Hypothermia and Human Spinal Cord Injury: Updated Position Statement and Evidence Based Recommendations from the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine Peripheral Nerves
Scientific studies have documented a potential benefit of systemic hypothermia in animal models of acute spinal cord injury; however there remains a paucity of clinical evidence to recommend for or against the practice of either local or systemic hypothermia for acute SCI in humans. The level IV evidence suggesting the safety of modest systemic hypothermia is promising, but controlled, comparative clinical studies investigating safety and efficacy must be performed prior to the introduction of hypothermia in the routine clinical care of patients with acute SCI.
Grade I - There is insufficient evidence to recommend for or against the practice of either local or systemic therapeutic hypothermia as a treatment for acute spinal cord injury.
Grade C - There is level IV evidence based on one retrospective comparative cohort study and one prospective cohort study to suggest that systemic modest hypothermia might be applied safely to this population.
Read a thoughtful critique to the Deyo JAMA article . This article has identified a potential trend towards the application of more complex fusion procedures to Medicare patients who are treated with fusion as an adjunct to decompressive procedures for lumbar stenosis. However, without a clear understanding of patient selection criteria, outcomes achieved, and risk stratification, over-interpretation of such data is potentially misleading and dangerous.
Thoracic spinal surgery and peripheral nerve surgery, including
sympathectomy, are traditional and integral components of neurosurgical
training and practice. Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) of the spine
is a minimally invasive technique performed by neurosurgeons for conditions
traditionally treated by neurosurgery. These conditions include thoracic
sympathectomy for hyperhydrosis, upper extremity complex regional pain
syndromes, and thoracic spinal surgery for thoracic disc herniation, spinal
tumor, spinal instability, and scoliotic deformity.
Neurosurgeons currently in training receive experience in VATS during
residency and are examined for competency in the procedure and its
indications by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. Neurosurgical
residency programs provide opportunity for training in minimally invasive
neurosurgical techniques, including VATS for sympathectomy and spinal disorders.
Purpose of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves Section
Nov 26, 2006
To foster the use of spinal neurosurgical methods for the treatment of
diseases of the spinal neural elements, the spine and peripheral nerves.
To advance spinal neurosurgery and related sciences, to improve patient
care, to support meaningful basic and clinical research, to provide leadership
in undergraduate and graduate continuing education, and to promote administrative
facilities necessary to achieve these goals.
Founders: The Section on Disorders
of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves was founded at the suggestion of Albert
L. Rhoton, MD in 1978 to Charles Drake, MD, President of the AANS in 1978.
Also instrumental were Stewart B. Dunsker, MD and Russell Travis, MD.