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  1. Adult Spinal Deformity: Sagittal Imbalance

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    Cavanilles-Walker JM

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Spinal sagittal imbalance, deformity of the spine in the sagittal plane, is nowadays a major cause of pain and disability among patients presenting to the spine clinic in daily practice. Normal sagittal spinal balance is a result of mutual articulation of the pelvis and the spine in the sagittal plane. Sagittal imbalance of the spine could be related to many spinal pathologies interesting primarily the spine or could appear after an instrumentation spinal surgery. Variations in the spine sagittal alignment can be compensated by compensatory mechanisms occurring in the spine, pelvis and lower limb areas. The main objective of these mechanisms is to allow the patient to keep an erect position within the cone of economy in an energy-efficient way. Once a spinal deformity surpasses these compensatory mechanisms surgical intervention is often requested. In this paper the Authors performed comprehensive a critical analysis of the rigidity of the deformity, including the spinal and pelvic parameters. The compensatory mechanisms are paramount in order to be able to offer a tailored solution to these patients. Since conservative measures fail in most patients, successful management of these patients requires achieving fusion of a balanced spine. Appropriate preoperative optimization as well as appropriate surgical preoperative planning are critical in order to avoid potential complications. Selecting the appropriate surgical technique to achieve spinal balance is crucial to success.

  2. Quality control of reconstructed sagittal balance for sagittal imbalance.

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    Chang, Kao-Wha; Leng, Xiangyang; Zhao, Wenhai; Ching-Wei, Cheng; Chen, Tsung-Chein; Chang, Ku-I; Chen, Yin-Yu

    2011-02-01

    Prospective radiographic study. To investigate the feasibility of controlling quality of reconstructed sagittal balance for sagittal imbalance. Patients with sagittal imbalance cannot walk or stand erect without overwork of musculature because of compromised biomechanical advantage. The result is muscle fatigue and activity-related pain. During reconstructive surgery, restoration of optimal sagittal balance is crucial for obtaining satisfactory clinical results. However, there is no way to control quality of reconstructed sagittal balance before or during surgery. A method was developed to determine the lumbosacral curve in a way that theoretically would bring sagittal balance to an ideal state by calculation and simulation for each patient before surgery and then template rods of the curve and a blueprint were made accordingly for operative procedures. Ninety-four consecutive patients with sagittal imbalance due to lumbar kyphosis were treated for intractable pain and then followed up for a mean of 4.3 years. Radiographs were analyzed before surgery, 2 months after surgery, and at most recent follow-up. The mean estimated values of L1-S1 lordosis, sacral inclination angle, sacrofemoral distance, and distribution of L1-S1 lordosis at the closing-opening wedge osteotomy site and L4-S1 segments were 30.8°, 24.6°, 0 mm, 16.1% (-5°), and 62% (-19°), respectively. The mean reconstructed values were 41.1°, 23.3°, 3.9 mm, 41% (-17°), and 46% (-19°), respectively. There were significant differences between estimated and reconstructed values of L1-S1 lordosis and the percentage of distributions; however, there was no significant difference between the estimated and reconstructed magnitude of L4-S1 lordosis, sacral inclination angle, and sacrofemoral distance. A properly oriented pelvis can be brought nearly directly above the hip axis. The mean sagittal global balance, represented by the distance between the vertical line through the hip axis and sacral promontory

  3. Technique of Reverse Smith Petersen Osteotomy (RSPO) in a patient with fixed lumbar hyperlordosis and negative sagittal imbalance.

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    Lewis, Stephen J; Gray, Randolph; David, Kenny; Kopka, Michaela; Magana, Sofia

    2010-07-01

    Case report. To determine the viability and safety of Reverse Smith Petersen Osteotomy (RSPO) to re-established sagittal balance in patients with fixed lumbar hyperlordosis. Lumbar hyperlordosis is seen as a compensatory mechanism in thoracic Scheuermann disease and in sagittal decompensation in severe neuromuscular scoliosis. Hyperlordosis may also be seen after overcorrection with spinal osteotomies, but rarely causes clinically significant negative sagittal imbalance because of the thoracic compensation. We describe a case using a kyphosing osteotomy to treat hyperlordosis in a patient that was treated with a pedicle subtraction osteotomy for post-Harrington kyphosis. The radiographs and clinical chart were reviewed of a patient treated with a RSPO at L2-L3 to correct the negative sagittal imbalance created by a previous extension of her fusion to the sacrum with a pedicle subtraction osteotomy. A reduction in the lumbar lordosis by 20 degrees at L2-L3 and restoration of the global sagittal balance was achieved with the RSPO. RSPO is a viable surgical technique that can be used to re-establish sagittal balance in patients with fixed lumbar hyperlordosis. Appreciation of a patient's balanced sagittal alignment and available compensatory mechanisms can help ensure appropriate osteotomies are performed.

  4. Early Outcomes of Minimally Invasive Anterior Longitudinal Ligament Release for Correction of Sagittal Imbalance in Patients with Adult Spinal Deformity

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    Armen R. Deukmedjian

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The object of this study was to evaluate a novel surgical technique in the treatment of adult degenerative scoliosis and present our early experience with the minimally invasive lateral approach for anterior longitudinal ligament release to provide lumbar lordosis and examine its impact on sagittal balance. Methods. All patients with adult spinal deformity (ASD treated with the minimally invasive lateral retroperitoneal transpsoas interbody fusion (MIS LIF for release of the anterior longitudinal ligament were examined. Patient demographics, clinical data, spinopelvic parameters, and outcome measures were recorded. Results. Seven patients underwent release of the anterior longitudinal ligament (ALR to improve sagittal imbalance. All cases were split into anterior and posterior stages, with mean estimated blood loss of 125 cc and 530 cc, respectively. Average hospital stay was 8.3 days, and mean follow-up time was 9.1 months. Comparing pre- and postoperative 36′′ standing X-rays, the authors discovered a mean increase in global lumbar lordosis of 24 degrees, increase in segmental lumbar lordosis of 17 degrees per level of ALL released, decrease in pelvic tilt of 7 degrees, and decrease in sagittal vertical axis of 4.9 cm. At the last followup, there was a mean improvement in VAS and ODI scores of 26.2% and 18.3%. Conclusions. In the authors’ early experience, release of the anterior longitudinal ligament using the minimally invasive lateral retroperitoneal transpsoas approach may be a feasible alternative in correcting sagittal deformity.

  5. Walking sagittal balance correction by pedicle subtraction osteotomy in adults with fixed sagittal imbalance.

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    Yagi, Mitsuru; Kaneko, Shinjiro; Yato, Yoshiyuki; Asazuma, Takashi; Machida, Masafumi

    2016-08-01

    Pedicle subtraction osteotomy (PSO) is widely used to treat severe fixed sagittal imbalance. However, the effect of PSO on balance has not been fully documented. The aim of this study was to assess dynamic walking balance after PSO to treat fixed sagittal imbalance. Gait and balance were assessed in 15 consecutive adult female patients who had been treated by PSO for a fixed sagittal imbalance and compare patients' preop and postop dynamic walking balance with that of 15 age- and gender-matched healthy volunteers (HV). Each patient's chart, X-rays, pre and postop SRS22 outcome scores, and ODI were reviewed. Means were compared by Mann-Whitney U test and Chi-square test. The mean age was 66.3 years (51-74 years). The mean follow-up was 2.7 years (2-3.5 years). The C7PL and GL, measured on the force platform, were both improved from 24.2 ± 7.3 cm and 27.6 ± 9.4 to 5.4 ± 2.6 cm and 7.2 ± 3.4 cm, respectively. The baseline hip ROM was significantly smaller in patients compared to HV, whereas no significant difference was observed in the knee or ankle ROM. The pelvic tilt (preop -0.4° ± 1.4°, postop 8.9° ± 1.0°), and maximum hip-extension angle (preop -1.2° ± 14.2°, postop -11.2° ± 7.2°) were also improved after surgery. Cadence (116 s/min), stance-swing ratio (stance 63.2 % vs. swing 36.8 %), and stride (98.0 cm) were all increased after surgery. On the other hand, gait velocity was significantly slower in the PSO group at both pre and postop than in HV (PSO 53.3 m/min at preop and 58.8 m/min at postop vs. HV 71.1 m/min, p = 0.04). Despite a mild residual spinal-pelvic malalignment, PSO restored sagittal alignment and balance satisfactorily and has improved the gait pattern.

  6. Evolution of Sagittal Imbalance Following Corrective Surgery for Sagittal Plane Deformity.

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    McDowell, Michael M; Tempel, Zachary J; Gandhoke, Gurpreet S; Khattar, Nicholas K; Hamilton, D Kojo; Kanter, Adam S; Okonkwo, David O

    2017-07-01

    Sagittal balance in adult spinal deformity is a major predictor of quality of life. A temporary loss of paraspinal muscle force and somatic pain following spine surgery may limit a patient's ability to maintain posture. To assess the evolution of sagittal balance and clinical outcomes during recovery from adult spinal deformity surgery. Retrospective review of a prospective observational database identified a consecutive series of patients with sagittal vertical axis (SVA) > 40 mm undergoing adult deformity surgery. Radiographic parameters and clinical outcomes were measured out to 2 yr after surgery. A total of 113 consecutive patients met inclusion criteria. Mean preoperative SVA was 90.3 mm, increased to 104.6 mm in the first week, then gradually reduced at each follow-up interval to 59.2 mm at 6 wk, 45.0 mm at 3 mo, 38.6 mm at 6 mo, and 34.1 mm at 1 yr (all P sagittal alignment did not fully reflect surgical correction of sagittal balance until 6 mo after adult deformity surgery. Sagittal balance initially worsened then steadily improved at each interval over the first year postoperatively. At 1 yr, all clinical and radiographic measures outcomes were significantly improved.

  7. Is there a sagittal imbalance of the spine in isthmic spondylolisthesis? A correlation study

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    Ilharreborde, Brice; Dauzac, Cyril; Lenoir, Thibault; Rillardon, Ludovic; Guigui, Pierre

    2007-01-01

    Recent studies suggested a predominant role of spinopelvic parameters to explain lumbosacral spondylolisthesis pathogeny. We compare the pelvic incidence and other parameters of sagittal spinopelvic balance in adolescents and young adults with developmental spondylolisthesis to those parameters in a control group of healthy volunteers. We compared the angular parameters of the sagittal balance of the spine in a cohort of 244 patients with a developmental L5–S1 spondylolisthesis with those of a control cohort of 300 healthy volunteers. A descriptive and correlation study was performed. The L5 anterior slipping and lumbosacral kyphosis in spondylolisthesis patients was described using multiple regression analysis study. Our study demonstrates that the related measures of sagittal spinopelvic alignment are disturbed in adolescents and young adults with developmental spondylolisthesis. These subjects stand with an increased sacral slope, pelvic tilt and lumbar lordosis but with a decreased thoracic kyphosis. Pelvic incidence was significantly higher in spondylolisthesis patients as compared with controls but was not clearly correlated with the grade of slipping. We showed the same “sagittal balance strategy” in spondylolisthesis patients as in the control group regarding correlations between pelvic incidence, sacral slope, pelvic tilt and lumbar lordosis. We believe that the lumbosacral kyphosis is a stronger factor than pelvic incidence which need to be taken into account as a predominant factor in theories of pathogenesis of lumbosacral spondylolithesis. We thus believe that increased lumbar lordosis associated with L5–S1 spondylolisthesis is secondary to the high pelvic incidence and is an important factor causing high shear stresses at the L5–S1 pars interarticularis. However, the “local” sagittal imbalance of the lumbosacral junction is compensated by adjacent mobile segments in the upper lumbar spine, the pelvis orientation and the thoracic spine

  8. Impact of sagittal spinopelvic alignment on clinical outcomes after decompression surgery for lumbar spinal canal stenosis without coronal imbalance.

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    Hikata, Tomohiro; Watanabe, Kota; Fujita, Nobuyuki; Iwanami, Akio; Hosogane, Naobumi; Ishii, Ken; Nakamura, Masaya; Toyama, Yoshiaki; Matsumoto, Morio

    2015-10-01

    The object of this study was to investigate correlations between sagittal spinopelvic alignment and improvements in clinical and quality-of-life (QOL) outcomes after lumbar decompression surgery for lumbar spinal canal stenosis (LCS) without coronal imbalance. The authors retrospectively reviewed data from consecutive patients treated for LCS with decompression surgery in the period from 2009 through 2011. They examined correlations between preoperative or postoperative sagittal vertical axis (SVA) and radiological parameters, clinical outcomes, and health-related (HR)QOL scores in patients divided according to SVA. Clinical outcomes were assessed according to Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) and visual analog scale (VAS) scores. Health-related QOL was evaluated using the Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ) and the JOA Back Pain Evaluation Questionnaire (JOABPEQ). One hundred nine patients were eligible for inclusion in the study. Compared to patients with normal sagittal alignment prior to surgery (Group A: SVA SVA ≥ 50 mm) had significantly smaller lumbar lordosis and thoracic kyphosis angles and larger pelvic tilt. In Group B, there was a significant decrease in postoperative SVA compared with the preoperative SVA (76.3 ± 29.7 mm vs. 54.3 ± 39.8 mm, p = 0.004). The patients in Group B with severe preoperative sagittal imbalance (SVA > 80 mm) had residual sagittal imbalance after surgery (82.8 ± 41.6 mm). There were no significant differences in clinical and HRQOL outcomes between Groups A and B. Compared to patients with normal postoperative SVA (Group C: SVA SVA ≥ 50 mm (Group D) had significantly lower JOABPEQ scores, both preoperative and postoperative, for walking ability (preop: 36.6 ± 26.3 vs. 22.7 ± 26.0, p = 0.038, respectively; postop: 71.1 ± 30.4 vs. 42.5 ± 29.6, p SVA value in patients with preoperative sagittal imbalance; however, the patients with severe preoperative sagittal imbalance (SVA > 80 mm) had residual imbalance

  9. Degenerative retrolisthesis: is it a compensatory mechanism for sagittal imbalance?

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    Jeon, C-H; Park, J-U; Chung, N-S; Son, K-H; Lee, Y-S; Kim, J-J

    2013-09-01

    We investigated the spinopelvic morphology and global sagittal balance of patients with a degenerative retrolisthesis or anterolisthesis. A total of 269 consecutive patients with a degenerative spondylolisthesis were included in this study. There were 95 men and 174 women with a mean age of 64.3 years (sd 10.5; 40 to 88). A total of 106 patients had a pure retrolisthesis (R group), 130 had a pure anterolisthesis (A group), and 33 had both (R+A group). A backward slip was found in the upper lumbar levels (mostly L2 or L3) with an almost equal gender distribution in both the R and R+A groups. The pelvic incidence and sacral slope of the R group were significantly lower than those of the A (both p anterolisthesis and high pelvic incidence.

  10. ‘Lumbar Degenerative Kyphosis’ Is Not Byword for Degenerative Sagittal Imbalance: Time to Replace a Misconception

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    Lee, Chang-Hyun; Chung, Chun Kee; Jang, Jee-Soo; Kim, Sung-Min; Chin, Dong-Kyu; Lee, Jung-Kil

    2017-01-01

    Lumbar degenerative kyphosis (LDK) is a subgroup of the flat-back syndrome and is most commonly caused by unique life styles, such as a prolonged crouched posture during agricultural work and performing activities of daily living on the floor. Unfortunately, LDK has been used as a byword for degenerative sagittal imbalance, and this sometimes causes confusion. The aim of this review was to evaluate the exact territory of LDK, and to introduce another appropriate term for degenerative sagittal deformity. Unlike what its name suggests, LDK does not only include sagittal balance disorder of the lumbar spine and kyphosis, but also sagittal balance disorder of the whole spine and little lordosis of the lumbar spine. Moreover, this disease is closely related to the occupation of female farmers and an outdated Asian life style. These reasons necessitate a change in the nomenclature of this disorder to prevent misunderstanding. We suggest the name “primary degenerative sagittal imbalance” (PDSI), which encompasses degenerative sagittal misalignments of unknown origin in the whole spine in older-age patients, and is associated with back muscle wasting. LDK may be regarded as a subgroup of PDSI related to an occupation in agriculture. Conservative treatments such as exercise and physiotherapy are recommended as first-line treatments for patients with PDSI, and surgical treatment is considered only if conservative treatments failed. The measurement of spinopelvic parameters for sagittal balance is important prior to deformity corrective surgery. LDK can be considered a subtype of PDSI that is more likely to occur in female farmers, and hence the use of LDK as a global term for all degenerative sagittal imbalance disorders is better avoided. To avoid confusion, we recommend PDSI as a newer, more accurate diagnostic term instead of LDK. PMID:28264231

  11. Prediction of sagittal balance in patients with osteoporosis using spinopelvic parameters.

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    Lee, Jung Sub; Lee, Hong Seok; Shin, Jong Ki; Goh, Tae Sik; Son, Seung Min

    2013-05-01

    Little data is available on the relationships between sagittal balance and spinopelvic parameters in osteoporosis. We analyzed sagittal spinopelvic parameters in osteoporotic patients. In this prospective study, the patient and control groups comprised 124 osteoporotic patients and 40 controls. Average age was 72.4 ± 6.8 in the osteoporosis group and 42.7 ± 12.5 in the control group, which was significantly different (P sagittal vertical axis, namely, a sagittal balance group (n = 56) and a sagittal imbalance group (n = 68). All 164 study subjects underwent whole spine lateral radiography, which included hip joints. The radiographic parameters investigated were sacral slope, pelvic tilt, pelvic incidence, thoracic kyphosis, lumbar lordosis, and sagittal vertical axis. Statistical analysis was performed to identify significant differences between the two groups. Osteoporotic patients and controls were found to be significantly different in terms of sagittal vertical axis, sacral slope, pelvic tilt, lumbar lordosis, and thoracic kyphosis. However, no significant difference was observed between patients and controls in terms of pelvic incidence (P > 0.05). Significant differences were found between the balance and imbalance groups in terms of age, lumbar spine bone mineral density (LSBMD), femoral neck BMD (FNBMD), visual analogue scale (VAS) score, sacral slope, and pelvic incidence. Correlation analysis revealed significant relationships between sagittal parameters and osteoporosis. Stepwise logistic regression analysis revealed that FNBMD and pelvic incidence contributed significantly to sagittal balance. Sagittal spinopelvic parameters were found to be significantly different in patients and normal controls. Significant relationships were found between sagittal spinopelvic parameters in osteoporotic patients. In particular, low FNBMD and high pelvic incidence were significant parameters in determination of sagittal balance in osteoporotic patients.

  12. Postoperative cervical sagittal imbalance negatively affects outcomes following surgery for cervical spondylotic myelopathy

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    Roguski, Marie; Benzel, Edward C.; Curran, Jill N.; Magge, Subu N.; Bisson, Erica F.; Krishnaney, Ajit A.; Steinmetz, Michael P.; Butler, William E.; Heary, Robert F.; Ghogawala, Zoher

    2014-01-01

    Study Design Prospective observational cohort study Objective To determine if postoperative cervical sagittal balance is an independent predictor of HR-QOL outcome following surgery for CSM. Summary of Background Data Both ventral and dorsal fusion procedures for cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) are effective at reducing the symptoms of myelopathy. The importance of cervical sagittal balance in predicting overall HR-QOL outcome following ventral versus dorsal surgery for CSM has not been previously explored. Methods A prospective, nonrandomized cohort of 49 patients undergoing dorsal and ventral fusion surgery for CSM was examined. Preoperative and postoperative C2-C7 sagittal vertical axis (SVA) was measured on standing lateral cervical spine radiographs. Outcome was assessed with two disease-specific measures – the mJOA scale and the Oswestry NDI- and two generalized outcome measures – the SF-36 PCS and EQ-5D. Assessments were performed preoperatively, and at 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year postoperatively. Statistical analyses were performed using SAS v.9.3 (Cary, NC). Results Most patients experienced improvement in all outcome measures regardless of approach. Both preoperative and postoperative C2-C7 SVA measurements were independent predictors of clinically significant improvement in SF-36 PCS scores (p=0.03 and p=0.02). The majority of patients with C2-C7 SVA values greater than 40mm did not improve from an overall HR-QOL perspective (SF-36 PCS) despite improvement in myelopathy. The postoperative sagittal balance value was inversely correlated with a clinically significant improvement of SF-36 PCS scores in patients undergoing dorsal surgery but not ventral surgery (p=0.03 vs. p=0.93). Conclusions Preoperative and postoperative sagittal balance measurements independently predict clinical outcomes following surgery for CSM. PMID:25419682

  13. Chronic low back pain after lumbosacral fracture due to sagittal and frontal vertebral imbalance.

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    Boyoud-Garnier, L; Boudissa, M; Ruatti, S; Kerschbaumer, G; Grobost, P; Tonetti, J

    2017-06-01

    Over time, some patients with unilateral or bilateral lumbosacral injuries experience chronic low back pain. We studied the sagittal and frontal balance in a population with these injuries to determine whether mismatch in the pelvic and lumbar angles are associated with chronic low back pain. Patients with posterior pelvic ring fractures (Tile C1, C2, C3 and A3.3) that had healed were included. Foreign patients and those with an associated spinal or acetabular fracture or nonunion were excluded. The review consisted of subjective questionnaires, a clinical examination, and standing A/P and lateral stereoradiographic views. The pelvic tilt (PT), sacral slope (SS), pelvic incidence (PI), measured lumbar lordosis (LLm), T9 sagittal offset, leg discrepancy (LD) and lateral curvature (LC). The expected lumbar lordosis (LLe) was calculated using the formula LLe=PI+9°. We defined lumbopelvic mismatch (LPM) as the difference between LLm and LLe being equal or greater than 25% of LLe. Fifteen patients were reviewed after an average follow-up of 8.8 years [5.4-15]. There were four Tile C1, five Tile C2, five Tile C3 and one Tile A3.3 fracture. Ten of the 15 patients had low back pain. The mean angles were: LLm 49.6° and LLe 71.9° (P=0.002), PT 21.3°, SS 44.1°, PI 62.9° in patients with low back pain and LLm 57.4° and LLe 63.2° (P=0.55), PT 13°, SS 43.1°, PI 54.2° in those without. LPM was present in 9 patients, 8 of who had low back pain (P=0.02). Six patients, all of whom had low back pain, had a mean LC of 7.5° [4.5-23] (P=0.02). The mean LD was 0.77cm. The findings of this small study suggest that patients who experience low back pain after their posterior arch of the pelvic ring fracture has healed, have a lumbopelvic mismatch. Early treatment of these patients should aim to reestablish the anatomy of the pelvic base relative to the frontal and sagittal balance. IV. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  14. Comparative analysis of 3 surgical strategies for adult spinal deformity with mild to moderate sagittal imbalance.

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    Bae, Junseok; Theologis, Alexander A; Strom, Russell; Tay, Bobby; Burch, Shane; Berven, Sigurd; Mummaneni, Praveen V; Chou, Dean; Ames, Christopher P; Deviren, Vedat

    2018-01-01

    OBJECTIVE Surgical treatment of adult spinal deformity (ASD) is an effective endeavor that can be accomplished using a variety of surgical strategies. Here, the authors assess and compare radiographic data, complications, and health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) outcome scores among patients with ASD who underwent a posterior spinal fixation (PSF)-only approach, a posterior approach combined with lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF+PSF), or a posterior approach combined with anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF+PSF). METHODS The medical records of consecutive adults who underwent thoracolumbar fusion for ASD between 2003 and 2013 at a single institution were reviewed. Included were patients who underwent instrumentation from the pelvis to L-1 or above, had a sagittal vertical axis (SVA) of spinal deformity parameters, complications, and HRQoL outcome scores (Oswestry Disability Index [ODI], Scoliosis Research Society 22-question Questionnaire [SRS-22], 36-Item Short Form Health Survey [SF-36], visual analog scale [VAS] for back/leg pain) from each group were assessed and compared with each other using ANOVA. The minimal clinically important differences used were -1.2 (VAS back pain), -1.6 (VAS leg pain), -15 (ODI), 0.587/0.375/0.8/0.42 (SRS-22 pain/function/self-image/mental health), and 5.2 (SF-36, physical component summary). RESULTS A total of 221 patients (58 LLIF, 91 ALIF, 72 PSF only) met the inclusion criteria. Average deformities consisted of a SVA of 10°, a pelvic tilt of > 20°, a lumbar Cobb angle of > 20°, and a thoracic Cobb angle of > 15°. Preoperative SVA, LL, pelvic incidence-LL mismatch, and lumbar and thoracic Cobb angles were similar among the groups. Patients in the PSF-only group had more comorbidities, those in the ALIF+PSF group were, on average, younger and had a lower body mass index than those in the LLIF+PSF group, and patients in the LLIF+PSF group had a significantly higher mean number of interbody fusion levels than those in

  15. Sagittal alignment of the spine-pelvis-lower extremity axis in patients with severe knee osteoarthritis

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    Wang, W. J.; Liu, F.; Zhu, Y.W.; Sun, M.H.; Qiu, Y.

    2016-01-01

    Objectives Normal sagittal spine-pelvis-lower extremity alignment is crucial in humans for maintaining an ergonomic upright standing posture, and pathogenesis in any segment leads to poor balance. The present study aimed to investigate how this sagittal alignment can be affected by severe knee osteoarthritis (KOA), and whether associated changes corresponded with symptoms of lower back pain (LBP) in this patient population. Methods Lateral radiograph films in an upright standing position were obtained from 59 patients with severe KOA and 58 asymptomatic controls free from KOA. Sagittal alignment of the spine, pelvis, hip and proximal femur was quantified by measuring several radiographic parameters. Global balance was accessed according to the relative position of the C7 plumb line to the sacrum and femoral heads. The presence of chronic LBP was documented. Comparisons between the two groups were carried by independent samples t-tests or chi-squared test. Results Patients with severe KOA showed significant backward femoral inclination (FI), hip flexion, forward spinal inclination, and higher prevalence of global imbalance (27.1% versus 3.4%, p 10° (n = 36) presented with significant pelvic anteversion and hip flexion. A total of 39 patients with KOA (66.1%) suffered from LBP. There was no significant difference in sagittal alignment between KOA patients with and without LBP. Conclusions The sagittal alignment of spine-pelvis-lower extremity axis was significantly influenced by severe KOA. The lumbar spine served as the primary source of compensation, while hip flexion and pelvic anteversion increased for further compensation. Changes in sagittal alignment may not be involved in the pathogenesis of LBP in this patient population. Cite this article: W. J. Wang, F. Liu, Y.W. Zhu, M.H. Sun, Y. Qiu, W. J. Weng. Sagittal alignment of the spine-pelvis-lower extremity axis in patients with severe knee osteoarthritis: A radiographic study. Bone Joint Res 2016;5:198–205

  16. Spinal sagittal balance and spinopelvic parameters in patients with degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis; a comparative study.

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    Farrokhi, Majid Reza; Haghnegahdar, Ali; Rezaee, Hamid; Sharifi Rad, Mohammad Reza

    2016-12-01

    This study aims to evaluate the spinal sagittal balance and the spinopelvic parameters in patients with degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis and healthy controls in Iranian population. We performed a case-control study in which 48 patients with lumbar spine stenosis and 54 age- and sex-matched healthy subjects with back pain were eligible for participation. We used INFINITT picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) of the Chamran Hospital for selecting the patients for the study group. The sagittal balance, pelvic incidence, lumbar lordosis, and sacral slope were measured in all the patients and controls using thoracolumbosacral radiographies in the standing position. There was no significant difference between the 2 groups regarding the baseline characteristics. The prevalence of sagittal imbalance was significantly higher in the patients with lumbar spine stenosis in comparison with the controls (31.2% vs. 14.8%; Psagittal imbalance and decreased lumbar lordosis and sacral slope in a sample of the Iranian adult population. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Electrolyte Imbalance in Patients with Sheehan's Syndrome

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    Chur Hoan Lim; Ji Hyun Han; Joon Jin; Ji Eun Yu; Jin Ook Chung; Dong Hyeok Cho; Dong Jin Chung; Min Young Chung

    2015-01-01

    Background We investigated the prevalence of electrolyte imbalance and the relationship between serum electrolyte and anterior pituitary hormone levels in patients with Sheehan's syndrome. Methods In a retrospective study, we investigated 78 patients with Sheehan's syndrome. We also included 95 normal control subjects who underwent a combined anterior pituitary hormone stimulation test and showed normal hormonal responses. Results In patients with Sheehan's syndrome, the serum levels of sodiu...

  18. [SPINO-PELVIC SAGITTAL ALIGNMENT IN PATIENTS WITH HIGH-GRADE L5 ISTHMIC SPONDYLOLISTHESIS].

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    Yang, Xi; Kong, Qingquan; Song, Yueming; Liu, Limin; Li, Tao; Gong, Quan; Zeng, Jiancheng; Liu, Hao

    2016-01-01

    To observe the character of spino-pelvic sagittal alignment in patients with high-grade L5 isthmic spondylolisthesis, and to analyze the sagittal alignment alteration after operation. Between January 2009 and June 2014, 25 patients with high-grade L5 isthmic spondylolisthesis underwent posterior surgery, and the clinical data were retrospectively analyzed as study group. There were 14 males and 11 females with a mean age of 42.5 years (range, 20-65 years). The mean disease duration was 6 months (range, 3-12 months). According to the Meyerding evaluating system, 15 cases were rated as degree III, and 10 cases as degree IV. Eighty healthy adult volunteers were recruited simultaneously as control group. The lumbar sacral angle (LSA), pelvic incidence (PI), pelvic tilt (PT), sacral slope (SS), lumbar lordosis (LL), thoracic kyphosis (TK), and sagittal vertical axis (SVA) were measured on preoperative and last follow-up standing full length lateral X-ray films. And these parameters were compared between study group (preoperative parameters) and control group. Then the patients in study group were divided into 2 subgroups according to Hresko's method: the balanced pelvis subgroup (n = 14) and unbalanced pelvis subgroup (n = 11). The sagittal parameters were compared between 2 subgroups, and the alteration of sagittal parameters before surgery and at last follow-up was analyzed in each subgroup respectively. All patients in study group were followed up 18 months on average (range, 6-48 months). After surgery, spondylolisthesis was reduced from degree III to degree 0 in 12 cases and to degree I in 3 cases, and from degree IV to degree 0 in 6 cases and to degree I in 4 cases. Bone fusion was obtained in all patients at last follow-up. The preoperative PI, SS, PT, and SVA of study group were significantly greater than those of control group (P spondylolisthesis have greater PI, abnormal lumbosacral kyphosis, and sagittal imbalance.

  19. Electrolyte Imbalance in Patients with Sheehan's Syndrome

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    Chur Hoan Lim

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available BackgroundWe investigated the prevalence of electrolyte imbalance and the relationship between serum electrolyte and anterior pituitary hormone levels in patients with Sheehan's syndrome.MethodsIn a retrospective study, we investigated 78 patients with Sheehan's syndrome. We also included 95 normal control subjects who underwent a combined anterior pituitary hormone stimulation test and showed normal hormonal responses.ResultsIn patients with Sheehan's syndrome, the serum levels of sodium, potassium, ionized calcium, magnesium, and inorganic phosphate were significantly lower than those in control subjects. The prevalence of hyponatremia, hypokalemia, hypocalcemia, hypomagnesemia, and hypophosphatemia in patients with Sheehan's syndrome was 59.0% (n=46, 26.9% (n=21, 35.9% (n=28, 47.4% (n=37, and 23.1% (n=18, respectively. Levels of sodium and ionized calcium in serum were positively correlated with levels of all anterior pituitary hormones (all P<0.05. Levels of potassium in serum were positively correlated with adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH and growth hormone (GH levels (all P<0.05. Levels of inorganic phosphate in serum were positively correlated with levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone, prolactin, and GH (all P<0.05, and levels of magnesium in serum were positively correlated with delta ACTH (P<0.01.ConclusionElectrolyte imbalance was common in patients with Sheehan's syndrome. Furthermore, the degree of anterior pituitary hormone deficiency relates to the degree of electrolyte disturbance in patients with this disease.

  20. Electrolyte Imbalance in Patients with Sheehan's Syndrome.

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    Lim, Chur Hoan; Han, Ji Hyun; Jin, Joon; Yu, Ji Eun; Chung, Jin Ook; Cho, Dong Hyeok; Chung, Dong Jin; Chung, Min Young

    2015-12-01

    We investigated the prevalence of electrolyte imbalance and the relationship between serum electrolyte and anterior pituitary hormone levels in patients with Sheehan's syndrome. In a retrospective study, we investigated 78 patients with Sheehan's syndrome. We also included 95 normal control subjects who underwent a combined anterior pituitary hormone stimulation test and showed normal hormonal responses. In patients with Sheehan's syndrome, the serum levels of sodium, potassium, ionized calcium, magnesium, and inorganic phosphate were significantly lower than those in control subjects. The prevalence of hyponatremia, hypokalemia, hypocalcemia, hypomagnesemia, and hypophosphatemia in patients with Sheehan's syndrome was 59.0% (n=46), 26.9% (n=21), 35.9% (n=28), 47.4% (n=37), and 23.1% (n=18), respectively. Levels of sodium and ionized calcium in serum were positively correlated with levels of all anterior pituitary hormones (all PElectrolyte imbalance was common in patients with Sheehan's syndrome. Furthermore, the degree of anterior pituitary hormone deficiency relates to the degree of electrolyte disturbance in patients with this disease.

  1. The Sagittal Balance Does not Influence the 1 Year Clinical Outcome of Patients With Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Without Obvious Instability After Microsurgical Decompression.

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    Bayerl, Simon Heinrich; Pöhlmann, Florian; Finger, Tobias; Onken, Julia; Franke, Jörg; Czabanka, Marcus; Woitzik, Johannes; Vajkoczy, Peter

    2015-07-01

    A retrospective study with retrospective and prospective inclusion of 100 patients. To determine whether the sagittal balance (SB) influences the clinical outcome of patients with degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis, who underwent microsurgical decompression. The SB has become a critical factor for clinical decision making in the surgical treatment of spinal degenerative diseases. However, a frequently recommended sagittal realignment of elderly, multimorbid patients is accompanied by a significant rate of complications. The influence of SB on the clinical outcome of patients with degenerative spinal stenosis, who undergo decompressive surgery is not well understood. The aim of this study was to explore whether the clinical outcome of these patients is related to the SB and whether patients with spinal stenosis and degenerative sagittal imbalance necessitate restoration of the SB in addition to microsurgical decompression. One hundred patients with lumbar spinal stenosis, who received microsurgical decompression, were retrospectively identified and classified according to the severity of sagittal imbalance: (1) normal balance group, (2) minor loss of balance group, and (3) major loss of balance group. Sagittal parameters were determined from preoperative lateral spinal radiographs. As outcome parameters, we analyzed pre- and postoperative visual analogue scales for leg and back pain, walking distance, Oswestry disability index, Roland and Morris disability questionnaire, Odom's criteria, and the SF-36 score. All groups significantly benefited from surgery concerning leg pain, back pain, and disability in every day's life. There was no difference in patients with decompensated sagittal imbalance compared to patients with normal SB regarding life quality 6 to 24 months after microsurgical decompression. Patients with symptomatic degenerative spinal stenosis and excluded major instability significantly benefit from microsurgical decompression regardless of their

  2. The influence of preoperative spinal sagittal balance on clinical outcomes after microendoscopic laminotomy in patients with lumbar spinal canal stenosis.

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    Dohzono, Sho; Toyoda, Hiromitsu; Matsumoto, Tomiya; Suzuki, Akinobu; Terai, Hidetomi; Nakamura, Hiroaki

    2015-07-01

    More information about the association between preoperative anterior translation of the C-7 plumb line and clinical outcomes after decompression surgery in patients with lumbar spinal canal stenosis (LSS) would help resolve problems for patients with sagittal imbalance. The authors evaluated whether preoperative sagittal alignment of the spine affects low-back pain and clinical outcomes after microendoscopic laminotomy. This study was a retrospective review of prospectively collected surgical data. The study comprised 88 patients with LSS (47 men and 41 women) who ranged in age from 39 to 86 years (mean age 68.7 years). All patients had undergone microendoscopic laminotomy at Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine from May 2008 through October 2012. The minimum duration of clinical and radiological follow-up was 6 months. All patients were evaluated by Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) and visual analog scale (VAS) scores for low-back pain, leg pain, and leg numbness before and after surgery. The distance between the C-7 plumb line and the posterior corner of the sacrum (sagittal vertical axis [SVA]) was measured on lateral standing radiographs of the entire spine obtained before surgery. Radiological factors and clinical outcomes were compared between patients with a preoperative SVA ≥ 50 mm (forward-bending trunk [F] group) and patients with a preoperative SVA sagittal plane did not affect JOA scores after microendoscopic laminotomy in patients with LSS. However, low-back pain was worse for patients with preoperative anterior translation of the C-7 plumb line than for those without.

  3. The association between whole body sagittal balance and risk of falls among elderly patients seeking treatment for back pain.

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    Kim, J; Hwang, J Y; Oh, J K; Park, M S; Kim, S W; Chang, H; Kim, T-H

    2017-05-01

    The objective of this study was to assess the association between whole body sagittal balance and risk of falls in elderly patients who have sought treatment for back pain. Balanced spinal sagittal alignment is known to be important for the prevention of falls. However, spinal sagittal imbalance can be markedly compensated by the lower extremities, and whole body sagittal balance including the lower extremities should be assessed to evaluate actual imbalances related to falls. Patients over 70 years old who visited an outpatient clinic for back pain treatment and underwent a standing whole-body radiograph were enrolled. Falls were prospectively assessed for 12 months using a monthly fall diary, and patients were divided into fallers and non-fallers according to the history of falls. Radiological parameters from whole-body radiographs and clinical data were compared between the two groups. A total of 144 patients (120 female patients and 24 male patients) completed a 12-month follow-up for assessing falls. A total of 31 patients (21.5%) reported at least one fall within the 12-month follow-up. In univariate logistic regression analysis, the risk of falls was significantly increased in older patients and those with more medical comorbidities, decreased lumbar lordosis, increased sagittal vertical axis, and increased horizontal distance between the C7 plumb line and the centre of the ankle (C7A). Increased C7A was significantly associated with increased risk of falls even after multivariate adjustment. Whole body sagittal balance, measured by the horizontal distance between the C7 plumb line and the centre of the ankle, was significantly associated with risk of falls among elderly patients with back pain.Cite this article: J. Kim, J. Y. Hwang, J. K. Oh, M. S. Park, S. W. Kim, H. Chang, T-H. Kim. The association between whole body sagittal balance and risk of falls among elderly patients seeking treatment for back pain. Bone Joint Res 2017;6:-344. DOI: 10

  4. Analysis of sagittal balance using spinopelvic parameters in ankylosing spondylitis patients treated with vertebral column decancellation surgery.

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    Lin, Bin; Zhang, Wen-Bin; Cai, Tao-yi; Lu, Cheng-Wu; Zhou, Qin; Huang, Zhuanzhi; Yu, Hui

    2015-09-01

    This study was designed to explore the change of spinopelvic parameters after vertebral column decancellation (VCD) for the management of thoracolumbar kyphosis secondary to ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Forty-two AS patients including thirty-six males and six females with thoracolumbar kyphosis, who underwent VCD from April 2005 to June 2012 in our hospital, were retrospectively reviewed. A series of spinopelvic parameters including thoracic kyphosis (TK), lumbar lordosis (LL), sacral slope (SS), pelvic incidence (PI), pelvic tilt (PT) and sagittal vertical axis (SVA) measured on preoperative and postoperative free-standing radiographs were obtained and analyzed. Also clinical assessments were performed with the Oswestry disability index (ODI) and the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Activity and Function Index (BASDAI and BASFI) so as to seek correlations between radiological parameters and symptoms. Except for pelvic incidence (PI), significant difference was found in all radiological spinopelvic parameters between the preoperative and follow-up values. Furthermore, there was significant improvement in the clinical assessment parameters ODI, BASDAI and BASFI, which all correlated significantly with the postoperative pelvic tilt (PT). The results of this study show that posterior VCD is an effective option to manage sagittal imbalance in AS. In the current series, patients improving LL and PT were found to achieve good clinical outcomes. Overall, our findings show that it is important to quantify sagittal spinopelvic parameters and promote sagittal balance in the surgery for AS.

  5. Assessment of spring cranioplasty biomechanics in sagittal craniosynostosis patients.

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    Borghi, Alessandro; Schievano, Silvia; Rodriguez Florez, Naiara; McNicholas, Roisin; Rodgers, Will; Ponniah, Allan; James, Greg; Hayward, Richard; Dunaway, David; Jeelani, N U Owase

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    OBJECTIVE Scaphocephaly secondary to sagittal craniosynostosis has been treated in recent years with spring-assisted cranioplasty, an innovative approach that leverages the use of metallic spring distractors to reshape the patient skull. In this study, a population of patients who had undergone spring cranioplasty for the correction of scaphocephaly at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children was retrospectively analyzed to systematically assess spring biomechanical performance and kinematics in relation to spring model, patient age, and outcomes over time. METHODS Data from 60 patients (49 males, mean age at surgery 5.2 ± 0.9 months) who had received 2 springs for the treatment of isolated sagittal craniosynostosis were analyzed. The opening distance of the springs at the time of insertion and removal was retrieved from the surgical notes and, during the implantation period, from planar radiographs obtained at 1 day postoperatively and at the 3-week follow-up. The force exerted by the spring to the patient skull at each time point was derived after mechanical testing of each spring model-3 devices with the same geometry but different wire thicknesses. Changes in the cephalic index between preoperatively and the 3-week follow-up were recorded. RESULTS Stiffer springs were implanted in older patients (p springs were used (p spring models, however, the devices all plateaued. Indeed, regardless of patient age or spring model, after 10 days from insertion, all the devices were open. CONCLUSIONS Results in this study provide biomechanical insights into spring-assisted cranioplasty and could help to improve spring design and follow-up strategy in the future.

  6. Spinal sagittal balance status affects postoperative actual falls and quality of life after decompression and fusion in-situ surgery in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis.

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    Lee, Byung Ho; Park, Jin-Oh; Kim, Hak-Sun; Suk, Kyung-Soo; Lee, Sang-Yoon; Lee, Hwan-Mo; Yang, Jae-Ho; Moon, Seong-Hwan

    2016-09-01

    It has been reported that good spinal sagittal alignment reduces the risk of fall and positive sagittal balance is the radiographic parameter that is most highly correlated with adverse health outcomes. However, no reports have demonstrated a change in risk of falling in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) according to sagittal balance status. From September 2013 to October 2014, 141 patients who underwent lumbar spine surgery, including decompression and fusion in-situ for LSS, were enrolled in this study. Based on sagittal balance status, patients were divided into sagittal balance (SB) and sagittal imbalance (SI) groups. Four functional mobility tests were used to evaluate the risk of falling, and a fall diary, Oswestry disability index (ODI), and the Euro-QoL 5D(EQ-5D) visual analogue scale (VAS) were utilized to assess clinical improvement. The mean patient age was 70.1 years in the SB group (N=46) and 70.9 years in the SI group (N=95) (not significant). The mean C7PL was 7.9mm in the SB group and 66.1mm in the SI group preoperatively (psagittal balance during follow-up significantly affected ODI, EQ-VAS, functional mobility tests. (psagittal balance status might be important to attain better surgical and functional outcomes and decrease the incidence of actual falls after surgical treatment. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Analysis of sagittal balance of ankylosing spondylitis using spinopelvic parameters.

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    Lee, Jung Sub; Suh, Kuen Tak; Kim, Jeung Il; Goh, Tae Sik

    2014-05-01

    Prospective study. To analyze sagittal spinopelvic parameters in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients. There are little data on the relationship between the sagittal spinopelvic parameters and AS. The study and control groups comprised 90 AS patients and 40 controls. Participants were classified into 3 groups: normal (n=40), sagittal balance (n=58), and sagittal imbalance (n=32) groups. All underwent lateral radiograph of the whole spine including hip joints. The radiographic parameters were sacral slope, pelvic tilting, pelvic incidence, overhang of S1, thoracic kyphosis, lumbar lordosis, and C7 plumbline. Statistical analysis was performed to identify significant differences between the 2 groups. Correlations between radiological parameters and symptoms were sought. AS patients and controls were found to be significantly different in terms of sagittal balance, sacral slope, pelvic tilt, pelvic incidence, S1 overhang, and lumbar lordosis. However, no significant difference was observed between these 2 groups for thoracic kyphosis (P>0.05). Of the 90 AS patients, 32 patients (5 women and 27 men) were assigned to the sagittal imbalance group and 58 (12 women and 46 men) to the sagittal balance group. There was a significant difference in all sagittal parameters and visual analogue scale (VAS) score between these 2 groups. Correlation analysis revealed significant relationships between sagittal parameters in AS. However, there was no association between sacral slope and S1 overhang, and between pelvic incidence and VAS score. Stepwise logistic regression analysis revealed that pelvic tilt contributed significantly to sagittal balance. AS patients and normal controls were found to be significantly different in terms of sagittal spinopelvic parameters. Significant relationships were found between sagittal spinopelvic parameters in AS patients. Pelvic tilt was a significant parameter in determination of sagittal balance in AS patient. Furthermore, VAS scores were

  8. Evaluation of electrolyte imbalance among tuberculosis patients ...

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    Adebimpe Wasiu Olalekan

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    Feb 24, 2015 ... a Department of Community Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Osun State University Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria b Central ... were significantly decreased in TB patients on treatment compared to new case tuberculosis NCT ... electrolyte values in controls with pulmonary tuberculosis patients on ...

  9. Analysis of risk factors for sagittal translation after pedicle subtraction osteotomy in ankylosing spondylitis patients.

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    Park, Jin-Sung; Kim, Jaedong; Joo, Il-Han; Sim, Kyu-Dong; Park, Ye-Soo

    2018-01-02

    Sagittal translation, a potential complication of pedicle subtraction osteotomy (PSO), can results in neurologic damage. However, few studies have been conducted on sagittal translation and its risk factors after PSO in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). To report cases of sagittal translation that developed after PSO in patients with AS with kyphotic deformity and to analyze risk factors for sagittal translation. A retrospective case-control study PATIENT SAMPLE: This study included 53 patients (58 cases) with AS who underwent PSO to correct their kyphotic deformity. The modified Stoke Ankylosing Spondylitis Spine Score (mSASSS) was measured before the surgery. Radiologic pelvic and sagittal parameters were also measured before and after surgery. Developments of sagittal translation were confirmed with intraoperative radiograph. The subjects were grouped according to the presence (ST group) and absence (non-ST group) of sagittal translation. The demographic and radiologic parameters were compared between two groups. Through multivariate logistic regression analysis, the correlations between sagittal translation and relevant parameters were analyzed for risk factor evaluation. Sagittal translation developed in 16 patients (30.2%) [16 cases (27.6%)]. The mean lumbar lordosis angle and sagittal vertical axis of both ST group and non-ST group were successfully corrected. In a comparison of two groups, the ST group (58.2 ± 13.3) showed a significantly higher mSASSS than the non-ST group (33.9 ± 11.9) (p<0.001). The ST group (50.4°± 7.8°, 16.9° ± 6.8°) also showed a significantly higher preoperative pelvic incidence and sacral slope than the non-ST group (45.3° ± 7.2°, 11.0°± 7.7°) (p=0.026, p=0.011). No significant differences were observed between the two groups for the rest of radiologic parameters. In multivariate analysis, only mSASSS was positively correlated with sagittal translation (odds ratio 1.16, p=0.001). The incidence of sagittal

  10. Genomic imbalances in pediatric patients with chronic kidney disease.

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    Verbitsky, Miguel; Sanna-Cherchi, Simone; Fasel, David A; Levy, Brynn; Kiryluk, Krzysztof; Wuttke, Matthias; Abraham, Alison G; Kaskel, Frederick; Köttgen, Anna; Warady, Bradley A; Furth, Susan L; Wong, Craig S; Gharavi, Ali G

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    There is frequent uncertainty in the identification of specific etiologies of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in children. Recent studies indicate that chromosomal microarrays can identify rare genomic imbalances that can clarify the etiology of neurodevelopmental and cardiac disorders in children; however, the contribution of unsuspected genomic imbalance to the incidence of pediatric CKD is unknown. We performed chromosomal microarrays to detect genomic imbalances in children enrolled in the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) prospective cohort study, a longitudinal prospective multiethnic observational study of North American children with mild to moderate CKD. Patients with clinically detectable syndromic disease were excluded from evaluation. We compared 419 unrelated children enrolled in CKiD to multiethnic cohorts of 21,575 children and adults that had undergone microarray genotyping for studies unrelated to CKD. We identified diagnostic copy number disorders in 31 children with CKD (7.4% of the cohort). We detected 10 known pathogenic genomic disorders, including the 17q12 deletion HNF1 homeobox B (HNF1B) and triple X syndromes in 19 of 419 unrelated CKiD cases as compared with 98 of 21,575 control individuals (OR 10.8, P = 6.1 × 10⁻²⁰). In an additional 12 CKiD cases, we identified 12 likely pathogenic genomic imbalances that would be considered reportable in a clinical setting. These genomic imbalances were evenly distributed among patients diagnosed with congenital and noncongenital forms of CKD. In the vast majority of these cases, the genomic lesion was unsuspected based on the clinical assessment and either reclassified the disease or provided information that might have triggered additional clinical care, such as evaluation for metabolic or neuropsychiatric disease. A substantial proportion of children with CKD have an unsuspected genomic imbalance, suggesting genomic disorders as a risk factor for common forms of pediatric nephropathy

  11. Positional Nystagmus in Patients Evaluated for Dizziness and Imbalance

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    Full Text Available There is variability in the literature regarding the presence of positional nystagmus in healthy participants with reportedly normal vestibular and central nervous system function. This ranges from 7.5% to 88% and raises an important clinical question. If 88% of healthy participants have positional nystagmus then how is the clinician to interpret the presence of positional nystagmus in a patient presenting with dizziness and/or disequilibrium? The primary purpose of this investigation was to examine the prevalence and characteristics of positional nystagmus in patients evaluated specifically for dizziness and imbalance. Data was collected using retrospective chart review. 200 charts were randomly selected from all patients seen for evaluation of dizziness and imbalance over a period of eight months. Clinicians independently reviewed the data from positional testing for each chart. Nystagmus was present if there was a clear slow and fast phase component and there were three beats in a 10 s time window. Nystagmus direction and intensity data were collected. Results indicate positional nystagmus is present in 10.5% to 21% of patients evaluated for dizziness and imbalance. Use of liberal criteria for determining presence of positional nystagmus (i.e., 3 beats in 20 sec may account for higher prevalence rates across other studies.

  12. A Comparative Study of Sagittal Balance in Patients with Neuromuscular Scoliosis

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: Spinopelvic alignment has been associated with improved quality of life in patients with vertebral deformities, and it helps to compensate for imbalances in gait. Although surgical treatment of scoliosis in patients with neuromuscular spinal deformities promotes correction of coronal scoliotic deformities, it remains poorly established whether this results in large changes in sagittal balance parameters in this specific population. The objective of this study is to compare these parameters before and after the current procedure under the hypothesis is that there is no significant modification. METHODS: Sampling included all records of patients with neuromuscular scoliosis with adequate radiographic records treated at Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology of Clinics Hospital of University of São Paulo (IOT-HCFMUSP from January 2009 to December 2013. Parameters analyzed were incidence, sacral inclination, pelvic tilt, lumbar lordosis, thoracic kyphosis, spinosacral angle, spinal inclination and spinopelvic inclination obtained using the iSite-Philips digital display system with Surgimap and a validated method for digital measurements of scoliosis radiographs. Comparison between the pre- and post-operative conditions involved means and standard deviations and the t-test. RESULTS: Based on 101 medical records only, 16 patients met the inclusion criteria for this study, including 7 males and 9 females, with an age range of 9-20 and a mean age of 12.9±3.06; 14 were diagnosed with cerebral palsy. No significant differences were found between pre and postoperative parameters. CONCLUSIONS: Despite correction of coronal scoliotic deformity in patients with neuromuscular deformities, there were no changes in spinopelvic alignment parameters in the group studied.

  13. Comparison of Sagittal Spinopelvic Alignment in Patients With Ankylosing Spondylitis and Thoracolumbar Fracture

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    Pan, Tao; Qian, Bang-Ping; Qiu, Yong

    2016-01-01

    Abstract This article is a comparative study. The aim of the study is to investigate the difference of sagittal alignment of the pelvis and spine between patients with thoracolumbar kyphosis secondary to ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and thoracolumbar fracture, and to evaluate the role of sacropelvic component in AS patients’ adaption to the changes in sagittal alignment. Advanced stages of AS are often associated with thoracolumbar kyphosis, resulting in an abnormal spinopelvic balance and pelvic morphology, whereas thoracolumbar fractures may lead to major kyphosis with a potential compromise of the spinal canal, which can cause an abnormal spinopelvic balance. Until now, the comparison of that sagittal alignment between AS and thoracolumbar fracture is not found in the literature. This study included 30 cases of AS and 30 cases of thoracolumbar fracture. Sagittal spinal and pelvic parameters were measured from the standing lateral radiograph, and the following 11 radiological parameters were measured, including global kyphosis (GK), thoracic kyphosis (TK), C7 tilt (C7T), sagittal vertical axis (SVA), spino-pelvic angle (SSA), lumbar lordosis (LL), upper arc of lumbar lordosis (ULL), lower arc of lumbar lordosis (LLL), pelvic incidence (PI), sacrum slope (SS), pelvic tilt (PT), and T9 tilt (T9T). Analysis of variance was used in the comparison of each dependent variable between the 2 cohorts. The relationship between sagittal spinal alignment and pelvic morphology of AS patients was determined via Pearson correlation coefficient (r). Compared with the thoracolumbar fracture group, AS patients had significantly lower C7T, SSA, LL, LLL and SS (78.3° ± 9.3° vs 88.0° ± 2.7°, P sagittal alignment of the pelvis and spine between patients with AS and thoracolumbar fracture, and changes in pelvic morphology compensated more in AS patients for a thoracolumbar kyphosis. These findings may be helpful for better understanding of sagittal alignment in patients

  14. Sagittal balance of the spine in patients with osteoporotic vertebral fractures.

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    Fechtenbaum, J; Etcheto, A; Kolta, S; Feydy, A; Roux, C; Briot, K

    2016-02-01

    This study aims to compare the sagittal global spinal balance of patients consulting for osteoporosis, aged above 50 years with and without osteoporotic vertebral fractures (VFs). Global spinal balance is abnormal even in subjects without VFs. VFs and age are determinants of sagittal global balance; however, pelvic parameters play a role in compensatory mechanisms. This study aims to compare the spine curvatures, pelvic parameters, and the sagittal global spinal balance of patients aged above 50 years with and without osteoporotic vertebral fractures. Two hundred patients (95 % women) aged 68.3 ± 9.5 years underwent full skeleton radiographs in the standing position, by EOS®, a low dose biplane X-ray imaging system. VFs were evaluated according to Genant's classification. Spinal (thoracic and lumbar Cobb's indices, thoracic and lumbar tilts) and pelvic (pelvic tilt, sacral slope, and pelvic incidence) parameters were measured. Sagittal spinal balance was measured using the C7 plumb line and the spinosacral angle (SSA). We compared these parameters in patients with and without vertebral fracture and assessed the determinants of abnormal sagittal spinal balance. Sixty-nine patients had at least one VF. The sagittal spinal balance was significantly altered in patients with at least one VF, and there was an effect of the number and severity of VFs on parameters. Discriminative value for identification of patients with at least one VF, assessed by Area Under the Curves (AUCs) was 0.652 and 0.706 for C7 plumbline and SSA, respectively. Using multivariate analysis, parameters significantly associated with abnormal spinal balance (SSA) were the presence of at least one VF (OR = 4.96, P balance is abnormal in subjects consulting for osteoporosis, even in subjects without VFs. VFs and age are determinants of abnormal sagittal global balance; however, pelvic parameters play a role in compensatory mechanisms.

  15. Pre- and postoperative spinopelvic sagittal balance in adolescent patients with lenke type 5 idiopathic scoliosis.

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    Yang, Xi; Liu, Limin; Song, Yueming; Zhou, Chunguang; Zhou, Zhongjie; Wang, Lei; Wang, Liang

    2015-01-15

    A retrospective study. To investigate the preoperative spinopelvic sagittal alignment in Lenke 5 patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), and analyze how it alters after posterior correction. The structural thoracolumbar or lumbar curve may change the local sagittal alignment thereby altering the sagittal balance in Lenke 5 patients with AIS. However, few studies have evaluated the spinopelvic sagittal alignment before and after the surgery in these patients. Forty-eight Lenke 5 patients with AIS who underwent posterior correction and fusion were included in this study. Preoperative and postoperative radiographs were reviewed measuring both the coronal and sagittal parameters. Three pelvic sagittal states (anteverted, normal, or retroverted) were evaluated according to the magnitude relationship of individual pelvic tilt with pelvic incidence (PI). Both the coronal and sagittal parameters between different pelvic sagittal states were compared. The alterations of these parameters by surgery would also be analyzed. The mean follow-up was 1.8 years. Preoperatively, the mean PI was 44.3° with a pelvic tilt of 4.1°. There was 48% patients showing the anteverted pelvis, whereas the remaining 52% showing normal. The patients with anteverted pelvis showed a smaller PI and more distal lower end vertebra than normal pelvis ones. Logistic regression analysis revealed PI (odds ratio [OR] = 0.62, P = 0.024) and lower end vertebra (OR = 2.1, P = 0.037) were significantly associated with the risk of developing anteverted pelvis. The pelvic tilt was significantly increased and 61% of patients with preoperative anteverted pelvis had recovered. Logistic regression analysis revealed PI (OR = 0.7, P = 0.034) and lower instrumented vertebra (OR = 6.5, P = 0.002) were significantly associated with the risk of postoperative uncovered of anteverted pelvis. Anteverted pelvis appears in almost half of Lenke 5 patients with AIS, especially in who have smaller PI or distal lower

  16. Sagittal plane tilting deformity of the patellofemoral joint: a new concept in patients with chondromalacia patella.

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    Aksahin, Ertugrul; Aktekin, Cem Nuri; Kocadal, Onur; Duran, Semra; Gunay, Cüneyd; Kaya, Defne; Hapa, Onur; Pepe, Murad

    2017-10-01

    The aims of this study were to evaluate sagittal plane alignment in patients with chondromalacia patella via magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), analyse the relationships between the location of the patellar cartilaginous lesions and sagittal alignment and finally investigate the relationships between the sagittal plane malalignment and patellofemoral loadings using by finite element analysis. Fifty-one patients who were diagnosed with isolated modified Outerbridge grade 3-4 patellar chondromalacia based on MRI evaluation and 51 control subjects were evaluated. Chondromalacia patella patients were divided into three subgroups according to the chondral lesion location as superior, middle and inferior. The patella-patellar tendon angle (P-PT) was used for evaluation of sagittal alignment of patellofemoral joint. Each subgroup was compared with control group by using P-PT angle. To investigate the biomechanical effects of sagittal plane malpositioning on patellofemoral joint, bone models were created at 30°, 60° and 90° knee flexion by using mean P-PT angles, which obtained from patients with chondromalacia patellae and control subjects. The total loading and contact area values of the patellofemoral joints were investigated by finite element analysis. The mean age of all participants was 52.9 ± 8.2 years. The mean P-PT angle was significantly lower in chondromalacia group (142.1° ± 3.6°) compared to control group (144.5° ± 5.3°) (p = 0.008). Chondral lesions were located in superior, middle and inferior zones in 16, 20 and 15 patients, respectively. The mean P-PT angles in patients with superior (141.8 ± 2.7) and inferior subgroups (139.2 ± 2.3) were significantly lower than the values in the control group (p chondromalacia than in the control models at the same flexion degrees. There were increased loadings at 30° and 90° flexions in the sagittal patellar tilt models. This study revealed that sagittal plain malpositioning of the

  17. Criteria to restore the sagittal balance in deformity and degenerative spondylolisthesis.

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    Lamartina, Claudio; Berjano, Pedro; Petruzzi, Mary; Sinigaglia, Aldo; Casero, Giovanni; Cecchinato, Riccardo; Damilano, Marco; Bassani, Roberto

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    To present in a single source the relevant information needed to assess spinopelvic balance and alignment, and to estimate the amount of correction needed in a patient during surgical treatment. Narrative literature review Sagittal balance can be evaluated by global balance estimates (sagittal vertical axis and T1 tilt). Other important parameters are the relationship between pelvic incidence and lumbar lordosis (spinopelvic harmony), between pelvic incidence and difference of thoracic kyphosis and lumbar lordosis (spinopelvic balance), excess of pelvic tilt, knee flexion and thoracic compensatory hypokyphosis. Different methods to calculate the amount of surgical correction needed in patients with sagittal imbalance have been based on combinations of these parameters. Relevant parameters of sagittal imbalance have been identified and correlated with clinical outcomes. Methods for calculation of surgical correction of imbalance have been proposed, but not validated in patients with mid-term follow-up.

  18. Effect of Cervical Sagittal Balance on Laminoplasty in Patients With Cervical Myelopathy.

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    Kato, Minori; Namikawa, Takashi; Matsumura, Akira; Konishi, Sadahiko; Nakamura, Hiroaki

    2017-04-01

    Retrospective clinical study. We evaluated the relationship between cervical sagittal alignment parameters and clinical status in patients with cervical myelopathy and analyzed the effect of cervical sagittal balance on cervical laminoplasty. Patients with cervical myelopathy (n = 110) who underwent laminoplasty were included in this study. The relationship between cervical sagittal alignment parameters and clinical status was evaluated. The changes in radiographic cervical sagittal parameters and clinical status 2 years after surgery were compared between patients with preoperative C2-7 SVA ≥35 mm (group A) and those with preoperative C2-7 SVA SVA had no correlation with defined health-related quality of life evaluation scores. At 2-year follow-up, the improvement in SF-36 physical component summary was significantly lower in group A than in group B. The postoperative change of C2-7 SVA did not significantly differ in 2 groups. Patients in group A maintained cervical regional balance after laminoplasty but experienced extensive postoperative neck pain. Our patients with a C2-7 SVA of ≥35 mm maintained cervical regional balance after laminoplasty and their improvement in myelopathy was equivalent to that in patients with a C2-7 SVA of SVA of ≥35 mm experienced severe postoperative neck pain. C2-7 SVA is a parameter worth considering because it can lead to poor QOL and axial neck pain after laminoplasty.

  19. Genomic imbalances in pediatric patients with chronic kidney disease

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    Verbitsky, Miguel; Sanna-Cherchi, Simone; Fasel, David A.; Levy, Brynn; Kiryluk, Krzysztof; Wuttke, Matthias; Abraham, Alison G.; Kaskel, Frederick; Köttgen, Anna; Warady, Bradley A.; Furth, Susan L; Wong, Craig S.; Gharavi, Ali G.

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND. There is frequent uncertainty in the identification of specific etiologies of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in children. Recent studies indicate that chromosomal microarrays can identify rare genomic imbalances that can clarify the etiology of neurodevelopmental and cardiac disorders in children; however, the contribution of unsuspected genomic imbalance to the incidence of pediatric CKD is unknown.

  20. Assessment of masticatory function in patients with non-sagittal occlusal discrepancies.

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    Choi, T-H; Kim, B-I; Chung, C J; Kim, H-J; Baik, H-S; Park, Y-C; Lee, K-J

    2015-01-01

    Non-sagittal occlusal discrepancies such as posterior cross-bite and anterior openbite are common types of malocclusion, but studies on masticatory function related to those malocclusions have been scarce. The aim of this study was to quantify the masticatory performance in patients with non-sagittal discrepancies compared to those with normal occlusion, using both objective and subjective measures. Maximum bite force and contact area using Dental Prescale(®) system as a static objective assessment, Mixing Ability Index (MAI) as a dynamic objective evaluation and food intake ability (FIA) as a subjective assessment were analysed from 21 people in normal occlusion (Group N) and 64 patients with posterior cross-bite (Group C), anterior openbite (Group O) or both (Group B). The differences of the maximum bite force, the contact area, the MAI and the FIA were compared, and their correlations were figured out. The non-sagittal malocclusion groups showed lower values in the maximum bite force, the contact area, the MAI and the FIA compared to those in the normal group (P masticatory function in patients with non-sagittal discrepancies is significantly reduced both objectively and subjectively. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  1. Discrepancy Between Standing Posture and Sagittal Balance During Walking in Adult Spinal Deformity Patients.

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    Arima, Hideyuki; Yamato, Yu; Hasegawa, Tomohiko; Togawa, Daisuke; Kobayashi, Sho; Yasuda, Tatsuya; Banno, Tomohiro; Oe, Shin; Matsuyama, Yukihiro

    2017-01-01

    Retrospective case series. The present study aimed to determine the characteristics of patients with adult spinal deformity (ASD) with a discrepancy between standing and walking postures. Standing radiographic parameters are typically used to evaluate patients with ASD. Patients with ASD with relatively good sagittal alignment on standing radiography have, however, been reported to walk with a forward trunk tilt. Patients with ASD (n = 93; 13 men, 80 women; mean age, 65.0 yr) who underwent corrective surgery and preoperative gait analysis at our hospital between 2011 and 2013 were included. Spine radiographs and gait analysis data were acquired preoperatively. Standing-trunk tilt angle (STA) on lateral standing x-ray, gait-trunk tilt angle (GTA) from lateral gait images, and radiographic parameters of the spine and pelvis (lumbar lordosis [LL], pelvic tilt, and sagittal vertical axis) were measured. We calculated the increasing trunk tilt angle (ITA), by subtracting the STA from the GTA, for use as an index of discrepancy between standing posture and sagittal balance during walking. We examined the relation between radiographic parameters and ITA. The mean preoperative STA and GTA were 3.5° and 11.1°, respectively. The mean preoperative ITA, which represents the degree of discrepancy between standing posture and sagittal balance during walking, was 7.6°. The mean preoperative sagittal vertical axis, LL, pelvic incidence (PI), pelvic tilt, and PI minus LL were 102.6 mm, 20.3°, 52.9°, 32.1°, and 32.6°, respectively. The PI minus LL mismatch was positively correlated with the ITA (R = 0.237, P = 0.023). In particular, patients with ASD with a PI minus LL mismatch of more than 40° had a significantly greater ITA. Gait analysis revealed that a preoperative standing-walking discrepancy is associated with severe PI - LL mismatch. 4.

  2. Normal variation in sagittal spinal alignment parameters in adult patients: an EOS study using serial imaging.

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    Hey, Hwee Weng Dennis; Tan, Kian Loong Melvin; Moorthy, Vikaesh; Lau, Eugene Tze-Chun; Lau, Leok-Lim; Liu, Gabriel; Wong, Hee-Kit

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    To describe normal variations in sagittal spinal radiographic parameters over an interval period and establish physiological norms and guidelines for which these images should be interpreted. Data were prospectively collected from a continuous series of adult patients with first-episode mild low back pain presenting to a single institution. The sagittal parameters of two serial radiographic images taken 6-months apart were obtained with the EOS® slot scanner. Measured parameters include CL, TK, TL, LL, PI, PT, SS, and end and apical vertebrae. Chi-squared test and Wilcoxon Signed Rank test were used to compare categorical and continuous variables, respectively. Sixty patients with a total of 120 whole-body sagittal X-rays were analysed. Mean age was 52.1 years (SD 21.2). Mean interval between the first and second X-rays was 126.2 days (SD 47.2). Small variations (< 1°) occur for all except PT (1.2°), CL (1.2°), and SVA (2.9 cm). Pelvic tilt showed significant difference between two images (p = 0.035). Subgroup analysis based on the time interval between X-rays, and between the first and second X-rays, did not show significant differences. Consistent findings were found for end and apical vertebrae of the thoracic and lumbar spine between the first and second X-rays for sagittal curve shapes. Radiographic sagittal parameters vary between serial images and reflect dynamism in spinal balancing. SVA and PT are predisposed to the widest variation. SVA has the largest variation between individuals of low pelvic tilt. Therefore, interpretation of these parameters should be patient specific and relies on trends rather than a one-time assessment.

  3. Characteristics of sagittal spine-pelvis-leg alignment in patients with severe hip osteoarthritis.

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    Weng, Wen-Jie; Wang, Wei-Jun; Wu, Ming-Da; Xu, Zhi-Hong; Xu, Lei-Lei; Qiu, Yong

    2015-06-01

    The interaction between the sagittal alignment of the spine and pelvis and the compensatory mechanism in patients suffering from spinal disorders has been well documented. However, in patients with hip osteoarthritis (HOA), few studies have explored how the hip joint pathology could affect the sagittal alignment of the hip, pelvis and spine, and no reports have investigated whether these changes are involved in the pathogenesis of low back pain in these patients. The aims of this case-control study were to investigate the sagittal spine-pelvis-leg alignment in patients suffering from severe HOA and to understand whether the alignment was related to the occurrence of low back pain and the health-related quality of life in these patients. Fifty-eight patients with severe HOA and 64 asymptomatic controls were studied. Digital lateral X-rays of the spine, pelvis and proximal femur were obtained with the patients placed in upright positions. The following radiographic parameters were measured to examine the sagittal alignment of the pelvis, hip and spine: pelvic incidence (PI), pelvic tilting (PT), sacral slope (SS), pelvic femoral angle (PFA), femoral inclination (FI), lumbar lordosis (LL), spino-sacral angle (SSA), C7 tilt (C7T) and T1 spinal-pelvic inclination (T1-SPI). The global balance patterns of spinal-pelvic alignment were classified as normal balance, slight unbalance and severe unbalance according to the relative position of the C7 plumb line to the sacrum and femoral heads. Short Form-36 questionnaire was carried out in the patients. Comparisons were carried out between the patients with HOA and the controls and between the HOA patients with or without low back pain. Correlation analysis was used to measure relationships between the HOA patients' parameters. There were no significant differences in the age and gender distribution between the HOA patients and control. Compared with the controls, the patients with HOA showed significantly higher SS and lower

  4. T lymphocyte subset imbalances in patients contribute to ankylosing spondylitis

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    WANG, CHENGGONG; LIAO, QIANDE; HU, YIHE; ZHONG, DA

    2015-01-01

    Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic disease, which is characterized by inflammation of the spine and the sacroiliac joints. To date, the disease etiology remains unclear. In the present study, the correlation of T lymphocyte subset changes with the progression of ankylosing spondylitis was investigated. A total of 55 patients with ankylosing spondylitis (22 severe and 23 mild cases) and 20 healthy individuals were selected. Firstly, the punctured cells in the lesions and the serum were collected, and the lymphocytes and the peripheral blood mononuclear cells were prepared. Secondly, quantitative PCR, ELISA and flow cytometry analyses were carried out to detect the levels of a series of immunoglobulins, complements, helper T cells, cytotoxic T cells, regulatory cells and cytokines. The expression levels of α-globulin, γ-globulin, immunoglobulin (Ig)G, IgA, IgM, serum complement C3, and complement C4 were found to be significantly increased in ankylosing spondylitis patients. In addition, the percentage of Th1 and Th17 cells was found to be significantly higher in the ankylosing spondylitis groups (mild and severe) compared with the healthy individuals. As a result, the Th1/Th2 and Th17/Treg ratios were significantly higher in patients with ankylosing spondylitis. In addition, T lymphocyte subset ratio imbalances contributed to an increased expression of immune mediators, including interferon (IFN)-γ and interleukin (IL)-17A. The mRNA and protein expression levels of IFN-γ and IL-17A were found to be higher in the ankylosing spondylitis groups compared with the control group. The present study provided further evidence on the function and underlying mechanism of T lymphocyte subsets, which may be useful in the diagnosis and treatment of ankylosing spondylitis. PMID:25452811

  5. [Transtibial amputation: sagittal flaps in patients with diabetic foot syndrome].

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    Jalůvka, F; Ostruszka, P; Sitek, P; Foltys, A; Vávra, P; Jelínek, P; Zonča, P

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    Diabetic foot syndrome is defined by ulcer or destruction of leg tissues in patients with diabetes (diabetics) associated with infection, neuropathy and various degree of ischaemia (peripheral vascular disease). In Czech Republic in 2010 were registrated over 45 000 patients with diabetic foot syndrome. 8500 (diabetics) patients with diabetes undergone the surgery (any type of amputation). In retrospective non randomized trial we evaluated the population of patients with lower limb amputation admitted to Clinic of Surgery FNO between 2010-1012. We introduce current (present) view to possibilities of lower limb amputations, historical problems and development of surgical methods. Special aspect is dedicated to sagital shank amputation. Detail description of operative (surgical) technique itself and crural region (area) anatomy. In 2010-2012 we achieved 146 lower limb amputations in shank, from that 27 sagital shank amputations( sagital operative method). We observed ( followed up) the number of reoperations, reasons that led to amputation, wounds healing by secondary intention, itęs sources and necessity of revision due to postoperative hemorrhage. Effects of amputations on patientęs quality of life. Social and socioeconomical impacts. Provably lower number of complications in sagital shank amputations compared to (in comparison with) conventional methods. Authors would like to point out and introduce interesting operation method to the general public.

  6. Are sagittal spinopelvic radiographic parameters significantly associated with quality of life of adult spinal deformity patients? Multivariate linear regression analyses for pre-operative and short-term post-operative health-related quality of life.

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    Takemoto, Mitsuru; Boissière, Louis; Vital, Jean-Marc; Pellisé, Ferran; Perez-Grueso, Francisco Javier Sanchez; Kleinstück, Frank; Acaroglu, Emre R; Alanay, Ahmet; Obeid, Ibrahim

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    To evaluate the association in ASD patients between spinopelvic sagittal parameters and health-related quality of life (HRQL), adjusted for demographic and surgical variables. We constructed multiple linear regression models to investigate pre-operative (PreOp) and 6-month post-operative (PostOp) HRQL as assessed by the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), with sagittal parameters as independent variables adjusted for potential confounders, such as age, sex, body mass index, past spine surgery, types of surgical treatment, and complications. A total of 204 patients (164 women, 40 men, mean age 53.1 years) were included in this study. In multivariate models for PreOp ODI, no significant association was observed between PreOp HRQL and sagittal parameters when adjusted for covariates. Interestingly, age, sex, American Society of Anesthesiologists score, and body mass index were still significantly associated with PreOp HRQL. In contrast to PreOp analysis, there was a significant association between PostOp worse HRQL (higher ODI) and positive T1 sagittal tilt (T1ST: the angle between a line drawn from the center of the femoral head axis to the midpoint of the T1 vertebral body and a vertical line). Sagittal vertical axis had a weaker association with HRQL than T1ST. PostOp ASD patients lose flexibility in the fused spinal segment, and might be predisposed to symptoms related to spinal sagittal malalignment due to limited compensatory ability to maintain a balanced standing posture. Interestingly, in patients with sagittal imbalance, low pelvic tilt (PT) of studies that used univariate analysis. Not only sagittal parameters, but also the pre-operative patient's general condition should be carefully reviewed when considering indication for ASD surgery. In contrast, although this is a short-term follow-up study, PostOp HRQL was significantly associated with sagittal parameters. When ASD surgery has been indicated, restoration of spinal sagittal alignment is certainly

  7. Influence of postoperative sagittal balance and spinopelvic parameters on the outcome of patients surgically treated for degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis.

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    Radovanovic, Ingrid; Urquhart, Jennifer C; Ganapathy, Venkat; Siddiqi, Fawaz; Gurr, Kevin R; Bailey, Stewart I; Bailey, Christopher S

    2017-04-01

    OBJECTIVE The object of this study was to determine the association between postoperative sagittal spinopelvic alignment and patient-rated outcome measures following decompression and fusion for lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis. METHODS The authors identified a consecutive series of patients who had undergone surgery for lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis between 2008 and 2012, with an average follow-up of 3 years (range 1-6 years). Surgery was performed to address the clinical symptoms of spinal stenosis, not global sagittal alignment. Sagittal alignment was only assessed postoperatively. Patients were divided into 2 groups based on a postoperative sagittal vertical axis (SVA) SVA SVA ≥ 50 mm. Patients with an SVA ≥ 50 mm had a worse SF-36 physical component summary (PCS) score (p = 0.018), a worse Oswestry Disability Index (ODI; p = 0.043), and more back pain (p = 0.039) than those with an SVA SVA.

  8. [Sagittal Balance of the Spine--Clinical Importance and Radiographic Assessment].

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    Decker, S; Müller, C W; Omar, M; Krettek, C; Schwab, F; Trobisch, P D

    2016-04-01

    Sagittal deformities of the spine frequently result in back pain, as patients have to expend much energy in compensation. The sagittal alignment of the spine is defined by its curvatures (lordosis and kyphosis) relative to the position of the pelvis. Diagnostic assessment is based on full spine a. p. and lateral X-rays. The sagittal balance is primarily described by different angles that can be measured, e.g. lumbar lordosis, pelvic incidence, pelvic tilt and thoracic kyphosis. The quality of life can best be estimated by subtracting lumbar lordosis from the pelvic incidence. However, initial evaluation of the sagittal balance can also be based on the sagittal vertical axis. The severity of imbalance can be described by the sagittal vertical axis and the pelvic tilt, but surgical therapy necessitates a more profound analysis, which can be based on the SRS-Schwab classification. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  9. The ability of panoramic radiographs to correlate transverse with sagittal dimensions in class III patients

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    Mohsen Shirazi

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aims: In the field of orthodontics, gaining comprehensive information around dento-skeletal complex is necessary to choose the best treatment plan for each patient. The aim of this study was to investigate the linear and angular parameters in panoramic radiographs to find a path to correlate transvers to sagittal dimensions. Materials and Methods: Total number of sixty two, 8-14 years old children who sought for orthodontic therapy were selected (32 skeletal Class III and 30 skeletal Class I. They were exposed to x-ray to obtain the panoramic and lateral views in a controlled condition. Various linear and angular parameters were measured after tracing the landmarks on the panoramic radiograph. Data were obtained and analyzed using T-test. The level of significance was set at 0.05 (P<0.05. Results: Linear parameters of Co-Co, Go-Go and PTM-PTM were significantly lower in class III patients than class I ones (P=0.04, 0.04, 0.02, respectively. The ramus width value was also lower in class III patients. Angular parameters of  Me˄ and N˄ also showed the same results (P<0.001. Go˄ angle was significantly lower in the class I than class III patients (P=0.002, 0.007. Conclusion: Some traceable linear and angular parameters were found in the panoramic radiographs which had the potential to correlate the transverse with sagittal dimension.

  10. Effect of Coronal Scoliotic Curvature on Sagittal Spinal Shape: Analysis of Parameters in Mature Adolescent Scoliosis Patients.

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    Hong, Jae-Young; Kim, Keon-Woo; Suh, Seung-Woo; Park, Si-Young; Yang, Jae-Hyuk

    2017-05-01

    A radiographic analysis with scoliosis patients. To analyze correlations between sagittal spinal alignment and coronal scoliotic curvature. Sagittal spinal alignment and scoliosis may have a significant relationship, and schematic analysis is needed. The study group was comprised of 163 patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Subjects underwent anteroposterior and lateral radiographs of the whole spine including hip joints. The radiographic parameters used were magnitude, location and direction of curve, thoracic kyphosis, thoracolumbar kyphosis, lumbar lordosis, sagittal balance, sacral slope, and pelvic angle. Subjects were classified into 4 groups according to the severity of coronal curvature: Cobb angle ≤20 degrees, Cobb angle 21-40 degrees, Cobb angle 41-60 degrees, and Cobb angle >60 degrees. In addition, subjects were divided into 4 subgroups according to Roussouly's classification (types 1-4) of sagittal spinal shape. Schematic analysis was performed to determine the relationship between coronal and sagittal parameters. Analysis of parameters with severity of coronal curvature, thoracic kyphosis, and sacral slope were significantly higher in high-grade scoliosis (PRoussouly groups 3 and 4 showed more severe scoliosis with higher lumbar lordosis and thoracic kyphosis (PRoussouly group 1 demonstrated a significantly higher incidence of low-grade scoliosis, whereas groups 3 and 4 had a higher incidence of high-degree scoliosis by cross-relation analysis (P<0.05). A significant relationship exists between sagittal spinal shape and coronal curvature in scoliosis. Understanding the biplanar shapes of scoliosis may be helpful to the surgeons.

  11. Infections after sagittal split osteotomy: a retrospective analysis of 336 patients.

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    Bouchard, Carl; Lalancette, Michelle

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the rate of infection after bilateral sagittal split osteotomy. The investigators implemented a retrospective case series study. To be included in this study, patients needed to have a complete medical chart and a postoperative follow-up of at least 3 months. The outcome variable was postoperative infections. The predicator variables were type of surgery, medical comorbidities, third molar extraction, smoking, type of fixation, and antibiotic prophylaxis. Descriptive and bivariate statistics were computed, and significance was set at P 336 patients with ages ranging from 13 to 65 years (27.2 ± 10.6). The rate of infection was 11.3%, and plates, screws, or both were removed in 10 patients (3%). There was a statistically significant association between age and infections (odds ratio, 1.04; 95% CI, 1.01-1.07; P = .02). The results of this study suggest that infection after bilateral sagittal split osteotomy is within normal range for a clean-contaminated procedure. Rigid fixation of the osteotomy may decrease the need for hardware removal. Copyright © 2015 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. All rights reserved.

  12. General characteristics of patients with electrolyte imbalance admitted to emergency department

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    Balcı, Arif Kadri; Koksal, Ozlem; Kose, Ataman; Armagan, Erol; Ozdemir, Fatma; Inal, Taylan; Oner, Nuran

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Fluid and electrolyte balance is a key concept to understand for maintaining homeostasis, and for a successful treatment of many metabolic disorders. There are various regulating mechanisms for the equilibrium of electrolytes in organisms. Disorders of these mechanisms result in electrolyte imbalances that may be life-threatening clinical conditions. In this study we defined the electrolyte imbalance characteristics of patients admitted to our emergency department. METHODS: This s...

  13. Analysis of Cervical Sagittal Balance Parameters in MRIs of Patients with Disc-Degenerative Disease.

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    Wang, Zhao-Lin; Xiao, Jian-Lin; Mou, Jian-Hui; Qin, Ting-Zheng; Liu, Peng

    2015-10-13

    The aim of this study was to explore the correlations between the different parameters of the cervical sagittal balance in magnetic resonance images (MRI) and evaluate the criteria for their clinical application in disc-degenerative diseases. We conducted a retrospective review of the MRIs of 125 adult outpatients with disc-degenerative diseases of the cervical spine; the images were obtained between May and July 2014 at our institute. The control group comprised 50 volunteers whose MRIs were also obtained. The parameters measured in the MRIs were: neck tilt (NT), T1 slope (T1S), thoracic inlet angle (TIA), and Cobb's angle (C2-7). The correlation between the various parameters was analyzed using the Pearson correlation coefficient. The outpatients group showed moderate correlation between TIA and T1S, a significant correlation between TIA and NT, a weak correlation between T1S and Cobb's angle, and a weakly negative correlation between T1S and NT. Further, the TIA showed no significant difference between the outpatient group and the control group, as per the sample t test. Our findings indicate that TIA, T1S, and NT could be used as indices for the evaluation of cervical sagittal balance and that the TIA could be used as a reference to assess the cervical compensation. Restoration of the NT and T1S should be considered as a goal of surgical treatment during the preoperative planning in patients with disc-degenerative diseases.

  14. Cervical sagittal alignment variations in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients treated with thoraco-lumbo-sacral orthosis.

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    Corradin, Marco; Canavese, Federico; Dimeglio, Alain; Dubousset, Jean

    2017-04-01

    Thoraco-lumbo-sacral orthosis (TLSO) is an effective treatment in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) patients, but cervical sagittal alignment (CSA) variations after bracing have never been evaluated. The purpose of this study was to assess changes in CSA before, during and after TLSO treatment, and to determine whether patients developed cervical pain. This was a retrospective study in 38 AIS patients (33 females; mean age 10.8 years) treated by TLSO. Patients were Risser 0 (n = 34) or 1 (n = 4). Major curve deformity (MC) in the coronal plane and cervical (CSA), thoracic (TSA) and lumbar (LSA) sagittal alignment were evaluated radiographically at start of treatment (t 0), after 1 month of brace treatment (t 1), and 1 year after end of treatment (t 2). Cervical pain was evaluated at t 2 using a visual analogue scale (VAS). The TLSO was worn for an average of 4.6 years. Mean CSA, TSA and LSA were significantly lower at t 2 than at t 0: 0 ± 2.5° vs. 9.4 ± 2.3°, 24.1 ± 2.6° vs. 29.3 ± 2.4° and 5 ± 1.9° vs. 44.2 ± 2.5°, respectively (p  0.8). VAS score was 0 in all patients. The TLSO can control progression of the deformity in the frontal plane, but it influences CSA, TSA and LSA. In particular, it decreases cervical spine lordosis, with reduction maintained 1 year after the end of treatment. Numerical differences, although statistically significant, were not clinically relevant.

  15. Association of achondroplasia with sagittal synostosis and scaphocephaly in two patients, an underestimated condition?

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    Accogli, Andrea; Pacetti, Mattia; Fiaschi, Pietro; Pavanello, Marco; Piatelli, Gianluca; Nuzzi, Daniele; Baldi, Maurizia; Tassano, Elisa; Severino, Maria Savina; Allegri, Anna; Capra, Valeria

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    We report on two patients with an unusual combination of achondroplasia and surgically treated sagittal synostosis and scaphocephaly. The most common achondroplasia mutation, p.Gly380Arg in fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (FGFR3), was detected in both patients. Molecular genetic testing of FGFR1, FGFR2, FGFR3 and TWIST1 genes failed to detect any additional mutations. There are several reports of achondroplasia with associated craniosynostosis, but no other cases of scaphocephaly in children with achondroplasia have been described. Recently it has been demonstrated that FGFR3 mutations affect not only endochondral ossification but also membranous ossification, providing new explanations for the craniofacial hallmarks in achondroplasia. Our report suggests that the association of isolated scaphocephaly and other craniosynostoses with achondroplasia may be under recognized. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  16. Maxillomandibular Advancement in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome Patients: a Restrospective Study on the Sagittal Cephalometric Variables

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    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: The present retrospective study analyzes sagittal cephalometric changes in patients affected by obstructive sleep apnea syndrome submitted to maxillomandubular advancement. Material and Methods: 15 adult sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS patients diagnosed by polysomnography (PSG and treated with maxillomandubular advancement (MMA were included in this study. Pre- (T1 and postsurgical (T2 PSG studies assessing the apnea/hypopnea index (AHI and the lowest oxygen saturation (LSAT level were compared. Lateral cephalometric radiographs at T1 and T2 measuring sagittal cephalometric variables (SNA, SNB, and ANB were analyzed, as were the amount of maxillary and mandibular advancement (Co-A and Co-Pog, the distance from the mandibular plane to the most anterior point of the hyoid bone (Mp-H, and the posterior airway space (PAS.Results: Postoperatively, the overall mean AHI dropped from 58.7 ± 16 to 8.1 ± 7.8 events per hour (P < 0.001. The mean preoperative LSAT increased from 71% preoperatively to 90% after surgery (P < 0.001. All the patients in our study were successfully treated (AHI < 20 or reduced by 50%. Cephalometric analysis performed after surgery showed a statistically significant correlation between the mean SNA variation and the decrease in the AHI (P = 0.01. The overall mean SNA increase was 6°.Conclusions: Our findings suggest that the improvement observed in the respiratory symptoms, namely the apnea/hypopnea episodes, is correlated with the SNA increase after surgery. This finding may help maxillofacial surgeons to establish selective criteria for the surgical approach to sleep apnea syndrome patients.

  17. Evaluation of electrolyte imbalance among tuberculosis patients receiving treatments in Southwestern Nigeria

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    Adebimpe Wasiu Olalekan

    2015-09-01

    Conclusion: Hyponatraemia, hyperkalaemia, and hypochloremia characterized some of the electrolyte imbalance among TB patients receiving treatments. The raised level of bicarbonate may be attributed to overcorrection of respiratory acidosis often found in patients with tuberculosis. Monitoring electrolytes is therefore an important component of TB management.

  18. General characteristics of patients with electrolyte imbalance admitted to emergency department.

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    Balcı, Arif Kadri; Koksal, Ozlem; Kose, Ataman; Armagan, Erol; Ozdemir, Fatma; Inal, Taylan; Oner, Nuran

    2013-01-01

    Fluid and electrolyte balance is a key concept to understand for maintaining homeostasis, and for a successful treatment of many metabolic disorders. There are various regulating mechanisms for the equilibrium of electrolytes in organisms. Disorders of these mechanisms result in electrolyte imbalances that may be life-threatening clinical conditions. In this study we defined the electrolyte imbalance characteristics of patients admitted to our emergency department. This study was conducted in the Emergency Department (ED) of Uludag University Faculty of Medicine, and included 996 patients over 18 years of age. All patients had electrolyte imbalance, with various etiologies other than traumatic origin. Demographic and clinical parameters were collected after obtaining informed consent from the patients. The ethical committee of the university approved this study. The mean age of the patients was 59.28±16.79, and 55% of the patients were male. The common symptoms of the patients were dyspnea (14.7%), fever (13.7%), and systemic deterioration (11.9%); but the most and least frequent electrolyte imbalances were hyponatremia and hypermagnesemia, respectively. Most frequent findings in physical examination were confusion (14%), edema (10%) and rales (9%); and most frequent pathological findings in ECG were tachycardia in 24%, and atrial fibrillation in 7% of the patients. Most frequent comorbidity was malignancy (39%). Most frequent diagnoses in the patients were sepsis (11%), pneumonia (9%), and acute renal failure (7%). Electrolyte imbalances are of particular importance in the treatment of ED patients. Therefore, ED physicians must be acknowledged of their fluid-electrolyte balance dynamics and general characteristics.

  19. Complications of Bilateral Sagittal Split Osteotomy in Patients with Mandibular Prognathism

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    Majid Eshghpour

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Bilateral sagittal split osteotomy (BSSO of mandible is vastly used in treatment of mandibular deficiencies and discrepancies. Since this method could affect esthetic as well as function, evaluating these effects from various aspects is crucial. This study assessed the effects of this technique on the function of masseter muscle, jaw movements, and sensory changes along with failures in screws used for fixation. Methods: 48 patients with mandibular prognathism participated. Electromyography (EMG of the masseter muscle; limits of jaw movements including maximum opening (MIO, protrusive (PM, lateral movements (LLE and LRE; presences of sensory changes and two point discrimination test; and number of removed screws were recorded at the baseline, 3 months, and 6 months after surgery. Results: EMG activity of masseter decreased significantly 3 months after the surgery. However, after 6 months the masseter activity revealed no statistically significant difference with baseline activity. There was a significant decrease in MIO and PM after 3 months. The 6 month measurement of MIO and PM was also lower than baseline. However, no difference was observed between LRE and LLE in both follow up sessions. Among 46 patients, 27 patients developed lip paresthesia 3 months after surgery. After 6 month, lip paresthesia remained in 11 patients. Among 276 screws used for fixation 3 screws removed due to exposure to oral cavity and 2 due to patient discomfort. Conclusion: As BSSO in patients with mandibular prognathism revealed temporary functional and sensory changes, it is a safe and appropriate method in orthognathic surgery.

  20. Comparison of the Sagittal Spine Lordosis by Supine Computed Tomography and Upright Conventional Radiographs in Patients with Spinal Trauma

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    Samy Bouaicha

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Study Design. Retrospective data analysis. Objective. To compare the sagittal lordosis of the lumbar spine by supine computed tomography (CT and upright conventional radiographs. Summary of Background Data. There is sparse data about position and modality dependent changes of radiographic measurements in the sagittal lumbar spine. Methods. The anatomical and functional Cobb angles of the thoracolumbar spine in 153 patients with spinal injury were measured by conventional upright sagittal radiographs and supine CT scans. Patients were assigned either to group A (n=101, with radiologically confirmed vertebral fractures, or to group B (n=52, without any osseous lesions. The interchangeability of the two imaging modalities was calculated using a ±3° and 5° range of acceptance. Results. Group A showed a mean intraindividual difference of −3.8° for both the anatomical and the functional Cobb angle. Only 25.7% and 27.7% of the 101 patients showed a difference within the tolerated ±3° margin. Using the ±5° limits, only 46 and 47 individuals fell within the acceptable range, respectively. In the patients in group B, the mean intraindividual difference was −2.1° for the anatomical and −1.5° for the functional Cobb angle. Of the 52 patients, only 14 and 13 patients, respectively demonstrated an intraindividual difference within ±3°. With regard to a threshold of ±5°, both the functional and anatomical values were within the defined margins in only 25 (48% patients. Conclusion. The use of supine CT measurements as a baseline assessment of the sagittal lordosis of the injured thoracolumbar spine does not appear to be appropriate when upright conventional sagittal plane radiographs are used for follow-up measurements.

  1. Determinants of Pre-Operative Shoulder Imbalance in Patients with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

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    Hassan Ghandhari

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Background Disfiguring complications of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS could significantly affect the patients’ satisfaction. In this regard, shoulder imbalance has recently received much attention in spite of its poorly understood challenge. Objectives While the majority of previous studies have attempted to explore preoperative determinants of postoperative shoulder imbalance, in this study we aimed to investigate the factors correlated with the preoperative shoulder imbalance. Methods A total of 72 AIS patients with no previous history of corrective surgery took part in this study. The study sample comprised 63 females and 9 males with the mean age of 15.72 ± 3.08 years, ranging from 11 to 26 years. Shoulder imbalance parameters including T1 tilt, first rib angle (FRA, and clavicle angle (CA were assessed and their correlation with radiographic characteristics of the curves and patients’ demographic data including age and sex was evaluated. Results T1 tilt was more severe in males (mean -8.2° than females (mean -2.8° (P = 0.04. Moreover, a significant correlation was found between age and FRA (P = 0.04. A significant correlation was also observed between main thoracic (MT curve size and all the three parameters of shoulder imbalance (P < 0.001. The reverse correlation of T5 - T12 kyphosis angle with FRA was also significant (P = 0.04. Conclusions According to our results, in AIS, pre-operative radiographic shoulder imbalance could be affected by some curve parameters including MT and kyphosis size and demographic characteristics of patients including age and gender.

  2. Analysing the change of sagittal balance in patients with Lenke 5 idiopathic scoliosis.

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    Ozkunt, Okan; Karademir, Gökhan; Sariyilmaz, Kerim; Gemalmaz, Halil Can; Dikici, Fatih; Domanic, Unsal

    2017-09-07

    The aim of this study was to evaluate preoperative and postoperative spinopelvic parameters and the influence of lowest instrumented vertebrae on sagittal parameters in Lenke 5 Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) patients. A total of 42 patients (37 females, 5 males; mean age: 16.71 ± 3.46 years) were included in the study. Preoperative and postoperative last follow up lumbar lordosis (LL), thoracic kyphosis (TK), pelvic tilt (PT), pelvic incidence (PI) and sacral slope (SS) angles measured. By stopped fusion in L3, L4 or L5 we divided the group into three parts. Mean follow-up was 43 months. Preoperatively, the mean TK and LL were 36.8° and 55.3°. At the last follow up, the mean TK and LL were 27.1° and 49.0° degrees, respectively. Preoperatively, the mean PI, PT and SS were 53.3°, 16.1° and 37.4° degrees. At the last follow up, the mean PI, PT and SS were 52.7°, 19.9° and 33.0° respectively. Significant differences were observed for SS (p = 0.003), TK (p = 0.004), LL (p = 0.012) and PT (p = 0.013) postoperatively for all patients. According the L3 and L4 groups there is significant difference in SS, LL (p = 0.013) and PT (p = 0.018) which means a significant decrease occurs in SS and LL when the distal fusion level changes from L3 to L4 but significant increase in PT in L3 group to compensate spinopelvic change after surgery. The selection of more distal level for fusion adversely affects the compensation mechanisms of sagittal balance in Lenke 5 AIS patients. Level IV, Therapeutic study. Copyright © 2017 Turkish Association of Orthopaedics and Traumatology. Production and hosting by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Evaluation of Electrolytes Imbalance and Dyslipidemia in Diabetic Patients.

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    Hasona, Nabil A; Elasbali, Abdulbaset

    2016-04-01

    Electrolytes and Lipids have always played significant roles, and changes in their concentrations gives good indications of disease progression in a number of non-communicable diseases. Diabetes mellitus is the most common metabolic disorder in the community. Diabetics may suffer from electrolyte disorders due to complications of diabetes mellitus and the medication they receive. Serum glucose, electrolytes (Na⁺, K⁺, Cl(-) and Ca(++)), and lipid profiles (total cholesterol, triglyceride, and HDL-c) were determined in 100 diabetics and in non-diabetic subjects. All the diabetic patients had a significant (p electrolytes found in diabetics may have great potential as a diagnostic tool in clinical practice and have a significant effect upon the risk of contracting many diseases.

  4. Glutathione imbalance in patients with X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy☆

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    Petrillo, Sara; Piemonte, Fiorella; Pastore, Anna; Tozzi, Giulia; Aiello, Chiara; Pujol, Aurora; Cappa, Marco; Bertini, Enrico

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    Background X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) is a genetic disorder of X-linked inheritance caused by a mutation in the ABCD1 gene which determines an accumulation of long-chain fatty acids in plasma and tissues. Recent evidence shows that oxidative stress may be a hallmark in the pathogenesis of X-ALD and glutathione plays an important role in the defense against free radicals. In this study we have analyzed glutathione homeostasis in lymphocytes of 14 patients with X-ALD and evaluated the balance between oxidized and reduced forms of glutathione, in order to define the role of this crucial redox marker in this condition. Methods Lymphocytes, plasma and erythrocytes were obtained from the whole blood of 14 subjects with X-ALD and in 30 healthy subjects. Total, reduced and protein-bound glutathione levels were measured in lymphocytes by HPLC analysis. Erythrocyte free glutathione and antioxidant enzyme activities, plasma thiols and carbonyl content were determined by spectrophotometric assays. Results A significant decrease of total and reduced glutathione was found in lymphocytes of patients, associated to high levels of all oxidized glutathione forms. A decline of free glutathione was particularly significant in erythrocytes. The increased oxidative stress in X-ALD was additionally confirmed by the decrease of plasma thiols and the high level of carbonyls. Conclusion Our results strongly support a role for oxidative stress in the pathophysiology of X-ALD and strengthen the importance of the balance among glutathione forms as a hallmark and a potential biomarker of the disease. PMID:23768953

  5. Glutathione imbalance in patients with X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy.

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    Petrillo, Sara; Piemonte, Fiorella; Pastore, Anna; Tozzi, Giulia; Aiello, Chiara; Pujol, Aurora; Cappa, Marco; Bertini, Enrico

    2013-08-01

    X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) is a genetic disorder of X-linked inheritance caused by a mutation in the ABCD1 gene which determines an accumulation of long-chain fatty acids in plasma and tissues. Recent evidence shows that oxidative stress may be a hallmark in the pathogenesis of X-ALD and glutathione plays an important role in the defense against free radicals. In this study we have analyzed glutathione homeostasis in lymphocytes of 14 patients with X-ALD and evaluated the balance between oxidized and reduced forms of glutathione, in order to define the role of this crucial redox marker in this condition. Lymphocytes, plasma and erythrocytes were obtained from the whole blood of 14 subjects with X-ALD and in 30 healthy subjects. Total, reduced and protein-bound glutathione levels were measured in lymphocytes by HPLC analysis. Erythrocyte free glutathione and antioxidant enzyme activities, plasma thiols and carbonyl content were determined by spectrophotometric assays. A significant decrease of total and reduced glutathione was found in lymphocytes of patients, associated to high levels of all oxidized glutathione forms. A decline of free glutathione was particularly significant in erythrocytes. The increased oxidative stress in X-ALD was additionally confirmed by the decrease of plasma thiols and the high level of carbonyls. Our results strongly support a role for oxidative stress in the pathophysiology of X-ALD and strengthen the importance of the balance among glutathione forms as a hallmark and a potential biomarker of the disease. Copyright © 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Rapid Hip Osteoarthritis Development in a Patient with Anterior Acetabular Cyst with Sagittal Alignment Change

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    Yasuhiro Homma

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Rapidly destructive coxarthrosis (RDC is rare and develops unusual clinical course. Recent studies suggest multiple possible mechanisms of the development of RDC. However the exact mechanism of RDC is still not clear. The difficulty of the study on RDC is attributed to its rareness and the fact that the data before the onset of RDC is normally unavailable. In this report, we presented the patient having the radiographic data before the onset who had rapid osteoarthritis (OA development after contralateral THA, which meets the current criteria of RDC. We thought that the increased posterior tilt of the pelvis after THA reinforced the stress concentration at pre-existed anterior acetabular cyst, thereby the destruction of the cyst was occurred. As a result the rapid OA was developed. We think that there is the case of rapid osteoarthritis developing due to alternating load concentration by posterior pelvic tilt on preexisting anterior acetabular cyst such as our patient among the cases diagnosed as RDC without any identifiable etiology. The recognition of sagittal alignment changes and anterior acetabular cyst may play important role in prediction and prevention of the rapid hip osteoarthritis development similar to RDC.

  7. Small C7-T1 lordotic angle and muscle degeneration at C7 level were independent radiological characteristics of patients with cervical imbalance: a propensity score-matched analysis.

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    Tamai, Koji; Romanu, Joshua; Grisdela, Phillip; Paholpak, Permsak; Zheng, Pengfei; Nakamura, Hiroaki; Buser, Zorica; Wang, Jeffrey C

    2018-01-31

    Cervical sagittal vertical axis (cSVA) of ≥40 mm is recognized as the key factor of poor health-related quality of life, poor surgical outcomes, and correction loss after surgery for cervical deformity. However, little is known about the radiological characteristics of patients with cSVA≥40 mm. The purpose of this study was to identify the radiological characteristics of patients with cervical imbalance. Retrospective analysis of weight-bearing cervical magnetic resonance (MR) images. Consecutive 1,500 MR images of symptomatic patients in weight-bearing position. Cervical sagittal vertical axis, cervical alignment, cervical balance parameters (T1 slope, Co-C2 angle, C2-C7 angle, C7-T1 angle, neck tilt, and thoracic inlet angle), disc degeneration (Pfirmann and Suzuki classification), end plate degeneration (Modic change), spondylolisthesis (antero- and retrolisthesis), anteroposterior (AP) diameter of dural sac, cross-sectional area (CSA), and fat infiltration ratio of the transversospinalis muscles at C4 and C7 levels. Patients were divided into two groups: cSVA≥40 mm and cSVAangle was smaller (pangle (adjusted odds ratio [aOR]=0.592, p=.001) and fat infiltration ratio at C7 level (aOR=1.178, p=.030) were significant independent variables. Smaller C7-T1 lordotic angle and severe muscle degeneration at C7 level were independent characteristics of patients with cervical imbalance. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. The use of the T1 sagittal angle in predicting overall sagittal balance of the spine.

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    Knott, Patrick T; Mardjetko, Steven M; Techy, Fernando

    2010-11-01

    (r=0.38), p=.006, than the cervical or thoracic spine. A multiple regression was run on the data to examine the relationship that all these independent variables have on SVA(dens). SPSS (SPSS, Inc., Chicago, IL, USA) was used to create a regression equation using the independent variables of T1 sagittal angle, cervical lordosis, thoracic kyphosis, lumbar lordosis, sacral slope, pelvic incidence, and femoral-sacral angle and the dependent variable of SVA(dens). The model had a strong correlation (r=0.80, r(2)=0.64) and was statistically significant (psagittal angle was the variable that had the strongest correlation with the SVA(dens) Spearman r=0.65, psagittal imbalance. In addition, patients with negative sagittal balance had mostly low T1 tilt values, usually lower than 13°. The other variables were not shown to have a statically significant influence on SVA. This analysis shows that many factors influence the overall sagittal balance of the patient, but it may be the position of the pelvis and lower spine that have a stronger influence than the position of the upper back and neck. Unfortunately, to our knowledge, there are no studies to date that have established a normal sagittal T1 tilt angle. However, our analysis has shown that when the T1 tilt was higher than 25°, all patients had at least 10 cm of positive sagittal imbalance. It also showed that patients with negative sagittal balance had mostly low T1 tilt values, usually below 13° of angulation. The T1 sagittal angle is a measurement that may be very useful in evaluating sagittal balance, as it was the measure that most strongly correlated with SVA(dens). It has its great utility where long films cannot be obtained. Patients whose T1 tilt falls outside the range 13° to 25° should be sent for full-column radiographs for a complete evaluation of their sagittal balance. On the other hand, a T1 tilt within the above range does not guarantee a normal sagittal balance, and further investigation should be

  9. A comparison of anterior and posterior instrumentation for restoring and retaining sagittal balance in patients with idiopathic adolescent scoliosis.

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    Tao, Fenghua; Wang, Zhiwei; Li, Ming; Pan, Feng; Shi, Zhicai; Zhang, Ye; Wu, Yungang; Xie, Yang

    2012-08-01

    Retrospective, comparative study. To compare the effects of anterior rod-screw instrumentation and posterior pedicle screw instrumentation on sagittal balance in patients with Lenke type 5 adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Lenke type 5 AIS is treated by anterior or posterior spinal fusion surgery. Most studies comparing anterior and posterior fusion surgery have focused on assessing improvement in coronal balance. Studies comparing the effects of anterior and posterior surgery on sagittal balance are lacking. The records of 49 patients diagnosed with Lenke type 5 AIS were examined. A total of 21 patients underwent anterior surgery between 2000 and 2003, while 26 underwent posterior surgery between 2004 and 2006. Preoperative, postoperative, and follow-up thoracic kyphosis (T5-T12 and T2-T12), lumbar lordosis, thoracolumbar junction kyphosis, and spinal vertical axis measurements were made by examining radiographs. Quality of life was assessed using the Scoliosis Research Society-22 questionnaire. All patients were followed up for at least 2 years. There were no significant between group differences in coronal alignment, thoracic kyphosis, or T11-L2 alignment after surgery. Sagittal alignment improvement was significantly more pronounced in the anterior surgery group compared with the posterior surgery group. The fusion segment was also significantly shorter in the anterior surgery compared with the posterior surgery group. Quality of life scores were significantly higher in the anterior surgery group compared with the posterior surgery group. Anterior solid rod-screw instrumentation results in shorter fusion segments, and better sagittal alignment and quality of life than posterior pedicle screw instrumentation in patients with Lenke type 5 AIS.

  10. The impact of sagittal balance on low back pain in patients treated with zygoapophysial facet joint injection.

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    Proietti, L; Schirò, G R; Sessa, S; Scaramuzzo, L

    2014-10-01

    Aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of facet joints injections in lumbar facet syndrome correlating clinical results to the sagittal contour of the spine. Facet joints degree degeneration was evaluated using MRI according to Fujiwara classification. Sagittal contour of the spine was evaluated according to Roussouly classification. The clinical results were evaluated with visual analog scale (VAS) at regular intervals. Twenty-eight (70 %) of the 40 patients had clinical symptoms improvement, 12 (30 %) showed no benefit. There was a statistical significant correlation between postoperative VAS value improvement and Roussouly spine type 1 and 3 (p = 0.003). The benefit was more durable in patients with grade 2 or 3 degeneration. Facet joints injections have a more effective diagnostic than therapeutic value. The procedure could, however, give a temporary pain relief in cases with an overload of the facet joints due to lumbar hyperlordosis.

  11. Influence of transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion procedures on spinal and pelvic parameters of sagittal balance.

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    Ould-Slimane, Mourad; Lenoir, Thibaut; Dauzac, Cyril; Rillardon, Ludovic; Hoffmann, Etienne; Guigui, Pierre; Ilharreborde, Brice

    2012-06-01

    Restitution of sagittal balance is important after lumbar fusion, because it improves fusion rate and may reduce the rate of adjacent segment disease. The purpose of the present study was to describe the impact of transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) procedures on pelvic and spinal parameters and sagittal balance. Forty-five patients who had single-level TLIF were included in this study. Pelvic and spinal radiological parameters of sagittal balance were measured preoperatively, postoperatively and at latest follow-up. Age at surgery averaged 58.4 (±9.6) years. Mean follow-up was 35.1 months (±4.1). Twenty-nine percent of the patients exhibited anterior imbalance preoperatively, with high pelvic tilt (17.6° ± 7.9°). Of the 32 (71%) patients well balanced before the procedure, 22 (70%) had a large pelvic tilt (>20°), due to retroversion of the pelvis as an adaptive response to the loss of lordosis. Three dural tears (7%) were reported intraoperatively. Interbody cages were more posterior than intended in 27% of the cases. Disc height and lumbar lordosis at fusion level significantly increased postoperatively (p sagittal balance was not significantly modified (p = 0.07). Single-level circumferential fusion helps patients reducing their pelvic compensation, but the amount of correction does not allow for complete correction of sagittal imbalance.

  12. [Impact of sagittal balance parameters on life quality in elderly and senile patients after surgery for degenerative lumbar spine stenosis].

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    Klimov, V S; Vasilenko, I I; Evsyukov, A V; Amelina, E V

    2017-01-01

    As the life span and proportion of people over 65 years increase, the incidence of degenerative lumbar spine stenosis grows proportionally. Various parameters of the spinopelvic relationships are used to predict surgical treatment outcomes in patients with degenerative spine diseases. There are no unified protocols for evaluation, in terms of the sagittal balance, of surgical treatment outcomes in elderly patients. To study the impact of sagittal balance parameters on the life quality of elderly and senile patients after surgery for degenerative stenosis of the lumbar spine. The study included 109 patients. Decompression was performed in the first group of 53 patients. Decompression and stabilization were performed in the second group of 27 patients. In the third group of 29 patients, XLIF indirect decompression, scoliosis correction, reconstruction of disturbed spinopelvic relationships, and stabilization were carried out. We evaluated the following sagittal balance parameters: pelvic incidence (PI), sacral slope (SS), pelvic tilt (PT), lumbar lordosis (LL), and PI minus LL (PI-LL). The quality of life indicators were assessed using VAS, ODI, and SF36 scores. In the first group, there were not statistically significant differences for PT≤20° and PT>20°. A statistically significant change in the PI-LL parameter (p=0.0263) was in the first group. A decrease in PI-LL was accompanied by regression of pain (p20° as well as PI-LL≤10° and PI-LL>10 in the postoperative period. In the third group, postoperative improvement in PT (p=0.0002) and PI-LL (p=0.0008) parameters was accompanied by a decrease in pain in the legs (p=0.0002) and lumbar spine (p=0.0001). Improvement in the quality of life indicators in 48.6% of cases was achieved by decompression only; the sagittal balance parameters had no significant impact on quality of life. In 24.8% of cases, improvement in the quality of life indicators was achieved by decompression and stabilization because the dominant

  13. The impact of sagittal balance on clinical results after posterior interbody fusion for patients with degenerative spondylolisthesis: a pilot study.

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    Kim, Mi Kyung; Lee, Sun-Ho; Kim, Eun-Sang; Eoh, Whan; Chung, Sung-Soo; Lee, Chong-Suh

    2011-04-05

    Comparatively little is known about the relation between the sagittal vertical axis and clinical outcome in cases of degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis. The objective of this study was to determine whether lumbar sagittal balance affects clinical outcomes after posterior interbody fusion. This series suggests that consideration of sagittal balance during posterior interbody fusion for degenerative spondylolisthesis can yield high levels of patient satisfaction and restore spinal balance A retrospective study of clinical outcomes and a radiological review was performed on 18 patients with one or two level degenerative spondylolisthesis. Patients were divided into two groups: the patients without improvement in pelvic tilt, postoperatively (Group A; n=10) and the patients with improvement in pelvic tilt postoperatively (Group B; n=8). Pre- and postoperative clinical outcome surveys were administered to determine Visual Analogue Pain Scores (VAS) and Oswestry disability index (ODI). In addition, we evaluated full spine radiographic films for pelvic tilt (PT), sacral slope (SS), pelvic incidence (PI), thoracic kyphosis (TK), lumbar lordosis (LL), sacrofemoral distance (SFD), and sacro C7 plumb line distance (SC7D) RESULTS: All 18 patients underwent surgery principally for the relief of radicular leg pain and back pain. In groups A and B, mean preoperative VAS were 6.85 and 6.81, respectively, and these improved to 3.20 and 1.63 at last follow-up. Mean preoperative ODI were 43.2 and 50.4, respectively, and these improved to 23.6 and 18.9 at last follow-up. In spinopelvic parameters, no significant difference was found between preoperative and follow up variables except PT in Group A. However, significant difference was found between the preoperative and follows up values of PT, SS, TK, LL, and SFD/SC7D in Group B. Between parameters of group A and B, there is borderline significance on preoperative PT, preoperative LL and last follow up SS.Correlation analysis

  14. The impact of sagittal balance on clinical results after posterior interbody fusion for patients with degenerative spondylolisthesis: A Pilot study

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    Chung Sung-Soo

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Comparatively little is known about the relation between the sagittal vertical axis and clinical outcome in cases of degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis. The objective of this study was to determine whether lumbar sagittal balance affects clinical outcomes after posterior interbody fusion. This series suggests that consideration of sagittal balance during posterior interbody fusion for degenerative spondylolisthesis can yield high levels of patient satisfaction and restore spinal balance Methods A retrospective study of clinical outcomes and a radiological review was performed on 18 patients with one or two level degenerative spondylolisthesis. Patients were divided into two groups: the patients without improvement in pelvic tilt, postoperatively (Group A; n = 10 and the patients with improvement in pelvic tilt postoperatively (Group B; n = 8. Pre- and postoperative clinical outcome surveys were administered to determine Visual Analogue Pain Scores (VAS and Oswestry disability index (ODI. In addition, we evaluated full spine radiographic films for pelvic tilt (PT, sacral slope (SS, pelvic incidence (PI, thoracic kyphosis (TK, lumbar lordosis (LL, sacrofemoral distance (SFD, and sacro C7 plumb line distance (SC7D Results All 18 patients underwent surgery principally for the relief of radicular leg pain and back pain. In groups A and B, mean preoperative VAS were 6.85 and 6.81, respectively, and these improved to 3.20 and 1.63 at last follow-up. Mean preoperative ODI were 43.2 and 50.4, respectively, and these improved to 23.6 and 18.9 at last follow-up. In spinopelvic parameters, no significant difference was found between preoperative and follow up variables except PT in Group A. However, significant difference was found between the preoperative and follows up values of PT, SS, TK, LL, and SFD/SC7D in Group B. Between parameters of group A and B, there is borderline significance on preoperative PT, preoperative LL and last

  15. Effects of total hip arthroplasty on spinal sagittal alignment and static balance: a prospective study on 28 patients.

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    Eyvazov, Kamil; Eyvazov, Bahruz; Basar, Selda; Nasto, Luigi Aurelio; Kanatli, Ulunay

    2016-11-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate postoperative changes in spinal sagittal alignment and postural balance in patients with hip-spine syndrome (HSS) and to verify whether any significant correlation exists between these changes and improvement of low back pain (LBP) symptoms following total hip replacement (THR) surgery. Twenty-eight consecutive patients with HSS undergoing unilateral THR were prospectively enrolled. Whole spine X-rays were obtained before surgery and 6 months after surgery. The following parameters were measured: cervical lordosis, thoracic kyphosis, lumbar lordosis, pelvic incidence (PI), pelvic tilt (PT), sacral slope (SS), and sagittal vertical axis (C7 SVA). Patients underwent pre- and postoperative postural balance assessment (950-460 BioSway(TM) system; clinical test of sensory integration-CTSIB, limit of stability test-LOS) and patient reported outcome measures assessment (Short Form-36, SF-36, Oswestry Disability Index, ODI, Visual Analog Scale, VAS and Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index, WOMAC). Mean age of the patients was 61.7 ± 6.4. Median (interquartile range, IQR) pre-operative PI and PT were 50.0 (35.0, 60.0) and 11.0 (7.0, 23.0), respectively; lumbar lordosis was 49.0 (41.0, 68.0) and SVA 5.0 (-11.0, 41.0). No significant changes in sagittal alignment were observed postoperatively. Median LBP VAS decreased from 6.0 (5.0, 7.0) to 3.0 (2.0, 4.0) and ODI from 54.0 (39.0, 64.0) to 34.0 (26.0, 48.0) (p sagittal alignment or postural balance and improvement of LBP VAS and ODI scores. Our study demonstrated an improvement in LBP levels (VAS and ODI) and postural balance in patients with HSS following THR surgery. No significant changes have been noted in radiographic spinal sagittal alignment postoperatively. The improvement in LBP levels does not correlate with post-operative changes in spinopelvic alignment or postural balance.

  16. Small differences between anatomical and mechanical sagittal femur axes: a radiological and navigated study of 50 patients.

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    Jenny, Jean-Yves; Barbe, Bruno

    2012-07-01

    The purposes of the study were to define the orientation of the anatomical and mechanical axes of the femur on the lateral plane on long leg X-rays including the femoral head, and to compare these results to the intra-operative measurement of the mechanical axis by a nonimage-based navigation system. Fifty cases of patients operated on for total knee replacement were included. All patients had digital pre- and post-operative long leg lateral X-rays including the femoral head. All prostheses were implanted with a nonimage-based navigation system. Five sagittal femur axes were measured on pre- and post-operative X-rays. The sagittal orientation of the distal femoral resection was measured by the navigation system and on the post-operative X-rays. Significant, but small differences were observed in the orientation of the different axes on the pre- and post-operative X-rays. The correlation and the agreement between all axes were good. There was no significant modification on the post-operative X-rays. There were significant, but small differences between the navigated and radiological orientation of the distal femur resection, but the correlation and the agreement were good. The differences observed are small and have probably little clinical relevance. The distal cortical axis may be the best compromise. The navigation system allows measuring accurately the orientation of the distal femoral resection in the sagittal plane.

  17. Clinical analysis of electrolyte imbalance in thalamic hemorrhage patients within 24 h after admission.

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    Guo, Zhenwei; Wang, Tianzhu; Zhang, John H; Qin, Xinyue

    2011-01-01

    We have observed that patients with thalamic hemorrhage are more likely to have electrolyte disturbances than those with non-thalamic hemorrhage. Here, we are attempting to provide some comprehensive information on electrolyte disturbances in patients with thalamic hemorrhage. Retrospectively, 67 patients with thalamic hemorrhage (TH group) and 256 with non-thalamic hemorrhage (N-TH group) were found from computer tomography images. Electrolytes of these patients were tested within 24 h after hospitalization. Chi-square test was used to compare the incidence of electrolyte imbalance. Serum K+ levels were found to be abnormal in 37.31% of the patients in the TH group and 24.21% in the N-TH group, and the difference was significant (pelectrolyte disturbances (42.50%) was higher than that of patients with normal electrolyte levels (14.81%, pelectrolyte imbalance is higher in patients with thalamic hemorrhage than in those with non-thalamic hemorrhage. The reason may be partly related to the location of the hemorrhage. Electrolyte disturbance may contribute to the higher mortality of patients with thalamic hemorrhage.

  18. Treatment of chronic low back pain in patients with spinal deformities using a sagittal re-alignment brace

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    Weiss Hans-Rudolf

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background For adult scoliosis patients with chronic low back pain bracing is initially indicated before spinal surgery is considered. Until recently there has been a lack of research into the effect upon pain reductions in the mid and long-term. Promising results have been documented in short-term studies for the application of a sagittal re-alignment brace in patients with spinal deformities and along with pain; however mid-term and long-term results are not yet available. The purpose of this study is to investigate the mid-term effects of this brace with respect to pain control. Materials and methods 67 patients (58 females and 9 males with chronic low back pain (> 24 months and the diagnosis of scoliosis or hyperkyphosis were treated with a sagittal re-alignment brace (physio-logic brace™ between January 2006 and July 2007. The indication for this kind of brace treatment was derived from a positive sagittal re-alignment test (SRT and the exclusion of successful conservative treatment during the last 24 months. The aim of this type of conservative intervention was to avoid surgery for chronic low back pain. Results The average pain intensity was measured on the Roland and Morris VRS (5 steps before treatment. This was 3.3 (t1, at the time of brace adjustment it was 2.7 (t2 and after at an average observation time of 18 months it was 2.0 (t3. The differences were highly significant in the Wilcoxon test. Discussion Short-term measurements showed that a significant pain reduction is possible in chronic postural low back pain using a sagittal re-alignment brace inducing lumbar re-lordosation. In a preliminary report at adjustment (t2, highly significant improvements of pain intensity have also been demonstrated. At 6 months of treatment however, no improvement was measured. The improvement of the mid-term effects (18 months found in this study compared to the preliminary report may be due to the changed approach to compliance: whilst

  19. Inflammation Activation Contributes to Adipokine Imbalance in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome.

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    Li, Rong; Chen, Lu-zhu; Zhao, Shui-ping; Huang, Xian-sheng

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    Inflammation can be activated as a defensive response by the attack of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) for ischemic tissue injury. The aim of the present study was to investigate the impact of ACS-activated inflammation on adipokine imbalance and the effects of statins on the crosstalk between inflammation and adipokine imbalance during ACS. In this study, 586 subjects were categorized into: (1) control group; (2) SA (stable angina) group; and (3) ACS group. Circulating levels of hs-CRP, adiponectin and resistin were measured by ELISA. Furthermore, forty C57BL/6 mice were randomized into: sham, AMI, low-statin (atorvastatin, 2 mg/kg/day) and high-statin (atorvastatin, 20 mg/kg/day) group. After 3 weeks, AMI models were established by surgical coronary artery ligation. Circulating levels and adipose expressions of adiponectin and resistin were assessed in animals. Besides, we investigate the effects of atorvastatin on ox-LDL-induced adipokine imbalance in vitro. As a result, we found that ACS patients had higher hs-CRP and resistin levels and lower adiponectin levels. Our correlation analysis demonstrated hs-CRP concentrations were positively correlated with resistin but negatively with adiponectin levels in humans. Our animal findings indicated higher circulating hs-CRP and resistin levels and lower adiponectin levels in AMI mice. Atorvastatin pre-treatment dose-dependently decreased hs-CRP and resistin levels but increased adiponectin levels in mice. The consistent findings were observed about the adipose expressions of resistin and adiponectin in mice. In study in vitro, ox-LDL increased cellular resistin expressions and otherwise for adiponectin expressions, which dose-dependently reversed by the addition of atorvastatin. Therefore, our study indicates that the ACS attack activates inflammation leading to adipokine imbalance that can be ameliorated by anti-inflammation of atorvastatin.

  20. Evidence of redox imbalance in a patient with succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency

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    Anna-Kaisa Niemi

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    Full Text Available The pathophysiology of succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase (SSADH deficiency is not completely understood. Oxidative stress, mitochondrial pathology, and low reduced glutathione levels have been demonstrated in mice, but no studies have been reported in humans. We report on a patient with SSADH deficiency in whom we found low levels of blood reduced glutathione (GSH, and elevations of dicarboxylic acids in urine, suggestive of possible redox imbalance and/or mitochondrial dysfunction. Thus, targeting the oxidative stress axis may be a potential therapeutic approach if our findings are confirmed in other patients.

  1. Imbalances in T Cell-Related Transcription Factors Among Patients with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

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    Vahid Safdari

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    Full Text Available Objectives: Imbalances in effector T cell functioning have been associated with a number of autoimmune diseases, including Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (HT. Differentiation of effector T helper (Th 1, Th2, Th17 and regulatory T cell (Treg lymphocytes is regulated by transcription factors, including Th1-specific T box (T-bet, GATA binding protein-3 (GATA3, retinoid-related orphan receptor (ROR-α and forkhead box P3 (FOXP3. This study aimed to investigate Th1/Th2, Th1/Treg, Th2/Treg and Th17/Treg balances at the level of these transcription factors. Methods: This study took place between October 2015 and August 2016. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were collected from a control group of 40 healthy women recruited from the Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran, and a patient group of 40 women with HT referred to the Hazrat Ali Asghar Hospital, Zahedan. Total ribonucleic acid extraction was performed and the gene expression of transcription factors was quantitated using a real-time polymerase chain reaction technique. Results: Expression of T-bet and GATA3 was significantly elevated, while FOXP3 expression was significantly diminished among HT patients in comparison with the controls (P = 0.03, 0.01 and 0.05, respectively. Expression of RORα was higher among HT patients, although this difference was not significant (P = 0.15. Expression of T-bet/FOXP3, GATA3/FOXP3 and RORα/FOXP3 ratios were increased among HT patients in comparison with the controls (P <0.02, <0.01 and <0.01, respectively. Conclusion: These results indicate that HT patients have imbalances in Th1/Treg, Th2/Treg and Th17/Treg lymphocytes at the level of the transcription factors, deviating towards Th1, Th2 and Th17 cells. Correction of these imbalances may therefore be therapeutic.

  2. Cryptic genomic imbalances in patients with de novo or familial apparently balanced translocations and abnormal phenotype

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    Kanavakis Emanuel

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Carriers of apparently balanced translocations are usually phenotypically normal; however in about 6% of de novo cases, an abnormal phenotype is present. In the current study we investigated 12 patients, six de novo and six familial, with apparently balanced translocations and mental retardation and/or congenital malformations by applying 1 Mb resolution array-CGH. In all de novo cases, only the patient was a carrier of the translocation and had abnormal phenotype. In five out of the six familial cases, the phenotype of the patient was abnormal, although the karyotype appeared identical to other phenotypically normal carriers of the family. In the sixth familial case, all carriers of the translocations had an abnormal phenotype. Results Chromosomal and FISH analyses suggested that the rearrangements were "truly balanced" in all patients. However, array-CGH, revealed cryptic imbalances in three cases (3/12, 25%, two de novo (2/12, 33.3% and one familial (1/12, 16.6%. The nature and type of abnormalities differed among the cases. In the first case, what was identified as a de novo t(9;15(q31;q26.1, a complex rearrangement was revealed involving a ~6.1 Mb duplication on the long arm of chromosome 9, an ~10 Mb deletion and an inversion both on the long arm of chromosome 15. These imbalances were located near the translocation breakpoints. In the second case of a de novo t(4;9(q25;q21.2, an ~6.6 Mb deletion was identified on the short arm of chromosome 7 which is unrelated to the translocation. In the third case, of a familial, t(4;7(q13.3;p15.3, two deletions of ~4.3 Mb and ~2.3 Mb were found, each at one of the two translocation breakpoints. In the remaining cases the translocations appeared balanced at 1 Mb resolution. Conclusion This study investigated both de novo and familial apparently balanced translocations unlike other relatively large studies which are mainly focused on de novo cases. This study provides additional

  3. Effect of one- or two-level posterior lumbar interbody fusion on global sagittal balance.

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    Cho, Jae Hwan; Joo, Youn-Suk; Lim, Cheongsu; Hwang, Chang Ju; Lee, Dong-Ho; Lee, Choon Sung

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    Sagittal imbalance is associated with poor clinical outcomes in patients with degenerative lumbar disease. However, there is no consensus on the impact of posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) on local and global sagittal balance. To reveal the effect of one- or two-level PLIF on global sagittal balance. A retrospective case-control study. This study included 88 patients who underwent a one- or two-level PLIF for spinal stenosis with spondylolisthesis. Clinical and radiological parameters were measured pre- and postoperatively. All patients were followed up for >2 years. Clinical outcomes included a visual analog scale, Oswestry Disability Index, and EuroQol 5-dimension questionnaire (EQ-5D). Radiological parameters were measured using whole-spine standing lateral radiographs. Fusion, loosening, subsidence rates, and adverse events were also evaluated. Patients were divided into two groups according to their preoperative C7-S1 sagittal vertical axis (SVA): Group N: SVA≤5 cm vs Group I: SVA>5 cm; they were also divided according to postoperative changes in C7-S1 SVA. Clinical and radiological outcomes were compared between the groups. All clinical outcomes and radiological parameters improved postoperatively. C7-S1 SVA improved (-1.6 cm) after L3-L5 fusion, but it was compromised (+3.6 cm) after L4-S1 fusion (p=.001). Preoperative demographic and clinical data showed no difference except in the anxiety or depression domain of EQ-5D. No differences were found in postoperative clinical outcomes. Lumbar lordosis, pelvic tilt, and thoracic kyphosis slightly improved in Group N, whereas C7-S1 SVA decreased from 9.5 cm to 3.8 cm (pSVA, we found that the decreasing trend in the postoperative C7-S1 SVA was related to a larger preoperative C7-S1 SVA (p=.030) and a more proximal level fusion (L3-L5 vs L4-S1, p=.033). Global sagittal balance improved after short-level lumbar fusion surgery in patients having spinal stenosis with spondylolisthesis who showed

  4. Patients with proximal junctional kyphosis requiring revision surgery have higher postoperative lumbar lordosis and larger sagittal balance corrections.

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    Kim, Han Jo; Bridwell, Keith H; Lenke, Lawrence G; Park, Moon Soo; Song, Kwang Sup; Piyaskulkaew, Chaiwat; Chuntarapas, Tapanut

    2014-04-20

    Case control study. To evaluate risk factors in patients in 3 groups: those without proximal junctional kyphosis (PJK) (N), with PJK but not requiring revision (P), and then those with PJK requiring revision surgery (S). It is becoming clear that some patients maintain stable PJK angles, whereas others progress and develop severe PJK necessitating revision surgery. A total of 206 patients at a single institution from 2002 to 2007 with adult scoliosis with 2-year minimum follow-up (average 3.5 yr) were analyzed. Inclusion criteria were age more than 18 years and primary fusions greater than 5 levels from any thoracic upper instrumented vertebra to any lower instrumented vertebrae. Revisions were excluded. Radiographical assessment included Cobb measurements in the coronal/sagittal plane and measurements of the PJK angle at postoperative time points: 1 to 2 months, 2 years, and final follow-up. PJK was defined as an angle greater than 10°. The prevalence of PJK was 34%. The average age in N was 49.9 vs. 51.3 years in P and 60.1 years in S. Sex, body mass index, and smoking status were not significantly different between groups. Fusions extending to the pelvis were 74%, 85%, and 91% of the cases in groups N, P, and S. Instrumentation type was significantly different between groups N and S, with a higher number of upper instrumented vertebra hooks in group N. Radiographical parameters demonstrated a higher postoperative lumbar lordosis and a larger sagittal balance change, with surgery in those with PJK requiring revision surgery. Scoliosis Research Society postoperative pain scores were inferior in group N vs. P and S, and Oswestry Disability Index scores were similar between all groups. Patients with PJK requiring revision were older, had higher postoperative lumbar lordosis, and larger sagittal balance corrections than patients without PJK. Based on these data, it seems as though older patients with large corrections in their lumbar lordosis and sagittal balance

  5. Impact of Fatigue on Maintenance of Upright Posture: Dynamic Assessment of Sagittal Spinal Deformity Parameters After Walking 10 Minutes.

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    Bae, Junseok; Theologis, Alexander A; Jang, Jee-Soo; Lee, Sang-Ho; Deviren, Vedat

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    Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data. To assess global and regional spinal sagittal radiographic parameters in adults with loss of lumbar lordosis ("flatback") before and after walking 10 minutes. While routine activities of daily living may exacerbate functional disability of spinal sagittal-plane deformity, there is limited understanding of how sagittal parameters and compensatory mechanisms are affected by activity. Consecutive adults with "flatback" at a single institution who previously had full-length standing spinal radiographs before and after walking 10 minutes were reviewed. Changes in spinal deformity sagittal parameters before and after walking were evaluated for two groups: Compensated Sagittal Deformity ("Compensated": sagittal vertical axis [SVA] ≤4 cm and pelvic tilt [PT] >20°) and Decompensated Sagittal Deformity ("Decompensated": SVA>4 cm and PT>20°). Intra-group radiographic comparisons were performed with paired Student t tests. One hundred fifty-seven patients (143 females, 14 males; average age 67.9 ± 5.9 yr) met inclusion criteria. Initial average SVA was 1.7 ± 1.2 cm for "Compensated" and 11.5 ± 6.4 cm for "Decompensated." After walking 10 minutes, significant deteriorations in average SVA were observed for all "Decompensated" patients and 84.6% of "Compensated" patients. For both groups, this was accompanied by significant decreases in PT and LL and increases in PI-LL (P spinal deformity are less pronounced than when the patient initially presents. This results in significant sagittal decompensation, irrespective of the initial SVA. As we postulate that loss of compensatory mechanisms is due to fatigue on pelvic and spinal extensor muscles, sagittal parameters can be re-evaluated with radiographs obtained after patients walk 10 minutes to unmask a hidden sagittal imbalance in compensated deformities. 3.

  6. Comparison of Sagittal Spinopelvic Alignment between Lumbar Degenerative Spondylolisthesis and Degenerative Spinal Stenosis.

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    Lim, Jae Kwan; Kim, Sung Min

    2014-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the differences in sagittal spinopelvic alignment between lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis (DSPL) and degenerative spinal stenosis (DSS). Seventy patients with DSPL and 72 patients with DSS who were treated with lumbar interbody fusion surgery were included in this study. The following spinopelvic parameters were measured on whole spine lateral radiographs in a standing position : pelvic incidence (PI), pelvic tilt (PT), sacral slope (SS), lumbar lordosis angle (LL), L4-S1 segmental lumbar angle (SLL), thoracic kyphosis (TK), and sagittal vertical axis from the C7 plumb line (SVA). Two groups were subdivided by SVA value, respectively. Normal SVA subgroup and positive SVA subgroup were divided as SVA value (SVA of DSPL was significantly greater than that of DSS (p=0.001). In sub-group analysis between the positive (34.3%) and normal SVA (65.7%), there were significant differences in LL/PI and SLL/PI (pSVA (87.5%), there were significant differences in PT/PI, SS/PI, LL/PI and SLL/PI ratios (p<0.05) in the DSS group. Patients with lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis have the propensity for sagittal imbalance and higher pelvic incidence compared with those with degenerative spinal stenosis. Sagittal imbalance in patients with DSPL is significantly correlated with the loss of lumbar lordosis, especially loss of segmental lumbar lordosis.

  7. Adrenal hormonal imbalance in acute intermittent porphyria patients: results of a case control study

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    Background Acute Intermittent Porphyria (AIP) is a rare disease that results from a deficiency of hydroxymethylbilane synthase, the third enzyme of the heme biosynthetic pathway. AIP carriers are at risk of presenting acute life-threatening neurovisceral attacks. The disease induces overproduction of heme precursors in the liver and long-lasting deregulation of metabolic networks. The clinical history of AIP suggests a strong endocrine influence, being neurovisceral attacks more common in women than in men and very rare before puberty. To asses the hypothesis that steroidogenesis may be modified in AIP patients with biochemically active disease, we undertook a comprehensive analysis of the urinary steroid metabolome. Methods A case–control study was performed by collecting spot morning urine from 24 AIP patients and 24 healthy controls. Steroids in urine were quantified by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Parent steroids (17-hydroxyprogesterone; deoxycorticosterone; corticoesterone; 11-dehydrocorticosterone; cortisol and cortisone) and a large number of metabolites (N = 55) were investigated. Correlations between the different steroids analyzed and biomarkers of porphyria biochemical status (urinary heme precursors) were also evaluated. The Mann–Whitney U test and Spearman’s correlation with a two tailed test were used for statistical analyses. Results Forty-one steroids were found to be decreased in the urine of AIP patients (P  0.51, P < 0.01). Conclusions Comprehensive study of the urinary steroid metabolome showed that AIP patients present an imbalance in adrenal steroidogenesis, affecting the biosynthesis of cortisol and resulting in decreased out-put of cortisol and metabolites. This may result from alterations of central origin and/or may originate in specific decreased enzymatic activity in the adrenal gland. An imbalance in steroidogenesis may be related to the maintenance of an active disease state among AIP patients. PMID

  8. Preparation and fabrication of a full-scale, sagittal-sliced, 3D-printed, patient-specific radiotherapy phantom.

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    Craft, Daniel F; Howell, Rebecca M

    2017-09-01

    Patient-specific 3D-printed phantoms have many potential applications, both research and clinical. However, they have been limited in size and complexity because of the small size of most commercially available 3D printers as well as material warping concerns. We aimed to overcome these limitations by developing and testing an effective 3D printing workflow to fabricate a large patient-specific radiotherapy phantom with minimal warping errors. In doing so, we produced a full-scale phantom of a real postmastectomy patient. We converted a patient's clinical CT DICOM data into a 3D model and then sliced the model into eleven 2.5-cm-thick sagittal slices. The slices were printed with a readily available thermoplastic material representing all body tissues at 100% infill, but with air cavities left open. Each slice was printed on an inexpensive and commercially available 3D printer. Once the printing was completed, the slices were placed together for imaging and verification. The original patient CT scan and the assembled phantom CT scan were registered together to assess overall accuracy. The materials for the completed phantom cost $524. The printed phantom agreed well with both its design and the actual patient. Individual slices differed from their designs by approximately 2%. Registered CT images of the assembled phantom and original patient showed excellent agreement. Three-dimensional printing the patient-specific phantom in sagittal slices allowed a large phantom to be fabricated with high accuracy. Our results demonstrate that our 3D printing workflow can be used to make large, accurate, patient-specific phantoms at 100% infill with minimal material warping error. © 2017 The Authors. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

  9. Preoperative cervical sagittal alignment parameters and their impacts on myelopathy in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy: a retrospective study

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    Wei Yuan

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available Background Cervical sagittal alignment plays an important role in the pathogenesis of cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM, but there are limited studies on the cervical sagittal parameters in CSM patients and their correlations with myelopathy. The aim of this study is to investigate the correlations among the preoperative cervical sagittal alignment parameters and their correlations with the development of myelopathy in patients with CSM. Methods We retrospectively collected 212 patients with CSM who underwent surgical interventions. Gender, age, modified Japanese Orthopedic Association score (mJOA, cervical lordosis (CL, C2–C7 sagittal vertical axis (C2–C7 SVA, T1 slope (T1S, neck tilt (NT and thoracic inlet angle (TIA were collected before operation. Interobserver and intraobserver reliability were calculated for all measurements (intraclass correlation coefficient, ICC. Data were analyzed with Pearson and Spearman correlation tests and multiple linear regression analysis. Results A total of 212 patients with CSM were included in this study (male: 136, female: 76 with an average age of 54.5 ± 10.1 years old. Intraobserver and interobserver reliability for all included radiographic parameters presented good to excellent agreement (ICC > 0.7. No significant differences in demographic and radiological parameters have been observed between males and females (P > 0.05. We found statistically significant correlations among the following parameters: age with CL (r = 0.135, P = 0.049, age with T1S (r = 0.222, P = 0.001, CL with T1S (r = 0.291, P < 0.001, CL with C2-C7 SVA (r =  − 0.395, P < 0.001, mJOA with age (r =  − 0.274, P < 0.001, mJOA with C2–C7 SVA (r =  − 0.219, P < 0.001 and mJOA with T1S(r =  − 0.171, p = 0.013. Linear regression analysis showed that C2–C7 SVA was the predictor of CL (adjusted R2 = 0.152, P < 0.001 and multiple linear regression showed that age combined with C

  10. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy of angiopathic changes in patients with inherited gene imbalance

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    Brkić Predrag

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    Full Text Available Introduction Phenotype match inherited by genes is in most cases present in monozygotic twins. Their phenotypic resemblance is unfortunately characterized by strong susceptibility for the development of chronic non-infectious diseases. One of the most common non-infectious chronic diseases that are phenotipically represented in twins is diabetes mellitus. Genetic imbalance is, in most cases, placed in 2, 3, 7, 8, 11, 12, 19 and 20 chromosomal pair of the human genome. CASE OUTLINE This study describes a pair of monozygotic twins, aged 54, who were diagnosed for diabetes type 2 ten years earlier. The first patient had trophic changes of muscles and skin tissues of the lower limb, and a necrotic wound on his right leg tibial region with the claudication distance of 50 m. After arteriography, he was referred by a vascular surgeon for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO. HBO protocol implied 70 min. application of 100% oxygen at 2.5 absolute atmospheres. After the first series of HBO therapies consisting of 20 HBO treatments, claudication was eliminated and the necrotic wound healed. Next, surgical aortofemoral bypass was done. During the second HBO treatment, his monozygotic twin brother presented with angiopathic changes due to diabetes. In both patients, biochemical parameters corresponded to the expected level for diabetes type 2 imbalance, and the localization of the chromosomal defect (placed on 3, 11 and 19 chromosomal pair was also in accordance with the respective disorder. After they were included into next 10 HBO treatments, Doppler imaging of the major arteries of limbs revealed normal findings. Conclusion Identical genetic impairment in monozygotic twins can lead to identical somatic changes with resultant consequences. HBO treatment of such patients associated with other therapeutic procedures (conducted by diabetologist, vascular surgeon and physiatrist can postpone or prevent irreversible changes occurring due to blood vessel disorders.

  11. Impact of the surgical treatment for degenerative cervical myelopathy on the preoperative cervical sagittal balance: a review of prospective comparative cohort between anterior decompression with fusion and laminoplasty.

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    Sakai, Kenichiro; Yoshii, Toshitaka; Hirai, Takashi; Arai, Yoshiyasu; Shinomiya, Kenichi; Okawa, Atsushi

    2017-01-01

    Cervical sagittal balance has received increased attention as an important determinant of radiological and clinical outcomes. However, no prospective studies have compared the impact of cervical sagittal balance between anterior and posterior surgeries. We previously conducted a prospective study comparing anterior decompression with fusion (ADF) and laminoplasty (LAMP) for degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) and reported; however, analysis of cervical alignment within the concept of sagittal balance has yet to be performed, because that concept has recently been proposed. This study aimed to review this prospective cohort, specifically focusing on cervical sagittal balance. We prospectively performed ADF or LAMP for DCM patients based on the year of enrollment: ADF was performed in odd-numbered years and LAMP in even-numbered years. Cervical lateral X-ray images taken in the neutral standing position were evaluated preoperatively and at a 1-year follow-up. The radiographic measurements included the following: (1) CL (cervical lordosis: C2-7 lordotic angle), (2) CGH (center of gravity of the head)-C7 SVA (sagittal vertical axis), and (3) C7 slope. The clinical results were evaluated using the Japanese Orthopedic Association scoring system for cervical myelopathy (C-JOA score). We analyzed the data for 66 patients (ADF n = 28, LAMP n = 38). While the CL and CGH-C7 SVA in the ADF were unchanged after the operation, those in the LAMP group worsened, especially in patients with preoperative cervical sagittal imbalance. The C7 slopes were not affected by the operation in either group. The postoperative decreases in the CL in the LAMP group correlated with the preoperative CGH-C7 SVA (r = 0.618, P sagittal imbalance (CGH-C7 SVA ≥40 mm), the recovery rate of the C-JOA score in the ADF group was superior to that in the LAMP group (67.3 vs. 39.8 %). In contrast, for patients without cervical sagittal imbalance, the recovery rate of the C-JOA score showed no

  12. Magnetic resonance imaging: A possible alternative to a standing lateral radiograph for evaluating cervical sagittal alignment in patients with cervical disc herniation?

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    Liu, Wei; Fan, Jin; Bai, Jianling; Tang, Pengyu; Chen, Jian; Luo, Yongjun; Zhou, Kuai; Cai, Weihua

    2017-09-01

    Convincing evidence supporting the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as an effective tool for evaluating cervical sagittal alignment is lacking. This study aims to analyze the differences and correlations between cervical sagittal parameters on x-ray and MRI in patients with cervical disc herniation and to determine whether MRI could substitute for cervical x-ray for measurement of cervical sagittal parameters. One hundred forty-three adults with cervical disc herniation were recruited. Each patient had both an x-ray and MRI examination of the cervical spine. The cervical sagittal parameters were measured and compared on x-ray and MRI including: C2-C7 Cobb angle, C2-C7 sagittal vertical axis (C2-C7 SVA), cervical tilt (CT), T1 Slope (T1S), and neck tilt (NT). The data were analyzed using a paired-samples t test, a Pearson correlation test, and linear regression. The values of C2-C7 Cobb angle, C2-C7 SVA, CT and T1S on X-ray were larger than those on MRI (P Cobb MRI = 0.957 + 0.721 C2-C7 Cobb X, C2-C7 SVA MRI = 6.423 + 0.500 C2-C7 SVAX, CT MRI = 3.121 + 0.718 CTX, T1S MRI = 7.416 + 0.613 T1SX, NT MRI = 22.548 + 0.601 NTX). Although MRI and x-ray measurements of cervical sagittal parameters were different, there were significant correlations between the results. MRI could be used to evaluate the sagittal balance of the cervical spine with great reliability.

  13. Compensatory mechanisms contributing to keep the sagittal balance of the spine.

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    Barrey, Cédric; Roussouly, Pierre; Le Huec, Jean-Charles; D'Acunzi, Gennaro; Perrin, Gilles

    2013-11-01

    Aging spine is characterized by facet joints arthritis, degenerative disc disease, bone remodeling and atrophy of extensor muscles resulting in a progressive kyphosis of the lumbar spine. The aim of this paper is to describe the different compensatory mechanisms for patients with severe degenerative lumbar spine. According to the severity of the imbalance, three stages are observed: balanced, balanced with compensatory mechanisms and imbalanced. For the two last stages, the compensatory mechanisms permit to limit the consequences of loss of lumbar lordosis on global sagittal alignment and therefore contribute to keep the sagittal balance of the spine. The basic concept is to extend adjacent segments of the kyphotic spine allowing for compensation of the sagittal unbalance but potentially inducing adverse effects. Finally, we propose a three-step algorithm to analyze the global balance status and take into consideration the presence of the compensatory mechanisms in the spinal, pelvic and lower limb areas.

  14. Value of additional cervicothoracic sagittal T2- weighted images in elderly patients with symptoms suggestive of lumbar spinal stenosis

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    Park, Sung Hee; Ahn, Joong Mo; Lee, Joon Woo; Lee, Guen Young; Kang, Heung Sik [Dept. of Radiology, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam (Korea, Republic of)

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    The purpose of this study was to analyze the incidence and predictive factors of tandem cervical spinal stenosis (CSS) in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) based on MR. From January to May of 2011, 140 consecutive patients (36 men, 94 women; mean age, 68.9 years; age range, 60-87 years) were included for the analysis. All patients were at least 60 years old, had undergone lumbar spine MRI including additional cervicothoracic sagittal T2-weighted images, and were clinically suspected of LSS. Two spine radiologists evaluated the risk factors for CSS, considering the possible risk factors such as age, sex, alignment disorder of the lumbar spine, number of levels of LSS, and severity of LSS, based on MR. Of the 140 patients, 42 (30%) patients had tandem spinal stenosis. CSS was more common among patients with LSS (42 of 61, 69%) than among patients without LSS (27 of 79, 34%) (p = 0.000). Grade 2 or 3 CSS was more commonly observed among patients with grade 2 or 3 LSS (15 of 53, 28%), than among patients with grade 0 or 1 LSS (8 of 87, 9%) (p = 0.003). Only the severity of LSS showed a significant association with the severity of CSS (p = 0.045). Tandem CSS is common in LSS, and the severity of LSS is a risk factor of CSS.

  15. Peripheral blood Th17/Treg imbalance in patients with low-active systemic lupus erythematosus

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    Magdalena Szmyrka-Kaczmarek

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    Full Text Available Introduction: The balance between proinflammatory Th17 cells and regulatory T cells plays an important role in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE. In particular, an increased ratio of Th17/Treg cells has been shown to correlate with active SLE and specific organ involvement. The aim of our study was to assess Th17 and Treg cell populations in peripheral blood (PB of patients with clinically quiescent SLE, and to evaluate their correlation with organ involvement.Material/Methods: We performed flow cytometric analysis of studied T CD4+ cell subpopulations in PB from 21 patients with SLE and 13 healthy controls. Disease activity was measured with the SELENA-SLEDAI index; organ involvement was divided into renal, neurological and hematological.Results: A statistically significant difference (p<0.01 between the mean percentages of CD4+CD25highFoxP3+ Treg cells in SLE patients (18.57% and healthy controls (32.08% was observed. Similarly, proportions of functional CTLA-4+ Treg cells were markedly lower in SLE patients than in healthy controls – 19.3% vs. 23.82% (p=0.03. In contrast, SLE patients exhibited a significantly increased frequency of circulating Th17 cells with the phenotype CD4+IL-17+ compared to controls – 1.36 % vs 0.19% (p<0.01. Also the ratio of Th17 cells to Th1 cells was markedly higher in SLE patients than in the control group (p<0.01. We did not find any correlation of PB Th cell distribution with organ involvement in SLE patients examined.Conclusions: Our report showed for the first time that systemic Th17/Treg imbalance occurred also in patients with low disease activity and in remission. We suggest that immunological alterations may precede clinical and laboratory symptoms of the disease activity.

  16. Surgical treatment of pathological loss of lumbar lordosis (flatback) in patients with normal sagittal vertical axis achieves similar clinical improvement as surgical treatment of elevated sagittal vertical axis: clinical article.

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    Smith, Justin S; Singh, Manish; Klineberg, Eric; Shaffrey, Christopher I; Lafage, Virginie; Schwab, Frank J; Protopsaltis, Themistocles; Ibrahimi, David; Scheer, Justin K; Mundis, Gregory; Gupta, Munish C; Hostin, Richard; Deviren, Vedat; Kebaish, Khaled; Hart, Robert; Burton, Douglas C; Bess, Shay; Ames, Christopher P

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    Increased sagittal vertical axis (SVA) correlates strongly with pain and disability for adults with spinal deformity. A subset of patients with sagittal spinopelvic malalignment (SSM) have flatback deformity (pelvic incidence-lumbar lordosis [PI-LL] mismatch > 10°) but remain sagittally compensated with normal SVA. Few data exist for SSM patients with flatback deformity and normal SVA. The authors' objective was to compare baseline disability and treatment outcomes for patients with compensated (SVA 10°) and decompensated (SVA > 5 cm) SSM. The study was a multicenter, prospective analysis of adults with spinal deformity who consecutively underwent surgical treatment for SSM. Inclusion criteria included age older than 18 years, presence of adult spinal deformity with SSM, plan for surgical treatment, and minimum 1-year follow-up data. Patients with SSM were divided into 2 groups: those with compensated SSM (SVA 10°) and those with decompensated SSM (SVA ≥ 5 cm). Baseline and 1-year follow-up radiographic and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) outcomes included Oswestry Disability Index, Short Form-36 scores, and Scoliosis Research Society-22 scores. Percentages of patients achieving minimal clinically important difference (MCID) were also assessed. A total of 125 patients (27 compensated and 98 decompensated) met inclusion criteria. Compared with patients in the compensated group, patients in the decompensated group were older (62.9 vs. 55.1 years; p = 0.004) and had less scoliosis (43° vs 54°; p = 0.002), greater SVA (12.0 cm vs. 1.7 cm; p SVA (compensated -1.1 cm, decompensated +4.8 cm; p ≤ 0.009), mean PI-LL mismatch (compensated 6°, decompensated 5°; p SVA experience significant disability; however, the amount of disability in compensated SSM patients with flatback deformity caused by PI-LL mismatch but normal SVA is underappreciated. Surgical correction of SSM demonstrated similar radiographic and HRQOL score improvements for patients in both

  17. Adaptation of muscles of the lumbar spine to sudden imbalance in patients with lower back pain caused by military training.

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    Gao, Ying; Shi, Jian-guo; Ye, Hong; Liu, Zhi-rong; Zheng, Long-bao; Ni, Zhi-ming; Fan, Liang-quan; Wang, Jian; Hou, Zhen-hai

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    This study aims to investigate the effects of sudden load changes (expected and unexpected imbalance) on the activity of muscles of the lumbar spine and their central motor control strategy in military personnel with or without chronic low back pain (LBP). Bilateral sudden imbalance was examined (2 × 2 factorial design). The 117th PLA Hospital, Hangzhou, China Twenty-one male subjects with lower back pain and 21 male healthy control subjects were active members of the Nanjing Military Region land forces. Independent variables: LBP vs. healthy controls and imbalance anticipation (expected and unexpected imbalance). rapid reaction time (RRT) and intensity of rapid reaction (IRR) of bilateral lumbar (L3-L4) erector spinae (ES), lumbar (L5-S1) multifidus (MF), and abdominal external oblique muscles. Results Under expected or unexpected sudden imbalance conditions, subjects with LBP demonstrated significantly greater IRR than healthy controls in ipsilateral and contralateral ES and MF, respectively (P muscles and a significant time expectation effect on RRT of contralateral MF muscles were also observed. RRT of the contralateral ES muscles was significantly lower than that of the ipsilateral ES muscles (P muscles in patients with chronic LBP. The activation amplitude increased. The results may provide a theoretical basis for a study on the pathogenesis of chronic LBP.

  18. CHARGE IMBALANCE

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    Clarke, John

    1980-09-01

    The purpose of this article is to review the theory of charge imbalance, and to discuss its relevance to a number of experimental situations. We introduce the concepts of quasiparticle charge and charge imbalance, and discuss the generation and detection of charge imbalance by tunneling. We describe the relaxation of the injected charge imbalance by inelastic scattering processes, and show how the Boltzmann equation can be solved to obtain the steady state quasiparticle distribution and the charge relaxation rate. Details are given of experiments to measure charge imbalance and the charge relaxation rate when inelastic scattering is the predominant relaxation mechanism. Experiments on and theories of other charge relaxation mechanisms are discussed, namely relaxation via elastic scattering in the presence of energy gap anisotropy, or in the presence of a pair breaking mechanism such as magnetic impurities or an applied supercurrent or magnetic field. We describe three other situations in which charge imbalance occurs, namely the resistance of the NS interface, phase slip centers, and the flow of a supercurrent in the presence of a temperature gradient.

  19. Progressive restoration of spinal sagittal balance after surgical correction of lumbosacral spondylolisthesis before skeletal maturity.

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    Thomas, Diala; Bachy, Manon; Courvoisier, Aurélien; Dubory, Arnaud; Bouloussa, Houssam; Vialle, Raphaël

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    Spinopelvic alignment is crucial in assessing an energy-efficient posture in both normal and disease states, such as high-displacement developmental spondylolisthesis (HDDS). The overall effect in patients with HDDS who have undergone local surgical correction of lumbosacral imbalance for the global correction of spinal balance remains unclear. This paper reports the progressive spontaneous improvement of global sagittal balance following surgical correction of lumbosacral imbalance in patients with HDDS. The records of 15 patients with HDDS who underwent surgery between 2005 and 2010 were reviewed. The treatment consisted of L4-sacrum reduction and fusion via a posterior approach, resulting in complete correction of lumbosacral kyphosis. Preoperative, 6-month postoperative, and final follow-up postoperative angular measurements were taken from full-spine lateral radiographs obtained with the patient in a standard standing position. Radiographic measurements included pelvic incidence, sacral slope, lumbar lordosis, and thoracic kyphosis. The degree of lumbosacral kyphosis was evaluated by the lumbosacral angle. Because of the small number of patients, nonparametric tests were considered for data analysis. Preoperative lumbosacral kyphosis and L-5 anterior slip were corrected by instrumentation. Transient neurological complications were noted in 5 patients. Statistical analysis showed a significant increase of thoracic kyphosis on 6-month postoperative and final follow-up radiographs (p sagittal trunk balance produced not only pelvic anteversion, but also reciprocal adjustment of lumbar lordosis and thoracic kyphosis, creating a satisfactory level of compensated global sagittal balance.

  20. Cataract induction by administration of nitroglycerin in cardiac patients through imbalance in redox status

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    El-Gharabawy RM

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    Full Text Available Rehab M El-Gharabawy,1,2 Amira S Ahmed,1,3 Amal H Al-Najjar4 1Pharmacology and Toxicology Department, College of Pharmacy, Qassim University, Buraydah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; 2Pharmacology and Toxicology Department, College of Pharmacy, Tanta University, Tanta, 3Hormone Department, National Research Center, Giza, Egypt; 4Pharmacy Services Department, Security Forces Hospital, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Purpose: The objective of this study was to evaluate the role of nitroglycerin in the pathogenesis of cataract.Design: Prospective study.Patient and methods: This study was performed in adults from tertiary Saudi Arabian hospitals (34 males and 26 females in each group, aged from 40 to 60 years, who were divided into four groups with an equal number of subjects (control group, cardiac group, idiopathic cataract group, and a group of cardiac patients using nitroglycerin and with cataracts. Fasting glucose concentrations, blood glycated hemoglobin levels, lipid profiles, and levels of nitrite, conjugated dienes (CD, thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS, superoxide dismutase (SOD, and reduced glutathione (GSH were determined.Results: Treatment of cardiac patients with nitroglycerin produced an imbalance in their systemic redox status, leading to the development of cataracts, which was reflected by a significant increase in the levels of nitrite, CD, and TBARS and a significant decrease in SOD activity and GSH, compared with idiopathic cataract patients. The results of correlation studies and multiple regression analysis revealed a significant positive correlation between different biochemical parameters (GSH, SOD, TBARS, CD, and nitrite in the blood and lens in both idiopathic cataract patients and cardiac patients treated with nitroglycerin.Conclusion: The study points to the relative and predictive effects of nitric oxide derived from nitroglycerin in the development of cataract in the presence of the oxidative stress induced by

  1. Interactive 3-dimensional virtual reality rehabilitation for patients with chronic imbalance and vestibular dysfunction.

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    Yeh, Shih-Ching; Chen, Shuya; Wang, Pa-Chun; Su, Mu-Chun; Chang, Chia-Huang; Tsai, Po-Yi

    2014-01-01

    Chronic imbalance is common in patients with vestibular dysfunction. Vestibular rehabilitation is effective in improving upright balance control. Vestibular rehabilitation exercises, such as Cawthorne-Cooksey exercises, include simple repetitive movements and have limited feedback and adaptive training protocols. Interactive systems based on virtual reality (VR) technology may improve vestibular rehabilitation. The objective of this study was to examine the effectiveness of an interactive 3-dimensional VR system for vestibular rehabilitation. In 49 subjects with vestibular dysfunction, VR rehabilitation exercises were performed in 6 sessions. Before and after rehabilitation, subjects were evaluated for performance of the training exercises; the center of pressure was measured for 20 seconds and balance indices were determined. Five training scores (total 6) showed a significant improvement. For balance indices in condition of non-stimulation, all of them (total 5) showed a trend of improvement, in which there was a significant improvement in mean mediolateral. For balance indices in condition of post-stimulation, there was a significant improvement in statokinesigram and maximum mediolateral. The VR rehabilitation exercises were effective in improving upright balance control in patients with vestibular dysfunction.

  2. Chromosomal Imbalances are Associated with Metastasis-Free Survival in Breast Cancer Patients

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    Michaela Aubele

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    Full Text Available Multiple chromosomal imbalances have been identified in breast cancer using comparative genomic hybridization (CGH. Their association with the primary tumors' potential for building distant metastases is unknown. In this study we have investigated 39 invasive breast carcinomas with a mean follow‐up period of 99 months (max. 193 months by CGH to determine the prognostic value of chromosomal gains and losses. The mean number of chromosomal imbalances per tumor was 6.5±0.7 (range 2 to 18. The most frequent alterations identified in more than 1/3 of cases were gains on chromosomes 11q13, 12q24, 16, 17, and 20q, and losses on 2q and 13q. A significantly different frequency of chromosomal aberrations (p≤0.05 was found between DNA‐diploid and non‐diploid tumors (gain on chromosome 17. Differences were also noted between tumors progressing to distant metastases within the period of follow‐up and those which do not (gains on 11q13 and 12q24; loss on 12q. Significant univariate correlations (p≤0.05 with the metastasis‐free survival of patients were found for lymph node status, the cytometrical determined DNA ploidy (diploid/non‐diploid and anisokaryosis, and for DNA gains on 11q13, 12q24, 17, and 18p. An unexpected inverse correlation was found between clinical outcome and gains on 11q13 and 12q24. In multivariate analysis independent prognostic value, in addition to lymph node status, was found for chromosomal gains on 11q13, 12q24, 17 and 18p. Amplification on 20q, which did not correlate with metastasis‐free survival in a univariate analysis, showed weak prognostic significance in combination with the nodal status. The prognostic value of chromosomal alterations – some of them by inverse correlation – suggests an interaction and/or compensation of the involved amplified genes and their effects on the occurrence of distant metastases in breast cancer patients.

  3. Postoperative change in sagittal balance after Kyphoplasty for the treatment of osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture.

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    Yokoyama, Kunio; Kawanishi, Masahiro; Yamada, Makoto; Tanaka, Hidekazu; Ito, Yutaka; Kawabata, Shinji; Kuroiwa, Toshihiko

    2015-04-01

    The influence of vertebral cement augmentation on spinal sagittal balance is unknown. The present study aimed to analyze the changes in total spinal alignment after Kyphoplasty in VCF patients. The study involved 21 VCF patients who underwent Kyphoplasty. In all patients, lateral radiographs of the entire spine were taken preoperatively and 1 month after surgery, to measure the pelvic incidence (PI), sacral slope (SS), pelvic tilt (PT), lumbar lordosis (LL), sagittal vertical axis (SVA), and spinosacral angle (SSA). These parameters were compared between VCF patients and 30 healthy volunteers. In VCF patients, the parameters were compared before and after Kyphoplasty. In VCF patients, preoperative SVA was 7.00 ± 3.9 cm, showing a significant shift to anterior sagittal balance as compared to the healthy group (1.45 ± 2.7 cm) (P Kyphoplasty, SVA decreased to 5.02 ± 2.91 (P = 0.0007) and LL and SSA increased (LL P = 0.028; SSA P = 0.0031). Postoperative decrease of SVA was correlated with the kyphotic change of treated vertebra (r = 0.792, P Kyphoplasty to 2.38 ± 2.3 postoperatively (P Kyphoplasty plays a role not only in reducing pain associated with fractures but also in improving sagittal imbalance in the treatment of painful vertebral compression fracture.

  4. Effect of mono- or bisegmental lordosizing fusion on short term global and index sagittal balance: a radiographic study.

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    Tessitore, Enrico; Melloni, Ilaria; Gautschi, Oliver P; Zona, Gianluigi; Schaller, Karl; Berjano, Pedro

    2016-11-17

    Sagittal balance is widely recognized as an important outcome factor in reconstructive spinal surgery for lumbar degenerative conditions. However, its role in short segmental fixation is unknown. The aim of this study is to evaluate the preoperative and short-term postoperative spino-pelvic balance after short (1 or 2 levels) lordosizing lumbar fusion for degenerative disc disease (DDD). Twenty-six consecutive patients (13 males and 13 females) undergoing mono- or bisegmental lordosizing lumbar fusion (XLIF/TLIF) for lumbar DDD were included in the study. Clinical parameters were retrospectively collected from charts. Preoperative and early postoperative (6 weeks and 3 months) full-spine EOS x-rays were evaluated. Spinal parameters evaluating sagittal curvatures, pelvic orientation, global sagittal and coronal alignment, spino-pelvic balance, index level segmental lordosis and disc height were measured and statistically analyzed. A total of n=16 TLIF and n=10 XLIF procedures were performed. N=18 were mono- and n=8 were bisegmental fixations for a total of 34 fused segments. N=7 patients (26.9%) showed a preoperative sagittal imbalance (defined as SVA >50 mm), n=7 patients presented preoperative severe pelvic retroversion (defined as PT>20°) and one patient had both. Disc height, intervertebral angle and segmental lordosis at the operated level significantly increased after surgery (psagittal alignment (SVA, TPA, T1SPi, T9SPi), pelvic orientation (SS, PT), coronal alignment, lumbar and L4-S1 lordosis and thoracic kyphosis has been observed. Mono- and bisegmental lordosizing fusion techniques, as XLIF and TLIF, are able to restore disc height and improve segmental lordosis. However they do not allow restoration of sagittal balance or improvement of compensatory mechanisms. A limited spinal reconstructive surgery on symptomatic levels can be reasonably proposed to patients with hidden or evident sagittal imbalance with any short-term radiographic impact.

  5. Effect of Preoperative Sagittal Balance on Cervical Laminoplasty Outcomes.

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    Oshima, Yasushi; Takeshita, Katsushi; Taniguchi, Yuki; Matsubayashi, Yoshitaka; Doi, Toru; Ohya, Junichi; Soma, Kazuhito; Kato, So; Oka, Hiroyuki; Chikuda, Hirotaka; Tanaka, Sakae

    2016-11-01

    Retrospective case series. To clarify how preoperative global sagittal imbalance influences outcomes in patients with cervical compression myelopathy undergoing cervical laminoplasty. The influence of sagittal balance on outcomes of cervical laminoplasty remains uncertain. The authors retrospectively reviewed data of 106 patients who underwent double-door cervical laminoplasty between 2004 and 2011 and investigated the influence of the C7 sagittal vertical axis (SVA) on outcome scores. Primary outcomes used were Japanese Orthopedic Association (JOA) scores, Numerical Rating Scale for neck or arm pain, the Short Form 36 Health Survey (physical and mental component summary scores ), and the Neck Disability Index (NDI). Ninety-two patients with complete data were eligible for inclusion. The preoperative C7 SVA was ≤5 cm in 64 patients (69.6%) and > 5 cm in 28 (30.4%). We compared each parameter by the magnitude of spinal sagittal balance (preoperative C7 SVA > 5 cm vs. C7 SVA ≤ 5 cm) after adjusting for age via the least square mean analysis because the average age was significantly higher in patients with C7 SVA > 5 cm. As for the radiographic parameters, both C2-7 SVA and C7 SVA were larger in patients when the C7 SVA was > 5 cm. Numerical Rating Scale for postoperative arm pain, postoperative JOA scores, and both pre- and postoperative physical component summary and NDI were worse in patients with C7 SVA > 5 cm; however, the JOA score recovery rate and changes in physical component summary and NDI were not significantly different. Postoperative functional outcome scores were significantly lower in patients with C7 SVA > 5 cm, although the improvement after cervical laminoplasty was not greatly affected. The involvement of global sagittal balance and cervical regional alignment should be considered in evaluating surgical outcomes for patients undergoing cervical laminoplasty. 4.

  6. The sagittal spinal profile type: a principal precondition for surgical decision making in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis.

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    Bayerl, Simon Heinrich; Pöhlmann, Florian; Finger, Tobias; Franke, Jörg; Woitzik, Johannes; Vajkoczy, Peter

    2017-11-01

    OBJECTIVE Microsurgical decompression (MD) in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) shows good clinical results. Nevertheless, 30%-40% of patients do not have a significant benefit after surgery-probably due to different anatomical preconditions. The sagittal profile types (SPTs 1-4) defined by Roussouly based on different spinopelvic parameters have been shown to influence spinal degeneration and surgical results. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of the SPT on the clinical outcome in patients with LSS who were treated with MD. METHODS The authors retrospectively investigated 100 patients with LSS who received MD. The patients were subdivided into 4 groups depending on their SPT, which was determined from preoperative lateral spinal radiographs. The authors analyzed pre- and postoperative outcome scales, including the visual analog scale (VAS), walking distance, Oswestry Disability Index, Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire, Odom's criteria, and the 36-Item Short Form Health Survey score. RESULTS Patients with SPT 1 showed a significantly worse clinical outcome concerning their postoperative back pain (VASback-SPT 1 = 5.4 ± 2.8; VASback-SPT 2 = 2.6 ± 1.9; VASback-SPT 3 = 2.9 ± 2.6; VASback-SPT 4 = 1.5 ± 2.5) and back pain-related disability. Only 43% were satisfied with their surgical results, compared with 70%-80% in the other groups. CONCLUSIONS A small pelvic incidence with reduced compensation mechanisms, a distinct lordosis in the lower lumbar spine with a high load on dorsal structures, and a long thoracolumbar kyphosis with a high axial load might lead to worse back pain after MD. Therefore, the indication for MD should be provided carefully, fusion can be considered, and other possible reasons for back pain should be thoroughly evaluated and treated.

  7. Scrotal edema secondary to fluid imbalance in patients on continuous peritoneal dialysis.

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    Adeniyi, Muniru; Wiggins, Brenda; Sun, Yitzuan; Servilla, Karen S; Hartshorne, Michael F; Tzamaloukas, Antonios H

    2009-01-01

    exchange and instruction to reduce salt intake. This patient has remained free of scrotal edema for 6 months. In men on CPD, scrotal edema can develop from generalized volume gain secondary to either CPD catheter malfunction or imbalance between total fluid removal and salt and water intake. Proper interpretation of PET findings is critical in the evaluation of scrotal edema not resulting from internal dialysate leaks in CPD.

  8. Tongue-palatal contact changes in patients with skeletal mandibular prognathism after sagittal split ramus osteotomy: an electropalatography study.

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    Kojima, S; Kaku, M; Yamamoto, I; Yasuhara, Y; Sumi, H; Yamamoto, T; Yashima, Y; Izumino, J; Nakajima, K; Nagano, Y; Kono, M; Yoshimura, A; Ueasa, M; Tanimoto, K

    2017-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the changes in tongue-palatal contact patterns using electropalatography (EPG) before and after sagittal split ramus osteotomy (SSRO) in patients with mandibular prognathism. Nine clients who underwent SSRO for mandibular setback and seven control subjects were participated in this study. Tongue-palatal contact patterns for /t/, /s/ and /k/ production were investigated using EPG before surgery and 3 months after surgery. The mean value of whole total of palate contact (WT) in the maximum contact frame was examined before and after SSRO. The correlation quantity between the change of center of gravity (COG) value and the amount of mandibular setback was also evaluated. The mean value of WT for /t/ and /s/ significantly increased after SSRO, and the EPG pattern became normal. However, a remarkable change in WT for /k/ was not observed, and the mean value was significantly larger in the SSRO group before and after surgery than in the control group. A negative correlation between COG variation and the amount of mandibular setback for /t/ and positive correlation for /s/ was observed. This study demonstrated that tongue-palatal contact patterns for /t/ and /s/ articulation improved clearly after SSRO. There was a significant correlation between COG variation and the amount of mandibular setback. However, no significant change was detected through perceptual assessment before and after SSRO. Further investigation is needed to determine whether these results will change over time. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  9. Management of sagittal balance in adult spinal deformity with minimally invasive anterolateral lumbar interbody fusion: a preliminary radiographic study.

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    Manwaring, Jotham C; Bach, Konrad; Ahmadian, Amir A; Deukmedjian, Armen R; Smith, Donald A; Uribe, Juan S

    2014-05-01

    Minimally invasive (MI) fusion and instrumentation techniques are playing a new role in the treatment of adult spinal deformity. The open pedicle subtraction osteotomy (PSO) and Smith-Petersen osteotomy (SPO) are proven segmental methods for improving regional lordosis and global sagittal parameters. Recently the MI anterior column release (ACR) was introduced as a segmental method for treating sagittal imbalance. There is a paucity of data in the literature evaluating the alternatives to PSO and SPO for sagittal balance correction. Thus, the authors conducted a preliminary retrospective radiographic review of prospectively collected data from 2009 to 2012 at a single institution. The objectives of this study were to: 1) investigate the radiographic effect of MI-ACR on spinopelvic parameters, 2) compare the radiographic effect of MI-ACR with PSO and SPO for treatment of adult spinal deformity, and 3) investigate the radiographic effect of percutaneous posterior spinal instrumentation on spinopelvic parameters when combined with MI transpsoas lateral interbody fusion (LIF) for adult spinal deformity. Patient demographics and radiographic data were collected for 36 patients (9 patients who underwent MI-ACR and 27 patients who did not undergo MI-ACR). Patients included in the study were those who had undergone at least a 2-level MI-LIF procedure; adequate preoperative and postoperative 36-inch radiographs of the scoliotic curvature; a separate second-stage procedure for the placement of posterior spinal instrumentation; and a diagnosis of degenerative scoliosis (coronal Cobb angle > 10° and/or sagittal vertebral axis > 5 cm). Statistical analysis was performed for normality and significance testing. Percutaneous transpedicular spinal instrumentation did not significantly alter any of the spinopelvic parameters in either the ACR group or the non-ACR group. Lateral MI-LIF alone significantly improved coronal Cobb angle by 16°, and the fractional curve significantly

  10. LUMBAR SPINE SURGERY. IMPORTANCE OF SAGITTAL BALANCE IN THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF PATIENTS

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objective: To evaluate whether performing surgery in degenerative diseases of the lumbar spine modify the spinopelvic balance and influences the clinical outcome and the quality of life of patients. Methods: The spinopelvic balance was evaluated in 25 patients using plain radiographs of the lumbosacral region including the proximal femur, as well as evaluating the quality of life on two separated occasions. Results: The measure of spinopelvic balance was obtained by averaging the angles of sacral slope, pelvic version and pelvic incidence. Mean preoperative angles were 59.88º, 22.84º, and 37.44º, respectively, and the mean postoperative values were 61.56º, 24.64º, and 37.32º, respectively. Regarding the questionnaires on quality of life, the Oswestry index showed mean preoperative values of 46.24, characterized as severe disability and mean postoperative values of 13.29 denoting satisfactory response after surgical treatment. The SF-36 questionnaire showed important and significant improvement in quality of life in different domains, with the exception of physical limitation and social aspects, with a p-value of 0.02 and 0.025, respectively. Conclusion: Patients undergoing surgical treatment of degenerative lumbar diseases showed no significant changes in the spinopelvic balance, but showed significant improvement in quality of life after surgery.

  11. Intercanine widening and sagittal effect of maxillary transverse expansion in patients with cleft lip and palate during the deciduous and mixed dentitions.

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    Tindlund, R S; Rygh, P; Bøe, O E

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    Since 1977 cleft lip and palate (CLP) patients with maxillary deficiency have received an interceptive orthopedic treatment consisting of (a) transverse expansion, (b) protraction, and (c) fixed retention. Ideally the treatment should be completed early enough to permit spontaneous eruption of the maxillary permanent incisors into normal occlusion without orthodontic intervention. The early transverse expansion considerably increases space so that unerupted malpositioned incisors spread out spontaneously, creating optimal conditions for eruption and root formation. Dental diagnosis in the cleft areas is made easier. Posterior crossbites in 112 CLP patients were expanded with a modified quad-helix appliance cemented with four bands in the deciduous or mixed dentition. Intercanine widening was about 3 mm per month regardless of cleft type. Several authors have claimed that transverse expansion of the upper jaw will increase sagittal overjet. Other authors have not found such an effect. The sagittal effect on the maxilla was studied in 68 CLP patients who had received transverse expansion. Analysis of the lateral cephalograms revealed no significant sagittal dentofacial maxillary treatment effects involving forward movement of maxilla, but a downward clockwise rotation of the mandible was found.

  12. Multilevel Schwab grade II osteotomies for sagittal plane correction in the management of adult spinal deformity.

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    Ghobrial, George M; Lebwohl, Nathan H; Green, Barth A; Gjolaj, Joseph P

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    Prior reports have compared posterior column osteotomies with pedicle subtraction osteotomies in terms of utility for correcting fixed sagittal imbalance in adolescent patients with deformity. No prior reports have described the use of multilevel Smith-Petersen Osteotomies (SPOs) alone for surgical correction in the adult spinal deformity (ASD) population. The study aimed to determine the utility of multilevel SPOs in the management of global sagittal imbalance in ASD patients. This is a retrospective observational study at a single academic center. The sample included 85 ASD patients. This is a radiographic outcomes cohort study. The radiographs of 85 ASD patients were retrospectively evaluated before and after long-segment (>5 spinal levels) fusion and multilevel SPO (≥3 levels) for sagittal imbalance correction. The number of osteotomies, correction in regional lumbar lordosis (LL), and correction per osteotomy was evaluated. Independent predictors of correction per SPO were evaluated with a hierarchical linear regression analysis. Eighty-five patients (mean age: 67.5±11 years) were identified with ASD (372 SPOs). The mean preoperative sagittal vertical axis (SVA) and T1 pelvic angle (TPA) were 8.16±6.75 cm and 25°±13.23°, respectively. The mean postoperative central sacral vertical line (CSVL) and SVA were 0.67±0.70 cm and 1.29±5.41 cm, respectively. The mean improvement in SVA was 6.29 cm achieved with a correction of approximately 5.05° per SPO. The mean LL restoration was 20.3°±13.9°, and 33(39%) patients achieved a final pelvic incidence minus lumbar lordosis (PI-LL) ≤10°. Fifty-four (64%) achieved a postoperative PI-LL ≤15°, 75 (88%) with a PI-LL ≤20°, and 85 (100%) achieved a PI-LL ≤25°. Correction per SPO was similar regardless of prior fusion (4.87° vs. 5.72° for revisions, p=.192). In a subgroup analysis of SVA greater than 10 cm, there was no significant difference in the final LL, thoracic kyphosis, PI-LL, SVA

  13. Sagittal balance disorders in severe degenerative spine. Can we identify the compensatory mechanisms?

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    Barrey, Cédric; Roussouly, Pierre; Perrin, Gilles; Le Huec, Jean-Charles

    2011-09-01

    Aging of the spine is characterized by facet joints arthritis, degenerative disc disease and atrophy of extensor muscles resulting in a progressive kyphosis. Recent studies confirmed that patients with lumbar degenerative disease were characterized by an anterior sagittal imbalance, a loss of lumbar lordosis and an increase of pelvis tilt. The aim of this paper was thus to describe the different compensatory mechanisms which are observed in the spine, pelvis and/or lower limbs areas for patients with severe degenerative spine. We reviewed all the compensatory mechanisms of sagittal unbalance described in the literature. According to the severity of the imbalance, we could identify three different stages: balanced, balanced with compensatory mechanisms and imbalanced. For the two last stages, the compensatory mechanisms permitted to limit consequences of lumbar kyphosis on the global sagittal alignment. Reduction of thoracic kyphosis, intervertebral hyperextension, retrolisthesis, pelvis backtilt, knee flessum and ankle extension were the main mechanisms described in the literature. The basic concept of these compensatory mechanisms was to extend adjacent segments of the kyphotic spine allowing for compensation of anterior translation of the axis of gravity. To avoid underestimate the severity of the degenerative spine disorder, it thus seems important to recognize the different compensatory mechanisms from the upper part of the trunk to the lower limbs. We propose a three steps algorithm to analyse the balance status and determine the presence or not of these compensatory mechanisms: measurement of pelvis incidence, assessment of global sagittal alignment and analysis of compensatory mechanisms successively in the spine, pelvis and lower limbs areas.

  14. Sagittal Vertical Axias, Spinosacral Angle, Spinopelvic Angle, and T1 Pelvic Angle: Which Parameters May Effectively Predict the Quality of Life in Ankylosing Spondylitis Patients With Thoracolumbar Kyphosis?

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    Zhang, Yun-Peng; Qian, Bang-Ping; Qiu, Yong; Qu, Zhe; Mao, Sai-Hu; Jiang, Jun; Zhu, Ze-Zhang

    2017-08-01

    This is a retrospective study. To identify the relationship between global sagittal alignment and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients with thoracolumbar kyphosis. Little data are available on correlation between global sagittal alignment and HRQoL in AS. A total of 107 AS patients were included in this study. The radiographic parameters were measured on lateral radiographs of the whole spine, including sagittal vertical axias (SVA), spinosacral angle (SSA), spinopelvic angle (SPA), and T1 pelvic angle (TPA). HRQoL was assessed using the oswestry disability index questionnaire, the bath ankylosing spondylitis disease activity index, the bath ankylosing spondylitis functional index, and short form-36 questionnaire. The patients were divided into 2 groups: group A (n=76, global kyphosis≤70 degrees), group B (n=31, global kyphosis>70 degrees). Statistical analysis was performed to identify significant differences between these 2 groups. In addition, correlation analysis and multiple regression analysis between radiologic parameters and clinical questionnaires were conducted. With respect to SVA, SSA, SPA, TPA, and HRQoL scores, significant differences were observed between 2 groups (PSVA, SSA, SPA, and TPA were significantly related to HRQoL. Multiple regression analysis revealed that SVA, SSA, SPA, and TPA were significant parameters in the prediction of HRQoL in AS patients with thoracolumbar kyphosis. Of note, HRQoL related much more to SSA and SPA than SVA and TPA. AS patients with moderate and severe deformity were demonstrated to be significantly different in terms of SVA, SSA, SPA, TPA, and HRQoL. Moreover, SVA, SSA, SPA, and TPA correlated with HRQoL significantly. In particular, SSA and SPA could better predict HRQoL than SVA and TPA in AS patients with thoracolumbar kyphosis.

  15. Analysis of sagittal spinopelvic parameters in achondroplasia.

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    Hong, Jae-Young; Suh, Seung-Woo; Modi, Hitesh N; Park, Jong-Woong; Park, Jung-Ho

    2011-08-15

    Prospective radiological analysis of patients with achondroplasia. To analyze sagittal spinal alignment and pelvic orientation in achondroplasia patients. Knowledge of sagittal spinopelvic parameters is important for the treatment of achondroplasia, because they differ from those of the normal population and can induce pain. The study and control groups were composed of 32 achondroplasia patients and 24 healthy volunteers, respectively. All underwent lateral radiography of the whole spine including hip joints. The radiographic parameters examined were sacral slope (SS), pelvic tilt, pelvic incidence (PI), S1 overhang, thoracic kyphosis, T10-L2 kyphosis, lumbar lordosis (LL1, LL2), and sagittal balance. Statistical analysis was performed to identify significant differences between the two groups. In addition, correlations between parameters and symptoms were sought. Sagittal spinopelvic parameters, namely, pelvic tilt, pelvic incidence, S1 overhang, thoracic kyphosis, T10-L2 kyphosis, lumbar lordosis 1 and sagittal balance were found to be significantly different in the patient and control groups (P achondroplasia patients and normal healthy controls. The present study shows that sagittal spinal and pelvic parameters can assist the treatment of spinal disorders in achondroplasia patients.

  16. How Sublaminar Bands Affect Postoperative Sagittal Alignment in AIS Patients with Preoperative Hypokyphosis? Results of a Series of 34 Patients with 2-Year Follow-Up

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    Sébastien Pesenti

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    Full Text Available Hypokyphosis is currently observed in thoracic idiopathic scoliosis. The use of sublaminar bands allows a good restoration of sagittal balance of the spine. The aim of the study was to provide a middle-term radiographic analysis of patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis with preoperative hypokyphosis treated by posterior arthrodesis with sublaminar bands. This retrospective study included 34 patients with Lenke 1 scoliosis associated with hypokyphosis (TK < 20°. A radiographic evaluation was performed with a 2-year follow-up. Cobb angle, cervical lordosis, thoracic kyphosis, lumbar lordosis, and pelvic parameters were measured preoperatively, postoperatively, and at 6-month and 2-year follow-up. The mean preoperative thoracic kyphosis was 10.5° versus 24.1° postoperatively (p<0.001, representing a mean gain of 13°. Cobb angle ranged from 59.3° to 17.9° postoperatively (mean correction 69%, p<0.001. Cobb angle increased between the immediate postoperative measurement and the 6-month follow-up (17.9 versus 19.9, p=0.03. Cervical curvature changed from a 5.6° kyphosis to a 3.5° lordosis (p=0.001. Concerning lumbar lordosis, preoperative measurement was 39.7° versus 41.3° postoperatively (p=0.27. At 6-month follow-up, lumbar lordosis significantly increased to 43.6° (p=0.03. All parameters were stable at final follow-up. Correction performed by sublaminar bands is efficient for both fontal and sagittal planes. Moreover, the restoration of normal thoracic kyphosis is followed by an adaptation of the adjacent curvatures with improved cervical lordosis and lumbar lordosis.

  17. Response Gene to Complement-32 Promotes the Imbalance of Treg/Th17 in Patients with Dilated Cardiomyopathy.

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    Li, Bailing; Zhou, Wei; Tang, Xiaojun; Wang, Wei; Pan, Jiajun; Tan, Mengwei

    2017-10-16

    The imbalance of Treg/Th17 cells plays important role in the pathogenesis of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Response gene to complement (RGC)-32 is a cell cycle regulator that plays an important role in cell proliferation. We evaluated whether the upregulation of RGC-32 was implicated in the homeostasis of Treg/Th17 cells in DCM. The levels of plasma RGC-32, IL-17 and TGF-β1, and the frequencies of circulating CD4+ RGC-32+ T cells, Th17 and Treg cells in patients with DCM were determined by Cytokine-specific sandwich ELISA and the flow cytometer (FCM), respectively. A significant elevation of plasma RGC-32 in patients with DCM compared with healthy control (HC) subjects was observed. This upregulation was associated with an increase in frequency of Th17 and a decrease in frequency of Treg cells. To further assessed the role of RGC-32, we investigated the effects of RGC-32 up- or down-regulation on frequencies of Th17 and Treg cells in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from subjects. Importantly, overexpression of RGC-32 was accompanied by an augmentation of Th17 and a reduction of Treg expression. In summary, our study demonstrated the up-regulation of RGC-32 contributed to the imbalance of Treg/Th17 cells in patients with DCM. © 2017 The Author(s). Published by S. Karger AG, Basel.

  18. Imbalances in serum angiopoietin concentrations are early predictors of septic shock development in patients with post chemotherapy febrile neutropenia

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    Lorand-Metze Irene

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Febrile neutropenia carries a high risk of sepsis complications, and the identification of biomarkers capable to identify high risk patients is a great challenge. Angiopoietins (Ang - are cytokines involved in the control microvascular permeability. It is accepted that Ang-1 expression maintains endothelial barrier integrity, and that Ang-2 acts as an antagonizing cytokine with barrier-disrupting functions in inflammatory situations. Ang-2 levels have been recently correlated with sepsis mortality in intensive care units. Methods We prospectively evaluated concentrations of Ang-1 and Ang-2 at different time-points during febrile neutropenia, and explored the diagnostic accuracy of these mediators as potential predictors of poor outcome in this clinical setting before the development of sepsis complications. Results Patients that evolved with septic shock (n = 10 presented higher levels of Ang-2 measured 48 hours after fever onset, and of the Ang-2/Ang-1 ratio at the time of fever onset compared to patients with non-complicated sepsis (n = 31. These levels correlated with sepsis severity scores. Conclusions Our data suggest that imbalances in the concentrations of Ang-1 and Ang-2 are independent and early markers of the risk of developing septic shock and of sepsis mortality in febrile neutropenia, and larger studies are warranted to validate their clinical usefulness. Therapeutic strategies that manipulate this Ang-2/Ang-1 imbalance can potentially offer new and promising treatments for sepsis in febrile neutropenia.

  19. Thiamin and folic acid deficiency accompanied by resistant electrolyte imbalance in the re-feeding syndrome in an elderly patient.

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    Serin, Sibel Ocak; Karaoren, Gulsah; Okuturlar, Yildiz; Unal, Ethem; Ahci, Seda; Karakoc, Eda; Basat, Sema Ucak

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    Re-feeding Syndrome (RS) is a deadly complication, which can be encountered during "refeeding" of malnourished patients. In these patients, thiamin deficiency may develop and "risk awareness" is the most significant factor in the management of these patients. In this case report, the treatment is presented of an elderly patient who was diagnosed with RS and followed-up in the intensive care unit (ICU) due to resistant fluidelectrolyte imbalance. An 87-year-old elderly woman was admitted to the hospital due to aspiration pneumonia. On day 4, during parenteral nutrition (30 kcal/kg/day), severe electrolyte imbalance developed. Total parenteral nutrition (TPN) was stopped, and enteral feeding together with potassium (90 mmol/day, i.v.) were started. During follow-up, plasma potassium values remained less than 3 mmol/L. Despite replacement therapy, hypoalbuminemia, hypomagnesemia, hypocalcemia, and hypophosphatemia persisted. Considering the parenteral nutrition (30 kcal/kg/day) during the hospitalization period, a diagnosis of RS was made. On day 10, thiamin (200 mg/day, i.v.) and folic acid (5 mg/day) were added, and the patient subsequently responded to electrolyte replacement treatment. The patient was discharged on day26 with a home-care plan. In patients with malnutrition, thiamin replacement should be given before starting nutrition to prevent RS. Energy intake should be 10kcal/kg/day at the start, and be gradually increased between days 4-10. Hemodynamic-laboratory parameters should be closely monitored. All these measures may be life-saving for patients at high risk.

  20. Ellis-van Creveld Syndrome with Sagittal Craniosynostosis.

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    Fischer, Andrew S; Weathers, William M; Wolfswinkel, Erik M; Bollo, Robert J; Hollier, Larry H; Buchanan, Edward P

    2015-06-01

    Ellis-van Creveld syndrome (EVC) is a rare disorder (the incidence is estimated at around 7/1,000,000) characterized by the clinical tetrad of chondrodystrophy, polydactyly, ectodermal dysplasia, and cardiac anomalies. Sagittal synostosis is characterized by a dolichocephalic head shape resulting from premature fusion of the sagittal suture. Both are rare disorders, which have never been reported together. We present a case of EVC and sagittal synostosis. We report the clinical features of a Hispanic boy with EVC and sagittal craniosynostosis who underwent cranial vault remodeling. The presentation of this patient is gone over in detail. A never before reported case of EVC and sagittal synostosis is presented in detail.

  1. Influence of sagittal balance on spinal lumbar loads: a numerical approach.

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    Galbusera, Fabio; Wilke, Hans-Joachim; Brayda-Bruno, Marco; Costa, Francesco; Fornari, Maurizio

    2013-04-01

    Pathological deformities involving the sagittal alignment of the spine may lead to loss of spine stability and imbalance. The effect of different patterns of sagittal balance on the loads acting in the spine was only marginally investigated, although it would be of critical importance in the clinical management of spinal disorders. Optimization-based finite element models of the human spine in the standing position able to predict the loads acting in the lumbar spine and the activation of the spinal muscles were developed and used to explore a wide range of sagittal balance conditions, covering both inter-subject variability and pathological imbalance. 1000 two-dimensional randomized spine models with simplified geometry were generated by varying anatomical parameters such as lumbar lordosis, sacral slope, and C7 plumb line. Muscular loads were calculated by means of an optimization procedure aimed to minimize total muscular stress. The simulation of a physiological spine in the standing position predicted average disk stresses ranging from 0.38 to 0.5MPa, in good agreement with in vivo measurements. The C7 plumb line and the parameters describing the lumbar spine were found to be the strongest determinants of the lumbar loads and muscle activity. Marginal relevance was found concerning the thoracic and cervical parameters. The present modeling approach was found to be able to capture correlations between sagittal parameters and the loads acting in the lumbar spine. The method represents a good platform for future improvements aimed at patient-specific modeling to support pre-operative surgical planning. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Relationship of autonomic imbalance and circadian disruption with obesity and type 2 diabetes in resistant hypertensive patients

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    Figueiredo Márcio J

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Hypertension, diabetes and obesity are not isolated findings, but a series of interacting interactive physiologic derangements. Taking into account genetic background and lifestyle behavior, AI (autonomic imbalance could be a common root for RHTN (resistant hypertension or RHTN plus type 2 diabetes (T2D comorbidity development. Moreover, circadian disruption can lead to metabolic and vasomotor impairments such as obesity, insulin resistance and resistant hypertension. In order to better understand the triggered emergence of obesity and T2D comorbidity in resistant hypertension, we investigated the pattern of autonomic activity in the circadian rhythm in RHTN with and without type 2 diabetes (T2D, and its relationship with serum adiponectin concentration. Methods Twenty five RHTN patients (15 non-T2D and 10 T2D, 15 males, 10 females; age range 34 to 70 years were evaluated using the following parameters: BMI (body mass index, biochemical analysis, serum adiponectinemia, echocardiogram and ambulatory electrocardiograph heart rate variability (HRV in time and frequency domains stratified into three periods: 24 hour, day time and night time. Results Both groups demonstrated similar characteristics despite of the laboratory analysis concerning T2D like fasting glucose, HbA1c levels and hypertriglyceridemia. Both groups also revealed disruption of the circadian rhythm: inverted sympathetic and parasympathetic tones during day (parasympathetic > sympathetic tone and night periods (sympathetic > parasympathetic tone. T2D group had increased BMI and serum triglyceride levels (mean 33.7 ± 4.0 vs 26.6 ± 3.7 kg/m2 - p = 0.00; 254.8 ± 226.4 vs 108.6 ± 48.7 mg/dL - p = 0.04, lower levels of adiponectin (6729.7 ± 3381.5 vs 10911.5 ± 5554.0 ng/mL - p = 0.04 and greater autonomic imbalance evaluated by HRV parameters in time domain compared to non-T2D RHTN patients. Total patients had HRV correlated positively with serum adiponectin (r

  3. Measurement of blood flow in the superior sagittal sinus in healthy volunteers, and in patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus and idiopathic intracranial hypertension with phase-contrast cine MR imaging

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    Gideon, P; Thomsen, C; Gjerris, F

    1996-01-01

    PURPOSE: To measure blood flow and velocity in the superior sagittal ++sinus. MATERIAL AND METHODS: MR velocity mapping was used to examine 14 healthy volunteers, 15 patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH), 3 patients with high pressure hydrocephalus (HPH), and 11 patients with idiopathic...... intracranial hypertension (IIH). RESULTS: Mean blood flow was 443 ml/min in healthy volunteers with a tendency towards reduced blood flow with increasing age. In NPH patients significantly lower superior sagittal sinus blood flow values were found, but this difference was no longer significant when patients...

  4. Cervical Sagittal Alignment Limited Adjustment After Selective Posterior Thoracolumbar/Lumbar Curve Correction in Patients With Lenke Type 5C Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.

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    Wang, Fei; Zhou, Xiao-Yi; Xu, Xi-Ming; Yang, Yi-Lin; Zhu, Xiao-Dong; Bai, Yu-Shu; Li, Ming; Wei, Xian-Zhao

    2017-05-01

    A retrospective clinical and radiographic study. The aim of this study was to analyze the radiographic change in cervical sagittal alignment (CSA) and identify the possible factors influencing the postoperative CSA in selective posterior thoracolumbar/lumbar (TL/L) curve correction. The correlation between the CSA and thoracic sagittal alignment (TSA) is a well-recognized phenomenon in patients with thoracic idiopathic scoliosis. However, little has been published about the influence of TL/L curve instrumentation on CSA. Thirty patients with Lenke type 5C adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) received the selective posterior TL/L curves fusion by pedicle screws. Preoperative and postoperative radiographic and clinical parameters were analyzed. C2-C7 lordosis less than 0 was considered a lordotic cervical spine (LCS), whereas more than 0 was considered a kyphotic cervical spine (KCS). Preoperatively, 43% of patients showed a KCS, whereas the remaining 57% showed a LCS. C2-C7 lordosis was correlated with T1-slope, thoracic kyphosis (TK), and global-TK (Gl-TK) (P 5C AIS was related to the global TSA rather than TK and proximal TK. As time progresses, spontaneous adjustment of CSA is limited because of the inherent rigidity of the cervical spine. 4.

  5. Radiologic features of dropped head syndrome in the overall sagittal alignment of the spine.

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    Hashimoto, Kazuki; Miyamoto, Hiroshi; Ikeda, Terumasa; Akagi, Masao

    2017-06-10

    Dropped head syndrome (DHS) is a rare clinical entity which is defined as a chin-on-chest deformity in the standing or sitting position, resulting from sagittal imbalance of the cervical region. The purpose of the present study was to clarify the radiologic features of DHS in the overall sagittal alignment of the spine. We also investigated the changes in sagittal alignment after correction surgery for DHS. Twenty DHS patients [1 male and 19 female, with an average age of 78.9 years (range 59-88)] with a main complaint of horizontal gaze disorder were enrolled in this study. Spino-pelvic lateral radiographs in the free-standing clavicle position were taken of all patients. Parameters such as sagittal vertical axis (SVA), C2-7 angle, clivo-axial angle (CAA), C2-7 SVA, T1 slope, thoracic kyphosis (TK), lumbar lordosis (LL), pelvic incidence (PI), sacral slope (SS), and pelvic tilt (PT) were measured, and the radiologic features of DHS in the overall sagittal alignment of the spino-pelvis were investigated. Eight patients underwent correction surgery, and the parameter changes between pre- and post-operative radiographs were also examined. DHS appeared to have two distinct types: SVA+ and SVA-. Seven of 20 cases were SVA+, and 13 were SVA-. The radiologic parameters in which we found statistically significant differences between the groups were: 80.2 ± 68 and -44.5 ± 40 (SVA), 42.1 ± 16.8 and 18.4 ± 11.4 (T1 slope), and 21.1 ± 19.2 and 44.2 ± 19.8 (LL) in SVA+ and SVA-, respectively. After surgical intervention, T1 slope and LL appeared to approach normal in the SVA- group, because compensation at downward spine was no longer necessary. In SVA+ group, although the patients gained horizontal gaze after surgery, abnormality of the sagittal alignment in the whole spine remained, because compensation in the thoracic and lumbar spine was still insufficient. The present study has indicated that radiologic feature of DHS in the sagittal alignment of the

  6. Sagittal plane gait characteristics in hip osteoarthritis patients with mild to moderate symptoms compared to healthy controls: a cross-sectional study

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    2012-01-01

    Background Existent biomechanical studies on hip osteoarthritic gait have primarily focused on the end stage of disease. Consequently, there is no clear consensus on which specific gait parameters are of most relevance for hip osteoarthritis patients with mild to moderate symptoms. The purpose of this study was to explore sagittal plane gait characteristics during the stance phase of gait in hip osteoarthritis patients not eligible for hip replacement surgery. First, compared to healthy controls, and second, when categorized into two subgroups of radiographic severity defined from a minimal joint space of ≤/>2 mm. Methods Sagittal plane kinematics and kinetics of the hip, knee and ankle joint were calculated for total joint excursion throughout the stance phase, as well as from the specific events initial contact, midstance, peak hip extension and toe-off following 3D gait analysis. In addition, the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index, passive hip range of motion, and isokinetic muscle strength of hip and knee flexion and extension were included as secondary outcomes. Data were checked for normality and differences evaluated with the independent Student’s t-test, Welch’s t-test and the independent Mann–Whitney U-test. A binary logistic regression model was used in order to control for velocity in key variables. Results Fourty-eight hip osteoarthritis patients and 22 controls were included in the final material. The patients walked significantly slower than the controls (p=0.002), revealed significantly reduced joint excursions of the hip (phip flexion moment at midstance and peak hip extension (pjoint space ≤/>2 mm suggested that the observed deviations were more pronounced in patients with greater radiographic severity. The biomechanical differences were, however, not reflected in self-reported symptoms or function. Conclusions Reduced gait velocity, reduced sagittal plane joint excursion, and a reduced hip flexion moment in

  7. Sagittal plane gait characteristics in hip osteoarthritis patients with mild to moderate symptoms compared to healthy controls: a cross-sectional study

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    Eitzen Ingrid

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Existent biomechanical studies on hip osteoarthritic gait have primarily focused on the end stage of disease. Consequently, there is no clear consensus on which specific gait parameters are of most relevance for hip osteoarthritis patients with mild to moderate symptoms. The purpose of this study was to explore sagittal plane gait characteristics during the stance phase of gait in hip osteoarthritis patients not eligible for hip replacement surgery. First, compared to healthy controls, and second, when categorized into two subgroups of radiographic severity defined from a minimal joint space of ≤/>2 mm. Methods Sagittal plane kinematics and kinetics of the hip, knee and ankle joint were calculated for total joint excursion throughout the stance phase, as well as from the specific events initial contact, midstance, peak hip extension and toe-off following 3D gait analysis. In addition, the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index, passive hip range of motion, and isokinetic muscle strength of hip and knee flexion and extension were included as secondary outcomes. Data were checked for normality and differences evaluated with the independent Student’s t-test, Welch’s t-test and the independent Mann–Whitney U-test. A binary logistic regression model was used in order to control for velocity in key variables. Results Fourty-eight hip osteoarthritis patients and 22 controls were included in the final material. The patients walked significantly slower than the controls (p=0.002, revealed significantly reduced joint excursions of the hip (pp=0.011, and a reduced hip flexion moment at midstance and peak hip extension (p2 mm suggested that the observed deviations were more pronounced in patients with greater radiographic severity. The biomechanical differences were, however, not reflected in self-reported symptoms or function. Conclusions Reduced gait velocity, reduced sagittal plane joint excursion, and

  8. Intra- and inter-observer reliability of determining radiographic sagittal parameters of the spine and pelvis using a manual and a computer-assisted methods.

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    Dimar, John R; Carreon, Leah Y; Labelle, Hubert; Djurasovic, Mladen; Weidenbaum, Mark; Brown, Courtney; Roussouly, Pierre

    2008-10-01

    Sagittal imbalance is a significant factor in determining clinical treatment outcomes in patients with deformity. Measurement of sagittal alignment using the traditional Cobb technique is frequently hampered by difficulty in visualizing landmarks. This report compares traditional manual measurement techniques to a computer-assisted sagittal plane measurement program which uses a radius arc methodology. The intra and inter-observer reliability of the computer program has been shown to be 0.92-0.99. Twenty-nine lateral 90 cm radiographs were measured by a computer program for an array of sagittal plane measurements. Ten experienced orthopedic spine surgeons manually measured the same parameters twice, at least 48 h apart, using a digital caliper and a standardized radiographic manual. Intraclass correlations were used to determine intra- and interobserver reliability between different manual measures and between manual measures and computer assisted-measures. The inter-observer reliability between manual measures was poor, ranging from -0.02 to 0.64 for the different sagittal measures. The intra-observer reliability in manual measures was better ranging from 0.40 to 0.93. Comparing manual to computer-assisted measures, the ICC ranged from 0.07 to 0.75. Surgeons agreed more often with each other than with the machine when measuring the lumbar curve, the thoracic curve, and the spino-sacral angle. The reliability of the computer program is significantly higher for all measures except for lumbar lordosis. A computer-assisted program produces a reliable measurement of the sagittal profile of the spine by eliminating the need for distinctly visible endplates. The use of a radial arc methodology allows for infinite data points to be used along the spine to determine sagittal measurements. The integration of this technique with digital radiography's ability to adjust image contrast and brightness will enable the superior identification of key anatomical parameters normally

  9. Measurement of blood flow in the superior sagittal sinus in healthy volunteers, and in patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus and idiopathic intracranial hypertension with phase-contrast cine MR imaging

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    Gideon, P; Thomsen, C; Gjerris, F

    1996-01-01

    PURPOSE: To measure blood flow and velocity in the superior sagittal ++sinus. MATERIAL AND METHODS: MR velocity mapping was used to examine 14 healthy volunteers, 15 patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH), 3 patients with high pressure hydrocephalus (HPH), and 11 patients with idiopath...

  10. Impact of primary palatoplasty on the maxillomandibular sagittal relationship in patients with unilateral cleft lip and palate: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Bichara, L M; Araújo, R C; Flores-Mir, C; Normando, D

    2015-01-01

    The study objective was to evaluate, through a meta-analysis, the impact of primary palatoplasty on the sagittal maxillary and mandibular relationship among patients with complete unilateral cleft lip and palate (UCLP). Electronic database and hand searches were performed. Controlled clinical trials involving non-syndromic UCLP patients were included. Selected papers had to include a group of patients undergoing lip and palate repair and a group undergoing lip repair only. Data heterogeneity was demonstrated and individual means, standard deviations, and sample sizes were collected and summarized using a random effects model meta-analysis. Although six articles were selected for the systematic review, only four were included in the meta-analysis due to large discrepancies in the standard surgical protocol. Only one variable assessing the intermaxillary relationship (A point-nasion-B point; ANB), maxillary position (sella-nasion-A point; SNA), and mandibular position (sella-nasion-B point; SNB) was common among the selected studies. No significant differences in SNA and SNB were indentified between patients undergoing lip surgery alone and those undergoing lip and palate surgery. Evaluation of ANB showed a small statistical standard mean difference of 0.36°. Impaired maxillary sagittal growth, observed in patients with UCLP, appears to be a basic consequence of lip surgical repair. Additional changes to the maxilla and mandible produced by palatal repair are minor. Methodologically rigorous controlled studies are needed to provide a stronger evidence-based basis for the surgical management of patients with UCLP. Copyright © 2014 International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Crecimiento sagital maxilar en fisurados unilaterales operados funcionalmente Sagittal maxillary growth in unilateral cleft lip and palate patients following functional surgery

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    F. Donoso Hofer

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    Full Text Available Objetivo. Comparar el crecimiento sagital maxilar en pacientes con fisura labio-máxilo-palatina unilateral operados a los 6 meses con criterio funcional con pacientes normales que tengan relación consanguínea directa con los anteriores. Diseño del estudio. Análisis arquitectural y craneofacial de Delaire en telerradiografías de perfil en ambos grupos de pacientes cuyas edades fluctúan actualmente entre los 7 y los 12 años, determinando el crecimiento sagital del maxilar a través de la medida del ángulo del pilar maxilar anterior (C1/F1, sometiendo las medidas al test T de Student con una significación del 99,5%. Resultados.Se determinó el valor real y esperado para el ángulo del pilar maxilar anterior en todos los casos. Al comparar estadísticamente los resultados, no se encontraron diferencias significativas en los valores promedios obtenidos. Conclusiones.El crecimiento sagital maxilar de los pacientes con fisura labio-máxilo-palatina unilateral operados a los 6 meses con criterio funcional no difiere del de aquellos pacientes normales.Objective. To compare the sagittal maxillary growth between unilateral cleft lip and palate patients operated under functional criterion at the age of 6 months and normal patients who were blood-related. Design. Delaire’s Architectural and Structural craniofacial analysis in conventional lateral radiographs of all the patients with an age range of 7-12 years, determining the sagittal maxillary growth by the anterior maxillary pillar angle (C1/F1. These measurements were analyzed using the T-test with a 99.5% significance. Results. The real and expected value of the anterior maxillary pillar angle was determined in all cases. By comparing the results statistically, no significant differences were found in the mean values obtained. Conclusion. Maxillary sagittal growth in unilateral cleft lip and palate patients operated at the age of 6 months under functional criterion, does not differ from the

  12. How the neck affects the back: changes in regional cervical sagittal alignment correlate to HRQOL improvement in adult thoracolumbar deformity patients at 2-year follow-up.

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    Protopsaltis, Themistocles S; Scheer, Justin K; Terran, Jamie S; Smith, Justin S; Hamilton, D Kojo; Kim, Han Jo; Mundis, Greg M; Hart, Robert A; McCarthy, Ian M; Klineberg, Eric; Lafage, Virginie; Bess, Shay; Schwab, Frank; Shaffrey, Christopher I; Ames, Christopher P

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    OBJECT Regional cervical sagittal alignment (C2-7 sagittal vertical axis [SVA]) has been shown to correlate with health-related quality of life (HRQOL). The study objective was to examine the relationship between cervical and thoracolumbar alignment parameters with HRQOL among patients with operative and nonoperative adult thoracolumbar deformity. METHODS This is a multicenter prospective data collection of consecutive patients with adult thoracolumbar spinal deformity. Clinical measures of disability included the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), Scoliosis Research Society-22 Patient Questionnaire (SRS-22), and 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36). Cervical radiographic parameters were correlated with global sagittal parameters within the nonoperative and operative cohorts. A partial correlation analysis was performed controlling for C-7 SVA. The operative group was subanalyzed by the magnitude of global deformity (C-7 SVA ≥ 5 cm vs SVA, pelvic tilt (PT), mismatch between pelvic incidence and lumbar lordosis (PI-LL), and C2-7 SVA. The operative patients with baseline C-7 SVA ≥ 5 cm had significantly larger C2-7 lordosis (CL), C2-7 SVA, C-7 SVA, PI-LL, and PT than patients with a normal C-7 SVA. For all patients, baseline C2-7 SVA and CL significantly correlated with baseline ODI, Physical Component Summary (PCS), SRS Activity domain, and SRS Appearance domain. Baseline C2-7 SVA also correlated with SRS Pain and SRS Total. For the operative patients with baseline C-7 SVA ≥ 5 cm, the 2-year C2-7 SVA significantly correlated with 2-year Mental Component Summary, SRS Mental, SRS Satisfaction, and decreases in ODI. Decreases in C2-7 SVA at 2 years significantly correlated with lower ODI at 2 years. Using partial correlations while controlling for C-7 SVA, the C2-7 SVA correlated significantly with baseline ODI (r = 0.211, p = 0.002), PCS (r = -0.178, p = 0.009), and SRS Activity (r = -0.145, p = 0.034) for the entire cohort. In the subset of operative patients

  13. Video raster stereography back shape reconstruction: a reliability study for sagittal, frontal, and transversal plane parameters.

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    Schroeder, J; Reer, R; Braumann, K M

    2015-02-01

    As reliability of raster stereography was proved only for sagittal plane parameters with repeated measures on the same day, the present study was aiming at investigating variability and reliability of back shape reconstruction for all dimensions (sagittal, frontal, transversal) and for different intervals. For a sample of 20 healthy volunteers, intra-individual variability (SEM and CV%) and reliability (ICC ± 95% CI) were proved for sagittal (thoracic kyphosis, lumbar lordosis, pelvis tilt angle, and trunk inclination), frontal (pelvis torsion, pelvis and trunk imbalance, vertebral side deviation, and scoliosis angle), transversal (vertebral rotation), and functional (hyperextension) spine shape reconstruction parameters for different test-retest intervals (on the same day, between-day, between-week) by means of video raster stereography. Reliability was high for the sagittal plane (pelvis tilt, kyphosis and lordosis angle, and trunk inclination: ICC > 0.90), and good to high for lumbar mobility (0.86 < ICC < 0.97). Apart from sagittal plane spinal alignment, there was a lack of certainty for a high reproducibility indicated by wider ICC confidence intervals. So, reliability was fair to high for vertebral side deviation and the scoliosis angle (0.71 < ICC < 0.95), and poor to good for vertebral rotation values as well as for frontal plane upper body and pelvis position parameters (0.65 < ICC < 0.92). Coefficients for the between-day and between-week interval were a little lower than for repeated measures on the same day. Variability (SEM) was less than 1.5° or 1.5 mm, except for trunk inclination. Relative variability (CV) was greater in global trunk position and pelvis parameters (35-98%) than in scoliosis (14-20%) or sagittal sway parameters (4-8 %). Although we found a lower reproducibility for the frontal plane, raster stereography is considered to be a reliable method for the non-invasive, three-dimensional assessment of spinal alignment in normal non

  14. Instrumented Circumferential Fusion in Two Stages for Instable Lumbar Fracture: Long-Term Results of a Series of 74 Patients on Sagittal Balance and Functional Outcomes.

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    Ould-Slimane, Mourad; Damade, Camille; Lonjon, Guillaume; Gilibert, André; Cochereau, Jérôme; Gauthé, Rémi; Lonjon, Nicolas

    2017-07-01

    To report the radiologic and functional results of a multicenter, prospective case series of patients with comminuted lumbar fractures treated with 2-stage circumferential arthrodesis. A multicenter prospective case series of 74 patients with comminuted lumbar fractures was analyzed. The strategy entailed initial posterior osteosynthesis, followed by physical replacement with an expandable titanium cage filled with autologous bone via retroperitoneal lumbotomy. The mechanism of lesion formation and epidemiologic characteristics were recorded. Clinical and quality-of-life analyses (visual analog scale [VAS], Oswesty Disability Index [ODI], Short Form 12 [SF-12]) were performed over a minimum observation period of 1 year. Radiologic parameters, including deformity measurements, were recorded at each evaluation. Fusion was analyzed by means of a 1-year monitoring scan. The mean patient age was 38.1 years, and median duration of follow-up was 2.1 years (interquartile range, 1.3-2.9). The distribution of fractures according to the Magerl classification scheme was as follows: A, 64.8%; B, 16.7%; C, 18.5%. At the last follow-up, fusion was considered certain in 57 cases (77%). The mean VAS score was 2.1 ± 1.3, mean ODI was 14.7 ± 8.0, mean SF-12 Physical Component Summary score was 43.2 ± 9.3, and mean SF-12 Mental Component Summary score was 50.8 ± 5.9. Correction of the regional sagittal deformity was significant during the postoperative period, with a mean increase in lordosis of 9.0° (P sagittal deformity. Functional scores measured at 1 year suggest mild disability. The ODI, SF-12, and VAS scores were positively correlated with fusion at the last follow-up. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Plasma cytokine levels imbalance in cirrhotic patients with impaired glucose tolerance and diabetes mellitus. A prospective study.

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    García-Compeán, Diego; Jáquez-Quintana, Joel O; Lavalle-González, Fernando J; González-González, José A; Maldonado-Garza, Héctor J; Villarreal-Pérez, Jesús Z

    2014-01-01

    To define if there is an imbalance in plasma levels of proinflammatory, fibrogenic and antifibrogenic cytokines in patients with liver cirrhosis (LC) and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) or diabetes mellitus (DM). We randomly selected 54 out of 100 patients with LC who had normal fasting plasma glucose (FPG) levels. Three groups were formed based on an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) results: 18 patients were normal, 18 had IGT, and 18 had DM. Plasma levels of cytokines were measured: TNF- α, soluble tumor necrosis factor receptor 1 (sTNF-R1), leptin, TGF-β1, and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF). Also, fasting plasma insulin (FPI) levels were determined and HOMA2-IR was calculated. Results were compared with those of a control group of 18 patients without liver disease nor DM. Intergroup comparison was performed using non parametric tests. Significantly higher sTNF-R1 and lower TGF-β1 were found in patients with IGT and DM compared to controls. Leptin, HGF, and TNF-α levels showed no significant differences. According to Child-Pugh classification all cytokines levels were impaired in groups B or C as compared to group A. Positive correlations between sTNF-R1 and HOMA2-IR and between leptin and HOMA2-IR were found. IGT and DM were associated with abnormalities of sTNF-R1 and TGF-β1 compared to non cirrhotic controls. Among cirrhotic patients impairment of all cytokines were more marked in advanced liver disease. Finally, sTNF-R1 and leptin correlated with IR. These findings suggest that IGT and DM may be causally implicated with liver inflammation process.

  16. Evaluation of chromosome 11p imbalances in aniridia and Wilms tumor patients.

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    Busch, Maike; Leube, Barbara; Thiel, Anne; Schanze, Ina; Beier, Manfred; Royer-Pokora, Brigitte

    2013-05-01

    Newborn sporadic aniridia patients with an 11p13 deletion including the WT1 gene have an increased risk to develop Wilms tumor. At present a risk for Wilms tumor cannot be estimated in patients with deletions not extending into, but ending close to WT1. Therefore, it is important to determine the distance of deletion endpoints from the WT1 gene and survey these patients for a longer follow-up time to obtain a more defined risk estimation. Using molecular methods, such as Multiplex Ligation-dependent Probe Amplification (MLPA), deletion endpoints can be mapped more accurately than with FISH. We describe here the analysis of six aniridia patients, in two of these the deletions extend close to the 3' end of WT1. At the ages of 3.8 and 4 years they have not developed a Wilms tumor, suggesting a low tumor risk in such patients. In addition we have studied 24 non-AN cases with a higher likelihood for WT1 alterations with MLPA and found no deletions. In conclusion newborns with aniridia should be studied with molecular methods that can determine deletion endpoints in 11p13 exactly. For a better Wilms tumor risk estimation cases with deletion endpoints close to WT1 should be followed for at least 4-5 years. Furthermore germ line intragenic deletions affecting WT1 in patients with a higher likelihood for a WT1 association, for example, bilateral tumors, genitourinary aberrations, or nephrotic syndrome, were not found in this study, suggesting that deletions are rare events. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  17. Imbalance of Aggressive and Protective Factors in Patients with Gastroduodenal Pathology Associated with Candida Infection

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    L.M. Mosiychuk

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    3. Disorders in antifungal resistance occur in patients with disorder the barrier function of the stomach, such as decreased synthesis of sialic acid (by 49.9 % and hexosamine (by 36.6 %. It is the most typical for invasive candidiasis associated with secretor deficiency.

  18. Comparison of 2D-3D Measurements of Hallux and First Ray Sagittal Motion in Patients With and Without Hallux Valgus.

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    Swanson, Jessica E; Stoltman, Matthew G; Oyen, Cheyenne R; Mohrbacher, Jessica A; Orandi, Atefeh; Olson, Jeff M; Glasoe, Ward M

    2016-02-01

    Clinicians base treatment decisions on measures of hallux and first ray motion in the management of first metatarsophalangeal joint disorders. Women account for a majority of the patients. This study assessed the reliability of a 2D approach for the measurements of sagittal motion, and compared the result to a Cardan (3D) angle criterion standard and evaluated how hallux valgus (bunion) deformity affected the comparisons. Twenty-nine women (controls n = 10; bunion n = 19) were examined using a retrospective repeated measures design. Weightbearing magnetic resonance (MR) images were acquired to replicate the position of the foot during the stance phase of gait. The images were reconstructed into virtual bone models using computer processes, whereby measures of hallux and first ray motion were represented by 2D and 3D methods of measurement. An examiner measured 2D motion on the image data sets using a goniometer, and reliability was assessed. The 3D Cardan angle result was derived from a matrix calculation. The 2D-3D comparison of measurements was evaluated with an analysis of variance (ANOVA) model across gait conditions, run separate for groups. The 2D measurement was reliable (ICC ≥ 0.98, SEM ≤ 0.89 degrees). There was no method-by-condition interaction (F ≤ 1.37, P ≥ .25) between variables. No significant difference was detected between the 2D-3D measurements in the control group (F ≤ 1.24, P ≥ .30), but the measurements were statistically different (F ≥ 4.46, P ≤ .049) in the bunion group. This study described a reliable 2D approach for measuring hallux and first ray sagittal motion from weightbearing images. The 2D measurements were comparable to a Cardan angle component motion result in controls, but not in women with bunion. Joint motion measurements may augment clinical decision making. These results suggest that a 2D image-based approach may be adequate to estimate hallux and first ray sagittal motion, although bunion deformity creates out

  19. Power imbalance and consumerism in the doctor-patient relationship: health care providers' experiences of patient encounters in a rural district in India.

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    Fochsen, Grethe; Deshpande, Kirti; Thorson, Anna

    2006-11-01

    The aim of this study is to explore health care providers' experiences and perceptions of their encounters with male and female patients in a rural district in India with special reference to tuberculosis (TB) care. The authors conducted semistructured interviews with 22 health care providers, 17 men and 5 women, from the public and private health care sectors. Findings reveal that doctors adopted an authoritarian as well as a consumerist approach in the medical encounter, indicating that power imbalances in the doctor-patient relationship are negotiable and subject to change. Gender was identified as an influencing factor of the doctor's dominance. A patient-centered approach, acknowledging patients' own experiences and shared decision making, is called for and should be included in TB control activities. This seems to be especially important for female patients, whose voices were not heard in the medical encounter.

  20. The imbalance of cathepsin B-like activity in acromegalic patients--preliminary report.

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    Daroszewski, Jacek; Bolanowski, Marek; Kaluzny, Marcin; Siewinski, Maciej

    2010-01-01

    Acromegaly is a rare disease due to growth hormone (GH) excess. Patients must be carefully follow up because of mortality and co-morbidity increased risks. Since routinely used GH and insulin-like growth factor-1(IGF-1) estimations are not always sufficient, patients require assessment of organ- or tissue-specific tests. Cysteine proteases (CP), including cathepsin B, have been tested in a number of pathologies in respect of a role in pathogenesis and potential utility in the disease activity and prognosis assessment. There is lack of data on CP activity in acromegaly. In present study cathepsin B-like and cysteine peptidase inhibitor (CPI) activities have been tested in 29 acromegaly patients and in 15 healthy controls. Cathepsin B activity was assayed with N-bansoyl-DL-arginine-beta-naphthylamide (BANA) as substrate by the Barrett method. CPI activity was determined by measuring the inhibition of papain. Serum cathepsin B activity (median: 1.38 U/ml) and CPI activity (median: 93.08 U/ml) were higher in acromegaly then in controls (0.93 U/ml and 82.55 U/ml, p=0.000017 and 0.00285, respectively). Neither cathepsin B nor CPI activity was correlated with GH or IGF-1 level. No correlation was recorded between cathepsin B and CPI activity. It was shown for the first time that cathepsin B and CPI activities are increased in acromegaly. These findings suggest to study cathepsin system as an adjuvant parameter in the assessment of the overall acromegaly complications. Moreover, CP may be involved in pathomechanism of organ complications in acromegaly and may interfere with IGF-1 action.

  1. Effort-reward imbalance and perceived quality of patient care: a cross-sectional study among physicians in Germany

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    Adrian Loerbroks

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Work stress may impair physicians’ ability to provide high quality patient care. Prior research remains however sparse and has insufficiently explored explanations for this relationship. It has been suggested that physicians’ poor mental health is one potential explanatory factor. We drew on a well-established model to measure work stress (the effort-reward imbalance [ERI] model in order to test this hypothesis. Further, to address another research gap and to potentially inform the development of better-targeted interventions, we aimed to examine associations of individual ERI constructs with the quality of care. Methods We used cross-sectional data, which had been collected in 2014 among 416 physicians in Germany. ERI constructs (i.e. effort, reward, the ERI ratio, and overcommitment were measured by the established 23-item questionnaire. Physicians’ perceptions of quality of care were assessed by a six-item instrument inquiring after poor care practices or attitudes. Physicians’ mental health was operationalized by the state scale of the Spielberger's State-Trait Depression Scales. We used both continuous and categorized dependent and independent variables in multivariable linear and logistic regression analyses. Results Both an increasing ERI ratio and increasing effort were associated with poorer quality of care while increasing rewards were related to better care. Physicians’ depressive symptoms did not affect these associations substantially. Associations with overcommitment were weak and attenuated to non-significant levels by correction for depressive symptoms. The level of overcommitment did not modify associations between the ERI ratio and quality of care. Conclusions Our study suggests that high work-related efforts and low rewards are associated with reports of poorer patient care among physicians, irrespectively of physicians’ depressive symptoms. Quality of patient care may thus be improved by

  2. [Sagittal balance of the spine].

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    Mangione, P; Sénégas, J

    1997-01-01

    The authors examined the modifications of sagittal shape and muscular functions in different vertebral diseases in order to investigate their correlations and to specify the role of hip extension in standing posture. We included 57 patients presenting various diseases, among which lumbar kyphosis, spondylosis and spondylolisthesis, backache and lumbar stenosis. We measured joint mobility (hip extension, lumbar flexion), muscular retractions (ilio-psoas, hamstrings, rectus femoris), and muscular strength (spine flexors and extensors, hamstrings, quadriceps femoris). On standing lateral x-rays, measurements were made of various spinal and pelvic parameters, among which the "pelvi-femoral angle", proposed by the authors for hip extension evaluation. There was a significant correlation between pelvi-femoral angle and pelvic backward tilting (r = 0.8037 p tilt-up arise compensating the anterior displacement of the center of gravity, while in spondylolisthesis, anterior displacement is secondary to sacral obliquity. It is very important to evaluate the pelvis position in sagittal spinal diseases, in order to understand postural deterioration mechanisms. Lumbar kyphosis and spondylolisthesis are two examples of failure of upright posture.

  3. EFFECT IMBALANCE AQUEOUS BODY FLUIDS, AND RENAL DYSFUNCTION, CARDIOVASCULAR SURVIVAL IN PATIENTS AFTER AN ACUTE CORONARY SYNDROME, MYOCARDIAL REVASCULARIZATION

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    E. S. Levitskaya

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. Analysis imbalance aqueous body fluids on the prognosis of cardiovascular events in the late period after an acute coronary syndrome (ACS and myocardial revascularization based on indicators of renal function.Materials and methods. The study included 120 patients with ACS, including unstable angina was diagnosed in 68 patients, 52 patients — acute myocardial infarction. All patients underwent myocardial revascularization. To register the presence of albuminuria in the range of 30-300 mg/l, and glomerular filtration rate (GFR. It makes calculations indicators aqueous body fluids — the total volume of water (TVW, the total fluid, intracellular fluid (IF, extracellular fluid. The endpoint of the study was the presence of cardiovascular complications within 6 months after ACS.Results. It is found that the presence and magnitude of albuminuria was significantly increase the risk of the end point of the study. In patients with GFR less than 60 mL/min/1,73m2 studied the risk is higher by 17.1%, compared with patients with a GFR above this limit. Analysis of the distribution of the water body fluids showed a significant increase in the average TVW and IF. Through statistical analysis of survival found an increased risk of cardiovascular complications in the late period after ACS in patients who have an increase IF on the stage of development of coronary catastrophe.Conclusion. The study demonstrated the predictive value to stratify cardiovascular disease risk, not only the presence of albuminuria, but its level and value of GFR less than 60 mL/min/1,73m2. Redistribution of aqueous body fluids in the form of increased IF is a marker of adverse cardiovascular events in the late period after ACS. These data indicate the need for a comprehensive and integrated analysis of existing pathogenetic changes occurring in ACS, as well as the status of the patients premorbid factor for improving risk stratification of cardiovascular

  4. Measurement of blood flow in the superior sagittal sinus in healthy volunteers, and in patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus and idiopathic intracranial hypertension with phase-contrast cine MR imaging

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    Gideon, P; Thomsen, C; Gjerris, F

    1996-01-01

    PURPOSE: To measure blood flow and velocity in the superior sagittal ++sinus. MATERIAL AND METHODS: MR velocity mapping was used to examine 14 healthy volunteers, 15 patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH), 3 patients with high pressure hydrocephalus (HPH), and 11 patients with idiopath...... in the dural sinuses in various pathologies resulting in dural sinus occlusion, such as dural sinus thrombosis, and for following the progress of these patients while undergoing treatment....

  5. [Analysis of variation of sagittal position of the jaw bones in skeletal Class III malocclusion].

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    Stojanović, Zdenka; Nikolić, Predrag; Nikodijević, Angelina; Milić, Jasmina; Duka, Milos

    2012-12-01

    Skeletal Class III malocclusion is a discrepancy in the sagittal jaw relationship, due to imbalances in their development and/or position, resulting in the dominant appearance of the lower jaw in facial profile. The aim of this study was to determine variations in the sagittal position of the jaw bones to the cranial base in subjects with skeletal Class III, for the earliest possible diagnosis of malocclusion. Fifty children and as many adults with skeletal Class III, both sexes, were examined and selected, based on the findings of sagittal interjaw relationship (ANB) children aged 6-12 years, and another group, of adults aged 18-26 years. We measured the angles of maxillary prognathism (SNA), mandibular prognathism (SNB) and ANB. Based on these results, within the respective groups subclassification into the subgroups was done, among which a significant difference measured values was evaluated. In both groups a significant correlation of the determined values was evaluated. An average SNA angle ranged 77.36 +/- 3.58 in children and 77.32 +/- 4.88 in adults, while an average SNB angle was 79.46 +/- 3.91 in the group of children and 81.12 +/- 3.76 in adults. An average ANB angle was -2.10 +/- 2.07 in children, and -4.00 +/- 2.34 in adults. In both groups, a significant correlation between the measured values and a significant difference in the values of all the measured parameters were found between patients from different subgroups (p children and adults. Sagittal position of the lower jaw in most of the adults was prognathic, while mandible prognathism in the children was less present.

  6. Case Presentation of Sagittal Balance.

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    Kim, Paul K

    2016-04-01

    Sagittal balance is an important concept in spinal coronal and kyphotic deformity correction. Sagittal alignment/lumbar lordosis is increasingly recognized and discussed in terms of surgical outcomes. Positive sagittal balance can lead to development of iatrogenic kyphosis, flatback syndrome, adjacent level degeneration, and junctional kyphosis. This concept is no longer associated only with deformity. Spine surgeons have learned that sagittal alignment/lumbar lordosis is very important even in 1-level or 2-level interbody fusion procedures, and that it can be attained, maintained, or lost during any procedure, resulting in complications.

  7. Influence of age and sagittal balance of the spine on the value of the pelvic incidence.

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    Jean, Legaye

    2014-07-01

    The pelvic incidence (PI) was recognized as the key factor of the sagittal balance of the spine. Its value was described own for each individual and unchanged during adulthood. To bring out the effect of the age and of a sagittal imbalance in the variability of the value of PI. 200 subjects with chronic low back pain due to sagittal imbalance were compared to 89 normal subjects. For each groups, the cases were divided according to the age (19-40, 6-40 years, over 60 years). The PI and the sagittal positional parameters were measured on large radiographs in standardized standing position. The correlation between age and PI was observed significant only for the >60 years cases. The mean values of PI were significantly greater for these cases. An increase of the value of PI was attributable to a twisting mobilization within the sacroiliac joint. It results from a forward projection of the gravity due to a sagittal disturbance and a pelvic compensatory backward rotation. This twisting into the sacroiliac joint was incriminated in the origin of chronic low back pain. The sagittal pelvi-spinal imbalance may be incriminated in the increasing of the value of PI by a painful destabilization sacro-iliac, with leads to an increasing of the value of PI.

  8. Pediatric sagittal alignment.

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    Mac-Thiong, Jean-Marc; Labelle, Hubert; Roussouly, Pierre

    2011-09-01

    There is a wide variation in the regional parameters used to describe the spine and sacro-pelvis in children and adolescents. There is a slight tendency for thoracic kyphosis and lumbar lordosis to increase with age. Pelvic incidence and pelvic tilt also tend to increase during growth, while sacral slope remains relatively stable. Strong knowledge of the close relationships between adjacent anatomical regions of the spine and sacro-pelvis is the key when evaluating and interpreting sagittal spino-pelvic alignment. The scheme of correlations between adjacent regional parameters needs to be preserved in order to maintain a balanced posture. The net resultant from these relationships between adjacent anatomical regions is best represented by parameters of sagittal global balance. C7 plumbline tends to move backwards from childhood to adulthood, where it stabilizes or slightly moves forward secondary to degenerative changes. C7 plumbline in front of both hip axis and center of the upper sacral endplate occurs in 29% of subjects aged 3-10 years, 12% of subjects aged between 10 and 18 years, and 14% of subjects aged 18 years or older. Therefore, although most normal subjects stand with a C7 plumbline behind the hip axis, a C7 plumbline in front of both hip axis and sacrum can be seen in normal individuals. However, progressive forward displacement of C7 plumbline should raise a suspicion for the risk of developing spinal pathology.

  9. Usefulness of pet ownership as a modulator of cardiac autonomic imbalance in patients with diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and/or hyperlipidemia.

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    Aiba, Naoko; Hotta, Kazuki; Yokoyama, Misako; Wang, Guoqin; Tabata, Minoru; Kamiya, Kentaro; Shimizu, Ryousuke; Kamekawa, Daisuke; Hoshi, Keika; Yamaoka-Tojo, Minako; Masuda, Takashi

    2012-04-15

    Among patients with coronary artery disease, pet owners exhibit a greater 1-year survival rate than nonowners. Lifestyle-related diseases are well-known risk factors for coronary artery disease and induce imbalances in autonomic nervous activity. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether pet ownership modulates cardiac autonomic nervous activity imbalance in patients with lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. A total of 191 patients (mean age 69 ± 8 years) were interviewed about their pet ownership status and were classified into pet owner and nonowner groups. After recording a 24-hour Holter electrocardiogram for heart rate variability analysis, frequency-domain and nonlinear-domain analyses were performed to determine the high-frequency (HF) and low-frequency (LF) components, LF/HF ratio, and entropy. The heart rate variability parameters were assessed for 24 hours, during the day (8.00 A.M. to 5.00 P.M.), and during the night (0:00 A.M. to 6.00 A.M.), and compared between the 2 groups. To evaluate the potential predictive factors for cardiac autonomic imbalance, univariate and multivariate analyses of HF and LF/HF were conducted for potential confounding variables. The pet owner group exhibited significantly greater HF(24h), HF(day), HF(night), entropy(24h), entropy(day), and entropy(night) and significantly lower LF/HF(24h) and LF/HF(night) compared to the nonowner group. On multivariate analysis, pet ownership was independently and positively associated with HF(24h,) HF(day), and HF(night) and inversely associated with LF/HF(24h) and LF/HF(night). In conclusion, these results suggest that pet ownership is an independent modulator of cardiac autonomic imbalance in patients with lifestyle-related diseases. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Measurement of blood flow in the superior sagittal sinus in healthy volunteers, and in patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus and idiopathic intracranial hypertension with phase-contrast cine MR imaging

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    Gideon, P. [Danish Research Centre of Magnetic Resonance, Hvidovre Hospital, Univ. of Copenhagen (Denmark); Thomsen, C. [Danish Research Centre of Magnetic Resonance, Hvidovre Hospital, Univ. of Copenhagen (Denmark); Gjerris, F. [Univ. Clinic of Neurosurgery, Rigshopitalet, Copenhagen (Denmark); Soerensen, P.S. [Univ. Clinic of Neurology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (Denmark); Staahlberg, F. [Danish Research Centre of Magnetic Resonance, Hvidovre Hospital, Univ. of Copenhagen (Denmark); Henriksen, O. [Danish Research Centre of Magnetic Resonance, Hvidovre Hospital, Univ. of Copenhagen (Denmark)

    1996-03-01

    To measure blood flow and velocity in the superior sagittal sinus. MR velocity mapping was used to examine 14 healthy volunteers, 15 patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH), 3 patients with high pressure hydrocephalus (HPH), and 11 patients with idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). Mean blood flow was 443 ml/min in healthy volunteers with a tendency towards reduced blood flow with increasing age. In NPH patients significantly lower superior sagittal sinus blood flow values were found, but this difference was no longer significant when patients and controls were matched for age. In HPH and IIH patients blood flow and velocity were within the normal range. In one patient with thrombosis of the superior sagittal sinus the blood flow was reduced to 40 ml/min. MR velocity mapping methods may be of value in the assessment of blood flow in the dural sinuses in various pathologies resulting in dural sinus occlusion, such as dural sinus thrombosis, and for following the progress of these patients while undergoing treatment. (orig.).

  11. Ellis–van Creveld Syndrome with Sagittal Craniosynostosis

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    Fischer, Andrew S.; Weathers, William M.; Wolfswinkel, Erik M.; Bollo, Robert J.; Hollier, Larry H.; Buchanan, Edward P.

    2014-01-01

    Ellis–van Creveld syndrome (EVC) is a rare disorder (the incidence is estimated at around 7/1,000,000) characterized by the clinical tetrad of chondrodystrophy, polydactyly, ectodermal dysplasia, and cardiac anomalies. Sagittal synostosis is characterized by a dolichocephalic head shape resulting from premature fusion of the sagittal suture. Both are rare disorders, which have never been reported together. We present a case of EVC and sagittal synostosis. We report the clinical features of a Hispanic boy with EVC and sagittal craniosynostosis who underwent cranial vault remodeling. The presentation of this patient is gone over in detail. A never before reported case of EVC and sagittal synostosis is presented in detail. PMID:26000085

  12. [Evaluation of sagittal temporomandibular condyle position in adolescent Angle Class II division 1 patients by cone-beam CT].

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    Fang, Hai-Jun; Tao, Lie

    2014-12-01

    To evaluate condyle-fossa relationship and provide some evidences for functional orthopedic treatment in adolescent Angle Class II division 1 patients. Forty adolescent Angle Class II division 1 patients (18 males, 22 females) who have to temporomandibular symptom were involved in this study and 42 adolescent Angle Class I patients (19 males, 23 females) served as control which had impacted teeth needed to take cone-beam CT (CBCT). Mimics 10.01 software was used to measure the depth of the mandibular fossa, the angulation of the posterior wall of the articular tubercle, anterior joint space, superior joint space, posterior joint space in CBCT imaging. Paired t test was applied for comparison between 2 groups using SPSS 15.0 software package. The measured data on left and right side in both Angle Class II division 1 patients and Angle Class I patients had no significant differences (P>0.05). The depth of the mandibular fossa, the angulation of the posterior wall of the articular tubercle, the superior joint space have no significant difference (P>0.05). The anterior joint space decreased significantly (PAngle Class II division 1 patients compared with adolescent Angle Class I patients. In adolescent Angle Class II division 1 patients, anterior joint space decreased and posterior joint space increased compared with Angle Class I patients. And the condyle may move forward for compensation. Orthodontists should pay attention to condyle-fossa relationship in adolescent Angle Class II division 1 patients before functional orthopedic treatment.

  13. Sagittal Balance in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

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

    2015-01-01

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

  14. Identifying acid-base and electrolyte imbalances.

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    Gooch, Michael D

    2015-08-15

    Acid-base and electrolyte imbalances often complicate patient management in acute care settings. Correctly identifying the imbalance and its cause is vital. This article will review the physiology of acid-base and electrolyte balance, their common disturbances, associated causes, clinical manifestations, and management implications for nurse practitioners.

  15. Morphological segmentation for sagittal plane image analysis.

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    Bezerra, F N; Paula, I C; Medeiros, F S; Ushizima, D M; Cintra, L S

    2010-01-01

    This paper introduces a morphological image segmentation method by applying watershed transform with markers to scale-space smoothed images and furthermore provides images for clinical monitoring and analysis of patients. The database comprises sagittal plane images taken from a digital camera of patients submitted to Global Postural Reeducation (GPR) physiotherapy treatment. Orthopaedic specialists can use these segmented images to diagnose posture problems, assess physiotherapy treatment evolution and thus reduce diagnostic errors due to subjective analysis.

  16. The usefulness of sagittal reformation for diagnosis of sternal fracture

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    Im, Dong Jin; Hahn, Seok; Kim, Young Ju [Dept. of Radiology, Wonju Severance Christian Hospital, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-01-15

    The purpose of our study was to evaluate the usefulness of sagittal reformation of chest computed tomography for the diagnosis of sternal fracture after trauma. We retrospectively reviewed medical records and chest computer tomography (CT) of 716 patients in the emergency department after trauma between January and December 2010. Two radiologists investigated chest CT images. We investigated numbers and locations of sternal fractures on axial images only and on both axial and sagittal images for each radiologist. First, radiologist found sternal fractures in 58 patients (70.7%) on only axial images, and 80 (97.5%) on both axial and sagittal images. Second, radiologist found fractures in 67 patients (81.7%) on axial image only and 81 (98.7%) on both axial and sagittal images. The sensitivity increased after adding sagittal reformation images for each radiologist (p < 0.05, respectively). On the axial images, the interobserver agreement was low (k 0.596) between the two radiologists. However, on both axial and sagittal images, the interobserver agreement increased (k = 0.872). Sagittal reformation of chest CT increases the chance of diagnosis for sternal fracture and leads to early diagnosis resulting in appropriate treatment.

  17. Does Sagittal Spinopelvic Configuration Influence Vertebral Fracture Type or Localization in Trauma Patients?: A Retrospective Radiologic Analysis.

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    Bouaicha, Samy; Cunier, Marc; Scheyerer, Max J; Wanner, Guido A; Simmen, Hans-Peter; Werner, Clément M L

    2017-04-01

    Retrospective data analysis. The aim of this study was to analyze correlations between spinopelvic configuration and fracture pattern or location in traumatic vertebral fractures. The spinopelvic configuration represented by the pelvic incidence (PI) angle showed to have a strong correlation with the occurrence of degenerative diseases of the thoracolumbar spine. No data are available on whether there is an influence of the PI angle on traumatic vertebral lesions as well. In a consecutive series of patients sustaining traumatic vertebral fractures, we retrospectively analyzed spinopelvic computed tomography data sets of 197 patients (121 male and 76 female patients; mean age, 51 years). Measurements included the PI angle, level of fracture(s), and fracture type according to the AO classification. Statistical analysis was performed to calculate correlation between PI and fracture level and between PI and fracture type. An average of 1.6 fractures per patient was found in the 197 individuals included in our study. PI angle showed a mean of 50.6 degrees for the left hip and a mean of 49.9 degrees for the right hip. There were no significant differences of the PI angle between male and female patients as well. Neither a significant effect of the PI angle on the vertebral fracture level (P=0.64) nor a significant relationship between the PI angle and the fracture type according to the AO classification (P=0.52) was found. The spinopelvic configuration represented by PI angle seems to influence neither the level nor the type of vertebral fractures in trauma patients.

  18. Sagittal spinopelvic parameters in 2-level lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis

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    Wang, Tao; Wang, Hui; Liu, Huan; Ma, Lei; Liu, Feng-Yu; Ding, Wen-Yuan

    2016-01-01

    Abstract The purpose of our study is to evaluate sagittal parameters in 2-level lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis (DS) (TLDS). A total of 15 patients with TLDS, 40 patients with single-level DS (SLDS), and 30 normal volunteers as control were included in our study. All subjects performed on full spine X-ray. Two categorized data were analyzed: patient characteristics—age, sex, body mass index, radiographic parameters-pelvic incidence (PI), pelvic tilt (PT), lumbar lordosis (LL), sacral slope (SS), PI–LL, Cobb between the fifth thoracic vertebral and 12th thoracic vertebral (T5–T12), sagittal vertical axis (SVA) Cobb angle of spondylolisthesis level (CSL), ratio of PT to SS (PT/SS), CSL/LL, variation trend of SS over PI, and LL over PI. The PI (73.1° vs 52.9°), SS (50.8° vs 32.2°), LL (53.1° vs 46.9°), SVA (66.1 vs 22.0 mm), PI–LL (20.0° vs 6.0°), and CSL (23.6° vs 20.0°) in TLDS were significantly larger than these in SLDS. The PI (73.1° vs 40.6°), PT (22.3° vs 17.1°), SS (50.8° vs 23.5°), LL (53.1° vs 32.5°), PI–LL (20.0° vs 8.1°), and SVA (66.1 vs 17.0 mm) in TLDS were significantly larger than those in the normal group (NG). The PI (52.9° vs 40.6°), PT (21.0° vs 17.1°), SS (32.2° vs 23.5°), LL (46.9° vs 32.5°), and SVA (22.0 vs 17.0 mm) in SLDS were significantly higher than those in NG. However, PT/SS (44.0%), LL over PI (y = 0.39x + 24.25), SS over PI (y = 10.79 + 0.55x) were lower in TLDS than these in SLDS (63.8%, y = 0.41x + 25, y = 0.65x − 2.09, respectively), and the similar tend between SLDS and NG (74.0%, y = 0.49x + 13.09, y = 0.67x − 3.9, respectively). Our results showed that 2-level lumbar DS, which was caused by multiple-factors, has a severe sagittal imbalance, but single-level has not any. When we plan for surgical selection for 2-level lumbar DS, global sagittal balance must be considered. PMID:27977581

  19. Intracranial hypertension caused by a depressed skull fracture resulting in superior sagittal sinus thrombosis in a pediatric patient: treatment with ventriculoperitoneal shunt insertion.

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    Forbes, Jonathan A; Reig, Adam S; Tomycz, Luke D; Tulipan, Noel

    2010-07-01

    Intracranial hypertension resulting from compression of the superior sagittal sinus (SSS) by an overlying depressed calvarial fracture is a rare condition. Primary surgical treatment for the symptomatic patient in this setting traditionally involves elevation of the fracture, which often carries significant associated morbidity. The authors report a case involving a 6-year-old boy who suffered a closed, depressed, parietooccipital fracture as the result of an unhelmeted all-terrain vehicle accident. This fracture caused compression and subsequent thrombosis of the SSS, which resulted in CSF malabsorption and progressive intracranial hypertension. Initially headache free following the injury, he had developed severe and unremitting headaches by postinjury Day 7. A CT angiography study of the head obtained at this time exhibited thrombosis of the SSS underlying the depressed calvarial fracture. Subsequent lumbar puncture demonstrated markedly elevated intrathecal pressures. Large volumes of CSF were removed, with temporary improvement in symptoms. After medical management with anticoagulation failed, the decision was made to proceed with image-guided ventriculoperitoneal shunt insertion. The patient's headaches resolved immediately following the procedure, and anticoagulation therapy was reinstituted. Follow-up images obtained 4 months after the injury demonstrated evidence of resolution of the depressed fracture, with recanalization of the SSS. The anticoagulation therapy was then discontinued. To the authors' knowledge, this report is the first description of ventriculoperitoneal shunt insertion as the primary treatment of this infrequent condition. This report demonstrates that select patients with this presentation can undergo CSF diversion in lieu of elevation of the depressed skull fracture-a surgical procedure shown to be associated with increased risks when the depressed fracture overlies the posterior SSS. The literature on this topic is reviewed and

  20. FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY, SAGITTAL ALIGNMENT AND PELVIC BALANCE IN LUMBAR SPONDYLOLISTHESIS

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    Luis Muñiz Luna

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objectives: To demonstrate the recovery of lumbar sagittal pelvic alignment and sagittal pelvic balance after surgical reduction of lumbar spondylolisthesis and establish the benefits of the surgery for reduction and fixation of the lumbar spondylolisthesis with 360o circumferential arthrodesis for 2 surgical approaches by clinical and functional evaluation. Method: Eight patients with lumbar spondylolisthesis treated with surgical reduction and fixation of listhesis and segmental circumferential fusion with two surgical approaches were reviewed. They were evaluated before and after treatment with Oswestry, Visual Analogue for pain and Odom scales, performing radiographic measurement of lumbar sagittal alignment and pelvic sagittal balance with the technique of pelvic radius. Results: Oswestry scales and EVA reported improvement of symptoms after treatment in 8 cases; the Odom scale had six outstanding cases reported. The lumbar sagittal alignment presented a lumbosacral lordosis angle and a lumbopelvic lordosis angle reduced in 4 cases and increased in 4 other cases; pelvic sagittal balance increased the pelvic angle in 4 cases and decreased in 3 cases and the sacral translation of the hip axis to the promontory increased in 6 cases. Conclusion: The surgical procedure evaluated proved to be useful by modifying the lumbar sagittal alignment and the pelvic balance, besides reducing the symptoms, enabling the patient to have mobility and movement and the consequent satisfaction with the surgery.

  1. Joint Loading in the Sagittal Plane During Gait Is Associated With Hip Joint Abnormalities in Patients With Femoroacetabular Impingement.

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    Samaan, Michael A; Schwaiger, Benedikt J; Gallo, Matthew C; Sada, Kiyoshi; Link, Thomas M; Zhang, Alan L; Majumdar, Sharmila; Souza, Richard B

    2017-03-01

    Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is a morphological abnormality of the hip joint that results in functional impairments during various activities of daily living (ADL) such as walking. Purpose/Hypothesis: The purpose of this study was to determine if lower extremity joint loading differed between patients with FAI and controls and to determine whether these altered biomechanical parameters were associated with intra-articular abnormalities. It was hypothesized that patients with FAI would exhibit altered lower extremity joint loading during walking when compared with healthy controls and that these altered joint loading patterns would be associated with intra-articular abnormalities. Controlled laboratory study. Lower extremity kinetics was assessed during walking at a self-selected speed in 15 presurgical patients with FAI and 34 healthy controls matched for age and body mass index. All participants underwent unilateral hip magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to assess hip joint abnormalities. Hip joint abnormalities were assessed using a semiquantitative MRI-based scoring system. Self-reported outcomes of pain and function were obtained using the Hip disability and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (HOOS), and physical performance was measured using the 6-minute walk test (6MWT). Group differences were assessed using an independent t test and analysis of variance. In the patients with FAI, associations of joint kinetics with HOOS subscores and intra-articular abnormalities were assessed using the Pearson ( r) and Spearman (ρ) correlation coefficients, respectively. Compared with the control group, the FAI group exhibited a significantly increased severity of acetabular (FAI: 1.87 ± 1.55; control: 0.47 ± 0.79; P FAI: 3.27 ± 2.79; control: 1.21 ± 1.55; P = .002) cartilage abnormalities, increased levels of pain (FAI: 65.0 ± 18.8; control: 98.2 ± 3.4; P = .001), and reduced function (FAI: 67.2 ± 21.5; control: 98.9 ± 3.4; P FAI: 1.55 ± 0.19 m/s; control: 1.63

  2. Reliability of cervical lordosis and global sagittal spinal balance measurements in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

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    Vidal, Christophe; Ilharreborde, Brice; Azoulay, Robin; Sebag, Guy; Mazda, Keyvan

    2013-06-01

    Radiological reproducibility study. To assess intra and interobserver reliability of radiographic measurements for global sagittal balance parameters and sagittal spine curves, including cervical spine. Sagittal spine balance in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a main issue and many studies have been reported, showing that coronal and sagittal deformities often involve sagittal cervical unbalance. Global sagittal balance aims to obtain a horizontal gaze and gravity line at top of hips when subject is in a static position, involving adjustment of each spine curvature in the sagittal plane. To our knowledge, no study did use a methodologically validated imaging analysis tool able to appreciate sagittal spine contours and distances in AIS and especially in the cervical region. Lateral full-spine low-dose EOS radiographs were performed in 75 patients divided in three groups (control subjects, AIS, operated AIS). Three observers digitally analyzed twice each radiograph and 11 sagittal measures were collected for each image. Reliability was assessed calculating intraobserver Pearson's r correlation coefficient, interobserver intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC) completed with a two-by-two Bland-Altman plot analysis. This measurement method has shown excellent intra and interobserver reliability in all parameters, sagittal curvatures, pelvic parameters and global sagittal balance. This study validated a simple and efficient tool in AIS sagittal contour analysis. It defined new relevant landmarks allowing to characterize cervical segmental curvatures and cervical involvement in global balance.

  3. Analysis of variation of sagittal position of the jaw bones in skeletal class III malocclusion

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Skeletal Class III malocclusion is a discrepancy in the sagittal jaw relationship, due to imbalances in their development and/or position, resulting in the dominant appearance of the lower jaw in facial profile. The aim of this study was to determine variations in the sagittal position of the jaw bones to the cranial base in subjects with skeletal Class III, for the earliest possible diagnosis of malocclusion. Methods. Fifty children and as many adults with skeletal Class III, both sexes, were examined and selected, based on the findings of sagittal interjaw relationship (ANB ≤ 0° from the cephalometric analysis of tele-x-ray profile head shots. The subjects were grouped according to age. The first group consisted of children aged 6-12 years, and another group, of adults aged 18-26 years. We measured the angles of maxillary prognathism (SNA, mandibular prognathism (SNB and ANB. Based on these results, within the respective groups subclassification into the subgroups was done, among which a significant difference measured values was evaluated. In both groups a significant correlation of the determined values was evaluated. Results. An average SNA angle ranged 77.36 ± 3.58 in children and 77.32 ± 4.88 in adults, while an average SNB angle was 79.46 ± 3.91 in the group of children and 81.12 ± 3.76 in adults. An average ANB angle was -2.10 ± 2.07 in children, and -4.00 ± 2.34 in adults. In both groups, a significant correlation between the measured values and a significant difference in the values of all the measured parameters were found between patients from different subgroups (p < 0.01. Conclusion. The most common morphological variation of sagittal position of the upper jaw is its retrognatism, which is equally present in both children and adults. Sagittal position of the lower jaw in most of the adults was prognathic, while mandible prognathism in the children was less present.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  5. Analysis of cervical and global spine alignment under Roussouly sagittal classification in Chinese cervical spondylotic patients and asymptomatic subjects.

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    Yu, Miao; Zhao, Wen-Kui; Li, Mai; Wang, Shao-Bo; Sun, Yu; Jiang, Liang; Wei, Feng; Liu, Xiao-Guang; Zeng, Lin; Liu, Zhong-Jun

    2015-06-01

    To explore the relationship between cervical spine and the global spine alignment and to postulate the hypotheses that a lordotic alignment of cervical spine is not the only standard to identify asymptomatic subjects, and the degenerative modification of cervical curves depends primarily on their spinal-pelvic alignment. A cohort of 120 cases of Chinese asymptomatic subjects and a cohort of 121 cases of Chinese cervical spondylotic patients were recruited prospectively from 2011 to 2012. Roussouly Classification was utilized to categorize all subjects and patients according to their thoracic spine, lumbar spine and pelvic alignment. The cervical alignments were evaluated as lordosis, straight, sigmoid or kyphosis. Through the lateral X-ray images of neutral cervical and global spine, a number of parameters were measured and analyzed, including pelvic incidence, pelvic tilt, sacral slope, thoracic kyphosis (TK), lumbar lordosis, global cervical angles (angles between two lines parallel with posterior walls of C2 and C7), practical cervical angles (the addition of different cervical end plate angles from C3 to C7, and inter-vertebral angles from C23 to C67), T1 slope, spinal sacral angles (SSA), Hip to C7/Hip to Sacrum and C0-C2 angle. The percentages of cervical lordosis were 28.3% and 36.4% in asymptomatic and spondylotic group, respectively. The cervical spine alignments correlated with Roussouly types of global spine alignment in both asymptomatic and cervical spondylotic group (P Roussouly Type 2 and 4, Type 3 and 4, Type 1 and 3 in cervical angles in spondylotic group (P Roussouly Type 4 (P = 0.00 and 0.01, respectively), and there were significant differences in inter-vertebral angle in Roussouly Type 2 at C4-5 and C5-6 levels (P = 0.04 and 0.04, respectively), and in Roussouly Type 3 at C6-7 level (P = 0.01). The SSA showed significant difference between Roussouly Type 2 and 4 in asymptomatic subjects (P = 0.00), and between Type 1 and 3, 1 and 4, 2 and 3, 2

  6. Effect of Long Term Oral Warfarin Sodium Treatment on Bone Mineral Density Scores and Spinal Sagittal Alignment

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of long term oral warfarin sodium treatment on bone mineral density (BMD and spinal sagittal alignment. Materials and Methods: Sixty four participants were enrolled for this retrospective study. Participants were divided into two groups-participants who had taken warfarin sodium for at least two years (n=33 and participants who had never taken warfarin sodium (n=31. All of the individuals were evaluated at the same center. Dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA was used for measuring BMD. Whole spine x-rays were obtained for sagittal assessment and the following parameters were measured: Cervical lordosis, thoracic kyphosis, lumbar lordosis, pelvic incidence, pelvic tilt, sacral slope and sagittal vertical axis (SVA. Results: The mean BMD value was significantly higher in participants who had not taken warfarin sodium compared to participants who had taken warfarin sodium. The differences between the average values were 0.1552 g/cm2 in BMD; 2.1 in T scores; 1.4 in Z scores. On the radiological evaluation of the spine, cervical lordosis was 7.1 degrees lower, lumbar lordosis was 4.7 degrees lower and thoracic kyphosis was 5.3 degrees higher in the patients using drug. C7 plumb line was interchanged forward in the patients using drug. Conclusions: This study shows that warfarin sodium use worsens bone quality in the lumbar region and does not affect bone quality in the femoral region. Furthermore, warfarin sodium use also reduces physiological lordosis and enhances thoracic kyphosis. Consequences of these changes are the likely cause of sagittal spinal anterior imbalance. Long-term oral warfarin sodium use affect bone mineral density and spinal alignment. Our conclusion about giving clear message and show exactly mechanism we need prospective randomized multicentre studies in future. We strongly believe this study will be pioneer for future researches.

  7. Brain structure in sagittal craniosynostosis

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    Paniagua, Beatriz; Kim, Sunghyung; Moustapha, Mahmoud; Styner, Martin; Cody-Hazlett, Heather; Gimple-Smith, Rachel; Rumple, Ashley; Piven, Joseph; Gilmore, John; Skolnick, Gary; Patel, Kamlesh

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    Craniosynostosis, the premature fusion of one or more cranial sutures, leads to grossly abnormal head shapes and pressure elevations within the brain caused by these deformities. To date, accepted treatments for craniosynostosis involve improving surgical skull shape aesthetics. However, the relationship between improved head shape and brain structure after surgery has not been yet established. Typically, clinical standard care involves the collection of diagnostic medical computed tomography (CT) imaging to evaluate the fused sutures and plan the surgical treatment. CT is known to provide very good reconstructions of the hard tissues in the skull but it fails to acquire good soft brain tissue contrast. This study intends to use magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate brain structure in a small dataset of sagittal craniosynostosis patients and thus quantify the effects of surgical intervention in overall brain structure. Very importantly, these effects are to be contrasted with normative shape, volume and brain structure databases. The work presented here wants to address gaps in clinical knowledge in craniosynostosis focusing on understanding the changes in brain volume and shape secondary to surgery, and compare those with normally developing children. This initial pilot study has the potential to add significant quality to the surgical care of a vulnerable patient population in whom we currently have limited understanding of brain developmental outcomes.

  8. Relationship between inferior alveolar nerve canal position at mandibular second molar in patients with prognathism and possible occurrence of neurosensory disturbance after sagittal split ramus osteotomy.

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    Yoshioka, Izumi; Tanaka, Tatsurou; Khanal, Amit; Habu, Manabu; Kito, Shinji; Kodama, Masaaki; Oda, Masafumi; Wakasugi-Sato, Nao; Matsumoto-Takeda, Shinobu; Fukai, Yasuhiro; Tokitsu, Takatoshi; Tomikawa, Megumi; Seta, Yuji; Tominaga, Kazuhiro; Morimoto, Yasuhiro

    2010-12-01

    To elucidate the relationship between the anatomic position of the inferior alveolar nerve (IAN) at the mandibular second molar and the occurrence of neurosensory disturbances of the IAN after sagittal split ramus osteotomy (SSRO) in patients with mandibular prognathism. Also, the present study evaluated the difference in anatomic position of the IAN between patients with and without mandibular prognathism. Computed tomography images were taken of 28 patients with mandibular prognathism and 30 without prognathism. On these scans, the IANs from the mandibular second molar region to the mandibular foramen in the mandibular ramus were identified. The present study was designed as a cross-sectional study. The distance from the buccal aspect of the IAN canal to the outer buccal cortical margin of the mandible in the mandibular second molar regions was measured on the computed tomography images. Also, the linear distance between the superior aspect of the IAN canal and the alveolar crest in these regions was calculated. In addition, we investigated the presence or absence of contact between the IAN canal and the inner buccal cortical margin of the mandible from the mandibular second molar to the mandibular foramen in the mandibular ramus. Next, we examined whether neurosensory disturbances occurring after SSRO were related to the position of the IAN at the mandibular second molar. A significant difference was found in the occurrence of neurosensory disturbances of the IAN after SSRO between men and women (χ(2) test, P mandibular second molar region, a significant difference was found between groups with and without neurosensory disturbances (Student's t test, P position of the IAN canal at the mandibular second molar are significantly related to the occurrence of neurosensory disturbances of the IAN after SSRO. Therefore, surgeons should clearly inform patients of the increased possibility of neurosensory disturbances after SSRO when the patients are female and are

  9. [Cancer and electrolytes imbalance].

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    Shibata, Hiroyuki

    2010-06-01

    The electrolyte imbalance in advanced cancer patients, including hyperkalemia, hypercalcemia and hyponatremia, can be induced by various factors. Hyperkalemia is occasionally induced by chemotherapy for very large malignant tumors, due to tumor lysis syndrome. Hypercalcemia and hyponatremia are often observed in patients with breast cancer, renal cancer, prostate cancer, and the like, as a paraneoplastic syndrome. Some part of hypercalcemia results from osteolysis, but the majority is induced by hormonal factors, such as parathyroid hormone-related protein. One of the paraneoplastic causes of hyponatremia is antidiuretic hormone-producing tumor. These disorders could be morbid or even motile, resulting from encephalopathy or arrhythmia in some cases. However, it should be kept in mind that they could be improved or cured by prompt treatment. Recently, after approval of the molecular targeted drugs for epidermal growth factor receptors, such as cetuximab and panitumumab, the incidence of hypomagnesia with use of these monoclonal antibodies, is relatively frequent. In addition, small molecular targeted drugs, such as m-TORinhibitors and ABL kinase inhibitors, also exert adverse reactions including hypomagnesia and hypophosphatemia. Careful monitoring of the serum concentration of magnesium and phosphate ions, to which little attention was paid previously, is a key issue in these cases.

  10. Laser Biophotomodulation in Patients with Neurosensory Disturbance of the Inferior Alveolar Nerve After Sagittal Split Ramus Osteotomy: A 2-Year Follow-Up Study.

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    Guarini, Daniela; Gracia, Benjamín; Ramírez-Lobos, Valeria; Noguera-Pantoja, Alfredo; Solé-Ventura, Pedro

    2017-10-12

    To evaluate the effect of the application of photobiomodulation in a 2-year follow-up period in patients who have been intervened with a sagittal ramus split osteotomy and present neurosensory disturbance of the inferior alveolar nerve. Photobiomodulation is a common clinical tool in dentistry, for its beneficial effects have been shown in surgical and periodontal wound healing, reducing of swelling and pain, neurosensory recovery, and treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders. This study is a 2-year follow-up study with an experimental (Laser) group (n = 33) that received photobiomodulation, and a control (Sham) group (n = 9), placebo. All patients from the Laser group received laser applications (continuous wave of 0.353 W/cm(2), 27 J in 270 sec per session) on days 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 14, 21, and 28 after surgery. Neurosensory disturbance was evaluated with five tests: Visual Analog Scale (VAS) for pain and sensitivity, sensitivity threshold test, two-point discrimination, and thermal discrimination. All tests were performed before (24 h before surgery) and after surgery (24 h, 28 days, 60 days, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, more than 2 years). Participants and evaluator were blinded to intervention. Variables were described with absolute frequencies, percentages, and medians. Ordinal and dichotomous variables were compared with Mann-Whitney's and Fisher's tests, respectively. Clinical improvement was observed during the follow-up period for the Laser group; general VAS for sensitivity was normal in 11 participants from the Laser group at 2 years postsurgery (40.74%), while no participants from the Sham group achieved this (p = 0.0341). Twenty-three participants recovered initial values for two-point discrimination (69.7%) after 2 years of follow-up (p = 0.0025) as well as sensitivity threshold test. General VAS for pain was normal in 31 patients from the Laser group after 2 years of follow-up (93.94%, p = 0.0254). Photobiomodulation

  11. [Sagittal balance of the spine: a therapeutic revolution].

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    Faundez, A; Roussouly, P; Le Huec, J C

    2011-12-21

    In humans, the erect position and bipedal walk is possible because of a balance between pelvic and spinal parameters. The most important pelvic parameter is the pelvic incidence which represents the base on which the spine lies. With aging, thoracic kyphosis increases, lumbar lordosis decreases, compromising the spino-pelvic balance. Compensatory phenomenons are possible, but rely mostly on the amplitude of pelvic incidence. Analysis of spino-pelvic parameters and detection of a compensated or uncompensated sagittal imbalance are mandatory before any therapeutic action is undertaken for a degenerative pathology of the spine.

  12. The vertical projection of the sum of the ground reactive forces of a standing patient is not the same as the C7 plumb line: a radiographic study of the sagittal alignment of 153 asymptomatic volunteers.

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    Roussouly, Pierre; Gollogly, Sohrab; Noseda, Olivier; Berthonnaud, Eric; Dimnet, Johanes

    2006-05-15

    A radiographic study of 153 normal volunteers. 1) To test the hypothesis that the vertical projection of the sum of the ground reactive forces of a standing patient is located in the same place in the sagittal plane as the C7 plumb line; 2) to determine if there are consistent geometric relationships between the location of the top of the spine and the pelvis in the sagittal plane that occur in individuals without symptoms of back pain or radiographic evidence of deformity. Defining the optimal state of spinal balance is difficult. A full understanding of the compensatory relationships between the spine, pelvis, and lower limbs remains elusive. A total of 153 normal volunteers were subjected to radiographic examination using a digital force plate, a stabilized standing position, a standardized radiographic technique, and the computerized measurement of sagittal alignment. 1) The C7 plumb line and the gravity line in a stabilized standing position are not located in the same place; 2) the association between the center of T1 and the sacral endplate may be an anatomic constant and a marker of spinal balance in individuals without symptoms of back pain or radiographic evidence of deformity, and is determined by the formula 99 degrees - 0.1 degrees (sacral slope). We speculate that this information will be very helpful in evaluating symptomatic spinal disease in the context of the overall alignment of the spine and pelvis.

  13. Sagittal spino-pelvic alignment in chronic low back pain.

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    Chaléat-Valayer, Emmanuelle; Mac-Thiong, Jean-Marc; Paquet, Jérôme; Berthonnaud, Eric; Siani, Fabienne; Roussouly, Pierre

    2011-09-01

    The differences in sagittal spino-pelvic alignment between adults with chronic low back pain (LBP) and the normal population are still poorly understood. In particular, it is still unknown if particular patterns of sagittal spino-pelvic alignment are more prevalent in chronic LBP. The current study helps to better understand the relationship between sagittal alignment and low back pain. To compare the sagittal spino-pelvic alignment of patients with chronic LBP with a cohort of asymptomatic adults. Sagittal spino-pelvic alignment was evaluated in prospective cohorts of 198 patients with chronic LBP and 709 normal subjects. The two cohorts were compared with respect to the sacral slope (SS), pelvic tilt (PT), pelvic incidence (PI), lumbar lordosis (LL), lumbar tilt (LT), lordotic levels, thoracic kyphosis (TK), thoracic tilt (TT), kyphotic levels, and lumbosacral joint angle (LSA). Correlations between parameters were also assessed. Sagittal spino-pelvic alignment is significantly different in chronic LBP with respect to SS, PI, LT, lordotic levels, TK, TT and LSA, but not PT, LL, and kyphotic levels. Correlations between parameters were similar for the two cohorts. As compared to normal adults, a greater proportion of patients with LBP presented low SS and LL associated with a small PI, while a greater proportion of normal subjects presented normal or high SS associated with normal or high PI. Sagittal spino-pelvic alignment was different between patients with chronic LBP and controls. In particular, there was a greater proportion of chronic LBP patients with low SS, low LL and small PI, suggesting the relationship between this specific pattern and the presence of chronic LBP.

  14. Three Phase Power Imbalance Decomposition into Systematic Imbalance and Random Imbalance

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    Kong, Wangwei; Ma, Kang; Wu, Qiuwei

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    is calculated based on the systematic imbalance component to guide phase swapping. Case studies demonstrate that 72.8% of 782 low voltage substations have systematic imbalance components. The degree of power imbalance results reveal the maximum need for phase swapping and the random imbalance components reveal...

  15. [Effect of segmental Le Fort I osteotomy and bilateral sagittal split ramus osteotomy on the condyle position in skeletal class III malocclusion patients].

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    He, Wei; Xie, Xiao-yan; Wang, Xing; Wang, Xiao-xia; Fu, Kai-yuan; Li, Zi-li

    2015-10-18

    To investigate the effect of segmental Le Fort I osteotomy and bilateral sagittal split ramus osteotomy (BSSRO) on the condyle position in skeletal class III malocclusion patients. In this retrospective study, 19 patients with skeletal class III malocclusion who met the inclusion criteria were enrolled. All the patients underwent the segmental Le Fort I osteotomy and BSSRO. Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans were performed in the following phases: T1: within one week before the surgeries; T2: within one week post-surgery;T3:three months post-surgery; T4: 6 to 14 months post-surgery. The posterior spaces, anterior spaces and the superior spaces of the bilateral temporomandibular joints were measured according to the Kamelchuk method respectively. The fossa ratios of the condyle and the distribution of the condyle positions related to the glenoid fossa (anterior, concentric and posterior position)were calculated. The results were analyzed statistically. The posterior space, the anterior space and the superior space of bilateral temporomandibular joints in T2 phase[right: (2.78±1.23) mm, (2.47±0.89) mm, (3.07±0.85) mm; left: (2.93±0.83) mm, (2.69±1.14) mm, (3.44±1.16) mm] showed significantly larger spaces than those in T1 phase [right: (1.81±0.95) mm, (1.65±0.55) mm, (2.13±0.52) mm; left: (2.12± 1.05) mm, (1.79±0.59) mm, (2.15±0.93) mm],in T3 phase [right: (2.08±1.25) mm, (1.79±0.68) mm, (1.80±0.76) mm; left: (2.05±0.75) mm, (1.99±0.94) mm, (2.14±0.71) mm] and in T4 phase [right: (1.94±0.77) mm, (1.81±0.69) mm, (2.05±0.69) mm; left: (1.89±0.69) mm, (1.80±0.61) mm, (2.19±0.75) mm], P0.05).The fossa ratio and the condyle position related to the glenoid fossa had no significant difference in all the four phases (P>0.05).The results suggested that the condyle moved downward in T2 phase and changed to the original pre-surgery position in T3 phase, then keot stable in T4 phase. Segmental Le Fort I osteotomy and BSSRO caused significant and

  16. The Relationship Between Cervical Degeneration and Global Spinal Alignment in Patients With Adult Spinal Deformity.

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    Fujimori, Takahito; Le, Hai; Schairer, William; Inoue, Shinichi; Iwasaki, Motoki; Oda, Takenori; Hu, Serena S

    2017-05-01

    To examine the relationship between cervical degeneration and spinal alignment by comparing patients with adult spinal deformity versus the control cohort. The effect of degeneration on cervical alignment has been controversial. Cervical and full-length spine radiographs of 57 patients with adult spinal deformity and 78 patients in the control group were reviewed. Adult spinal deformity was classified into 3 types based on the primary characteristics of the deformity: "Degenerative flatback" group, "Positive sagittal imbalance" group, and "Hyperthoracic kyphosis" group. Cervical degeneration was assessed using the cervical degeneration index scoring system. The "Degenerative flatback" group had significantly higher total cervical degeneration index score (25±7) than the control group (16±8), the "Positive sagittal imbalance" group (18±8), and the "Hyperthoracic kyphosis" group (12±7) (P<0.01). The "Degenerative flatback" group had significantly less cervical lordosis than the other groups. This reduced amount of cervical lordosis was thought to be induced by a compensatory decrease in thoracic kyphosis. In this group, increased cervical degeneration was significantly associated with a decrease in cervical lordosis. Significantly greater compensatory increase in cervical lordosis was noted in the "Positive sagittal imbalance" group (20±15 degrees) and the "Hyperthoracic kyphosis" group (26±9 degrees) compared with the control group (11±12 degrees) (P<0.02). Flat cervical spine coexisted with cervical degeneration when compensatory hypothoracic kyphosis was induced by degenerative flatback. In other situations, cervical lordosis could increase as a compensatory reaction against sagittal imbalance or hyperthoracic kyphosis.

  17. Central uplift of custom immobilization radiotherapy patients with lower limb overhead sagittal laser affected without mobile; Elevacion central de inmovilizacion personalizada de pacientes radioterapicos con extremidades inferiores afectas sin laser sagital cenital movil

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    Velazquez Miranda, S.; Delgado Gil, M. M.; Ortiz Seidel, M.

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    If you have a laser moving overhead sagittal or the location of tumors in the lower extremities is laborious, as to reference properly in the CT, is necessary before tattooing in the treatment table using their ability to relate the lateral midline with tattoos on the limb. For anatomical forms often happens that lasers are not displayed on the areas of our interest. The problem can be overcome if between the legs raise the bag or custom immobilizer above the height of the patient's abdomen, as this will have a central reference reliable and well designed lasers.

  18. Imbalance of different types of CD4(+) forkhead box protein 3 (FoxP3)(+) T cells in patients with new-onset systemic lupus erythematosus.

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    Ma, L; Zhao, P; Jiang, Z; Shan, Y; Jiang, Y

    2013-12-01

    The aim of this study was to examine the numbers of CD4(+) CD25(-) forkhead box protein 3 (FoxP3)(+) , CD4(+) CD25(+) FoxP3(+) and CD4(+) CXCR5(+) FoxP3(+) T cells in patients with new-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The numbers of CD4(+) CD25(-) FoxP3(+) , CD4(+) CD25(+) FoxP3(+) and CD4(+) CXCR5(+) FoxP3(+) T cells and the concentrations of serum interleukin (IL)-10 in 23 patients and 20 healthy controls (HC) were measured. The potential correlations between CD4(+) FoxP3(+) T cells, serum IL-10 and clinical measures in SLE patients were analysed. In comparison with that in the HC, significantly reduced numbers of CD4(+) CD25(+) FoxP3(+) and CD4(+) CXCR5(+) FoxP3(+) T cells, but increased numbers of CD4(+) CD25(-) FoxP3(+) T cells, were detected, accompanied by significantly lower levels of serum IL-10 in the patients. Stratification analysis indicated the numbers of CD4(+) CD25(+) FoxP3(+) and CD4(+) CXCR5(+) FoxP3(+) T cells and serum IL-10 levels in the patients with seropositive anti-dsDNA were significantly less than that in those with seronegative anti-dsDNA. Treatment with the anti-SLE therapy, particularly with prednisone, leflunomide and methotrexate, significantly improved the imbalance of these types of FoxP3(+) T cells and increased the concentrations of serum IL-10 in the drug-responding patients. The numbers of CD4(+) CD25(+) FoxP3(+) T cells were correlated negatively with the values of SLE disease activity index (SLEDAI), whereas the numbers of CD4(+) CD25(-) FoxP3(+) T cells were correlated positively with the values of SLEDAI, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and serum C3. In addition, the concentrations of serum IL-10 were correlated positively with the numbers of CD4(+) CD25(+) FoxP3(+) T cells, but negatively with the values of SLEDAI, serum C3, CRP and ESR in these patients. Our data indicate that the imbalance of different types of FoxP3(+) CD4(+) T cells may contribute to the development of SLE in Chinese patients. © 2013

  19. Trunk imbalance in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

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    Fortin, Carole; Grunstein, Erin; Labelle, Hubert; Parent, Stefan; Ehrmann Feldman, Debbie

    2016-06-01

    Trunk imbalance (ie, frontal trunk shift measured with a plumb line from C7 to S1) is part of the clinical evaluation in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), but its prevalence and relationship with scoliosis, back pain, and health-related factors are not well documented. The principal objectives are to document trunk imbalance prevalence and to explore the association between trunk imbalance and the following factors: Cobb angle, type of scoliosis, back pain, function, mental health, and self-image. The secondary objective is to determine back pain prevalence and the relationship between back pain and each of the following: Cobb angle, function, mental health, and self-image. This is a cross-sectional study in a scoliosis clinic of a tertiary university hospital center. The sample includes youth with AIS (N=55). The outcome measures were trunk imbalance prevalence and magnitude, and back pain prevalence and intensity using the Numeric Pain Rating Scale (NPRS) and the Scoliosis Research Society-22 (SRS-22) pain score, and the function, self-image, and mental health domains of the SRS-22. Trunk imbalance and back pain were assessed in 55 patients with AIS (Cobb angle: 10-60°). Patients completed the SRS-22 questionnaire and the NPRS. Correlations were done between trunk imbalance and scoliosis (Cobb angle, type of scoliosis), back pain (NPRS and SRS-22 pain score), and health-related factors using Pearson correlation coefficients (r) and logistic regression models. Trunk imbalance prevalence is 85% and back pain prevalence is 73%. We found fair to moderate significant positive correlation between trunk imbalance and Cobb angle (r=0.32-0.66, pscoliosis. Lower self-reported pain significantly correlated with lower Cobb angles (r=0.29, p=.03), higher function (r=0.55, p=.000), higher self-image (r=0.44, p=.001), and better mental health (r=0.48, p=.000). There was a trend for trunk imbalance to be related with lower pain in logistic regression models. The high

  20. Change in sagittal balance with placement of an interspinous spacer.

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    Schulte, Leah M; O'Brien, Joseph R; Matteini, Lauren E; Yu, Warren D

    2011-09-15

    A prospective case series. To determine the effect of X-STOP implantation on sagittal spinal balance using 36-inch films. Interspinous process spacers have been shown as an effective treatment of neurogenic claudication. The devices block the last few degrees of extension at the stenotic level, thus preventing compression of the nerve roots. These devices have been criticized because they may push the patient's spine into a kyphotic position. However, opening the stenotic level may allow a patient to stand more upright, thereby improving sagittal balance. Institutional review board's approval was obtained. A prospective study of 20 patients who were undergoing an X-STOP insertion was utilized. Their spines were x-rayed preoperatively and postoperatively with 36-inch films. Preoperative and postoperative sagittal balance was measured with a C7 body plum line on both films and the difference was measured. Lumbar lordosis was also compared using Cobb angles. Measurements taken from lateral full-length spine radio-graphs showed an average improvement in sagittal balance of 2.0 cm (range -3.7 to 6.1 cm). The average change in lordosis was -1.1°. Although previous studies of interspinous process distraction have examined segmental lordosis, disc angles, and other parameters, this study is the first to examine overall spinal balance on full-length films. Interspinous distraction does not seem to be detrimental to sagittal balance, and may improve it.

  1. Plasma L-cystine/L-glutamate imbalance increases tumor necrosis factor-alpha from CD14+ circulating monocytes in patients with advanced cirrhosis.

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    Eiji Kakazu

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The innate immune cells can not normally respond to the pathogen in patients with decompensated cirrhosis. Previous studies reported that antigen-presenting cells take up L-Cystine (L-Cys and secrete substantial amounts of L-Glutamate (L-Glu via the transport system Xc- (4F2hc+xCT, and that this exchange influences the immune responses. The aim of this study is to investigate the influence of the plasma L-Cys/L-Glu imbalance observed in patients with advanced cirrhosis on the function of circulating monocytes. METHODS: We used a serum-free culture medium consistent with the average concentrations of plasma amino acids from patients with advanced cirrhosis (ACM, and examined the function of CD14+ monocytes or THP-1 under ACM that contained 0-300 nmol/mL L-Cys with LPS. In patients with advanced cirrhosis, we actually determined the TNF-alpha and xCT mRNA of monocytes, and evaluated the correlation between the plasma L-Cys/L-Glu ratio and TNF-alpha. RESULTS: The addition of L-Cys significantly increased the production of TNF alpha from monocytes under ACM. Monocytes with LPS and THP-1 expressed xCT and a high level of extracellular L-Cys enhanced L-Cys/L-Glu antiport, and the intracellular GSH/GSSG ratio was decreased. The L-Cys transport was inhibited by excess L-Glu. In patients with advanced cirrhosis (n = 19, the TNF-alpha and xCT mRNA of monocytes were increased according to the Child-Pugh grade. The TNF-alpha mRNA of monocytes was significantly higher in the high L-Cys/L-Glu ratio group than in the low ratio group, and the plasma TNF-alpha was significantly correlated with the L-Cys/L-Glu ratio. CONCLUSIONS: A plasma L-Cys/L-Glu imbalance, which appears in patients with advanced cirrhosis, increased the TNF-alpha from circulating monocytes via increasing the intracellular oxidative stress. These results may reflect the immune abnormality that appears in patients with decompensated cirrhosis.

  2. Subtotal cranial vault remodelling in anterior sagittal suture closure: impact of age on surgical outcome

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    Engel, M.; Hoffmann, J.; Muhling, J.; Castrillon-Oberndorfer, G.; Seeberger, R.; Freudlsperger, C.

    2012-01-01

    Isolated fusion of the sagittal suture is usually treated before 1 year of age, but some patients present at a later age. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of children's age on the surgical outcome. The authors investigated 46 patients with isolated nonsyndromic sagittal

  3. Vestibular rehabilitation with biofeedback in patients with central imbalance Reabilitação vestibular por biofeedback no desequilíbrio corporal de origem central

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    Roseli Saraiva Moreira Bittar

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Central Nervous System disorders may cause important functional unbalance in the maintenance of balance and posture. There is no effective rehabilitation for these symptoms until now. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper is to evaluate the use of tongue electrotactile stimulation on patients with central imbalance using BrainPort. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a prospective case series study. We evaluated 8 patients with central imbalance, 6 men and 2 women, with mean age of 67.75 years. The patients were submitted to Computed Dynamic Posturography (CDP and then received 18 sessions of electrotactile stimulation by BrainPort® device for 20 minutes, twice a day. Then they were submitted to a new CDP test and to a self-perception scale to assess symptom remission, partial improvement and no improvement at all. RESULTS: 75% of the patients reported being more stable. There was no improvement in the balance control of the mass center in these patients. CONCLUSION: The patients were able to use the electrotactile stimulus to improve their balance control.As lesões do Sistema Nervoso Central (SNC determinam importantes prejuízos funcionais na manutenção do equilíbrio e da postura. A reabilitação vestibular e a fisioterapia oferecem benefícios limitados nesses casos. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a resposta de pacientes portadores de desequilíbrio de origem central à estimulação eletrotáctil da língua por meio do BrainPort®. CASUÍSTICA E MÉTODO: O estudo é prospectivo e configura uma série de casos. Foram avaliados 8 pacientes portadores de desequilíbrio de origem central, 6 homens e 2 mulheres com média de idade de 67,75 anos. Os pacientes foram submetidos à posturografia dinâmica computadorizada (PDC e submetidos ao treinamento pelo BrainPort®. em duas sessões diárias de 20 minutos, perfazendo um total de 18 sessões. Foram então reavaliados pela PDC e a uma escala análogo visual, que compreendeu remissão dos sintomas, melhora parcial

  4. The role of minimally invasive lateral lumbar interbody fusion in sagittal balance correction and spinal deformity.

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    Costanzo, Giuseppe; Zoccali, Carmine; Maykowski, Philip; Walter, Christina M; Skoch, Jesse; Baaj, Ali A

    2014-10-01

    The recent proliferation of minimally invasive lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) techniques has drawn attention to potential for these techniques to control or correct sagittal misalignment in adult spinal deformity. We systemically reviewed published studies related to LLIF use in adult spinal deformity treatment with emphasis on radiographic assessment of sagittal balance. A literature review was conducted to examine studies focusing on sagittal balance restoration in adult degenerative scoliosis with the LLIF approach. Fourteen publications, 12 retrospective and 2 prospective, reported data regarding lumbar lordosis correction (1,266 levels in 476 patients) but only two measured global sagittal alignment. LLIF appears to be especially effective when the lumbar lordosis and sagittal balance correction goals are less than 10° and 5 cm, respectively. However, the review demonstrated a lack of consistent reporting on sagittal balance restoration with the MIS LLIF techniques.

  5. Adjustment of macroeconomic imbalances

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    Georgeta Barbulescu

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The global financial and economic crisis was the factor that triggered the adjustment of macroeconomic imbalances accumulated in Romania. The current account deficit and budget deficit were two major structural imbalances that have created a high vulnerability for the economy and explained the extent of economic contraction in Romania during the economic crisis. This article identifies the main causes that lead to the need for fiscal adjustment both in the EU and in Romania, as well as main effects of adjustments in respect of their experience in recent years. The article deals with this topic, because the current topical debate in the field of fiscal adjustments implemented both in the EU and our country, and their need for economic activity aimed at economic recovery.

  6. Reversal of imbalance between kynurenic acid and 3-hydroxykynurenine by antipsychotics in medication-naïve and medication-free schizophrenic patients.

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    Myint, A M; Schwarz, M J; Verkerk, R; Mueller, H H; Zach, J; Scharpé, S; Steinbusch, H W M; Leonard, B E; Kim, Y K

    2011-11-01

    The association between the pro-inflammatory state of schizophrenia and increased tryptophan degradation into kynurenine has been reported. However, the relationship between metabolites from subdivisions of the kynurenine pathway, kynurenic acid and 3-hydroxykynurenine, remains unknown. The present study tested the relationship between these kynurenine metabolites in the plasma of medication-naïve (n=35) or medication-free (n=18) patients with schizophrenia at admission and following 6-week antipsychotic treatment compared to healthy controls (n=48). The plasma concentrations of kynurenic acid (nmol/l) were lower (difference=-8.44 (-13.22 to -3.65); p=0.001) and of 3-hydroxykynurenine (nmol/l) were higher (difference=11.24 (8.11-14.37); p<0.001) in the patients compared with the healthy controls. The kynurenic acid/kynurenine (difference=-2.75 (-5.115 to -0.336); p=0.026) and kynurenic acid/3-hydroxykynurenine (difference=-1.08 (-1.431 to -0.729); p<0.001) ratios were also lower in the patients. After the 6-week treatment, the patients' plasma kynurenic acid levels (difference=3.85 (-0.23 to 7.94); p=0.064) showed a trend towards an increase, whereas plasma 3-hydroxykynurenine levels (difference=22.41 (19.76-25.07); p<0.001) decreased. As a consequence, the kynurenic acid/3-hydroxykynurenine ratio (difference=-4.41 (-5.51 to -3.3); p<0.001) increased. Higher initial plasma kynurenic acid levels on admission or increased kynurenic acid/kynurenine ratio after treatment were associated with reduction of clinical symptoms scores upon discharge although higher kynurenic acid/kynurenine on admission may induce higher positive symptoms score. In contrast, higher 3-hydroxykynurenine is associated with lower positive symptoms score. These results indicate that there is an imbalance in the kynurenine pathway in schizophrenia. The 6-week antipsychotic treatment may partially reverse the imbalance in kynurenine metabolism and that in turn induces clinical response. Copyright

  7. Genomic imbalances are confined to non-proliferating cells in paediatric patients with acute myeloid leukaemia and a normal or incomplete karyotype.

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    Full Text Available Leukaemia is often associated with genetic alterations such as translocations, amplifications and deletions, and recurrent chromosome abnormalities are used as markers of diagnostic and prognostic relevance. However, a proportion of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML cases have an apparently normal karyotype despite comprehensive cytogenetic analysis. Based on conventional cytogenetic analysis of banded chromosomes, we selected a series of 23 paediatric patients with acute myeloid leukaemia and performed whole genome array comparative genome hybridization (aCGH using DNA samples derived from the same patients. Imbalances involving large chromosomal regions or entire chromosomes were detected by aCGH in seven of the patients studied. Results were validated by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH to both interphase nuclei and metaphase chromosomes using appropriate bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC probes. The majority of these copy number alterations (CNAs were confirmed by FISH and found to localize to the interphase rather than metaphase nuclei. Furthermore, the proliferative states of the cells analyzed by FISH were tested by immunofluorescence using an antibody against the proliferation marker pKi67. Interestingly, these experiments showed that, in the vast majority of cases, the changes appeared to be confined to interphase nuclei in a non-proliferative status.

  8. Imbalance between HAT and HDAC activities in the PBMCs of patients with ankylosing spondylitis or rheumatoid arthritis and influence of HDAC inhibitors on TNF alpha production.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Acetylation or deacetylation of histone proteins may modulate cytokine gene transcription such as TNF alpha (TNF. We evaluated the balance between histone deacetytlase (HDAC and histone acetyltransferase (HAT in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA or ankylosing spondylitis (AS compared to healthy controls (HC and determined the influence of HDAC inhibitors (trichostatin A -TSA- or Sirtinol -Sirt- on these enzymatic activities and on the PBMC production of TNF. METHODS: 52 patients with RA, 21 with AS and 38 HC were evaluated. HAT and HDAC activities were measured on nuclear extracts from PBMC using colorimetric assays. Enzymatic activities were determined prior to and after ex vivo treatment of PBMC by TSA or Sirt. TNF levels were evaluated in PBMC culture supernatants in the absence or presence of TSA or Sirt. RESULTS: HAT and HDAC activities were significantly reduced in AS, while these activities reached similar levels in RA and HC. Ex vivo treatment of PBMC by HDACi tended to decrease HDAC expression in HC, but Sirt significantly reduced HAT in RA. TNF production by PBMC was significantly down-regulated by Sirt in HC and AS patients. CONCLUSION: HAT and HDAC were disturbed in AS while no major changes were found in RA. HDACi may modulate HDAC and HAT PBMC expression, especially Sirt in RA. Sirtinol was able to down regulate TNF production by PBMC in HC and AS. An imbalance between HAT and HDAC activities might provide the rationale for the development of HDACi in the therapeutic approach to inflammatory rheumatic diseases.

  9. Craniotomy of the Fused Sagittal Suture Over the Superior Sagittal Sinus Is a Safe Procedure.

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    Kölby, David; Fischer, Sara; Arab, Khalid; Maltese, Giovanni; Olsson, Robert; Paganini, Anna; Tarnow, Peter; Kölby, Lars

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    Spring-assisted cranioplasty to correct sagittal synostosis is based on midline craniotomy through the closed sagittal suture, over the superior sagittal sinus (SSS). The aim of the present study was to evaluate the perioperative safety of this technique. This is a retrospective study of all patients operated with median craniotomy and springs from 1998 to the end of 2015. For comparison, all Pi-plasties performed during the same time interval were also evaluated. The safety measures were evaluated based on incidence of damage to SSS, incidence of dural tears, perioperative blood loss, operative time, and hospital stay. In the group that had undergone midline craniotomy combined with springs (n = 225), 4 perioperative damages to SSS and 1 dural tear were seen. The perioperative blood loss was 62.8 ± 65.3 mL (mean ± standard deviation). The operative time was 67.9 ± 21.5 minutes and the hospital stay was 4.8 ± 1.1 days. In the group that had undergone pi-plasty (n = 105), no damages to SSS but 3 dural tears were seen. The perioperative blood loss was 352.8 ± 174.4 mL. The operative time was 126.0 ± 31.7 minutes and the hospital stay was 7.1 ± 1.4 days. Craniotomy SSS in sagittal synostosis is a safe procedure with low morbidity in terms of damage to the SSS. Midline craniotomy combined with springs has significantly lower preoperative blood loss, operative time, and hospital stay (P < 0.001 for all) compared to pi-plasty.

  10. IMBALANCES IN PROTEIN METABOLISM IN CRITICAL CARE PATIENT WITH SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATORY RESPONSE SYNDROME AT ADMISSION IN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT.

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    Bouharras El Idrissi, Hicham; Molina López, Jorge; Pérez Moreno, Irene; Florea, Daniela Ioana; Lobo Támer, Gabriela; Herrera-Quintana, Lourdes; Pérez De La Cruz, Antonio; Rodríguez Elvira, Manuel; Planells Del Pozo, Elena María

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    trauma and severe infections cause remarkable metabolic changes in patient with SIRS from an adaptive response aimed to control the underlying disease, repairing damaged tissue, and to synthesize substrates. If the attack is intense and sustained and the patient has a compromised nutritional status, can evolve into multiple organ failure and death. assessment of nutritional proteic status and the involvement of proteins and inflammatory factors in critically ill patients. multicenter observational analytical study in critical ill patients at the admission in ICU. patients showed disturbances in clinical nutritional parameters which confirm their hypercatabolic situation, showing malnutrition state at admission, where 42.9% had plasma levels below the reference prealbumin. Amino acid profile was situated below the reference values and 99% of patients had low plasma transferrin. Significant differences were observed in total protein, ferritin and transferrin parameters adjusted by CRP levels, being higher when patients presented high inflammation in the case of ferritin and the opposite for the rest of parameters. Adjusting APACHE and SOFA scores according to low, medium and high severity, results showed significant differences in creatinine, urea, and transferrin, being lower at high severity grade for the last one. critical illness is characterized by a high degree of stress and accelerated degradation of proteins that cause malnutrition, systemic inflammation and organ dysfunction, with a significant association between albumin, ferritin and transferrin. Copyright AULA MEDICA EDICIONES 2014. Published by AULA MEDICA. All rights reserved.

  11. The influence of metabolic imbalances and oxidative stress on the outcome of critically ill polytrauma patients: a review.

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    Rogobete, Alexandru Florin; Sandesc, Dorel; Papurica, Marius; Stoicescu, Emil Robert; Popovici, Sonia Elena; Bratu, Lavinia Melania; Vernic, Corina; Sas, Adriana Mariana; Stan, Adrian Tudor; Bedreag, Ovidiu Horea

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    The critically ill polytrauma patient presents with a series of associated pathophysiologies secondary to the traumatic injuries. The most important include systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), sepsis, oxidative stress (OS), metabolic disorders, and finally multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) and death. The poor outcome of these patients is related to the association of the aforementioned pathologies. The nutrition of the critically ill polytrauma patient is a distinct challenge because of the rapid changes in terms of energetic needs associated with hypermetabolism, sepsis, SIRS, and OS. Moreover, it has been proven that inadequate nutrition can prolong the time spent on a mechanical ventilator and the length of stay in an intensive care unit (ICU). A series of mathematical equations can predict the energy expenditure (EE), but they have disadvantages, such as the fact that they cannot predict the EE accurately in the case of patients with hypermetabolism. Indirect calorimetry (IC) is another method used for evaluating and monitoring the energy status of critically ill patients. In this update paper, we present a series of pathophysiological aspects associated with the metabolic disaster affecting the critically ill polytrauma patient. Furthermore, we present different non-invasive monitoring methods that could help the intensive care physician in the adequate management of this type of patient.

  12. Lenke 1 and 5: changes in sagittal balance

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    Delson Valdemir Pessin

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To assess in a cross-sectional study whether there are changes in sagittal balance in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis Lenke types 1 and 5 compared with patients without pathology of the spine and compare the values of the parameters of normal subjects with the parameters found in the literature. METHODS: We measured the values of the parameters of sagittal balance of 21 patients with scoliosis and 14 patients without scoliosis in panoramic radiographs or simply collected data previously measured from the medical records. We compared the mean values of normal subjects, the mean values found in the literature, and the means between normal subjects and patients with scoliosis. For this, we used the Student t test. RESULTS: Using a confidence interval of 5% (p < 0.05 and the Student t test we obtained statistical significance in the comparison of two parameters of sagittal balance between normal subjects and patients with scoliosis. We observed similarities in the measurements of the average parameters of normal subjects with regard to the work already published. CONCLUSIONS: The adolescent idiopathic scoliosis causes changes in two parameters of sagittal balance with statistical significance but suggests changes in all other parameters. As for comparison with previously published work, the results were similar.

  13. Objective classification system for sagittal craniosynostosis based on suture segmentation

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    Qian, Xiaohua; Tan, Hua; Zhang, Jian; Zhuang, Xiahai; Branch, Leslie; Sanger, Chaire; Thompson, Allison; Zhao, Weiling; Li, King Chuen; David, Lisa; Zhou, Xiaobo

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    Purpose: Spring-assisted surgery is an effective and minimally invasive treatment for sagittal craniosynostosis (CSO). The principal barrier to the advancement of spring-assisted surgery is the patient-specific spring selection. The selection of spring force depends on the suture involved, subtypes of sagittal CSO, and age of the infant, among other factors. Clinically, physicians manually judge the subtype of sagittal CSO patients based on their CT image data, which may cause bias from different clinicians. An objective system would be helpful to stratify the sagittal CSO patients and make spring choice less subjective. Methods: The authors developed a novel informatics system to automatically segment and characterize sutures and classify sagittal CSO. The proposed system is composed of three phases: preprocessing, sutures segmentation, and classification. First, the three-dimensional (3D) skull was extracted from the CT images and aligned with the symmetry of the cranial vault. Second, a “hemispherical projection” algorithm was developed to transform 3D surface of the skull to a polar two-dimensional plane. Through the transformation, an “effective” projected region can be obtained to enable easy segmentation of sutures. Then, the different types of sutures, such as coronal sutures, lambdoid sutures, sagittal suture, and metopic suture, obtained from the segmented sutures were further identified by a dual-projection technique of the midline of the sutures. Finally, 108 quantified features of sutures were extracted and selected by a proposed multiclass feature scoring system. The sagittal CSO patients were classified into four subtypes: anterior, central, posterior, and complex with the support vector machine approach. Fivefold cross validation (CV) was employed to evaluate the capability of selected features in discriminating the four subtypes in 33 sagittal CSO patients. Receiver operating characteristics (ROC) curves were used to assess the robustness

  14. Analysis of the relationship between coronal and sagittal deformities in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

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    Hu, Panpan; Yu, Miao; Liu, Xiao; Zhu, Bin; Liu, Xiaoguang; Liu, Zhongjun

    2016-02-01

    To characterize the sagittal alignment of each Lenke type and investigate the relationship between coronal and sagittal deformities in adolescent idiopathic scoliotic (AIS) patients. A cohort of 184 subjects with AIS was retrospectively recruited. Radiographic data were measured and collected, including the Lenke types, Cobb angles of structural curves, and sagittal spino-pelvic parameters. Subjects were grouped according to their genders, Lenke curve types, lumbar modifiers and the amount of coronal structural curves. The sagittal alignment was then compared between the different groups, and correlation analysis was also taken between coronal and sagittal parameters. Besides, each subject's Roussouly type was decided and its distribution was compared among different Lenke types. The cohort included 59 males and 125 females, averagely aged at 15.5 ± 3.3 years old. Most sagittal parameters except thoracic kyphosis (TK) and pelvic tilt (PT) were similar among different Lenke types, while all the sagittal parameters were similar between males and females. The groups with different lumbar modifiers had similar sagittal parameters except TK, which was also true for the groups with different amounts of coronal curves. 42.4 % of the cohort belonged to Roussouly type 3, and the distribution of Roussouly types was comparable among all Lenke types. All sagittal parameters except C7 translation ratio were significantly different among Roussouly types (P < 0.05). Correlation analysis showed that main thoracic (MT) was negatively correlated with lumbar lordosis (LL, r = -0.324), sacral slope (r = -0.321) and spino-sacral angle (r = -0.363). Partial correlation analysis found that thoracolumbar/lumbar was negatively correlated with TK (r = -0.464) and LL (r = -0.422) when MT was controlled. The influence of coronal deformity on sagittal parameters was limited and mainly reflected in the deviation of TK. Most coronal and sagittal parameters were not significantly correlated, and

  15. Faecal D/L lactate ratio is a metabolic signature of microbiota imbalance in patients with short bowel syndrome.

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    Camille Mayeur

    Full Text Available Our objective was to understand the functional link between the composition of faecal microbiota and the clinical characteristics of adults with short bowel syndrome (SBS. Sixteen patients suffering from type II SBS were included in the study. They displayed a total oral intake of 2661±1005 Kcal/day with superior sugar absorption (83±12% than protein (42±13% or fat (39±26%. These patients displayed a marked dysbiosis in faecal microbiota, with a predominance of Lactobacillus/Leuconostoc group, while Clostridium and Bacteroides were under-represented. Each patient exhibited a diverse lactic acid bacteria composition (L. delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus, L. crispatus, L. gasseri, L. johnsonii, L. reuteri, L. mucosae, displaying specific D and L-lactate production profiles in vitro. Of 16 patients, 9/16 (56% accumulated lactates in their faecal samples, from 2 to 110 mM of D-lactate and from 2 to 80 mM of L-lactate. The presence of lactates in faeces (56% patients was used to define the Lactate-accumulator group (LA, while absence of faecal lactates (44% patients defines the Non lactate-accumulator group (NLA. The LA group had a lower plasma HCO3(- concentration (17.1±2.8 mM than the NLA group (22.8±4.6 mM, indicating that LA and NLA groups are clinically relevant sub-types. Two patients, belonging to the LA group and who particularly accumulated faecal D-lactate, were at risk of D-encephalopathic reactions. Furthermore, all patients of the NLA group and those accumulating preferentially L isoform in the LA group had never developed D-acidosis. The D/L faecal lactate ratio seems to be the most relevant index for a higher D-encephalopathy risk, rather than D- and L-lactate faecal concentrations per se. Testing criteria that take into account HCO3(- value, total faecal lactate and the faecal D/L lactate ratio may become useful tools for identifying SBS patients at risk for D-encephalopathy.

  16. Analysis of the sagittal plane after surgical management for Scheuermann's disease: a view on overcorrection and the use of an anterior release.

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    Hosman, A.J.F.; Langeloo, D.D.; Kleuver, M. de; Anderson, P.G.; Veth, R.P.H.; Slot, G.H.

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    STUDY DESIGN: A historic cohort study was conducted to investigate surgical correction and sagittal alignment in 33 patients with thoracic Scheuermann's disease. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate kyphosis correction, correction loss, sagittal balance, and the effect of an anterior release. SUMMARY OF

  17. Sagittal synostosis: I. Preoperative morphology of the skull

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    Guimaraes-Ferreira, J.; Gewalli, F.; David, L.

    2006-01-01

    The aim of this study was to characterise the preoperative morphology of the skull in sagittal synostosis in an objective and quantified way. The shapes of the skulls of 105 patients with isolated premature synostosis of the sagittal suture ( SS group) were studied and compared with those...... of a control group of 72 children with unilateral incomplete cleft lip (UICL). A standardised radiocephalometric technique was used to obtain the images. A modification of a method developed by Kreiborg was used to analyse the radiocephalograms, which included the digitisation of 88 landmarks in the calvaria...

  18. Magnitude of preoperative cervical lordotic compensation and C2-T3 angle are correlated to increased risk of postoperative sagittal spinal pelvic malalignment in adult thoracolumbar deformity patients at 2-year follow-up.

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    Passias, Peter G; Soroceanu, Alexandra; Scheer, Justin; Yang, Sun; Boniello, Anthony; Smith, Justin S; Protopsaltis, Themistocles; Kim, Han J; Schwab, Frank; Gupta, Munish; Klineberg, Eric; Mundis, Gregory; Lafage, Renaud; Hart, Robert; Shaffrey, Christopher; Lafage, Virginie; Ames, Christopher

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    Cervical deformity (CD) is prevalent among patients with adult spinal deformity (ASD). The effect of baseline cervical alignment on achieving optimal thoracolumbar alignment in ASD surgery is unclear. This study assesses the relationship between preoperative (preop) cervical spinal parameters and global alignment after thoracolumbar ASD surgery at 2-year follow-up. This study is a retrospective review of a multicenter, prospective database. Surgical ASD patients with 2-year follow-up and cervical X-rays were included. The outcome measures were radiographic parameters and self-reported health-related quality-of-life measures (Short-Form 36 [SF-36], Oswestry Disability Index [ODI], and Scoliosis Research Society 22 [SRS-22]). Surgical ASD patients of 18 years and older with scoliosis greater than or equal to 20° and one of the following radiographic parameters were included: sagittal vertical axis (SVA) greater than or equal to 5 cm, pelvic tilt (PT) greater than or equal to 25°, or thoracic kyphosis (TK) greater than 60°. The SRS-Schwab sagittal modifiers (PT, global alignment, and pelvic incidence and lumbar lordosis [PI-LL]) were assessed at 2-year postoperatively as either normal ("0") or abnormal ("+" or "++"). Patients were classified in the aligned group (AG) or malaligned group (MG) at 2-year follow-up if all three sagittal modifiers were normal or abnormal, respectively. Patients were assessed for CD based on the following criteria: C2-C7 SVA greater than 4 cm, C2-C7 SVA less than 4 cm, cervical kyphosis (CL greater than 0), cervical lordosis (CL less than 0), any deformity (C2-C7 SVA greater than 4 cm or CL greater than 0), and both CD (C2-C7 SVA greater than 4 cm and CL greater than 0). Univariate testing was performed using t or chi-square test, looking at the following preop parameters: CD, C2-C7 SVA, C2-T3 SVA, CL, T1 slope (T1S), T1S-CL, C2-T3 angle, LL, TK, PT, C7-S1 SVA, and PI-LL. One hundred four patients met the initial inclusion criteria with

  19. Genetic imbalances detected by multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification in a cohort of patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma-the first step towards clinical personalized medicine.

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    Ribeiro, Ilda Patrícia; Marques, Francisco; Caramelo, Francisco; Ferrão, José; Prazeres, Hugo; Julião, Maria José; Rifi, Widad; Savola, Suvi; de Melo, Joana Barbosa; Baptista, Isabel Poiares; Carreira, Isabel Marques

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    Oral tumors are a growing health problem worldwide; thus, it is mandatory to establish genetic markers in order to improve diagnosis and early detection of tumors, control relapses and, ultimately, delineate individualized therapies. This study was the first to evaluate and discuss the clinical applicability of a multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) probe panel directed to head and neck cancer. Thirty primary oral squamous cell tumors were analyzed using the P428 MLPA probe panel. We detected genetic imbalances in 26 patients and observed a consistent pattern of distribution of genetic alterations in terms of losses and gains for some chromosomes, particularly for chromosomes 3, 8, and 11. Regarding the latter, some specific genes were highlighted due to frequent losses of genetic material--RARB, FHIT, CSMD1, GATA4, and MTUS1--and others due to gains--MCCC1, MYC, WISP1, PTK2, CCND1, FGF4, FADD, and CTTN. We also verified that the gains of MYC and WISP1 genes seem to suggest higher propensity of tumors localized in the floor of the mouth. This study proved the value of this MLPA probe panel for a first-tier analysis of oral tumors. The probemix was developed to include target regions that have been already shown to be of diagnostic/prognostic relevance for oral tumors. Furthermore, this study emphasized several of those specific genetic targets, suggesting its importance to oral tumor development, to predict patients' outcomes, and also to guide the development of novel molecular therapies.

  20. Submicroscopic chromosome imbalance in patients with developmental delay and/or dysmorphism referred specifically for Fragile X testing and karyotype analysis

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    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Microdeletion syndromes are generally identified because they usually give rise to specific phenotypic features; many of these deletions are mediated by duplicons or LCRs. The phenotypes associated with subtelomeric deletions are also becoming recognised. However, reciprocal duplication events at these loci are less easily recognised and identified, as they may give rise to milder phenotypic features, and the individuals carrying them may not therefore be referred for appropriate testing. 403 patients with developmental delay and/or dysmorphism, referred to our Genetics Centre for karyotyping and Fragile X expansion testing, were assessed for chromosome imbalance by Multiplex Ligation-dependent Probe Amplification (MLPA. Two MLPA kits were used, one containing probes for the subtelomere regions, and one containing probes for common microdeletion loci. 321 patients were tested with both kits, 75 with the subtelomere kit alone, and 7 with the microdeletion kit alone. Results 32 patients had abnormal results; the overall abnormality detection rate was 2.5% for karyotype analysis and 7.2% for MLPA testing; 5.5% of subtelomere tests and 2.1% of microdeletion tests gave abnormal results. Of the abnormal MLPA results, 5 were in cases with cytogenetically visible abnormalities; of the remaining, submicroscopic, changes, 3 results were established as de novo and 8 were inherited; parental samples were not available for the remaining cases. None of the patients was found to have a Fragile X expansion. Conclusion Karyotype analysis in combination with MLPA assays for subtelomeres and microdeletion loci may be recommended for this patient group.

  1. The influence of protein fractions and electrolyte imbalance on refractive index of serum in patients with multiple myeloma

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    Plotnikova, L.; Polyanichko, A.; Kobeleva, M.; Uspenskaya, M.; Garifullin, A.; Voloshin, S.

    2017-01-01

    Refractometric analysis is very rapid, accurate and simple method of analysis measuring refractive index of biological liquids such as serum, plasma, spinal fluid, urine. This method can be used for definition total protein and solids concentrations in serum. The value of refractive index depends on all substances in serum including proteins, lipids as well as low molecular weight compounds, for example ions of different metals. Refractometric analysis shows strong correlations between protein concentrations in serum of patients with multiple myeloma and its(serum) refractive index which depends on protein concentration and doesn’t depends on electrolyte disbalance.

  2. Sagittal alignment of cervical spine in adult idiopathic scoliosis.

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    Aykac, Bilal; Ayhan, Selim; Yuksel, Selcen; Guler, Umit Ozgur; Pellise, Ferran; Alanay, Ahmet; Perez-Grueso, Francisco Javier Sanchez; Acaroglu, Emre

    2015-06-01

    Alignment of the cervical spine (CS) in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (IS) as well as in asymptomatic adult populations has recently been studied and described as being less lordotic in the adolescent IS population. However, few studies have examined the sagittal alignment of the CS in adult IS or its association with other radiological variables and clinical relevance. The aim of this study is to analyse the sagittal alignment of CS in adult IS and its association with age, alignment of the thoracic, lumbar and global spinal column as well as health-related quality of life (HRQOL) parameters. A retrospective review of prospectively collected data from a multicenter database was performed. Of 468 consecutive adult IS patients, 213 were included in the study; the remainder were excluded due to poor quality X-rays where the CS was not properly visible, or previous surgery. X-rays were measured for the following CS parameters: [Cranial base-C2 (C0-C2) lordosis, C2-C7 lordosis, thoracic (T1) slope, thoracic inlet angle (TIA) and odontoid (Od)-T1 offset using a measurement software]. These measurements were then evaluated for possible associations with patient age and with pre-existing alignment parameters and HRQOL scores using Pearson correlation tests. The average and standard deviations for CS alignment parameters were 32.3° ± 10.2° for C0-C2; 5.7° ± 14.1° for C2-C7; 23.9° ± 11.3° for T1 slope, 70.5° ± 14.7° for TIA and 20.8° ± 16.5° for Od-T1 offset. CS alignment showed a significant (p < 0.05) correlation with age, T kyphosis and several other sagittal alignment parameters such as sagittal vertical axis (SVA), global tilt and T1 sagittal tilt, but not with the HRQOL parameters. The sagittal alignment of the CS in adult IS is less lordotic than the normal average while less kyphotic than that of IS of a younger age. It correlates with age, thoracic kyphosis and some global sagittal alignment parameters. These findings suggest that CS alignment is

  3. Global sagittal axis: a step toward full-body assessment of sagittal plane deformity in the human body.

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    Diebo, Bassel G; Oren, Jonathan H; Challier, Vincent; Lafage, Renaud; Ferrero, Emmanuelle; Liu, Shian; Vira, Shaleen; Spiegel, Matthew Adam; Harris, Bradley Yates; Liabaud, Barthelemy; Henry, Jensen K; Errico, Thomas J; Schwab, Frank J; Lafage, Virginie

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    OBJECTIVE Sagittal malalignment requires higher energy expenditure to maintain an erect posture. Because the clinical impact of sagittal alignment is affected by both the severity of the deformity and recruitment of compensatory mechanisms, it is important to investigate new parameters that reflect both disability level and compensatory mechanisms for all patients. This study investigated the clinical relevance of the global sagittal axis (GSA), a novel measure to evaluate the standing axis of the human body. METHODS This is a retrospective review of patients who underwent full-body radiographs and completed health-related quality of life (HRQOL) questionnaires: Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), Scoliosis Research Society-22, EuroQol-5D (EQ-5D), and the visual analog scale for back and leg pain. The GSA was defined as the angle formed by a line from the midpoint of the femoral condyles to the center of C-7, and a line from the midpoint between the femoral condyles to the posterior superior corner of the S-1 sacral endplate. After evaluating the correlation of GSA/HRQOL with sagittal parameters, linear regression models were generated to investigate how ODI and GSA related to radiographic parameters (T-1 pelvic angle, pelvic retroversion, knee flexion, and pelvic posterior translation). RESULTS One hundred forty-three patients (mean age 44 years) were included. The GSA correlated significantly with all HRQOL (up to r = 0.6 with EQ-5D) and radiographic parameters (up to r = 0.962 with sagittal vertical axis). Regression between ODI and sagittal radiographic parameters identified the GSA as an independent predictor (r = 0.517, r2 = 0.267; p Analysis of standardized coefficients revealed that when controlling for deformity, the GSA increased with a concurrent decrease in pelvic retroversion (-0.837) and increases in knee flexion (+0.287) and pelvic posterior translation (+0.193). CONCLUSIONS The GSA is a simple, novel measure to assess the standing axis of the human

  4. [Correlation of lumbar disc degeneration and spinal-pelvic sagittal balance].

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    Liu, Hui; Shrivastava, Shilabant Rajesh; Zheng, Zhao-min; Wang, Jian-ru; Yang, Hao; Li, Ze-min; Wang, Tai-ping; Wang, Hua; Utsab, Shrestha

    2013-04-16

    To elucidate the relationship between spino-pelvic sagittal balance parameters and lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration of each segment through retrospective analysis in lumbar degeneration patients. Retrospective analysis was conducted for the follow-up data in 126 patients with lumbar degenerative disease from July 2009 to June 2012. There were 38 cases with whole spine plates and 88 cases with lumbar plates. All of them received magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. Through software Image J, the following spino-pelvic sagittal balance parameters were measured: sagittal vertical axis (SVA, distance between C7 plumb line and posterior upper corner of S1 endplate), thoracic kyphosis (TK, T5-T12 Cobb angle), thoracolumbar kyphosis (TLK, T10-L2 Cobb angle), lumbar lordosis (LL, L1-L5 Cobb angle), pelvic incidence (PI), pelvic tilt (PT), sacral slope (SS), T1 spino-pelvic inclination (T1-SPI), T9 spino-pelvic inclination (T9-SPI), spino-sacral angle (SSA), spino-pelvic angle (SPA) and C7 tilt (C7T). Based on the grading system of Pfirrmann et al, the intervertebral disc degeneration grades were acquired for each lumbar segment. According to the normal range of previous studies, each spino-pelvic sagittal balance parameter was classified into 3 groups, i.e. Group A (less than normal), Group B (normal) and Group C (more than normal). All statistical analyses were performed to compare the differences of each lumbar segment/intervertebral disc degeneration among groups by one-way ANOVA test via SPSS 18.0. And P-value sagittal balance. Among 57 cases of large PI, LL, PT, SS, SVA, C7T, SPA in L5/S1 of mild-to-moderate and severe degeneration groups was 36.91 ± 14.93 and 29.71 ± 11.30 (P = 0.045), 18.82 ± 8.27 and 25.18 ± 10.19 (P = 0.012), 39.45 ± 8.82 and 34.57 ± 8.88 (P = 0.042), 23.04 ± 26.63 and 62.15 ± 33.82 (P = 0.002), 88.85 ± 3.13 and 83.98 ± 4.62 (P = 0.003), 157.88 ± 11.20 and 147.75 ± 13.98 (P = 0.043) respectively. TLK in L1/L2 with mild

  5. CHANGES IN THE SAGITTAL BALANCE IN CONGENITAL SCOLIOSIS CORRECTION SURGERY

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objective: This study aimed to determine whether surgery leads to changes in sagittal balance in patients with congenital scoliosis. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed all cases of scoliosis operated in a tertiary hospital between January 2009 and January 2013. In all cases the deformity in the coronal and sagittal planes, kyphosis, and lordosis were measured, using the Cobb method, and spinopelvic parameters: pelvic incidence (PI, sacral slope (SS, and pelvic tilt (PT. Results A hundred and eleven medical records were analyzed, but the sample resulted in 10 patients, six of whom were females (60%. The average age was 13.4 years. In the comparative analysis between pre and postoperative, only the coronal deformity (12.37; CI 95% [7.88-16.86]; p<0.001, the sagittal deformity (12.71; CI 95% [4.21-21.22]; p=0.011, and the lumbar lordosis (9.9; CI 95% [0.38-19.42]; p=0.043 showed significant change. Conclusion: There was no change in the spinopelvic parameters of patients with congenital scoliosis undergoing surgery at IOF-FMUSP between 2009 and 2013; however, it was observed decrease in lumbar lordosis, and deformity angle in the sagittal and coronal planes.

  6. Electrolytes imbalance caused by amikacin in patients receiving multi drug resistance- tuberculosis treatment at Hazara region Kpk, Pakistan.

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    Jan, Faheem; Hassan, Mukhtiar; Muhammad, Naveed; Wali, Shahid; Akbar, Hafiz Sajid; Atta, Qazi Mashhood; Gul, Farzana

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    Multi drug resistance-tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is considered amongst one of the fatal medical and public health issue. Greater frequency of adverse reactions has been observed using 2nd line antituberculosis drugs, which rises the rate of morbidity. Hypokalemia and hyponatremia are common in patients receiving MDR-TB treatment. This study was aimed to assess the effect of amikacin as multidrug resistance tuberculosis treatment on serum sodium and potassium level. A total 179 subjects (82 males and 97 females) were screened within the period of one year for their serum electrolyte levels before and during the treatment. Their body weight and sociodemographic characteristics were also taken into considerations. Data were expressed in the form of mean ± standard error using One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), followed by Dunnett's test. All the statistical analyses were performed using GraphPad Prism v. 6. The results showed that amikacin caused a significant (p< 0.05) hypokalemia when used in combination with other drugs having no known effect on serum potassium level which proved to be the side effect of amikacin. The average serum potassium level in both intensive and continuation phase was significantly lower (p< 0.05) than the baseline (3.73 mmol/L), however, in the continuation phase the potassium level (3.58 mmol/L) was slightly higher than that of intensive phase (3.54 mmol/L). The average serum sodium level in both phases; intensive and continuation, remained in steady state (137.25 mmol/L and 137.87 mmol/L respectively) throughout the study period as compared to the base line (135.5 mmol/L). The amikacin drug lowered serum potassium level but had no effect on sodium level. It is concluded that the serum electrolytes should be monitored during the course of treatment and corrected accordingly.

  7. Correlates of bone mineral density and sagittal spinal balance in the aged.

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    Cho, Yung; Lee, Gangpyo; Aguinaldo, Jhoan; Lee, Kun-Jai; Kim, Keewon

    2015-02-01

    To investigate the relationship between bone mineral density (BMD) and sagittal spinal balance in the Korean elderly population. The retrospective study included subjects aged 60 years and above, who had whole-spine lateral radiography and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) within a year's gap between each other. Sagittal vertical axis (SVA) for evaluation of sagittal spinal balance and five spinopelvic parameters were measured through radiography. The presence of compression fracture was identified. Correlations of BMD T-scores with SVA and with the spinopelvic parameters were assessed using Pearson correlation coefficient (PCC). Linear regression analyses were performed between SVA and the clinical and radiologic variables. One hundred twenty-two subjects (42 males and 80 females; mean age, 69.93±5.5 years) were included in the study. BMD, femur or spine, was not correlated with SVA or any spinopelvic parameters in both genders (PCCsagittal spinal balance in the aged. Sagittal spinal balance was explained partly by lumbar lordosis and compression fracture. Further study is warranted to understand progression of sagittal imbalance with age.

  8. Sagittal balance and pelvic parameters--a paradigm shift in spinal surgery.

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    Johnson, R D; Valore, A; Villaminar, A; Comisso, M; Balsano, M

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    It has become evident in recent years that global assessment of spinal sagittal balance is necessary for optimal management of the degenerate spine. Pelvic parameters have been developed which appear to correlate well with the natural history of degenerative spine disorders and outcomes from surgery. Although these parameters have a limited evidence base, they are now in widespread use by spinal surgeons and, in particular, spinal deformity surgeons. It is necessary for all surgeons treating spinal pathology to have a working knowledge of the principles of spinal sagittal balance, to be able to recognise sagittal imbalance and its compensatory mechanisms. In this article we outline the main concepts of spinal sagittal balance and pelvic parameters and how these concepts are leading to a paradigm shift in the surgical management of spinal disorders. We propose that analysis of pelvic parameters of sagittal balance will form an essential part of the evaluation of new surgical techniques for spinal conditions. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Positive effects on hematological and biochemical imbalances in patients with metastatic breast cancer stage IV, of BP-C1, a new anticancer substance

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    Lindkær-Jensen S

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    time (PT, coagulation factors II, VII, X (KFNT, and C-reactive protein (CRP, which increased significantly (P≤0.05 in the groups with the lowest values.Conclusion: Our findings support the safety profile of BP-C1 use in cancer patients. BP-C1 did not induce anemia, infection, bleeding, hepatic insufficiency or electrolyte imbalances. In contrast, BP-C1 corrected abnormalities. No hematological and biochemical toxicity was observed.Keywords: hemoglobin, hematocrit, neutrophils, thrombocytes, albumin, electrolytes

  10. Effect of Sagittal Balance on Risk of Falling after Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion Surgery Combined with Posterior Surgery.

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    Lee, Byung Ho; Yang, Jae Ho; Kim, Hak Sun; Suk, Kyung Soo; Lee, Hwan Mo; Park, Jin Oh; Moon, Seong Hwan

    2017-11-01

    To demonstrate the impact of correcting sagittal balance (SB) on functional outcomes of surgical treatment for degenerative spinal disease and actual falls via utilization of new minimally invasive lumbar fusion techniques via a lateral approach. From November 2011 to March 2015, we enrolled 56 patients who underwent minimally invasive lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) and matched 112 patients receiving decompression/postero-lateral fusion (PLF) surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis. According to SB status using C7-plumb line-distance (C7PL) and surgery type, patients were divided into three groups: SB PLF, sagittal imbalance (SI) PLF, and LLIF groups. We then compared their outcomes. The mean C7PL was 6.2±13.6 mm in the SB PLF group, 72.9±33.8 mm in the SI PLF group, and 74.8±38.2 mm in the LLIF group preoperatively. Postoperatively, C7PL in only the LLIF group improved significantly (p=0.000). Patients in the LLIF group showed greater improvement in fall-related functional test scores than the SI PLF group (p=0.007 for Alternate-Step test, p=0.032 for Sit-to-Stand test). The average number of postoperative falls was 0.4±0.7 in the SB PLF group, 1.1±1.4 in the SI PLF group, and 0.8±1.0 in the LLIF group (p=0.041). Oswestry Disability Index and the Euro-QoL 5 dimension visual analogue scale scores also showed greater improvements in the LLIF group than in the SI PLF group at postoperative 1 year (p=0.003, 0.016). Surgical correction of SI in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis using a combination of minimal invasive LLIF and posterior surgery achieved better surgical outcomes and a lower incidence of actual falls than PLF surgery.

  11. Developing an integrated treatment pathway for a post-coronary artery bypass grating (CABG geriatric patient with comorbid hypertension and type 1 diabetes mellitus for treating acute hypoglycemia and electrolyte imbalance

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    Atta Abbas Naqvi

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    Full Text Available Introduction: The ailments afflicting the elderly population is a well-defined specialty of medicine. It calls for an immaculately designed health-care plan to treat diseases in geriatrics. For chronic illnesses such as diabetes mellitus (DM, coronary heart disease, and hypertension (HTN, they require proper management throughout the rest of patient's life. An integrated treatment pathway helps in treatment decision-making and improving standards of health care for the patient. Case Presentation: This case describes an exclusive clinical pharmacist-driven designing of an integrated treatment pathway for a post-coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG geriatric male patient with DM type I and HTN for the treatment of hypoglycemia and electrolyte imbalance. Intervention: The treatment begins addressing the chief complaints which were vomiting and unconsciousness. Biochemical screening is essential to establish a diagnosis of electrolyte imbalance along with blood glucose level after which the integrated pathway defines the treatment course. Conclusion: This individualized treatment pathway provides an outline of the course of treatment of acute hypoglycemia, electrolyte imbalance as well as some unconfirmed diagnosis, namely, acute coronary syndrome and respiratory tract infection for a post-CABG geriatric patient with HTN and type 1 DM. The eligibility criterion for patients to be treated according to treatment pathway is to fall in the defined category.

  12. Developing an Integrated Treatment Pathway for a Post-Coronary Artery Bypass Grating (CABG) Geriatric Patient with Comorbid Hypertension and Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus for Treating Acute Hypoglycemia and Electrolyte Imbalance.

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    Naqvi, Atta Abbas; Shah, Amna; Ahmad, Rizwan; Ahmad, Niyaz

    2017-01-01

    The ailments afflicting the elderly population is a well-defined specialty of medicine. It calls for an immaculately designed health-care plan to treat diseases in geriatrics. For chronic illnesses such as diabetes mellitus (DM), coronary heart disease, and hypertension (HTN), they require proper management throughout the rest of patient's life. An integrated treatment pathway helps in treatment decision-making and improving standards of health care for the patient. This case describes an exclusive clinical pharmacist-driven designing of an integrated treatment pathway for a post-coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) geriatric male patient with DM type I and HTN for the treatment of hypoglycemia and electrolyte imbalance. The treatment begins addressing the chief complaints which were vomiting and unconsciousness. Biochemical screening is essential to establish a diagnosis of electrolyte imbalance along with blood glucose level after which the integrated pathway defines the treatment course. This individualized treatment pathway provides an outline of the course of treatment of acute hypoglycemia, electrolyte imbalance as well as some unconfirmed diagnosis, namely, acute coronary syndrome and respiratory tract infection for a post-CABG geriatric patient with HTN and type 1 DM. The eligibility criterion for patients to be treated according to treatment pathway is to fall in the defined category.

  13. The Relationship between T1 Sagittal Angle and Sagittal Balance: A Retrospective Study of 119 Healthy Volunteers

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    Yang, Mingyuan; Yang, Changwei; Ni, Haijian; Zhao, Yuechao; Li, Ming

    2016-01-01

    T1 sagittal angle has been reported to be used as a parameter for assessing sagittal balance and cervical lordosis. However, no study has been performed to explore the relationship between T1 sagittal angle and sagittal balance, and whether T1 sagittal angle could be used for osteotomy guidelines remains unknown. The aim of our study is to explore the relationship between T1 sagittal angle and sagittal balance, determine the predictors for T1 sagittal angle, and determine whether T1 sagittal ...

  14. Puerperal Superior Sagittal Sinus Thrombosis and Pulmonary ...

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    Superior sagittal sinus thrombosis is a rare and often misdiagnosed disorder. Its occurrence with pulmonary embolism (PE) is much rarer, more so when it occurs in the setting of puerperium. Although cerebral sagittal sinus thrombosis can occur at any time during life, women are particularly vulnerable before delivery and ...

  15. Posterior lumbar interbody fusion for degenerative spondylolisthesis: restoration of sagittal balance using insert-and-rotate interbody spacers.

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    Sears, William

    2005-01-01

    Although satisfactory clinical outcomes have been reported for degenerative spondylolisthesis using a variety of surgical techniques, its optimal management remains controversial. Laboratory and clinical evidence is emerging that if fusion surgery is undertaken, improved short- and longer-term outcomes may be achieved by correcting any sagittal deformity present. The insert-and-rotate posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) technique, first described by Jaslow in 1946, may enable surgeons to safely and effectively correct sagittal balance through a single posterior approach. To examine the clinical outcomes and determine whether the focal sagittal imbalance associated with a degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis can be safely and effectively corrected using a posterior distraction/reduction technique and insert-and-rotate interbody fusion spacers. A prospective, single-cohort, observational study of the clinical outcomes and retrospective radiological review, in a series of 34 patients with degenerative spondylolisthesis, who underwent surgery between September 2000 and October 2002. Mean age of 65.1 years (range, 35 to 82 years). Thirty-two of the 34 patients underwent surgery principally for the relief of radicular leg pain. The principal indication for the fusion was the prevention of anticipated postdecompression instability in 68% of the patients. Mean preoperative slip was 20.0% (range, 12% to 33%). Mean preoperative focal lordosis was 13.2 degrees. Patients were administered pre- and postoperative clinical outcome surveys recording Visual Analogue Pain Score (VAS), Low Back Outcome Score (LBOS), Short Form (SF)-12 and patient satisfaction questionnaires. Pre- and postoperative measurements of the percentage slip and lumbar lordosis of the involved segments were available on 17 patients. Statistical analysis was done using a two tailed, paired t test. SURGICAL METHODS: Decompressive laminectomy was followed by reduction of the spondylolisthesis using

  16. Dijet imbalance in hadronic collisions

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    Boer, Daniel; Mulders, Piet J.; Pisano, Cristian

    2009-01-01

    The imbalance of dijets produced in hadronic collisions has been used to extract the average transverse momentum of partons inside the hadrons. In this paper we discuss new contributions to the dijet imbalance that could complicate or even hamper this extraction. They are due to polarization of

  17. Temporomandibular joint computed tomography: development of a direct sagittal technique

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    van der Kuijl, B.; Vencken, L.M.; de Bont, L.G.; Boering, G. (Univ. of Groningen, (Netherlands))

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    Radiology plays an important role in the diagnosis of temporomandibular disorders. Different techniques are used with computed tomography offering simultaneous imaging of bone and soft tissues. It is therefore suited for visualization of the articular disk and may be used in patients with suspected internal derangements and other disorders of the temporomandibular joint. Previous research suggests advantages to direct sagittal scanning, which requires special positioning of the patient and a sophisticated scanning technique. This study describes the development of a new technique of direct sagittal computed tomographic imaging of the temporomandibular joint using a specially designed patient table and internal light visor positioning. No structures other than the patient's head are involved in the imaging process, and misleading artifacts from the arm or the shoulder are eliminated. The use of the scanogram allows precise correction of the condylar axis and selection of exact slice level.

  18. Chiral imbalance in QCD

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    Andrianov Alexander

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The chiral imbalance (ChI is given by a difference between the numbers of RH and LH quarks which may occur in the fireball after heavy ion collision. To characterize it adiabatically a quark chiral (axial chemical potential must be introduced taking into account emergence of a ChI in such a phase. In this report the phenomenology of formation of Local spatial Parity Breaking (LPB in the hot and dense baryon matter is discussed and its simulation within a number of QCD-inspired models is outlined. The appearance of new states in the spectra of scalar, pseudoscalar and vector particles in such a matter is elucidated. In particular, from the effective vector meson theory in the presence of Chern-Simons interaction it is demonstrated that the spectrum of massive vector mesons splits into three polarization components with different effective masses. The asymmetry in production of longitudinally and transversely polarized states of ρ and ω mesons for various values of the dilepton invariant mass can serve as a characteristic indication of the LPB in PHENIX, STAR and ALICE experiments.

  19. Chiral imbalance in QCD

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    Andrianov, Alexander; Andrianov, Vladimir; Espriu, Domenec

    2017-03-01

    The chiral imbalance (ChI) is given by a difference between the numbers of RH and LH quarks which may occur in the fireball after heavy ion collision. To characterize it adiabatically a quark chiral (axial) chemical potential must be introduced taking into account emergence of a ChI in such a phase. In this report the phenomenology of formation of Local spatial Parity Breaking (LPB) in the hot and dense baryon matter is discussed and its simulation within a number of QCD-inspired models is outlined. The appearance of new states in the spectra of scalar, pseudoscalar and vector particles in such a matter is elucidated. In particular, from the effective vector meson theory in the presence of Chern-Simons interaction it is demonstrated that the spectrum of massive vector mesons splits into three polarization components with different effective masses. The asymmetry in production of longitudinally and transversely polarized states of ρ and ω mesons for various values of the dilepton invariant mass can serve as a characteristic indication of the LPB in PHENIX, STAR and ALICE experiments.

  20. Lumbar Lordosis Minus Thoracic Kyphosis: A Novel Regional Predictor for Sagittal Balance in Elderly Populations.

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    Yang, Changwei; Yang, Mingyuan; Wei, Xianzhao; Shao, Jie; Chen, Yuanyuan; Zhao, Jian; Zhu, Xiaodong; He, Dawei; Li, Ming

    2016-03-01

    A retrospective study. The aim of this study is to introduce a novel regional predictor for sagittal balance in elderly populations and explore its effectiveness of evaluating sagittal balance. Sagittal balance is getting increasing recognition of importance due to its significant association of health-related quality of life. However, no regional parameters could well reflect and predict the whole sagittal balance. Medical records of elderly patients in our outpatient clinic from January 2012 to January 2014 were reviewed with standing full-spine lateral radiograph. Radiological parameters were evaluated, including max thoracic kyphosis (maxTK), max lumbar lordosis (maxLL), LL minus TK(LL-TK), PI minus LL (PI-LL), sacrum slope (SS), pelvic tilt (PT), pelvic incidence (PI), and SVA (sagittal vertical axis). Correlation analysis between SVA, LL-TK, and other radiological spinopelvic parameters and was pursued. Patients were divided into two groups according to whether patients were well-aligned in sagittal plane: Group A (well-aligned, SVA ≤50  mm) and Group B (poorly aligned, SVA >50  mm), and demographic and sagittal parameters were compared. LL-TK ≥0° and PI-LL ≤13° were used as a threshold value to evaluate their effectiveness of prediction for sagittal balance. A total of 129 patients (M: 25 and F: 104) were included in this study. SVA was significantly correlated with NRS (numeric rating scales), age, maxLL, PT, LL-TK, and PI-LL (all, P 13°, 34 patients were poorly aligned (34/39, 87%). LL-TK was a good regional predictor for sagittal balance in elderly population, especially combined with PI-LL. 4.

  1. Multidirectional Cranial Distraction Osteogenesis with Simplified Modifications for Treating Sagittal Synostosis

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    Ataru Sunaga, MD

    2017-10-01

    Conclusions:. Simplified MCDO has a number of advantages over conventional distraction procedures such as discretionary reshaping/expansion of cranium and predictable osteogenesis and is a valid treatment option for patients with sagittal synostosis.

  2. Thoracolumbar imbalance analysis for osteotomy planification using a new method: FBI technique.

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    Le Huec, J C; Leijssen, P; Duarte, M; Aunoble, S

    2011-09-01

    Treatment of spine imbalance by posterior osteotomy is a valuable technique. Several surgical techniques have been developed and proposed to redress the vertebral column in harmonious kyphosis in order to recreate correct sagittal alignment. Although surgical techniques proved to be adequate, preoperative planning still is mediocre. Multiple suggestions have been proposed, from cutting tracing paper to ingenious mathematical formulas and computerised models. The analysis of the pelvic parameters to try to recover the initial shape of the spine before the spine imbalance occurred is very important to avoid mistakes during the osteotomy planification. The authors proposed their method for the osteotomy planning paying attention to the pelvic, and spine parameters and in accordance with Roussouly's classification. The pre operative planning is based on a full-body X-ray including the spine from C1 to the femoral head and the first 10 cm of the femur shaft. Using all the balance parameters provided, a formula name FBI is proposed. Calculation of the osteotomy is basic goniometry, the midpoint of the C7 inferior plateau (point a) is transposed horizontally on the projected future C7 plumb line (point b) crossing posterior S1 plateau on a sagittal X-ray. These are the first two reference points. A third reference point is made on the anterior wall of the selected vertebra for osteotomy at mid height of the pedicle (point c) mainly L4 vertebra. These three points form a triangle with the tip being the third reference point. The angle represented by this triangle is the theoretical angle of the osteotomy. Two more angles should be measured and eventually added. The femur angulation measured as the inclination of the femoral axis to the vertical. And a third angle named the compensatory pelvic tilt to integrate the type of pelvis. If the pelvic tilt is between 15 and 25° or is higher than 25° you must add 5 or 10°, respectively. This compensatory tilt is based on a

  3. Developing a System for Efficient Analysis of Lumbosacral Sagittal Balance

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    D. M. Zhuk

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Lumbosacral sagittal balance is the neutral vertical alignment in the sagittal plane to provide decreasing stress loading on muscular-ligamentous structures. The achieving sagittal balance is a basis to provide successful surgical treatment and minimize further complications. As of today, there is no standard quantitative evaluation method of sagittal lumbo-sacral balance, which allows conducting its effective analysis and planning surgical treatment taking into consideration the preservation of normal biomechanics of lumbosacral spine. The goal of the study is to develop a diagnostic system for individual correction of lumbo-sacral sagittal balance by the author’s method with automatic counting and optimized matching of data values based on a specified number of terms using medical visualization data. This study has been conducted with RMAPE’s Department of Traumatology and Orthopedic Surgery. To solve the problem, a random searching algorithm has been exploited. The stop condition of the algorithm was to achieve the objective function value in adjusted interval, initial points of which are the calculated (angular values. The interaction of the angular values, used in the proposed method has been investigated, and their proportional change has been proved. Moreover, the mathematical dependence among geometrical and anatomical parameters of lumbosacral spine has been determined. Based on conducted study, a number of algorithms enabling the automation of the individual determination of optimal lumbosacral balance’s parameters at preoperative planning stage for patients with vertebral column diseases have been created. This allows us to raise physician’s efficiency, minimize mid- and long-term risk of postoperative complications, and avoid reoperations, and prognosticate long-term complications already performed surgery.

  4. Global sagittal alignment and health-related quality of life in lumbosacral spondylolisthesis.

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    Harroud, Adil; Labelle, Hubert; Joncas, Julie; Mac-Thiong, Jean-Marc

    2013-04-01

    Global sagittal alignment is considered as an important aspect in the management of spinal disorders, but the evidence establishing its clinical impact in lumbosacral spondylolisthesis is still poor. This study evaluated the impact of global sagittal alignment on the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of patients with spondylolisthesis. A retrospective study of 149 consecutive unoperated children and adolescents presenting with lumbosacral spondylolisthesis (117 low-grade and 32 high-grade) was performed. Two global sagittal alignment parameters were measured on standing lateral radiographs: spinal tilt (ST) and C7 plumbline deviation (C7P deviation). All patients completed the SRS-22 questionnaire to assess HRQOL. Pearson's correlations were calculated between parameters of global sagittal alignment and HRQOL. Multiple regression analyses were also undertaken to account for slip percentage and lumbosacral kyphosis (LSK). Both global sagittal alignment parameters were correlated with the SRS-22 total score. When analyzed separately, the correlation was absent in patients with a low-grade slip but remained significant for patients with a high-grade slip (r = 0.35 for ST; r = -0.35 for C7P deviation). The relation was strengthened in high-grade spondylolisthesis when considering only patients with a C7P in front of the posterior corner of upper sacral endplate (r = 0.48 for ST; r = -0.48 for C7P deviation) and was also positive for the SRS-22 pain and appearance domains. For these last patients, the relationship with global sagittal alignment remained significant in the multiple regression analysis. HRQOL was particularly worse for high-grade patients with a C7P in front of the hip axis. In high-grade spondylolisthesis, an increasing positive sagittal alignment was related to a poorer SRS-22 total score, especially when the C7P is in front of the hip axis. Global sagittal alignment should particularly be assessed in patients with high-grade spondylolisthesis.

  5. Current Aspects Of Estimation Of Bioradical Imbalance Of Patients With Multiple Sclerosis In The City Of Bryansk (Oxidant Stress And Multiple Sclerosis As An Example Of The Bryansk Population

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    I.V. Khudyakova

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Article examines the role of free-radical oxidation of lipids and antioxidant systems in the development and characteristics of MS disease course. Oxidant-antiradical status was assessed in problem research laboratory of Clinical Biophysics, and antioxidant therapy Smolensk State Medical Academy with two direct methods of control - hemolumin-sention and radiospectroscopy and mathematical definition of the integral indexof the bioradical imbalance (coefficient K. Increase of degree EDSS was shown by activation of lipid peroxidation against background of tension in the antioxidant defense system, as well as free radical imbalance, which progressively intensified in direct proportion to rise on disease progression and the gravity of clinical manifestations of disease. Detected changes was determined by disease course and gravity of clinical manifestations of disease. Determined a direct correlation intensity of lipid peroxidation et antioxidant activity processes in patients with MS in ecologically unfavorable areas of the city of Bryansk

  6. Drivers of imbalance cost of wind power

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    Obersteiner, C.; Siewierski, T.; Andersen, Anders

    2010-01-01

    varies in a wide range. To explain differences we indentify parameters influencing imbalance cost and compare them for case studies in Austria, Denmark and Poland. Besides the wind power forecast error also the correlation between imbalance and imbalance price influences imbalance cost significantly....... Especially in systems with significant wind shares, an assessment of imbalance cost based on the amount of imbalance and average System Sell and System Buy Prices is therefore not reliable. While imbalance cost rather reflects cash flows within the clearing of imbalances, the presented concept of cost...... of imperfect forecast is better suited to reflect real cost incurred due to inaccurate wind power forecasts....

  7. Radiological lumbar stenosis severity predicts worsening sagittal malalignment on full-body standing stereoradiographs.

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    Buckland, Aaron J; Ramchandran, Subaraman; Day, Louis; Bess, Shay; Protopsaltis, Themistocles; Passias, Peter G; Diebo, Bassel G; Lafage, Renaud; Lafage, Virginie; Sure, Akhila; Errico, Thomas J

    2017-05-17

    Patients with degenerative lumbar stenosis (DLS) adopt a forward flexed posture in an attempt to decompress neural elements. The relationship between sagittal alignment and severity of lumbar stenosis has not previously been studied. We hypothesized that patients with increasing radiological severity of lumbar stenosis will exhibit worsening sagittal alignment. This is a cross-sectional study. Our sample consists of patients who have DLS. Standing pelvic, regional, lower extremity and global sagittal alignment, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) were the outcome measures. Patients with DLS were identified from a retrospective clinical database with corresponding full-body stereoradiographs. Exclusion criteria included coronal malalignment, prior spine surgery, spondylolisthesis>Grade 1, non-degenerative spinal pathology, or skeletal immaturity. Central stenosis severity was graded on axial T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) from L1-S1. Foraminal stenosis and supine lordosis was graded on sagittal T1-weighted images. Standing pelvic, regional, lower extremity, and global sagittal alignment were measured using validated software. The HRQoL measures were also analyzed in relation to severity of stenosis. A total of 125 patients were identified with DLS on appropriate imaging. As central stenosis grade increased, patients displayed significantly increasing standing T1 pelvic angle, pelvic tilt, sagittal vertical axis, and pelvic incidence-lumbar lordosis (pHRQoLs in central or foraminal stenosis. Severity of central lumbar stenosis as graded on MRI correlates with severity of sagittal malalignment. These findings support theories of sagittal malalignment as a compensatory mechanism for central lumbar stenosis. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Importance of sagittal MR imaging in nontraumatic femoral head osteonecrosis in children

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    Ha, Alice S. [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Radiology, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Wells, Lawrence [Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Jaramillo, Diego [Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Radiology, Philadelphia, PA (United States)

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    In nontraumatic femoral head osteonecrosis, characterization of femoral head collapse is important in staging disease progression and planning treatment. Few prior studies have quantitatively compared the ability of sagittal and coronal MR images to detect femoral head collapse. We hypothesized that sagittal MR images show a greater degree and angular span of femoral head collapse than coronal images. We reviewed 38 hip MRI scans of nontraumatic femoral head osteonecrosis from 34 pediatric patients. In both sagittal and coronal images, the maximal extent and angular location along with the angular span of the femoral head collapse were measured. Differences were evaluated using a paired t-test. The extent of bone and cartilage loss from the femoral head was evaluated. Sagittal MR images showed 29% maximal femoral head radius collapse, whereas coronal images showed 16% collapse (P<0.001). Sagittal images showed a larger angular span of collapse (115 ) than coronal images (55 , P<0.001). Sagittal images showed greater epiphyseal bone loss in the anterior than in the posterior portion (P<0.001), whereas coronal images did not show a significant difference in bone loss between the medial and lateral portion (P=0.32). Sagittal images show greater femoral head collapse than coronal images in nontraumatic femoral head osteonecrosis. (orig.)

  9. Duration of orthodontic treatment and mandibular lengthening by means of distraction or bilateral sagittal split osteotomy in patients with Angle Class II malocclusions

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    Breuning, K.H.; van Strijen, P.J.; Prahl-Andersen, B.; Tuinzing, D.B.

    2005-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the duration of treatment of patients with skeletal Angle Class II malocclusions treated with orthodontic appliances and surgical lengthening of the mandible to close residual overjets. Methods: In this retrospective study, the patients were divided into

  10. Surgical outcome after using a modified technique of the pi-procedure for posterior sagittal suture closure

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    Engel, M.; Freudlsperger, C.; Hoffmann, J.; Muhling, J.; Castrillon-Oberndorfer, G.; Seeberger, R.

    2012-01-01

    Fusion of the sagittal suture is the most prevalent form of craniosynostosis. Due to the variety of deformities of scaphocephaly depending on the location of the fused sagittal suture, the surgical procedure has to be adjusted to the individual case. In this study, 38 patients with a predominantly

  11. Comparative Study of Skeletal Stability between Postoperative Skeletal Intermaxillary Fixation and No Skeletal Fixation after Bilateral Sagittal Split Ramus Osteotomy

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    Hartlev, Jens; Godtfredsen, Erik; Andersen, Niels Trolle

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the present study was to evaluate skeletal stability after mandibular advancement with bilateral sagittal split osteotomy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-six patients underwent single-jaw bilateral sagittal split osteotomy (BSSO) to correct skeletal Class II malocclusion....

  12. Spontaneous improvement of cervical alignment after correction of global sagittal balance following pedicle subtraction osteotomy.

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    Smith, Justin S; Shaffrey, Christopher I; Lafage, Virginie; Blondel, Benjamin; Schwab, Frank; Hostin, Richard; Hart, Robert; O'Shaughnessy, Brian; Bess, Shay; Hu, Serena S; Deviren, Vedat; Ames, Christopher P

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    Sagittal spinopelvic malalignment is a significant cause of pain and disability in patients with adult spinal deformity. Surgical correction of spinopelvic malalignment can result in compensatory changes in spinal alignment outside of the fused spinal segments. These compensatory changes, termed reciprocal changes, have been defined for thoracic and lumbar regions but not for the cervical spine. The object of this study was to evaluate postoperative reciprocal changes within the cervical spine following lumbar pedicle subtraction osteotomy (PSO). This was a multicenter retrospective radiographic analysis of patients from International Spine Study Group centers. Inclusion criteria were as follows: adults (>18 years old) with spinal deformity treated using lumbar PSO, a preoperative C7-S1 plumb line greater than 5 cm, and availability of pre- and postoperative full-length standing radiographs. Seventy-five patients (60 women, mean age 59 years) were included. The lumbar PSO significantly improved sagittal alignment, including the C7-S1 plumb line, C7-T12 inclination, and pelvic tilt (p sagittal malalignment (postoperative sagittal vertical alignment sagittal spinopelvic malalignment compensate with abnormally increased cervical lordosis in an effort to maintain horizontal gaze. Surgical correction of sagittal malalignment results in improvement of the abnormal cervical hyperlordosis through reciprocal changes.

  13. Non-Sagittal Knee Joint Kinematics and Kinetics during Gait on Level and Sloped Grounds with Unicompartmental and Total Knee Arthroplasty Patients.

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    Komnik, Igor; Peters, Markus; Funken, Johannes; David, Sina; Weiss, Stefan; Potthast, Wolfgang

    2016-01-01

    After knee arthroplasty (KA) surgery, patients experience abnormal kinematics and kinetics during numerous activities of daily living. Biomechanical investigations have focused primarily on level walking, whereas walking on sloped surfaces, which is stated to affect knee kinematics and kinetics considerably, has been neglected to this day. This study aimed to analyze over-ground walking on level and sloped surfaces with a special focus on transverse and frontal plane knee kinematics and kinetics in patients with KA. A three-dimensional (3D) motion analysis was performed by means of optoelectronic stereophogrammetry 1.8 ± 0.4 years following total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and unicompartmental arthroplasty surgery (UKA). AnyBody™ Modeling System was used to conduct inverse dynamics. The TKA group negotiated the decline walking task with reduced peak knee internal rotation angles compared with a healthy control group (CG). First-peak knee adduction moments were diminished by 27% (TKA group) and 22% (UKA group) compared with the CG during decline walking. No significant differences were detected between the TKA and UKA groups, regardless of the locomotion task. Decline walking exposed apparently more abnormal knee frontal and transverse plane adjustments in KA patients than level walking compared with the CG. Hence, walking on sloped surfaces should be included in further motion analysis studies investigating KA patients in order to detect potential deficits that might be not obvious during level walking.

  14. Non-Sagittal Knee Joint Kinematics and Kinetics during Gait on Level and Sloped Grounds with Unicompartmental and Total Knee Arthroplasty Patients.

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    Igor Komnik

    Full Text Available After knee arthroplasty (KA surgery, patients experience abnormal kinematics and kinetics during numerous activities of daily living. Biomechanical investigations have focused primarily on level walking, whereas walking on sloped surfaces, which is stated to affect knee kinematics and kinetics considerably, has been neglected to this day. This study aimed to analyze over-ground walking on level and sloped surfaces with a special focus on transverse and frontal plane knee kinematics and kinetics in patients with KA. A three-dimensional (3D motion analysis was performed by means of optoelectronic stereophogrammetry 1.8 ± 0.4 years following total knee arthroplasty (TKA and unicompartmental arthroplasty surgery (UKA. AnyBody™ Modeling System was used to conduct inverse dynamics. The TKA group negotiated the decline walking task with reduced peak knee internal rotation angles compared with a healthy control group (CG. First-peak knee adduction moments were diminished by 27% (TKA group and 22% (UKA group compared with the CG during decline walking. No significant differences were detected between the TKA and UKA groups, regardless of the locomotion task. Decline walking exposed apparently more abnormal knee frontal and transverse plane adjustments in KA patients than level walking compared with the CG. Hence, walking on sloped surfaces should be included in further motion analysis studies investigating KA patients in order to detect potential deficits that might be not obvious during level walking.

  15. Non-Sagittal Knee Joint Kinematics and Kinetics during Gait on Level and Sloped Grounds with Unicompartmental and Total Knee Arthroplasty Patients

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    Komnik, Igor; David, Sina; Weiss, Stefan; Potthast, Wolfgang

    2016-01-01

    After knee arthroplasty (KA) surgery, patients experience abnormal kinematics and kinetics during numerous activities of daily living. Biomechanical investigations have focused primarily on level walking, whereas walking on sloped surfaces, which is stated to affect knee kinematics and kinetics considerably, has been neglected to this day. This study aimed to analyze over-ground walking on level and sloped surfaces with a special focus on transverse and frontal plane knee kinematics and kinetics in patients with KA. A three-dimensional (3D) motion analysis was performed by means of optoelectronic stereophogrammetry 1.8 ± 0.4 years following total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and unicompartmental arthroplasty surgery (UKA). AnyBody™ Modeling System was used to conduct inverse dynamics. The TKA group negotiated the decline walking task with reduced peak knee internal rotation angles compared with a healthy control group (CG). First-peak knee adduction moments were diminished by 27% (TKA group) and 22% (UKA group) compared with the CG during decline walking. No significant differences were detected between the TKA and UKA groups, regardless of the locomotion task. Decline walking exposed apparently more abnormal knee frontal and transverse plane adjustments in KA patients than level walking compared with the CG. Hence, walking on sloped surfaces should be included in further motion analysis studies investigating KA patients in order to detect potential deficits that might be not obvious during level walking. PMID:28002437

  16. Sagittal plane analysis of the spine and pelvis in adult idiopathic scoliosis.

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    Li, Wei-Shi; Li, Gang; Chen, Zhong-Qiang; Wood, Kirkham B

    2010-11-01

    There has been an increasing recognition of the importance of sagittal spinopelvic alignment in patients with scoliosis as it relates to clinical outcomes. However, the changes seen in sagittal spinopelvic alignment in adult idiopathic scoliosis patients is poorly defined. This study was conducted to evaluate the sagittal alignment of pelvis and spine in adult idiopathic scoliosis patients. The sagittal parameters of the spine and pelvis were analyzed in lateral standing radiographs of 124 patients (mean age 47.4 years) with adult idiopathic scoliosis, including thoracic kyphosis (TK), thoracolumbar junction kyphosis (TLJ), lumbar lordosis (LL), pelvic incidence (PI), sacrum slope (SS), pelvic tilt (PT) and C7 plumb line (C7PL). The patients were divided into three groups according to the age: 20 - 40 years, 41 - 64 years, and ≥ 65 years. The parameters were compared with those in normal adults and adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) patients. The relationship between all parameters as well as age and sagittal parameters were analyzed. The PI in patients with adult idiopathic scoliosis was 58.1° ± 13.0°, which was significantly higher than that in normal adults. The PT (19.9° ± 10.6°) was also higher than that in both normal adults and AIS patients, while the SS (38.1° ± 12.0°) was similar or smaller. As age increased, C7PL, PT and TJL increased while LL decreased. There was no relationship between age and both PI and TK. PT had the strongest statistical association with the C7PL. PI is higher in adult idiopathic scoliosis than normal subjects. The PT is the most relevant pelvic parameter to the global sagittal alignment of the spine. Age significantly influences sagittal parameters of the spine and pelvis except the PI and TK.

  17. Inverse imbalance reconstruction in rotordynamics

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    Ramlau, R. [Austrian Academy of Sciences, Linz (Austria). Johann Radon Inst. for Computational and Applied Mathematics; Dicken, V. [MeVis GmbH, Bremen (Germany); Maass, P. [Bremen Univ. (Germany). Zentrum fuer Technomathematik; Streller, C. [Rolls-Royce Germany GmbH, Dahlewitz (Germany); Rienaecker, A. [MTU Aero Engines GmbH, Muenchen (Germany)

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    The goal of this work is to establish and compare algorithms for inverse imbalance reconstruction in aircraft turbines. Such algorithms are based on a validated whole engine model of a turbo engine under consideration. Base on the model, the impact of an imbalance distribution on the vibration behaviour of the turbine can be described as a matrix-vector multiplication Af = g, where f is the imbalance distribution and g the vibration response. It turns out that the matrix A is very ill-conditioned. As the measured data is highly affected with noise, we have to use regularization methods in order to stabilize the inversion. Our main interest was in the use of nonlinear regularization methods, in particular nonlinear filtered singular value decomposition and conjugate gradient regularization. (orig.)

  18. Sagittal lumbopelvic alignment in patients with low back pain and the effects of a high-load lifting exercise and individualized low-load motor control exercises-a randomized controlled trial.

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    Berglund, Lars; Aasa, Björn; Michaelson, Peter; Aasa, Ulrika

    2017-07-28

    Assessment of posture and lumbopelvic alignment is often the main focus in the classification and treatment of patients with low back pain (LBP). However, little is known regarding the effects of motor control interventions on objective measures of lumbopelvic alignment. The primary aim of this study was to describe the variation of sagittal lumbopelvic alignment in patients with nociceptive mechanical LBP. The secondary aim was to compare the effects of a high-load lifting exercise (HLL) and low-load motor control exercises (LMC) on the change in lumbopelvic alignment with a special emphasis on patients with high and low degrees of lumbar lordosis (lu) and sacral angle (sa). This study is a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial evaluating the effects of HLL and LMC. Patients from the primary study, that is, patients categorized with nociceptive mechanical LBP, who agreed to participate in the radiographic examination were included (n=66). Lateral plain radiographic images were used to evaluate lumbopelvic alignment regarding the lumbar lordosis and the sacral angle as outcomes, with posterior bend as an explanatory variable. The participants were recruited to the study from two occupational health-care facilities. They were randomized to either the HLL or the LMC intervention group and offered 12 supervised exercise sessions. Outcome measures were collected at baseline and following the end of intervention period 2 months after baseline. Between- and within-group analyses of intervention groups and subgroups based on the distribution of the baseline values for the lumbar lordosis and the sacral angle, respectively (LOW, MID, and HIGH), were performed using both parametric and non-parametric statistics. The ranges of values for the present sample were 26.9-91.6° (M=59.0°, standard deviation [SD]=11.5°) for the lumbar lordosis and 18.2-72.1° (M=42.0°, SD=9.6°) for the sacral angle. There were no significant differences between the intervention

  19. Isolated sagittal craniosynostosis: definition, classification, and surgical indications.

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    Massimi, Luca; Caldarelli, Massimo; Tamburrini, Gianpiero; Paternoster, Giovanna; Di Rocco, Concezio

    2012-09-01

    Sagittal craniosynostosis (SC) remains the most common type of synostosis, accounting for about a half of all forms. It would result from a mesenchymal disorder involving the intramembranous ossification of the sagittal suture and leading to its early fusion. No specific data on the etiologic factors are currently available. The premature ossification of the sagittal suture can result in three main types of SC, according to the different segment prevalently involved: anterior, posterior, and complete SC. The diagnosis is easily obtained by clinical examination. However, a radiological work up (3D CT scan) may be necessary to rule out hidden venous or cranial anomalies possibly associated with most severe cases, or for the surgical planning. The most common indication for surgery is the improvement of the cosmetic appearance of the skull, since a cranial deformation may have a significant psychological impact on affected subjects. To relieve from raised intracranial pressure is a further indication to surgery. Although an increased intracranial pressure can be demonstrated in a minority of affected children at diagnosis, indeed, it can present later (usually after the second/third year of life) with chronic symptoms. The role of surgery in the preservation of cognitive functions in scaphocephalic patients does not seem to be relevant, since minor anomalies of the cerebral development associated with SC would occur independently from the cranial shape. On the other hand, the surgical correction may show a protective effect on some visual skills, like the ability to fix and follow, and the fixation shift.

  20. Sagittal plane deformity: an overview of interpretation and management.

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    Roussouly, Pierre; Nnadi, Colin

    2010-11-01

    The impact of sagittal plane alignment on the treatment of spinal disorders is of critical importance. A failure to recognise malalignment in this plane can have significant consequences for the patient not only in terms of pain and deformity, but also social interaction due to deficient forward gaze. A good understanding of the principles of sagittal balance is vital to achieve optimum outcomes when treating spinal disorders. Even when addressing problems in the coronal plane, an awareness of sagittal balance is necessary to avoid future complications. The normal spine has lordotic curves in the cephalad and caudal regions with a kyphotic curve in between. Overall, there is a positive correlation between thoracic kyphosis and lumbar lordosis. There are variations on the degree of normal curvature but nevertheless this shape allows equal distribution of forces across the spinal column. It is the disruption of this equilibrium by pathological processes or, as in most cases, ageing that results in deformity. This leads to adaptive changes in the pelvis and lower limbs. The effects of limb alignment on spinal posture are well documented. We now also know that changes in pelvic posture also affect spinal alignment. Sagittal malalignment presents as an exaggeration or deficiency of normal lordosis or kyphosis. Most cases seen in clinical practise are due to kyphotic deformity secondary to inflammatory, degenerative or post-traumatic disorders. They may also be secondary to infection or tumours. There is usually pain and functional disability along with concerns about self-image and social interaction due to inability to maintain a horizontal gaze. The resultant pelvic and lower limb posture is an attempt to restore normal alignment. Addressing this complex problem requires detailed expertise and awareness of the potential pitfalls surrounding its treatment.

  1. Sagittal spinopelvic balance in normal children and adolescents.

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    Mac-Thiong, Jean-Marc; Labelle, Hubert; Berthonnaud, Eric; Betz, Randal R; Roussouly, Pierre

    2007-02-01

    The sagittal spinopelvic balance is poorly documented in normal pediatric subjects. The purpose of this study is to characterize the sagittal spinopelvic balance in the pediatric population and to evaluate the correlations between spinopelvic parameters. Seven parameters were evaluated from the lateral standing radiographs of 341 normal subjects aged 3-18 years old: thoracic kyphosis (TK), thoracic tilt (TT), lumbar lordosis (LL), lumbar tilt (LT), sacral slope (SS), pelvic tilt (PT) and pelvic incidence (PI). The mean values for the pelvic parameters were 49.1+/-11.0, 7.7+/-8.0 and 41.4+/-8.2 degrees for PI, PT and SS, respectively. The mean values for the spinal parameters were 48.0+/-11.7, 44.0+/-10.9, -7.3+/-5.2 and -3.1+/-5.2 degrees for LL, TK, LT and TT, respectively. The spinopelvic parameters were different from those reported in normal adults, but the correlations between the parameters were similar. PI was significantly related to SS and PT. Significant correlations were found between the parameters of adjacent anatomical regions. Pelvic morphology (PI) regulates sagittal sacro-pelvic orientation (SS and PT). Sacral orientation (SS) is correlated with the shape (LL) and orientation (LT) of the lumbar spine. Adjacent anatomical regions of the spine and pelvis are interdependent, and their relationships result in a stable and compensated posture, presumably to minimize energy expenditure. Results from this study could be used as an aid for the planning of surgery in pediatric patients with spinal deformity in order to restore a relatively normal sagittal spinopelvic balance.

  2. Classification of normal sagittal spine alignment: refounding the Roussouly classification.

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    Laouissat, Féthi; Sebaaly, Amer; Gehrchen, Martin; Roussouly, Pierre

    2017-04-28

    Although the Roussouly classification of common variants in spinal sagittal alignment is well accepted, no studies have implemented it in an asymptomatic adult population. In addition, no study investigated the radiographic features of asymptomatic patients with an anteverted pelvis. The aim of this prospective radiographic study of 296 asymptomatic adults without spinal pathology was to investigate how the Roussouly classification could include the anteverted pelvis concept. Pelvic incidence (PI), sacral slope (SS), pelvic tilt (PT), and the lumbar parameters lumbar lordosis (Global LL), lordosis tilt angle (LTA), total number of lordotic vertebra (LL verteb), and C7 plumbline/sacrofemoral distance ratio (C7PL ratio) were evaluated in 296 healthy volunteers (126 males, 170 females; mean age, 27 years; range 18-48 years). Comparison between the five types of the Roussouly classification used Student, ANOVA, and Tukey tests for quantitative variables and χ (2), Fischer, and Holm tests for qualitative variables. Mean PI and PT were, respectively, (39°, 10°) for type 1, (41°, 10°) for type 2, (53°, 13°) for type 3, and (62°, 12°) for type 4 (p  35°. PT was low or negative (mean 4° ± 3°). C7PL ratio was >1 (in front of the hip axis) in 13% of all cases, and between 0 and 1 (between sacrum and hip axis) in 49%. Although asymptomatic adults stood with stable global balance, the sagittal spinal alignment of healthy subjects, newly divided in 5 sagittal types, varied significantly. Type 3 AP appears as a new and unusual sagittal shape with low-grade PI, very low or negative PT, and hyperlordosis. Whereas most asymptomatic adults stood with C7PL behind the hip axis, a sizeable portion had C7 in front of the hip axis. This could be a new controversial aspect of ideal spinal balance.

  3. Sagittal plane deformity: an overview of interpretation and management

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    Roussouly, Pierre

    2010-01-01

    The impact of sagittal plane alignment on the treatment of spinal disorders is of critical importance. A failure to recognise malalignment in this plane can have significant consequences for the patient not only in terms of pain and deformity, but also social interaction due to deficient forward gaze. A good understanding of the principles of sagittal balance is vital to achieve optimum outcomes when treating spinal disorders. Even when addressing problems in the coronal plane, an awareness of sagittal balance is necessary to avoid future complications. The normal spine has lordotic curves in the cephalad and caudal regions with a kyphotic curve in between. Overall, there is a positive correlation between thoracic kyphosis and lumbar lordosis. There are variations on the degree of normal curvature but nevertheless this shape allows equal distribution of forces across the spinal column. It is the disruption of this equilibrium by pathological processes or, as in most cases, ageing that results in deformity. This leads to adaptive changes in the pelvis and lower limbs. The effects of limb alignment on spinal posture are well documented. We now also know that changes in pelvic posture also affect spinal alignment. Sagittal malalignment presents as an exaggeration or deficiency of normal lordosis or kyphosis. Most cases seen in clinical practise are due to kyphotic deformity secondary to inflammatory, degenerative or post-traumatic disorders. They may also be secondary to infection or tumours. There is usually pain and functional disability along with concerns about self-image and social interaction due to inability to maintain a horizontal gaze. The resultant pelvic and lower limb posture is an attempt to restore normal alignment. Addressing this complex problem requires detailed expertise and awareness of the potential pitfalls surrounding its treatment. PMID:20567858

  4. Variability in Minimally Invasive Surgery for Sagittal Craniosynostosis.

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    Garland, Catharine B; Camison, Liliana; Dong, Shirley M; Mai, Rick S; Losee, Joseph E; Goldstein, Jesse A

    2018-01-01

    Minimally invasive approaches to the surgical correction of sagittal craniosynostosis are gaining favor as an alternative to open cranial vault remodeling. In this systematic review, the reviewers evaluate the variability in described surgical techniques for minimally invasive correction of sagittal craniosynostosis. Articles were selected based on predetermined inclusion and exclusion criteria from an online literature search through PubMed, EMBASE, and the Cochrane library. Extracted data included the incisions, method of dissection, osteotomies performed, and type of force therapy utilized.A total of 28 articles from 15 author groups were included in the final analysis. Of the 28 articles, 17 distinct techniques were identified. Significant variation existed in both the technique and the terminology used to describe it. Access to the cranium varied between a standard bicoronal incision (n = 2), a "lazy S" incision (n = 2), and multiple short incisions along the fused sagittal suture (n = 13). Additional variations were found in the size and design of the osteotomy, the usage (and duration, if applicable) of force therapy, and the age of the patient at the time of surgical intervention.This systematic review demonstrates that minimally invasive approaches to sagittal craniosynostosis vary widely in technique with respect to the incisions, osteotomies, and force therapy used. Additionally, the terminology employed in describing minimally invasive approaches is inconsistent across centers. This discrepancy between technique and terminology presents challenges for reporting and interpreting the increasing body of literature on this subject. We recommend standard terminology be used for future publications on minimally invasive techniques.

  5. Postoperative changes in pelvic parameters and sagittal balance in adult isthmic spondylolisthesis.

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    Park, Se Jun; Lee, Chong Suh; Chung, Sung Soo; Kang, Kyung Chung; Shin, Seong Kee

    2011-06-01

    Correction of deformity in adult isthmic spondylolisthesis can affect the pelvic parameters and sagittal balance. To evaluate the correlation with the amount of deformity correction and the subsequent change in pelvic parameters after surgical correction of adult isthmic spondylolisthesis and to determine which deformity parameter most affects the postoperative restoration of spinopelvic sagittal alignment. Fifty-eight patients with 1-level isthmic spondylolisthesis were included. Their average age was 55 years (range, 24-76 years). All patients underwent operation by posterior lumbar interbody fusion and posterior instrumentation. The pre- and postoperative sacral slope, pelvic tilt, lumbar lordosis (LL), and sagittal balance were measured, and then the correlation between these parameters and deformity parameters such as slip degree, slip angle, and height of the intervertebral disc (HOD) was evaluated. The slip degree, slip angle, and HOD were significantly recovered after surgery. Pelvic parameters and sagittal balance changed subsequently. Sacral slope was increased by 4.4 degrees, and pelvic tilt was decreased by 4.4 degrees. LL was increased by 5.2 degrees and sagittal balance was displaced 5.6 mm posteriorly. Only the restoration of the HOD showed a significant correlation with the change in LL (r = 0.305, P = .02) and sagittal balance (r = 0.377, P = .004). Surgical correction of adult isthmic spondylolisthesis with posterior lumbar interbody fusion and posterior instrumentation resulted in improvement of sacral slope, pelvic tilt, LL, and sagittal balance. Only restoration of the HOD was significantly correlated with improvement of LL and sagittal balance. Therefore we presume it is important to restore the HOD in surgical correction of adult isthmic spondylolisthesis.

  6. Sagittal balance is correlated with Parkinson's Disease clinical parameters: an overview of spinopelvic alignment on 175 consecutive cases.

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    Bissolotti, Luciano; Berjano, Pedro; Zuccher, Paola; Zenorini, Andrea; Buraschi, Riccardo; Villafañe, Jorge Hugo; Negrini, Stefano

    2017-10-01

    The aim of this study was to describe the disease-related sagittal balance changes in relation to the sacro-pelvic morphology of Parkinson's Disease patients with different duration of disease. One hundred and seventy-five consecutive Parkinson's Disease (PD) patients (102 males, 73 females; age: 55-83 years) participated in the cross-sectional study. The clinical assessment included: Hoehn Yahr (H&Y) score; Tinetti score; plumb line (PL) distance from the spinous process of C7, L3 and S1 and kyphosis apex. Lumbar lordosis (LL), thoracic kyphosis (TK), spinosacral (SSA) and spinopelvic (SPA) angles, spinal tilt, pelvic incidence (PI), sacral slope (SS) and pelvic tilt (PT) were radiographically assessed. Spinosacral and spinopelvic were correlated with the duration of disease and Tinetti score, but not with age. We found a positive correlation between LL and both SSA and SPA. TK was significantly correlated with LL but not with pelvic parameters, while PI with SS and LL. Female gender, high PI and high LL together with a low PL-C7 distance can be considered as protective factors for spinal imbalance and fall risk; negative factors are represented by male gender, longer disease duration, higher H&Y Class, and low PL-L3 distance. Looking at the pelvis is revealing new important insights in spinal disease management, both surgical and rehabilitative.

  7. The Relationship between T1 Sagittal Angle and Sagittal Balance: A Retrospective Study of 119 Healthy Volunteers.

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    Yang, Mingyuan; Yang, Changwei; Ni, Haijian; Zhao, Yuechao; Li, Ming

    2016-01-01

    T1 sagittal angle has been reported to be used as a parameter for assessing sagittal balance and cervical lordosis. However, no study has been performed to explore the relationship between T1 sagittal angle and sagittal balance, and whether T1 sagittal angle could be used for osteotomy guidelines remains unknown. The aim of our study is to explore the relationship between T1 sagittal angle and sagittal balance, determine the predictors for T1 sagittal angle, and determine whether T1 sagittal angle could be used for osteotomy guidelines to restore sagittal balance. Medical records of healthy volunteers in our outpatient clinic from January 2014 to August 2015 were reviewed, and their standing full-spine lateral radiographs were evaluated. Demographic and radiological parameters were collected and analyzed, including age, gender, T1 sagittal angle, maxTK, maxLL, SS, PT, and PI. Correlation coefficients between T1 sagittal angle and other spinopelvic parameters were determined. In addition, multiple regression analysis was performed to establish predictive radiographic parameters for T1 sagittal angle as the primary contributors. A total of 119 healthy volunteers were recruited in our study with a mean age of 34.7 years. It was found that T1 sagittal angle was correlated with maxTK with very good significance (r = 0.697, Psagittal angle could be predicted by using the following regression equation: T1 sagittal angle = 0.6 * maxTK-0.2 * maxLL + 8. In the healthy population, T1 sagittal angle could be considered as a useful parameter for sagittal balance; however, it could not be thoroughly replaced for SVA. maxTK was the primary contributor to T1 sagittal angle. According to this equation, we could restore sagittal balance by surgically changing thoracic kyphosis and lumbar lordosis, which could serve as a guideline for osteotomy.

  8. MLPA analysis for a panel of syndromes with mental retardation reveals imbalances in 5.8% of patients with mental retardation and dysmorphic features, including duplications of the Sotos syndrome and Williams-Beuren syndrome regions

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    Kirchhoff, Maria; Bisgaard, Anne-Marie; Bryndorf, Thue

    2007-01-01

    -Beuren, Prader-Willi, Angelman, Miller-Dieker, Smith-Magenis, and 22q11-deletion syndromes). Patients were initially referred for HR-CGH analysis and MRS-MLPA was performed retrospectively. MRS-MLPA analysis revealed imbalances in 15/258 patients (5.8%). Ten deletions were identified, including deletions of 1p36......, 5q35 (Sotos syndrome), 7q11 (Williams-Beuren syndrome), 17p11 (Smith-Magenis syndrome), 15q11 (Angelman syndrome) and 22q11. Duplications were detected in 5q35, 7q11, 17p13, 17p11 and 22q11. We reviewed another 170 patients referred specifically for MRS-MLPA analysis. Eighty of these patients were...

  9. TARGET Imbalances at Record Levels

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    Hallett, Andrew Hughes

    TARGET is the payments system for making settlements between euro area economies and five other EU economies. Cross-border transactions generate claims/surpluses and liabilities/deficits among national central banks which “net out” for the system as a whole. These imbalances are manageable in rel...

  10. Gender imbalance in secondary schools

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    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Significantly fewer girls than boys attend schools inrefugee camps. As the level of education increases, there is a corresponding decrease in the numbers of female participants. This has resulted in a severe gender imbalance in refugee secondary schools.

  11. Importance of Sagittal Alignment of the Cervical Spine in the Management of Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy.

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    Buell, Thomas J; Buchholz, Avery L; Quinn, John C; Shaffrey, Christopher I; Smith, Justin S

    2018-01-01

    Cervical spine sagittal malalignment correlates with worse symptoms and outcomes in patients with degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM), and should influence surgical management. An anterior versus posterior surgical approach may not significantly change outcomes in patients with preoperative lordosis; however, most studies suggest improved neurologic recovery among kyphotic patients after adequate correction of local sagittal alignment through an anterior or combined anterior-posterior approach. There are no comprehensive guidelines for DCM management in the setting of cervical malalignment; therefore, surgical management should be tailored to individual patients and decisions made at the discretion of treating surgeons with attention to basic principles. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Sagittal balance analysis after pedicle subtraction osteotomy in ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Debarge, Romain; Demey, Guillaume; Roussouly, Pierre

    2011-09-01

    This is a radiographic study of ankylosing spondylitis patients with severe fixed kyphotic deformity who underwent pedicle subtraction osteotomy. Our goal was to measure and validate new angle to assess global kyphosis and to evaluate the sagittal balance after surgery. This is the first report which describes new angle to assess global kyphosis (T1-S1). Pre and postoperative controls were compared according to the Pelvic Incidence. The sagittal parameters ankylosing spondylitis patients were compared with 154 asymptomatic patients. In addition to the pelvic parameters and the C7 tilt, we used the spino-sacral angle. Pelvic incidence in ankylosing spondylitis patients was higher than asymptomatic population (61° vs. 51°). For a same tilt of C7 for both groups, the low pelvic incidence group had a lower sacral slope and pelvic tilt and a higher global kyphosis (spino-sacral angle = 90°) than the high pelvic incidence group (spino-sacral angle = 98°). In the adult volunteers, the C7 tilt and spino-sacral angle measured, respectively, 95° and 135°. The preoperative C7 tilt measured 73° and increased to 83° (p = 0.0025). The preoperative spino-sacral angle measured 96° and increased to 113.3° (p = 0.003). A low pelvic incidence pelvis has a lower sacral slope than in high pelvic incidence and can support a bigger kyphosis. All the parameters were improved by the pedicle subtraction osteotomy, but the average spinosacral angle remained lower than the control group. When C7 tilt was useful to assess the improvement of the sagittal balance, SSA allowed a better evaluation of the correction of kyphosis itself.

  13. Puerperal Superior Sagittal Sinus Thrombosis and Pulmonary ...

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    Superior sagittal sinus thrombosis is a rare and often misdiagnosed disorder. Its occurrence with pulmonary embolism (PE) .... and prolonged immobilization, hence, the possibility that her PE could have resulted from superior ... been forgotten and was alluded to by Diaz etal., as “a syndrome rediscovered in their report.”[20].

  14. Influence of implant rod curvature on sagittal correction of scoliosis deformity

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    Salmingo, Remel A.; Tadano, Shigeru; Abe, Yuichiro

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Deformation of in vivo–implanted rods could alter the scoliosis sagittal correction. To our knowledge, no previous authors have investigated the influence of implanted-rod deformation on the sagittal deformity correction during scoliosis surgery. PURPOSE: To analyze the changes...... of the implant rod’s angle of curvature during surgery and establish its influence on sagittal correction of scoliosis deformity. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective analysis of the preoperative and postoperative implant rod geometry and angle of curvature was conducted. PATIENT SAMPLE: Twenty adolescent idiopathic...... scoliosis patients underwent surgery. Average age at the time of operation was 14 years. OUTCOME MEASURES: The preoperative and postoperative implant rod angle of curvature expressed in degrees was obtained for each patient. METHODS: Two implant rods were attached to the concave and convex side...

  15. Comparative assessment of sagittal skeletal discrepancy: a cephalometric study.

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    Aparna, P; Kumar, Dilip N; Prasad, Mandav; Shamnur, Naveen; G, Arun Kumar; K R, Sridhar; B R, Gopal Krishna; Gupta, Neeraj

    2015-04-01

    Evaluating the sagittal apical base relationship during orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning is an important step. This study was aimed at comparison of Beta angle, ANB angle and Wit's appraisal for assessment of sagittal skeletal discrepancy. Eighty six young adults (43 female and 43 male) were selected from the patient's reporting to Department of Orthodontics, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, India. Family lineage was studied to know the nativity of Davangere. The standardized pre-treatment lateral cephalogram of the chosen sample was traced. The sample was divided into three skeletal pattern groups: Class I, Class II and Class III, based on the ANB angle and profile, Beta angle was assessed in each group. The data was subjected to statistical analysis student's t-test, ANOVA test and correlation and regression analysis, using the software namely SPSS Software version 13. Microsoft word and Excel were used to generate graphs and tables. In the local Davangere population, Class I skeletal pattern group exhibited Beta angle between 26°-34°, Beta angle less than 27° was found in Class II skeletal pattern, and Beta angle greater than 32° was seen Class III skeletal pattern. The coefficient of variation of Beta angle in all the three groups was significantly homogenous compared to ANB angle and Wits appraisal. The correlation and regression analysis of the total sample indicated a highly significant correlation between Beta angle and ANB angle (pskeletal patterns. The Correlation and regression analysis for the total sample suggests a highly significant relation between Beta angle and ANB angle and, between Beta angle and Wits appraisal. It can be more reliably used to assess sagittal jaw discrepancies than ANB angle and Wits appraisal.

  16. Nutrient imbalance in Norway spruce

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    Thelin, Gunnar

    2000-11-01

    The studies presented in my thesis indicate that growing Norway spruce in monoculture does not constitute sustainable forest management in a high N and S deposition environment, such as in southern Sweden. The combination of N-induced high growth rates and leaching due to soil acidification causes soil reserves of nutrients to decrease. This will increase the risk of nutrient imbalance within the trees when nutrient demands are not met. The development of nutrient imbalance in Scania, southern Sweden, was shown as negative trends in needle and soil nutrient status from the mid-80s to the present in Norway spruce and Scots pine stands. This imbalance appears to be connected to high levels of N and S deposition. Clear negative effects on tree vitality were found when using a new branch development method. Today, growth and vitality seems to be limited by K, rather than N, in spruce stands older than 40 years. However, younger stands appear to be able to absorb the deposited N without negative effects on growth and vitality. When investigating effects of nutrient stress on tree vitality, indicators such as branch length and shoot multiplication rate, which include effects accumulated over several years, are suitable. Countermeasures are needed in order to maintain the forest production at a high level. Positive effects on tree nutrient status after vitality fertilization (N-free fertilization) was shown in two micronutrient deficient stands in south-central Sweden. In addition, tree vitality was positively affected after the application of a site-adapted fertilizer to the canopy. Site-adaption of fertilizers will most likely improve the possibilities of a positive response on tree growth and vitality in declining stands. In a survey of Norway spruce in mixtures with beech, birch, or oak compared to monocultures it was shown that spruce nutrient status was higher in mixtures with deciduous species than in monocultures. By using mixed-species stands the need for

  17. The Relationship between T1 Sagittal Angle and Sagittal Balance: A Retrospective Study of 119 Healthy Volunteers.

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    Mingyuan Yang

    Full Text Available T1 sagittal angle has been reported to be used as a parameter for assessing sagittal balance and cervical lordosis. However, no study has been performed to explore the relationship between T1 sagittal angle and sagittal balance, and whether T1 sagittal angle could be used for osteotomy guidelines remains unknown. The aim of our study is to explore the relationship between T1 sagittal angle and sagittal balance, determine the predictors for T1 sagittal angle, and determine whether T1 sagittal angle could be used for osteotomy guidelines to restore sagittal balance. Medical records of healthy volunteers in our outpatient clinic from January 2014 to August 2015 were reviewed, and their standing full-spine lateral radiographs were evaluated. Demographic and radiological parameters were collected and analyzed, including age, gender, T1 sagittal angle, maxTK, maxLL, SS, PT, and PI. Correlation coefficients between T1 sagittal angle and other spinopelvic parameters were determined. In addition, multiple regression analysis was performed to establish predictive radiographic parameters for T1 sagittal angle as the primary contributors. A total of 119 healthy volunteers were recruited in our study with a mean age of 34.7 years. It was found that T1 sagittal angle was correlated with maxTK with very good significance (r = 0.697, P<0.001, maxLL with weak significance (r = 0.206, P = 0.024, SS with weak significance (r = 0.237, P = 0.009, PI with very weak significance (r = 0.189, P = 0.039, SVA with moderate significance (r = 0.445, P<0.001, TPA with weak significance (r = 0.207, P = 0.023, and T1SPI with weak significance (r = 0.309, P = 0.001. The result of multiple regression analysis showed that T1 sagittal angle could be predicted by using the following regression equation: T1 sagittal angle = 0.6 * maxTK-0.2 * maxLL + 8. In the healthy population, T1 sagittal angle could be considered as a useful parameter for sagittal balance; however, it could not

  18. Sagittal synostosis in X-linked hypophosphatemic rickets and related diseases

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    Currarino, Guido [Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, Department of Radiology, Dallas, TX (United States)

    2007-08-15

    The recent observations of two new cases of X-linked hypophosphatemic rickets associated with premature closure of the sagittal suture prompted a review of similar cases seen in this institution. To review the clinical records and skull radiographs of 28 children with hypophosphatemic rickets in order to investigate the frequency and type of craniosynostosis and other cranial vault changes seen in these conditions and to review the literature for relevant findings. Clinical and imaging records were reviewed on 28 patients with hypophosphatemic rickets, all younger than 18 years. Most patients had X-linked hypophosphatemic rickets and a few had autosomal-dominant hypophosphatemic rickets or were non-familial cases. Of the 28 patients, 13 had sagittal synostosis. Dolichocephaly was present in ten patients. The configuration of the cranial vault in some of these ten patients with dolichocephaly varied somewhat from that seen in nonsyndromic sagittal synostosis. In one patient, a Chiari I malformation was demonstrated by MRI. In another patient with increased intracranial pressure the sagittal suture closure was associated with lambdoidal synostosis. Dolichocephaly was not present in three patients, suggesting that the synostosis started later than in the other patients, probably in the second year of life, a period of slower brain growth than in the first year. The two patients in this group of three showed thickening and sclerosis of the cranial vault of uncertain etiology. There is an increased risk of sagittal synostosis in hypophosphatemic rickets and related diseases in children. The appearance of the cranial vault in this type of synostosis can vary from that seen in nonsyndromic synostosis. In this setting, careful clinical and imaging follow-up is warranted. (orig.)

  19. The Sagittal Pelvic Thickness: A Determining Parameter for the Regulation of the Sagittal Spinopelvic Balance

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    2013-01-01

    Objective. To propose and validate a dimensional parameter, the sagittal pelvic thickness (SPT) (distance between the middle point of the upper sacral plate and the femoral heads axis, expressed as a ratio with the length of the upper plate of S1: (SPT/S1) for the analysis of the sagittal balance of the pelvispinal unit. Methods. The parameters were analysed on standing radiographic imaging and compared for normal, low back pain, children, and spondylolysis cases. Results. Values of SPT/S1 we...

  20. Sagittal synostosis: II. Cranial morphology and growth after the modified pi-plasty

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    Guimaraes-Ferreira, J.; Gewalli, F.; David, L.

    2006-01-01

    The aim of this study was to characterise the postoperative cranial growth and morphology after a modified pi-plasty for sagittal synostosis. The shape of the skull of 82 patients with isolated premature synostosis of the sagittal suture ( SS group) operated on with a modified pi-plasty was studied...... selected landmarks, and angles defined by groups of three landmarks). Paired and unpaired t tests were used to assess the differences between the variables studied. These were accepted as significant for values of p...

  1. Distribution of sagittal occlusal relationships in different stages of dentition

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    Emine KAYGISIZ

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to assess the distribution of sagittal occlusal relationships in different dentition periods in a Turkish sample group. In total, 1,110 patients (561 females, 549 males aged 4.6-23 years were randomly chosen after intraoral clinical examination. The subjects were classified according to their sagittal occlusal relationships and four dentition stages –deciduous, early mixed, late mixed, and permanent dentition. The statistical significance of the occurrence of malocclusion types in dentition stages was evaluated by Chi-square and Fischer’s exact tests. Class I malocclusion was observed at the highest rate in all dentition stages. Class III malocclusion was observed at the highest rate in the permanent dentition, whereas Class II malocclusion was observed at the highest rate in the late mixed dentition. The rates of Class I, II, and III malocclusions were similar in males and females. Our study reveals that the prevalence of malocclusion and need for orthodontic treatment has increased in the population towards the permanent dentition.

  2. Aggregate savings and external imbalances in China

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    Yang, Dennis Tao

    2012-01-01

    Over the last decade, the internal and external macroeconomic imbalances in China have risen to unprecedented levels. In 2008, China's national savings rate soared to over 53 percent of its GDP, whereas its current account surplus exceeded 9 percent of GDP. This paper presents a unified framework for understanding the structural causes of these imbalances. I argue that the imbalances are attributable to a set of policies and institutions embedded in the economy. I propose a unified framework ...

  3. Comparison of prostate contours between conventional stepping transverse imaging and Twister-based sagittal imaging in permanent interstitial prostate brachytherapy.

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    Kawakami, Shogo; Ishiyama, Hiromichi; Satoh, Takefumi; Tsumura, Hideyasu; Sekiguchi, Akane; Takenaka, Kouji; Tabata, Ken-Ichi; Iwamura, Masatsugu; Hayakawa, Kazushige

    2017-08-01

    To compare prostate contours on conventional stepping transverse image acquisitions with those on twister-based sagittal image acquisitions. Twenty prostate cancer patients who were planned to have permanent interstitial prostate brachytherapy were prospectively accrued. A transrectal ultrasonography probe was inserted, with the patient in lithotomy position. Transverse images were obtained with stepping movement of the transverse transducer. In the same patient, sagittal images were also obtained through rotation of the sagittal transducer using the "Twister" mode. The differences of prostate size among the two types of image acquisitions were compared. The relationships among the difference of the two types of image acquisitions, dose-volume histogram (DVH) parameters on the post-implant computed tomography (CT) analysis, as well as other factors were analyzed. The sagittal image acquisitions showed a larger prostate size compared to the transverse image acquisitions especially in the anterior-posterior (AP) direction (p < 0.05). Interestingly, relative size of prostate apex in AP direction in sagittal image acquisitions compared to that in transverse image acquisitions was correlated to DVH parameters such as D90 (R = 0.518, p = 0.019), and V100 (R = 0.598, p = 0.005). There were small but significant differences in the prostate contours between the transverse and the sagittal planning image acquisitions. Furthermore, our study suggested that the differences between the two types of image acquisitions might correlated to dosimetric results on CT analysis.

  4. Energy Imbalance Markets (Fact Sheet)

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    The anticipated increase in variable renewable generation, such as wind and solar power, over the next several years has raised concerns about how system operators will maintain balance between electricity production and demand in the Western Interconnection, especially in its smaller balancing authority areas (BAAs). Given renewable portfolio standards in the West, it is possible that more than 50 gigawatts of wind capacity will be installed by 2020. Significant quantities of solar generation are likely to be added as well. Meanwhile, uncertainties about future load growth and challenges siting new transmission and generation resources may add additional stresses on the Western Interconnection of the future. One proposed method of addressing these challenges is an energy imbalance market (EIM). An EIM is a means of supplying and dispatching electricity to balance fluctuations in generation and load. It aggregates the variability of generation and load over multiple balancing areas (BAs).

  5. Sagittal spinopelvic malalignment in Parkinson disease: prevalence and associations with disease severity.

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    Oh, Jae Keun; Smith, Justin S; Shaffrey, Christopher I; Lafage, Virginie; Schwab, Frank; Ames, Christopher P; Matsumoto, Morio; Baik, Jong Sam; Ha, Yoon

    2014-06-15

    Prospective study. Our objectives were to evaluate the prevalence of sagittal spinopelvic malalignment in a consecutive series of patients with Parkinson disease (PD) and to identify factors associated with sagittal spinopelvic deformity in this population. PD is a degenerative neurological condition characterized by tremor, rigidity, bradykinesia, and loss of postural reflexes. The prevalence of spinal deformity in PD is higher than that of age-matched adults without PD. This study was a prospective assessment of consecutive patients with PD presenting to a neurology clinic during 12 months. Inclusion criteria included age more than 21 years and diagnosis of PD. Age- and sex-matched control group was selected from patients with cervical spondylosis. Clinical and demographic factors were collected including Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale score and Hoehn and Yahr stage. Full-length standing spine radiographs were assessed. Patients were grouped into either low C7 sagittal vertical axis (SVA) (SVA (≥5 cm) and into matched (≤10°) or mismatched (>10°) pelvic incidence (PI)-lumbar lordosis. Eighty-nine patients met criteria (41 males/48 females), including 52 with low C7 SVA and 37 with high C7 SVA. Significantly higher prevalence of high C7 SVA was found in PD (41.6 vs. 16.8%; P SVA group was significantly older (72.4 vs. 65.1 yr; P SVA (r = 0.474). Compared with the matched (≤10°) PI-lumbar lordosis group, the mismatch PI-lumbar lordosis group had higher C7 SVA, higher PI, higher pelvic tilt, lower lumbar lordosis, and lower thoracic kyphosis (P ≤ 0.003). Patients with PD have a high prevalence of sagittal spinopelvic malalignment than control group patients. Greater severity of PD is associated with sagittal spinopelvic malalignment. 3.

  6. Sagittal range of motion after a spinal fracture : does ROM correlate with functional outcome?

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    Post, RB; Leferink, VJM

    2004-01-01

    Literature regarding the effect of a spinal fracture and its treatment in terms of resulting spinal range of motion (ROM) is scarce. However, there is need for data regarding sagittal spinal ROM, since many patients who sustain a spinal fracture are concerned about the back mobility they will have

  7. Cost, operation and hospitalization times in distraction osteogenesis versus sagittal split osteotomy

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    van Strijen, P. J.; Breuning, K. H.; Becking, A. G.; Perdijk, F. B. T.; Tuinzing, D. B.

    2003-01-01

    Distraction osteogenesis in 'common' surgical orthodontics is mentioned as an alternative for conventional sagittal split osteotomy. After a 'learning curve' in the surgical skills of distraction, the two techniques can be compared concerning time and cost aspects. Forty-seven patients (male n=28,

  8. Long term stability of mandibular advancement procedures : bilateral sagittal split osteotomy versus distraction osteogenesis

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    Baas, E. M.; Pijpe, J.; de Lange, J.

    The aim of this study was to compare the postoperative stability of the mandible after a bilateral lengthening procedure, either by bilateral sagittal split osteotomy (BSSO) or distraction osteogenesis (DO). All patients who underwent mandibular advancement surgery between March 2001 and June 2004

  9. Stability of mandibular advancement procedures: bilateral sagittal split osteotomy versus distraction osteogenesis

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    Vos, M.D.; Baas, E.M.; de Lange, J.; Bierenbroodspot, F.

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this study was to compare the postoperative stability of the mandible after a bilateral lengthening procedure, either by bilateral sagittal split osteotomy (BSSO) or distraction osteogenesis (DOG). All patients who underwent mandibular advancement surgery between March 2001 and June 2004

  10. PARAMETERS FOR THE EVALUATION OF CERVICAL SAGITTAL BALANCE IN IDIOPATHIC SCOLIOSIS

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objective: There are no values defined as standard in the literature for the parameters of assessment of cervical sagittal balance in patients with idiopathic scoliosis. This study describes the sagittal cervical parameters in patients with idiopathic scoliosis. Methods: Study carried out in a tertiary public hospital in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, through the evaluation of panoramic radiographs in lateral view. The Cobb method was used to evaluate cervical lordosis from C2 to C7, distance from the center of gravity (COG of the skull to C7, measurement of T1 slope, thoracic inlet angle (TIA, neck tilt, and plumb line from C7 to S1 (SVA C7-S1. A statistical analysis was performed, to demonstrate the relationship between the alignment of the thoracic spine in the sagittal plane and the cervical sagittal balance of patients with scoliosis. Results: Thirty-four patients were female (69.4% and 15 male (30.6%. The mean values for COG-C7 were 0.71 mm (median 0.8 mm/standard deviation [SD]= 0.51 mm. For Cobb C2-C7, the mean was -11.7° (median -10°/SD= 20.4°. The mean slope of T1 was 23.5° (median 25°/SD= 9.5°. The mean cervical version was 58.8° (median 60°/DP= 15.4°. The mean TIA was 81.8° (median 85°/SD= 16.7°. The mean plumb line C7-S1 was -0.28 (-0.3/SD= 1.0. Conclusion: The analysis of the results showed that the mean values for the cervical lordosis are lower than the values described as normal in the literature, suggesting a loss of sagittal cervical balance in these patients.

  11. Sagittal-lung CT measurements in the evaluation of asthma-COPD overlap syndrome: a distinctive phenotype from COPD alone.

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    Qu, Yanjuan; Cao, Yiyuan; Liao, Meiyan; Lu, Zhiyan

    2017-07-01

    This study aimed at investigating the capability of sagittal-lung computed tomography (CT) measurements in differentiating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS). Clinical and high-resolution CT of 229 patients including 123 pure COPD patients and 106 ACOS patients were included. Sagittal-lung CT measurements in terms of bilateral lung height (LH), anterior-posterior lung diameter (APLD), diaphragm height (DH), and anterior sterno-diaphragmatic angle (ASDA), as well as inter-pulmonary septum length (IPSL) on axial images were measured both before and after bronchodilator (BD) administration. Comparisons of clinical characteristics and CT measurements between patient groups were performed. All pre-BD quantitative sagittal features measuring diaphragm flattening and hyperinflation were not significantly different between patients with COPD and patients with ACOS (P values all >0.05). Following BD administration, the ACOS patients exhibited lower left LH, bilateral APLD, and bilateral ASDA, but higher right DH, compared to pure COPD patients (P values all <0.05). Right LH, left DH and IPSL were not significantly different between patient groups. Besides, variations of all sagittal-lung CT measurements were significantly larger in patients with ACOS than in patients with pure COPD (P values all <0.001) and showed high performance in differentiating these two kinds of patient, with diagnostic sensitivities ranging from 76.4 to 97.2%, specificities ranging from 86.2 to 100.0%, and accuracies ranging from 80.9 to 90.7%. Sagittal-lung CT measurements allow for differentiating patients with ACOS from those with pure COPD. The ACOS patients had larger post-BD variations of sagittal-lung CT measurements than patients with pure COPD.

  12. C7 sagittal vertical axis is the determinant of the C5-C7 angle in cervical sagittal alignment.

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    Matsubayashi, Yoshitaka; Chikuda, Hirotaka; Oshima, Yasushi; Taniguchi, Yuki; Fujimoto, Yoh; Shimizu, Takachika; Tanaka, Sakae

    2017-05-01

    Previous studies have indicated that the T1 slope correlates with cervical lordosis. In contrast, the specific impact of the C7 sagittal vertical axis (C7SVA) on cervical lordosis remains unknown. This study aimed to investigate the specific role of C7SVA in cervical lordosis. This was a retrospective radiographic study. Forty-eight consecutive patients who underwent lateral standing radiography of the entire spine were retrospectively reviewed. Radiographic parameters included occipito (Oc)-C7, Oc-C2, C2-C7, C2-C4, and C5-C7 angles; T1 slope; C7SVA; T1 pelvic angle (TPA); pelvic incidence; pelvic tilt; and sacral slope. The radiographs of 96 consecutive patients who underwent lateral standing radiography of the entire spine in June 2015 in our hospital were retrospectively reviewed. Patients having cervical deformities, having undergone cervical fusion, and under 18 years of age were excluded. A total of 48 Asian patients (14 men and 34 women; mean age, 54.6 years) were eligible. Pathologies included scoliosis, myelopathy, thoracolumbar deformity, and spondylosis. Spearman rank correlation coefficients were used to examine correlations between the parameters. The relationship between C5-C7 lordosis and the radiographic parameters was calculated using the forward stepwise multivariate regression analysis. The authors do not have financial associations relevant to this article. C7SVA correlated with the Oc-C7 (r=0.42) and C2-C7 (r=0.50) angles. However, the correlation coefficient was smaller than that between the T1 slope and Oc-C7 (r=0.83) or C2-C7 (r=0.76) angles. When the C2-C7 angle was divided into C2-C4 and C5-C7 angles, C7SVA correlated with the C5-C7 (r=0.63) angle but not with the C2-C4 angle. The correlation coefficient between the C5-C7 angle and C7SVA was higher than that between the C5-C7 angle and T1 slope (r=0.53) or the C5-C7 angle and TPA (r=0.60). Using radiographic parameters and age, multiple regression analysis revealed that only C7SVA affected

  13. Aberrant NLRP3 inflammasome associated with aryl hydrocarbon receptor potentially contributes to the imbalance of T-helper cells in patients with acute myeloid leukemia.

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    Jia, Yan; Zhang, Chen; Hua, Mingqiang; Wang, Min; Chen, Ping; Ma, Daoxin

    2017-12-01

    Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a hematological malignancy in which the immune response serves a pivotal role in progression. Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) is involved in the modulation of the immune system, particularly in the differentiation of T-helper cell (Th) subsets. Although the NLR family pyrin domain-containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome has been implicated as essential in the pathogenesis of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, the role it serves in the development of AML remains unknown. Therefore, in order to identify and describe the possible roles of AHR, as well as NLRP3 inflammasome, in the pathogenesis of AML and their relationship with Th subsets (Th1 Th22), the present study investigated the mRNA expression levels of AHR and NLRP3 inflammasome molecules in the peripheral blood and bone marrow. Concentrations of plasma IL-18 were also investigated in peripheral blood by ELISA, as well as the proportions of Th22 and Th1. In the present study, there were three groups: Newly diagnosed (ND) patients; complete remission (CR); and normal controls. A markedly increased expression of NLRP3 inflammasome molecules in bone marrow mononuclear cells (BMMCs) from newly diagnosed (ND) patients compared with patients in complete remission (CR) was identified. NLRP3 inflammasome molecules were also observed to be aberrantly expressed in peripheral blood (PB) mononuclear cells (PBMCs), accompanied with aberrant interleukin (IL)-18 levels in PB plasma. The relative level of IL-18 mRNA became normal after the ND patients with AML achieved CR. In bone marrow, the expression of AHR was significantly higher in ND patients than in CR patients. Furthermore, the expression level of NLRP3 inflammasome molecules was significantly correlated with AHR expression in patients with AML. In the Th subsets, a significantly increased proportion of Th22 in PB from ND patients compared with CR patients or controls was identified, accompanied with decreased Th1. It was concluded that

  14. Postural model of sagittal spino-pelvic alignment and its relevance for lumbosacral developmental spondylolisthesis.

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    Mac-Thiong, Jean-Marc; Wang, Zhi; de Guise, Jacques A; Labelle, Hubert

    2008-10-01

    Comparative study of sagittal spino-pelvic alignment in children and adolescents with developmental lumbosacral spondylolisthesis compared with asymptomatic subjects. To develop a global postural model of sagittal spino-pelvic alignment. The relationships between parameters of sagittal spino-pelvic alignment in developmental spondylolisthesis are still unclear. Radiographs of 120 control subjects and 131 subjects with developmental spondylolisthesis (91 low-grade, 40 high-grade) were reviewed. Subjects with high-grade spondylolisthesis were divided according to their sacro-pelvic alignment: balanced versus retroverted sacro-pelvis. Parameters of the sacro-pelvis (pelvic incidence, pelvic tilt, sacral slope), lumbosacral region (lumbosacral angle, slip percentage), lumbar spine (lumbar lordosis, lumbar tilt), thoracic spine (thoracic kyphosis, thoracic tilt), and global balance (spinal tilt, sagittal offset between C7 and femoral heads) were assessed. Parameters were compared between all groups and a correlation study was performed between all parameters. A postural model that includes the measured parameters was used to analyze the obtained correlations. Significant differences in all parameters are found between all groups, except for sagittal offset. The pattern and strength of correlations is similar between normal and low-grade subjects, showing interdependence between sacro-pelvic, lumbosacral, lumbar, and thoracic regions. The pattern of relationships was altered in high-grade spondylolisthesis, especially for subjects with a retroverted sacro-pelvis for which correlations between pelvic incidence and pelvic tilt, and between the sacro-pelvic unit and lumbar spine geometry are lost. Children and adolescents stand with a relatively constant global sagittal spino-pelvic alignment, regardless of the local lumbosacral deformity. A normal posture is maintained in low-grade spondylolisthesis and in high-grade spondylolisthesis with a balanced sacro-pelvis. Posture

  15. INFLUENCE OF THE SAGITTAL BALANCE ON THE CLINICAL OUTCOME IN SPINAL FUSION

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    Marcela Almeida Campos Coutinho

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objective: Evaluates which radiographic parameters of the sagittal and spinopelvic balance influence the clinical and functional outcomes of a sample of patients undergoing spinal fusion. Methods: We studied 32 patients who underwent spinal fusion. Radiographs of the total spine were obtained from all patients. The clinical and functional parameters studied were analysis of pain by visual analogic scale (VAS and Oswestry and SRS-30 questionnaires. We analyzed the correlation between the clinical and functional parameters and radiographic parameters of the sagittal and spinopelvic balance. Results: There was no significant correlation between parameters pelvic incidence (PI, pelvic tilt (PT, lumbar lordosis (LL and difference between PI and LL (PI-LL and clinical parameters (p > 0.05 and r <0.2. Significant correlation were identified only between Sagittal Vertical Axis (SVA and Satisfaction with Treatment domain of SRS-30 (r = 0.402 e p = 0.023 and between thoracic kyphosis (TK and the total SRS-30 (r = 0.419 and p = 0.017. Conclusions: According to the study results, it was not possible to precisely characterize the role of the parameters of the sagittal and spinopelvic balance in the post-operative analysis of the clinical outcome of spinal fusion. There was a significant correlation only between SVA and the Satisfaction with Treatment domain of SRS-30 and between TK and total SRS-30.

  16. Gender Imbalance and Terrorism in Developing Countries.

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    Younas, Javed; Sandler, Todd

    2017-03-01

    This article investigates whether gender imbalance may be conducive to domestic terrorism in developing countries. A female-dominated society may not provide sufficient administration, law, or order to limit domestic terrorism, especially since societies in developing countries primarily turn to males for administration, policing, and paramilitary forces. Other economic considerations support female imbalance resulting in grievance-generated terrorism. Because male dominance may also be linked to terrorism, empirical tests are ultimately needed to support our prediction. Based on panel data for 128 developing countries for 1975 to 2011, we find that female gender imbalance results in more total and domestic terrorist attacks. This female gender imbalance does not affect transnational terrorism in developing countries or domestic and transnational terrorism in developed countries. Further tests show that gender imbalance affects terrorism only when bureaucratic institutions are weak. Many robustness tests support our results.

  17. Large Genomic Imbalances in Brugada Syndrome.

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    Irene Mademont-Soler

    Full Text Available Brugada syndrome (BrS is a form of cardiac arrhythmia which may lead to sudden cardiac death. The recommended genetic testing (direct sequencing of SCN5A uncovers disease-causing SNVs and/or indels in ~20% of cases. Limited information exists about the frequency of copy number variants (CNVs in SCN5A in BrS patients, and the role of CNVs in BrS-minor genes is a completely unexplored field.220 BrS patients with negative genetic results were studied to detect CNVs in SCN5A. 63 cases were also screened for CNVs in BrS-minor genes. Studies were performed by Multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification or Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS.The detection rate for CNVs in SCN5A was 0.45% (1/220. The detected imbalance consisted of a duplication from exon 15 to exon 28, and could potentially explain the BrS phenotype. No CNVs were found in BrS-minor genes.CNVs in current BrS-related genes are uncommon among BrS patients. However, as these rearrangements may underlie a portion of cases and they undergo unnoticed by traditional sequencing, an appealing alternative to conventional studies in these patients could be targeted NGS, including in a single experiment the study of SNVs, indels and CNVs in all the known BrS-related genes.

  18. Mandibular nerve schwannoma resection using sagittal split ramus osteotomy.

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    Mahmood, Laith; Demian, Nagi; Weinstock, Yitzchak E; Weissferdt, Annikka

    2013-11-01

    A case is presented of a unique presentation and treatment of a mandibular nerve schwannoma. Its uniqueness stems from the fact that it consisted of 2 distinct tumors along the same nerve: one within the body of the mandible and the other within the ipsilateral pterygomandibular space. Rather than the standard approach of lip split and hemimandibulectomy, a unique approach of a sagittal split ramus osteotomy was used that allowed access to the 2 lesions and avoided the added morbidity of the former approach. The 2 portions of the lesion were successfully removed and the patient was satisfied with the result. Recurrence has not been detected after 6 months. Copyright © 2013 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Earth's energy imbalance and implications

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Improving observations of ocean heat content show that Earth is absorbing more energy from the Sun than it is radiating to space as heat, even during the recent solar minimum. The inferred planetary energy imbalance, 0.58 ± 0.15 W m−2 during the 6-yr period 2005–2010, confirms the dominant role of the human-made greenhouse effect in driving global climate change. Observed surface temperature change and ocean heat gain together constrain the net climate forcing and ocean mixing rates. We conclude that most climate models mix heat too efficiently into the deep ocean and as a result underestimate the negative forcing by human-made aerosols. Aerosol climate forcing today is inferred to be −1.6 ± 0.3 W m−2, implying substantial aerosol indirect climate forcing via cloud changes. Continued failure to quantify the specific origins of this large forcing is untenable, as knowledge of changing aerosol effects is needed to understand future climate change. We conclude that recent slowdown of ocean heat uptake was caused by a delayed rebound effect from Mount Pinatubo aerosols and a deep prolonged solar minimum. Observed sea level rise during the Argo float era is readily accounted for by ice melt and ocean thermal expansion, but the ascendency of ice melt leads us to anticipate acceleration of the rate of sea level rise this decade.

  20. Genomic imbalances in syndromic congenital heart disease.

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    Molck, Miriam Coelho; Simioni, Milena; Paiva Vieira, Társis; Sgardioli, Ilária Cristina; Paoli Monteiro, Fabíola; Souza, Josiane; Fett-Conte, Agnes Cristina; Félix, Têmis Maria; Lopes Monlléo, Isabella; Gil-da-Silva-Lopes, Vera Lúcia

    To identify pathogenic genomic imbalances in patients presenting congenital heart disease (CHD) with extra cardiac anomalies and exclusion of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2 DS). 78 patients negative for the 22q11.2 deletion, previously screened by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and/or multiplex ligation probe amplification (MLPA) were tested by chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA). Clinically significant copy number variations (CNVs ≥300kb) were identified in 10% (8/78) of cases. In addition, potentially relevant CNVs were detected in two cases (993kb duplication in 15q21.1 and 706kb duplication in 2p22.3). Genes inside the CNV regions found in this study, such as IRX4, BMPR1A, SORBS2, ID2, ROCK2, E2F6, GATA4, SOX7, SEMAD6D, FBN1, and LTPB1 are known to participate in cardiac development and could be candidate genes for CHD. These data showed that patients presenting CHD with extra cardiac anomalies and exclusion of 22q11.2 DS should be investigated by CMA. The present study emphasizes the possible role of CNVs in CHD. Copyright © 2017 Sociedade Brasileira de Pediatria. Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  1. [CHANGE AND CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF CERVICAL SPINE SAGITTAL ALIGNMENT OF ADOLESCENT IDIOPATHIC SCOLIOSIS].

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    Ye, Feng; Shi, Jianxiong; Hu, Jianxin; Huang, Bo; Qiu, Hao; Chu, Tongwei

    2016-03-01

    To investigate the changes and relationship of cervical spine sagittal alignment and other spinal-pelvic sagittal parameters in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Between July 2011 and July 2014, 35 patients with idiopathic scoliosis who met the inclusion criteria underwent posterior pedicle screw instrumentation and fusion. There were 12 males and 23 females with a mean age of 16.2 years (range, 13-20 years), including 16 cases of Lenke type 1, 7 cases of Lenke type 2, 4 cases of Lenke type 3, 3 cases of Lenke type 4, 4 cases of Lenke type 5, and 1 case of Lenke type 6. The average follow-up time was 10.9 months (range, 5-36 months). The pelvic incidence (PI), pelvic tilt (PT), sacral slope (SS), lumbar lordosis (LL), thoracic kyphosis (TK), cervical lordosis (CL), T1 slope, C2 slope, C7 sagittal vertical axis (C7 SVA), C2.7 plumbline (cSVA) were measured on pre- and post-operative standing lateral X-ray film. Based on preoperative CL, the patients were divided into kyphosis group (CL > 0 degress) and lordosis group (CL 0.05). There were 17 patients in lordosis group and 18 in kyphosis group before operation. Intra-group comparisons showed significant changes in PT, PI, SS, C2 slope, and C7 SVA in lordosis group, and in PT, PI, SS, LL, CL, TK, T1 slope, and C2 slope in kyphosis group (P spine and pelvis. The change of cervical sagittal alignment has a certain correlation with the change of thoracic kyphosis. Attention to properly maintaining or restoring cervical sagittal lordosis alignment should be considered in preoperative evaluation of adolescent indiopathic scoliosis.

  2. Role of T1 Pelvic Angle in Assessing Sagittal Balance in Outpatients With Unspecific Low Back Pain.

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    Yang, Mingyuan; Yang, Changwei; Xu, Zhengfang; Chen, Ziqiang; Wei, Xianzhao; Zhao, Jian; Shao, Jie; Zhang, Guoyou; Zhao, Yingchuan; Ni, Haijian; Bai, Yushu; Zhu, Xiaodong; Li, Ming

    2016-03-01

    The aim of the study was to explore the significance of T1 pelvic angle (TPA) for assessment of sagittal balance in a cohort of Chinese patients with unspecific low back pain. TPA has been commonly used to assess sagittal balance in adult spinal deformity. However, whether TPA could be used to assess sagittal balance in patients with unspecific low back pain effectively remains unanswered. Medical records of outpatients with unspecific low back pain who received treatment in our outpatient clinic between September 2013 and November 2014 were reviewed. Demographic data and radiographic data were collected. Correlation coefficients between TPA and other sagittal parameters were analyzed, and the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) analysis was performed to assess the inter- and intra-observer reliability of TPA. Patients were divided into 2 groups according to whether they were well-aligned (TPA ≤ 20°) or poorly aligned (TPA > 20°), and then demographic and sagittal parameters were compared between the 2 groups of patients. A total of 97 patients with unspecific low back pain were included in this study. The inter- and intraobserver reliability of the TPA measure had excellent agreement (ICC = 0.985 and 0.919, respectively). There were significant correlations between TPA and age, LL, PT, PI, T1SPI, SVA, and NRS (all P 5 cm in the other 5 (13.16%) patients, and of the 59 poorly aligned patients in Group B, SVA was >5 cm in 42 (71.19%) patients and ≤5 cm in the other 17 (28.81%) patients. There were significant differences in age, LL, SS, PT, PI, T1SPI, SVA, and NRS between the 2 groups of patients, but no significant difference was observed in TK and TL. TPA could be used to assess sagittal balance in outpatients with unspecific low back pain effectively.

  3. Evidence-based genomic diagnosis characterized chromosomal and cryptic imbalances in 30 elderly patients with myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia

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    Kumar Rachana

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To evaluate the clinical validity of genome-wide oligonucleotide array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH for detecting somatic abnormalities, we have applied this genomic analysis to 30 cases (13 MDS and 17 AML with clonal chromosomal abnormalities detected in more than 50% of analyzed metaphase cells. Results The aCGH detected all numerical chromosomal gains and losses from the mainline clones and 113 copy number alterations (CNAs ranging from 0.257 to 102.519 megabases (Mb. Clinically significant recurrent deletions of 5q (involving the RPS14 gene, 12p12.3 (ETV6 gene, 17p13 (TP53 gene, 17q11.2 (NF1 gene and 20q, double minutes containing the MYC gene and segmental amplification involving the MLL gene were further characterized with defined breakpoints and gene contents. Genomic features of microdeletions at 17q11.2 were confirmed by FISH using targeted BAC clones. The aCGH also defined break points in a derivative chromosome 6, der(6t(3;6(q21.3;p22.2, and an isodicentric X chromosome. However, chromosomally observed sideline clonal abnormalities in five cases were not detected by aCGH. Conclusions Our data indicated that an integrated cytogenomic analysis will be a better diagnostic scheme to delineate genomic contents of chromosomal and cryptic abnormalities in patients with MDS and AML. An evidence-based approach to interpret somatic genomic findings was proposed.

  4. The Influence of Natural Head Position on the Cervical Sagittal Alignment

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    Wang, Kuan; Deng,, Zhen; Li, Zhengyan; Wang, Huihao; Zhan, Hongsheng

    2017-01-01

    This study investigated the relationship between the parameters related to the natural head position and cervical segmental angles and alignment of patients with neck pain. The lateral radiographs of the cervical spine were collected from 103 patients and were used to retrospectively analyze the correlation between the natural head position, cervical local sagittal angles, and alignment. Sagittal measurements were as follows: cervical curvature classification, slope of McGregor's line (McGS), local sagittal angles (C0–C2 angle, C2–C5 angle, C5–C7 angle, and C2–C7 angle), T1 slope, center of gravity of the head to sagittal vertical axis (CG–C7 SVA), and local sagittal alignment (C0–C2 SVA and C2–C7 SVA). McGS was significantly correlated to C0–C2 angle (r = 0.57), C0–C2 SVA (r = −0.53), C2–C7 SVA (r = −0.28), and CG–C7 SVA (r = −0.47). CG–C7 SVA was also significantly correlated to curvature type (r = 0.27), C5–C7 angle (r = −0.37), and C2–C7 angle (r = −0.39). A backward shift with an extended head position may accompany a relatively normal curvature of the cervical spine. The effect of posture control in relieving abnormal mechanical state of the cervical spine needs to be further confirmed by biomechanical analysis. 2017 Kuan Wang et al.

  5. The Influence of Natural Head Position on the Cervical Sagittal Alignment

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    Kuan Wang

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. This study investigated the relationship between the parameters related to the natural head position and cervical segmental angles and alignment of patients with neck pain. Material and Methods. The lateral radiographs of the cervical spine were collected from 103 patients and were used to retrospectively analyze the correlation between the natural head position, cervical local sagittal angles, and alignment. Sagittal measurements were as follows: cervical curvature classification, slope of McGregor’s line (McGS, local sagittal angles (C0–C2 angle, C2–C5 angle, C5–C7 angle, and C2–C7 angle, T1 slope, center of gravity of the head to sagittal vertical axis (CG–C7 SVA, and local sagittal alignment (C0–C2 SVA and C2–C7 SVA. Results. McGS was significantly correlated to C0–C2 angle (r=0.57, C0–C2 SVA (r=−0.53, C2–C7 SVA (r=−0.28, and CG–C7 SVA (r=−0.47. CG–C7 SVA was also significantly correlated to curvature type (r=0.27, C5–C7 angle (r=−0.37, and C2–C7 angle (r=−0.39. Conclusions. A backward shift with an extended head position may accompany a relatively normal curvature of the cervical spine. The effect of posture control in relieving abnormal mechanical state of the cervical spine needs to be further confirmed by biomechanical analysis.

  6. Olecranon fractures with sagittal splits treated with dual fixation.

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    Morwood, Michael P; Ruch, David S; Leversedge, Fraser J; Mithani, Suhail K; Kamal, Robin N; Richard, Marc J

    2015-04-01

    To assess the results of olecranon fractures with an intra-articular sagittal plane fracture managed by orthogonal fixation constructs. A retrospective chart review was performed and 14 proximal ulna fractures with intra-articular comminution resulting in separate medial and lateral fragments were identified. All fractures were classified according to the Schatzker, Mayo, and AO classification systems. Postoperative functional assessment, Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH) score, time to union, and complications were recorded. Eleven patients were treated with both dorsal and lateral plates. Three patients were managed with a single dorsal plate and cerclage wires. All fractures healed. Mean length of follow-up was 15 months (range, 4-72 mo). Mean range of motion at final follow-up was a flexion-extension arc of 24° to 129° with 89° and 79° of pronation and supination, respectively. The most common complication was symptomatic hardware, leading to removal of hardware in 5 of 14 (36%) patients. Average postoperative Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand score was 7. Two patients developed heterotopic ossification and 1 patient required a local pedicled flap for soft-tissue coverage. Identification of this subset of fractures is critical to successful management. A supplemental lateral plate or cerclage wires can successfully manage these difficult fractures and achieve good outcomes. Therapeutic IV. Copyright © 2015 American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. CORRELATION BETWEEN OBESITY, SAGITTAL BALANCE AND CLINICAL OUTCOME IN SPINAL FUSION

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    Marcel Machado da Motta

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    Full Text Available Objective:To correlate obesity with radiographic parameters of spinal and spinopelvic balance in patients undergoing spinal arthrodesis, and to correlate obesity with clinical outcome of these patients.Methods:Observational retrospective study including patients who underwent spinal arthrodesis, with minimum follow-up period of three months. We measured waist circumference, as well as height and weight to calculate body mass index (BMI and obtained radiographs of the total column. The clinical parameters studied were pain by visual analog scale (VAS and the Oswestry questionnaire (ODI. Obesity correlated with radiographic parameters of the sagittal and spinopelvic balance and postoperative clinical parameters.Results:32 patients were analyzed. The higher the BMI, the greater the value of VAS found, but without statistical significance (p=0.83. There was also no correlation between BMI and the ODI questionnaire. Analyzing the abdominal circumference, there was no correlation between the VAS and ODI. There was no correlation between BMI or waist circumference and the radiographic parameters of global spinopelvic sagittal alignment. Regarding the postoperative results, there was no correlation between the mean BMI and waist circumference and the postoperative results for ODI and VAS (p=0.75 and p=0.7, respectively.Conclusions:The clinical outcomes of patients who undergone spinal fusion were not affected by the BMI and waist circumference. Also, there was no correlation between radiographic parameters of spinal and spinopelvic sagittal balance with obesity in patients previously treated with arthrodesis of the spine.

  8. Is Postoperative Intensive Care Unit Care Necessary following Cranial Vault Remodeling for Sagittal Synostosis?

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    Wolfswinkel, Erik M; Howell, Lori K; Fahradyan, Artur; Azadgoli, Beina; McComb, J Gordon; Urata, Mark M

    2017-12-01

    Of U.S. craniofacial and neurosurgeons, 94 percent routinely admit patients to the intensive care unit following cranial vault remodeling for correction of sagittal synostosis. This study aims to examine the outcomes and cost of direct ward admission following primary cranial vault remodeling for sagittal synostosis. An institutional review board-approved retrospective review was undertaken of the records of all patients who underwent primary cranial vault remodeling for isolated sagittal craniosynostosis from 2009 to 2015 at a single pediatric hospital. Patient demographics, perioperative course, and outcomes were recorded. One hundred ten patients met inclusion criteria with absence of other major medical problems. Average age at operation was 6.7 months, with a mean follow-up of 19.8 months. Ninety-eight patients (89 percent) were admitted to a general ward for postoperative care, whereas the remaining 12 (11 percent) were admitted to the intensive care unit for preoperative or perioperative concerns. Among ward-admitted patients, there were four (3.6 percent) minor complications; however, there were no major adverse events, with none necessitating intensive care unit transfers from the ward and no mortalities. Average hospital stay was 3.7 days. The institution's financial difference in cost of intensive care unit stay versus ward bed was $5520 on average per bed per day. Omitting just one intensive care unit postoperative day stay for this patient cohort would reduce projected health care costs by a total of $540,960 for the study period. Despite the common practice of postoperative admission to the intensive care unit following cranial vault remodeling for sagittal craniosynostosis, the authors suggest that postoperative care be considered on an individual basis, with only a small percentage requiring a higher level of care. Therapeutic, III.

  9. A Preliminary Algorithm Using Spine Measurement Software to Predict Sagittal Alignment Following Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy

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    Merrill, Robert K.; Kim, Jun S.; Leven, Dante M.; Meaike, Joshua J.; Kim, Joung Heon

    2017-01-01

    Study Design: Retrospective case series. Objective: To evaluate if spine measurement software can simulate sagittal alignment following pedicle subtraction osteotomy (PSO). Methods: We retrospectively reviewed consecutive adult spinal deformity patients who underwent lumbar PSO. Sagittal measurements were performed on preoperative lateral, standing radiographs. Sagittal measurements after simulated PSO were compared to actual postoperative measurements. A regression equation was developed using cases 1-7 to determine the amount of manual rotation required of each film to match the simulated sagittal vertical axis (SVA) to the actual postoperative SVA. The equation was then applied to cases 8-13. Results: For all 13 cases, the spine software accurately simulated lumbar lordosis, pelvic incidence lumbar lordosis mismatch, and T1 pelvic angle, with no significant differences between actual and simulated measurements. The pelvic tilt (PT), sacral slope (SS), thoracolumbar alignment (TL), thoracic kyphosis (TK), T9 spino-pelvic inclination (T9SPi), T1 spino-pelvic inclination (T1SPi), and SVA were inaccurately simulated. The PT, SS, T9SPi, T1SPi, and SVA all change with manual rotation of the film, and by using the regression equation developed with cases 1-7, we were able to improve the accuracy and decrease the variability of the simulated PT, SS, T9SPi, T1SPi, and SVA for cases 8-13. Conclusions: Dedicated spine measurement software can accurately simulate certain sagittal measurements, such as LL, PI-LL, and TPA, following PSO. A number of measurements, including PT, SS, TL, TK, T9SPi, T1SPi, and SVA were inaccurately simulated. Our preliminary algorithm improved the accuracy and decreased the variability of certain measurements, but requires future prospective studies for further validation. PMID:28894684

  10. Standing balance and sagittal plane spinal deformity: analysis of spinopelvic and gravity line parameters.

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    Lafage, Virginie; Schwab, Frank; Skalli, Wafa; Hawkinson, Nicola; Gagey, Pierre-Marie; Ondra, Stephen; Farcy, Jean-Pierre

    2008-06-15

    Prospective study of 131 patients and volunteers recruited for an analysis of spinal alignment and gravity line (GL) assessment by force plate analysis. To determine relationships between GL, foot position, and spinopelvic landmarks in subjects with varying sagittal alignment. Additionally, the study sought to analyze the role of the pelvis in the maintenance of GL position. Force plate technology permits analysis of foot position and GL in relation to radiographically obtained landmarks. Previous investigation noted fixed GL-heel relationship across a wide age range despite changes in thoracic kyphosis. The pelvis as balance regulator has not been studied in the setting of sagittal spinal deformity. The 131 subjects were grouped by sagittal vertical axis (SVA) offset from the sacrum: sagittal forward (>2.5 cm), neutral (-2.5 cm sagittal backward (SVA <-2.5 cm). Simultaneous spinopelvic radiographs and GL measure were obtained. Offsets between spinopelvic landmarks, heel position, and GL were calculated. Group comparisons were made for all offsets to determine significance. Aside from the offset T9-GL and GL-heels, all other offsets between spinopelvic landmarks and GL revealed significant differences (P < 0.001) across the 3 subject groups. However, with increasing SVA, the GL kept a rather fixed location relative to the feet. A correlation between posterior pelvic shift in relation to the heels with increasing SVA in this study population was confirmed (r = 0.6, P < 0.001). Increasing SVA in standing subjects leads to a posterior pelvic shift in relation to the feet. However, no significant difference in GL-heel offset is noted with increasing SVA. It thus appears that pelvic shift (in relation to the feet) is an important component in maintaining a rather fixed GL-Heels offset even in the setting of variable SVA and trunk inclination.

  11. Pelvic parameters of sagittal balance in extreme lateral interbody fusion for degenerative lumbar disc disease.

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    Johnson, R D; Valore, A; Villaminar, A; Comisso, M; Balsano, M

    2013-04-01

    There is increasing interest in the use of pelvic indices to evaluate sagittal balance and predict outcomes in patients with spinal disease. Conventional posterior lumbar fusion techniques may adversely affect lumbar lordosis and spinal balance. Minimally invasive fusion of the lumbar spine is rapidly becoming a mainstay of treatment of lumbar degenerative disc disease. To our knowledge there are no studies evaluating the effect of extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) on pelvic indices. Hence, our aim was to study the effect of XLIF on pelvic indices related to sagittal balance, and report the results of a prospective longitudinal clinical study and retrospective radiographic analyses of patients undergoing XLIF in a single centre between January 2009 and July 2011. Clinical outcomes are reported for 30 patients and the retrospective analyses of radiographic data is reported for 22 of these patients to assess global and segmental lumbar lordosis and pelvic indices. Effect of XLIF on the correction of scoliotic deformity was assessed in 15 patients in this series. A significant improvement was seen in the visual analogue scale score, the Oswestry Disability Index and the Short Form-36 at 2months and 6months (p0.2). Global lumbar lordosis was not affected by XLIF (p>0.4). XLIF significantly increased segmental lumbar lordosis by 3.3° (psagittal balance. Long-term follow-up with a larger cohort will be required to further evaluate the effects of XLIF on sagittal balance. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Sagittal Abdominal Diameter: Application in Clinical Practice

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    Thaís Da Silva-Ferreira

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Excess visceral fat is associated with cardiovascular risk factors. Sagittal abdominal diameter (SAD has recently been highlighted as an indicator of abdominal obesity, and also may be useful in predicting cardiovascular risk. The purpose of the present study was to review the scientific literature on the use of SAD in adult nutritional assessment. A search was conducted for scientific articles in the following electronic databases: SciELO , MEDLINE (PubMed and Virtual Health Library. SAD is more associated with abdominal fat (especially visceral, and with different cardiovascular risk factors, such as, insulin resistance, blood pressure, and serum lipoproteins than the traditional methods of estimating adiposity, such as body mass index and waist-to-hip ratio. SAD can also be used in association with other anthropometric measures. There are still no cut-off limits established to classify SAD as yet. SAD can be an alternative measure to estimate visceral adiposity. However, the few studies on this diameter, and the lack of consensus on the anatomical site to measure SAD, are obstacles to establish cut-off limits to classify it.

  13. T1 pelvic angle: a new predictor for postoperative sagittal balance and clinical outcomes in adult scoliosis.

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    Qiao, Jun; Zhu, Feng; Xu, Leilei; Liu, Zhen; Zhu, Zezhang; Qian, Bangping; Sun, Xu; Qiu, Yong

    2014-12-01

    A retrospective radiographical study. To compare the prediction abilities of T1 pelvic angle (TPA) and other parameters for postoperative sagittal balance, and investigate the relationships between these parameters and health-related quality of life. Using sagittal vertical axis (SVA) to assess sagittal alignment fails to take account of the pelvic compensation. A new parameter, TPA, has been recommended to represent the global sagittal balance of adult scoliosis. A retrospective review was performed on patients with adult scoliosis undergoing correction surgery from May 2009 to March 2013. The Spearman ρ was used to determine the correlations between the radiographical parameters (preoperative, postoperative, and changes) and the overall Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), visual analogue scale (VAS), and Scoliosis Research Society-22 (SRS-22) questionnaire scores. Significant correlations were found between the changes of TPA and the changes of lumbar lordosis, pelvic tilt, sacral slope, pelvic incidence, SVA, spinosacral angle, ODI, VAS, SRS-22, and pedicle subtraction osteotomy (PSO) degrees (P 0.05). Significant correlations were found between the changes of spinosacral angle and the changes of thoracolumbar kyphosis, TPA, ODI, VAS, SRS-22, and PSO degrees (P 0.05). TPA could better reflect the postoperative changes of sagittal alignment and health-related quality of life for patients with adult scoliosis. Moreover, the changes of TPA are strongly correlated to the osteotomy degrees for PSO and, TPA could be used as a reference parameter in surgical planning. 4.

  14. 3D evaluation of the lingual fracture line after a bilateral sagittal split osteotomy of the mandible.

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    Plooij, J.M.; Naphausen, M.T.P.; Maal, T.J.J.; Xi, T.; Rangel, F.A.; Swennnen, G.; Koning, M.J.J. de; Borstlap, W.A.; Berge, S.J.

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    The purpose of this prospective observational study was to evaluate whether cone beam CT (CBCT) is a useful tool for analyzing the fracture line in a bilateral sagittal split osteotomy (BSSO). The patient group consisted of 40 consecutive patients (9 males and 31 females) with a mandibular

  15. An analysis of spinopelvic sagittal alignment after lumbar lordosis reconstruction for degenerative spinal diseases: how much balance can be obtained?

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    Liu, Hui; Li, Sibei; Wang, Jiranru; Wang, Taiping; Yang, Hao; Li, Zemin; Li, Xiang; Zheng, Zhaomin

    2014-12-15

    A retrospective and radiological study of degenerative spinal diseases. To explore the changes in spinopelvic sagittal alignment after lumbar instrumentation and fusion of degenerative spinal diseases. Efforts have been paid to clarify the ideal postoperative sagittal profile for degenerative spinal diseases. However, little has been published about the actual changes of sagittal alignment after lumbar lordosis reconstruction. Radiographical analysis of 83 patients with spinal degeneration was performed by measuring sagittal parameters before and after operations. Comparative studies of sagittal parameters between short (1 level) and long (≥ 2 level) instrumentation and fusion were performed. Different variances (Δ) of these sagittal parameters before and after operations were calculated and compared. Correlative study and linear regression were performed to establish the relationship between variances. No significant changes were shown in the short-fusion group postoperatively. In the long-fusion group, postoperative lumbar lordosis (LL) and sacral slope (SS) were significantly increased; pelvic tilt (PT), sagittal vertical axis (SVA), pelvic incidence minus lumbar lordosis, and PT/SS were significantly decreased. Different variances of ΔLL, ΔSS, ΔPT, ΔSVA, Δ(pelvic incidence - LL), and ΔPT/SS were significantly greater in the long-fusion group than the short-fusion group. Close correlations were mainly shown among ΔLL, ΔPT, and ΔSVA. Linear regression equations could be developed (ΔPT = -0.185 × ΔLL - 7.299 and ΔSVA = -0.152ΔLL - 1.145). In degenerative spinal diseases, long instrumentation and fusion (≥ 2 levels) provides more efficient LL reconstruction. PT, SS, and SVA improve corresponding to LL in a linear regression model. Linear regression equations could be developed and used to predict PT and SVA change after long instrumentation and fusion for LL reconstruction.

  16. A Review Of Referral Patterns For Sagittal Synostosis In Ireland: 2008-2013

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    Berney, M J

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    Sagittal synostosis (SS) is the commonest form of craniosynostosis. Children with sagittal synostosis in Ireland are treated in the National Paediatric Craniofacial Centre (NPCC) in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. This retrospective study analysed the correlation between referral patterns to the unit and age at operation. The notes of 81 patients referred over a 5 year period (April 2008 – April 2013) to the NPCC with non-syndromic SS were reviewed and demographics and referral information were recorded. Of 81 patients reviewed, 60 (74%) were referred before 6 months of age, while 21 (26%) had late referrals. Neonatologists referred 100% of infants before 6 months, paediatricians referred 71%, and GPs 64%. Later referral was associated with a more complex referral pathway, including multiple-steps of referral and unnecessary investigations. Improved clinician knowledge and emphasis on the importance of early referral may lead to a reduction in late referrals.

  17. Damage to superior parietal cortex impairs pointing in the sagittal plane.

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    Danckert, James; Goldberg, Lana; Broderick, Carol

    2009-05-01

    Neurophysiology and neuroimaging research implicates distinct regions of posterior parietal cortex for reaching versus grasping and for completing these movements in central versus peripheral space. Typically, visuomotor tasks only examine movements made in the frontoparallel plane. We examined a patient with a right superior parietal lesion encompassing the parietal-occipital junction, the intraparietal sulcus and the putative human homologue of V6A on pointing tasks in the sagittal or frontoparallel planes. The patient did not demonstrate a speed-accuracy trade-off, but did show larger times post-peak velocity for all movement directions. Her movements in the sagittal axis were more disordered than movements in the frontoparallel plane. These data indicate a role for superior parietal cortex in fine tuning of visually guided movements and more particularly for movements made back towards the body.

  18. 3D postural balance with regard to gravity line: an evaluation in the transversal plane on 93 patients and 23 asymptomatic volunteers.

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    Steffen, Jean-Sebastien; Obeid, Ibrahim; Aurouer, Nicolas; Hauger, Olivier; Vital, Jean-Marc; Dubousset, Jean; Skalli, Wafa

    2010-05-01

    Relevance of posture assessment has been reported in case of spine disorders. This study explores the interest in quantifying posture using 3D reconstruction from biplanar X-rays in free standing position and a force plate. 93 patients consulting for spine disorders were divided ('3D deformity', 'sagittal imbalance' and 'mild deformity') and compared with 23 asymptomatic volunteers. Registration of the gravity line (GL) in reconstruction yielded transversal position of the center of acoustic meati (CAM) T1, T4, T9, L3, S1 and hip axis (HA) with regard to GL. Transversal position of CAM and L3 appeared as relevant parameters to discriminate patients from volunteers. Sagittal inclination of the axis linking the CAM to HA was correlated with position of the CAM to GL (r = 0.92 for patients). In conclusion, observing posture in 3D with regard to GL provides clinical relevant information. CAM-HA inclination may improve postural evaluation without force plate.

  19. Imbalance between abstract and concrete repetitive thinking modes in schizophrenia.

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    Maurage, Pierre; Philippot, Pierre; Grynberg, Delphine; Leleux, Dominique; Delatte, Benoît; Mangelinckx, Camille; Belge, Jan-Baptist; Constant, Eric

    2017-10-01

    Repetitive thoughts can be divided in two modes: abstract/analytic (decontextualized and dysfunctional) and concrete/experiential (problem-focused and adaptive). They constitute a transdiagnostic process involved in many psychopathological states but have received little attention in schizophrenia, as earlier studies only indexed increased ruminations (related to dysfunctional repetitive thoughts) without jointly exploring both modes. This study explored the two repetitive thinking modes, beyond ruminations, to determine their imbalance in schizophrenia. Thirty stabilized patients with schizophrenia and 30 matched controls completed the Repetitive Response Scale and the Mini Cambridge-Exeter Repetitive Thought Scale, both measuring repetitive thinking modes. Complementary measures related to schizophrenic symptomatology, depression and anxiety were also conducted. Compared to controls, patients with schizophrenia presented an imbalance between repetitive thinking modes, with increased abstract/analytic and reduced concrete/experiential thoughts, even after controlling for comorbidities. Schizophrenia is associated with stronger dysfunctional repetitive thoughts (i.e. abstract thinking) and impaired ability to efficiently use repetitive thinking for current problem-solving (i.e. concrete thinking). This imbalance confirms the double-faced nature of repetitive thinking modes, whose influence on schizophrenia's symptomatology should be further investigated. The present results also claim for evaluating these processes in clinical settings and for rehabilitating the balance between opposite repetitive thinking modes. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Outcome of primary posterior sagittal anorectoplasty of high ...

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    Jan 29, 2013 ... Background: Conventional posterior sagittal anorectoplasty (PSARP) for high anorectal malformation (ARM) involves initial colostomy creation with ... associated multiple congenital anomalies and high risk of overwhelming sepsis .... muscle complex, and mark the position for the neoanus. Inclusion criteria.

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    Pediatric Surgery. Annals of Pediatric Surgery 2011, 7:101–104. Keywords: children, complications, posterior sagittal rectopexy, rectal prolapse, recurrent. Department of ... Correspondence to Amel Abd Eltwab Hashish, Department of Pediatric Surgery,. Faculty of ... without constipation, prolonged diarrhea, malnutrition,.

  2. Association of myelopathy scores with cervical sagittal balance and normalized spinal cord volume: analysis of 56 preoperative cases from the AOSpine North America Myelopathy study.

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    Smith, Justin S; Lafage, Virginie; Ryan, Devon J; Shaffrey, Christopher I; Schwab, Frank J; Patel, Alpesh A; Brodke, Darrel S; Arnold, Paul M; Riew, K Daniel; Traynelis, Vincent C; Radcliff, Kris; Vaccaro, Alexander R; Fehlings, Michael G; Ames, Christopher P

    2013-10-15

    Post hoc analysis of prospectively collected data. Development of methods to determine in vivo spinal cord dimensions and application to correlate preoperative alignment, myelopathy, and health-related quality-of-life scores in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). CSM is the leading cause of spinal cord dysfunction. The association between cervical alignment, sagittal balance, and myelopathy has not been well characterized. This was a post hoc analysis of the prospective, multicenter AOSpine North America CSM study. Inclusion criteria for this study required preoperative cervical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and neutral sagittal cervical radiography. Techniques for MRI assessment of spinal cord dimensions were developed. Correlations between imaging and health-related quality-of-life scores were assessed. Fifty-six patients met inclusion criteria (mean age = 55.4 yr). The modified Japanese Orthopedic Association (mJOA) scores correlated with C2-C7 sagittal vertical axis (SVA) (r = -0.282, P = 0.035). Spinal cord volume correlated with cord length (r = 0.472, P sagittal balance (C2-C7 SVA) to myelopathy severity. We found a moderate negative correlation in kyphotic patients of cord volume and cross-sectional area to mJOA scores. The opposite (positive correlation) was found for lordotic patients, suggesting a relationship of cord volume to myelopathy that differs on the basis of sagittal alignment. It is interesting to note that sagittal balance but not kyphosis is tied to myelopathy score. Future work will correlate alignment changes to cord morphology changes and myelopathy outcomes. SUMMARY STATEMENTS: This is the first study to correlate sagittal balance (C2-C7 SVA) to myelopathy severity. We found a moderate negative correlation in kyphotic patients of cord volume and cross-sectional area to mJOA scores. The opposite (positive correlation) was found for lordotic patients, suggesting a relationship of cord volume to myelopathy that differs on

  3. Sagittal changes in lower incisors by the use of lingual arch

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    Letti,Helen Carolina Becker; Rizzatto,Susana Maria Deon; Menezes,Luciane Macedo de; Reale,Chalana Sangalli; Lima,Eduardo Martinelli de; Martinelli,Fernando Lima

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    OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate a sagittal variation on the lower incisors with the use of the lingual arch on the transition from mixed to permanent dentition. METHODS: The sample was constituted of 44 Caucasian patients (26 girls and 18 boys), divided in two groups: CG, control group, monitoring the lower arch space with no orthodontic/orthopedic treatment during the rated period (n = 14); EG, experimental group, presenting anterior inferior mild crowding and installa...

  4. The "clamshell" craniotomy technique in treating sagittal craniosynostosis in older children.

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    Smyth, Matthew D; Tenenbaum, Marissa J; Kaufman, Christian B; Kane, Alex A

    2006-10-01

    Although most patients with sagittal craniosynostosis are recognized and treated in infancy, some children are not referred to craniofacial centers until later in childhood. In this paper the authors describe a novel operative technique for calvarial reconstruction in older children with previously untreated sagittal craniosynostosis. The authors report a clinical series of eight patients who were treated using novel single-stage calvarial reconstruction, and they assess the complications and outcomes. The patient is placed supine for the procedure, which consists of a coronal incision, bifrontal craniotomy without orbital osteotomy, and multiple interlocking midline parietooccipital osteotomies and recontouring. Fixation is achieved using a bioabsorbable plate system. Cranial indices were calculated from measurements obtained before and after the reconstructive procedures. Preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative photographs and three-dimensional computed tomography scans are presented for review. Between November 2003 and April 2005, the authors treated seven boys (age range approximately 1-10 years, mean age 4.2 years) with uncorrected sagittal craniosynostosis and one with bicoronal and sagittal synostosis. The mean operating time was 5.13 hours (range 4.3-8 hours), with a mean blood loss of 425 ml (range 200-800 ml). As a percentage of the estimated circulating blood volume, the mean operative blood loss was 33.5% (range 17-57%). The mean hospital stay was 4.9 days. The cranial index significantly improved from a mean of 65.6 to 71.3% (p = 0.001). No acute or delayed complications have been noted. Follow-up examinations performed at an average of 12 months (range 1-17 months) have confirmed early patient and family satisfaction. An approach of aggressive calvarial reconstruction with multiple interleaving osteotomies crossing the midline achieves improvements in biparietal narrowing. Combined with a bifrontal reconstruction, early outcomes are excellent

  5. Chromosomal imbalances are uncommon in chagasic megaesophagus

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    Silva Ana E

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Chagas' disease is a human tropical parasitic illness and a subset of the chronic patients develop megaesophagus or megacolon. The esophagus dilation is known as chagasic megaesophagus (CM and one of the severe late consequences of CM is the increased risk for esophageal carcinoma (ESCC. Based on the association between CM and ESCC, we investigated whether genes frequently showing unbalanced copy numbers in ESCC were altered in CM by fluorescence in situ (FISH technology. Methods A total of 50 formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded esophageal mucosa specimens (40 from Chagas megaesophagus-CM, and 10 normal esophageal mucosa-NM were analyzed. DNA FISH probes were tested for FHIT, TP63, PIK3CA, EGFR, FGFR1, MYC, CDKN2A, YES1 and NCOA3 genes, and centromeric sequences from chromosomes 3, 7 and 9. Results No differences between superficial and basal layers of the epithelial mucosa were found, except for loss of copy number of EGFR in the esophageal basal layer of CM group. Mean copy number of CDKN2A and CEP9 and frequency of nuclei with loss of PIK3CA were significantly different in the CM group compared with normal mucosa and marginal levels of deletions in TP63, FHIT, PIK3CA, EGFR, CDKN2A, YES and gains at PIK3CA, TP63, FGFR1, MYC, CDNK2A and NCOA3 were detected in few CM cases, mainly with dilation grades III and IV. All changes occurred at very low levels. Conclusions Genomic imbalances common in esophageal carcinomas are not present in chagasic megaesophagus suggesting that these features will not be effective markers for risk assessment of ESCC in patients with chagasic megaesophagus.

  6. Evaluation of Global Sagittal Balance in Koreans Adults.

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    Cho, Yongjae

    2017-09-01

    The global sagittal postural patterns as characterized by Roussouly classification have been previously described in various ethnicities, there were no studies investigated in Koreans. To analyze the distribution of the global sagittal postural patterns in Korean adults using Roussouly classification, the author prospectively studied. 252 asymptomatic Korean adults was recruited. Data was obtained by reviewing the films for each subject. Spinopelvic parameters were measured and sagittal postural patterns were then determined according to Roussouly classification. We compared the data across different ethnicities from our study and a previous study to further characterize Korean sagittal postures. The subject included 151 males and 101 females, with mean age of 33.2±8.2 years. The average descriptive results were as below: thoracic kyphosis 28.6±7.7°, lumbar lordosis 48.3±10.2°, sacral slope 37.8±5.8°, pelvic incidence 45.1±7.5°, pelvic tilt 9.4±6.7°, spinosacral angle 130.1±5.4°, and sagittal vertical axis 16.25±22.5 mm. 125 subjects among 252 (49.6%) belonged to Roussouly type 3 (namely neutral). There were also 58 (23%), 33 (13.1%), and 36 (14.3) subjects in type 1, 2, and 4 (namely non-neutral), respectively. Enrolling 252 asymptomatic Korean adults, this prospective study found that 49.6% of asymptomatic Korean adults possessed a sagittal posture of Roussouly type 3. All radiologic parameters follows general concept of spinal sagittal balance pattern. Overall, this study might be a basis for further investigation of spinal sagittal balance.

  7. Noninvasive diagnosis of superior sagittal sinus thrombosis in a neonate.

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    Govaert, P; Voet, D; Achten, E; Vanhaesebrouck, P; van Rostenberghe, H; van Gysel, D; Afschrift, M

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    A newborn boy presented within the first day of life with moaning, anemia, and thrombocytopenia. The clinical syndrome resulted from thrombosis of the posterior part of the superior sagittal sinus due to impression at birth of the tip of the occipital squama. Both computed tomography and ultrasound scans were valuable noninvasive tools for documentation of the thrombus itself and the cerebral sequelae. Color Doppler ultrasound scan confirmed the absence and reappearance of flow in the superior sagittal sinus.

  8. Effects of frontal and sagittal thorax attitudes in gait on trunk and pelvis three-dimensional kinematics.

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    Begon, Mickaël; Leardini, Alberto; Belvedere, Claudio; Farahpour, Nader; Allard, Paul

    2015-10-01

    While sagittal trunk inclinations alter upper body biomechanics, little is known about the extent of frontal trunk bending on upper body and pelvis kinematics in adults during gait and its relation to sagittal trunk inclinations. The objective was to determine the effect of the mean lateral trunk attitude on upper body and pelvis three-dimensional kinematics during gait in asymptomatic subjects. Three gait cycles were collected in 30 subjects using a motion analysis system (Vicon 612) and an established protocol. Sub-groups were formed based on the mean thorax lateral bending angle, bending side, and also sagittal tilt. These were compared based on 38 peak angles identified on pelvis, thorax and shoulder kinematics using MANOVAs. A main effect for bending side (p = 0.038) was found, especially for thorax peak angles. Statistics revealed also a significant interaction (p = 0.04993) between bending side and tilt for the thorax sagittal inclination during body-weight transfer. These results reinforce the existence of different gait patterns, which correlate upper body and pelvis motion measures. The results also suggest that frontal and sagittal trunk attitude should be considered carefully when treating a patient with impaired gait. Copyright © 2015 IPEM. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Mid-sagittal plane and mid-sagittal surface optimization in brain MRI using a local symmetry measure

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    Stegmann, Mikkel Bille; Skoglund, Karl; Ryberg, Charlotte

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    This paper describes methods for automatic localization of the mid-sagittal plane (MSP) and mid-sagittal surface (MSS). The data used is a subset of the Leukoaraiosis And DISability (LADIS) study consisting of three-dimensional magnetic resonance brain data from 62 elderly subjects (age 66 to 84...... years). Traditionally, the mid-sagittal plane is localized by global measures. However, this approach fails when the partitioning plane between the brain hemispheres does not coincide with the symmetry plane of the head. We instead propose to use a sparse set of profiles in the plane normal direction......, the mid-sagittal plane is not always planar, but a curved surface resulting in poor partitioning of the brain hemispheres. To account for this, this paper also investigates an optimization strategy which fits a thin-plate spline surface to the brain data using a robust least median of squares estimator...

  10. Gene dosage imbalances: action, reaction, and models.

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    Veitia, Reiner A; Potier, Marie Claude

    2015-06-01

    Single-gene deletions, duplications, and misregulation, as well as aneuploidy, can lead to stoichiometric imbalances within macromolecular complexes and cellular networks, causing their malfunction. Such alterations can be responsible for inherited or somatic genetic disorders including Mendelian diseases, aneuploid syndromes, and cancer. We review the effects of gene dosage alterations at the transcriptomic and proteomic levels, and the various responses of the cell to counteract their effects. Furthermore, we explore several biochemical models and ideas that can provide the rationale for treatments modulating the effects of gene dosage imbalances. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Systemic Redox Imbalance in Chronic Kidney Disease: A Systematic Review

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    Konstantina P. Poulianiti

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    Full Text Available Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD experience imbalance between oxygen reactive species (ROS production and antioxidant defenses leading to cell and tissue damage. However, it remains unclear at which stage of renal insufficiency the redox imbalance becomes more profound. The aim of this systematic review was to provide an update on recent advances in our understanding of how the redox status changes in the progression of renal disease from predialysis stages 1 to 4 to end stage 5 and whether the various treatments and dialysis modalities influence the redox balance. A systematic review was conducted searching PubMed and Scopus by using the Cochrane and PRISMA guidelines. In total, thirty-nine studies met the inclusion criteria and were reviewed. Even from an early stage, imbalance in redox status is evident and as the kidney function worsens it becomes more profound. Hemodialysis therapy per se seems to negatively influence the redox status by the elevation of lipid peroxidation markers, protein carbonylation, and impairing erythrocyte antioxidant defense. However, other dialysis modalities do not so far appear to confer advantages. Supplementation with antioxidants might assist and should be considered as an early intervention to halt premature atherogenesis development at an early stage of CKD.

  12. Fatal superior sagittal sinus hemorrhage as a complication of aplasia cutis congenita: a case report and literature review.

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    Johnson, Rowena; Offiah, Amaka; Cohen, Marta C

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    Aplasia cutis congenita (ACC) is a rare condition that occurs in around 0.01% of births. Characterized by a localized absence of skin, it affects the midline of the scalp in over 80% of cases. We describe the case of an infant born via vaginal spontaneous delivery with ACC affecting the scalp. This extended to the subcutaneous tissue and bone leaving the dura mater exposed. The patient was managed conservatively. At 4 weeks of age, she had a fatal superior sagittal sinus hemorrhage. In a review of the literature, we found ten previous cases of hemorrhage of the superior sagittal sinus complicating an ACC. Including our case, ACC complicated by hemorrhage of the superior sagittal sinus shows a 36% mortality (4/11). An analysis of these cases suggests that this tends to occur between 1 and 3 months of age, though it may occur in younger neonates.

  13. Brace treatment of thoracolumbar kyphosis in spondylometaphyseal dysplasia with restoration of vertebral morphology and sagittal profile: a case report.

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    Ibrahim, Sameh; Labelle, Hubert; Mac-Thiong, Jean-Marc

    2015-06-01

    The Kozlowski type of spondylometaphyseal dysplasia (SMD-K) is characterized by vertebral and metaphyseal abnormalities. The longitudinal evolution of thoracolumbar kyphosis associated with vertebral anomalies in SMD-K is unclear. To document the longitudinal changes in sagittal alignment and vertebral morphology in a patient with SMD-K treated nonoperatively with a Milwaukee brace. Case report. Patient with SMD-K having multiple vertebral anomalies and a thoracolumbar kyphosis. A girl with SMD-K seen initially at 21 months old was followed for 14 years. She presented with thoracolumbar kyphosis associated with multiple vertebral anomalies consisting primarily of hypoplasia at L1, beaking at L2, and ovoid shape of adjacent vertebrae. The patient was treated with a Milwaukee brace and followed until she was 16 years old. After initiation of brace treatment, the thoracolumbar kyphosis gradually resolved and she had a normal sagittal alignment at last follow-up. Normal vertebral morphology was also completely restored in the sagittal plane. The patient developed a main thoracic scoliosis that did not require additional treatment. Nonoperative treatment with bracing can be attempted in patients with SMD-K affected by thoracolumbar kyphosis and multiple vertebral anomalies, because full restoration of normal sagittal alignment and vertebral morphology is possible. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. An Assessment of Correlation between Dermatoglyphic Patterns and Sagittal Skeletal Discrepancies.

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    George, Susha Miriam; Philip, Biju; Madathody, Deepika; Mathew, Manu; Paul, Jose; Dlima, Johnson Prakash

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    Investigators over years have been fascinated by dermatoglyphic patterns which has led to the development of dermatoglyphics as a science with numerous applications in various fields other than being the best and most widely used method for personal identification. To assess the correlation between dermatoglyphic patterns and sagittal skeletal discrepancies. A total of 180 patients, aged 18-40 years, were selected from those who attended the outpatient clinic of the Deparment of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Mar Baselios Dental College, Kothamangalam, Kerala, India. The fingerprints of both hands were taken by ink and stamp method after proper hand washing. The patterns of arches, loops and whorls in fingerprints were assessed. The total ridge count was also evaluated. Data was also sent to the fingerprint experts for expert evaluation. The sagittal jaw relation was determined from the patient's lateral cephalogram. The collected data was then statistically analyzed using Chi-square tests, ANOVA and Post-hoc tests and a Multinomial regression prediction was also done. A significant association was observed between the dermatoglyphic pattern exhibited by eight fingers and the sagittal skeletal discrepancies (ppattern was observed in the skeletal Class II with maxillary excess group and skeletal Class II with mandibular deficiency group while an increased distribution of loop pattern was seen in the skeletal Class III with mandibular excess group and skeletal Class III with maxillary deficiency group. Higher mean of total ridge count was also seen in the groups of skeletal Class II with maxillary excess and skeletal Class II with mandibular deficiency. Multinomial regression predicting skeletal pattern with respect to the fingerprint pattern showed that the left thumb impression fits the best model for predicting the skeletal pattern. There was a significant association between dermatoglyphic patterns and sagittal skeletal discrepancies. Dermatoglyphics

  15. Kinematic analysis of the relationship between Modic changes and sagittal balance parameters in the cervical spine.

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    Ma, Zikun; Liu, Peng; Liu, Jingpei; Mou, Jianhui; Wang, Zhaolin; Sun, Dong; Cheng, Jie; Zhang, Dengwei; Xiao, Jianlin

    2017-08-01

    The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between the Modic changes (MCs) and sagittal parameters of the cervical spine.We conducted a retrospective review of 100 outpatients with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the cervical spine (50 male and 50 female). MRI parameters were measured, including neck tilt, T1 slope (T1 ), thoracic inlet angle (TIA), and cervical lordosis (CL: Cobb C2-7). Patients were divided into 4 groups according to the presence or absence of MC and T1s, respectively: MC(+) and MC(-) groups, as well as H-T1s (T1s ≥25°) and L-T1s subgroups (T1s sagittal alignment in the cervical spine and other parameters were evaluated via Spearman correlation coefficient. Radiologic parameters were compared between the MC(+) group and MC(-) group, and the prevalences of MC were compared between the H-T1s and L-T1s groups.T1s was significantly correlated with TIA and CL, with correlation coefficients of 0.562 and 0.725, respectively. T1 slope was significantly higher in patients with MC than those without MC (P = .041), and the prevalence of MC was higher in the H-T1s group than the L-T1s group (37.5% and 17.1%, respectively). However, the relationship between the parameters of sagittal balance and MC was not significant.The present study demonstrated that high T1 slope is a potential risk factor for the development of MC due to impaired sagittal balance, especially in the C5-6 cervical segment.

  16. The impact of standing regional cervical sagittal alignment on outcomes in posterior cervical fusion surgery.

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    Tang, Jessica A; Scheer, Justin K; Smith, Justin S; Deviren, Vedat; Bess, Shay; Hart, Robert A; Lafage, Virginie; Shaffrey, Christopher I; Schwab, Frank; Ames, Christopher P

    2015-03-01

    Positive spinal regional and global sagittal malalignment has been repeatedly shown to correlate with pain and disability in thoracolumbar fusion. To evaluate the relationship between regional cervical sagittal alignment and postoperative outcomes for patients receiving multilevel cervical posterior fusion. From 2006 to 2010, 113 patients received multilevel posterior cervical fusion for cervical stenosis, myelopathy, and kyphosis. Radiographic measurements made at intermediate follow-up included the following: (1) C1-C2 lordosis, (2) C2-C7 lordosis, (3) C2-C7 sagittal vertical axis (C2-C7 SVA; distance between C2 plumb line and C7), (4) center of gravity of head SVA (CGH-C7 SVA), and (5) C1-C7 SVA. Health-related quality-of-life measures included neck disability index (NDI), visual analog pain scale, and SF-36 physical component scores. Pearson product-moment correlation coefficients were calculated between pairs of radiographic measures and health-related quality-of-life scores. Both C2-C7 SVA and CGH-C7 SVA negatively correlated with SF-36 physical component scores (r =-0.43, PSVA positively correlated with NDI scores (r = 0.20, P = .036). C2-C7 SVA positively correlated with C1-C2 lordosis (r = 0.33, P = .001). For significant correlations between C2-C7 SVA and NDI scores, regression models predicted a threshold C2-C7 SVA value of approximately 40 mm, beyond which correlations were most significant. Our findings demonstrate that, similar to the thoracolumbar spine, the severity of disability increases with positive sagittal malalignment following surgical reconstruction.

  17. Cervical spine alignment, sagittal deformity, and clinical implications: a review.

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    Scheer, Justin K; Tang, Jessica A; Smith, Justin S; Acosta, Frank L; Protopsaltis, Themistocles S; Blondel, Benjamin; Bess, Shay; Shaffrey, Christopher I; Deviren, Vedat; Lafage, Virginie; Schwab, Frank; Ames, Christopher P

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    This paper is a narrative review of normal cervical alignment, methods for quantifying alignment, and how alignment is associated with cervical deformity, myelopathy, and adjacent-segment disease (ASD), with discussions of health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Popular methods currently used to quantify cervical alignment are discussed including cervical lordosis, sagittal vertical axis, and horizontal gaze with the chin-brow to vertical angle. Cervical deformity is examined in detail as deformities localized to the cervical spine affect, and are affected by, other parameters of the spine in preserving global sagittal alignment. An evolving trend is defining cervical sagittal alignment. Evidence from a few recent studies suggests correlations between radiographic parameters in the cervical spine and HRQOL. Analysis of the cervical regional alignment with respect to overall spinal pelvic alignment is critical. The article details mechanisms by which cervical kyphotic deformity potentially leads to ASD and discusses previous studies that suggest how postoperative sagittal malalignment may promote ASD. Further clinical studies are needed to explore the relationship of cervical malalignment and the development of ASD. Sagittal alignment of the cervical spine may play a substantial role in the development of cervical myelopathy as cervical deformity can lead to spinal cord compression and cord tension. Surgical correction of cervical myelopathy should always take into consideration cervical sagittal alignment, as decompression alone may not decrease cord tension induced by kyphosis. Awareness of the development of postlaminectomy kyphosis is critical as it relates to cervical myelopathy. The future direction of cervical deformity correction should include a comprehensive approach in assessing global cervicalpelvic relationships. Just as understanding pelvic incidence as it relates to lumbar lordosis was crucial in building our knowledge of thoracolumbar deformities, T

  18. When is compensation for lumbar spinal stenosis a clinical sagittal plane deformity?

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    Buckland, Aaron J; Vira, Shaleen; Oren, Jonathan H; Lafage, Renaud; Harris, Bradley Y; Spiegel, Matthew A; Diebo, Bassel G; Liabaud, Barthelemy; Protopsaltis, Themistocles S; Schwab, Frank J; Lafage, Virginie; Errico, Thomas J; Bendo, John A

    2016-08-01

    Degenerative lumbar stenosis (DLS) patients have been reported to lean forward in an attempt to provide neural decompression. Spinal alignment in patients with DLS may resemble that of adult spinal deformity (ASD). No previous studies have compared and contrasted the compensatory mechanisms of DLS and ASD patients. This study aimed to determine the differences in compensatory mechanisms between DLS and ASD patients with increasing severity of sagittal spinopelvic malalignment. Contrasting these compensatory mechanisms may help determine at what severity sagittal malalignment represents a clinical sagittal deformity rather than a compensation for neural compression. This is a retrospective clinical and radiological review. Baseline x-rays in patients without spinal instrumentation, with the clinical radiological and diagnoses of DLS or ASD, were assessed for patterns of spinopelvic compensatory mechanisms. Patients were stratified by sagittal vertical axis (SVA) according to the Scoliosis Research Society-Schwab [SRS-Schwab] classification. Radiographic spinopelvic parameters were measured in the DLS and ASD groups, including SVA, pelvic incidence-lumbar lordosis mismatch (PI-LL), T1 spinopelvic inclination (T1SPi), T1 pelvic angle (TPA), and pelvic tilt (PT). The two diagnosis cohorts were propensity-matched for PI and age. Each group contained 125 patients and was stratified according to the SRS-Schwab classification. Regional spinopelvic,lower limb, and global alignment parameters were assessed to identify differences in compensatory mechanisms between the two groups with differing degrees of deformity. No funding was provided by any third party in relation to carrying out this study or preparing the manuscript. With mild to moderate malalignment (SRS-Schwab groups "0," or "+" for PT, PI-LL, or SVA), DLS patients permit anterior truncal inclination and recruit posterior pelvic shift instead of pelvic tilt to maintain balance, while providing relief of neurologic

  19. Comparing Outcomes and Cost of 3 Surgical Treatments for Sagittal Synostosis: A Retrospective Study Including Procedure-Related Cost Analysis.

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    Garber, Sarah T; Karsy, Michael; Kestle, John R W; Siddiqi, Faizi; Spanos, Stephen P; Riva-Cambrin, Jay

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    Neurosurgical techniques for repair of sagittal synostosis include total cranial vault (TCV) reconstruction, open sagittal strip (OSS) craniectomy, and endoscopic strip (ES) craniectomy. To evaluate outcomes and cost associated with these 3 techniques. Via retrospective chart review with waiver of informed consent, the last consecutive 100 patients with sagittal synostosis who underwent each of the 3 surgical correction techniques before June 30, 2013, were identified. Clinical, operative, and process of care variables and their associated specific charges were analyzed along with overall charge. The study included 300 total patients. ES patients had fewer transfusion requirements (13% vs 83%, P operative times (68 vs 111 min, P < .001), and required fewer revision procedures (1% vs 8%, P < .001). The mean charge for the endoscopic procedure was $21 203 vs $20 535 for the OSS procedure (P = .62). The ES craniectomy for sagittal synostosis appeared to have less morbidity and a potential cost savings compared with the TCV reconstruction. The charges were similar to those incurred with OSS craniectomy, but patients had a shorter length of stay and fewer revisions.

  20. The Hegelian dialectics of global imbalances

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    Célestin Monga

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Traditional narratives of external imbalances have focused on the analysis of national accounts, trade flows, and financial flows. They have generated two opposing views of the current situation of the world economy: on one side, a prudent, if not pessimistic view considers large imbalances as evidence of problems with the international monetary and financial system, and symptoms of domestic distortions (mainly in the United States and China. On the other side, a relaxed, if not optimistic view suggests that global imbalances are not anomalies but simply the predictable outcome of a world with increasingly globalized financial flows in search of the right mix of risks and returns. This paper offers a critical analysis of these competing explanations of the United States-China imbalances and suggests a way of reconciling them. The paper uses Hegel’s parable of the development of self-consciousness to explain the dynamics between the two countries. Hegel may not have been a great philosopher of history but his study of lordship and bondage provides a good framework for analyzing the dialectics of recognition and acknowledgement that currently characterizes the macroeconomic relationships between the United States and China.

  1. Analysis of Levene's Test under Design Imbalance.

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    Keyes, Tim K.; Levy, Martin S.

    1997-01-01

    H. Levene (1960) proposed a heuristic test for heteroscedasticity in the case of a balanced two-way layout, based on analysis of variance of absolute residuals. Conditions under which design imbalance affects the test's characteristics are identified, and a simple correction involving leverage is proposed. (SLD)

  2. Intrinsic MYH7 expression regulation contributes to tissue level allelic imbalance in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

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    Montag, Judith; Syring, Mandy; Rose, Julia; Weber, Anna-Lena; Ernstberger, Pia; Mayer, Anne-Kathrin; Becker, Edgar; Keyser, Britta; Dos Remedios, Cristobal; Perrot, Andreas; van der Velden, Jolanda; Francino, Antonio; Navarro-Lopez, Francesco; Ho, Carolyn Yung; Brenner, Bernhard; Kraft, Theresia

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    HCM, the most common inherited cardiac disease, is mainly caused by mutations in sarcomeric genes. More than a third of the patients are heterozygous for mutations in the MYH7 gene encoding for the β-myosin heavy chain. In HCM-patients, expression of the mutant and the wildtype allele can be unequal, thus leading to fractions of mutant and wildtype mRNA and protein which deviate from 1:1. This so-called allelic imbalance was detected in whole tissue samples but also in individual cells. There is evidence that the severity of HCM not only depends on the functional effect of the mutation itself, but also on the fraction of mutant protein in the myocardial tissue. Allelic imbalance has been shown to occur in a broad range of genes. Therefore, we aimed to examine whether the MYH7-alleles are intrinsically expressed imbalanced or whether the allelic imbalance is solely associated with the disease. We compared the expression of MYH7-alleles in non-HCM donors and in HCM-patients with different MYH7-missense mutations. In the HCM-patients, we identified imbalanced as well as equal expression of both alleles. Also at the protein level, allelic imbalance was determined. Most interestingly, we also discovered allelic imbalance and balance in non-HCM donors. Our findings therefore strongly indicate that apart from mutation-specific mechanisms, also non-HCM associated allelic-mRNA expression regulation may account for the allelic imbalance of the MYH7 gene in HCM-patients. Since the relative amount of mutant mRNA and protein or the extent of allelic imbalance has been associated with the severity of HCM, individual analysis of the MYH7-allelic expression may provide valuable information for the prognosis of each patient.

  3. Influence of intentional femoral component flexion in navigated TKA on gap balance and sagittal anatomy.

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    Roßkopf, J; Singh, P K; Wolf, P; Strauch, M; Graichen, H

    2014-03-01

    Navigation has proven its ability to accurately restore coronal leg axis; however, for a good clinical outcome, other factors such as sagittal anatomy and balanced gaps are at least as important. In a gap-balanced technique, the size of the flexion gap is equalled to that of the extension gap. Flexion of the femoral component has been described as a theoretical possibility to balance flexion and extension gap. Aim of this study was to assess whether intentional femoral component flexion is helpful in balancing TKA gaps and in restoring sagittal anatomy. One hundred and thirty-one patients with TKA were included in this study. Implantation was performed in a navigated, gap-balanced, tibia-first technique. The femoral component flexion needed to equal flexion to extension gap was calculated based upon the navigation data. The sagittal diameter, the anterior and posterior offset were measured pre- and postoperatively based on the lateral radiographs. Medial and lateral gaps in extension and flexion as well as flexion/extension gap differences pre- and postoperatively were analysed. Additionally range of motion (ROM) and patient satisfaction (SF 12) were obtained. To achieve equal flexion and extension gap, the femoral component was flexed in 120 out of 131 patients showing mean flexion of 2.9° (SD 2.2°; navigation data) and 3.1° (SD 2.0°; radiological analysis), respectively. Based on this technique, it was possible to balance the extension gap (sagittal diameter was restored in 114 out of 131 cases (87%); however, anterior offset was significantly reduced by 1.3 mm (SD 3.9°), and posterior offset was significantly increased by 1.6 mm (SD 3.3°). No correlation between any navigation and radiological parameter was found with ROM and SF 12. The navigation-based, gap-balanced technique allows intentional flexion of the femoral component in order to balance gaps in more than 90% of primary TKA cases. Simultaneously, the sagittal diameter is restored in 87% of

  4. Analysis of Global Sagittal Postural Patterns in Asymptomatic Chinese Adults.

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    Hu, Panpan; Yu, Miao; Sun, Zhuoran; Li, Weishi; Jiang, Liang; Wei, Feng; Liu, Xiaoguang; Chen, Zhongqiang; Liu, Zhongjun

    2016-04-01

    A prospective imaging study. To characterize the distribution of the global sagittal postural patterns in asymptomatic Chinese adults using Roussouly classification. The norms of sagittal parameters in asymptomatic Chinese population have been previously described, but no report described their global sagittal postural patterns as characterized by Roussouly classification. A cohort of 272 asymptomatic Chinese adults was recruited. Data was assimilated by reviewing the films for each subject. Sagittal parameters were measured and sagittal postural patterns were then determined according to Roussouly classification. The pattern distributions were compared across genders within the study cohort. We also compared the data across different ethnicities from our study and a previous study to further characterize Chinese sagittal postures. The cohort included 161 males and 111 females, with mean age of 23.2±4.4 years. The average descriptive results were as below: pelvic incidence (PI) 46.4°±9.6°, thoracic kyphosis (TK) 24.2°±9.0°, lumbar lordosis (LL) 50.6°±10.6°, sacral slope (SS) 37.2°±7.6°, pelvic tilt (PT) 9.4°±6.8°, spinosacral angle (SSA) 131.1°±7.5° and sagittal vertical axis (SVA) 17.24±32.36 mm. Despite a significant difference between two genders in LL, PI, SSA, and SVA, no difference was found in the distribution of Roussouly types among them. 47.8% of our cohort belonged to Roussouly type 3, while type 1, 2 and 4 comprised 23.2%, 14.0% and 15.1% of the subjects, respectively. Roussouly classification was capable of categorizing sagittal parameters except for the PT. This study also found that 4.4% of the recruited subjects belonged to the C7-anterior subgroup. From a characterization of the sagittal postural patterns of asymptomatic Chinese adults using Roussouly classification, the distribution was similar between Chinese males and females; however, from a cross-study comparison, it was different between asymptomatic Chinese and Caucasian

  5. Kinematic evaluation of cervical sagittal balance and thoracic inlet alignment in degenerative cervical spondylolisthesis using kinematic magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Paholpak, Permsak; Nazareth, Alexander; Hsieh, Patrick C; Buser, Zorica; Wang, Jeffrey C

    2017-09-01

    T1 slope is a novel thoracic parameter used to assess cervical spine sagittal balance. Thoracic index (TI) parameters including T1 slope and cervical sagittal alignment parameters may play an important role in degenerative cervical spondylolisthesis (DCS). Current literature regarding the relationship between TI and cervical sagittal alignment parameters in patients with DCS is limited. (1) To evaluate the T1 slope, cervical sagittal alignment, and thoracic inlet parameter in patients with DCS using kinematic magnetic resonance imaging (kMRI), and (2) to find a correlation between the T1 slope, TI, and other cervical sagittal parameters in patients with DCS. Retrospective kMRI study, Level III. Fifty-two patients with DCS from 1,128 patients from a cervical kMRI database. T1 slope, C2-C7 angle, sagittal vertical axis C2-C7 (SVA C2-C7), cranial tilt, cervical tilt, neck tilt, and thoracic inlet angle (TIA). Cervical spine kMRIs of 52 patients with DCS (mean age 51.7±standard deviation) were analyzed in neutral, flexion, and extension positions. Patients with DCS were divided into two groups: anterolisthesis (N=33) and retrolisthesis (N=19). Each listhesis group was subclassified into grade 1 (slip 2-3 mm) and grade 2 (slip>3 mm). Grade 2 retrolisthesis had the largest T1 slope followed by grade 1 retrolisthesis, grade 2 anterolisthesis, and grade 1 anterolisthesis. Significant differences were found between the anterolisthesis and the retrolisthesis groups in the neutral position (p=.025). The flexion position had the largest T1 slope and showed a significant difference with anterolisthesis in the neutral position (p=.041). Sagittal vertical axis C2-C7 showed strong correlation with cranial tilt in all DCS groups and all positions. In our study, T1 slope was larger in grade 2 DCS, and the retrolisthesis group had larger T1 slope than the anterolisthesis group. Presence of larger T1 slope was significantly correlated with larger cervical lordosis curvature

  6. Dentoalveolar Heights in Vertical and Sagittal Facial Patterns.

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    Islam, Zafar Ul; Shaikh, Attiya Jawaid; Fida, Mubassar

    2016-09-01

    To determine and compare the mean dentoalveolar heights (mm) in different vertical and sagittal facial patterns. Cross-sectional study. Orthodontics Clinic, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, from September to November 2013. Subjects, aged 15 - 20 years, having fully erupted first permanent molars and central incisors were included in the study from orthodontic records. The pretreatment cephalographs of subjects were traced manually over an illuminator. The various parameters like angles and dentoalveolar heights were measured and recorded on data collection form. Mean value ± SD for the variables were generated. ANOVAwas used to compare the means of dentoalveolar heights among the vertical and sagittal facial patterns. Post Hoc Bonferroni test was applied to show difference among the three vertical and three sagittal facial patterns. P-value equal to or less than 0.05 was taken as statistically significant. The mean age of subjects was 15.8 ±3.2 years in vertical group and 16.3 ±2.9 years in sagittal group. There was statistically significant difference (p=0.008) for the upper anterior dentoalveolar height (UADH) among vertical groups, with statistically significant difference for UADH between hyperdivergent and normodivergent (p=0.04) and hyperdivergent and hypodivergent (p=0.01) facial patterns. The UADH were significantly greater in the hyperdivergent group as compared to both the normodivergent and hypodivergent groups. The sagittal groups showed no statistically significant difference for dentoalveolar heights.

  7. Spinal sagittal balance substantially influences locomotive syndrome and physical performance in community-living middle-aged and elderly women.

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    Muramoto, Akio; Imagama, Shiro; Ito, Zenya; Hirano, Kenichi; Ishiguro, Naoki; Hasegawa, Yukiharu

    2016-03-01

    Spinal sagittal imbalance has been well known risk factor of decreased quality of life in the field of adult spinal deformity. However, the impact of spinal sagittal balance on locomotive syndrome and physical performance in community-living elderly has not yet been clarified. The present study investigated the influence of spinal sagittal alignment on locomotive syndrome (LS) and physical performance in community-living middle-aged and elderly women. A total of 125 women between the age of 40-88 years (mean 66.2 ± 9.7 years) who completed the questionnaires, spinal mouse test, physical examination and physical performance tests in Yakumo study were enrolled in this study. Participants answered the 25-Question Geriatric Locomotive Function Scale (GLFS-25), the visual analog scale (VAS) for low back pain (LBP), knee pain. LS was defined as having a score of >16 points on the GLFS-25. Using spinal mouse, spinal inclination angle (SIA), thoracic kyphosis angle (TKA), lumbar lordosis angle (LLA), sacral slope angle (SSA), thoracic spinal range of motion (TSROM), lumbar spinal range of motion (LSROM) were measured. Timed-up-and-go test (TUG), one-leg standing time with eyes open (OLS), and maximum stride, back muscle strength were also measured. The relationship between spinal sagittal parameters and GLFS-25, VAS and physical performance tests were analyzed. 26 people were diagnosed as LS and 99 were diagnosed as non-LS. LBP and knee pain were greater, physical performance tests were poorer, SIA were greater, LLA were smaller in LS group compared to non-LS group even after adjustment by age. SIA significantly correlated with GLFS-25, TUG, OLS and maximum stride even after adjustment by age. The cutoff value of SIA for locomotive syndrome was 6°. People with a SIA of 6° or greater were grouped as "Inclined" and people with a SIA of less than 6° were grouped as "Non-inclined". 21 people were "Inclined" and 104 were "Non-inclined". Odds ratio to fall in LS of

  8. Evaluation of the Sagittal Saw Blade as an Intraoperative Fomite During Diabetic Foot Surgery.

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    Creech, Corine L; Malan, Jared R; Meyr, Andrew J

    2015-08-01

    Surgical site infection is a major potential complication of all operative interventions, and the diabetic foot is particularly at risk for bacterial recontamination and infectious sequelae. The objective of this study was to identify whether the sagittal saw blade used during partial foot amputations and diabetic foot debridements carries the potential to serve as a bacterial fomite. We physically cultured the sagittal saw blade during 20 foot debridements involving the resection of bone in patients diagnosed with a diabetic foot infection. The culture was taken after the initial debridement and during the irrigation phase of the procedure. We observed 16 positive routine intraoperative culture results, with positive saw blade culture results in 15 (93.8%; 15/16) of these cases. In 14 (93.3%; 14/15) of these cases, the saw blade culture grew at least one of the same bacteria as our other routine intraoperative cultures. We observed 4 negative routine intraoperative culture results, with negative saw blade culture results in 3 (75.0%; 3/4) of these cases. This results in agreement between routine intraoperative cultures and saw blade culture of 85.0% (17/20). The results of this investigation demonstrate that the sagittal saw blade used for osseous resection during diabetic foot debridements and partial foot amputations carries the potential for intraoperative bacterial transmission. We recommend changing at least the sagittal saw blade if more bone is resected following irrigation, particularly if it is used to obtain a "clean margin" for microbiological or histological examination. Therapeutic, Level IV: Case series. © 2014 The Author(s).

  9. Beyond Pelvic Incidence-Lumbar Lordosis Mismatch: The Importance of Assessing the Entire Spine to Achieve Global Sagittal Alignment.

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    Merrill, Robert K; Kim, Jun S; Leven, Dante M; Kim, Joung Heon; Cho, Samuel K

    2017-09-01

    Retrospective case series. To investigate which sagittal parameters contribute to a normal sagittal vertical axis (SVA) when there is a pelvic incidence-lumbar lordosis (PI-LL) mismatch >10° following adult spinal deformity (ASD) correction. We performed a retrospective review of ASD patients with >5 levels fused. Sagittal measurements between cohorts of postoperative PI-LL >10° and PI-LLSVA to pelvic tilt (PT), thoracic kyphosis (TK), PI-LL, cervical lordosis (CL), and correlated the pre- to postoperative change in SVA to change in PT, change in TK, change in PI-LL, and change in CL. We also correlated SVA and the change in SVA to combined parameters of ((PI-LL) - PT + TK). We analyzed 52 patients with a mean age of 59 ± 16 years. In patients with a postoperative SVA 10° than when PI-LL10° than when PI-LL SVA correlated better with ((PI-LL) - PT + TK) (R(2) = 0.51) than with PI-LL alone (R(2) = 0.33). Lastly, there was no significant correlation between change in pre- to postoperative SVA with change in TK for all cases (P = .73), but in cases where change in PI-LL was SVA (P = .009). Our results demonstrate that PT and TK, and not just PI-LL, play an important role in maintaining sagittal balance when there is a PI-LL mismatch >10°.

  10. Beyond Pelvic Incidence–Lumbar Lordosis Mismatch: The Importance of Assessing the Entire Spine to Achieve Global Sagittal Alignment

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    Merrill, Robert K.; Kim, Jun S.; Leven, Dante M.; Kim, Joung Heon

    2017-01-01

    Study Design: Retrospective case series. Objective: To investigate which sagittal parameters contribute to a normal sagittal vertical axis (SVA) when there is a pelvic incidence-lumbar lordosis (PI-LL) mismatch >10° following adult spinal deformity (ASD) correction. Methods: We performed a retrospective review of ASD patients with >5 levels fused. Sagittal measurements between cohorts of postoperative PI-LL >10° and PI-LLSVA to pelvic tilt (PT), thoracic kyphosis (TK), PI-LL, cervical lordosis (CL), and correlated the pre- to postoperative change in SVA to change in PT, change in TK, change in PI-LL, and change in CL. We also correlated SVA and the change in SVA to combined parameters of ((PI-LL) − PT + TK). Results: We analyzed 52 patients with a mean age of 59 ± 16 years. In patients with a postoperative SVA 10° than when PI-LL10° than when PI-LL SVA correlated better with ((PI-LL) − PT + TK) (R 2 = 0.51) than with PI-LL alone (R 2 = 0.33). Lastly, there was no significant correlation between change in pre- to postoperative SVA with change in TK for all cases (P = .73), but in cases where change in PI-LL was SVA (P = .009). Conclusion: Our results demonstrate that PT and TK, and not just PI-LL, play an important role in maintaining sagittal balance when there is a PI-LL mismatch >10°. PMID:28894683

  11. Convulsion following gastroenteritis in children without severe electrolyte imbalance.

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    Ghorashi, Ziaaedin; Nezami, Nariman; Soltani-Ahari, Hassan; Ghorashi, Sona

    2010-01-01

    Three to five million children from among one billion with gastroenteritis die annually worldwide. The etiologic agent in developed countries is viral in 15-60% of cases, while in developing countries, bacteria and parasites are frequently reported as the etiologic factors. Neurologic signs including convulsion are seen in some cases of diarrhea. This study aimed to investigate the etiology, risk factors and short-term prognosis of gastroenteritis with convulsion. During a case-control study, 100 patients with gastroenteritis were enrolled into the case and control groups on the basis of convulsion or no convulsion development, respectively. This study was conducted in Tabriz Children's Hospital from March 2004 to March 2007. The age of patients ranged from 2 months to 7 years, and the groups were age- and sex-matched. Body temperature (BT), severity and type of dehydration, stool exam and culture, past history of convulsion in the patient and first-degree relatives, electrolyte imbalance, and short-term prognosis were studied and compared. The mean weight of groups was not different, while the frequency of fever at the time of admission, past history of febrile convulsion in first-degree relatives and severity of dehydration were significantly higher in the case group (p electrolyte imbalance was observed in patients with gastroenteritis experiencing febrile convulsion.

  12. Education in the imbalance of Nature

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    Shlafman, L. M.; Kontar, V. A.

    2013-12-01

    There are two concepts understanding of the real Nature: balanced and imbalanced. The traditional balanced concept understanding of Nature was originated in prehistoric times to calm the frightened souls of prehistoric man and manage groups of people. The balanced concept presupposes that Nature is isotropic, balanced, etc. The balanced concept of understanding of Nature gradually has moved to science and technology. The balanced concept of understanding of Nature is dominating from the prehistoric time up to today. But always parallel and opposite was exists the concept imbalanced understanding of Nature, which presupposes that Nature is anisotropy, imbalanced, etc. The balanced concept is much simpler than Imbalanced. The balanced concept has given mankind a lot of rough description of Nature which helped to solve a lot of practical problems but with sufficient accuracy, i.e. approximately, but not with an absolute precision. While people were few, and a lot of resources, person could take from Nature only what Nature gave willingly. During this period, people feared and respected Nature and Nature was able easily compensate the activity of people. The high accuracy of the description of Nature was not needed when resources were plentiful and people were few. But now the situation is completely different. The population has become a very large and growing. Traditional resources are almost run out and the lack of resources escalates. People are not afraid of Nature and bravely try to take by force what Nature does not give voluntarily. People invaded into imbalance Nature, and Nature can no longer compensate activity of people. The era of global change is started, including those that man provokes. In the conditions of global changes is insufficiently of the approximate solutions of the traditional balanced concept. The balanced concept is exhausted, and increasingly misleads people. The balanced concept cannot solve the problems that arise in the global change

  13. Is severe electrolyte imbalance a contraindication for heart transplant?

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    Mir Mohammad Sadeghi, Mohsen; Behdad Mehr, Gholamreza; Mir Mohammad Sadeghi, Amir; Mir Mohammad Sadeghi, Pouya; Samani, Shahin; Mansourian, Soheila

    2012-02-01

    Owing to the increasing numbers of patients with end-stage congestive heart failure awaiting heart transplant and the limited number of suitable donor organs, a decrease in stringency of donor criteria has become widely accepted over the last decade. Here, we present a case of a heart donor with severe electrolyte imbalance, specifically severe hypokalemia, and severe hypernatremia. Despite this, heart transplant was a success, and the recipient was discharged from the hospital in good general condition. We recommend further study of this issue with a larger sample size.

  14. Electrolyte imbalance and sleep problems during anti-retroviral therapy: an under-recognized problem

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    Full Text Available Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV infection, and the anti-retroviral therapy (ART associated complications necessitate that the medical care system keeps evolving for proper management of this group of patients. Electrolyte imbalance and sleep problems are common in patients on ART. Both of these conditions are associated with increased morbidity (such as acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, low CD4 count, non-adherence and depression and mortality. Therefore, screening for both sleep problems and electrolytes imbalance may help to decrease the risk of complications in patients on ART.

  15. Electrolyte imbalance and sleep problems during anti-retroviral therapy: an under-recognized problem.

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    Manzar, Md Dilshad; Sony, Peter; Salahuddin, Mohammed; Kumalo, Abera; Geneto, Mathewos; Pandi-Perumal, Seithikurippu R; Moscovitch, Adam; BaHammam, Ahmed S

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    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, and the anti-retroviral therapy (ART) associated complications necessitate that the medical care system keeps evolving for proper management of this group of patients. Electrolyte imbalance and sleep problems are common in patients on ART. Both of these conditions are associated with increased morbidity (such as acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, low CD4 count, non-adherence and depression) and mortality. Therefore, screening for both sleep problems and electrolytes imbalance may help to decrease the risk of complications in patients on ART.

  16. The relationship between changes of cervical sagittal alignment after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion and spino-pelvic sagittal alignment under roussouly classification: a four-year follow-up study.

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    Huang, Dong-Ning; Yu, Miao; Xu, Nan-Fang; Li, Mai; Wang, Shao-Bo; Sun, Yu; Jiang, Liang; Wei, Feng; Liu, Xiao-Guang; Liu, Zhong-Jun

    2017-02-20

    Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is widely used in the treatment of cervical degenerative disease; however, the variation of cervical sagittal alignment changes after ACDF has been rarely explored. The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between changes of cervical sagittal alignment after ACDF and spino-pelvic sagittal alignment under Roussouly classification. A cohort of 133 Chinese cervical spondylotic patients who received ACDF from 2011 to 2012 was recruited. All patients were categorized with Roussouly Classification. Lateral X-ray images of global spine were obtained, and preoperative and postoperative parameters were measured and analyzed, including C2-C7 angles (C2-C7), C0-C7 angles (C0-C7), external auditory meatus (EAM) tilt, sacral slope (SS), thoracic kyphosis (TK), lumbar lordosis (LL), spinal sacral angles (SSA), Superior adjacent inter-vertebral angle (SAIV), inferior adjacent inter-vertebral angle (IAIV) and et al. The Wilcoxon signed-rank test was used for intragroup comparisons preoperatively and at postoperative 48 months. Among the parameters, C2-C7 and C0-C7 showed significant increase, while EAM TK, and IAIV decreased significantly. In type I, EAM and TK decreased significantly, however SS showed a significant increase; in type II, TK showed a significant decrease, but SSA showed a significant increase; in type III, a significant increase of C0-C7 was observed with a significant decrease in EAM, nevertheless, LL, SS and SSA showed significant decreases; and in type IV, C2-C7 showed a significant increase and EAM decreased significantly. The percentage of lordotic alignment in cervical spine increased, which was presenting in type I, III and IV. Nevertheless, the amount of patients with straight cervical alignment increased in type II. The backward movement of head occurs is the compensatory mechanism in cervical sagittal alignment modifications after ACDF. The compensatory alteration of spino-pelvic sagittal

  17. Significance of sagittal reformations in routine thoracic and abdominal multislice CT studies for detecting osteoporotic fractures and other spine abnormalities

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    Mueller, Dirk; Bauer, Jan S.; Zeile, Martin; Rummeny, Ernst J. [Klinikum Rechts der Isar, TU Muenchen, Department of Radiology, Muenchen (Germany); Link, Thomas M. [Musculoskeletal and Quantitative Imaging Research, UCSF, Department of Radiology, San Francisco, CA (United States)

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    The purpose was to assess osteoporotic vertebral fractures and other spinal lesions in sagittal reformations obtained from routine multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) studies of the thorax and abdomen, to compare sagittal reformations with axial images in detecting these lesions and to investigate how frequently they were missed in the official radiology report. Routine abdominal or thoracoabdominal MDCT using a standard protocol was performed in 112 postmenopausal women. Axial images and sagittal reformations were analyzed separately by two radiologists in consensus and were compared in order to evaluate how often spinal lesions could be detected. In addition the official radiology reports were assessed to determine how many of those abnormalities were identified. Spine abnormalities were visualized in 101/112 postmenopausal women. In 27 patients osteoporotic vertebral deformities were found; 6 of these were shown in the axial images, but none of these were diagnosed in the official radiology report. Additional abnormalities included degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis of the facet joints, scoliosis, hemangiomas and bone metastases. In only 9/101 patients spine abnormalities were mentioned in the radiology report. Sagittal reformations of standard MDCT images provide important additional information on spinal abnormalities; in particular, osteoporotic vertebral deformities are substantially better detected. (orig.)

  18. [CLINICAL APPLICATION OF INDIVIDUALIZED REFERENCE MODEL OF SAGITTAL CURVES AND NAVIGATION TEMPLATES OF PEDICLE SCREW BY THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING TECHNIQUE FOR THORACOLUMBAR FRACTURE WITH DISLOCATION].

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    Wu, Chao; Tan, Lun; Lin, Xu; Hu, Haigang

    2015-11-01

    To evaluate the clinical significance of individualized reference model of sagittal curves and navigation templates of pedicle screw by three-dimensional printing technique for thoracolumbar fracture with dislocation. Between February 2011 and November 2013, 42 patients with thoracolumbar fracture and dislocation undergoing pedicle screw fixation were divided into 2 groups: traditional pedicle screw internal fixation by fluoroscopy assistant was used in 24 cases (control group), and individualized reference model of sagittal curves and navigation templates of pedicle screw were used in 18 cases (trial group). There was no significant difference in gender, age, injury causes, segment, degree of dislocation, and Frankel classification between 2 groups (P > 0.05). The operation time, intraoperative blood loss, perspective times, and dislocation rate, sagittal angle recovery rate at different time were compared. The success rate of pedicle screw insertion, sagittal screw angle, and Frankel classification were compared. The angle between sagittal screws, difference of screw entry point at horizontal position, and difference of screw inclined angle were compared. The operating time, intraoperative blood loss, and perspective times in trial group were significantly lower than those in control groups (P reference model of sagittal curves and navigation templates of pedicle screw by three-dimensional printing technique for thoracolumbar fracture with dislocation has the advantages of shorter operation time, less intraoperative blood loss, better recovery of thoracolumbar dislocation, and better Frankel classification.

  19. [CLINICAL APPLICATION OF INDIVIDUALIZED REFERENCE MODEL OF SAGITTAL CURVES BY THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING TECHNIQUE AND COMPUTER-AIDED NAVIGATION SYSTEM FOR LUMBAR SPONDYLOLISTHESIS].

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    Wu, Chao; Tan, Lun; Lin, Xu; Hu, Haigang

    2015-06-01

    To evaluate the clinical significance of individualized reference model of sagittal curves by three-dimensional (3D) printing technique and computer-aided navigation system for lumbar spondylolisthesis. METHODS Between February 2011 and October 2012, 66 patients with lumbar spondylolisthesis underwent posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) by traditional operation in 36 cases (control group) and by individualized reference model of sagittal curves by 3D printing technique and computer-aided navigation system in 30 cases (trial group). There was no significant difference in gender, age, disease duration, segment, type of disease, degree of spondylolisthesis, and preoperative the visual analogue scale (VAS) of low back pain and leg pain between 2 groups (P>0.05). The operation time, blood loss, fluoroscopy times, VAS score of low back pain and leg pain were compared between 2 groups; the sagittal screw angle (SSA), accuracy rate of pedicle screw, Taillard index, disc height recovery rate, and sagittal angle recovery rate were compared between 2 groups. There was no significant difference in operation time and blood loss between 2 groups (P > 0.05). But fluoroscopy times of control group were significantly higher than those of trial group (P reference model of sagittal curves by 3D printing technique and computer-aided navigation system can effectively correct spondylolisthesis, recover the lumbar sagittal angle and improve the VAS score of low back pain though it has similar operation time and blood loss to traditional PLIF.

  20. Financial Imbalances and Macro-prudential Policies

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    Polikarpova Olga S.

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The credit crisis and its transformation into a sovereign debt crisis have illustrated the limited character of the traditional macro financial politics. The financial crisis has shown that the priority of price stability does not guarantee macroeconomic stability. Revision of the goals and objectives of the monetary and credit policy is being carried out in many countries. In order to ensure macroeconomic stability, central banks have to use new instruments considering financial stability as an additional object. Since 2009 the IMF recommends central banks to use macro-prudential instruments for reducing macro-financial risks and imbalances in the financial system structure. The effectiveness of macro-prudential policy depends on its calibration with the monetary and credit policy. The growth of financial imbalances in the first decade after the adoption of the euro, presence of contradictory fiscal policies, deployment of a spiral of rapid crediting and price inflation have led to apraxia in the monetary and credit policy, and fiscal policy was limited by institutional arrangements. Accumulating funds during the budget surplus the countries-members of the European Monetary System (EMS attempted to reduce asymmetric shocks. The priority of price stability in the EMS had been achieved but the economies of these countries suffered from financial imbalances. Macro-prudential policy is aimed at prevention and mitigation of systemic risk, plays a significant role in reforming the new policy of central banks. That is why European countries are developing new methods and an institutional framework for the implementation of a new macro-prudential policy. Problems of structural arbitration and the possibility of emergence of new financial imbalances in the EMS are becoming increasingly real. The flow of financial capitals and financial institutions to more lenient jurisdictions is connected with the establishment of macro-prudential policy. The macro

  1. The Global Imbalance of the Inanimate Nature

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    Vargashkin, V. Y.

    2013-12-01

    The preservation laws serve is the general expression of balancing properties and stability in nature. The preservation laws, according to Noether's theorem, are displays of properties of uniformity and isotropy of space and time. So, in the most global representation, the imbalance of the Universe assumes presence of some large-scale non-uniformity in it. The scale of such non-uniformity may form the basis for balance and imbalance correlation in the nature as a whole. This heterogeneity may lead to global infringement of laws of preservation, such as laws of preservation of an impulse, the impulse and the moment of energy. So, the most global imbalance of the inanimate nature may be connected with existence of large-scale fluctuations of properties of the Universe matter. It is possible to think about existence of such imbalance with presence of the allocated areas and directions on celestial sphere. Now most of interest in a science is represented by some types of global anisotropy. First, it is spatial anisotropy of cosmic microwave background. It depends of direction on celestial sphere, including formation of the allocated directions, and also "hot" and "cold" spots. Secondly, it is anisotropy of substance's density, concerning clusters and super clusters of galaxies. It is known as a large-scale structure of the Universe. This kind of anisotropy is connected with imbalance between distributions of radiated substance and observable emptiness. The geometry of this kind of imbalance is that the shining matter forms "cellular", "sheet" or "filaments" structure, forming the cells, filled with visible "voids". Thirdly, it is the hypothetical anisotropy connected with prospective dependence of speed of expansion of the Universe with direction on celestial sphere, and also with time. The relative size for this speed is known as Hubble's parameter. The told testifies about actuality of systematization, and also revelation of an interconnection and mutual

  2. Influence of tonsil size on sagittal cephalometric measurements.

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    Diouf, Joseph Samba; Ngom, Papa Ibrahima; Fadiga, Mohamed Siddick; Badiane, Alpha; Diop-Ba, Khady; Sonko, Ousmane; Diagne, Falou

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    The role of tonsils in the origin of sagittal skeletodental abnormalities has been widely discussed in the literature but remains controversial. Data on the probable relationship between enlarged tonsils and the presence of these abnormalities were subjective. The aim of this study was to quantify the relationship between the space occupied by the palatine tonsils and sagittal cephalometric measurements. A cross-sectional study was performed on a group of children divided into 5 subgroups according to the standardized tonsillar hypertrophy grading scale. Cephalometric measurements were recorded for each child. Data were analyzed using SPSS 20.0 for Windows. The strength of the association between tonsil grades and quantitative variables was assessed using Spearman's rank correlation coefficient (Rho). The level of significance was fixed at P=0.05. Lengths SN, t2-p3, h-Gn and Xi-pm, and angles I/F, I/SN, i/M, SNB, SNPog and SNGn were significantly and negatively correlated with grades. The ANB angle, the sagittal position of the pogonion and the angle of facial convexity were significantly and positively correlated with grades. Early evaluation of tonsil size can prevent certain skeletodental abnormalities in the sagittal plane caused by upper airway obstruction. Thus, more aggressive late treatments, which are not always as effective as when they are performed during childhood, can be avoided. Copyright © 2015 CEO. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  3. Bilateral sagittal split osteotomy versus distraction osteogenesis for mandibular advancements

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    Baas, E.M.

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this thesis was to compare the treatment modality of distraction osteogenesis (DO) with the gold standard for mandibular advancement surgery. In fact we compare distraction osteogenesis with the standard of care, which is a conventional bilateral sagittal split osteotomy as described by

  4. Intra-operative complications in sagittal and vertical ramus osteotomies

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    van Merkesteyn, J. P.; Groot, R. H.; van Leeuwaarden, R.; Kroon, F. H.

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    In orthognatic surgery of the mandibular ramus, intra-operative complications as a lesion of the inferior alveolar nerve, fractures of the osteotomised segments, incomplete sectioning, malpositioning of segments and haemorrhage may occur. In this report, intra-operative complications in 124 sagittal

  5. Sagittal and Frontal Plane Evaluation of the Whole Spine and Clinical Outcomes after Vertebral Fractures

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    Full Text Available Although it is known that a change in any level of the spine alters biomechanics, there are not many studies to evaluate the spine as a whole in both sagittal and frontal planes. This prospective cohort study evaluates the morphology and mobility of the entire spine in patients with vertebral fractures. The Treatment Group consisted of 43 patients who underwent percutaneous balloon kyphoplasty or percutaneous balloon kyphoplasty plus fixation. The Control Group consisted of 39 healthy subjects. Spinal Mouse was used for the assessment of the curvatures and the mobility of the spine. Clinical outcomes were evaluated by Visual Analogue Scale and Oswestry Disability Index. The measurements were recorded at 15 days and 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively. Regarding the curvatures and mobility in sagittal plane, a statistically significant increase appeared early at 3 months, for lumbar curve, spinopelvic angulation, and overall trunk inclination. In the frontal plane, most of the improvements were recorded after 6 months. Patients with osteoporotic fracture showed statistically significant lower mean value than patients with traumatic fracture. Pain and disability index showed early improvements. This study provides a comprehensive and complete picture of the functionality of the spine in patients treated with percutaneous balloon kyphoplasty.

  6. Novel Angular Measures of Cervical Deformity Account for Upper Cervical Compensation and Sagittal Alignment.

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    Protopsaltis, Themistocles S; Lafage, Renaud; Vira, Shaleen; Sciubba, Daniel; Soroceanu, Alex; Hamilton, Kojo; Smith, Justin; Passias, Peter G; Mundis, Gregory; Hart, Robert; Schwab, Frank; Klineberg, Eric; Shaffrey, Christopher; Lafage, Virginie; Ames, Christopher

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    This is a retrospective review of a prospective multicenter database. This study introduces 2 new cervical alignment measures accounting for both cervical deformity (CD) and upper cervical compensation. Current descriptions of CD like the C2-C7 sagittal vertical axis (cSVA) do not account for compensatory mechanisms such as C0-C2 lordosis and pelvic tilt, which makes surgical planning difficult. The craniocervical angle (CCA) combines the slope of McGregor's line and the inclination from C7 to the hard palate. The C2-pelvic tilt (CPT) combines C2 tilt and pelvic tilt. Like the T1 pelvic angle, CPT is less affected by lower extremity and pelvic compensation. Novel and existing CD measures were correlated in 781 patients from a thoracolumbar deformity (TLD) database and 61 patients from a prospective CD database. CD patients were subanalyzed by region of deformity driver: cervical or cervico-thoracic junction. TLD patients were substratified according to whether or not they had CD as well, where CD was defined as cSVA>4 cm or T1 slope minus cervical lordosis mismatch (TS-CL) >20. TLD cohort: mean cSVA was 31.7±17.8 mm. Subanalysis of TLD patients with CD versus no-CD demonstrated significant differences in CCA (56.2 vs. 60.6, Paccount for both cervical sagittal alignment and upper cervical compensation and can be utilized in assessment of cervical alignment.

  7. Power-law tails in the distribution of order imbalance

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    Zhang, Ting; Gu, Gao-Feng; Xu, Hai-Chuan; Xiong, Xiong; Chen, Wei; Zhou, Wei-Xing

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    We investigate the probability distribution of order imbalance calculated from the order flow data of 43 Chinese stocks traded on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Two definitions of order imbalance are considered based on the order number and the order size. We find that the order imbalance distributions of individual stocks have power-law tails. However, the tail index fluctuates remarkably from stock to stock. We also investigate the distributions of aggregated order imbalance of all stocks at different timescales Δt. We find no clear trend in the tail index with respect Δt. All the analyses suggest that the distributions of order imbalance are asymmetric.

  8. Classification of the normal variation in the sagittal alignment of the human lumbar spine and pelvis in the standing position.

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    Roussouly, Pierre; Gollogly, Sohrab; Berthonnaud, Eric; Dimnet, Johanes

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    A prospective radiographic study of 160 volunteers without symptoms of spinal disease was conducted. The objective of this study was to describe, quantify, and classify common variations in the sagittal alignment of the spine, sacrum, and pelvis. Previous publications have documented the high degree of variability in the sagittal alignment of the spine. Other studies have suggested that specific changes in alignment and the characteristics of the lumbar lordosis are responsible for degenerative changes and symptomatic back pain. In the course of this study, anteroposterior and lateral radiographs of 160 volunteers in a standardized standing position were taken. A custom computer application was used to analyze the alignment of the spine and pelvis on the lateral radiographs. A four-part classification scheme of sagittal morphology was used to classify each patient. Reciprocal relationships between the orientation of the sacrum, the sacral slope, the pelvic incidence, and the characteristics of the lumbar lordosis were evident. The global lordotic curvature, lordosis tilt angle, position of the apex, and number or lordotic vertebrae were determined by the angle of the superior endplate of S1 with respect to the horizontal axis. Understanding the patterns of variation in sagittal alignment may help to discover the association between spinal balance and the development of degenerative changes in the spine.

  9. Radiographic diagnosis of sagittal plane rotational displacement in pelvic fractures: a cadaveric model and clinical case study.

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    Shui, Xiaolong; Ying, Xiaozhou; Kong, Jianzhong; Feng, Yongzeng; Hu, Wei; Guo, Xiaoshan; Wang, Gang

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    Our objective was to measure the sagittal plane rotational (flexion and extension) displacement of hemipelvis radiologically and analyze the ratio of flexion and extension displacement of unstable pelvic fractures. We used 8 cadaveric models to study the radiographic evidence of pelvic fractures in the sagittal plane. We performed pelvic osteotomy on 8 cadavers to simulate anterior and posterior pelvic ring injury. Radiological data were measured in the flexion and extension group under different angles (5°, 10°, 15°, 20°, and 25°). We retrospectively reviewed 164 patients who were diagnosed with a unilateral fracture of the pelvis. Pelvic ring displacement was identified and recorded radiographically in cadaveric models. The flexion and extension displacement of pelvic fractures was measured in terms of the vertical distance of fracture from the top of iliac crest to the pubic tubercle (CD) or from the top of iliac crest to the lowest point of ischial tuberosity (AB). Fifty-seven pelves showed flexion displacement and 15 showed extension displacement. Closed reduction including internal fixation and external fixation was successfully used in 141 cases (86.0 %). The success rates of closed reduction in flexion and extension displacement groups were 77 and 73 %, respectively, which were lower than in unstable pelvic ring fractures. The sagittal plane rotation (flexion and extension) displacement of pelvic fractures could be measured by special points and lines on the radiographs. Minimally invasive reduction should be based on clearly identified differences between the sagittal plane rotation and the vertical displacement of pelvic fractures.

  10. Compensatory mechanisms contributing to keep the sagittal balance of the spine

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    Barrey, Cédric; Roussouly, Pierre; Le Huec, Jean-Charles; D’Acunzi, Gennaro; Perrin, Gilles

    2013-01-01

    .... For the two last stages, the compensatory mechanisms permit to limit the consequences of loss of lumbar lordosis on global sagittal alignment and therefore contribute to keep the sagittal balance...

  11. Sagittal plane biomechanics cannot injure the ACL during sidestep cutting.

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    McLean, Scott G; Huang, Xuemei; Su, Anne; Van Den Bogert, Antonie J

    2004-10-01

    Knee joint sagittal plane forces are a proposed mechanism of anterior cruciate ligament injury during sport movements such as sidestep cutting. Ligament force magnitudes for these movements however, remain unknown. The need to examine injury-causing events suggests elucidation via model-based investigations is possible. Using this approach, the current study determined whether sagittal plane knee loading during sidestep cutting could in isolation injure the anterior cruciate ligament. Experiments were performed on subject-specific forward dynamic musculoskeletal models, generated from data obtained from 10 male and 10 female athletes. Models were optimized to simulate subject-specific cutting movements. Random perturbations (n=5000) were applied to initial contact conditions and quadriceps/hamstrings activation levels to simulate their effect on peak 3D knee loads. Injury via the sagittal plane mechanism was based on the criterion of an anterior drawer force greater than 2000 N. Realistic neuromuscular perturbations produced significant increases in external knee anterior force and valgus and internal rotation moments. Peak anterior drawer force never exceeded 2000 N in any model, and thus failed to cause anterior cruciate ligament injuries. Valgus loads reached values that were high enough to rupture the ligament, occurring more frequently in females than in males. Sagittal plane knee joint forces cannot rupture the anterior cruciate ligament during sidestep cutting. The interaction between muscle and joint mechanics and external ground reaction forces in this plane, places a ceiling on ligament loads. Valgus loading is a more likely injury mechanism, especially in females. Modifying sagittal plane biomechanics will thus unlikely contribute to the prevention of anterior cruciate ligament injuries.

  12. Radiographic Restoration of Sagittal Spinopelvic Alignment After Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion in Degenerative Spondylolisthesis.

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    Kong, Ling-De; Zhang, Ying-Ze; Wang, Feng; Kong, Fan-Long; Ding, Wen-Yuan; Shen, Yong

    2016-03-01

    A retrospective study. This study was aimed to analyze the changes in spinopelvic parameters after surgical correction of degenerative spondylolisthesis and to determine which deformity is most responsible for changes in sagittal spinopelvic alignment. The basic deformities of degenerative spondylolisthesis are forward slippage of the vertebral body, segmental kyphotic angle, and loss of disk height. Correction of those deformities during surgery will subsequently affect the spinopelvic parameters. A few studies have reported the changes of sagittal spinopelvic alignment after surgical treatment of isthmic spondylolisthesis. However, there appears to be relatively little information regarding degenerative spondylolisthesis. Fifty-three patients with L4-L5 degenerative spondylolisthesis were included. All patients underwent posterior lumbar interbody fusion and posterior instrumentation. Back pain, as the clinical outcome, was evaluated by visual analogue scale (VAS). The preoperative and postoperative spinopelvic parameters, including sacral slope (SS), pelvic tilt (PT), lumbar lordosis (LL), and L1 axis S1 distance were measured, and then the correlations between spinopelvic parameters and local deformity parameters such as slip degree, slip angle (SA), and height of the intervertebral disk were evaluated. After surgical correction of local deformity, all spinopelvic parameters changed subsequently: PT and L1 axis S1 distance had a decrease, SS and LL had an increase. VAS score decreased from 6.1±2.3 before surgery to 2.4±1.7 at the final follow-up assessment. Patients with VAS score changes ≥3 showed significantly higher SS and LL, and lower PT compared with those with VAS score changes spondylolisthesis with posterior lumbar interbody fusion and posterior instrumentation resulted in relief of back pain, which may be associated with improvement of sagittal spinopelvic alignment. Surgeons should consider deformity parameters, especially the SA, in the surgical

  13. Papilledema secondary to a superior sagittal sinus thrombosis. Mantle cell lymphoma paraneoplastic syndrome.

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    Platas-Moreno, I; Antón-Benito, A; Pérez-Cid-Rebolleda, M T; Rosado Sierra, M B

    2016-01-01

    A 46 year old patient presented with visual loss in the left eye during the previous months. Ophthalmoscopic examination and magnetic resonance angiography found the presence of papilledema due to thrombosis in superior sagittal sinus. The examination findings revealed a mantle cell lymphoma. Cerebral venous thrombosis is an unusual cause of papilledema. This type of thrombosis may be secondary to hyper-viscosity within a context of a paraneoplastic syndrome. Copyright © 2015 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  14. Endoscopically assisted sagittal split osteotomy for mandibular lengthening: technical note and initial experience.

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    Mommaerts, Maurice Y

    2010-03-01

    To demonstrate the feasibility of carrying out a sagittal split osteotomy with rigid osteosynthesis via a small oral incision, working in two distinct tunnels and one corridor, using a standard 30 degrees 4-mm Ø endoscope. The procedure can be classified as minimally invasive, allowing for ambulatory treatment and return to daily activities within a week. Thirty-one bilateral procedures were performed on selected patients, all of whom needed mandibular lengthening to obtain a functional occlusion and enhanced facial profile. Transoral osteosynthesis was performed in all but one patient, in whom a transbuccal approach was required to fix the beginning of a "bad" split. Three screws were placed in each of 50 mandibular sides; two screws were placed in each of 10 sides (six screws along the upper border, and four above and below the mandibular canal). Two sides required additional plate osteosynthesis. In four patients, there was fixation instability, either bilaterally with opening of the bite, or unilaterally with protrusion of the mandible; these instabilities were managed conservatively with intermaxillary elastics. In the cases of mandibular lengthening only, oedema was minimal after one week, allowing patients to return to normal daily activities. Endoscopically assisted mandibular lengthening with bilateral sagittal split osteotomies and transoral osteosynthesis reduces periosteal degloving and consequent oedema. The minimal surface available for screw osteosynthesis contributes to the difficulty of the procedure.

  15. Sagittal MR findings of L5 spondylolysis : changes of spinal canal

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    Kim, Hyun Cheol; Choi, Woo Suk; Kim, Eui Jong; Ryu, Kyung Nam; Oh, Joo Hyeong; Kim, Ihn Sub; Yoon, Yup [Kyunghee Univ. Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    To evaluate changes in the spinal canal in cases of L5 spondylolysis, as seen on sagittal MR images. We retrospectively analysed the MR findings of 27 patients suffering from L5 spondylolysis without spondylolisthesis and compared them with 100 control subjects. Spondylolysis had been confirmed by conventional radiography. On midsagittal MR images, sagittal canal ratio (SCR) was defined as midsagittal canal diameter at L5 devided by that at L1. We analysed the frequency of posterior epidural fat deposition(posterior epidural fat between the posterior margin of the dural sac and the anterior cortical margin of the spinous process on the midsagittal line), and compared this with the frequency in 100 control subjects. Mean SCR value in 27 patients with L5 spondylolysis(1.22) was significantly greater than 100 control subjects(0.96, p<0.001). Mean SCR value in 17 patients with L5 spondylolysis and posterior epidural fat deposition(1.27) was significantly higher than in nine control subjects with posterior epidural fat deposition(0.97). Posterior epidural fat deposition was more frequently indentified in patients with L5 spondylolysis(63%) than in control subjects(9%). The possibility of L5 spondylolysis is suggested when on midsaggital MR imaging, the anteroposterior diameter of the L5 spinal canal is seen to be widened and posterior epidural fat deposition is noted.

  16. Sagittal balance of the cervical spine: an analysis of occipitocervical and spinopelvic interdependence, with C-7 slope as a marker of cervical and spinopelvic alignment.

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    Núñez-Pereira, Susan; Hitzl, Wolfgang; Bullmann, Viola; Meier, Oliver; Koller, Heiko

    2015-07-01

    Sagittal malalignment of the cervical spine has been associated with worsened postsurgical outcomes. For better operative planning of fusion and alignment restoration, improved knowledge of ideal fusion angles and interdependences between upper and lower cervical spine alignment is needed. Because spinal and spinopelvic parameters might play a role in cervical sagittal alignment, their associations should be studied in depth. The authors retrospectively analyzed digital lateral standing cervical radiographs of 145 patients (34 asymptomatic, 74 symptomatic; 37 surgically treated), including full-standing radiographs obtained in 45 of these patients. Sagittal measurements were as follows: C2-7, occiput (Oc)-C2, C1-2 Cobb angles, and C-7 slope (the angle between the horizontal line and the superior endplate of C-7), as well as T4-12 and L1-S1 Cobb angles, sacral slope, pelvic incidence, and C-7 sagittal vertical axis (SVA). A correlation analysis was performed, and linear regression models were developed. Statistical analyses revealed significant correlations between C2-7 and Oc-C2 (r = -0.4, p 0.1). Comparing cervical and spinopelvic alignment revealed a significant correlation between sacral slope and C-7 slope (r = -0.3, p = 0.04) and C2-7 (r = 0.4, p balance; no significant differences were found among asymptomatic, symptomatic, and surgically treated patients. The C-7 slope is a useful marker of overall sagittal alignment, acting as a link between the occipitocervical and thoracolumbar spine.

  17. Does the type of sagittal spinal shape influence the clinical results of lumbar disc arthroplasty?

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    Laouissat, F; Scemama, C; Delécrin, J

    2016-10-01

    It has been suggested that the indication for lumbar total disc replacement (LTDR) takes into account the local parameters, such as the type of disc disease demonstrated on MRI and the presence or absence of facet joint osteoarthritis. The type of preoperative sagittal curvature could also be taken into account. This study reports the clinical results of LTDRs depending on the type of sagittal spinal alignment. Eighty patients were included in this prospective study, with a mean age of 41.7years (range, 27-56years). The clinical analysis took into account the lumbar VAS, the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), and the preoperative frequency of painkiller use, at 1year and at the last follow-up. The satisfaction index, return to work, and willingness to undergo the same treatment were also collected. The radiological study included the analysis of lumbar-pelvic parameters to distribute the patients according to the Roussouly classification. The mean follow-up was 59.1months (range, 14-96months). The type 1 group included four cases. Reduction of the VAS, the ODI score, and the frequency of painkiller use at the last follow-up were significant in type 2 and 3 patients, and non-significant for type 4. Eighty-five percent of type 2 patients and 87.5% of type 3 patients were satisfied or very satisfied with the surgery versus only 68% of the type 4 patients. In addition, 63% of the type 4 patients declared they would be willing to undergo the same treatment again versus 85% of the type 2 patients and 82.5% of the type 3 patients. It should also be noted that 67% of the patients in this series returned to work. This study underscores the influence of the type of sagittal curvature on the clinical results of LTDR, with type 4 patients showing inferior clinical results because of a higher rate of residual lower back pain. The indication in LTDR should be reconsidered for discogenic lower back pain in type 4 patients. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  18. [CORRELATION OF LUMBAR FACET JOINT DEGENERATION AND SPINE-PELVIC SAGITTAL BALANCE].

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    Lo, Xin; Zhang, Bin; Liu, Yuan; Dai, Min

    2015-08-01

    To investigate the relationship between lumbar facet joint degeneration of each segment and spine-pelvic sagittal balance parameters. A retrospective analysis was made the clinical data of 120 patients with lumbar degenerative disease, who accorded with the inclusion criteria between June and November 2014. There were 58 males and 62 females with an average age of 53 years (range, 24-77 years). The disease duration ranged from 3 to 96 months (mean, 6.6 months). Affected segments included L3,4 in 32 cases, L4,5 in 47 cases, and L5, S1 in 52 cases. The CT and X-ray films of the lumbar vertebrae were taken. The facet joint degeneration was graded based on the grading system of Pathria. The spine-pelvic sagittal balance parameters were measured, including lumbar lordosis (LL), upper lumbar lordosis (ULL), lower lumbar lordosis (LLL), pelvic incidence (PI), pelvic tilt (PT), and sacral slope (SS). According to normal range of PI, the patients were divided into 3 groups: group A (PI was less than normal range), group B (PI was within normal range), and group C (PI was more than normal range). The facet joint degeneration was compared; according to the facet joint degeneration degree, the patients were divided into group N (mild degeneration group) and group M (serious degeneration group) to observe the relationship of lumbar facet joint degeneration of each segment and spine-pelvic sagittal balance parameters. At L4,5 and L5, S1, facet joint degeneration showed significant difference among groups A, B, and C (P 0.05). There was no significant difference in the other spine-pelvic sagittal balance parameters between groups N and M at each segment (P > 0.05) except for PT (P < 0.05). PI of more than normal range may lead to or aggravate lumbar facet joint degeneration at L4,5 and L5, Si; PT and PI are significantly associated with facet joint degeneration at the lower lumbar spine.

  19. A case of myotonic dystrophy with electrolyte imbalance.

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    Ko, Weon-Jin; Kim, Kwang-Yeol; Kim, So-Mi; Hong, Seung-Jae; Lee, Sang-Hoon; Song, Ran; Yang, Hyung-In; Lee, Yeon-Ah

    2013-07-01

    Type 1 myotonic dystrophy (DM1) is an autosomal-dominant inherited disorder with a multisystem involvement, caused by an abnormal expansion of the CTG sequence of the dystrophic myotonia protein kinase (DMPK) gene. DM1 is a variable multisystem disorder with muscular and nonmuscular abnormalities. Increasingly, endocrine abnormalities, such as gonadal, pancreatic, and adrenal dysfunction are being reported. But, Electrolytes imbalance is a very rare condition in patients with DM1 yet. Herein we present a 42-yr-old Korean male of DM1 with abnormally elevated serum sodium and potassium. The patient had minimum volume of maximally concentrated urine without water loss. It was only cured by normal saline hydration. The cause of hypernatremia was considered by primary hypodipsia. Hyperkalemic conditions such as renal failure, pseudohyperkalemia, cortisol deficiency and hyperkalemic periodic paralysis were excluded. Further endocrine evaluation suggested selective hyperreninemic hypoaldosteronism as a cause of hyperkalemia.

  20. Comparing the Effectiveness of Sagittal Balance, Foraminal Stenosis, and Preoperative Cord Rotation in Predicting Postoperative C5 Palsy.

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    Chugh, Arunit J S; Weinberg, Douglas S; Alonso, Fernando; Eubanks, Jason D

    2017-11-01

    Retrospective cohort review. To determine whether preoperative cord rotation is independently correlated with C5 palsy when analyzed alongside measures of sagittal balance and foraminal stenosis. Postoperative C5 palsy is a well-documented complication of cervical procedures with a prevalence of 4%-8%. Recent studies have shown a correlation with preoperative spinal cord rotation. There have been few studies, however, that have examined the role of sagittal balance and foraminal stenosis in the development of C5 palsy. A total of 77 patients who underwent cervical decompression-10 of whom developed C5 palsy-were reviewed. Sagittal balance was assessed using curvature angle and curvature index on radiographs and magnetic resonance image (MRI). Cord rotation was assessed on axial MRI. C4-C5 foraminal stenosis was assessed on sagittal MRI using area measurements and a grading scale. Demographics and information on surgical approach were gathered from chart review. Correlation with C5 palsy was performed by point-biserial, χ, and regression analyses. Point-biserial analysis indicated that only cord rotation showed significance (PC5 palsy. Logistic regression model yielded cord rotation as the only significant independent predictor of C5 palsy. For every degree of axial cord rotation, the likelihood ratio for suffering a C5 palsy was 3.93 (95% confidence interval, 2.01-8.66; PC5 palsy. Lack of correlation with measures of neuroforaminal stenosis potentially points to mechanisms other than direct compression as the etiology. In addition, the lack of correlation with postoperative changes in sagittal balance hints that measures of curvature angle and curvature index may not be appropriate to accurately predict this complication. Level 3.

  1. Current concepts on the sagittal balance and classification of spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis☆☆☆

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    Tebet, Marcos Antonio

    2014-01-01

    Treatment of spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis remains a challenge for orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons and paediatrics. In spondylolisthesis, it has been clearly demonstrated over the past decade that spino-pelvic morphology is abnormal and that it can be associated to an abnormal sacro-pelvic orientation as well as to a disturbed global sagittal balance of spine. This article presents the SDSG (Spinal Deformity Study Group) classification of lumbosacral spondylolisthesis. The proper treatment of spondylolisthesis is dependent on recognizing the type of slip, sacro-pelvic balance and overall sagittal balance and its natural history. Although a number of clinical radiographic features have been identified as risk factors, their role as primary causative factors or secondary adaptative changes is not clear. The conservative treatment of adult isthmic spondylolisthesis results in good outcome in the majority of cases. Of those patients who fail conservative treatment, success with surgery is quite good, with significant improvement in neurologic function in those patients with deficits, as well as improvement in patients with back pain. PMID:26229765

  2. Skull fracture with effacement of the superior sagittal sinus following drone impact: a case report.

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    Chung, Lawrance K; Cheung, Yuri; Lagman, Carlito; Au Yong, Nicholas; McBride, Duncan Q; Yang, Isaac

    2017-09-01

    The popularity of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, raises safety concerns as they become increasingly common for commercial, personal, and recreational use. Collisions between drones and people may result in serious injuries. A 13-year-old male presented with a comminuted depressed skull fracture causing effacement of the superior sagittal sinus secondary to a racing drone impact. The patient experienced a brief loss of consciousness and reported lower extremity numbness and weakness after the accident. Imaging studies revealed bone fragments crossing the superior sagittal sinus with a short, focal segment of blood flow interruption. Neurosurgical intervention was deferred given the patient's improving neurological deficits, and the patient was treated conservatively. He was discharged home in stable condition. Drones may represent a hazard when operated inappropriately due to their capacity to fly at high speeds and altitudes. Impacts from drones can carry enough force to cause skull fractures and significant head injuries. The rising popularity of drones likely translates to an increased incidence of drone-related injuries. Thus, clinicians should be aware of this growing trend.

  3. A posterior sagittal pararectal approach for repair of posterior urethral distraction injuries.

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    Abdalla, Medhat Ahmed

    2008-01-01

    To report our initial experience with the posterior sagittal pararectal approach as an alternative in the treatment of complicated urethral distraction defect after pelvic trauma. Twenty-four patients with posttraumatic pelvic fracture urethral distraction defects (PFUDDs) underwent urethroplasty in our department from March 2003 to June 2006. In 7 of those patients, the posterior sagittal pararectal approach was utilised. Of the 7 patients, 5 had failed previous transperineal repair, whereas the other 2 had long-distance urethral distraction defect. Follow-up included retrograde urethrography (RUG) and uroflowmetry, which were done postoperatively at 3 wk and 3, 12, and 18 mo, and thereafter when needed. Clinical outcome was considered a success at the time that no postoperative procedure was needed. Of the 7 patients, 5 were in the paediatric group with ages ranging from 9 to 14 yr, whereas 2 patients were adults (21 and 50 yr). The aetiology of PFUDDs in all patients was road traffic accident. Median length of the stricture was 5 cm. The median operative time was 240 min, whereas the median hospital stay was 10 d. Postoperatively, 1 patient developed gluteal abscess that was successfully managed conservatively. Follow-up period ranged from 7 to 32 mo (median: 13 mo). All patients showed criteria of success including satisfactory uroflowmetry (median Qmax: 18 ml/s), patent RUG, and subjective improvement in the voiding pattern. Only 1 patient developed difficulty 1 mo postoperatively and was successfully managed by urethral dilation. This technique is a good alternative approach for repair of complicated PFUDDs. It is safe and has the advantage of better visualisation of the apex of the prostate and surgical field, with subsequent good outcomes without immediate or remote effects on the sphincteric function of the rectum or bladder. Further studies with larger cohort of patients are needed to justify the specific indications of this approach.

  4. The severity of operative invasion to the posterior muscular-ligament complex influences cervical sagittal balance after open-door laminoplasty.

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    Lin, Shengrong; Zhou, Feifei; Sun, Yu; Chen, Zhongqiang; Zhang, Fengshan; Pan, Shengfa

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate how the severity of operative invasion to the posterior muscular-ligament complex impacts postoperative cervical sagittal balance. Ninety cases of open-door expansive laminoplasty due to cervical spondylotic myelopathy were reviewed. Fifty-three patients underwent laminoplasty with unilateral preservation of the muscular-ligament complex (unilateral elevation group). Thirty-seven patients underwent traditional open-door laminoplasty (bilateral elevation group). Preoperative and postoperative cervical sagittal parameters, including C2-C7 sagittal vertical axis (SVA), C0-2 Cobb angle and T1 slope, were compared. The cervical curvature, range of motion (ROM) and JOA score were also compared. The average follow-up time was 16.7 months (range 3-40 months). C2-C7 SVA significantly increased in the bilateral elevation group (+4.9 mm, P = 0.005) but remained unchanged in the unilateral elevation group (-0.2 mm, P = 0.414). The C0-2 Cobb angle increased in both groups (+4.1°, P sagittal balance, with the cervical vertebra appearing to tilt forward. As the severity of surgical invasion to the posterior muscular-ligament complex increased, the loss of cervical sagittal balance also increased.

  5. Reproducibility of sagittal radiographic parameters in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis-a guide to reference values using serial imaging.

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    Hey, Hwee Weng Dennis; Wong, Gordon Chengyuan; Chan, Chloe Xiaoyun; Lau, Leok-Lim; Kumar, Naresh; Thambiah, Joseph Shantakumar; Ruiz, John Nathaniel; Liu, Ka-Po Gabriel; Wong, Hee-Kit

    2017-06-01

    Knowledge of sagittal radiographic parameters in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) patients has not yet caught up with our understanding of their roles in patients with adult spinal deformity. It is likely that more emphasis will be placed in restoring sagittal parameters for AIS patients in the future. Therefore, we need to understand how these parameters may vary in AIS to facilitate management plans. This study aimed to determine the reproducibility of sagittal spinal parameters on lateral film radiographs in patients with AIS. This was a retrospective, comparative study conducted in a tertiary health-care institution from January 2013 to February 2016 (3-year period). All AIS patients who underwent deformity correction surgery from January 2013 to February 2016 and had two preoperative serial lateral radiographs taken within the time period of a month were included in the study. Radiographic sagittal spinal parameters including sagittal vertical axis (SVA), cervical lordosis (CL), thoracic kyphosis (TK), thoracolumbar alignment (TL), lumbar lordosis (LL); standard spinopelvic measurements such as pelvic incidence (PI), pelvic tilt (PT), sacral slope (SS); as well as end and apical vertebrae of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar curves were the outcome measures. All patient data were pooled from electronic medical records, and X-ray images were retrieved from Centricity Enterprise Web. Averaged X-ray measurements by two independent assessors were analyzed by comparing two radiographs of the same patients performed within a 1-month time period. Chi-squared and Wilcoxon signed-rank tests were used for categorical and continuous variables. The study cohort comprised 138 patients, 28 men and 110 women, with a mean age of 15 years (range 11-20). Between the two lateral X-rays, there was a mean difference of 0.79 cm in SVA (p<.001), 0.70° in LL (p=.033), and 0.73° in PT (p=.010). In the combined Lenke 1 and 2 subgroup, there was a similar 0.77 cm (p=.002), 0.79

  6. Intra-oral mandibular sagittal osteotomy technique to correct mandibular distocclusion and mesio-occlusion. Study in canine cadavers.

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    Carvalho, V G G; Gioso, M A; Carvalho, P E G; Cunha, F P; Martinez, L A V; Lemos, L S

    2014-01-01

    Skeletal malocclusions may be due to disturbances in the growth of the mandible or maxilla. In most cases, discomfort is the result of tooth-to-tooth malocclusion or tooth-to-soft-tissue contact. Currently, in veterinary medicine, these problems are treated palliatively. In humans, orthognathic surgery is indicated to correct severe skeletal malocclusions, offering aesthetic and functional benefits to the patients. This research evaluated the effects of an intra-oral mandibular sagittal split osteotomy in 20 dog cadavers with skeletal malocclusion. After sagittal osteotomy and mandibular repositioning, the osteotomies were fixed with titanium mini-plates and 1.5 mm diameter screws or 1.5 mm bicortical screws. The statistical analysis revealed a significant occlusion difference in the treated cadavers (Wilcoxon test, pmalocclusion in cadavers. However, it would be important to prepare a preoperative orthodontic-surgical treatment plan to obtain a satisfactory occlusion during the surgery in clinical patients.

  7. Radiological analysis of upper lumbar disc herniation and spinopelvic sagittal alignment.

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    Bae, Junseok; Lee, Sang-Ho; Shin, Sang-Ha; Seo, Jin Suk; Kim, Kyeong Hwan; Jang, Jee-Soo

    2016-05-01

    A retrospective cross-sectional study was designed to explore the role of spinopelvic sagittal alignment in upper lumbar disc herniation (ULD) development. A total of 207 consecutive patients who underwent surgery for single-level lumbar disc herniation [24 with ULD and 183 with lower lumbar disc herniation (LLD)] and 40 asymptomatic volunteers were enrolled. Full-length radiographs of the spine were taken to evaluate pelvic incidence (PI), sacral slope (SS), pelvic tilt (PT), thoracic kyphosis (TK), lumbar lordosis (LL), and sagittal vertical axis (SVA). The Roussouly classification was utilized to categorize all subjects according to their sagittal alignment. Spinopelvic parameters and Roussouly classification results were compared between groups. There were significant differences in PI, SS, PT, LL, and SVA between the ULD, LLD, and control groups. PI in the ULD (40.9°) was significantly lower than in the LLD and control groups (48.8° and 47.6°, respectively). LL was significantly lower in the ULD than in the LLD (-32.4° and -40°, respectively). There were significant differences between the three groups in Roussouly types. The LLD had a significantly higher proportion (62.6 %) of type 2 lordosis (flat back), and the ULD had a higher proportion (33.3 %) of type 1 lordosis than the other groups. This study demonstrated the importance of PI and lumbar curvature in the pathogenesis of ULD. The higher prevalence of short LL and long TK with low PI in the ULD group implies that an increased mechanical stress at this level may be one of the risk factors of ULD.

  8. Impact of coronal and sagittal views on lung gross tumor volume delineation.

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    Fitton, Isabelle; Duppen, Joop C; Steenbakkers, Roel J H M; Lotz, Heidi; Nowak, Peter J C M; Rasch, Coen R N; van Herk, Marcel

    2016-09-01

    To study the impact of coronal and sagittal views (CSV) on the gross tumor volume (GTV) delineation on CT and matched PET/CT scans in non-small cell lung cancer. GTV delineations were performed by 11 experienced radiation oncologists on CT and PET/CT in 22 patients. Two tumor groups were defined: Group I: Primary tumors surrounded by lung or visceral pleura, without venous invasion, and without large extensions to the chest wall or the mediastinum. Group II: Tumors invading the hilar region, heart, large vessels, pericardium, and the mediastinum and/or associated with atelectasis. Tumor volumes and inter-observers variations (SD) were calculated and compared according to the use of axial view only (AW), axial/coronal/sagittal views (ACSW) and ACSW/PET (ACSWP). CSV were not frequently used (57.4% out of 242 delineations on CT). For group I, ACSW didn't improve significantly mean GTVs. SDs were small on CT and on PET (SD=0.3cm). For group II, ACSW had 27-46% smaller observer variation (mean SD=0.7cm) than AW (mean SD=1.1cm). The smaller observer variation of ACSW users was associated with, on average, a 40% smaller delineated volume (p=0.038). Mean GTV of ACSWP was 21% larger than mean GTV of ACSW on CT. For smaller lung tumors surrounded by healthy lung tissue the effect of multiple axis delineation is limited. However, application of coronal and sagittal windows is highly beneficial for delineation of more complex tumors, with atelectasis and/or pathological lymph nodes even if PET is used. Copyright © 2016 Associazione Italiana di Fisica Medica. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. The effect of serial growing rod lengthening on the sagittal profile and pelvic parameters in early-onset scoliosis.

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    Shah, Suken A; Karatas, Ali F; Dhawale, Arjun A; Dede, Ozgur; Mundis, Gregory M; Holmes, Laurens; Yorgova, Petya; Neiss, Geraldine; Johnston, Charles E; Emans, John B; Thompson, George H; Pawelek, Jeff B; Akbarnia, Behrooz A

    2014-10-15

    Retrospective case series. To report the effect of repeated growing rod (GR) lengthenings on the sagittal and pelvic profile in patients with early-onset scoliosis. Posterior distraction-based GRs have gained popularity as a technique for the surgical management of early-onset scoliosis. However, there are no published studies on the effect of serial GR lengthenings on sagittal balance, thoracic kyphosis (TK), lumbar lordosis (LL), and pelvic parameters. We retrospectively reviewed data from a multicenter early-onset scoliosis database. Forty-three patients who were able to walk with minimum 2-year follow-up who underwent single- or dual-GR surgery were included for review. Mean number of lengthenings was 6.4 (range, 3-16). Mean preoperative age was 5.6 years (standard deviation, 2.4 yr), and mean follow-up was 3.5 years. Maximum TK, LL, and sagittal balance were assessed preoperatively, after index surgery, and at the latest follow-up. There was a significant decrease both in TK and LL after index surgery, which then increased during the lengthening period. There was a significant increase in both proximal junctional kyphosis and distal junctional angle. Pelvic parameters (pelvic tilt, pelvic incidence, sacral slope) were unchanged during the treatment period. Significant improvement was observed in sagittal balance. There was a correlation between the change in TK and change in LL. TK decreased after index surgery and increased between the index surgery and the latest follow-up, which was accompanied by an increase in LL. All-screw proximal constructs had mean 9° more proximal junctional kyphosis than all-hook proximal constructs. An increase in proximal junctional kyphosis and distal junctional angle was found during the treatment period. Although there was an independent effect of number of lengthenings on TK, there was no significant detrimental effect on other sagittal spinopelvic parameters. GRs had a positive effect on sagittal vertical axis, which

  10. Operating a redox flow battery with a negative electrolyte imbalance

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    Pham, Quoc; Chang, On; Durairaj, Sumitha

    2015-03-31

    Loss of flow battery electrode catalyst layers during self-discharge or charge reversal may be prevented by establishing and maintaining a negative electrolyte imbalance during at least parts of a flow battery's operation. Negative imbalance may be established and/or maintained actively, passively or both. Actively establishing a negative imbalance may involve detecting an imbalance that is less negative than a desired threshold, and processing one or both electrolytes until the imbalance reaches a desired negative level. Negative imbalance may be effectively established and maintained passively within a cell by constructing a cell with a negative electrode chamber that is larger than the cell's positive electrode chamber, thereby providing a larger quantity of negative electrolyte for reaction with positive electrolyte.

  11. Acute celiac artery compression syndrome after extensive correction of sagittal balance on an adult spinal deformity.

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    Notani, Naoki; Miyazaki, Masashi; Yoshiiwa, Toyomi; Ishihara, Toshinobu; Tsumura, Hiroshi

    2017-05-01

    To describe the first case of a patient who developed acute celiac artery compression syndrome (ACACS) after extensive correction of sagittal balance on an adult spinal deformity. A 77-year-old woman presented with low back pain and spinal kyphosis deformity. We performed a two-stage correction with extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF), and her lumbar lordosis improved from -47° to 53°. However, after surgery, she experienced frequent vomiting and diarrhea. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography showed marked narrowing of the abdominal aorta at the L1/2 level, and both the celiac artery and superior mesenteric artery were compressed. Therefore, emergency surgery was performed. After laparotomy, we found that the small bowel exhibited an unfavorable color and that peristalsis had stopped. The aorta was compressed from the anterior direction at the upper side of the renal arteries. The median arcuate ligament (MAL) and celiac plexus were responsible for the compression. After the compression was relieved, the small bowel color and peristaltic activity improved. Postoperatively, there was no recurrence of abdominal symptoms. The patient could walk with a walking frame from 3 weeks postoperatively. ACACS is a life-threatening complication, and therefore, it is very important that ACACS is diagnosed and treated early. Spinal deformity surgeons should be aware of the possible occurrence of this condition after extensive correction of sagittal balance on adult spinal deformity.

  12. Association of postoperative furosemide use with a reduced blood transfusion rate in sagittal craniosynostosis surgery.

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    Harroud, Adil; Weil, Alexander G; Turgeon, Jean; Mercier, Claude; Crevier, Louis

    2016-01-01

    OBJECT A major challenge in sagittal craniosynostosis surgery is the high transfusion rate (50%-100%) related to blood loss in small pediatric patients. Several approaches have been proposed to prevent packed red blood cell (PRBC) transfusion, including endoscopic surgery, erythropoietin ortranexamic acid administration, and preoperative hemodilution. The authors hypothesized that a significant proportion of postoperative anemia observed in pediatric patients is actually dilutional. Consequently, since 2005, at CHU Sainte-Justine, furosemide has been administered to correct the volemic status and prevent PRBC transfusion. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of postoperative furosemide administration on PRBC transfusion rates. METHODS This was a retrospective study of 96 consecutive patients with sagittal synostosis who underwent surgery at CHU Sainte-Justine between January 2000 and May 2012. The mean age at surgery was 4.9 ± 1.5 months (range 2.8-8.7 months). Patients who had surgery before 2005 constituted the control group. Those who had surgery in 2005 or 2006 were considered part of an implementation phase because furosemide administration was not routine. Patients who had surgery after 2006 were part of the experimental (or furosemide) group. Transfusion rates among the 3 groups were compared. The impact of furosemide administration on transfusion requirement was also measured while accounting for other variables of interest in a multiple logistic regression model. RESULTS The total transfusion rate was significantly reduced in the furosemide group compared with the control group (31.3% vs 62.5%, respectively; p = 0.009), mirroring the decrease in the postoperative transfusion rate between the groups (18.3% vs 50.0%, respectively; p = 0.003). The postoperative transfusion threshold remained similar throughout the study (mean hemoglobin 56.0 g/dl vs 60.9 g/dl for control and furosemide groups, respectively; p = 0.085). The proportion of

  13. Sagittal spinal balance after lumbar spinal fusion: the impact of anterior column support results from a randomized clinical trial with an eight- to thirteen-year radiographic follow-up.

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    Videbaek, Tina S; Bünger, Cody E; Henriksen, Mads; Neils, Egund; Christensen, Finn B

    2011-02-01

    Randomized clinical trial. To analyze the long-term clinical impact of anterior column support on sagittal balance after lumbar spinal fusion. Several investigators have stressed the importance of maintaining sagittal balance in relation to spinal fusion to avoid lumbar 'flat back,' accelerated adjacent segment degeneration, pain, and inferior functional outcome. Only limited evidence exists on how sagittal alignment affects clinical outcome. Anterior lumbar interbody fusion combined with posterolateral fusion has been proved superior to posterolateral fusion alone regarding outcome and cost-effectiveness. No randomized controlled trial has been published analyzing the effect of anterior support on radiographic measurements of sagittal balance. Between 1996 and 1999, 148 patients with severe chronic low back pain were randomly selected for posterolateral lumbar fusion plus anterior support (PLF + ALIF) or posterolateral lumbar fusion. A total of 92 patients participated. Sagittal balance parameters were examined on full lateral radiographs of the spine: pelvic incidence (PI), pelvic tilt (PT), sacral slope, thoracic kyphosis, lumbar lordosis, and positioning of C7 plumb line. The type of lumbar lordosis was evaluated and outcome assessed by Oswestry Disability Index (ODI). Follow-up rate was 74%. Sagittal balance parameters were similar between randomization groups. None of the parameters differed significantly between patients with an ODI from 0 to 40 and patients with ODI over 40. Balanced patients had a significantly superior outcome as measured by ODI (P sagittal balance parameters was seen between patients treated with PLF + ALIF or posterolateral fusion alone. Lumbar lordosis and type of lordosis correlated with outcome but could not explain the superior outcome in the group with anterior support. Whether sagittal balance and anterior support during fusion provide a protective effect on adjacent motion segments remains unclear.

  14. Vertical expandable prosthetic titanium ribs (VEPTR) in early-onset scoliosis: impact on thoracic compliance and sagittal balance

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    Konieczny, M.R.; Ehrlich, A-K.; Krauspe, R.

    2017-01-01

    Background Theoretically, dynamic thoracic compliance (DTC) should be reduced by vertical expandable prosthetic titanium ribs (VEPTR) since titanium rods, scar tissue and ossifications increase stiffness of the rib cage. The effect of VEPTR on thoracic compliance has not yet been elucidated. The impact of VEPTR on the development of sagittal balance has not been fully investigated. Patients and Methods In a retrospective study, we investigated 21 consecutive children who were treated by VEPTR...

  15. Changes in frontal morphology after single-stage open posterior-middle vault expansion for sagittal craniosynostosis.

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    Khechoyan, David; Schook, Carolyn; Birgfeld, Craig B; Khosla, Rohit K; Saltzman, Babette; Teng, Chia Chi; Ettinger, Russell; Gruss, Joseph S; Ellenbogen, Richard; Hopper, Richard A

    2012-02-01

    There is controversy regarding whether the frontal bossing associated with sagittal synostosis requires direct surgical correction or spontaneously remodels after isolated posterior cranial expansion. The authors retrospectively measured changes in frontal bone morphology in patients with isolated sagittal synostosis 2 years after open posterior and midvault cranial expansion and compared these changes with those occurring in age-comparable healthy control groups. Forty-three patients age 1 year or younger (mean, 6 months) with sagittal synostosis underwent computed tomography scan digital analysis immediately after and 2 years after posterior-middle cranial vault expansion. Quantitative angular and linear measures were taken along the midsagittal and axial planes to capture both aspects of frontal bossing. The change in values over the 2 years were compared with healthy controls with normal computed tomography scans taken to rule out head trauma. All measures indicative of frontal bossing decreased significantly from the time of posterior-middle vault expansion to 2 years postoperatively. Whereas the majority of patients at time of the operation had frontal bossing measures greater than two standard deviations outside the age-comparable control mean, almost all patients were within two standard deviations of the norm 2 years later. Lateral forehead bossing and anterior cranial growth was greater the older the patient was at the time of the operation, suggesting that the more time that passed before the operation, the more compensatory anterior fossa growth occurred. Central forehead position relative to the anterior cranial base was greatest in the younger patients at the time of operation, suggesting that a central forehead bulge was an early compensatory response to premature sagittal fusion. As a group, patients with sagittal synostosis start to normalize their forehead morphology within 2 years if an isolated posterior operation is performed at 1 year of age

  16. [Cardiac arrhythmias caused by electrolyte imbalance].

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    Nishimura, M; Nakayama, K; Ishikawa, Y

    1996-08-01

    Cardiac arrhythmias are known to be caused by many factors. Among them, electrolyte imbalance is the most important because of electrical activity of the heart is composed of transmembrane fluxes of Na+, Ca2+ and K+. In this review article, we describe the effects of high or low concentrations of these electrolytes on the active and passive electrical properties of the membrane in the cardiac tissues, and the mechanisms by which these electrolytes cause abnormal impulse formation and conduction in the heart. Antagonism and synergism of electrolytes and pathological conditions such as digitalis intoxication and ischemia are discussed with respect to not only cardiac electrophysiology but also cellular metabolism. A pathophysiological role of Mg2+ to maintain normal excitation and conduction of the heart is also pointed out.

  17. The role of debridement and reconstruction of sagittal balance in tuberculous spondylitis

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    Alper Gokce

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: An accepted comprehensive clinical approach to the deformed spine with tuberculous infection is still lacking. We aimed to determine the usage of a staged algorithm in the treatment of kyphotic spine with tuberculous infection and to present the clinical results of the patients treated with the help of this protocol. Materials and Methods: 54 patients (28 females, 26 males with a mean age of 39.2 (22-76 years. Preoperative, early postoperative, and followup clinical and radiologic results were evaluated retrospectively. The patients were classified into Kaplan A (kyphotic deformity 60°. They were operated by posterior instrument with anterior debridment (Kaplan A, debridment with anterior bone grafting (Kaplan B and anterior column resection and bone grafting in Kaplan C. Results: Tuberculous involvement were seen at more than one level in 40 patients and paraspinal abscess were detected in 31. Preoperative focal kyphotic deformity was reconstructed with an average of 19 (9-38 degrees. Twenty-six patients had neurologic compromise with different severities and 12 of them improved after the surgical intervention. Improvement in work ability and pain status was detected in 52% and 61% of the patients, respectively. Wound complications responding to medical care were detected in nine patients. Initial kyphotic deformity was found as an important parameter in selecting the surgical procedure. Conclusion: Regarding resected amount of infected osseous material, as planned preoperatively, have resulted with better concordance between anterior and posterior column heights and better sagittal alignment. We could correct kyphosis and improve sagittal balance with staged algorithm as used by us.

  18. Sagittal alignment of the spine and pelvis in the presence of L5-s1 isthmic lysis and low-grade spondylolisthesis.

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    Roussouly, Pierre; Gollogly, Sohrab; Berthonnaud, Eric; Labelle, Hubert; Weidenbaum, Mark

    2006-10-01

    A radiographic study of 82 patients with L5-S1 spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis of less than 50% displacement of L5 on S1. To measure and describe the sagittal alignment of the spine and pelvis in patients with spondylolysis before the development of a large secondary deformity associated with progression of the spondylolisthesis. Several publications have addressed the alignment of the spine and pelvis as an important factor in the occurrence, symptomatology, progression, and treatment of spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis. To our knowledge, this is the first report to systematically document the native sagittal alignment of affected patients and compare them to a large control population. The sagittal alignment in this cohort of 82 patients was compared with a control population of 160 patients without symptoms of back pain or radiographic abnormalities of the spine and pelvis that was the subject of a previous study. Patients with spondylolysis and low-grade spondylolisthesis demonstrate increased pelvic incidence, increased lumbar lordosis, but less segmental extension between L5 and S1 than in a normal population. These data suggest that differences in the sagittal alignment of the spine and pelvis may influence the biomechanical environment that results in the development of spondylolysis and progressive spondylolisthesis.

  19. Progression of trunk imbalance in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis with a thoracolumbar/lumbar curve: is it predictable at the initial visit?

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    Hwang, Chang Ju; Lee, Choon Sung; Lee, Dong-Ho; Cho, Jae Hwan

    2017-11-01

    OBJECTIVE Progression of trunk imbalance is an important finding during follow-up of patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Nevertheless, no factors that predict progression of trunk imbalance have been identified. The purpose of this study was to identify parameters that predict progression of trunk imbalance in cases of AIS with a structural thoracolumbar/lumbar (TL/L) curve. METHODS This study included 105 patients with AIS and a structural TL/L curve who were followed up at an outpatient clinic. Patients with trunk imbalance (trunk shift ≥ 20 mm) at the initial visit were excluded. All patients were followed up for more than 2 years. Patients were divided into the following groups according to progression of trunk imbalance: 1) Group P, trunk shift ≥ 20 mm at the final visit and degree of progression ≥ 10 mm; and 2) Group NP, trunk shift < 20 mm at the final visit or degree of progression < 10 mm. Radiological parameters included Cobb angle, upper end vertebrae and lower end vertebrae (LEV), LEV tilt, disc wedge angle between LEV and LEV+1, trunk shift, apical vertebral translation, and apical vertebral rotation (AVR). Each parameter was compared between groups. Radiological parameters were assessed at every visit using whole-spine standing anteroposterior radiographs. RESULTS Among the 105 patients examined, 13 showed trunk imbalance with progression ≥ 10 mm at the final visit (Group P). Multivariate logistic regression analysis identified a lower Risser grade (p = 0.002) and a greater initial AVR (p = 0.020) as predictors of progressive trunk imbalance. A change in LEV tilt during follow-up was associated with trunk imbalance (p = 0.001). CONCLUSIONS Risser grade and AVR measured at the initial visit may predict progression of trunk imbalance. Surgeons should consider the risk of progressive trunk imbalance if patients show skeletal immaturity and a greater AVR at the initial visit.

  20. Sitting sagittal balance is different from standing balance in children with scoliosis.

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    Vaughn, Joshua J; Schwend, Richard M

    2014-03-01

    Several variables can have effect on sagittal balance. The changes that occur between standing and sitting have been inadequately studied, especially in the, pediatric population. Preoperative sagittal radiographs were obtained in both standing and sitting positions for 26 patients with idiopathic scoliosis before spinal fusion and instrumentation. Standard measurements of thoracic kyphosis, lumbar lordosis, sacral slope (SS), pelvic incidence, pelvic tilt, and lumbar intervertebral angles were, recorded. Differences were compared between positions using 2-sided paired t tests. When moving from standing to a seated position, the spine loses 5-degree thoracic kyphosis (P=0.007), 29-degree lumbar lordosis (Psagittal balance occurs due to increased pelvic tilt with decreased SS. The next greatest change is increased forward flexion of the lowest 2 lumbar vertebrae, 6.5 degrees between L4-L5 (Psagittal vertical axis also moves more anterior by 44 mm (P<0.0001). Sitting significantly straightens the spine with decreases of thoracic kyphosis, lumbar lordosis, and SS. The majority of the changes occur in the lumbar spine and pelvis. As humans spend much of their time sitting, this difference should be considered when spinal instrumentation is performed. These findings may be important to those who only sit, especially when instrumentation is extended to the pelvis. Level II--retrospective prognostic study.

  1. [Vasculo-Behçet's disease with superior sagittal sinus thrombosis--case report (author's transl)].

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    Ueda, T; Gondo, M; Kitano, I; Kinoshita, K; Kikuchi, I

    1982-04-01

    The patient is a 30-year-old man who has suffered from recurrent attacks of tonsilitis, oral aphthae and scrotal ulcerations, erythema nodosum and thrombophlebitis. In April, 1980, he gradually developed headache and visual disturbance. On April 14, 1980, he was pointed out remarked bilateral choked disc by an ophthalmologist and then admitted to the Miyazaki Medical College Hospital. On admission to our service, he showed atypical symptoms of Behçet's disease, namely, oral aphthae and scrotal ulcerations, erythema nodosum and bilateral choked disc. Laboratory data demonstrated hyperimmunoglobulinemia, increased clotting factors and decreased fibrinolytic activity. Immunogenetically, HLA BW51 type was demonstrated. The angiograms showed complete obstructions of the superior sagittal sinus and the common trunk of the femoral artery. Histological examination of the skin lesion demonstrated atypical chronic inflammation and thrombophlebitis. A diagnosis of atypical Vasculo-Behçet's disease was made. The response to the steroid therapy was dramatic, though the fibrinolytic drugs, anticoagulants and vasodilators were not effective. Thrombophlebitis is a well recognized complication of Behçet's disease occurring in major vessels, however thrombosis of the dural sinus has rarely reported. This case may be the first one which had superior sagittal sinus thrombosis with Vasculo-Behçet's disease in literature. We discussed the mechanism of the thrombogenesis, the relationship to HLA, the coexistence of Neuro-Behçet's disease and the therapy of Vasculo-Behçet's disease.

  2. Position of mandibular canal and ramus morphology before and after sagittal split ramus osteotomy.

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    Ueki, Koichiro; Okabe, Katsuhiko; Miyazaki, Mao; Mukozawa, Aya; Marukawa, Kohei; Nakagawa, Kiyomasa; Yamamoto, Etsuhide

    2010-08-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate changes in the mandibular canal and ramus morphology before and after a sagittal split ramus osteotomy. The subjects were 30 patients (60 sides) with mandibular prognathism who had undergone bilateral sagittal split ramus osteotomy setback surgery. The mandibular canal position and ramus morphology were measured at the 3 horizontal planes under the mandibular foramen level (level A), 1 cm lower than level A (level B), and 2 cm lower than level A (level C) preoperatively and 1 year postoperatively by computed tomography. Postoperative ramus width, lateral distance, lateral marrow distance, and canal length were significantly larger than the preoperative values at the foramen, 1 cm lower, and 2 cm lower. The mandibular canal completely contacted the lateral cortex without lateral bone marrow in 6 sides (10%) in levels A and B and 4 sides (6.7%) in level C preoperatively and 6 sides (10%) in level C postoperatively. This study suggested that postoperative mandibular canal position was located more posteriorly and the postoperative lateral bone marrow became thicker compared with the preoperative state. Copyright 2010 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Analysis of the cervical spine sagittal alignment in young idiopathic scoliosis: a morphological classification of 120 cases.

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    Yu, Miao; Silvestre, Clement; Mouton, Tanguy; Rachkidi, Rami; Zeng, Lin; Roussouly, Pierre

    2013-11-01

    To analyze the relationship between the cervical spine and global spinal-pelvic alignment in young patients with idiopathic scoliosis based on a morphological classification, and to postulate the hypothesis that cervical kyphosis is a part of cervico-thoracic kyphosis in them. 120 young patients with idiopathic scoliosis were recruited retrospectively between 2006 and 2011. The following values were measured and calculated: cervical angles (CA), cervico-thoracic angles (CTA), pelvic incidence (PI), pelvic tilt (PT), sacral slope (SS), spinal sacral angle (SSA), hip to C7/hip to sacrum, thoracic kyphosis (TK), lumbar lordosis (LL), Roussouly sagittal classification, Lenke Type Curve and Lumbar Modifier. The cervical curves were classified as lordosis, straight, sigmoid and kyphosis. They were categorized into four groups as cervical non-kyphosis group (CNK Group), cervical kyphosis group (CK Group), cervical-middle-thoracic kyphosis group (CMTK Group), and cervical-lower-thoracic kyphosis group (CLTK Group) according to their morphological characters of sagittal alignments. All parameters were compared and analyzed among groups. The incidence of cervical kyphosis was 40 % (48/120). The CA and the CTA were in significant correlation (r = 0.854, P = 0.00). The cervical spine alignments were revealed to be significantly different among groups (r = 85.04, P = 0.00). Significant differences among groups in CA, CTA and TK were also detected. A strong correlation between the group type and Lenke Lumbar Modifier was still seen (P scoliosis. Despite the deformity in cervical alignment, the global spine could still be well-balanced with spontaneous adjustment. The correlation between our grouping based on the morphological characteristics of the sagittal alignments and Lenke Lumbar Modifier suggests that the coupled motion principle be appropriate to explain the modifications both in coronal and sagittal planes.

  4. Clinical Follow-up on Sagittal Fracture at the Temporal Root of the Zygomatic Arch: Does It Need Open Reduction?

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    Cheon, Ji Seon; Seo, Bin Na; Yang, Jeong Yeol; Son, Kyung Min

    2013-09-01

    The zygoma is a major portion of the midfacial contour. When deformity occurs in this area, a reduction should be conducted to correct it. If a sagittal fracture at the temporal root of the zygomatic arch occurs, this also requires reduction, but it is difficult to approach due to its anatomical location, and the possibility of fixation is also limited. Thus, the authors attempted the reduction of sagittal fracture by two- or three-point fixation and the Gillies approach without direct manipulation. The preoperative and postoperative results of the patients were evaluated. Follow-up was performed to establish a treatment guideline. A retrospective study was done with 40 patients who had sagittal fractures at the temporal root of the zygomatic arch from March 2009 to June 2012. Only two- or three-point fixation was performed for the accompanying zygomatic-orbital-maxillary fracture. The Gillies approach was used for complex fractures of the zygomatic arch, while the temporal root of the zygomatic arch was only observed without reduction. Preoperative and postoperative computed tomography and X-ray scans were performed to examine the results. The result of the paired t-test on preoperative and postoperative bone gap differences, the depression level, and the degree of temporal protrusion showed a marked decrease in the mean difference at a 95% confidence interval. The results were acceptable. In the treatment of sagittal fractures at the temporal root of the zygomatic arch, it is acceptable to use indirect reduction and non-fixation methods. This leads to a satisfactory aesthetic and functional outcome.

  5. Effort reward imbalance, and salivary cortisol in the morning

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    Eller, Nanna Hurwitz; Nielsen, Søren Feodor; Blønd, Morten

    2012-01-01

    Effort reward imbalance (ERI) is suggested to increase risk for stress and is hypothesized to increase cortisol levels, especially the awakening cortisol response, ACR.......Effort reward imbalance (ERI) is suggested to increase risk for stress and is hypothesized to increase cortisol levels, especially the awakening cortisol response, ACR....

  6. Restoration of the spinopelvic sagittal balance in isthmic spondylolisthesis: posterior lumbar interbody fusion may be better than posterolateral fusion.

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    Feng, Yu; Chen, Liang; Gu, Yong; Zhang, Zhi-Ming; Yang, Hui-Lin; Tang, Tian-Si

    2015-07-01

    More and more orthopedic surgeons recognize the importance of the sagittal balance of the spine. To analyze the pre- and postoperative sagittal and deformity parameters of low-grade isthmic spondylolisthesis and evaluate the effect of posterolateral fusion (PLF) and posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) on spinopelvic sagittal balance. Nonrandomized controlled prospective study with a historical control. A total of 99 patients with low-grade L5-S1 isthmic spondylolisthesis were treated surgically; 36 patients (mean age, 60.2±5.2 years) received the PLF operation, and 63 patients (mean age, 57.1±6.9 years) chose the PLIF operation. The healthy control group was composed of 60 volunteers (mean age, 44.5±8.4 years). The pre- and postoperative spinopelvic and deformity parameters. All patients had radiographs that allowed measurement of spinopelvic parameters before and after the operation. All the spinopelvic and deformity parameters were measured. Two radiologists measured the parameters with the Cobb method. All of the preoperative spinopelvic parameters showed no difference between the PLIF and PLF groups in this study (p>.05). In both of the operation groups, the preoperative pelvic incidence, pelvic tilt (PT), sacral slope, lumbar lordosis (LL), and L5 incidence (L5I) were significantly higher than in the control group (p.05). LL increased in the PLIF group and decreased in the PLF group. The slip degree (SD) and L5I were restored significantly in both groups. The HOD of the PLIF group increased 5.04 mm, the postoperative HOD of the PLF group had no significant change. In both PLIF and PLF groups, the correction of SD was correlated with the change of LL (r=-0.398, p=.007; r=0.365, p=.022). The restoration of HOD in the PLIF group correlated with the change of LL (r=0.334, p=.011). No significant differences could be found between the short-term clinical outcomes of the PLF and PLIF. Either PLF or PLIF would lead a great change in spinopelvic parameters and

  7. Sagittal morphology and equilibrium of pelvis and spine.

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    Vaz, G; Roussouly, P; Berthonnaud, E; Dimnet, J

    2002-02-01

    A prospective analysis of the sagittal profile of 100 healthy young adult volunteers was carried out in order to evaluate the relationship between the shape of the pelvis and lumbar lordosis and to create a databank of the morphologic and positional parameters of the pelvis and spine in a normal healthy population. Inclusion criteria were as follows: no previous spinal surgery, no low back pain, no lower limb length inequality, no scoliotic deviation. For each subject, a 30 x 90-cm sagittal radiograph including spine, pelvis and proximal femurs in standing position on a force plate was performed. The global axis of gravity was determined with the force plate. Each radiograph was digitized using dedicated software. The spinal parameters registered were values for thoracic kyphosis and lumbar lordosis. The pelvic angles measured were: pelvic incidence, sacral slope and pelvic tilt. The global axis of gravity was on average 9 mm anterior of the center of the femoral heads. The anatomic parameter of pelvic incidence angle varied from 33 degrees to 85 degrees (mean: 51.7 degrees, SD: 11 degrees). The average lumbar lordosis was 46.5 degrees. The average thoracic kyphosis was 47 degrees. We found a statistical correlation between incidence angle and lumbar lordosis (r=0.69, P<0.001) and between sacral slope angle and lumbar lordosis (r=0.75, P<0.001). Spine and pelvis balance around the hip axis in order to position the gravity line over the femoral heads. We propose a scheme of sagittal balance of the standing human body.

  8. SAGITTAL SPINAL MORPHOLOGY IN HIGHLY TRAINED ADOLESCENT TENNIS PLAYERS

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    José M. Muyor

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Sports with a predominance of forward-bending and extension postures have been associated with alterations in the sagittal spinal curvatures and greater risk of spinal injury. Because, the tennis players adopt these postures, the aims of this study were: 1 to describe spinal curvatures and pelvic tilt in male and female highly trained adolescent tennis players during relaxed standing posture and with thoracic spine corrected (in prone lying on the floor; and 2 to determine the frequency of thoracic hyperkyphosis and lumbar hypo/hyper lordosis in these postures. Forty adolescent tennis players (24 male and 16 female aged 13-18 years, participated voluntarily in this study. The Spinal Mouse system was used to measure sagittal spinal curvatures and pelvic tilt. The mean values in the relaxed standing posture were 43.83° ± 7.87° (thoracic kyphosis, - 27.58° ± 7.01° (lumbar lordosis, and 13.38° ± 5.57° (pelvic tilt for male tennis players, respectively; and 36.13° ± 6.69° (thoracic kyphosis, - 32.69° ± 5.06° (lumbar lordosis, 20.94° ± 5.36° (pelvic tilt for female tennis players (p < 0.05 between genders in all spinal parameters. The male and female tennis players showed a frequency of 62.5% and 93.8% (p = 0.032 for neutral thoracic kyphosis, and 83.3% and 93.8% (p = 0.062 in neutral lumbar lordosis, respectively. In conclusion, due to the high percentage of neutral spinal curvatures in both male and female tennis players, to practice tennis in these levels does not alter sagittal spinal morphology in the relaxed standing posture in adolescent highly trained tennis players

  9. ANALYSIS AND PLANNING OF HINDFOOT DEFORMITY CORRECTION IN SAGITTAL PLANE

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    L. N. Solomin

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    Full Text Available Background. The disadvantage of the known methods of analysis and planning of hindfoot deformities in the sagittal plaBackground. Long bone deformity planning is well established. However, there are not well described methods of analysis and planning of hindfoot deformities in the sagittal plane. Such planning is made even more difficult with concomitant deformation of the midfoot and/or ankle contracture or malpositioned arthrodesis. The aim of our study was to develop a universal method of analysis and planning of the calcaneus correction, based on the normally derived reference lines and angles.Methods. We analyzed 65 standing lateral foot films in normal adults, 23-54 years old were analyzed. We drew the talus joint line (points “a” and “b” – Line 1. We drew a second line, (Line 2 the calcaneal line, which starts at the back of the calcaneal tuberosity (point “d”, drawn perpendicular to a line from top to bottom of the calcaneal tuberosity. The intersection of the calcaneal line and the talar joint line form point (c anteriorly. We measured lines ab, ac and cd, and their ratios: ac/ab, and cd/ab.Results. Talar joint line (Line 1 and calcaneal line (Line 2 intersect at a point (c, forming an angle 15.2° (±3.4°. The ratio ac/ab = 2.56 (± 1.1. The ratio cd/ab = 4.59 (±1.0. These ratios are constants for calculating the idealized joint lines for deformity planning. For deformity cases, draw Line 1, the talar joint line ab. Extend that line anteriorly to (c, which is a distance ab×2.56 from point (a. From (c, draw an idealized calcaneal line, Line-2, at an angle 15° to Line 1. Place (d on this line, at a distance ab×4.59 from point (c. Next, draw the deformed calcaneal line (Line 3 and point (d1 where it exits the calcaneal tuberosity. Use the same technique and landmarks as for drawing the normal calcaneal line. The intersection of Lines 2 and 3 is the apex of the deformity. Rotate the piece containing Line 3 around this

  10. Superior Sagittal Sinus Thrombosis Presenting with Hallucinations in the Puerperium: A Case Report

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    Zylfije Hundozi

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    Full Text Available Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis is an uncommon cause of stroke presenting with varied presentation patterns. We report a case of a 21-year-old woman with superior sagittal sinus (SSS thrombosis (SSST developing after childbirth, presenting with visual hallucinations, severe headache, and tonic-clonic seizures. Time-of-flight magnetic resonance angiography (TOF-MRA demonstrated the presence of thrombus in SSS. She was treated with low molecular weight heparin (LMWH followed by warfarin. She had excellent recovery a few weeks after admission and was regularly followed up. Although this condition can be presented with different neurological symptoms, it does not typically present with hallucinations. We suggest that CSVT should be suspected even when a patient presents with an atypical picture in a category of patients at higher risk.

  11. Golden Jubilee Photos: A Universal Imbalance

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    http://www.cern.ch/cern50/ View along the NA48 beamline with the detector in the distance. No one is sure why the Universe wound up the way it has: all matter and no antimatter. According to prevailing theories, the early universe had equal amounts of matter and antimatter. However, whenever such opposites meet, they annihilate and become a burst of energy. This would seem to leave the Universe with neither matter nor antimatter - and thus no stars, planets, or physicists. If nature shows a bias for matter over antimatter, this could explain why the Universe is all matter. To see what might be missing from the theories, physicists search for the rare cases in which matter and antimatter behave differently. One such imbalance, called direct CP violation, showed up in the NA 31 experiment at CERN. The results from this experiment, first presented in 1993, showed that when K mesons and their antimatter cousins decay, they show a slight preference for matter over antimatter. Later experiments with neutral K mes...

  12. Sagittal Spine Length Measurement: A Novel Technique to Assess Growth of the Spine.

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    Spurway, Alan J; Chukwunyerenwa, Chukwudi K; Kishta, Waleed E; Hurry, Jennifer K; El-Hawary, Ron

    2016-09-01

    The accuracy and repeatability of a novel sagittal spine length (SSL) radiographic measurement was examined using photographic and radiographic imaging. To validate the new SSL technique for measuring growth in early-onset scoliosis (EOS) patients. Current assessment of patient growth undergoing growth-friendly surgical treatment for EOS is the use of serial vertical spine height measurements (VH) on coronal radiographs. Spine-based distraction implants are able to control the coronal plane deformity of scoliosis, but exhibit a "law of diminishing returns" in the impact of each follow-up lengthening surgery. As these treatments are kyphogenic, we hypothesize that the increase in kyphosis is, in fact, growth out of plane, not captured by standard spine height measurements. Measurement accuracy was assessed using 6 spine model alignments and clinical radiographs of 23 retrospective EOS patients. Inter- and intrarater reliabilities were assessed using interclass coefficient (ICC) analyses. The discrepancy between the VH and SSL was also investigated. The model assessment showed excellent accuracy, with a 1.54 mm (SD: 1.07, range: 0.03-3.14, p = .226) mean error and mean ICCs of 0.999. As the kyphosis increased, a progressive difference between the phantom VH and SSL was observed. Interrater reliability ICCs of the clinical radiographs averaged 0.981 and 0.804, whereas intrarater reliabilities averaged 0.966 and 0.826, for the coronal and sagittal radiographs, respectively. Mean clinical SSLs were 177.5 mm (SD: 28.5, range: 114.3-250.3), whereas the VH averaged 161.6 mm (SD: 31.8, range: 58.5-243.0), resulting in a 16.0-mm (SD: 16.7, range: 0.3-90.3, p < .0001) difference between the two measurements with a progressive difference as the kyphosis increased. The novel SSL measurement is accurate, repeatable, and complements the current growth assessments for EOS treatments. Until sagittal spine lengths are taken into consideration, the "law of diminishing returns" should

  13. Global sagittal alignment and health-related quality of life in lumbosacral spondylolisthesis

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    Harroud, Adil; Labelle, Hubert; Joncas, Julie; Mac-Thiong, Jean-Marc

    2013-01-01

    Global sagittal alignment is considered as an important aspect in the management of spinal disorders, but the evidence establishing its clinical impact in lumbosacral spondylolisthesis is still poor...

  14. Normal values of the sagittal diameter of the lumbar spine (vertebral body and dural sac) in children measured by MRI

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    Knirsch, Walter [University Children' s Hospital Freiburg, Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Freiburg (Germany); University Children' s Hospital Zurich, Division of Paediatric Cardiology, Zurich (Switzerland); Kurtz, Claudia; Langer, Mathias [University Hospital Freiburg, Department of Radiology, Freiburg (Germany); Haeffner, Nicole; Kececioglu, Deniz [University Children' s Hospital Freiburg, Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Freiburg (Germany)

    2005-04-01

    The definition of normal values is a prerequisite for the reliable evaluation of abnormality in the lumbar spine, such as spinal canal stenosis or dural ectasia in patients with Marfan syndrome. Values for vertebral body diameter (VBD) and dural sac diameter (DSD) for the lumbar spine have been published in adults. In children, normal values have been established using conventional radiography or myelography, but not by MRI. To define normal values for the sagittal diameter of the vertebral body and dural sac, and to calculate a dural sac ratio (DSR) in the lumbosacral spine (L1-S1) in healthy children using MRI. A total of 75 healthy children between 6 years and 17 years of age were examined using a sagittal T2-weighted sequence. Sagittal VBD and DSD were measured and a DSR was calculated. This was a retrospective and cross-sectional study. With increasing age there is a significant increase of VBD, a slight increase of DSD, and a slight decrease of DSR. There is no significant sex difference. DSR in healthy children is higher than in healthy adults. MRI is a reliable method demonstrating the natural shape of the lumbosacral spine and its absolute values. These normal values compare well with those established by conventional radiological techniques. Our data may serve as a reference for defining dural ectasia in children with Marfan syndrome. (orig.)

  15. A Rare Chromosome 3 Imbalance and Its Clinical Implications

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    Karen Sims

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The duplication of chromosome 3q is a rare disorder with varying chromosomal breakpoints and consequently symptoms. Even rarer is the unbalanced outcome from a parental inv(3 resulting in duplicated 3q and a deletion of 3p. Molecular karyotyping should aid in precisely determining the length and breakpoints of the 3q+/3p− so as to better understand a child’s future development and needs. We report a case of an infant male with a 57.5 Mb duplication from 3q23-qter. This patient also has an accompanying 1.7 Mb deletion of 3p26.3. The duplicated segment in this patient encompasses the known critical region of 3q26.3-q27, which is implicated in the previously reported 3q dup syndrome; however, the accompanying 3p26.3 deletion is smaller than the previously reported cases. The clinical phenotype of this patient relates to previously reported cases of 3q+ that may suggest that the accompanying 1.7 Mb heterozygous deletion is not clinically relevant. Taken together, our data has refined the location and extent of the chromosome 3 imbalance, which will aid in better understanding the molecular underpinning of the 3q syndrome.

  16. Clinical Follow-up on Sagittal Fracture at the Temporal Root of the Zygomatic Arch: Does It Need Open Reduction?

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    Ji Seon Cheon

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Background The zygoma is a major portion of the midfacial contour. When deformity occursin this area, a reduction should be conducted to correct it. If a sagittal fracture at the temporalroot of the zygomatic arch occurs, this also requires reduction, but it is difficult to approachdue to its anatomical location, and the possibility of fixation is also limited. Thus, the authorsattempted the reduction of sagittal fracture by two- or three-point fixation and the Gilliesapproach without direct manipulation. The preoperative and postoperative results of thepatients were evaluated. Follow-up was performed to establish a treatment guideline.Methods A retrospective study was done with 40 patients who had sagittal fractures at thetemporal root of the zygomatic arch from March 2009 to June 2012. Only two- or three-pointfixation was performed for the accompanying zygomatic-orbital-maxillary fracture. The Gilliesapproach was used for complex fractures of the zygomatic arch, while the temporal root ofthe zygomatic arch was only observed without reduction. Preoperative and postoperativecomputed tomography and X-ray scans were performed to examine the results.Results The result of the paired t-test on preoperative and postoperative bone gap differences,the depression level, and the degree of temporal protrusion showed a marked decrease in themean difference at a 95% confidence interval. The results were acceptable.Conclusions In the treatment of sagittal fractures at the temporal root of the zygomatic arch,it is acceptable to use indirect reduction and non-fixation methods. This leads to a satisfactoryaesthetic and functional outcome.

  17. Cervical sagittal alignment in adult hyperkyphosis treated by posterior instrumentation and in situ bending.

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    Paternostre, F; Charles, Y P; Sauleau, E A; Steib, J-P

    2017-02-01

    In the normal adult spine, a link between thoracolumbar and cervical sagittal alignment exists, suggesting adaptive cervical positional changes allowing horizontal gaze. In patients with thoracic hyperkyphosis, cervical adaptation to sagittal global alignment might be different from healthy individuals. However, this relationship has not clearly been reported in hyperkyphotic deformity. The purpose of this study was to identify cervical sagittal alignment types observed on radiographs in young adults with thoracic hyperkyphosis. The relationship between cervical and thoracolumbar alignment as well as the effect of posterior instrumentation and adaptive positional changes of the mobile cervical segment were retrospectively analyzed. Twenty-three patients (32.7 years; 5-year follow-up) were included. Full spine radiographic measurements were: T1 slope, T1-T4 kyphosis, T4-T12 kyphosis, L1-S1 lordosis, pelvic incidence, pelvic tilt, sacral slope, SVA C7, SVA C2, lordosis between C0-C2, C2-C7, C2-C4 and C4-C7. A Bayesian model and Spearman correlation were used. Two alignment types existed: cervical lordosis (group A) and cervical kyphosis (group B). Preoperatively, T4-T12 kyphosis and L1-S1 lordosis were significantly higher in group A: 76.6° versus 59.4° and -72.8° versus -65.8° (probability of>5° difference P (β>5)>0.95). Pelvic incidence was higher in group A (49.8° versus 44.2°) and C0-C2 lordosis in group B (-29.4° versus -21.6°). A significant correlation existed between: T4-T12 kyphosis and C2-C7 lordosis, L1-S1 lordosis and pelvic incidence, C2-C7 lordosis and T1 slope, C2-C7 lordosis and T1-T4 kyphosis. Postoperatively, T4-T12 kyphosis decreased by 33.1° P (β>5)=0.9995), L1-S1 lordosis decreased by 17.7° (P (β>5)=0.961), T1-T4 kyphosis increased by 14.1° (P (β>5)=0.973). SVA C2 (translation) increased by 13.8mm. C0-C2 lordosis (head rotation) remained unchanged. Six patients changed cervical alignment. PJK occurred in 15 patients, unrelated to

  18. Analysis of sagittal condyl inclination in subjects with temporomandibular disorders

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Bacground/Aim. Disturbances of mandibular border movements is considered to be one of the major signs of temporomandibular disorders (TMD. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the possible association between disturbances of mandibular border movements and the presence of symptoms of TMD in the young. Methods. This study included two groups of volunteers between 18 and 26 years of age. The study group included 30 examineers with signs (symptoms of TMD, and the control group also included 30 persons without any signs (symptoms of TMD. The presence of TMD was confirmed according to the craniomandibular index (Helkimo. The functional analysis of mandibular movements was performed in each subject using the computer pantograph. Results. The results of this study did not confirm any significant differences between the values of the condylar variables/sagittal condylar inclination, length of the sagital condylar guidance, in the control and in the study group. Conclusion. The study did not confirm significant differences in the length and inclination of the protrusive condylar guidance, as well as in the values of the sagittal condylar inclination between the subjects with the signs and symptoms of TMD and the normal asymptomatic subjects.

  19. Radiological analysis for thoracolumbar disc herniation in spinopelvic sagittal alignment: A retrospective study.

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    Wang, Tao; Ma, Lei; Yang, Da-Long; Wang, Hui; Zhang, Di; Zhang, Ying-Ze; Ding, Wen-Yuan

    2017-04-01

    A retrospective study aims to explore differences in spinopelvic sagittal alignment between thoracolumbar disc herniation (TLD) and lower lumbar disc herniation (LLD).A total of 185 patients included 26 with TLD and 129 with LLD and 30 asymptomatic volunteers in normal group (NG). Each individual took full spine X-ray to evaluate pelvic incidence (PI), pelvic tilt (PT), sacral slope (SS), lumbar lordosis (LL), thoracic kyphosis (TK), TK+LL+PI, TK/LL, and sacrum-femoral-pubic symphysis (SFP). The Roussouly classification was used to categorize all subjects according to their sagittal alignment. Spinopelvic parameters and Roussouly classification results were compared between groups.PI (51.0°), SS (30.5°), and LL (42.0°) in the TLD were significantly higher than those in the LLD (47°, 27°, 33°, respectively). However, TK (30.0°), TK/LL (0.75), and TK+LL+PI (40.0°) in the TLD were significantly lower than these in the LLD (33.0°, 1.07, 47.2°, respectively) and the similar trend between TLD and NG (34.3°, 0.93, 48.5°, respectively). But LL (42.0°) in the TLD was significantly higher than in the NG (35°). Roussouly types among 3 groups were marked differences. The LLD had a higher rate (59.7%) of type II lordosis (flat back), and the TLD had a higher rate (61.5%) of type III lordosis than other groups.This study implied that patients with TLD have higher LL, lower TK, TK/LL, and TK+LL+PI than LLD patients. We inferred that high LL combined with low TK may be the prospective factors of TLD.

  20. Sagittal balance parameters influence indications for lumbar disc arthroplasty or ALIF.

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    Pellet, N; Aunoble, S; Meyrat, R; Rigal, J; Le Huec, J C

    2011-09-01

    Chronic lower back pain is a potentially incapacitating condition associated with disc degeneration. Although therapy is primarily pharmaceutical, surgery comprising arthrodesis constitutes an alternative. Anterior intersomatic lumbar arthrodesis (ALIF, anterior interbody lumbar fusion) is the reference approach, although total disc arthroplasty may also be undertaken. Analysis of pelvic and spinal parameters provides the best indication of sagittal balance. This was a prospective study in a continuous series of 99 patients presenting chronic lower back pain due to disc disease. Pelvic incidence, sacral slope, pelvic tilt, spino-sacral angle (SSA) and the four back types in the Roussouly classification were studied in radiographs of the whole spine under load using an EOS imaging system. The pre-operative SSA value for the study population was 126.09° ± 8.45° and the mean spine tilt angle was 90° compared with 95° in healthy subjects. Following surgery, the SSA was considerably increased in the discal arthroplasty, resulting in a significantly more balanced spinal position. In the group of patients undergoing arthrodesis using the ALIF technique, no such significant improvement was found despite the use of a lordosis cage. We showed that in cases of low pelvic incidence, it was necessary to maintain a Roussouly type 1 or 2 back without increasing lordosis. The results demonstrated the value of L4-L5 disc prostheses in these subjects. L5-S1 arthrodesis seemed a more suitable approach for treating patients with elevated sacral slope (back type 3 or 4). This new type of analysis of sagittal parameters should be performed prior to all surgical procedures involving lumbar prostheses.

  1. Spatial-frequency dependent binocular imbalance in amblyopia

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    Kwon, MiYoung; Wiecek, Emily; Dakin, Steven C.; Bex, Peter J.

    2015-01-01

    While amblyopia involves both binocular imbalance and deficits in processing high spatial frequency information, little is known about the spatial-frequency dependence of binocular imbalance. Here we examined binocular imbalance as a function of spatial frequency in amblyopia using a novel computer-based method. Binocular imbalance at four spatial frequencies was measured with a novel dichoptic letter chart in individuals with amblyopia, or normal vision. Our dichoptic letter chart was composed of band-pass filtered letters arranged in a layout similar to the ETDRS acuity chart. A different chart was presented to each eye of the observer via stereo-shutter glasses. The relative contrast of the corresponding letter in each eye was adjusted by a computer staircase to determine a binocular Balance Point at which the observer reports the letter presented to either eye with equal probability. Amblyopes showed pronounced binocular imbalance across all spatial frequencies, with greater imbalance at high compared to low spatial frequencies (an average increase of 19%, p binocular imbalance may be useful for diagnosing amblyopia and as an outcome measure for recovery of binocular vision following therapy. PMID:26603125

  2. Measuring Earth's Radiation Imbalance using Cubesat Constellations

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    Collins, W. D.; Courtade, S.; Immel, T. J.; Feldman, D.; Lorentz, S. R.; Dyrud, L. P.

    2016-12-01

    At present, the global annual-mean Earth Radiation Imbalance (ERI) is estimated to be of order 1 W/m2, although the uncertainty in ERI is much larger than this estimate. The best current satellite-only observational determinations of ERI range from -2 to +7 W/m2 unless major adjustments are made using ocean observations. Since measurements of ERI accurate to better than 0.5 W/m2 are essential for understanding and predicting changes in our climate, new missions to determine ERI in conjunction with ongoing ocean observations are urgently needed. These missions should reliably determine Earth's radiation balance at the temporal and spatial scales sufficient for relating ERI to the physical processes responsible for variability. The compelling objective of measuring ERI can be met using a constellation of satellites making global, high-frequency radiation measurements of the solar energy reflected and infrared energy radiated back to space with sufficient accuracy to determine the ERI to within 0.5 W/m2. In this presentation, we discuss the reasons and prospects for deploying a Cubesat constellation to realize this objective, simulations of the data that could be produced by this constellation, and the advantages of the spatial coverage and high temporal frequency afforded by the constellation. These advantages apply both to estimating long-term ERI and to quantifying the radiation budgets of individual synoptic-scale weather systems. The innovations in this system involve both the use of Cubesats and of compact, continuously calibrated wide-field-of-view radiometers. We demonstrate the feasibility of such a constellation using the ongoing proof-of-concept deployment of the target radiometers onboard the upcoming NASA RAVAN (Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes) mission.

  3. Defining the Role of the Lower Limbs in Compensating for Sagittal Malalignment.

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    Lafage, Renaud; Liabaud, Barthelemy; Diebo, Bassel G; Oren, Jonathan H; Vira, Shaleen; Pesenti, Sébastien; Protopsaltis, Themistocles S; Errico, Thomas J; Schwab, Frank J; Lafage, Virginie

    2017-03-16

    Retrospective review OBJECTIVE.: Investigate the role of lower limbs compensation with progressive sagittal malalignment SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA.: While lower limb compensatory mechanisms are an established response to progressive sagittal malalignment, their specific role and potential impact on surgical planning has not been evaluated. Single center retrospective review of full body xrays was performed in patients >20 yrs. Parameters were measured with dedicated software. Population was stratified by 50 mm intervals of SVA and one-way ANOVA was performed to compare P.shift (P.Shift=antero-posterior translation of the pelvis versus the feet) across SVA groups. Antero-posterior offset of each vertebra in relation to a vertical line extended from the distal tibial metaphysis (TM) was investigated. Linear regression was performed to predict Pelvic Tilt (PT) using Knee angle (KA) and P.Shift, while controlling for pelvic incidence minus lumbar lordosis mismatch (PI-LL) and SVA. 2124 patient visits were included (PI=55.1 ± 14.1°, PT=21.0 ± 11°, PI-LL=6.3 ± 17.3°, SVA=29 ± 51 mm). With progressively increased SVA, P.shift decreased from 30 to -100 mm (all p SVA groups. Prediction of PT based on PI-LL and SVA yielded R=0.76 (p < 0.001). Subsequent addition of KA and P.shift as independent parameters using hierarchical multiple regression led to significant improvement in R, demonstrating the independent role of lower limbs parameters in PT prediction. KA and P.shift had a positive standardized coefficient (all p < 0.05). Lower limb compensatory mechanisms increase with progressive sagittal malalignment. Antero-posterior translation of pelvis allows the T9 vertebra to remain in line with the ankle ("conus of economy"). Lower limb compensatory mechanisms are positive predictors of PT and thus do not require additional consideration in surgical realignment planning. 3.

  4. Scheuermann kyphosis: the importance of tight hamstrings in the surgical correction.

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    Hosman, A.J.F.; Kleuver, M. de; Anderson, P.G.; Limbeek, J. van; Langeloo, D.D.; Veth, R.P.H.; Slot, G.H.

    2003-01-01

    STUDY DESIGN: A historic cohort study of the sagittal alignment in 33 consecutive patients with surgically corrected thoracic Scheuermann kyphosis. OBJECTIVES: To determine if postsurgical imbalance, sagittal malalignment, and decreased lumbar-pelvic range of motion in patients with thoracic

  5. Moyamoya disease and sagittal sinus thrombosis in a child with Down's syndrome

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    Del-Rio Camacho, G.; Leal Orozco, A.; Camino Lopez, M.; Ruiz-Moreno, M. [Dept. of Paediatrics, Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid (Spain); Perez-Higueras, A.; Al-Assir, I. [Dept. of Neuroradiology, Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid (Spain)

    2001-02-01

    A girl with Down's syndrome, moyamoya disease and sagittal sinus thrombosis is described. She was diagnosed after acute neurological deterioration by MRI and angiography. Recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (r-TPA) was injected locally to recanalise the thrombus. The patient's condition significantly improved and she was discharged. After 2 years of follow-up the child remains asymptomatic. Moyamoya syndrome and cerebral venous thrombosis should not be overlooked as a cause of acute neurological deterioration in a child with Down's syndrome. MRA appears to be a safe and accurate alternative to traditional angiography for the diagnosis of moyamoya disease. Local fibrinolysis with r-TPA is the treatment of choice for cerebral venous thrombosis due to its safety and efficacy. (orig.)

  6. Computerized preoperative planning for correction of sagittal deformity of the spine.

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    Aurouer, Nicolas; Obeid, Ibrahim; Gille, Olivier; Pointillart, Vincent; Vital, Jean-Marc

    2009-12-01

    Various methods of preoperative planning have been described for the correction of spinal sagittal deformities. They are reliable on condition that the thoracolumbar spine is totally fused and enable only the simulation of pedicle subtraction osteotomy (PSO). In this study, a new theoretical planning that can be used regardless of the etiology of the deformity and the type of osteotomy is described and assessed. The spino-pelvic sagittal balance can be expressed by two parameters: pelvic tilt (PT) and center of both acoustic meati (CAM) overhang. These two parameters vary according to the type, number, level, and angulation of osteotomies. The general principle of the planning is to define the surgical program in order to obtain PT and CAM overhang as close as possible to the normal values. The theoretical planning is based on a trigonometric construction which depends on numerous factors and is challenging to use in daily practice without the aid of a software tool. Modifications are proposed if the spine cannot be modeled as a solid beam due to unfused disks allowing relative motion. The SpineView software, which enables analysis and quick visualization of different correction possibilities, is presented. The planning method is assessed in a prospective cohort of 11 patients by comparing planned values of spino-pelvic parameters to postoperative values. In all, 8 preoperative plans out of 11 were concordant with the postoperative results. The preoperative planning enables the surgeon to estimate the clinical effects of the different surgical techniques in order to choose the best procedure for a given patient.

  7. Genomic imbalance in subjects with idiopathic intellectual disability ...

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    Genomic imbalance in subjects with idiopathic intellectual disability detected by multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification. SHRUTHI MOHAN VETTRISELVI VENKATESAN SOLOMON FD PAUL TEEENA KOSHY VENKATACHALAM PERUMAL. RESEARCH NOTE Volume 95 Issue 2 June 2016 pp 469-474 ...

  8. East-West News Flow "Imbalance": Qualifying the Quantifications.

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    Le Duc, Don R.

    1981-01-01

    A study of Eurovision-Intervision news exchange patterns suggests that any global explanation for imbalance will be premature until the news item values in each exchange are understood as clearly as its news item volume. (PD)

  9. Chiral Imbalance in QCD and its consequences

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    Andrianov Alexander

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Under extreme conditions of high temperature and/or large quark (baryon density, the vacuum of QCD changes its properties, and deconfinement, chiral symmetry restoration as well as chiral symmetry breaking take place. These transitions (phases are accompanied by the rapid change in the rate and nature of topological transitions connecting different topological sectors. The heavy ion collisions (HIC program opens a possibility to study these phenomena in so-called non-Abelian Quark-gluon plasma (QGP. In these phases the currents of light quarks (vector and axial-vector can be independently examined for right-handed (RH and left-handed (LH quarks. To describe such a quark matter chiral chemical potential can be introduced to quantify the presence of chirality imbalance (ChI i.e. the difference between the average numbers of RH and LH quarks in the fireball after HIC. In this review talk we will focus our attention on the discussion of the ChI related developments in heavy ion physics at central collisions and the plans for the future experiments aimed at establishing (or falsifying the presence of Local spacial Parity Breaking (LPB in heavy ion data. We describe some of experimental observables in detecting the signal of LPB. A number of measurements is proposed that allow to reach a definite conclusion on the occurrence of LPB effects in non-Abelian QGP produced in central heavy ion collisions and its simulation within a number of QCD-inspired models is outlined. Based on the effective meson theory in the presence of Chern-Simons interaction it is found that the spectrum of massive vector mesons splits into three polarization components with different effective masses. Moreover a resonance broadening occurs that leads to an increase of spectral contribution to the dilepton production as compared to the vacuum state. The asymmetry in production of longitudinally and transversely polarized states of ρ and ω mesons for various values of the

  10. Reliability of the Radiographic Sagittal and Frontal Tibiotalar Alignment after Ankle Arthrodesis.

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    Madeleine Willegger

    Full Text Available Accurate measurement of the tibiotalar alignment is important in radiographic outcome assessment of ankle arthrodesis (AA. In studies, various radiological methods have been used to measure the tibiotalar alignment leading to facultative misinterpretation of results. However, to our knowledge, no previous study has investigated the reliability of tibiotalar alignment measurement in AA. We aimed to investigate the reliability of four different methods of measurement of the frontal and sagittal tibiotalar alignment after AA, and to further clarify the most reliable method for determining the longitudinal axis of the tibia.Thirty-eight weight bearing anterior to posterior and lateral ankle radiographs of thirty-seven patients who had undergone AA with a two screw fixation technique were selected. Three observers measured the frontal tibiotalar angle (FTTA and the sagittal tibiotalar angle (STTA using four different methods. The methods differed by the definition of the longitudinal tibial axis. Method A was defined by a line drawn along the lateral tibial border in anterior to posterior radiographs and along the posterior tibial border in lateral radiographs. Method B was defined by a line connecting two points in the middle of the proximal and the distal tibial shaft. Method C was drawn "freestyle"along the longitudinal axis of the tibia, and method D was defined by a line connecting the center of the tibial articular surface and a point in the middle of the proximal tibial shaft. Intra- and interobserver correlation coefficients (ICC and repeated measurement ANOVA were calculated to assess measurement reliability and accuracy.All four methods showed excellent inter- and intraobserver reliability for the FTTA and the STTA. When the longitudinal tibial axis is defined by connecting two points in the middle of the proximal and the distal tibial shaft, the highest interobserver reliability for the FTTA (ICC: 0.980; CI 95%: 0.966-0.989 and for the

  11. Correlation between Sagittal Spinopelvic Parametersand Oswestry Disability Indexafter Thoracal and Lumbar Spine Stabilization and Fusion

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    Yudistira Prama Tirta

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Spinopelvic parameter consists of sagittal vertical axis (SVA, pelvic incidence (PI, pelvic tilt (PT, sacral slope (SS which are measured by whole-spine-lateral-view radiograph in standing position. Measurement of the separameters is pivotalas the land mark analysis toachieve correct sagittal balance. The objective of the study is to analyze the correlation between PI, PT, SVA and SSwith theclinical outcomes which was measured usingOswestry Disability Index (ODI scoring system.This is a cross-sectional study involving 19 patients who underwent thoracal and lumbar fusion surgery in our centerduring 2012-2014. Radiographi cevaluation of SVA, PI, PT, and SS and ODI score were performed 1 year after surgery. Pearson test was conducted to determine the correlation between SVA, PI, PT, and SS with ODI score.There wasa strong correlation between ODI withSVA and PI (p<0.001,r=0.866; p=0.006; r=0.603, respectively. There was no correlation between other parameters with ODI.Based on this study, spinopelvic parameters that can represent the clinical outcome after thoracal and lumbar fusion and stabilization surgeries are SVA and PI. Keywords: spinopelvic parameter, post operation, vertebrae fusion.   Korelasi antara Parameter Luaran Spinopelvik Sagital dengan Oswestry Disability Index pasca Stabilisasi dan Fusi Vertebra Torakal dan Lumbar   Abstrak Parameter spinopelvis terdiri atas sagittal vertical axis (SVA, pelvic incidence (PI, pelvic tilt (PT, sacral slope (SS dan diukur menggunakan X-ray seluruh tulang belakang lateral yang diambil pada posisi berdiri. Pengukuran parameter ini penting sebagai dasar analisis keseimbangan sagital pada operasi rekonstruksi vertebra. Tujuan penelitian ini adalah untuk menganalisis korelasi antara PI, PT, SVA, dan SS pada luaran klinis berdasarkan sistem skoring oswestry disability index (ODI. Studi ini adalah studi potong lintang dengan 19 subjek yang menjalani fusi dan stabilisasi torakal dan lumbal di center kami

  12. Extensor Tendon Instability Due to Sagittal Band Injury in a Martial Arts Athlete: A Case Report.

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    Kochevar, Andrew; Rayan, Ghazi

    2017-03-01

    A Taekwondo participant sustained a hand injury from punching an opponent that resulted in painful instability of the ring finger extensor digitorum communis tendon due to sagittal band damage. His symptoms resolved after reconstructive surgery on the sagittal band (SB) with stabilization of the extensor tendon over the metacarpophalangeal joint.

  13. Superior Sagittal Sinus Thrombosis Complicating Typhoid Fever in a Teenager

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Cerebral venous sinus (sinovenous thrombosis (CSVT is a rare life-threatening disorder in childhood that is often misdiagnosed. CSVT encompasses cavernous sinus thrombosis, lateral sinus thrombosis, and superior sagittal sinus thrombosis (SSST. We present an adolescent girl who was well until two weeks earlier when she had a throbbing frontal headache and fever with chills; she later had dyspnoea, jaundice, melena stool, multiple seizures, nuchal rigidity, and monoparesis of the right lower limb a day before admission. Urine test for Salmonella typhi Vi antigen was positive, and Widal reaction was significant. Serial cranial computerized tomography scans revealed an expanding hypodense lesion in the parafalcine region consistent with SSST or a parasagittal abscess. Inadvertent left parietal limited craniectomy confirmed SSST. She recovered completely with subsequent conservative management. Beyond neuropsychiatric complications of Typhoid fever, CSVT should be highly considered when focal neurologic deficits are present.

  14. Competitiveness and external imbalances within the euro area

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    The onset of the financial crisis in 2008 has highlighted the problems of diverging external imbalances within Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and the role of persistent losses in competitiveness. This paper starts by investigating some of the competitiveness factors which contributed to external imbalances in euro area countries. The evidence suggests significant heterogeneity across countries in both price/cost and non-price competitiveness in the euro area and that there is no one factor...

  15. The surgical treatment of lordoscoliosis and hyperlordosis in patients with quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

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    Karampalis, C; Tsirikos, A I

    2014-06-01

    We describe 13 patients with cerebral palsy and lordoscoliosis/hyperlordosis of the lumbar spine who underwent a posterior spinal fusion at a mean age of 14.5 years (10.8 to 17.4) to improve sitting posture and relieve pain. The mean follow-up was 3.3 years (2.2 to 6.2). The mean pre-operative lumbar lordosis was 108(°) (80 to 150(°)) and was corrected to 62(°) (43(°) to 85(°)); the mean thoracic kyphosis from 17(°) (-23(°) to 35(°)) to 47(°) (25(°) to 65(°)); the mean scoliosis from 82(°) (0(°) to 125(°)) to 22(°) (0(°) to 40(°)); the mean pelvic obliquity from 21(°) (0(°) to 38(°)) to 3(°) (0(°) to 15(°)); the mean sacral slope from 79(°) (54(°) to 90(°)) to 50(°) (31(°) to 66(°)). The mean pre-operative coronal imbalance was 5 cm (0 cm to 8.9 cm) and was corrected to 0.6 cm (0 to 3.2). The mean sagittal imbalance of -8 cm (-16 cm to 7.8 cm) was corrected to -1.6 cm (-4 cm to 2.5 cm). The mean operating time was 250 minutes (180 to 360 minutes) and intra-operative blood loss 0.8 of estimated blood volume (0.3 to 2 estimated blood volume). The mean intensive care and hospital stay were 3.5 days (2 to 8) and 14.5 days (10 to 27), respectively. Three patients lost a significant amount of blood intra-operatively and subsequently developed chest or urinary infections and superior mesenteric artery syndrome. An increased pre-operative lumbar lordosis and sacral slope were associated with increased peri-operative morbidity: scoliosis and pelvic obliquity were not. A reduced lumbar lordosis and increased thoracic kyphosis correlated with better global sagittal balance at follow-up. All patients and their parents reported excellent surgical outcomes. Lordoscoliosis and hyperlordosis are associated with significant morbidity in quadriplegic patients. They are rare deformities and their treatment is challenging. Sagittal imbalance is the major component: it can be corrected by posterior fusion of the spine with excellent functional results.

  16. Sagittal plane analysis of selective posterior thoracic spinal fusion in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: a comparison study of all pedicle screw and hybrid instrumentation.

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    Liu, Tie; Hai, Yong

    2014-07-01

    To compare sagittal profiles of selective posterior thoracic instrumentation with segmental pedicle screws instrumentation and hybrid (hook and pedicle screw). Nowadays, thoracic screws are considered more effective than other constructs in spinal deformity correction and have become the treatment in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis surgery. However, recent research found that this enhanced correction ability may sacrifice sagittal balance. As lumbar lordosis is dependent upon thoracic kyphosis (TK), it has been important to maintain TK magnitude in selective thoracic fusions to keep balance. There is no sagittal measurement analysis between the hybrid and all-screw constructs type in cases of selective thoracic fusion. All adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (Lenke1) patients surgically treated in our department between 2003 and 2008 were reviewed. Radiographs of these patients, whose preoperative, immediately postoperative, and minimum 2-year follow-up after selective thoracic fusion (lower instrumented vertebrae not lower than L1, hybrid group the pedicle screw instrumentation not higher than T10) were evaluated, 21 patients underwent posterior hybrid instrumentation and 21 underwent pedicle screw instrumentation. No significant difference in sagittal profiles was observed between the 2 groups. At final follow-up, the proximal junctional measurement has a minor increase in both the groups. TK (T5-T12) also increased (+2.0 degrees of increase in hybrid group vs. +3.9 degrees of increase in the pedicle screw group). The effect of different instrumentation in changing TK at various time points between 2 groups was statistic different (P=0.004). Lumbar lordosis (L1-L5) was increased in both the groups. No significant changes in distal junctional measurement and thoracolumbar junction were noted. The C7 sagittal plumbline remained negative in both the groups at the final follow-up. There was no statistically significant difference comparing the sagittal alignment

  17. Influence of T1 Slope on the Cervical Sagittal Balance in Degenerative Cervical Spine: An Analysis Using Kinematic MRI.

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    Weng, Chong; Wang, Justin; Tuchman, Alexander; Wang, Jian; Fu, Changfeng; Hsieh, Patrick C; Buser, Zorica; Wang, Jeffrey C

    2016-02-01

    A retrospective kinematic magnetic resonance imaging (kMRI) study. To evaluate the utility of kMRI in determining the relationship between cervical sagittal balance and TI alignment. Thoracic inlet parameters play an important role in cervical spine sagittal balance. However, most of the literature is based on lower resolution cervical X-rays or CT scans in the supine position. Cervical spine kMRI of 83 patients with degenerative cervical spine conditions (20-68 yr of age) was analyzed for: (1) cervical spine parameters: C2-C7 angle, C2-C7 sagittal vertical axis (SVA), cranial tilt, and cervical tilt; and (2) T1 parameters: thoracic inlet angle (TIA), T1 slope, and neck tilt (NT). Multiple logistic regression analysis and Pearson correlation coefficients were performed. The mean TIA, T1 slope, and NT were 78.0, 33.2, and 44.8°, respectively. The mean C2-7 angle, SVA of C2-C7, cervical tilt, and cranial tilt were -15.4°, 22.0 mm, 18.1°, and 15.1°, respectively. The ratio of cervical:cranial tilt was maintained as 55:45%. A significant correlation was found between the C2-C7 angle and T1 slope (r = 0.731), TIA and C2-C7 angle (r = 0.406), cervical tilt with C2-C7 angle (r = 0.671), T1 slope with TIA (r = 0.429), TIA with neck tilt (r = 0.733), TIA with cervical tilt (r = 0.377), SVA C2-C7 with cervical tilt (r = -0.480), SVA C2-C7 with cranial tilt (r = 0.912), and C2-7 SVA with the ratio of cranial tilt to cervical tilt (r = 0.694). An individual with a large T1 slope required large cervical lordosis to preserve physiologic sagittal balance of the cervical spine. Cranial tilt was the cervical parameter most strongly correlated with SVA C2-C7, and thus may be a good parameter to assess decompensation of cervical sagittal balance. 3.

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

  19. Sagittal Fresh Blood Imaging with Interleaved Acquisition of Systolic and Diastolic Data for Improved Robustness to Motion

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    Atanasova, Iliyana P.; Kim, Daniel; Storey, Pippa; Rosenkrantz, Andrew B; Lim, Ruth P.; Lee, Vivian S.

    2012-01-01

    Purpose To improve robustness to patient motion of ‘fresh blood imaging’ (FBI) for lower extremity non-contrast MRA. Methods In FBI, two sets of 3D fast spin echo images are acquired at different cardiac phases and subtracted to generate bright-blood angiograms. Routinely performed with a single coronal slab and sequential acquisition of systolic and diastolic data, FBI is prone to subtraction errors due to patient motion. In this preliminary feasibility study, FBI was implemented with two sagittal imaging slabs, and the systolic and diastolic acquisitions were interleaved to minimize sensitivity to motion. The proposed technique was evaluated in volunteers and patients. Results In ten volunteers, imaged while performing controlled movements, interleaved FBI demonstrated better tolerance to subject motion than sequential FBI. In one patient with peripheral arterial disease, interleaved FBI offered better depiction of collateral flow by reducing sensitivity to inadvertent motion. Conclusions FBI with interleaved acquisition of diastolic and systolic data in two sagittal imaging slabs offers improved tolerance to patient motion. PMID:23300129

  20. Spino-pelvic sagittal balance of spondylolisthesis: a review and classification.

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    Labelle, Hubert; Mac-Thiong, Jean-Marc; Roussouly, Pierre

    2011-09-01

    In L5-S1 spondylolisthesis, it has been clearly demonstrated over the past decade that sacro-pelvic morphology is abnormal and that it can be associated to an abnormal sacro-pelvic orientation as well as to a disturbed global sagittal balance of the spine. The purpose of this article is to review the work done within the Spinal Deformity Study Group (SDSG) over the past decade, which has led to a classification incorporating this recent knowledge. The evidence presented has been derived from the analysis of the SDSG database, a multi-center radiological database of patients with L5-S1 spondylolisthesis, collected from 43 spine surgeons in North America and Europe. The classification defines 6 types of spondylolisthesis based on features that can be assessed on sagittal radiographs of the spine and pelvis: (1) grade of slip, (2) pelvic incidence, and (3) spino-pelvic alignment. A reliability study has demonstrated substantial intra- and inter-observer reliability similar to other currently used classifications for spinal deformity. Furthermore, health-related quality of life measures were found to be significantly different between the 6 types, thus supporting the value of a classification based on spino-pelvic alignment. The clinical relevance is that clinicians need to keep in mind when planning treatment that subjects with L5-S1 spondylolisthesis are a heterogeneous group with various adaptations of their posture. In the current controversy on whether high-grade deformities should or should not be reduced, it is suggested that reduction techniques should preferably be used in subjects with evidence of abnormal posture, in order to restore global spino-pelvic balance and improve the biomechanical environment for fusion.

  1. Undershooting of a neutral reference position by asymptomatic subjects after cervical motion in the sagittal plane.

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    Hallgren, Richard C; Andary, Michael T

    2008-09-01

    The objective of this study was to determine if blindfolded, asymptomatic subjects undershoot or overshoot a self-selected neutral reference position (NRP) when performing a full-cycle, head repositioning accuracy test in the sagittal plane. An asymptomatic group of subjects, consisting of 7 men and 5 women with no history of head and neck pain, were recruited for the study. Subjects, performing a full-cycle series of head/neck movements in the sagittal plane, attempted to return to a self-selected NRP, defined at the beginning of the movement sequence, without benefit of visual clues. Data were collected for each subject, and repositioning errors were calculated. The sign of the error was used to determine if undershooting or overshooting of the NRP had occurred. Subjects undershot a self-selected NRP at statistically significant levels (P < .01) when performing the head repositioning accuracy test while blindfolded. Subjects undershot the NRP 83% of the time when moving from flexion to the NRP and undershot the NRP 92% of the time when moving from extension to the NRP. A Fisher exact test showed no significant difference between the number of times subjects undershot the NRP when moving from either flexion to the NRP or from extension to the NRP. To our knowledge, neither undershooting nor overshooting of an NRP has previously been reported for asymptomatic subjects at statistically significant levels. Knowing that asymptomatic subjects undershoot an NRP may help to direct treatment and rehabilitation of patients who have experienced whiplash-type injuries and are shown to overshoot the NRP when performing the same test.

  2. Correlation between symptoms and sagittal alignment parameters in patients with lumbar canal stenosis: a case-control study Correlación entre síntomas y parámetros de alineación sagital en pacientes con estenosis del canal lumbar: un estudio de control de casos Correlação entre os sintomas e os parâmetros de alinhamento sagital em pacientes com estenose do canal lombar: estudo de caso-controle

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    Paulo Tadeu Maia Cavali

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between sagittal balance parameters and different symptoms of spinal disease in patients with lumbar canal stenosis (LCS and controls. METHODS: In this prospective, diagnostic, case-control study, we included all patients consecutively admitted to a public teaching hospital for surgical treatment of LCS between July 2010 and October 2011, aged more than 40 years, with back pain plus radiculopathy or neurogenic claudication, and controls without LCS. Magnetic resonance and x-rays allowed the measurement of sagittal axis parameters. Clinical data, the Oswestry Disability Index and the visual analogue scale of pain were assessed. RESULTS: 23 patients were in the Stenosis group, and 17 were controls. The Stenosis group presented lower values of total lumbopelvic lordosis and regional lordosis L1, L2 and L3. In LCS patients and back pain, total lumbopelvic and regional lordosis at L1, L2 and L3 were smaller. Those with stenosis and radiculopathy had higher values of pelvic tilt and lower total lumbopelvic lordosis and regional lordosis in L1 and L2. In patients with claudication, regional lumbopelvic lordosis in L1 and L2 and the T9 sagittal offset were smaller. All patients with pain had higher values of thoracic kyphosis, regional lumbopelvic lordosis in L1, lower values for pelvic tilt, sagittal T1 offset, sacro-femoral distance and overhang compared to patients without pain. CONCLUSIONS: This study shows significant correlations between symptoms and sagittal axis parameters between patients with and without spinal canal stenosis and also in subgroups of the patients with stenosis with different complaints.OBJETIVO: Analizar la relación entre los parámetros del equilibrio sagital y los diversos síntomas de enfermedad espinal en pacientes con estenosis del canal lumbar (ECL y sus controles. MÉTODOS: En esta perspectiva, de estudio de diagnóstico, de control de casos, incluimos a todos los pacientes

  3. [Development and practice evaluation of blood acid-base imbalance analysis software].

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    Chen, Bo; Huang, Haiying; Zhou, Qiang; Peng, Shan; Jia, Hongyu; Ji, Tianxing

    2014-11-01

    To develop a blood gas, acid-base imbalance analysis computer software to diagnose systematically, rapidly, accurately and automatically determine acid-base imbalance type, and evaluate the clinical application. Using VBA programming language, a computer aided diagnostic software for the judgment of acid-base balance was developed. The clinical data of 220 patients admitted to the Second Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University were retrospectively analyzed. The arterial blood gas [pH value, HCO(3)(-), arterial partial pressure of carbon dioxide (PaCO₂)] and electrolytes included data (Na⁺ and Cl⁻) were collected. Data were entered into the software for acid-base imbalances judgment. At the same time the data generation was calculated manually by H-H compensation formula for determining the type of acid-base imbalance. The consistency of judgment results from software and manual calculation was evaluated, and the judgment time of two methods was compared. The clinical diagnosis of the types of acid-base imbalance for the 220 patients: 65 cases were normal, 90 cases with simple type, mixed type in 41 cases, and triplex type in 24 cases. The accuracy of the judgment results of the normal and triplex types from computer software compared with which were calculated manually was 100%, the accuracy of the simple type judgment was 98.9% and 78.0% for the mixed type, and the total accuracy was 95.5%. The Kappa value of judgment result from software and manual judgment was 0.935, P=0.000. It was demonstrated that the consistency was very good. The time for software to determine acid-base imbalances was significantly shorter than the manual judgment (seconds:18.14 ± 3.80 vs. 43.79 ± 23.86, t=7.466, P=0.000), so the method of software was much faster than the manual method. Software judgment can replace manual judgment with the characteristics of rapid, accurate and convenient, can improve work efficiency and quality of clinical doctors and has great

  4. Neuropathic pain following sagittal split ramus osteotomy of the mandible: prevalence, risk factors, and clinical course.

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    Marchiori, Érica C; Barber, Jacob S; Williams, W Bradford; Bui, Peter Q; O'Ryan, Felice S

    2013-12-01

    To estimate the prevalence of, risk factors for, and clinical course of neuropathic pain (NPP) after sagittal split ramus osteotomy (SSRO) of the mandible in a large cohort of patients. A retrospective cohort of all patients who underwent SSRO at 2 medical centers within Kaiser Permanente Northern California from January 2007 through September 2012 was assembled. Demographic, clinical, and surgical factors were abstracted from medical records and relevant comorbidities were identified. The prevalence of NPP in the cohort was calculated and the clinical signs, symptoms, temporal characteristics, and treatment response in affected patients were noted. The authors identified 1,778 patients who underwent SSRO and excluded 107 patients according to predefined criteria. The remaining 1,671 patients had a median age of 24 years (interquartile range, 19 to 35 yr) and 62.4% were women. Seven patients developed NPP after SSRO, which was an overall prevalence of 0.42%. All patients with NPP in this cohort were women and had a median age of 49 years. The risk factors for developing NPP after this surgery were older age (P = .0098), depression (P = .0100), and female gender. NPP developed an average of 30 days postoperatively (range, 18 to 56 days) and persisted for a median duration of 52 days (range, 30 to 69.5 days). All patients responded favorably to anticonvulsant (n = 6) or tricyclic (n = 1) medications, and no patients developed chronic postsurgical pain. NPP was an infrequent complication after SSRO, occurring in 1 of 238 patients in this cohort. The short duration and positive response to medication are reassuring findings. The results of this investigation highlight the need for prospective studies to further understand the spectrum of postoperative NPP. Copyright © 2013 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Electrolytes imbalance in saltwater near-drowning victims in the Gulf of Thailand.

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    Yongsiri, Somchai; Dinchuthai, Pakapan; Thammakumpee, Jiranuch; Prongnamchai, Suriya; Chueansuwan, Rachaneeporn; Tangjaturonrasme, Siriporn; Chaivanit, Pechngam

    2013-10-01

    Near-drowning victims in saltwater are expected to have multiple electrolytes imbalance that affected treatment outcome. There are limited data about these parameters in Thailand to guide the treatment plan. To study the characteristic of electrolytes imbalance in saltwater near-drowning victims in the Gulf of Thailand. Retrospective analytic study of 39 medical records of near-drowning patients admitted to Burapha University Hospital between 2000 and 2010. Characteristics of the patients and serum electrolytes were analyzed by SPSS version 19 for windows. The study included 23 male, 16 female patients. Average age was 14.46 +/- 11.15 years and 19/39 (48.72%) patients were aged 10 or less. The following electrolytes imbalance were identified, hypokalemia 8/39 (20.51%), hypernatremia 12/39 (30.77%), hyperchloremia 15/39 (38.46%), high anion gap 23/39 (58.97%), and hypobicarbonatemia 28/39 (71.79%). Seven out of eight patients in the hypokalemia group were in the high anion gap group. Mean SpO2 in the patients who had high anion gap was significantly lower than those who had normal anion gap (87.06 +/- 17.68% vs. 95.8 +/- 5.94% p = 0.031) without difference in systolic blood pressure (112.59 +/- 14.63 vs. 105.67 +/- 13.98 p = 0.159). Those who were hypotensive significantly had lower bicarbonate (17.00 +/- 3.51 vs. 20.59 +/- 3.81 p = 0.038) and higher anion gap (19.29 +/- 1.799 vs. 16.25 +/- 6.25 p = 0.025) than normotensive patients. Hypobicarbonatemia, high anion gap, hypernatremia, and hypokalemia were common in saltwater near-drowning patients in the Gulf of Thailand. The cause of high anion gap was probably due to hypoxia and hypotension.

  6. Neonatal posterior sagittal anorectoplasty for a subset of males with high anorectal malformations

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    Nilesh G Nagdeve

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    Full Text Available Aim: To assess the results of primary posterior sagittal anorectoplasty (PSARP in male neonates with high anorectal malformations (ARM who on invertogram showed well descended rectum. Materials and Methods: Twelve full-term male neonates with high ARM over a period of one and half years were selected for primary PSARP based on the findings of invertogram. Primary PSARP was performed in all neonates with lower limit of rectal gas bubble at or below the ossified fifth sacral vertebra. The patients were followed-up for a period between three to four and half years. The clinical evaluation of fecal continence was performed using Pena′s criteria for assessment of continence. Results: All neonates underwent PSARP on second to fourth postnatal day. The fistula with urinary tract was found in 11 patients (seven had fistula to bulbar urethra and four to prostatic urethra. Rectal tapering was not required in any neonate. No patient had urinary problems after removal of catheter. Most of the neonates were discharged by ninth day. Postoperatively, two patients had superficial wound infection of anoplasty without any disruption or bowel retraction. Two patients had severe perianal excoriation. No patient had anorectal stenosis. Nine of twelve patients on follow-up had good voluntary bowel movements. Of the three patients who had grade I soiling two had recto-prostatic urethral fistula. No patient had constipation. All patients had good urinary stream. Conclusions: Repair of high ARM in male neonates with a well descended rectum is feasible without significant morbidity and good continence.

  7. A surgical option for multilevel anterior lumbar interbody fusion with ponte osteotomy to achieve optimal lumbar lordosis and sagittal balance.

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    Suh, Loo-Ree; Jo, Dae-Jean; Kim, Sung-Min; Lim, Young-Jin

    2012-10-01

    To document lumbar lordosis (LL) of the spine and its change during surgeries with the different height but the same angle setting of the anterior cage. Additionally, we attempted to determine if sufficient LL is achieved at different cage heights and to quantify the change in LL during multi-level anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF). The medical records and radiographs of 42 patients who underwent more than 2 level ALIFs between 2008 and 2009 were retrospectively reviewed. We evaluated 3 parameters seen on lateral whole spine radiographs : LL, pelvic incidence (PI), and sagittal vertical axis (SVA). The mean follow-up time was 28.1 months and the final follow-up radiographs of all patients were reviewed at least 2 years after surgery. Statistical analysis was performed using the paired t-tests. Lumbar lordosis had changed up to 30 degrees immediately and 2 years after surgery (preoperative mean LL, SVA : 22.45 degrees, 112.31 mm; immediate postoperative mean LL, SVA : 54.45 degrees, 37.36 mm; final follow-up mean LL, SVA : 49.56 degrees, 26.95 mm). Our goal of LL is to obtain as much PI as possible, preoperative mean PI value was 55.38±3.35. The pre-operative and two year post-surgery follow-up mean of the Japanese Orthopedic Association score were 9.2±0.6 and 13.2±0.6 (favorable outcome rate : 95%), respectively. In addition, we were able to obtain good clinical outcomes and sagittal balance with a subsidence rate of 22.7%. We were able to achieve sufficient LL, such that it was similar to the PI, utilizing multi-level ALIF with the use of a tall cage with the same angle setting of the cage. We have found out that achieving sufficient lumbar lordosis and sagittal balance require an anterior lumbar cage with high angle and height.

  8. Skeletal Stability after Large Mandibular Advancement (> 10 mm with Bilateral Sagittal Split Osteotomy and Skeletal Elastic Intermaxillary Fixation