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Twenty-eight patients with osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (OVCF) were treated with single-balloon bipedicular kyphoplasty (Group A), and 40 patients were treated with double-balloon bipedicular kyphoplasty (Group B). Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) score, vertebral height, and kyphotic angle (KA) were evaluated pre-operatively, post-operatively (3… (More)
We present a 52-year-old man with congenital absence of the posterior arch of the atlas and concomitant fusion of the posterior tubercle of the atlas to the spinal process of the axis. He had normal reflexes and no motor deficit. He underwent C3-C7 laminoplasty and achieved good outcome.
BACKGROUND Numerous studies examining the relationship between CD44 expression and prognostic impact in patients with osteosarcoma have yielded inconclusive results. The aim of this meta-analysis was carried out to investigate the relationship between CD44 expression and the survival in patients with osteosarcoma. METHODS We therefore conducted a… (More)
A conducting diblock copolymer of PS-b-P3HT was added to serve as a compatibilizer in a P3HT/PCBM blend, which improved the power-conversion efficiency from 3.3% to 4.1% due to the enhanced crystallinity, morphology, interface interaction, and depth profile of PCBM.
Well-defined conjugated polymers in confined geometries are challenging to synthesize and characterize, yet they are potentially useful in a broad range of organic optoelectronic devices such as transistors, light emitting diodes, solar cells, sensors, and nanocircuits. Herein we report a systematic study of optoelectrical properties, grafting density… (More)
Buffer layers that control electrochemical reactions and physical interactions at electrode/film interfaces are key components of an organic photovoltaic cell. Here the structure and properties of layers of semi-rigid poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) chains tethered at a surface are investigated, and these functional systems are applied in an organic… (More)
Balloon kyphoplasty has been shown to be safe in treatment of vertebral compression fractures refractory to conservative management. However, few reports have focused on lateral wedging of cemented vertebra after kyphoplasty. A 72-year-old woman with a T12 osteoporotic compression fracture underwent kyphoplasty using polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) via a… (More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the effective of short-segment pedicle instrumentation with bone grafting and pedicle screw implanting in injured vertebra and cross segment pedicle instrumentation with bone grafting in injured vertebra for treating thoracolumbar fractures. METHODS A prospective randomized controlled study was performed in 40 patients with… (More)
6,13-Bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl)pentacene (TIPS pentacene) is a promising active channel material of organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) due to its solubility, stability, and high mobility. However, the growth of TIPS pentacene crystals is intrinsically anisotropic and thus leads to significant variation in the performance of OTFTs. In this paper, air… (More)
OBJECTIVE To review the research progress of stress fracture of the lumbar pedicle. METHODS The literature about the stress fracture of the lumbar pedicle was reviewed extensively and summarized. RESULTS There are two types of stress fracture: fatigue and structure insufficient. Stress fracture of lumbar pedicle occurred mainly in the crowd with… (More)