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Publications (2)1.74 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Object Superior cluneal nerve (SCN) entrapment neuropathy is a poorly understood clinical entity that can produce low-back pain. The authors report a less-invasive surgical treatment for SCN entrapment neuropathy that can be performed with local anesthesia. Methods From November 2010 through November 2011, the authors performed surgery in 34 patients (age range 18-83 years; mean 64 years) with SCN entrapment neuropathy. The entrapment was unilateral in 13 patients and bilateral in 21. The mean postoperative follow-up period was 10 months (range 6-18 months). After the site was blocked with local anesthesia, the thoracolumbar fascia of the orifice was dissected with microscissors in a distal-to-rostral direction along the SCN to release the entrapped nerve. Results were evaluated according to Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) and Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ) scores. Results In all 34 patients, the SCN penetrated the orifice of the thoracolumbar fascia and could be released by dissection of the fascia. There were no intraoperative surgery-related complications. For all patients, surgery was effective; JOA and RMDQ scores indicated significant improvement (p < 0.05). Conclusions For patients with low-back pain, SCN entrapment neuropathy must be considered as a causative factor. Treatment by less-invasive surgery, with local anesthesia, yielded excellent clinical outcomes.
    Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 04/2013; · 1.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A 74-year-old male complained of lower back pain, paresthesia of the bilateral feet and urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence manifested at rest and worsened with walking. He had a history of surgery for prostatic cancer. Lumbar magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrated lumbar canal stenosis at the L4/5 level. The investigations including a cystometrogram manifested an overactive bladder caused by lumbar canal stenosis. His clinical symptoms were unresponsive to conservative treatment and posterior decompression at the L4/5 level was performed surgically to treat lumbar canal stenosis. Postoperatively, his symptoms were relieved. Overactive bladder presenting urinary incontinence that deteriorates with walking due to lumbar canal stenosis is suspected of being caused by circulatory disturbance of the cauda equine or conus medullaris. Emergency treatment including surgery is required for urinary retention in patients with lumbar canal stenosis; however, some degree of urinary disturbance may persist even after prompt and adequate surgery. Overactive bladder such as the present case should be considered as a possible symptom of lumbar canal stenosis, and surgical treatment for lumbar canal stenosis may be considered in the 'overactive bladder' stage before urinary retention begins, if the patient does not respond to conservative treatment.
    No shinkei geka. Neurological surgery 10/2011; 39(10):983-8. · 0.13 Impact Factor