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We evaluated 30 patients with cervical myelopathy before and after decompressive surgery and compared them with 42 healthy controls. All were asked to grip and release their fingers as rapidly as possible for 15 seconds. Films recorded with a digital camera were divided into three files of five seconds each. Three doctors independently counted the number of(More)
Muscle volume was measured, by use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as a direct indicator of functional recovery of the supraspinatus and infraspinatus muscles after supraspinatus tendon repair, because atrophy of the supraspinatus and infraspinatus muscles was observed in all patients with a torn supraspinatus tendon. Seventy-three patients who had a(More)
The authors describe a rare case of a congenital absence of the right L5 pedicle in a 54-year-old man presenting with low back pain and radicular pain of his left leg. Plain x-ray films, computed tomography scan (CT) after myelography, and three-dimensional CT revealed the absence of the L5 pedicle and anomaly of the L4-L5 facet joint on his right side. On(More)
OBJECT Spinal fusion at the L4-5 disc space alters the normal biomechanics of the spine, and the loss of motion at the fused level is compensated by increased motion and load at the other unfused segments. This may lead to deterioration of the adjacent segments of the lumbar spine, called adjacent-segment disease (ASD). In this study, the authors(More)
AIM Spinal angiolipoma is a benign uncommon neoplasm composed of mature lipocytes admixed with abnormal blood vessels, and accounts for only 0.14-1.2% of all spinal tumors. MATERIAL AND METHODS Retrospective data analysis. RESULTS We report two cases of a 64-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man with thoracic myelopathy due to spinal angiolipoma.(More)
STUDY DESIGN Retrospective study. OBJECTIVE We sought to determine the long-term outcomes of laminoplasty versus anterior decompression and fusion in the treatment of cervical myelopathy caused by ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) and to ascertain what factors should be considered in selecting appropriate surgical procedure. (More)
The relationship between the concentration of lithium in whole blood and plasma was determined in 11 manic-depressive patients 12 h after the evening dose of lithium carbonate taken in the form of slow release tablets (Limas). Significant relationships were found between the concentration of lithium in whole blood and plasma as well as between the daily(More)
OBJECT Although posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) is an excellent procedure to attain circumferential decompression, it is technically demanding and can lead to various surgical complications. The authors retrospectively reviewed consecutive patients with nonisthmic spondylolisthesis who underwent PLIF to reveal the incidence and risk factors for(More)
OBJECTIVE Articular cartilage repair remains a major obstacle in tissue engineering. We recently developed a novel tool for articular cartilage repair, consisting of a triple composite of an interconnected porous hydroxyapatite (IP-CHA), recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2), and a synthetic biodegradable polymer [poly-d,l-lactic(More)
Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are biologically active molecules capable of inducing new bone formation, and show potential for clinical use in bone defect repair. However, an ideal system for delivering BMPs that can potentiate their bone-inducing ability and provide initial mechanical strength and scaffold for bone ingrowth has not yet been developed.(More)