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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331021/aspergillus-niger-infection-in-an-immunosuppressed-patient-confined-solely-to-the-brain
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Lucy Simmonds, Sian Mitchell, Barrie White, Shanika A Crusz, David Denning
A 68-year-old woman with a background of hypertension, stroke and rheumatoid arthritis presented to her local hospital after a 4-week history of gradual deterioration and increasing confusion with new onset right-sided weakness. Her initial CT scan revealed a rim enhancing mass lesion with surrounding oedema in the left parietal lobe for which she underwent CT stealth-guided biopsy. Microbiology culture of the 2 biopsy samples yielded Aspergillus niger and she was started on the antifungal agent voriconazole...
March 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299538/decompressive-surgery-in-malignant-cerebral-venous-sinus-thrombosis-what-predicts-its-outcome
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Rohan Mahale, Anish Mehta, Ravi Gopal Varma, Alangar S Hegde, Purushottam T Acharya, Rangasetty Srinivasa
Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) is common in Asians, accounting for 15% of all strokes in the young. CVST causing malignant cerebral oedema with brain herniation and death are referred as malignant CVST. This study was aimed at evaluating the outcome of patients and factors predicting the outcome with malignant CVST after decompressive surgery. It was a retrospective, observational, single centre, hospital-based and cross-sectional study. Records of patients with malignant CVST who had decompressive surgery were analysed...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265034/extracellular-matrix-inflammation-in-vascular-cognitive-impairment-and-dementia
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REVIEW
Gary A Rosenberg
Vascular cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID) include a wide spectrum of chronic manifestations of vascular disease related to large vessel strokes and small vessel disease (SVD). Lacunar strokes and white matter (WM) injury are consequences of SVD. The main vascular risk factor for SVD is brain hypoperfusion from cerebral blood vessel narrowing due to chronic hypertension. The hypoperfusion leads to activation and degeneration of astrocytes with the resulting fibrosis of the extracellular matrix (ECM)...
March 1, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247519/three-cases-of-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-with-chronic-kidney-disease-triggered-by-infection
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Kahori Nasu, Madoka Fujisawa, Hideki Kato, Masaomi Nangaku
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a clinical and radiological condition with diverse neurological manifestations. Many clinical factors are known causes of PRES, but only a few cases of PRES have been reported in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and infectious disease. We describe three cases of PRES in patients with CKD triggered by various infectious diseases. Characteristic hyperintense signals on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) indicating reversible vasogenic brain oedema in various parts of the brain were observed...
April 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247179/neuroprotective-effect-of-3-naphthalen-2-yl-propoxy-methyl-azetidine-hydrochloride-on-brain-ischaemia-reperfusion-injury
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Eun-A Kim, Jung-Min Na, Jiae Kim, Soo Young Choi, Jee-Yin Ahn, Sung-Woo Cho
Because ischaemic stroke is one of the most common brain disorders, diverse effective therapies are urgently required. Recent studies reported a variety of azetidine-based scaffolds for the development of central nervous system-focused lead-like libraries. However, their mechanisms of action and in vivo functions remain unclear. Here, we investigated the potential mechanism and beneficial effects of 3-(naphthalen-2-yl(propoxy)methyl)azetidine hydrochloride (KHG26792), a novel azetidine derivative, on ischaemia/reperfusion (I/R) brain injury...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: the Official Journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246141/vasopressor-use-following-traumatic-injury-protocol-for-a-systematic-review
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Mathieu Hylands, Augustin Toma, Nicolas Beaudoin, Anne-Julie Frenette, Frederick D'Aragon, Emilie Belley-Côté, Morten Hylander, François Lauzier, Reed Alexander Siemieniuk, Emmanuel Charbonney, Joey Kwong, Jon Henrik Laake, Gordon Guyatt, Per Olav Vandvik, Bram Rochwerg, Robert Green, Ian Ball, Damon Scales, Srinivas Murthy, Sandro Rizoli, Pierre Asfar, François Lamontagne
INTRODUCTION: Worldwide, traumatic casualties are projected to exceed 8 million by year 2020. Haemorrhagic shock and brain injury are the leading causes of death following trauma. While intravenous fluids have traditionally been used to support organ perfusion in the setting of haemorrhage, recent investigations have suggested that restricting fluid therapy by tolerating more severe hypotension may improve survival. However, the safety of permissive hypotension remains uncertain, particularly among patients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury...
February 28, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238523/posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-pres-with-sub-arachnoid-haemorrhage-after-bevacizumab-and-5-fu
#7
Jennifer Massey
PRES is a neurological syndrome characterised by reversible subcortical vasogenic brain oedema in patients with acute neurological signs and symptoms. It occurs in the context of fluctuations in blood pressure, renal failure, autoimmune disorders, eclamptic syndromes and with use of cytotoxic drugs. We present the case of a 60year old female with advanced bowel cancer who was admitted with seizures and sub-arachnoid haemorrhage, with radiographic features of PRES, shortly after receiving bevacizumab (Avastin), a VEGF-inhibitor...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228434/sagittal-sinus-thrombosis-in-jak2-v617f-mutation-without-overt-myeloproliferative-disorder
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Prashant Ramesh Bhand, Supriya Ramesh Karde, Nagabathula Ramesh
We describe a case of a man aged 41 years who presented with a history of generalised headaches for 1 week and an acute episode of tonic-clonic seizures. He had no history of medical illness, was non-smoker, with an extensive family history of haematological disorders. Initial CT brain with contrast did not show any abnormalities in brain parenchyma. X-ray and CT right shoulder showed shoulder dislocation secondary to trauma associated with seizure prior to hospital admission. Subsequently, MRA and MRV brain was arranged, which revealed extensive expansible occlusive filling defect dominating the middle of superior sagittal sinus with left frontal cortical and subcortical acute oedema...
February 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156136/plasma-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-levels-predict-intensive-care-unit-mortality-early-after-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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Daniel Simon, Joice Evaldt, Débora Dreher Nabinger, Mariano Feraboli Fontana, Mirelli Gabardo Klein, Julia do Amaral Gomes, Andrea Regner
OBJECTIVES: Matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) is an inducible metalloproteinase that can degrade the cerebrovascular matrix leading to disruption of the blood-brain barrier and exacerbation of oedema in neurotrauma. Therefore, our aim was to determine whether MMP-9 plasma levels were associated with intensive care unit (ICU) mortality after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) despite the presence of extracerebral injuries. METHODS: This cohort enrolled 80 patients who suffered severe TBI (Glasgow Coma Scale: 3-8 at hospital admission)...
2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152662/posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-as-a-complication-of-henoch-sch%C3%A3-nlein-purpura-in-a-seven-year-old-girl
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Daiane Dos Santos, Felipe Welter Langer, Tatiane Dos Santos, Giordano Rafael Tronco Alves, Marisa Feiten, Walter Teixeira de Paula Neto
Introduction Henoch-Schönlein purpura is a multisystem small vessel vasculitis. Neurologic manifestations are uncommon. Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome is a rare complication of Henoch-Schönlein purpura with typical clinical and neuroimaging findings that occurs most commonly in the setting of severe hypertension and renal injury. Case presentation A seven-year-old girl was admitted to our institution presenting with clinical and laboratory findings suggestive of Henoch-Schönlein purpura. Glucocorticoid therapy was initiated, but five days following her admission, she developed altered consciousness, seizures, arterial hypertension, and cortical blindness...
January 1, 2017: Scottish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131336/diffusion-weighted-imaging-of-the-brain-beyond-stroke
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REVIEW
Adam A Dmytriw, Vijay Sawlani, Jai Shankar
Diffusion-weighted imaging provides image contrast that is different from that provided by conventional magnetic resonance imaging techniques. It is highly sensitive for detection of cytotoxic oedema, and as such has gained favor in the detection of acute infarcts. However, diffusion-weighted imaging is underrepresented in the characterisation of many other disease processes. Our objective is to differentiate diseases that manifest with various neurological disorders, based on diffusion contrast and apparent diffusion coefficient values and review of hyper- and hypointense lesions on diffusion-weighted imaging...
January 25, 2017: Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal, Journal L'Association Canadienne des Radiologistes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125598/a-feasibility-study-of-quantifying-longitudinal-brain-changes-in-herpes-simplex-virus-hsv-encephalitis-using-magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri-and-stereology
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Sylviane Defres, Simon S Keller, Kumar Das, Rishma Vidyasagar, Laura M Parkes, Girvan Burnside, Michael Griffiths, Michael Kopelman, Neil Roberts, Tom Solomon
OBJECTIVES: To assess whether it is feasible to quantify acute change in temporal lobe volume and total oedema volumes in herpes simplex virus (HSV) encephalitis as a preliminary to a trial of corticosteroid therapy. METHODS: The study analysed serially acquired magnetic resonance images (MRI), of patients with acute HSV encephalitis who had neuroimaging repeated within four weeks of the first scan. We performed volumetric measurements of the left and right temporal lobes and of cerebral oedema visible on T2 weighted Fluid Attenuated Inversion Recovery (FLAIR) images using stereology in conjunction with point counting...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034568/efficacy-and-safety-of-balloon-pulmonary-angioplasty-for-chronic-thromboembolic-pulmonary-hypertension-guided-by-cone-beam-computed-tomography-and-electrocardiogram-gated-area-detector-computed-tomography
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Takeshi Ogo, Tetsuya Fukuda, Akihiro Tsuji, Shigefumi Fukui, Jin Ueda, Yoshihiro Sanda, Yoshiaki Morita, Ryotaro Asano, Nao Konagai, Satoshi Yasuda
BACKGROUND: Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a disease characterized by chronic obstructive thrombus and pulmonary hypertension. Balloon pulmonary angioplasty (BPA), an emerging alternative catheter-based treatment for inoperable patients with CTEPH, has not yet been standardised, especially for lesion assessment in distal pulmonary arteries. Recent advancement in computed tomography enables distal CTEPH lesions to be visualized. METHODS: We retrospectively studied 80 consecutive patients with inoperable CTEPH who received BPA guided by cone-beam computed tomography (CT) (CBCT) or electrocardiogram (ECG)-gated area detector CT (ADCT) for target lesion assessment...
April 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995546/preliminary-experience-of-the-concurrent-use-of-radiosurgery-and-t-dm1-for-brain-metastases-in-her2-positive-metastatic-breast-cancer
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Arthur Geraud, Hao Ping Xu, Philippe Beuzeboc, Youlia M Kirova
This is preliminary study assessing the efficacy and safety of concurrent use of radiation therapy (RT) and T-DM1 for the treatment of brain metastases (BM) in patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer (BC). We retrospectively studied 12 patients treated for BM at the Institut Curie in 2014-2015 with T-DM1 and concurrent (4) or sequential (8) radiosurgery with or without whole brain irradiation. The following variables were studied: local control, clinical and radiological response as well as early and late side effects...
January 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986927/histological-underpinnings-of-grey-matter-changes-in-fibromyalgia-investigated-using-multimodal-brain-imaging
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F B Pomares, T Funck, N A Feier, S Roy, A Daigle-Martel, M Ceko, S Narayanan, D Araujo, A Thiel, N Stikov, M A Fitzcharles, P Schweinhardt
Chronic pain patients present with cortical grey matter alterations, observed with anatomical magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Reduced regional grey matter volumes are often interpreted to reflect neurodegeneration but studies investigating the cellular origin of grey matter changes are lacking. We used multi-modal imaging to compare 26 post-menopausal women with 25 healthy controls (age range: 50-75 years) to test whether regional grey matter volume decreases in chronic pain are associated with compromised neuronal integrity...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942481/posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-after-intrathecal-methotrexate-infusion-a-case-report-and-literature-update
#16
Efterpi Pavlidou, Evangelos Pavlou, Athanasia Anastasiou, Zoi Pana, Vasiliki Tsotoulidou, Maria Kinali, Emmanuel Hatzipantelis
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a rare clinical-radiological entity characterised by seizures, severe headache, mental status instability and visual disturbances. Hypertension is typically present. We report a case of a 13-year old boy with Burkitt lymphoma/leukaemia, who presented with posterior leukoencephalopathy 24 hours after intrathecal methotrexate (MTX) infusion. The child presented with headache, seizures, elevated blood pressure and gradual deterioration of his neurological status...
October 2016: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928693/accumulation-of-lactate-in-the-rat-brain-during-hyperammonaemia-is-not-associated-with-impaired-mitochondrial-respiratory-capacity
#17
Anne Møller Witt, Fin Stolze Larsen, Peter Nissen Bjerring
In acute liver failure (ALF) cerebral oedema and high intracranial pressure (ICP) are potentially deadly complications. Astrocytes cultured in ammonia have shown mitochondrial dysfunction and in rat models of liver failure, de novo lactate production in the brain has been observed and has led to a hypothesis of compromised brain metabolism during ALF. In contrast, normal lactate levels are found in cerebral microdialysate of ALF patients and the oxygen: glucose ratio of cerebral metabolic rates remains normal...
April 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923162/comparison-of-different-osmotic-therapies-in-a-mouse-model-of-traumatic-brain-injury
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Vinoth K M Khandelwal, Prabhakar Singh, Tatiana Ravingerova, Marslin Gregory, Hardik Gandhi, Manu Chaudhary
BACKGROUND: Inflammation in the affected region, increased intracranial pressure, consequent oedema and congestion contribute to the negative outcome of traumatic brain injury. Osmotic therapies are recommended for improvement in cognitive and motor functions. Aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of osmotic therapies in a mice model of traumatic brain injury. METHODS: Experimental closed head injury was performed in adult Swiss albino mice by the weight-drop method...
February 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895359/awake-craniotomy-for-brain-tumours-in-pakistan-an-initial-case-series-from-a-developing-country
#19
Saad Akhtar Khan, Karim Rizwan Nathani, Badar Uddin Ujjan, Muhammad Danish Barakzai, Syed Ather Enam, Faraz Shafiq
Awake craniotomy offers safe resection of brain tumours in eloquent area. Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, recently started the programme in Pakistan, and the current study was planned to assess our experience of the first 16 procedures. The retrospective study comprised all such procedures done from November 2015 to May 2016. Pre-operative and post-operative variables were analysed. Of the 16 patients, 11(68.75%) were males and 5(31.25%) were females. The overall median age was 37 years (interquartile range[IQR]: 23-62 years)...
October 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887978/mild-encephalitis-encephalopathy-with-reversible-splenial-lesion-mers-due-to-dengue-virus
#20
Choong Yi Fong, Mi Mi Ko Khine, Alan Basil Peter, Wei Kang Lim, Faizatul Izza Rozalli, Kartini Rahmat
A 14-year-old girl presented with encephalopathy, delirium and ophthalmoplegia following a 3day history of high-grade fever. Brain MRI on day 6 of illness showed diffusion restricted ovoid lesion in the splenium of corpus callosum. Dengue virus encephalitis was diagnosed with positive PCR for dengue virus type-2 in both serum and cerebrospinal fluid. She made a complete recovery from day 10 of illness. Repeat brain MRI on day 12 of illness showed resolution of the splenial lesion. Serial diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) showed normal fractional anisotropy values on resolution of splenial lesion indicating that MERS was likely due to transient interstitial oedema with preservation of white matter tracts...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
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