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Masayuki Ohashi, Takui Ito, Toru Hirano, and Naoto Endo

An aneurysmal bone cyst (ABC) is a rare skeletal tumor that accounts for ~ 1% of all bone tumors. A spinal location for an ABC is very rare. Methods for treatment of an ABC include resection, curettage, embolization, and intralesional injection of a variety of agents. The patient in this case was a 9-year-old girl presenting with neck pain who was diagnosed with an ABC involving the C-2 spinal level. Percutaneous intralesional injections of calcitonin and methylprednisolone were performed. Two years and 7 months after the initial injection, a CT scan showed massive bone formation and cortical thickening without a change in the size of the lesion. To the authors' knowledge, this is the third reported case of intralesional injection of calcitonin and methylprednisolone for treatment of an ABC. This method is safe and effective, and is an important alternative to surgery, especially when a surgical procedure is technically difficult or unsafe in high-risk patients.

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Keiichi Katsumi, Akiyoshi Yamazaki, Kei Watanabe, Toru Hirano, Masayuki Ohashi, and Naoto Endo

Cervical radiculopathy of the C2–4 spinal nerves is a rare condition and is poorly documented in terms of clinical symptoms, hindering its detection during initial patient screening based on imaging diagnostics. The authors describe in detail the clinical symptoms and successful surgical treatment of a patient diagnosed with isolated C-4 radiculopathy. This 41-year-old man suffered from sleep disturbance because of pain behind the right ear, along the right clavicle, and at the back of his neck on the right side. The Jackson and Spurling tests were positive, with pain radiating to the area behind the patient's ear. Unlike in cases of radiculopathy involving the C5–8 spinal nerves, no loss of upper-extremity motor function was seen. Magnetic resonance imaging showed foraminal stenosis at the C3–4 level on the right side, and multiplanar reconstruction CT revealed a beak-type ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament in the foraminal region at the same level. In the absence of intracranial lesions or spinal cord compressive lesions, the positive Jackson and Spurling tests and the C3–4 foraminal stenosis were indicative of isolated C-4 radiculopathy. Microscopic foraminotomy was performed at the C3–4 vertebral level and the ossified lesion was resected. The patient's symptoms completely resolved immediately after surgery. To the authors' knowledge, this report is the first to describe the symptomatic features of isolated C-4 radiculopathy, in a case in which the diagnosis has been confirmed by both radiological findings and surgical outcome. Based on this case study, the authors conclude that the characteristic symptoms of C-4 radiculopathy are the presence of pain behind the ear and in the clavicular region in the absence of upper-limb involvement.

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Taiichi Saito, Yoshihiro Muragaki, Manabu Tamura, Takashi Maruyama, Masayuki Nitta, Shunsuke Tsuzuki, Satoko Fukuchi, Mana Ohashi, and Takakazu Kawamata

OBJECTIVE

Resection of gliomas in the precentral gyrus carries a risk of severe motor dysfunction. To prevent permanent, severe postoperative motor dysfunction, reliable intraoperative predictors of postoperative function are required. Since 2005, the authors have removed gliomas in the precentral gyrus with combined functional mapping and estimation of intraoperative voluntary movement (IVM) during awake craniotomy and transcortical motor evoked potentials (MEPs). The purpose of the current study was to evaluate whether intraoperative findings of combined monitoring of IVM during awake craniotomy and transcortical MEP monitoring were useful for predicting postoperative motor function of patients with gliomas in the precentral gyrus.

METHODS

The current study included 30 patients who underwent resection of precentral gyrus gliomas during awake craniotomy from April 2000 to January 2018. All tumors were removed with monitoring of IVM during awake craniotomy and transcortical MEPs. Postoperative motor function was classified as stable or declined, with the extent of decline categorized as mild, moderate, or severe. We defined moderate and severe deficits were those that hindered daily life.

RESULTS

In 28 of 30 cases, available waveforms were obtained with transcortical MEPs. The mean extent of resection (EOR) was 93%. Relative to preoperative status, motor function 6 months after surgery was considered stable in 20 patients and was considered to show mild decline in 7, moderate decline in 2, and severe decline in 1. Motor function 6 months after surgery was significantly correlated with IVM (p = 0.0096), changes in transcortical MEPs (decline ≤ or > 50%) (p = 0.0163), EOR, and ischemic lesions on postoperative MRI. Six patients with no change in IVM showed stable motor function 6 months after surgery. Only 2 patients with a decline in IVM and a decline in MEPs ≤ 50% had a decline in motor function 6 months after surgery (18%; 2/11 patients), whereas 11 patients with a decline in IVM and a decline in MEPs > 50% had such a decline in motor function (73%; 8/11 patients) including 2 patients with moderate and 1 with severe deficits. Three patients with moderate or severe motor deficits showed the lowest MEP values (< 100 µV).

CONCLUSIONS

Combined judgment from monitoring of IVM during awake craniotomy and transcortical MEPs is useful for predicting postoperative motor function during removal of gliomas in the precentral gyrus. Maximum resection was achieved with an acceptable morbidity rate. Thus, these tumors should not be considered unresectable.

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Taiichi Saito, Yoshihiro Muragaki, Manabu Tamura, Takashi Maruyama, Masayuki Nitta, Shunsuke Tsuzuki, Mana Ohashi, Atsushi Fukui, and Takakazu Kawamata

OBJECTIVE

The authors previously showed that combined evaluation of changes in intraoperative voluntary movement (IVM) during awake craniotomy and transcortical motor evoked potentials (MEPs) was useful for predicting postoperative motor function in 30 patients with precentral gyrus glioma. However, the validity of the previous report is limited to precentral gyrus gliomas. Therefore, the current study aimed to validate whether the combined findings of IVM during awake craniotomy and transcortical MEPs were useful for predicting postoperative motor function of patients with a glioma within or close to motor-related areas and not limited to the precentral gyrus.

METHODS

The authors included 95 patients with gliomas within or close to motor-related areas who were treated between April 2000 and May 2020. All tumors were resected with IVM monitoring during awake craniotomy and transcortical MEP monitoring. Postoperative motor function was classified into four categories: “no change” or “declined,” the latter of which was further categorization as “mild,” “moderate,” or “severe.” The authors defined moderate and severe deficits as those that impact daily life.

RESULTS

Motor function 6 months after surgery was classified as no change in 71 patients, mild in 18, moderate in 5, and severe in 1. Motor function at 6 months after surgery significantly correlated with IVM (p < 0.0001), transcortical MEPs (decline ≤ or > 50%) (p < 0.0001), age, preoperative motor dysfunction, extent of resection, and ischemic change on postoperative MRI. Thirty-two patients with no change in IVM showed no change in motor function at 6 months after surgery. Five of 34 patients (15%) with a decline in IVM and a decline in MEPs ≤ 50% had motor dysfunction with mild deficits 6 months after surgery. Furthermore, 19 of 23 patients (83%) with a decline in IVM and decline in MEPs > 50% had a decline in motor function, including 13 patients with mild, 5 with moderate, and 1 with severe deficits. Six patients with moderate or severe deficits had the lowest MEP values, at < 100 µV.

CONCLUSIONS

This study validated the utility of combined application of IVM during awake craniotomy and transcortical MEP monitoring to predict motor function at 6 months after surgery in patients with a glioma within or close to motor-related areas, not limited to the precentral gyrus. The authors also validated the usefulness of the cutoff value, 100 µV, in MEP monitoring.

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Kimihiko Sawakami, Kei Watanabe, Kazuhiro Hasegawa, Noriaki Yamamoto, Taketoshi Shimakura, Masayuki Ohashi, Hirokazu Shoji, Tatsuki Mizouchi, Yuki Tanaka, Hiroyuki Segawa, Seiichi Ishikawa, Toru Hirano, Hiroyuki Kawashima, Naoto Endo, and Hideaki E. Takahashi

OBJECTIVE

Teriparatide (TPTD) is a potent promoter of early-stage osteogenesis and may be a useful adjuvant therapy to reduce complications related to bone fragility in spinal surgery patients with osteoporosis. However, effective neoadjuvant TPTD therapy regimens remain poorly understood. This study aimed to examine the effect of preoperative TPTD administration on cancellous bone with bone histomorphometry and to clarify the timing of preoperative TPTD administration for patients with spinal fusion and osteoporosis.

METHODS

In this longitudinal multicenter study, 57 patients with spinal fusion and osteoporosis, who consented to undergo iliac biopsy, were allocated to the following treatment groups: neoadjuvant TPTD therapy group (n = 42) and no neoadjuvant therapy (NTC) group (n = 15). Patients in the TPTD group were categorized into subgroups on the basis of duration of preoperative TPTD administration, as follows: 1 month (n = 9), 2 months (n = 8), 3 months (n = 9), 4 months (n = 7), and 6 months (n = 9). All patient samples were preoperatively double labeled with tetracycline, and iliac biopsies were performed during spinal fusion surgery. Histomorphometric analyses were performed on nondecalcified, thin-sliced specimens. Specimens were classified on the basis of TPTD administration duration and subsequently compared with those of the NTC group. Postoperative complications and Oswestry Disability Index scores were evaluated at 1 and 2 years after surgery.

RESULTS

There were no demographic differences between groups. Mineralizing surface/bone surface, a key parameter of dynamic bone formation, started to increase after 1 month of TPTD administration; this increase became significant after 3 months of administration and peaked at 4 months, with a 6-fold increase relative to that of the NTC group. The patients who received preoperative TPTD for 3 months or more had superior clinical results in terms of the osteoporotic complication rate and Oswestry Disability Index scores, except for bisphosphonate-pretreated patients.

CONCLUSIONS

When considering neoadjuvant TPTD therapy, the authors recommend at least 3 months of preoperative administration to provide a more substantial anabolic effect from the early postoperative stage.