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Clinical Neuroscience

JANUARY 30, 2015

[Treatment of osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture with PMMA augmented pedicle screw fixation]

PADÁNYI Csaba, MISIK Ferenc, PAPP Zoltán, VITANOVICS Dusan, BALOGH Attila, VERES Róbert, LIPÓTH László, BANCZEROWSKI Péter

[Background - Over the last few decades many innovative operation technique were developed due to the increase of porotic vertebral fractures. These new techniques aim to reach the required stability of the vertebral column. In case of significant instability, spinal canal stenosis or neural compression, decompressive intervention may be necessary, which results in further weakening of the column of the spine, the minimal invasive percutan vertebroplasty is not an adequate method to reach the required stability, that is why insertion of complementary pedicular screws is needed. Considering the limited screw-fixing ability of the porotic bone structure, with this new technique we are able to reach the appropriate stability of cement-augmented pedicle screws by dosing cement carefully through the screws into the vertebral body. We used this technique in our Institute in case of 12 patients and followed up the required stability and the severity of complications. Methods - Fifteen vertebral compression fractures of 12 patients were treated in our Institute. Using the classification proposed by Genant et al. we found that the severity of the vertebral compression was grade 3 in case of 13, while grade 2 in case of two fractures. The average follow up time of the patients was 22 months (12-39), during this period X-ray, CT and clinical control examinations were taken. During the surgery the involved segments were localised by using X-ray and after the exploration the canulated screws were put through the pedicles of the spine and the vertebral body was filled through the transpedicular screws with bone cement. Depending on the grade of the spinal canal stenosis, we made the decompression, vertebroplasty or corpectomy of the fractured vertebral body, and the replacement of the body. Finally the concerned segments were fixed by titanium rods. Results - In all cases the stenosis of spinal canal was resolved and the bone cement injected into the corpus resulted in adequated stability of the spine. In case of six patients we observed cement extravasation without any clinical signs, and by one patient - as a serious complication - pulmonary embolism. Neurological progression or screw loosening were not detected during the follow up period. Part of the patients had residual disability after the surgery due to their older ages and the problem of their rehabilitation process. Conclusion - After the right consideration of indications, age, general health condition and the chance of successful rehabilitation, the technique appears to be safe for the patients. With the use of this surgical method, the stability of the spine can be improved compared to the preoperative condition, the spinal canal stenosis can be solved and the neural structures can be decompressed. The severity of complications can be reduced by a precise surgical technique and the careful use of the injected cement. The indication of the surgical method needs to be considered in the light of the expected outcome and the rehabilitation.]

Hypertension and nephrology

DECEMBER 30, 2012

[The improvement of the rate of reaching the target blood pressure and the quality of care of hypertensive patients with applying telemedicine facilities]

KISS István, KÉLES Ede

[The authors summarize the facilities of the telemedicine and telemonitoring system. The methods of telemedicine and their combination with home blood pressure measurement or the help of a nurse or pharmacist are reviewed. In the light of the latest results the authors are led to the conclusion that the intensive spread of using the facilities of telemedicine is necessary in the present-day Hungarian healthcare system. At the same time it is also determined that the methodical and technical potential is not enough to further enhance the efficiency in itself. The personal contact and the possibility of interactive monitoring from distance are definitely crucial for the continuous maintenance of the reached target blood pressure in patients suffering from hypertension and also for the augmentation of patient adherence regarding applying medicine.]

Clinical Neuroscience

MARCH 30, 2012

[The comparative analysis of arterial wall thickness and arterial wall stiffness in smoking and non-smoking students]

LÉRÁNT Brigitta, CHRISTINA Straesser, OLÁH László, KARDOS László, CSIBA László

[Aim - Our aim was to detect the adverse effects of smoking on arterial wall thickness and arterial wall stiffness in young, healthy university students. Question - Does only a few years of smoking result in measurable vascular alterations in healthy young people? Methods - We measured the intima-media thickness (IMT) on both common carotids by means of carotid ultrasound, then we examined the stiffnessparameters of the blood vessels (pulse wave velocity, PWV; augmentation index, Aix) with the help of arteriograph. Subjects - We recruited 25 smoking and 25 non-smoking young volunteers aged 19-33 for our examinations. Exclusion citeria included any known diseases, abnormally high cholesterol levels, BMI value exceeding 30 kg/m2. Only regular smokers were allowed to participate in the smoking group (at least for six months, minimum five cigarettes a day). Results - In case of smokers morphological, hemodinamic and stiffnessparameters showed significantly higher values compared to non-smokers. Mean bilateral IMT was 0.52±0.034 mm in case of smokers, while in non-smokers we measured 0.46±0.036 mm (this difference is significant: p<0.01). PWV and heart rate also showed significantly higher values in smoking group (PWV: p<0.01; heart rate: p<0.05). Unadjusted to age, gender and smoking status there was a significant correlation between IMT and PWV (0.1 mm thicker IMT - 0.6354 m/s faster PWV). Gender differences were found in vascular changes caused by smoking. Conclusion - The adverse effects of smoking on arterial wall thickness and arterial wall stiffness can be seen even at a young age, only after a few years of smoking. Both higher IMT and higher PWV sensitively predict vascular damages.]

Hypertension and nephrology

FEBRUARY 20, 2010

[Pathophysiology, measurement methods and prognostic role of arterial stiffness]

TIMÁR Orsolya, SOLTÉSZ Pál

[In the past decade, a novel property of circulation, arterial stiffness (or decreased arterial distensibility) began to recieve special attention. Three years ago, Hypertonia and Nephrologia has already reviewed the gathered information on the clinical significance of arterial stiffness, described two commonly used stiffness parameters, pulse wave velocity (PWV) and augmentation index (AIx), and assessed the relationship of arterial stiffness and the traditional risk factors. Recently, more and more clinical epidemiological studies provided evidence that the parameters quantifying arterial stiffness are more than innocent side effects of cardiovascular changes, as they can be linked to target organ damage and increased mortality. In the present study, we review the pathomechanism and current methods of measurement of decreased arterial compliance, we summarize the results of recently closed epidemiologic studies and finally, we will briefly discuss possible measures of arterial stiffness treatment.]

Hypertension and nephrology

NOVEMBER 20, 2010

[Focus on central arterial pressure. Beta blockers - one group of agents with different efficacy]

BARNA István

[Not only have beta blockers excellent antihypertensive effect but both in monotherapy and in combination they exert antiarrhythmic and antiischemic efficacy, as well. They are recommended on A level of evidence in the treatment of patients with primary hypertension. Certain beta blockers differ from each other considering their lipid solubility, membrane stabilizing effect and in many other characteristics which difference can be exploited in the treatment. Nebivolol increases the release of nitrogen oxide, it is metabolically neutral and has vasodilating and antioxidant effect. The consequence of the stiffness of the arterial wall is the rise of systolic blood pressure, the diminshed diastolic circulation in the coronary vessels, the increase of the central pulse pressure and the frequent occurrence of cardiovascular diseases. Various antihypertensive agents have different mode of action on central blood pressure and arterial stiffness. Comparing nebivolol/atenolol and nebivolol/bisoprolol, respectively, nebivolol decreased aortic pulse pressure with greater efficacy than other beta blockers. The extent of the reduction of blood pressure was the same in the nebivolol and atenolol group while the augmentation index decreased significantly among the patients receiving nebivolol. In addition to the well known beneficial effects of nebivolol recent studies proved another, yet still unknown and unique characteristic of this agent, i.e. favourable influence on arterial stiffness. It not only improves endothelial dysfunction which has emphasized role on development of atherosclerosis but - independently of its antihypertensive effect - it has favourable action on arterial stiffness, too. These features guarantee a decisive position in the treatment of arterial hypertension.]

Clinical Neuroscience

JULY 20, 2011

[Initial clinical experience with radio-frequency assisted percutaneous vertebral augmentation in the treatment of vertebral compression fractures]

MAROSFŐI Miklós, KULCSÁR Zsolt, BERENTEI Zsolt, GUBUCZ István, SZIKORA István

[Purpose - Percutaenous Vertebroplasty (PVP) is effective in alleviating pain and facilitating early mobilization following vertebral compression fractures. The relatively high risk of extravertebral leakage due to uncontrolled delivery of low viscosity bone cement is an inherent limitation of the technique. The aim of this research is to investigate the ability of controlled cement delivery in decreasing the rate of such complications by applying radiofrequency heating to regulate cement viscosity. Method and material - Thirty two vetebrae were treated in 28 patients as part of an Ethics Committee approved multicenter clinical trial using RadioFreqency assisted Percutaenous Vertebral Augmentation (RF-PVA) technique. This technique is injecting low viscosity polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) bone cement using a pressure controlled hydraulic pump and applying radiofrequency heating to increase cement viscosity prior to entering the vertebral body. All patients were screened for any cement leakage by X-ray and CT scan. The intensity of pain was recorded on a Visual Analog Scale (VAS) and the level of physical activiy on the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) prior to, one day, one month and three months following procedure. Results - All procedures were technically successful. There were no clinical complication, intraspinal or intraforaminal cement leakage. In nine cases (29%) a small amount of PMMA entered the intervertebral space through the broken end plate. Intensity of pain by VAS was reduced from a mean of 7.0 to 2.5 and physical inactivity dropped on the ODI from 52% to 23% three months following treatment. Conclusion - In this small series controlled cement injection using RF-PVA was capable of preventing clinically hazardous extravertebral cement leakage while achieving outcomes similar to that of conventional vertebroplasty.]

LAM KID

JULY 20, 2011

[Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty in the clinical practice]

SZÖLLŐSI Balázs, JAKAB Gábor

[Osteoporosis affects about 600 thousand women and 300 thousand men in Hungary. The fractures give the illness its significance, among them 30-40 thousand vertebral fractures occur annually. One fifth of the patients suffering from vertebral compression fracture (VCF) sustaines an other VCF within a year. The intense pain can not always be controlled under conservative care and an efficient and fast intervention is needed to restore the quality of life of the patients. The cement augmentation (vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty) may help in days. The authors wish to present for the colleagues the details of indication, technical questions of the procedures and their complications based upon the data of numerous operated cases. They emphasize that osteoporotic patients sustained a VCF need complex care and nurture. They also mention that the danger of fracture of a neighbouring vertebra is increased due to the rigidity of the cemented one.]

Clinical Neuroscience

NOVEMBER 30, 2006

[COMPLEX NON-INVASIVE HEMODYNAMIC SYSTEM FOR THE EVALUATION OF VASCULAR STATUS]

CSAPÓ Krisztina, BAJKÓ Zoltán, MOLNÁR Sándor, MAGYAR Tünde, CSIBA László

[The vascular diseases (myocardial infarct, stroke, peripheral occlusive disease) have a common pathophysiological background, the arteriosclerosis, that impairs the autoregulation of cerebral vessels, decreases the endothel mediated flow in the peripheral vessels. Therefore the assessment of the vascular damage or the follow-up of therapy need a complex and simultaneous approach. Currently the morphological and functional changes in the vascular system can be investigated with separated measuring systems, focusing either to cardiac or cerebral parameters (intermittent blood pressure measurement, ECG, cerebral blood flow by transcranial Doppler e.g.). Our purpose is to establish a complex non-invasive system for the simultaneous measurement and comparison of cardiac/cerebral/periheral hemodynamics. The hemodynamic parameters in hypertensive patients are examined with transcranial Doppler and cardiac monitoring during tilt-table test. Intima-media thickness, flow-mediated dilatation in brachial artery, augmentation index and pulse wave velocity are also measured. The measurement will be repeated after 6 and 12 months follow-up. Our preliminary results are similar to those found in the literature, that proves the reliability of our complex noninvasive hemodynamic system. It is assumed, that 12 months antihypertensive therapies with ACE inhibitors, calciumantagonist etc. might result in different effects on different vascular parameters. Our system enables the individualization of antihypertensive therapy.]

Clinical Neuroscience

JULY 30, 2006

[THE AUGMENTATION OF CLOZAPINE TREATMENT WITH ELECTROCONVULSIVE THERAPY]

GAZDAG Gábor, KOCSIS-FICZERE Nárcisz, TOLNA Judit

[Objectives - The assessment, in terms of safety and efficacy, of augmenting clozapine monotherapy, as well as combined psychopharmacotherapy involving clozapine, with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Method - Reviewed were the charts of patients who received clozapine-ECT treatment in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of Semmelweis University between November 1999 and December 2003. Results - During the studied period there were altogether 43 patients treated with the combination of clozapine and electroconvulsive therapy. In the schizoaffective group, the values for post-electroconvulsive therapy CGI were significantly lower than either in the catatonic (Z=-3.72, p<0.01) or in the hebephrenic (Z=-3.17, p<0.01) group. Among the groups created on the basis of the number of augmentation strategies utilized, the clozapine+3 group consisted of patients significantly older than the clozapine+1 group (Z=2.45, p=0.01). In the clozapine monotherapy group, the values for post-electroconvulsive therapy CGI were significantly lower than in any of the groups that had received a combination of augmentations (monotherapy-1 augmentation: Z=-3.01, p<0.01; monotherapy-2 augmentation: Z=-2.89, p<0.01; monotherapy- 3 augmentation: Z=-2.41, p=0.01). Conclusions - According to our examinations, the augmentation of clozapine treatment with electroconvulsive therapy should be tried primarily on schizoaffective patients, in case the clozapine monotherapy is ineffective. The simultaneous use of different augmentation strategies is expected to increase only the side effects not the efficacy of the treatment.]