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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457651/progressive-recruitment-of-contralesional-cortico-reticulospinal-pathways-drives-motor-impairment-post-stroke
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Jacob G McPherson, Albert Chen, Michael D Ellis, Jun Yao, C J Heckman, Julius P A Dewald
KEY POINTS: Activation of the shoulder abductor muscles in the arm opposite a unilateral brain injury causes involuntary increases in elbow, wrist and finger flexion in the same arm, a phenomenon referred to as the flexion synergy. It has been proposed that flexion synergy expression is related to reduced output from ipsilesional motor cortex and corticospinal pathways. In this human subjects study, we provide evidence that the magnitude of flexion synergy expression is instead related to a progressive, task-dependent recruitment of contralesional cortex...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457147/a-scoping-review-of-health-outcomes-examined-in-randomized-controlled-trials-using-guided-imagery
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Peter R Giacobbi, Jonathan Stewart, Keeley Chaffee, Anna-Marie Jaeschke, Meagan Stabler, George A Kelley
Introduction: Guided imagery involves the controlled visualization of detailed mental images. This integrative health technique is used for healing, health maintenance, or the treatment of specific conditions. Guided imagery is an integral part of mindfulness meditation, hypnosis, and various relaxation exercises. However, evidence to support the widespread use and dissemination of guided imagery interventions has been lacking. The purposes of this scoping review were to document the scope of health outcomes and disease processes examined by guided imagery researchers and the journal outlets where this work has been published...
December 2017: Progress in Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456400/unilateral-transient-watershed-cerebral-infarct-in-a-6-year-old-girl-with-frequently-relapsing-nephrotic-syndrome
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Kapil Bhalla, Deepali Garg, Mahima Rajan, Jaya Shankar Kaushik, Geeta Gathwala
Nephrotic syndrome is a prothrombotic state with predisposition to venous sinus thrombosis and arterial vascular stroke. Watershed infarcts in junction of arterial territory develop in hypotensive hypovolemic state. These border zone infarcts are usually bilateral in the absence of unilateral arterial stenosis or microembolism. We report a 6-year-girl of frequently relapsing nephrotic syndrome who developed sudden onset hemiparesis with aphasia. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging brain revealed unilateral watershed infarct in territory between the major cerebral arterial vessels with evidence of restricted diffusion and normal vessel anatomy on MR angiography...
January 2018: Journal of Natural Science, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455401/new-clinical-characteristics-and-risk-factors-of-hand-knob-infarction
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Yun Wang, Qian Dong, Shu-Juan Li, Wen-Li Hu
Hand knob infarction (HKI) is a rare clinical condition which is often misdiagnosed as peripheral neuropathy. This study aimed to identify the clinical characteristics and risk factors of HKI. Nine HKI patients admitted between January 2013 and March 2016 were confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging. Their medical records were collected and analyzed. The modified Rankin Scale was used to assess clinical outcomes. Routine laboratory tests, electrocardiogram, echocardiography, cranial magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance angiography, computed tomography angiography, and Doppler ultrasonography examinations were performed...
February 17, 2018: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455391/focal-ischaemic-infarcts-expand-faster-in-cerebellar-cortex-than-cerebral-cortex-in-a-mouse-photothrombotic-stroke-model
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Nagarajesh Gorlamandala, Jasneet Parmar, Amanda J Craig, John M Power, Andrew J Moorhouse, Arun V Krishnan, Gary D Housley
It is generally accepted that the cerebellum is particularly vulnerable to ischaemic injury, and this may contribute to the high mortality arising from posterior circulation strokes. However, this has not been systematically examined in an animal model. This study compared the development and resolution of matched photothrombotic microvascular infarcts in the cerebellar and cerebral cortices in adult 129/SvEv mice of both sexes. The photothrombotic lesions were made using tail vein injection of Rose Bengal with a 532 nm laser projected onto a 2 mm diameter aperture over the target region of the brain (with skull thinning)...
February 17, 2018: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455362/predicting-functional-outcomes-of-posterior-circulation-acute-ischemic-stroke-in-first-36-h-of-stroke-onset
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Sheng-Feng Lin, Chin-I Chen, Han-Hwa Hu, Chyi-Huey Bai
Posterior circulation acute ischemic stroke constitutes one-fourth of all ischemic strokes and can be efficiently quantified using the posterior circulation Alberta stroke program early computed tomography score (PC-ASPECTS) through diffusion-weighted imaging. We investigated whether the PC-ASPECTS and National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) facilitate functional outcome prediction among Chinese patients with posterior circulation acute ischemic stroke. Participants were selected from our prospective stroke registry from January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2016...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451209/predictors-of-short-term-outcome-in-patients-with-acute-middle-cerebral-artery-occlusion-unsuitability-of-fluid-attenuated-inversion-recovery-vascular-hyperintensity-scores
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Chan-Chan Li, Xiao-Zhu Hao, Jia-Qi Tian, Zhen-Wei Yao, Xiao-Yuan Feng, Yan-Mei Yang
Fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) vascular hyperintensity (FVH) is used to assess leptomeningeal collateral circulation, but clinical outcomes of patients with FVH can be very different. The aim of the present study was to assess a FVH score and explore its relationship with clinical outcomes. Patients with acute ischemic stroke due to middle cerebral artery M1 occlusion underwent magnetic resonance imaging and were followed up at 10 days (National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale) and 90 days (modified Rankin Scale) to determine short-term clinical outcomes...
January 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449886/off-label-use-of-iv-t-pa-in-patients-with-intracranial-neoplasm-and-cavernoma
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Christopher Jan Schwarzbach, Anne Ebert, Michael G Hennerici, Eva Neumaier-Probst, Michael Platten, Marc Fatar
Background: The safety of systemic thrombolysis in patients with intracranial tumor and cavernoma are unknown. So far evidence is limited to a number of case reports and few case series or unspecified data based on population-based analysis. Our aim was to comprehend the risk of systemic thrombolysis in these patients. Methods: Patients with additional evidence of intracranial tumor or cavernoma who received IV tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) treatment at our comprehensive stroke center over a period of 7 years were identified in our stroke database and compared to the same number of matched control subjects without any evidence of intracranial tumor and cavernoma...
2018: Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449412/hemodynamic-characteristics-in-significant-symptomatic-and-asymptomatic-primary-mitral-valve-regurgitation-at-rest-and-during-exercise
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Rine Bakkestrøm, Ann Banke, Nicolaj L Christensen, Redi Pecini, Akhmadjon Irmukhamedov, Mads Andersen, Barry A Borlaug, Jacob E Møller
BACKGROUND: In severe asymptomatic primary mitral valve regurgitation without risk factors, surgery strategy is controversial. We sought to clarify whether being symptomatic corresponds to the hemodynamic burden and reduced exercise capacity. A better understanding of this may contribute to optimize timing of surgery. METHODS AND RESULTS: Subjects with asymptomatic (New York Heart Association functional class I, n=29) or symptomatic (New York Heart Association functional class II and III, n=28) significant primary mitral valve regurgitation (effective regurgitant orifice, ≥0...
February 2018: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448967/facial-nerve-stimulation-in-normal-pigs-and-healthy-human-volunteers-transitional-development-of-a-medical-device-for-the-emergency-treatment-of-ischemic-stroke
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Olivia Sanchez, Andrea García, Fernando Castro-Prado, Miriam Perez, Rafael Lara-Estrada, Martin Ramirez-Meza, Montserrat Godinez, Michael L Coco, Joaquín Azpiroz, Mark K Borsody, Emilio Sacristán
BACKGROUND: Magnetic stimulation of the facial nerve has been tested in preclinical studies as a new, non-invasive emergency treatment of ischemic stroke that acts by increasing cerebral blood flow (CBF). The objective of the studies reported herein was to identify minimal stimulation parameters that increase CBF in large animals and then test those stimulation parameters in healthy volunteers for safety, tolerability, and effectiveness at increasing CBF. This translational research is necessary preparation for clinical studies in ischemic stroke patients...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447772/the-optimal-anti-coagulation-for-enhanced-risk-patients-post-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation-ocean-trial
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Atul Verma, Andrew C T Ha, Paulus Kirchhof, Gerhard Hindricks, Jeff S Healey, Michael D Hill, Mukul Sharma, D George Wyse, Jean Champagne, Vidal Essebag, George Wells, Dhiraj Gupta, Hein Heidbuchel, Prashanthan Sanders, David H Birnie
BACKGROUND: The optimal long-term antithrombotic regimen for patients after successful catheter-based atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation is not well defined. Presently, practice variation exists, and the benefits of oral anticoagulation over antiplatelet therapy across the entire spectrum of stroke risk profile remain undefined in the postablation population. To date, there are no randomized trials to inform clinicians on this therapeutic question. OBJECTIVE: The objective was to assess whether rivaroxaban is superior to acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) in reducing the risk of clinically overt stroke, systemic embolism, or covert stroke among patients without apparent recurrent atrial arrhythmias for at least 1 year after their most recent AF ablation procedure...
March 2018: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447739/native-t1-and-ecv-of-noninfarcted-myocardium-and-outcome-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Valentina O Puntmann, Gerry Carr-White, Andrew Jabbour, Chung-Yao Yu, Rolf Gebker, Sebastian Kelle, Andreas Rolf, Sabine Zitzmann, Elif Peker, Tommaso D'Angelo, Faraz Pathan, Elen, Silvia Valbuena, Rocio Hinojar, Christophe Arendt, Jagat Narula, Eva Herrmann, Andreas M Zeiher, Eike Nagel
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery disease (CAD) remains the major cause of cardiac morbidity and mortality worldwide, despite the advances in treatment with coronary revascularization and modern antiremodeling therapy. Risk stratification in CAD patients is primarily based on left ventricular volumes, ejection fraction (LVEF), risk scores, and the presence and extent of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE). The prognostic role of T1 mapping in noninfarcted myocardium in CAD patients has not yet been determined...
February 20, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446510/use-of-t-1-relaxation-time-in-rotating-frame-t-1-%C3%AF-and-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-to-estimate-cerebral-stroke-evolution
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Yuefa Tan, Jun Xu, Ruiying Chen, Bin Chen, Juan Xu, Daokun Ren, Queenie Chan, Yingjie Mei, Yuankui Wu, Yikai Xu
BACKGROUND: The major factor for the appropriate treatment strategies for ischemia patients is its onset timing. PURPOSE/HYPOTHESIS: To study to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of T 1 relaxation time in a rotating frame (T 1 ρ) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) from MRI to estimate ischemia stages. STUDY TYPE: Prospective. POPULATION/SUBJECTS/PHANTOM/SPECIMEN/ANIMAL MODEL: In all, 73 patients (49 males, aged 29-78 years and 24 females, aged 22-94 years) with ischemia were prospectively imaged with T 1 ρ and diffusion MRI during the postischemic period...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445441/potential-new-cysteine-sparing-mutation-in-the-notch3-gene-in-a-patient-with-nonfamilial-cadasil-like-disease
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Adnan I Qureshi, Muhammad T Khan, Omer Naveed, Muhammad A Saleem
Background: Several different mutations have been reported in patients with cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL). We present a unique case with transversion not involving cysteine on neurogenic locus notch homolog protein 3 gene. Case description: We present a case of 65-year-old woman with new ischemic stroke resulting in right hemiparesis. She has previously suffered minor strokes at age 56, 58, and 60 years and migraine headaches between age 10 and 50 years...
December 2017: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445440/comparison-of-clinical-and-radiological-outcome-of-carotid-angioplasty-and-stenting-after-direct-navigation-versus-exchange-methods-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Mojtaba Rismanchi, Afshin Borhani-Haghighi
Background: The purpose of this study was to compare the frequency of microembolic brain infarcts after direct navigation method versus exchange method in carotid artery stenting and vertebral artery origin angioplasty. Methods and Material: This is a prospective study conducted at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in southern Iran. Consecutive patients undergoing "carotid angioplasty and stenting" and "vertebral artery origin stenting" were randomly assigned into two groups with "direct navigation method" and "exchange method...
December 2017: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29443076/optimized-management-of-endovascular-treatment-for-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Katharina Schregel, Daniel Behme, Ioannis Tsogkas, Michael Knauth, Ilko Maier, André Karch, Rafael Mikolajczyk, Mathias Bähr, Jörn Schäper, José Hinz, Jan Liman, Marios-Nikos Psychogios
This manuscript describes a streamlined protocol for the management of patients with acute ischemic stroke, which aims at the minimization of time from hospital admission to reperfusion. Rapid restoration of cerebral blood flow is essential for the outcomes of patients with acute ischemic stroke. Endovascular treatment (EVT) has become the standard of care to accomplish this in patients with acute stroke due to large vessel occlusion (LVO). To achieve reperfusion of ischemic brain regions as fast as possible, all in-hospital time delays have to be carefully avoided...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441246/spinal-cord-infarction-mimicking-acute-transverse-myelitis
#17
Nilesh H Pawar, Ealing Loke, Derrick C Aw
Spinal cord infarction (SCI) is a rare type of stroke. The initial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is usually normal and can mimic the presentation of the acute transverse myelitis (ATM), acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, and compressive myelopathies from neoplasm, epidural or subdural hematoma, or abscess. The aim of this report is to describe and discuss the case of a patient with SCI presenting as a diagnostic confusion with acute transverse myelitis. A 64-year-old male with a medical history of hypertension presented with an acute onset of urinary retention with lower limb weakness...
December 6, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440474/neuroprotective-effects-of-magl-monoacylglycerol-lipase-inhibitors-in-experimental-ischemic-stroke
#18
Sang-Ho Choi, Allison L Arai, Yongshan Mou, Byeongteck Kang, Cecil Chern-Chyi Yen, John Hallenbeck, Afonso C Silva
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: MAGL (monoacylglycerol lipase) is an enzyme that hydrolyzes the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol and regulates the production of arachidonic acid and prostaglandins-substances that mediate tissue inflammatory response. Here, we have studied the effects of the selective MAGL inhibitors JZL184 and MJN110 and their underlying molecular mechanisms on 3 different experimental models of focal cerebral ischemia. METHODS: SHR (spontaneously hypertensive rats) and normotensive WKY (Wistar Kyoto) rats were subject to an intracortical injection of the potent vasoconstrictor endothelin-1, permanent occlusion of a distal segment of the middle cerebral artery via craniectomy, or transient occlusion of the middle cerebral artery by the intraluminal suture method...
February 13, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440356/arterial-diameter-and-the-gender-disparity-in-stroke-thrombectomy-outcomes
#19
Mark A Davison, Bichun Ouyang, Kavantissa M Keppetipola, Michael Chen
BACKGROUND: Compared with males, females consistently fare worse following mechanical thrombectomy for large vessel ischemic strokes. Understanding why this gender disparity occurs may guide improvements in future treatment strategies. In this study, we aim to determine whether gender differences in cerebral arterial diameter correlate with clinical outcomes following stroke thrombectomy. METHODS: We performed an observational study of consecutive acute ischemic stroke patients undergoing mechanical thrombectomy at a single, urban tertiary care medical center...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439265/natural-history-of-vertebrobasilar-dolichoectatic-and-fusiform-aneurysms-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Deena M Nasr, Kelly D Flemming, Giuseppe Lanzino, Harry J Cloft, David F Kallmes, Mohammad Hassan Murad, Waleed Brinjikji
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Vertebrobasilar non-saccular and dolichoectatic aneurysms (VBDA) are a rare type of aneurysm and are generally associated with poor prognosis. In order to better characterize the natural history of VBDAs, we performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature to determine rates of mortality, growth, rupture, ischemia, and intraparenchymal hemorrhage. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We searched the literature for longitudinal natural history studies of VBDA patients reporting clinical and imaging outcomes...
February 13, 2018: Cerebrovascular Diseases
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