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NEWS

January/06/2007

Surgical treatment in paraplegia survey:

Cross-anastamosis in paraplegia below D9 started to give results. The last documented case operated 1 year ago in a patient from Israel came to the clinic 3 weeks ago. ECS and EMG performed showed that there is starting innervation of Th 11 and 12. The patient's lower limbs muscles became bulky and he could contract the lower abdominal muscles and some movements in the pelvic girdle. Crude sensation descended down to the inguinal level both sides. If you are more interested in this topic, click here! 

March/08/2007

Tuberculosis of the spine

In the last 2 years the incidence of tuberculosis of the spinal column is becoming more frequent and having different clinico-morphologic picture. This phenomenon is alarming sign as the residual of the use of dirty bombs and several radioactive materials in the surrounding dirty wars in the region. For demonstration click here! and here!

20-AUGUST-2007

SIEMENS Digital C-arm is implemented and functioning in the Shmaisani hospital.

30-AUGUST-2007

The Inomed ISIS Highline neurophysiologic navigation system start to work at the operating room.

28-November-2013

Magnetom Skyra 3 tesla with all clinical applications start to run.

 

 
 
 
 

09.  29-OCTOBER-2007  NASER MAHMOUD AL-HAMAWY  39 YEARS  SECOND RECURRENCE OF CONUS MEDULLARIS DERMOID CYST WITH FAILED SACRAL FUNCTIONS.

 

 
 

Anamnesis

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The patient came to the clinic 17-May-2007 complaining of LBP with difficulty to walk and failed sacral functions. 

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The patient was operated 1986 for cyst at T12-L1 level, but dripping of urine took place. The patient was reoperated 2003 after further deterioration with numb both legs, more the right.

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The patient claim that the last 2 months got deterioration with inability to climb a stair.

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MRI performed 14-February-2007 showing huge recurrence of the lesion

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On examination: SLRS was 30 degrees in both sides due to weakness with KJ negative in the left and absent both AJ. He has hypalgesia for pin-brick 15 cm above the umbilicus right side and at the level of the knee in the left leg. The right quadriceps was 3/5 and the left was 4/5 with adduction both knees 2/3 and adduction 3/5 both sides. Planter and dorsiflexion both feet were 3/5 more prominent in the right with slight atrophy of the right foreleg. There was no control upon defecation and micturition.

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Using ISIS Inomed Highline IOM with lumbar tumor scenario, it was detected that the FSR3 and MEP and SEP were unable to obtain readings for the anal sphincteric activity, nor the dorsal branches of the penis were able to be detected. Mr. Dietmar Benz the Dipl. ing of Medizintechnick of Inomed was performing the IOM. Even the BCR was unable to obtain. The other parameters were acceptable and with best results emerging from the right tibialis.

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The dura was full of scar and the upper border of the lesion was attacked. Under the guidance of the bipolar stimulation, longitudinal incision was performed over the upper pole of the lesion. Around 10 mm longitudinal incision was made to evacuate and remove the pearl-like material of the epidermoid. Further loculations of the epidermoid were sought and removed. Stimulation of the running roots showed slight improvement of the curves with decrease of latency and increase of the amplitude.

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Investigation of the sacral functions after the completion of the tumor removal did not show any signs of recovery.

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Meticulous cleaning of the spaces and the scarous arachnoids around the roots ruled out presence of any remnant of the tumor.  

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Water-tight closure of the dura and the wound.

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Smooth postoperative recovery, with improvement of the power of both feet.

Comments:

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It is the third operation for the same level with scars masking the normal anatomy. Without the guidance of the IOM it was impossible to know what exactly the importance of the abnormally localized neural structures.

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It was evident that the motor functions of L-2-3-4 and L5 were showing improvement in the records, because of the decompression.

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It was sad that the BCR, anal-M-wave, MEP and SEP after pudendal stimulation and the D-wave did not show any signs of the sacral functions before and after the surgery.

 
     
 

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