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NASS 2017 Roundup: Zimmer Biomet launches Vitality+, Vital spinal fixation systems
Zimmer Biomet (NYSE:ZBH) today announced the launch of its Vitality+ and Vital spine fixation systems in the US following recent 510(k) clearance for pedicle preparation and screw insertion under power. The Vitality+ spinal fixation system is composed of a Vitality+ Power designed for controlled pedicle preparation and pedicle screw insertion, Vitality+ PSO designed for optimal pedicle subtraction osteotomy and vertebral column resection and Vitality+ Hooks for additional fixation options, the Warsaw, Ind.-based company said. The recent clearance allows the inclusion of the market’s first flexible drill and blun...
Source: Mass Device - October 25, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Spinal depuysynthes gssolutions johnsonandjohnson LifeNet Health Misonix Mizuho OSI Nuvasive RTI Surgical Xtant Medical zimmerbiomet Source Type: news

Traumatic vertebral artery dissection in high school rugby players: a report of two cases - Suzuki S, Tsuchimochi R, Abe G, Yu I, Inoue T, Ishibashi H.
Traumatic vertebral artery dissection (VAD) has been reported in various types of sports and recreation. However, there have been no reports of VAD in rugby players, except for those with cervical spine injuries. We experienced two cases of VAD without cer... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Cervical artery dissection related to chiropractic manipulation: one institution's experience - Kennell KA, Daghfal MM, Patel SG, DeSanto JR, Waterman GS, Bertino RE.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency of patients seen at a single institution who were diagnosed with a cervical vessel dissection related to chiropractic neck manipulation. METHODS: We identified cases through a retros... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Hospital characteristics related to the hospital length of stay among inpatients receiving invasive cervical discectomy due to road traffic accidents under automobile insurance in South Korea - Shin KW, Lee HJ, Nam CM, Moon KT, Park EC.
This study aimed to invest... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Vertera Spine raises $3m for spinal fusion devices
Vertera Spine raised $3.1 million, according to regulatory documents filed this week with the SEC. The Atlanta, Ga.-based company offered equity in exchange for a minimum investment of $2,000 and 29 investors contributed to the round, beginning Feb 7. The privately-held medtech company manufactures spinal fusion devices, including its Cohere cervical interbody fusion device. Cohere is the 1st porous all-PEEK (polyetherether ketone) interbody system to win 510(k) clearance from the FDA, Vertera reported, and it’s indicated for use in anterior cervical discectomy fusion procedures. PEEK has been used for years in spina...
Source: Mass Device - June 2, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Funding Roundup Implants Vertera Spine Source Type: news

Contrast US helps assess breast cancer treatment response
Yielding comparable tumor measurements and accuracy, contrast-enhanced ultrasound...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Spectral Doppler metric spots hepatic arterial stenosis Elastography can differentiate cervical lymph nodes SABCS: Some patients don't need axillary node dissection Can elastography help guide breast cancer treatment? AIUM: Ultrasound bests MRI, mammo in assessing breast tumor size (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - May 16, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Migraine Linked to Cervical Artery Dissection Migraine Linked to Cervical Artery Dissection
This is the second large study to find such an association, but the first to identify it as being stronger in young patients. Dr Laurie Barclay shares the results.Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 28, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Viewpoint Source Type: news

The Bizarre Side Effect 1 In 100 People Experience During Sex
For SELF, by Zahra Barnes. As your sexual arousal ramps up on the trippy journey to orgasm, pleasure is probably the only thing on your mind. Unfortunately, for some people, pain interrupts the party. At least one percent of adults experience coital cephalalgia, or “sex headaches,” aka head pain that occurs before, during, or after orgasm. Here’s what you need to know about this condition, which is basically the unpleasant epitome of a buzzkill. Mayo Clinic spotlights two kinds of sex headaches. The first is “a dull ache in the head and neck that intensifies as sexual excitement increases,” a...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Less Morbidity with SLN Biopsy in Cervical Cancer (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- No difference in survival versus pelvic node dissection (Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology)
Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology - March 13, 2017 Category: Hematology Source Type: news

Migraine Linked to Stroke Caused by Cervical Artery Dissection (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD Migraine is associated with risk for stroke caused by cervical artery dissection, according to a JAMA Neurology study.Using a large Italian stroke … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - March 6, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Migraine Tied to Neck Artery Dissection in Stroke (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Non-aura subtype linked with cervical artery dissection in young ischemic stroke patients (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - March 6, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Careful patient selection, aggressive preoperative medical optimization, and appropriate postoperative management for patients undergoing elective anterior cervical discectomy and fusion required
A study published in the Dec. 1 issue of the journal Spine argues for the importance of careful patient selection, aggressive preoperative medical optimization, and appropriate postoperative management for patients undergoing elective anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF).  (Source: Orthogate - Latest News)
Source: Orthogate - Latest News - January 9, 2017 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Featured Editors Choice News Source Type: news

Readmissions After Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Readmissions After Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
What are the most common reasons for readmission after ACDF -- if not for surgical site-related reasons?Spine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Journal Article Source Type: news

Xtant Medical raises $4m, wins FDA nod for Irix-C cervical cage
Xtant Medical (NYSE:XTNT) said today it raised $3.8 million from a recent offering, and won FDA clearance for its Irix-C cervical cage. Subscriptions to the offering, offered at 75¢ per unit, ended yesterday. The Belgrade, Mont.-based company expects the offering to close completely on November 17, according to a press release. Xtant priced the offering earlier this month, looking to raise $11 million in the round. The company said it planned to float 15 million units at 75¢ per unit. Each unit in the round consists of 1 share of common stock and 1 warrant to purchase another share of stock. Xtant ...
Source: Mass Device - November 15, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Spinal Xtant Medical Source Type: news

Cervical spine fracture with vertebral artery dissection - Halfpap JP, Cho AA, Rosenthal MD.
A 51-year-old man presented to a direct-access physical therapy clinic with persistent neck pain for 5 days after a fall in shallow water while surfing. Based on "dangerous mechanism of injury" from the Canadian cervical spine rule as being a high risk fac... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 6, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

FDA releases July 2016 510(k) clearances
510(K) SUMMARIES OR 510(K) STATEMENTS FOR FINAL DECISIONS RENDERED DURING THE PERIOD July 2016 TOTAL 510(k)s THIS PERIOD 236 TOTAL WITH SUMMARIES 220 TOTAL WITH STATEMENTS 16 DEVICE: Dakin's Skin and Wound Cleanser CENTURY PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. 510(k) NO: K150208(Traditional) ATTN: Stephen Deardorff PHONE NO : 1 317 8494210 10377 HAGUE RD. SE DECISION MADE: 21-JUL-16 INDIANAPOLIS IN 46256 510(k) SUMMARY AVAILABLE FROM FDA DEVICE: Sheath Introducer BIOTEQUE CORP. 510(k) NO: K150932(Traditional) ATTN: Simon Lin PHONE NO : 886 2 25710269 5 F-6, NO. 2...
Source: Mass Device - August 31, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Source Type: news

Orthofix touts high fusion rates in Trinity Evolution study
This study demonstrated the effectiveness of Trinity Evolution in achieving a solid fusion when used in this manner, indicating that it is a viable option for patients needing anterior cervical discectomy and fusion,” co-author Dr. Timothy Peppers of Scripps Hospital said in a prepared statement. Orthofix reported significantly improved neck function and neck/arm pain at 6 and 12 months, with no serious adverse events related to the Trinity Evolution. Fusion rates were 78.6% at 6 months and 93.5% after 12 months. “MTF is committed to research to ensure innovative clinical options exist for all patients. We are ...
Source: Mass Device - July 27, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Regenerative Medicine Spinal Orthofix International Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for July 18, 2016
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. T2 Biosystems, Bayer ink blood disorder deal T2 Biosystems said today that it inked a deal with Bayer for research on blood coagulation disorders. The deal calls for T2 to provide its T2MR magnetic resonance-based diagnostic de...
Source: Mass Device - July 18, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

Medtronic wins FDA nod for 2-level cervical fusion with Prestige LP spine implant
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today that the FDA approved 2-level cervical fusions using its Prestige LP spinal implant. “Medtronic is committed to elevating spine care by combining innovative new technologies with clinical evidence,” Medtronic Spine president Doug King said in prepared remarks. “The Prestige LP Disc is a superior alternative to [anterior cervical discectomy & fusion] and an important motion-preserving option for physicians treating certain patients suffering from two-level cervical disc disease.” Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic said a 397-patient clinical trial of the Pres...
Source: Mass Device - July 18, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Orthopedics Regulatory/Compliance Spinal Medtronic Source Type: news

FDA releases March 2016 510(k) clearances
510(K) SUMMARIES OR 510(K) STATEMENTS FOR FINAL DECISIONS RENDERED DURING THE PERIOD March 2016 TOTAL 510(k)s THIS PERIOD 279 TOTAL WITH SUMMARIES 265 TOTAL WITH STATEMENTS 14 DEVICE: QuikRead go CRP, QuikRead go CRP Verification Set, QuikRead go CRP Control Set, and QuikRead go Instrument ORION DIAGNOSTICA OY 510(k) NO: K142993(Traditional) ATTN: ANJA KONTIO PHONE NO : 358 509665917 KIVIHARJUNTIE 11 4B SE DECISION MADE: 10-MAR-16 OULU FI 90220 510(k) STATEMENT DEVICE: Flight 60 Ventilator FLIGHT MEDICAL...
Source: Mass Device - April 6, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +3 | The top 3 medtech stories for March 1, 2016
Say hello to MassDevice +3, a bite-sized view of the top three medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 3 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry.   3. Stryker launches interbody fusion device Stryker released the Aero-C cervical stability system and cervical interbody fusion device designed for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedures. The device was launched at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting in Orlando...
Source: Mass Device - March 1, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 3 Source Type: news

Stryker launches interbody fusion device
Stryker (NYSE:SYK) today released the Aero-C cervical stability system and cervical interbody fusion device designed for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedures. The device was launched at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. this week. The Aero-C is based on Allendale, N.J-based Stryker’s patented compression technology which features anchor fixation systems designed to draw the vertebral bodies toward the implant to create compressive forces at the implant-to-endplate interface, the company said. “We are pleased to launch Aero-C featuring patented compre...
Source: Mass Device - March 1, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Spinal Surgical Stryker Source Type: news

Hedge fund buys 6% of RTI Surgical, looks to stack board
RTI Surgical said today that hedge fund group Krensavage Partners purchased approximately 3.4 million shares of stock, representing a total 6% of the company, and nominated a 4 healthcare vets for the board which will be up for election at the company’s 2016 annual shareholders meeting. Up for election are Jeffrey Goldberg, who served as the board chair for MModal IP, a tech-based transcription, coding and clinical documentation-improvement service. Goldberg also serves as a co-chair of Surgical Specialties Corporation. Krensavage nominated Mark Stolpher, who previously served as exec veep and CFO of RadNet, an outpa...
Source: Mass Device - February 24, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News RTI Surgical Source Type: news

RTI launches Unison-C cervical implant
RTI Surgical said today it launched its Unison-C anterior cervical fixation system designed and indicated for stand-alone anterior cervical interbody fusion procedures for treating degenerative disc disease. Along with the launch, the company reported that the 1st human implantation of the device had been performed during an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion last week. “The instrumentation is designed with efficiency in mind. I appreciate the fact that I can place the implant, deploy the fixation and secure the locking mechanism all through a single instrument. I feel that the streamlined surgical technique com...
Source: Mass Device - February 23, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Spinal RTI Surgical Source Type: news

Cerapedics touts IDE bone graft trial results
This study demonstrates that treatment with i-Factor bone graft resulted in similar and on some metrics superior outcomes compared to local autograft bone,” study co-investigator Dr. Paul Arnold of the University of Kansas Medical Center said in a press release. In November, Cerapedics said it won FDA premarket approval for its I-Factor peptide enhanced bone graft for use in anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedures for patients with degenerative cervical disc disease. Westminster, Colo.-based Cerapedics said the I-Factor graft is the 1st bone graft approved for use in cervical spine procedure...
Source: Mass Device - February 4, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Spinal Cerapedics Inc. Source Type: news

Medtech approvals: FDA releases November 2015 PMAs
The FDA today released its list of the pre-market approvals it granted for medical devices in November 2015: Summary of PMA Originals & Supplements Approved Originals: 3 Supplements: 69 Summary of PMA Originals Under Review Total Under Review: 57 Total Active: 30 Total On Hold: 27 Summary of PMA Supplements Under Review Total Under Review: 583 Total Active: 433 Total On Hold: 150 Summary of All PMA Submissions Originals: 4 Supplements: 75 Summary of PMA Supplement PMA Approval/Denial Decision Times Number of Approvals: 69 Number of Denials: 0 Average Days Fr Receipt to Decision (Total Time): 193.4 FDA Tim...
Source: Mass Device - January 22, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Source Type: news

Cerapedics wins FDA nod for I-Factor cervical bone graft
Cerapedics said yesterday it won FDA premarket approval for its I-Factor peptide enhanced bone graft for use in anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedures for patients with degenerative cervical disc disease. Westminster, Colo.-based Cerapedics said the I-Factor graft is the 1st bone graft approved for use in cervical spine procedures and the 2nd PMA cleared bone graft for the spine. “This is an historic milestone for us at Cerapedics and also for the surgical treatment of cervical disc degeneration. It is the culmination of years of seamless cooperation with our clinical investigators to support PMA app...
Source: Mass Device - November 4, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Pre-Market Approval (PMA) Regulatory/Compliance Spinal Cerapedics Inc. Source Type: news

Radical hysterectomy due to cervical cancer – Amanda’s story
The post Radical hysterectomy due to cervical cancer – Amanda’s story appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. Hi well what a whirlwind it’s been. I’m 44, married and busy mum of 3. Had my first abnormal smear in July which resulted in a LLETZ procedure in early August. 4 weeks later when I thought things must be ok I was called to see the consultant and was diagnosed with cervical cancer on 4th September. CT, MRI and several appointments later I was booked in for radical hysterectomy, removal of both ovaries and lymph node dissection on 21st September. Due to be keyhole but ended up abdominal an...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - November 4, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories cervical cancer radical hysterectomy Source Type: news

Roller coasters and cervical artery dissection - Badve MS, Bhuta S.
A 42-year-old woman with no vascular risk factors was admitted with neck pain and right Horner syndrome after riding a roller coaster. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of her neck showed a characteristic crescent-shaped intramural haematoma in the right... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - October 21, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Medtronic touts 7-year data on Prestige cervical disc
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said yesterday that 7-year data on its Prestige LP cervical disc showed favorable results compared to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedures The Prestige LP disc is indicated for single-level cervical disc disease and is designed to preserve motion in the neck, unlike fusion surgery procedures that do not allow such motion, Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic said. Data from the 7-year follow-ups was presented at the North American Spine Society’s annual meeting in Chicago this week. “The 7-year results of this study show that patients receiving cervical disc replacement maintai...
Source: Mass Device - October 16, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Spinal Medtronic Source Type: news

Cerebrum-cervical arterial dissection in adults during sports and recreation - Fragoso YD, Adoni T, Amaral LL, Braga FT, Brooks JB, Campos CS, Comini-Frota ER, Ferreira NP, Giacon LM, Gomes S, Gonçalves MV, Magalhaes PS, Matta AP, Oliveira FT, Oliveira JF, Pierucettti MA, Pereira SL, Pontes ME, Siquineli F.
Dissection of cervical arteries constitutes a medical emergency. Although relatively rarely, activities classified as sports and recreation may be a cause of arterial dissection independently of neck or head trauma. The purpose of the present paper was to ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - October 13, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Big differences in U.S. healthcare costs for fixing back pain
How much does spinal fusion surgery cost? The answer depends on what part of the country you live in, reports a study. The researchers analyzed 2012 Medicare data on the costs of two common types of spinal fusion surgery: anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) and posterior lumbar fusion (PLF). These two operations are widely performed in patients with patients with pain and/or instability in the upper (ACDF) and lower (PLF) spine. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 1, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Medtech approvals: FDA releases June 2015 PMAs
The FDA today released its list of the pre-market approvals it granted for medical devices in June 2015: Summary of PMA Originals & Supplements Approved Originals: 5 Supplements: 80 Summary of PMA Originals Under Review Total Under Review: 53 Total Active: 22 Total On Hold: 31 Summary of PMA Supplements Under Review Total Under Review: 575 Total Active: 418 Total On Hold: 157 Summary of All PMA Submissions Originals: 4 Supplements: 72 Summary of PMA Supplement PMA Approval/Denial Decision Times Number of Approvals: 80 Number of Denials: 0 Average Days Fr Receipt to Decision (Total Time): 115.2 FDA Time: 9...
Source: Mass Device - August 20, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Source Type: news

CADISS: Antiplatelet, Anticoagulant Equal in Cervical DissectionCADISS: Antiplatelet, Anticoagulant Equal in Cervical Dissection
The first randomized comparison of antiplatelet vs anticoagulant therapy for cervical artery dissection finds no difference in recurrent stroke, although event rates were very low. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - February 17, 2015 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Cervical Artery Dissection Patients Have Low Stroke Rate (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Antiplatelets or anticoagulants: No difference in stroke. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - February 13, 2015 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Be Gentle With Your NeckBe Gentle With Your Neck
Is there a link between cervical spine manipulation therapy and cervical artery dissection? A new scientific statement from AHA/ASA. Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 26, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

Minimally invasive disc surgery is a pain in the neck
In comparison with open surgery, while minimally invasive surgery for cervical or lumbar discectomy may speed up recovery and reduce post-operative pain, it does not improve long-term function or reduce long-term extremity pain. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - November 26, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Minimally invasive disc surgery is a pain in the neck
(McMaster University) In comparison with open surgery, while minimally invasive surgery for cervical or lumbar discectomy may speed up recovery and reduce post-operative pain, it does not improve long-term function or reduce long-term extremity pain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 26, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Gene which protects people under 50 from suffering a stroke is identified by scientists
Researchers from Royal Holloway University found people with a variant of the gene were less likely to suffer cervical artery dissection, one of the most common causes of stroke in people under 50. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Many throat cancer patients can skip neck surgery
Patients with human papillomavirus (HPV) -- the same virus associated with both cervical and head and neck cancer -- positive oropharyngeal cancer see significantly higher rates of complete response on a post-radiation neck dissection than those with HPV-negative oropharyngeal cancer, researchers report. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 17, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Many throat cancer patients can skip neck surgery
(Fox Chase Cancer Center) A new study shows that patients with human papillomavirus (HPV) -- the same virus associated with both cervical and head and neck cancer -- positive oropharyngeal cancer see significantly higher rates of complete response on a post-radiation neck dissection than those with HPV-negative oropharyngeal cancer. Fox Chase Cancer Center researchers presented the findings at the American Society for Radiation Oncology's 56th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 17. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - September 17, 2014 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Prediction of central LN metastasis in PTMC
Central compartment lymph node metastases (LNM) is found in 40 – 60% of patients with Papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC). The standard care for LNM is total thyroidectomy with ‘therapeutic’ cervical lymph node dissection. However whether routine central lymph node dissection should be performed in the PTMC patients without evident LNM remains controversial. Yang et al, report on their study to determine the factors predictive of central compartment LNM, as well as their attempt to create a nomogram to estimate the probability of central compartment LNM in PTMC. The study population consi...
Source: Society for Endocrinology - August 28, 2014 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

AHA: Risk Discussion Needed Before Neck Tx
(MedPage Today) -- Patients should be warned before chiropractic manipulation of the neck that the technique has been linked to cervical dissection, which can cause stroke, the American Heart Association warned. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - August 8, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Neck Manipulation Linked to Cervical Dissection (FREE)
By Larry Husten Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS After a neck adjustment — also known as cervical manipulative therapy and typically employed by chiropractors and other healthcare providers … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - August 8, 2014 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Neck manipulation may be associated with stroke
Manipulating the neck has been associated with cervical dissection, a type of arterial tear that can lead to stroke. Although a direct cause-and-effect link has not been established between neck manipulation and the risk of stroke, healthcare providers should inform patients of the association before they undergo neck manipulation. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 7, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Cost-EffectiveAnterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Cost-Effective
In 5-year follow-up of pivotal registration trials of artificial cervical discs, investigators showed durability and cost-effectiveness. The cost per quality-adjusted life-year was less than $24,000. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Central neck dissection in thyroid cancer
The impact of metastasized cervical lymph nodes (CLN) identified on central neck dissection (CND) in treating papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) and the extent of CND needed to reduce recurrence has not been established. Alzahrani and Xing assessed CLN metastasis and BRAF mutation in PTC by analysing data from 379 consecutive PTC patients who underwent thyroidectomy with or without CND. Increasingly aggressive tumour characteristics were found as the extent of CND was advanced, resulting in disease recurrence or persistence. BRAF mutations were more common in more extensive CND. Read the full article in Alzahrani and Xing (20...
Source: Society for Endocrinology - March 12, 2013 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Practical Guide to Neck Dissection(Lucioni)
Focusing on the LarynxThis is the second edition of a superbly illustrated manual on neck dissection that will serve as a roadmap for advanced surgeons and beginners alike. The reader is guided through the various cervical structures in a series of practical step-by-step chapters that depict the methods employed by surgeons operating in vivo. The illustrations provide an overview of all surgical anatomy relevant to ... (Source: Springer Medicine titles)
Source: Springer Medicine titles - March 4, 2013 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: Otorhinolaryngology Source Type: news