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Acta Neurologica Taiwanica

Szu-Ju Chen, Li-Kai Tsai, Sung-Chun Tang, Jiann-Shing Jeng
PURPOSE: Isolated basilar artery dissection (BAD) is a rare cause of ischemic stroke. Since the clinical presentations and imaging findings could be non-specific and subtle, the diagnosis may be difficult. Here, we presented four cases of isolated BAD with acute ischemic stroke. CASE REPORT: Four patients (age, 22 to 57 years) experienced acute onset of hemiparesis and/or vertigo with half of them having initial headache. Acute infarct was noted at pons or thalamus...
September 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
Li-Kai Huang, Chien-Min Lin, Chi-Jen Chen, Chaur-Jong Hu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
Yu-Ju Chen, Chao-Liang Chou, Kuan-Ju Lai, Ya-Ju Lin Lin
PURPOSE: Invasive mycosis caused by the Aspergillus, Fusarium, and Mucor can be fetal, especially in the immunocompromised patients with central nervous system (CNS) involvement. Here we present a case of CNS Fusarium infection, and this is the first reported case of Fusarium brain abscess in Taiwan. CASE REPORT: A 65-year-old woman presented with fever and conscious disturbance for 3 days. Neurological examination showed stupor consciousness, neck stiffness, multiple cranial nerves palsy, and bilateral Babinski signs...
September 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
Dong-Yi Hsieh, Jen-Wen Hung, Ku-Chou Chang, Yu-Ching Huang, Tsong-Hai Lee, Hsiu-Min Chen
BACKGROUND: Stroke results in high mortality with tremendous health care burden. Malnutrition is frequently observed in patients after stroke. This study was designed to explore the nutritional status in the acute stage of stroke aiming at exploring factors related to malnutrition after stroke. METHODS: This was a hospital based, prospective, observational study recruiting cerebrovascular diseases patients hospitalized for acute management. Patients suffered from all kinds of cerebrovascular diseases hospitalized for management within 30 days after onset were consecutively recruited in the study hospitals...
September 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
Mukesh Dube, Ajoy Sodani, Dinesh Chouksey
PURPOSE: Myasthenia gravis (MG) is treated with many disease modifying therapies, namely corticosteroids, thymectomy and immunosuppressants, alone or in various combinations. But still, till today no consensus over the optimum therapy for MG has been made. METHODS: Out of total 101 patients with MG, 37 patients fulfilled the inclusion criteria and in them we ambispectively studied factors affecting the outcome in MG treated, to induce leukopenia, with prednisolone (PSL) plus azathioprine(AZA), from January 1993 through July 2014...
September 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
Ajai Kumar Singh, Pradeep Kumar Maurya, Dinkar Kulshreshtha, Mayur Deepak Thakkar, Anup Kumar Thacker
OBJECTIVE: Acute neuromuscular weakness related to hypokalemia is a readily treatable disorder associated with diverse aetiologies. In this study we aim to report clinical pattern and biochemical features to identify the different aetiologies of the hypokalemic neuromuscular weakness. METHODS: Retrospective reviews of the medical record were analysed. Evaluation included demography, clinical features, investigations performed to ascertain the aetiologies. All the patients were categorised in to 3 groups; Idiopathic hypokalemic paralysis (IHP), dengue associated hypokalemic paralysis (DHP) and secondary group (SG) which included renal tubular acidosis (RTA- 1 and 2), thyrotoxic periodic paralysis (TPP) and Gitelman's syndrome (GS)...
September 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
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
Tzu-Ching Chen, Sung-Chun Tang, Jiann-Shing Jeng
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June 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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