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Li L.,Chongqing Medical University | Xu J.,Chongqing Medical University | Ma Y.,309th Hospital of the PLA | Tang D.,Chongqing Medical University | And 8 more authors.
Spine | Year: 2014

STUDY DESIGN.: Retrospective study. OBJECTIVE.: To evaluate the clinical outcomes of 4 different procedures for the treatment of adjacent multisegmental spinal tuberculosis (AMSST) and to investigate the selection strategy of the optimal procedure with respect to focal characteristics. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA.: Because of the lack of support of the anterior columns of multiple segments, AMSST is thought to confer high risks for the development of kyphosis and paraplegia. However, there are few reports regarding the clinical outcomes of the surgical treatment for AMSST have been investigated. METHODS.: From August 1999 to June 2010, 48 patients with AMSST were enrolled in this study. Seven patients (A group) underwent a single-stage anterior operation. Eighteen patients (AP group) underwent a single-stage posterior and anterior combined operation. Eighteen patients (P group) underwent a single-stage posterior operation. Five patients (DP group) underwent computed tomography-guided drainage and local chemotherapy combined with a 2-stage posterior operation. The patients were followed up clinically and radiologically for an average of 29.6 months. RESULTS.: The cohort consisted of 29 males and 19 females, aged 4 to 54 years. The patients exhibited significant improvements in deformity and neurological deficits. Graft union was achieved in all patients 5 to 12 months postoperatively. Surgery-related complications were noted in 1 and 2 patients in the AP and P groups, respectively. Postoperative recurrence occurred in 1 and 2 patients in the AP and P groups, respectively. All 48 patients had been cured at the final follow-up. CONCLUSION.: This study demonstrated that the 4 procedures can safely and effectively achieve nerve decompression, graft fusion, and kyphosis correction. Individualized procedures should be chosen according to the patient's general condition, focal characteristic, type of complication, and surgeon's experience. © 2013, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Zhang Z.-Y.,PLA Fourth Military Medical University | Huang A.-W.,309th Hospital of the PLA | Fan J.J.,PLA Fourth Military Medical University | Wei K.,Southern Medical University | And 6 more authors.
Cell Transplantation | Year: 2013

Autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been extensively investigated for large bone defect treatment, but its clinical application is harassed by controversial outcome, due to highly variable PRP quality among patients. Alternatively, allogeneic PRP from well-characterized donors cannot only generate more consistent and reliable therapeutic effect but also avoid harvesting large quantities of blood, an additional health burdens to patients. However, the use of allogeneic PRP for bone defect treatment is generally less investigated, especially for its immunogenicity in such application. Here, we meticulously investigated the immunogenicity of allogeneic PRP and evaluated its healing efficacy for critical-sized defect treatment. Allogeneic PRP contained 4.1-fold and 2.7- to 4.9-fold higher amount of platelets and growth factors than whole blood, respectively. The intramuscular injection of allogeneic PRP to rabbits did not trigger severe and chronic immunoresponse, evidenced by little change in muscular tissue microstructure and CD4+/CD8+ T lymphocyte subpopulation in peripheral blood. The implantation of allogeneic PRP/deproteinized bone matrix (DPB) constructs (PRP + DPB) successfully bridged 1.5-cm segmental radial defects in rabbits, achieving similar healing capacity as autologous MSC/DPB constructs (MSC + DPB), with greater bone formation (1.1-1.5×, p < 0.05) and vascularization (1.3-1.6×, p < 0.05) than DPB alone, shown by histomorphometric analysis, bone mineral density measurement, and radionuclide bone imaging. Furthermore, the implantation of both allogeneic PRP- and autologous MSC-mediated DPB constructs (PRP + MSC + DPB) resulted in the most robust bone regeneration (1.2-2.1×, p < 0.05) and vascularization (1.3-2.0×, p < 0.05) than others (PRP + DPB, MSC + DPB, or DPB alone). This study has demonstrated the promising use of allogeneic PRP for bone defect treatment with negligible immunogenicity, great healing efficacy, potentially more consistent quality, and no additional health burden to patients; additionally, the synergetic enhancing effect found between allogeneic PRP and autologous MSCs may shed a light on developing new therapeutic strategies for large bone defect treatment. © 2013 Cognizant Comm. Corp.

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