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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527054/understanding-migraine-as-a-cycling-brain-syndrome-reviewing-the-evidence-from-functional-imaging
#1
Arne May
Due to the clinical picture and also based on early imaging data (Weiller et al. Nat Med 1:658-660, 1995), the brainstem and midbrain structures have been intensely discussed as possible driving or generating structures in migraine. The fact that the brainstem activation persisted after treatment makes it unlikely that this activation was only due to increased activity of the endogenous anti-nociceptive system. It was consequently (and somewhat simplifying) coined the "migraine generator". Since then several studies have focussed on this region when investigating episodic, but also chronic migraine...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514704/guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-variants-forms-fruste-reclassification-with-new-criteria
#2
Fu Liong Hiew, Rahmansah Ramlan, Shanthi Viswanathan, Santhi Puvanarajah
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the clinical and electrophysiological characteristics of various distinctive classical and localised Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) subtypes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Clinical characteristics and electrophysiological data of sixty-one consecutive patients admitted between 2012 and 2015 were systematically analysed and reclassified according to the new GBS clinical classification. Neurophysiology was evaluated with Hadden et al...
May 4, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506824/hypoxia-and-nicotine-effects-on-pituitary-adenylate-cyclase-activating-polypeptide-pacap-and-its-receptor-1-pac1-in-the-developing-piglet-brainstem
#3
J Huang, K A Waters, R Machaalani
Pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) and its cognate receptor 1 (PAC1), have been implicated in the pathophysiology of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Two main risk factors for SIDS are prone sleeping and cigarette smoke exposure. Using piglet models of these risk factors, intermittent hypercapnic hypoxia (IHH-mimicking rebreathing in prone position) and nicotine (main reinforcing element of cigarettes), this study aimed to determine their effects on PACAP and PAC1 protein expression in the medulla...
May 12, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500751/radiological-biomarkers-for-diagnosis-in-psp-where-are-we-and-where-do-we-need-to-be
#4
REVIEW
Jennifer L Whitwell, Günter U Höglinger, Angelo Antonini, Yvette Bordelon, Adam L Boxer, Carlo Colosimo, Thilo van Eimeren, Lawrence I Golbe, Jan Kassubek, Carolin Kurz, Irene Litvan, Alexander Pantelyat, Gil Rabinovici, Gesine Respondek, Axel Rominger, James B Rowe, Maria Stamelou, Keith A Josephs
BACKGROUND: PSP is a pathologically defined neurodegenerative tauopathy with a variety of clinical presentations including typical Richardson's syndrome and other variant PSP syndromes. Our aim was to critically evaluate the degree to which structural, functional and molecular neuroimaging metrics fulfill criteria for diagnostic biomarkers of PSP. METHODS: We queried the PubMed, Cochrane, Medline, and PSYCInfo databases for original research articles published in English using postmortem diagnosis or NINDS-SPSP criteria as the diagnostic standard from 1996-2016...
May 13, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498095/risk-factors-for-development-of-postoperative-cerebellar-mutism-syndrome-in-children-after-medulloblastoma-surgery
#5
San Y C V Pols, Marie Lise C van Veelen, Femke K Aarsen, Antonia Gonzalez Candel, Coriene E Catsman-Berrevoets
OBJECTIVE Postoperative cerebellar mutism syndrome (pCMS) occurs in 7%-50% of children after cerebellar tumor surgery. Typical features include a latent onset of 1-2 days after surgery, transient mutism, emotional lability, and a wide variety of motor and neurobehavioral abnormalities. Sequelae of this syndrome usually persist long term. The principal causal factor is bilateral surgical damage (regardless of tumor location) to any component of the proximal efferent cerebellar pathway, which leads to temporary dysfunction of cerebral cortical regions as a result of diaschisis...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486594/apathy-and-impulsivity-in-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-syndromes
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Claire J Lansdall, Ian T S Coyle-Gilchrist, P Simon Jones, Patricia Vázquez Rodríguez, Alicia Wilcox, Eileen Wehmann, Katrina M Dick, Trevor W Robbins, James B Rowe
Apathy and impulsivity are common and disabling consequences of frontotemporal lobar degeneration. They cause substantial carer distress, but their aetiology remains elusive. There are critical limitations to previous studies in this area including (i) the assessment of either apathy or impulsivity alone, despite their frequent co-existence; (ii) the assessment of behavioural changes within single diagnostic groups; and (iii) the use of limited sets of tasks or questions that relate to just one aspect of these multifactorial constructs...
May 9, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446490/complicated-acute-cerebellitis-with-obstructive-hydrocephalus-and-tonsillar-herniation-in-a-child
#7
Manchikanti Venkatesh, Sunitha Vellathussery Chakkalakkoombil, Manju Bashini Duraipandi, Reena Gulati
Acute cerebellitis (AC) is a rare inflammatory syndrome presenting as cerebellar dysfunction, seen more frequently in children. AC can have a variable course with features of cerebellar dysfunction, raised intracranial pressure and neurological deficits, and can sometimes even be potentially fatal due to complications such as obstructive hydrocephalus and brainstem compression, warranting surgical intervention. We report a case of a 12-year-old boy who presented with raised intracranial pressure and ataxia...
April 26, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440867/the-epileptology-of-koolen-de-vries-syndrome-electro-clinico-radiologic-findings-in-31-patients
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Kenneth A Myers, Simone A Mandelstam, Georgia Ramantani, Elisabeth J Rushing, Bert B de Vries, David A Koolen, Ingrid E Scheffer
OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to describe the spectrum of epilepsy phenotypes in Koolen-de Vries syndrome (KdVS), a genetic syndrome involving dysmorphic features, intellectual disability, hypotonia, and congenital malformations, that occurs secondary to 17q21.31 microdeletions and heterozygous mutations in KANSL1. METHODS: We were invited to attend a large gathering of individuals with KdVS and their families. While there, we recruited individuals with KdVS and seizures, and performed thorough phenotyping...
April 25, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439957/prognostic-indicators-in-pediatric-clinically-isolated-syndrome
#9
Pietro Iaffaldano, Marta Simone, Giuseppe Lucisano, Angelo Ghezzi, Gabriella Coniglio, Vincenzo Brescia Morra, Giuseppe Salemi, Francesco Patti, Alessandra Lugaresi, Guillermo Izquierdo, Roberto Bergamaschi, Jose Antonio Cabrera-Gomez, Carlo Pozzilli, Enrico Millefiorini, Raed Alroughani, Cavit Boz, Eugenio Pucci, Giovanni Bosco Zimatore, Patrizia Sola, Giacomo Lus, Davide Maimone, Carlo Avolio, Eleonora Cocco, Seyed Aidin Sajedi, Gianfranco Costantino, Pierre Duquette, Vahid Shaygannejad, Thor Petersen, Ricardo Fernández Bolaños, Damiano Paolicelli, Carla Tortorella, Tim Spelman, Lucia Margari, Maria Pia Amato, Giancarlo Comi, Helmut Butzkueven, Maria Trojano
OBJECTIVE: To assess prognostic factors for a second clinical attack and a first disability worsening event in pediatric clinically isolated syndrome (pCIS) suggestive of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients. METHODS: A cohort of 770 pCIS patients was followed-up for at least 10 years. Cox proportional hazard models and RECursive Partitioning and AMalgamation (RECPAM) tree-regression were used to analyze data. RESULTS: In pCIS, female sex and a multifocal onset were risk factors for a second clinical attack (HR, 95% CI: 1...
April 25, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433974/hypoactive-hypoalert-behaviour-and-thalamic-hypometabolism-due-to-intracranial-hypotension
#10
Seamus Kearney, Peter Flynn, Simon Hughes, Wendy Spence, Mark Owen McCarron
A 47-year-old man presented with a 9-year history of a hypoalert hypoactive behaviour syndrome, caused by the deep brain swelling variant of spontaneous intracranial hypotension. Along with apathy with retained cognition, he had stable ataxia, impaired upgaze and episodes of central apnoea. MRI brain showed a sagging brainstem, pointed ventricles and reduced angle between the vein of Galen and the straight sinus, but no meningeal enhancement or subdural collections. A dopamine transporter scan showed preganglionic dopamine receptor deficiency; a fluorodeoxy glucose positron emission tomography scan showed bilateral hypothalamic hypometabolism...
April 22, 2017: Practical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410279/ocular-motor-manifestations-of-multiple-sclerosis
#11
Elodie Nerrant, Caroline Tilikete
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating disease of the central nervous system leading to disability, especially in young patients. Acute or chronic lesions of MS within the brainstem and the cerebellum frequently result in ocular motor disorders. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: This review encompasses the spectrum of ocular motor disorders in patients with MS emphasizing prevalence, examination findings, diagnostic features, functional consequences, classification of MS course, and management of these disturbances of ocular motility...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402528/macrovascular-decompression-of-the-brainstem-and-cranial-nerves-evolution-of-an-anteromedial-vertebrobasilar-artery-transposition-technique
#12
Omar Choudhri, Ian D Connolly, Michael T Lawton
BACKGROUND: Tortuous and dolichoectatic vertebrobasilar arteries can impinge on the brainstem and cranial nerves to cause compression syndromes. Transposition techniques are often required to decompress the brainstem with dolichoectatic pathology. We describe our evolution of an anteromedial transposition technique and its efficacy in decompressing the brainstem and relieving symptoms. OBJECTIVE: To present the anteromedial vertebrobasilar artery transposition technique for macrovascular decompression of the brainstem and cranial nerves...
April 11, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392470/pituitary-adenylate-cyclase-activating-polypeptide-pacap-and-its-receptor-1-pac1-in-the-human-infant-brain-and-changes-in-the-sudden-infant-death-syndrome-sids
#13
J Huang, K A Waters, R Machaalani
Pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) and its complementary receptor, PAC1, are crucial in central respiratory control. PACAP Knockout (KO) mice exhibit a SIDS-like phenotype, with an inability to overcome noxious insults, compression of baseline ventilation, and death in the early post-neonatal period. PAC1 KO demonstrate similar attributes to PACAP-null mice, but with the addition of increased pulmonary artery pressure, consequently leading to heart failure and death. This study establishes a detailed interpretation of the neuroanatomical distribution and localization of both PACAP and PAC1 in the human infant brainstem and hippocampus, to determine whether any changes in expression are evident in infants who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and any relationships to risk factors of SIDS including smoke exposure and sleep related parameters...
April 6, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391068/abnormal-trajectories-in-cerebellum-and-brainstem-volumes-in-carriers-of-the-fragile-x-premutation
#14
Jun Yi Wang, David Hessl, Randi J Hagerman, Tony J Simon, Flora Tassone, Emilio Ferrer, Susan M Rivera
Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) is a late-onset neurodegenerative disorder typically affecting male premutation carriers with 55-200 CGG trinucleotide repeat expansions in the FMR1 gene after age 50. The aim of this study was to examine whether cerebellar and brainstem changes emerge during development or aging in late life. We retrospectively analyzed magnetic resonance imaging scans from 322 males (age 8-81 years). Volume changes in the cerebellum and brainstem were contrasted with those in the ventricles and whole brain...
March 18, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351484/hypocapnic-hypothesis-of-leigh-disease
#15
Ewa Pronicka
Leigh syndrome (LS) is a neurogenetic disorder of children caused by mutations in at least 75 genes which impair mitochondrial bioenergetics. The changes have typical localization in basal ganglia and brainstem, and typical histological picture of spongiform appearance, vascular proliferation and gliosis. ATP deprivation, free radicals and lactate accumulation are suspected to be the causes. Hypocapnic hypothesis proposed in the paper questions the energy deprivation as the mechanism of LS. We assume that the primary harmful factor is hypocapnia (decrease in pCO2) and respiratory alkalosis (increase in pH) due to hyperventilation, permanent or in response to stress...
April 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342959/early-lance-adams-syndrome-after-cardiac-arrest-prevalence-time-to-return-to-awareness-and-outcome-in-a-large-cohort
#16
Irene Aicua Rapun, Jan Novy, Daria Solari, Mauro Oddo, Andrea O Rossetti
INTRODUCTION: Early myoclonus after cardiac arrest (CA) is traditionally viewed as a poor prognostic sign (status myoclonus). However, some patients may present early Lance-Adams syndrome (LAS): under appropriate treatment, they can reach a satisfactory functional outcome. Our aim was to describe their profile, focusing on pharmacologic management in the ICU, time to return of awareness, and long-term prognosis. METHODS: Adults with early LAS (defined as generalized myoclonus within 96h, with epileptiform EEG within 48h after CA) were retrospectively identified in our CA registry between 2006 and 2016...
June 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341199/quantitative-magnetic-resonance-diffusion-weighted-imaging-evaluation-of-the-supratentorial-brain-regions-in-patients-diagnosed-with-brainstem-variant-of-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-a-preliminary-study
#17
Tai-Yuan Chen, Te-Chang Wu, Ching-Chung Ko, I-Jung Feng, Yu-Kun Tsui, Chien-Jen Lin, Jeon-Hor Chen, Ching-Po Lin
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a clinicoradiologic entity with several causes, characterized by rapid onset of symptoms and typical neuroimaging features, which usually resolve if promptly recognized and treated. Brainstem variant of PRES presents with vasogenic edema in brainstem regions on magnetic resonance (MR) images and there is sparing of the supratentorial regions. Because PRES is usually caused by a hypertensive crisis, which would likely have a systemic effect and global manifestations on the brain tissue, we thus proposed that some microscopic abnormalities of the supratentorial regions could be detected with diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) using apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) analysis in brainstem variant of PRES and hypothesized that "normal-looking" supratentorial regions will increase water diffusion...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337694/the-posterior-fossa-and-foreign-accent-syndrome-report-of-two-new-cases-and-review-of-the-literature
#18
Stefanie Keulen, Peter Mariën, Kim van Dun, Roelien Bastiaanse, Mario Manto, Jo Verhoeven
Foreign accent syndrome is a rare motor speech disorder that causes patients to speak their language with a non-native accent. In the neurogenic condition, the disorder develops after lesions in the language dominant hemisphere, often affecting Broca's area, the insula, the supplementary motor area and the primary motor cortex. Here, we present two new cases of FAS after posterior fossa lesions. The first case is a 44-year-old, right-handed, Dutch-speaking man who suffered motor speech disturbances and a left hemiplegia after a pontine infarction...
March 23, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337123/analysis-of-the-serotonergic-system-in-a-mouse-model-of-rett-syndrome-reveals-unusual-upregulation-of-serotonin-receptor-5b
#19
Steffen Vogelgesang, Sabine Niebert, Ute Renner, Wiebke Möbius, Swen Hülsmann, Till Manzke, Marcus Niebert
Mutations in the transcription factor methyl-CpG-binding-protein 2 (MeCP2) cause a delayed-onset neurodevelopmental disorder known as Rett syndrome (RTT). Although alteration in serotonin levels have been reported in RTT patients, the molecular mechanisms underlying these defects are not well understood. Therefore, we chose to investigate the serotonergic system in hippocampus and brainstem of male Mecp2(-/y) knock-out mice in the B6.129P2(C)-Mecp2(tm1.1Bird) mouse model of RTT. The serotonergic system in mouse is comprised of 16 genes, whose mRNA expression profile was analyzed by quantitative RT-PCR...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334875/white-matter-changes-in-paediatric-multiple-sclerosis-and-monophasic-demyelinating-disorders
#20
Giulia Longoni, Robert A Brown, Parya MomayyezSiahkal, Colm Elliott, Sridar Narayanan, Amit Bar-Or, Ruth Ann Marrie, E Ann Yeh, Massimo Filippi, Brenda Banwell, Douglas L Arnold
Most children who experience an acquired demyelinating syndrome of the central nervous system will have a monophasic disease course, with no further clinical or radiological symptoms. A subset will be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a life-long disorder. Using linear mixed effects models we examined longitudinal diffusion properties of normal-appearing white matter in 505 serial scans of 132 paediatric participants with acquired demyelinating syndromes followed for a median of 4.4 years, many from first clinical presentation, and 106 scans of 80 healthy paediatric participants...
March 14, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
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