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Acta Neurologica Scandinavica

A C Jönsson, H Delavaran, H Lövkvist, M Baturova, S Iwarsson, A Ståhl, B Norrving, A Lindgren
OBJECTIVES: To describe the long-term perspective regarding prevalence of risk factors, secondary stroke prevention, and lifestyle indices after stroke. METHODS: From a population-based one-year cohort (n = 416), we performed an observational study of 145 survivors at 16 months and 10 years after stroke (age 27-97 years) regarding secondary prevention including reaching acceptable treatment goals; nutritional status with focus on underweight; and the lifestyle indices: living situation, level of dependence, and self-assessed health condition...
April 19, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
J C Purrucker, M Wolf, K Haas, T Siedler, T Rizos, S Khan, P U Heuschmann, R Veltkamp
OBJECTIVES: To identify differences in clinical characteristics and severity of cerebral small vessel disease (CSVD) including cerebral microbleeds (CMBs), between patients suffering ischemic stroke (IS) or intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) while taking novel (non-vitamin K antagonists) oral anticoagulants (NOACs). METHODS: Multicenter, prospective, observational cohort study performed at 38 centers between 2012 and 2015. We compared demographics, comorbidity, and functional status (before and after stroke) between NOAC-IS and NOAC-ICH patients...
April 16, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
L Bernetti, C Pellegrino, I Corbelli, S Caproni, P Eusebi, M Faralli, G Ricci, P Calabresi, P Sarchielli
OBJECTIVES: This observational study aimed to investigate the presence of potential vestibular system subclinical dysfunction among migraineurs without a history of vertigo and dizziness compared with healthy controls. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with episodic migraine with and without aura were enrolled. All patients and healthy controls underwent vestibular examination using the following conventional tests: sitting position, Pagnini-McClure's, Dix-Hallpike's, head hanging, video head impulse, subjective visual vertical, Romberg, Fukuda, and caloric vestibular stimulation by Fitzgerald-Hallpike's tests...
April 16, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
E Andres, F Kerling, H Hamer, M Winterholler
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the tolerability and efficacy of brivaracetam (BRV) in residential patients at our epilepsy centre. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We assessed retrospectively 33 patients (14 females; mean age 38.2 years, with range 17-63 years) with intellectual disability (ID) and drug-resistant epilepsy using an industry-independent, non-interventional study design based on standardized daily seizure records. Mean seizure frequency was compared between the 3-month baseline period and subsequent 3-month treatment period...
April 16, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
M Kader, S B Jonasson, S Iwarsson, P Odin, M H Nilsson
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate how the use and perceived unmet need of mobility devices (MD) in people with Parkinson's disease (PD) evolve over a 3-year period. METHODS: The study reports baseline assessments (n = 255) and comparisons for participants with complete data at baseline and the 3-year follow-up (n = 165). Structured questions addressed the use and perceived unmet need of various MDs indoor and outdoor (eg, canes, wheeled walkers, and manual and powered wheelchairs)...
April 16, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
S Jin, Z Long, W Wang, B Jiang
Hyponatremia is a potentially serious electrolyte abnormality observed in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSDs), and its most common cause is syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH). Another potential cause of hyponatremia is cerebral salt-wasting syndrome (CSWS), although CSWS has not previously been reported in NMOSDs. Accurate and early differentiation between SIADH and CSWS is difficult. However, the two conditions have important implications for the selection of therapy...
April 14, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
P S Reif, A Männer, L M Willems, L Kay, J P Zöllner, K M Klein, F Rosenow, A Strzelczyk
BACKGROUND: Nearly 10 years after its introduction into the market, the significance of lacosamide in genetic generalized epilepsies is still unclear. Its new mode of action may qualify lacosamide as a therapeutic agent in this entity, but only a limited number of cases have been published so far. AIM: To describe the efficacy of lacosamide as treatment in a patient with the absence status epilepticus. METHOD: We report on a 28-year-old woman with genetic generalized epilepsy who suffered recurrent absence status epilepticus during video-EEG-monitoring...
April 6, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
M Axelsson, M Sjögren, O Andersen, K Blennow, H Zetterberg, J Lycke
OBJECTIVES: Although the recovery from Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is good in most patients, some develop permanent severe disability or even die. Early predictors would increase the likelihood to identify patients at risk for poor outcome at the acute stage, allowing them intensified therapeutic intervention. MATERIALS AND METHOD: Eighteen patients with a history of GBS 9-17 years ago were reassessed with scoring of neurological disability and quality of life assessment (QoL)...
April 6, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
G Zaccara, F S Giorgi, A Amantini, G Giannasi, R Campostrini, F Giovannelli, M Paganini, P Nazerian
Over last fifty years, intravenous (iv) phenytoin (PHT) loading dose has been the treatment of choice for patients with benzodiazepine-resistant convulsive status epilepticus and several guidelines recommended this treatment regimen with simultaneous iv diazepam. Clinical studies have never shown a better efficacy of PHT over other antiepileptic drugs. In addition, iv PHT loading dose is a complex and time-consuming procedure which may expose patients to several risks, such as local cutaneous reactions (purple glove syndrome), severe hypotension and cardiac arrhythmias up to ventricular fibrillation and death, and increased risk of severe allergic reactions...
April 6, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
W Wang, C Shen, H Zhao, W Tang, S Yang, J Li, Z Ren, Y Zhao
OBJECTIVES: The hypertriglyceridemic waist phenotype has been reported as a practical tool to screen people with an increased risk of coronary artery disease and type 2 diabetes. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the phenotype and ischemic stroke in a rural population in south China. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 4081 participants aged over 35 years old without a stroke history were surveyed in 2009 and followed up from May 2014 to January 2016...
March 25, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
F J Gil-López, J Montoya, M Falip, J Aparicio, F J López-González, R Toledano, A Gil-Nagel, A Molins, I García, P Serrano, G Domenech, F Torres, A Donaire, M Carreño
OBJECTIVES: Perampanel is an antiepileptic drug (AED) approved for add-on treatment of focal seizures (with or without generalization) and primary generalized tonic-clonic (GTC) seizures. Our objective was to explore the effectiveness and tolerability of adjunctive perampanel in patients with drug-resistant myoclonic seizures, after failure of other AEDs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective, multicenter, observational study. Data were collected from individual patient clinical files and analysed using appropriate descriptive statistics and inferential analyses...
March 24, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
L-L Bu, F-T Liu, C-F Jiang, S-S Guo, H Yu, C-T Zuo, P Wu, J Wang
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the differences in the pattern of striatal (caudate and putamen) dopamine transporter (DAT) loss in a multiple system atrophy (MSA) cohort, based on the clinical variants parkinsonian subtype (MSA-P) and cerebellar subtype (MSA-C) via (11)C-N-2-carbomethoxy-3-(4-fluorophenyl)-tropane (11 C-CFT) positron emission tomography (PET) imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred and six subjects (forty-one patients with probable MSA-P; forty patients with probable MSA-C; twenty-five healthy controls) underwent11 C-CFT PET...
March 24, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
B A K Kreilkamp, B Weber, S B Elkommos, M P Richardson, S S Keller
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical and surgical outcome correlates of preoperative hippocampal subfield volumes in patients with refractory temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) using a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) multisequence segmentation technique. METHODS: We recruited 106 patients with TLE and hippocampal sclerosis (HS) who underwent conventional T1-weighted and T2 short TI inversion recovery MRI. An automated hippocampal segmentation algorithm was used to identify twelve subfields in each hippocampus...
March 23, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
S Chen, S He, X-H Shi, X-J Shen, K-K Liang, J-H Zhao, B-C Yan, J-W Zhang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Fatal familial insomnia (FFI) is an autosomal dominant disease due to the D178N mutation of PRNP gene coupling with homozygous methionine (Met) at codon 129. It is generally considered that D178N mutation cases with 129 M/M homozygotes present as FFI, and 129 V/V as genetic CJD. However, the frequency of 129 Met alleles in Chinese population is much higher than that in Caucasians. This study aims to investigate the clinical features and genetic characteristics of Chinese D178N mutants in this genetic context...
March 22, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
T Sahlström, M Eklund, J Timpka, T Henriksen, D Nyholm, P Odin
OBJECTIVES: Many countries have an aging population, and it is thus likely that Parkinson's disease (PD) will become an increasing health problem. It is important to ensure this group can use their resources in the best way possible, including remaining in the work market. This study aimed to investigate workforce participation and daily activities among patients with PD receiving device-aided therapy to provide new knowledge that may be used to inform decisions about these therapy options...
March 22, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
P Heydarpour, A Manouchehrinia, O Beiki, S E Mousavi, A Abdolalizadeh, M Moradi -Lakeh, M A Sahraian
OBJECTIVES: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic demyelinating disorder affecting young adults. Environmental factors and lifestyle behaviors are pivotal in MS pathophysiology. Smoking has been considered as an important risk factor in MS. Various recent studies have been conducted to measure the role of smoking on worsening disability in patients with MS, thus we intended to systematically assess effect of smoking on evolution of disability in this study. MATERIALS & METHODS: We queried MEDLINE, EMBASE and Cochrane Library with following keywords "Multiple Sclerosis, Smoking, Tobacco Use, Disability" on December 1st 2016...
March 15, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
M-L Sumelahti, K Mattila, M Sumanen
OBJECTIVE: Musculoskeletal disorders and depression are common among migraineurs. The aim of our study was to evaluate the occurrence of these disorders among working aged migraineurs. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The risk for fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthrosis (OA), sciatic syndrome, and the occurrence of depression was studied among cases who reported about these conditions and migraine in working aged Finnish population in The Health and Social Support Study (HeSSup) based on postal questionnaire in 2012...
March 14, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
V Villanueva, B G Giráldez, M Toledo, G J De Haan, E Cumbo, A Gambardella, M De Backer, L Joeres, M Brunnert, P Dedeken, J Serratosa
OBJECTIVE: To assess effectiveness and tolerability of first-line and conversion to lacosamide monotherapy for focal seizures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective, non-interventional chart review of lacosamide monotherapy patients aged ≥16 years in Europe. Outcomes included retention rate at observational point (OP) 3 (12 ± 3 months), seizure freedom rates at OP2 (6 ± 3 months) and OP3 and adverse drug reactions (ADRs). RESULTS: A total of 439 patients were included (98 first-line and 341 conversion to monotherapy; 128 aged ≥65 years [25 first-line and 103 conversion to monotherapy])...
March 14, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
J P Funnell, C L Craven, L D'Antona, S D Thompson, A Chari, L Thorne, L D Watkins, A K Toma
OBJECTIVES: Papilloedema is a clinical manifestation of chronically raised intracranial pressure (ICP), often seen in idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). However, the extent of intracranial hypertension required to produce papilloedema is not known. We compare ICP values in IIH patients who developed papilloedema and those who did not. We aim to identify a pathological ICP threshold predictive of the development of papilloedema in IIH patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Single-centre cohort of IIH patients (2006-2016) who underwent 24-hour ICP monitoring (ICPM) and ophthalmology assessments, prior to intervention...
March 12, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
J Vistbakka, M-L Sumelahti, T Lehtimäki, I Elovaara, S Hagman
BACKGROUND: Biomarkers that could be used in early diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS), segregation of disease subtypes, and discrimination of the aggressive disease course from the benign one are urgently needed. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the specificity of circulating microRNAs: miR-191-5p, miR-128-3p, miR-24-3p, and miR-376c-3p in MS and evaluate their association with disease activity and disability progression. METHODS: The expressions of circulating miRNAs were studied in serum of 100 subjects (53 relapsing-remitting (RRMS), 20 primary progressive (PPMS), and 27 controls), using miScript serum miRNA RT-PCR assay techniques...
March 12, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
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