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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217270/neurological-assessment-and-nerve-conduction-study-findings-in-22-patients-with-alkaptonuria-from-jordan
#1
Omar Alrawashdeh, Mohammad Alsbou, Hamed Alzoubi, Hani Al-Shagahin
Alkaptonuria is a rare metabolic disease characterised by accumulative deposition of homogentisic acid in the connective tissue of the body. This results in early degeneration of tendons, cartilages, heart valves, and other tissues. The main objective of the study is to examine the possibility of the nervous system involvement in patients with alkaptonuria The sample consists of two groups; 22 patients with AKU and 20 controls. A neurological assessment has been carried out including detailed medical history, neurological examination, and a nerve conduction study of the nerves of the dominant hand...
November 2, 2016: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217269/common-carotid-artery-occlusion-presenting-with-recurrent-syncopal-episodes
#2
Imran Kader, Steven M Jones, Catherine Harrison, Ferdinand Miteff, Senthil Kumar
Symptomatic common carotid artery (CCA) occlusion is an uncommon occurrence that may require surgical intervention. We aim to describe a case of CCA occlusion that presented with the unusual symptom of recurrent syncope. A 69-year-old lady presented with a history of recurrent syncopal episodes and amaurosis fugax associated with left leg weakness. She was found to have a right CCA occlusion on duplex ultrasound and angiography. She underwent a right common carotid endarterectomy and intraoperative findings revealed a heavily calcified plaque in the CCA just proximal to the bifurcation with organised thrombus filling the CCA proximally...
November 2, 2016: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217268/anti-musk-positive-myasthenia-gravis-and-three-semiological-cardinal-signs
#3
André P C Matta, Ana C Andorinho F Ferreira, Arielle Kirmse, Anna Carolina Damm, João Gabriel D I B Farinhas, Mariane D Barbosa, Mayara C M Teles, Camila Fiorelli, Rossano Fiorelli, Osvaldo J M Nascimento, Marco Orsini
Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a relatively uncommon disorder with an annual incidence of approximately 7 to 9 new cases per million. The prevalence is about 70 to 165 per million. The prevalence of the disease has been increasing over the past five decades. This is thought to be due to better recognition of the condition, aging of the population, and the longer life span of affected patients. MG causes weakness, predominantly in bulbar, facial, and extra-ocular muscles, often fluctuating over minutes to weeks, in the absence of wasting, sensory loss, or reflex changes...
November 2, 2016: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217267/results-of-the-belgian-sentinel-network-of-general-practitioners-on-the-involvement-of-therapists-in-stroke-rehabilitation
#4
Silke Francois, Viviane Van Casteren, Katrien Vanthomme, Liesbeth Borgermans, Dirk Devroey
This study examines which therapists are involved in the rehabilitation of stroke survivors in Belgium at different points in time. A nationwide registration of stroke patients was provided by 199 and 189 family physicians working in sentinel practices for the years 2009 and 2010 respectively. 326 patients who were diagnosed with stroke were included. Patients with paralysis/paresis received significant more physiotherapy after one month (63%) compared to non-paralysed patients (38%) (P = 0.005). Residing in a nursing home was associated with higher proportions of patients receiving physiotherapy, both after one (P = 0...
November 2, 2016: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994829/severe-cold-lower-limbs-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease-during-the-summer
#5
Hiroshi Kataoka, Satoshi Ueno
Parkinson's disease (PD) is frequently associated with vasomotor symptoms such as distal cold limbs or sensitivity to cold. Coldness of the lower limbs (COL) usually occurs in winter and is often accompanied by pain, potentially causing difficulty in walking or standing. A standard dopaminergic treatment for such symptoms is yet to be established. We describe two patients with PD, who had severe COL during summer. For example, the patients wore many pairs of socks or used heating appliances in the summer. Severe COL can occur in summertime and can be intolerable or unpleasant, since it can worsen disability...
November 2, 2016: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994828/prevalence-of-asymptomatic-neurophysiological-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-in-130-healthy-individuals
#6
Omar Alrawashdeh
Diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is frequently confirmed by performing nerve conduction studies. Previous studies demonstrated that abnormal nerve conduction study (NCS) is suggestive of CTS among asymptomatic individuals. However, previous studies included individuals with risk factors for the syndrome. A NCS was performed on the median and ulnar nerves in 130 healthy individuals. About 15% of individuals in this study demonstrated electrodiagnostic evidence of carpal tunnels syndrome. Four cases have shown signs of isolated median neuropathy with normal median sensory component...
November 2, 2016: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994827/cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-what-the-neurologist-should-know
#7
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Celmir de Oliveira Vilaça, Marco Orsini, Marco A Araujo Leite, Marcos R G de Freitas, Eduardo Davidovich, Rossano Fiorelli, Stenio Fiorelli, Camila Fiorelli, Acary Bulle Oliveira, Bruno Lima Pessoa
Cervical spondylotic myelopathy is a well-known cause of disability among older people. A significant amount of these patients is asymptomatic. Once the symptoms start, the worsening may follow a progressive manner. We should suspect of spondylotic myelopathy in any individual over 55 years presenting progressive changes in gait or losing fine motor control of the upper limbs. Despite its frequent prevalence, this condition is still neglected and many times confused with other supratentorial lesions regarding diagnostic...
November 2, 2016: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761229/neurosyphilis-with-normal-pressure-hydrocephalus-and-dementia-paralytica-serial-clinical-laboratory-and-radiological-correlations-in-the-21st-century
#8
Kamille Abdool, Karan Seegobin, Kanterpersad Ramcharan, Adrian Alexander, Leandra Julien-Legen, Stanley Lawrence Giddings, Samuel Aboh, Fidel Rampersad
We report a case of a 46-year-old man presenting with a progressive cognitive decline, ataxic gait, urinary incontinence for 4 months and neuroimaging consistent with normal pressure hydrocephalus. The atypical presentation of a progressively worsening dysphasia and a right hemiparesis dismissed as a vascular event 1 month earlier associated with normal pressure hydrocephalus prompted further investigations confirming neurosyphilis also manifesting as dementia paralytica. Treatment using consensus guidelines led to resumption of activities of daily living...
September 30, 2016: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761228/hereditary-neuropathy-with-liability-to-pressure-palsies-a-single-center-experience-in-southern-brazil
#9
Paulo José Lorenzoni, Cláudia Suemi Kamoi Kay, Cristiane Cavalet, Raquel C Arndt, Lineu Cesar Werneck, Rosana Herminia Scola
The spectrum of clinical and electrophysiological features in hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies (HNPP) is broad. We analyze a series of Brazilian patients with HNPP. Correlations between clinical manifestations, laboratory features, electrophysiological analyze, histological and molecular findings were done. In five cases, more than one episode occurred before diagnosis. Median nerve in the carpal tunnel at the wrist, ulnar nerve in its groove at the elbow, fibular nerve in the head of the fibula at the knee, radial nerve in its groove of the humerus and suprascapular nerve in its notch at the supraspinous fossa were found as focal neuropathies...
September 30, 2016: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761227/the-chronic-encephalopathy-of-parry-romberg-syndrome-and-en-coupe-de-sabre-with-a-31-year-history-in-a-west-indian-woman-clinical-immunologic-and-neuroimaging-abnormalities
#10
Karan Seegobin, Kamille Abdool, Kanterpersad Ramcharan, Haramnauth Dyaanand, Fidel Rampersad
We describe a case of Parry Romberg syndrome/en coupe de sabre in a woman whose disease started as seizures at age 8 but was diagnosed at the age 39. During these 31 years she got married, completed a first degree at university, had two successful pregnancies and has been gainfully employed. The features of generalized tonic-clonic seizures, autoimmune abnormalities, ocular abnormalities, morphea en coup de sabre and brain imaging abnormalities were present. Areas of parietal lobe cerebral calcification were encountered on the computed tomographic scan and bilateral periventricular white matter changes on the magnetic resonance imaging with frontal, temporal and parietal lobe brain atrophy ipsilateral to the facial hemiatrophy...
September 30, 2016: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761226/injectable-disease-modifying-agents-in-multiple-sclerosis-pattern-of-medication-use-and-clinical-effectiveness
#11
Elina Järvinen, Markus Holmberg, Marja-Liisa Sumelahti
The objective of this study was to assess long-term use, adherence and efficacy of injectable disease modifying agents (DMAs). Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients diagnosed during 2002-2010 with early treatment start and at least one year in first choice medication were included in a large university district in Finland. Annualized relapse rates (ARR) during each treatment period were studied, and number of switches by medication evaluated. Use of health care facilities during 2002-2010 was assessed. In the study were included 113 MS patients; 15 (13%) switched medication...
September 30, 2016: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761225/multiple-sclerosis-patients-valuing-their-own-health-status-valuation-and-psychometric-properties-of-the-15d
#12
Ioannis E Dagklis, Vasilis H Aletras, Efthymia Tsantaki, Anastasios Orologas, Dimitrios Niakas
An ongoing debate on decision and cost-utility analyses is whether to use preferences of general public or patients. The aim of this study was to replicate the valuation procedure of the multi-attribute utility generic measure, 15D, using a sample of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and to assess its psychometric properties. Consecutive outpatient MS patients were recruited from two MS centers in Greece. The three-stage valuation procedure was applied and, with the use of elicited preference weights, an MS patients' algorithm was developed...
September 30, 2016: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761224/neuro-ophthalmological-manifestations-after-intramuscular-medroxyprogesterone-a-forme-fruste-of-idiopathic-intracranial-hypertension
#13
Mandreker Bahall, Antonio Jose Reyes, Kanterpersad Ramcharan, Nadeem Hosein, Karan Seegobin, Krishni Bahall, Hiranyadeva Sharma, Stephanie Dhansingh, Amanda Mahabir
We report a case of a 22-year-old female student nurse who presented to hospital with an acute neuro-ophthalmological syndrome characterized by papilledema, ataxia, ophthalmoplegia and headache after a single first time use of 150 mg medroxyprogesterone intramuscular injection. Clinical, laboratory, radiological and ophthalmological investigations were in keeping with the diagnosis of idiopathic intracranial hypertension but lumbar puncture did not show a raised cerebrospinal fluid pressure suggesting a forme fruste of this entity...
September 30, 2016: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27441068/does-intravenous-administration-of-recombinant-tissue-plasminogen-activator-for-ischemic-stroke-can-cause-inferior-myocardial-infarction
#14
Mostafa Almasi, Saeed Razmeh, Amir Hassan Habibi, Amir Hassan Rezaee
Recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rTPA) is one of the main portions of acute ischemic stroke management, but unfortunately has some complications. Myocardial infarction (MI) is a hazardous complication of administration of intravenous rTPA that has been reported recently. A 78-year-old lady was admitted for elective coronary artery bypass graft surgery. On the second day of admission, she developed acute left hemiparesis and intravenous rTPA was administered within 120 minutes. Three hours later, she has had chest pain...
June 15, 2016: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27441067/frontotemporal-dementia-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-from-rarity-to-reality
#15
Marco Orsini, Ana Carolina Andorinho de Freitas Ferreira, Osvaldo J M Nascimento, Jano Alves de Souza, Thaís Nascimento Magalhães, Anna Carolina Damm de Assis, Larissa Kozow Westin, Bruno Pessoa, Acary Bulle Oliveira, Rossano Fiorelli, Marcos R G de Freitas, Juliana Bittencourt, Stenio Fiorelli, Maria Fernanda Freitas Ferreira Moreira, Pedro Ribeiro
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 15, 2016: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27441066/ataxia-and-hypogonadotropic-hypogonadism-with-intrafamilial-variability-caused-by-rnf216-mutation
#16
Mohammed Alqwaifly, Saeed Bohlega
Gordon Holmes syndrome (GHS) is a distinct phenotype of autosomal recessive cerebellar ataxia, characterized by ataxia, dementia, reproductive defects and hypogonadism; it has been recently found to be associated with RNF216 mutation. We performed whole-exome sequencing and filtered the resulting novel variants by the coordinates of the shared autozygome. We identified a novel splicing variant in RNF216 that is likely to abolish the canonical splice site at the junction of exon/intron 13 (NM_207111.3:c.2061G>A)...
June 15, 2016: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27441065/neuropathic-pain-treatment-still-a-challenge
#17
Osvaldo J M Nascimento, Bruno L Pessoa, Marco Orsini, Pedro Ribeiro, Eduardo Davidovich, Camila Pupe, Pedro Moreira Filho, Ricardo Menezes Dornas, Lucas Masiero, Juliana Bittencourt, Victor Hugo Bastos
Neuropathic pain (NP) is the result of a series of conditions caused by diseases or lesions to the somatosensory system. Due to the better understanding of NP pathophysiology previously unexplored therapies have been used with encouraging results. In this group, acetyl-L-carnitine, alpha-lipoic-acid, cannabinoids, clonidine, EMA401, botulinum toxin type A and new voltage-gated sodium channel blockers, can be included. Besides, changing paradigms may occur with the advent of optogenetics and a better understanding of epigenetic regulation...
June 15, 2016: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27441064/diagnostic-value-of-d-dimer-s-serum-level-in-iranian-patients-with-cerebral-venous-thrombosis
#18
Leila Hashami, Vahid Rakhshan, Hoda Karimian, Mehdi Moghaddasi
Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) is a long-term debilitating vascular brain disease with high morbidity and mortality. It may be associated with rise in D-dimer level. The aim of this study was to examine this potential association and identify the critical D-dimer cut-off level corresponding to increase the risk of CVT. This case-control study was conducted on two groups of patients with and without CVT attending the Rasool Akram Hospital (Iran) during 2014 and 2015. D-dimer levels were measured by the rapid sensitive D-dimer assay...
June 15, 2016: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27127601/central-neurogenic-hyperventilation-related-to-post-hypoxic-thalamic-lesion-in-a-child
#19
Pinar Gençpinar, Kamil Karaali, Şenay Haspolat, Oğuz Dursun
Central neurogenic hyperventilation (CNH) is a rare clinical condition, whose mechanism is still unclear. Here, we report a 3-year-old male patient, who had bilateral thalamic, putaminal and globus pallideal infarction resulted in CNH without brainstem involvement. This case may illustrate a possible role for the thalamus in regulating ventilation.
April 1, 2016: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27127600/metronidazole-induced-cerebellar-toxicity
#20
Amit Agarwal, Sangam Kanekar, Shyam Sabat, Krishnamurthy Thamburaj
Metronidazole is a very common antibacterial and antiprotozoal with wide usage across the globe, including the least developed countries. It is generally well-tolerated with a low incidence of serious side-effects. Neurological toxicity is fairly common with this drug, however majority of these are peripheral neuropathy with very few cases of central nervous toxicity reported. We report the imaging findings in two patients with cerebellar dysfunction after Metronidazole usage. Signal changes in the dentate and red nucleus were seen on magnetic resonance imaging in these patients...
April 1, 2016: Neurology International
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