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Adham Jammoul, Luay Shayya, Karin Mente, Jianbo Li, Alexander Rae-Grant, Yuebing Li
BACKGROUND: Antibodies against voltage-gated potassium channel (VGKC)-complex are implicated in the pathogenesis of acquired neuromyotonia, limbic encephalitis, faciobrachial dystonic seizure, and Morvan syndrome. Outside these entities, the clinical value of VGKC-complex antibodies remains unclear. METHODS: We conducted a single-center review of patients positive for VGKC-complex antibodies over an 8-year period. RESULTS: Among 114 patients positive for VGKC-complex antibody, 11 (9...
October 2016: Neurology. Clinical Practice
Edvina Galié, Rosaria Renna, Domenico Plantone, Andrea Pace, Mirella Marino, Bruno Jandolo, Tatiana Koudriavtseva
Morvan's syndrome (MoS) is a rare, complex neurological disorder characterized by neuromyotonia, neuropsychiatric features, dysautonomia and neuropathic pain. The majority of MoS cases have a paraneoplastic aetiology, usually occurring prior to the diagnosis of the underlying tumour and showing improvement following its treatment. The present study reports the case of a 35-year-old Caucasian male patient who was diagnosed with stage IVA thymoma. Thymectomy, lung resection, diaphragmatic pleurectomy and pericardio-phrenectomy were performed 6 months after neoadjuvant chemotherapy...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Osamu Watanabe
Voltage-gated potassium channel (VGKC) complex antibodies are auto-antibodies, initially identified in acquired neuromyotonia (aNMT; Isaacs' syndrome), which cause muscle cramps and difficulty in opening the palm of the hands. Subsequently, these antibodies were found in patients presenting with aNMT along with psychosis, insomnia, and dysautonomia, collectively termed Morvan's syndrome (MoS), and in a limbic encephalopathy (LE) patient with prominent amnesia and frequent seizures. Typical LE cases have a distinctive adult-onset, frequent, brief dystonic seizure semiology that predominantly affects the arms and ipsilateral face...
September 2016: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
Deepa Dash, Mukesh Kumar, Vaishali Suri, Madakasira Vasantha Padma, Manjari Tripathi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2016: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
Todd A Hardy, Andrew W Lee, Con Yiannikas, Celia S Chen, Stephen W Reddel
BACKGROUND: Ocular neuromyotonia is a rare, but well-recognized, complication of cranial irradiation. CASE REPORT: Using figures and videos, we report a 52-year-old man with extensive ocular, brainstem, and lower cranial nerve neuromyotonia postradiation therapy for a fourth ventricle glioma who, in the context of an apparently positive edrophonium test, was initially misdiagnosed with myasthenia gravis. CONCLUSIONS: This is the first case of postirradiation neuromyotonia to be reported with such extensive cranial nerve and brainstem involvement...
September 2016: Neurologist
A Castro, J C Romeu, R Geraldes, J A Pereira da Silva
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) may involve the nervous system but there are no specific biomarkers of neuroSLE. Limbic encephalitis has been rarely associated with SLE. We present a case of a 22-year-old black woman where typical SLE psychosis evolved to an encephalopathy with atypical features, normal MRI, electroencephalogram slowing and frontal and occipito-temporal hypometabolism on fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG PET).Memory deficits, bizarre behaviour, psychosis, neuromyotonia and movement disorders have been described in autoimmune central nervous system disorders and associated with specific antibodies...
July 17, 2016: Lupus
Bastien Joubert, Margaux Saint-Martin, Nelly Noraz, Géraldine Picard, Veronique Rogemond, François Ducray, Virginie Desestret, Dimitri Psimaras, Jean-Yves Delattre, Jean-Christophe Antoine, Jérôme Honnorat
IMPORTANCE: Autoantibodies against contactin-associated protein-like 2 (CASPR2) are observed in several neurological syndromes, including neuromyotonia (NMT), Morvan syndrome (MoS), and limbic encephalitis. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the clinical and biological presentations of patients with anti-CASPR2 antibodies in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: We conducted a retrospective cohort analysis of 18 patients who had anti-CASPR2 antibodies in their CSF between March 2009 and November 2015 at the Centre National de Référence pour les Syndromes Neurologiques Paranéoplasiques in Lyon, France...
September 1, 2016: JAMA Neurology
Dimitra Veltsista, Elisabeth Chroni
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Mark Lowrie, Laurent Garosi
This review focuses on important new findings in the field of involuntary movements (IM) in dogs and illustrates the importance of developing a clear classification tool for diagnosing tremor and twitches. Developments over the last decade have changed our understanding of IM and highlight several caveats in the current tremor classification. Given the ambiguous association between tremor phenomenology and tremor aetiology, a more cautious definition of tremors based on clinical assessment is required. An algorithm for the characterisation of tremors is presented herein...
August 2016: Veterinary Journal
Michael Strupp, Marianne Dieterich, Thomas Brandt, Katharina Feil
Neurovascular compression syndromes are characterized by recurrent attacks of neurological symptoms and clinical signs depending on the cranial nerve affected. It is assumed that pulsatile compression of the nerve is caused mainly by an artery. The result is segmental demyelination of the transition zone or the central part of the cranial nerve, which is covered by oligodendrocytes, and subsequent ephaptic axonal transmission. Compression of the vestibular nerve can cause attacks of spinning or non-spinning vertigo: vestibular paroxysmia...
July 2016: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Daniel R Gold
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 14, 2016: Neurology
Brin Freund, Manoj Maddali, Thomas E Lloyd
INTRODUCTION: Morvan syndrome is a rare autoimmune/paraneoplastic disorder involving antibodies to the voltage-gated potassium channel complex. It is defined by subacute encephalopathy, neuromuscular hyperexcitability, dysautonomia, and sleep disturbance. It may present a diagnostic dilemma when trying to differentiate from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis with frontotemporal dementia. METHODS: A 76-year-old man with a history of untreated prostate adenocarcinoma was evaluated for subacute cognitive decline, diffuse muscle cramps, and hyponatremia...
June 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease
Osamu Watanabe
Antibodies against various neural surface antigens induce cognitive impairments. Anti-VGKC (voltage gated potassium channel) complex antibodies are well known as one of the causative autoantibodies. An anti-VGKC antibody was identified as the autoantibody in acquired neuromyotonia (Isaacs' syndrome), which causes muscle cramps and difficulty in opening the palm of the hands. However, this antibody also tests positive in autoimmune limbic encephalitis, which has a subacute progress and causes poor memory or epilepsy attacks...
April 2016: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
J Anna Kim, Federico G Velez, Stacy L Pineles
BACKGROUND: Ocular neuromyotonia (ONM) is a rare motility disorder in which paroxysms of tonic extraocular muscle contraction from abnormal ocular motor nerve firing result in episodic diplopia and strabismus. Medical therapy with membrane-stabilizing agents has varied success. A surgical approach to treatment has not yet been described. We report the outcomes of strabismus surgery in patients with ONM. METHODS: We describe 3 patients with sixth nerve paresis and ONM of the affected lateral rectus muscle who underwent strabismus surgery...
September 2016: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
Cleo P Rogatko, Eric N Glass, Marc Kent, James J Hammond, Alexander de Lahunta
CASE DESCRIPTION A 5-year-old castrated male Maltese was evaluated for intermittent clinical signs of muscle cramping and abnormal movements of the skin of the right pelvic limb at the site where an infiltrative lipoma had twice been resected. After the second surgery, the surgical field was treated with radiation therapy (RT). The clinical signs developed approximately 14 months after completion of RT. CLINICAL FINDINGS When clinical signs were present, the right biceps femoris and semitendinosus muscles in the area that received RT were firm and had frequently visible contractions, and the skin overlying those muscles had episodic vermiform movements...
March 1, 2016: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Yevgeniy V Sychev, Colin P McInnis, Courtney E Francis
BACKGROUND: Ocular neuromyotonia (ONM) is a disorder characterized by periodic involuntary extraocular muscle contraction that occurs almost exclusively in the setting of prior radiation to the sella or skull base. We present the first case of abducens neuromyotonia associated with oropharyngeal carcinoma. METHODS AND RESULTS: We report a case of a 63-year-old patient with abducens ONM occurring 16 years after radiation treatment for oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma...
April 2016: Head & Neck
Kyeong Joon Kim, Jong-Min Kim, Sung-Hee Kim, Yun Jung Bae
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 26, 2016: Neurology
Markus Rauchenzauner, Martin Frühwirth, Martin Hecht, Markus Kofler, Martina Witsch-Baumgartner, Christine Fauth
We report a girl with autosomal recessive axonal neuropathy with neuromyotonia (ARAN-NM) who presented with asymmetric gait impairment, foot drop, and action myotonia on fast handgrip. Electrophysiological studies showed symmetrical axonal motor greater than sensory neuropathy, and neuromyotonic discharges on needle electromyography. ARAN-NM was confirmed by molecular genetic testing, which revealed a novel homozygous missense variant c.100G > A [p.(Glu34Lys)] in HINT1. This case shows that the diagnosis of ARAN-NM, as a new entity, has to be considered in the differential diagnosis of polyneuropathy in combination with neuromyotonia/action myotonia in children, even with asymmetric clinical presentation...
April 2016: Neuropediatrics
Joaquín A Fernández-Ramos, Eduardo López-Laso, Rafael Camino-León, Francisco J Gascón-Jiménez, M Dolores Jiménez-González
INTRODUCTION: Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) is the most common hereditary sensory motor neuropathy. Advances in molecular diagnosis have increased the diagnostic possibilities of these patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective study of 36 pediatric patients diagnosed with CMT in a tertiary center in 2003-2015. RESULTS: We found 16 patients were diagnosed by a duplication in PMP22; two cases were diagnosed of hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies, one with a point mutation in PMP22; a male with a mild demyelinating phenotype, without family history, was diagnosed with GJB1 mutation; in a patient with a peripheral hypotonia at birth and axonal pattern in EMG by mutation in MFN2; a gypsy patient, with consanguineous family, CMT4D, was identified by a mutation in the gene NDRG1; a patient with multiplex congenital arthrogryposis and vocal cord paralysis, whose mother had a scapular-peroneal syndrome, had a congenital spinal muscular atrophy with mild distal axonal neuropathy by mutation in gene TRPV4; three girls, from a gypsy consanguineous family, with axonal CMT with neuromyotonic discharges were diagnosed by a mutation in the gene HINT1; twelve patients haven't molecular diagnosis currently...
December 1, 2015: Revista de Neurologia
Itay Lotan, Ruth Djaldetti, Mark A Hellman, Felix Benninger
Morvan's syndrome is a rare neurological condition characterized by the combination of neuromyotonia, autonomic instability and encephalopathy, associated with auto-antibodies against voltage-gated potassium channels. We report a patient with an initial presentation suggestive of typical Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), who later developed clinical and laboratory features compatible with Morvan's syndrome. Several months after resolution of the neurological symptoms, as well as disappearance of the characteristic anti-leucine-rich, glioma inactivated 1 (anti-LGI1) antibodies, the patient presented with episodes of fever of unknown origin, during which the antibodies became positive again, suggesting the possibility of a relapse...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
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