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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336122/familial-acute-necrotizing-encephalopathy-with-ranbp2-mutation-the-first-report-in-northeast-asia
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Yun-Jeong Lee, Su-Kyeong Hwang, So Mi Lee, Soonhak Kwon
BACKGROUND: Acute necrotizing encephalopathy (ANE) is a rare but rapidly progressing encephalopathy following a febrile illness, commonly a viral infection. It is characterized by the features of acute encephalopathy such as seizure, alteration of consciousness, and symmetric involvement of the bilateral thalamus on neuroimaging tests. Although most ANE cases have occurred sporadically, familial or recurrent ANE has been reported in Caucasian patients, with genetic susceptibility to ANE noted in some patients due to a RANBP2 mutation...
March 20, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325525/clinical-heterogeneity-of-glycine-encephalopathy-in-three-palestinian-siblings-a-novel-mutation-in-the-glycine-decarboxylase-gldc-gene
#2
Waseem Khraim, Bassam Abu-Libdeh, Suhail Ayesh, Imad Dweikat
INTRODUCTION: Glycine encephalopathy (GE), also known as non-ketotic hyperglycinemia (NKH), is a rare inborn error of glycine metabolism caused by a defect in glycine cleavage system, a multi-enzyme complex located in mitochondrial membrane. This defect results in elevated glycine concentration in plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Clinical manifestations vary from severe lethargy, hypoactivity and apneic episodes in the neonatal form, mild or moderate psychomotor delay and seizures in the infantile form, and abnormal behaviors, ataxia and choreoathetoid movements in late onset form...
March 18, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318781/spinal-fusion-in-a-patient-with-fukuyama-congenital-muscular-dystrophy
#3
Kaori Hino, Mitsumasa Fukuda, Tadao Morino, Tadanori Ogata, Masanori Ito, Eiichi Ishii
Many studies have evaluated surgical treatments for spinal deformities in patients with neuromuscular disease. However, few reports have described patients with Fukuyama congenital muscular dystrophy (FCMD). A 13-year-old boy with FCMD was unable to sit for long periods or sleep in the supine position because of progressive scoliosis. His Cobb angle worsened from 27° to 41° in 5months. He underwent standard posterior spinal fusion and pedicle-screw-alone fixation from T5 to S1. Postoperatively, his Cobb angle improved from 41° to 25° without exacerbation for 2years...
March 16, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318780/surface-electromyogram-and-muscle-ultrasonography-for-detection-of-muscle-fasciculations-in-pediatric-peripheral-neuropathy
#4
Masayoshi Oguri, Yoshiaki Saito, Tetsuya Okazaki, Wataru Matsumura, Koyo Ohno, Masami Togawa, Chisako Fukuda, Yuko Saito, Ichizo Nishino, Yoshihiro Maegaki
A 12-year-old girl presented with talipes equinus of both legs, attenuation of upper and lower limb tendon reflexes, thermal hyperalgesia, and reduction of vibratory sensation. On clinical examination, muscle twitches of fingers of both hands, as well as the abductor halluces and the dorsal interossei muscles of the right foot were observed. Nerve conduction velocity was significantly declined in the upper and lower extremities. Needle electromyography (EMG) was not performed; however, ultrasonography revealed repetitive, semi-regular muscle twitches lasting 0...
March 16, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302332/evaluation-of-auditory-perception-development-in-neonates-by-event-related-potential-technique
#5
Qinfen Zhang, Hongxin Li, Aibin Zheng, Xuan Dong, Wenjuan Tu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate auditory perception development in neonates and correlate it with days after birth, left and right hemisphere development and sex using event-related potential (ERP) technique. METHODS: Sixty full-term neonates, consisting of 32 males and 28 females, aged 2-28days were included in this study. An auditory oddball paradigm was used to elicit ERPs. N2 wave latencies and areas were recorded at different days after birth, to study on relationship between auditory perception and age, and comparison of left and right hemispheres, and males and females...
March 13, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249737/historical-documents-on-epilepsy-from-antiquity-through-the-20th-century
#6
REVIEW
Christos P Panteliadis, Photios Vassilyadi, Julia Fehlert, Christian Hagel
Historical documents dating back almost 4500years have alluded to the condition of epilepsy, describing signs and symptoms that are well-known today. Epilepsy was thought to be a mystical disorder by almost all Ancient cultures, including the Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, Indians, Iranians and Chinese. Hippocrates was the first to de-mystify the condition of epilepsy, providing a more scientific approach to the condition. As the signs and symptoms of epilepsy occurred without an obvious cause, the idea stood that it was a mystical phenomenon of divine punishment...
February 26, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249736/alternating-hemiplegia-of-childhood-pharmacological-treatment-of-30-italian-patients
#7
Livia Pisciotta, Marcella Gherzi, Michela Stagnaro, Maria Grazia Calevo, Melania Giannotta, Maria Rosaria Vavassori, Edvige Veneselli, Elisa De Grandis
BACKGROUND: Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC) is a severe disorder. Several drugs have been administered as prophylaxis for paroxysmal attacks, however, no therapy is completely effective. METHODS: Our aim is to review the pharmacological data related to the prophylactic and acute treatment of a cohort of 30 patients (16M, 14F, age range 5-42years) and to correlate them with the clinical and genetic data collected through the Italian Biobank and Clinical Registry for AHC...
February 26, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242040/molecular-biomarkers-predictive-of-sertraline-treatment-response-in-young-children-with-fragile-x-syndrome
#8
Reem Rafik AlOlaby, Stefan R Sweha, Marisol Silva, Blythe Durbin-Johnson, Carolyn M Yrigollen, Dalyir Pretto, Randi J Hagerman, Flora Tassone
OBJECTIVES: Several neurotransmitters involved in brain development are altered in fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common monogenic cause of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Serotonin plays a vital role in synaptogenesis and postnatal brain development. Deficits in serotonin synthesis and abnormal neurogenesis were shown in young children with autism, suggesting that treating within the first years of life with a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor might be the most effective time...
February 24, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238458/increased-levels-of-anti-phosphatidylcholine-and-anti-phosphatidylethanolamine-antibodies-in-pediatric-patients-with-cerebral-infarction
#9
Seigo Korematsu, Hiroshi Yamada, Hiroaki Miyahara, Kenji Ihara
Cerebral infarction in children is rare and often occurs secondary to moyamoya disease, hereditary coagulopathies, vasculitis, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, heart disease, mitochondrial disease. However, in some cases, the causes of cerebral infarction is unknown. In this study, we detected increased levels of serum anti-phosphatidylcholine and anti-phosphatidylethanolamine IgG antibodies in three pediatric patients with cerebral infarction whose primary disorders are unknown by routine examination. For the five disease control patients of cerebral infarction due to other primary disorders, there was no such increase in these antibodies levels...
February 23, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28233694/prenatal-and-lactational-bisphenol-a-exposure-does-not-alter-serotonergic-neurons-morphologically-in-the-murine-dorsal-raphe-nucleus
#10
Shoko Goto, Hiroshi Ogi, Shinji Fushiki, Kyoko Itoh
OBJECTIVE: There is concern that bisphenol A (BPA), an endocrine-disrupting chemical, affects brain development when exposed to a fetus and/or infant. We previously reported that increased serotonin (5-HT) and its metabolite (5-HIAA) in the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) in murine adult brains when they were prenatally exposed to low doses of BPA. This study investigates the morphological alteration of the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) in order to explain the disrupted serotonergic system after prenatal and lactational exposure to bisphenol A (BPA)...
February 21, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238390/electro-clinical-etiological-associations-of-epilepsia-partialis-continua-in-57-chinese-children
#11
Hui Li, Jiao Xue, Ping Qian, Yuehua Zhang, Xinhua Bao, Xiaoyan Liu, Zhixian Yang
OBJECTIVE: Epilepsia partialis continua (EPC) was one type of focal status epilepticus. The aim of this study was to analyze the clinical and electroencephalography (EEG) characteristics, and outcome of 57 child-onset patients with EPC according to different etiologies, and further explore the electro-clinical-etiological associations. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 57 children diagnosed with EPC in our department over last ten years. Etiology, clinical and EEG data, and outcome were categorized and analyzed...
February 18, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214048/psychosocial-and-behavioral-functioning-and-their-relationship-to-seizure-timing-in-children-with-benign-epilepsy-with-centrotemporal-spikes
#12
Gonca Bektaş, Uğur Tekin, Edibe Pembegül Yıldız, Tuğçe Aksu Uzunhan, Burak Tatlı, Nur Aydınlı, Mine Çalışkan, Meral Özmen
BACKGROUND: Psychosocial and behavioral problems have been reported in children with benign epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS). Distinctive features of typical BECTS associated with cognitive and behavioral problems have not clearly been defined. PURPOSE: We aimed to identify psychosocial and behavioral functioning and their relationship to seizure timing in BECTS. METHODS: Consecutive patients with BECTS were recruited from the pediatric neurology outpatient clinic between May 2015 and May 2016...
February 14, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202262/cognitive-and-behavioral-effects-of-new-antiepileptic-drugs-in-pediatric-epilepsy
#13
REVIEW
Romina Moavero, Marta Elena Santarone, Cinzia Galasso, Paolo Curatolo
BACKGROUND: In pediatric epilepsy, neurodevelopmental comorbidities could be sometimes even more disabling than seizures themselves, therefore it is crucial for the clinicians to understand how to benefit these children, and to choose the proper antiepileptic drug for the treatment of epilepsy associated to a specific neurodevelopmental disorder. Aim of this paper is to discuss the potential impact on cognition and behavior of new and newest AEDs and to guide the choice of the clinicians for a targeted use in epilepsy associated with specific neurodevelopmental disorders...
February 12, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202261/hyperprolinemia-as-a-clue-in-the-diagnosis-of-a-patient-with-psychiatric-manifestations
#14
Marco Duarte, Joana Afonso, Ana Moreira, Diana Antunes, Cristina Ferreira, Hildeberto Correia, Margarida Marques, Sílvia Sequeira
Lately, microdeletions of the 22q region, responsible for DiGeorge syndrome or velocardiofacial syndrome, have been increasingly related to neuropsychiatric disorders including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. These manifestations seem to be related to certain genes located in the hemideleted region such as the proline dehydrogenase (PRODH) and the catechol-o-methyltransferase (COMT) genes. We describe a teenager who started his adolescent psychiatric care presenting cognitive impairment, irritable mood and aggressive behaviour with schizophrenia-like symptoms that scored 153 in the Positive and Negative Symptoms Scale (PANSS) assessment...
February 12, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196729/delayed-expansion-of-an-intracranial-cyst-induced-by-ventriculoperitoneal-shunt-in-a-patient-with-chiari-malformation-type-2
#15
Yoshinori Maki, Tsuyoshi Ohta, Hirokazu Onishi, Naoki Fukui, Masanori Morimoto
A male neonate was referred to our hospital for the treatment of myelomeningocele and hydrocephalus related to Chiari malformation type 2. After the placement of ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt for hydrocephalus, an intracranial cyst, which was asymptomatic at first, expanded and caused clinical symptoms due to increased intracranial pressure. The expansion of the cyst was confirmed dominantly in the right lateral ventricle where the VP shunt was inserted. Intraoperative findings through a neuroendoscope suggested that the expanded cyst was an isolated lesion...
February 11, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190537/further-evidence-that-d-glycerate-kinase-gk-deficiency-is-a-benign-disorder
#16
Attia Kalim, Patricia Fitzsimons, Claudia Till, Malkanthi Fernando, Philip Mayne, Jorn Oliver Sass, Ellen Crushell
d-Glyceric aciduria is caused by deficiency in d-glycerate kinase (GK) due to recessive mutations in the GLYCTK gene. GK catalyzes the conversion of d-glycerate to 2-phosphoglycerate which is an intermediary reaction in the catabolism of serine and fructose. Deficiency of GK leads to accumulation of d-glycerate, which may be detected in urine organic acid analysis. Debate exists as to whether this is a benign or disease-causing disorder as the reported phenotypes vary significantly. We report two siblings from a consanguineous Pakistani family...
February 9, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189272/alice-in-wonderland-syndrome-a-real-life-version-of-lewis-carroll-s-novel
#17
REVIEW
Patrick O'Toole, Edward Justin Modestino
Alice in Wonderland Syndrome was originally coined by Dr. John Todd in 1955. The syndrome is named after the sensations experienced by the character Alice in Lewis Carroll's novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Alice in Wonderland Syndrome consists of metamorphopsia (seeing something in a distorted fashion), bizarre distortions of their body image, and bizarre perceptual distortions of form, size, movement or color. Additionally, patients with Alice in Wonderland Syndrome can experience auditory hallucinations and changes in their perception of time...
February 8, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159458/relationship-between-the-change-of-language-symptoms-and-the-change-of-regional-cerebral-blood-flow-in-the-recovery-process-of-two-children-with-acquired-aphasia
#18
Junko Kozuka, Akira Uno, Hiroshi Matsuda, Yoshiya Toyoshima, Shin-Ichiro Hamano
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the relationship between the change of language symptoms and the change of regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) in the recovery process of two children with acquired aphasia caused by infarctions from Moyamoya disease with an onset age of 8years. METHODS: We compared the results for the Standard Language Test of Aphasia (SLTA) with rCBF changes in 7 language regions in the left hemisphere and their homologous regions in the right hemisphere at 4 time points from 3weeks for up to 5years after the onset of aphasia, while controlling for the effect of age...
January 31, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143689/reversible-brain-atrophy-in-glutaric-aciduria-type-1
#19
Yurika Numata-Uematsu, Osamu Sakamoto, Yosuke Kakisaka, Yukimune Okubo, Yoshitsugu Oikawa, Natsuko Arai-Ichinoi, Shigeo Kure, Mitsugu Uematsu
Glutaric aciduria type 1 (GA1) is a rare metabolic disorder caused by a deficiency of glutaryl-CoA dehydrogenase. The typical clinical onset features an acute encephalopathic crisis developed in early childhood, causing irreversible striatal injury. Recently, tandem mass spectrometry of spots of dried blood has allowed pre-symptomatic detection of GA1 in newborns. Early treatment can prevent irreversible neurological injury. We report the case of a girl with GA1 who exhibited a characteristic reversible change upon brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
January 28, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117190/childhood-leukodystrophies-a-literature-review-of-updates-on-new-definitions-classification-diagnostic-approach-and-management
#20
REVIEW
Mahmoud Reza Ashrafi, Ali Reza Tavasoli
Childhood leukodystrophies are a growing category of neurological disorders in pediatric neurology practice. With the help of new advanced genetic studies such as whole exome sequencing (WES) and whole genome sequencing (WGS), the list of childhood heritable white matter disorders has been increased to more than one hundred disorders. During the last three decades, the basic concepts and definitions, classification, diagnostic approach and medical management of these disorders much have changed. Pattern recognition based on brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), has played an important role in this process...
January 20, 2017: Brain & Development
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