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Stroke imaging

Raquel Carvalho, Elsa Azevedo, Paulo Marques, Nuno Dias, João José Cerqueira
RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES: Upper limb recovery is one of the main concerns of stroke neurorehabilitation. Neuroplasticity might underlie such recovery, particularly in the chronic phase. The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of physiotherapy based on problem-solving in recovering arm function in chronic stroke patients and explore its neuroplastic changes. METHODS: A small sample research design with a n of 3 using a pre-post test design was carried out...
April 25, 2018: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
Zhiyong Zhao, Jie Wu, Mingxia Fan, Dazhi Yin, Chaozheng Tang, Jiayu Gong, Guojun Xu, Xinjie Gao, Qiurong Yu, Hao Yang, Limin Sun, Jie Jia
Motor functions are supported through functional integration across the extended motor system network. Individuals following stroke often show deficits on motor performance requiring coordination of multiple brain networks; however, the assessment of connectivity patterns after stroke was still unclear. This study aimed to investigate the changes in intra- and inter-network functional connectivity (FC) of multiple networks following stroke and further correlate FC with motor performance. Thirty-three left subcortical chronic stroke patients and 34 healthy controls underwent resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging...
April 24, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
Nathan A Gillespie, Michael C Neale, Timothy C Bates, Lisa T Eyler, Christine Fennema-Notestine, Jasmin Vassileva, Michael J Lyons, Elizabeth C Prom-Wormley, Katie L McMahon, Paul M Thompson, Greig de Zubicaray, Ian B Hickie, John J McGrath, Lachlan T Strike, Miguel E Rentería, Matthew S Panizzon, Nicholas G Martin, Carol E Franz, William S Kremen, Margaret J Wright
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Disentangling the putative impact of cannabis on brain morphology from other comorbid substance use is critical. After controlling for the effects of nicotine, alcohol and multi-substance use, this study aimed to determine whether frequent cannabis use is associated with significantly smaller subcortical grey matter volumes. DESIGN: Exploratory analyses using mixed linear models, one per region of interest (ROI), were performed whereby individual differences in volume (outcome) at seven subcortical ROIs were regressed onto cannabis and comorbid substance use (predictors)...
April 24, 2018: Addiction
Debanjan Mukherjee, Neel D Jani, Jared Narvid, Shawn C Shadden
We describe a patient-specific simulation based investigation on the role of Circle of Willis anatomy in cardioembolic stroke. Our simulation framework consists of medical image-driven modeling of patient anatomy including the Circle, 3D blood flow simulation through patient vasculature, embolus transport modeling using a discrete particle dynamics technique, and a sampling based approach to incorporate parametric variations. A total of 24 (four patients and six Circle anatomies including the complete Circle) models were considered, with cardiogenic emboli of varying sizes and compositions released virtually and tracked to compute distribution to the brain...
April 24, 2018: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Lee H Schwamm, Ona Wu, Shlee S Song, Lawrence L Latour, Andria L Ford, Amie W Hsia, Alona Muzikansky, Rebecca A Betensky, Albert J Yoo, Michael H Lev, Gregoire Boulouis, Arne Lauer, Pedro Cougo, William A Copen, Gordon J Harris, Steven Warach
OBJECTIVE: Most acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients with unwitnessed symptom onset are ineligible for intravenous thrombolysis due to timing alone. Lesion evolution on FLAIR MRI correlates with stroke duration, and quantitative mismatch of diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI) with FLAIR (qDFM) might indicate stroke duration within guideline-recommended thrombolysis. We tested if intravenous thrombolysis ≤4.5 h from time of symptom discovery is safe in patients with qDFM in an open-label, phase 2a, prospective study (NCT01282242)...
April 24, 2018: Annals of Neurology
David R Jobes, Lauren A Brown, Yoav Dori, Maxim Itkin, Susan C Nicolson
The recent adoption of an improved lymphatic access technique coupled with Dynamic Contrast-enhanced Magnetic Resonance Lymphangiography has introduced the ability to diagnose and treat severe lymphatic disorders unresponsive to other therapies. All pediatric patients presenting for lymphatic procedures require general anesthesia presenting challenges in managing highly morbid and comorbid conditions both from logistical as well as medical aspects. General anesthesia is used because of the procedural requirement for immobility to accurately place needles and catheters, treat pain secondary to contrast and glue injections, and to accommodate additional procedures...
April 23, 2018: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Francesco Arba, Benedetta Piccardi, Vanessa Palumbo, Betti Giusti, Patrizia Nencini, Anna Maria Gori, Alice Sereni, Mascia Nesi, Giovanni Pracucci, Giorgio Bono, Paolo Bovi, Enrico Fainardi, Domenico Consoli, Antonia Nucera, Francesca Massaro, Giovanni Orlandi, Francesco Perini, Rossana Tassi, Maria Sessa, Danilo Toni, Rosanna Abbate, Domenico Inzitari
Small vessel disease (SVD) is frequent in aging and stroke patients. Inflammation and remodeling of extracellular matrix have been suggested as concurrent mechanisms of SVD. We investigated the relationship between imaging features of SVD and circulating metalloproteinases (MMPs) and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs) in patients with ischaemic stroke. In patients treated with intravenous thrombolysis, we took blood samples before intravenous thrombolysis and 90 days after the acute stroke and analysed levels of MMPs and TIMPs...
April 23, 2018: Translational Stroke Research
Lalit R Bansal
An 11-month-old male presented with acute gastroenteritis, seizures, and altered mental status. Laboratory workup revealed serum sodium of 177 mmol/L. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain showed reduced diffusion in the supratentorial white matter, T2 hyperintensities in the left central pons and midbrain, subacute stroke in the right occipital lobe, and bilateral cerebellar hemorrhagic infarcts. The child was presumed to have hypernatremia-induced central pontine and extrapontine myelinolysis. He received 5 days of high-dose methylprednisolone for persistent encephalopathy and spastic quadriparesis with rapid recovery of his cognitive function and neurological examination...
2018: Child Neurology Open
Bhargavi Donepudi, Steven Trottier
Contrast-induced encephalopathy is a rare, reversible phenomenon known to occur after intravenous or intra-arterial contrast exposure. This report describes a case involving a 73-year-old female admitted for an elective thoracic aortic aneurysm repair. During the procedure, a large volume of nonionic iodinated contrast was necessary for arteriography. Postoperatively, the patient developed seizure activity followed by left-sided hemiplegia. Computed tomography (CT) of the brain without contrast and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were negative for acute stroke but did show residual contrast surrounding the brain...
2018: Case Reports in Medicine
Karine Marcotte, Laura Laird, Tali Bitan, Jed A Meltzer, Simon J Graham, Carol Leonard, Elizabeth Rochon
Despite the growing evidence regarding the importance of intensity and dose in aphasia therapy, few well-controlled studies contrasting the effects of intensive and non-intensive treatment have been conducted to date. Phonological components analysis (PCA) treatment for anomia has been associated with improvements in some patients with chronic aphasia; however, the effect of treatment intensity has not yet been studied with PCA. Thus, the aim of the present study was to identify the effect of intensity on neural processing associated with word retrieval abilities after PCA treatment...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Alexander Gombert, Lea van Issum, Mohammad E Barbati, Jochen Grommes, Andras Keszei, Drosos Kotelis, Houman Jalaie, Andreas Greiner, Michael J Jacobs, Johannes Kalder
OBJECTIVE: The safety and feasibility of supra-aortic debranching as part of endovascular aortic surgery or as a treatment option for arterial occlusive disease (AOD) remains controversial. The aim of this study was to assess the clinical outcome of this surgery. METHODS: This single centre, retrospective study included 107 patients (mean age 69.2 years, 38.4% women) who underwent supra-aortic bypass surgery (carotid-subclavian bypass, carotid-carotid bypass, and carotid-carotid-subclavian bypass) because of thoracic or thoraco-abdominal endovascular aortic repair (57%; 61/107) or as AOD treatment (42...
April 20, 2018: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Leszek Lombarski, Przemysław Kunert, Marcin Skawiński, Marek Prokopienko, Zbigniew Lewandowski, Andrzej Marchel
OBJECTIVE: Vertebral artery medulla compression syndrome (VAMCS) is a very rare condition manifesting as different neurological focal deficits. The case of a 36-year-old male with symptomatic brainstem compression by vertebral artery (VA) treated by means of microvascular decompression (MVD) and a review of the literature is presented. CASE REPORT: On admission, a 36-year-old patient presented with hypoalgesia, hypothermesthesia and hemiparesis on the left side...
March 17, 2018: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
Wanlin Peng, Zhenlin Li, Huayan Xu, Chunchao Xia, Yingkun Guo, Jinge Zhang, Keling Liu, Yuming Li, Jin Pu, Huapeng Zhang, Tianlei Cui
PURPOSE: To assess right ventricular (RV) dysfunction in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on maintenance haemodialysis (HD) by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging and determined the risk factors associated with RV dysfunction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty ESRD patients on maintenance HD and 16 age- and gender-matched healthy individuals were prospectively enrolled and underwent CMR imaging. Left ventricular (LV) and RV function parameters, including end-diastolic volume (EDV), end-systolic volume (ESV), stroke volume (SV) and ejection fraction (EF), were measured and compared...
May 2018: European Journal of Radiology
Sung Hyun Baik, Hyo Sung Kwak, Seung Bae Hwang, Gyung Ho Chung
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the enhancement patterns of three-dimensional (3D) black blood (BB) contrast enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in acute stroke patients with negative susceptibility vessel sign (SVS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: From January 2014 to August 2016 we retrospectively reviewed MR imaging and MR angiography findings of patients who presented with acute stroke symptoms of less than 24 h duration. For the 394 patients enrolled, we assessed the frequency of patients who exhibited negative SVS on susceptibility weighted MR imaging (SWI) and positive enhancement in 3D BB contrast enhanced MR imaging...
May 2018: European Journal of Radiology
Bokkyu Kim, Beth E Fisher, Nicolas Schweighofer, Richard M Leahy, Justin P Haldar, Soyoung Choi, Dorsa B Kay, James Gordon, Carolee J Winstein
BACKGROUND: Different diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) has been used to estimate corticospinal tract (CST) structure in the context of stroke rehabilitation research. However, there is no gold standard for the estimate of CST structure in chronic stroke survivors. This study aims to determine the most accurate DTI-derived CST estimate that is associated with a clinical motor outcome measure. METHODS: We obtained imaging and behavioral data from a phase-I stroke rehabilitation clinical trial...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
Sona Patel, Kenichi Oishi, Amy Wright, Harry Sutherland-Foggio, Sadhvi Saxena, Shannon M Sheppard, Argye E Hillis
Impaired expression of emotion through pitch, loudness, rate, and rhythm of speech (affective prosody) is common and disabling after right hemisphere (RH) stroke. These deficits impede all social interactions. Previous studies have identified cortical areas associated with impairments of expression, recognition, or repetition of affective prosody, but have not identified critical white matter tracts. We hypothesized that: (1) differences across patients in specific acoustic features correlate with listener judgment of affective prosody and (2) these differences are associated with infarcts of specific RH gray and white matter regions...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Yue Li, Man Li, Long Zuo, Qinglei Shi, Wei Qin, Lei Yang, Tao Jiang, Wenli Hu
Objective: Several studies have demonstrated that compromised blood-brain barrier (BBB) integrity may play a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of individual cerebral small vessel disease (cSVD) markers, but the association between BBB permeability and total magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) cSVD burden remains unclear. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between BBB permeability and total MRI cSVD burden. Methods: Consecutive participants without symptomatic stroke history presented for physical examination were enrolled in this cross-sectional study...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Shota Watanabe, Kenta Sakaguchi, Makoto Hosono, Kazunari Ishii, Takamichi Murakami, Katsuhiro Ichikawa
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of a hybrid-type iterative reconstruction method on Z-score mapping of hyperacute stroke in unenhanced computed tomography (CT) images. We used a hybrid-type iterative reconstruction [adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASiR)] implemented in a CT system (Optima CT660 Pro advance, GE Healthcare). With 15 normal brain cases, we reconstructed CT images with a filtered back projection (FBP) and ASiR with a blending factor of 100% (ASiR100%). Two standardized normal brain data were created from normal databases of FBP images (FBP-NDB) and ASiR100% images (ASiR-NDB), and standard deviation (SD) values in basal ganglia were measured...
2018: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
Raquel P Amier, Martijn W Smulders, Wiesje M van der Flier, Sebastiaan C A M Bekkers, Alwin Zweerink, Cornelis P Allaart, Ahmet Demirkiran, Sebastiaan T Roos, Paul F A Teunissen, Yolande Appelman, Niels van Royen, Raymond J Kim, Albert C van Rossum, Robin Nijveldt
OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the prevalence of silent myocardial infarction (MI) in patients presenting with first acute myocardial infarction (AMI), and its relation with mortality and major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) at long-term follow-up. BACKGROUND: Up to 54% of MI occurs without apparent symptoms. The prevalence and long-term prognostic implications of previous silent MI in patients presenting with seemingly first AMI are unclear. METHODS: A 2-center observational longitudinal study was performed in 392 patients presenting with first AMI between 2003 and 2013, who underwent late gadolinium enhancement cardiac magnetic resonance (LGE-CMR) examination within 14 days post-AMI...
April 13, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Daniel S Knight, Giulia Zumbo, William Barcella, Jennifer A Steeden, Vivek Muthurangu, Ana Martinez-Naharro, Thomas A Treibel, Amna Abdel-Gadir, Heerajnarain Bulluck, Tushar Kotecha, Rohin Francis, Tamer Rezk, Candida C Quarta, Carol J Whelan, Helen J Lachmann, Ashutosh D Wechalekar, Julian D Gillmore, James C Moon, Philip N Hawkins, Marianna Fontana
OBJECTIVES: This cross-sectional study aimed to describe the functional and structural cardiac abnormalities that occur across a spectrum of cardiac amyloidosis burden and to identify the strongest cardiac functional and structural prognostic predictors in amyloidosis using cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and echocardiography. BACKGROUND: Cardiac involvement in light chain and transthyretin amyloidosis is the main driver of prognosis and influences treatment strategies...
April 13, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
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