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STUDY DESIGN Case report. OBJECTIVE To report our results of a sacroplasty technique, using 3-dimensional C-arm CT for the treatment of sacral body fracture. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Sacroplasty may provide symptomatic relief and hasten recovery in the treatment of sacral insufficiency fractures. To our knowledge, there is no case report in the(More)
OBJECTIVE This study investigated the effects of resveratrol, a natural polyphenol with neuroprotective properties, on retinal neuronal cell death mediated by diabetes-induced activation of Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Diabetes was induced in C57BL/6 mice by five consecutive intraperitoneal injections(More)
OBJECTIVE Protein kinase C (PKC)-delta, an upstream regulator of the Akt survival pathway, contributes to cellular dysfunction in the pathogenesis of diabetes. Herein, we examined the role of PKC-delta in neuronal apoptosis through Akt in the retinas of diabetic rats. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS We used retinas from 24- and 35-week-old male Otsuka(More)
Neurofibrillary tangle (NFT) is a characteristic hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. GSK3β has been reported to play a major role in the NFT formation of tau. Dysfunction of autophagy might facilitate the aggregate formation of tau. The present study examined the role of GSK3β-mediated phosphorylation of tau species on their autophagic degradation. We(More)
A 51-year-old man with a 1-month history of lower back pain and radiating pain visited to our pain clinic. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan demonstrated a cyst like mass at the level of the L4-5 interspace and compression of the thecal sac and the nerve root on the right side. We performed percutaneous needle aspiration of the lumbar zygapophyseal(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The axillary vein is another option for central venous catheterisation, with less chance of accidental arterial puncture as there is a greater distance between artery and vein, and from vein to rib cage, compared with other sites. Better success, lower complication rates and faster access can be achieved with ultrasound guidance(More)
A 39-year-old female was suffering from cold-induced Raynaud's attacks in both hands and feet, with symptoms being most severe in her left foot. The patient did not respond to medical treatments and was referred to our department of pain medicine. We performed sequential bipolar radiofrequency lumbar sympathectomy to the patient, which offered a long(More)
BACKGROUND Owing to the anatomical difference between the far lateral herniation of the lumbar disc (FHLD) and the intraspinal herniation of lumbar disc (iHLD), the outcome of transforaminal epidural steroid injections (TFESI) in patients with FHLD seems to be different from that in patients with iHLD. However, few studies have evaluated the efficacy of(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the functional outcomes of the over-tensioning technique compared with those of the standard tensioning technique in the transfer of extensor indicis proprius (EIP) to extensor pollicis longus (EPL) for the chronic rupture of the thumb extensor. METHODS Data were collected from patients who underwent(More)
BACKGROUND Although herniated disc fragments may resolve spontaneously, the optimal treatment option for massive lumbar disc herniation (LDH) has not been determined. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the extent of reduction in the size of massive LDH on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and the pain relief effect of transforaminal epidural steroid injection (TFESI)(More)