Integrated treatment of a lumbar vertebral hemangioma with spinal stenosis and radiculopathy: A case report and a review of the literature
We describe a comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment approach for lumbar vertebral hemangiomas (VHs) with spinal stenosis and radiculopathy. A 59-year-old female presented with 1 year of pain predominantly in the lower back, with pain in the left buttock and proximal left anterior thigh as well and magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar spine demonstrated lumbar scoliosis and an L3 vertebral lesion suspicious for hemangioma. A computed tomography guided biopsy was done, which supported the diagnosis. Definitive treatment entailed preoperative angiography and embolization, followed by L3 laminectomy, right L3 pedicle resection, partial L3 corpectomy, L3 vertebral cement augmentation, and L1 to L5 instrumented fusion. By 1-year postoperatively, the patient reported no radicular pain and only mild groin pain attributed to left hip degenerative joint disease. Radiographs 1-year postoperatively confirmed the stability of the instrumented posterior fusion and a magnetic resonance imaging with and without contrast confirmed no VH recurrence. A comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach for the treatment of VHs with neurological symptoms or signs is presented. This approach is recommended to maximize lesion removal, ensure biomechanical stability, and minimize recurrence.
Atypical chest pain is of diverse origin. Typically, we initially consider cardiac etiology. When pain appears non-cardiac, there is a tendency to underestimate the illness, especially if the patient has neuropsychiatric illness. Our resident with dementia and anxiety disorder had chest pain; the diagnosis was unexpected.
Chronic pain is common among older adults, as is the use of medications to treat these symptoms. Aging physiology, in combination with a higher likelihood of medication use and declining renal function, makes older adults more susceptible to adverse drug effects. As such, monitoring for side effects and changes in renal function is important to avoid drug toxicity, especially during acute illness when medication errors and acute changes in renal function are more likely to occur among older adults.
Many patients are discharged to post-acute care facilities (PACFs) following surgery. These patients have either had major surgery and require close monitoring and intensive rehabilitation, or have significant medical co-morbidities. Currently they are transported, sometimes at considerable cost, to the surgeon ’s office for post-surgery visits (PSVs). These trips can be painful and uncomfortable. A staff member from the PACF may need to accompany the patient. During PSVs surgeons observe the patient's incision(s), and assess potential complications following surgery, pain, and functional recovery.
Chronic pain is among the most common reasons for seeking medical attention. In the United States, 1 in 5 adults had chronic pain in 2016 and it is estimated to cost over $500 billion annually in direct medical costs and disability. It is a prevalent problem among residents in the nursing home. Non-pharmacologic therapies are the most preferred treatment for chronic pain as pharmacological therapies, such as opioids, have proven to be less effective and associated with numerous side effects among older adults.
CONCLUSIONS.: Our results confirm orbitofrontal structural deficits in BPD, while providing a framework and preliminary findings on identifying structural correlates of symptom dimensions in BPD, especially with dorsolateral and orbitofrontal cortices. PMID: 32093800 [PubMed - in process]
CONCLUSIONS.: Despite sharing a lower IQ and a higher prevalence of psychiatric disorders, brain abnormalities in BDo appear less pronounced (but are not absent) than in SZo. Lower ICV in SZo implies that familial risk for schizophrenia has a stronger association with stunted early brain development than familial risk for bipolar disorder. PMID: 32093799 [PubMed - in process]
Publication date: Available online 26 February 2020Source: NeuroImage: ClinicalAuthor(s): J.A. Kim, R.B. Bosma, K.S. Hemington, A. Rogachov, N.R. Osborne, J.C. Cheng, J. Oh, B.T. Dunkley, K.D. Davis
Conclusion: These updated French guidelines will contribute to increase the level of urological care for the diagnosis and treatment for NMIBC and MIBC. PMID: 32093463 [PubMed - in process]
Publication date: May 2020Source: Biomedicine &Pharmacotherapy, Volume 125Author(s): Xue-Jun Chen, Lei Wang, Xiao-Yang Song
Authors: Watanabe H, Bagarinao E, Yokoi T, Yamaguchi H, Ishigaki S, Mausuda M, Katsuno M, Sobue G Abstract Misfolded and aggregated tau and amyloid β (Aβ) proteins are the pathological hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD). These aberrant proteins lose their physiological roles, acquire neurotoxicity, and propagate across neural systems. Despite the growing understanding of the molecular pathophysiology, the relationship among molecular alterations, pathological changes, and dementia onset and progression remain to be elucidated. Connectivity is an exclusive characteristic of the brain, and the integrity ...