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STUDY DESIGN Clinical and radiologic study evaluating the outcome after anterior corpectomy with iliac bone fusion compared with discectomy with interbody titanium cage fusion for multilevel cervical degenerated disc disease. OBJECTIVES To investigate the safety and effectiveness of interbody titanium cage with plate fixation in multilevel postdiscectomy(More)
OBJECT Cage-assisted anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) has proven to be a safe and effective procedure for the treatment of one- and two-level degenerative disc disease (DDD). To the authors' knowledge, clinical results after three- and four-level interbody cage-augmented ACDF have not been reported in the literature. The authors investigated(More)
OBJECT Adhesion molecules, including intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1), vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1), and E-selectin, are important mediators of inflammation, and their levels are elevated in the serum of patients following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). The investigators previously found that CGS 26303 is effective in(More)
Endothelin-1, a potent vasoconstrictive peptide, has been implicated in the pathogenesis of cerebral vasospasm following subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). The goal of this study was to evaluate the effect of continuous intravenous infusion of a highly selective endothelin-converting enzyme-1 inhibitor, CGS 35066, on the prevention and reversal of cerebral(More)
In this study, we aimed to investigate the risk of osteoporosis in patients with erectile dysfunction (ED) by analyzing data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD). From the Taiwan NHIRD, we analyzed data on 4460 patients aged ≥40 years diagnosed with ED between 1996 and 2010. In total, 17,480 age-matched patients without ED in(More)
BACKGROUND Coldness, numbness, or causalgia usually affects the lower limbs in patients after back surgeries. The treatment of causalgia is still the source of continuing debate. We treated patients presenting with causalgia secondary to LD with CT-guided CLS and determined the therapeutic outcome at long-term follow-up. METHODS From January 2002 to(More)
OBJECTIVES Osteoporosis Self-Assessment Tool for Asians (OSTA) has been proved to be a simple and effective tool for recognizing osteoporosis risk. Our previous study has demonstrated that the preoperative OSTA index was a good prognostic predictor for stage II and III colon cancer patients after surgery. We aim to evaluate the value of OSTA index in(More)
Anterior discectomy and fusion to treat cervical degenerative disc disease is the preferred procedure for many spine surgeons. The ideal device for structural reconstruction of the anterior cervical spine remains controversial. The purpose of this prospective study was to investigate the effectiveness of a non-threaded titanium cage in performing anterior(More)
Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) plays an important role in immunosuppression and tumor growth. PGE2 inhibitors such as aspirin and indomethacin suppress experimental tumor growth. Little is known of the relationship between PGE2 synthesis in brain tumors and the dose of aspirin or indomethacin. The present study was undertaken to evaluate the effect of different(More)
OBJECT Apoptosis is implicated in vasospasm and long-term sequelae of subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). The authors observed that 17beta-estradiol (E2) can attenuate cerebral vasospasm, lower endothelin-1 production, and preserve normal endothelial nitric oxide synthase expression by reduction of inducible NO synthase expression in experimental SAH. The(More)