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Current Treatment Options in Neurology

Clinton G Lauritsen, Abigail L Chua, Stephanie J Nahas
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Menopause is a life-changing event in numerous ways. Many women with migraine hold hope that the transition to the climacteric state will coincide with a cessation or improvement of migraine. This assumption is based mainly on common lay perceptions as well as assertions from many in the healthcare community. Unfortunately, evidence suggests this is far from the rule. Many women turn to a general practitioner or a headache specialist for prognosis and management. A natural instinct is to manipulate the offending agent, but in some cases, this approach backfires, or the concern for adverse events outweighs the desire for a therapeutic trial, and other strategies must be pursued...
March 6, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Angharad Davis, Graeme Meintjes, Robert J Wilkinson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Tuberculous meningitis (TBM) is a global health problem. In this review, we systematically evaluate the evidence for current and emerging antimicrobials, host-directed therapies and supportive managements. RECENT FINDINGS: Current antimicrobial regimes do not factor the differing ability of drugs to cross the blood-brain barrier. Rifampicin may be more effective at higher doses yet the most recent clinical trial failed to demonstrate survival benefit at 15 mg/kg/day...
February 28, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Po-Heng Tsai
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review was to discuss therapeutic options available for the treatment of memory difficulties in dementia. RECENT FINDINGS: Because of the lack of progress in the availability of new medications, there has been an increased interest in focusing on non-pharmacological means to management cognitive symptoms related to dementia. The clinical management of memory loss should focus both on pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches...
February 28, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Yasaman Safarpour, Bahman Jabbari
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are now among the most widely used therapeutic agents in clinical medicine with indications applied to the fields of movement disorders, pain disorders, and autonomic dysfunction. In this literature review, the efficacy and utility of BoNTs in the field of movement disorders are assessed using the criteria of the Guideline Development Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. The literature supports a level A efficacy (established) for BoNT therapy in cervical dystonia and a level B efficacy (probably effective) for blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, laryngeal dystonia (spasmodic dysphonia), task-specific dystonias, essential tremor, and Parkinson rest tremor...
February 24, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Tamara Ius, Daniela Cesselli, Miriam Isola, Giovanni Toniato, Giada Pauletto, Giovanni Sciacca, Sara Fabbro, Enrico Pegolo, Simona Rizzato, Antonio Paolo Beltrami, Carla di Loreto, Miran Skrap
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this study was to retrospectively evaluate the use of carmustine wafers (CWs) in the management of high-grade gliomas (HGGs). The data from our monoinstitutional series was compared with studies reported in the literature. Special emphasis was placed on the evaluation of side effects and the analysis of extent of resection and molecular profile as risk factors. RECENT FINDINGS: The implantation of CWs into the resection cavity during HGG treatment to deliver localized chemotherapy, followed by the Stupp protocol, remains debated in a clinical setting, largely due to the lack of appropriate phase III studies...
February 23, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Christina L Vaughan, Benzi M Kluger
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: While care for patients with movement disorders has traditionally focused on motor symptoms, there is increasing evidence that optimal care for these disorders is more complex both in terms of the spectrum of symptoms experienced by patients (e.g., pain, depression) and the multidimensional needs of patients and their families. Palliative care is an approach to the care of patients and families affected by serious illnesses that seeks to relieve suffering by addressing complex medical symptoms, psychosocial issues, spiritual well-being, and goals of care...
February 21, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Thomas J Cusack, J Ricardo Carhuapoma, Wendy C Ziai
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Spontaneous intraparenchymal hemorrhage (IPH) is a prominent challenge faced globally by neurosurgeons, neurologists, and intensivists. Over the past few decades, basic and clinical research efforts have been undertaken with the goal of delineating biologically and evidence-based practices aimed at decreasing mortality and optimizing the likelihood of meaningful functional outcome for patients afflicted with this devastating condition. Here, the authors review the medical and surgical approaches available for the treatment of spontaneous intraparenchymal hemorrhage, identifying areas of recent progress and ongoing research to delineate the scope and scale of IPH as it is currently understood and treated...
February 3, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Sarah E Hopkins
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Purpose of review Acute flaccid myelitis is a polio-like illness defined by the acute onset of flaccid paralysis in the setting spinal MRI demonstrating a longitudinal lesion in the gray matter of the cord. This paper aims to review the current state of knowledge and key clinical points for the diagnosis and management of acute flaccid myelitis. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent findings There were clusters of AFM noted in California and Colorado in 2014, with additional cases across the USA that year, and another spike in cases in 2016...
November 28, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Malcolm Proudfoot, Alastair Wilkins
Purpose of review The purpose of this review is to assess the evidence behind treatment regimens for cerebellar ataxias occurring in the context of systemic disease. We will address systemic conditions which are associated with specific involvement of the cerebellum (rather than widespread nervous system involvement) and those conditions for which some degree of evidence of treatment response exists. Recent findings We have divided systemic disorders affecting the cerebellum into systemic immunological disorders, endocrine and metabolic disorders and paraneoplastic...
November 25, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Nasim Sheikh-Bahaei, Seyed Ahmad Sajjadi, Aimee L Pierce
Purpose of review Alzheimer's disease (AD) and frontotemporal dementia can often be diagnosed accurately with careful clinical history, cognitive testing, neurological examination, and structural brain MRI. However, there are certain circumstances wherein detection of specific biomarkers of neurodegeneration or underlying AD pathology will impact the clinical diagnosis or treatment plan. We will review the currently available biomarkers for AD and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and discuss their clinical importance...
November 14, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
David P W Rastall, Andrea Amalfitano
Purpose of review Lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs) are a class of genetic disorders that are a testing ground for the invention of novel therapeutics including enzyme replacement therapy (ERT), substrate reduction therapy (SRT), gene therapy, and hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). This review summarizes recently approved drugs, then examines the successful clinical trials in gene therapy and HSCT. Recent findings The FDA has recently approved a second SRT by reversing an earlier FDA decision, suggesting a favorable regulatory landscape going forward...
November 4, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Marco Mula
Purpose of review The pharmacological treatment of patients with epilepsy and psychiatric comorbidities may sometimes represent a therapeutic challenge. This review is focused on the pharmacological management of patients with epilepsy and psychiatric problems in terms of rationalization of the antiepileptic drug (AED) treatment and the pharmacological management of the most clinically relevant psychiatric comorbidities, namely mood and anxiety disorders, psychoses, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)...
October 19, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Eduardo Nobile-Orazio, Mariangela Bianco, Andrea Nozza
Purpose of review Several advances have been made on the pathogenesis and therapy of neuropathies associated with paraproteinemia (monoclonal gammopathy). It is important for the neurologist to understand the pathogenetic relevance of this association especially when the hematological disease does not require per se any therapy. Recent findings Treatment of the neuropathy in patients with malignant paraproteinemia is mainly addressed by the hematologist while the neurologist is mainly involved in the initial diagnosis and in deciding whether the neuropathy is caused by the disease or by the chemotherapy used for the disease...
October 16, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Babak Tousi
Proper diagnosis of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) in clinical practice remains suboptimal as many cases are misdiagnosed, usually as Alzheimer disease (AD) or Parkinson's disease (PD) and, in rare cases, psychosis. Therefore, it is important for patients with dementia to be thoroughly evaluated by a specialist who is familiar with current diagnostic tests and treatment options. New diagnostic criteria from the Dementia with Lewy Bodies Consortium have been developed to increase diagnostic sensitivity for DLB (Diagnosis and management of dementia with Lewy bodies: fourth consensus report of the DLB Consortium; McKeith et al...
October 9, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Clinton G Lauritsen, Michael J Marmura
Vestibular migraine (VM) is a disorder with a spectrum of clinical presentations and among the most common causes of chronic vestibular symptoms. Some present with attacks before or during typical migraine, but many others have fluctuating or daily symptoms. While the symptoms and pathogenesis of vestibular migraine may have elements of both central and peripheral disorders, hearing loss should be absent. VM typically worsens with activity and head movements in general, and encompasses symptoms of vertigo, disequilibrium, or imbalance...
September 30, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Supriya Mahajan, Brian S Appleby
Purpose of review The sudden emergence of a change in cognitive abilities or behavior is an important symptom that warrants medical evaluation and may represent the early stages of a rapidly progressive dementia (RPD). To correctly ascertain the cause of RPD in a given patient, the clinician must be methodical and knowledgeable about the range of potential causes and must move forward with supportive treatment, and in some cases empiric treatment, based on clinical features alone. Recent findings Significant advances in prion disease biomarkers, the molecular features of rapidly progressive Alzheimer's disease, and new detection of autoimmune limbic encephalitis disease entities have caused a shift in the diagnostic and treatment framework of RPD...
September 30, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Kemar E Green, David Rastall, Eric Eggenberger
The treatment of both hemifacial spasm (HFS) and blepharospasm (BEB) requires making the appropriate clinical diagnosis. Advance imaging and electrophysiologic studies are useful; however, one's clinical suspicion is paramount. The purpose of this review is to summarize current and emerging therapies for both entities. Botulinum toxin (BTX) remains the first-line therapy to treat both conditions. If chemodenervation has failed, surgery may be considered. Due to the risks associated with surgery, the benefits of this option must be carefully weighed...
September 30, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Ivan Rocha Ferreira da Silva, Jennifer A Frontera
Anticoagulation is a vital therapy in a number of different disease processes, and is strongly recommended for the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation and/or with mechanical prosthetic heart valves. Studies involving patients on oral anticoagulants (OACs) have revealed that ICH can occur eight times more frequently in this population, with an annual estimated incidence of 0.25 to 1.1%. The decision of whether and when to resume anticoagulation following intracranial hemorrhage is challenging and requires an assessment of associated risks and benefits...
September 30, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Mette Cathrine Ørngreen, John Vissing
Metabolic myopathies are disorders affecting utilization of carbohydrates or fat in the skeletal muscle. Adult patients with metabolic myopathies typically present with exercise-induced pain, contractures or stiffness, fatigue, and myoglobinuria. Symptoms are related to energy failure. Purpose of review In this review, the current treatment options, including exercise therapy, dietary treatment, pharmacological supplementation, gene transcription, and enzyme replacement therapy, are described. Recent findings Recognition of the metabolic block in the metabolic myopathies has started the development of new therapeutic options...
September 21, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Anna Bersano, Gloria Bedini, Joshua Oskam, Caterina Mariotti, Franco Taroni, Silvia Baratta, Eugenio Agostino Parati
CADASIL is a life-threatening and disabling disease. Despite the progress achieved so far, no therapies able to limit the disease progression have been found and only empiric treatments can be employed to relieve the main disease symptoms. Further in vivo studies as well as data aggregation and multi-centre controlled clinical trials are needed to confirm the emerging findings in order to identify evidence-based therapies for CADASIL.
September 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
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