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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798722/autonomic-neuropathy-and-albuminocytologic-dissociation-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-as-the-presenting-features-of-primary-amyloidosis-a-case-report
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Jingjing Li, Yi Li, Hongbing Chen, Shihui Xing, Huiyu Feng, Dawei Liu, Dilong Wang, Jinsheng Zeng, Yuhua Fan
OBJECTIVE: Primary amyloidosis is a disease with a poor prognosis and multi-organ involvement. Here, we report the clinical and pathological features of a patient with primary amyloidosis featuring autonomic neuropathy as the initial symptom and albuminocytologic dissociation in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). METHODS: The patient was a 60-year-old Chinese male with numbness, orthostatic hypotension, and gastrointestinal symptoms. For diagnosis, we performed an electromyogram (EMG), lumbar puncture, Bence Jones protein urine test, serum electrophoresis blood test, sural nerve and rectal membrane biopsies, transthyretin (TTR) gene sequencing, and bone marrow puncture...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781912/nursing-review-section-of-surgical-neurology-international-part-1-lumbar-disc-disease
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Nancy E Epstein, Renee D Hollingsworth
BACKGROUND: Patients with lumbar disc disease may present with low back pain, pain that radiates down into the lower extremity (radiculopathy), and leg pain that increases with ambulation (neurogenic claudication). Patients may first undergo diagnostic studies [(magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomographic (CT) examinations] to determine whether there is any significant nerve root or thecal sac compression. METHODS: Increasingly, patients with low back pain with/without radiculopathy are being screened by nurses rather than by neurologists or neurosurgeons/orthopedists...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777176/circadian-rhythm-sleep-wake-disorders
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Milena Pavlova
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The endogenous circadian rhythms are one of the cardinal processes that control sleep. They are self-sustaining biological rhythms with a periodicity of approximately 24 hours that may be entrained by external zeitgebers (German for time givers), such as light, exercise, and meal times. This article discusses the physiology of the circadian rhythms, their relationship to neurologic disease, and the presentation and treatment of circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders...
August 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768356/-singultus-diagnostic-workup-and-therapy
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Ohlrich Marcus, Georg Royl
A hiccup is a reflex movement with diffusely distributed afferents and efferents in the thorax; its functional relevance is controversial. In its physiological form, it is mostly a minor complaint that stops spontaneously and rarely leads to medical consultation. However, prolonged agonizing hiccups represent serious deterioration of quality of life. Chronic hiccups by definition last for more than 48 h, with gastroesophageal reflux being the frequent underlying disease. Various other causes affect multiple organ systems, some with serious underlying diseases...
July 2017: Laryngo- Rhino- Otologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766993/streamlined-edss-for-use-in-multiple-sclerosis-clinical-practice-development-and-cross-sectional-comparison-to-edss
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Laura E Baldassari, Amber R Salter, Erin E Longbrake, Anne H Cross, Robert T Naismith
BACKGROUND: The Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) is the standard measure of disability in multiple sclerosis clinical trials. The EDSS has limited application in the clinical setting due to required completion time and scoring complexity. Systematically recording an objective, simplified, less time-intensive, and neurologist-derived disability score would be beneficial for patient care. OBJECTIVE: To develop and validate a streamlined version of the Expanded Disability Status Scale (sEDSS) for clinical monitoring...
July 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761524/selective-dorsal-rhizotomy-a-multidisciplinary-approach-to-treating-spastic-diplegia
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Hussam Abou Al-Shaar, Muhammad Tariq Imtiaz, Hazem Alhalabi, Shara M Alsubaie, Abdulrahman J Sabbagh
BACKGROUND: Spasticity is a motor disorder that interferes with mobility and affects the quality of life. Different approaches have been utilized to address patients with spastic diplegia, among which is selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR). Although SDR has been shown to be efficacious in treating spastic patients, many neurologists and neurosurgeons are not well aware of the procedure, its indications, and expected outcomes due to the limited number of centers performing this procedure...
July 2017: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741976/fampridine-response-in-ms-patients-with-gait-impairment-in-a-real-world-setting-need-for-new-response-criteria
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Francisco Alejandro Rodriguez-Leal, Rocco Haase, Katja Thomas, Judith Christina Eisele, Undine Proschmann, Thorsten Schultheiss, Raimar Kern, Tjalf Ziemssen
OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of this real-world study was to describe the response to fampridine and changes of gait parameters in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients' walking disability (Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS): 4-7) after treatment with fampridine for 2 weeks as recommended by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and compare it with the overall physician's judgement. METHODS: A total of 211 adult MS patients were analyzed using a multimodal gait assessment including the timed 25-foot walk test (T25FW), 2-minute walking test (2-MWT), 12-item Multiple Sclerosis Walking Scale (MSWS-12), the GAITRite electronic walkway system, and the patients' clinical global impression (CGI)...
July 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735720/a-randomized-controlled-trial-to-examine-the-impact-of-aquatic-exercise-training-on-functional-capacity-balance-and-perceptions-of-fatigue-in-female-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Mehdi Kargarfard, Ardalan Shariat, Lee Ingle, Joshua A Cleland, Mina Kargarfard
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effects of 8-weeks aquatic exercise training program on functional capacity, balance, and perceptions of fatigue in women with multiple sclerosis (MS). DESIGN: A randomized controlled design. SETTING: Referral center of a multiple sclerosis society. PARTICIPANTS: Women (age: 36.4 ±8.2) diagnosed with relapsing-remitting (RR-type) MS. After undergoing baseline testing by a neurologist, participants were allocated to either an intervention (aquatic training program) or a control group...
July 20, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713084/evalution-of-the-effectiveness-of-multimodal-approach-to-the-management-of-cervical-vertigo
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Olexandr A Jaroshevskyi, Oleksandr S Payenok, Anna V Logvinenko
INTRODUCTION: Vertigo is one of the most common complaints among patients consulting neurologists and general practitioners - family medicine. A special form of dizziness is cervical vertigo. However, the presence of chronic vertigo and imbalance in this group of patients makes it possible to include the treatment of vestibular rehabilitation in the program. AIM: Evalution of the effectiveness of multimodal approach to the management of cervical vertigo. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 109 patients aged from 18 to 45 with vertigo together with myofascial pain syndrome of neck and shoulder area were examined...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689999/real-world-outcomes-of-acute-ischemic-stroke-treatment-with-intravenous-recombinant-tissue-plasminogen-activator
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Keith A Betts, Dana Hurley, Jinlin Song, Gautam Sajeev, Jenny Guo, Ella Xiaoyan Du, Marco Paschoalin, Eric Q Wu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: In clinical trials, intravenous (IV) recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator (rt-PA) reduces the likelihood of disability if given within 3 hours of acute ischemic stroke. This study compared real-world outcomes between patients treated and patients not treated with IV rt-PA. METHODS: In this retrospective study, United States-based neurologists randomly selected eligible acute ischemic stroke patients from their charts who were and were not treated with IV rt-PA...
September 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675257/-influence-of-depression-on-the-initial-diagnosis-and-the-evolution-of-cognitive-impairment
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C Cenalmor-Aparicio, N Bravo-Quelle, J Miranda-Acuna, E Luque-Buzo, J Herrera-Tejedor, J Olazaran-Rodriguez
INTRODUCTION: Depression and cognitive impairment maintain a close and complex relationship, which could be modified by pharmacological treatment. AIM: To analyze the influence of depression and antidepressive medication on the initial diagnosis and the evolution of cognitive impairment. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All the patients derived to a Neurology clinic due to complaints or suspicion of cognitive impairment, during a period of nine years, were studied...
July 16, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661018/clinical-characterization-of-dystonia-in-adult-patients-with-huntington-s-disease
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N A van de Zande, T H Massey, D McLauchlan, A Pryce Roberts, R Zutt, M Wardle, G C Payne, C Clenaghan, M A J Tijssen, A E Rosser, K J Peall
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Huntington's disease (HD) is an autosomal dominant, neurodegenerative movement disorder, typically characterized by chorea. Dystonia is also recognized as part of the HD motor phenotype, although little work detailing its prevalence, distribution, severity and impact on functional capacity has been published to date. METHODS: Patients (>18 years of age) were recruited from the Cardiff (UK) HD clinic, each undergoing a standardized videotaped clinical examination and series of functional assessment questionnaires (Unified Huntington's Disease Rating Scale, Burke-Fahn-Marsden Dystonia Rating Scale and modified version of the Toronto Western Spasmodic Torticollis Rating Scale)...
June 29, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655059/association-of-autonomic-dysfunction-with-disease-progression-and-survival-in-parkinson-disease
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Eduardo De Pablo-Fernandez, Carmen Tur, Tamas Revesz, Andrew J Lees, Janice L Holton, Thomas T Warner
Importance: Evidence suggests that development of autonomic dysfunction (AutD) may negatively affect disease course and survival in patients with synucleinopathies. However, the few available studies on Parkinson disease (PD) have conflicting results, comprise a small number of patients, have short follow-up periods, and lack pathologic confirmation of the diagnosis. Objective: To examine the association of time of onset of AutD with disease progression and survival in PD...
August 1, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653209/-early-onset-of-fingolimod-associated-macular-edema
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D Schelenz, I Kleiter, J Schöllhammer, J Rehrmann, M Elling, H B Dick, V Kakkassery
BACKGROUND: Fingolimod, a disease-modifying sphingosine 1‑phosphate receptor modulator, which was approved in Germany in 2011, decreases the relapse rate and reduces neuroinflammation in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Macular edema is a well-known ocular side effect of fingolimod therapy. Specific intervals for ophthalmologic check-ups after starting fingolimod and definite treatment schedules for fingolimod-associated macular edema are, however, still lacking...
June 26, 2017: Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647705/revolution-in-acute-ischaemic-stroke-care-a-practical-guide-to-mechanical-thrombectomy
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REVIEW
Matthew R B Evans, Phil White, Peter Cowley, David J Werring
Rapid, safe and effective arterial recanalisation to restore blood flow and improve functional outcome remains the primary goal of hyperacute ischaemic stroke management. The benefit of intravenous thrombolysis with recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator for patients with severe stroke due to large artery occlusion is limited; early recanalisation is generally less than 30% for carotid, proximal middle cerebral artery or basilar artery occlusion. Since November 2014, nine positive randomised controlled trials of mechanical thrombectomy for large vessel occlusion in the anterior circulation have led to a revolution in the care of patients with acute ischaemic stroke...
August 2017: Practical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633023/the-insular-cortex
#16
Nadine Gogolla
Whether you see the person you are in love with, try to listen to your own heartbeat, suffer from a headache, or crave for a chocolate cookie, one part of your brain is sure to increase its activity strongly: the insular cortex. The insular cortex, or 'insula' for short, is part of the cerebral cortex. J.C. Reil, a German neurologist, first named this brain structure in the early 19(th) century. Subsequent research findings have implicated the insula in an overwhelming variety of functions ranging from sensory processing to representing feelings and emotions, autonomical and motor control, risk prediction and decision-making, bodily- and self-awareness, and complex social functions like empathy...
June 19, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630894/next-generation-probes-particles-and-proteins-for-neural-interfacing
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REVIEW
Jonathan Rivnay, Huiliang Wang, Lief Fenno, Karl Deisseroth, George G Malliaras
Bidirectional interfacing with the nervous system enables neuroscience research, diagnosis, and therapy. This two-way communication allows us to monitor the state of the brain and its composite networks and cells as well as to influence them to treat disease or repair/restore sensory or motor function. To provide the most stable and effective interface, the tools of the trade must bridge the soft, ion-rich, and evolving nature of neural tissue with the largely rigid, static realm of microelectronics and medical instruments that allow for readout, analysis, and/or control...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607558/hashimoto-s-encephalopathy-presenting-with-unusual-behavioural-disturbances-in-an-adolescent-girl
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Murugan Selvaraj Karthik, Kulothungan Nandhini, Viswanath Subashini, Ramasamy Balakrishnan
Hashimoto's encephalopathy (HE) is a rare autoimmune disorder with neurological and neuropsychiatric manifestations and elevated titres of anti-thyroid antibodies. Here we are reporting a case of HE in a 19-year-old girl who presented with seizure-like episodes, confusion, and behavioural disturbances with catatonic symptoms such as posturing, echopraxia, echolalia, and ambivalence. Patient did not respond to antipsychotics and anticonvulsants. On further investigation, patient was found to have high serum anti-TPO antibodies of about 1261 U/mL with euthyroid status, which supported a suspicion of HE...
2017: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549752/inter-rater-variability-in-motor-function-assessment-in-parkinson-s-disease-between-experts-in-movement-disorders-and-nurses-specialising-in-pd-management
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T de Deus Fonticoba, D Santos García, M Macías Arribí
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: In clinical practice, assessing patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) is a complex, time-consuming task. Our purpose is to provide a rigorous and objective evaluation of how motor function in PD patients is assessed by neurologists specialising in movement disorders, on the one hand, and by nurses specialising in PD management, on the other. METHODS: We conducted an observational, cross-sectional, single-centre study of 50 patients with PD (52% men; mean age: 64...
May 23, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549726/spasticity-dyskinesia-and-ataxia-in-cerebral-palsy-are-we-sure-we-can-differentiate-them
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H Eggink, D Kremer, O F Brouwer, M F Contarino, M E van Egmond, A Elema, K Folmer, J F van Hoorn, L A van de Pol, V Roelfsema, M A J Tijssen
OBJECTIVE: Cerebral palsy (CP) can be classified as spastic, dyskinetic, ataxic or combined. Correct classification is essential for symptom-targeted treatment. This study aimed to investigate agreement among professionals on the phenotype of children with CP based on standardized videos. METHODS: In a prospective, observational pilot study, videos of fifteen CP patients (8 boys, mean age 11 ± 5 y) were rated by three pediatric neurologists, three rehabilitation physicians and three movement disorder specialists...
May 9, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
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