI in the cancer group was over two times higher than the non-neoplastic group despite a wide range of GLI. On a polygonal line graph, there was a fluctuating unique difference between both the cancer and non-neoplastic groups in each patient, which was comparable to the microscopic findings. Conclusions Nuclear GLI could be a useful factor for discriminating between carcinoma cells showing clear nuclei and non-neoplastic follicular epithelia in papillary thyroid carcinoma. PMID:27550048

  5. Clinical analysis of the adolescent patients with multi-segments intramedullary spinal cord tumors%多节段髓内肿瘤青少年患者的临床分析

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    孙建军; 林国中; 王振宇; 李振东; 谢京城; 陈晓东; 马长城; 刘彬; 张嘉; 于涛


    Objective: To prospectively analyze the clinical features and characteristics of multi-segments intramedullary spinal cord tumors in adolescent patients. Methods: In our study, 25 consecutive adolescent patients with multi-segments intramedullary spinal cord tumors were recruited, who underwent microsurgery for the tumor using a posterior approach and were hospitalized in Peking University Third Hospital within a period of 8 years. The tumor was exposed through dorsal myelotomy. Preoperative and postoperative neurological functions were scored using the improved Japanese orthopaedic association score system ( IJOA) grading system. The functional outcome was defined as postoperative IJOA score minus preoperative IJOA score. All the patients were followed-up until Oct. 30, 2011. Results: There were 15 male and 10 female adolescent patients younger than 25 years. Their mean age was ( 15. 3 ± 6.83) years. The most common initial symptom was sensory disturbance (including pain and/or numbness, 52% , 13/25) , followed by motor disturbance (including limbs weakness and gait deterioration, 24% , 6/25) , pain and motor disturbance ( 12% , 3/25 ), as well as fever, limbs deformities, and sphincter dysfunction, respectively. The preoperative IJOA scores of the patients were (14.4 ±3. 38). The postoperative IJOA scores of the patients were (15.5 ±3.31). The most commonly involved location was the cervicothoracic segments (36% , 9/25) , followed by the conus terminalis (24% , 6/25), the cervical region( 16% , 4/25) , the thoracic region (16% , 4/25) , and the lumbus region (8% , 2/25). The average involved segments were (4.4 ± 1. 38). The most frequent tumors were neurodevelopmental tumors (including lipoma, epidermoid cyst and teratoma) (32%, 8/25), followed by astrocytomas (28%, 7/25), ependymomas (20%, 5/25), hemangioblastomas (12%, 3/25), and glioblastomas and schwannomas, respectively. Conclusion: In adolescent patients with multi-segments intramedullary spinal cord

  6. Super long intramedullary ependymoma in the medulla oblongala and nearly the whole spinal cord:a case report and review%累及延髓和全脊髓的超长型室管膜瘤一例报道及文献复习

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    郭燕军; 刘藏; 王月平; 毕鸿雁; 赵伟琴; 张拥波; 李继梅


    目的:提高临床对超长型脊髓室管膜瘤的认识。方法报道经手术和病理证实的累及延髓和全脊髓的超长型室管膜瘤一例,观察其临床、影像及病理学特点及其治疗方式和预后。结果该病例颈椎和腰椎MRI显示第4脑室至腰2椎体水平脊髓内见弥漫性不均匀长T1、长T2信号影,脊髓内病灶明显强化,部分呈环形强化。计算机测量全部病变范围33 cm ×1.6 cm ×0.8 cm。全麻下行椎管探查术+脊髓内病变活检术+椎板减压术。术中病理诊断为脊髓室管膜瘤黏液乳头型( WHO分级Ⅰ-Ⅱ级)。结论该病例是目前国内报道的病变范围最广的室管膜瘤,手术宜选取有明显强化囊变的部分切除。%Objective To investigate of clinical presentation,MR imaging and pathology features of super long intramedullary ependy-momas from the roof of fourth ventricular to the second vertebra. Methods A case of super long intramedullary ependymomas in fourth ventricular and spinal cord were reported. The clinical feature of super long intramedullary ependymomas was summarized and the related literature was re-viewed. Results MRI revealed a multinodular and multicystic lesion with enhancement in the medulla oblongala and nearly the whole spinal cord from the roof of the fourth ventricular to second vertebra. The lesion range was 33 cm × 1. 6 cm × 0. 8 cm. Intraoperative observation via cervical midline myelotomy revealed a grayish,gelatinous solid mass and part of the tumor revealed cystic formation. A pathological examination revealed the mass to be a ependymoma with mucinous papillary type( WHO gradeⅠ-Ⅱ). Conclusion This report presents the rare and the longest in-tramedullary ependymomas that has been reported in China,a review of the literature associated with super long intramedullary ependymomas,a discussion of the clinical and radiographical characteristics.

  7. BM-derived cells randomly contribute to neoplastic and non-neoplastic epithelial tissues at low rates. (United States)

    Soldini, D; Moreno, E; Martin, V; Gratwohl, A; Marone, C; Mazzucchelli, L


    Epithelial cancers can arise from BM-derived cells (BMCs) in animal models. We studied whether the same phenomenon can occur in humans. Biopsy specimens from carcinomas and healthy adjacent tissues were obtained from three women who had undergone allogeneic BMT from an HLA-matched brother. Complete donor hematopoietic chimerism was verified by cytogenetic analysis, RFLP analysis or by reverse transcription-PCR analysis. Biopsies were studied for the presence of the Y chromosome derived from BM-derived cells by combined FISH and immunohistochemical staining. In our studies, we showed that human epithelial neoplastic and adjacent non-neoplastic tissues incorporate the Y chromosome at low and comparable rates. The lack of enrichment in malignancies argues against the possibility that BM-derived cells represent a direct source of carcinomas, and we suggest that these cells randomly contribute to neoplastic and non-neoplastic epithelial cells. On the basis of the absence of a fusion karyotype, we favor a model in which the differentiation of BM-derived cells is largely determined by the microenvironment encountered.

  8. Concurrent cerebellar and cervical intramedullary tuberculoma: Paradoxical response on antitubercular chemotherapy and need for surgery


    Das, Kuntal Kanti; Jaiswal, Sushila; Shukla, Mukesh; Srivastava, Arun Kumar; Behari, Sanjay; Kumar,Raj


    Spinal intramedullary tuberculoma (SIT) is a rare manifestation of neurotuberculosis. Concurrent SIT and intracranial tuberculoma are further unusual. Most of these tuberculomas respond completely to medical therapy, and surgical excision is seldom required. In this report, we describe a 17-year-old boy who developed cervical intramedullary tuberculoma at C3-C6 level with a concurrent lesion involving the right cerebellar hemisphere while on treatment for tubercular meningitis. This patient h...

  9. Lateral sacral artery supply to an intramedullary arteriovenous fistula at the conus medullaris

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    Mochizuki, T.; Nemoto, Y.; Inoue, Y.; Tashiro, T. (Osaka City Univ. Medical School (Japan). Dept. of Radiology); Sakanaka, H. (Osaka City Univ. Medical School (Japan). Dept. of Orthopedics)


    In this 25-year-old woman, severe low back pain, flaccid paraparesis, sensory disturbance of both legs and sphincter dysfunction resulted from an intramedullary conal arteriovenous malformation fed by an anterior spinal artery arising from the left sixth intercostal artery and by the left lateral sacral artery, a branch of the left internal iliac artery. Magnetic resonance (MR) images showed low signal (flow void) within an intramedullary mass that expanded the conus from T12 to L1. (orig./GDG).

  10. 手术治疗延颈交界区病变30例分析%Neurosurgery for intramedullary cord tumors involved in medulla oblongata and cervical spinal cord (report of 30 cases)

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    许晖; 王业忠; 赵冬; 董江涛; 代林志


    Objective To discuss the clinical and imaging features of the intramedullary tumors involved in the medulla oblongata and cervical spinal cord (ITIMOCSC) and the opportunity and skills of neurosurgery for them. Methods The clinical data of 30 patients with ITIMOCSC. who underwent neurosurgery through the posterior midline approach, were analyzed retrospectively, including the clinical manifestations, imaging examinations, the extent of tumor resection, therapeutic outcomes and pathological findings. Results Of 30 patients with ITIMOCS, 29 received the total removal of the tumors and 1, who had the metastasis from melanoma, subtotal. No patients die of the surgery. The clinical manifestations were improved in all the patients and no lesions recurred 6 months after the surgery. Conclusions ITIMOCS may be definitely diagnosed by MRI, and most of them may be totally resected by micosurgery. The postoperative radiotherapy should be performed in the patients with malignant ITIMOCS.%目的 探讨各种不同延颈交界区病变的临床特征、影像学诊断及手术时机和技巧.方法 回顾性分析2002年6月至2012年6月经手术治疗的30例延颈交界区病变患者的临床资料,包括病理类型、临床表现、辅助检查、手术切除程度及疗效.结果 30例延颈交界区病变中全切除29例(96.7%),1例黑色素瘤脑内转移近全切除,无手术死亡病例.术后6个月随访,所有患者临床症状改善,未见病变复发.结论 延颈交界区病变可通过MRI作出正确诊断,对绝大多数肿瘤可用显微外科手术切除,对恶性肿瘤术后应辅以放射治疗.

  11. Neurological deficit following spinal anaesthesia: MRI and CT evidence of spinal cord gas embolism

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    Tedeschi, E. [Naples Univ. (Italy). Dept. of Biomorphological and Functional Sciences]|[Parco Comola-Ricci, Naples (Italy); Marano, I.; Savarese, F.; Brunetti, A.; Sodano, A. [Naples Univ. (Italy). Dept. of Biomorphological and Functional Sciences; Olibet, G. [Naples Univ. (Italy). Intensive Care Unit; Di Salvo, E. [Naples Univ. (Italy). Dept. of General and Transplant Surgery


    A 62-year-old diabetic woman developed permanent neurological deficits in the legs following spinal anaesthesia. MRI showed oedema in the spinal cord and a small intramedullary focus of signal void at the T10 level, with negative density at CT. Intramedullary gas bubbles have not been reported previously among the possible neurological complications of spinal anaesthesia; a combined ischaemic/embolic mechanism is hypothesised. (orig.) With 2 figs., 10 refs.

  12. Glycomics expression analysis of sulfated glycosaminoglycans of human colorectal cancer tissues and non-neoplastic mucosa by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Marolla, Ana Paula Cleto; Waisberg, Jaques; Saba, Gabriela Tognini; Waisberg, Daniel Reis; Margeotto, Fernando Beani; Pinhal, Maria Aparecida da Silva


    To determine the presence of glycosaminoglycans in the extracellular matrix of connective tissue from neoplastic and non-neoplastic colorectal tissues, since it has a central role in tumor development and progression. Tissue samples from neoplastic and non-neoplastic colorectal tissues were obtained from 64 operated patients who had colorectal carcinoma with no distant metastases. Expressions of heparan sulphate, chondroitin sulphate, dermatan sulphate and their fragments were analyzed by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, with the technique for extraction and quantification of glycosaminoglycans after proteolysis and electrophoresis. The statistical analysis included mean, standard deviation, and Student'st test. The glycosaminoglycans extracted from colorectal tissue showed three electrophoretic bands in agarose gel. Electrospray ionization mass spectrometry showed characteristic disaccharide fragments from glycosaminoglycans, indicating their structural characterization in the tissues analyzed. Some peaks in the electrospray ionization mass spectrometry were not characterized as fragments of sugars, indicating the presence of fragments of the protein structure of proteoglycans generated during the glycosaminoglycan purification. The average amount of chondroitin and dermatan increased in the neoplastic tissue compared to normal tissue (p=0.01). On the other hand, the average amount of heparan decreased in the neoplastic tissue compared to normal tissue (p= 0.03). The method allowed the determination of the glycosaminoglycans structural profile in colorectal tissue from neoplastic and non-neoplastic colorectal tissue. Neoplastic tissues showed greater amounts of chondroitin sulphate and dermatan sulphate compared to non-neoplastic tissues, while heparan sulphate was decreased in neoplastic tissues.

  13. Glycomics expression analysis of sulfated glycosaminoglycans of human colorectal cancer tissues and non-neoplastic mucosa by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry

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    Marolla, Ana Paula Cleto [Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Waisberg, Jaques [Hospital do Servidor Público Estadual, São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Faculdade de Medicina do ABC, Santo André, SP (Brazil); Saba, Gabriela Tognini [Faculdade de Medicina do ABC, Santo André, SP (Brazil); Waisberg, Daniel Reis [Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Margeotto, Fernando Beani; Pinhal, Maria Aparecida da Silva [Faculdade de Medicina do ABC, Santo André, SP (Brazil)


    To determine the presence of glycosaminoglycans in the extracellular matrix of connective tissue from neoplastic and non-neoplastic colorectal tissues, since it has a central role in tumor development and progression. Tissue samples from neoplastic and non-neoplastic colorectal tissues were obtained from 64 operated patients who had colorectal carcinoma with no distant metastases. Expressions of heparan sulphate, chondroitin sulphate, dermatan sulphate and their fragments were analyzed by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, with the technique for extraction and quantification of glycosaminoglycans after proteolysis and electrophoresis. The statistical analysis included mean, standard deviation, and Student’s t test. The glycosaminoglycans extracted from colorectal tissue showed three electrophoretic bands in agarose gel. Electrospray ionization mass spectrometry showed characteristic disaccharide fragments from glycosaminoglycans, indicating their structural characterization in the tissues analyzed. Some peaks in the electrospray ionization mass spectrometry were not characterized as fragments of sugars, indicating the presence of fragments of the protein structure of proteoglycans generated during the glycosaminoglycan purification. The average amount of chondroitin and dermatan increased in the neoplastic tissue compared to normal tissue (p=0.01). On the other hand, the average amount of heparan decreased in the neoplastic tissue compared to normal tissue (p= 0.03). The method allowed the determination of the glycosaminoglycans structural profile in colorectal tissue from neoplastic and non-neoplastic colorectal tissue. Neoplastic tissues showed greater amounts of chondroitin sulphate and dermatan sulphate compared to non-neoplastic tissues, while heparan sulphate was decreased in neoplastic tissues.

  14. Recurrent intramedullary epidermoid cyst of conus medullaris.

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    Fleming, Christina


    Spinal intramedullary epidermoid cyst is a rare condition. Recurrent epidermoid cyst in the spine cord is known to occur. The authors describe a case of recurrent conus medullaris epidermoid cyst in a 24-year-old female. She initially presented at 7 years of age with bladder disturbance in the form of diurnal enuresis and recurrent urinary tract infection. MRI lumbar spine revealed a 4 cm conus medullaris epidermoid cyst. Since the initial presentation, the cyst had recurred seven times in the same location and she underwent surgical intervention in the form of exploration and debulking. This benign condition, owing to its anatomical location, has posed a surgical and overall management challenge. This occurrence is better managed in a tertiary-care centre requiring multi-disciplinary treatment approach.

  15. Telomere length in non-neoplastic colonic mucosa in ulcerative colitis (UC) and its relationship to the severe clinical phenotypes. (United States)

    Tahara, Tomomitsu; Shibata, Tomoyuki; Okubo, Masaaki; Kawamura, Tomohiko; Sumi, Kazuya; Ishizuka, Takamitsu; Nakamura, Masakatsu; Nagasaka, Mitsuo; Nakagawa, Yoshihito; Ohmiya, Naoki; Arisawa, Tomiyasu; Hirata, Ichiro


    Telomere shortening occurs with human aging in many organs and tissues and is accelerated by rapid cell turnover and oxidative injury. To clarify the clinical importance of telomere shortening in colonic mucosa in ulcerative colitis (UC), we measured average telomere length using quantitative real-time PCR in non-neoplastic colonic mucosa in UC patients and assessed its relationship to various clinical subtypes. Relative telomere length in genomic DNA was measured in colonic biopsies obtained from rectal inflammatory mucosa from 86 UC patients as well as paired non-inflammatory proximal colonic mucosae from 10 patients. Data were correlated with various clinical phenotypes. In paired samples, average relative telomere length of rectal inflammatory mucosa was shortened compared to normal appearing proximal colon in eight out of ten cases (p = 0.01). Telomere length shortening was significantly associated with more severe Mayo endoscopic subscore (p telomere length was significantly shortened in the same phenotypes than the others (p = 0.003). Telomere shortening is associated with more severe clinical phenotypes of UC, reflecting severe inflammatory state in the colonic mucosa.

  16. Intramedullary spinal masses: A pictorial essay

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    Abraham Fourie Bezuidenhout


    Full Text Available This pictorial essay provides a classification system for the most common intramedullaryspinal masses and describes distinguishing imaging features that will aid the radiologist inproviding a relevant differential diagnosis to guide further management.

  17. The durotomy or myelotomy for the spinal cord extensive swelling with/without intramedullary hemorrhage%硬脊膜或脊髓切开减压治疗脊髓损伤后广泛水肿伴或不伴髓内血肿

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    曲延镇; 罗政; 郭晓东; 崔巍; 孙亭方; 黄振飞; 吴永超; 邵增务


    目的 探讨硬脊膜或脊髓切开减压治疗脊髓损伤后广泛水肿伴或不伴髓内血肿的必要性及可行性.方法 2009年1月至2014年9月采用硬脊膜或脊髓切开减压治疗脊髓损伤后广泛水肿伴或不伴髓内血肿的患者21例,男13例,女8例;年龄13~69岁,平均39.1岁.16例有脊柱骨折脱位,9例有单侧或双侧关节突绞锁,12例有椎间盘损伤.水肿部位:颈髓18例,胸腰髓3例;水肿范围为2~4个节段者17例,超过4个节段者4例.血肿部位:颈髓4例,胸腰髓1例;血肿范围为1~2个节段.结果 术后均未发生伤口感染、脊髓损伤加重、椎动脉损伤及椎间盘突出加重.术后2周MRI示脊髓广泛水肿信号消失,脑脊液信号连续性恢复.术前美国脊髓损伤协会(America Spinal Injury Association,ASIA)脊髓损伤A级者6例,术后分级未见好转,感觉平面下降2~4个节段,部分上肢肌力恢复1~2级;B级10例,7例提高为C级、2例提高为D级、1例提高为E级;C级5例,4例提高为D级、1例提高为E级.5例髓内血肿患者ASIA分级A级2例,感觉平面下降2个节段,部分上肢肌力恢复1级;B级2例,1例提高为C级、1例提高为D级;C级1例,提高为D级.结论 对脊髓损伤后脊髓广泛水肿伴或不伴髓内血肿者,硬脊膜切开和适当的脊髓切开能够缓解动静脉受压,减轻继发性损伤,为抢救患者创造条件,有助于脊髓神经功能的恢复.%Objective To evaluate the necessity and feasibility of durotomy or myelotomy for the spinal cord extensive swelling with/without intramedullary hemorrhage.Methods Data of 21 cases with spinal cord extensive swelling with/without intramedullary hemorrhage who underwent durotomy or myelotomy from January 2009 to September 2014 were retrospectively analyzed.There were 13 males and 8 females,with an average age of 39.1 (range,13-69) years old.16 cases had the situation of spinal fracture or dislocation,9 cases had locked facet,and 12 cases had disc


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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION : The present study examined the patterns of sinonasal masses in biopsies received in department of pathology of Govt. CIMS, Bilaspur which is a tertiary care hospital of central eastern region of India and represents a tribal belt. During the study period, 91 biopsied reported were retrieved from the records and results analyzed. OBJECTIVE : This study is designed to find out patterns of benign lesions of nasal mass in patients attending Chhattisgarh Institute of Medical Sciences (CIMS, a teaching institute in Bilaspur Chhattisgarh. MATERIAL AND METHODS : 91 nasal biopsy records of March 2003 to August 2015 were reviewed. All the biopsy samples of patients were received and studied in department of pathology. RESULTS AND OBSERVATIONS : Average age of subjects reported as non - neoplastic lesions is found 19.69 years with standard deviation of 9.44, ranging from 6 to 47 years. Among 75 non - neoplastic lesions, 63 (84.00% reported as rhinosporidiosis, 10(13.33% non - specific inflammatory po lyp and 2 were (2.67% tuberculosis. CONCLUSION : Rhinosporidiosis encountered as most common non - neoplastic lesion and most patients affected were in younger age groups. The study concluded with the exceptionally higher prevalence of rhinosporidiosis obser ved in this region

  19. Systematic review of the relation between smokeless tobacco and non-neoplastic oral diseases in Europe and the United States

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background How smokeless tobacco contributes to non-neoplastic oral diseases is unclear. It certainly increases risk of oral mucosal lesions, but reviewers disagree as to other conditions. In some areas, especially South-East Asia, risk is difficult to quantify due to the many products, compositions (including non-tobacco ingredients, and usage practices involved. This review considers studies from Europe (in practice mainly Scandinavia and from the USA. Methods Experimental and epidemiological studies published in 1963–2007 were identified that related risk of oral lesions to smokeless tobacco use. Data were assessed separately for oral mucosal lesions, periodontal and gingival diseases, dental caries and tooth loss, and oral pain. Results Oral mucosal lesions: Thirty-three epidemiological studies consistently show a strong dose-related effect of current snuff on oral mucosal lesion prevalence. In Scandinavia, users have a near 100% prevalence of a characteristic "snuff-induced lesion", but prevalence of the varied lesions reported in the USA is lower. Associations with chewing tobacco are weaker. The lack of clear association with former use suggests reversibility following cessation, consistent with experimental studies showing rapid lesion regression on quitting. Periodontal and gingival diseases: Two of four studies report a significant association of snuff with attachment loss and four out of eight with gingival recession. Snuff is not clearly related to gingivitis or periodontal diseases. Limited evidence suggests chewing tobacco is unrelated to periodontal or gingival diseases. Tooth loss: Swedish studies show no association with snuff, but one US study reported an association with snuff, and another with chewing tobacco. Dental caries: Evidence from nine studies suggests a possible relationship with use of smokeless tobacco, particularly chewing tobacco, and the risk of dental caries. Oral pain: Limited evidence precludes any

  20. [Acute paraplegia and intramedullary cavitation in a patient with pulmonary tuberculosis]. (United States)

    Schapira, M; Presas, J L; Speiser, E; Klimovsky, S; Barro, A; Nogués, M


    This 42-year-old male patient voluntarily discontinued treatment for lung TBC and twenty days later developed acute paraplegia. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrated a large intramedullary cavity extending from T2 to the conus medullaris. Having resumed anti-TBC treatment, the patient progressed favourably, despite any change in cavity size. Tuberculous meningitis may be complicated by the appearance of intramedullary cavities by two distinct mechanisms: 1) adhesive arachnoiditis at the skull base with obstruction of Luschka and Magendie foramina, followed by hydrocephalus and hydromyelia; and 2) spinal cord arachnoiditis with the development of arachnoidal and intramedullary cysts. In either case, symptoms are of late presentation. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report in the literature of lung tuberculosis associated with syringomyelia but without basal arachnoiditis. Acute clinical presentation with paraplegia is exceptional.

  1. Intramedullary pressure of the patella in Chondromalacia. (United States)

    Björkström, S; Goldie, I F; Wetterqvist, H


    Degenerative changes in load-bearing joints are often combined with altered intramedullary circulation. This may cause an alteration in intramedullary pressures. It has been said that articular symptoms are connected with a change in intramedullary pressures being high they are suspected to cause pain. In this investigation the intramedullary pressure has been evaluated in chondromalacia and osteoarthrosis of the patella. A comparison has been made with normal patellae. A biopsy needle was drilled into the intramedullary bone of the patella and connected with a registering unit. In a control group an average value of 19 mm Hg was registered. In the condromalacia group the mean intramedullary pressure was 44 mm Hg and in osteoarthrosis 37 mm Hg.

  2. Development in treatment of vulvar intraepithelial non-neoplastic lesions%外阴上皮内非瘤样变治疗进展

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    闫星妹; 任红莲; 何淑莹


    外阴上皮内非瘤样病变是一组慢性疾病,根据1987年国际外阴疾病研究协会与国际妇科病理学家协会共同制定的新外阴皮肤疾病分类法,外阴上皮内非瘤样病变分为外阴鳞状上皮增生、外阴硬化性苔癣及其他皮肤病.因其病因不明确,临床上许多治疗方法虽能暂时控制其症状,但复发率较高.故临床医师正努力探索各种方法以提高患者的治愈率,降低复发率.该文就外阴上皮内非瘤样变治疗进展作以综述.%Vulvar intraepithelial non-neoplastic lesion is a chronic inflammatory disease of skin and mucosa in vulva. According to new classification of vular dermopathy formulated by International Vulvar Disease Research Association and International Gynecologist-pathologist Association in 1987, vulvar intraepithelial non-neoplastic lesions are classified into vulvar squamous cell hyperplasia and vulvar lichen sclerosus and other vulvar dermoses. Because etiology of the disease is unclear till now, there is no optimal therapy for it. Although many therapies can control symptoms of the disease temporarily, the recurrence rate is hight in clinic.In this paper, we summarized development in therapies of vular intraepithelial non-neoplastic lesions.

  3. Intramedullary Chondrosarcoma of Proximal Humerus

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    Pratiksha Yadav


    Full Text Available Primary chondrosarcoma is the third most frequent primary malignancy of bone after myeloma and osteosarcoma. It is ranging from slow growing nonmetastasising lesions to highly aggressive lesions. We report a case of primary intramedullary chondrosarcoma of proximal humerus. A 60-year-old female presented with pain and hard swelling involving the left arm for 5 months. Radiograph showed a lucent expansile intramedullary lesion with matrix calcification and associated soft tissue mass. CT confirmed the finding. MRI showed a lobulated lesion which is hyperintense on T2WI with low signal fibrous septae. Increased tracer uptake was seen on bone scan. Histopathology confirmed the radiology diagnosis. The patient underwent wide resection and endoprosthetic reconstruction of proximal humerus.

  4. Primary Intramedullary Spinal Cord Mixed Germinoma in Children:Report of One Case and Review of Literature%儿童原发性脊髓混合性生殖细胞瘤1例及文献复习

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    赵雪臻; 肖娟; 苟丽娟; 李冀; 胡明明; 李明; 王长燕; 王晨; 王琳


    Objective To investigate the clinical features, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of prima-ry intramedullary spinal cord germinoma ( PISCG) in children.Methods One child with primary intramedul-lary spinal cord mixed germinoma was reported in this article .To our knowledge , there has been no previous report of such cases at home and abroad .The related literature of PISCG was reviewed and analyzed .Results The clinical manifestations of the 5-year-old boy included the progression of hip pain and precocious puberty . Alpha-fetoprotein ( AFP) andβ-human chorionic gonadotrophin (β-HCG ) levels elevated obviously in serum and cerebrospinal fluid .Magnetic resonance imaging ( MRI) demonstrated an intraspinal mass extending from L2 to L3.Histopathological examination showed mixed germinoma (germinoma and teratoma).18F-fluorodeoxy-glucose positron emission tomography (18F-FDG-PET) was applied to help displaying the lesion, evaluating therapeutic effect and monitoring recurrence via the maximum standardized uptake value ( SUVmax) .The child responded poor to radiotherapy , while fair to chemotherapy .Conclusions PISCG in children is extremely rare.Its clinical manifestations are consistent with the involved segments of the spinal cord and should be dif-ferentiated from other primary tumors in spinal cord .Simple PISCG in children is sensitive to radiotherapy and chemotherapy , with generally favorable prognosis .%目的:探讨儿童原发性脊髓生殖细胞瘤的临床特点、诊断、治疗及预后。方法报道1例儿童原发于脊髓的混合性生殖细胞瘤,目前国内外未见此类报道,并对儿童原发性脊髓生殖细胞瘤的相关文献进行复习和分析。结果5岁男孩临床主要表现为臀部疼痛进行性加重,性早熟,血清及脑脊液甲胎蛋白、β-人绒毛膜促性腺激素明显升高,磁共振成像示L2-3水平椎管内占位,组织病理示椎管内混合性生殖细胞瘤(生殖细

  5. An intramedullary tumor presenting with hyperhidrosis

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    Chatterjee Sandip


    Full Text Available A case of a cervical intramedullary tumor is reported whose presentation was with disabling hyperhidrosis. The symptom resolved after surgical debulking of the tumor. Hyperhidrosis as a presenting manifestation of an intramedullary tumor has not been reported earlier.

  6. Surgical Management of Combined Intramedullary Arteriovenous Malformation and Perimedullary Arteriovenous Fistula within the Hybrid Operating Room after Five Years of Performing Focus Fractionated Radiotherapy: Case Report (United States)

    GEKKA, Masayuki; SEKI, Toshitaka; HIDA, Kazutoshi; OSANAI, Toshiya; HOUKIN, Kiyohiro


    Perimedullary arteriovenous fistula (AVF) shunts occur on the spinal cord surface and can be treated surgically or by endovascular embolization. In contrast, the nidus of an intramedullary arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is located in the spinal cord and is difficult to treat surgically or by endovascular techniques. The benefits of radiotherapy for treating intramedullary AVM have been published, but are anecdotal and consist largely of case reports. We present a case of combined cervical intramedullary AVM and perimedullary AVF which received surgical treatment within a hybrid operating room (OR) after 5 years of focus fractionated radiotherapy. A 37-year-old male presented with stepwise worsening myelopathy. Magnetic resonance imaging and spinal angiography revealed intramedullary AVM and perimedullary AVF at the C3 to C5 levels. In order to reduce nidus size and blood flow, we first performed focal fractionated radiotherapy. Five years later, the lesion volume was reduced. Following this, direct surgery was performed by an anterior approach using corpectomy in the hybrid OR. The spinal cord was monitored by motor-evoked potential throughout the surgery. Complete obliteration of the fistulous connection was confirmed by intraoperative indocyanine green video-angiography and intraoperative angiography, preserving the anterior spinal artery. We conclude that surgical treatment following focal fractionated radiotherapy may become one strategy for patients who are initially deemed ineligible for endovascular embolization and surgical treatment. Furthermore, the hybrid OR enables safe and precise treatment for spinal vascular disorders in the fields of endovascular treatment and neurosurgery. PMID:25367581

  7. Surgical management of combined intramedullary arteriovenous malformation and perimedullary arteriovenous fistula within the hybrid operating room after five years of performing focus fractionated radiotherapy: case report. (United States)

    Gekka, Masayuki; Seki, Toshitaka; Hida, Kazutoshi; Osanai, Toshiya; Houkin, Kiyohiro


    Perimedullary arteriovenous fistula (AVF) shunts occur on the spinal cord surface and can be treated surgically or by endovascular embolization. In contrast, the nidus of an intramedullary arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is located in the spinal cord and is difficult to treat surgically or by endovascular techniques. The benefits of radiotherapy for treating intramedullary AVM have been published, but are anecdotal and consist largely of case reports. We present a case of combined cervical intramedullary AVM and perimedullary AVF which received surgical treatment within a hybrid operating room (OR) after 5 years of focus fractionated radiotherapy. A 37-year-old male presented with stepwise worsening myelopathy. Magnetic resonance imaging and spinal angiography revealed intramedullary AVM and perimedullary AVF at the C3 to C5 levels. In order to reduce nidus size and blood flow, we first performed focal fractionated radiotherapy. Five years later, the lesion volume was reduced. Following this, direct surgery was performed by an anterior approach using corpectomy in the hybrid OR. The spinal cord was monitored by motor-evoked potential throughout the surgery. Complete obliteration of the fistulous connection was confirmed by intraoperative indocyanine green video-angiography and intraoperative angiography, preserving the anterior spinal artery. We conclude that surgical treatment following focal fractionated radiotherapy may become one strategy for patients who are initially deemed ineligible for endovascular embolization and surgical treatment. Furthermore, the hybrid OR enables safe and precise treatment for spinal vascular disorders in the fields of endovascular treatment and neurosurgery.

  8. An Achilles tendinosis masking an intramedullary astrocytoma. (United States)

    Stappers, Jeroen; Herregods, Piet; Chappel, Rudi; Surgeloose, Didier De; Stassijns, Gaëtane


    We report the case of a 53-year-old male with a right Achilles tendinosis, who complains about a mild gait disorder starting after walking several kilometers. In the following months he develops neurological symptoms. MRI lumbar spine shows an intramedullary tumor at level Th12. A biopsy confirms the diagnosis of an intramedullary astrocytoma. Primary intramedullary tumors are relatively rare. Clinical presentation is often insidious. The authors want to make a point to reconsider a diagnosis in case it does not explain completely the anamnestic or clinical findings. According to the literature there is no optimal approach to the management of these tumors.

  9. Intramedullary tumours in patients with neurofibromatosis type 2: MRI features associated with a favourable prognosis

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    Rennie, A.T.M. [Department of Neuroradiology, West Wing, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford (United Kingdom)], E-mail:; Side, L. [Department of Clinical Genetics, Churchill Hospital, Headington, Oxford (United Kingdom); Kerr, R.S.C. [Department of Neurosurgery, West Wing, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford (United Kingdom); Anslow, P.; Pretorius, P. [Department of Neuroradiology, West Wing, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford (United Kingdom)


    Aim: To assess the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features and natural history of intramedullary tumours in patients with neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2). Materials and methods: Eleven NF2 patients with intramedullary spinal cord tumours were identified from the database of the multidisciplinary NF2 clinic. All the imaging studies of these patients were individually reviewed by two neuroradiologists to evaluate the size, number, location, imaging characteristics, and interval growth of the intramedullary tumours. Results: Two of the 11 patients had lesions that required surgery. Both these lesions were in the cervical region, and extended over three and five segments respectively. Nine patients with a mean imaging follow-up period of 77 months had lesions that remained stable, apart from the development of small peritumoral cysts in three. The lesions were well circumscribed, often multiple, usually less than 1 cm in diameter, and were most frequently found in the cervical cord. Conclusion: The majority of intramedullary tumours in NF2 patients are very slow growing and share certain MRI features that differ from those of progressive or symptomatic lesions.

  10. reoperation rates following intramedullary nailing versus external ...

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    Reasons for reoperation among EF patients were infection. (2 patients) ... fixation. Keywords: Orthopaedic surgery, Tanzania, Intramedullary nail, External fixation, Open tibia fracture. INTRODUCTION ..... of surgical site infection. Infect Control ...

  11. Cystic cervical intramedullary schwannoma with syringomyelia

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    Full Text Available We report a case of cervical intramedullary cystic schwannoma associated with segmental syrinx in a young adult without evidence of neurofibromatosis. The relevant literature is reviewed.

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    Epidemiological reports have shown that a large number of ... KEYWORDS: Locked intramedullary nailing, open reduction, segmental fractures ... led to the development of various intramedullary nail instrument ... Trauma Association System, as complex fractures Type C.[27] ..... Financial support and sponsorship. Nil.

  13. Telomere length in non-neoplastic gastric mucosa and its relationship to H. pylori infection, degree of gastritis, and NSAID use. (United States)

    Tahara, Tomomitsu; Shibata, Tomoyuki; Kawamura, Tomohiko; Ishizuka, Takamitsu; Okubo, Masaaki; Nagasaka, Mitsuo; Nakagawa, Yoshihito; Arisawa, Tomiyasu; Ohmiya, Naoki; Hirata, Ichiro


    Telomere shortening occurs with human aging in many organs and tissues and is accelerated by rapid cell turnover and oxidative injury. We measured average telomere length using quantitative real-time PCR in non-neoplastic gastric mucosa and assessed its relationship to H. pylori-related gastritis, DNA methylation, ulcer disease, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) usage. Gastric biopsies were obtained from 151 cancer-free subjects including 49 chronic NSAID users and 102 nonusers. Relative telomere length in genomic DNA was measured by real-time PCR. H. pylori infection status, histological severity of gastritis, and serum pepsinogens (PGs) were also investigated. E-cadherin (CDH1) methylation status was determined by methylation-specific PCR (MSP). Average relative telomere length of H. pylori-infected subjects was significantly shortened when compared to H. pylori-negative subjects (p = 0.002) and was closely associated with all histological parameter of gastritis (all p values gastritis and CDH1 methylation status. Also, telomere shortening is accelerated by NSAID usage especially in H. pylori-negative subjects.

  14. Concurrent cerebellar and cervical intramedullary tuberculoma: Paradoxical response on antitubercular chemotherapy and need for surgery (United States)

    Das, Kuntal Kanti; Jaiswal, Sushila; Shukla, Mukesh; Srivastava, Arun Kumar; Behari, Sanjay; Kumar, Raj


    Spinal intramedullary tuberculoma (SIT) is a rare manifestation of neurotuberculosis. Concurrent SIT and intracranial tuberculoma are further unusual. Most of these tuberculomas respond completely to medical therapy, and surgical excision is seldom required. In this report, we describe a 17-year-old boy who developed cervical intramedullary tuberculoma at C3-C6 level with a concurrent lesion involving the right cerebellar hemisphere while on treatment for tubercular meningitis. This patient had paradoxical increase in size of the cervical lesion even though the cerebellar lesion showed regression in size. In this article, we discuss the paradoxical response to anti-tubercular therapy in central nervous system tuberculosis, possible causes of nonresolution of tuberculoma on medical therapy and evaluate the role of surgery in these cases. PMID:25250077

  15. Intramedullary abscess resulting from disseminated cryptococcosis despite immune restoration in a patient with AIDS. (United States)

    Rambeloarisoa, J; Batisse, D; Thiebaut, J-B; Mikol, J; Mrejen, S; Karmochkine, M; Kazatchkine, M D; Weiss, L; Piketty, C


    We report on a case of cryptococcal intramedullary abscess, which occurred three years after a disseminated cryptococcosis and two years after a lymph node cryptococcal recurrence in a HIV-infected patient who exhibited a long-standing immune restoration. At the time of diagnosis, CD4(+) lymphocyte-count was 640x10(6)/l and HIV viral load was undetectable. Spinal involvement is rare during cryptococcosis of the central nervous system. As far as we are aware, there is only one case of proven intramedullary cryptococcal abscess reported in the literature and this case is then the second one. The significant and sustained increase in CD4 count following effective antiretroviral therapy was probably associated with only a partial immune restitution that did not allow to avoid the occurrence of the cryptococcal medullar abscess. Finally, this case raises the question of when to stop secondary prophylaxis of cryptococcal disease after increase in CD4 cell count under antiretroviral therapy.

  16. Intramedullary foot fixation for midfoot Charcot neuroarthropathy. (United States)

    Lamm, Bradley M; Siddiqui, Noman A; Nair, Ajitha K; LaPorta, Guido


    Midfoot Charcot collapse commonly occurs through the tarsometatarsal and/or midtarsal joints, which creates the characteristic "rocker bottom" deformity. Intramedullary metatarsal fixation spanning the tarsus into the talus and/or calcaneus is a recently developed method for addressing unstable midfoot Charcot deformity. The intramedullary foot fixation technique has various advantages when addressing midfoot Charcot deformity in the neuropathic patient. These advantages include anatomical realignment, minimally invasive fixation technique, formal multiple joint fusion, adjacent joint fixation beyond the level of Charcot collapse, rigid interosseus fixation, and preservation of foot length. The goals of the intramedullary foot fixation procedure are to create a stable, plantigrade, and ulcer-free foot, which allows the patient to ambulate with custom-molded orthotics and shoes.

  17. Spinal tuberculoma in a patient with spinal myxopapillary ependymoma

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    Arora Brijesh


    Full Text Available Intramedullary spinal tuberculosis is a clinical curiosity. A 19-year-old female was diagnosed and treated for lumbosacral myxopapllary ependy moma (MPE. Three years later, she presented with back pain and hypoesthesia of the left upper limb. Besides revealing local recurrence, the MRI demonstrated a fresh lesion in the cervicomedullary area. The latter was operated and the histopathology revealed a tuberculoma.

  18. Neuroimaging for spine and spinal cord surgery

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    Koyanagi, Izumi [Hokkaido Neurosurgical Memorial Hospital (Japan); Iwasaki, Yoshinobu; Hida, Kazutoshi


    Recent advances in neuroimaging of the spine and spinal cord are described based upon our clinical experiences with spinal disorders. Preoperative neuroradiological examinations, including magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and computerized tomography (CT) with three-dimensional reconstruction (3D-CT), were retrospectively analyzed in patients with cervical spondylosis or ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (130 cases), spinal trauma (43 cases) and intramedullary spinal cord tumors (92 cases). CT scan and 3D-CT were useful in elucidating the spine pathology associated with degenerative and traumatic spine diseases. Visualization of the deformity of the spine or fracture-dislocation of the spinal column with 3D-CT helped to determine the correct surgical treatment. MR imaging was most important in the diagnosis of both spine and spinal cord abnormalities. The axial MR images of the spinal cord were essential in understanding the laterality of the spinal cord compression in spinal column disorders and in determining surgical approaches to the intramedullary lesions. Although non-invasive diagnostic modalities such as MR imaging and CT scans are adequate for deciding which surgical treatment to use in the majority of spine and spinal cord disorders, conventional myelography is still needed in the diagnosis of nerve root compression in some cases of cervical spondylosis. (author)

  19. Review Article: The Role of Molecular Pathological Epidemiology in the Study of Neoplastic and Non-neoplastic Diseases in the Era of Precision Medicine. (United States)

    Ogino, Shuji; Nishihara, Reiko; VanderWeele, Tyler J; Wang, Molin; Nishi, Akihiro; Lochhead, Paul; Qian, Zhi Rong; Zhang, Xuehong; Wu, Kana; Nan, Hongmei; Yoshida, Kazuki; Milner, Danny A; Chan, Andrew T; Field, Alison E; Camargo, Carlos A; Williams, Michelle A; Giovannucci, Edward L


    Molecular pathology diagnostics to subclassify diseases based on pathogenesis are increasingly common in clinical translational medicine. Molecular pathological epidemiology (MPE) is an integrative transdisciplinary science based on the unique disease principle and the disease continuum theory. While it has been most commonly applied to research on breast, lung, and colorectal cancers, MPE can investigate etiologic heterogeneity in non-neoplastic diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes mellitus, drug toxicity, and immunity-related and infectious diseases. This science can enhance causal inference by linking putative etiologic factors to specific molecular biomarkers as outcomes. Technological advances increasingly enable analyses of various -omics, including genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, metagenomics, microbiome, immunomics, interactomics, etc. Challenges in MPE include sample size limitations (depending on availability of biospecimens or biomedical/radiological imaging), need for rigorous validation of molecular assays and study findings, and paucities of interdisciplinary experts, education programs, international forums, and standardized guidelines. To address these challenges, there are ongoing efforts such as multidisciplinary consortium pooling projects, the International Molecular Pathological Epidemiology Meeting Series, and the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology-MPE guideline project. Efforts should be made to build biorepository and biobank networks, and worldwide population-based MPE databases. These activities match with the purposes of the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K), Genetic Associations and Mechanisms in Oncology (GAME-ON), and Precision Medicine Initiatives of the United States National Institute of Health. Given advances in biotechnology, bioinformatics, and computational/systems biology, there are wide open opportunities in MPE to contribute to public

  20. Magnetic resonance imaging of spinal cord syndromes

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    Thirty-four patients with intramedullary space-occupying lesions or cord compression syndromes were examined with a resistive and two different superconductive magnetic resonance (MR) imaging units. Studies were done primarily by the spin-echo (SE) technique and in the majority of patients different pulse sequences were used. Images with short echo-time (TE) and short recovery-time (TR) were best for demonstration of spinal cord anatomy, for depicting cystic portions in intramedullary tumours and for showing syringomyelia. Solid intramedullary tumours showed normal cord signal intensity. Images with prolonged TE and TR predominantly enhanced CSF signal intensity and, to a more considerable extent, solid intramedullary tumours. Thus, the diameter of the subarachnoid space and the presence of a solid intramedullary tumour, not concomittant with a significant enlargement of the spinal cord, could only be recognized on these prolonged SE images. Major advantages of MR in comparison to CT are that the spinal cord can be imaged in the sagittal plane and that beam hardening artifacts do not occur; in comparison to myelography the cord can be imaged directly by MR. Partial volume is a major limitation of MR, not only in the preferably applied sagittal plane. The choice of slice thickness adequate to the diameter of the lesion and straight positioning of the patient for sagittal single slice midline images are fundamental for reliable MR investigations. Another limitation to MR is that cortical bone gives no signal. The actual diameter of the spinal canal therefore cannot be correctly appreciated and consequently it was difficult or impossible to assess spinal stenosis.

  1. Extensive Spinal Cord Injury following Staphylococcus aureus Septicemia and Meningitis

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    Nicolas De Schryver


    Full Text Available Bacterial meningitis is rarely complicated by spinal cord involvement in adults. We report a case of Staphylococcus aureus septicemia complicated by meningitis and extensive spinal cord injury, leading to ascending brain stem necrosis and death. This complication was investigated by magnetic resonance imaging which demonstrated intramedullary hyperintensity on T2-weighted images and by multimodality evoked potentials. Postmortem microscopic examination confirmed that the extensive spinal cord injury was of ischemic origin, caused by diffuse leptomeningitis and endarteritis.

  2. Prophylactic intramedullary nailing in monostotic fibrous dysplasia. (United States)

    Demiralp, Bahtiyar; Ozturk, Cagatay; Ozturan, Kutay; Sanisoglu, Yavuz S; Cicek, Ilker E; Erler, Kaan


    Fibrous dysplasia of bone is an enigma with no known cure. Treatment currently consists of curettage and bone-grafting in an attempt to eradicate the lesion and to prevent progressive deformity. This study presents the results of prophylactic intramedullary nailing in 10 patients with monostotic fibrous dysplasia, pain increasing with movement, and scintigraphically established activity. Ten patients with monostotic fibrous dysplasia in their upper or lower extremities treated between 2001 and 2003 were included in the study. Seven patients were male and 3 were female; their mean age was 26.9 years. The mean duration of follow-up was 33.5 months. Closed intramedullary nail without reaming was used in all cases. Bone grafting was not performed. Patients were allowed full weight bearing on the affected extremities on the second postoperative day. Mean VAS for functional pain was 5.33 +/- 0.65 preoperatively and 2.26 +/- 0.57 at final follow-up (p < 0.05). Radiographs showed no changes in lesion size, and the intramedullary fixation appeared to be stable. Prophylactic intramedullary nailing appeared to be beneficial in monostotic fibrous dysplasia with scintigraphically proven activity and functional pain. It also avoids problems that may occur following pathological fracture.

  3. Imaging diagnosis--spinal cord histiocytic sarcoma in a dog. (United States)

    Taylor, Amanda; Eichelberger, Bunita; Hodo, Carolyn; Cooper, Jocelyn; Porter, Brian


    A 12-year-old mixed breed dog was presented for evaluation of progressive paraparesis and ataxia. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging was performed and identified multifocal intradural spinal cord mass lesions. The lesions were hyperintense in T2-weighted sequences, isointense to mildly hyperintense in T1-weighted sequences with strong contrast enhancement of the intradural lesions and spinal cord meninges. Spinal cord neoplasia was suspected. A diagnosis of intramedullary spinal cord histiocytic sarcoma, confined to the central nervous system, was confirmed histopathologically. Spinal cord histiocytic sarcoma is a rare neoplasm, but should be included in the differential diagnosis for dogs with clinical signs of myelopathy.

  4. Secondary holocord syringomyelia with spinal hemangioblastoma: A report of two cases

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    Pai S


    Full Text Available Intramedullary spinal hemangioblastoma is well known to be accompanied by syringomyelia. However, holocord secondary syringomyelia is uncommon. We present 2 cases of spinal hemangioblastoma, one in the conus medullaris and the other in midthoracic region, accompanied by holocord syrinx. In both the cases the secondary syrinx resolved following successful total tumor excision with good neurological recovery.


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    A spinal cord ependymoma with syringomyelia is presented. The pathogenesis of syrinx formation, associated with intramedullary tumors is not fully understood. In order to examine the mechanism of formation of the tumor-associated syrinx, syrinx fluid was obtained during surgery and concentrations of

  6. Subtrochanteric femur fracture treated by intramedullary fixation

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    Zu-Bin Zhou; Song Chen; You-Shui Gao; Yu-Qiang Sun; Chang-Qing Zhang; Yao Jiang


    Purpose: To discuss surgical technique, operative efficacy and clinical outcome of intramedullary fixation in the treatment of subtrochanteric femur fractures.Methods: From February 2011 to February 2013, 76 cases of subtrochanteric femur fractures were treated by intramedullary fixation in our hospital, including 53 males and 23 females, with the age range of 37 -72 years (mean 53.5 years).According to Seinsheimer classification, there were 2 cases of type Ⅰ, 7 type Ⅱ,15 type Ⅲ, 23 type Ⅳ and 29 type Ⅴ.Firstly, all patients underwent closed reduction with the guidance of C-arm fluoroscopy in a traction table.Two cases of type Ⅰ and 3 cases of type Ⅲ fractures had ideal closed reduction followed by internal fixation.The others needed additional limited open reduction.Radiographic examination was used to evaluate callus formation and fracture healing in postoperative 1, 3, 6 and 12 months follow-up.Functional recovery was evaluated by Harris Hip Scoring (HHS) system.Results: Patients were followed up for 6-12 months.All fractures were healed except one patient with delayed union.The average bone union time was 4.5 months.According to HHS system, 65 cases were considered as excellent in functional recovery, 8 good, 2 fair and 1 poor.The proportion of the patients with excellent and good recovery was 96.05%.Conclusion: Intramedullary fixation is feasible for the treatment of subtrochanteric femur fracture.The accuracy of intraoperative reduction and surgical skill are important for the clinical outcome and the patients' prognosis.

  7. Symptomatic spinal cord metastasis from cerebral oligodendroglioma. (United States)

    Elefante, A; Peca, C; Del Basso De Caro, M L; Russo, C; Formicola, F; Mariniello, G; Brunetti, A; Maiuri, F


    Spinal subarachnoid spread is not uncommon in brain oligodendrogliomas; on the other hand, symptomatic involvement of the spinal cord and cauda is very rare, with only 16 reported cases. We report the case of a 41-year-old man who underwent resection of a low-grade frontal oligodendroglioma 4 years previously. He was again observed because of bilateral sciatic pain followed by left leg paresis. A spine MRI showed an intramedullary T12-L1 tumor with root enhancement. At operation, an intramedullary anaplastic oligodendroglioma with left exophytic component was found and partially resected. Two weeks later, a large left frontoparietal anaplastic oligodendroglioma was diagnosed and completely resected. The patient was neurologically stable for 8 months and died 1 year after the spinal surgery because of diffuse brain and spinal leptomeningeal spread. The review of the reported cases shows that spinal symptomatic metastases can occur in both low-grade and anaplastic oligodendrogliomas, even many years after surgery of the primary tumor; however, they exceptionally occur as first clinical manifestation or as anaplastic progression. The spinal seeding represents a negative event leading to a short survival.

  8. Operative Cost Comparison: Plating Versus Intramedullary Fixation for Clavicle Fractures. (United States)

    Hanselman, Andrew E; Murphy, Timothy R; Bal, George K; McDonough, E Barry


    Although clavicle fractures often heal well with nonoperative management, current literature has shown improved outcomes with operative intervention for specific fracture patterns in specific patient types. The 2 most common methods of midshaft clavicle fracture fixation are intramedullary and plate devices. Through retrospective analysis, this study performed a direct cost comparison of these 2 types of fixation at a single institution over a 5-year period. Outcome measures included operative costs for initial surgery and any hardware removal surgeries. This study reviewed 154 patients (157 fractures), and of these, 99 had intramedullary fixation and 58 had plate fixation. A total of 80% (79 of 99) of intramedullary devices and 3% (2 of 58) of plates were removed. Average cost for initial intramedullary placement was $2955 (US dollars) less than that for initial plate placement (Pcost for removal was $1874 less than that for plate removal surgery (P=.2). Average total cost for all intramedullary surgeries was $1392 less than the average cost for all plating surgeries (Pcost for all intramedullary surgeries requiring plate placement and removal was $653 less than the average cost for all plating surgeries that involved only placement (P=.04). Intramedullary fixation of clavicle fractures resulted in a statistically significant cost reduction compared with plate fixation, despite the incidence of more frequent removal surgeries. [Orthopedics.2016; 39(5):e877-e882.].

  9. Intramedullary nailing in distal tibial fracture

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    Damian Arroquy


    Methods The inclusion criteria of this study were skeletally mature patients with displaced fractures of the distal tibia treated with intramedullary nail with a minimum follow up of one year. Gustilo III open fractures and type C fractures of the AO classification (complete articular Stroke were excluded. The sample comprised 35 patients remained. The follow-up was 29.2 months. We evaluated the time of consolidation, malunion and complications. The functional results were described according to the AOFAS score. Results Of the 35 patients with fracture of the distal third of the tibia all of them presented fracture healing. The average time to union was 17.2 weeks (range: 11-26. Of the total sample, 5 patients had delayed union, requiring dynamic nail on average at 12 weeks. The malunion was present in 4 (11.4% patients. We found no  difference (p = 0.201 in the time to union between fractures associated with fractures of the fibula treated (13sem or not (17sem. The AOFAS score was 86 points. Conclusion Intramedullary nailing with multiple distal locks like a good alternative treatment for distal tibia fractures AO type A or B, with low complication rate and a high rate of consolidation.

  10. Primary Intradural Hemangiopericytoma With Intramedullary Invasion

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    Chiang-Wei Chou


    Full Text Available Hemangiopericytoma (HPC is a rare tumor of the central nervous system and is usually found intracranially. Intraspinal HPCs are very rare and mostly involve the extradural bony structures. Primary intradural HPC has only been reported in 10 cases, all of which occurred in the extramedullary region. Intramedullary invasion has never been reported. Here, we describe a case of primary intradural HPC of the thoracic spine that presented initially with paresthesia and paraplegia of both legs. Magnetic resonance imaging of the thoracic spine showed an intradural dumbbell-shaped tumor at the T10 level. The initial impression was neurogenic tumor, meningioma, or metastasis. During operation, the tumor was found to have obvious intramedullary invasion. Gross-total removal was done, and the patient's neurological function improved; there was no recurrence at the 3-year follow-up. There is no consensus as to what constitutes the optimal treatment of HPC, but most neurosurgeons will advocate gross-total resection. A comparative analysis between intradural and extradural HPCs showed a higher chance of gross-total resection for intradural HPCs, while the recurrence rates showed no difference. The role of adjuvant radiotherapy remains uncertain. Due to the high risk of recurrence and metastasis of HPCs, close follow-up for a long period is mandatory. [J Chin Med Assoc 2009;72(10:536–541

  11. Spinal meningeal melanocytoma. Report of two cases and review of the literature. (United States)

    Turhan, Tuncer; Oner, Kazim; Yurtseven, Taskin; Akalin, Taner; Ovul, Izzet


    The authors report on two patients with spinal meningeal melanocytoma and review the literature on this lesion. One case is particularly interesting because of the lesion's thoracic intramedullary localization. Meningeal melanocytoma is a benign but locally aggressive lesion and is very rarely associated with spinal localizations. This patient presented with paraparesis. Clinical and radiological examinations suggested the possibility of an intramedullary solid tumor. Thoracic laminectomy, posterior myelotomy, and tumor resection were performed; the mass was totally removed. The patient suffered no additional neurological deficit. During a 3-year follow-up period in which radiotherapy was not performed, the lesion did not recur. Total excision of the tumor is the best therapeutic option.

  12. Disseminated tuberculomas in spinal cord and brain demonstrated by MRI with gadolinium-DTPA

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    Shen, W.C. (Dept. of Radiology, Taichung Veterans General Hospital (Taiwan, Province of China)); Cheng, T.Y. (Section of Neurology, Dept. of Internal Medicine, Taichung Veterans General Hospital (Taiwan, Province of China)); Lee, S.K. (Dept. of Radiology, Taichung Veterans General Hospital (Taiwan, Province of China)); Ho, Y.J. (Dept. of Radiology, Taichung Veterans General Hospital (Taiwan, Province of China)); Lee, K.R. (Inst. of Life Science, National Tsing-Hua Univ. (Taiwan, Province of China))


    Intramedullary tuberculoma is rare, and there has been no report of concurrent intramedullary and intracerebral tuberculomas. We report a 30-year-old man with miliary tuberculosis of the lung. He suffered sudden paraplegia due to tuberculomas in the thoracic spinal cord and MRI showed more tuberculomas in the cervical spinal cord, brain stem, and cerebral and cerebellar hemispheres. The tuberculomas were isointense on the T1-weighted images, and hyperintense on the T2-weighted images; there was marked enhancement with intravenous gadolinium-DTPA. All the tuberculomas were very small 1 year after antituberculous chemotherapy. (orig.)

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  14. An arachnoid cyst presenting as an intramedullary tumour

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    Willems, P W; van den Bergh, W M; Vandertop, W P


    A case of thoracic intradural extramedullary arachnoid cyst is presented in which an intramedullary low grade glioma was suspected preoperatively. The cyst was widely fenestrated and postoperatively, the patient experienced considerable improvement in her symptoms. As postoperative MRI studies also

  15. Hormone Receptor Expression Analyses in Neoplastic and Non-Neoplastic Canine Mammary Tissue by a Bead Based Multiplex Branched DNA Assay: A Gene Expression Study in Fresh Frozen and Formalin-Fixed, Paraffin-Embedded Samples. (United States)

    Mohr, Annika; Lüder Ripoli, Florenza; Hammer, Susanne Conradine; Willenbrock, Saskia; Hewicker-Trautwein, Marion; Kiełbowicz, Zdzisław; Murua Escobar, Hugo; Nolte, Ingo


    Immunohistochemistry (IHC) is currently considered the method of choice for steroid hormone receptor status evaluation in human breast cancer and, therefore, it is commonly utilized for assessing canine mammary tumors. In case of low hormone receptor expression, IHC is limited and thus is complemented by molecular analyses. In the present study, a multiplex bDNA assay was evaluated as a method for hormone receptor gene expression detection in canine mammary tissues. Estrogen receptor (ESR1), progesterone receptor (PGR), prolactin receptor (PRLR) and growth hormone receptor (GHR) gene expressions were evaluated in neoplastic and non-neoplastic canine mammary tissues. A set of 119 fresh frozen and 180 formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) was comparatively analyzed and used for assay evaluation. Furthermore, a possible association between the hormone receptor expression in different histological subtypes of canine malignant mammary tumors and the castration status, breed and invasive growth of the tumor were analyzed. The multiplex bDNA assay proved to be more sensitive for fresh frozen specimens. Hormone receptor expression found was significantly decreased in malignant mammary tumors in comparison to non-neoplastic tissue and benign mammary tumors. Among the histological subtypes the lowest gene expression levels of ESR1, PGR and PRLR were found in solid, anaplastic and ductal carcinomas. In summary, the evaluation showed that the measurement of hormone receptors with the multiplex bDNA assay represents a practicable method for obtaining detailed quantitative information about gene expression in canine mammary tissue for future studies. Still, comparison with IHC or quantitative real-time PCR is needed for further validation of the present method.

  16. Static or dynamic intramedullary nailing of femur and tibia. (United States)

    Omerovic, Djemil; Lazovic, Faruk; Hadzimehmedagic, Amel


    The basic principle of non-surgical fracture treatment is to restore the original anatomical position of fractured fragments by different techniques, without direct access to the bone and without further traumatizing of tissues. Intramedullary nailing is synthesis and consolidation of fracture fragments with the main goal to gain strength and permanent placement of the implants. Two techniques of intramedullary osteosynthesis are used: with dynamic or with static intramedullary nail. Dynamization include conversion of static nail by removing screws from the longest fragment. The aim of this study is to determine whether there is a difference in the speed and quality of healing of the type A and B fractures of the femur and tibia treated by static or dynamic intramedullary nails and to compare the results. The study was conducted at the Clinic for Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Clinical Center University Sarajevo from January 2004 to June 2009. The study was retrospective-prospective, manipulative, controlled and it was conducted on a total of 129 patients with closed fractures of the diaphysis of the femur and tibia type A and type B, with different segments of bone, regardless of sex and age structure, with the exception of children under 14 years of age. Precisely there were 47 patients with femoral fractures and 82 patients with tibial fractures. The average number of weeks of healing femoral and tibial fractures was slightly in advantage of static intramedullary osteosynthesis, it was 17.08 weeks (SD=3.382). The average number of weeks of healing in 23 patients with fractures of the femur, treated by dynamic intramedullary osteosynthesis was 17.83 (SD=2.978). We can conclude that static intramedullary nailing osteosynthesis unable movements between fragments which directly stimulates bone formation and formation of minimal callus. Static intramedullary osteosynthesis resolve the problem of stabilizing the fracture, limb shortening and rotation of fragments.

  17. MR imaging of diseases of the spinal cord

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    Tarae, Satoshi [Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo (Japan). Graduate School of Medicine


    Spinal cord lesions are infrequently encountered in daily diagnostic imaging practice, although the spinal cord can be affected by various diseases. MR findings of diseases that can affect the spinal cord, including syringomyelia, vascular diseases, arteriovenous malformation, and demyelinating and inflammatory diseases, are reviewed. Because intramedullary lesions can be visualized on MR images, that imaging modality plays an important role in the diagnosis of these diseases. However, MR findings are sometimes nonspecific. Therefore integration of clinical history and laboratory data with MR findings is essential in making the final diagnosis. (author)

  18. Locked META intramedullary nailing fixation for tibial fractures via a suprapatellar approach


    Beigang Fu


    Background: Intramedullary nailing is an effective approach for treatment of diaphyseal tibial fractures. However, infrapatellar intramedullary nailing can easily cause angulation and rotation displacement at the fracture ends and increase risk of postoperative infection. Intramedullary nailing via the suprapatellar approach was proved with good reduction and fixation. We used locked intramedullary nailing for the treatment of tibial fractures via a suprapatellar approach in this study. Mater...

  19. Chronic spinal abscess: a case report; Absceso intramedular cronico. A proposito de un caso

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    Garcia-Ortega, M. J.; Gomez, J.; Ramos, R.; Rodriguez San Pablo [Clinica Radiologica Marti-Torres. Malaga (Spain)


    To present the magnetic resonance (MR) imaging findings in patients with chronic spinal abscess and the differential diagnosis with respect to intramedullary tumors. We present the case of a patients with chronic spinal abscess associated with nonspecific symptoms and the absence of fever. MR revealed several nodular lesions in the dorsal spinal cord. Spinal abscess is a rare lesion with a poor prognosis if not diagnosed and properly treated early. Its differential diagnosis with respect to intramedullary neoplasms is important since the clinical and MR features can mimic neoplastic disease, especially in chronic cases with nonspecific clinical findings and sterile culture. MR is the technique of choice in the diagnosis and characterization of this lesion. (Author)

  20. Spinal cord ependymoma presenting with neurological deficits in the setting of trauma. (United States)

    Saad, Amin F; Nickell, Larry T; Finn, S Sam; Opatowsky, Michael J


    Ependymomas represent 4% of all primary central nervous system neoplasms in adults, with 30% occurring in the spinal cord. We describe a young man with neurological deficits following a motor vehicle accident who was found to have an intramedullary cervicothoracic ependymoma.

  1. Safe surgical technique: intramedullary nail fixation of tibial shaft fractures. (United States)

    Zelle, Boris A; Boni, Guilherme


    Statically locked, reamed intramedullary nailing remains the standard treatment for displaced tibial shaft fractures. Establishing an appropriate starting point is a crucial part of the surgical procedure. Recently, suprapatellar nailing in the semi-extended position has been suggested as a safe and effective surgical technique. Numerous reduction techiques are available to achieve an anatomic fracture alignment and the treating surgeon should be familiar with these maneuvers. Open reduction techniques should be considered if anatomic fracture alignment cannot be achieved by closed means. Favorable union rates above 90 % can be achieved by both reamed and unreamed intramedullary nailing. Despite favorable union rates, patients continue to have functional long-term impairments. In particular, anterior knee pain remains a common complaint following intramedullary tibial nailing. Malrotation remains a commonly reported complication after tibial nailing. The effect of postoperative tibial malalignment on the clinical and radiographic outcome requires further investigation.




    K.S.Hegde Medical Academy, Departments of Medicine, Neurosurgery, Pathology and Radiology, Mangalore, Karnataka, India Central nervous system (CNS) tuberculosis commonly manifests as tubercular meningitis CNS tuberculomas are more common intracranially and less frequently involve the spinal cord. We report an unusual case of CNS tuberculosis presented with predominant features of tubercular meningitis with concurrent intra-cranial and intra-medullary tuberculomas in any evidence of pulm...

  3. Primary multifocal gliosarcoma of the spinal cord

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    Ramesh M. Kumar


    Full Text Available Gliosarcoma (GS is a rare and exceedingly malignant neoplasm of the central nervous system. It displays clinical features similar to glioblastoma, yet is histologically unique as it harbors both gliomatous and sarcomatous cellular components. Involvement of the neuroaxis is predominantly limited to the cerebral parenchyma and meninges. Primary GS of the spinal cord is rarely encountered. We report a case of a 54 year old male who presented with 2 months of progressive, bilateral lower extremity sensory deficits. Magnetic resonance imaging of the neuro-axis revealed multiple intradural lesions involving the cervical and thoracic spinal cord without evidence of intracranial involvement. Surgical resection of a dural based, extramedullary cervical lesion and two exophytic, intramedullary thoracic lesions revealed gliosarcoma, WHO grade IV. The patient died approximately 11 months after presentation. This report confirms that GS is not limited to supratentorial involvement and can primarily affect the spinal cord.

  4. Snapping scapular syndrome secondary to rib intramedullary fixation device

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    Ezequiel E. Zaidenberg


    Conclusion: Surgeons should pay attention to any protrusion of intramedullary rib implants, especially in the evaluation of routine X-rays following surgical treatment. We should be aware of the possibility of this rare cause of snapping scapula syndrome to avoid delayed diagnosis and consider removing the implant will resolve the pain.

  5. 21 CFR 888.3020 - Intramedullary fixation rod. (United States)


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Intramedullary fixation rod. 888.3020 Section 888.3020 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED... of alloys such as cobalt-chromium-molybdenum and stainless steel. It is inserted into the medullary...

  6. Toxoplasmosis of spinal cord in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome patient presenting as paraparesis: A rare entity

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    Sachin R Agrawal


    Full Text Available Although brain has been the most common site for toxoplasma infection in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome patients, involvement of spinal cord by toxoplasma has been rarely found. Spinal cord toxoplasmosis can present as acute onset weakness in both lower limbs associated with sensory and bladder dysfunction. A presumptive diagnosis can be made in patients with CD4 count <100/mm 3 based on a positive serum Toxoplasma gondii IgG antibodies, no recent prophylaxis against toxoplasmosis, intramedullary ring enhancing lesion in spinal cord supported by similar lesions in brain parenchyma. Institutions of antitoxoplasma treatment in such patients result in prompt clinical response and therefore avoiding the need of unnecessary invasive diagnostic tests. Here, we report a case of toxoplasmic myelitis in immunocompromised patient presenting as myelopathy who showed significant clinical improvement after starting antitoxoplasma treatment. Hence toxoplasmic myelitis should be considered in toxoplasma seropositive immunocompromised patients presenting as myelopathy and imaging studies showing ring enhancing intramedullary lesion.

  7. Measurement of normal cervical spinal cord in metrizamide CT myelography

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    Suzuki, Fumio; Koyama, Tsunemaro; Aii, Heihachirou


    The shape of the spinal cord is the most important factor in diagnosis of spinal disorders by metrizamide CT myelography (met. CT). Even in cases where the spinal cord looks normal in shape its size might be abnormal, for example in cases with spinal cord atrophy, syringomyelia, intramedullary tumor and several other conditions. In detecting the slightest abnormality in such cases, it is absolutely necessary to have in hand the knowledge of the nomal size of the spinal cord at each level. We measured, therefore, the sagittal and transverse diameters of the cervical spinal cord in 55 patients with no known lesions on met. CT. Comparing our results with those by others, we found some differences as to the size of the spinal cord. We assume that these differences are due to the differences in resolution of the CT scanners used. The size of the spinal cord tends to measure larger with a CT scanner with high resolution than with others. Previous authors reported that the size of the spinal cord would vary by window center settings. Our experimental results indicate, however, that window center settings do not significantly affect the measurements. It is concluded that the normal values of the spinal cord dimensions at each level somewhat differ by CT equipments used. One should have normal values with one's own equipment in hand in order to take full advantage of this sophisticated diagnostic technique. (author).

  8. Partially trombosed glomus type spinal arteriovenous malformation – case presentation

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    Gorgan M.R.


    Full Text Available Spinal AVM are very rare vascular lesions and most o the studies give reports on only a few cases. Given their localization between the spinal tracts and the gray matter core of the medulla and their multiple feeders from posterior and anterior spinal arteries they are amongst the most difficult surgical pathology in the nervous sistem. We present the case of a 60 years old male with a glomus type T10-L2 spinal AVM that presented with motor deficit in the lower limbs and urinary incontinence. The partially thrombosed lesion was completely resected without previous embolisation, and the patient was walking with assistance at discharge. This is a rare case that presented with progressive neurological deterioration consistent with an ischemic rather than a hemorrhagic event. Microsurgery is a better option than conservative treatment in these rare cases of spontaneous occlusion of intramedullary arteriovenous malformations.

  9. Primary unreamed intramedullary locked nailing in open fractures of tibia

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    Jain Vineet


    Full Text Available Background: Fractures of tibia are among the commonest fractures sustained in road traffic accidents. They are frequently open and contaminated. Unreamed nails are considered superior to external fixator in the management of open fractures of tibia. Method: Forty patients with open fractures of tibia, grade I, II, IIIa, IIIb were included in the study. They were managed by primary unreamed intramedullary nailing with adequate soft tissue management. Results: Functional results were excellent in 26 cases, good in 10 cases and fair in 4 cases. Four cases had delayed union. Average time of union was 16.9 weeks. Conclusion: Primary unreamed intramedullary nailing offers advantage of rigid fixation, low incidence of infection, non-union, good functional results and early return to work. An adequate soft tissue management is mandatory in treatment of these fractures.

  10. Practical Aspects of Posttrauma Reconstruction With an Intramedullary Lengthening Nail. (United States)

    Bernstein, Mitchell


    Limb equalization using the Ilizarov method has evolved and adapted the use of internal lengthening devices. One of the newest devices, termed "PRECICE," is a magnetically controlled telescoping nail. Complications such as pin site infection and skin irritation are eliminated. Despite trauma surgeons' familiarity with intramedullary nailing, the Ilizarov method requires sound knowledge of deformity analysis and awareness of specific complications associated with distraction osteogenesis. This manuscript discusses some of the practical preoperative and intraoperative components of limb lengthening.

  11. Aseptic nonunion of the tibia treated by intramedullary osteosynthesis. (United States)

    Gualdrini, G; Rollo, G; Montanari, A; Zinghi, G F


    The authors report 52 cases of aseptic nonunion of the tibia treated by intramedullary osteosynthesis. The means of synthesis used were the Küntscher nail, the Eiffel Tower Rush nail, and the Grosse-Kempf nail. Which means of synthesis was used depended on the site and the features of the nonunion. Healing occurred in all of the cases after an average of 5 months. Mean follow-up was 4.5 years.

  12. Pediatric femoral shaft fractures treated by flexible intramedullary nailing

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    K.C.Kapil Mani; R.C.Dirgha Raj; Acharya Parimal


    Background:Nowadays pediatric femoral fractures are more commonly managed with operative treatment rather than conservative treatment because of more rapid recovery and avoidance of prolonged immobilization.Children between the ages of 5-13 years are treated either by traction plus hip spica and flexible/elastic stable retrograde intramedullary nail,or external fixators in the case of open fractures.The aim of this study is to evaluate the outcome of pediatric femoral shaft fractures treated by stainless steel flexible intramedullary nail in children between 5 and 13 years of age.Methods:There were 32 cases of femoral shaft fractures which were all fixed with stainless steel flexible intramedullary nail under fluoroscopy.Long leg cast was applied at the time of fixation.Partial weight bearing was started 2 weeks after surgery.Patients were evaluated in follow-up study to observe the alignment of fracture,infection,delayed union,nonunion,limb length discrepancy,motion of knee joint,and time to unite the fracture.Results:We were able to follow up 28 out of 32 patients.The patients were 8.14 years of age on average.The mean hospital stay after operation was 4 days and fracture union time was 9.57 weeks.There were 3 cases of varus angulation,2 cases of anterior angulation,and 4 cases of limb lengthening.Conclusion:Patients aged between 5 and 13 years treated with flexible intramedullary nail for closed femoral shaft fracture have rapid union and recovery,short rehabilitation period,less immobilization and psychological impact,and cost-effective.

  13. Safe surgical technique: intramedullary nail fixation of tibial shaft fractures


    Zelle, Boris A.; Boni, Guilherme


    Statically locked, reamed intramedullary nailing remains the standard treatment for displaced tibial shaft fractures. Establishing an appropriate starting point is a crucial part of the surgical procedure. Recently, suprapatellar nailing in the semi-extended position has been suggested as a safe and effective surgical technique. Numerous reduction techiques are available to achieve an anatomic fracture alignment and the treating surgeon should be familiar with these maneuvers. Open reduction ...

  14. Multiple intramedullary nailing of proximal phalangeal fractures of hand

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    Patankar Hemant


    Full Text Available Background: Proximal phalangeal fractures are commonly encountered fractures in the hand. Majority of them are stable and can be treated by non-operative means. However, unstable fractures i.e. those with shortening, displacement, angulation, rotational deformity or segmental fractures need surgical intervention. This prospective study was undertaken to evaluate the functional outcome after surgical stabilization of these fractures with joint-sparing multiple intramedullary nailing technique. Materials and Methods: Thirty-five patients with 35 isolated unstable proximal phalangeal shaft fractures of hand were managed by surgical stabilization with multiple intramedullary nailing technique. Fractures of the thumb were excluded. All the patients were followed up for a minimum of six months. They were assessed radiologically and clinically. The clinical evaluation was based on two criteria. 1. total active range of motion for digital functional assessment as suggested by the American Society for Surgery of Hand and 2. grip strength. Results: All the patients showed radiological union at six weeks. The overall results were excellent in all the patients. Adventitious bursitis was observed at the point of insertion of nails in one patient. Conclusion: Joint-sparing multiple intramedullary nailing of unstable proximal phalangeal fractures of hand provides satisfactory results with good functional outcome and fewer complications.

  15. A new case of cervical intramedullary sinus histiocytosis causing paraplegia and review of the literature (United States)

    Rocha-Maguey, Jesús; Felix-Torrontegui, José-Angel; Cabrera-López, Myriam; Gutiérrez-Castro, Macrina; Montante-Montes de Oca, Daniel


    Background: Rosai–Dorfman disease (RDD) is an uncommon, benign histiocytic proliferative disorder of unknown origin. It predominantly affects the lymph nodes, but can also be found extranodal in different organs. Nervous system involvement is rare, and the most cases are intracranial. Surgical treatment is indicated when the central nervous system (CNS) in compromised. Case Description: We herein describe the management of a 27-year-old woman who presented progressive spinal cord symptoms, secondary to an isolated intramedullary lesion, which had a histological confirmation of RDD. To our knowledge, this is the 6th case reported in English written manuscripts. We review these cases and analyze some of the literature concerning the disease. Conclusions: RDD shows some variability in the involvement of the entire neuraxis, and because its ability to mimic meningeal and primary brain tumors, it is essential to be aware of this entity and consider RDD in the differential diagnosis of various lesions of the CNS. The conclusive diagnosis must be obtained by histological methods, so surgical approaches have to be discussed. Although it is not considered as a malignancy, options for postoperative medical treatment are variable and include radiation, chemotherapy or maybe monoclonal antibodies for refractory or recurrent cases. PMID:26862448

  16. 髓内外减压在有脊髓信号改变的颈椎后纵韧带骨化症中的疗效分析%Efficacy of intramedullary and extramedullary decompression on cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament with spinal cord signal change

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    焦根龙; 李志忠; 潘永勤; 周志刚; 孙国栋; 卲建立; 周霖


    Objective To evaluate the clinical effect of different surgical approaches for treating cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) with spinal cord signal change. Methods Thirty-eight patients with OPLL with spinal cord signal change were treated from January 2005 to January 2011. Surgical removal via an anterior approach or partial decompression was performed in 10 cases (group A), posterior approach open-door laminoplasty with decompression, bone grafting and internal fixation was performed in 12 cases (group B), and opening the cervical spinal meninges to relieve the pressure was performed in 16 cases (group C) on the basis of the procedures in group B. All the patients were followed up and the pre- and postoperative JOA scores, improvement ratio and inter-body implant fusion were evaluated. Imaging examinations including X-rays, CT and MRI were also performed pre- and postoperatively, and the surgical complications were recorded. Results At 12 months postoperatively, the mean improvement rates in groups A, B, and C were 52.39%, 55.15%, and 60.32%, respectively, with the mean JOA scores of 13.54 ± 0.56, 13.56 ± 1.26, and 14.70 ± 1.41, respectively. The JOA scores and improvement rates significantly increased after the surgeries. One patient in group A became paraplegic after the operation with cerebrospinal fluid leakage, and one patient in group B and one in group C reported numbness of the upper limb. Group C showed a shorter postoperative recovery time without severe complications. Conclusion Posterior open-door laminoplasty, decompression, bone grafting and internal fixation can be an effective approach for treatment of cervical OPLL with spinal cord signal change and requires shorter rehabilitation time after the operation.%目的观察不同手术方式在治疗有脊髓信号改变的颈椎后纵韧带骨化症(OPLL)的疗效,为临床选择手术方式提供依据。方法随访自2005年1月~2011年1月治疗

  17. Spinal cord injury of cervical vertibrae and early diagnosis and treatment

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    陈扬; 李振宇; 等


    Objective:To sum up clinical data and CT and MRI examination in 22 patients with spinal cord injury of cervical vertebrae.Methods:CT and MRI examination of the 22 patients with spinal cord injury of cervical vertebrae revealed that 16 patients had spinal comprssion caused by fracture dislocation and protrusion of intervertebral disc,5 suffered from intramedullary hemorrhage and 1 had complete spinal cord injury.A combined modality therapy of intramedullary and extramedullary decompression for spinal cord,skull traction and avoiding reinjury to spinal cord were used. Results:According to Frankel Classification,before operation 3 cases were classified as A degree,2 as B degree,5as C degree,8 as D degree and 4 as Edegree;after operation 2 were classified as A degree,1 as B degree,6 as C degree,6 as D degree and 7 as E degree.Conclusions:Early diagnosis and timely treatmetn,clear mechanism and degree of injury and early selection of effective treatment are very important in raising the rate of curing spinal cord injury.

  18. Differential diagnosis of dumbbell lesions associated with spinal neural foraminal widening: Imaging features

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    Kivrak, Ali Sami [Selcuk University, Meram Medical Faculty, Department of Radiology, 42080 Konya (Turkey)], E-mail:; Koc, Osman; Emlik, Dilek; Kiresi, Demet; Odev, Kemal [Selcuk University, Meram Medical Faculty, Department of Radiology, 42080 Konya (Turkey); Kalkan, Erdal [Selcuk University, Meram Medical Faculty, Department of Neurosurgery, Konya (Turkey)


    Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) reliably demonstrate typical features of schwannomas or neurofibromas in the vast majority of dumbbell lesions responsible for neural foraminal widening. However, a large variety of unusual lesions which are causes of neural foraminal widening can also be encountered in the spinal neural foramen. Radiologic findings can be helpful in differential diagnosis of lesions of spinal neural foramen including neoplastic lesions such as benign/malign peripheral nerve sheath tumors (PNSTs), solitary bone plasmacytoma (SBP), chondroid chordoma, superior sulcus tumor, metastasis and non-neoplastic lesions such as infectious process (tuberculosis, hydatid cyst), aneurysmal bone cyst (ABC), synovial cyst, traumatic pseudomeningocele, arachnoid cyst, vertebral artery tortuosity. In this article, we discuss CT and MRI findings of dumbbell lesions which are causes of neural foraminal widening.

  19. The value of electromyography in differentiating intramedullary tumor from inflammatory demyelinating disease of cervical region

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    Objective To investigate the value of needle electromyography(EMG)in differentiating intramedullary tumor from inflammatory demyelinating disease of cervical region.Methods Patients hospitalized in the Chinese PLA General Hospital from March 2008 to June 2013 with abnormalities on MRI of cervical vertabra and preliminary diagnosed as intramedullary tumor or inflammatory demyelinating disease of cervical region were enrolled in the

  20. Spinal injury (United States)

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  1. Processos proliferativos gengivais não neoplásicos em paciente sob tratamento ortodôntico Non-neoplastic proliferative gingival processes in patients undergoing orthodontic treatment

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: a aparatologia ortodôntica dificulta a higiene bucal e pode contribuir para a formação de lesões gengivais, como os processos proliferativos gengivais não neoplásicos. Essas lesões, dependendo de alguns fatores - como o tempo de evolução, constituintes histopatológicos e condições bucais -, podem ser reversíveis, em alguns casos, por meio da orientação sobre higiene bucal e da terapia periodontal básica. Entretanto, na maioria das vezes há necessidade de tratamento cirúrgico. OBJETIVO: o propósito deste trabalho é relatar o caso de uma paciente portadora de aparatologia ortodôntica fixa que apresentou duas lesões gengivais distintas, diagnosticadas como granuloma piogênico e hiperplasia gengival inflamatória. Foram discutidas as características clínicas e histopatológicas, incidência e frequência, modalidades terapêuticas e prevenção de ambas as lesões, demonstrando a importância do encaminhamento do material colhido ao exame histopatológico, dada a possibilidade de diversas hipóteses diagnósticas. Em ambas as lesões foi realizada a exérese cirúrgica. RESULTADOS: a lesão na arcada superior, diagnosticada como granuloma piogênico, apresentou recorrência, sendo necessária terapia periodontal básicae repetiçãodoprocedimento cirúrgico. Alesão na arcada inferior foi diagnosticada como hiperplasia gengival, sendo removida cirurgicamente e acompanhada clinicamente, com prescrição de orientação da higiene bucal ao pacienteINTRODUCTION: Orthodontic appliances render oral hygiene difficult and may contribute to the development of gingival lesions such as non-neoplastic proliferative gingival processes. These lesions, depending on such factors as development time, histopathological components and oral conditions may be reversible in some cases - through oral hygiene advice and basic periodontal therapy. In most cases, however, surgical treatment is required. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this

  2. New Technique: A Novel Femoral Derotation Osteotomy for Malrotation following Intramedullary Nailing

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    Full Text Available A 19-year-old female patient sustained a closed spiral midshaft femoral fracture and subsequently underwent femoral intramedullary nail insertion. At followup she complained of difficulty in walking and was found to have a unilateral in-toeing gait. CT imaging revealed 30 degrees of internal rotation at the fracture site, which had healed. A circumferential osteotomy was performed distal to the united fracture site using a Gigli saw with the intramedullary femoral nail in situ. The static distal interlocking screws were removed and the malrotation was corrected. Two further static distal interlocking screws were inserted to secure the intramedullary nail in position. The osteotomy went on to union and her symptoms of pain, walking difficulty, and in-toeing resolved. Our paper is the first to describe a technique for derotation osteotomy following intramedullary malreduction that leaves the intramedullary nail in situ.

  3. Advances in imaging studies of spinal cord injury%脊髓损伤的影像学研究进展

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    张峻; 季欣然; 唐佩福


    Intramedullary hemorrhage, loss of blood spinal cord barrier integrity, perilesional ischemia, microvascular damage and subtle structural changes happen after spinal cord injury, but a safe and effective imaging examination technology to discover series of microstructural changes after the trauma of the spinal cord is lacking. Traditional imaging techniques can effectively determine the level and range of bone and ligament damage in patients with spinal cord injury. However, regarding to the ifne structure of the spinal cord, it can only provide insufifcient information. To some extent, it promotes the development of new imaging technology on the spinal ifne structure and biochemical functions. But the development levels are not identical, some are still in the laboratory, and some are applied to the clinical diagnosis and treatment. In this paper, the application of traditional imaging technology in the old spinal cord injury, the application of new imaging technology in the diagnosis of spinal cord, curative effects and so on are summarized.

  4. Use of the ophthalmic phacoemulsification instrument for tumors of the spinal cord: report of seven cases. (United States)

    Sears, William R; Francis, Ian C


    In this retrospective cohort study, we examined the safety, efficacy, and benefits of utilizing the readily available ophthalmic phacoemulsification instrument for the surgery of seven intramedullary spinal cord tumors. Historically, the conventional neurosurgical ultrasonic aspirator was an adaptation of the original Cavitron Phaco-Emulsifier aspirator used in cataract surgery. The ophthalmic instrument has a 1.0-mm internal diameter operating tip. This is much smaller and provides improved visualization and surgical control when compared with the conventional neurosurgical instrument, which has a tip diameter of 3-4 mm. A satisfactory surgical and clinical outcome was achieved in all seven patients with safe and substantial subtotal excision of their tumors. We found the ophthalmic instrument provided excellent visualization and precision in operating on cases of intramedullary spinal cord tumor.

  5. Carbon fiber intramedullary nails reduce artifact in postoperative advanced imaging

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    Zimel, Melissa N. [Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Orthopaedic Surgery Service, Department of Surgery, New York, NY (United States); Hwang, Sinchun [Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Department of Radiology, New York, NY (United States); Riedel, Elyn R. [Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, New York, NY (United States); Healey, John H. [Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Orthopaedic Surgery Service, Department of Surgery, New York, NY (United States); Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, New York, NY (United States)


    This study assessed whether radiolucent carbon fiber reinforced-polyetheretherketone (CFR-PEEK) intramedullary nails decreased hardware artifact on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) in vitro and in an oncologic patient population. In vitro and clinical evaluations were done. A qualitative assessment of metal artifact was performed using CFR-PEEK and titanium nail MRI phantoms. Eight patients with a femoral or tibial prophylactic CFR-PEEK nail were retrospectively identified. All patients had postoperative surveillance imaging by MRI, CT, and were followed for a median 20 months (range, 12-28 months). CFR-PEEK images were compared to images from a comparative group of patients with titanium femoral intramedullary nails who had a postoperative MRI or CT. A musculoskeletal-trained radiologist graded visualization of the cortex, corticomedullary junction, and bone-muscle interface, on T1-weighted (T1W), STIR, and contrast-enhanced T1-weighted fat-saturated (T1W FS) sequences of both groups with a five-point scale, performing independent reviews 4 months apart. Statistical analysis used the Wilcoxon rank-sum test and a weighted kappa. Substantially less MRI signal loss occurred in the CFR-PEEK phantom than in the titanium phantom simulation, particularly as the angle increased with respect to direction of the static magnetic field. CFR-PEEK nails had less MRI artifact than titanium nails on scored T1W, STIR, and contrast-enhanced T1W FS MRI sequences (p ≤ 0.03). The mean weighted kappa was 0.64, showing excellent intraobserver reliability between readings. CFR-PEEK intramedullary nail fixation is a superior alternative to minimize implant artifact on MRI or CT imaging for patients requiring long bone fixation. (orig.)

  6. Subtrochanteric fractures: treatment with cerclage wire and long intramedullary nail. (United States)

    Tomás, Jordi; Teixidor, Jordi; Batalla, Lledó; Pacha, Daniel; Cortina, Josep


    Fracture malalignment and nonunion are not infrequent after treating subtrochanteric fractures with intramedullary nails. The use of a cerclage wire with a minimally invasive approach to aid and maintain reduction in certain subtrochanteric fracture patterns can be an effective surgical strategy to improve outcome. It allows the surgeon to obtain and maintain an anatomic reduction with more bone contact, which will aid in fracture consolidation. This has the added advantage of optimizing the greater trochanteric starting point. It minimizes malreductions of the proximal femoral fragment, and, we believe, that its rational use with a minimally invasive technique is a key factor in achieving good results.

  7. Classification, mechanism and surgical treatments for spinal canal cysts

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    Jianjun Sun


    A variety of cystic lesions may develop in spinal canal. These cysts can be divided into intramedullary, intradural, extradural, cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral cysts according to anatomical presentation, as well as arachnoid, meningeal, perineural, juxtafacet, discal, neurenteric cysts, and cyst-like lesions according to different etiologies. Mechanisms of initiation and growth vary for different cysts, such as congenital, trauma, bleeding, inflammatory, instability, hydrostatic pressure, osmosis of water, secretion of cyst wall, and one-way-valve effect, etc. Up to now, many treatment methods are available for these different spinal canal cysts. One operation method can be applied in cysts with different types. On the other hand, several operation methods may be utilized in one type of cyst according to the difference of location or style. However, same principle should be obeyed in surgical treatment despite of difference among spinal canal cysts, given open surgery is melely for symptomatic cyst. The surgical approach should be tailored to the individual patient.

  8. Multishot diffusion-weighted MR imaging features in acute trauma of spinal cord

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    Zhang, Jin Song; Huan, Yi [Fourth Military Medical University, Department of Radiology, Xijing Hospital, Xi' an (China)


    To analyse diffusion-weighted MRI of acute spinal cord trauma and evaluate its diagnostic value. Conventional MRI and multishot, navigator-corrected DWI were performed in 20 patients with acute spinal cord trauma using 1.5-T MR within 72 h after the onset of trauma. Twenty cases were classified into four categories according to the characteristics of DWI: (1) Oedema type: ten cases presented with variable hyperintense areas within the spinal cord. There were significant differences in the apparent diffusion coefficients (ADCs) between lesions and unaffected regions (t = -7.621, P < 0.01). ADC values of lesions were markedly lower than those of normal areas. (2) Mixed type: six cases showed heterogeneously hyperintense areas due to a mixture of haemorrhage and oedema. (3) Haemorrhage type: two cases showed lesions as marked hypointensity due to intramedullary haemorrhage. (4) Compressed type (by epidural haemorrhage): one of the two cases showed an area of mild hyperintensity in the markedly compressed cord due to epidural haematoma. Muti-shot DWI of the spinal cord can help visualise and evaluate the injured spinal cord in the early stage, especially in distinguishing the cytotoxic oedema from vasogenic oedema. It can assist in detecting intramedullary haemorrhage and may have a potential role in the evaluation of compressed spinal cord. (orig.)

  9. A new, lateral, continuous, combined, femoral–sciatic nerve approach via a single skin puncture for postoperative analgesia in intramedullary tibial nail insertion

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    Full Text Available Luiz Eduardo Imbelloni,1,2 Carlos Rava,1,3 Marildo A Gouveia21Faculdade de Medicina Nova Esperança, 2Institute for Regional Anesthesia, 3Complexo Hospitalar de Mangabeira Governador Tarcisio Burity, João Pessoa, BrazilBackground: The prevalence of anterior knee pain following intramedullary tibial nail insertion is high. Continuous peripheral nerve blockade is an alternative method of pain control to opiods. This case illustrates the use of femoral nerve and sciatic nerve peripheral catheters with an elastomeric infusion pump for major intramedullary nailing surgery.Case report: A 36-year-old male with fractures to the left leg bones presented for placement of an intramedullary nail under spinal anesthesia. At the end of the procedure, access to the lateral femoral and sciatic continuous nerve block was achieved by using a stimulator connected to a 110 mm 18G Tuohy needle. Postoperative analgesia was provided with a 40-hour infusion of 0.1% bupivacaine (400 mL at a rate of 10 mL hour-1 with an elastomeric pump. Anesthetic dispersion and contrast were investigated. The analog scale remained with scores below 3 during the 40 hours after surgery, and boluses were not necessary.Conclusion: The use of a femoral and sciatic nerve peripheral catheter offered an alternative to conventional pain control. Continuous femoral–sciatic peripheral blockade via a skin puncture with an infusion of 0.1% bupivacaine with elastomeric pumps is a safe and effective procedure in adults.Keywords: local anesthetic, bupivacaine, continuous peripheral nerve block, orthopedic surgery, tibia, elastomeric pump

  10. The impact of fluorescence guidance on spinal intradural tumour surgery. (United States)

    Eicker, Sven O; Floeth, Frank W; Kamp, Marcel; Steiger, Hans-Jakob; Hänggi, Daniel


    5-Aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA)-based fluorescence-guided surgery was shown to be beneficial for cerebral malignant gliomas. Extension of this technique for resection of meningiomas and cerebral metastasis has been recently evaluated. Aim of the present study is to evaluate the impact of fluorescence-guided surgery in spinal tumor surgery. Twenty-six patients with intradural spinal tumors were included in the study. 5-ALA was administered orally prior to the induction of anesthesia. Intraoperative, 440 nm fluorescence was applied after exploration of the tumor and, if positive, periodically during and at the end of resection to detect tumor-infiltrated sites. Tumors of WHO grade III and IV were found in five patients. In detail intra- or perimedullary metastasis of malignant cerebral gliomas was found including glioblastoma WHO grade IV (n = 2), anaplastic astrocytoma WHO grade III (n = 1), anaplastic oligoastrocytoma WHO grade III (n = 1). In addition, one patient suffered from a spinal drop metastasis of a cerebellar medulloblastoma WHO grade IV. Tumors of WHO grade I were diagnosed in 18 patients: Eight cases of meningioma (two recurrences), six cases of neurinoma, one neurofibroma, two ependymoma and one plexus papilloma. At least, benign pathologies were histologically proven in three patients. All four spinal metastasis of malignant glioma (100 %), seven of eight meningiomas (87.5 %) and one of two ependymoma (50 %) were found to be ALA-positive. The present study demonstrates that spinal intramedullary gliomas and the majority of spinal intradural meningiomas are 5-ALA positive. As a surgical consequence, especially in intramedullary gliomas, the use of 5-ALA fluorescence seems to be beneficial.

  11. Various MRI findings of spinal ependymoma

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    Shin, Yoon Joo; Lee, Eugene; Lee, Joon Woo; Kang, Yu Suhn; Hyun, Seung Jae; Kim, Ki Jeong; Jahng, Tae Ahn; Kim, Hyun Jib; Kang, Heung Sik [Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam (Korea, Republic of)


    To present the typical and atypical magnetic resonance image (MRI) findings of intramedullary spinal ependymomas, and compare these findings with pathological subtypes. Between January 2003 to November 2014, 47 patients who had spinal ependymoma with pathologic confirmation, were retrospectively reviewed with all electronic medical records and MR images. MR imaging was done in all cases, and the images of spinal ependymomas and associated enhancement patterns were correlated with pathologic findings. The enhancement patterns were categorized into four categories: homogeneous, heterogeneous, rim-enhancement, and non-enhancement. Heterogeneous enhancement was observed in 50% of the cases. Among the 47 cases, 35 cases were well-marginated, with 21 being cervically located. All lesions were centrally located in the axial axis. Most of the cases showed T1-iso signal intensity (81%) and T2-high signal intensity (72%). The hemosiderin cap sign, syringomyelia, tumoral and non-tumoral cysts were well demonstrated. The most common pathologic type was cellular ependymoma. However, due to the small sample size, we believe it inappropriate to statistically discuss the MRI findings according to the pathologic subtype. Most spinal ependymoma showed T1-iso signal intensity and T2-high signal intensity, with enhancement patterns other than homogeneous enhancement.

  12. [Kapandji intramedullary wire osteosynthesis in proximal humeral fractures]. (United States)

    Werner, A; Böhm, D; Ilg, A; Gohlke, F


    For operative treatment of proximal humeral fractures minimal invasive techniques reduce the risk of iatrogenic damage of blood supply and periarticular scarring. Reported preliminary results are encouraging. We present our experience achieved with an intramedullary wire fixation adapted from a report of Kapandji in 1989. Between 3/95 and 6/00 29 patients were treated with this technique at our institution. All received early functional treatment. 14 patients (average mean age 56 years at time of trauma) who had a minimum follow up of 24 months (mean 36.4 months) and therefore allowed a preliminary conclusion regarding avascular head necrosis (AVN) were reexamined by use of the Constant Score and x-ray. We examined three unstable 2-part, four 3-part and seven 4-part fractures (5 of them valgus-impacted). The mean Constant Score at follow up was 70 points (31-86 points). We saw one total collapse of the humeral head because of AVN. In one patient the distal end of the wires led to a skin irritation and had to be shortened. We observed no secondary fragment displacement or non-unions. In our hands, this technique offers good results, even in valgus-impacted 4-part fractures of the elderly and allows internal fixation in little displaced but unstable fractures with the benefit of early functional treatment instead of longer immobilization. Based on the experience with intramedullary wiring the previously performed technique using threading wires was abandoned and the indication for primary arthroplasty considerably influenced.

  13. Intramedullary Screw and Kirschner Wire Fixation for Unstable Scaphoid Nonunion. (United States)

    Allon, Raviv; Kramer, Aviv; Wollstein, Ronit


    Surgical treatment of scaphoid nonunion is not always successful, often requiring stabilization and bone grafting to achieve healing. Even after intramedullary screw fixation, residual instability may still hinder union. The purpose of this study was to describe the addition of Kirschner wires (KWs) through the capitate and the lunate to supplement an intramedullary screw for temporary enhanced stability, possibly improving healing of unstable fractures. A case-control study reviewing 25 cases with addition of KWs and 19 controls was performed. Demographic and fracture information, time to diagnosis, and healing time were documented. We found no differences in population characteristics, fracture characteristics, or outcome measures between patients treated with this method and those treated with a screw alone. We had no complications related to the addition of KWs. Preoperative lunate type and scapholunate gapping was suggestive but not significantly associated with KW insertion. Addition of KWs is safe and may be considered in scaphoid nonunion in the presence of intraoperative suboptimal stability. Intraoperative stability may possibly be inferred by reviewing preoperative radiographs for signs of instability.


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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION Correction of multi-apical long bone deformities in lower limbs is a challenging task. Correction of these deformities with Ilizarov–type external fixators, treating one segment at a time increases the total time of correction and decreases the patients’ compliance with considerable discomfort. Hence we preferred intramedullary nail devices which combines accuracy, minimal invasiveness, with patient compliance and with excellent functional outcome. Temporary external fixator used per-operatively in some cases to retain the correction till the insertion of the nail. Eight patients in the age group of 12-35 yrs. presented to us over the last 1 year with multi-apical lower limb deformities. The radiological parameters described by Paley et al 1 were used to assess the pre and post–operative radiographs. With the help of anatomical axes the CORA was identified. Percutaneous osteotomy and stabilization with intramedullary nail was done to correct the deformity. 13 Femora and 7 Tibiae were subjected to correction by this technique and followed up over a period of 1 year (Nov-2014 to Nov-2015 at MIMS Vizianagaram hospital.

  15. Primary Spinal Chondrosarcoma: Radiologic Findings with Pathologic Correlation

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    Lloret, I.; Server, A. [The Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo (Norway). Depts. of Radiology and Pathology; Bjerkehagen, B. [Ullevaal Univ. Hospital, Oslo (Norway). Dept. of Neuroradiology


    Purpose: To describe the radiologic appearance of the four types of primary spinal chondrosarcoma (CHS) (conventional intramedullary, juxtacortical, clear cell, and mesenchymal) and to correlate with histopathologic findings. Material and Methods: A retrospective review was carried out of 5 patients with histopathologically confirmed primary spinal CHS; 3 F and 2 M ranging in age between 27 and 66 years (mean 40.2; median 39). Charts, conventional radiographs, computed tomography scans, and magnetic resonance images were reviewed. All the patients underwent surgical excision, followed by postoperative chemotherapy (1 patient) and radiotherapy (3 patients). Follow-up was available for all patients but one. The mean follow-up was 42 months (14-120 months). Histopathological specimens for all patients were available for review. Results: Vertebral column distribution was 3 thoracic (60%), 1 cervical (20%), and 1 lumbar (20%). Neurological deficits were present in 3 (60%) cases. The radiological appearance of the four types of primary spinal CHS varies with specific lesion type. Imaging findings suggest diagnosis of the conventional intramedullary and juxtacortical types. While the clear cell and mesenchymal types show some distinctive features, these do not allow confident radiologic diagnosis. Conclusion: The radiologist must be aware of imaging features of these tumors in order to improve diagnostic accuracy, treatment planning, and prognosis.

  16. Undetected iatrogenic lesions of the anterior femoral shaft during intramedullary nailing: a cadaveric study

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The incidence of undetected radiographically iatrogenic longitudinal splitting in the anterior cortex during intramedullary nailing of the femur has not been well documented. Methods Cadaveric study using nine pairs of fresh-frozen femora from adult cadavers. The nine pairs of femora underwent a standardized antegrade intramedullary nailing and the detection of iatrogenic lesions, if any, was performed macroscopically and by radiographic control. Results Longitudinal splitting in the anterior cortex was revealed in 5 of 18 cadaver femora macroscopically. Anterior splitting was not detectable in radiographic control. Conclusion Longitudinal splitting in the anterior cortex during intramedullary nailing of the femur cannot be detected radiographically.

  17. Spinal infections. (United States)

    Tay, Bobby K-B; Deckey, Jeffrey; Hu, Serena S


    Spinal infections can occur in a variety of clinical situations. Their presentation ranges from the infant with diskitis who is unwilling to crawl or walk to the adult who develops an infection after a spinal procedure. The most common types of spinal infections are hematogenous bacterial or fungal infections, pediatric diskitis, epidural abscess, and postoperative infections. Prompt and accurate diagnosis of spinal infections, the cornerstone of treatment, requires a high index of suspicion in at-risk patients and the appropriate evaluation to identify the organism and determine the extent of infection. Neurologic function and spinal stability also should be carefully evaluated. The goals of therapy should include eradicating the infection, relieving pain, preserving or restoring neurologic function, improving nutrition, and maintaining spinal stability.

  18. Spinal brucellosis. (United States)

    Tali, E Turgut; Koc, A Murat; Oner, A Yusuf


    Spinal involvement in human brucellosis is a common condition and a significant cause of morbidity and mortality, particularly in endemic areas, because it is often associated with therapeutic failure. Most chronic brucellosis cases are the result of inadequate treatment of the initial episode. Recognition of spinal brucellosis is challenging. Early diagnosis is important to ensure proper treatment and decrease morbidity and mortality. Radiologic evaluation has gained importance in diagnosis and treatment planning, including interventional procedures and monitoring of all spinal infections.

  19. Spinal Stenosis (United States)

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  20. Intra-operative high frequency ultrasound improves surgery of intramedullary cavernous malformations. (United States)

    Bozinov, Oliver; Burkhardt, Jan-Karl; Woernle, Christoph M; Hagel, Vincent; Ulrich, Nils H; Krayenbühl, Niklaus; Bertalanffy, Helmut


    Intra-operative ultrasound (ioUS) is a very useful tool in surgery of spinal lesions. Here we focus on modern ioUS to analyze its use for localisation, visualisation and resection control in intramedullary cavernous malformations (IMCM). A series of 35 consecutive intradural lesions were operated in our hospital in a time period of 24 months using modern ioUS with a high frequency 7-15 MHz transducer and a true real time 3D transducer (both Phillips iU 22 ultrasound system). Six of those cases were treated with the admitting diagnosis of a deep IMCM (two cervical, four thoracic lesions). IoUS images were performed before and after the IMCM resection. Pre-operative and early postoperative MRI images were performed in all patients. In all six IMCM cases a complete removal of the lesion was achieved microsurgically resulting in an improved neurological status of all patients. High frequency ioUS emerged to be a very useful tool during surgery for localization and visualization. Excellent resection control by ultrasound was possible in three cases. Minor resolution of true real time 3D ioUS decreases the actual advantage of simultaneous reconstruction in two planes. High frequency ioUS is the best choice for intra-operative imaging in deep IMCM to localize and to visualize the lesion and to plan the perfect surgical approach. Additionally, high frequency ioUS is suitable for intra-operative resection control of the lesion in selected IMCM cases.

  1. Spinal cord injury following chiropractic manipulation to the neck. (United States)

    Chakraverty, Julian; Curtis, Olivia; Hughes, Tom; Hourihan, Margaret


    Spinal cord injury is a rare complication of chiropractic treatment. This case report describes a 50-year-old man who developed neurological symptoms a few hours after manipulation (high velocity low amplitude [HVLA] technique) of the cervical spine. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the cervical spine revealed intramedullary high signal at the C2/3 level of the right side of the cervical cord on the T2-weighted images. The potential mechanism of injury and causes of the radiological appearance are discussed.

  2. Refractures of the paediatric forearm with the intramedullary nail in situ (United States)

    van Egmond, Pim W; van der Sluijs, Hans A; van Royen, Barend J; Saouti, Rachid


    Forearm fractures in children are common. When conservative treatment fails, internal fixation with Elastic Stable Intramedullary Nailing (ESIN) become the first choice in the operative treatment of diaphyseal forearm shaft fractures. Refractures with the intramedullary nail in situ are known to occur but formal guidelines to guide management in such fractures are lacking. We present a well-documented case of a radius midshaft refracture in a 12-year-old boy with the intramedullary nail in situ, managed by closed reduction. Literature is reviewed for this type of complication, the treatment of 30 similar cases is discussed and a treatment strategy is defined. The refracture of the paediatric forearm fracture with the intramedullary nail in situ is a rare, but probably under recognised complication which is observed in approximately 2.3% of the study population. Closed reduction may be considered in these cases. PMID:24068378

  3. Articular cartilage damage with intramedullary lesion (bone bruise) in anterior cruciate ligament rupture

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    Ide, Shuya; Ohdera, Toshihiro; Tokunaga, Masami; Hiroshima, Shiro; Yoshimoto, Eiji [Fukuoka Orthopaedic Hospital (Japan)


    We evaluated the relationship between the intramedullary lesion on MRI and cartilage damage in patients associated with acute anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture. Thirty-two cases documented by MRI and arthroscopy within one month from injury underwent ACL reconstruction using ST-G, and arthroscopy was performed again after surgery. The mean term between reconstruction and postoperative arthroscopy was twelve months. The cartilage damage on arthroscopy was compared with the intramedullary lesion on MRI. Cartilage damage was observed in 9 cases (28.1%) during the initial arthroscopy and in 16 cases (50.0%) during the second arthroscopy. Intramedullary lesion was detected in all 32 cases (total: 73 lesions) on MRI. Intramedullary lesion leading to cartilage damage was common in the geographic-type lateral femoral condyle. There was significant difference between the lateral meniscus tear and the cartilage damage of the lateral compartment. (author)

  4. 肌电图对颈髓髓内肿瘤和炎性脱髓鞘病的鉴别诊断研究%The value of electromyography in differentiating intramedullary tumor from inflammatory demyelinating disease of cervical region

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    王红芬; 陈朝晖; 凌丽; 尚爱加; 乔广宇; 崔芳; 杨飞; 黄旭升


    Objective To investigate the value of needle electromyography (EMG) in differentiating intramedullary tumor from inflammatory demyelinating disease of cervical region.Methods Patients hospitalized in the Chinese PLA General Hospital from March 2008 to June 2013 with abnormalities on MRI of cervical vertebra and preliminary diagnosed as intramedullary tumor or inflammatory demyelinating disease of cervical region were enrolled in the study.Electrophysiological examination was performed before any treatment.Pathological findings were analyzed and prognosis was evaluated in all the subjects.Results A total of fifty-five patients were enrolled in the study with 33 cases of inflammatory demyelinating disease and 22 cases of intramedullary tumor defined by the postoperative pathological findings.In all the 33 cases with demyelinating disease,only one case (3.03%) presented as neurogenic damage by needle EMG.While in all the 22 cases with intramedullary tumor,needle EMG revealed neurogenic damage in 15 cases (68.18%) and the spinal segments of muscles with neurogenic damage were all within the spinal lesions demonstrated by MRI.The diagnostic sensitivity of EMG for intramedullary tumor was 68.18% and the diagnostic specificity was 96.97%,while the diagnostic sensitivity and specificity for intramedullary tumor by the medical history,symptoms and signs were 59.09% and 75.76% respectively.Conclusion Needle EMG might play an important role in distinguishing intramedullary tumor from inflammatory demyelinating disease of cervical spinal cord.%目的 探讨肌电图(EMG)对颈髓髓内肿瘤和炎性脱髓鞘病的鉴别诊断价值.方法 选择2008年3月至2013年6月解放军总医院收治的颈椎MRI呈现异常信号,拟诊髓内肿瘤或炎性脱髓鞘病的住院患者为研究对象,于手术等治疗前行电生理检查,结合手术病理结果进行分析,对预后进行随访观察,并比较EMG诊断以及依据病史、症状和体征对髓内肿

  5. Using Intraoperative Ultrasonography for Spinal Cord Tumor Surgery. (United States)

    Ivanov, Marcel; Budu, Alexandru; Sims-Williams, Hugh; Poeata, Ion


    Our aim was to evaluate the usefulness of modern intraoperative ultrasonography (iUS) in the resection of a wide variety of spinal intradural pathologic entities. We evaluated patients with spinal cord disease treated between January 2006 and September 2015. Intraoperative standard B-mode images were acquired using a 3.5-MHz to 12-MHz ultrasonographic probes (linear and curvilinear) on various ultrasound machines. The benefits and disadvantages of iUS were assessed for each case. A total number of 158 intradural spinal lesions were operated on using iUS. Of these, 107 lesions (68%) were intradural extramedullary and 51 (32%) were intramedullary. All lesions were clearly visible using the ultrasound probe. The high-frequency linear probes (10-12 MHz) provided a better image quality compared with lower-frequency probes. Color and power-angiography modes were helpful in assessing the vascularization of the tumors and location of the major vessels in the vascular lesions. We document how iUS was used to facilitate safe and efficient spinal tumor resection at each stage of the operation. iUS was beneficial in confirmation of tumor location and extension, planning myelotomy, and estimation of degree of resection of the intramedullary tumors. It was particularly helpful in guiding the approach in redo surgeries for recurrent spinal cord tumors. iUS has a fast learning curve and offers additional intraoperative information that can help improve surgical accuracy and therefore may reduce procedure-related morbidity. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Intramedullary Osteosarcoma of the Mandible: A Clinicoradiologic Perspective

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    Bhogisetty Chittaranjan


    Full Text Available Osteosarcoma is a non-hematopoietic primary malignant tumor of bone or mesenchymal tissue. Although osteosarcoma is not a common malignant bone tumor, accounting for approximately 20% of sarcomas, tumor of the jaw bone is uncommon, representing only about 4% of osteosarcomas of long bones. We report a case of a 72-year-old female with a swelling on the left side of the mandible and intra-oral swelling on the floor of the mouth. Conventional radiograph and advanced imaging modalities such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed an intramedullary osteosarcoma of the mandible. This report highlights importance of imaging modalities in the diagnosis of malignant tumors of the jaws.

  7. Insertion of intramedullary nails from the suprapatellar pouch for proximal tibial shaft fractures. A technical note. (United States)

    Jakma, Tijs; Reynders-Frederix, Peter; Rajmohan, Rai


    Intramedullary nailing of proximal tibial fractures can be difficult when using the standard entry portal. We evaluated the suprapatellar portal, using a midline quadriceps tendon incision, to perform intramedullary nailing of the tibia. Seven patients were treated with this adaptation of the standard intramedullary nailing procedure. An arthroscopy was done before and after the nailing procedure. No special equipment was used to perform the intramedullary nailing. We evaluated the handling and necessary modifications of the standard intramedullary technique to introduce the locked tibial nail through the suprapatellar approach. We found this technique not necessarily more difficult than the standard intramedullary nailing of the tibia through the infrapatellar entry portal. Although the patients did not complain of patellofemoral discomfort after the suprapatellar nailing, definitive scuffing of the cartilage in the lower part of the femoral trochlea was visible. Introduction of a locked tibial nail via the suprapatellar approach was found to be possible and even advantageous for some complex upper tibial shaft fractures in compromised limbs. Some possible downsides of this approach need to be taken into account but, in some cases, they can be outweighed by the benefits.

  8. A novel intramedullary nail for micromotion stimulation of tibial fractures.

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    Dailey, Hannah L


    BACKGROUND: Animal studies and clinical trials have suggested that early application of controlled axial micromotion can accelerate healing of long bone fractures compared to rigid fixation. However, experimental investigations of micromotion constructs have been limited to external fixators, which have a higher incidence of complications than intramedullary nails. The purpose of this study was to assess whether a novel intramedullary nail design can generate stimulatory micromotion under minimal weight-bearing loads typical of the early healing period. METHODS: Eight cadaver tibiae were reamed, osteotomised, and implanted with commercially-available IM nails fitted with a custom insert that allowed 1mm of axial micromotion after proximal\\/distal interlocking. Specimens were mounted in a materials testing machine and subjected to cyclic axial loading while interfragmentary motion was measured using an extensometer. Implants were also tested in standard statically-locked mode. FINDINGS: The average force required to cause distraction of the fracture gap in micromotion mode was 37.0 (SD 21.7) N. The mean construct stiffness was 1046.8 (SD 193.6) N\\/mm in static locking mode and 512.4 (SD 99.6) N\\/mm in micromotion mode (significantly different, P<0.001). INTERPRETATION: These results support the development of a micromotion-enabled IM nail because the forces required to cause interfragmentary movements are very low, less than the weight of the hanging shank and foot. In contrast to rigid-fixation nails, which require significant weight-bearing to induce interfragmentary motion, the micromotion-enabled nail may allow movement in non-weight-bearing patients during the early healing period when the benefits of mechanical stimulation are most critical.

  9. Primary intramedullary neurocytoma: Case report and literature analysis (United States)

    Montano, Nicola; Di Bonaventura, Rina; Coli, Antonella; Fernandez, Eduardo; Meglio, Mario


    Background: Primary intramedullary neurocytoma is extremely rare. Due to its rarity, it is difficult to collect a wide series in a single institution to perform a survival analysis and give indications about prognosis and treatment. Case Description: Here, we report on a case of a 37-year-old woman with primary intramedullary neurocytoma and perform a systematic statistical analysis of cases reported in the literature. Of 21 articles found, 15 studies and the present case (22 patients) were eligible for the analysis. We studied the impact of age, sex, number of involved levels (≤2 vs. >2), entity of resection, postoperative radiotherapy (RT), proliferation index (Ki67) on the neurological outcome of patients, and on the recurrence of the tumor. Comparison of categorical variables was performed by the χ2 statistic. The Kaplan–Meier curves were plotted to calculate the progression-free survival (PFS) of these patients. P < 0.05 was considered as statistically significant. The 1-year PFS was 95.45% and the 2-year PFS was 86.36%. A gross total resection was associated to a worsening of the neurological function with no impact on the tumor recurrence. Adjuvant RT significantly improved the neurological function. A lower Ki67 was strongly associated with a lower tumor recurrence. Conclusions: We think that the goal of the surgery should be to preserve a good neurological function even if a residual tumor has to be left. Ki67 should be always evaluated due to its impact on the prognosis. Although adjuvant RT significantly improved the neurological function, its role in preventing the tumor recurrence is not clearly defined. PMID:26673057

  10. Treatment of humeral shaft fractures with antegrade intramedullary locking nail. (United States)

    Tsourvakas, Stefanos; Alexandropoulos, Christos; Papachristos, Ioannis; Tsakoumis, Grigorios; Ameridis, Nikolaos


    Antegrade interlocked humeral nailing for stabilization of humeral fractures was introduced many years ago, and studies on this method in the orthopedic literature have shown mixed results. The purpose of this investigation was to document the clinical outcome and complications associated with the use of an antegrade intramedullary nail (T2, Stryker) for the humeral fractures. Between 2005 and 2008, 52 fractures of the humeral shaft were treated operatively with this intramedullary nail in our department. Eight patients were polytraumatized, and four patients had an open fracture. The mean age of patients was 51.7 years. Forty-eight patients had an adequate duration of clinical follow-up (a mean of 18 months) for analysis. Complications were recorded, and the time to union was measured. Shoulder and elbow functions were assessed using the Constant Score and the Morrey Score, respectively. Forty-six fractures healed, with a mean time to clinical union of 10.3 weeks. Two patients developed pseudarthroses. There were four adverse events: two proximal screws backed out, one superficial infection at the insertion point, and one fracture at the distal end of the nail. Ninety-one percentage of patients had an excellent or good shoulder function. Five further operations were necessary: two for treatment of pseudarthroses, two for removal the backed out proximal screws, and one wound debridement for superficial infection. Antegrade humeral nailing is a valid therapeutic option for stabilization of humeral shaft fractures. By strictly adhering to the operation technique, the number and the severity of complications can be reduced. When good fracture alignment and stability are obtained, uneventful bone healing with good functional results is the rule.

  11. Diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DWI) in spinal cord ischemia

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    Thurnher, Majda M. [Medical University of Vienna, Department of Radiology, Neuroradiology Section, Vienna (Austria); Bammer, Roland [Stanford University, Lucas MRS/I Center, Department of Radiology, Stanford, CA (United States)


    Spinal cord infarction is a rare clinical diagnosis characterized by a sudden onset of paralysis, bowel and bladder dysfunction, and loss of pain and temperature perception, with preservation of proprioception and vibration sense. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) usually demonstrates intramedullary hyperintensity on T2-weighted MR images with cord enlargement. However, in approximately 45% of patients, MR shows no abnormality. Diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DWI) has been widely used for the evaluation of a variety of brain disorders, especially for acute stroke. Preliminary data suggest that DWI has the potential to be useful in the early detection of spinal infarction. We performed DWI, using navigated, interleaved, multishot echo planar imaging (IEPI), in a series of six patients with a clinical suspicion of acute spinal cord ischemia. In all patients, high signal was observed on isotropic DWI images with low ADC values (0.23 and 0.86 x 10{sup -3} cm{sup 2}/s), indicative of restricted diffusion. We analyzed the imaging findings from conventional MR sequences and diffusion-weighted MR sequences in six patients with spinal cord infarction, compared the findings with those in published series, and discuss the value of DWI in spinal cord ischemia based on current experience. Although the number of patients with described DWI findings totals only 23, the results of previously published studies and those of our study suggest that DWI has the potential to be a useful and feasible technique for the detection of spinal infarction. (orig.)

  12. Management and outcomes of intramedullary spinal cord tumors: A single center experience from a developing country

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    Saqib K Bakhshi


    Conclusions: We achieved a GTR rate of 68.9% for IMSCTs with limited resources. In few cases, where intraoperative electrophysiology was used, the rate of GTR was 100%. Preoperative neurological status was associated with better postoperative McCormick score.

  13. Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis arising from papillary thyroid carcinoma: A case report and review of literature

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    Soubhagya R Tripathy


    Conclusion: In an extensive literature review (pubmed, IMSCM metastasis from PTC primary is confirmed as a rarity and this may be the fourth documented case. Moreover, this may be the first report of a case of PTC metastatic neurological deterioration "even before the treatment of the primary was undertaken." Early diagnosis and microsurgical resection can result in improvement of neurological deficits and in the quality of life of patients with IMSCM.

  14. Two cases of cervical disc disease with intramedullary pathological changes, which are responsible for their neurological syndromes, on delayed CT myelography

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    Isu, Toyohiko; Iwasaki, Yoshinobu; Abe, Hiroshi; Tashiro, Kunio; Murai, Hiroshi; Miyasaka, Kazuo


    We report two cases of cervical disc disease with myelopathy classified as of motor system syndrome type showing small contrast accumulation within the spinal cord on delayed CT myelography. In our two cases, high density spots on delayed CT myelography were bilaterally localized within the spinal cord, and believed represent pathological changes of the spinal cord, such as collection of microcavities or cystic necrosis. In case 1, the high density areas seemed to be localized in the anterior horn and corticospinal tract, and in case 2, they seemed to be localized in the corticospinal tract. The patient in case 1 produced signs and symptoms resembling motor neurone disease and lesion could not be differentiated from the latter. Delayed CT myelography showed that the cause of the upper limb amyotrophy was attributed to an anterior horn disorder and that of pyramidal tract sign to a corticospinal tract disorder. Therefore, we could differentiate the lesion from motor neurone disease on delayed CT myelography in case 1. In conclusion, we emphasize that delayed CT myelography can demonstrate the intramedullary pathological changes in the cervical disc disease and is useful in distinguishing between cervical disc disease simulating motor neurone disease and the latter.

  15. Reaming as an adjuvant to irrigation on bacterial presence and propagation: an open, cadaveric intramedullary fracture model. (United States)

    Archdeacon, Michael T; Kazemi, Namdar; Romanowski, James R; Mobberley-Schuman, Paula S; Weiss, Alison A


    The purpose of this investigation is to evaluate the effect of intramedullary reaming on bacterial presence and propagation in an open, cadaveric intramedullary fracture model. Twelve fresh-frozen human cadaveric femurs were osteotomized and inoculated with Staphylococcus aureus, the open, cadaveric intramedullary fracture model. Low-pressure pulsed lavage irrigation was performed to irrigate the osteotomy sites. The specimens were divided into two groups of six paired specimens: CNT, irrigation only; and REAM, irrigation coupled with intramedullary reaming. Intramedullary contents were cultured at the osteotomy site and in 1-cm increments through the distal femoral metaphysis. Mean bacterial colony-forming units were compared between groups using analysis of variance. A statistically significant higher bacterial colony-forming unit count was noted at the osteotomy site (bacterial presence) in the CNT group compared with the REAM group. In terms of bacterial propagation, when compared with the sterile osteotomy site, the CNT group demonstrated significant bacterial propagation only at the 1.1- to 2.0-cm increment and the REAM group demonstrated no significant propagation. In comparing bacterial propagation between the CNT and the REAM groups, no significant differences were noted at any distal increment. In this open, cadaveric intramedullary fracture model, low-pressure pulse lavage coupled with intramedullary reaming demonstrated significantly less bacterial presence at the osteotomy site compared with irrigation without reaming. Additionally, intramedullary reaming does not appear to significantly propagate bacteria into the intramedullary canal nor into the distal metaphysis. These observations might have clinical significance.

  16. Evaluation of spinal cord vessels using multi-slice CT angiography

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    陈爽; 钱建国; 冯晓源


    @@ Compared with the large number of head and neck vascular studies, computer tomography (CT) angiography of spinal vascular lesions has received relatively little attention. Several series and a few isolated cases of spinal vascular malformations demonstrated with magnetic resonance (MR) angiography have been reported.1-3 Selective digital subtraction angiography (DSA) is gold standard for diagnosis of spinal vascular lesions.4 However, it is invasive, time consuming, expensive, and dependent on the skills of the operator. Based on the DSA appearance and the surgical findings, spinal vascular malformations are generally, although not universally, classified as intradural (intramedullary and/or extramedullary) arteriovenous malformation (AVM) or arteriovenous fistula (AVF), and dural AVF. Recommended treatments of dural AVF consist of surgical obliteration and/or embolization.5-8

  17. Time-resolved contrast-enhanced MR angiography of spinal vascular malformations. (United States)

    Amarouche, M; Hart, J L; Siddiqui, A; Hampton, T; Walsh, D C


    The diagnosis of spinal vascular malformations may be challenging on conventional MR imaging because neither the location of the signal abnormality in the spinal cord nor the level of the abnormal flow voids correlates with the level of the fistula. We conducted a retrospective evaluation of the utility of using a time-resolved imaging of contrast kinetics sequence in the diagnosis, characterization, and localization of spinal vascular malformations, comparing it with the criterion standard of spinal DSA. Fifty-five consecutive patients with a suspected diagnosis of spinal vascular malformation underwent time-resolved imaging of contrast kinetics followed by spinal DSA. All scans were performed on a 1.5T scanner by using a standard 8-channel spine coil and were reported by a neuroradiologist before the DSA was performed. Forty-seven lesions were confirmed on time-resolved imaging of contrast kinetics and classified as spinal dural arteriovenous fistulas (n = 33, with 1 patient having a type Ib fistula), perimedullary spinal cord arteriovenous fistulas (n = 10), and intramedullary arteriovenous malformations (n = 3). One patient had an extradural spinal vascular malformation. Time-resolved imaging of contrast kinetics identified the location of the arterial feeder to within 1 vertebral level in 27/33 patients (81.8%) with spinal dural arteriovenous fistulas and correctly predicted the side in 22/33 (66.6%) patients. Perimedullary spinal cord arteriovenous fistulas were erroneously considered to represent spinal dural arteriovenous fistulas before spinal DSA. The anatomy of the arterial supply to intramedullary arteriovenous malformations was also poorly characterized on time-resolved contrast-enhanced MR angiography. It has been our experience that time-resolved imaging of contrast kinetics is a useful confirmatory tool when a spinal vascular malformation is suspected on the basis of clinical and conventional MR imaging findings. As experience with the technique

  18. Reamed versus unreamed intramedullary nailing for the treatment of femoral fractures (United States)

    Li, A-Bing; Zhang, Wei-Jiang; Guo, Wei-Jun; Wang, Xin-Hua; Jin, Hai-Ming; Zhao, You-Ming


    Abstract Background and objective: Intramedullary nailing is commonly used for treating femoral shaft fractures, one of the most common long bone fractures in adults. The reamed intramedullary nail is considered the standard implant for femoral fractures. This meta-analysis was performed to verify the superiority of reamed intramedullary nailing over unreamed intramedullary nailing in fractures of the femoral shaft in adults. Subgroup analysis of implant failure and secondary procedure was also performed. Methods: Electronic literature databases were used to identify relevant publications and included MEDLINE (Ovid interface), EMBASE (Ovid interface), and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL; Wiley Online Library). The versions available on January 30, 2016, were utilized. Only human studies, which were designed as randomized controlled clinical trials, were included. Two authors independently evaluated the quality of original research publications and extracted data from the studies that met the criteria. Results: Around 8 randomized controlled trials involving 1078 patients were included. Reamed intramedullary nailing was associated with shorter time to consolidation of the fracture (SMD = –0.62, 95% CI = –0.89 to –0.35, P < 0.00001), lower secondary procedure rate (OR = 0.25, 95% CI 0.10–0.62, P = 0.003), lower nonunion rate (OR = 0.14, 95% CI = 0.05–0.40, P < 0.01), and lower delayed-union rate (OR = 0.19, 95% CI = 0.07–0.49, P < 0.01) compared to unreamed intramedullary nailing. The 2 groups showed no significant differences in risk of implant failure (OR = 0.50, 95% CI 0.14–1.74, P = 0.27), mortality risk (OR = 0.94, 95% CI 0.19–4.68, P = 0.94), risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS; OR = 1.55, 95% CI 0.36–6.57, P = 0.55), or blood loss (SMD = 0.57, 95% CI = –0.22 to 1.36, P = 0.15). Conclusion: Reamed intramedullary nailing

  19. Stereotactic radiotherapy for spinal intradural metastases developing within or adjacent to the previous irradiation field--report of three cases. (United States)

    Mori, Yoshimasa; Hashizume, Chisa; Shibamoto, Yuta; Kobayashi, Tatsuya; Nakazawa, Hisato; Hagiwara, Masahiro; Tsugawa, Takahiko


    Results of stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) for spinal intradural metastases developing inside or adjacent to the previous external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT) field are shown in 3 cases. One case of spinal intramedullary metastasis and two cases of intradural extramedullary metastases were treated using a Novalis shaped-beam SRT. Case 1 developed an intramedullary metastatic tumor in the C1 spinal medulla inside the previous whole brain EBRT field and another lesion adjacent to the field in the C2 spinal medulla. Case 2 developed intradural extramedullary metastasis around C6-8 inside the previous EBRT field for the primary lung adenocarcinoma. Case 3 developed multiple spinal intradural extramedullary metastatic deposits after surgical resection and following whole brain EBRT for brain metastasis. We delivered 24 to 36 Gy in 5 to 12 fractions. The treated tumors were stable or decreased in size until the patients' death from the primary cancer (10, 22, and 5 months). Neurological symptoms were stable or improved in all 3 patients. Palliative SRT using Novalis is expected to be safe and effective even if the patient develops spinal intradural metastases within or adjacent to the previous irradiation field.

  20. Spinal Stenosis (United States)

    ... lower part of the body. It resembles a “horse’s tail” ( cauda equina in Latin). What Causes Spinal ... of the spine fails, it usually places increased stress on other parts of the spine. For example, ...

  1. Spinal Hemangiomas

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    I.A. Norkin


    Full Text Available The given article considers the modern view on etiology, pathogenesis, classifications, clinical picture, diagnosis and treatment of spinal hemangiomas. Advantages of vertebroplasty over the other techniques of treatment of studied pathology are presented

  2. Spinal Stenosis (United States)

    ... risk. Diseases such as arthritis and scoliosis can cause spinal stenosis, too. Symptoms might appear gradually or not at all. They include Pain in your neck or back Numbness, weakness, cramping, or pain in ...

  3. Spinal Infections (United States)

    ... infections may occur following surgery or spontaneously in patients with certain risk factors. Risk factors for spinal infections include poor nutrition, immune suppression, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, cancer, diabetes and obesity. Surgical risk factors ...

  4. Spinal Hemangiomas


    I.A. Norkin; S.V. Likhachev; A.Yu. Chomartov; A.I. Norkin; D.M. Puchinian


    The given article considers the modern view on etiology, pathogenesis, classifications, clinical picture, diagnosis and treatment of spinal hemangiomas. Advantages of vertebroplasty over the other techniques of treatment of studied pathology are presented

  5. Spinal Fusion (United States)

    ... vertebrae. These include: treatment of a fractured (broken) vertebra; correction of deformity (spinal curves or slippages); elimination of pain from painful motion; treatment of instability; and treatment of some cervical disc herniations. One of the less controversial reasons ...

  6. Perfusion-weighted MRI of spinal dural arteriovenous fistula

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    Yanaka, K.; Matsumaru, Y.; Uemura, K.; Matsumura, A.; Nose, T. [Department of Neurosurgery, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan); Anno, I. [Department of Radiology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan)


    A 72-year-old woman was admitted with rapidly progressive paraplegia and sphincter disturbance. T2-weighted images of the thoracic spine showed intramedullary high signal with flow voids suggesting dilated medullary veins. Conventional spinal angiography demonstrated a dural arteriovenous fistula draining into perimedullary veins. Perfusion-weighted MRI demonstrated a prolonged mean transit time and increased blood volume in the high-signal area. The loss of normal perfusion gradient and venous hypertension and were thought to produce these differences. The time-to-peak was almost identical in the high-signal and isointense areas, although the bolus of contrast medium arrived earlier in the former. Arteriovenous shunting was thought to cause faster inflow. These changes may have resulted in increased blood volume in the spinal cord. The high signal has been attributed to oedema due to venous congestion, but there has been no histological confirmation. Perfusion MRI in this case supports this hypothesis. (orig.)

  7. Cervical myelopathy due to single level disc herniation presenting as intramedullary mass lesion: What to do first?

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    Murat Sakir Eksi


    Full Text Available Cervical myelopathy (CM is mostly a degenerative process ending in myelopathic and/or radiculopathic syndromes. On T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, CM appears as a hyperintense area near the spondylotic spine. This high intensity signal depends on the impact of outer forces and their duration. It also determines the prognosis of the surgical candidate. A 40-year-old male patient admitted to our clinic with right upper extremity weakness and hypoesthesia that had started 2 months earlier. On neurological examination there was 2/5 motor weakness of right biceps brachii, and hypoesthesia over right C6 dermatome. Right upper extremity deep tendon reflexes were hypoactive, but lower ones were hyperactive. After clinical and radiological work-up, preliminary diagnosis was directed to a spinal intramedullary tumor. Total resection of the herniated cervical disc fragment and the mass lesion was managed. Pathology of the mass lesion was compatible with subacute infarct tissue and inflammatory response. Final diagnosis was CM under effect of cervical disc herniation. Contrast-enhanced spinal cord myelopathic lesions are very rare and resemble much more tumors and inflammatory processes. However, the principal treatment approach totally differs depending on pathology. When there are both a disc herniation and a high clinical suspicion; biopsy should be delayed. The most probable solution will be surgery for the disc disease with thorough preoperative scanning of vascular malformations; clinical and radiological close follow-up after surgery. Biopsy or surgical resection can be performed if patient deteriorates despite the primary surgery.

  8. Experimental syringohydromyelia induced by adhesive arachnoiditis in the rabbit: changes in the blood-spinal cord barrier, neuroinflammatory foci, and syrinx formation. (United States)

    Kobayashi, Shigeru; Kato, Katsura; Rodríguez Guerrero, Alexander; Baba, Hisatoshi; Yoshizawa, Hidezo


    There are many histological examinations of syringohydromyelia in the literature. However, there has been very little experimental work on blood permeability in the spinal cord vessels and ultrastructural changes. We prepared an animal model of spinal adhesive arachnoiditis by injecting kaolin into the subarachnoid space at the eighth thoracic vertebra of rabbits. The animals were evaluated 4 months later. Of the 30 rabbits given kaolin injection into the cerebrospinal fluid, 23 showed complete circumferential obstruction. In the 7 animals with partial obstruction of the subarachnoid space, intramedullary changes were not observed. However, among the 23 animals showing complete obstruction of the subarachnoid space, dilatation of the central canal (hydromyelia) occurred in 21, and intramedullary syrinx (syringomyelia) was observed in 11. In animals with complete obstruction, fluorescence microscopy revealed intramedullary edema around the central canal, extending to the posterior columns. Electron microscopy of hydromyelia revealed a marked reduction of villi on the ependymal cells, separation of the ependymal cells, and cavitation of the subependymal layer. The dilated perivascular spaces indicate alterations of fluid exchange between the subarachnoid and extracellular spaces. Syringomyelia revealed that nerve fibers and nerve cells were exposed on the surface of the syrinx, and necrotic tissue was removed by macrophages to leave a syrinx. Both pathologies differ in their mechanism of development: hydromyelia is attributed to disturbed reflux of cerebrospinal fluid, while tissue necrosis due to disturbed intramedullary blood flow is considered to be involved in formation of the syrinx in syringomyelia.

  9. Magnetic resonance imaging of the spinal cord in a man with tabes dorsalis. (United States)

    Pandey, Sanjay


    Tabes dorsalis is a late manifestation of untreated syphilis that is characterized by ataxia, lancinating pains, and urinary incontinence. A form of tertiary syphilis or neurosyphilis, it is the result of slow, progressive degeneration of the nerve cells in the spinal cord. Case report. A 39-year-old man presented with tingling paresthesia in the lower limbs, difficulty in walking, and loss of vision. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the dorsal spine showed intramedullary hyperintensity and cord atrophy, similar to changes seen in subacute combined degeneration. MRI features of tabes dorsalis have not been described previously to the best of our knowledge. MRI findings in this patient with tabes dorsalis were similar to those seen in subacute combined degeneration, which is characterized predominantly by cord atrophy and intramedullary hyperintensities.

  10. A clinicopathological analysis of unusual extraventricular neurocytoma of spinal cord

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    LI Zhi


    Full Text Available Background Extraventricular neurocytoma (EVN is an unusual tumor and has been recently accepted as a new brain tumor entity by World Health Organization (WHO classification. It has been reported in several locations outside the typical supratentorial ventricular system, including the cerebral hemispheres, cerebellum, pons, spinal cord, cauda equine and retina. Only a few cases have been described in the spinal cord in the literature. It is a diagnostic challenge for clinicians and histopathologists to differentiate EVN from other spinal tumors because of its similarities in histological and immunohistochemical findings, as well as its non-specific radiological manifestation. Herein we describe a case of unusual intramedullary EVN in spinal cord. The clinicopathology of this tumor and its differential diagnosis are discussed. Methods The clinical manifestation of a patient with primary EVN occurring C6-T3 level of spinal cord was presented retrospectively. Gross totally resected mass was routinely paraffin-embedded and stained with hematoxylin and eosin. Dako EnVision immunohistochemical staining system was used to detect the tumor antigen expressions, including vimentin (Vim, cytokeratin (CK, epithelial membrane antigen (EMA, glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP, S-100 protein (S-100, synaptophysin (Syn, chromogranin (CgA, neuron-specific enolase (NSE, Neuronal nuclei (NeuN, oligodendrocytes transcription factor-2 (Oligo-2 and Ki-67. Results A 47-year-old male patient presented with 1 year history of weakness in both upper limbs associated with an increasing neck back pain. There was no paraesthesia in limbs. MRI of the whole spine revealed a heterogeneous intramedullary mass resembling an ependymoma extending from the C6 to T3 level with heterogeneous enhancement after contrast administration. Laminectomy and midline opening of the dura were performed. The spinal lesion appeared to have no capsule and locate intramedullary. The lesion did not

  11. MRI of infections and neoplasms of the spine and spinal cord in 55 patients with AIDS

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    Thurnher, M.M. [Neuroradiology Section, Department of Radiology, University Hospital Vienna (Austria); Post, M.J.D. [Department of Radiology, Neuroradiology Section, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL (United States); Jinkins, J.R. [Neuroimaging Research, Department of Radiology, Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE (United States)


    Our purpose was to describe the range of MRI findings in infectious and neoplastic involvement of the spine and spinal cord in symptomatic patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). MRI studies in 55 patients with AIDS and neurological signs and symptoms thought to be related to the spine or spinal cord were reviewed. We categorized the findings according to the spinal compartment involved. There were 29 patients with extradural, 11 with intradural-extramedullary and 9 with intramedullary disease. In 6 patients more than one compartment was involved simultaneously, and patients presented with multiple lesions in the same compartment. The most common causes of extradural disease were bone lesions (28); an epidural mass was seen in 14 and spondylodiscitis in 4 patients. Cytomegalovirus polyradiculitis was the most common cause of intradural-extramedullary disease (in 10 cases); herpes radiculitis was seen in two, and tuberculous infection in another two. In three cases leptomeningeal contrast enhancement was due to lymphoma. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) myelitis was seen in two patients, presumed vacuolar myelopathy in two, toxoplasma myelitis in four, intramedullary lymphoma in one, and herpes myelitis in one. Familiarity with the various potential pathological entities that can affect the spine and spinal cord in the AIDS population and their imaging characteristics is crucial for initiation of further diagnostic tests and appropriate medical or surgical treatment. (orig.)

  12. Intramedullary versus extramedullary fixation in the management of subtrochanteric femur fractures: a meta-analysis

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    Full Text Available Pengcheng Liu,1,2,* Xing Wu,1,* Hui Shi,1,2 Run Liu,1 Hexi Shu,1 JinPeng Gong,1 Yong Yang,1 Qi Sun,1 Jiezhou Wu,1,2 Xiaoyang Nie,1 Ming Cai1 1Department of Orthopedics, Shanghai Tenth People’s Hospital, Tongji University, School of Medicine, Shanghai, 2First Clinical Medical College, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, People’s Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this work Background: Intramedullary and extramedullary fixation methods are used in the management of subtrochanteric femur fractures. However, whether intramedullary or extramedullary fixation is the primary treatment for subtrochanteric femur fractures in adults remains debatable.Level of evidence: Meta-analyses of prospective studies, level I.Materials and methods: The Cochrane library, Embase, Google Scholar, and PubMed databases were searched separately for all relevant studies published before January 1, 2015. No language restriction was applied. Prospective randomized controlled trials that compared intramedullary or extramedullary internal fixation to repair subtrochanteric femur fractures in adults were included. We determined intraoperative data, postoperative complications, fracture fixation complications, wound infection, hospital stay days, and final outcome measures to assess the relative effects of different internal fixation methods for the treatment of subtrochanteric femur fractures in adults.Results: Six studies were included in our meta-analysis. The relative risks (RRs of revision rate was 83% lower (RR, 0.17, 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.05 to 0.60; P=0.006, fixation failure rate was 64% lower (RR, 0.36, 95% CI, 0.12 to 1.08; P=0.07, non-union rate was 77% lower (RR, 0.23, 95% CI, 0.07 to 0.81; P=0.02 in the intramedullary group compared with the extramedullary group. No significant differences were found between the intramedullary group and extramedullary group for intraoperative data, postoperative complications, wound infection

  13. Intramedullary nailing of the proximal humerus: evolution, technique, and results. (United States)

    Dilisio, Matthew F; Nowinski, Robert J; Hatzidakis, Armodios M; Fehringer, Edward V


    Proximal humerus fractures are the third most common fracture in the elderly. Although most fractures can be treated conservatively with acceptable outcomes, certain fracture patterns are at high risk for progression to humeral malunions, nonunions, stiffness, and post-traumatic arthrosis. The goal of antegrade humeral nailing of proximal humerus fractures is to provide stability to a reduced fracture that allows early motion to optimize patient outcomes. Certain technical pearls are pivotal in managing these difficult fractures with nails; these include rotator cuff management, respect of the soft tissues, anatomic tuberosity position, blood supply maintenance, knowledge of the deforming forces on the proximal humerus, fracture reduction, and rehabilitation strategies. Modern proximal humeral nail designs and techniques assist the surgeon in adhering to these principles and have demonstrated promising outcomes. Humeral nail designs have undergone significant innovation during the past 40 years and now can provide stable fixation in the humeral shaft distally as well as improved stability in the head and tuberosity fragments, which were the common site of fixation failure with earlier generation implants. Compared with other fixation strategies, such as locking plate fixation, no compelling evidence exists to suggest one technique over another. The purpose of this review is to describe the history, results, new designs, and techniques that make modern intramedullary nailing of proximal humerus fractures a viable treatment option.

  14. Intramedullary osteosynthesis versus plate osteosynthesis in subtrochanteric fractures. (United States)

    Burnei, C; Popescu, Gh; Barbu, D; Capraru, F


    Due to an ever-aging population and a growing prevalence of osteoporosis and motor vehicle accidents, the number of subtrochanteric fractures is increasing worldwide. The choice of the appropriate implant continues to be critical for fixation of unstable hip fractures. The subtrochanteric region has certain anatomical and biomechanical features that can make fractures in this region difficult to treat. The preferred type of device is a matter of debate. Increased understandings of biomechanical characteristics of the hip and improvement of the implant materials have reduced the incidence of complications. The surgeons choose between the two methods according to Seinsheimer's classification and also to their personal preferences. As a general principle, the open reduction and internal fixation were performed in stable fractures, and the closed reduction and internal fixation were performed in unstable fractures. The advantages of intramedullary nailing consist in a small skin incision, lower operating times, preservation of fracture hematoma and the possibility of early weight bearing. The disadvantages consist in a difficult closed reduction due to important muscular forces, although the nail can be used as a reduction instrument, and higher implant cost. In open reduction internal fixation techniques, the advantage is represented by anatomical reduction which, in our opinion, is not necessary. The disadvantages are represented by: higher operating time, demanding surgery, large devascularization, higher infection rates, late weight bearing, medial instability, refracture after plate removal and inesthetic approach.

  15. Numerical method in biomechanical analysis of intramedullary osteosynthesis in children

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    A. Krauze


    Full Text Available Purpose: The paper presents the biomechanical analysis of intramedullary osteosynthesis in 5-7 year old children.Design/methodology/approach: The numerical analysis was performed for two different materials (stainless steel – 316L and titanium alloy – Ti-6Al-4V and for two different fractures of the femur (1/2 of the bone shaft, and 25 mm above. Furthermore, the stresses between the bone fragments were calculated while loading the femur with forces derived from the trunk mass. In the research the Metaizeau method was applied. This method ensures appropriate fixation without complications.Findings: The numerical analysis shows that stresses in both the steel and the titanium alloy nails didn’t exceed the yield point: for the stainless steel Rp0,2,min = 690 MPa and for the titanium alloy Rp0,2,min = 895 MPa.Research limitations/implications: The obtained results are the basis for the optimization of mechanical properties of the metallic biomaterial.Practical implications: On the basis of the obtained results it can be stated that both stainless steel and titanium alloy nails can be aplied in elastic osteosythesis in femur fractures in children.Originality/value: The obtain results can be used by physicians to ensure elastic osteosythesis that accelerate bone union.

  16. Intramedullary versus extramedullary alignment of the tibial component in the Triathlon knee

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    Synnott Keith


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Long term survivorship in total knee arthroplasty is significantly dependant on prosthesis alignment. Our aim was determine which alignment guide was more accurate in positioning of the tibial component in total knee arthroplasty. We also aimed to assess whether there was any difference in short term patient outcome. Method A comparison of intramedullary versus extramedullary alignment jig was performed. Radiological alignment of tibial components and patient outcomes of 103 Triathlon total knee arthroplasties were analysed. Results Use of the intramedullary was found to be significantly more accurate in determining coronal alignment (p = 0.02 while use of the extramedullary jig was found to give more accurate results in sagittal alignment (p = 0.04. There was no significant difference in WOMAC or SF-36 at six months. Conclusion Use of an intramedullary jig is preferable for positioning of the tibial component using this knee system.

  17. Management of extra-articular fractures of the distal tibia: intramedullary nailing versus plate fixation. (United States)

    Casstevens, Chris; Le, Toan; Archdeacon, Michael T; Wyrick, John D


    Intramedullary nailing and plate fixation represent two viable approaches to internal fixation of extra-articular fractures of the distal tibia. Although both techniques have demonstrated success in maintaining reduction and promoting stable union, they possess distinct advantages and disadvantages that require careful consideration during surgical planning. Differences in soft-tissue health and construct stability must be considered when choosing between intramedullary nailing and plating of the distal tibia. Recent advances in intramedullary nail design and plate-and-screw fixation systems have further increased the options for management of these fractures. Current evidence supports careful consideration of the risk of soft-tissue complications, residual knee pain, and fracture malalignment in the context of patient and injury characteristics in the selection of the optimal method of fixation.

  18. Intramedullary versus extramedullary alignment of the tibial component in the Triathlon knee

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    Cashman, James P


    Abstract Background Long term survivorship in total knee arthroplasty is significantly dependant on prosthesis alignment. Our aim was determine which alignment guide was more accurate in positioning of the tibial component in total knee arthroplasty. We also aimed to assess whether there was any difference in short term patient outcome. Method A comparison of intramedullary versus extramedullary alignment jig was performed. Radiological alignment of tibial components and patient outcomes of 103 Triathlon total knee arthroplasties were analysed. Results Use of the intramedullary was found to be significantly more accurate in determining coronal alignment (p = 0.02) while use of the extramedullary jig was found to give more accurate results in sagittal alignment (p = 0.04). There was no significant difference in WOMAC or SF-36 at six months. Conclusion Use of an intramedullary jig is preferable for positioning of the tibial component using this knee system.

  19. Comparison of extramedullary and intramedullary devices for treatment of subtrochanteric femoral fractures at tertiary level center

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    Yadav Sanjay


    Full Text Available Objective: The treatment of subtrochanteric fractures is challenging and treatment modalities and implants are constantly evolving. This study attempts to revisit and compare extramedullary vs. intramedullary devices in relatively young population. Methods: Thirty patients with subtrochanteric fractures were enrolled and treated with extramedullary or intramedullary devices and follow-up continued one year for clinico-radiological assessment. Results: The mean age of patients was 37.53 years. Most were males between 21-40 years old. The dominant mode of injury was traffic accidents (66%. Fractures were classifi ed according to Russell-Taylor classifi cation. Forty percent were Russell-Taylor type IA, 37% type IB and 23% type IIA. Average time to surgery was 3.6 days from the time of admission to hospital. Mean duration of surgery was 45 minutes for intramedullary device (group A and 105 minutes for extramedullary device (group B. Average blood loss was 100 ml in group A and 200 ml in group B. Mean duration of radiation exposure was 130 seconds and 140 seconds for groups A and B, while average duration of hospital stay was 12 days and 16 days respectively. Excellent results were seen in 47% of cases in group A and 33% of cases in group B. Conclusion: Intramedullary device is a reliable implant for subtrochanteric fractures. It has high rates of union with minimal soft-tissue damage. Intramedullary fixation has biological and biomechanical advantages, but surgery is technically demanding. Gradual learning and patience is needed to make this method truly rewarding. Key words: Subtrochanteric fractures; Intramedullary; Dynamic hip screw

  20. Local and Widespread Hyperalgesia After Isolated Tibial Shaft Fractures Treated with Intramedullary Nailing

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    Larsen, Peter; Elsøe, Rasmus; Graven-Nielsen, Thomas


    OBJECTIVES: Knee pain is accepted as a common complication to intramedullary nailing of tibial fractures. However, no studies have systematically studied the pain sequel following tibial fractures. The objective of this study was to assess pain and hyperalgesia from 6 weeks to 12 months postopera......OBJECTIVES: Knee pain is accepted as a common complication to intramedullary nailing of tibial fractures. However, no studies have systematically studied the pain sequel following tibial fractures. The objective of this study was to assess pain and hyperalgesia from 6 weeks to 12 months...

  1. Fixation of a human rib by an intramedullary telescoping splint anchored by bone cement. (United States)

    Liovic, Petar; Šutalo, Ilija D; Marasco, Silvana F


    A novel concept for rib fixation is presented that involves the use of a bioresorbable polymer intramedullary telescoping splint. Bone cement is used to anchor each end of the splint inside the medullary canal on each side of the fracture site. In this manner, rib fixation is achieved without fixation device protrusion from the rib, making the splint completely intramedullary. Finite element analysis is used to demonstrate that such a splint/cement composite can preserve rib fixation subjected to cough-intensity force loadings. Computational fluid dynamics and porcine rib experiments were used to study the anchor formation process required to complete the fixation.

  2. Diastematomyelia associated with intramedullary tumour in a hemicord: a report of two cases

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    Sharma, A.; Sharma, R.; Goyal, M.; Vashisht, S.; Berry, M. [All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, (India). Department of Radiodiagnosis


    The findings on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of two unusual cases of diastematomyelia associated with intramedullary dermoids involving one of the hemicords are reported. The tumor was slightly hypointense on short TR, short TE images and hyperintense on long TR, long TE images. It showed no enhancement after intravenous gadolinium diethylenetriamine-pentaacetic acid. Based on imaging characteristics, the tumor was thought to be intramedullary dermoid involving the right hemicord because of associated congenital anomalies of the spine, the absence of enhancement after gadolinium administration and the relatively well defined margins. The diagnosis was confirmed by surgery and histopathology. 9 refs., 2 figs.

  3. Permanent antibiotic impregnated intramedullary nail in diabetic limb salvage: a case report and literature review

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    Jason B. Woods


    Full Text Available Managing complications after attempted hind foot and ankle arthrodesis with intramedullary nail fixation is a challenge. This situation becomes more problematic in the patient with diabetes mellitus and multiple comorbidities. Infection and subsequent osteomyelitis can be a devastating, limb threatening complication associated with these procedures. The surgeon must manage both the infectious process and the skeletal instability concurrently. This article provides a literature review and detailed management strategies for a modified technique of employing antibiotic impregnated polymethylmethacrylate-coated intramedullary nailing.

  4. Femoral shaft fractures in children: elastic stable intramedullary nailing in 31 cases

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    Houshian, Shirzad; Gøthgen, Charlotte Buch; Pedersen, Niels Wisbech;


    We report our experience with elastic stable intramedullary titanium nailing (ESIN) of femoral shaft fractures in children. From 1998 to 2001, we treated 31 children (20 boys), median age 6 (4-11) years, with ESIN for 29 closed and 2 grade I open femoral shaft fractures. We reviewed 30 children c...... in 6 children and 10 degrees of internal rotational deformity in 1 child. No angular deformity had occurred. Elastic stable intramedullary nailing seems to be a safe method for the treatment of femoral shaft fractures in children between 4 and 11 years of age....

  5. Intramedullary fixation of a femoral shaft fracture with preservation of an existing hip resurfacing prosthesis. (United States)

    Bilkhu, A; Sisodia, G; Chakrabarty, G; Muralikuttan, K P


    Femoral neck fractures have been reported as a cause for failure in patients with a hip resurfacing arthroplasty. However, the incidence and management of fractures of the femoral shaft with an ipsilateral hip resurfacing arthroplasty is relatively absent in current literature. Although, the gold standard for the fixation of a closed femoral shaft fracture is with the use of an intramedullary nail, this can be a challenge in the presence of a hip resurfacing arthroplasty. We describe the case of anterograde intramedullary nail fixation for a femoral shaft fracture in a patient with an ipsilateral hip resurfacing arthroplasty in situ.

  6. Training effect of using Touch Surgery for intramedullary femoral nailing. (United States)

    Sugand, Kapil; Mawkin, Mala; Gupte, Chinmay


    Simulation in orthopaedic training is becoming increasingly popular and has been widely used in formal curricula. However, these resources are expensive and not easily accessible to every trainee. Other means of disseminating surgical education through virtual reality (VR) multimedia can act as useful adjunct to traditional methods of teaching. One validated VR platform is Touch Surgery, a cognitive task simulation and rehearsal app. The primary objective of this study was to identify the training effect of Touch Surgery intramedullary femoral nailing (IFN) modules using objective performance metrics over six consecutive attempts. Secondary objectives consisted of validated multiple choice questions (MCQ) testing before the first (pre) and after the sixth (post) attempts. 27 medical undergraduates were recruited to complete the decision-making process six consecutive times for four modules on the procedural steps of IFN. The modules consisted of (i) preparing the patient and equipment, (ii) femoral canal preparation, (iii) nail insertion and proximal locking, and (iv) distal locking and closure. Real-time objective performance metrics were obtained, stored electronically and analysed using the median and Bonett-Price 95% confidence intervals from the participants' attempts to assess training effect. Significance was calculated using the Mann-Whitney U test for independent data whilst the Wilcoxon signed ranked test was used for paired data. Significance was set as 2-tailed p-value training effect with practice. Novices demonstrated cognitive competencies to ensure patient safety prior to operating. The app is an effective adjunct to traditional learning methods and has the potential for curricular implementation. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Gemistocytic astrocytoma in the spinal cord in a dog: a case report

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    R.O. Chaves


    Full Text Available ABSTRACT This paper reports a case of a rare variant of the cervical spinal cord astrocytoma diagnosed in a dog with progressive neurological signs, initially asymmetrical, not ambulatory tetraparesis, segmental reflexes and normal muscle tone in all four limbs and absence of pain upon palpation of the cervical spine. Myelography revealed attenuation of the ventral and dorsal contrast line in the third region of the fifth cervical vertebra. At necropsy intramedullary cylindrical mass that stretched from the third to the sixth cervical vertebra, which replaced all the gray matter of the spinal cord was observed. In the histological study, there was the replacement of the substance by neoplastic cells mantle arranged loosely. The cells were large and slightly rounded. The eosinophilic cytoplasm was well defined, sometimes forming processes interconnecting cells. The nucleus was eccentric, round, oval or kidney-shaped, and the nucleolus was evident. Thus, the microscopic changes observed in the cervical spinal cord were consistent with gemistocytic astrocytoma.

  8. Clinical features of spinal cord hemangioblastoma complicated by hematomyelia and subarachnoid hemorrhage: Description of a clinical case and review of literature

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    Full Text Available The paper describes subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH and hematomyelia resulting from bleeding from spinal hemangioblastoma. SAH is encountered in spinal pathology extremely rarely and results from bleeding from malformations in most cases. The described case demonstrates that the tumors may also cause spinal SAH even there is no clinical evidence of gradually progressive spinal cord compression in the history. Patients with hemangioblastoma are at the highest risk for clinically relevant massive bleeding in intramedullary tumors. In this case, of special attention is its clinical picture: SAH began with neck and arm pain, rather than headache, which indicates the primarily spinal level of bleeding. Head and arm pains were joined by SAH -typical headache, nausea, and vomiting in only a few minutes, which was associated with retrograde blood flow into the basal cisterns of the brain and the fourth ventricle. Primary MRI of the cervical spine was a more rational diagnostic scheme in this case.

  9. Biomechanical in vitro validation of intramedullary cortical button fixation for distal biceps tendon repair: a new technique. (United States)

    Siebenlist, Sebastian; Lenich, Andreas; Buchholz, Arne; Martetschläger, Frank; Eichhorn, Stefan; Heinrich, Petra; Fingerle, Alexander; Doebele, Stefan; Sandmann, Gunther H; Millett, Peter J; Stöckle, Ulrich; Elser, Florian


    Extramedullary cortical button-based fixation for distal biceps tendon ruptures exhibits maximum load to failure in vitro but cannot restore the anatomic footprint and has the potential risk for injury to the posterior interosseous nerve. Double intramedullary cortical button fixation repair provides superior fixation strength to the bone when compared with single extramedullary cortical button-based repair. Controlled laboratory study. The technique of intramedullary cortical button fixation with 1 or 2 buttons was compared with single extramedullary cortical button-based repair using 12 paired human cadaveric elbows. All specimens underwent computed tomography analysis to determine intramedullary dimensions of the radial tuberosity as well as the thickness of the anterior and posterior cortices before biomechanical testing. Maximum load to failure and failure modes were recorded. For baseline measurements, the native tendon was tested for maximum load to failure. The intramedullary area of the radial tuberosity provides sufficient space for single or double intramedullary cortical button implantation. The mean thickness of the anterior cortex was 1.13 ± 0.15 mm, and for the posterior cortex it was 1.97 ± 0.48 mm (P button fixation with a mean load to failure of 455 ± 103 N, versus 275 ± 44 N for single intramedullary cortical button fixation (P button-based technique (P = .003). There were no statistically significant differences between single intramedullary and single extramedullary button fixation repair (P = .081). The mean load to failure for the native tendon was 379 ± 87 N. Double intramedullary cortical button fixation provides the highest load to failure in the specimens tested. Double intramedullary cortical button fixation provides reliable fixation strength to the bone for distal biceps tendon repair and potentially minimizes the risk of posterior interosseous nerve injury. Further, based on a 2-point-fixation, this method may offer a wider, more

  10. Early neurosurgical intervention of spinal cord contusion: an analysis of 30 cases

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    Background The incidence of spinal injury with spinal cord contusion is high in developed countries and is now growing in China. Furthermore, spinal cord injury happens mostly in young people who have a long life expectance. A large number of patients thus are wheelchair bound for the rest of their lives. Therefore, spinal cord injury has aroused great concern worldwide. Despite great efforts, recovery from spinal cord injury remains unsatisfactory. Based on the pathology of spinal cord contusion, an idea of early neurosurgical intervention has been formulated in this study. Methods A total of 30 patients with "complete" spinal cord injury or classified as American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA)-A were studied. Orthopedic treatment of the injured vertebra(e), internal fixation of the vertebral column, and bilateral laminectomy for epidural decompression were followed directly by neurosurgical management, including separation of the arachnoid adhesion to restore cerebrospinal fluid flow and debridement of the spinal cord necrotic tissue with concomitant intramedullary decompression. Rehabilitation started 17 days after the operation. The final outcome was evaluated after 3 months of rehabilitation. Pearson chi-square analysis was used for statistical analysis. Results All the patients recovered some ability to walk. The least recovered patients were able to walk with a wheeled weight support and help in stabilizing the weight bearing knee joint (12 cases, 40%). Thirteen patients (43%) were able to walk with a pair of crutches, a stick or without any support. The timing of the operation after injury was important. An optimal operation time window was identified at 4-14 days after injury. Conclusions Early neurosurgical intervention of spinal cord contusion followed by rehabilitation can significantly improve the locomotion of the patients. It is a new idea of a therapeutic approach for spinal cord contusion and has been proven to be very successful.

  11. [Distal tibia peri-implant fracture with an intramedullary nail: a case report]. (United States)

    Reyes-Cabrera, J M; González-Alconada, R; García-Mota, M D


    Peri-implant fractures of the distal tibia after intramedullary nailing are rare. We present a case of a fracture of the distal tibia at the site of the distal interlocking screw. We found two cases reported in the world literature. There are no cases reported in the Spanish literature. © 2013 SECOT. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  12. Clinical results of olecranon fractures treated with multiplanar locked intramedullary nailing. (United States)

    Argintar, Evan; Cohen, Mark; Eglseder, Andrew; Edwards, Scott


    Proximal ulnar fractures have traditionally been fixed with either tension band wiring or plate and screw fixation. These traditional techniques often irritate the surrounding soft tissues, potentially leading to subsequent secondary hardware removal surgeries. Intramedullary proximal ulnar fixation provides similar rigid fixation, however, no review yet exists to support the clinical use of currently available implants. To investigate the clinical and radiographic short-term outcomes for multiplanar locked intramedullary nails used to treat proximal ulnar fractures. A retrospective multicenter review was conducted in 28 patients with unstable olecranon fractures treated with a new multiplanar locked intramedullary nailing system (OlecraNail, Mylad Orthopedic Solutions, McLean, VA). Radiographic union was estimated, and serial clinical outcome up to one year was assessed by strength, motion, pain (visual analog scale), and a subcutaneous ulna border palpation (SCUBP) test to assess hardware prominence. All fractures achieved union by 8 weeks. At 12 weeks postoperatively, all motion was within 10 degrees of the contralateral side in all directions. Of the 18 patients who underwent SCUBP testing, all 18 patients reported to have no pain at 12 weeks. At one-year follow-up, all patients had resumed normal activities, including work and athletics. All of the patients who underwent the SCUBP testing continued to have no pain. Multiplanar locked intramedullary nails offer effective management for proximal ulna fractures similar to those reported with plating techniques. Therapeutic Level IV. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

  13. Measurement of Nitinol Recovery Distance Using Pseudoelastic Intramedullary Nails for Tibiotalocalcaneal Arthrodesis. (United States)

    Kildow, Beau J; Gross, Christopher E; Adams, Samuel D; Parekh, Selene G


    Background Tibiotalocalcaneal arthrodesis is a salvage procedure for patients with complex disease of the ankle and subtalar joints. Despite the clinical efficacy and mechanical advantage of intramedullary nails, complications, such as nonunion, are common. It may be possible to sustain compression in the face of bone resorption and implant loosening over the course of healing using a novel pseudoelastic intramedullary nail with an internal nitinol element. Methods We identified 15 patients with average age of 54.7 years (range, 28-75 years) who had undergone a tibiotalocalcaneal arthrodesis using a pseudoelastic intramedullary nail. Serial radiographs were used to determine the amount and rate of nitinol element migration over the first 3 postoperative months. Results Postoperatively, there was at least 2.38 mm of nitinol element migration proximally with mean of 5.58 mm (± 1.38), (range, 2.38-8.11 mm). Average follow-up time was 195 days (± 106.3), (range, 89-490 days). On average, 86% of the total recovered distance took place within the first 39.7 days (±10.03). Conclusions The nitinol element recovers distance when stretched intraoperatively and maintains moderate compression in response to bone resorption. Further studies are needed to assess if this increased compression lends itself to higher fusion rates than traditional intramedullary nails.

  14. Surgical approach for elastic stable intramedullary nail in pediatric radius shaft fracture

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    Nørgaard, Sandra L.; Schødt Riber, Sara; Danielsson, Frederik B.


    When using elastic stable intramedullary nailing in children’s distal radius shaft fractures, the surgical approach can either be lateral or dorsal. The aim of this article was to carry out a systematic review of the literature comparing the two types of approaches in terms of complications...

  15. Clinical diagnosis analysis in 21 cases of spinal cord disease

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    ZHANG Hong


    21 cases of spinal cord disease were clinically analyzed of which 14 cases were male. 7 female, aged from 30 to 69, weraged 50.9. This group contained 2 cases of consciusness dysfunction. 2l of sensational dysfunction. 19 of morion dysrunction, 11 of aotonomic nerve dysrunction, 2 of, sexual dysfunction. 2 of Brown-Sequrd syndrome. llhad been chrmcally sympromatic for more than two months. the other were of acute for sub acute onset. The segments of the diseases were found mainly at cervical and thoracic ones. to which more attention should be pazd clincally. The incidences of intramedullary lesions were a bit more than that of extramedullary ones. Of the 11 extramendullary cases, 8 arised srorn verteoral body (72.7%), of which 6 cases arisen form the intervertebral dies, or 75%. On which emphasis should be laid clinically Foci in brain and spinal cord were found synchronically in 5 cases (23.8%). They were Wernick cerebral disease, metastetic cerebral tumor, cerebral infarction, polioencephalomyelitis. So possibility of brain disease should also be considerod when diagnosing spinai cord disease, especially in stenosis of cervical canal. Oppressed spinal cord was accodiated with cerebellopontine angle tumor. Disease in brain was negiected because of concermng spinal cord disease and cerehellopontine angie giant meningiona was discovered 5 yeas laaer. There are several methods to diagnose spinal cord disease, including X-rays photography, CSF test, CT, and MRI, etc. X-rays photography should be used for involved vertebral body in lateral and P-A position at first when to suspect spinal cord disease. It should be avoided that neglecting X-rays photography and using CT or MRIfirst. It should be noted when taking segments examination by CT or MRI, thut the actual vertebral body is usually located 7'- 14 segments below the spinal cord involved. Otherwise, misdiagnosis would be resulted. 4 c ases of oppressive spinal cord disease of this group were treated with operating

  16. Learning about Spinal Muscular Atrophy (United States)

    ... News Release Fischbeck Group Learning About Spinal Muscular Atrophy What is spinal muscular atrophy? What are the ... for Spinal Muscular Atrophy What is spinal muscular atrophy? Spinal muscular atrophy is a group of inherited ...

  17. Spinal Cord Contusion

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    Gong Ju; Jian Wang; Yazhou Wang; Xianghui Zhao


    Spinal cord injury is a major cause of disability with devastating neurological outcomes and lim-ited therapeutic opportunities, even though there are thousands of publications on spinal cord injury annually. There are two major types of spinal cord injury, transaction of the spinal cord and spinal cord contusion. Both can theoretically be treated, but there is no well documented treatment in human being. As for spinal cord contusion, we have developed an operation with fabulous result.

  18. Acquired lumbar spinal stenosis. (United States)

    Deasy, JoAnn


    Lumbar spinal stenosis is the most frequent reason for spinal surgery in patients over age 65 years. In this condition, narrowing of the lumbar spinal canal and nerve root canals leads to painful, debilitating compression of spinal nerves and blood vessels. As the population ages, an increasing number of patients will be diagnosed and treated for lumbar spinal stenosis by primary care providers. This article reviews the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of lumbar spinal stenosis in adults over age 50 years.

  19. Elastic robust intramedullary nailing for forearm fracture in children

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    Wasem, Jürgen


    Full Text Available Background: Forearm fractures are the most common fractures in children (23% of all fractures. Basically there are two treatment options available for diaphyseal forearm fractures in children: closed reduction with cast immobilisation (conservative therapy and the elastic stable intramedullary nailing (ESIN. Treatment decision is influenced by the doctor's estimation of fracture instability. Stable fractures can be treated conservatively whereas instable forearm shaft fractures can be treated according the following three treatment strategies: 1. conservative therapy in an outpatient setting 2. conservative therapy in the operating room in attendance to change to ESIN in case that no stabilisation can be achieved with cast immobilisation 3. immediate treatment with ESIN in the operating room. Objectives: Aim of this Health Technology Assessment (HTA report is to assess and report the published evidence concerning effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of ESIN as a treatment option for diaphyseal forearm fractures in children and to identify future research need. Important parameters for the assessment of effectiveness are objective parameters (axis deviation, losses of motion, and numbers of reductions in case of redislocations and subjective parameters (pain or impairment in quality of life. Furthermore, a health economic evaluation shall be done which refers to the costs of the different therapy strategies. Methods: An extensive, systematic literature search in medical, economic, and HTA literature databases was performed. Relevant data were extracted and synthesised. Results: Three cohort studies and seven case series have been identified. Controlled clinical studies, systematic reviews and/or HTA reports that gave evidence to answer the own study question have not been found. The identified studies partly differed in respect of defined indication for ESIN, study population and treatment strategies. For that reason comparability of results was

  20. ‘Serpent in the spine’: a case of giant spinal ependymoma of cervicothoracic spine (United States)

    Arrifin, Arlizan; Kaliaperumal, Chandrasekaran; Keohane, Catherine; O'Sullivan, Michael


    We describe a case of giant spinal ependymoma of cervicothoracic spine in a 30-year-old lady who presented with progressive spastic paraparesis and significant combined upper and lower motor neuron signs in her lower limbs over a 1-year period. She also had upper limb small muscle wasting with absent reflexes and diminished sensation. She was wheel chair bound with involvement of sphincters. Neuroimaging revealed a uniformly enhancing intramedullary lesion from C2–T3 level with associated syringomyelia. She underwent a complete excision of this World Health Organisation (WHO) II cellular ependymoma, resulting in significant clinical outcome and improvement in bladder and bowel function. PMID:22739334

  1. 'Serpent in the spine': a case of giant spinal ependymoma of cervicothoracic spine. (United States)

    Arrifin, Arlizan; Kaliaperumal, Chandrasekaran; Keohane, Catherine; O'Sullivan, Michael


    We describe a case of giant spinal ependymoma of cervicothoracic spine in a 30-year-old lady who presented with progressive spastic paraparesis and significant combined upper and lower motor neuron signs in her lower limbs over a 1-year period. She also had upper limb small muscle wasting with absent reflexes and diminished sensation. She was wheel chair bound with involvement of sphincters. Neuroimaging revealed a uniformly enhancing intramedullary lesion from C2-T3 level with associated syringomyelia. She underwent a complete excision of this World Health Organisation (WHO) II cellular ependymoma, resulting in significant clinical outcome and improvement in bladder and bowel function.

  2. Magnetic resonance tomography in the diagnosis of spinal space-occupying lesions

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    Zanella, F.E.; Steinbrich, W.; Friedmann, G.; Koulousakis, A.


    We examined 22 intramedullary, 17 intradural extramedullary and 20 extradural lesions, with direct involvement of the spinal cord by magnetic resonance tomography, using surface coils and 5 mm., or narrower continuous sections. Spinecho pulse sequences are suitable for multi-slice examinations. T/sub 1/-weighted examinations are suitable for demonstrating the syrinx in syringomyelia, in all other circumstances T/sub 1/ and T/sub 2/ sequences are essential. Gd-DTPA is unnecessary. The results of these recommendations are illustrated.

  3. Comparative study on treatment of midshaft tibial fracture with expandable and interlocking intramedullary nails

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    BI Qing; ZHU Dan-jie; QIU Bin-song; HONG Jian-fei; ZHANG Shui-jun; XIA Bing


    Objective:To evaluate the clinical results of treatment of midshaft tibial fracture with expandable intramedullary nails compared with interlocking intramedullary nails.Methods: From June 2003 to August 2005, 46 patients (27 males and 19 females, aged 20-74 years, mean = 38. 4 years) with midshaft tibial fracture were treated surgically in our department. The causes of fractures were traffic injury in 21 patients, fall injury in 6, tumbling injury in 11 and crushing injury in 8. According to AO/ ASIF classification, Type A fracture was found in 16 patients, Type B in 11, Type C, in 5, and Type C2 in 2. Open fractures were found in 12 patients, according to Gustilo classification, Type Ⅰ in 9 patients and Type Ⅱ in 3 patients. Based on the patients'consent, 24 patients were treated with expandable intramedullary nails (Group A) and 22 with interlocking intramedullary nails (Group B). The operation time, blood loss during operation, X-ray fluoroscopic times, hospitalization time, weight bearing time after operation, healing time of fracture andcomplications of all the patients were recorded. The clinical effects of all the cases were evaluated according to the criteria of Johner-Wruhs.Results: All the patients were followed up for 12-34 months (mean =16.2 months). The time of operation, the blood loss, X-ray fluoroscopic times, hospitalization time and healing time of fracture of Group A significantly decreased (P < 0.05) compared with those of Group B, but the time for weight bearing after operation, the Johner-Wruhs degree of clinical effects and complications had no significant difference between Group A and Group B (P>0.05).Conclusions: Expandable intramedullary nail can shorten operation time, decrease blood loss and reduce invasion, which is a safe and effective treatment method for tibial midshaft fracture.

  4. Comparison of extramedullary and intramedullary devices for treatment of subtrochanteric femoral fractures at tertiary level center

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    Sanjay Yadav; Shivendra Sinha; Edwin Luther; Naresh Chander Arora; Manish Prasad; Rohit Varma


    Objective:The treatment of subtrochanteric fractures is challenging and treatment modalities and implants are constantly evolving.This study attempts to revisit and compare extramedullary vs.intramedullary devices in relatively young population.Methods:Thirty patients with subtrochanteric fractures were enrolled and treated with extramedullary or intramedullary devices and follow-up continued one year for clinico-radiological assessment.Results:The mean age of patients was 37.53 years.Most were males between 21-40 years.The dominant mode of injury was traffic accidents (66%).Fractures were classified according to Russell-Taylor classification.Forty percent were Russell-Taylor type ⅠA,37% type ⅠB and 23% type ⅡA.Average time to surgery was 3.6 days from the time of admission to hospital.Mean duration of surgery was 45 minutes for intramedullary device (group A) and 105 minutes for extramedullary device (group B).Average blood loss was 100 ml in group A and 200ml in group B.Mean duration of radiation exposure was 130 seconds and 140 seconds for groups A and B,while average duration of hospital stay was 12 days and 16 days respectively.Excellent results were seen in 47% of cases in group A and 33% of cases in group B.Conclusion:Intramedullary device is a reliable implant for subtrochanteric fractures.It has high rates of union with minimal soft-tissue damage.Intramedullary fixation has biological and biomechanical advantages,but surgery is technically demanding.Gradual leaming and patience is needed to make this method truly rewarding.

  5. The accuracy of intramedullary tibial guide of sagittal alignment of PCL-substituting total knee arthroplasty. (United States)

    Han, Hyuk-Soo; Kang, Seung-Baik; Jo, Chris H; Kim, Sun-Hong; Lee, Jung-Ha


    Experimental and clinical studies on the accuracy of the intramedullary alignment method have produced different results, and few have addressed accuracy in the sagittal plane. Reported deviations are not only attributable to the alignment method but also to radiological errors. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of the intramedullary alignment method in the sagittal plane using computed tomography (CT) and 3-dimensional imaging software. Thirty-one TKAs were performed using an intramedullary alignment method involving the insertion of a long 8-mm diameter rod into the medullary canal to the distal metaphysis of the tibia. All alignment instruments were set to achieve an ideal varus/valgus angle of 0° in the coronal plane and a tibial slope of 0° in the sagittal plane. The accuracy of the intramedullary alignment system was assessed by measuring the coronal tibial component angle and sagittal tibial slope angles, i.e., angles between the tibial anatomical axis and the tangent to the medial and lateral tibial plateau or the cut-surface. The mean coronal tibial component angle was 88.5° ± 1.2° and the mean tibial component slope in the sagittal plane was 1.6° ± 1.2° without anterior slope. Our intramedullary tibial alignment method, which involves passing an 8-mm diameter long rod through the tibial shaft isthmus, showed good accuracy (less than 3 degrees of variation and no anterior slope) in the sagittal plane in neutral or varus knees.

  6. Bamboo Leaf Sign as a Sensitive Magnetic Resonance Imaging Finding in Spinal Subependymoma: Case Report and Literature Review

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    Hiroyuki Toi


    Full Text Available Background and Importance. Subependymoma occurs very rarely in the spinal cord. We report another case of spinal subependymoma along with a review of the literature and discussion of a radiological finding that is useful for preoperative diagnosis of this tumor. Clinical Presentation. A 51-year-old man presented with a 2-year history of progressive muscle weakness in the right lower extremity. Sagittal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI showed spinal cord expansion at the Th7–12 vertebral level. Surgical resection was performed and the tumor was found to involve predominantly subpial growth. Histological diagnosis was subependymoma, classified as Grade I according to criteria of World Health Organization. We made an important discovery of what seems to be a characteristic appearance for spinal subependymoma on sagittal MRI. Swelling of the spinal cord is extremely steep, providing unusually large fusiform dilatation resembling a bamboo leaf. We have termed this characteristic MRI appearance as the “bamboo leaf sign.” This characteristic was apparent in 76.2% of cases of spinal subependymoma for which MRI findings were reported. Conclusion. The bamboo leaf sign on spinal MRI is useful for differentiating between subependymoma and other intramedullary tumors. Neurosurgeons encountering the bamboo leaf sign on spinal MRI should consider the possibility of subependymoma.

  7. "Push-past" reaming as a reduction aid with intramedullary nailing of metadiaphyseal and diaphyseal femoral shaft fractures. (United States)

    Gary, Joshua L; Munz, John W; Burgess, Andrew R


    Eccentric reaming of cortical bone near a fracture site can introduce malalignment when an intramedullary nail is placed. The authors describe a technique of reaming metadiaphyseal and diaphyseal femur fractures in which maintaining reduction at the fracture site is not necessary to obtain an excellent alignment of long bone fractures after intramedullary nailing. They have found that central reaming proximal and distal to, but not at, the fracture site allows for excellent reduction of long bone fractures when the intramedullary nail is passed. The reamer is stopped just before the fracture site and then "pushed" across the fracture prior to resumption of reaming. The authors present "push-past" reaming as a technical trick to facilitate reduction of femoral fractures treated with intramedullary nails and a consecutive series of 18 cases in which excellent postoperative alignment was achieved.

  8. High-resolution MRI of intact and transected rat spinal cord. (United States)

    Fraidakis, M; Klason, T; Cheng, H; Olson, L; Spenger, C


    Spinal cord transection at midthoracic level leads to an immediate loss of hindlimb motor function as well as to a progressive degeneration of descending and ascending spinal cord pathways. Thoracic spinal cord in unlesioned control rats and in rats 2 to 6 months after complete midthoracic transection were imaged in vivo using an ultrahigh-field (4.7 T) magnetic resonance spectrometer. High-resolution spin-echo and inversion-recovery pulse sequences were employed. In addition, the apparent diffusion coefficients (ADCs) in longitudinal and transverse directions of the spinal cord were determined. Anatomical MRI findings were confirmed in histological spinal cord tissue preparations. In healthy spinal cord, gray and white matter were easily discerned in proton density-weighted images. An infield resolution of max. 76 micrometers per pixel was achieved. In animals with chronic spinal cord transection changes in gray-white matter structure and contrast were observed toward the cut end. The spinal cord stumps showed a tapering off. This coincided with changes in the longitudinal/transverse ADC ratio. Fluid-filled cysts were found in most cases at the distal end of the rostral stump. The gap between the stumps contained richly vascularized scar tissue. Additional pathologic changes included intramedullary microcysts, vertebral dislocations, and in one animal compression of the spinal cord. In conclusion, MRI was found to be a useful method for in vivo investigation of anatomical and physiological changes following spinal cord transection and to estimate the degree of neural degeneration. In addition, MRI allows the description of the accurate extension of fluid spaces (e.g., cysts) and of water diffusion characteristics which cannot be achieved by other means in vivo.

  9. Biomechanical Comparison of an Intramedullary and Extramedullary Free-Tissue Graft Reconstruction of the Acromioclavicular Joint Complex (United States)

    Garg, Rishi; Javidan, Pooya; Lee, Thay Q.


    Background Several different surgical techniques have been described to address the coracoclavicular (CC) ligaments in acromioclavicular (AC) joint injuries. However, very few techniques focus on reconstructing the AC ligaments, despite its importance in providing stability. The purpose of our study was to compare the biomechanical properties of two free-tissue graft techniques that reconstruct both the AC and CC ligaments in cadaveric shoulders, one with an extramedullary AC reconstruction and the other with an intramedullary AC reconstruction. We hypothesized intramedullary AC reconstruction will provide greater anteroposterior translational stability and improved load to failure characteristics than an extramedullary technique. Methods Six matched cadaveric shoulders underwent translational testing at 10 N and 15 N in the anteroposterior and superoinferior directions, under AC joint compression loads of 10 N, 20 N, and 30 N. After the AC and CC ligaments were transected, one of the specimens was randomly assigned the intramedullary free-tissue graft reconstruction while its matched pair received the extramedullary graft reconstruction. Both reconstructed specimens then underwent repeat translational testing, followed by load to failure testing, via superior clavicle distraction, at a rate of 50 mm/min. Results Intramedullary reconstruction provided significantly greater translational stability in the anteroposterior direction than the extramedullary technique for four of six loading conditions (p < 0.05). There were no significant differences in translational stability in the superoinferior direction for any loading condition. The intramedullary reconstructed specimens demonstrated improved load to failure characteristics with the intramedullary reconstruction having a lower deformation at yield and a higher ultimate load than the extramedullary reconstruction (p < 0.05). Conclusions Intramedullary reconstruction of the AC joint provides greater stability in the

  10. Comparative analysis of uniplanar external fixator and retrograde intramedullary nailing for ankle arthrodesis in diabetic Charcot′s neuroarthropathy

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    Nakul S Shah


    Results: All five (100% patients treated by intramedullary nailing achieved radiological union on an average follow-up of 16 weeks. The external fixation group had significantly higher rate of complications with one amputation, four non unions (66.7% and a delayed union which went on to full osseous union. Conclusion: The retrograde intramedullary nailing for tibio-talar arthrodesis in Charcot′s neuroarthropathy yielded significantly better outcomes as compared to the use of uniplanar external fixator.

  11. Attritional rupture of extensor pollicis longus: a rare complication following elastic stable intramedullary nailing of a paediatric radial fracture.

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    Sproule, James A


    Elastic stable intramedullary nail fixation has become established as an acceptable method of treatment for diaphyseal fractures of both forearm bones in the paediatric population. It is considered safe, minimally invasive and does not compromise physeal growth. We report a case of delayed rupture of extensor pollicis longus due to attrition over the sharp edges of a protruding nail end after elastic stable intramedullary nailing of a paediatric radial diaphyseal fracture.

  12. Biomechanical comparison of intramedullary cortical button fixation and interference screw technique for subpectoral biceps tenodesis. (United States)

    Buchholz, Arne; Martetschläger, Frank; Siebenlist, Sebastian; Sandmann, Gunther H; Hapfelmeier, Alexander; Lenich, Andreas; Millett, Peter J; Stöckle, Ulrich; Elser, Florian


    The purpose of this study was to biomechanically evaluate a new technique of intramedullary cortical button fixation for subpectoral biceps tenodesis and to compare it with the interference screw technique. We compared intramedullary unicortical button fixation (BicepsButton; Arthrex, Naples, FL) with interference screw fixation (Bio-Tenodesis screw; Arthrex) for subpectoral biceps tenodesis using 10 pairs of human cadaveric shoulders and ovine superficial digital flexor tendons. After computed tomography analysis, the specimens were mounted in a testing machine. Cyclic loading was performed (preload, 5 N; 5 to 70 N at 1.5 Hz for 500 cycles), recording the displacement of the tendon. Load to failure and stiffness were subsequently evaluated with a load-to-failure test (1 mm/s). Cyclic loading showed a displacement of 11.3 ± 2.8 mm for intramedullary cortical button fixation and 9 ± 1.7 mm for interference screw fixation (P = .112). All specimens within the cortical button group passed the cyclic loading test, whereas 3 of 10 specimens within the interference screw group failed by tendon slippage at the screw-tendon-bone interface after a mean of 252 cycles (P = .221). Load-to-failure testing showed a mean load to failure of 218.8 ± 40 N and stiffness of 27.2 ± 7.2 N/mm for the intramedullary cortical button technique. For the interference screw, the mean load to failure was 212.1 ± 28.3 N (P = .625) and stiffness was 40.4 ± 13 N/mm (P = .056). We could not find any major differences in load to failure when comparing the tested techniques for subpectoral biceps tenodesis. Intramedullary cortical button fixation showed no failure during cyclic testing. However, we found a 30% failure rate (3 of 10) for the interference screw fixation. Intramedullary cortical button fixation provides an alternative technique for subpectoral biceps tenodesis with comparable and, during cyclic loading, even superior biomechanical properties to interference screw fixation


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    Naval Kishore Bajaj


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND The causes of discordant diagnoses achieved at squash cytology of intracranial and spinal cord tumours were ascertained. Lesions having the advantage of diagnostic accuracy by squash cytology of intracranial and spinal cord lesions was also determined. METHODS Squash preparations of 72 patients suspected to have neoplasia were made and stained with rapid haematoxylin and eosin stain and toluidine blue stain. The smears were classified according to the cytomorphological criteria and the squash cytodiagnoses were compared. RESULTS Total 72 cases were studied, 93.9% were neoplastic and 6.1% non-neoplastic on histopathology. Amongst neoplasms, Astrocytic tumours constituted 26.3% of cases followed by Meningiomas comprising 20.8%. Amongst the benign lesions, Tuberculoma was seen most frequently (6.95%. Overall diagnostic accuracy of squash was 98.65%. On statistical analysis, Sensitivity, Specificity, Positive Predictive value (PPV and Negative Predictive Value (NPV of squash cytology were 98.6%, 100%, 100% and 80% respectively. CONCLUSION Intraoperative Squash is reliable, accurate, cost effective diagnostic modality when combined with histopathological and immunohistochemical techniques.

  14. Involvement of spinal monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) in cancer-induced bone pain in rats. (United States)

    Hu, Ji-Hua; Zheng, Xiao-Yan; Yang, Jian-Ping; Wang, Li-Na; Ji, Fu-Hai


    In this study, we examined the involvement of chemokine monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) in the spinal cord of a rat model of cancer-induced bone pain (CIBP). In this model, CIBP was established by an intramedullary injection of Walker 256 cells into the tibia of rats. We observed a significant increase in expression levels of MCP-1 and its receptor CCR2 in the spinal cord of CIBP rats. Furthermore, the intrathecal administration of an anti-MCP-1 neutralizing antibody attenuated the mechanical allodynia established in CIBP rats. Likewise, an intrathecal injection of exogenous recombinant MCP-1 induced a striking mechanical allodynia in naïve rats. These results suggest that increases in spinal MCP-1 and CCR2 expression are involved in the development of mechanical allodynia associated with bone cancer rats.

  15. Spinal pain

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    Izzo, R., E-mail: [Neuroradiology Department, A. Cardarelli Hospital, Naples (Italy); Popolizio, T., E-mail: [Radiology Department, Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza Hospital, San Giovanni Rotondo (Fg) (Italy); D’Aprile, P., E-mail: [Neuroradiology Department, San Paolo Hospital, Bari (Italy); Muto, M., E-mail: [Neuroradiology Department, A. Cardarelli Hospital, Napoli (Italy)


    Highlights: • Purpose of this review is to address the current concepts on the pathophysiology of discogenic, radicular, facet and dysfunctional spinal pain, focusing on the role of the imaging in the diagnostic setting, to potentially address a correct approach also to minimally invasive interventional techniques. • Special attention will be given to the discogenic pain, actually considered as the most frequent cause of chronic low back pain. • The correct distinction between referred pain and radicular pain contributes to give a more correct approach to spinal pain. • The pathogenesis of chronic pain renders this pain a true pathology requiring a specific management. - Abstract: The spinal pain, and expecially the low back pain (LBP), represents the second cause for a medical consultation in primary care setting and a leading cause of disability worldwide [1]. LBP is more often idiopathic. It has as most frequent cause the internal disc disruption (IDD) and is referred to as discogenic pain. IDD refers to annular fissures, disc collapse and mechanical failure, with no significant modification of external disc shape, with or without endplates changes. IDD is described as a separate clinical entity in respect to disc herniation, segmental instability and degenerative disc desease (DDD). The radicular pain has as most frequent causes a disc herniation and a canal stenosis. Both discogenic and radicular pain also have either a mechanical and an inflammatory genesis. For to be richly innervated, facet joints can be a direct source of pain, while for their degenerative changes cause compression of nerve roots in lateral recesses and in the neural foramina. Degenerative instability is a common and often misdiagnosed cause of axial and radicular pain, being also a frequent indication for surgery. Acute pain tends to extinguish along with its cause, but the setting of complex processes of peripheral and central sensitization may influence its evolution in chronic

  16. Gastric cancer acrometastases to all digits of one hand following closed intramedullary nailing

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    Bahk, Won-Jong; Kang, Yong-Koo; Lee, An-Hee; Park, Jung-Mi; Chung, Yang-Guk [Catholic University of Korea, Musculoskeletal Oncology Group, Seoul (Korea); Rhee, Seung-Koo [Catholic University of Korea, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Uijongbu St. Mary' s Hospital, Seoul (Korea)


    Metastatic malignant tumor of the hand is unusual and the most common site of the primary cancer is lung. Acrometastases to the phalanges of the hand usually involve a single bone, while those proximal to the phalanges often involve multiple bones. Metastasis to the hand from gastrointestinal cancer, particularly from gastric cancer, is extremely rare. To our knowledge, only five cases have been reported in the literature to date and there has been no reported case following closed intramedullary nailing for metastatic diaphyseal fracture of an ipsilateral long bone. We present a very unusual case of gastric cancer, which metastasized to all fingertips of the ipsilateral hand after closed interlocking intramedullary nailing of a pathologic fracture of the humerus. (orig.)

  17. Staged Custom, Intramedullary Antibiotic Spacers for Severe Segmental Bone Loss in Infected Total Hip Arthroplasty

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    Atul F. Kamath


    Full Text Available Introduction. Total hip arthroplasty (THA infections with severe bone loss pose significant reconstructive challenges. We present our experience with two-stage hip reimplantation using an intramedullary, antibiotic-impregnated nail. Methods. Three patients with infected THA with severe proximal femoral bone loss (Mallory type IIIB or greater were treated using a custom antibiotic spacer. Clinical outcomes and any complications were recorded. Average followup was 49 months from final reimplantation. Results. Mean age at spacer placement (stage 1 was 53 years. The mean Harris Hip Score at final followup was 80. Two patients had asymptomatic heterotopic ossification, and one patient had a 2 cm leg-length discrepancy. Conclusions. A custom intramedullary nail antibiotic spacer is a reliable option in the staged management of the infected THA with severe proximal femoral bone loss. Benefits of this technique include limb salvage with maintenance of leg length, soft tissue tension, and functional status.

  18. Synovial Sarcoma Associated With Indwelling Intramedullary Pin in a Peach-Faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis). (United States)

    Nakano, Yumiko; Une, Yumi


    Sarcoma developing in association with a metallic orthopedic procedure is an uncommon but well-recognized complication in mammals. We report on a synovial sarcoma that developed at the site of an intramedullary pin after surgery to treat a bone fracture. A 17-year-old female peach-faced lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis) developed a spherical mass on the distal right dorsal wing at a site that was previously fractured and surgically repaired with an indwelling intramedullary pin. The right wing was amputated at the scapulohumeral joint. One year later, the bird died. Postmortem examination revealed metastases in the right lung, left thoracic wall, and proventricular serosa. Histologically, the tumor had a characteristic biphasic pattern. The tumor was immunohistologically and ultrastructurally identified as a synovial sarcoma. This is the first report of a suspected fracture-associated sarcoma in a bird.

  19. Feasibility of cervical intramedullary diffuse glioma resection using intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging. (United States)

    Giordano, Mario; Gerganov, Venelin M; Metwali, Hussam; Fahlbusch, Rudolf; Samii, Amir; Samii, Madjid; Bertalanffy, Helmut


    Intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iopMRI) actually has an important role in the surgery of brain tumors, especially gliomas and pituitary adenomas. The aim of our work was to describe the advantages and drawbacks of this tool for the surgical treatment of cervical intramedullary gliomas. We describe two explicative cases including the setup, positioning, and the complete workflow of the surgical approach with intraoperative imaging. Even if the configuration of iopMRI equipment was originally designed for cranial surgery, we have demonstrated the feasibility of cervical intramedullary glioma resection with the aid of high-field iopMRI. This tool was extremely useful to evaluate the extent of tumor removal and to obtain a higher resection rate, but still need some enhancement in the configuration of the headrest coil and surgical table to allow better patient positioning.

  20. Results of Closed Intramedullary Nailing using Talwarkar Square Nail in Adult Forearm Fractures

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    Nadeem A Lil


    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to evaluate results of closed intramedullary nailing using Talwarkar square nails in adult forearm fractures. We prospectively evaluated 34 patients with both bone forearm fractures. The average time to union was 12.8 (SD +3.2 weeks with cast support for a mean of 8.2 weeks. Union was achieved in 31 out of 34 patients. Using the Grace and Eversmann rating system, 17 patients were excellent, 10 were good, and 4 had an acceptable result. Three patients had non-unions, 2 for the radius and one for the ulna. There were two cases of superficial infection, one subject had olecranon bursitis, and one case of radio-ulnar synostosis. Complication rates associated with the use of square nails were lower compared to plate osteosynthesis and locked intramedullary nails. To control rotation post- operatively, there is a need for application of an above-elbow cast after nailing.

  1. Construct Failure in an Atypical Femoral Fracture treated with Intramedullary Nailing: A Case Report

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    L Bonifacio


    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to document a rare case of construct failure in a 68-year old Filipina who sustained an atypical femoral fracture (AFF in her left subtrochanteric area. The patient previously had a 40-month history of alendronate 70mg + vitamin D 5600u therapy for osteoporosis and underwent closed intramedullary nailing for the AFF. Six months postoperatively, she began to experience progressive pain in her operated thigh. Radiographs revealed a broken nail at the proximal screw hole and non-union of the AFF. The patient was treated with exposure of the fracture site, removal of the broken device, exchange intramedullary nailing, and iliac bone grafting. She had radiographic and clinical union and was full weight bearing after three months.

  2. Current Evidence: Plate Versus Intramedullary Nail for Fixation of Distal Tibia Fractures in 2016. (United States)

    Vallier, Heather A


    Displaced distal tibia shaft fractures are effectively treated with standard plates and intramedullary nails. Plate fixation performed with meticulous soft tissue handling results in minimal risks of infection and poor wound healing. Standard plates have high rates of primary union, whereas locking plates may delay union because of increased stiffness. Tibial healing may also be delayed after plating of the fibula, although fibula reduction and fixation may aid accuracy of reduction of the tibia. Malalignment occurs more often with infrapatellar intramedullary nailing versus plates, and early results of suprapatellar nailing appear promising in minimizing intraoperative malalignment. Long-term function after fixation of the distal tibia is good for most, with poor outcomes often associated with baseline social and mental health issues.

  3. A novel technique for percutaneous removal of a suprapatellar intramedullary nail. (United States)

    Leary, Jeffrey; Werger, Matthew; Sagebien, Carlos


    Intramedullary nailing (IMN) of tibial shaft fractures is an excellent treatment option associated with low complication rates. Suprapatellar intramedullary nailing (SIMN) is a viable alternative treatment to traditional IMN, especially for proximal fractures of the tibia. There are, however, clinical concerns regarding SIMN removal that pose a challenge to a successful outcome. This article describes a novel percutaneous technique for the removal of a SIMN using the same instruments and incision used for nail insertion. This technical innovation offers a simple, reliable, and minimally invasive approach for the removal of any IMN, including nails inserted via a suprapatellar approach. The technique is demonstrated here on a cadaveric specimen as well as with a sawbones model.

  4. Finite Element Analysis of Absorbable Sheath to Prevent Stress Shielding of Tibial Interlocking Intramedullary Nail (United States)

    Dong, Yansheng; Wang, Yongqing; Dong, Limin; Jia, Peng; Lu, Fengcheng


    The nail with absorbable sheath (AS nail) is designed to reduce the stress shielding effect of internal fixation with interlocking intramedullary nail. In order to verify its feasibility, two types of the finite element models of internal fixation of tibia with the AS nail and the common metal nail (CM nail) are established using the Softwares of Mimics, Geomagic, SolidWorks and ANSYS according to the CT scanning data of tibia. The result of the finite element analysis shows that the AS nail has great advantages compared with the CM nail in reducing the stress shielding effect in different periods of fracture healing. The conclusion is that the AS nail can realize the static fixation to the dynamic fixation from the early to the later automatically to shorten the time of fracture healing, which also provides a new technique to the interlocking intramedullary nail.

  5. Humeral shaft fracture treatment in the elite throwing athlete: a unique application of flexible intramedullary nailing. (United States)

    Lee, Christopher S; Davis, Shane M; Ho, Hoang-Anh; Fronek, Jan


    Humeral shaft stress fractures are being increasingly recognized as injuries that can significantly impact throwing mechanics if residual malalignment exists. While minimally displaced and angulated injuries are treated nonoperatively in a fracture brace, the management of significantly displaced humeral shaft fractures in the throwing athlete is less clear. Currently described techniques such as open reduction and internal fixation with plate osteosynthesis and rigid antegrade/retrograde locked intramedullary nailing have significant morbidity due to soft tissue dissection and damage. We present a case report of a high-level baseball pitcher whose significantly displaced humeral shaft stress fracture failed to be nonoperatively managed and was subsequently treated successfully with unlocked, retrograde flexible intramedullary nailing. The athlete was able to return to pitching baseball in one year and is currently pitching in Major League Baseball. We were able to recently collect 10-year follow-up data.

  6. Magnetic resonance imaging features of the spinal cord in pediatric multiple sclerosis: a preliminary study

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    Verhey, Leonard H. [Hospital for Sick Children, Neuroscience and Mental Health, Toronto, ON (Canada); University of Toronto, Institute of Medical Science, Faculty of Medicine, Toronto, ON (Canada); Branson, Helen M.; Shroff, Manohar [Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Diagnostic Imaging (Neuroradiology), Toronto, ON (Canada); University of Toronto, Department of Medical Imaging, Toronto, ON (Canada); Makhija, Monica [Hospital for Sick Children, Neuroscience and Mental Health, Toronto, ON (Canada); Banwell, Brenda [Hospital for Sick Children, Neuroscience and Mental Health, Toronto, ON (Canada); University of Toronto, Institute of Medical Science, Faculty of Medicine, Toronto, ON (Canada); University of Toronto, Department of Pediatrics (Neurology), Toronto, ON (Canada)


    Spinal cord lesions in adults with multiple sclerosis (MS) are thought to contribute to disability. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) appearance and clinical correlates of spinal cord lesions in children with MS have not been reported. T1-weighted pre- and post-gadolinium and T2-weighted TSE/FSE spine MR images of 36 children (age, 14.3 {+-} 3.3) with relapsing-remitting MS (annualized relapse rate, 0.7; disease duration, 7.5 {+-} 3.3 years) were analyzed for total lesion count, lesion location and length, intramedullary extent, and gadolinium enhancement. Clinical, demographic, laboratory, and MRI data were correlated. Lesions preferentially involved the cervical region, were predominantly focal, and involved only a portion of the transverse cord diameter. However, ten of 36 patients demonstrated longitudinally extensive lesions. Children with the highest clinical relapse rate also tended to have more spinal cord lesions and were more likely to accrue new lesions on serial spinal scans. These preliminary data suggest that MS lesions of the spinal cord in children are radiographically similar to that of adult-onset MS - supporting a common biology of pediatric- and adult-onset disease. However, children with relapsing-remitting MS can also develop longitudinally extensive lesions, suggesting that such lesions may be less specific for diseases such as neuromyelitis optica in pediatric patients. All patients recovered well from spinal cord attacks, and the presence of spinal cord lesions in the first few years of disease did not correlate with physical disability. Measures of spinal cord atrophy and longer periods of observation are required to determine the impact of spinal cord involvement in pediatric-onset MS. (orig.)

  7. Screw elastic intramedullary nail for the management of adult forearm fractures

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    Wasudeo Gadegone


    Full Text Available Background: The failure of the conventional nailing of both forearm bones or isolated fractures of radius and ulna pose a potential problem of nail migration and rotational instability, despite the best reduction. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the results of screw elastic intramedullary nail for the treatment of adult diaphyseal fractures of both forearm bones, which effectively addresses the problems associated with the conventional nailing systems for the forearm fractures. Materials and Methods: Seventy-six adults with forearm fractures (radius and ulna or isolated fracture of the single bone were retrospectively evaluated. Fifty males and 26 females with the mean age of 38 years (range, 18-70 years underwent closed reduction and screw intramedullary nail fixation. Ten patients required limited open reduction. The fractures were classified according to the AO/OTA system. The average followup was 12 months (range, 6 to 18 months. Results: The mean surgical time was 45 minutes (35 to 65 minutes. The meantime to union was 14 weeks (10-21 weeks. The results were graded as excellent in 50, good in 18 patients, and acceptable in eight patients, using the criteria of Grace and Eversman. We had superficial infection in three cases, one case of delayed infection, painful bursa in two cases, delayed union in two cases, malunion with dislocation of the DRUJ in two cases, injury to the extensor tendon of the thumb in one case, and one case of incomplete radioulnar synostosis. Conclusion: Closed reduction and internal fixation of forearm fractures by screw intramedullary nails reestablishes the near normal relationship of the fractured fragments. Screw intramedullary nail effectively controls both rotatory forces and the migration of the nail. It produces excellent clinical results in isolated fractures of either bones, as well as both bones of the forearm in adults.

  8. Appraisal of logicality and safety of intramedullary fixation of paediatric diaphyseal fractures by titanium elastic nails

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    Arun Vashisht


    Conclusions: The intramedullary fixation of paediatric bones with TENs appears quite logical in terms of fracture stability for early mobilisation, early return to school, lesser hospital stay, and lesser parental off-duty. The technique is safe, does not interfere with fracture healing and does not violate the physis as nails are not passed through the physis. [Int J Res Med Sci 2016; 4(3.000: 866-870


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    V. M. Shapovalov


    Full Text Available The authors give the clinical case of successful surgical treatment of patient with tibia's pathologic fracture by intramedullary nailing with bone grafting. The disadvantages of such patients' treatment by plaster immobilization and by some invasive methods like vascular autografting by Ilizarov's method and bone plating were also discussed. The obvious benefits of proposed surgical treatment technique of observed patient category are shown.

  10. [Pyoderma gangrenosum after intramedullary nailing of tibial shaft fracture: A differential diagnosis to necrotizing fasciitis]. (United States)

    Hackl, S; Merkel, P; Hungerer, S; Friederichs, J; Müller, N; Militz, M; Bühren, V


    Pyoderma gangrenosum is a rare non-infectious neutrophilic dermatitis, whereas necrotizing fasciitis is a life-threatening bacterial soft tissue infection of the fascia and adjacent skin. As in the case described here after intramedullary nailing, the clinical appearance of both diseases can be similar. Because of the completely different therapeutic approach and a worse outcome in the case of false diagnosis, pyoderma gangrenosum should always be taken into consideration before treating necrotizing fasciitis.

  11. Treatment of Pediatric Open Femoral Fractures with External Fixator Versus Flexible Intramedullary Nails

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    Hossein Aslani


    Full Text Available   Background: In children, inappropriate treatment of open femoral fractures may induce several complications. A few studies have compared the external fixator with flexible intramedullary nails in high-grade open femoral fractures of children. The present study aims at comparing results of these two treatment methods in open femoral fractures. Methods: In this descriptive analytical study, 27 patients with open femoral fractures, who were treated using either the external fixator (n=14 or TEN nails (n=13 method from 2006-2011, were studied. Some patients were treated with a combination method of TEN and pin. The results were evaluated considering infection, union, malunion, and refracture and the patients were followed up for two years. Results: Mean time required for fracture union was 3.89 (range: 2-5.8 and 3.61 (range: 2-5.6 months for the external fixator and TEN groups, respectively. The difference was not statistically significant and there was not any significant difference between the two groups considering infection of the fractured area. Osteomyelitis was not observed in any group. There was an infection surrounding the external fixator pin in 4 cases (28.5% and so this required changing the location of the pin. In the TEN group, one case (7.6% of painful bursitis was observed at the entry point of TEN and so the pin was removed earlier than usual. There were two cases (14.2% of femoral refracture in the external fixator group. Malunion requiring correction was not observed in any of the groups. There were no complications observed in five patients treated with a combined method of pin and flexible intramedullary nails. Conclusion: Both external fixator and intramedullary nail methods are effective ways in treating high grade open femoral fractures in children and final treatment results are similar. Combining pins and flexible intramedullary nails is effective in developing more stability and is not associated with more

  12. Spinal infections

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    Spinal infections can be thought of as a spectrum of disease comprising spondylitis, discitis, spondylodiscitis, pyogenic facet arthropathy, epidural infections, meningitis, polyradiculopathy and myelitis. Radiological evaluations have gained importance in the diagnosis, treatment planning, treatment and treatment monitoring of the spinal infections. Conventional radiographs are usually the initial imaging study. The sensitivity and specificity of the plain radiographs are very low. The sensitivity of CT is higher while it lacks of specificity. Conventional CT has played minor role for the diagnosis of early spondylitis and disc space infection and for follow-up, researches are going on the value of MDCT. MRI is as sensitive, specific and accurate as combined nuclear medicine studies and the method of choice for the spondylitis. Low signal areas of the vertebral body, loss of definition of the end plates and interruption of the cortical continuity, destruction of the cortical margins are typical on T1WI whereas high signal of affected areas of the vertebral body and disc is typical on T2WI. Contrast is mandatory and increases conspicuity, specificity, and observer confidence in the diagnosis and facilitates the treatment planning. Contrast enhancement is the earliest sign and pathognomonic in the acute inflammatory episode and even in the subtle infection then persists to a varying degree for several weeks or months. The outcome of the treatment is influenced by the type of infection and by the degree of neurologic compromise before treatment. There is an increasing move away from surgical intervention towards conservative therapy, percutaneous drainage of abscess or both. It is therefore critical to monitor treatment response, particularly in the immuno-deficient population.

  13. New Application of Actuator-Driven Pulsed Water Jet for Spinal Cord Dissection: An Experimental Study in Pigs. (United States)

    Endo, Toshiki; Wenting, Jia; Nakagawa, Atsuhiro; Endo, Hidenori; Sagae, Yuto; Iwasaki, Masaki; Tominaga, Teiji


    Background Surgery for intramedullary tumors is technically demanding because it requires surgical resection along with functional preservation of the spinal cord. The water jet dissector is an emerging tool in neurologic surgeries and a novel tool in spinal cord surgeries. This article evaluates the usefulness and safety of water jet dissection in an experimental study. Methods A pulsed water jet was applied to dissect the posterior median sulcus of the spinal cords of seven anesthetized pigs. In four pigs, the water jet was delivered on the dorsal spinal cord at different input voltages (5, 10, and 15 V) and for durations of either 15 or 30 seconds. The depth and dissected areas were measured histologically and compared. In three separate pigs, somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) were recorded before and after dissection (10 V for 30 seconds) to evaluate the function of the dorsal column sensory pathway. Results Increased pressure and duration of exposure to the pulsed water jet led to deeper and wider dissection of the dorsal spinal cord. Application of the water jet at 5 or 10 V allowed precise dissection along the dorsal columns along with the preservation of microvasculature. During SEP monitoring, responses were maintained after application of the water jet to the posterior column at 10 V for 30 seconds. Conclusions The pulsed water jet is a feasible option for spinal cord dissection. Characteristics of this water jet may help surgeons achieve complete resection of intramedullary tumors along with preserving satisfactory postoperative neurologic functions. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  14. In Vivo Caprine Model for Osteomyelitis and Evaluation of Biofilm-Resistant Intramedullary Nails

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    Nhiem Tran


    Full Text Available Bone infection remains a formidable challenge to the medical field. The goal of the current study is to evaluate antibacterial coatings in vitro and to develop a large animal model to assess coated bone implants. A novel coating consisting of titanium oxide and siloxane polymer doped with silver was created by metal-organic methods. The coating was tested in vitro using rapid screening techniques to determine compositions which inhibited Staphylococcus aureus growth, while not affecting osteoblast viability. The coating was then applied to intramedullary nails and evaluated in vivo in a caprine model. In this pilot study, a fracture was created in the tibia of the goat, and Staphylococcus aureus was inoculated directly into the bone canal. The fractures were fixed by either coated (treated or non-coated intramedullary nails (control for 5 weeks. Clinical observations as well as microbiology, mechanical, radiology, and histology testing were used to compare the animals. The treated goat was able to walk using all four limbs after 5 weeks, while the control was unwilling to bear weight on the fixed leg. These results suggest the antimicrobial potential of the hybrid coating and the feasibility of the goat model for antimicrobial coated intramedullary implant evaluation.

  15. The intramedullary nailing using a single knee incision for treatment of extraarticular floating knee (nine cases

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    Omar Dahmani


    Full Text Available Context: Floating knee injuries are uncommon and complex injuries. Management of this injury has been variously described in the literature. Aims: We present the outcome of the intramedullary nailing using a single knee incision for treatment of extraarticular floating knee. Materials and Methods: We report a retrospective series of nine patients with extraarticular floating knee. Results: There were seven men and two women with an average age of 35 years. At least one of the fractures was open in three cases. The average Injury Severity Score was 17. According to Fraser′s classification, 100% of the cases are type I. All our patients were treated by the intramedullary nailing using a single knee incision. The mean operating time was 146 min. The mean follow-up is 19 months. According to the Karlstrφm criteria, the end results were excellent in two cases, good in four, acceptable in two, and poor in one. Bone union was achieved in eight cases with an average period of 93 days. Conclusions: The intramedullary nailing using a single knee incision has shown in this series better results.

  16. Evaluation of an intramedullary bone stabilization system using a light-curable monomer in sheep. (United States)

    Zani, Brett G; Baird, Rose; Stanley, James R L; Markham, Peter M; Wilke, Markus; Zeiter, Stephan; Beck, Aswin; Nehrbass, Dirk; Kopia, Gregory A; Edelman, Elazer R; Rabiner, Robert


    Percutaneous intramedullary fixation may provide an ideal method for stabilization of bone fractures, while avoiding the need for large tissue dissections. Tibiae in 18 sheep were treated with an intramedullary photodynamic bone stabilization system (PBSS) that comprised a polyethylene terephthalate (Dacron) balloon filled with a monomer, cured with visible light in situ, and then harvested at 30, 90, or 180 days. In additional 40 sheep, a midshaft tibial osteotomy was performed and stabilized with external fixators or external fixators combined with the PBSS and evaluated at 8, 12, and 26 weeks. Healing and biocompatibility were evaluated by radiographic analysis, micro-computed tomography, and histopathology. In nonfractured sheep tibiae, PBSS implants conformably filled the medullary canal, while active cortical bone remodeling and apposition of new periosteal and/or endosteal bone was observed with no significant macroscopic or microscopic observations. Fractured sheep tibiae exhibited increased bone formation inside the osteotomy gap, with no significant difference when fixation was augmented by PBSS implants. Periosteal callus size gradually decreased over time and was similar in both treatment groups. No inhibition of endosteal bone remodeling or vascularization was observed with PBSS implants. Intramedullary application of a light-curable PBSS is a biocompatible, feasible method for fracture fixation.

  17. Removal of a broken intramedullary femoral nail with an unusual pattern of breakage: a case report (United States)

    Rodriguez Martin, Juan; Resines Erasun, Carlos


    To the best of our knowledge, only 3 cases, including the present case, have been reported with a three part broken pattern. However, this is the first case associated with a distal locking screw broken. We report the case of a 31-year-old patient who sustained an open femoral shaft fracture . The fracture was stabilized with a Kuntcher femoral nail. After 7 months of the initial surgery he presented with a three part broken intramedullary nail and the distal locking screw broken. We used a combined technique for the removal of the nail through the nonunion fracture site; we used a pull out technique for the middle fragment and a curved thin hook for the distal fragment. Then we applied bone allograft and stabilized with a cannulated intramedullary femoral nail (Synthes, Oberdorf, Switzerland). After 2 years of follow up the nonunion was consolidated and the patient presented a good clinical outcome. This is of particular interest because it is a unique case and the association with a broken distal locking screw is reported for the first time in this study. A combination of methods through the nonunion site approach and an alternative instrumental is a good method for the removal of a hollow femoral intramedullary nail with this unusual pattern of breakage. PMID:19777163

  18. Paediatric diaphyseal femur fracture treated with intramedullary titanium elastic nail system

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    Shrawan Kumar Thapa


    Full Text Available noBackground & Objectives: Over the few years there has been a marked increase in the use of intramedullary fixation in the management of fracture of shaft of femur in children. The goals should be to stabilize the fracture, to control length and alignment, to promote bone healing and to minimize the morbidity and complications for the child. In this prospective study we intend to evaluate the functional and radiological outcome of diaphyseal fracture of shaft of femur treated with elastic intramedullary nail.Materials & Methods: All 56 patients with diaphyseal fracture shaft of femur were treated with titanium elastic nail and followed for period of 32 weeks.Results: The In this study, outcome was assessed by using Flynn’s criteria of titanium flexible nail outcome score and we found excellent result in 49 cases, satisfactory in six cases and poor in one case. We faced one major complication in form of implant failure and six minor complications inform of superficial wound infection.Conclusion: Elastic intramedullary nail used in treatment of diaphyseal fracture shaft of femur yield excellent functional and radiological outcome. It is easy and simple procedure has low rate of complication. It is physeal-protective, cost effective, does not involve heavy instrumentation and can be performed in small set up. It has minimal risk of infection and no risk of injury to the neurovascular structure.JCMS Nepal. 2015; 11(2:20-22

  19. Minimally invasive surgical treatment for unstable fractures of the proximal phalanx: intramedullary screw

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    Marcio Aurélio Aita


    Full Text Available ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: To analyze the clinical-functional parameters and quality of life of patients undergoing minimally invasive surgical treatment for extra-articular fractures of the proximal phalanx, using an intramedullary screw (Acutrak(r. METHODS: Between January 2011 and September 2014, a prospective study was conducted on 41 patients (48 fingers with unstable extra-articular fractures of the proximal phalanx, who underwent minimally invasive surgical treatment using an intramedullary screw (Acutrak(r. These patients were evaluated 12 months after the surgery by means of the DASH quality-of-life questionnaire, VAS pain scale, measurement of range of motion (ROM, in degrees and radiographic assessment. RESULTS: All the patients achieved adequate reduction and consolidation of their fractures. There were statistically significant improvements in quality of life on the DASH scale, pain on the VAS scale and range of motion. CONCLUSION: The minimally invasive technique for treating unstable extra-articular fractures of the proximal phalanx using an intramedullary screw (Acutrak(r is effective and safe, and it presents satisfactory clinical-functional results.

  20. Early outcomes of proximal humerus fracture fixation with locking plate and intramedullary fibular strut graft. (United States)

    Tan, Edwin; Lie, Denny; Wong, M K


    Proximal humerus fractures are commonly encountered in elderly patients. Surgical treatment demonstrates high complication rates, including varus construct collapse and screw cutout. In this study, the authors evaluate the clinical outcome of locking plate fixation with intramedullary fibular strut graft augmentation as a primary surgical treatment in the prevention of early collapse and screw cutout. A total of 9 patients were evaluated. Surgery was performed for displaced proximal humerus fractures between April and December 2011. Patients were either class 2, 3, or 4, according to Neer classification. Mean patient age was 75.4 years. Preoperative and immediate, 6-week, and 3-month postoperative radiographs were evaluated. Head-shaft angles were measured to assess for varus collapse and displacement. Range of motion, complication rates, and functional recovery were also evaluated. Patients underwent open reduction and internal fixation with placement of an intramedullary fibular strut graft. Fixation was achieved with a Philos plate (Synthes, Oberdorf, Switzerland). Reduction and fixation were evaluated with radiographs. Passive exercises and range of motion were allowed immediately postoperatively, and all patients achieved active abduction and forward flexion 6 weeks postoperatively. Shoulder radiographs taken 12 weeks postoperatively revealed no loss of reduction or screw cutout. The introduction of the locking plate has improved outcomes. The addition of an intramedullary strut graft has shown improved preliminary results. Maintained reduction was observed in all 9 patients in the early postoperative period, and good functional motion was achieved. No incidence of screw cutout was recorded.

  1. Treatment of ipsilateral hip and femoral shaft fractures with reconstructive intramedullary interlocking nail

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    吴立东; 吴琼华; 严世贵; 潘志军


    Objective: To evaluate the results of reconstructive intramedullary interlocking nail in the treatment of ipsilateral hip and femoral shaft fractures. Methods: From August 1997 to November 2001, 13 patients were treated with the reconstructive intramedullary interlocking nail. Nine patients were associated with ipsilateral femoral neck fractures, three with ipsilateral intertrochanteric fractures, and one with subtrochanteric fracture. Results: The follow-up time was from 6 to 38 months with an average of 14 months. All the femoral shaft and hip fractures healed up well. There was no nonunion of the femoral neck, and only one varus malunion. No patient had avascular necrosis of the femoral head. The average healing time for femoral neck fracture was 4.6 months and for shaft fracture 5.8 months. The joint movement and other functions were fairly resumed. Conclusions: The reconstructive intramedullary interlocking nail, with less trauma, reliable fixation, and high rate of fracture healing, is an ideal method of choice in the treatment of ipsilateral hip and femoral shaft fractures.

  2. [Treatment of children with femoral subtrochanteric fracture with advanced elastic intramedullary nail technology]. (United States)

    Tan, Jia-chang; Yang, You-meng; Xu, Hong-yu; Luo, Yu; Wang, Hui


    To explore curative effects of advanced elastic intramedullary nail technology in treating children with femoral subtrochanteric fracture. Form March 2009 to December 2010, 16 children with femoral subtrochanteric fracture were treated with advanced elastic intramedullary nail technology. There were 12 males and 4 females ranging in age from 7 to 15 years old with a mean of 9.8 years old. According to fracture classification, 9 cases were stable fractures (traverse or short oblique type) and 7 cases were unstable fractures (comminuted or long oblique type). Radiographs and complications were retrospectively reviewed. Fracture healing were evaluated according to Flynn criteria. All children were followed up from 11 to 32 months with an average of 21 months. No incision infecton,bone nonunion and breakage of screw occurred. The fracture healing time was from 8 to 16 weeks with an average of 10.1 weeks. According to Flynn criteria, 14 cases got excellent results, 1 moderate and 1 poor. Advanced elastic intramedullary nail technology for the treatment of children with femoral subtrochanteric fracture is a safe and effective fixation, which is good for early mobilization, shorter the duration of hospital stays and reduce complications.

  3. Rotary self-locking intramedullary nail for long tubular bone fractures

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    HUANG Zhong-lian; YANG Hai-long; XU Jian-kun; XIA Xue; WANG Xin-jia; SONG Jian-xin; HU Jun


    Background Intramedullary nails had been widely used in the treatment of long-bone fractures because of less interference of fractures and center bearing biomechanical advantage.However,it had been also found many shortcomings such as broken nails,delayed healing and was modified in order to achieve better efficacy and reduce complications.The aim of the present study is to compare the efficacy of rotary self-locking intramedullary nails (RSIN) with that of interlocking intramedullary nails (IIN) in the treatment of long-bone fractures.Methods A retrospective study investigated 129 cases with long-bone fractures (36 with femoral fracture,81 with tibial fracture,and 12 with humeral fracture).The fractures were fixed using either an RSIN or IIN.All patients underwent followup for 12-30 months.Results All patients in both groups achieved a clinical fracture healing standard and the postoperative affected limb muscle strength and joint function were well restored.The RSIN group required a shorter operative time and the fracture healed faster.There was no significant difference in the hospital stay,intraoperative blood loss or postoperative complications between the two groups.Conclusions RSIN is used to treat long-bone fractures.Its healing efficacy is equivalent to the IIN.Moreover,the RSIN method is simpler and causes less tissue damage than the IIN,therefore having the advantage of accelerated healing.

  4. Treatment of long bone intramedullary infection using the RIA for removal of infected tissue: indications, method and clinical results. (United States)

    Zalavras, Charalampos G; Sirkin, Michael


    Treatment of intramedullary infections of long bones is based upon the principles of surgical debridement, irrigation, fracture site stabilization, soft tissue coverage, and antibiotic administration. Reaming of the medullary canal is an essential component of surgical debridement because it removes intramedullary debris and infected bone surrounding the removed intramedullary device and within the intramedullary canal. The Reamer-Irrigator-Aspirator (RIA) has distinct features that appear to be beneficial for management of intramedullary infections. It allows reaming under simultaneous irrigation and aspiration, which minimizes the residual amount of infected fluid and tissue in the medullary canal and the propagation of infected material. The disposable reamer head is sharp, which combined with the continuous irrigation may attenuate the increased temperature associated with reaming and its potential adverse effects on adjacent endosteal bone. The disadvantage of the RIA is increased cost because of use of disposable parts. Potential complications can be avoided by detailed preoperative planning and careful surgical technique. The RIA should be used with caution in patients with narrow medullary canals and in infections involving the metaphysis or a limited part of the medullary canal. Reaming of the canal is performed with one pass of the RIA under careful fluoroscopic control. Limited information is available in the literature on the results of the RIA for management of intramedullary infections of long bones; however preliminary results are promising. The RIA device appears to be an effective and safe tool for debridement of the medullary canal and management of intramedullary infections of the long bones. Further research is needed to clarify the exact contribution of the RIA in the management of these infections. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Spinal cord cavities; Differential-diagnostic criteria in magnetic resonance imaging

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    Schubeus, P.; Schoerner, W.; Hosten, N.; Felix, R. (Free University of Berlin, University Clinic Rudolf Virchow, Charlottenburg (Germany). Department of Radiology)

    MRI examinations of 30 patients with idiopathic syringomyelia and 10 patients with cavities associated with an intramedullary neoplasm were evaluated with respect to typical MRI features in both groups. Al tumor-associated cases resembled the idiopathic syringomyelias in some portions of the cavity. At the tumor site, however, tumor-associated cases demonstrated typical findings; the cavities showed abrupt changes of diameter (10/10) and position (8/10) and the surrounding spinal cord demonstrated an uneven thickness (10/10), an increased signal intensity on T2-weighted images (10/10) and pathological contrast enhancement (7/7). Displacement of cerebellar tonsils below the level of the foramen magnum (921/30) and enlargement of the spinal canal (97/29) were characteristic features of idiopathic cases. In conclusion, MRI provides valuable criteria to differentiate between idiopathic and tumor-associated cavities. (author). 19 refs.; 4 figs.; 1 tab.

  6. Tibial lengthening over humeral and tibial intramedullary nails in patients with sequelae of poliomyelitis: a comparative study. (United States)

    Chen, Daoyun; Chen, Jianmin; Jiang, Yao; Liu, Fanggang


    Leg discrepancy is common after poliomyelitis. Tibial lengthening is an effective way to solve this problem. It is believed lengthening over a tibial intramedullary nail can provide a more comfortable lengthening process than by the conventional technique. However, patients with sequelae of poliomyelitis typically have narrow intramedullary canals allowing limited space for inserting a tibial intramedullary nail and Kirschner wires. To overcome this problem, we tried using humeral nails instead of tibial nails in the lengthening procedure. In this study, we used humeral nails in 20 tibial lengthening procedures and compared the results with another group of patients who were treated with tibial lengthening over tibial intramedullary nails. The mean consolidation index, percentage of increase and external fixation index did not show significant differences between the two groups. However, less blood loss and shorter operating time were noted in the humeral nail group. More patients encountered difficulty with the inserted intramedullary nail in the tibial nail group procedure. The complications did not show a statistically significant difference between the two techniques on follow-up. In conclusion, we found the humeral nail lengthening technique was more suitable in leg discrepancy patients with sequelae of poliomyelitis.

  7. Chronic spinal cord injury in the cervical spine of a young soccer player. (United States)

    Kato, Yoshihiko; Koga, Michiaki; Taguchi, Toshihiko


    A 17-year-old male soccer player presented with numbness in the upper- and lower-left extremities of 6 months' duration. He had no apparent history of trauma but experienced neck pain during heading of the ball 5 years prior. A high-signal intensity area was seen on T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the cervical spine. No muscle weakness was observed. Hypoesthesia was observed in bilateral forearms, hands, and extremities below the inguinal region. Plain radiographs in the neutral position showed local kyphosis at C3/4. A small protrusion of the C3/4 disk was observed on T1-weighted MRI. A high-signal area in the spinal cord at the C3/4 level was observed on T2-weighted MRI, but this was not enhanced by gadolinium. Multiple sclerosis, intramedullary spinal cord tumor, sarcoidosis and malignant lymphoma, and spinal cord injury were all considered in the differential diagnosis. However, in view of the clinical, laboratory, and radiological investigations, we concluded that repeated impacts to the neck caused by heading of the ball during soccer induced a chronic, minor spinal cord injury. This contributed to the high-signal intensity change of the spinal cord in T2-weighted MRI. The present case demonstrates that repeated impact may cause chronic spinal cord injury. Soccer, American football, or rugby players presenting with neck or extremity symptoms should not be overlooked for the possibility of latent spinal cord injury, as this could present later development of more severe or unrecoverable spinal cord injuries. Copyright 2010, SLACK Incorporated.

  8. Spinal cord abscess (United States)

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  9. Spinal and epidural anesthesia (United States)

    ... you epidural or spinal anesthesia is called an anesthesiologist. First, the area of your back where the ... Chan VWS. Spinal, epidural, and caudal anesthesia. In: Miller RD, ed. Miller's Anesthesia . 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: ...

  10. Extradural spinal meningioma: MRI

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    Sato, N. [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Yale University School of Medicine, P. O. Box 20 8042, New Haven, CT 06520-8042 (United States); Sze, G. [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Yale University School of Medicine, P. O. Box 20 8042, New Haven, CT 06520-8042 (United States)


    We report a case of extradural spinal meningioma with pathologically proven features of malignant transformation. The MRI findings of extradural spinal meningioma and differences in the findings from intradural meningiomas are discussed. (orig.). With 1 fig.

  11. Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) (United States)

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  12. Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome (United States)

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  13. Spinal Cord Dysfunction (SCD) (United States)

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  14. Spinal muscular atrophy

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    D'Amico, Adele; Mercuri, Eugenio; Tiziano, Francesco D; Bertini, Enrico


    Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an autosomal recessive neuromuscular disease characterized by degeneration of alpha motor neurons in the spinal cord, resulting in progressive proximal muscle weakness and paralysis...

  15. Spinal Muscular Atrophy (United States)

    Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a genetic disease that attacks nerve cells, called motor neurons, in the spinal cord. These cells communicate with your voluntary muscles - the ones you can control, like in your ...

  16. Spinal Cord Diseases (United States)

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  17. Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) (United States)

    ... Your 1- to 2-Year-Old Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) KidsHealth > For Parents > Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) A A A What's in this article? ... Outlook en español Atrofia muscular espinal Spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, is an inherited condition that causes ...

  18. Spinal Cord Injuries (United States)

    ... your body and your brain. A spinal cord injury disrupts the signals. Spinal cord injuries usually begin with a blow that fractures or ... bone disks that make up your spine. Most injuries don't cut through your spinal cord. Instead, ...

  19. Spinal epidural hematoma; Spinales epidurales Haematom

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    Papanagiotou, P. [Universitaetsklinikum des Saarlandes, Klinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Neuroradiologie, Homburg/Saar (Germany)


    Spinal epidural hematoma is an accumulation of blood in the potential space between the dura and bone. On unenhanced computed tomography epidural hemorrhage appears as a high-density spinal canal mass with variable cord compression. Magnetic resonance imaging is the modality of choice for evaluating spinal epidural hematoma and can demonstrate the extent of the hematoma and degree of cord compression. When treated surgically the outcome depends on the extent of preoperative neurological deficits and on the operative timing interval. (orig.) [German] Das spinale epidurale Haematom ist eine Blutansammlung zwischen Dura und Knochen. Die klinische Praesentation ist aehnlich dem akuten Bandscheibenvorfall, die Symptomatik ist allerdings in der Regel progredient. In der CT stellt sich ein frisches Haematom hyperdens dar. Die MRT ist die Methode der Wahl zur Diagnose spinaler epiduraler Haematome und kann die Ausdehnung sowie auch das Ausmass der Kompression darstellen. Die wichtigste Differenzialdiagnose vom epiduralen Haematom ist das epidurale Empyem. (orig.)

  20. Diffusion-Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging of an Intramedullary Epidermoid Cyst with Dorsal Dermal Sinus Tract in a Toddler

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    Michael G. Fazio


    Full Text Available We report the use of diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging to diagnose and manage a rare case of a symptomatic thoracic intramedullary congenital epidermoid cyst with associated dermal sinus in a girl. Congenital intramedullary epidermoid cysts with associated dermal sinuses are very rare occurrences and seldom present symptomatically in very young children. We present a case of a 32-month old with a draining dimpled skin lesion. Magnetic resonance images demonstrated an intramedullary epidermoid with a dorsal dermal sinus tract opening to the skin surface which was confirmed surgically. The patient was treated with debulking to prevent recurrent infection and progression of neurological symptoms. This case demonstrates the use of diffuse-weighted MRI to assist in the diagnosis and surgical management of an atypical presentation of a rare developmental abnormality, which is not well documented in the pediatric radiological literature. Failure to diagnosis may have significant neurological permanent debilitating consequences.

  1. Semiextended approach for intramedullary nailing via a patellar eversion technique for tibial-shaft fractures: Evaluation of the patellofemoral joint. (United States)

    Yasuda, Tomohiro; Obara, Shu; Hayashi, Junji; Arai, Masayuki; Sato, Kaoru


    Intramedullary nail fixation is a common treatment for tibial-shaft fractures, and it offers a better functional prognosis than other conservative treatments. Currently, the primary approach employed during intramedullary nail insertion is the semiextended position is the suprapatellar approach, which involves a vertical incision of the quadriceps tendon Damage to the patellofemoral joint cartilage has been highlighted as a drawback associated with this approach. To avoid this issue, we perform surgery using the patellar eversion technique and a soft sleeve. This method allows the articular surface to be monitored during intramedullary nail insertion. We arthroscopically assessed the effect of this technique on patellofemoral joint cartilage. The patellar eversion technique allows a direct view and protection of the patellofemoral joint without affecting the patella. Thus, damage to the patellofemoral joint cartilage can be avoided.

  2. Rare case of primary spinal ependymomatosis occurring in a 26-year-old man: a case report

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    Kaliaperumal Chandrasekaran


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction The authors report a rare case of primary spinal ependymomatosis in a young adult man. Multiple primary ependymomatous lesions were seen on magnetic resonance imaging and no anaplasia was identified on the surgical-pathological analysis. The aetio-pathological mechanism and surgical significance of this rare occurrence is discussed. Case presentation A 26-year-old man of Polish origin presented with a ten-day history of pain in the left leg and lower back. This was followed by difficulty in urinating and a decrease in sensation in both legs. Examination revealed pyramidal signs and mild weakness in both lower limbs. He had early sphincter involvement requiring catheterization. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain was normal. However, that of the spinal cord revealed multiple intradural spinal lesions, both intra- and extramedullary, extending from the cervical cord down to the cauda equina roots. T12-L1 laminectomy was performed. Multiple intradural, extra- and intra-medullary tumors were seen. After the operation, the patient deteriorated with a sensory level at T4. Post-operative cranio-spinal radiotherapy was administered but there was no clinical improvement in the lower limbs. Conclusion Primary spinal ependymomatosis is a rare phenomenon involving multiple spinal segments in the absence of a primary intracranial tumor. Radical excision is unrealistic in this condition. Biopsy followed by radiotherapy is the preferred method of treatment.

  3. End cap versus no end cap in intramedullary nailing for displaced midshaft clavicle fractures: influence on implant-related irritation. (United States)

    Frima, H; Hulsmans, M H J; Houwert, R M; Ahmed Ali, U; Verleisdonk, E J M M; Sommer, C; van Heijl, M


    Implant-related irritation at the entry site is a known disadvantage of intramedullary nailing for clavicle fractures. The purpose of this study was to compare implant-related irritation rates of intramedullary nailing with or without an end cap for displaced midshaft clavicle fractures. Two cohorts of patients treated with intramedullary nailing with or without an end cap were matched and compared. Primary outcome was patient-reported implant-related irritation. Secondary outcome parameters were complications. A total of 34 patients with an end cap were matched with 68 patients without an end cap. There was no difference in implant-related irritation (41 versus 53%, P = 0.26). Significantly more minor revisions were observed in the group without an end cap (15 versus 0%, P = 0.03). For complications requiring major revision surgery, significantly more implant failures were observed in the end cap group (12 versus 2%, P = 0.04). Regardless of their treatment, patients with complex fractures (AO/OTA B2-B3) reported significantly more medial irritation compared to patients with simple fractures (AO/OTA B1)(P = 0.02). The use of an end cap after intramedullary nailing for displaced midshaft clavicle fractures did not result in lower patient-reported irritation rates. Although less minor revisions were observed, more major revisions were reported in the end cap group. Based on the results of this study, no end caps should be used after intramedullary nailing for displaced midshaft clavicle fractures. However, careful selection of simple fractures might be effective in reducing implant-related problems after intramedullary nailing.

  4. Ankle fusion with a retrograde locked intramedullary nail for sequela of lower extremity compartment syndrome

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    WANG Xu; MA Xin; ZHANG Chao; HUANG Jia-zhang; GU Xiang-jie; JIANG Jian-yuan


    Objective: To assess the value of ankle fusion with a retrograde locked intramedullary nail in the treatment of sequela of lower extremity compartment syndrome.Methods:Thirty-five cases of equinus deformity following tibiofibular compartment syndrome treated by means of ankle fusion with a retrograde locked intramedullary nail from January 2001 to December 2010 were retrospectively reviewed.The complications,the time needed for bony fusion of the ankle joint assessed by anteroposterior and lateral X-ray photographs as well as patients' subjective evaluation were recorded and analysed.Results: Among the 35 patients,15 had previously undergone surgical treatment twice on the same limb,13 had thrice and 7 had to be operated on four times before ankle fusion.An anterior midpoint approach to the ankle joint was adopted in 29 cases,while anterior midpoint approach plus a small incision on the posterior ankle joint was made in 17 cases,whereas lateral approach in 6 cases.Tarsus joint fusion was performed on 4 cases.The follow-up period ranged 6-124 months,averaged 40.6 months.Bone grafting was not performed in this series.Preoperative tibial shaft fracture occurred in one patient and was healed after conservative treatment.Incision dehiscence located at previous Achilles tendon incision was found in two patients.As a result,one received an intramedullary nail emplacement at calcaneoplantar part while the wound at anterosuperior part of the other one was healed by dressing change.Two patients failed to bony union 5 months postoperatively,in which one healed 10 weeks after retrieval of proximal tibial nail and another by iliac grafting.Terminal necrosis of the toe due to blood supply dysfunction was not found in this series.All the patients were satisfied with the ankle joint function postoperatively.The time for bony union on X-rays was 9.8 weeks on average.Except for one patient who demanded removal of intramedullary nail,all the intramedullary nails were not retrieved at

  5. Comparative study between reamed versus unreamed interlocking intramedullary nailing in compound fractures of shaft tibia

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    Subhash Puri


    Full Text Available Background: Tibia is the commonest bones to sustain open injury because of subcutaneous position. Treatment of open fractures requires simultaneous management of both skeletal and soft tissue injury. Intramedullary nailing with reaming is generally considered to be contraindicated for open fractures tibia, because it damages the endosteal blood supply which will lead to non-union, deep infection. However, recent studies with or without reaming in open fracture tibia shows no influence in healing of fracture. Purpose: To compare the clinical and radiological results of intramedullary interlocking nailing of open fractures of the tibial shaft after reaming versus unreamed medullary canal. Materials and Methods: Between 2008 and 2011, we have treated 40 patients with compound tibia fracture (type I, II, IIIA by simultaneous care of wound and skeletal injury. Primary fixation for fracture stabilization was done by closed intramedullary interlock nailing either reamed or unreamed; the allocation to the two groups made on alternating basis. Wound was managed by thorough debridement with primary/delayed primary closure by suturing, split thickness skin grafting or fasciocutaneous flap cover. Active, non-weight bearing exercises were started from next post-op day. Partial weight bearing after suture removal was started on 12 th day. Further follow-up was done at 6 weeks interval for union. Results: Open fractures of shaft of tibia treated with unreamed/reamed interlocking nailing gave excellent results. In present series, 19 fractures (95% treated by unreamed and 19 (95% fractures treated by reamed technique, united within 6 months of injury. Delay in union was noticed in one patient treated by unreamed technique who had segmental and extensive soft tissue injury and in reamed nailing there was one patient with deep infection, which was treated with antibiotic coated nail. Conclusion: Time to complete union was similar in both groups. Adequate

  6. Is Subtalar Joint Cartilage Resection Necessary for Tibiotalocalcaneal Arthrodesis via Intramedullary Nail? A Multicenter Evaluation. (United States)

    Mulhern, Jennifer L; Protzman, Nicole M; Levene, Maxwell J; Martin, Scott M; Fleming, Justin J; Clements, J Randolph; Brigido, Stephen A


    Tibiotalocalcaneal arthrodesis with intramedullary nailing is traditionally performed with formal preparation of both the subtalar and ankle joints. However, we believe that subtalar joint preparation is not necessary to achieve satisfactory outcomes in patients undergoing tibiotalocalcaneal arthrodesis with a retrograde intramedullary nail. The primary aim of the present retrospective study was to evaluate the outcomes of patients who had undergone tibiotalocalcaneal arthrodesis with an intramedullary nail without formal subtalar joint cartilage resection. A multicenter medical record review was performed to identify consecutive patients. Pain was assessed using a visual analog scale, and osseous union at the tibiotalar joint was defined as bony trabeculation across the arthrodesis site on all 3 radiographic views. Progression of joint deterioration was evaluated across time at the subtalar joint, using a modified grading system developed by Takakura et al. Forty consecutive patients (aged 61.9 ± 12.9 years; 17 men) met the inclusion and exclusion criteria. Compared with the pain reported preoperatively (6.4 ± 2.7), a statistically significant decline was seen in the pain experienced after surgery (1.2 ± 1.8; p < .001). The mean time to consolidated arthrodesis at the ankle joint was 3.8 ± 1.5 months. A statistically significant increase in deterioration at the subtalar joint was observed across time [t(36) = -6.200, p < .001]. Compared with previously published data of subtalar joint cartilage resection, the present study has demonstrated a similar decline in pain, with a high rate of union, and also a decrease in operative time when preparation of the subtalar joint was not performed. Copyright © 2016 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. MR imaging of spinal trauma; Magnetresonanztomographie beim spinalen Trauma

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    Buchberger, W. [Universitaetsklinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, Univ. Innsbruck (Austria); Springer, P. [Universitaetsklinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, Univ. Innsbruck (Austria); Birbamer, G. [Universitaetsklinik fuer Neurologie, Univ. Innsbruck (Austria)]|[Gemeinsame Institutseinrichtung fuer Magnetresonanztomographie, Univ. Innsbruck (Austria); Judmaier, W. [Gemeinsame Institutseinrichtung fuer Magnetresonanztomographie, Univ. Innsbruck (Austria); Kathrein, A. [Universitaetsklinik fuer Unfallchirurgie, Univ. Innsbruck (Austria); Daniaux, H. [Universitaetsklinik fuer Unfallchirurgie, Univ. Innsbruck (Austria)


    To assess the value of MR imaging in the acute and chronic stages of spinal trauma. 126 MR examinations of 120 patients were evaluated retrospectively. In 15 cases of acute spinal cord injury, correlation of MR findings with the degree of neurological deficit and eventual recovery was undertaken. Cord anomalies in the acute stage were seen in 16 patients. Intramedullary haemorrhage (n=6) and cord transection (n=2) were associated with complete injuries and poor prognosis, whereas patients with cord oedema (n=7) had incomplete injuries and recovered significant neurological function. In the chronic stage, MR findings included persistent cord compression in 8 patients, syringomyelia or post-traumatic cyst in 12, myelomalacia in 6, cord atrophy in 9, and cord transection in 7 patients. In acute spinal trauma, MR proved useful in assessing spinal cord compression and instability. In addition, direct visualisation and characterisation of posttraumatic changes within the spinal cord may offer new possibilities in establishing the prognosis for neurological recovery. In the later stages, potentially remediable causes of persistent or progressive symptoms, such as chronic spinal cord compression or syringomyelia can be distinguished from other sequelae of spinal trauma, such as myelomalacia, cord transection or atrophy. (orig.) [Deutsch] In einer retrospektiven Studie sollte der Wert der MR-Tomographie bei der Klaerung von Wirbelsaeulenverletzungen im Akut- und Spaetstadium untersucht werden. 126 MR-Tomogramme von 120 Patienten mit Wirbelsaeulenverletzungen wurden ausgewertet und in 15 Faellen mit dem neurologischen Befund und Verlauf korreliert. Akute Rueckenmarksverletzungen waren MR-tomographisch in 16 Faellen nachweisbar. Signalpathologien vom Typ I (Haemorrhagie, n=6) und III (Transsektion, n=2) entsprachen fast durchweg kompletten und meist irreversiblen neurologischen Defiziten, waehrend Laesionen vom Typ II (Oedem, n=7) eine guenstigere Prognose aufwiesen. Im

  8. Charcot neuroarthropathy: realignment of diabetic foot by means of osteosynthesis using intramedullary screws – case report,

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    Alexandre Leme Godoy dos Santos


    Full Text Available Diabetes mellitus is a serious disease that affects a large portion of the population. Charcot neuroarthropathy is one of its major complications and can lead to osteoarticular deformities, functional incapacity, ulcers and ankle and foot infections. Realignment of the foot by means of arthrodesis presents a high rate of implant failure due to weight-bearing on an insensitive foot. The aim of this report was to describe successful use of intramedullary osteosynthesis with compression screws to stabilize the deformed foot, in a diabetic patient with neuroarthropathy.

  9. Charcot neuroarthropathy: realignment of diabetic foot by means of osteosynthesis using intramedullary screws - case report. (United States)

    Dos Santos, Alexandre Leme Godoy; Albino, Rômulo Ballarin; Ortiz, Rafael Trevisan; Sakaki, Marcos Hideyo; de Andrade Corsato, Marcos; Fernandes, Tulio Diniz


    Diabetes mellitus is a serious disease that affects a large portion of the population. Charcot neuroarthropathy is one of its major complications and can lead to osteoarticular deformities, functional incapacity, ulcers and ankle and foot infections. Realignment of the foot by means of arthrodesis presents a high rate of implant failure due to weight-bearing on an insensitive foot. The aim of this report was to describe successful use of intramedullary osteosynthesis with compression screws to stabilize the deformed foot, in a diabetic patient with neuroarthropathy.

  10. Comparison of two kinds of intramedullary nails in the treatment of femoral shaft fractures in adults

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    CHEN Wei; WANG Juan; SU Yan-ling; ZHAGN Qi; WANG Bo; LI Zhi-yong; ZHANG Ying-ze


    Background Intramedullary nails have been widely used in treating femoral shaft fractures.However,end caps falling into soft tissue intraoperatively may cause trouble to surgeons,prolong operative time and increase radiation exposure.Additionally,difficulties may be encountered when removing nails because of callus formation over the nail tip.We performed a prospective study to compare two types of nails in managing femoral shaft fractures.Methods Group I consisted of seventy-four patients with unilateral femoral shaft fractures treated with cannulated interlocking anatomical femoral intramedullary nails.Group Ⅱ consisted of seventy-eight patients treated with cannulated interlocking anatomical femoral intramedullary nails with tail wires.The patients' ages,fracture severity,duration of operation,fluoroscopy time,blood loss and falls of end caps into soft tissue were recorded.Nails were removed after fracture healing.The duration of operation and blood loss during nail removal were recorded.Results There were no significant differences between groups with respect to age and fracture severity (P>0.05).End caps fell into soft tissue 17 times in 15 cases in group Ⅰ and 21 times in 16 cases in group Ⅱ.An average of seven minutes was spent recovering a lost cap in group Ⅰ.In group Ⅱ,all lost caps were recovered immediately.The duration of operation and fluoroscopy time in group Ⅱ was significantly less than in group Ⅰ (P <0.05).Asymptomatic palpable nodules were detected in 4 cases in group Ⅱ.Nail removals were performed on 58 patients in group Ⅰ and 69 patients in group Ⅱ.The duration of operation,blood loss and complications in group Ⅱ were less than in group Ⅰ (P<0.05).Conclusion Intramedullary nails with tail wires facilitate both fracture fixation and nail removal,which can be used to treat femoral shaft fractures with less radiation exposure,shorter surgical time and fewer complications.

  11. Long-term quadriceps femoris functional deficits following intramedullary nailing of isolated tibial fractures


    Nyland, J.; Bealle, D.P.; Kaufer, H.; Johnson, D L


    This retrospective study assessed 5 male and 5 female patients, age 35.1±16 years, height 171.8±12 cm, and weight 75.5±18 kg (mean±SD) who were more than 1 year post isolated tibial fracture (18±6 months) and had been treated with an intramedullary tibial nail. Subjects completed a 12-question visual analog scale, a physical symptom and activity of daily living survey, and were also tested for bilateral isokinetic (60°/s) quadriceps femoris and hamstring strength. Knee pain during activity, s...

  12. Tibio-talo-calcaneo fusion using a locked intramedullary compressive nail. (United States)

    Krissen, Chettiar; Sumon, Halder; Nicholas, Bowman; Howard, Cottam; Andrew, Armitage; Andrew, Skyrme


    We present the clinical results and outcomes of 30 consecutive patients (31 ankles) who have undergone tibio-talo-calcaneal arthrodesis using an intramedullary nail to achieve bony union. This was a prospective study and surgery was performed by the senior author in a single hospital. We achieved high levels of satisfaction and outcome via the AOFAS and SF-36 scoring systems. We propose that this method of arthrodesis is reliable and easily reproducible for patients with severe arthritis and bone loss at the ankle and subtalar joints.

  13. Correction of anteversion in skeletally immature patients: percutaneous osteotomy and transtrochanteric intramedullary rod. (United States)

    Stevens, Peter M; Anderson, Dustin


    There has been reluctance by some surgeons to accept antegrade femoral nailing in children and adolescents due to concerns about producing iatrogenic osteonecrosis or growth disturbance of the femoral neck. Others believe that with the recent advent of pediatric transtrochanteric intramedullary nails, femoral fracture and osteotomy fixation may now safely be accomplished using these devices. Extrapolating from experience treating mature patients, the senior author (P.S.) has adopted the technique of percutaneous femoral osteotomy and transtrochanteric intramedullary fixation in skeletally immature patients as a standard approach for the correction of anteversion, combining this with concomitant surgery as indicated. With the institutional review board approval, we reviewed our experience using the Phillips intramedullary rod (EBI/Biomet, Inc, Warsaw, Ind), to secure femoral osteotomies in a series of 30 patients with 40 femoral osteotomies (10 bilateral). The etiologies of anteversion included idiopathic and neuromuscular. There were 10 boys and 20 girls, ranging in age from 8 to 16 years and in weight from 32 to 60 kg. Additional surgical bony and soft tissue procedures were combined as indicated. These included supramalleolar osteotomy, hindfoot stabilization, tendon lengthening or transfers, and hemiepiphysiodesis in select patients. Two of the femoral rotational corrections were combined with shortening. Despite early mobilization without casts, each osteotomy healed primarily in an average of 3 months, and the complication rate was exceedingly low. One patient had removal of a loose distal interlocking screw at 6 weeks postinsertion. By that time, he had formed good callus and had rotational stability; thus, the outcome was not compromised. Importantly, we have not observed osteonecrosis, growth disturbance of the femoral neck, or limb length discrepancy resulting from this treatment method. In the skeletally immature patient, femoral anteversion can safely be

  14. Advances in Intramedullary Nailing: Suprapatellar Nailing of Tibial Shaft Fractures in the Semiextended Position. (United States)

    Zelle, Boris A; Boni, Guilherme; Hak, David J; Stahel, Philip F


    Reamed locked intramedullary nailing remains the standard treatment for displaced tibial shaft fractures. Supra-patellar tibial nailing in the semiextended position has been suggested as a safe and effective surgical technique that allows mitigating certain challenges of the standard subpatellar approach. Suprapatellar nailing seems to facilitate achieving and maintaining fracture reduction, particularly in proximal third tibia fractures. Preliminary investigations have suggested that this technique is associated with a low rate of complications, including a reduced incidence of postoperative anterior knee pain. Further clinical investigations are necessary to establish overall complication rates and long-term subjective outcomes.

  15. X-ray-based machine vision system for distal locking of intramedullary nails. (United States)

    Juneho, F; Bouazza-Marouf, K; Kerr, D; Taylor, A J; Taylor, G J S


    In surgical procedures for femoral shaft fracture treatment, current techniques for locking the distal end of intramedullary nails, using two screws, rely heavily on the use of two-dimensional X-ray images to guide three-dimensional bone drilling processes. Therefore, a large number of X-ray images are required, as the surgeon uses his/her skills and experience to locate the distal hole axes on the intramedullary nail. The long-term effects of X-ray radiation and their relation to different types of cancer still remain uncertain. Therefore, there is a need to develop a surgical technique that can limit the use of X-rays during the distal locking procedure. A robotic-assisted orthopaedic surgery system has been developed at Loughborough University to assist orthopaedic surgeons by reducing the irradiation involved in such operations. The system simplifies the current approach as it uses only two near-orthogonal X-ray images to determine the drilling trajectory of the distal locking holes, thereby considerably reducing irradiation to both the surgeon and patient. Furthermore, the system uses robust machine vision features to reduce the surgeon's interaction with the system, thus reducing the overall operating time. Laboratory test results have shown that the proposed system is very robust in the presence of variable noise and contrast in the X-ray images.

  16. Feasibility of Treating Irradiated Bone with Intramedullary Delivered Autologous Mesenchymal Stem Cells

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    Bérengère Phulpin


    Full Text Available Background. We aimed to explore (i the short-term retention of intramedullary implanted mesenchymal stem cells BMSCs and (ii their impact on the bone blood flow and metabolism in a rat model of hindlimb irradiation. Methods. Three months after 30 Gy irradiation, fourteen animals were referred into 2 groups: a sham-operated group (n=6 and a treated group (n=8 in which 111In-labelled BMSCs (2×106 cells were injected in irradiated tibias. Bone blood flow and metabolism were assessed by serial T99mc-HDP scintigraphy and 1-wk cell retention by recordings of T99mc/111In activities. Results. The amount of intramedullary implanted BMSCs was of 70% at 2 H, 40% at 48 H, and 38% at 168 H. Bone blood flow and bone metabolism were significantly increased during the first week after cell transplantation, but these effects were found to reduce at 2-mo followup. Conclusion. Short-term cell retention produced concomitant enhancement in irradiated bone blood flow and metabolism.

  17. Retrograde Intramedullary Interlock Nailing For The Treatment of Diaphyseal Fractures Of Humerus

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    V.S. Yadkikar


    Full Text Available The study was undertaken to analyse the objective and subjective outcome of Retrograde Russel Taylor intramedullary interlock nailing in 15 fresh diaphyseal fractures of humerus at Department oforthopaedics, Pravara Rural Hospital, Loni from May 2006-Aug2008. Mainly as a result of roadside accidents, these fractures had a distinct male predominance (74%. Oblique fractures (AO Type A2 were most common (47%. Open reduction was done in 2 cases. The average union period was 12 weeks. Shoulder abduction greater than140 degree was obtained in 13 cases (87%. There were no cases of non-union or infection in the series. The common complication observed during the study was Iatrogenic posterior cortex comminution in 3 cases (20%. Using the criteria of Stewart and Hundley, results were excellent in 80%, good in 6.6%, fair in 6.6%, and poor in 6.6% cases. It is concluded that Retrograde intramedullary interlock nailing is better, reliable & superior method in the management of diaphyseal fractures of humerus


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    Arun Kumar


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Among the various methods of treating the long bone fractures in children less than 5yrs (POP cast and adolescents 16yrs (IMN, flexible intramedullary nail has gained importance because of its stability, not violating the physis and less complications and early rehabilitation. Irrespective of mode of treatment, goal shall be to achieve union at fracture site, control length and alignment, minimize the morbidity and complications for patient and their family. MATERIALS AND METHODS A prospective study was conducted on children of both sexes, between the age group of 5-15yrs with diaphyseal fractures of long bones, meeting the inclusion and exclusion criteria during the study period at RRMCH (September 2012 to September 2014. Totally, 30 cases were evaluated clinically and radiologically and followed up at 3, 6, 12, 24 weeks after surgery. Final outcome was assessed using Flynn’s criteria for Tens Scoring System. RESULTS Results of entire, 30 patients were followed up for an average of 6 months, was excellent in 19(63% cases and satisfactory in 11(37% cases and no poor outcome. CONCLUSION Based on this study and result, we found that intramedullary elastic nailing technique is an ideal method for treatment of pediatric femoral and tibial diaphyseal fractures.

  19. Open reduction and intramedullary stabilisation of subtrochanteric femur fractures: A retrospective study of 56 cases. (United States)

    Beingessner, Daphne M; Scolaro, John A; Orec, Robert J; Nork, Sean E; Barei, David P


    Subtrochanteric femur fractures commonly present with predictable displacement because of the deforming muscle forces acting upon the proximal femur. For this reason, successful closed reduction and femoral nailing can be a technically demanding procedure. Open reduction prior to nail placement has been advocated to improve and maintain anatomic fracture alignment. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the results of patients with closed subtrochanteric femur fractures treated with open reduction and a reamed antegrade statically locked intramedullary nail. An initial query of our database identified 154 patients who had sustained a subtrochanteric femur fracture over the defined study period. Ninety-six patients had adequate radiographic and clinical follow-up. Fifty-six (58%) patients were treated with open reduction and nail placement. There were no wound complications or infections and all patients went on to successful osseous union. There was no loss of reduction and a final coronal and sagittal plane deformity of subtrochanteric femur fractures followed by intramedullary nailing leads to high union rates with rare complications.

  20. Femoral shaft fracture callus formation after intramedullary nailing: a comparison of interlocking and Ender nailing. (United States)

    Yamaji, Tetsuo; Ando, Kenichi; Nakamura, Toshiyasu; Washimi, Ohsuke; Terada, Nobuki; Yamada, Harumoto


    Intramedullary nailing is widely used for the operative treatment of femoral fractures. Recently, the biologic healing of fractures has become better understood from fundamental investigations. However, there has been no clinical comparison between the fracture healing process with these two fixation methods. The purpose of this study was to use radiographs to compare callus formation with two types of intramedullary nailing for femoral shaft fractures: reamed interlocking (IL) nails and Ender nails. Femoral shaft type A fractures (AO classification) were studied. Twenty-seven fractures were treated with reamed IL nailing, and 81 fractures were treated with Ender nailing. The callus area was calculated from the maximum cross-sectional area on the anteroposterior and lateral radiographs. The callus appeared at a mean of 3.9 weeks after surgery in the IL group, and at a mean of 2.8 weeks in the Ender group ( P Ender groups, fracture healing was noted at a mean of 3.4 and 2.0 months, respectively. The mean area of callus formation in the IL and Ender nailing groups was 439.5 mm(2) and 699.4 mm(2), respectively ( P Ender nailing results in abundant callus, which forms at an earlier stage after the procedure than in patients treated with IL nailing. Dynamization at the fracture site is reported to increase external callus formation. Our results indicate that the elasticity of the fixation obtained with Ender nailing promotes callus formation.

  1. Comparing two intramedullary devices for treating trochanteric fractures: A prospective study

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    Kontogeorgakos Vasileios


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Intertrochanteric fractures are surgically treated by using different methods and implants. The optional type of surgical stabilization is still under debate. However, between devices with the same philosophy, different design characteristics may substantially influence fracture healing. This is a prospective study comparing the complication and final functional outcome of two intramedullary devices, the intramedullary hip screw (IMHS and the ENDOVIS nail. Materials and methods Two hundred fifteen patients were randomized on admission in two treatment groups. Epidemiology features and functional status was similar between two treatment groups. Fracture stability was assessed according to the Evan's classification. One hundred ten patients were treated with IMHS and 105 with ENDOVIS nail. Results There were no significant statistical differences between the two groups regarding blood loss, transfusion requirements and mortality rate. In contrast, the number of total complications was significantly higher in the ENDOVIS nail group. Moreover, the overall functional and walking competence was superior in the patients treated with the IMHS nail. Conclusions These results indicate that the choice of the proper implant plays probably an important role in the final outcome of surgical treatment of intertrochanteric fractures. IMHS nail allows for accurate surgical technique, for both static and dynamic compression and high rotational stability. IMHS nail proved more reliable in our study regarding nail insertion and overall uncomplicated outcome.

  2. Comparative study of the use of electromagnetic fields in patients with pseudoarthrosis of tibia treated by intramedullary nailing. (United States)

    Cebrián, Juan L; Gallego, Pilar; Francés, Alberto; Sánchez, Piedad; Manrique, Elena; Marco, Fernando; López-Durán, Luis


    We made a comparative cohort study in patients suffering from tibial pseudoarthrosis, all of whom were treated by intramedullary nailing. We divided patients into two groups: one treated by intramedullary nailing only (control group) and the other by intramedullary nailing combined with pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs). The study included 57 cases of tibial pseudoarthrosis in 57 patients from February 1987 to February 2002. Pseudoarthrosis was treated surgically in all cases (Grosse-Kempf dynamic intramedullary nailing). This was combined with PEMFs in 22 cases. The average age was 38.3 years (range 14-89 years) and the average duration of follow-up was 27.2 months (range 12-48 months). Forty-nine fractures (86%) healed and eight (14%) did not. Of the group treated with PEMFs, 20 (91%) healed and two (9%) did not; from the group that did not receive PEMF (35), 29 (83%) healed compared to six (17%) that did not. The relationship between union and use of PEMFs, and between time to union and use of PEMFs was clinically relevant. PEMFs are useful when treating tibial pseudoarthrosis. Its noninvasive nature means that there are more complication-free unions.


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    Vijayashankar M


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Closed Tibial Fractures is one of the commonest injuries among the young and active adults. Intramedullary interlocking nail of these fractures reduces morbidity and provides excellent alignment. OBJECTIVES This study was intended with the objective of assessing the efficacy of intramedullary interlocking nail in the treatment of closed tibial fractures. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study was done at a 300 bed tertiary care hospital situated in the heart of Chennai city where more number of orthopaedic cases are admitted. It was done as a hospital-based prospective study during the period of January 2008 to June 2009, among twenty patients admitted with closed tibial diaphyseal fractures. These patients underwent intramedullary interlocking nailing for fracture fixation in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Southern Railway Headquarters Hospital, Chennai. Results: This study has included 20 patients with closed tibial diaphyseal fractures of which 60% of study participants showed excellent results, 20% with good results, fair in 15%, poor in 5%. The complication rate was a little high in this study, which included 10% malunion, 5% of infection and 5% of restriction of ankle and knee movements. Conclusion: Intramedullary interlocking nail is a reliable, versatile and effective treatment for closed tibial diaphyseal fractures as it minimizes the hospital stay and reduces the economic burden and enhances early return to work.

  4. Decreased QOL and muscle strength are persistent 1 year after intramedullary nailing of a tibial shaft fracture

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    Larsen, Peter; Elsoe, Rasmus; Laessoe, Uffe


    INTRODUCTION:To evaluate the development in patient-reported quality of life (QOL) and muscle strength in the period from surgery to 12 months postoperatively after intramedullary nailing of a tibial shaft fracture. MATERIALS AND METHODS:The design was a prospective, follow-up cohort study. QOL w...

  5. Management of Spinal Meningiomas. (United States)

    Ravindra, Vijay M; Schmidt, Meic H


    Spinal meningiomas are the most common spinal tumors encountered in adults, and account for 6.5% of all craniospinal tumors. The treatment for these lesions is primarily surgical, but emerging modalities may include chemotherapy and radiosurgery. In this article, the current management of spinal meningiomas and the body of literature surrounding conventional treatment is reviewed and discussed. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. The 100 most-cited articles in spinal oncology. (United States)

    De la Garza-Ramos, Rafael; Benvenutti-Regato, Mario; Caro-Osorio, Enrique


    OBJECTIVE The authors' objective was to identify the 100 most-cited research articles in the field of spinal oncology. METHODS The Thomson Reuters Web of Science service was queried for the years 1864-2015 without language restrictions. Articles were sorted in descending order of the number of times they were cited by other studies, and all titles and abstracts were screened to identify the research areas of the top 100 articles. Levels of evidence were assigned on the basis of the North American Spine Society criteria. RESULTS The authors identified the 100 most-cited articles in spinal oncology, which collectively had been cited 20,771 times at the time of this writing. The oldest article on this top 100 list had been published in 1931, and the most recent in 2008; the most prolific decade was the 1990s, with 34 articles on this list having been published during that period. There were 4 studies with Level I evidence, 3 with Level II evidence, 9 with Level III evidence, 70 with Level IV evidence, and 2 with Level V evidence; levels of evidence were not assigned to 12 studies because they were not on therapeutic, prognostic, or diagnostic topics. Thirty-one unique journals contributed to the 100 articles, with the Journal of Neurosurgery contributing most of the articles (n = 25). The specialties covered included neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, neurology, radiation oncology, and pathology. Sixty-seven articles reported clinical outcomes. The most common country of article origin was the United States (n = 62), followed by Canada (n = 8) and France (n = 7). The most common topics were spinal metastases (n = 35), intramedullary tumors (n = 18), chordoma (n = 17), intradural tumors (n = 7), vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty (n = 7), primary bone tumors (n = 6), and others (n = 10). One researcher had authored 6 studies on the top 100 list, and 7 authors had 3 studies each on this list. CONCLUSIONS This study identified the 100 most-cited research articles in the area of


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    Nandigama Pratap Kumar


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Meningiomas of the spinal canal are common tumours with the incidence of 25 percent of all spinal cord tumours. But multiple spinal canal meningiomas are rare in compare to solitary lesions and account for 2 to 3.5% of all spinal meningiomas. Most of the reported cases are both intra cranial and spinal. Exclusive involvement of the spinal canal by multiple meningiomas are very rare. We could find only sixteen cases in the literature to the best of our knowledge. Exclusive multiple spinal canal meningiomas occurring in the first two decades of life are seldom reported in the literature. We are presenting a case of multiple spinal canal meningiomas in a young patient of 17 years, who was earlier operated for single lesion. We analysed the literature, with illustration of our case. MATERIALS AND METHODS In September 2016, we performed a literature search for multiple spinal canal meningiomas involving exclusively the spinal canal with no limitation for language and publication date. The search was conducted through, a wellknown worldwide internet medical address. To the best of our knowledge, we could find only sixteen cases of multiple meningiomas exclusively confined to the spinal canal. Exclusive multiple spinal canal meningiomas occurring in the first two decades of life are seldom reported in the literature. We are presenting a case of multiple spinal canal meningiomas in a young patient of 17 years, who was earlier operated for solitary intradural extra medullary spinal canal meningioma at D4-D6 level, again presented with spastic quadriparesis of two years duration and MRI whole spine demonstrated multiple intradural extra medullary lesions, which were excised completely and the histopathological diagnosis was transitional meningioma. RESULTS Patient recovered from his weakness and sensory symptoms gradually and bladder and bowel symptoms improved gradually over a period of two to three weeks. CONCLUSION Multiple

  8. Open intramedullary nailing for segmental long bone fractures: An effective alternative in a resource-restricted environment

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    Olasunkanmi M Babalola


    Full Text Available Background: Closed, locked intramedullary nailing has been accepted as the gold standard in the care of femoral fractures, with reported union rates as high as 98-100%. Closed, locked intramedullary nailing often requires expensive equipment which is a challenge in developing countries. Segmental long bone fractures are often a result of high-energy trauma and hence often associated with a lot of injuries to the surrounding soft tissues. This consequently results in higher rates of delayed or nonunion. This study was proposed to review the outcome of management of segmental fractures with locked intramedullary nails, using an open method of reduction. Methods: A retrospective analysis was made of data obtained from all segmental long bone fractures treated with intramedullary nailing over a 1-year period. Records were retrieved from the folders of patients operated on from January 2011 to December 2011. Patients were followed up for a minimum of 1 year after the surgery. Results: We managed a total of 12 segmental long bone fractures in 11 patients. Eight of the 12 fractures were femoral fractures and 10 of the fractures were closed fractures. All but one fracture (91.7% achieved union within 4 months with no major complications. Conclusions: Open method of locked intramedullary nailing achieves satisfactory results when used for the management of long bone fractures. The method can be used for segmental fractures of the humerus, femur, and tibia, with high union rates. This is particularly useful in low-income societies where the use of intraoperative imaging may be unavailable or unaffordable. It gives patients in such societies, a chance for comparable outcomes in terms of union rates as well as avoidance of major complications. Larger prospective studies will be necessary to conclusively validate the efficacy of this fixation method in this environment.

  9. Reamed or unreamed intramedullary nailing for tibial fractures: a meta-analysis

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    Yu Guangshu; Lin Yanbin; Wang Yu; Xu Zhiqing


    Objective:To compare the treating effects of different intramedullary nailing methods on tibial fractures in adults.Methods:Literature reports in both Chinese and English languages were retrieved (from the earliest available records to October 1,2013) from the PubMed,FMJS,CNKI,Wanfang Data using randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to compare reamed and unreamed intramedullary nailing for treatment of tibial fractures.Methodological quality of the trials was critically assessed,and relevant data were extracted.Statistical software Revman 5.0 was used for data-analysis.Results:A total of 12 randomized controlled trials,comprising 985 patients (475 in the unreamed group and 510 in the reamed group),were eligible for inclusion in this meta-analysis.The results of metaanalysis showed that there were no statistically significant differences between the two methods in the reported outcomes of infection (RR=0.64; 95%CI,0.39 to 1.07;P=0.09),compartment syndrome (RR=1.44; 95%CI,0.8to 2.41; P=0.16),thrombosis (RR=1.29; 95%CI,0.43to 3.87; P=0.64),time to union (WMD=5.01; 95%CI,-1.78 to 11.80; P=0.15),delayed union (nonunion)(RR=1.56; 95%CI,0.97 to 2.49; P=0.06),malunion (RR=1.75; 95%CI,1.00 to 3.08; P=0.05) and knee pain (RR=0.94; 95%CI,0.73 to 1.22; P=0.66).But there was a significantly higher fixation failure rate in the unreamed group than in the reamed group (RR=4.29; 95%CI,2.58to 7.14; P<0.00001).Conclusion:There is no significant difference in the reamed and unreamed intramedullary nailing for the treatment of tibial fractures,but our result recommends reamed nails for the treatment of closed tibial fractures for their lower fixation failure rate.

  10. Comparison of Primary Hip Spica with Crossed Retrograde Intramedullary Rush Pins for the Management of Diaphyseal Femur Fractures in Children: A Prospective, Randomized Study

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    Mohammad Ruhullah


    Conclusions: Intra-medullary crossed Rush pinning is an effective method of paediatric diaphyseal femur fracture fixation as compared to primary hip spica in terms of early weight bearing and restoration of normal anatomy.

  11. Spinal arteriography: a primer

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    David A KUMPE


    Spinal arteriography is an esoteric procedure that is seldom performed by peripheral interventionalists. This presentation is intended to outline some of the essential points that the interventionalist performing the procedure should be aware of, especially about spinal dural arteriovenous fistulae (SDAVF).

  12. Glioblastoma with spinal seeding

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    Fakhrai, N.; Fazeny-Doerner, B.; Marosi, C. [Clinical Div. of Oncology, Dept. of Medicine I, Univ. of Vienna (Austria); Czech, T. [Dept. of Neurosurgery, Univ. of Vienna (Austria); Diekmann, K. [Dept. of Radiooncology, Univ. of Vienna (Austria); Birner, P.; Hainfellner, J.A. [Clinical Inst. for Neurology, Univ. of Vienna (Austria); Prayer, D. [Dept. of Neuroradiology, Univ. of Vienna (Austria)


    Background: extracranial seeding of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is very rare and its development depends on several factors. This case report describes two patients suffering from GBM with spinal seeding. In both cases, the anatomic localization of the primary tumor close to the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) was the main factor for spinal seeding. Case reports: two patients with GBM and spinal seeding are presented. After diagnosis of spinal seeding, both patients were highly symptomatic from their spinal lesions. Case 1 experienced severe pain requiring opiates, and case 2 had paresis of lower limbs as well as urinary retention/incontinence. Both patients were treated with spinal radiation therapy. Nevertheless, they died 3 months after diagnosis of spinal seeding. Results: in both patients the diagnosis of spinal seeding was made at the time of cranial recurrence. Both tumors showed close contact to the CSF initially. Even though the patients underwent intensive treatment, it was not possible to keep them in a symptom-free state. Conclusion: because of short survival periods, patients deserve optimal pain management and dedicated palliative care. (orig.)

  13. Spinal tuberculosis: A review (United States)

    Garg, Ravindra Kumar; Somvanshi, Dilip Singh


    Spinal tuberculosis is a destructive form of tuberculosis. It accounts for approximately half of all cases of musculoskeletal tuberculosis. Spinal tuberculosis is more common in children and young adults. The incidence of spinal tuberculosis is increasing in developed nations. Genetic susceptibility to spinal tuberculosis has recently been demonstrated. Characteristically, there is destruction of the intervertebral disk space and the adjacent vertebral bodies, collapse of the spinal elements, and anterior wedging leading to kyphosis and gibbus formation. The thoracic region of vertebral column is most frequently affected. Formation of a ‘cold’ abscess around the lesion is another characteristic feature. The incidence of multi-level noncontiguous vertebral tuberculosis occurs more frequently than previously recognized. Common clinical manifestations include constitutional symptoms, back pain, spinal tenderness, paraplegia, and spinal deformities. For the diagnosis of spinal tuberculosis magnetic resonance imaging is more sensitive imaging technique than x-ray and more specific than computed tomography. Magnetic resonance imaging frequently demonstrates involvement of the vertebral bodies on either side of the disk, disk destruction, cold abscess, vertebral collapse, and presence of vertebral column deformities. Neuroimaging-guided needle biopsy from the affected site in the center of the vertebral body is the gold standard technique for early histopathological diagnosis. Antituberculous treatment remains the cornerstone of treatment. Surgery may be required in selected cases, e.g. large abscess formation, severe kyphosis, an evolving neurological deficit, or lack of response to medical treatment. With early diagnosis and early treatment, prognosis is generally good. PMID:22118251

  14. Spinal pain in adolescents

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    Aartun, Ellen; Hartvigsen, Jan; Wedderkopp, Niels


    BACKGROUND: The severity and course of spinal pain is poorly understood in adolescents. The study aimed to determine the prevalence and two-year incidence, as well as the course, frequency, and intensity of pain in the neck, mid back, and low back (spinal pain). METHODS: This study was a school...

  15. Human spinal motor control

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    Nielsen, Jens Bo


    interneurons and exert a direct (willful) muscle control with the aid of a context-dependent integration of somatosensory and visual information at cortical level. However, spinal networks also play an important role. Sensory feedback through spinal circuitries is integrated with central motor commands...... the central motor command by opening or closing sensory feedback pathways. In the future, human studies of spinal motor control, in close collaboration with animal studies on the molecular biology of the spinal cord, will continue to document the neural basis for human behavior. Expected final online...... and contributes importantly to the muscle activity underlying voluntary movements. Regulation of spinal interneurons is used to switch between motor states such as locomotion (reciprocal innervation) and stance (coactivation pattern). Cortical regulation of presynaptic inhibition of sensory afferents may focus...

  16. [Spontaneous spinal cord herniation]. (United States)

    Rivas, J J; de la Lama, A; Gonza Lez, P; Ramos, A; Zurdo, M; Alday, R


    Spontaneous spinal cord herniation through a dural defect is an unusual condition. This entity has been probably underestimated before the introduction of MRI. We report a case of a 49-year-old man with a progressive Brown-Sequard syndrome. MRI and CT myelogram showed a ventrally displaced spinal cord at level T6-T7 and expansion of the posterior subarachnoid space. Through a laminectomy, a spinal cord herniation was identified and reduced. The anterior dural defect was repaired with a patch of lyophilized dura. The patient recovered muscle power but there was no improvement of the sensory disturbance. The diagnosis of spontaneous spinal cord herniation must be considered when progressive myelopathy occurs in middle-aged patients, without signs of spinal cord compression and typical radiological findings. Surgical treatment may halt the progressive deficits and even yield improvement in many cases.

  17. International Spinal Cord Injury

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    Dvorak, M F; Itshayek, E; Fehlings, M G


    the final version. RESULTS: The data set consists of nine variables: (1) Intervention/Procedure Date and start time (2) Non-surgical bed rest and external immobilization, (3) Spinal intervention-closed manipulation and/or reduction of spinal elements, (4) Surgical procedure-approach, (5) Date and time......STUDY DESIGN: Survey of expert opinion, feedback and final consensus. OBJECTIVE: To describe the development and the variables included in the International Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Spinal Interventions and Surgical Procedures Basic Data set. SETTING: International working group. METHODS...... of the completion of the intervention or surgical closure; (6) Surgical procedure-open reduction, (7) Surgical procedure-direct decompression of neural elements, and (8 and 9) Surgical procedure-stabilization and fusion (spinal segment number and level). All variables are coded using numbers or characters. Each...

  18. Biomechanical assessment and clinical analysis of different intramedullary nailing systems for oblique fractures. (United States)

    Alierta, J A; Pérez, M A; Seral, B; García-Aznar, J M


    The aim of this study is to evaluate the fracture union or non-union for a specific patient that presented oblique fractures in tibia and fibula, using a mechanistic-based bone healing model. Normally, this kind of fractures can be treated through an intramedullary nail using two possible configurations that depends on the mechanical stabilisation: static and dynamic. Both cases are simulated under different fracture geometries in order to understand the effect of the mechanical stabilisation on the fracture healing outcome. The results of both simulations are in good agreement with previous clinical experience. From the results, it is demonstrated that the dynamization of the fracture improves healing in comparison with a static or rigid fixation of the fracture. This work shows the versatility and potential of a mechanistic-based bone healing model to predict the final outcome (union, non-union, delayed union) of realistic 3D fractures where even more than one bone is involved.

  19. Treatment of pathological humeral shaft fractures with intramedullary nailing. A retrospective study. (United States)

    Pretell, Juan; Rodriguez, Juan; Blanco, David; Zafra, Alberto; Resines, Carlos


    A consecutive series of 22 pathological fractures of the humeral shaft in 21 patients treated at one institution were included in this retrospective study. Patients were treated with anterograde locked intramedullary nailing. Mean follow-up was 22.7 months (range 3-60). Mean VAS score improved from 89.5 (range 80-100) to 14.5 (range 0-40). In most patients there was a satisfactory return to daily activities within six weeks of surgery. Seventeen of 19 patients reported to be satisfied. Mean duration of hospitalization after surgery was 4.3 days (range 2-15). There were no complications related to the implants. There were no operative complications and the average operation time was 48 minutes (range 35-160). The consolidation rate was 80%. We emphasize that suspicion of fracture and interdisciplinary work between oncologists and orthopaedic surgeons are of crucial importance for survival time and individual treatment.

  20. Metacarpophalangeal joint of the thumb arthrodesis using intramedullary interlocking screws XMCP™. (United States)

    Novoa-Parra, C N; Montaner-Alonso, D; Morales-Rodríguez, J


    The study objective was to assess the results of a thumb metacarpophalangeal joint (MCPJ) arthrodesis using intramedullary interlocking screws at 25°, XMCP ™ (Extremity Medical, Parsippany, NJ). Radiographs evaluated the angle of arthrodesis, time of fusion and fixation of the implant. Clinical and functional outcomes were assessed using the DASH questionnaire and the VAS scale. Any complications found during surgery or the follow-up period were noted. We studied 9 patients. The mean follow-up was 27.6 months. Patients showed clinical and radiological evidence of fusion in an average of 8 weeks, the angle of fusion was 25°. There were no complications and no implant had to be removed. The XMCP™ system provides a reliable method for MCPJ arthrodesis for several indications and can be used with other procedures in the complex hand. Copyright © 2017 SECOT. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  1. Multiple flexible intramedullary nailing for the treatment of humeral bone cysts

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    Guity M


    Full Text Available Background: Simple bone cyst is a common benign lesion in the proximal humerus, especially in prepubertal children. Up to 75 percent of patients with the bone cyst have a pathologic fracture and the most significant complication is recurrent pathologic fracture. Since the process of spontaneous healing of these fractures is rare, treatment is required. Ideal treatment for simple bone cyst should stabilize pathologic fractures, assist healing and provide a quick return to normal activity with reduced complication and recurrence. Methods: In this descriptive case series study, 24 patients with simple bone cysts of the humerus were selected for retrograde flexible intramedullary nailing from the lateral cortex of the distal humerus, since 2000 to 2005 at Imam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran. The mean age of the patients was 14.4 years, ranging from 6-39 years. Results were evaluated by plain radiography using the classification system of Capanna et al. Results: The mean duration of follow up for 23 of the patients was 31 (9-51 months. One patient with short-term of follow-up was excluded. Of these patients, 91.3% were healed either completely (65.2% or with residual minor defect (26.1%. Only one cyst (4.3% persisted with no response to treatment and one patient (4.3% had a recurrence of the cyst. However, there was no instance of recurrent pathologic fracture among these patients. Conclusion: This study shows that flexible intramedullary nailing is an effective treatment for humeral simple bone cysts that reduces the chance of complication, recurrence of cyst or pathologic fracture. This technique provides sufficient stability for quick return to normal activity.

  2. Femoral malrotation after intramedullary nailing in obese versus non-obese patients. (United States)

    Koerner, John D; Patel, Neeraj M; Yoon, Richard S; Gage, Mark J; Donegan, Derek J; Liporace, Frank A


    Intramedullary nailing (IMN) of obese patients with femoral fractures can be difficult due to soft tissue considerations and overall body habitus. Complications including malrotation can occur and have significant impact on postoperative function. The purpose of this study was to evaluate femoral rotation after intramedullary nailing of obese and non-obese patients to see if there was a difference in rotation, complications and any risk factors for malrotation. Between 2000 and 2009, 417 consecutive patients with femur fractures treated with IM nail at Level I trauma and tertiary referral center. Of these, 335 with postoperative computed tomography (CT) scanogram of the bilateral lower extremities were included in this study. Baseline demographic, perioperative and postoperative femoral version calculations were included in the dataset. Statistical analysis included chi-squared test for categorical data, t-test for continuous data, and univariate and multivariate regression analysis. Significance was set at p30. When BMI was categorised into 3 groups (obese patients (BMI 30+), BMI of 35+ was not a significant predictor of version when compared to BMI 30-34.9. There were no significant differences in femoral version based on entry point (antegrade vs. retrograde) in any BMI category. There were also no significant difference between groups of patients with a DFV of >15̊ (p=0.212). Based on this study, BMI did not have an effect on postoperative difference in femoral version. In fact, in our multivariate regression analysis, BMI of over 30 was actually predictive of significantly lower difference in femoral version. While other studies have documented the intraoperative difficulties encountered with obese patients with femur fractures, the outcome of femoral rotation is not affected by an increasing BMI. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Elastic stable intramedullary nailing in paediatric traumatology at Yopougon Teaching Hospital (Abidjan

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    T H Odéhouri-Koudou


    Full Text Available Context : Elastic stable intramedullary nailing has revolutionised the treatment of fractures in children. Aim : To report our experience with this current technique of management of fractures in children. Methods and Materials : A retrospective study of all children with fractures treated by this method from November 2003 to June 2006 at the Paediatric Surgery Department of Yopougon Teaching Hospital, Abidjan, Côte d′Ivoire. Data were recorded from their medical charts regarding demographics, fracture patterns, associated injuries, morbidity, and outcome. Results : A total of 38 children (14 boys; mean age, 11.7 years; range, 9-15 years with 41 fractures, sited at femur (n=15, humerus (n=8, tibia and fibula (n=6, forearm (n=7, and radial neck (n=5, associated with other injuries in 7 cases, were enrolled in the study. The mean interval for surgery was 6.8 days. Open reduction was required 5 times (12.1%. The hospital stay was in the range 5-12 days. Minor adverse events were 1 (2.4% early tibial loss of reduction, 3 (7.3% skin irritations and 2 (4.8% transient knee limitations. Complications (17.3% included 2 axial (4.8% and 1 rotational (2.4% femoral malunions below 15°; 3 elbow (7.3% and 1 knee stiffness (2.4% in openly reduced cases. Solid consolidation was achieved in all cases, with no disturbance in standard union times. At a mean follow-up period of 16 months (range, 9-28 months, all but 3 patients with opened joints recovered full range of motion, and none showed either limp and gait anomalies or re-fracture after removal of wires. Conclusion : Elastic stable intramedullary nailing in children fractures is easy to perform and has little complications if a proper technique is used.

  4. Intramedullary nailing of clavicular midshaft fractures in adults using titanium elastic nail

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    CHEN Qing-yu; PENG Lei; L(U) Chuan-zhu; KOU Dong-quan; CHENG Xiao-jie; ZHANG Wei; WANG Wei; LIN Zhang-qin; CHENG Shao-wen; SHEN Yue; YING Xiao-zhou


    Objective: Studies showed elastic stable intramedullary nailing (ESIN) of displaced midclavicular fractures has excellent outcomes, as well as high complication rates and specific problems. The aim was to discuss ESIN of midshaft clavicular fractures.Methods: Totally 60 eligible patients (aged 18-63 years) were randomized to either ESIN group or non-operative group between January 2007 and May 2008. Clavicular shortening was measured after trauma and osseous consolidation.Radiographic union and complications were assessed. Function analysis including Constant shoulder scores and disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand (DASH) scores were performed after a 15-month follow-up.Results: ESIN led to a signifcantly shorter time to union, especially for simple fractures. In ESIN group, all patients got fracture union, of which 5 cases had medial skin irritation and 1 patient needed revision surgery because of implant failure. In the nonoperative group, there were 3 nonunion cases and 2 symptomatic malunions developed requiring corrective osteotomy. At 15 months after intramedullary stabilization, patients in the ESIN group were more satisfied with the appearance of the shoulder and overall outcome, and they benefited a lot from the great improvement of post-traumatic clavicular shortening. Furthermore,DASH scores were lower and Constant scores were significantly higher in contrast to the non-operative group.Conclusion: ESIN is a safe minimally invasive surgical technique with lower complication rate, faster return to daily activities, excellent cosmetic and better functional results,restoration of clavicular length for treating mid-shaft clavicular fractures, resulting in high overall satisfaction, which can be regard as an alternative to plate fixation or nonoperative treatment of mid-shaft clavicular fractures.

  5. A 12-year epidemiologic study on primary spinal cord tumors in Isfahan, Iran

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    Payam Moein


    Full Text Available Background: Although primary spinal cord tumors (PSCTs comprise a minority of primary central nervous system tumors, they often impose a great deal of morbidity on their victims. Few epidemiologic studies have addressed PSCTs in Iran. Materials and Methods: We analyzed the demographic/clinical features of all primary intraspinal tumors (with a specific focus on primary intradural spinal cord tumors identified between 1992 and 2004 in three of the major related hospitals in Isfahan, Iran. We also tracked the malignant cases until 2012. Results: 102 patients with primary intraspinal tumors were found; 82 tumors were Intradural (36 intramedullary and 46 extramedullary and 20 extradural. The principal intradural histological subtypes were nerve sheath tumor (33%, ependymoma (22%, astrocytoma (16%, and meningioma (15%. 20 (19% of the tumors were malignant. Local pain (43% and motor disabilities (36% were the most common first-presenting symptoms in the patients. Male-to-female ratio was significant only in ependymoma (male:female ratio = 3.6, P < 0.05. The mean age in meningioma (57 years, standard error [SE]: 15.7 was significantly higher than other types (one-way ANOVA, P < 0.05. Conclusion: Our results reflect analogous frequency of distribution for PSCTs compared with most of the previous counterpart studies worldwide. The only notable exception was the comparatively fewer frequency of spinal cord meningioma in our study.

  6. First-Pass Contrast-Enhanced MR Angiography in Evaluation of Treated Spinal Arteriovenous Fistulas: Is Catheter Angiography Necessary? (United States)

    Mathur, S; Symons, S P; Huynh, T J; Marotta, T R; Aviv, R I; Bharatha, A


    Catheter angiography is typically used for follow-up of treated spinal AVFs. The purpose of this study was to determine the diagnostic performance and utility of first-pass contrast-enhanced MRA in the posttreatment evaluation of spinal AVFs compared with DSA. A retrospective review was performed of all patients at our tertiary referral hospital (from January 2000 to April 2015) who underwent spine MR imaging, first-pass contrast-enhanced MRA, and DSA after surgical and/or endovascular treatment of a spinal AVF. Presence of recurrent or residual fistula on MRA, including vertebral level of the recurrent/residual fistula, was evaluated by 2 experienced neuroradiologists blinded to DSA findings. Posttreatment conventional MR imaging findings were also evaluated, including presence of intramedullary T2 hyperintensity, perimedullary serpentine flow voids, and cord enhancement. The performance of MRA and MR imaging findings for diagnosis of recurrent/residual fistula was determined by using DSA as the criterion standard. In total, 28 posttreatment paired MR imaging/MRA and DSA studies were evaluated in 22 patients with prior spinal AVF and 1 patient with intracranial AVF with prior cervical perimedullary venous drainage. Six image sets of 5 patients demonstrated recurrent/residual disease at DSA. MRA correctly identified all cases with recurrent/residual disease with 1 false-positive (sensitivity, 100%; specificity 95%; P MR imaging parameters were not significantly associated with recurrent/residual spinal AVF. First-pass MRA demonstrates high sensitivity and specificity for identifying recurrent/residual spinal AVFs and may potentially substitute for DSA in the posttreatment follow-up of patients with spinal AVFs. © 2017 by American Journal of Neuroradiology.

  7. A extremely rare case of cervical intramedullary granuloma due to Brucella accompanied by Chiari Type-1 malformation. (United States)

    Tufan, Kadir; Aydemir, Fatih; Sarica, Feyzi Birol; Kursun, Ebru; Kardes, Özgür; Cekinmez, Melih; Caner, Hakan


    Chiari Type-1 malformation is displacement of the cerebellar tonsils through the foramen magnum into the cervical spine and usually does not exceed the level of C2. It is 50-70% associated with syringomyelia. Nervous system involvement due to brucellosis is called neurobrucellosis, and neurological involvement rate has been reported an average of 3-5%, ranging between 3% and 25% at different series. Intramedullary abscess or granuloma due to Brucella is extremely rare. Hence far, six cases have been reported in the literature and only two of these cases were reported as intramedullary granuloma. This case is presented in order to remind the importance of the cervical cord granuloma which was presented once before in the literature and to emphasize the importance of evaluation of patient history, clinical and radiological findings together in the evaluation of a patient.


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    Iurii M. Irianov, Arnold V. Popkov, Nikolay A. Kiryanov, Tatiana Iu. Karaseva, Evgenii A. Karasev


    Full Text Available Background: The problem of improving medical care for patients with the locomotor system injuries is very important especially last time. Material and Methods: Canine open comminuted tibial fractures modelled experimentally, wires with hydroxyapatite coating inserted intramedullary, osteosynthesis performed with the Ilizarov fixator. Regenerated bones investigated 14-360 days after surgery using the techniques of light microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray electron probe microanalysis for histologic sections . Results: It has been found that a zone of active reparative osteo- and angiogenesis forms around the wires, as well as a bone sheath with the properties of osteogenesis conductor and inductor. Fracture consolidation occurs early according to the primary type without cartilaginous and connective tissue formation in bone adhesion. Presented morphological characteristics endovasal angiogenesis. Conclusion: The results of the study evidence of the positive effect of intramedullary wires with hydroxyapatite coating on the course and intensity of reparative osteogenesis during fracture healing

  9. Technical note: Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in the presence of an intramedullary femoral nail using anteromedial drilling


    Lacey, Matthew; Lamplot, Joseph; Walley, Kempland C.; DeAngelis, Joseph P.; Ramappa, Arun J.


    AIM To describe an approach to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction using autologous hamstring by drilling via the anteromedial portal in the presence of an intramedullary (IM) femoral nail. METHODS Once preoperative imagining has characterized the proposed location of the femoral tunnel preparations are made to remove all of the hardware (locking bolts and IM nail). A diagnostic arthroscopy is performed in the usual fashion addressing all intra-articular pathology. The ACL remnant...

  10. Safety aspects in surgical treatment of pathological fractures of the proximal femur – modular endoprosthetic replacement vs. intramedullary nailing


    Fakler, Johannes KM; Hase, Franziska; Böhme, Jörg; Josten, Christoph


    Background Pathologic fractures of the femoral intertrochanteric and subtrochanteric region require special consideration in terms of biomechanically stable fixation and durability of the implant. In addition, the type of surgery might also influence patient survival. We conducted this retrospective study to evaluate the safety of modular proximal femur replacement compared to intramedullary nailing with patient survival being the primary and complications the secondary endpoint. Methods We r...

  11. Diagnosis and management of traumatic cervical central spinal cord injury: A review

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    Nancy E Epstein


    Full Text Available Background: The classical clinical presentation, neuroradiographic features, and conservative vs. surgical management of traumatic cervical central spinal cord (CSS injury remain controversial. Methods: CSS injuries, occurring in approximately 9.2% of all cord injuries, are usually attributed to significant hyperextension trauma combined with congenital/acquired cervical stenosis/spondylosis. Patients typically present with greater motor deficits in the upper vs. lower extremities accompanied by patchy sensory loss. T2-weighted magnetic resonance (MR scans usually show hyperintense T2 intramedullary signals reflecting acute edema along with ligamentous injury, while noncontrast computed tomography (CT studies typically show no attendant bony pathology (e.g. no fracture, dislocation. Results: CSS constitute only a small percentage of all traumatic spinal cord injuries. Aarabi et al. found CSS patients averaged 58.3 years of age, 83% were male and 52.4% involved accidents/falls in patients with narrowed spinal canals (average 5.6 mm; their average American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA motor score was 63.8, and most pathology was at the C3-C4 and C4-C5 levels (71%. Surgery was performed within 24 h (9 patients, 24-48 h (10 patients, or after 48 h (23 patients. In the Brodell et al. study of 16,134 patients with CSS, 39.7% had surgery. In the Gu et al. series, those with CSS and stenosis/ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL exhibited better outcomes following laminoplasty. Conclusions: Recognizing the unique features of CSS is critical, as the clinical, neuroradiological, and management strategies (e.g. conservative vs. surgical management: early vs. late differ from those utilized for other spinal cord trauma. Increased T2-weighted MR images best document CSS, while CT studies confirm the absence of fracture/dislocation.

  12. Spinal Cord Injury (United States)

    ... indicated by a total lack of sensory and motor function below the level of injury. People who survive a spinal cord injury will most likely have medical complications such as chronic pain and bladder and bowel ...

  13. Conventional Spinal Anaesthesia

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    patients scheduled for clcctive unilateral lower limb surgery. ... the conventional group were turned supine immediately after injection. Blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate and oxygen .... Characteristic Type of spinal anaesthcsia P-value.

  14. Spinal curves (image) (United States)

    There are four natural curves in the spinal column. The cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral curvature. The curves, along with the intervertebral disks, help to absorb and distribute stresses that occur from everyday activities such as walking or from ...

  15. Meningitis after spinal anesthesia

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    Mouchrif, Issam; Berdaii, Adnane; Labib, Ismail; Harrandou, Moustapha


    Meningitis is a rare but serious complication of epidural and spinal anesthesia. Bacterial meningitis is mainly caused by Gram-positive cocci, implying an exogenous contamination which suggests a lack of asepsis...

  16. Spinal Cord Injury Map (United States)

    ... Videos by Topic and Question Videos by Family Relationship Videos by Experts Resources The Short List Government Programs Family and Caregiver Support Financial Help Active Lifestyle Advocacy Employment and Education Adaptive Technology Recent Medical Research Good Things to Read Spinal ...

  17. Spinal Cord Injury 101 (United States)

    ... Videos by Topic and Question Videos by Family Relationship Videos by Experts Resources The Short List Government Programs Family and Caregiver Support Financial Help Active Lifestyle Advocacy Employment and Education Adaptive Technology Recent Medical Research Good Things to Read Spinal ...

  18. Extradural Spinal Arachnoid Cysts

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    J Gordon Millichap


    Full Text Available A 14-year-old boy with multiple spinal arachnoid cysts and paraplegia, and 37 similar cases in the literature are reviewed by neurosurgeons and radiologist at Univ of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

  19. Applications in spinal imbalance. (United States)

    Husson, J-L; Mallet, J-F; Parent, H; Cavagna, R; Vital, J-M; Blamoutier, A; Violas, P


    The pelvis may be seen as a single vertebra, between the spine and the femurs. The anatomy of this pelvic vertebra has changed with the evolution of species, notably with the transition to bipedalism, with the consequent appearance of lumbar lordosis. The lumbosacral angle, almost non-existent in other mammals, is at its greatest in humans. Pelvic and spinal radiological parameters reflect the sagittal balance of the spine in bipedal humanity. Applications in the management of spinal imbalance are numerous. Arthrogenic or degenerative kyphosis is the stereotypic example of spinal aging. Postoperative flat back following spine surgery is hard to prevent. Scoliosis surgery in adults should now take greater account of the patient's individual sagittal balance, by analyzing the pelvic and spinal parameters. The extent of arthrodeses performed during adolescence to manage idiopathic scoliosis may also induce problems of balance in adulthood if these elements are not taken into account. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  20. Feasibility and Value of Radiographic Union Score Hip Fracture after Treatment with Intramedullary Nail of Stable Hip Fractures (United States)

    Maiettini, Daniele; Bisaccia, Michele; Caraffa, Auro; Rinonapoli, Giuseppe; Piscitelli, Luigi; Bisaccia, Olga; Rollo, Giuseppe; Meccariello, Luigi; Ceccarini, Paolo; Rebonato, Alberto


    Introduction: Given the importance of fracture healing on patient outcome in clinical practice, it is critical to assess fracture healing. Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of the Radiographic Union Score Hip fracture after treatment with intramedullary nail of stable hip fractures. Patients and Methods: We retrospectively collected the data from the clinical records of our institution of the 47 patientswho had undergone intertrochanteric hip fracture treatment using an intramedullary nail. Pain visual analogic score (VAS) was collected the same day that X-rays were taken. Plain hip X-rays were performed, in two radiographic views, at 40 and 90 days after the surgical procedure. The correlation between the RUSH and VAS score was evaluated. Results: Mean RUSH and VAS scores showed a strong statistical improvement between the 40 and 90 day follow-ups. RUSH value at 40 days fitted an inverse linear regression with VAS, p-value of 0.0063 and r2 of 0.15. At 90 days the regression between RUSH and VAS scores was not significant. Conclusion: RUSH could be proposed as an objective system to evaluate union in hip fractures treated with intramedullary nail. PMID:28077901

  1. Imaging of demyelinating and neoplastic diseases of the spinal cord; Bildgebung bei demyelinisierenden und tumoroesen Erkrankungen des Rueckenmarks

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    Mueller-Mang, C. [Institut fuer CT und MRT Gaenserndorf, Gaenserndorf (Austria)


    The clinical symptoms of myelopathy are variable and non-specific. Demyelinating as well as neoplastic spinal cord diseases can cause paresthesia, progressive sensomotoric deficits and bowel and bladder dysfunction. Imaging of the spine, especially with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), is an essential component in the diagnostic assessment of myelopathy and makes a substantial contribution to achieving the correct diagnosis. Although intramedullary neoplasms are far less common than demyelinating spinal cord diseases, radiologists should be familiar with the three most common entities, astrocytoma, ependymoma and hemangioblastoma, which represent over 70% of all spinal cord neoplasms. An early diagnosis and therapy is essential with neoplastic and demyelinating spinal cord diseases to hold residual neurological deficits as low as possible. (orig.) [German] Die klinische Symptomatik von Myelopathien ist aeusserst variabel und unspezifisch. Sowohl demyelinisierende als auch tumoroese Rueckenmarkerkrankungen koennen Paraesthesien, progrediente sensomotorische Ausfaelle und eine Sphinkterdysfunktion hervorrufen. Bildgebende Untersuchungen, und hier allen voran die MRT, sind ein unerlaesslicher Bestandteil zur Abklaerung von Myelopathien und tragen wesentlich zur korrekten Diagnose bei. Intramedullaere Tumoren sind zwar weitaus seltener als demyelinisierende Rueckenmarkerkrankungen, dennoch sollte der Radiologe mit den Bildmerkmalen der 3 haeufigsten Tumorarten, dem Astrozytom, Ependymom und Haemangioblastom vertraut sein, die ueber 70% aller Rueckenmarktumoren verursachen. Eine moeglichst fruehe Diagnostik und Therapie sind bei tumoroesen und demyelinisierenden Rueckenmarkerkrankungen essenziell, um bleibende neurologische Defizite moeglichst gering zu halten. (orig.)

  2. Spinal dysraphism: MRI evaluation

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    Conclusion: Thus we conclude that Spinal dysraphism were common in young females, with commonest anomaly being vertebral anomaly (Spina bifida, commonest location is lumbar region, Diastematomyelia common in young aged female. Magnetic resonance imaging is an accurate, noninvasive, safe and advanced modality for evaluation of the congenital spinal disorders and help in better management of these patients with prompt and accurate diagnosis. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(8.000: 1937-1941

  3. Modeling spinal cord biomechanics (United States)

    Luna, Carlos; Shah, Sameer; Cohen, Avis; Aranda-Espinoza, Helim


    Regeneration after spinal cord injury is a serious health issue and there is no treatment for ailing patients. To understand regeneration of the spinal cord we used a system where regeneration occurs naturally, such as the lamprey. In this work, we analyzed the stress response of the spinal cord to tensile loading and obtained the mechanical properties of the cord both in vitro and in vivo. Physiological measurements showed that the spinal cord is pre-stressed to a strain of 10%, and during sinusoidal swimming, there is a local strain of 5% concentrated evenly at the mid-body and caudal sections. We found that the mechanical properties are homogeneous along the body and independent of the meninges. The mechanical behavior of the spinal cord can be characterized by a non-linear viscoelastic model, described by a modulus of 20 KPa for strains up to 15% and a modulus of 0.5 MPa for strains above 15%, in agreement with experimental data. However, this model does not offer a full understanding of the behavior of the spinal cord fibers. Using polymer physics we developed a model that relates the stress response as a function of the number of fibers.

  4. Comparison and analysis of reoperations in two different treatment protocols for trochanteric hip fractures - postoperative technical complications with dynamic hip screw, intramedullary nail and Medoff sliding plate. (United States)

    Paulsson, Johnny; Stig, Josefine Corin; Olsson, Ola


    In treatment of unstable trochanteric fractures dynamic hip screw and Medoff sliding plate devices are designed to allow secondary fracture impaction, whereas intramedullary nails aim to maintain fracture alignment. Different treatment protocols are used by two similar Swedish regional emergency care hospitals. Dynamic hip screw is used for fractures considered as stable within the respective treatment protocol, whereas one treatment protocol (Medoff sliding plate/dynamic hip screw) uses biaxial Medoff sliding plate for unstable pertrochanteric fractures and uniaxial Medoff sliding plate for subtrochanteric fractures, the second (intramedullary nail/dynamic hip screw) uses intramedullary nail for subtrochanteric fractures and for pertrochanteric fractures with intertrochanteric comminution or subtrochanteric extension. All orthopedic surgeries are registered in a regional database. All consecutive trochanteric fracture operations during 2011-2012 (n = 856) and subsequent technical reoperations (n = 40) were derived from the database. Reoperations were analysed and classified into the categories adjustment (percutaneous removal of the locking screw of the Medoff sliding plate or the intramedullary nail, followed by fracture healing) or minor, intermediate (reosteosynthesis) or major (hip joint replacement, Girdlestone or persistent nonunion) technical complications. The relative risk of intermediate or major technical complications was 4.2 (1.2-14) times higher in unstable pertrochanteric fractures and 4.6 (1.1-19) times higher in subtrochanteric fractures with treatment protocol: intramedullary nail/dynamic hip screw, compared to treatment protocol: Medoff sliding plate/dynamic hip screw. Overall rates of intermediate and major technical complications in unstable pertrochanteric and subtrochanteric fractures were with biaxial Medoff sliding plate 0.68%, with uniaxial Medoff sliding plate 1.4%, with dynamic hip screw 3.4% and with intramedullary nail 7.2%. The

  5. Congenital spinal malformations; Kongenitale spinale Malformationen

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    Ertl-Wagner, B.B.; Reiser, M.F. [Klinikum Grosshadern, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. Muenchen (Germany). Inst. fuer Klinische Radiologie


    Congenital spinal malformations form a complex and heterogeneous group of disorders whose pathogenesis is best explained embryologically. Radiologically, it is important to formulate a diagnosis when the disorder first becomes symptomatic. However, it is also crucial to detect complications of the disorder or of the respective therapeutic interventions in the further course of the disease such as hydromyelia or re-tethering after repair of a meningomyelocele. Moreover, once a congenital spinal malformation is diagnosed, associated malformations should be sought after. A possible syndromal classification such as in OEIS- or VACTERL-syndromes should also be considered. (orig.) [German] Kongenitale spinale Malformationen stellen eine komplexe Gruppe an Stoerungen dar, deren Genese sich am einfachsten aus der Embryologie heraus erklaeren laesst. Bei der klinisch-radiologischen Begutachtung ist zunaechst ihre korrekte Klassifikation im Rahmen der Erstdiagnose wichtig. Im weiteren Verlauf ist es jedoch zudem entscheidend, moegliche Komplikationen wie beispielsweise eine Hydromyelie oder ein Wiederanheften des Myelons nach Operation einer Spina bifida aperta zu erkennen. Zudem sollte bei der Diagnosestellung einer kongenitalen spinalen Malformation immer auch auf assoziierte Fehlbildungen, wie z.B. die Diastematomyelie oder das intraspinale Lipom bei der Spina bifida aperta, sowie auf eine moegliche syndromale Einordnung wie beispielsweise beim OEIS-oder VACTERL-Syndrom geachtet werden. (orig.)

  6. Effect of autocontrol micromotion intramedullary interlocking nail on fracture healing: an experimental study

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    XU Wei-zhou; GUO Xiao-dong; ZHAO Ju-cai; WANG Yi-jin


    Objective: To investigate the effect of autocontrol micromotion locking nail (AMLN) on experimental fracture healing and its mechanism.Methods: 16 goats undergoing both sides of transverse osteotomy of the femoral shafts were fixed intramedullary with AMLN and Gross-Kempf (GK) nail,respectively. The follow-up time was 7, 14, 28 and 56days. Roentgenographic, biomechanical, histological,scanning electromicroscopic and biochemical analyses were done.Results: ( 1 ) The strength of anticompression,antiflexion and antitorsion in the fractural end in the AMLN-fixed group was higher than that of GK nail-fixed group; whereas, the rate of stress shelter in the fractured end decreased significantly (P < 0.01 ). (2) The content of the total collagen, insoluble collagen, calcium and phosphate in the AMLN-fixed group was higher than that in the GK nail-fixed group ( P < 0.05 ). ( 3 ) Histological observation and quantitative analysis of calluses revealed that AMLN could promote the growth of bridge calluses and periosteum calluses. Hence the facture healing and remolding process achieved early, which was much better than traditional GK nail fixation. (P < 0.05). ( 4 ) 7-14days postoperation, the calluses of AMLN-fixed group was flourish and camellarly arranged and the collagen fibril formed constantly in the absorption lacuna of bone trabecula. 28-56 days postoperation, the collagen fibril was flourish around the absorption lacuna and was parallel to the bone's longitudinal axis. Active bony absorption and formation were seen, so was remolding and rebuilding.Haversian system was intact and the bony structural net was very tenacious because of the deposition of calcium salt.None of the above findings was observed in the GK nailfixed group.Conclusions: The design of AMLN accords well with the plastic fixation theory. As the geometry ametabolic system constituted by the intramedullary fixation instruments and the proximal and distal end of the fracture is very firm and stable

  7. Imaging in spinal trauma

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    Goethem, J.W.M. van [Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerpen, University of Antwerp, Belgium, Department of Radiology, Edegem (Belgium); Algemeen Ziekenhuis Maria Middelares, Department of Radiology, Sint-Niklaas (Belgium); Maes, Menno; Oezsarlak, Oezkan; Hauwe, Luc van den; Parizel, Paul M. [Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerpen, University of Antwerp, Belgium, Department of Radiology, Edegem (Belgium)


    Because it may cause paralysis, injury to the spine is one of the most feared traumas, and spinal cord injury is a major cause of disability. In the USA approximately 10,000 traumatic cervical spine fractures and 4000 traumatic thoracolumbar fractures are diagnosed each year. Although the number of individuals sustaining paralysis is far less than those with moderate or severe brain injury, the socioeconomic costs are significant. Since most of the spinal trauma patients survive their injuries, almost one out of 1000 inhabitants in the USA are currently being cared for partial or complete paralysis. Little controversy exists regarding the need for accurate and emergent imaging assessment of the traumatized spine in order to evaluate spinal stability and integrity of neural elements. Because clinicians fear missing occult spine injuries, they obtain radiographs for nearly all patients who present with blunt trauma. We are influenced on one side by fear of litigation and the possible devastating medical, psychologic and financial consequences of cervical spine injury, and on the other side by pressure to reduce health care costs. A set of clinical and/or anamnestic criteria, however, can be very useful in identifying patients who have an extremely low probability of injury and who consequently have no need for imaging studies. Multidetector (or multislice) computed tomography (MDCT) is the preferred primary imaging modality in blunt spinal trauma patients who do need imaging. Not only is CT more accurate in diagnosing spinal injury, it also reduces imaging time and patient manipulation. Evidence-based research has established that MDCT improves patient outcome and saves money in comparison to plain film. This review discusses the use, advantages and disadvantages of the different imaging techniques used in spinal trauma patients and the criteria used in selecting patients who do not need imaging. Finally an overview of different types of spinal injuries is given

  8. Spinal canal stenosis; Spinalkanalstenose

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    Papanagiotou, P.; Boutchakova, M. [Klinikum Bremen-Mitte/Bremen-Ost, Klinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Neuroradiologie, Bremen (Germany)


    Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal by a combination of bone and soft tissues, which can lead to mechanical compression of spinal nerve roots or the dural sac. The lumbal spinal compression of these nerve roots can be symptomatic, resulting in weakness, reflex alterations, gait disturbances, bowel or bladder dysfunction, motor and sensory changes, radicular pain or atypical leg pain and neurogenic claudication. The anatomical presence of spinal canal stenosis is confirmed radiologically with computerized tomography, myelography or magnetic resonance imaging and play a decisive role in optimal patient-oriented therapy decision-making. (orig.) [German] Die Spinalkanalstenose ist eine umschriebene, knoechern-ligamentaer bedingte Einengung des Spinalkanals, die zur Kompression der Nervenwurzeln oder des Duralsacks fuehren kann. Die lumbale Spinalkanalstenose manifestiert sich klinisch als Komplex aus Rueckenschmerzen sowie sensiblen und motorischen neurologischen Ausfaellen, die in der Regel belastungsabhaengig sind (Claudicatio spinalis). Die bildgebende Diagnostik mittels Magnetresonanztomographie, Computertomographie und Myelographie spielt eine entscheidende Rolle bei der optimalen patientenbezogenen Therapieentscheidung. (orig.)

  9. Bilateral femoral insuffiency fractures treated with inflatable intramedullary nails: a case report. (United States)

    Demiralp, Bahtiyar; Ilgan, Seyfettin; Ozgur Karacalioglu, A; Cicek, Engin Ilker; Yildrim, Duzgun; Erler, Kaan


    Stress fractures could be classified as fatigue fractures and insufficiency fractures (IF). Fatigue fractures occur when abnormal mechanical stress is applied to a normal bone, on the other hand insufficiency fractures occur when normal to moderate pressure is applied to a bone that has decreased resistance (Daffner and Pavlov in Am J Radiol 159:242-245, 1992). IF have been observed mainly in patients with postmenopausal osteoporosis, and are becoming more common with the increase of elderly population (Daffner and Pavlov in Am J Radiol 159:242-245, 1992). Other systemic and metabolic conditions that can result in osteopenia and IF include osteomalacia, hyperparathyroidism, hyperthyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, fluoride treatment, diabetes mellitus, fibrous dysplasia, Paget's disease, irradiation and mechanical factors (Daffner and Pavlov in Am J Radiol 159:242-245, 1992; Soubrier et al. in Joint Bone Spine 70:209-218, 2003; Epps et al. in Am J Orthop 33:457-460, 2004; Austin and Chrissos in Orthopedics 28:795-797, 2005). In this case report, the authors present an osteoporotic woman who developed bilateral insufficiency fracture of the femoral shaft after longstanding steroid, thyroxine replacement and alendronate therapy due to partial empty sella syndrome and osteoporosis, resulting in the treatment of the fracture by inflatable intramedullary nailing.

  10. Intramedullary fat globules related to bone trauma: a new MR imaging finding

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    Wong, Adelaine; Grando, Higor; Fliszar, Evelyne; Pathria, Mini; Resnick, Donald [UCSD Radiology, Musculoskeletal Division, San Diego, CA (United States); Chang, Eric Y. [UCSD Radiology, Musculoskeletal Division, San Diego, CA (United States); VA San Diego Healthcare System, Department of Radiology, San Diego, CA (United States)


    The purpose of this study is to describe intraosseous fat globules related to bone trauma that are detectable with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to define the relationship of this finding to fracture and bone contusion, to establish the frequency and associated findings. A proposed pathogenesis is presented. We retrospectively reviewed 419 knee MRI examinations in patients with a history of recent injury and MRI findings of fracture or bone contusion. As a control population, 268 knee MRI examinations in patients without MRI findings of recent bone injury were also reviewed. Eight of 419 (1.9 %) patients with acute or subacute knee injury with positive findings of osseous trauma on MRI demonstrated intraosseous fat globules. The mean age of patients with fat globules was greater than that of those without fat globules, and the finding was more commonly seen in women. Fat globules were hyperintense to the normal fatty marrow present elsewhere in the bone on TI-weighted imaging and had a surrounding halo of high signal intensity on fluid-sensitive imaging. Intramedullary fat globules related to bone injury visible on MRI are thought to be due to coalesced fat released by the necrosis of fatty marrow cells. The pathogenesis is supported by histologic studies of fat globules related to osteomyelitis, bone contusions and fractures. As the medullary cavity of long bones in older patients contains more fat than hematopoetic bone marrow, it is likely that this finding is more common with advancing age. (orig.)

  11. Evaluation of machining methods for trabecular metal implants in a rabbit intramedullary osseointegration model. (United States)

    Deglurkar, Mukund; Davy, Dwight T; Stewart, Matthew; Goldberg, Victor M; Welter, Jean F


    Implant success is dependent in part on the interaction of the implant with the surrounding tissues. Porous tantalum implants (Trabecular Metal, TM) have been shown to have excellent osseointegration. Machining this material to complex shapes with close tolerances is difficult because of its open structure and the ductile nature of metallic tantalum. Conventional machining results in occlusion of most of the surface porosity by the smearing of soft metal. This study compared TM samples finished by three processing techniques: conventional machining, electrical discharge machining, and nonmachined, "as-prepared." The TM samples were studied in a rabbit distal femoral intramedullary osseointegration model and in cell culture. We assessed the effects of these machining methods at 4, 8, and 12 weeks after implant placement. The finishing technique had a profound effect on the physical presentation of the implant interface: conventional machining reduced surface porosity to 30% compared to bulk porosities in the 70% range. Bone ongrowth was similar in all groups, while bone ingrowth was significantly greater in the nonmachined samples. The resulting mechanical properties of the bone implant-interface were similar in all three groups, with only interface stiffness and interface shear modulus being significantly higher in the machined samples.

  12. Intraosseous migration of tendinous calcifications: cortical erosions, subcortical migration and extensive intramedullary diffusion, a SIMS series

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    Malghem, Jacques; Omoumi, Patrick; Lecouvet, Frederic; Berg, Bruno vande [Universite Catholique de Louvain, Departement de radiologie et d' imagerie medicale, Bruxelles (Belgium)


    Calcium hydroxyapatite crystal deposition is a common disorder, which sometimes causes acute pain as calcifications dissolve and migrate into adjacent soft tissue. Intraosseous calcium penetration has also been described. We illustrate the appearance of these lesions using a series of 35 cases compiled by members of the French Society of Musculoskeletal Imaging (Societe d'Imagerie Musculo-Squelettique, SIMS). The first group in our series (7 cases) involved calcification-related cortical erosions of the humeral and femoral diaphyses, in particular at the pectoralis major and gluteus maximus insertions. A second group (28 cases) involved the presence of calcium material in subcortical areas. The most common site was the greater tubercle of the humerus, accompanying a calcifying tendinopathy of the supraspinatus. In addition, an extensive intramedullary diffusion of calcium deposits was observed in four of these cases, associated with cortical erosion in one case and subcortical lesions in three cases. Cortical erosions and intraosseous migration of calcifications associated with calcific tendinitis may be confused with neoplasm or infection. It is important to recognize atypical presentations of hydroxyapatite deposition to avoid unnecessary investigation or surgery. (orig.)

  13. Fatigue properties of a twelve-hole versus a five-hole intramedullary supracondylar nail. (United States)

    Voor, M J; Verst, D A; Mladsi, S W; Khalily, C; Seligson, D


    To evaluate a design change intended to improve fatigue properties of Intramedullary Supracondylar nails (IMSC). Fatigue testing was performed on 12-hole and 5-hole IMSC nails in 18 plastic-fiber composite femurs. Fractures were simulated by a 1 cm wide osteotomy. Nails were cycled until failure with femoral loads ranging from 133 N to 1869 N (30 to 420 lb.) for the 12 mm nails and 133 N to 1335 N (30 to 300 lb.) for the 11 mm nails. A simple finite element computer model (FEM) was also created to determine the difference in stress distribution between the two designs. All mechanical testing was performed using a servohydraulic test fram (MTS Systems, Minneapolis, MN). The FEM was performed using I-DEAS software (SDRC, Milford, OH) running on an Apollo 9000/735 workstation (Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto, CA). The nails were locked proximal and distally. The number of cycles to failure and the maximum tensile stress (FEM) was measured and compared between the two designs. The 11 mm and 12 mm 12-hole nails failed at an average of 53,514 cycles and 102,433 cycles respectively. No nail failures were seen in the 5-hole design. The FEM showed a 400% increase in maximum tensile stress due to the transverse screw hole in the cannulated nail. Elimination of screw holes at the level of a supracondylar metaphyseal defect significantly improves the fatigue life of the IMSC nail.

  14. FGF18 augments osseointegration of intra-medullary implants in osteopenic FGFR3-/- mice

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    Full Text Available Enhancement of endogenous bone regeneration is a priority for integration of joint replacement hardware with host bone for stable fixation of the prosthesis. Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF 18 regulates skeletal development and could therefore have applications for bone regeneration and skeletal repair. This study was designed to determine if treatment with FGF 18 would promote bone regeneration and integration of orthopedic hardware in FGF receptor 3 deficient (FGFR3-/- mice, previously characterized with impaired bone formation. Rigid nylon rods coated with 200 nm of titanium were implanted bilaterally in the femora of adult FGFR3-/- and FGFR3+/+ mice to mimic human orthopedic hardware. At the time of surgery, LEFT femora received an intramedullary injection of 0.5 μg FGF18 (Merck Serono and RIGHT femora received PBS as a control. Treatment with FGF18 resulted in a significant increase in peri-implant bone formation in both FGFR3+/+ and FGFR3-/- mice, with the peri-implant fibrous tissue frequently seen in FGFR3-/- mice being largely replaced by bone. The results of this pre-clinical study support the conjecture that FGF18 could be used in the clinical setting to promote integration of orthopedic hardware in poor quality bone.

  15. The current status of prophylactic femoral intramedullary nailing for metastatic cancer (United States)

    Ormsby, NM; Leong, WY; Wong, W; Hughes, HE; Swaminathan, V


    The most common site for cancer to spread is bone. At post-mortem, bony metastases have been found in 70% of patients dying from breast and prostate cancer. Due to the prevalence of cancer, bone metastasis and the associated management represents a huge burden on NHS resources. In patients with metastasis, around 56% of these involve the lower limb long bones. Due to the huge forces placed upon long bones during weight bearing, there is a high risk of fracture through areas of metastasis. It is reported that 23% of pathological fractures occur in the femoral subtrochanteric region. This area is subjected to forces up to four times the body weight, resulting in poor union rate for these fractures, and significant morbidity associated with difficulty in mobilising, and in patient nursing. As cancer treatments improve, the life expectancy in this subgroup of patients is likely to increase. Therefore medium-to-long-term management of these fractures, beyond the palliative, will become essential. We aim to evaluate the current management for metastatic malignant femoral disease, with particular focus on the prophylactic augmentation of diseased femorii using intramedullary nails. PMID:28105069

  16. Prophylactic bilateral intramedullary femoral nails for bisphosphonate-associated signs of impending subtrochanteric hip fracture. (United States)

    Yoon, Richard S; Beebe, Kathleen S; Benevenia, Joseph


    In the short and midterm, bisphosphonates have proven highly efficacious in the prevention of low-energy fractures, but long-term results and adverse effects have yet to be definitively identified. Of particular concern are emerging reports of long-term bisphosphonate users presenting with unusual low-energy subtrochanteric femur fractures. Perhaps associated with hyperactive bone remodeling leading to an eventually weakened bony architecture, the efficacy of longer-term bisphosphonate use has come into question, especially in those with >5 years of therapy.This article describes a case of a 65-year-old woman with a 10-year history of bisphosphonate use who presented with prodromal thigh pain and characteristic radiographic findings indicative of potential impending subtrochanteric insufficiency fracture. Supported by reports in the literature, unique characteristics of a certain clinical picture warn of potential bisphosphonate-associated subtrochanteric hip fracture; to our knowledge, we present the first reported prophylactic bilateral femoral intramedullary nailing to prevent fragility fracture. A deeper look into the biochemistry behind associated bony weakness caused by long-term incorporation of bisphosphonates is needed, especially if an endpoint to the therapy is to be determined. However, with mounting clinical evidence supporting the risk of bisphosphonate-associated fragility fracture, a characteristic radiographic appearance and clinical presentation cannot be ignored. In the interim, elective surgery may be an efficacious alternative in the treatment of an expected, readily preventable fracture.

  17. Is it safe to place a tibial intramedullary nail through a traumatic knee arthrotomy? (United States)

    Bauer, Jennifer M; Bible, Jesse E; Mir, Hassan R


    We conducted a study to compare postoperative infection and nonunion rates in tibial intramedullary nails (IMNs) placed through either uninjured knees or traumatic knee arthrotomies (KAs). We reviewed all adult tibial diaphyseal fractures (n = 1378) treated with an IMN between 1998 and 2010. Fourteen of these nails were placed through a traumatic KA. Each patient in the study group was assigned 4 separate matched controls for comparison. Controls were matched on age, sex, diabetes, smoking, and fracture classification (closed or open with Gustilo-Anderson). There were no postoperative infections (knee or fracture site) in the traumatic KA group and 2 (3.5%) in the control group (P = .473). One nonunion (7.1%) was noted in the traumatic KA group, and 9 (16%) were noted in the control group (P = .6694). To our knowledge, this is the first study to report outcomes of placing tibial IMNs through traumatic KAs. In our sample, the practice presented no increased risk either for infection (at the knee or the fracture site) or for nonunion with appropriate surgical debridement.

  18. A novel smart navigation system for intramedullary nailing in orthopedic surgery. (United States)

    Choi, Jaesuk; Kim, Jihun; Hwang, Jae Youn; Je, Minkyu; Kim, Jun-Young; Kim, Shin-Yoon


    This paper proposes a novel smart surgical navigation system for intramedullary nailing in orthopedic surgery. Using a handle-integrated laser guidance module, the system can target a drill insertion point onto skin, indicating an accurate target position to perpendicularly access an invisible distal hole. The proposed handle-integration-based fixation of the laser guidance module precisely defines the relative position of the module with respect to the distal hole. Consequently, unlike conventional systems, the proposed system can indicate the target insertion point without any help from bulky and costly external position-tracking equipment that is usually required for compensating disturbances generated by external impacts. After insertion, a correct drilling direction toward the distal hole is guided by real-time drilling angle measurement modules-one integrated with the nail handle and the other with the drill body. Each module contains a 9-axis inertial sensor and a Bluetooth communication device. These two modules work together to provide real-time drilling angle data, allowing calculation of the directional error toward the center of the distal hole in real time. The proposed system removes the need for fluoroscopy and provides a compact and cost-effective solution compared with conventional systems.

  19. Spinal actinomycosis: A rare disease

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    Dua Rakesh


    Full Text Available Actinomycosis is an indolent, slowly progressive infection caused by Actinomyces species. Of human actinomycosis, the spinal form is rare and actinomycosis-related spinal neurological deficit is uncommon. We report two cases with cervical and dorsal actinomycosis and one of them with spinal neurological deficit.

  20. Spinal cord swelling and candidiasis

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    Ho, K.; Gronseth, G.; Aldrich, M.; Williams, A.


    Fusiform swelling of the spinal cord was noted myelographically in a patient with Hodgkin's disease. Autopsy revealed that the swelling was caused by Candida infection of the spinal cord. It is suggested that fungal infection be included in the differential diagnosis of spinal cord swelling in the immunosuppressed cancer patient.

  1. [Spinal cord infarction]. (United States)

    Naumann, N; Shariat, K; Ulmer, S; Stippich, C; Ahlhelm, F J


    Infarction of the spinal cord can cause a variety of symptoms and neurological deficits because of the complex vascular supply of the myelon. The most common leading symptom is distal paresis ranging from paraparesis to tetraplegia caused by arterial ischemia or infarction of the myelon. Venous infarction, however, cannot always be distinguished from arterial infarction based on the symptoms alone.Modern imaging techniques, such as computed tomography angiography (CTA) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) assist in preoperative planning of aortic operations to reliably identify not only the most important vascular structure supplying the spinal cord, the artery of Adamkiewicz, but also other pathologies such as tumors or infectious disorders. In contrast to CT, MRI can reliably depict infarction of the spinal cord.

  2. Spinal Cord Stimulation

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    Meier, Kaare


    pain after failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS)(4), pain due to peripheral nerve injury, stump pain(5), peripheral vascular disease(6) and diabetic neuropathy(7,8); whereas phantom pain(9), postherpetic neuralgia(10), chronic visceral pain(11), and pain after partial spinal cord injury(12) remain more......Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a surgical treatment for chronic neuropathic pain that is refractory to other treatment. Originally described by Shealy et al. in 1967(1), it is used to treat a range of conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS I)(2), angina pectoris(3), radicular...

  3. Maladaptive spinal plasticity opposes spinal learning and recovery in spinal cord injury

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    Adam R Ferguson


    Full Text Available Synaptic plasticity within the spinal cord has great potential to facilitate recovery of function after spinal cord injury (SCI. Spinal plasticity can be induced in an activity-dependent manner even without input from the brain after complete SCI. The mechanistic basis for these effects is provided by research demonstrating that spinal synapses have many of the same plasticity mechanisms that are known to underlie learning and memory in the brain. In addition, the lumbar spinal cord can sustain several forms of learning and memory, including limb-position training. However, not all spinal plasticity promotes recovery of function. Central sensitization of nociceptive (pain pathways in the spinal cord may emerge with certain patterns of activity, demonstrating that plasticity within the spinal cord may contribute to maladaptive pain states. In this review we discuss interactions between adaptive and maladaptive forms of activity-dependent plasticity in the spinal cord. The literature demonstrates that activity-dependent plasticity within the spinal cord must be carefully tuned to promote adaptive spinal training. Stimulation that is delivered in a limb position-dependent manner or on a fixed interval can induce adaptive plasticity that promotes future spinal cord learning and reduces nociceptive hyper-reactivity. On the other hand, stimulation that is delivered in an unsynchronized fashion, such as randomized electrical stimulation or peripheral skin injuries, can generate maladaptive spinal plasticity that undermines future spinal cord learning, reduces recovery of locomotor function, and promotes nociceptive hyper-reactivity after spinal cord injury. We review these basic phenomena, discuss the cellular and molecular mechanisms, and discuss implications of these findings for improved rehabilitative therapies after spinal cord injury.

  4. 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


    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.

  5. Structural bone allografts with intramedullary vascularized fibular autografts for the treatment of massive bone defects in extremities

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    Objective: To report the clinical outcome of repairing massive bone defects biologically in limbs by homeochronous using structural bone allografts with intramedullary vascularized fibular auto-grafts. Methods: From January 2001 to December 2005. large bone defects in 19 patients (11 men and 8 women, aged 6 to 35 years) were repaired by structural bone allografts with intramedullary vascularized fibular autografts in the homeochronous period. The range of the length of bone defects was 11 to 25 cm (mean 17. 6 cm), length of vascularized free fibular was 15 to 29 cm (mean 19. 2 cm), length of massive bone allografts was 11 to 24 cm (mean 17. 1 cm). Location of massive bone defects was in humerus(n = 1), in femur(n = 9) and in tibia(n = 9), respectively. Results: After 9 to 69 months (mean 38. 2 months) follow-up, wounds of donor and recipient sites were healed in Ⅰ stage, monitoring-flaps were alive, eject reaction of massive bone allografts were slight, no complications in donor limbs. Fifteen patients had the evidence of radiographic union 3 to 6 months after surgery, 3 cases united 8 months later, and the remained one case of malignant synovioma in distal femur recurred and amputated the leg 2. 5 months, post-operatively. Five patients had been removed internal fixation, complete bone unions were found one year postoperatively. None of massive bone allografts were absorbed or collapsed at last follow-up. Conclusion: The homeochronous usage of structural bone allograft with an intramedullary vascularized fibular au-tograft can biologically obtain a structure with the immediate mechanical strength of the allograft, a potential result of revascularization through the vascularized fibula, and accelerate bone union not only between fibular autograft and the host but also between massive bone allograft and the host.

  6. Mechanical properties and in vivo performance of load-bearing fiber-reinforced composite intramedullary nails with improved torsional strength. (United States)

    Moritz, N; Strandberg, N; Zhao, D S; Mattila, R; Paracchini, L; Vallittu, P K; Aro, H T


    Fiber-reinforced composites (FRC) could be feasible materials for fracture fixation devices if the mechanical properties of the composites are congruent with the local structural properties of bone. In a recently developed FRC implant, bisphenol A dimethacrylate (BisGMA) and triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) resin was reinforced with unidirectional E-glass fibers. The addition of a braided glass fiber sleeving to the unidirectional fibers increased the torsional strength (99.5MPa) of the FRC implants at the expense of the flexural strength (602.0MPa). The flexural modulus was 15.3GPa. Two types of FRC intramedullary nails were prepared; first type was FRC as such, second type was FRC with a surface layer of bioactive glass (BG) granules. Experimental oblong subtrochanteric defect was created in 14 rabbits. The defect, which reduced the torsional strength of the bones by 66%, was fixed with an FRC intramedullary nail of either type. The contralateral intact femur served as the control. This model simulated surgical stabilization of bone metastasis. After 12 weeks of follow-up, the femurs were harvested and analyzed by torsional testing, micro-CT and hard tissue histology. Healed undisplaced peri-implant fractures were noticed in half of the animals irrespective of the type of FRC implant. Torsional testing showed no significant differences between the implantation groups. The torsional strength of the bones stabilized by either type of FRC implant was 83% of that of the contralateral femurs. In histological analysis, no implant debris and no adverse tissue reactions were observed. While the mechanical properties of the modified FRCs were suboptimal, the FRC intramedullary nails supported the femurs without structural failure, even in the cases of peri-implant fractures.

  7. Is device-assisted reduction prior to semi-extended intramedullary nailing of distal tibial fractures necessary? (United States)

    Mehta, Nisarg; Selvaratnam, Veenesh; Giotakis, Nikolaos; Narayan, Badri


    Traditional methods of nailing distal tibial fractures have an unacceptable risk of mal-alignment due to difficulty in obtaining and maintaining reduction intra-operatively. Methods to obtain and maintain reduction when nailing these fractures, and therefore reducing the risk of Mal-alignment include modified external fixators, distractors and commercial reduction tools. Semi-extended intramedullary nailing of distal tibial fractures via a supra-patellar approach is now being used more commonly. The aim of this study was to assess whether a commercial reduction device (Staffordshire Orthopaedic Reduction Machine - STORM, Intelligent Orthopaedics, Stafffordshire, UK) is necessary to reduce the risk of mal-alignment in patients undergoing semi-extended nailing for distal tibial fractures. A case-control study was conducted in 20 patients who had STORM-assisted reduction of distal tibial fractures prior to intramedullary nailing and 20 controls without STORM. The control group was matched for age, sex, fracture type (AO/OTA), ASA and gender. All patients had an intramedullary nail (IMN) using the semi-extended system. Primary outcome measures were coronal and sagittal mal-alignment. Secondary outcome measure was unplanned return to theatre for complications and problems with fracture healing. There was no difference in post-operative mal-alignment in both groups. There was no significant difference in time to union in both groups Both groups had equal number of patients requiring unplanned return to theatre. The STORM group was associated with a significantly increased operative time [p=0.007, 130.3min (SD 49.4) STORM vs 95.6 mins (SD 22.9) Control]. Intraoperative use of STORM significantly increases operative time with no difference in outcome. The superior orthogonal views and manual control obtained during semi-extended nailing via a supra-patellar approach obviate the need for additional methods: of intraoperative reduction for this fracture group. Copyright

  8. Maladaptive spinal plasticity opposes spinal learning and recovery in spinal cord injury (United States)

    Ferguson, Adam R.; Huie, J. Russell; Crown, Eric D.; Baumbauer, Kyle M.; Hook, Michelle A.; Garraway, Sandra M.; Lee, Kuan H.; Hoy, Kevin C.; Grau, James W.


    Synaptic plasticity within the spinal cord has great potential to facilitate recovery of function after spinal cord injury (SCI). Spinal plasticity can be induced in an activity-dependent manner even without input from the brain after complete SCI. A mechanistic basis for these effects is provided by research demonstrating that spinal synapses have many of the same plasticity mechanisms that are known to underlie learning and memory in the brain. In addition, the lumbar spinal cord can sustain several forms of learning and memory, including limb-position training. However, not all spinal plasticity promotes recovery of function. Central sensitization of nociceptive (pain) pathways in the spinal cord may emerge in response to various noxious inputs, demonstrating that plasticity within the spinal cord may contribute to maladaptive pain states. In this review we discuss interactions between adaptive and maladaptive forms of activity-dependent plasticity in the spinal cord below the level of SCI. The literature demonstrates that activity-dependent plasticity within the spinal cord must be carefully tuned to promote adaptive spinal training. Prior work from our group has shown that stimulation that is delivered in a limb position-dependent manner or on a fixed interval can induce adaptive plasticity that promotes future spinal cord learning and reduces nociceptive hyper-reactivity. On the other hand, stimulation that is delivered in an unsynchronized fashion, such as randomized electrical stimulation or peripheral skin injuries, can generate maladaptive spinal plasticity that undermines future spinal cord learning, reduces recovery of locomotor function, and promotes nociceptive hyper-reactivity after SCI. We review these basic phenomena, how these findings relate to the broader spinal plasticity literature, discuss the cellular and molecular mechanisms, and finally discuss implications of these and other findings for improved rehabilitative therapies after SCI. PMID

  9. Spinal Cord Stimulation

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    Meier, Kaare


    pain after failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS)(4), pain due to peripheral nerve injury, stump pain(5), peripheral vascular disease(6) and diabetic neuropathy(7,8); whereas phantom pain(9), postherpetic neuralgia(10), chronic visceral pain(11), and pain after partial spinal cord injury(12) remain more...

  10. Failure of intramedullary femoral nail with segmental breakage of distal locking bolts: a case report and review of the literature

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    Sameer Aggerwal; Nitesh Gahlot; Uttam C. Saini; Kamal Bali


    Breakage of locking bolts is an important cause of interlocking nail failure in femoral fractures. It usually occurs in the form of single breakage in one of the distal bolts of the nail or nail breakage around the distal locking hole. Here we report an unusual case of intramedullary femoral nail failure with segmental breakage of both the distal locking bolts. Such a scenario usually complicates further management. We successfully managed this case with exchange nailing without bone grafting. Here we briefly reviewed the literature regarding such an unusual presentation and discussed in detail the possible etiology of such a presentation and the management options when facing such a complex situation.

  11. Complications associated with conjoined intramedullary pin placement for femorotibial joint luxation in a Solomon Island eclectus parrot (Eclectus roratus solomonensis). (United States)

    Harris, M Camille; Diaz-Figueroa, Orlando; Lauer, Susanne K; Burkert, Blaine; Tully, Thomas N


    Femorotibial joint-luxation repair with conjoined intramedullary pins has been successfully used in pediatric psittacine birds. However, there are no reports of complications associated with its use in adults. In this report, we describe the clinical presentation, surgical reduction, and postoperative complications associated with stifle-luxation repair in an adult female Solomon Island eclectus parrot (Eclectus roratus solomonensis). The normal perching angle for the eclectus stifle was determined before surgery. Osteomyelitis was treated systemically and locally. Midfemoral amputation was performed as a salvage procedure, without an apparent reduction in the quality of the bird's life.

  12. Primary spinal cord oligodendroglioma:a case report and review of the literature

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    Thara Tunthanathip; Thakul Oearsakul


    Background:Primary spinal cord oligodendroglioma is extremely rare.In an extensive review of this disease,53 cases were reported.Furthermore,the authors summarize the characteristics of the primary spinal cord oligodendroglioma;chronological presentation,neurological imaging,treatment and the outcome obtained in the present case as well as review the literature.Case Presentation:A 46-year-old male who had progressive neck pain for a year.Magnetic resonance imaging showed an intramedullary mass from level C2 to T4.A radical resection was performed.Histology revealed oligodendroglioma.Thereafter,the patient was treated with adjuvant radiotherapy.A year later,tumor developed recurrence.The patinet died in 3 years and 6 months.Conclusions:The available data of this disease was limited.Base on 11 published papers and the present case,surgical resection is the treatment of choice although recurrence of the tumor tends to occur after partial resection with or without radiotherapy.From the literature,the management of the recurrent disease is still surgery.Moreover,Temozolomide may be an advantage in recurrent situations.

  13. Effect of Pentoxifylline Administration on an Experimental Rat Model of Femur Fracture Healing With Intramedullary Fixation. (United States)

    Vashghani Farahani, Mohammad Mahdi; Masteri Farahani, Reza; Mostafavinia, Ataroalsadat; Abbasian, Mohammad Reza; Pouriran, Ramin; Noruzian, Mohammad; Ghoreishi, Seyed Kamran; Aryan, Arefe; Bayat, Mohammad


    Globally, musculoskeletal injuries comprise a major public health problem that contributes to a large burden of disability and suffering. Pentoxifylline (PTX) has been originally used as a hemorheologic drug to treat intermittent claudication. Previous test tube and in vivo studies reported the beneficial effects of PTX on bony tissue. This study aims to evaluate the effects of different dosages of PTX on biomechanical properties that occur during the late phase of the fracture healing process following a complete femoral osteotomy in a rat model. We applied intramedullary pin fixation as the treatment of choice. This experimental study was conducted at the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. We used the simple random technique to divide 35 female rats into five groups. Group 1 received intraperitoneal (i.p.) PTX (50 mg/kg, once daily) injections, starting 15 days before surgery, and group 2, group 3, and group 4 received 50 mg/kg, 100 mg/kg, and 200 mg/kg i.p. PTX injections, respectively, once daily after surgery. All animals across groups received treatment for six weeks (until sacrificed). Complete surgical transverse osteotomy was performed in the right femur of all rats. At six weeks after surgery, the femurs were subjected to a three-point bending test. Daily administration of 50 mg/kg PTX (groups 1 and 2) decreased the high stress load in repairing osteotomized femurs when compared with the control group. The highest dose of PTX (200 mg/kg) significantly increased the high stress load when compared with the control group (P = 0.030), group 1 (P = 0.023), group 2 (P = 0.008), and group 3 (P = 0.010), per the LSD findings. Treatment with 200 mg/kg PTX accelerated fracture healing when compared with the control group.

  14. In vivo evaluation of Zr-based bulk metallic glass alloy intramedullary nails in rat femora. (United States)

    Imai, Kazuhiro; Hiromoto, Sachiko


    Zr-based bulk metallic glasses (BMG) show high corrosion resistance in vitro and higher strength and lower Young's modulus than crystalline alloys with the similar composition. This study aimed to perform an in vivo evaluation of Zr65Al7.5Ni10Cu17.5 BMG. Osteotomy of the femur was done in rats and stabilized with intramedullary nails made of Zr65Al7.5Ni10Cu17.5 BMG, Ti-6Al-4V alloy, or 316L stainless steel. Systemic and local effects of each type of nail were evaluated by measuring the levels of Cu and Ni in the blood and the surrounding soft tissue. Changes of the surface of each nail were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Healing of the osteotomy was evaluated by peripheral quantitative computed tomography and mechanical testing. No increase of Cu and Ni levels was recognized. Surface of the BMG showed no noticeable change, while Ti-6Al-4V alloy showed Ca and P deposition and 316L stainless steel showed surface irregularities and pitting by SEM observation. The stress strain index, maximum torque, torsional stiffness, and energy absorption values were larger for the BMG than those for Ti-6Al-4V alloy, although there was no significant difference. The Zr-based BMG can promote osteotomy healing as fast as Ti-6Al-4V alloy, with the possible advantage of the Zr-based BMG that bone bonding is less likely, allowing easier nail removal compared with Ti-6Al-4V alloy. The Zr-based BMG is promising for the use in osteosynthetic devices that are eventually removed.


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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT : Fractures of the humeral shaft account for 3% of all the fractures . Primary cause of these fractures i s high energy traumas. Goals in managing these fractures are osseous union, minimal deformity and return of maximal extremity function. The union rate of simple fractures of humerus treated conservatively is over 90%. Surgical management of these fractures is preferred in Segmental fractures, Polytrauma patients, Pathological fractures, Open fractures , Failed conservative treatment, Associated progressive neurological deficit , Vascular injury, Morbid obesity. We analysed intraoperative and postoperative com plications in twelve patients with humeral shaft fractures managed with antegrade interlocking nails. There were seven males and five females. Their ages ranged between 20 – 60 years with an average of 32.6 years. There were 11 close and one Gustilo grade I open fractures. There were six comminuted , four transverse, and two oblique fractures. Nine fractures were in middle third one in proximal third and two in distal third. Five patients had associated injuries. We faced difficulty in localizing entry port al in 2 patients . There was difficulty in reduction in 2 patients We had one patient with iatrogenic comminution . Three patients had improper locking screw size. One had nail protrusion proximally , one patient had distraction at the fracture site . There we re two superficial entry portal skin infections and one deep proximal cross screw infection. We had two patients with shoulder and one patient with elbow stiffness. Chronic rotator cuff irritation was present in three patients. We recorded three delayed un ions, one nonunion and one rotatory malunion The results of the present study indicate that antegrade intramedullary interlocked nailing is one of the best method of treatment among the currently available methods.

  16. Novel intramedullary-fixation technique for long bone fragility fractures using bioresorbable materials.

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    Takanobu Nishizuka

    Full Text Available Almost all of the currently available fracture fixation devices for metaphyseal fragility fractures are made of hard metals, which carry a high risk of implant-related complications such as implant cutout in severely osteoporotic patients. We developed a novel fracture fixation technique (intramedullary-fixation with biodegradable materials; IM-BM for severely weakened long bones using three different non-metallic biomaterials, a poly(l-lactide (PLLA woven tube, a nonwoven polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA fiber mat, and an injectable calcium phosphate cement (CPC. The purpose of this work was to evaluate the feasibility of IM-BM with mechanical testing as well as with an animal experiment. To perform mechanical testing, we fixed two longitudinal acrylic pipes with four different methods, and used them for a three-point bending test (N = 5. The three-point bending test revealed that the average fracture energy for the IM-BM group (PLLA + CPC + PHA was 3 times greater than that of PLLA + CPC group, and 60 to 200 times greater than that of CPC + PHA group and CPC group. Using an osteoporotic rabbit distal femur incomplete fracture model, sixteen rabbits were randomly allocated into four experimental groups (IM-BM group, PLLA + CPC group, CPC group, Kirschner wire (K-wire group. No rabbit in the IM-BM group suffered fracture displacement even under full weight bearing. In contrast, two rabbits in the PLLA + CPC group, three rabbits in the CPC group, and three rabbits in the K-wire group suffered fracture displacement within the first postoperative week. The present work demonstrated that IM-BM was strong enough to reinforce and stabilize incomplete fractures with both mechanical testing and an animal experiment even in the distal thigh, where bone is exposed to the highest bending and torsional stresses in the body. IM-BM can be one treatment option for those with severe osteoporosis.

  17. Treatment of open femur fractures in children: comparison between external fixator and intramedullary nailing. (United States)

    Ramseier, Leonhard Erich; Bhaskar, Atul R; Cole, William G; Howard, Andrew W


    Open femur fractures in children are uncommon and usually associated with other injuries. In adults, there is a current trend to treat open fractures with intramedullary (IM) devices. The goal of this study was to compare external fixator (EF) to IM devices in the treatment of open femur fractures in children. Diaphyseal femur fractures without growth plate involvement were included. Thirty-five patients (12 IM; 23 EF) were identified. Age, hospital stay, polytrauma, mechanism of injury, and Gustilo-Anderson grade were recorded. Follow-up was at least until the fracture was clinically and radiographically healed. Patients with EFs were 5.2 times more likely (95% confidence interval, 1.05-25.5) to have any complication. Excluding pin track infections, patients with EFs were 2.7 times as likely (95% confidence interval, 0.567-13.2) to have a complication. Refractures occurred only in the EF group (6/23, 26%) and not in the IM nailing group (P = 0.062, Fischer exact test). These were associated with varus malunions-all 3 of the EF group with more than 15 degrees of varus at fracture union suffered a refracture. Treatment of open femur fractures in children is a challenging problem. Treatment with IM devices had fewer complications than the EF. We think that whenever possible, the use of IM devices for the treatment of open femur fracture in children should be considered, especially grade 1 open injuries. If EFs are used, avoiding varus malunion may decrease the refracture rate, and secondary change to an IM device should be considered. Comparative cohort study. Grade 3 level of evidence.

  18. Skeletal nutrient vascular adaptation induced by external oscillatory intramedullary fluid pressure intervention

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    Qin Yi-Xian


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Interstitial fluid flow induced by loading has demonstrated to be an important mediator for regulating bone mass and morphology. It is shown that the fluid movement generated by the intramedullary pressure (ImP provides a source for pressure gradient in bone. Such dynamic ImP may alter the blood flow within nutrient vessel adjacent to bone and directly connected to the marrow cavity, further initiating nutrient vessel adaptation. It is hypothesized that oscillatory ImP can mediate the blood flow in the skeletal nutrient vessels and trigger vasculature remodeling. The objective of this study was then to evaluate the vasculature remodeling induced by dynamic ImP stimulation as a function of ImP frequency. Methods Using an avian model, dynamics physiological fluid ImP (70 mmHg, peak-peak was applied in the marrow cavity of the left ulna at either 3 Hz or 30 Hz, 10 minutes/day, 5 days/week for 3 or 4 weeks. The histomorphometric measurements of the principal nutrient arteries were done to quantify the arterial wall area, lumen area, wall thickness, and smooth muscle cell layer numbers for comparison. Results The preliminary results indicated that the acute cyclic ImP stimuli can significantly enlarge the nutrient arterial wall area up to 50%, wall thickness up to 20%, and smooth muscle cell layer numbers up to 37%. In addition, 3-week of acute stimulation was sufficient to alter the arterial structural properties, i.e., increase of arterial wall area, whereas 4-week of loading showed only minimal changes regardless of the loading frequency. Conclusions These data indicate a potential mechanism in the interrelationship between vasculature adaptation and applied ImP alteration. Acute ImP could possibly initiate the remodeling in the bone nutrient vasculature, which may ultimately alter blood supply to bone.

  19. Intramedullary nailing of the femur and the systemic activation of monocytes and neutrophils

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Trauma such as found patients with femur fractures, induces a systemic inflammatory response, which ranges from mild SIRS to ARDS. Neutrophils (i.e. PMN play an important role in the pathogenesis of this inflammatory condition. Additional activation of PMNs during intramedullary nailing (IMN is thought to act as a second immunological hit. Damage control orthopedics has been developed to limit this putative exacerbation of the inflammatory response. The hypothesis is tested that IMN exacerbates systemic inflammation, thereby increasing the risk for ARDS. Methods Thirty-eight trauma patients who required IMN for femur fracture were included. The development of SIRS and ARDS was recorded. Blood samples were taken prior and 18 hours after IMN. Inflammatory response was analyzed by changes in plasma IL-6 levels, monocyte (HLA-DR and PMN phenotype (MAC-1 and responsiveness for the innate immune stimulus fMLP in the context of active FcγRII. Results Plasma IL-6 was significantly enhanced in severely injured patients compared to patients with isolated femur fractures and matched controls (P = 0.005; P = 0.018. This enhanced inflammatory tone was associated with a lower percentage HLA-DR positive monocytes (P = 0.002. The systemic PMN compartment was activated, characterized by an increased MAC-1 expression and a significantly decreased sensitivity for the innate stimulus fMLP Interestingly the PMN compartment was not affected by IMN. Conclusions Multitrauma patients were characterized by a marked activation of the systemic inflammatory response, associated with a systemic activation of the monocyte and PMN compartments. IMN particularly affected the monocyte arm of the systemic innate immune system.

  20. Treatment of distal femoral nonunion and delayed union by using a retrograde intramedullary interlocking nail

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    Objective: To analyze the causes of distal femoral nonunion and delayed union and assess the outcome of the corresponding treatment, retrograde intramedullary interlocking nail (RIIN).   Methods: From June 1995 to December 1998, 15 patients (9 males and 6 females) with distal femoral nonunion and delayed union were treated with RIIN. The average age of the patients was 34.5 years (23-46 years). Bone grafting was performed in 10 patients, closed reaming was done in the other 5 patients. Correction osteotomy was performed in 2 patients, and intra-articular release of knee adhesion in 11 patients. X-ray examination and knee society clinical rating system (KSS) were used to evaluate the results.   Results: All fractures were followed up for at least 9 months with average follow-up duration of 14.5 months (9-33 months). Solid union was documented in all patients at 6.4 months on average. There were no infections or malunions in this series. Based on the final follow-up data, acceptable functional range of motion (ROM) of over 90° was achieved in most patients. The average ROM was 93.5° with significant improvement of 28° (42.7%, P<0.05) compared with the preoperative ROM. The average knee score was 96. Excellent ROM emerged in 13 patients. The knee function score was 90.5 on average.   Conclusions: The main causes of distal femoral nonunion and delayed union are improper indications and improper use of the implants. RIIN is an effective alternative for treatment of distal femoral nonunion and delayed union because it can provide a stable and reliable fixation which is beneficial for early functional exercise of knee. Bone grafting, closed reaming and intra-articular release of knee adhesion should be considered in order to enhance the bone healing and improve ROM and the knee function.

  1. Ganglioglioma da medula espinhal: relato de caso Spinal cord ganglioglioma: case report

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    Luciano Valente Rodrigues Truite


    Full Text Available Os gangliogliomas são tumores raros do SNC, compreendendo apenas 2,7 a 3,8% dos tumores primários do SNC e as lesões medulares perfazem 7,6 a 14,3 % do total de gangliogliomas. O tratamento preconizado pela literatura é a ressecção total, ficando a radioterapia reservada apenas em casos de progressão da doença após a cirurgia ou em casos de lesões de comportamento histológico mais agressivo. Neste artigo relatamos um caso de uma paciente portadora de um ganglioglioma medular envolvendo os níveis T5 a T10 que foi submetida a tratamento cirúrgico em nosso serviço, sendo também realizada revisão da literatura analisando diversos aspectos, incluindo as diversas modalidades de tratamento indicadas neste tipo incomum de lesão.Gangliogliomas are rare tumors of the CNS, representing only 2.7-3.8% of primary tumors of the CNS, and the intramedullary location accounts 7.6-14.3% of cases. The main goal of treatment is the total resection, preserving as much as possible the patient´s neurological function. Adjuvant theraphy as radiotherapy is reserved to cases of progression of disease after surgery or in such lesion with more aggressive biological behavior. In this article we report the case of a patient with a intramedullary ganglioglioma involving spinal levels T5 to T10, who was operated in our service, and we review the literature analyzing various aspects, including the modalities of treatment which can be used in this kind of lesion.

  2. Differential diagnoses of spinal tumors; Differenzialdiagnose spinaler Tumoren

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    Yilmaz, U. [Universitaetsklinikum des Saarlandes, Klinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Neuroradiologie, Homburg/Saar (Germany)


    A wide variety of degenerative, inflammatory and vascular diseases can resemble the clinical presentation and imaging findings of spinal tumors. This article provides an overview of the most frequent diseases which are important to recognize for diagnostic imaging of the spine. (orig.) [German] Eine Vielzahl degenerativer, entzuendlicher und vaskulaerer Erkrankungen kann das klinische Bild und radiologische Befunde spinaler Tumoren imitieren. Dieser Artikel dient der Uebersicht ueber die haeufigsten dieser Erkrankungen, deren Kenntnis wichtig fuer die spinale Bildgebung ist. (orig.)

  3. Radiation-free distal locking of intramedullary nails: evaluation of a new electromagnetic computer-assisted guidance system. (United States)

    Stathopoulos, Ioannis; Karampinas, Panagiotis; Evangelopoulos, Dimitrios-Stergios; Lampropoulou-Adamidou, Kalliopi; Vlamis, John


    Distal locking of intramedullary nails (IMNs) is a difficult part of intramedullary nailing (IMN) that could be time-consuming and expose the surgeon, the surgery personnel and the patient to a considerable amount of radiation as fluoroscopy is usually guiding the procedure. Utilization of electromagnetic fields for that purpose offers an attractive alternative. The SURESHOT™ Distal Targeting System (Smith & Nephew, Inc., Memphis, TN, USA) is a novel commercially available radiation-free aiming system that utilizes computerized electromagnetic field tracking technology for the distal locking of IMNs. In order to evaluate the efficacy of the system we conducted the present study. Nineteen patients (six females-thirteen males, mean age 39.5 years, range 17-85 years) with closed diaphyseal fracture of the femur (eight patients) or the tibia (eleven patients) were treated with IMN using the SURESHOT™ Distal Targeting System for the distal interlocking. All targeting attempts were successful at first try and followed by correct positioning of the screws. Mean time for distal locking of tibial IMNs (two screws) was 219sec (range 200-250sec). Mean time for distal locking of femoral IMNs (two screws) was 249 (range 220-330sec). In the current study the SURESHOT™ Distal Targeting System proved to be accurate, fast and easy to learn.

  4. Closed retrograde retrieval of the distal broken segment of femoral cannulated intramedullary nail using a ball-tipped guide wire

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    Sreenivasulu Metikala


    Full Text Available Background: Extracting broken segments of intramedullay nails from long bones can be an operative challenge, particularly from the distal end. We report a case series where a simple and reproducible technique of extracting broken femoral cannulated nails using a ball-tipped guide wire is described. This closed technique involves no additional equipment or instruments. Materials and Methods: Eight patients who underwent the described method were included in the study. The technique involves using a standard plain guide wire passed through the cannulated distal broken nail segment after extraction of the proximal nail fragment. The plain guide wire is then advanced distally into the knee joint carefully under fluoroscopy imaging. Over this wire, a 5-millimeter (mm cannulated large drill bit is used to create a track up to the distal broken nail segment. Through the small knee wound, a ball-tipped guide wire is passed, smooth end first, till the ball engages the end of the nail. The guide wire is then extracted along with the broken nail through the proximal wound. Results: The method was successfully used in all eight patients for removal of broken cannulated intramedullary nail from the femoral canal without any complications. All patients underwent exchange nailing with successful bone union in six months. None of the patients had any problems at the knee joint at the final follow-up. Conclusion: We report a technique for successful extraction of the distal fragment of broken femoral intramedullary nails without additional surgical approaches.

  5. MR imaging of spine and spinal canal neoplasms: value of Gd-DTPA contrast enhancement; Diagnostyka MR zmian nowotworowych kregoslupa i kanalu kregowego: rola wzmocnienia kontrastowego Gadolinium-DTPA

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    Value of Gadolinium-DTPA contrast enhancement in diagnosis of neoplastic diseases of spinal canal was estimated on the basis of retrospective analysis of MR examinations performed in 75 patients. The analyzed material consisted of 15 cases of intramedullary tumors (group 1.), 38 of subdural extramedullary (group 2.) and 22 extradural ones (group 3.). Contrast enhanced MR contributed significant information to the final diagnosis in all groups. The utmost significance of Gd-DTPA contrast enhancement was ascertained in group 1. Authors conclude that contrast enhancement with Gd-DTPA is indispensable in all these cases of spinal canal neoplasms, where non-contrast MR did not reveal pathologic changes in optimal manner. (author) 12 refs, 5 figs, 4 tabs

  6. Spinal Cord Monitoring Data in Pediatric Spinal Deformity Patients With Spinal Cord Pathology. (United States)

    Aleem, Alexander W; Thuet, Earl D; Padberg, Anne M; Wallendorf, Michael; Luhmann, Scott J


    Retrospective. The purpose of this study is to review the efficacy of monitoring data and outcomes in pediatric patients with spinal cord pathology. The incidence of spinal cord pathology in pediatric patients with scoliosis has been reported between 3% and 20%. Previous studies demonstrated that intraoperative spinal cord monitoring (IOM) during scoliosis surgery can be reliable despite underlying pathology. A single-center retrospective review of 119 spinal surgery procedures in 82 patients with spinal cord pathology was performed. Diagnoses included Arnold-Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, myelomeningocele, spinal cord tumor, tethered cord, and diastematomyelia. Baseline neurologic function and history of prior neurosurgical intervention were identified. Outcome measures included ability to obtain reliable monitoring data during surgery and presence of postoperative neurologic deficits. Results were compared for 82 patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Usable IOM data were obtained in 82% of cases (97/119). Twenty-two cases (18%) had no lower extremity data. Patients with Arnold-Chiari malformation or syringomyelia pathologies, in isolation or together, had a significantly higher rate of reliable data compared to other pathologies (p < .0001). Among study group cases with usable data, there were 1 false negative (1%) and 4 true positive (4%) outcomes. There were no permanent neurologic deficits. The spinal cord pathology group demonstrated 80% sensitivity and 92% specificity. Spinal cord monitoring is a valuable tool in pediatric patients with spinal cord pathology undergoing spinal deformity surgeries. When obtained, data allow to detect changes in spinal cord function. Patients with a diagnosis of Arnold-Chiari or syringomyelia have monitoring data similar to those patients with AIS. Patients with other spinal cord pathologies have less reliable data, and surgeons should have a lower threshold for performing wake-up tests to assess spinal cord

  7. Imaging of Spinal Metastatic Disease

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    Lubdha M. Shah


    Full Text Available Metastases to the spine can involve the bone, epidural space, leptomeninges, and spinal cord. The spine is the third most common site for metastatic disease, following the lung and the liver. Approximately 60–70% of patients with systemic cancer will have spinal metastasis. Materials/Methods. This is a review of the imaging techniques and typical imaging appearances of spinal metastatic disease. Conclusions. Awareness of the different manifestations of spinal metastatic disease is essential as the spine is the most common site of osseous metastatic disease. Imaging modalities have complimentary roles in the evaluation of spinal metastatic disease. CT best delineates osseous integrity, while MRI is better at assessing soft tissue involvement. Physiologic properties, particularly in treated disease, can be evaluated with other imaging modalities such as FDG PET and advanced MRI sequences. Imaging plays a fundamental role in not only diagnosis but also treatment planning of spinal metastatic disease.

  8. Transverse myelitis following spinal anesthesia

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    Jha Sanjeev


    Full Text Available Spinal anesthesia is widely used during surgical procedures. It is generally safe and the frequency of severe, permanent neurological complications associated with it has been reported to be extremely low. We report a patient, who developed paraplegia following spinal anesthesia. A 29-year-old male was referred with acute, flaccid, sensory motor paraplegia, with bladder and bowel involvement. He developed this immediately after an operation for inguinal hernia under spinal anesthesia. Spinal magnetic resonance imaging revealed hemorrhagic myelitis in the conus at D12. He was referred after he did not respond to intravenous methylprednisolone for 10 days. This case brings up the difficulty encountered in determination of the interspace used for spinal anesthesia and the potential for traumatic injury to the spinal cord. It also demonstrates the tragic outcome after a clinician violates some important, standard and established guidelines.

  9. Cortical and spinal assessment

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    Fischer, I W; Gram, Mikkel; Hansen, T M


    BACKGROUND: Standardized objective methods to assess the analgesic effects of opioids, enable identification of underlying mechanisms of drug actions in the central nervous system. Opioids may exert their effect on both cortical and spinal levels. In this study actions of morphine at both levels...... subjects was included in the data analysis. There was no change in the activity in resting EEG (P>0.05) after morphine administration as compared to placebo. During cold pressor stimulation, morphine significantly lowered the relative activity in the delta (1-4Hz) band (P=0.03) and increased the activity...... morphine administration (P>0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Cold pressor EEG and the nociceptive reflex were more sensitive to morphine analgesia than resting EEG and can be used as standardized objective methods to assess opioid effects. However, no correlation between the analgesic effect of morphine on the spinal...

  10. Changes in spinal alignment. (United States)

    Veintemillas Aráiz, M T; Beltrán Salazar, V P; Rivera Valladares, L; Marín Aznar, A; Melloni Ribas, P; Valls Pascual, R


    Spinal misalignments are a common reason for consultation at primary care centers and specialized departments. Misalignment has diverse causes and is influenced by multiple factors: in adolescence, the most frequent misalignment is scoliosis, which is idiopathic in 80% of cases and normally asymptomatic. In adults, the most common cause is degenerative. It is important to know the natural history and to detect factors that might predict progression. The correct diagnosis of spinal deformities requires specific imaging studies. The degree of deformity determines the type of treatment. The aim is to prevent progression of the deformity and to recover the flexibility and balance of the body. Copyright © 2016 SERAM. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  11. Two spinal arachnoid cysts

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    Puijlaert, J.B.C.M.; Vielvoye, G.J.; Dulken, H. van


    Two cases of spinal arachnoid cysts are reported. One is extradurally located, the other intradurally. The first is only documented with myelography, the second also by subsequent CT scanning. Some clinical and diagnostic aspects of the lesion are discussed. The aim of this report is to add two new cases to the literature and to emphasize the role of high-resolution CT scanning in the diagnosis of these lesions.

  12. Spinal brucellosis: a review

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    Chelli Bouaziz, Mouna; Ladeb, Mohamed Fethi; Chakroun, Mohamed; Chaabane, Skander [Institut M T Kassab d' orthopedie, Department of Radiology, Ksar Said (Tunisia)


    Brucellosis is a zoonosis of worldwide distribution, relatively frequent in Mediterranean countries and in the Middle East. It is a systemic infection, caused by facultative intra-cellular bacteria of the genus Brucella, that can involve many organs and tissues. The spine is the most common site of musculoskeletal involvement, followed by the sacroiliac joints. The aim of this study was to assess the clinical, biological and imaging features of spinal brucellosis. (orig.)

  13. Aspergillus spinal epidural abscess

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    Byrd, B.F. III (Vanderbilt Univ. School of Medicine, Nashville, TN); Weiner, M.H.; McGee, Z.A.


    A spinal epidural abscess developed in a renal transplant recipient; results of a serum radioimmunoassay for Aspergillus antigen were positive. Laminectomy disclosed an abscess of the L4-5 interspace and L-5 vertebral body that contained hyphal forms and from which Aspergillus species was cultured. Serum Aspergillus antigen radioimmunoassay may be a valuable, specific early diagnostic test when systemic aspergillosis is a consideration in an immunosuppressed host.

  14. Spontaneous spinal epidural abscess.

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    Ellanti, P


    Spinal epidural abscess is an uncommon entity, the frequency of which is increasing. They occur spontaneously or as a complication of intervention. The classical triad of fever, back pain and neurological symptoms are not always present. High index of suspicion is key to diagnosis. Any delay in diagnosis and treatment can have significant neurological consequences. We present the case of a previously well man with a one month history of back pain resulting from an epidural abscess.

  15. Spinal sensory circuits in motion



    International audience; The role of sensory feedback in shaping locomotion has been long debated. Recent advances in genetics and behavior analysis revealed the importance of proprioceptive pathways in spinal circuits. The mechanisms underlying peripheral mechanosensation enabled to unravel the networks that feedback to spinal circuits in order to modulate locomotion. Sensory inputs to the vertebrate spinal cord were long thought to originate from the periphery. Recent studies challenge this ...

  16. [Information analysis of spinal ganglia]. (United States)

    Lobko, P I; Kovaleva, D V; Kovalchuk, I E; Pivchenko, P G; Rudenok, V V; Davydova, L A


    Information parameters (entropia and redundancy) of cervical and thoracic spinal ganglia of albino rat foetuses, mature animals (cat and dog) and human subjects were analysed. Information characteristics of spinal ganglia were shown to be level-specified and to depend on their functional peculiarities. Information parameters of thoracic spinal ganglia of man and different animals are specie specified and may be used in assessment of morphological structures as information systems.

  17. Pain following spinal cord injury



    The aims of this thesis were to assess and characterise nociceptive and neuropathic pain, the use of pharmacological and non-pharmacological pain treatment, and the influence of pain on the quality of sleep in a population following spinal cord injury (SCI). This thesis is divided into five separate studies: I. Pain in a Swedish spinal cord injury population. II. Gender related differences in pain in spinal cord injured individuals. III. Use of analgesic drugs in indi...

  18. Contemporary management of spinal AVFs and AVMs: lessons learned from 110 cases. (United States)

    Rangel-Castilla, Leonardo; Russin, Jonathan J; Zaidi, Hasan A; Martinez-Del-Campo, Eduardo; Park, Min S; Albuquerque, Felipe C; McDougall, Cameron G; Nakaji, Peter; Spetzler, Robert F


    Spinal arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are rare, complex spinal vascular lesions that are challenging to manage. Recently, understanding of these lesions has increased thanks to neuroimaging technology. Published reports of surgical results and clinical outcome are limited to small series. The authors present a large contemporary series of patients with spinal AVFs and AVMs who were treated at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. Retrospective detailed review of a prospective vascular database was performed for all patients with spinal AVFs and AVMs treated between 2000 and 2013. Patient demographic data, AVF and AVM characteristics, surgical results, clinical outcomes, complications, and long-term follow-up were reviewed. Between 2000 and 2013, 110 patients (57 male and 53 female) underwent obliteration of spinal AVFs and AVMs. The mean age at presentation was 42.3 years (range 18 months-81 years). There were 44 patients with AVFs and 66 with AVMs. The AVM group included 27 intramedullary, 21 conus medullaris, 12 metameric, and 6 extradural. The most common location was thoracic spine (61%), followed by cervical (22.7%), lumbar (14.5%), and sacral (1.8%). The most common presenting signs and symptoms included paresis/paralysis (75.5%), paresthesias (60%), pain (51.8%), bowel/bladder dysfunction (41.8%), and myelopathy (36.4%). Evidence of rupture was seen in 26.4% of patients. Perioperative embolization was performed in 42% of patients. Resection was performed in 95 patients (86.4%). Embolization alone was the only treatment in 14 patients (12.7%). One patient was treated with radiosurgery alone. Angiographically verified AVF and AVM obliteration was achieved in 92 patients (83.6%). At a mean follow-up duration of 30.5 months (range 1-205 months), 43 patients (97.7%) with AVFs and 57 (86.4%) with AVMs remained functionally independent (McCormick Scale scores ≤ 2). Perioperative complications were seen in 8

  19. Spinal dysraphism: MR imaging rationale. (United States)

    Rossi, A; Cama, A; Piatelli, G; Ravegnani, M; Biancheri, R; Tortori-Donati, P


    Spinal cord development occurs through the three consecutive periods of gastrulation (weeks 2-3), primary neurulation (weeks 3-4), and secondary neurulation (weeks 5-6). Spinal cord malformations derive from defects in these early embryonic stages, and are collectively called spinal dysraphisms. Spinal dysraphisms may be categorized clinically into open and closed, based on whether the abnormal nervous tissue is exposed to the environment or covered by skin. Open spinal dysraphisms include myelomeningocele and other rare abnormalities such as myelocele, hemimyelomeningocele, and hemimyelocele, and are always associated with a Chiari II malformation. Closed spinal dysraphisms are further divided into two subsets based on whether a subcutaneous mass is present in the low back. Closed spinal dysraphisms with mass comprise lipomyelocele, lipomyelomeningocele, meningocele, and myelocystocele. Closed spinal dysraphisms without mass comprise simple dysraphic states (tight filum terminale, filar and intradural lipomas, persistent terminal ventricle, and dermal sinuses) and complex dysraphic states. The latter category involves abnormal notochordal development, either in the form of failed midline integration (ranging from complete dorsal enteric fistula to neurenteric cysts and diastematomyelia) or of segmental agenesis (caudal agenesis and spinal segmental dysgenesis). Magnetic resonance imaging is the imaging modality of choice for evaluation of this complex group of disorders.

  20. Ilizarov External Fixator Versus Retrograde Intramedullary Nailing for Ankle Joint Arthrodesis in Diabetic Charcot Neuroarthropathy. (United States)

    ElAlfy, Barakat; Ali, Ayman M; Fawzy, Sallam I

    Charcot neuroarthropathy of the ankle joint is a destructive process that leads to instability and significant morbidity that can end with amputation. Surgical arthrodesis in Charcot neuroarthropathy has a high failure rate. The aim of the present prospective study was to compare the outcomes of an Ilizarov external fixator and retrograde intramedullary nailing (IMN) for tibiotalar arthrodesis in Charcot neuroarthropathy. From February 2010 to October 2013, 27 patients (16 males and 11 females) with Charcot neuropathy of the ankle joint were treated in our department. Their ages ranged from 32 to 75 (average 54) years. Of the 27 patients, 14 received an Ilizarov external fixator and 13 underwent IMN. A preoperative clinical and radiologic assessment of all patients was performed. The outcomes were measured for bone union, development of complications, and clinical follow-up. The mean score of modified American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society ankle hindfoot scale was 80 ± 2.7 points in the Ilizarov group and 75 ± 1.9 points in the IMN group. In the Ilizarov group, 12 of 14 patients achieved union, and in the IMN group, 10 of 13 patients achieved union. The complication rate was significantly greater in the external fixator group than in the IMN group. The complications in the Ilizarov group included nonunion in 2 patients (14%), pin tract infection in 8 (57%), pin tract loosening in 3 (21%), surgical wound infection in 3 (21%), and wound breakdown in 1 patient (7%). In the IMN group, nonunion occurred in 3 patients (23.1%), back-out of a distal locking bolt in 2 (15.4 %), and a superficial wound infection that resolved with antibiotics in 1 patient (7.7%). In conclusion, retrograde IMN and the Ilizarov external fixator both yielded better union for tibiotalar arthrodesis in Charcot neuroarthropathy. The Ilizarov external fixator resulted in a greater union rate than IMN but the complications with external fixation were significantly greater than those


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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Supracondylar fractures are one of the commonest fractures encountered in high velocity trauma which are associated with high morbidity and mortality . 1 Isolated fracture can itself lead to complications such as ARDS and pulmonary embo lism 1 . This necessitates early stabilization of fractures. Internal fixation is the choice of treatment in supracondylar fractures (AO type – A . 2 Retrograde supracondylar nail has shown to give one of the best results in terms of recovery, fracture union, r eturn to work and the functional outcome. METHODS: 20 patients with supracondylar fracture femur were studied (AO type - A. Supracondylar fractures femur were treated by closed or open reduction and internal fixation by Retrograde supracondylar nail inserte d through inter - condylar notch between July 2012 to September 2014 at our institution. The patients were evaluated clinically and radiologically for outcomes. All patients were followed up for an average of 12 months. Outcome was assessed using NEER’S SCOR E . 3 RESULTS: Supracondylar femoral extra - articular fractures in 20 patients were treated in this study with retrograde intramedullary supracondylar nail after closed or open reduction. The AO - ASIF fracture classification was used. All extra - articular fractures were selected for study. Six were compound fractures according to the Gustilo - Anderson classification , 4 the fracture was stabilized with the chosen system at an average of 6.9 days post - trauma, with an average operative time of 65. 9 minutes. In 15 cases closed reduction was possible while 5 required open reduction. Post - operatively all patients were shifted to continuous passive mobilization with early toe touch walking and gradually progressive weight bearing with appearance of clinical and radi ological signs of union. Evaluation was done according to Neer’s rating system . 3 65% excellent results were found. In the present study, road traffic accidents

  2. Finite element analysis of a pseudoelastic compression-generating intramedullary ankle arthrodesis nail. (United States)

    Anderson, Ryan T; Pacaccio, Douglas J; Yakacki, Christopher M; Carpenter, R Dana


    Tibio-talo-calcaneal (TTC) arthrodesis is an end-stage treatment for patients with severe degeneration of the ankle joint. This treatment consists of using an intramedullary nail (IM) to fuse the calcaneus, talus, and tibia bones together into one construct. Poor bone quality within the joint prior to surgery is common and thus the procedure has shown complications due to non-union. However, a new FDA-approved IM nail has been released that houses a nickel titanium (NiTi) rod that uses its inherent pseudoelastic material properties to apply active compression across the fusion site. Finite element analysis was performed to model the mechanical response of the NiTi within the device. A bone model was then developed based on a quantitative computed tomography (QCT) image for anatomical geometry and bone material properties. A total bone and device system was modeled to investigate the effect of bone quality change and gather load-sharing properties during gait loading. It was found that during the highest magnitude loading of gait, the load taken by the bone was more than 50% higher than the load taken by the nail. When comparing the load distribution during gait, results from this study would suggest that the device helps to prevent stress shielding by allowing a more even distribution of load between bone and nail. In conditions where bone quality may vary patient-to-patient, the model indicates that a 10% decrease in overall bone modulus (i.e. material stiffness) due to reduced bone mineral density would result in higher stresses in the nail (3.4%) and a marginal decrease in stress for the bone (0.5%). The finite element model presented in this study can be used as a quantitative tool to further understand the stress environment of both bone and device for a TTC fusion. Furthermore, the methodology presented gives insight on how to computationally program and use the unique material properties of NiTi in an active compression state useful for bone fracture healing

  3. Transient neurological symptoms after spinal anesthesia

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    Muhammet Gozdemir; Bunyamin Muslu; Huseyin Sert; Burhanettin Usta; Ruveyda Irem Demircioglu; Hulya Kasikara


    ...) after spinal anesthesia with levobupivacaine, bupivacaine, articaine or lidocaine. The patients (n=400) were randomly assigned to receive spinal anesthesia with levobupivacaine, bupivacaine, articaine or isobaric lidocaine...

  4. Medicolegal cases for spinal epidural hematoma and spinal epidural abscess. (United States)

    French, Keisha L; Daniels, Eldra W; Ahn, Uri M; Ahn, Nicholas U


    Spinal epidural hematoma and spinal epidural abscess are rare surgical emergencies resulting in significant neurologic deficits. Making the diagnosis for spinal epidural hematoma and spinal epidural abscess can be challenging; however, a delay in recognition and treatment can be devastating. The objective of this retrospective analysis study was to identify risk factors for an adverse outcome for the provider. The LexisNexis Academic legal search database was used to identify a total of 19 cases of spinal epidural hematoma and spinal epidural abscess filed against medical providers. Outcome data on trial verdicts, age, sex, initial site of injury, time to consultation, time to appropriate imaging studies, time to surgery, and whether a rectal examination was performed or not were recorded. The results demonstrated a significant association between time to surgery more than 48 hours and an unfavorable verdict for the provider. The degree of permanent neurologic impairment did not appear to affect the verdicts. Fifty-eight percent of the cases did not present with an initial deficit, including loss of bowel or bladder control. All medical professionals must maintain a high level of suspicion and act quickly. Physicians who are able to identify early clinical features, appropriately image, and treat within a 48 hour time frame have demonstrated a more favorable medicolegal outcome compared with their counterparts in filed lawsuits for spinal epidural hematoma and spinal epidural abscess cases.

  5. CREB-regulated transcription coactivator 1 enhances CREB-dependent gene expression in spinal cord to maintain the bone cancer pain in mice (United States)

    Liang, Ying; Liu, Yue; Hou, Bailing; Zhang, Wei; Liu, Ming; Sun, Yu-E; Gu, Xiaoping


    Background cAMP response element binding protein (CREB)-dependent gene expression plays an important role in central sensitization. CREB-regulated transcription coactivator 1 (CRTC1) dramatically increases CREB-mediated transcriptional activity. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor, N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor subunit 2B, and miRNA-212/132, which are highly CREB responsive, function downstream from CREB/CRTC1 to mediate activity-dependent synaptic plasticity and in turn loops back to amplify CREB/CRTC1 signaling. This study aimed to investigate the role of spinal CRTC1 in the maintenance of bone cancer pain using an RNA interference method. Results Osteosarcoma cells were implanted into the intramedullary space of the right femurs of C3H/HeNCrlVr mice to induce bone cancer pain. Western blotting was applied to examine the expression of spinal phospho-Ser133 CREB and CRTC1. We further investigated effects of repeated intrathecal administration with Adenoviruses expressing CRTC1-small interfering RNA (siRNA) on nociceptive behaviors and on the upregulation of CREB/CRTC1-target genes associated with bone cancer pain. Inoculation of osteosarcoma cells induced progressive mechanical allodynia and spontaneous pain, and resulted in upregulation of spinal p-CREB and CRTC1. Repeated intrathecal administration with Adenoviruses expressing CRTC1-siRNA attenuated bone cancer–evoked pain behaviors, and reduced CREB/CRTC1-target genes expression in spinal cord, including BDNF, NR2B, and miR-212/132. Conclusions Upregulation of CRTC1 enhancing CREB-dependent gene transcription in spinal cord may play an important role in bone cancer pain. Inhibition of spinal CRTC1 expression reduced bone cancer pain. Interruption to the positive feedback circuit between CREB/CRTC1 and its targets may contribute to the analgesic effects. These findings may provide further insight into the mechanisms and treatment of bone cancer pain. PMID:27060162

  6. The percutaneous use of a pointed reduction clamp during intramedullary nailing of distal third tibial shaft fractures. (United States)

    Forman, Jordanna M; Urruela, Adriana M; Egol, Kenneth A


    The purpose of this retrospective chart and radiographic review is to describe an effective reduction technique during intramedullary nailing of distal metaphyseal tibia fractures with the use of a pointed percutaneous clamp. Between 2007 and 2010, 100 patients who sustained 102 tibia fractures were definitively treated with an intramedullary nail at one of two medical centers. Diaphyseal fractures and injuries with an associated disruption of the distal tibiofibular joint were excluded from our study. A total of 27 patients with 27 distal metaphyseal tibia fractures (OTA types 42-A, 43-A, and 43-B) were included. All 27 patients underwent IM nailing of their fractures with anatomic reduction achieved using a percutaneously placed pointed reduction clamp prior to insertion of the IM implant. Fracture alignment and angular deformity was assessed using goniometric measurement functions on the PACS system (GE, Waukeshau, WI) obtained from preoperative and postoperative anteroposterior and lateral images for all subjects. Malalignment was defined as more than 5 degrees of angulation in any plane. Fourteen of the fractures were classified as OTA 42-A, 9 were OTA 43-A, and 4 were OTA 43-B. Analysis of post-closed reduction, preoperative anteroposterior radiographs revealed a mean of 7.9 degrees of coronal plane (range: 0.9 degrees-26 degrees) angulation. Post closed reduction preoperative lateral radiographs revealed a mean of 6.8 degrees sagittal plane (range: 0 degrees-24.6 degrees) angulation. Postoperative anteroposterior and lateral radiographs showed the distal segment returned to its anatomical alignment with a mean angulation of 0.5 degrees (range, 0 degrees-3.5 degrees) and 0.7 degrees (range, 0 degrees-4.2 degrees) of varus/ valgus and apex anterior/posterior angulation, respectively. These results showed an acceptable postopertative alignment in all 27 distal third fractures. No intra-operative or postoperative complications were noted in the study group. This

  7. Biomarkers in spinal cord injury.

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    Pouw, M.H.; Hosman, A.J.F.; Middendorp, J.J. van; Verbeek, M.M.; Vos, P.E.; Meent, H. van de


    STUDY DESIGN: Literature review. OBJECTIVES: In traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI), much effort has been put into the evaluation of SCI severity and the prediction of recovery potential. An accurate prediction of the initial damage of the spinal cord that differentiates between the severities of SCI

  8. Totally ossified metaplastic spinal meningioma. (United States)

    Ju, Chang Il; Hida, Kazutoshi; Yamauchi, Tomohiro; Houkin, Kiyohiro


    A 61-year-old woman with a very rare case of totally ossified large thoracic spinal metaplastic meningioma, showing progressing myelopathy is presented. Computed tomographic images showed a large totally ossfied intradural round mass occupying the spinal canal on T9-10 level. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a large T9-10 intradural extramedullary mass that was hypointense to spinal cord on T1- and T2-weighted sequences, partial enhancement was apparent after Gadolinium administration. The spinal cord was severely compressed and displaced toward the right at the level of T9-10. Surgical removal of the tumor was successfully accomplished via the posterior midline approach and the histological diagnosis verified an ossified metaplastic meningioma. The clinical neurological symptoms of patient were improved postoperatively. In this article we discuss the surgical and pathological aspects of rare case of spinal totally ossified metaplastic meningioma.

  9. [Extradural spinal meningioma: case report]. (United States)

    Dagain, A; Dulou, R; Lahutte, M; Dutertre, G; Pouit, B; Delmas, J-M; Camparo, P; Pernot, P


    We report a case of purely extradural spinal meningioma and discuss the potential pitfalls in differential diagnosis. Spinal meningiomas account for 20-30% of all spinal neoplasms. Epidural meningiomas are infrequent intraspinal tumors that can be easily confused with malignant neoplasms or spinal schwannomas. A 62-year-old man with a previous history of malignant disease presented with back pain and weakness of the lower limbs. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a well-enhanced T4 intraspinal lesion. The intraoperative histological examination showed a meningioma (confirmed by postoperative examination). Opening the dura mater confirmed the purely epidural location of the lesion. The postoperative course was uneventful with no recurrence 12 months after surgery. Purely extradural spinal meningiomas can mimic metastatic tumors or schwannomas. Intraoperative histology is mandatory for optimal surgical decision making.

  10. Retraining the injured spinal cord (United States)

    Edgerton, V. R.; Leon, R. D.; Harkema, S. J.; Hodgson, J. A.; London, N.; Reinkensmeyer, D. J.; Roy, R. R.; Talmadge, R. J.; Tillakaratne, N. J.; Timoszyk, W.; Tobin, A.


    The present review presents a series of concepts that may be useful in developing rehabilitative strategies to enhance recovery of posture and locomotion following spinal cord injury. First, the loss of supraspinal input results in a marked change in the functional efficacy of the remaining synapses and neurons of intraspinal and peripheral afferent (dorsal root ganglion) origin. Second, following a complete transection the lumbrosacral spinal cord can recover greater levels of motor performance if it has been exposed to the afferent and intraspinal activation patterns that are associated with standing and stepping. Third, the spinal cord can more readily reacquire the ability to stand and step following spinal cord transection with repetitive exposure to standing and stepping. Fourth, robotic assistive devices can be used to guide the kinematics of the limbs and thus expose the spinal cord to the new normal activity patterns associated with a particular motor task following spinal cord injury. In addition, such robotic assistive devices can provide immediate quantification of the limb kinematics. Fifth, the behavioural and physiological effects of spinal cord transection are reflected in adaptations in most, if not all, neurotransmitter systems in the lumbosacral spinal cord. Evidence is presented that both the GABAergic and glycinergic inhibitory systems are up-regulated following complete spinal cord transection and that step training results in some aspects of these transmitter systems being down-regulated towards control levels. These concepts and observations demonstrate that (a) the spinal cord can interpret complex afferent information and generate the appropriate motor task; and (b) motor ability can be defined to a large degree by training.


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    I. F. Akhtyamov


    Full Text Available Objective: to evaluate the morphofunctional state of the popliteal lymph nodes of the operated and intact pelvic rabbit limbs in conditions of intramedullary fixation of the tibia fracture with the implant coated with titanium nitride and hafnium. A morphological study of two groups of experimental animals was conducted. Osteoclasis of tibia and subsequent osteosynthesis with medical steel needles coated with and without titanium nitride and hafnium was made. In the lymph nodes of the animals in the comparison group both inflammatory (acute and chronic lymphadenitis and immunomorfologycal (hyperplasia of T-and B-dependent areas, sinus histiocytosis reactions were observed, with the latter being more common in the operated limb, and the inflammatory - in the intact one. The obtained data have proved the feasibility of using metal structures coated with nitrides of group IV metals (titanium and hafnium for external osteosynthesis.

  12. Treatment of excessive bone loss from both crus bones with internal bone transport using an intramedullary nail. Case report. (United States)

    Bereza, Przemysław; Wojciechowski, Piotr; Kusz, Damian


    We present a case report of a 16-year-old patient who suffered multisite and multiorgan injuries following a road accident. The most prominent musculoskeletal problem was a bilateral crush injury of the crus in combination with open fractures. The aim of this study is to present the possibilities and available methods of treatment of patients with extensive posttraumatic and postinflammatory bone loss of the lower limbs that make it possible to avoid amputation. We used intramedullary nailing and internal bone transport to reconstruct continuity and leg length of both crus bones. The treatment was complicated by poor vascularity and emerging complications. After several months and multi-stage treatment the patient was able to walk with full weight-bearing without crutches. Importantly, the patient is satisfied with the outcome of the treatment and does not consider herself disabled. The study presents our approach to the dilemma of choosing between prolonged reconstruction surgery and amputation as a final method.

  13. Decreased muscle strength is associated with impaired long-term functional outcome after intramedullary nailing of femoral shaft fracture

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    Larsen, Peter; Elsøe, Rasmus; Graven-Nielsen, Thomas;


    -up with clinical examination of 48 patients treated with intramedullary nailing after femoral shaft fracture between 2007 and 2010. The patients underwent a clinical examination and assessment of walking ability, maximal muscle strength during knee flexion and extension and hip abduction. Hip disability...... strength of knee flexion with the injured leg (226.0 N) was significantly lower then knee flexion with the non-injured leg (259.5 N, P abduction (129.2 vs 156.0 N, P ... in the difference in muscle strength were observed as well as between worse HOOS outcome and increasing body mass index. CONCLUSION:This study showed that decreased muscle strength for knee flexion, knee extension and hip abduction was associated with worse long-term functional outcome measured with a disease...

  14. Attitudes Towards Individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries (United States)

    Conway, Cassandra Sligh D.; Gooden, Randy; Nowell, Jennifer; Wilson, Navodda


    This paper will shed light on the lives of persons with spinal cord injuries by revealing the literature on spinal cord injuries that focuses on research that can shed light on attitudes towards persons with spinal cord injuries. The background literature related to incidences, the definition of spinal cord injury, and vocational opportunities are…

  15. Intramedullary Spinal Cord Metastasis from Breast Cancer Mimicking Delayed Radiation Myelopathy: Detection With {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT

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    Kawamoto, Terufumi; Yamashita, Toshinari; Katio, Satoshi; Miura, Yoshiharu [Komagome Hospital, Tokyo (Japan)


    We present the case of a 53-year-old woman with breast cancer who developed vertebral body metastases at the 7-10th thoracic vertebrae (Th7-10) and started radiotherapy in April 2011. Radio therapy was administered in 15 fractions of 2.5 Gy each to the vertebral bodies. Total dose to the tumor was 37.5 Gy. The result of such studies showed that most of the SUV Values in malignant lesions were increased in the delayed can and for most benign lesions these delayed values decreased. In '1{sup 8}F-FDG PET/ CT has an important role to play in the diagnosis of ISCM and the differentiation from DRM.

  16. [Technical Tips for Spinal Anesthesia]. (United States)

    Shima, Takeshi


    Spinal anesthesia is a standard technique for all anesthesiologists and surgeons. This review deals with basic knowledge and tips for spinal anesthesia in an empirical manner. It is important to understand practical knowledge about specific character of each local anesthetic, spread patterns of the anesthetics in the subarachnoid space and relation between anesthesia level and puncture site. This review also introduces tips for subarachnoid puncture and divided administration method of isobaric local anesthetic solution based on the literature. Anesthesiologists and surgeons have to recognize that it is necessary to take enough time to perform precious and optimal spinal anesthesia.


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    M. Karami


    Full Text Available In this study to determine whether spine stiffness is predictive of clinical results after lumbar spinal fusion for spinal stenosis, a total of 78 patients were measured intraoperatively with Kocher clamp manual distraction technique to determine motion segment stiffness then spinal fusion was performed for any loose segment. ‎Statistical analysis revealed that stiffness measurement correlate with clinical results of surgery. During a minimum of 2 years follow up after surgery, patients who had loose motion segment before or after decompression and were fused had the same level of satisfaction with surgical results as patients without loose segments and fusion. ‎We concluded that intraoperative spinal stiffness measurement provide a good indicator to spine fusion after lumbar canal stenosis ‎surgery.

  18. Phosphodiesterases in non-neoplastic appearing colonic mucosa from patients with colorectal neoplasia

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    Mahmood, Badar; Damm, Morten Matthiesen Bach; Jensen, Thorbjørn Søren Rønn


    showed overexpression of subtype PDE4B (p = 0.002) and subtype PDE5A (p = 0.02) in colorectal neoplasia patients. Finally, immunohistochemistry for 7 PDE isozymes demonstrated the presence of all 7 isozymes, albeit with weak reactions, and with no differences in localization between colorectal neoplasia...

  19. Disorder of homeostasis and blood aggregation in patients with obstructive jaundice of non-neoplastic ethiology


    Kashaeva, M.


    Indicators of homeostasis have been studied in 457 patients with obstructive jaundice. 232 of them had cholestasis for 10 days and 225 for 3-6 week. Indicators have been studied before and after the membrane, antioxidant and antiplatelet therapy in 140 patients. Increase in viscosity, erythrocyte aggregation, decrease of their deformability, blood coagulation potential and increase of fibrinolytic activity of blood have been observed in patients with obstructive jaundice on the background of ...

  20. Clinical, histopathological and therapeutic considerations in non-neoplastic abnormal uterine bleeding in menopause transition. (United States)

    Corniţescu, F I; Tănase, Florentina; Simionescu, Cristiana; Iliescu, D


    With the decline of ovarian hormonal function, from the fifth decade of life, women enter the menopause transition, during which bleeding becomes irregular in duration and time of occurrence. Secondary to ovarian dysfunction, developmental and maturation endometrial anomalies occur, which are clinically translated by abnormal uterine bleeding, which in many cases at this age can be caused by organic lesions (fibroma, polyps, endometritis, endometrial hyperplasia, adenomyosis, etc.). The retrospective study included a total of 256 patients with abnormal uterine bleeding in menopause transition. Statistics showed that the incidence of these types of bleeding increases with age (64.5%) and parity (30.5%), with symptoms consisting mostly in different clinical forms of abnormal uterine bleeding (62.1%), and leiomyomas prevailing at histopathological examination (49.6%). Progesterone replacement therapy was the first therapeutic choice for correcting these types of bleeding. Progesterone therapy is useful not only for therapeutic purposes to amend the bleeding, but also as a precaution against the development of endometrial carcinoma. Progestogens cancel the proliferative and mitogenic effect of estrogens, even when administered in sequential regimen 10-12 days per month.

  1. Sialoendoscopy for diagnosis and treatment of non-neoplastic obstruction in the salivary glands

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    Danquart, Jacob; Wagner, Niels; Arndal, Helge;


    including the first 100 consecutive sialoendoscopies in 91 patients performed at Hillerød Hospital and Rigshospitalet, in the 2004-2009 period. RESULTS: The median age of the 91 patients was 45 years (range 9-74 years) with a female-to-male ratio of 1.68. A total of 53 parotid and 47 submandibular...


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    Diah Rini Handjari


    Full Text Available Loss of adenomatous polyposis coli (APC function is typically an early event in sporadic colorectal cancer (CRC pathogenesis. The key tumor suppressor function of the APC protein lies in its ability to destabilize free cytoplasmic beta catenin. This lead to the accumulation of nuclear beta catenin, and together with the DNA binding protein Tcf-4, function as a transcriptional activator. Accumulation of stabilized free β-catenin is considered as an early event and perhaps initiating the process in intestinal tumorigenesis. Neoplastic transformation in the CRC associated chronic colitis is considered similar to the adenoma-carcinoma sequence in sporadic CRC. The distinguish feature from the CRC-related colitis is the difference in time and frequency changes. Loss of APC function, regarded as the beginning of a very common event in sporadic CRC, but the CRC associated chronic colitis generally occurs at the end of thedysplasia-carcinoma sequence. This research was conducted to determine the subcellular location of beta catenin expression in chronic colitis, colorectal adenomas and carcinomas that were evaluated by immunohistochemical staining. It can be concluded that beta-catenin is a component that plays a role in the development of the CRC and the subcellular location of beta-catenin can describe its oncogenic activity.

  3. Sonography of Non-neoplastic Disorders of the Hand and Wrist Tendons. (United States)

    Gitto, Salvatore; Draghi, Anna Guja; Draghi, Ferdinando


    Tendon disorders commonly cause hand and wrist disability and curtail the performance of work-related duties or routine tasks. Imaging is often needed for diagnosis, but it requires knowledge of the complex anatomic structures of the tendons of the hand and wrist as well as familiarity with related disorders. This review article aims to provide medical professionals with guidelines for the sonographic assessment of the tendons of hand and wrist and related disorders. Sonographic features of tendon disorders affecting the hand and wrist are described here, specifically: infectious tenosynovitis; tendon rupture or tearing; stenosing forms of tenosynovitis such as De Quervain disease and trigger finger; intersection syndrome; insertional tendinopathy; several forms of tendinous instability such as extensor carpi ulnaris instability, climber finger, and boxer knuckle; and tendinopathy in inflammatory rheumatic diseases. Postsurgical evaluation of the hand and wrist tendons is also discussed, including the healthy and pathologic appearances of operated tendons as well as impingement from orthopedic hardware. In conclusion, sonography is effective in assessing the tendons of the hand and wrist and related disorders and represents a valuable tool for diagnosis. © 2017 by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

  4. Review of the non-neoplastic kidney effects of hydrocarbon exposure in humans

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    Phillips, S.C.; Petrone, R.L.; Hemstreet, G.P. III


    This review has demonstrated that there is a considerable amount of information in the medical literature concerning hydrocarbon-associated kidney effects. Ravnskov has stated that glomerulonephritis should be recognized legally as an occupational disease, yet there is no mention of hydrocarbon exposure in the differential diagnosis of glomerulonephritis in two standard American textbooks of internal medicine. Two recently published textbooks of occupational medicine state without reservation that studies have linked hydrocarbon exposure to glomerulonephritis and base this conclusion on the previously cited studies of Beirne and Brennan, Zimmerman, and Ravnskov. The following conclusions have been reasonably substantiated: 1. Massive exposure to petroleum distillates on rare occasions may cause acute renal failure due to tubular necrosis. This appears to be a reversible lesion which, depending on the level of exposure, the medical care and support available, and pre-existing renal function, may be without chronic sequelae. 2. Case reports linking Goodpasture's syndrome and other types of glomerulonephritis to hydrocarbon exposure are based on circumstantial evidence and cannot be used to establish a causal association. 3. The evidence from the eight case-control studies of hydrocarbon exposure and glomerulonephritis is inconclusive. Six of the eight published case-control studies show a positive association between hydrocarbon exposure and glomerulonephritis, but four of the six studies have methodologic flaws that could explain the observed effect. The findings in the one positive study that is methodologically acceptable were not replicated in a subsequent study utilizing a similar design. 4. Studies of hydrocarbon-exposed occupational cohorts have generally revealed a lower than expected risk of death from renal causes. 69 references.

  5. Pathological study of non-neoplastic skin lesions by punch biopsy

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    Vijay Sreedhar Veldurthy


    Results: Total number of cases analysed were 92. The age group of 21-30 years constituted 31.5% of the total cases. There was a male predominance. Hyperpigmented patch/plaque was the most common clinical lesion (36.9%. Lichenoid lesions was the most common histopathological diagnosis reported (26% followed by Hansen's disease(23.9%. Lichen planus was the most common histopathological subtype of lichenoid lesions (58.3%. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(8.000: 1985-1988

  6. Casein kinase II is elevated in solid human tumours and rapidly proliferating non-neoplastic tissue

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    Münstermann, U; Fritz, G; Seitz, G


    extracts from solid tumours followed by immunostaining with an anti-CKII polyclonal antibody, (b) immunohistochemical staining of cells from tissue sections and (c) by activity measurements using the CKII-specific synthetic peptide (RRRDDDSDDD). The maximum observed activity in the colorectal carcinomas...

  7. Epidural Cystic Spinal Meningioma (United States)

    Zhang, Ji; Chen, Zheng-he; Wang, Zi-feng; Sun, Peng; Jin, Jie-tian; Zhang, Xiang-heng; Zhao, Yi-ying; Wang, Jian; Mou, Yong-gao; Chen, Zhong-ping


    Abstract Cystic spinal meningioma (CSM) is an uncommon meningioma variant. Extradural CSMs are particularly rare and difficult to distinguish from other intraaxial tumors. This study presents a case of a 36-year-old woman with intraspinal extradual CSM at the thoracolumbar spine. She experienced persistent weakness, progressive numbness, and sensory disturbance in the right lower limb. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the patient revealed an irregular cystic mass at the thoracic 11 to lumbar 3 levels dorsally. This case was misdiagnosed as other neoplasms prior to surgery because of the atypical radiographic features and location of the tumor. Extradural CSMs should be considered in the differential diagnosis of intraspinal extradural cystic neoplasms. Complete removal of cystic wall provides an optimal outcome, rendering the lesion curable. PMID:26986119

  8. Trigemino-cervical-spinal reflexes after traumatic spinal cord injury. (United States)

    Nardone, Raffaele; Höller, Yvonne; Orioli, Andrea; Brigo, Francesco; Christova, Monica; Tezzon, Frediano; Golaszewski, Stefan; Trinka, Eugen


    After spinal cord injury (SCI) reorganization of spinal cord circuits occur both above and below the spinal lesion. These functional changes can be determined by assessing electrophysiological recording. We aimed at investigating the trigemino-cervical reflex (TCR) and trigemino-spinal reflex (TSR) responses after traumatic SCI. TCR and TSR were registered after stimulation of the infraorbital nerve from the sternocleidomastoid, splenius, deltoid, biceps and first dorsal interosseous muscles in 10 healthy subjects and 10 subjects with incomplete cervical SCI. In the control subjects reflex responses were registered from the sternocleidomastoid, and splenium muscles, while no responses were obtained from upper limb muscles. In contrast, smaller but clear short latency EMG potentials were recorded from deltoid and biceps muscles in about half of the SCI patients. Moreover, the amplitudes of the EMG responses in the neck muscles were significantly higher in patients than in control subjects. The reflex responses are likely to propagate up the brainstem and down the spinal cord along the reticulospinal tracts and the propriospinal system. Despite the loss of corticospinal axons, synaptic plasticity in pre-existing pathways and/or formation of new circuits through sprouting processes above the injury site may contribute to the findings of this preliminary study and may be involved in the functional recovery. Trigemino-cervical-spinal reflexes can be used to demonstrate and quantify plastic changes at brainstem and cervical level following SCI. Copyright © 2014 International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Chronic spinal subdural hematoma; Spinales chronisches subdurales Haematom

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    Hagen, T.; Lensch, T. [Radiologengemeinschaft, Augsburg (Germany)


    Compared with spinal epidural hematomas, spinal subdural hematomas are rare; chronic forms are even more uncommon. These hematomas are associated not only with lumbar puncture and spinal trauma, but also with coagulopathies, vascular malformations and tumors. Compression of the spinal cord and the cauda equina means that the patients develop increasing back or radicular pain, followed by paraparesis and bladder and bowel paralysis, so that in most cases surgical decompression is carried out. On magnetic resonance imaging these hematomas present as thoracic or lumbar subdural masses, their signal intensity varying with the age of the hematoma. We report the clinical course and the findings revealed by imaging that led to the diagnosis in three cases of chronic spinal subdural hematoma. (orig.) [German] Spinale subdurale Haematome sind im Vergleich zu epiduralen Haematomen selten, chronische Verlaufsformen noch seltener. Ursaechlich sind neben Lumbalpunktionen und traumatischen Verletzungen auch Blutgerinnungsstoerungen, Gefaessmalformationen und Tumoren. Aufgrund der Kompression von Myelon und Cauda equina kommt es zu zunehmenden Ruecken- oder radikulaeren Schmerzen mit anschliessender Paraparese sowie einer Darm- und Blasenstoerung, weshalb in den meisten Faellen eine operative Entlastung durchgefuehrt wird. Magnetresonanztomographisch stellen sich die Haematome meist als thorakale bzw. lumbale subdurale Raumforderungen dar, die Signalintensitaet variiert mit dem Blutungsalter. Wir berichten ueber den klinischen Verlauf und die bildgebende Diagnostik von 3 Patienten mit spinalen chronischen subduralen Haematomen. (orig.)

  10. Relationship between Spinal Cord Volume and Spinal Cord Injury due to Spinal Shortening.

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    Feng Qiu

    Full Text Available Vertebral column resection is associated with a risk of spinal cord injury. In the present study, using a goat model, we aimed to investigate the relationship between changes in spinal cord volume and spinal cord injury due to spinal shortening, and to quantify the spinal cord volume per 1-mm height in order to clarify a safe limit for shortening. Vertebral column resection was performed at T10 in 10 goats. The spinal cord was shortened until the somatosensory-evoked potential was decreased by 50% from the baseline amplitude or delayed by 10% relative to the baseline peak latency. A wake-up test was performed, and the goats were observed for two days postoperatively. Magnetic resonance imaging was used to measure the spinal cord volume, T10 height, disc height, osteotomy segment height, and spinal segment height pre- and postoperatively. Two of the 10 goats were excluded, and hence, only data from eight goats were analyzed. The somatosensory-evoked potential of these eight goats demonstrated meaningful changes. With regard to neurologic function, five and three goats were classified as Tarlov grades 5 and 4 at two days postoperatively. The mean shortening distance was 23.6 ± 1.51 mm, which correlated with the d-value (post-pre of the spinal cord volume per 1-mm height of the osteotomy segment (r = 0.95, p < 0.001 and with the height of the T10 body (r = 0.79, p = 0.02. The mean d-value (post-pre of the spinal cord volume per 1-mm height of the osteotomy segment was 142.87 ± 0.59 mm3 (range, 142.19-143.67 mm3. The limit for shortening was approximately 106% of the vertebral height. The mean volumes of the osteotomy and spinal segments did not significantly change after surgery (t = 0.310, p = 0.765 and t = 1.241, p = 0.255, respectively. Thus, our results indicate that the safe limit for shortening can be calculated using the change in spinal cord volume per 1-mm height.

  11. Spinal and Intracranial Epidural Abscess

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    J Gordon Millichap


    Full Text Available Presentation, epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of spinal epidural abscess (SEA and intracranial epidural abscess (ICEA are reviewed by researchers at The John's Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, and Universidad de Santander, Columbia.

  12. Intramedullary interlocking nail in the fracture of humerus%交锁髓内钉治疗肱骨干骨折

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    倪东亮; 祝云利


    目的研究和评估交锁髓内钉在肱骨干骨折治疗的价值和作用。方法对17例肱骨干骨折患者行闭合复位,交锁髓内钉内固定。结果17例患者随访4~22月,骨折均愈合,无远期桡神经损伤及骨不连等并发症。结论肱骨交锁髓内钉适用于肱骨干骨折的治疗。%Objective To study and evaluate intramedullary interlocking nail in the treatment of humerus fracture.Methods 17 cases of humerus fracture treated with intramedullary interlocking nail had been followed up for 4 to 22 months.Results Complete unions were observed in all cases without radial nerve injury.Conclusion Intramedullary interlocking nail was suitable for the treatment of humerus shaft fracture.

  13. 交锁髓内钉治疗胫骨近端骨折%Proximal Tibia Fractures Treated by Interlocking Intramedullary Nail

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    目的:探讨交锁髓内钉治疗胫骨近端骨折的临床效果。方法选取我院收治的15例骨近端骨折患者,使用交锁髓内钉治疗,观察其效果。结果所有病例骨折部成角小于5°,骨折块移位小于1 cm。无术后感染。结论应用交锁髓内钉治疗,只要应用一定的外科技术,是可以取得良好的骨折对位,并有较好的疗效。%ObjectiveTo discuss the exchange interlocking intramedullary nail for treatment of proximal tibia fractures.Methods Selected 15 patients with fracture of the proximal tibia in our hospital who were used locking intramedullary nail treatment, the effect was observed. Results All fracture of Angle was less than 50, fracture displacement was less than 1 cm. No postoperative infection. Conclusion The application of interlocking intramedullary nail treatment, as long as the application of surgical technique, can achieve good fracture alignment, and has good curative effect.

  14. Spinal syringomyelia following subarachnoid hemorrhage. (United States)

    Nakanishi, Kinya; Uchiyama, Takuya; Nakano, Naoki; Fukawa, Norihito; Yamada, Kimito; Yabuuchi, Tomonari; Kato, Amami


    Subarachnoid blood has been reported as a cause of chronic spinal arachnoiditis. Although syringomyelia has been thought to be caused by spinal arachnoiditis, reports of syringomyelia following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) are very rare. We describe two patients with syringomyelia associated with chronic spinal arachnoiditis following SAH. From January 2001 to December 2010, 198 patients with aneurysmal SAH were treated at Kinki University School of Medicine. Two of the 198 patients had syringomyelia following aneurysmal SAH; thus the rate of syringomyelia associated with aneurysmal SAH was 1.0%. Patient 1 was a 54-year-old woman who presented with back pain, back numbness and gait disturbance 20 months after SAH. Her MRI revealed syringomyelia of the spinal cord from C2 to T10. She underwent shunting of the syrinx to the subarachnoid space. Patient 2 was a 49-year-old man, who was admitted to the hospital with headache, diplopia, hoarseness, dysphagia and ataxia five months after SAH. MRI revealed syringomyelia from the medulla oblongata to C6, and an enlargement of the lateral and fourth ventricles. After foramen magnum decompression and C1 laminectomy, a fourth ventricle-subarachnoid shunt was placed by insertion of a catheter. Spinal arachnoiditis and spinal syringomyelia are rare but important chronic complications after SAH.

  15. Primary spinal tumors in childhood: A single institution 15 year experience (United States)

    Hung, Po-Cheng; Wu, Chieh-Tsai; Jaing, Tang-Her; Sheen, Jiunn-Ming; Chou, Ming-Liang; Lin, Kuang-Lin


    Background: Pediatric primary spinal tumors (PST) are fairly uncommon, with little available data regarding incidence and outcomes. Materials and Methods: We conducted a retrospective review of the 22 consecutive patients less than 18 years old diagnosed with PST between March 1997 and May 2011 and treated at Chang Gung Children Hospital. All patients had undergone magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for pre-operative evaluation and operations for PST. The extent of tumor removal was assessed by surgical report by the neurosurgeon or by post-operative MRI if available. Results: Ten of them had intramedullary tumors and 12 had intradural extramedullary tumors. All patients were treated with surgery to the primary site. A total of 15 patients underwent gross total tumor resection and seven patients received post-operative radiotherapy. Five patients received adjuvant chemotherapy for their primary tumor. Fourteen patients (64%) survived from study entry without tumor progression. Conclusions: PST encompassed a diverse group of pathologic entities that differ markedly based on the location and age of the children. Total resection of pediatric PST in children could be performed with acceptable risk and satisfactory long-term results. PMID:27695552

  16. Radionuclide imaging of spinal infections

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    Gemmel, Filip [Ghent Maria-Middelares, General Hospital, Division of Nuclear Medicine, Ghent (Belgium); Medical Center Leeuwarden (MCL), Division of Nuclear Medicine, Henri Dunantweg 2, Postbus 888, Leeuwarden (Netherlands); Dumarey, Nicolas [Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Hopital Erasme, Division of Nuclear Medicine, Brussels (Belgium); Palestro, Christopher J. [Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Division of Nuclear Medicine, Long Island, NY (United States)


    The diagnosis of spinal infection, with or without implants, has been a challenge for physicians for many years. Spinal infections are now being recognised more frequently, owing to aging of the population and the increasing use of spinal-fusion surgery. The diagnosis in many cases is delayed, and this may result in permanent neurological damage or even death. Laboratory evidence of infection is variable. Conventional radiography and radionuclide bone imaging lack both sensitivity and specificity. Neither in vitro labelled leucocyte scintigraphy nor {sup 99m}Tc-anti-granulocyte antibody scintigraphy is especially useful, because of the frequency with which spinal infection presents as a non-specific photopenic area on these tests. Sequential bone/gallium imaging and {sup 67}Ga-SPECT are currently the radionuclide procedures of choice for spinal osteomyelitis, but these tests lack specificity, suffer from poor spatial resolution and require several days to complete. [{sup 18}F]Fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG) PET is a promising technique for diagnosing spinal infection, and has several potential advantages over conventional radionuclide tests. The study is sensitive and is completed in a single session, and image quality is superior to that obtained with single-photon emitting tracers. The specificity of FDG-PET may also be superior to that of conventional tracers because degenerative bone disease and fractures usually do not produce intense FDG uptake; moreover, spinal implants do not affect FDG imaging. However, FDG-PET images have to be read with caution in patients with instrumented spinal-fusion surgery since non-specific accumulation of FDG around the fusion material is not uncommon. In the future, PET-CT will likely provide more precise localisation of abnormalities. FDG-PET may prove to be useful for monitoring response to treatment in patients with spinal osteomyelitis. Other tracers for diagnosing spinal osteomyelitis are also under investigation, including

  17. Solitary spinal dural syphilis granuloma mimicking a spinal meningioma. (United States)

    Zhou, Heng-Jun; Zhan, Ren-Ya; Chen, Man-Tao; Cao, Fei; Zheng, Xiu-Jue


    Dural granuloma is extremely rare. To our knowledge, there has no case reported solitary spinal dural syphilis granuloma worldwide so far. Here we report our findings in a 49-year-old woman, who presented with 10-year progressive left lower-limb numbness and two weeks of right lower-limb numbness. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) suggested a homogeneous enhanced spindle-shaped lesion, 2.9 × 1.5 cm in size, occupying the spinal intradural extramedullary space, at the level of Thoracic (T)-2/3, which mimicked the appearance of spinal meningioma. The Treponema pallidum particle agglutination (TPPA) test titer of 1:8, and the venereal diseases research laboratory of cerebral spinal fluid (VDRL-CSF) was reactive, so confirmed neurosyphilis was considered. After formal anti-syphilis treatment, posterior laminectomy surgery was performed, and the lesion was completely separated and extirpated. Final histopathologic diagnosis of the lesion was confirmed as chronic granulomatous inflammation, combined with the neurosyphilis history, spinal dural syphilis granuloma was finally diagnosed. Postoperatively, the patient recovered without any further treatment.

  18. Spinal and supraspinal postural networks. (United States)

    Deliagina, T G; Beloozerova, I N; Zelenin, P V; Orlovsky, G N


    Different species maintain a particular body orientation in space (upright in humans, dorsal-side-up in quadrupeds, fish and lamprey) due to the activity of a closed-loop postural control system. We will discuss operation of spinal and supraspinal postural networks studied in a lower vertebrate (lamprey) and in two mammals (rabbit and cat). In the lamprey, the postural control system is driven by vestibular input. The key role in the postural network belongs to the reticulospinal (RS) neurons. Due to vestibular input, deviation from the stabilized body orientation in any (roll, pitch, yaw) plane leads to generation of RS commands, which are sent to the spinal cord and cause postural correction. For each of the planes, there are two groups of RS neurons responding to rotation in the opposite directions; they cause a turn opposite to the initial one. The command transmitted by an individual RS neuron causes the motor response, which contributes to the correction of posture. In each plane, the postural system stabilizes the orientation at which the antagonistic vestibular reflexes compensate for each other. Thus, in lamprey the supraspinal networks play a crucial role in stabilization of body orientation, and the function of the spinal networks is transformation of supraspinal commands into the motor pattern of postural corrections. In terrestrial quadrupeds, the postural system stabilizing the trunk orientation in the transversal plane was analyzed. It consists of two relatively independent sub-systems stabilizing orientation of the anterior and posterior parts of the trunk. They are driven by somatosensory input from limb mechanoreceptors. Each sub-system consists of two closed-loop mechanisms - spinal and spino-supraspinal. Operation of the supraspinal networks was studied by recording the posture-related activity of corticospinal neurons. The postural capacity of spinal networks was evaluated in animals with lesions to the spinal cord. Relative contribution of

  19. A case of acute spinal intradural hematoma due to spinal anesthesia

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    Josu M Avecillas-Chasn; Jordi A Matias-Guiu; Gustavo Gomez; Javier Saceda-Gutierrez


    Spinal intradural hematoma is a rare complication of diagnostic lumbar puncture or spinal anesthesia. This complication could be overlooked with devastating neurological consequences due to a delay in diagnosis. Here, we reported a case of a patient with a lumbar spinal intradural hematoma as a result of a difficult spinal anesthesia.

  20. Suicide in a spinal cord injured population

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    Hartkopp, A; Brønnum-Hansen, Henrik; Seidenschnur, A M


    To determine the relation between functional status and risk of suicide among individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI).......To determine the relation between functional status and risk of suicide among individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI)....

  1. Uncommon progression of an extradural spinal meningioma

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    Ben Nsir, Atef; Boughamoura, Mohamed; Mahmoudi, Houda; Kilani, Mohamed; Hattab, Nejib


    Extradural spinal meningiomas are rare. Our understanding of purely extradural spinal meningiomas is still incomplete and they may be easily confused with malignant neoplasms, much more common in this location...

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    ... Go New to Website Managing Bowel Function After Spinal Cord Injury Resilience, Depression and Bouncing Back after SCI Getting ... the UAB-SCIMS Contact the UAB-SCIMS UAB Spinal Cord Injury Model System Newly Injured Health Daily Living Consumer ...

  3. Case of chronic progressive radiation myelopathy with a CT myelogram simulating intramedullary tumor

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    Kanemaru, Kazutomi; Kamo, Hisaki; Yamao, Satoshi; Akiguchi, Ichiro; Kameyama, Masakuni


    A 58-year-old man underwent a right middle lobectomy in June, 1975, for poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma of the lung. Postoperative irradiation was given to the hilus (6100 rads), and to the right supraclavicular area (6000 rads). In 1980, 60 months after completion of irradiation, the patient noticed weakness of his legs particularly on the left side. In 1982, he noticed the girdle sensation in the upper thoracic region, and paresthesia in the lateral side of the right thigh. In Dec 1983, micturition disturbance appeared, and gait disturbance progressed, he was admitted to the Kyoto University Hospital. Neurological examination revealed an incomplete left Brown-Sequard syndrome with diminution of pain and thermal sensation on the right lower limb, and weakness and spasticity particularly on the left lower limb. Conventional myelogram with CT myelogram showed spinal cord swelling from T-2 through T-5. No extramedullary lesion was found. Laminectomy was performed through T-1 to T-6. When the dura was opened, the cord was swollen and necrotic with a cyst formation. Microscopic examination of the thickened part of the cord showed necrosis and gliosis. The lesion was correspond to the cord segments exposed to the radiation, and a diagnosis of radiation myelopathy was made. Several cases of radiation myelopathy with definite swelling of the cord at myelography were reported, but myelography in these cases was performed at most within 11 months after the onset. In this case, myelography was performed three years after the onset, and revealed difinite swelling of the cord due to a cyst formation. (author).

  4. Treatment of Severely Displaced Radial Neck Fractures in Children With Percutaneous K-wire Leverage and Closed Intramedullary Pinning (United States)

    Zhang, Fu-Yong; Wang, Xiao-Dong; Zhen, Yun-Fang; Guo, Zhi-Xiong; Dai, Jin; Zhu, Lun-Qing


    Abstract To evaluate the efficacy and safety of percutaneous K-wire leverage (PKWL) reduction and closed intramedullary pinning (CIMP) for the treatment of pediatric radial neck fractures. From June 2010 to December 2013, a total of 50 children with Judet III and IV radial neck fractures were treated at our hospital. Manual closed reduction was first attempted to reduce the radial neck fractures. Upon successful closed reduction or the radial neck–shaft angle was reduced to  0.05), but were significantly larger than group A in the radial neck–shaft angle and fracture displacement (P < 0.05). Group A and B had significantly shorter operation time than group C (58.4 ± 14.5 minutes, 55.2 ± 11.2 minutes, versus 81.4 ± 7.5 minutes, P < 0.05). Forty-five patients were followed up for a mean of 2 years. Bone union was achieved in all patients within a mean time of 4.1 months. The patients treated with manual reduction or percutaneous leverage reduction showed excellent results. Three patients, however, treated with open reduction showed 10 to 20° limitation in range of motion of the elbow. No other complications were seen. Percutaneous K-wire leverage and CIMP are safe and effective for the treatment of pediatric Judet III and IV radial neck fractures. PMID:26735536

  5. Removal of a Broken Cannulated Intramedullary Nail: Review of the Literature and a Case Report of a New Technique

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    Amr A. Abdelgawad


    Full Text Available Nonunion of long bones fixed with nails may result in implant failure. Removal of a broken intramedullary nail may be a real challenge. Many methods have been described to allow for removal of the broken piece of the nail. In this paper, we are reviewing the different techniques to extract a broken nail, classifying them into different subsets, and describing a new technique that we used to remove a broken tibial nail with narrow canal. Eight different categories of implant removal methods were described, with different methods within each category. This classification is very comprehensive and was never described before. We described a new technique (hook captured in the medulla by flexible nail introduced from the locking hole which is a valuable technique in cases of nail of a small diameter where other methods cannot be used because of the narrow canal of the nail. Our eight categories for broken nail removal methods simplify the concepts of nail removal and allow the surgeon to better plan for the removal procedure.

  6. Early intramedullary nailing for femoral fractures in patients with severe thoracic trauma: A systemic review and meta-analysis

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    Xiao-Yuan Liu; Meng Jiang; Cheng-La Yi; Xiang-Jun Bai; David J.Hak


    Purpose:Early intramedullary nailing (IMN) within the first 24 h for multiply injured patients with femoral fracture and concomitant thoracic trauma is controversial.Previously published studies have been limited in size and their outcomes have been inconclusive.A meta-analysis was conducted to evaluate the available data in order to guide care and help improve the outcomes for these patients.Methods:We searched the literature up to December 2011 in the main medical search engines and identified 6 retrospective cohort studies that explored the safety of early IMN in patients with both femoral fracture and chest injury.Our primary outcome was the rates of pulmonary complication (pneumonia,adult respiratory distress syndrome,fat embolism syndrome),multiple organ failure (MOF) and mortality.Results:We found no statistically significant difference in the rate of pulmonary complications,MOF or mortality in the patients treated with early IMN.Conclusion:Early IMN for femoral fractures does not increase the mortality and morbidity in chestinjured patients in the studies analyzed.

  7. Flexible intramedullary nails with traction versus plaster cast for treating femoral shaft fractures in children: comparative retrospective study. (United States)

    Nascimento, Fabiano Prata do; Santili, Cláudio; Akkari, Miguel; Waisberg, Gilberto; Braga, Susana dos Reis; Fucs, Patrícia Maria Moraes de Barros


    CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE Femoral fractures are common in children between 2 and 12 years of age, and 75% of the lesions affect the femoral shaft. Traction followed by a plaster cast is universally accepted as conservative treatment. However, in some situations, a surgical approach is recommended. The objective here was to compare treatments for femoral shaft fractures using intramedullary nails (titanium elastic nails, TEN) versus traction and plaster casts in children. The hypothesis was that TEN might provide better treatment, with good clinical results in comparison with plaster casts. DESIGN AND SETTING This retrospective comparative study was conducted in a public university hospital. METHODS Sixty children with femoral fractures were evaluated; 30 of them underwent surgical treatment with TEN and 30 were treated conservatively using plaster casts. The patients' ages ranged from 5 to 13 years (mean of 9 years). RESULTS The mean duration of hospitalization was nine days for the surgical group and 20 days for the conservative group. The incidence of overgrowth in the patients treated with TEN was 60.0% and, for those treated conservatively, 13.3%. Partial weight-bearing was allowed after 3.5 weeks in the surgical group and after 9.6 weeks in the conservative group. New hospitalization was required for 90.0% in the surgical group and 16.7% in the conservative group. Patients treated with plaster casts presented higher incidence of complications, such as loss of reduction. CONCLUSIONS The surgical method presented better results for children.

  8. Recurrent patellar tendon rupture in a patient after intramedullary nailing of the tibia: reconstruction using an Achilles tendon allograft. (United States)

    Jagow, Devin M; Garcia, Branden J; Yacoubian, Stephan V; Yacoubian, Shahan V


    Various complications after intramedullary (IM) nailing of the tibia have been reported, the most common of which are anterior knee pain and symptoms similar to patella tendonitis. Complete rupture of the patellar tendon after IM nailing of the tibia has been reported on 2 occasions, in conjunction with predisposing patient factors, such as systemic disease or a proud tibial nail. Patellar tendon ruptures are disabling injuries that can be technically difficult to repair because of the poor quality of remaining tendon tissue, quadriceps muscle atrophy and/or contracture, and scar-tissue formation. Many methods have described the surgical reconstruction of the knee extensor mechanism, which is most commonly performed after total knee arthroplasty. We report the successful surgical and clinical outcome of patellar tendon reconstruction using an Achilles tendon allograft in a patient subject to late and recurrent ruptures after IM nailing of the tibia through a mid-patellar tendon-splitting approach. Seven months after tendon reconstruction, the patient exhibited full knee flexion, an extension lag of 10º, 4/5 quadriceps strength, and return to her baseline ambulatory status.

  9. [Unstable fracture of the distal radius and its treatment: comparison of three techniques: external fixation, intramedullary pinning and AO plates]. (United States)

    Sennwald, G R; Della Santa, D


    This retrospective study compares 94 distal radius fractures. Sixty one women (median age 66) and 33 men (median age 42) were reviewed clinically and radiologically by a surgeon not involved in treatment. Fractures were classified into three AO groups. Standard X-rays were used for radiological evaluation. Fractures of the distal ulna were evaluated separately. Chi-square tests, Wilcoxon, Mann-Whitney and Fisher's tests were used for statistical evaluation. Women presented mainly "A" type fractures. They were treated by intramedullary pinning. Forty two fractures were grafted, using autogenous bone for young patients and bone substitute for the elderly. Twelve scapholunate dissociations were recorded, all but one were detected in women, 50 years of age or more. Four were painfree, two presented climatic pain and six claimed pain during effort; none had snapping. Radio-ulnar laxity was similar with or without styloid fractures. External fixator and autogenous grafts appeared the most efficient technique for maintaining radial length. Ulnar head fractures were related to a significant higher incidence of sympathetic dystrophy with reduced prono-supination, a correlation not previously noted to your knowledge. This suggests that radius and ulnar head fracture should be classified independently. The amount of pain was not related to classification, internal fixation or gender.

  10. Percutaneous clamping of spiral and oblique fractures of the tibial shaft: a safe and effective reduction aid during intramedullary nailing. (United States)

    Collinge, Cory A; Beltran, Michael J; Dollahite, Henry A; Huber, Florian G


    The reduction of tibial shaft fractures during intramedullary nailing is important if limb alignment is to be restored and successful clinical outcomes are expected. We have used a percutaneously applied (or open) clamp or clamps to achieve and maintain reduction during nailing of all amendable tibial shaft fractures. In this article, we describe the technique and preliminary results comparing closed, simple spiral and oblique tibial shaft fractures (OTA 42-A1 and A2) managed with percutaneous clamp-assisted nailing (CAN) versus nailing using manual reduction (MRN) held by the surgical team. In the MRN group, there were an increased fracture gap (P = 0.04) and trends toward malalignment (P = 0.07) and healing time (P = 0.06) compared with the CAN group. There were also trends in clinical; no wound complications occurred in either group. We have found that percutaneous CAN of closed, simple spiral and oblique tibial shaft fractures seems safe and allows for early predictable union with reproducible alignment compared with nailing using MRN.

  11. Intramedullary nailing of tibial shaft fractures in the semi-extended position using a suprapatellar portal technique. (United States)

    Zelle, Boris A


    Intramedullary nail fixation remains the standard treatment for displaced tibial shaft fractures. Establishing an appropriate starting point remains a crucial step in the surgical procedure. Tibial nailing using an infrapatellar starting point with the knee flexed over a radiolucent triangle has been established as a widely-used standard technique. Tibial nail insertion with the knee in the semi-extended position was introduced with the goal to counteract post-operative procurvatum deformities that frequently have been reported as a common problem in proximal third tibial shaft fractures. Early reports on tibial nailing in the semi-extended position used a knee arthrotomy in order to establish the proximal tibial starting point. Recent technological advances have provided the surgical community with instrumentation systems that allow for tibial nailing in the semi-extended position using a suprapatellar portal with nail insertion through the patellofemoral joint. Preliminary clinical studies have suggested favorable outcomes that can be achieved with this technique. This article provides a description of the surgical technique and a review of the currently available evidence.

  12. [Intramedullary osteosynthesis in treating intertrochanteric fracture of the femur, based on our own experience using Gamma nails and Ender rods]. (United States)

    Bednarenko, Marcin; Kotela, Ireneusz; Zieńzuk, Witold; Korzec, Artur


    Intertrochanteric fractures have always posed an interdisciplinary medical problem. Most frequently it happens between 7th and 8th decades of life. The majority of them are due to osteoporosis. Both for a medical doctor and surgeon they face quite a challenge when it comes to treating a patient with a fracture of the proximal epiphysis of the femur. Recently, the outcome of the fracture treatment has improved greatly due to introduction of modern methods of intramedullary and periosteal fusion. In this study we present a possible utilization of Gamma nails, its advantages and disadvantages compared with the stabilisation achieved using Ender rods. We analyzed the outcome of treatment of 198 patients treated for intertrochanteric fractures of the femur. We present advantages and disadvantages of both methods of stabilization. We stress the importance of the correct reduction of the bone even if requiring opening. We also point to difficulties that accompany both types of stabilization. The final results reveal a considerably better outcome in patients treated using Gamma nails, especially if fractures were instable.

  13. Comparison of a new braid fixation system to an interlocking intramedullary nail for tibial osteotomy repair in an ovine model. (United States)

    Lu, Yan; Nemke, Brett; Lorang, Douglas M; Trip, Roel; Kobayashi, Hirohito; Markel, Mark D


    To compare bone healing of tibial osteotomy repaired with Nitinol wire braid and hardened steel rods (Braid system) and polymethylmethacrylate bone cement with an interlocking intramedullary (IM) nail fixation in an ovine model. In vitro and in vivo experimental study. Adult female sheep (n=22). Using sheep tibia, a middiaphyseal transverse osteotomy was performed in the right tibia, which were then randomly assigned to the Braid system group or IM nail group (n=5). The left tibia were used as controls. The torsional properties of tibial constructs were compared. The study was repeated in vivo in 12 sheep and mechanical properties and bone healing were evaluated at 12 weeks. In vitro, there was no significant difference in torsional stiffness between the groups. In vivo, operative time for the Braid system group was significantly shorter than the IM nail group. At 12 weeks, there were no significant differences in maximum torque and torsional stiffness between IM nail and Braid system groups nor were there significant radiographic or histologic differences between the groups. The Braid system might decrease operative time for repair of transverse middiaphyseal tibial fractures and result in similar bone healing at 12 weeks after surgery compared with an interlocking IM nail repair. A Nitinol Braid system may be a treatment option for transverse midshaft tibial fractures.

  14. MRI Findings in Spinal Canal Stenosis


    Maryam Barzin


    Spinal canal stenosis results from progressive narrowing of the central spinal canal and the lateral recesses. Primary (congenital) lumbar spinal stenosis is associated with achondroplastic dwarfism. The spinal canal may become narrowed by bulging or protrusion of the intervertebral disc annulus, herniation of the nucleus pulposus posteriorly, thickening of the posterior longitudinal ligament, hypertrophy of the facet joints, hypertrophy of the ligamentum flavum, epidural fat deposition, spon...

  15. Timing of Surgery After Spinal Cord Injury. (United States)

    Piazza, Matthew; Schuster, James


    Although timing for surgical intervention after spinal cord injury remains controversial, there is accumulating evidence suggesting that early surgery may improve neurologic outcomes, particularly with incomplete spinal cord injury, and may reduce non-neurologic complications and health care resource utilization. Moreover, even in patients with complete spinal cord injury, minor improvement in neurologic function can lead to significant changes in quality of life. This article reviews the experimental and clinical data examining surgical timing after spinal cord injury.

  16. Evaluation of spinal cord injury animal models

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    Ning Zhang; Marong Fang; Haohao Chen; Fangming Gou; Mingxing Ding


    Because there is no curative treatment for spinal cord injury, establishing an ideal animal model is important to identify injury mechanisms and develop therapies for individuals suffering from spinal cord injuries. In this article, we systematically review and analyze various kinds of animal models of spinal cord injury and assess their advantages and disadvantages for further studies.

  17. Venous manifestations of spinal arteriovenous fistulas

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    Andersson, T; van Dijk, JMC; Willinsky, RA


    Impairment of the spinal cord venous outflow may create symptoms caused by venous hypertension and congestion. This has been referred to as venous congestive myelopathy. Spinal dural arteriovenous fistulas, as well as some of the epidural arteriovenous fistulas and perimedullary spinal cord arteriov

  18. Functional outcome after a spinal fracture

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    Post, Richard Bernardus


    This thesis takes a closer look at the functional outcome after a spinal fracture. An introduction to different aspects regarding spinal fractures is presented in Chapter 1. The incidence of traumatic thoracolumbar spinal fractures without neurological deficit in the Netherlands is approximately 1.2

  19. Functional outcome after a spinal fracture

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    Post, Richard Bernardus


    This thesis takes a closer look at the functional outcome after a spinal fracture. An introduction to different aspects regarding spinal fractures is presented in Chapter 1. The incidence of traumatic thoracolumbar spinal fractures without neurological deficit in the Netherlands is approximately 1.2

  20. Spinal reflexes in brain death. (United States)

    Beckmann, Yesim; Çiftçi, Yeliz; Incesu, Tülay Kurt; Seçil, Yaprak; Akhan, Galip


    Spontaneous and reflex movements have been described in brain death and these unusual movements might cause uncertainties in diagnosis. In this study we evaluated the presence of spinal reflexes in patients who fulfilled the criteria for brain death. Thirty-two (22 %) of 144 patients presented unexpected motor movements spontaneously or during examinations. These patients exhibited the following signs: undulating toe, increased deep tendon reflexes, plantar responses, Lazarus sign, flexion-withdrawal reflex, facial myokymia, neck-arm flexion, finger jerks and fasciculations. In comparison, there were no significant differences in age, sex, etiology of brain death and hemodynamic laboratory findings in patients with and without reflex motor movement. Spinal reflexes should be well recognized by physicians and it should be born in mind that brain death can be determined in the presence of spinal reflexes.

  1. Recurrent Primary Spinal Hydatid Cyst

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    Okan Turk


    Full Text Available Primary hydatid disease of spine is rare and spinal hydatitosis constitute only 1% of all hydatitosis. We report a case of recurrent primary intraspinal extradural hydatid cyst of the thoracic region causing progressive paraparesis. The patient was operated 16 years ago for primary spinal hydatid disease involvement and was instrumented dorsally for stabilization. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI of thoracic spine showed a cystic lesion at T11-12 level and compressed spinal cord posterolaterally. Intraspinal cyst was excised through T11-12 laminectomy which made formerly. The early postoperative period showed a progressive improvement of his neurological deficit and he was discharged with antihelmintic treatment consisting of albendazole and amoxicillin-sulbactam combination. [Cukurova Med J 2015; 40(Suppl 1: 84-89


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    Maksim Sergeevich Eliseev


    Full Text Available Spinal injury in gout occurs rarely at a young age. In the past 5 years, the Pubmed has published only 44 papers on this site of tophi mainly in gouty patients over 40 years of age. We report two such cases in patients with chronic tophaceous gout in a 28-year-old man with a 3-year history of gout and in a 30-year-old man with its 7-year history. In both cases, spinal injury with tophus masses gave rise to neurological symptomatology. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging were of informative value in identifying the causes of pain. In one case, the patient underwent laminectomy; histological evidence confirmed the gouty genesis of spinal injury.

  3. Aquaporins in the Spinal Cord

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    Michal K. Oklinski


    Full Text Available Aquaporins (AQPs are water channel proteins robustly expressed in the central nervous system (CNS. A number of previous studies described the cellular expression sites and investigated their major roles and function in the brain and spinal cord. Among thirteen different mammalian AQPs, AQP1 and AQP4 have been mainly studied in the CNS and evidence has been presented that they play important roles in the pathogenesis of CNS injury, edema and multiple diseases such as multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, glioblastoma multiforme, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. The objective of this review is to highlight the current knowledge about AQPs in the spinal cord and their proposed roles in pathophysiology and pathogenesis related to spinal cord lesions and injury.

  4. Metastasis to a spinal meningioma. (United States)

    Bansil, Rohit; Walia, Bipin S; Khan, Zahid; Abrari, Andleeb


    Metastasis of one cancer to another is rare. Here, we report a spinal meningioma that was infiltrated by metastatic deposits from another cancer. A 62-year-old male presented with a progressive spastic paraparesis. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the spine suggested a well-defined intradural extramedullary (IDEM) T8 mass in the dorsal spinal canal. When excised, it proved histologically to be a meningothelial meningioma infiltrated by metastatic deposits from an adenocarcinoma. Tumor to tumor metastasis rarely occurs, and meningioma, owing to its biological character and increased vascularity, is one of the most common recipients of a metastases from other lesions.

  5. 胫腓骨骨折的带锁髓内钉手术后康复介入疗效探讨%Application of interlocking intramedullary nails in treatment of tibia & fibula fractures and postoperative rehabilitation

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    尹东; 韦绍仁; 李荣祝; 韦敏克


    Objectives To valuate the therapeutic effect of tibia & fibula fractures with interlocking intramedullary nailing and affect of systematic rehabilitation in postoperative treatment. Methods 26 cases that had tibia fractures were treated with interlocking intramedullary nailing and were given early systematic rehabilitation postoperatively. Results The average follow up periods were 9.2 months (range 4~ 20 m). Range of motion of the joints and myodynamia of the affected limbs were normal in all patients after 2 weeks post discharge. The results were 21 excellent, 4 good and 1 fair valuated according to Johner Wruh method. Conclusions The results of interlocking intramedullary nailing are excellent while combined the methods of unreamed nailing, static fixation, early mobilization and late weight loading with the early and systematic rehabilitation postoperatively.

  6. Imaging in spine and spinal cord malformations

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    Rossi, Andrea E-mail:; Biancheri, Roberta; Cama, Armando; Piatelli, Gianluca; Ravegnani, Marcello; Tortori-Donati, Paolo


    Spinal and spinal cord malformations are collectively named spinal dysraphisms. They arise from defects occurring in the early embryological stages of gastrulation (weeks 2-3), primary neurulation (weeks 3-4), and secondary neurulation (weeks 5-6). Spinal dysraphisms are categorized into open spinal dysraphisms (OSDs), in which there is exposure of abnormal nervous tissues through a skin defect, and closed spinal dysraphisms (CSD), in which there is a continuous skin coverage to the underlying malformation. Open spinal dysraphisms basically include myelomeningocele and other rare abnormalities such as myelocele and hemimyelo(meningo)cele. Closed spinal dysraphisms are further categorized based on the association with low-back subcutaneous masses. Closed spinal dysraphisms with mass are represented by lipomyelocele, lipomyelomeningocele, meningocele, and myelocystocele. Closed spinal dysraphisms without mass comprise simple dysraphic states (tight filum terminale, filar and intradural lipomas, persistent terminal ventricle, and dermal sinuses) and complex dysraphic states. The latter category further comprises defects of midline notochordal integration (basically represented by diastematomyelia) and defects of segmental notochordal formation (represented by caudal agenesis and spinal segmental dysgenesis). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the preferred modality for imaging these complex abnormalities. The use of the aforementioned classification scheme is greatly helpful to make the diagnosis.

  7. Imaging in spine and spinal cord malformations. (United States)

    Rossi, Andrea; Biancheri, Roberta; Cama, Armando; Piatelli, Gianluca; Ravegnani, Marcello; Tortori-Donati, Paolo


    Spinal and spinal cord malformations are collectively named spinal dysraphisms. They arise from defects occurring in the early embryological stages of gastrulation (weeks 2-3), primary neurulation (weeks 3-4), and secondary neurulation (weeks 5-6). Spinal dysraphisms are categorized into open spinal dysraphisms (OSDs), in which there is exposure of abnormal nervous tissues through a skin defect, and closed spinal dysraphisms (CSD), in which there is a continuous skin coverage to the underlying malformation. Open spinal dysraphisms basically include myelomeningocele and other rare abnormalities such as myelocele and hemimyelo(meningo)cele. Closed spinal dysraphisms are further categorized based on the association with low-back subcutaneous masses. Closed spinal dysraphisms with mass are represented by lipomyelocele, lipomyelomeningocele, meningocele, and myelocystocele. Closed spinal dysraphisms without mass comprise simple dysraphic states (tight filum terminale, filar and intradural lipomas, persistent terminal ventricle, and dermal sinuses) and complex dysraphic states. The latter category further comprises defects of midline notochordal integration (basically represented by diastematomyelia) and defects of segmental notochordal formation (represented by caudal agenesis and spinal segmental dysgenesis). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the preferred modality for imaging these complex abnormalities. The use of the aforementioned classification scheme is greatly helpful to make the diagnosis.

  8. Experience With Interlocking Intramedullary Nail Treatment of Fibula Fractures%带锁髓内针治疗胫腓骨骨折的体会

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    Objective To explore the interlocking intramedullary nail treatment of fibula fractures. Methods Selected 97 cases of interlocking intramedullary nailing treatment of fibula fracture from February 2008 to October 2012 were analyzed. Results 87 cases were followed up for 8 to 28 months, an average of 4 to 5 months , one case of postoperative infection , one case has nonunion , after the score, excellent 77 cases , good in 16 cases, 4 cases of poor. Conclusion Interlocking intramedullary nail treatment of ifbula fractures has good effect, ifxation substance, little trauma, it can functional exercises early.%目的:探讨带锁髓内针治疗胫腓骨骨折的疗效。方法选取2008年2月~2012年10月,应用带锁髓内针治疗的97例胫腓骨骨折进行分析。结果87例获得随访,时间8~28个月,平均4~5个月,术后出现感染1例,骨不连1例,术后评分,优77例,良16例,差4例优良率96%。结论带锁髓内针治疗胫腓骨骨折疗效良好,固定牢固,创伤小,可早期功能练习。

  9. Structural reorganization of the knee joint cartilage and synovium during diaphyseal femoral fracture management using intramedullary locked nails ^perime^al and morphological study

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    A. A. Emanov


    Full Text Available The purpose - to study structural changes in knee articular cartilage and synovial membrane during locking intramedullary osteosynthesis of femoral fractures. Material and methods. The study tested structural changes in the articular cartilage of the femoral condyles and synovium during femoral fracture repair under the conditions of intramedullary locked nailing. Transverse diaphyseal femoral fractures were modeled in 12 adult mongrel dogs. Synovitis severity was assessed with a V. Krenn scale. Wilcoxon Test was used for testing hypothesis. Results. In the first group (n = 6 fractures were fixed with locked intramedullary nails ILoc (Biomedtrix, USA, while the same type of fixation in group 2 (n = 6 was performed on 4th day postoperatively after reduction by skeletal traction. It was revealed that in the first group a unified medullary cavity was seen by day 70 and the cortical layer at the fracture site approximated to the condition of the uninjured bone in intensity of bone formation and thickness. These featured were observed in the second group only by day 100. The histological study showed that the structure of the femoral condyle articular cartilage was regular in the first group but its changes were reduced thickness and reduced volumetric density of chondrocytes that might result due to disturbed trophical condition. In the second group the articular cartilage fibres tended to disintegrate on the surface that was accompanied by disturbed integrity of the basophil line and penetration of the vessels into the cartilage. Moreover, the cartilage destruction progressed as the experiment continued and chondrocyte proliferation sharply decreased. Synovitis was considerably expressed. The data obtained in the second group proved high risk of developing osteoarthrosis.

  10. Stuidy on intramedullary nailing for treatment of femoral shaft fractures%交锁髓内钉治疗股骨干骨折的临床分析

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    梁晟伟; 黄恪


    目的 探讨交锁髓内钉在股骨干骨折中的应用.方法 自2005年6月至2011年10月采用交锁髓内钉内固定方法治疗各类型股骨干骨折71例,分析探讨临床疗效.结果 71例患者均获随访,术后13~24周骨性愈合,术中出血100~1 200 ml;手术时间50~140 min.所有患者到取内固定时髋、膝关节功能均接近正常,平均愈合时间为12周,无1例发生感染、断钉、骨折畸形愈合等并发症.结论 使用交锁髓内钉治疗股骨干骨折疗效满意.%Objective To explore the application of intramedullary nailing in treatment of femoral shaft fractures. Methods Seventy one patients with various kinds of femoral shaft fractures were treated by intramedullary nail fixation during June 2005 to October 2011 in this hospital. Results These 71 cases got bone healing in 13 to 24 weeks after treatment with an average of 18.2 weeks, their amount of blood loss was 100 ~ 1 200 ml, and operating time was 50 ~ 140 min, with an average of 70.8 min. Internal fixation in all patients could keep the function of hip and knee near to normal, the average healing time was 12 weeks, and there was no one got infection, breakage, nonunion, deformed union and other complications. Conclusion Intramedullary nailing in treatment of femoral shaft fractures is satisfactory.

  11. Spinal angiography: vascular anatomy, technique, indications; Spinale Angiographie: Gefaessanatomie, Technik und Indikationsstellung

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    Grunwald, I.; Reith, W. [Universitaet des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar (Germany). Abt. fuer Neuroradiologie; Thron, A. [Universitaetsklinik der RWTH Aachen (Germany). Abteilung fuer Neuroradiologie


    The indication for spinal angiography has to be closely set as in case of inadequate handling this procedure bares the risk of paraplegia. In unclear spinal symptoms lasting over a longer periode of time, spinal vascular malformation have to be considered. Spinal vascular malformations are often reversibel, especially if diagnosed early. Diagnostic methods have to include spinal angiography if other non-invasive methods do not lead to results. The main point is to consider spinal vascular malformations in unclear cases. (orig.) [German] Die Indikation zu einer spinalen Angiographie muss streng gestellt werden, da bei unsachgemaesser Durchfuehrung dieser Untersuchung die Gefahr einer bleibenden Querschnittsymptomatik besteht. Bei unklarer spinaler Symptomatik, die ueber einen laengeren Zeitraum progredient ist, muss jedoch immer auch an eine spinale Gefaessfehlbildung gedacht werden. Die durch alle diagnostischen Moeglichkeiten einschliesslich der spinalen Angiographie diagnostizierten spinalen Gefaessfehlbildungen sind haeufig kurabel, insbesondere bei frueher Diagnosestellung. Der wichtigste Punkt ist jedoch, dass differenzialdiagnostisch auch an eine spinale Gefaessfehlbildung gedacht wird. (orig.)

  12. Spinal cord injury at birth

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    Fenger-Gron, Jesper; Kock, Kirsten; Nielsen, Rasmus G


    UNLABELLED: A case of perinatally acquired spinal cord injury (SCI) is presented. The foetus was vigorous until birth, the breech presented and delivery was performed by a non-traumatic Caesarean section. The infant displayed symptoms of severe SCI but diagnosis was delayed due to severe co...

  13. Use of intra-medullary stacked nailing in the reduction of proximal plastic deformity in a pediatric Monteggia fracture: a case report

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    Huntley James S


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction In a Monteggia fracture dislocation, it is important to reduce the ulnar fracture completely. Extensive plastic deformation of the proximal ulna may make reduction by closed manipulation impossible. Case presentation We report the case of a four-year-old Caucasian boy in whom the plastic deformation of the proximal ulna was reduced, and this reduction was maintained, using intra-medullary stacked nailing. Conclusion The technique of stacked nailing is a useful addition to the armamentarium in the management of the potentially awkward Monteggia fracture.

  14. Sigma-1 Receptor Antagonist BD1047 Reduces Mechanical Allodynia in a Rat Model of Bone Cancer Pain through the Inhibition of Spinal NR1 Phosphorylation and Microglia Activation. (United States)

    Zhu, Shanshan; Wang, Chenchen; Han, Yuan; Song, Chao; Hu, Xueming; Liu, Yannan


    Previous studies have demonstrated that sigma-1 receptor plays important roles in the induction phase of rodent neuropathic pain; however, whether it is involved in bone cancer pain (BCP) and the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. The aim of this study was to examine the potential role of the spinal sigma-1 receptor in the development of bone cancer pain. Walker 256 mammary gland carcinoma cells were implanted into the intramedullary space of the right tibia of Sprague-Dawley rats to induce ongoing bone cancer-related pain behaviors; our findings indicated that, on days 7, 10, 14, and 21 after operation, the expression of sigma-1 receptor in the spinal cord was higher in BCP rats compared to the sham rats. Furthermore, intrathecal injection of 120 nmol of sigma-1 receptor antagonist BD1047 on days 5, 6, and 7 after operation attenuated mechanical allodynia as well as the associated induction of c-Fos and activation of microglial cells, NR1, and the subsequent Ca(2+)-dependent signals of BCP rats. These results suggest that sigma-1 receptor is involved in the development of bone cancer pain and that targeting sigma-1 receptor may be a new strategy for the treatment of bone cancer pain.

  15. Pressure changes in spinal canal and evaluation of spinal cord injuries in spinal section subjected to impact

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    Objective: To observe pressure changes in the spinal canal of the vertebrarium subjected to impact. From the point of view of impact, pressure changes and spinal cord injuries, the relationship between the type of spinal fracture and the severity of spinal cord injuries were analyzed and some experimental data were provided for early evaluation of severity of spinal cord injuries.   Methods: An experimental model of spinal burst fracture was made with Type BIM-I bio-impact machine and techniques of high velocity vertical loading in static pattern and stress shielding were adopted. Vertebral sections T10-L4 taken from fresh cadavers were impacted and pressure changes in the spinal canal were observed. The types and severity of spinal fracture were studied with gross and radiography examination.   Results: Great positive pressure wave (wave A) in the spinal canal of the 4 vertebral specimens with burst fracture was recorded. The peak value of pressure was correlated with the severity of posterior column injuries. Generally, the peak value of pressure was low in the samples with posterior column injuries, but high in the samples without injuries. The predominant features of fractures were burst fractures of vertebral body and severe destruction of the skeletal and fiber structure of the spinal canal. Positive and negative pressure waves (wave B) were recorded in 2 vertebral samples in which no significant abnormal changes were found by radiography examination, however, a little liquid effusion in the vertebral body was found by gross examination.   Conclusions: The type of pressure wave in the spinal canal is related to the deformation or the destruction of the spinal canal structure. The peak value of the pressure is non-linearly related to the obstruction in the spinal canal, but related to posterior column injuries.

  16. Comparison of hybrid fixation versus dual intramedullary nailing fixation for forearm fractures in older children: Case-control study. (United States)

    Feng, Yongzeng; Shui, Xiaolong; Wang, Jianshun; Cai, Leyi; Wang, Gang; Hong, Jianjun


    The aim of the present study was to compare the clinical outcomes of hybrid fixation using elastic stable intramedullary nailing (ESIN) for the radius and plate screw fixation for the ulna (Hybrid group) with dual ESIN fixation (D-ESIN group) for both-bone forearm fractures in children between 10 and 16 years of age. Fifty patients with both-bone forearm fractures (28 patients in the Hybrid group and 22 patients in the D-ESIN group) were reviewed. Functional outcomes were evaluated according to the criteria of Price et al. Radiological results were assessed by fracture union at three and six months and bone union time. Postoperative complications were also recorded. The times of fluoroscopy intraoperatively and duration of immobilization postoperatively were significantly lower in the Hybrid group (P < 0.05). The union rate of the ulna at three months postoperatively in the hybrid group was significantly higher than that in the D-ESIN group (P < 0.05). The average time of bone union was significantly shorter in the hybrid group than that in the D-ESIN group (P < 0.05). There were no differences according to the satisfactory rate and degree, the major and minor complications between the groups. Hybrid fixation is superior in terms of the times of fluoroscopy intraoperatively, duration of immobilization postoperatively, delayed union rate of the ulna and the average time of bone union. Therefore, hybrid fixation is an alternative treatment for both-bone forearm fractures in children between 10 and 16 years of age. Copyright © 2016 IJS Publishing Group Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Intramedullary nail versus dynamic compression plate fixation in treating humeral shaft fractures: grading the evidence through a meta-analysis.

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    JianXiong Ma

    Full Text Available There is a debate regarding the choice of operative intervention in humeral shaft fractures that require surgical intervention. The choices for operative interventions include intramedullary nailing (IMN and dynamic compression plate (DCP. This meta-analysis was performed to compare fracture union, functional outcomes, and complication rates in patients treated with IMN or DCP for humeral shaft fractures and to develop GRADE (Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation-based recommendations for using the procedures to treat humeral shaft fractures. A systematic search of all the studies published through December 2012 was conducted using the Medline, Embase, Sciencedirect, OVID and Cochrane Central databases. The randomized controlled trials (RCTs and quasi-RCTs that compared IMN with DCP in treating adult patients with humeral shaft fractures and provided data regarding the safety and clinical effects were identified. The demographic characteristics, adverse events and clinical outcomes were manually extracted from all of the selected studies. Ten studies that included a total of 448 patients met the inclusion criteria. The results of a meta-analysis indicated that both IMN and DCP can achieve similar fracture union with a similar incidence of radial nerve injury and infection. IMN was associated with an increased risk of shoulder impingement, more restriction of shoulder movement, an increased risk of intraoperative fracture comminution, a higher incidence of implant failure, and an increased risk of re-operation. The overall GRADE system evidence quality was very low, which reduces our confidence in the recommendations of this system. DCP may be superior to IMN in the treatment of humeral shaft fractures. Because of the low quality evidence currently available, high-quality RCTs are required.

  18. A comparative study of fracture shaft of femur in adults treated with broad dynamic compression plate versus intramedullary interlocking nail

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    Sushil Thapa


    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: Diaphyseal femur fracture is one of the commonest fractures to present in an emergency room. The objective of the study was to compare femoral shaft fractures treated using nail with those using plate and screws. Patients and Methods: We studied a total of 62 patients of fracture shaft of femur admitted in the Bharatpur Hospital, Bharatpur, Chitwan and National Academy of Medical Sciences, BirHospital,Kathmandu. Two cases were lost to follow up. Thirty cases were treated with plating and 30 cases with nailing. The age group was from 16-30 years. Fifty-three were male and seven were females. Fifty-eight patients had closed fracture and two had Gustillo Anderson grade I openfracture. Result: Time from injury to surgery was 19 days on an average. Mean time for union was more in patients treated by plating, 19.46 weeks as compared to nailing 14.78 weeks. We found one case of infection with plating and breakage of plate in four patients. One patient with nailing did not show any signs of healing and two had failure in case of nailing. Our series revealed 23(38.3% excellent, five (8.3% good and two (3.3% poor results in patients who had nailing while 15 (25.5% excellent, nine (15% good, one (1.7% fair and five (8.3% poor in patients who had plating out of 30 patients in each group. Conclusion:In our study we found that there was no significant difference in outcomes between plating and intramedullary nailing of femoral diaphysis fracture in terms of union, infection and implant failure.JCMS Nepal. 2016;12(2:66-9.

  19. Pathogenesis of spinally mediated hyperalgesia in diabetes. (United States)

    Ramos, Khara M; Jiang, Yun; Svensson, Camilla I; Calcutt, Nigel A


    Hyperalgesia to noxious stimuli is accompanied by increased spinal cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 protein in diabetic rats. The present studies were initiated to establish causality between increased spinal COX-2 activity and hyperalgesia during diabetes and to assess the potential involvement of polyol pathway activity in the pathogenesis of spinally mediated hyperalgesia. Rats with 1, 2, or 4 weeks of streptozotocin-induced diabetes exhibited significantly increased levels of spinal COX-2 protein and activity, along with exaggerated paw flinching in response to 0.5% paw formalin injection. Increased flinching of diabetic rats was attenuated by intrathecal pretreatment with a selective COX-2 inhibitor immediately before formalin injection, confirming the involvement of COX-2 activity in diabetic hyperalgesia. Chronic treatment with insulin or ICI222155, an aldose reductase inhibitor (ARI) previously shown to prevent spinal polyol accumulation and formalin-evoked hyperalgesia in diabetic rats, prevented elevated spinal COX-2 protein and activity in diabetic rats. In contrast, the ARI IDD676 had no effect on spinal polyol accumulation, elevated spinal COX-2, or hyperalgesia to paw formalin injection. In the spinal cord, aldose reductase immunoreactivity was present solely in oligodendrocytes, which also contained COX-2 immunoreactivity. Polyol pathway flux in spinal oligodendrocytes provides a pathogenic mechanism linking hyperglycemia to hyperalgesia in diabetic rats.

  20. Regeneration of descending projections to the spinal motor neurons after spinal hemisection in the goldfish. (United States)

    Takeda, Akihito; Goris, Richard C; Funakoshi, Kengo


    Following spinal transection, descending spinal projections from goldfish brainstem neurons spontaneously regenerate beyond the lesion site. The nucleus of the medial longitudinal fasciculus (nFLM), which has a critical role in swimming, also sends regenerated axons over a long distance to the ipsilateral spinal cord. To examine whether regenerated axons re-innervate the appropriate targets, we injected rhodamine dextran amine (RDA) into the nFLM of spinally transected goldfish and examined anterogradely labeled axons in the spinal cord. In intact controls, there were many RDA-labeled boutons or varicosities in the spinal cord in close apposition to both neurons positive for calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), and those negative for CGRP. This suggests that the nFLM neurons project axons directly to the motoneurons and interneurons in the spinal cord. Four days after hemisection 1 mm caudal to the rostral end of the spinal cord, the number of RDA-labeled boutons in close apposition to the spinal neurons was significantly decreased on the side ipsilateral to the injection. Six to twelve weeks after spinal hemisection, regenerated axons ran through the repaired lesion site, and the number of RDA-labeled boutons or varicosities in close apposition to the ipsilateral spinal neurons had returned to the control level. These findings suggest that the midbrain-spinal pathway, critical for locomotion in fish, spontaneously regenerates beyond the lesion site to re-innervate the appropriately innervated targets after spinal lesion.