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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149834/cystatin-c-in-cerebrovascular-disorders
#1
Yaru Zhang, Li Sun
Cystatin C (CysC), a cysteine protease inhibitor, has been widely proven to be a highly sensitive biomarker to predict the kidney function. The similarity of the renal and cerebral small vessels has awakened a surge of studies suggesting that CysC plays a key role in various cerebrovascular disorders. This review focuses on four major mechanisms of CysC in a variety of cerebrovascular diseases. (1)The property of the CysC Leu-68-Gln (L68Q) variant to aggregate and the property of the wild type CysC protein to co-aggregate with Amyloid-β (Aβ); (2)The disruption of equilibrium between CysC and related cysteine proteases; (3)The function of CysC as an inflammatory inducing factor; (4)The ability of CysC to induce autophagy...
November 15, 2017: Current Neurovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148008/supervised-preoperative-forearm-exercise-to-increase-blood-vessel-diameter-in-patients-requiring-an-arteriovenous-access-for-hemodialysis-rationale-and-design-of-the-pinch-trial
#2
Esther D Wilschut, Joris I Rotmans, Ernst Jan Bos, Daniëlle van Zoest, Daniël Eefting, Jaap F Hamming, Koen E A van der Bogt
BACKGROUND: Failure of maturation occurs in 30%-60% of arteriovenous fistula (AVF) creation for hemodialysis, with highest rates in distal radiocephalic fistulas. This is partly due to initial small blood vessel size with limited blood flow capacity. Forearm exercise has shown potential as stimulus for increasing blood vessel size in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and may promote maturation of AVFs in the upper limb when applied postoperatively. However, it is unknown if forearm exercise increases blood vessel size pre-operatively, which may contribute to more distal AVF creation and raise success rates of AVF surgery...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Vascular Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147634/intracranial-ischemic-infarct-due-to-blunt-force-trauma-in-a-high-school-football-player
#3
Brandon I Esianor, Ali S Haider, Margaret I Engelhardt, Tijani Osumah, Steven Vayalumkal, Richa Thakur, Dean Leonard, Jeffrey Haithcock, Kennith F Layton
Ischemic stroke is an uncommon cause of death among teenagers and young adults; however, the etiologies differ when compared to ischemic strokes in older individuals. Large-vessel atherosclerosis and small-vessel disease causing ischemic stroke are rare for the teenage population, while cervicocerebral arterial dissections account for up to 20% of ischemic strokes. Here, we present the case of a 16-year-old male who developed internal carotid artery dissection (ICAD) after a head injury and subsequently developed ischemic stroke and seizures...
September 7, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147477/vanishing-vasculitis-a-case-of-acute-necrotic-skin-findings-without-pathologic-features-of-vasculitis-from-adulterated-cocaine
#4
Adnan Asif Parvez Ghias, Patrick Brine
While the usage of illicit drugs in itself carries significant health risks and associated toxicities, drugs that are adulterated to give them volume, alter their psychogenic properties, and make them cheaper to produce are to be considered even more dangerous. Cocaine is one of them, and it is now most commonly being adulterated with levamisole. We report a case of a 37-year-old female with the chief complaint of painful skin lesions and wounds on both of her upper and lower extremities for three weeks duration...
2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142188/a-case-of-microscopic-polyangiitis-with-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-and-cardiovascular-complications
#5
Sae Aratani, Yukinao Sakai, Shuichi Tsuruoka
Microscopic polyangiitis (MPA) is a primary systemic vasculitis that predominantly affects small and medium vessels. MPA is rarely complicated with central nervous system or cardiovascular disease. We report a very rare case of MPA complicated with cerebral infarction, cardiovascular disease, and fatal subarachnoid hemorrhage in a 54-year-old man. During the first six days of hospitalization the patient was diagnosed with rapid progressive glomerulonephritis (RPGN), cerebral infarction, and unstable angina...
2017: Journal of Nippon Medical School, Nippon Ika Daigaku Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133703/cns-small-vessel-vasculitis-distinct-mri-features-and-histopathological-correlation
#6
Kamble J Harsha, Sujit A Jagtap, Tirur R Kapilamoorthy, Chandrasekharan Kesavadas, Bejoy Thomas, Neelima Radhakrishnan
BACKGROUND: Central nervous system (CNS) vasculitis is an uncommon disease, which is a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge for physicians. Large and medium vessel vasculitis is relatively easy to diagnose by angiogram compared to small vessel vasculitis, where angiograms are often normal; imaging features described till date are sensitive but not specific. PURPOSE: Here, we describe distinct magnetic resonance (MR) imaging features of CNS small vessel vasculitis...
November 2017: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127573/eosinophilic-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-complicated-by-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-and-coronary-vasculitis-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#7
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Shogo Matsuda, Shuzo Yoshida, Youhei Fujiki, Hidetoshi Satomi, Tohru Takeuchi, Yoshinobu Hirose, Shigeki Makino, Shigeki Arawaka
Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) is characterized by necrotizing vasculitis of small-sized vessels with extravascular granulomas and eosinophilic infiltration. The case of a 48-year-old Japanese woman with EGPA, who presented concurrently with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and coronary vasculitis, is reported. She initially presented with bronchial asthma, and then 8 months later she developed various symptoms caused by systemic eosinophilic vasculitis and was admitted to our hospital. Three days after admission, she started oral corticosteroid therapy, and her 2009 Five-Factor Score (FFS) was 0...
November 10, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125055/cerebral-amyloid-angiopathy-cerebral-microbleeds-and-implications-for-anticoagulation-decisions-the-need-for-a-balanced-approach
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Andreas Charidimou, Ashkan Shoamanesh, Rustam Al-Shahi Salman, Charlotte Cordonnier, Luke A Perry, Kevin N Sheth, Alessandro Biffi, Jonathan Rosand, Anand Viswanathan
Cerebral amyloid angiopathy is a common hemorrhagic small vessel disease of the brain, often associated with high risk of spontaneous lobar intracerebral hemorrhage. When the suspicion of cerebral amyloid angiopathy is raised, clinicians are hesitant in prescribing oral anticoagulation in patients in whom it is otherwise indicated, including the case of non-valvular atrial fibrillation. This is one of the thorniest clinical dilemmas in the field currently. In this short Leading Opinion piece by an international panel of clinicians-researchers active in the field, we present our consistent approach and future outlook on oral anticoagulation post intracerebral hemorrhage and in the setting of clinical-radiologic evidence of cerebral amyloid angiopathy...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124398/patient-perceptions-of-glucocorticoids-in-anti-neutrophil-cytoplasmic-antibody-associated-vasculitis
#9
Joanna C Robson, Jill Dawson, Peter F Cronholm, Susan Ashdown, Ebony Easley, Katherine S Kellom, Don Gebhart, Georgia Lanier, Nataliya Milman, Jacqueline Peck, Raashid A Luqmani, Judy A Shea, Gunnar Tomasson, Peter A Merkel
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), and eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) are multisystem diseases of small blood vessels, collectively known as the anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitides (AAV). This study explores the patient's perspective on the use of glucocorticoids, which are still a mainstay of treatment in AAV. Patients with AAV from the UK, USA, and Canada were interviewed, using purposive sampling to include a range of disease manifestations and demographics...
November 9, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123153/a-genome-wide-association-study-links-small-vessel-ischemic-stroke-to-autophagy
#10
Tsong-Hai Lee, Tai-Ming Ko, Chien-Hsiun Chen, Yeu-Jhy Chang, Liang-Suei Lu, Chien-Hung Chang, Kuo-Lun Huang, Ting-Yu Chang, Jiann-Der Lee, Ku-Chou Chang, Jen-Tsung Yang, Ming-Shien Wen, Chao-Yung Wang, Ying-Ting Chen, Tsai-Chuan Chen, Shu-Yu Chou, Ming-Ta Michael Lee, Yuan-Tsong Chen, Jer-Yuarn Wu
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) can serve as strong evidence in correlating biological pathways with human diseases. Although ischemic stroke has been found to be associated with many biological pathways, the genetic mechanism of ischemic stroke is still unclear. Here, we performed GWAS for a major subtype of stroke-small-vessel occlusion (SVO)-to identify potential genetic factors contributing to ischemic stroke. GWAS were conducted on 342 individuals with SVO stroke and 1,731 controls from a Han Chinese population residing in Taiwan...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120920/the-growing-clinical-spectrum-of-cerebral-amyloid-angiopathy
#11
Marieke J H Wermer, Steven M Greenberg
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) is diagnosed primarily as a cause of lobar intracerebral hemorrhages (ICH) in elderly patients. With improving MRI techniques, however, the role of CAA in causing other symptoms has become clear. Recognizing the full clinical spectrum of CAA is important for diagnosis and treatment. In this review we summarize recent insights in clinical CAA features, MRI biomarkers, and management. RECENT FINDINGS: The rate of ICH recurrence in CAA is among the highest of all stroke subtypes...
November 7, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119455/ct-brain-artefact-due-to-air-bubbles-in-the-oil-cooling-system-characteristic-band-like-configuration-on-sagittal-reformatted-image
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Simon Sin Man Wong, James Siu Wai Cheung, Tom Wai Kin Lee, Chris Siu Chun Tsai, Alex Wing Hung Ng
PURPOSE: To retrospectively review the imaging characteristics of CT artefacts due to air bubbles within the oil cooling system of the X-ray tube housing. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Air bubbles were introduced into the oil cooling system of the X-ray tube housing during tube replacement in one of the CT scanners in the authors' institution. All 126 CT brain studies performed in this period were retrospectively reviewed. One hundred and four studies were negative for artefacts...
November 8, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118394/an-apelin-receptor-antagonist-prevents-pathological-retinal-angiogenesis-with-ischemic-retinopathy-in-mice
#13
Yuki Ishimaru, Fumiya Shibagaki, Akiko Yamamuro, Yasuhiro Yoshioka, Sadaaki Maeda
Pathological retinal angiogenesis is caused by the progression of ischemic retinal diseases and can result in retinal detachment and irreversible blindness. This neovascularization is initiated from the retinal veins and their associated capillaries and involves the overgrowth of vascular endothelial cells. Since expression of the apelin receptor (APJ) is restricted to the veins and proliferative endothelial cells during physiological retinal angiogenesis, in the present study, we investigated the effect of APJ inhibition on pathological retinal angiogenesis in a mouse model of oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR)...
November 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117463/vasculitis-and-iga-monoclonal-gammopathy-of-cutaneous-significance
#14
L Rousset, F Cordoliani, M Battistella, M Jachiet, E Pillebout, M Rybojad, M Bagot, E Oksenhendler, J-D Bouaziz
IgA vasculitis (Henoch-Schonlein purpura) is a small vessel systemic vasculitis involving IgA immunoglobulin polyclonal activation(1) . Monoclonal gammopathy of cutaneous significance is a subgroup of monoclonal gammopathy with skin disease, without myeloma or lymphoproliferative disorder(2) . We report 3 patients with vasculitis and IgA monoclonal gammopathy of cutaneous significance. Three men, 38, 37 and 50 years old, had a vascular purpura for more than 10 years with partial remission and frequent necrotic flares (Figure 1)...
November 8, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116947/cerebrovascular-steal-phenomenon-and-electroconvulsive-therapy-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#15
Ana Hategan, Calvin H Hirsch
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a safe and effective treatment for major depressive disorder, but cerebrovascular and cardiovascular complications, although rare, remain the most concerning. This is particularly notable in those with preexisting cerebrovascular disease, which impacts dynamic cerebral autoregulation. In these patients, the increased blood flow to the seizing portions of the brain induced by ECT potentially can reduce cerebral blood flow to ischemic areas, possibly causing adverse neurological events...
November 8, 2017: Journal of ECT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114096/fingolimod-protects-against-ischemic-white-matter-damage-by-modulating-microglia-toward-m2-polarization-via-stat3-pathway
#16
Chuan Qin, Wen-Hui Fan, Qian Liu, Ke Shang, Madhuvika Murugan, Long-Jun Wu, Wei Wang, Dai-Shi Tian
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: White matter (WM) ischemic injury, a major neuropathological feature of cerebral small vessel diseases, is an important cause of vascular cognitive impairment in later life. The pathogenesis of demyelination after WM ischemic damage are often accompanied by microglial activation. Fingolimod (FTY720) was approved for the treatment of multiple sclerosis for its immunosuppression property. In this study, we evaluated the neuroprotective potential of FTY720 in a WM ischemia model...
November 7, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114091/circulating-endothelial-markers-in-retinal-vasculopathy-with-cerebral-leukoencephalopathy-and-systemic-manifestations
#17
Nadine Pelzer, Roel Bijkerk, Marlies E J Reinders, Anton Jan van Zonneveld, Michel D Ferrari, Arn M J M van den Maagdenberg, Jeroen Eikenboom, Gisela M Terwindt
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE-: Retinal vasculopathy with cerebral leukoencephalopathy and systemic manifestations (RVCL-S) is a monogenic small vessel disease, caused by C-terminal truncating TREX1 mutations, that can be considered a model for stroke and vascular dementia. The pathophysiology of RVCL-S is largely unknown, but systemic endothelial involvement has been suggested, leading to pathology in the brain and other highly vascularized organs. Here, we investigated circulating endothelial markers to confirm endothelial involvement and identify biomarkers for disease activity...
November 7, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110998/total-small-vessel-disease-burden-and-brain-network-efficiency-in-cerebral-amyloid-angiopathy
#18
Raffaella Valenti, Yael D Reijmer, Andreas Charidimou, Gregoire Boulouis, Sergi Ramirez Martinez, Li Xiong, Panagiotis Fotiadis, Michael Jessel, Alison Ayres, Grace Riley, Leonardo Pantoni, M Edip Gurol, Steven M Greenberg, Anand Viswanathan
BACKGROUND: Cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) is associated with hemorrhagic and nonhemorrhagic markers small vessel disease (SVD). A composite score to quantify the total burden of SVD on MRI specifically for CAA patients was recently developed. Brain network alterations related to individual MRI markers of SVD in CAA were demonstrated. OBJECTIVES: Considering diffusion based network measures sensitive to detect different relevant SVD-related brain injury, we investigated if increased overall SVD injury on MRI corresponds to worse global brain connectivity in CAA...
November 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110161/association-between-small-intestinal-bacterial-overgrowth-by-glucose-breath-test-and-coronary-artery-disease
#19
Andre Fialho, Andrea Fialho, Gursimran Kochhar, Aldo L Schenone, Prashanti Thota, Arthur J McCullough, Bo Shen
BACKGROUND: A possible role of gut bacteria and their metabolic by-products in the development of coronary artery disease (CAD) is suspected. There is a lack of studies evaluating the association of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) with the development of CAD. AIM: To evaluate the frequency and risk factors for angiography-confirmed CAD in patients with or without SIBO. METHODS: A total of 1059 patients tested for SIBO using the glucose hydrogen/methane breath test from 2006 to 2014 were evaluated...
November 6, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104648/identification-of-key-signaling-pathways-in-cerebral-small-vessel-disease-using-differential-pathway-network-analysis
#20
Gang Zheng, Qianlei Zheng, Qianwei Xu
Cerebral small vessel disease (CSVD) primarily affects the perforating cerebral arterioles and capillaries, and results in injury to subcortical grey and white matter. Despite advances in determining the genetic basis of CSVD, the molecular mechanisms underlying the development and progression of CSVD remain unclear. The present study aimed to identify significant signaling pathways associated with CSVD based on differential pathway network analysis. Combining CSVD microarray data with human protein-protein interaction data and data from the Reactome pathway database, pathway interactions were constructed using the Spearman's correlation coefficient strategy...
November 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
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