Shinichi Yoshiya

Hyogo College of Medicine, Nishinomiya, Hyōgo, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: Aims Navicular fracture is still challenging disorder to treat because there is a risk of nonunion, avascular necrosis and symptomatic osteoarthritis. Patients (Methods and results) A 40-year-old woman with an ununited fracture of the tarsal navicular bone was treated with localized naviculocuneiform arthrodesis (arthrodesis of the navicular, the middle cuneiform, and the lateral cuneiform). Fusion with the navicular, the middle cuneiform, and the lateral cuneiform as well as union of fracture of the navicular was confirmed on the radiographs. Conclusion Localized naviculocuneiform arthrodesis using a locked plating system is one of the options to treat nonunion of the navicular bone.
    Journal of Orthopaedics. 12/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Object Laminoplasty is the preferred operation for most patients with cervical myelopathy due to multilevel ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL). Recent studies have demonstrated several significant risk factors for poor clinical outcomes after laminoplasty, including older age, lower preoperative Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) score, postoperative change in cervical alignment, cervical kyphosis, and high occupying ratio of the OPLL (that is, the ratio of the greatest anteroposterior thickness of the OPLL to the anteroposterior diameter of the spinal canal at the same level on a lateral image). However, the impact of dynamic factors on clinical outcomes is unclear. The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of dynamic factors on the clinical outcome after laminoplasty for cervical myelopathy due to OPLL. Methods A consecutive series of patients who underwent laminoplasty for cervical myelopathy due to OPLL between 2003 and 2009 was retrospectively reviewed. The indication for laminoplasty at the authors' hospital included preoperative straight or lordotic alignment of the cervical spine and an occupying ratio of OPLL less than 60%. The JOA score and recovery rate were used to evaluate clinical outcomes. A poor clinical outcome was defined as a recovery rate of less than 50%. Patient factors examined along with outcome included age, preoperative JOA score, preoperative somatosensory evoked potentials, preoperative motor evoked potentials, body mass index, and presence of high intensity on MRI. Radiographic measures included the preoperative C2-7 lordotic angle, preoperative C2-7 range of motion (ROM), preoperative segmental ROM at the level of myelopathy, and the occupying ratio of OPLL. Results There were 45 patients (33 males and 12 females). The mean follow-up period was 4 years (range 2-6.8 years). The mean patient age was 66.9 years (range 50-85 years). The mean JOA score significantly increased from 9.1 before surgery to 13.1 at the final follow-up. The mean recovery rate was 51.2%. Nineteen patients (42%) had a recovery rate of less than 50%. Patient factors were not associated with surgical outcomes. Only the preoperative C2-7 ROM was significantly greater in the poor surgical outcome group (23.1° vs 14.1°). Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis showed that the optimal preoperative C2-7 ROM cutoff was 20°. Logistic regression analysis revealed that patients with a preoperative C2-7 ROM of greater than 20° had a 4.6 times higher risk (p = 0.021) of a poor clinical outcome, indicating that dynamic factors may have an impact on the surgical outcome of laminoplasty. Conclusions Fusion surgery may be a useful strategy in patients with preoperative hypermobility of the cervical spine.
    Journal of Neurosurgery Spine 10/2014; · 2.36 Impact Factor
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    Hiroshi Nakayama, Shinichi Yoshiya
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    ABSTRACT: Chondral fracture of the knee is relatively rare and the optimal treatment option for this injury is still controversial. In this report, we present the case of a patient with this injury who was treated surgically using the bone peg fixation procedure. There has been no literature reporting the use of this technique for fixation of a detached chondral fragment.
    Journal of Medical Case Reports 09/2014; 8(1):316.
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    ABSTRACT: The authors report a case of adhesive arachnoiditis (AA) and arachnoid cyst successfully treated by subarachnoid to subarachnoid bypass (S-S bypass). Arachnoid cysts or syringes sometimes compress the spinal cord and cause compressive myelopathy that requires surgical treatment. However, surgical treatment for AA is challenging. A 57-year-old woman developed leg pain and gait disturbance. A dorsal arachnoid cyst compressed the spinal cord at T7-9, the spinal cord was swollen, and a small syrinx was present at T9-10. An S-S bypass was performed from T6-7 to T11-12. The patient's gait disturbance resolved immediately after surgery. Two years later, a small arachnoid cyst developed. However, there was no neurological deterioration. The myelopathy associated with thoracic spinal AA, subarachnoid cyst, and syrinx improved after S-S bypass.
    Journal of Neurosurgery Spine 08/2014; · 2.36 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Soft tissues of the shoulder undergoes substantial stresses due to humeral head movement, and this may contribute to throwing shoulder injuries in baseball pitchers. Prevention and management of throwing shoulder injuries critically rely on reduction of shear force at the shoulder joint. However, the amount and direction of the force applied to the shoulder during the throwing motion have not been clarified. The purpose of this study was to analyze forces applied to the shoulder during a baseball pitch.
    Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery / American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons ... [et al.] 06/2014; · 1.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We report a rare case of posterior interosseous nerve (PIN) paralysis in a tennis player. The PIN, a 2 cm section from a bifurcation point of the radial nerve, presented increased stiffness in the surgical findings and treated with free sural nerve grafting after excision of the degenerative portion of the PIN. We speculate that PIN paralysis associated with hourglass-like constriction can be caused and exacerbated by repetitive forearm pronation and supination in playing tennis.
    Journal of Orthopaedics. 06/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Periosteal chondrosarcoma is an extremely rare low-grade malignant cartilaginous tumor arising from the external bone surface. Diagnosis of periosteal chondrosarcomas may be challenging, since this condition closely resembles periosteal chondromas. It has been reported that positron emission tomography (PET) is useful in distinguishing benign from malignant cartilaginous tumors using a maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) cut-off of 2.0 or 2.3. This report presents the case of a 40-year-old female with an 18-month history of a tender mass in the left distal femur. Radiological findings demonstrated periosteal buttressing. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a chondrogenic tumor of 3 cm in size developing from the external bone surface. It was difficult to differentiate periosteal chondrosarcoma from periosteal chondroma on the basis of size and the radiological and MRI findings. PET/computed tomography (CT) revealed abnormal linear uptake with an SUVmax of 2.7, indicating a malignant tumor. A diagnosis of periosteal chondrosarcoma was made, and wide resection was performed. Tumor histology was consistent with grade II chondrosarcoma. PET/CT is thus useful in differentiating periosteal chondrosarcoma from periosteal chondroma.
    Oncology letters 06/2014; 7(6):1826-1828. · 0.99 Impact Factor
  • Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery / American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons ... [et al.] 04/2014; 23(4):e88-90. · 1.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We report the case of a patient exhibiting the snapping phenomenon during flexion/extension motion caused by the gracilis tendon flipping over the posteromedial corner of the medial femoral condyle. A 30-year-old woman presented with a 2-year history of pain accompanied by snapping over the medial aspect of the left knee. Snapping was observed at the posteromedial corner of the medial femoral condyle at around 30° of flexion during active and passive flexion/extension. Imaging examination, including radiography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography, revealed no abnormalities. Considering the persistent discomfort and disability associated with the snapping, surgery was indicated. During surgery, the gracilis tendon was observed to move over the posterior edge of the medial femoral condyle during flexion/extension of the knee. The gracilis tendon was transected and the proximal cut end was sutured to the neighboring semitendinosus tendon in a proximally retracted position. After the surgery, the snapping symptom was resolved. We hypothesized that the anteriorly deviated location of the gracilis tendon in relation to the medial femoral condyle was a causative factor for the snapping phenomenon in this patient. In order to investigate whether the gracilis tendon of this patient passes along the aberrant route, the location of the gracilis tendon in our patient population with knee injuries (26 patients) was examined on axial MRI. In this study population, the gracilis tendon was located posterior to the medial femoral condyle in 21 of the 26 knees (81%), and at the posteromedial corner of the medial femoral condyle in 5 of the 26 knees (19%). However, passage of the gracilis tendon anterior to the posterior edge of the medial femoral condyle was not observed in any of the cases in this population. Based on this investigation, the aberrant route of the gracilis tendon was thought to be a primary factor for snapping observed in this patient.
    Asia-Pacific Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation and Technology. 04/2014; 1(2):77–80.
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    ABSTRACT: Major vascular injury is one of the most devastating complications in total hip arthroplasty (THA). Risk for intraoperative vascular injury is increased when the normal vascular anatomy is distorted by previous surgery or dislocation with displacement. Therefore, an appreciation of the vascular anatomy in relation to the anticipated surgical field is critical to avoid this complication during preoperative assessment for a complicated THA. Preoperative three-dimensional (3D) CT angiography was performed for 24 complicated THAs when altered vascular anatomy around the acetabulum was suspected. When assessing the CT images, the presence of apparent proliferation of vessels close to the original acetabulum as well as a distance of <10 mm from the artery to the acetabulum was deemed a potential risk factor for intraoperative vascular injury. Additionally, the relationships of clinical characteristics and the presence of these risk factors were analyzed to identify the patient population at risk. The incidence of proliferation of collateral vessels was higher in patient groups with proximal femoral migration of 5 cm or more and multiple previous surgeries prior to the index THA. Moreover, in three ankylosed hips, lateral deviation of the main vascular trunk with an artery-acetabulum distance of <10 mm was identified in all cases. Preoperative 3D-CT angiography in cases of complicated THA revealed altered vascular anatomy which may increase the risk for intraoperative vascular injuries. Patient characteristics related to the risk for this complication were marked proximal femoral migration, multiple previous surgeries, and hip ankylosis. Preoperative image examination of the vascular anatomy is thought to help reduce the risk of inadvertent vascular injury in these complicated THA cases.
    Journal of Orthopaedic Science 02/2014; · 1.01 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Thirty-six patients who underwent primary unilateral total hip arthroplasty (THA) were randomly allocated to 4 groups with different pain control protocols; continuous femoral nerve block (FNB group), single-shot caudal epidural block with morphine (EB group), intravenous patient-controlled analgesia with fentanyl (IV-PCA group), and systemic administration of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs group). Postoperative pain was assessed using the numerical rating scale (NRS) scores and the analgesic effect was compared among the groups. The NRS upon arrival at the recovery room and 6 hours after surgery in the FNB, EB, and IV-PCA groups were significantly lower than that in the NSAIDs group. The amount of additional analgesics requested by the patient was smaller in the FNB, EB, and IV-PCA groups as compared to the NSAIDs group. Regarding the complications related to the analgesia, 5 of the 9 patients in the IV-PCA group complained nausea and vomiting and received antiemetic drugs. Delay in the rehabilitation process due to drowsiness was encountered in 3 patients in this group, while no patient in the FNB and EB groups suffered from delayed rehabilitation. Considering both the analgesic effect and the potential risk of complications, continuous femoral nerve blocks and caudal epidural blocks for are recommended for postoperative pain control after THA procedure.
    Orthopedic Reviews 01/2014; 6(1):5138.
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    ABSTRACT: Background Soft tissues of the shoulder undergoes substantial stresses due to humeral head movement, and this may contribute to throwing shoulder injuries in baseball pitchers. Prevention and management of throwing shoulder injuries critically rely on reduction of shear force at the shoulder joint. However, the amount and direction of the force applied to the shoulder during the throwing motion have not been clarified. The purpose of this study was to analyze forces applied to the shoulder during a baseball pitch. Methods We performed biomechanical analysis of 213 baseball pitchers of various ages and skill levels. Throwing motion was analyzed with a 3-dimensional motion capture system. The Euler angle sequence was adopted to describe angular values of the upper arm relative to the trunk for shoulder rotation, and inverse dynamics was used to estimate the resultant joint forces at the shoulder. Results There was a significant relation between horizontal abduction/adduction angle and resultant anterior/posterior force at the point of maximum external rotation (MER) (r = −0.63, P < .01), whereby increased horizontal abduction was associated with increased resultant anterior force. There was a significant but weak correlation between abduction/adduction angle and superior/inferior force at MER (r = 0.24, P < .01). Comparison among the groups with variable ages and skill levels showed larger horizontal abduction and smaller external rotation angles at MER in the adult amateur player group, whereas normalized compression force and internal rotation torque values at MER were smaller in the junior high school– and elementary school–aged groups. Discussion These results suggest that excessive horizontal abduction at MER increases anterior shear force in the shoulder and may lead to shoulder injuries. Focusing on reducing horizontal abduction at MER in the throwing motion may be key to preventing and managing shoulder injuries in baseball pitchers.
    Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 01/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: In management of patients with pyogenic vertebral osteomyelitis, organism isolation by biopsy is generally considered to be of primary importance when constructing a treatment plan. In our clinical practice, however, patients can be successfully treated even without identifying the organisms. The objective of this study is to review our clinical experiences and clarify the therapeutic impact of organism isolation. Forty patients who were conservatively managed in our institution constituted the base of this study. The average follow-up period was 16.7 months. Among the study subjects, 13 patients underwent percutaneous needle biopsy and the organism was identified in 6 patients. Additionally, the organism was isolated from the sample obtained from blood and possible foci in 10 patients. In total, the causative organism was identified in 15 of the 40 patients (37.5%). Patients were divided into two groups based on whether the organism was identified by culture (Groups A and B, with and without organism isolation respectively). The duration of antibiotic therapy was not significantly different between the groups (Group A: 4.8 ± 1.6 months, Group B: 4.3 ± 2.1 months), while subsequent mortalities in Group A and B were 13.3% and 8% without significant intergroup difference. Organism isolation did not productively help select the effective antibiotics and reduce the treatment period or mortality rate in treatment of patients with pyogenic vertebral osteomyelitis. Therefore, current strategic antibiotic therapy may be effective in eradicating infection even without identification of the causative organism in treatment of patients with pyogenic vertebral osteomyelitis.
    SpringerPlus 01/2014; 3:62.
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    ABSTRACT: An 18-year-old college basketball player presented with continued ankle pain. A radiographic examination showed bilateral medial malleolus stress fractures. Considering the prolonged history and refractory nature of this injury, surgery was adopted as a treatment option. At surgery, the fracture site was percutaneously fixed using two cannulated double threaded screws. Surgery for each side was sequentially performed two months apart. Prompt bony healing was attained after surgery, and the patient could return to his previous sports level six months after the first surgery without subsequent recurrence.
    Case reports in orthopedics. 01/2014; 2014:729035.
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    Hiroshi Nakayama, Motoi Yamaguchi, Shinichi Yoshiya
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to examine tunnel length and incidence of posterior wall breakage during drilling of the femoral anteromedial (AM) tunnel in anatomic anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and compare those results between inside-out (transportal) and outside-in techniques. The study population comprised 68 patients (30 females and 38 males) with a mean age at surgery of 24.1 years (range, 14–45 years). In the reconstructive procedure, the femoral AM bone tunnel was drilled inside-out through the anteromedial portal in 32 knees, while the outside-in technique was employed in the remaining 36 knees. The intra-articular aperture of the femoral AM tunnel was located behind the resident's ridge in all knees as assessed by the postoperative computed tomography (CT) image. Length of the bony tunnel was measured with the depth gauge intraoperatively, while incidence of the posterior bony wall breakage (blowout) was assessed on the postoperative CT image. Thereafter, the obtained results were compared between the groups (transportal inside-out drilling vs. outside-in drilling). Knee stability was assessed at 12 months using a KT arthrometer. The mean length of the femoral AM tunnel in the inside-out group (32.2 ± 4.7 mm) was significantly shorter than that in the outside-in group (36.3 ± 4.6 mm). In the inside-out groups, posterior wall breakage was encountered in one patient (3.6%), and a lack of the tunnel length precluded the use of the EndoButton CL in three patients (10.7%). By contrast, no such complication was encountered in the outside-in group. No significant difference in knee stability was detected between the groups. During the femoral AM tunnel drilling in the current anatomic ACL reconstruction, the potential risks for the problems such as short tunnel length and posterior wall breakage were higher in the transportal inside-out drilling than the outside-in procedure. Adoption of the outside-in technique can reduce the risk of complications associated with femoral drilling. Level of evidence Level IV, case series.
    Asia-Pacific Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation and Technology. 01/2014; 1(1):26–30.
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    ABSTRACT: The causative organism of vertebral osteomyelitis (VO) was almost exclusively Staphylococcus aureus. The purpose of this study was to delineate the differences in clinical features and outcomes between patients with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) VO. This study retrospectively reviewed 85 consecutive patients with VO treated between 2005 and 2011. Surgical site infections were excluded. Diagnosis was made by cultures of either blood or biopsied samples. We identified 16 cases of MRSA VO and 14 cases of MSSA VO. The average follow-up period was 18.5 months. Clinical features and outcomes were analyzed. Males were more likely to have MRSA VO than MSSA VO (87.5% vs. 35.7%). In regards to the number of co-morbidities, patients with MRSA VO had significantly more co-mobidities than patients with MSSA VO. Additionally, the rate of patients who underwent surgical procedure (excluding spinal surgeries in the affected region) within 3 months were significantly higher in the MRSA VO group than the MSSA VO group (56.3% vs. 14.3%). White blood cell counts and C-reactive protein levels in patients with both strains significantly improved 4 weeks after the initial treatment compared with the pretreatment values. The recurrence rate within 6 months tended to be higher for MRSA VO (37.5% vs. 7.1%), but no significant difference in mortality was observed between the two VO types. In conclusion, male sex, multiple co-morbidities and previous non-spine surgery were significant risk factors for VO due to MRSA as compared to MSSA. The recurrence rate within 6 months tended to be higher for MRSA VO. Patients with MRSA VO should be monitored carefully for recurrence by sequential clinical, radiographic, and laboratory examinations during the treatment course.
    SpringerPlus 12/2013; 2(1):283.
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    ABSTRACT: Object Although lateral mass screw fixation for the cervical spine is a safe technique, lateral mass fracture during screw fixation is occasionally encountered intraoperatively. This event is regarded as a minor complication; however, it poses difficulties in management that may affect fixation stability and clinical outcome. The purpose of this study is to determine the incidence and etiology of lateral mass fractures during cervical lateral mass screw fixation. Methods A retrospective clinical review of patient records was performed in 117 consecutive patients (mean age 57 years, range 15-86 years) who underwent lateral mass screw fixation using a modified Magerl method from 1997 to 2010 at a single institution. A total of 555 lateral masses were included in this study. The outer diameters of the screws were 3.5 or 4.0 mm. In the retrospective clinical analysis, the incidence of intraoperative lateral mass fractures was reviewed. Potential risk factors for this complication were assessed using multivariate analysis. Results The incidence of lateral mass fractures during cervical lateral mass screw fixation was 4.7% (26 lateral masses) among all cases. Among the disorders, the incidence was highest in patients with destructive spondyloarthropathy (DSA) (18.8%, 12 lateral masses). There was no significant difference with respect to lateral mass fracture between the use of 4.0-mm screws (5.6%) and 3.5-mm screws (3.6%). Independent risk factors identified by logistic regression were DSA (OR 7.89, p < 0.001) and screw insertion in the C-6 lateral masses (OR 2.80, p = 0.018). Conclusions The overall incidence of lateral mass fracture during cervical lateral mass screw fixation was 4.7%. Destructive spondyloarthropathy as an underlying cause of morbidity and screw placement in the C-6 lateral mass were identified as independent risk factors. Use of a 4.0-mm screw in patients with DSA may be a principal risk factor for this complication.
    Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 11/2013; · 1.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Object Postoperative C-5 palsy is known as a common complication after cervical laminoplasty. The authors of this article have encountered postoperative C-5 palsy more often when laminoplasty was combined with instrumented posterior spinal fusion than when it was performed alone. The purpose of this clinical study was to examine the incidence of fifth cervical nerve root palsy (C-5 palsy) and surgical results in patients with cervical myelopathy who had undergone laminoplasty with or without instrumented spinal fusion. Methods The authors retrospectively studied patients with cervical myelopathy who had undergone laminoplasty with or without instrumented posterior spinal fusion. Results Clinical data on 58 patients were evaluated and analyzed. Preoperative diagnoses were cervical spondylotic myelopathy or ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament of the cervical spine. Twenty-four patients with spondylolisthesis or kyphosis underwent laminoplasty combined with posterior spinal fusion using instrumented lateral mass fixation (fusion group), while the remaining 34 patients underwent laminoplasty without posterior spinal fusion (no-fusion group). In the fusion group, C-5 palsy developed in 6 patients; in the no-fusion group, it occurred in only 1 patient. There was a significant difference in the rate of this complication between the 2 groups. In the fusion group, local kyphosis and spondylolisthesis level were reduced at the fusion level, and all patients with C-5 palsy underwent C4-5 spinal fusion. Conclusions The incidence of postoperative C-5 palsy is significantly higher after laminoplasty when it is combined with spinal fusion. Correction of kyphosis and spondylolisthesis using posterior instrumentation may be a risk factor for iatrogenic intervertebral foraminal stenosis leading to C-5 palsy.
    Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 10/2013; · 1.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Postoperative spinal cord herniation with pseudomeningocele is a rare disease, with only five cases reported before the present study. To describe the clinical features and radiologic findings of postoperative spinal cord herniation with pseudomeningocele. Case report. A case of a 51-year-old man who suffered from postoperative spinal cord herniation with pseudomeningocele was reported, and previous reports on this subject are reviewed. He had undergone excision of a spinal cord tumor in the cervical spine 10 years previously. He had progressive paraparesis and urinary disturbance 10 years later. The Computed Tomography Multi Planner Reconstruction myelogram showed dilation of the ventral subarachnoid space with left deviation of the spinal cord into the pseudomeningocele at C7. On observation at surgery, the spinal cord appeared displaced dorsally and herniated through the defect of the dorsal dura mater. The spinal cord was tightly adhesive around the dural defect. We released the adhesion of the spinal cord and the dural defect under the spinal cord, and the dural defect was repaired using an artificial dura mater. The release of adhesion around dural defect and repair of dural defect under spinal cord monitoring resulted in a satisfactory neurologic recovery. Surgical repair of the dural defect with a dural substitute was necessary.
    The spine journal: official journal of the North American Spine Society 08/2013; 13(10). · 2.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Proximal femoral fractures are common in elderly patients. Recently, use of regional blockade has gained popularity as a means of relieving pain among this patient population. Among the procedures, fascia iliaca compartment block (FICB) is believed to be advantageous because of its safety and efficacy. METHODS: In this study fifty-six consecutive patients who sustained a proximal femoral fracture were assigned to two groups. For 31 patients in group 1, FICB was used to control pre and postoperative pain. FICB was performed by an orthopaedic resident on arrival of the patient at the hospital and in the immediate postoperative period. Systemic administration of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) alone was adopted for pain control for 25 patients in group 2. The severity of pain was assessed by use of a visual analog scale (VAS). RESULTS: Neither blockade-associated complications nor analgesic failure were encountered among patients who underwent FICB (group 1). In this group of patients, the mean preoperative VAS scores before FICB and at 10 min and 12 h after the blockade were 91, 31, and 36 respectively, indicating significant pain reduction. The corresponding values for group 2 patients were 92, 92, and 81. In addition, postoperative pain was also successfully managed by FICB with mean VAS scores at immediate, 6-h and 12-h time points of 15, 22, and 31 respectively, whereas the corresponding values for the group 2 patients were 62, 49, and 59. Consequently, significant differences in VAS scores were demonstrated between the groups in both the pre and postoperative periods. CONCLUSION: FICB is clinically safe and efficient, providing consistent analgesic effects irrespective of the performing doctor's experience of elderly patients with proximal femoral fracture.
    Journal of Orthopaedic Science 06/2013; 18(5). · 1.01 Impact Factor

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  • 2005–2014
    • Hyogo College of Medicine
      • • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
      • • Department of Physiology
      Nishinomiya, Hyōgo, Japan
    • Hyogo Prefectural Amagasaki Hospital
      Amagasaki, Hyōgo, Japan
  • 2007–2010
    • University of Hyogo
      • Graduate School of Engineering
      Akō, Hyogo-ken, Japan
  • 1998–2007
    • Kobe University
      • Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
      Kōbe-shi, Hyogo-ken, Japan
  • 2003–2005
    • Hyogo Prefectural Kakogawa Medical Center
      Ōsaka, Ōsaka, Japan
    • Kobe Rosai Hospital
      Edo, Tōkyō, Japan
  • 2000–2001
    • Meiwa Hospital
      Nishinomiya, Hyōgo, Japan