Shinichirou Taniguchi

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STUDY DESIGN A correlation was studied between degenerative spondylolisthesis (DSL) of the cervical spine and spinal-evoked potentials intraoperatively recorded in elderly patients who had surgical treatment for cervical spondylotic myelopathy. OBJECTIVE To investigate the functional importance of cervical DSL in elderly patients with cervical spondylotic(More)
In the management of clinical low back pain (LBP), actual damage to lower back areas such as muscles, intervertebral discs etc. are normally targeted for therapy. However, LBP may involve not only sensory pain, but also underlying affective pain which may also play an important role overall in painful events. Therefore we hypothesized that visualization of(More)
STUDY DESIGN Retrospective clinical review and prospective report of postoperative delirium after cervical spine surgeries. OBJECTIVE To investigate factors contributing to the development of delirium after cervical surgery and see whether amended therapeutic protocols could improve or alter postoperative outcomes. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Important(More)
Contralateral thalamus, the place of termination of spinothalamic tract, is affected in patients with pain. We employed single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) to evaluate the thalamic perfusion in patients with spontaneous neuropathic pain. Ten patients with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and eleven radiculopathiy patients were enrolled(More)
We tested the validity of instructing patients to minimally contract the muscle to facilitate F-wave recording in clinical practice. In 12 healthy subjects, F waves were recorded from the first dorsal interosseous muscle at rest, during motor imagery, and at up to 30% of the maximal voluntary contraction (MVC). F-wave persistence increased significantly(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterize the effect of focal compression by threshold tracking and other excitability measures of human median motor axons. METHODS We conducted a sequence of excitability studies using a software written in BASIC (QTRAC version 4.0, (c)Institute of Neurology, London, UK, with multiple excitability protocol TRONDXM 2) in 24 healthy(More)
To test the hypothesis that the anterior horn cells become hypoexcitable in the absence of central drive, we recorded F waves simultaneously from the first dorsal interosseous (FDI) and the abductor digiti minimi (ADM) before and after volitionally inactivating one muscle (target) while periodically contracting the other muscle (control). In 14 healthy(More)
The present study investigated neural correlates of affect processing in allodynia patients (n=8) and healthy controls (n=12) with the aid of virtual tactile stimulation. Whole brain functional magnetic resonance imaging was performed for allodynia patients and healthy volunteers while they were shown a video demonstrating light stimulation of the palm and(More)
STUDY DESIGN We investigated the effects of standardized facilitation on stability in amplitude of the motor-evoked potentials from the deltoid muscle after magnetic stimulation over the scalp in normal study participants. OBJECTIVES To test the potential of this technique in evaluating deltoid weakness and recovery after C5 radiculopathy. SUMMARY OF(More)
BACKGROUND Anterior decompression with fusion (ADF) for patients with cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) is reportedly associated with a higher incidence of complications than is laminoplasty. However, the frequency of perioperative complications associated with ADF for cervical OPLL has not been fully established. The(More)