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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242735/microcalcified-hepatic-metastases-incidentally-detected-on-f-18-naf-pet-ct-in-a-patient-with-prostate-cancer
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Gul Ege Aktas, Ali Sarıkaya, Nuray Can, Selin Soyluoglu Demir
F-18 NaF PET/CT evaluation has gained importance in recent years. Achievements from F-18 NaF PET/CT are: higher sensitivity of positron imaging, higher target background ratio with higher tracer accumulation in bone hydroxyapatite and higher specificity through CT correlation. These properties have also given directions to new research fields based on imaging microcalcifications, very recently. A limited number of cases have reported the F-18 NaF uptake in macrocalcified soft tissue metastases. Although the presence of microcalcification was not proved; accumulation of F-18 NaF in the metastatic brain lesion with no visible calcification on the CT, in a patient with ductal breast carcinoma has also been reported...
December 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230685/calcitriol-reverses-the-down-regulation-pattern-of-tuberous-sclerosis-complex-genes-in-an-in-vitro-calcification-model
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Eraldo Fonseca Dos Santos Junior, Roberta Rodrigues de Lemos Gitirana, Darlene Paiva Bezerra, João Ricardo Mendes de Oliveira
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a neurocutaneous syndrome with autosomal dominant inheritance, and most of the cases are related to loss of function of the TSC1 and TSC2 genes. TSC may occur with a wide range of clinical findings and skin, kidney, brain, and heart are the most commonly affected organs. Brain calcifications in TSC are also described and reported as diffuse and without pattern of symmetry or bilaterality. Recently, a new discovery opened the possibility of using vitamin D (VitD) for treating cerebral calcifications...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210354/neurocysticercosis-among-people-living-nearby-pigs-heavily-infected-with-cysticercosis-in-rural-endemic-peru
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Brian T Garvey, Luz M Moyano, Viterbo Ayvar, Silvia Rodriguez, Robert H Gilman, Armando E Gonzalez, Hector H Garcia, Seth E O'Neal, For The Cysticercosis Working Group In Peru
Neurocysticercosis causes substantial neurologic morbidity in endemic regions around the world. In this cross-sectional study, we describe the frequency of neurocysticercosis among a presumed high-risk group of people in an endemic community in northern Peru. Participants who screened positive on a nine-question seizure survey were evaluated clinically to diagnose epilepsy using International League Against Epilepsy criteria. Those with epilepsy were offered a noncontrast computerized tomography (CT) of the head...
December 4, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209885/neuroimaging-findings-associated-with-congenital-zika-virus-syndrome-case-series-at-the-time-of-first-epidemic-outbreak-in-pernambuco-state-brazil
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Pedro Pires, Patricia Jungmann, Jully Moura Galvão, Adriano Hazin, Luiza Menezes, Ricardo Ximenes, Gabriele Tonni, Edward Araujo Júnior
PURPOSE: This study aimed to describe the prenatal and postnatal neuroimaging and clinical findings in a clinical series following congenital Zika virus syndrome during the first epidemic Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak in the State of Pernambuco, Brazil. METHODS: We (the authors) conducted a retrospective study of a prospectively collected case series of fetuses and neonates with microcephaly born to mothers with presumed/confirmed congenital ZIKV syndrome. Prenatal ultrasound findings were reviewed to identify potential central nervous system (CNS) abnormalities...
December 5, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196213/ifngr1-and-stat1-mediated-canonical-ifn-%C3%AE-signaling-drives-nigrostriatal-degeneration
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Michael R Strickland, Emily J Koller, Doris Z Deng, Carolina Ceballos-Diaz, Todd E Golde, Paramita Chakrabarty
Brain expression of AAV-Ifn-γ leads to reactive gliosis, nigrostriatal degeneration and midbrain calcification in wild type mice. This mouse model phenocopies idiopathic basal ganglia calcification which is associated with Parkinsonian symptoms. To understand how the nigro-striatal pathway is selectively vulnerable to Ifn-γ, we determined if the phenotype is driven by canonical signaling intermediates, Ifngr1 and Stat1. Using focused bioinformatic analysis and rotarod testing, we show that neuroinflammation and motor abnormalities precede the appearance of midbrain neuropathologies in the brains of Ifn-γ mouse model...
November 28, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194051/blood-tissue-and-imaging-biomarkers-in-calcific-aortic-valve-stenosis-past-present-and-future
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Mylène Shen, Lionel Tastet, Jutta Bergler-Klein, Philippe Pibarot, Marie-Annick Clavel
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Calcific aortic valve stenosis is the most prevalent valvular heart disease in the high-income countries. To this date, no medical therapy has been proven to prevent or to stop the progression of aortic valve stenosis. The physiopathology of aortic valve stenosis is highly complex and involves several signalling pathways, as well as genetic related factors, which delay the elaboration of effective pharmacotherapies. Moreover, it is difficult to predict accurately the progression of the valve stenosis and finding the optimal timing for aortic valve replacement remains challenging...
November 30, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181810/imaging-findings-in-congenital-zika-virus-infection-syndrome-an-update
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Andrea Silveira de Souza, Patrícia Soares de Oliveira-Szjenfeld, Adriana Suely de Oliveira Melo, Luis Alberto Moreira de Souza, Alba Gean Medeiros Batista, Fernanda Tovar-Moll
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV) is a neurotropic and neurotoxic RNA Flavivirus prompt to cause severe fetal brain dysmorphisms during pregnancy, a period of rapid and critical central nervous system development. A wide range of clinico-radiological findings of congenital ZIKV infections were reported in the literature, such as microcephaly, overlapping sutures, cortical migrational and corpus callosum abnormalities, intracranial calcifications, ventriculomegaly, brain stem and cerebellar malformations, spinal cord involvement, and joint contractures...
November 27, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177397/-not-everything-is-zika-congenital-toxoplasmosis-still-prevalent-in-colombia
#8
Jorge L Alvarado-Socarras, Keyla Meneses-Silvera, Andrea Carolina Zarate-Vergara, Carlos Guerrero-Gomez, Alfonso J Rodriguez-Morales
Congenital toxoplasmosis continues to be a public health threat. Even existing guidelines, publicly known, its implementation and lack of appropriate interpretation of serological tests in pregnancy is often observed. This leds to failure in opportunities for positive and known interventions to decrease the fetal risk due to Toxoplasma gondii infection. We reported herein a case series, with variable neurological and systemic compromise (respiratory distress, hepatosplenomegaly, enterocolitis, brain calcifications, thrombocytopenia, ascites, shock), even fatal, calling for awareness about the fact that despite the Zika epidemics in 2015-2016 in Brazil, Colombia and other countries, precisely toxoplasmosis, is a differential diagnosis still prevalent in these territories, that can leds to severe consequences, with neurological disability and risk of ocular damage, even lately...
April 2017: Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167994/congenital-zika-virus-infection-a-neuropathological-review
#9
L Chimelli, E Avvad-Portari
BACKGROUND: A relationship between Zika virus (ZikV) infection in pregnancy and the occurrence of microcephaly was established during the Zika outbreak in Brazil (2015-2016). Neuropathological findings in congenital Zika syndrome helped to understand its pathogenetic mechanisms. RESULTS: The most relevant postmortem findings in the central nervous system (CNS) of fetuses and neonates infected with ZikV early in gestation are microcephaly with ex-vacuo ventriculomegaly and large head circumference associated with obstructive hydrocephalus due to severe midbrain and aqueduct distortion...
November 22, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166461/presumed-zika-virus-related-congenital-brain-malformations-the-spectrum-of-ct-and-mri-findings-in-fetuses-and-newborns
#10
José Daniel Vieira de Castro, Licia Pacheco Pereira, Daniel Aguiar Dias, Lindenberg Barbosa Aguiar, Joanira Costa Nogueira Maia, Jesus Irajacy Fernandes da Costa, Eveline Campos Monteiro de Castro, Francisco Edson de Lucena Feitosa, Francisco Herlânio Costa Carvalho
OBJECTIVE: The new epidemic of Zika virus infection raises grave concerns, especially with the increasingly-recognized link between emerging cases of microcephaly and this infectious disease. Besides small cranial dimensions, there are striking morphologic anomalies in the fetal brain. Key anomalies include cortical developmental malformations and a peculiar distribution of pathologic calcifications. These potentially indicate a new pattern of congenital central nervous system infection...
October 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152996/birth-defects-associated-with-congenital-zika-virus-infection-in-mexico
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Silvina Noemí Contreras-Capetillo, Nina Valadéz-González, Pablo Manrique-Saide, Rafael Eduardo Carcaño-Castillo, Freddy Pacheco-Tugores, Hirian Alonso Moshe Barrera-Pérez, Doris Pinto-Escalante, Manuel Lliteras-Cardín, José Alfredo Hoil-Parra, José Luis Cáceres-Solís, Norma Pavía-Ruz
Part of the work agenda of international health authorities is to define the clinical spectrum of the congenital Zika syndrome (CZS) in different territories. We describe the clinical variability that gave rise to the suspicion of CZS in 3 newborn patients in the south of Mexico with active transmission of Zika. All of them presented Zika RNA by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and positive antibodies for IgM by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. None of the mothers tested positive for active viremia, only one mother had Zika-symptoms and titers of Zika-positive IgM...
November 1, 2017: Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152850/estimation-of-minimal-disease-prevalence-from-population-genomic-data-application-to-primary-familial-brain-calcification
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Gaël Nicolas, Camille Charbonnier, Dominique Campion, Joris A Veltman
Primary Familial Brain Calcification (PFBC) is a rare calcifying disorder of the brain with autosomal dominant inheritance, of unknown prevalence. Four causal genes have been identified so far: SLC20A2, PDGFB, PDGFRB, and XPR1, with pathogenic, probably pathogenic or missense variants of unknown significance found in 27.7% probands in the French PFBC series. Estimating PFBC prevalence from a clinical input is arduous due to a large diversity of symptoms and ages of onset and to incomplete clinical penetrance...
November 20, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146003/imaging-features-of-rosette-forming-glioneuronal-tumours
#13
L Gao, F Han, Y Jin, J Xiong, Y Lv, Z Yao, J Zhang
AIM: To describe the imaging features of rosette-forming glioneuronal tumours (RGNTs) to enable accurate diagnosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Image data and clinical findings for seven patients with histopathologically confirmed RGNTs were studied comprehensively. RESULTS: Six neoplasms were located near the midline and all were relatively well circumscribed. Most lesions were hypointense on T1-weighted images and hyperintense on T2-weighted images...
November 13, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119457/dual-energy-computed-tomography-for-the-head
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Norihito Naruto, Toshihide Itoh, Kyo Noguchi
Dual energy CT (DECT) is a promising technology that provides better diagnostic accuracy in several brain diseases. DECT can generate various types of CT images from a single acquisition data set at high kV and low kV based on material decomposition algorithms. The two-material decomposition algorithm can separate bone/calcification from iodine accurately. The three-material decomposition algorithm can generate a virtual non-contrast image, which helps to identify conditions such as brain hemorrhage. A virtual monochromatic image has the potential to eliminate metal artifacts by reducing beam-hardening effects...
November 9, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107634/unusual-intracranial-arterial-calcification-and-vitamin-d-deficiency
#15
Yerim Kim, Jong Seok Bae, Hong-Ki Song, Ju-Hun Lee
Although intracranial arterial calcifications (IACs) are encountered in approximately 85% of patients with acute ischemic stroke (IS), the significance of IAC in plaque instability is still controversial. Because most tissues including brain tissue have vitamin D receptors, vitamin D deficiency might play multiple roles in variable sites. Here, we report a novel presentation of IS with IAC including anterior cerebral artery involvement due to vitamin D deficiency. In conclusion, although the role of IAC in cerebral infarction is still controversial, we suggest that insufficient vitamin D should be examined and treated appropriately in all patients with IS...
October 26, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100059/enlarged-perivascular-spaces-in-the-basal-ganglia-are-independently-associated-with-intracranial-atherosclerosis-in-the-elderly
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Oscar H Del Brutto, Robertino M Mera
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Enlarged basal ganglia perivascular spaces (BG-PVS) are a marker of cerebral small vessel disease (SVD). The association between enlarged BG-PVS and atherosclerosis has been explored, but knowledge is limited to extracranial vessels. We aimed to assess whether enlarged BG-PVS correlate with carotid siphon calcifications (CSC), used as a surrogate of intracranial atherosclerosis. METHODS: Atahualpa residents aged ≥60 years underwent head computed tomography (CT) for assessment of CSC, and brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for evaluation of BG-PVS and other imaging markers of SVD...
October 20, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098547/new-data-from-pdfgb-ret-ret-mutant-mice-might-lead-to-a-paradoxical-association-between-brain-calcification-pericytes-recruitment-and-bbb-integrity
#17
Denis A P Moura, Roberta R Lemos, João R M Oliveira
Data of mice with PDGF-B-truncating mutation (Pdgfb (ret/ret)) from different research groups indicate that the malfunction of this protein leads to reduced pericyte recruitment, loss of Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB) integrity and bilateral brain calcification. This makes these mice important models for Primary Brain Calcification and pericyte-BBB correlation studies. The global brain pericyte count is reduced in Pdgfb (ret/ret) mice, with higher BBB permeability. We have overlapped the data from other research groups into a figure to further analyze the findings...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093429/echocardiographic-assessment-of-cardiac-structural-and-functional-abnormalities-in-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease-receiving-chronic-hemodialysis
#18
Hiroshi Matsuo, Kaoru Dohi, Hirofumi Machida, Hideyuki Takeuchi, Toshikazu Aoki, Hiroyuki Nishimura, Masashi Yasutomi, Michiharu Senga, Takehiko Ichikawa, Kentaro Kakuta, Yasuhide Mizutani, Akiko Tanoue, Naoki Isaka, Kazuki Oosugi, Sukenari Koyabu, Masato Sakurai, Yoshihisa Fukui, Hitoshi Kakimoto, Tadafumi Sugimoto, Takahiro Ohnishi, Tomohiro Murata, Eiji Ishikawa, Ryuji Okamoto, Tomomi Yamada, Toru Ogura, Yuki Nishimura, Takashi Tanigawa, Shinsuke Nomura, Masakatsu Nishikawa, Masaaki Ito
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the echocardiographic characteristics of chronic hemodialysis (HD) patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in a multicenter prospective cohort study.Methods and Results:Three hundred and fifteen patients with ESRD (67.9±10.6 years, 47.6% male) on chronic HD for ≥1 year were examined on transthoracic echocardiography, including Doppler-derived aortic valve area (AVA) measurement. Only 11.5% and 3.4% of all patients had normal left ventricular (LV) geometry and normal LV filling pattern, respectively...
October 31, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037758/the-association-of-vertebrobasilar-calcification-with-etiological-subtypes-stroke-recurrence-and-outcome-in-acute-brainstem-ischemic-stroke
#19
Elif Gökçal, Elvin Niftaliyev, Tuğçe Özdemir, Mehmet Kolukısa, Talip Asil
Arterial calcification (AC), a frequent finding on imaging studies, has been reported as a risk factor for ischemic stroke. However few studies have explored the association of AC with etiological subtypes and prognostic implications. The purpose of this study was to investigate the association of AC with demograhics, risk factors and etiological subtypes and to determine whether it predicts stroke recurrence and functional outcome in patients with acute brainstem ischemic stroke. We analyzed our database consisting of patients who were diagnosed as acute brainstem ischemic stroke admitted within 24hours of onset...
October 9, 2017: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034894/induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-derived-from-a-patient-with-familial-idiopathic-basal-ganglia-calcification-ibgc-caused-by-a-mutation-in-slc20a2-gene
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Shin-Ichiro Sekine, Takayuki Kondo, Nagahisa Murakami, Keiko Imamura, Takako Enami, Ran Shibukawa, Kayoko Tsukita, Misato Funayama, Masatoshi Inden, Hisaka Kurita, Isao Hozumi, Haruhisa Inoue
Idiopathic basal ganglia calcification (IBGC), also known as Fahr disease or primary familial brain calcifications (PFBC), is a rare neurodegenerative disorder characterized by calcium deposits in basal ganglia and other brain regions, causing neuropsychiatric and motor symptoms. We established human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from an IBGC patient. The established IBGC-iPSCs carried SLC20A2 c.1848G>A mutation (p.W616* of translated protein PiT2), and also showed typical iPSC morphology, pluripotency markers, normal karyotype, and the ability of in vitro differentiation into three-germ layers...
October 2017: Stem Cell Research
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