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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307101/aciclovir-induced-acute-kidney-injury-in-patients-with-suspected-viral-encephalitis-encountered-on-a-liaison-neurology-service
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Petya Bogdanova-Mihaylova, David Burke, John P O'Dwyer, David Bradley, Jennifer A Williams, Simon J Cronin, Shane Smyth, Raymond P Murphy, Sinead M Murphy, Catherine Wall, Dominick J H McCabe
BACKGROUND: Patients with 'suspected viral encephalitis' are frequently empirically treated with intravenous aciclovir. Increasing urea and creatinine are 'common', but rapidly progressive renal failure is reported to be 'very rare'. AIMS: To describe the clinical course and outcome of cases of aciclovir-induced acute kidney injury (AKI) encountered by the Liaison Neurology Service at AMNCH and to highlight the importance of surveillance and urgent treatment of this iatrogenic complication...
January 6, 2018: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305757/metabolic-encephalopathy-behind-the-name
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Eelco F M Wijdicks
Metabolic encephalopathy may be the most common diagnosis in consultative acute neurology. The origin of this term is not generally known but can be traced back. The term replaced more commonly used designations such as organic or functional. The term metabolic encephalopathy was originally linked to organ dysfunction but subsequently became more imprecise. When it expanded to include a large number of diseases, it evolved to "metabolic neuronal dysfunction" and soon could not be distinguished from "quiet delirium" and other designations...
January 5, 2018: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284821/the-tale-of-the-storyteller-and-the-painter-the-paradoxes-in-nature
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Sadanandavalli Retnaswami Chandra, Lakshminarayanapuram Gopal Viswanathan, Rahul Wahatule, Safal Shetty
Introduction: Brain as the seat of behavior is acknowledged from the times of Charaka, however where neurology ends and philosophy begins remains an enigma. It is certainly every neurologist's observation that there is loss of function either region based or domain based in progressive diseases of the nervous system making it the seat of all useful activities. However, there are references to occurrence of new skills seen during various illnesses causing progressive cognitive dysfunction...
November 2017: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277430/challenges-facing-palliative-neurology-practice-a-qualitative-analysis
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T E Gofton, M Chum, V Schulz, B T Gofton, A Sarpal, C Watling
PURPOSE: This study aimed to develop a conceptual understanding of the specific characteristics of palliative care in neurology and the challenges of providing palliative care in the setting of neurological illness. METHOD: The study was conducted at London Health Sciences Centre in Canada using grounded theory methodology. Qualitative thematic analysis was applied to focus group (health care providers physicians, nursing, allied health, trainees) and semi-structured interview (patient-caregiver dyads) data to explore challenges facing the delivery of palliative care in neurology...
December 7, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223069/neuropsychological-and-clinical-heterogeneity-of-cognitive-impairment-in-patients-with-multiple-system-atrophy
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Lorena Broseghini Barcelos, Flávia Saad, Carla Giacominelli, Roberta Arb Saba, Patrícia Maria de Carvalho Aguiar, Sonia Maria Azevedo Silva, Vanderci Borges, Paulo Henrique Ferreira Bertolucci, Henrique Ballalai Ferraz
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated neuropsychological tests to compare cognitive impairment between two types of multiple system atrophy: predominant parkinsonism (MSA-P) and predominant cerebellar ataxia (MSA-C). PATIENTS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 14 patients diagnosed with MSA: four with MSA-C and ten with MSA-P. Presence of motor symptoms was determined by using the Unified Rating MSA Scale (URMSAS). Non-motor symptoms were evaluated by the Short Form Health Survey (SF-36), Scales for Outcomes in Parkinson's disease Autonomic (SCOPA-AUT), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI)...
October 31, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213506/symptoms-of-depression-in-patients-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Ana Lara Soares Blum Malak, Luiz Felipe Vasconcellos, João Santos Pereira, Denise Vieira Greca, Manuela Cruz, Heloisa Veiga Dias Alves, Mariana Sptiz, Helenice Charchat-Fichman
Objective: To investigate the most frequent depressive symptoms and their association with cognition in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Methods: 48 patients with PD and 44 controls (CG), aged between 50 and 80 years and with at least 4 years of formal education, all with MCI and none diagnosed with depression, were assessed. Patients and controls were matched for age, education, and Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) score...
April 2017: Dementia & Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29201546/neurologists-dealing-with-sickness-certification-experiences-of-problems-and-need-of-competence
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Åsa Snöljung, Jenny Kärrholm, Elin Hinas, Kristina Alexanderson
Rationale and Aims: Most studies on physicians' sickness certification practices include general practitioners (GP) while there hardly is any knowledge on this regarding neurologists although neurological diseases often involve work incapacity and need of sick leave. Aim: The aim was to describe experiences among neurologists in Sweden concerning their work with sickness certification of patients. Method: A cross-sectional study of 265 neurologists' responses in a nationwide survey regarding their work with sickness certification of patients was conducted...
November 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192065/peripheral-nerve-function-estimation-by-linear-model-of-multi-cmap-responses-for-surgical-intervention-in-acoustic-neuroma-surgery
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Dilok Puanhvuan, Sorayouth Chumnanvej, Yodchanan Wongsawat
Nerve function assessments are crucial for surgical intervention during acoustic neuroma surgery. Cranial nerves such as acoustic and facial nerves, can be possibly damaged during tumor dissection. Proper surgical intervention should prevent neurological deficit and achieve total tumor removal. Conventionally, nerve function is qualitatively evaluated by surgeon and neurologist. Facial nerves can be preserved by monitoring the compound muscle action potential (CMAP) response. The differences in the amplitude and latency of CMAP are used as indicators during surgical interventions...
December 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29182194/-performance-of-an-abbreviated-mini-mental-examination-to-detect-dementia-in-older-people
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Daniel Jiménez, Manuel Lavados, Paula Rojas, Claudio Henríquez, Fernando Silva, Marta Guillón
BACKGROUND: The usefulness of the abbreviated Mini-Mental State Examination included in the Chilean Functional assessment of elderly people (MM-SE-EFAM) to detect Dementia has not been determined. AIM: To assess the performance of the MMSE-EFAM to detect dementia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We studied a non-probabilistic sample of subjects older than 65 years who had been assessed by the MMSE-EFAM in a Chilean primary care center during a period of 6 months...
July 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157315/botulinum-toxin-type-a-injections-as-monotherapy-for-upper-limb-essential-tremor-using-kinematics
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Olivia Samotus, Niraj Kumar, Philippe Rizek, Mandar Jog
BACKGROUND: There is a significant need for a targeted therapy for essential tremor (ET), as medications have not been developed specifically for ET, and the ones prescribed are often not well-tolerated, so that many patients remain untreated. Recent work has shown that, unlike previous experience, kinematically guided individualized botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A) injections provide benefit along with minimal weakness. Ours is the first long-term (96-week) safety and efficacy study of BoNT-A as monotherapy for ET using kinematically driven injection parameters...
November 21, 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156906/the-development-of-neurology-palliative-care-service-for-motor-neuron-disease-mnd-patients-hong-kong-experience
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Hon Wai Benjamin Cheng, Wai Tsan Tracy Chen, Chun Kwok Angus Chu, Savio Lee, Joo Shium Lee, Yeuk Fai Hong, Yuen Kwan Judy Chung
BACKGROUND: Motor neuron disease (MND) is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by loss of motor neurons in the spinal cord, brainstem and motor cortex. Clinically it is manifested as progressive decline in physical, respiratory, swallowing and communication function and ultimately death. Traditional model of care was fragmented and did not match with patients and carers multi-facet needs. METHODS: A special workgroup for MND patients that includes neurologist, respiratory physician, rehabilitation specialist and palliative care (PC) physician was formed in Hong Kong since year 2013...
September 15, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151092/conversion-factitious-disorder-and-malingering-a-distinct-pattern-or-a-continuum
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Silvio Galli, Laurent Tatu, Julien Bogousslavsky, Selma Aybek
This chapter is aimed at highlighting the recent findings concerning physiopathology, diagnosis, and management of conversion, factitious disorder, and malingering. Conversion disorder is the unintentional production of neurological symptom, whereas malingering and factitious disorder represent the voluntary production of symptoms with internal or external incentives. They have a close history and this has been frequently confounded. Practitioners are often confronted to medically unexplained symptoms; they represent almost 30% of neurologist's consultation...
2018: Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116546/sir-gordon-morgan-holmes-1876-1965-one-of-the-founders-of-modern-neurology
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Jarosław Jerzy Sak, Andrzej Grzybowski, Jacek Baj
Sir Gordon Morgan Holmes (1876-1965) was one of the most important founders of modern neurology and a great teacher and scientist. He was the first scientist to challenge the theory of the unitary function of the cerebellum and described cerebellar disorders. Holmes together with Thomas Grainger Stewart (1877-1957) described 40 cases of the rebound phenomenon in cerebellar disease (Stewart-Holmes maneuver or Stewart-Holmes test). He also described the symptoms of inherited neurodegenerative spinocerebellar ataxia involving the olivary nucleus (Gordon-Holmes syndrome)...
November 7, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095321/burden-of-seizure-clusters-on-patients-with-epilepsy-and-caregivers-survey-of-patient-caregiver-and-clinician-perspectives
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Patricia E Penovich, Janice Buelow, Kathy Steinberg, Joseph Sirven, James Wheless
OBJECTIVES: To characterize the burden of seizure clusters (SC) on patients and caregivers, a large internet-based survey was conducted. METHODS: The Seizure Cluster Burden of Illness US Survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of The Epilepsy Foundation in September 2014. Respondents included adult patients 18 years and above with epilepsy or a seizure disorder who had experienced SC in the past year (defined as ≥2 seizures within 24 h outside the patient's typical seizure pattern), caregivers providing current care for a patient with SC (adult or child), and clinicians (neurologists, epileptologists) who treat adult or pediatric patients...
November 2017: Neurologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094067/comorbidities-confounding-the-outcomes-of-surgery-for-third-window-syndrome-outlier-analysis
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P Ashley Wackym, Heather T Mackay-Promitas, Shaban Demirel, Gerard J Gianoli, Martin S Gizzi, Dale M Carter, David A Siker
Objective: Patients with third window syndrome and superior semicircular canal dehiscence (SSCD) symptoms whose surgical outcomes placed them as outliers were systematically studied to determine comorbidities that were responsible for their poor outcomes due to these confounding factors. Study Design: Observational analytic case-control study in a tertiary referral center. Methods: Twelve adult patients with clinical SSCD syndrome underwent surgical management and had outcomes that did not resolve all of their subjective symptoms...
October 2017: Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089746/the-impact-of-quality-of-life-on-treatment-preferences-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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Gitte Lee Mortensen, Peter V Rasmussen
INTRODUCTION: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating disorder with an unpredictable and often disabling course. MS symptoms are very heterogeneous and may lead to reduced physical, cognitive, and psychosocial functioning decreasing patients' quality of life (QoL). Today, various disease-modifying treatments (DMTs) may prevent disease progression. However, it is increasingly complex to select the right therapy for a given patient and patient preferences should be considered when making treatment decisions...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071698/-movement-disorders-units-and-management-of-motor-fluctuations-in-advanced-parkinson-s-disease
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O de Fabregues, A Gironell, D Rossello-Jimenez, E Regueras
INTRODUCTION: Advanced Parkinson's disease (PD) entails complications, such as motor fluctuations. In Spain, medical attention for such cases is often provided in movement disorder units (MDU). AIM: To gain further knowledge of the diagnostic resources and therapeutic approach of MDU. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted. The researchers designed an on-line questionnaire, addressed to neurologists from MDUs, containing 48 questions about the resources they have available, the number of patients with PD and motor fluctuations that have been attended to, as well as the therapeutic approach, according to the Hoehn and Yahr (HY) scale...
November 1, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29060941/on-one-approach-to-health-protection-music%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-brain
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Alexander Fedotchev, Grigoriy Radchenko, Anna Zemlianaia
This review presents the current status of a method for prevention and timely correction of human functional disturbances that was first proposed by Russian neurologist Ya.I. Levin in 1998 and further developed by the authors. The approach is named "Music of the Brain" and is based on musical or music-like stimulation organized in strict accordance with the biopotentials of a patient's brain. Initial studies on the music of the brain approach were analyzed, and its limitations were noted. To enhance the efficiency and usability of the approach, several combinations of music therapy with neurofeedback technique - musical neurofeedback - were developed...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056771/diagnostic-delays-in-rheumatic-diseases-with-associated-arthritis
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Filip Raciborski, Anna Kłak, Brygida Kwiatkowska, Bogdan Batko, Małgorzata Sochocka-Bykowska, Aleksandra Zoń-Giebel, Zbigniew Gola, Zbigniew Guzera, Maria Maślińska
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the length of delay in diagnosis of inflammatory rheumatic diseases, and to indicate the main factors responsible for such delays. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective multi-centre questionnaire survey carried out among 197 patients with diagnosed inflammatory rheumatic diseases or undergoing the diagnostic process. RESULTS: The most common early symptoms of inflammatory rheumatic disease included joint pain (94%), joint swelling (78%), morning joint stiffness (77%), fatigue (76%), and sleep disturbed by joint pain (74%)...
2017: Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044088/management-of-idiopathic-intracranial-hypertension-in-an-infant-with-bilateral-congenital-cataract-and-associated-comitant-sensory-esotropia
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Jyoti Himanshu Matalia, Sheetal Shirke, Hemant Anaspure, Pooja Ghalla, Minal Kekatpure
In this report, we describe the management of a child with bilateral cataract, nystagmus, and comitant sensory esotropia. Routine ultrasonography done before cataract surgery revealed bilateral disc edema confirmed as idiopathic intracranial hypertension by a pediatric neurologist. The primary intervention for cataract surgery was followed by nonresolving papilledema, despite maximum medical therapy. To salvage the optic nerve function in a nonverbal child, bilateral optic nerve sheath decompression was planned with simultaneous medial rectus recessions for the persistent esotropia with the satisfactory postoperative outcome...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
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