In the Journals

This feature offers timely executive summaries of the most relevant journals in spine surgery. Through peer “Perspectives,” full bibliographical information and links to the original journal abstract, In the Journals are a step wider and deeper than journal reviews health care professionals may be accustomed.

In the Journals

Black children experience higher risk of mortality after surgery

January 10, 2018
Risk factors for mortality after surgery, including use of ventilation, oxygen support and wound infections, are more prevalent in black children…
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Significant pain relief, decrease in opioid use seen with SI joint fusion system

January 6, 2018
Results from a recently published study demonstrated sacroiliac fusion using a new minimally invasive sacroiliac fusion system was safe and linked…
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Bouts of intense exercise do not exacerbate sacroiliac joint inflammation

December 28, 2017
An MRI screening of the sacroiliac joints showed that a large proportion of healthy, active individuals who lack any back-pain symptoms nonetheless…
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Gram-negative organisms after spine surgery were not reduced with vancomycin powder

December 27, 2017
Although vancomycin powder was associated with a reduction in gram-positive organisms in spine deformity reconstruction surgeries, researchers also…
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Study investigates durotomy-associated medical malpractice cases

December 19, 2017
Results from this study of medical malpractice claims filed after incidental durotomy from spine surgery demonstrated delayed diagnosis and treatment…
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Household opioid availability increases risk for use

December 11, 2017
Exposure to prescription opioids in the household was associated with an increased likelihood of prescription opioid use, according to findings…
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Obese patients at greater risk for infection after adolescent idiopathic scoliosis correction

December 10, 2017
Patients who underwent posterior spinal fusion for the correction of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and were obese had a greater risk for…
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Female athletes at higher risk of concussion vs male athletes during contact sports

December 6, 2017
Results published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons showed female athletes and patients with prior concussion were more…
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Lumbar plexus nerve block, liposomal bupivacaine led to modest improvement for opioid use after THA

November 29, 2017
Patients who received either posterior lumbar plexus nerve block or periarticular infiltration with liposomal bupivacaine during total hip…
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Higher multifidus muscle-fat index associated with facet joint OA in the lumbar spine

November 28, 2017
Results published in Orthopedics showed facet joint osteoarthritis was associated with a higher multifidus muscle-fat index, as well as bilateral…