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Our hypothesis was that the enhanced MRI of cartilage (dGEMRIC) imaging protocol could be used in patients to quantify the sulfated glycosaminoglycan (sGAG) in intervertebral discs (IVD). To test this hypothesis, 23 patients with degenerative disc pathology scheduled for surgery were studied by a specific dGEMRIC protocol: each patient underwent two MRI(More)
OBJECT Surgical decompression is the recommended treatment in patients with moderate to severe degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis (DLSS) in whom symptoms do not respond to conservative therapy. Multilevel disease, poor patient health, and advanced age are generally considered predictors of a poor outcome after surgery, essentially because of a surgical(More)
Asymptomatic cysts of the pineal region are common incidental findings in adults. In contrast, symptomatic pineal cysts are rare and their management is not well defined. We present the case of a 39-year-old woman suffering from intracranial hypertension, with visual disturbance and mild papilledema. The MR images showed a voluminous cyst of the pineal(More)
Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) is an essential component of treatment in patients with coronary artery disease treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Recommendations for duration of DAPT after PCI should consider patient-specific risk, clinical presentation, stent characteristics, and procedural factors. Prolonged DAPT results in a(More)
BACKGROUND Sperm protein 17 (Sp17) is a highly conserved mammalian protein characterized in rabbit, mouse, monkey, baboon, macaque, human testis and spermatozoa. mRNA encoding Sp17 has been detected in a range of murine and human somatic tissues. It was also recognized in two myeloma cell lines and in neoplastic cells from patients with multiple myeloma and(More)
We describe a simple, sensitive, and reproducible method for using whole blood collected onto filter paper (dried blood spots) for detection and genotyping of hepatitis C virus RNA that can be useful in large field studies, particularly in settings where collection, preparation, storage, and shipment of samples at controlled temperature can be difficult.
AIM The aim of this paper was to assess the efficacy of a minimally invasive treatment with percutaneous vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for traumatic fracture of thoracolumbar junction. Treatment of stable traumatic vertebral fractures of the thoracolumbar junction without neurological deficit is still controversy. Conservative treatment, characterized by(More)
BACKGROUND CONTEXT There is no universal consensus regarding the biomechanical aspects and relevance on the primary stability of misplaced pedicle screws. PURPOSE The study is aimed to the determination of the correlation between axial pullout forces of pedicle screws with the possible screw misplacement, including mild and severe cortical violations. (More)
We present a numerical approach to reproduce various patterns of spino-pelvic organization. We wanted to predict the spinal loads in two static conditions (standing and holding a weight in the hands) based on parameters describing the shape of the lumbar spine: type following Roussouly classification, sacral slope, apex, inflection point and lumbar(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies documented the importance of the positioning and the design parameters of the prosthesis in determining the biomechanics of the implanted spine. However, a comprehensive biomechanical evaluation of the significance of these parameters is still lacking. Therefore, the paper is aimed to the quantification of their influence on the(More)