Clinical neurology and neurosurgery Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Elsevier

Journal description

Current impact factor: 1.13

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 1.127
2013 Impact Factor 1.248
2012 Impact Factor 1.234
2011 Impact Factor 1.581
2010 Impact Factor 1.636
2009 Impact Factor 1.303
2008 Impact Factor 1.323
2007 Impact Factor 1.553
2006 Impact Factor 1.506
2005 Impact Factor 1.089
2004 Impact Factor 0.954
2003 Impact Factor 0.771
2002 Impact Factor 0.743
2001 Impact Factor 0.595
2000 Impact Factor 0.619
1999 Impact Factor 0.564
1998 Impact Factor 0.406
1997 Impact Factor 0.613
1996 Impact Factor 0.619
1995 Impact Factor 0.594
1994 Impact Factor 0.489
1993 Impact Factor 0.326
1992 Impact Factor 0.353

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5-year impact 1.29
Cited half-life 5.60
Immediacy index 0.14
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.38
ISSN 1872-6968

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    ABSTRACT: Intrasellar location of schwannoma is extremely rare, although intracranial schwannomas are common in the central nervous system. The aim of the present study is to describe a calcified intrasellar schwannoma case. We represent a 45-year-old woman who had suffered from headaches; right side facial pain and visual disturbance which had worsen during the last week prior to admission. Physical examinations were normal except for the bitemporal visual field hemianopia which match with perimetry examination. MRI demonstrated an unusual seemingly calcified mass lesion in the sellar region which was mimicking pituitary macro adenoma. Total resection of the tumor achieved through endoscopic transnasal transsphenoidal approach by extracapsular dissection and pathologic examination of the tumor revealed calcified schwannoma. The differential diagnoses of sellar and suprasellar lesions include pituitary adenomas, craniopharyngiomas, meningiomas, and many others. However, schwannoma is not usually included, because the occurrence of schwannoma in the sellar or suprasellar region is extremely rare. Only few cases of intrasellar schwannomas have been reported in the literature, all of which presented a suprasellar extension similar to that of our case. Fascinating surgical point is managing very firm tumor through transsphenoidal corridor which we handle it by very sharp, debulking and extracapsular removal. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Clinical neurology and neurosurgery 10/2015; 137. DOI:10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.06.001
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    ABSTRACT: Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is probably associated with diabetes mellitus, but its link to prediabetes (PD) is unknown. To determine prevalence of PD and others risk factors in CTS. A cross-sectional study including 115 idiopathic CTS patients and 115 age-, gender-and body mass index (BMI)-matched controls was performed. Clinical, laboratory and neurophysiological evaluations were conducted in all subjects to confirm CTS diagnosis. CTS severity was graded on a standardized neurophysiological scale. PD was defined using strict criteria. The prevalence of PD was similar in CTS and control groups (27% vs. 21.7%, respectively P=0.44). Nocturnal symptoms (91.3%) and moderate CTS (58.3%) were most frequently observed in CTS patients. In logistic regression analysis, PD was significantly correlated with age (odds ratio [OR] 1.05, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.01-1.09; P=0.006) and BMI (OR 1.08. 95% CI 1.01-1.16; P=0.026), but not with CTS (OR 0.82, 95% CI 0.43-1.53; P=0.537). CTS patients with PD had a significantly higher mean age compared to those without PD (53.8±10.2 vs. 49.5±8.6 years, respectively P=0.027). The frequency of age >60 years was significantly higher in CTS with PD than in CTS without PD (29.0% vs. 8.3%, respectively P=0.04) as was BMI >30kg/m(2) (64.5% vs. 33.3%, respectively P=0.03). No significant differences were observed between the two CTS groups with respect to gender, BMI, symptoms, and neurophysiological severity of CTS. Our findings indicated that CTS is not associated with PD, but that PD is closely linked to age and overweight. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Clinical neurology and neurosurgery 10/2015; 137. DOI:10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.06.015
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    ABSTRACT: Here we present a review of the pathophysiology of tobacco smoking on intracranial aneurysms, self-reported smoking status in these patients, screening tools and assays available for assessing active nicotine use, means of impacting smoking cessation rates, and the potential impact of smoking cessation on risk of rupture and recurrence of treated intracranial aneurysms. A literature search using PubMed was done to identify all English language studies relating to tobacco use and intracranial aneurysms, smoking and subarachnoid hemorrhage, nicotine breakdown products, and smoking cessation in neurosurgery. Results from the studies were reviewed and summarized. Tobacco use is an independent risk factor for formation, growth, and rupture of intracranial aneurysms. The pathogenesis of aneurysm formation is complex, and related to increased wall shear stress, endothelial dysfunction, atherosclerosis, and altered gene regulation. Furthermore 80% of all aneurysmal ruptures occur in patients who have used tobacco products. It is suboptimal to rely on self-reported smoking status in order to determine patient risk. Use of objective metrics for ongoing tobacco use may be indicated in selected patients, and may increase smoking cessation rates in these patients. A variety of laboratory and point-of-care tests are available for measurement of nicotine and nicotine breakdown products. Most assays in clinical practice measure the nicotine breakdown product cotinine, which constitutes 75% of nicotine metabolites excreted in the urine and has a substantial half-life of 16h, compared to nicotine's 2-h half-life. With proper identification, an astute physician may be able to assist in smoking cessation and foster improved patient care. By following recommended guidelines and prescribing pharmaceutical aid, a patient has a 2.5 times greater chance of smoking cessation compared with attempting to stop without physician assistance. Smoking increases risk for intracranial aneurysm formation, rupture, re-rupture and need for re-treatment. Measurement of nicotine breakdown products may have clinical utility in the management of patients with intracranial aneurysms. Smoking cessation interventions may be effective, and use of established smoking cessation tools use may lead to improved clinical outcomes in these patients. The effects of smoking cessation efforts on smoking cessation and intracranial aneurysm outcomes is a fertile field for future investigation. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Clinical neurology and neurosurgery 10/2015; 137. DOI:10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.06.016
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    ABSTRACT: Rheumatoid patients may develop a retrodental lesion (atlantoaxial rheumatoid pannus) that may cause cervical instability and/or neurological compromise. The objective is to characterize clinical and radiographic outcomes after posterior instrumented fusion for atlantoaxial rheumatoid pannus. We retrospectively reviewed all patients who underwent posterior fusions for an atlantoaxial rheumatoid pannus at a single institution. Both preoperative and postoperative imaging was available for all patients. Anterior or circumferential operations, non-atlantoaxial panni, or prior C1-C2 operations were excluded. Primary outcome measures included Nurick score, Ranawat score (neurologic status in patients with rheumatoid arthritis), pannus regression, and reoperation. Pannus volume was determined with axial and sagittal views on both preoperative and postoperative radiological images. Thirty patients surgically managed for an atlantoaxial rheumatoid pannus were followed for a mean of 24.43 months. Nine patients underwent posterior instrumented fusion alone, while 21 patients underwent posterior decompression and instrumented fusion. Following a posterior instrumented fusion in all 30 patients, the pannus statistically significantly regressed by 44.44%, from a mean volume of 1.26cm(3) to 0.70cm(3) (p<0.001), over 8.02 months. The Nurick score significantly improved from 2.40 to 0.60 (p<0.001), but the marginal improvement of 0.20 in the Ranawat score did not reach significance (p=0.312). Six patients (20%) required reoperations over a mean of 13.18 months. Reoperations were indicated for C1 instrumentation failure in four patients and pseudoarthrosis in two patients. Following posterior instrumented fusion, the pannus radiographically regressed by 44.44% over a mean of 8.02 months, and patients clinically improved per the Nurick score. The Ranawat score did not improve, and 20% of patients required reoperation over a mean of 13.18 months. The annualized reoperation rate was approximately 13.62%. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Clinical neurology and neurosurgery 10/2015; 137. DOI:10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.06.010
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    ABSTRACT: A variant of perimesencephalic subarachnoid hemorrhage (PSAH) has been described characterized by blood centered in the quadrigeminal cistern and limited to the superior vermian and perimesencephalic cisterns. Herein, three cases of quadrigeminal PSAH are presented. Medical records of all patients who underwent digital subtraction angiography for evaluation of non-traumatic SAH between July 2002 and April 2012 were reviewed. Patients with anterior circulation aneurysms were excluded. Two blinded reviewers identified admission noncontrast CT scans with pretruncal and quadrigeminal patterns of PSAH. The total cohort included 106 patients: 53% (56/106) with one or more negative digital subtraction angiograms and 47% (50/106) with posterior circulation or posterior communicating artery aneurysms. Three patients with quadrigeminal PSAH were identified, two with nonaneurysmal SAH and one with a posterior circulation aneurysm. Seventeen patients (16%; 17/106) with pretruncal PSAH were identified, none of whom were found to have an aneurysm. The quadrigeminal pattern comprised 11% (2/19) of cases of pretruncal or quadrigeminal nonaneurysmal PSAH. A small subset of patients with nonaneurysmal PSAH present with blood centered in the quadrigeminal cistern, and the etiology of this pattern may be similar to that of the classic pretruncal variant. However, patients with quadrigeminal PSAH must still undergo thorough vascular imaging, including at least two digital subtraction angiograms, to exclude a ruptured aneurysm. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Clinical neurology and neurosurgery 10/2015; 137:67-71. DOI:10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.06.018
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Surgical treatment for lesions in the posterior third ventricle is technically challenging. Surgical approaches to this area carries a risk of both venous and neural injury, with subsequent morbidity. Several approaches are used to reach the pineal region. The supracerebellar infratentorial approach is the commonly approach used for such lesions. Objectives: This work describes adding a paramedian expansion to the "classical median supracerebellar infratentorial approach" for posterior third ventricular and pineal region lesions with lateral expansion. This study discusses the results concerning the extent of removal and surgical complications for this procedure. Contralateral paramedian expansion is used for targeting lesions inside the posterior third ventricle extending to the lateral ventricular wall and thalamus. Ipsilateral paramedian expansion was used in resecting collicular lesions. Methods: The authors operated on patients suffering from lesions in the pineal region using a paramedian expanded SCTT approach between 2007 and 2014. The prone position was used in 25 cases. A typical median suboccipital craniotomy with a paramedian expansion was performed. Ipsilateral expansion of the approach has been used for targeting lesions in the pineal region but outside the posterior third ventricle. Contralateral expansion provides a direct view of the lateral walls of the third ventricle. Results: We encountered 28 cases of different pathologies: fourteen patients suffered from pineal body tumors while twelve had glial tumors, one case of cavernoma. Obstructive hydrocephalus was treated by CSF diversion before tumor surgery. Postoperative complications included ataxia, double vision, and Parinaud's syndrome. Conclusion: The merit of the expanded supracerebellar infratentorial approach is adding a unilateral paramedian expansion to the classical approach. This paramedian expansion offers a better lateral and inferior tumor resection. This approach does not add any risk of more postoperative complications or jeopardizing the neurological state than the classical midline approach. Practice and implications: The paramedian expansion offers a better lateral and inferior tumor resection and a better view of the contralateral extension within the posterior third ventricle. Collicular lesions are better controlled using this approach by gentle inferior and lateral retraction of the cerebellum. The expanded supracerebellar infratentorial approach allows for working on the lateral tumor extension without jeopardizing the deep venous system.
    Clinical neurology and neurosurgery 10/2015; 139:100-109. DOI:10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.08.009
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    ABSTRACT: Tumour resection in the Rolandic region is a challenge. Aim of this study is to review a series of patients malignant glioma surgery in the Rolandic region which was performed by combinations of neuronavigation, sonography, 5-aminolevulinic acid fluorescence guided (5-ALA) surgery and intraoperative electrophysiological monitoring (IOM). 29 patients suffering malignant gliomas in the motor cortex (17) and sensory cortex (12) were analyzed with respect to functional outcome and grade of resections. Improvement of motor function was seen in 41.5% one week after surgery, 41.5% were stable, only 17% deteriorated. After three months patients had an improvement of motor function in 56%, of Karnofsky Score (KPS) 27% and sensory function was improved in 8%. Deterioration of motor function was seen in 16%, in sensory function 4% and in KPS 28% after three months. 25% showed no residual tumour in early post surgical contrast enhanced MRI. 10% had less than 2% residual tumour and 15% had 2-5% residual tumour. Preoperative functional neuroimaging, neuronavigation for planning the surgical approach and resection margins, intraoperative sonography and 5-ALA guided surgery in combination with the application of IOM shows that functional outcome and total to subtotal resection of malignant glioma in the Rolandic region is feasible. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Clinical neurology and neurosurgery 09/2015; 136. DOI:10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.05.021
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    ABSTRACT: Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is an accepted technique for the management of cervical spinal degenerative disease. Recently, new resorbable materials have been proposed for the anterior cervical fusion to eliminate some of the disadvantages and complications of metal plates. The aim of our study was to evaluate the long-term clinical results of the ACDF implants made out of bioabsorbable materials. We performed a retrospective descriptive study of a series of 17 ACDF patients operated with the Inion S-1™ resorbable screws and plates (made out of biodegradable copolymers composed of l-lactic acid and d,l-lactic acid 80/20) 5-7 years ago. The mean age of the patients was 45 years. A single-level procedure was carried out in 13 patients and a double-level procedure in four patients, and the most commonly fused level was C5-C6. Clinical background, preoperative and postoperative symptoms, previous trauma, complications, radiographic fusion and condition of the prevertebral space (preoperative and postoperative) were analyzed. We observed a good fusion rate and stability using resorbable plates and screws. None of the patients had associated severe complications such as adjacent tissue edema or infection, or had to be reoperated due to failure or migration of the used implants. The results of this retrospective clinical long-term follow up demonstrate that cervical fusion can be successfully achieved using resorbable implants. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Clinical neurology and neurosurgery 09/2015; 136. DOI:10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.04.002
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    ABSTRACT: Corresponding author at: Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, Albert Szent-Györgyi Clinical Centre, University of Szeged, Semmelweis u. 6, H-6725 Szeged, Hungary. Tel.: +36 62 545351; fax: +36 62 545597.
    Clinical neurology and neurosurgery 09/2015; 136. DOI:10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.05.009
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    ABSTRACT: We report a case of Huntington's disease (HD) in a 53-year-old male with multiple sclerosis (MS). The diagnosis of MS met the McDonald criteria and was based on clinical attacks separated in space and time, cerebrospinal fluid, and MRI. The diagnosis of HD was established by DNA testing, family history, and positron emission tomography. While a number of neurologic and autoimmune diseases have been reported with MS, this is the first co-occurrence of HD and MS. Salient features of both disorders are reviewed as well as the importance of obtaining a thorough family history. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Clinical neurology and neurosurgery 09/2015; 136. DOI:10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.05.006
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    ABSTRACT: A retrospective study was conducted to compare clinical outcome with radiographic data and clinical complications between isobar posterior dynamic stabilization (IPDS, Scient'x, France) and posterior lumbar inter-body fusion (PLIF) for lumbar degenerative disease. 113 consecutive patients (IPDS group, N=62; PLIF group, N=51) with lumbar degenerative disease were operated on between March 2009 and November 2011. Patient charts, radiographic films and medical records were reviewed. Clinical outcomes including the visual analog scale (VAS), Oswestry disability index (ODI) scores, and radiographic outcomes, including disk height index (DHI) and range of motion (ROM) were retrospectively analyzed. The ODI and VAS leg and back pain scores in two groups were significantly improved at 6 and, 24 months and at the final follow-up (all, P<0.05). The degree of improvements in the ODI and VAS back pain scores, the incidence of complications and the rate of adjacent segment degeneration were similar in both groups (P>0.05). However, operation times and blood loss were significantly reduced in the IPDS group (P<0.05). In summary, with similar symptoms improvement and complication rates, the results of this study demonstrate that IPDS is an effective and safe treatment for lumbar degenerative disease. There is currently insufficient evidence to indicate that the IPDS can avoid adjacent segment degeneration therefore, it is essential to conduct prospective, randomized, controlled multicenter studies with larger sample size and longer follow-up. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Clinical neurology and neurosurgery 09/2015; 136. DOI:10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.06.003
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    ABSTRACT: Lower motor neuron disease (LMND) is the term generally used to describe diseases in which only lower motor neuron signs are detected. A snake eyes appearance on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is associated with a wide spectrum of neurological conditions including LMND. The author reports on three unique LMND patients with upper limb muscle weakness and atrophy who show a snake eyes appearance by MRI. The patients were aged 18, 40 and 52 years, respectively, at the onset of the disease and had a longstanding clinical course (more than 10 years for two patients and 8 years for one patient). They were followed up for more than 6 years. Clinical manifestations were characterized by (1) longstanding slow progression or delayed spontaneous arrest of asymmetric lower motor neuron signs localized exclusively in the upper extremities with unilateral predominance and distal or proximal preponderance; (2) the absence of upper motor neuron signs, bulbar signs, sensory disturbances and respiratory involvement; (3) a snake eyes appearance on the anterior horns of the cervical cord over more than 3 vertebrae by axial T2-weighted MRI and a longitudinal linear-shaped T2-signal hyperintensity by sagittal MRI; (4) neurogenic change with fasciculation and denervation potentials (fibrillation and a positive sharp wave) confined to the affected muscles by needle electromyogram; and (5) normal cerebrospinal fluid and a normal creatine kinase level. These cases did not fall into any existing category of LMND, such as progressive muscular atrophy, flail arm syndrome or Hirayama disease. These patients should be classified as sporadic LMND with snake eyes on MRI with a relatively benign prognosis. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Clinical neurology and neurosurgery 09/2015; 136. DOI:10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.06.006
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    ABSTRACT: Cranioplasty is considered as a routine procedure in everyday neurosurgical practice for the patient with cranial defect, however, there is no established consensus on optimal surgical timing. To compare the effect of early cranioplasty (1-3 months after DC) and late cranioplasty (3-6 months after DC) on the complications and recovery of neurological function in the management of patients who received decompressive craniotomy. In this paper, the authors report a systematic review and meta-analysis of operative time, complications and neurological function outcomes on different timing of cranioplasty. Randomized or non-randomized controlled trials of early cranioplasty and late cranioplasty surgery were considered for inclusion. Nine published reports of eligible studies involving 1209 participants meet the inclusion criteria. Compared with late cranioplasty, early cranioplasty had no significant difference in overall complications [RR=1.14, 95%CI (0.83, 1.55), p>0.05], infection rates [RR=0.87, 95%CI (0.47, 1.61), p>0.05], intracranial hematoma [RR=1.09, 95%CI (0.53, 2.25), p>0.05]; subdural fluid collection [RR=0.47, 95%CI (0.15, 1.41), p>0.05]. However, early CP significantly reduced the duration of cranioplasty [mean difference=-13.46, 95%CI (-21.26, 5.67), p<0.05]. The postoperative hydrocephalus rates were significant higher in the early cranioplasty group [RR=2.67, 95%CI (1.24, 5.73), p<0.05]. Early CP can only reduce the duration of operation, but cannot reduce the complications of patients and even increase the risk of hydrocephalus. More evidence from advanced multi-center studies is needed to provide illumination for the timing selection of CP surgery. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Clinical neurology and neurosurgery 09/2015; 136. DOI:10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.05.031
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    ABSTRACT: Axonal loss is the cause of permanent neurologic disability in patients with MS. There are a lot of candidates to be a surrogate biological marker of the axonal loss in MS including tau protein. In the present study, we aimed to assess the levels of the tau protein in patients with MS, and in neurologically healthy controls. We included 41 patients with MS (32 RRMS, 9 SPMS) in this study. All the patients with MS were in an attack period. Control group was consist of 18 neurologically healty patients who underwent spinal anesthesia for orthopedic operations. The CSF tau protein level was measured by double antibody sandwich ELİSA. The patients with RRMS had a higher tau protein level than the patients with SPMS and the control group. The patients with SPMS had a lower tau protein level than the control group. High levels of tau protein in the CSF of RRMS patients in an attack period may indicate ongoing axonal transection owing to inflammation. Due to the brain atrophy, the patients with SPMS have less neurons to produce tau protein. The low levels of tau protein in the CSF of SPMS patients may denote axonal degeneration. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Clinical neurology and neurosurgery 09/2015; 136. DOI:10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.05.030
  • Clinical neurology and neurosurgery 09/2015; 139:95. DOI:10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.09.008
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) in the elderly may result in a progressive narrowing of the spinal canal leading to compression of nerve roots in some individuals. The aim of this study was to evaluate the quality of life changes after minimally invasive decompression surgery without instrumentation in geriatric patients with lumbar spinal stenosis. Patients and methods: This prospective clinical study included 37 patients with American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) II-III scores between the ages of 65 and 86 years, who were planned to undergo surgical intervention due to LSS. All patients had neurogenic claudication and pain in the hips, thighs, and legs. Measurements of the osseous spinal canal were evaluated by magnetic resonance imaging. Before the surgical intervention, patient demographics and clinical characteristics were recorded. The Short-Form-36 test, the Oswestry Disability Index, and the Visual Analog Scale were applied to all patients preoperatively and two years postoperatively. Results: In the study population, 11 patients had single level of spinal stenosis, 20 patients had two levels of spinal stenosis, and six patients had three levels of spinal stenosis. There were significant differences between the preoperative and postoperative ODI and VAS scores. There was a statistically significant difference in all subscales of the SF-36 test with the exception of general health scores. Three patients who had dural damage during the operation were treated with bio glue. Also, no patients were recorded to have any neurological deficits and root injuries postoperatively. Conclusion: Minimally invasive decompression surgery, without instrumentation, for lumbar spinal stenosis in geriatric patients significantly improves the patients' quality of life.
    Clinical neurology and neurosurgery 09/2015; 139:86-90. DOI:10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.09.009
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Patients with lumbar stenosis profit substantially from decompressive surgery. The change of body position and walking behaviour after successful surgery might lead to changed force effects on the entire spine and on the sacroiliac joint (SIJ). We analyzed the incidence of postoperative SIJ-related pain. Methods: The authors analyzed the records of 100 consecutive patients from three institutions, who underwent decompressive surgery without instrumentation. The diagnosis of SIJ-related pain was confirmed by periarticular infiltration. The radiological changes of the sacroiliac joint were assessed in plain radiographs in both groups: patients with SIJ pain (group 1) and patients without SIJ pain (group 2) after surgery. Results: 22 patients required medical attention due to SIJ-related pain after surgery. While the walking distance increased substantially in both groups without difference (p=0.150), the analysis of overall satisfaction favoured group 2 (p=0.047). Female patients suffered more from SIJ pain after surgery (p=0.036). Age, severity of radiological changes or number of operated segments appeared not to trigger SIJ-related pain. Conclusion: The adaptation of a changed body posture and gait could lead to transient overload of the SIJ and surrounding myofascial structures. The patients should be informed about this possible condition to avoid uncertainty, discontent, unnecessary diagnostics and to induce a quick, specific treatment. Non-diagnosed sacroiliac joint-related pain could be a possible, but reversible reason for the diagnosis of a "failed-back-surgery".
    Clinical neurology and neurosurgery 09/2015; 139:81-85. DOI:10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.09.007