Jos Th J Tans

Medisch Centrum Haaglanden, 's-Gravenhage, South Holland, Netherlands

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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the interobserver agreement on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) evaluation of herniated discs, spondylotic neuroforaminal stenosis, and root compression in patients with recent onset cervical radiculopathy and in addition, to assess the added value of disclosure of clinical information to interobserver agreement. The MRI images of 82 patients with less than 1 month of symptoms and signs of cervical radiculopathy were evaluated independently by two neuroradiologists who were unaware of clinical findings. MRI analysis was repeated after disclosure of clinical information. Interobserver agreement was calculated using kappa statistics. The kappa score for evaluation of herniated discs and of spondylotic foramen stenosis was 0.59 and 0.63, respectively. A kappa score of 0.67 was found for the presence of root compression. After disclosure of clinical information kappa scores increased slightly: from 0.59 to 0.62 for the detection of herniated discs, from 0.63 to 0.66 for spondylotic foramen stenosis, and from 0.67 to 0.76 for root compression. Interobserver reliability of MRI evaluation in patients with cervical radiculopathy was substantial for root compression, with or without clinical information. Agreement on the cause of the compression, i.e., herniated disc or spondylotic foraminal stenosis, was lower.
    Clinical radiology 01/2011; 66(1):25-9. · 1.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the occurrence of symptomatic and asymptomatic root compression caused by herniated discs and spondylotic foraminal stenosis by MRI in patients with recent onset cervical radiculopathy. 78 patients with symptoms and signs of cervical radiculopathy of less than one month's duration. The authors determined the clinically suspected level of root compression in each patient. Two neuroradiologists independently evaluated MRIs, blinded for the clinical findings. For each patient, the level of root compression on MRI was compared with the clinically affected level. The authors also examined the cause of compression: herniated disc, spondylotic foraminal stenosis or both. In 73% of patients, the clinically affected root was compressed on MRI. In 45%, MRI showed root compression without clinical substrate together with, or to a lesser extent without, the coexistence of compression of the clinically affected root. MRIs were assessed as normal in 13-15% of cases, and in 9-10% only asymptomatic roots were compressed. Herniated discs without spondylosis were more often responsible for root compressions only at the clinically affected level and spondylotic foraminal stenosis for multiple root compression including compression of clinically unaffected roots. MRI findings in patients with cervical radiculopathy should be interpreted together with the clinical findings, as false-positive and false-negative MRIs occur rather frequently.
    Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry 11/2010; 82(5):561-3. · 4.87 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective To evaluate the effectiveness of treatment with collar or physiotherapy compared with a wait and see policy in recent onset cervical radiculopathy.Design Randomised controlled trial.Setting Neurology outpatient clinics in three Dutch hospitals.Participants 205 patients with symptoms and signs of cervical radiculopathy of less than one month’s durationInterventions Treatment with a semi-hard collar and taking rest for three to six weeks; 12 twice weekly sessions of physiotherapy and home exercises for six weeks; or continuation of daily activities as much as possible without specific treatment (control group).Main outcome measures Time course of changes in pain scores for arm and neck pain on a 100 mm visual analogue scale and in the neck disability index during the first six weeks.Results In the wait and see group, arm pain diminished by 3 mm/week on the visual analogue scale (β=−3.1 mm, 95% confidence interval −4.0 to −2.2 mm) and by 19 mm in total over six weeks. Patients who were treated with cervical collar or physiotherapy achieved additional pain reduction (collar: β=−1.9 mm, −3.3 to −0.5 mm; physiotherapy: β=−1.9, −3.3 to −0.8), resulting in an extra pain reduction compared with the control group of 12 mm after six weeks. In the wait and see group, neck pain did not decrease significantly in the first six weeks (β=−0.9 mm, −2.0 to 0.3). Treatment with the collar resulted in a weekly reduction on the visual analogue scale of 2.8 mm (−4.2 to −1.3), amounting to 17 mm in six weeks, whereas physiotherapy gave a weekly reduction of 2.4 mm (−3.9 to −0.8) resulting in a decrease of 14 mm after six weeks. Compared with a wait and see policy, the neck disability index showed a significant change with the use of the collar and rest (β=−0.9 mm, −1.6 to −0.1) and a non-significant effect with physiotherapy and home exercises.Conclusion A semi-hard cervical collar and rest for three to six weeks or physiotherapy accompanied by home exercises for six weeks reduced neck and arm pain substantially compared with a wait and see policy in the early phase of cervical radiculopathy.Trial registration Clinical trials NCT00129714.
    BMJ: British medical journal 10/2009; 339:b3883. · 9.72 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Degenerative cervical radiculopathy: clinical diagnosis and conservative treatment. A review. To provide a state-of-the-art assessment of diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of degenerative cervical radiculopathy a literature search for studies on epidemiology, diagnosis including electrophysiological examination and imaging studies, and different types of conservative treatment was undertaken. The most common causes of cervical root compression are spondylarthrosis and disc herniation. Diagnosis is made mainly on clinical grounds, although there are no well-defined criteria. Provocative tests like the foraminal compression test are widely used but not properly evaluated. The clinical diagnosis of degenerative cervical radiculopathy can be confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging. The role of electromyography is mainly to rule out other conditions. Cervical radiculopathy is initially treated conservatively, although no treatment modality has been evaluated in a randomized controlled trial. Degenerative cervical radiculopathy: diagnosis and conservative treatment. A review.
    European Journal of Neurology 02/2009; 16(1):15-20. · 4.16 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the effectiveness of treatment with collar or physiotherapy compared with a wait and see policy in recent onset cervical radiculopathy. Randomised controlled trial. Neurology outpatient clinics in three Dutch hospitals. 205 patients with symptoms and signs of cervical radiculopathy of less than one month's duration Treatment with a semi-hard collar and taking rest for three to six weeks; 12 twice weekly sessions of physiotherapy and home exercises for six weeks; or continuation of daily activities as much as possible without specific treatment (control group). Time course of changes in pain scores for arm and neck pain on a 100 mm visual analogue scale and in the neck disability index during the first six weeks. In the wait and see group, arm pain diminished by 3 mm/week on the visual analogue scale (beta=-3.1 mm, 95% confidence interval -4.0 to -2.2 mm) and by 19 mm in total over six weeks. Patients who were treated with cervical collar or physiotherapy achieved additional pain reduction (collar: beta=-1.9 mm, -3.3 to -0.5 mm; physiotherapy: beta=-1.9, -3.3 to -0.8), resulting in an extra pain reduction compared with the control group of 12 mm after six weeks. In the wait and see group, neck pain did not decrease significantly in the first six weeks (beta=-0.9 mm, -2.0 to 0.3). Treatment with the collar resulted in a weekly reduction on the visual analogue scale of 2.8 mm (-4.2 to -1.3), amounting to 17 mm in six weeks, whereas physiotherapy gave a weekly reduction of 2.4 mm (-3.9 to -0.8) resulting in a decrease of 14 mm after six weeks. Compared with a wait and see policy, the neck disability index showed a significant change with the use of the collar and rest (beta=-0.9 mm, -1.6 to -0.1) and a non-significant effect with physiotherapy and home exercises. A semi-hard cervical collar and rest for three to six weeks or physiotherapy accompanied by home exercises for six weeks reduced neck and arm pain substantially compared with a wait and see policy in the early phase of cervical radiculopathy. Trial registration Clinical trials NCT00129714.
    BMJ (online) 01/2009; 339:b3883. · 17.22 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: To compare the effectiveness of 3 non-surgical treatment strategies in patients with recent-onset cervical radiculopathy. DESIGN: Randomised controlled trial. METHOD: 205 outpatients with less than 1 month of symptoms and signs of cervical radiculopathy were treated with a semi-hard cervical collar and as much rest as possible for 3-6 weeks, or 12 two-weekly sessions of physiotherapy and home exercises for 6 weeks, or a continuation of daily activities as much as possible without specific treatment (wait-and-see; control treatment). The primary outcome measures were changes in the scores for arm and neck pain on a 100 mm visual analogue scale (VAS) and of the Neck Disability Index (NDI) during the first 6 weeks. Differences in trends between the treatment groups were analysed using generalised estimating equations. RESULTS: In the control group arm pain diminished 3 mm per week on the VAS (19 mm in 6 weeks). Additional pain reduction was achieved with the cervical collar and with physiotherapy: extra reduction of 12 mm in arm pain in 6 weeks compared to the control treatment. In the control group, neck pain did not significantly decrease. Treatment with the cervical collar resulted in a reduction of 2.8 mm per week on the VAS (17 mm in 6 weeks), whereas physiotherapy gave a reduction of 2.4 mm per week (14 mm in 6 weeks). Compared to the control treatment, only treatment with the cervical collar resulted in a significant improvement to the NDI. CONCLUSION: For patients with a recent onset cervical radiculopathy, both treatment with a semi-hard cervical collar and physiotherapy led to a substantial reduction in neck and arm pain in the first 6 weeks compared to a wait-and-see policy.
    Nederlands tijdschrift voor geneeskunde 01/2009; 154(11):A1283.