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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425061/gray-matter-and-white-matter-changes-in-non-demented-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-patients-with-or-without-cognitive-impairment-a-combined-voxel-based-morphometry-and-tract-based-spatial-statistics-whole-brain-analysis
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Foteini Christidi, Efstratios Karavasilis, Franz Riederer, Ioannis Zalonis, Panagiotis Ferentinos, Georgios Velonakis, Sophia Xirou, Michalis Rentzos, Georgios Argiropoulos, Vasiliki Zouvelou, Thomas Zambelis, Athanasios Athanasakos, Panagiotis Toulas, Konstantinos Vadikolias, Efstathios Efstathopoulos, Spyros Kollias, Nikolaos Karandreas, Nikolaos Kelekis, Ioannis Evdokimidis
The phenotypic heterogeneity in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) implies that patients show structural changes within but also beyond the motor cortex and corticospinal tract and furthermore outside the frontal lobes, even if frank dementia is not detected. The aim of the present study was to investigate both gray matter (GM) and white matter (WM) changes in non-demented amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients with or without cognitive impairment (ALS-motor and ALS-plus, respectively). Nineteen ALS-motor, 31 ALS-plus and 25 healthy controls (HC) underwent 3D-T1-weighted and 30-directional diffusion-weighted imaging on a 3 T MRI scanner...
April 19, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412941/survival-prediction-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-based-on-mri-measures-and-clinical-characteristics
#2
Christina Schuster, Orla Hardiman, Peter Bede
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) a highly heterogeneous neurodegenerative condition. Accurate diagnostic, monitoring and prognostic biomarkers are urgently needed both for individualised patient care and clinical trials. A multimodal magnetic resonance imaging study is presented, where MRI measures of ALS-associated brain regions are utilised to predict 18-month survival. METHODS: A total of 60 ALS patients and 69 healthy controls were included in this study...
April 17, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364332/repetitive-nerve-stimulation-as-a-diagnostic-aid-for-distinguishing-cervical-spondylotic-amyotrophy-from-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#3
Chaojun Zheng, Xiang Jin, Yu Zhu, Feizhou Lu, Jianyuan Jiang, Xinlei Xia
PURPOSE: To identify and compare the features of compound muscle action potential (CMAP) decrements in repetitive nerve stimulation (RNS) in patients with cervical spondylotic amyotrophy (CSA) and in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). METHODS: The cohort consisted of 43 CSA (distal-type to proximal-type ratio: 27-16) and 35 ALS patients. Five muscles, including abductor pollicis brevis (APB), abductor digiti minimi (ADM), biceps brachii (BB), middle deltoid (Del), and upper trapezius (Trap), were tested by 3-Hz RNS...
March 31, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351750/a-longitudinal-dti-and-histological-study-of-the-spinal-cord-reveals-early-pathological-alterations-in-g93a-sod1-mouse-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Stefania Marcuzzo, Silvia Bonanno, Matteo Figini, Alessandro Scotti, Ileana Zucca, Ludovico Minati, Nilo Riva, Teuta Domi, Andrea Fossaghi, Angelo Quattrini, Barbara Galbardi, Sara D'Alessandro, Maria Grazia Bruzzone, José Manuel García-Verdugo, Victoria Moreno-Manzano, Renato Mantegazza, Pia Bernasconi
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by selective motor neuron degeneration in the motor cortex, brainstem and spinal cord. It is generally accepted that ALS is caused by death of motor neurons, however the exact temporal cascade of degenerative processes is not yet completely known. To identify the early pathological changes in spinal cord of G93A-SOD1 ALS mice we performed a comprehensive longitudinal analysis employing diffusion-tensor magnetic resonance imaging alongside histology and electron microscopy, in parallel with peripheral nerve histology...
March 27, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337412/differential-involvement-of-corticospinal-tract-cst-fibers-in-umn-predominant-als-patients-with-or-without-cst-hyperintensity-a-diffusion-tensor-tractography-study
#5
Venkateswaran Rajagopalan, Erik P Pioro
Diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) depends on clinical evidence of combined upper motor neuron (UMN) and lower motor neuron (LMN) degeneration, although ALS patients can present with features predominantly of one or the other. Some UMN-predominant patients show hyperintense signal along the intracranial corticospinal tract (CST) on T2- and proton density (PD)-weighted images (ALS-CST +), and appear to have faster disease progression when compared to those without CST hyperintensity (ALS-CST -)...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337409/network-degeneration-and-dysfunction-in-presymptomatic-c9orf72-expansion-carriers
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Suzee E Lee, Ana C Sias, Maria Luisa Mandelli, Jesse A Brown, Alainna B Brown, Anna M Khazenzon, Anna A Vidovszky, Theodore P Zanto, Anna M Karydas, Mochtar Pribadi, Deepika Dokuru, Giovanni Coppola, Dan H Geschwind, Rosa Rademakers, Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini, Howard J Rosen, Bruce L Miller, William W Seeley
Hexanucleotide repeat expansions in C9ORF72 are the most common known genetic cause of familial and sporadic frontotemporal dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Previous work has shown that patients with behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia due to C9ORF72 show salience and sensorimotor network disruptions comparable to those seen in sporadic behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia, but it remains unknown how early in the lifespan these and other changes in brain structure and function arise...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274264/a-unique-pattern-of-cortical-connectivity-characterizes-patients-with-attention-deficit-disorders-a-large-electroencephalographic-coherence-study
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Frank H Duffy, Aditi Shankardass, Gloria B McAnulty, Heidelise Als
BACKGROUND: Attentional disorders (ADD) feature decreased attention span, impulsivity, and over-activity interfering with successful lives. Childhood onset ADD frequently persists to adulthood. Etiology may be hereditary or disease associated. Prevalence is 5% but recognition may be 'overshadowed' by comorbidities (brain injury, mood disorder) thereby escaping formal recognition. Blinded diagnosis by MRI has failed. ADD may not itself manifest a single anatomical pattern of brain abnormality but may reflect multiple, unique responses to numerous and diverse etiologies...
March 9, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266002/voxel-based-mapping-of-grey-matter-volume-and-glucose-metabolism-profiles-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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M-S Buhour, F Doidy, A Mondou, A Pélerin, L Carluer, F Eustache, F Viader, B Desgranges
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive disease of the nervous system involving both upper and lower motor neurons. The patterns of structural and metabolic brain alterations are still unclear. Several studies using anatomical MRI yielded a number of discrepancies in their results, and a few PET studies investigated the effect of ALS on cerebral glucose metabolism. The aim of this study was threefold: to highlight the patterns of grey matter (GM) atrophy, hypometabolism and hypermetabolism in patients with ALS, then to understand the neurobehavioral significance of hypermetabolism and, finally, to investigate the regional differences between the morphologic and functional changes in ALS patients, using a specially designed voxel-based method...
December 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248783/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-what-nurses-need-to-know
#9
Tamara L Bellomo, Lucille Cichminski
A MOTHER OF THREE teenage children, Mrs. S, 49, presented to her healthcare provider with bilateral leg twitching and weakness, difficulty swallowing, and fatigue that's worsened over the past few weeks. While she was on her daily morning walk, she tripped and fell. She experienced a small laceration to her leg, prompting her visit to the healthcare facility. Her husband said that she'd had periods of slurred speech over the past few months as well. She was alert and oriented, and her vital signs were all within normal limits...
March 2017: Home Healthcare Now
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231395/functional-connectivity-in-amygdalar-sensory-pre-motor-networks-at-rest-new-evidence-from-the-human-connectome-project
#10
Nicola Toschi, Andrea Duggento, Luca Passamonti
The word 'e-motion' derives from the Latin word 'ex-moveo' which literally means 'moving away from something/somebody'. Emotions are thus fundamental to prime action and goal-directed behavior with obvious implications for individual's survival. However, the brain mechanisms underlying the interactions between emotional and motor cortical systems remain poorly understood. A recent diffusion tensor imaging study in humans has reported the existence of direct anatomical connections between the amygdala and sensory/(pre)motor cortices, corroborating an initial observation in animal research...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210983/multi-view-ensemble-classification-of-brain-connectivity-images-for-neurodegeneration-type-discrimination
#11
Michele Fratello, Giuseppina Caiazzo, Francesca Trojsi, Antonio Russo, Gioacchino Tedeschi, Roberto Tagliaferri, Fabrizio Esposito
Brain connectivity analyses using voxels as features are not robust enough for single-patient classification because of the inter-subject anatomical and functional variability. To construct more robust features, voxels can be aggregated into clusters that are maximally coherent across subjects. Moreover, combining multi-modal neuroimaging and multi-view data integration techniques allows generating multiple independent connectivity features for the same patient. Structural and functional connectivity features were extracted from multi-modal MRI images with a clustering technique, and used for the multi-view classification of different phenotypes of neurodegeneration by an ensemble learning method (random forest)...
February 16, 2017: Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210978/future-directions-in-imaging-neurodegeneration
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REVIEW
Joseph C Masdeu
Neuroimaging comprises a powerful set of instruments to diagnose various neurodegenerative disorders, clarifies their neurobiology, and monitors their treatment. Magnetic resonance imaging depicts volume changes, as well as abnormalities in functional and structural connectivity. Positron emission tomography (PET) allows for the quantification of regional cerebral metabolism, characteristically altered in Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, diffuse Lewy-body disease, and the frontotemporal dementias...
January 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203530/longitudinal-evaluation-of-cerebral-and-spinal-cord-damage-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Milena de Albuquerque, Lucas Melo T Branco, Thiago Junqueira R Rezende, Helen Maia Tavares de Andrade, Anamarli Nucci, Marcondes Cavalcante França
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate MRI-based parameters as biomarkers of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) progression. METHODS: Twenty-seven patients and 27 controls performed two clinical and MRI acquisitions 8 months apart. ALSFRS-R scale was used to quantify disease severity at both time points. Multimodal analyses of MRI included cortical thickness measurements (FreeSurfer software), analysis of white matter integrity using diffusion-tensor imaging (tract-based spatial statistics-TBSS) and measurement of cervical spinal cord cross-sectional area (SpineSeg software)...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150100/spontaneous-brain-activity-in-the-sensorimotor-cortex-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-can-be-negatively-regulated-by-corticospinal-fiber-integrity
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Wataru Sako, Takashi Abe, Yuishin Izumi, Hiroki Yamazaki, Naoko Matsui, Masafumi Harada, Ryuji Kaji
Previous studies failed to detect reduced value of the amplitude of low frequency fluctuation (ALFF) derived from resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging in the primary motor cortex in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) though primary motor cortex was mainly affected with ALS. We aimed to investigate the cause of masking the abnormality in the primary motor cortex in ALS and usefulness of ALFF for differential diagnosis among diseases showing muscle weakness. We enrolled ten patients with ALS and eleven disease controls showing muscle weakness...
February 1, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116236/the-neural-correlates-and-clinical-characteristics-of-psychosis-in-the-frontotemporal-dementia-continuum-and-the-c9orf72-expansion
#15
Emma M Devenney, Ramon Landin-Romero, Muireann Irish, Michael Hornberger, Eneida Mioshi, Glenda M Halliday, Matthew C Kiernan, John R Hodges
OBJECTIVE: This present study aims to address the gap in the literature regarding the severity and underlying neural correlates of psychotic symptoms in frontotemporal dementia with and without the C9orf72 gene expansion. METHODS: Fifty-six patients with behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (20 with concomitant amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and 23 healthy controls underwent neuropsychological assessments, detailed clinical interview for assessment of psychosis symptoms, brain MRI and genetic testing...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070484/deep-learning-predictions-of-survival-based-on-mri-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#16
Hannelore K van der Burgh, Ruben Schmidt, Henk-Jan Westeneng, Marcel A de Reus, Leonard H van den Berg, Martijn P van den Heuvel
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neuromuscular disease, with large variation in survival between patients. Currently, it remains rather difficult to predict survival based on clinical parameters alone. Here, we set out to use clinical characteristics in combination with MRI data to predict survival of ALS patients using deep learning, a machine learning technique highly effective in a broad range of big-data analyses. A group of 135 ALS patients was included from whom high-resolution diffusion-weighted and T1-weighted images were acquired at the first visit to the outpatient clinic...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067298/widespread-temporo-occipital-lobe-dysfunction-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#17
Kristian Loewe, Judith Machts, Jörn Kaufmann, Susanne Petri, Hans-Jochen Heinze, Christian Borgelt, Joseph Allen Harris, Stefan Vielhaber, Mircea Ariel Schoenfeld
Recent studies suggest that amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) lie on a single clinical continuum. However, previous neuroimaging studies have found only limited involvement of temporal lobe regions in ALS. To better delineate possible temporal lobe involvement in ALS, the present study aimed to examine changes in functional connectivity across the whole brain, particularly with regard to extra-motor regions, in a group of 64 non-demented ALS patients and 38 healthy controls...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995069/longitudinal-imaging-in-c9orf72-mutation-carriers-relationship-to-phenotype
#18
Mary Kay Floeter, Devin Bageac, Laura E Danielian, Laura E Braun, Bryan J Traynor, Justin Y Kwan
Expansion mutations in the C9orf72 gene may cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), frontotemporal dementia (FTD), or mixtures of the two clinical phenotypes. Different imaging findings have been described for C9orf72-associated diseases in comparison with sporadic patients with the same phenotypes, but it is uncertain whether different phenotypes have a common genotype-associated imaging signature. To address this question, 27 unrelated C9orf72 expansion mutation carriers (C9 +) with varied phenotypes, 28 age-matched healthy controls and 22 patients with sporadic ALS (sALS) underwent 3T MRI scanning and clinical phenotyping...
2016: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913627/aberrant-interhemispheric-homotopic-functional-and-structural-connectivity-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#19
Jiuquan Zhang, Bing Ji, Jun Hu, Chaoyang Zhou, Longchuan Li, Zhihao Li, Xuequan Huang, Xiaoping Hu
OBJECTIVE: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an idiopathic and fatal neurodegenerative disease of the human motor system. While microstructural alterations in corpus callosum (CC) have been identified as a consistent feature of ALS, studies directly examining interhemispheric neural connectivity are still lacking. To shed more light on the pathophysiology of ALS, the present study aims to examine alterations of interhemispheric structural and functional connectivity in individuals with ALS...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907080/development-of-an-automated-mri-based-diagnostic-protocol-for-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-using-disease-specific-pathognomonic-features-a-quantitative-disease-state-classification-study
#20
Christina Schuster, Orla Hardiman, Peter Bede
BACKGROUND: Despite significant advances in quantitative neuroimaging, the diagnosis of ALS remains clinical and MRI-based biomarkers are not currently used to aid the diagnosis. The objective of this study is to develop a robust, disease-specific, multimodal classification protocol and validate its diagnostic accuracy in independent, early-stage and follow-up data sets. METHODS: 147 participants (81 ALS patients and 66 healthy controls) were divided into a training sample and a validation sample...
2016: PloS One
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