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Alyssa Caplan, Gabe Marx, Jonathan Elofson, Claire Lis, Lea Grinberg, Bruce Miller, Howard Rosen
Neurodegenerative diseases are caused by aggregation of specific proteins that catalyze a cascade of changes that ultimately lead to neurodegeneration. This concept guides current diagnostic approaches, as well as clinical trials, that focus on detecting or removing amyloid or tau from the brain. The semantic variant of primary progressive aphasia (svPPA), a clinical syndrome associated with frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) pathology, is usually associated with the molecular pathology TDP-C, but there are cases with TDP-B and Pick's disease...
March 6, 2018: Neurocase
Kyung Won Park, Yun Jeong Hong, Jong Hwan Park, Hyuntae Park, Sang Myung Cheon, Jae Woo Kim, Byeong C Kim, Young Jin Jeong, Hyun Jin Yoon, Do-Young Kang
This study aimed to detect different patterns of cerebral hypoperfusion in DLB according to clinical staging. Thirty-three patients with DLB were recruited by clinical dementia rating (CDR) stage. Compared with control, cerebral hypoperfusion was mainly observed in the lingual gyrus, the cuneus, the occipital gyrus in CDR 0.5 group; the fusiform gyrus, the middle temporal gyrus, and the posterior cingulate in CDR 1; and the lingual gyrus, the cuneus, the hippocampus, the fusiform gyrus, and the inferior frontal gyrus in CDR 2...
March 6, 2018: Neurocase
Amee Baird, Gail A Robinson
Neuropsychological consequences of bi-thalamic damage are scarcely known. This case study documents cognitive (in particular memory and executive) functioning in a man with a medial bi-thalamic infarct in the first year (8 and 12 months) post injury. NG showed persistent memory (including autobiographical) impairment, but improved executive functions at one year post injury. On a response inhibition task his speed of response improved but his ability to inhibit a "prepotent" automatic response declined, corresponding to an increase in behavioral disinhibition...
March 1, 2018: Neurocase
T Kesayan, K M Heilman
Apraxic agraphia can be caused by left hemispheric cerebral lesions in the area that contains the spatial representations of the movements required to write, from a lesion in, or connections to, the frontal premotor cortex that converts these spatial representations to motor programs (Exner's area).  A right-handed woman with Marchiafava Bignami disease and lesions of the genu and splenium of her corpus callosum had apraxic agraphia without ideomotor apraxia of her left. A disconnection of Exner's area in the left hemisphere from the right hemisphere's premotor and motor areas may have led to her inability to write with her left hand...
February 26, 2018: Neurocase
Ryan A Townley, Elliot T Dawson, Daniel A Drubach
Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD) is a rapid and fatal neurodegenerative disease defined by misfolded prion proteins accumulating in the brain. A minority of cases initially present with posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) phenotype, also known as Heidenhain variant or visual variant CJD. This case provides further evidence of sCJD presenting as PCA. The case also provides evidence for early DWI changes and cortical atrophy over 30 months before neurologic decline and subsequent death. The prolonged disease course correlates with prion protein codon 129 heterozygosity and coexistence of multiple prion strains...
February 13, 2018: Neurocase
Céline Borg, Isabelle Faillenot, Roland Peyron, Bernard Laurent
We report the case of a patient who had an important experience with painful events, allowing the investigation of brain concomitants to painful (P) memories in fMRI. The patient had to recall P events that were contrasted with non-painful (NP) memories. Painful memories of the right lower limb activated the left paracentral lobule,fronto-insular operculum and superior parietal cortex. Additionally, whilst the recall of non-painful events activated the hippocampus, the recall of painful events did not enhance the hippocampal signal to significant levels...
February 1, 2018: Neurocase
Volker M Tronnier, Dirk Rasche, Veronika Thorns, Daniel Alvarez-Fischer, Thomas F Münte, Bartosz Zurowski
Obese individuals share behavioral characteristics with drug/alcohol addicts as well as obsessive compulsive disease. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been used successfully in these disorders, thus warranting an evaluation in obesity. A woman with treatment-resistant depression as well as severe obesity was selected for DBS of the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) bilaterally with depression being the primary and obesity being the secondary target of treatment. Compared to earlier bariatric surgery, the patient showed accelerated weight loss after DBS...
February 1, 2018: Neurocase
S Llamas-Velasco, A García-Redondo, A Herrero-San Martín, V Puertas Martín, M González-Sánchez, D A Pérez-Martínez, A Villarejo-Galende
We present a 86-year-old woman without relevant medical history and two brothers who died by dementia, who started at 55 years with depression and personality changes with ongoing worsening (>30 years) and functional decline. Screening dementia blood test and brain magnetic resonance imaging did not show results that pointed to a secondary cause. The patient met the diagnostic criteria for possible behavioral frontotemporal dementia with a slow progression (bvFTD-SP), suggesting a benign variant. A genetic study confirmed a C9ORF72 hexanucleotide expansion, making this the sixth case mentioned in the literature...
January 22, 2018: Neurocase
Andrew T DeMarco, Stephen M Wilson, Kindle Rising, Steven Z Rapcsak, Pélagie M Beeson
Phonological deficits are common in aphasia after left-hemisphere stroke, and can have significant functional consequences for spoken and written language. While many individuals improve through treatment, the neural substrates supporting improvements are poorly understood. We measured brain activation during pseudoword reading in an individual through two treatment phases. Improvements were associated with greater activation in residual left dorsal language regions and bilateral regions supporting attention and effort...
January 19, 2018: Neurocase
Simone Mangelsdorf, Wendy Kelso, Dennis Velakoulis, Mark Walterfang
Herpes simplex virus encephalitis (HSVE) commonly presents with severe amnesia due to virus-mediated destruction of key regions in the temporal lobes, although language and executive impairment has been described. Little is known however of the long-term cognitive changes in these patients, including changes that may happen with cortical reorganization. We describe a patient with HSVE who presented with a highly unusual late-onset language syndrome, which may reflect distal cortical changes after her original injury...
January 19, 2018: Neurocase
Cristian L Vera, Sunil J Patel, Fraser C Henderson, Donna R Roberts, Vibhor Krishna
Agreeing with Damasio's statement defining the "process" of consciousness, we propose the self as created by mind-based knowledge and a combination of images of an organism's intentional motor responses interacting with its environment. The lemniscal system, with plastic capabilities, manages gravity in voluntary movement. The spinal segment motor reflex represents the schema of gravity-managing neuronal activity, and it can become "nested" in cortical areas participating in consciousness-building, allowing consideration of the brain as a hyper-evolved nervous system segment harboring atavic spinal organization...
January 9, 2018: Neurocase
Sol Esteves, Diana Andrea Ramirez Romero, Teresa Torralva, Macarena Martínez Cuitiño, Shannon Herndon, Blas Couto, Agustín Ibañez, Facundo Manes, María Roca
Posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) is a rare neurodegenerative syndrome characterized by initial predominant visuoperceptual deficits followed by a progressive decline in other cognitive functions. This syndrome has not been as thoroughly described as other dementias, particularly from a neuropsychological evolution perspective with only a few studies describing the evolution of its cognitive progression. In this investigation we review the literature on this rare condition and we perform a 7-year neuropsychological and neuroradiological follow-up of a 64-year-old man with PCA...
January 8, 2018: Neurocase
Julio C Rojas, Melanie L Stephens, Gil D Rabinovici, Joel H Kramer, Bruce L Miller, William W Seeley
A complex spectrum of mixed brain pathologies is common in older people. This clinical pathologic conference case study illustrates the challenges of formulating clinicopathologic correlations in late-onset neurodegenerative diseases featuring cognitive-behavioral syndromes with underlying multiple proteinopathy. Studies on the co-existence and interactions of Alzheimer's disease (AD) with neurodegenerative non-AD pathologies in the aging brain are needed to understand the pathogenesis of neurodegeneration and to support the development of diagnostic biomarkers and therapies...
January 6, 2018: Neurocase
Dimitrios Kasselimis, Constantin Potagas, Panagiotis Simos, Ioannis Evdokimidis, Harry Whitaker
We report a right-handed patient with a massive lesion in left perisylvian language cortex, who unexpectedly presented with fluent aphasia with semantic jargon. Language deficits were assessed with a comprehensive battery of language tests. Comprehension, naming, reading, and writing were severely impaired, and verbal expression was moderately fluent with semantic jargon. Although the patient's lesion included brain areas typically essential for motor speech coordination, he was neither nonfluent nor apraxic...
December 25, 2017: Neurocase
Mary K Morris, Dawn Bowers, John Williamson, Kenneth M Heilman
To learn if a right temporal lobectomy altered a patient's autonomic and cognitive responses to aversive and appetitive pictures, we investigated a man whose right anterior temporal lobe and amygdala had been resected to remove an arteriovenous malformation. This patient revealed unusually low self-reports of arousal with a lack of heightened skin conductance responses to aversive pictures. For pleasant pictures, his self-reports of arousal and his physiological responses were similar to healthy men. This patient's responses are consistent with a bivalent model of emotional processing, with a right temporal lobectomy compromising the activation of his defensive action response system...
December 20, 2017: Neurocase
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February 2018: Neurocase
Giovanni Augusto Carlesimo, Antonio Daniele, Maria Giovanna Lombardi, Giordano Lacidogna, Alfredo La Cara, Lucia Fadda, Carlo Caltagirone
Accelerated long-term forgetting (ALF) is a frequent finding in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). Here we report the case of a TLE patient who complained of marked difficulties in remembering personal events and information even though repeated neuropsychological assessments had failed to detect any deficit on common laboratory memory tests. The patient underwent an experimental investigation that involved estimating recollection and familiarity processes in the performance on verbal and visual recognition tests, over intervals ranging from 10 minutes to 7 days...
October 26, 2017: Neurocase
Paula Province Warren, E Martina Bebin, L Burt Nabors, Jerzy P Szaflarski
Epilepsy, commonly encountered by patients with brain tumors, is often refractory to standard therapies. Our aim was to examine the safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical grade cannabidiol (CBD; Epidiolex, GW Pharmaceuticals) in those patients with epilepsy with concomitant tumors enrolled in The University of Alabama at Birmingham CBD Program (NCT02700412 and NCT02695537). Of the three patients with refractory seizures and a history of a primary brain tumor, two had improvement in seizure frequency and all three had improvement in seizure severity...
October 24, 2017: Neurocase
Layla Gould, Michael E Kelly, Marla J S Mickleborough, Chelsea Ekstrand, Kyle Brymer, Tasha Ellchuk, Ron Borowsky
We report a patient with a cavernous malformation involving the right lentiform nucleus. Pre-surgical planning included fMRI localization of language, motor, and sensory processing, and DTI of white matter tracts. fMRI results revealed no activation near the planned resection zone. However, post-surgery the patient developed a subdural fluid collection, which applied pressure to the primary motor cortex (M1). Follow-up scans revealed that motor activation had shifted due to pressure, and then shifted to a new location after the fluid collection subsided...
October 24, 2017: Neurocase
Jianbin Wen, Tao Yu, Li Liu, Zhenhong Hu, Jiaqing Yan, Yongjie Li, Xiaoli Li
To assess the specific roles of left middle frontal gyrus (LMFG) in word production, electrocorticography signals were recorded from an epilepsy patient when he participated in language tasks. We found three sites of LMFG showed high-gamma perturbations with distinct patterns across tasks; and neural activities elicited in the same tasks shared similar patterns, while those elicited by stimuli leading to the same articulations did not. These findings confirmed that the LMFG takes active parts in word production, and suggested that it may serve as a temporal perceptual information storage space, supporting the hierarchical state feedback control model of word production...
October 20, 2017: Neurocase
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