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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511631/reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome-in-pediatrics-a-case-series-and-review
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Samantha W Coffino, Robert H Fryer
Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome is a transient vasculopathy associated with severe headaches and stroke. In most cases of reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome, there is a precipitating event or trigger, such as pregnancy, serotonin agonist treatment or illicit drug use. The authors present 2 pediatric cases of reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome and review the previous 11 pediatric cases in the literature. In many instances, the clinical and radiographic features are similar in both pediatric and adult cases...
June 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480791/reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome-secondary-to-caffeine-withdrawal
#2
Dheeraj Kalladka, Aslam Siddiqui, Alok Tyagi, Edward Newman
We describe a 39-year-old man who developed thunderclap headaches during a hospital admission for accidental superficial burns. His magnetic resonance brain imaging was normal expect for diffuse segmental vasoconstriction. Prior to admission, he was consuming excessive amounts of caffeine which was restarted and slowly tapered and stopped over weeks. Repeat magnetic resonance angiogram showed resolution of segmental vasoconstriction. The implications of prescribed and non-prescribed drugs on cerebral vasculature have been discussed...
January 1, 2017: Scottish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473606/headaches-complicating-pregnancy-and-the-postpartum-period
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REVIEW
Mary Angela O'Neal
Headaches are a common neurological complaint during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Most are primary and benign, but there are also several secondary headaches. This review uses a practical case-based approach to the evaluation and management of the most common headaches referred for neurological consultation: primary headaches such as migraine as well as the presentation and management of some of the secondary headaches complicating pregnancy and the puerperium. These include: idiopathic intracranial hypertension, eclampsia, reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome, cerebral venous thrombosis, pituitary apoplexy and postdural puncture headache...
May 4, 2017: Practical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456915/reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome-recognition-and-treatment
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REVIEW
Cecilia Cappelen-Smith, Zeljka Calic, Dennis Cordato
Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) is a rare but increasingly recognized disorder with over 500 cases published in the literature. The condition is characterized by recurrent severe thunderclap headaches with or without other neurological symptoms and diffuse segmental narrowing of the cerebral arteries which is reversible within 3 months. RCVS may occur spontaneously but in over 50% of cases, it is associated with various other conditions, including vasoactive medications or illicit drugs and the post-partum state...
June 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444683/-atypical-guillain-barre-syndrome-clustering-is-it-necessary-to-reconsider-the-diagnostic-criteria-and-microbiological-protocol
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A Dominguez-Mayoral, C Gutierrez, J M Lopez-Dominguez, S Eichau, J Abril, G Navarro-Mascarell, M A Quesada-Garcia, M Ramos, M Alvarez-Lopez, C Menendez-De Leon, G Izquierdo
INTRODUCTION: Guillain-Barre syndrome is classically defined as a symmetrical ascending acute polyradiculoneuropathy, although there are atypical variants that make diagnosis difficult. CASE REPORTS: The medical data of six patients in our hospital area are collected during the first quarter of 2013. Lumbar punctures, imaging, neurophysiological studies, ganglioside antibodies and serologies have been proposed in all cases. We focus on the atypical features as late hyporeflexia, increased frequency of asymmetry and distal paresis and initial fever...
May 1, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416081/reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome-combined-with-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-after-heart-transplantation
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Seung Pil Ban, Gyojun Hwang, Chang Hyeun Kim, O-Ki Kwon
Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) combined with posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a rare complication in patients treated with immunosuppressants. A 52-year-old male patient presented with seizures after heart transplantation. The patient was suspected of having PRES on brain images. Despite the strict blood pressure control, the patient presented with altered mentality and the brain images showed a newly developed large acute infarction. Digital subtraction angiography (DSA) revealed the classic "sausage on a string" appearance of the cerebral arteries - potential feature of RCVS...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410263/volatile-sedation-in-reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome-a-case-report
#7
Michael Ramming, Joachim Bansbach, Christopher Beck, Johannes Kalbhenn
Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) is characterized by reversible multifocal narrowing of cerebral arteries heralded by sudden (thunderclap) headaches with or without neurological deficits, resolving within 3 months. It often occurs in the peripartum period. To date, the ideal treatment remains unclear.Here, we report the case of a 31-year-old primigravida who presented with intracranial hemorrhage and went on to develop RCVS and acute respiratory distress syndrome over the course of her illness...
April 13, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405089/right-hemispheric-reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome-in-a-patient-with-left-hemispheric-partial-seizures
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Gina S Perez, Justin McCaslin, Sadat Shamim
We report a right-handed 19-year-old girl who developed reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) lateralized to the right hemisphere with simultaneous new-onset left hemispheric seizures. RCVS, typically more diffuse, was lateralized to one of the cerebral hemispheres.
April 2017: Proceedings of the Baylor University Medical Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382559/reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome-after-intercontinental-airplane-travel
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EDITORIAL
Sabrina Anticoli, Maria Cristina Bravi, Francesca Romana Pezzella
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 5, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373180/cortical-subarachnoid-haemorrhage-with-reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome-in-an-elderly-woman
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Yoshihiko Chiba, Daisuke Yamamoto, Tsuyoshi Uchiyama
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 3, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372869/a-pediatric-case-of-reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome-with-similar-radiographic%C3%A2-findings-to-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome
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Tomoya Kamide, Taishi Tsutsui, Kouichi Misaki, Hiroki Sano, Masanao Mohri, Naoyuki Uchiyama, Mitsutoshi Nakada
BACKGROUND: Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome occurs predominantly in middle-aged women. Only nine pediatric cases of this syndrome have been reported. PATIENT DESCRIPTION: We present a ten-year-old boy with reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome with radiographic findings similar to those of posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES). He presented with a thunderclap headache without a neurological deficit. Brain magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) revealed multifocal narrowing of the cerebral arteries, whereas magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with diffusion-weighted imaging and fluid-attenuated inversion recovery demonstrated hyperintense lesions in the occipital lobes and the left cerebellum...
February 20, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342655/tacrolimus-induced-reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome-with-delayed-multi-segmental-vasoconstriction
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Satoshi Kodama, Tatsuo Mano, Akihiro Masuzawa, Yasutaka Hirata, Yuki Nagasako, Kagari Koshi Mano, Masashi Hamada, Yasuo Terao, Toshihiro Hayashi, Minoru Ono, Shoji Tsuji
Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) is a cerebrovascular syndrome characterized by multi-segmental constrictions of the cerebral arteries that resolves spontaneously within 3 months. Although RCVS is considered to be due to transient dysregulation of vascular tone, the exact pathomechanism remains unclear. We describe the case of a 15-year-old girl with RCVS induced by tacrolimus, who developed generalized seizure during the postoperative course of orthotropic heart transplantation. Magnetic resonance imaging at symptom onset showed a few vasoconstrictions accompanying brain edema and convexity subarachnoid hemorrhage...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320115/reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome-in-puerperium-a-prospective-study
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Gian Paolo Anzola, Renato Brighenti, Milena Cobelli, Alessia Giossi, Sara Mazzucco, Silvia Olivato, Elisa Pari, Maria Paola Piras, Alessandro Padovani, Fabrizio Rinaldi, Giulia Turri
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY: Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) is characterized by severe "thunderclap" headache, with or without associated neurological symptoms and neuroimaging findings of reversible vasoconstriction of cerebral arteries. Puerperium is a recognized precipitant, but the incidence of puerperal RCVS is unknown. We conducted a prospective study to assess incidence, risk factors and clinical features of RCVS. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Nine-hundred consecutive puerperae were prospectively enrolled within three days of delivery...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243503/hemorrhagic-primary-cns-angiitis-and-vasoconstrictive-drug-exposure
#14
Mehmet A Topcuoglu, Ruchira M Jha, Jacob George, Matthew P Frosch, Aneesh B Singhal
BACKGROUND: Primary angiitis of the CNS (PACNS) typically manifests with accumulating neurologic deficits from ischemic strokes. Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is an uncommon complication. There is limited knowledge about the risk factors and features of hemorrhagic PACNS. METHODS: We identified 49 patients (20 biopsy-proven) with PACNS diagnosed at our hospital from 1993 to 2015. We compared the features of hemorrhagic and nonhemorrhagic PACNS and analyzed the hemorrhagic PACNS cases in detail...
February 2017: Neurology. Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229321/cerebral-endothelial-dysfunction-in-reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome-a-case-control-study
#15
Hyun Ah Choi, Mi Ji Lee, Chin-Sang Chung
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to investigate cerebral endothelial dysfunction in patients with reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS). METHODS: We prospectively recruited patients with RCVS, age-matched controls with episodic migraine, and age-matched healthy controls at Samsung Medical Center from Apr 2015 to Jul 2016. All participants underwent transcranial Doppler evaluation, with a breath-holding maneuver, for the evaluation of bilateral middle cerebral arteries (MCAs), posterior cerebral arteries (PCAs), and the basilar artery (BA)...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209305/initial-vasodilatation-in-a-child-with-reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome
#16
Yoshitsugu Oikawa, Yukimune Okubo, Yurika Numata-Uematsu, Yu Aihara, Taro Kitamura, Masaru Takayanagi, Yukitoshi Takahashi, Shigeo Kure, Mitsugu Uematsu
We describe the case of a 10-year-old boy who developed reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) after cerebellitis. He received intravenous immunoglobulin and methylprednisolone to treat the cerebellitis. However, he then presented with a sudden severe headache, vomiting, and generalized tonic-clonic seizure. Brain magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) initially revealed diffuse cerebral vasodilatations, and diffuse multifocal segmental vasoconstrictions developed several days later. His clinical symptoms gradually resolved after several days, in the absence of any specific therapy...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203185/reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome-with-intracranial-hypertension-should-decompressive-craniectomy-be-considered
#17
Ségolène Mrozek, Laurent Lonjaret, Aude Jaffre, Anne-Christine Januel, Nicolas Raposo, Sergio Boetto, Jean-François Albucher, Olivier Fourcade, Thomas Geeraerts
BACKGROUND: Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) is a rare cause of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) causing intracranial hypertension. METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: We report a case of RCVS-related ICH leading to refractory intracranial hypertension. A decompressive craniectomy was performed to control intracranial pressure. We discuss here the management of RCVS with intracranial hypertension. Decompressive craniectomy was preformed to avoid the risky option of high cerebral perfusion pressure management with the risk of bleeding, hemorrhagic complications, and high doses of norepinephrine...
January 2017: Case Reports in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195428/blood-brain-barrier-breakdown-in-reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome-implications-for-pathophysiology-and-diagnosis
#18
Mi Ji Lee, Jihoon Cha, Hyun Ah Choi, Sook-Young Woo, Seonwoo Kim, Shuu-Jiun Wang, Chin-Sang Chung
OBJECTIVE: Diagnosis of reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) is currently based on luminographic findings of vasoconstriction. In addition to vasoconstriction, the blood-brain barrier (BBB) breakdown has been postulated as a central mechanism of RCVS. Our aim was to document BBB breakdown in patients with RCVS and its role for the pathophysiology-based diagnosis of RCVS. METHODS: We prospectively recruited 72 consecutive patients with thunderclap headache who did not have aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage from April 2015 to July 2016 at the Samsung Medical Center...
March 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190440/neurologic-complications-in-critically-ill-pregnant-patients
#19
W L Wright
Neurologic complications in a critically ill pregnant woman are uncommon but some of the complications (such as eclampsia) are unique to pregnancy and the puerperal period. Other neurologic complications (such as seizures in the setting of epilepsy) may worsen during pregnancy. Clinical signs and symptoms such as seizure, headache, weakness, focal neurologic deficits, and decreased level of consciousness require careful consideration of potential causes to ensure prompt treatment measures are instituted to prevent ongoing neurologic injury...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157751/inherited-and-uncommon-causes-of-stroke
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REVIEW
Jennifer Juhl Majersik
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article is a practical guide to identifying uncommon causes of stroke and offers guidance for evaluation and management, even when large controlled trials are lacking in these rarer forms of stroke. RECENT FINDINGS: Fabry disease causes early-onset stroke, particularly of the vertebrobasilar system; enzyme replacement therapy should be considered in affected patients. Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL), often misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis, causes migraines, early-onset lacunar strokes, and dementia...
February 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
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