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Recent Research

The Baylor College of Medicine & University of Texas at Houston PM&R Alliance Residency continues to be a strong program dedicated to clinical excellence. Our residents have been involved in many publications/research activities in the past year, as seen below:

Publications:
Verduzco-Gutierrez,M, Jayaram, P. Roy. Physical Therapy. In: Essentials of Interventional Cancer Pain Medicine, Springer, NY 2013

Meliani Mapa, McCasey Smith. Primary Care Access for Traumatic Brain Injury Patients - pending publication

DeMesa C, Dajoyag-Mejia MA, Issacs R, Darouiche R. Tigecycline-Induced Acute Pancreatitis with Rechallenge: A Case Report. J Pharm Technol. 2013 Jan/Feb; 29(1):3-8

Annual Assembly Publications:

DeMesa C, Dajoyag-Mejia MA. Infected ruptured Baker's cyst in a spinal cord injury patient. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Nov;91(11):1005-6
Annual Assembly Publications

Patel M.Y., Driver L.C., Davis M. Intrathecal Bupivacaine Induced Chemical Arachnoiditis. AAPM Abstracts. Pain Medicine.14: 557–612. May 2013

Patel M.Y., Benny B.V. Predicting Epidural Steroid Injection Outcomes with Lab Markers and Imaging Techniques. Abstracts AAPM. Pain Medicine. 14: 557–612. May 2013

Patel M.Y., Kerstman E.L. Transdermal Fentanyl Compared to Transdermal Buprenorphine on Descending Pain Modulation in Human Experimental Model s. Abstracts American Pain Society. The Journal of Pain. 14 (4), Suppl: S75. Apr 2013.

A Sambasivan, P Joseph. Bilateral Anterior Thigh Hematomas From Concurrent Use Of Warfarin And Topical Diclofenac Patches. 2014 Association of Academic Physiatry Annual Assembly.Abstract Submitted

A Sambasivan, S Pandit. Bilateral Brachial Plexus Injury After Hanging Suicide Attempt: Abstract. PM&R.2013 September; 5 (9) Supplement: S187.

DeMesa C, Crump ME, Anti-AMPA Receptor Limbic Encephalitis presenting with Ovarian Teratoma, Encephalopathy and Autonomic Instability-A Case Report. PM&R Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation [Accepted March 2013]

DeMesa C, Dy R, Transverse Myelitis with Brown-Sequard Syndrome as a manifestation of Lupus-A Case Report. PM&R Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation. [Accepted March 2013]

Mapa M., DeMesa C. Neuro-Rehabilitation Following Stroke Due to Psychoactive Bath Salts Intoxication- A Case Report. Association of Academic Physiatrists. New Orleans, Louisiana 2013

DeMesa C, Verduzco-Gutierrez M, Joseph PJ. Intrathecal Methotrexate Neurotoxicity in a Pediatric Cancer Patient-A Case Report. PM&R Journal of Injury, Function and
Rehabilitation. Volume 4 No. 10 Oct 2012 pS196

Russell ME, Verduzco-Gutierruez M, Ivanhoe CB. Rehabilitation Challenges in the Case of a 29-year-old Female with anti-N-methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor Encephalitis. Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Assembly.

Russell ME, Crump M. Rehabilitation of an eighteen-year-old male with a severe traumatic brain injury complicated by sinking skin flap syndrome: A Case Report. PM&R. Volume 5, Issue 9S: pp S281.

Russell ME, Verduzco-Gutierruez M, Ivanhoe CB. Lower extremity weakness as the initial symptom of anti-NMDA encephalitis in a 13-year-old female: A Case Report. PM&R. Volume 4, Issue 10S: ppS203.

Russell ME, Verduzco-Gutierruez M, Ivanhoe CB. Rehabilitation of a 46-year-old female with subarachnoid hemorrhage complicated by Linezolid-induced Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome (PRES): A Case Report. PM&R. Volume 4, Issue 10S: pp378.

Clinical Research:
Brian James, Natasha Warnick, Ekta Gupta. Prevalence of spastic hypertonia during first time admission to inpatient rehabilitation following acute cerebrovascular accident (CVA), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and spinal cord injury (SCI). - awaiting IRB approval

Yozbatiran N, Yow B, Russell ME, Francisco, G. Intrinsic Hand Muscle Strength and Dexterity in Persons with Neurological Impairment. Open study

QI Projects
Improving Residents’ Work Efficiency with Advanced Care 4 Training. Charles De Mesa, DO, Miguel Escalon, MD, Viola Hysa, MD, James Lewis, MD The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research

Improving the Quality of Calls, Workload Efficiency and Patient Safety. Jeffrey Berliner, DO, Charles De Mesa, DO, Miguel Escalon, MD, Viola Hysa, MD,Jorge Perez, MD The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research

Improving Resident Sign-out with a Secure Online System. Gupta, Ekta; Dhah, Satinderpal; Frando, Marie; Mega, Benjamin; Zeider, Rachel. The institute for Rehabilitation and Research

PM&R Knowledge NOW
Weschler B.C., Patel M.Y., Franklin A. Ataxia Telangectasia. PM&R Knowledge Now. American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. now.aapmr.org. Apr 2013

Previous resident research activity.

Sheng Li, Woo-Hyung Park, Adam M. Borg (2011) Phase-dependent respiratory-motor interactions in reaction time tasks during rhythmic voluntary breathing Motor Control (in press).

Waheed S. Baksh, MD, DPT, Chengwei Wang, MD, MS, Mark Hurdle, MD, Wenchun Qu, MD, PhD (2011). Occupational risk factors for neck pain in the United States adult population, Pain Physician, 2011; 14E: 26-27.

Benoy V. Benny, MD, Ameet S. Nagpal, MD, MS, Paul Singh, MD, Matthew Smuck, MD (2011). Vascular causes of radiculopathy: a literature review. Spine Journal; 11:73-85.

Woo-Hyung Park, Sheng Li (2011). There is no graded motor imagery: responses of finger muscles to TMS during motor imagery of isometric finger flexion and extension forces, Neuroscience Letters; 494(3):255-9.

Sheng Li, Zev Rymer (2011). Voluntary breathing influences corticospinal excitability of non-respiratory finger muscles Journal of Neurophysiology 105 (2)512-521.

Sheng Li (2010). Respiratory-motor interaction and its potential application for spasticity management. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 89(4):S2.

Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting, April 12th-16th 2011, Phoenix, Arizona:

Jorge A Perez Lopez, MD; Rochelle Dy, MD; Daniel J Curry, MD; Aloysia Schwabe, MD. A novel post-operative approach to prevent catheter migration in a patient with dystonic cerebral palsy after baclofen pump implantation: a case report.

Munshi OF, Mega BT, Harrell J. Synovial Cyst of the Elbow Under Ultrasound in a Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient Presenting Similar to Lateral Epicondylitis.


Oni, M.
Longitudinal Assessment of Neuropsychological Tasks in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: A Diffusion Tensor MRI Study.


Sheng Li,
Shuo-Shiu Chang, Gerard E. Francisco, Ping Zhou (2011) Re-evaluation of EMG-force relations using intramuscular EMG recordings in spastic-paretic biceps brachii muscles in chronic stroke. AAP Annual meeting (podium presentation), Phoenix, Arizona, April, 2011


Matthew Co, DO
, Craig DiTommaso, MD, John Harrell, MD. Neuropathic arthropathy of the wrist: an interesting case report.

Other presentations at national meetings include:

Waheed S. Baksh, MD, DPT, Chengwei Wang, MD, MS,, Mark Hurdle, MD, Wenchun Qu, MD, PhD (2011). Occupational risk factors for neck pain in the United States adult population, ASIPP Annual Meeting, June 2011, Washington, DC

Sheng Li (2010) Respiratory-motor interaction and its potential application for spasticity. Association of Academic Physiatrists annual meeting, Bonita Springs, Florida, April 6-10, 2010. (AAP BEST PAPER AWARD )

MH Mapa, MD, BT Mega, MD, Matthew Peterson, M-4. Enoxaparin-Induced Skin Necrosis in a Patient with Polytrauma: A Case Report,Orlando, FL, November 17-20, 2011. AAPM&R Annual, Orlando, FL, November 17-20, 2011

Ashtekar A, Francisco G, Berliner J, Criswell L. Functional improvement in a person with tetraplegia following chemodenervation for biceps-triceps co-contraction and motor re-training: A case report.

Sheng Li, Ana Durand-Sanchez (2011) Cortical mechanisms for controlled finger force relaxation using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), AAPMR annual meeting, Orlando, FL, Nov 17-20, 2011

Shuo-Shiu Chang, Gerard Francisco, Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, Ping Zhou, William Zev Rymer, Sheng Li (2011) Voluntary force control in spastic-paretic biceps brachii muscles in stroke may be interfered by sustained involuntary motor unit discharges. Annual Neuroscience meeting,Washington DC Nov 12-16, 2011.

Sheng Li, Woo-Hyung Park Adam M. Borg (2010) Respiratory phase-dependent effect of voluntary breathing on reaction time, Annual Neuroscience meeting, San Diego, CA, Nov 2010

Sheng Li, Gerard E. Francisco, Shuo-Shiu Chang (2010) Botulinum toxin Type A injection after stroke reduces finger flexor spasticity and improves voluntary grip release Annual Neuroscience meeting, San Diego, CA, Nov 2010

Sheng Li, Gerard E. Francisco, Shuo-Shiu Chang (2010) Botulinum Toxin Type A Injection Improves Voluntary Motor Control After Stroke: A Case Report. AAPMR annual meeting, Seattle, WA, Nov 2010

Many of our residents have presentations for AAP Meeting in February 2012 in Las Vegas. They are listed below:

Ana Durand-Sanchez, Shuo-Shiu Chang, Craig DiTommaso, Sheng Li. Does the non-impaired limb help the impaired limb during bilateral motor tasks in hemiparetic stroke patients?

Ameet Nagpal, Rochelle Dy. Longitudinal tear of the biceps brachii secondary to basilic vein thrombosis from peripheral intravenous catheter infiltration: a case report.

Sheng Li, Shuo-Hsiu Chang, Gerard E. Francisco, & Monica Verduzco-Guttierez. Spasticity: Brainstem mechanisms and relation to stages of motor recovery after stroke.

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