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Feng-Tao Liu, Li-Qin Lang, Ren-Yuan Zhou, Rui Feng, Jie Hu, Jian Wang and Jian-Jun Wu

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a well-established therapy for patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease (PD), dystonia, and other movement disorders. In contrast to the strong positive effects that have been documented for motor symptoms, the effects of DBS on nonmotor symptoms have not been fully elucidated. Some reports suggest that stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus may improve lower urinary tract symptoms in patients with PD; however, reports of the effects of globus pallidus internus (GPi) DBS on urinary symptoms are limited. The authors present the case of a 49-year-old woman with PD who developed severe urinary incontinence after 27 months of GPi DBS. The urinary incontinence disappeared when stimulation was turned off, and reemerged after it was turned on again. After activation of a more dorsal contact in the left electrode, the patient’s urinary dynamics returned to normal.

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Feng Shen, Bin Zhou, Quan Li, Ming Li, Zhiwei Wang, Qiang Li and Bo Ran

OBJECT

The object of this study was to review the effectiveness in treating severe and rigid scoliosis with posterioronly spinal release combined with derotation, translation, segmental correction, and an in situ rod-contouring technique.

METHODS

Twenty-eight patients with severe and rigid scoliosis (Cobb angle > 70° and flexibility < 30%) were retrospectively enrolled between June 2008 and June 2010. The average age of the patients was 17.1 years old (range 12–22 years old), 18 were female, and 10 were male. Etiological diagnoses were idiopathic in 24 patients, neuromuscular in 2 patients, and Marfan syndrome in 2 patients. All patients underwent posterior spinal release, derotation, translation, segmental correction, and an in situ rod-contouring technique. The scoliosis Cobb angle in the coronal plane, kyphosis Cobb angle, apex vertebral translation, and trunk shift were evaluated preoperatively and postoperatively.

RESULTS

The average operative time was 241.8 ± 32.1 minutes and estimated blood loss was 780.5 ± 132.6 ml. The average scoliosis Cobb angle in the coronal plane was corrected from 85.7° (range 77°–94°) preoperatively to 33.1° (range 21°–52°) postoperatively, with a correction ratio of 61.3%. The average kyphosis Cobb angle was 64.5° (range 59°–83°) preoperatively, which was decreased to 42.6° (range 34°–58°) postoperatively, with a correction ratio of 33.9%. After an average of 24 months of follow-up (range 13–30 months), no major complications were observed in these patients, except screw pullout of the upper thoracic vertebrae in 2 patients and screw penetration into the apical vertebrae in 1 patient.

CONCLUSIONS

Posterior spinal release combined with derotation, translation, segmental correction, and an in situ rod-contouring technique has proved to be a promising new technique for rigid scoliosis, significantly correcting the scoliosis and accompanied by fewer complications.

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Zhi-Jie Zhou, Feng-Dong Zhao, Xiang-Qian Fang, Xing Zhao and Shun-Wu Fan

Object

The authors compared the effectiveness of instrumented posterior lumbar interbody fusion (iPLIF) and instrumented posterolateral fusion (iPLF) for the treatment of low-back pain (LBP) due to degenerative lumbar disease.

Methods

Relevant randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and comparative observational studies through December 2009 were identified using a retrieval strategy of sensitive and specific searches. The study design, participant characteristics, interventions, follow-up rate and period, and outcomes were abstracted after the assessment of methodological quality of the trials. Analyses were performed following the method guidelines of the Cochrane Back Review Group.

Results

Nine studies were identified—3 RCTs and 6 comparative observational studies. No significant difference was found between the 2 fusion procedures in the global assessment of clinical outcome (OR 1.51, 95% CI 0.71–3.22, p = 0.29) and complication rate (OR 0.55, 95% CI 0.16–1.86, p = 0.34). Both techniques were effective in reducing pain and improving functional disability, as well as restoring intervertebral disc height. Instrumented PLIF was more effective in achieving solid fusion (OR 2.60, 95% CI 1.35–5.00, p = 0.004), a lower reoperation rate (OR 0.20, 95% CI 0.03–1.29, p = 0.09), and better restoration of segmental angle and lumbar lordotic angle than iPLF. There were no significant differences between the fusion methods regarding blood loss (weighted mean difference –179.63, 95% CI –516.42 to 157.15, p = 0.30), and operating time (weighted mean difference 8.03, 95% CI –45.46 to 61.53, p = 0.77).

Conclusions

The authors' analysis provided moderate-quality evidence that iPLIF has the advantages of higher fusion rate and better restoration of spinal alignment over iPLF. No significant differences were identified between iPLIF and iPLF concerning clinical outcome, complication rate, operating time, and blood loss.

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Yao Li, Zhonghai Shen, Xiangyang Wang, Yongli Wang, Hongming Xu, Feng Zhou, Shaoyu Zhu and Huazi Xu

OBJECT

The authors' goal in this paper was to quantify reference data on the dimensions and relationships of the maximum posterior screw angle and the thoracic spinal canal in different pediatric age groups.

METHODS

One hundred twelve pediatric patients were divided into 4 age groups, and their thoracic vertebrae were studied on CT scans. The width, depth, and maximum posterior screw angles with different screw entrance points were measured on a Philips Brilliance 16 CT. The statistical analysis was performed using the Student t-test and Pearson's correlation analysis.

RESULTS

The width and depth of the thoracic vertebrae increased from T-5 to T-12. The width ranged from 18.5 to 37.1 mm, while the depth ranged from 16.1 to 28.2 mm. The maximum posterior screw angle decreased from T-5 to T-12 in all groups. The ranges and mean angles at the entrance points were as follows: initial entrance point, 6.9° to 12.3° with a mean angle of 9.1°; second entrance point, 20.6° to 27.0° with a mean angle of 24.2°; and third entrance point, 29.2° to 37.5° with a mean angle of 33.7°. There were no significant age-related differences noted for the maximum posterior screw angles.

CONCLUSIONS

The angle decreased from T-5 to T-12. No significant age-related differences were noted in the maximum posterior screw angles. Screws should be placed between the initial and second points and parallel to the coronal section or at a slight anterior orientation.

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Zhong Yang, Yuan Xue, Qin Dai, Chao Zhang, H. Fang Zhou, J. Feng Pan and Dan Sheng

Object

The authors introduce a novel technique to treat thoracic myelopathy caused by ossification of the ligamentum flavum (OLF): upper facet joint en bloc resection. This surgical procedure avoids surgery to the most heavily compressed cord surface, contact with the cord, and cord injury. The epidural venous plexus bleeding point can be directly seen and easily controlled during the decompression.

Methods

Between January 2007 and January 2009, thoracic myelopathy caused by OLF was diagnosed in 38 patients using plain radiography, CT, and MRI, and diagnoses were confirmed by postoperative pathological examination. All upper facet joint en bloc resection procedures were performed in 2 steps. First, the bony structures above the upper facet joint surfaces were resected and the upper facet joints were isolated. Second, en bloc resection of the upper facet joint was performed by dissection of the junction between the pedicle and upper facet joint. Intraoperative neurological monitoring was performed in all cases. The modified Japanese Orthopaedic Association (mJOA) scoring system was used to assess neurological status. The degree of postoperative expansion of the spinal cord was calculated on axial MR images. The pre- and postdecompression Cobb angle was applied to assess the magnitude of local kyphosis.

Results

Of the 38 cases of OLF, 6 were single level, 12 were double level, and 20 were multilevel. Of the 92 ossified segments in this study, 23 (25.0%) were located in the upper thoracic spine (T1–4), 13 (14.1%) were located in the midthoracic spine (T5–8), and 56 (60.9%) were located in the lower thoracic spine (T9–L1). The mean intraoperative blood loss was 340 ± 54 ml. The neurological status improved during follow-up (mean 46.1 months) from a preoperative mean mJOA score of 5.39 ± 1.52 to 8.97 ± 1.22 points (t = 18.39, p < 0.05). The neurological function recovery rate ranged from 28.6% to 100%. The mean increase in pre- and postoperative kyphosis of the involved vertebrae was only 1.3° ± 1.6°. The increase in the cross-sectional area of the dural sac at the level of maximum compression suggested that decompression was complete.

Conclusions

Upper facet joint en bloc resection is effective and may be a reasonable alternative treatment choice for thoracic myelopathy caused by OLF.

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Timothy Ryken and Vincent C. Traynelis

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Xinghui He, Yuguang Guan, Feng Zhai, Jian Zhou, Tianfu Li and Guoming Luan

OBJECTIVE

The object of this study was to evaluate surgical outcomes and prognosis factors in patients with drug-resistant posttraumatic epilepsy (PTE) who had undergone resective surgery.

METHODS

The authors retrospectively reviewed the records of all patients with drug-resistant PTE who had undergone resective surgery at Sanbo Brain Hospital, Capital Medical University, in the period from January 2008 to December 2016. All patients had a follow-up period of at least 2 years. Seizure outcomes were evaluated according to the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) classification. Patients in ILAE classes 1 and 2 during the last 2 years of follow-up were classified as having a favorable outcome; patients in all other classes were considered to have an unfavorable outcome. Univariate analysis and a multivariate logistic regression model in a backward fashion were used to identify the potential predictors of seizure outcomes.

RESULTS

Among 90 patients with a follow-up of 2–10 years (mean ± standard deviation, 5.79 ± 2.84 years), 70% (63 patients) were seizure free, of whom 68.9% (62 patients) had an ILAE class 1 outcome and 1.1% (1 patient) had an ILAE class 2 outcome. Permanent neurological deficits were observed in 10 patients (11.1%). Univariate and multivariate analyses revealed that only the duration of seizures ≤ 8 years was an independent predictor of a favorable seizure outcome (OR 0.34, 95% CI 0.13–0.92).

CONCLUSIONS

Resective surgery is an effective treatment for patients with drug-resistant PTE with an acceptable incidence of complications. The information on prognosis factors suggests that early surgery may offer more benefits to patients with drug-resistant PTE.

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Qiang Tan, Qianwei Chen, Yin Niu, Zhou Feng, Lin Li, Yihao Tao, Jun Tang, Liming Yang, Jing Guo, Hua Feng, Gang Zhu and Zhi Chen

OBJECTIVE

Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is associated with a high rate of mortality and severe disability, while fibrinolysis for ICH evacuation is a possible treatment. However, reported adverse effects can counteract the benefits of fibrinolysis and limit the use of tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA). Identifying appropriate fibrinolytics is still needed. Therefore, the authors here compared the use of urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA), an alternate thrombolytic, with that of tPA in a preclinical study.

METHODS

Intracerebral hemorrhage was induced in adult male Sprague-Dawley rats by injecting autologous blood into the caudate, followed by intraclot fibrinolysis without drainage. Rats were randomized to receive uPA, tPA, or saline within the clot. Hematoma and perihematomal edema, brain water content, Evans blue fluorescence and neurological scores, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), MMP mRNA, blood-brain barrier (BBB) tight junction proteins, and nuclear factor–κB (NF-κB) activation were measured to evaluate the effects of these 2 drugs in ICH.

RESULTS

In comparison with tPA, uPA better ameliorated brain edema and promoted an improved outcome after ICH. In addition, uPA therapy more effectively upregulated BBB tight junction protein expression, which was partly attributed to the different effects of uPA and tPA on the regulation of MMPs and its related mRNA expression following ICH.

CONCLUSIONS

This study provided evidence supporting the use of uPA for fibrinolytic therapy after ICH. Large animal experiments and clinical trials are required to further explore the efficacy and safety of uPA in ICH fibrinolysis.

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Lingyang Hua, Hongda Zhu, Jingrun Li, Hailiang Tang, Dapeng Kuang, Yin Wang, Feng Tang, Xiancheng Chen, Liangfu Zhou, Qing Xie and Ye Gong

OBJECTIVE

Malignant meningioma is rare and classified as Grade III in the WHO classification of CNS tumors. However, the presence of estrogen receptor (ER) in WHO Grade III meningiomas and its correlation with patients’ outcomes are still unclear. In this single-center cohort study, the authors analyzed clinical features, treatment, and prognosis of these malignant tumors in patients with long-term follow-up.

METHODS

A total of 87 patients who were pathologically diagnosed with WHO Grade III meningiomas between 2003 and 2008 were enrolled in this study and followed for at least 7 years. Clinical information was collected to analyze the factors determining the prognosis.

RESULTS

Twelve patients with rhabdoid, 12 with papillary, and 63 with anaplastic meningioma were included. The mean progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were 56.2 ± 49.8 months and 68.7 ± 47.4 months, respectively. No significant differences were observed among the 3 histological subtypes in either PFS (p = 0.929) or OS (p = 0.688). Patients who received gross-total resection had a longer PFS (p = 0.001) and OS (p = 0.027) than those who received subtotal resection. Adjuvant radiotherapy was associated with OS (p = 0.034) but not PFS (p = 0.433). Compared with primary meningiomas, patients with recurrent disease had worse PFS (p < 0.001). For patients who had malignant transformations, the prognosis was poorer than for patients without malignant transformations for both PFS (p = 0.002) and OS (p = 0.019). ER-positive patients had a significantly worse prognosis than ER-negative patients regarding both PFS (p = 0.003) and OS (p < 0.001), whereas no association between progesterone receptor and patients’ outcomes was observed. Multivariate analysis demonstrated that ER expression was an independent prognostic factor for both PFS (p = 0.008) and OS (p < 0.001).

CONCLUSIONS

This retrospective study showed that patients with meningioma with ER-positive expression had a much worse prognosis than those with ER weak–positive or ER-negative status. The results demonstrated that ER is an independent prognostic factor for both PFS and OS of patients with WHO Grade III meningioma. The authors also found that more radical resection of the tumor, as well as postoperative radiotherapy, may prolong patients’ survival time.

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Feng Zhou, Zixiao Yang, Wei Zhu, Liang Chen, Jianping Song, Kai Quan, Sichen Li, Peiliang Li, Zhiguang Pan, Peixi Liu and Ying Mao

OBJECTIVE

Epidermoid cysts of the cavernous sinus (CS) are rare, and no large case series of these lesions has been reported. In this study, the authors retrospectively reviewed the outcomes of the surgical management of CS epidermoid cysts undertaken at their center and performed a review of any such cysts reported in the literature over the past 40 years.

METHODS

Clinical data were obtained on 31 patients with CS epidermoid cysts that had been surgically treated at the authors’ hospital between 2001 and 2016. The patients’ medical records, imaging data, and follow-up outcomes were retrospectively analyzed. The related literature from the past 40 years (18 articles, 20 patients) was also evaluated.

RESULTS

The most common chief complaints were facial numbness or hypesthesia (64.5%), absent corneal reflex (45.2%), and abducens or oculomotor nerve deficit (35.5%). On MRI, 51.6% of the epidermoid cysts showed low T1 signals and equal or high T2 signals. In the other lesions, the radiological findings varied considerably given differences in the composition of the cysts. Surgery was performed via the extradural approach (58.1%), intradural approach (32.3%), or a combined approach (9.7%). After the operation, symptoms remained similar or improved in 90.3% of patients and new oculomotor paralysis developed after the operation in 9.7% of patients. Seven patients (22.6%) developed meningitis postoperatively (5 aseptic and 2 septic), and all of them recovered. All patients achieved good recovery before discharge (Karnofsky Performance Status score ≥ 70). Over an average follow-up of 4.6 ± 3.0 years in 25 patients (80.6%), no recurrence or reoperation occurred, regardless of whether total or subtotal resection of the capsule had been achieved.

CONCLUSIONS

Both the extradural and intradural approaches can enable satisfactory lesion resection. A favorable prognosis and symptomatic improvement can be expected after both total and subtotal capsule resections. Total capsule resection is encouraged to minimize the possibility of recurrence provided that the resection can be safely performed.