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Essential Tremor

Evangelia Tsolaki, Angela Downes, William Speier, W Jeff Elias, Nader Pouratian
Magnetic Resonance-guided Focused UltraSound (MRgFUS) offers an incisionless approach to treat essential tremor (ET). Due to lack of evident internal anatomy on traditional structural imaging, indirect targeting must still be used to localize the lesion. Here, we investigate the potential predictive value of probabilistic tractography guided thalamic targeting by defining how tractography-defined targets, lesion size and location, and clinical outcomes interrelate. MR imaging and clinical outcomes from 12 ET patients that underwent MRgFUS thalamotomy in a pilot study at the University of Virginia were evaluated in this analysis...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
Felipe de Oliveira, José Alberto Landeiro, Igor de Castro
Background: Medulloblastoma is an embryonal neoplasm and accounts for 1% of all adult intracranial tumors. It is associated with many familiar cancer syndromes, but there is no known cause for medulloblastoma. Many studies have documented differences between childhood and adult medulloblastomas in terms of location, proliferation, and apoptotic indices. There are four histological groups - classic and the variant forms (desmoplastic/nodular, anaplasic, and large cell). There are four major subgroups according to molecular configuration: wingless (WNT), sonic hedgehog (SHH), group 3, and group 4 with differences between them according to prognostic outcomes...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Po-Chieh Lin, Kai-Hsiang Chen, Bing-Shiang Yang, Yu-Jung Chen
BACKGROUND: Spiral drawing on papers is a common tremor evaluation tool for diagnosing patients with essential tremor (ET) or Parkinson's disease (PD). No standard drawing methods and parameters that use graphic tablets are yet available for objective evaluation. METHODS: This study established a tremor assessment system for tremor severity by using graphic tablets. Twelve patients with ET and twelve patients with PD were tested to establish system algorithms, and six additional patients were tested with the developed system to evaluate its performance...
March 9, 2018: BMC Neurology
Julián Benito-León, Virginia Mato-Abad, Elan D Louis, Juan Antonio Hernández-Tamames, Juan Álvarez-Linera, Félix Bermejo-Pareja, Ángela Domingo-Santos, Luis Collado, Juan Pablo Romero
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March 6, 2018: Scientific Reports
Madhavi Tripathi, Atin Kumar, Chandrasekhar Bal
Neuroimaging (NI) in Parkinson's disease (PD) includes functional techniques like positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), and morphological imaging using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and transcranial sonography to probe different aspects of the neurobiology of PD. Changes in neurotransmitters in various regions of the brain and their influence on brain networks is the basis for the motor symptoms of PD which are interrogated by NI. The recent Movement Disorders Society Clinical Diagnostic Criteria for PD (MDS-PD) have included the results of a few of these neuroimaging techniques to serve as single supportive criteria or absolute exclusion criteria for the diagnosis of PD...
March 2018: Neurology India
Nitish Kamble, Pramod Kumar Pal
Among the involuntary movement disorders, tremor is a common phenomenology seen in clinical practice. The important factors that need to be determined while assessing a patient with tremor include the phenomenology of tremor, presence or absence of other neurologic signs, and the effect of medications or alcohol. Tremor can broadly be classified based on the circumstances under which it occurs, i.e., rest or action. The basal ganglia-cerebello-thalamic and dentate-olivary circuits are involved in the generation of tremor...
March 2018: Neurology India
Han Byul Kim, Woong Woo Lee, Aryun Kim, Hong Ji Lee, Hye Young Park, Hyo Seon Jeon, Sang Kyong Kim, Beomseok Jeon, Kwang S Park
Tremor is a commonly observed symptom in patients of Parkinson's disease (PD), and accurate measurement of tremor severity is essential in prescribing appropriate treatment to relieve its symptoms. We propose a tremor assessment system based on the use of a convolutional neural network (CNN) to differentiate the severity of symptoms as measured in data collected from a wearable device. Tremor signals were recorded from 92 PD patients using a custom-developed device (SNUMAP) equipped with an accelerometer and gyroscope mounted on a wrist module...
February 15, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
Edward D Huey, Stephanie Cosentino, Silvia Chapman, Martina Azar, Brittany Rohl, Kathleen Collins, Sarah Morgan, Xinhua Liu, Elan D Louis
BACKGROUND: Depressive symptoms are associated with essential tremor (ET). However, the relationship between cognitive, functional, and motor measures with depressive symptoms in ET is not yet understood. METHODS: The following measures were cross-sectionally assessed in a group of 223 subjects with ET: the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) Scale, the Lawton Independent Activities of Daily Living (IADL) Scale, a neurologist assessment of tremor severity, and the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS)...
February 20, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
Inki Lee, Jin Su Kim, Joon Yeun Park, Byung Hyun Byun, Su Yeon Park, Joon Ho Choi, Hansol Moon, Jung Young Kim, Kyo Chul Lee, Dae Yoon Chi, Kyeong Min Kim, Ilhan Lim, Joo Hyun Kang, Soon Hyuk Ahn, Byung Il Kim, Jeong Ho Ha, Sang Moo Lim
123 I-FP-CIT and18 F-FP-CIT are radiotracers which are widely used to diagnose Parkinson's disease (PD). However, to our knowledge, no studies to date have made head-to-head comparisons between123 I-FP-CIT and18 F-FP-CIT. Therefore, in this study,123 I-FP-CIT SPECT/CT was compared with18 F-FP-CIT PET/CT in the same cohort of subjects. Patients with PD and essential tremor (ET) underwent123 I-FP-CIT SPECT/CT and18 F-FP-CIT PET/CT. Visual and semi-quantitative analyses were conducted. The specific binding ratio (SBR) and putamen to caudate ratio (PCR) were compared between subjects who underwent123 I-FP-CIT SPECT/CT and18 F-FP-CIT PET/CT...
February 27, 2018: Synapse
M P Dandekar, A J Fenoy, A F Carvalho, J C Soares, J Quevedo
Although deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an established treatment choice for Parkinson's disease (PD), essential tremor and movement disorders, its effectiveness for the management of treatment-resistant depression (TRD) remains unclear. Herein, we conducted an integrative review on major neuroanatomical targets of DBS pursued for the treatment of intractable TRD. The aim of this review article is to provide a critical discussion of possible underlying mechanisms for DBS-generated antidepressant effects identified in preclinical studies and clinical trials, and to determine which brain target(s) elicited the most promising outcomes considering acute and maintenance treatment of TRD...
February 27, 2018: Molecular Psychiatry
Danielle Lee, Shi-Rui Gan, Phyllis L Faust, Elan D Louis, Sheng-Han Kuo
BACKGROUND: Essential tremor (ET) is heterogeneous in nature and cases may be subdivided based on clinical features. ET patients may thus be subdivided by age of onset, family history of tremor, and presence of head tremor. We recently described climbing fiber-Purkinje cell (CF-PC) synaptic abnormalities in ET; however, these CF pathological features have not been studied across different ET subtypes. OBJECTIVES: To explore whether these CF-PC synaptic abnormalities differ across ET subtypes...
February 20, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
Roberto López-Blanco, Miguel A Velasco, Antonio Méndez-Guerrero, Juan Pablo Romero, María Dolores Del Castillo, J Ignacio Serrano, Julián Benito-León, Félix Bermejo-Pareja, Eduardo Rocon
BACKGROUND: The use of wearable technology is an emerging field of research in movement disorders. This paper introduces a clinical study to evaluate the feasibility, clinical correlation and reliability of using a system based in smartwatches to quantify tremor in essential tremor (ET) patients and check its acceptance as clinical monitoring tool. NEW METHOD: The system is based on a commercial smartwatch and an Android smartphone. An investigational Android application controls the process of recording raw data from the smartwatch three-dimensional gyroscopes...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
Yasaman Safarpour, Bahman Jabbari
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are now among the most widely used therapeutic agents in clinical medicine with indications applied to the fields of movement disorders, pain disorders, and autonomic dysfunction. In this literature review, the efficacy and utility of BoNTs in the field of movement disorders are assessed using the criteria of the Guideline Development Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. The literature supports a level A efficacy (established) for BoNT therapy in cervical dystonia and a level B efficacy (probably effective) for blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, laryngeal dystonia (spasmodic dysphonia), task-specific dystonias, essential tremor, and Parkinson rest tremor...
February 24, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Michiel F Dirkx, Heidemarie Zach, Bastiaan R Bloem, Mark Hallett, Rick C Helmich
OBJECTIVE: To disentangle the different forms of postural tremors in Parkinson disease (PD). METHODS: In this combined observational and intervention study, we measured resting and postural tremor characteristics in 73 patients with tremulous PD by using EMG of forearm muscles. Patients were measured both "off" medication (overnight withdrawal) and after dispersible levodopa-benserazide 200/50 mg. We performed an automated 2-step cluster analysis on 3 postural tremor characteristics: the frequency difference with resting tremor, the degree of tremor suppression after posturing, and the dopamine response...
February 23, 2018: Neurology
Rodger J Elble, Ludy Shih, Jeffrey W Cozzens
Essential tremor is the most common form of pathologic tremor. Surgical therapies disrupt tremorogenic oscillation in the cerebellothalamocortical pathway and are capable of abolishing severe tremor that is refractory to available pharmacotherapies. Surgical methods are rapidly improving and are the subject of this review. Areas covered: A PubMed search on January 18, 2018 using the query essential tremor AND surgery produced 839 abstracts. 379 papers were selected for review of the methods, efficacy, safety and expense of stereotactic deep brain stimulation (DBS), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), focused ultrasound (FUS) ablation, and radiofrequency ablation of the cerebellothalamocortical pathway...
February 23, 2018: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
Constantin Tuleasca, Elena Najdenovska, Jean Régis, Tatiana Witjas, Nadine Girard, Jérôme Champoudry, Mohamed Faouzi, Jean-Philippe Thiran, Meritxell Bach Cuadra, Marc Levivier, Dimitri Van De Ville
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate functional connectivity (FC) of the ventro-lateral thalamus, a common target for drug-resistant essential tremor (ET), resting-state data were analyzed before and 1 year after stereotactic radiosurgical thalamotomy (SRS-T), and compared against healthy controls (HC). METHODS: 17 consecutive patients and 10 HC were enrolled. Tremor network was investigated using ventro-lateral ventral (VLV) nucleus as region-of-interest (ROI), extracted using automated segmentation from pretherapeutic diffusion MRI...
February 20, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Rebecca L Achey, Erin Yamamoto, Daniel Sexton, Christine Hammer, Bryan S Lee, Robert S Butler, Nicolas R Thompson, Sean J Nagel, Andre G Machado, Darlene A Lobel
OBJECTIVE Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an effective therapy for movement disorders such as idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) and essential tremor (ET). However, some patients who demonstrate benefit on objective motor function tests do not experience postoperative improvement in depression or anxiety, 2 important components of quality of life (QOL). Thus, to examine other possible explanations for the lack of a post-DBS correlation between improved objective motor function and decreased depression or anxiety, the authors investigated whether patient perceptions of motor symptom severity might contribute to disease-associated depression and anxiety...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Nuria E Martínez-Moreno, Arjun Sahgal, Antonio De Salles, Motohiro Hayashi, Marc Levivier, Lijun Ma, Ian Paddick, Jean Régis, Sam Ryu, Ben J Slotman, Roberto Martínez-Álvarez
OBJECTIVE The aim of this systematic review is to offer an objective summary of the published literature relating to stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for tremor and consensus guideline recommendations. METHODS This systematic review was performed up to December 2016. Article selection was performed by searching the MEDLINE (PubMed) and EMBASE electronic bibliographic databases. The following key words were used: "radiosurgery" and "tremor" or "Parkinson's disease" or "multiple sclerosis" or "essential tremor" or "thalamotomy" or "pallidotomy...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Xiaodong Yang, Syed Aziz Shah, Aifeng Ren, Dou Fan, Nan Zhao, Dongjian Cao, Fangming Hu, Masood Ur Rehman, Weigang Wang, Karen M Von Deneen, Jie Tian
Essential tremor (ET) is a neurological disorder characterized by rhythmic, involuntary shaking of a part or parts of the body. The most common tremor is seen in the hands/arms and fingers. This paper presents an evaluation of ETs monitoring based on finger-to-nose test measurement as captured by small wireless devices working in shortwave or [Formula: see text]-band frequency range. The acquired signals in terms of amplitude and phase information are used to detect a tremor in the hands. Linearly transforming raw phase data acquired in the [Formula: see text]-band were carried out for calibrating the phase information and to improve accuracy...
2018: IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine
Michael J Asmussen, Vinzenz von Tscharner, Benno M Nigg
During dynamic or sustained isometric contractions, bursts of muscle activity appear in the electromyography (EMG) signal. Theoretically, these bursts of activity likely occur because motor units are constrained to fire temporally close to one another and thus the impulses are "clustered" with short delays to elicit bursts of muscle activity. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether a sequence comprised of "clustered" motor unit action potentials (MUAP) can explain spectral and amplitude changes of the EMG during a simulated motor task...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
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