Natalie Yi-Ju Ho

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Postoperative symptomatic epidural hematoma (SEH) is a serious complication of lumbar spine surgery. Despite its rarity, this uncommon complication may result in devastating neurological sequelae, including lower limb weakness. A retrospective study was made to identify possible risk factors of postoperative spinal epidural hematoma by reviewing the(More)
Diabetes mellitus (DM) has been clinically proved as a risk factor of disc degeneration, and the accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) is known to be potentially involved in diabetes. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of AGEs in the degeneration process of diabetic nucleus pulposus (NP) in rats and humans. Diabetic NP(More)
Sulfatase 1 (SULF1) plays a key role in cell signaling involving in cell growth, differentiation, proliferation, and migration. Abnormal SULF1 expression has been implicated in the development of various cancers and diseases of the skeletal and nervous systems. The present study aims to examine the difference in SULF1 expression between degenerative and(More)
BACKGROUND CONTEXT Disc degeneration is a multifactorial disease that may cause clinical symptoms such as chronic back pain or radiculopathy in the extremities. Periostin, an extracellular matrix protein involved in the process of fibrosis, expressed in tissues subjected to mechanical stress such as intervertebral disc. However, the expression of periostin(More)
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that afflicts millions of people around the world, and a variety of spinal integrity issues, such as degenerative spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis, are frequently concomitant with osteoporosis and are sometimes treated with spinal interbody fusion surgery. Previous studies have demonstrated the efficacy of strontium(More)
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