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Changes in nerve fiber numbers distal to a nerve repair in the sciatic nerve of 48 rats were evaluated over a 1- to 24-month period. The results of the morphometric evaluation in the sciatic nerve distal to the nerve repair demonstrated an increase in nerve fiber counts as early as 1 month following the nerve repair. The number of nerve fibers in the distal(More)
The traditional teaching that "nerve fibers are lost at the suture line" after a nerve repair was investigated by asking the question, "Can the number of nerve fibers distal to a nerve repair site be increased by increasing the number of nerve fibers proximally?" Ratios of proximal to distal nerve fibers were increased from 1:1 to 2.5:1 to 3.5:1 by suturing(More)
Patterns of pain referral, induced from the posterior elements, have been studied in normal volunteer subjects. A series of intracapsular and pericapsular injections were performed at the L1-2 and L4-5 levels. The areas of pain referral indicate overlap between the upper and lower lumbar spine. It is also shown that the pericapsular and intrafacetal pain(More)
BACKGROUND In the healthy back only the outer third of the annulus fibrosus of the intervertebral disc is innervated. Nerve ingrowth deeper into diseased intervertebral disc has been reported, but how common this feature is and whether it is associated with chronic pain are unknown. We examined nerve growth into the intervertebral disc in the pathogenesis(More)
Epidural spinal cord disease (ESCD), an infrequent complication of systemic non-Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL), can occur at diagnosis or at relapse, and is usually treated with radiotherapy, or infrequently surgical decompression. We retrospectively analyzed 140 patients with intermediate-grade NHL (IG-NHL) who were treated on a dose-intense protocol using(More)
Thirty lower lumbar intervertebral discs (IVDs) removed for low-back pain were examined. There is a profuse non-myelinated axonal network and abundant free nerve terminals in the outer (lateral) half of the annulus fibrosus. The inner annulus and the nucleus pulposus did not contain nerve terminals. No significant changes in the nerve networks could be(More)
Vertebroplasty is a procedure in which polymethlymethacrylate (PMMA) is injected into a vertebral body compression fracture. It has been suggested that fractues greater than 65% to 70% of the original vertebral body height are too compressed to be treated successfully with this procedure. We describe six patients with severe compression fractures that were(More)
For automatic segmentation of optic disc and cup from color fundus photograph, we describe a fairly general energy function that can naturally fit into a global optimization framework with graph cut. Distinguished from most previous work, our energy function includes priors on the shape & location of disc & cup, the rim thickness and the geometric(More)
Following a previous description of nociceptive nerve fibre growth into usually aneural inner parts of painful intervertebral disc (IVD), this study has investigated whether nociceptive nerve ingrowth into painful IVD is stimulated by local production of neurotrophins. Immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization have been used to investigate expression(More)