Cauda equina mass: An Approach
- CLINICAL PRESENTATION&FINDINGS 57 yr male with h/o low back pain with no h/o trauma presents for MRI lumbar spine which shows – Large relatively well defined , regular, intradural, subtly&heterogeneously enhancing SOL, seen from lower L3 border to middle of body of L5 with compression of cauda equina fibers, displaying mostly soft tissue signals on all sequences / normal meningeal enhancement, with no significant hemorrhage / fat / cystic / necrosis/ MR demonstrable calcification components / sugarcoating / scalloping or enlargement of the posterior neural elements/ dumbbell shaped extension across the neural foramina / marrow signal abnormality / soft tissue collections -intradural neoplastic etiology is possible like astrocytoma (though no significant enhancement) / gangliogloma (though no calcification) / unusual epidermoid (though no cyst ) etc. may need consideration. Other etiology like myxopapillary ependymoma or neuroenic etiologies less likely, in view of enhancement pattern.Case Submitted by Dr MGK Murthy, Dr GA Prasad.Tumors of cauda equina&filum terminal region -Myxopapillary ependymomas arethe most common tumor of the conus medullaris and filum terminale, representing more than 90% of tumors in this region seen in young adults and usually showmarked homogeneous enhancement&may have hemorrhagic areas ( cap sign) &calcifications.Cord edema& nontumoral cysts&n...
We describe the most highly recommended generic and disease-specific PRO tools in SCD and discuss the challenges of incorporating them in clinical practice. EXPERT OPINION: PRO measures are essential to incorporate into SCD clinical trials either as primary or secondary outcomes. The use of PRO measures in SCD facilitates a patient-centered approach, which is likely to lead to improved outcomes. Significant challenges remain in adapting PRO tools to routine clinical use and in developing countries. PMID: 33034214 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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Currently in fellowship doing bread/butter procedures (MBB, epidurals, PNB, few SCS/PNS trials, etc.) and just interviewed at a private practice spot where they do a lot of procedures that I will have not done any training in prior to graduating (e.g. IT pump, SI fusion, Vertiflex, Kypho, MILD, Discectomy, lots of SCS/PNS trials etc) and significant amount of "OR pain procedures" at a very busy practice seeing 30-40 pts/day - how many of you are commonly performing these procedures and are... private practice concern
Publication date: Available online 10 October 2020Source: Respiratory Medicine Case ReportsAuthor(s): Vipul Patel, Tilottama Majumdar, Isha Samreen, Harpreet Grewal, Thomas Kaleekal
Authors: Peng C, Cohen DJ Abstract INTRODUCTION: Esophageal squamous cancer remains an important cause of mortality worldwide with two new immunotherapy drugs recently approved for metastatic disease. AREAS COVERED: The authors review the epidemiology and genomics of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. They also examine prior trials involving targeted agents under investigation as well immunotherapies that have been approved and novel combinations. EXPERT OPINION: Great advances have been made in characterizing the molecular changes in esophageal carcinoma. However, relatively few drugs have shown benefit i...
This article summarizes the rationale for, and development of CDK inhibitors in melanoma, with their evolution from pan-CDK inhibitors to highly specific agents, throughout clinical trials and finally their potential future use. EXPERT OPINION: Whilst CDK inhibitors have been practice changing in breast cancer management, their efficacy is yet to be proven in melanoma. Combination with BRAF/MEK inhibitors has been hindered by dose-limiting toxicities, but their role may yet to be found within the spectrum of biomarker-derived personalized melanoma management. The effect that CDK inhibitors can have as an adjunct to imm...
Publication date: Available online 9 October 2020Source: Pathology - Research and PracticeAuthor(s): Borislav A. Alexiev, Farres Obeidin, Daniel N. Johnson, Brian S. Finkelman, Rebecca Prince, Shaan N. Somani, Esther Cheng, Sandeep Samant
Publication date: October 2020Source: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, Volume 89Author(s): Fernando Lopes, Fernando A. Vicentini, Nina L. Cluny, Alexander J. Mathews, Benjamin H. Lee, Wagdi A. Almishri, Lateece Griffin, William Gonçalves, Vanessa Pinho, Derek M. McKay, Simon A. Hirota, Mark G. Swain, Quentin J. Pittman, Keith A. Sharkey
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Authors: Lee JY, Kim HJ, Kwon E, Choi JY, Oh HJ, Kim JS PMID: 33029984 [PubMed]