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  • Mechanism of Injury vs. AOSpine Classification: Is the Setting/Environment in which the Injury Occurs or the Morphology of the Spinal Column Injury the Better Predictor of Severity of Spinal Cord Injury?

    Introduction: The mechanism of injury (MOI-assault, sport, fall, transport, other) is often provided as a descriptor of study participants in traumatic spinal cord injury (tSCI) research, however, the MOI is more related to the milieu or setting of the injury. The newly described AO Spine Injury Cervical and Thoracolumbar Classifications were developed to describe morphologic features of the spinal column injury and includes 3 broad categories:  axial compression (A); distraction (B); and translation (C).
  • Minimum Five-Year Follow-up Results for Occipitocervical Fusion Using the Screw-Rod System in Craniocervical Instability

    Introduction: Occipitocervical fusion surgery effectively treats severe neck pain and myelopathy from craniocervical instability and spinal cord compression. There has been no long term study with a consecutive series of patients treated by occipitocervical (OC) fusion using pedicle screws and rods. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical outcome of patients who had undergone OC fusion using pedicle screws and rods over a minimum 5-year follow-up. Materials and Methods: Twenty-seven consecutive patients with OC disorders treated underwent posterior OC fusion using pedicle screws and rods over a minimum 5-year follow-up.
  • The Modified Japanese Orthopaedic Association Scale: Establishing Criteria for Mild, Moderate and Severe Disease in Patients with Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy

    Introduction: The modified Japanese Orthopaedic Association (mJOA) score is a validated, investigator-administered tool used to evaluate functional status in patients with degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM). This scale is increasingly used in this population to measure baseline myelopathy severity, postoperative improvements and social independence. There is, however, no study that determines what scores on the mJOA constitute mild, moderate and severe disease. Patients in different severity categories are managed differently both intraoperatively and postoperatively; therefore, establishing this criteria has clinical value across the whole spectrum of care.
  • Prevalence and Imaging Characteristics of Asymptomatic and Symptomatic Spondylotic Cervical Spinal Cord Compression in General Population

    Introduction: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is able to detect spondylotic cervical cord compression that could cause cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) but could also remain asymptomatic (“asymptomatic spondylotic cervical cord compression” – ASCCC).  The prevalence of both ASCCC and CSM is not known and data in the literature differ widely. Cervical cord impingement or compression was previously found in 27% of subjects accidentally examined with MRI; in individuals older than 64 years the prevalence reached 30% (Teresi et al.1987). Aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence and MRI characteristics of both ASCCC and CSM in a general population above the age of forty.
  • Extent of Proximal Fusion correlates with Worse Clinical Outcomes in Cervical to Pelvis Fusions

    Introduction: Correction of adult deformity may necessitate fusions crossing the cervicothoracic junction. In cases where this is necessary, there is little evidence in the literature that guides the choice of cervical Upper Instrumented Vertebrae (UIV). There is no information on how the choice of UIV might affect health related quality of life (HRQOL) outcomes. We hypothesized that patients with UIVs in the upper cervical spine (C1-2) would have a significantly lower HRQOL when compared to patients fused to the lower cervical (C6-7) spine.
  • Risk and Cost of Reoperation after Single Level Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy: A Large Database Study

    Introduction: Cervical radiculopathy is a common symptom of degenerative cervical disease or lateral disc herniations, initially managed with physical therapy targeted injections. When conservative management fails, spine surgeons may select posterior cervical foraminotomy (PCF), an effective method of alleviating cervical radiculopathy symptoms, with distinct advantages over fusion procedures. However, there are concerns that PCF may be associated with high reoperation rates.
  • Altered Forelimb Neural Circuitry Associated with Impaired Manual Dexterity in Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy (CSM)

    Introduction: CSM causes devastating neurological deficits, including significant impairment of hand function to varying degrees depending on the level and severity of compression. Although surgical treatment prevents further damage to the spinal cord and may reverse some of the neurological deficits, many patients still experience significant impairment of manual dexterity. Skilled motor function involves the descending commands to motor neurons as well as the cervical spinal circuits for rapid refinement of motor output for precise movements. We hypothesize that essential neuronal elements of the forepaw circuitry is lost in CSM resulting in impaired manual dexterity.