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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250761/medical-treatment-guidelines-for-acute-migraine-attacks
#1
Yung-Chu Hsu, Kao-Chang Lin, Treatment Guideline Subcommittee Of Taiwan Headache Society Taiwan Headache Society
In 2015, the American Headache Society (AHS) amended the treatment guideline of acute migraine based on evidence-based medicine (EBM) that all triptans in any form of preparations, acetaminophen, and non-steroid anti-inflammation drugs-NSAID (aspirin, diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen), sumatriptan/naproxen, combined acetaminophen/aspirin/caffeine are considered effective (Level A). Previously effective drugs as prochlorperazine, and dihydroergotamine-DHE (excluded inhaled form) were downrated to probable effective (Level B)...
June 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250760/rapid-progression-of-vertebral-artery-occlusion-after-radiotherapy-for-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
#2
Tzu-Ching Chen, Sung-Chun Tang, Jiann-Shing Jeng
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250759/orbital-cellulitis-presenting-as-giant-cell-arteritis-a-case-report
#3
Yu-Wei Hsu, Fu-Chi Yang, Jiunn-Tay Lee, Hung-Wen Kao, Chia-Kuang Tsai
PURPOSE: To present a case of orbital cellulitis initially mimicking giant cell arteritis. CASE REPORT: An 80-year-old man with a history of hypertension and type 2 diabetes mellitus was referred with a prominent progressive headache over the right temporal and periorbital areas. Non-contrast brain CT results were normal, but ESR was elevated. Giant cell arteritis was suspected initially. However, the symptoms progressed under oral corticosteroid therapy. The subsequent brain MRI with contrast revealed extensive contrast enhancement along the right optic nerve and optic canal with a rim-enhancing lesion in the posterior aspect of the optic nerve...
June 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250758/refractory-facial-paralysis-a-case-report
#4
Yu-Wei Hsu, Jiunn-Tay Lee, Yi-Shu Liao, Shin Nieh, Chun-An Cheng, Chia-Kuang Tsai
PURPOSE: To present a case of salivary gland malignancy initially mimicking Bell's palsy. CASE REPORT: A 75-year-old woman with hypertension visited our neurological outpatient department,complaining of persistent right facial paralysis for more than a year after oral glucocorticoid therapy with recent development of vertigo and unsteady gait. She was previously diagnosed as having Bell's palsy and was prescribed oral glucocorticoid. However, her right facial muscles were still completely paralyzed, with no signs of improvement...
June 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250757/acute-onset-of-parkinsonism-an-end-stage-renal-disease-patient
#5
Chun-Hao Lai, Yu-Wei Hsu, Jiunn-Tay Lee, Yaw-Don Hsu, Chun-An Cheng, Chia-Kuang Tsai
PURPOSE: The osmotic demyelination syndrome (ODS) has been identified as a neurological complication of the rapid correction of hyponatremia. In recent years, however, various medical conditions have been associated with the development of ODS, irrelevant to changes in serum sodium. We present a rare case of a eunatremic patient who developed ODS with manifestation of parkinsonism. CASE: A 55 years old woman who has hypertension, type 2 diabetes nephropathy in end-stage renal disease under maintenance hemodialysis came to us with complaint about newly developed resting tremor of bilateral upper limbs, slowness of movements and small shuffling steps...
June 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250756/sporadic-nocturnal-frontal-lobe-epilepsy-report-on-two-cases-and-review-of-the-first-taiwanese-series-of-10-cases
#6
Shih-Bin Yeh, Carlos H Schenck
PURPOSE: To report two additional cases of sporadic (i.e. non-familial) Nocturnal Frontal Lobe Epilepsy (NFLE) and integrate these two cases within the first series of 10 cases of sporadic NFLE reported in Taiwanese patients, and compare the findings with familial NFLE and with findings from Caucasian NFLE patients. METHODS: Clinical interviews, neurological examinations, EEG, brain MRI, and overnight videopolysomnographic (vPSG) monitoring with EEG seizure montage, and treatment outcome...
June 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752512/medical-treatment-guidelines-for-preventive-treatment-of-migraine
#7
Tzu-Chou Huang, Tzu-Hsien Lai, Treatment Guideline Subcommittee Of Taiwan Headache Society Taiwan Headache Society
The Treatment Guideline Subcommittee of the Taiwan Headache Society evaluated the medications currently used for migraine prevention in Taiwan. We assessed the results of new published drug trials, information from medical database and referred to the latest guidelines published. After comprehensive discussion, we proposed Taiwanese consensus about the preventive treatment for migraine including recommendation levels, strength of evidences, and related prescription information regarding dosage and adverse effects...
March 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752511/wernicke-s-encephalopathy-after-bariatric-surgery-with-atypical-magnetic-resonance-imaging-a-case-report
#8
Bo-An Chen, Lu-An Chen Chen
Wernicke's encephalopathy (WE) is a disease caused by thiamine deficiency related to alcoholism, hyperemesis, or thiamine malabsorption. The clinical manifestations of WE are mental change, ataxia, and ophthalmoplegia. The typical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of WE are symmetrical involvement of medial thalamus, periventricular region of the third ventricle, periaqueductal area, and mammillary body. The atypical MRI findings are more common in nonalcoholic WE. Since the increasing population of obesity and the preference of weight loss surgery, the risk of developing thiamine deficiencies associated with weight loss surgery has become a considerable etiology of WE...
March 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752510/comparison-of-lcmodel-and-sage-in-analysis-of-brain-metabolite-concentrations-a-study-of-patients-with-mild-cognitive-impairment
#9
Chiu-Ming Shih, Jui-Jen Lai, Chin-Ching Chang, Cheng-Sheng Chen, Yi-Chun Yeh, Twei-Shiun Jaw, Jui-Sheng Hsu, Chun-Wei Li
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare brain metabolite concentration ratios determined by LCModel and Spectroscopy Analysis by General Electric (SAGE) quantitative methods to elucidate the advantages and disadvantages of each method. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 10 healthy volunteers and 10 patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) were recruited in this study. A point-resolved spectroscopy (PRESS) sequence was used to obtain the brain magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) spectra of the volunteers and patients, as well as the General Electric (GE) MRS-HD-sphere phantom...
March 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752509/the-association-of-apolipoprotein-e-allele-4-polymorphism-with-the-recovery-of-sleep-disturbance-after-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
#10
Hsun-Hua Lee, Chun-Ting Yeh, Ju-Chi Ou, Hon-Ping Ma, Kai-Yun Chen, Cheng-Fu Chang, Jing-Huei Lai, Kuo-Hsing Liao, Chien-Min Lin, Shu-Yu Lin, Dean Wu, Yao-Hsien Huang, Chaur-Jong Hu, Chien-Tai Hong
PURPOSE: Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is a major public health concern. The apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene contains three polymorphisms, and the APOE4 polymorphism may affect several physiological states, such as the recovery from mTBI as well as sleep. This study aims to investigate the association between APOE4 with the recovery of sleep disturbance after mTBI. METHODS: From May 2012 to Aug 2015, 189 mTBI patients completed baseline (1st week post-mTBI) and follow-up (6th week post-mTBI) sleep assessments that involved using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI)...
March 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752508/safety-and-effectiveness-of-intravenous-thrombolysis-for-acute-ischemic-stroke-outside-the-coverage-of-national-health-insurance-in-taiwan
#11
Yu-Hsiang Su, Chih-Hung Chen, Huey-Juan Lin, Yu-Wei Chen, Mei-Chiun Tseng, Han-Chieh Hsieh, Chih-Hung Chen, Sheng-Feng Sung
PURPOSE: Only a small percentage of ischemic stroke patients were treated with intravenous thrombolysis in Taiwan, partly because of the narrow reimbursement criteria of the National Health Insurance (NHI). We aimed to assess the safety and effectiveness of intravenous thrombolysis not covered by the NHI. METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis of register data from four hospitals. All patients who received intravenous tissue plasminogen activator and fulfilled the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) thrombolysis guidelines between January 2007 and June 2012 were distinguished into two groups: those in accordance (reimbursement group) and those not in accordance (non-reimbursement group) with the NHI reimbursement criteria...
March 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752507/intravenous-alteplase-for-acute-ischemic-stroke-in-taiwan-can-we-expand-the-national-health-insurance-s-reimbursement-criteria
#12
Cheng-Yang Hsieh
lization of intravenous thrombolysis with alteplase was very low in Taiwanese patients with acute ischemic stroke(1). One of the reasons is the strict reimbursement guideline made by the Bureau of National Health Insurance (NHI) in 2004(2). In this issue of the Acta Neurologica Taiwanica, Yu-Hsiang Su and co-authors(3) retrospectively evaluated outcomes of their thrombolysed stroke patients who were "mismatched" between updated clinical practice guideline and NHI reimbursement criteria. They concluded that the outcomes of patients treated according to guidelines were comparable between the reimbursement and non-reimbursement groups...
March 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382615/a-case-of-multiple-system-atrophy-with-preexisting-alzheimer-s-disease-and-predating-the-hot-cross-bun-sign
#13
Chi-Wei Lin, Chi-Yu Tseng, Chung-Ping Lo, Min-Chien Tu
PURPOSE: Synucleinopathy, tauopathy and amyloidopathy were classified as distinct clinical and pathological entities in traditional classification systems, and their interactions have been studied on neuropathology and molecular genetics recently. CASE REPORT: In this report, we present a 69-year-old male patient who had been diagnosed with probable Alzheimer's disease (AD) dementia due to progressive forgetfulness in February 2013. His Mini- Mental State Examination score was 21/30, and his Cognitive Abilities Screening Instrument score was 78/100, resulted from profound deficits in recent memory and abstract thinking domains...
December 15, 2016: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382614/migraine-with-multiple-sensory-auras
#14
Nicodemus E Oey, Yew Long Lo
Migraine auras are typically visual in nature but can manifest as disturbances in somatosensory, auditory, and olfactory senses. Reports of multiple sensory auras are rare in the literature, but their existence may offer novel insights into the pathogenesis of this highly common yet complex neurological condition. Here we report a case of multiple sensory auras involving somatosensory, auditory, and olfactory disturbances in a patient with migraine without visual manifestations. A 45-year-old woman with a 20-year history of migrainous headaches presented with complaints of rightsided facial and hand numbness and paraesthesia...
December 15, 2016: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382613/reduced-internal-carotid-artery-flow-in-color-coded-carotid-duplex-sonography
#15
Fu-Yi Yang, Po-Ren Hsu, Shinn-Kuang Lin
PURPOSE: Reduced flow in the internal carotid artery (ICA) is related to cerebral ischemia. We established a classification of reduced ICA flow through color-coded carotid duplex (CCD) sonography. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 25,000 CCD images in sonography laboratory. RESULTS: Reduced ICA flow [flow volume (FV) less than 100 mL/min] was found in 1.2% of all studies, and 270 patients were enrolled. We included 8% patients with lesions proximal to the ICA in Group A, 27% with lesions at the proximal ICA in Group B, 49% with lesions distal to the visible ICA in Group C, and 16% with unknown causes in Group D...
December 15, 2016: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382612/clinical-profile-and-outcome-of-myasthenic-crisis-in-central-taiwan
#16
Yi-Sin Wong, Cheung-Ter Ong, Sheng-Feng Sung, Chi-Shun Wu, Yung-Chu Hsu, Yu-Hsiang Su, Ling-Chien Hung
BACKGROUND: Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disease caused by antibodies to acetylcholine receptors of the skeletal muscle. Myasthenic crisis (MC) is a complication observed during both early and late stage MG cases. In this study, we examined current treatments and three years outcomes in patients with MG and MC. We also investigated the impact of thymectomy and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in patients with MG and MC. METHODS: In this retrospective study, we reviewed the medical records of all patients admitted to one teaching hospital between January 2006 and December 2014 and identified those for whom discharge diagnosis included the International Classification of Diseases, ninth revision (ICD-9) codes corresponding to MG (358...
December 15, 2016: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382611/parkinsonism-or-other-movement-disorders-presenting-as-stroke-mimics
#17
Cheng-Yang Hsieh, Chih-Hung Chen, Sheng-Feng Sung, Wen-Juh Hwang
PURPOSE: Patients with parkinsonism or other movement disorders may visit the emergency department due to acute deterioration of neurological status or consciousness disturbance. Under such circumstances, patients may be misdiagnosed as having a hyperacute stroke, i.e. stroke mimic. The purpose of the present study was to explore the clinical features and consequences of patients with parkinsonism or other movement disorders presenting as stroke mimics with activation of a stroke code...
December 15, 2016: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382610/the-role-of-mitochondrial-aldehyde-dehydrogenase-2-aldh2-in-neuropathology-and-neurodegeneration
#18
REVIEW
Che-Hong Chen, Amit U Joshi, Daria Mochly-Rosen
Aldehydes-induced toxicity has been implicated in many neurodegenerative diseases. Exposure to reactive aldehydes from (1) alcohol and food metabolism; (2) environmental pollutants, including car, factory exhausts, smog, pesticides, herbicides; (3) metabolism of neurotransmitters, amino acids and (4) lipid peroxidation of biological membrane from excessive ROS, all contribute to 'aldehydic load' that has been linked to the pathology of neurodegenerative diseases. In particular, the α, β-unsaturated aldehydes derived from lipid peroxidation, 4-hydroxynonenal (4-HNE), DOPAL (MAO product of dopamine), malondialdehyde, acrolein and acetaldehyde, all readily form chemical adductions with proteins, DNA and lipids, thus causing neurotoxicity...
December 15, 2016: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854089/serial-neuroimaging-of-a-patient-with-minor-stroke-due-to-isolated-cortical-vein-thrombosis-and-convexal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
#19
Pei-Ya Chen, Kun-Eng Lim, Shinn-Kuang Lin
PURPOSE: Convexal subarachnoid hemorrhage (cSAH) comprises less than 5% of cases of nontraumatic SAH and frequently presents as a focal and transient neurological deficits that mimics transient ischemic attack (TIA). Isolated cortical vein thrombosis (ICVT) is rare and accounts for only 6.3% of cerebral venous thrombosis. We present a case of minor stroke due to cSAH secondary to ICVT, and alos put emphasis on the chronological change of those serial imagings. CASE REPORT: An 87-year-old man presented with episodes of numbness and dropping of his left arm, which had lasted for three days...
September 15, 2016: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854088/long-term-and-strong-immunotherapy-to-treat-anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-encephalitis-with-refractory-status-epilepticus
#20
Lan-Hsin Lee, Chien-Jung Lu
BACKGROUND: Anti-N-Methyl-D-Aspartate receptor (anti-NMDAR) encephalitis is responsive to immunotherapy and removal of tumor, but there is no consensus in the treatment of severe anti- NMDAR encephalitis with prolonged refractory status epilepticus (SE). CASE REPORT: A 17-year-old girl presented as acute psychosis, refractory seizures, hyperkinesia, autonomic instability, and soon progressed to a dissociative state of coma. Anti-NMDAR antibodies were positive in serum and CSF...
September 15, 2016: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
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