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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334875/white-matter-changes-in-paediatric-multiple-sclerosis-and-monophasic-demyelinating-disorders
#1
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322716/bartonella-associated-transverse-myelitis
#2
Parham Sendi, Cedric Hirzel, Andreas Bloch, Urs Fischer, Natalie Jeannet, Livia Berlinger, Heinz Krestel
Each year in the United States, 500 patients are hospitalized for cat-scratch disease, caused by Bartonella henselae infection. We report a case of rare but serious neurologic B. henselae infection. When typical features of cat-scratch disease occur with neurologic findings, Bartonella infection should be suspected and diagnostic testing should be performed.
April 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302609/enhancing-brain-lesions-during-acute-optic-neuritis-and-or-longitudinally-extensive-transverse-myelitis-may-portend-a-higher-relapse-rate-in-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorders
#3
G Orman, K Y Wang, Y Pekcevik, C B Thompson, M Mealy, M Levy, I Izbudak
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders are inflammatory demyelinating disorders with optic neuritis and/or longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis episodes. We now know that neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders are associated with antibodies to aquaporin-4, which are highly concentrated on astrocytic end-feet at the blood-brain barrier. Immune-mediated disruption of the blood-brain barrier may manifest as contrast enhancement on brain MR imaging. We aimed to delineate the extent and frequency of contrast enhancement on brain MR imaging within 1 month of optic neuritis and/or longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis attacks and to correlate contrast enhancement with outcome measures...
March 16, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298841/etiological-profile-of-noncompressive-myelopathies-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-of-northeast-india
#4
Ashok Kumar Kayal, Munindra Goswami, Marami Das, Lakhshya Jyoti Basumatary, Suvorit Subhas Bhowmick, Baiakmenlang Synmon
BACKGROUND: The discovery of antibodies against aquaporin-4 and evolving concepts of noncompressive myelopathies in the 21(st) century have made a major impact on the etiological profile of these diseases, with few cases turning out to be idiopathic. OBJECTIVE: To find causes of noncompressive myelopathy in a tertiary care hospital of Northeast India. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An observational study was carried out in the Neurology Department of Gauhati Medical College, Guwahati, from September 2013 to February 2016...
January 2017: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293214/different-phenotypes-at-onset-in-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder-patients-with-aquaporin-4-autoimmunity
#5
Youming Long, Junyan Liang, Linzhan Wu, Shaopeng Lin, Cong Gao, Xiaohui Chen, Wei Qiu, Yu Yang, Xueping Zheng, Ning Yang, Min Gao, Yaotang Chen, Zhanhang Wang, Quanxi Su
BACKGROUND: Although rare, brain abnormalities without optic neuritis (ON) or transverse myelitis (TM) diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) have been reported in patients positive for the aquaporin-4 (AQP4) antibody. OBJECTIVE: To analyze demographic and clinical differences among NMOSD patients without ON or TM, those with either ON or TM, and patients with simultaneous ON and TM at disease onset. METHODS: In this retrospective study, patients who were positive for the AQP4 antibody, as detected using a cell-based assay, at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University in China were recruited...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281110/headache-in-neuromyelitis-optica
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REVIEW
Alina Masters-Israilov, Matthew S Robbins
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) classically features a clinical presentation that includes longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis and optic neuritis. However, many other pathognomonic phenomena have more recently been described in patients diagnosed with NMO, including intractable hiccups, vomiting, and painful tonic spasms, but less has been reported regarding the relationship between NMO and headache. Though headache is well established as both a symptom and comorbidity of multiple sclerosis (MS), it has been much less described thus far in the NMO literature and warrants more careful evaluation...
April 2017: Current Pain and Headache Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255575/microstructural-visual-system-changes-in-aqp4-antibody-seropositive-nmosd
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Frederike C Oertel, Joseph Kuchling, Hanna Zimmermann, Claudia Chien, Felix Schmidt, Benjamin Knier, Judith Bellmann-Strobl, Thomas Korn, Michael Scheel, Alexander Klistorner, Klemens Ruprecht, Friedemann Paul, Alexander U Brandt
OBJECTIVE: To trace microstructural changes in patients with aquaporin-4 antibody (AQP4-ab)-seropositive neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSDs) by investigating the afferent visual system in patients without clinically overt visual symptoms or visual pathway lesions. METHODS: Of 51 screened patients with NMOSD from a longitudinal observational cohort study, we compared 6 AQP4-ab-seropositive NMOSD patients with longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis (LETM) but no history of optic neuritis (ON) or other bout (NMOSD-LETM) to 19 AQP4-ab-seropositive NMOSD patients with previous ON (NMOSD-ON) and 26 healthy controls (HCs)...
May 2017: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246010/case-series-of-two-patients-with-fibrocartilaginous-embolism-mimicking-transverse-myelitis-of-the-spinal-cord
#8
Mahmoud AbdelRazek, Rabab Elsadek, Lobna Elsadek
Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE) refers to the extrusion of some of the fibro-cartilaginous nucleus pulposus material from within the inter-vertebral disc to eventually embolize into one of the spinal cord vessels with resultant spinal cord infarction. According to a 2016 review, AbdelRazek et al. (2106) [1] there are 41 pathologically confirmed and 26 clinically suspected cases in the literature till the end of 2015. We add two more clinically diagnosed cases.
February 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240719/thyroid-hormone-level-is-associated-with-the-frequency-and-severity-of-acute-transverse-myelitis
#9
Yiyun Weng, Huiyue Lin, Xiaoxian Ye, Dewei Xie, Zhibo Chen, Juzeng Zheng, Zhongqian Su, Hongli Xie, Xu Zhang, Xiang Li
Acute transverse myelitis (ATM) is a progressive and autoimmune disease with inflammatory cell infiltrates into the spinal cord, and thyroid hormone (TH) level is associated with the oxidative and antioxidant status. Variations in oxidative stress and antioxidant levels are related to the pathogenesis of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Our study aimed to investigate the possible correlation between ATM and TH levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), free thyroxine (FT4), free triiodothyronine (FT3), and FT4/FT3...
March 22, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235212/-neuromyelitis-optica
#10
Florence Pache, Brigitte Wildemann, Friedemann Paul, Sven Jarius
Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is an autoimmune disorder of the central nervous system (CNS), that predominantly affects the spinal cord and optic nerves. The neuropathologic hallmarks comprise deposits of antibodies and complement as well as loss of astrocytes, secondary degeneration of oligodendrocytes and neurons, and necrotic lesions with infiltration of neutrophilic and eosinophilic granulocytes. Pathognomonic serum autoantibodies against aquaporin-4 (AQP4-IgG, also termed NMO-IgG) are detectable in around 80 % of NMO patients and help to distinguish this rare entity from multiple sclerosis...
February 2017: Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226075/neuromyelitis-optica-phenotypic-characteristics-in-a-brazilian-case-series
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Maria Cristina Del Negro, Patricia Beatriz Christino Marinho, Regina Maria Papais-Alvarenga
Objective: To describe the characteristics of 34 Brazilian NMO patients. To evaluate the contribution of the 2015 criteria to the diagnosis of NMO spectrum disorders (NMOSD) in 40 patients with longitudinal extensive transverse myelitis (LEMT). Methods: This is a retrospective, descriptive and analytic study. Results: Among NMO patients, there was a predominance of women, with onset in the fourth decade of life, and AQP4-IgG seropositivity in 73...
February 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225517/longitudinal-extensive-transverse-myelitis-and-central-diabetes-insipidus-a-severe-flare-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#12
Letícia Miranda Alle Deveza, Emily Figueiredo Vieira Neves, Luciana Parente Costa Seguro, Samira Luisa Dos Apóstolos Pereira, Eloisa Bonfá, Sandra Gofinet Pasoto
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220287/the-yield-of-initial-conventional-mri-in-115-cases-of-angiographically-confirmed-spinal-vascular-malformations
#13
Amgad El Mekabaty, Carlos A Pardo, Philippe Gailloud
MRI is the primary screening tool for patients with myelopathy. The decision to obtain additional imaging, notably spinal angiography, is generally based on initial MRI findings. This study retrospectively analyzed the yield of initial MRI in a cohort of patients with angiographically confirmed vascular malformations. MRI obtained at symptom onset was available in 115 patients with either high-flow (29 cases) or low-flow (86 cases) vascular malformations. MRI was classified as "positive" when the report mentioned a vascular malformation or "negative" when considered normal or when another diagnosis was suggested...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215959/acute-transverse-myelitis-a-pediatric-case-report
#14
Megan Donovan, Andrew DePiero
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 6, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203460/the-prevalence-of-anti-aquaporin-4-antibody-in-patients-with-idiopathic-inflammatory-demyelinating-diseases-presented-to-a-tertiary-hospital-in-malaysia-presentation-and-prognosis
#15
S Abdullah, W F Wong, C T Tan
Background. There have been inconsistent reports on the prevalence and pathogenicity of anti-Aquaporin 4 (AQP4) in patients presented with idiopathic inflammatory demyelinating diseases (IIDDs). Objective. To estimate the prevalence of anti-AQP4 antibody in patients with IIDDs presented to University Malaya Medical Centre in terms of patients' clinical and radiological presentations and prognoses. Methods. Retrospective data review of IIDDs patients presented from 2005 to 2015. Patients were classified into classical multiple sclerosis (CMS), opticospinal (OS) presentation, optic neuritis (ON), transverse myelitis (TM), brainstem syndrome (BS), and tumefactive MS...
2017: Multiple Sclerosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194064/therapeutic-plasma-exchange-in-patients-with-neurologic-disorders-review-of-63-cases
#16
Anil Tombak, Mehmet Ali Uçar, Aydan Akdeniz, Arda Yilmaz, Hakan Kaleagası, Mehmet Ali Sungur, Eyup Naci Tiftik
Therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) is a procedure that reduces circulating autoantibodies of the patients. TPE is commonly used in neurological disorders where autoimmunity plays a major role. We report our experience with regard to the indications, adverse events and outcomes of plasma exchange in neurological disorders. Sixty-three patients were included to this retrospective study. Median age was 48 years (range 1-85), there was a predominance of males. Neurological indications included Guillain-Barrè syndrome (n = 22), myasthenia gravis (n = 21), chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (n = 7), polymyositis (n = 3), multifocal motor neuropathy (n = 2), acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (n = 2), neuromyelitis optica (n = 2), multiple sclerosis (n = 2), limbic encephalitis (n = 1) and transverse myelitis (n = 1)...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Hematology & Blood Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187806/diagnosis-and-management-of-spinal-cord-emergencies
#17
REVIEW
E P Flanagan, S J Pittock
Most spinal cord injury is seen with trauma. Nontraumatic spinal cord emergencies are discussed in this chapter. These myelopathies are rare but potentially devastating neurologic disorders. In some situations prior comorbidity (e.g., advanced cancer) provides a clue, but in others (e.g., autoimmune myelopathies) it may come with little warning. Neurologic examination helps distinguish spinal cord emergencies from peripheral nervous system emergencies (e.g., Guillain-Barré), although some features overlap...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174188/cervical-spine-arteriovenous-fistula-associated-with-hereditary-haemorrhagic-telangiectasia
#18
Iain John McGurgan, Roisin Lonergan, Ronan Killeen, Christopher McGuigan
Reported is a case of a man aged 55 years who presented with progressive spastic paraparesis. Examination demonstrated multiple cutaneous telangiectases. Subsequent development of upper limb weakness, acute urinary retention and eventual respiratory compromise resulted in the requirement for intensive care unit admission and mechanical ventilation. MRI spine revealed diffuse T2 hyperintensity in the cervical cord with enhancement and cord expansion. Immunomodulatory therapy for a presumed diagnosis of transverse myelitis yielded no response, so a vascular aetiology was suspected...
February 7, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159705/demyelinating-syndrome-in-sle-encompasses-different-subtypes-do-we-need-new-classification-criteria-pooled-results-from-systematic-literature-review-and-monocentric-cohort-analysis
#19
Matteo Piga, Elisabetta Chessa, Maria Teresa Peltz, Alberto Floris, Alessandro Mathieu, Alberto Cauli
OBJECTIVE: To describe features of demyelinating syndrome (DS) in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: A systematic review using a combination of Mesh terms in PubMed and a retrospective analysis of 343 adult patients with SLE were carried out to identify patients with DS. Retrieved cases were classified as affected with DS according to 1999 ACR nomenclature and attributed to SLE by applying the 2015 algorithm. DS defined according to the clinical but not temporal 1999 ACR criteria was classified as clinically isolated syndrome (CIS)...
January 31, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153851/transverse-myelitis-as-manifestation-of-celiac-disease-in-a-toddler
#20
Hilde Krom, Fleur Sprangers, René van den Berg, Marc Alexander Benninga, Angelika Kindermann
We present a 17-month-old girl with rapidly progressive unwillingness to sit, stand, play, and walk. Furthermore, she lacked appetite, vomited, lost weight, and had an iron deficiency. Physical examination revealed a cachectic, irritable girl with a distended abdomen, dystrophic legs with paraparesis, disturbed sensibility, and areflexia. An MRI scan revealed abnormal high signal intensity on T2-weighted images in the cord on the thoracic level, without cerebral abnormalities, indicating transverse myelitis (TM)...
March 2017: Pediatrics
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