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STUDY DESIGN A prospective study in 19 patients after cervical laminoplasty, using magnetic resonance imaging. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the value of spinal cord shift at 24 hours after cervical laminoplasty. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Postoperative C5 palsy is a noticeable complication within 1 week after cervical laminoplasty. The root tethering due to(More)
OBJECT Although multimodal intraoperative spinal cord monitoring provides greater accuracy, transcranial electrical stimulation motor evoked potential (TcMEP) monitoring became the gold standard for intraoperative spinal cord monitoring. However, there is no definite alarm point for TcMEPs because a multicenter study is lacking. Thus, based on their(More)
STUDY DESIGN A clinical and cohort study. OBJECTIVE The first purpose of this study was to investigate the standard value of a simple foot tapping test (FTT) in a large healthy population. The second purpose was to elucidate the validity of FTT as a quantitative assessment of lower extremity motor function for cervical compressive myelopathy. SUMMARY OF(More)
BACKGROUND Radiographic findings may provide clues to the underlying cause of neck symptoms. However, these associations remain controversial. This study investigates the association between roentgenographic findings of the cervical spine and neck symptoms in a Japanese community population. METHODS A total of 762 volunteers participated in this study.(More)
BACKGROUND Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligaments (OPLL) causes myelopathy with progression or trauma. Most OPLL patients visit the hospital after severe symptoms occur, and surgery did not supply complete relief in severe symptoms related to OPLL. While it is necessary to diagnose OPLL early and observe carefully, the nature of symptoms and(More)
Excellent results from laminoplasty for cervical spinal myelopathy have been reported in many studies. Nevertheless, C-5 nerve root palsy or axial pain such as neck and shoulder pain after laminoplasty are known postoperative complications. To the authors' knowledge, dural damage from dislocation of the hydroxyapatite intraspinous spacer due to absorption(More)
BACKGROUND There have been few reports about the relation between the morphology of syrinxes and body pain in syringomyelia associated with Chiari I malformation. To investigate this phenomenon, the relation between the location of the syrinx and body pain before and after foramen magnum decompression (FMD) were evaluated. METHODS The subjects were 20(More)
STUDY DESIGN An anatomic study investigated the attachment of the nuchal muscles to the spinous process. OBJECTIVE To investigate the anatomic details of the attachment of the nuchal muscles to the spinous process, and which muscles are spared, and to what extent, when the C7 spinous process is preserved in the cervical laminoplasty. SUMMARY OF(More)
PURPOSE Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) of the cervical spine has been classified into four types by lateral plain radiographs, but the reliability of the classification and of the diagnosis of either cervical OPLL or cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) was unknown. We investigated the interobserver and intraobserver reliability(More)
STUDY DESIGN We categorized the four types of ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) of the cervical spine into two groups. We biochemically investigated the genetic differences in the osteogenic differentiation potency between the two groups. OBJECTIVE To investigate the genetic differences in the osteogenic differentiation potency(More)